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BRONZE AGE: The College of the Rockies men’s Avalanche team captured a bronze medal at the Pacwest volleyball championship in North Vancouver this past weekend. The Avs headed into the bronze medal match after a win and a loss, defeating the Camosun College Chargers to pick up the hardware. See more in sports on Page 7.
Dueck ready for Sochi C AROLYN GR ANT
With the Olympic Games wrapped up this past weekend, Sochi prepares to host the world again as the Paralympics run March 7 to 16, 2014. Kimberley’s Josh Dueck, Paralympic silver medalist in the Slalom (sitski) in Vancouver 2010, is already in Europe preparing for the Games. He watched the alpine events at the Olympics with more interest than the casual viewer. “We do race on the same venues as they use in the Olympics,” said. “It was fun to watch the men’s downhill race to gather a better idea of how the course will run.”
Dueck will run all the alpine races in Sochi, beginning with the Downhill on March 8. Super G on the 9th, Super Combined on the 11th, Slalom on the 13th and GS on the 15th. He has no idea what conditions will be on the courses by the time the Games begin. “It sounds like it is warm in Sochi, which will make for interesting conditions. Given that it’s a coastal resort, the weather could be even warmer when we arrive or dump a few metres of snow when we are there. It’s nothing to worry about as it’s out of our control. “I’m more than happy to run in warm conditions — it does not
bother me a whole lot. If it ends up being warmer I feel like it may compliment a person who is a better all-around skier, rather than one that is specifically a highly trained ski racer.” Dueck had an entire cheering section of family and friends on hand in Vancouver, but that won’t be the case in Sochi. “My family will not be able to make it over to Russia, unfortunately. It’s too big of a trip with too many variables. I know that my wife and daughter will be with me in spirit and everyone else will be sending their best vibes over with me. It’s a collective effort and their energy will be felt.”
Police still seeking info on armed taxi robbery C AROLYN GR ANT
As reported in yesterday’s Townsman, a taxi driver was the victim of an armed robbery in Marysville just before midnight Saturday, Feb. 22. Kimberley RCMP NCO in Charge Cpl. Chris Newel says that there are some tips coming in but nothing concrete so far. The police know from doing a reverse lookup that the call originated from the pay phone at Marysville PetroCan. The cab was asked to come for the pickup near the swings at the Marysville Park. Newel says the subject got in the cab before producing the gun, then demanded money and left. He said he
didn’t know if the driver got a good look at the gun or not, but he did the right thing. “Hopefully you don’t take chances on whether the gun is real in a situation like that,” Newel said. “And even if a fake gun is used, if it’s in the commission of a crime there are charges for that.” A police dog on the scene picked up a track, but was unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his 30s, with blue eyes, wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and a white ski mask. Anyone with information please contact the Kimberley RCMP at 250-427-4811.
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Mechelle, Brenda, Stephanie and Joy — “We Will Survive”.
Barry Coulter photo
Curlathon organizer Lynn Lee presents Jeff Bleaney with the trophy for top fundraiser. Jeff won the trophy for the 14th straight year, this year raising $2,051.
Curlathon raises $12,500
The Cranbrook Curling Club was the scene of the 34th annual Heart & Stroke Curlathon this weekend past. The popular and colourful event — themed “‘70s Disco” — raised $12,500 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.
Jeff Bleaney was the top individual fundraiser for the 14th year in a row, raising $2,051. Since 2001, Jeff has raised tens of thousand of dollars for this Curlathon. Other top individual fundraisers were Sam Cross ($720), Bill Brock ($395),
Misty Ahlefeld ($373). Team Mohawk Terminals was the top fundraising team, bringing in $1,140. More than 20 teams participated in the curlathon. A few of them are pictured here in that always-in-vogue ‘70s disco fashions.
Misty, Jackie, Sue and Tracy — “The Teaz’n Hot Toddies.”
John, Chris, Rick and Lynn — “The Funky Town Curlers.”
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Lorraine, Douglas, Arlene and Klaus — “KB and the Sunshine Curlers.”
Bev, Anna, James and Tammy — “Glen’s Groovy Kats.”
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Dave, Trudy, Vera and Tom — “The Disco Ballers.”
