Back in Time

10 YEARS AGO: 67% in favour of Highway 5 roundabout

Back in time: A snapshot in history

25 YEARS AGO: Despite the best intentions of the North Thompson Aquatic Society, there may be no way for a community the size of Clearwater to support a swimming pool complex without large operating deficits each year. Long-time opponent o the Clearwater swimming pool proposals Roy Cragg, checking the feasibility of other small community pools in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, discovered that even newer facilities cannot support themselves without large infusions from taxpayers. Cragg contacted both Merritt and Logan Lake to determine operating costs and trends of their pools. His findings supported his theory that small communities have trouble funding their pools.

20 YEARS AGO: There will be no backcountry ranger program in Wells Gray Park. There were formerly four backcountry rangers in the park, said B.C. Parks regional manager Monty Downs. The rangers were seasonal auxiliaries who typically worked from about May until September or October. Budget considerations had forced B.C. Parks to cut back on the program. Many travellers will not notice the difference, Downs predicted. The Wells Gray corridor, Spahats and North Thompson Park would be serviced a senior ranger.

10 YEARS AGO: Comments collected during a meeting showed 67 per cent of those attending were in favour of a roundabout on Highway 5. Coun. Barry Banford said the number of people who attended two proposal events impressed him. People from the District had met with representatives from Jim’s Food Market who said they would rather a stoplight than the roundabout, and wanted to see more public input into any decision on the corner. The roundabout was still an unfunded project, meaning no money had been budgeted for it, though it would be a provincial responsibility. The municipality is not responsible for highways.

1 YEAR AGO: The first doses of the COVID-19 Moderna mRNA vaccine had been officially administered at the Interior Health clinic held at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. Those aged 80 and older, including their spouses, and Indigenous peoples over 65, started to receive their vaccinations on March 22. Lawrence Barber, 83, was one of the 102 residents who booked in to receive their shots and he said getting the vaccine gave him a feeling of relief. He added he was excited to soon be able to see his children and grandchildren again. Those receiving their first doses would return in about four weeks time to get their second doses.

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