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called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain
ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
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of the Day.
guess that winter season is coming. You can't tell so
much by the weather as by how early it gets dark in the
evenings now. By seven in the evening we're well past
dusk with only a glow of lighter blue left to the west.
What you really notice this time of year is the
difference between Vancouver and us. When the
weatherman shows a live cam shot of the sky outside the
studio in summer or even up to this past week, they're
darker than we are. Yet already you can see the subtle
change in just days where they are showing a slightly
lighter and brighter sky than we are at the same time
in the evening. They're only about 300 or less air miles
south of us, but it still makes a difference when that
old sun starts heading south for the winter.
It was distinctly cool all day because we had a breeze
out of the west today. A big high pressure system is building
off the coast and should bring us some nice weather for
the weekend, hopefully with warmer temperatures. I would
like to water the flower gardens in for the winter and
the roof goes on the porch tomorrow.
Last year when the roof went on the garage, it dropped
about six inches of snow the night before, making climbing
around at that height a slippery situation. In fact,
the snow was so snotty that one neighbour driving from
the other end of Nimpo Lake to help with the roofing slid
off the road.
Quackers (ducks) are doing the fast skitter across the
water in the evenings now and the loons are still practicing
their flying routines to strengthen their wings for hauling
their heavy, ungainly bodies to the south. The number
of songbirds has decreased dramatically with only the
chickadees feeding ferociously at the bird feeder.
One duck likes to paddle around just below a small bank
down to the water. Every once in awhile I'll look out
the window and see one of our cats hanging out over the
edge of the bank studying the water intensely. Soon, you'll
see a tiny ripple and sure enough, a duck scoots
out from under the overhanging bank and the cat tenses
as though to spring. I keep waiting for one of
those foolish felines to actually make the leap and take
the plunge. It must be absolutely frustrating to watch
a platter sized bird swim around only a few inches below
you and the urge to jump on it almost irresistable. I'm
pretty sure the duck knows it too. I keep waiting for
one of those cats to make my day. I know it'll make the
We're definitely seeing a lot more woodpeckers now. Sadly,
they're drilling away on the younger green trees that
got hit sometime this fall with the mountain pine beetle.
Obviously the beetles are still alive under the bark or
the woodpeckers wouldn't be going after them. I guess
spraying the trees didn't help them to fend off the attack
nor did the spray kill the beetles after they drilled
into the bark.
The guys knocking down the dead trees along all the power
lines in our region are out here now. I don't know how
long it will take them to do the job but I expect we'll
be seeing them around for awhile. I spoke with one of
them last night and it sounds like they expect to do a
lot of hand felling of trees near the power lines so that
will be very time consuming. It's good they're getting
to the job now. A few locals with backhoes say that knocking
over the beetle killed trees, stump and all, is easy.
Maybe having such a dry year meant that the roots holding
the tree in the ground have dried out that much faster
and are very breakable. That means high winds this
fall or winter could topple a lot of the beetle killed
trees and of course those near power lines will
continually take out our electricity.
Well, folks, I realize I'm apologizing a lot for not being
able to write much now, but it really can't be helped.
I've got two computers staring me in the face here so
back to work I go.
a short note tonight, folks. I'm still hock deep in making
calendars for my clients and since I don't get far from
my office, I don't get to notice what else has been happening
in the world, so there's not exactly a ton of stuff to
write about or a lot of time to research anything. I
did get to see the prettiest fox I have ever seen in my
life today on a quick trip into Nimpo. It crossed
the highway, went up the bank and stopped with its ears
perked up and looking straight ahead. I'm pretty sure
it was after something and if I'd had the camera with
me, I think I could have gotten a remarkable shot because
it was really posing. But since I didn't have the camera,
I can only tell you that it was big, just about every
color of the rainbow and had a big, gloriously puffy white
ball of fur at the end of its tail. So there you go.
We've got a big, ugly weather system coming in off the
Pacific again. I suppose Uber would suit but I rather
like goober. It looks like rain for some parts of British
Columbia and snow for the rest. I'm guessing we're
in the snow part. There's fresh snow up in the
mountains from the last system and since it's been colder
than heck, I expect we're next.
