Stefan Beckmann Senior Golf Champion

Stefan was the senior men’s champion at the Osoyoos golf club this year, a great achievement.

Congratulations Stefan!  Thanks to Jonathan and Gail on Sasquatch for the ‘scoop’!

Stefan Beckmann - Senior Champion 2017

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Dog wandering on Raven Hill

Andrea Zaradic and Laura Haslett both reported that a dog has been wandering on Raven and appears to be lost.  

It looks like a golden retriever cross.  It large and mostly white.

This morning, it was hanging around 751 Raven Hill Road.  If you know who owns it call 250-495-7568.

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Yard Refuse Disposal this Saturday at the Wapiti Pit

Yard Refuse Disposal  2017 – OMEI Wapiti Pit 

The Wapiti pit will be open this Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The site will be used to dispose of yard materials to Aid in FireSmarting your property. Examples of materials accepted are:

  • Grass, leaves, needles etc.
  • Brush, branches etc.

Please Note:

  • Items being brought in bags, boxes, etc. are to be emptied and the containers taken away.
  • NO construction debris is to be brought in.
  • Any abuse of the site will result in its immediate closure.

A member of AMCS/FireSmart committee will open and close the site and also monitor the origin and material coming into the site.

The site is located in Wapiti.  Turn onto Wapiti and take the first road to the right.

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Firewood for sale

Approximately two cords of un-split, mixed Douglas fir and yellow pine in 16″ lengths. Cut and stacked in fall 2015 and spring 2016.
Included to cut and clean up yourself:  one standing, dead poplar with 11” base and one standing, dead yellow pine with 16” base.
$325
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SOLD! Bushnell Spotting Scope

SORRY, THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD

For Sale Bushnell Spotting Scope with tripod and fluidhead  and SIM card.
$175.00 takes all.  Pick up at 140 Deerfoot Road.
Contact salamone@vip.net  or call 210 724-0812.
5.1 Megapixel camera with remote shutter cable
15-45 x70 mm scope

https://www.amazon.com/Bushnell-Image-Camera-Spotting-Scope/dp/B002008N1G

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Thanks Guys & Gals

Thanks to Ajai and Jack for the photos

Osoyoos Today Article: http://osoyoostoday.ca/editorial/featured/anarchist-department-earned-its-spurs-battling-late-evening-blaze/

ANARCHIST MOUNTAIN RESIDENTS SAY “Thanks Guys & Gals”

Once again we want to thank our wonderful Fire Dept. for their fine work in keeping our community safe. Last night, at about 10:30 PM an aggressive wildfire was reported to 911, and our Fire Dept. responded immediately. Every piece of rolling equipment was deployed and all members of the Dept. responded immediately. The Fire Dept. was on scene within minutes of the Dispatch call.  Officers and fire teams were deployed to an area of about 10Ha (18 – 20 acres) about 1.5 KM below the View Point, below Hwy 3 and an adjacent a hay field and vineyard. Osoyoos Fire Dept. assisted and were very helpful in supplying water for the pumper trucks.

Members of the Fire Dept. did all the right things to get this blaze under control quickly. The Community ENCOMM team (Emergency notification) was available and did their communications work during the incident. Once again we say a BIG THANK you to the MEN & WOMEN of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Dept., and those other community residents that added a helping hand even though they are not on the Fire Dept.  These are the kinds of efforts that make living in this area a truly wonderful experience.  Fire Dept. members donate hundreds of hours every year to community service in training, first responder calls and fire fighting.   We want every one of you to know how grateful we are for that service.

Mark McKenney, President

Anarchist Mountain Community Society

1-250-495-4592

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Blueberries from Abbotsford $2/lb

We have a friend in Abbotsford that has a blueberry farm who would be able to bring up 10 lb boxes of berries at $2/lb if there is enough interest in having them come up.

So let me know if you are interested and how many lbs you would like.

Thanks.

Hilda  h2reimer@gmail.com

 

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FortisBC Upcoming Rate Design Application

Please see Nick’s email to Mr. Morton, Chair of the BC Utilities Commission:

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Date: 1 August 2017 at 12:56
Subject: FortisBC Upcoming Rate Design Application
To: David.Morton@bcuc.com
Cc: “Larson.MLA, Linda” <linda.larson.mla@leg.bc.ca>, electricity.regulatory.affairs@fortisbc.com

 

Mr. David Morton,

Chair

British Columbia Utilities Commission

    1. Ms Linda Larson, MLA, Okanagen-Similkameen;

Subject: FortisBC Upcoming Rate Design Application

Dear Mr. Morton:

Thank you for your June 5, 2017 email, and for meeting with me in private on June 28, 2017, to respond to my concerns, and those of my MLA Linda Larson, about the two-tier electricity rates implemented by FortisBC (FBC) and BC Hydro. I am writing to you because FBC is clearly intending to bias the analysis of the residential rate design options to be considered as part of their Fall Application in order to cover up the many deficiencies of the two-tier rate system. I am requesting the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to step in and ensure that this does not happen.

