20 YEARS AGO: The trail to Kostal Lake was renamed to honour Wells Gray Park supervisor Charlie Shook. Nearly two dozen family members and friends gathered at the start of the trial near Clearwater Lake campsite to mark the occasion. In the 1940s he guided big game hunters in the park and in 1954 started work as an assistant ranger. Soon, he became the park supervisor, a position he held until 1971 when he was transferred to the Kootenays for three more years. Shook lived the last few years of his life in Barriere. He passed away in 2000.
15 YEARS AGO: Clearwater and Barriere RCMP made a number of large-scale marijuana busts shutting down dozens of outdoor grow sites and destroying millions of dollars worth of the then-illegal drug. The busts were part of a massive coordinated effort by RCMP detachments in the interior to eradicate outdoor marijuana grow operations in remote rural areas across the RCMP’s southeast district.
10 YEARS AGO: A proposal to build a roundabout on Highway 5 at the junction with the road to Wells Gray Park was approved. Then mayor John Harwood thought it was an excellent idea and that he expected survey work to begin right away, with construction completed the following spring. Objectives the new roundabout would meet included reducing traffic speed, highlight the road to the park and increase safety in the intersection for both drivers and pedestrians. It would also reduce highway access wait times and improve traffic flow from nearby schools and shopping centres.