The massive structure that makes up the foundation of the Nakusp Hot Springs is evident in this 1973 photo. It must have been quite an apparition to the people who ventured up to the site for a visit. Secluded in a wild forest far from any civilization the skeleton of what would be a beautiful modern spa was something difficult to envision at this stage of its construction.

This Week in History: March 21

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

March 24, 1932 – Here and there

New Brunswick will be selected as the training ground for the Boston Bruins Hockey Club prior to the 1933 NHL season.

Autumn sowing of all grains in Soviet Russia last year amounted to 95,400,000 acres, representing a decrease of 10.8 per cent from the official fall sowing program.

Weekend trips, so popular last year on Canadian Railway lines, will remain in force this year after February 29, the date set for their discontinuation.

Two Alberta speed-skating records were smashed at the recent Banff Winter Sports Carnival.

March 19, 1942 –

Two Japanese camps on Monashee: 100 men each approved

Capt. C. S. Leary for the Kaslo-Slocan, stated Sunday night he had secured approval for the establishment of two 100 man Japanese labour camps for the Monashee Highway diversion surveyed two years ago. “The Monashee Diversion will result in lowering the summit of this highway by at least 500 feet, besides providing a safer more desirable route to Vernon from Edgewood, which is one section of a major highway system.” The member also pressed the importance of the construction of a road in the Lardeau immediately following the authorized abandonment of the railway line in May. The vision includes ultimately a major highway from Kaslo through Lardeau, Trout Lake, Beaton and Arrow Head connecting with the Transprovincial Highway at Revelstoke. Captain Leary stated a road over this route “would follow a water grade and would open up a potential mineral, timber and agricultural district.”

March 20, 1952 –

Harding would curb medical

college powers

Removal of the right of the College of Physicians and Surgeons to licence doctors in British Columbia was recommended in the Legislature Tuesday night by R. Harding (CCF – Kaslo-Slocan). The youthful member suggested the right to licence doctors be placed in the hands of a qualified committee under the Provincial Department of Health. “The College has abused the power they have,” declared Harding. It was, he continued, the refusal of the College to neither extend the permit of Dr. Stephens Norvell of Edgewood or allow him to write the necessary examinations. Norvell has been practising he said, but his permit expires on May 1. The College is reviewing the case on Friday.

March 24, 1982 – Crestbrook shuts all operation for two weeks

A scheduled maintenance shutdown at the Skookumchuck Pulp Division and continuing depressed lumber market conditions have caused Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd. to announce a two-week curtailment of all company operations during the early part of April. The production curtailment will also result in the temporary layoff of approximately 300 employees at the company’s Canal Flats and Cranbrook Sawmill Divisions.

March 21, 2002 –

Byline Burpy

In case you haven’t noticed, the population of Nakusp is down from the 1996 count. In fact the only places in the Kootenay area which grew in population were Slocan which showed an increase of one person.

The snow Gods looked favorably upon the Nakusp Ski Club with their annual Ski Carnival at Summit Lake Ski Hill. When families arose Sunday morning, there was a good five inches of snow on the ground and up at the hill at least a couple of inches more.


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