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OBSERVER QUESNEL - CARIBOO
Friday, August 17, 2012
VOL. 98 NO. 100
Sugar and spice Gemma Brackett and Elledae Armstrong showcase their free lemonade and cupcake stand. The girls wanted to spread a little sweetness at no cost to consumers, but some residents wanted to donate cash for the tasty treats. The duo decided to hand over the funds to a worthwhile charity â€“ Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Autumn MacDonald photo
Concerned citizen tackles tethering bylaw AUTUMN MacDONALD Observer Reporter After several complaints against dog owners, one concerned Gold Pan resident is taking her canine issues to council. â€œDuring that heat wave in July I witnessed several large dogs with heavy coats tied up with two feet of chain,â€? Penny Sharp said. â€œI made a couple complaints to both the SPCA
and the RCMP and nobody was able to do anything.â€? It was then Sharp decided to take matters into her own hands, with the goal of bringing the issue to council to request an anti-chain bylaw within the city and CRD. But first, educating the public is on the agenda. â€œWe have a Facebook page with information and have approached several businesses with a petition
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against chaining,â€? Sharp said. â€œIn September I plan on doing a table at Walmart with information on tethering.â€? The BCSPCA has released research on longterm tethering, stating dogs left on chains for â€œhours, days, months and even years suffer immense psychological damage. â€œThey can become aggressive, anxious and neurotic through lack of
socialization.â€? Sharp said since witnessing the chaining of local pups, she began researching the issue â€“ and her findings were shocking. â€œThere was a case in which a St. Bernard was tangled up in his chain for days and days and ended up gnawing his own leg off,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s horrible, just horrible.â€? Sharp insists the bylaw sheâ€™s seeking isnâ€™t meant
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â€œI made a couple complaints to both the SPCA and the RCMP and nobody was able to do anything.â€? Penny Sharp, concerned citizen
for those chaining dogs for a few hours, or even for the duration of a work day.
â€œThis is meant for dogs being tied up and forgotten,â€? she explained. â€œWeâ€™re not targeting pet owners tethering their dogs for the day.â€? Sharp invites anyone interested in learning more to check out the Facebook page, endthesufferingofchaineddogs, or to sign the petition (to be presented at council or Joint Planning) at Front Street Barber, Bosleyâ€™s Pet Food and Sylva Grow.
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New Multi-Centre campaign is in the bag Your chance to win a travel voucher valued at $2,000 is in the bag – the Multi-Centre cloth shopping bag that is. The North Cariboo Multi-Centre Fundraising Committee is selling the royal purple cloth shopping bags to help raise funds for the proposed facility. There are 2,000 shopping bags available, each costing $10. Every bag provides one entry for the participant in the upcoming NCMC Golf Ball Drop contest on the afternoon of Sept. 22. The grand prize was donated, in part, by Deb Quick of Adventure North Travel. The shopping bags will be
on sale until noon, Sept. 22 and bags are available at: • Quesnel Visitor Information Centre • Circle “S” Western Wear • Carver’s Clothing Company • Outlaw – The Jean Store With More • Bo Peep Boutique • K-MAX Games & Videos • Good 4 You and Planet 2 • Staples • Scotiabank • City Hall • Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation office. The NCMC Golf Ball Drop is a new event for the North Cariboo. A helicopter, courtesy of Aberdeen Helicopters, will
carry the golf balls in a water chute. When the chute opens, the balls waterfall to the ground. The ball landing in, or closest to the hole, is declared the grand prize winner. The North Cariboo MultiCentre will be a modern facility designed to replace aging infrastructure. It features a 1,600-seat NHLsized arena, a 450-seat performing arts theatre and accompanying event and assembly space. More information is included on the website at ourmulticentre.com and people are encouraged to visit the fundraising office at 339A Reid Street in Quesnel.
