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Several have been at it for more than 20 years and now they need your help. Members of the executive of the Smithers Special Olympics local admit they are tired after many years of dedicated service and hope some members of the community step up to give them a break. “We’re just trying to hold things together right now,” Gayle Harding, programme coordinator with Special Olympics in Smithers said. “We’re not in a good position.” Gayle, 72 and her husband Earnie, 74, moved to Smithers from Nakusp on New Year’s Eve, 1983 with their daughter Lorell, who has special needs. The Hardings were only too aware of how difficult raising a special needs child could be, including finding activities for them to participate in, as well as finding a safe school. When they arrived in Smithers, the Hardings, wanted to ensure there was programming for Lorell, so they immediately went to work helping to form what is today the High Road Services Society, an organization that provides support for independent living, semi-independent living, teaches self help skills and provides supported employment for people like Lorell. Then, in 1998, the Hardings signed up

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their special needs granddaughter, Sheila, with the newly formed Smithers Special Olympics local. “We were caring for Sheila and there was a need to get her involved in activities in the community,” Gayle said. “So we enrolled her in bowling with Special Olympics.” Shortly thereafter, notices were sent out notifying parents Special Olympics in Smithers was likely to disband for a lack of funding and the individuals running the local chapter were looking to retire, so the Hardings volunteered. “We were happy to fill that role because it meant a great deal to us,” Gayle said. “We just dug right in.” The Hardings held the meetings in their own home, with Earnie taking on the role of program co-ordinator, fundraiser and even helped establish a recycling program and a bottle depot, all with the goal of raising funds for Special Olympics in Smithers. Today, after 14 years of dedicated service to Special Olympics in Smithers and many more years dedicated to programs for special needs children and adults in Smithers and Nakusp, the Hardings are ready to pass the gauntlet. “Because of our age and the age of the other local executive, we are very concerned Percy N. Hébert/The Interior-News about the future of Special Olympics in Special Olympics athlete, Franklin Smith of Smithers, Smithers.” keeps an eye on his bowling ball. See SO on Page A3

Layoffs intended to avoid a deficit at Northwest Community College have prompted a challenge from the union representing college instructors. Cindy Oliver, president of the Federation of PostSecondary Educators of B.C., said on Friday that

NWCC managers failed to fully consult or notify instructors about the layoffs. “We felt the college jumped the gun and issued a bunch of layoff notices that they weren’t intending to use,” she said. Notices first went to every NWCC instructor in the union before a second round of notices made it clear only some were being laid off, explained Oliver.

“That’s just no way to treat people, frankly,” she said. “It gets people upset for weeks on end without really knowing what’s going on.” Oliver also said college managers failed to fully consult instructors or the college’s Education Council before the layoff notices were announced, as required by B.C. law. B.C.’s Labour Relations

Board is now considering an appeal from the union on that issue. “The employer has to be honest and open their books, and we need to see how we can mitigate some of this,” said Oliver, adding that early retirements or a longerterm deficit plan are two ways NWCC may be able to avoid layoffs. “Every college has gone through this at one time

or another, and they’ve worked it out,” Oliver said, noting New Caledonia College in Prince George experienced a difficult round of budget cuts with minimal layoffs. In an open letter posted March 13 to the NWCC website, college president Dr. Denise Henning wrote that nearly all the employees affected by the layoffs have been notified. See NWCC on Page A3

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Freemasons look to build a better future By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

In upholding their motto, “making good men better,” the Freemasons of Smithers recently donated funds to a number of community organizations, that depend on groups like the Freemasons to help build the community. With over 200 jurisdictions world wide the Freemasons build stronger communities around the globe by helping to build better men at every aspect of life. Here in Smithers the Freemasons are about 60 members strong and are hoping to see those numbers grow in the future. “I think in order to continue to grow we have to be seen to be relevant to the young men of today and into the future,” said Tedd Bobb. “I think we bring a traditional value system but those values are never going to

change and I think it’s a great organization that mixes together men of different generations.” While other community based clubs post events to raise money for charity the Freemasons donate funds directly from it’s members without any outside solicitation to the public. This year they donated to four different organizations including the Brain Injury Society, the Bulkley Valley Hospice, the Salvation Army and one of their own initiatives the Cancer Car Service. In 1987 the Freemasons partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society to provide a cancer car service, taking away the worries for families and patients when they need to get to cancer treatments. The masons collectively buy a car and volunteers drive patients to their treatments as needed. The masons currently have a program in Vancouver and soon

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hope to have one here in the north once the Cancer clinic in Prince George is built. “We will provide volunteer drivers,” explains Bobb. “We buy the cars and that charity is funded by the members from their own lodges. We all individually contribute to that and fund it. We don’t go to the public and solicit funds.” Freemasons want to assist communities by

teaching valuable lessons rooted in tradition. A notion that has been dwindling in recent years. However, with their continued dedication those vales remain intact in Smithers. After experiencing first hand how important the work organizations like the Brain Injury Society do, Tony Greco wanted the Freemasons to help ensure they have the financial support they need to continue

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when gyms are being used by students. Securing use of a soccer pitch is also difficult, either they’re being used by students or by the local soccer association. Because most of the activities have to take place during the day, the Smithers Special Olympics local also has difficulty finding available coaches. For example, Special Olympics soccer practices are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. − 5:30 p.m. However, the coach works until 5:00 p.m. The hope is the coach will be able to leave work early to

NWCC cuts to avoid deficit NWCC from A1 But the exact scope of the layoffs will not be known until April, Henning added, as the college is still negotiating with affected staff. “The administration will continue to work proactively with union leaders to ensure that as we address our fiscal realities, the quality and high standards that have been set at NWCC are not eroded,” she wrote. Regina Saimoto, NWCC’s campus principal for Houston and Smithers, said in an email, the college is facing a deficit of about $1.6 million for the current fiscal year. If nothing is done,

Saimoto said the deficit would likely rise to $2 million next year. NWCC has 544 employees working at eight locations across northwest B.C. The majority, 306, are employed at the Terrace campus. The Houston campus employs nine people and another 99 are employed at the campus in Smithers. Salaries and benefits make up three quarters of NWCC’s annual $30.5 million operating budget, with 57 per cent of that portion going to instructors, another 30 per cent to support staff and 13.5 per cent to administrators.

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Legacy project takes the next step, more R-3 still needed By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

The empty corner at Main and Broadway could soon look much different from a barren lot. Tuesday night Smithers Council approved a grant application in the amount of $67,000 to Heritage Canada for a planed town square style green space on the vacant site. However, there were concerns raised by council before the approval went forward.

“The concern that was expressed by councillor Brinesse was just whether there was going to be opportunities in the future to deepen that public consultation, have an opportunity for the public to comment on the actual design,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach. “The comment I raised was whether we’re going to have a chance to see a more refined design than the one that will be included in the grant application.”

The big push at this point is getting the grant application in so we can secure those funds from Heritage Canada and make this happen.” Smithers council also had two delegations last Tuesday from the Groundbreakers Collective and the Skateboard Park. The Groundbreakers, an organization dedicated to providing the community with fresh, locally grown food is looking for a new home for

the Princess Garden. Currently located at the corner of Princess St. and Princess Cres. G ro u n d b re a ke r s are actively looking for another area to plant the garden and asked council to aid them in that search if possible. “I hope the Town will consider lots that they might have,” Gale Jenne said. “And if they’re not being used, then maybe offer them up.” The Skateboard Park is getting set for

a possible upgrade. Jason Krauskopf spoke to council about the importance of keeping the skate park up to date and fresh as it continues to attract droves of boarders and has clearly outgrown its current borders. Krauskopf mentioned the need for a larger skate park is a priority and is working on a plan to expand the highway side park within the next two years to accommodate the growing number

of boards and bikes. Council also discussed another possible rezoning bylaw on Walnut Drive from P-2 to R-3. Medium density rezoning has been on council’s agenda already this year and is clearly becoming an important issue for some. Increased traffic patterns again were a top concern, however, Councillor Frank Wray says although higher density housing is needed those concerns must be taken into consideration.

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Stewart: Passion for hot rods By Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News

For Gordon Stewart of Telkwa, cars have been a passion for as long as he can remember. “My dad liked mechanics and so I got into mechanics and then I got into cars,” Stewart explained. The most recent result of that passion is a fully restored 1935 Ford two-door slantback, a project that occupied him happily for four years. Silver with red trim on the side panels, doors and back hatch, the car looks like it just rolled off the production line. “Everybody says it looks really pretty,” Stewart said pointing to the slant back “I think it is, I’m very happy with it.” Stewart’s skill at rebuilding vehicles is evidenced by a stack of trophies, twelve of which are for a ‘35 Ford truck, earned at various i car shows h throughout h h B.C., ini cluding Smithers, Prince George and Vancouver Island. The truck took six years to rebuild. One of his favourite projects, a 1930 model A Roadster pickup, was completed in 1962 and featured in the magazine Popular Hot Rodding. The car still survives in the care of a friend in Victoria. “It looks just the same as when I built it, he keeps it in real nice condition,” Stewart said fondly of the roadster. Re-building cars is just in his blood, Stewart said, when asked what it was about the hobby that motivated him. “I was always into cars and liked to play with that sort of stuff,” he said standing in his garage, with shelves loaded with trophies from his racing days which included building a 200 mph dragster with his buddies. “We went all over B.C.and the states to race.” Prior to arriving in Telkwa, Stewart ran the family bakery in Victoria, Willie’s Bakery on Johnston Street, which still operates today. Although he enjoyed working

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Gordon Stewart stands with his two latest projects, including a ‘35 Ford truck that earned him several awards at car chows throughout the province. in the bakery, working around flour for 25 years took its toll on his lungs and so he decided to move to Telkwa. While in Victoria , Stewart, 74, a retired truck driver, became involved in hot rods at the age of 19 when he started the Century Toppers car club with his friends. Although he is passionate about rebuilding cars, Stewart admitted, with a chuckle, there’s nothing easy about any facet of rebuilding a car. For example, the newly finished car and the truck, he said were just bodies when he found them. “For the car I had to get the frame from somewhere else and the truck didn’t have fenders on it,” he said. Probably the biggest challenge of rebuilding cars or trucks is finding parts, Stewart explained. Finding the right part, whether it be a grill, hood or something else, especially an original part, involves scouring the landscape across the province.

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Once the parts are found, they have to be cleaned up, with metal parts from bolts and nuts to frames being sandblasted. Engine mounts have to be refrabricated to suit the new engine being installed. For the pieces that can’t be found, or can’t be salvaged, there are manufacturers who specialize in making aftermarket parts that resemble vintage parts. Another element to be considered is the type of engine to put in the vehicle. For the slantback, Stewart decided to go with a GM 350 V8 with fuel injection. “Apparently they get really good mileage,” he said. Although the vehicles are in mint condition, Stewart does take the truck out for drives and has every intention of driving the Ford slantback, around town and on longer trips, even to Vancouver Island. Although the trips can be lengthy, there is one big rule that is never broken, ever. No eating or drinking allowed. “None of that stuff, we don’t want any

accidents,” he said, shaking his head. Who can blame him. Stewart figures he has invested about $50,000 in the car and another $50,000 in the truck, significant investments not to be tarnished by a coffee or ketchup stain. Despite his last two projects taking the better part of his spare time for the last 10 years, Stewart isn’t taking a break. In his barn there’s a 35 Ford four-door sedan waiting for his attention. “It’s a barn find,” Stewart said. “It’s as if someone drove it into the barn, turned the key off and walked away.” As for advice to anyone contemplating on taking up car rebuilding as a hobby, Stewart went straight to the heart of the matter. “All the power to them, but they have to realize they need a shop to do this and all the tools and equipment,” he said. In addition to the right tools, Stewart added one more key item. “It just takes time,” he said.

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Say yes to Special Olympics According to Statistics Canada, the number of volunteer hours in Canada, rose to 2 billion in 2004 from just over 1 billion in 2000. Volunteer hours were dedicated to a broad spectrum of non-profit and voluntary organizations. Leading the way with 21 per cent of those hours were sports and recreation organizations, followed by religion and social services with 19 and 12 per cent, respectively. Of the more than 160,000 non-profit and voluntary organizations, only eight per cent are dedicated to persons with special needs. In British Columbia, there 20,270 non-profit and voluntary organizations, 11 per cent of which dedicate themselves to serving people with disabilities. One of those groups is Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. In Canada, the first national competition hosted by Special Olympics Canada was in 1969. Today, Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to improving the lives of more than 34,000 athletes of various ages. Smithers has its own Special Olympics local, led by Gayle and Earnie Harding. The Smithers Special Olympics local has been around since 1996 and the Hardings have been there for all but two of those years, dedicating themselves to helping their granddaughter who has special needs and the lives of other special needs persons in Smithers. Unfortunately, but certainly understandable, after many years of dedicated leadership, the Hardings and other members of the executive committee are ready to pass the torch on to others. Despite the strong levels of volunteerism, up to 58 per cent of the non-profit and voluntary organizations told Statistics Canada their biggest challenge was attracting the types of volunteers they needed and almost half said they also have difficulty retaining volunteers. By this standard alone, the Hardings and their fellow executive members have given more than their fair share of time. But, judging by the informal poll the Interior-News conducted this week, and by our Streeter responses, Smithers is chock full of volunteers and people who want to volunteer. I hope a few dedicated volunteers step up and take the torch and ensure the Smithers Olympics local continues to put smiles on faces. I know I will.

