Back in Time

50 YEARS AGO: An editorial in the Times called for a fire department in Clearwater

50 YEARS AGO:

An editorial in the Times called for a fire department in Clearwater. Property losses to fire had exceeded $70,000 the previous year.

Helpers were needed to finish the Clearwater Centennial Hall. The project had a $3,300 deficit.

45 YEARS AGO:

Building permits for Area A reached a record $1.1 million, announced John Harwood, chair of the TNRD and rep for Clearwater-Vavenby.

Jan Pearce was installed as president of the Central North Thompson Chamber of Commerce. Bill Mattenley was vice-president, and Jean Pearce was secretary.

40 YEARS AGO:

Consolidated Rexspar provided information about a uranium mine proposed for near Birch Island. There would be a tailings pond next to the CN tracks, enclosed by a 4,000 foot long dike that would be 19-feet high.

Officials from the Sunshine Valley and Clearwater Improvement Districts, TNRD and reps from Vavenby, Avola and Blue River met to draw up a plan for the orderly growth of Clearwater and area. The population from Blackpool to the Raft River bridge was estimated at 2,800, and expected to double in 10 years.

35 YEARS AGO:

Rory Quinn and Dale Fawcett of Blue River saved the life of another Blue River man whom they found hanging onto an overturned canoe on Mud Lake. Unfortunately they were unable to locate the man’s 22-year-old companion, who was missing and presumed drowned.

Three dozen residents of Candle Creek, Wells Gray Road and Greer subdivision areas met at the home of Karen and Noel Hawkey to organize a fire department.

30 YEARS AGO:

School District 26 superintendent Bill Jory resigned to take a position as deputy superintendent in Cowichan. He had been superintendent for eight years.

Bill Matteley received a life membership in the Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce at its annual installation ceremonies.

25 YEARS AGO:

Extensive re-construction of the Blue River water system was to be the subject of an upcoming public meeting, said Wilf Mourre, chair of the Blue River Improvement District. The project would have to go through the TNRD to qualify for provincial grants.

Muriel Dunford received a pair of jade bookends after she retired as head of the Clearwater Library. She had worked there for 18 years.

20 YEARS AGO:

The general sentiment of the about 20 Upper Clearwater residents at a Ministry of Forests public input meeting for the area was that there should be buffer areas of select logging to ensure visual integrity in areas accessible to the public.

15 YEARS AGO:

Weyerhaeuser announced that it planned to close its Vavenby sawmill in March after 31 years of operation. About 170 direct jobs would be lost to the local economy. From 1991 to 1999 it had operated as a one-shift sawmill. It moved to a two-shift operation with the closure of sawmills in Merritt and Lumby. A sawmill needed to produce over 300 million board feet of lumber per year to be competitive, said a company spokesperson. Vavenby produced about 160 million board feet per year.

CSS Senior Boys placed sixth of 10 at the Single A provincial volleyball championships in Langley. Steve Riddell was picked for the second all-star team.

The community is responsible for crime prevention, said RCMP Sgt. Steve Giesinger as he addressed 64 people who gathered for the Rural Crime Watch annual general meeting. Attendance was up from the 28 at last year’s meeting.

10 YEARS AGO:

John Harwood was voted in as mayor of Clearwater with 637 votes. Ken Kjenstad received the most overall votes with a total of 703. Returning officer Lyle Huntley said the turnout was impressive, working out to roughly 61 per cent of the 1,763 voters eligible to cast ballots.

British Columbia Women’s Institute published a 300 page book with 200 photographs which documented the stories of efforts and achievements by Women’s Institutes around the province. The books sold for $80.

B.C. Ambulance Service brought together local public and private organizations to put on Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training in Blue River. The course would give students sufficient skills and knowledge to work as an ambulance paramedic.

Barb Troxel was re-elected as president for the Friendly Club.

School District 73 approved funding to enable user groups to use Dutch Lake Elementary School.

The “Winter in the Valley” Bazaar (formerly the No Host Bazaar) put on by Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at Raft River School was a huge success.

Cleawater RCMP executed a search warrant on Birch Road in Birch Island and seized 142 marijuana plants.

5 YEARS AGO:

TNRD approved the expenditure of $10,000 to go towards upgrades at Upper Clearwater Hall. “It will make the community hall more energy efficient as well as more functional,” said Tim Pennell, Wells Gray Country (Area A) director.

Concern about ambulance staff shortages caused Clearwater council to initiate a scholarship for local ambulance staff and to work with BC Ambulance Service on recruitment, said Mayor John Harwood.

Clearwater’s Lisalee Campbell was to sing O’ Canada at the start of a Kamloops Blazers game. Her visit was arranged by Missy Cederholm, the team’s ticketing and promotions coordinator and a product of Clearwater’s minor hockey program.

1 YEAR AGO:

Clearwater town council directed staff to apply for funding for two projects: a third well and supply main, estimated to cost $2.1 million; and upgrades to sewage treatment cell No. 1, estimated cost $1.2 million. The Canada-British Columbia Clean Water and Wastewater Fund provided 80 per cent funding.

A large crowd turned out for interviews to work at a new Tim Hortons restaurant that was expected to open soon in Clearwater.

Improvements to the playground on Diamond Drive in Avola included a picnic shelter, a new climbing complex and deep pea-gravel.

A playground installed at Lake Eleanor Park during the summer featured equipment for smaller children plus several retained favorite pieces.

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