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Premier to be ambassador for Sicamous By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

B.C.’s premier says she’ll do all she can to get the word out that Sicamous is open for business. During a morning visit to Sicamous Monday, Clark had an opportunity to tour the Two Mile area with Mayor Darrell Trouton and Shuswap MLA George Abbott and witness first-hand the recovery effort going on in the community following the Sicamous Creek debris flow and the flooding from high water. “Obviously I’ve seen a lot of pictures of it, I’ve been in touch with George about it and of course the mayor as well, but really, until you see it, it’s hard to really grasp what’s happened, “ said Clark. “And people’s homes were devastated and people are still managing the cleanup and I know it’s been really difficult for people.” With the hardship the community is facing as a result of the recent flooding, Clark said one of the things she can do to help get the community back on its feet is get the word out in the province, and Alberta, that Sicamous is back in full swing for the summer. “I know the tourism industry here has been really impacted by what happened and people have this perception that the community might not be ready to welcome visitors back,” said Clark. “So I think one of the things I can do to help is help spread that message, that this community took a bit of a knock but you’re See Water on page 3

Special guests: B.C. Premier Christy Clark addresses workers at TA Structures (Twin Anchors), following a tour of the Sicamous houseboat manufacturing facility Monday led by TA president Greg Kyllo, centre, and accompanied by Shuswap MLA George Abbott. Earlier in the day, Clark toured Sicamous with Mayor Darrell Trouton, seeing firsthand the recovery effort underway in Two Mile, following the June 23 debris flow from Sicamous Creek. Photo by Lachlan Labere

Seasonal residence owners won’t see disaster relief from province By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Sicamous’ secondary home owners shouldn’t be expecting any disaster relief from the B.C. government. At their regular meeting last Wednesday, district council agreed to send a letter to Premier Christy Clark stating the province’s Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program falls short when it comes to supporting B.C.’s secondary homeowners, such as those at Two Mile and Swansea Point whose resi-

y dences were impacted by because it would have ws the June 23 debris flows pretty big consequences ifrom Hummingbird and Siacross our budgets to be tcamous creeks. While visitproviding that money to y, ing Sicamous this Monday, people who are from outI really sympathize with anybody who however, Clark made it side of province and for has been affected. Obviously, whether clear that when it comes too whom it’s a secondary it’s your first or second home, it’s really gs disaster assistance, things home. difficult. or will remain status quo for “I really sympathize B.C. Premier the time being. with anybody who has Christy Clark y “The thing is, our policy been affected. Obviously, h really is to support British whether it’s your first or i Columbians in their priyour second home, it’s budget,” Clark told the News. “So mary homes at a time when we this isn’t the year where we’re go- really difficult. And for many are really, as a government strug- ing to be able to reconsider that people, Calgary may be where gling financially to balance our they live in their primary resi-

dence, but they’d all sure love to live here more. And they may think of this as their favourite and first home, but the fact is, we just simply can’t afford to extend that to people from outside of province.” At Wednesday’s council meeting, the topic of providing disaster assistance to secondary homeowners began when Mayor Darrell Trouton noted how as of that day, he only knew of one person in Sicamous who had applied See Mayor on page 2


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Sicamous gets $20,000 for marketing Need Help? By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News

Sicamous is open for business and wants the world to know it. And they’re getting some help to counteract the negative publicity following recent flooding. Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors voted unanimously to approve up to $20,000 in funding for the Sicamous Chamber of Commerce’s “Open For Business” marketing campaign. The funds, which will come from the District of Sicamous and Electoral Area E Economic Opportunity Fund, will be added to the $20,000 promised by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. In a letter to the

board, Sicamous Chamber president Corey Sigvaldason expressed concern for the economic effects wrought by washouts at Sicamous Creek and Hummingbird Creek on June 22. “Businesses in the area are experiencing a sharp decline in their summer tourism traffic due to the misinformation about the areas that is still keeping visitors away,” she wrote. “It is our goal to tell the goodnews stories about the recovery of the area and also relay the factual information about what you can expect on your visit to the Shuswap this year.” Robyn Cyr, CSRD’s economic development officer and Tourism Shuswap manager, told directors at last

week’s board meeting in Salmon Arm, that the marketing campaign is directed at regular visitors, who come from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. “Today I am still getting calls about the Shuswap being underwater, somebody understood the highway was underwater,” a frustrated Cyr told directors at the July 19 meeting. “I fully support the request; we’re gonna feel the impacts for months,” said Area E director Rhona Martin, noting people are not being called back to work yet and she is hearing terrible numbers about revenues being down dramatically. “What they’re hearing is houseboats have been washed up

onto shore,” she said, noting that while debris remains in the lake, boating is possible. “You may not want to go onto the lake with your banana boat and go 100 miles an hour, but we really didn’t want you to do that anyway.” Sicamous Mayor Darrell Trouton told directors that Sicamous was number eight in a list of declining Canadian communities from 2006 to 2011. “I knew we were in hardship, I just didn’t know how much,” he said echoing Martin’s concern that one restaurant has already closed down this summer. “l heard from people last year ‘if we don’t have a good summer, we won’t make it.’” Area D director

René Talbot, said media coverage on B.C has included one disaster after another. And, while he supported the marketing campaign, he deemed it to be a tough sell. Adding his support but feeling a window of opportunity has been missed, was Area F North Shuswap director Larry Morgan. Salmon Arm rep Debbie Cannon supported the campaign that will focus on large media networks in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. “Alberta hits us right after stampede so it’s critical now,” she said of the $44,650 campaign. “I am thinking we should have a component of social media like Facebook and twitter.”

