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Beaver Valley Youth Council takes shape BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
Youth of the Beaver Valley are now officially politically engaged. With the creation of the inaugural youth council for 2012-2013, young people up to the age of 19 now have a voice through the newly created Beaver Valley Youth Council. The seven-person council—including two mayors—was created on June 11 in Montrose municipal council chambers, said Jill Prince, the Village of Fruitvale councillor charged with overseeing the council. With lots of resources, energy, connections and plenty of communication being amassed, the seeds of a flourishing council are sprouting, said Prince. “We have all of the things to make this thing successful,” she said. Thirteen year-old Casey O’Hara from Fruitvale was elected as the junior youth mayor for the 12-15 year age group, and 17-year-old Anna Cook from Montrose was acclaimed as senior youth mayor for the 16-19 group.
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Program helps promote rural hospitals the number of rural students seeking medical careers. Nick Leinweber considers And for the Kimberley himself the luckiest medical native, staying in the student in Canada. Kootenay region and conFor the last 10 months tinuing with the lifestyle he the third-year student from grew up with and loved, is a the University of British likelihood. Columbia’s distributed MD “I’m from the area and I undergraduate program totally intend to come back. has had the sole attention If I could stay here and I of the “faculty” of Kootenay didn’t have to go back to the Boundary Regional Hospital city, I totally would, but I (KBRH). have to finish training,” he Unlike his UBC academic said. cohorts who have to compete The ICC partnership for doctor’s time and atten- between UBC’s southern tion with numerous other medical program and the students at Lower Mainland Interior Health Authority hospitals, Leinweber was allows budding medical stuthe only medical student in dents to obtain clinical trainthe first year of ing and practice the program at “The big piece medicine in a KBRH. smaller, rural of this is you As a result, community. get people he was able to The program get some pracfunctions as a to come and tical practise on conduit to give experience procedures and students a chance everything the to complete their into scenarios he would not have training in rural hospital and come close to in the area has to and underserved any other medical communities— offer.” learning atmoslike Trail, Nelson phere. or Castlegar— CLARE DEWITT “I think there where they are is a bigger dismore likely to crepancy between a bigger return to practice after their centre and here as far as studies. hands on are concerned,” he By 2013, it’s anticipatsaid Wednesday, on one of ed that 32 students will be his last days in the Integrated entering their third year of Community Clerkship (ICC) the MD undergraduate proprogram in Trail. gram with an anticipated “As far as what I can four to six students pargather from the procedural, ticipating in a clerkship in hands on approach, you get a Vernon or Trail. lot more of that here because “The big piece of this is you are essentially the only you get people to come and student. Whenever there is a experience everything the procedure to do, the doctors hospital and the area has to are always game to include offer,” said Clare DeWitt, the you.” ICC program assistant for the Leinweber was one of two UBC southern medical prothird-year medical students gram. selected to take part in the “Then there is better likesouthern medical program’s lihood they will call Trail, year-long ICC in Trail. Nelson or the Kootenay Based in Kelowna, the Boundary home once they new southern medical pro- are done all of their studies.” gram is the fourth UBC MD Home is where the heart undergraduate program, is and for Alexander Ednie which aims to improve upon and Katie Eddy—the next
BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
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A two-person TV crew was in Trail at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital last Wednesday to film a promotional video for the UBC Southern medical program to encourage future medical students to come to the Trail for the Integrated Community Clerkship. The UBCO.TV crew of Jeff Myers (camera) and Rosemary Thompson (right), filmed (from left) Alexander Ednie, Katie Eddy, Dr. Henry Ukpeh and Nick Leinweber in the maternity ward, giving a newborn baby an examination. two students in the program—they have already fallen in love with the West Kootenay. The two are completing a four-week rural family clerkship at KBRH but they spent the last year in Kaslo, working odd jobs and volunteering in the community. Prior to that they had
crossed Canada in search of interesting places to live, and fell in love with Kaslo on one sunny Sunday morning. “You feel like you are part of something bigger (here),” said Ednie. “In Vancouver you are walking around and you are just a number. We found there was a little more to life in the Kootenays.”
They found that answer outside. As avid hikers, bikers, skiers and runners, the easily accessible outdoors appealed immeasurably to the couple, and it will be one of the alluring aspects of life in Trail as well when they return for their third year at KBRH in fall.
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The Trail Pipe Band and Kate E. Shaw Dancers performed last week at Kootenay Savings Music in the Park. This Thursdayâ€™s presentation is pop/county trio The Smokinâ€™ Jays, featuring Jason Thomas. Coming up July 3 is the 50-member St. Albert Community Band from the Edmonton area, which was co-founded by Trail native Gerry Buccini. All concerts are at Gyro Park at 7 p.m. The July 3 show only will be moved to the Cominco Gym if the weather is poor.
