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Two men were killed in the crash of a DC-3 cargo plane on Mayne Island at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 13.

Almost 100 people attended a meeting at Beaver Point Hall on how to prepare for potential problems related to the Y2K millennium bug in early February. Dave Enfield was chosen as new Salt Spring fire chief. He replaced the retiring Les Wagg. Enfield came to the island from Surrey where he lived and worked for 27 years. He served as chief until his retirement in 2009. ArtSpring was given its absolutely official opening with a gala weekend April 17-19. Events included a ribbon-cutting by Birgit and Robert Bateman, and three concerts: Bob LeBlanc, Carol Welsman and contralto Maureen Forrester accompanied by Peter Tiefenbach on piano. A low-cost seniors housing complex proposed for land behind Lady Minto Hospital was turned down by the Salt Spring Local Trust Committee, cited as being contrary to the official community plan and on Agricultural Land Reserve property. Former island resident Geoff Ballard received the Order of Canada for his role in refining the hydrogen fuel cell. A swift community response had Portlock Park’s Shelby Pool back in shape after a July fire in the administration building closed the facility for a week. A full-fledged “gas war” at Gasoline Alley’s fuel station heated up over the summer and revealed that Salt Springers pay up to 15 per cent more than anywhere else in the province. A huge summer lightning storm spooked 21 island dogs from their homes. All of the canines were back home safe and sound within a couple of days. The appearance of blue-green algae in Cusheon Lake prompted the Capital Health Region to issue a warning to local residents to avoid contact of any kind with the lake’s water. Lab results determined water quality was back to normal by the end of September. In the biggest land sale ever recorded on Salt Spring Island at the time, Texada Logging Company of Germany sold its entire island inventory to Vancouver-based developers Derek Trethewey and Rob MacDonald. The 4,500 acres stretched from Mount Maxwell through the Burgoyne and Fulford valleys and up to Mount Tuam. Logging on Mount Tuam was soon met with local protests. A Capital Health Region spokesperson told a December emergency preparedness meeting that the region was “overdue” for a major 9.5 magnitude earthquake. A 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded that very month.


“It takes a long time to become young.” ~ PABLO PICASSO


Two men were killed in the crash of a DC-3 cargo plane on Mayne Island at 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 13. The appearance of blue-green algae in Cusheo...