Remember When? (September 26)

A look back at what's happened in the Columbia Valley over the last 50 years.

50 years ago: Mystery surrounded the finding of a number of large pieces of transparent white plastic in the area of Horsethief Creek. Art Godlien of Invermere said that the plastic rained down around him as he worked about one mile east of the Mineral Creek Mine. The extra-strength plastic had very strong seams and was speculated to be a piece of a weather balloon at the time.

45 years ago: A strike of more than 8,000 members of the Interior Woodworkers of America (IWA) seemed imminent after 91.8 per cent of voters voted against recommendations from a British Columbia judge regarding an ongoing labour dispute. The judge had recommended an increase of 44 cents per hour from the prior base rate of $2.26, which was rejected, meaning about 250 IWA workers from the region were set to man the picket-lines.

35 years ago: The Lakeside Inn held a hang gliding event, where seven pilots took off from Mt Swansea aiming to land in a small inner tube afloat on Lake Windermere, about 15 feet from the Athalmer beach. Four pilots made it to the beach while two others found themselves at the airport, and one pilot landed at the top of Athalmer hill.

25 years ago: Canadian Airlines were set to face some competition in the East Kootenay after it was announced that Air B.C. would start servicing Cranbrook as a Liaison Air Canada Connector, offering mid-day flights to Calgary and Vancouver. Air B.C. had been purchased by Air Canada earlier in 1987 and was meant to feed into regular Air Canada service. Air B.C. was the biggest carrier in Vancouver at the time, carrying approximately 850,000 people the year before.

20 years ago: The Province committed another $416,000 towards the construction of a new sewage treatment plant in the Village of Radium Hot Springs. This money was on top of a $447,500 grant request that had been approved when the system was still under RDEK jurisdiction. The project carried a total price tag of $2.1 million , of which Kootenay National Park, the Ministry of Environment and a number of other organizations were also contributing to the project.


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