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45 YEARS AGO: Clearwater Sno-Drifters’ regional snowmobile championships received 195 entries

50 Years Ago:

Approximately 15 skiers enjoyed the first skiing of the season at Clearwater Ski Hill. The skating rink awaited freezing temperatures and presented a problem of snow removal. Ralph Nelson was to give ski lessons.

Over 70 people said they would join the Clearwater Curling Club, said club owner Lew Walker. Two sheets were ready and two more were being prepared.

45 Years Ago:

Clearwater Improvement District completed a connection between the community hall and the centennial hall, joining the two buildings into one. CID chairman Jack Foote said the project would cost less than $3,000.

The North Thompson Regional Snowmobile Championships, sponsored by Clearwater Sno-Drifters, received 195 entries.

A new 40-Watt CBC radio re-broadcasting station was transmitting at 860 kHz.

35 Years Ago:

Jean Nelson was elected as chairman of the School District 26 board.

Retiring director of instruction E.C. Colman reported on his 16 years with the school district. The old Blue River School had housed 111 students. The new building had 45 pupils. Avola had 18 students, far below its maximum of 36. Vavenby had increased from a low of 58 to 131 before dropping to 113. He described Birch Island’s school as “… always the crown jewel of the North Thompson.” It had 50 pupils. School population for the district had risen from 800 to 1,400 and then dropped back to 1,240 during this time.

30 Years Ago:

Slocan workers held a mock funeral for the Camp Two sawmill, which had closed Dec. 18. Employees with over 18 years of seniority were to be transferred to Vavenby when a third shift was added. Local businessman Les Leger estimated that 450 jobs would be lost to the area’s economy, and called for the government to pull the company’s forest license.

The heritage committee was looking into establishing a pioneer village similar to Fort Steele or Barkerville in Clearwater, Frank Ritcey reported to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce.

25 Years Ago:

Enrolment in School District 26 schools was 1,003 full-time equivalent students, about 100 more than predicted by the Ministry of Education.

About 40 people, including 10 from Clearwater, attended a learn-to-luge day sponsored by Blue River Alpine Club. They were allowed to try the bottom portion of the Blue River natural luge run, reported Gerda Schrottner.

20 Years Ago:

A public advisory group was being set up for Wells Gray Park. “We’re looking for a group of publicly spirited people to help revise our plans and work on ongoing issues,” said area supervisor Cecil Simpson.

Legion Branch 259 bought the Little Mall in Clearwater. The branch planned to add to the building in the future.

15 Years Ago:

Close to 400 Clearwater and area residents gathered to discuss the implications of Weyerhaeuser’s announcement that it would close its Vavenby sawmill. A group of businesspeople have told him they are interested in doing something with the Weyerhaeuser mill site, Bert Walker told the meeting. MLA Kevin Krueger blamed the closure decision on cheap wood from new competitors such as the Third World and Russia. North Thompson Indian Band saw the economic well-being of the valley communities as part of its own long-term interests, said chief Nathan Matthew.

Avola residents filled their community hall for a Christmas get-together. The Sunday School put on a play, “The Birth of Jesus.”

10 Years Ago:

With the incorporation of Clearwater as a municipality, Wells Gray Country services committee met for the last time with representation from Clearwater. TNRD staff and Area A (Wells Gray Country) director Bert Walker were exploring options that would enable the work accomplished to-date as well as the delivery of services within Wells Gray Country outside the new municipal boundaries to continue.

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The Clearwater chapter of Ducks Unlimited was seeking volunteers to help with their annual banquet and auction.

Clearwater Secondary School collected canned goods and non-perishables for the annual CSS winter food drive for a food hamper. Whichever homeroom submitted the most goods would be the first to eat during a turkey dinner put on by the Parents Advisory Council during the school day on Dec. 21 for the entire school.

The C-Me Live 14th Annual Christmas Coffeehouse food bank fundraiser raised approximately $2,700 for the Clearwater Food Bank.

Thirty-two youngsters entered the Times’ Christmas story contest. First place entry went to Katie Bieber; second Tatianna Anderson and third place went to Kaitlyn Hunter.

5 Years Ago:

Ella Elliot won first place in the Kindergarten – Grade 3 category in the Times’ Christmas story contest. Kelsey Meadow-Tedford won the Grade 4 – 7 category.

Choirs from Clearwater and Barriere performed a concert called Peace Around the World in both communities. Coach was Leah Jones.

Wells Gray Outdoor Club announced that it was reviving the Wells Gray Birchleg.

Relatively strong lumber prices meant 2013 should be a steady year for Clearwater, predicted Mayor John Harwood. The biggest item on the District of Clearwater’s agenda would be taking over road maintenance the following fall.

1 Year Ago:

Kelsey Rexin, age five, won first place in the junior division of the Times’ Christmas story contest. Ethan Smith, a Grade 3 student at Raft River Elementary, won first in the second division. There were 90 entries.

TNRD decided to nearly double the rates being charged for septic disposal at a new facility in Clearwater. This was significant because nearly all residents of Clearwater as well as Electoral Areas A and B used septic tanks.

The regional district board also approved water rate increases for Vavenby and Blue River. In Vavenby, the new rate was to be $186 per three-month quarter for the first year, while in Blue River it was to be $177.

Former District of Clearwater chief administrative officer Isabell Hadford was appointed municipal advisor for the Village of McBride by the provincial government. Three McBride municipal councillors had resigned the previous month, leaving the council without a quorum.

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