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More power needed for Harper Creek mine to move forward Keith McNeill Inadequate electrical power is the biggest obstacle holding back the proposed Harper Creek copper-gold-silver mine near Vavenby. The municipalities of Clearwater and Barriere plan to work together at the Union of BC Municipalities convention this week to get electrical power for the mine and for other developments in the North Thompson Valley. “Power is the key. Without power we can do nothing,” Yellowhead Mining president Ian Smith said during an open house held Sept. 13 at the Community Resource Center in Clearwater. “We’ve been working with BC Hydro for years on this and they still haven’t selected a route for the upgrade. So far, they’ve narrowed it down to two, and will decide on which of those it will be next spring. If private industry worked on that schedule, they’d be dead.” The power supply to the North Thompson Valley is barely adequate for present needs and provides no room for growth, said Smith. It is also not as reliable as it should be, as shown by the wildfires of 2003 when the single transmission line was cut. Many people in the Valley want the project to go ahead, he said. There are quite a few who work in mines in Alberta and elsewhere in B.C. They would welcome the opportunity to work locally, without the long commutes. Smelters, trading companies and industrial companies are inter-

“Everyone’s going to benefit,” said Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys. “In my opinion, this is the premier project for the region. If BC Hydro does what it should, it will be finished on time. “It would be nice if Hydro would provide stable, adequate, long-term power to the Valley. That would allow all sorts of projects to go ahead, not just Harper Creek,” he said. The Barriere mayor said there are one or more subdivisions Jon Kreke ready to go ahead in his area, but they would have difficulty proceeding without increased electrical capacity. Humphreys contrasted BC Hydro’s slow speed on deciding on the route for a new power line into the Valley with what he felt was the quick pace of the Interior to Lower Mainland transmission project. “Vancouver wants it for air conditioning,” said the Barriere mayor. “We need it for our livelihoods.”

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(L-r) Clearwater councilor Jon Kreke, Yellowhead Mining president Ian Smith, and Barriere mayor Bill Humphreys discuss the prospects for the proposed mine at Harper Creek during an open house held Sept. 13 in the Community Resource Center in Clearwater. Although mostly an information session, many of those who attended the open house were looking for work at the mine. Photo by Keith McNeill ested in the proposed copper-goldsilver mine at Harper Creek going ahead, Smith said. One of the main attractions to them is that the ore has low levels of contaminants such as arsenic. “We’re not in that category. Our concentrate would be clean,” he said. The Yellowhead Mining presi-

dent said their feasibility study says the mine would provide employment to Valley residents for at least 28 years, but he expected it would last longer than that. District of Clearwater has supported the project since first approached by Yellowhead Mining, said town councilor Jon Kreke.

“One of the messages we want to take to UBCM is the need for increased sources of power, not just for Yellowhead but for other projects as well,” Kreke said. The Clearwater council member said they plan to meet with the premier, ministers and BC Hydro, and will present them all with the same message.

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Tourism in our community: through good times and bad Brad Bradbury I have heard many people comment on tourism in the community since my arrival here in February of 2011. Most of the comments appear to focus on the fact that they are “not involved” in the tourism industry so it does not really affect them. So, when Tourism Wells Gray conducted the 2012 “Tourism Economic Impact Study,” it was important to us that we had a better understanding of the financial implications of tourism to all residents, not just those directly involved with the industry. One of the most visible and measurable ways in which we are all effected by tourism is the amount of money that travelers bring to the community and the wages they help pay. During the summer approximately 15 per cent of the population is actively employed servicing the tourism industry in one way or another. Many of these jobs are within businesses that focus on accommodation and food and beverage service. However, there are also a large army of people who work behind the scenes in areas such as landscaping, engineering, accounts, housekeeping, cooking, dishwashing, maintenance, electrical, plumbing, driving and retail.

All of these jobs increase during the tourist season, bringing much needed additional revenue to the community. The continued success of tourism within our community enables hotels, resorts, campsites, bedand-breakfasts, and restaurants to purchase supplies, hardware, plants, equipment and lumber to either repair, improve or expand their business. A successful business has employees that pay taxes and own or rent homes in our community. Their property taxes ensure that our community keeps growing and provides a safe and desirable place to call home, and when the forestry, mining or the fishing industry enters yet another downward trend, tourism will be here keeping the lights on! It is estimated the labor contribution from the tourism sector in 2011 to the local and provincial economy from tourism businesses within the District of Clearwater and Thompson Nicola Regional Area “A” as per the Tourism Wells Gray2012 Economic Impact Study is: • total income in excess of $2.4 million • total income tax in excess of $440,000 • total CPP contributions in excess of $121,000 • total EI contributions in excess of $44,000 - Brad Bradbury is marketing manager with Tourism Wells Gray

Roundabout to improve safety on Highway 5 in Clearwater Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Ministry of Environment The B.C. government is making significant investments in the Clearwater area to improve safety on Highway 5, and increase awareness and access to Wells Gray Provincial Park. “The roundabout will give visitors even greater access to the Wells Gray Information Centre - a stone’s throw from the roundabout,” said Minister of Environment Terry Lake. “Signage at the roundabout will let motorists traveling Highway 5 know about attractions in the area, including profiling world-class Wells Gray Provincial Park, which will hopefully increase the number of visitors to the Clearwater area and the park.” A new roundabout will replace the current intersection at the junction of Highway 5 and Clearwater Valley Road, which will reduce the potential for serious crashes and improve safety

for local residents, visitors, tourists and commercial traffic using the corridor. The roundabout will calm traffic through the corridor and beautify the northern entrance to the community of Clearwater and the main access route to Wells Gray Provincial Park. “We listened to concerns from local community leaders about safety through the community, and developed this roundabout as the solution,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak. “This project will help improve safety at the intersection while providing an interesting and appealing entrance to the community and the Wells Gray Park access.” BC Parks and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are working together to ensure the central design features of the roundabout highlight Clearwater’s proximity to the park. The Yellowhead Highway 5 is a major north-south route linking British Columbia with Alberta. Because of this, the roundabout

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will be able to accommodate the large commercial vehicles, including wide loads, that use the Yellowhead corridor. Design and engineering work for the project is complete and the project will be out to tender shortly. Clearing of the rightof-way and relocation of underground water and sewer services will get underway this month, with roundabout construction underway next spring. Completion of the new roundabout on Highway 5 in Clearwater is scheduled for September 2013. In addition, BC Parks will be making improvements to Clearwater River Road in Wells Gray Provincial Park. The 20-kilometre project will improve the road’s drainage, reducing the amount of damage the road incurs during the annual freshet. The road is used by park use permit holders, general recreationists, anglers and river rafters. Work on the road improvements is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by Nov. 30, 2012. An Invitation to Quote is posted on BC Bid.