Mayor maintains province’s disaster relief policy is unfair Continued from front

to the province’s DFA program for financial aid, and he wondered if residents affected by flooding were getting the message. “I know there’s a person upstream that hasn’t got any assistance yet,” said Trouton. “He’s got a backhoe and he’s digging out his own home and feels like he’s kind of being ignored, and I don’t know if anybody has explained the process to him but he should be getting an estimate from somebody. He doesn’t need to be out there with a shovel by himself.” A representative of

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the province’s emergency management program explained that residents of homes in Swansea Point and Two Mile that received yellow or red cards from flooding damage assessment teams were asked if assistance was needed, yet there’s been a “bit of a gap,” when compared with the number of applicants to date. Then acting district interim administrator Doug Ruttan suggested information packages be sent out to residents, but Two Mile residents in the audience were happy to explain the reason for the “gap,” that most of the people haven’t

responded to the disaster relief fund because a they’re seasonal residents who were told from the start that they wouldn’t qualify for any kind of assistance. “This disaster fund to me… is very unfair because the people who pay the highest rate of tax and property tax don’t qualify,” said Peter Gordon. “I know I get taxed at the very highest of the three. And then you turn around and say, ‘tough, you don’t qualify for something like this.’ And I think it’s more than public relations. If you want business coming into your community, you sure don’t want that kind of

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thing getting out.” Ruttan urged council to stand up for Sicamous’ citizens and state to the province that the current policy is unfair. “I think it would not hurt to send that message directly to the province, saying this is an unfair process they have, considering, for a resort community such as ours, this is major population that is being unfairly treated,” said Ruttan. Council agreed to send the letter, as well as broach the topic at next year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention. After Monday’s visit by the premier,

relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-8329700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 8364705. Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Girl Guides of Canada. Sparks - 3:00 pm. Brownies - 4:00 pm. Girl Guides - 5:30 pm. New members welcome Every Wed. Lunch by a donation at the Seniors Activity Centre, 1091-Shuswap Avenue at 12 noon. Every Wed. - Seniors Crib, 7:30 p.m., Haven seniors building. Everyone welcome - you don’t have to be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-8364041 for info

Trouton said he understood Clark’s need to manage the province’s budget. And he recognized that Alberta has a similar policy to B.C. for putting their residents first. However, to him, it still comes down to what’s fair. “We should be looking at a program where, if you’re a taxpayer, it doesn’t matter how many homes you have,” said Trouton. “If a natural disaster hits, why should somebody else be penalized because they’ve worked harder and accomplished more than somebody else. It doesn’t seem fair to me.”




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Snag leaves residents without Internet Sicamous residents without a cellphone wouldn’t have been able to call in a motorvehicle accident Monday that ripped down telephone lines along Highway 97A. The incident occurred at around 2

p.m. According to witnesses, a dump truck with its box up turned onto the highway and wound up snagging six overhead Telus cables, bringing them, along with three poles, down across the highway near Main Street.

According to Telus, this left about 500 Sicamous residents without phone or Internet access. “Telus crews are onsite, and will begin repairs as soon as BC Hydro declares the area safe from elec-

trical hazards due to downed power lines,” explained Telus in a Monday evening news release. “TELUS crews will work around the clock to restore service as quickly as possible. Due to the extensive damage it may be

some time Wednesday before all services are restored” Meanwhile, the RCMP were urging residents requiring emergency services to use a cellphone until the landlines are restored.

Interim administrator bids farewell to council By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Sicamous council expressed their gratitude and said their goodbyes to Doug Ruttan, who is retiring yet again from municipal service. At Wednesday’s council meeting, his last as interim administrator before Heidi Frank, the Village of Clinton’s Chief Administrative Officer, assumes the role on a full-time basis, Ruttan provided a brief farewell speech to mayor and council. “When I first came here, well, first of all, I got conned into

tthis job,” joked Ruttan. “I got here onn ht the Wednesday night o council meeting. Two or days later, two senior d staff members decided d to book holidays and left me, basically, heree by myself. And then I ll thought, what the hell did I do?” Ruttan, who served as district interim administrator in the past, was brought onboard earlier this year after council terminated the district’s contract with former full-time administrator, Alan Harris. “It was a somewhat nervous place,” commented Ruttan, who

