40 YEARS AGO: Local doctors hoped to move into their new medical centre being built next to the Old Caboose restaurant on Park Drive, by Sept. 1. Five doctors and one dentist will set up shop in the nine examination rooms and dentist’s section of the 5180 square feet building. The new medical centre will also have nurse’s and accountant’s rooms and a “much nicer” waiting room, about 700 or 800 square feet, capable of seating 40 people. In addition, the building will be less expensive to maintain than the Brookfield Mall Centre which is not properly air conditioned or heated. The doctors and dentist were to collectively fund the project.
30 YEARS AGO: Clearwater was to host to four women’s provincial softball teams during the Canada Summer Games held in Kamloops in 1993. The women’s division would have 10 teams, whereas the men would field with 12. Barriere was to host two men’s games, as well as others, incluidng Ashcroft, Merritt and Cache Creek. Officials were hopeful Clearwater would host senior men’s ball on the 1993 May Day weekend.
20 YEARS AGO: Challengers, a program for developmentally delayed adults, took over the maintenance of 22 of the Forest Service recreation sites in the Clearwater Forest District. The program was one of a number sponsored by Wells Gray Community resources, a non-profit society. A ceremony to mark the start of the program was held at Lolo Lake picnic site. Budget restrictions are what led to the arrangement. The contract was set to end March 31, 2003.
15 YEARS AGO: A small wildfire had broken out off of Camp 2 Road near Brookfield Creek in Clearwater. It was just a few kilometres away from the Grizzly Heights and Sunshine Valley neighbourhoods, where worried residents saw smoke rising from the woods behind their homes. Both BC Wildfire and the Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene. Firefighters had to use water tankers as there were no hydrants nearby. The wildfire service brought in a helicopter as well. The fire was deemed a priority because of its proximity to town and was extinguished.
1 YEAR AGO: Almost 200 redsidents and visitors in Clearwater gathered at the Dutch Lake Community Centre for an evening of live entertainment, something many palces hadn’t been able to enjoy sine the COVID-19 pandemic began over a year ago. Kamloops’ Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard opened the first of five live shows put on by the Wells Gray Lively Arts Society at their summer stage event. Despite the smoky skies, folks were happy to be out, socializing and watching their kids play and make friends as they sat comfortably in lawn chairs, enjoying the live show.