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Crown Counsel has approved the charge of assault against Const. Andy Yung of the Williams Lake RCMP. The charge follows a recommendation by the Abbotsford Police Department, which investigated assault allegations stemming from an incident where a 17-yearold girl sustained injuries while in custody of the Williams Lake RCMP on Sept. 10, 2011. Yung will appear in court in Williams Lake at a date yet to be determined. Gaeil Farrar photo
The Cariboo Friendship Centre’s Choices for Youth group SWAG, Strength Within All Generations, is creating two new murals on the Friendship Centre walls. This one is being painted in the Hearth Restaurant by Tasheena David (left), Juanita Keener, Felicity Tuck, Lane William and Fallon William who will also be among local youth attending a national youth conference in Nanaimo on March 19.
Inside the Tribune NEWS Female assaulted.
SPORTS A8 Wrestlers return from provincials. COMMUNITY Locals win at science fair.
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Decade-old human remains identified Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the human remains found in the Esler area near Williams Lake in August. The remains belong to Dennis Russell Meleta, said the BC Coroners Service today (Friday). Meleta was about 36 years old at the time of his death, which is believed to be about 10 years prior to discovery. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 a mountain biker found the human remains about two kilometres north of the Esler area, while exploring the possibility of building trails. “That’s often how people are found. This is one of those cases where someone went off the beaten track and discovered a body,” says coroner Stephen Fonseca of the BC Coroners Service. Following an RCMP examination of the scene, police said the “severely decomposed human remains” were found in a heavily wooded area, and that it was possible the deceased may have been at the location for a number of years.
The investigation was then taken on by the BC Coroners Service to investigate the identity of the remains. The B.C. Coroners Service says confirming the man’s identity follows an exhaustive post-mortem investigation and with assistance from the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment, Vancouver Police Department Forensic Identification Section, the B.C. Police Missing Persons Centre and the Ontario Provincial Police Missing Persons/ Unidentified Bodies Unit. Identification was determined through advanced fingerprint techniques. Thorough scene investigation and a post-mortem examination ruled out foul play in Meleta’s death. “He’d been in British Columbia for quite a few years, but we lose track of him coming into around the year 2000, so we’re not sure how long he was in Williams Lake for. That’s what we’re trying to understand,” says Fonseca. Meleta’s family has been notified of the confirmed identification, but to further a humanitarian
effort, investigators wish to learn more about Meleta’s activities preceding his death and how people may have known him. “Hopefully that will allow us to get a better interval on how long he’s likely been deceased for. We have some initial ideas, but hopefully someone will come forward
and provide some verifiable evidence that they were with him on a particular day or even in a particular year,” Fonseca points out, adding it would be good to learn why Meleta was in Williams Lake. See CASE Page A2
Inquest into man’s death An inquest into the death of Williams Lake resident Blaine Conrad Sargent will be held, says the BC Coroners Service. Sargent, 19, died at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia on Sept. 21, 2011. He had been taken to the hospital after going into medical distress at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre a short time after returning from a court appearance in Williams Lake. “Presiding coroner Donita Kuzma and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. While the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal respon-
sibility, it will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future,” says the BC Coroners Service. While the date and place of the inquest has yet to be determined, the coroners office points out that an inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death. In September, regional coroner Shane DeMeyer said that the death was being treated as an “in custody death,” meaning there were protocols that must be followed, which included an autopsy performed in Kamloops, as well as toxicology testing.
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EHHDBG@ :M Tribune an awards finalist RHN The Williams Lake RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed an assault of a female by
a male on March 4, 2012 between 5 and 6 p.m. in the parkade next to the Elks Hall on First Avenue
South to contact police. Information on the assault can be forwarded to the Williams Lake
detachment at 250-3926211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, says Sgt. Richard Lebeuf.
The Williams Lake Tribune is pleased to announce that it is an awards finalist in the 2012 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. The Tribune is se-
lected as one of three finalists in its circulation category for Best Editorial Page. It is also also a Blue Ribbon award recipient — a Blue Ribbon award
is given in the general excellence division to papers in the national competition that judges determine to deserve recognition for excellence. The winners will be
announced Thursday, April 26, at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards Gala during Newspapers Canada’s Ink and Beyond conference in Toronto, ON.
“We know a fair amount about him, but there’s this gap between around 2000 and when he was found in 2011.”
Anyone who had previous interaction with Meleta is asked to contact the BC Coroners Service at 604660-5077.
