Photographer Audrey MacNaughton
Archives for December 10, 2019
By ROY WOOD
A foot or two of snow is all that the keen-but-fairly-new management team at Mount Baldy is waiting for to get the ski season under way.
“We’re lacking snow, but other than that we’re all ready to go when it does arrive,” operations manager Caroline Sherrer said Tuesday in an interview with ODN.
Sherrer signed on with the Vancouver-based Mount Baldy Resort investment group in late October. She spent three years as general manager at Mount Timothy, a smallish family ski area near Lac La Hache. Similar to Baldy of a few years ago, Mt. Timothy was closed last season because of financial difficulties, but is planning to re-open this year.
Sherrer described her current role as “more of an interim GM … taking over for Andy Foster and Matt Koenig.” She said owners are amalgamating some of the positions as a cost-saving measure.
Asked about the scattering of senior staff, Sherrer said that as far as she knows those who left did so for personal reasons.
She said general manager Foster has left the ski industry.
Facilities manager Koenig, who had been at Baldy for more than 20 years in various capacities, has taken over as operations manager at Apex.
Long-time lodge manager Kevin Rand has moved into a job running the Phoenix Ski Area, a one t-bar hill between Grand Forks and Greenwood that calls itself “the best little mountain in BC.”
The departures have left the ranks a bit thin on Baldy-specific experience. Besides Sherrer, the top staff include: lift and building maintenance supervisor Austin Boake; guest services manager Christine Cuttle; and ski school and rental shop supervisor Dan Campbell.
Colleen Aven moves up to head the ski patrol after one year patrolling the slopes.
Food and beverage manager Faron McDonald, Baldy Bar boss Melanie Zane and marketing manager Andrew Zwicker are all in their second year on the hill.
As for folks with extended experience, long-time head groomer Will Pedlar will be back on the slopes and finance and human resources manager Tina Hesketh is entering her fourth year.
As for when the hill will open, Sherrer said the current estimate is December 20. She said a weather system with some potential is forecast for later this week. If the hill doesn’t get a dump, “We’ll have to reassess, probably on Monday, and go from there.”
She said the hill needs a foot of snow to begin “machine-track packing” the runs. The snow cats are serviced and ready, she said, and the lifts have been inspected and okayed.
Looking ahead, Sherrer said one of her priorities is to get the t-bar running again, after two years out of service. She said she would like to look at night-skiing on the t-bar.
Another of her priorities is to urge the local MLA and provincial tourism minister to do something about the road to the hill. “We don’t have markings for sharp corners. We don’t have barriers. … To have 30,000 people come up that road, it’s just not great.”
In the longer term, Sherrer would like to develop the mountain for summer hiking, using the Eagle chairlift to get hikers up the hill to as yet-to-be created network of trails. “(Hiking) is the easiest way to get us into summer operations, which we really need to do, just to keep staff.”
She has also suggested a campground somewhere on the hill, but hasn’t received head-office approval yet.
The group of Atco trailers that serve as the ticket and other offices is due to be replaced next summer, including plans for rental accommodations on the second floor.
To keep Baldy skiers and boarders up to date, Sherrer said, the hill has ordered new web cams and a new weather station to provide real-time weather information.
Under federal rules, cannabis companies are allowed to use advertising to provide “factual, accurate information about cannabis products,” including levels of THC and CBD, along with information that “allows consumers to tell the difference between brands – would also be permitted.”
Any promotion will only be permitted where it could not be seen by youth.
I got this card in the mail – authorized by an agent of the Federal Government – and that is Canada Post
Similar to Santa Claus is a real person so that mail is actually delivered to Santa.
Are any of these cards ever seen by children.. Yes.
Laws on dope, alcohol etc. should be consistent
Notice the amount and number of BIG Pharma ads you see on American TV???
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 9:00 am PST
Commanding Officer of E Division & Constable Ryan Fulcher
Code of Conduct Hearing of the RCMP
1 allegation: section 7.1
Hearing to be held in Penticton, British Columbia
Venue yet to be determined
Section 7 Discreditable Conduct
As a member of the RCMP, you should at all times, whether on or off duty, consider how your actions and behaviours will affect your ability to preserve your credibility and the trust of the public. These two elements are necessary to effectively carry out policing duties. Given the nature of your duties and responsibilities, any criminal behaviour would be considered discreditable.
Discreditable behaviour is based on a test that considers how the reasonable person in society, with knowledge of all relevant circumstances, including the realities of policing in general and the RCMP in particular, would view the behavior. It is recognized in law that the behaviour of the member, by reason of their profession as a police officer, is held to a higher standard than that of the ordinary citizen.
Source: RCMP documents, Code of Conduct and RCMP information website.
Temporary Use Permit – 6036, 6042 Station Street – Council approved a two-year temporary use permit to allow outdoor storage of lumber at 6036 and 6042 Station Street. The two-year temporary use permit will allow ample time for Structurlam to explore other options for storage.
Water Quality Report for November 2019 – The water distribution system is in winter mode using ground water for domestic use only. Three bacteriological tests were conducted with all results for coliform and e.coli coming back negative. Oliver had a total of 8.7 mm of precipitation recorded in November in comparison to normal levels of 31.2 mm.
1. Water Regulation Amendment Bylaw 1351.06
2. 2020 Sewer Rates Amendment Bylaw 1331.06
With the adoption of Bylaw 1351.06 and 1331.06 the user fees for water and sewer have been set.
Council Policy – Commemorative Recognition and Dedications in Outdoor Public Spaces – Council adopted the Commemorative Recognition and Dedications in Outdoor Public Spaces Policy. This policy replaces the Memorial Benches Policy and expands on the types of amenities available for recognition or dedication, such as benches, picnic tables or a tree.
Age-Friendly Communities 2020 Grant – Council directed staff to submit a 2020 Age-Friendly UBCM Grant application for Stream 1 funding to complete an ‘Age-Friendly Community Assessment.’ The Age-Friendly Communities program assists communities in BC to support aging populations by developing and implementing policies and plans, undertaking projects that enable seniors and elders to age in place, and facilitating the creation of age-friendly communities. This is the first step for enabling the community to apply for funding of projects.
Source: Staff report