Saturday, June 30, 2018

West Boundary Connect

Check out West Boundary Connect - link on the sidebar. Good source of information from our RDKB Director Vicki Gee.

Worthwhile Information Meeting

Owners representing 12 Baldy households gathered at the lodge this morning to hear presentations by Andy Low on Firesmart, Doug MacLeod on FESBC grant project, and Vicki Gee on various RDKB related topics.

Lots of good information presented - and volunteers signed up for the local Firesmart board. The board will work with the consulting RPF as the program moves forward.

You can find many Firesmart materials on line. The program is about education and awareness, participation is voluntary. Andy Low, RPF, has begun an assessment of the village, and interim information will be released as it is ready, with the final report later this summer.

There was discussion about properties loaded with fuels, and how their neglect can affect the properties of those who have done the fuel reduction.

Although the Firesmart assessment will not single out or "shame" individual property owners, it is expected that the content of the report will be a useful resource for the strata in communicating with property owners who have not reduced the hazard on their property. Those properties can increase the risk to other properties in the village.

The FESBC grant project has been modified a bit since I first reported on the plans last August. The width of the "treated" area will be increased from 100 metres, to between 250 and 400 metres. More than 50% of interface structure fires are ignited by embers, not the actual main fire. Research has shown that the new wider treated area will better protect the village from flying embers.

There is one approval outstanding on the project - the Osoyoos Indian Band - as soon as that is received, the project is ready to go to tender. If you have driven by the Johnstone Creek Campsite, you can see how trees can be thinned effectively with specialized equipment.

Tree spacing will be approximately 10 metres, or 100-250 stems per hectare.

1931 is the year of the fire that went through here.

Lots of good information presented, and I have pages of notes - will try to post some more details in the coming days.

A rather interesting video shown this morning.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Andy's Latest Blog Post

 FAMILY FRIENDLY RESORT

Hello Baldy enthusiasts,
We have been asked on occasion why Baldy Mountain is considered a family-friendly resort, so we would like to share our thoughts, and the reasons behind why we promote ourselves as such.
The number one factor, in our mind, which makes us family friendly is our terrain. We are lucky enough to have the base of both chairlifts, and the magic carpet, all close to each other. We have heard parents say how great it is to let their kids enjoy the mountain, while they are in the Baldy Bar and Lounge with a hot chocolate, watching the kids as they load either of our chairlifts. We also have minimal to no avalanche terrain and no overly large cliffs or drops within our ski area boundary. Safety is always a main concern of any parent, at Baldy parents can feel secure in the knowledge that it is hard to get lost at Baldy. Moreover, should your child strain a knee or twist an ankle, Baldy has highly experienced first responders on our team: three of our core management staff work with the local ambulance in the summer months.
The other defining factor, which helps the kids enjoy Baldy Mountain Resort, is the lack of crowds on the mountain that stems from our smaller resort experience. For a child to learn it can be quite intimidating, and not having crowds of people fly past as they tentatively do their first runs (of what we hope is a journey toward loving the sport, snow, and outdoors) really allows for a comfortable learning environment. A great example of this is when GM Andy Foster’s brother, based in Vancouver, signed his 6-year-old son up for 10 weeks of lessons at one of the larger resorts. Sadly, after lesson two, the rough-and-tumble young man was overwhelmed by the experience and did not return to that resort. This past winter they visited Baldy and had quite the different experience, ending with an extension of their winter holiday because the family was having such a wonderful time. The 6-year-old is now a competent skier who wants to return to Baldy Mountain Resort as soon as possible!
Raising a family is an expensive undertaking for any person and Baldy Mountain is proud to offer one of the cheapest seasons passes in British Columbia. We offer competitive rentals as well as great programs for both children and adults to learn and enjoy themselves on the mountain. Feeding the family is also budget friendly at Baldy, where we offer a cafeteria style option for a quick bite to eat, and also a recently renovated restaurant and bar area for those that want table service and bit more time to relax.
Our final defining factor is customer service. Baldy Mountain Resort community is tight knit and the resort strives to offer a very personalized service. Our team is largely local and put the time and effort in to ensure they align with our company culture and views. When our GM speaks to new staff each season, he asks them to treat every guest “as if they are your daughter, brother or grandmother”. We are proud of the culture which has been built up over the past 50 years; a culture which offers all of our guests an environment which they want to return to time and time again.
We will sign off by saying that we hope to see patrons of all ages up here enjoying Baldy Mountain Resort this winter and experiencing the environment and culture that we are very proud of.
See you on the slopes!

