CHETWYND, B.C. – Twelve chainsaw-wielding artists have descended on the District of Chetwynd to take part in the 2016 Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition.The contest is one of the largest of its kind in the world, and this year features carvers from here in BC to as far away as Denmark. The carvers each have a total of 36 hours to transform an enormous red cedar log into an elaborate work of art, with the winner taking home a large cash prize. Reigning 2-year champion and Oregon native Chris Foltz will not be in the lineup this year, due to a last-minute work schedule conflict. The twelve carvers competing this year are:Jordan Anderson – Alaska, USA (placed 2nd in 2015)Jeff Samudosky – Connecticut, USA (placed 3rd in 2015)Joerg Jung – British Columbia, CanadaRyan Cook – British Columbia, CanadaRoderick Brown – British Columbia, CanadaPaul Frenette – Ontario, Canada Mark Colp – California, USAJason Emmons – Indiana, USAChad Danczyk – Wisconsin, USANiels Petersen – DenmarkTommy Craggs – Durham, UKMike Winia – Ontario, CanadaChetwynd Chamber of Commerce Manager Tonia Richter says that despite the recent downturn in the regional economy, the event managed to raise sufficient funding and sponsorship for the event, which was almost cancelled in 2015 due to lack of funding. This year’s event suffered a low blow last month, when several of the town’s carvings were vandalised, two beyond repair.- Advertisement -Richter says that despite the rain, attendance to the event has so far been fairly good, and organisers are looking forward to “off the wall detail” in the carvings this year. The carving competition runs Thursday through Saturday from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, and on Sunday from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM, when final judging of the pieces begins. The carvers will also participate in a quick carve from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, after which pieces will be auctioned off.
The milestone was reached weeks earlier than expected and sent shares of Apple up $4.94, or 3.8 percent, to $136.71. The stock regained some of the ground it lost after the price cut spooked investors as a sign of weak demand and slimmer margins. It took just 74 days for the combination cell phone-iPod to hit the 1 million mark, which Apple had said it would achieve by the end of September. By comparison, it took two years for the company to sell 1million iPods, Apple CEO Steve Jobs noted in a statement. Last week, Apple knocked $200 off the price of the 8-gigabyte iPhone, bringing its price to $399, and discontinued the 4-gigabyte version. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris declined to comment on whether the price cut helped spur sales. The price cut may have helped a bit, but Apple clearly was on track already to exceed its own expectations, analysts say. “I’d argue that sales have been fairly strong, and this alleviates concerns that sales were weak,” said Shaw Wu, analyst at American Technology Research. APPLE: Milestone arrives early and helps stock make up some losses tied to price cuts. By May Wong THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE – Apple Inc. sold its millionth iPhone over the weekend, days after it slashed the price by a third to spur sales. The swift price cut – not surprising in the cell phone industry but rare behavior for Apple – angered hundreds of early buyers who bought the touch-screen gadget for top dollar. In response to all the negative reaction, Jobs issued an apology the next day and offered customers $100 credits. Apple had said it was lowering the iPhone price to attract more customers, in time for the holiday season. The move, which many analysts had predicted, but not quite so quickly, adds pressure to Apple’s rivals. But it also was possibly part of a broader strategy for its entire product lineup. On the same day Apple slashed the iPhone price to $399, it unveiled a new iPod, also for $399. The iPod Touch is similar to the iPhone but without the cell phone capability. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!