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Great results from local athletes at BC Winter Games A r n e P e t rys h e n
A number of local athletes were in Mission last week to compete in the BC Winter Games. Over the weekend, they competed in sports ranging from alpine skiing to gymnastics and wrestling. Marysville gymnast Taylor Johnstone, 14, had success in the Vault Female Category 1 with a silver medal finish. Johnstone was profiled last week alongside fellow gymnasts from the Key City Gymnastics club. Kayley Lim, 13, also from the club, took fourth place in the Vault Female Category 2. She is from Cranbrook. Kimberley cross-country skier Mackenzie McLean also had great results at the Games, with a fifth place finish in the in the Individual Start Midget Girls and a sixth place finish in the Individual Sprint Midget Girls. Kaeden Rendek, from Creston won gold in Judo for the Under 46 kg Men. Liam Teetzel, from Fernie, won gold in the Judo Under 73 kg Men category. Noah Teetzel
Taylor Johnstone, Emma Lim and Kayley Lim. took third in the Under 60 kg Men category. Anna Koevoet, from Fernie took gold in the Judo Under 40 kg Women, while Emma Norquay, from Inver-
mere, took bronze in the Judo Under 44 kg Women. Mackenzie Dubois, from Canal Flats, earned a bronze in Judo Under 57 kg Women. Curtis Eldridge, from Fernie,
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earned a silver in the Judo Under 81 kg Men. Jacob Marchi, from Wasa, earned a bronze in Freestyle Skiing in the Moguls Juvenile Male category.
30 years of impactful Cranbrook women Townsman Staff
It has been 30 years since the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Cranbrook Club began celebrating the generous efforts of East Kootenay women. Since 1984, 36 women have been selected by their peers as people who make the East Kootenay a better place to live and grow. The event was introduced to the Club by then president Susan Langin and it has become a very popular and highly regarded East Kootenay celebration. Each year, the club often receives more than one strong nomination and with the permission of the nominating committee, we hang onto the nominations for two years. That
is one of the reasons we ask the nominating committee to try to keep their nomination secret from the woman about whom they are writing letters of support to the CFUW Woman of the Year Committee. This year, Gail Brown was astounded to find out her name was put forward as a candidate. “It makes the award even more important and stunning,” said the late Velma McKay when she found out she and Vicky Dalton had been selected, “to realize this large group of peers thought so highly of me, they managed to write so eloquently about my efforts in making my part of the world a better place to live.” We started with Julie Roberts in 1984 and at
year 30, are celebrating with our 36th recipient, Gail Brown. This year, the CFUW Cranbrook Club is hosting this annual event at the Manual Training School on Monday, March 3. The ceremony starts promptly at 4 p.m. Arrive early to secure a seat. Due to the renovations to the public library’s washrooms, the Manual Training School has a piece of lumber across the threshold of the temporary entrance from the library to the hall. Those with walkers and wheelchairs will need assistance negotiating through the door. Please be sure to ask for help rather than avoid this function. We will have our volunteers ready and willing to
Previous winners • 1984: Julie Roberts • 1985: Sophie Pierre •1986: Jan Levang • 1987: Roberta Taylor, Harjinder Sheena (posthumous) • 1988 :Susan Selby •1989: Anna Mae Gartside •1990: Pat Skordal • 1991: Sheilah Moore • 1992: Louise Stropky • 1993: Pat Townshend help gain entrance for those needing to use the ramp entrance. Otherwise, it is strongly suggested guests use the front doors of the Manual Training School from the street. We hope to see all former CFUW Cranbrook Club Woman of the Year recipients there for our 30th annual group photo. The Cranbrook Club has 12 members locally and is a member of CFUW
• 1994: Brenda Paul • 1995: Ann Rice • 1996: Mary Phillips • 1997: Elaine Fawcett, Cathy Fairclough, Mabel Chan (posthumous) • 1998: Susan Campbell • 1999: Ann Buckman • 2000: Daphne Hayden • 2001: Ruby Sinclair • 2002: Flo Reid • 2003: Mila Siquenza
National, a non-political, voluntary, self-funded, bilingual and non-governmental organization of women university graduates in 110 clubs across Canada that works to improve the status of women and
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• 2004: Linda Abbott, Leona Gatsby • 2005: Karin Penner • 2006: Janyce Bampton • 2007: Janice Edwards •2008: Joanne Wilton • 2009: Jayne Garner-Garlaneau • 2010: Sandy Zeznick •2011: Vicki Dalton, Velma Mckay • 2012: Sister Nina Glinski, CND • 2013: Jenny Humphrey •2014: Gail Brown
girls, education, peace, justice and human rights. CFUW holds special consultative status at the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Sectoral Committee of education of the Canadian Commission
for UNESCO. CFUW is the largest of 61 national affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW). For further information, please visit www. cfuw-cranbrook.com.
