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WONDER OF WINTER

JOSH DUECK SILVER IN SOCHI

Local kids are learning about winter.

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Wednesday night the Kimberley Community Choir and Selkirk Secondary School Choir performed at the McKim Theatre. The community choir did a set there was a short intermission and the school choir sang several songs, the two choirs of almost 60 strong came together for the last two songs. Both choirs enjoyed the experience of combining their talents for the evening.

Vote for Marysville Arena C AROLYN GR ANT editor@dailybulletin.ca

Marysville Arena has reached the final eight in the West Bracket of the CBC Kraft Hockeyville contest. The final two selections out of the west will be chosen after voting closes tonight at midnight. To vote for Marysville Arena, go to http:// krafthockeyville.cbc.ca/ and select Marysville Arena. You can vote multiple times. Voting closes at midnight tonight. The winner of the contest will receive $100,000 in local arena upgrades, a 2014-15 NHL pre-season game and a visit from CBC. By making it this far, Marysville Arena has already qualified for $25,0000 in upgrades.

RDEK flooding situation eases

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The warm weather continues but with not much precipitation over the weekend, the flooding in parts of the Regional District of East Kootenay appears to be easing. Kimberley itself experienced few problems. “We have some residents requesting sandbags and reporting ponding on streets, and full crews are working overtime to mitigate flooding issues,” said

City CAO Scott Sommerville on Friday. “Some streets are being windrowed to the centre to keep storm drains open. We are asking that residents not shovel snow on top of storm drains.” Around the RDEK, there was some sloughing near Fort Steele Farms and overflowing ditches on the highway as well, says RDEK Information Officer Loree Duczek. There are signs posted on the highway warning of water. The parking lot of Wasa Building Supplies on Friday. See WATER, page 4

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Members of Western Financial Group showed their support for anti-bullying initiatives by wearing pink for a day. This was continued Friday night during the second intermission of the Kootenay Ice/Medicine Hat Tigers game with the “Stand Up to Bullying” puck drop at Western Financial Place. Numbered pink hockey pucks were handed out to the first 3,000 fans entering the arena. During second intermission, fans “stood up”against bullying and threw their puck onto the ice. The individual whose puck landed closest to the target during the toss won a private suite for 10 people plus a $250 food credit for a 2014 Kootenay ICE playoff game. As part of the festivities, Western gave away $1,500 in school bursaries. Local schools in attendance which showed the most school spirit towards stopping bullying had the chance to take home one of three $500 Western Financial Group bursaries.

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The snow is starting to melt away and members are getting excited about the start of the new season. Already you can find the range busy with shooting (rifles and the “Bull”) on the weekends. We are all excited to see how we do competing against each other and if we can bring our scores up enough to raise a class! The schedule for the new season is as follows: • March 22: Small Bore. March 23, Hi Power. • April 6: BRSA will host an introductory shoot to silhouette for non-members. • April 12: Small Bore. April 13, Hi Power. • May 17-20: B.R.S.A. To host the BC Provincial Championships. Matches to start at 9 am. • June 21: Small Bore. June 22, Hi Power. • July 26: Small Bore. • August 23: Small Bore. August 24, Hi Power. • Sept 6: Small Bore. Sept 7, Hi Power • October 25: Small Bore • November 15: Fun Shoot and Yearly Windup. Match to start at 12:00 pm. All matches start at 10 am unless otherwise noted. Anyone can participate in a club match,

A typical round of competition at the Bull River Shooters Club. even non-members (we expect you’ll likely want to join because you will have had so much fun and will realize what a great group we are!) We do ask that participants arrive by 9 am to register which allows us to organize the match and gives everyone a chance to warm-up and check settings on scopes. Starting promptly at 10 allows the day to progress in a timely fashion. We shoot a match in the morning and again in the afternoon, with most shooters competing in two classes of guns (so two matches in the morning and two in the afternoon). Lunch is usually available for a

few dollars. Match fees are $10 per gun for the whole day. If you’re new to silhouette and feel nervous about trying it, then our Intro Shoot on April 6 is perfect for you. Members will be on hand to coach and even let you try some of our rifles. The event will start at 10 am. We are very proud of our growing contingent of junior shooters and many of our members relish in the opportunity to mentor a new shooter (young or old!) Don’t be shy. Another important date to mark on the calendar is Sunday May 4. That is the day of our

annual range clean-up. Members gather for a work bee as we paint and mow and repair and dig and rake! This has become a memorable day as we have a lot of fun making our range look great. Work starts at 9 am. Membership fees for the BRSA are $90 for the year (April 1 to March 31). Additional dependant family members may join for $15 each, which covers insurance costs. In addition to insurance (which includes liability protection for members if ever involved in a shooting accident) and ongoing club expenses, dues cover your participation

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in 4 club matches, scheduled throughout the season. Juniors compete for free. Membership for those 65 years and up is $35.00 but does not include any match fees. Memberships can be purchased from Rob McKeeman at 250-426-2794. Memberships can also be purchased at any club match. A wealth of information about Metallic Silhouette shooting can be found on the Internet. For information about the BRSA please contact Rob as noted above. New members are always welcome! We look forward to seeing you at the range.


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Wildsight connects kids to the Wonders of Winter More than 3,000 kindergarten-grade three students learn about the magic of winter ecology For the Bulletin

Columbia Basin Now in its 7th year, Wildsight’s Winter Wonder program continues to educate, amaze, and connect students across the Columbia Basin, as they learn about the joys, secrets, and wonders of our winters. Nearly 160 field trips are booked this year, up from 140 last winter. The program takes almost 3,100 students between Kindergarten and Grade 3 on a half-day field trip

to explore winter wildlife ecology, snow science, and weather - all concepts embedded in the current BC education curriculum for these grades. “Requests for these popular programs always seem to increase,” explains Monica Nissen, Wildsight’s Education in the Wild Program Manager. “This year, sadly, we had to turn away classes. Despite adding an additional 20 field trips this year, we have more demand than we can accommodate.” “Across Canada, kids are spending less and less time outside. Winter Wonder gets kids outside, connecting them with the magic of winter ecology and their backyards. Our team of twelve professional outdoor educators bring the curriculum to life for

students.” Winter Wonder educators show up in costume, and ‘Frosty Flake’, ‘Jill Frost’ or other magical characters lead the class through a range of hands-on activities, both in and out of the class. “Textbook versus our own backyard - where do we learn best? Our own backyard, of course. That is what this program provides,” says teacher S. Faucher from Fernie’s Isabella Dicken Elementary School. Wildsight gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Columbia Basin Trust, Fortis BC, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the North Face Explore Fund and the BC Gaming Commission.