Doug Ruttan then explained how council exceeded his expectations, calling them respectful, and willing and able to make the tough decisions. “You are individuals, you have different ideas,” said Ruttan. “However, as a council, you need to deal with the collective is-

sues of the community and though you may not sometimes agree with the collective issue, consensus is what’s important.” Ruttan urged council to continue to do the right thing, and to “spend a little more time on the disadvantaged and the unfortunate.” Mayor Darrell Trouton credited Ruttan for “stepping up to the plate beyond what I could have imagined,” providing council with respect and guidance for the past six months. “You’re leaving Sicamous in a better

place, it’s better today than when you started, and I appreciate that, and I think everybody does,” said Trouton. Ruttan said he thinks council knows where it wants to go and, though it may not know how it’s going to get there yet, it’s moving in the right direction. In ending his speech, Ruttan left council with one more bit of direction, advising they don’t ask him to come out of retirement yet again. “And don’t call me in again. It ain’t going to happen,” said Ruttan.

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not staying down and the community’s back on its feet, at least with respect to welcoming visitors, and we want to welcome more visitors to one of the most beautiful places you’ll find anywhere on the globe. “So I want to help the mayor and this community send that message all across the province. Come to Sicamous, the people are ready to welcome you with open arms.” The mayor made sure to take advantage of Clark’s visit to get across all the issues facing Sicamous, from the impact the flooding has had on the community’s water treatment plant, to the direction the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure MOTI is taking with the repair of infrastructure at Sicamous Creek. Regarding water, Trouton said it was made very clear to the premier that Sicamous’ system is out-of-date

and in need of upgrading. “We talked about… a few different options, but at this point it’s more about the funding and the province coming to the plate… “ said Trouton, adding that grants will be coming forward and the district was encouraged by the premier to have plans ready. “Engineers are speculating to us right now it could take months, if not years for the turbidity to settle so it’s capable,” said Trouton. “So we have to look at some interim measures, and we have to look at a long-term plan. We have to do our homework as a municipality, get pricing, get a plan ready… and approach the province and ask for solutions to our issues.” As for Sicamous Creek, Abbott said MOTI is expected to have a plan ready today (July 31, after press time), which will be presented to the district prior to work proceeding.

“They’re hoping to conclude an agreement tomorrow and what’s appropriate, how it will be paid for and how it will be managed in the years ahead,” said Abbott. As for MOTI works in Swansea Point relating to Hummingbird Creek, Clark said she and Abbott talked abut the history around the referendum and the province’s previous commitment to build infrastructure there. “I don’t know if that’s something the community might be willing to reconsider at this point,” said Clark. While there may have been a dearth of promises from the premier, Trouton said the province is working closely with the district, with Abbott acting as the point man for Sicamous. “If I feel we’re not getting a respectable or a positive response to our necessities, then at least I know they’re a phone call away,” said Trouton.

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OPINION Put question of pipeline to B.C. voters in 2013


erhaps Premier Christy Clark sees a battle with Alberta — over revenue from allowing the Enbridge pipeline to use B.C. to link Alberta oil with tankers on the Pacific Ocean — as the last hope to rally voters in time for the spring 2013 election campaign. It stands to reason, since the B.C. NDP has staked the opposed-to-pipeline position and the B.C. Conservatives have claimed the support-withconditions spot. However, by demanding that B.C. receive oil royalties from profits made from what flows through the pipeline, Clark is simply catering to those who already support the Enbridge proposal. Those opposed — and they include First Nations along the proposed route from Alberta to Kitimat — have said loud and clear it is not about money, but about inevitable environmental damage. Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit political executive summed it up in a scathing press release of July 24, when he said the Clark B.C. Liberal government has missed the mark, stressing “B.C. First Nations’ traditional territories and pristine environment are not for sale.” John reminded Clark of the Supreme Court of Canada’s stance that there is a legal requirement for governments to “consult and accommodate” First Nations regarding any and all land and resource development initiatives in their respective territories. If First Nations cannot be convinced to allow a pipeline to be constructed through their territories — with or without scads of cash — the pipeline simply will not come to be. With Clark’s demand having been rejected by Alberta Premier Alison Redford, with First Nations still on the sidelines and with strong opposition among the public, perhaps it would be wise for Clark to add a non-binding referendum question to the May 14, 2013 general election ballot. A simple question — Are you in favour of the Enbridge pipeline proposal? — could produce results that tell the government of the day exactly which direction it should travel on this pipeline proposal. - Kamloops This Week



