Way it Was is a weekly column looking at archives from the Grand Forks Gazette. (Pixabay.com photo)

Way it Was is a weekly column looking at archives from the Grand Forks Gazette. (Pixabay.com photo)

The ‘Way it Was’ in 1997: Downtown break-ins prompt public meeting

A weekly look back at the Way it Was from the Grand Forks Gazette archives

From the pages of the Grand Forks Gazette


Winner of the 100-yard swimming race at the Curlew Lake picnic was W.E. Plummer of Grand Forks.


Contract for the construction of stations, water tanks and section houses on the Kettle Valley Railway, west from Midway, was awarded to Wm. Bonthron on Grand Forks.


Of 51 recruits examined here by the Medical Board this week, 34 met the necessary requirements.


Under the direction of Grand Chancellor R.J. Gardner of Grand Forks, the Knights of Pythias of British Columbia were planning a music festival to be held in Vancouver in the early spring.


A dispatch received from Anyox gave the following information: “The Granby Co. blew in its first smelter at Grand Forks in 1901, with a capacity of 300 tons per day. In the same year, the B.C. Copper Co. built a smelter at Greenwood with a capacity of 500 tons a day.”


Knights of Pythias-Boundary district met in Grand Forks for their quarterly convention.


A.F. Crowe, D. McPherson and R. Campbell prepared and presented a brief to the Post-War Rehabilitation Council, which held sittings in the Grand Forks courthouse, reflecting the opinions of local organizations regarding provisions for the care of returning soldiers.


Some 80 people attended the Holy Trinity Harvest supper held at the parish hall, where the Ven. Archdeacon B.C. Resker was the guest speaker.


Ronnie Ogloff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Ogloff, died after an accident at his parents’ farm when he was pinned beneath a stone boat.


Emily D’Andrea, Miss Brown Creek, was chosen as this year’s Fall Fair Queen.


Some 400 citizens attended a meeting sponsored by the Jaycees to formulate a recommendation to Attorney General Bonner regarding the disposition of Freedomites on trek towards the Coast.


The local RCMP detachment received reports of bears having been sighted in the immediate area of the city dump.


Conversion of the former Chilko building into a vegetable processing and cold storage facility is now underway, according to Leader Potato Associates Ltd.


Fire completely destroyed the JC Store, Gulf station and adjoining living quarters at Christina Lake.


Robert Watson, 43, an Alberta prison escapee charged with kidnapping a Grand Forks woman, appeared in Nelson Provincial Court. He was remanded in custody until Oct. 5.


Border Bruin hopeful Danielle Dube played in three exhibition games, becoming the first female to play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and only the third to play junior hockey in all of Canada.


Downtown break-ins prompt a group of more than 50 people to attend a meeting at Del’s Bistro to discuss ways to stop the problem. Some suggest a curfew for young people.


Earlier this spring, Brian Taylor and Brian McAndrew had the realization that the time was right to launch a magazine devoted to medical marijuana; Cannabis Health journal is the product of their effort and this Saturday they will have an open house to launch the magazine.


The BC Federation for Labour and other social groups are placing pressure on the provincial government to raise the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $10. Wages in the Boundary are generally less than a similar business in the Okanagan, said Cher Wyers, manager of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. Jim Sinclair, president of the BC federation, said he doesn’t expect that a minimum wage increase would have a great impact on local business.


The second phase of the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan is underway with a public meeting entitled “Rethinking our Water Ways” at the Rock Creek Fairgrounds. Phase two of the plan is to connect with the public, the stakeholders and the people around the watershed.


The Kettle Valley Food Co-op hosted the annual Harvest Festival at the Boundary Museum on Saturday. The day’s entertainment included Irish dancers and music on the main stage, a farmer’s race, plenty to eat as well as vendors to shop.