I was talking to a friend in Saskatoon, (two provinces
over for those of you that don't know Canada) and she
said there was snow on the ground there and it was cold.
The folks over there are not pleased! We've
all been lulled into forgetting that winter has to come
sometime because most of western Canada has been enjoying
a long, warm autumn. But even as cool as it's been (it
dipped to -8C or 19F last night) there were two
fishing boats out on Nimpo Lake this afternoon.
The trout have been jumping like crazy and I some envied
those fishermen. Well, maybe not sitting on a cold boat
seat freezing in the breeze but the opportunity was envious.
The algae is fast disappearing from the surface of the
lake and the Dean River is nearly clear of it. But then
again, there was ice in the shaded bay just before the
Dean exits the lake, so the algae doesn't have much hope
of surviving the plummeting temperatures.
I just wanted to thank those folks that have written recently
about the blog. I enjoy your notes and words of encouragement
and your feedback is always appreciated!
Travelers are still kind of wandering around the country
stopping at different resorts trying to find a place to
lay their head for the night. I'll post a quick update
here on accommodations available now and through
winter in the Nimpo Lake area since the motel
burned down. I'm still finding out about the Anahim Lake
area. With a little more time in the future I'll set something
more permanent up on the Accommodations web pages.
There are two gorgeous cabins available at Wilderness
Rim Resort throughout the winter. The Waterfront
has cabins available and while The Dean on Nimpo
shuts down their cabins for the winter, they do have luxurious
rooms available all year round. Vagabond, Stewart's and
Rainbow lodges are all closed for the winter. I don't
know yet about the status of Pine Point. If you would
like really nice private accommodations on Nimpo Lake
in the B&B form, the Timber Guest House
operates year round. Nimpo Lake Resort has
some accommodation available, while the Anahim Inn
offers motel rooms. As I said, I still have to find
out about other lodging available in winter in Anahim
Lake such as Escott Bay and Anahim Lake Resort.
Hope I didn't forget anyone.
Okay, that's it for today.
that time of year now when the ranchers start fall roundup.
All along Highway 20 into Williams Lake on Friday we
saw pickups with horse trailers parked all along the road
where cowboys had off loaded saddle horses to
go in search of cattle. A lot of ranchers in this country
utilize open range through spring and summer but come
late fall, the cattle have to be brought in. Judging from
the number of truck and trailers around Riske Creek, several
ranchers must work together for fall roundup. We saw a
lot of cattle inside and out of the fence along the highway.
The cattle know too when it's time.
Coming back from town we saw a young girl easing cattle
out of the timber while farther down the road another
cowboy, probably her father, with three herding dogs worked
his way back toward her. While some provinces like Saskatchewan
and Alberta utilize fourwheelers (ATV's) more for moving
cattle, the cowhorse is still king here, mainly because
of the brush and terrain. The Chilcotin is called
Cowboy Country for a reason.
About all we saw for game this time going to town were
a few deer. No bear or moose. It's right during the rut
for moose so the bulls will be off in the meadows
calling forlornly for cows and the bears are trying
to get their fill of grub before denning.
We've had some awesome sunsets the last few evenings.
Yesterday was our first dreary day in awhile and today
was supposed to be the same but it wasn't bad at all considering
the massive weather system blanketing the province. You
could see that it was raining or snowing over the Coast
Range all day but we came out dry again.
I was just thinking this morning about the lack of moisture
we've had. Other than a sprinkle in August that hardly
registered in the rain gauge and a little less than the
inch of rain we had in the middle of September, we haven't
had anything at all. Oh, besides the snow that we got
when we got that rain. Vancouver is reporting only 4mm
this month when normally they would have registered at
least 60 mm by this time in October. I'm not sure what
they got for moisture today but they were supposed to
get rained on finally. Then there's the other side
of the country where they're digging out from under a
foot of wet snow. That's always the case though.
When the East has lousy weather, we have clear sunshine.
The opposite applies as well. In any case, I'm really
enjoying the weather but we sure could use our fall rains.
