Back in Time – May 3, 2018

Back in Time – May 3, 2018

40 YEARS AGO: The provincial cabinet approved a new prison camp to be located at Bear Creek


Officers elected at the annual meeting of the North Thompson Savings and Credit Union were directors Frank Giesbrecht – president, Charles Burman – vice president, Hedley Ripley, Gordon Bennett, and Edith Heywood; supervisory committee Earl Tomyn Jr., Louis Walker, Lloyd Strickland; credit committee Wilfred Lawson, Stanley Davison, and William Mattenley.


Forestry officials were worried that 1973 was going to be “… a year of serious forest fires.” According to Cy Phillips, head of the forestry protection division, “There is relatively little snow on most of our mountains. Rivers and streams are already fairly low, and milder weather came to many areas much earlier than usual.”


The provincial cabinet approved a new prison camp to be located at the Bear Creek sawmill. It would consist of three housing modules, an administration building, and a gymnasium. The facility would initially house 48 inmates, but could be expanded to accommodate 60.


The fates of the Birch Island and Avola Elementary Schools were to be decided at a meeting of the School District 26 (North Thompson) school board.

Clearwater RCMP were keeping quiet about a movie being made by a Toronto company regarding the then still-unsolved murders of the Johnson and Bentley families the previous August. Police had processed about 7,000 tips.


Grizzly Anglers of Clearwater won second prize from B.C. Wildlife Federation for its conservation project, an artificial spawning channel next to Dutch Lake to assist rainbow trout.

Twelve-year-old Bill Liebe of Clearwater won the first annual piping scholarship from the St. Andrew’s and Caledonian Society of Kamloops.

Linda Basran was the new administrator at Doctor Helmcken Memorial Hospital. She had been administrator and director of nursing at Lytton’s St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.


Blue River residents were very receptive after a discussion of community policing with Sgt. Terry Grimm and Cpl. Doug Hindle of Clearwater RCMP.

Raft River Elementary Grade 3 and 4 students Courtnay Smith, Sherrelle Anderson, Sarah Enfield, Cory Flear, Holly Rushton, Emily Braaksma, and Sherry Treseng came home with a silver medal from the provincial Odyssey of the Mind tournament.


Water was backed up to within 30 feet of the road’s surface at Second Canyon. “After the last episode, I’m nervous standing looking down at the canyon, the way it is now,” said Upper Clearwater resident Richard Rutley, referring to the 1997 First Canyon washout.

Clearwater’s Auxiliary RCMP members — Dave Smid, Wade Elliot, Doug Richardson and Cliff Olson — withdrew their services because of a directive that removed their sidearms.


Unity will be the focus of the new Clearwater Improvement District board, said Ray Mackenzie, the new CID chair. “There’s been some head banging in the past between the TNRD, CID, chamber of commerce and First Nations. We intend to do our part to bring that to an end,” he said.


Cathy Hickson, senior research scientist for the Geological Survey of Canada, spoke to Clearwater residents about the value of promoting and protecting volcanoes in and near Wells Gray Park.

District of Clearwater received a $1,500 from CN to help with the May Day parade celebrations.

Kaita Patel, co-vice president of Thompson Rivers University’s ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship) club, presented a series of workshops to 55 Grade 11 and 12 students at CSS. The workshops covered a wide range of financial skills from how to invest in the stock market to how to start your own business.


Clearwater and area was down to just one permanent physician. Dr. Mathilde Stuart, who had arrived from South Africa about two years earlier, planned to retire. “Is it a crisis? Absolutely,” said Dr. John Soles.

Borrow Enterprises won the contract to construct a roundabout on Highway 5. The local company’s quote was $2.2 million.

Fire totally destroyed a reefer trailer full of meat on Highway 5 next to Jim’s Market.

The Times won second place for General Excellence from BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association. The newspaper had earlier won second place for Best All Round Newspaper from Canadian Community Newspaper Association.


Provincial candidates Dan Hines of the Green Party, Barb Nederpel of the NDP, and Peter Milobar of the Liberals discussed forestry, ageism and education during an all-candidates forum at Clearwater Secondary School.

Close to three dozen people, most of them local, took part in a demonstration at the Spahats viewpoint to protest Canfor’s logging plans. The forest company was planning to log hundreds of hectares of critical caribou habitat in the Upper Clearwater, said Trevor Goward, one of the organizers.

There had been 115,000 visitors at Wells Gray Infocenter in 2016, up 16 per cent from the year before, according to Stephanie Molina. The Tourism Wells Gray marketing director made the report during the association’s annual general meeting.

Cross-Canada voyageurs Mike Ranta and David Jackson stopped off in Clearwater to obtain supplies. They each were pulling canoes mounted on carts and were portaging and canoeing from Bella Bella to Cape Breton Island. This country should take in more immigrants, said Ranta. “Then I could get them into canoes and make real Canadians out of them,” he said.

READ MORE: Canoeists campaign against PTSD (April 26, 2017)

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