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From left, Nechako-Lakes MLA John Rustad, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Russell Tiljoe, and Mayor Bill Holmberg start cutting their way through a three-and-a-half by four-foot Canada Day cake at Houston’s Jaimie Baxter Park. “It was great cake—every single piece went,” says Houston Leisure Services Director Curtis McPhee, adding that he was pleasantly surprised to see 250 people turn out for the party. Free games and rides free were a big draw, he said, and something the District would like to do again next year.

One Buck Flats resident met for three hours Thursday with a team of engineers, biologists and other professionals working on Apache Corporation’s $1-billion natural gas pipeline to Kitimat. Glenda Ferris, a long-time environmental activist who lives 2.5 km north of the pipeline route, says she is mainly concerned because Apache’s is the first of four pipelines that will all take more or less the same corridor south of Houston. “We’re going to be in pipeline construction phase for 10 to 12 years now,” she said. “There are tourists, guide-outfitters, a whole bunch of people who should be aware of what’s going to happen here.” But residents will have to wait a while longer before they can see exactly where Apache plans to route

“If you think you’re going fishing at Parrot Lakes, you better go this year”

and build work camps along the Houston stretch of its 463-km pipeline. Apache spokesperson Paul Wyke said those final changes have been postponed now that business concerns have pushed back the pipeline’s expected start date by about a year. “We now have a little bit more time to study the nuts and bolts of the route with Kitimat not coming online until 2017,” Wyke said. In its original proposal, approved by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office in 2008, Apache looked at building work camps along the Barteaux, Clore River and Crystal Creek for-

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est service roads. And in February, Apache said it was considering a temporary stockpile site along the Chisholm FSR. But Wyke said it will be a while yet before the company is firm on where those sites will be. Ferris said she has asked Apache to build its work camps and stockpiles away from high-value wildlife and fisheries areas, especially those along the Morice River and the Parrot Lakes. “I told them if they think they’re going to put a camp over by the Morice River, I don’t think even this government is going to allow them to do that,” she said. See APACHE on Page 2

Province must pave the way for heavy trucks: Chamber By Andrew Hudson Houston Today

Growing truck traffic to northern mining projects and the Port of Prince Rupert has Houston’s Chamber of Commerce calling for improvements to Highway 16. Chamber manager Maureen Czirfusz says

Highway 16 should be built to match the traffic Victoria expects will grow here. “They’re promoting the decade of the north, but we only have one highway,” Czirfusz said. In May, the BC Chamber of Commerce, which represents chambers in

“People pass us on double-solid lines and think nothing of it.”

120 towns and cities across the province, voted in favour of a Houston motion call-

- Lloyd Bassani ing for safety and technical improvements on Highway 16 from Prince Rupert to the

Alberta border. Czirfusz said some of the worst stretches of Highway 16 are now obvious to anyone driving west of town. “When you’re driving down Six Mile Hill and you have to straddle the centre lane to come down it without bouncing, that’s a problem,” she said.

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation is planning to resurface several of those problem sections, including a 40-km stretch between the Tintagel Rest Area and Endako. Drivers in Houston and Burns Lake can also expect to see new speed-reader signs in the coming months.

Lloyd Bassani of Houston’s Bassani Fuels, says that while road conditions have worsened on Highway 16, speeding drivers are still problem number one for truckers. “People pass us on double-solid lines and think nothing of it,” he said. See TRUCKS on Page 2


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APACHE from Page 1 Ferris also asked Apache to avoid running heavy delivery trucks and support vehicles on Buck Flats Road during the pipeline construction. Although it is certified for logging trucks, Ferris said Buck Flats is basically residential. “Our road was never designed even for the logging traffic that’s on it,” she said. “It was an old wagon trail.” “A couple big curves were straightened out when they put the new bridges in, but it’s not a safe road now.” Rob Newell, electoral director for the

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Houston rural area at the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako says he is also concerned about roadways. Clearing a new right-of-way and reopening several old forestry roads for the Apache project will open a relatively pristine area to more hunting, he said. In April, a few days before the B.C. EAO approved an amendment to widen the Apache pipeline from 36 to 42 inches, the Office of the Wet’suwet’en told the agency it had outstanding concerns about the project, in-

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last week. “We take a lot away from these open houses, and that’s the reason we do them,” he said. “It’s great to come away with local knowledge, and meet residents who come down with questions and concerns.” Based in Houston, Texas, Apache Corp. holds a 60 per cent stake in Pacific Trails, which is also backed by oil and gas producers Encana Corp. and EOG Resources (formerly Enron). Pacific Trails would tap an existing northsouth line at Summit Lake near Prince

George to bring gas from the Horn River basin in northeast B.C. to a $4.5 liquefaction plant and export terminal at Kitimat. If it goes ahead, it will be Canada’s first facility to export liquefied natural gas to Asia, where prices are several times higher than in North America. Apache Canada has 7.5 million gross acres of oil and gas fields in B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In June, the company confirmed the discovery of 48 trillion cubic feet of gas in B.C.’s Liard Basin, a find it says is the largest in North America.

Truck traffic up on Highway 16 TRUCKS from Page 1 “And I mean, we’ve got 58,000 litres of gasoline,” he added. “We’re not stopping.” Bassani says more RCMP should patrol the highway and switch to a zero-tolerance policy for giving out speeding tickets.

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As for road conditions, Bassani said he’s seen next to no improvements since he started Highway 16 a dozen years ago— two more pullouts, a brake check in Prince George, and a scale pullout in Smithers. Bassani also said upkeep beside the highway is very uneven. “Around Terrace you can see 50 to 60

feet back,” he said. “But from Hazelton to Smithers to Vanderhoof, they don’t do enough brush cutting or grass cutting.” Regarding truck traffic, Bassani said he’s actually seen it fall along the Houston to Terrace section since the Eurocan pulp and paper mill shut down two years ago. But there is more traffic closer to Prince

George, he said, as fuel and equipment moves to and from northern mines and the Highway 37 transmission line. A counter on Highway 16 west of Fort Fraser shows that while average annual weekday traffic fluctuated between 2,521 and 2,573 vehicles from 2002 until 2009, traffic jumped to more than 2,800 vehicles in 2010 and 2011.

