40 YEARS AGO
A 25 minute chase by RCMP of a late model GMC pickup near Vavenby on Highway 5 and Dibblee Road has resulted in charges of impaired and dangerous driving being laid against a 22-year-old man from Vavenby. RCMP said they attempted to pull the man over for questioning after receiving a report of a minor hit-and-run collision at a dance being held at the Vavenby Community Hall.
About 100 cowboys and cowgirls from schools as far away as Fort St. John, Okanagan Falls and Williams Lake took part in the Clearwater high school rodeo.
Vavenby residents approved a referendum, Sept. 9, to borrow $150,000 to complete construction on their community hall.
Clearwater Secondary School band parents collected $4,000 to be established as a perpetual scholarship for students attending high school in Guelph, Ont. The Alan Abraham Scholarship Fund had been set up by parents from money collected in all areas of the Clearwater community, through both commercial and private donations.
35 YEARS AGO
MLA for the Kamloops Constituency and minister of social services Claude Richmond was unopposed in the first seat when 319 Social Credit delegates gathered to choose their representation in the next provincial election.
A Clearwater couple won a holiday to the Dominican Republic. Steve and Carol Laroche left for what they called their honeymoon vacation, while their three children stayed home with relatives.
30 YEARS AGO
BC Parks is cooperating with a fishery inventory in the large lakes of Wells Gray Park. The process will be used to get an improved understanding of how the fish are doing so they can set better management limits.
Clearwater Chamber of Commerce noted tourism is beginning to have a real impact on the community at its regular meeting.
High winds temporarily forced climbers with the Canada Everest ‘91 expedition part way back down the mountain. Only four mountaineers remained at Camp 4. The rest had retreated to advance base camp to wait for the wind to die down.
25 YEARS AGO
Barriere said no to incorporation in a referendum held to determine whether the community should become a municipality. Of the 666 total votes cast, 477 persons cast no votes, 188 said yes and one ballot was unmarked and therefore spoiled.
The speed limit on Highway 5 would be legally increased to 100 kilometres per hour effective Oct. 1. Clearwater RCMP noted strict enforcement and less tolerance would be the name of the game once the new limit is effective.
A proposal was brought forward by a developer to rezone three parcels of land to the west and north of the Wells Gray Infocentre on the far side of Eden Road and amend the Clearwater Community Plan to accommodate a new commercial complex.
20 YEARS AGO
A total of 22 teams of seven runners and cyclists took part in Clearwater’s fourth annual Wilderness Gateway Relay, down slighty from the previous years’ 24. Organizers said it went very well.
The Wells Gray Infocentre had a record day for buses on Sept. 12, though the number of tourists visiting the center and staying at local tourist operators seemed to be down significantly. The centre reported 27 buses stopped that day. The previous high was 16.
15 YEARS AGO
Dutch Lake became home to 1,800 new residents as the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. stocked the lake with rainbow trout. The strain of fish, spawned in the spring of 2005, were all female, sterile stock originating from Penask Lake in Kamloops.
Two Black Press employees were presented with awards. Former editor Keith McNeill won second place for Best Front Page and third place for Best Editorial Page from the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. Lisa Quiding in the production department, was awarded second place for Best Item & Priced Ad from Black Press at the 2006 Advertising Awards Conference for her “AG Foods – Slide Into Savings” ad.
10 YEARS AGO
Three of six Clearwater councillors announced they would not be running in the upcoming election. Brent Buck, Christy Dobi and Candus Graffunder-Pelton all said they appreciated the time they had spent on council but felt it was time to move on to other endeavors.
While work on the Eco Depot on Camp 2 Road was underway, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District was still waiting for $9.4 million from the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component.
Students from Raft River and Barriere Elementary schools had a chance to learn some different outdoor lessons as part of a Simpcw First Nations three-day outdoor classroom at the Raft River viewing site.
5 YEARS AGO
Enrolments at Clearwater Secondary and Raft River Elementary schools were above predictions. CSS principal Darren Coates noted they expected 174 and it was closer to 200. Raft River was up eight students from their 278 projection.
Former Clearwater resident Edward (Fast Eddy) Dostaler made a plan to return to Clearwater. He was in his final stage of his 21,000 kilometre run across Canada and back to promote awareness about and raise funds for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.