Black and white photography does not do justice to the tiny dragon - prize winner at the Blackpool fire hall Halloween party. This image originally appeared in the Nov. 5, 1986, issue of the Times.

Black and white photography does not do justice to the tiny dragon - prize winner at the Blackpool fire hall Halloween party. This image originally appeared in the Nov. 5, 1986, issue of the Times.

10 YEARS AGO: Lost wedding ring found in Wells Gray Park

Back in time: A snapshot of history


A cheque for $600 was presented to Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department chief Bill Sim by the Clearwater Women’s Institute to help pay for the fire department’s “jaws of life.” Women’s Institute president Alice Mille stated the money was raised through a variety of WI activities including raffles and the no-host bazaar.

About $900-worth of ski equipment was sold at the Clearwater Ski Club’s annual Ski Swap. Used items were brought in by about 25 local skiers hoping to make a swap or a sale of which 10 per cent went to the Ski Club.

RCMP reported a quiet Halloween. Sgt. Frank Baruta stated the Clearwater detachment received only three calls during the evening for Halloween-related pranks and that most complaints were the result of egg-throwing tricksters.

From July 1980 to July 1981, Branch 259 of the Royal Canadian Legion contributed over $5,000 to local organizations, for the direct benefit of the community. Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital received $3,495 to purchase equipment.


The Clearwater Information Centre, which has been operating for several months since moving to the corner of Wells Gray Park Road and Highway 5 from the Wells Gray Flag Inn, received 11,789 visitor inquiries in addition to 76 phone calls and 27 mail queries by the end of September.

Clearwater RCMP reported there were no complaints to police over Halloween. Cpl. Mackie of the local detachment commended the behaviour of young people in the area.


A new society is being set up to promote the establishment of an education and research centre near Wells Gray Park. The Friends of Wells Gray Park had been pushing for the creation of a research and education centre, but ran into resistance from some residents of Upper Clearwater, who objected to it being located on Crown Land.

Raised as a foster child, through incredible patience and an amount of luck, Barb Pelton managed to trace a mother, sister and now a father she never knew. She traced her “new” father, Robald Brothers, in Frederickton, New Brunswick.


Clearwater RCMP report a large pavement roller, the kind that makes the building shake when it goes by, was taken from the side of Highway 5 at the Clearwater River Bridge, at the BA Blacktop site where the new intersection south of Clearwater had just been completed.

Seniors in need could have firewood delivered at no charge, thanks to concerned citizens and the inmates and staff of Bear Creek Camp.

The Clearwater & District Chamber of Commerce celebrated 40 years of service to businesses and the community.


A U.S. Department of Commerce decision to penalize lumber imported from Canada with anti-dumping charges hit forest industry workers with a shock. The charges were in addition to a 19 per cent countervail duty on softwood lumber imposed in the spring. The penalty assessed against Slocan was the highest in Canada, at about 19 per cent.

The question an upcoming incorporation vote was: “Are you in favour of the incorporation of Clearwater as a municipality? Yes or No.” The question’s wording was from the Minister’s Order for a Vote on Incorporation. The province reimbursed the Thompson-Nicola Regional District for the full cost of the referendum.


The Legion’s Senior’s Expo was a success. A wide variety of services and opportunities for seniors were offered, with 20 venues displaying information, handing out pamphlets and engaging local seniors in conversation. Everything from the Canadian Red Cross, funeral services, a lawyer, the Hospice Society and the Community Kitchen were available for further exploration.

TNRD Area A director Bert Walker scheduled one-on-one meetings with various levels of government during the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention. He pitched ideas with a focus on Wells Gray, including increased tourism in the park, such as increased signage, seeking funding for the information centre and helping to pass a resolution to lobby the provincial government to permit regional districts to adopt controlled substance bylaws.


A wedding ring that was lost in Wells Gray Park was found, with help from a letter in the Times. Nele Vermoesen, a Belgian journalist, sent a letter a few months earlier saying she and her husband had been married the previous month and were honeymooning in Canada and noticed after visiting Ray Farm she had lost her ring.

Ray Hawkins, who lives in Logan Lake, said he found the missing ring at the Ray Farm while hunting in the area. He noticed it in the ground next to a garbage container. The ring was returned to its rightful owner.


The TNRD voted to maintain the status quo when it comes to display of civic addresses in the regional district, meaning it will continue to encourage, but not require, sign posting.

Edward “Fast Eddy” Dostaler arrived Clover Point on Vancouver Island, Oct 29, finishing his run across Canada and back in an effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, finishing at the spot his ran began in March 2015.

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