Monday, June 25, 2018

We have power - after an outage of more than 17 hours...

Baldy was just one of dozens of areas with power outages after the major storm woke us all up last night. There are a few of us with land lines and plug in phones - so we were able to call the Fortis line periodically for updates.

Our outage was likely connected to wind damage in the Rock Creek area - at Baldy, the service pole that supplies the fuel tank came down, and wires ended up on the ground and draped over a cat. Fortis was notified, and the area was flagged.

Thanks to Marian for posting for me earlier today.


Major Power Outage

Power went out during the storm last night. Estimated time of restored power is 7 PM tonight. No power, no internet and no cell service available on the mountain.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Severe thunderstorms.....

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc30#90938961815662425201806210502ww1373cwvr

I wasn't home for it, but it appears that Baldy got one of the thunder storms - with torrential downpour.

I drove through some major storms in the valley today.

Pink skies and low fog patches after the storms.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Neighbourhood Watch.......

If they look like they don't belong here, they probably don't. Truck cruising around today - get a plate number and/or snap a quick photo.

Are you on the BMR newsletter list?

Just received a newsletter from BMR - note the photo of the lift is a file photo from another year.

New (to me) Firewood Supplier

Young fellow from Greenwood area - delivered some wood here last winter, and has delivered several loads already this month. E-mail me for contact information.  unbaldy@gmail.com

My load today:

Tell your friends and neighbours..............

Community info meeting Saturday June 30th 10 am re FireSmart  and a presentation by RDKB rep Vicki Gee:


  • Legalization of recreational cannabis; does the community want changes to Zoning Bylaw
  • Emergency Preparedness issues
  • Concerns about forestry practices
  • Grant-in-Aid
  • Official Community Plan for Rural Bridesville
  • Any other questions people might have

Firesmart Meeting June 30th 10:00 - 12:00 at the Lodge

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PYcNm6VNg0dhVmMHaXs5DW5HxMTU12b_/view?usp=sharing


Reminder and Welcome

A reminder for owners, and welcome words for new owners.


  • the motor vehicle act applies to the strata roads
  • "donuts" or other maneuvers by motorized vehicles on village roads can affect us all in increased costs for road maintenance
  • dust is an issue - please keep your speed down in the village
  • there is a community burn pile - please do not burn yard waste on your lot 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Late Afternoon Fire closer to town

Heard the tankers - OFD, and Forestry personnel - seems to be under control quickly - started near 1305 McKinney Road. Pics on Oliver Daily News.

Tuesday update from Oliver Daily News

"What caused Monday’s fire:  OVFD Chief Bob Graham: “This started from a burning barrel in the back yard, something fell out and caught the grass on fire.
There is a burning ban in affect for burning barrels and  piles for the Town and regional district but OIB does not recognise the need for a ban."

Photos from Oliver Daily News.


Update from Castanet.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

New Plastics Recycle

The Rock Creek Transfer Station accepts the special plastics for the new program. More depots will be added. T2 Market in Oliver currently accepts plastic bags, glass, white and coloured styrofoam, and lots of other stuff.

