35 YEARS AGO: A new fixture was placed in front of the Info Center – a life-sized steel moose was set up facing towards Highway 5. The moose is a sculpture by B.C. artist Bert Vandergugten from Victoria, who was awarded the contract to sculpt a life-sized moose out of steel. He made a miniature sculpture out of wax to use as a guideline. The size of the steel moose is the actual size of moose around the Clearwater area. It took approximately three months to construct and is made of ¼-inch plate steel, with no sharp edges.
25 YEARS AGO: The Clearwater Probation Office was set to be the next government service pulled out of the valley and into Kamloops, away from the people it serves. Probation officer Susan Knoss said at the time she had a caseload of about 50 to 55 persons on probation or in the community corrections system in some way. On average, she said, about 25 per cent of those people had been convicted of a violent crime or sexual offense of some sort. Family and youth services were also to be moved to Kamloops.
20 YEARS AGO: An overnight 12-hour chase through snow-covered Pumptown resulted in the recapture of an escapee from Bear Creek. Persistent determination by a Clearwater RCMP detachment member and a police service dog handler and his dogs was credited with the arrest. The suspect walked away from the Bear Creek Correctional Centre shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Local authorities searched until 6 a.m. the following day with no luck. A few hours later at 11 a.m., police responded to a call about a suspicious person near Highway 5 about five kilometres south of Clearwater. After 3spotting the suspect, the search continued in the bush and was accompanied by dogs and a helicopter.
5 YEARS AGO: The proposed twinning of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline might cause some disruptions but overall will be a benefit to the people and communities of the North Thompson Valley, according to Mayor John Harwood. The mayor also pointed out that there is no question the extra taxes from the upgraded pipeline would make this a stronger community. The completed project would result in several hundred thousand dollars a year to local schools, hospital and the municipality.
1 YEAR AGO: Members of the Clearwater RCMP detachment parked a cruiser at Buy-Low Foods for the first Cram the Cruiser event to support the Clearwater and District Food Bank. Detachment officers and staff accepted non-perishable donations, packing the cab of the cruiser, as well as the box. Cash donations were accepted as well. At the end of the day, the donations were taken to the food bank where they were weighed. A total of 1,282 pounds of food items and $1,550 in cash were donated, all of which went directly to the food bank.