Invitational cuebid The bidding: South has only eleven points, but his 6-4 distribution rates an opening. Since hearts are six cards, he can rebid them if partner bids notrump or a minor. If partner bids one spade, he would be quite happy to raise partner to two spades. West overcalls two clubs which is a good lead and also a good suit with which to compete. North has a
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Trail Daily Times Tuesday, June 26, 2012
LOCAL MUSIC TO THE KBRH FOUNDATION’S EARS
Council plans first activity on July 6 FROM PAGE 1 The councillors for the first term include Morgan Bayley, 17, of Montrose, Julia Halbert, 12, of Fruitvale, Ashley Horrill, 17, of Fruitvale, and Chase Lavigne, 12, of Fruitvale. The council is now looking to hire a youth coordinator to handle the reins of council, to provide some direction and guidance as they make their way through matters. In the contract the council signed with Columbia Basin Trust for an $25,000 annual grant, the initial plan was to spend $5,000 on developing the council, $5,000 for purchasing equipment—building up a store of equipment for use within the region—and $15,000 to pay for activities. The first action of council was to plan an activity: a free bowling party for Beaver
Valley youth on July 6 at Beaver Valley Lanes. “The primary duty of council is to put together activities in support of what kids want to do, and they wanted this,” said Prince. The 12 to 15 year olds are invited to bowl from 6-9 p.m., and the 16 to 19 year olds are invited to bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight. Pizza, drinks and prizes will be provided for both sessions. There are 35 spots available in each session and interested youth are invited to contact the Village of Fruitvale office at 250367-7551 to reserve a spot. People can check out the Beaver Valley Youth Council Facebook page at http:// www.facebook.com/pages/Beaver-ValleyYouth-Council/464272223601413.
Five-way intersection reviewed BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
A fork in the road can give people cause for pause. But a five-cornered fork in the road can give people fits. At least, that is what one Fruitvale resident felt about the village’s infamous five-way intersection at Columbia Gardens South and West, Kootenay South, Mill and Old Salmo roads in the heart of the village. The corner has flummoxed
many new and experienced drivers that come to the heart of the Beaver Valley, with only four of the roads possessing stop signs and a limited field of view on one of the egress points. It was for that reason that Scott Monteith contacted the village about corner, suggesting the village install a roundabout to clarify the situation. But, according to ICBC statistics, there has only been one minor fender bender in
Lifestyle also an attraction FROM PAGE 1 “Where we are living right now, we can walk to the bike trails, drive a short ways to the ski hill, stuff like that. “It’s about balancing out life with academics so you can spend more time on academics and more time enjoying life and less time spent in the car commuting,” said Ednie. The appeal of the lifestyle means the two could return after they are done school to set up medical practice. “Specifically, the medical aspect the size of this hospital is pretty much what we are looking or in terms
of a career eventually as well,” said Eddy. In the coming year, Ednie and Eddy will be working with patients throughout the entire care cycle, from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up, unlike the traditional block rotation where a student works in one area of the hospital for a time then moves on to another. The students will shadow family physicians out of Riverside Family Medicine, Columbia Family Medicine and the Beaver Valley Clinic, and work alongside a number of specialists at the Trail hospital.
five years at the intersection, said village chief administrative officer Lila Cresswell. “So either people are very used to the corner or it is not as much of a hazard as it appears to be,” she said. “However, I have seen confusion about who has the right of way from stopped vehicles.” The village does not have jurisdiction in the area for such a roundabout since four of the five roads are provincial.
Wayne Kelly and Jayne Garry, hosts of EZ Rock’s morning show, present a $2,400 donation to Lisa Pasin, Director of Development KBRH Health Foundation. All funds are designated to support the Digital Mammography campaign. Money was raised through the EZ Rock’s annual Working Women’s Open golf tournament and EZ Rock’s Radiothon employee donations.
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Trail man charged in robbery BY TIMES STAFF A Trail man who robbed the Castlegar Mohawk in February has been charged for disguising his face and committing a robbery. Robert Legget, 40, allegedly entered the Mohawk gas station on Feb. 27 and used a scarf to cover his face. Legget handed the attendant a note. The police report said that it didn’t take the employee long to realize he was in the middle of a robbery, he fled the location to find help. The attendant reported the robbery to Castlegar police after borrowing a bystander’s cell phone. Legget attended Nelson Provincial Court on June 19 and was released from custody. He now has several parole restrictions to adhere to until his next court date, including a curfew.
Teen handed three-month sentence A 17-year-old male was recently sentenced to three months in custody. The male, whose identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested in downtown Trail for possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and failure to comply with a probation officer. He appeared in Rossland Provincial Court on June 18 and pled guilty to the charges.
