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  • The Idyllwild Town Crier's guide to responsible living 2011Going Green

    This year's Idyllwild

    Earth Fairpg. 2

    Meet theGreenwood

    Award recipient

    pg. 3

    Theimportance of composting

    pg. 5

    How to capture and

    use rainwaterpg. 6

    Sporty andpractical eco-bikes

    pg. 7

    Cartoon: Ernie Maxwell illustration from March 30, 1956 Idyllwild Publications Inc.

    pg. 3







  • Page 2 - Idyllwild Town Crier, Going Green, 2011

    A Town Crier Special PublicationTown Crier staff who compiled Going Green are: Publisher Grace Reed; Production Manager Halie Johnson; Editor J.P. Crumrine; Staff Reporter Marshall Smith, Copy Editor Beth Nottley; Production Assistant James Larkin; Advertising Sales Representative Shane Fender; and Of ce Manager Sandy Burns.

    Copyright 2011 Idyllwild Publications Inc.

    Idyllwild Water

    District(951) 659-2143


    v Idyllwild Water District Conservation Programs Customer Rebate Programs Low- ow toilets $75 High-ef ciency washers $300 Districts Drought Tolerant Garden Free Conservation Kits Free Landscape Guide for Mountain Homes Guidelines for the Riverside County approved gray water systems for

    IWD customers at our of ce.

    v Sustaining our environment by reducing energy and greenhouse gases

    District approved Advantex residential on-site wastewater treatment units for replacing failed septic systems.

    Foster Lake Solar System Uses solar energy to operate wells and treatment plants reducing energy demand and provides emergency power during power blackouts.

    Installing Capacitors Reduces energy demand for IWDs wastewater and water treatment plants.

    Investigating a Hydrogen Generator Reduces greenhouse gases for IWDs generator Will increase engine life and ef ciency.

    Proposed Recycled Water Project Will reduce water demand and provides future water supplies. IWD seeking grant funds.

    Visit our booth at the May 21st Idyllwild Earth Fair and share your thoughts, questions and comments with us.

    By J.P. CrumrineTown Crier Editor

    Idyllwilds 22nd Annual Earth Fair will be Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Town Hall. This year the theme is Were all in this together. The logo depicts five people standing in a circle holding hands. Each indi-vidual represents a piece of our world and environment. Theres the paw print for the animal and wildlife king-dom, a tree for the plant life, a bee for the interconnect-edness between human life and food (our dependency on a healthy environment), the sun for light, power and photosynthesis and the uni-versal symbol for recycling the three chasing arrows forming the mobius strip. Were ALL in this together was one of the themes we were considering this year. Once the earth-quake and tsunami occurred in Japan, we all felt that this theme expressed what a lot of us were feeling; were all connected and have a responsibility to each other and the planet, said Holly Owens of the Earth Fair Committee. The committee promises the usual attractive mix of food, music and dancing. Interactive booths will fea-ture recycled art, solar en-ergy, earth-friendly products, composting, garland making, wildlife education, henna painting and more. Again this year, the popu-lar Butterfly Pavilion will

    22nd Earth Fair familiar and friendly for all

    return and offer exciting and very personal experiences with the beautiful North American Monarch butter- y. Dolma has come out of somosa retirement and will indeed be making her fa-mous samosas, Owens said. Sage Mountain Farm will be serving tacos made with their own organic, grass-fed beef, and well have organic funnel cakes, smoothies and mochas made by solar pow-ered equipment! Preceding Earth Fair at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, will be a Dessert Reception at Town Hall. Attendees can taste dessert delicacies prepared by local restaurants and lis-ten to the Celtic-in uenced folk sounds of Swift Pony, a silent auction with an amaz-ing variety of items to bid on from area galleries and businesses, and presentation of the Greenwood Award. Tickets for the Friday event are $15 at the door and all proceeds go to producing Earth Fair. The highlight of the Fri-day event will be the annual presentation of the Green-wood Award to this years re-cipient, 91-year old Cahuilla elder and co-founded the Malki Museum, Dr. Kather-ine Siva Saubel. See page 3 for more about Dr. Saubel. The Idyllwild Earth Fair was created in 1990 by a group of volunteers who wanted to contribute to