Houston is growing older By News Staff Houston Today

Houston has grown a little older. Newly collected data from the 2011

census shows the median age in Houston rose from 35.7 years old in 2006 to to 38 in 2011. That is still younger than the B.C. average

of 40.8 years old. The largest age group in Houston is now made up of people aged 50 to 54 years old, compared to 45 to 50 year olds in 2006.

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RCMP respond to assaults By News Staff Houston Today

A man who was assaulted Friday, June 29 at his Hagman Crescent home has been unable to tell police who attacked him. Houston RCMP arrived at the scene at 10:25 after an ambulance had already taken the victim to the Smithers hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police say a forensic team gathered evidence at the scene, and the case is still under investigation. *** A man suffered a black eye and scratches to his face on Saturday, July 1 after a woman attacked him with a house cat.


The woman is alleged to have thrown the cat, which she owned, after the man asked her to stop making lewd gestures to the animal that he found offensive. She is also alleged to have strangled the cat to death soon afterwards. Houston RCMP say the woman has been arrested and will likely face assault and animal cruelty charges. *** A woman was apparently punched, kicked, and may have had her wrist broken July 2 in her Hagman Crescent home by a man who was out on bail conditions not to visit her. The man, who is well known to police, has been arrested and charged with assault.


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t is really interesting the B.C. Liberal government is asking British Columbians to supply written submissions on the Carbon Tax to “help inform the comprehensive review” announced in Budget 2012 by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon. This is especially interesting because the request comes at the same time as the most recent Carbon Tax hike on July 1, which took it from 5.56 cents to 6.67 cents per litre. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates British Columbians will pay $1.8 billion in taxes at the gas pump this year. It should be noted Statistics Canada numbers show the amount of gas purchased since the tax started in 2008 has risen slightly rather than gone down as the aforementioned government promised us when its launched its plan to reduce greenhouse gases. According to a B.C. Liberal government, it announced the review back in February to look at “all aspects of the carbon tax, including revenue neutrality, and will consider the effect of the tax on the competitiveness of British Columbia businesses.” That announcement came on the heels of a public uproar over the fact school districts and hospitals were paying carbon taxes to the Pacific Carbon Trust, which, in turn, handed them over to the province’s biggest polluters, and some of the biggest companies, to pay for projects to help them try to reduce the greenhouse gases they were producing. Meanwhile, families that are struggling to make ends meet are paying for Big Business to green up. This appears to be the modus operandi of the Premier Christy Clark government. It will do what it wants to do until there is a boisterous public outcry and the party falls further in the polls. Then the government has a miraculous epiphany and decides it’s time to go to the people to see what is most popular outside of the castle in Victoria. This means it will ask the public to send presentations to a government website. However, that doesn’t mean they will hold town-hall meetings in every constituency in fear of gathering like-minded people who will protest against the Carbon Tax altogether. Perhaps, the B.C. Liberals feel they have to increase the tax even further because it’s not slowing down gas purchases. —100 Mile House Free Press

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t doesn’t matter whether Premier Christy Clark wants to call them pay raises, bonuses, or holdbacks, the fact remains it was wrong for the B.C. Liberals to tell the public they were getting rid of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) executive bonuses, when all along they planned to roll them into salaries. New Democrats raised the potential that the bonuses would be rolled into salaries, but the minister responsible for CLBC Stephanie Cadieux was adamant they were getting rid of the bonuses. It’s hard not to think we were all being misled. British Columbians deserve answers about what is happening at CLBC. Last fall, we raised concerns about vulnerable people be-

ing forced from their homes because of budget cuts. In total 64 homes were closed. Further concerns were raised when it was discovered CLBC executives were getting bonuses for cost cutting. Once this was exposed, the B.C. Liberals promised to eliminate executive bonuses at CLBC. They also committed to expanding the mandate of the Representative for Children and Youth by giving her office the power to advocate for 19- to 24-yearolds transitioning from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to CLBC. Neither of those things happened. The bonus program remained in place to the end of the fiscal year, with the bonuses set to be paid out next

month, and going forward, executives will have what used to be their “incentive pay” rolled into their base salaries, guaranteeing them a raise regardless of their performance and despite the ongoing problems at the organization. Despite the fact that more and more families are struggling as they attempt to work through the transition of services for their children, the Representative for Children and Youth still doesn’t have the authority to help them navigate the transition to CLBC. These are just some of the most recent issues that underscore New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix’s call for a full, independent, external review of CLBC. Months after asking the government to undertake this


review, little has been done, leaving CLBC’s credibility in tatters, and developmentally disabled adults continuing to suffer. It’s clear the internal review was wholly inadequate. Families transitioning into CLBC are still seeing their children offered fewer supports and services, and are still facing long wait lists for essential care. The government still isn’t sure of the number waiting for service. The B.C. Liberals have repeatedly shown they are not managing CLBC effectively and are certainly not being open with the public about the decisions they are making. After misleading the public about executive bonuses at CLBC, the B.C. Liberals shouldn’t expect anyone to simply take their word they

can fix the problems. It’s time for a thorough external review to ensure the public interest is being protected. Only this kind of review has the potential to offer families hope that meaningful change will finally supplant the doublespeak, window dressing and damage control that has marked the B.C. Liberals’ mismanagement of this organization. Anything short of a full external review should be seen as Premier Clark and the B.C. Liberals putting their own political interests ahead of what is necessary for an organization that is responsible for supporting a vulnerable group in our community. Nicole Simmons, NDP MLA and opposition critic for Community Living BC

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Raising floods Editor: The Liberal Party’s forest management policies of reckless abandonment over the last decade has brought us to our knees - no timber in-

ventories, few replanting/restocking requirements for a decade, doubling and tripling the sustainable harvest and underfunding/ gutting the forests ministry. Now we are faced with a double tragedy; our mill burns down and our forest landscapes are in ruin and

