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Snowmobile accident kills Shuswap man By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
A Blind Bay man died at the scene of a snowmobiling accident that occurred Friday near Sicamous. The BC Coroners Service stated on Monday that David Mark Yule, 49, was killed on Friday, Jan. 9, after the snowmobile he was on went over a steep cliff. The incident occurred in the backcountry of the Owlhead snowmobiling area. Police, the BC Ambulance Service and search and rescue crews from Vernon and the Shuswap were called to the accident scene at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sicamous RCMP Cpl. J.R. Lechky reports that upon arrival, authorities learned the 49-year-old had mistakenly driven his sled off a cliff, estimated to be 40 feet high. Paramedics with BC Ambulance Service’s helicopter service and the Vernon search team arrived within an hour, said Lechky, but were unable to resuscitate Yule, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Gord Bushell, general manager of the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club, said he and the sledding community are upset by the incident and expressed their condolences to Yule’s family and friends. Bushell called the incident an unfortunate accident, and said Yule had been well-prepared to sled the backcountry. “He was off on an un-groomed trail, he was in the backcountry and he wasn’t doing anything stupid,” said Bushell. “It was just an incident where he was coming down the hill and he ended up going over a cliff and wasn’t able to get away from the sled.”
Trail: Above is the trail head for the Owlhead sledding area. Photo by sledsicamous.com
Highway closure: Eastbound truckers wait in their vehicles parked along the Trans-Canada Highway, at the Husky Travel Centre and elsewhere in town last Wednesday morning. Photo by Lachlan Labere
Heavy snowfall cripples highway travel
Power outages: Close to 4,000 B.C. Hydro customers impacted. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
Heavy snowfall, a highway closure and repeated power outages brought Sicamous to a standstill early last week. Between Monday and Tuesday, the community received about a half-meter of snow – similar to Salmon Arm and other parts of the Shuswap and North Okanagan. Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Coldwells attributed the storm to a surge of cold Arctic air from the Yukon that settled into the valleys and was covered by a large warm air mass originating in Hawaii. “The two (air masses) are battling it out,” said Coldwells Monday. “And there has been
a continuous flow; that’s one of the keys for making it snow for what seems forever.” Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday as a result of the snowfall and the subsequent power outages that began Monday evening, and weren’t resolved until early Wednesday, impacted approximately 3,900 customers in the area. “The storm caused trees to fall into our transmission line and knock it out of service several times yesterday, which resulted in several power outages in Sicamous,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Mary Anne Coules. “The trees were weighed down from the enormous amount of snow we’ve had and the freezing rain on See Truck drivers on page 2
Damage: A tree weighed down by heavy snow caught a telephone wire while crashing on top of a pickup truck parked at a Forest Park Street residence. Photo by Lachlan Labere
Property values remain stable in Shuswap By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
Stable is how BC Assessment deputy assessor Jason Sowinski describes housing values for the Shuswap in 2015. BC Assessment has released its annual appraisal of properties in the province, and owners can expect their notice to arrive in the mail if they haven’t received it already. For the Shuswap, Sowinski said property assessment values saw minimal change – between minus five and plus five per cent – over
the year prior. This contrasts with properties in the Okanagan, especially along the Okanagan Lake commuter corridor, where assessed values increased up to 10 per cent. Assessments are estimates of a property’s current market value, and Sowinski notes, though sales numbers have increased in Sicamous and Salmon Arm, product demand isn’t the same as in larger North Okanagan municipalities. “I know some of the higher-level housing in both of those communities (Sicamous and
Salmon Arm), they’re still in demand…,” commented Sowinski. “But it’s not like Kelowna and Vernon, where it’s driven more by the up-tick in the local economies.” Doug Hubscher, a Shuswap realtor and director with the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB), has a slightly different perspective on local market activity. For 2014, OMREB saw “an upswing in consumer demand the strongest in seven years.” Sales activity was strongest in the Shuswap, with a 28 per cent increase in
residential sales over 2013. Property values on residential sales only increased by 5.7 per cent, however, which Hubscher said is “relative to what we’re seeing from BC Assessment.” If the current sales trend continues in the Shuswap, influenced by a decline in market inventory of lower-priced homes ($250,000 to $300,000), Hubscher says it’s likely property values will continue to increase. “I’m cautiously optimistic… that sales activity is going to be
translated into an upward movement of prices,” said Hubscher. “I’m cautious about it because I don’t think it’s going to be leaps and bounds. Property owners concerned about their assessment may contact an appraiser and, if still unsatisfied, may appeal by submitting a notice of complaint to BC Assessment by Feb. 2. Appeals are reviewed by an independent property assessment review panel. For more information, visit www.bcassessment. ca, or call 1-866-8258322.
