This Week in History: July 25

This Week in History features a selection of stories from the Arrow Lakes News archives.

July 24, 1942 –



12 oz. $1.15 25 oz. $2.25 40 oz. $3.35

The British Columbia Distillery Co. Ltd.

Call home by

“long distance” on vacation

Add to the enjoyment of your vacation by calling home by long distance telephone. It will put you at ease to learn that all is well with those left behind. Tell them where you are and what a wonderful time you are having. A short chat by “long distance” will be part of the fun of your holiday and you’ll be surprised to find out how little it costs. B.C. Telephone Co.

July 24, 1952 – Youth finds way to forestry camp

After four nights in the bush, Walter Chudyk, 17 of Vernon, an employee of Thorlakson’s logging operations, stumbled into a B.C. Forest Service suppression camp on Monday near the Kettle River. He had lived on berries and was apparently none the worse for his unusual diet, or for his 30-mile tramp over creek beds and up gullies. The camp he arrived at after following a trail was 30 miles from Kettle crossing on the Monashee highway. Chudyk, new to the country, was en route to Thorlakson’s supply camp with two pack horses after delivering supplies to a camp five miles south of Lightning Peak, 40 miles west of Edgewood. When his horses were found hobbled, an intensive search was launched for him, and hope of finding him Sunday were low.

July 26, 1962 –

Helicopter fights fire with new


Celgar had its ninth fire this year over the weekend, which was located in the 300-foot level above the power plant at Needles. A helicopter was dispatched from Revelstoke to aid in the suppression of the fire. The helicopter is equipped with a 45-gallon water bombing tank. Celgar’s Fire Warden initiated a new use for this device to suppress the fire. As there was no water on the steep hillside a 45-gallon barrel was rigged with a gate valve and 500 feet of hose, so the helicopter could discharge the 45-gallons into the open topped barrel on top of a cliff. The experiment was very successful. The helicopter had a three-and-a-half minute return trip to the Arrow Lakes and when it arrived back at the fire location, the barrel was nearly empty. The helicopter made 13 trips during the afternoon, moving approximately 600 gallons of water to the one-quarter acre fire.

July 26, 1972 – Edgewood Fastball Tournament

The ball is chinked high and foul during the fastball tournament action in Edgewood on the weekend. In one game, the Kelowna Reds were meeting the Kelowna Macs in the first semi-final game of the tournament. The Reds went on to win the game. There were eight teams from around the Okanagan and Kootenays participating in the two-day tournament. Congratulations to Melvin Matchett who won the trophy for better batter at the tournament.

July 28, 1982 –

Full reservoir

much nicer

The Arrow reservoir is now full. We have been pushing for years to have the reservoir kept full from June to October to keep the ugly  mud flats, dust storms, navigation hazards and debris under control. The empty reservoir is ugly and the full reservoir looks so nice. With the generation machinery being installed at the Keenleysde Dam, this full reservoir status may become a reality. It will be a big improvement to see a full reservoir year-round. It may cause an adverse effect on our weather but we will have to see, it will certainly aid the logging firms who use the waters for transport of logs. The one bad thing we have heard about the full reservoir is that there are no beaches at high water. This will also be rectified if the waters are given a chance to wash the shores for a few years at the full reservoir or slightly under. It won’t take long before we have some very nice beaches. Let’s hope we see it come true.

July 22, 1992 –

Byline Burpy

Surely but not too slowly, an industrial road is being built up on the west side of the Arrow Lakes from Needles towards Arrow Park. The road has been creeping steadily northward over the past couple of years without much fanfare but it is now nearing Carroll’s Landing and from there to Arrow Park is not far.

When it is completed, there will be a choice for travellers. If the road is a good grade, as it appears to be in most cases from the east side, then there is a possibility for the provincial government to take it over, upgrade it and put in a bridge at Rock Island and eliminate both ferries at Needles and Arrow Park. That is something I would like to see.

July 25, 2002 – Czech softball team passes through Nakusp


The Czech Republic National Women’s Softball Team was in Nakusp on Monday night. The entourage of 16 players, their coaches and chaperones flew into Vancouver Monday morning. Before attending the Softball World Championships in Saskatoon this weekend, the group wanted to see the Rocky Mountains. This desire to see the countryside, the first time in Canada for most of the 16- to 23-year-old players, brought them in on rental cars to Nakusp for the night. The team ranked second in Europe, met up with fellow Czech and current Nakusp resident Vladimir Stuchlik. Then they headed to the beach for some B.C. water play and slept the night at the Kuskanax Lodge. This time spent in our land will also help acclimatize the fit players, say coach Vladimir Suss. As for their chances in Saskatoon, the Czech Softball Association President, Pavel Prachar, who was accompanying the girls, said they hoped to place well. “But the Canadians are pretty strong,” he said.



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