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The passing of a dear friend: David Rooney

“My life is a journey in progress. I am fortunate or, if you believe in Chinese curses, unfortunate to live in interesting times.”

David F. Rooney (Linked-In profile statement)

by Laura Stovel

David F. Rooney, owner, publisher, editor and journalist for the Current passed away peacefully at home on July 21st. He will be greatly missed.

Dear Current readers,

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to say that David F. Rooney, owner, publisher, editor and journalist of the Current passed away peacefully on Friday, July 21 at his home in Revelstoke.

David grew up travelling the world with his family as his father worked for ALCAN. He went to school for a few years in Switzerland and lived in Colombia during his teenage years. He loved his years in Colombia and often spoke of them. He recently found the photo below of himself on horseback when he was 16.

David worked in the field of journalism since 1979. He worked for the Canadian Press and Ottawa Citizen in Ottawa, the Calgary Herald, the Edmonton Sun, and the Banff Crag & Canyon. He also wrote the textbook Reporting and Writing for Canadian Journalists and taught journalism and web design at the Centre for Communications Studies at Mount Royal College in Calgary from 1998 to 2000.

David wrote in his Facebook post: “I was 16 in this photo and was getting used to riding this horse we rented in Toribio for our second journey up to the parajmo region of the Nevado de Huila in 1970. At the time, Toribio was certainly the end of the line for civilization. Beyond was a patchwork of tiny farms owned by Paez Indians living in much the same way their ancestors had lived back in the 1500s. It was quite an adventure for my brother Brian and I!”

In the fall of 2001 David moved to Revelstoke to take up the position of editor of the Revelstoke Times Review. He very quickly became part of the fabric of Revelstoke – as a journalist, artist and active volunteer. He served on the board of the Revelstoke Visual Arts Society and later the Greenbelt Society. He volunteered with the Safe Spaces Society and supported the Revelstoke for Refugees effort to bring a Syrian family to Revelstoke among his many community efforts.

David left the Times Review to become the Revelstoke-based assistant of the Conservative MP in Ottawa, Jim Abbott and then went on to create his on-line newspaper, The Current, in July 2009.

Whatever David took on he gave his whole heart to – sometimes to his own detriment as he worked incredibly hard and did not always take time to rest. He gave generously to community initiatives. Despite the challenges of the newspaper business, he was always ready to give free or low-cost advertising to good causes such as fundraisers for refugee sponsorship and for victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

David’s intricate acrylic paintings captured the beauty and wonder of nature around Revelstoke

David was a gifted artist whose intricate acrylic paintings of rocks, rivers, mountains and night skies captured the majesty and mystery of the moment. My favorite of his paintings were the series he did of red fish spawning in which he captured in detail this powerful rite of autumn in Revelstoke.

He was also a great and generous patron of other local artists. His apartment was filled to the brim with the paintings and pottery of many of Revelstoke’s finest artists.

Above all, David was a dear friend to me and to many people in Revelstoke, and he was a loving father, grandfather, son and brother to his family who he cared for deeply. He loved hanging out at Sangha Bean cafe and, later, Conversations Coffee House, where he would meet with friends and feel like part of a Revelstoke family – which he was.

For me, David was a dear friend, a mentor and a wonderful employer. He was always fair, always supported my ideas for articles, and was always up for an adventure.  I will miss him dearly.

David touched so many lives and those of us who knew him have stories to share about him and his contributions. I encourage you to write some of those stories on the Current Facebook page. We will collect them for his family. You can also e-mail me, Laura Stovel, at [email protected]

A chuckle a day

Welcome to The Revelstoke Current’s five-day-a-week feature, A Chuckle A Day.  This presents some of the best comic — and some not-so-comic, but always interesting — images and texts on the Internet. We hope you enjoy them…


July 18 

July 17

Monday morning Kickstarter

Selfie taker knocks over $200,000 worth of art

A woman who wanted to take a selfie with some precious art damaged $200,000 worth of art while attempting to take a selfie several weeks ago. Click see to read about how this happened.

Obituary Notice — William (B.J.) Ritchie

William (BJ) Ritchie
1982 – 2017

With sadness we announce the recent passing of William (B.J.) Ritchie. He spent his growing-up years in Revelstoke and had many friends and people who influenced his life and whom he had an impact on.

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, July 22, at 2 pm at the Nicola Valley Evangelic Church in Merritt.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Teen Challange Program or Wagner Hills Farm would be appreciated and honour B.J.’s desire to help others.

Here come the tomatoes!

By Toni Johnston

Can’t wait for those juicy, flavourful tomatoes from your own garden? The hot weather is hastening growth and fruit production and you can encourage better fruiting by pruning your plants.

The pruned plant can put more energy into the fruit rather than stems and leaves. Anyone wanting to learn more about tomato plant care is welcome to come to the Downtown Community Garden (DCG) located at the United Church on Thursday July 20, at 6 pm. Bryce Borlick, LFI contractor of the DCG, will be demonstrating the fine art of pruning.