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top of it.” A telecommunication line was also knocked down on Forest Park Street. Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino said a tree on a residential property fell under the weight of the snow, catching a telephone cable as it proceeded to fall on a pick-up truck parked on the neighbouring property. The power line was also hit, but did not disconnect or cause any damage. Policing matters during the storm pertained mostly to managing the community-wide truck stop that began Monday night after the TransCanada Highway was closed east of Sicamous due to snow and avalanche conditions. Other than that, and a few
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false alarms, Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Scott West said there were no incidents. The highway didn’t reopen until noon on Wednesday, Jan. 7. By that time there were approximately 200 tractor-trailer units parked along the highway between Sicamous and the Skyline Truck Stop in Malakwa. For some of the truck drivers, being stuck in Sicamous overnight was just a part of the job, and something that’s factored into the trip. “You make sure you’re prepared, pack extra groceries, blankets, clothing, water, the essential stuff,” said Mike DeBakker, who was heading to Calgary from Aldergrove. “With winter driving, you never know what to expect.
It can happen anywhere, be it an accident or whatever.” As someone who frequently drives the TCH from the Lower Mainland to Alberta, DeBakker suggested widening the highway might help improve winter driving conditions. He also suggested there could be more highway maintenance. “There have been a few times where there’s been some heavy snowfall and it will be four or five hours before you see a plow on the road,” said DeBakker. Trucker Marek Korez’s solution, however, is to avoid the route altogether during the winter. “No, I don’t come back to B.C.,” laughed Korez Wednesday morning, while en route to Calgary. His rig had
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been parked on the highway shoulder since Tuesday. “I go maybe five times a year and I don’t come back to May 1.” District of Sicamous operations manager Randy Hand said the power outages added insult to injury, at least as far as staffing goes. He said the heavy, wet snow was very difficult to deal with, adding clean-up didn’t begin until Wednesday. “There’s so many factors to keep in mind like safety of motorists and pedestrians and everything else, the clearing of sidewalks and just to open up the driving areas so that residents could get around, make appointments, get to work and things like that,” said Hand. “A lot of the local areas
be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-836-4041 for info. Every Wed.-Sat. United Church Thrift Store 10:00 am to 3 p.m. 1st & 3rd Wednesday - Eagle Valley Photographic Arts Club meets at the Red Barn at 7 pm. Everyone Welcome. Every Thurs. - Sicamous Crokinole Group meets at 7pm at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre - upstairs for more info and to join call Dave Reed @ 250-836-3652 Every Thurs.- Ladies shuffleboard at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99 in Sicamous. 1pm-3pm. All ladies welcome. Every Thurs.- Malakwa Thrift Store between the 2 churches Open every Thursday 10-5. Every 2nd Thurs. - Sicamous Lions Club meeting at the Seniors Activity Centre, 1091 Shuswap Avenue. Doors open at 6:15 and meeting starts at 6:30. Anyone interested in being a volunteer for the community, please
weren’t done until the afternoon, which was difficult. But our priorities are first the downtown, and then we have the collector roads and then the local roads.” While the power outages necessitated increased staff time for monitoring water and wastewater operations, Hand said the district was able to deal with the storm within budget, noting snowfall had been fairly light during the past two months. As for the numerous complaints received, Hand said they were usually able to resolve matters by explaining what the district was up against. “Once we explain what we’re doing, people understand we’re hard at it and moving as fast as we can,” said Hand.