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Moving the Gitxsan community forward Stepping back and starting anew


here should be a place for everyone in a new Gitxsan Nation organization. We have children, youth and adults, all of whom need choices. Choices in education, employment and security, and some people with serious needs. They need to know that all of our leaders --Gitxsan Nation level, elected community representatives, program and service delivery organizations, have the hopes and desires, problems and issues of all Gitxsan people uppermost in their minds. In other words, we need to work together to achieve success for everyone. The politics of exclusion that have been so much a part of the Gitxsan Treaty office (“GTO”) for the last 15 years cannot continue in a new Gitxsan Nation organization. We are one people, and continuing to promote arbitrary and unnecessary divisions amongst ourselves given our historic and contemporary realities is unwise and unhealthy. But first, we need to know where we stand with regard to the Gitxsan Chiefs Office (“GCO”) and Gitxsan Treaty Society (“GTS”). For that reason, we need to take three important steps, as follows: Step 1 Establish who the “members” of any new organization will be. Contrary to what has been espoused for far too long, the Sgogam Simoighet (head chief) does not have all the say.

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Wing chiefs and House ouse members must also have a say in matters that affect the entire House and Gitxsan Nation. For example, while preparing for the Delgamuukw case, the plaintiffs for each House were identified after lengthy meetings with the head chief and his or her House members, not just the head chief. Step 2: Once we decide who will be the members of any continued, or new, Gitxsan organization, there will need to be a complete review of the GTS’ finances and governance documents. It would be unwise for the “members” to appoint a new board before we know the actual financial status of the GCO and the GTS, which means having access to all their financial and other governance records (minutes, contracts, investments, financial source documents, etc). Step 3: Its easy to appoint board members, but finding Gitxsan individuals who are capable of changing the

organizational culture from what we have experienced for the last 15 years will be a challenge. It will take extraordinary leadership for the Gitxsan people – that is, all Gitxsan people – to come together as one. This means that the “members” of our senior organization, in whatever form it takes legally (under the Society Act, or otherwise), must choose very, very carefully who the board members of the new organization will be. This cannot be a snap decision, because where we eventually end up as a “nation” depends on the leadership skills, board experience and values of each board member. But equally crucial is the choice of ‘chair’ for the board. The success of the board, and ultimately of the Gitxsan Nation, will be directly linked to the leadership qualities of the board chair. In the meantime, while we are building this new organization, we will need a qualified ‘care-taker’ body to look after routine on-going business. Once established, the new board will have three main responsibilities.

First, it must establish the vision, mission, values and goals of the Gitxsan Nation, and be held accountable for achieving the strategic plan it has developed. Next, the board must hire a qualified Executive Director. This individual must have a proven track record of achievement in senior management positions, be respectful, have a strong moral compass, and understand the organizational boundaries that go with such an important position. If a Gitxsan person does not meet the criteria, then we need to seek an outside person. Having the right qualifications is critical. Finally, the board must monitor and evaluate on a regular basis, the Executive Director in terms of the achievement of the Gitxsan Nation’s goals and objectives within the strategic plan established by the board. And, not only must the board regularly monitor the financial status of the organization, the Board must hold publicly advertised Annual General Meetings, and Special General Meetings, open to all Gitxsan people. In closing, the plaintiffs in Delgamuukw worked hard, without pay, for the good of all Gitxsan people. They didn’t spend their time talking about being hereditary chiefs – they were hereditary chiefs. The plaintiffs were forward looking, thoughtful, kind and honest. They were big people, with big hearts and kind thoughts. We would do well to follow their example.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Solutions for Gitxsan Editor: Our native friends in Hazelton, namely the Gitxsan, seem to have a problem. We have one Queen who rules through an elected parliament. We call that Democracy. Imagine that we had 65 Queens and no parliament. And that they had to rule by consensus and could appoint anybody to any committee to represent the whole nation. That seems what is happening in the Gitxsan Territory. The chiefs inherited their positions not based on any special skills or qualifications. Some undoubtedly

did get some education and much teaching from earlier elders. But do they truly represent the people? Maybe the people see other nations fighting for Democracy and they also want a more direct voice. I would think that today there are many issues that the chiefs are not prepared for or have no experience in. As an outsider, who thinks that more stability is needed in the area for economic improvement for the whole area, I would like to make some suggestions. Keep your system of elder and chiefs to promote your culture and values but limit their ruling powers. You cannot turn the clock back 200 years.

You have already adopted all the modern inventions including the methods of transportation. Why not modify your system of government to better represent your people within the larger concept of British Columbia and Canada. How about a legal Society, made up of 12 people, half being elders and half ordinary people. All positions would be elected for 3 or 4 year terms and be based on true ability. A constitution would have to be drawn up to define and limit the powers just like in any society. Certain things like treaties or spending over a certain amount, would still need a referendum. Everyone should feel represented and

all available money be used to everybody’s advantage. This may be a simplistic solution . I did not mean to insult or belittle anyone, but a change is really needed. Doug Boersema Telkwa

NWCC cuts will disfigure Editor: In India, when a person drops out of school, he or she does not get a second chance to return

to continue that education according to my two young Punjabi women students. Not accident, nor ill health nor poverty nor abuse is excused in their one-time only system. We are so fortunate in Canada - in British Columbia. We continue to provide access and support to adults who want and need to complete their interrupted educations to improve their own and their children’s quality of life. Continued top right

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However, that access and support is slipping away under our very noses. We can witness it firsthand in the quiet but alarming erosion of our developmental education department at our very own Northwest Community College. The college is in a deficit. We have all heard that. We do know that part of that deficit is a result of the failure of the provincial government to factor a cost of living increase into the base budget; thus we have lost purchasing power. We also know that it costs more to offer programs and services to citizens in this remote, immense, sparsely populated part of the world. The provincial government has also failed to modify a funding formula to rural and northern colleges, which are not able to capitalize on economies of scale, easy access to goods and support services, and high population densities. There is another culprit closer to home, I suspect. And that may be our own past college management and board of governors who let this deficit mount even though, from my understanding, it is against the law to let this occur. And now in an effort to recuperate from past poor, possibly irresponsible –even illegal spending decisions, a new management and a new board of governors seem to have adopted a utilitarian ethos of cutting off limbs to save the college body. I doubt if the amputations will truly save this body. I fear, however, that it will disfigure it beyond recognition. Efficiency is the sign of the times. The developmental department at the college is not efficient according to the very small cadre of upper managers who are making all the deficitbusting decisions. We, and you, don’t know what research or analysis is being used to guide this administration’s decisions, however. We – many of us at the college in both support and faculty positions - have repeatedly asked for this research, so we can see for ourselves the ‘facts’ that are guiding the deep, arbitrary cuts. That crucially important information has not been forthcoming. No one will provide us with that indisputable evidence. In triage, doesn’t the medic determine where the bleeding is coming from before the life-saving intervention is attempted? We do not know where we have been bleeding from, and this college’s management will not share their research nor their decision-making criteria or their methodology. Back to efficiency. Hitler’s Final Solution was efficient; Ford’s assembly lines were efficient; the residential schools’ bathroom policy of using only 2 squares of toilet paper was efficient. Efficiency, you see, is not all that matters. Effectiveness and medium and longterm benefits also matter. They are, however, much more difficult and thought-consuming to measure. 37% of the college deficit is being paid for by gutting developmental education across this college region. What is developmental education? See NWCC on Page A8


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Effectiveness best measure of an education NWCC from Page A7 Those are the classes that do not exist in India. Remember India, no second chances. In our college region, there have been several small campus closures and those that remain have been reduced by more than half of the teaching faculty and a portion of the support staff positions. We can only suppose (we cannot know as we have not been given the evidence) that this is efficiency at work. Effectiveness now that’s a different story. What does effectiveness look like? Effectiveness gives an adult learner the evidence to believe they are not ‘too stupid’ or ‘too old’ to learn new skills. Effectiveness sees people who have been shut in to their homes in abusive relationships make new friends (both other learners as well as teachers) and understand they can make different choices in their lives. Effectiveness gives a single mom the skills and confidence to role model the importance of education and the ability to help her children with their homework. Effectiveness lets a parent with an improved literacy level read bedtime stories to his children. Effectiveness gives the past-middleaged hard working man, who has been injured in the forestry industry, a glimmer of hope he can learn something that will enable him to make

“Miracles happen in our classrooms . They are not efficient by traditional number-crunching methods of analyses.”

a living without sacrificing his health. Miracles happen in our classrooms. They are not efficient by traditional number-crunching methods of analyses. Many of our learners take more than one semester to complete a grade-level of study. Many of our learners target their studies to take only prerequisites for entry into other programs, so they look on paper as if they have not completed a full grade level. Many of our learners transfer part way through a program to move to a bigger centre. Many of our learners have cognitive delays and additional barriers preventing them from completing an official level of study. Many of our adult learners interrupt their education to respond to the demands and responsibilities of family and community, and if they are gone too long, they must start over – but the good news is they are given that opportunity! These are all still successes by a more insightful, searching, meaningful analysis of success or

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effectiveness. The faculty in developmental education programs see very different people than do our esteemed colleagues who teach in the professional and university programs. By the time a learner is ready and able to attend university and professional programs in business, nursing, criminology or social work, they have most often already worked through many of their issues of unreliable child care, abusive relationships, poverty, lack of transportation, low self-esteem, funding boondoggles, unsupportive family relationships as well as gained a mastery of the specific subject

content they need to carry on with their studies. They have succeeded in those daunting and multiple challenges in developmental education classrooms. Those who do not go on to postsecondary programs have improved their quality of life in some measure – not the measure used by the current provincial government or Northwest Community College’s current upper management, but by a higher, more authoritative measure of success – their own experiences of self-worth and effectiveness in their own lives and with their families and in their jobs and in their communities. Fewer than half of the population of learners in development education programs will be served this coming academic year. Those in small and more remote communities will essentially be denied any access at all. The medium and

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long range impacts of this are yet to be felt, but they certainly include fewer people contributing to, or being able to take advantage of the economic prosperity that we have been told is on the horizon. The community capacity building potential of our region is irresistibly diminished in proportion to our diminished opportunities for citizens to upgrade their levels of secondary education. We deny a significant proportion of our region’s own citizens one important avenue to escape marginalization and to more fully participate in, and contribute to, our region’s health, prosperity and improved quality of life. I grieve for those folks who would have been our future learners who now have been shut out by the college’s short sighted and counterproductive decisions. What a needless and terrible shame. Judy McCloskey Terrace




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Smithers radiation patients will travel less By Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News

The BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North in Prince George took delivery of the first of two linear accelerators this week and eventually will reduce travelling times for radiation therapy patients across northern B.C., including Smithers. “This is a wonderful addition for the Smithers cancer patients,” chemotherapy nurse at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital, Lorretta Mehr said. At present, cancer patients needing radiation treatments must travel to the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan or Vancouver Island for their treatments, which can add a certain amount of stress on certain levels. “We’re very excited, this is a big milestone for all of the north,” communication specialist with the Northern Cancer Control Strategy, Sonya Kruger said. Radiation treatments usually average 3-6 weeks, Mehr explained and having a treatment centre in Prince George means local patients will be able to come home on the weekend. Having the facility in Prince George, will also make it easier for family members to travel with the patients, Mehr said of the few dozen radiation therapy patients in Smithers. Although the accelerator is in place, there are still several steps to be taken before the two machines are in use, Chief




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The first of two linear accelerators arrives at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North, as part of a shipment containing more than 30 separate pieces. The machines will be used to deliver radiation therapy in cancer treatment, ushering in new services for Northern BC residents. The cancer centre will open in Prince George in late 2012. Project Manager with the Northern Cancer Control Strategy, Hal Collier said. “We need to get the machines in place, calibrated and tested, those are the most important tasks with this project,” Collier said. Collier did say the project was on track


ment of capital. In addition to the $3 million for each of the linear accelerators, there are also the salaries for the staff needed to administer the therapy, as well as the construction of a, “huge cement bunker,” to house the equipment, Collier said.


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Pottinger wins northwest welding title By Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News

Crystal Pottinger of Smithers recently took first place in a welding competitionl at the Canada Skills regional competition. “It felt really good,” Pottinger said of her win last March 9. The win was especially nice, Pottinger said, because one of her competitors was getting a little competitive. “Now I have bragging rights,” she said. A first year student at Northwest Community College student in the Ace-It program, Pottinger, 17,took up welding because she hopes the skill will provide her with job security. Pottinger admits the she found the AceIt program enticing because she could replace her last year of high school with her first year of college and her tuition fees were paid for by the school district. Only partway through training for her C-ticket in welding, Pottinger has al-

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“There’s always something to learn and you can always get better at it.”

- Crystal Pottinger

ready eady looked into the future. uture. Her perfect job, she he said, would be as an underwater welder, which would require her to obtain her Aticket icket in welding. “I would also have to o learn how to scuba dive,” Pettinger said with ith a llaugh. h Unsure if underwater welding will be a part of her future, Pottinger admitted she would be happy fabricating. “I just like making things with metal,” she said. “I like the fabricating end of welding.” At the Canada Skills competition, Pottinger and her competitors

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Crystal Pottinger won the regional welding competition. had to cut a hole in a sheet of steel using an oxyfuel torch and then fit a pipe through the hole, weld the pipe in place and then cap the pipe at both ends. Judges, Pottinger said, were looking for a ti tight ht seall b between t th the sheet of steel and the pipe as well as clean edges in the welding. The win in Terrace, earned Pottinger a berth in the provincial competition scheduled for April on the Lower Mainland. Pottinger hopes to take her spot at the competition, but is waiting to hear about travel arrangements.

In the meantime, Pottinger is glad she entered the welding program. “It’s something I have fun with,” she said. “There’s always something to learn and d you can always l gett better at it.”

