Anarchist Mountain Firefighters say “Thank You”

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Minutes: Fortis Meeting Sept. 13, 2017

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Break-in on Anarchist Mtn.

Please be aware that another break & enter theft occurred on the Mountain last night (Sept 17).  A property off of Long Joe Road had a break-in and substantial personal effects, including a lot of shop equipment were stolen. The owner discovered the theft and reported it to RCMP today.

Neighbours have indicated that there is a description of a suspicious vehicle that was seen driving around a few days before this incident.


  • Older model Chevy ½ ton truck, two tone colour, predominant colour is blue & light blue (almost turquoise)
  • Noisy exhaust… sounds like a hole in the exhaust somewhere
  • 2 guys driving in this vehicle

If you see this vehicle cruising  in your neighbourhood, if safe, get a license number and call police to report a suspicious vehicle following a local break-in.

Keep your eyes open, and look out for your neighbours.

Mark McKenney,President, President, AMCS

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Writers’ Guild


We are looking for people who would like to participate in a writing group or writers’ guild.  We have booked the Summit Centre for Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. for our first encounter.  Please bring a favorite book, a small sample of your writing or a favorite passage to share.

Writers’ Guild

Monday, September 25

7 p.m.

Summit Centre

Anarchist Mountain




We look forward to seeing you there.


Bruce Fuller & Barb Haskell



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Going Solar Session in Osoyoos – Sept. 30

Click on the link for details on what sounds like an interesting, informative session on Solar Energy.

Thanks to Candy A. for the tip.

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Upcoming FORTIS Rate Application 

Dear Anarchist & Sidley Mtn Neighbours

Last night, Sept 13th, we held a community meeting at the Summit Centre to discuss the Fortis Rate Design Application process.

We were delighted that 30 neighbours attended the meeting, and participated with helpful questions and comments.  It’s clear that residents are quite annoyed with the way FORTIS charges us for electricity, and that this is a community issue.

Nick Marty, who is a former Director of Policy with the Federal Office Of Energy Efficiency, gave a slide presentation of the issues and of the regulatory process that will approve FORTIS ‘ electricity rate structure for the next five years. Nick also informed residents at the meeting about the importance of being an intervener since an intervener can request data and analysis from FORTIS, can cross-examine FORTIS’ assertions and present its own evidence to challenge those assertions. The regulatory process is expected to commence in November when FORTIS files their application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).  Nick’s slide presentation can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The main question that the meeting dealt with was : Should the Anarchist Mtn Community Society (AMCS) take on applying to be an Intervener, and request funding for the rate hearings that will happen?  I pointed out to the audience that AMCS doesn’t get involved in “political” issues, however the Directors of AMCS see the electricity rate issue as an economic issue rather than a political one. The audience agreed with that contention. We asked the audience plainly if they wished AMCS to take this on, for all area residents. We had unanimous agreement with a show of hands to proceed.

We welcome anyone that wasn’t at the meeting to comment to Nick and Mark, if you have a point of view that you wish to raise. We will consider your comments. Otherwise, the AMCS , lead by Nick & Teresa Marty and supported by AMCS, plan to investigate what is required to apply for and secure intervener status and intervener funding to participate in the hearings.

In the meantime, it is important that as many residents as possible provide FORTIS with feedback on their consultations at prior to the September 30th deadline (see slide 13 of Nick’s presentation).  He is suggesting that you just submit something like the following statement:  Two-tier rates are not encouraging efficient behaviour and are discriminating against customers using electricity for space and water heating.  The best rate option is a return to a flat rate.

Mark McKenney, President, AMCS





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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, September 16 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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Mountain Residents Generous Again

Once again the residents in our community come through with a nice donation to our Fire Dept.    This year Alice Zinowki’s – Market on the Mountain once again, donated some of the proceeds to the Fire Dept.  The Silent Auction which was held during the annual BBQ,  netted $4,900 for the Fire Dept, with the Community Society splitting its surplus funds from the Annual Picnic & BBQ to add another $300; for at total donation of $5,200 to our local Fire Dept.    In the past four years the Community Society, through the work of the Silent Auction committee and other fund raising sources has donated more than $23,000 to the Anarchist Mountain  Fire dept.  The Community Society thanks everyone who made the 2017 Market on the Mountain, the Picnic & BBQ, and the Silent Auction such a wonderful success. We know that our Fire Fighters and the Anarchist Mountain Fire Dept. appreciate these donations which are put to good use protecting our community.

Pictured here: Fire Chief Urs Grob, Candy & John Anders, Wendy Barlow , Alice Zinowki and Mark McKenney from AMCS.


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Free to Good Home: Canon ImageClass MF 4150 laser printer

Free to Good Home

Canon ImageClass MF 4150 laser printer

Works well with Windows 7 32/64 bit operating system, but not with Windows 10 64 bit (no driver available).  New toner cartridge.

Gloria 495-3266

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Community Meeting – Sept. 13 – Upcoming Fortis Rate Application




Dear Mountain Neighbours, 

The Anarchist Mountain Community Society (AMCS) is inviting all Mountain Residents, not just our members, to a meeting to discuss FORTIS’ Upcoming Electricity Rate Application. The AMCS is considering being an intervener in this rate application for the Anarchist Mountain region. Nick Marty will make a short presentation on how the regulatory process for a rate application works, the nature of the intervention and how residents might input. If your electricity costs are a concern to you and you want to see something done about them, please come out on September 13th.

Fortis is expected to file their rate application in November. They have held two public meetings in Osoyoos, one in June and one in July. At the July meeting, FORTIS presented their “analysis” of different rate options and it appears that they will be seeking to retain the current two-tier pricing structure with only minor modifications. As many of you know, this pricing system unfairly discriminates against customers using electricity for space and water heating, charging them exorbitant rates, much higher than those being charged to the majority of FORTIS’ customers.

The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) is encouraging customers to group together and apply to be interveners. The BCUC will provide accepted interveners with funding to cover the costs of legal counsel, specialists and expert witnesses, so there will be no cost to AMCS members or Mountain residents.

Provided residents are in general agreement with the AMCS seeking to become an intervener, the AMCS will take next steps such as determining the best law firm to act as legal counsel and seeking out other possible interveners (such as the Regional District of Okanagen-Similkameen) with whom we can coordinate our submission.

Mark McKenney, President, AMCS

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