37 Years Ago (1981): Postal workers reported back to work after reaching a settlement with the federal government to end a 42-day mail strike. The strike by 23,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers shut down the nation’s mail service for a period equalling the 1975 dispute. Local offices did not close during the strike, however, one part-time and two casual staff members were laid off due to a lack of mail flow.
28 Years Ago (1990): The Canim Lake Indian Band joined several other bands across the province, venting their frustrations over the as yet unresolved aboriginal land claims issue. As the sound of beating drums reverberated off the hill behind Clancy’s restaurant near Lac la Hache, motorists travelling in both directions on Highway 97 were slowed by First Nations trying to raise public awareness of their plight.
22 Years Ago (1996): All was well that ended well after a 108 Ranch woman spent a night out in the bush she probably hadn’t planned on. Conducting some survey work north of the Wavey Lake Resort, Const. Rick Wheatley said James Luton of Wavey Lake and Chantelle Leclerc became separated. After several hours of searching for his companion, Lutton emerged at 5 p.m. and contacted RCMP. She was found the next morning with the use of a helicopter.
17 Years Ago (2001): Imperial Oil was set to remove 800 truckloads of contaminated soil from the Red Coach Inn parking lot in a mont’s time. The lengthy clean-up process started after gasoline had been found under the old Highway 97 Esso station site, which closed in 1989. The fuel spread from Red Coach Inn lands as far as the 100 Mile Elementary School property. “The evacuation is going to cause some disruption,” said Imperial Oil spokesperson Pius Rolheiser.
8 Years Ago (2010): Cooler temperatures and weekend rain had significantly improved the wildfire situation and reduced the smoke that had been pushing into 100 Mile House and area. The Dog Creek fire, 40 kilometres west of 100 Mile, was still active and 72,000 hectares in size. However, it moved to 70 per cent contained. Crews were able to increase the containment on this fire during the weekend and there hadn’t been any significant growth.