2006 in review - 4

2006 in review - 4

Woman disappears in river

What started as a pleasant day for a young couple at Rearguard Falls on the Fraser River near Mt Robson became a frantic search on Friday, June 23. At approximately 4 p.m. the RCMP were notified that a woman had fallen into the river just below the falls.

The young woman’s boyfriend tried to follow her along the river as she was being swept away by the current. He said he saw her surface twice before she was out of sight. Constable Corey Foote said that the couple were standing above the river when the woman slipped and fell. “We’re mobilizing the provincial emergency program. We will continue looking.”

RCMP used infrared cameras mounted on a helicopter to search the banks for the woman on Saturday morning, but by the end of the day had changed their focus from search and rescue to search and recovery. “There is always a chance,” said Foote.


Daam property saved from saw

The Fraser Headwaters Alliance recently announced that a controversial property in Dunster has been purchased. Larry Stamm, alliance executive director, said that the property in question is the old Daam property that provides water for the Dunster store, the school, and approximately 12 residents in the community.

Landowners Dik and Louisa Daam donated the property to the Turtle Island Earth Stewards Society in 1998, on the condition that the property’s water supply and scenery be preserved in perpetuity. The Daams passed away in 2003, and in 2004 the society sold the land to a businessman from Surrey who said he would log the timber on the property. The land was recently purchased by former resident Jon Previant and his three sons. Previant said he is pleased to help protect the land and put an end to an emotional saga for the community.

New mill owner plans for


Bill Kordyban, president of Carrier Forest Products Ltd and president of the newly incorporated Valemount Forest Products Ltd says it’s just too soon to talk about how and when his new company can begin to operate its mill. He indicated that planning for startup would have to be done carefully because lumber prices are low. Kordyban said that the relationship between Valemount Forest Products and its labour force is a piece of the puzzle in getting going. But he could not say how many people the mill might employ or when they would start working. “It’s going to take some time,” he said.


Vendors stunned by new health regulations

Farmer’s market vendors are alarmed at Northern Health’s (NH) concern about the safety of food products being offered for sale. NH contacted McBride and Community Market organizers earlier this year. The organizers were provided with six pages of guidelines for the sale of hazardous and non-hazardous foods at temporary food markets. Lucy Beck, director of health promotion for NH said that they look at farmer’s markets in a couple of different ways. “Some foods are potentially hazardous. If you want to bring them to a farmer’s market they must be from an approved kitchen,” she said.

Pleasure boaters find body

When Rick and Donna Missins invited their friends Ken and Brenda Mackenzie to join them on the Fraser River for a jet-boat ride they had no idea they would become involved in a difficult body recovery operation. The foursome had planned to run the river from Tete Jaune Cache to Terracana Ranch. After going about five kilometres downstream, the group discovered the body of 20-year-old Zoe Mia Goldstein.

The body was caught on a snag along with some woody debris about 25 feet from the left bank. Goldstein had fallen into the river below Rearguard Falls on June 23. Missins called 911, and before long Valemount Constables Corey Foote, Ed Burstrom, and Coroner Monica Zieper arrived to take charge.

Police raid home for meth lab

A mid-morning raid on a residence in Valemount turned a lazy summer day into a frightening ordeal when a multi-agency task force blockaded Sixth Avenue between Ash and Birch Street. Valemount RCMP Sergeant Georgie Kenzie said that police were acting on information provided by the public regarding a methamphetamine lab. The RCMP Clandestine Lab Team from Vancouver and Health Canada chemists conducted the search. The RCMP Emergency Response Team from Prince George and local RCMP assisted the units.

Police didn’t find any evidence of a math lab.

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