Past Tense: September 7, 2017

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60 years ago - 1957

Joe McGaugh, Sheriff’s Deputy Brady Barker and Mike Dunn with the body of a 10-year-old boy who froze to death at Stone Creek in 1950. file photo

Pine Dell Estates was a new development in town, just below the village on National Forest Highway [aka Highway 243].

55 years ago - 1962

It had been 75 days since the last measurable moisture. High temperature for the week was a sizzling 96 degrees.

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With the new Sabin oral polio vaccine available, the County Medical Association was planning a massive immunization program called “Sabin on Sundays.”

50 years ago - 1967

ISOMATA [Idyllwild Arts Academy] was the beneficiary of $80,000 in donations during the year, Dr. Max Krone reported.

45 years ago - 1972

The Vista Fire was controlled after 3,440 acres of brush and timber had been blackened. It was the worst fire in this area since 1943.

35 years ago - 1982

Capparelli Realty won the men’s softball championship for the season.

30 years ago - 1987

Local firefighting officials reported that the siege of lightning-sparked wildfires throughout California had taken its toll on the Idyllwild firefighting force. The first 10 days of September also saw a total of 18 lightning-caused fires in the area.

20 years ago - 1997

A fierce storm hit Idyllwild with lightning, thunder and sheets of rain. An estimated 500 residents were out of electrical power anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours. No major weather-related injuries were reported. Idyllwild Fire reported a total of 0.43 inches of rain.

10 years ago - 2007

In the wake of the reactions to their resignations, Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce President Bill Triplett and 2nd Vice President Lou Bacher changed their minds and rescinded their resignations.

5 years ago - 2012 

The Grand Priory of the Hospitallier Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem honored four community groups and numerous Idyllwild citizens for their community service work at a black tie dinner at the Creekstone Inn.

1 year ago - 2016 

The San Jacinto Mountain Community Center board was being preliminary considered to run the recreation programs in Idyllwild.

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