From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

36 Years Ago (1982): The 100 Mile House Village Council chose not to hire a full-time fire chief. The decision was made simply because the village could not afford one at that time, said Alderman Carol Pitkin, chairman of the Council’s Protective Services Committee. Firefighters were asked to help relieve Fire Chief Bob Paterson’s heavy workload by carrying out some of the building inspections. Paterson had said the week prior that the village needed a full-time fire chief “fairly badly.”

29 Years Ago (1989): With two years of operation under their belt and a brand new 2,300 square-foot lodge, the Mt. Timothy Ski society was expecting the upcoming season to be it’s best one yet. There was already three feet of snow at the top with more falling almost every day. The $1.5 million development may even be expanding to 24 runs, said hill manager Doug Cadrin, referring to the four advanced runs that were being developed. One of the most welcome upgrades were indoor washroom facilities.

22 Years Ago (1996): The Forest Service across the province was directed to cut 286 positions to save $24 million in the 1997-‘98 fiscal year, including positions in 100 Mile House. Seven positions in 100 Mile house and one in Clinton were identified for elimination. One of the positions was set to be centralized to Williams Lake. The cuts were focussed on administrative and internal support positions. In making the cuts officials tried to leave field delivery and client services intact.

16 Years Ago (2002): A home in 100 Mile House was the target of vandalism. Gerry and Kathy Haveman had transformed their yard into a small Eden but someone knocked the heads of two cement statutes that were anchored into the ground to prevent theft. It wasn’t the first incident as someone also stole 20 solar lights and two pond pumps and several statues were stolen or damaged. They couldn’t afford to replace the items. Gerry said he didn’t plan to remove the statues as a message to others.

9 Years Ago (2009): Adult Day Services were being reduced. Peter Swann, one of the workers in the program, said there’d been a 30 per cent cut in the program, which went from five employees to two since Interior Health took over. Swann said the cuts would be directly reflected in the services they’re able to provide in the community. “This is supposed to be standardization across the board, but instead of levelling up, they’re levelling down. IH said the reductions were a result of reduced need.

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