https://t2marketrecycle.wixsite.com/t2marketrecycle/materials-accepted

Examples of materials that are accepted as part of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging:
Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches
  • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries and prepared food
  • Zipper lock bags for fresh foods like grapes, berries and deli meat
  • Stand-up pouches for baby food and hand soap refills
  • Stand-up and zipper lock pouches for items like dried fruits, granola, sugar, oatmeal, quinoa, dish detergent pods and grated cheese
Crinkly Wrappers and Bags
  • Bags for potato chips, candy, dried pasta, coffee and cereal
  • Cellophane for flowers and gift baskets
  • Wrappers for cheese slices, snack bars and instant noodles
Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seal
  • Packaging for fresh pasta, pre-packaged deli meats and pre-packaged cheese
Woven and Net Plastic Bags
  • Net bags for avocados, onions, oranges, lemons and limes
  • Woven plastic bags for rice
Non-food Protective Packaging
  • Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, plastic air packets and bubble wrap
Examples of materials that will not be part of the expanded program:
  • Plastic Squeeze Tubes
  • Plastic-lined Paper
  • Paper-lined Plastic
  • Plastic Strapping
  • 6-pack Rings
  • Biodegradable or Oxo Plastic
  • PVC/Vinyl
To learn more about the Other Flexible Plastic Packaging program and to view a list of depots, please visit RecycleBC.ca/FlexiblePackaging.

Head Start on Fire Smart

The new owners of the Townsend and Moss cabins are busy cleaning up forest fuels this weekend. There is a meeting in the works for a couple of weeks from now - notice coming soon. Fire Smart and Regional District people will be attending.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Restoring the BMX Track in Grand Forks

When they aren't skiing, many young kids from the Boundary area are BMX racing in Grand Forks. Their established facility in Grand Forks did not escape the floods which devastated much of the area this spring. There are many volunteers working to restore the track, but they could use a little help. A go fund me page has been set up.



Here's hoping that Lincoln, Teagan and their friends will be back racing soon.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Follow by Email

If you don't check the blog directly, you will miss the regular changes to the top photo, and the weather updates.

There was a "follow" feature on the blog at one time - I have added a follow button to the side bar.
If you want to be notified when there are new posts, you can sign up for that.

Have you been checking the Osoyoos Osprey Cam?

Two babies in the nest - less than a week old - watched the mother feeding them fish - the male was on guard, and he was in my way of seeing if there is still a third egg in the nest.


Monday



Monday, June 11, 2018

Firewood Permits

Most areas around here:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/firewood-permits/selkirk_free_use_permit.pdf 


 If on the Oliver side of the canyon.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/firewood-permits/okanagan_free_use_permit.pdf

Great News on the Fire Protection/Forest Fuel Reduction Front

Update from Andy.

"We are going to be moving ahead with our FESBC (Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia) grant work.
    • Goal is to protect the community and resort from forest fire
    • The grant is to allow BMR to create an area around the community that is a fire break and would allow firefighters an area to battle any fire.
    • It is not clear cutting – see attached pictures
    • We will be starting work soon with the aim of completion this summer
    • Cross country and snowshoe trails will be returned to current condition after treatment is complete"
I am excited to see this project moving forward.

As Doug explained to me last summer, it is not a clear cut, it is tree spacing and ground fuel removal, creating a band of protection for us.

Any fire coming up toward Baldy will lose intensity when it hits the enhanced area, a forestry hose line can be run down behind the village, and retardant dropped on that area will be able to penetrate and be more effective.

As this moves forward, the village needs to work diligently on the fuel load within the strata.





Sunday, June 10, 2018

More input on forest fuel reduction...........

Thanks to John Williamson for these photos.




Over the past 10 years the Oregon Forest Service has been diligently cleaning up the forests near towns or highways.  And, as the attached photos illustrate, I mean cleaning up.  Initially things look pretty rough, most bushes are gone, trees are thinned out and lots of dirt gets turned over.  But, within a couple of years the forest floor bushes grow back and the end result is a safe open forest.  They also do a lot of controlled burning, which leaves a somewhat blacker mess but still within a couple of years everything is green again.

Anyway, maybe these photos will provide an example to others of what the forest floor around the village and surrounding area could look like if the right focus is placed on the importance of it. 

More plastics for recycling.............


