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Cap News Throwback Thursday: 1994

Feb. 16, 1994 edition of the Kelowna Capital News.  - Carmen Weld
Feb. 16, 1994 edition of the Kelowna Capital News.
— image credit: Carmen Weld

Over the last 86 years the Kelowna Capital News has served the Central Okanagan – and over the last 86 years it has printed a whole lot of papers.

A conservative estimate puts it at about 8,000 editions.

The new Black Press Okanagan digital team, based right here in Kelowna, wanted to utilize this amazing treasure trove of pieces of our history and share it with you.

Each Thursday we will present Cap News Throwback Thursday for a fun little peak into the past, and a chance for the digital team to climb through the records room.

Today we present the Kelowna Capital News edition— Wednesday Feb. 16, 1994.

This week's throwback was not even that long ago. Recent-addition Cap News reporter Carli Berry was born a few months later in 1994 and our current senior reporter Alistair Waters was just beginning his career in journalism.

Yes – our reporter Al was working at the paper the same year Carli, who now works at the paper, was born. (We aren't taking time to point that out or anything.)

Staff writer Darshan Lindsay has the top stop in this edition. Bad weather and inexperienced skiers had search and rescue operations plaguing Big White Ski Resort.

Ski patrollers and search and rescue were forced to go look for lost skiers for the second time within a week. The costs of the rescues were adding up and concerning the mountain.

The reporter, Darshan Lindsay, is currently the director for media relations for the Interior Health Authority.

Further down the page, then junior reporter Al Waters took on a controversial story about the new city dump.

“Despite a protest outside city hall before its deliberations, and cries of “shame on you” from the gallery afterwards, council gave the green light to the expropriation of land for the city dump Monday,” the article starts.

Kelowna City Council voted 8-1 to take 262 acres of a North Glenmore ranch for the dump.

The Glenmore landfill is still owned and operated by the City of Kelowna. The facility serves as the solid waste disposal facility for residents within the Central Okanagan Regional District and offers a variety of disposal options on site including recycling, organic materials, household and commercial waste.

Students at Webber Road Elementary round out the front page, holding their own opening ceremonies for the 1994 Winter Olympics, held from 12 to 27 February 1994 in and around Lillehammer, Norway.

Canada brought home 13 medals, including three gold in biathlon and freestyle skiing. Our national men's hockey team took silver.

A man named Earl Ellingson took a very cold dip in the lake in 1994. He spent 45 minutes doing the backstroke across the lake for charity. Arriving safe and sound on the snow covered beach at the other side, Ellingson raised $500 for a trip to Guyana.

Fun fact: Proverbial 90s classics were playing in theatres around Kelowna. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, My Girl 2 and Mrs. Doubtfire were on the big screen. While critics didn't particularly love Ace Venture, it grossed $107 million worldwide from a $15 million budget.  As for My Girl 2,  Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4 and  Variety wrote, "Plenty of shrewd commercial calculation went into concocting the right sugar coating for this story of an 11-year-old girl's painful maturation, but [the] chemistry seems right."

Staring Robin Williams in one of his many iconic rolls, Mrs. Doubtfire won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. For his performance in the film, Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Check out our previous throwbacks here: 19361960194119851962 and 1983.

The Cap News is now owned by Black Press Community Media. Founded in 1975, Black Press now publishes more than 170 titles in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington state, Hawaii, Ohio and California.

Do you have an important date or piece of history you hope we can find in our historical editions?! Let us know at okanagan@bpdigital.ca.


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