40 YEARS AGO: The first of three Styrofoam floats to be installed on the beach at Dutch Lake was put in place. Vandals apparently cut the mooring lines, and the RCMP had to bring in their boat to retrieve the float across the end of the next day. According to Martina DeNeef of the Parks, Cemeteries and Television Committee, the new $6,000 float will form an 80 square foot pool and, combined with the existing wooden deck, will form one of two pools. The new float was expected to make a difference in reducing itching for swimmers and improving general safety on the public beach.
30 YEARS AGO: An attempt by two inmates to escape from Bear Creek camp ran into trouble when they forced their way into the home of Clearwater resident Mohammed Sattar and his family. The two men, aged 18 and 20, had fled the prison camp at the end of the evening. The two men knock on the door of the Sattar family house and ask for water for their radiator. Sattar asked them to stay outside while he got their wish, but once he turned his back on them, they entered the house. They tried to take the keys to the man’s truck. Sattar and his 71-year-old father managed to fight back and the two young men ended up fleeing the house.
25 YEARS AGO: A four-month-old tractor-trailer was torn down and Highway 5 was closed for more than three hours when a northbound B train loaded with plywood overturned on curves just north from the Hole-in-the-Wall. Two men in the vehicle escaped with relatively minor injuries, due in part to the quick actions of another truck driver. The driver ran into the overturned and stabbed large truck around 1 a.m. on the other side of the freeway, completely blocking the main traffic lane. Sheets of plywood were strewn across the southbound lane and ditch for more than 150 feet.
10 YEARS AGO: Baylee Sallenbach was the senior all-arounder at Clearwater High School in 2012. She was named to the honor at the school’s end-of-year awards ceremony. Presenter Carol Pastorek noted that the Versatile Student Award is given to an individual who excels in academic studies, athletic pursuits, citizenship, fine arts, and student government. In addition to the trophy, Sallenbach won the $500 Fred Allen Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is named after a beloved CSS professor who passed away many years before.