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Fire Season The Nicola Valley heats up as blazes already burn 100 hectares above average in Kamloops zone

A fire burns about two kilometres south of Merritt in the Coldwater Valley on Thursday as fire crews extinguish flames and douse the hot ground. Firefighters suppressed the fire before it spread widely. Jade Swartzberg/Herald

Dry weather, wind spread flames through valley By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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At least sixteen wildfires have been set by people in the Nicola Valley since April 1, the Kamloops Fire Centre announced Friday as they rolled out an open-fire ban. Merritt is at a Moderate Fire Danger rating, with warm and dry weather expected to continue and temperatures reaching the 30-C mark. “We are concerned and want people to be extra careful,” Fire Information Officer Kayla Pepper said,

noting 131 hectares have burned near Merritt since April 1. “Conditions are dry right now and if you get a strong wind going, it can spread quite fast.” A fire broke out about two kilometres south of Merritt near Iron Mountain, close to the Coldwater Valley on Thursday. Crews were eventually able to extiguish the flames that same day, supressing the fire before it was able to spread widely. The Merritt Fire Rescue Department was called to the blaze

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‘Conditions are dry right now and if you get a strong wind going, it can spread quite fast.’ —KAMLOOPS FIRE CENTRE FIRE INFORMATION OFFICER KAYLA PEPPER

around 2 p.m. “We sent out 10 firefighters and two fire engines,” said local Fire Cheif Dave Tomkinson. The crew attacked the flames and soaked the ground for approximately four hours before it had a chance to spread more. The Merritt Fire Zone crew was called out shortly after the local crew.

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Those who ignore the ban are subject to a $345 ticket. If convicted, the person could be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to a one-year jail term. The prohibition is expected to be in effect until Oct. 15. Clearwater and Salmon Arm are exempt from the ban, but are earmarked for a June 15 addition to the prohibition. The ban doesn’t apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. The fire zone extends from the northern border of

Wells Gray Park near Blue River to the U.S. border to the south, and then from Bridge River Glacier west of Gold Bridge to the Monashee Mountains east of Lumby. Specific activities prohibited: • Burning waste, slash and other piled or unpiled materials larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres. • Burning more than two open fires at a time. • Setting stubble or grass fires. • Using fireworks or burning barrels.

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The fire consumed trees, grass and brush. Effective noon today (Tuesday) open fires in the Nicola Valley are restricted to 0.5 metres high and 0.5 metres wide, which bans mass burning but still allows campfires. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations intends to prevent human-caused wildfires.

The Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to approximately 300 hectares of wildfires, representing 38 blazes, since April 1. The 10-year average is 48 fires by this time each season, burning around 200 hectares each time. “We are seeing fewer fires but more hectares burned,” Pepper said. “Luckily, none of them has gotten too big and our crews were able to respond quickly.” The ministry attributes the blazes to “poorly planned open burning.”

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PEDDALLING FOR CHARITY The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike rolled through Merritt last Tuesday for the annual fundraising event. Locals who signed up to pedal for charity managed to raise $14,000 at the end of the day — $4,000 over the goal. This amount is triple last year’s total ($4,445). Heart and Stroke Foundation Community Development Co-ordinator Lianna Jansen described the event as exceptional and mentioned that four local teams rode in memory of Marg Reynoldson. Since 2005, locals have managed to raise $45,000 during the Big Bike events. Jade Swartzberg/Herald

Community torn about tossed books As a local school faces closure in June, district staff confront an excess of literature By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Several members of the community say they are outraged by the disposal of hundreds of Coquihalla Middle School books that were found at the Merritt Recycling Depot on Wednesday. “Why didn’t they donate the books?” said retired school teacher Ida Hedrick, who discovered the books while recycling.

“When I worked at the school and we had to trash the books, we had a three-day open house for people to come in, take what they want and then a large majority went to the poorer countries and the church groups picked up the costs of shipping.” She said local daycares and literacy groups should have been asked about their needs prior to tossing the books. Copies of children’s encyclopedias, trades

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books and novels, such as Animal House, were tossed into the bins. But NicolaSimilkameen School District 58 Superintendent Bob Peacock said the books are outdated and disposal is regular. “These are really old books that are no longer

being used,” he said. “We burnt them in the past, so people didn’t know books were being discarded, but we no longer have a beehive burner and the recycling outfit didn’t used to take them.” He said the district recycled the books because CMS is clos-

ing at the end of June and will have many in excess. “We looked at donating them overseas, but there is a cost factor and they didn’t want them anymore,” he added. “[The books] can’t be used for daycare, they aren’t good for primary kids...” Heather McBride, owner of White Bear Daycare on Nicola Avenue, said her operation is always looking for new books. “It would have

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been nice [if we were asked],” she said. “There is always a need for more.” Many books are still in boxes at CMS waiting to be discarded or sent to other Merritt schools that may need them, Peacock said. Another Merritt resident, who didn’t want to be named, was angry at first, but then she retracted her statements and said her son found a “gold mine” when he went to the recycling depot.

REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: May 12, 1982 Citizens petition for door-to-door mail delivery Next week the results of a petition campaign for door to door mail delivery will be announced. A group of about 25 people led by Vergie Snider of Decade Realty began circulating petitions last Friday. They plan to go to homes and businesses in every part of town.

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HERALD OPINION Ferry fleet sails into storm VICTORIA – The B.C. government has rolled out its plan to reform BC Ferries, continuing the structural and cultural shift that started when the Crown corporation was quasi-privatized in the early years of B.C. Liberal rule. Politically, there is a lot at stake here. Premier Christy Clark’s yearlong “families first” routine boils down to two projects, reining in rate increases at BC Hydro and BC Ferries. For weeks, Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom has been signalling there is bad news to come. Sparring with the NDP in question period, he has bluntly and repeatedly said the days of fully staffed vessels sailing with a third (or less) of their capacity are coming to an end. Tabling legislation to give the ferry commissioner new powers over service levels as well as fares, Lekstrom revealed $80 million worth of sugar to help the tough medicine go down over the next four years. That’s on top of the $150 million annual subsidy. Quadra Island politician Jim Abram was first out with the predictable view of the Gulf Islands elite, dismissing this sum as paltry. It’s difficult to capture how self-centred and insulting this is, but I’ll try. Consider that the B.C. transportation ministry spent $460 million last year on highway operations. That’s for the province’s entire vast, weather-battered road network. This year’s operating subsidy to coastal ferries is approaching $200 million, nearly half of that. And increasingly, it goes to subsidize getaways for those who choose isolation for its own sake. Basic financial information also exposes the falsity of NDP ferry critic Garry Coons’ one-note critique. It’s part of the highway system, he constantly says, comparing empty ferries with empty roads

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Time to remove stigma from mental illness It’s ironic that, as a federal commission shines the country’s spotlight on mental health, a Canadian soldier has been told to stop talking about the subject. It speaks volumes to what is, in essence, the root problem hindering any movement forward in addressing the issue. We just don’t like to talk about it. Cpl. Steve Stoesz has gone so far as to say the fight he’s waging to get mental-health services from the country he fought for has taken a greater toll on him than surviving three bomb

attacks in Afghanistan. Ordered by a superior to shut up, he has refused. But, the conversation is going to still happen now that the federal government has received its mental-health commission’s report, Changing Directions, Changing Lives, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada. It’s an impressive document with some lofty goals, not the least of which is to fight the stigma of mental illness and set standards for wait times for mental-health services. Let’s start with the stigma.

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I may sound like a broken record but, it’s 2012, folks, and it’s time to recognize mental illness exists. For every criminal out there who uses his mental illness as the reason for his crime, there are hundreds of us who just go about our everyday lives coping as best we can while living with some sort of illness that affects our brain. We don’t rob stores, we don’t attack police, we don’t kill people. We are who should be the poster children for the condition, not the ones who get all those headlines.

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With a one-in-five rate of people living with a mental-health illness, odds are every one of you knows someone with it. Many of us are also on medication to control it — just like some of us have to take meds for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, rashes, headaches, insomnia and a lot of other ailments. I’ve known people who, unaware I have bipolar disorder, have expressed concerns that someone they know “is bipolar.” They’ve been worried, concerned — I’d hesitate to say scared, but

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definitely bordering on that emotion — about the person’s stability and questioned the value of the friendship. I’ve smiled and said, “Gee, so am I,” for no other reason than to hopefully put a different face on the illness. Maybe that stigma is one of the reasons Stoesz was told to shut up — we can’t have our soldiers running around looking anything but soldierly, can we? Really can’t have them looking the least bit human, even

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From Page 4 while ignoring the mandatory ferry staff and other costs. This fiscal-fantasy policy implies another huge increase in subsidy, much of it a transfer from working people to the idle rich who can afford Gulf Islands real estate. Coons can’t say how much, probably because he has no idea. A key legislative change will allow BC Ferries to use revenues from its profitable main routes to subsidize little-used runs. This would be even more important if those revenues hadn’t been squandered. And no, I’m not talking about the “fast ferries.” The story is detailed in “Head On!,” a 2004 book by former B.C. deputy highways minister R.G. Harvey. He describes how the Mike Harcourt government completed the “gross error” of building a new terminal at Duke Point, near Nanaimo. This run was to take truck and other traffic from congested Horseshoe Bay to the mid-Island from Tsawwassen. An alternative route from Richmond to Gabriola Island, with bridges to Vancouver Island, had been quietly scuttled after the W.A.C. Bennett government was defeated by the NDP’s Dave Barrett in 1972. On a map, it’s clear this would have been the shortest route. Harvey says it would have cut travel time by half, and likely replaced the congested Horseshoe Bay dock. But Barrett would have had to tell his Nanaimo ferry union supporters that they were losing half their work hours. Tsawwassen to Duke Point is 65 km, compared to 54 km from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay. A ferry worker’s shift includes two round trips and loading time. On the Duke Point run this meant at least eight and a half hours, “thus ensuring the crew at least one hour at double time daily and often more,” Harvey writes. “Later it became a scheduled overtime route.” Something to keep in mind as Adrian Dix and his crew of union bosses prepare to take the helm. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press.