Semi loses load on Hwy. 97 Speed is believed to be a factor in a semi truck loosing its load. At approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Quesnel RCMP were called to the southbound onramp to Highway 97 at North Star Road where a semi truck pulling a fully loaded wood chip trailer lost control,
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tipping its load and spreading debris over southbound lanes. Traffic was diverted around the clean up efforts for close to four hours as crews removed debris
and environmental specialists dealt with spilled diesel and hydraulic fluid. The detour utilized nearby highway access ramps and had minimal impact on motorists. The 43-yearold driver was transported to Quesnel’s GR Baker Hospital where he
was treated for minor injuries and later released. A vehicle inspection has been ordered and the cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Quesnel RCMP and Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
LOCAL NEWS Saturday
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Barkerville celebrated its 150th anniversary Aug. 11 – 12 with Discovery Day and the Canadian National Gold Panning Championships. Clockwise from top left: the ceremonial promenade was led by piper Judy Campbell; Yukon Dan pans in the competition; Reba Escott tries her hand at panning; Barkerville’s Bill Quakenbush, left, presents Billy Barker’s great great granddaughter Elaine Edgington with a framed photo of her ancestor. Karen Powell photos
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Surprise crowning at National Gold Panning event
All hail the Queen! A surprise turn of events in the 2012 Canadian National Gold Panning Championships saw the weekendâ€™s â€œKing of the Creekâ€? grand prize contest rechristened â€œQueen of the Creek,â€? much to the delight of nearly 350 participants in 11 competition categories and more than 2,000 visitors to Barkerville Historic Town. Karen St. John, local owner and operator of the Northwoods Restaurant in nearby Wells, bested professional gold panners from across the country to claim the $1,000 cash prize and a $1,500 high bank sluice (courtesy of Greywolf Highbankers) at Sundayâ€™s championship match. St. John found seven gold nuggets in quick succession, using a 14-inch metal pan laced with some of the toughest gravel, clay and dirt found anywhere on the competition circuit. â€œIf you want bragging rights to call yourself King or Queen of Williams Creek, youâ€™ve got to know youâ€™ll be dealing with some of the nastiest panning material around,â€? event organizer Scott Rea said, who is himself a six-time World Invitational Gold Panning Champion. â€œWe donâ€™t fool around in Barkerville; youâ€™ve got to go through what the original prospectors went through here
the Adult division, Alex Ninow won the Childrenâ€™s heat (and a brand new Razor electric scooter) and the Open competition went to Dave Coupland. Special thanks to Integris Credit Union, Presenting Sponsor of the 2012
Canadian National Gold Panning Championships, as well as Community Sponsor (and event organizers) Eldorado Gold and Gifts, community supporters The District of Wells and Wells Chamber of Commerce and
Radio Sponsor 94X Prince George. For information about the 2012 Canadian National Gold Panning Championships, or any of Barkervilleâ€™s 150th anniversary events, visit www. barkerville.ca/special_ events.htm.
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KETCHUM ENTERPRISES Barkervilleâ€™s Bill Quakenbush addresses the crowd during Barkervilleâ€™s 150th Anniversary Discovery Day celebrations which included the Gold Panning Championships..
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in the 1860s, using the same kind of gold panâ€Ś and no compromises.â€? Presented by Integris Credit Union, the 2012 Canadian National Gold Panning Championships was the signature event at Barkervilleâ€™s 150th anniversary celebrations Aug. 11 â€“ 12. The two-day event drew hundreds of gold-seekers and thousands of spectators from all over the world, some of whom signed up for the competition themselves once they saw how much fun contestants were having. â€œI have only gold-panned twice in my life,â€? Stewart
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Cawood, a late entry in the Adult division, said. â€œOnce before with a friend and this time just now. I found three of my four flakes. So even though I didnâ€™t winâ€Ś I feel pretty proud of myself.â€?
In addition to Karen St. Johnâ€™s stunning â€œKing of the Creekâ€? victory, â€œYukonâ€? Dan Moore took first place in the Pro division, Dale Harkness swept the Seniors event, Vanya Plotnikoff scooped up top honours in Obituary Tribute
Bergen, Donald William August 20, 1958 - July 30, 2012 On July 30, 2012, Don passed away in Victoria General Hospital. Don was born August 20, 1958. He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary Bergen. He leaves behind ďŹ ve brothers and three sisters; Doreen (Nelson), Albert (Josephina), Dolores (Wayne), Ray (Niki), Lorne (Kathy), Ron (Marsha), Jeannette, Ed (Linda), and also many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Don was a much loved member of his large family. Don loved country music, especially Johnny Cash and Stompinâ€™ Tom. He spent hours with his guitar and listening to his CDâ€™s. He also enjoyed watching wrestling on TV. Don worked at many jobs through the Community Living Association. He also worked for many years at Peter Voghtâ€™s Automotive. Donâ€™s health had deteriorated in the last few years and he passed away peacefully in Victoria General Hospital. In his last years he was lovingly cared for by his sister Jeannette. There will be a gathering at the home of Ed and Linda Bergen to commemorate Donâ€™s life on August 18, 2012 starting at 3 pm. 2883 Morel Road Quesnel, BC