Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Standby - watch skibaldy.com

www.skibaldy.com  has updated - posting that good news will be coming soon.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fire Prevention Week

Reminder to bring fresh batteries for your smoke alarm with you next weekend.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Strata AGM - October 10th - Opinion

Tonight I went through the package for the Strata AGM October 10th.

I have been pushing for a community clean-up for years - happy to see that the Strata Council is considering the idea, but I would like to see it as user pay.  I am one of the owners who regularly cleans my property, hauls my own stuff to the burn pile, and helps others haul their stuff.

Community clean-up is just one of the items that is part of a proposed significant hike in Strata Fees for the coming year.

I encourage you to read the package, attend the meeting, or send in your proxy.

There is a space at the bottom of the proxy form for notes to your proxy holder.

There are some Strata Council members not running for re-election.

Saturday road trip...........another facebook style post

"First Out" fire suppression unit - Oliver Fire Department selling t-shirts and cooking lunch at Buy Low today -fundraising to purchase a similar unit for the Rock Creek/Midway Fire Department. They sold out of some shirt sizes today, and they will be selling and taking backorders tomorrow at the Festival of the Grape.

View from RDOS Landfill near Oliver today- much of the hillside was burned. I hauled another load of yard waste from the community garden.

Lots of colour on the drive.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Weekend Hike for French Exchange Students

The Everton family hosted a group of French exchange students on the mountain last weekend. Daniel will be going on exchange in February. Thank-you Coach Warren for the photos.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Have you checked Oliver Daily News today?

Congrats to Baldy Ski Patrol's Warren Brown on starting his own construction/consulting company.

Check out the poster for the Legion Market Days - starts Friday.

Are you signed up for "Power Strata?"

If you haven't already done so, sign up - for info on all things strata related.

The Fire Plan for Baldy is posted on that site. Read it - it might just motivate you to clean up your lot, and vote in favour of fuel reduction projects. The map of high risk areas capable of spotting fires 2km ahead is sobering.

The dreaded alder - want to see how it can be plucked by machine? Check out the bank in front of my place, Barb and Gerald's property, and John and Margaret's place.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Feels like a facebook post...........

I have been off the mountain most of the last two weeks, with family events in Vancouver, Toronto, and this afternoon in Osoyoos.

Three hours on the patio at Spirit Ridge today.  When we arrived, we were looking across at blackened hillside. By the time we left, 5 separate smoke columns had appeared in the burned area, with the afternoon heat and upslope winds. It will be awhile before the "Testalinden" fire is actually out.

On my way home I picked up an Oliver Chronicle - there was an article on Baldy - pretty much the same stuff we already know. It sounds like the Chronicle talked to the buyer and the receiver, and that neither side was willing to speak about the "sticking points", but there was some hope of discussions to take place this week.

Backyard barbeques in Toronto - the wildlife show up every night.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Provincial Fire Prevention Funding - from Canadian Press, via Castanet

$10M for fire prevention

Premier Christy Clark has announced millions of dollars in funding for projects ranging from crime and forest-fire prevention to jump-starting rural economies.
The promises made Friday to delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver are part of an effort to "pay back a dividend" to the people of B.C., said Clark.
The premier also touted her government's three consecutive balanced budgets and reiterated an earlier promise to eliminate its operating debt in four years, something that hasn't been done since 1975.
"That is where a debt-free British Columbia begins," she said. "That is how we begin to be able to endow our children with a province that is unburdened by decisions that our generations and generations before us made but couldn't afford to pay for."
Clark said the province would contribute up to $10 million to a fund that helps communities prevent wildfires, bringing that total investment to $78 million since 2004.
The lesson from the recent devastating wildfire season was one the province would "regret forgetting," she said.
Clark said the National Research Council in the U.S. estimated that for every degree the temperature rises, about four times as much land will burn in North America's west.
"We can all hope that we are wrong, that they are wrong. But worrying about that will not help," she said. "The only thing that will change that is if we decide to lead ... in the fight against climate change and the fight to make sure our communities are safe from forest fires."
She also touted a new $5-million investment to target prolific, violent and gang-affiliated offenders and address the roots of crime through education and outreach.
Surrey and Delta have experienced dozens of shootings this year that police have connected to a turf war among low-level drug dealers.
Clark said some of the new funds would go to the "successful" Surrey Wrap Project, which helps at-risk youth stay out of gangs.
She said the province must deprive criminals of their most important resource — children.
"It's like stealing their oxygen. If we can take children away from gangs, we can stop gangs from growing in our communities."
Clark also said more than 70 communities would benefit from a new program to expand high-speed Internet access in rural and remote areas.
The premier received a standing ovation after announcing an investment of up to $75 million to help reinvigorate the economies of rural communities with populations less than 25,000 people.
Communities will be able to apply for funding to build their economies and create opportunities so youth will remain in and return to rural areas.
Selina Robinson, Opposition New Democrat critic for local government, told reporters after the premier's speech that Surrey residents are still waiting for a promised 100 new RCMP officers.
The federal government is responsible for funding the officers, but the province forwarded the request to Ottawa on behalf of the city.
"We see the gang warfare and all of the activities of gangs and the impact it's having on the Surrey community," said Robinson. "(Clark) talked about the great success that is happening right now in Surrey, and that hasn't materialized."
The Canadian Press

A Favourite from Last Winter - Thank-you Jason Parker

Photo courtesy Wyatt's Dad.