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What’s Happening “No Thank You” Week – September 30 – October 6th Students from Clearwater Secondary School are planning a “No Thank You” week to encourage people to just say “no thank you” to plastic bags when they do their shopping. The students hope is that after a week of not using plastic people will find alternative ways to bag their groceries and other purchases. Make sure to check out information on “No Thank You” week posted on community bulletin boards. Raise a Reader Day and Adult Team Spelling Bee There will be two events to raise money for literacy projects in our community. The “Raise a Reader Day” newspaper campaign will be running in the morning on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Groups of volunteers will be heading out to strategic locations within the community, seeking donations in exchange for a special edition of a newspaper. The campaign helps educate Canadians about literacy issues and raise money for local literacy initiatives. Adult Team Spelling Bee To Spell or Not to Spell - That BEE the Question! 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in the Clearwater Secondary School Pit Join in the fun and laughs and competition with area businesses, colleagues, and community members. Team costumes are optional but will earn you a free “bye” word – HAVING FUN is one of our goals! Each table of four will work together to spell words taken from the “Collins Gage Canadian Paperback Dictionary”. Winners will be publicly congratulated in the local media and on our website, and will be presented with a team trophy to recognize their official bragging rights as the 2012 Spelling Bee Champions! Community Sports Community Volleyball at the Clearwater Secondary School gym at 7:30-9:00pm on Tuesdays starting September 25 – December 11th, 2012. Drop in Fee - $2.00. Community Tennis at the Rotary Sports Park Tennis Courts at 6:30pm, ongoing Mondays and Thursdays. No cost just show up!! Badminton at the Clearwater Secondary School gym at 7:30-9:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays starting from October 1st to March 27th, 2013. Drop in Fee - $3.00. Upcoming Events September 19 - Raise a Reader Day

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Clearwater Lions Reo Joubert (l) and Greg Penny carry wooden toys into Clearwater Food Bank recently. The toys were donated by the BC Wooden Toy Makers Society and will be included in this year’s Christmas hampers as well as used at the Yellowhead Community Services Society daycare. Robert Prinze, president of the BC Wooden Toy Makers Society, is a Lion and also interested in coming to Clearwater to teach toy-making, say the local Lions.

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September 23 - North Thompson Arts Council AGM – 2:00-3:00pm Upcoming Meetings of Council October 9th, 2012 – Parks and Recreation Committee meeting – 5:00pm October 9th, 2012 – Regular Council meeting – 9:00pm October 23rd, 2012 – Economic Development meeting – 5:00pm October 23rd, 2012 – Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm

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“ Don't ever become a pessimist ... a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun - and neither can stop the arch of events.” - Robert A. Heinlein, writer editorial by keith mcNeill

Trying to be fair with letters to the editor One of the best measures of a community newspaper’s readership is how many local letters to the editor it receives. Sometimes it is possible to have too much of a good thing, however. Last week we had 12 local letters to the editor ready to go into the paper. Not surprisingly, they didn’t all make it in. Also perhaps not surprisingly, we then received a number of complaints from letter writers unhappy that their messages had not been printed. We did try. Our plan had been to print more letters on what we call the spill page - the page in the newspaper after the classifieds section. The available space on the spill page expands or contracts, depending on the number of classified ads we receive. We had though it would be pretty well empty and we could get quite a few letters on it. Then we got a few more ads plus a couple of obituaries, and there was no space left at all. Please believe that if we run somebody else’s letter and not yours, it is not part of some underhanded conspiracy. We’re not that smart plus we don’t really

Editor Änally shows some humor Editor, The Times

Re: "Who Decides for the Human Race?", Sept. 3 issue. I have to take this opportunity to congratulate our editor for finally breaking down and adding some humor to his editorial instead of the gloom and doom in past articles. I'm sorry he thinks I'm so predictable that I would jump all over his topics of global warming and the roundabout. However, my letters are not of anger, but reality. I never get mad; I get

even. I see in your article that you have a new catch phrase, "geoengineering"! Holy crap! What is this world coming to? Injecting sulphur-based aerosols into the atmosphere? Constructing mirrors or other structures in space? Fertilizing the oceans? Then you go on to say, "However, they would need further research," I imagine that a government grant for about two gazillion dollars for each project would be appropriate, consid-

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ering that it's going to clean up the environment! On Sept. 4, Clearwater was blessed with one of the best shows of the northern lights that I have seen in a very long time. Anyone who reads this and saw it will know what I mean. Then this thought occurred to me: I'll form a nonprofit organization and apply for a two gazillion-dollar grant to harness the energy from the northern lights! Say goodbye to BC Hydro and still have lots of power for Terry Lake's electric car! By the way, Keith, the roundabout will actually increase global warming because vehicles will be idling longer while wreckers pull Smart cars from between the dual wheels of transport trucks!

Jim Lamberton The Rambling Man Clearwater, B.C.

have time for that kind of thing. Letters that present a different point of view get priority over letters that say the same thing as we read last week. Preference also goes to letter writers who we haven’t heard from lately, as compared to those who write frequently. And, in the final analysis and if all else is about equal, if one letter gets in and another does not, it likely was because that first letter fit the space available - shorter almost always is better. People should not view a letter to the editor as a substitute for a paid advertisement. We have no problem with people using letters to the editor to promote worthwhile community events. If you plan to make money at the event, however, then the newspaper expects to get a part of that money through advertising revenue. Don’t forget that we have special rates for nonprofit groups, plus we often give further discounts or even sponsor ads entirely. The bottom line is, if you want to make sure your upcoming event gets in the newspaper, then don’t rely on a letter to the editor - put some money up and buy an ad.

Duty, due diligence and discretion Editor, The Times:

Like all civilizations down through the ages, ours is defined by its laws as well as the way in which they are enforced. In the process of carrying out their duty, our police officers are expected to use some degree of discretion. When receiving a complaint an officer's first duty is to consider the credibility of the accuser. Is the accuser sober and unhindered by psychoactive drugs? Is he or she of sound mind and

free of malicious intent? These are only the beginning of the difficult considerations of an investigating peace officer. Only after these first initial considerations are satisfied will a good peace officer proceed to the next phase of his or her duty and lay charges or make an arrest. It may happen that, due to certain circumstances, the second phase of an officer's duty is executed and an arrest is made, even though all considerations of the first phase have

not yet been fully satisfied. This might simply be for the purpose of setting in place a "No Contact" order attached to a "Promise to Appear" merely as a precaution while the matter is being investigated. In the meantime, an accused still has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, should the matter end up going that far.

Ralph w. Horton Clearwater, B.C.

Tickets on sale for Dessert Extravaganza Editor, The Times:

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will hold its sixth annual Dessert Extravaganza. The event will be held in the KOA Banquet Room from 7 - 10 p.m. Along with the beautiful prepared desserts that our community people and businesses donate, and

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which will be beautifully displayed for the evening, we will give away some fabulous prizes. We will also have our silent auction items on display as well. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased from any Auxiliary member, the Hospital Gift Corner or at the Clearwater KOA. Entertainment this year

will be provided by Howard Mitchell. The Dessert Extravaganza is a great fundraiser and has raised over $12,000 for the purchase of equipment for our hospital. If you feel that you would like to participate, you can either donate an item for our silent auction and/or sponsor a table for $50. If you

would care to help out with a donation or sponsorship, please contact Leslie Wolfer, 250-674-3205; or Gail Capostinsky, 250-6743521 We can arrange to pickup any contribution and a tax receipt will be issued upon request.

Marg Anderson, public relations DHMH Auxiliary

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Question of the Week Do you think the education system adequately prepares young people for the job market?

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Joe Meldrum:

Nike Halberstadt:

Yes. It helps people communicate with other people.

No. Every job has a uniform. I don't think they understand that. They have no idea what's appropriate dress for work.

Kurtis Elliot (with Abigail): No, I don't believe so. I think they should start learning in the trades a lot earlier.

