Castlegar News reporter Kim Magi skis for the third time ever, faceplants into a snowbank and writes about the experience, which always makes for an entertaining story. Welcome to the Kootenays. Money quote:
Even though my first ski of the season brought many lessons and words of advice from various mountain-goers, the best came from Rossland News reporter Andrew Bennett:
“Just don’t fall into the ‘slow’ signs, because that’s really embarrassing.”
Kevin Parnell of the Kelowna Capital News profiles a hockey player who has turned his career around by finding a new attitude.
Across town at the Kelowna Daily Courier, Ron Seymour writes an interesting council story. It helps that it involves a grandfather-to-be councillor’s success at saving bunny rabbits. Nice pun in the lede too. Also, Kelowna has a councillor named Graeme James? Tough luck for him. (Among other things, the Daily Courier web stories really need paragraph breaks. It’s the least they can do to make it easier to read on the web.)
Two stories from Revelstoke Times-Review reporter Alex Cooper: one on two Revelstoke men on opposite ends of a dramatic rescue at Lake Louise; the other on the local high school’s embrace of social media. The latter seems like a great way to get parents involved in their kids’ schooling:
One parent (who asked not to be named) said he checked the blog for his son’s grade 12 biology class several times a week. He used to e-mail his son’s teachers for updates, which his son resented because he perceived it as going behind his back to keep track of his work. Now, the parent accesses the blog to find out what is going on in class and help out his son.
The Rossland News goes on the attack against a Mr. Dirty Hippo in an editorial. I’m not joking. He’s a mean web commenter, turns out. Then it gets better:
At about the same time, David Sidley — or at least someone calling from his phone — left a voice message at the Rossland News with regard to last week’s editorial. Without introducing himself, the caller jumped right into claims that “you are obviously just another psychopath” and described city staff as “minions,” in response to our critique of what we described as Coun. Laurie Charlton’s “persistent negativity.”
It was the caller’s opinion that “it’s not a real newspaper when you vilify people who don’t agree with your masters.” Masters? Ah yes, did we forget to mention the suitcase of cash we received for the editorial?
Ba-doop-boop-tssssh…(That’s supposed to sound like a symbol ala. Late Night)
Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star writes that Kevin Martin is going to Hawaii and Jeff Stoughton is going to Winnipeg after their battle at a recently wrapped major curling event in Vernon. Martin’s team agreed that the game was really “a beauty.”
And another new reporter (OK, not brand new, I’m slow on the uptake): Megan Cole left Vancouver to work at the Fernie Free Press. First she wanted to be a journalist. Then she wanted to be a lawyer. Then she wanted to be a journalist again. I’m guessing the paycheque convinced her. Or note. Either way, welcome. Now you can ask Kim for skiing lessons.
Finally, back in the Lower Mainland, here’s part two of Paul Henderson‘s two part series on a killer who infiltrated Chilliwack.
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J.P. Squire of the Kelowna Daily Courier is on the Ogopogo beat this week. Seems like someone saw some suspicious water spouts happening on the lake. He also reveals that, unusually, nobody has reported an Ogopogo sighting this year. By the way, the websites of the Courier and its sister paper, the Penticton Herald, are truly horrendous. Like 1997 bad. Sorry. Apparently some company called WEM-Tech claims responsibility for the site. If I was them, I wouldn’t.
Great story by Alex Cooper of the Revelstoke Times-Review on contrasting projections for the future of the mountain town. Some say the population will double, others disagree.
Frigid and dark Christmas parades can be a nightmare to shoot, but Castlegar News reporter Kim Magi and editor Robson Fletcher pulled off the treat and delivered a pretty good slide show.
Angela Treharne of the Fernie Free Press talks to a guy who was finally — yes, he has tried before — allowed to camp next to the Fernie Alpine Resort ski lift the night before opening day.
An engineer is warning that a “housing unit” will fall onto a business Kamloops street, according to a lawsuit dug up by Cam Fortems of the Kamloops Daily News.
Steve Kidd of the Penticton Western News writes about a new type of apple that doesn’t go brown. The apple was developed in neighbouring Summerland but is causing concern among B.C. fruit growers. Also in the Western News, Kristi Patton on a judge overruling a dead man’s will.
Did you know that if you t take a bottle of wine with you into Alberta this holiday season you’ll be breaking the law, a.k.a. smuggling? I do, thanks to Judie Steeves of the Kelowna Capital News.
This volleyball photo looks good on the Merritt Herald website. But it’s hard to tell because it’s so freaking small.
Locals give mixed reviews to the filming of a movie in the West Kootenay to Nelson Star reporter Greg Nesteroff. Also in the Star is this story about a lawyer and university professor convicted of fraud. Good story but no byline (although Nesteroff is credited for the photo).
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