29 Years Ago (1989): Maclaren Forest Products Inc. applied for a permit to store insulating oil with PCBs in the Village of Hendrix Lake. The oil was to be stored in the mine area until permanent a permanent disposal site was available in the province. Some 5,183 litres of contaminated oil used in the mine’s electrical transformers and 14,700 kilograms of PCB contaminated equipment was stored there. “The PCB equipment not in use is being taken out and put into welded steel leakproof steel bins. Everything will be labelled and totally secure,” said Gareth Lee, mine manager at the time.
24 Years Ago (1992): After a report of a bear shaking a trailer with a man inside in 108 Mile, Colin Nivison, conservation officer at the time, said, “This is the worst year certainly in the 12 years that I’ve been here. Problem complaints are up about 500 per cent.” For the month of August, the conversation office received 72 bear complaints. Two of the bears were relocated and 23 were killed by both the police and the public and the conversation office. Nivison said they usually get 10 bear complaints per month.
20 Years Ago (1997): 100 Mile RCMP chopped up and burned 155 marijuana plants found growing in a well-tended operation near a small lake off a logging road south of Lac la Hache. Police went to the area in response to a tip and found 85 large marijuana plants, three to four feet tall, growing in five-gallon buckets filled with soil. Next to the plants stood a 40 by 25-foot shelter made of lumber wrappers. Another 75 smaller plants were found around 50 yards north of the main site. The estimated value of the plants was around $60,000.
17 Years Ago (2001): On Sept. 11, Air Canada sent out information to travel agents to say that all flights, including regional airlines, have been grounded and all flights that were in the air destined for the U.S. returned to Canada after the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks. 100 Mile was going to host a six-person delegation from Terrace Bay, Man. Their plan was to land in Vancouver and drive up and tour the local treatment plant. The trip was cancelled. Even the region’s small traffic was impacted. “We’ve been told (by Transport Canada) not to let any airplanes come in or out of here,” said Tom Schaff, the 108 Mile Airport manager.
8 Years Ago (2010): A Bridge Lake man whose girlfriend was killed by his Bengal tiger in 2007 is the first person convicted under British Columbia’s alien species regulation, introduced in 2009. In a B.C. courtroom in Williams Lake on Sept. 8, Kim Carlton entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of controlled alien species contrary to the B.C. Wildlife Act. His conviction was the result of an investigation by the Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Office, which concluded with the seizure of Carlton’s two lion cubs in 2010. The two cubs were relocated to an accredited wildlife society. Carlton was fined $500.