Vandals jeopardize Bloom program

Continued vandalism is putting a popular program at Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby in jeopardy.

Continued vandalism is putting a popular program at Charles Bloom Secondary in Lumby in jeopardy.

Vandalism to the forestry woodlot on Deafies Creek Forest Service Road is an ongoing problem.

This past week, thieves stole a significant amount of cut timber from the site, and vandalized the remaining logs by cutting into them.

The RCMP say the CBSS forestry program relies on the logs for self-funding, and the program could be in trouble if the thefts and vandalism continue.

“There is some truth to that,” said CBSS principal Ken Gatzke. “We’ve got a program that is all about 21st century learning, the kids love it, Shad Mailer does a great job teaching it and we rely on log sales to provide such a program.”

There are 16 Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in the school’s forestry program, one that Gatzke said prepares the students well for employment, including such job areas as forestry management.

“It’s a tremendous program,” he added.

Police will increase patrols in the area.

Anybody with any information on the thefts or vandalism, can call the RCMP at 250-547-2151, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon dumped with fourth snowiest January in three decades

January isn’t even over yet, and Vernon has already recorded one of… Continue reading

City of Vernon to redirect reclaimed water into Okanagan Lake

MacKay Reservoir nears capacity; city to reflow water into lake near Kin Beach

Visit Russia, Japan with Vernon’s Grannies in Travelogue series

The 10th season of Travelogue presentations is underway with two more to go

Suspect arrested in brazen Vernon armed robbery

Employee suffers minor injuries from incident during the middle of the day

Secondary dwellings in North Okanagan’s ALR not banned: Ministry

Provincial changes require additional approval for mobile, manufactured homes on farmland in RDNO

Future of Penticton francophone school secured following funding announcement

$11.5M in funding means École Entre-lacs now independently owned and operated

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Kelowna author Irwin Wislesky to release science-fiction novel on time travel

Invisible Footprints in Time follows Maxine Samuels and her quest back in time to save the future

Third woman files sexual harassment suit against former Kelowna Mountie

Brian Mathew Burkett left the RCMP in August 2017

Deer rescued after falling through ice on Skaha Lake near Penticton

Deer likely chased onto the lake by a coyote; tail missing, injuries not critical.

Penticton highschool student organizing fundraiser to support local boy’s battle against cancer

Sonja Leboe of Princess Margaret is selling donuts at Walmart on Jan. 24 for Wills Hodgkinson

Driver of speedboat in fatal Shuswap Lake houseboat collision denied parole

Court says Leon Reinbrecht unwilling to accept culpability for “reckless, thrill-seeking behaviour”

Most Read