Dave Canipe, 62, said he’s “alive and kicking” after suffering his third heart attack while driving outside Fort Collins, Colo., on Jan. 21. Canipe, a retired professional golfer, had just finished on the driving range at the Collindale Golf Course and was driving his car when the heart attack occurred. The car crossed the median and a lane of oncoming traffic and obliterated a bus stop before catching on fire. Passersby used snow to squelch the flames. Canipe said rescuers broke six of his ribs giving him CPR. Canipe was in Colorado with wife Bev Jones visiting Bev’s daughter Ashley Adler and granddaughter Emily.
Lilly Elizabeth Cavellier was born to parents Lisa Stearns and Patrick Cavellier on Jan. 26 at 3:38 a.m. She was 6 lbs. and 3 oz., and measured 18.5 inches. Patrick delivered Lilly in the couples’ dry cabin in Talkeetna because Lisa didn’t know she was pregnant. “What I thought was a stomach ache was her coming out,” Lisa said. Patrick called 911 and the dispatcher talked him through the delivery process before paramedics arrived and took Lisa to the Talkeetna airport, where she was medevaced to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Grandparents are LJ and Elizabeth Stearns of Haines and Ken and Peggy Cavellier of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lois Wickward is back in town after spending more than six months in Seattle for multiple medical problems. A stroke sent Wickward to Seattle in June, and in the following months she had three stints placed in her heart, received radiation therapy for breast cancer, and had a single mastectomy. Two weeks ago, she had another stroke. While in Seattle receiving treatment she and husband Scott stayed with son Clifford Wickward. She was visited by friends Doug Olerud and Kathy Eggen of Sitka. Despite the medical issues, Lois said this week she is feeling good. She will be heading back down south in six months.
About 100 people showed up for the Chilkat Snowburners’ Poker Run on Sunday, said organizer Chris Brooks. Racers went in on either a $20, $10 or $5 hand and rode their machines around a 3-4 mile course near 25 Mile Haines Highway, randomly selecting a card at the start, finish and three checkpoints in between. Ron Martin won the $20 hand with a full house and took home nearly $300. Gary Hess won both the $20 and $10 hands. Lowell Narum prepared hamburgers and hot dogs, and Jack Smith Sr. brought ribs.
A contingent of Haines hockey players traveled to Haines Junction, Y.T. last weekend for the Haines Junction Old Timers’ Tournament. Greg Schlachter, Daymond Hoffman, Paul Nicastro, Ryan Salmon, Reilly Kosinski and Paul Wheeler teamed up with four players from Anchorage – including former Haines resident Skoey Vergen – and one player from Haines Junction. Six teams participated in the tournament, and the Haines team played four games between Friday and Sunday. Schlachter said even though they lost every game, it was still a fun time.
A Haines Merchants team featuring Jesse McGraw and Andrew Friske made it to the championship round in the Men’s 37 Division of the 10th annual Mount Edgecumbe Invitational Jan. 16 at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. Twenty-four teams in four divisions played 36 games. The Merchants fell to Metlakatla in the final, 113-111. High scorers for the Merchants in the final game were Randy Nutting, 31, McGraw, 25 and Friske, 20. Haines High grad David Buss also played in the tournament.
Haines Presbyterian Church pastor Ron Horn, wife Jacque Horn, associate pastor Crystal Badgley and husband Al Badgley recently attended the 2016 Eco Synod National Gathering at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, Calif. Around 1,000 people from around the country attended the conference, which included speakers, breakout sessions and a business meeting. The Presbytery of Alaska was established because combining the Pacific Northwest and Alaska was growing too large. Prior to attending the conference on Jan. 26, Al and Crystal spent the weekend visiting Al’s nephew Greg Williams in Pasadena, Calif.
Sid Moffat and Katie Craney traveled to Dahlonega, Ga., to guide a retreat for WomenTours, a cycling tour company. After the retreat, Katie met up with husband Dustin Craney in San Diego, Calif., to visit his parents. While in California, she also attended the opening reception of the “Smaller Footprints: Artists Examine Global Warming” exhibit at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, where two of her paintings are featured. The exhibit is on display through March 27. Dustin is flying home next week, and Katie is off to guide more bike tours in Death Valley and Tucson, Ariz.
Shane Horton is looking for locals interested in beekeeping. Shane has processing equipment and bee hives to share. Orders need to be put in for the bees soon, so call him at 314-0943.
Joe Parnell is road-tripping around the United States, and recently stopped in Moab, Utah, where he attended a lecture and book signing by Christa Sadler. Sadler worked for one winter at the Chilkat Valley News and guided out of Haines. Her book is “Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic in the American Southwest.” While in Moab, Parnell also went hiking in Arches National Park with former Haines residents Aurita Maldonado and John Binger.