Nicole Madden gets support from her friends after getting her should-length hair cut off to raise more than $5,000 for the fight against cancer. This image originally appeared in the Oct. 10, 2011, issue of the Times.

Nicole Madden gets support from her friends after getting her should-length hair cut off to raise more than $5,000 for the fight against cancer. This image originally appeared in the Oct. 10, 2011, issue of the Times.

10 YEARS AGO: Clearwater Secondary student raises $5,000, shaves head for cancer research

Back in time: A snapshot of history


A special branch of the RCMP was called in to investigate the theft of a five-month-old Hereford calf in Vavenby. Officers from the Livestock Investigation Team examined the remains of a calf which had been butchered and taken from a ranch owned by Ed Shook. The B.C. Cattleman’s Association offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The Sportsplex remained open for the winter season, despite being bankrupt and a the recommendation it be closed down by TNRD executives. A referendum was scheduled in an effort to place the Sportsplex on an open-ended budgetary system to allow for fluctuating interest and inflation rates.

The Vavenby Lions Club sponsored a turkey shoot that brought marksmen and women in from all around the area to compete for hams and turkeys. Distances for the eight events were 100 yards down to 50 and 25 yards at the range set up across from the Centennial Park.


Between 50 and 60 people took part in the dedication ceremony of the rebuilt log cabin church located on the Wells Gray Ranch property and fronting the Wells Gray Park Road in Upper Clearwater.

A free Crown land grant announced by the Forest and Lands Minister, was to help to provide a more advanced weather station for the Blue River Airport and surrounding area. The Minister said 0.14 hectares of provincial land was transferred to Public Works Canada for construction of the station.

An epidemic of brown moths about a quarter-inch long was reported to be invading the area. Fall is egg-laying season for them, and concerns grew about what they would do to gardens if they weren’t controlled.


Clearwater firefighter Fred Hess had to buy his fellow firefighters a chocolate cake after a chimney fire at his Sunshine Valley home. Fire Chief Bernie Richardson said it’s a tradition with the Clearwater department to bring a cake after a fire at a member’s house.

Clearwater Secondary School student Crystal Anderson provided a report to School District 26 about her trip top Europe. She visited Germany and Austria over the summer with help from SD26, to compare education systems. Anderson noted the trip was “excellent” overall.

A Canadian expedition which included Clearwater resident Ross Cloutier and Hilda Reimer of Vavenby was forced to turn back from its attempt to climb Mt. Everest due to persistent high winds and extreme cold. Three members of the expedition were apparently nearly killed a few days prior.


Operation Impact, road checks to confirm seatbelt wearing in vehicles, confirmed that out of 150 cars stopped in the Clearwater area, all children were restrained in a seatbelt or child seat. However, locals were not. Nine warnings were issued for defective vehicles, one narcotics charge was laid and 18 seatbelt infractions were observed, 11 of which resulting in charges.

Val Stamer and Carol Schaffer decided to not to run for re-election in the TNRD. Steve Quinn weekend a third term, and Bill Kershaw and Bert Walker were looking for their first.

Clearwater was likely to see two large new commercial complexes go up in the Highway 5/Park Drive/Clearwater Valley Road intersection area, if rezoning was approved.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada asked for public assistance in an investigation into dumping of oil that occurred on Smoke Creek Forest Road near Blue River. There appeared to be deliberate dumping of between 100 and several hundred gallons of thick black material. The exact amount was difficult to determine.

Dozens of local residents came out to raise awareness of the need to care for our rivers and the fish that live and spawn in them. Most of the activities took place next to the Interior Whitewater building and River Cafe. Teams of volunteers combed local riverbanks, picking up garbage.


Clearwater’s newest recruit to the RCMP detachment has taken on a project of great importance to public safety. Const. Hedrick established a community project to help residents illuminate their addresses to help first responders find them in an emergency.

Hilda Hystad-Nyx blew out the candle on her birthday cake while celebrating turning 99 years old.


Nicole Madden pledged that if people would donate $5,000 to the cancer society in her name, she would shave her head and donate her hair for wigs for cancer patients. After “The Run for the Cure” she was delighted to make good on that promise. Madden was in Grade 7 student at the time at Raft River Elementary.

Clearwater Food Bank representatives Pat and Heather Stanley present a certificate of appreciation to Ann Baker, Dorothy Schulte, Jean McRobert, Suzanne Gravelle and Abigail Rutley of Clearwater Farmers’ Market for the assistance provided to the food bank over the past few years. Leftover produce from the farmers’ market is an important high-quality food for the food bank.


Wells Gray Community Forest was planning for the long term, according to general manager George Brcko during a tour of the forest for National Forest Week. Despite the $1 million in available funding and hundreds of thousands already distributed in grants, less than a half-dozen people attended the tour.

Clearwater’s Christy Kjenstad and Tanya Chapman were celebrating after winning silver medals at the Mind Over Matter Adventure Race near Cumberland.

A police car and students from Clearwater Secondary School escorted “Fast Eddy” Dostaler for the last few kilometres as he arrived in Clearwater while on his last stage of a 26,000-kilometre run across Canada and back to raise funds for Alzheimer’s and breast cancer research.


The Clearwater Speedway got the green light to re-open after being shut down for almost 15 years, thanks to new land owner and B.C. entrepreneur Brian Fehr.

Clearwater Secondary School students raised $1,064.80 for the Terry Fox Foundation. The funds were also part of a challenge, facing off against Barriere Secondary to see who could raise the most. CSS was victorious, sending a Raiders jersey to BSS principal Angela Stott to wear for the day.

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