Clark’s interest piqued by referendum idea By Lachlan Labere News Columnist

As a news reporter in Sicamous, the opportunity to chat face to face with a B.C. premier is rare indeed. When my mom learned I’d be meeting with Christy Clark on Monday, she seemed impressed – proud in fact. And perhaps a bit opportunistic, for she was quick to ask that I relay a question to the premier on her behalf. Well, more of a request really. My mom asked me to ask the premier to consider putting the Enbridge pipeline question to a public referendum. She didn’t say if she was for or against. While I know my mom, a Vancouverite, to casually follow local and provincial politics, I was kind of surprised by this request. But then, headlines involving Enbridge haven’t exactly been reassuring as of late. In fact, this pipeline proposal is something every British Columbian should be interested in, if not concerned about. The company’s most recent promises to the B.C. government, to beef up security and use extra-thick

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pipe for sections of the proposed Northern Gateway project that cross water, was quickly eclipsed by news of another Enbridge pipeline leak in Wisconsin, where an estimated 1,000 barrels were lost. This prompted U.S. Representative Ed Markey to comment that Enbridge is to the Midwest what BP was to the Gulf of Mexico. Clark, meanwhile, has been making headlines of her own on the Enbridge issue. She recently ruffled feathers in the Alberta government by insisting that a list of conditions must be met before the B.C. government would consider allowing Enbridge to run its pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Kitimat. While she was well-prepared for my questions about Sicamous and the province’s response to the community’s concerns relating to the recent flooding, Clark seemed surprised, albeit pleasantly, when I explained and presented my mom’s request. After some thought, she explained the B.C. government is still gathering information and would have to make sure that everyone is completely informed before there

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would be any consideration of going to referendum. “We don’t have enough information about what the whole proposal will look like,” said Clark. “Enbridge changed it two weeks ago, so we don’t even know what the pipeline proposal is going to look like. The federal government’s spill response is not up to snuff yet, so there’s a ton of work that would need to be done before we got there. But I have a feeling I know where British Columbians are on this. They say protect our government, get our fair share. And that’s what we’re trying to do.” Clark called the referendum an “interesting idea,” and told me to tell my mom she would think about it a little further down the road. I have yet to share this information with my mom (we talk by phone every Sunday morning), but I’m sure she will be pleased the premier was willing to answer her question. Just knowing you’ve been heard can mean a lot. As for Clark’s response, I’ll have to see how that goes over.

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Technology comes up short against flooding In 2012 we have every imaginable device available in modern technology. At times it appears almost as though day to day living functions on remote control. Computers have become almost indispensable tools of information, from research into family roots to providing almost minute by minute weather reports.

Space travel has become a reality much in the mode of Buck Rogers of the 21st Century comic strip so popular decades ago. It seems nothing is impossible now. Although at considerable cost, airplanes and helicopters are used for multiple purposes, even the somewhat superficial task of monitoring traffic volume in urban areas.

I had presumed that monitoring the flow of mountain streams would be standard practice, particularly during the unusual weather patterns we have experienced this year. Surely with today’s easier access to upper regions it could be determined when something unusual is happening to the flow of mountain streams. In the late 1960s,

just prior to the fatal washout at Camp Creek on the west end of Griffin Lake (TransCanada Highway), it had been noted that during a normal high runoff, the creek had dwindled down to a mere trickle. It would be interesting to know whether similar indications were evident during all the recent disasters. In the late

1920-1930s, it was understandable that people were caught without warning in landslides and washouts. By today’s standards that is classed as a primitive era. Did someone turn the clock back or is there some computer illiterate reason why everyone was caught flat-footed in 2012? Alli M. Graham

Success of Burnout attributed to community effort By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

The success of the recent Sicamous Burnout had more to do with the host community than the event it was tied to. Or at least, this is the feedback Shirley Holcomb received as she was greeting bikers from all over who had come to town Friday, July 20 for the second annual event. “I passed out cards to all the bikers and their girlfriends, and they said this was the best one, that it was way better than Vernon, and they said they couldn’t believe, with all the problems that have been here, how good it was organized and put on. And they would like you to put on the big one,” Holcomb told Sicamous council at their July 25 regular meeting. Councillors too had positive things to

Wheel good time: Swansea Point’s Dylan Peter takes a tight turn in the kids relay at the Sturgis Burnout. Photo by Lachlan Labere say of the event, commending the Sicamous chamber and others for their co-ordinating effort. Coun. Terry Rysz, who helped with the beer garden, said plans are already in the works for next year’s burnout. “I think already that we’ve had a couple of meetings since then with one of our great Albertans who did a lot of work there. That

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the sponsor, Sturgis North. He indicated the reputation of the latter isn’t faring as well. Mayor Darrell Trouton was also pleased with the burnout being a successful Sicamous event, adding Sturgis helped to promote the event but failed to come through with a feature. “Sturgis was on a promotion part only

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for this event – they asked if they could put it on their calendar and promote it for Sicamous,” said Trouton. “They also made a recommendation that they would supply five of the top bike builders in the world to come show up for autographs and so forth, but we’ve seen nothing of that… They never came and I hadn’t heard any word otherwise that they wouldn’t be here.” While he was unable to attend the Burnout, Trouton also applauded the chamber, the different volunteer groups, and Sicamous’ public works department, for all the work that was done. Coun. Don Richardson, who did attend the burnout, had his own suggestion for next year’s event: drag lawnmowers. “We’ve got to figure out how to burn the tires up,” joked Richardson.