Andy Leese:

Fred Collins:

I'm 50/50. In my Àeld, surveying, I didn't need to learn calculus but geometry really helped. You still learn a lot by experience.

Yes, the young guys are learning about trades and computers. It's a lot better than when I went to school.

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Editor, The Times:

I was on my way on a camping trip when I learned I had been nominated as a Golden Girl for the 2012 Regatta. I don't know who nominated me but I am honored by their submission. Volunteering has been a way of life for me; our mother taught us, "We are our brothers' keeper" and I have tried

improper load and/or excessive speed through Clearwater. "I don't know of any major highway in Canada that has one." You can try this one www.mto. gov.on.ca/english/engineering/ roundabout/hwy17.shtml. This is a portion of the Primary Route the Trans Canada in Ontario. Or this one: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ engineering/roundabout/hwy406. shtml. This is Hwy 406 — a highway that meets the criteria of 10,000 plus vehicles per day. And this one: www.mto.gov. on.ca/english/engineering/roundabout/windsor-essex.shtml. This one is also a 400 series highway — 10,000/day. Surely we can adapt to new ideas and things that come our way.

Larry Borsa Clearwater, B.C.

Good luck from retiring princess Editor, The Times:

Greetings everyone; My name is Tianna Weninger, former Miss On Call Towing and Construction, and now leaving with the title Miss North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Princess 2011/2012. Last year, I was a candidate for the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association Pageant program. This candidacy involved approximately seven months of classes and preparation. It was a tough year, but it was worthwhile when I was crowned Princess. This is a wonderful program, and it helped me in so many ways. I welcome all girls to try it, and watch it do the same for you. This year has been such a blessing and it was a great experience. I would not have had

any of this, or the great memories I have acquired if I didn't have my sponsor Ron Rotzetter supporting me. Ron, you came to every event with such a big hug and lots of confidence that I would do well. You got me where I am today, and I can't say how much I appreciate everything you have done for me to get me here. Thanks again Ron:) My year as a Princess has been filled with many events, traveling, laughs, tears, and so much more. You become so close with everyone you meet, and I know that even when I retire as a Princess, that I'll have lifelong friends wherever I go. Good luck to whoever becomes the new holder of my title (which is now to be called 'Ambassador'). You'll represent your Valley well.

But until then I am, and forever will be, one of the last Miss North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Princesses, 2011/2012.

Tianna Weninger North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Princesses, 2011/2012 Clearwater, B.C.

Wells Gray Community Forest (2010) Society Now accepting Grant Applications $75,000 grant money available Funded by Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

until Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 4:30pm Applications available at the Community Resource Centre and online at Wells Gray Community Forest website www.wgcfc.ca Please use the NEW online form. If submitting paper, seven copies must be provided

PURPOSE OF THE SOCIETY: To promote the economic and social welfare of the residents of Wells Gray Country (including the District of Clearwater), including the provision of support for the benevolent and charitable enterprises, federations, agencies and societies engaged in furthering these purposes.

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to follow her teaching. This community has been good to my family and me and I am just giving back. Again, I am thankful for the honor and sorry I missed the presentation. Congratulations to Mrs. Buck and to Mary Stewart - the other nominee. P.S. The flowers are lovely.

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Re: "Roundabout not a good idea" letter and Question of the Week comments, Sept. 3 issue. The purported statements of fact in Mr. Lamberton's letter need some clarification. He states that the fix for the problem could have been done for a fraction of the costs of the $2 million that the roundabout might cost. He doesn't state what that fix might be, or the fraction that he talks about. I have to assume that he means a lightcontrolled solution of some sort. If that were the case then where are his statistics to confirm his claim that there's a cheaper fix and that it would be substantially cheaper than the proposed roundabout? He also states that you don't place a roundabout "... on the second busiest highway in B.C." Once again there is no data to show that this particular high-

way is the second busiest in B.C. Please refer to www.th.gov.bc.ca/ trafficData/index.htm. This site shows highway usage and volumes as well as all measuring devices in the Province of B.C. The corridor from Kamloops through to the Alberta border via Highway 5 has no measuring device. That's not an indicator that the highway is being ignored; it's likely an indication that it doesn't have the volumes that Mr. Lamberton thinks it does. The answers from the Question of the Week are also full of misconceptions and unsubstantiated rumors. For example, "... the truckers made their point, about the danger of shifting loads." If there's a danger of a load shifting on a roundabout then those trucks won't make it to Clearwater as their loads will have shifted before they get here. Any tip-over would mean

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“Building Community Partnerships” Clearwater & District Chamber of Commerce 201-416 Eden Road, Clearwater, BC V0E1N1 250.674.3530 www.clearwaterbcchamber.com

2012 Awards Category Listings Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 52 Annual ‘Of the Year’ Awards nominations. This year’s ‘Of the Year’ Gala Awards will take place on October 19th, 2012 at Wells Gray Inn, starting at 5:30 for Cocktails with a delicious Buffet Style Dinner to follow at 6:00 pm. The Clearwater and District’s Chamber President, Jeff Lamond, will be our M.C. for this year, who will be overseeing the evening’s activities. Be sure to reserve your Dinner Tickets: Members - $30.00 each, Non Members - $35.00 each. Join Us as we Honour Oustanding Citizens, Youth, Employees and Businesses! Citizen ‘Of the Year’: A resident who has given generously of their volunteer time and energy to help any organization or cause this year, having provided a significant contribution to the North Thompson Valley. This person has demonstrated outstanding leadership and is a positive role model in the area of; Community Service, Arts & Culture, Regional Development, Science and Technology, Sports and Recreation and the Environment. Youth of the Year: This award recognizes a young person, up to the age of 29 years, living in the North Thompson Valley who has shown outstanding leadership or initiative on a project or campaign that contributes a positive social, business, educational or volunteer impact in the community. This youth who, separate from or in school; has made a significant or worthy contribution(s) within the valley that may encourage the involvement of other youth. Community Spirit - Non Profit/Volunteer: Awarded to a non-profit, community group or volunteer contingent (singular or group) for their remarkable and significant community contribution. By way of action, this group/individual has had a positive impact in our valley, makes our community a better place to live and gives us reason to be proud of our non-profit and volunteer groups. Employee of the Year: Presented to an employee or team of employees within a business who demonstrate a consistent commitment to providing Customer Service Excellence that truly “Wows” the customer by encouraging and inspiring the community to shop local. *Extra points are automatically awarded to employees of a business, which is a Chamber Member during the year. Rookie of the Year: Awarded to a business (large, small or home-based) for outstanding effort and commitment in their first 18 months of business. This award is intended to highlight and encourage awareness of new businesses establishing in our community. Business of the Year: Recognizing overall business excellence and achievement. Business owner (and staff) consistently demonstrate a commitment to excellence and have demonstrated strong business growth and development practices that are a role model for other businesses. One business from each of these categories will be selected to receive the Business of the Year Award for that category. To qualify for nomination, a business must show leadership in at least one of the following areas: 1.) Tourism Business Excellence: Motels, Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Guides, Outfitters, Adventure Tourism, Restaurants or those directly involved in services to tourists. 2.) Service/Retail Business Excellence: All Retail Stores, Financial Services, Media, Hairdressers, Home-based Businesses, Repair Shops and Service Providers in any other service related business including Forestry and Log hauling related businesses. Criteria used for selection of Businesses Excellence awards in Tourism and Retail/Service will be: Appearance of Business and Employees, Community Oriented, Product Knowledge, Convenience of Hours, Quality and Reliability of Service, Availability and Variety of products, Friendly and Courteous Staff with good telephone manners. *Extra points will be given to businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce. The comments section of this nomination form must be completed or it will not be accepted. A business must qualify in at least one criteria area, but could be recognized for leadership in more than one area. Please submit entries by the Deadline Date of - Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at any of the following locations: Wells Gray Inn, Chamber Visitor Info Desk, Chamber Office at Community Resource Centre, Aboriginal Sharing Centre, Clear Water Dollar Emporium or Avril’s Garden & Gifts.