Spears tops the charts in competition finale BY TIMES STAFF The Kootenays’ Best Singer competition in Cranbrook closed after a tense competition engaged an audience of all ages on Saturday night. Once the dust settled it would be a hometown girl taking home top honors with Cranbrook’s Trena Spears handed the title of the Kootenays’ Best Singer. Trail competitors Colin Lindgren and Katie Loughlin joined the cast of 14 singers who performed one song in the opening round of the competition. Judges selected five singers to advance to the final stage of the competition – Matt Hansen from Creston, duo Jesse Dumas and Jairus Stonehouse from Creston, Victoria Walker from Fernie, Connor Parnall from Cranbrook and Spears Each singer captivated the
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audience with a second performance, but two people stood out. Spears, who delivered a stirring rendition of Martina McBride’s “My Valentine,” won first place including $1,000 in cash, time in a recording studio and the opportunity to air one of her own songs on a Cranbrook radio station. Hansen placed and the Dumas and Stonehouse duo placed third. Kootenays’ Best Singer producer Vern Gorham said he was very pleased with the final competition. The second season of the event will start with a contest in Grand Forks on Aug. 28. The rest of the West Kootenay including Trail, Castlegar and Nelson will have contests in the fall season following Grand Forks.
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State of emergency declared
Teachers’ union president suggests cutting trustees
BY BARB BROUWER Black Press
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Shuswap Emergency Program has declared a state of local emergency in the 2 Mile and Swansea Point areas, and an evacuation order is being enforced by RCMP. The District of Sicamous has also issued a notice asking that residents not use water from the Mara water system.This is a mandatory order as boiling water will not make it safe for consumption. North OkanaganShuswap School District Superintendent Dave Witt says due to flooding and associated safety concerns all schools in the Sicamous area are closed effective Monday until further notice. Heavy rainfall on Saturday evening caused Sicamous Creek to burst its banks and, according to SEP, create a new channel, subsequently impacting residents and businesses in the 2 Mile area. Corey Paiement, information officer in the Emergency Operations Ccentre (EOC) of Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Shuswap Emergency Program,
says some 40 homes are affected by the order. Sicamous Mayor Darrell Trouton, who was on the scene in Two Mile Sunday at noon, said the devastating flood had already destroyed two or three homes. Severe flooding occurred when Sicamous Creek diverted after a vehicle and other debris jammed up against a walking bridge farther downstream. “The water flow couldn’t go down to the lake, so it diverted and changed direction, flooding the Waterway Houseboats parking lot,” he says. “If that wouldn’t have happened, the water would have continued flowing to Mara Lake. It might have been frightening, but we wouldn’t be eyeing the devastation we are now.” Shuswap Marine Freight Services has been using their barges to move people and their vehicles to safety. He says officials had been keeping an eye on the creek that was gradually rising on Saturday and managed to get crews into the area to shut down power, water and sewer systems in case there was a break in the system. Trouton says there
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Sicamous firefighter Clayton Allen snapped this photo of the devastation at Two Mile in the District of Sicamous. Firefighters helped evacuate area residents and had planned to assist with evacuation at Swansea Point but the bridge between the two communities was declared unsafe. are now concerns about the highway bridge and area septic systems. “The bridge is still intact but undermined terribly,” he says, noting the water is level with the bridge. But, he adds, people are safe and the house-
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boat companies, RCMP, Shuswap Emergency Program and District of Sicamous are pulling together. “People are safe, we’re getting them out of there.” Meanwhile, a blocked culvert caused Hummingbird Creek overflow onto the highway at Swansea Point in Electoral Area E of the CSRD. Paiement says there’s an assessment team in the area reviewing the situation and some six homes are affected.
“In both areas, there was a tactical evacuation last night; emergency responders visited every home in the affected areas advising them of the situation,” he says. A local state of emergency was declared for both Swansea Point and 2 Mile on Sunday. Highway 97A remains closed as work crews continue to assess the situation at 2 Mile bridge. Information on roads in the affected areas is available at drivebc.ca
In an environment where the government is asking teachers to do more with less, the president of the North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers’ Association (NOSTA) is suggesting the school board do the same. Lynda Bennett addressed the board at last week’s regular meeting, requesting consideration for the reduction in the number of board trustees from nine to seven. She cites declining student enrolment and the fact that the majority of school boards in the province are made up of seven trustees. In B.C., eight school districts have boards with nine trustees, 43 districts have seven trustees and nine districts have only five-trustee boards. While School District #83, is one of the larger districts in terms of geographical area, Bennett points out that one trustee’s area includes only one school, North Shuswap Elementary, while another’s has only two schools – Sorrento Elementary and Carlin Elementary-Middle School. Bennett suggests these two areas could easily be combined, as well as possibly dividing up the Ranchero and Falkland area to eliminate a second trustee. Based on a trustee stipend of $9,800 per year, cutting the board by two trustees would save $19,600. Trustees also claim expenses, but this figure would likely not change, as the remaining trustees would shoulder the workload. School board chair Bobbi Johnson says this issue has been considered in the past, but cutting trustee positions has not proven popular. “The communities want to keep their trustees,” she says. Johnson says the workload shouldered by the trustees isn’t just about a geographical area. “The trustees from some of these areas can be some of the hardest-working trustees, sit on many committees and do a lot of work for the district as a whole.” Bennett says the issue came to her attention during discussions on raising remuneration for trustees, as they are among the lowest paid in the province. Rather than allocate more, Bennett suggests using the money saved from cutting two trustees to bolster the salaries of the remaining seven. This would be consistent with the government’s net zero mandate that teachers are being asked to accept. “Teachers are being told that for two years they need to take zero and then, for two more years, the equivalent of zero. We are told to do more and more with less and less. If this is a difficulty for our trustees, perhaps they can rethink their position on this latest round of bargaining.” Johnson says the issue will come before the board for consideration in September. The earliest the reduction could take place would be after the next municipal election in 2014.
