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This weekend in local history - March 18 & 19, 2023

A look into the Alaska Highway News archives
Caleb Pomeroy, left, and Randy Vincent pause for a moment during their after school work of delivering newspapers in March 1994.

20 YEARS AGO – March 18, 2003

The Fort St John Huskies are on top of the world after a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the visiting Slave Lake Wolves secured the team's third North West Junior Hockey League Championship in the last four years. The Huskies won the game on a powerplay goal late in the third period by defenceman Arlo Hadland, who had also scored the tying goal on a power play in the second period. “We have done this twice, but it feels like a brand new feeling every time,” said goaltender Troy Hunt, who played his last game in front of the hometown fans at North Peace Arena. "You don’t know what you have accomplished till its over.” Team president Carolyn Krauss feels the work the team did together off the ice to help in the community and make a presence in the community helped to unify them as one.

29 YEARS AGO – March 18, 1994

B.C. Rail wants to dispose of oily waste from its operations throughout the province on a two hectare patch of land at its Fort St. John rail yard. The company’s manager of environmental engineering John Brodie said a maximum of 1,000 cubic metres of soil with contaminations of up to 25 per cent industrial oily waste and grease would be treated annually through a process known as landfarming. He said the bioremediation process allows naturally occurring bacteria to break down petroleum waste. Brodie said B.C. Rail presently stores oily contaminated soil in drums at various sites with most of it eventually being disposed of by incinerators in the United States.

45 YEARS AGO – March 19, 1978

The North Peace Rod and Gun club is sponsoring a showing of the film “Twilight on the McGregor.” This film shows the effect on the B.C. salmon fishery if the McGregor river was dammed and the water devastation into the Peace River system. It also shows the results of some of the hydro projects already carried out in B.C. The movie was filmed by Mike Hallvan and produced by the BC Wildlife Federation.

62 YEARS AGO – March 18, 1961

The school board recently discussed complaints that certain school bus drivers were not always stopping at stop signs and railway crossings. One trustee brought up the point of school busses being hard to distinguish in the dark, even when the lights were flashing, and it was agreed to try out illuminated signs or some other means of identification. Also discussed was the matter of vehicles passing busses when their loading or unloading.

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