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Making a connection Emma, a girl believed to be from Salmon Arm, pats the forehead of Juby, one of the horses that enjoys the music at Serenity Center for the Performing Arts near Birch Island. Emma was taking part in the fifth annual Becoming Shiloh gospel music camp the weekend before last. Between 150 and 200 people from throughout the southern Interior and the Lower Mainland took part. "The music was exceptional this year, as was the weather," said one organizer. Photo by Shirley DeVooght, Serenity Center
Next year the Wells Gray TRU Wilderness Centre will open its doors for outdoor learning and research in the wilds of the Clearwater Valley. The facilities are now under construction. To celebrate this milestone event, Tom Dickinson at Thompson Rivers University and Upper Clearwater resident Trevor Goward are teaming up to host a yearlong series of guided tours, hikes, field courses, lectures, and children’s events - all on the theme of wilderness research and learning in the Clearwater Valley and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Wells Gray World Heritage Year will run from September of this year through October of 2013 inclusive. Wells Gray World Heritage Year will help to boost efforts by TRU to create a viable learning and research centre in the Clearwater Valley. “As we step forward into a new era of research and learning in Wells Gray, this is a perfect time to take stock of what we know about the Clearwater Valley,” says TRU Dean of Science Tom Dickinson. “In the coming months we’ll be telling stories about discoveries made here by wildlife biologists, botanists, geologists, some dating back to the early 1950s. Starting next spring, we’ll also have a discussion about the importance of wilderness in contemporary society. Wells Gray World Heritage Year is really a celebration of all wild places wherever they’re found”. Wells Gray World Heritage Year takes its name from a governmentsupported initiative to put British Columbia’s fourth largest park forward as a candidate for a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. In the coming year Dickinson and Goward hope to bring British Columbians up to speed on the tremendous geological, ecological and wilderness values preserved in Wells Gray. “I’m really stoked about this,” says Trevor Goward, a well-known naturalist and spokesperson for the Wells Gray World Heritage Committee. “The hardest thing about trying to win international recognition for Wells Gray is that inevitably you have to work uphill. How many Canadians know that Wells Gray Park is Canada’s Valley of Fire and Ice - a place where two million years of volcanic eruptions and Pleistocene glaciers have bequeathed landforms otherwise seen only in Iceland and a few remote corners of the world? Or who would have guessed that a mid-latitude protected area like Wells Gray preserves, in some biological groups, the highest levels of biodiversity anywhere on Earth? “Wells Gray World Heritage Year is a great opportunity to get the message out,” Goward says. “It’s time Canadians took the time to learn how exceptional the Clearwater Valley really is. Upgrading Wells Gray to a World Heritage Site will have profound implications for the economic future of surrounding communities. World Heritage designation not only strengthens the tourism sector, it also catalyzes economic development and regeneration, creates new funding opportunities, and stimulates private investment. This effort can only be good news for the people of southern inland British Columbia”. A schedule of Wells Gray World Heritage Year events appears on page A3.
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TIMES STAFF Don’t forget the First Fish Ceremony coming up on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 29, says Simpcw First Nation council member Tina Donald, one of the event’s main organizers. The annual event will start at noon, when salmon and other foods will be put into a pit oven next to the Raft River viewing platform.
Hot rocks from a fire will be placed in a pit in the ground and salmon and vegetables will then be layered in the pit with fir boughs, Saskatoon branches, rose hips, and grasses. Once the food is in the pit, there will be Lahal and other traditional games for the kids, knobbies, bannock ball, storytelling, and more to fill the afternoon.
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of the ceremony is to thank the Creator for giving us the fish, for bringing them back to our area. In our tradition, when you are given something, you want to give something back.” The Raft River was the site of a Simpcw village from before the Europeans arrived. Members of the band still harvest salmon from its waters.
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After around five hours the meal will be ready to eat. Everyone will be welcome to share and there will be no charge. However, donations will be accepted and will be used to help with the cost of the ceremony and to help the Raft River salmon interpretive school day program in September. According to Donald, “The purpose
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Star Festival gets big crowd and dark skies Times Staff Clear skies mean a phenomenal view of many astronomical phenomena during Clearwater’s sixth Star Gazing Festival on Thursday evening, Aug. 9. More than 150 people took part in the event, organizers report. Some were tourists from as far away as Switzerland, others were local residents. Sights seen included the Perseid meteor shower (associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle), the Dumbbell Nebula, the Hercules Globular Cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Ring Nebula.
Viewing was aided by a 16” reflecting telescope brought by presenter Bill Burnyeat, the community astronomer at the H.R. Macmillan Space Center. Burnyeat entertained the crowd with a discussion of stars, planets and history. He also involved the kids attending in a “play”
based on mythology and the stars. Clearwater’s Ron Van der Zwan and Keir Murray of Calgary provided additional telescopes plus assistance with viewing. Success by 6 did a kid’s craft table while North Thompson Ladies Drill Team provided concession and parking.
Many other volunteers organized and participated in the event as well. The new venue at Trophy Mountain Buffalo Ranch proved to be near ideal, with dark skies and plenty of room to move around. Mark Thursday Aug. 8 on calendar for the seventh annual Star Gazing Festival.
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Bill Burnyeat (l), the community astronomer at the H.R. Macmillan Space Center, talks with Clearwater resident Ron Mascotto before the start of the Star Gazing Festival on Aug. 9. Behind them is the 16” reflector Burnyeat brought with him.
An article titled The 32nd Annual Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in our Aug. 13 issue said the Run would take place on Sept. 16. In fact, local organizers tell us this
year’s Run in Clearwater will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. As in recent years, the starting point will be the parking lot by the Sportsplex and high school. The route will be the same as in previous years as well.