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not all caused by the mountain pine beetle. Our MLA John Rustad makes a public statement in his promotion of increasing the cut by saying they are looking at relaxing the rules of mule deer winter range. He further states, “I know the farmers would say we’ve got too many deer around.” Since when do we manage

wildlife populations by logging their winter ranges? I thought hunting regulations were used to control wildlife populations. In the public discussions over the past several months, nothing has been said about the effects of aggressive salvage beetle kill logging over the past decade and

the current almost yearly flooding over the past five years in the watersheds of the Fraser and Skeena rivers. This is the gorilla in the closet. The government have known about it for several years. In 2007, The Forest Practices Board (FPB) studied Baker Creek, West of Quesnel, to

see what effects the pine beetle kill and the subsequent aggressive salvage logging had on the flood risk in 2007. Their study showed that the mountain pine beetle kill increased the flood risk by 60 per cent, increasing to 92 per cent after salvage logging and representing a major shift in

hydrology. Four more independent studies were completed in 2011, which came to the exact same conclusions. In our quest to salvage as much beetle kill as possible over the past decade, we have set ourselves up for a catastrophic future of epic floods. Judy Stratton Burns Lake

Rough seas ahead for BC Ferries B

C Ferries has begun its summer schedule, ramping up sailings for the vacation season that is crucial to the fleet’s bottom line. It’s been rough sailing for BC Ferries so far this year. The corporation released its financial results in June, reporting a net loss of $16.5 million, compared to net earnings of $3.8 million the previous year. Last year’s earnings were boosted by the sale of the former corporate headquarters for $9.3 million, preventing a loss there as well. In the fiscal year that ended March 31, vehicle traffic was down 3.5 per cent and walk-on passengers were down 2.8 per

cent. As a result, BC Ferries is forecasting a “small loss” for this year as well. The spring “Coast Saver” sale has just ended. That’s a 37-percent discount offered Fridays through Mondays, May 25 to June 25 on the major runs from the mainland to Victoria and Nanaimo. The discounts allowed a foot passenger to cross for $9.95 and a car and driver for $39.95. I asked BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan last week how the sale went. He didn’t have final figures yet, but he allowed that the boost in traffic was “marginal.” It’s the second year that the spring sale has been offered over

weekends, when people are more likely to travel. But instead of generating additional trips, Corrigan said the main effect has been to shift traffic from midweek to weekends. One of the primary reasons for this spring’s poor performance is the lousy weather that kept people at home. Gasoline at $1.40 a litre is another big one. Hotels and other tourism services tell the same story. Here’s another problem: student traffic on the ferries was down by a third this spring, because teachers cancelled field trips as part of their lengthy work-to-rule campaign. The simplistic political debate about ferry

“Of course, taxpayers are already pitching in an extra $80 million this year...”

service starts and ends with rising fares, with occasional fits of temper over executive salaries, and ignores the other factors. Just cut the fares and increase the taxpayer subsidy, say the NDP and their local echo chambers. Of course, taxpayers are already pitching in an extra $80 million this year, bringing the subsidy to the ferries close to $200 million. That’s how Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom sweetened the pot as he unveiled

new powers for B.C. Ferry Commissioner Gord Macatee to set service levels as well as regulate fares. Macatee’s task now is to travel the coast and endure the demands of island dwellers who want the rest of us to subsidize their splendid isolation. The proposition for them will boil down to this: You can pay more or you can have fewer sailings. And where the boat is a third full, you will have fewer sailings. This consultation

period is an opportunity to ask some hard questions. For instance, does Saltspring Island really need three ferry terminals? And why is there no passenger-only service? Macatee’s term as commissioner started with a detailed review last year that pointed to some other ways to save serious money. But CEO Corrigan says there are no quick fixes. FortisBC has offered an $11 million incentive for conversion of marine vessels to natural gas, which would give the fleet significant relief from spiraling fuel costs. But a ferry conversion would take six months

B .C. Views Tom Fletcher or more, and another vessel would be needed in the meantime. Another promising suggestion is overhauling the ferry reservation service, making reservations free and charging extra for those who just show up. Corrigan says a computer reservation overhaul is underway, but it will take three years.


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Kings, coffee still rule A&W By Andrew Hudson Houston Today

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Randy Dahlgren, left, and Dennis Tate enjoy a coffee and a round of chess at the A&W while Paul Sahota looks on. Like the late John Van Barneveld, a huge chess fan, the three play several times a week.

After three calls of “check” Dennis Tate’s king was looking a little lost. Across the table, Randy Dahlgren bites his glasses and thinks about his next move. Fellow chess player Paul Sahota looks on without a word. “Checkmate.” It’s one game in hundreds played by four or five regulars at the Houston A&W—a tradition that started some 15 years ago.

“I think we’d have credit old John with starting chess here,” says Dahlgren, referring to the late John Van Barneveld, who used to play at least two games a day. “Put it this way— there was always a 10 o’clock and three o’clock coffee break in my life,” Dahlgren said. Two years since Van Barneveld passed, his well-worn chess board and pieces are still the ones tucked behind the A&W counter. Asked who’s the now top player in the crowd, Paul Sahota gave a strategic answer. “Everybody,” he said, smiling. Sahota, who started a year and a half ago, says most games last a half hour or so. But if you’re not careful, they can be

over a lot quicker than that. The day before, Tate said Dahlgren bested him in just four moves. “If you’re sleeping, he’ll get ya in three moves,” he said. “He’ll test you all the time.” Dahlgren says while a quick opener works now and again, every game is different. “You can win a couple times like that, but sooner or later you’re teaching him your moves,” he said. Key to any good chess player, Tate said, is thinking a few moves ahead. That makes it a real mental test, he added, especially at the bustling A&W, and it can show. “You go home and you forget the milk you were supposed to get,” he said, laughing.