Full report cards will soon return to the Bulkley Valley School District now that Bill 22 has legislated an end to job action by teachers. Elementary school students will be the first to receive full report cards, after Board of Education members voted to bump up their next report card day from March 16 to April 19. “We don’t necessarily know what shape or form that will look like as things play out at the provincial level, but we will send report cards home at that time,” said Superintendent of Schools Chris van der Mark. “We certainly appreciate the work teachers have done to inform people at this time,” he

added. Since September, teachers have offered to give students informal updates on their performance, as well as doing their regular inclass marking. “We certainly appreciate the work and the professionalism of our teachers in this valley throughout this time,” van der Mark said. “It’s a tense time.” Recess returns in April Bulkley Valley public schools will also see a return to regular recesses, starting as early as April 2. Since mid-November, classes have started 15 minutes later than usual because teachers refused duties outside class hours as part of job action organized by the B.C. Teachers Federation. At the time, school

district officials said the 27 non-teaching staff who had taken over recess supervision were getting burned out after handling the duties of 140 teachers. Parents and bus drivers will be notified about the change shortly after Spring Break. Exchange change More fee-paying international students may be coming to the Bulkley Valley. A revised policy on the school district’s exchanges program is in the works, and would look to add a small number of new students. Officials will also consider raising the $8,000 tuition for feepaying exchange students, which they say is below what Victoria pays for B.C. residents.

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ick up a horseshoe for luck, protection against witches, evil. Legend is Mars (iron) is the enemy of Saturn (God of Witches). Nailed to the front door with two ends uppermost: luck does not “run out.” Attended Seed Propagation at the Library. My potatoes have been scabby for the past two years, hoped to find out why. Instructor Irene Howard presented tons of information on seeds, planting, growing. We are zone 2/2B: watch the date on seed packets; store seeds carefully, they are alive but in dormant stage; do not compact dirt around seeds when planting; use warm water when watering. My potatoes? I need peat moss to lower the pH along with some fresh dirt. Next in the series: Harvesting Maple Syrup with Patrick Williston. Fact: It takes 3,650 peanuts to fill a 5-pound container of peanut butter. Half of all edible peanuts are used to make peanut butter. Attended Council meeting: changes to their process shortened the evening significantly and made it understandable. We may see a park like area with seating where the old Mohawk Gas Station was. There is talk of expanding the skateboard park. A firm requested rezoning of the Christian School site so apartments/condos could be built. A presentation

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by Groundbreakers informed us they are looking for a new site for the Princess Gardens; they want to see more garden sites around town; requested a by-law so people could have a few chickens in their backyard. Mayor Bachrach is available to community members every Tuesday from noon to 2pm at Town Hall if you have something you would like to discuss. Also CICK 93.9FM recorded the entire meeting and is broadcasting some of the highlights on Fridays (over the noon hour), following the meeting with a councillor available to answer questions. Never played Bridge: lessons start mid-march. Jane 250847-3738, Jeanette 250-846-9126. Fastest growing group with HIV/ AIDS: 55 and over. Senior Co-housing with Charles Durrett, Co-housing Architect, Author, Della Herman Theatre April 2, 7:30pm. Collaborative housing, residents participate in design and operation of their own neighbourhood. A new approach to affordable, sustainable senior’s housing. Free admission.

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Information www. I plan to attend Divas and Friends, March 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre. Benefit for the Smithers Art Gallery. Music and performances: Mark Perry, Pe Boys of the Bush Bu plus a long line of local artists, each worth wo an evening of listening, list never mind all in one night. Adults $15, youth

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Wise words from “the tallest freestanding fiddle player” By Andrew Hudson Smithers/Interior News

I became a channel for something much bigger. So said the late Oliver Schroer, who taught dozens of young Smithers fiddlers how to play and to play around with music. Those words are among many Schroer sayings that calligrapher Julie Maloney has penned in a collection she called Oli-isms. “He was someone

who thought very deeply,” Maloney says. After hearing him interviewed on CBC Radio’s Tapestry, Maloney picked up Schroer albums like Camino—pieces he recorded live in churches along Spain’s 1000-km Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail. Maloney enjoyed the improvised style of those pieces, and the sounds of birds, bells and neighbourhood dogs that Schroer’s mobile recording gear

picked up around him. But it was another Schroer journeys, his “Chemino,” that got Maloney writing. As Schroer struggled with chemotherapy and leukemia, he sent an email newsletter to his friends where he shared his thoughts on life and music. Maloney returned some of those wise words to Schroer on cards she wrote in an Italic script—gifts that he hung on a clothesline in his room at Prin-

cess Margaret hospital. After Schroer passed, his friend and fellow musician Emilyn Stam suggested that she make a book from the cards—the beginning of Oli-isms. Melanie Law, a student of Schroer’s who now leads The Twisted String fiddle group in Smithers, says her copy is bristling with bright pink sticky notes. “He was super wise,” she said, laughing. Law was 11 when she first met the 6’5 fid-

dler, who sported an extra three-inch mohawk at the time. “I was quite intimidated at first,” she said. “But I wrote a song in my first lesson, and ever since then I’ve been writing songs.” Roughly forty fiddlers are in The Twisted String, which has several chapters in B.C. Law said that the Smithers group, who are now ages 13 to 18, played the Alpenhorn last week and have an upcoming show in

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Prince George. But like Schroer, who recorded ten albums in just 14 years, Law has lots on the go. She now plays in

seven bands, including a six-piece “klezmer dance band” called the Klezmer Cats, which includes another member of The Twisted String. “I don’t know if I’d still be playing music if I hadn’t met him,” Law said, adding that it was because of Schroer she and other young Smithers musicians started to write instead of reciting music. “I think he really gave us a big gift there,” she said.


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Hankin-Evelyn: a new breed of backcountry skiing By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

If you were up in the alpine at the Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation Area this month chances are you ran into some media folk on a mission to tell the world about the amazing project a little community in northwestern BC built. Over the course of March backcountry ski opportunities have been front and center for a number of publications. This week a Globe and Mail writer will be spending a couple of days up at Bear Lodge to get a feel for the backcountry. Last week two journalists and two pro skiers traveling from Jasper to Prince Rupert by train made sure to make the HankinEvelyn Backcountry Recreation Area a stop on their trip. After two days of skiing the Hankin-Evelyn they had so much material that it prompted them to think about producing an even larger piece about the unique project here in

the Bulkley Valley. In 2008 Brian Hall initiated a plan that would become the first backcountry recreation area in North America and now it seems that there are others who want to build the same type of community project. “We’re seeing people here who are attracted to what’s happening because Hankin-Evelyn is a unique concept,” said Hall. “It’s the first of its kind in North America and although there are a lot of people involved in backcountry skiing, it’s a connected community. The idea was simple. Create a non-motorized backcountry ski area and incorporate 11 ski runs, a day use shelter, 50 kilometres of up-track snowshoe trails and most recently the revitalization of the old Hankin Fire-lookout. Now almost five years later the Hankin-Evelyn rec site is seeing almost 4,000 visitors a year. In 2010 backcountry ski sales grew by 27 per cent and is

sure to be higher after the 2012 season. However, with all this media coverage all at once you can’t help but wonder why people are so attracted to this area. Dave Webb, an Oregon based publisher and editor of OffPiste magazine was up in the alpine for a few days trying to understand how Hall and the community were able to pull off such a spectacular project that is impressive right down to the last turn. “Backcountry skiers in the States, generally speaking see this concept and think backcountry ski area, isn’t that a contradiction of terms?,” Webb said. “As I learned more about it the idea was to create a little bit of infrastructure. Terrain mapping, a day use building and cutting the runs to facilitate access. It’s unique and no body has ever done anything really like this before strictly to serve the backcountry community. I wanted to know how did they pull this off ?”

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Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation Area attracts approximately 4,000 visitors to its slopes every year. The Hankin-Evelyn has been a go-to destination for backcountry skiers in the area because of its versatility. Not only open to ski and snowboarders but also to hikers and snowsho-

ers which again has brought the community together through one mutual project. Although the focus of this venture was to build infrastructure that would facilitate easy access to the

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backcountry the over tones are filled with community support and involvement that Webb sees as the real essence of the project. “Initially I came because of the con-

cept and I’m leaving with a sense of cool community,” said Webb. “The cool refreshing thing about all those people was just how real they really are.”


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Steelheads capture the Coy Cup to finish outstanding season By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

finally pushed one home to make it 3-1. Though their efforts were futile. By the end the Steelheads had a strong grip on the Coy Cup and they weren’t about to let it slip away. The Steelheads finished the regular season with a perfect 18-0 record. They then continued on to complete the post season with a 24-1 record after winning the SMP Cup for another first. This heavy momentum carried them to Kitimat, where, after three hard fought periods of hockey, came out on top as champions. A status that has been nine years in the making. “This is my fourth year on the team, we finally got the monkey off our back,” said Randell Groot. “We’ve been exited in the second round of the playoffs every time. This year, you know we hand-

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Smithers Steelheads fire one passed Kitimat netminder Jamie Moran, the first of three goals that would see the Steelheads win the Coy Cup for the first time in franchise history, in Kitimat Saturday night. ily went through with Terrace and then had a good three game series against Williams Lake, so that gave us confidence.




With their screaming fans behind them, in a foreign rink, the Smithers Steelheads finally hoisted the Coy Cup high over their heads in a stunning 3-1 victory over the Kitimat Ice Demons. Coming off the most successful regular season in franchise history, the Steelheads will also be adding another championship banner to the Civic Center rafters after traveling to the Tamitik Arena in Kitimat for the five-day tournament. Now, forever marking their names in the chapters of Senior Mens AA provincial hockey. “Coming here to play top-notch hockey and we never lost a game, it’s fantastic. The guys were excited all week,” said Steelheads head coach Tom DeVries.

“It’s not easy to win here. When you get to the final games, it’s just not easy. Even when we’re ahead 3-0, and then they score one, panic starts to come into your mind. “They’ve always had a good team but never won, so it’s pretty exciting for them.” After fighting tooth and nail in the first period, Steelheads forward Matt Arnold came up with the first goal of the night in the final minutes of the period. Then as they continued to put the pressure on, Mitch Pederson, at the buzzer, fired another one in to make it 2-0 heading into the second. Half way though the second a third goal from Smithers seemed to have the Ice Demons on the run. However, early in the third the Ice Demons didn’t give up the fight in front of Mike Wall and

“The playoffs really meant nothing. “Everyone’s on the same level come day one here and we were fortunate enough


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BC Hockey Senior Male Director, Mike Fraser presents Steelheads captain, Darryl Young with the Coy Cup at the Tamitik Arena in Kitimat Saturday night.


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BVCS Sr. boys fought tough at provincials By Submitted Smithers / Interior News

For the Bulkley Valley Christian School Senior Boys basketball team, their recent sixth place finish at the “A� Boys provincial championships was a fitting end to a successful season. Despite going into the tournament ranked 12th overall, the Royals finished with a 3-1 record, beating some of the top teams in the province. The Royals earned a spot at the provincials after an exciting victory at the zone championships against a resilient team from Queen Charlotte Secondary. The tournament involved 16 teams from around the province and was held at Trinity Western University in Langley. In their first game, the Royals came out slow, unable to match the speed

and intensity of their opponents, West Point Grey Academy. Despite the disappointing loss, the Royals regrouped and won a close battle, 72-58 against their second round opponents, Sparwood Secondary. Jared Lester and Jesse Boonstra scored several key baskets late in the game to seal the victory. In their third game, the Royals faced Duncan Christian, the top team from Vancouver Island. Led by the aggressive post play of David Bakker and outside shooting of Eric DeJong, the Royals were able to overcome a half time deficit to win 72-61. The final game of the tournament was against St. Jean Brebeuf, one of the top teams in the Fraser Valley. Led by the fine defensive play of Nate Swanson, the Royals won handily, 67-44. Justin Steenhof was

named to the second Allstar team while Josh Horlings was an honourable mention. According to the Royals coach, Chris Steenhof, the tournament was successful because of the level of basketball the Royals were able to play. “After that initial game, we played our best basketball of the year,� said Steenhof. “None of our players gave up and we raised the level of our game as a team.� With many graduating players on the roster, the Royals will be challenged to repeat their performance next year but for the graduating players, the experience was a positive one. “It was nice for our graduating players who have worked hard over their high school career to improve their individual skills and their team game,� Steenhof said.


TO ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2012 Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Scholarships and Bursaries The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation provides scholarships and bursaries for 2012 graduating students who attend high school in Smithers, Houston and Hazelton. Applications are being accepted from March 15 to May 15, 2012. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded to qualifying students in each of these communities. The application forms and information may be obtained from your teacher or counsellor. The information package and application form is also available on our website For further information contact: Ms. Geri Britton, BV Community Foundation Box 4584, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Ph: 250-847-3310 email: In Houston: Tanya Amonson 250-845-7838 The Hazeltons: Pauline Gomez 250-847-6367 The Application forms and Information packages are also available in digital format are also from web site

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BVCS finished sixth overall at provincials in Langley.

