Back in Time

Historical Perspective

  • Dec. 29, 2018 8:30 a.m.


Housewives in northern Europe, cleaning house for the New Year, may have coxed children to help by saying, “Let’s clean the hearth. St. Nicholas will soon be coming down the chimney,” speculated an article about the origin of that Christmas tradition.

Another possibility was that Santa copied the Viking goddess Hertha, who appeared in the fireplace during the winter solstice.


Kamloops M.P. Len Marchand outlined a new National Energy Policy that had been presented by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

The policy included price freeze on western Canadian crude oil, and a halt on increases in the price of home heating oil for eastern Canadians.


Curtis Hettinger of Barriere won first prize for this Christmas story in the young person’s category of the Times’ contest.

Second prize was won by eight-year-old Megan Neathway of Vavenby, while her brother, Casey, age six, was third.

First prize in the adult section was awarded to Judith Martin of Heffley Creek.

Very nearly all of 50,000 Christmas cards depicting scenes in Wells Gray Park had been sold, reported Wells Gray Tourism Consortium representative George Marcyniuk.

The consortium worked to get a picture of Helmcken Falls on the cover of B.C.

Tel’s 1989 telephone book to commemorate the park’s upcoming 50th anniversary.


Two members of Clearwater RCMP detachment assisted south of Barriere when three break and enter suspects were found to have a revolver in their possession.

Police from Barriere and Chase also took part.

Christmas Amalgamated handed out 107 hampers to needy families and individuals, up from 93 the previous year.

A cougar killed a Shetland pony in the Halamore Lake area.

The big cat was shot by conservation officers.

It is not true that there is a surplus of water available for export in the North Thompson, Vavenby Improvement District trustees wrote in an open letter.

They were writing in response to an interview in a Kamloops newspaper of a businessman who was promoting diverting the river south.


TNRD director Bert Walker had a list of 10 people to sit on a committee to look into incorporating Clearwater as a municipality.

The process was expected to take from four months to a year.

North Thompson Indian Band chief Nathan Matthew gave his support to North Thompson Community Skills Center’s bid to obtain a community forest license.

“Now we just have to get the proposal out,” commented NTCSC manager Glenn Olien.


Kevin Krueger announced a $2.1 million contract to straighten Pig Corner.

The contract involved 1.6 km of highway located 10 km north of Barriere known as Preacher Hill Curves, Pig Corner or Bacon Bend.

Continued fundraising efforts over the fall by the We Love B.C. Campaign raised a further $60,000 to bring the total of money raised to $310,000 for the North Thompson Relief fund.


Fast work by Tim Pennell at a Thompson-Nicola Regional District board meeting got the water system for Blackpool Firehall and Blackpool Community Hall included in an application to help pay for expensive water turbidity meters.

Municipal Insurance Association advised that the playground equipment at Blue River’s Eleanor Lake Park should be replaced within three to five years.

Also required was the replacement of the septic system for the beach house.


Rogers Communications wanted to build a cellphone tower next to the firehall in Clearwater, according to Mayor John Harwood.

The tower would be 35 m tall, which should give better coverage than the existing Telus tower, which is 30 m high.

Harwood noted that many visitors to the area used Rogers cellphones and were unable to communicate through the Telus system.


Canada nominated eight new sites to receive UNESCO World Heritage status but Wells Gray Park was not on the list.

“I’m disappointed. It’s hard not to be. The committee put in a lot of work and effort,” said Dr. Cathie Hickson, one of the proponents.

A total of 16 participants took part in a brainstorming session on how to increase winter tourism organized by Stephanie Molina, marketing manager for Tourism Wells Gray.

Ideas included a winter festival focussing on the history of the North Thompson.

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