Anne Cooper stands proudly inside Begbie View Elementary shortly before it’s opening in September. The opening of the school marked the completion of the lengthy new schools project. “The same things we love in the high school

Anne Cooper stands proudly inside Begbie View Elementary shortly before it’s opening in September. The opening of the school marked the completion of the lengthy new schools project. “The same things we love in the high school

Revelstoke Year in Review 2012, part 3

Our 2012 Year in Review issues looks back at the top news stories of the year. Part 1 covers July through September.

  • Dec. 28, 2012 12:00 p.m.

August 1

Numerous creeks and rivers north of Revelstoke target of new IPP proposals

A Vancouver-based company has re-submitted proposals for 10 new independent power projects north of Revelstoke.

Syntaris Power, a private company that specialized in hydro power, has applied for investigative use licenses for three projects along the Wood River north of Mica and seven more between Revelstoke and Mica.

They includes plans for a power project along the lower Goldstream River, as well as Brewster and Old Camp Creeks, which are tributaries of the Goldstream. Other proposals are for Clemenceau Creek, a remote creek in the B.C. Rockies north of Golden; Granite Creek, which flows into the Downie Arm of Lake Revelstoke; the Upper and Lower Wood River, which is a tributary of Kinbasket Lake; and two in the area of Scrip Creek, on the western side of Lake Revelstoke not far south of Mica.

August 8

Revelstoke Museum to create major exhibit Land of Thundering Snow

The Revelstoke Museum & Archives is embarking on a two-year project to create a virtual exhibit on the history of Canadian snow research and avalanche safety.

The exhibit, to be named Land of Thundering Snow, will be launched on the Canadian Heritage Information Network’s Virtual Museum website in the summer of 2014.

“Our immediate goal will be to present this history in a dynamic website,” said Revelstoke Museum curator Cathy English. “In the longer term, we want to ensure that Canada’s professional avalanche heritage is preserved and presented to Canadians and the world.”

August 15

Mountain climber dies in fall on Mt. Rogers

A family climbing expedition ended in tragedy on Wednesday when a man died in a fall on Mt. Rogers in Glacier National Park.

Golden RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Troy Durand said RCMP were notified of the incident 6 p.m. on Aug. 8.

He said a father and son pair encountered severe weather conditions while climbing on the Mt. Rogers Glacier. They were attempting to return to their base camp when they slipped.

The pair slid for about 100 metres before falling about 10 metres over a crevasse.

The father, aged 52, died in the fall. His 22-year-old son survived the fall and managed to return to base camp to summon help.

August 29

RMR receives small fine for contaminating water supply

Revelstoke Mountain Resort was fined $460 for the actions of a contractor that contaminated the water supply of neighbouring residents last summer.

The resort was issued two violation tickets for making changes in or near a stream without lawful authority, Det.-Sgt. Cynthia Mann of the B.C. Conservation Office told the Times Review.

The charges stemmed from the contamination of Thomas Brook, which is the water source for about a dozen residents in the neighbourhood just south of the resort. The action left them without clean water for about month last August and September.

September 12

Great ‘no’ sign debate shines light on city decision-making

Apparently the City of Revelstoke has decided that bicycles, skateboards and dogs are enough of a nuisance that residents need to be reminded of the rules — with loud ‘no’ stencils on every single corner downtown.

Some corners have up to 24 of the ‘no’ signs sprayed around the intersection. The new signs are painted onto every street corner downtown, from Campbell Avenue to Orton Avenue and First Street to Third Street. They feature a trio of symbols — one saying dogs must be on leash, another for no skateboards, and the last one for no bicycles.

The signs are a reminder that cycling and skateboarding aren’t allowed on sidewalks and dogs must be kept on leash…

Mayor David Raven said the signs were a staff response to complaints about people violating the bylaws.

“If people keep ignoring [the bylaws], you make them aware of it, I guess,” he said. “We have been getting lots of complaints of dogs not on leashes and bikes and skates on the sidewalks. It’s just a matter of time before somebody gets hurts.”

Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Goodman said their organization wasn’t consulted about the signage. “Wow!” was her first reaction. “It’s a lot. I had to ask what the skateboard was,” she said.

Bienvenue à l’École des Glaciers

It might have been overshadowed by the opening of Begbie View Elementary, but for the students, parents and staff at École des Glaciers, Revelstoke’s new French school, there was just as much excitement in class on Thursday.

“I’m really excited but really confident and super happy for this project because we’ve been waiting for a couple years,” said Julie Martel, the school’s lone teacher.

École des Glaciers opened on Thursday with 10 students from kindergarten to grade two registered – less than expected – but still enough. They, along with their parents, and staff from the Francophone School Board of B.C., were in a celebratory mood for the opening.

September 19

Greg Hill survives Nepal avalanche that killed 11

Revelstoke’s Greg Hill is amongst the mountaineers that survived a massive avalanche on Nepal’s Mount Manaslu that killed at least nine people early Sunday morning.

“A huge avalanche swept through camp 3 at 4:45 a.m. on Manaslu, catching lots of people in their sleeping bags, many dead, and injured,” he wrote on Facebook Sunday morning. “Luckily our team is fine, and helped with the rescue, Glenn Plake is also fine but my heart goes out to all the others.”

For his wife Tracy, “relieved” was the word she used after learning about the incident, and her husband’s safety. She was away camping when news of the avalanche broke Sunday morning and didn’t find out until she returned home at around 5:30 p.m. that day and found 31 messages on her answering machine.

Fortunately, the first one was from Greg.

Hill was part of a Dynafit-sponsored expedition with German speed climbers Benedikt Bohm and Sebastian Haag, who were attempting a speed skiing record to the summit of Mt. Manaslu, which, at 8,156 metres, is the world’s eighth highest peak. Hill was a videographer with the expedition.