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Canada Day events to take place August long weekend The activities mentioned in June’s On the Arts for the July long weekend were cancelled for obvious reasons. However, some of the events have been rescheduled for the August long weekend. So I am repeating the activities with new dates and times. The Eagle Valley Brush and Palette Club will be presenting their 33rd Annual Arts and Craft Show. In the last number of years the show has been growing in size, not only in the number of art pieces but also in the number of people attending. And it is certainly worthwhile. Are you new in town? You live here and have never taken the time to go to one of these shows? This year would be a great time to visit. I can highly recommend it. The show is held at the Red Barn Arts Centre on Riverside

plays music from the ’50s to the present, and is always a big hit with the audience. Let’s hope the weather cooperates. At dusk there will be the fabulous and famous Light up the Lake fireworks event. The lights of the boats floating on the lake will add to the atmosphere.


Avenue. Meet the Artist is Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 pm. From Aug. 3 to 6, the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Eagle Valley Arts Council, the Music on the Water concert featuring the band Scarecrow, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 4, starting at 7 p.m. until the fireworks start. The barge is donated by Mike Olde every year. The band will be floating in front of the Beach Park. This popular band, with Sicamous’ own Rylan Wood on drums,

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Art online Growing up poor in The Netherlands, the only access we had to the arts was to play instruments and sing or

listen to the radio. We would listen to plays while we were all sitting around the radio, and on Sunday afternoon we would listen to Radio Luxembourg. It was an hour of popular opera music – the only exposure we had to opera. Of course, as a teen I hated it. I had to be quiet and it did not appeal to me. As I grew older I started recognizing arias, overtures, duets etc. that I had heard as a child and gained a love for it.

To this day some famous opera pieces put me back to the warmth of the living room where I heard them first. Then came TV and people gained access to music, films and plays, but you had to be home to watch it in black and white, and later in colour. Another major change in our ability to watch things came with videotaping. Now we could choose what we wanted ahead of time and watch it at our

leisure. The ultimate luxury we have now is the Internet. We can go to a particular artist, a show or a concert and see and hear excerpts and sometimes the whole piece. How lucky we are: to hear a piece of music or think of a movie or play and walk over to the computer and then be able to retrieve it. All art forms are there. Even art from museums from all over the world can be viewed. And I have revisited parts of

live shows I have seen so I could reminisce what it was like to be there. Now we don’t have to live in a major centre or travel the world to enjoy the big shows. We have them almost on demand in our living rooms. It seems we have come full circle. We will see you at the concert Aug. 4 at Beach Park, 7 .pm. For art news, contact Carla Krens at 250-836-4705, or by email at carlakrens@


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By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News A Shuswap man wanted in the United States for his alleged involvement in a cross-border smuggling operation may have reason to fear for his life. U.S. authorities have begun the process to extradite Colin Hugh Martin of Malakwa, and three other B.C. residents, Sean William Doak, James Gregory Cameron and Adam Christian J. Serrano, for their involvement in a Canada-U.S. smuggling ring where quantities of marijuana and ecstasy were flown from B.C. to Washington by helicopter and exchanged for cocaine. The men are named in an indictment, filed on Dec. 22 in a U.S. District Court in Washing-

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Take ’em away: Inspectors Muledeer (Jordan Rogers) and Sullen (Dakota Mellin) take Edie Buffet (Joselyn Petley-Vatour) and Madame Dame Dubois (Tessa Phillips) off to jail, while investigators Badham and Goodham (Haley Smith and Alex White), and performer Nick Niagra (Chris Gagel) look on Friday night in the Eagle River Secondary drama class presentation of Remains to be Seen. Photo by Lachlan Labere

Sicamous product Shea Weber tagged to play for Team Canada


By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News Hard work and determination will pay off for Shea Weber in February when he suits up in the red and whites of Team Canada. The 24-year-old Sicamous product was tagged last month to represent the nation in the 2010 Olympic Games. It’s a goal Weber had been working towards, and an opportunity he’s proud to be part of. “The Olympics are a very special event, not only for hockey but for winter sports and to be able to play for your country and compete for a medal is kind of neat,” says Weber. The 6’4”, 234 lb. Nashville Predators defenceman will be sporting the maple leaf with other big names in hockey like Scott

Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks), Roberto “Whatever they want him to do, he’ll do Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Chris Pronger it,” said James. “He’s a team-first guy, he’s (Philadelphia Flyers) and Sidney Crosby not a selfish player at all.” (Pittsburgh PenBoth parents guins). share what could Apart from a be described as a camp held last subdued exciteThe Olympics are a very summer, Wement for their special event, not only for ber guesses the son and the honhockey but for winter sports team may have a our that’s been and to be able to play for couple of days to bestowed up on gel in February him. Shea Weber before hitting the “Shea phoned Team Canada ice in Whistler, home and said and he’s interest‘I’ve been chosen ryone fits ed in seeing how everyone fits. But Weber’s to play in the Olympics Olympics, and I said ‘okay,’” mom and dad, Tracy and James, don’t ex- Tracy commented, explaining it’s kind of a pect Shea will have any problems. family trait not to overreact – one that Shea