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Rays of Sunshine to the District Office for the good work they did during and after the snow event. Pushing huge piles of snow back from driveways, having the lower turn around on CPR Hill cleared off after it was being used for a for stacking snow from the road .... thank you so much. ~ Marilyn Birks Huge thank you to Wayne March, GM Eagles Hockey Team, for getting the Eagles out shovelling off trailer roofs, breeze ways, sidewalks, Houseboats etc. Truly shows these young men are a big part of the Sicamous community. ~ Marilyn Birks
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Trucker impressed with local hospitality Care packages: Stranded drivers surprised to receive hot meal. Eagle Valley News
Marie Munro was one of hundreds of truckers sidelined in Sicamous for close to 24 hours last Wednesday. Part of a long line of semis that stretched from Sicamous to the Skyline Truck Stop in Malakwa, Munro considered herself lucky to be stuck in a community. The 48-year old trucker, with 20 years of experience, has been sidelined along the Trans-Canada before but said she was amazed when a knock came on the side of her truck door Tuesday evening. "I rolled down the window and a woman said 'care package,' and handed me two foilwrapped packages," said Munro, noting she spied a couple with a white pickup working their way along the line, but it was too dark and happened so quickly she had no further details. "I said what's this? She said steak dinner. It was barbecued steak, potatoes and veggies and it was really tasty. I scarfed it down right away." Although she likes living in her truck and enjoys the amenities such as a heater, Internet access and a toaster oven, she had not yet made dinner. Munro, who had been stopped with her feline travelling com-
Travel buds: Marie Munro and her driving partner Turtle. Photo contributed panion, Turtle, since 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, was very touched by the thoughtfulness of the couple, who she noted, would have been without power themselves. That somebody turned out to be Sicamous resident Barb Makota and her partner Serge Miller, who were without power and were heading down the road to stay with a friend who has a woodburning fireplace. Makota found steak in her freezer and barbecued that and some veggies and dropped off the care packages to truckers on the way. "We had fun doing it; it felt really good to be able to help people out and be generous," said Makota, pointing out her partner was a truck driver for 30 years.
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"My heart sort of went out to the truckers; I know they’d been stuck. I felt so bad for them." Makota says she was touched by Munro's public acknowl-
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edgment of her care package. Munro meanwhile said several other truckers were also surprised and pleased by the couple's generosity and by the operators of
the local Husky, who were handing out free sandwiches and beverages. While she has been stuck along the TransCanada more than once, and received special food baskets from local church groups when parked at truck stops over Christmas, she has never experienced this kind of community generosity. "It's really nice to see people are still caring about people," she said. "I want to say a huge thank you to Sicamous, especially considering they were without power." Munro wishes as much care and attention could be given to the Trans-Canada Highway. "It's highway one – death highway; if it's not avalanches it's crashes," she says, calling for better road maintenance. "I notice just between Christmas and New Year, it's great running. But the rest of the time, where are the plow trucks, where is the sand on the road?" Munro says if the province is going to privatize road maintenance, they need to have more oversight. "This isn't about money, this is about our lives," she says. "Don't privatize; or make the maintenance people liable." In terms of accidents, Munro says the trucking industry is
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Heroic deed not a job qualification
