Brian Kretsinger (left) and Eddie Arredondo hurdle logs during the choker set competition in the June, 1995, Lion’s Club Timber Festival at County Park. Arredondo took first place and Kretsinger took second. File photo

65 years ago - 1947
It was announced that whoever was nearest the button would blow the fire siren daily at noon. No guarantee was made, however, that the timing would be accurate.


40 years ago - 1972
The Idyllwild Water board held a public meeting to answer questions about the water shortage. One resident called it a “sanctioned gripe session.”

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Ernie Maxwell was appointed to the Watershed Fire Council of Southern California.

35 years ago - 1977
Idyllwild resident Liesl Barnett was confirmed as a one-year appointee to the Riverside Grand Jury.

30 years ago - 1982
The second Idyllwild 10 Kilometer Run brought 234 runners along the course. An added attraction was a 5 Kilometer Run.

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Riverside denied a lease proposal to stage a mammoth three-day rock festival on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation.

25 years ago - 1987
The 37th Summer Program at ISOMATA began without a hitch.

20 years ago - 1992
Doug Henninger and Becky Kelley were the overall men’s and women’s champions of the third Lions Club Timber Fest.

15 years ago - 1997
Another Fourth of July Parade was being planned and entries were being received. The community planned a first-rate Fourth of July weekend.

10 years ago - 2002
A State Department of Health inspection of Idyllwild Water District operations was moved up the schedule and given priority status because of controversy over the district’s plans to use a well that is known to have high levels of radioactivity (Well 1A).

5 years ago - 2007
The historic A.C. Lovekin cedar tree came down to become the material for David Roy’s new Idyllwild Tree Monument. Located on Tahquitz Road in Fern Valley, this tree was allegedly once used in World War II as a defense system to spot enemy fighters on the coast, which could be seen from a platform at the tree’s top.

1 year ago - 2011
The Town Crier announced the three finalists for the first Ernie Maxwell Community Spirit Award: Idyllwild Community Fund, Mountain Community Patrol, and the Woodies. The award, by community vote, ultimately went to the Woodies.