2013 Year in Review – May

A recap of some of the memorable moments of the past year in the West Boundary.

Doug Fossen gives instructions to members of the 4-H Ranch Club as they prepare to work some cow-calf pairs through the corrals at Fossen Bar-7 Ranch.

The BC Conservatives announced Mischa Popoff was no longer their candidate in the Boundary-Similkameen riding. Popoff writes opinion pieces for newspapers in the Okanagan area and was said to have made some objectionable remarks in some of the columns. He was said to have remarked that the Missing Women Inquiry, which looked into the women that went missing in Vancouver’s downtown eastside in the case against Robert Pickton, was a waste of time. He was also said to have criticized single mothers for raising children without the help of a man.

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Midway RCMP responded to a break and enter in progress at Jewel Lake on April 22. Cpl. Kevin Christensen reported that two males were observed trying to break into a house. The males were scared off by the homeowner and entry was not gained into the residence. Police were unable to locate any suspects.

In another incident RCMP called to Jewel Lake for a report of a theft of a blue Yamaha ATV. The ATV, as well as some tools, was stolen from an unlocked shed. That same day police received a report of a vehicle theft from Anaconda. Sometime during the night a red 1991 Chev S10 was stolen from a residence. The keys had been left in the ignition. This truck has not yet been recovered. Also that day, RCMP received a report of a break in to a shed in Anaconda. Numerous power tools were stolen as well as a blue compressor.

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At the recent district conference of the Lions Clubs in Vernon, Kettle River Lions Club member Wolfgang Schmidt was honoured with the Melvin Jones Fellowship in recognition of his commitment to humanitarian work. The fellowship is the foundation’s highest honour.

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D e c l i n i n g enrollment continues to set the tone for budget planning in the school district. The Board of Education held a public budget meeting on April 29 in Midway and on April 30 that went over the details of the 2013- 2014 budget. Secretary- Treasurer Jeanette Hanlon said the drop in enrollment of 84 students last year was more than anticipated. The district is expected to lose another 45 students in the coming school year – down to 1,268.

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With the graduation of their first two Taekwondo black belts On April 20, the Boundary Martial Arts Club passed a major milestone. Sixty-seven year-old Vlodko Barchuk from Rock Creek and 15-year-old Kari Durban of Greenwood were both successful at attaining their first-degree black belt in Abbotsford. BMAC senior instructor Bo Macfarlane achieved his third degree black belt at the same testing.

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Linda Larson of the BC Liberals has taken the Boundary-Similkameen and will be the riding’s new MLA. Larson received 7,853 votes out of 16,947 preliminary votes and took 46.34 per cent of the popular vote.

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People getting a new landline or cellphone in Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Greenwood or other areas of B.C. in June might get a phone number with a 236 area code. The move is attributed to the growing number of cellphone users and the fact the amount of available phone numbers is shrinking.

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Three Pathfinders from Midway and two from Grand Forks have a unique opportunity in July 2014 to travel to a World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts World Centre in central Mexico. Midway Guiders Elaine Fromme and Sue Fielding will accompany them.

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Local quilters Judy Harpur and Miriam March recently won major ribbons at the Canadian Quilting Conference, “Quilt BC”, held in Penticton on May 16-18.

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Nevada Dynneson’s competitive drive, passion for horses and her dedication to the sport of barrel racing has earned her a spot on the BC Provincial National Junior High Rodeo Team. She competed in the National Junior High Finals Ro