ouse of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers performed a heroic deed in October when he shot dead a gunman who attacked Parliament Hill after murdering an unarmed solider guarding the National War Memorial. That Vickers was brave that day is without dispute. His actions very likely saved lives. For all that, Vickers has been commended. This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Vickers will become Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, succeeding Loyola Hearn, a former Conservative MP. Vickers has been sergeant-at-arms at Parliament since 2006, before which he spent a quarter-century working as a Mountie. He may well become an effective ambassador to Ireland, but Vickers’ appointment again raises the question as to the qualifications of those awarded well-paid postings at home and abroad. Surely performing a heroic deed while employed in a policing role cannot in and of itself qualify one to become Canada’s highest link to a European country? Is there anything else, aside from Vickers’ work in stopping a killer in October, that makes him the right person to become ambassador to Ireland? Or, as with so many other appointments in politics, is the plum gig a reward for doing a good job? And, if so, should it be this way? We have seen too many people handed lives of luxury simply because they supported the government in power or because their celebrity can be perceived to help the government in power. Vickers’ predecessor in Ireland, Hearn, is an example of the former. He was instrumental in working to unite the Progressive Conservatives and Canadian Alliance. Examples of the latter include journalists Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin (to Harper’s eternal regret) and Sun Peaks’ own Nancy Greene Raine. Here’s wishing Vickers well in Dublin while we also wish for more transparency in how and why these appointments are made. -Kamloops This Week
Kennwick Man centre of long legal battle By Tom Fletcher News Columnist
VICTORIA – My Christmas reading included a fascinating new book called Kennewick Man, a study of skeletal remains discovered in 1996 on the bank of the Columbia River in eastern Washington. He was an ancient hunter buried just south of B.C. almost 9,000 years ago, in the Early Holocene period following the last Ice Age. Among the oldest humans found along the West Coast of North America, he sparked an unprecedented battle by the Smithsonian Institution to examine the skeleton and publish the book late last year. The most controversial evidence came from the skull. It doesn’t match the classic Mongoloid profile of modern aboriginal people, key to the theory that the earliest humans reached North America by land bridge from Siberia to
Alaska as glaciers receded. Smithsonian scientists confirmed initial reports that Kennewick Man is a closer match with early Polynesians, and the Ainu people who remain in Japan today. He lived until about age 40, surviving for years with a stone spear point stuck in his hip. The authors conclude from chemical analysis that “Kennewick Man could not have been a longtime resident of the area where he was found, but instead lived most of his adult life somewhere along the Northwest and North Pacific coast where marine mammals were readily available.” This suggests migration by sea, perhaps from a great distance. The U.S. Army seized the skeleton. The scientists sued and eventually won the right to a brief examination. The court case exposed brutal and illegal actions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and fed-
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eral departments to destroy the site and intimidate the scientists. U.S. law demanded all remains from before European settlement be repatriated for burial by local tribes, without examination. The head of the Society for American Archaeology tried to get the researchers to drop their lawsuit, fearing it would interfere with fragile relationships with area tribes. The U.S. Justice Department warned the Smithsonian that lead scientist Douglas Owsley and others might be in criminal conflict of interest as federal employees suing the government. Even the White House weighed in against them. Meanwhile the skeleton was mishandled and later stored in substandard conditions at a Seattle museum, where it remains today. Parts of both femurs were lost, and scientists were falsely accused of taking them. They had been re-
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moved by tribal representatives and secretly buried. Kennewick Man was found as the army was in tense negotiations with tribes on salmon fishing rights on the Columbia, their demand for removal of dams, and the $100 billion cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site. The scientists finally won their case in 2004, with a ruling that the skeleton is so old there isn’t enough evidence to show it is related to the current tribes. The judge found the army repeatedly misled the court, and assessed the government $2.4 million in costs. The U.S. Army still controls the skeleton and denies requests for further study. One final irony. Analysis shows Kennewick Man ate mostly salmon in his later years, around 6300 BCE. These are the salmon runs wiped out by dams built by U.S. Army engineers before the signing of the Columbia River Treaty with B.C.
