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of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
Wilderness Adventures - Sept., Week Two/2011
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We've Got Babies!!!!
everyone that's been keeping up on things.... Leah
and Richard had their twins!
They are both girls and arrived just before 9:00 A.M September
28. (I know, I know .... but I've been really busy).
Kayla was 4 lbs 14 oz. And Keira was 5 lbs 11 oz.
Pretty big for twins, that's for sure.
Leah is in hospital in Williams Lake and they hope to
be home early next week. Her blood pressure is still pretty
high so the docs figure they should keep her in for a
Congratulations to Cathy who is now a brand new Grandma
and to Gail, Leah's Mom, to whom this is old hat by now.
For anyone wandering around out there with a confused
look on their face, I'm talking about Richard and Leah
Simon, the young owners of the Nimpo Lake General Store.
Since this community is generally pretty short on babies,
or kids at all for that matter, twins will actually increase
the population of Nimpo Lake substantially. :-) The event
has been of great interest to residents around here because
so many saw their kids leave and raise families of their
own, and most have Grandkids and Great Grandkids. And
of course, the health of the babies and Leah particularly
was of paramount interest. Having Leah around is like
having your own bowl of happiness and we all, selfishly,
want to see it stay that way.
Funny how life goes full circle.
Those twin girls are sure going to have a LOT of
Aunts and Uncles!
CONGRATULATIONS, LEAH AND RICHARD!!!!
Correction regarding Police Shooting in Nimpo Lake
was given a little more accurate information regarding
the girlfriend of the victim killed in Nimpo Lake last
Saturday morning and would like to print a correction
The girl, who it turns out was only seventeen years old,
was actually expected to go to an Uncle's place in Anahim
Lake on Saturday. However, apparently he has young children
and she didn't feel it appropriate, nor did she want to
go and stay there at his home. She wanted to stay
at the store with Cathy who had been sitting with her
all day except when the girl would go outside to have
a smoke. Cathy has a very large heart and a lot
of empathy for a person in the situation this girl was
in and I think the girl was very fortunate to have had
Cathy to turn to. Apparently the girl had told her closest
relative, who arrived late Saturday afternoon from Williams
Lake to get her, that she would be waiting for her at
the store and so she didn't want to leave there, regardless
of how cold or miserable our weather was, or that there
was no heat or electricity.
I guess the police tried to convince her to go to
her Uncle's in Anahim Lake and when she refused to do
that, they pretty much left her to her own devices.
Although entrusting her well being to Cathy was no mistake
as she no doubt was the best untrained civilian to cope
with the situation under the circumstances, I still feel
very strongly that the police dropped the ball on this
one, and although I can only guess at how horrible the
circumstances will have been for the police officer involved,
it was up to someone at the detachment to pull it together.
It's fortunate that Cathy was there to take up the slack.
As for the statement issued to the media on Saturday that
said Victim Services had been notified and would be arriving
on the scene? Well, they never showed up.So
I guess that means that the media just gets a canned statement
from RCMP regardless whether it's bull or not.
It seems too that one rumour going around was that the
regular on- call ambulance attendant was not called to
the scene after the shooting but that another individual
distrusted by the entire community was called in to quietly
remove the body. That seems awfully strange since to the
best of my knowledge, no body anywhere can be removed
before the arrival of a coroner, so it will be interesting
to see where some questions and phone calls lead to on
that particular matter.
To add to this and as we find out more, Andy would
like me to make it clear here that we and many members
of this community are completely behind the police officer
involved in the shooting as he was no doubt as
much a victim in this incident as the man shot, if not
As for the man shot, the 24 year old's name was Justin
Zinser and allegedly, he has been involved in previous
assaults on police officers.
On to the more mundane.... the weather.
We had a pretty decent, though windy day yesterday. It
started out glorious and calm but by late morning the
wind was up and clouds scuttled full speed across the
sky all day. It even tried to spit rain now and again.
Today was the same with quite a bit of sun and lots of
wind. We actually made it up to 12.5C or 55 degrees
today which was a nice change. It's back down
to 4C right now and will probably freeze tonight because
it's cleared off, but I think we've got one or two warm
days coming before more crud moves in. At least I hope
so. We're having guests for dinner tomorrow night and
I would like to have a fire after supper. There won't
be that many more opportunities this fall before it gets
too cold and there's snow on the ground. Besides, it looks
like we might have some northern lights this week and
I would like to be outside for that!
Police Shooting in Nimpo Lake
had an unfortunate incident occur in Nimpo Lake yesterday.
Actually, Saturday night just after midnight. At
first we understood it to be a murder, but it turned out
that an RCMP member had to shoot someone, apparently in
the head, and of course it killed them. At least
we hope they had to. We've got some pretty good guys around
here so I expect it must have been the necessary thing
We'd had a hellacious night with huge, wet, sloppy snow
flakes that started coming down just after 11:00 P.M.
