Back in Time

50 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater Lions had things lined up for the August long weekend Regatta at Dutch Lake. North Thompson Valley Queen Linda Johnston and Miss CNT Lions Diane Colbourn were to start the kids off with races. Other events included the swim from the island, canoe races, a bingo booth, a greased pole climb, dunking machine, dance and all denomination church service Sunday morning.

45 YEARS AGO:

The weekly court report mentioned a resident received a $30 fine for failing to stop for a police officer; $30 for driving without due care and attention; $330 for speeding; and $25 under Section 7(a) (01) of the Motor Vehicle Act.

40 YEARS AGO:

Rafe Mair, Minister of Consumer and corporate Affairs and local MLA announced Vavenby bridge would be strengthened and upgraded by the Department of Highways. Tenders were called for a contract to replace three piers on the existing structure with reinforced concrete piers on steel H-piles.

Clearwater youth Ken Monteith was awarded a James McGill scholarship from famed McGill University. The $2500 entrance scholarship was available for a maximum of four years giving it a potential value of $10,000.

35 YEARS AGO:

Union workers at Clearwater Timber Products lumber mills in Valemount, Vavenby and Clearwater went back to work, ending a four day wildcat strike at the company’s operations.

Clearwater Fire Department was called three times in three days. Five firemen were involved in a rescue run to Clearwater Lake, eight firemen helped with clearing trees, downed wires because a storm, and 10 firemen attended a chimney fire in Weyerhaeuser Subdivision.

30 YEARS AGO:

More than 200 people participated in the annual Trophy Mountain ‘summit meeting’ organized by park naturalist Trevor Goward.

Can-U-Canoe – a family event was being planned by several volunteers and business sponsors. The event was to be strictly non-profit and organizers stated any net proceeds would be donated to a worthwhile community organization or project.

25 YEARS AGO:

Andrena Moore deBruyn brought home a silver medal in the 800 m run at the B.C. Summer Games competitions held in Chilliwack. Prior to that win Andrena captured bronze medals in both the 800 m and 1500 m during the Junior Development Championships held in Port Alberni. Clearwater’s Dave Coleman also bought bronze home from the Junior Development meet, taking the medal in the discus throw.

20 YEARS AGO:

As temperatures soared into mid-30s, Clearwater residents tried to find various ways to keep cool. Demand was up on air conditioners and fans, with delivery trucks followed by hopeful customers who bought the items “before they could hit the floor.”

Three inmates from Bear Creek correctional facility were still at large after six of them walked away from the minimum security prison July 25. A Bear Creek staff member going to work caught one inmate, and two others were arrested within days.

15 YEARS AGO:

A blaze first reported as a spot fire along the B.C. Hydro power-line behind the McLure Restaurant soon engulfed an entire hillside. Louis Creek residents received orders to evacuate and Barriere residents were put on evacuation alert and warned to be ready to be gone in an hour when the order came.

Wild blueberries were ripening earlier than usual, according to Times columnist Becca West Beaton.

10 YEARS AGO:

RCMP checked over 800 vehicles during a road blitz held on Highway 5 in Clearwater. Police had given out several tickets for seatbelts plus one 24-hour suspension for drug use.

Canfor-Vavenby announced it would be taking a vacation shutdown for the first two weeks of August. The shutdown was not tied to market condition, said general manager Gary Dolinski.

A large crowd of about 150 people gathered at the Interior Whitewater Expeditions Kettle Café grounds for a music night with performers from around the valley.

Over 700 people turned out on a sweltering hot Saturday to witness the unveiling of the much anticipated Wildfire Dragon monument in Louis Creek. Artist Michael Morris of Barriere assisted in the unveiling of his Wildfire Dragon carvings – one in the shape of a dragon, and the other a firefighter.

5 YEARS AGO:

After a two-year break, paddlers from all over the world took part in Clearwater Kayak Festival 2013. Micah Lyall of Enderby won the rodeo event while Sam Ewing of Revelstoke won the downriver.

An article outlined the history of the Jim family’s Little Fort Herefords ranch. The family was getting ready to host a farmers’ field day to celebrate the ranch’s 70th anniversary.

Restoration work to the exterior of Avola’s log schoolhouse was almost done and it appeared to meet the approval of most, but not all, of the community’s residents. Most of the credit for bringing people onside should go to contractor Brad Dohms, said Sherri Madden, TNRD coordinator for Area B (Thompson Headwaters).

1 YEAR AGO:

TNRD rescinded evacuation alerts for Hallamore Lake, McCarthy Lake, Dunn Lake and areas east and south of Little Fort – the last alerts for the Little Fort fire complex that had begun July 7.

Quick work by CN workers, Canfor employees and Vavenby firefighters put out a small grass-fire near the Canfor sawmill.

Drillers began work on a third well for Clearwater. Reg Small Park was to be closed for two weeks.

A total of 24 residential care and community patients returned to Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater after being evacuated when the community was put on evacuation alert. They had been taken to alternate facilities in Kamloops and Salmon Arm.

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