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Gory and McLean honoured as this year’s top Citizens Like father, like daughter! Dave Gory and Susan McLean were honoured by the Rotary Club and their communities as this year’s Citizens of the Year. Gory and McLean are often seen giving their time to numerous volunteer groups in Ashcroft and Cache Creek, and after the supper, the pair were at it again, volunteering their time at the Science World’s family night at the Ashcroft Elementary School. Pictured above, l-r: Sue Hong, Fay Haller, Mike Hong, Scott Saito, Dave Gory, Cathy Cwirko, Ron Hood and Susan McLean.

Amendments to an already existing bylaw that allows Cache Creek councillors to attend meetings through electronic means was brought up at the March 12 Council meeting and then sent back to the policy committee for further review after several members of the public showed up to challenge it. “You really haven’t improved things,� stated Dorothy Maksymiw after Mayor John Ranta explained the changes that would be made by the proposed amendments. “You’re making it worse. Now you can elect a council that never shows up to meetings.� Ranta explained that the amendments

would remove the current limit that only two councillors could attend electronically at the same meeting, and would essentially allow a special meeting of council to be initiated and take place via electronics. “I can see it happening in an emergency, but not all the time,� said Joy Murrell. “I expect people who run for Council to be dedicated to the job, meaning they’re going to sit in those chairs,� said Ron Fisher. “None of this Skyping stuff.� Barb Shaw suggested that if they had to Skype, that the Village get a large moniter for the public to view so they could see the councillor’s face.

Don’t try this at home! Brian Anderson and Kristin Lee played to a full house last Thursday as the Ashcroft Elementary School gym was packed lwith excited children who came to see the Science World show. Anderson and Lee used household equipment to demonstrate different aspects of science, much to everyone’s delight.

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Pocket dialling Have you retired from working for School District #74 (Gold Trail) or #30 (South Cariboo)? You are invited to join us for lunch, to eat and reminisce. All are welcome, including spouses. Date: Wednesday, April 18 at noon Place: Chris’s Under the Bridge in Ashcroft (Please note that this luncheon is privately sponsored) For more details, or to be added to our list of names, please phone 250-453-2402 or 250-453-9085. We will need to provide numbers for the restaurant by April 11.


PUBLIC NOTICE CHANGE TO OFFICE HOURS Please be advised that the Village of Ashcroft Administrative office located at 601 Bancroft Street will remain open during the hour of 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm from Monday, March 19th to Monday, April 2nd, 2012. This is to allow residents to pay their utility bill and take advantage of the early payment discount prior to the closing deadline of 4:00 pm April 2nd, 2012. Effective Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, the office will return to its normal closure between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm.

Dialling 9-11 in an emergency isn’t new, but modern technology is creating a problem for police, especially in a small detachment like Ashcroft. “We have a legal responsibility to attend to all 9-1-1 calls to verify their legitimacy,� says Sgt. Michel Grondin. The idea is a good one and has helped hundreds of people get immediate help. However, “pocket dialling� is becoming a headache for those who have to follow up on every 9-1-1 call they receive. Pocket dialling is when a cell phone carried in a pocket is activated by a body movement - often sitting - when a fold of clothing may come in contact with a button, for example. It can also happen in a purse. Many of the new cell phones come with a single key that can dial, or be programmed to dial 9-1-1.

POLICE REPORT Wendy Coomber “It’s getting worse and worse,� says Grondin. ‘Not only here in Ashcroft. It’s widespread.� He says that whey they receive a 9-1-1, they will follow up by immediately calling the phone number to talk to the caller. If no one answers, they attempt to track down the owner of the cell phone. By the middle of March, the Ashcroft Detachment had already had 12 “pocket dials.� “It happens that we’ll walk away from something considered a lesser priority to answer the 9-1-1,� he says. Grondin says cell phone owners can prevent unwanted calling by locking their keyboard, deactivating the 9-1-1 button or getting a hard case for their phone. He also

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Justine Abbott of Lytton

Justine Abbott, 17, left Lytton on Monday, March 12 at about 10 a.m. She was hitch-hiking. The investigation has led police to believe that Abbott arrived in Agassiz before noon that day and was

pital and treated for minor injuries. The matter is still under investigation.

Where there’s smoke... March 10 at 4 pm police received a report of a possible brushfire on the Ashcroft Reserve after a plume of smoke was observed. Police attended but there was no sign of fire or smoke. It was speculated that someone might have been clearing away some brush.

Windstorm damage March 9 police were called to investigate mischief at a residence on Cliff Cres. in Ashcroft. A quick investigation into how a car’s windshield was shattered revealed branches from nearby trees were the culprit and caused the damage during the strong gusting winds hat went through Ashcroft the day before.

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March 10 at 12:45 am police were called to a disturbance at the Oasis Hotel in Cache Creek where a group of six to 10 people were fighting in the parking lot. at the Petro-Can gas station at One 29 year old Morrow Road. Cache Creek Since that time, police have woman was lobeen unable to determine the cated by police, teen’s activities or whereabouts. suffering from There is no reason to believe that head injuries. Abbott has left Agassiz. She had been Abbott is described by the ejected from the RCMP as having an Aborigin- bar earlier and al background, with brown hair tried to get back and brown eyes. She is 5’7�, in, which trig120lbs with a thin build. She was gered the fight. last seen wearing a red and black She identified plaid jacket with black cuffs and several indifur collar, a white hoodie, dark viduals, mainly pants and boots. from the Cache If you have information about Creek area, who the whereabouts of Justine Ab- may have been bott, please contact your local po- involved. She lice or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- was taken to the 222-TIPS (8477). Ashcroft hos-

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asks that people answer their phones when police call back to follow up on the 9-1-1 call, in order to prevent time wasted in further investigation. Occasionally, someone will intentionally call 9-1-1 as a prank, but those are different cases, and those callers will be investigated for mischief.


COMING EVENTS Kamloops Exploration Group lecture “Geology of BC - A Journey Through Timeâ€? with Joanne Nelson - TRU Mountain Room7 p.m. Mar. 24: Dress in your best tea outďŹ t and join us for our “Tulip Teaâ€? at the Pentecostal church in Cache Creek from 2- 4 pm. Bring your favourite tea cup, if you like. Come and enjoy fellowship and laughter. Mar. 26: Cache Creek Council meeting is scheduled for 4:30 pm in the Village OfďŹ ce. Everyone is welcome. Mar. 31: Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet and Auction. Cache Creek Community Hall starting 6:00 pm. For more information contact Sandy 250-457-9560, Belinda 250-453-2470 or Vivian 250-457-9213. April 18: SD #74 and SD #30 Retirement luncheon, 12 noon at Chris’s Under the Bridge. For info call before April 11250-453-2402 or 250-453-9085.

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Cozy little ditch March 12 at 11 am police received a report of a man laying in a ditch by the highway who might be injured. Police located the 20 year old Thornhill man near the Hwy 1/97C intersection. He said he was hitchhiking his way to Vancouver. The man was not injured. He was cautioned about severe weather approaching and allowed to go on his way.

