Lakeside Park used to have a pool, seen here in the Nelson Daily News of May 22, 1970. It was dispensed with after the current aquatic centre opened in 1975.

GREG SCOTT: Pulp mill proposed for Procter area

In 1970, a new airline service began to serve Nelson three days a week

By Greg Scott

Dateline May 19, 1970

Lakeside Park’s Rotary pool opening Monday may have been a surprise, but hundreds of children and adults got the word right away. Heated to a comfortable 71 degrees (22 C), the pool was filled with swimmers all day long. Crews attempted to get the pool opened on Friday but it was not ready until Sunday. Even on Sunday with the water a chilly 60 degrees (15 C), swimmers plunged in. The new heating system provided by the Rotary Club had taken the chill off by Monday, however. The pool will be open for free swimming on afternoons for about two weeks.

Dateline May 21, 1970

Mayor Louis Maglio and Henry Stevenson of the Nelson Pilots Association flew Wednesday in the newest aircraft serving Nelson. The airline, Trans-Inland Airlines Ltd., will fly regular flights three days a week out of Nelson to Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Revelstoke, Mica Creek, McBride and Prince George. The company can also handle charter flights all over the province or into other provinces.

The airline has two planes, one a twin-engined craft, but its main carrier is a single-engined Piper Cherokee. The Cherokee, which can handle seven people, can cruise at 170 miles an hour, making the flight from Nelson to Revelstoke in an hour. The airline will operate on a scheduled basis only from April to Oct. 31, because of snow removal problems at the small airports.

Dateline May 27, 1970

Nelson city council, moving with rare dispatch, gave three readings of a by-law which would give them pay increases of 25 per cent. Council passed the first three readings of the by-law in about one minute, with no comment from any members.

Mayor Louis Maglio, under the provisions of the new pay scale, would receive $6,000 a year with one-third being used for incidental expenses. This one third is tax free. Aldermen voted themselves a pay raise to $1,500 annually. The mayor formerly received an annual stipend of $4,800 and aldermen received $1,200. The raises are retroactive to the beginning of 1970. ($6,000 in 2020 is approximately $40,500)

Dateline May 28, 1970

A mixture of elation and apprehension greeted an announcement by Lands and Forests Minister Ray Williston that a Japanese company and a Vancouver firm have entered discussions on construction of a $60 million pulp mill near Nelson.

The project is not definite, negotiations between the companies are in the early stages and no concrete location for the mill has been decided. Property has been purchased in the Procter-Harrop area and it is believed that a pulp mill may be built on that site.

In Nelson, local businessmen expressed happiness that a pulp mill might be constructed here, but tempered their elation with warnings about possible pollution. The Kootenay Pollution Control Association states that they would oppose any pulp mill in the area “until they show us that they can solve pollution problems.”

Mayor Louis Maglio also expressed fears about possible pollution: “Unless anti-pollution controls are put on it, it’s the last thing people in the area would like here.”

Dateline May 30, 1970

A number of students gained entry to the L.V. Rogers Senior Secondary School Thursday night to take the first steps in this year’s graduation celebrations. Two cars were placed in the main foyer, a washroom was decorated with hung and strung paper, one of the teacher’s offices was filled with paper and alarm clocks were placed in lockers, each one to ring at a different time. Gerald Lee, principal, said that this was “a childish prank” and if it was supposed to be a practical joke it was not in good taste. He said he had not decided if action would be taken against the students.

Dateline May 30, 1970

Five dynamite bombs exploded before dawn and two others were found later and de-activated in a sudden flare-up of possible terrorist activities in the predominantly English-speaking and wealthy Montreal suburb of Westmount. The five explosions damaged two large homes, an office building, a vacant house and a rock retaining wall running alongside a street.

Two unexploded bombs were found later in the day, one under a parked car and another, with 30 sticks of dynamite, was discovered behind a vacant house. The five explosions brought to eight the number of bombs exploded on Montreal Island in the last week, designated Canada Week by a group promoting national unity within Confederation. Police generally regard the latest series as a resurgence of terrorist bombings that have erupted in the area during the last seven years.

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Cigar-chomping Mayor Louis Maglio is seen with Henry Stevenson of the Nelson Pilots Association and Barry Morris, president of Trans-Inland Airlines Ltd. on the landing strip at Crawford Bay. This photo is from the Daiiy News of May 21, 1970.

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