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shares. But she and James who, with Shea, share roots in Sicamous minor hockey, are definitely excited, and are hoping to attend at least one of their son’s games. Sicamous Eagles manager Wayne March is also pretty excited by the news that Shea, an Eagle alumni, will be playing for his community and country at the Games. March says Shea has been totally focused throughout his career on what he wanted to do: make it to the NHL. In the process, Shea helped the Eagles win the KIJHL Western Canadians in 2001-02; he helped take the Kelowna Rockets to three consecutive WHL Memorial Cup championship games, including the win in 2004; and, after signing with Nashville in 2004, he helped the CaSee Down-to-earth on page 2


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Food bank grateful for support The street by street food and funds drive on July 22, organized by the Sicamous Volunteer Fire Department, received plenty of support from the community and resulted in a big boost to the ability of the Eagle Valley Community Support Society’s food bank program to meet the need. In all, 186 bags of food, which translates to approximately 3,250 pounds of food, with a value of approximately $8,000 was generously donated by community members, along with more than $750 in cash donations. While food bank hampers are prepared for households ranging from one person up to 10 people, an average cost of a hamper is approximately $120. So having the extra support will mean that the food bank can serve more people, and also serve them more often during the upcoming months. Based on previous experience with what happens when the Sicamous tourism season is not all that it could be, the directors of EVCSS were very concerned about how they would meet the needs of local families in the coming months, because a poor summer this year will mean that many will struggle right through until next summer. The impact of the flooding, and the resulting loss in business and employment, is devastating to many families and, in order to provide families with funds that may be needed during the winter months to pay essential bills, buy needed medications, school supplies and many other things that families must pay for to stay afloat, the society must have enough food stockpiled so that

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SICAMOUS CELEBRATES! The cancelled July 1 Fireworks and band on the barge

Stocking the shelves: Sicamous volunteer firefighters pose with some of the 3,250 pounds of food the collected, along with $750 in cash, during their recent food and funds drive for the community’s food bank. Photo by Brianna LaRoy

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Sicamous Beach Park at the end of Finlayson Street it will not have to purchase more than protein foods and produce. Janet McClean Senft, spokesperson for Eagle Valley Community Support Society has expressed the appreciation of the society for the way both members of the community and many from outside the community have recognized that support will be needed, and have come forward to offer it. McClean Senft would like all the businesses that are having a tough

summer to know that EVCSS appreciates all the support they have received from local business in the past, and that now the society can “pay it forward” by providing support to any owners or their staff in need. McClean Senft says there have been rumours that some of the small businesses, in particular, may be facing a bleak future, and while there is a sense that support of food and funds are generally needed by those on fixed incomes, a good number of

those in need in Canada are employed at least seasonally and are sometimes selfemployed. “We want everyone to know that help is available and, with the continued generosity of those that support us, we will be able to provide it,” says McClean Senft. Submitted by the Eagle Valley Community Support Society.


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Remuneration increased for CSRD firefighters By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors adopted a policy that formalizes remuneration for firefighters throughout the CSRD In 2010, the board adopted the recommendations that addressed changes to CSRD Fire Services, including a standardized proficiency and remuneration model for officers and firefighters. However the policy approved at the July 19 board meeting includes two minor changes from the approved Proficiency

Criteria and Honoraria Report. This includes an increase to the training officer honorarium from $850 a year to $1,500 a year. As well, beginning in 2013, the hourly rate paid to firefighters and officers who have not received the BC Basic Fire-fighting Certificate will increase to $15 per hour instead of $12 as suggested in the report. Beginning in 2014, firefighters with the certificate will receive $18 per hour. Electoral Area E Rural Sicamous director Rhona Martin said concerns about the is-

sue were raised at a recent Electoral Area Directors meeting. “This could become very pricey – we will be watching this,” she said, acknowledging that when she has talked to members of the public they have expressed embarrassment that the firefighters are paid so little. “As a director, I would like to know if the budget is being pushed.” Darcy Mooney, CSRD’s deputy manager of Environment and Engineering Services, said, in the past, firefighters have been paid as little as $5 per call. “This will go to $12

to $15 an hour,” he said. “Once we finalize and update budgets, we will share the information with the board.” Salmon Arm director Debbie Cannon agreed with Martin, expressing concern for the number of “fake” call-outs. Representing Area C South Shuswap following the death of director Ted Bacigalupo, Jack McInaly pointed out that until rates were increased, there were few younger members on area fire crews. “This will enhance training and attract younger people, and that’s what’s needed out there,” he said.

