Back in Time – March 29, 2018

Back in Time – March 29, 2018

45 YEARS AGO: Voters in TNRD Area A approved a tax increase for a Sportsplex in Clearwater


Students from all grades in every school in the district submitted samples of their work for the second annual fair at Clearwater Secondary School.


Voters in Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area A approved a tax increase to pay for the construction of a Sportsplex in Clearwater. An editorial in the Times stated the vote indicated, “… the area will grow regardless, taxes will go up, and the good old days have gone irretrievably.”


Four occupants of a light plane escaped with minor injuries when their single engine craft ran out of fuel and crashed near the Anglican Church in Birch Island. The pilot, a Kamloops man flying with his wife, daughter, and 10-month-old baby, had attempted an emergency landing in a field when the plane flipped.

A brief was received by the school board from a local group called Clearvabirch that proposed building a recreation center to include a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a track, and to be funded entirely through federal and provincial grants.


Interior Lumber Manufactures’ Association representatives presented CTP grader-men Gary Radmacher and Kulwant Sian with trophies and cash awards for scoring top marks in the ILMA grading course. They both scored 100 per cent.


Ray Harrison, president of the newly formed Yellowhead Truck Loggers Association, donated $800 to the multi-level care hospital fund, represented by Donna Erickson. Total in the fund was $24,320.

Ten area residents were to begin a five-month silviculture training program being put on by Cariboo College.


A $52,000 federal funded training program was to train 20 persons in a variety of silviculture skills.


North Thompson Community Skills Center was hoping to get some major training contracts, according to information presented at its first annual general meeting. Cost of operating the center was about $240,000 per year, said treasurer Debby Downey. Start-up funding decreased each year, so the center needed to find alternative means of support. A community forest would provide revenue from timber cut, suggested chair Leverne Burnell.

Officials from the TNRD, including Area B director Steve Quinn and Area A director Bert Walker, opened a new regional district library in Blue River.


Slocan-Vavenby was using Weyerhaeuser’s dry kilns on a temporary basis. The arrangement allowed Slocan to put a third shift on its sawmill and to hire an additional 36 people.

Far reaching changes to B.C.’s forest polices announced by the government were in line with what North Thompson residents asked for, said MLA Kevin Krueger. “At a meeting in Clearwater, after Weyerhaeuser announced its mill closure, it was clear that people wanted more community forests, more woodlots and more involvement by First Nations,” he said.


MLA Kevin Krueger presented a $90,000 cheque to Tourism Wells Gray. The money was to be used to hire a full-time marketing and promotions coordinator for Wells Gray Country.

A 45-year-old male from Edmonton died in an avalanche near Blue River while snowmobiling.

A total of 536 tickets were issued during a weekend road check. Of those tickets, 36 were seatbelt related and 215 were for speeding.


The Moilliet’s Aveley Ranch near Vavenby got ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary of sheep raising. The ranch, which was founded in 1906 by Theodore Albert Moilliet (Tam), acquired its first sheep in the fall of 1913 when a flock of 40 was driven from Louis Creek. The railroad right-of-way had been cleared at that time but the rails were not yet installed, making an ideal trail.

Local politicians got a hand from female hockey players as they turned to sod to officially mark the start of construction of new changing rooms at the Sportsplex. A presentation by female hockey players had encouraged town council to get a grant through MLA Terry Lake, said Mayor John Harwood.


A photo of a robin taken in mid-March proved that spring was on the way.

READ MORE: First robin seen in Vavenby (Feb. 14, 2014)

The federal and provincial governments were contributing $1.75 million towards the cost of a new well for Clearwater. District of Clearwater was to pay about $360,000 for the $2.1 million project. “It’s very exciting to us,” said CAO Leslie Groulx.

BC Transit announced changes to the Clearwater and area transit system. Service on the 3 Clearwater Loop was to be provided year round, while on-demand service was being introduced for Wyndhaven, Sunshine Valley and Lower Blackpool.

Willow MacDonald, the TNRD director for Area B (Thompson Headwaters) won a school board seat in 100 Mile House. She had recently moved from Blue River to the Cariboo but intended to continue as regional district director.

Dan Hines, the Green Party candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson, reported that he had a positive experience while out door-knocking in Clearwater. “People are not happy with the Liberals,” he said.

Vavenby resident Vienna Moilliet returned home after studying how to be a midwife and missionary in the Philippines for 2 ½ years. The program had been a dream since she heard about it when she was 15.

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