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Smithers Secondary Alpine team lands big wins at prov. By Dan Mesec Smithers / Interior News

The Smithers Secondary School Alpine Team has had a decent season so far capturing a first place finish for both the boys and girls ski teams as well as a second place finish in boys snowboarding at Zone championships in Prince George, February 4-5. There were 118 racers competing for the top prize in the Northwestern zone finals from seven schools. Smithers qualified 19 of their 25 athletes for provincials that weekend. Notable performances were laid down by Tianna Adzich, Zoe Blewett, Aimee Gagnier and Alannah Markert for first, third, fourth and fifth in girls skiing. Brandon Markert finished first and simply annihilated the field by almost 5 seconds in boys snowboarding, the largest (58 racers) and most competitive of the 4 categories. Honourable mention must go to Helena Reske, an exchange student from Germany who placed sixth overall and qualified as an individual for provincials in girls snowboarding. “The coaching staff was thrilled with the team’s performance and impressed at the skill level of racers in the North,” said head coach, Mike Daniels in an email to the Interior News. Provincials were in Whistler this year, Feb. 27-29 with a 15 person team heading down from Smithers. “The big show at Whistler did not disappoint, from high speed quads to a 5 km top to bottom run, the team was wide-eyed and ready to rock.,” Daniels explained. The Giant Slalom course was wide and fairly open to Smithers competitors, who have been training mostly on soft powdery snow. Not the hard icy conditions on race day in Whistler. First up was the SSS snowboarding

team, consisting of six boys and one girl as well as an exchange student from Germany. With three teams from top ski academies in the Kootenays Smithers knew the event was not going to be easy. Over 196 athletes attended the competition so it was a tough field to pull ahead of. On day three of the Provincials all the teams were surprised with a change of event. Going from a basic slalom course to a Terrain G.S. course. Born from boarder cross this event features high bank corners, table tops and leg burning rollers. With no opportunity to train this event, the racers ran though a number of times to nail down techniques before race day. In no time the full 330 competitors blasted through the course and as times were inching ever so closely together, the intensity was building. The Smithers boys snowboard team finished second overall out of the 14 schools who attended. Brandon Markert finished seventh out of the 72 racer pack. In the girls division, German exchange student Helena Reske finished with an im-

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The Smithers Secondary School Alpine team poses under the Olympic Rings in Whistler during the 2012 Provincial races. pressive sixth place finish overall in the 49 racer field. On the ski side of things, Smithers placed thirteenth out of 17 schools competing, and the fastest Smithereens on the hill were Tianna Adzich, finishing thirtyfifth out of 83 and Andrew Nelson, who finished twenty-sixth out of 86 skiers. However, it was a solid day for all the northern teams. The Burns Lake snow-

boarders ran away with a first place victory in the boys category and second in the girls and Fort St. James finished third overall in the girls division as well. The Smithers Secondary Alpine team would like to thank all our sponsors for the Ski-A-Thon as well as the Bulkley Valley Credit Union and Hudson Bay Mountain for a great season of competition in the North.

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Rick and Barb Rodgers are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter,

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The wedding will take place July 14th, 2012

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Students in the All Nations Drummers group lead their teachers and school district staff in a pair of traditional dances at the Moricetown Multiplex on March 14.

Grade 4’s gather for learning feast By Andrew Hudson Interior News

When Grade 4’s from across the Bulkley Valley school district gathered in Moricetown for a learning feast last Wednesday, you could take attendance in lunches served. “We made 253 sandwiches,” said aboriginal principal Birdy Markert with a laugh. Sharing food is an important sign of a Wet’suwet’en feast, as Silverthorne student Desiree Carlson learned. “You have to say yes to all the food,” Carlson said. “If you don’t want it, you can put it

in a bag and bring it home.” Markert said the Moricetown band has been hosting the annual learning feast for more than a decade. It’s a fitting way to finish the Grade 4 unit on Wet’suwet’en culture, she said, which covers everything from clan structure to food gathering and Wet’suwet’en legends. Storyteller Mel Bazil led the students into one of those legends—the story of a Wet’suwet’en trapper who was richly rewarded for his kind-heartedness and respect for nature. Markert herself took part in the feast

activities, showing the students the regalia she wears a chief of the Laksilyu clan—an eagle-feather headdress and a nelt’ic, or traditional blanket, that is 80 years old. Teacher Erin Williamson said her class at Silverthorne made miniature versions of the blanket before the feast, felting on the Wet’suwet’en clan crests and adding beads for decoration.Williamson said her students had lots of questions about Wet’suwet’en culture, especially about gaffe and seine-net fishing. Markert said she was impressed by how well-behaved the stu-

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dents were throughout the three-hour learning feast. “I love how much they wanted to help,” she said, noting how many students followed feast hall tradi-

tion by standing up to make a donation— in this case, pocket change—to the head table. Every donation was recognized and went to buying books for the local library.

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New research suggests B.C’s beetle-infested forests will see a rise in snowpack as their canopies grow thin. But in some areas, changes in snowpack are showing up later than expected. The six-year study compared snow levels under a beetle-infested pine trees, green trees of other species, and a clearcut stand on the Bonaparte Plateau north of Kamloops. As expected, after the beetle-killed trees shed most of their needles, their thinner canopy allowed more snow to fall directly onto the forest floor. But Rita Winkler, a forest hydrologist and a lead author of the report, said the research team was surprised how long it took to see significant changes. Four years after it was first attacked in 2005, the infected stand had turned from green to bright red crowns, and they were loosing needles quickly. But it was another two years and a lot more fallen needles before the snowpack under the infected pine trees finally shift-

ed from the levels that researchers measured in the healthy mixed stand to what they saw in a the clearcut. “What we’re thinking is that you have to go to almost totally defoliated trees before you will see an effect on the snowpack,” said Winkler. By the time they saw a change, the pine canopy had been reduced to almost no needles and a few coarse grey stems. One reason for the longer-than-expected effect is that forest canopy is just one among a complex and changing web of inputs that determine how fast a snowpack builds or evaporates. As extra needles fall in an infested stand, for example, they darken the snow surface and absorb more heat from the sun until they are buried again by new snow. That albedo effect offsets the needle loss,

Winkler said. But another, much more important factor is the weather. “I tell the public that if they live in valley bottoms, just because you didn’t see any change in watershed response last year or this year, that’s largely a function of the fact that the snowmelt seasons have been so benign.” “We haven’t had major flooding for a number of years now,” she said. Since 1994, more than 17.5 million hectares of lodgepole pine have already been infected by mountain pine beetle across B.C. Another 6 million hectares of Alberta pine and several U.S. stands are also in danger. “In this particular place, it’s taken much longer than we expected,” Winkler said. “I don’t think that’s necessarily the case all

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Chickadees still loitering around I would have written this column earlier but I had to wait until it stopped snowing. Now, with the sun shining, the beauty of the north is fully displayed. Fine and dandy if I didn’t have to shovel the stuff. I did shovel a clear spot for a bit more bird seed and a smooth area for the deer to visit their cob. I know, the deer can find food for themselves. If it’s all the same to the critics of feeding deer I say they make my day a little better. Lots of black-capped chickadees of late. Today just by chance I saw a mountain chickadee. Marilyn from Fort Nelson still has boreal chickadees along with the black capped. A friend from the coast told me today the spring flowers don’t seem to mind the cold rainy days. A daffodil is blooming for her. Can’t compete with flowers I guess but I did have a moose sleeping along my walking trail. I have an idea you might not be interested in what a moose does after a good nap. They drop a lot of those nuggets, then has a pee.

FOR THE BIRDS Brenda Mallory Now that’s h ’ what h I call ll a pee!! !! It made a very deep hole on the trail. Lots of swans near Kitimat. Eagles are now on their nests. Seems early but that’s because of the huge amount of snow still on the ground. Carol saw a hawk by the airport in Fort Nelson. She did not get an ID. Maybe she will this next week. It’s time to think about building a few nesting boxes if you feel inclined. How about a box for the chickadees? The diameter of the entrance hole is 1.5 inches. The entrance hole should be 6 − 7 inches above the floor.

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Floor dimensions are 4 x 4 or 5 x 5. Total height of box is 9 − 12 inches. Do not put a perch on the box as it encourages some predators. The information about building bird nesting boxes came from Stokes Backyard Bird Book. This is a great time to get out on the community trails to walk your dog and look for birds. I hear from some readers that trails get a little thick with dog business. How tough it is to take a plastic bag to pick up your doggy do? After all you have to navigate the messy trail as well. I walk the neighbours long driveway. I try to pick up the stuff at least once a week. Not all from my dogs but it has to be done. Be considerate. Geese and robins are on their way. Let me know when you see the birds of spring. Good to talk to you when you call 250-846-5095. I apologize to the person who called about a raven. I could not hear the number. An e-mail is often a better option. Send those to mallory@




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Celebrated quilter Dianne Jannsen gave a trunk show and two-day workshop to Bulkey Valley quilters at Rough Aces Bible Camp last week. Here she shows off a favourite piece by Manitoba quilter Judy Morningstar. Below are pieces made by Jannsen and her students in Pritchard, B.C.

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Cullen eyes strong finish Unhappy with proposed changes to Fisheries Act By Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News

With just a week to go, Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, intends to finish the race for the federal NDP leadership with as much energy as he set out with. Cullen, is pleased with the way his campaign has progressed, despite some initial doubts among pundits as to whether he would make it to the finish line. Although the majority of his funding has come from B.C., Cullen said that emphasis has shifted to include more donations from other areas of the country. “I’m the only candidate from B.C. so it’s only natural, but it has been spreading out across the country as we’ve gained momentum and spent more time across the country,” he explained. On the campaign trail, Cullen said he has been sharing the Skeena issues, including the potential Enbridge pipeline as well as highlighting the way politics are done in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley district. “It’s resonating right across the country,” Cullen said. “It’s allowed us to stand out.” Nonetheless, Cullen admitted his campaign was not one of the front-runners, but at the same time said he enjoyed the leadership campaign. Cullen also expressed concern the federal Conservative Party was planning to

make changes to the Fisheries Act, including removing the word ‘habitat’ “They’re trying to ram that change through a budget bill,” Cullen said. The change would effect Section 35.1 of the Fisheries Act, essentially eliminating the government’s responsibility of protecting fish habitat. “It’s one of the most critical parts of the Fisheries Act,” Cullen said. “If they do this, they’ll rip the heart out of the Fisheries Act.” Cullen suggested the proposed change was a move targeted at facilitating the approval of the Enbridge pipeline. Speaking to the recent decision by Smithers Town Council to oppose the Enbridge pipeline, Cullen foresaw a difficult time ahead for Enbridge and the federal government. “The way they’ve treated our communities, insulting people by calling them radicals and enemies of the state has made it very difficult to stand on side supporting them,” he said. “They’ve poisoned the well in the northwest, they’ve dealt very harshly with people.” Another key policy move by the Conservative Party that caught Cullen’s attention, is putting a time limit on the amount of time allocated for the completion of environmental impact assessments. Environmental assessments not completed within the

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Things to consider when budgeting your home improvement project Home improvement projects have become de rigueur for today’s homeowners. Be it a kitchen remodel or the ever popular man cave project, home improvement projects remain a goal for many homeowners. As enticing as a home improvement project might be, no project can be successful until a budget has been established. The right budget will keep homeowners from going deep into debt when improving their homes, ensuring that, upon the project’s completion, they can fully enjoy their revamped castles without the specter of significant debt hanging ominously over their heads. Before beginning a home improvement project, homeowners can take the following things into consideration. Personal finances: It sounds simple, but

homeowners must examine their finances before starting a home improvement project. Just because a bank will loan out money for a project doesn’t mean the project is affordable. Homeowners should compare their monthly expenses with their incomes, and then determine what’s left that might be able to go toward a project. Monthly expenses include everything from groceries to mortgage payments. When the comparison between monthly expenses and monthly income has been made, homeowners can get a grasp of just what they can and cannot afford. Credit score: Many homeowners finance home improvement projects with loans from the bank. Particularly in the current economy when banks are being forced to tighten lending requirements, securing such loans isn’t easy.

Homeowners with significant credit card debt should eliminate such debt before beginning a project. Doing so serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, eliminating outstanding debt will free up more money to allocate toward the project. Eliminating debt will also make loan applicants more attractive to prospective creditors, increasing their chances of securing a loan and a lower interest rate. The project’s priority: Budgeting a home improvement project also involves being honest as to just how necessary the project is. For example, a man cave might be a dream project, but should it be a priority over other things around the house? If wear and tear is taking its toll on the roof, for instance, the money going toward the man cave should probably be allocated to replacing the

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roof instead. If a project is low on the priority list but high on the want list, re-examine those projects higher up on the priority list to determine if they are more deserving of immediate attention and funds than vanity projects. Overrun costs: Not every home improvement project will come in at or under budget. Many, in fact, go over budget due to a host of factors. Homeowners should not be caught off guard when a project goes over budget. Instead, plan for the project to go over budget and expect such frustration. Allocate extra money in the original budget for overrun costs. This will reduce stress and frustration, and if the project comes in under budget, then there’s extra money when the project is completed.

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Poverty conference set for Hazelton Shannon Hurst Hazelton/Interior News

Hazelton Secondary School teacher Barb Janzee announced they will be hosting a “Gathering of Nations” Poverty and Racism in the North special conference in April this year. “We are very pleased to announce we are hosting a Northwest Region Education Conference entitled, A Gathering of Nations: Poverty and Racism,” she said. The conference is scheduled for April 27 − 28 at Hazelton Secondary. “Our special keynote speaker and workshop leader is Dr. Martin Brokenleg and we have a number of excellent workshops for anyone and everyone involved in education,” Janzee added. “We want this to be an inclusive event where not only educators, but parents, students, family, community, and anyone involved in education from Haida Gwaii

to Prince George and will feel welcome to participate, network, and learn.” Keynote speaker, Dr. Brokenleg is well known for his work and is an avid spokesperson for people living in the North and First Nations culture. “Many young persons have broken circles and are disconnected from their families, schools and communities,” he said. “We must form new tribes for all our children so there will be no psychological orphans.” In addition to the speakers, there will be cultural tours, Gidahmes Dancers and a variety of workshops. Registration is $100 for administrators, $75 for educators and community members and $25 for parents and students. For registration forms or to get involved call Jody Tetreau or Barb Janze for details at 250-842-5214 or email jody. or barbara.janze@

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PRECIOUS MOMENT After sharing their journey and struggles with all those in attendance at last week’s Watato Choir performance the children were drawn to six-week-old baby Olivia Zazula and all took turns holding and fussing over her.

