Monthly Archives: December 2013

Missing Skiers Found – All Ok

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Press Release: December 30th, 2013, 10:10 AM

On December 29th, shortly after 5pm, Red Mountain Resort reported ten overdue skiers that had not reported in. They had set off in the morning and had spoken of exploring the new area of Grey Mountain. The ten skiers varied in ages and all are from the state of Washington, USA. Although from out of town the lead male knows the area, has a residence at the resort on Red Mountain and is believed to be an advanced skier.

Rossland Search and Rescue were activated and subsequently located the group of skiers on the back side of Grey Mountain near Esling Creek. No one was injured and all were accounted for, they had been able to start a fire and await assistance. Given the terrain and other variables it was determined that they would set in for the night and be brought out at day break.

At first light on December 30, 2013 a helicopter was deployed to shuttle out the overdue skiers and the Search and Rescue team that located them. This process of shuttling out the group is currently in progress and is expected to be completed today.


The facts of this case should serve as a lesson to all of us in what to do:

  • If you’re going out into the backwoods or wilderness let someone know where and when – the fact that this group did that meant that their absence was noted and acted upon in a prompt and timely manner.
  • Think ahead and be prepared. The fact that they had started a fire and were prepared, and able, to spend the night out there, even in winter conditions, speaks to their level of preparedness.

Thanks to the people who know and do their jobs at Red Mountain Resort, and the Rossland Search and Rescue, for making this a positive story with a happy result.
May you all have a restful Happy New Year.

32nd Community Christmas Dinner

Did you have a nice Christmas? Get the day off? Get lots to eat? Enjoy all of that in the company of family and friends? That’s good – these are what we hope for in this holiday season … but reality doesn’t always give us what we want or desire. Not everyone has the day off work; not everyone has family and friends to share it with.

For 32 years a group of people in this town have been working to help bring some of that essential Christmas Spirit alive for those whose situations prevent them from participating in the Christmas feast. We’re talking about the Community Christmas Dinner.

In talking with George Longden about this event I learned a lot I didn’t know. George is coordinator this year but he has been a volunteer for 22 years. He sees this as one of those opportunities to help his community – to serve the public. And that’s the best thing you can do in his eyes.

Each year the core group of a dozen volunteers starts working in November to pull off an event that lasts less than a day. With incredible support from individuals and businesses they raise thousands of dollars ($4,000 this year) and more volunteers (the numbers swelled to nearly 60 this year). Food preparation, logistics, promotion, coordination – all this is well underway by the time they begin the final stage at 9AM of Christmas Eve in the Gospel Chapel. It has to be – the doors open at Noon and everything is cleaned and put away 5 hours after that!

This year they used every chair in the house – filling the main hall and spilling over to 40 more in the foyer and 30 in the sanctuary area. The numbers tell a story: 60 volunteers working with 16 turkeys, 10 hams and 150 lbs of potatoes served up 425 meals – the most they have ever done! 60 of those were take-outs delivered to working members of essential public services such as the Border Services, Ambulance and RCMP. And a meal for anyone held in detention by them as well.

I got there about a half hour after it started and the first thing I noticed was: all the parking spots in and near the chapel were taken. When I got in I could hear the hall before I entered:  a general hubbub of people conversing with their neighbours, friends and table mates. Once inside I saw a large room full of people just getting their meals. Lots of smiling faces.

The best part of all of this: It’s free for those who eat and a big helping of spiritual nourishment for everyone who participates on either side of the table. Aside from feeding the soul they also get to dine on a full menu of turkey, ham, potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and turnips garnished with cranberry sauce gravy and stuffing, all purchased locally. They also offered vegetarian entrees and a full line of pies, cakes and cookies for dessert.

Thanks to George Longden, Paula Wolkosky, Bev Vatkin, Cherylle and Rod Smuland (in the kitchen), Dave Watts (Santa) and all the other volunteers for making this event such as successful part of our Community.

Tire Bonfire at Salmo Ski Hill

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On December 21, 2013 Salmo RCMP received a complaint that tires had been burned in a bonfire at the Salmo Ski Hill from the night before and the pile was still smouldering. Salmo RCMP attended and it appears as though party goers from the night before used tires to fuel a bonfire. Enquiries are being made as to the identities of individuals that were up in the Ski Hill area that night, photos were taken and police are investigating.

131221_tires_DSCN0198The burning of tires is detrimental to the environment and tires need to be disposed of properly at local facilities.

If you have any information on this incident please contact the Salmo RCMP at 250-357-2212.