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SANDBAGS PREPARE FOR WORSE Water levels were close to sandbags over the weekend, as hot weather continued to melt snow and ice on mountains, causing drainage through the Nicola Valley into the Coldwater and Nicola Rivers. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

Overseas can ‘break people’ From Page 4 though any sane person knows what they’ve seen, smelled, heard and lived with overseas is enough to break most people. Addressing wait times is another crucial area that has been neglected for too long. Yes, every aspect of health care has long — often ridiculously long — wait times, but what we do to those who need mental-health care is intolerable. I think of Dr. Sheikh Hosenbocus who, for too long, was handling the bulk, if not all,

of pediatric psychiatric cases in Kamloops. It meant people waited because the most sick had to be dealt with first — and first sometimes meant weeks, if not months, after it became aware they needed help. Another psychiatrist has joined the city to treat our children and youth, but I’m sure his caseload is such that, if he wants to also have a life outside the office, some of our young ones will have to wait. I can’t imagine the emotions that must churn up in these children’s parents. I was lucky; my breakdown hap-

pened in Ontario, my doctor was proactive, he got me in to see a psychiatrist within weeks and the illness was diagnosed and treated. It helped there was an entire hospital in my hometown devoted just to mental-health care. It was Mental Health Week last week and it’s obvious that’s why the report was issued when it was. It will be interesting to see what happens. In the meantime, society can help by recognizing mental illness as just that — an illness. Dale Bass is a reporter with Kamloops This Week

‘School has better ways to spend $40,000’ Online Comment: My comment to Val, the PAC, and the district is this: With the funding shortfalls within the district, I could think of far better ways to spend $40,000. With Coquihalla Middle School closing, and having new playground equipment within

the last few years, from a business perspective it seems like a no-brainer to move that equipment somewhere in the district where it could be utilized better. I am not understanding the need for new equipment. The picture of Val beside the swing set, clearly shows that the present equipment is built

to last. It’s painted galvanized steel. I can buy a lot of paint for $40K. It is admirable that the parents of children have taken the initiative to fundraise for the new equipment. That being said, as a parent I’d be demanding to know why Diamond Vale Elementary has scored in the bottom one per cent

of the province as gauged by the Fraser Institute. That is a far greater issue to tackle than ensuring the kids have shiny new equipment to play on. Having good monkey bar skills doesn’t help much when kids can’t read and write. Amery Schultz, Merritt B.C.

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Today, the site of the Lower Nicola Indian Band’s Community Garden is a rocky patch of ground, but by the end of the summer, the community hopes to enjoy the fruit of their labours. A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Thursday marked the start of the Community Garden in Shulus, which is being revived after 10 years. “The idea started because there were a group of us who wanted to grow vegetables and fruit and

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we decided to invite the whole community,” said board member Lorna Shuter. “I talked to the LNIB executive director and he said go for it, and the chief and council all approved our plan of action.” The garden covers just over one hectare of land owned by the Shulus Cattle Company and is surrounded by posts and fences, which the company helped install.

Other groups donated money to cover the startup costs. The Community Garden will feature a communal garden, maintained by volunteers who will be able to take home vegetables in exchange for their contributions, and a rent-a-plot section, said Shuter. She and the other board members are also planning to host seminars on composting and worm farming.

“We’ll be practising pesticide-free organic methods here,” she said. Though the garden won’t be ready for planting until the end of May, some gardeners have already planted seeds indoors that will be transplanted into the garden. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, herbs, leeks, strawberries and onions. Shuter and others are also planning ahead to utilize tall plants and fences to break the wind, and planning a crop rotation for spring, sum-

mer and fall. Some of the produce will be sold at the Nicola Valley Farmers’ Market, but volunteers also hope to build their own fruit and vegetable stands right near the garden in Shulus. By the end of the ribbon cutting ceremony, community members were already pitching in to pick up the rocks before the field can be ploughed for planting. “It’s going to be a dusty job,” said Dee Toodlican, adding that it would be worth it.

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Boom expected for Highland Valley Copper adds to its workforce B.C. mining industry By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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British Columbia’s $8.6 billion mining industry is booming with increased revenue, exports, production and prices, reports the Ministry of Energy and Mines. The announcement from the province, which comes at the start of Mining Week (May 13-19) indicates that the boom is being fuelled by a global recovery in manufacturing and in particular, the strong demand from Asia. Mining Week is hosted by the Mining Association of B.C., which represents the collective needs of B.C.’s operating coal, metal and mineral mining companies. “Mining week celebrated the importance of one of B.C.’s vital industries,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines. “The industry supports 29,000 jobs, and is creating more for B.C. families and provides opportunities for business. “All this helps fund health care, education and other important essential public services that British Columbians depend on.” Currently, B.C. has nine metal mines and 10 coal mines in operation.

