40 YEARS AGO: A new piece of equipment was acquired by Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital thanks to member of the local Legion Branch 259. An infusion pump, a computerized system for delivering intravenous medication, was donated to the hospital by the Legionnaires from money raised through the distribution of lottery tickets in the area. The value of the pump was around $1,995 plus an additional $225 for the cassettes used with the device. The Legion had contributed more than $5,000 to assist the hospital in acquiring equipment such as an electrocardiograph and a portable x-ray machine.
25 YEARS AGO: The Jensen pickup that plunged into the North Thompson River north of Birch Island a year prior was finally rescued, though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said someone should’ve mentioned something sooner. No one was in the vehicle when it went to its watery grave. Allegedly, the truck was parked at the top of a resident’s field with the emergency brake on. The pickup then rolled down the slope towards the river. Despite the murky waters, the rescue team was able to find and salvage the vehicle.
20 YEARS AGO: About 100 residents attended a School District 73 meeting, unhappy with proposed budget cuts to district staff and possible school closures. They also wanted assurances that the cuts would be applied equally between rural and urban centres. Several schools in Kamloops were on the list for possible closure. Teacher Rick Smith noted that nearly three of the 23 full-time equivalent secondary school teaching positions to be cut in the district would be at Clearwater Secondary where the school’s staff was already too small to offer all the programs wanted by students.
1 YEAR AGO: An adventure program through Thompson Rivers University was optimistic about the future of tourism, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The TRU program has been coming to Clearwater for almost 30 years to train students in various extreme sports, including whitewater kayaking. Department co-chair and instructor Sharman Learie said Clearwater was a bit of a second home. Many of the students said they were optimistic about the future of adventure tourism, especially after the pandemic kept everyone indoors.