70 years ago - 1948

ISOMATA (now Idyllwild Arts) Summer Programs drawing and painting instructor Harry Sternberg in 1971.

A handful of energetic men, women and children scrambled up and down Strawberry Creek, building little dams. The purpose was to deepen the pools and provide quieter living conditions for fish.

65 years ago - 1953

The Chamber of Commerce published a 32-page pictorial magazine called “We Live in Idyllwild” that featured photographs of the mountain, its hillfolk and town activities.

60 years ago - 1958

Rotarians were trying to form a club on the Hill.

55 years ago - 1963

The Rev. Eugenia Horowitz opened Chapel in the Pines on Tollgate Road for metaphysical services.

50 years ago - 1968

Only a slight indication of smog damage to ponderosa pines in the San Jacinto Mountains was reported by the U.S. Forest Service. In the Lake Arrowhead area, however, the forest was said to be dying.

45 years ago - 1973

Results of an opinion survey conducted by a University  of California, Riverside team showed that mountain residents thought their communities were good places to live. The biggest advantage cited was the “natural environment.”

40 years ago - 1978

An intensive pesticide program was started to rid Dark Canyon Campground of traces of bubonic plague. The opening of the camping site would be delayed at least two weeks until U.S. Forest Service officials determined there was not more than one flea on every rodent they examined.

35 years ago - 1983

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the acceptance of Goldenrod Road into the County Road Maintenance System.

30 years ago - 1988

Fund-raising continued for the proposed Idyllwild-area emergency radio station with the sale of WNKI buttons, designed by local artist Jan Jaspers-Fayer.

25 years ago - 1993

Idyllwild Library had a new reading room thanks to the space being donated by Maureen Jones and funds for refurbishment by Elva Bess Cook.

20 years ago - 1998

Idyllwilders would have a say on a controversial Hemet Unified School District policy barring donations that “created undue controversy.” The policy was made after a resident offered to donate gay-oriented library materials.

15 years ago - 2003

Idyllwild parents and local artists, in response to the elimination of art in the school curriculum, helped the Idyllwild PTA form the smARTS committee, which would provide supplies, artists and parent volunteers to set up art classes.

10 years ago - 2008

An under-age drunk driver hit a power pole on South Circle Drive near Wildwood Drive, knocking out power for 1,642 Southern California Edison customers. No injuries were reported from the collision.

5 years ago - 2013

Residential burglaries were reported to have decreased after Hemet Station Sheriff’s deputies conducted a weeklong Idyllwild crime sweep in August 2012, according to the Hemet Station. Arrests were made, drug houses were cleared out and, according to the Hemet Station, the raid seemed effective in reducing crime.

1 year ago - 2017

New Village Market owner Jay McCormack and family were close to completing a full makeover of the long-established Idyllwild grocery outlet.

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