    the life of our local com-munity by presenting an annual event focusing on environmental concerns that affect us locally and glob-ally. This grassroots event is still produced entirely by volunteers. Through inspi-ration, motivation and the provision of information and expertise, the Earth Fair organizers encourage neighbors, visitors and others to become actively involved in the pursuit of such areas as solar energy, multi-spe-cies preservation, recycling, earth-friendly products, re safety, composting, water conservation and more. In the two decades since the Idyllwild Earth Fairs inception, the individuals responsible have changed, but the goal and enthusiasm remained. The constant is that everyone whos involved donates their time and gives from their hearts, Owens said. Idyllwild makes this event happen from the donations at our silent auc-tion, to the incredible talent on stage the whole day, to the people who staff the event its a community effort.

    The Idyllwild Earth Fair has been a popular annual event for 22 years. Below, Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., the Dessert Bar will be available at Town Hall. Tickets for this event are $15 at the door and proceeds go directly to the production of Earth Fair. Below left, T-shirts and other Earth Fair memorabilia will be avail-able throughout the event. In 2010, Yvonne Poirier helped provide information to Fair attendees.

    Town Crier File Photos

  • Idyllwild Town Crier, Going Green, 2011 - Page 3

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    Ernie Maxwell

    WeekTown Crier founder Ernie Maxwell was the longtime president of the Izaak Walton League, Idyllwild most active conservation group during the 1960s to '80s. A popular IWL T-shirt read "May the FOREST be with you." Maxwell would have been 100 years old on July 7, 2011. The Town Crier and Maxwell's friends and family have organized a celebration to honor his memory and encourage the con-tinuation of his commu-nity spirit. Ernie Max-well week will consist of exhibits, a memorial hike on Friday, July 8, on the Ernie Maxwell Trail and a celebration the same evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Contact Grace at the Town Crier for more info: 659-2145.

    By J.P. CrumrineTown Crier Editor

    The 2011 Greenwood Award recipient is Dr. Kath-erine Siva Saubel, a Native American scholar and edu-cator. An enrolled member of the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeo Indians, Saubel has devoted her life to preserving and sharing the bands culture and language. The award will be made at the Earth Fair Dessert Reception, which starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at Town Hall. Saubel will speak following the presen-tation. She was born March 7, 1920, and has spent her life supporting her community and family here in Riverside County. Saubel, a 91-year-old Cahuilla elder and tribal chairperson, is co-founder of the Malki Museum in Banning, Californias rst Native American-run mu-seum on a reservation. Be-

    2011 Greenwood Award to Dr. SaubelLinguist, ethnobotanist and Cahuilla elder

    sides her linguistic work, her ecological contributions are outstanding. She has written a number of books on the ethnobotany of this region, including Temal-pakh (from the Earth in Cahuilla, co-authored with Dr. Lowell Bean). She created the Temal-pakh Garden at the Malki Museum a garden of na-tive plants with interpretive materials regarding their uses. She also inspired and participated in the creation of the Tewanet interpreta-tive site along Hwy. 74. Saubel has taught count-less classes, lectures and workshops about native plant use, the harmful eco-logical effects of invasive species, grazing, off-road vehicle trespass, develop-ment on native lands and the importance of conserva-tion and protection of those open spaces where tradi-tional plants are gathered for medicinal and cultural purposes. In all her work, she passionately advocates

    for our natural world and our connectivity to it. Sauble spent her rst 11 years speaking Cahuilla and has strived to preserve the language. Her introduction to Dr. Lowell Bean began a 40-year collaboration on Cahuilla culture. In 1962, through a Ken-nedy Scholarship, Saubel studied ethnology, anthro-pology, and linguistics at the Universities of Chicago and Colorado at Boulder. She returned to California where she began giving seminars and study groups at UCLA. Since then, Saubel has be-come internationally known as a Native American scholar and appears in many bio-graphical reference works. She received an honor-ary Ph.D. in philosophy from La Sierra University, Riverside, and was awarded the Chancellors Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California at the University of Califor-nia, Riverside.

