Back in Time

50 YEARS AGO:

Len Marchand and Davie Fulton were in Clearwater campaigning to be the region’s federal member of parliament.

Just under 140 people gathered in Clearwater for the Charter Night Banquet and Ball to celebrate the forming of the Central North Thompson Lions Club.

Frank Richter was appointed conservation officer for the North Thompson.

45 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater Peewees came away with their second win in as many years at the eighth annual Birch Island PeeWee tournament. Trophy for the best pitcher went to Morris Sauve, “… who did a fine job on the mound.”

The Clearwater Library, sponsored by the Clearwater Women’s Institute, was to close its door on June 20.

40 YEARS AGO:

Six people were injured, one critically, when a propane tank exploded at a cabin near Candle Creek Road in Clearwater. The injured, including a critically burned 11-month-old boy, were flown from Kamloops to the Burn Center in Vancouver.

35 YEARS AGO:

Little Fort’s fire truck was called out to help put out a fire at the home of Keith Morrison. Lorne Purcha also rushed to help with his water truck.

Thought of the week from Times columnist Jack Philips: A person is as big as the things that make him angry.

30 YEARS AGO:

The provincial government was focusing on developing some kind of value added manufacturing in the local forest industry, MLA Claude Richmond told a town hall meeting in Clearwater. One possibility was a veneer mill.

The Ice Cream Adventure opened in Clearwater, thus saving residents from spending a great deal of anxiety, time and gas money driving south to Barriere for one of their exotic treats.

25 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater RCMP received a new cruiser, the first in the province with a new multicolour reflective strip design. “All the guys really like the look of it,” said Sgt. Terry Grimm.

A changeover in the Clearwater Improvement District computer system led to tax notices, which usually were in the mail by the first week in May, not leaving the office until the end of the month. CID administrator Edie Kinzel said there was no need to panic, even though the notices said taxes were due May 31. No penalty would be applied until July 31.

A loggers’ memorial was planned for Reginald Small Park in Clearwater. A shelter to cover a large slab of log, which was to be polished and dated, should be completed by the opening of the Canada Games, reported Lions secretary Roy Cragg. The concept had been initiated by Lions zone chairman Len Sonneson.

20 YEARS AGO:

Television producer TW Peacocke and his wife, actress Kari Matchette, flew out from Toronto when they heard that their cat Sadie had been found north of Vavenby. The cat had gone missing after Peacocke had fallen asleep while driving on Highway 5, flipping end for end down the bank.

Meaghan Neathway received a standing ovation after delivering the valedictorian address to the CSS class of 1998.

15 YEARS AGO:

Lieutenant governor Iona Campagnola officially opened the Raft River viewing platform.

Interact Wood products announced that it would open a finger-joint plant at the Weyerhaeuser mill-site near Vavenby.

The 57 members of the Clearwater Secondary School class of 2003 shared an emotional finale to their high school careers. Troilene Lebsack, Katherine Link and Brittany Groulx started off the ceremonies singing O Canada. Police reported a quiet grad weekend.

10 YEARS AGO:

North Thompson Economic Development Society board of directors endorsed a $55,900 grant to aid the newly formed physician recruitment committees in both Clearwater and Barriere.

Clearwater United soccer team won the U13 championships in Ashcroft. Eight teams competed in the event organized by the South Cariboo Minor Soccer Association. Teams came from Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Logan Lake, Clinton, Princeton and Clearwater.

5 YEARS AGO:

Kaitlynn VanderZwan won the $3,000 TRU Board of Governors Regional High School Entrance Scholarship, the biggest award presented during CSS graduation ceremonies. A total of 44 grads crossed the floor to receive their certificates. Possibly the most emotional moment was when Katie Bieber and Kayla Brock received the first Skye and Courtney Buck Memorial Bursary.

Clearwater’s Lisalee Campbell, age 11, sang a soulful rendition of O’ Canada to open a ceremony held to name the members of B.C.’s new cabinet. The event was held in the Vancouver Trade and Convention Center.

Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake was named as the new minister of health. Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone got the transportation and infrastructure portfolio.

CSS Grade 10 student Jules Crombie won first place in both long jump and 200 m at the Okanagan Track and Field Meet in Kelowna. He came second in 100 m as well.

1 YEAR AGO:

Clearwater town council approved a $280,000 contract to construct a multi-use pathway along Park Drive from the hospital to the roundabout. It also approved a $205,000 contract to replace part of the Robson Street sewer, install storm drainage and relocate a water main. Both contracts went to Borrow Enterprises.

Town council also approved a development permit for a building to be constructed next to Eden Road, despite reservations expressed about a rough sketch map submitted. The three-storey building would have commercial space on the lower two levels and a motel suite on the third level.

Peter Milobar was sworn in as the new MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson while fellow BC Liberal Todd Stone took the oath again to represent Kamloops-South Thompson. A NDP-Green coalition had 44 seats in the legislature while the Liberals had 43.

Clearwater’s U10 and U12 fastball teams both won their home tournaments. Clearwater’s U16 hosted Barriere and 100 Mile in exhibition games and won both.

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