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Today in local history - March 16, 2023

A look into the Alaska Highway News archives
North Peace farmers turned out in full force to protest a lack of financial aid from the B.C. government in March 1992. More than 100 vehicles took over city streets.

29 YEARS AGO – March 16, 1994

A Fort St. John guide and outfitter is the first Canadian to be appointed president of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS). Garry Vince, owner of Muskwa Safaris Ltd., was appointed president this spring at the organization's 17th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Vince has worked as an outfitter for more than 30 years. As FNAWS president, he’ll be attending meetings and taking in outfitter’s convention across Canada and the United States. Vince said the FNAWS originated in Iowa when a group of wild sheep hunters organized to protect the animal. The organization is now made up of biologists, sportsmen, game department officials, outfitters, guides, taxidermists, outdoor writers, and artists.

40 YEARS AGO – March 16, 1983

Woman from ten different nationalities get together to compare notes at the women’s multi-cultural group, held at the Women’s Resource Centre, Wednesday evenings. “We get together, meet new people, discuss problems,” says organizer Janete Fors, herself from Brazil. “We are trying to invite woman of all nationalities to get together. They can help each other in any way they need.” The meetings have a social aspect, letting newcomers expand their circle of acquaintances and friends, as well as the mutual support aspect. Fors explains that there are many problems in adapting to a new culture and situation which all immigrants must face. “Many had high careers in their own countries. They must start all over again here.”

45 YEARS AGO – March 16, 1978

Alberta Government Telephones and Canadian National Telecommunications will begin work this spring to upgrade and expand the capacity of the Hay River to Peace River microwave system. The present system was built in 1961 by the two telephone companies in their respective operating territories, with 240 voice channel capacity, all of which have now been assigned, and was equipped with tube-type radio hardware, which is now obsolete. The hardware will be replaced with solid state equipment and the system's capacity increased to 1200 voice channels. Alberta Government Telephones will undertake the work on the Peace River to Northwest Territories border portion of the project, CN telecommunications will be responsible for Northwest Territories portion.

55 YEARS AGO – March 16, 1968

The following people of the Cecil Lake community have received Centennial Certificates of Merit for their determined effort and assistance in successfully completing our Centennial Project: Jim Groger, Fern Reese, Emrys Reese, Marvin Clovis, Vince Miller, Louise Miller, Dorothy Macdonald, Leo Copes, Elli Framst, Dale Seguin, and Joe Bell.

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