To the people who have been asking me about Cpl Peats experience with Elvis and Tom Jones – I have no idea what he was talking about. My personal opinion is that he was suffering from a high fever when he wrote the last column.

On December 12th, the Tumbler Ridge R.C.M.P. attended to a complaint at the apartment block at 212 Spieker Avenue – a double paned window had been smashed and the fence surrounding the property had also been damaged. Footprints were found leading from the scene, and it was shortly discovered that vandalism had also occurred to a property on Chamberlain Place. A 19 year old Tumbler Ridge male was arrested and is to appear at the next court date – February 24`”.

On December 13’h, an older model gray van was stopped on Sukunka Avenue. The van did not have any license plates, and was displaying an expired TOP (Temporary Operating Permit) in the back window. Further checks revealed that the driver did not have a valid driver’s license and was a Vehicle Impound Candidate. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days, and the driver received a Violation Ticket for No Driver’s License ($138) and No Insurance ($598).

The RCMP are again asking that snowmobilers stay off the Golf Course – there are hundreds of kilometers of trails in the area that can be put to good use. Not only do the snowmobiles do damage to the cross-country ski tracks that we enjoy in the winter, but it also damages the golf greens that we so enjoy in the summer.

Now – on a happy note – while working over the Christmas – New Year season, I was approached by some out-of-towners on more than one occasion and they wanted to tell me something. What they wanted to tell me was that they thought that Tumbler Ridge was a great (and clean) community, that the people were friendly and that the kids were polite – they thought it was great that kids would say `hello’ to them in passing on the street, were friendly and hospitable at the pool and Rec Centre, that they would hold doors open for them,, and that they would hear `please’ and `thank you’. And they were complimenting both the big, kids and the little kids? just wanted to let you know?and a `hats off’ to our kids.

Cst Seth Graham

Tumbler Ridge Detachment