The Wonder of Winter program gets kids outside and learning about winter ecology.

Teachers endorse strike vote

Teachers say endorsing strike is bargaining tool; school closures not imminent CAROLYN GRANT editor@dailybulletin.ca

Teachers across B.C. voted 89 per cent in favour of a strike last week. Both the union (BCTF) and the employer (BCPSEA) acknowledge that a strike vote is a tool in the bargaining process and will not necessarily result in teachers walking off the job. “In collective bargaining, both employers and unions have tools available to increase pressure at the bargaining table and I respect the process,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender. “A strike vote does create additional uncertainty for students, parents, support workers and teachers. That’s precisely why we need long term stability in our schools and why we need to pursue a long-term agreement at the bargaining table.” Last week, Kimberley

Teachers Association spokesperson Sally Struthers told the Bulletin that the vote did not mean a strike. “We want to reassure parents that we consider job actions and timing very carefully,” Struthers said. “We want to negotiate a deal at the table, that’s our goal. We will work very hard to get a negotiated settlement.” “There will be no job action tomorrow, there will be no job action next week,” BCTF President Jim Iker said. “Teachers now have 90 days to activate the strike vote with some sort of action. There is no set timing for when we will begin. It will depend entirely on what is happening at the negotiating table and whether or not the government and employers’ association are prepared to be fair and reasonable. We will work very hard to get that negotiated settlement without any job action. A strike vote is a normal process in labour relations and helps apply pressure to both parties during negotiations.” However, the two sides remain quite far apart in terms of class

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“We want to negotiate a deal at the table, that’s our goal. We will work very hard to get a negotiated settlement.” Sally Struthers, KTA staffing levels. While BCPSEA sand the Minister of Education say they has offered a 6.5 per cent wage increase over six years, BCTF points out that the offer is not retroactive even though the contract ran out last June, it starts with a 0.5 per cent increase the first year, nothing for the next year and then various 1 and 1.5 per cent increases, keeping the BCTF well behind most other provinces

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Kimberley author pens sci-fi book

Intervention’ is a true life and death saga for humanity’s survival

In recent times, one of the main questions asked by people nowadays is there truly life out there in the universe. Indeed the question has been asked in many social circles throughout

the globe. Be it in Science Fiction conventions to class rooms. In “Intervention” author Lloyd Freestone explores the possibilities and dangers of interplanetary life. “Intervention” is set in the near future and earth is in danger of being destroyed. The human race fearing utter annihilation accepts aid from a powerful race of aliens. Humanity is

saved by the aliens, but only at the price of being made the aliens foot soldiers for their intergalactic wars. An uneasy peace settles in, but soon suspicion and paranoia takes hold of both factions. On earth, Gerry Stanhouse a man abducted by the aliens years ago is the main contact for the aliens and is tasked to keep negotiations between the two races. The fragile

P U B L I C H E A R I NG N O T I C E Public Notice is hereby given that the Municipal Council of the Corporation of the City of Cranbrook is considering adopting “City of Cranbrook Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3791, 2014”. The purpose of the Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment is to adopt the “Northern Area Plan” as a secondary plan within the City’s OCP. The proposed amendment will: •

add a new area plan which includes specific policies for lands including those in the northern part of the City which were incorporated in a 2007 boundary extension;

add new land use designations to the properties in the plan area which currently do not have an OCP land use designation.

The Northern Area Plan encompasses approximately 365 ha of land in the northern portion of the City lying generally between the Wildstone and Shadow Mountain developments, as shown on the map below:

Lloyd Freestone peace is soon in danger of being shattered when Gerry finds out the hidden motives of the aliens. In truth, Gerry does not really care too much for both sides, except for the fact that he is in love with Shareena, the alien ambassador to earth and any conflict would surely tear a rift between them. An immersive and creative book filled with believable characters, intrigue, and action. “Intervention “captures the true essence of good Scifi. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to www.Xlibris.com. The book will be available at Available at Coles Bookstore and Lotus Books in Cranbrook, and available online at xlibris.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com Lloyd Freestone lives in Kimberley,Canada with his wife of thirty six years, Connie. At the present time, he works in a sawmill, but is looking forward to retirement so he can spend more time with his grandson. He started writing as a hobby but that hobby soon turned into an obsession that came to fruition by being published.

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Water pooling in Wasa From Page 1 The situation in Wasa remains of some concern. “We still have significant pooling of water in and around the Wasa area that has not improved in the past two days. The main challenge for us is that with the area being so flat, there is nowhere for the

excess water to go so we are not seeing things dry up as quickly as they are in other parts of the region,” Duczek said Saturday. “There has been some water flowing across a section of Wasa Lake Park Drive as snow melts from the up-hill side of the roadway. With the help of a resident, our Emergency Program personnel

have diverted some of that runoff into a culvert that opened today. This has reduced the amount of water on the road, which remains open.” The RDEK also warns that with high temperatures continuing and rain in the forecast, ice conditions on lakes and creeks will be unpredictable.

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“City of Cranbrook Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3791, 2014” may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up until March 17, 2014 as posted on the bulletin board in the foyer at City Hall, or in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

“The Long Walk”

The Public Hearing will commence in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 40 - 10 Avenue South at 6:00 p.m. on March 17, 2014.

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All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw may submit written presentations to the City of Cranbrook prior to the date of the Hearing and they may also submit written and/or verbal presentations at the Hearing, thereby allowing all persons an opportunity to be heard on this matter. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. Municipal Clerk

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Video footage of the robbery in Salmo.

