Avalanche death a reminder to be aware

first_imgThis condition is seen once a year or more in the mountains and is quite normal according to Johnson. Johnson recommends that people check the avalanche bulletins on the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s website prior to doing any trips. The bulletins are updated daily with the latest conditions.“Beyond that it is about trip planning. It’s about where you’re going to go in the mountains and what you’re going to do. When conditions are a bit unstable, or it’s a bit tricky, it’s important that you have a really good trip plan,” said Johnson.Johnson encourages backcountry enthusiasts to include options in their trip planning in order to be able to keep to low risk areas. Johnson also highly recommends taking an avalanche class.“If you haven’t taken a class and you’re looking to get into backcountry snowmobiling or skiing, an avalanche class is pretty much the way to go. It doesn’t make you an expert by any means, but it keys you into the right information. It teaches you about avalanches and mountain terrain that avalanches occur in, and about avalanche rescue so if things go wrong you know what you can do.”Along with the avalanche awareness course available online at www.avalanche.ca, there are a number of course providers around the Kootenay Boundary area.The Canadian Avalanche Centre is also hosting Avalanche Awareness Days from Jan. 9 – 10 at both Whitewater Ski Resort and Red Mountain. Some of the activities will include: beacon search demonstration, beacon Olympics competition, and ski patrol demonstrations. For information on the events go to: Avalanche Awareness Days on the centre’s website. The unfortunate death of an Albertan man in an avalanche over the weekend in Rossland is a tragic reminder that avalanche awareness is critical to anyone doing backcountry sports in the Kootenay Boundary. Greg Johnson, avalanche forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Centre based in Revelstoke, explained that current conditions across the regions are dangerous.“It sounds like what happened over the weekend was that there was a party of skiers and they were coming down the woods and they hit a steep open area,” said Johnson, “the snowpack was weak there and it released. One person was caught and was pushed into some trees and died. The avalanche conditions in general throughout the B.C. Interior including areas of the Kootenay Boundary are inherently tricky right now. There’s a weak snow layer in the snowpack.”The snowpack forms in layers over time in the winter. Each successive storm that hits has different characteristics and deposits different types of snow. Some of those layers stick together better than others, explained Johnson.“We’ve got a layer that is called surface hoar. It’s a surface frost. It’s the same stuff that forms on your car, but on the snow it can get quite big. Some of the crystals will be two centimeters tall,” said Johnson. “After they (the crystals) are buried they can be a notorious weak layer in the snow pack. And that’s what we’re dealing with right now – we’re in a time period that is optimal for people going out and triggering avalanches.”last_img read more

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Wildcats look to build confidence as squad host Kootenay Volleyball Classic — Crowe Hawks, LVR Bombers also in the mix

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished third overall at the Immaculata Invitational High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.“We played lot (of volleyball) competed with all the teams,” said varsity girl’s coach Joe Moreira.“Our confidence still waivers at times and I suspect that it is attributed to playing without 12’s (nine players  — six Grade 11’s and three Grade 9’s).”Host Immaculata won the tournament. The Kelowna-based school is ranked second in the recent B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball poll.Mount Sentinel is unranked.The Wildcats have a great opportunity to get the ball flying in the right direction when the South Slocan school hosts the annual Kootenay Volleyball Classic beginning Friday at Mount Sentinel gymnasium.The tournament includes to zone rivals, Fernie and Elkford.“We hosting a number of teams this weekend we need to beat to get to provincials in Prince George,” Moreira confessed. “Both (Fernie and Elkford) have most of their player returning from last year.”Also included in the mix are Prince Charles Comets of Creston, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Immaculata, L.V. Rogers Bombers and A.L Fortune of Enderby.Teams play a round robin in their respective four-team pools before crossing over into the playoff round.The final goes at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sentinel gymnasium.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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GRADED STAKES SPRINT WINNERS CONQUEST TWO STEP, WILD DUDE & CHITU SIGNED ON FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $250,000 SAN CARLOS STAKES; COMEBACKING KOBE’S BACK ATTEMPTS TO RETURN STRONG WITH NEW BARN