World Heritage tour schedule Times Staff Wells Gray World Heritage Year will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 1 with Dr. Cathie Hickson, an internationally respected volcanologist who has peered into the craters of volcanoes on six continents. Join Hickson for a guided bus and walking tour of the volcanic history of the Clearwater Valley. Meet at the Wells Gray Infocenter in Clearwater around 11 a.m. to join those who traveled from Kamloops (bus leaves TRU at 9:30 a.m.). Scheduled stops will include Spahats Falls, the Clearwater Overlook (for a bag lunch at noon), Green Mountain, the Mushbowl and Helmcken Falls, finishing at the Upper Clearwater Community Hall around 5 p.m. Following a buffet dinner (to 6:30), Cathie will give an illustrated talk finishing at 7:30. Scheduled arrival back in Kamloops is 9:30p.m. Five additional events will be offered this autumn, with more to follow next spring and summer: • Sunday, Sept. 9: Ring of Clear Water: The Fishes of Wells Gray
Join fisheries biologist Steve Maricle for an outing to glimpse the Chinook as they attempt the rapids at Bailey’s Chute. • Sunday, Oct. 7: Mind of the Deer: Pioneer Ways in the Clearwater Valley Well-known naturalist Trevor Goward will lead an afternoon hike along the original valley road from First to Third Canyon. Come enjoy the autumn colors and find out about the forces that have shaped the unique natural history of the Clearwater Valley and Wells Gray Park. • Sunday, Oct. 21: Pioneer School Days Ellen Ferguson, Clara Ritcey and Hazel Wadlegger spent happy childhoods in the Upper Clearwater Valley more than half a century ago. Join them for tea at the Upper Clearwater School for an afternoon of reminiscences of school days in a one-room schoolhouse. • Saturday, Nov. 10: Exploring Wells Gray the Way it Used to Be Join raconteur Frank Ritcey for a world premier showing of More than Just Waterfalls - a film about the Wells Gray Park most people don’t know
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about. Ritcey is well known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor! Frank’s father is Ralph Ritcey, whose name is synonymous with wildlife studies in Wells Gray Park. • Saturday, Nov. 17: Bringing Wells Gray’s Past Online Are you a history buff? Do you love wild places? Join us this afternoon for a workbee to transcribe some of the old papers and wildlife reports written on Wells Gray Park half a century ago. Help us kick start a new era of wildland research in the Clearwater Valley by making the old documents accessible online as well as by generating an online document suitable for Wikipedia. All programs are being offered free of charge or by donation. A charge of $45 ($70 from Kamloops) for Cathie Hickson’s volcanoes tour on Sept. 1 will cover bus rental, bag lunch and dinner. For more information or to sign up, please contact Dr. Tom Dickinson, Faculty of Science, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.828.5400. Space is limited so please register early.
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What’s Happening Upcoming Summer Events August 20th-24th - Variety Sports Camp (6-12 year olds) Keep your kids active this summer! Each day will feature a quick lesson on the basic skills of a different sport: floor hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball and volleyball. The Camp will run from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Rotary Sports Parks. Call Eleanor at 250.674.1878 to register or for more information. August 21st & 28th – Family Canoe Lessons on Dutch Lake from 6:30-7:30pm is a great opportunity to spend family time together while learning new skills. Equipment provided. Call Eleanor at 250.674.1878 to register or more information. August 29th– First Fish Ceremony at the Raft River Viewing Platform starting at noon with Simpcw First Nation using their traditional method of cooking in a pit. They will layer rocks, grasses, Rose Hips, Saskatoon branches, Douglas Fir boughs, Salmon and vegetables inside the pit and cover it up until the cooking is complete which usually takes around five hours. There will be storytelling and Simpcw First Nation traditional games throughout the afternoon. Dinner will be served at approximately 5:00pm by donation. September 7 & 8th – Canoe Regatta at Dutch Lake beach. Just as Wild – Just as Wacky! Friday night includes the Kid’s Try the Tri, Beach Jamboree and Crowning of the Golden Girl along with the popular Scavenger Hunt and Saturday is a fun filled day of canoe races and other favourites along with new events such as the Gladiator Olympic Relay and Soap Box Derby. The winner of the Dutch Lake Park Concept Plan will be announced in the afternoon. A Wild and Wacky Weekend at the beach for everyone to enjoy! Come one! Come all! Saturday Community Bus Don’t forget to take this summer opportunity to use the Saturday Community Bus for FREE! The District of Clearwater is sponsoring a Saturday Community Bus pilot project from July 7th to August 25th. This bus is intended to enable residents the opportunity to attend local summer events such as the Farmers’ Market, spending a day at Dutch Lake beach or other summer activities. The Saturday Community Bus is for anyone in the community to use and is FREE of Charge. 2012 Dutch Lake Park Design Competition The applicants for the 2012 Dutch Lake Park Design Competition have delivered their plans and concepts for Council to view. They will be presenting their ideas to Council on August 21st. The winner will be announced on September 8th at the Canoe Regatta. Upcoming Events August 7-24, 2012 – Kids Summer Fun Days August 29, 2012 – First Fish Ceremony at Raft River Viewing Platform September 7 & 8 – Canoe Regatta Upcoming Meetings of Council August 21st 2012 – Finance and Audit Committee meeting – 5:00pm August 21st, 2012 – Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm.
