Newsletter to list upcoming events and meetings in
the area and maybe even an opinion or two. For more up
to date news, go to the Wilderness
page where articles on the area are uploaded on a daily
Nimpo Lake Poker Run
will be a Snowmobile Poker Run held on Saturday,
March 21, 2009, Route has yet to be determined but I promise
it will be fun! The route will vary from easy to intermediate.
There will be a wiener roast for lunch at the midway point,
and barbeque at the Carwash afterwards. Poker cards will
be provided at every stop. Please do not drink and snowmobile
folks! Safety first! Call Richard at (250) 742-3333 for
more information on the event.
Tatla Lake Gymkhana
Lake is holding its 52nd Annual Gymkhana on June 21 and
22nd featuring a parade, (prizes for best costume)
the gymkhana both days and Cowboy Church on Sunday. All
age categories, prizes and cash draws, a concession with
a chili dinner on Saturday and there's lots of free camping
available. And get this. There is a helicopter ride
raffle Saturday and Sunday with a free raffle ticket with
your gate fee each day. Seeing as how the information
came from Audrey down at White Saddle, I expect White
Saddle Air Services is sponsoring that one. Way
to go guys! For more information you can call
Selma at (250) 476-1123.
We're looking for volunteers for Sunday to help clean
the floor in the Hall in preparation for painting. If
you're into helping with either the scrubbing or the painting,
call the NLCA President at 742-3724.
Thanks To Bingo Contributors
had a very successful Bingo at the Nimpo Lake Community
Hall on Saturday and we would like to take this
opportunity to thank those businesses that donated prizes.
Unfortunately, the Williams Lake Tribune wants to charge
nearly as much as we made for improvements to our hall,
just to place an ad in the classified section thanking
these businesses. We would like to give a little 'air'
time here so please keep their kind support of our community
in mind when next you go shopping either locally or in
First of all, thank you to everyone that showed up to
participate and to those people that helped out with the
Bingo and in the concession. Special thanks to the owners
of Nimpo Lake General Store who donated all of the pizza,
hot dogs and condiments, and their time to picking up
prize donations and to the event. And thanks to Leah for
organizing the whole thing.
Thanks to all of the businesses both local and from Willy's
Anahim Lake Trading - Anahim Lake
Canadian Tire - Williams Lake
Canwest Propane - Williams Lake
Eagle's Nest Resort - Anahim Lake
Heidi's Massage - Nimpo Lake
Len's Carwash - Nimpo Lake
Lo's Florist - Williams Lake
Nestor Malinsky - Anahim Lake
McLean's Trading - Anahim Lake
Nimpo Lake General Store - Nimpo Lake
Rona - Williams Lake
Safeway - Williams Lake
Save on Foods - Williams Lake
Shopper's Drug Mart - Williams Lake
Spectra Polaris Dealer - Williams Lake
Tatla Lake Manor - Tatla Lake
The Dean on Nimpo - Nimpo Lake
West Chilcotin Forest Products - Anahim
There were also many anonymous donors, so thank you, whoever
Pristine Power Meeting February 11/2008
INFORMATION MEETING at the Nimpo Lake Community
Hall Monday, February 11, 2008 at 7:00. Pristine Power
and West Chilcotin Forest Products will be hosting a meeting
to describe and answer your questions about the biomass
power generating facility proposed for the WCFP mill site.
Nimpo Lake Meeting/Important!
have an important meeting at the Nimpo Lake Community
Hall October 30, 2007 at 7:30. Ministry of Forests has
agreed to meet with the community regarding the
forest fire danger from the beetle killed pine.
The Ministry would like an idea from community members
about areas to be forested providing a barrier against
forest fire around the community. Since all of our homes
are in danger from that imminent threat, you are encouraged
to attend the meeting and your input on mapping would
be greatly appreciated.
Nimpo Lake Events
Nimpo Lake canoe races from Nimpo, down the Dean
River to Anahim Lake, were a great success again this
year and I understand John Mclean from Mclean Trading
was one of the winners again this year. Way to go John!