Province aims for easier student loan repayment THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark says she wants to make it easier for students with low incomes to repay their student loans. Clark has unveiled a plan to ease interest and principle payments for student loans, and in some cases forgive loan payments under what she’s calling the third pillar of her Families First agenda. The other pillars of the agenda include a $5 million plan to help people on welfare and disability ease their way into the workforce and a $66 million program to fight gang
crime. Clark says the student loan program dovetails with a federal plan to help low-income students and families ease their student debt. The premier is also asking British Columbians how to improve provincial daycare and education services by asking for their input at the government’s families-first website. Clark says those public responses will become part of the government’s deliberations for next February’s provincial budget.
Trail Daily Times Tuesday, June 26, 2012
PEOPLE OBITUARIES OGLEY, KENNETH STANLEY â€” passed away suddenly at home in Paignton, Devon, England at the age of 80 on the 21st of June 2012. Ken was born on the 8th of February 1932 in Doncaster, Yorkshire England to Stanley and Fanny Ogley. Ken was married to Evelyn Anne GrifďŹ ths on June 9th 1951 and after leaving school he joined The Corps of Royal Engineers of the British Army and served in Egypt, Cyprus, Germany and numerous postings in England. Ken earned the Long Service and Distinguished Conduct medal before retiring from the Army in 1967. After leaving the army Ken, Eve and the boys emigrated to Canada and moved to Trail B.C. where three siblings had already moved to. Ken found employment at Cominco as a steel fabricator, a trade he had learnt in the army. Ken worked at both the Trail and WarďŹ eld operations before retiring in 1996 after 24 years. After retirement Ken and Eve returned to England. Dad had many interests from raising tropical ďŹ sh to photography and stamp collecting, no matter what he took up he became good at it. Ken was predeceased by his wife Evelyn(Eve) both of his parents and also his sister Dealia and his brothers Archibald and Peter. Ken is survived by his second wife Pauline. His daughter Heather (Vic) Garland. His sons Kenneth and Paul (Christy) Ogley. His sister Ede (Leo) and brothers Alf (Maureen), Dave (Gladys) and Frank (Kath). Ken is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nephews and nieces. Service and Cremation to take place at a later date at Paignton, Devon. United Kingdom. In Lieu of ďŹ‚owers donations in Kens name can be made to a charity of oneâ€™s choice. Always A Smile on His Face.
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Legless Kilimanjaro climber still on a high THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO Spencer West may have left the top of Africaâ€™s tallest mountain several days ago now, but heâ€™s clearly still on a high - and a mission - following his epic week-long trek that captured international attention. Speaking from the airport in Nairobi, West said he still canâ€™t quite get his head around the fact that he scaled Kilimanjaro, mostly by walking on his hands. â€œI still havenâ€™t 100 per cent processed what happened,â€? West told The Canadian Press. â€œ(But) Iâ€™ve finally started to get some of the dirt out of my fingernails.â€? West, 31, an American citizen who has lived in Toronto for the past four years, had his legs amputated just below the pelvis when he was five because of a genetic defect. Doctors gave a grim prognosis about how he would fare in life. Now, his story is both motivational and
inspirational. â€œIf I can climb the largest mountain in Africa when I was told I would never walk or be a functioning member of society, then what more can individuals do in their daily lives to start â€˜redefining possibleâ€™,â€? West asked.
â€œI still havenâ€™t processed what happened. (But) Iâ€™ve finally started to get some of the dirt out of my fingernails.â€? SPENCER WEST
The 2-foot-7 West initially gave little thought to an offhand suggestion from Canadian childrights activist Craig Kielburger several years ago that he try to scale the mountain in Tanzania. However, during a visit to Kenya in 2008, a little girl remarked that she didnâ€™t know white people could lose their legs.
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