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Classic Rock Bingo & Karaoke Every Friday Night At The Ridge

Congratulatons Terry Rye

September 02, 2018

Terry knows her Rock N Roll and now he gets to spend a wonderful weekend at the beautiful Tigh=Na-Mara resort in Parksville. We drew from all the Classic Rock Bingo winners from the past few months and Terry was the big winner.  

Coffee With A Cop

September 02, 2018

We, at the Nootka Sound RCMP, love our community and want you to get to know us better. This Wednesday will be the first in a series of “Coffee with a Cop”. We are looking forward to seeing you. Thank you clayworks cafe and gallery and Uptown Cappuccino for taking turns hosting us!..

Be Safe Slow Down!

September 02, 2018

The Nootka Sound RCMP would like to remind the motoring public that school zones go back into effect on Tuesday September 4th coinciding with the first day of school.  The public should expect to see an increased presence in the school zones by police ensuring children make it to school safely and arrive home after school safely.
The school zone speed limits are in effect from 8 am to 5 pm daily and the posted speed limit is 30km/hr.  Fines for speeding in the school zones begin at $196.00 and carry 3 demerit points.  
For parents this is a perfect opportunity to speak to your children about road safety.  For more safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe start to the school year visit us online at or ICBC at

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Media Relations Officer
Nootka Sound RCMP


Help Us Catch An Arsonist

September 02, 2018

The Nootka Sound RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with locating the person or persons responsible for an arson which occurred at the Nimpkish Park at around 6 P.M. on Monday evening.  The Gold River Fire Department responded to a fire to a porta potty which suffered extensive damage and is considered a complete loss.  The matter is being investigated as an arson due to evidence located at the scene and no power supply to the unit.  If you noticed anyone suspicious in the area between 5P.M. and 6 P.M. or have any information regarding this crime please contact the Nootka Sound RCMP at 250-283-2227 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Cst.D.R.(Ryan) WALKER
Nootka Sound RCMP
Media Relations Officer

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Children's Health Hub

Megan, our Island Health audiologist, is starting her monthly visits again. She will be at the Hub on Tuesday, September 18. Contact the Hub to make an appointment for children ages 3-18.

Strongstart Starts September 10th

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Help Us Solve A Crime

August 25, 2018

Between August 1-2, 2018, unknown person(s) entered the Village of Gold River & committed a rash of Break & Enters and Thefts! Various items including fuel, a light bar, downriggers and an ATV were taken.


Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a person believed to be involved & was captured on video. The suspect was also in possession of the vehicle in these photographs if it helps to further identify him.


If you have information please contact the RCMP or cal Crimestoppers 800-222-TIPS


Vancouver Island Fire Update

August 25, 2018

 With the arrival of cooler weather, crews are trying to get traction on wildfire burning across the northern Vancouver Island.

Fire information officer Shayne McCool said the Gold Valley Main fire near Zeballos remains “out of control.”

The fire has not shown much growth overnight and remains at approximately 168 hectares. Yesterday, there were two fire retardant drops via air tanker between the South Flank of the fire and the hydro lines.

“As of today we have 26 firefighters on that fire with structural protection units also engaged in that area,” McCool said. “We also have three helicopters and a piece of heavy equipment working in that area, as well.”

Current priorities on the south flank are to have personnel brush around the hydro lines to help prevent the fire from reaching the lines.

On the north flank of the fire, guards are being created using machines and will be tied into the Zeballos River in an effort to push the fire back up the mountainside. Personnel will also be setting up a wet line between the Tsunami Evacuation Site sea cans and the base of the mountain.

A bit of good news is the fact the fire is burning mostly away from the village of Zeballos and mostly up-slope, according to McCool. “That said, the powerlines are in the area, so we’ve put some fire retardent in that area to make sure the fire doesn’t spread to those powerlines,” he added.

Pinder Creek Fire, north of Zeballos

McCool said the Pinder Creek fire is 260 hectares in size and is 20 percent contained, with 25 firefighters battling the fire, with three pieces of heavy equipment and three helicopters being used.

“The situation being, it is the only road into the area so we are continually trying to maintain access through the area for individuals of Zeballos to make sure they can still access in and out of the town,”McCool said.