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One dead, one hurt in Kootenay Pass avalanche C an a d ia n Press
NELSON, B.C. — A man was killed and a woman taken to hospital following a dramatic rescue Sunday from a massive avalanche in southeastern British Columbia, in what was a deadly weekend in the backcountry. Search manager Chris Armstrong said
the pair was among a group of four skiers trekking through a high, remote section of Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston on Sunday afternoon when they were hit by a slide that swept them over a cliff. Armstrong said Monday that the two remaining members of the group skied to a
nearby highway to call for help, while six other skiers who were near the slide began rescue efforts. A helicopter was brought in for the rescue but could not be used because of poor weather and the lack of daylight, he said. “We ended up calling in four (search and
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rescue) teams from the area and had a total of 26 people do a seven-and-a half-hour evacuation of the female that was injured,’’ Armstrong said. “It was incredibly arduous and very physical to evacuate her from that terrain.’’ He said the “destructive’’ avalanche crowned at 100 centimetres — about hiphigh. “It carried the two individuals over a cliff face and down through some old-growth forest.’’ RCMP said all four skiers are from Nelson, B.C. The 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital in Trail and the 27-year-old man’s body remained at the scene. Searchers were to return to the mountain to continue efforts to recover the victim’s remains. “As the avalanche risk is very high in this area, police are advising to stay out of the back country,’’ RCMP said in a statement. In a separate incident in Pemberton,
Heavy snow at the top of Kootenay Pass, between Salmo and Creston. north of Whistler, a 29-year-old man also died Sunday while snowmobiling with friends. RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said the Burnaby resident was among a group that had snowmobiled to a forest service road area to ski and snowboard. Thiessen said that at one point during the day, one of the men was waiting for his pal to show up and eventually went looking for him. “He hiked back uphill in the deep snow and found his friend
upside down in a tree well,’’ Thiessen said. The man was pulled out but was unresponsive, blue and not breathing, he said. “The snowboarder and others began CPR. However, (they) were usable to revive their friend.’’ RCMP, firefighters and search and rescue personnel attended the scene but the man’s body could not be transported out. “As darkness was falling and the avalanche hazard was increasing, the decision
was made to recover the male in the morning,’’ Thiessen said. He said Monday afternoon that efforts were still underway to recover the body as the coroner’s service had arrived by snowmobile. The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a warning last week advising skiers, boarders and sledders to use extreme caution in the backcountry because as much as three metres of snow has fallen on top of a weak crust, creating the potential for massive slides.
Man dies in head-on collision near Elkford S ta f f
WOLF CREEK LINE RELOCATION PROJECT COMMENCEMENT
On February 23, at approximately 6:12 a.m., Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay IRSU responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision
BC Hydro will be making system improvements and re-locating the power line in the Wasa—Wolf Creek area to improve reliability for customers along Wolf Creek Road. Work will begin February 2014 and is expected to be completed by June 2014. The project will include vegetation clearing work, followed by construction activities and the use of heavy equipment, which could result in higher than normal traffic activity in the area.
on Highway 43, about 11 kilometres south of Elkford. According to an RCMP press release, a lone 42-year-old male
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If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Wolf Creek Line Relocation Project, please contact Michael Price, Project Manager at 604 515 8678 or Diane Tammen, Community Relations Manager at 250 489 6862.
Written submissions are invited from the public and must be received at City Hall by 4:00 pm Friday, March 7, 2014.
BC Hydro recognizes the inconvenience that the construction activity may cause, and will complete the work safely and as efficiently as possible.
