Back in Time

A summary for the week of June 29, 2017, of what happened one year ago, five years ago and so on


Lieutenant Governor George Pearkes presented seven Clearwater pioneers with their Canadian centennial medallions. Receiving medals were Sarah Elizabeth Hagenson, Nellie Maude Parsons, Ada Elizabeth Pearse, Della May Williams, Fredrick Alfred Cuthbertson and Ira Dewitt.


North Thompson Car Club held a demolition derby beside the Clearwater Snow-Drifters’s snowmobile racing track (now the stock car track). Overall winners were the team of Stu McIver and Jim Vaughn.


Three scholarships were awarded to the CSS class of 1977. Frank Zimmerman received the CNT Lions scholarship, Terry Bonnar was awarded the North Thompson Teachers scholarship and the Royal Canadian Legion scholarship. Carla Firomski gave a touching valedictory address.


Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Claude Richmond announced that approval had been granted for the planning of an upgrade to Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. The upgrade would include moving and expanding the X-ray, labratory and operating rooms establishing a small mortuary, and improving the ambulance entrance.

Clearwater’s Frank Richter Jr. won the all-round cowboy award in the B.C. High School Rodeo circuit.

A B.C. government grant of $1700 ensured that Clearwater’s tourist booth would open for the season.


An exchange teacher from New South Wales, Australia lost her life when she slipped on snow and fell about 2,000 feet down Raft Mountain. Jill Margaret Hockey had been working at CSS.


The provincial government decided to leave whether or not to open the Clearwater River Road up to the two whitewater rafting companies that use it, said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Fred Jackson. TNRD Area A director Paul Caissie described the decision as “a kick in the teeth of this community.”

Multinational Resources issued an information package that clarified its proposal to divert 1.2 trillion litres of water from the North Thompson to California. Cost of the project was in the $4 billion range.


Police held a massive roadblock north of Avola to check an expected 150 to 200 motorcycle gang members. Over 20 RCMP officers, two police service dogs, six marked police cruisers, six unmarked vehicles, and a motorhome telecom headquarters took part in the exercise.


A sand-pit being proposed to be located behind Vavenby Elementary School, between Highway 5 and the river, drew a large crowd to a public meeting.

A family with five children appreciated the help they received after fire destroyed their double-wide near Dutch Lake Resort. “The community has been wonderful in helping us out … You don’t realize it, until you need it,” said Meaghan Donnelley, the mother.

A total of 72 golfers registered for the sixth annual breast cancer research golf tournament at Wells Gray Golf Course in Upper Clearwater.

Longtime local resident Pam Smith started as administrator at Clearwater Improvement District. She had worked at the CID for eight years previously.


Residents of Clearwater voted overwhelmingly in favor of incorporation, with 722 votes for and only 411 against. Voter turnout was estimated at 68 per cent.

Local cowboys and cowgirls applauded a move by B.C. Parks to allow horseback riding in North Thompson Provincial Park.


About 40 people gathered in Upper Clearwater Hall to hear concerns by members of the Upper Clearwater referral group regarding Canfor’s plans to log in the area. The forest company’s proposal involved 14 cut-blocks totaling over 1,000 ha,

Clearwater council voted to bring in a free Saturday bus service for the summer. The bus would make one round-trip from Vavenby and back each Saturday.

Clearwater’s own Interior Whitewater Expeditions was accepted into the Canadian Tourism Commission’s prestigious Signature Experiences Collection.


Clearwater and the Wells Gray Volcanic Field had definite potential for geothermal energy, according to a report by Geoscience BC. Dr. Cathie Hickson, one of the study’s authors, did her Ph.D. thesis on the volcanoes of Wells Gray Park.

Youngsters tried out Clearwater’s new splashpark for the first time. “It’s amazing. I’m so grateful it’s here,” said Debbie Mayer, one of the organizers.

Clearwater town council gave first and second reading to a rezoning application that would allow a high-density subdivision north of the hospital.

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SLIDESHOW: Blue River cross-country ski races – part two

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Canucks fold 5-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

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That’s a wrap: B.C. Games results after Day 1

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Mills Memorial Hospital financing formula released

Regional taxpayers to pay $113.7 million for new facility.

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