Back in Time

Historical Perspective

  • Nov. 30, 2018 1:30 a.m.


The grade 7 debating groups at Dutch Lake School had to abandon the topic “Why should Clearwater have a hospital.”

The negative side couldn’t think of any points. They changed to “Why we should have hippies.”


In a School District 26 zone meeting reported that the Blue River bus was overloaded and the next year a second run needed to be added to relieve crowding.

Heating the bus shelters would be needed in both Blue River and Avola to avoid vandalism and weather conditions.


Three hunters were presumed drowned in Azure Lake after they failed to return after eight days.

RCMP found their overturned boat and other personal belongings in the area.

William Gabry of Vavenby received a $4,000 grant from the provincial government to further develop a new humane trap.

Police reported no new leads in the disappearance of Gail Weys, missing from the Clearwater area since late in October.


A Clearwater man pleaded guilty to making false statements on his unemployment insurance claim.

He was fined a total of $1,000 and given two months to pay. He also had to repay all illegally drawn benefits.

Rumors were “thick and heavy” once again as a proposal for a uranium mine resurfaced.

Renewed activity appeared based on a German company, Mega Mountain Ltd., which was reported to have taken up an option for 10 per cent of Consolidated Rexspar Ltd.

The Sportsplex’s future ended in a draw after a referendum. First count saw approval of the proposal by 229 “yes” votes and 225 “no.” A recount saw the score tied at 225 each, with several ballots being rejected for using a tick rather than a cross.

A judicial recount was being sought.


Volunteers responsible for community television received nasty telephone calls until television service was restored.

Wes Mayer, Leroy Hansen and Stan Saari made several unsuccessful attempts to reach the TV site on Grizzly Mountain before the adjustment needed to make the channels watchable for the Gray Cup game.


Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department was unable to contain a blaze in the Clearwater Traders building on Swanson Road.

A large amount of used furniture suffered smoke and water damage. The loss was estimated at $95,000.


Clearwater Ambulance might lose its full-time unit chief.

No job posting had been made to replace chief Jack Patterson, who had left on long-term disability at the end of October.

A portion of Vavenby’s water system ran dry due to low water levels in the North Thompson.

Backhoe work by VID maintenance man Roy Unterschultz got the water flowing again.


CSS Senior Raider boys won the Okanagan volleyball championships for the first time. Coach was Marie Giesbrecht.


Slocan and Canfor announced that they intended to merge in the spring.

“It’s too early to say what effect this will have on the various parts of the company,” said Slocan president and CEO Jim Shepherd.

Community leaders from Blue River to Barriere met in Chu Chua to develop a Voice of the Valley.


Property near Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital was being rezoned to allow for construction of a helipad.

Thompson Headwaters (Area B) director Steve Quinn confirmed that several communities were being looked at besides Clearwater, including Ashcroft, Lillooet, and 100 Mile House.

TNRD directors voted to support designating Wells Gray Park and its volcanoes a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jim Sands, Social Planning and Research Council of BC project coordinator, was in Clearwater to make a presentation on social planning.

The primary issue for the meeting was the need for social housing in the North Thompson Valley, and how best to approach that need.


Safety Mart, Clearwater’s only supermarket, had been sold to AG Foods of Calgary. AG Foods had been the store’s major supplier for many years.

The company had been working with Safety Mart for some time to make the move and build a new shopping centre next to Highway 5.

There could be up to nearly 600 people working for two years in the Clearwater-Vavenby area if the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline goes ahead.

That was the message brought by a delegation from the Kinder Morgan pipeline company to a meeting of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce.


Clearwater resident Barry Joneson was surprised to encounter a cougar in a Weyerhaeuser subdivision backyard.

He had gone in there to recover a dead cat.

Roland and Anne Neave presented TRU with a $20,000 cheque to fund annual bursaries for CSS graduates going to the Kamloops university.

In 2014 they donated 160 acres of land in Upper Clearwater to TRU to be an outdoor living laboratory.

Replacement of the chiller at the Sportsplex had greatly reduced the risk to staff and public, said facilities manager Roger Mayer.

He was commenting on an ammonia leak in a Fernie ice arena that had killed three workers.

A special insert commemorated District of Clearwater’s 10th anniversary since incorporation.

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