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50 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater Sno-Drifters’ annual races drew 31 snowmobilers and 100 carloads of spectators.

The cost of spraying the area’s mosquitoes was set at $3,000.

There was talk of extending the electrical service north of Vavenby as far as Sedgwicks.’ Residents of Roundtop were also cheering … and hoping.

Chairman of the tourism committee, Jack Foote, said he was disappointed that only 34 out of 160 letters of support for a tourist map had been returned.

45 YEARS AGO:

Barriere’s ambulance was to be discontinued due to lack of drivers and attendants if volunteers did not step forward before March 1.

The Alex Mickey family opened a new grocery store in Clearwater with a very successful first weekend.

40 YEARS AGO:

Bert Heywood was circulating a petition asking Area A residents if they favored purchase by the TNRD of lakefront property on for park purposes.

Pupils and staff of Star Lake School raised $709.11 for a field trip by participating in the Canadian Volleyball Association Serve-a-thon. Student Daryl Braaten was the only participant to raise over $100.

35 YEARS AGO:

The Vern Johnston rink from Barriere took home first place trophies from the Clearwater Lions Valentines bonspiel.

Clearwater lawyer Doug (Bud) Smith was appointed B.C. Premier Bill Bennett’s political adviser and secretary. Smith had grown up on Birch Island and visited the area weekly.

30 YEARS AGO:

Representatives from Slocan Forest Products and the Teamsters Union were negotiating a possible settlement to a work stoppage by local logging truck owner-operators. The two groups were meeting in Valemount. An earlier offer by the company had been unanimously rejected by the truckers.

A total of 163 entrants took part in the fifth annual Wells Gray Loppet ski marathon, an increase of 30 from the previous year, and the best participation to that date.

25 YEARS AGO:

The two top people responsible for rescue work in the North Thompson needed rescuing themselves. No one was seriously injured when the van occupied by Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) coordinator Bill Mattenley and his boss, PEP zone manager Murray Dyer, was broadsided by a logging truck. Both vehicles plunged 60 feet to the ice on the North Thompson River.

A public meeting supported keeping a full-time ambulance chief in Clearwater. Former chief Jack Patterson got a standing ovation and MLA Fred Jackson’s job was threatened by his constituents at the meeting.

Lions Club projects for disabled children got a big boost when local snowmobilers, organized by the Clearwater Sno-Drifters, raised nearly $8,500 in their annual Snowarama.

Kevin Kriese was the fasted local skier in the 10th annual Wells Gray Valentine’s Loppet ski marathon.

20 YEARS AGO:

School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) had been short-changed by over $800,000 as a result of amalgamation with School District 26 (North Thompson), said the district’s finance committee. North Thompson school trustee Hazel Wadlegger said the real problem was inefficiency.

The Kamloops-Thompson school district was the only one left in the province that still bought its school supplies through a central store, she said.

Friends began a drive to send Shane Vandenborre to Disneyland. The Vavenby resident was suffering from cancer.

15 YEARS AGO:

Weyerhaeuser handed out layoff notices to its Vavenby sawmill workers.

Over 90 of the 180 hourly workers were offered work at Kamloops, Okanagan Falls and Princeton. “I call it the branding day,” said IWA Vavenby plant chair Carol Toth.

Theresa Braaten, chair of the Dutch Lake Elementary parents advisory committee, asked School District 73 trustees to give the school one more year of life. She was speaking at a school board meeting held in the Dutch Lake gymnasium.

10 YEARS AGO:

This winter’s snowfall – heavier than any seen in recent years – continued to cause problems for local residents. “We’ve not had this level of snow in 15 years,” said Mayor John Harwood.

The third annual Arts, Health and Wellness Expo held Feb. 7 drew 39 exhibitors and some 300 visitors. The event, sponsored by C-FES, saw exhibitors’ booths and displays fill the CSS gym while workshops and demonstrations took place in the Pit.

5 YEARS AGO:

Buy-Low Foods showed its plans for a shopping centre to be located next to the roundabout in Clearwater. Construction could be completed by December, said Michael Lee, a vice-president with the Jim Pattison Group. However, a more realistic timeline would be for completion in June or July of 2015, he said.

First baby of the year from this area was Mira Jane Willowtree Fullen, daughter of Kris Olson and Jordan Fullen. She was born Jan. 15 in Kamloops.

First baby boy was Ronnie James Mackenzie, son of Ryan and Rhauna Mackenzie. He was born in Kamloops on Jan. 20. Babies had not been born in Clearwater’s hospital for several years.

District of Clearwater was considering a 9.5 per cent tax increase, reported finance committee chair Gord Heisterman. “I know it sounds terrible but it’s a necessary step to keep to our longterm plan,” he said.

1 YEAR AGO:

Clearwater had a new doctor on the way and he came highly recommended.

“Carmen (Langdon) at Lillooet Pharmasave seriously raved about him. The community there was very happy with him,” reported Michelle Leins, owner of Clearwater Pharmasave.

Dr. Alaa Baleed worked for three months in Lillooet doing a practicum to qualify to practice medicine in B.C.

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