Larry Lake Fire, near Port Alice Thirty-three firefighters are battling the 20-hectare blaze, which is roughly 25 percent contained.Two aircraft are also being used to fight the fire. Espinose Creek

The fire has grown to 90 hectares, with 17 firefighters assigned, with one piece of equipment and one aircraft being used.“Crews are working to build guards on that fire, and we’re also utilizing helicopter bucketing to try to slow its progress,” McCool said.

You can help to protect your home. Here are a few easy fire prevention tips from the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual:

– Keep grass within 10m of any building mowed and watered
– Position your propane tanks at least 10m from any building
– Be sure your driveway is wide enough to accommodate emergency vehicles


Terry Fox Run- UPDATE

August 24, 2018

The Community TERRY FOX RUN will be a go this year. September 16th. This is open to everyone, kids, elders, cyclists, teams, etc. Please follow the link to register yourself/team. are in the early stages of planning so watch for further details in the next week.

The Gold river Terry Fox Run Needs Help

June 22, 2018

On behalf of The Terry Fox Foundation, I am reaching out to you as we prepare for the 38th annual Terry Fox Run, taking place this year on Sunday, September 16th.


We are seeking a Run Organizer to continue the annual Gold River Terry Fox Run. Sadly, this event is at risk of being cancelled this year if a local organizer cannot be found.  

Port Coquitlam, BC - “I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to,” the words written by a true Canadian hero. Terry Fox had a single dream: a world without cancer. He sought to reach out to every corner of Canada, and beyond, when he embarked on his Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox ran the equivalent of a marathon a day for 143 days straight, on one leg, to raise awareness of the need for research funding. When his own cancer spread, he was forced to stop running. The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. This year marks the 38th annual Terry Fox Run and Gold River is seeking a motivated, compassionate volunteer Run Organizer to continue Terry’s legacy in your community.

Terry Fox has inspired an incredible wave of change over the past 38 years with his legacy living on in Gold River. For the past 29 years, Gold River has hosted a Terry Fox Run, and unfortunately if a local organizer cannot be found, this long-standing event is in jeopardy. The Run is an opportunity for people of a variety of backgrounds and ages to come together and contribute to the growing total of more than $750 million that has been raised, worldwide in Terry’s name, in support of impressive and vital progress made in cancer research for more than three decades (for more information about Terry Fox funded research projects visit or As the volunteer Run Organizer, your responsibilities will include recruiting committee members, confirming the route, promoting the run, and overseeing run day activities.


The time commitment ranges from two to four hours weekly during the months leading up to the National Run Day, which is on Sunday, September 16th this year. Whether as a couple or individual or even a service group, the volunteer Run Organizer will always be assisted by the Terry Fox Foundation in the planning process, and given the resources to make it a success.

“The Terry Fox Run has been with us in Gold River since 1991”, praises Donna White, British Columbia and Yukon Provincial Director. “An astounding $15,000 has been raised at the Gold River run for innovative cancer research.”

The Terry Fox Foundation is proud of the 82 cents of every dollar raised that goes directly to cancer research initiatives (based on the most recent 3-year average). The Run, an all-inclusive, family-oriented activity, charges no entry fee or minimum pledge amount. Participants can run, walk, blade or bike.

“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope.” Terry taught us that every contribution matters. Terry’s legacy continues to positively affect countless people and lead to breakthroughs that were unimaginable when Terry set out on his historic Marathon of Hope 38 years ago. If you wish to volunteer with a truly grassroots organization that values all contributions, and whose mission it is to help every cancer patient, please contact Donna White at 1.888.836.9786 or for more information. We bet you’ll be glad you did.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact: Donna White, Provincial Director The Terry Fox Foundation, British Columbia and Yukon 1.888.836.9786 or

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August 20, 2018

he village of Zeballos issued a document outlining what residents should expect in the case of an evacuation.  According to a representative of the village’s emergency operations, the release was only sent out to prepare residents.

“This is more of a public service notice announcement so that people aren’t surprised by what happens if in fact an order happens. It’s not meant to convey that we are moving forward on that action.”  

Crews continue working to contain the two fires in the area. 

According to Coastal Fire Service, the Gold River Main fire is currently burning at 90 hectares in size, and is 0% contained. The steep slope and close proximity to structures makes the fire “very difficult” to control.

