Ranchers and Weather

first_imgThe President of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association says prices for yearlings may jump by about 10% next month. However, given this summer’s weather in the American Midwest, Roland Bauman fears it could be a short term spike… [asset|aid=120|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Bauman-BC ranchers_1_Pub.mp3] He says the increases in feed prices could then more than offset any improvement in the yearling market.Meanwhile, ranchers and farmers in the Peace are again in need of moisture. Fort St. John received only 37% of its normal amount of precipitation in June and has recorded only about 22% of the July average.June and July are normally the area’s highest months for precipitation averaging a combined total of 155 mm from 1971 to 2000.- Advertisement -However, this year the total is less than 45mm, with only 11 days left in July and no precipitation forecast for the first 5 days of that period.last_img read more

Update: Major Power outage in Fort St. John

first_imgPower has been restored after an outage caused 2,200 customers to lose power for about one hour.BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer says the outage was caused by a crow. He says the crow spread out its wings and touched two power lines. The power went through the crows body and caused a phase to phase fault. This resulted in the two wires burning and a power outage. ‘- Advertisement –  The area affected was South of the 246 Road, North of the 269 Road, West of 79th street and East of the 275 road.last_img read more

Tourney to aid crime victim

first_imgPALMDALE – A senseless stabbing during a robbery blamed on a recently paroled murderer left longtime Desert Aire Golf Course employee Al Lupien paralyzed from the waist down. Now co-workers are organizing a benefit golf tournament to raise money to help his family through the coming tough times. “It’s just shocking for us all here,” said Desert Aire operator Chris McEnaney. “Al is such a good guy … Everybody’s friend.” Lupien, married with grown children, was attacked about 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 as he was coming out of an Avenue K doughnut shop about a mile from his home. Hix has been charged with stabbing a man in August outside a McDonald’s restaurant across the street from where Lupien was stabbed a month later. Hix, who lived nearby with family, has a criminal record dating back to when he was a juvenile, state prison records show. After serving time in the California Youth Authority, he was sent to adult prison at age 19 for an assault conviction in Pasadena, then was in and out of prison on parole violations until his arrest at age 21 in the 1994 Lancaster stabbing. The 1994 stabbing occurred during an argument about a door left open, deputies said at the time. Hix was then using the name Kent McKean. In the McDonald’s attack, the victim was stabbed in the neck with a pen. He has since recovered. Detective Kevin Turrill said that victim wasn’t robbed and the motivation behind that attack isn’t known. In both recent cases, Turrill said, the stabbings were unprovoked. Turrill said his investigation linked Hix to Lupien’s stabbing, and he looked into the earlier stabbing because of its proximity. “I linked him to both the cases,” Turrill said. “I did get several phone calls off the sketch. Several citizens gave me some leads.” Charged with robbery and two counts of attempted murder, Hix is jailed in lieu of $950,000 bail. “It is good to know he’s off the street,” McEnaney said. Lupien, a Desert Aire starter who has tried out for the Senior PGA tour several times in recent years, has not given up on golf, McEnaney said. His wife, Kathy, a pharmacy assistant, had wanted to return some golf balls he had recently bought. “He said, ‘Don’t return them. I’m going to play again,”‘ McEnaney said. Co-workers hope to raise $10,000 at the benefit golf tournament, which will replace the course’s annual Toys for Tots benefit. The tournament will be on Nov. 13 at Desert Aire, which is on Avenue P at 40th Street East. The entry fee is $75 if paid by Nov. 7, and $85 afterward. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, the use of a cart, lunch and prizes. Check-in is at 7 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 8 a.m. The tournament will be played in a four-person scramble format. Organizers are still looking for businesses or individuals as sponsors. Entry forms are available at Desert Aire or at Vista Golf, 43517 13th St. W., Lancaster. For information, call the golf course at (661) 538-0370. IF YOU GO: A benefit golf tournament to aid paralyzed crime victim Al Lupien will be held at 8 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Desert Aire Golf Course, 3620 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. The entry fee is $75 if paid by Nov. 7, and $85 afterward. Entry forms are available at Desert Aire or at Vista Golf, 43517 13th St. W., Lancaster. Information: (661) 538-0370. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The assailant greeted him, then attacked without warning and stabbed him in the back, deputies said. As Lupien lay bleeding in the parking lot, the assailant took about $35 from his pockets and ran off. The knife blade remains embedded in Lupien’s back because it is too dangerous to remove, co-workers said. He is still hospitalized. “It’s just a sad, sad story. It’s something that seems to be happening more and more out here with the growth,” said Paul Do Canto, who works at the Lancaster golf shop, Vista Golf, that McEnaney also owns. “He was one of the customer favorites out here. He played with quite a few of the regular clientele at Desert Aire.” Ex-convict Joseph Hix, 32, of Lancaster was arrested eight days after the robbery after a sheriff’s detective released to the news media a composite drawing of the short, goateed man who stabbed and robbed Lupien. Hix, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 210 pounds, was paroled in February after serving a nine-year second-degree murder sentence for stabbing a man with whom he was living in Lancaster in 1994. last_img read more