Ed Sher, then 32, passed through Idyllwild in May of 1982 on his way via horseback from San Diego to West Virginia to visit his three children. File photo

60 years ago - 1952
A meeting was announced to consider school unification. Under the proposal, Idyllwild’s school would be combined with the Hemet-San Jacinto District.

50 years ago - 1962
Logging trucks started rolling in May Valley, where the Big Bear Timber Company began salvage operations on pines damaged by severe insect attack. About 4.5 million board-feet of lumber was to be cut.

40 years ago - 1972
Adults were only being charged $1.50 to watch “Blue Water, White Death” at the Rustic Theatre. Students were being charged $1 and children were charged $.75.

35 years ago - 1977
The Idyllwild Elementary School Parents Club sponsored a Pancake breakfast in Town Hall.

30 years ago - 1982
A fundraising spaghetti dinner for the Idyllwild Softball Association was scheduled for May 24.

25 years ago - 1987
For the third year in a row, Hill resident and potter David Salk received the “Award for Excellence” in ceramics at the La Quinta Art Festival.

20 years ago - 1992
At the RadioShack that used to be located in Strawberry Creek Square, cassette players were being sold for only $29.95 - and that was with $10 off.

15 years ago - 1997
A trio of angry parents complained about a school bus driver during the Hemet Unified School District board meeting. They criticized his behavior toward their teenage sons and daughters.

10 years ago - 2002
Riverside County Health Officer Gary Feldman announced that, due the shortage of antivenom nationwide, there wasn’t enough antivenom at any hospital to treat a single case of serious snake bite.

5 years ago - 2007
The Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco announced that he would seek the death penalty for Raymond Oyler, an arsonist responsible for the deaths of 5 U.S. Forest Sevice firefighters in October 2006.

1 year ago - 2011
The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit and Sheriff’s Department conducted two rescues of PCT hikers, both having become debilitated as a result of dehydration.