Bob Bean, Skeet Sirmons and Jim Bales make up the band Kitty Hawk Krash Bandby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” Just one month from the release of their first album, a three-man Wellington band hit a snag. The band consisting of Jim Bales, Skeet Sirmons and Bob Bean called itself â€œThree Way Stop.â€ Not bad. But there was a problem.â€œAnother band in New Jersey released an album with the same exact band name,” Bales sighed.So suddenly, â€œThree Way Stopâ€ wasnâ€™t such a great name for a band after all. Not wanting to be confused with another band, they decided to delay their CD release until they came up with a new name.“We even used an online race horse naming program,â€ Bales said. â€œAnd we still couldn’t come up with anything that we liked.â€Then one Sunday, Bales said, there was a documentary on TV about the Wright Brothers and Kitty Hawk.“We wanted something original,” Bales said. “We saw a piece on the Wright Brothers and Kitty Hawk, and how they kept crashing until they succeeded, and thought if a band fails, then get up and go again. Kitty Hawk Krash works pretty good for us.”Bales performs vocals, bass and acoustic guitar and harmonica; Sirmons performs vocals, lead guitar and banjo; Bean sings vocals and plays guitar, and all are from Wellington.“We have all played music for years,” Bales said of his band members.Bales has been a musician since the 1970’s, and has been in a few rock groups. In the early 1980’s, Bales was a member of Magnum, which opened for Pat Travers in the early 1980’s.The Groove Gypsies, a band from Ark City, was another group that Bales was once a member of.“We opened for the Moon Dance Jam in Minnesota,” Bales said.He said that Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, and Rick Springfield, among others, were featured bands of the festival.“It was kinda cool to play on the same stage as them,” Bales said.Sirmons has also been a musician for awhile and been a member of other bands.“I played with Skeet in the band Back Roads in Wichita,” Bales said. “Then we got together with Bob. Our personalities matched, and we started playing together.”Last summer, Kitty Hawk Krash released their first album “Don’t Look Away.” Their Americana style of music includes 11 originally written tracks on their CD. All were group written while sitting around a table, except for three individually written ones. “‘Those Words” was written by Sirmons, “Low Down” was written by Bean, and “Quiet Times” was written by Bales, and features Shelby McNamara, of Wellington, playing the flute.The group has also done remakes from old gospel to Beatles, Rolling Stones, George Jones, Elvis, and Bob Dylan, and has been together for about three years.“We’re an eclectic mix of music,” Bales said. “We wanted to do some music that people were familiar with.”The group performs lives once or twice a month at bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and also books private parties. Many of you have seen their act at Barefoot Jerryâ€™s in Wellington.“We’re not a dance band, we’re a sit and listen band,” Bales said. “It’s a good outlet for our creativity.”Check out the band’s Facebook page, Kitty Hawk Krash, their website, www.kittyhawkkrash.com. You can order a downloadable CD on iTunes, CDBaby or Amazon.Follow us on Twitter. 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Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, July 12, 2016â€¢3:35 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and confined on two Sumner County bench warrants for probation violations.â€¢3:35 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and charged with interference with law enforcement officers.â€¢9:48 a.m. Officers took a report of a public accident in the 400 block E. Harvey, Wellington.â€¢10 a.m. Officers took a report of found credit card in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.â€¢2 p.m. Letha I. Saunders, 88, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢4:50 p.m. Felicia D. Tidwell, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 47 mph in a 30 mph zone.â€¢8:35 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary and violation of protection order of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 7th Wellington.â€¢9:24 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of services in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.â€¢9:58 p.m. Christopher A. Asbury, 22, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sedgwick County Warrant for criminal possession of a firearm.â€¢10:07 p.m. Gavin R. Cairns, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and defective tag light.â€¢10:23 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and theft in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.â€¢11:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1700 block N. A, Wellington.
“Then there’s a major peak at the end of June… when people make their family decisions based on school years“June has always been the time where we receive the most notices, and July is the hardest month to rent in. But demand always rises very strong from about the 15th of Augsut to the 15th of October,” said Powell.According to CMHC, Fort St. John saw about nine more units available for rent in the city year over year, with 1,659 units up for rent, from 1,650 the year prior.Powell estimates there are roughly another 150-plus rental units expected to enter the market in the coming months.The new units will most certainly increase the vacancy rate, but for how long remains to be seen, she said.“The absorption time for 150 units in a community this size typically would take six to eight months, but it really depends. Everything right now is price sensitive,” she said.Advertisement Vacancy rates are up but so are rent prices in Fort St. John, according to new statistics released today.In its spring Rental Market Report, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation pegged apartment vacancy rates in the city for April 2015 at four per cent, up from just 1.5 per cent a year ago.Fort St. John ranks among the most expensive markets in the province, second only to Vancouver in nearly every category measured, and on par with the provincial average.- Advertisement -CMHC pegs the average rent for a two-bedroom unit in Fort St. John at $1,111, with Vancouver just slightly higher at $1,345. The average rent for a one-bedroom unit was pegged at $879, with bachelor suites reported at $751. The price for a three-bedroom-plus unit were at about $1,155, about a $20 bill cheaper than rents reported in Dawson Creek and Kelowna.According to the report, cities across the province that reported a jump in vacancy rates year over year were mostly in areas affected by a decline in resource prices and economic activity.That certainly appears true for the Li-Car Management Group, where owner Lita Powell says the company has seen an year over year increase in the number of units it has available for rent. The company, as with others, have had to adjust to a market correction of sky high oil prices, she said.Advertisement Powell says low vacancy rates are not healthy for landlords as they can’t refurbish their units for prospective tenants.And, with vacancy rates expected to continue to climb, Powell says landlords must have a “social conscience” with tenants in a position of having more selection in the market, noting that it is still difficult for the working poor in the region to meet regional housing prices on minimum wage, or even $15 an hour.“Landlords need to reassess what they need to have for rent opposed to what they want to have for rent,” she said. In April 2014, Li-Car did not have any units for rent, according to Powell, compared to five units it had on the market in April of this year.“Now is a much different story. Now we have in excess of 25,” Powell said, noting that units range from bachelor suites to four bedroom homes.Still, rental demand in Fort St. John has always been seasonal, she notes.“We always see peak notices come in at the end of March, prior to break up, that’s the one little bit of peak,” she said.Advertisement “People aren’t making the money they were, or if they are, they’re being a lot more cautious with it.”Highest vacancy rates reported in Dawson CreekOverall, apartment vacancy rates declined in the province to 1.8 per cent this spring, down from 2.4 per cent last year.Meanwhile, Dawson Creek reported the highest vacancy rates in the province at 8.9 per cent, up from 8 per cent last year. Monthly rents average there for $941, with rents for a bachelor suite around $690, and a two-bedroom around $1,084.The lowest vacancy rates were reported in Parksville at just one per cent. The lowest rents were found in Quesnel, at an average of $610.Advertisement