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20 YEARS AGO: RCMP Constables Mike Savage and Jon Stuart tracked a man through fresh snow


Winner of the CNT Rod and Gun Club’s contest for the largest deer antlers was J. Fawcett of Clearwater, with 165 inches.

Pleasure skating was becoming a wonderful winter sport. Mrs. Pat Bunch, a very enthusiastic skater was assisting young people free of charge with pleasure skating at the Clearwater Ski Club skating rink.


Clearwater trustees agreed that firefighters should go to fires outside of the fire protection district if loss of life was involved. Chairman Jack Foote objected, saying that the district was on the verge of a reduction in insurance rates, and if a fire occurred while the truck was out of the district, then “… we would be back at square one again.” John Harwood, representing the Thompson Nicola Regional District, explained what could be done regarding mutual aid pacts for fire protection with such outside areas as Star Lake and Sunshine Valley.


Central North Thompson Chamber of Commerce and Region “L” Tourist Association sponsored a 12-hour hospitality course at the Wells Gray Inn.

Clearwater RCMP reported that they had charged 63 persons with impaired driving during the previous year.


In spite of rain, more than 130 skiers hit the slopes for the first day of the season at Clearwater Ski Hill on Jan. 8.

Four members of Vernon Search and Rescue traveled to Clearwater to help organize a search and rescue club for the North Thompson.

Over 280 Blackpool telephone numbers changed. The new numbers began with the prefix 587-.

The new Venture Lodge re-opened in Blue River. The original building had been damaged over one year earlier by an explosion caused by fumes from a gasoline truck.


M.P. Nelson Riis said that, as a result of the closure of Camp Two sawmill the previous month, Clearwater needed a regional economic development coordinator to develop business leads and provide information. He suggested the federal government, provincial government and regional district each pay one-third of the cost.

Adam Robert Braaten was the first baby of the year at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Ron and Tammy Braaten.


A Clearwater couple, Joel and Leanne Hudson, saved Christmas for a little girl. A box containing two-and-a-half year old Amanda Morey’s Christmas gifts blew out of the back of her parents’ truck while they were driving home to 100 Mile. They had been visiting Amanda’s grandparents, Bill and Ruth Barnes in Clearwater. “I felt just sick,” said her mother, Sandy Morey. The Hudsons found the box and later called the Moreys.

Weyerhaeuser’s Vavenby sawmill was the third most profitable sawmill of the six the company has in the B.C. Interior, said division manager Dave Hay. The success came despite operation on just one shift for the previous three years.


RCMP Constables Mike Savage and Jon Stuart tracked a man through fresh snow after he had broken into a house and threatened the residents. The man fled out the back door of the home when police arrived, but was located nearby.

READ MORE: Mike Savage at Blackpool fire hall open house (Jun. 21, 2016)

Assessment notices showed the value of a typical residential lot in Blue River to have increased from $12,000 to $25,000.


Over 100 Clearwater residents surprised TNRD director Bert Walker by turning out for a Clearwater Action meeting. The gathering was a follow-up to a town hall meeting held Dec. 14 in response to Weyerhaeuser’s announcement that it would close its Vavenby sawmill in March.

Four members of the Wells Gray Outdoor Club and all members of the Thomas family took part in the first event of the B.C. Cup cross-country skiing competition series, held in Kelowna.


Two local girls, Jenna Ormondy and Aaron Ritchie-Bonar were selected for the BC Winter Games during hockey tryouts at the North Thompson Sportsplex. Ormondy made Okanagan Team One and Ritchie-Bonar made Okanagan Team Two.

At its first meeting of 2008 the Clearwater Ski Club voted to take the “For Sale” sign down. The ski club was busy working on several projects to stabilize its finances.

Murtle River Nordics and Helmcken Falls Lodge had set track for cross-country skiing in Wells Gray Park on both the 30-km Loppet loop trail and the Pyramid Campground road. Trail fees were $5/day, and a season’s membership was $25 for adults. There was no charge for children.


A posting by the Times editor on Facebook that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure had postponed a public meeting about a roundabout proposed resulted in more than 200 comments, both for and against. The meeting likely would be held in late February or early March, said MLA Terry Lake.

READ MORE: Open house examines roundabout pros and cons (Feb. 12, 2013)

Value of most homes in the North Thompson region remain stable compared to the previous year, said BC Assessments spokesperson. Clearwater’s assessment roll increased from $320 million to $331 million.

Clearwater ski hill’s first day of the season was Dec. 28.


Shirley McMillan won a Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 in a Buy-Low contest. “To see the prize come to Clearwater out of all the Buy-Lows in B.C. and Alberta, and to see it go to people I’ve known for 40 years makes me very happy,” said Clearwater Buy-Low manager Sandy Toma.

Carol Schaffer, the TNRD director for Area A (Wells Gray Country), and Tim Pennell, the former director, exchanged comments about changes to hobby farm zoning proposed by the regional district.

Barriere resident Kevin Fadear, age 76, came forward to claim the $1 million he won from Lotto 6/49. Asked how it felt to be a millionaire, he said, “I don’t know. I’ve never been one before.”

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