About a foot of snow came the week before Easter in April 1998, putting a new twist on holiday traditions. Shown here sledding are Megan Read and Mitchell Biley. File photo

65 years ago - 1948
The Town Crier noted evidence that the dog population was getting out of hand: “Many pets are apparently dissatisfied with their homes and prefer just to hang around the post office.”

60 years ago - 1953
County Civil Defense Coordinator Col. O.S. Dresher told a Town Hall audience that the community would not be used as a refugee center for city dwellers in the event of an atomic attack or invasion.

55 years ago - 1958
The Idyllwild Arts Foundation was inviting donations to help build a swimming pool on campus.

50 years ago - 1963
A light rain settled the dust in town, but the season’s moisture total amounted to only 11.32 inches.

45 years ago - 1968
An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude rocked the Hill, but only minor damage was reported in Idyllwild and Pine Cove.

40 years ago - 1973
The first meeting was held of a group of women planning to form a local chapter of the Soroptimist International Association.

35 years ago - 1978
The West Area Planning Council approved the 610-space Baldy Mountain Recreational Vehicle Park proposed near Mountain Center by Jack Garner, Garner Valley rancher.

30 years ago - 1983
A 147-foot pine tree on Tahquitz Drive was declared a public hazard and was cut down by Mike Pearson, owner of Pearson’s Wood Service in Mountain Center.

25 years ago - 1988
Because of changes made in General Telephone’s equipment in Idyllwild, Hill residents would be able to have a choice of long-distance telephone service providers.

20 years ago - 1993
Plans were being made for the fourth-annual Timber Festival sponsored by the Lions Club and held at Idyllwild County Park. One of the competitions would be the greased pole climb.

15 years ago - 1998
Local resident Conor O’Farrell starred in the HBO mini-series, “From the Earth to the Moon,” which told the story of space missions that led to the United States putting a man on the moon. He could be seen in episodes one, five and eight.

10 years ago - 2003
Elizabeth Monson of Pine Cove, in support of her Jewish faith and culture, spent three weeks of her vacation volunteering in the Israeli Army.

5 years ago - 2008
Declining interest, aging membership and an inability to recruit new members was hampering the Idyllwild Lions Club’s activities.

1 year ago - 2012
In response to a crime escalation in Idyllwild, Supervisor Jeff Stone assembled top public safety agency officials to talk to residents about issues of crime and public safety on the Hill. Few attended.