50 YEARS AGO:
Papers for the formation of the Clearwater Improvement District were in Victoria to be approved, according to a story in the Times.
Members of the North Kamloops Lions Club were in Clearwater to see if there was a need and a desire to form a local Lions club. Fifteen members would be needed to start the club.
45 YEARS AGO:
Consideration was being given by trustees of the Clearwater Improvement District to expand the district’s water system by 154 connections. There were 315 connections on the system at the time.
40 YEARS AGO:
No increase in taxes was planned by the CID for 1978, trustees reported. Chairman Bob Cochlan was re-elected by acclamation to a three-year term. An operating budget of $75,445 was approved for the coming year.
35 YEARS AGO:
School District 26 chairperson Jean Nelson and other trustees traveled to Avola to explain their reasons for closing the elementary school in that community. Birch Island’s school was also to be shut down.
The Easter Mixed Bonspiel attracted 42 rinks from Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. to the Sportsplex, but Clearwater foursomes led by Bob Lehto, Merv Yurkiw and Dwayne Braaten won the A, B, and C events.
30 YEARS AGO:
The death of Verla Capostinsky put a sad and emphatic ending to the story of Clearwater Timber Products and the closing of Camp Two mill. She had come to Clearwater in 1941 with her husband Frank Capostinsky, the original manager of CTP.
25 YEARS AGO:
Clearwater RCMP were to hold a seminar with local logging contractors to combat increased theft of tools in the industry, said Sgt. Terry Grimm.
20 YEARS AGO:
TNRD Area A director Bert Walker rejected a recommendation from CID trustees to hold the line on the Sportsplex budget. Instead, he got the regional district board to approve a $75,000 increase to set up a capital reserve. The ice plant or roof could need extensive repairs at any time, Walker pointed out.
A meeting reviewed a computer-based secondary school program underway at Blue River School. There were 39 students enrolled, plus 21 in adult education.
15 YEARS AGO:
School District 73 trustees voted to close Dutch Lake Elementary School, despite pleas from the school’s parents’ advisory committee to keep it open.
Clearwater Sno-Drifters signed an agreement to manage the Raft Mountain snowmobile trails. Club spokesperson Ralph Sunderman said it would allow promoting the area.
10 YEARS AGO:
RCMP located a grow operation on Candle Creek Road while investigating a theft complaint.
District of Clearwater council adopted a stylized picture of Raft Mountain with the words, “Clearwater: adventure starts here,” for its new logo.
District of Clearwater passed its first re-zoning application. The application in question involved about two hectares of land on Clearwater Valley Road, kitty-corner from the Flour Meadow Bakery and Cafe. The change would allow the construction of up to 16 strata duplexes on the land.
5 YEARS AGO:
District of Clearwater could face a $22 million shortfall in 20 years if it didn’t start spending more on infrastructure, according to an infrastructure master plan prepared by Urban Systems. The municipality was investing $200,000 per year on infrastructure when it should be spending $1.3 million, the report said.
Close to 200 people turned out for Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department’s first annual Easter egg hunt. Money raised during the event was to go towards a playground in the nearby Chad Schapansky Park.
An article outlined how North Thompson priest Father Emil Sasges survived more than three weeks in the mountains alone after his home-built airplane crashed while flying from Bowron Lakes to Valemount. The accident had occurred in 1969.
1 YEAR AGO:
Firefighters from Blue River, Pritchard, Barriere, Little Fort, Vavenby and Blackpool took part in live fire exercises put on at Blackpool Fire Department.
The province gave environmental approval for a new mountain resort near Valemount. Valemount Glacier Destination ski and sightseeing resort would be located in the Premier Range.
TNRD staff wanted to begin consultation for a new official community plan (OCP) for the North Thompson Valley. A report to the TNRD board said the new OCP would consolidate the existing Blue River, Avola, rural Clearwater and rural Barriere OCPs. It would not include the municipalities of Clearwater and Barriere but staff recommended they take part in the consultations.