Sandspit Chamber wants to give away fish sculpture

  • Jan. 12, 2007 10:00 a.m.

The Sandspit Chamber of Commerce can’t afford to pay the insurance on the coho sculpture at the airport any longer and has appealed to Moresby Island Management Committee to take over the responsibility. President of the Chamber Carol Wagner presented two options to the committee on Jan. 10: the chamber could donate the sculpture to the airport or to the community. She’d like to see the sculpture donated to the community and then moved to the harbour, which would eliminate the need for paying insurance. The $80,000 sculpture was designed so it could be moved, she said. If donated to the airport, she worries that as the work of art deteriorates over the years the airport may just “bulldoze it.” Committee member Duane Gould said he liked the sculpture where it was and thought it was well-visited by people waiting for flights at the airport. Ms Wagner said most people who go to the airport also pass the harbour, which is getting more and more popular. She suggested people on buses could persuade the driver to stop at the Coho. She says the idea from the start was that the sculpture belong to the community. The chamber, which is down to two members, can not fundraise for it, as they are not a society. In other news about the Coho, one committee member asked if Lon Sharp, the artist who created the copper and cedar sculpture, was ever paid in full. Ms Wagner said not yet, but she is planning to make the last payment herself as a loan to the Chamber. Regional district director Travis Glasman said he thought the sculpture should go to the community and MIMC could decide later whether it should be moved. He also said he would check to see if the sculpture is or can be covered by the Regional District’s existing insurance policy. The committee passed a motion requesting the chamber donate the sculpture to the community.

Just Posted

Steve Nash Youth Basketball wraps up in Massett

RCMP coordinated the 12-week program for children between the ages of eight and 10

Smithers man receives two-year sentence for fatal car crash

Over a year after a fatal crash, a Smithers man has been sentenced to two years plus a day in jail.

Backyard burning still prohibited on Haida Gwaii, fire chief warns

Village of Queen Charlotte fire chief Larry Duke is reminding the public… Continue reading

COLUMN: The removal of the Pigeon Guillemot ‘colony’

Birds lost their place after the removal of the old wharf at Shingle Bay in Sandspit

A week of Haida Gwaii in photos

A snapshot of Haida Gwaii community briefs: From Skidegate Co-op construction to welcoming wildlife

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

B.C. Interior First Nation family ‘heartbroken’ over loss of young mom

RCMP have released no new information since the June 8, 2019 homicide

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Most Read