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March, 4 2015) – Graded stakes winners Conquest Two Step, Wild Dude and Chitu head a field of strong sprint contenders in Saturday’s Gr. II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs. Comebacking Kobe’s Back makes his first start since July in a new barn, gains a Hall of Fame rider and helps to round out a competitive field of nine older horses.A winner of the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes in his most recent outing on Jan. 31, Conquest Two Step ran second, by a nose, to top older horse Shared Belief in the Gr. I Malibu Stakes two starts back on Opening Day, Dec. 26 going seven furlongs; after being steadied at the five eighths pole.The 4-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa trained by Mark Casse earned a career-high Beyer Speed figure of 105 in the Palos Verdes and will retain the services of regular rider Joe Talamo. Conquest Two Step will go seven furlongs for only the second time in his career Saturday and has only been out of the money once in 10 lifetime starts.Conquest Two Step is owned by Conquest Stables, LLC. He is 10-3-5-1 overall with earnings of $309,408.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be well represented by Wild Dude, who will be making his second start off an almost nine month layoff. The consummate sprinter ran third in his last out to Conquest Two Step in the Gr. II Palos Verdes and will again have leading rider Rafael Bejarano aboard. Preceding the Palos Verdes, he ran second to Gr. I sprint champ Big Macher prior to his layoff in the Gr. II Potrero Grande in April, 2014.The 5-year-old horse by Wildcat Heir is owned by Hollendorfer and Green Smith. He is 11-4-3-2- overall with $344,220 in earnings.Jerry Hollendorfer also has entered Outside Nashville, who comes off an eighth place finish in the Gr. III seven furlong, General George Handicap at Laurel Feb. 16.Chitu, a winner of the Gr. III Sunland Derby a year ago, ran ninth in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, but came back in October after a layoff to win the seven furlong Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita and was third in his most recent start, the Malibu, behind Shared Belief and Conquest Two Step. After dueling for the lead throughout most of the Malibu, Chitu fought back and continued “willingly to the end” losing by only three fourths of a length.After being ridden by east coast-based Joel Rosario in his last two starts, Martin Garcia gains the mount on Chitu and the pair will break from the rail. Off since December, he will run seven furlongs for the third consecutive time Saturday.Owned by Tanma Corporation and trained by Bob Baffert, he is 7-4-1-1 overall with earnings of $597,800.Away since July 2014, Kobe’s Back will make his first start for new trainer Peter Eurton and will also gain the services of rider Gary Stevens.A Kentucky Derby hopeful following an impressive 5 ¼ length win in the San Vicente in February, Kobe’s Back went on to run seventh in the Gr. II Rebel at Oaklawn in March for then trainer John Sadler. Kobe’s Back ran fifth in his most recent start, the Gr. I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in July, going six furlongs on synthetic Polytrack.Since entering Peter Eurton’s barn in the winter, he seems to be growing and filling out as a 4-year-old. “I feel pretty good about him,” said Eurton. “I like everything I see and he seems like he should run his race.” New jock Gary Stevens has been working him in the mornings and Eurton has expressed that he likes what he is hearing from Stevens.A colt by Flatter, he is owned by CRK Stable and is 9-2-1-1- overall with $276,250 in earnings.Majestic City will shorten up after his last seven attempts at routing as he comes off a nine month layoff for trainer Ron Ellis and will try rider Tyler Baze for the first time. Most recently fourth in the Gr. II Californian Stakes May 31 going 1 1/8 miles, he ran fifth to Fed Biz in the Gr. II Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar in August 2013, his last attempt at seven furlongs.Owned by Jeff Bloom’s Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, Majestic City is 22-4-4-4- overall with $448.960 in earnings.The complete field for the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, to be run as the 9th race on an 11-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Chitu, Martin Garcia, 118; Outside Nashville, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Majestic City, Tyler Baze, 118; Conquest Two Step, Joseph Talamo, 123; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 118; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 118; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Midnight Hawk, Victor Espinoza, 118; Blues Blaster, Juan Sanchez, 118. –30–last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 2, 2017