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other women Chiefs who sit with guy Chiefs to make decisions. Certain work starts with the annual planning in Prince George, if funds allow it. The following year, the facilitator analyzes how far we have gone in various areas. The foot soldiers are the chosen Board members, the negotiators and the staff that the executive director oversees. Bev’s mother and Joan Ryan, carry on the fight at the Treaty table. She knows Gitxsan aspirations from way the plaintiffs were. Those who followed back when and employs that knowledge in their testimonies them put meat on the her work. bones from their own house perspective. When you think about it, much of our Many other young women joined that battle: lives have been dedicated to the cause. But Ardith Wilson, Barb Huson, Fern Weget, now that we are finally out Myrtle Muldoe, Bonny Mowatt, Kathy of the pig pen Mary talked Holland, and Vicky Russell to name a few. about, what are we doing? We have everything they wanted and what are we doing? That legacy continues today. Sadie Harris I welcome your comments on chairs meetings with others such as Sadie this or any other article. Mowatt, Alice Jeffery, Rena Bensen and Art Wilson

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 The Interior News


The Bargain Shop coming to Hazelton By Shannon Hurst Hazelton/Interior News

People of the Hazelton’s can breath a little easier this week after The Bargain Shop announced it recently acquired ten retail locations from the Hudson’s Bay Company and one of them is the New Hazelton store. Hazelton residents have voiced their concern these past two months that the

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Bennett pushing ahead with plans to build school Shannon Hurst Hazelton/Interior News

The hard work and dedication of Hazelton resident Tiffany Bennett had almost paid off with her goal to raise $15,000 to build a Memorial School in Africa now complete. The much needed school which will be in honour and memory of her friend Savannah Jones who was killed in a car accident along with her mother Lyn three years ago was close to becoming a reality until she recently learned that World Vision has changed the cost to build a school from $15,000 to $22,000 in the last year. The huge jump in price came as a shock to Bennett her mother said and while she is disappointed

in the huge increase in cost, she is not giving up. Although she is in the middle of her studies at UBC now, she is determined to make her goal a reality. She is looking at other options with other organizations as well as keeping the possibility to raise the extra $7,000 alive. What started out as an idea to make the world a better place in the Social Justice Group at Hazelton Secondary School for Bennett has grown and become a dream she is determined to fulfill despite the current setbacks. For those who want to help out either with a donation or time and resources or with information on other organizations or ways to attain the goal of building the school, can contact Bennett at

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JUMPING FOR JOY The African Children’s Watato Choir performed last Wednesday in the Hazelton’s and was well attended. The choir sang, danced and talked to everyone about their personal struggles as well as those of their country and homeland.


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Bandits steal their way to second place By Shannon Hurst Hazelton/Interior News

The Hazelton Bandit’s Women’s Hockey team has wrapped up a very successful season this past weekend with their fundraising St. Patrick’s Day dance on Saturday night and a Men’s Draft Hockey tournament. The dance which was held to raise money to purchase much needed uniforms was a success on many level’s. They raised money, had more than 200 people attend the dance which was peaceful with no altercations and a great time was had buy all according to team player Pam Tait. “The dance was a great success, lots of people donated time, money and products and everyone had a lot of fun,” she said. “We hope to have another fundraiser dance in the fall at the start of our season to help out with our additional costs as well as raise money for our

home tournament we hope to host early in the season.” As for the tournament they played in, there were five teams, four of which were all men and the Bandits added goaltender Cory Croft, forward’s Landon Vipond, Al Tolmie and Cassie along with defencemen Brad Sebastian and Skye Jones to their team of nine ladies. The Bandits team started out on Friday night with their first game and although it remained close for the first half, they fell 6-3. Saturday brought three more hard fought battles of which they won two, taking a 10-4 victory in game 1, a 5-3 loss in game two and a 4-1 win in game three. Sunday was the semi-finals where they battled it out in one end to end game. Leading 4-2 in the last ten minutes, they lost some ground as their opponents fought back to tie it with only three min-

utes remaining. With less than two minutes left, the other team got the go-ahead goal. Yet, the Bandits weren’t done yet and with four seconds on the clock, Al Tolmie hammered in the tying goal to force the shoot out. After three shooters the score was still tied. The fourth shooter for the opposing team missed which opened

the door for the Bandits team and Olivia Wolfenden was able to drill in the winning point forthe 6-5 win. This then put the team in to the battle for first with no time between games. They played the first team they lost against on Friday night who had gone undefeated all weekend and despite a great effort, they could not take away the first place title

and fell 8-4 to capture second place. All the Bandits wanted to thank the six men who worked so hard and played great hockey with them on the weekend and they said it has inspired them and they would like to host a Buck And Doe tournament in early October next year. “It was a great way to end a great year,” Tait said. “We look forward to next year!”

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We step forward to say We celebrate survivors, we remember loved ones lost and we fight back! For more info contact the Smithers’ office 250 847 0230

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THREE RIVERS REPORT BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treaties mean jobs, more business, community development

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and infrastructure investment for First Nations and all of us.

Stepping up with help time and time again The Hazeltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s have had their setbacks to say the least throughout the years. But even though companies can take away jobs, close their stores, shut down lumber mills and the many government organizations seem to try and fight entrepreneurs and potential projects at every corner, there is one thing no one can seem to take away. That is the community spirit that is wide spread throughout the area. Despite extremely high unemployment rates and poverty, when someone needs help, others always step up to the plate. From those who have lost everything in a house fire, to raising money for a school in memory of a wonderful friend, daughter and sister, to fighting off Enbridge and Northern Gateway projects, to building a Skate and Bike Park or raising money for a family in need from medical expenses. These several small communities and the many great people who live in them have a lot to offer and a lot of heart. This past week I experienced this kindness first hand once again as our womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey team, the Hazelton Bandits, held a last minute fundraiser dance to raise money for much needed uniforms for the team. From the businesses such as Chevron Town Pantry and

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Country Herbs to the many people we came across, so many were willing to go the distance and help the team out. Some bought tickets to the dance even though they were not going to attend, some donated time to help out, and even Smithers businesses such as Bulkley Valley Wholesale and the Interior News extended their hand and generosity which was all greatly appreciated. The entire team was so thrilled and honoured to have such support and very happy that everyone who attended the dance had a great time. Then on Monday morning I learned about Tiffany Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial School for Savannah Jones and that

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while she had reached her goal of raising $15,000 to build a much needed school in Africa, the World Vision Organization had raised the cost of the projects to $22,000 in the last year. While I am sure this was frustrating for the young and dedicated University of British Columbia student from Hazelton, I am confident our communities can once again band together and find a way to make this dream a reality for both the Jones family and Tiffany. After all the people of the Hazeltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found a way to raise enough money to reach the first goal. Because of that I am sure we can find a way to take this great project all the way and get a school built in another country in memory of a young girl who gave so much to her community. With that said, I also encourage others with great ideaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on how to improve our area to step forward and get the word out. You would be surprised at how much this area can accomplish when put to the test. As I looked back through all the great things our area has done in the last decade I am so proud to live here amongst such wonderful people and I am completely confident that the future is getting brighter for the many who love to call the Hazeltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home.


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ducation Minister George Abbott says he won’t appoint a mediator in the long-running B.C. Teachers’ Federation dispute until after he returns from an education trade mission to China

on March 26. Abbott said Wednesday his Asian trip was planned long before his ministry developed Bill 22, the legislation designed to force an end to months of teacher work-to-rule action that culminated in a three-day strike. Once Bill 22 is passed in the legislature Thursday,

Abbott said he will send letters to the heads of the BCTF and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association inviting them to take part in mediation, before he leaves for China on Saturday. The legislation requires the BCTF and BCPSEA to bargain “in good faith” with the yet-to-

be-named mediator in an effort to reach agreement without adding new costs to the overall B.C. education budget. Abbott acknowledged there is no practical way to compel the BCTF to negotiate if they refuse. BCTF president Susan Lambert has repeatedly rejected

Busy week for Hazelton RCMP During the week of March 12 − 18, the New Hazelton RCMP responded to more than 80 calls for service. On March 12, the RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding as it passed through Gitsegukla on Highway 16. It was then determined that the male driver did not hold a valid drivers license, and was actually prohibited from driving. Subsequently, the vehicle was impounded, and the driver was issued a violation ticket for speeding. In addition, the male driver now has an upcoming court date for driving while prohibited. On March 16, the New Hazelton RCMP received a complaint of an intoxicated male on Highway 62 in the

Police Beat vicinity of the Gitanmaax Food and Fuel. The RCMP attended the scene and soon located the intoxicated male, who is well known to police. The male is currently on probation, including conditions to abstain from the consumption of alcohol. Consequently, the male was then arrested for breach of probation. Once sober, the male was

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released with an upcoming court date. Later on during the same day, the police received another complaint of an intoxicated male attempting to force his way into a residence in New Hazelton. This male was also well known to police, and is currently before the courts for several outstanding charges. In addition, the male is presently on a recognizance with a condition to abstain from the consumption of alcohol, and not to be found in the District of New Hazelton. Upon investigation, the male was located and arrested for breach of recognizance. The male remains in police custody pending a court appearance on March 20, 2012.

the idea of a ministryappointed mediator and the government’s “net zero” financial restriction. Abbott said because of the long history of disagreement, court challenges over restrictions on class size and special needs support and other unique complications,

he will be seeking a mediator with significant education experience. In earlier interviews, Abbott has mused that a mediator who can “walk on water” would be preferable, and suggested that the skills used by Mahatma Gandhi to unite the disparate

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Thank You for all the great support in raising money to buy uniforms for the team. The St.Patrick’s Day Dance was a wonderful success.

Special thanks go out to... Chevron New Hazelton Town Pantry, Country Herbs Health Food Store, Sam & Gills Pub, BV Wholesale, The Interior News, the Wolverines Executive and all the people who donated so much of their time and energy.

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-126

Avis de consultation de radiodiffusion CRTC 2012-126

The Commission has received the following application: Deadline for submission of interventions/comments/answers: 2 April 2012.

Le Conseil a été saisi de la demande suivante : Date limite pour le dépôt des interventions/ observations/réponses : 2 avril 2012.

• Rogers Broadcasting Limited – operating an English-language low-power community FM radio station – Smithers, British Columbia

• Rogers Broadcasting Limited – obtention d’une licence pour une station de radio FM communautaire de faible puissance de langue anglaise – Smithers (Colombie-Britannique)

For further information, please consult Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-126, on the CRTC website at under “Public Proceedings” or call our toll free number 1-877-249-CRTC.

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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.



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Index in Brief Family Announcements Community Announcements, Travel Children Employment Business Services Pets & Livestock Merchandise For Sale Real Estate, Rentals Automotive, Marine Standard Term Agreement - Classified & Display Advertising The Interior News reserves the right to classify ads under appropriate headings and to set rates therefore and to determine page location. The Interior News reserves the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answer directed to the News Box Reply Services, and repay the customer the sum paid for the advertisement and box rental. Box replies on “Hold” instructions not picked up within 10 days of expiry of an advertisement will be destroyed unless mailing instructions are received. Those answering Box Numbers are requested not to send original of documents to avoid loss. It is agreed by the advertiser requesting spaces that the liability of the Interior News in the event of failure to publish an advertisement, or in the event of an error appearing in the advertisement as published, shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for only one incorrect insertion or the portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect or omitted item only, and that there shall be no liability in any event greater than the amount paid for such advertising. All claims of errors in advertising must be received by the publisher within 20 days after the first publication. All advertising is subject to the approval of the publisher. The Interior News reminds advertisers that under provincial legislations, no person shall use or circulate any form of applications for employment, publish or cause to be published an advertisement in connection with employment or prospective employment, or make any written or oral inquiry of an applicant that (a) expresses, either direct or indirectly any limitation, specification or preference as to race, religion, colour, sex, marital status, age, ancestry or place of origin, or (b) requires an applicant to furnish any information concerning race, religion, colour, ancestry, places of origin or political belief.





AA MEETING, HAZELTON Sundays, 7 p.m. Wrinch Memorial Hospital, Christine Wesley Room. Closed for Dec. Will start again in January. For information phone 250-8425694

Narcotics Anonymous Have drugs taken over your life? Do you have a desire to stop using? We can help. Narcotics Anonymous Meetings Smithers Friday 12 noon at the Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave., Main Floor Conference Room. 250-847-1726. THE Livestock Pedigree Act forbids selling a dog as purebred if unregistered. It provides fines of up to two months imprisonment for anyone who sells a dog as purebred and does not provide the Canadian Kennel Club registration papers. TOPS MEETING (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) every Monday evening 7 p.m. in the Baptist Church basement, Smithers. Everyone welcome. Call 250-847-9614 or for info.

AL-ANON Phone Jean at 250-847-3749 or Lori at 250-847-3884. Meetings 7 p.m. Thursdays at Smithers United Church, corner of Queen St. and 8th Ave. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Local Calls: 250-643-0794 Toll-free: 1-877-644-2266 SMITHERS MEETINGS: Sun., 7 p.m. Ranger Park, 3736-16th Ave.; Mon., 12 noon Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave., Main Floor Conf. Rm.; Tues., 7 p.m. Men’s Meeting, Ranger Park, 3736-16th Ave., Wed., 7 p.m. Evangelical Free Church, corner 15th & Main; Thurs., 12 noon Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave.,Main Floor Conf. Rm.; Thurs., 7 p.m. Ranger Park, 3736-16th Ave.; Fri., 7 p.m. Evangelical Free Church, corner 15th & Main; Sat., 7 p.m. BVD Hospital, 3950-8th Ave., Conf. Rm. ARE you pregnant and distressed? Phone Smithers Pro Life 250-847-2475 or 1-800665-0570. Office hours MonWed-Fri 10:30-1:30. Free pregnancy testing, non judgmental lay counseling and adoption information.