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Glen Small said the Clearwater Sno-Drifters' track at Camp Two had been selected to host the first B.C. regional race meet of the season. The club had been working hard to improve the track, and both bleachers and parking area had been enlarged.

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YEARS AGO: School District 26 trimmed $110,000 from its budget to meet a provincial restraint program. About 40 per cent of the money came from salary cuts and cutbacks in support staff, said secretarytreasurer Tim Klotz.

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YEARS AGO: Clearwater Fire Department donated its old siren to the Tulameen and District Fire Department. The siren was used before a pager system was installed.

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HISTORICAL Perspective

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YEARS AGO: Former Canucks star Tiger Williams was the special guest at Clearwater Minor Hockey's buffet dinner and auction. The event raised over $5,000.

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YEARS AGO: Two elderly hikers from New York and Germany walked out unharmed after being out overnight near Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park. Clearwater Search and Rescue and Barriere Search and Rescue assisted RCMP and B.C. Parks in the search.

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YEARS AGO: There were 20 teams of seven participants in the Wilderness Gateway Relay, reported Grant Gunn. The money raised would be used to develop local biking and hiking trails, added Gunn. Local ambulance chief Robin Mann and Bob Gallagher, regional director of the B.C. Ambulance Service, cut the ribbon opening the new ambulance station next to Clearwater's multi-level care facility. Many took the opportunity to tour the station and to see firsthand the

new computer system, which enhanced communication and enabled staff to take training on-site.

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YEARS AGO: Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation was one step closer to harvesting timber. B.C. Ministry of Forests had approved its Forest Stewardship Plan.

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YEAR AGO: Geologist Catherine Hickson talked about the uniqueness of Wells Gray Park's volcanic features during Wells Gray Day. Other speakers included Environment Minister Terry Lake, Bill Turner of The Land Conservancy of BC, local naturalist Trevor Goward and former Clearwater resident Frank Ritcey. A 1949 Mercury twodoor coupe owned by Gary Hall of Clearwater was voted the favorite vehicle at the A&W Show and Shine.

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Water main flushing is a key component in maintaining water quality throughout the water distribution system. The District of Clearwater performs water main flushing on a biannual basis; spring and fall. Water main flushing utilizes water velocities created by “pulling” larger than normal volumes through the system to clean the water main. Public Works crews systematically turn water valves and fire hydrants to effectively flush the water system.

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Thompson Food Action Off ramp better choice at intersection North active at Barriere fall fair Editor, The Times:

With fewer overhead restrictions or overpasses, Highway 5 is one of the major routes for oversize loads to be shipped. The highway is one of the best unrestricted highways in B.C. A roundabout on the highway would not be the best way to resolve traffic problems. This off ramp alternative (see diagram) is used successfully Canada wide. This alternative would be in the best interest of the local businesses and likely would be more cost effective. It is well worth considering. It is never good practice to put a roundabout on a major shipping route. B.C., like Alberta, is a major manufacturing province. An open Highway 5 would be an asset to whatever B.C.’s future will bring. That is an unknown factor but at least we are ready to handle whatever comes. Highway 5 has proven itself in the past by being unrestrictive; just add off ramps and these alternate modifications. If and when they start building offshore drilling rigs on the Coast, there will likely be mega

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equipment and large loads and components coming from Edmonton. Highway 5 will be the highway of choice. A roundabout may be very restrictive. These loads are often exceptionally large and a straight highway is definitely required. It is worth thinking about. If anyone else agrees, please send a letter to Mayor Harwood.

Concerned citizen Clearwater, B.C.

NT Fall Fair princess says thank you Editor, The Times:

To the North Thompson Valley; This year has been something I would have never expected to be a part of; traveling around B.C., learning about different communities, and making some friendships that will last a lifetime. With a year like this there are so many people to thank. First, I would like to thank my sponsor, Jim's Foods Markets. I have had the pleasure of being your employee for the past four years, and without you I wouldn't have been able to experience this program. And thank you to the ladies with whom I started this program with, Diane and Wendy. You ladies have made a difference in my life by introducing me to this program and I don't think I can thank you enough.

I would also like to take this time to say thank you to my sister Alexandra Brown. You signed me up for this program, and you're the reason I am who I am today. Good luck in life and I love you. Now to my fellow Royalty: remember we will always have each other, and this year would have never been the same without you. I love you both and good luck. My final thank you goes to the people of the North Thompson Valley: we couldn't have done it without all of your support, and you are what truly makes this program succeed. Thank you for everything.

Cassandra Brown North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Princess and Miss Congeniality, 2011/2012 Little Fort, B.C.

Working man needs to pay more attention Editor, The Times:

Banks of America! Sounds solid, doesn't it? Stars and stripes, statue of Liberty - bring us your huddled masses, etc. In a proper world, Bank of America would be a solid institution, a pillar of financial stability holding up the finances of the country with caution and integrity. A vital cornerstone in the financial health of the United States, one might say. Not so, according to Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone (Yes, rock and roll's Rolling Stone). Where do you get your information? The Wall Street Journal, Financial Post, Forbes, Fortune, Fox, Global or any of those propaganda outlets dedicated to propping up a collapsing system? Who would you believe? As Matt Taibbi points out,

Bank of America has been involved in insane financial gambles that have necessitated more than one massive U.S. government bailout. As one might have heard, a number of U.S. cities and countries have been forced to declare bankruptcy. Why? Well, it appears that, while supposedly managing the finances of their various cities and countries, Banks of America, Goldman-Sachs and other pillars of finance were shorting the U.S. cities in the interest and pocketing the difference. Competitive bids were squelched. As Taibbi points out, there is nothing these super 'money men' fear more than competition. During the financial crisis in Greece a similar scheme involved Goldman Sachs (Goldman Sachs again?), which included bet-

ting against Greece's recovery or some such thing. Of course, we were told that it was those lazy socialistic Greeks who were totally responsible for their financial predicament. I've already dealt with the who do you believe! The bankrupt American municipalities answer to their financial woes was to offer minimum wages to those who keep the city alive: firemen, policemen, and municipal workers. As usual, the money mongers stray and the peasants pay! And so it will be until the aforementioned 'peasants' pay more attention to the likes of Matt Taibbi and less to the Wall Street Journal or the Financial Post.

Dennis Peacock Clearwater, B.C.

