Interior Logging Association scholarships

Deadline for submissions : July 31 2018

http://www.interiorlogging.org/education/scholarships

 

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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,
Purcells,
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 www.avalanche.ca.

For more information, contact:

Mary Clayton
Communications Director, Avalanche Canada
250.837.2141 (109)
250.837.1492
mclayton@avalanche.ca

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

Kaslo community Response Network news…

December 28  is the last Thursday morning Open House until March, Folks! Hosted by the Kaslo CRN (Kaslo Community Response Network) with the support of the BC Association of CRNs – working to address and prevent the abuse of vulnerable adults- TOGETHER!

Information is Power and you are welcome to contact me any time- if I don’t have the info. you need I will find it for you. ALWAYS confidential and non judgmental. Phone 250-353-7666, or e-mail kaslocrn@yahoo.ca

 

Message from Area D Director Watson…

 

 

As our beautiful communities are blanketed in snow and we prepare for the annual holiday season, I want to express gratitude to all those who contribute to our communities. Did you know Kaslo and Area D has one of the highest, if not the highest, rates of non profits per capita?

There are many interpretations of what that says about our region. Small, remote populations rely much more on volunteers to provide essential services such as search and rescue, first responders and firefighters.

One could also observe that we have a high value for social care such as family programs, xmas hampers, mentoring and senior care.

Whatever the perspective, many of us donate our time, care and energy to events, program and services because we care deeply about each other and where we live.

While it is dangerous to start naming those who have given so much as I could very well forget others by not naming them, I am going to take that risk and call out a massive THANK YOU with a hug of gratitude to a few that I personally could not have accomplished what I did this year without them.

First off- RICHARD BRENTON- a man of endless talents and opinions; all highly valued. His historical knowledge of the region combined with intensive research into such issues as the Culex studies on mosquito production in the Lardeau Valley have not only kept me informed but have enabled this region to finally see a financial return into the program from BC Hydro based on Duncan Dam operations. One of his many contributions, I could spend a day reporting all of the areas Richard has provided concise, informed input into important issues in the region. For now, a simple and very genuine, THANK YOU.

TERRY PETERSEN and CHRIS FREYTA of JB Fletchers Society; the work you and the team are doing to restore the historical building as well as monuments such as the oak tree that was gifted in 1937 to the community commemorating the coronation of George VI, highlight the cultural history that gave birth to the modern day community of Ainsworth.

SANDRA REMPEL, CARI LAMOUREUX , JOHN SEDAN, TRACY REMPLE and VAL SMITH; what haven’t you helped with?? From senior’s care in the home, organizing a diverse variety of workshops for all ages, keeping the hall running and making lunches for the ALL the kids- AN ENDLESS LIST. You enable our communities to not only function, but blossom.

DEB BORSOS- I can’t name all the things you’ve helped with as it too is an endless list, but I can say how much I appreciate your insight, candor and tireless efforts no matter the issue. Your dedication combined with a sense of humor that keeps me light and focused forward have been highlights to many meetings.

I could go on! (as usual) This list is a very short snapshot of some of the amazing people that make Area D so wonderful to live in. Over the holidays, I will be disconnected from work- no emails or calls and certainly no meetings! (amazing what qualifies as ‘the best gift’ when one is an adult). But I will continue these posts- look for other Area D residents to be acknowledged and thanked for their contributions.

To everyone- BE SAFE, HAVE FUN, EAT TOO MUCH THEN GO FOR A HIKE and most of all, ENJOY EACH OTHER.
Merry Christmas!