Written submissions will be considered by Council at a Special Meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
was travelling southbound on Highway 43 in a Ford Focus. The investigation showed that the Focus lost control and crossed the centre line into the path of a northbound GMC Tracker, where the vehicles collided. The driver of the Ford Focus died at the scene. The lone male driver of the GMC Tracker was taken to hospital with major injuries. Road conditions at the time were slippery and snow-covered. As a result of the collision, Highway 43 was reduced to single-lane alternating traffic, fully opening later in the afternoon. The investigation into the collision is ongoing.
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It’s almost here. This weekend is the Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library Magazine and A/V sale. It’s happening on Friday, February 28 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturday, March 1 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Donations have been pouring in quite steadily and we are looking forward to another great sale. We have a wide variety of magazines to choose from: for the outdoor enthusiast we have all kinds of magazines on hunting, fishing, sports and more. Are you a crafting enthusiast? No problem, we’ve got you covered with a nice variety of crafting magazines. Planning a home renovation or stuck for ideas on how to redecorate your home. Our home and garden section is bound to have ideas you can use and adapt to your purpose. We haven’t forgotten the kids either. There are plenty of children’s magazines to keep them busy and entertained (a nice change from the electronics). We also have an unexpected bonus in magazines. Come on down and check out the Saturday Evening Post magazines. We have a large amount of these issues that go all the way back to the ‘40s. Find the issue closest to your (or a family member’s) birth date and have fun seeing what was happening when you came into the world. Still have a VCR? We have plenty of VHS tapes for sale. Maybe a movie you want to see or see again is in the pile. The Friends of the Library would like to thank everyone in advance for coming to the sale. Don’t let our washroom renovation stop you from coming. The entrance to the sale is through the door on
the Kootenay side of the street. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to support the library’s programs, services and collections. Michele Wilson Friends of the Cranbrook Public Library
The Key City Theatre rocked to the sounds of Led Zepplin’s iconic Kashmir last Thursday night. However it was not the strings of an electric guitar which sang this driving melody but those bowed on a violin. The violin of Portland, Oregon’s Aaron Meyer accompanied by members of the Cranbrook Violin Club. Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer and his guitarist Tim Ellis thrilled the audience as they carried them on a journey across many musical genres. From rock to celtic, tango to contemporary, folk to classical, Aaron seemlessly transitioned from one musical style to another within a single bow stroke. Earlier in the day, the students of Kootenay Orchards Elementary School were treated to an assembly with Aaron Meyer and his guitarist Tim Ellis. Afterwards the members of the Cranbrook Violin Club were fortunate to have the opportunity to attend Master Classes during which they learned about song writing and recording in addition to violin and guitar techniques from Aaron and Tim. The Cranbrook Violin Club would like to thank Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis for an awesome day and for allowing them to share the stage at the Key City Theatre! The goal of the Cranbrook Violin Club, founded in 2010 by music teacher Kim
Lutz, is to make music accessible to all families with young children. In keeping with this vision, it was the goal of our club to obtain sponsorship from local organizations and businesses to enable a family of four from every school in Cranbrook, Marysville and Kimberley to attend Aaron Meyer’s Concert. We would like to give a huge thank you to all of the following community sponsors which enabled us to achieve this goal: Sunrise Rotary Club of Cranbrook, Canadian Tire, Alpine Toyota, Paramedics of Cranbrook Station 403, Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty, Kootenay Livestock Association, New Dawn Developments, East Kootenay Community Credit Union,Western Financial Group Cranbrook and Kimberly, Bridge Interiors and members of the East Kootenay Regional Hospital Medical Staff including Dr. Helena Buchar, Dr. Linda Smith, Dr. Charles Casselman and anonymous donors. We would also like to thank Max’s Place for providing delicious food for Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis as well as Rocky Mountain Print Solutions for their assistance with the printing of the programs. The Cranbrook Violin Club would also like to give a big thank you to their director Kim Lutz for all of his hard work and dedication to our club. Kim donates countless numbers of hours to the teaching of violin to 98 youth in our community. We would also like to thank all of those who attended the Aaron Meyer concert for your support. This concert could not have happened without all of the tremendous support from our community. Andrea Ingram Cranbrook
