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getting set to cast off CRD poll on replacing share shed The Cariboo Regional District wants to hear from West Chilcotin residents and those who use the West Chilcotin Landfill after a share shed was destroyed by fire a couple of weeks ago. The CRD would like to know if residents would like the shed replaced. An online poll has been established on the CRD Facebook page at facebook.com/caribooregion. For those residents who do not have access to the Internet, they are encouraged to contact the CRD at 1-800-665-1636 and speak with the solid waste management department or via e-mail at talktrash@ cariboord.bc.ca. The poll will also be included in the next edition of Anahim Nimpo Lake Messenger.
Inside the Tribune NEWS A5 RCMP responds to assaults.
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Anyon Vandenberg of Burns Lake and his grandmother Kathryn Steen of Williams Lake were among two dozen locals that participated in the voyageur canoe rides around Scout Island Thursday evening. The canoe is one of two built by members of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Voyageurs. Both were used for the rides that evening.
SPORTS A9 City soccer champs crowned.
CRD wants boundary discussion with IHA
COMMUNITY A12 4-H show and sale wraps up.
Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer
Weather outlook: Sunny with cloudy periods and rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow.
After hearing back from the Interior Health Authority it doesn’t have a mandate to discuss boundary changes, the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District is going to make one more effort to have a meeting with the authority. In April the CCRHD wrote a letter advising Northern Health and Interior Health it wanted to initiate a discussion to explore the potential advantages of the entire CCRHD being located within Northern Health. Replying on July 18, IH Board of Directors Chair Norm Embree said boundary changes fall under the purview of the Legislative Assembly. “Potential changes as you have discussed fall outside the authority of the health authorities,” Embree wrote, adding IH believes it is inap-
propriate to engage in a discussion that is inconsistent with its mandate and provincial direction. Unhappy with the response from Embree, the CCRHD board passed a motion at its regular meeting Aug. 24 to write another letter insisting on a chance to have a discussion. “I want to express our disappointment that they are reluctant or there’s an absence of an offer to have a discussion,” CRD chair Al Richmond said. “We have some issues with what’s going on, and Cariboo Memorial Hospital is an example, as well as recruitment and retention issues. I think we need to give them one more opportunity to talk about their service delivery model and how they meet the needs of rural communities in comparison to Northern Health.” He also said he was disappointed that Interior Health wasn’t willing to come and hear the board’s con-
cerns. Area H director Margo Wagner said she felt the board should write the minister of health. “I feel we’ve given Interior Health more than enough opportunity to respond to our concerns. The fact that they themselves have brought up that it’s inconsistent with their mandate and inconsistent with provincial direction indicates that they are looking for a higher authority than us to start engaging them. “I think we can write a letter, but then we’re just wasting another four to six weeks. This probably needs to get going sooner rather than later and if they’re going to pull out the mandate and the provincial direction part then I think we should take it to the minister of health.” During the meeting, the board deferred a motion to write to the minister of health for up to six months, pending any subsequent
meeting with IH. Wagner, however, was opposed to that motion. Williams Lake Mayor Kerry Cook, who also sits on the CRD board, questioned if picking a fight with Interior Health will serve the taxpayers’ best interest. “We can fight or we work to get the decisions made so we can get the upgrades to the hospital,” she said. 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall, also a board member, described the letter from IH as an insult. “It’s almost like they don’t care, that we’re a small community and we don’t matter. It’s an insult to my community, to my doctors, and to staff members in hospitals in our area. I really take offense to it.” In an e-mail IH told the Tribune it is always interested in meeting with officials to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Williams Lake Tribune
Vehicles collide at Fairview Drive and Highway 97
A vehicle collision occurred on Highway 20 at Fairview Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday.
Speed reader boards installed Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Four traffic speed reader boards will be placed around Williams Lake in the near future. The Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), through its sharing road improvement program, has agreed to reimburse the city for the cost of two boards in the amount of $14,000, while the city will cover the cost of the other two. The initial cost of the project is $24,274, excluding taxes. At its regular meeting Aug. 21 council heard the city will use $40,000 from the 2012 budget to cover all costs. Each reader board is $5,918 plus tax, and then there’s an additional cost
of data-logging software. In a report to council Kevin Goldfuss, director of municipal services, said the boards purchased by the city will be placed in areas of concern, such as school zones. “The data that will be collected will be extremely important to staff and council and will assist the city when decisions are made regarding speed reduction, traffic calming and public awareness.” Coun. Ivan Bonnell asked if the expense was approved in the 2012 budget discussions and heard from chief administrative officer Brian Carruthers an error was made when council asked staff to go back into the budget to identify potential areas to
reduce the budget. “We gave council two options and, by error, the speed boards had been put into that, when in fact approval had been received for the speed boards with funding coming out of the community works fund and did not affect general revenue at all,” Carruthers said. “I think that may be where the confusion came in, that it had been removed because it wasn’t. We did intentionally resubmit the project to council for approval because it didn’t affect general revenue.” Council voted in favour of the speed boards, except for Coun. Danica Hughes, objecting to the added cost to the city of data-logging software.
