Back in Time

A historical perspective

  • Oct. 12, 2018 3:55 p.m.


A front page editorial by publisher Dave Berryman sought to drum up support for a hospital in Clearwater. Secretary of the North Thompson Hospital Society Ruby Pease said the society was compiling statistics to press for the facility.

Lou Walker was preparing three sheets of artificial ice at the Clearwater Curling Club. Heaters and a tiled floor had been installed in the clubrooms.


Television was on its way for residents of Little Fort and Barriere, according to a letter from M.P. Len Marchand.

The new Evangelical Church was nearing completion under the direction of pastor Ernie Isaacs, who was to shortly leave the area.


Yellowhead Ecological Society was seeking a $1,000 grant from the federal government to offset the expense of appearing before a public inquiry into uranium mining in British Columbia.

Former NHL great Babe Pratt was guest speaker at the annual dinner and dance to support minor hockey. He also turned up at the Sportsplex in the afternoon to sign autographs for youngsters and to chat with residents.

Pauline Gregory was elected president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Audrey Sargent was vice-president; Ann Braun, recording secretary; Peggy Neufeld, public relations; and Doreen Radmacher, hospital crafts coordinator.


Little Fort’s fire chief and the rest of the executive resigned after only 20 out of 80 householders attended a public meeting on fire protection.

Clearwater Sno-Drifters had a fun-filled Christmas holiday planned for visitors with a five-day Sno-Expo. Events included guided rides to Star Lake, Raft Mountain and Trophy Mountain, plus an Enduro 250 race.


Blue River received enough funding to start upgrading its water system. An additional grant from the province brought the total covered to about 30 per cent of the total $500,000 cost. Construction would begin in the spring, predicted Area B TNRD director Steve Quinn.

The first ever vehicle safety/commercial vehicle road check in the North Thompson valley found over 60 defective vehicles — so many that police predicted such checks would become a regular event. Other charges included dangerous goods and not marking logs properly.


Up to 45 new local jobs could be created as a result of a decision by Weyerhaeuser to close its Lumby mill, and to convert its Merritt mill to a planer-only operation. A second shift was to start at Vavenby the following March or April, said division manager Dave Hay.

The number of students at Clearwater Secondary School increased slightly, from 402 to 404, reported principal Rick Nykorak.


Halcyon Productions finished filming Deepwater. “I could see other films being made in this area. The locals have been fabulous,” said producer Chris Coen.

Bill and Linda Brierly were back in Clearwater after completing a four-year contract doing community development work in Guatemala.

A TNRD engineer decided that new tanks were definitely needed for the Vavenby water system. Temporary tanks would cost around $11,000.


Two candidates, Tim Pennell and John Wilcox, put their names forward to be the new Thompson-Nicola Regional District director for Wells Gray Country (Area A).

Former Clearwater skater Melissa Hole returned to the Sportsplex to help coach a new generation for Raft Mountain Skating Club. Hole skated with Disney for four years and then came home to sell real estate in Kamloops and Clearwater.


Wells Gray Search and Rescue and local volunteers were searching for Vern Boettger. The 78-year-old Vavenby man was last seen driving his Ford Ranger pickup, but no sign of him or the truck had been found.

Ryan McLarty told Clearwater council that the municipality needs an animal control bylaw. His five-year-old son had been severely bitten while riding his bike in Weyerhaeuser subdivision.

Clearwater and District Highway Rescue took possession of new Jaws of Life. The device cost $26,000 and was much faster and lighter than the old set, said unit chief Garry Ruston.

Clearwater’s new physician, Dr. Steven Broadbent, introduced himself and his family in a letter to the editor. They were moving from England and he expected to begin practise at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in November.

Nearly 20 residents of Avola and members of the Thompson Headwaters services committee met in the Avola log schoolhouse to discuss options for the building’s interior. In contrast to a sometimes stormy meeting held in June to discuss exterior renovations, the meeting was quiet, friendly, and reached a consensus.


Several members of Simpcw First Nation took part in a hunt in Jasper National Park. “Our intent was to hunt within our traditional territory,” said chief Nathan Matthew. “We’ve been working with Parks Canada for two years on this.”

Mikael Kjellstrom and Dan Daase were about to start work as community paramedics in Clearwater and area. The pair would be doing home visits, wellness clinics and educational initiatives.

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