This photo, looking east over the South Thompson River, was taken at 8:15 p.m.

This photo, looking in the same direction, was taken Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

We may have had the smokiest day of our summer on Tuesday. After a beautiful Sunday, we woke up to heavy smoke on Monday. But Tuesday morning, it was even worse; there were times when ash was falling from the sky.

But then, about 7:30 p.m., a lot of the smoke moved east and, yes, there was blue sky above us, at least for a while. As darkness closed in, it appeared that more smoke was drifting back into our area.

As we go to bed, we wonder what awaits us.

One thing is for certain, though . . . this fire situation isn’t going to end anytime soon. It is impossible to put it into a time frame, but it’s not going to be over in a week or two, or even three.

In the meantime, if you haven’t seen Lorrie Jane Arnott’s video of the Kamloops boat owner and his fiancee who helped put out a fire on Shuswap Road, a few kilometres west of where we live, on Sunday afternoon, it’s right here.

If you’re wondering, that’s a 1987 Eliminator Scorpion jet boat that pushes more than 900 horses.


F Jozef Balej (Portland, 1999-2002) has signed a one-year contract with Medveščak Zagreb (Croatia, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, with Red Ice Martigny (Switzerland, NL B), he had 22 goals and 22 assists in 43 games. . . .

F Johannes Salmonsson (Spokane, 2005-06) has signed a one-year contract with the Iserlohn Roosters (Germany DEL). Last season, with Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks) (Germany, DEL), he had five goals and eight assists in 45 games.

In appeal, WHL again claims 1/3 of teams lost $ in 2013-14.
But again fails to say the financial records of many teams are not audited.

— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) August 1, 2017

If you’re wondering what’s happening with the minimum-wage seeking class-action lawsuit that the CHL and its three members — the OHL, QMJHL and WHL — are facing, well, let’s just say it’s a time of appeals. . . . Rick Westhead of TSN reports that the OHL and WHL have filed appeals asking that the certification order granted earlier be set aside. Meanwhile, the plaintiffs, according to Westhead, “have filed appeals in a bid to have eight U.S.-based teams folded back into the lawsuits.” . . . The OHL filed its appeal on June 13; the WHL filed on July 17. . . . “The appeal regarding the OHL is scheduled to be discussed at a hearing in Toronto on Sept. 21,” Westhead reports. “A hearing date has not yet been set for the Alberta appeal. Another lawsuit has been filed against the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in Montreal over the minimum-wage issue. In that case, a judge has not yet decided whether to approve the case as a class action.” . . . Westhead’s story is right here.

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Source says Henri Jokiharju will likely miss the rest of the World Junior Summer Showcase for Finland with a knee injury. #Blackhawks #WJSS

— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) July 31, 2017

It seems that D Henri Jokiharju of the Portland Winterhawks may not play again this week in Plymouth, Mich. Jokiharju suffered an injury to his left leg during a game at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich., on Sunday. . . . Jokiharju, playing for Team Finland, was injured in the first period of a 4-1 loss to USA Blue. He was backed into the end boards when he was checked by F Tim Getting, whose right knee made contact with Jokiharju’s left knee or inner thigh area. . . . Jokiharju left the game and didn’t return. . . . An MRI on Tuesday apparently didn’t reveal any significant damage. . . . Mike Johnston, the Winterhawks’ general manager and head coach, told Taking Note on Tuesday that he is “waiting to get a report from the doctors.” . . . Last season, as a WHL freshman, Jokiharju had nine goals and 39 assists in 71 games. . . . Jokiharju was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Jokiharju is the second first-round pick to suffer an injury at the WJSS. Swedish F Elias Pettersson, taken fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks, apparently aggravated a previous injury during a game on Sunday. . . . Pettersson isn’t believed to have been seriously injured and is expected to play today (Wednesday). . . . Rob Williams, the sports editor of out of Vancouver, takes a look at the Pettersson situation and wonders if it’s necessary to be playing hockey in July. His piece — make sure to read the last five or six paragraphs — is right here.

