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New Westminster residents Mr. and Mrs. Alf Hilton took over the Wells Gray Hotel from Mr. and Mrs. Harry Knight. The Knights had owned the hotel for nine years. Art and Vi Mayer, formerly of Coquitlam, took over the Jasper Way Motel from Mr. and Mrs. Dave Phipps.

The inaugural meeting of the Yellowhead Highway Association, held in Edmonton, was termed a “colossal success” by its sponsors.

Clearwater Secondary School students’ council conducted the regular monthly meeting of the Central North Thompson Chamber of Commerce. Ron Douglas acted as chairman, and Sharon Price as secretary.


Bev Buck was to teach the “Learn to Swim” classes at Dutch Lake. Peg Hess was to teach Tadpoles, Minnows, and Polliwogs.

Parents at Star Lake School formed a Parents and Citizens Group to assist the staff and raise funds. President was Mrs. Keith Duffy and vice-president was Dave Maxwell.

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Presenters scheduled to appear at the Royal Commission into Uranium Mining Policy hearing in Clearwater included CSS Students’ Council, Frank and/or Eleanor Voysey, Daniel Boudreau, L.W. Sakals, Sister R. Jacek, Judy Nistor, Yellowhead Ecological Association, Registered Nurses’ Association of B.C., George Briggs, Upper North Thompson Livestock Association, Dr. Robert Woollard, Warren MacLennan, Heather MacLennan, Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, Ray Jackson and Consolidated Rexspar Minerals and Chemicals Ltd.


Ministry of Forests approved the Clearwater Airport Committee’s lease application for 1,000 acres, to be used as a site for an airport. The first stage would be to build a 4,000 foot graveled strip.

Cariboo College asked School District 26 trustees for the use of the Birch Island School building as a community college center. Regular classes in the school were to finish with the end of that school year.

Candidates in the Strawberry Festival Queen contest were Kenda Gerard, Veronica Hansen, Cindy Fraser, Debbie Pendergast, Louise Gebert, and Michelle Turcotte.


Rob Kailley gave the valedictorian address at the CSS graduation ceremony. The class of 74 young men and women was the largest to that date.

A half-dozen four- to six-pound suckers had been found in the spawning channel at Dutch Lake, said conservation officer Frank Richter. Richer speculated that some fishermen, unfamiliar with B.C. regulations, had used the coarse fish as live bait and that some had escaped.


Clearwater River Road should be kept open for general use by the public, said MLA Fred Jackson. He had received several letters in support of keeping the 38 km long former forestry road open, and only two against.


CSS student Jeremy Meehan won the high jump at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships for the second year in a row. His jump of two meters was a personal best.

B.C. Parks closed the Clearwater River Road due to concerns that a portion of the road might fall into the river. A washout of the culvert and fill at First Canyon two years earlier had resulted in a large alluvial fan on the east side of the river, which was diverting the flow to the west.


Five candidates were campaigning to represent the Kamloops-Thompson Cariboo riding as the federal election got underway.

Incumbent M.P. Betty Hinton of the Conservatives was being challenged by Liberal John O’Fee, New Democrat Brian Carroll, the Green Party’s Grant Fraser, and Independent Arjun Singh.

CN had worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as well as the local landowner to construct a dyke across a channel on the North Thompson River east of Birch Island, said railway spokesperson Graham Dallas. The barrier was intended to limit erosion of the railroad’s main-line, but still allow some water to flow through the channel.


Canfor regional manager Keith McGregor told workers at Canfor Vavenby that the company had decided to close its Vavenby operation indefinitely. The closure was to take place after all the logs in the yard had been processed and shipped. According to the company, 198 employees would be affected in the sawmill, planer mill and woodlands operations.

Greyhound wanted to cut back on its bus service to and from Kamloops but Thompson-Nicola Regional District directors said it’s time to end the bus company’s monopoly. “If they decrease their service, then the monopoly should end,” said Tim Pennell, director for Wells Gray Country (Area A).


Highways and Argo staff worked to save the culvert-and-fill crossing at Second Canyon on the road to Wells Gray Park after heavy runoff. Major freshets in previous years had taken out culverts at First and Third canyons, as well as at Spahats.

TNRD awarded an $830,000 contract to Borrow Enterprises to construct a septage receiving station in Clearwater. The station would receive septic tank sludge from the vast majority of residences in the upper North Thompson Valley that were not served by a sewer system.

District of Clearwater and Yellowhead Community Services were investing $650,000 of their own and their partners’ money to convert the former Dutch Lake School into a community center. “The benefits to the community will be enormous,” said YCS executive director Jack Keough.


During a regular town council meeting, councilors approved a residential tax rate of 4.71 mils, meaning that a homeowner would pay $471 in taxes to the municipality per $100,000 of assessed value.

The North Thompson Spartans Senior Sevens won the West Zone championship. The team made up of players from Clearwater and Barriere secondary schools had a record of 16 wins and zero losses.

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