Ukraine after the revolution F rom a Ukrainian point of view, the priority is not to throw their revolution away again like they did after the Orange Revolution ten years ago. But from everybody else’s point of view, the priority now is to avoid an irreparable breach between Russia and the West. One Cold War was enough. The Yanukovych era is finished; the former president will not make another come-back. He has killed too many people, and the vulgar ostentation of his former palace (whose architect understandably chose to remain anonymous) has shocked Ukrainians even though they already knew he was deeply corrupt. Besides, Russia will not bet on this horse again. On the other hand, the various opposition leaders will have great difficulty in deciding who leads their coalition, if indeed they can even agree on a coalition before the promised election on 25 May. But they’ll still win the election, because Yanukovych never allowed any plausible rivals to emerge in his pro-Russian Party of the Regions, and Russia will not be able to find and groom a suitable replacement in time. Who will emerge as Ukraine’s next leader? Yulia Tymoshenko, newly released from prison, is the obvious choice, and that would certainly ease matters on the Russian front. She got along reasonably well with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, when she was prime minister last time. But many Ukrainians who backed the revolu-
tion don’t trust her. Tymoshenko is dogged by questions about how she got so rich after the Soviet Union collapsed, and she bears some of the blame for the chronic in-fighting that discredited Ukraine’s first attempt at running a democratic government after the Orange Revolution of 2004. None of the other potential candidates, however, is acceptable to Putin. The best that can be Gwynne hoped for in the short run, therefore, is a cold peace Dyer between Kiev and Moscow, which means that the $15 billion Putin promised to lend Yanukovych’s regime will not now be forthcoming. But the money has to come from somewhere, and the only alternative is the West, probably in the shape of the International Monetary Fund. It is not clear if the United States and the EU are willing to come up with that kind of money. If not, then the upheavals in Ukraine will resume in fairly short order. And in either case Putin will work to sabotage the attempt to entrench a strong democratic system with effective anti-corruption laws in Ukraine. President Barack Obama can tell Putin that Ukraine is not a square on a Cold War chessboard, but the Russian president does see it as a zero-sum game, and in terms of his own purposes he is right. His pet project to restore the Soviet Union in a non-Communist version by creating a “Eurasian Union”, for example, dwindles to nothing but Russia and a bunch of Central
Asian dictatorships if Ukraine isn’t a part of it. More importantly, Putin does not want to have a large, prosperous and democratic country with strong EU ties on Russia’s own border. Especially if it is another Slavic country that also used to be part of the Soviet Union, and it got its democracy as the result of a largely non-violent revolution carried out in the main square of the capital city. The example would be very dangerous to his regime. There’s no risk of that sort of thing happening on Red Square in Moscow at the moment, but Putin thinks long term. Russia will therefore continue to meddle in Ukraine in an attempt to abort such a dangerous outcome Confronting Moscow directly over this sort of thing would be a mistake, and could lead us all down the path that ends in a new Cold War. Russians, for historical reasons, do not see themselves as “outsiders” in Ukraine (although most Ukrainians do), and they will react very badly to attempts to exclude them entirely. The better and safer path is to support the Ukrainians with trade and aid, but leave it to them to deal with Russian interference in their politics. They are perfectly capable of doing this for themselves, and they can also prosper without joining either the European Union or NATO. But they do need a whopping great loan, right now. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Have Camera Will Travel.... Join Sharon & Roger Mitchell - travelogue “A pre-Hilary Clinton view of Myanmar” at Centre 64 on Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7:30 pm. Admission by donation. Proceeds to Kimberley Arts Council & Expansion Project. The Cranbrook Quilters Guild will be holding their monthly meeting on February 11th at the Seniors Hall, 125-17th Ave S, Cranbrook at 7.15 pm. All interested quilters and anyone interested in becoming a member is invited to join us for a fun evening. February 25th for our 2nd meeting of the month. Info: Donna at 280 421 3724. Computer skills need updating? CBAL hosts introductory computer classes starting Feb 28th at the Cranbrook Library. Free! Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Call Katherine 250-417-2896 Feb 28th, Pro D Day! Kids in grades 1 through 6, come spend your Pro D Day with us! Lots of fun-filled activities planned throughout the day. Lunch is included. Cost is $35 each. Siblings $30. Space is limited, please call 250-417-6000 to register! “Creating a bridge between Cranbrook’s Art scene and Sport scene, The Cranbrook and District Arts Council is holding an Art Exhibition for the month of March titled “Slapshot – Sport in Art”. Local artists submitted their “Sport Themed” work to the Gallery to be on display from Tuesday March 4th to Friday March 28th. Although the main focus of the exhibit was on Hockey, artists were encouraged to submit pieces of any medium with a Sport theme to it. The Cranbrook and District Arts Council also worked with Executive Director Derryll White from the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History to create a “Kootenay Area – Hockey History Exhibit” to run alongside the artwork for the month of March.” Are you an immigrant interested in learning about the Canadian Police? FREE workshop March 5 10-12pm, Immigrant Welcome Centre. Call Anna to pre-register at 250-581-2112 or wccranbrook@ gmail.com CBAL sponsored. “The Opening Night Reception for “Slapshot - Sport in Art” will be held on Thursday March 6th from 7pm – 9pm and is a Fun, Familyfriendly event where the public can attend a “Meet and Greet” with Kootenay Ice Players and the Artists of the exhibition. There will be a Coloring Competition for kids, Face Painting, a Jersey Decorating Station, Drinks and ‘Game Night’ Snacks!”
