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Ross Fitzgerald was elected president of the Blue River Chamber of Commerce. Robert Petch was vice-president and Duncan MacDonald was secretary-treasurer.

Tim, Robin and Jill Dunford won a first place diploma in piano trio under 13 years at the Yale-Cariboo Music Festival. Bonnie Hobson won first place in brass instrument under 12 years.

Approximately 140 people honored Chris Radmacher at the Local Unions Banquet in Kamloops for his years of service to his union local.


A centennial party in Little Fort honored eight pioneers: Mrs. Woodward, Mrs. Livingstone, Bob Davis, Tommy Gordon, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cleaveley. Pioneers unable to attend were Albert Genier and Joe Cleaveley.

KP Wood Products pleaded not guilty to discharging sawdust into the North Thompson River and onto the ice at Avola. A federal fisheries officer alleged the offences had occurred the previous January.


Clearwater RCMP had about 350 youngsters attend a bike rodeo, held at the Sportsplex parking lot. Const. Ken Walters was in charge.

School District 26 trustees were to meet with Sportsplex representatives to clear up the ownership of the land the facility was situated on. Dave Susak, age 23, had been the Sportsplex’s manager since December.

Clearwater Lions, Barriere Lions and Kamloops Jaycees were going ahead with plans for the sixth annual raft race from Clearwater to Kamloops. The event was slated for July 3 and 4.


Local residents were getting ready to vote in a provincial election to be held May 14. Candidates were New Democrat Howard Dack, Liberal Dave Kendall, Social Credit Claude Richmond, and Progressive Conservative Jim Walsh.

Transport Minister Alex Fraser announced the contract to build a new bridge over the Clearwater River had been awarded. The project was to be completed by August 1 of the following year.

North Thompson School District sent its first team to a Special Olympics meet, held in Kamloops.

Clearwater May Queen was Norma McTague. Princesses were Denise Novak and Cheryl Smith.


Teachers were preparing for job action to support their negotiations, Loyd Bishop, president of the North Thompson Teachers’ Association told School District 26 trustees. Actions would include not filling out report cards until the last day of school.

Lisa Wilgosh was chosen 1986 May Queen. Her princess was Valerie Braaten.

A full page ad announced the opening of the Coquihalla highway, due to occur on May 16.


TNRD directors approved a referendum on mosquito control for Area A (Clearwater-Vavenby). The program would only be for larviciding using a biological control agent, said Area A director Paul Caissie.

Birch Island fire protection steering committee disbanded. It had been set up a few years earlier to investigate fire protection, but decided there was not enough tax base. Birch Island Women’s Institute spearheaded setting the committee up.


Police roadblocks on the road to “the Farm” near Candle Creek resulted in one 24-hour suspension, nine liquor seizures, and four liquor act charges. “Strict enforcement will continue,” said Sgt. Rex Henry, NCO i/c of Clearwater RCMP.

Clearwater Improvement District trustees approved extension of the water system to the Raft River area. Cost was estimated at $10,000 per parcel.


Clearwater Secondary School needs senior academic trophies to replace those lost to vandals last September. Five trophies were stolen from a display case at the school.

Licensees and the rest of the forest sector have to recognize that First Nations have an underlying ownership title to the land. That was the message brought by North Thompson Indian band chief Nathan Matthew.


Constable Chris Newel announced he would ride in the Cops for Kids 1000 km, nine-day ride to raise funds to assist children in the community.

Victoria Sauve entered the winning photo in the annual Clearwater/Vavenby Lions Club competition for their calendar and was awarded $50 for first prize.


Only about 10 members of the public showed up for a meeting called to discuss District of Clearwater’s proposed Good Neighbor Bylaw. Many had predicted greater reaction to new rules on unsightly premises.

Clearwater area saw an increase in break-ins and petty thievery. RCMP believed this to be the work of a few local residents.