35 Years Ago (1984): Employees at Lac la Hache’s Starline Cedar Mills were told there was a possibility the operation may close within 18 months and relocated. During a Ministry of Forests hearing into the granting of a timber harvesting licence in the north arm of Quesnel Lake, owner Dean Bonlie said his firm employed 200 men. Starline was also the centre of controversy in 1983 because of its application for the timber licence on Quesnel Lake.
32 Years Ago (1987): Continental Environmental Systems’ proposal to export Lower Mainland Garbage to 70 Mile, along with Genstar’s proposal for Cache Creek, met heavy opposition from the Interior Waste Management Committee (IWMC) of Lillooet. IWMC criticized the Greater Vancouver Regional District for permitting a “double standard” when planning to haul its municipal garbage to the interior.
25 Years Ago (1994): A Lac la Hache child was in serious condition with bacterial meningitis, but medical health officer Dr. James Lu said it was an isolated incident. According to Lu, the case of meningococcal infection was diagnosed at 100 Mile House by Dr. Chris Janz on Dec. 30. The child was transferred to B.C. Children’s Hospital after six hours at the local hospital, where his condition was listed as serious.
22 Years Ago (1997): Ed and Brenda Groves had a New Year’s holiday they wouldn’t forget. The 108 couple was stuck in Boston Bar for over a week when roads north and south of the Fraser community were blocked by avalanches. On their way back north, after visiting a daughter in Abbotsford, the Groves stopped at the Greenwood Inn when they decided to stay an extra day, which turned into 10.
18 Years Ago (2001): The new year brought changes to the Crime Stoppers program. While local control over the program still remained with local police, administrative duties and answering phones would become regional. Before the change, tipsters could call the tipline but lines were answered by RCMP officers and despite the assurance of anonymity there existed a chance the caller and RCMP member might know each other.