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.

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...

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...

Creature Corner: April 5, 2012

Four paws up for Emma, our Aussie mix. Her smile says it all, as she enjoys her forever home and her new pack. Paws...

Fire and Forest: A Day of Fire Awareness …

It’s time for a Fireman’s Muster! On April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a gathering of all sorts of...

Past Tense: April 5, 2012

55 years ago - 1957 Bee Krone composed the song “Let’s Keep America Beautiful,” and Philippe Buhler composed music for a string quartet which was...

Past tense: March 29, 2012

60 years ago - 1952 The Kretsingers wrote from Nebraska, that they are very homesick for Idyllwild.

Creature corner: March 29, 2012

After spending several days lost and out in the cold, Nala, the pittie puppy, has been reunited with his very worried owners. Cinnamon, the chocolate Lab-mix, went for an overnight adventure as well, and now is safely home with her pack. And Hairy, the terrier had spring fever, frolicking in the streets without a care. Paws up to you all for being reunited …

Tax Tips: Capital gains and losses

Capital gains are attracting renewed attention from the IRS for tax year 2011. The introduction of Form 8949 is where individual transactions are reported,...

Sitting by the Fire: My mission …

Hopefully, this article will be the first of many informative reports to the community of Idyllwild about the status of its fire and medical emergency services provider, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District.
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