Just heard a huge flock of Canadian geese go over so maybe
they know something I don't know.
Just an update on the Av gas situation for anyone
coming to Nimpo Lake in a floatplane this fall.
Wilderness Rim doesn't have much fuel left but they can
give you a little fuel as long as you can get to the cement
ramp. They've pulled their docks for the winter so getting
close to the pump will be difficult. They hope to be able
to continue to fuel planes next year but that will depend
on whether the resort sells or not and whether the new
owners are interested in continuing the service. If not,
we're going to see if an alternative fueling stop can
be set up.
This was just going to be a quick note because I have
to get back to work. Hope you've all had a great weekend!
To Have Or To Have Not
are tremendous advantages to living in the Chilcotin,
but the odd time a little disadvantage pops up. Actually,
it isn't always a little disadvantage. The
lack of an electrical Lineman in this area can cause a
deadly situation as manifested during the fire that destroyed
the Country Inn two weeks ago. That's more on the level
of a huge disadvantage.
It was our Anniversary yesterday and one of those little
disadvantages became apparent. The lack of nice cards
in this part of the country. You know the kind of card
I'm talking about. Big fancy things with hearts or lace
on the cover and flowery sentiments declaring your undying
love for your partner on the inside. The kind that
are so fancy and of which there are so many choices that
you end up standing aisle of the card store dumbstruck
trying to make up your mind. Some polite clerk keeps asking
you if you would like help with anything while you stand
lost in a sea of elegant prose trying to figure out which
card would most suit your life partner.
It's bad enough that you are very obviously from
the boonies. We don't dress for town in the 'town'
sense of the word. No sir. Hiking boots and jeans and
lots of layers because you left before first light from
home when it was cold but the stores are so ruddy hot
in Williams Lake by noon. You're usually on a dead run
because there are so many stops to make whether fueling
up, the printing shop, supplies for my graphics business,
construction, plumbing, electrical or chainsaw supplies.
Who knows what you'll need when you're in town?
Then the final grocery shop that will carry you through
with grits until your next trip to town six weeks or two
months later. And if you're really lucky, you'll
get to stop up at the fast food place for a burger you
wouldn't dream of ingesting at home. No A&W,
Starbucks, or Tim Horton's in the Chilcotin. Mind you,
we now have enough RCMP members posted in Anahim Lake
we should certainly rate a doughnut shop at the very least.
Back to the card shop.
The store clerk always seems to take more pity on me because
she always asks me more than anyone else in the store
if she can help me. I know she recognizes I'm from the
Chilcotin and I've been in there enough over the years
that I probably mentioned it at some point. I must
look absolutely pathetic drowning in the heavy scent of
candles trying to push my way through all the fuzzy stuffed
animals in my desperate search for that perfect card.
In fact, I'm often on the hunt for several cards for family
and friends at Christmas time which means I can hardly
breath by the time I get out of there. At least I know
when that occasion is coming because of the three month
advertising barrage prior to the holiday. I'm very fortunate
to have a partner that reminds me of all the important
occasions such as Valentines, birthdays and Anniversary
because there is no way I would remember otherwise. I'm
lucky if I can remember my own birthday much less anyone
Unfortunately, I was only reminded a week or so ago that
we had an Anniversary coming up but I haven't been
out of the Chilcotin since the first week of August.
We weren't going to be anywhere near Williams Lake until
this Friday and somehow I didn't think I was going to
get away with moving our Anniversary date up two days
this year. What to do?
Well, this household is an odd mixture of the old and
the modern. My answer was to make a card.
Why not? They didn't always have those cloying scented
card shops full of fancy cards and wrapping paper.
People used to make their own cards! My product was kind
of a pathetic looking thing but at least I got to type
in my own thoughts and how I really felt instead of searching
through hundreds of cards trying to find just the right
Really, think about it. That must be a terrible
job being the producer of sentiment for Hallmark.
Can you imagine coming to work every day trying to be
upbeat and happy and in love? You have to come up with
so much hearfelt prose for so many cards each day or you
get fired? I would have to put that job on the same lines
as owning a poopy pumper truck that pumps out sewers.