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Emergency personnel attend a motor vehicle collision on Highway 20 at Fairview Drive in Williams Lake around 5 p.m. Thursday. The Williams Lake RCMP say one vehicle was crossing Highway 20 from Terra Ridge to Fairview Drive/Country Club Boulevard while the other vehicle was westbound on Highway 20.
The driver of the vehicle crossing the road did not see the vehicle on Highway 20 and struck the rear end causing it to spin out. No one was injured. There were single occupants in both vehicles. The driver of the vehicle crossing the road was charged under the motor vehicle act for not yielding.
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 27 (CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN) REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some of the smaller schools may only have one day of registration, so please call the school at the number below to check when they are open. Children beginning Kindergarten must be five years of age by December 31, 2012. Children enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year do not need to reregister for Grade 1 if they are attending the same school. A birth certificate or proof of age and presentation of the B.C. “Care Card” is required for registration. Students are to register at the school in their catchment area. Parents not sure of their catchment area may contact their nearest elementary school for information or consult www.sd27.bc.ca (click on “Schools” then “School Locator”). Parents wishing to register their children at Kwaleen Traditional School or at Glendale Elementary (Balanced Calendar School) should contact those schools directly. The French Immersion Program is located at Glendale Elementary School. For assistance, Williams Lake area schools and their phone numbers are listed below: 150 Mile House ........250-296-3356 Cataline ....................250-392-7154 Chilcotin Road .........250-392-5455 Glendale ...................250-398-7108 Kwaleen ...................250-392-4332
Marie Sharpe ............. 250-392-4104 Mountview................. 250-392-7344 Nesika ........................ 250-398-7192 Wildwood .................. 250-989-4701
School personnel will be available to assist students with program planning as follows: Columneetza Secondary (Grades 8-12) Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Williams Lake Secondary (Grades 8-12) Tuesday, August 28 to Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. RURAL SCHOOLS: Pupils in these catchment areas may register with the principal at the school on or before September 4, 2012. Students who attended Williams Lake area schools in June, and beginners who registered previously, need not register again. Students who are changing schools should present report cards and documents, if any, from their previous school.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 HAS BEEN SET AS CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION DAY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 27 AND IS NOT A DAY IN SESSION FOR STUDENTS. PRINCIPALS AND COUNSELLORS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.
SCHOOLS RE-OPEN FOR STUDENTS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 September 5 will be a “half” day for students (two and one half hour morning session only) and buses will run following the morning session. Each school will begin the day at the normally scheduled time – only the dismissal times are being amended.
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Vehicle slams into business Early Wednesday morning, just after midnight, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident on Second Avenue North near Oliver Street. A witness reported that he saw a blue Ford pick up drive into a business at that location after driving through a cement planter and parking sign. The vehicle then struck two businesses,
causing minor damage to one while breaking the pane of glass to the other. The vehicle then fled prior to police arrival. A few hours later, the RCMP located the suspect vehicle. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information or knowledge regarding this incident is encouraged to phone the Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-6211.
Fibre report received Aug. 24 the Cariboo Regional District received the recently released report from the Special Committee on Timber Supply titled Growing Fibre, Growing Value. The report contains twenty recommendations. In general
terms, the recommendations are consistent with the Regional District’s suggestions, including using a science based approach, promoting utilization of marginally economic forest lands, better fibre utilization and more.
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Davana Mahon with her Grand Champion Market Steer weighing in at 1225 lbs. during the Williams Lake & District 4H Sale & Show Wednesday evening at the Williams Lake Stockyards. Mahon also won Top Charolais and Weight Class 5.
