Past Tense: September 29, 2016

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A satisfied Gladys Humphreys of Idyllwild in November 1976. File photo

A satisfied Gladys Humphreys of Idyllwild in November 1976. File photo

60 years ago - 1956

Local Forest Service firefighters had a harrowing close call as they fought a 10,500-acre inferno after  a jet crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains. A crew, trapped on a ridge as the fire roared from three sides, laid down in a ditch and sweated it out as searing flames leaped across them.

55 years ago - 1961

The county supervisors approved a series of area street name changes to reduce duplication and visitor confusion. One of the changes was to split Circle Drive into South and North Circle drives.

50 years ago - 1966

The JayCees sponsored Idyllwild’s first “Festival of Art” at the Idyllwild Inn. A special guest for the festival was Eiler Larsen, famed “Laguna Greeter” and part-time Idyllwild resident.

45 years ago - 1971

Temperatures dropped into the 20s and local trees were ablaze with autumn colors.

40 years ago - 1976

At the Izaak Walton League meeting, Norman and Margaret Mellor reported on their four-week trip to Alaska with a University of California, Riverside, group to study bird life. The Mellors played an important role in developing the Christmas bird census, which continues to this day in the San Jacinto Mountains.

35 years ago - 1981

Ernie Maxwell recounted his experiences during his  recent two-week trip behind the Iron Curtain in what was then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

30 years ago - 1986

The Hemet Unified School District board adopted a new contagious and infectious disease policy, including AIDS, whereby students having said diseases would be excluded from the classroom.

25 years ago - 1991

Bee Krone’s 90th birthday was celebrated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Krone Library and Museum on the ISOMATA campus (now Idyllwild Arts Academy). Krone cofounded the school with her husband, Max.

20 years ago - 1996

Three campers got spooked by the sound of a falling tree and, in trying to outrun the perceived danger, all injured themselves when they fell.

15  years ago - 2001

A proposal by developers Pete Capparelli and Vic Sirkin to build a commercial plaza in downtown Idyllwild at the corner of Village Center and North Circle drives was given the go-ahead by Riverside County planners. The completed shopping plaza would come to be known as The Village Centre.

10 years ago - 2006

Local attorney Kent Steele announced that a  couple, who wished to remain anonymous, had purchased 6 acres of land on Ridgeview Drive, which they planned to donate to the community as a site for a community center. The couple also pledged to   match funds raised to fund construction.

5 years ago - 2011

Geri Peterson’s team of eight women finished fifth out of 69 national qualifying teams at the APA 2011 Ladies 8-Ball National Championships at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1 year ago - 2015

The 2015 Idyllwild Earth Fair was permanently canceled.

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