Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello Neighbour and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week?s its been here in the Ridge. Did you ever lose something, and not even realize it? And when you find months and months later it?s a real treat? That?s exactly what happened to me over the Christmas holidays. I decided to bake some buns for Christmas dinner and after a little bit of fiddling around I finally got the materials together. I whipped up a batch of dough and formed little balls of dough about the size of horse droppings. When they were baking, they smelled so good that I thought I would have a fresh one right out of the oven.

What do you put on fresh baked bread? Butter? Jam? Sardines? Bologna? Either way you can?t go wrong. (Don?t forget, we?re talking about finding something that was lost months ago). So here I was rummaging through the fridge looking for an appropriate topping and violá there it was. Way in the back, behind the Thanksgiving ham and around some unlabeled stuff in plastic containers…a jar of Cheez Whiz. Did you know that Cheez Whiz doesn?t go bad? The only reason the makers of this tasty spread put expiry dates on the packaging is because everybody else does. For the life of me, I can?t remember when this jar was bought. I moved to Tumbler Ridge in July of 2004 and I remember having a jar of it in Regina. I don?t recall if we put the jar on the moving truck (in July heat) or not or if we just bought one here.

So I donned my gas mask, opened the jar and had my wife smell the contents. Since she didn?t keel over, I became a bit more confident, but not entirely convinced. I then gave the dog some. She wagged her stubby tail in approval (the dog, not my wife). Good enough for me. I put some on a hot, steaming bun and you know what? It tasted just like a Big Mac. So I thought, ?Hey, that?s how they do it!? When I retire, I?m going to open up a hamburger joint with my very own secret recipe. Or maybe work as a camp cook. Or maybe I?ll be a chef in a fancy hotel or something. Like I say, you can?t go wrong with fresh bread.

Speaking of not going wrong, I have a big announcement. The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to Tumbler Ridge on July 29, 2006 for two performances! There are only two communities in BC that will be hosting the Musical Ride in 2006. Tumbler Ridge was chosen because our men are handy and our women are strong. Quesnel was also selected, but more out of charity than any other reason. Anyways, since Tumbler is really picking up steam, I thought that it would be a great time to put together a country fair. I mean a real dog and pony show. That would be fun. On January 24th at 7 PM there will be a Musical Ride planning meeting in the highschool gym. I?m looking for some horsey type people, some artsie types, some visionaries, some service groups and some helpers (the most important ones in my view). During the meeting we will solicit ideas as to what the community would like to see. Then we will seek help to ensure to ensure that the events actually materialize. If you have a group that would like to be involved, please attend the meeting. We are open to all ideas, except from the New Guy. I?ll fill you more during the meeting.

Do you remember that schmozle last year? No, no, not the time I spilled the coffee, but the time a group of people caused a near riot in town? The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they do turn. Eleven people have been charged with a total of 16 counts. The criminal charges include Causing a Disturbance, Unlawfully in a Dwelling House, Attempted Forcible Entry into a Dwelling House, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Obstruction of a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. It?ll take a while for these charges to wind through the court system.

Is anyone interested in becoming an RCMP officer? Now is the time. In 2006, BC will be sending about 450 young men and women to Regina for six months for some fun in the sun. This will go on for the next three or four years. After that, hiring will be real slow. If you have a son or daughter who is interested in this profession, give us a call. By the way, Tumbler Ridge is slated to receive an additional officer in 2007. This officer will, in all likelihood, be one of the cadets who will have graduated from the academy. So in the next few days when you are out there promoting the police, remember our hiring motto: ?We hire our officers from the pound or by the pound.?

We?ll see you at the Musical Ride Planning Meeting on January 24 @ 7 Pm at the Highschool gym. We?ll talk again next week, The Good Lord willing.

Keep it Between the Ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats