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Before Our Time: Homes evolve, too …

One of the charms of living here on the Hill is the welcome absence of typical Southern California tract housing. As soon as I settled here and began walking about the neighborhoods, I was struck by the endless variety of our residences. Just try to find any two exactly alike! That shouldn’t be surprising, given […]

Initial Thoughts: “Anonymous” questions …

Several people have chosen to post questions online at the end of some stories and letters to the editor regarding the Idylwild Fire Department and former Chief Norm Walker’s departure. Rather than respond directly online, I choose to respond here, so that all Town Crier’s readers can benefit from the questions. Of course this column […]

Fire and Forest: A system that lasts …

We at the council are looking for a fire safe future that endures. In more popular terms, we seek a sustainable future, one that involves successful community action that can easily continue for generations, providing both fire safety and a healthy forest. We think this is possible. Perhaps our biggest problem is how fire prevention […]

Outside Idyllwild: The Aguana-Butterfield Overland Mail Station and other stories

Outside Idyllwild: The Aguana-Butterfield Overland Mail Station and other stories

On the last Sunday of January, in the 5:20 a.m. darkness, I drove down to my friend Christine’s place in Aguanga. Christine Fogg Horton is both a life-long artist and photographer extraordinaire. I have been seeing many of her beautiful landscapes on Facebook for the last year or so and I could not wait for […]

Opinion: Hill MAC history

I was on Hill MAC, for a number of years with meetings every month and the same thing happened every month. Board members would show up and we would be lucky to have one or two people from the public show. Every month, the president would be the one to bring up a subject to […]

That Was Yummy! Yummy buttermilk pancakes …

Dear That was yummy, Could you please share an easy recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes? I am having a large family breakfast and would love to serve pancakes along with the bacon and sausage. Thank you, Blanca Pacas Glendale, CA Dear Blanca, This recipe is so good, the pancakes melt in your mouth. Enjoy! Fluffy Buttermilk […]

Tax Tips: A kinder, friendlier IRS and FTB?

I think it was back when George H.W. Bush was president that there was an effort to create a kinder, friendlier Internal Revenue Service (IRS). With the current budgetary pressures in Washington and the reluctance of Congress to reduce spending or to pass new taxes, there is an effort to make up a part of […]

Sustainability: Lighting the way to sustainability and savings …

Idyllwild Arts Academy (IAA) has substantial outside lighting requirements for visibility and safety. Students, faculty and visitors are often out in darker hours, going to and from dorms and the dining hall, the library and various art studios, or attending on-campus performances and recitals. To assure these needs, IAA has an annual utility bill totaling more than a half million dollars. Consequently, the school has a strong incentive to undertake a sustainability program. So, outside lighting is one of many areas we have been looking at. Plus, many of us have outside lighting needs at home.

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild scenic spots …

Outside Idyllwild: Idyllwild scenic spots …

About four years ago, I wrote a column about a hiker asking me if there were any “sights to see” up ahead on the trail. I was just coming down from Saddle Junction (he was heading up). This inquiry surprised me and I answered, “Just more of the same; trails, mountain peaks, trees and rocks.” […]

Initial Thoughts: Political largesse, earmarks and public policy …

Sue Nash, the Press-Enterprise editorial board and the Town Crier have overlapping but dissimilar views of good government. A once well-known Massachusetts Democratic Congressman, Tip O’Neill, replied “All politics is local,” when asked about a campaign strategy. O’Neill, Speaker of the House for 10 years, demonstrated its validity in 1982, when he defended a national […]

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