Friday night. Once I realized it was coming down like
that I went running out to try and get the vegetables
covered before they froze. Wish I had stayed out a little
longer but it was cold and miserable, otherwise, I might
have heard the gunshot or shots. Not that it would have
made much difference, I guess.
Apparently a young couple were on their way to Bella
Coola, planning to stop in Tweedsmuir Park to go hiking
there when they were turned back by yesterday's Highway
closure at Heckman Pass. It's been flooding in
the Bella Coola Valley so rather than have tourists get
down into the valley and be stuck there like last year,
MOT chose to close the highway until they could assess
The couple came back to Nimpo Lake and got a room at the
Waterfront. Apparently they were having a wonderful evening
at the cabin, couple of drinks, romance.... when the girl
realized suddenly that things didn't feel quite right.
Her boyfriend was Bi-Polar and she had not realized until
then that he wasn't on his medication. She left the cabin
and went up to the pay phone at Nimpo. I'm not sure if
she called anyone that time but apparently on one trip
to the phone, after some negative interaction with her
boyfriend, she was scared and called 911.
It was probably at that time that she informed them, rightly
so, that her boyfriend had a shotgun that they had brought
for protection against bears when they walked in the park.
I don't know what happened after that other than the boyfriend
was shot, apparently in the head, up in the parking lot
between the coffee shop and the store, just after midnight.
Andy was up early yesterday morning because our power
went out from the heavy snow, as did everyone's. He
looked up toward the highway and could see blue lights
flashing through the trees and thought it a bit odd.
A Hydro repair truck's lights are yellow when flashing,
as are highway's, while emergency vehicles are red and
blue. A little while later he had to get some stuff for
me up at the store so he went up to Nimpo, only to see
police tape draped from the coffee shop to a dump truck
and police protecting the site and body while they waited
for investigators and presumably a forensic team, or coroner
at the very least.
Not sure how much evidence was preserved under five inches
of wet, sloppy, melting snow.....
Andy went into the store and spoke to Cathy, and could
see this really attractive, young girl in there. He
said both Cathy and the girl looked badly shook up and
the girl said that her boyfriend had been shot.
Andy didn't want to question her any more closely because
she seemed really upset, but Cathy said everything was
taken care of.
The door to the store was wide open because without electricity,
there was no light other than through the door. Both women
were sitting inside the store shivering because there
was no heat either. At that time, it was only a couple
of degrees above freezing and only reached a high of 5C
We were at dinner yesterday evening when one of our hosts
told us after dinner that he had seen and spoken to the
girl in the morning but had to go back up to the store
at 3:00 in the afternoon and this time the girl
was sitting out on the bench in front of the store shivering,
holding onto a tiny little dog that was also shivering.
So our host sat down with her to see if she was okay and
she told him what had happened. He was really concerned
about her well being and wondered who was looking after
This poor girl had been hanging out in the snow
and cold all day because she wasn't permitted to go back
into her cabin and she wasn't permitted to leave until
investigators had interviewed her. When we finally
got power back and could watch the news at 11:00 we saw
that a standard issue statement had been released including
that 'victim services' were on their way out. Yeah????
When, pray tell?
(As an added note. Victim Services never did show
up. So this must be a canned statement. Of course if you
look at it from another point of view... it means that
whoever issues these statements has no problem with lying
to the media.)
C'mon, take a look at the photos up on the right.
It was a grey, nasty cold, miserable day. How
come she wasn't sitting in the back of a nice warm police
cruiser, or at the cop shop? A friend of mine is a psych
nurse out here and when Andy called her today, she said
that though she's technically not supposed to, she has
made it clear to her bosses that if her services are ever
needed, she will be right there. She also made it clear
that if something like this ever happened again, to call
her, day or night!
So why didn't the police utilize her services? It's
a small town and they know her well. She was at home.
Why didn't they call her???!!!! Or why not call
one of the girls from the clinic? Why didn't they call
ANYONE to come sit with this girl or take her to a warm
place. But instead, they ignored her all day after telling
her to stay put while they were more concerned over one
of their own. I understand how devastating it would be
for an officer to shoot someone, but you don't think
it was devastating for that little girl to think she was
the cause of it all, yet no one seemed to care that she
was alone and needed someone to talk to???
I'm sure the excuse can be used that because of our bad
weather the 'higher ups' and investigators couldn't fly
in and so had to drive, which took much longer, of course.
Presumably that was also the reason why someone from Victim
Services couldn't get out here in a timely manner although
it only takes three and a half hours even on bad roads
to get here. Did the cops forget to call someone
until many hours later or is it just hard to get someone
out of bed on a Saturday? But that's no excuse for not
using the resources we have. For heaven's sake! Had I
realized that not only was Andy going to see this little
girl in the morning but someone else would be talking
to her in that same cold situation at least five hours
later, I would have gone up there myself and either had
her sit in my vehicle or brought her home and the police
could damned well have come here to talk to her. But I
had no idea what was actually happening until after supper
last night when presumably, the girl was in a new room
that Cathy provided for her.
