Back in Time – May 17, 2018

Back in Time – May 17, 2018

40 YEARS AGO: Shots fired led to the discovery of a rifle used in the slaying of a Langley man


“Another federal election has been called — the sixth in 11 years,” an editorial stated in the Times. Nationally, voters would choose between Liberal Pierre Trudeau and Conservative Robert Stanfield, while in the North Thompson the race was between Liberal incumbent Len Marchand and Conservative Davie Fulton. NDP candidate Vernor Jones, a high school teacher from Kamloops, was also running in the race.


A flag-raising ceremony was held at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in conjunction with National Health Week. The flag for the new hospital had been donated by members of the Helmcken family. The hospital, according to administrator Kay Rice, was almost fully equipped for the services that were to be performed there.


More than 40 motor-cross racers were entered in one leg of the competition for the Can-Am cup held in Clearwater. Kelly Small of Clearwater took first in the 125 cc senior class.

A complaint of shots being fired in the Clearwater Station Road area led police to the discovery of a rifle that had been used in the slaying of a Langley man on May 9 of that year. Police responding to a complaint recovered a .44 magnum rifle after a house search. A 33-year-old Clearwater man was charged with the careless use of a firearm and another local man, age 34, was arrested in connection with the shooting death in Langley.


There was good news for parents of Birch Island and Avola pupils when school trustees announced that elementary schools in the two communities would open the next September.

Fourteen year old Samantha Birchall was chosen as new Clearwater May Queen. Deidre Marlow was first princess, and Tracey Mohrbutter Miss Congeniality.


Two Clearwater businesspeople objected to the TNRD regarding a request for a temporary permit to operate an ice cream stand at the junction of Highway 5 and Old North Thompson Highway in Clearwater. Naomi Cloutier, who had leased the property from Chevron Oil, felt the small ice cream take-out facility would be an asset to the community.


Clearwater Improvement District was urging water users to use as little as possible as water flowing through the system from the watershed near the ski hill was extremely dirty. It was hoped that the well near Clearwater River bridge would be able to supply enough if everyone was careful.


Clearwater Food Bank reached a crisis situation when donations dropped after the busy winter season.

Clearwater RCMP reported that careless gopher hunters had discharged a bullet into the side of a residence.


A crew was at work repairing the road to Murtle Lake, with the goal of making it passable to four-wheel-drive vehicles by the May Day weekend. Heavy rains had washed out the road to the popular canoe-only in Wells Gray Park in May of 2002.

One of Clearwater’s most remarkable residents, Mavis Parker passed away May 8. Active in a variety of community groups, she will perhaps be best remembered for her role in setting up the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

A large pile of creosote-soaked railroad ties burned in Blue River. With no hydrants near the fire, firefighters were limited to keeping the blaze from spreading. It was Blue River Fire Department’s first fire call in three years.

Rick Kienlein was to take over as principal at Clearwater Secondary School. He would replace Ken Ladd, who was retiring.

Clearwater hosted its first ever PowWow. Dancers and others gathered at Clearwater Secondary School for the event.


About 200 mothers, children, fathers and others turned out May 10 to participate in a Mothers’ March for medical care. The march was to raise awareness of the need for more doctors in Clearwater.

Members of Wells Gray Search and Rescue completed a four-day whitewater inflatable kayaking course on the Clearwater River. The members were enhancing their whitewater search and rescue abilities. The course was developed by local whitewater kayaking school Liquid Lifestyles.

Clearwater Secondary School welcomed a group of 26 people from St-Cesaire, Quebec to participate in a seven-day exchange.


Clearwater town council approved a 5.82 per cent tax increase. Taxes in the municipality had gone up by an average of about two per cent since incorporation, said Mayor John Harwood.

Canfor-Vavenby held an open house as part of North American Occupational Health and Safety Week. “After being down for two years we thought it was appropriate to let people go through the mill and see what we’re about,” said division manager Dwayne Thiessen.

READ MORE: Canfor to put 50 back to work in September (July 18, 2011)

About 95 people turned up for an all-candidates forum in Clearwater and heard MLA Terry Lake and Conservative challenger Ed Klop. NDP candidate Kathy Kendall chose to attend a rally with leader Adrian Dix in Kamloops instead.


BC Liberal Peter Milobar was elected MLA for the Kamloops-North Thompson but students in school elections held across the riding voted in favor of Dan Hines of the Green Party.

A washout at Deer Creek in Wells Gray Park trapped several travelers at Clearwater Lake. Cause appeared to be the collapse of a beaver dam, said parks contractor Merlin Blackwell.

About 360 students from grades 6 to 9 took part in the North Thompson Yes2Know Youth Summit at Dutch Lake Community Centre. “The goal is to empower youth with knowledge,” said one of the organizers.

Students at CSS put on two plays, “The Audition” and “Drop Dead Disco.”

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