Past Tense: December 1, 2016

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Dan Gallagher shovels to clear the drive in front of Osuna’s Chevron station as the cloud level lifts above Lily Rock in November 1973. File photo/Norwood Hazard

Dan Gallagher shovels to clear the drive in front of Osuna’s Chevron station as the cloud level lifts above Lily Rock in November 1973.
File photo/Norwood Hazard

55 years ago - 1961 

The Forest Service conducted an inventory of timber in the May Valley area where a critical insect problem exsisted to appraise value and quality of lumber.

50 years ago - 1966 

Town Hall celebrated its 20th year with exhibits, a buffet and entertainment.

45 years ago - 1971 

By enacting zoning that prohibits billboard advertising, county supervisors paved the way for the state to add the Banning-Idyllwild Highway (243) to the scenic highway system.

40 years ago - 1976 

Joe and Yongsoon Neu had just moved to the Hill with two children, a baby and a child of grammar-school age.

35 years ago - 1981 

Building activity on the mountain was up 33 percent from 1980. In county unicorporated areas as a whole, construction was down 42 percent from 1980.

30 years ago - 1986 

Nearly 2,000 people attended the 20th annual Harvest Festival.

25 years ago - 1991 

The Jr. Jazzercise Christmas recital took place at the Idyllwild Elementary with 72 performers, from 4 years old to mid-teens.

20 years ago - 1996 

Local children’s book author John Archambault signed copies of his books at Toys, Wood ’N’ Dreams downstairs at The Fort.

15 years ago - 2001 

The search for a 16-year-old Pine Cove boy who had been missing since Nov. 15 ended five days later when a friend confessed to his murder and led investigators to the body.

10 years ago - 2006

Released helicopter fuel, a possible source of water contamination at Foster Lake, was found and removed before any contamination occured.

5 years ago - 2011

A 14-year-old boy, identified as Isreal Delatorre, of Coachella, was accidentally shot while hunting with family members. The boy succumbed to injuries at the scene in the forest, about an hour after the incident.

1 year ago - 2015

California Department of Parks and Recreation rescued six people in three separate incidents over the four-day holiday.

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