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Ever since 9-11, the world has gone haywire over terrorism, with trillions of dollars wasted from war profiteering and hundreds of thousands of lives lost. and there is no end in sight for this madness. The shooting of a soldier in Ottawa along with the murder by two lone, disturbed individuals provided Prime Minister Harper a slight bump in the polls because he capitalized on these events to boost efforts to fight terrorism. And now the tragedy in Paris is being used by the Conservative government to urge more action. Yet few Canadians realize that despite Harper’s rhetoric, behind the scenes, his government has been promoting weapon sales to the Middle East, where these armaments may end up in the very hands of the very extremists the West is battling against.
The 10-year, $14.8-billion contract to sell light armoured vehicles made in Ontario in a General Dynamics branch plant was promoted by the government-run Canadian Commercial Corporation. Thus, it is no wonder the Harper Conservative government refused to sign the UN global Arms Trade Treaty, which came into effect three weeks ago after it was ratified by 50 countries. Hopefully this fall, voters will be aware of the Canadian Conservative hypocrisy that condemns the “international jihadist movement,” while at the same time facilitating more war profiteering and refusing to sign a treaty that encourages peace instead of more war.
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It’s 4 p.m. and I’ve just hit the wall. No, not literally. I’m referring to the afternoon slump, that point in the day when mental exhaustion sets in, and writing a lengthy, detailed story about, say, how sitting at your desk eight hours a day will supposedly decrease your lifespan by 20 per cent (thank you Mayo Clinic) is out of the question. The risk of errors and omissions is too great, as is the probability of my passing out on the keyboard. Yesterday at this time of day I felt great, with plenty of energy. Why do I feel this way now then? Oh, right, the night visitor. Two months ago, my family moved into a new place. The adjustment is a work in progress. Part of this has to do with our fiveyear-old son’s sleeping habits. Well, one habit really. It seems he can no longer sleep through the night in his own bed. Our son’s sleepy eyed, bedroom-to-bedroom pilgrimage occurs at around 1 a.m. He’ll open our bedroom door, crawl into our bed in between us and fall asleep. Which wouldn’t be terrible if his version of “sleep” complemented ours. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Sleep for him involves a lot of fidgeting, grabbing and kicking, and that’s on top of the tossing and turning like an adult who’s consumed too much caffeine too late in the day. So, once again, we find ourselves having to help our son re-establish a healthy sleep
dren – are experiencing an epidemic of sleep disorders. Coincidentally,studies indicate the prescription sleeping pill industry has done quite well over the past decade. I suspect sales of sleeprelated supplements such as melatonin, have also been on the rise. But not all solutions come from a bottle. Reestablishing a healthy sleep pattern may only require relatively minor lifestyle changes: avoid caffeine after lunch, exercise (though not close to bed time), lower the temperature in your bedroom at night and try to keep the noise down. Of course, none of that helps when the source of one’s sleep disturbance is a child who, for one reason or another, is determined to establish his or her own little groove in the middle of mommy and daddy’s bed. Another joy of parenting you don’t really think about until it happens to you. Is it 5 p.m. yet? Better yet, is it bedtime?
