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Forget the A-Team. Whistler Mountain and the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks are working together on the B.C. E-Team. The E-Team is the Environment Youth Team, a component of the province-wide Youth Employment Initiative which encourages sponsors to employ and train Canadian youth. Whistler Mountain provides the six members of the E-Team with projects such as the newly developed bike park, hiking and ski trail maintenance and improvement. Whistler will train team members in fire suppression, first aid, the ski industry, the environment and silviculture. Artist Janet Young, whose work is featured at the Argovia Gallery in Town Plaza, has returned to Whistler. Young returned from Ontario, where she was studying, painting and getting reacquainted with her family, about a month ago. She is in town for the summer and may be heading back to Ontario for another winter in the fall. Only about 20 people turned out for an open house held by B.C. Hydro in Squamish Monday. The utility was showing its plans for release of water from the Daisy Lake Dam into the Cheakamus River. Hydro recently came under fire for years of diverting more water than its licence allows from Daisy Lake to the generating station at Cheekeye. The diversion has meant low water flows in the lower part of the Cheakamus River, which has contributed to reduced salmon stocks. Whistler RCMP constable Taro Tan was to compete in his first judo match at the Atlanta Olympics Thursday, after Pique went to press. Tan, who competes in the under 65 kilogram class, received a letter of encouragement from RCMP head office earlier this week. Still with Olympic athletes, Charmaine Crooks, who is vice president of corporate communications for Le Spa de Montagne which will open next year in the Mont Blanc building, will compete in the 800 metre event when track and field competition gets underway this weekend. Mountain bikers Alison Sydor of North Vancouver, Leslie Tomlinson of Vancouver, Andreas Hestler of Victoria and Warren Sallenbach of Surrey will be competing July 30 in Atlanta. They are all expected in Whistler Aug. 23 for the national mountain bike championships.

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