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  • Aug. 19, 2019 11:07 a.m.


Social Credit’s Phil Gaglardi spoke to a crowd of 50 to 60 people at a public meeting at Blackpool Hall as a provincial election got underway. Many North Thompson residents attended a meeting in Kamloops to re-affirm Jim Jacobs as New Democratic candidate. The Liberals red and white “McGeer Bus” was in Clearwater with candidate Mac Bryson, but without provincial leader Pat McGeer.


The president of NL Radio in Kamloops announced that a license had been granted for an AM radio station for Clearwater and area. The new 1,000-Watt station was to be on the air on about Oct. 15.

An official from the provincial museum was touring the North Thompson to locate historical sites to be put on a map. He had made arrangements with Yellowhead Museum to visit Trophy Mountain and Battle Mountain.

D.J. Berryman, who had founded The Times 10 years earlier, transferred his interest in the firm to Leonard Sonneson of Vavenby. Berryman, who had also been instrumental in setting up the McBride Courier, was to move to the coast. Frank Tonge had acquired controlling interest in the newspaper in 1970.


Drifting parachutes, splashing children, a few good cases of sunburn, and swimmer’s itch — for the healthy crowd which turned out for the annual Dutch Lake Regatta, the picture was a familiar one. Lisa Wadlegger and Marie McGregor won the girls’ aggregate trophy, and Dwayne Callagan won the boys’.

Lonnie Russell and Willie Mackenzie won silver, and Penny MacDonald won bronze when the Dutch Lake Dolphins attended a swim meet in Merritt. Mary Anne DeNeef was coach.

Clearwater pilot Ann Bauer flew a 39 -year-old Taylorcraft home from Toronto. She had many stops on her 2,200-mile trip as the airplane had a range of just 150 miles.

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Only 16 persons turned out to a public meeting in Clearwater held by CNR to seek information and voice their concerns over proposed double tracking. About 25 attended in Blue River. The program was running almost two years behind schedule, due to a downturn in the economy.


Vavenby Lions’ annual fish derby at Adams Lake attracted 92 entries. President Dave Pease presented Lion Ray Rosoman with a rockfish, a reference to a pair of panty-hose with a rock in them that he had caught the year before.


Five persons were appointed to the new Vavenby Fire Protection committee by Thompson Nicola Regional District. Ron Cederholm was to hold office until the end of the year, while Karen Moillliet, Judy Tobin and Wendy Pollard were to sit until the end of 1995.


A 16-person team began the process of producing a five-year business plan for the proposed North Thompson Community Skills Center. Team leader was Chuck Emery.


A 45-year-old male from Alberta was caught in Whitecroft, near Sun Peaks after stealing the rescue truck and equipment from the Blackpool Fire Hall. The truck was recovered later in Whitecroft, near Sun Peaks.

Seventy-five golfers showed up at Lacarya Golf course in support of Joey Whitford who has cystic fibrosis and to raise money for the genetic disease.

Ministry of Forests and B.C. Parks adopted a wait and see approach to 35 fires in Wells Gray Park. Nearly all were in remote sections of the park, and none were being actively fought. The largest was the 5,000 hectare Lickskillet Creek Fire.


RCMP were on standby to evacuate North Thompson Provincial Park, as a small forest fire blazed near the southern boundary of the park. The firefighters dragged 800 feet of hose to get to the fire’s location. It was believed to be caused by lightning.

Third annual Kayak Festival was a blast. There were 69 registrants from B.C., Alberta, Australia and USA. The festival included a downriver race, kayak rodeo, barbeque and dance.

TRU astronomy instructor, Colin Taylor, gave a presentation at the local Star Gazing Festival to the approximately 70 people that turned out for the event


District of Clearwater set up a trails task force to improve the community’s “walkability” – one of the most important factors in deciding how attractive a community is to residents and newcomers. One of its first projects was developing a loop trail around Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital.

Vavenby residents voted in a mail-in ballot to use its portion of taxes collected on industrial land in the community to make improvements in Vavenby Community Park. When Clearwater was incorporated about six years earlier it included the industrial area in Vavenby – a move that was not popular with Vavenby residents. As a result, a portion of the tax money collected is being returned to Vavenby.


McLure junior bull rider, Jake Bradley, finished third overall at the Canadian Junior High School Rodeo Finals in Merritt, B.C. Bradley came into the finals the number one junior bull rider in B.C., and faced five tough riders from Alberta and Saskatchewan, he scored a 69, winning the go round and earning a trophy buckle.

RCMP were on the chase for a suspect who was caught driving a grey Mazda near Little Fort on Aug. 7, which was registered to a man who recently died.

Police found the suspect, now driving a red ATV, but he evaded them and ditched the ATV after getting it stuck on the east bank of the North Thompson River. A containment perimeter was quickly set up with help from canine units and Air Services as well as B.C. Conservation officers, but the man was able to escape a second time.

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