As salmon headed for their spawning grounds on the Adams River

As salmon headed for their spawning grounds on the Adams River

Chase: Looking back at 2014

Year in review: Chase headlines from July to December.

  • Jan. 8, 2015 5:00 a.m.

July

•Fireworks lit up the land as well as the sky in this year’s Canada Day display in Chase. A couple of small spot fires were easily doused by members of the Chase Volunteer Fire Department, but one larger one took hold in an inaccessible area and required assistance from Ministry of Forest fire crews.

•The Thompson-Nicola Regional District raised tipping fees for demolition, land-clearing, and construction waste (DLC) from $60 per tonne to $120 per tonne at all waste facilities in the regional district on July 1.

•Homeowners in the area known as Ptarmigan Hills, located off Chase-Falkland Road about 10 kilometres south of Chase, say they were stunned to learn Tolko Industries Ltd. is planning three cutblocks in their area. The forest has not seen bulldozers or feller-bunchers in nearly a decade.

•The preliminary findings from a water conservation strategy showed that daily water consumption in the Village of Chase is 693 litres per person per day (2013 data) – significantly higher than the Canadian average daily per capita water consumption of 510 litres (2009 data).

•The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations was called to a fire that destroyed a boat and trailer near Chum Lake, east of Chase on the Turtle Valley Road to Chase Creek.

•John Findlay Linklater, age 58 of Chase, died in a vehicle accident on Highway 1, just west of Pritchard, at approximately 12:02 a.m. Thursday, July 17.

•Dana McIntyre, electrical instructor at Thompson Rivers University and a Shuswap resident, has been taking his students to Mexico for the past few years so they can get experience working in the electrical field while doing good for a community.

•Lee Creek was designated as a secondary settlement area (SSA) in the North Shuswap official community plan. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District board voted unanimously, and without discussion, to adopt the bylaw at the July 17 board meeting.

August

•The Chase Royal Canadian Legion, in conjunction with historian David Lepsoe, commemorated First World War veterans on Aug. 1, marking 100 years since the First World War ended.

•Eight people were injured Sunday, Aug. 17 after two SUVs collided on the Trans-Canada Highway at Chase. Chase RCMP received a report of the collision at the intersection of Shuswap Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway. BC Air Ambulance transported some of the injured persons to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, including a child and his father.

•Five of eight Segways stolen from a Shuswap tour company were recovered at a location between Falkland and Kelowna. The single-person stand-up vehicles were stolen from Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours’ secure Scotch Creek compound near Chase on Thursday, May 29.

September

•It was cause for celebration. A group of concerned citizens which had been working to recruit doctors to Chase were successful. Two physicians committed to move to town, one in mid-September, the other the beginning of October.

•The Chase Post Office will be closing Saturdays, according to the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association. Barb Lincoln, president of the union’s B.C. and Yukon Branch, said Canada Post is going ahead with a reduction of nine hours of service for the Chase office, against the wishes of the association.

•The fifth annual CornStock Festival was an unqualified success, said organizers, thanks to great weather and a wonderful community effort from volunteers, sponsors, participants, vendors, entertainers and more.

•The North Shuswap Medical Centre is losing its doctors and no others are in sight.

Larry Morgan, Columbia Shuswap Regional District director for the North Shuswap, said it was very sad, and the community had worked hard to come up with someone. He said he and members of the North Shuswap Health Society have had multiple meetings with Interior Health, to no avail.

•A Chase enterprise won a BC Aboriginal Business Award, which was presented at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Winning in the Joint Venture Business of the Year category for Outstanding Achievement was Secwepemc Camps and Catering from Chase.

•Citizens of Chase once again showed excellent support for the Chase Rotary Club’s Yellow Bag Food Drive.

Chuck Wyld from the Chase Hamper Society said approximately 5,000 pounds of food were donated by Chase residents.

October

•The annual arrival of sockeye salmon to their spawning grounds in the Adams River was cause for great celebration – particularly in a peak years such as this was. Roderick Haig-Brown Park had a bit of a new look. A $1.2 million dollar construction project allowed for greater flexibility in Roderick Haig-Brown Park, and provided new facilities for large and small groups. A new, smaller day-use area meets the needs of families and individuals who come year-round to hike, mountain bike, snowshoe, ski and view wildlife. A new gathering space can adequately accommodate large festivals and community events.

•The Chase municipal race was up to an even dozen. Three candidates were running for mayor, while nine candidates vied for the four councillor positions. Incumbent mayor Ron Anderson was not seeking re-election.

•A zoning amendment bylaw proposed for North Shuswap/Seymour Arm as well as rural Sicamous will recognize four existing log booms. A new foreshore industrial zone was proposed, along with new definitions for industrial moorage facility, boat, houseboat, personal watercraft and vessel.

November

•The Salute to the Sockeye Festival was a big success. This year’s dominant run celebration welcomed more than three million sockeye and 124,000 human visitors from around the globe.

•The community turned out to remember as the Remembrance Day Parade travelled down the main street of Chase followed by the ceremony at Chase Community Hall, including the laying of wreaths at the cenotaph.

•Councillor-elect Ali Maki received the most votes of all candidates for council or mayor – 591 in total. Maki was thrilled with the make-up of the new council, as was mayor-elect Rick Berrigan. Berrigan earned 532 votes, defeating mayoral candidates Harry Danyluk with 346 votes and Jocelyn Nash with 156.

Joining Berrigan and Maki are council incumbents Steven Scott (512) and David Lepsoe (480), as well as newcomer Nancy Egely (476).

•During National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Week, events in Chase included making hand drums at Chase Community Hall. Chase Secondary was the site of the NAAAW Health Fair, where students could learn about the harmful effects of using drugs and tobacco.

December

•A touch of Christmas magic was in the air, as Chase Country Christmas welcomed the holiday season. New this year was the Children’s Christmas Store, where the elves helped children pick out a gift for their family and wrap them too. Also new this year was teen cosmic bowling and a barbershop quartet at the Village UBrew.

•Chase Rotarians visited classrooms in North Shuswap, Sorrento, Chief Atahm and Haldane Elementary schools and presented each Grade 3 student with their own personalized soft-cover dictionary.

• As the local Chase Junior Hockey team rebounded from a horrendous period of injuries to regular roster players, so went the fortunes of the KIJHL Franchise. On Friday, Nov. 28 at the Art Holding Memorial Arena, the high-flying Sicamous Eagles came to town. At game’s end the hosts had shot down the Eagles 3-0.

•Over the last year, the North Shuswap Community Association saw a big project come to fruition.

Adjacent to the hall, and under the trees, there now sits a large, architecturally distinctive shelter which can accommodate several picnic tables and will add to what the Celista Hall offers the community and people renting the facilities for functions.

•The music will continue, but you won’t hear the “wonderfully fun-loving” man behind the mic each morning on Kamloops airwaves.

Mike Evenson, a 37-year-old morning-show host for the local top 40 radio station 97.5 The River, was killed in a collision early Thursday morning, Dec. 4 on Highway 1, five kilometres west of Chase. Evenson was driving his daily commute from his Chase home to the station in downtown Kamloops for his 6 a.m. radio show when the  three-vehicle accident occurred.

•A Chase woman died in a single-vehicle crash near Pritchard. About 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, Chase RCMP responded to a single-vehicle roll-over collision on Kamloops Shuswap Road, approximately five kilometres west of Pritchard.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sheila Ignace from Chase was pronounced dead at the scene.