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Grizzly hunt isn’t going away A little-noticed protest tent sprouted up on the rain-soaked B.C. legislature grounds earlier this month. Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver spoke, asking whether B.C. residents would tolerate trophy hunting of killer whales. That would be a federal matter, but the point is vividly made about the onset of B.C.’s traditional spring grizzly bear hunt. It’s bigger this year, with Kootenay and Chilcotin wildlife management regions reopened after closures were enacted to preserve grizzly populations. In all, more than 1,000 grizzly bears are up for grabs. As with limited-entry hunts for deer and other animals, only about a third of those hunts are successful in an average year. The rally was sponsored by the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative, the partnership with U.S.-directed environment groups Sierra Club, Greenpeace and ForestEthics that has become so influential in B.C. affairs. It produced a survey showing that 88 per cent of B.C. residents oppose trophy hunting, and its California experts calculate a 10-fold increase in value when bear hunting gives way to bear watching. The Raincoast Conservation Society has bought up half a dozen guiding territories on the remote B.C. coast. Combined with government restrictions, more than half the coast is now off limits to bear hunting.
Naturally, activists want the whole province shut down. Wildlife management is the responsibility of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. He’s heard plenty from all sides and he maintains that bear watching and bear hunting will continue to coexist in B.C. Thomson has just introduced legislation to permit hunting guide territories to be operated by corporations as well as individuals. This is a long-sought change, allowing First Nations compaBC VIEWS nies and others access to bank loans to expand the Tom industry. Fletcher Non-resident hunters are required to hire a licensed guide-outfitter. Resident hunters pay $32 for a one-year hunting licence and $80 for a grizzly bear tag. Non-Canadians pay $180 for the licence and $1,030 for a chance at a grizzly. Hunting in general is making a comeback in B.C. Ministry data show hunting licenses had declined to 85,633 in 2006, but recovered to reach 97,828 by 2013. Thomson credits the work of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, which runs hunter training courses. Another program, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, has helped revive hunting and camping as a family activity, he said. Growing up hunting in northeastern B.C., I was taught not to shoot anything I’m
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not prepared to eat. I also remember the struggles to protect caribou and other endangered prey species that at one time had B.C. biologists resorting to shooting wolves from helicopters. The reopening of grizzly bear territories is marketed to urban residents as a horrible crime against nature. In fact, it’s a sign of increasing population. Problems in B.C. wildlife these days include the fragile mountain caribou herds of the Kootenays, which have been subject to intensive management including relocation of animals. The ministry has also begun a five-year study of declining moose populations across a vast area of the Interior subject to salvage logging in the wake of the pine beetle epidemic. Vancouver media recently highlighted a grizzly hunt by NHL journeyman Clayton Stoner. Typically, U.S. enviros promoted the deceased bear by name, “Cheeky,” and photos showed its carcass stripped to the skeleton by scavengers after Stoner left with the hide, paws and head. They don’t mention that the same fate awaits animals that die of starvation or other natural causes, which increase when animals overpopulate. As with many B.C. issues, there’s a cartoon version sold to impressionable city dwellers, and then there’s the truth. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.