Case complex Continued From Page A1 Had he met someone from Williams Lake whom he was visiting,
or had moved there to work, are some of the questions being asked. It was a complex case, admits Fonseca.
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Public to have input on pool Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The consultant hired to do a pool feasibility study in Williams Lake was in the city last week meeting with various stake holders and going through the facility with a fine tooth comb, says Cariboo Regional District board member Joan Sorley. “At the end of the day we had a meeting which summarized the two days and reached a consensus. There wasn’t a single person who did not think we needed a pool, so no pool is not a solution.” The next step will see the consultants, Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants Ltd., go away to create at least three options for the public to consider. Input from the public will be random, says Sorley, adding kiosks are being considered for venues such as grocery stores, high schools, the seniors’ centre, at the park during festivals, or at businesses when there are special events taking place. “It’s hoped we can find out what the will is in the community,” Sorley says, adding the two days spent with the consultants involved some good meetings
and lots of good ideas. The process is beginning, Sorley says. New members recently appointed to the task force are Jerome Beauchamp, Stefan Hoelzer and Geoff Goodall. They join the existing members Ron Bisaro, David Reedman, Ryan Lucas, Gerald Doering, Talia Baptiste, Doug Neufeld, Margaret Waring, Geoff Paynton, Darron Campbell, Deb Radolla and Bonnie Roller. Sorley and city councillor Laurie Walters are the committee’s appointed co-chairs. While it needs final approval by city council, it has been approved by the CRD that the task force include two youth representatives. “There was already one person, Talia Baptiste, who is a youth council member, and the youth council asked that there be another one and we all agreed that was a good idea,” Sorley says, adding especially for something like the pool, youth representation is really important. The task force, says the city, exists to act as an advisor to the consultant during the Pool Feasibility Study and will be disbanded as soon as that report is finalized.
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Cariboo GM management and staff accept the Business of the Year award Saturday at the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Business Excellence Awards. Pictured (from left) are GM sales manager Lorne Doerkson, Community Futures of the Cariboo Chilcotin general manager Karen Eden, and GM’s Pearl Weinert, Alan Weinert and Leo Nieuwland.
Businesses receive excellence awards Cariboo GM emerged as the winner of the Business of the Year at the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Business Excellence Awards held March 10 at the Elks Hall.
“This inspiring award has been given out only a handful of times to a local business,” says the chamber’s executive director Claudia Blair. Other winners included Tickled Pink
Beauty Bar for the Greatest Improvement Award; Alley Katz Bistro for the Food Services Award; Kirsten Braumandl for Newsmaker of the Year; Williams Lake Men’s Rugby Club for
the Hospitality Tourism Award; Save-On Foods for Community Booster; Gibraltar Mine for the Manufacturer Award; Kornak & Hamm Pharmacy for Customer Service; and Karen Roberts for the
Hugo Stahl Memorial Award. In total, 91 nominations were received by the chamber for consideration. Blair was also recognized for her over 25 years of service.
Few attend city’s fourth budget meeting Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The city’s fourth public budget meeting ended in frustration for some Wednesday evening, with less than half the agenda completed and no decisions finalized. Four members of the public attended the meeting; however, by the end of the evening only two had remained until the meeting was adjourned. Some of the councillors expressed concern that council was going through the budget “line by line,” while others insisted it was the only way to deal with the budget. “I have a hard time picking apart everything. I appreciate going through line by line, but I think we have to go on a certain amount of faith that it’s required. Everything we’re asking about, we keep getting the same answer that we need it
and that’s why it’s on the list,” said Coun. Geoff Bourdon minutes into the discussion, adding he thinks council’s role is to give overall direction on the budget. Mayor Kerry Cook replied that council had given overall direction previously, but that other council members wanted the opportunity to go through the budget item by item and ask questions. Coun. Sue Zacharias echoed Bourdon, saying council had all the requests in front of it back at the end of January. “We read them back then, that 120-page document. We had an opportunity and we asked a lot questions and I remember asking those same questions. I don’t think we can get through this and go through every single thing asking the same questions over and over,” Zacharais said.