RCMP release photos and vehicle info for Salmo bank robber Dancer of the Month February 2014 Isabel Fuhge

Isabel is 11years old and attends McKim Middle School. Isabel is in her 7th year of lessons. She is currently taking classes in Tap, Acro, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Street Jazz and Theatre Boot Camp! Her other interests include reading, cooking and shopping. For her efforts Isabel will receive gift certificates from Grubstake Pizza, Sole to Soul Esthetics Studio and The Old Bauernhause Restaurant. Isabel will also have the chance to be named “Dancer of the Year” at Kimberley Dance Academy’s year end production in May. With this title, the winner will receive a scholarship from Artistic Director Leslie Lindberg to help further their dance education. Congratulations Isabel!

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Salmo RCMP have released two photos captured on video surveillance of the suspect in last week’s armed robbery at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union. The  photographs show that the man’s coat was purple in colour and that he was wearing light tan coloured hiking style footwear. “Investigation has also confirmed a silver/ gray pickup truck de-

parting the area shortly after the robbery  towards Nelson on Hwy 6,” Salmo RCMP corporal Debbie Postnikoff wrote in a press release. “The truck is possibly a Toyota Tacoma.” Police are  requesting  that if you know of anyone  that may have been in the area  at the time and drives or owns a similar truck, that you contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Salmo RCMP detachment at 250-357-2212.

P U B L I C H E A R I NG N O T I C E Public Notice is hereby given that the Municipal Council of the Corporation of the City of Cranbrook is considering adopting “City of Cranbrook Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3793, 2014”. The proposed amendment of the Zoning Bylaw will change the zoning of land legally described as Lot L, Plan 2668, District Lot 36, Kootenay District, from “Rural Residential (Country): RR-8 Zone” to “Single Family Extended Residential Zone: R-1”. The purpose of the rezoning is to enable low-density residential development of the property. The subject property is located at 3113 – 2nd Street S as indicated on the reference map below. “City of Cranbrook Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3793, 2014” may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from March 3, 2014, to March 17, 2014, as posted on the bulletin board in the foyer at City Hall, or in the office of the Municipal Clerk.

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Residents of the City of Cranbrook are being asked for their input on urban deer and possible future population management strategies with a 17 question survey available online or through a paper version between Monday March 10 and Friday March 28, 2014. The survey is intended to provide residents an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of the current deer management program and provide input to Council on future direction of this initiative. Residents can access the survey on the City’s website and click on ‘Urban Deer Resident Survey’. Residents without access to a computer, printed versions of the survey will be available for pick up at reception at City Hall during regular business hours. Those residents requesting a paper copy must provide photo identification with a City of Cranbrook mailing address to be able to get a survey. Deadline to complete and return the survey is 4:30pm on Friday March 28, 2014.

The Public Hearing will commence in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 40 - 10 Avenue South at 6:00 p.m. on March 17, 2014. All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw Amendment may submit written presentations to the City of Cranbrook prior to the date of the Hearing and they may also submit written and/or verbal presentations at the Hearing, thereby allowing all persons an opportunity to be heard on this matter. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING. Municipal Clerk


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Crossing the creek: To each their own “Everything has a moral if you can only find it.” Lewis Carroll “Genius may have its limitations but stupidity is thus not handicapped.” Elbert Hubbard

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t is amazing how resourceful we humans can be when faced with the daily problems that beset us. That is why we’re still around polluting the planet, unlike a few million other species that failed. Of course, some of us get into situations that are inclined to multiply the daily problems already lurking around the next corner in life. Take, for example, that fast-flowing, icy creek that had grown steadily in size and volume as the day had warmed and the snow melted. This particular problem evolved when six of us, that other mad March day, skied into the shores of frozen Cooper Lake near the head of the Moyie River. All in all, it had been a fun ski trip, despite lousy weather, and we’d made it successfully to the lake shore and started a fire to keep us warm for lunch time. Then disaster — in the form of Tony’s dog Jessie — struck. She had apparently declared war on the key-log of the fire, a

large branch of fir tree, and so attacked ferociously and managed to pull the offensive branch free. The fire promptly collapsed and died; we humans, feeling damp and dispirited, reluctantly packed up, put on our skis and set off homeward. But then, the innocent stream that we’d crossed earlier in the day had grown into a wide torrent, fed by melting snow, and I, being a natural dawdler, stood back and watched the performances of my companions as they attempted to cross without getting thoroughly wet. Firstly, Jake, always pragmatic as well as long-legged and tall, threw his skis across the torrent then, with a loping stride, ran at and over the water. HipPeter pety-hop. His wife, Jill, apWarland plauded with soggily-gloved hands and also attempted to toss her skis over the creek but one didn’t make it and slid back towards the stream. Jake, the faithful husband, rescued it and soaked himself to one knee in the attempt. Jill and the other two women checked the creek by running up and down the bank looking for weaknesses but, apparently, found none. Tony, resolute, prepared to jump with his skis in his arms but Jessie got in the way by attempting to worry his heels as he ran. He made a complete ass of himself and cursed the dog soundly. His wife, Moira,

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tut-tutted him. Tony, however, is one of these people who crash joyously through life with gusto most often associated with natural disasters. I couldn’t believe my eyes when he prepared to cross a second time by jumping the creek with his skis on. Moira held on to the dog. Tony made a noble effort by climbing a nearby rise and launched himself from the crest. He made good speed to the creek bank, crouched with poles ready, then leaped. He made it; well, half of him did; he landed astride the torrent. Meanwhile I followed Joan when she spotted some rocks just below the surface and tip-toed timorously hippety-hop to the far side, and thus we were able to rush to the rescue of Tony and drag him all the way over. But cruel fate had other plans; his skis started to travel downstream and further apart. My beloved spouse, on some sort of impulse, flung her skis individually like javelins across the creek, then, without warning, raced forward and leaped. She cleared the torrent scattering the others like nine-pins and terrified the dog. Meanwhile, as Tony’s backside grew closer and closer to the water and I was collapsing in hysterical laughter, Joan rushed forward with Jake to the rescue. They both grabbed Tony and pulled him over to where all three collapsed in a soggy heap. Jessie, the dog came and sat on them. Damply, the party limped homeward.