Explosive ďŹ nd March 12 at 3:30 pm a male came to the Detachment to turn ove a detonator cap that he had found along the tracks by the Walhachin Quarry. Police took possession of it and sent it to Vancouver for disposal by explosion experts.

Hit and run March 14 at 10 am police received a report of a hit and run in the Chevron parking lot after a Cache Creek man noticed damage on the front passenger side panel of his gray 2008 GMC Canyon pickup truck. Anyone witnessing the accident is asked to contact the RCMP at 4532216.

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Spaghetti bridge wins gold medal

Tyler Antoine and Kolton Southwick

David Stoddart’s grade 6-9 students participated in a Junior skills competition at Thompson Rivers University on March 2. Many students built cars to take part in the Gravity Race. Gold medals went to Kyle Boys, Christian Escobedo, Cody Hainstock and Jordy VisserHayne; Silver medals to Jenny Caissie and Jessica Leboe; and Bronze medals to Josh Kuzyk, Emmett Beeds and Ross Painter. Kolton Southwick and Tyler Antoine brought home the Gold for Spaghetti Bridge building competition and are now eligible to go to Skills BC Competition Tradex in Abbotsford on April 18. Skills Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to Canadian youth. They hold regional, provincial and national competitions.

Jenny Caissie and Jessica Leboe

Donation goes to Thermal Imaging Camera for Ashcroft Fire Dept. The Ashcroft & District Health Care Auxiliary donated $3,500 to the Ashcroft Fire Dept. for the purchase of a thermal imaging camera last week. Chief Brian Henderson said the donation was just what they needed to go ahead and purchase the $8000-plus piece of equipment, which can detect the origins of a fire, any hot spots in a fire that has been put out, or even body heat from a car crash victim. Henderson said they’ve attended three accidents this year already where they could have used the camera to find crash victims who’d been thrown from their vehicles and required searching to find. (Above) auxiliary members Shirley Dobson, Shirley Holowchuk, Joyce Deering and Kitty Murray with Chief Brian Henderson.

Beaver Buggies and Cub Cars win by a nose The 1st Ashcroft Beaver and Cubs Scouts participated in their wooden car races this year. First were the Beavers, racing their Beaver Buggies on Feb. 25 in Kamloops against groups from all over the Kamloops area. 1st Ashcroft came home with 2nd place in the design contest for Da’von Ekering’s “skunk”. Then it was the Cubs turn who spent a month creating their own Cub Cars from solid blocks of wood to race them March 10 in Merritt along with other group from the Kamloops area, some groups coming from as far away as Clearwater. On top of all the fun had, each will keep their cars they built and the Cub Scouts will earn merit badges for all their hard work. Alex Eckering

Layne Porter anxiously awaiting the start of his race

Da’von Ekering’s 2nd place “Skunk” buggie.

Free groceries for a year Ashcroft resident Joan Henderson (left) was a very happy lady when Safety Mart manager Victor Paulos (right) told her that she’d won the Great Grocery Giveaway grand prize for all of B.C. - “free” groceries for a year, or $1,000 per week. I just don’t win stuff!” she said.

(Above) Ashcroft beavers Heidi Wood, Leith Mclean and Da’von Ekering enjoying there day at the races. (Left) Jayden Wood spots the camera as she watches the action down the track.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 The Journal

The Editor’s Desk WENDY COOMBER

Water is too precious to waste Welcome to the first day of Spring (March 20). If the weather is consistent with what we’ve been getting so far this year, it’s probably snowing. But that’s okay. My snowdrops have been in bloom since March 4 and the crocuses can’t be far behind. Hopefully they’ll be up before the dandelions. This is Canada Water Week (March 1925). If you didn’t already know that, it’s okay. We suspect there are at least four national, international and/or provincial “weeks” claiming every week of the year. Some of them can be pretty silly. In Canada we are used to having an over supply of fresh drinking water. Or not so fresh, but with the right amount of chemicals, even the tap water from the Detroit River could be drunk safely. The fact that I am still alive is proof of that. I’ve also seen, first hand, what we have done to this treasure of fresh water. In the form of the Great Lakes, our governments have allowed industry to line the banks to use the water for cooling, and for “burying” their chemically-tainted waste. We think twice about letting that happen these days, but those industries were built before the second World War, when we didn’t concern ourselves with things like that. Nowadays, we may wish we had. Water conservation has become a common term. Our towns ask us to be conscious not to waste water and we can buy all sorts of products to help us save water in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room. There is more good drinking water used in our area to water the grass and flowers every day during the growing season than most arid countries see in a year. Last year I started to put in a drip irrigation system. (This year I’m taking it all out and re-doing the whole mess, but that’s another story.) It’s just one way to save water in towns like Ashcroft and Cache Creek where the water drains quickly through our sandy soil, and the winds carry away any moisture that’s left. Our generation of environmental visionaries has a lot of wasted years to make up for if we’re going to save our water sources.

STEEL PIPES AND CHAINS look out of place on the smooth surface of the Thompson

Wellness brand not attracting visitors Dear Editor This is in response to the letter written by Andrea Walker, March 6. Sadly, the wellness brand seems to have divided our community, either you like it or you don’t. I don’t think it’s because we are “afraid of change” as was suggested at one of the wellness meetings I attended. Perhaps, as was also suggested, some of us haven’t had the “aha” moment. We just don’t get it. To me a brand should not have to be explained and unfortunately wellness has to be explained. When I am working in Cache Creek I often get asked by tourists, who have all ready driven past the sign and have not taken the turnoff to Ashcroft, what wellness is and I don’t know how to explain as I have not had the “aha” moment. Some of the words I have heard from people are, “fluffy, non-descriptive, don’t understand, not worth driving back for, and wishy washy”. I can sometimes get them to backtrack by mentioning our historic sites in town but usually they just keep going which is very unfortunate. I and many others believe that what will put Ashcroft back on the map will be the arts and history. When the Opera

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR House is up and running again the tourists will be back, and with the help of the community this will happen.

Doreen Lambert Ashcroft

Funds for hospitals still available Dear Editor I’m writing in response to a recent news article and letter to the editor regarding the Rural Emergency Enhancement Fund (REEF). The REEF program was created in the summer of 2011 to provide financial assistance for rural, fee-for-service physicians who commit to ensure reliable public access to emergency services is maintained at their local hospital. Funding can be used in a variety of ways, including hiring of additional physicians, incentives for weekends or nights, and purchasing equipment. Earlier this year, when the Provincial Government announced successful applicants to REEF, they noted the announcement was for the successful applicants “to date”. Funding was announced for 36 physician groups





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Modern technology and books go together Dear Editor I’d like to respond to your editorial “Books will always have their Place” (13 March), in which you make some very valid points. Firstly the matter of electronic meetings. I fully agree with you that electronic communication at meetings takes away the immediacy of ‘being in the room’, and where local meetings are concerned (within, say, our School District), I would personally not want to see electronic attendance adopted See LETTERS on p. 5 Subscribe to The Journal 1 Year Subscription: $44.80 (HST included) Senior Rate: $37.80 (HST included) Out of area subscriptions pay a $16.80 mailing surcharge The Journal is a politically independent community newspaper. All material contained in this publication is protected by copyright. Reproduction is expressly prohibited by the rights holder. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for our publishing activities.


