40 YEARS AGO: The largest group a graduates ever from Clearwater Secondary School assembled before probably the largest audience for their graduation. The 65 students completed their high school education with a banquet followed by award ceremonies the next day. Awards handed out during the evening included the highest academic achievement trophy going to Paul Milne and the highest vocational achievement award to Leanna Parr. Several scholarships and bursaries were handed out from the Lions Club, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #259 and the Ladies Auxiliary to Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital.
35 YEARS AGO: The Clearwater Woodlot Education Society has obtained a new woodlot licence, according to Ed Shook reporting to school trustees on the project. Blaise Lambert was top logger during the past year in which 42 students went through the program in 1987 which Mr. Shook described as healthy. Two new components – survival first aid and fire suppression – have been added to the course at the end of which graduates receive a certificate. The new woodlot consists of two parts: one behind the airfield on CTP property provided on a long-term lease and the balance up Road 9 beyond the previous site.
30 YEARS AGO: The provincial government has left the determination on whether or not to open the Clearwater River Road up to the two whitewater rafting companies that use it. The government will allow the rafting operators to open the road, if they bring it up to a standard that the Ministry considers safe. The road would remain open for the season, or until conditions changed to make it dangerous. The fear is that if the Ministry opens the road, knowing that it is prone to rock and mud slides, they will be held liable if someone is injured.
25 YEARS AGO: An inmate who walked away from Bear Creek Correctional Centre on a Saturday morning was still missing as of Sunday afternoon. Dallas James Cotter, 18, walked away from the open-setting facility sometime between 10 and 11 a.m., according to RCMP, who said patrols failed to pick him up. Cotter was serving time for break, enter and theft and was not considered dangerous. The RCMP constable said changes are the mosquitoes had been having their way with him and they suspected he had been bitten by a dog in Greer subdivision.
20 YEARS AGO: Construction will begin this month of a three-tiered platform to improve viewing of salmon spawning in Raft River. About 300,000 people visit Adams River every October to view its world-famous sockeye salmon run. That crown of visitors often has included students from Clearwater area schools. It is possible to see salmon spawning in the Raft from mid-July until October. The total value of the project will be about $50,000, not including labour. Workers to build the three-tier structure will come from the Human Resources Development Canada-sponsored crew working for the skills centre.