Since 2010 it's been law in B.C. that all snowmobiles must be registered, and licences and insurance are required to drive on highways, cross highways or drive in parking lots.
To enforce the law, the Whistler and Pemberton RCMP, Conservation Officer Service, BC Parks and operations employees from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources will be conducting snowmobile patrols in Sea to Sky. Officers will be checking registrations and enforcing other acts as well, including the Liquor Control and Licensing Act, the Park Act and the Forest and Range Practices Act. They will also be ensuring that backcountry users are familiar with areas where motorized recreation is prohibited during the winter months.
Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair said members have been conducting patrols already using two snowmobiles obtained by the detachment last winter.
Pellet gun triggers lock down
A 23-year-old Squamish male who brought a pellet gun to the Squamish skatepark triggered a police response including orders for people to remain inside Howe Sound Secondary and the use of a dog team.
According to the Squamish RCMP it received a report of a man walking on Buckley Avenue with what appeared to be a rifle on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. The RCMP attended the area, where they found the suspect and a pellet gun that was wrapped in a jacket and left in nearby bushes.
The police determined there was no public threat and the male is not facing any charges, but the RCMP issued a statement that if a person appears to be carrying a firearm in public it will result in an immediate and serious response. Those owning and using air guns, or facsimiles of firearms, are warned to be extra cautious and aware of the potential consequences if their possession or activities cause attention and concern with others.
While the police dealt with the gun's owner, officers also visited nearby by Howe Sound Secondary School where evening activities were taking place, and advised that no one was to leave the building until the issue could be resolved.
Man turns self in on assault charge
At 11:30 p.m. on the night of Feb. 25 the police were dispatched to a fight in the Whistler Cay subdivision. Before the police arrived one of the men had left the scene.
According to the alleged victim, he was returning home with his girlfriend, his attacker's ex-girlfriend, when they were seen by her ex-boyfriend, who became angry and attacked the male.
A 25-year-old Whistler male, later turned himself into the detachment and is facing charges of assault.