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at the expense of all else. However, there are instances where electronic attendance can be both desirable and beneficial. As you are aware, a number of our Partners in the School District have difficulty attending, for example, our Education Committee meetings. This is a particular problem for some Partners in the Lillooet area and beyond, where their work commitments prevent them attending a 4.30 meeting. It also has to be said, in fairness, that from time to time Councillors, School Trustees, and others, have commitments outside of the district which prevent their attendance, and in instances such as this the facility of electronic attendance enables them to fill all of their roles. Proper tele-conferencing can, I believe, increase attendance at meetings and, to a degree, enhance the democratic process, which is the reason I support the Education Committee’s decision to explore with Partners their reaction or desire to participate in meetings in that manner. We need to remember, too, that we have witnessed successful ‘tele-conferencing’ in our own homes for years: many major television news interviews are

carried on in that manner, and are none the worse for it. Secondly, like you, I have a fondness for physical books: I must do, since I produce them, work with and around them seven days a week, and have a house overflowing with them. I, too, resisted eBooks for some time, chiefly because having to spend many hours a week reading from a computer screen made me feel that enough could be enough for one day! Times and views change, however, and I now use a Kindle on a daily basis. For the benefit of your readers, perhaps I could outline what I see as some of the major benefits provided by eBooks and eBook readers: - Cost Savings: Anyone who buys books cannot have failed to notice the ever increasing cost of purchasing them. The average new hardback novel now costs in the $30– $40 range; the average paperback $15– 20. Most will be read once, many consigned to second-hand/thrift stores quite quickly. An eBook of the same new novel can generally be purchased at a lesser cost than the paperback, and thousands of eTexts are available free from major online retailers such as amazon. com, or through literary projects such

FIELDS STORE SAVED! We are very pleased to announced that the FIELDS Store in Ashcroft will remain OPEN! The announcement came as a great relief to all residents in light of the pending closure of this vital business to our Communities. We, the Landlords, Kelrockden Holdings Ltd., were working diligently and aggressively to find a replacement for the Fields Store to rectify this concerning situation. We were notified by Fields on March 8, 2012 that they had assigned their lease to another corporation who in turn, chose to remain operating as Fields. We would like to thank the residents who offered their suggestions and support during these past few weeks. Respectfully submitted, KELROCKDEN HOLDINGS LTD.

as Project Gutenberg. EBooks are a means for our public and school libraries to provide books they otherwise cannot afford. - Immediacy: I’m sure I’m not the only one who possesses the gift of impatience: if I come across a review or mention of a book that looks interesting, I generally want to get hold of it quickly. Living in Ashcroft my options for purchasing that book are (a) drive to Kamloops, which makes purchasing the book a pretty expensive exercise, or (b) order it online, which means a wait of a week to ten days for delivery. With an eBook, I have it available to read within a minute of pressing the ‘download’ button on a computer. - Availability: Books go out of print, and it can become an expensive exercise to purchase anything other than a former best-seller on the second-hand market. Once an eBook is created, there is no reason why it cannot be available indefinitely, and generally at a reduced cost over time. - Portability: No longer do I need to pack a suitcase full of heavy books when I go on holiday. My Kindle tells me that I currently have 1,046 books available to me, with space for many more. It means that I can read what I want,

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when I want, whether that’s sitting at home, waiting in a doctor’s waiting room, over a quiet cup of coffee in Starbucks, wherever. It has also resulted in my using a lot more ‘downtime’ for reading, and I consider that a benefit. - Legibility: My ageing eyes have difficulty coping these days with the minute print often encountered in traditional books. With an eBook that’s no longer a problem, since I can vary the font size to suit needs and lighting conditions. This, of course, is also a benefit to those readers who need ‘large print’ books, but are limited by choice and availability: now any book can be ‘large print’ simply by pressing a button or two. I will end here with the statement that my love for the traditional book will not change, but my reading experience will be enhanced by the eBook. If eBooks bring reading to more people, more easily and at lesser cost, then they can be nothing but good. And, at the end of the day, we all surely want more people to read and literacy to develop and grow. A 5

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Welcome to the weekly “Question of the Week”..... Our goal is to have questions addressing a diverse list of interests. Community Futures will be compiling the responses for the region and sharing the results. Contact information is included below the question, we hope that you will participate and provide us any feedback you may have.

Do you think it’s beneficial to have an info booth in your community? (Yes or No)

email your answer to: call 250-453-9165 text to : 250-457-7132 or drop off in person to: 203 Railway Avenue, Ashcroft BC. Last week’s question: Do you work in your Community Answer: Yes 67% No 33%


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SPECIAL RECYCLING EVENT Tired of old tires in your yard? By special arrangement with Tire Stewardship BC, the Village of Ashcroft is pleased to advise that all old tires (regardless of size) can be brought in for recycling: SATURDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2012 RECYCLING DEPOT – 715 RAILWAY STREET 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


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Annual international festival in Walhachin International Women’s Day Over 40 women and men celebrated International Womens Day in the Walhachin community hall. The entertainment included dance, readings and music from women performers from Lillooet, Spences Bridge and Ashcroft. The hall was jammed packed from 2-6 pm. This annual event, organized by pioneering woman and Wahlachin resident Val Carey, is in it’s fourth year and events activities and music jamming.

Lorne Elliott comes to Lillooet Comedian, storyteller, musician and playwright Lorne Elliott brings back his one-man show to Lillooet this week. Lillooet Music presents Lorne’s hilarious comedy on Marchshow 21 atof 7:30 pm. and music Dubbed the King of Canadian Comedy, Elliott’s show is totally original, entertaining, and foolish enough to make everybody laugh. Tickets sold out last time he was in town. Lorne Elliott is the long-time host of the CBC Radio program Madly Off in All Directions, and has performed his one man show around the globe in theatres, colleges and nightclubs. He began performing in 1974 as a folk musician, simultaneously developing his fiction, songs, monologues and one-liners. Elliott is best


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Monster Theatre Also from the fine folks of Lillooet Music, don’t miss Monster Theatre on Friday, April 27. This wild and funny take on Shakespeare will keep you laughing. Composed of equal parts absolute fact and utter nonsense, the show is a treat for scholar and squire alike. An optional dinner is offered with this show (not included in season’s tickets). Performances at the Lillooet Masonic Hall on Homestead Rd. for each show are on are at the door, but can also be purchased in advance See CURRENT on p. 7

Karla Cummins in an original dance routine







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Peoples Drug Mart would like to thank everyone for supporting the 3rd annual Peoples Drug Mart Ladies Gala Night The event drew support for the Ashcroft South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society We would like to acknowledge the support of the following businesses:

Flamenco guitarist John Gilliat (middle) with Lyndon Dewitt on drums and percussion and Brent Gubbles on bass at WRAPS’ Dessert Concert series at St. Albans on March 10.

