Sarah Metz, top left, and Jeffrey Adams, top right, checked the audience for familiar faces during their graduation from the Idyllwild Child Development Center. Meanwhile, Katie Timlin, bottom left, and Lacy Schneider centered their attention on each other. Town Crier Archives

70 years ago - 1950

A new layout for the Idyllwild brochure was planned at a meeting of the Chamber’s Businessmen’s Committee. 

  65 years ago - 1955

State Park Ranger Frank Davies reported he would have a six-man crew working on the backcountry trails during summer. Extensive repairs were planned for the trails that were damaged by the September flash flood.

60 years ago - 1960

County crews were adding new corrals and feeding troughs at the Horsemen’s Camp in Mountain Center. 

55 years ago - 1965

Lloyd Wood was sworn in as Idyllwild’s postmaster. He replaced Rita Patton, who retired after 26 years of service.

50 years ago - 1970

It was reported that the Big Cedar Glen Property Owners Association was in favor of the new county park, even though members would have preferred the land remain the property of the U.S. Forest Service.

40 years ago - 1980

Idyllwild crime reports were down 20% compared to the previous year.

35 years ago - 1985

A 93,000-gallon water storage tank owned by the Pine Cove County Water District collapsed, releasing a 64,000-gallon flood of water onto a two-block area in Pine Cove. No one was injured but several homes and a single car were damaged. 

30 years ago - 1990

Receiving nearly $100,000 less than requested in Riverside County augmentation funds, the Idyllwild Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners voted to increase the special district assessment fee from $20 to $30 for the 1990-91 fiscal year.   

15 years ago - 2005 

Idyllwild Arts Academy faculty member Todd Carpenter was fundraising for student scholarships. Riding his bike from Idyllwild to Waukesha, Wisconsin, his plan was to make stops in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin asking for donations in each city. Before he left Idyllwild he had already raised $2,500. 

10 years ago - 2010

The Idyllwild Trailer Park was under the county microscope for alleged violations of county code, including substandard electrical wiring attached to trees as well as resident violations.

5 years ago - 2015

A Lake Hemet Campground opened a water park for the first time. An estimated 1,500 people sunbathed, swam and enjoyed the new water-park structures.

1 year ago - 2019

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program was getting ready for another chapter in its history of engagement with Native American arts by hosting the Native American Arts Festival.