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George William Alton Wall passed away suddenly in his home on March 10, 2012 at the age of 63 years. He was born in Smithers on July 20, 1948 to parents Al and Pearl Wall (nee Hann). Growing up he played baseball and later in life enjoyed curling, golfing and skiing. He took over his father’s furniture business and retired a successful businessman. He was an avid outdoorsman and seasoned fisherman. The one flaw he had was being a Leaf’s fan. He will be sadly missed and remembered by his sons Brendon (Rachael) and Garrett; grandson Ralph; mother Pearl; sisters Joan, Leona, Betty and Barbara and brother Jerry. George was predeceased by his father Al and sister Colleen. A Celebration of Life for George will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the Smithers Curling Rink. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to the Bulkley Valley Historical and Museum Society and can be sent to PO Box 2615, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0.



Francis William Cole, Sr.

On March 1, 2012, Francis (Frank) William Cole, Sr. passed away peacefully at Kamloops, BC at the age of 80 years. Survived by his wife Veronica, three daughters: Leona (Dale), Linda, Diane (Brian), five sons: Gordon (Gail), Dominic (Sheila), Douglas, Eugene (Renita), Francis Jr., sixteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, brothers: William (Margaret) and Norman (Wendy), sisters: Geraldine (William) and Kathleen (James), numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by: daughter Denise, mother Irene, Father James, sisters: Mercedes (Edward), Irene, Frances, Louise and Veronica, brothers: William, Thomas (Margaret), James (Annette), Raymond and Maurice. Born in Conception Hr. Newfoundland, February 16, 1932. During his life he lived in Newfoundland, Ontario and British Columbia and made many friends along the way. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May he RIP. No formal services by request.


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Willis Bell Korff Gone to Heaven 2/18/2012

Carl John Solberg Christianson July 25, 1922 to March 9, 2012

Carl passed away peacefully the evening of March 9. No funeral per his request, but a celebration of his life will be held later in the year. He is survived by his wife Ethel, daughter Ida, son Roy (Shirley), three grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and brother Ingmar.

Franklin Newton Born January 14, 1946 in Edmonton, AB. Passed away March 7, 2012 in Smithers, B.C. at the age of 66.

To Frank, music was everything. His love of music began when he started to work for a radio station in his younger years. His nickname became Ruttin Tuttin Frank Newton and from there was his legacy. The remainder of his life was spent working for CN Railway. Frank loved working for the Railway because he loved driving trains and bonding with the crew. Frank was known by a lot of people but the people he held close to his heart got to know the truly amazing person he was. Survived by his wife, Christina Newton; son, Trevor; stepchildren, Jessi, Crystal, Tyler, Moya, Johnathon, and Zachery; and grandchildren, Brandon, Jett, John, Matt, Eve, Damien, Lucas, Chloe, Keira, and Isabel. He will be truly missed by friends and extended family. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Smithers Royal Canadian Legion from 2-4 p.m.

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Born 10/3/1923 to John and Myrtle Korff, Willis grew up in Lincoln California with his brother John (Jack) and sisters Clara and Winifred (Ginger and Winnie). After High School, Willis began studying for a career as a Forest Ranger, but he would leave that dream behind, without hesitation, to enlist in the Marine Corps when WWII began. He endured four perilous years in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier where his responsibilities were anti-aircraft gunner and ship barber. Upon return from his military service, Willis settled in Ballard Washington where he married and started a family. He also became a businessman when he opened a barber shop and started up his fishing tackle business. He went on to invent and manufacture various fishing lures, including the innovative Cherry Bobber which became a game-changer for steelhead fishing. According to Sports Illustrated, 3/11/1957, the Cherry Bobber “set off today’s stampede to the Steelhead streams.” The love of fishing was always a compelling force in Willis, one which led him to relocate to British Columbia in 1966 for the second chapter of his life. He would homestead in the Kispiox Valley near Hazelton, fishing and hunting and embracing nature every way he knew how. He built a home and became a Canadian citizen. As the years went by, he became a loved and respected elder in the community, and he was always an honoured Veteran on Remembrance Day. Willis was interred in the Glen Vowell cemetery near his home, surrounded by dear friends and his children. He is survived by his son Kelley Korff, daughter Lindy (Korff) Deer, his sisters Clara Taylor and Jimelle Susanne and his brother Richard Korff. Grandchildren are Robert, Mathew and Joseph Deer, and Leslie (Korff) Stockton. Great grandchildren include Jessi, Jodi, Gavin, Taylor, Hayden, Camryn, Mariah and Courtney. Will’s children would like to express gratitude to the loyal friends and neighbors who looked after Dad in his later years and provided faithful companionship to him while he lived at Wrinch Memorial. Lastly, we would like to say thank you to the First Nations Glen Vowell Band for allowing Dad’s burial wish to become reality, for working so tirelessly on that cold winter day, and for extending such kindness to us during our visit. Dad is surely resting peacefully on that gentle hill overlooking the Skeena.

would like to thank the following people/businesses for their generous donations for our Annual General Meeting which was held in Houston on February 25, 2012 Huber Farm Equipment Northstar Performance - Houston Prince George Blast Pro Construction - Houston AB Custom Fencing Sharon & Harold Kerr - Telkwa Fort St. James Northwest Fuels - Smithers Farmers of North America Royal Bank - Burns Lake Fort St. James Smithers Feed Store - Smithers BV Home Centre - Houston P&B Feeds - Burns Lake Salem Contracting - Houston Sullivan Motor Products CIBC - Smithers, Burns Lake Houston BV Credit Union D&M Industrial - Houston Houston, Smithers & Hazelton

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Career Opportunities Required Immediately. Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician for Vernon Dealership. Our Heavy Equipment Technicians maintain, repair and rebuild heavy equipment at our shop and in the field in a safe, efficient and capable manner. Qualifications required: Journeyman certification. Have a strong awareness and attitude towards workplace health and safety. Able to meet the physical demands of a Heavy Equipment Technician. Working knowledge of computers. Experience in the Forestry and construction Industry. Woodland Equipment Inc offers excellent wage compensation, extended health benefits. On-going industry training and year round employment. We are one of the largest Hyundai dealers in Canada and believe our continued growth is a result of our highly skilled and engaged employees who deliver excellence in the Workplace. Come join our team in sunny and warm Vernon, where you will be appreciated, love our climate and enjoy all our outdoor activities. Please forward your resume via email to rgilroy@woodland No phone calls please.

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

required for Ford Dealership in Prince Rupert, BC. The individuals we seek must be team players interested in joining an exciting business. Experience an asset but must be willing to advance skills with factory as well as self-study training. We offer competitive wages, a pension plan and full benefit package. Relocation assistance available for the right individual. Please contact Brian Kennedy Port City Ford Sales 250-624-3673 or fax resume to 250-624-3672

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Licensed Autobody Repair person required for busy autobody repair shop. Windshield replacement & heavy truck experience an asset but not necessary. $25-$29./hr flat rate depending on experience. Fax resume to 250-265-4022 or e-mail to only to Kim’s Kustoms Nakusp B.C. 250-265-4012.

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DRILLER’S HELPER COURSE - MAY 2012 Are you looking to start a career in the Diamond Drilling Industry? We are looking for strong, fit people who… • Are interested in performing hard physical work in remote camp settings • Enjoy working in a team environment with a progressive and growing company that offers opportunity for growth and advancement • Are able to refrain from alcohol & drugs while working • Can work 12 hours a day, with 28 days in/14 days out shift rotations • Have good judgment, mechanical aptitude; strong work ethic and computer experience are preferred The Driller’s Helper Course is a comprehensive pre-employment program that prepares individuals to be able to work in the field of diamond drilling. At the end of the program you will have knowledge of: • Understanding of Safe Work Practices • WHMIS Certificate • Occupational First Aid Level 1 • First Aid Transportation Endorsement • Spill Response Training Certificate • Bear Awareness • Connection & Use of Construction Headers Propane Certificate • Hands on experience from a Hy-Tech drill set up in our yard • Supply pump set up and maintenance • Ontario Common Core Surface Training • Chainsaw Operation • Drill assembly • Hose Line • Helicopter Safety • Drill tear down and helicopter moves • Site clean-up and environmental responsibility • Safe operation of power tools and equipment (track vehicles, ATV’s, skidders) For more information and to obtain an application please visit our Website at: or email us at Application Deadline: April 9th, 2012

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Food Counter Attendants Required Duties include: taking orders and processing payment, preparing food orders such as hamburgers, fries, onion rings, salads and breakfast items, receiving stock and general cleaning of restaurant. These are full-time permanent positions and applicants must be available to work all shifts – weekends, mornings, afternoons and evenings. No experience needed – employer will train. Some highschool education required Wage is $10.90 per hour. Please apply by email to or by mail to Patti Farmer A&W Smithers, 4086 Hwy 16, Smithers BC V0J 2N0

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GITKSAN GOVERNMENT COMMISSION IS SEEKING AN: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR You are an energetic, self-motivated, task-oriented individual who enjoys varied responsibilities as the senior representative and service delivery authority. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing of programs, goals and objectives as set by the Board, staff and community development. Management, administrative and financial experience is essential. Basic Requirements: • Significant experience and understanding of organizational, community, Board and proposal development; • Knowledge and understanding of current local and provincial political climate; • must possess excellent organizational, written and verbal skills; • ability to plan, guide and direct Commission programs in social, economic, finance, technical services, housing, lands and membership; • above average interpersonal relationship skills; • working knowledge of band administration, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development reporting requirements and program guidelines; • Post Secondary Degree in Administration/ Management is a definite asset; • Knowledge of Gitksan culture and language is an asset; • Must possess a valid driver’s license; • Criminal Record check to be carried out. Should you possess the necessary skills and qualifications to fill this position please submit a covering letter, resume and at least three references to: Gitksan Government Commission P.O. Box 335, HAZELTON, B.C. V0J 1Y0 Phone: 250-842-2248 or Fax: 250-842-6299 OR E-mail: Phone: 250-842-0041 A detailed job description may be obtained from the same address. Salary is negotiable depending on experience. This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

The job includes troubleshooting hardware, software and network related problems for the administration of¿ce of All-West Glass and national af¿liates. Support for ¿eld operations will be performed online, by phone or on site as required. Responsible for IT related activities, including hardware & software maintenance & repair. Will report to an administrator for job assignments and time lines for upcoming projects. The successful candidate will demonstrate: • A good understanding of networking • Excellent MS Of¿ce knowledge (Word, Excel, Access, etc) • Previous Help Desk experience • Ability to upgrade and maintain computers • Windows XP/7, Server 2003/2008 experience • Crystal reports and knowledge of Cisco equipment an asset AWG Northern Industries Inc. offers a salary based on quali¿cations and experience and has an excellent bene¿t package. Some travel may be required. This position is based in Smithers. All interested applicants should forward their resumes in con¿dence to: Laura Stanton, AWG Northern Industries Inc. Box 850, 3424 Highway 16 E., Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone: 250-847-9211 | Fax: 250-877-7610

Praxair Canada, Inc., a leading supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, has the following opportunity in our Terrace, B.C. location:

Territory Manager The Territory Manager’s primary responsibility is the profitable management and growth of a portfolio of customers in a sales territory. You will increase sales and profits by meeting or exceeding set targets, increasing the level of customer satisfaction and securing business with longterm agreements. Accountable for sales and operating profit in the territory, you are highly motivated to generate and qualify new business opportunities. You may be called upon to assist in store management or branch inside sales. A proven sales track record, knowledge of welding applications, and PC skills are required. Post secondary education in business, marketing, engineering or welding technology is an asset. If you possess the skills and sales ability required to join our successful sales team, please forward your resume to:

Praxair Canada Inc. 1601 Centre Street, Prince George BC V2N 1P6 Email: Fax: (250) 562-0033 Praxair Canada Inc. is committed to equality of employment for women, aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. Interested candidates from these groups are encouraged to apply.


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HELP WANTED Part-time Receptionist for busy physiotherapy clinic. Office experience with extensive computer skills necessary. Please apply within with resume at our office: 200-3848 Third Avenue, Smithers, B.C.

is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta -

Travel Consultant Immediate opening for a full-time travel consultant. Computer knowledge, and previous experience in travel or hospitality industry an asset. Must be able to adapt to a busy work environment and have a pleasant telephone manner. Please apply in person to: Matthew Cachia 1272 Main Street Smithers, BC 250-847-2979

Apply in person or mail to Box 1016, Smithers, B.C., V0J 2N0 or email Fax 250-847-4189


required for a progressive and established company based out of Smithers. Both full-time and part-time positions are available. Drivers must be organize, neat in appearance and have superb people skills. A class 4 or better drivers licence is required along with a clean drivers abstract. Please fax a brief resume with your driver’s abstract to 1-250-546-8879. Past applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Warehouse Personnel and Pickup & Delivery Drivers LOCATION: Smithers, BC Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. is accepting applications for experienced Warehouse Personnel and Pickup & Delivery Drivers for its Smithers operation. The successful Warehouse applicant will be expected to be able to operate a forklift, work in an extremely high paced environment and manage several driver personnel in this environment. The successful Driver applicants will be expected to conduct local pickup and delivery of freight in the Smithers area, complete the appropriate paperwork in a legible manner. QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum Class 5 with air. Applicants with Class 3 & 1 will have preference • Occasional Out of Town trips a possibility • Able to work additional hours as needed • Household Moving experience an asset • Represent the company professionally at all times • Training program will be provided REMIT RESUMES TO: Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. Attn: Smithers Branch Ph: (800) 571-2057 Fax: (250) 847-0107 Or drop off in person at 3394 Hwy 16, Smithers, B.C.





