This week in Mountain Scene history

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1975 Con­ser­vation Week is marked by a Horne Creek clean-up and a tree planting on the new Frankton Track – built to access the “sewerage works”. The local “Envir­onmental Committee” complains that only a few people attended.

1985 Queenstown Borough Council’s health inspector will check out complaints from the public about smoke from vintage steamship Earnslaw. Mayor John Davies says the only solution he can see is for the Lady of the Lake to be converted to diesel power. 

1995 Outgoing National MP and cabinet minister Warren Cooper announces he’ll run for the Queenstown mayoralty vacated by David Bradford. It becomes the second time Cooper wears the mayoral chains. 

2001 Mountain Scene is first to break the news about police reactivating the 14-year-old mystery murder of Arrowtown woman Maureen McKinnel. Enquiry head detective senior-sergeant Brian Hewitt confirms he’s discussing new-era DNA tests with Environmental Science & Research. Three years later, Jarrod Mangels pleads guilty to murdering McKinnel – he was aged 15 at the time. 

2005 Inland Revenue claims $11 million of unpaid tax has been identified in a crackdown on Queenstown property speculators. About 120 local property deals have gone under the microscope and real estate agents expect prosecutions to start soon.