The government’s goal to eight new mines and nine expansions continues to move forward. The anticipated results are: • A $1.6-billion increase in annual mine-operation revenue. • Approximately 2,000 construction jobs. • 2,000 new direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs. • To sustain 12,500 existing jobs (5,000 direct and 7,500 indirect). • Over $150 million annually in government revenue. In addition to the Copper Mountain Mine, which began production last year, two new major metal mines are now under construction and recently two more received permits. Construction for both is scheduled to start later this year. Since the Jobs Plan was announced, the province has approved five major expansions of existing mines. Did you know? Every British Columbian uses almost 23,000 kilograms of mined products each year. When you turn on a light, drive a car, ride your bike, or use a phone, you are supporting the mining industry.

Highland Valley Copper is slated to add hundreds of employees to its workforce after a massive optimization project expected until at least 2026. The mine already employs approximately 900 people, with nearly half of them living in Kamloops. With the Highland Valley Copper Mill Optimization project, copper recovery is expected to increase by two per cent and mill output to increase by 10 per cent. Fluor Corporation on May 3 was awarded a contract from Teck (Highland Valley Copper’s mother company) to provide procurement, engineering and construction management. Fluor is expected to add a new flotation building including 300

cubic meter tank cells. The existing grinding circuit, tailings and water supply system are expected to be upgraded. The mine is located about seven kilometres east of Logan Lake and is Canada’s largest open-pit copper mine. Highland operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. A conventional truck and shovel is used to extract the copper. The pit rim crushing/conveying system is rated at 4,000 tonnes per hour. Approximately 135,000 tonnes of ore is processed each day, as well as one million pounds of copper and 14,000 pounds of molybdenum. A truck and rail system is used to transport the concentrates to domestic markets and to Vancouver for shipping. The tailings are deposited into an impoundment dam that

Mills at the Highland Vally Copper Mine change ore into a fine slurry to be processed. Submitted

is designed to withstand a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. The company has won several awards for sound environmental performance. The mine

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Copper Mountain Mine meets operation goals By Jade Swartzberg THE HERALD

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Located 20 kilometres south of Princeton, B.C., the Copper Mountain Mine is one of British Columbia’s newest mines. Construction of the Copper Mountain Mine was completed on schedule by June 30, 2011, and by September 2011 the company shipped its first load of concentrate containing 5.8 million pounds of copper to Japan for smelting. By Dec. 31, 2011, the company announced revenues of $66.5 million with a gross profit of $16.2 million. The Copper Mountain Mine, which is owned by the Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (75 per cent), and the Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (25 per cent), primarily mines copper, but gold and silver are considered secondary metals mined by the company. A press release issued on April 17, announced that in the first three

In the first year of operations, the Copper Mountain Mine had a gross profit of $16.2 million. Photo submitted by Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

months of operations in 2012, the mine had already produced 13.7 million pounds of copper, 4,200 ounces of gold, and 96,400 ounces of silver. “We are very proud of the company’s achievements in 2011.

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The most significant milestone was bringing the Copper Mountain Mine into production,� said Jim O’Rouke, President and CEO of Copper Mountain. “Our operating team has been working very hard to ensure that

the ramp up of the operation will meet our operating goals. Looking to 2012, we will remain fully focused on continuing to optimize the Copper Mountain mine to maximize the copper production target,� he said.

The first quarter report of 2012 indicated that the company has continued to experience higher-thanpredicted precious metal production, and continued to reach a target of 35,000 tonnes per day. Currently, the expected life of the mine is 17 years, with a plan to produce 100 million pounds of copper per year for the first 12 years. However, O’Rouke has indicated that the company is planning an exploration program to expand the resource and extend the mine life beyond the 17-year mine plan. Otherwise, he said the company will upgrade the resource to increase production. The Copper Mountain Mine is a Canadian resource company managed by a team of professionals. The company’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CUM.� The mine is located on a 18,000-acre site and has a current resource of nearly 5 billion pounds of copper. There are 310 people employed on site.

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Huldra Silver CEO Ryan Sharp at the mill groundbreaking in November 2011. File photo

Huldra mill will open soon By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Huldra Silver Inc., a Vancouverbased firm, broke ground near Merritt in November 2011, for the construction of a new mill on property formerly owned by Craigmont Mines. Recently, Huldra CEO Ryan Sharp announced the soon-to-come opening of the mill. Sharp had originally expected the mill to be operating in February this year. Huldra has owned the Treasure Mountain Mine, about a 65-minute drive from Merritt and 15 kilometres east of the Coquihalla near Hope, since 1980. The company discovered a 250-metre silver vein at the time. The company shipped 400 tonnes of ore to smelters instead of processing it near the site, which Sharp said

is not an ideal location for a mill. After the price for silver plummeted in the early 1980s, the company was relatively inactive for about 17 years. The price is now at around $30 USD per ounce, compared to its $5 price tag in the early 80s, which lasted until 2004. Roughly 100 employees are expected to work at the mill when it is fully operating. Approximately 40 employees are working at the Huldra mine on any given day. Sharp was hired by Huldra approximately two years ago. Craigmont Mine ceased operations in 1984, which hit the Merritt economy hard. Since then, it has operated on a small scale and is expected to continue processing magnetite from waste or for the next two years.

