Editor Brian Lawrence compiled this brief look back at some of the goings on in the Creston Valley over the last 12 months, gleaned from the pages of the Advance.
9 — About 20 business people and concerned citizens visited the Creston RCMP detachment on Jan. 6 to discuss reactivating Citizens on Patrol, which disbanded quietly in 2013. At least 18 businesses, churches and homes were broken into over the holiday season, after which a group of citizens began to conduct informal early morning security rounds.
•CBC’s Arctic Air returned for a third season on Jan. 7, starring Prince Charles Secondary School graduate Pascale Hutton, who remained firmly grounded despite her success.
“Anytime I go back to Creston or even up the lake, I always feel that the community that I was part of when I was growing up … really supported me and informed where I’m at now,” she said.
•Regional District of Central Kootenay Area C director Larry Binks was surprised by the bitterness that arose from his efforts to establish certified fire protection in West Creston. He arranged for a two-week extension for a petition due to the RDCK office being closed for much the holiday season, which, he said, “created a real storm.”
16 — At the Jan. 7 Creston Valley services committee meeting, Creston Mayor Ron Toyota introduced a motion to put the daylight time issue on the Nov. 15 municipal election ballots, arguing that voters should have the right to make the choice. Regional District of Central Kootenay Area A director Garry Jackman argued that the town “hasn’t done its homework” to show why there should be a vote.
•Artist Guy Hobbs was named the BC Wildlife Federation 2014 artist of the year for All He Surveys, a close-up depiction of a bald eagle. His work was selected by a jury from three finalists in a field narrowed down from more than 30 submissions.
•The Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased 150 hectares to allow for the safer passage of grizzly bears through the Selkirk and Purcell mountains. One of the two parcels purchased was a Wynndel Box and Lumber property adjacent to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.
•The arrest of a male suspected of being behind the rash of break-ins didn’t completely end the robberies. RCMP Staff Sgt. Bob Gollan said that one more break-in had been reported after Briaden Rosch was arrested on Jan. 7. Police suspected that Rosch was working with an accomplice.
•Property assessment changed little from the previous year, with a Creston home valued at $267,000 in 2013 valued slightly higher at $272,000 in 2014.
23 — Town council approved an application by property owner Chaplin West Ventures Ltd. for the construction of 85 seniors apartments on the site of the “bunker” at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Vancouver Street.
30 — Certified fire protection for West Creston appeared to be a step closer, with a majority of property owners, representing more than half of the land in West Creston, in favour of a petition for a taxation bylaw.
•Vance Markus Nevalainen became the Creston Valley’s first baby born in 2014 when he made his way into the world at 8:40 p.m. Jan. 14. Delivered at home by a midwife and weighing seven pounds, seven ounces, Vance was a little brother for two-and-a-half-year-old Brooke, and a son for parents, Karla and Bob.
•Weeks after being named artist of the year by the BC Wildlife Federation, Guy Hobbs was added to the Ducks Unlimited Canada roster of artists. Winter’s Wolf (acrylic and coloured pencil) was one of 15 artworks selected from more than 3,000 entries to become limited edition prints to raise funds for DUC habitat conservation projects, research, education and public policy works.