Josef and Miranda Marais, world balladeers, performed frequently at ISOMATA in the 1970s.
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70 years ago - 1948

Movie star Tim Holt was in town with a film company shooting a western picture in Garner Valley. He brought his favorite movie horse, Lightning, for the film shooting.

65 years ago - 1953

Four children — Earlene Dick, Jimmy Johnson, Gary Anderson and Arty Yates — formed the entire graduating class at the local school.

60 years ago - 1958

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Minnich returned to Cow Bell Alley after a 10,000-mile jaunt across the country.

55 years ago - 1963

The first car moved up cables to the Long Valley station of the $8.1-million Palm Springs Aerial Tramway project.

50 years ago - 1968

The Olympic-sized swimming pool on the campus of Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts was opened to the public.

45 years ago - 1973

Local Boy Scout Troop 50, along with 16 more units from the California Inland Empire Council, set up practice camp at Camp Emerson. They were preparing for a trip to Idaho where 40,000 Scouts would assemble for the Jamboree.

40 years ago - 1978

Bill Whitener, Idyllwild County Water District general manager, announced that a 60-percent cutback in funds generated from local property tax revenue was anticipated for the next year due to the passage of Proposition 13.

35 years ago - 1983

Plans for the upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend were being made all over the Hill. Festivities would include the Idyllwild Garden Club’s flower show, the American Legion’s Deep Pit Barbecue, an Idyllwild Lion’s Club pancake breakfast, an Ecology Fair at Town Hall, a fine arts show at a local church and a concert in the Idyllwild Pines Amphitheatre.

30 years ago - 1988

At an autograph party, Ernie Maxwell, founding publisher and editor of the Town Crier, was signing copies of his new book, “Pictorial History of the San Jacinto Mountains.”

25 years ago - 1993

Hemet High graduated nine Hill students. More than $9,000 in scholarships were given to these local students.

20 years ago - 1998

The Fern Valley Water District board decided not to consider a joint allocation of stream resources within its permitted water rights.

15 years ago - 2003

Due to near-normal rainfall, Foster Lake, Idyllwild Water District’s reservoir, was at 20 feet and full for the first time in five years.

10 years ago - 2008

St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Church members completed a labyrinth they spent months building out of bricks next to the sanctuary.

5 years ago - 2013

Long-time Idyllwild Library volunteer Bonnie Doshier, and Hemet Unified School District Trustee Bill Sanborn and family were leaving the Hill.

1 year ago - 2017

A magnitude 3.5 quake, the fourth since June 7 above magnitude 3 to strike near the Idyllwild area, occurred.

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