Back in Time

Historical perspective

  • Oct. 11, 2018 12:30 p.m.


Clearwater was about to get a liquor store, as crews were renovating one end of the Capostinsky Building.

A new sawmill came into being on the old Archibald mill site.

Clearwater finally received street signs. Most streets were named after local pioneers.


A Vavenby man died when he was trapped inside a burning trailer.

John Harwood said he would be resigning as Area A rep on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District after holding the position since 1970.

Tenders were issued for preparation work for the Clearwater Sportsplex.


Sunshine Valley Fire Department members were holding work-bees in a push to complete their firehall before cold weather set in.

A major drive was in progress under president Erlene Woollard as the North Thompson Overture Society sought to boost membership.


Jack Marlow, owner the Stedmans store in Clearwater, was located by Clearwater Search and Rescue after his truck got stuck in the Management (Tree Farm License 18 northwest of Clearwater).

Clearwater Lions closed the Blackpool Hall for a month while they installed a new floor.

A new courthouse in Clearwater was nearing completion.

The building consisted of four trailers mounted on a foundation.


Residents of Greer Subdivision voted 35—five against being included in any possible municipality of Clearwater.

A triangular shaped piece of land next to the Clearwater River bridge was named Small Park in honor of local pioneer and justice of the peace, the late Reg Small.

An editorial in the Times suggested that the name was less than impressive.


Clearwater Hatchery was given a temporary reprieve.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans was to enter into an interim maintenance agreement with North Thompson Indian Band.

A meeting with residents to discuss extension of the Clearwater water system to Sunshine Valley was expected to be held later in the month, said CID administrator Edie Kinzel.

Clearwater Lions sponsored placing a slab from a 300-year-old Douglas fir in a shelter at Reginald Small Park as a Loggers’ Memorial.


Thieves broke into the Clearwater Forest District office, loading the computers they stole into a Forest Service truck. Safety Mart and the Robson Valley Forest District office in Valemount were also hit.

Clearwater needed a second well as well as a reservoir, said engineer Terry Underwood. Total cost of the two projects would be close to $700,000.


Council member Jack Braaksma stated he would like to see fewer tax dollars going to the Sportsplex, and more going to other recreation facilities such as the Clearwater ski hill and a proposed skateboard park.

Clearwater Improvement District chair Ray Mackenzie wanted to see wheelchair access to its office building. “I received three letters this summer about handicapped access. I also got a phone call from someone who does business at the CID office,” Mackenzie told improvement district trustees at their regular monthly meeting.


Jager Garbage Inc. announced it would be providing a pick-up service for blue bag recycling.

Thirty-two Clearwater Breast Friends took part in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Kamloops. The group raised $6,156 while celebrating its ninth year attending the run.

Tourism Wells Gray and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) held a tourism workshop in Clearwater. About 35 people attended the event.

John Wilcox and Tim Pennell were running to represent Wells Gray Country at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Thompson Headwaters candidates were Max Lentz and Steve Quinn. Vying for seats around the Clearwater council table were Brent Buck, Christy Dobi, Grant Gale, Candus Pelton-Graffunder, Ken Kjenstad, Stephanie Teare and Bert Walker.


Noted Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman turned the sod to signal the start of construction of Thompson River University’s TRU Wilderness Center near Wells Gray Park. “What we’re doing here today couldn’t be more important,” he said.

District of Clearwater faced significant financial implications if it was to develop a sustainable water source, public works superintendent Jared Brounstein reported to town council. The District draws its water from Russell Creek behind the ski hill, plus two wells between Dutch Lake and the Clearwater River. No one source can produce enough volume to meet the current maximum daily demand, and that was predicted to increase.

An event in the Upper Clearwater Hall honoured Wells Gray Park researchers Ralph Ritcey and Yorke Edwards. The pair had studied moose and other animals in the park during the 1950s. The more than 60 people who attended the event were described as a veritable who’s who of natural historians in Canada.


Vavenby residents were without water for 48 hours after sand plugged its pump. TNRD restored the system, but problems remained.

Clearwater council members had a productive time during the recent Union of BC Municipalities convention, reported Ken Kjenstad. Their meetings had included one with Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, about more seniors housing at Evergreen Acres.

Sharon Neufeld won the prize for best pie during a community potluck held at the schoolhouse in Upper Clearwater.

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