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Today in local history - April 5, 2023

A look into the Alaska Highway News archives
Members of the 5th North Peace Scout troop toured the Alaska Highway News printing plant in April 1972 to learn a little about the problems of transferring ink to paper in newspaper production. Members of the group under their leaders Mrs J Schnepf were Timothy and Kevin Kobruch, Craig Schnepf, Rodney Strandberg, Curtis Yaeger, Raymond Mucci, and John Dimjasovics.

30 YEARS AGO – April 5, 1993

Fountain Tire Ltd. Has won a Canadian Business Excellence Award in marketing. The awards are judged by Canadian business people and previous winners of the awards. The chain of stores won the award for their comprehensive marketing and training programs and strategic alliance with key suppliers. Most importantly, the company points out, the award was given for their commitment to servicing special needs of their western Canadian customers. Fort St. John has been served by Fountain Tire for five years.

39 YEARS AGO – April 5, 1984

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and the BC Wildlife Federation are sponsoring a Walk for Wildlife to raise money for wildlife habitat improvement projects. The walk begins outside the MacDonald’s restaurant on the Alaska Highway follows a five-mile route up the highway to Charlie Lake School. Organizer Rich Peterson says he hopes to get at least 150 walkers. Many participants have already collected considerable sums in pledges, including one, Peterson claims, who has been promised $400 if he completes the trek.

51 YEARS AGO – April 5, 1972

Sewage system falters. A pair of burned-out motors on the lift station of Fort St. John's new pollution control system have made it necessary to bypass the lagoon unit and move the community’s effluent directly into the Peace River. The cause of the motor failure is being investigated. Until the motors are repaired the tow’s effluent will go to the peace the same way as it did before the new system went into use six months ago.

59 YEARS AGO – April 5, 1964

Some 200 delegates from all over B.C. arrived in Kelowna last week to attend the BC Teen Town Association conference. Three full packed days of business and fun. Fort St John was represented by four delegates, Cathy Bowness, mayor; Marion Milan, Colleen Palmer, and Margaret Hughson, treasurer and sweet heart candidate. They were escorted by Mr. and Mrs. O Hughson.

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