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Avs win bronze at provincials TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor
The Avalanche men’s volleyball team captured a bronze medal at the Pacwest championship with a win in the tiebreak set over the Camosun College Chargers. After getting handily beat in the opening set, the Avs came back in four to force a tiebreak, which they won to earn the hardware. “We started out kind of flat and I challenged the guys and said it shows your true character if you give up now,” said Avs head coach Steve Kamps. “After getting stomped in the first set, we fought our way into the match and ended up winning 18-16 in the fifth set, so it was right down to the last point and some big plays in the fifth set and the guys are really excited.” The final set scores stood at 14-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-21, 18-16. At the tournament, Avs right side Curtis Stockton was named the Pacwest male player of the year and also to the
The Avalanche celebrate their bronze medal win over the Camosun College Chargers on Saturday at the Pacwest championship in North Vancouver. first all-star team. He consistently led the Pacwest standings for kills, and is on top of the nation-wide CCAA rankings. Stockton said the Avs were able to regroup and focus on their way to the win after a tough opening set. “I think Camosun had it in their minds that they were going to be in that gold medal
final, where we earned every set we played this year. We haven’t really rolled over and died, so we wanted to win. “It didn’t matter if it was seventh or eighth place, we were going to work our hardest. For some of our guys, it was their last couple games for volleyball win our team, so we wanted to go out with a bang.” The win eased the
pain of a flat match in the semifinal against the top-ranked Columbia Bible College Bearcats which romped to a 2518, 25-20, 25-19 win in three sets to earn the berth to the gold-medal match. “We felt we could match up pretty well to Columbia Bible College if we served tough and pass their serve, we felt like we could beat their
big block and we, unfortunately, didn’t serve or pass real well,” said Kamps. “Against a team where the shortest guy is 6’5”, it proved to be too difficult for us.” To open the tournament, the Avs went up against their hosts in North Vancouver, the Capilano University Blues, and tallied a 3-1 win with set scores at 25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 2624. That win knocked the Blues out of the tournament, which was a pretty satisfying feeling, said Kamps. “Basically the same team back as last year, the defending provincial champs and so that was a big win for us, we kind of grinded it out,” said Kamps. “We fought our nerves all night, but the guys came out on top on Thursday, and put them out of the tournament, so that was huge for us.” Stockton wasn’t the only Avalanche player honoured at the tournament as Zack Fedechko was selected for the men’s all-rookie team.
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MONTREAL - For a second year in a row, the Montreal Alouettes will start the CFL season with a new head coach. Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall announced Monday that Tom Higgins will be the club’s new head coach. The former Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders bench boss replaces general manager Jim Popp, who took over on Aug. 1 when the inexperienced Dan Hawkins was fired only five games into the 2013 season. Wetenhall made it clear in a statement that he did not want Popp, who is considered one of the CFL’s best GMs but has a career 16-20 record as a coach, to continue in both jobs. “As I’ve expressed to the media in recent weeks, I wanted to continue with the formula which has brought us the success we’ve enjoyed these past 17 years - having a fulltime head coach and a full-time general manager to fill each of these positions,” said Wetenhall. “The criteria we es-
tablished was to find an individual familiar with the CFL; someone with success in that position and a background as a position coach. In addition, we sought an individual with a record for moulding and delivering championship teams. “In Tom’s seven years as a head coach he won three division championships along with a Grey Cup, and twice earned recognition as the CFL’s coach of the year. His head coaching record of 7253-1 speaks for itself. We welcome Tom to the Alouettes family.” Popp had made no secret of wanting to continue coaching, but Wetenhall put out a statement recently saying candidates would be interviewed. A year ago, the Alouettes waited until Feb. 19 to name Hawkins, a former U.S. university coach with no experience of the Canadian game. He was 2-3 when he was fired with the team in disarray. Popp, the Alouettes’ GM since they returned to Montreal in 1996, took over as coach for the third time in his career and went 6-7.
