40 YEARS AGO
About 125 Clearwater and area residents gathered Sunday at the Clearwater Secondary School to run, jog or walk ten kilometres in a tribute to Terry Fox. Participants ranged in age from about two to 80 years and included four generations of one family, the Davidsons of Clearwater.
People from all over the region gathered in Vavenby to compete in a variety of logging skills at the Vavenby Logger Days. The events got underway with a parade, led by Vavenby’s fire engine, to the fair grounds in the Centennial Park. Juniors competed in the log chop, cross cut saw, power bucking, choking, log rolling and the axe throw on the first day. Both boys and girls aged six to 16 competed in the activities.
35 YEARS AGO
Thompson-Nicola Regional District director Paul Caissie was “eating crow” after he made accusations about the IWA executive that “were in fact groundless.” In previous letters he had accused the executive of strong-arm tactics in relation to a strike carried out by IWA members. He said he was guilty of a certain amount of overzealousness to keep CTP operating, something he made no apology for.
Attempts by Weyerhaeuser management to produce a small amount of lumber at their Vavenby sawmill met a sharp response from the IWA. Rep. Carol Toth said the union was going to close down the company’s sawmill in Kamloops and limit supervisory access to the Vavenby mill unless their practice was stopped. The dispute was resolved within a few hours of pickets going up.
30 YEARS AGO
A report that TNRD director Paul Caissie was to tender his resignation from the board was in error. According to his wife, Karen Caissie, she was not aware of any plans for him to step down, unless he was elected MLA in the upcoming provincial election. However, Mr. Caissie was planning on tendering his resignation from the executive of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.
A slash burn visible to the west of Clearwater above the reflectors on Road 1 was more than just a regular burn as scientists and representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, UBC, Ministry of Environment and others were using the burn for research purposes.
Residents of Area A (Clearwater-Vavenby) voted two to one in favour of a mosquito larva control program in a TNRD referendum. The program will use the bacterially-derived insecticide Vectobac to attack the immature mosquitoes in local swamps and wet areas.
25 YEARS AGO
A new truck for Barriere Search and Rescue was delivered, and just in the nick of time. The crew received three call-outs in the next four days. It took over three years to get the vehicle, which came from Red Deer, Alta.
Electors in the TNRD Area A were to vote in a spring 1997 referendum to decide whether property taxes will increase to subsidize the cost of running a Handi-Dart service in the Clearwater area. TNRD Area A director Carol Schaffer took the referendum proposal to the regular meeting of the board where it was passed unanimously.
20 YEARS AGO
The third annual Blue River Mountain Bike Cup Festival was a success, reported organizers. A total of 42 racers took part in the cross-country event on Saturday. There were 15 people in a hill-climb race held on the Sunday. The year prior there were 44 participants, while just 28 raced in the inaugural event.
School District 73’s budget shortfall for the 2000/01 school year is about $1 million greater than anticipated, leading staff and faculty to question how they can slim down more to accommodate. The deficit had been predicted to be approximately $600,000. Figures presented to the school board the week prior indicated the true figure was $1.6 million.
15 YEARS AGO
A boost of $3 million in federal gas tax surplus is to be shared amongst electoral areas within the TNRD. Blue River residents paid higher taxes for the same services, and the new formulas to share the funds acts as an equalizer.
Students at Blue River elementary school enjoyed a hands-on experience of the “Learn to Fish” program conducted by a Department of Fisheries and Oceans conservation officer. Using stuffed models, children were taught about the anatomy of a fish, how to correctly remove a hook from the mouth of a fish, as well as skills involving correct techniques in knot tying and casting a fishing rod.
10 YEARS AGO
The Whist participants from Zone 8 for the 2011 BC Seniors Games held in Castlegar came home with a number of medals and two of them gold. Those players hailed from the Barriere and Louis Creek area, and were regular Whist players at the Barriere Seniors hall.
An annual event to raise money for a Hospice House to be located in Little For was held. Supports buy a “guess” to predict the exact location of cyclists heading towards each other on Highway 5 between Clearwater and Barriere. The event raised $3,000.
5 YEARS AGO
A fire truck was parked in front of Dutch Lake Community Centre following a small propane explosion. The loud bang occurred at about 12:45 p.m., shortly before town council was to meet as the infrastructure committee. That and another meeting were postponed until a few days later. One person was injured in the explosion but not seriously. There was no major structural damage, and although the centre is mainly heated by wood chips, it retains its old propane furnace as a backup.