Cache Creek Zumba classes begin in April CURRENT from p. 6

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time. Pay by donation at the door. Thanks to Second Time Literacy Now and the Village of Ashcroft. For more info call (250) 453 9100.

Cache Creek Movie Night

Dessert Concert finale with Linda McRae

Don’t miss the pre release showings of Happy Feet 2 on Saturday, March 17 and The Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked. Both films are at the Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Movie starts at 7 pm.

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents the last of a five concert season in country style with Nashville based Singer/Songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Linda McRae. From Dear John to John Deere. Linda plays old time country roots music and is one of the best claw hammer banjo pickers around. Linda’s music intrigues like a sepia postcard from the past, but is vibrant and alive and very much of the present. The singing and playing are just right. And that is a great accomplishment indeed. Linda’s absolute love of traditional roots music runs deep down into the Appalachian dirt, and it shows in everything she does. -- Linda has just released her 3rd solo record called ‘Rough Edges and Ragged Hearts’. The evening will also feature delicious desserts, coffee & tea. Tickets are available now at; The Ashcroft Bakery and Natures Gifts. As these shows will no doubt be sell outs, please buy early. For more info call (250) 453 9100 or visit to purchase via paypal.

Music in the Desert The Desert Daze Music Festival planning committee is looking for members to assist in the planning and take some of the tasks for the festival. The next meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 1 pm at the Packing House – everyone is welcome. Desert Daze is held annually in Spences Bridge. Check out the festival website at

Two weeks until curtain call Rehearsals go into high gear this week at the Ashcroft High School Library where the cast of ‘Swamp Zombie Pirates’ are working hard. You know a play is funny when rehearsals are distracted with the entire cast and crew breaking out in laughter at some of the wacky lines and follies. How can you go wrong with pirates AND zombies? This down on their luck film crew has been sent to the swamps of a town near the Florida Everglades called Key Wurst to shoot a pirate film. The problem? They have no budget and no script. And the actors, who had to walk to this practically impossible to find locale due to lack of pay, are so exhausted they look like zombies! Don’t miss this side splitting ridiculous farce by Winding River’s Arts and Performance Society. Tons of fun and laughs !! Performances begin Thursday, March 29 through to Saturday, March 31 at the Ashcroft Community Hall, 509 Bancroft St. Evening shows are at 7:30 pm. Saturday Matinee starts at 2 pm. Doors open half an hour before show


We look forward to seeing you all at the next years annual Ladies Gala Night!

Zumba Dance Fitness classes start soon


When participants see ZUMBA in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students. Classes start in April at the Cache Creek Community Hall (basement). An open House/ free lesson is on April 1. A Zumba class for kids is coming soon - stayed tuned. For more info call Nicole at (250) 319-3620.

Join us Saturday March 24 for a FREE SEMINAR and HANDS ON DEMONSTRATION featuring Kathy Murdock, a specialist in log homes and Perma-Chink Systems products.

This session will train the do-it-yourself homeowners and experienced log home contractors in all aspects of product application and log home maintenance. Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 1:00pm Kamloops Convention Centre - Ida Room Snacks & refreshments will be provided For more information or to reserve seating, contact Rick Blackwell Toll Free: 1.877.846.7502 Local: 250.374.3151 Email:



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PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED FINANCIAL PLAN The Village of Cache Creek will be presenting its proposed 5 Year Financial Plan (Years 2012 – 2016) at the Regular Council Meeting on March 26, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 1389 Quartz Road. Residents of Cache Creek are invited to attend and to provide input. We look forward to seeing you there.

From the Vet Choosing a Pet Deciding to get a pet can be an enriching decision and should not be taken lightly. When deciding to open your house and life to a pet there are many factors to consider before choosing your new companion in order to ensure you get the right pet to fit with your lifestyle and expectations. Far too often this decision is made without any considerations and the life of the pet, as well as the owner suffers. Each type of pet is different in terms of care, feeding, behaviour, costs, housing requirements and demands on your time. Knowing what you are getting into helps strengthen the humananimal relationship and makes dealing with challenges easier. Here are some considerations/questions to think about when looking for a pet that is right for you: -Why do you want a pet? Do you want companionship, the ability to play with it, caress it or to just look at it? Do you have a specific job for a pet? -Is this a right time in your life to get a pet? Are there other pets in the house – will they get along with each other? Are your human relationships stable? -What kind of pet will fit into your home, and more importantly, your lifestyle? Can you live with pet hair, litter boxes, toys around or would you prefer something that stays in a cage on the counter? Try to match the pet to your lifestyle – do you work long hours, are you a day or night person? What is your activity level? Are you sedentary or active? Can you meet the pet’s specific needs? More often than not, behaviour issues stem from boredom if their breed-specific needs are not met. -Be aware of breed-specific tendencies. Different breeds were developed for specific jobs, and those working traits have carried through into today’s companion animals. What kind of wear & tear in your environment is acceptable to you? Are you okay with digging, chewing, scratching, and barking? These traits were bred into the animals by humans, and cannot always be “trained out”. -Who will be affected and involved in caring for the pet, do you have children or will there be elderly/ill people involved? It is always important to remember even if the pet is for a child the parent will still be required to do most of the care depending on the child’s age. Does anyone in your family, or your frequent visitors, have allergies? -Do you own or rent – are pets allowed? Many rental properties do not allow pets so it is important to check your lease or talk to the property manager prior to committing to a pet. Will getting a pet affect your neighbours? -What kind of space do you have available for the pet? Is there containment – fencing, cages? Do you want an indoor or an outdoor pet? -How much time are you willing to spend tending to the pet for walking, grooming, and training? -How long do you expect your pet to live? Some average lifespans are: cats/dog – 12-20 years, horses – 15-30 years, rats – 4-6 years, mice/gerbils/hamsters – 2-3 years, guinea pigs – 5-8 years, parrots – 35-60 years. -Do you have financial resources for routine items: food, litter, toys, vaccinations, spay/neutering, training, boarding? What if the pet requires emergency medical attention? -Do you have someone to care for the pet while on holidays or in case of emergency? In the end it would be recommended to do some research prior to getting a pet, try not to “impulse shop”. Learn the facts about the different breeds. Talk to other people who have that type of pet, go to shelters and interact with different types of pets, talk to a professional to help figure out if that pet would be a good fit. Pets rely on us daily, they brighten our lives and are a wonderful addition to our families but unfortunately, often the decision to get a pet is taken too lightly and the pet-owner relationship suffers unnecessarily.

