Three Hill men lend a hand in the effort by Idyllwild groups in March 1958 to refurbish and clean up the village and the forests. Here (from left) are Dick Wright, Pine Cove Realtor, Ivan Belcher, Mountain Center liquor store manager, and Ed Pellitier, Idyllwild Freight Lines, all representing the Chamber of Commerce of the San Jacinto Mountains, re-point a sign in Idyllwild. file photo

70 years ago - 1949
Chuck Holmes was the local boy selected for Boys State by the American Legion Post 800.

65 years ago - 1954
The Chamber of Com- merce was planning to host a chuckwagon dinner for the annual Fourth of July celebration.

60 years ago - 1959
Camp Maranatha’s new assembly hall, with seating for 400, was nearing completion.

55 years ago - 1964
The first order for 26 street signs was sent to the county by the Idyllwild Property Owners Association and efforts were underway to raise funds for more.

50 years ago - 1969
District Ranger Karl Tameler and State Park Supervisor William Stahlberg were among those invited to breakfast with then Gov. Ronald Reagan at the mountain station of the tramway.

45 years ago - 1974
Folk were visiting the hummingbirds at Mac and Elma McPherson’s place on John Muir Road, a popular local attraction. It was estimated that about 6,000 people visited their “Hummingbird Place” the previous summer.

40 years ago - 1979
Wildwood Music Camp began its eighth summer season at Buckhorn Camp.

35 years ago - 1984
Hill residents were told they were now required to have smog tests of their vehicles before registering them. It had been reported in February that Idyllwild-area residents were exempt from smog requirements.

30 years ago - 1989
A Forest Service prescribed burn near Bautista Canyon got out of control and burned 250 more acres than planned.

25 years ago - 1994
Smokey Bear celebrated his 50th birthday at the fifth-annual Idyllwild Lions Club Timber Festival.

20 years ago - 1999
There was a big turnout for the Pine Cove Property Owners Association’s “Pride in Pine Cove Day” Spring Cleanup.

15 years ago - 2004
Randy Owen, owner of Mountain Fire Abatement Service, donated $500 to the Idyllwild School Associated Student Body. This donation brought Owen’s total gifts to the community to $10,000.
10 years ago - 2009
Idyllwild Community Recreation Center head Chris Singer made it clear at the June 11 board meeting that the Idyllwild Community Center project is one that deserved a separate managerial committee with decision-making authority, apart from, but reporting to, the ICRC board.

5 years ago - 2014
At the adamant urging of Idyllwild Fire Chief Patrick Reitz, the district’s commission unanimously agreed to repeal all rules, regulations and policies adopted before Jan. 1, 2012.

1 year ago - 2018
Concerned about the increase in commercial-jet aircraft flying over the Hill and the potential harm to communities below, a group of residents had organized to return quiet skies to the area.

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