Chilko River sockeye salmon run strong as ever Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Tlet’inqox (Anaham Lake) Chief Joe Alphonse describes the 2012 Chilko River sockeye salmon run as strong as ever. “We always get a good run. There will be reports coming in that there are missing salmon in the Fraser River, but that won’t be true for our Chilko Lake run. It’s the last healthy run left on the Fraser River and every year we get over a million fish,” Alphonse says.
Tsilhqot’in fishermen are catching fish in abundance, at Farwell Canyon and all the way up through to Siwash Bridge, east of Alexis Creek. “Lots of people fishing and lots of people getting lots of fish, which is what we like to see. It’s gathering season for our people.” Alphonse is planning to haul some horses with boxes down to the river to transport some of the catch home. “The trails are still there. It’s time to get some horse tracks back
on those trails again.” While the runs won’t be measured until later, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirms the Chilko sockeye run is the largest population coming back so far. “They’re the dominant ones,” DFO area director for the Interior Barry Rosenberger says. “The Chilko River stock has been one of the strongest Fraser sockeye populations for quite a few number of years. There are populations, like the Adams
River on the Shuswap, that is very large in one cycle year. It goes in this cycle of millions, few hundred thousands, few thousands and then a few hundreds.” To some degree the Chilko run used to do that, he explains, but since the late 1980s it has been a very strong consistent performer every year. “It’s the river system that has the most fish. If you’re averaging the four years together, and looked at who produces the most fish every year aggregate, the Chilko
would be the strongest stock in the Fraser River right now.” DFO has been working with the University of British Columbia and Carleton University to study the sockeye salmon in the Fraser River for a number of different scenarios. “One of the things they’ve come up with is that the Chilko sockeye are like the Olympians of the sockeye in the Fraser River. They have the biggest hearts and can endure changes in temperature,” Rosenberger notes.
Part of their physique is due to where they spawn. They have to swim up the highest elevation of any sockeye to spawn. Not the further distance, although it is quite a long distance, however, they do have to gain elevation. “Over time they’ve probably developed as stronger athletes of a species, so they’ve been doing very well. In more recent years, we’ve had this warming of the water in the Fraser and it may well be something that’s
benefitting the Chilko Lake system.” As well, higher numbers of egg-to-fry survival have resulted and the fish are larger in size. “When they’re leaving to go back to the ocean, their average size has been increasing,” Rosenberger says, adding the Chilko is one of the systems that has been studied consistently over 50 to 60 years so there is a large amount of data available for people wanting to make any comparisons.
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Public reminded to prepare for bears Monica Lamb-Yorski Tribune Staff Writer Sheila Rowe was eating breakfast at her home on Broadway Ave. North Thursday morning when she noticed an unwelcome visitor was peering in through her window. â€œI heard a thump on the trailer and there was
a bear looking in my window,â€? Rowe says, adding the sighting happened at about 10 a.m. â€œIt scared the heck out of my cat.â€? She says the bear stayed at the window for five to 10 minutes before leaving to go up a nearby hill. â€œHe sat up there for about half an hour and
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kept looking down. I was watching him and finally he left, and he went toward Toop (Road).â€? Rowe says she tried to contact the Conservation Officer Service immediately after seeing the bear. â€œBut they never came and they never phoned,â€? she says, adding she wants people in the neighbourhood to be aware there is a bear in the area. Ken Owens from the Conservation Office in Williams Lake confirms there have been several bear complaints in the last 10 days in the Williams Lake area. All calls go to the main office in Victoria and then are conveyed to conservation officersâ€™ Iphones. Recently two bears were euthanized â€” one on Aug. 21 near McLeese Lake and one Aug. 26 on White Road. Members of the predator attack team were called out to McLeese Lake in the early hours of Aug. 21. â€œIt was a minor injury. The bear made contact with a
person. It stood up on its hind legs and threw out a paw and hit the guy on the upper right shoulder,â€? Owens says. Insp. Darcy MacPhee of the Thompson/Cariboo Region notes the bear was feeding on saskatoon berries, clover and garbage in the area. â€œThat was a bit of a problem in that general area so the bear had been to a few houses, and this guy was the unfortunate one that was harmed, fortunately it wasnâ€™t very serious.â€? The bear was captured on the property, euthanized and sent in for a necropsy. â€œWe do that to see if there is any indication why the bear would have struck this person,â€? MacPhee says, adding in the case of an animal that attacks someone, there is no option but to put it down. MacPhee notes it was unusual to have a report of a bear attacking in a standing position. â€œItâ€™s not something we have seen in an attack.â€? Owens says bears are
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