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Community rescues LES Fair

After the concern of having to cancel this year’s Fun Fair at Lytton Elementary School because of the teachers’ strike, the parents and community of Lytton pulled together and made the 35th Annual LES Fun Fair an amazing success! Multiple thankyou’s go out to the parents of LES, the Lytton Volunteer Fire Department, the Lytton Ambassadors, and many other community members who volunteered their time to set up, work the event and do the clean-up. Thank you’s also go to the many community groups and businesses who donated prizes to the bingo and loonie auction, the people who donat-

ed cakes for the cake walk, and those who donated for the food hamper! People of all ages enjoyed the games, the cake walk, the loonie auction, the bingo, the cotton candy, and the great food at the concession. The raffle was popular again this year. Student ticket sellers were out in the community weeks before the event. Winners of the raffle were first prize of $300 went to Marlene Pickard, second prize of $200 went to Adam Phillips and the third prize food hamper to Tia Chalifoux. Top student ticket sellers this year were Katelynn Spinks, Laura Lee McKay and Steven Yan.

The Fun Fair has been going on at LES for 35 years now. Our earliest records of Fun Fair are from 1977. Many of our parent volunteers have fond memories of Fun Fair when they were students here at LES. Included in this year’s volunteers were Miss Lamont and Mrs. McDermid (now retired), who were teachers at the very first event. As well, Mrs. Dodge who was secretary of the school back then volunteered her time. Again this year we were pleased to see our school trustee, Mavourneen Varco-Ryan, as well as Superintendent Teresa Downs here to help out. Denise O’Connor

Principal Denise O’Connor recognizes Katelynn Spinks, who was the top student raffle ticket seller

High Bar First Nation Employment Opportunity - Band Administrator Job Summary: The Administrator is responsible to the Band Council for the efficient and effective operation of the High Bar First Nation. The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of marketing and business plans, financial management, funding/program, delivery and evaluation. The incumbent defines his/her own work assignments within broad guidelines. The job requires the administrator to exercise a high degree of ingenuity and independent judgment in order to handle work situations that are not covered by the band established rules, policies or procedures. She/he has a high degree of public relation skills including dealing with Government, Industry, First Nations, other stakeholders and the general public. Under the overall directions of Chief and Council, the administrator will coordinate, administer and provide leadership for all of the High Bar First Nation programs and projects. Position Task: The list is illustrative and is not exhaustive. ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢

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Administrative Functions Organizational Planning General Management Financial Management Business Development Community Development Band Members Assistance Staff Supervision and Development

Individual Ability: ➢ Leadership Skills ➢ Team Oriented ➢ Professional Representation ➢ Interpersonal Skills ➢ Knowledge/ Understanding of: ✥ Human Relations and communication techniques ✥ First Nations people and programs ✥ Resources available for the programs & referral process ✥ First Nations customs, culture and heritage Minimum Requirements: ➢ The successful candidate should have a Degree/Diploma in Public Administration/ Business Administration or equivalent educational level as well as over 5 years Management experience. ➢ Preferably at least 3 to 5 years of senior experience &/or ability in band management, business administration, and project management ➢ Financial and Accounting Management experience ➢ Knowledge in Word, Excel, Windows and Simply Accounting computer programs ➢ Vehicle and a valid BC Drivers License ➢ Good Computer Knowledge and Skills including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office ➢ Strong Written and Verbal communication skills ➢ Must be Bondable ➢ Lesser qualified minimum Grade 12 (or its GED Equivalent), preferably with at least 2 years Post Secondary training or the equivalent combination of knowledge and experience may be considered with the above noted minimum requirements Deadline for Applications: March 26th, 2012 Wages are negotiable depending on experience Apply with Resume including 3 professional References, and Cover letter to: Attn: Hiring Committee High Bar First Nation PO Box 458 Clinton, BC V0K1K0 Fax (250) 459-2119 Or Email



The Village of Ashcroft has two (2) positions available in the Parks Department for the summer months. This position is a union position (CUPE Local 900), would run from mid May to Labour Day and would be for 40 hours per week at $18.23 per hour. This position will be of interest to anyone with a love of the outdoors. As the successful candidate will be working in public facilities he/she should be comfortable dealing with people and be prepared to answer general questions. Applicants must also hold a valid Class 5 Drivers Licence. Duties would include all aspects of park maintenance as well as occasional janitorial duties. This position is designed for a student who will be returning to a post-secondary institution in the fall. The Village is an equal opportunity employer and this position is open to both male and female applicants. Interested parties are invited to submit their Resumes to the following address by 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 5th, 2012: Village of Ashcroft PO Box 129 Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 Phone: 250-453-9161 Fax: 250-453-9664 Email: Those applicants not contacted by April 23rd are thanked for their interest.

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Lytton Ambassadors Tori McIntyre and Kaylem Raphael facepainting

Cache Creek, BC March 28, 2012 - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm END OF DAY CELEBRATION: Cache Creek Community Hall 1270 Stage Road, Cache Creek, B.C.

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Selling tickets again this year Greg Seward, Ian Hay, and Burt Glasgow

Forest Stewardship Plan Review PIONEER FAMILY TIMBER PARTNERSHIP Pioneer Family Timber Partnership invites the public and interested stakeholders to view and provide written comment on the draft Forest Stewardship Plan - Land Use Order Amendment prepared for the Pioneer License area within the 100 Mile House TSA. The Plan indicates how results and strategies proposed by Pioneer for the salvage harvesting of beetle attacked pine and spruce have been amended to include the 2011 Land Use Order objectives. The Forest Stewardship Plan Forest Development Unit covers the 100 Mile House Forest District. The draft Forest Stewardship Plan Amendment will be available for review and comment during of¿ce hours until June 1, 2012 at the Pioneer Family Timber Partnership Of¿ce located at 351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake. To arrange to view this plan please contact J. Leggett at 250-392-4777. Written comments are requested by June 1, 2012. Comments can be sent to Pioneer Family Timber Partnership, 351 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC V2G 3P7 Fax: 250-398-5922; or via email: J. Leggett at

ROAST BEEF DINNER FUND RAISER Wednesday, April 4, 2012 At the Ashcroft Legion 310 Brink Street ❖ Silent Auction ❖ Displays ❖ Presentations ❖ Looney Auction ❖ Twooney Auction ALL AGES WELCOME

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wo years ago I proudly watched the opening ceremonies of The Winter Olympic Games as it was televised from my home town of Vancouver. As one man took center stage from a towering pedestal platform, I heard “We are More� for the first time. His poem started out with the words “Define Canada,� and it ended up doing just that in an electrifying way I wasn’t expecting. For two and a half minutes, Shane Koyczan dramatically recited his powerful words to me and roughly three billion other people around the world. The performance was a refreshing and brilliant surprise, but what was equally amazing was that this unknown poet was given the opportunity in the first place. “When I was first invited I thought I would be performing for people as they were walking into the stadium,� he said. “And I thought that was a great opportunity.�

