In April 1967, a snowstorm coated this sign at Holly Springs on the Devil’s Slide Trail a week after Easter. An oldtimer said, “Well, we always have snow on Easter and Easter came early this year. file photo

70 years ago - 1949
The U.S. Forest Service reported that 90 inches of snow had fallen in Idyllwild since Oct. 1.

65 years ago - 1954
Local children, in the spirit of making this “America’s Cleanest Forest,” launched a cleanup campaign.

60 years ago - 1959
ISOMATA appointed a committee to develop plans for a 10th-anniversary celebration in the summer.

55 years ago - 1964
William Dickinson, pioneer Idyllwild developer who was president of the Idyllwild Mountain Park Company, passed away at his Fern Valley home.

50 years ago - 1969
Emsy Dunn, former Idyllwild School principal, was chosen to receive a Freedoms Foundation award.

45 years ago - 1974
In the midst of a severe gasoline shortage throughout the southland, Hill gas stations were able to provide gas to visitors until Monday of the three-day Washington’s Birthday holiday.

40 years ago - 1979
Opposing groups argued their viewpoints on the proposed Baldy Mountain recreational vehicle park at a public meeting at Town Hall.

35 years ago - 1984
Lake Hemet Municipal Water District officials announced plans to develop the southern shore of Lake Hemet into a 500- to 600-campsite individual ownership campground.
30 years ago - 1989
The project application and plot plans were submitted to the county for the Skyline Retreat Project. The controversial project proposed a complex on Strawberry Creek containing a conference center, a 120-room hotel, a 168-seat restaurant, a health center, a spa and about 10 retail shops.

25 years ago - 1994
Idyllwild Water District officials were considering increasing rates to remedy a budget shortfall that had existed for more than a decade. Sewer fund revenues were not covering the expenses of operating the sewer, creating a $36,000 annual shortfall.

20 years ago - 1999
Local teenagers put on a “For Teens by Teens Valentine’s Dance” at Town Hall. Mountain Community Patrol provided security for the event.

15 years ago - 2004
The newly paved Contreras Road leading to the Hamilton Museum in Anza was opened to traffic thanks to $130,000 in funds from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

10 years ago - 2009
Already a winter for the records, with the fourth-highest snowfall totals for February, Idyllwild received more rain and snow over Valentine’s Day weekend, with snowfall totals for Feb. 9 to 15 of 18.7 inches. The 16th brought another 1.75 inches. Higher elevations received more snow accumulation.

5 years ago - 2014
A Banning man was arraigned on 13 felony counts connected to nine arson fires in Riverside and San Bernardino counties between 2011 and 2013, the Riverside County District Attorney’s office announced. Six of the fires were in the San Jacinto Mountains.

1 year ago - 2018
Silver Pines won the Adult Coed Volleyball League Championships.

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