Back in Time – April 19, 2018

Back in Time – April 19, 2018

45 YEARS AGO: A second doctor was needed at the hospital, the Chamber of Commerce decided


Nearly three-quarters of the students at Clearwater Secondary School were involved in a performance of the musical “Calamity Jane.” The overflow crowd for the two nights was proof that a good standard had been reached in the weeks of rehearsals.


A second doctor was needed at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, members of the Central North Thompson Chamber of Commerce decided. Another doctor would give the local physician some leisure time and eliminate the necessity for him to be on call for 24 hours a day.

The Chamber decided that the ladies of the Order of the Royal Purple would take charge of the tourist booth during the summer.


Computer terminals were installed at the tellers’ wickets at Thompson Valley Credit Union.

Clearwater Secondary School students’ council bid on a tree-planting contract in order to raise funds for the year.

The Raft River Grade 7 class had a field trip approved by trustees of School District 26 to visit the Flying “U” Ranch in the Cariboo.


Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary voted to raise $28,000 over the coming year for equipment for the hospital. Guest speakers at the annual meeting were outgoing zone rep. Colleen Duncan, hospice group rep. June Mjolness, hospital administrator Lorraine Ritchie, and director of nursing Pat Ruggles.

Three people attended the annual general meeting of the Clearwater Improvement District. Trustees William Bartlett and Art Davison ran unopposed for three-year terms.


An article gave tribute to the late Alma Hunsbedt. Born in Peace River, Alberta, in 1919, she lived on Vancouver Island for a while, then moved with her husband, Irven, to Vavenby in 1954. She was one of the instigators in setting up the Vavenby hospital auxiliary thrift shop.

The Clearwater Incorporation Committee received a preliminary report from consultants Tom Moore and Associates into the question of forming a municipality.

Several people in Blue River joined forces in a community project to make the Murtle Lake trail wheelchair accessible.

A committee was looking into fire protection for Birch Island. It was deemed not feasible to form an improvement district for the community.

Clearwater RCMP’s Cpl. Jim Mackie received a medal and scroll for 20 years of service on the force.


A consultative group in Blue River was looking into community policing. “It’s extremely difficult to police a town over 100 km away,” pointed out Clearwater RCMP Sgt. Terry Grimm.

For the first time ever, the Dutch Lake Elementary and Clearwater Secondary school bands were to be a part of the May Day parade.


The UCC Adventure Guide program and Clearwater-based outdoor guide Robert Beaudry put on a five-day swift-water rescue instructors’ course in the Clearwater River. Eight students took part.


Fundraising for Clearwater’s elementary school band trip to Toronto got a big assist with a commitment from Weyerhaeuser to pay $5,000 towards band uniforms.

Members of Dutch Lake Elementary School’s Grade 6/7 Battle of the Books team placed second in the Zones. Team members were Sam Mackenzie, Megan Bain and Bryan Sjodin.


Sherri-Lynne Madden was hired to serve as services coordinator for Electoral Areas A (Wells Gray Country) and B (Thompson Headwaters). Madden held a Bachelor of Natural Resources Sciences degree from Thompson Rivers University and was a registered forest technician.

District of Clearwater hired its first permanent chief administrative officer, Isabell Hadford. She came with 20 years experience in municipal government, including seven years as CAO at Bowen Island.


Clearwater town council proposed increasing the mill rate by 5.82 per cent – a $40 tax increase on a $200,000 home. Water and sewer rates also were increased.

Former Clearwater-based Conservation Officer Kevin Van Damm was awarded an Exemplary Service Medal by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon.


Wells Gray Community Forest has completed 10 years of operation and its second cut control, general manager George Brcko reported during its annual general meeting. Volume harvested during 2016 was 24,000 cubic metres, while 210,600 seedlings were planted.

Clearwater Theatre Collective’s inaugural production was to be “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” – the story of a major movie star who settles in a small town.

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