Back in Time – April 26, 2018

Back in Time – April 26, 2018

50 YEARS AGO: The B.C. Interior lumber industry was entering its sixth month of strike


The B.C. Interior lumber industry was entering its sixth month of strike. “The economy of the entire area is suffering. And both labor and management have so committed themselves to their present positions that neither can budge without a significant loss of face,” said an editorial in the Times.


At Wells Gray Hospital Society’s annual meeting it was announced that two additional doctors were to start practice in Clearwater by September. They would bring the number of local physicians to three.


Dennison Mines was “showing interest” in developing an uranium mine at Birch Island, said MLA Rafe Mair. A moratorium was in effect on uranium mining in B.C.


Over 50 anglers took part in the Dutch Lake Resort Fishing Derby. Albert Lamberton won with a one-pound nine-ounce fish.

CSS Grade 11 student Suk Khaira was named to the B.C. volleyball team for the Pacific Rim Tournament, to be held in Hawaii.


An early morning fire completely destroyed Wadlegger’s sawmill. There was no damage to the planer operation.

CSS junior concert band received a gold medal at the Interior Concert Band Festival in Vernon.

A petition was being circulated against a rumored proposal to locate the new Clearwater Forest District office between Weyerhaeuser subdivision and Highway 5. Residents were alarmed about the potential noise and danger of helicopters.


Bits and pieces of a truck stolen in Keremeos were pulled from the North Thompson River near the East Blackpool bridge. “It’s obvious from this that there is someone in the area who’s chopping vehicles – stripping them for parts,” said Sgt. Terry Grimm.

Trustees for School District 26 found they were dealing with a shortfall of more than half-a-million dollars. “We attempted to be fair to all,” said trustee Ed Shook.


There’s gold in goldenseal, Don Shook told a group of people at a seminar on the potential of agro-forestry. The herb was selling at $50 to $70 per pound, and it was possible to grow 1,000 to 2,000 pounds per acre. The Vavenby rancher was chair of the agro-forestry sub-committee of Forest Renewal B.C.’s North Thompson advisory committee.

The B.C. section of the Canadian Figure Skating Association named Clearwater resident Hazel Wadlegger as the recipient of its 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award. She had been a volunteer with Raft Mountain Skating Club for 26 years.

Volunteers donated time and equipment to haul 130 loads of dirt to beautify the median near Brookfield shopping center. “This community spirit is amazing,” commented Vern Goodwin, Highways area manager.


The federal government called for expressions of interest from communities injured by the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S. At the same time, Frank Ritcey, the person hired by the federal government to write proposals to get money for the area from the softwood lumber initiative, was told he had two more weeks to work. “This is absolutely ridiculous,” commented Phil Lindsay, general manager of Community Futures Development Corporation for Thompson Country.


TNRD approved the rezoning application for Trasa Lodges at their regular board meeting April 24. The board voted 23 – 1 in favor of the proposal. Trasa Lodges had applied to consolidate four properties into a single 110 acre parcel for a proposed “cabin in the woods” development 23 km north of Clearwater on Clearwater Valley Road.

Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger announced the province would not support the exploration and development of uranium in British Columbia and was establishing a “no registration reserve” under the Mineral Tenure Act for uranium and thorium.


The provincial election was underway and NDP hopeful Kathy Kendall was campaigning in Clearwater. The number one issue in Clearwater and the North Thompson seemed to be skills training, she said. Her main rival was Liberal incumbent MLA Terry Lake.

Ron Rotzetter asked town council for a letter of support for a frontage road to provide access to his proposed Bear View shopping center. The request was referred to staff for a decision at a later date.

READ MORE: Council tables Bear View re-zoning (Mar. 14, 2013)


The TNRD board approved a public assent process (“negative petition”) to determine public support for seeking UNESCO Geopark status for the North Thompson Valley. That meant that if 10 per cent of the eligible voters in the designated area said they were against the Geopark proposal, it would not go ahead.

Wells Gray Search and Rescue hosted 72 participants from across B.C. to a rope rescue course on the bluffs west of Blackpool.

Members of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment stayed overnight in the Sportsplex on their way from their base in Edmonton to Chilliwack for exercises.

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