Am I furious? You bet I am!! There was just no freaking
excuse for that girl, a victim herself, to be treated
in that manner. I have a lot of respect for our
local police, particularly after our last Commander straightened
things out here. He showed a lot of courage and fortitude.
I can't say the same about the present one and in this
case, someone really let the ball drop and got too caught
up in looking after their own
Regular weather news for Nimpo Lake is below.
High Winds and a Lot of Rain and now Snow!
I used up a lot of space on the blog above about the police
shooting, then this will have to be about our weather
which has been really crazy!
It had been raining for at least a solid day when late
in the evening on Thursday night I heard the wind come
up in a big way. I went to check on the wind speed and
noticed that we were still sitting at 9C which is still
pretty warm for that late at night. A few minutes later
I checked the wind speed again and the temperature was
climbing. The wind was banging on the front windows and
I was watching our heavy patio set chairs just vibrate
out on the deck, so I decided to check the wind speed
again and the thermometer was up to 15.5C. A six degree
climb in less than 20 minutes!
I went out into the gale and moved one chair sitting sideways
to the wind around to the back of the house and came back
inside but after a few minutes, I got too worried about
the rest of the chairs tucked in around the table and
decided they had to be moved too. Had one blown
through a front window it would have made a heck of a
mess. I was just heading outside again when Andy
got up and put clothes on to help me. He figured the chairs
vibrating on the floor of the deck was what woke him up.
That or me banging around outside moving anything that
might be blown over in the wind. Although he might also
have heard the wind blow one deck chair that I hadn't
gotten moved yet, over onto the lawn off the side of the
deck We got the rest of the chairs moved, snapped down
the cover on the boat in the driveway, moved a few other
things around, and I moved the dogs into the garage because
if any of the trees that their lines were attached to
went over, it would not be good.
By this time it was 1:30 in the morning and Andy
decided he should go check on the 12 foot boat tied to
the dock in front of the cabin. I went down with
a flash light with him and what a sight that was! Our
dock is hinged in the middle and it was rearing up in
the water like a bucking bronc riding these huge waves,
and rollers were washing over the boat that was already
sunk. Seeing all those white capped waves coming in, the
wind just howling, rain coming down, and that bucking
dock, all in the gleam of a spot light, was just surreal.
It was like being in a movie about a storm on the
Andy went into the water with just his jeans and shoes
on and started pulling out the oars, bailing bucket, seats,
cushions, tackle box, and gas can, all of which were floating
in the boat getting slammed from side to side every time
a wave came in. Then he struggled to get the electric
and gas motors off before they got beat to death on the
dock and we took everything up to the cabin and out of
the wind. We tried to winch the boat out with the fourwheeler
and when that didn't work, just left the boat attached
to the winch and the ATV parked up on the hill.
By Friday, it had been raining steadily for a couple
of days but that night it turned to snow. It was
after 11:00 when we noticed that neither receiver was
working on our two televisions sets and that could only
mean one thing. I flipped on the light to the deck outside
and there it was, a wall of big, fat, furry snowflakes
pouring down like there was no tomorrow. Damn! Here we
I rushed down to my vegetable garden, flashlight in hand,
and tried to cover each of the big veggie boxes with plastic
with only one hand, brushing as much wet, sticky and damned
cold snow off the vegetables as well as I could before
covering them up, just praying that I had gotten to them
in time. I'm going to end up killing myself on one of
these late night ventures in mud or snow yet.
Yesterday I pulled off the plastic and cut down the peas,
the dill and the lettuce and spent the day getting that
stuff fixed up for the freezer or eating. Tomorrow I guess
I'll go see how the potatoes, beets and carrots have fared.
There are high wind warnings out for tonight for
the whole central coast so I guess we'll see if we get
them again. Tomorrow night there's a huge system
bringing in more rain and from what I just heard, snow
for us. It will be interesting to see what happens. This
time of year last year we had a big dump of fresh snow
on the mountains, the rains came, melted the snow and
we and Bella Coola had road closures throughout the fall
due to flooding. This time we've accumulated two inches
of rain in the past couple of days and five inches of
wet, sloppy snow with a whole bunch of fresh snow on the
mountains. Bella Coola Valley is already flooding and
we have another system coming in. It will be too
weird if everything repeats itself again this fall.
At least today was really nice with blue skies, reasonably
warm temperatures, and most, though not all of the snow
has melted except where it piled up under the eaves of
the house and out buildings.
Right now it's down to freezing so I expect it'll be a
cold night, tonight, especially since all the stars are
shining and it's as clear as a bell out there. Hope the
root vegetables can hold out through the night.
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