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Your 4 season home base in the Shuswap! Covered deck looks out over the pool, hot tub & boat dock and waterfront! 2 bdrms., 2 baths, boat slip #21 in deep water , 2 parking stalls, fully furnished, pool and hot tub! Quick Possession!

2 bdrms, 1 bath, corner unit with covered balcony! Boat slip #12 in deep water. Vaulted ceilings, electric fireplace, secured parking, swimming pool, hot tub, 2 parking stalls, elevator! Many upgrades!



Misc. Wanted I Buy Old Coins & Collections Olympic, Gold Silver Coins etc Call Chad 250-863-3082 Local

1989 OKANAGAN 21 ft. 5TH WHEEL. Asking $3500 obo. Needs some TLC. Comes w/ hook-up and tailgate. Ph. 250836-4876 or 250-804-9712. 1993 JAYCO 5TH WHEEL. 30 1/2 ft. lge. slide, beautiful cond. $6600.00 obo. Call Gus 250-463-1921. 2012 ARCTIC FOX 990 CAMPER 10FT FULL WINTER PACKAGE AC FANTASTIC FAN SLIDE TWO AWNING USED 5 TIMES AS NEW WT 3010LBS PD 36900 SACRIFICE SALE 28000.00 250398-0709 250-747-5192

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Misc. for Sale






Call Charlotte Hutchinson Personal Real Estate Corporation







3 level split w. 3 baths on .23 acre across from school. All appliances inc. Dbl. paved drive. Dbl. carport with storage area. Wood fireplace, wood stove & elec. baseboards. Family room with wet bar, Part crawlspace for storage. Covered deck off master bedrm. and also one off main level. Garden area and fruit trees. Fenced backyard. Walk to park, rec centre and mall. Call Bonnie to view. $ MLS# 10050817


Substantially renovated Large Family home S on level home with finished one w walkout basement on 1 acre. 3 bdrms., 1 1/2 bath. All aappliances inc. Insulated 2 23x20’ shop (on own meter) 2 220 wiring & additional 2 car ccovered parking. Wood stove and prop propane furnace. 2 horse paddocks docks. Lots of windows and sk skylites. Large open deck with gorgeous views off living area, one covered deck off master bdrm & one covered patio. Definitely worth viewing $ MLS# 10050449



at Mara Lake

Independently Owned and Operated ed

In a country setting. 4 bdrms., 2 baths with extra bonus room. Wood and new hot water boiler system for heat. All appliances inc. One bay attached garage plus 20x32 coverall building. Roof 4 yrs. old 75% new windows. U shaped drive. All this on 1.48 acres 15 min. from Sicamous. MLS# 10048697


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Eagle Valley News

Karen Singbeil



P: 250.833.8115 or 1.800.582.8639 Block G, Kalli Bay, Eagle Bay


View all my listings at 9 Old Sicamous Rd., Sicamous

A204 1118 Riverside Ave., Sicamous

8529 Hwy. 97A, Mara

Boat Access

Fully Furnished

Lake View


Boat access cottage on Shuswap Lake! 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath + toilet biffy outhouse. Boat house, dock, wrap around deck, 35 min. from Sicamous by boat. Fully furnished ready for you to enjoy! Crown lease.

Gorgeous fully furnished 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths in “The Narrows” located betwen Mara and Shuswap lakes! 1126 sq. ft., gorgeous maple kitchen, laminate, tile flooring, all furniture, all appliances, BOAT slip + 2 underground parking stalls.

Million dollar views of Shuswap Lake! Two legal lots combined & over 100 yo home. Make this your weekend project or recreational getaway with access to Shuswap Lake, so if you’re looking for a project, this is it!

Rare opportunity 3 FREEHOLD titles 21.04 acres total: Spectacular waterfront lot (8508 Hwy. 97A) Separate title 1714 sq. ft. ON Mara Lake Separate R1 lot 1.09 acre bare land and 19.98 acres (8529 Hwy. 97A) 1961 House. Selling “as is where is.”






D 1209 Riverside Ave., Sicamous


214 Martin Street, Sicamous




Pending Sale


Move In Ready

Affordable mobile home with shop. Easy walk to Lake. Pond, fruit trees, boat storage, lots of parking. Inside has renovations laminate floors, wood stove, extra bathroom and jetted tub.

In White Pines Resort, bar none BEST location in complex with unobstructed views of Mara Lake & Sandy Beaches a few steps out your door 624 sq ft 2 bedrooms & 1 full bath, Boat Slip #21, laminate floors, single garage, end unit.

Affordable summer getaway or live full time! Gorgeous completely rebuilt mobile high end finishing! New cabinets, Granite kitchen counters, new lighting, hardwood floors, maintenance free exterior and rock landscaped yard.






#111 222 Martin Street, Sicamous

“The Sails”

Waterfront WATERFRONT acreage. Mara Lake 176’ lakefront & 1.22 acres of land. 2085 sq. ft. home, newer reno’s hardwood, white kitchen, railing, open to below. Great views & large windows. Walk out basement, 2 wood burning fireplaces. Garage & carport.



