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Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild revisited …

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild revisited …

It has been a very interesting week to say the least. After Miss Wyoming, aka Sue Briggs, arrived last Wednesday, I have spent my time showing her around our local mountains. I had fun introducing her around town and showing her the sights. Sue is one of friendliest and most outgoing people I have ever […]

Initial Thoughts: While we watch the “Voice,” silence continues …

About 45 citizens or residents attended Supervisor Stone’s Public Safety Summit last night. In my opinion, it wasn’t a great turnout. He and his staff put a lot of effort into developing the agenda and getting county officials to come to Idyllwild. You can read Marshall’s story here for details on who represented each agency. […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Having fun with other cooks …

Many great cooks have passed through my life, a few stand out. Sylvia Thompson, my mentor, Lynnda Hart and my close friend, Julie Kehl and, of course, my mom. Dining at Sylvia’s home was a treat. She hosted dinners in European style. Different wines with each course. Cheeses and fruit between a course. One Christmas […]

Sitting by the Fire: Prepare and be prepared …

It is never too early to prepare. Even though we are just now seeing the end of winter, it is time to start thinking about preparations for potential wildland fires and other disasters. Prior to this winter, we have had three years with either normal or above normal moisture. The winter of 2010-11 was well-above normal. Those normal or wet years have given most people a sense of false security because of the subsequent relatively inactive fire seasons.

Opinion: Further thoughts on IFPD’s contract

Janis Van Zanten’s letter fascinated me. I appreciate when the authors of letters to the editor do their research and can comment intelligently. I am amazed by the ones that act like gophers and pop up on the rare occasion with no information to back up their fabrications. As a former member of the County […]

Opinion: Golden eagles? Yes!

I was reading “Outside Idyllwild, Halfway Spring …” in the Town Crier’s March 29 edition. Golden eagles in Idyllwild! Now that explains everything. Here’s my story, I was returning to L.A. about 2 years ago, we had just come into Hemet from Mountain Center after a two-day stay. During that time, we had seen the […]

Outside Idyllwild: Pacific Crest Trail hikers and other stories …

I have not made it back down to Halfway Spring as of yet. I will probably go on Wednesday the day this edition of the Town Crier comes out. For another reason, Wednesday should be a big day. I am planning a photo shoot for the day and Miss Wyoming will be arriving later that […]

Initial Thoughts: Jazz riffs on diet, chemistry, health and music …

I write this column on Monday evening. Yesterday was Palm Sunday and I regret that I didn’t attend church for the umpteenth year in a row. Getting older makes it easier to justify the action, but the regret remains rooted. But the good news, which does eradicate some regret regarding my diet, comes from the […]

Tax Tips: Tax update

Congress has been gearing up for the 2012 elections so no major tax legislation was passed in 2011. The bill passed in December 2010 extended the Bush tax cuts through 2012. You can expect the battles on how to improve our tax code to resume after the fall elections. But several interesting developments on other […]

Before Our Time: Rustic before Silver Pines …

I first got acquainted with the Silver Pines Lodge as an Idyllwild newcomer, when I learned about artifacts unearthed there by two Idyllwild School students, Max Singer, son of the lodge’s owner Chris Singer, and his friend Bobby Righetti. Now, whenever I attend an event there, the meeting room reminds me of its longevity. Extracting […]

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