Just not quite my idea of a good job to have.
Maybe that's why Leanin' Tree cards are often so nice.
They're usually blank inside.
Anyway, I'm supposed to be the 'computer whiz' in this
house, (Yeah, right.) but it was my partner that was smart
enough to think of sending me an E-card. Two in fact.
Beautiful little things with nice sentiment and music
Now why didn't I think of that? No, I have to struggle
late into the evening trying to set up a card on my computer
that I could print out, then run downstairs and sneak
the finished product onto my paper cutter.
If I had half a brain, I would sit down, write out a list
of all the occasions for which I need cards, and buy one
or two years' supply ahead. But I just don't think I could
stand being in that card shop that long nor could I stand
the clerk's pitying looks for that length of time. Besides,
I still haven't found the huge, gorgeous white
Christmas Card I bought in town for my sweetheart two
years ago. It's in this office somewhere....
We've all spoken to our local store owners in Nimpo Lake
and Anahim Lake about the poor selection of greeting cards,
but as they've stated, they just have too small a turnover
of cards because of the small population. The big card
companies want them to buy a minimum amount of stock and
that just isn't affordable so they can only bring in a
limited choice in cards. It's always kind of funny
if you go to someone's house for a birthday or anniversary
dinner. The recipients of several cards will often
receive at least two or three cards that are of the same
design. Not much you can do about it. It's just one of
those things that you accept about the Chilcotin. One
of those 'have not' things that really isn't
all that important and that no one really sweats. Still,
like postcards, there might be a potential market there
if a person could find the right cardstock to print on
and felt capable of coming up with those heavy duty card
sentiments...nah, bad idea. I'll just stick
with the status quo.
Yesterday was another beautiful day on Nimpo Lake.
We mixed and poured the cement for the porch's basement
floor yesterday morning. Come to think of it, that's the
second Anniversary that we've been pouring cement and
embarking on major construction on our property. I'm not
sure what's up with that.
I know that we've been way too busy to go fishing
and that's too bad because the trout fishing is excellent.
Nimpo Lake has a bad algae bloom right now. All the lakes
in the area usually get it in the Fall but it's really
nasty this year. There might be several reasons for it
and we've all been doing the guessing game.
We had a rainy summer last year which washed a lot of
nutrients into the lake. The fish were really big
and fat last year, but it might have put a lot
of food into the lake for algae as well.
This summer was hot and dry and the lake level is at a
We've had beavers damming up Nimpo Creek which flows into
the lake on the north end.
We've had no rain to freshen the lake or wind to turn
Last, but not least, there has been very little pine pollen
this year because all the mature pines are now dead. Usually
the lake is covered in yellow pine pollen at a certain
time of the year and perhaps it changes the chemistry
of the water or maybe it just prevents sunlight from reaching
the algae at a critical time. Like I said, it's a guessing
game. I just hope that the lake returns to normal
next year and we receive our normal rainfall.
There is a C.A.T. shareholder's meeting at the Nimpo Lake
Community Hall tomorrow night at 7:00 for those of you
that are out of town but that read this blog. The meeting
is on very short notice and is not a vote but is still
a meeting that should be attended.
There may not be an article tomorrow because we
have to go into Williams Lake and that usually shoots
down the whole day. With the meeting tomorrow
night I don't think I'll have time to write anything but
I hope to see you all back here on Saturday!
(Jeepers. This was supposed to be just a little short
blurb on greeting cards today and I just realized it's
turned into a book. Sorry about that folks!)
Chilcotin Fall has been a lot like the Energizer Bunny.
It just keeps on going and going. Not that I'm
complaining. No siree, Bob! It could be like this for
the rest of October and I would be one happy camper! The
last couple of days have been clear and sunny and warm
and the evenings have been just breathtaking. I didn't
get any pictures last night because my camera was out
in the truck, but a fellow that lives farther down the
lake emailed some pictures from his end. You can bet I
got some pictures this evening though. Fish are
jumping and plopping back into the water all over the
lake. There are a few fishing boats out there
and apparently the fishing has been phenomenal this week.
