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CUMBERLAND
CUMBERLAND'S MUNICIPAL OFFICE was in this building before it moved up Dunsmuir Avenue to its current location.
— image credit: Photo courtesy Cumberland Museum and Archives

Every Friday we feature Valley history taken from our back issues.

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

After the announcement that Elk Falls sawmill in Campbell River would close by May, a local union representative said Comox Valley residents would be out of work, too.

About 257 hourly and staff employees were going to be out of work when TimberWest Forest Corp. said it would permanently close the site. About 30 to 40 per cent or more of those employees lived in the Comox Valley, according to Communications, Energy and Paperworks union representative Scott Doherty.

"The industry is in huge turmoil right now," he said. "It's not a particularly good time to be losing your job. There are not a lot of good paying jobs in our community to replace (the sawmill jobs)."

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The Comox Valley strongly voted in favour of a new airport terminal for the Valley during a referendum.

Airport CEO Chuck Fast said the 87.5 in favour vote would push the proposed new terminal onto the fast track for federal funding.

"We were hoping for 80 per cent and to come away with 87 will give us a very strong message to take to Ottawa," said Fast. "When we come looking for money, they will know we are serious."

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Snowmobilers from all over the Island came to Forbidden Plateau to test their skills in the first-ever Vancouver Island Snowmobile Hill Climb competition.

Nearly 50 snowmobilers competed in a variety of classes, including juniors, ladies, vintage and open modified, (in which anything went).

Spectators watched as snowmobilers put on a show of jumps, wheelies and very fast uphill racing.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Madonna's controversial book Sex was going to hit the shelves of Vancouver Island regional libraries.

Five copies were purchased and 160 people quickly signed up to borrow the book.

"We got the book in because we had so many requests for it," said Sher O'Hara, co-ordinator of collections development in Nanaimo, adding library policies include freedom of expression.

"People did not just ask for the book, but actually took the time to fill out a purchase suggestion form."

Twenty five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Talks around building a road from Cowichan to the Comox Valley via Port Alberni were picking up steam.

A committee made up up political an economic representatives from the three areas was formed to lobby government for the route.

Cumberland Mayor Bronco Moncrief, who had a seat on the committee, noted the idea had been discussed since the 1930s and would be positive for Cumberland.

"We wouldn't be on a dead end anymore and it would bring the lake to the fore," he said.

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