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ritual that, ideally, will benefit us all. So far this hasn’t been easy – not that I expected it to be. Our son has become more fluent in the English language, and has clued in to words he know will sting. As I learned the other night, he’s not afraid to do use them when being helped/herded back to his own bed. I don’t take it personally, but it doesn’t help matters any. The effects of sleep deprivation on children are well documented on the Internet: defiant/ contrary behaviour, difficulty waking up, poor concentration during the day, need for long naps, etc. Thankfully, the Internet also offers plenty of help/solutions to our far-from-unique situation. The same goes for adults dealing with sleeping issues, of which there are apparently, a great many. A 2011 report by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (yes, that’s a real thing) indicated Canadians – both adults and chil-
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West joins Sicamous detachment By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
If you wish to “like” Sgt. Scott West, you’re going to have to meet him in person. Sicamous residents will not find the community’s new detachment commander on social media websites like Facebook. When it comes to public relations, West says he prefers the tried-and-true approach of speaking with people in person. “Face-to-face – that’s the way I’ve always done business… and that’s the way I appreciate doing it,” said West. “If I have to do something over the phone, then great, but if it’s a community group or somebody who needs some personal attention, that’s what I get paid to do – help people solve problems.” West’s approach may have something to do with his preference for working in smaller communities. Prior to Sicamous, West, who has served 22 years with the RCMP, was stationed in Dawson Creek. There he was Operations NCO (noncommissioned officer) and sometimes acting detachment commander. Prior to that, he worked four years in Kamloops, just under a year in Nakusp and 13 years in Kelowna. “That’s just where my career path has led me…,” said West. “I’ve never been a big-city
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boy, so I’m not inclined to go to the metro area or the Lower Mainland. I like small-town policing. I like being able to deal with the public and being familiar with the people in town. That’s the way I grew up, I guess.” West arrived in the Shuswap with his wife and two kids, who he says “have been following him around for the last 15 years.” Not having been in the community long, West said he’s still getting his bearings, but is quickly picking up on policing priorities that may be more unique to the community, such as snowmobiling. He says one of the local detachment’s focuses has been, and will continue
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to be making sure local and visiting sledders can have a good time without being victims of crime. “It’s not that I have to make any changes along those lines – the members here already have that mindset,” said West. “And then of course, in the summertime – it is a summertime destination – so it’s to make sure everybody has fun and does so responsibly and nobody ends up being a victim of a crime in any way, shape or form.” While energies will be focused on policing priorities, West anticipates his problemsolving abilities will be called upon for all kinds of matters. “I was dealing with
a gentleman yesterday, it didn’t turn out it was solely a policing issue, and the policing issue was relatively minor, but it was an issue where he had a problem and he didn’t know how to solve it,” said West. “So I gave him a couple of outlets, a couple of avenues to follow up on his own. “I told him to get back to me and tell me how he made out. He called me yesterday afternoon and he said all my problems are solved… so, did I solve somebody’s problem? No. But did I equip him with the information to be maybe help them solve their own problems on their own? Yeah. Sometimes that’s what the police do.”
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CSRD sorts out new recycle program
By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News
The launch of the new recycling program at Columbia shuswap Regional District depots was smoother at some sites than others. Trying to make the transition from a comingled system to one that requires sorting recyclables into six categories as smooth as possible has been a bit of a challenge for staff, says Environmental Health lead Ben Van Nostrand. “It’s one of the busiest starts to a new year I’ve ever had,” he said last Thursday. “It’s been a bit of a learning curve, and that’s putting it mildly.” Miscommunication between the regional district and Emterra, the company responsible for picking up recyclables from Bill’s Bottle Depot until midnight Dec. 31, resulted in overflowing bins and a “rough start” for the new program. Van Nostrand said Emterra had been trying to hold off on going to the depot to remove their large, familiar green bins until their contract had ended. This resulted in overflowing bins. “There was some miscommunication, maybe on both sides, that led to some issues,” he said, noting the depot operator made several calls on Jan. 2 to get the bins removed, something that apparently happened after the depot closed. “One day the bins were there and the next day they were gone, but there was still stuff on the ground.” Another issue that complicated the launch was the number of Salmon Arm residents who missed curbside collection over Christmas and took their comingled blue bags to the depot. While several of the new commodities have been added to the curbside collection program, some remain unacceptable – plastic foam packaging, glass and plastic bags or plastic film, which are part of the depot program only. If a driver spots un-
Waste not: CSRD’s Ben Van Nostrand recycles styrofoam at one of two new recycling bins in Salmon Arm on Friday, Jan. 9. Photo by Evan Buhler
acceptable material in the blue bag, he will leave it at the curb. If too much of the material ends up being collected, MMBC will fine the city. For a complete list of acceptable curbside items, visit www. salmonarm.ca and type recycling in the search window. Meanwhile, Van Nostrand says that by Wednesday the Bill’s Bottles site looked fantastic and people at the depot were thanking him for adding the new categories such as plastic film and Styrofoam and saying they were happy to separate the material. “We’ve had to hire a bunch of contractors so there’s a bit of an uptake on employment,” he said, noting that in the first week of 2015, more than 2,000 cubic feet of materials including Styrofoam had already been collected from the Shuswap by Materials Management BC (MMBC). And that does not include the estimated five tonnes-plus of fibre material. “The other big thing is we haven’t paid anything for that; it’s all paid for by MMBC,” he said. “They are collecting and processing the material.”
