Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Retirement Mark!

Another set of wheels on the mountain tonight, the old wagon has left the YVR parking lot, and Mark has retired after 35 years with CP then Air Canada.

Moved full time to the mountain, now retired, and all he wants for a retirement gift is an operating ski hill. I told him there is hope!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Badger from the Village Last August

Badger Hotline with Thanks to Infotel

We know they are around here - not uncommon to see the dirt on south ridge in the spring when they are digging out. There was one in the village last summer. If you see one, keep your distance, call the hotline, and maybe take a photo if safe to do so.

The ‘badger hotline’ and why Thompson-Okanagan residents are being asked to use it

Badgers are considered an at-risk species in B.C.
Image Credit: Badgers in B.C.

May 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - While it’s pretty rare to spot a badger these days in B.C., there are a few things you should know if you run into one: expect a lot of hissing, and remember to call the badger hotline.

You’ll make a group of wildlife biologists, including Rich Weir, pretty happy if you do. Weir chairs a recovery team for the sub-species of badger that lives in B.C., and says they rely on participation from the public to monitor the dwindling population — which is largely concentrated in the grasslands and dry forests of the Thompson and Okanagan regions, as well as areas of the Boundary, Nicola, Cariboo and East Kootenays.

Badgers are secretive, nocturnal, and at-risk with an estimated population of fewer than 350 left in B.C., so your chances of seeing one are pretty slim. Vernon and Kamloops tend to get the most reports and are considered badger strongholds, Weir says.

“Badgers seem to have a bad rap as being vicious and menacing. They’re far from that. Given the chance, they leave people alone. Unless you’re a ground squirrel or a marmot, they’re not too frightening. Although, when cornered, they’ll let out quite a hiss and bare their teeth,” Weir says.
Sometimes confused with yellow-bellied marmots or wolverines, badgers are part of the weasel family and can be identified by the distinct white stripe on their faces and black cheek patches, called ‘badges’ — the characteristic that gives the creatures their name.

“If you get to see a badger in B.C. you’re one of the luckier people in the province if you ask me,” Weir says.

Weir and his wife Helen actually put badgers on the radar in the late 1990s when they applied for funding to research and radio tag the species.
“We just kind of thought there weren’t a lot of badgers around and it was a bit surprising because according to the government, badgers were not at risk,” Weir says. “We basically just thought some more information was needed to find out their status in B.C., and lo and behold, there are not a lot here in the province.”

Badgers are now listed as an at-risk species, but their populations continue to decline.
Habitat loss through housing developments and agriculture have not helped, but highway mortality seems to be the biggest factor, Weir says. Work is underway to try to get fences installed on highways to prevent badgers from crossing roadways, and instead direct them to underground culverts.

Badgers are carnivores and play a key role in keeping populations like ground squirrels, gophers and marmots in check. They are also ‘digging machines’ and their burrows are used by other animals like burrowing owls and snakes, Weir says.

To continue looking out for the creature, which Weir describes as ‘incredibly cute’ with a big attitude, researchers need the public’s assistance.

If you see a badger dead or alive, report it to the badger hotline: 1-888-223-4376 or go online.
A new phase of the project requires genetic samples, and Weir says they are looking for places where badgers or burrows have been spotted to set up hair-snaggers, particularly in the South Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary regions.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston or call 250-309-5230 or email the editor
News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2016
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thank-you and Update from Marge

Below is a thank-you and update from Marge MacLeod. Marge had a "minor" stroke two days after her 90th Birthday party. I visited her about a week ago, and her recovery is progressing well.

Hi Sandra and Hilary, the invitations and organization of my birthday party was done via your blog and emails so would like to forward my thanks through the same manner.
Thanks to everyone who attended and contacted me for making it such a memorable and happy event for me.
Sam was busy with her camera and put together a lovely souvenir book for me documenting the occasion. I look forward to showing it to you at the fall meeting or Christmas. As you see I am thinking positively about the coming year....1) That Baldy will be open and 2) I will still be around!
I had a little stroke two days after my 90th. There was minimal damage and I am working on a full recovery.
Thanks again for all the birthday wishes.
Marj MacLeod

Wildflower season is starting...........

Lupen now blooming above McCuddy Creek Ranch. The flowers below were in the hills above Midway about a week ago.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Long term solution............

No, I don't have any news for you, but I do believe that the receiver is working toward a long term solution for Baldy. For the record, I do not share the views expressed by the bro and friends as to what that will be.