The snowmobile waterskipping event at the Anahim
Lake Reserve is set for June 16 this year. Check
it out for some hilarious fun!
The Anahim Lake Stampede starts on July
6 of 2007 at the Stampede Grounds just on the other side
of the Dean River bridge. For more about the area with
daily images and stories about Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake,
skip on over to the daily blog at Wilderness
Nimpo Lake Hangar Fire
those of you looking for information on the Nimpo Lake
Hangar Fire or Anahim Lake news, please refer to the article
written shortly after it occured on Wilderness
Adventures March, Week One.
region has been enjoying heavy snowfall this winter, making
it great for winter activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing
and cross country skiing. There has been no ice
road on Nimpo Lake this year due to heavy overflow, the
first time in 13 years. There was a very successful Poker
Run with snowmobiles down at Tatla Lake this weekend enjoyed
by all. The Children's 139 Fund at the Anahim Lake Community
Hall will be next weekend as well as Wilderness Rim's
annual ice cutting party.
High snowfall levels have pushed a lot of big game
down out of higher elevations so if you're into wildlife
photography, this is the place to be! Moose, caribou
and coyote are easily spotted and wolf and lynx are around
Don't forget that if you would like more up to date daily
news you can find it and recent images at Wilderness
Adventures or check out the Picture
of the Day.
The Country Inn Motel Burns
Country Inn Motel burned to the ground at about 10:00
on Thursday, September 28. Cause of the fire is unknown
as yet, but it started in an unused storage area in the
Inn's basement. Community members, the Ulkatcho Indian
Band pump truck, mill water truck and highways water truck
drivers were all prepared with equipment and the willingness
to protect the adjoining businesses from catching on fire.
RCMP prevented anyone from doing that claiming
the danger from overhead hydro lines exceeded that danger
to the entire community should the fire rage out of control
or turn into a forest fire. However, since it takes two
hours for a BC Hydro crew to arrive here from Bella Coola
anytime there is a problem, we lose precious time waiting
There will be a meeting at the Nimpo Lake Community
Hall on Wednesday evening that all directors and
community members are encouraged to attend. We were very
fortunate to not have lost the entire community to fire
and need to explore the means to prevent this from happening
again. The local RCMP detachment head has been invited
to attend the meeting. BC Hydro will also be invited.
pilot of a local floatplane charter service and his passenger
were killed yesterday. A local pilot from Nimpo
Lake found the plane yesterday evening after the plane
failed to arrive at its destination at a designated
time. The small Cessna floatplane crashed in the the Itcha
Mountains to the northeast of Nimpo Lake. Names of the
deceased were not being released at the time of this writing
so I will honor that and keep this brief. We would all
like to express our condolences to the family and friends
of the victims.
Forest Fires Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake
anyone wondering because of the news lately, all of British
Columbia has been having unusually hot weather resulting
in thunderstorms and lightning strikes. Anahim Lake
and Nimpo Lake area have been hit and there have been
evacuation notices, albeit unnecessary ones but
the Cariboo Fire Center based in Williams Lake and the
British Columbia government in general does like to cover
its ass so there you go! I guess you can't blame Forestry
because ultimately, they feel responsible if someone is
killed because of a fire. However, I think that sometimes
they overreact on that point. Most home owners,
in the Chilcotin anyway, are far more equipped to look
after their own places than a too thinly spread
fire protection service is. Most of us have our own fire
pumps, or access to one.
There is no doubt that there have been several lightning
strikes resulting in several forest fires in the area
and I don't envy the poor guys that have to run from one
spot fire to the next. There is also at least one
very large fire north of Anahim Lake that the Cariboo
Fire Protection District has been trying to bring under
control, but as usual, I think you can count on
Mother Nature to do that. I won't comment more because
I have received conflicting emails and phone calls and
until a person can sort them out, it's all way out in
left field. If you would like to know a little more, you
can go to Wilderness
Adventures. That page is updated a
little more than this and although dedicated mostly to
the Alaska journals this year, I'll keep you posted on
what's going on in the West Chilcotin as I learn it myself.
