From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

39 Years Ago (1980): General consensus at a mayor’s conference call was that a B.C. Rail strike wasn’t critical yet, according to Mayor Ross Marks. Marks added that “mills are trucking or stockpiling” but that the matter if unresolved would become more grave “within the next week to two weeks.” As a result of the meeting Prince George’s mayor sent a telegram to the Premier. Ainsworth Lumber Company’s Exeter plant manager Dick Sellars observed that “if the strike continued, we’d have to stop very soon.”

31 Year Ago (1988): Over 130 moose were illegally shot by poachers in 1987 which calculated to an estimated loss of $1,820,000 to the Cariboo economy, said local conservation officer Colin Nivison. “And only 10 per cent or less of illegally shot moose are reported,” he added. He compared poaching to thieving. “It’s no different than when someone helps themselves to your VCR and TV. It’s a financial loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars and a criminal act.”

24 Years Ago (1995): Representatives from B.C.’s resource-based communities had little difficulty reaching a consensus on the provincial government’s resource and environmental planning and management policies: back off! Delegates from 85 local governments met in Vancouver to discuss difficulties faced by resource-based communities in B.C. and develop an action plan to bolster their collective position in the face of what is seen as excessive resource management policies.

17 Years Ago (2002): Students and teachers returned to classrooms the same day phase 2 of teachers’ job action went into effect. “There’s no particular visible change to the classroom,” said Peter Skene Ogden Senior Secondary School Principal Joe Bazan. “It’s so early, and we haven’t got the full impact of it yet.” Teachers in B.C. would not volunteer for extra-curricular activities during Phase 2 (Phase 1 has started in early January with teachers withdrawing from on-instructional duties).

8 Years Ago (2011): Taxpayers and other residents in the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) were encouraged to provide input into the 2011 budget and Five-Year Financial Plan at one of several town-hall meetings. One of the issues that affected the budget was solid waste management, as costs in the South Cariboo were set to increase by 13 per sent. That was mainly due to people who dispose of garbage at rural transfer sites, rather than the 100 Mile House landfill in order to avoid paying dumping fees.

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