50 years ago: Two Columbia Valley women, Marjory Ann Rasmussen and Helen Tarmisten, were among the graduating candidates who wrote R.N. examinations following the successful completion of their nurses training course.
45 years ago: “The Story of Lonesome Lake”, filmed on 16 mm. Kodachrome film, was presented at Edgewater Secondary School. A personal commentary by John Edwards accompanied the screening.
40 years ago: A derailment of 27 cars of a 56-car CPRail train occurred near Spillimacheen and caused the hospitalization of six people. Toxic sulphur dioxide leaking from one of the derailed cars had caused the hospitalization.
35 years ago: The Valley celebrated Girl Guide Cookie week, with Girl Guide cookie sales beginning April 23 and continuing until May 1. A poster contest to commemorate the event was held, with first place going to Heather Crossman, second place to Barbara Jack, and third place going to Kim Butler.
30 years ago: David Thompson Secondary School students held a “Milk Run” in celebration of School Sports Week in Canada. The run, which took students from the high school all the way to the primary school field via a specific course, was to raise funds for a project titled “1981 – The Year of the Disabled”.
25 years ago: The first annual Kinsmen Trade Show, which took place at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, was a huge success. Over 2,000 valley residents took part in the weekend-long event.
20 years ago: Demolition crews spent 10 days and about 50 sticks of dynamite to remove a massive boulder from the westbound lane of Toby Creek Road, just east of Panorama.
The boulder had tumbled down and had to be demolished carefully so as to avoid damage to nearby power lines with the debris.
15 years ago: The Visitor Information Centre received funding from the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to undergo new exterior and interior painting and signage, as well as new counters, uniforms, name tags, and highway signs better directing drivers to its location.
10 years ago: Rock band 54-40 was signed to perform at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena as part of the Summer Jump Start festival.
5 years ago: Doctors Chris Gooch and Francois Louw moved into the new Chisel Peak Medical Clinic, along with partners Dr. Theresa Ross, Dr. Michael Walsh and Dr. Johnson Rose.