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Featuring the spirit of the local people Telescopes from the ground up a bright green laser. “He knows all his constellations, so he goes from star to star—we call that ‘star hopping,’” At first glance, Harm Dekker’s yard Dekker says. looks full of ordinary, earthbound stuff— “Using this, you really learn the sky.” a boat, a workshop and, in the midst of it A Dobsonian is a great way to start, Dekker all, a garden shed. says, and can easily be fit with NASA-grade solar “Nothing fancy,” he says. filters to pick out sunspots as well as stars. But if you know about Dekker’s stelBut after 10 years with the big blue telescope, lar hobby, things start to catch your eye. Dekker took his astronomy a big step up. Propping up his bird feeder, for inAround the back of Dekker’s “shed” is a stance, is a hand-made wooden tripod, strange addition—a pair of waist-high rails stretch now retired, that can still swivel to any some 20 feet behind it. point in the sky. Unbolting the shed’s plywood door, Dekker And inside his workshop, tucked besteps into the 10 by 10-foot building and knocks hind a ride-on mower he’s fixing for a out a few wooden dowels. neighbour, Dekker has a D.I.Y. tool that He opens a window on the far side, and it’s has traced the skies for 10 years now— clear there’s another telescope inside—this one a a 1.5-metre Dobsonian telescope built top-of-the-line Cassegrain with a 14-inch mirror from a concrete forming tube and a that Dekker can hook up to digital cameras and hand-ground mirror. control from inside his house. “It’s not that spectacular,” Dekker He shoves the shed wall and the entire roof says, peering down at a spider that’s fallen on the telescope’s 12.5-inch mirror. Amateur astronomer Harm Dekker explains how he tracks stars and planets with rolls loudly away. “Now here’s the sky!” he says. It’s not the Hubble, he says. a motorized 4-inch refractor telescope. For more images, including a lunar photo Dekker says people often ask why he didn’t “But if I can look at the Andromeda taken by Dekker’s reflecting telescope, see the Houston Today online. buy a classic roof for his observatory—a spinning galaxy, which is 2.5 million light years dome with a curved and sliding window. away, I think, ‘This is pretty good.’” reflect bright stars and planets but also deep-sky objects—gal“I have to watch the snow,” he says, noting the peaked tin Growing up in Holland, Dekker remembers his mom point- axies, nebulae and star clouds. ing out the Big Bear, or Big Dipper, and a few other constel“One time the transparency was just awesome, and I looked on his rolling roof. And it’s just not his style, he adds—a simple set-up that lations. at the Virgo galaxy cluster,” Dekker said, referring to a cluster works wonders. He was curious, he says, but not especially so. In school he some 65 million light years away. “I roll off and pick up Polaris just like that.” focused on things much closer to hand—machining and fixing “I had seven galaxies in my eyepiece. I couldn’t believe it— Dekker invites anyone keen on star-gazing in Houston to cars. seven!” And then, twelve years ago in Houston, he had a look Along with power, Dobsonians are known for being a lot give him a call. Mid-summer means a pretty short window of dark sky, he through a friend’s telescope at Mars. of fun to use. Look at Mars on the right night, Dekker says, and you can Their inventor, John Dobson, called them “sidewalk tele- says, but solar flares have been really impressive for the last watch dust storms blur and clear again, revealing its polar scopes.” He built them from cheap materials—plywood and few weeks. Whatever telescope you use, he says, you need good condicaps. ship’s porthole glass—and made them light enough that he set Look at Jupiter, he says, and you can sometimes see the them down on random San Francisco streets and give random tions—low humidity, low wind, and low light from town. Lights from the Houston pellet plant were adding a lot of shadow of Lo, one of its 66 moons, casting a shadow on the passerby a free viewing. planet’s surface. Dekker’s own Dobsonian swivels on six Teflon pads added glare a while ago, he said, and just as those improved the CanWhen most people think telescopes, they think of the re- little to the $1,200 he paid for its mirror and lenses, and the for sawmill installed brighter yard lights. But Dekker says there’s likely a cheap solution—aluminum fracting kind—the type built by Galileo to focus a magnified whole thing spins on the base of an old record player. shielding to stop the light going skywards. image on the eye. “Oh yeah,” he said, smiling. “It runs so smooth.” He’s also hoping to host more school groups, something he Such telescopes are best for enlarging what we can already Like his 4-inch refractor, Dekker says his Dobsonian could see with our naked eyes—the moon, the planets, and the stars be motorized so that it automatically tracks an object, such as did with an elementary school science class a few summers ago. of our own Milky Way galaxy. Saturn, as it rises and sets across the sky. “I’d love to show children around because that’s our next But a reflecting telescope like the Dobsonian is a different But it’s more fun to leave it as is, he says. breed, Dekker explains. With help from friend and fellow backyard astronomer generation. “The moon—that totally blows them away,” he adds, soundSometimes called “light buckets,” such big-mirror tele- Sherman Williams, Dekker recently spent a night scoping out scopes are designed to capture enough light that they not only 18 deep-sky objects that Williams found and pin-pointed with ing mighty impressed himself. Andrew Hudson

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Northwest Wolves hungry for first win By Andrew Hudson Houston Today

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Rugby players on the Northwest Wolves, a combined team with girls from Smithers and Houston, practice their moves at the Houston Secondary field on Wednesday, July 4. Seven of the 12 players on the Wolves have been playing rugby at HSS since Grade 8. All of them are going to the BC Summer Games for the first time, though a few have competed in the Winter Games for ringette and figure skating. The girls HSS team recently placed fifth at provincials—another first-time tournament.

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In a year full of firsts, seven Houston rugby players will be flying down and landing tackles at the BC Summer Games in Surrey. This year’s Games mark the first time the northwest has fielded a rugby team, says zone rep Cobus Jonker. “The biggest response we got was from Houston and Smithers,” Jonker said, noting that the northwest zone stretches

from Vanderhoof to Prince Rupert but the other five players all come from Smithers. Even head coach Ben Harris arrived just in time for Surrey, having moves from New Zealand to Smithers just three months ago to take a job as a civil technologist. I think it’s going to be a high-level of rugby down there, so the girls will have to step it up,” he said, noting how much more often Lower Mainland teams get to play. One of the Wolves’

big challenges will be communicating on the field, Harris said. Until now, most of the Smithers and Houston contingents have only played as rivals. Harris said they’ll mix the two sides during practice, and run lots of team-building exercises to get a good flow going. Running an organized side, not brute strength, is the way to win, he said. Raised on a farm in the New Zealand province of Hawkes

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all around him. “I’ve had a rugby ball in my hand since I was born,” he said. Harris started playing at age four, and played at the national level until an injury forced him to slow down. The Wolves will play seven aside at the Games, which run from July 19 to 22. Houston will be represented by Jamie Beck, Melissa Dawson, Taylor Hladon, Delainy Larocque, Michaelle Margerm, and Kelsey McEwen.