Craigmont continues operations Magnetite recovery operations at the Craigmont Mine continue under the new ownership agreement with Huldra Silver Inc. In April 2011, Craigmont entered into an agreement with Huldra Silver Inc., which resulted in the sale of the Craigmont Mine site to Huldra over a three-year period. Huldra will use the property for processing silver ore, while the Craigmont Mine will be allowed to finish their magnetite recovery. The Craigmont Mine has contributed to the rich history of mining in British Columbia and

in Merritt for almost 50 years. Craigmont Mines Ltd. functioned as a very successful copper producer from 1962 -1982. The host rock of the copper ore at the Craigmont mine was rich in magnetite, but during the first half of the life of the copper production there was no local market for the magnetite. Copper production ceased in 1982 as a result of low world copper prices, and Craigmont Mines Joint Venture (Craigmont) acquired the shares of Craigmont Mines Ltd. in 1985. The development of the western

Canadian metallurgical coal industry created a local demand for magnetite, with the result that from about 1970 on, Craigmont Mines Ltd. recovered the magnetite, which was stockpiled and sold to the coal industry. Magnetite, which is a very dense material, can be mixed with water to make a slurry that helps to separate the coal and rock. As a result of Craigmont’s transaction with Huldra, the Craigmont mine site will continue to make a contribution to the local economy for many rears to come.

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Quick mining facts for the kids DID YOU KNOW?

• Police are nicknamed “cops” or “coppers” because their uniform once had copper buttons and badges.

• Most diamonds are more than a billion years old. Even the youngest were formed more than 70 million years ago. • The chemical symbol for gold is Au, from the Latinaurum, which means “shining dawn.”

• Olympic gold medals are gold-plated silver, while Nobel Prize winners receive medals produced from gold alloys • Gold is unaffected by moisture, oxygen, or ordinary acids, and is virtually indestructible.

• Canada is the largest user of salt in the world, primarily due to the severe winter conditions in many parts of the country.

• Because of its beauty, weight and lack of corrosion, silver was one of the earliest metals to be used as a medium of exchange.

• Rare earth metals and rare earth elements are key materials used in science innovation, primarily because of their unique magnetic, fluorescent and chemical properties. • Electronic circuitry can contain the following mining products: gold, copper, aluminum, steel, lithium, titanium, silver, cobalt, tin, lead and zinc. • Diamonds are made of plain old carbon, the same material found in pencils or in the graphite powder used to lubricate locks.

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Two of five auto mills. These process ore into a fine slurry to be processed in a floatation circuit. These mills are fed from the stockpiles by feeders and conveyors. Large mills are auto mills and small mills are called ball mills. These mills work together to break down the ore to slurry mixture.

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Two NVIT staff awarded for inclusion By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

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Two members of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology staff have been recognized for their efforts to create a “culture of inclusion.” John Chenoweth, dean of instruction, and Faye Ahdemar, college readiness and indigenous academic studies instructor, were both recognized by the British Columbia Association for Community Living. Ahdemar said she isn’t yet sure about why she was nominated, but she thinks it has to do with her effort in the Steps Forward program. “I think John and I were nominated because of the way we work, in that we love to have people come and join us from all parts of the community,” she said. “That’s what we would have done where we come from in our own First Nations community. “We would have worked with people and accepted them wherever they were able to work.” The Steps Forward program is for

“people with certain abilities.” These could be anything from intellectual, emotional or physical, but most people have difficulties intellectually, Ahdemar added. “At no point did NVIT say we didn’t want to [do the program]. We said ‘How can we help.’” One student was registered for the program last year. Three students are expected to join next year. “I think it would be really wonderful if no one saw each other’s difficulties and were just able to accept them and invite them in,” she said. “If we did that, then I don’t think we’d needs to have Steps Forward or any of the other supportive programs.” Chenoweth helps provide the institutional contact for the program. “I’m a little humbled, but essentially we said, ‘What can we do to help?” he said. “And then we found avenues, or ways, to get rid of barriers to have students participate in post-secondary.” A press release from the BCACL stated the two help ensure students are respected

and valued. The employees have especially helped those who struggle academically and socially. Chenoweth and Ahdemar were nominated in February, which is National Inclusive Education Month. The month is dedicated to providing a way where committed teachers, administrators, students and families can be recognized for their inclusion efforts. Three other winners were announced in B.C. “Mr. Chenoweth and Ms. Ahdemar have gone above and beyond to come up with ways that NVIT — a true community school — can meet the needs of students with special needs transitioning out of high school,” Danielle Kelliher, director of communications for the BCACL, said in a release. “They have come up with creative ways to ensure that all students, regardless of background or ability, are able to apply, register, select courses, learn, be involved on campus and graduate with their peers.” The awards ceremony is in Penticton on June 1.

