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Three southern resident killer whales declared dead plunging population to 73

August 9, 2019

VANCOUVER — Three southern resident killer whales have been declared dead by the Center for Whale Research, bringing the population down to 73. The dead killer whales are a 42-two-year-old matriarch known as J17, a 28-year-old adult called K25, and a 29-year-old male called L84, the institute posted on its website.…


Diver shines light on garbage in Squamish lake

Cat Lake littered with more beer cans than volunteers have ever seen

Before he’s even in the water, Henry Wang points to the garbage—beer cans—sitting on the dock at Cat Lake. The slightest wind, he says into the camera, would tip them into the lake.…


Your rugby World Cup primer

You know that excitement you feel when you put up your tree and hang your stockings just three weeks before Christmas? Or it’s a week before the next Star Wars sequel/prequel/spinoff opens in the theatre?…


Whistler runner tops Ironman division

Local triathlete earns slot in 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Bill Geddes acknowledges that he doesn’t race a lot, preferring to pick and choose his races. So far in 2019, two of his selections have qualified him for other events.…


Helping hands

Volunteers play major roles in local organizations and events, but are some asking too much?

As he stood on Blackcomb Mountain running an aid station in the pouring rain, David Jenkins couldn’t help but have, at the very least, a fleeting moment wondering why. “Very heavy rain showers turned the surrounding area into a mud bath,” he says in a phone interview.…


Fall events seek talented locals

Also in arts news: learn to make a marionette; mark your calendar for Gaining Traction

Calling all artists, musicians, and artisans: Arts Whistler has put out several calls for talent for fall events. First up is teeny tiny art for the Teeny Tiny Show.…


When nuns get political: Squamish Valley residents advocate for bridge upgrades

Only public access to Upper Squamish Valley at risk of collapse, residents say

To get in or out of the Upper Squamish Valley, there is only one single-lane bridge — and residents say the next flood could make it collapse. At the latest Squamish-Lillooet Regional District board meeting on July 24, a letter from the nuns of the Queen of Peace Monastery in the Upper Squamish Valley said, “We beg you to engage in preventing this calamity.”…


Mountain News: Why this airplane slammed into the side of a mountain

CANMORE, Alta. – Deprivation of the oxygen adequate for proper functioning of the brain and other parts of the body is a condition called hypoxia. It famously occurs among mountain climbers who have ascended too rapidly without acclimatization or, at extreme heights, like the top of Everest, all climbers.…


FortisBC considers moving compressor to Woodfibre LNG site

Squamish Brief: Carbon Engineering gets federal money to build a new innovation centre in Squamish

The potential site for the controversial compressor station, related to the Eagle Mountain—Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project, is being reconsidered—again. FortisBC confirmed late last month that it is considering moving the compressor station from Mount Mulligan to the Woodfibre LNG site.…


Whistler’s Meadow Park Sports Centre closing for maintenance

August 8, 2019

Registration opening soon for Fall/Winter Recreation and Kids on the Go programs

In the mood for a swim? Beginning later this month, you’ll have to take your dip outdoors.…


Outdoor shows and scary stories

Hot damn, it’s a big week for movie lovers and the action kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 8, with a free screening of Echo in the Canyon at Whistler Olympic Plaza, plus a live performance by the film’s producer/musician Jakob Dylan and the Echo in the Canyon Band. In case you missed the movie at the Village 8 a couple weeks ago, Echo is a thorough and intimate documentary charting the explosion of folk-rock music that emerged from L.A.’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s—a time when bands like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys and The Mamas and the Papas were all living in the area, hanging out and feeding off each other’s creativity (with outside influences/guests like Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and more).…


Learn your tenancy rights; get free legal advice at upcoming library sessions

Dates scheduled for Whistler and Pemberton in coming weeks

Renters in Whistler and Pemberton will have ample opportunities to learn more about their tenancy rights in the coming weeks and months. Sea to Sky Community Services is hosting multiple informal drop-in sessions in both communities, starting Aug. 19 at the Whistler Public Library from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.…


America was great once

A 21-year-old, obsessed by what he considered an invasion of Texas by Hispanics, walked into a Walmart last Saturday with an automatic weapon and several hundred rounds of ammunition and killed 22 people and wounded a couple dozen more. Then he waited patiently in his car for the police to arrive and peacefully surrendered himself to them.…


Whistler Xterra triathlete on a roll

Whistler triathlete podiums four times in four races over five weeks

After what Karsten Madsen has overcome in the 2019 Xterra triathlon season, one might be inclined to give him a hand. In June, the Whistler triathlete had to undergo invasive heart testing after collapsing at a race in Spain during the spring; cleared to return to activity, he took third at Xterra Victoria, kicking off a run of four races in five weeks in which he podiumed in each contest.…


Shake it up with Coal Davie and the Rockabillionaires

Vancouver ‘urban rockabilly’ band returns to Whistler on Friday, Aug. 9

Coal Davie and the Rockabillionaires have a simple recipe for enjoying their live shows. “They just have to shake, smile, and enjoy,” Coal Davie, the band’s frontman says.…


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