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P.G. beaver to make waves in San Diego By Andrew Hudson Houston Today

For a so-called “nuisance animal,” Peanut is moving up in the world. On Thursday, the eight-week-old beaver was swimming in a little tub at the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter. Orphaned by a bear attack on his lodge in Prince George, Peanut was lucky enough to be rescued and brought to the Smithers shelter. But now Peanut is swimming bigger pools and wowing bigger crowds after graduating to “education animal” at San Diego SeaWorld. That’s a not a typical story at Northern Lights, where most of the animals are orphaned or injured bears, moose and deer that are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Angelika and Peter

Langen, who started the Telkwa High Road shelter 22 years ago, go to great lengths to minimize human contact while the animals stay there. But on July 1 and the for last four years, Northern Lights has opened its doors for a single sneak peek. A total of 749 people came to this year’s open house, Langen said, triple what they had in 2010. “We believe that education is the cornerstone for wildlife being with us in the future,” Angelika says. “And you can’t educate with just pictures and video. It’s just not the same.” Visitors on July 1 saw play-fighting bear cubs, heard the hiss of a cougar and saw the snowshoe-like paws of a Siberian lynx. Hosting an open house also helps to address a lot of misconceptions people

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Shelter owner Angelika Langen, right, hands off Peanut, an eight-week-old beaver, to Laurie Conrad of San Diego SeaWorld. have about the shelter, In that time, Langen Langen to track them Langen said, such as said they’ve had no in real time. the rumour that they reports that any of Next in line are release hundreds of them became problem Clover, a Kermode bears in the valley. bears—each one gets bear and Dawson, a Since 1989, the an ear tagged and their brown bear who had shelter has released lip tattooed. become a nuisance in about 200 bears, but Starting last year, Dawson Creek, but all go back to the areas a few have gone back who conservation and family units where wearing a $4,000 GPS officers didn’t want they were found. radio collar that allows to euthanize at Christmas. Putting a collar on Dawson was one of his release conditions, Langen explained. Aside from better bear tracking, Northern Lights has seen a lot of new developments. A new moose and deer enclosure that’s four times the size of the old one is nearly done, thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Vancouver Foundation. And Northern Lights has only just Andrew Hudson/Houston Today started spending A pair of rescued bear cubs playfight at Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter on July 1. In 22 years, NLWS has the $140,000 Aviva returned 200 rescued bears to the wild. grant it won in January, money that will bring a new bear enclosure along with long-awaited power The District of Houston is now accepting applications for the following and water services so positions at the Houston Leisure Facility. that shelter volunteers no longer have to haul Casual Lifeguard Helper/Cashier water in by the bucket Principle responsibilities include taking of admission fees during th and scrub down the Public Swimming Sessions/Programs and to assist the Swim Instructors or Lifeguards as required. Preference will be given pens entirely by hand. up on the North Road. to applicants who have skills in cash handling, customer service, “We’ve been doing Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross. Signs will be posted for directions. this for 22 years, so This position works on an as needed basis including early mornings, First rider out at 10 last rider out at 12. the idea of hooking evenings and weekend shifts. The wage rate for this position is up a power-washer $15.54. The poker hands will cost $25.00 each. and going for it— Half the money to the winning hand and the Experience working or volunteering in an aquatic facility will be an we’re going to have a asset. A positive attitude and ability to work in a team environment other half to Adele. The ride will be around draw to see which one a must! 2 hours. Snacks and drinks will be available of us has the first goApplications will be received at the District of Houston along the trail. Donations welcome. around,” Langen said. Municipal Office, 3367 – 12th Street, Houston, BC until 10:00am on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. “It’s going to be so much easier.” You may request a copy of the job description by calling the Municipal Office @ 250-845-2238 or by checking our website @ For updates on new under Job Postings. arrivals and releases, Interested persons should direct all inquiries to: check out the Northern Curtis McPhee, Director of Leisure Services Lights Facebook page Phone: (250) 845-7420, Fax: (250) 845-3429 For more information please or E-mail: contact Tori Long @ 250-845-3500

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INDEX IN BRIEF Family Announcements .......... 001-007 Community Announcements ... 008-076 Children................................ 080-098 Employment .......................... 102-165 Services ............................... 170-387 Pets/Livestock ...................... 453-483 Items for Sale/Wanted .......... 503-595 Real Estate ........................... 603-696 Rentals ................................ 700-757 Transportation ....................... 804-860 Marine.................................. 903-920 Legals ....................................... Legal




Coming Events

Career Opportunities

Education/Trade Schools

AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

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Cards of Thanks

Cards of Thanks

Third Annual Grassy Plains Country & Bluegrass Festival July 27, 28, & 29th. For more info please call 1-250-2206087. A host of great Entertainers. Rough camping on Site.

Information AL-ANON Are you affected by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon meetings are Monday, 7pm at the Houston United Church. Contact numbers are: (250) 845-3356 or (250) 8457774. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meetings are at the Houston United Church, Monday and Thursday at 7:00pm. Contact number is:1-877-644-2266

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Thank you We would like to take this time to thank everyone for the lovely flowers and cards sent to us during our loss. Marilyn & Lynnette Carson and Adele Murray



Kurt George Murray



May 5th, 1962 June 26th, 2012

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In Memoriam

In loving memory of Our dearly loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother

Evelyn Lavallie November 21, 1931 to July 11, 2009 It has been three long years since you have been gone Yet it feels like yesterday You lived for those you loved And those you loved remember In our hearts you will always stay Loved and remembered each day Loving you always Your family

Kurt is survived by his father Ralph, daughter Adele Three sisters Donna (Glen), Cheryl (Conrad) and LynneƩe (Joe) and his mother Marilyn Carson

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Owner/Operator – Smithers, BC Extra Foods is proud to offer this franchisee opportunity in Smithers, BC. This discount grocery store provides the convenience and service customers have come to expect from this banner. As franchisee,you will have access to a competitive business opportunity through the Franchisor’s merchandising and marketing programs. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and potential yearly bonuses. In addition, you will be supported by a network of innovative and responsive District Managers and Specialists who will assist in supporting you to grow your business. As franchisee, you will manage all aspects of your own business, using your entrepreneurial skills to drive your business profitability. If you have 5-10 years of store management experience in a grocery retail role, a strong financial acumen and a focus on customer service and the community, please email your cover letter & resume to by July 20th, 2012.