Spring Events in Anahim and Nimpo Lake
May 20th was pretty exciting for the area. The famous
West Chilcotin Snowmobile Water skipping event held in
Anahim Lake went over well this year, and although
it was called the 9th Annual, it's an event that's been
going on here since the late 80's that I know of for sure.
In case you're not familiar with the event, it does not
involve skipping a rock across water. It does involve
running your snowmobile as fast as you can go, down the
river and around several sharp corners, turn around in
a wet meadow and get back. There are two objects
to this 'insanity'. To have the best time...this
year you would have had to beat three minutes and nine
seconds to win, and not sink your snowmobile in
For one thing, the river is really, really cold, and for
another, it's pretty darn deep in places. When you do
sink, you have to try and get your snowmobile out as quickly
as possible, and get it dried out in the hope that you
can run again. For lots of great pictures and more information
on this crazy sport, you can check out the blog at May
Wilderness Adventures .
Another great event for the area are the Annual Canoe
Races. Those start at the mouth of the Dean River
at the outlet of Nimpo Lake and follow the river
right to the Rodeo Grounds at Anahim Lake. Only about
a 15 minute drive by vehicle. Sound simple? Only if you're
The winners finally got in several hours later because
this race is some tough and more than one canoe
has tipped its passengers into the icy cold Dean in races
Both the Waterskipping and Canoe Races are held only shortly
after the ice goes off of Anahim, Nimpo Lake and the river
because that is when the Dean River is at its highest
level. But it's also just about the coldest. So either
of these races are quite a challenge for most and a real
humdinger if you fall in!
West Chilcotin Forest Products and its vested parties
are in discussion about the future viability of the mill.
Higher energy costs, higher Canadian dollar and lower
lumber prices is causing this, and every other mill in
British Columbia a lot of grief right now. The sawmill
will continue to run until the logs are gone this fall,
and the planer will run until all dry lumber has been
run through. I foresee an indefinite shutdown until some
of the above factors improve. It won't be easy on the
community, and we'll probably lose a lot of good people
to jobs elsewhere in the province. And that will be a
very sad day.
I didn't realize that I've gotten a little behind on the
Newsletter here. Part of the reason is because I
update the Wilderness
so usually if there's anything of any significance happening,
I post it there.
I'm still trying to get dates for the snowmobile
waterskipping races this spring (yes, it is indeed
just like it sounds) as well as the canoe races. The
British Columbia Floatplane Association will be
holding their AGM in the usual venue on Nimpo Lake, July
15th. Folks at the Nimpo Country Inn are trying to set
up a car show as well as a couple of fishing derbies for
the area. I'll try to keep you posted.
Chilcotin's Gate put on a very successful
Robbie Burns Night as well as an International Dinner
in March. They'll be putting on an Easter Brunch on April
16 with and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.
Dawn has taken over the Dutchman Restaurant
and the place has been rockin'! Check it out on the way
into Anahim Lake.
A really bad work place accident resulting
in serious injury occurred at the sawmill last weekend.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Jody and her family.
There have been some changes at West Chilcotin Forest
Products Ltd. recently, but not enough IMO. Continued
attrition at the planer mill may improve attitude and
productivity there and it's to be hoped that a new General
Manager will be found soon.
The Nimpo Lake Community Association in partnership
with the West Chilcotin Tourism Association, land owners
and local business owners in Nimpo Lake have been
getting together to work on the Highway 20 corridor brushing
I understand that Anahim Lake will be putting the same
kind of thing in place for their end of the highway.
Snowmobiling has been fantastic this winter,
after Christmas of course. For lots more
pictures and articles on that subject, check out Wilderness
The Kids 139 charity event in February drew in nearly
$20,000 dollars. Wow. Not bad for two tiny communities
with a total population of only about 1400 people.
few great things are happening in the area over
the Christmas Holidays. Chilcotin's Gate
has been taken over by new operators, Ian and Connie Mackay
and they've been putting on some great meals for 'special'
nights such as Mexican Night and this coming Thursday
is Chinese Night. On the 21st of November the Gate will
be hosting the Annual Yule Dinner that raises
money for Christmas giving to those in need of a helping
The Nimpo Lake Community Association is holding
an auction, pot luck and dance on December 10th
as well as a New Year's Eve party.
