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"Bush boys’ story stirs skeptics

Allen Best Special to the Daily

Concerned by his frailty, she asked if he needed money or a place to stay. He said not, but she was haunted by his appearance.

Some weeks later, according to a story in the Revelstoke Times Review, she traced the man and his brother to a tent pitched behind a store. The story that has come out about what the media calls the “Bush Boys” sounds unbelievable – and indeed, the local police don’t buy it.

The two brothers, Tom and Will Green, 23 and 16 respectively, said they had been reared “about an hour’s walk” north of Revelstoke by their parents. They were home-schooled, and had been to Revelstoke only six or seven times, but the family had a generator that supplied electricity, powering a computer and a television.

Somehow, they managed to watch videos, although their father went to Revelstoke only a few times each year.

What led their parents there? Tom Green said he wasn’t sure – maybe draft dodging from the U.S., maybe a crime, but more likely a desire for isolation. At some point, though, he read a book that convinced him to give up meat, eating only fruits and certain vegetables without roots. “My diet and my belief about not eating meat created more tensions with my parents, where at the end I had to leave,” he said. But in deference to their privacy, he said, he would not disclose their location.

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Because there is no record of their births, the task ahead is to get identification, for without it they cannot get further schooling or even get governmental assistance. As for the government, it’s skeptical. “I haven’t seen a shred of evidence that would lead me to believe what they’re saying is true,” said Cpl. Henry Proce.

Foresters say they’ve beaten beatles

CANMORE, Alberta – For the first time in history, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook, a mountain pine beetle outbreak has been controlled without the help of 40-below cold weather.

A recent survey in the Bow River Valley shows that a beetle epidemic that began in 1996 seems to have slowed, and perhaps ended. Provincial forest health biologists attributed the reduction to a large controlled burn. Foresters insist efforts to control beetles must continue, however.

Prevention of fires for 80 to 120 years combined with recent mild winters has made forests particularly vulnerable to pine beetles.

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