Saturday, February 17, 2018

Need help with snow removal?

Photo by Bob Canning on Unsplash
In response to the call for help with snow removal we have people locally you can call:

Avi Falcon 778-257-1051
Gary Wright 250-319-4530


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lac Le Jeune Lodge - circa 1960

Photo courtesy of Kamloops History Community, posted here with permission

Does anyone remember when the Lac Le Jeune lodge looked like this?

This photo from the 1960s was posted to the Kamloops History Community in Facebook. People in that group reminisced about the drive on a long gravel road to come to Lac Le Jeune for all the reasons we still enjoy this area today. Well, except there was downhill skiing back then!

This lodge was torn down and the current lodge built in a different location.

~posted by Sylvia Currie~


Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Stomp Is Back!


Do you love mountain biking? This is BIG news!

After a 17-year hiatus, the Stomp Classic at the Stake Lake trails is back! Register now for the July 7th/8th race.

There are many race options to accommodate all levels:

  1. A 60km XC Mountain Bike Marathon, which includes an epic single track section and technical features you will not find elsewhere
  2. The 20km “Mediator” race 
  3. 12km “Just GO For It” loop 
  4. The 10km “Junior Trail” race 
  5. A 1.5km “Little Bikers” event
Check out the trail map

Wanted: Snow Removal Help

Several Lac Le Jeune residents are seeking help with snow removal this winter. Are you looking for some extra income and available to work on an on call basis? Leave a comment, or email hughlejeune@gmail.com

  Austin shoveling snow.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Early registration for ski trail pass

Tracks
Photo by Alan Richards
Now is the time to purchase your 2017-2018 season ski pass at Stake Lake trails. Prices go up November 15th.

What do you get with a season pass? Unlimited access to:

60 km of scenic, expertly groomed skate and classic trails
5 km of dedicated dog-friendly trails
12 km of snowshoe trails
Head to the Overlander Ski club website for details and to purchase your pass!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lac Le Jeune Winter Party

UPDATE December 6th: We have 87 LLJ residents signed up for the party so far!
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You're invited! Let's get together for a party!

WHEN: December 9, 2017 - starting at 5:30
WHERE: Lac Le Jeune Wilderness Resort

Bring your own wine or other beverages of choice. Food will be catered. That's right -- no cooking or cleaning up, just socializing and celebrating! We anticipate the cost for appetizers and rental of the facility will be approximately $15 per person.

Are you in? Please complete this form so we can anticipate numbers. Thank you to Tracy Wright for coordinating this gathering!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brenda Louise Phillips

Copied from Kamloops This Week


It is with profound sorrow that the family announces the passing of Brenda Louise Phillips on October 3, 2017 at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice. 

Brenda was born in Rossland, BC but spent most of her youth in Kamloops. She graduated from Kam High and the University of Victoria. Brenda was employed by HSBC International in Canada and several other countries. She lived and travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Recently Brenda was employed at Thompson Regional Division of Family Practice in Kamloops. Brenda treasured her family time, particularly artistic pursuits with Isabel. 

She will be remembered for her strength, kindness, generosity and unconditional love by her husband Hussain, daughter Isabel, sister Corinne (Allan), nephew Ethan Schock, parents Jim and Carolyn Phillips, aunt Betty (Ray) Harding, uncle Tom (Teresa) Johnsen, of Duncan, BC and cousins Lori Moo and David Phillips, of Washington, USA.

There will be no service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to www.braintumour.ca - Donate Designation: Research. Comment: Glioblastoma. Memory of: Brenda Phillips

Condolences can be expressed at: rememberbrenda2017@gmail.com

Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454




A personal note:

I heard about Brenda long before I met her -- great stories about her international adventures and love of animals. Many of us will remember how she gave Phantom, a dog from Turkey, a new lease on life.

One summer during one of Brenda's visits to Lac Le Jeune, a group of us went on a bike ride to Ross Moore Lake. There is one stretch on the final descent toward the lake that is rocky and steep; many riders choose to dismount and walk. Not Brenda. She rode over those rocks like a pro. Later when we stopped for a break she explained that a good dental plan was factored into that decision. :)

We crossed paths a few times over the years -- gathering around her kitchen table with fresh-baked cookies to talk about website design, her parents 50th wedding anniversary party, and just smiling and waving across Lookout Road.