The water is dead calm and with our warm temperatures
of today it would be quite pleasant out on the water.
I just heard a loon call, so they're still here.
Tweedsmuir Air pulled their docks and the last floatplane
flew home Sunday. A sweet little yellow and white
floatplane landed today and cruised into the short arm.
He didn't stay down for long though and neither have any
others that have landed lately. There just isn't any source
of fuel for them here anymore. The Waterfront no longer
refuels and the Wilderness Rim Resort owners have left
and aren't selling Av gas this fall either. It seems
a shame that with Nimpo Lake's reputation as a floatplane
base it would be so difficult to get fuel here now.
We've put some thought into putting tanks in and offering
fuel to planes on the lake because we'll be building a
big dock on the protected side of our peninsula. But it
would be such an environmental nightmare, even with the
new type of above ground tanks, that we just don't want
to go there.
Another dock went by the point on the way to the back
bay this afternoon. Our neighbour has a good sized boat
and his dock isn't huge, but it still takes quite a while
to move such a lumbering beast with the barrels under
it for that distance. Everywhere you look you see signs
of people getting ready for winter which might be laughable
anywhere else, but here we could easily wake up to two
feet of snow any time now. Or our great fall could continue.
You just never know in this country. Always expect
the unexpected in the Chilcotin.
I remember one year out here just about this time of year.
Cow moose season opened on the 13th of October until the
15th right during the rut. That was when there was still
an open season on moose here and I was going to be taking
my Mom hunting. We were ready and raring to go. We
woke up the next morning to between two and three feet
of wet, sloppy snow. It was deep enough that I
was pushing it up with the front bumper on my four wheel
drive truck that had really tall tires on it. No one was
going far, that's for sure.
Rollie over at Pine Point asked if he could borrow my
truck to take some hunters out in the back meadow.
He had several hunters that I think were from Germany.
One of the outfitters had taken them up and dropped them
off at hunt camp up in the Itcha mountains and left them
there for nine days without bothering to check on them.
Bad weather had hampered their hunting most of
the time and they had run out of food. The outfitter
had taken them for a lot of money and then pretty much
left them to their own devices. Rollie flew them out after
hearing their story and put them up at his lodge for the
remainder of their stay and promised to take them hunting
if he could. The surprise dump of snow made it next
to impossible to fulfill that promise. I took
a couple of Rollie's hunters out into a back meadow on
foot while my mother took another. It was difficult to
wade around in the bush in that much snow without snowshoes,
especially since it was such heavy, wet stuff. We just
got tired of slogging it out there.
Rollie was driving my truck, probably one of the few available
that would go any distance in the bush in that kind of
snow, and even so, it was hard going. He and his three
hunters finally got fed up with all the snow and had my
truck back by noon. By that time the snow was starting
to melt but it meant that without a freeze, it was going
to be impossible to take my Mom into all my secret hunting
spots. The moose were safe from everyone that year!
That's why you don't bet on anything in this country.
Especially the weather!
We watched the weather tonite and there's a huge high
pressure system over British Columbia holding some really
big ugly stuff just off the coast a few hundred miles.
I don't know what kind of weather is in that long line
of heavy cloud following the jet stream to the north,
but when it hits the coast of Alaska you can see there's
some pretty severe thunder cells up there. We're supposed
to start getting some of that when the high pressure system
starts to break down about Thursday. That means
we have until then to finish getting cement poured for
our porch. Then the dirt has to be backfilled
against the walls and a floor put on the porch (which
will serve as a roof for right now). Once that's done
then the weather won't matter so much but it would be
nice if it didn't get too dirty in the near future.!
was a Memorial Service today for Tom Simon at the Catholic
Church in Anahim Lake. There were a tremendous number
of people in attendance and besides family that came from
elsewhere, there were folks from Anahim, Nimpo and
Charlotte Lake. The tea at the Nimpo Lake Community
Hall drew a huge number of people as well. I'm glad so
many members of the communities have thrown their support
behind Tom's family. Tom got a good Catholic send off
but from my point of view, I just hope he has a good journey
with lots of adventure wherever he's gone to.
