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A look back at local news

50 YEARS AGO:

Enrollment was up at the Dutch Lake and Star Lake schools (Birch Island District). Dutch Lake was sitting at 277 while Star Lake was at 96 students.

There were 150 entries for the fourth annual Gordon Creek Riding club Horse Show, a two day Show and gymkhana.

The show, one of the bigger horse events in the North Thompson Valley was held at the Louis Creek Fall Fair grounds.

45 YEARS AGO:

A meeting was held to amend the zoning by-laws in order for the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to begin construction of a Sportsplex in Clearwater.

According to chairman John Harwood, the next stage was to seek approval of the Regional District directors to place an appeal before the provincial government to lift the agricultural freeze.

The structure was to be built on 26 acres of land which was being purchased by School District 26 from the Weyerhaeuser company.

40 YEARS AGO:

Fifty new fires were burning out of control in the province after a weekend of sunny weather, according to the B.C. Forest Service.

Colin Mills, executive assistant to Minister of Consumer Affairs and local MLA Rafe Mair, was in Clearwater to check out the condition of Dunn Lake Road. Mair’s office had received a petition from residents of the Dunn Lake Road area complaining about its condition.

35 YEARS AG0:

Vavenby Lions Club was planning their annual Loggers Sports Days. The two-day event was to take place in Centennial Park with a full range of events planned for all ages including power saw events, log chops, cross cuts, choker man etc.

30 YEARS AGO:

A meeting was held in Little Fort to discuss the feasibility of extending local phone service to include one-way toll-free services to Clearwater and Barriere. At the time the service included Little Fort and north to Blackpool and south to Darfield.

North Thompson Valley residents and visitors enjoyed two days of various activities during the weekend at Vavenby Fall Fair and Lions Sports day. Strawberry Festival Queen Kristy Borrow of Clearwater presented the ribbons to the winners in the parade.

25 YEARS AGO:

Two days of Clearwater Stockcar Association Racing was being planned for the weekend with eight cars coming from Hinton/Edson, Alberta area, six from Merritt and six from Valemount.

A young Clearwater family was lucky to escape injury when the mother drove the vehicle she and her three small sons were in under the trailer of a fully loaded logging truck. The entire front end of the family car was sheared off by the trailer’s back wheels. The accident took place at the intersection of Highway 5 and Clearwater Village Road.

20 YEARS AGO:

A man from Sicamous was missing and presumed drowned following a canoeing accident on the Adams River below Tum Tum Lake. Clearwater Search and Rescue found his female companion tired and cold, but unhurt.

Hot dry and windy weather brought the forest fire danger in the Clearwater Fire Zone back to extreme. The 2,000-plus hectare Elevator Fire near Avola, which had been in mop-up, had 20 firefighters and a helicopter assigned to it.

Water shortages forced Clearwater onto its well backup system. Two of the three streams that normally fed the system were dry. Vavenby extended its water restrictions “until further notice.”

15 YEARS AGO:

Interact Wood Products announced that timing for its Vavenby project was slightly behind earlier projections. According to a company news release, “… re-tooling decisions have been slowed due to exciting new product developments.”

A Lebanese court ordered the release of Bruce Balfour, brother of Clearwater resident Laura Mackenzie. He had been accused of spying for Israel.

10 YEARS AGO:

Council authorized Mayor John Harwood and chief administrative officer Isabell Hadford to sign a community transit partnership agreement between District of Clearwater and Interior Health Authority.

The agreement would allow the continuation of a weekly bus service from Blue River to Kamloops and back.

A meeting with B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Bill Bennett discussed efforts to stop mining lava rock at Buck Hill and get the volcanoes of Wells Gray Park designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 YEARS AGO:

Roger and Debbie Mayer were working with Rotary to raise $160,000 to build a splash park for Clearwater. The facility for toddlers to 12-year-olds would be in remembrance of all those who helped build this community, they said.

Tracy Buck was busy getting ready to be the new vice-principal at Clearwater Secondary School. A CSS grad, she had been teaching at the school since 1990.

About 180 people took part in the First Fish ceremony put on by Simpcw First Nation at Raft River.

Hope of the Pokomchi, a non-profit organization in Guatamala founded by Upper Clearwater residents Bill and Linda Brierly, won a major award sponsored by a foundation funded by a chain of fast food outlets in Central America.

1 YEAR AGO:

The forest fires near Little Fort showed the importance of retaining what had been the Clearwater Fire Zone office in Clearwater, according to Mayor John Harwood. Most of the fire zone had been amalgamated with Kamloops the previous March and its staff reduced. The portion near Blue River had been amalgamated with Prince George.

The Elephant Hill fire came within 100 m of a resort on Sheridan Lake, nearly 90 km from where it had began near Ashcroft in early July.

TNRD stopped accepting plastic bags with mixed recycling. That meant items in blue recycling bags needed to be emptied out at the eco-depot.

Upper Clearwater residents Lisa-Marie Morgan and Annette Stock charged they were being discriminated against because of their age by Immigration Canada. The retired police officers had formerly worked with London (U.K) Metropolitan Police.

In a guest editorial, former faller Jim Lamberton alleged B.C.’s wildfire response was being mismanaged. The initial firefighters should be the loggers and first responders living in the area, he said.

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