Stockton named Pacwest player of the year TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor
It’s safe to say Curtis Stockton turned some heads this year. The Avalanche right side volleyball player was named the male player of the year during the Pacwest championship this past weekend in North Vancouver. Stockton was a huge offensive force on the team this year, consistently leading the squad—and the Pacwest league—in kills. At the end of the season, he also reigned on top of the nation-wide CCAA standings. “Arguably one of the best players in the country,” said Avalanche head coach Steve Kamps. “Being named player of the year in Pacwest is huge, we’ve only had one other player in our history get named player of the year, so it’s a definite honour for him and well deserved. “He was a machine for us. He played almost every set and for a guy who got the volume that he got, especially on a road trip where we’re doing four games in four days, is remark-
able—some of those weekends he had.” Stockton found out in a meeting with Kamps a few days before heading to North Vancouver, and had to keep the news under wraps before it was announced at the provincial championship. “Everyone was really happy for me, and it just goes to show how strong our team is,” said Stockton. “Even though it’s an individual award, I could not
get that award unless people are playing well around me. “It’s something fantastic, and though it’s an individual award, it definitely compliments the team, I think.” Stockton, in his second year with the Avalanche, came to the College of the Rockies from Australia, where he was recruited out of the Greater Melbourne Volleyball Academy, the same program that former Avs player Liam Bennett came out of.
Stockton had some things to work on after his rookie season last year, and came into the program ready to make an impact this time around, according to Kamps. “Last year, he had a great season, and I challenged him to get stronger over the summer and he committed himself to a training program and throughout our season as well. “He came into camp in great shape and elevated his game right from the get-go.” With such a strong season, both Kamps and Stockton admit that CIS university teams have been making inquiries about his availability.
Nitros set to kick off KIJHL playoffs against Fernie TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor
The race for all the marbles officially begins on Tuesday night as the Kimberley Dynamiters begin their playoff march against the Fernie Ghostriders on home ice. The Nitros have been hot in
February and haven’t lost a game with four wins and one tie, which came against the division-leading Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Kimberley also owns the regular season series between their first-round playoff opponents, with six wins and two
losses in the eight games they’ve faced each other. Kimberley, which finished second in the Eddie Mountain division, has home-ice advantage, and the two teams will trade locations each game of the series up to, if required, Game Seven.
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Researchers spot wild axototl Teresa De Miguel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s salamander-like axolotl apparently hasn’t disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City’s few remaining lakes. Researchers say they have sighted, but not caught, two of the slippery little creatures during a second effort to find them. A weekslong effort last year by researchers in skiffs trying to net axolotls in the shallow, muddy waters of Xochimilco lake found none, raising fears that they might only now survive in captivity. But biologist Armando Tovar Garza of Mexico’s National Autonomous University said Friday that members of the team carrying out the search had seen two axolotls during the first three weeks of a second survey expected to conclude in April. “We weren’t able to capture them ... because the behaviour of the axolotl makes them very difficult to capture,” Tovar Garza said. “We haven’t had any captures, but we have had two sightings. That’s important, because it tells us we still have a chance.”
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Spelling bee undecided after word list exhausted THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Axototl The axolotl, admittedly ugly its ability to regenerate severed with a slimy tail, plumage-like limbs. gills and mouth that curls into Some axolotls still survive in an odd smile, is known as the aquariums, water tanks and “water monster” and the research labs, but experts said “Mexican walking fish.” It’s those conditions aren’t the only natural habitat is the Xo- best, because of interbreeding chimilco network of lakes and and other risks. Releasing capcanals — the “floating gar- tive-bred axolotls into the wild dens” of earth piled on reed could spread a fungus infecmats that the Aztecs built to tion that is fatal to them and grow crops but are now suffer- could reduce their genetic diing from pollution, urban versity. Tovar Garza said some sprawl and invasive species. small mutations, possibly the The creature is import in result of interbreeding, have scientific research because of already been seen.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After 19 rounds in a Missouri county’s annual spelling bee over the weekend, only two of the 25 contestants who started the competition remained. Several hours and 47 rounds later, an 11-year-old and her 13-yearold adversary had used up all of the available words, forcing organizers of the Jackson County Spelling Bee to temporarily halt the showdown. “It was legendary,” said Mary Olive Thompson, a library outreach manager and co-co-ordinator of the Saturday spelling bee. Sophia Hoffman, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Elementary School in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation in Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Then they ran through a list of about 20 additional words bee officials picked out of their Merriam-Webster’s 11th Edition during the lunch break, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/NoHizS ) reported. But bee officials decided not to
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