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“ People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit” - George Allen, football coach editorial by keith mcNeill
Dyer’s optimism about Arctic undervalues global warming
Group gives reminder about Community Spirit Calendars Editor, The Times: It is time to prepare for 2013. The Clearwater Festival and Events Committee (CFES) is once again engaged in the annual fundraiser and production of the Community Spirit Calendar. To get involved you need to either sign up when you see our setup in the shopping center or drop in at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Centre (located next to the Community Resource Center building beside Raft River
Elementary School). This calendar features the birthdays, anniversaries and memorial dates of all family members who take part. It also features meeting dates and times for the many and varied clubs and organizations in the community. The top of the calendar is a handy reference to find phone numbers. By purchasing a calendar you support the community and you get a handy reference for community and personal
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information at the same time. Our theme is Family Fun in the North Thompson. If you would like to submit a picture that might be the feature photo, you are welcome to drop it off at the Aboriginal Center. This past year CFES volunteers and funds have been active within the community, supporting events such as the recent Canada Day celebrations. We are a platinum sponsor of the Canoe Regatta and we have supported events such as the recent Children’s Festival. We are all about supporting family events and can be reached by writing to Box 233, Clearwater, B.C. V0E IN0. For more information, phone Cheryl Thomas 250-674-3260 or Cindy Wilgosh at 674-2939
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Well-known Canadian writer Gwynne Dyer is not often accused of excessive optimism. The column by him that ran in last week’s Times under the headline “Race for Arctic resources waste of effort” might be an exception, however. In the column, Dyer argued that fears about military conflicts developing in the Arctic were “nonsense.” He does mention at the end that the ice is melting, which will speed global warming and in turn raise world sea levels by seven meters. “But that’s a problem for another day,” he wrote. Actually, global warming is not a problem for another day. It’s happening now and, if it’s allowed to continue, one of the few places on Earth that will continue to be habitable will be the Arctic. What would the world look like if we allow global warming to continue? Scientist James Lovelock in his book, “The Revenge of Gaia” included three maps (Penguin 2007 edition, pg. 81). One shows the Earth as it is today. Most of the rest of the land surface is forest. Areas of scrub and desert are largely confined to southwestern North America, northern Africa, southwest Asia, and much of Australia. The second map shows the world if temperatures increase by 5C, as predicted by IPCC for the end of this century. Pretty well the only forest is
confined to a narrow strip around the Arctic Ocean, plus other smaller tracts in the Himalayas and on islands such as Great Britain. Nearly all the continents would be scrub and desert. Lovelock’s map is just a rough approximation, but it does underline the importance of the Arctic in a future world dominated by climate change. How will Russia retain control of Siberia when hundreds of thousands of hectares of what is now taiga become arable land - at the same time as millions of hectares of what is now arable land in China become desert? How will Canada, with 34 million people, defend itself when 310 million Americans start to move north - closely followed by millions of Mexicans and Central Americans? Dyer’s optimistic view about peace in the Arctic is a bit ironic. His book, “Climate Wars,” reportedly is the one of the first with an in-depth analysis of how climate change will affect global security. No doubt, if he had more room to write, he would have qualified his statements with a more long-term view. Incidentally, Dyer has given the Times several of his columns to run without charge. Before we sign up to start paying for them, we’d like to hear some feedback from readers about whether they find them worthwhile. They certainly are thought provoking.
Pesticide worries overblown Editor, The Times: Re: The dirt on organic fruits and vegetables, Aug. 13 issue I agree with a recent column in the North Thompson Times that whether the food you eat is grown conventionally or organically, the most important thing is that you get the daily intake that’s recommended by Health Canada. However, the column did contain some misinformation that I would like to correct. Canada has one of the most modern and stringent pesticide regulatory systems in the world. This means that whether the food you eat is grown conventionally or organically, it is among the safest food available anywhere. Both organic and conventionally grown foods use an array
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of pesticides that have all been approved by Health Canada to control threats to their crops. No matter how your food is grown, what you should be more concerned about is how your food was handled before you bought it. Bacterial contamination is an actual and significant health threat. When it comes to pesticide residues on food, recent data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shows that about 88 per cent of all fresh food items and 90 per cent of processed food items contain no traces of pesticides at all. And in instances where trace amounts of pesticides are found on food, they are at such low levels it is impossible to imagine a way to eat enough of it for there to be
any harmful impact whatsoever. Consumers can be assured that pesticides receive a greater breadth of scrutiny than any other regulated product in Canada. Health Canada, which is one of the most respected regulatory agencies in the world, undertakes a thorough scientific review and risk assessment of every pesticide before registering it for use to ensure it does not pose a health risk to farmers using the products or to families at the dinner table. Canadians should feel confident about making healthy food choices knowing that our food supply is both safe and affordable.
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Question of the Week
Do you think Canada did well at the Olympics?
I don't have a TV, so I don't know.
Yes, I do. We placed 12th or 13th, and I think that's pretty good.
Yes, I think they did pretty well.
I think they did pretty well. The did the best they could, and that's all that counts.
Clinton Russhaik: I didn't get to watch them all but I'm sure they did their best.
Passerby says Pick your poison: pipeline or rail? appreciation Editor, The Times:
Editor, The Times: Thank you to the people who administered first aid and provided help during the tragic incident at Brookfield Mall on Aug. 11.
