The following is a look back through the archives of the Hope Standard, turning back the clock to Marches of the past.
20 years ago: March 1, 2001
Chase to Chilliwack lands two youths in local jail
What started as a routine traffic ticket ended in a high-speed chase to Chilliwack Saturday night (Feb. 24).
Merritt police clocked a low-riding 1983 Camaro at 91 kph in a 50 kph zone, but the driver had intentions other than getting caught. The Camaro sped off southbound onto the Coquihalla Highway, but the officer deeming it too dangerous due to winter road conditions halted the chase.
‘Having him for only speeding wasn’t worth life and limb,” said Cpl. George Johnston of the Hope Highway Patrol.
The Camaro was soon identified as stolen and spotted blowing through the Coquihalla toll booth, the driver paying only $8 for the $10 toll. The Hope highways detachment was immediately put on alert.
Police waited for the car, then pulled in behind him, making an “honest effort to have him pull over” as a spike belt was set up ahead at the Kawkawa Lake exit, said Johnston.
The belt took out one tire and the carewas spitting sparks and debris from running on the rim. A second spike belt at exit 170 at Hope took out a second time as police “leapfrogged ahead, shutting down exits into populated areas,” said Johnston. A third spike belt took out his third tire and the final belt at Popkum “got him down to running on four rims,” said Johnston.
The driver finally lost control on a turn south of Bridal Falls, landing the Camaro in a ditch as officers closed in. Two Surrey youths were arrested at the scene.
40 years ago: March 18, 1981
Hope Arena, a promise taking shape
A promise of a multi-purpose Hope arena is taking shape as its mezzanine nears completion. It was the promise of a well—used facility made years ago to fulfill it, the Hope Arena Society has raised funds to build a 95×35 mezzanine, overlooking the ice rink.
The whole idea is to have a lounge where young and old alike may socialize and watch in comfort those on the rink below. Therefore, the mezzanine will have a concession stand but no alcohol.
The promise of a multi-purpose arena is being fulfilled, in addition to the mezzanine, by a roller skating program which begins when ice skating ends.
The arena society is going to buy a stock of roller skates for rent, Dr. Ernie Murakami said, because “it’s terribly expensive for a family to buy them.”
Last year’s experiences, Murakami said, “indicates that there is a great demand for roller skating.”
“We (the arena society) felt the response was even greater for roller skating than for ice skating,” he noted.
60 years ago: March 1, 1961
Dog owners to be fined when pets roam streets
Hope Village Council’s perennial headache, the roaming canine population has councilmen on an aspirin diet these days. However, the Council decided at last Thursday’s Council meeting to approach the problem from another angle, and they are confident that this new procedure will, at least, not end up with the village being sued.
This time, Council plans to punish the owner when Fido is found wandering away from his home. Councillors decided this time to take the owner to court for violation of the Village by-law. The by-law provides for a fine, not exceeding $50, for the owner of a dog which is found running at large.
A year ago, Council entered into a verbal agreement with the S.P.C.A. to take care of the village dog-catching problem. The S.P.C.A. picked up the dogs and took them to a pound west of Chilliwack. This resulted in M.L.A. I.F. Corbett taking legal action for the recovery of costs to return his dog to Hope. The matter was settled out of court after Council had been advised by their solicitor that they were in the wrong in taking the dogs outside the Village boundaries. Since then, no action has been taking about dogs roaming at large.
– Compiled by Adam Louis