I have been watching the Supreme Court Hearing lists for a long time now. I saw something on the schedule recently, and note this morning that the skibaldy.com website no longer shows Baldy Capital Corporation.

I know that work continues in the background, and I have told the receiver that I don't want any news/announcements until there is a completed, done deal.

This community has had enough of promises not delivered.

So start raking pine needles - we'll know when we know.

Don't bother with a trash comment, I won't post it.

"House Eating Snow Devil"

Thanks Paul Wickland for this reminder of the winter past.

Friday, May 13, 2016

It's Time!

There are still patches of snow on the ground, but it is time to clean up your property. I doubt that there is a property in the village that couldn't do more to fire safe our community. 


Talk to your neighbours.

350 Volunteer Firefighters In Oliver This Weekend

Oliver will be as fire safe as you can get this weekend with 350 firefighters from across the province here for the spring training seminar. Details on Oliver Daily News.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Oliver Daily News Reporting that Al Brogan is the new owner of Oliver Bakery

Photo on ODN this morning of Al Brogan with the guys from the TV show "The Liquidator". They will be starting an auction momentarily of the fixtures etc of the Oliver Super Valu.

The owners of the Oliver Bakery announce the sale of their business to Al, with re-opening  early June. Looks like we won't have to wait long for the return of the baked goods we liked at Super Valu.

Wonder if the Loblaws/No Frills guys will use local contractors to renovate the store?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Some Photos from April 24th

Snow Shoe Ladies and the Pizza Man

Lots of memories in this one -  Jim and Marian behind, in front Susan and George Webster - long time Baldy Ski Patrollers, Betty Ozanne - Mt. Baker Ski Instructor, Mt. Baldy Office Manager, Race Secretary and Spirit of Christmas, and Jay - our inspirational friend who worked selling lift tickets for awhile, and doesn't seem to mind the nick name Sambuca Jay!
Betty started the original Mt Baldy Leaseholders Association, George served many years on the Borderline and Strata Boards.

One half of Long John Baldy.

Rod, Marcie Marge and Doug

With my childhood playmate.
Marge and Joan

Welcome Home Mike and Lisa

Article from Penticton Western News.

Tearful welcome for South Okanagan liver transplant patient

Mike Watson, who has been in Hong Kong for over two months after receiving a liver transplant gives his son a big hug at the Penticton airport on Thursday evening.  - Mark Brett/Penticton Western News

Mike Watson, who has been in Hong Kong for over two months after receiving a liver transplant gives his son a big hug at the Penticton airport on Thursday evening.

— image credit: Mark Brett/Penticton Western News

Home at last.

With tears streaming down the families face, Mike Watson ran from the Air Canada Jazz plane into the outstretched arms of his children after arriving at Penticton Regional Airport from Hong Kong Thursday evening.

“I am feeling great” said Watson. “It is awesome to be home.”

It was just over two months ago the 39-year-old was brought to the airport by ambulance, his life hanging in the balance.

At the time he was barely able to climb the steps to board the plane for the start of the overseas journey and the life-saving liver transplant surgery he couldn’t get at home.

With a small group of friends standing at the fence Watson was soon seated inside and his wife Lisa Needoba used a winter jacket to protect him from the February cold until the plane’s doors were closed.

Along with the critical care flight nurse they then flew to Vancouver where they took an Air Canada jet to Hong Kong. The couple’s tickets were one-way.

While they’ve been in Hong Kong two of their children Laila, seven, and four-year-old Shae who has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone disease, have been living with Mike’s brother Spencer in Kamloops.

Aiden, who recently turned 11, has been staying with family friends in Kaleden.

“It’s incredible, I never thought this day would come,” said Aiden.

While several potential donors went with them, in the end the doctors at Queen Mary Hospital determined Needoba (as she expected) was the best match.

On March 1 after a total of 20 hours of surgery the pair who were high school sweethearts growing up in Oliver were recovering.

The portion of his partner’s liver he received is reportedly functioning very well and the future prognosis is positive.

Doctors in Hong Kong were unable to determine the cause of the liver failure which last December resulted in a sudden and massive internal hemorrhage.

But with all that behind them now, they are finally going home together.

For Mike this is not the end of the story but rather the beginning of a new chapter in the family’s future.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Census Time

I wasn't home when the Census person was here, so don't know when they will be coming back to collect the forms they left hanging on the door knobs of all the cabins that are not full time homes.

May 5th Update
I found out who the census person is - the untouched ones will get collected.