A Clearwater resident
Time to track crooks Editor, The Times: It is unfortunate that we hear too often youth gangs shooting each other and killing innocent bystanders. When this occurs, we always hear the call for the banning of firearms from politicians at all levels. The reality is that gangs do not register their firearms and will always have them. Criminals do not follow the laws of the land. These gang members do not worry about having to have a license to own or carry their illegals handguns. It has been proven by study that almost all of the handguns used by criminals are either stolen or illegally brought into this country from the United States. In fact, more people are stabbed and killed by knives than shot by firearms. We don’t hear any politician calling for a ban on your steak knife. Banning of firearms makes all law-abiding citizens even bigger targets for criminals. Something is wrong in Canada when a law-abiding citizen doesn’t have the right to defend his life, his property, and the lives of his family. The legal system is out of balance on the side of the criminal. The prisons have become a revolving door exercise. Instead of calling for the registrations of guns, the politicians should call for the registration and tracking of all criminals at every age. If vehicles can be tracked, so too can criminals.
Inky Mark Dauphin, Manitoba Letters Policy The Times welcomes all letters to the editor. We do, however, reserve the right to edit for brevity, clarity, legality and good taste. While all letters must be signed (and have a telephone number for verification purposes) upon submission, writers may elect to withhold their names from publication in special circumstances.
While the majority of public and political attention in British Columbia is focused on the Northern Gateway project and Kinder Morgan’s twinning the Transmountain Pipeline, railcar shipments are increasing dramatically. In an effort to satisfy customer needs, oil producers and rail companies are turning their attention to rail shipment of products from our oil rich neighbour, Alberta. Much of it will head to southern U.S. refineries but some of it will surely find its way to U.S. west coast refineries. Enbridge`s Northern Gateway is years away, if ever. Kinder Morgan’s existing Transmountain Pipeline is at or near capacity. Transmountain Pipeline it is currently the most economical (and safest) way to move oil and gas products through Canada to the west coast of North America. With new Asian customers put-
ting capacity demand on the pipeline, it seems inevitable that more and more of those products will find their way into railcar tankers. In 2009 Canadian Pacific moved 500 carloads, by 2014 Canadian Pacific expects to be moving 7,000 carloads, equivalent to 100,000 barrels per day. Canadian National is open for business also: www. cn.ca/en/shipping-northamerica-crude-by-rail. htm Railway companies historically have had poor safety records when it comes to keeping the wheels on track: www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/ stats/rail/2010/ss10. pdf. Enbridge`s recent crisis management in the United States and its reaction and administration of those situations were deplorable. It will be very hard for Enbridge to convince the public that it is a reliable provider of pipeline service in B.C. Public opinion says no to oil anywhere on the west coast of Canada. Reality - oil
production in western Canada is going to proceed. We have invested billions of tax dollars on the infrastructure to accommodate carbon fuel technology. Most of those tax dollars were left in the Lower Mainland while the rest of the Province suffered the worst economic crisis in memory. Now, when economic opportunity might befall the Interior communities from the construction and maintenance of a pipeline, the majority of power from the Lower Mainland is in opposition. For irony, ask the people who have to put up with the stench of the Cache Creek landfill as the air cools in the evening along the val-
leys of the Thompson River between Cache Creek and Kamloops. Oil is going to reach the west coast, be it by pipeline or railcar tanker. No entity wants an oil-related crisis, but acts of nature and human error are going to challenge every effort. It’s in everyone’s interest to find the balance that will allow society to move forward and protect our environment at the same time. It can be done. A per barrel levy charged to transporters of oil might be the most reasonable. Precautionary measures, especially in critical areas, need to be installed, inspected and maintained to the highest standards. Critical response, support and
administration could be funded by that levy. Cost per barrel of oil for transmission through a pipeline is typically considered to around $5. Transport by railway tanker is considered to cost $10 - $12 per barrel. A portion of that difference applied to an oil transportation levy would seem to be a reasonable solution. Would we rather have 600,000 barrels transported in a pipe with the best technology available controlling the process, or 100,000 barrels on rolling stock clattering along the railways that follow every major river in the province? Pick your poison.
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30 years of whitewater rafting on the Clearwater By Elli Kohnert A pristine wilderness area with a wild river thundering through rugged canyons was the combination that drew Clearwater’s Doug Trotter to follow a dream that started in 1979. Trotter has kayaked and guided extensively in Canada and throughout the world and is a true ‘river person’. His dream was realized when he founded Interior Whitewater Expeditions in 1983, and now, 30 years later Trotter still maintains his enthusiasm for this wilderness, and says he has an especially close connection to the wild waters of the Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park. Trotter says that much has changed from Interior Whitewater’s early beginnings; back then the company owned only one raft plus necessary transport and operating equipment. Today the company employs 22 individuals, owns a number of rafts, and also has a variety of watercrafts that offer different river experiences for the public. Trotter notes the biggest challenge he faced when first operating his rafting enterprise was, and still is, the Clearwater River Road, which is the only access to the river. Originally it was a Forestry road built along the river through steep high rocky terrain, only wide enough to accommodate one-way traffic, with pull out areas to get past oncoming vehicles. Over the years, road maintenance continued to be a complicated situation, where Forestry, and Wells Gray Park continuously changed road maintenance operations, with Trotter’s business being involved. “We needed the access and we worked out an agreement
Interior Whitewater Expeditions founder and owner stands on the banks of the Clearwater River, looking for the day’s raft trip that is due to appear; something he has been doing for 30 years.