That has brought up the discussion of a graveyard. Nimpo
Lake doesn't have one and somehow hasn't needed one for
all the years the tiny community has existed. It would
seem that most of the folks that have lived in and loved
the country have been cremated and their ashes scattered
wherever they've chosen prior to death, whether that be
over lakes or mountain ranges or high alpine meadows full
of wild flowers. I understand that it's illegal
to scatter people's ashes over the countryside but some
laws are just meant to be ignored.
I'm not sure what folks have done that have buried a family
member instead. I suppose the Anahim Lake or Tatla Lake
cemeteries have been utilized or folks have taken their
dearly departed back to wherever they may have come from
originally. I know that Tatla Lake has a beautiful old
cemetery that sits up on a hill and overlooks the Tatla
valley and the saw-toothed Coast Mountain Range that soars
up majestically at the foot of the valley. What a view!
I guess if you have to be dead and buried that's a good
place to be. There's some pretty neat headstones up there,
many of them native and one even made from a set of moose
antlers. A Chilcotin headstone, if you will.
I suppose a graveyard for Nimpo Lake is something to think
about but we'll have to put our thinking caps on and pick
a few good spots before bringing it to the community for
discussion. Can you imagine the hoops we'll have
to jump through with all the ruddy levels of government
to put in a cemetery? It's one thing when a graveyard
has been in existence for a long time before the government
got such a stranglehold on everything. Even the bureaucracies
don't want to deal with a bunch of teed off bereaved,
but a new graveyard with no history will be another matter
The benefit dinner for Art and Mary at the Chilcotin's
Gate Restaurant went well and pulled in around
2000 much needed dollars for them. They were managing
the Country Inn Motel when it burned down a week and a
half ago and were so busy making sure no person or pet
were left in the motel and helping the owner get some
of his stuff out that they lost everything.
In fact if Ted, the owner, hadn't reminded Art to get
his car away from the motel, it would have burned as well.
A lot of people turned out at the Thankgiving Dinner and
paid by donation and a lot of local folks as well as some
of the businesses in Williams Lake donated Turkeys and
foodstuffs to the cause. Art and Mary are in search of
a new job and we all wish them the very, very best.
The Chilcotin's Gate Restaurant will probably be
shut down at the end of October. The fellow leasing
it this past year wishes to move on and Cindy, the owner
is taking schooling and doesn't have time to run the restaurant.
It may be sold as a bible school but I think the entire
community would like to see it continued as a family restaurant.
So if there's any of you that live in the city
and would like to get away to a new life overlooking a
beautiful lake and a range of mountains, this restaurant
is the place for you! It can be a little quiet
in the dead of winter but it does a lucrative business
the rest of the year. Come buy a restaurant and join the
rest of us in the Chilcotin!
The Rest Of The Story
now where was I? Oh yeah, the marijuana grow-op. Well,
it turns out that the rumors were all true. Actually,
there's been a lot of laughter in the community
since a whole bunch of pot plants were found in the Kleena
Kleene garbage dump this year.
Quite a few people have been over to see the large metal
building that was supposed to be a 'karate'
school and have all said that there was no question that
pot was being grown there.
Allegedly, the new purchaser was going to
buy the lodge from the guy who owned it with the
proceeds from the pot grown in this building.
Part of the stipulation of the sale was that the building
be erected by the owner and his staff over the summer
of 2005. The 'purchaser' then left his Vietnamese wife
in charge of the building whenever he was back down on
the Coast. No one was allowed access to it, including
a neighbour that was shoved backwards away from the doorway
by the owner of the lodge when he knocked on the door
of the steel building.
Now the story gets a little fuzzy. I don't know
if the one con man conned the other con man, or
exactly what happened there. Apparently said 'purchaser'
came and removed all the lights and other fixtures for
a successful grow-op from the building this summer, but
whether he removed a whole lot of pot and sold it down
in Vancouver and left just some of the remnants or poorer
quality plants for the lodge owner to get rid of or left
the whole lot, I don't know. The Cops and other folks
that saw the plants at the Kleena Kleene dump site claim
there were several hundred thousand dollars worth of pot
laying there. Somehow, I doubt the one con would
have let that much money slip through his fingers.