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I am responding to the “Damaged Traps” letter to the editor by Bill Roberts. First, I would like to clarify that Animal Alliance and the BC Deer Protection Society work closely together regarding the deer cull and we will continue to do so in the future. We are committed to assisting municipalities to develop management strategies that allow for the peaceful coexistance with deer and other wildlife. Mr. Roberts states that he could not find a single person that would give two cents for the opinion of a person in Toronto. Aside from being a silly comment, the fact is that communities in B.C., including Cranbrook, Kimberley and Invermere, turned to Helena, Montana, to find ways to kill urban deer. Why is it okay to consult an American source outside of the community for killing purposes but not for alternative approaches based on information garnered internationally? If you just want to hate Toronto, fine.  But we are a national organization and it would be more productive to judge matters on merit, and not on some sort of silly grudge. Second, I did not say that we are telling people not to vacation in Cranbrook, Kimberley or Invermere, just that we were going to let those people know how the deer were being treated. If communities have to hide their activities from the public, afraid of repercussions, they should reconsider their approach. In fact, it should be noted that Kimberley Council has voted not to spend any more money in culling but to invest in an education programme. Kimberley should be roundly praised for these initia-

tives. In my discussions with staff, I offered our assistance, if that was required. I offered to approach the province requesting the necessary changes to the Wildlife Act to give communities alternative management tools. Finally, with regard our Mayor in Toronto — he clearly has serious problems which he needs to address. However, under his watch, Council has brought forward many progressive animal protection initiatives including the movement of three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California and a non-lethal approach to human/coyote conflicts. Yes — surprise, surprise — we have wildlife issues just like you. Maybe you would like to come to Toronto and advocate your approach. I can say this — you would be treated with dignity and respect by our Council, just as I was by your Council. You should do the same. Liz White, Director Animal Alliance of Canada

Ruby Sinclair

On behalf of my brothers and myself, I’d like to thank the citizens of Cranbrook for naming our mother, Ruby Sinclair, one of “Cranbrook’s Most Beloved Citizens” again this year. While Ruby was in palliative care in the Cranbrook hospital very near the end of her life, a visitor commented that she would soon be “...in a better place.” Our mother opened one eye and, with great effort, informed the man that she was already in the

BEST place and had been ever since she had moved to Cranbrook in 1961. The love affair is definitely mutual! Lorie Sinclair Jaffray, B.C.

Fatal blow

Stephen Harper is quoted as saying in 1997 “It’s past time the Feds scrapped the Canadian Health Act”. On December 19, 2011, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced that the Canada Health & Transfer Accord would not be renewed on expiry, March 31, 2014. No discussion! No Parliamentary debate! No consultation with the Provinces! The “Accord” would be replaced by the Canada Health & Transfer( CHT), a Federal commitment to continue funding but on a diminishing scale, resulting in a funding loss estimated at $52.5 billion by 2024 at which time the Accord would be “reviewed”. This unilateral decision by Ottawa strikes a huge, and probably fatal, blow to our Canadian Medicare system. Without Federal financial and supervisory input, the individual Provincial plans could well disintegrate leaving Canadians at the mercy of for-profit corporate providers. A recent opinion poll found that 94 per cent of Canadians favoured a comprehensive national health-care plan; they must be very worried by these developments! Where is the outcry from Opposition benches? Bud Abbott Cranbrook

India’s coming swing to the right

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n Indian election is a marathon, not a sprint. The voting will start in a month’s time, on 7 April, but the voting will move around the country on nine phases, ending on 12 May. Then the votes will all be counted — there are 814 million eligible voters — and the result will be known on 16 May. But a lot of people think they know the result now: Narendra Modi of the BJP will be prime minister, and India will swing hard right. The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party — Indian People’s Party) is a socially conservative, Hindu nationalist party that has only had one full term in national office, in 1998-2004. That time, it led a broad coalition that restrained its more extreme sectarian impulses. This time, however, many Indian observers claim to detect a “Modi wave” of support that might carry the BJP into power on its own. That would certainly make for interesting times. Narendra Modi is best known for two things: the remarkable economic growth and relative freedom from corruption of his home state of Gujarat, and his alleged complicity in the massacre of more than 1,000 Muslims during religious riots shortly after he became chief minister of Gujarat in 2001. The prosperity of Gujarat is obviously a political asset for him. The problem is that the his alleged religious extremism is also an asset in the view of some of his potential supporters. Indeed, that is probably

why Modi has never expressed any regret or offered any apologies for the riots, an omission that many see as disqualifying him for high political office. But the ruling Congress Party is weighed down by corruption scandals and slowing economic growth, and Congress’s candidate Gwynne for prime minister is none other than Rahul Gandhi, Dyer whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather have all held the job in the past. But Rahul’s political ideas seem half-formed, his rhetoric struggles under the burden of words like “empowerment”, and he is seriously lacking in novelty value. Hence the “Modi wave.” The BJP currently leads Congress by a wide margin in the opinion polls: a January poll gave it 34 percent of the vote, almost twice as much as it got in the last national election in 2009. Voters prefer Modi to Gandhi as prime minister in virtually every state — and among 18 to 25-year-old voters the BJP outpolls Congress almost two-to-one. So the pundits are speculating on how a BJP government would behave if it were led by Narendra Modi and had no need of coalition partners. There is no precedent for that. Last time the BJP government was a complicated coalition led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a poet and intellectual of moderate views, and none of its more extreme nationalist and Hindu positions got translated into actual policies. If it were different this time, then India

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would be moving into unknown waters, and the possibilities would be as alarming as they were extreme. But that may just be Indian journalists trying to inject a little more tension and excitement into the story. The reality is probably rather less exciting. 34 percent of the vote is much better than the BJP got last time, but it doesn’t get you a majority in the parliament. In fact, it leaves you about fifty seats short of a majority, which tumbles you back into the real world of coalitions and deals, and having to put aside your cherished sectarian goals in order to make the deals work. Just like last time, even if your name is Narendra Modi. There are 39 parties in the current parliament, and there may be even more in the next one. Most of them would be willing to join a coalition government in return for concessions on whatever local or regional issues they or their voters care about, but they will also have red lines that must not be crossed or they will leave the coalition. Assuming that the outcome of the election does leave the BJP as the biggest party, but without an overall majority, those red lines will probably confine Narendra Modi to relatively moderate policies on religious issues. If not, then India is in for a wild ride, and at the end of it the country may no longer be known for its tolerance. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist based in London