ON A BRIGHTER NOTE LORI WELBOURNE With a belief that it’s the same show whether he’s performing for two people or 2000, Shane got through his performance feeling more anxious about the height of the stage than the massive size of his audience. Yet nerves weren’t about to stand in his way. As he spoke about Canada being the true north strong and free, he himself appeared true, north, strong and free, as he unleashed an art form onto the world that doesn’t get the recognition or exposure it deserves. “Poetry has never been an

easy sell for people who want to see a live show,� he said. “I personally love a lot of poetry from old text books, but it’s not always relatable. I think the Olympics gave people a glimpse of what poetry can be, and in that way it’s been very positive.� An admirer of his work, I was excited to meet and interview

him last week. When he arrived at my studio I told him that I wanted to interview him in an unusual way, one that he was probably not accustomed to. He surprised me yet again with his immediate willingness to play along with my favourite childhood poet, Dr Seuss and I. Later on I found out that he also had a favourite artist from childhood when he revealed one of his biggest influences was Charlie Chaplin. “My grandfather and I had been watching his movies in chronological order,� he said “They were all silent films

at first, but eventually sound was added, and when I heard Charlie talk and deliver the final speech in the Last Dictator, I felt my life change in that moment.� The power of words and their remarkable influence stuck with him and ended up serving him well as an adolescent. After years of being bullied and feeling illequipped to connect with his peers, he started writing down prepared responses for the times he was spoken to. This expressive outlet, combined with a newly discovered knack for performing, brought out the artist in him. Often referred to as a slam poet, or a spoken word artist, Shane has written a book about being bullied and has another new book of poetry, a CD and is now doing shows across Canada with a band that he brought in to add another level of

M a r c h

December 22– January 19

January 20– February 18

February 19– March 20

Stand back, Capricorn. Opportunities are headed your way. Take advantage of every last one. Your home begins to resemble a closet.

Organization is key to pulling off a project. Get all of your Ps and Qs in order and work through the process in stages. A friend makes a keen observation. Be receptive, Aquarius.

All is fair in love and war, Pisces. You took a chance and you lost. Better luck next time. A favor is returned when you least expect it.

March 21– April 19

April 20– May 20

May 21– June 21

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Two wrongs do not make a right. Admit what you did, Aries, and prepare to pay the price. Weekend adventures put everyone in high spirits.

Force your way in, Taurus, and you will regret it. Be patient, wait your turn and it will come in time. The web of deception builds at work.

Creative endeavors take off with a special purchase. Grab some friends and make a party of it, Gemini. The fix for an auto dilemma is clear.

entertainment value to his fans. I’m looking forward to seeing him take center stage to give an electrifying performance once again. For Shane’s


show schedule please visit: ShaneKoyczan. com To watch our weird, wacky interview please visit

Ashcroft & District Employment Services KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER – PART 2 An employer who is short on staff needs you just as much as you need a job. But no employer wants just a body. You need to know what you have to offer – your skills, accomplishments and greatest strengths. And you need to know what the job requires, so that you can tell the employer why you are the best match for the job.

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Blink, and you’ll miss it for sure, Cancer. That’s how small the gesture will be, but at least an effort was made. Be grateful, and watch as it is paid forward.

Don’t jump to conclusions, Leo. What you see is not what you’ll get. You’re only in the initial stages of planning. Give the idea time to flesh out before you critique it. It is what it is, Virgo. No amount of fussing is going to make the situation better, so leave it be. You have much bigger fish to fry.

September 23– October 22

October 23– November 21

You need to break the ice, Libra, but be careful you don’t go overboard and say something that could turn into a deal breaker.

Craft ideas abound. Make a day of it with your family, Scorpio, and get the scoop on what you’ve been missing. A brave face makes an earnest plea.

Stop it, Sagittarius! You’ve devoted way too many hours to a project that clearly wasn’t meant to be. Can it and move on to something more November 22– fruitful.

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Spring clean up happening in Spences Bridge COMINGS & GOINGS ON

It’s difficult to imagine that Spring is just around the corner! Currently it is snowing, the wind is howling, and it’s only 1 degree! Last week’s sunny days with temps in the mid-teens seems a distant memory.

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Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan

Bright New Day I had the honour of attending the Bright New Day workshop in Lytton hosted by the Lytton First Nations three weeks ago. This was a two day event that was filled with emotion, strength and goodwill that brought Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together. Approximately 65 participants shared a little of who they were, why they were there, and what reconciliation means to them. There was a lot of brainstorming regarding what actions we as individuals or a group can take on in order to move forward with reconciliation. Building relationships is a key factor. In the words of the facilitators Chief Robert Joseph & Associates: “Engaging in a dialogue like this highlights our shared history and dismantles the walls of isolation that sometimes define our communities. And it is when these walls come down that we can begin to see our way forward in Harmony.”

Spring cleaning Town Clean-Up plans are in place. Every year several dedicated volunteers hit the highways and byways picking up litter and this year the date has been set for Saturday, April 21. This is a great way to not only

clean up our little community, but the visiting, the exercising, and the community pride that goes with it makes it all worthwhile. Meeting time is 10 am at the Post Office. Garbage bags and picker-upper sticks will be provided, but bring some gloves. There will be a wiener roast and refreshments at the old school yard when we’re finished.

mittee meeting will be 1 pm Wednesday, March 21 at Clemmes’ Hall. The main focus of the meeting will be to choose the music line up, but organizing of some of the main aspects of the festival will discussed. Everyone is welcome!

BC’s treaties mean jobs, more business, community development and infrastructure investment for First Nations and all of us.

Hall renovations A committee has been formed to organize the various bids on the renovations for the hall. When these are done, we hope hear back from the TNRD with the go ahead, and perhaps work will commence this spring.

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Join the fire brigade The SB Fire Dept. and First Responders are meeting jointly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. More volunteers are always welcome! Contact Chief Oram if interested.

Welcome to the SBID AGM

And the beat goes on Desert Daze Miranda Sam with her Festival planEaster basket ning is revving up – with over 85 applications, (WOW), the committee is busy shortlisting. The first big com-


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The Spences Bridge Improvement District Annual General meeting will be held March 28 at 7 pm at the SBID building (the old school). Fun and games con-

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Easter Bunnies and fundraising raffles coming up HAPPENINGS from p. 11

tinues on Wednesdays, now at both 1 pm and 7 pm – come out and play crib, chess, checkers, and so on. Also on

Wednesdays, the soup day continues – come enjoy lunch and socializing at noon.

The Easter Bunny cometh


OPEN BURNING Pursuant to Bylaw No. 669, Open Burning of dry garden refuse only will be allowed during the month of April provided that a Burning Permit is obtained from the Village Office at 601 Bancroft Street in the usual manner. Burning Permits will be issued beginning April 2nd, 2012

Plans for the annual Easter Egg hunt and community picnic are well under way; 11 am on Sunday, April 8 at the old school grounds. Games, wiener roast, fun for the whole family!

Are ya feeling lucky? The Community Club is holding a fundraising raffle to be drawn on Mother’s Day - First prize is $100, 2nd is a hanging basket, 3rd is a tool

set. Please help support the Spences Bridge Community Club!