Re: 2012 Fall Fair "Foodies" from all over the province enjoyed the North Thompson Fall Fair held in Barierre on the Labor Day weekend. The variety of food available at the fair was notable. From beaver tails to fresh squeezed lemonade from fish and chips to haystacks - from hot dogs and hamburgers to corn on the cob - it was available. Over by the brand new Agriplex, NT Food Action group members handed out packets of locally grown sunflower seeds - complete with website and contact information on them along with brochures depicting some 'still images' of the web site and lots of verbal information about why we produced a web site containing all sorts of information about our valley's food supply and beyond. We spoke with interested peoples from Prince George to the Lower Mainland, and of course we spoke with many valley residents. We talked all the Foodie topics: "buying local" topped the list, but there was also conversations about master gardeners and how they will travel to lend their expertise; food policy councils - their development and good work; support systems

with your comments. Please note that there are opportunities to advertize on the site and also to sponsor this website. As you can imagine 'sustainability' is always the issue and to keep things current we will need to maintain a web-mumma or poppa. It is a win-win situation. Thanks for stopping by our booth. Thanks to the folks at the fair for having us.

like the BC Food Systems network, and the exchange of cards happened. We invite you to visit the website bcfoodactionnetwork. com and to visit often. We have listed: restaurants and all sorts of food outlets, equipment dealers, farm gate sales, farmers markets, grocery stores, and so much more. Listings are free. We would appreciate it if you could zip over there and see what is missing, note any mistakes or things we might have overlooked and contact us

Cheryl Thomas Member of the NT Food Action folks

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Local agencies realign training and recreation offerings Elizabeth Elston Fall is a time of change and there is change underfoot in the way that courses and programs are delivered by some of our local organizations. The offerings to our community have not changed; community members still have access to fantastic work-related training, recreational programming, and general interest courses. There has simply been a realignment of which organizations will be offering the various programs to you. Along with this come changes in how to access course and program information as well as new registration processes. Beginning in May 2011 the majority of work and training

related courses came under the administration of Thompson Rivers University Clearwater Regional Centre (TRU). Now the remaining personal interest and recreation course offerings will be the shared administrative responsibility of TRU and District of Clearwater (DOC) and will be offered either at Clearwater Secondary School or at the CRC location (next to Raft River Elementary). District of Clearwater will be offering classes, activities and course related to healthy living. Course programming formerly offered through the Community Resource Centre (CRC) will now be offered through TRU. The Community Resource Centre continues to oper-

ate, but work-related training and general interest courses previously administered by the CRC will now be offered through TRU alongside TRU’s established credit, noncredit, and provincially recognized certificates. These changes are part of larger organizational restructuring within our community. Last spring, the Community Resource Centre came under the management of Yellowhead Community Services. At the same time, TRU increased its presence in the Upper North Thompson. Until recently, Sylvia Arduini split her responsibilities between managing the Community Resource Centre and coordinating TRU courses. With the expanded role of TRU

Employment Barriers Do you have barriers to finding work? If so, you are not alone. In the past, a panel of income assistance clients was asked to characterize the types of difficulties they faced in finding work in the current labour market. The following barriers were common responses: x x x x x x x

Youth No full-time work Lack of job experience Poor economy Lack of skills training General lack of education No child-care spaces No high school

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Candle Creek Road. District of Clearwater has expanded its offerings to include the Community Healthy Living program. The District now oversees the programming for courses related to fitness, sports, health and wellness, and most of the youth and kids recreational programs. Please check out www. districtofclearwater. com or the Community Recreation brochure for course offerings. To register for the Community Healthy Living programs, Local TRU coordinator Sylvia Arduini is working with District of Clearwater and the Sportsplex to present training opportunities for Clearwater and area. Times file photo in our area, Arduini will solely focus on her role as the community coordinator for TRU - Clearwater Regional Centre. According to Dr. Ulrich Scheck, provost vice-president academic, “Thompson Rivers University is in the process of establishing Community U, a new unit that will combine communityoriented education, life-long learning, and continuing education under one portfolio. Community U will support the TRU Academic Plan in general and in particular will engage TRU students in lifelong learning. Community U will bring together continuing education, summer school, summer camps and programs at our Regional Centres, thus enabling TRU to serve better the needs of diverse groups of stu-

dents, from those who attend summer camps to adult learners and individuals in our local and regional communities.” To access TRU Your Community U course offerings in Clearwater, please visit www.tru.ca/ regional_centres/clearwater.html. There you will find the Fall 2012 course listings, a PDF version of the 2012 Clearwater Continuing Studies brochure, and a registration form. For more information about TRU offerings, please contact Sylvia Arduini at 250-674-3530 or sarduini@tru.ca from Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sylvia’s office location remains at the Community Resource Centre and most TRU courses will continue to be delivered at the CRC building at 224

Call for an appointment today. _________________________________________________ CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES CENTRE 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 Phone: 250- 674-2928 Fax: 250- 674-2938 Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 – 4:00 Email: info@clearwateremployment.ca www.clearwateremployment.ca Operated by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

together to print a single publication of all the course offerings in our community. TRU, District of Clearwater’s Community Healthy Living, and North Thompson Sportsplex have printed their Fall 2012 programs and courses all in one glossy colour brochure. The former Community Resource Centre courses will now be included in this brochure in the TRU section. The brochure should have arrived in your mailbox last recently. Some things have

Eleanor Collins is organizing the Community Healthy Living programs for District of Clearwater. Times file photo

please call Eleanor Collins at 250-6741878 or email healthyliving@docbc.ca. TRU continues to administer the children’s gymnastics program that was previously offered through the CRC during this time of transition as well as other adult and youth general interest courses. New this fall as well, our local organizations have joined

changed (the organizations administering various programs with a single brochure for all our local course and program offerings); some things have not (our community still has access to wonderful training and recreational opportunities). Our local organizations are excited about new offerings within their programs and hope you enjoy taking a course or two this fall!

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Trailer park assault On Friday, Sept. 7, Clearwater RCMP were called to Raft River Trailer Park in the early morning hours. A male subject was arrested for assault and taken back to Clearwater Detachment. The subject was then released on a promise to appear in court and on conditions to have no contact with the victim. Clearwater Canoe Regatta On Sept. 8, Clearwater residents took part in the annual Canoe Regatta at Dutch Lake Beach. Clearwater RCMP attended the event and competed in the triathlon in an attempted to win first place. The competition including running, biking and canoeing. Clearwater RCMP did not win first place in this event, however, were able to take a victory away from the Clearwater Fire Department during the tug-a-war competition. Clearwater RCMP report that no major incidents occurred during the regatta and would like to thank the community for a wonderful event.

1-800-222-TIPS Clearwater RCMP Report Vandalism On Sept. 11, Clearwater RCMP were notified of a break and enter into a residence in Birch Island. Police attended the home and immediately realized that the house had been heavily vandalized. Electronics were smashed, furniture was ruined and windows were broken. Several fire extinguishers were discharged inside the home as well. The majority of the property inside the home was damaged and destroyed.

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Abandoned vehicle On Sept. 12, Clearwater RCMP was informed of an abandoned vehicle in the Little Fort Husky’s parking lot. Police notified the registered owner of the vehicle, who was surprised because they had sold and transferred the vehicle out of their name. The original owner did not complete the transfer documentation properly by taking the paperwork to the motor vehicle branch to be verified and stamped. Since the vehicle was still registered in their name, the original owner is still responsible for that vehicle. The owner had the vehicle towed back to their residence.