Cook disagreed, saying council had not had a chance to go through the capital budgets. “We had the information, but we haven’t had the opportunity to have the discussion,” Cook said, adding at every meeting council has been asking when members would go through it and circle items for approval. It’s a transition year where council is trying to make the budget process more public and to address policy concerns around the budget process, Cook added. During the public comments portion of the meeting, Tolko Cariboo Regional Woodlands manager Tom Hoffman offered some feedback. “I sense the frustration, but I see a lack of leadership,” Hoffman said, adding he liked when councillors asked questions of staff about
certain items. By way of example, when he heard Coun. Laurie Walters ask if the city needed to purchase a skag mower or if it could rent one, or when Zacharias asked the same about a stump grinder, he heard staff reply they are used at certain times of the year. “If, for example, you said no we want to start a small business this year and employ some First Nations in our region, and then ask them if they are interested in purchasing a skag mower or a stump grinder, or talk to Tolko or West Fraser or any of the engineering firms and ask if we could use your plotters. And you know what? We’re there,” Hoffman told council, adding those examples would do a lot for the city to be more business friendly. Rather than going line by line, Hoffman sug-
gested council’s role is to state its objectives for the budget around increases and decreases and task staff to look at doing things differently. Pointing to examples in Quesnel and Prince George, Hoffman said Williams Lake has been out-manouervered: Quesnel, through its support behind a proposed First Nations Power Project, and in Prince George, where an idle sawmill is becoming a training centre. Elke Reiner questioned the validity of paying $20,000 for a dog park, and suggested that dog license fees need to be increased. She estimated fewer than 250 dog licenses are being purchased annually and said she doesn’t think that’s a high enough proportion of the population to warrant the city spending $20,000 on the park.
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New World Coffee and Tea House’s (from left) Tamara Charleyboy, owner Sue Lachance and Deborah Browning donated coffee and tea sales Saturday to help pay for the Rick Hansen monument to be unveiled at the Tourism Discovery Centre on March 26. Lachance said the local business raised $308.
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Not all vehicle theft incidents reported to ICBC, RCMP say Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer The latest vehicle theft stats from ICBC indicate that vehicle thefts and break-ins continue to decline provincially, but also show that they only reflect part of the picture when it comes to Williams Lake. In a press release issued Thursday, ICBC stated that in Williams Lake, there were 33 per cent fewer vehicle theft incidents and 37 per cent fewer break-ins in 2011 compared to 2010. An ICBC chart shows 20 theft-from-vehicle incidents in 2011, a decrease from 30 theft-
from-vehicle incidents in 2010. Sgt. Richard Lebeuf of the Williams Lake RCMP says the RCMP’s stats are quite different. For example, they show 76 theft-from-vehicle incidents in 2010 and 109 theft-from-vehicle incidents in 2011, indicating an increase. “I think we get a lot more reported than what gets reported to ICBC,” Lebeuf says, adding not everybody goes through insurance. There has been a reduction of theft-of-vehicles though and that has been a result of pro-active enforcement, Lebeuf says.
Lebeuf says there’s been a 55 per cent decrease in the amount of theft-of-vehicles between 2010 and 2011, an 80 per cent reduction of theft of trucks over $5,000, and an 83 per cent reduction of trucks under $5,000. The bait program was introduced in Williams Lake in 2003, and vehicle crime rates spiked in 2007 and 2008, so Lebeuf doesn’t think the bait program has been much of a contributing factor to reducing vehicle crime. Instead, he suggests its pro-active, rather than reactive, enforcement that’s making the difference. “We had a slight de-
Williams Lake & District Credit Union Community Investment Fund Williams Lake and District Credit Union is now accepting applications from local organizations and community groups for projects and initiatives geared to helping local communities achieve greater economic success and improve quality of life. Grants are available for projects focussing on youth, entrepreneurs, immigrants, low-income working families and aboriginal peoples. Information on the application process and requirements is available on our website at: www.wldcu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityInvestmentFund
or at any Credit Union branch. Preference will be given to organizations that are members of Williams Lake and District Credit Union. Application Deadline is March 31, 2012
crease between 2010 and 2011 for calls for service so that gives the bootson-the-ground types of members more time to go out and do these types of enforcements and patrols.” Equally important are routine curfew checks on known offenders who commit vehicle crimes and the successful arrest and prosecution of
known offenders, Lebeuf adds. Citizens on Patrol are also out surveilling areas in the city that are known to have higher rates of vehicle thefts and breakins. “There’s more community awareness too, which means we’re receiving more reports of suspicious activities,” Lebeuf says.
