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December 13, 2012 edition of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

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    The JournalA S H C R O F T t C A C H E C R E E KThursday, December 13, 2012 $1.34 includes HST

    Serving Clinton, Spences Bridge, Lytton, Savona, Walhachin and surrounding areas Since 1895Volume 119 No 50

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    I N S I D E : Christmas entertainment. Page 5

    PM # 400121123

    Below on the Interior Savings float: On the float (L-R): Karma Weigel, Kellie Niessen, Brenda Cahoon, Jocelyn Sarver. (Front): Debbie Paternoster, Ginger Kuzyk, Nicole Arnott, Jacquie Berkey, Jessie Porter.

    Kicking back for ChristmasThe annual Santa Claus Parade in Ashcroft. The merry old couple (above) arrived in time for the parade. Below: Al Midgley perched atop Rudolph with Heather Philpott and Sharla Dubroy on the First Place float for the Rodeo and Rodeo Parade.


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    The Friends of Historic Hat Creek Ranch will be conducting the annual general meeting on December 12 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the ranch in the main building. The purpose of the meeting is to review the year-end financial statement, and to elect the Board of Directors for 2013. Nominations of members in good standing for Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors may be made at the meeting. All members and interested citizens are invited to attend the meeting.

    Questions or further informationcan be directed to 250-457-9722.

    A 2 Thursday, December 13, 2012 The JournalCOMMUNITY

    Crime Stoppers1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

    Ashcroft RCMP250-453-2216

    Clearwater teachers killed in accident

    Ashcroft rcMP DetAchMentPOLICE REPORT

    Wendy Coomber

    On Dec. 9 at approximately 6:59 p.m., mem-bers of the Southeast District RCMP Traffic Services and the Clearwater RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle crash, located on Hwy 5, at Wolfs Corner approximately 17 km south of Clearwater.

    Upon the arrival of the police at the scene, members ascertained that a northbound vehicle had lost control on snow packed and icy roads, causing it to leave the travel portion of the high-way and go down a 30 meter embankment into the North Thompson River. There was a debris field and it appeared that a tree had been struck at one point. Some personal items were located at the scene by RCMP. Attempts were made to locate the vehicle, which was completely sub-merged under water.

    Unfortunately, due to the time of night and dark lighting conditions, initial attempts to lo-cate the vehicle were not successful. The inves-tigation and search for the vehicle resumed at daybreak, the following day. Search and Res-cue, RCMP Air Services, RCMP Dive Team, along with local RCMP members are continu-ing their search along the river. A Southeast District RCMP Collision Reconstructionist is assisting with the investigation.

    The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team lo-cated the vehicle and driver, Skye Buck, the fol-lowing day, but his wife Courtney Buck, is still missing stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North Dis-trict Media Relations Officer Search efforts will continue throughout the day along the North Thompson River, however, the search process has been challenging due to winter weather conditions .

    Their families have been notified and are be-ing assisted by the RCMP Victim Services. The deceased are Skye Tavis Buck, who would have turned 31 the next day, and his wife, 30 year old Courtney Elizabeth Buck.

    Both were local Clearwater school teach-ers, prominent and well known members of the Clearwater community. Grievance Counselors and Victim Services have been brought in to as-sist with staff and students with the Clearwater High School and Elementary Schools, where the BUCKs were teachers.

    This is a truly tragic and unfortunate inci-dent that is being felt throughout the entire com-munity of Clearwater.

    The investigation continues into the cause of the incident and police believe that road condi-tions played a factor in this tragic event.


    Stolen articles found

    Dec. 4 po-lice received a call from a Cache Creek woman say-ing she had found the gas cans that had been stolen from her property. They and other emptied gas cans were dumped at the end of Lopez Creek Rd., off Stage Rd. Residences in the Woodburn Court area were hit by a rash of gas can thefts in the later part of November.

    Tires stolenDec. 4 police received a report of a

    theft from a residence on the Ashcroft Reserve. A 25 year old woman told po-lice that four tires on rims were taken out of her carport. They were located in somebody elses yard and returned to their owner. There was no indication of who was responsible for the theft.

    Dog tracks ownerDec. 4 in the evening, police re-

    ceived a dog complaint from the De-sert Inn in Cache Creek. The manager reported that the dog had been left in the owners room when the owner went out. The manager opened the room once police had arrived. The dog ran out of the room, out of the motel, and across the highway to the Oasis Pub where the owner was in attendance. There was some damage in the room done by the dog. The owner offered to pay for it.

    Prohibited driver caughtDec. 6 at 2 pm police stopped a

    pickup truck travelling at 127 kph in the 100 zone on Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek near the mushroom plant. The driver, a 39 year old Ashcroft man, was given

    a speed-ing ticket and charged with driving while pro-hibited. His 1992 Dodge

    pickup was impounded.

    Parked cars broken intoDec. 7-8 overnight, police received

    five complaints of thefts from unlocked vehicles parked at residences in the Woodburn subdivision of Cache Creek. Minor items were taken, including change and GPS units. Police would like to take this opportunity to remind owners to lock their vehicles overnight and at other times when they arent in attendance.

    Driver gets a warningDec. 8 at 7 pm a Traf-

    fic Services officer stopped a vehicle for suspected impair-ment in Cache Creek. The driver, a 55 year old Burnaby man, blew a Warning on the roadside sobriety test. He was given a 24 hour driving sus-pension and his 2008 Ford F150 was impounded.

    Wouldnt leaveDec. 9 police were called

    to Ashcrofts River Inn for an unruly patron who was refus-ing to leave the bar. The 60 year old Cache Creek man was located in the lobby by police, still unruly. He was arrested for being drunk in a public place and lodged in cells over-night.

    Hospital treatmentDec. 9 at 2 am police were

    called to a fight in progress at the River Inn. Police locat-ed one of the men in the park-ing lot. The very intoxicated and unco-operative 27 year old

    Ashcroft man was transported to Ash-croft hospital for treatment of minor in-juries. The second man, also intoxi-cated, was located inside the bar. The 19 year old Merritt man was arrested for assault and held overnight in cells. There were no charges laid.

    Grow Op equipmentDec. 9 a 1997 Honda Accord was

    stopped at a roadcheck conducted by Traffic Services officers on Hwy 97 north of Cache Creek. The officer de-tected an odour of marijuana in the vehicle and it was searched. The officer found an industrial type of fan, contam-inated with marijuana residue and plant material. The fan was seized and the 51 year old Monte Lake man is now under investigation for involvement in a mari-juana grow-op.

  • The Journal Thursday, December 13, 2012 A 3COMMUNITY

    Provincial transit goal not being met

    Courts get help

    The joyful sounds of ChristmasMusic teacher Carmen Ranta (right) brought some of her students to the Long Term Care facility for a Christmas music recital last weekend. Back: Bonnie Chen, Elizabeth Ranta an