Year in Review – May-June 2015

Clearwater Pre-School students were on hand to watch Clearwater Trout Hatchery manager Mark Green unload 1,500


Clearwater Pre-School students were on hand to watch Clearwater Trout Hatchery manager Mark Green unload 1,500 rainbow trout and 5,000 kokanee into Dutch Lake.  Fishing in the lake has improved since the hatchery began stocking it, Green says.

Vavenby Volunteer Fire Department held an open house to celebrate its 45th year of operation and to recruit new members.

Kamloops-Thompson school district saved more than $1.1 million in energy consumption a report told trustees at a meeting.

Unusually dry conditions caused Wildfire Management officials to move up the open burning ban one month from June 15 to May 15.

Fred Fortier, a band councillor for 26 years, was elected the new chief of Simpcw First Nation. Fortier takes the place of former Chief Rita Matthew.

Clearwater town council voted to award an $11,000 contract to Borrow Enterprises for the supply and installation of a duplex grinder pump station system for Capostinsky Ball Park.

Over 40 participants from across the southern Interior gathered in Clearwater along with seven provincially qualified instructors, to practice rope rescue techniques.

Salmon Arm resident Gary Arsenault wanted to know if there was a market for a 90-unit adult residential development in Clearwater.

Two graphs completed by Clearwater resident Michael Allchin indicated that the upper North Thompson watershed could be facing an unusually dry summer. Allchin was doing research towards a Ph. D. from UNBC.

The Wells Gray Community Forest made a gross profit of $750,000 during the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2014 reported president Dave Meehan.

Of this, $250,000 was transferred to Wells Gray 2010 Society to be distributed to the community. The remainder was to be kept in reserves for such things as silviculture, the report read.

The advisory planning commission for Wells Gray Country and Thompson Headwaters (Electoral Areas A and B) was merged with the APC for Lower North Thompson (Area O).

Thompson-Nicola Regional District received a 72-signature petition asking for communication with the community of Vavenby regarding installation of water meters in the village’s water system.

“After experiencing several leaks in our ageing system last year, we want to know – are we using it or losing it,” the petition read.

While several areas of the province were seeing the lowest snowpack in recorded history, both the South and North Thompson watersheds were within the normal springtime range.

A revised Traffic Impact Assessment was submitted to council on behalf of Bearview development. The assessment proposed “backage” road access to the proposed development site and a new highway intersection 1.03 kilometres east of the Park Drive roundabout and 960 metres west of Candle Creek Road.


Two three-person Initial Attack crews, a 20 man unit crew, an excavator  and air tankers were called out to work a fire up Silk Road.

TNRD board of directors overwhelmingly approved a motion of support for the twinning of the TransMountain Pipeline.

The Raft Mountain Skating Club received $8,050 from the province’s Community Gaming Grants program.

“There are few things more ‘Canadian’ than learning to skate,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said.

Simpcw First Nation new chief and council were sworn in for a three year term in Chu Chua June 1, 2015. New Chief Fred Fortier was joined by councillors Christine ‘Tina’ Donald,Tom Eustache, George Lampreau, Ron Lampreau Jr., Shelly Loring, and Don Matthew.

A total of 46 students accepted their scrolls from principal Darren Coates and school superintendent Karl deBruijn at the CSS graduation ceremonies. Over $41,000 was given out in scholarships and bursaries to help further their education.

Ruddock Creek project was making progress. That was in a report given by Imperial Metals vice-president Gordon Weevil and exploration manager Jim Miller-Tait to Clearwater town council’s economic development committee. Getting adequate electrical power to the site would be a priority, they said.

“Growing Tourism Together’ was the theme for a gathering of industry leaders and stakeholders held at the Dutch Lake Community Centre in Clearwater on June 4.

A pile of rubble was all that remained of a home June 14, following an overnight fire.

The home’s two occupants escaped unharmed, after being awakened by a neighbour.

Health Minister Terry Lake announced the Province was providing a  $50,000 grant  to the District of Clearwater to explore care options for seniors in the community.

The study would help develop a business case for a campus of care for older adults.

Mayor John Harwood, trails committee chair Kim Muddiman, town councilor Merlin Blackwell, and Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake cut the ribbon to officially open the Hospital Rim Trail. The trail is 800 m long and runs behind Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital from Evergreen Acres to the old hospital.

Bike to Work winners Sindy Smith and Lori Redman from the Clearwater Liquor Store collected their first place prizes for the second year in a row, biking 90 km. Patti Jo O’Dette from Clearwater Secondary School was the winner of the individual category in Bike to Work Week, biking 30 km.

Quick work by two WGSAR members and Yellowhead Helicopters rescued two hikers off of Trophy Mountain. The hikers found themselves unprepared for the two-to-three inches of fresh snow that fell while they were hiking near Sheila Lake on Trophy Mountain.

Nearly 40 present and former students returned the final bow of sensei Brent Buck as he stepped down after 25 years as instructor of Clearwater Karate Club.