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Need help with Photos, Internet, Email or IPads? CBAL hosts FREE 1 hour sessions starting March 7th at Cranbrook Public Library. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Call Katherine 250-417-2896 We are celebrating the World Day of Prayer 2014, written by the Women of Egypt. Everyone welcome. Please join us at Christ The Servant Church, Friday, March 7, 1:00 pm. WORLD DAY of PRAYER SERVICE, “Streams in the Desert” Friday, March 7th at 2:00 pm. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 97 Boundary St., Kimberley. Everyone welcome! CANSKATE 2014 Show Case proudly presented by North Star Skating Club: Kimberley Civic Arena, Friday March 7, 2014, 6:30 pm. Admission is free (donations are gratefully accepted at the door) Proud to support our local skaters at the East Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition! March 8. Zentangle Workshop with Cindy Hagen! Focus on Advanced Techniques and is a follow-up to Cindy’s popular February 1st Zentangle Workshop. Registrants for the Advanced class should have previous Zentangle Experience! (Such as Feb. 1st class) Pre-registration is required. 250-426-4223 or cdac@shaw.ca. March 12th. Kimberley Garden Club March program: Sprouting Edible Seeds and Growing and Using Microgreens. Selkirk High School Library 7-9 pm. New members welcome. For more info: Nola 250-427-1948. Municipal Pension Retirees’ Association (MPRA) Meeting, Monday, March 17, 2014, Heritage Inn Hotel, 803 Cranbrook St. N., at 10:45 a.m. Guest speaker: Sarah Taylor, Pharmacist; Medication Reviews 11:30 a.m. Noon: No Host Luncheon. REFUGE, Kootenay Literary Competition 2013 Anthology Celebrating Emerging Writers. Friday, March 14 at Prestige Lakeside Resort, 7 PM (doors open at 6:30). Light refreshments at intermission. Suggestion $5 donation. Angie Abdou Guest Speaker. Please check out our website for more detailed info: kootenayliterarycomp.com/ SOCIAL DANCE at the Cranbrook Seniors HALL, March 15, 7-11 features ‘ED KING’ with ‘ A Wee Bit of Song - A Wee Bit of Fun ‘. All are welcome to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with good friends and good food. Admission 10. The last Saturday Open Jam TO BE HELD March 29 - includes an ice-cream social. Flo 250.489.2720

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Nitros rebound to even up playoff series against Thunder Cats TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor

The Dynamiters and the Thunder Cats traded wins over the weekend to keep the series even at a game apiece heading back into Kimberley. Creston won the opener on Friday by a score of 4-1, but the Nitros were able to respond with a 4-2 win the following night. The Dynamiters will host the Thunder Cats at the Civic Centre in Kimberley on Monday and Tuesday evening for Game Three and Game Four.

The Nitros got into a ton of penalty trouble on Friday night, giving up 10 powerplays to Creston as the Thunder Cats skated to a 4-1 win. Matti Jmaeff and Carson Cartwright scored first period goals for the Thunder Cats, while Brandon Formosa and Seth Schmidt made it a four goal lead on a pair of powerplay goals in the second frame. Eric Buckley answered back for Kimberley in the final period on a powerplay goal, but that would stand as the only goal from the Nitros side. Dynamiters goaltender Jeremy Mousseau stood between the pipes, making 36 saves in defeat while Brock Lefebvre notched the win with 16 saves.

Despite getting outshot again on Saturday, the Dynamiters rebounded with a 4-2 win after scoring a trio of goals in the middle period. Creston opened the scoring on a powerplay goal from Formosa for a 1-0 lead after the first frame. However, it was all Nitros in the second period, with Jason Richter and Bryce Nielsen scoring powerplay goals, while Bryce Perpelitz added an even strength marker for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Jmaeff tallied halfway through the final frame with an even strength effort to make it a one-goal game, but Nielsen found the empty net with a minute remaining in the game to seal it up for a Dynamiter win. Tyson Brouwer stood in the Nitro crease, turning away 27 shots, while Creston netminder Kyle Michalovsky turned away 25 pucks. Playoff update around the KIJHL Kootenay Conference Eddie Mountain Division Kimberley 1 Creston Valley 1 Neil Murdoch Division Beaver Valley 1 Nelson 1 Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Doug Birks Division Kamloops 2 100 Mile 0 Okanagan Division Osoyoos 2 N. Okanagan 0

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Ice book ticket to WHL playoffs TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor

The Kootenay Ice are headed to the WHL playoffs for the 16th straight season. The franchise clinched their post-season berth on Friday with a 5-2 win over the Medicine hat Tigers, and also defeated the Regina Pats 3-1 the following night. Friday evening was also Anti-Bullying Night, as students came out in style wearing pink and showing off their school spirit. Gordon Terrace, T.M. Roberts and St. Marys were the recipients of a $500 prize for their school spirit efforts.

“It was great. By far the biggest crowd since I’ve been here and it was awesome. It was electric, it was loud and all those little kids out there were making noise and it makes it easier to play, for sure.” Zach Franko Jaedon Descheneau led the way with a pair of goals and an assist, while Zach Franko, Jagger Dirk and Tyler King also provided some scoring for the Ice. Tommy Vannelli and Curtis Valk replied for Medicine Hat. Ice goaltender Mackenzie Skapski stopped 30 shots while Tigers crease guardian Marek Langhamer turned away 22 pucks before

getting hooked for Nick Schneider, who played out most of the final period. Less than 90 seconds into the game, the Tigers took a penalty and Franko drew blood for a early lead. Descheneau doubled it three minutes later, scooping up a rebound from the point and firing it home. That pushed the 19-year-old sniper to 40 goals—the first time a Kootenay Ice player has cracked that number since Steve Da Silva in 2007/08. Naturally, Descheneau brushed off his accomplishment when informed. “I never knew that, actually,” said Descheneau. “I guess it feels nice and it’s a credit to my linemates for getting me the puck.” Vannelli put Medicine Hat up by the end of the period, putting a point shot blast past Skapski. In the second period, Dirk beat Langhamer through the five-hole after a pretty passing play, while Descheneau potted his second of the game after getting himself alone in front of Langhamer and deking a backhander into the net. The Ice kept pouring it on in the third period with an early goal from Tyler King, but Valk managed to answer back for the Tabbies with a powerplay effort just over six minutes into the frame. The win over the Ti-