The Downtown Community Garden is one of two gardens sponsored by the Local Food Initiative with the generous support of Nature’s Path Foods.

Pay attention to playground zones

Columbia Park has a playground which is marked in three directions and the fourth seems to be forgotten. The playground should be made longer due to the equipment near the Columbia Park School.  I overheard someone who lives on Pearkes Drive state, “The school is out so the playground doesn’t matter!”  Boy I sure wish people were stopped in the area no matter what time of year it is. I’m sorry to say I’ve even witnessed a city bus go through the playground at more than 30.

Mountain View has a large playground and I think that maybe one out of 10 slows down.  I think that one maybe too long which angers some drivers. When I do the proper speed I’ve been honked at, fingered and yelled at.  One thing I don’t understand why the School sign was freshly painted on Second St.  So I believe the playground area is so long  because at times there are games played on the fenced area grass, like soccer, baseball and Relay For Life is held there.


Lia Robb
Revelstoke, BC

Fire on Barry Road

Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services responded to a residential structure fire in the 600 block of Barry Road on Sunday evening at 10:17 pm.

“On arrival fire department crews found a storage shed fully engulfed and threatening adjacent properties,” Assistant Fire Chief Roger Echlin said in a statement. “Firefighters actioned the fire quickly bringing the blaze under control limiting and damage to the neighbouring homes. No injuries resulted from the fire.

Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services responded with 26 members, two engines, a water tender, aerial apparatus and a command vehicle.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation


Glacier National Park fires

The Prairie Hill fire on a high alpine slope on the east end of Glacier National Park is burning on an eastern ridge and is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway. Parks Canada wildfire crews have been busy fighting fires in the park since July 10. On July 10, lightning activity resulted in six small fires in Glacier National Park. Glacier’s fire management team continues to manage the current fire situation. Four of the six fires are still being monitored, but show no signs of smoke or other fire activity. Action is being taken, including heli-bucketing, to suppress and contain the other two fires. New lightning activity on July 15 resulted in three new fires in Glacier National Park. Action will be taken to contain and suppress these fires as appropriate. A statement from the federal agency says there is no danger to the public or infrastructure the park. Photo courtesy of Parks Canada

In Video: Council’s meeting of Tuesday, July 11

By David F. Rooney

Provincial Ombudsman Jay Chalke dropped by Tuesday’s, July 11, City Council meeting to bring Mayor Mark McKee and Council up to date on his agency’s activities.

While you can read his roughly 36-minute presentation you may also follow along by activating the YouTube player below at the two-minute mark.

Council also approved a bylaw permitting it to borrow $708,000 — $394,000 for the water utility and $314,000 sewer) for the $1,008,000 Thomas Brook water project. The City already has a $300,000 grant from the Economic Opportunity Fund to support this project. Users in the area who benefit from the project will pay for the loan.

You can watch Council’s discussion of this project starting at the 38:02 mark on the video.

City’s new Deputy Director of Finance starts on Monday

Sheanna Moore
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Revelstoke

Sheanna Moore has been hired as the new Deputy Director of Finance or the City of Revelstoke, City Hall announced on Friday, July 14

Moore was previously employed with BDO Canada as a staff accountant in Kamloops and more recently in Revelstoke. She has her designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant with previous experience in municipal government and brings with her understanding of municipal finances, auditing, as well a strong supervisory experience.

In commenting on the appointment, Finance Director Tania McCabe said she looks forward to working with Moore.

“She is a great fit for this position, our department and our organization. Her education and municipal experience will be an asset as this department continues to focus on creating a stable financial foundation for Revelstoke. I am certain that Sheanna will do a great job as she settles into her new role.”

Moore’s appointment is effective Monday July 17.

BC Hydro offers assistance to wildfire evacuees

BC Hydro has introduced a Wildfire Evacuee Assistance Program that will provide bill credits to customers evacuated due to the wildfires in the Central and Southern Interior. Over the past week, wildfires in the region have led to evacuations in several communities.

“We know many of our customers had to leave their homes quickly to get to safety,” Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro’s president and CEO said in a statement on Friday, July 15. “The last thing anyone is thinking about in a situation like that is turning off lights, electronics and appliances. We hope our Wildfire Evacuee Assistance Program will provide some financial relief during this challenging time.”

BC Hydro is working with local authorities to identify residential and commercial customers located in evacuation areas and will apply an automatic credit to their account for the electricity consumed during the period they are out of their home due to evacuation order.

In addition to providing this credit, BC Hydro will work with customers who have been evacuated or placed on evacuation alert to defer bill payments, waive late payment charges and set-up a flexible payment plan. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1-800-BCHYDRO (1- 800-224-9376) for more information.

The wildfires have caused power outages to about 7,000 customers as well as significant damage to the BC Hydro’s system, including damage to 210 power poles, 93 cross-arms, 115 spans of wire and 33 transformers. About 100 BC Hydro crews, including crews from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, have been working around the clock to repair and replace equipment.

The communities hardest hit by power outages are Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. About 170 customers remain without power as of Friday morning. Access to some areas is still limited due fire activity and heavy smoke.