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Category: Opinion

Outside Idyllwild: Seven days of summer …

Outside Idyllwild: Seven days of summer …

In my 35 years of living in Idyllwild, I have seen many weather anomalies, like snow in June and occasionally 70 degree days in the heart of winter. Nevertheless, I have never experienced anything like the first week of January. When you can resort to wearing shorts and T-shirts, open all the windows and turn […]

Another Point of View: Walker vs. paid-call firefighters

Whether you know it or not, we’ve just received a wake-up call. I’m referring, of course, to the almost unbelievable action recently taken by the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) Board of Commissioners. The board fired our chief, and apparently for no real reason that has any bearing on his performance as our fire chief. […]

Another Point of View: Commissioner responds to former commissioner

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) has made some great strides in the last two years. There have been some common tasks that were neglected and now are being handled properly. Relationships with local emergency agencies have been restored to a cooperative level as they should be. Agreements and memorandums are in place to ensure […]

Before Our Time: Village center …

In a place that changes as slowly as Idyllwild, what’s new about a New Year? Seven years ago it was the imminent opening of our newest commercial development, the Village Centre shops at the corner of North Circle and Village Center drives. New? In fact, this complex was built on just about the oldest commercial […]

Fire and Forest: New directions …

2011 was a very good year for the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council. The money came late for our grant to help homeowners with abatement but we were able to quickly put the money to use over the summer. The quality of our newsletter is good and so are our membership numbers. New people joined […]

Opinion: Families need income

During the recent family-focused Christmas season, one rather troubling set of recent statistics that may have the same effect as an Ebenezer Scrooge or Lionel Barrymore’s Henry Potter on our next Christmas are these: 1. According to the US census and Pew Research Center single people now outnumber the married folks. 2. And according to […]

Opinion: Good to live in Pine Cove

Christmas season, looking forwards to a happy new year. We’re glad we settled in Pine Cove. The Pine Cove Property Owners Association deserves some credit. Always a source for neighborhood communication, they’ve worked out vendor discounts on essentials like propane. The association works to keep Pine Cove clean, hauling thrown-out appliances, picking up trash from […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 5, 2012

Creature Corner: Jan. 5, 2012

Happy New Year from all of our ARF canines and felines to all of the four leggeds in our community. Paws up to Bonnie, the beagle/Dalmatian mix, who made a brief appearance at ARF only to be scooped up and carried away to her forever home. Sadly, we say goodbye to Purdy, a female golden retriever, who will always be in our hearts.

Outside Idyllwild: The sun also rises …

Outside Idyllwild: The sun also rises …

The day after Christmas, Miss Wyoming and I drove to Gillette. Wyo. We left Denver in the early morning darkness and reached the state line before sunup; and we were greeted with a sunrise. What a sunrise it was! The clouds were lit up with an ever changing pattern of pink, red, orange and gold. […]

Initial Thoughts: Make a New Year’s resolution — make a phone call …

Since I began writing this column, I’ve been encouraging you to get involved in our community. It’s good for you and clearly good for all of us. Below I’ve listed Hill groups which serve the community, but could use some volunteers. Yes, there’s more; I’ve specifically omitted churches and other places of worship because if […]

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