Past Tense: May 4, 2017

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In an undated photo, Roberta Gray, director of Town Hall, stands on the back stage with summer kids.
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65 years ago - 1952

Work began on a new bridge across Strawberry Creek at Fern Valley Corners, replacing a 25-year-old wooden structure.

60 years ago - 1957

It was the wettest May anyone could remember. The season’s total rain and snowfall was 5 inches below normal, but late rains and snows were extremely beneficial as summer approached. A good crop of wildflowers was assured for June and July, and the storms delayed fire duty for the Forest Service.

55 years ago - 1962

The Brankovs wrote from Jelsa na Hvaru, Yugoslavia: “This island is noted for its perfect climate, and the hotels do not charge their patrons if there is freezing weather, rain for three hours, or one hour of fog.”

50 years ago - 1967

Roberta Gray won a $500 scholarship for her junior year at UCR.

45 years ago - 1972 

The Bear Flag Festival, Idyllwild Chamber officials announced, would be scaled down and not tourist-oriented due to a water shortage.

40 years ago - 1977 

Faced with an unusual number of highly qualified candidates, trustees of the Idyllwild Scholarship Fund appealed to the public for more donations.

35 years ago - 1982 

A map showing neighborhood warden routes and naming volunteers for duty in Idyllwild was to be on display for public viewing, according to Jerry Holsclaw, disaster preparedness officer on the Hill.

30 years ago - 1987 

Gene Schneider was presented a cash award and plaque from the U.S. Forest Service in appreciation of his nine seasons as the Tahquitz Peak lookout.

25 years ago - 1992

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors upheld a denial of a public-use permit that would have allowed a single-family home in Idyllwild to hold religious conferences for married couples.

20 years ago - 1997 

A plan to replace the Idyllwild Transfer Station with community drop-off centers was being proposed. The plan preserved an arrangement where trash bins would be positioned at several spots around the village.

15 years ago - 2002 

Idyllwild Water District’s general manager announced plans to introduce a well with low levels of radioactivity into the district’s distribution system.

10 years ago - 2007

Southern California Edison crews had tagged the historic A.C. Lovekin cedar tree, across from the Fern Valley Inn, for removal.

5 years ago - 2012

Janel Pearl Ramirez, 31, was formally charged with sexual encounters with a minor. Ramirez, a English teacher at Hemet High School, grew up in Idyllwild. She pleaded guilty.

 

1 year ago - 2016

A deceased female found along Highway 74 was identified as Bianca Bogarin, 25, of Moreno Valley, according to the county Sheriff’s Department.

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