2003 – YEAR IN REVIEW

It has been a busy and productive year for Tumbler Ridge. Still a community in transition, we have a unique opportunity to not only watch, but participate in our own changing events.

January 08 The Lake View Credit Union Christmas Hamper Draw raises $1,000 for local charities. Fred Banham drew the winning ticket which was purchased by Deb Scoenknecht. Deb selected the Grizzly Valley Days Society as her preferred charity.

January 15 Home Schooling was reviewed by Jenny Biem. The article covered the growing percentage of students who receive their education at home.

Also noted was the success of the High School Dance Committee. They had just put on their second dance and raised enough money to cover the bulk of the expenses for the annual spring video dance.

January 22 The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Bid Book began its journey to the International Olympic Committee for review. More than 460 pages in length, the book was printed in both official languages. The result? We win January 29

The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation holds a very successful open house. Among those answering questions were consultant David Leverton and local resident Larry White.

Western Canadian Coal Corporation also began sampling coal at the Perry Creek deposit.

February 05The 7th annual cross-country ski races were held. Once again the Helm family dominated the winner's circle with some superlative efforts.

Managing conflict in a small town was also reviewed.

February 12The Tumbler Ridge United Musicians and Performers was established. Led by Brian Bray and Blaine/Gloria Maughan, the new organization has become a hit in Tumbler Ridge with its monthly Java Jive Coffee House series.

February 19 World renowned writer and runner Joe Henderson agree to come and cover the 2004 Emperor's Challenge ½ marathon. Henderson is the West Coast Editor for Runner's World; the world's most widely circulated and widely read running publication.

February 26A Skate Park Committee is established in Tumbler Ridge. Comprising of town youth and adult leaders, the committee begins working toward an in-town skate park and amusement area.

March 05 Dan Cassan and Larry White travel to Yellowknife to pick up a climbing wall purchased by the District of Tumbler Ridge for the paltry sum of $7,500.00.

March 12Western Canadian Coal Corporation is back in the Tumbler Ridge area, this time to test the quality of coal at their Wolverine site. The results came back ranking the coal that was sampled as very good to excellent.

March 19 Some 11 experimental methane coal-bed sites are established in Northeastern B. C. Particularly in Hudson Hope, concerns are raised about how the process may contaminate air, soil and water quality.

March 26Several high school students climb Nesbitt's Knee then go on to hold the first Skate Park fundraiser. To help with their cause, the District employs students to conduct a tourist survey.

April 02The last load of coal is hauled down at the Bullmoose coal mine. After 20 successful years the coal deposit was mined to completion and it was time to move on.

April 09The Tumbler Ridge climbing wall is put together and finds a welcome group of climbers ready to use the new facility.

Communities in Bloom begins its new drive for 2003. April 16Bullmoose plant employees gather at the Tumbler Ridge Inn for a farewell dinner party. After a great meal, a few laughs and a review of some fond memories, people began a new phase in their lives.

April 23A local talent show brings out some 36 competitors ranging in age from very young to (ah) more mature.

The Communication Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 443 closes its office above the post office.

April 30 MLA Blair Lekstrom comes to Tumbler Ridge for a town hall meeting. In answering questions from Don McPherson and Harry Prosser, Lekstrom tells them that he will note their concerns about changes to the horse logging rules, but not to expect any alterations to the Government's plans.

May 07 Councillors Don McPherson and Rose College represent Tumbler Ridge at the Dawson Creek Trade fair. Attendance went up from 11,00 people in 2002 to more than 15,000 people in 2003.

May 14 Horse logging rule changes occur. Despite a request to ensure that horse loggers have a mere .0025% of the cut assigned exclusively to them, the request is denied and the changes endanger a traditional way of life in Northeastern B .C.

May 21 Tumbler Ridge loses two angels over the long weekend.

May 28Tumbler Ridge Museum President, Carolyn Golightly, and Program Coordinator, Marissa Gilbert, begin preparations for the 2003 Dino Camps. The project was wildly successful, sold out in short order and is now being expanded for the 2004 excavation and summer season.

June 04 Organized by Patsy Antle, the Tumbler Ridge Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society complete a 120-kilometer Relay for Life. Running the entire distance from Tumble Ridge to Dawson Creek, the Wolverines raise $2534.00

June 11 Country Lane Creations is opened in the old Sear's centre by Sheila and Mitch Illerbrun. The store carries a unique blend of local goods in addition to carrying on with the Sear's outlet services. The grand opening include the unveiling of a 13 x 23 mural completed by local painter and crafter, Claudia Hunter.

June 18 A 14th trail project is brought on-line by the Wolverine Mountain and Nordic Society. The project includes an interpretative Area located at the Bullmoose marshes. Linda Helm organizes the annual Tumbler Ridge Biathlon. More than 20 kids compete along with adult participants.

June 25 Paula McPherson, Joan Zimmer and Darcy Jackson complete the Tumbler Ridge Signpost. Put up with help from District employees, the signpost has become a popular spot for tourists to have their picture taken while visiting town.