There are a few private Christmas parties happening in
the area and I imagine Pilot's Bar & Grill
will be hosting something this year as well.
Nimpo Lake is frozen over and as soon as the ice gets
a little thicker I expect we'll see our ice road back.
I for one am looking forward to that with great enthusiasm!
Especially with higher fuel prices because it cuts off
a lot of extra miles and cuts down on your chances of
getting a rock through your windshield on the highway.
We're all eagerly awaiting more snow for the snowmobile,
snowboarding and cross country ski season. A couple of
the local boys trailered up to km 24 on Charlotte Main
where they took off on snowmachines and made it
to Goat Pass a few weeks ago without incident.
Unfortunately, they couldn't get through the pass to Trumpeter
Mountain because it's filled with truck sized boulders
that were not yet covered in snow. Soon though!
of our community and owners of a local fly in
resort lost their son to a logging accident near Williams
Lake September 23rd. Apparently he leaned out of his equipment
to remove a sign from a tree when his jacket or vest caught
a lever causing a boom to swing around and pinning him.
He was a good fellow, well known to the community with
a young family and a great sense of fun. His funeral will
be held on October 3rd in Williams Lake and I have no
doubt that there will be a great number of community members
attending. My condolences to the family. My heart goes
out to you.
Lumber Truck Rollover
Lumber truck hauling lumber out of West Chilcotin Forest
Products on Highway 20 to Williams Lake rolled
over this week. The truck lost control on the corner just
before the McClinchy bridge where it looks like his second
trailer tipped over to the opposite side of the road,
dumping its load. That probably pulled over his first
trailer which lost its load of lumber in the same ditch,
in the middle of the road, and on the right side of the
highway where the weight of the tipped trailers finally
pulled the cab over. The entire truck ended up wheels
up on the highway and in the ditch with the driver sustaining
some injuries including a broken leg. The truck and trailers
look to be a write off. More pictures of this interesting
feat can be found at the September4
WCFP Forest Awareness Day
Chilcotin Forest Products will be sponsoring a
Forest Awareness Day this Friday, August
19. Starting at 10:00 am there will be bus tours out to
the forestry operations in the bush where you will see
the equipment in operation as well as their restoration
methods, etc. There will be guided tours of the sawmill
and planermill describing from start to finish
how a tree is made into a piece of lumber. There will
be 'lumberjack' games including axe throwing and logrolling
with a dinner to follow. For lots of fun and knowledge,
come on down to the WCFP yard on highway 20 between Nimpo
Lake and Anahim Lake for this annual event.
Stampedes, Floatplanes and Pine Beetles
Anahim Lake Stampede and Bull-O-Rama in
Anahim Lake seems to have been a great
success this year. Higher Canadian dollar and fuel prices
doesn't seem to have slowed down the rodeo
goers too much. There were a lot of top flight competitors
this year as well.
The British Columbia Floatplane Association
had their annual fly-in and AGM in the middle of July.
Lots of floatplanes showed up and the dinner, dance and
silent auction were all successful.
The Discovery Coast Music Fest rocked in
Bella Coola on the July 15-16 weekend with lots of performers
including such BC oldtimers as Chilliwack and Valdy.
Mountain Pine Beetles have flown now. Everyone
along Nimpo Lake are reporting infested
trees in the last few days. Fellow just came in from fishing
said there are beetles all over the surface of the lake
went down to our dock to check it out, and sure enough,
a few beetles went dog paddling by.
Water levels are dropping now after over a week
of dry weather. It hasn't gotten really hot yet
so we may not even have a forest fire season to worry
about this year. Water is down in Nimpo Lake
from record high levels all summer and the water level
in the Dean River at the outlet of Nimpo
is down noticeably.
