Echoes from the past: September 22, 1966

Pool construction underway, voting on Kent Centennial Project, and dropping hemlock prices threaten logging industry.

Chamber Backs Park Project

Members of the Agassiz-Harrison Chamber of Commerce decided  Monday to ask newly elected M.L.A. George Musssalem to obtain an appointment for them with Highways Minister Gaglardi to discuss the completion of the Haig Highway.

It is planned to ask the two municipal councils to take pat in the meeting.

The Chamber voted to express its support for the Kent centennial project.

Harold Appleton reported that the tourist information booth at Jones Hill had been very successful in attracting tourists.  Also the dirty condition of the streets in the  business section of Kent was discussed and it was decided to approach the businesses’.

Centennial Vote This Saturday

Voting on the Kent Centennial Project will  be held at the municipal hall in Agassiz and the community hall in Harrison Mills from 8 a.m.. to 8p.m. this Saturday.

The owner-electors are being asked to approve borrowing of $36,500 to pay the municipal share of the cost of a dining hall, kitchen, washroom facilities and outdoor barbecue at the Centennial Park.

The project is the first stage of a development plan for the park.

Logging operations face closure hemlock price drops

A drop in construction activity in North America and the austerity program in the United Kingdom have cut heavily into the demand for B.C. lumber, forcing down the price of hemlock and balsam in recent weeks.

As a result a number of logging operations on the Cost have already shut down, and there is danger that many more will have to suspend operations.

On Harrison Lake the only cutback so far has been at Bear Creek, where Pretty’s have shut the cookhouse and only the men  with homes at the camp are still working.  The closure  may be permanent, as it is estimated that running the cookhouse adds about $2 a thousand to the cost of logging

There are numerous rumours of other camps abut to close, but it is believed operators are awaiting the result of an appeal by the Truck Loggers Association to the provincial government for a reduction in stumpage before any hard decisions are made.

The problem is made more difficulty by tight money, which not only cuts down the use of lumber, but also makes it difficult for loggers to finance continued operation when they have unsold logs in the water.

There  are fears that unless some move is made to take the clamps off soon the industry may go into a slum as serious as anything in the depression of the 1930s.

So far the price of fir and Cyprus has not gone down, but most loggers’ depend on hemlock.  The price drop there has been about 15 percent, more than the margin of profit on many operations.

Work Started On Pool Site

Work has been going on for several days at Harrison Hot Springs to prepare for the construction of the new public hot pool.

The lot hat the corner of the Hot Springs Road and the Esplanade where the pool is to be built has been excavated a few feet, and the material removed is being replaced with gravel.