    In 2010, Holly Owens, Earth Fair member, presents the Green-wood Award to Sage Mountain Farm. Owners, Phil and Juany Noble, right, accepted the award Friday night during the Earth Fair Dessert Reception. The award recognizes member(s) of the community who take the time and effort to do what they can to help protect the environment.

    At the 2009 Earth Fair, committee members Dr. Michael Hamilton and Holly Owens present long Thank you note to Congress-woman Mary Bono Mack, right. Town Crier File Photos

  • Page 4 - Idyllwild Town Crier, Going Green, 2011

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    By Marshall SmithTown Crier Staff Reporter

    Why compost? For one thing, organic waste ac-counts for 24 percent of material taken to dumps and collected by trash compa-nies. It is almost a quarter of the mountain of trash that we, as the most voracious consumers on the planet, produce annually. Compost-ing materials are routinely thrown away when, in fact, they can be productive and useful. What is it? Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amend-ment or as a medium to grow plants. Compost is created by combining or-ganic wastes (yard trim-mings, leaves, food wastes) in proper ratios into piles, rows or containers. Bulk-ing agents, wood chips for example, are then added to accelerate the breakdown of the organic materials. Compost improves soil structure, porosity and bulk density, which creates a better environment for a

    plants root structure. Using compost to enrich a soil prior to planting a garden is a necessary precondition with many types of soil. The moisture-holding capacity of soil is improved with compost, reducing water loss and nutrient leaching. Bene cial microorganisms are supplied to the soil, which assist nutrient uptake and suppress certain soil-born diseases. Compost adds a variety of micronutrients to the soil and reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, which recent research has shown to damage soil if used over extensive periods of time. And nally, compost acts to release nitrogen into the soil slowly and steadily so plants receive a constant ow of nutrients. In addition to benefit-ing plants and gardens, compost has been shown to facilitate reforestation, wetland restoration and habitat revitalization by amending contaminated, compacted and marginal soils. Compost can remove solids, oil, grease and heavy

    metals from storm water runoff. It can help capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals in contaminated air and provides cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water and air pollution remediation technologies, where appli-cable. (Statistics courtesy of the federal Environmental Protection Agency [EPA].)

    So, the question is why throw away materials that have use? Why buy new materials that can cost as much as $15 a cubic yard when you could use your own compost to prepare soil this year for spring planting next year? According to the EPA, here is the In list of good composting materials: ani-mal manure, but not pet

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    wood chips. Dont add twigs larger around than your nger; they take too long to deteriorate. Keep compost moist, but not wet. Your compost pile or container should have enough mass for microbes activity to raise the tempera-ture. Rule of thumb is that a pile be 3-foot-by-3-foot-by-3-foot, but not greater than 5 feet in any direction, to allow air into the pile. The more often you turn the pile, the faster it will become fully composted. Turning means reversing the top and bottom materials on a regular basis. Make sure the compost pile is at least two feet from any building. And, always mix compost with soil be-fore using for gardening. Finished compost can be applied to lawns and gardens to help condition the soil and replenish nutrients. Compost should not be used as potting soil for houseplants because of the presence of weed and grass seeds. ..

    What is the importance of composting?

