More than 40 participants from Simpcw, Kamloops, Canim Lake, Upper Nicola and other First Nations bands as well as several government agencies get ready to paddle from Blackpool to Savona. This image originally appeared in the Aug. 25, 2016, issue of the Times.

25 YEARS AGO: 785 marijuana plants burned at sawmill

Back in time: A snapshot of history


Clearwater Secondary School graduate Janet Jory has been awarded a $400 bursary from the B.C Cattleman’s Association. She was one of two students to receive the Martin Riedemann Bursary, awarded annually to “worthy undergraduate students, in any field course of study, who come from a rural area where cattle are raised.”

Lumber mills in Clearwater and throughout the province are back in operation following a settlement of a six week long strike by the IWA. Local IWA representative, Carol Toth, said 80.5 per cent of the employees at Clearwater Timber Products and 88.6 per cent at Weyerhaeuser voted to accept the contract.


A Times editorial ruffled some feathers of readers, one saying it was “out to lunch.” The editorial said the main company in the area, Weyerhaeuser, has no intention of contracting out existing jobs and are prepared to stand by this offer until the present operators retire. But Kamloops woodworkers financial secretary Joe Davis said contracting out, along with modernization and mill closures reduced the IWA membership provincially from 55,000 to 39,000, affecting the union’s bargaining power and possibly threatening workers’ pension plans.

There were five fires burning in the district. All were small and under control, with 59 men and one skidder-tanker employed in combating them. Air tankers were called in the week prior to fight four fires.

Vavenby’s 100th birthday was celebrated on Aug. 23 in conjunction with Vavenby Loggers and Sports Days. The celebration commenced with the parade at 10 a.m. Jack and Daisy Klick led the parade in their 1929 Model A pickup. Queen Cindy Nelson and Princess Tammy Danroth from Clearwater Strawberry Festival rode in the back of the vehicle.


Ten Music ‘91 flags were stolen in Clearwater. Pam Lamberton who organized the event, said she thought that kids had taken the banners but soon believed adults were responsible instead. Clearwater RCMP caught a man said to be in the act of stealing a flag Aug. 10.

Paul Caissie, TNRD rep for Area A, wants to split the garbage contracts up, noting the job was too big for one person to handle. The move came when the landfill site in Clearwater continued to suffer more problems than others, such as people dumping garbage at the gate and in a resident’s yard when the gate wasn’t open on time.

A single vehicle collision over the weekend resulted in four young men being taken to hospital for a check-up. The incident occurred on the East Blackpool Road on a sharp curve which the small blue car failed to negotiate, coming to rest at the bottom of the embankment about 50 feet below, adjacent to the railroad tracks.


Three marijuana grow sites, yielding 785 three to five-foot tall plants of good quality, were cleaned out in the Tum Tum area by RCMP. The haul, estimated to be worth about $800,000, was destroyed in a local sawmill burner that same night. RCMP also seized an 18-foot aluminum boat and motor used for transport, three fire pumps and lengths of hose, with a total value of roughly $10,000.

A Barriere man responsible for the theft of one vehicle was captured by RCMP as he tried to take another two days later. The young man will appear in Provincial Court in Kamloops to face two charges of Theft Under $5,000.

Clearwater RCMP report a dark pink Narco Bush Pilot mountain bike with a carrier on the back was taken from the front porch of a residence on Candle Creek Road.

Long-time Clearwater resident Bert Walker will be making a bid to become a Thompson-Nicola Regional District Director on the November municipal elections ballot. It will be his “first dabble into politics,” although community members have been asking him to get involved at that level for many years.


Everyone interested in the future of Clearwater should attend an upcoming meeting on incorporation, said Pearl Broswick, noting they need “all the community participation we can muster.” She is the chair of a committee of local residents that has been looking into the pros and cons of incorporation into a municipality.

The national governments of Canada and the United States meed to find a durable, long-term solution to the softwood lumber dispute, said the director of government and public affairs of Weyerhaeuser. The recent imposition of a 19.3 per cent countervail duty on softwood lumber exports to the United States caused Weyerhaeuser to close three of its cedar mils on the Coast.


An estimated 50 or more people gathered on Green Mountain Lookout to view stars, planets, constellations and more through six shared telescopes. The event was organized by the Wells Gray Country Services Committee. Collin Taylor from Thompson Rivers University walked around from telescope to telescope and explained what participants were looking at and answered questions.

Simpcw First Nation’s Raft River First Fish Ceremony was held at the Raft River viewing platform and followed quickly by dinner. There was a great turnout, including representatives from the Simpcw band such as Fred Fortier, band councillor.


Hauling out of the TFL began on Monday in preparation for Canfor’s planned reopening of it’s Vavenby sawmill. “It’s nice to be back at work,” said Alex Dodd. Canfor shut down its Vavenby division in the summer of 2009 due to market conditions. One shift of about 50 workers is to go back to work.

A TRU researcher received a grant to return to Clearwater to take the results of an earlier study back to the communities where she conducted her initial interviews in an attempt to improve resiliency of small cities and rural communities to the impacts of climate change.

The harmonized sales tax is on its way out. Elections BC announced that the vote in the HST referendum was 54.73 per cent Yes and 45.27 per cent No. The vote in the Kamloops-North Thompson riding was 54.7 per cent Yes and 45.3 per cent No.


A Tim Horton’s may be on its way to Clearwater. Council approved a development permit for the restaurant in the Clearwater Shopping Centre near Buy-Low. Mayor John Harwood said the new business could employ 45 to 60 full and part-time workers.

Clearwater town council approved a three-year temporary use permit permitting Clusko Properties Ltd. to build a logging camp on land it owns near Camp 2 Road. There is a shortage of motel rooms in town, particularly in summer, Clusko owner Arnold Bremner told council.

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