Past Tense: July 27, 2017

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65 years ago - 1952

Capt. Carmen Durr-ance, international president of NIP, was on the Hill. NIP stands for Not Important People. The organization was founded on April Fool’s Day.

60 years ago - 1957

Work started on Bluebird Hill Lodge, which was planned to be Idyllwild’s most elaborate motel. A children’s playground, a coffee shop and glassed-in brunch rooms were promised. Dr. Trestin Harris was the owner.

55 years ago - 1962

Fish and Game Department surveyors found a large lamb crop among the bighorn sheep in the Santa Rosa Mountains. The ratio was 42 lambs observed per 100 ewes.

50 years ago - 1967

Mickey Regal and Lora Steere, with others, climbed to Tahquitz Peak. At one point, Mickey’s legs went mushy. But some passersby reassured her: “If you fall, you know you’ll be killed, so there’s nothing to worry about.”

45 years ago - 1972 

A fire of incendiary origin burned 200 acres in May Valley, 2 airline miles south of Idyllwild.

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As Idyllwild had earlier, Pine Cove placed limitations on the use of water during the shortage.

35 years ago - 1982 

More than 100 people participated in a Renaissance pageant at USC-Idyllwild.

25 years ago - 1992

The Idyllwild Clinic celebrated its first year on the Hill.

20 years ago - 1997 

The Historic Idyllwild house was finally removed from the property of Idyllwild  School. It had been named Zo House after the previous owner, Mary Zo Judson.

10 years ago - 2007 

Gov. Arnold Schwar- zenegger proclaimed a state of emergency. Schwarzenegger highlighted the drought damage to the water supply for people, as well as $4 million in crop losses.

5 years ago - 2012

Jennifer Gee became the new director of the University of California James Reserve north of Idyllwild.

1 year ago - 2016

Idyllwild Water District filed a $50,000 lawsuit against its own director, Steven Kunkle.

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