when we had to do so,” said Trotter, “But the road itself was a huge challenge.” Due to the terrain that the road traversed through, slides occurred frequently; and when that happened, Interior Whitewater had to clear them. Trotter recalls that in one instance there was a big washout that left a large hole, thus closing the road. “We needed to get the road repaired right away,” said Trotter, “We could not wait for help.” Fortunately a logging company from Merritt offered assistance, and travelled through the night to get to the site and help open the road. Trotter says that when the highboy trailer that was loaded on a truck arrived at the site, heavy equipment and determined men placed it across the hole and the road was open once again. “Our bridge lasted all that summer,” said Trotter, “And we were able to access the river again – rafting was able to go on as usual.” He says that the Wells Gray Park boundaries were extended to include the Clearwater
River and the road; and the use of it by Interior Whitewater has worked out to the satisfaction of both parties; thus allowing whitewater rafting to continue as it has for a long time. Over the past 30 years Trotter has been true to his company; committed to extending his own levels of excellence and enjoyment of river rafting to all his clients. The company is one of the original members of the BC River Outfitters Association and touted as one of the most experienced rafting companies in British Columbia. Interior Whitewater was recently awarded a prestigious place amongst the members of the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection – once in a lifetime remarkable travel experiences in Canada. Trotter says they are one of only two rafting companies in all of Canada to be accepted into the Collection. This reporter attended one of Interior Whitewater’s rafting trips recently from the river bank only, where the rafters had gathered. A tourist from Switzerland who was participating in the expedition commented, “We are here with a group including a young boy; none of us have ever done this before and we are so exited – but maybe a little scared too. This river looks so powerful, the crashing rapids, and rushing water, it is so beautiful. We started our trip in a quiet backwater, but first we had to take a short course about safety and how to act in an emergency, which included that each of us had to fall off the raft, and learn how to get back on properly. Our guides are patient, and friendly, and made us feel safe and confident. I am sure we
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(Top) The first Interior Whitewater Expeditions raft trip on the Clearwater River in 1984. Note the rafters gear at that time did not require helmets be worn. (Above) Today’s rafters are required to wear no undergarments made of cotton (does not promote warmth), wear wet suits, life jackets and helmets.
will remember this adventure for a very long time.” When asked about his plans for the future of Interior Whitewater now that he has
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30 years of the Clearwater River under his belt, Trotter responded, “I want to continue our rafting business – it’s a great adventure. That’s what
I have heard over and over when people walk through our office. This is the best thing we have ever done in our life.”
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The small settlement of Vavenby is home to Ecki Manthei, a gifted artist who‘s artwork grows out of his connection to nature, and his drive to follow every new idea with a passion that moves him to create what is in his imagination, without delay. Ecki’s home stands out from all others in the Vavenby trailer park where it cannot be missed. Two large
Canada, and eventually came to live in Cloverdale, B.C. It is there that he began his artistic career. Seashells were his medium then, tells Ecki as he explains how they lend themselves to be made into clocks for instance, or be used as a canvas for his paintings. When the couple eventually settled in the community of Vavenby, it is here that Ecki took on art as his life work. Ecki has transformed one room of
carve on it!” He notes that nearly all the materials he uses in his creations are natural; giving the artwork its special character. Sometimes a person may come into the gallery to view Ecki’s work, and they may purchase a special item of art for their own home. Most of the time though, Ecki and Marilyn market the art work by taking part in craft fairs. “At some I do well, with others I do not,” commented the art-
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ist on selling his work through craft fairs. The couple say they have a few tentative ideas in mind for marketing; such as going on the road to sell their creations. But right now, they have no immediate plans that they want to follow. “We like it here in Vavenby,” says Ecki, “We feel comfortable around here, and we do enjoy to be with the friends we have made in the area. For now, ‘Ecki’s Art’ will have its home in the North Thompson Valley .”
Clearwater Times Monday, August 20, 2012
Kelowna attack injures two Clearwater youths Times Staff Two young men from Clearwater, Liam Dhillon and Jesse Akers, were assaulted in an incident in Kelowna on the August long weekend. The two young men were in Kelowna to participate in the Center of Gravity event (formerly known as Wakefest). They accidentally got on the wrong bus back to their motel and, rather than take a long bus ride back, decided to take a shortcut through downtown when they were assaulted. The six men who attacked them appeared to be well experienced. They let the two Clearwater youths walk past them, and then came at them from behind. Liam saw a fist coming at him from the corner of his eye. He was able to turn and land one of his own in the face of the attacker. Then received a few more punches
to the face from the other men. Jesse also was involved. He was quickly punched and knocked down and then kicked in the face. Three young women witnessed the attack and one called 911 for an ambulance. The group of assailants reportedly walked calmly away after doing their work. The RCMP interviewed the two young men but when their parents tried to find out how the investigation was going, they were unable to get any clear answers. In frustration, two of them, Bob Dhillon and Donna Akers, wrote a letter to the editor of the Kelowna Capital News. Although the letter appeared to criticize the RCMP, that had not been their intent, said Donna Akers. In fact, what they wanted to do was to encourage the police and to get anyone who witnessed the assault to come forward.
Jesse appeared to have been the more seriously injured of the two. He had surgery on Thursday Aug. 9, four days after the incident - after spending several days without being able to eat, in case they could fit him in. Two plates were inserted in his cheek, as the cheekbone was shattered in six pieces. “Today is day five after the surgery,” Donna Akers said on Tuesday. “The swelling is going down a little each day and the bruising is starting to fade. He is looking a little better and feeling a little better each day. “His vision is still blurry and half of his face is still numb, which may take up to three months to come back (85 per cent chance), so our fingers are crossed that he fully recovers!” Liam requires dental work, and possibly will lose some teeth. Members of their families would like to limit further media attention.
