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Historical Perspective

50 YEARS AGO:

B.C. Hydro had installed about two-thirds of Clearwater Improvement District’s 51 new streetlights.

Interference from an American station was causing the local TV signal to have sound, but no picture said CFCR representative Howie Mjolsness. Residents were surprised to see stations from South Dakota and New York on their sets.

45 YEARS AGO:

A meeting was planned for June 13 to form a minor hockey association for Clearwater, according to Stan Saari. Other organizers were Dave Tremblay of Birch Island, Bill Flegel of Vavenby, and Ken Ladd of Clearwater.

Jack Neufeld, Lawrence Giesbrecht, John Elliot and Ken Elliot won the team trophy at the CNT Rod and Gun Club’s annual Shoot-en-anny.

40 YEARS AGO:

A telephone booth at Safety Mart was completely destroyed in an explosion. Gunpowder and a butane tank were used. The blast occurred at 10:30 p.m.

Holly Baker was chosen Miss Chuckie at Raft River Elementary School’s second annual Chuckwagon Days. Clifford Goodwin became Cowboy Chuck.

35 YEARS AGO:

Clearwater Improvement District asked residents to use a new house numbering system. The RCMP, ambulance service and fire department were using a map with the new numbers.

The province gave approximately 3.3 hectares of Crown Land next to Eleanor Lake in Blue River to the TNRD for a park.

30 YEARS AGO:

Albert Siemens of Wildwood Motel and Doug Vogan of Dutch Lake Resort objected to the board of School District 26 about unfair competition. A large number of trailers spent the weekend around the school district office building as their owners took part in the Shuffling Shoes’ annual square dance event.

Local bagpiper Bill Liebe won the aggregate trophy in novice piping at the Highland Games in Kamloops.

25 YEARS AGO:

A hole approximately eight feet in diameter by 12 feet deep and located at 21 km on Clearwater River Road was a bone of contention. “I think a lot of people out there want that road open. It’s not just the raft companies. A lot of people use it for fishing and hiking,” said Doug Trotter, owner-operator of Interior Whitewater. Trotter wanted to put a temporary bridge across the gap. It would cost $360,000 to bring the road to Ministry of Forests’ standards for public safety, said Clearwater Forest District operations manager Max Tanner.

20 YEARS AGO:

There were 25 entries in Clearwater’s May Day parade, up from 15 the year before. Most of those who watched the parade stayed to take part in a May Day Festival at Raft River Elementary School, also organized by the local Rotary Club.

15 YEARS AGO:

School District 73 may need some assistance from the federal and provincial governments if fuel prices remain high or rise further, said school board chair John Harwood. Harwood brought forward his concerns about fuel price increases during a school board meeting in Kamloops.

10 YEARS AGO:

Grade 7 student Christopher Coulson presented a petition of 105 names to District of Clearwater council calling for improvements to the terrain park to make it safer.

Coulson told council that he recently moved to Clearwater from Chilliwack where there were several skateboard parks that had smooth concrete and were easy for skateboarders to ride on.

Smoother pavement would make the park safer for bikers as well as skateboarders, he said.

Clearwater’s annual May Day parade was another success, according to reports from Ursula Schaer, spokesperson for Clearwater Rotary Club, the event’s organizers. A total of 11 business floats and 13 floats from clubs or organizations took part this year, she said. Schaer estimated about 250 people were in the parade, whether riding on the floats, on horseback, walking or biking.

5 YEARS AGO:

The North Thompson Aboriginal Centre float won first place in the clubs and organizations category at Clearwater’s annual May Day parade. There were 192 participants in the parade, Rotary Club organizers reported.

1 YEAR AGO:

Wells Gray Information Centre had done it again. Despite the fires and closures the year previous, the Infocentre was once again the busiest information centre in B.C.

The year previous, the total number of visitors for May to September was 100,509.

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