Archives for July 25, 2020
Engineering staff with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development have determined that an old trestle on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail north of Tulameen is structurally unsound and no longer safe to use.
The trail is now closed to the public and will be removed. Public safety was the top priority in making this decision.
The KV-061 trestle is located about seven kilometres north of Tulameen and is part of The Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail). Inspections completed by an independent engineering firm identified structural issues with the trestle (bridge), including broken and decaying support structures. It is not safe for anyone to use the bridge in its deteriorated state, including off-road vehicle operators, hikers and cyclists.
Signs will be posted to direct hikers and cyclists to an eight-kilometre detour that will allow them to bypass the closed trestle and enjoy the rest of the route. Since the detour runs alongside a road, all-terrain vehicles will have to access the trail from the community of Tulameen, or off Coalmont Road near Frembd Lake.
Ministry engineering staff are evaluating all available options to replace the trestle with a new bridge, but it is unlikely that a replacement would be completed before next year. The ministry assessed options for making a temporary repair to the trestle and determined that it was not feasible.
Recreation Sites and Trails BC staff have notified recreational user groups and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen about the closure and will be posting signs to help trail users stay safe.
Kathy arrived at the New York City women’s shelter dressed in dirty rags and holding a small paint can. Wherever this young girl went the can came with her. Meal time, shower time, counseling time, bed time – it didn’t matter, the can was always with her. When asked about what was in it, or why it was so important to her, she declined to explain.
When she was upset, hurt or angry she would find a quiet place, hold the can close and rock back and forth seemingly gaining some comfort from it. Sitting with her for breakfast one morning one of the counsellor’s won her confidence and Kathy shared her story. She had been left in a dumpster two days after she was born. The New York newspapers had reported the discovery by the police. Kathy grew up being shifted from one foster home to another, angry about her situation and resenting what her mother had done. Eventually she decided to try finding her mother. She managed to gain some information from a person who knew where she was living. But her mother wasn’t there, she was in the hospital dying of AIDS.
Kathy was able to get to the hospital and talk to her mother. During that painful but fruitful interaction her mother told Kathy she loved her. That changed the picture completely. No one had ever said that to her. That one statement was like pure gold to her. The next day her mother died. The can contained her ashes. It was the only connection she had left.