Rednecks receive help from Insight Submitted Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club just came home from a four-day show in Salmon Arm called Summer Sizzler put on by the 4-H clubs in that city. Club members experienced three days of lessons from assigned instructors who were brought in from all over the B.C. Interior. Our members competed against those from many other clubs on Sunday in the horse show. They brought home many ribbons and lots of free swag donated to the event. We are selling Gary’s Meats again this year. You can order through any one of our 4-H members. Orders close Sunday, Aug. 26 and will be delivered Thursday, Sept. 6. We are selling Ukrainian garlic sausage, pepperoni sausage, Bavarian smokies and cheese smokies. Please contact Dani Noble if you have any questions at 250-674-8591 or daninoble1(at)gmail. com. Other upcoming events include the club’s Achievement Day on Aug. 26 at the Noble Quarter Horse Farm, 415 Sunshine Valley Road. Community
Hailey Jones (l) of Clearwater Food Bank accepts juice boxes from Clearwater-Vavenby Lions rep Sherry Joubert recently. With school about to start again, the Food Bank is making available to all Kindergarten students free backpacks with water bottles, lunch boxes, pencil cases, nutrition materials and some school supplies.
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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 73 (KAMLOOPS/THOMPSON) WELCOMES STUDENTS NEW TO THE DISTRICT
REGISTRATION OF NEW STUDENTS Registration of pupils NEW TO THE DISTRICT AND BEGINNERS who have not yet been registered for the school term commencing Tuesday, September 4, 2012 will take place at district schools on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Members of Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club (l-r) Jackie Johnson (club parent), Jessica Rotzetter, Indigo Johnson, Cherie Witts, Kaylee Hudema and Emily Talbot accept a cheque from Rhonda and Scott Kershaw of Insight Tire and Auto for helping out at the lunch counter during the business’ recent official opening of its Clearwater operation. Photo submitted members are welcome to come and see how are club is doing. Members will be competing against each other in a mini show that prepares them for Provincial Winter Fair. Food and drinks will be available.
On Sept. 21 - 24 the club will be in Barriere for its yearend - the Provincial Winter Fair. This is where the Kamloops District clubs join and compete against each other in many different projects.
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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL All elementary and secondary classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, with the exception of Kindergarten students. Please contact your child’s school for Kindergarten speciﬁcs. Other exceptions are as follows, but please check school websites or contact individual schools for further details: Brocklehurst Middle School: Classes will begin at 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 4th for Grade 7 and Leadership students only. Wednesday, September 5th, 8:30 am start for all students at Brocklehurst Middle School. Westwold Elementary School: New students may register at Westwold Elementary School on Tuesday, September 4th, or at R.L. Clemitson Elementary on Aug. 28th or Aug. 29th, 2012. All elementary schools (rural and in-town) will dismiss students at 12:00 noon. Secondary in-town schools will dismiss students at 3:00 p.m. Rural secondary schools will dismiss students at 12:30 p.m.
BUSING On Tuesday, September 4th, buses will pick up students 2 hours later than normal for the 10:30 am start, and deliver elementary students home approximately 2 hours earlier than normal. Regular afternoon bus schedules will apply for in-town secondary students.
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TRANSPORTATION School bus walk limit policy to schools and buses in effect in all areas of the School District: Primary students, K to Grade 3-4 km. to a school and 3.2 km. to a bus stop. All other students, Grade 4 to 12-4.8 km. to a school and 3.2 km. to a bus stop. Students should register for transportation within the ﬁrst week of school to ensure a school bus ride for the 2012-2013 school year. All bus schedules are subject to changes in the course of the school year as a result of trafﬁc patterns, weather conditions and population density. For further information on bus routes and schedules, please contact the School District Transportation Department at (250) 372-5853. For Clearwater school bus schedules, please call (250) 674-3224.
Monday, August 20, 2012 Clearwater Times
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VICTORIA - The Special Committee on Timber Supply released its unanimous report on Wednesday with 22 recommendations to increase the supply and value of mid-term timber and to strengthen future forest management in the B.C. Central Interior. This region of the province has been hit hard by the current mountain pine beetle epidemic that has killed 53 per cent of the total pine volume on the timber harvesting land base. The committee held public hearings in 15 Interior communities and Vancouver, and received input from First Nations, local government, key stakeholders and the public. During its six-week consultation period, the committee received 650 submissions. To view the report, visit the committee’s website at: www.leg.bc.ca/timbercommittee/
Members of the Thomas family, the VIP winners at the Moonlight Movie Night sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union on Sunday, Aug. 12, try out the inflatable couches they got to use during the movie. They also got Interior Savings blankets to take home afterwards. Pictured are (l-r) Parker, Scott, Krista and Harrison. They won their VIP tickets through a contest on the Interior Savings website. A small but enthusiastic crowd turned out to watch The Lorax on an inflatable screen set up on the field at Clearwater Secondary School. Proceeds from the gate go to Clearwater Minor Hockey. Clearwater Secondary School PAC provided the concession. Photo submitted
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Aug. 23 will mark 30 years since six members of the Johnson-Bentley family were murdered, and one month until Arishenkoff will read her victim impact statement at their killer’s parole hearing. “It’s going to be unpleasant,” she said, of going to the hearing for David William Ennis, or as he was previously known, David Shearing. “I’ve been looking at his picture trying to get ready.” Delving into the dark memories of that time and facing Ennis is daunting, she said,
but she felt compelled to take on the task for a number of reasons. For one, she feels like it’s her responsibility to speak for her murdered childhood friends Janet and Karen Johnson, even if it means facing down the man who killed them. Arishenkoff also wants to support their surviving family members, who have been forced to face down Ennis and relive their pain whenever a parole hearing is held. “Or maybe it’s because I just remember the devastation of
1982,” she said. “It’s a moment frozen in time that none of us connected will ever forget. This man is evil and I want my friend and her family to have some peace. We can’t forget.” At 53, Ennis has been in jail for more than half his life, yet, according to his parole records, said Arishenkoff, he hasn’t taken any meaningful efforts to facilitate his rehabilitation. Knowing that he’s young enough to kill again, said Arishenkoff, is he should stay behind bars and the response
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she’s had from the community supports her. In just a couple months, a Kelowna petition drive rounded up 8,000 signatures. “I don’t have any idea what’s been submitted (to the parole board) from other locations from around the country,” she said. Dozens of victim impact letters were also submitted. “The community effort has really restored my faith in humankind,” she said. And that knowledge is what will fuel her when she has to read aloud how Ennis changed her life and her community. The Johnson-Bentley families didn’t return from their camping vacation in the Clearwater area in late August, 1982. A few weeks later their scorched remains were found inside the Johnsons’ burned-out car, which was hidden in a wooded area. Police launched a massive investigation, pursuing thousands of tips. In late October 1983, forestry workers happened upon the Bentleys’ truck and camper. Further investigation led to Shearing, whose 1984 confession described how he stalked the family in the 24 hours before the murder. He claimed to kill the four adults as they sat around the campfire and told investigators he shot the two children moments later. In fact, the girls were kept alive and sexually tortured for some time.
