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July 25, 2012 edition of the Salmon Arm Observer

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  • SALMON ARM

    Observer

    IndexOpinion ....................... A6View Point .................. A7Life & Times ............. A14Sports ............... A17-A20Arts & Events ... A21-A23Time Out ................... A24Vol. 105, No. 30, 48 pages

    This week

    The ever-popular workshop schedule for Roots and Blues has been released. See it on A21.

    The Salmon Arm Sockeyes made the most of their home pool advantage. Turn to A18 for more.

    WednesdayJuly 25, 2012

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    Tradition crosses generationsSisiaskit and Kaleb Jules dance together at the 29th Annual Skwlax Pow Wow held over the weekend at the Skwlax Pow Wow Grounds. For more images from the event, see page A4.

    MLA ponders re-election bid

    George Abbott is casting his eye on fi shing and family fun this summer.

    And, despite the rumours, includ-ing those fuelled by Vancouver radio com-mentator Alex Tsa-kumis, the minister of education and Shuswap MLA says he has not yet made up his mind about his future in poli-tics.

    I have never spoken to him, nor do I intend to do that, Abbott de-clared last week. I am hoping to get vaca-tion time to fi gure out whether I wish to continue in the po-litical world.

    Abbotts political engagement began in 1979 when he became a trustee for the Sicamous Waterworks District.

    He joined the Columbia Shuswap

    Regional District board in 1980 and took on the role of Shuswap MLA in 1996, serving fi ve years in opposition and 12 in government.

    I will be enjoying my 33rd anni-versary of elected offi ce in Septem-

    ber, he said. Even for a youthful guy like me, its getting to be a long time. Agreeing his par-ty is facing tough issues, Abbott says solutions are always much more obvious on the opposi-tion side of the house.

    Abbott, who served three terms as minister of health, says he enjoys the Ministry of Educa-tion, a portfolio he says comes with many puz-

    zles to be solved.Ive enjoyed them, but they do

    wear you, he says, noting that, until three weeks ago, he was so immersed in negotiations with the provinces

    Stomp returns to Silver Creek

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And so, apparently is the 23rd annual Summer Stomp, which took place in Silver Creek over the weekend.

    Organizers have deemed the event exceptional and incident-free.

    While Friday was a bit of a wash-out, thanks to heavy rains, about 1,500 people were onsite Saturday night.

    Not one complaint, said Steve Hammer, treasurer of the non-profi t Salmon Arm Stomp, noting organiz-ers would canvas the neighbourhood to hear what nearby residents thought

    of the event. It was the fi rst year on larger grounds and all in all was an ex-cellent event.

    But police and CRSD offi cials report some concerns, particularly around noise and alcohol. The CSRD had granted approval for the event on the condition the music would be shut off at midnight, but music reportedly played until 3 a.m. Sunday.

    Just as he had predicted prior to the event, Electoral Area D director Ren Talbot was annoyed the loud music played three hours later than the mid-night curfew.

    George Abbot

    SHUSWAP MLA

    By Barb BrouwerOBSERVER STAFF

    See HST on page A2

    By Barb BrouwerOBSERVER STAFF

    See CSRDs on page A2

    JAMES MURRAY/OBSERVER

  • CSRD development services assistant Dan Passmore and develop-ment manager Gerald Christie visited the site Friday afternoon. At that time, we were pleased the grounds were laid out in accor-dance with plans fi led with the regional dis-trict, he said, noting a call from Talbot Mon-day morning shifted his mood. We entered into an agreement to run it in a certain way and evi-dence points to the fact they did not live up to their part of the agree-ment. I cant tell if that will impact any future dealings, but obviously theres a great deal of disappointment there.

    Cleaning up the site Monday morning, Hammer said details will be made available in a full report, probably within a few days.

    Hammer said orga-nizers had received an exemption from the BC Forest Service, which has issued a fi re ban on all but campfi res that measure no more than a half-metre wide and half-metre high.

    Precautions were tak-en and the fi re was built in a protected fi re ring.

    It was a large fi re, but not a huge fi re, said Hammer. It keeps everybody together its part of the ambiance and a safety measure so nobody else has fi res.

    In terms of profi t, Hammer says they have yet to reconcile bills.

    We do know were in the black, he said. All of our bills will be paid and well have some money for char-ity.

    While he says he knows some newcom-ers were arriving as late as 11:30 p.m. Saturday, he is not aware if they were arriving from Sturgis North, which was taking place at the speedway near Vernon.

    Unwilling to com-ment on possible issues, Hammer said he did not want to start any stone-throwing.

    Let them throw the fi rst stone, he contin-ued. We had no drunks, no issues on site, that Ive heard of. It was 100 per cent golden.

    Thats not the way RCMP and Columbia Shuswap Regional Dis-trict offi cials see it.

    Several complaints did come out of that event and we will be do-ing a bit of follow up, said Gord Molendyk, North Okanagan-Ver-non RCMP spokesper-son.

    They were sup-posed to shut the music down at a certain time and they didnt follow through with that, said Molendyk. They will be dealing with the re-gional district around some of those issues out there.

    Passmore says CSRD staff will be crafting temporary use permits for board approval, which could be in effect by next year.

    Anyone looking to do the Stomp or any-

    thing else of a tempo-rary nature outside of whats allowed in the zoning bylaw would need a permit.

    While this years Stomp was out of Salmon Arm RCMPs jurisdiction, local police conducted enhanced enforcement and road checks over the week-end, including several in Salmon Arm and Sil-ver Creek, just north of the Silver Creek store.

    More than 500 ve-hicles were checked, resulting in several 24-hour driving prohi-bitions and two vehicle impounds.

    Violation tickets, numerous warnings and two small drug seizures were also made during the patrols, says Sgt. Carlos Tettolowski.

    CSRDs music curfew ignored

    teachers he didnt have time to think about broader issues, or the wide criticism aimed at his government.

    After such a long time in politics, I have scar tissue on scar tis-sue in terms of thick skin, he says, noting he does not believe chang-ing the partys name, something that will be debated at the partys October convention, is a wise move.

    I think our problems go way beyond a name

    change, he says. I think our challenges go back to the extraordi-narily awkward and un-fortunate way we intro-duced the HST. Were still living with that.

    Should he run in the next election and should his government win, Abbott says Education would be his ministry of choice.

    The run for premier was the offi ce I was looking for, he adds. That was unsuccess-ful, so you move on.

    While he did love teaching political sci-

    ence at Okanagan Col-lege prior to life in Vic-toria, Abbott says he is eyeballing involvement in public policy devel-opment in his future particularly in the fi elds of health and educa-tion.

    I do need to think about whether I want to devote another four years to what is inevita-bly a roller coaster ride in politics, he says. Politics has driven me for a long time and I have to decide if it will drive me for another four years.

    Continued from front

    HST haunts BC Liberals

    Continued from front

    Stunt: Jim Wade is about to take a tumble off his bike during the motorcycle games held at the Salmon Arm Summer Stomp.

    JAMES MURRAY/OBSERVER

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