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Kootenay Ice forward Luke Philp (middle) celebrates his goal with teammates Sam Reinhart and Jaedon Descheneau during a 3-1 win over the Regina Pats on Saturday. gers was especially sweet, as Medicine Hat is shaping up to be a potential first-round playoff opponent. The players also fed off the energy of Anti-Bullying Night, which helped swell the attendance to over 2,900 fans. “It was great,” said Franko. “By far the big-

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gest crowd since I’ve been here and it was awesome. It was electric, it was loud and all those little kids out there were making noise and it makes it easier to play, for sure.” Kootenay also got some reinforcements back in the lineup with the return of Kyle

O’Connor and Jon Martin on Friday. However, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The Ice lost Landon Cross and Landon Peel to injury on Saturday during a 3-1 win over the Pats.

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Schacher fitting in with new WHL team TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor

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It was a homecoming for local WHL defenceman Isaac Schacher when the Pats faced off against the Kootenay Ice on Saturday night. Even though Regina ended up losing 3-1, Schacher, a Kimberley native, was excited to play in front of family and friends with his new team. “It’s always nice to be back at home, see some family and friends,” said Schacher. “It’s always nice being in the home rink, see familiar faces, but too bad we couldn’t get the two points tonight.” Schacher, who played former-

ly with the Kimberley Dynamiters, was called up to the WHL with the Victoria Royals after his second season in the KIJHL. He spent most of the current WHL campaign in Victoria before getting traded to Regina for a pair of draft picks in January. “It’s been great,” said Schacher. “Victoria was great to me, but getting traded to a new team, they’ve really accepted me and brought me in as one of their own and in their family.” Between the two teams, Schacher has suited up for 49 WHL games this season, scoring once and collecting eight assists with a plus-18 rating. “Tonight, I got a little more ice

time because we’ve had some key guys out,” Schacher said, “but just trying to play solid defensively and move the puck well and join in offensively when I can.” In the last five years, the Pats have only made it to the post-season once, but they clinched a playoff spot last weekend and are trying to lock down second place in the Eastern Conference. “We’re just really doing the right things right now,” continued Schacher. “We’re doing all the little things—even tonight, we played a solid game, it was a good effort—just a little a bounce here and there really hurt us, but overall, we’ve been doing the right things the past little while.”


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Canada’s Josh Dueck celebrates after racing in the Men’s Downhill - Sitting Skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia

Dueck wins silver at Paralympics Tre vor Cr awley Sports Editor

Kimberley native Josh Dueck won a silver medal in downhill sit-skiing, finishing only 0.39 seconds behind the gold medallist at the Paralympics in Sochi on Saturday. It is the second silver medal for Dueck, who also skied to the same result in slalom at the Vancouver Games in 2010. “This is fantastic,” Dueck said, who posted a time of 1:24:19. “I’m really about performance and I took a fast line down the hill and

took some chances and I got pretty lucky… I crossed the line and was thrilled. Second is awesome.” Dueck’s silver medal on Saturday was especially significant, being that it marked the 10year anniversary to the day since a freestyle skiing accident landed him in a wheelchair. Though there was a long wait at the start from course delays, the extra time at the top of the run allowed Dueck to mentally prepare for the race by harnessing the energy and thinking about his family back

home in Canada. “It was more about letting all that go and just skiing,” said Dueck, who raced with a photograph of his daughter placed over his heart. Initially, Dueck looked like he was headed for gold after topping the leaderboard. Racer after racer tried to beat his time, and eventually, Akira Kano of Japan managed to edge into first place with a run of 1:23:80. While Dueck’s racing ability speaks for itself, he also gave a nod to his equipment, noting that sit-ski technology has

continued to develop since the Vancouver Games. “The equipment has been huge,” Dueck said. “We’ve invested a lot of energy in keeping this equipment competitive with the rest of the world and maybe even a little better. “I had the ability to trust in that, point it down the hill, and have a good time.” On Sunday, Dueck competed in the super-G portion of the para-alpine skiing events, and was poised for a gold medal until a lightning-fast run was de-

railed at the final gate when he caught an edge and crashed. Despite the result, Dueck was still upbeat about his performance. “It was actually fantastic,” said Dueck. “I was one turn away from having a great run. You’ve got to be happy with that. Right now, I’m happy for our team.” He will be competing in super combined on Tuesday. “Obviously, I left something behind on the hill today, and I’d like to find it,” Dueck added. “Heck yes, I’m ready.”

Peel left in the first period after getting boarded, while Cross had to leave after getting knocked to the ice during a fight in the second frame. Despite that adversity, the Ice were able to earn the win, with goals coming from Luke Philp, Dirk and Descheneau. Calgary Flames draft pick Morgan Klimchuk answered back for the Pats. “Obviously, it was a chippy game, especially in that second period,” said Dirk, “but we just came together, stuck to the game plan that the coaches laid out for us and that’s what led to us winning tonight.” Dirk scored first on a powerplay resulting from the boarding penalty by Rylee Zimmer, who drilled Peel into the Kootenay zone end boards. The two teams held each other scoreless in the second period, but Cross had to head to the dressing room after getting knocked to the ice

and leaking blood following a fight with Pats enforcer Jesse Zgraggen. Moving Jordan Steenbergen down from the fourth line, the Ice had to play with four defencemen and 11 forwards for the rest of the game. Philp doubled the Kootenay lead just over the halfway mark of the final frame on another powerplay goal, while Klimchuk made it interesting by putting Regina on the board with just over three minutes to go. Kootenay took a late penalty and the Pats pulled goaltender Dawson MacAuley for six attackers against four Ice defenders, but it was Descheneau who found the back of the empty net after clearing the zone with a lofty backhander. Skapski again picked up the win with 27 saves, while MacAuley, who was the sole reason the score wasn’t more lopsided in favour of the Ice, turned away 28 shots.