Mosquito Season has officially begun
it's nasty out there. Mosquito season just cranked up
a notch. Warm, humid weather has caused the things to
cling to the outside of the screen doors by the hundreds.
Neither man nor beast can stay out there for long! It
should get better after a couple good hot days. The
BC Floatplane Association is having their annual
general meeting in the middle of July starting Friday
July 15th. It will be held at Brandt's hangar on Nimpo
Should have the Anahim Lake Stampede coming
up in July again. I'll have to get the dates. Fun for
all in the rodeo free for all.
The RCMP Bike Initiative is still a happening
thing, so keep your helmets on kids! By the way, the RCMP
are getting tough on drinking drivers with a mobile unit
now, so be careful.
Launi's wedding is tomorrow. Congratulations guys!
Have just added a 'properties for sale'
page to this site. If you're interested in advertising
your property, just go to the advertise listing page on
the navigation menu for my contact information. Eventually,
I would also like to launch either a forum of feedback
page for this site.
Went golfing today at Nester's Golf and Country
Club. Wow Wee! Now that was some ride! Nester
Malinsky and his wife Phil have a really sweet little
setup on the Dean River. It's a beautiful
place where lots of woodworking and wood carving skills
are apparent. Nester has lots of balls, left and right
handed clubs and tees available to anyone that wants to
play. The 9 hole course is extremely challenging.
They say if you can play that course well, you can play
anywhere very well, and I believe it! Second
hole is on top of a very high, steep bank so you have
to somehow lob your ball straight up and down onto the
green. Go too far, and you'll end up over in a gravel
pit and have to beat your iron to death to get it back
onto the green. Or at least I beat my iron to death on
the gravel. The high surrounding pine trees are
quite a challenge as well. On one hole you are
up high already, and have to lob the ball into the top
of the trees, and let the branches slow the ball on the
way down. Did I say challenging? The greens are sand,
fast and really tricky. They all slope toward the water,
as Rick pointed out, and there's water all around. From
what I could see, the greens sloped every which way and
the odd depression, rock and pine needles caused split
second changes of direction. In any case, the course is
fun, challenging and total cost to play is only .25 cents.
Beats the big fancy courses, doesn't it? The course is
just a short distance out of Anahim Lake on Dorsey,
and then Ayres road on the Dean River. Check it
out. You wont' be sorry. Just don't bring your own clubs.
Provincial Election in British Columbia
| Well, we had our provincial election last
night. Ho-Hum. I shouldn't say that, because having a
democratic government, and the right to vote for it is
very important. I guess it's just kind of boring when
you already know who is going to get in, and that they're
going to get in with a majority government for the next
four years. If I was in favor of Campbell's Liberal government,
I would probably be very happy with the consistency and
stability that eight years of the same government in Parliament
can provide. And I have been happy with some of what the
provincial Liberals have done. But for the most part,
I have been very unhappy with the broken promises, of
which there have been many, and the direction that the
government has taken on many issues. Apparently I'm not
the only unhappy one. The NDP is up from two seats last
election where they were nearly shut out as an opposition
party, to 33 seats last I saw last night. And I'm definitely
not an NDP'er. In fact, I'm not Liberal either. It seems
ironic that BC doesn't even have a 'Conservative' party
in the running. We go from left with the Liberals, to
further left with the NDP, and further left yet with the
Green Party, God forbid. It's worthy to note that most
people in British Columbia don't vote government in. They
usually vote it out.
West Chilcotin Tourism Association Meeting
| Friday, the 13th seems like a good day to have a meeting
for local tourism. The West Chilcotin Tourism Association
is having their Annual General Meeting down at White Saddle
in West Branh. That's down the Tatlayoko road. Items to
be covered are possible closure of Anahim Airport (highly
unlikely because everyone is working very hard to prevent
it), and update and input on a new information sign at
Anahim (which is in a really sorry state of disrepair).