Tatlow Tire, a locally owned and operated automotive and commercial tire store is seeking a career minded individual to join in day to day operations of a busy tire store. Experience in truck/ farm/ and OTR is an asset. Competitive wage package. Must hold a valid class 5 drivers licence.

based oilfield services company is currently hiring;

The Town of Smithers invites students to apply for summer student positions in the Works & Operations and Recreation, Parks & Culture Departments. These are unionized position with CUPE Local 1570. For a complete list of positions available, eligibility requirements, job descriptions and application procedures, please consult the Town’s website www. under “Career Opportunities”. Please ensure you follow the application procedures completely as incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Application deadline is 4:00 pm, March 30, 2012.

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Huckleberry Mines Ltd. is a Vancouver based mine company which operates a 16,400 TPD open pit copper molybdenum mine located 120 km south of Houston in west central British Columbia. The Mine Maintenance Team is expanding to the meet the challenges of the recently approved Main Zone Optimization (MZO) Project expansion.

Heavy Duty Mechanics On January 2, 2012 we received approval for the Main Zone Optimization Expansion Project which will extend mine operations to 2021. As a result, we will be expanding and modernizing our fleet of haul trucks, loading equipment, drills and support equipment and are seeking journeyperson mechanics to be part of our growing maintenance department during this exciting time. We are looking for self starters who can work safely with minimal supervision, work well in a team environment and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Responsibilities will include preventative maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of engines, transmissions, hydraulics and electrical systems on 777 and 785 Cat Trucks, 992 Loader, Komatsu PC 2000 and 3000 Excavators, Cat support equipment, P & H 2100 shovels, Bucyrus-Erie and Atlas Copco rotary drills, and other small support equipment. Applicants for these positions must possess a journeyperson’s trade qualification (B.C. ticket) or an Interprovincial Heavy Duty Mechanic’s ticket and be able to perform basic welding. Experience with shovels and drills is not necessary but would be considered an asset for this position. Huckleberry Mines is located approximately two hours driving time from Houston, British Columbia. Employees live in a camp environment on their days of work. The work schedule for this position is 4 x 4 (4 days on, 4 days off) or 8 x 8 (8 days on, 8 days off) working 12 hours per day. Transportation to and from the mine site is provided from Houston by bus and while at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Houston and Smithers are located in the scenic Bulkley Valley on TransCanada Highway 16, an excellent area to raise a family and has exceptional outdoor recreational activities. More information on the area is available at, and Huckleberry Mines Ltd. offers a competitive salary and a full range of benefits including medical, life, disability income, RRSP savings plan and relocation allowance. We thank all applicants for their interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates can submit their resumes in confidence to:

Human Resources Department Huckleberry Mines Ltd. P.O. Box 3000, Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z0 Fax: (604) 517-4701 Email:

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:

SOUTH ROCK has positions for road construction workers, BASE - heavy equipment operators (Finish Grader Op). Asphalt - (paver, roller, screed, raker). Heavy Duty Mechanic (service truck). General labourers. Forward resume to: Fax 403-568-1327;

Trades, Technical EARTH moving project at Huckleberry Mine, 1.5 hrs S. of Houston, BC. Requires following personnel: superintendent and foreman, purchasing/parts manager, heavy duty mechanic, licensed welder, equipment service personnel, timekeeper/office admin, safety/first aid officer, heavy equipment operators (excavator, dozer, scraper, grader, rock truck, packer, water truck, etc) Camp accommodations and meals supplied. Shift rotation 21 on/7 off. Monthly travel allowance provided. Contact or fax (250) 868-6599. No phone calls pls.

Huckleberry Mines Ltd. is a Vancouver based mine company which operates a 16,400 TPD open pit copper molybdenum mine located 120 km south of Houston in west central British Columbia. The Accounting Team is expanding to the meet the challenges of the recently approved Main Zone Optimization (MZO) Project expansion.

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The Senior Buyer will be responsible for the mine’s mid tier purchases, tenders and contracts, and will be responsible for the maintenance of Huckleberry Mines’ purchasing policies. Additional responsibilities will be establishing, and maintaining, appropriate inventory levels for all stock items. The successful candidate will report directly to the Accounting Superintendent, and will supervise the Purchasing / Warehousing Department. Applicants require a minimum of five years industrial purchasing experience, with preference given to individuals with an open pit mining background, and have a Purchasing Management Association of Canada certificate or equivalent. Experience with Guardian, Word, and Excel software would be considered an asset. Excellent negotiating, organizational, planning, and computer skills are required. KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES & SKILLS: • research abilities • people and communications skills • attention to detail and good memory • organizing, planning and prioritizing work • decision making and problem solving skills • administrative and computer skills • technical knowledge of the mining industry • budgeting abilities Huckleberry Mines is located approximately two hours driving time from Houston, British Columbia. Employees live in a camp environment on their days of work. The work schedule for this position is 4 days on followed by 3 days off. Transportation to and from the mine site is provided from Houston and Smithers by bus and while at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Houston and Smithers are located in the scenic Bulkley Valley on TransCanada Highway 16, an excellent area to raise a family and has exceptional outdoor recreational activities. More information on the area is available at, and Huckleberry Mines Ltd. offers a competitive salary and a full range of benefits including medical, life, disability income and RRSP savings plan. We thank all applicants for their interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates can submit their resumes in confidence to:

Human Resources Department Huckleberry Mines Ltd. P.O. Box 3000, Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z0 Fax: (604) 517-4701 Email:

Build Your Career With us Certified Millwright & # 1 Planerman Okanagan Valley, BC Do you thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment with opportunities for continuous growth and development? We want to hear from you. Apply online today and build your career with us! 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. WELDERS/FITTERS required for busy Edmonton structural steel shop. Top compensation, full benefits, indoor heated work, relocation assistance. Fax resume: 780-939-2181 or

Work Wanted LOG Processor Operator/Rock truck driver Available Immediately. Ph. Jereme at 250 697 2925. Valid drivers license with Air brakes.


Health Products HERBAL MAGIC - With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds in just 8 weeks and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today call 1-800854-5176.

Financial Services DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll-free 1 877-556-3500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

The Easter Seal House provides a comfortable place to stay for families travelling for medical treatment or diagnosis. Easter Seal House helps both families and individual patients through difficult times by providing a sanctuary referred to as “home away from home.” At Easter Seal House, families experience genuine warmth and caring during their stay, enabling families to focus on the care of their child. Easter Seal House is located in: Easter Seal House Prince George 1-250-565-7200 Easter Seal House Vancouver 1-800-818-3666 Easter Seal Victoria 1-877-718-3388 Advertising space donated by The Interior News

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Blinds & Drapery

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SKEENA DECOR Blinds of all kinds New · Repairs · Cleaning Bob Swift 250-847-3051

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Pets & Livestock

Merchandise for Sale

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Feed & Hay

Misc. for Sale

Houses For Sale


OATS AND BARLEY for sale by the pound. Whole or rolled. 847-2408. Leave message.

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info and DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161. LOOKING FOR BUSINESS, PERSONAL OR TITLE LOAN? Now get up to $800k business or personal loan, with interest rate from 1.9%. Bad credit ok. Apply now

Call 1-866-642-1867 M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Legal Services CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.


Spring Cleaning Book us in advance! Joe Bramsleven

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)

Business/Office Service DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222.

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Feed & Hay HAY for sale: $4 from a stack or $5 delivered Smithers to Houston. (250)846-5490 HAY for sale. $70/ton. Please call 250-846-5855

250-847-4550 c Cleaning Services Dynami

Guaranteed Record Removal since 1989. Confidential, Fast, & Affordable. Our A+BBB Rating assures EMPLOYMENT & TRAVEL FREEDOM. Call for FREE INFO. BOOKLET

HAY, no rain, Timothy/brome, wrapped round bales. $50/bale. (250)846-9430

Heavy Duty Machinery

Heavy Duty Machinery

Welding & Fabrication Business

Commercial/Residential Floor Specialist • General Cleaning •

Serving Smithers and Surrounding Area Phone: 250-847-0756

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• Immediate Opening • Part Time Office Assistant approximately 26 hours a week. Involves customer service and accounts receivable. Must be able to handle 45 lbs water bottles. Apply with-in with resume at : 3980 Railway Avenue, Smithers

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$200 & Under 5 CU.FT. chest freezer, First $50 takes it. (250)847-9794

Farm Equipment WANTING to buy old tractors, any condition. Have various parts for sale. Clutch and pressure plates, engines, steering gears boxing, tires, hydraulic pumps, spools, cylinders for more. (250)846-5202

Firewood/Fuel FIREWOOD for sale. Dry pine by the cord. $130 round or $165 split. Delivered Smithers area. Phone 250-847-5779.


Misc. for Sale Welding and Fabrication Business opportunity or equipment for sale from prior business in Smithers area. Equipment noted, Accupress, Accushear, milling machine, lathes, total package, inquire @ job 250-847-7928, cell 250-877-2434.

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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

“for all your cleaning needs”


REG. POLLED Hereford bulls for sale. Also, round bales 4’x5’, barn stored, no rain, $45/bale. Call (250)846-5494 The Gattiker Farm.

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• Carpets • Floors • Windows •

Exams & Vaccinations Quill & Abscesses Minor Surgery Acupuncture Herbal Formulas

HYBRID BULLS FOR SALE POLLED Red Angus/ Fleckvieh Simmental cross 250-846-5550 / 250-877-2060

FLIP-OUT double sofa bed, First $100 takes it. 250-8479794

Owner/Operator 20 Years Experience

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HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

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STEEL BUILDINGS For all uses! Spring deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170.

Misc. Wanted LOCAL Coin Collector, looking to buy collections, Mint & Proof sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins Etc. Any amount. Please Call Chad at 250-863-3082.


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Publications purchased with In Memoriam Donations will be recognized by Commemorative Inscriptions Box 55, Smithers, BC 250-847-3043 (Tax receipt will be issued) Ad space donated by The Interior News

Real Estate For Sale By Owner 5 BDRM HOME IN TELKWA FOR SALE 3200 sq ft, 4 bath, includes washer & dryer, fridge & stove, dishwasher hot tub, natural gas, contact 250-845-3315

HOUSE FOR SALE Renovated large 3 bdrm gold medallion home with rental suite and separate entrance, fenced, close to all amenities, 11th Ave.


BULKLEY VALLEY FOUNDATION Your charitable donation in memory of a special person or in honour of our community will enhance the quality of life for friends and family. Donations are tax deductible and tax receipts are issued. For more information, please contact: Executive Director Box 4584

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We need help! The Turtle Gardens Society and The Hazelton Animal Care & Control Committee needs dog food and some cat food on an ongoing basis to help with the feeding care of animals in foster care. Drop off location is at Smithers Feed Store and Feeds & Needs in Burns Lake.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Check out this modern 988 square foot bungalow in Telkwa. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, new laminate flooring, natural gas furnace, large landscaped lot with shed. Perfect as a starter home, retirement or rental investment. Call 250-877-6244.

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NAPLES FLORIDA Area! Bank Acquired Condos Only $169,900. Same unit sold for $428,895. Own your brand new condo for pennies on the dollar in warm, sunny SW Florida! Walk to over 20 restaurants/100 shops! Must see. Ask about travel incentives. Call 1-866-959-2825, ext 15.

TELKWA, cabin avail immed. N/P $650/mth incl. util. Ref. req’d. (250) 846-9663

Duplex / 4 Plex 3 BDRM 4plex suite $730/mo + util, 1000SF, Telkwa, N/S, N/P, Ref Req’d. 250-877-9559.

Homes for Rent 3 BDRM, 2 bath, 2 car garage house in Watson Landing. Employment and ref’s req’d. N/S, N/P. $1400/mth. Kim Tran 250-877-2548 for more detail. COZY 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home for rent in Telkwa. Quiet dead end street near school. All new appliances. Fully renovated. Custom kitchen. Lrg decks, fenced yard, lrg shed, garden space. $1200/mo (not including utilities). Call Dan or Jen @ 250-846-5295


Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

PRIME RETAIL / OFFICE space for lease #1-3767 2nd Ave. in downtown Smithers. Extensive parking areas. 2190 sq. ft. Avail. April 2012. $12/sq. ft. triple net for one year lease. $11/sq. ft. for three year lease. For more info call 250-847-0831

Cottages / Cabins FURNISHED Cabins & Cottage, 1 or 2 rooms - starting at $225 week all utilities included, Off Season Rates. WiFi, Sat TV, 8 kms West Smithers 250-847-3961

Now available 1 1/2bdr. 2010 custom home, private entrance, stainless steel app., full bath, priced for long term tenancy. Only $750/mo. incl. util. (250)847-4026 (Angie)

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Cars - Domestic

2002 Chevy Cavalier


Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW DL9597 Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

Automatic, black, 2-door, sunroof, 146,000kms. Great condition. Excellent on fuel.

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Trucks & Vans


2010 Polaris Dragon

1995 TOYOTA 4x4 std, c/w canopy, winter tires. $5,000 obo. (250)842-6608 ‘91 Ford Ranger 4x4, 173,000km, standard, brand new summer tires & studded winter tires $4000. (250)515-0165 (250)699-7709





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

NEW Condition! Under 800 Miles! Stock 163” track, well maintained and inside stored!

