Past Tense: September 21, 2017

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65 years ago - 1952

Lake Hemet in 1966. file photo

Enrollment when Idyll-wild Elementary School opened in the fall was 72 students.

60 years ago - 1957

Deer season opened on a quiet note with 68 bucks taken on the first weekend. District Ranger John Gillman reported the opener was one of the quietest on the Forest Service record.

55 years ago - 1962

No measurable rainfall was recorded in Idyllwild all summer long.

50 years ago - 1967

“Idyllwild has been host this month to a distinguished and infrequent visitor from afar,” Dorothy Bryant confided to her readers. The visitor: the Rosebreasted Grosbeak.

45 years ago - 1972

A Piper Cub crash landed in the mountains between Idyllwild and Hemet but the pilot walked away uninjured.

40 years ago - 1977

Hill residents were seeing a lot of logging vehicles. Golden Bear Logging Company had been hauling away thinned trees for two months. The company created the Strawberry Fuelbreak.

35 years ago - 1982

Following a long-distance telephone outage, several local residents expressed concern about the Hill being cut off from emergency services. Because of this concern, Idyllwild residents were told by an official at General Telephone that a direct telephone line to Hemet would be installed at the Idyllwild Fire Station in case of such emergencies.

30 years ago - 1987

Immediate water conservation measures were requested by the Idyllwild Water District because of a dramatic decrease in water availability. Customers were asked to restrict their use of water in irrigating plants and washing their cars and driveways.

25 years ago - 1992

Mike Hamilton, University of California biologist and director of the James San Jacinto Mountain Reserve, returned from a three-week trip to Russia and the Ukraine where he helped map the area of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster. He also helped set up a computerized educational system for government and city officials about the levels of radiation.

20 years ago - 1997

Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce members selected a new director of Town Hall. Lori Swenck was selected to start her position on Oct. 1.

15  years ago - 2002

CDF named Kevin Turner division chief in charge of prefire management for Riverside County. He had previously been assistant chief of the Bautista division.

10  years ago - 2007

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors appointed Stanley Sniff to succeed Sheriff Bob Doyle, who had announced his retirement.

5 years ago - 2012

Pine Cove Water District was about to receive more than $330,000 in federal money. At a board workshop, General Manager Jerry Holldber told the board he had received confirmation that the district’s applications would be accepted.

1 year ago - 2016

Jim Billman, president of the Idyllwild Water District’s board of directors, resigned.

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