Dave Neads, director on The Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action
Committee is to give an update on the Mountain Pine Beetle
situation. Karl Osmers of Bella Coola Valley Tourism is
to present the new 100 things to do on the Highway 20
advertising magazine. Dave and Petrus to give updates
on the Tsi Del Del/Tatla Agreement (The West Chilcotin
Demonstration Project) which was signed on April 6/05
in Redstone. Now that is a fascinating piece of work!
Based loosely on the structure of the Round Table of Anahim
and Nimpo Lake region, it brings together multiple users
of the natural resources to discuss and agree on how those
resources are to be used. In this case, tourist users
such as resorts and lodges, guide outfitters, logging
interests and the Tatla community came together to agree
on land use in the region. The document is a historical
one, and just shows what a powerful tool good communication
RCMP Investigates Rollover Collision
"Anahim Lake RCMP have begun an initiative of
informing local community members of collisions for
awareness program. On April 21, 2005 at approx. 10:00
p.m., members of the Anahim Lake RCMP responded to a
single motor vehicle collision one km east of Anahim
Lake on Highway 20. 1989 GMC was travelling eastbound
when the driver lost control of the vehicle which ended
up rolling several times.
The driver, Clayton Jimmie of Anahim Lake was removed
from the vehicle and the Jaws of Life was used to remove
Terry Squinas, also of Anahim Lake, both with serious
injuries that resulted in them being transported by
Ambulance to Williams Lake. Both men were wearing their
seatbelts at the time and their injuries were lessened
as a result. Alcohol is a suspected factor in the collision
and the collision is still under investigation by the
Anahim Lake RCMP."
RCMP to Issue "Positive Tickets" to Local Youth
| A new initiative has been created to issue deserving
young persons for good riding behavior on their bicycles.
The Anahim Lake RCMP members with support from several
local businesses and Community members will be issuing
tickets to community youth up to the age of 16 that will
be redeemable for an item from the supporting business
partner named on the ticket issued. To promote Bicycle
Safety and Education the Police hope that those youth
caught wearing their bicycle helmet and riding their bicycle
in a safe manner will be more apt to continue practicing
good riding behavior that will last long after all the
"Positive Tickets" are issued. Bicycle helmets
became mandatory for all cyclists in British Columbia
in 1996. Not wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle can
result in a fine.
On another note, most of the ice went out on Nimpo Lake
last night, and very little was left in the back bay this
morning. Went fishing for an hour, but only caught and
lost one. The fish aren't really active yet, but hopefully...soon.
Then again, only had some very puny warms that overwintered
in a fish tank. They didn't grow big and fat, that's for
The BC Government unveiled the Olympic 2010 emblem for
BC. Absolutely disgusting. I can't imagine anything that
represents BC less. Using a stylized Inukshuk might have
been a great idea, had it been a nice design. But this
is so bad...out of 1600 contestants, you
would have thought they could have chosen something a
lot nicer and representative of the province.
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whether that be a dinner special at one of the restaurants,
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Going Fishing! April 22, 2005
ice is off Nimpo Lake to see the fish jumping. Loons
are all over the lake divided by lines of ice, cruising
the edges of the ice to mark their territory I guess.
They're diving periodically for fish and the fish are
starting to jump. Time to get a fishing license and
go fishing tomorrow, because fishing is excellent just
after ice off. Fascinating to watch the lake this morning.
There were seven Trumpeter Swans cruising like an Spanish
Armada off the point of the big island, a Bald Eagle
was floating overhead, loons here and there and flocks
of Buffleheads and other ducks dotted the water here
and there. A couple of gulls arrived as well. The tree
swallows arrived yesterday, and the steady cacophany
of red winged blackbirds overlaid even the loon calls.
Floyd Vaughan flew over in his plane this morning checking
the lake out. He'll be putting floats on his plane right
away! I think this is the earliest ice off yet, although
last year was about the same time for this bay. The
temperatures are quite high, although down to freezing
last night, and with the sun beating down on that ice,
the lake should be clear in the next day or so, with
the exception of the back bay where the sun doesn't
get to it as much. Goin' Fishin'!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really