I have also heard that he screwed the lodge owner over
and backed out on buying the place. Which certainly makes
sense if all he ever intended to do was grow the plants,
haul them to Vancouver, get his money and leave the lodge
owner standing with his pants down. Like I said, the con
man conned the con man.
Pretty sneaky when you think about it. You
convince someone else to put a building up for you. Install
all the grow lights, etc. and grow hundreds of pot plants
on their land. Then you come in, take the plants, make
the profit and have taken very little risk. If the police
had come snooping around with a search warrant, the owner
of the lodge would have been charged and presumably done
the jail time and lost any assets or property the courts
chose to impound. And for all that risk, he didn't even
get the money he was supposed to for his place. He ended
up losing it anyway this summer to the Bank and the previous
Two questions left to answer. Why didn't the police
bring a search warrant to the property and go through
the building after being informed by several people of
their suspicions? Their answer was that they couldn't
do that on rumors alone. Bull! The police raid grow-ops
on a daily basis down in Vancouver on rumors alone. They
encourage the public to come forward with any information
or tips that might help them to bust these grow-ops and
meth labs. But not here. Here it would seem they would
much rather sit in their warm little offices or set up
useless, repetitive road blocks instead of stopping an
insidious black disease from taking hold in our community.
Fortunately, there has been a complete changeover
of RCMP members in Anahim Lake this summer and
we can only hope that they will have a different view
about doing their job than the old crew did. The other
bonus is that now community members know that this actually
happened and will be far more vigilant about informing
the police and putting pressure on them for action on
The best thing of all is that the law in British Columbia
has just been changed and now BC Hydro can legally inform
the RCMP of unusual power usage.
I wrote the articles that I did back in December
last year in the hopes of pulling some worms out of the
woodwork. It worked well. What didn't work was
that I got conned too.
Within a day of publishing the article I got a call from
this 'Shawn' person wanting to know why I was calling
him names. Actually, I wasn't referring to him at all,
but rather, the lodge owner who obviously had been monitoring
this page and passed the information on to him. We had
a long talk on the phone about the 'rumors' I had written
about and he agreed to meet with me when he next
came up to Nimpo Lake. (He didn't. I actually
finally tracked him and his family down at the restaurant
in February but was satisfied at the time with his sincerity.)
In the meanwhile, he gave me a long cock-and-bull story
about how much he and his new wife and the kids from a
previous wife, loved the Chilcotin. How his new wife was
from Vietnam but that no one would treat her well in Vancouver
but she liked it up here. He told me that he wanted to
start up a 'karate' school for kids from Vancouver and
that's why he had the lodge owner build the steel building.
With no windows.
This 'Shawn' was convincing enough that I sympathized
with him, told him that I would remove the accusatory
articles for now, told him the community would be happy
to welcome him, his wife and family as long as he
wasn't trying to pull a fast one. That we would
not tolerate a commercial grow-op in the community and
that we would find out if he was trying to build one.
Well, he did and he may or may not have gotten the proceeds
from it. But it certainly will not happen again. Rather
than have the live-and-let-live relaxed attitude that
everyone in the Chilcotin has, I think we'll all be a
little more vigilant from now on. The only other problem
is that now the new owners of the lodge are now
wondering what they can use the steel building for.
Sock hops, anyone?
Oscar, (named for the Sesame Street character that was
always grumpy, and for good reason) from up at the restaurant
has generously given me permission to print some of the
photos he took the night the Country Inn Motel burned
down. He had been sound asleep in his trailer behind the
restaurant when the cook finally managed to get him awake
and convince him that there really was a fire next door.
His pictures show the motel burning, roof collapsing and
the beetle killed trees are beginning to torch. That's
the sign for the restaurant that you see on the left of
many of the pictures. Rolling over the images gives the
explanation for each. Thanks for the pics John!
Last week's articles, including the explanatory prelude
to this one can be found at October
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
of the iceberg, so join me!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!