    A home composting bin. Courtesy Diego Grez

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    Harvesting the rainBy Vicki L. Jakubac

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    The past several years of drought conditions

    have made us all very aware of the water situa-tion here on the Hill. This past winter pro-

    vided us with a lot of moisture. Well levels are

    rising and the drought that we have been suf-fering with for years

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    In a word, no. One or even two wet winters does not ensure us an adequate water supply for years to come. It just alleviates the

    situation for now. Chances are we will eventually return to drought conditions, so it is imperative that we find long-term solutions now in

    addition to conserving as much water as possible. But other than using less, what else can we do? The answer to that ques-tion is simple rainwater harvesting. It is literally water for free. There are some costs involved to set up your catchment system, but once you get it set up, your water is free. The amount of water that you harvest is totally up to you. An average 1,000-square-foot roof will catch approximately 623 gallons of water for every inch of rain. So, if we received 30 inches of rain in one year, that would translate to 18,690 gallons of free water. That is a lot of water! Catchments for harvest-ing rainwater can be as sim-ple as placing a rain barrel underneath your rainspout to provide water for your window box or as complex

    as installing an underground cistern with pumps and lters that can provide wa-ter to your house to be used for indoor water needs such as washing clothes, ushing toilets and taking showers. However, capturing rainwater and using it just for outside irrigation can reduce an average familys water bill by more than 50 percent! Harvesting rainwater is something that almost every homeowner can do. The Internet is full of informa-tion regarding rainwater harvesting. A little research will soon have you on your way to installing your own rainwater catchments. In addition to catching the rain, it is important to keep the rain that falls onto your property on your property, instead of letting it run down the street. Brad Lancasters website, har-

    vestingrainwater.com, is an excellent source of informa-tion on rainwater harvesting as well as how to landscape in order to retain the water that falls onto your property, instead of allowing it to run off. By using some of the methods he suggests, it is possible to reduce your water use and have an even more beautiful garden in the process. Harvesting rainwater has many advantages. It con-serves public water sources and conserves energy. Rain-water is low in salts and good for plants. By col-lecting rainwater, you can reduce ooding and erosion and provide an excellent primary, supplementary or alternative source of water for outdoor irrigation all for free.

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    By Marshall SmithStaff Reporter

    Part-time Idyllwild resident Don Cren-shaw owns Whittier-based Shade Sails LLC, a company that provides tensioned fabric shading for residential and commercial properties. While on a business trip to visit his fabric manufacturer in Shanghai, China, Crenshaw noticed that the most prevalent means of transportation in the city was the electric bicycle. In true entrepreneurial style he decided to import them, as unbranded, and sell them at about half the cost of many branded electric bikes and a tenth of the cost of top-of-the-line electric bikes. Crenshaw will even deliver them to Idyllwild from his Whittier shop. Motorized bicycles are not new. They were developed at about the same time as the electric car and internal combustion automobile in the latter part of the 19th century. And even as electric cars and hybrids are gaining popularity in the 21st century, electric bicycles are following the same path as pedal-powered bicycles with electric assist (think bicycle version of the Toyota Prius) or as primary electric vehicles, much

    Electric bikes make uphill easierlike the Nissan all-electric Leaf automobile. With the models Crenshaw is importing, a full electric charge can be delivered from a normal household circuit in 4 to 6 hours and is good for up to 25 miles. The more the electric assist is used, the fewer miles can be logged. The more the rider pedals, the longer the charge and the greater the distance that can be ridden. Crenshaw reported that he, his wife and another couple recently rode half of the May 14 Rosarita-Ensenada 50-mile event using the two electric bike models he will be selling, the mountain bike and the folding bike. Both are 7-speed, with front shocks. The folding bike is purely electric and the mountain bike uses pedal-electric assist. Crenshaw said it made the hilly Rosarita course a breeze on the uphill segments. We were cruising uphill past the dedicated racers, he said. I know it will be good for the mountain. And given Idyllwilds small geographic footprint, the 20- to 25-mile range should make daily local commutes an easy thing. See www.shadesales.com for more information on Crenshaws eco-cycles. Marshall Smith can be reached at marshall@towncrier.com.

    The pedal-electric assist mountain bike that Don Crenshaw rode in the Rosarita-Ensenada 50-mile event on May 14. Crenshaw sells these and a folding electric bike.

    Courtesy Don Crenshaw

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