I knew I'd like Brenda before I met her, and now I know I'll miss her. xo

~Sylvia~

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Minutes: Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association AGM - August 13, 2017

MInutes are also available for download as a PDF here.

Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association
Annual General Meeting
August 13, 2017

1. Adoption of minutes from the 2016 AGM
Minutes from previous meeting reviewed. Vote to adopt previous meeting minutes. 
Moved by Sylvia Currie, seconded by Cindy Swain.

2. RCMP report
Logan Lake detachment is the local contact. Please state in your emergency calls that Logan Lake is the detachment to attend your emergency. There is an emergency contact numbers magnet available for people to take with them.
Citizens on Patrol:
Members cannot be announced however more volunteers are welcome. You must commit to four hours per month of patrolling the neighbourhood. Volunteering involves a bit of training and a back ground check. Please contact Logan Lake detachment for forms.

3. Treasurer’s report
Leyla Johnson presented the 2016 Financial Report.
Lac Le Jeune Conservation Association 2016 Financial Report
Balance at Apr 30/16
259.53
$259.53
Revenue
Memberships
290.00
Interest
0.08
TNRD - Conservation Projects
500.00
GIC Maturity
2,001.28
Total:
2,791.36
$2,791.36


Expenses
Bank Fees
112.52

AGM Expenses
254.29
Copying-Membership/LLJCA info/BC Registry Fee
72.16
Insurance
600.00
Total:
1,038.97
-$1,038.97
Current Balance as at Aug 11/17
$2,011.92
GIC Current Value as at Aug 11/17
$2,605.81
Jim Philips moved to adopt
Hugh Burton second

4. KGHM/AJAX Community Advisory Group
Corinne Schock reported on the current status of the AJAX mine project.

Second comment period open now for 61 days. Federal level cannot attach any conditions but provincial can. Federal level doesn’t include any economic or social issues.  Four draft reports available on line. Once reports and submissions are completed after the 61 days, including public submissions, all included and submitted to various ministries. On-line comments shared between federal and provincial. Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Environment approve final application. 45 days is timeline for provincial decision. We will post the information on the LLJ Blog if anyone would like to submit their comments to the Federal and Provincial review boards.

5. Water Monitoring Program, and
6. Fisheries Stocking Program
Marge Sidney, Ministry of Environment, and Hugh Burton. 

Four things to review
1)    Started in 2011.  Report completed. Will be posted on blog. 
2)    Have report from fisheries dept. Recommend Kokanee  although there is not necessarily support for that. Brian Chan also does not agree with that. Steve Miracle is the contact senior fisheries biologist in Kamloops. Monte Lake being an example. Kokanee are fresh water fish like sockeye salmon. Not native to area. Invasive. Plankton feeders vs insect feeders. Take up space in lake. We have native lake trout from glacial times. There is local concern about the number of trout being stocked in the lake. There are too many fish and they are small. Six meter depth where the food produced – this is where the light reaches. LLJCA will contact fisheries about the information they use to stock. Algae count is included in the report.
3)    Marge has info about algae. 
4)    Water quality will be on blog for big lake. Little lake has also been tested and that report will be available next year.  We need volunteers to help with water shed monitoring.   
Highlights of report from Marge:  2012-2015 lake is improving. Phosphorus is decreasing which is good. Three ages of lakes. Big lake is mid age – small lake is at end state. The small lake will eventually become more shallow - a marsh with a creek only running out of it.
No heavy metals.
No heath concerns
Max depth 27.7 meters
9.7 meters mean depth
1276 m elevation
9.3 km shoreline
Monitoring will continue. Association bought a meter a few years ago which will continue to be used.

7. Invasive Plant Program
Corinne Schock spoke about the TNRD project relating to invasive plant species. She will communicate when Dr Catherine Tarasoff will be available to come to LLJ and speak on this issue.

8. TNRD Nuisance Mosquito Control Program
The mosquitoes spraying program was discussed. If you contact the TNRD, you will go on their list and they will monitor and disperse the bio chemical on your property on an annual basis. Once you are part of their program, you do not have to contact them every year. They also spray the crown land areas of LLJ, the ski hill, and the ponds around the neighbourhoods. The bio chemical is typically used in April or May each year.

