A large crowd of onlookers gathers at Idyllwild Pines Camp in this April 1992 photo, as Tahquitz Chainsaw Co. crews take down a 300-year-old, 173-foot ponderosa pine. The tree was dead. Pictured in the foreground is Bob Baker; Doug Henninger and Mark Loutzenhiser work further down. File photo

45 years ago – 1967
County Supervisors approved a request from the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce for the relocation of butane space heaters at the Town Hall.

40 years ago – 1972
Mrs. Iva Lee Bowen, of Idyllwild, was killed in a head-on collision with a California Highway Patrol car on Lamb’s Canyon Road between Beaumont and Palm Springs.

35 years ago – 1977
Property in the Idyllwild area was reappraised, as the county strived to develop a three-year appraisal cycle.

30 years ago – 1982
The annual 5-10 K Alpine Run, which was sponsored by the Idyllwild Rotary Club, went by swimmingly.

15 years ago – 1997
Samuel Nelson Nesbitt, a Stone Creek man charged with operating a large-scale meth lab, had his hearing with Judge Albert Wojcik postponed.

10 years ago – 2002
The California Court of Appeals ruled that Pine Cove murder suspect, Kacee Monroe, 17, would be prosecuted as an adult for the murder of 16-year-old Austin Ross (also of Pine Cove).

5 years ago – 2007
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program instructor Natasha Tretheway won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her work “Native Guard.”

1 year ago – 2011
In their second national festival competition, in Reno, Nev., Idyllwild Arts’ jazz sextet “Eagles’ Nest” took home the bronze and senior trumpet man Caleb Hensinger claimed the gold. Guitarist Lake Jiroudek was named to the Festival High School All Star Band.