School District 71 was set to welcome Dr. Jordan Tinney as new superintendent

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

Five years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

School District 71 was to welcome a new superintendent in the fall.

Acting superintendent Bryan Morgan was due to retire at the end of the school year. In his stead was Dr. Jordan Tinney, the assistant superintendent in the Saanich School District.

Tinney was principal at Claremont Secondary and vice-principal at Claremont and Bayside middle schools.

“Dr. Tinney comes highly regarded as a visionary educational leader and positive and effective communicator,” Len Ibbs said.

Ten years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

A 36-acre gift quadrupled property owned by Glacier View Lodge and paved the way for a badly needed expansion.

Marsland Estate Development donated the land on the condition it would be used for residential care for the elderly.

The plan was to build a 100-bed addition to the lodge, which had needed a 50-bed expansion since 1993. The province, however, had not agreed to pay fees for 50 additional patients.

Fifteen years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

Rick Kellow was the lone Canadian recognized for walking at least 10 kilometres in all 50 of the United States.

Since 1986, when the former Comox alderman joined the Comox Glacier Wanderers, he had walked 12,000 kilometres. He received a plaque from the American Volkssport Association for his feat.

Kellow was among thousands who volksswalk around the globe — they participate in sanctioned events, receiving a stamp in a passport book.

“Volkssport is a sport, it’s not a health club,” Kellow said.

Twenty years ago this week in the Comox Valley Record:

The crash scene could have been from a movie, but it was painfully real when a single-engine Otter carrying 11 people — who were making a movie — crashed into the side of a mountain.

Maj. Ron Greenway was among 13 rescuers from CFB Comox who were by chance in the right place at the right time.

“We picked up an emergency signal and within 10 minutes were able to locate the site,” he said.

They found debris from the plane scattered on a mountain south of Horne Lake.

Six people walked away from the crash while five were transported to hospital.

“Some were in shock and cut up,” Greenway said. “We heard comments like they’d never fly again.”

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

The province was mulling over a proposal to build a $2.2-million airport in downtown Courtenay.

The proposal called for a $50,000 engineering feasibility study, for starters. The airport was proposed for the airpark. The expansion would extend the runway by 518 metres. The runway would be built to handle planes as heavy as 12,500 pounds.

Then-Chamber of Commerce president Al Thompson had piqued the interest of then-Minister of Lands Jack Kemp, who was impressed with the uniqueness of being able to handle seaplanes and regular planes at the same airport.