9. Fire Safe Community:
Clay Govett
Clay had pamphlets available: FireSmart – Homeowner’s manual from the BC Govt and FireSmart Guide to Landscaping from FireSmart Canada – Canadian Forest Service.  FireSafe possibly may have funding available for continued work on the crown land around LLJ.  FireSmart is a Canada-wide program and advises residence what they can do in their yard to make it more fire safe.   There are local companies that can come to your home and assess and advise what you can do to make your property more fire safe as well.  We should all also have a plan for evacuation if the need ever arises.

10. TNRD area “J” Representative
Ronaye Elliot spoke on a few topics including KGHM, Invasive weeds funding available to LLJCA. The TNRD will be issuing the “use” permit to KGHM if the project is approved to proceed. We can make our concerns known regarding KGHM to the chairman of the TNRD.
There is a big concern regarding the invasive plant issue in area “J”. The Provincial committee did nothing with the money they were allotted so now the management team for invasive plants is under the TNRD. Although there are still various groups on the committee, tax money can now go to where the TNRD deems it is needed most.

TNRD was also part of the “fire team” with the other various government agencies. The TNRD helped get information out to people regarding evacuations alerts and orders and home and property ownership.
There’s a possibility that the LLJCA might be able to obtain a percentage of tax dollars in our area. It’s a long process but a committee would have to be formed and a referendum held by the citizens. Ronaye will find out more about this process and communicate back to us. At one time, we might have been able to get some grants from part of the gas taxes but the new Federal Govt changed the act for that. There still may be funds available for small recreational projects.

11. BC Parks
Michelle Weibe was unable to attend during this busy fire season.

12. Kamloops Bike Riders Association
Leyla Johnson spoke on behalf of the association. She reported that the goal is to clear an additional 60 km of trails and perhaps bring back the Stake Lake Stomp.

13. LLJ Community Phone List:
The phone list was available for members to take home. Please let Steve Roy know if there are any errors, omissions or changes. This list is voluntary.

14. Elections:
Members re-elected:
Corinne Schock – President
Cindy Swain – Vice President
Treasurer Leyla Johnson
Secretary
Sylvia Currie

Area Reps:
Lac Le Jeune Drive East - Anna Folk and Pat Carroll (shared)
Old Town Site - Jacquie Brugger and Pat Burton (shared)
Little Lake - Jenny Perry
Lookout Road - Jim Phillips
Lower Subdivision - Clay Govett
Upper Subdivision - Howie Mattfeld

15. Other Business
Cindy Swain had spoken with Ryan Whitehouse from the Min of Environment regarding fish habitat enhancements. He directed her to the Ontario Stream Rehabilitation manual and the work done by the Ontario Min of Environment and local conservation associations as well as the Ontario Watershed Projects. Mr Whitehouse advised that the first step is to assess what we want to achieve. At that time, we submit a proposal and request to the Ministry and include a Section 11 form to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNR). 
In regards to inquiry about fresh water otters in LLJ, Mr. Whitehouse was please to hear this and said both they and beavers assist with water quality in lakes. Otters actually assist with fish growth as they keep the population in control which will result in typically larger fish as there is more feed for them.

Hugh Burton and Marge Sidney added that there is a watershed project that the entire community can get involved in that would benefit all of us and we, as citizens, can have more say in what is happening in our area.  The LLJCA will try and get information regarding this and communicate this to the residence of LLJ.  This will take some time to organize but Hugh and Marge both thought it would be worthwhile.
There is no composting as of yet at the local transfer station but it is something that is of value and we can take that to the TNRD for discussion.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for the lake monitoring – let Corinne know.

Vote for Meeting to be adjourned.
Moved by Corinne Schock, seconded by Debbie Peel.


~Minutes prepared by Cindy Swain~

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I want pure fibre internet!

TELUS PureFibre™ network isn't available in the Lac Le Jeune area (obviously) but they are collecting data to see which communities are hoping for this service in the future.

Please complete the Telus I WANT PURE FIBRE INTERNET form!