Revelstoke Year in Review 2012, part 4

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

  • Dec. 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.

October 17

Council asked to ban dogs from farmers market after toddler attacked

A request to ban dogs from the Revelstoke farmers market came in front of city council at its meeing last Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The request came from Alison and John Lapshinoff, who’s son Nikolai was bitten by an unattended dog at the market last month.

The 18-month-old had to be taken to the hospital and received seven stitches in his eyelid and two in his head as a result of the attack.

“The farmers market should be a safe place to bring your kids,” the Lapshinoffs wrote in a letter to council. “We would like to request that council discuss banning dogs at the market and busy public events altogether.”

October 24

Twelve-year-old killed in Trans-Canada crash at Rogers Pass

A 12-year-old boy is dead and four others are in hospital with serious injuries following a two vehicle crash in Rogers Pass Friday morning.

The crash occurred on Friday, Oct. 19, at around 10:15 a.m. when a truck collided head-on with a car about three kilometres east of the Rogers Pass Summit, Revelstoke RCMP said.

A family of four was travelling in the truck, which had Saskatchewan license plates, when they struck the car. The boy, who was sitting in the back of the truck, died at the scene. One passenger was airlifted directly to Calgary Foothills Hospital, while the other two were taken to Revelstoke before being airlifted for additional treatment.

The driver of the car was airlifted to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

Northland sues province over Thomas Brook water contamination

Revelstoke Mountain Resort parent company Northland Properties is suing the Province of British Columbia for more than $250,000, claiming that actions by the Resort Development Branch delayed the opening of its new beginner area last year.

The lawsuit also alleges the province acted improperly in assigning a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to oversee restoration work done after damage was done to Thomas Brook, which supplies water to a number of homes in the area.

“The Province’s actions directly resulted in a delay in completion of operation testing and finally the delay of the Tube Park and Beginner’s Area opening at the beginning of the season,” alleges the Statement of Claim filed by Northland. “The delay caused decreased employment opportunities provided by this development and a loss of public image to RMRLP (Revelstoke Mountain Resort Limited Partnership) and further profitability to RMRLP.”

The lawsuit asks for at least $250,000 in damages, as well $16,517.20 in special damages, which is the amount RMR was billed for the services of a QEP hired by the province.

November 7

Malcolm Bott earns Business Person of the Year award

The Business Excellence Awards highlighted the best of business in Revelstoke 2012.

It featured newly-revised award categories designed to fit a bit better with the unique mix of businesses in Revelstoke, explained host and Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Goodman. The awards included new tourism and youth employment categories.

Malcolm Bott of Universal Footwear took home the Buiness Person of the Year award while the Modern Bakeshop & Cafe won Business of the Year for 2012.

November 14

Mystery surrounds White Rock man’s disappearance

Searchers looked for a missing White Rock man in the Twelve Mile area south of Revelstoke after his car was discovered there on Monday, Nov. 5.

David Anthony Klammer, 39, of White Rock, B.C. left his parents’ home in Saskatchewan on Oct. 8. He was driving his white 2003 Subaru Impreza. He was headed back home to White Rock, but never arrived.

His family reported him missing 13 days later on Oct. 21.

Revelstoke man charged with making child pornography

A Revelstoke man made a first appearance in court last Wednesday, Nov. 7, faced with a series of disturbing charges.

The man, whose identity cannot be revealed due to a publication ban set out to protect the identity of the victims, is charged with making, accessing and possessing child pornography; sexual assault, sexual touching of someone under 16, and sexual exploitation.

He appeared in court via video from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, where he was awaiting a bail hearing. He did not enter a plea.

One dead following fiery crash near Enchanted Forest

One person is dead following a fiery crash on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Enchanted Forest west of Revelstoke Thursday evening.

The two-vehicle crash occurred when a small car collided with a commercial tractor-trailer unit at around 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Both vehicles burst into flames as a result of the collision and were totally burned. “The impact of the collision was so severe that the driver appeared to be deceased immediately,” said Sgt. Mike Pears of Trans-Canada East Traffic Services in a statement.

Road construction on Begbie Bench prompts call for open house

Road building work in the Begbie Bench area in preparation for winter logging has sparked a call for an open house on the issue, to be held this Friday.

Stella-Jones, the logging company that holds the timber rights in the area, organized the open house after concerns were raised at a meeting of the City of Revelstoke’s Economic Development Commission about the impact of the logging in an area widely used for recreation.

“We heard that there was enough interest, enough questions so we’re going to have some information on how we got to where we are today and where we’re planning to go,” said Ashley Ladyman, a forester with Stella-Jones.

December 5

Visitor centre controversy at Design Review committee

They say you can’t fight city hall and win. But what happens when city hall clashes with city hall?

The answer, as it appeared at a Nov. 27 City of Revelstoke development review committee meeting, appeared to be whoever held rank.

The question at hand was the design of the new Visitor Information Centre complex on Victoria Road. The proponents are a partnership including the City of Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Revelstoke.

They proposed building is to be located right next to Pharmasave. Importantly, they want to put the parking lot out front, just like Pharmasave, and would also create another parking lot on an adjacent lot next to the BC Liquor Store.

However, this proposal was panned by the city’s planning department, who said the proposal went against the city’s Official Community Plan and other zoning rules. Specifically, a parking lot out front created walkability issues for the department.

A first look at First Tracks

First Tracks follows on a people-first narrative, focusing on the personalities that drove skiing, including leading competitors and the organizers behind clubs, tournaments and businesses.

The book’s strengths are balanced between an organized approach to the subject and great photo editing with an eye that balances historical value with visual impact. The writing is clear and accessible.

First Tracks is a great introduction for newcomers to Revelstoke’s ski history, but also has lots of new information for history buffs.

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