From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

36 Years Ago (1982): The Village of 100 Mile House 1983 budget was not expected to be more than a fraction of a percentage point over the 1982 budget, according to a provisional budget document. The document forecasted a 0.72 per cent increase in the budget. The operating budget for the village was expected to be $1,776,975. The village clerk-administrator Tim Wood’s budget report to council indicated that the village expected a 6.9 per cent decrease in real property taxes in 1983.

29 Years Ago (1989): Council’s proposed boundary expansion would increase the tax base in the village but would not be a “tax grab,” according to then-Mayor Donna Barnett. Barnett said the restructuring committee took into consideration existing taxpayers, those who would be included and those who would be left out of the expansion. The proposed boundary extension would enlarge the village to include the Exeter Rd. area and Blackstock subdivision.

22 Years Ago (1996): Ainsworth Lumber was shutting down its Exeter and Chasm sawmills over Christmas, affecting about 90 workers. The response from Exeter workers was mixed, said Cariboo Woodworkers Association spokesman Tom Nicholson. “It was a surprise to some,” he said. “Some are upset they’re losing six days’ pay. For the most part, people appreciate that if it has to happen it’s at a holiday time.” The OSB, planer and log yard were said to stay open.

16 Years Ago (2002): A second outbreak of gastroenteritis was declared at Mill Site Lodge. Fourteen of its 25 residents contracted the infectious disease. “We feel fortunate we’ve not seen, as a result of this, more serious illness,” said Mary Shennum, acting site manager/community services manager. The first outbreak had been declared by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control at Fischer Place. Of the 72 residents and workers there, 32 suffered with gastroenteritis.

4 Years Ago (2014): It was announced Ainsworth Lumber would merge with industry giant Norbord. Together they were expected to take the helm of global oriented strand board (OSB) leadership. With 100 Mile House positioned as the cornerstone of Ainsworth OSB innovation, Ainsworth president and chief executive officer Jim Lake said the merger made a “very nice bigger and stronger” company. “In general, this is very good for the operations for Ainsworth, and obviously 100 Mile plays a big part in our strategy.”

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