first_imgMIDNIGHT STORM IS DEFINITE FOR BIG ‘CAP Philip D’Amato641371120%48%$816,940 Peter Miller802220828%63%$1,176,315 Tiago Pereira801091013%36%$330,815 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA’S GRASS COURSE COULDN’T BE GREENERWhat a View, on target for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile a week from Saturday, will be running on a grass course that drew rave reviews from Kenny Black.“It’s a great turf course,” the trainer said. “It’s taken all that rain and still looks wonderful. It’s as good a turf course as I’ve ever seen.”Probables for the Kilroe include Bal a Bali, Bolo, Conquest Enforcer, Flamboyant, Papacoolpapacool, Ring Weekend, War Envoy and What a View. Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Thursday in a bullet 1:12.20 for Paddy Gallagher. Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Victor Espinoza47912719%60%$643,797 MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK FOR BIG ‘CAP            Midnight Storm will run in the Santa Anita Handicap a week from Saturday, March 11, and not in the Dubai World Cup March 25, Phil D’Amato confirmed Thursday morning.“We’re running in the Big ‘Cap,” the trainer said. “We made the decision yesterday for sure. The horse is going well and depending on weather, he could breeze Sunday or Monday.”Probable for the 80th Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade I, $750,000 race for older horses at a mile and a quarter: Follow Me Crev, Gangster, Hard Aces, Hi Happy, Imperative, Isotherm, Midnight Storm, Shaman Ghost and Twentytwentyvision. Jerry Hollendorfer9618111919%50%$1,338,488 Martin Pedroza8610161512%48%$461,198 ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO RIDES ‘KOBE’ Flavien Prat16839253123%57%$2,570,699 Tyler Baze17833372019%51%$1,525,266 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 UNIQUE BELLA READY FOR SANTA YSABEL Vladimir Cerin3587623%60%$284,064 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 26) Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 Peter Eurton4495520%43%$489,669center_img Joseph Talamo1101691715%38%$524,503 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 MULTIPLE ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO AT SANTA ANITAJavier Castellano, winner of an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding jockey the last four years, invades Santa Anita a week from Saturday, March 11, to ride Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs for trainer Peter Eurton.Kobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Triple Bend, worked six furlongs in 1:13.13 on Santa Anita’s “good” main track before Sunday’s first race.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter owned by the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Castellano, whose agent is former Santa Anita Racing Department official Mike Lakow, won the Eclipse in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The 39-year-old native of Venezuela has 4,625 career wins and $271,934,924 in purse earnings. Santiago Gonzalez9711141211%38%$506,762 Edwin Maldonado5096718%44%$290,180 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.82138816%35%$648,020 Corey Nakatani5486515%35%$465,131 William Spawr23102343%65%$283,951 John Sadler43791016%60%$471,964 Mark Glatt55911716%49%$400,915 Richard Baltas9416171517%51%$872,657 VERSATILE UNIQUE BELLA ON RAIL FOR SANTA YSABEL            Unique Bella will have to overcome two firsts in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies: breaking from the rail and going a mile and a sixteenth.It should make no never mind for the budding superstar filly, winner of her last three races by a combined margin of 26 ½ lengths, who is using the Santa Ysabel as a prep for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8.“She can adapt to any situation,” said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “She can be on the lead or sit off it. She’s schooled well for the race and ready to go.”The Santa Ysabel, race six of 10: Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 1-5; Tap It All, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Spooky Woods, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; What What What, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Noted and Quoted, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Abel Tasman, Joe Talamo, 5-1. Stewart Elliott11612141610%36%$603,802 Doug O’Neill10913221912%50%$1,097,551 BLACK CALLS SANTA ANITA TURF ‘BEST EVER’ FINISH LINES: Today’s pro sports parlay: Kopitar, a three-year-old son of Shackleford making his debut in the fifth race, is named for Los Angeles’ Kings Captain Anze Kopitar, while Catfish Hunter, a three-year-old son of Grazen named for the Hall of Fame pitcher, makes his first start in the sixth race. Kopitar, trained by Phil D’Amato, is 4-1 on Jon White‘s morning line, while Catfish Hunter, conditioned by Steve Miyadi, is 7-2 . . . Five of the six three-year-old fillies entered in today’s second race finished second through sixth in their last race, the California Cup Oaks here on Jan. 28 . . .  All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760last_img read more

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