Koe pounces on B.C. misses to coast to 10-5 Brier win C anadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. Calgary’s Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. After struggling a little to make the final game, Koe emerged with his second Canadian men’s curling championship, after a dominating 10-5 win over John Morris and British Columbia.

“That’s the way we kind of do it sometimes,” Koe said. “We can’t seem to get firing on all cylinders all the time.” Alberta capitalized on B.C.’s mistakes to score three big threeenders. If not for the needs of television, the handshakes would likely have come in eight but they played nine ends.

On and off the court with the Wild senior girls basketball team Shaylee Rutledge Special to the Daily Townsman

Friday, March 7th, 2014 On the third day of our trip, we had to get up at 6 a.m. in the morning to play our second game against Penticton at 8:30 a.m. During this game we did a better job of executing our plays and stopping the other team on defence. It was a successful game for us because we accomplished many of the goals we have been aiming for all season. The score was closer compared to our first game, but we have yet to come out on top. After the game, we went to a laser-tag arena. This activity was one of the most fun-filled experiences I’ve ever had. The arena had different levels to climb up and down, bridges made of netting to navigate across, and bright neon lights to confuse us. We played three rounds, fifteen minutes

each, and it was exhilarating. Refuelled by dinner, our next activity was go-karting at a place called Fast Track. They had only been open for three weeks. We underwent a safety briefing through a video explaining all the rules of the track. Once we were allowed to race, we had a blast. Both our team and the parents were smiling ear to ear. For some girls, this was their first driving experience. The karts were so fast because they were low to the ground and many of us learned how to drift around the tight corners. Overall, we had an incredible day packed with experiences that created everlasting memories. Saturday, March 8th, 2014 We played our third game against Argyle on the fourth day of our provincials. It was another early morning game, but this time we played

in a different gym. The gym was in a separate building called the Fieldhouse and a basketball court was laid down on a rink. This game was the best game we had played so far. Unfortunately, our efforts became effective too late in the game. We lost, but now we know exactly what we have to do going into our last game. After the game, we were in for an adventure. Every year Coach Nutini has set up an “Amazing Race” for us. The race takes us all around the city by using clues that require us to find various locations. We travel by foot, sky-train, and even sea bus. Usually we have to to question locals for information in order to solve the clues and get ahead of the other teams. This a great way to grow outside of our comfort zones. Sometimes we have to eat gross foods, videotape a team member doing something silly in a public place, or ask strangers to take pictures of us by monuments.

The teams this year were: 1) Heidi, Brette, and Ine. 2) Claire, Reili, Megan Tadey, and Megan Sternig. 3) Shaylee, Marlize, and Hunter. Hannah helped organize the race this year because she was injured. Some of the challenges we had to do included taking a picture by the Gassy Jack statue, getting into the Langara College gym, and eating black fungus, squid tentacles, and tofu. Heidi, Brette and Ine won this years race but I know everyone had fun in the competition. Coach Nutini’s “Amazing Race” has always been one of my favourite parts of provincials and it will be a memorable experience for our entire team in the years to come. Shaylee Rutledge is a member of the Mount Baker Secondary School senior girls basketball team. She will be documenting the trials and tribulations of the Wild during their trip to the provincial championship in Vancouver.


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Ken was born in Plamondon, Alberta on May 19, 1939. He had a brother Phil Plamondon and two sisters Annette Rinke and Simone (Eric) Erickson. Ken resided in Kimberley with his wife Ann of 54 years. They raised three children together. Ken worked for 36 years at Cominco until his retirement. Ken loved to spend time outdoors hiking, canoeing and camping. Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sense of humour and love of animals were some of his best traits.

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Ken will be dearly missed by his loving wife Ann, his two sons Terry (Barb) and Danny (Christina), his daughter Lori (Kevin) and grandsons Jordan, Kai and Christopher, his brother-in-law Gary Marzocco and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Simeon and Isabelle and his brother Phil. The family would like to thank the East Kootenay Regional Hospital staff for their wonderful care of Ken while he was there. Special thanks to Catherine Blake, RN and Dr. Lunge for their kindness and professional compassion. At Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, there will be no funeral service. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Kenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honour may do so to the: East Kootenay S.P.C.A., PO Box 2, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 4H6. Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service. Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com

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VICTORIA — Now that contract negotiations with British Columbia teachers have reached the next phase with an 89 per strike mandate, the education minister says he’s looking forward to seeing contract demands from the union. Peter Fassbender said Friday government negotiators have been essentially negotiating with themselves because their offer is the only one on the table. The minister said he wants talks to reach the stage where each side has the others’ proposals. “Until we get an offer and their full proposal from the BCTF, it’s very difficult to move anywhere — until you know where the other goal post is,’’ he said. “It’s kind of like looking down a football field without knowing where the goal post is at the other end.’’ But B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Jim Iker said the union tabled its demands almost a year ago, asking for wage increases that include cost-of-living adjustments and salary catch-ups to other provinces. The contract demands also call for smaller class sizes and more specialist teachers. “What we’re looking at in salary is a cost-ofliving adjustment so we can keep up with the cost of inflation, and we want to have an important discussion with the employer in terms of comparability to our colleagues across Canada,’’ he said. “Our wages have fallen way behind compared to teachers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. That’s the important discussion for us.’’ Statistics Canada reports in 2010 that the minimum annual starting wage for a B.C. teacher was $41,963, while in Alberta, the same wage was $53,838

and the starting wage in Ontario was $42,030. Iker said union negotiators continued bargaining Friday and are prepared to be at talks scheduled for next week. “We look forward to having that (wage) discussion and tabling proposals back and forth at the bargaining table,’’ he said. “We also look forward to reaching a fair deal for teachers which includes better supports for our students. We want to see smaller class sizes for our students come September and more specialist teachers in the system.’’ “I’m hoping that’s the back and forth we can have with the government,’’ said Iker. In January, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled the government’s move to strip class size and composition from the collective agreement was unconstitutional. However, the government went back to court last month and received a temporary stay of the ruling. Following the release of the strike vote late Thursday, Iker said no immediate job action was planned. He said earlier this week that part of the union’s negotiating strategy involves rotating strikes to provoke a settlement. The initial government wage offer added up to 6.5 per cent over six years, followed by indexed increases. Fassbender said the government remains committed to reaching a lengthy settlement with the teachers. Premier Christy Clark has said she considers a 10-year contract a long-term deal, but the union immediately shot down that possibility. The province’s 41,000 teachers have been without a contract since June 2013, and outstanding issues include wages, class sizes and class composition.

