Doris Laner signs her name to a giant painting of a logger at work as part of a mural on the north wall of Fleetwest Enterprises. This image originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 1991, issue of the Times.

Doris Laner signs her name to a giant painting of a logger at work as part of a mural on the north wall of Fleetwest Enterprises. This image originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 1991, issue of the Times.

30 YEARS AGO: Artist signs name on mural after two months of work

Back in time: A snapshot of history


Friday Oct. 16 is the day the Royal Bank in Barriere has set to close its doors on local residents. Temporary manager Dave Trask stated the reasons for the closure were “strictly financial” and the decision was made at the bank’s head office in Montreal.

Despite a province-wide slow down in the lumber industry, International Woodworkers of America representative Kevin Kelly said he was happy with the situation in the North Thompson. He added more than 300 woodworkers in the Salmon Arm area had lost their jobs and about 140 member of the IWA local 1-417 were scheduled to be laid off in Revelstoke.

Search and rescue volunteers, RCMP and the dog master from the Kamloops detachment participated in a search for a hunter missing for more than 36 hours on Baldy Mountain near Little Fort. An area resident reported to police his son-in-law had not returned from a hunting trip. The hunter was found, but was suffering from hypothermia and was taken to local hospital.


Enrolment in School District 26 schools was up slightly over the Minister of Education’s estimates. The was good news to school trustees at their regular meeting as they would benefit to the extent of a $23,000 increase in funds.

Clearwater Fire Department had two winners in the annual Fire Chief for a Day contest. Jagdeep Johal from Dutch Lake School was winner from within the Clearwater Fire Protection Area, and Kaleb Hutchinson from Raft River School was selected from out of the area.

Chuck Emery acted as auctioneer at the join Search and Rescue and School District 26 auction, where a large crowd was on hand for good bargains on a wide variety of items.


Clearwater RCMP were requested to be on the look out for a vehicle that had fled a Barriere restaurant after the owners failed to pay. The vehicle was located near Little Fort and a high-speed chase ensued. The vehicle was stopped, however, on Highway 5 near the North Thompson Bridge by utilizing a spike belt at a roadblock.

Enrolment in School District 26 was up by two students after experiencing downturns in recent years.

After two months of work, artist Doris Laner finally signed her name to the 50-foot by 14-foot mural of a logger on the north wall of Fleetwest Enterprises in Clearwater.


Just three persons in the North Thompson Valley, thankfully one from each electoral area, filed nomination papers for TNRD director positions. Elected by acclamation to the TNRD board of directors was Bill Kershaw for Area O, Bert Walker for Area A and Steve Quinn for Area B.

Ed Shook and Hazel Wadlegger went head-to-head for the single School District 73 School Board seat in the North Thompson Valley.

A new shopping complex in Clearwater, to be located across Eden Road from the Wells Gray Info Centre, was approve at a TNRD board meeting. Motions for the readings were made and seconded by TNRD Area A Carols Schaffer and Area B Steve Quinn.


Clearwater residents and landowners were set to vote on whether to become a municipality on Nov. 24.

The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce released a list of nominations for its various “…of the year” awards. Categories included citizen of the year, retail business of the year, safety person of the year, youth of the year and employee of the year.

Delegates at a Union of B.C. Municipalities, including TNRD Area A director Steve Quinn, stressed the importance of keeping regional hospital districts, despite any changes made to health care. Quinn’s concern was big city centre hospitals would get more funding without regional hospital districts.


A total of 46 charges were laid during a Sept. 28 blitz of road checks in the North Thompson Valley. The charges included: six charges of defective vehicle, five charges for log book violations, three charges for improper cargo securement, four charges of driving without a driver’s licence, one charge for no break-away devices for a trailer, one charge for failing to wear a seatbelt and one charge for failing to wear a motorcycle helmet.

The Clearwater Secondary School Senior Boys volleyball team finished tenth overall at a tournament in the Okanagan. After a couple nights of league play against schools from Barriere and Kamloops, the Raiders had four wins and no loses.


Two candidates had filed for mayor, John Harwood and Bert Walker. Only two of six incumbent councillors planned to seek re-election: Ken Kjenstad and Stephanie Teare.

Council approved spending close to $2,000 towards the purchase of a satellite phone. Having a satellite phone would enable emergency responders such as Highway Search and Rescue to communicate from almost anywhere.


A slab from a giant Douglas fir in the Raft River watershed was made into a centrepiece of the Loffers’ Memorial in Reg Small Park in Clearwater. The structure was rotting a few decades later and town council sought input on where it should be located.

Clearwater Baptist Church and the nearby bible camp got new owners — Liquid Lifestyles whitewater rafting and kayaking. It was formerly owned by Evangelical Free Church of Canada.

Clearwater RCMP investigated a break-and-enter at Clearwater Canada Post Office where it was determined several items were stolen, including a large variety of stamps. A few days later, Kamloops RCMP received a report of a female attempting to sell stamps in Savona. Kamloops RCMP and Southeast Traffic Services members attended, located a suspect vehicle and took a male and female into custody. Police recovered a variety of stamps which had earlier been reported stolen from the Canada Post in Clearwater.

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