At the instigation of Ms Larson, I sent you an email, on March 30, 2017, presenting to you my findings, as one of Canada’s foremost experts on energy efficiency policies and programs. My findings are clear and undeniable. FBC’s Residential Conservation Rate (RCR) is:

  1. failing to meet its stated objective of establishing price signals to encourage efficient use;
  2. frequently charging higher rates to energy efficient customers and lower rates to energy inefficient customers;
  3. price discriminating against customers who are solely reliant on electricity for space and water heating, charging them rates way above the cost of new electricity generation; and
  4. forcing electric heat customers to switch from renewable, emission-free hydro to natural gas, heating oil and wood, thereby increasing greenhouse gas emissions and harmful air particulates.

Moreover, by FBC’s own admission, the marginal cost of new electricity generation is now roughly equal to the average cost. This means that a return to the flat rate would actually produce the correct price signals to encourage efficient use and result in the optimal level of conservation for all customers. It follows that the flat rate is clearly superior to any two-tier rate system at meeting the Government’s stated energy and environment policy objectives.

I submitted my findings to the RIB Rate Procedure and neither FBC nor BC Hydro found fault with my analysis. I sent them to you in my March 30, 2017 email and neither did the BCUC refute any of my findings. In your response to me, the reason you gave for ignoring my findings in the conclusions of the RIB Rate Report was that the Minister set these issues out of the scope of the RIB Rate Report. But, you noted, the Minister stated “the analysis of higher greenhouse gas emissions, electricity conservation … are within the scope of FBC’s next Rate Design Application”.

So, I was pleased when, at the June 28, 2017, rate design “consultation” session, FBC listed their rate design principles, which included “price signals to encourage efficient use”, “fair appointment of costs among customers” and “avoidance of undue discrimination” and stated that the various rate design options, including flat rate, would be assessed against these principles. My only concern was that there is no principle concerning the mitigation of greenhouse gas and other harmful air emissions which, as you know, is a priority concern of the new Government.

I was subsequently shocked and dismayed in the follow-up July “consultation” when it turned out that FBC had deliberately misled us all at the June meeting. Apparently, since it was obvious to FBC that the two-tier rate system would not actually meet the above design principles, whereas a return to the flat rate would, FBC decided to ignore the principles that they had presented at the June “consultation” sessions and come up with a totally different “guiding principle” for residential customers; namely that “95% of customers should have bill increases no greater than 10% as compared to existing rates”. Using this principle, FBC concluded that the flat rate would result in “unacceptable bill impacts”, essentially eliminating it as an option.

Mr Morton, I am sure that, as Chair of BCUC, you understand how inappropriate and deceitful FBC is being in taking this approach to assessing the residential rate design options.

First, if there were to be one “guiding principle” above all others for narrowing down the list of design options for the Residential Conservation Rate, it would be “price signals to encourage efficient use”. That was the stated objective of the BC Government and the BCUC at the time that the RCR was created. Mitigating air emissions might also be considered the most important “guiding principle” since the objective of improving energy efficiency is largely driven by the imperative of reducing the harmful emissions associated with the burning of fossil fuels. And the principle of “price signals to encourage efficient use” will not produce this environmental benefit, when dealing with a hydro-based electricity generation system, if it encourages a switch from electricity to fossil fuels. Hence the need for an environmental guiding principle. A case could also be made for “non-discriminatory” rates as being the most important principle, since preventing monopolistic price discrimination is a mandated requirement of regulatory agencies around the world including the BCUC. However, there is absolutely no basis for using FBC’s 95% principle as the one “guiding principle” above all others. In fact, there is no basis for using it at all as a rate design principle, which is probably why it was excluded from the list of rate design principles put forward at the June consultation session that you attended.

