Jewett News…

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Beautiful take me outside day today!                Our week!

Monday, Jan. 15-Monday! Monday!
Tuesday, Jan. 16-Strong Start
Wednesday, Jan. 17-Reading Challenge begins*
Thursday, Jan. 18-Strong Start
January newsletter
Friday, Jan. 19-Take Me Outside Day-Skating at KDAA-meet/greet our JVH penpals.

*We will be starting a new Reading Challenge. This year’s focus is not on how many minutes one reads but about understanding the story. We will be choosing some books to read and answer three questions to check for understanding.

*Our new Science unit is Reaction Science. Please send an old large T-shirt for the students to wear. Who knows what we might be cooking up!

*Parents are welcome to join our skating this week. We will be going to JVH after to have lunch and chat with our penpals!

*In the newsletter this week, I will be sending out a form for Fort Steele. I need to know how many students and parents will be attending to ensure it is worth going.

H20 skiers. Ms. Wiens will be sending the form out this week. As skiing is early this year, please return them with the bulk of the payment ASAP. Whitewater neeeds the forms soon.

Have an awesome week!


Special Public Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Interior Ranges


Jan 11, 2018, Revelstoke, BC:Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada are issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, in effect immediately until the end of day Monday, January 15. The warning applies to the following forecast regions:

Lizard Range & Flathead,
South Rockies,
Kootenay Boundary,  South & North Columbia,
Glacier National Park and the Cariboos.

The snowpack in these areas contains a number of weak layers. Recent snowstorms have buried these layers anywhere from 40 cm to more than a metre deep. The weight of the new snow has brought this unstable snowpack to a critical point, making it very easy for skiers or snowmobilers to trigger large avalanches.

“We have been keeping a close eye on these weak layers and the snow load that has been accumulating on top of them,” explains James Floyer, Forecasting Program Supervisor for Avalanche Canada. “It’s a complex situation and we are now at the tipping point. The warmer temperatures forecast for the coming weekend will definitely increase the chances of triggering an avalanche.”

There have been a number of near misses reported over the past 7 – 10 days, as well as a fatal avalanche accident north of Fernie on January 8. “Many of these incidents are occurring in what is generally considered fairly safe terrain, such as relatively low-angle slopes, treed areas and even heavily tracked slopes,” adds Floyer. “These conditions require expert-level decision making skills and we recommend backcountry users avoid avalanche terrain. The signs indicating you are exposed to avalanche terrain can be very subtle. If you don’t have the training to recognize them, please avoid the backcountry or hire a professional guide.”

For current avalanche conditions, check

For more information, contact:

Mary Clayton
Communications Director, Avalanche Canada
250.837.2141 (109)

January 19th deadline to respond…

The Province is conducting a review of the professional reliance model of the natural resource sector to ensure the highest professional, technical and ethical standards are being applied to resource development in British Columbia.
This provincial review will make recommendations on whether:

  1. Whether professional associations that oversee qualified professionals (QPs) employ best practices to protect the public interest;
  2. Whether government oversight of professional associations is adequate; and
  3. Conditions governing the involvement of QPs in government’s resource management decisions and the appropriate level of government oversight to assure the public their interests are protected.

Feedback collected from citizens, stakeholders, QPs and users of QPs will be considered, along with findings from a review of current legislation and best practices in other jurisdictions. After the public feedback process closes on January 19, 2018, the government will analyze the results and make a summary report available to the public.

Follow the link for Stakeholders to submit a formal submission and read the submissions from various organizations.

A little light reading… links to various Forest Practices Board Reports released late in 2017.



Success at the Lardeau bluffs today:

….. the Avalanche folks had success at the Lardeau bluffs blasting the snow down…(for those who haven’t been here in winter before and wondered what those 14 booms were about…):

“Hi folks, good results with avalanche control at the Bluffs this afternoon. Two lanes of highway open now.

Keep you posted through the warm wet week ahead.

Thanks to Kootenay Valley helicopters for some good flying today and to YRB for cleaning up our mess.”

Kevin Maloney