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HERALD SPORTS Penticton Vees are national champions! Have a sports story tip? Tell us about it by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing sports@merrittherald.com

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In a manner all too familiar to Merritt Centennials’ fans, the Penticton Vees won the Royal Bank Cup on Sunday in Humboldt, Sask., thereby earning the title of 2012 Junior A hockey champions of Canada. Joey Benik’s powerplay goal with 51.3 seconds remaining in the third period proved to be the winner as the Vees edged the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Hockey League 4-3 in the championship game of this year’s five-team RBC tournament. The national championship is the second for a team from Penticton. The Knights won the Centennial Cup in 1986. Unlike their recordbreaking BCHL campaign this year, which saw Penticton win 54 regular-season games (including 42 in a row), and a relatively easy run through the playoffs (including the Doyle Cup), the Vees had to scratch and claw their way through the Royal Bank Cup schedule and

into Sunday’s championship final versus Woodstock. Penticton lost its opening two games of the RBC, 2-1 to the Soo Thunderbirds, and 3-2 to the host Humboldt Broncos. They gained some traction in their final pair of round robin games, winning 2-1 against the Slammers and 3-1 over the Portage Terriers, but still didn’t look like the offensive juggernaut that had topped the national rankings for all but two weeks of the 2011-12 season. The Vees finally seemed to hit their stride in one of two semifinal games played on Saturday. They scored twice against Royal Bank Cup MVP John Kleinhans and added one empty netter to defeat the Soo 3-0 and avenge their earlier loss to the T’Birds. Michael Garteig stopped all 20 shots sent his way to pick up the shutout in the Penticton net. In the other semifinal, Woodstock registered a huge upset, beating the previouslyundefeated hometown Broncos 4-3 in overtime. Sunday’s champion-

ship game was a seesaw affair as the Vees jumped out to an early two-goal lead in the opening 12 minutes of the game (Travis St. Denis, Steve Fogarty) only to see the Slammers roar back with three unanswered goals of their own over the next 28 minutes, and continue to hold a narrow one-goal lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the third period. As has become so common this year, the Vees found a way to win when everything was on the line. With 8:50 remaining in regulation, former Salmon Arm Silverback Bryce Gervais poked a loose puck past Woodstock netminder Matt Murphy to even the score. Then, in the final minute and on the powerplay, Benik took a pass from Travis St. Denis in the slot and beat Murphy with the go-ahead goal. The Vees are the third Pacific region team to win the RBC Cup in the last four years, and the 10th from the British Columbia Hockey League to be crowned national champions since the start of the five-team format in 1990.

(Above) The Penticton Vees celebrate their national title after defeating the Woodstock Slammers 4-3 in the championship game of the 2012 Royal Bank Cup, held in Humboldt, Sask. (Right) Penticton’s Joey Benik had the game-winning goal in the championship game. The first assist went to teammate Travis St. Denis who led all Vees in the RBC tournament with one goal and six assists for seven points. (Below) The RBC Cup award winners were: MVP and Top Goaltender - John Kleinhans (Soo Thunderbirds), Top Forward and Top Scorer - Andrew Johnston (Humboldt Broncos), Top Defenseman - Troy Stecher (Penticton Vees), Most Sportsmanlike Player - Micky Sartoretto (Soo Thunderbirds). Photos courtesy of Hockey Canada and Ian Webster/Herald

MSS ATHLETES IN ACTION (Left) Merritt Secondary School grade 11 student Kirra Racine (second from right) was the only Panther to compete in the Okanagan high school track and field championships in Kamloops last Wednesday. She ran 2:37.29 to finish fifth in the senior girls’ 800m final. Racine trains with the Kamloops Track & Field Club three times a week. Ian Webster/Herald (Right) Another MSS grade 11 student, Amy Pozzobon, did well on the weekend at the high school rodeo in Merritt. She caught her steer in 5.4 seconds on Saturday to finish third. Her teammate, Fallon Fosbery, was a twotime winner, taking the barrel racing title on both Saturday and Sunday. Complete rodeo results will be in Thursday’s Merritt Herald. Phillip Woolgar/ Herald


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DID YOU KNOW ➣ The world's second largest pipe organ is located at the Organ Grinder on 82nd avenue in Portland, Oregon. ➣ Games Slayter, a Purdue graduate, invented fiberglass.

TAURUS: You stumble upon some surprising information during an internet search, resist the urge to take action. Make a commitment to start a special savings account for a dream you carry.

CAPRICORN: Quiet time will be important to you, so insist on a few hours to regroup mentally and spiritually. Play classical music to create a calming atmosphere. AQUARIUS: Ask for clarification about a project, you'll discover that you're more than halfway through. Review your bills to make sure you're not overpaying for monthly services. PISCES: A loan or debt consolidation package could be the answer to your financial woes, so research your options. Download some of your favorite golden oldies for a pick me up. ARIES: New opportunities for professional growth are about to come your way, so pay attention. Spend more time with a friend who has recently come into your life.

REGIONAL EVENTS VIRGO: New information coming your way regarding a job or financial opportunity. Review your expenses, you'll be able to spot unnecessary drains or hidden service fees.

COMMUNITY GARDEN The Crossroads Community Church is putting together a community garden and is looking for volunteers to come help start this garden and keep it going throughout the season. Please contact Michelle at 250-378-2911 for more details.

GEMINI: You'll have to restore order to your surroundings if you want to spend the weekend playing, so make time to sort through the piles that have grown up around you.

