Newsletter – November 2011

Posted by: Johnny Smoke  /  Category: Archived Posts

Greetings All,

Your Board has met twice since the A.G.M. in March on the hill—July 10th and Oct. 18th. You received the first newsletter in May. The Board has had a lot to do and/ or discuss. Read on!

Village Clean-up, Sat. July 10th

Thank you to Michael and Jen from the Trading Post who organized the clean-up and provided hot dogs and fixings for the volunteer crew. They also supplied copious black garbage bags for the copious trash that was EVERYWHERE! Thanks also to those that took time on a sunny summer Sat. in July to help out.

Clean-up crew members were:

Michael and Jen and daughter Julia
Loraine Stephanson
Barry Leigh
Bill and Doreen Bobbitt

Russell Raynier
Bob Thompson
John and Carollyne Lansel
Rick and Julia Valenti

Recycling at Apex

Cameron Baughen , Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the RDOS has informed the Board about the status of this project when we asked him for an update in mid Oct.

  1.  The site has been surveyed.
  2. The RDOS questionaires about recycling that many of us filled out and submitted were helpful to Cameron and his team and some suggestions will be looked at for incorporation.
  3. The RDOS is waiting for the Solid Waste Management Plan to be adopted by the Province. After adoption, the RDOS Board of Directors would assign staff and set up a budget for the project. At that time, we will get information about cost of construction and the pay plan/how it affects us as property owners. It would seem at that stage that we, as property owners can again input our ideas/concerns about how the transfer station is funded.
  4. Earliest time for construction will be summer of 2012.

Okanagan Vista Trail Work

Denis O’Gorman and his intrepid crew put in a few weeks of hard labor over the late summer cutting, clearing and signing trails around Nickel Plate Lake, Vista and environs. Some deep rut damage by vehicles in Nickel Plate Park was discovered and damage of this sort, when noticed, can be reported to Randall Kohlhauser, local compliance officer at 250-490-2278.

Tramping in and marking of snowshoe trails this winter is encouraged.

Anyone willing to help with this ongoing trail work can contact Denis at

Weyerhaeuser Forest Harvest

There has been an increase of Mtn. Pine Beetle populations east of the Similkameen River and harvest plans are predominantly in the Winters Creek and Strayhorse Rd. areas. Road construction has been taking place and harvesting is scheduled for summer of 2012. In addition, wood lot license lands immediately north of Nickel Plate Nordic Centre are also to be harvested and snowshoe trails to be relocated. The Board is to remain vigilant in regards to harvesting, especially in the area of motorized recreation management post harvest forest plantations. Thank you Denis O’Gorman for bringing this harvesting information to the Board’s attention.

Apex Ski Club Awards

Jorgen Anderson—Kinder Coach of the year

Club B.C. Alpine Club Development of the Year Award
Okanagan Zone win on the strength of win placements by Apex Ski Club members ages 11-15

Apex 50th. Anniversary

Time to purchase your tickets for the celebration at the Trade and Convention Centre for Jan. 13th, 2012. Check out the Apex Resort website for info. At the time of this newsletter, it is not known what is happening on the hill for a celebration the actual date of the 50th, the weekend of Dec. 9-11, 2011. APOA will have a banner in the Village proclaiming “Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future”.


You all received in your water bill a letter from the Board and a membership form. Please take the letter to heart and do your part in helping us build our membership. There is always a lot going on in the Alpine that needs input and the many voices of the many property owners help protect, preserve and sustain the natural environment and recreational pursuits we all enjoy. You own property in the Alpine and your property values are always impacted by what goes on up here. Our voice as property owners is our strength and the more voices, the easier to hear us when we wail!

Some things in the Village

Stan Duckworth from Fort Langley Camping is the new owner of the hostel which will again be operated as a hostel as well as staff accomodation. He is also involved in the Apex Mtn. Inn and has some great ideas for family and adult activities and entertainments for this season.

The Tempest Room is now the Rock Oven Bar and Grill with Chef Aaron from The Penticton Sage and Vine working magic in the back end kitchen space and Dick Ante working magic in the front end public space.



Our next Board meeting is either in Dec. or the first part of the new year.   Next newsletter when there is something newsworthy!

See you on the hill…

Julia V.

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