Ryan Bowen, territory manager for the privately-owned Shell stations in the B.C. Interior and northern B.C, left, congratulates Jackson Rempel, manager of Clearwater Shell and Jim’s Food Market, for his operation’s recently named the number one Shell outlet in Canada. This image originally appeared in the April 11, 2011, issue of the Times.

Ryan Bowen, territory manager for the privately-owned Shell stations in the B.C. Interior and northern B.C, left, congratulates Jackson Rempel, manager of Clearwater Shell and Jim’s Food Market, for his operation’s recently named the number one Shell outlet in Canada. This image originally appeared in the April 11, 2011, issue of the Times.

20 YEARS AGO: New 911 telephone service

Back in time: A snapshot of history


Ed Hoornaert, a teacher at Clearwater’s Dutch Lake School has achieved one of his main ambitions and dream — to perform a solo on his oboe in a symphony orchestra.

The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra will be holding their last concert for the season at Sagebrush Theatre, and have asked Mr. Hoornaert to be their special guest.

The piece chosen to be played is the Marcello Concerto (or Concerto in C minor for oboe and strings) which will be the featured work of the program.


April 1, 1986, was a good-luck day for Phillip MacDonald, long-time Clearwater resident.

Last Tuesday, he celebrated his 40th year of continuous employment with Clearwater Timber Products.

In appreciation, he received a framed certificate to commemorate the milestone which began April 1, 1946. Making the presentation to Mr. MacDonald was CTP general manager Fred MacLellan.

The honouree was received a gift of tooled leather horse tack.


The new drugstore due to open in Clearwater is a join effort of local businesswoman Kathy Downey, and a partner from Kamloops, the Times has learned.

Opening day for the Pharmasave operation is scheduled for late May or early June. It is to be located in the Brookfield Mall where Starflight Video and Clearwater Sports were formerly.

“I wanted to provide something that was good for the community,” Mrs. Downey said. “I looked at two other options, but Pharmasave looked like the best long-term possibility.”

Prices will be very competitive, she noted.


Barriere residents within the proposed incorporation boundaries will be able to find out exactly what effect incorporation will have on their pocketbooks at the next public meeting.

“We’ll be having another public information meeting, I hope with a pretty hard look at what incorporation is and isn’t and what the financial considerations are,” said consultant Stewart Fleming.

The procedure will be the same as last time, he said.

Fleming is working on the District of Barriere’s pro forma budget, the municipality’s very first budget. He has developed assessment information on the proposed boundaries of incorporation which stretch from the old schoolhouse road in Louis Creek to the south, up Dunn Lake Road to take in the Powell property to the north and over to cover all of Loenie Creek Road to the east.


“If you get home from school and somebody you don’t know is in your house, go to your neighbour’s house and call 911.”

That was the advice RCMP Const. Tania Tetrault gave to Dutch Lake Elementary School students last week.

She and representatives from Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance Service were on a tour of local schools, publicizing the start of region-wide emergency 911 telephone service.

People living anywhere in Thompson-Nicola Regional District will be able to dial 911 to call police, fire or ambulance.


With the weather now starting to warm up, it’s time to start paying attention to how fast the winter snow pack melts and how high the river levels may get.

By April 1, on average, about 90 per cent of the winter mountain snow pack has accumulated and we can start getting an idea of the run off potential.

For the Thompson River drainage area, the snow pack is very close to normal, with some sections actually a bit below normal.

The Fraser, Nicola and Coldwater drainage basins are all slightly below normal.

While these snow levels may lead one to believe that we won’t see high river levels or flooding this spring, this isn’t necessarily the case.


The provincial government should stay away from a two-tier campfire prohibition system, according to Merlin Blackwell of Blackwell Park Operations.

“Our biggest concern is it would mean we would have to spend a lot of money where there are almost no history of incidents,” he told Clearwater council.

The Ministry of Natural Resource Operations’ Wildfire Management Branch is looking into having a one-year trial of the two-tier system.

Under the system, campfires would be allowed in supervised commercial campgrounds during high fire danger periods, even when they are banned elsewhere.


Up until 2008, doctors delivered babies at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital.

Up to 80 babies per year were born in the hospital.

Last year, about 40 babies were born from Clearwater and area. Nearly all of them were delivered in Kamloops, although a handful were delivered with midwives and/or home-birthed.

Those were some of the statistics gathered by Jennifer Rice, the New Democrat critic for northern and rural health during a visit with local health care professionals.

The MLA for North Coast and resident of Prince Rupert was at the start of a province-wide tour to hear from parents, advocates and service providers about access to maternity care.


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