LIBRA: Consider signing up for a seminar or workshop to boost your financial intelligence and earning power. Don't be afraid to confront a loved one whose actions are upsetting you.

FUNDRAISER Smith Park in Lower Nicola is having a fundraiser pancake breakfast and yard sale on Sunday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Please phone 250-378-7266 to book your table.

CANCER: Keep a close eye on your spending. Now's the time to create a better budget; you'll be amazed at how much money you can save if you simply plan ahead.

SCORPIO: When trouble arises at work, you'll be the one to rush to the rescue. Find it in your heart to compromise with a loved one, you'll discover that is really all you need.

LEO: You may stumble upon an investment that could pay off handsomely; be sure to compare notes with someone you trust to see what they think.

SAGITTARIUS: Your circumstances are apt to change suddenly, you'll have new answers and options to consider. Start a savings account for a dream vacation or luxury purchase.

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➣ In case you ever find yourself piloting a dogsled, shout "Jee!" to make the dogs turn left and "Ha!" to go right. ➣ Spot, Data's cat on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was played by six different cats.

"Using a Peak Flow Meter, Monitoring Your Breathing" and an update from the BCLA Air Quality Conference. Speaker: Richie Gage, Director, BCLA, Wednesday, May 16th at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 1899 Quilchena Ave. For more info. call Richie Gage at 250-378-6266.

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STUDENTS!! Show your student ID every Thursday and receive 5% off any purchase!

SENIORS DAY - 10% OFF Everything In Store! Every Monday!

ST. MICHAEL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH “Raise the Roof ” Steak Dinner Fundraiser Saturday, May 26, 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the Grand. Proceeds will go toward re-building our walls. For tickets phone 378-3772.

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STRAWBERRY SALES AT BAILLIE HOUSE Order buckets of pre-washed, cleaned and sliced strawberries for delivery at the end of June. Call 250-378-0349 for more information.

SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Baillie property. It is presented by the Baillie house, Communities in Bloom, and the Lilac Conspiracy. There will be a plant exchange and Xeriscaping options. The following tables will be set up: Community Garden, Water Resource Advisory Commitee, Art in the Garden, Shackan Native Plant Nursery, TNRD, Smart Step Youth, Sunshine Country Garden.

➣ The music group Simply Red is named because of its love for the football team, Manchester United, who have a red home strip.

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SENIORS’ EVENTS AT THE FLORENTINE Saturday, May 20, The Florentine is hosting the widely renowned singer/songwriters “Willy Blizzard” between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. From Western Canada, these talented musicians write their own music, presenting rich vocal harmonies against the warmth of their acoustic instruments. The Florentine has movie nights at 6:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. On Tuesday nights, at 6:30 p.m., we play cards and other games. Tea and snacks are at 3 p.m. daily. For more info. call the Florentine at 250-3785300. NICOLA VALLEY FALL FAIR We will be having our giant yard sales again this year. Donations gratefully accepted, phone 250-378-2303 for free pickup on Wednesdays and Thursday or arrangements can be made to deliver your donations to the Fall Fair Building. Yard sale dates: Saturday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 27, Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug 11, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug 12, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.

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Join our team! Sport Development Coordinator – Merritt PaciÀcSport Interior BC is a nonproÀt society responsible for coordinating and delivering sport development and performance programs and services throughout the region. In partnership with the City of Merritt and other key stakeholders this position will work with the local sport organizations, offer XploreSportZ kids camps, Sport Fit and other opportunities to increase physical activity. Reports to: Management Team (City of Merritt, Leisure Services Manager and PaciÀcSport Interior BC General Manager) Location: Merritt Hours of Work: 14 hour work week part time with Áexibility Salary: $15,000 annually Closing date: May 31, 2012 For more information for the Job Description and qualiÀcations please visit www.paciÀcsport.com/ interiorbc To apply submit your cover letter and resume to interiorbc@paciÀcsport.com or by mail to PaciÀcSport Interior BC c/o Tournament Capital Centre, 910 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N6 We thank all applicants for their interest; however only candidate selected for interviews will be contacted.

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(1) FINANCE MANAGER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Scw’exmx Child and Family Services is an Aboriginal Child Welfare Agency providing services to the five First Nations communities in the Nicola Valley. We offer a positive work environment with a committed team of people. The Finance Manager provides, under direction of the Executive Director, effective and efficient operation of the administrative and finance department in compliance with the policies of the organization and funding agencies including and not limited to: • Administrative Support to all programs • Ensures the development and maintenance of financial management systems, including and not limited to: producing budgets, financial statements and management reports, monitoring expenses and reporting variances, cash management, investment management, cheque requisitions, purchase orders, travel claims, accounts payable, receiver ledgers and asset logs • Assists and supports the Executive Director in negotiating with funding agencies relative to funding arrangements

Closing date: May 30, 2012

QUALIFICATIONS • Graduation from High School Grade 12 • CGA designation or 3rd year CGA student and or an equivalent combination of skills and experience with an aboriginal organization of a similar size

