From the 100 Mile Free Press archives

38 Years Ago (1980): There were concerns that drought in the Cariboo could lead to a serious fire season. “The recent dumpings of snow on the area, particularly in the northern sections, will merely delay the anticipated tinder-dry conditions for a while,” said Ken Morley, the officer in charge of protection activities for the Cariboo at the time. “We hope that there won’t be a sustained period of dry weather this year.”

31 Years Ago (1987): A Lower Mainland proposal to truck Vancouver garbage to 70 Mil was halted by then newly appointed environment minister Bruce Stachan. “The permits, both at Koster and Cache Creek, were approved on the basis of technical merit but due to the opposition of 70 Mile residents and the two MLAs I will not authorize any landfill,” said Strachan. Cariboo MLA Neil Vant says he was delighted with the move.

26 Years Ago (1992): A lack of sufficient equipment and water hampered firemen’s efforts to contain a fire which destroyed the 115 Mile Cariboo Lodge pub and half the adjacent motel. “We could have used more equipment. A lot more equipment,” said owner Ray Ursulescu and member of the Lac la Hache Volunteer Fire Department. “We blew one hose out. We didn’t have enough hose, we didn’t have enough pumps.”

18 Years Ago (2000): The responsibility for the Visitor Information Centre was shifting to the 100 Mile House District from the Chamber of Commerce, which had operated it for the past 20 years at the time. “This will really help us,” said Chamber President Lyla Floberg at the time. “The district will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the building – things like plowing snow – and we can concentrate more on chamber matters.”

10 Years Ago (2008): RCMP Corporal John Maloney wanted drivers to see an increased police presence on the roads leading to 100 Mile House. Drivers leaving Cache Creek sometimes think that’s the end of policing, he said at the time. One suggestion was an abandoned police car with a dummy sitting in the drivers’ seat: local drivers would know it was phony but tourists wouldn’t. He said between 30 and 40 percent of fatal motor vehicle incidents in the area were at 83 Mile.

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