Recycle BC Phasing in Collection of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging


As of Friday, June 1, stand-up pouches, crinkly potato chip bags and net bags for produce – just a few examples of items that fall under the umbrella category of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging – will be collected by 116 depots throughout the province as part of a research and development project led by Recycle BC. This material is accepted at participating depots only, it is not accepted in curbside or multi-family recycling.
The project will determine how best to recycle materials in this category, which is one of the fastest growing packaging types on the market, and one of the largest categories of packaging not previously collected under the residential recycling program. The not-for-profit has partnered with Merlin Plastics to research a solution to recycle this type of packaging, which presents challenges due to the combined materials involved. Any packaging collected during the project that can’t be recycled will be recovered and produced into engineered fuel. The project will also be supported by Green by Nature, Recycle BC’s post-collection partner.
“Each day, we move closer toward our ultimate goal of collecting all types of packaging,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of Recycle BC. “We’re excited to be developing a viable commercial process to recycle these common but tough-to-process items, and ultimately to bring more recycling options to communities throughout the province.”
The program expansion is being rolled out in three phases, with the first round of depots beginning collection June 1, followed by additional depots voluntarily beginning collection September 1. As of January 1, 2019, all Recycle BC depots in the province are expected to collect this type of packaging.
Examples of materials that are accepted as part of Other Flexible Plastic Packaging:
Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches
  • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods like prawns, berries and prepared food
  • Zipper lock bags for fresh foods like grapes, berries and deli meat
  • Stand-up pouches for baby food and hand soap refills
  • Stand-up and zipper lock pouches for items like dried fruits, granola, sugar, oatmeal, quinoa, dish detergent pods and grated cheese
Crinkly Wrappers and Bags
  • Bags for potato chips, candy, dried pasta, coffee and cereal
  • Cellophane for flowers and gift baskets
  • Wrappers for cheese slices, snack bars and instant noodles
Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seal
  • Packaging for fresh pasta, pre-packaged deli meats and pre-packaged cheese
Woven and Net Plastic Bags
  • Net bags for avocados, onions, oranges, lemons and limes
  • Woven plastic bags for rice
Non-food Protective Packaging
  • Padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, plastic air packets and bubble wrap
Examples of materials that will not be part of the expanded program:
  • Plastic Squeeze Tubes
  • Plastic-lined Paper
  • Paper-lined Plastic
  • Plastic Strapping
  • 6-pack Rings
  • Biodegradable or Oxo Plastic
  • PVC/Vinyl
To learn more about the Other Flexible Plastic Packaging program and to view a list of depots, please visit RecycleBC.ca/FlexiblePackaging

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Afternoon...........

Before it started to snow............


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Where the fire was......

See May 28th post re the recent Wolf Cub fire. You can see the burn site as you head downhill, approaching the tight turn on the McCuddy Ranch bypass.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Forest Fuel Reduction Grant and Tour - repost from August 23, 2017

The grant money does have an expiry date, but there is time to get the work done this year. Approvals to be obtained from various parties including the Strata. This is not on Strata property, but vital for our fire proctection.

A Firesmart grant has also been obtained for the village - will post more details when I have them.

I had a walk through the bush this afternoon with Tanya Lawes (Forester) and Doug MacLeod of Lawes Forest Management. They are here this week, and happy to talk to any interested parties.

The fuel reduction plan is not a scar on the landscape, but rather a reduction of fuels so that any fire activity near the ski area could be held to a Rank 3 fire. The proposed area incorporates the existing ski run that goes down the back of the village. From that run and approaching the creek, trees would be thinned, and ground and ladder fuels removed. This corridor would also allow better penetration of retardant dropped from the air, and could be a pathway for laying hose line.

At this stage, the study involves assessing fuels, soil types, terrain, and flagging. The written proposal will include recommendations on what is done, and how it should be done.

I am one of the locals who took an S100 course several years ago. Doug has extensive experience with Wildfire, and it was interesting to discuss the terrain, and  fire fighting strategies for the area.

There have been some administrative hurdles since the grant was first approved, but hopefully things will move forward now.

