Back in Time

45 YEARS AGO:

Waterbombers were called in to help fight a blaze that had broken out at the Weyerhaeuser sawmill in Vavenby.

A spokesman for the company stated the fire was taken care of and the extent of the damage was unknown.

40 YEARS AGO:

Chuckwagon and chariot races sponsored by the CNT Lions Club, a Raft River Riders gymkhana, and a “fly in” put on by the Clearwater Flying club were all held over one weekend.

Two more treasures planted by the Region E Tourist Association had been found.

The treasures, valued at $1,500, brought the number of treasures still to be unearthed, worth a total of $7,000, to eight.

35 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater’s Strawberry Festival made a comeback, more than 40 years since the last one.

The 1938 Queen Florence (Johnston) Nelson rode in the float with the 1983 Queen, Deedee Null. In earlier times, on a good day, as many as 300 crates of strawberries would be picked up by train at the berry shed in Clearwater.

30 YEARS AGO:

Miss CNT Lions Kriss Borrow was named Strawberry Festival Queen.

Princess was Debbie Scott.

Charlie Burman, a resident of the community for 40 years, was elected president of the Clearwater Lions.

25 YEARS AGO:

Doug Trotter of Interior Whitewater and Robert Beaudry of Clearwater Expeditions appealed to Clearwater Chamber of Commerce for support to obtain funding to keep the Clearwater River Road open.

Clearwater Forest District operations manager Max Tanner said that a study had found it would cost $360,000 to remove the slide hazard.

Residents of Sunshine Valley Improvement District voted 42 – 8 to amalgamate with Clearwater.

A preliminary study put the cost of joining at $7,000 per parcel.

Clearwater Midgets, coached by Drew Cleavely and Merv Anderson, won the provincial C championships in Port Alberni.

20 YEARS AGO:

A large sand and gravel bar on the east side of the Clearwater River was undercutting the road on the west bank, threatening access to the river, said Doug Trotter of Interior Whitewater.

The bar was the result of a washout at First Canyon that had occurred the previous year.

Wells Gray Info Centre had 26,000 visitors cross its threshold since the start of the year, a large decrease from the 30,557 recorded two years earlier.

Wells Gray Park supervisor Cecil Simpson blamed an over-dependence on tourists from Germany and central Europe, countries which had seen their currencies weaken.

Ten local students were to work on a snowmobile trail to connect Clearwater with 100 Mile House. The link had been proposed by Clearwater Sno-Drifters.

15 YEARS AGO:

Slocan-Vavenby’s sawmill re-opened on a two-shift basis after a two week shutdown. “This was just to correct our inventory … we had too much packaged (lumber) and too much rough,” said mill superintendent Gary Haggarty.

A quilt showing how government cutbacks had affected seniors was on display at Clearwater.

Chapters of the Old Age Pensioners Organization were asked to submit one block for the quilt, which was called Crying the Blues. BCGEU paid the expenses to ship the quilt across the province.

10 YEARS AGO:

A Strawberry Festival, organized by the Clearwater Farmers’ Market and Clearwater Ski Club, celebrated B.C.’s 150th birthday as well as the area’s strawberry-growing heritage.

Construction on the long-awaited Clearwater General Store project should begin within two weeks, announced Dave Madsen, manager of Little Fort Jim Man Lee Stores.

A Shell gas station, a drive-in A&W restaurant, plus a convenience store were planned for the new facility.

5 YEARS AGO:

Three local youth, Karter Romeo, Justin Sutherland and Adam Borrow, played as members of a Merritt team during the U16 provincial boys softball championships in Clearwater.

The Clearwater Stingers participated in the U12 provincials here.

Police in Barriere used a spike-belt to stop a truck that had been stolen in Little Fort.

Former Clearwater resident Maddy Beka, now living in Clinton, had stopped for a break in Little Fort when her truck was taken.

Les Bishop, a longtime resident of East Blackpool, celebrated his 100th birthday. About two dozen people attended a party in his honor at Evergreen Acres.

1 YEAR AGO:

Forest fires to the northeast and southwest bracketed Little Fort, causing the community to be evacuated.

An information meeting in Clearwater helped the evacuees. BC Forest Service had brought in one of its top incident management teams, the meeting was told.

Jim Richardson, the incoming incident commander, said he had arrived three hours earlier with a team of eight.

Kamloops Fire Centre was also fighting fires near Ashcroft and Cache Creek.

Hot and dry conditions caused BC Parks to close Wells Gray Park with little notice.

Bowron Lake and other parks and protected areas in the Cariboo were closed as well.

Telus acquired Raftview Communications Ltd. from Paul and Karen Caissie.

The business would operate as part of the Mascon brand (Telus’ cable operations).

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