Second, FBC’s 95% principle, as stated, is conceptually flawed as it fails to take into account the huge differences in electricity bills between those customers who rely solely on electricity for space and water heating and those that use fossil fuels for that purpose, consuming electricity only for appliances and lighting. Even with my highly efficient ground-source heat pump, my electricity bill for the two-month billing period of December 16, 2016 to February 16, 2017 was around $1200. Under a cost-based flat rate system which would charge me a rate equal to the cost of electricity generation, rather than 30% above, my bill would be about $250 less. I have a friend in Kelowna, who uses natural gas for his space and water heating needs, and his household electricity bill for the same period was less than $130. So, according to FBC’s “guiding principle”, a return to a flat rate (that would reduce my bill by $250 while at the same time providing all FBC customers with the correct price signal to achieve optimal energy efficiency) would result in an “unacceptable bill impact” because it would increase my friend’s rate by 13%, which, for him, means a $17 increase in his bill. This is clearly absurd, even more so when you take into account the fact that customers such as myself have been subsidizing him by roughly this same amount for the last five years!

The BCUC must be aware that the actions of private monopolies, such as FBC, do not always reflect the public interest – that is why they are regulated. In the case of the Residential Conservation Rate, FBC is unlikely to be enthusiastic about encouraging conservation and energy efficiency improvements since that simply reduces their revenue flow. They are also unlikely to be concerned about the negative environmental implications of forcing consumers of hydro electricity to switch to fossil fuels because FBC, itself, is a major seller of natural gas (and, in their advertising, continually stress how much cheaper it is to heat the home with natural gas than with electricity). But, like all private monopolies, FBC knows that monopolistic price discrimination (such as that being practiced under the two-tier system) is the best way to maximize revenue.

It is therefore the responsibility of the BCUC to ensure that FBC does not subvert the analysis of alternative rate options by inappropriately eliminating the flat rate from consideration. To this end, it is essential that the BCUC require FBC to submit, as part of its upcoming rate design application, a comparative assessment of each of the three major options (flat rate, two-tier rates and time-of-use rates) against the full list of design principles described in its June 26th presentation plus the principle of mitigating negative environmental impacts. I’m not suggesting that the BCUC tell FBC what option to recommend – only to present an unbiased comparative analysis and explain why they opted for their preferred option. I know that, as an intervener, I could request such analysis during the rate hearing but that would result in a major, completely unnecessary time delay. Moreover, I do not actually trust that the BCUC would grant my request, given the continuing bias in favour of the current two-tier system that the BCUC has exhibited during the last five years.

Mr. Morton, when we met you indicated that the BCUC wanted to ensure a thorough examination of the issues I raised at the upcoming FBC Rate Hearing and to that effect will be working actively to get more FBC customers involved as interveners. But that would be simply a waste of time for most customers, if you allow FBC to deliberately cover up the many deficiencies in the two-tier rate system in the analysis that they present, since that would make it virtually impossible for most customers to intervene effectively.

I would appreciate a timely response to this email. Should the BCUC decide not to require FBC to conduct and file a proper, unbiased analysis of the residential rate design options, then I will need as much time as possible, prior to the filing of the rate application, to prepare my case as an intervener. Since FBC’s sole justification for using the 95% principle seems to be that it somehow reflects what is “politically acceptable”, I would need the time to contact the new Energy and Environment Ministers to confirm the Government’s policy objectives and guiding principles with respect to the Residential Conservation Rate.

Sincerely,

Nick Marty

Osoyoos, BC

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Yard Refuse Disposal this Saturday at the Wapiti Pit

Yard Refuse Disposal  2017 – OMEI Wapiti Pit 

The Wapiti pit will be open this Saturday, August 5 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The site will be used to dispose of yard materials to Aid in FireSmarting your property. Examples of materials accepted are:

  • Grass, leaves, needles etc.
  • Brush, branches etc.

Please Note:

  • Items being brought in bags, boxes, etc. are to be emptied and the containers taken away.
  • NO construction debris is to be brought in.
  • Any abuse of the site will result in its immediate closure.

A member of AMCS/FireSmart committee will open and close the site and also monitor the origin and material coming into the site.

The site is located in Wapiti.  Turn onto Wapiti and take the first road to the right.

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Dog wanted

Wanted:  Non-shedding, hypoallergenic, small/medium, younger dog to a good home, with delusional master.

Until our fifteen year old dog, Brutus, checked-out, I never realized just how much debris hit the kitchen floor.  Dyson had nothing on that guy!

I also didn’t realize how much Giselle needed him to talk to…

We offer a premium dog food diet, a cushy bed, twice daily walkies and homemade beef liver snacks.

All leads appreciated.  Urgent.

Jim
403-620-1710

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