Join the team by sending your resume, cover letter and reference list to: Merritt Home Hardware Building Centre P.O. Box 340, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 pmhbc01@gmail.com Fax: 250-378-6467 No phone calls please.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS • Knowledgeable of child & family services funding and programs • Intimately knowledgeable of the aboriginal community (N’lakapaumx and/or Syilx a definite asset) • Own vehicle and valid BC Driver’s License • Must be able to pass a criminal records check

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

Start date: ASAP as needed. Pay: Rate will be negotiated based on experience. Deadline for submitting applications: May 22, 2012 Apply by submitting your cover letter, resume and 3 references to: Yvonne Hare, Executive Director Scw’exmx Child & Family Services Society Services # 85 Hwy 8, Merritt, BC V1K 0A7 Phone: (250)378-2771 Fax: (250)378-2799 Scw’exmx Child & Family Services Society thanks all those who apply, however, only qualified candidates will be considered for an interview.


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PROFESSIONAL JOB Opportunities. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, fluid transport company servicing Northern BC and Alberta. We are an equal opportunity employer now accepting applications at various branches for: Mechanics (Commercial Transport or equivalent). Wage Range: $25-$40/hour. Minimum experience required: second year apprenticeship or equivalent. Professional Drivers (Class 1, 3). Wage Range: $25-$35/hour. Minimum experience required: six months professional driving. Field Supervisors. Annual Salary Range: $90-$110,000 (based on qualifications). Minimum experience required: previous supervisory experience. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and drivers abstract are required. We encourage candidates of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities to apply. For more information and to apply for these opportunities, visit our employment webpage at: http://troyer.ca/employmentopportunities

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Merchandise for Sale

Furniture Dining Room set with 6 chairs, china cabinet & buffet. $350 obo. 250-378-9437

Misc. for Sale 24th ANNUAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SALE sponsored by the Vernon Collectors Club at Vernon Curling Rink on Fri. May 25th from 3pm-8pm & Sat. May 26th from 10am-4pm. Approx. 125 tables.$3 admission is good for both days.

Misc. Wanted Wanted - any size of copper, aluminum or brass. Will pay 250-378-2889

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TRANSPORTATION MECHANIC Required in Nakusp, BC (West Kootenay Area) Applicant must be red seal certified and able to work on a variety of makes and models of trucks, trailers and components. A CVIP certificate and welding skills an asset. Full time position. Group benefit plan available. Competitive wages. Fax or email resumes to: 250-265-3853 or whrepair@telus.net

WELDERS, FITTERS required for busy Edmonton FCAW structural steel shop. $2733/hour base plus benefits, OT, indoor heated work, paid flight. Fax: 780-939-2181, Email: careers@garweld.com

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2 bedroom mobile home. Washer, dryer, fridge, stove, large fenced yard, large sundeck $800 per month or $900 per month with utilities included. 250-378-0887

Room & Board Rooms to rent and/or room & board. $400/mon. for room. Room & board negotiable. Seniors preferred. Contact Doug or Donna at 250-378-5688 or douggdixon@yahoo.ca. No alcohol or drugs.

Shared Accommodation Shared Accommodations 2 bdrm mobile. $300/mon. utilities included 250-319-7776

Recreational/Sale

Real Estate Duplex/4 Plex

We Will Pay You $1000

Suites, Lower 2 bdrm basement suite for rent Avail. June 1st. $750/mon. util. incl. To view call 523-9842

BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 Bigfoot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024 www.rosmanrv.com

Transportation

Scrap Car Removal

Auto Accessories/Parts Chrome roll-bar for a small truck $50. 250-378-8137 Four new Goodyear Nordic snow tires; balanced and mounted on rims for a Dodge Caravan. Easily a $900 value for $250. Also, 4 Dodge Caravan hubcaps for $50. 250-3788137

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Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288 Scrap Vehicles, Equip. & steel wntd. Have HIAB truck. In/out of town. I pay $$$$ 315-4893

Trucks & Vans FOR SALE 1990 F250 4x4 extend cab. Needs back window. Runs good. $750 obo. 250-378-0033 Truck for Sale 1993 Dodge Ram 250 Commins Diesel with 4 mag wheels and Cooper tires, plus 4 winter, tires on rims. Excellent on fuel $5,000 firm. 250-378-2889

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Contact Information: Ramada Limited Anoop Sekhon Tel: 250 378 3567 Fax: 250 378 4016 www.ramada.com Email: a.sekhon@ramadamerritt.ca

Ramada Limited Re Opens Following Renovations! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Merritt, BC – The Ramada Limited is pleased to announce its re opening after extensive renovations. After a three month closure it’s now business as usual! Quality accommodations backed by unbeatable customer service, are two keystones being carried into the future to offer all guests. Constant upgrades and renovations have kept us in the forefront of Merritt’s accommodation market since opening over 18 years ago. The Ramada has a variety of clean, comfortable rooms to accommodate any necessity. Amenities include a large pool area with waterslide, hot tub and sauna. Free wireless internet access and a complimentary newspaper can be enjoyed by all guests while they help themselves to our complimentary expanded morning breakfast bar. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel direct or reserving online at www.ramada.com


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