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50 YEARS AGO:

Members of the North Thompson District Women's Institutes met in Little Fort for their 18th annual convention.

Experts were arguing about the dimensions of British Columbia's “Big Stick.” Old-timers report that the tree, a Douglas fir felled in Vancouver in 1895, exceeded the giant Sequoia or California in overall measurement. The gargantuan fir was allegedly 417 feet high, with 300 feet clear to the first limb. Butt diameter was 25 feet and the bark was 16 inches thick. Butt circumference at the ground measured nine feet through.

45 YEARS AGO:

A Burnaby man was dead and another man escaped with a sprained ankle after their loaded flat-deck truck failed to negotiate the corner at the north side of the Clearwater Bridge and slammed into the bank.

Members of the Clearwater unit of the Central North Thompson Ladies Hospital Auxiliary presented their third annual fashion show at the Wells Gray Hotel. Belle MacGregor provided the commentary, while Mavis Parker coordinated the fashions.

Blue River Fire Department held its first practice of the season as they eliminated two old buildings behind Mrs. Wadlow's house. Fire chief was Andy Fex.

40 YEARS AGO:

A proposed uranium mine near Birch Island would be a “Pandora's Box,” said Bert Heywood, president of the Yellowhead Ecological Association. He was speaking at an information meeting at the Birch Island hall with about 70 people present.

A large crowd was on hand for the grand opening of the Evergreen Acres senior citizens' home in Clearwater. Master of ceremonies was Don Nelson, while Lloyd Strickland delivered the dedication. Lions Society chairman Bill Mattenley gave a brief history of the building.

35 YEARS AGO:

Work was under way on a new medical and dental clinic on Park Drive. The 5,180 sq. ft. structure was to be completed in September.

Judges chose Bev Simpson as Clearwater May Queen. Cari Reedman was First Princess, while Shelly Carmichael was Miss Congeniality.

25 YEARS AGO:

School taxes paid by the median homeowner in Clearwater were to decrease by $35. The figure applied to a home assessed at $30,500. Half of the residences in the school district were valued at more than that figure, half at less.

About 20 to 25 former students, staff and trustees joined Dutch Lake Elementary School students as the school celebrated its 25th anniversary. One room was converted to 1967 decor, complete with text from that date.

20 YEARS AGO:

Higher than average temperatures at night at high elevations were causing snow to melt and putting the North Thompson valley on flood alert. Louis Creek was on a rampage, with about 200 truckloads of rip-rap used to reinforce its banks.

Volunteer fire departments in Vavenby, Blackpool and Barriere signed on to a scheme with TNRD to lease three new pumper trucks, to be delivered by Sept. 1. The main pumper trucks at three departments were facing the ends of their useful lives.

M.P. Nelson Riis vowed to create 28,000 jobs in his Kamloops and area riding in the next term, or he would resign.

15 YEARS AGO:

Local physicians closed the Clearwater Medical Centre as part of a one-day provincial day of protest over government cutbacks. “The main reason was to support ... calling for binding arbitration,” explained Dr. Ifor Thomas.

Clearwater Secondary drama students staged “The Worst High School Play in the World.” Good-sized crowds turned out for the comedy.

10 YEARS AGO:

The province provided Wells Gray Search and Rescue with a $15,000 grant for personal protective gear for swift water rescue. Members of the volunteer organization would also be offered training for swift water rescue at an upcoming regional session in Merritt. Air search volunteers would get new high-tech radio equipment to better communicate with crews on the ground.

Heavy machinery was stockpiling rip-rap at 10 km on Camp Two Road as part of pre-flood preparations. Funding for the project was supplied by the Provincial Emergency Program. “Both the North and South Thompson rivers are considered a high risk for flooding,” said Terry Kress, manager of emergency services for Thompson Nicola Regional District.

5 YEARS AGO:

A lady credit union manager from Ghana, Leticia Ahiabu, was to join the Interior Savings Credit Union branch in Clearwater for three days as part of the Canadian Cooperative Association's Women's Mentorship Program. “It's like winning a lottery for her. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Clearwater manager Gina Walchuk.

Clearwater Minor Ball president Melody Romeo asked town council for assistance in hosting the Peewee/Midget provincial softball championships in July.

1 YEAR AGO:

Simpcw First Nation chief Nathan Matthew and Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson signed a mutual benefits agreement for the Trans Mountain expansion project. “The rights of the Simpcw people have been addressed,” Matthew said. “Your community can share in the prosperity that will come from this project,” added Anderson.

Fire prohibitions in Kamloops Fire Centre began early, with Category 2 and 3 open fires banned as of May 15. Campfires and cooking stoves were still allowed.

Clearwater was to receive one full-time paramedic and Blue River one half-time under a new community para-medicine program. Under the program, paramedics would provide basic, non-urgent health-care in partnership with local health-care providers.

 

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