Rodeo-ing NHL goaltender Carey Price at the 2011 Ashcroft Stampede.

Rodeo-ing NHL goaltender Carey Price at the 2011 Ashcroft Stampede.

2014 Year in Review: February

Cache Creek's AED comes in handy, Olympic goalie Carey Price celebrated.

  • Dec. 24, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Hometown hero cheered on

The City of Williams Lake congratulates its hometown hero, Carey Price and the men’s hockey team on their gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Price, who was raised in Anahim Lake and played minor hockey in Williams Lake, was the olympic team’s goaltender.

A large poster honouring Price is now up at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Hearts and Angels

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the Cache Creek Community Hall came into use after Seniors Fit Class member Nick Lebedoff had a heart attack during a class on Feb. 14.

Lebedoff “came to the Valentine’s ‘Olympic Games Day’ with his Team Canada t-shirt, ready to move and have fun,” said Coach Vicky Trill.

“He and his four team members began on the ‘luge’ (little floor scooters with wheels) where they scooted through the course mimicking the luge. Moments later, he was face down on the floor, not breathing.”

One member initiated CPR while another phoned 911. Another retrieved the AED in the hall and others used it to revive him. After surgery to repair the damage, Lebedoff returned home and is still alive and active.

The Rotary Club donated AEDs to the villages of Cache Creek and Ashcroft in 2008 to be put in their public facilities.

Teachers’ strike

“Unreasonable proposals” from the province’s negotiating team include wage increases lower than what other public sector unions have received, and a continued refusal to put class size and special needs support limits back into the contract, Iker told a news conference in Vancouver.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender said wage negotiations “have to start somewhere” and after a year of bargaining, the BCTF has yet to present a wage demand. He declined to provide specifics of the government offer, but said classroom conditions are on the negotiating table.

Iker confirmed the union has not yet made a wage proposal, after a year of negotiations to replace a contract that expired in June 2013. The union described the government’s offer as a 0.5 per cent increase on ratification, not retroactive to the past year, making three years with no increase.