Thank you for your interest in Extra Foods

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted



LOCATION: QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must have a Class II driver’s licence with previous school bus driving experience, and a good driving record. STARTING DATE: September 4, 2012 CLOSING DATE: July 20, 2012 (3:00 pm) Interested persons should submit their application to: Toni Perreault Human Resources Administrator School District #54 (Bulkley Valley) PO Box 758, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0

Job Title: Position Type: Reports To: Subordinate Staff: Level/Salary Range:

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Full-time TCC-Executive All Tahltan Central Council (TCC) Employees To Commensurate with Education and Experience

Chief Administrative Officer POSITION SUMMARY Reporting to the Tahltan Central Council Government Executive, primarily the President, the CAO is responsible for the day-to-day management of TCC’s operations. The CAO is responsible for the financial management and support to the Council, its committees and agencies. The CAO is responsible for coordinating the activities of all employees to ensure efficient delivery of public services approved by the Council. PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES t Manages the day to day affairs of the councils, based on approved policies and bylaws of the Council. t Coordinates the development of policies and bylaws of the Council. t Prepares agendas and attends meetings of the Council and Council Committees. t Provides advice as required to the Council on matters of policy and finance. t Coordinates activities of TCC solicitor and other hired experts. t Ensures that risks are properly insured through the insurance provider. t Prepares and maintains current policies dealing with Council governance and management, e.g., finance, human resources, workplace safety, etc. t Coordinates information technology required by the operations. t Posts entries on a timely basis to the ledger. t Prepares monthly bank reconciliation for all bank accounts. t Prepares regular financial reports for the Council and staff. t Prepares working papers for the auditor as required. t Prepares and presents draft budgets to the Council. t Monitors budgets regularly and takes action on variances. t Prepares applications and claims for all grants available to the TCC. t Prepares and submits the annual reports to government agencies as required. t Administers employee benefit program. t Performs all other assigned duties. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS t University degree with studies in Public or Business Administration; and t Two or more years in a senior public sector management position. The position will be based in Dease Lake, British Columbia at the TCC office. Dease Lake is located in the Northwest Region of British Columbia, approximately 600km north of Terrace and Smithers, BC via Highway 37. Please visit our website at for more information on the Tahltan Central Council Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter, or CV to the address below: Attention: Annita Mcphee, President Email: Or Fax: 250-771-3020 Tahltan Central Council PO Box #69 Dease Lake, BC VOC 1LO Phone: 250-771-3274 Deadline is August 3, 2012




Houston has a huge demand for rental homes. Now would be a great time to buy a home as a rental investment.

PRICED FOR ACTION! • Great 4 bedroom starter on a 60x120 lot. • 3 bedrooms up, 1 down, 2 bathrooms. • Enjoy the mountain views from your back deck. • Fridge, stove and blinds included.

• Older mobile with addition on just over 5 acres. • Mobile has a long term tenant. • Nature is at your doorstep. • Private setting. • Recent electrical inspection on file. • Fridge and stove included.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Bulkley Valley Home Centre Ltd (Houston) requires a full time

DELIVERY TRUCK DRIVER/ YARD PERSON Duties include yard clean up, customer service and deliveries. Must have class 5 Drivers license and clean driving record. Experience in retail and building supplies an asset, but not essential. Competitive wage and benefit packages available. Please fax resume to Amanda at 250-845-7608 or email


Houston Industrial Park, Houston, BC $

Nadina truck is currently accepting resumes for a full time CERTIFIED BODY MAN OR APPRENTICE BODY MAN.





Farm Workers

Help Wanted

AUSTRALIA, NEW Zealand dairy, beef, sheep, crop enterprises have opportunities for trainees to live and work Down Under. Apply now! 1-888-5984415

Couple With Horses. Large Central BC Cattle Ranch seeks couple with horses to spend summer on range with cattle herd in the spectacular Chilcotin country. Travel trailer provided for housing. Low pay, but an adventure of a lifetime. Alexis Creek Ranch (425) 4818451 Email:

Professional/ Management

Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and labour/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. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd Has vacancies in the following job: 1)Heavy Duty Mechanic 2)Driller/Blaster 3)Loader Operator, for Town Jobs. Details can be seen at Fax resume to 250287-9259

Please send resume or apply in person at Nadina Truck. Call 250.845.2212 and ask for Henry or John.


CAR WASH HOURS Monday to Friday: 8:00am - 8:00pm Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Please apply in person with resume, AƩn: Bill Woelders

2216 Nadina Ave. North, Houston

5.2 ACRES! or call: 1-250-845-2246 for information.

Applications are being accepted for

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Please drop off resume at the

Houston Pizza Factory

Coming Events

Coming Events

Please keep your announcements as brief as possible. Deadline (faxed or mailed or delivered) is 4 p.m. Thursday. Items are printed or alternated as space permits. Items will be accepted via fax, email or dropped at the office. No phone calls please. More calendar items are listed online and can be submitted or viewed at

Coming Events

Babysitters course sponsored by the Houston Community Services Association is offered on July 16-17-18. Time is from 10 a.m. to noon and located upstairs on 10th Street --across from the dentist. For more info phone: 250-845-3484. Houston Secondary School - Office hours for the summer are: July 3 – July 13; August 20 – August 31 (8:30am – 3pm) Counsellor hours are August 27 – August 30. 1st day of school for the 2012 is Tuesday, Sept. 4. HSS webpage: Houston Public Library Events... Join us for a Geocaching Session. What is Geocaching??? Geocaching is a sport where we use billion dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods. Bring your GPS (we have extras), small treasures and the kids to the Houston Public Library at 7:00 pm on July 19, 2012. Go to for more information and to learn how to use your GPS and find your first Geocache. Baby & Me: Wed: 10-1am; Story Time: Wed: 1:30-2:30pm; Toddler Time: Fri: 10 to 11am; Phone 250-845-2256 for more info on any of the above events or to register.

