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Golf course open to everyone Sports Scope As for the season, expect the old standbys to still be there – mens and ladies nights on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, and the four main tournaments. But they’re looking to shake up those offerings and tweak them to make them more exciting. For example, “mens night we’re going to do a putt for dough,” he said. “In the clubhouse, we’re going to randomly select participants to make a 20foot putt on the carpet to win all of the money.” And the junior program, which has been gaining in popularity over the years, will be back in full swing mid-May. “It’s open to all,” he said. “We keep the fees low

so that we can get as many kids out.” In fact, it’s the idea that the club is “open to all” that Francoeur is stressing this year. Many people believe that you need to be a member of the club in order to enjoy its facilities – including what is undoubtably one of the best patios, with one of the best views in the Terrace area – but that is a stigma Francoeur is trying to shed. “It’s open to the public,” he said, adding you don’t even need to golf to visit the restaurant. “We welcome the public, essentially without the public we probably wouldn’t have a golf course,” he said, noting the club is a non-profit.

A LOOK ahead at what’s on the sports horizon. To have your sporting or athletic event included, email sports@terracestandard.com. FILE PHOTO

H E R E ’ S YOUNG golfer Tanner Watt teeing off at the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club course last summer.

Trevor Linden

HERE WE have Terrace’s Jeff Sharples NHL card from his 1989 season with the Detroit Red Wings. Do you have any photographs or stories of Terrace’s sports history you would like to see in the pages of The Terrace Standard? We would love to see and hear them. Email sports@terracestandard.com to get the ball rolling, so to speak. HERITAGE PARK MUSEUM PHOTO

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Cal sports CALEDONIA SECONDARY School students are back from spring break and ready to jump into the spring sports season. The girls’ soccer team has been training indoors for its league, starting April 13, and the boys’ rugby team is already preparing for a mid-April start to the season. Track and field is also on the horizon, as is badminton.

History is in the cards...

lot of people think fish hatcheries are a good idea. There’s a fish hatchery on the Vedder River. There’s a fish hatchery on the Kitimat River. Skill testing question: What are the two most heavily fished rivers in BC? Answer: the Vedder and the Kitimat, in that order. Why? Well, simply put, the people that produce hatchery fish want the fish they fostered killed before those fish can pollute wild salmon with genetic material that has hasn’t run the Darwinian Gauntlet, creating a win/win scenario thereby. Thus, fishers, most of them male, get to use whatever angling strategy they want to catch and whack a fish, or two, or three, and then, in the best hunter/gatherer tradition, take them home for a feast. What could be wrong with that? As it turns out, lots. If you want to understand why, you need to consider whooping cranes. That’s right, whooping cranes. Less than a hundred years ago, there were fewer than 16 whooping cranes. That’s it. That’s all. Of those cranes, four birds were breeding females. Whooping cranes had been heavily hunted. Their habitat had been savaged. Those betting on their extinction had gone all in. Some scientists thought a glimmer of hope was enough. They moved some earth, and a little heaven, to obtain funding and stretched their imaginations to the break-

MMA APRIL 13 at the Sportsplex Arena Terracites can experience “the cage” with a UFC-style MMA card event featuring 10 or more fighters, many of them local athletes, some of them from as far away as Vancouver, and Fort St. John. It’s northwestern-based national fighting federation Cage Fighting Force’s first event ever as they break into the amateur wrestling market. Starts at 6 p.m.

ing point in order to chicks found this comcome up with a program fort zone, technicians promising a faint hope appeared, dressed like of survival. huge cranes with crane Crane eggs were puppets attached to their laid in captivity. When hands. the whooper chicks The faux cranes then hatched, the scientaught the crane chicks tists contrived that the the basics of survival chicks would see an using puppet theatre. adult crane as soon as When the wee cranes the youngsters had shed mastered these skills, their shell. Imprinting is the scientists condivital to all youngsters. tioned them to follow When the adult crane, a small aircraft. When SKEENA ANGLER responding to its genetthey were fully fledged, ROB BROWN ic programming, called the scientists flew across to them, the chicks, the continent to Florida predictably, responded in an ultra light aircraft. by rushing toward what The cranes followed. they perceived was their Once they have followed mother. Sadly, their the first time, they never union had to be thwarted need to be shown again. by a plexiglass barrier. This was essential As a result of the committed scito prevent the chicks from inheriting traits entists’ exertions, and a cost of $100,000 passed on to them by domesticated hens. per chick, and millions for the entire proDoing so would cripple the chicks’ ability gram, there are now 500 whooping cranes to migrate. in the wild. A success and a testimony to Barred from their assumed mothers, human ingenuity, except for one thing. the disoriented chicks then looked around It’s a big thing, too. their impoundments and saw stuffed Mute The cranes do everything that wild Swans with whooping crane heads at- cranes should do, except they abandon tached and their wings set so that the their eggs before they hatch. Obviously, chicks could nestle underneath. When the this is a flaw, a fundamental flaw. The

Fooling with fundamentals

VANCOUVER CANUCK alum Trevor Linden – former NHL All-Star, Olympian, and all around nice guy – is coming to Terrace. He will speak at the Minerals North Conference on Friday, April 26 on leadership and meaningful community engagement, and later that night speak at a fundraiser for the Terrace Community Foundation.

Hockey Academy A PARENT information night was held at Skeena Middle School in February and registration is ongoing for the possible hockey academy at the school next year. The academy will be open to boys and girls in Grade 7 to 9 during the 2013/14 school year and will be a joint venture between Skeena Middle School, Coast Mountains School District and the Pacific Rim Hockey Academy, which operates a number of hockey academies across B.C.

cranes are not yet self sustaining. They are dependent upon man. Was this aberration a result of black fly infestations on the nesting sites? Scientists reduced that problem. The cranes’ self destructive behaviour didn’t change. Were the birds under nourished due to habitat alterations? After much deliberation, the scientists thought no. The problem, it appears, was a result of the magnificent birds’ zany, puppet-filled upbringing. But, what part? Now, keeping the plight of the great cranes uppermost in your mind, think of fish hatcheries, places where we raise salmon before they have endured the rigour of spawning, after which we raise them in troughs absent the demands survival in a wild habitat imposes. Like cranes they have a twisted artificial childhood. Now, after squandering millions on artificially rearing salmon over decades, scientists are discovering that the cost of enhancement continues to rise as the health of both artificially reared and wild salmon continues to decline. Highly touted salmon enhancement programs predicted to fix our fishy problems have turned out to be salmon replacement programs, where inferior hatchery fish are replacing genetically superior wild fish. It’s time to consider the cranes, what drove them to the brink, and to move away from hatcheries before we are dependent upon them to stave off the extinction of salmon.

Terrace Standard, April 10, 2013  
Terrace Standard, April 10, 2013  

April 10, 2013 edition of the Terrace Standard