Year in Review July 2015

District of Clearwater received a Small Community grant of $281,448.

River Shook looks almost overwhelmed as he chows down on a hot dog during Canada Day celebrations at Dutch Lake beach. A large crowd came out to enjoy games

River Shook looks almost overwhelmed as he chows down on a hot dog during Canada Day celebrations at Dutch Lake beach. A large crowd came out to enjoy games


District of Clearwater received a Small Community grant of $281,448.

“This funding is a significant boost for local governments to invest in programs and services that improve safety and quality of life,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said.

A construction contract  for the construction of a southbound passing lane on Highway 5 near Camp Creek  was awarded to Borrow Enterprises Ltd. of Clearwater.

Key recommendations of a consultants’ report presented to North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society felt the North Thompson Valley likely didn’t have the population to sustain a stand-alone hospice house facility.

However, according to the report an enhanced acute/residential room, probably in Clearwater, would be favored over the status quo.

Hanna Wadlegger received her Canada Cord, the highest award for Pathfinders, from Girl Guides Canada.

Grade 12 student Reid Rebinsky won the senior best all round student award with the Fred Allen Memorial Bursary, as well as several other awards during Clearwater Secondary School’s awards assembly.

A quick response by local Forest Service personnel and contractors had contained a small forest fire a few kilometers north of Vavenby.

The fire was located in a 10-year-old plantation between two roads: Montana Creek Forest Service Road and a subsidiary road.

Vavenby resident Wendy Pollard had a narrow escape when her home was struck by lightning.

The lightning first hit a fir tree about 10 feet from the ground, then travelled to a clothesline attached to the tree, then travelled through the patio that held the other end of the clothesline, striking a 2”x 6” post and taking a chunk out of it.

Up to 40 firefighters, two water tenders, three skidder tankers, an excavator and a cat were used to control a blaze, as well as several rounds by an air tanker plus helicopter bucketing on a fire at Otter Creek.

Clearwater Eco-depot was to see an increase in operation of hours after an extensive review was conducted. The review looked exclusively at the hours per week each site operates from a customer service and cost perspective.

A McBride area run-of-river project began delivering clean, reliable power to BC Hydro’s grid. The Castle Creek facility is expected to generate 34 gigawatt hours of clean electricity a year – enough electricity to power 3,100 homes annually.

Clearwater Crushers won gold in the U18 provincial softball championships held in Clearwater.

Second place went to Williams Lake Prospects while third went to Prince George Timberwolves.

In the U14C provincial event, Clearwater Hitmen came third in their round robin and had to play some extra games to take home third-place bronze.

Over 50 seniors participated in an outing to naturalist Trevor Goward’s home in Upper Clearwater, Edgewood Blue.

Wells Gray Country Seniors Society sponsored the outing as part of a program of events organized with support from a New Horizons grant awarded by the federal government.

An eight-year old girl was attacked by a cougar in Wells Gray Park.

A mom and dad from Alberta were setting up at Pyramid Mountain campsite while their daughter was picking flowers in the ditch five meters away when the big cat pounced, giving her a puncture wound and a scratch on her side. Conservation officers were unable to locate the predator.

Conservation officers trapped and destroyed a cougar that was preying on sheep in the Raft River area of Clearwater.

“We had to put it down because it was used to being around humans and was predating on livestock,” said conservation officer Warren Chaser.

A serious crash at Jenkins Road in Blackpool sent a 79-year-old Clearwater man to hospital after he  attempted to cross the highway when he pulled out in front of a motorcycle. A 71-year-old motorcycle driver from Kamloops was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A pick-up received extensive damage after a collision with a semi at Old North Thompson Highway near Lacarya golf course. The 73-year-old Clearwater male driver of the pick-up sustained serious injuries and was transported to Kamloops by air ambulance.

Federal fisheries agency closed the Clearwater and North Thompson rivers to salmon fishing for the season. Reason for the ban were the extremely low water levels plus temperatures that were reaching lethal limits for migrating salmon.

Fred Fortier Kukpi7 resigned as Simpcw chief in a letter to ban members.

In his letter, Fortier noted that under the code of ethics that the chief and council sign when they take office, they are bound by certain obligations.

“As a business owner of 4TR Ventures Ltd. I have crossed that boundary …”

Approximately 70 people registered for the annual Clearwater Kayak Festival.

For the first time the festival featured an experts-only downriver race through the Class 4 Sabretooth Rapids (located at 20 km on the Clearwater River Road).