Tanya Belsham



“Fit For Life.” Senior Exercise @ Cottonwood Manor Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the 2nd and on Mon., Wed., & Fri. @10 a.m. Call Hanne 845- 4th Thurs. of each month at 1pm in the Seniors Centre. 7414 or Bunny 845-7110. Granisle Volunteer Fire Department meetings & fire The Houston Legion Branch 249: Meeting: 2nd Mon. practices every Tues., 7 p.m. at the Fire Hall. of the month is Executive, 4th Mon. is General Meeting (we have not been able to get a quorum in months, Granisle Church of the Way services are Sun., 11 a.m. Bible study is Thurs. at 7 p.m. members please attend)

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The power of membership

The Houston Retirement Housing Society is asking interested parties to provide their names for future vacancies at our Pleasant Valley Village apartments. Please call Roberta@250-845-2257.

Pleasant Valley Community Market in Houston Fridays 10AM - 3PM in Steelhead Park (Hwy 16) across from “The Flyrod”. There will be fresh produce, baking, crafts and preserves. To become a vendor Structural Firefighting/Hwy Rescue. Interested? Topley or for more information contact Cindy at 250-845- Volunteer Fire Dept. is accepting applications. No expe2222. rience necessary please contact Byron - F/C 250-6963348 or come to a fire practice: Thurs. @ 1930 hrs The Houston Community Garden - Everyone is invited (7:30 pm) to attend free Yoga classes at the Community Garden (3rd and Copeland) from July 9 - August 16. Monday Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. meetings every 2nd Tues. 1-3 and Wednesday 10-12. Childcare is available. of the month at 7:30 pm. Fire practices every Thurs. For more information please call Sandy 250-845- at 7:30 pm. 2727. Topley Victory Church services: 10:30 a.m. Seniors Bingo is every Tues. at 7 p.m. at Cottonwood Manor. Entry is $1. Come out and enjoy a fun prize filled evening. Lots of prizes!


Re/Max Houston

Call 250-845-7325

Coming Events

Houston Community Services is open Mon. thru Fri. from 9am to 4pm We have clothing to give away. Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well as children of all ages. Come and check it out!

Bulkley Valley 2436 Poulton Ave., Houston, BC e-mail:

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is hiring for

Phone: 250-845-7200

Coming Events


Help Wanted

Pleasant Valley Motel

N FOR BUSINESS! E P O TIRE SHOP HOURS Monday to Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm

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GROCERY MANAGER. Jasper Super A. The Grocery People Ltd. (TGP) provides goods and services to a large, independent grocery and food service industry and manages a number of Super A Food Stores. Located in scenic Jasper, Alberta, you will be responsible for all aspects of managing a grocery department including marketing, merchandising, controlling and human resources management. Applicants need five years grocery department management experience. The successful candidate must be customer service focused, show self initiative and leadership to achieve the required results. TGP offers a competitive compensation and benefit package as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. To apply, send a resume, stating salary expectations to: Director, Human Resources, The Grocery People Ltd., 14505 Yellowhead Trail, Edmonton, AB, T5L 3C4. Fax 780-447-5781. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



BRING BACK THE SPARKLE! • Small 3 bedroom home in Topley. • Large master with patio doors to deck. • Carport, detached 19 x 25 garage/ shop. • Functional floor plan. • Excellent rental or starter home. • Fridge, stove and dishwasher included.




• 4 bedroom home close to schools. • Rec room in basement with pellet stove. • Outdoor sauna and large sundeck. • Small wired workshop. • Carport, paved drive. All appliances included. • Do a little and save a lot!



PERFECT FIRST INVESTMENT! • 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile with addition on 60 x 100 lot. • Spacious family room, large storage room and porch in addition. • 22 x 23 detached garage with heat and concrete floor.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Houston Today

Houston Today Wednesday, July 11, 2012


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Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical

Huckleberry Mines Ltd. is a 19,000 TPD open pit copper molybdenum mine located 120 kilometers south of Houston in west central British Columbia. The mine has been in operation since in September 1997 and closure is planned for 2021. We are currently recruiting for the following position:

Millwright Reporting to the Mill Maintenance Supervisor and working closely with other tradesmen and the operating department, the successful applicant will be responsible for maintenance work in the mill, crusher and other areas of the mine. Duties will include planned and preventative maintenance on the SAG mill, ball mills, crusher, conveyor belts, pumps and other equipment. The successful candidate must possess a journeymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trade qualiďŹ cation and have a minimum of ďŹ ve years experience in an industrial environment. Preference will be given to applicants with mining experience and individuals who are also licensed or experienced in welding. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential for this position. Huckleberry Mines is a remote mine where its employees live in a camp environment on their days of work. The Millwright position works a 7 x 7 schedule (7 days in, 7 days out). While at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Transportation is provided from Houston. Huckleberry Mines Ltd. offers a competitive salary and a full range of beneďŹ ts 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. QualiďŹ ed applicants can submit their resumes in conďŹ dence to:

Human Resources Department Huckleberry Mines Ltd. P.O. Box 3000, Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z0 Email:

Equestrian HORSE FOR SALE 19 year old sorrel gelding, well trained, not a beginners horse. Used for penning at one time. $2500 obo. (250) 695-6972

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 STEEL BUILDING, Huge clearance sale! 20x24 $4,658. 25x28 $5,295. 30x40 $7,790. 32x54 $10,600. 40x58 $14,895. 47x78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

Other Areas

Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabsâ&#x20AC;?20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;45â&#x20AC;&#x2122;53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB FOR SALE Track Skidsteer Cat 267B, 06 - 1680hr, A/C Cab, tracks 85%, Ser Cyc01081, Ex. condition. Peter. $34,000. (250) 845-2498 or (250) 845-7419

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A single unspayed cat can produce 470,000 offspring in just seven years. Sadly, Houston Canadian Reformed Church most of them end 3797 Omineca Way (Avalon subdivision) up abandoned at BC SPCA shelters or Monday - Thursday, condemned to a grim life on the 23-26, -2012 streets. July Be responsible donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t litter.