Clearwater Times Monday, August 20, 2012
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1-800-222-TIPS Clearwater RCMP Report SSummer in i the th North N th Th Thompson As everyone is probably aware, we are in the middle of summer in the North Thompson Valley. With the season comes an increase of tourist and people, hoping to visit some of the areas that make this land unique. With the increase of visitors, Clearwater RCMP report an increase of traffic complaints and traffic related events. Clearwater RCMP remind the public to keep the speeds down and to drive safely while out in the sunny conditions. Falling asleep On Sunday, Aug. 12, Clearwater RCMP responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle incident up Clearwater Valley Road near Second Canyon. The driver had fallen asleep at the wheel and went off road to the left and into the ditch. Luckily the driver and his passengers were
not n injured in this incident. Unsafe passing U On Aug. 13, Clearwater RCMP responded to an a erratic driver complaint on Highway 5 north of o Vavenby. The complainant stated that a vehicle was passing unsafely and nearly forced her off the p roadway. r Police located and stopped the suspect vehicle. c The driver was given a violation ticket for unsafe pass on left. The complainant and her husband later gave a statement to police about the incident. Sideswipe in Blue River On Aug. 15, a Clearwater RCMP member was on patrol in Blue River when a complainant informed the member that his vehicle had been sideswiped the previous day. The complainant had been attempting to turn left and was watching oncoming traffic. A tractor-trailer unit attempted to pass the complainant on the left, realized the complainant was turning and slammed on his brakes. The drivers exchanged information before going their separate ways. Clearwater RCMP remind everyone that when an incident happens it is best to report it right away, so a complete and thorough investigation can take place.
Pedestrian killed at Brookfield Mall Times Staff Clearwater RCMP are looking for witnesses who saw a fatal motor vehicle incident at Brookfield Mall on Saturday, Aug. 11. According to the police, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on that day, members of Southeast District RCMP Traffic Services and Clearwater RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle and pedestrian incident in the Brookfield Shopping Center parking lot. Upon the arrival of the police at the scene, members of the public were administering CPR to the pedestrian who was involved. Unfortunately, attempts to revive the pedestrian were unsuccessful and the pedestrian died from his injuries. Investigation has determined a red 2008 Ford F-350 pickup had been backing out of a parking stall in the parking lot and struck the pedestrian. The weather and parking lot conditions were ideal at the time and not considered an issue with this incident. The parking lot was taped off in the area for
a few hours. The pedestrian, identified as a 78-year-old man from Clearwater, died at the scene. As of presstime last week RCMP were not releasing the name of the man, as next of kin are still being located. A Southeast District RCMP collision reconstructionist attended the
scene, assisting with the investigation. The driver of the pickup truck is notably shaken over this incident and is cooperating with the police. RCMP Victim Services from Clearwater were brought in to assist family members and individuals involved in dealing with this truly tragic and unfortunate
traffic incident. At this time alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be contributing factors. Investigation will continue into the cause. RCMP request that anyone who may have witnessed this incident please contact the Clearwater RCMP Detachment at 250674-2237.
Clearwater Elks' pancake breakfasts raising funds for worthy causes Volunteers Adrienne Campbell (l) of Little Fort and Earl Tomyn of Clearwater help serve up bacon, eggs and pancakes during Clearwater Elks 15th breakfast day of the season recently. The service club holds the friendly fundraiser every Saturday morning next to the Farmers Market in Clearwater. Anyone (not just members) is welcome to volunteer. Call Marnie Burnell (250-587-6280) for further information. Photo submitted
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Monday, August 20, 2012 Clearwater Times
Sophie Tetu demonstrates her acrobatic ability by doing cartwheels in front of the Times office on Wednesday morning.
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Sports working with tourism in our community Brad Bradbury Tourism is a significant industry sector for the District of Clearwater and the surrounding area. It is estimated to have generated approximately 123 person years of employment in 2011 and hosted almost 600,000 visitors last year. The community has in excess of 104,000 room nights per year
available through a combination of hotels, motels, resorts, campsites, RV parks and bed and breakfasts. It also has a large selection of nature based adventure activities and opportunities that rank among the best in the world. Tourism Wells Gray has, over the past few months, conducted a tourism focused economic impact study within the District of Clearwater and
Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area A (Wells Gray Country) to assess the true value of the industry. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing most of our findings - looking at a different sector within the tourism industry each week
and presenting the figures in a local context. One area of tourism that is often underappreciated is “sport tourism”. The effect it has on a community and the revenue it generates are opportunities for growth within the region as a whole.