And the savings will be used for new recycling programs such as food waste diversion and a permanent hazardous waste disposal facility. “Through savings, we have budgeted to have a permanent facility up and running in 2016 instead of having a hazardous waste round-up every two years,” Van Nostrand says. “And other options are included in the new Solid Waste Management Plan, which will be brought to the board by February or March.” Van Nostrand says the transition so far has been better than he thought – at most depots. Tempers have been hot at the Salmon Arm Landfill, despite the presence of contractors who are not only providing information on the new system, but actually offering to help people sort their recycling. “Someone will just throw their stuff on the ground and say ‘screw you,’” says Van Nostrand of the attitude some attendants are dealing with. “They’re saying ‘I’ll dump it in the garbage.’” That can be a costly response, as doing that will earn people a disincentive fee and other
penalties. “We’ve asked attendants to get licence plate numbers and if it’s a bylaw issue we’ll follow up on it,” he says. “Attendants are only trying to help; it’s not their fault and they’ll even help you sort your stuff.” Van Nostrand is frustrated that some people are saying they were not told about impending changes, despite the regional district’s attempt to reach everyone within CSRD over the last several months through newspaper advertisements, their website, Facebook and Twitter. Travel east to Sicamous and Malakwa and Van Nostrand says that while there has been some after-dark, illegal dumping, most residents are happy and welcome the new categories. Van Nostrand had heard little from the North Shuswap as of Thursday and was receiving mixed reviews from South Shuswap. “CSRD has partnered with Bill’s, Sorrento Firehall and Tappen Co-op,” he says. “We have begged them to help us make this work, but at the end of the day. if they are inundated with garbage, they’re gonna walk and there won’t be a depot.”
Mountains of fun: Tyler Watson leaps over one of the piles of snow on the school grounds enjoyed by Parkview Elementary students last Wednesday following the snow storm that closed Shuswap schools for two days. Photo by Lachlan Labere
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Eagle Valley News
Eagles trip up Wranglers with 6-2 win in 100 Mile By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
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The Sicamous Eagles made sure the 300plus kilometre trip to 100 Mile House Friday to take on the Wranglers was well worth the effort. Four hours of sitting on a bus didn’t deter the Eagles from earning a 6-2 win versus
their Cariboo hosts. Devyn Myck lit up the board with a goal early in the first period, assisted by Ben Campbell and Tyson Taylor. Minutes later, teammate Scott Robinson added one off Samuel Subert. The Wranglers got on the board at 8:45 with a power-play conversion, but Nathan Plessis added a third
goal for Sicamous off Ashton Wake, putting the Eagles at 3-1 going into second period. Carter Hansen, off Bradley Whitehead, added a goal early in the second frame. Later in the period, the Wranglers were once again able to score on the power-play advantage. Korwin Shewchuk potted a fifth goal for
the Eagles early in the third frame off Riley Cardinal. At this point the Wranglers were largely on the defensive, yet they were unable to stop a goal by Wake at 10:04, assisted by Plessis and Hansen, who, at the end of the night was named the game’s second star. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Eagles were
back on home ice where they were handed a 6-3 upset by the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Myck delivered an unassisted single late in the first frame that wound up being the only goal that period. In the second frame, though the Eagles delivered more shots on net, the Grizzlies sealed the win with five unan-
swered goals. The visitors added their sixth goal in the third frame on a power play. It was answered, however, a minute later by Darien Blight, off Wake and Hansen. Justin Wilde added the final goal of the night off Plessis and Campbell, and was named the game’s first star. Tonight (Jan. 14),