Edmonton man receives $3,000 in charges for bad bait and lines Keith McNeill Too many lines in the North Thompson River near McLure and the wrong kind of bait cost an Edmonton man a total of $3,000 in fines in Kamloops court on Sept. 10. "It was a good outcome as a result of information from the public," said conservation officer Warren Chayer. Ahmad Rasaei, age 65, pleaded guilty to angling with more than one line in the water and using prohibited gear and bait. He received $1,500 in fines on both counts. Two other counts were stayed. Rasaei also cannot fish for two

Keith McNeill “If you don’t love the relationship you have with your banker, you need to get another banker.” That was the advice from Alecia Karapita, commercial and account manager with the Royal Bank of Canada, to a meeting of Clearwater Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 10. Bankers want to see the small businesses they deal with succeed, Karapita said. “It all starts with your business plan,” she said. “Often you might have in your mind what you intend to do, but until you write it down on paper, you likely will not see a lot of success.” A small business owner’s banker, along with his or her accountant and lawyer, are part of a team of professionals that the owner needs to educate about what his or her business is about. “A lot of the time, we don’t understand your business,” Karapita said. “We want to understand where you’re going so we can help you achieve your goals. You need to have a good relationship with your banker so you can get good advice.” Banks can advance money to businesses in a variety of ways: credit cards, lines of credit, term loans, leasing and government-guaranteed loans. Each has advantages and disadvantages,

Clearwater RCMP received another file of a break and enter into a residence in the Blackpool. Someone known to the residents was making repairs to the home when they noticed that drywall mud had been thrown onto the floor. Investigations into both of these occurrences are under way. If anyone has any information regarding this break in and vandalism, please contact Clearwater RCMP.

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Alecia Karapita, commercial and account manager with the Royal Bank of Canada, talks with local rancher Warren MacLennan during a Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce meeting on Sept. 10.

years or purchase a fishing license. The Edmonton man owns property along the river south of McLure. Conservation officers from Clearwater and Kamloops checked on the location several times over the summer after receiving reports from neighbors. They found as many as seven unattended lines at one time, as well as barbed hooks with illegal bait. With hunting season getting underway, Chayer invited the public to report any suspicious activity to the Ministry of Environment's RAPP (report all poachers and polluters) telephone tip line at 1-877-952-7277 or online at www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/ rapp/rapp.html.

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depending on the circumstances. Leasing new equipment, for example, can result in result in significant tax savings for some businesses. Karapita encouraged business owners to learn more about how to leverage electronic banking to help their bottom line. Once everything is set up, a business owner can do payroll with just the press of a button.

Bill payments can be done online, saving time and paper. An online account can be set up so that certain people can do certain functions but not others. One business owner asked about different rates and parameter for businesses located outside major centers. Karapita said the bank bases its loans on business risk, not distance from major

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Our bodies are amazing. The level of acidity in our blood is held quite constant at a pH of 7.35-7.45 no matter what we do. (Anything above 7 is alkaline.) The pH of our urine can change with our diet, but the pH of our blood remains pretty well the same. We are entering the autumn season soon, and it’s a good time to remind everyone about hand-washing. It is the best way to prevent colds, flus and many other infections diseases. Do it often throughout the day for at least 20 seconds per wash. This is especially important after blowing your nose, using the toilet, playing with pets, or changing baby’s diaper. Perhaps even shaking hands? The increase in social networking during the past few years has prompted research projects studying its addiction potential. The projects concluded that social media can be more addictive than tobacco. It takes up much of some people’s spare time and its seeming low cost just makes it that much more desirable. We are born with 100,000 hair follicles on our heads. Hair falls out and renews itself routinely throughout our lives. But, sometimes these hair follicles become stressed and hair starts to fall out and not grow back. Causes can be emotional or physical shock, hormonal (postpartum, stopping birth control pills), sever dieting and high fever, among others. If you are concerned, check with your physician. Make our pharmacists part of your healthcare team. We hope to see you in our pharmacy soon.

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Oxidized minerals in lava exposed at the top of Mount Ray display a rainbow of bright colors. The mountain is visible from Clearwater Lake but best viewed from the air.

Helmcken Falls thunders into its canyon. Thousands of years of water erosion have carved the canyon deep into layers of lava rock. The photo was taken during a recent tour of some of the volcanic features of Wells Gray Park provided by Wells Gray Air Services Ltd.

Flying over Wells Gray Park

Kostal Cone is perhaps the most spectacular volcanic feature in Wells Gray Park. One estimate is that it is only about 400 years old, which would mean some of the trees growing on it are from the first growth after its eruption. Other estimates put it at several thousand years old.

Photos by Keith McNeill

A map provided by Wells Gray Air shows the route of the volcanic features tour and some of the sights seen.

Wells Gray Air owner and pilot Fritz Schaer stands in front of his Cessna 182 Skylane. He has flown more than 2,500 flights from his airstrip in Upper Clearwater, including many fire patrols.

The cinder cones of the Flourmills Volcanoes are located southwest of Clearwater Lake and north of the Mahood River. Lava from the cones when they erupted about 3,000 years ago helped form Spanish Lakes.


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Paul Black Band and Jeff Pike close season at Serenity

Members of the Paul Black Band perform a blues number at Serenity. Pictured are (l-r) Karl Oystensen, Chris Mead, Paul Black and Lowry Rucc.

Jeff Pike calls his oneman band Windborn.

helpers and sponsors, to the performers, and to the audience. Then Windborn, a one-man band starring Jeff Pike, came onto the stage. Pike, who is from Kelowna, has now been to Serenity four times. He played the guitar, a kick drum, used a loop sampler, and used a vocal pedal to get harmony. He usually has a cellist with him but the

Photos by Keith McNeill

fellow is in Scotland at this time. Pike loves coming to Serenity, “... because you’re some of the best people I’ve found.” He will be touring in 1 1/2 months through northern B.C. and out to Alberta. He writes all his own songs. A song Pike sang that night was one he wrote by request of Kelowna’s CBC Alya Ramadan about

racism. It is titled Same Sun and is an excellent song. For more information on Windborn go to windborn.ca. Pike will have a new album out in one month. The Paul Black Band performed next. There are four members: Paul Black who played the guitar, wa-wa pedal, the harmonica, and is lead singer; Karl Oystensen

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Saturday, Sept. 8 was the last of the 2011/12 season’s concerts at the Serenity Performing Arts Centre near Birch Island. It began at 7:00 p.m. and starred the Paul Black Band and Windborn. It was a beautiful evening with a star-studded sky. Shirley De Vooght has been graced with wonderful weather for all of the concerts this year. A thank you went out to De Vooght for bringing this music to the North Thompson Valley, to all of her

who played the keyboard; Chris Mead who played the bass guitar; and drummer Lowry Rucc. They are all excellent musicians, played together as a group very well, and were enjoying themselves. Oystensen, Black, and Rucc had solos in some songs. Half the band lives in Victoria and the other half in Vancouver. Black makes up the song/music, sends it to the others, and they practice that way. The band has been together for 10 years, except for Oystensen who joined just three years ago. Black said, “ This is definitely the most beautiful place I’ve played this year.” He often made comments about a member of the audience Arden Dunfield. She was up dancing from the start of the concert and continued straight throughout. A very graceful dancer, she included a flag for some of the songs. She managed to

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Sports NTPD Tournament raises funds for Brandy Keith McNeill The first annual NTPD Slow-Pitch Tournament was a great success, organizers report. “It was a great tournament. Everybody had fun,” one of them said. The event, which

was organized by North Thompson Plumbing and Drains and its owner Jasen Mann, raised over $5,000 for Brandy Elesko’s leukemia fund. The young woman formerly played slow pitch and is well known by many of those who took part

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in the tournament. One of the winners of the 50/50 draw also gave the winnings back to the fund. Dennis Greffard of Clearwater Septic contributed $75 to the Brandy’s fund plus $75 for the homerun contest. Clearwater Stingers in turn contributed their winnings in the homerun contest to the fund as well. Eight teams took part in the tournament - four local and four from Kamloops. Stingers took first place, followed by Slammers in second. Horny Devils came in third.

