35 YEARS AGO: The forest industry in Clearwater Forest District generates a value of close to $100 million per year, estimate local forestry officers. The local industry cut 5500 hectares the year prior from a total of 180 cut-blocks, creating 1.2 million cubic metres of saw logs and lumber. About 30 per cent of the area’s annual allowable cut is allocated to CTP, 22 per cent to Weyerhaeuser and the rest to Holdings and other smaller operators. About 12 to 15 per cent is sold competitively under the small business program.
30 YEARS AGO: Many Dutch Lake Elementary School parents are concerned that a highly successful band program for senior students could end if one of the teachers responsible, Steve Filipchuk, is laid off. The district superintendent explained that although no layoff notices have yet been sent, a number of recently-hired teachers, including Filipchuk, had been warned that their job may not be waiting for them in September. Reasons for the potential layoffs were the return of two teachers with higher seniority, a projected cut in overall staffing and internal changes in programs.
25 YEARS AGO: Approximately two million kokanne and another one million rainbow trout fry will call the Clearwater Hatchery home by the end of summer. The Clearwater Fish Hatchery officially became property of the province of B.C. No provision had yet been made for access to hatchery wells by the Clearwater Improvement District, although talks were expected to take place within the month. Built as a salmonoid enhancement program facility for the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the hatchery was recommissioned to house the freshwater fish programs being run out of the provincial Loon Creek hatchery.
20 YEARS AGO: One of the area’s oldest buildings made history once again. The Blackpool Hall became the first building to be given heritage status by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. According to old-timers, the hall officially opened New Year’s Eve, 1931. Just replacing the structure’s roof would cost about $10,000 and other projects planned included improvements to the kitchen and bathrooms. The TNRD was believed to be the first regional district in the province to take on heritage status designation.
5 YEARS AGO: Residents of Forest View Place welcomed five brown point of lay hens. The new coop is the brainchild of local carpenter Daniel Boudreau, who will be naming if after his wife Lynda. The chickens have a large area in the green space to run around and eat bugs, while also giving the residents space to enter the enclosure and enjoy some time with them. The house design is interactive, allowing residents to pull on various strings to open windows into the coop to see what’s going on. It’s also accessible as the roosting boxes are at about hip height so no one will need to bend over to collect eggs.