The selection camp for Team Canada’s U-18 summer team ended in Calgary on Tuesday, with 22 players selected for the roster that will play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. That tournament runs Aug. 7-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. . . . The roster features six players from the WHL — F Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw Warriors), F Jackson Shepard (Kamloops Blazers), F Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), D Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs), D Caleb Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes) and D Jett Woo (Moose Jaw). . . . The team’s head coach is Brent Kisio of the Hurricanes. . . . Hockey Canada’s news release is right here; the roster is right here.

The Kamloops Blazers have acquired G Kyle Dumba, 19, from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. . . . Dumba, who is from Calgary, was 9-12-5, 4.05, .860 in 39 games over three seasons with the Hitmen, who picked him in the fourth round of the 2013 bantam draft. . . . Last season, Dumba was 7-9-3, 4.00, .860 in 28 appearances. . . . In Kamloops, he will battle with G Dylan Ferguson, 19, for the starting role, as two-year starter Connor Ingram, 20, is expected to play in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s organization. . . . Dumba is the younger brother of former WHL D Mathew Dumba, who now plays for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. . . . Earlier this summer, the Hitmen acquired G Nick Schneider, 20, from the Medicine Hat Tigers and he’ll be Calgary’s starter.

The Kootenay Ice has acquired D Jordan Henderson, 20, from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a conditional sixth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft. Henderson, who is from Vancouver, is preparing for his fourth WHL season. He played for three teams last season — the Spokane Chiefs, Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat — and finished with six goals and 21 assists in 61 games. In 26 games with the Tigers, he had five goals and 14 assists. . . . Spokane selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 bantam draft. . . . The Ice now have added two 20-year-old players during this off-season, the other being G Mario Petit. Others 20s on the Ice’s roster are D Troy Murray, F Austin Wellsby, F Colton Kroeker and D Kurtis Rutledge. . . . The Tigers, meanwhile, had 10 20-year-olds on their roster a few weeks ago. They now are down to G Michael Bullion, D Ty Schultz, D Brad Forrest, F Zach Fischer and F Mark Rassell. D Kristian Rubins also is on the roster, but would be a two-spotter as a 20-year-old import. . . . Earlier, the Tigers picked up G Jordan Hollett, 18, from the Regina Pats. If he is the starter, Bullion becomes expendable.

The Kootenay Ice has signed Swiss F Gilian Kohler, 17, who was the third overall selection in the CHL’s 2017 import draft. . . . The Ice now has signed both of its picks from that draft. It signed Slovakian D Martin Bodak, who played last season in Finland with Tappara’s U-20 team in the Jr. A SM-Liiga, last week. Bodak will turn 19 on Nov. 28. . . . Kohler, 17, is from Biel, Switzerland. He had eight goals and 42 assists in 43 games with Biel-Bienne’s U-20 team last season, finishing third in the Elite Jr. A league’s scoring race. . . . Kohler will play for Switzerland at the Ivan Hlnka Memorial Cup that starts next week.


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“Anyone who has played organized sport looks back on old team pictures and reminisces,” writes Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen. “Bob McKeown sees those old photos and weeps for the dead and the dying.

“McKeown, an award-winning reporter for the CBC’s Fifth Estate and a former Ottawa Rough Riders lineman, is beyond concerned for the CFL players of his era who are plagued with or have died from degenerative brain disease.

“I did a list from the five teams I played for,” says McKeown, a Rider from 1971-75. “I have come up with 15 guys I played with or are part of Ottawa football alumni who have either died from or are suffering from degenerative brain disease — Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s or CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).”

Scanlan’s complete story is right here.

Aaron from the CHL interviewing Hall of Fame inductee & Governor's Award recipient Ken Hodge for a Memorial Cup film #honored

— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) August 1, 2017

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