Expendables player Ross Vipond (l) coaches as Chelsea Gerow makes it to first base before the Stepfathers first base player makes the catch from the short stop. They were taking part in the first annual NTPD Slow-Pitch Tournament on Sept. 14 and 15 at Capostinsky Park. Photo by Keith McNeill

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ANNUAL AGM 7 pm – Clearwater Ski Club *** Saturday October 20, 2012

Cedric Menard tries to take the ball around Ahmae Eakins during a Clearwater Youth Soccer practice on Thursday evening at Clearwater Secondary School. The fall program usually has lower numbers due to the conflict with hockey. It is still fun, though, for those who can show up as they usually get a bit more ball time.

Community Work Bee at the Clearwater Ski Club 11am – 4pm – everyone welcome! *** Saturday December 8, 2012

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Adult Ice Breaker Tourney – Sept. 28 - 30 - Register as a team or individual Minor Hockey Referee Clinic – Sept. 23 Must be preregistered Call 250 674 2143 Clearwater & District Minor Hockey Become part of a winning team. Join Minor Hockey and learn to play Canada’s Game. Open to Boys and Girls. www.cdmha.info. Ice Times begin Sept. 11 • Register @ 250 674 2594 or nissa1537@gmail.com Minor Hockey Firewood & Wood Pellet Moving - Call 250-674-1653

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For more information about the Sportsplex or any programs call 250 674 2143

We have flyer packs available at the Times office Brookfield Mall

Thank you to the following for their generous donations to the Second Annual

Ed Buck Memorial Golf Tournament: Aboriginal Sharing Center Avril’s Garden Lindsey and Larry Borsa Mike and Amber Bowden Barry and Hettie Buck Brent and Tracy Buck Eva Buck Lyle Buck Justice Buck The Cabins Clearwater Lake Tours

Carolyn Corlazzoli Designs for You Baskets Interior Whitewater Expeditions Kamloops Blazers Kamloops Wildlife Park Lacarya Golf Course Riverside Adventures The Times Watauga Village Whimsical Wires Wiegle’s Resort

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Clearwater Sno-Drifters Vavenby School opens Vavenby seek funding for groomer News Keith McNeill Clearwater Sno-Drifters want to buy a groomer to smooth local snowmobile trails - and they want $5,000 from District of Clearwater to help pay for it. "We could not purchase a groomer of this quality at this price anywhere else," club president Richard Christenson told town council during its Sept. 4 meeting. The Sno-Drifters have an opportunity to buy a 1993 Pisten-Bully groomer for $30,000 from the outdoor club in Quesnel, he said. Total cost of the project, including converting the groomer's attachments to an 8.5 foot width, relocating it to Clearwater, and expanding the size of an existing storage shed, would be about $41,000. Of this, the club has some of its own money of its own, and will do some fundraising through silent auctions and so on, plus it is approaching other possible funding sources such as Wells Gray Community Forest and TNRD Area A (Wells Gray Country). Club members are also prepared to make in-kind donations. Snowmobiling has great potential to increase winter tourism in this area, Christenson said. "Raft Mountain has lots of excellent terrain but it needs to be groomed," he said. The club president noted that they have the right to charge users on Raft but do not do so because

there are four routes onto the mountain and so it would be impractical to collect fees. The new groomer would be used to smooth the trail from the club parking lot near Spahats Creek to the alpine and then down Road 90 and Road 9 to Wadleggers' mill, depending on winter logging. The groomer also would be available to assist in grooming local cross-country ski trails or as a backup for the Wells Gray Outdoor Club machine. The Sno-Drifters' present groomer is not adequate for the task on Raft. It could, however, be used to groom trails to connect with trails in the Interlakes and 100 Mile House area. Long distance snowmobiling is a huge industry in all of Canada, except B.C., the club president said. Clearwater Sno-Drifters presently have about 150 members, Christenson reported. The club maintains eight recreational cabins for day use, as well as emergency shelters, on Granite, Raft, Harp, Vavenby, Groundhog, Baldy mountains, as well as at Grizzly Lake. The Sno-Drifters have a snowmobile tenure on Raft Mountain as well as registered trail and cabin agreements with various ministries. The club's funding request was referred to the Joint Services Advisory Committee, which deals with matters of common concern to both District of Clearwater and Wells Gray Country (Area A). A recommendation from the committee was to come back to council for a decision.

Vavenby Primary School has eight students this year: one Grade 3 student, three Grade 1 students, and four Kindergarten students. The Grade 1 - 3 children are glad to be back and the Kindergarten students are excited to be in school. They all had a good summer and are now looking forward to going on field trips such as going to the salmon lookout. The teacher is Mrs. Boyes, principal is Mr. Bowden, and the new vice-principal is Mrs. Nelson. The Vavenby Parents’ Advisory Committee (PAC)

Good-bye Dad, see you later Three weeks ago I stopped by to see my Mom and Dad. They live in separate residences; Mom in their home and Dad in a home because of a bit of dementia. When I got in to see my Dad he was having trouble walking and forming words. This was the beginning of the end. Just over a week ago was the service to honor his life. Dad had done many things in his 88 years. He had touched many lives and was known as a kind and gentle person. He taught school and many of his students spoke of his care for them ... not only in the classroom dealing with the academics, but also with life in general. He questioned some of their choices to make them think and helped them get summer jobs to get ahead. Dad also was active in Boy Scouts and other volunteer work. Dad was a hard worker. Sure, he was a schoolteacher, but he also kept an orchard. I’m not sure if the orchard was for additional income for a family of five children; or a way to keep all of us occupied. Neither one of

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my parents believed in being idle. Even though he was busy, he still took the time to take us fishing, canoeing, hiking, and we often went for drives to see something interesting. Every event had a purpose I am sure. Both Mom and Dad took a very active interest in our lives and were present for a lot of our concerts, competitions, or special days. Dad was a very good person as the world dictates the standard. None of these things, though, have bearing on where he will spend eternity. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the father except through me.” (John 14:6). In Romans 3:23 it tells us that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We all fall short of God’s standard. No matter how good we are, we still are

not good enough. But wait; there is hope. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His

one and only son, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Get that? Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life: life in heaven with God and all who believe in Jesus. This is my absolute certainty ... I will see my Dad again because he believed in Jesus and so do I. What do you believe, and where will you spend eternity?

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St James Catholic Church

to begin at Vavenby community hall. The first crib night will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and the first darts night will be on Thursday, Oct. 4. Both will start at 7 p.m. Everybody will be welcome. You do not have to be an expert. Come out for the fun and social time.

supports the school financially. Last year it raised funds through a raffle and a bulb sale. The PAC is raising funds for a new playground and field trip transportation.

