Editorial: Les Watmough

We would all be fortunate to carry even a little of Mr. Watmough's philosophy with us in the coming years

“I am not a member of any lobby group local or otherwise. The only group I have ever represented are the citizens and ratepayers of Thornhill. I have represented them and their interests for 25 years, and it has been an honour to have done that.”

And with those words written in 2011, Les Watmough, who died Oct. 27 at the age of 83, embarked, albeit it unsuccessfully, on what would be his last electoral campaign to represent Thornhill on the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District board.

Equal parts cranky, stubborn, irreverent and witty, Mr. Watmough had little time for either slick talking locals or those from the outside with grand ideas for the area.

That’s because Mr. Watmough was absolutely grounded in the philosophy that it is the rural areas which contain the innumerable resources that have – and can again – benefit the region’s residents if properly managed and developed.

And woe betide anyone who failed to afford rural residents the respect Mr. Watmough felt was due them because of this and who failed to understand the role and place Mr. Watmough felt the regional district should play in resource development.

We would all be fortunate to carry even a little of Mr. Watmough’s philosophy forward in the coming months and years as the northwest embarks upon massive changes.

He’d expect nothing less.


Just Posted

Terrace’s first licensed marijuana store opens

KJ’s Best Cannabis will sell cannabis, pre-rolled joints and oils for customers

First rugby pitch in northern B.C. opens in Terrace

The Northmen Rugby Club held the ribbon-cutting celebration

B.C. Maxim Cover Girl semi-finalist victorious despite second-place finish

Brandi Hansen says her main goal was to spread an empowering message to others

Music that celebrates the Skeena landscape premieres in Terrace

“Skeena Suite” was dedicated to and conducted by retiring music teacher Geoff Parr

ValhallaFest readies for second annual weekend event

Number of festival-goers expected to double

VIDEO: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to be re-released with new footage

‘Avatar’ holds global box office record at $2.788 billion, while ‘Endgame’ stands at $2.743 billion…

Elias Pettersson wins Calder Trophy as NHL’s top rookie

Vancouver forward first Canuck to win award since Pavel Bure in 1992

FVRD chair calls B.C. incineration plan for Philippines waste ‘disturbing’

Metro Vancouver ‘uniquely capable’ of safely disposing of waste coming back to Canada, say officials

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Shovels could be in the ground on Trans Mountain by September, CEO says

Ian Anderson points to weeks likely required for NEB to reinstate 2016 regulatory record

Scorpion gives birth after hitching ride in B.C. woman’s luggage

A Vancouver woman inadvertently brought the animal home from a trip to Cuba

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

30 years later: B.C. woman uses sidewalk chalk to reclaim site of her sexual assault

Vancouver woman didn’t think her powerful story, written in chalk, would ignite such support

Most Read