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STANLEY DOUGLAS BURTON July 18, 1925 - December 28, 2014 After a full and eventful life Stanley went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2014. He was halfway to his 90th birthday. Stan is survived by his four children Dan (Shirley), Linda (Steve), Liz (Shawn) and Doug, his wife Margery of 35 years as well as grandchildren Tim (Kristy), Carolyn (Mark), Stephen, Ryan (Shawna), Shane (Ileana), Jennifer (Rose), Mathew (Tanya), Caroline (Dorian), Joshua and Stephanie; and 13 great-grandchildren. In his retirement years he moved to Sicamous, BC, where he took up wood carving with chain saws and other tools, creating beautiful cedar plaques of fish and birds. He had a home alongside a creek at the edge of a mountain and he spent hours tending his garden creating a park-like environment. It was the envy of all around him. He was also active in the local church and worked on behalf of seniors in the community. In 2002 he returned to Winnipeg to finish his years closer to the majority of his family. He lived in Lions place for 11 years and then one year at Lions Manor Supportive Housing. A memorial service was held on January 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm, at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lions Housing Centres of Winnipeg. Neil Bardal Funeral Centre 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
TED WHITEHEAD CELEBRATION OF LIFE Edward (Ted) Whitehead, age 86, died at Salmon Arm hospital on January 7th. Ted died with his wife Eileen and family at his side. Ted was born on April 28th, 1928 in Miami Manitoba. He has lived in Sicamous since March of 1961. Ted had a variety of careers starting as an electrical engineer, worked on the Rodgers Pass road construction, was a Superintendent of mill construction, had a metal fabrication shop, constructed homes in Sicamous, then for many years had logging and site preparation equipment. Ted retired at the age of 72 and enjoyed telling stories, woodworking and travelling. A Celebration of Life will be held at the
Sicamous Legion Hall on Saturday, January 17th at 3:00 PM.
All friends and family are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation in Ted Whitehead’s name.
GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420 www.pioneerwest.com IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.
TAX FREE MONEY is available, if you are a homeowner, today! We can easily approve you by phone. 1st, 2nd or 3rd mortgage money is available right now. Rates start at Prime. Equity counts. We don’t rely on credit, age or income. Call Anytime 1-800-639-2274 or 604-430-1498. Apply online www.capitaldirect.ca
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Home Improvements FULL SERVICE plumbing from Parker Dean. Fast, reliable, 24/7 service. Take $50 off your next job if you present this ad. Vancouver area. Call 1-800-573-2928.
Snowclearing BOBCAT & operator for snow removal in Sicamous & surr. area. Stacey (250)836-5000
Merchandise for Sale
Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’ and insulated containers all sizes in stock. Trades are welcome. 40’Containers under $2500! DMG 40’ containers under $2,000 each. Also JD 544 & 644 wheel Loaders & 20,000 lb CAT forklift. Wanted to buy 300 size hydraulic excavator. Ph Toll free 1-866-528-7108 1-778-298-3192 8am-5pm Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com
Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper? STEEL BUILDINGS / Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100. Sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206; www.crownsteelbuildings.ca
Misc. Wanted BUYING gold jewelry! Bracelets, chains, necklaces, rings, watches, coins, gold teeth, etc. Call Todd @ 250-864-3521. Private Collector Looking to Buy Coin Collections, Silver, Antiques, Native Art, Estates + Chad: 778-281-0030 Local
Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent LGE 1 & 2 BDRM. BRIGHT apts. In suite storage, green space, live-in manager. Cable incl. Sicamous, 250-804-5364.
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