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NEW YORK — The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth. So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call. It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. “At this early stage, we’re focusing on the facts that we don’t know,’’ said Todd Curtis, a former safety engineer with Boeing who worked on its 777 wide-body jets and is now director of the Airsafe.com Foundation. Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back before vanishing, Malaysia’s air force chief said Sunday as authorities were investigating up to four passengers with suspicious identifications. The revelations add to the mystery surrounding the final minutes of the flight. Air force chief Rodzali Daud didn’t say which direction the plane veered when it apparently went off course, or how long it flew in that direction, Some of the information it had was also corroborated by civilian radar, he said. If the information about the U-turn is accurate, that lessens the probability that the plane suffered a catastrophic explosion but raises further questions about why the pilots didn’t signal for help. If there was a minor mechanical failure — or even something more serious like the shutdown of both of the plane’s engines — the pilots likely would have had time to radio for help. The lack of a call “suggests something very sudden and very violent happened,’’ said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. It’s possible that there was either an abrupt breakup of the plane or something that led it into a quick, steep dive. Some experts even suggested an act of terrorism or a pilot purposely crashing the jet. No matter how unlikely a scenario, it’s too early to rule out any possibilities, experts warn. The best clues will come with the recovery of the flight data and voice recorders and an examination of the wreckage. U.S. investigators from the FBI, the National Transporta-

In this photo released by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, a patrol vessel of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency searches for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane off Tok Bali Beach in Kelantan, Malaysia, Sunday, March 9, 2014. Military radar indicates that the missing Boeing 777 jet may have turned back, Malaysia’s air force chief said Sunday as scores of ships and aircraft from across Asia resumed a hunt for the plane and its 239 passengers. tion Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration and experts from Boeing are heading to Asia to assist in the investigation. Airplane crashes typically occur during takeoff and the climb away from an airport, or while coming in for a landing, as in last year’s fatal crash of an Asiana Airlines jet in San Francisco. Just 9 per cent of fatal accidents happen when a plane is at cruising altitude, according to a statistical summary of commercial jet airplane accidents done by Boeing. Capt. John M. Cox, who spent 25 years flying for US Airways and is now CEO of Safety Operating Systems, said that whatever happened to the Malaysia Airlines jet, it occurred quickly. The problem had to be big enough, he said, to stop the plane’s transponder from broadcasting its location, although the transponder can be purposely shut off from the cockpit. One of the first indicators of what happened will be the size of the debris field. If it is large and spread out over tens of miles, then the plane likely broke apart at a high elevation. That could signal a bomb or a massive airframe failure. If it is a smaller field, the plane probably fell from 35,000 feet intact, breaking up upon contact with the water. Some of the possible causes for the plane disappearing include: • CATASTROPHIC STRUCTURAL FAILURE. Most aircraft are made of aluminum which is susceptible to corrosion over time, especially in areas of high humidity. But given the plane’s long history and impressive safety record, experts suggest that a failure of the airframe, or the plane’s Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines, is unlikely.

More of a threat to the plane’s integrity is the constant pressurization and depressurization of the cabin for takeoff and landing. In April 2011, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from Phoenix after the plane’s fuselage ruptured, causing a 5-foot tear. The plane, with 118 people on board, landed safely. But such a rupture is less likely in this case. Airlines fly the 777 on longer distances, with many fewer takeoffs and landings, putting less stress on the airframe. • BAD WEATHER. Planes are designed to fly through most severe storms. However, in June 2009, an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed during a bad storm over the Atlantic Ocean. Ice built up on the Airbus A330’s airspeed indicators, giving false readings. That, and bad decisions by the pilots, led the plane into a stall causing it to plummet into the sea. All 228 passengers and crew aboard died. The pilots never radioed for help. In the case of Saturday’s Malaysia Airlines flight, all indications show that there were clear skies. • PILOT DISORIENTATION. Curtis said that the pilots could have taken the plane off autopilot and somehow went off course and didn’t realize it until it was too late. The plane could have flown for another five or six hours from its point of last contact, putting it up to 3,000 miles away. This is unlikely given that the plane probably would have been picked up by radar somewhere. But it’s too early to eliminate it as a possibility. • FAILURE OF BOTH ENGINES. In January 2008, a British Airways 777 crashed about 1,000 feet short of the runway at

London’s Heathrow Airport. As the plane was coming in to land, the engines lost thrust because of ice buildup in the fuel system. There were no fatalities. Loss of both engines is possible in this case, but Hamilton said the plane could glide for up to 20 minutes, giving pilots plenty of time to make an emergency call. When a US Airways A320 lost both of its engines in January 2009 after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York it was at a much lower elevation. But Capt. Chesley B. “Sully’’ Sullenberger still had plenty of communications with air traffic controllers before ending the six-minute flight in the Hudson River. • A BOMB. Several planes have been brought down including Pan Am Flight 103 between London and New York in December 1988. There was also an Air India flight in June 1985 between Montreal and London and a plane in September 1989 flown by French airline Union des Transports Aeriens which blew up over the Sahara. • HIJACKING. A traditional hijacking seems unlikely given that a plane’s captors typically land at an airport and have some type of demand. But a 9-11-like hijacking is possible, with terrorists forcing the plane into the ocean. • PILOT SUICIDE. There were two large jet crashes in the late 1990s — a SilkAir flight and an EgyptAir flight— that are believed to have been caused by pilots deliberately crashing the planes. Government crash investigators never formally declared the crashes suicides but both are widely acknowledged by crash experts to have been caused by deliberate pilot actions.


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