Bible School

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration: 9:00 a.m. Monday July 23, 2012 Age: 5-12


Legal Notices WOODLOT LICENCE W1749 WOODLOT LICENCE PLAN Notice is hereby give pursuant to Section 17 of the Woodlot Licence Planning and Practices Regulations that woodlot licence plan has been prepared for W1749 located just east of the Buck Flats Road. If approved by the Ministry of Forests, Range and Natural Resource Operations, the plan may apply for a term of 10 years from the date of approval. The woodlot licence plan is available for public review and comment. An appointment to view the plan can be made by contacting Alison Patch at 250695-6340. Written comments may be sent to The Forestdale Canyon Adventure Ltd, Box 31 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0

20 ACRES- Only $99/mo. $0 Down, Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Near El Paso, Texas, Beautiful Mountain Views! Money Back Guarantee! Free Color Brochure. 1-800-755-8953.

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent APARTMENTS AND townhouses for rent in Houston. $450 and up. One, two, three and four bedrooms. Call: Kathy at (250) 845-4505 or (250) 845-4131.


NICEST APARTMENTS: Crest Villa seeks mature, responsible tenants for large, modern, clean, one and two bedroom apartments. Near arena & pool. Downtown Location. Call: (250)-845-4037



250.877.6777 Website:

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Acreage for Sale

Furniture ALL NEW Queen MATTRESS SET Still in Original Plastic! Must Sell. $150 - CALL: 604484-0379


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Misc. Wanted

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S lives here.

I Buy Old Coins & Collections Olympic, Gold Silver Coins etc Call Chad 250-863-3082 Local

235 Acres for sale, only 10 minutes from Vanderhoof. Great building site at 10 acre pond, fenced, 45 acres cleared. $248,000. obo (250)567-3193

Transportation CANOES FOR SALE: Clipper Prospector, 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, red ďŹ berglass w/black trim, bench seats, excellent shape $1000. Mad River St. Croix, 14â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;?, Triple Tough, knee pads & lash tie downs installed, green, great shape $600. Wenonah Jensen 18â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;?, painted Kevlar, sliding bow & stern seats, stern footbrace, white, super fast, light & in good shape $900. Hellman Kootenay 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;6â&#x20AC;?, lightweight, Duralite, orange with black trim, immaculate shape - like new, $1200. Pics available. Please call Ted 250-692-2372.

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Where to Worship Anglican Church of St. Clement 2324 Butler Ave., Box 599, Houston 250-845-4940

Rev. Margaret Powell Services are: 10:30 a.m. Sundays except 7 p.m. on the First Sunday of the month.

St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic Church 2001 Riverbank Drive, Box 819, Houston

Phone: 845-2841 â&#x20AC;˘ Fax: 845-2823

Fr. Rectorino Tolentino Pastoral Assistant: Ronnie Cruz (Houston)

Mass: Sunday 11:30 a.m. Weekly activities or events announced as they occur.

First United Church 2106 Butler Ave., Houston

Services at 11 a.m. Contact: (Marianne Dekker) 250-845-2282 or 778-816-0039

HOUSTON PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 2024 Riverbank Drive, Box 597, Houston Phone: 845-2678 â&#x20AC;˘ Pastor: Mike McIntyre

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 amSunday Prayer Meeting: 6:30 pm Sunday School: 9:45 am Everyone Welcome

Guru Nanak Sikh Temple Association P.O. Box 1784, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 Phone: 250-845-2705 Santokh Singh Manhas 250-845-2217

Houston Fellowship Baptist Church 3790 C.R. Matthews Rd. Pastor: Larry Ballantyne

WELL KEPT 12X68 UPGRADED MOBILE HOME â&#x20AC;˘ Finished addition â&#x20AC;˘ extra roof for added protection and insulation â&#x20AC;˘ includes fridge, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher, woodstove â&#x20AC;˘ front and back decks â&#x20AC;˘ storage shed â&#x20AC;˘ established gardens â&#x20AC;˘ quiet location. $36,900 obo #15 Silverthorne Mobile Home Park

Phone 250-845-2210 or Cell 250-845-9473


Joan and John Lombardi would like to extend a 'RQŇ&#x2039;WWDNH\RXUPXVFOHVIRU sincere and warm THANK YOU to the many customers JUDQWHG2YHU&DQDGLDQV who patronized our Car Wash, Rental and Repair ZLWKPXVFXODUG\VWURSK\WDNHWKHP facility for the past 17 years. YHU\VHULRXVO\ /HDUQPRUHDWPXVFOHFD

We would like to wish Traction Tire & Car Wash (Bill & Trudy Woelders) all the best as they have now taken ownership of the facility.

Sunday Service - 10:30 am Everyone Welcome! Phone: 250-845-7810

Houston Christian Reformed Church 1959 Goold St., Box 6, Houston 250-845-7578

~ Everyone Welcome! ~

Services: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm

Houston Canadian Reformed Church SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 AM AND 2:30 PM Pastor Hendrik Alkema ( OfďŹ ce Phone: 845-3537 ~ Everyone Welcome ~ 3797 Omineca Way, Box 36, Houston


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BULKLEY VALLEY WHOLESALE 3302 Highway 16 Smithers, BC • (250) 847-3313 • 1 (800) 579-3313 • Open: Mon. to Thurs. 8 am - 7 pm • Fri. 8 am - 8 pm • Sat. 8 am - 7 pm • Sun. 9 am - 6 pm Cash & Carry Only

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