70 years ago - 1952
Volunteers were busy finishing the interior of the Catholic Church in knotty pine.

65 years ago - 1957
Celebrating Fire Protection Week, Chief Bill Price rolled trucks into the school yard to demonstrate equipment. The show ended when assisting room mothers handed out ice cream cones to all.

60 years ago - 1962
Don McLain, veteran map maker, revealed that Marion Mountain was named for Marian Kelly of White Cloud, Michigan, who camped here with her family in 1900. E.T. Perkins, topographer for the U.S. Geological Survey team working in the region, named the peak for Miss Kelly.

55 years ago - 1967
The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce asked the county Board of Supervisors for a feasibility study for a mountain airport.

45 years ago - 1977
Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a bill allocating up to $3,000 for the study of a new route to the Deer Springs Trail. The old route crossed private property.

40 years ago - 1982
Nearly $700 was raised for the California Nuclear Weapon Freeze Initiative campaign at a “Potluck for Peace” program at Silver Pines Lodge in Idyllwild.

30 years ago - 1992
Some 230 pro-life activists stood along Highway 243 with signs that read, “Abortion kills children.” The “life chain” was a demonstration done in cities and towns all over the country. This was the first time a “life chain” had been held in Idyllwild.

25 years ago - 1997
Fern Valley Water District officials voted to explore other water diversion options after Idyllwild Water District General Manager Tom Lovejoy threatened to file a complaint if the district doubled its water intake.

20 years ago - 2002
The San Jacinto Mountain Water Study Agency put out a special plea to residents and groups to write letters in support of the grant application for a chance of getting up to
$250,000 in state funds to help prepare a Hill water management plan.

15 years ago - 2007
Amidst the clouds and rain, the Twin Pines Ranch in Banning celebrated its 60th anniversary before about 65 well-wishers, including three former cadets.

10 years ago - 2012
The Red Shank Riders assisted the San Diego Natural History Museum in its survey of the local mountains.

5 years ago - 2017
The Snow Group met with California state Sen. Jeff Stone at his Murrieta office to share a PowerPoint presentation, which illustrated the Hill’s snow-play visitor problems and proposed solutions.

1 year ago - 2021
While Idyllwild, Pine Cove and residents to the north (south of Poppet Flats) all opposed the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, the communities to the south — Garner Valley and Anza — overwhelmingly supported his proposed recall. And in the middle, Mountain Center, by one vote, supported the recall.