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Creature Corner: Feb. 2, 2012

Creature Corner: Feb. 2, 2012

Boo! Now you see me; now you don’t. What a week it’s been with Boo, the Chiweenie and his tricks. He’s safe and at home now. Kona, and Titan have been reunited once again with their human. Looks like Amadeus, the German shepherd wagged his tail right into the hearts of his new family. Paws up to you.

Past Tense: Feb. 2, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The highlight of the week was Mike and Dorothy Michelsen opening their long awaited Fern Valley Market. The opening took place after 12 months of all sorts of delays and problems, according to the couple. “Alpine” is the market’s name. 60 years ago – 1952 Two couples from Los Angeles […]

Get free tickets to Indio Date Fair

Starting this week, the first 25 people to purchase a 2012 calendar at the Town Crier office will receive a pair of tickets, worth $16, to the 66th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in Indio running from Friday, Feb.17 through Sunday, Feb. 26. Featured entertainment includes American Music Awards Best New Artist, […]

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 […]

IFPD’s future cash flow still low

After listening to several residents oppose, object and question the departure of former Fire Chief Norm Walker, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District (IFPD) commission began the tedious and long process of investigating many options which might contribute to fiscal solvency. Interim Chief Mike Sherman several times referred to actions that would “stop the bleeding.” The commission is trying to apply triage and stabilize the organization before attempting any major surgery or miracle remedy.

RMRU completes 24-hour rescue

Last week, Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit (RMRU) volunteers rescued two hikers lost at the 6,200-foot level east of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The hikers from the Vancouver, Canada area, both in their 40s, had set out from the desert floor on the Skyline Trail. Even with snow visible on the mountain’s upper reaches, the […]

Hit-and-run driver still sought

California Highway Patrol is seeking information on a hit-and-run collision that occurred in Idyllwild on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Ian Schoenleber, Idyllwild resident and Annual Fund Director at Idyllwild Arts, was westbound on Tollgate Road when a red Dodge Durango that had been stopped at a stop sign on Meadow Glen, pulled out directly in front […]

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 […]

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