Hockey, baseball and golf are key to the growing sports tourism market within the region. Here are some of our findings. In 2011, hockey and activities at the Sportsplex contributed over $1.3 million to the local economy, brought
over 3,000 people to our community and generated over 2,600 hotel room nights during winter months. In 2011, baseball competitions contributed over $400,000 to the local economy. Over 2,000 people came to town to either play or
watch baseball. Golf is also a growing sports tourism sector and in 2011 generated almost $500,000 in additional community spending. - Brad Bradbury is tourism-marketing manager with Tourism Wells Gray
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Countdown to Sept. 1 deadline for Queen's Jubilee medal nominations OTTAWA - Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for KamloopsThompson-Cariboo sent out a reminder recently that the deadline for nominating an individual for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is Sept. 1, 2012. “There has been a tremendous response to the call for nominations. However, I want to make sure that everyone knows that the deadline is
right around the corner and to get your nominations in now,” said McLeod. All constituents may contact Mrs. McLeod’s office to recommend potential candidates for the medal. To be eligible for this honor, a person must: - Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada; - Have made a significant
contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and - Be alive on Feb. 6, 2012, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne. The medal can be awarded posthumously, as long as the recipient was alive on that date. For those wishing to nominate an individual for
this honour please call the Kamloops office at 250-8514991 or email cathy.mcleod. firstname.lastname@example.org in order to have the nomination form sent to you. All forms must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2012, in order for an independent panel to assess the nominations. The presentation of the Jubilee Medals will take place throughout the riding in October.
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Former Clearwater resident receives Jubilee medal Times Staff
Former Clearwater resident Inspector Peter Haring (l) and his wife June receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award medal Photo submitted from M.P. Dick Harris. The presentation took place on Aug. 8 in Prince George.
A man who grew up in the Clearwater area, Peter Haring, was one of 13 residents of Prince George to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award medal during a presentation in that city on Aug. 8. Haring and his wife, June Haring, received the medal from Caribou-Prince George M.P. Dick Harris. Peter Haring is an inspector with the RCMP in Prince George while June is an artist who has occasionally shown her work in Clearwater as well as in Valemount, Jasper and Prince George (see her work at www.mountainlegacies.blogspot.ca). The couple was recognized for individual leadership in making significant contributions to neighbor, to community and to society at large. June and Peter have cared for and fostered for 55 children over the last 23 years. The children they have cared for have had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, brain cysts and absent right hemisphere, burns, ADHD, transmitted venereal diseases, skin disorders, malnutrition, cocaine addition and physical injuries. The couple works as a team providing nurturing environment and advocating for children in their care. They constantly work in their community with professionals and give children the very best care possible.
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University of British Columbia A smart-phone app that prevents forest fires by identifying hazardous areas and that was developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia is getting tested in the BC Okanagan this summer. Wildfires are a yearly threat in the region. The 2003 Okanagan Mountain fire destroyed 25,000 ha of forest and 239 homes, and in July 2009, two fires in West Kelowna forced 12,500 residents out of their homes and destroyed three properties. Designed by Faculty of Forestry PhD student Colin Ferster and professor Nicholas Coops, the app is designed for professionals and members of the public, such as homeowners. Starting at the top of the trees and working down to the forest floor, the app contains images of potential fire hazards such as fallen wood, brush, or a thick carpet of needles on the forest floor. Once identified, users take pictures and upload the images, additional information and global positioning system (GPS) coordinates to a database. “One of the most effective ways to reduce wildfire hazard is to reduce the amount of fuel that is available to burn,” said Ferster. “By putting this tool in hands
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UBC’s smartphone app allows a user to collect data and photos of suspected forest fire hazards and measure them using the principles of remote sensing. Photo submitted of many people, we can collect more information about the current status of the forest, and at the same time increase awareness and cooperation, which will help reduce the threat of wildfire in the community.” With consistent and comparable measurements at their disposal, forest managers can make
timely decisions on how to best minimize fire hazard. A field trial of the app is currently underway at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna. To find out more about the project and to volunteer please visit: http://irsslab.forestry.ubc.ca/ Research/MobileRemoteSensing. aspx
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Bike challenge raising funds for hospice
Volunteers have starting working in Clearwater, Barriere and Little Fort to collect guesses for the fourth annual Hospice Cup bike challenge, according to Drake Smith of the North Thompson Hospice House Society. Funds raised by the bike challenge will go towards building a hospice for the North Thompson Valley, likely to be located in Little Fort. This yearâ€™s bike challenge will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9. One team of riders will leave from the funeral home in Barriere at 1 p.m. while another will start from Clearwaterâ€™s funeral home at the same time. The person who best guesses where the teams meet will win a prize. Cost per guess is $2, says Smith. All distances are measured from Barriere. The volunteers working in Clearwater, Barriere and Little Fort each have slightly different sign-up sheets so there will be no overlap of guesses.
Clearwater Secondary School counselor Marie Giesbrecht will be available at the school for parents and students who want to change their courses or adjust their timetables. Times will be Aug. 27 and 28, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Aug. 31, 1 - 3 p.m. Those interested can just show up during the times indicated or, better yet, call the school (250-674-3328) to make an appointment.
(L-r) Barriere residents Louis and Julie Hetu watch as Steve Peterson of Blackpool makes a guess for the Hospice Cup bike challenge coming up on Sept. 9 as Drake Smith looks on. Photo by Keith McNeill
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