More activities And continuing activities - Drop in Basket weaving on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm, join the circle of basket weaver’s novices and beginners. Newcomers always welcome. Painting and Crafts on Thursdays from 9-noon and 2-5 pm, bring out your creative self with painting with acrylics, some instruction and or materials available. Seniors Center is open Monday-Friday, 9-noon and 2-5 pm. Cook’s Ferry Band is hosting movie nights, bingo, badminton, cooking classes, yoga, and much more – please call Wilfred @ 458-2224 for details!

Missy, the Barber Shop dog, passed away on Wednesday, March 14. We will all miss her, my shadow, my co-worker and friend. Lene Madeiros

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Is this your dog? This friendly young female rottweiler with an undocked tail was picked up roaming freely near the Chevron cardlock at the Hwy 1/Hwy 97C intersection. If this is your dog, or you know whose WONG, SHIRLEY dog it is, contact Sadly, Shirley Wong passed away in Vancouver, BC Ashcroft animal on February 13, 2012, at the age of 72. control ofďŹ cer Eddie She will be dearly missed by her loving husband, Park; son Rick; daughter Lorraine; daughter-in-law Anita; son-in-law Dale; Aie at 453-9813 or grandson Brandyn and granddaughter Nicole. through the Village Shirley came to Ashcroft as a newly married teenager and together with her life-long partner Park ran a successful business and raised a family. OfďŹ ce at 453-9161. Central CafĂŠ was a great place to make long-lasting friendships and A new home will be memories for all generations of families. With Shirley there was “no substitutions in any of the Chinese combination dinnersâ€?. found for her if no Our family would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to one comes forth to the many friends in Ashcroft and the surrounding communities for their friendship, support and kindness. claim her.

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Career Opportunities The Kootenay Boundary Div. Family Practice seeks Ex Dir to develop/maintain operations, build strong relationships with the HA and Min of Health Services. Apply to: For More Info go to: Search “Kootenay” TRAIN TO be an Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456. WORK FROM home. Largest Medical Transcriptionist employer in Canada looks to CanScribe for 100 more MT’s. We need more students! Enroll Today! 1-800-466-1535

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HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to:

Retail PARTS Person position. Seeking a hard working, energetic individual for our Kamloops store. Successful applicant shall have: Basic agricultural mechanical knowledge, Excellent computer skills, & be a Self-Starter with good communicative & interpersonal skill. Interested candidates send resume to: Noble Tractor & Equip, 4193 Noble Rd, Armstrong, BC V0E 1B4, fax 250-546-3165, email:

Trades, Technical

LOUISIANA-PACIFIC Canada Ltd. requires an experienced Journeyman Electrician for our EWP Operation in Golden B.C. Email resume to: or fax to 250-344-8859. PLANER/MOULDER Technician Required for Planermill in Creston BC. Please Contact: Fax: (250) 428-2366 WELDERS WANTED. Journeyman 2nd and 3rd year apprentices with tank manufacturing experience. Automated Tank Manufacturing Inc. Located in Kitscoty, Alberta. 20km West of Lloydminster is looking for 15 individuals that want long term employment and a secure paycheque. Journeyman wages $33. $37.50/hour. Wages for apprentices based on hours and qualifications. Benefits, training programs, full insurance package 100% paid by company, profit sharing bonus. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine for an appointment or send resume to: or p r o d u c t i o n @ a u t o t a n k s. c a . 780-846-2231 (Office), 780-846-2241 (Fax).


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Help Wanted An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780-723-5051 Cache Creek: Semlin Valley Golf Club is looking for F/T ground maintenance person. Please fax resume` & ref’s to 250.457.6692 Attn: Dennis

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We want to hear from you. Apply online today and build your career with us! DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Laborers and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Laborers will possess competency in assisting on the installation of all types of formwork, performing general labor work and placing concrete. Have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to

Misc. for Sale CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

Help Wanted

MANUFACTURED pure wood shavings: natural product, high quality, low cost, bulk bagged shaving for livestock, pets, gardens. Custom hauling available. Call New Cal Rabbit Farm 250-395-3336 or 250706-8972.

STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - Building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

Tools Staedtler Drafting Tbl- 32x48, adjustable & can lay flat, with pencil rack, Vemco Mark V11 V-Track call 250.453.9512

Help Wanted


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Merchandise for Sale

ARROW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS INC. Do you thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment with opportunities for continuous growth and development?

A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

Required Immediately Licensed Commercial Transport Mechanic Commercial Vehicle Inspection ticket an asset Fulltime Position Ashcroft B.C. Full benefit package including pension. Fax resumes to (250) 314 1750 Or Email

The Ashcroft Journal is looking for a part time front ofce Admin. Must have good communication skills, computer skills and be able to multi task. Please apply in person at the Journal Ofce, 402-4th St, Ashcroft with resume and references.

POOL POSITIONS The Village of Ashcroft requires the following personnel for the Ashcroft Pool during the 2012 season. These are Union positions (CUPE, Local 900) and the necessary qualications are outlined below: SWIM INSTRUCTOR National Lifeguard Service Award Red Cross Water Safety Instructor’s Certicate CPR Certicate The rate of pay is $17.60 per hour. One position runs from mid-May through to Labour Day and the second position is from July 1st through to Labour Day. Hours of work vary from approximately 20 – 35 hours per week. LIFEGUARD National Lifeguard Service Award Red Cross Aqua Leader Certicate CPR Certicate The rate of pay is $15.76 per hour. One position runs from mid-May through to Labour Day and the second position is from July 1st through to Labour Day. Hours of work vary from approximately 20 – 35 hours per week. Qualied individuals are invited to submit their resumes, and the dates they are available for employment, by 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 to: Village of Ashcroft PO Box 129 Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 Phone: (250) 453-9161 Fax: (250) 453-9664 Email: These positions are open to male and female applicants. Copies of all current qualications must be included with your resume. The Village will contact those applicants whom it wishes to consider after the closing date. Applicants not contacted by May 4th are thanked for their interest.

Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal Tuesday, March 20, 2012 A15

Merchandise for Sale



Apt/Condo for Rent

Suites, Lower

ASHCROFT Hillside Manor

Ashcroft downtown, main floor 2 bdrm house for rent,w/d;f/s;d/d & ref. req.$700.00 per mo plus utilities. Avail immed. Call 4572093

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. WOODWORKING Power TOOLS General Table Saw with T Saw fence & mobile base. Shopsmith MkV 510, Radial Arm Saw, Scroll Saw, Planer, Twin Bag Dust Coll Sys, & More 250.453.9512

Real Estate For Sale By Owner Cache Creek little dream home on the Bonaparte River. Artist’s res-studio. Skylights, 3 decks, 800 sq. ft. 80 ft. wide lot, low maint. 55+park. 6 appl. Hrdw. flrs. A great buy at $34,000. Ph 250-453-9095.

Houses For Sale


Best Apartments in the area!

1500 Government Street Renovated 1 & 2 bedroom VIEW SUITES Available immediately Clean, quiet & well maintained. Air conditioning

Walking distance to hospital. Close to schools & shopping

Senior Discounts & other Discounts/Move In Incentives now available.

