Back in Time

A look back at local history


Coachways was no longer to carry mail to North Thompson post offices. The postal department had arranged for delivery by a private contractor on a temporary basis.

Avola’s Topaze Restaurant opened for the public. Carpenters were still working on the Avola 66 Service garage next to the Topaze.


Clearwater Improvement District trustees requested that a letter be sent to Victoria to ask for clarification of the status of the Clearwater Flats. The feeling was the government’s floodplain policy had resulted in devaluation of land prices.


Heavy rain showers did not dampen the spirits of 17 children and 22 juniors and adults taking part in the Sunshine Valley Fire Department bike-a-thon. First adult to reach the finish line in Little Fort was Marvin Ritchie. Money raised was for a cement floor in a utility building.


Friends and relatives gathered to celebrate Max and Charlotte Miller’s 50th wedding anniversary. Married in Lacombe, Alberta, they lived on the Circle 7 Ranch near Birch Island from 1958 until 1969, when they sold the main part of the ranch, and built a subdivision across the highway.

About $25,000 was being spent to upgrade the North Thompson Sportsplex curling rink. The project should make the ice “very keen,” according to manager Kevin Hansen.


The first annual Wells Gray Mountain Challenge mountain bike race was to be held along the Loppet trail in Wells Gray Park in mid-July. Organizer Frank Ritcey stressed that it was to be a family affair.


Police were seeking two males in the investigation of the death of Leslie Wayne Dahl. He was last seen alive leaving a Barriere restaurant with two males Jan. 30. His body was found by a hiker west of Little Fort on Valentine’s Day.

Police need more pieces to positively identify airplane wreckage that had been found by a timber cruiser near Tum Tum Lake two weeks earlier.

A hitchhiker was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, and robbery following an attack on a 77- year-old Vernon motorist. The hitchhiker, who had been picked up in Jasper, attacked his host with a hunting knife at a rest stop near Blue River. The older man was subsequently let out of his camper near Barriere. Police arrested the suspect in Kelowna.


Slocan-Vavenby’s sawmill and planer were to shut down for the first two weeks of August, affecting about 130 workers.

Causes were low prices and an over supply of inventory, said area manager Steve Pelt on.

Clearwater Secondary’s Jeremy Pelton came first in high jump at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships. He won the event despite wearing a cast for a broken thumb. Mo Bual came eighth in shot-put at the event.


A record 70 properties could be sold for back taxes at a tax sale in August, reported Pam Smith, Clearwater Improvement District administrator. Amounts owing ranged from $10 to about $300, and she expected most to be paid before deadline.


Clearwater’s mayor and council voted to write Mines Minister Kevin Krueger to voice their strong opposition to lifting the moratorium on uranium mining in the province. The vote was in response to recent resolutions passed by the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce that called for an end to the moratorium.

Clearwater and District Hospice Society reported a successful year of operation at their its annual general meeting. The society had 20 trained volunteers, had begun providing hospice services, and was in the process of establishing a lending facility for its clients.

Twenty-six Clearwater Secondary School students went to Quebec for a week long trip to learn about the provinces’s language and culture. “It totally broadens their minds and puts life into learning a language,” noted one of the organizers.


World famous ethnobotanist and writer Wade Davis opened the Well Gray World Heritage events for 2013. He spoke to a capacity crowd of over 260 people in the CSS Pit, and the next day helped start two Golden Skull treasure hunts at Trevor Goward’s home in Upper Clearwater.

A study sponsored by Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing and the provincial Ministry of Environment showed that helicopter skiing had little or no impact on mountain caribou. The study had been carried out by TRU grad student Katharina Huebel.


High water in the North Thompson River threatened to undercut the road that runs from the old planer mill site on the Flats in Clearwater to the Highway 5 bridge. The road had been closed to vehicle traffic for several years.

Several Clearwater firefighters attended a funeral for Cache Creek fire chief Clayton Cassidy. He had been swept into a creek during a flood.

A raffle held during a softball tournament raised $307 to help Birch Island’s Savannah Dee to go to the Indigenous Games. The games were to be held in Toronto in late July.

Residents of Upper Clearwater and elsewhere were waiting for a decision on an appeal under the federal Species at Risk Act to stop logging in the Upper Clearwater Valley. Trevor Goward, one of the organizers, said the Canadian Wildlife Service would make a recommendation to environment minister Catherine McKenna.

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