The second blaze, called Pinder Creek fire, is 200 hectares in size and 10% contained. CFS said the fire is close to the only road to the village, which they are working to keep open. Temporary road closures are in effect throughout the day.

Help Needed For 50th Anniversary Party.

August 20, 2018

Looking for Students, Parents and Staff of Gold River Secondary School past and present. We are setting up a booth at the Party in the Park Saturday the 25th to display memorabilia to celebrate the schools 50th anniversary. Please call Rachel Stratton at 283-9114 if you are willing to take a 30min shift between 12-4pm.

Two Big Forest Fires- Zeballos and Tahsis.

August 14, 2018

Two large wildfires have caught the attention of the Coastal Fire Centre. One is located north of Tahsis and Zeballos, in the Kaypit Lake area. Fire Information Officer Dorothe Jakobsen said 13 firefighters are on site working to contain the flames.“It’s 20 hectares, we’re working with industry, we’ve got machinery there, so they’re working on that fire,” she said.

Jakobsen said the fire is still considered ‘out of control’, and noted it was one of the fires caused by a lightning storm that came over Vancouver Island last weekend.

A second large fire, listed at 25 hectares, is burning at Vernon Lake, east of the Woss Lake Provincial Park.

Jakobsen said that blaze was also caused by the lightning storm.

“It’s really steep ground, and crews are working again with industry and it’s still out of control as well,” she said. Jakobsen couldn’t say exactly how many crew members were on scene of the Vernon Lake #2 fire.

This weekend’s lightning storm caused more than 30 fires to spark up across Northern Vancouver Island.

Crazy Senoritas Update

August 13, 2018

.There are still a few tickets left for the Crazy Senoritas show on August 28th but don't wait. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.  Don't this this opportunity to see one of the funniest shows ever to come to Gold River.  Here's a review of their performance in Ponoka.

When it comes to drag shows, The Crazy Señoritas know how to entertain.

The Ponoka Golf Club played host to a special, one-night only drag show Aug. 2 that featured the high antics of female impersonators. The impersonators featured famous singers such as Tina Turner, Cher, Britney Spears, Whitney Huston and more.The event was part of a special tour that brought the group all the way from the Luna Lounge in Bucerias, Mexico.  Hugh Gaffney is the owner of the lounge and he said the tour so far has been a total success. He worked with Merv Buchanan, tour organizer for Trend Entertainment in Calgary, to bring this event to Canada.“Usually I’m bringing Canadian entertainers to Mexico…We decided to bring a Mexican entertainment group to Canada,” explained Buchanan.

Both agree the response has been outstanding. “The venues we’ve played so far never heard the show and didn’t know anything about it, but they took a risk and said, ‘We’ll do it,’” said Gaffney. Since then, most venues have booked already for next year seeking multiple nights.


As for the entertainment, the impersonators knew how to get the crowd laughing and involved.

Miss Diva Divine, the Queen of Comedy, kept folks laughing between acts as the hostess; Cher is interpreted by Miss Angie Star, Tina Turner is interpreted by Miss Mauri, Britney Spears and Shakira are impersonated by Miss Dany Sodi. The Canadian tour was busy with 10 shows over two weeks in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Gaffney says he’s excited for what’s to come at next year’s show.

Blues Star Keith Scott Is Coming To Gold River- Wed Aug 29th

August 13, 2018

He's played wth some of the biggest names in the industry and we've been able to get him for one night only at The Ridge.  Remarkably versatile, Chicago-based blues/rock guitarist Keith Scott has been working his way methodically up through the blues' ranks since his parents bought him his first guitar at age 14 and his young ears heard Muddy Waters in 1980.   With his other blues hangouts being the famed Theresa's on the South Side, B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted and innumerable joints on the West Side, Scott's indoctrination into Windy City music progressed at lightning speed, with him meeting and playing behind legends such as Johnny Littlejohn, B.B. Odom, Eddie Taylor and Little Milton. These older gentlemen, Scott says, taught him the importance of "just lying back and being a good accompaniest" while serving as a backing musician. He recalls, also, he learned some practical lessons about dealing with the unpleasant, rougher edges of the Chicago blues world.

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