319,900 #252 213 White Pine Crescent, Sicamous

Stunning Property

Steps to white sandy beaches of Mara Lake, ready for possession, Lake View: 968 sq ft. 2 bedroom & 1 full bath, bright upper loft for sleeping or entertaining, BOAT Slip incl. Large single garage!

Large Rancher with outdoor swimming pool, great recreational business “Mara Spring Lodges” 3 rental units, double garage, triple carport, the list goes on and on! Easy access to beach & lake across hwy via Mara Prov Park.










.23 acre 78’ x 127 Riverfront lot Eagle River Sicamous leads to Shuswap Lake! Water & Sewer through District. Environmental at MARA LAKE done 2008 including Rip Rap of INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED bank. Steps to Sicamous public beach & water park. $ Taxes $1801/2011.




10 714 Riverside Avenue, Sicamous


Directly across from Mara Provincial Park on Highway 97A C5 Zoned! Rogers Fall Creek feeds in Mara Lake runs thru land, Stunning! Countless options 14.01 Acrs Undeveloped Land, Drilled well, build dream home, cottage development, campground, group purchase, pprty for

sale next door.




Rancher 2 Bedroom + Den home w/1 bath on Corner lot in Canoe. Subject to court approval. Schedule A must accompany offer. Minimum deposit 5% req. “AS IS WHERE IS” Taxes 1707/2011 Central location close to beach, Shuswap Lake & schools.

Waterfront Penthouse


Penthouse “Aqua Mara” Sandy Beaches on Mara Lake, Sicamous ! Boat Slip, storage locker, unit entitled 2 parking stalls & RV parking. Vaulted Ceilings, Hardwood, Tile, 2 bedrooms + Den, 2 full baths! BOAT slip Incl!

On Shuswap River. 2 Bedroom mobile w/ 1 full bath, 250’ waterfront, dock + older historic home to fix for extra sleeping, Boat to Mara & Shuswap Lake. Private setting located in Mara cross over the historic bridge & your home!

335,000 2967 Birch Lane, Blind Bay



Lakeview Lot

Single Family Home

Suited for a Walkout Bungalow w/full basement. Phenomenal Lakeviews of Mara Lake, Shuswap Lake & Hyde Mountain. Minutes to Lake and Sledding. NO HST, GST was paid. Listing REALTOR® owner.

4.76 Private Acres backing on Eagle River. Very private, end of cul-de-sac in Malakwa, gate and long driveway, secluded in a forest of trees. Some sheds on property.





599,900 4956 Ward Road, Malakwa

Gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with stone’s throw to Shuswap Lake! Partial Lake view & public beach within 5 min walk. Some of the more recent reno’s: Asphalt driveway, asphalt shingle roof, kitchen, laminate, windows.



230 Bayview Drive, Sicamous

Renovated & Updated at MARA LAKE









13 Coell-Jones Road, Mara

Quick Possession



#14 100 Archibald Street, Sicamous

Great family home ready for you to enjoy! 4 edrooms + 3 full baths. This 3 level split is on one of the nicest streets in Sicamous just a short walk down to Shuswap & Mara Lake! Double front attached garage, large private yard w/sewer.



New Price

706 Chapman Crescent, Sicamous



5181 70 Avenue, NE Canoe

New Price



8259 Highway 97A, Mara

Gorgeous ground floor unit in Mara Landing 1080 sq ft, 2 bedrms 2 full baths, 20’ Boat slip (A49) & steps to lake. This gorgeous unit has great appeal with white on white cabinets & appliances, fireplace & extended single car garage.



Great Priced Lot Easy WATERFRONT access lot to build your cottage on in the Shuswap ! Best priced lot to build your cottage on Shuswap Lake & enjoy the summer, cross over CPR tracks to Shuswap lake & beach.

C5 Zoning



12 Bruhn Road, Sicamous

Rare Opportunity



1433 Silver Sands Road, Sicamous

8265 Highway 97A, Mara

Condo in White Pines at MARA LAKE


339 Coach Road, Sicamous

Gorgeous Townhouse in “The Sails” 3 bedroom & 2 full baths, 1584 sq ft. Modern open plan, nice kitchen w/ island and black appliances, tile and laminate flooring. Dbl garage, short walk to beach/lake.


#1 2036 Solsqua Sicamous Road, Sicamous

Spacious Unit



#12 505 Poage Avenue, Sicamous

Top Floor End Unit in The Station Sicamous, BC; 2024 sq ft 3 bedrooms 2.5 baths, double garage, located directly across the street from Lakes, close walking distance to Sicamous Beach, Shuswap Lake, Boat launch and all shops & amenities!









Please Call Karen for any real estate info on Buying and Selling throughout the Shuswap !

Eagle Valley News, August 01, 2012  

August 01, 2012 edition of the Eagle Valley News

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