Past Tense: June 9, 2016

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65 years ago - 1951

The first services were held in the new Idyllwild Community Presbyterian Church.

60 years ago - 1956

The Idyllwild County Water District took over the Idyllwild Water Company. Meanwhile, the election of the proposed Pine Cove County Water District was set by county supervisors.

 50 years ago - 1966

A public hearing was scheduled on Idyllwild County Water District’s plan to discharge effluent into Strawberry Creek.

45 years ago - 1971

County supervisors voted to rezone the 2,200-acre Lake Pine Meadows tract in Garner Valley. Hillside land would have a 20-acre minimum lot size and the valley floor would have a 5-acre minimum lot size. The developers, Great American Land Company, had intended to cut up the land into 3,911 lots.

40 years ago - 1976

Among the world-class faculty at ISOMATA’s (now Idyllwild Arts) Summer Program were Ray Bradbury, teaching creative writing, and Bella Lewitzky, teaching modern dance.

30 years ago - 1986

The Mountain chapter of the Sierra Club made a public objection to the California Fish and Game Commission’s recent decision to allow, for the first time in 20 years, the hunting of tree squirrels.

25 years ago - 1991

Idyllwild and Pine Cove got a new zip code — 92549.

15 years ago - 2001

All high-sugar drinks as well as snack foods having more than 15 grams of fat per serving were banned for sale or consumption during the school day at Hemet Unified School District campuses.

10 years ago - 2006

A group of local residents was making plans to open Idyllwild’s first Farmers’ Market in July.

5 years ago - 2011

The Riverside County sheriff warned that mental and health care for county jail inmates was in crisis. A grand jury report found deficiencies in the county’s provision of mental and emergency health services. Supervisors directed the Department of Mental Health Detention Services to prepare a draft reponse to the grand jury’s findings, giving many recommendations to aid the issue, within a month.

1 year ago - 2015

Doug Ashcraft, head of Idyllwild Arts Academy, stood in the new William M. Lowman Concert Hall. With the roof placed on the hall itself, the building was left waiting for its metal exterior and green room additions. The new concert hall promised many more musical events in the future.

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