40 YEARS AGO
94 people attended a meeting in the Clearwater Improvement District boardroom last Wednesday evening to decide whether to hold a referendum that could bring Clearwater into a borough.
The meeting was broken off by a 49-45 vote in favor of the referendum, which gave officials at the Ministry of Local Affairs an indication of the residents’ wishes. The vote should be decided in the next two weeks.
The meeting was chaired by Bill Mattenley, who tried to answer questions from the audience on behalf of the committee of inquiry.
35 YEARS AGO
Tricia Stamer of Barriere is the 1986 North Thompson Fall Fair Queen. The high school student beat nine other candidates in the annual Fall Fair Queen pageant held at Barriere Elementary School. It was sponsored by the Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club.
Pam Russell, Miss Barriere Secondary School, won the title of First Princess, while Miss Place Hair Salon Heidi Huber was voted Miss Congeniality.
Tannis Baines, Queen from 1985, was on hand to crown her successor, as was her Princess Kathy Greenwood and 1985 Miss Congeniality Louise Lodge.
Over a hundred people attended the event, including 1986 Clearwater Queen Lisa Wilgosh and her Princess Val Braaten.
30 YEARS AGO
After voting ‘no’ at least twice in the past few years, Clearwater and Vavenby residents are likely to be asked again in a referendum if they want a mosquito control program.
The decision was made by Paul Caissie, Director of TNRD Area A, following a public session on the matter held in the hall of the Clearwater Improvement District on Wednesday evening last week.
The only reason the vote wouldn’t take place would be a decision by the local ranchers’ association to stick to an earlier announcement not to allow spraying on their land, he said.
If so, so much of the bottom would be locked out of the control program that it would be pointless to continue, Caissie found.
25 YEARS AGO
Clearwater Conservation Officers are still chasing the puma that attacked a puppy within 30 meters of its owners as they took their usual evening stroll along the Trans Mountain Pipeline past Clearwater Secondary School last Wednesday night.
“We met him two mornings in a row, Saturday at 4 am and today (Sunday) at 4 am. In daylight on both days,” said Conservation Officer Kevin Van Damme on Sunday evening. “We are very concerned about public safety and will do all we can.”
The puma attack happened around 7:30 p.m. when Dan Collins and Candace Young were out for a walk with Cinder, their five-month-old Airedale puppy. Cinder survived a fatal cougar attack thanks to Collins.
She came home from the vet to recover from stab wounds on the left side of her face and neck and a claw wound in her side.
20 YEARS AGO
The provincial government has finally released funding to build Clearwater’s long-awaited multi-level health center.
“Approval to continue is in our hot little hands,” said a happy Steve Quinn. “After eight years and 11 days, it feels pretty good.”
A start-up meeting with the contractor is likely to take place this week, said the Thompson Hospital District chairman and Thompson-Nicola regional district director for Blue River and Avola.
Construction of the new hospital and ambulance station is expected to begin in about two weeks, Quinn added.
“This is just great news,” said Berni Easson, director of community health at Clearwater. “It means we now have a facility for our elderly to stay in the community and that we have space for the programs we want to run.”
15 YEARS AGO
Eight vehicles were broken into in Wells Gray Park on Friday evening, June 9th. The park operator called Clearwater RCMP on Saturday, June 10th when they found six broken-in vehicles near the jetty on Clearwater Lake.
The police were present and found that a window had been smashed and the vehicle had been broken through. In addition, thieves attempted to break into the operator’s shop / office but were unsuccessful. The Clearwater Lake Tour office was also broken into and a very small amount of money was stolen.
While she was participating in the incident, police discovered that two other vehicles were wrecked on Battle Mountain Road and suspect that everything may be related.
Ian Eakins, owner of Wells Gray Adventures, said the vandalism has already resulted in a loss of business and could continue to affect tourism in the area.
10 YEARS AGO
A government grant application has failed, and Clearwater and the county chamber of commerce will add to their reserves to keep the information desk at the Wells Gray information center manned throughout the summer.
It costs about $ 30,000 to man the information desk, committee member Ted Richardson told chamber members during a meeting last Tuesday evening at Clearwater Lodge.
Tourism BC contributed $ 20,000, but nearly another $ 10,000 is needed to operate properly.
An HRDC job creation grant was expected to cover this amount, but recently the Chamber stated that it would not be available this year.
5 YEARS AGO
The loss of jobs in the extractive sector and a consequent decline in small businesses is leading to a decline in the number of young families in rural communities. This, in turn, leads to an overall rise in the median age in these communities, according to Gordon Borgstrom, executive director of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition.
During an economic development forum in Little Fort, Borgstrom said that the loss of jobs in sawmills and small businesses also means a loss of disposable income in small communities, as well as a loss of industrial revenues.
Taking the forestry sector as an example, roundwood production in BC has not really changed over the past 20 years, although there have been some ups and downs.
However, the number of jobs in logging and lumber production has almost halved.