7,400 obo




Wrecker/Used Parts

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“Home of a Million Parts” • Eco Friendly & money saving • Preserve natural resources • Save valuable land¿ll • Provide tested OEM repair parts at a fraction of the price

Suites, Upper 1 BDRM studio suite for rent, only 3 yrs old with a great view, laundry, F/S/DW, microwave and deck, completely self contained, only 8 mins from Smithers. $750 incl util. 250-847-3323

SMITHERS upper 2 bdrm, Clean unit. Balcony, sep. storage rm. Ref’s req’d. Very quiet bldg. $695/m. (250)847-4453.

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HARRIS AUTO WRECKERS LTD 3471 Old Babine Lake Road Townhouses

Smithers, BC V0J 2N6 Phone: 847-2114 Fax: 847-1445 Email:





Fully licenced & insured BC Licence #48366 Wood stove inspections Pre-listing inspections for Vendors Same day e-mail reports with photos

250-847-3222 Terry Fulljames

• Newly Renovated • New Furnaces • New Roofs • New Flooring

• 2 Bedrooms • Ample Parking • New Hot Water Tanks • New Windows

• New Paint • Fully Eco Insulated • Washer/Dryer Fridge/Stove

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Repairer’s Lien Act

In accordance with the Repairer’s Lien Act, to satisfy a debt of $15,095.51 incurred for towing, storage and repairs, we offer for sale: 2003 Ford Pickup 350 Sup VIN 1FT5W31P13ED72233, Belonging to: George Joseph. Sale will take place by sealed bids mailed to: Dan’s Storage and Repairs, Box 2893, Smithers, B.C., V0J 2N0. Bids will be accepted up until 5:00 p.m. March 28, 2012.

GITWANGAK FIRST NATION Box 400 Kitwanga, BC V0J 2A0 Telephone: (250) 849-5591 Facsimile: (250) 849-5353 NOTICE OF PROPOSED LOCAL REVENUE LAWS AND INVITATION TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS NOTICE IS GIVEN, pursuant to section 6 of the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act (hereafter referred to as the “FSMA”), that the Gitwangak First Nation (“The First Nation”) proposes to enact the Gitwangak First Nation Property Assessment Law, 2012 and the Gitwangak First Nation Property Taxation Law, 2012 (hereafter referred to as the “Proposed Laws”). DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED LAWS: The Proposed Laws are a property taxation law and a property assessment law, both made under the authority of section 5(1)(a) of the FSMA. The property assessment law provides for the assessment and valuation of interests in land on the reserve lands of the First Nation, including appointing assessors, inspecting property, preparing assessment rolls, and mailing assessment notices. The property assessment law also provides a process for reconsideration of assessments and for a right of appeal to an independent assessment review board. The property taxation law establishes a taxation regime that taxes interests in land in the reserve, and includes provisions for exemptions, grants, preparing tax rolls and tax notices, the levy of penalties and interest on unpaid taxes, and the collection and enforcement of unpaid taxes. A COPY OF THE PROPOSED LAWS may be obtained from: Keith Morgan, Gitwangak First Nation, Box 400 Kitwanga, BC V0J 2A0. COUNCIL OF THE FIRST NATION INVITES WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS regarding the Proposed Laws for the next 60 days as set out below. Persons wishing to make a written representation must deliver the document containing the representations to: Keith Morgan, Gitwangak First Nation, 149 Bridge Street, Box 400 Kitwanga, BC V0J 2A0. Representations should be made on or before Noon, May 21st, 2012 in order to ensure consideration by Council. Before making the Proposed Laws, Council will consider all written representations received in accordance with this Notice. CONTACT INFORMATION: For further information or questions regarding the Proposed Laws, this Notice, or the making of written representations to Council, please contact Keith Morgan, Gitwangak First Nation Band Office by telephone at (250) 849-5591. This Notice Dated: **March 21st, 2012**


550 per month - LOW HEAT COST! For all enquires call Doug Caya at 250-845-0031 $

or email


Don’t cut yourself off from the world. Find out where the cables are before you dig.


The Telkwa Elementary School Parent Advisory Council would like to thank the following for helping us make our Annual Bingo and Family Fun Night a huge success. All Glacier Panago Source for Oscar’s Glacier Toyota Toyota All for for Less LessWarehouse Warehouse Appreciations Glacier Paul’s Bakery Sports GlacierView ViewSatellite Satellite AppreciationsFlowers GiftsSoul Pottery Heavenly Perry & Co HeavenlyGrinds Grinds&&Little Panago Art&and Art Soul Pottery Treasures Cafe Cafe Pharmasave Paul’s Bakery Little Treasures Bigand Smiles Big Hudson Rayz Boardshop Perry & Co Hudson Bay BayMountain Mountain BV Smiles Eye Care BV Care Kerr’s Rob’s Restaurant Pharmasave Kerr’s Auction Auction BV Eye Home Centre BV Centre Robin’s Nest Kitchen Rayz Boardshop KitchenWorks Works BV Home Regional Pool BV Pool Shopper’s Drug Mart Mark’s Rob’s Restaurant Mark’s Work WorkWearhouse BV Regional Wholesale BV Wholesale SmithersNest Bowl Masa Yama (Japanese) Robin’s Wearhouse Canyon Creek Canyon Creek Creations Tracy’s Massage Restaurant Shopper’s Drug Mart Masa Yama Creations Coast Vihar Construction McBike Smithers Bowl McBike Coast Mountain MountainGM GM Dairy The Wooden Mallard Midway Tracy’s Massage Midway Services Services Dairy Queen Queen Discovery Your Dollar Store with Vihar Miriam Botten Botten DiscoveryToys Toys––Telkwa Miriam Four Dimensions More Mallard Nordan Wooden Nordan Equipment Equipment Kristina Graham Computer Centre One One Stop StopDog DogGrooming Your Dollar Store with Four Dimensions Frontier Oscar’s Source for Sports More Grooming FrontierChrysler Chrysler And a special thank you to all the cake bakers and volunteers, as well as Gordon Kerr who always does such a great job with the cake auction. We apologize if we have missed anyone, but we greatly appreciate all of the support from our communities. Thank you to all who came out and had such a great time at our event. Advertising space donated by The Interior News


As 2011 has come and gone, we at the St James Soup Kitchen wish to acknowledge those groups, families, individuals and businesses that have contributed over that past year. As the need has not lessened, those generous donations to the Kitchen have helped us maintain our level of service. the Christmas gifts Northern Interior Envelope donations Woodworkers Assoc. through St James Church Canada Safeway – Smithers Senior Secondary, Smithers social justice class 10,000 Villages Elaine Lowe Central Mountain Air Sandra Willis Bulkley Valley Credit Sandy Cook Union Marilyn Hooper and Ann Hy-Tech Drilling – Elizabeth Zweck supporting the Christmas Dan Young gifts. Smithers Elks – supporting Those who donated in memory of Flora Stokes Anyone who has donated groceries, fresh produce or cash. Thank You As well, we wish to acknowledge the support and generosity of our soup makers and all who volunteer for the various duties that make the Kitchen what it is. Margaret and Bruce Bobick Soup Kitchen coordinators Advertising space donated by The Interior News

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Cullen pleased with NDP leadership campaign By Percy N. Hébert Smithers/Interior News

With just a week to go, Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, intends to finish the race for the federal NDP leadership with as much energy as he set out with. Cullen, is pleased with the way his campaign has progressed, despite some initial doubts among pundits as to whether he would make it to the finish line. Although the majority of his funding has come from B.C., Cullen said that emphasis has shifted to include more donations from other areas. “I’m the only candidate from B.C. so it’s only natural, but it has been spreading out across the country as we’ve gained momentum and spent more time across the country,” he

explained. On the campaign trail, Cullen said he shared the Skeena issues, including the potential Enbridge pipeline as well as highlighting how politics are done in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley district. “It’s resonating right across the country,” Cullen said. “It’s allowed us to stand out.” Nonetheless, Cullen admitted his campaign was not one of the front-runners, but said he enjoyed the leadership campaign. Cullen also expressed concern the federal Conservative Party planned to make changes to the Fisheries Act, including removing the word ‘habitat’ “They’re trying to ram that change through a budget bill,” Cullen said. The change would effect Section 35.1 of the Fisheries Act,

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essentially eliminating the government’s responsibility of protecting fish habitat. “It’s one of the most critical parts of the Fisheries Act,” Cullen said. “If they do this, they’ll rip the heart out of the Fisheries Act.” Cullen suggested the proposed change was targeted at facilitating the approval of the Enbridge pipeline. Speaking to the recent decision by Smithers Town Council to oppose the Enbridge pipeline, Cullen foresaw a difficult time ahead for Enbridge and the federal government. “The way they’ve treated our communities, insulting people by calling them radicals and enemies of the state has made it very difficult to stand on side supporting them,” he said. “They’ve poisoned the well in the north-

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west, they’ve dealt very harshly with people.” Another key policy move by the Conservative Party that caught Cullen’s attention, is the proposal to put a time limit on the amount of time allocated for the completion of environmental impact assessments. Environmental assessments not completed within the prescribed time frame, even if the result of stalling tactics by the company seeking approval, would default to an approval Cullen explained. “So it’s actually to the company’s advantage to not come forward, have the public conversation and bring the science to bear,” Cullen said. Looking back on the leadership race Cullen said the best part has been listening to people in other regions of the province and the country,

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speaking about the northwest. “That’s just so encouraging because






Age: 67 Height: 168cm Hair: Grey Weight: 77KG Eyes: Brown Leslie WISHARD is currently Wanted by the Smithers RCMP on 1 unendorsed Warrant due to operating a motor vehicle while impaired, and operating a motor vehicle while over .08. Police are asking anyone with information regarding Leslie WISHARD, his whereabouts or any other crimes, to contact the Smithers mithers RCMP detachment at 250-847-3233, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 222-8477. SMITHERS RCMP URGE THE PUBLIC NOT TO ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND WISHARD, AND PLEASE CONTACT THE SMITHERS RCMP IMMEDIATELY IF YOU LOCATE HIM.

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right across the country talking about our home fills me with pride.”



Bulkley Valley Real Estate NEW LISTING

we’re so far away from the political action,” Cullen said. “Hearing people

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Located in the Log Office at 3568 Hwy. 16 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated




3715 Thirteenth Avenue

5408 VanHorn Rd, Telkwa

1472 Columbia Drive

38198 Telkwa High Road

1475 Chestnut St, Telkwa

8795 Horlings Road

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4 bdrm, 2 bath, new kitchen Double carport, vinyl windows Hardwood floors, sundeck, view Teak cupboards, stainless apps

Donna Grudgfield

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2007 passive solar 4 bedroom Maple cabinets, wood floors, 2 bath Enjoy 159 private acres Visual tour @

Dave & Sonia


mls n216489

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home 65 x 116 landscaped lot Includes a 20 x 28 shop Visual tour @

Dave & Sonia


mls n215490

Beautiful 2652 sq ft log home High end finish, fixtures, hot tub Great view of Bulkley Valley 320 acres with second home

Charlie McClary




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3 bedroom, 2 storey home 2 bathrooms, den on main floor Family & rec. room in basement Huge, private deck, work shop

Donna Grudgfield


mls n214552

5 acres in Lake Kathlyn area 4 bedroom, full basement Open design, bright and cozy Mature landscaping, private road

Donna Grudgfield


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1312 Dogwood Street

1723 Tower Road, Telkwa

6770 Snake Road

2665 & 2675 Rosenthal Rd

3744 Broadway Avenue

4210 Second Avenue

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1 acre lot, fenced, gardens 5 bedroom + den, 3 bathroom Country kitchen, dead end street

Leo Lubbers

mls n216185

3 bdrm, 3 bath rancher w/ basement View location with one acre Open layout, wraparound deck

Ron Lapadat


mls n213608

Spectacular mountain views Beautiful rock fireplace 3 bdrms, 2 bath, well kept Garage, carport, loads of storage

Ron Lapadat


mls n199429

Just outside town boundary Located along creek by river 2 cabins each with 2 bdrms Solid investment, great setting

Ron Lapadat


mls n215699

3 Bedroom, downtown area C-1A zoning residential, retail Includes appliances and furnishings Visual tour @

Dave & Sonia


mls n216307

Well maintained 3 bdrm, 2 bath Vaulted ceilings, new paint Large shop, gardens, paved drive Visual tour @

Dave & Sonia


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5503 Morris Road

Lot 9 Whistler Road

Old Babine Lake Road

545 Columbia Street

Sidina Sales – New Hazelton

1362 Willow Street, Telkwa

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Custom built 2700 sf log home 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom 9.89 acres, mountain views Visual tour @

Dave & Sonia

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Pick up your FREE copy of our map of the Bulkley Valley View extra colour photos of our listings on the internet at or EMAIL US at

+/- 5 acre building lot Established driveway Minutes from town Mobiles allowed

Sandra Hinchliffe

Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

mls n201902

Donna Grudgfield Res. 847-3787

+/- 84 acre parcel 18Km East of Smithers Great mountain views Seasonal creek

Sandra Hinchliffe

Leo Lubbers Res. 847-3869

mls n209406

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

2 acres, riverfront 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home Excellently maintained & updated 3 tier deck, great landscaping

Sandra Hinchliffe

Dave Barclay Cell. 847-0365

Sonia Apostoliuk Cell. 847-0937

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Solid & established business Sales and small engine repairs Stihl, Husqvarna lawn equip, saws Also work clothes, fishing gear

Ron or Charlie

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

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Alida Kyle Res. 877-6050

Private 2 acre view lot 4 bdrm, 3 bath family home Outdoor sauna, workshop Quick possession

Alida or Peter

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Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

Jeff Billingsley 877-0838

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