Doug and Tanya in front of remnants of the large trees that stood here before the last fire - almost 90 years ago.


Fuel density - Doug has his hand on a tree that would be left.



Andy's Latest Blog Post

SUMMER AT BALDY MOUNTAIN RESORT

  
 IN SUMMER
Dear Baldy enthusiasts,
As June hits the Okanagan Valley, could you believe we had trace amounts of snow on the top of Baldy June 1st?! We hope Ullr is sending us a strong message for the 2018-19 winter season.
With all the flooding in the area, you will be glad to hear that nearly all the snow has left Baldy. There are only a few small stashes left, so there will be little to no melt coming from up here now. We took the side by side up the mountain at the end of May and the Baldy trail still has a few patches of snow, meaning access to the top is not quite open yet but, in a week or two the flowers will start to come out turning Baldy into this stunning, quiet, magical summer location.
By the way: yes, I said side by side. The one that got stolen last summer turned up on the roadside near Oliver a few weeks ago in great condition. A huge shout out to Matt Koenig who never gave up hope on this and kept the pressure on the Oliver area by asking questions and following leads… Thanks, Matt!
The team at Baldy is getting close to gearing up for the coming winter, yes you heard right, we’re already looking ahead to next winter! You would be surprised at the work and preparation needed to ensure we offer a great season for you winter enthusiasts. Lift maintenance will start early to mid-summer, and we will begin brush cutting as well. We love summer on Baldy and in the Okanagan, but we still can’t wait for winter to come and powder to fly.
I am going to wrap up by mentioning our early bird season pass sale, which went live recently, and our great prices, which are only available to the first 800 people- or until July 15th-  whichever comes first.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

Rest In Peace, Traude Aspe

This 1972 photo - l - r, Alfred Gruhl. Marj Compeau, Traude Aspe, with "Baldy" the Saint Bernard.


REMEMBERING
Gertraud Aspe
February 25, 1931 - May 24, 2018

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, Mrs. Gertraud (Traude) Maria Aspe of Osoyoos
passed away peacefully in her own home at the age of 87 years.
She was predeceased by her husband Emil Aspe on January 15, 2016.
Traude will be remembered by her children Ron, Marlene and Sharon; her
grandchildren Capri, Milan and Maia and nieces Susan, Linda, Jenny and Heidi.

Traude and Emil settled in Osoyoos in 1959 awed by the beauty of the area.
Originally, they owned an orchard and started to raise their family. Traude worked
at the Osoyoos Credit Union in those early years before they opened Vienna
Pastries and later Café La Brioche in a location across from today's AG Foods.
Traude also worked in the office for Osoyoos Home Support Services.

Traude was a founding member of the Borderline Ski Club which brought the first
ski lift to the area. Was a School Trustee with a passion for the importance of
literacy and a much loved Pathfinder and Girl Guide leader with a mission to share
the outdoors with her troop. A member of St. Christopher's Anglican Church. In
later years Traude enjoyed dancing at the local senior centers and often entered
yodeling and whistling.

The positions Traude took most seriously were that of mother, wife and friend. She
could be counted on by many for support. She was humble and ever helpful.
Strong and solid for those with need and was full of gratitude long before that was a
trendy word. There was always enough. "So long as one is alive, live!" was one of
Traude's favorite quotes. For twelve years Traude lived graciously with Alzheimer's
and artery disease. She is deeply missed by her family and a care team of six
amazing women. Even in her last days she was able to squeeze sweetness out of
what life she had left to live. The lessons she gave in the last years of her life were
many. We all have deep gratitude and feel privileged that we had a chance to know
Traude.

In lieu of donations Traude would want you to do some small kindness for someone
else.
A celebration of life will be hosted later this summer. Notice will be posted in the
local paper.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting
www.nunes-pottinger.com

Friday


  • some dust settling moisture overnight - reminder that dust season is here, please keep your speed down in the village
  • grader and water truck have been working on the Baldy Road - I could tell it wasn't Bill operating the grader before I set eyes on the operator..........will not complain  - good to have work being done on the road