Local news briefs worth reading…

Help our Mounties raise money for the Cops for Kids charity

Local Mountie Seanan Sharp is organizing a fundraiser for Saturday, July 27, to benefit the Cops for Kids organization.

Const. Sharp is a member of the charity’s 2013 ride team and, he said, “that means I will spend 10 days between September 6-16… pedaling 1,000 kilometres with 24 other law enforcement personnel throughout the southeast district raising money for kids in trauma and crisis.”

Sharp said Coopers and Skookum have teamed up with him to hold a fantastic all-day fundraiser in the Cooper’s parking lot and he urges people to “come down and support your favourite cyclist in the pedal-a-thon.”

“Your ballot also gives you an entry into the raffle for a run bike and Coopers gift certificate,” he told The Current. “There is also a silent auction including 3 signed NHL jerseys that are currently on display at Legends and Heroes. There will also be a BBQ and Skookum will have a mechanic on hand to do minor bike tune ups with all the proceeds going to the Cops for Kids (C4K) charity.”

Sharp said this will be the third year he has participated in the 1,000-km ride and he personally wants to raise more than $2,000 to help the kids who rely on Cops for Kids for help.

To find out more about the Cops for Kids charity and their annual fundraising ride please go to www.copsforkids.org.


CSISS plans to wage war on invasive species in Revelstoke

The newly formed Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) is planning a Community Weed Pull for the evening of Friday, August 23, to target Himalayan orchid and Blueweed along the Illecillewaet Greenbelt.

“CSISS has received funds from BC Hydro to support this event as well as to install an interpretive sign identifying and explaining the detrimental impacts of priority invasives along the Greenbelt,” CSISS Coordinator Natali Stafl told The Current on Monday.

She would also like permission from the Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society and the City to erect “an interpretive sign identifying and explaining the challenges that invasive species commonly found along the popular hiking trails along the Illecillewaet Greenbelt present to the environment, the economy and human recreation. “ (Please click here to read the letter of intent.)

This new organization is already starting to make an impact.

CSISS held its first major strategic planning meeting in Revelstoke on June 20 with an eye to building its future with input from key stakeholders, land managers and interest groups. In addition to strategic planning, the meeting provided a professional development opportunity for those in attendance. Participants learned about high priority invasive species in the region and of current local efforts to manage and stop the spread of terrestrial and aquatic invasives.

There were 19 people in attendance representing a broad leadership base from various levels of government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations

CSISS operates under the aegis of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, which also provides some of its funding. It is actively seeking partnerships with other agencies and corporations and in September will be holding a series of operational planning meetings. They will be held in:

Golden on Tuesday, September 10;

Salmon Arm on Thursday, September 12; and

Revelstoke on Tuesday, October 1. This meeting will also be its first annual general meeting.

CSISS is currently developing a website. In the meantime interested parties can contact Stafl by e-mail at csinvasives@gmail.com, by Canada Post at PO Box 2853, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0, and by phone at 1-855-PUL-WEED (1-855-785-9333).


Lac Megantic disaster a wake up call for local emergency preparedness planners

Simon Hunt, Revelstoke’s new Emergency Program Coordinator, called the Lac Megantic disaster an “extraordinary catastrope” and said work must be done to ensure that municipal officials can react swiftly and properly in the event of a major emergency.

In a terse memo to Council, Hunt, who is also a wild fire specialist with Parks Canada, outlined the steps required to prepare for the unthinkable. They include continued training and orientation, continued investment in higher-level training, continuity planning, a large-scale exercise that would include a mock evacuation, developing a volunteer resource base and developing a public education and communication strategy.

He is also planning an earthquake drill for August 13.

Earthquakes in Revelstoke?

Certainly. One of BC’s largest recorded earthquakes occurred near Revelstoke on Fdebruary 4, 1918. It measured 6.0 on the Richter Scale. No one was killed

Click here to read Hunt’s original memo.


Parks, Recreation and Culture Department eases friction between some businesses and the Farmers’ Market

Competition is generally regarded as being good for any business community.

But for a while some downtown businesses felt they were being out-competed by Farmers’ Market vendors when walled tents began going up outside their shop fronts preventing potential customers from even seeing what they had on offer.

Mike Gravelle of Skookum Cycles said Saturday that it was just a momentary glitch in the relationship between market vendors and downtown businesses.

Farmers’ Market President Tamaralea Nelles agreed and said the problem was sorted out without the development of any real animosity.


New business licenses issued by the City

The City issued six new business licenses in June, bringing the total in Revelstoke to 874. That’s down from 909 in June 2012.

The new licenses were issued to the Last Tee, which operates the restaursant at the Golf Course, Norson Construction Ltd., Glacier Compound and Storage, Sherlock Homes Carpentry, Steep ‘n’ Deep Earth Works and a new day care centre called Lucky Penny Garderie.

Please click here to read the monthly Business License Summary.