Back in Time – May 10, 2018

Back in Time – May 10, 2018

45 YEARS AGO: Flood plain restrictions limited building on the Clearwater Flats


A Valemount farmer looking for a cow stumbled onto a cache of goods stolen during a break-in at the Mountain View Service Station one year earlier. The goods, discovered only a few yards from the highway one mile south of Valemount, included a television set, tape recorder, cigarettes and some silver.


No more building permits would be issued on the Clearwater Flats unless the land was raised 10 feet above the 1972 flood level, TNRD representative John Harwood announced at a Clearwater Improvement District meeting. The Minister of Municipal Affairs had made the decision, which would have “far reaching effects on the future planning in the area.”


Karen Switzer was named Miss Clearwater at the Order of the Royal Purple’s May Queen Pageant. The crown was presented by retiring queen Jackie Loff.

North Thompson School Board trustees slashed the district budget by about 7.4 mill (or a $191,500 decrease from the initially approved budget. Some of the effects would be a reduction of teaching staff by 10 and closure of the Vavenby Annex.


Nine local athletes were among 400 participants in the Interior Special Olympics, held for the fourth year in Kamloops.

Social Credit MLA Claude Richmond defeated his NDP rival, Dave Reiter, by almost 6,000 votes in a provincial election.

May Queen candidates were Deedee Null, Pam Mackenzie, Sharon Bayley, Susan Joneson, Tammy King, Tracey Mohrbutter, Bridget McCallum, Deidre Marlow, Samantha Birchall, Sandra McLellan, Deanne Valentin, Susan Reid, and Debi Pendergast.


New owner of Clearwater Taxi was Rolph Burnner, formerly of Switzerland. He was considering a daily shuttle bus to Kamloops and regular tourist trips to Helmcken Falls.

Phil Halliman, director of B.C. Wildlife, presented a cheque to Bruce Hamerston, president of Grizzly Anglers Club, for second place in conservation projects.

Bob Taylor of Weyerhaeuser’s Vavenby Division passed over a cheque for $1,500 to Dan Coleman for track suits.

Avola Improvement District contacted the library system with a request that it take over the school property as the improvement district was unable financially to keep it going.


Clearwater Improvement District trustees approved in principle extending the water system to serve the Sunshine Valley area. Upgrading the existing SVID system, or connecting to Clearwater’s would both cost $220,000 to $250,000, noted Sunshine Valley Improvement District trustee Kevin Bonnett.


Representatives from Forestry, Lands and Recreation, Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing, snowmobilers, and a few other local people met in the Guides House at the heli-ski village in Blue River to help resolve conflicts between the heli-ski operation and snowmobilers.


A sub-committee of the Clearwater Action Committee was seeking a community forest with a minimum allocation of 50,000 cubic meters per year, Max Tanner told the CID board. He advised trustees to get ready to lobby the government.

School District 73 trustees decided to close Dutch Lake Elementary as part of an effort to meet a projected $6.5 million deficit. Blue River Elementary was to go from two teachers to just one, and North Thompson maintenance supervisor Don Bond would not be replaced when he retired.

Clearwater Action Committee picked 10 projects to promote: community forest, Clearwater center plan, Clearwater River trail, marketing coordinator position, web portal facilitator, the skills center, rural communities summit, Clearwater Foundation, nordic ski trails, and a band shell.


Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers announced construction of three run-of-the river hydro-electric projects north of Blue River would begin in June. According to the Canadian Hydro website, the Bone Creek (20 MW), Clemina Creek (9.9 MG) and Serpentine Creek (9.5 MW) hydroelectric projects together would generate enough to power 21,000 households.

A proposed five per cent tax increase to local residents came only after district staff cut $200,000 in contingency money from the proposed budget.


There were 12 BMX competitors and 16 skateboarders in the second annual Clearwater Carnage BMX and SK8 competition. “We could not have asked for better weather and were excited to have the event simultaneously with the Rotary Flea Market,” said healthy living coordinator Eleanor Collins.

Clearwater and District Highway Rescue Society took possession of its new rescue truck, a Ford 550 4×4 that cost $133,000. The old truck was transferred to the rescue unit in Blue River.

It had been a come-from-behind battle, but Terry Lake was fairly confident he could win another term as Kamloops-North Thompson MLA. NDP leader Adrian Dix had recently announced changes to the rules on how projects such as Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of its Trans Mountain pipeline would be evaluated. “It makes Kinder Morgan and all other businesses nervous,” Lake said.

Wells Gray Search and Rescue hosted participants from across the southern Interior to a cliff rescue course. Exercises were done on the bluffs near Blackpool.

READ MORE: Wells Gray SAR hosts cliff rescue course (May 7, 2013)


Former Barriere fire chief Al Kirkwood pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography. Lawyers were to meet later to set a date for sentencing. Kirkwood had also been publisher of the Clearwater Times and the Barriere Star/Journal.

Students at Blue River School took part in safety presentations by RCMP, the fire department, BC Ambulance, and highway rescue.

UNBC put on a traveling roadshow at Clearwater Secondary School to encourage students to consider health care as a career. This community had been the site of the first traveling health care traveling roadshow in 2010, and since then a number of local students have chosen to go into medicine, pharmacy and other health care related fields.

A Johnny Cash tribute concert by David James and his Big River Band at the Clearwater Legion was sold out.

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