Cars at Alpine Pantry’s new location (now Mile High Café) were proof of the restaurant’s popularity in June 1972.File photo
Cars at Alpine Pantry’s new location (now Mile High Café) were proof of the restaurant’s popularity in June 1972. File photo

60 years ago - 1956

Hill Republicans and Independent voters turned out 134 strong to the Dwight Eisenhower birthday party at the Hillbilly Lodge. Featured speaker was Loyd Wright Sr., president of the American Bar Association.

55 years ago - 1961

The Tahquitz Lake Golf Club opened to capacity business.

50 years ago - 1966

A 50-unit campground was under construction at Stone Creek.

45 years ago - 1971

Mountain Center Free School closed for the week in protest against all wars.

40 years ago -  1976 

Just shy of an acre of land at the intersection of Morris Ranch Road and Highway 74 was donated by Jack Garner for the home of the Garner Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

35 years ago - 1981

Hillfolk getting ready for Halloween probably shopped for sweet deals at the Cornet store, where 16-ounce bags of Baby Ruth or Butterfinger candy bars were sold for $1.66 each and a bag of Tootsie Rolls were only 73 cents.

30 years ago - 1986

The proposed Pine Cove Zoning Study was approved by the Riverside County Planning Commission. In most instances, the proposal downgraded use of property and included only six lots designated for commercial use.

25 years ago - 1991

Astronomer and Town Crier “Sky Watch” columnist Joe Neu wrote that folk should watch for one of the most prominent constellations in the fall night sky, Andromeda, named for a mythological princess.

20 years ago - 1996

In response to a drop in local tourism after the Bee Canyon Fire, Mary Zachar, along with her late husband Rudy, owners of the Mile High Lodge (now Mile High Country Inn), were leading an effort of local businesses owners to promote Idyllwild. As a result, two “Magical Idyllwild” billboards were privately financed and installed along Interstate 10.

15  years ago - 2001

Idyllwild resident and film writer, director and actor Steve Savage was producing his independent, low-budget film “Turquoise,” shot mostly on the Hill.

10 years ago - 2006

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an $8,000 grant to the Mountain Community Patrol, a nonprofit whose volunteers provide crime prevention and community-safety programs on the Hill under the auspices of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

5 years ago - 2011

Insolvency for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District had been postponed. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a loan or advance of $450,000 to IFPD.

1 year ago - 2015

Chris Thile, a former Idyllwild resident, was set to become permanent host of Garrison Keillor’s long running radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.”

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