Tag: Prince George

Mike’s top five tips for floaters


If you’re contemplating a float down the Nechako this weekend, here are Mike’s top five tips for floaters…

#5. Though not necessary, it’s nice to have your Pleasure Craft Operator card mounted somewhere in the wheel house.

#4. Be sure to get off BEFORE Quesnel.

#3. If you encounter a 19 foot sturgeon, look over at the others and say “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

#2. Keep in mind, if you hit an iceberg and find yourself looking into the eyes of Kate Winslet. She will let go (I saw the movie).

#1. Remember when buying a floatation device you should be looking for something that is more “water proof” than “water resistant”.

#1a. Remember to bring a stash of O’Henry bars with you. Nothing says floater like an unwrapped O’Henry!

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Happy Birthday CKPG!

CKPG radio signed on the air in Prince George at 5:00 pm, February 8, 1946. I wasn’t around back then, but I did show up a few years later – 1986 (with Doug Jones).

Mike Benny - Doug Jones - CKPG
Mike Benny and Doug Jones – CKPG Radio circa 1987

From the history books…

… from radiowest.ca
“In 1946, CKPG Prince George signed on at 5:00 p.m., with 250 watts on graveyard frequency 1230 KHz. A license had been issued to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke in November 1944. Tiny had been General Manager of CKWX Vancouver since 1942, previously managing CFAC Calgary, CJCA Edmonton and CKRC Winnipeg. CKPG moved to its long time home of 550 KHz about a year after sign-on…”

Cecil and Jack - CKPG
Cecil Elphicke with station PD Jack Carbutt – CKPG

… from the UNBC archives
“In November 1944, the Canadian Department of Transport granted a license to operate a radio station to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke of CKPG Radio Limited. Land was purchased in May 1945 for the transmitter site near the Hudson Bay Slough in Prince George. Construction of the transmitter began in August, and Radio Station CKPG Limited was incorporated and capitalized at $25,000 (2500 shares at 10.00 per share). CKPG signed on the air on at 5:00 p.m. on 8 February 1946, operating on 1230 kHz.”

… from BCRadioHistory
“CKPG studios were in Ritz-Kiefer Hall on George Street and the 250-watt transmitter was at South Fort George. Radio Station CKPG Ltd. was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate.”

… from BroadcastingHistory.ca
“The PG in the call letters represented Prince George. CKPG was owned by Radio Station CKPG Ltd. The original staff of three consisted of Cecil Elphicke (Managing Director), Ray Tate (Engineer) and Jack Carbutt (announcer). Mayor Jack Nicholson said at the time, “CKPG will make us better and closer neighbours”.”

I spent 13 years on the air with 550 CKPG before moving to 101.3 HITS FM (CKKN-FM) in 1999.  CKPG Radio eventually morphed into 99.3 The Drive (CKDV-FM), but the call letters are still alive with our TV station, websites, business name and all of our email addresses – @ckpg.com.

On March 1, 1981 Radio Station CKPG Ltd. opened Prince George’s first FM radio station, CIOI-FM “Country 101”. In 1995 the calls were changed to CKKN-FM “Kickin Country”, in 1999 CKKN-FM became HITS-FM and then in 2006 it became 101.3 The River.

Hits-FM becomes The River – January 2006

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The caterpillars are here! Cool things about caterpillars.

Tent caterpillar image from Wikipedia
Tent caterpillar image from Wikipedia

Cool things about Tent Caterpillars…

  • Their super cool science name is “Malacosoma”.
  • They build “tents” in trees wherever there is morning sun.
  • The tent is made of layers of silk.
  • Hundreds of caterpillars will live in a tent.
  • Their body temperature must be at least 15 C for their digestive system to work, so they stay in the tent to warm up before beginning their day.
  • On a sunny day the temperature in the tent can get too hot and they will leave the tent and rest in shady areas.
  • After eating they always return to the same tent.
  • They leave a pheromone trail wherever they go, so they can follow the trail back to the tent.
  • If they find a good source of food, they will return to the tent to tell the others.
  • They poop out about half of the mass they ingest. When they poop it sounds like falling rain in a forest.
  • They eat for 6-8 weeks (complete their cycle), do the cocoon thing for two weeks, then become moths, mate, lay eggs (their eggs can withstand mid-winter temps of -40 C) and the cycle starts again in the spring.
  • They have boom bust population cycles, with peaks every ten years.

Note: In most cases eating the leaves does not kill the tree. (Wikipedia: Defoliated trees typically refoliate after caterpillar attacks and experience no lasting damage. In some cases, however, trees or parts of trees may be killed after several seasons of repeated defoliation).

Note: They have no natural enemies (they don’t taste good).

Note: There is no spray or treatment that is effective at controlling large populations, however protecting single trees might be possible… (Wikipedia: One effective way to remove them is to place a bucket 1/4 filled with water near the infected tree; the tent caterpillars will be attracted to the bucket and drown. An effective deterrent is to ring the trunk of a tree with a sticky substance, such as tar, axle grease, or Vaseline).

Well, nothing to do but laugh about it! Here are my top five caterpillar jokes!

What does a caterpillar do first thing in the morning? Poop.
What does a caterpillar do on New Years Day? Turns over a new leaf!
What comes out of a caterpillar volcano? Larvae.
What’s green and dangerous? A caterpillar with a machine gun!
What is a caterpillar’s favourite hockey team? San Jose Sharks! (just kidding…Leafs!)

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Spring in January in Prince George

Slushy street
Van drives through slushy street – CKPG.COM

Boys was it ever windy yesterday. I stepped outside and got a whiff of second hand smoke from a guy in Vanderhoof.  It sure was warm too… yesterday we hit +8 C (normal temp is a high of -4 low of -12) and huge puddles everywhere. It’s like spring in January…

Top five other things about spring in January in Prince George.

#5. Knowing it’s not going to last.

#4. Getting to make up super cool words like “Chinookocolypse”.

#3. That seriously confused Daddy Long Legs on outside wall of the garage.

#2. Being unable to determine the depth of a pothole when it’s full of water.

#1. Can’t decide whether to take skates or a kayak to the ice oval.

Mike’s top five other signs we’re almost half way thru winter.

#5. Talk about snow removal is now at the sensitivity level of a root canal.

#4. Everyone you know on Facebook is in Hawaii or Mexico – or they’re just getting back.

#3. Nobody at works says “good morning” anymore… everyone just mutters something about the roads and sits down (faint aroma of driveway salt and Absorbine Junior).

#2. Thanks to two ice ruts, eleven inches deep – your drive to work is now hands-free.

#1. Just broke your last remaining New Years resolution (after three re-starts).

Image from CKPG News story…

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