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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 27 (CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN) PRE-REGISTRATION - KINDERGARTEN
FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 School District No. 27 will be registering Kindergarten students for 2012-13 with a deadline of March 15, 2012 Children beginning Kindergarten must be five years of age by December 31, 2012. Children presently enrolled in Kindergarten do not need to re-register for Grade One. A birth certificate (or other proof of age) and presentation of the BC “Care Card” is required at registration. Students will normally register at the school in their attendance area. Parents not sure of their attendance area are requested to contact the nearest elementary school for information. Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten at Glendale Elementary School will also be held at this time. For your assistance, Williams Lake area schools and their phone numbers are listed below: Cataline Elementary School 250-392-7154 Chilcotin Road Elementary School 250-392-5455 Glendale Elementary School 250-398-7108 (Year Round Calendar & French Immersion) Kwaleen Elementary School 250-392-4332 (Traditional School) Marie Sharpe Elementary School 250-392-4104 Mountview Elementary School 250-392-7344 Nesika Elementary School 250-398-7192 150 Mile Elementary School 250-296-3356 Wildwood Elementary School 250-989-4701 If you wish your child to attend a school other than the one in your attendance area, please contact an elementary school or the School District Office at 250-398-3800 for the School of Choice process and application. School of Choice applications are also required if you wish your child to attend Glendale Elementary (because of the year round calendar and the French Immersion Program) and Kwaleen Elementary School (because of the traditional format).
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f the Christy Clark government is so broke, why did it change its mind on the deal with Telus, which would have seen the corporation pay some $1.75 million a year for 20 years to rename BC Place â€œTelus Parkâ€?? This governm e n t French seems Connection bent on privaDiana French tizing everything from health care to hydro (and schools?) so why balk at renaming a facility that is mostly for the benefit of professionals? In my opinion such facilities should be built and operated by the corporations that use them so tax dollars could go to provide services to people. Iâ€™ve lost track of just how much BC Place ended up costing us. The last I heard it was more than $560 million and thatâ€™s just for the capital, not operating costs. As a taxpayer who doesnâ€™t get much use of BC Place, I wouldnâ€™t mind it being called Telus Park if the revenue received went to health care and education. *** Mary Mackie, a B.C. writer and most recently a well-known blogger, died last week. Known as B.C. Mary on the Internet, her coverage of the BC Legislature raid, the subsequent Basi /Virk trial and other matters relating to the sale of B.C. Rail were â€œmustâ€? reading for all those concerned about those events. At one time Mary lived in Prince George with her former husband who established the Allan Mackie School of Log Building. Mary coauthored a number of books on the subject of log-home building with Allan including Building With Logs, which inspired many to go into log construction. *** Has spring sprung? We shouldnâ€™t be fooled by a few sunny days and water running everywhere but one day last week a wasp flew in our door. It wasnâ€™t too lively, but was it a sign the warmer weather will stay, or was it simply a confused insect? Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.
A pox on both their houses The battle between the B.C. Liberal Government and the British Columbia Teachersâ€™ Federation has kicked up a notch. The rhetoric has escalated on both sides. Numbers are being manipulated to provide a presentable front for both sides, as they seek the favour of the general public. Highly paid spin doctors are busy spinning their webs of deceit by twisting truths and glossing over harmful facts. Itâ€™s the same old, same old. It is the same two big bullies duking it out in the public arena because both are power-hungry egomaniacs who only care for victory at whatever cost. So who is left to suffer in all of this mayhem? It is the students who are being kicked to the sidelines in the big boyâ€™s game, called â€œcontract negotiations.â€? This nonsense also negatively impacts the emotions of their parents, and in some cases, the teachers and provincial politicians. The real victims, however, are our students who will be our future leaders. What are they learning from the display of ignorance and intolerance?
While the BCTF may be the unionized head of the public teaching profession, we believe its outrageous demands for salary increases and other benefits on behalf of our friendly, neighbourhood teachers are totally out of control and not part of the real world. We believe our local teachers want, and deserve, some more money, but not the world. As for the B.C. Liberals, theyâ€™re going to the table offering no money, and at the same time, wanting to strip away teachersâ€™ seniority and other classroom governance. This government appears to be willing to do everything and anything it can to gain public approval before the next yearâ€™s provincial election. Are we surprised this is coming from a government that wants to dig itself out of the huge financial hole it dug by forcing the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Harmonized Sales Tax down our throats? The problem is there is no real alternative for the electorate to choose as a replacement. â€” Ken Alexander
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