Tuesday, June 9, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“Within the next couple years here I think they’ve got a really good chance to go all the way."
- Rick Rypien  
- on his new contract with   
the Vancouver Canucks   


Warm weather's return to the Crowsnest Pass has brought green hillsides, leafy trees, singing birds, and a recent rash of vandalism that is truly in poor taste –– and poor smell.
Blairmore was hit by two particularly visible acts of vandalism as May came to a close, the first overnight on Friday, May 29, the second overnight from the following Saturday, May 30. The vandals, possibly the same group in each case according to the RCMP, caused significant damage.
The first incident took place at the school bus parking area near the river in Blairmore. Police received a 911 call at 2:30 a.m. advising that a small group of people were damaging the busses. Police responded immediately, but the individuals were gone, leaving a great mess behind them.
All of the busses in the lot had been damaged, with their windows broken and their fire extinguishers set off inside. Someone had even defecated within one of the school busses.
The next night, vandals struck the community pool. At an unknown time overnight, a group of people climbed over the fence and threw chairs, benches, and a pump into the main pool. The pool covers were slightly damaged. The vandals also pushed two barbecues into the smaller diving pool. No damage was found to the building itself, or to the fence.
The RCMP says it has identified potential suspects in both cases, thanks to tips from the public. Sergeant Scott Howard says that the matter is under investigation.
Flumerfelt Park in Coleman has also been the target of numerous vandal activities this spring. The picnic tables within the covered shelter were heavily damaged, says Community Services Director Cam Mertz, and the vandals attempted to set the tables on fire. All of the electrical outlets on the shelter's walls were smashed as well, some with scorch marks around them where more attempts at fire were made.
As a result, the picnic tables have been removed and there will be no more public access to electricity at the shelter. The outlets will be removed, said Mertz, and access to electricity through a panel will only be granted during special events.
The bathrooms at Flumerfelt have been repeatedly damaged. At one point someone smeared feces all over the walls inside, and at another point someone urinated on all of the toilet paper. Mertz says that the bathrooms are damaged on a daily basis.
"It's just stupid, petty damage," he says, "and it's been happening more and more regularly now. It's definitely affecting the aesthetics and functionality of the park. We're constantly painting over vandalism."
Mertz says that no one involved with the park is giving up. The municipality and other groups have been looking into the possibility of installing security cameras at Flumerfelt, along with timed door locks for the bathrooms that would lock themselves automatically overnight.
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