40 YEARS AGO: Dateline Victoria Health Minister, Jim Nielson and Claude Richmond MLA, Kamloops announced that the treasury board had approved the construction of a Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at Barriere. Nielson said the facility will have three holding beds and is currently set for completion late this year. The total estimated cost of the project is $800,000. Nielson said the approval followed a review by treasury board of all the health ministry’s capital projects.
35 YEARS AGO: The inmates of Bear Creek Correctional Centre were working on a program to repair and manufacture toys for under-privileged children in the community, from Little Fort to Vavenby. It would be under the supervision of camp staff. The toys would be distributed at Christmas via community organizations. Donations of toys, broken or otherwise, and materials, such as paint, varnish, sandpaper, with which to repair them was requested, whether from private or commercial sources. The Information Centre volunteered to be a drop-off point and the camp set up a receptacle to collect all donations.
30 YEARS AGO: Canadian technology played a role in making a few scenes in a high adventure, simulate river-boating movie called The Flight of the Phoenix. A system of cables and towers was developed by Cable-Cam, a B.C.-based company, to cross Dawson Falls, using ideas taken from high-lead logging and ski-area cable cars. Using a camera mounted on a dolly pulled across the river on the cable, filmmakers were able to simulate a jet boat that could fly up the waterfall.
20 YEARS AGO: School District 73 expanded its internet education service into the North Thompson, looking for more students to enrol in the program in the Clearwater area. The Ministry of Education had lifted the Kamloops/Thompson Virtual School and Digital Learning program’s 70-student limit. The curriculum was controlled by SD73 and is the same as what is offered in a public school setting. Program principal Alan Dodd said the program would also offer support and activities beyond a a standard home-learning environment, such as fine art and athletic activities.
10 YEARS AGO: Clearwater Secondary School announced a new principal would be at the helm come the new school year that September. Darren Coates would be taking over the position, replacing Alan Stel. Coates moved with his family to Clearwater for the position from Merritt, where he was vice principal of Merritt Secondary, a school of roughly 600 to 700 students. CSS has roughly 250 students. Coates’ background is in science and he planned to teach Physics 11 and Science 8.