FARM WANTED for sheep/beef production. Must have suitable barn corral, fencing, etc. 604-287-7180

Homes for Rent

The Wellness Studio - 405 Railway Ave. 250-571-8930

Community Volunteer Groups The Royal Canadian Legion #113

301 Brink St., Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 Phone: 250-453-2423 Fax # 250-453-9625

Motel Units:


Cache Creek: 4 Bdrm hse n/s preferred. $950.00/mo Pls call 250.457.9921

Cars - Sports & Imports

Room & Board

ATTENTION COLLECTORS 1980 CAMARO, only 50,000 K on reblt punched 305 eng. 3 spd. Needs some body work. For more info. 1-250-5239762. (Logan Lake)

Cache Creek: Furnished Room + use of the house. $350.00 pls call 250.457.9928

2 Bedroom • 1 Bedroom Bachelor

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557 Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW DL9597 Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

Rooms for Rent

715 Railway Avenue, Ashcroft

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0� Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

Ashcroft downtown, 4 bdrm; 2 bath; den; fridge & stove. Newly painted, new laminate floors & blinds. Avail. immed. $900/mo & utilities. Call 250453-9929

FURNISHED room in family home in Sidney. Close to town and bus routes. $500.00 per month. (778) 426-3433 or email:

Apartments Available NOW!

Scrap Car Removal SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Breathe through a straw for 60 seconds. That’s what breathing is like with cystic fibrosis. No wonder so many people with CF stop breathing in their early 30s.

*All units have full kitchenettes, air conditioning, cable TV and Internet access

Nightly • Weekly • Monthly On-Site Managers Contact 250-457-0235 250-453-9129 Ashcroft: 1bdrm, newly reno’d aptmt in Cornwall Pl. New S/S F/S, , W/D, nice view D/D req. $550/mo N/S N/P Pls call 778.227.8938 or Ashlee 604833-0567 Ashcroft 2 Bdrm. Condo, new reno. Grn’d floor. Quiet w/view. w/d; small pet ok. Avail.after Apr 1.Ref. & d/d req’d.Call 250-453-9920 Ashcroft Cornwall Pl. One bdrm. furnished condo, great view, fully equipped. Damage dep and ref reqd. $600/mo incl Hydro. Call 604-220-0623 or 250.453.2080


Dr. Sara Sen

Please give our Resident Manager Dan Laurie a chance to impress you. 250-457-0433


Clean, Affordable, Convenient Downtown Location across from Beautiful Heritage Park

Health and Lifestyle Consulting

Rent includes heat, hotwater & cable TV (valued at over $100/month)

1 Bdrm Cabin for single n/s person. F/S $450.00 per mo. Please call: 250-453-9983

Ashcroft Apartment & Motel

Medical Scientist and Psychophysiologist from England

Auto Financing

Cottages / Cabins

Apt/Condo for Rent

Dr. Sara Sen MSc PhD Dip. M. Stress Consult.


Cache Creek, 1&2 bdrm apts in Canyon Heights or Ponderosa. Pls Call 250-457-0035


Expert of the Week

South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society

601 Bancroft St. Box 603, Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0 250-453-9656

Ashcroft and District Fall Fair Contact Person: Janna 250-457-6614 Contact Person: Jessica 250-453-2352

St. Alban’s Anglican Church Hall, 501 Brink Street Tel: 250-453-9909 or 250-453-9651 - All Welcome

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Rotary Club

Contact Person: Denise Fiddick Phone 250-453-9547

Desert Spokes Cycle Society Phone 250-457-9348

Ashcroft Curling Club Ashcroft & District Rodeo Association Phone: 250-457-9390

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ashcroft/Cache Creek Volunteer Chapter Phone 250-374-8307

Ashcroft and Masonic Lodge Zarthan Lodge No#105 Contact Person: Fred Dewick

Phone 250-453-2415

Ashcroft & District Tennis Association Contact Person: Maria Russell Martin Phone 250-453-9391

Ashcroft & District Lions Club Contact Person: Lion Vivian Phone 250-453-9077

Ashcroft-Cache Creek Seniors Assc. 601 Bancroft St., Ashcroft, BC Phone 250-453-9762

Ashcroft Volunteer Fire Department Phone 250-453-2233

Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Phone 250-457-9967

South Cariboo Sportsmen Assc. #3366 Attn: Marian Pitt, Box 341, Ashcroft BC V0K 1A0

Soccer Association Contact: Sandi Harry

Phone 250-457-9366

Minor Hockey Association

Contact: Lisa Tegart Phone 250-453-9881 Email:

Historic Hat Creek Ranch Contact: Jack Jeyes

Phone 250-453-2259

The Ashcroft & District Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Store

Cache Creek/Ashcroft Elks Lodge #262

Royal Canadian Sea Cadet

Kinsmen Club of South Cariboo

601 Bancroft St., Ashcroft, BC Phone 250-453-9944

Contact Person: SLt. Curran 250-453-2082 Patty Newman, Navy League President 250-457-9575 Email:

Phone 250-457-7114

Contact Person: Dave 250-453-9062

Cache Creek Recreation Society Contact Person: Jackie

Communities in Bloom

Taoist Tai Chi

Contact Person: Danita Howard Phone 250-453-9907 e-mail:

Ashcroft Hospice Program

Contact Persons: Shirley 250-453-9202 or Marijke 250-453-0050

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society


District Commissioner: Sandy Agatiello

Phone 250-453-2341

Soups On

Contact Persons: Andrea Walker 250-453-9402 or Marijke Stott 250-453-0050

Please help us.

Sage & Sand Pony Club

Phone 250-457-9122

Ashcroft Royal Purple Phone 250-457-9122

Bridging to Literacy Contact Person: Ann Belcham 250-453-9417

The “Purpose of Sunday� Car Club President: Tom Lowe 240-457-6564

SCI Thompson River, B.C. Chapter Ken Brown - Phone: 250-453-9415

Contact Person: Jessica 250.453.2352 or Nadine 450.453.9100

Ashcroft Yoga Group

Canadian Red Cross - Health Equipment Loan Program (H.E.L.P.)

Second Time Around

Ashcroft Hospital - 250-453-2244

Call Marijke - Phone: 250-453-0050

201 Railway Ave., Ashcroft BC Val Martin 250-457-3080


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 The Journal

Food Bank benefits from haircuts and satellite TV It was a good week for the Elizabeth Fry Society and the food bank. On Wednesday, Telus’ Service Manager for the Kamloops Cariboo region, Kirk Panser (right) dropped by to deliver a donation for $20,500. The money was raised through local sales of satellite TV. Then Ashcroft secondary school’s cosmetology instructor Brenda Moore and her students Tore McIntyre, Audrey Quade and Tanisha DeKoning came by to deliver food they had collected in lieu of money for haircuts.

FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.



The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.


Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal, March 20, 2012  

March 20, 2012 edition of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

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