2006 in review - 5


BC Hydro CEO

apologizes for


The lightning strikes that knocked out power in the Robson Valley for almost 24 hours could not be prevented. But some customers feel that more could have been done to communicate with the businesses and emergency services agencies so they could react effectively.

BC Hydro Community Relations Manager Charmane Edwards said that CEO Bob Elton has been in contact with the Mayor of McBride, and they will be taking a second look at the situation. “He did pass on his apologies for the inconvenience,” said Edwards.

Elton also committed to reviewing the situation and reporting back to the mayors of McBride and Valemount at the UBCM convention in October.

Vandals trashed school van

On two consecutive nights Valemount youths went on a destructive rampage, destroying the secondary school’s van, ripping up the freshly laid playfield turf, opening propane tanks and spraying paint onto people’s homes. Constable Ed Burstrom said there are two local youths in their late teens that are being dealt with, and more people may have been involved. He said that the suspects could face charges of mischief causing damage over $5,000 and multiple counts of mischief causing damage under $5,000.

Mutilated cougar hung from overpass

Valemount resident Rae-Ann Black discovered a dead cougar hanging by its neck from the CN Rail overpass just north of town. The rope suspending the animal was tied in a hangman’s noose. Black said that she and three passersby from Jasper cut the animal down. Black noticed that someone had also smashed the cougar’s lower jaw in an attempt to remove its teeth, and had also cut its tail off.

Black said that whoever hung the cougar should be punished. “I don’t know who would do this but I’m hoping it’s not locals because it’s just sick,”she said.

Conservation Officer Kevin Van Damme said he would be looking into the incident.


Work resumes at Canoe Mountain

After several months of inactivity, machines at the Canoe Mountain Resorts project south of Valemount are running again. On Sept. 1 workers began clearing the gondola lift line. Once the 4,637 metre line is cleared to a width of 12 metres, representatives from the lift building companies, Leitner-Poma and Doppelmayr CTEC, will be invited to survey the line, design a lift system and prepare a quote for gondola construction.

Gerry Levasseur, president of Canoe Mountain Resort Ltd. said the delay in getting the lift line cleared happened because of a misunderstanding about the permit process authorizing the clearing.

Rampaging bears

damage property

Last week in Dunster, a female black bear and her two cubs damaged the Dunster General Store and some residential property. The bears started snooping around the store on Saturday, said storeowner Lelani Arris. “She got into our little garbage can on the porch and ripped up the screen door a bit.” Muddy paw prints were found on the door to the store as well.

The very next night the bears came back and ripped out the windowsill from the store’s grain shed, leaving the window to fall. “They hooked a bag of barley out of the shed and dragged it around the building,” said Arris.

On Monday night, the bears came back and ripped the screen door right off of its hinges and scratched up the siding. They ripped a piece of plywood off the wall and got into some coffee grounds that were left outside of a door. An area resident scared the bears away on his way to work.

The bears eventually moved over to Chuck McNaughton’s farm, where they came in contact with an electric fence he had set up to keep them away from his buildings. They bolted into the forest.

Committee presents village square concept

An ad hoc committee of people interested in acquiring all or at least some of the old Valemount Secondary School property for public use has been meeting weekly since June 29. Dee McEachern addressed the village council during a regular council meeting to explain the committee’s work.

The committee’s vision showed a public space in the middle of the school property. It included that part of the land between the end of Elm St. at Fifth Ave. and the beginning of Elm St. at Sixth Ave. The village square included walking and biking paths, lawns, shrubs, trees, flower beds, a fountain with a wishing well, a checkerboard of slate or stone that could be used for a farmers market or concert, memorial benches, picnic tables and washrooms.

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