Clearwater Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pastor Bill Kelly Saturday Service - 10am Clearwater Christian Church

Ph. 250-674-3468

CLEARWATER Sunday Service UNITED CHURCH Mass • 11am - 12pm Meeting at Tuesday & Thursday Catholic Church of St. James 10am Worship & Children’s 324 Clearwater Church • Sunday 9am Village Road 250-672-5653 or 250-674-3808 250-672-5949 or 250-676-9435 •Father Don O’Reilly www.norththompsonpc.ca

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Map our Marshes workshop teaches environmental skills Submitted Do you feel a concern for the environment but not know what you can do? BC Wildlife Federation is making it possible for anyone to take one simple, concrete step that might pay enormous dividends in the future. That step is to learn how to Map our Marshes - to learn how to identify wetlands; learn how to use GPS technology to map the wetlands; and then, finally, how to upload the maps you have created onto Google Earth. On Saturday, Sept. 15, at Thompson River University’s research and education centre next to Wells Gray Provincial Park, a workshop was put on to teach ordinary citizens how to do these things. Seated around the woodstove at the old Upper Clearwater schoolhouse, the group

learned about the characteristics of marshes (wetlands), the different categories of wetlands, and the many important roles that they play in the ecosystem. Then, the group walked the boundaries of one of the most diverse wetland areas in the province. (This property, which is currently privately owned

mapping tool to create an outline of the marsh area, which could later be uploaded to Google Earth. Neil Fletcher, wetlands education program coordinator for BCWF, facilitated the workshop. Fletcher brought experience from many parts of Canada to his work, as well as a Masters of

If you are interested in being part of this exciting “citizen participation” initiative of BCWF, please contact Fletcher at the toll free number of 1-888-881-2293 (ext. 232) or email at wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca. by Trevor Goward, is in the process of being donated to the Land Conservancy of BC. Goward will then remain on the property as caretaker, and the grounds will be open to educational events for all ages.) As they walked, the group practiced using a GPS

Resource Management (MRM). If you are interested in being part of this exciting “citizen participation” initiative of BCWF, please contact Fletcher at the toll free number of 1-888-8812293 (ext. 232) or email at wetlands@bcwf. bc.ca.

Right: Participants in a Map Our Marshes workshop put on by BC Wildlife Federation on Saturday, Sept. 15, get ready to head out from TRU’s research and education center at the old Upper Clearwater schoolhouse. Pictured are (back, l-r) Jean Bonner, Anne Neave, Gretchen Reveille, Eryne Donahue, Trevor Goward, Jason Jobin, (front, l-r) Ruth Whittaker, workshop leader Neil Fletcher and P. Reid. After an orientation session to learn the importance of wetlands, the group used GPS receivers to map marshes in the area so they can be identified and protected. Photo by Keith McNeill


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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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UPCOMING EVENTS Sept. 20-24: Provincial Winter Fair @ Barriere Fall Fair grounds. Sept. 21 – 23: Girls Hockey School, $50, register at mayer@docbc.ca Sept. 22: Terry Fox run 1-3pm. Starts at Sportsplex parking lot Sept. 23: NT Arts Council meeting, Blackpool Hall, 2pm Sept. 23: Minor Hockey Referee Clinic: Pre-registered. Call 250-6742143 Sept. 24: Community Tennis, Rotary Sports Park, 6:30 – 7:30 Sept. 26: Friendly Club Pot Luck Lunch, 12 – 1 pm, 144 Evergreen Place Sept. 27: Community Tennis, Rotary Sports Park, 6:30 – 7:30 Sept. 27: wells Gray Country Seniors’ Book Club, 2 pm – 3 pm., Public Library, sandrah707@gmail.com Sept. 28: Raft Mtn. Skating registration, 4:30 pm during family skate, North Thompson Sportsplex Sept. 28-30: Adult Ice Breaker Tourney, Register as a team or indi-

vidual, 250-674-2143 Oct. 1: Badminton, 7:30 – 9:30, CSS gym, 250-674-2518 Oct. 2: Blackpool Hall Heritage Society, AGM, 7 pm, Blackpool Hall Oct. 3: Wells Gray Country Seniors society meeting, 10 am – 11 am, 751 Clearwater Village Rd, Community Resource CentreOct. 7: Guided tours – Mind of the Deer – Pioneer Ways in the Clearwater Valley. Register 250-828-5400 Oct. 20: Oktoberfest, organized by Clearwater Rotary Clearwater Ski Hill starts 6 pm, $20/person, incl food & live music. Oct. 21: Guided tour: Pioneer school Days. Register 250-828-5400 Nov 10: Explore Wells Gray the way it used to be. Register 250-8285400 Nov. 18: 17th Annual Craft Fair, Wells Gray Inn. 10 am – 2 pm Clearwater Farmers Market: Saturdays 9am – 12pm from May to Oct. on the IWE grounds opposite Brookfield Mall.

ONGOING EVENTS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 674-3703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9:00 am – Noon. For more information please call Anne at 250-674-3444. • Clearwater-Vavenby Lions Bingo: Every 2nd Tues. Elks Hall. 250-587-6269 • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 1pm: 587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – every 2nd Fri. of the month watch for posters. Doors open 6:30 pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - every 2nd Thurs. Elks Hall. open 5pm • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Little Fort Coffee House 7pm Little Fort Hall. 1st Fri of the mth Oct. - May except Nov. Bill 672-5116 • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Raccoon StrongStart at Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri from 8:45-11:45am • Raccoon StrongStart at Vavenby Elem school days Wed 8:5011:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Mornings, To register call Kerry at 250-674-2600 ext 227 • Community Baptist Jr. Youth Gr. 5, 6, 7 - 7-8:30pm • Community Baptist Sr. Youth Gr. 8-10 - 7-9:30pm HEALTH & HEALING • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest

House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373. • Connections Healing Rooms - every Friday from 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. www.healingrooms.com. • Healthy Choices – every Tues 9am, 12 & 5:30pm at Skills Center. Info call Kim 674-0224 • Clearwater & District Hospice Society every 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion Building. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 674-2699 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: Meet 1st Thursday of every month. 250-676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Sun. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Sept. - April • Drop in Tennis: Mon & Thurs 6:30pm All levels. Double & single play. Rotary Sports Park. • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 674-2468 annie.pomme@ hotmail.com • Clearwater Walks – Strollers & Striders, Mon. 12:30 & Wed 5:30pm, meet at YCS. Info 250-674-7082. • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. Classes at 10-11am 250-6740001 SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Meets the last Thursday of the month at 2:00 at the public library All seniors are welcome

For a complete list of our area’s COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS please stop in at the Times office and pick up your copy of the North Thompson Community Directory • Brookfield Mall Clearwater • 250-674-3343 TO ADD YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT OR ORGANIZATION PLEASE CALL THE TIMES AT 250-674-3343

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Acrylic Painting Classes With Lynn Sherk Tuesdays 7-9 pm or Thursdays 1-3 pm Call 250-674-2324 for more info

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP Located across the railway tracks in Vavenby, B.C.

BIGFOOT Leather will be selling handmade leather belts, wallets, rifle slings, etc. at the upcoming Prov. Winter Fair. Christmas orders taken. Contact leatherneck@shaw.ca for information.

Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 11a.m. - 3 p.m.

Blackpool Hall Heritage Society AGM, 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 2 Blackpool Hall All tax payers in the Blackpool volunteer Fire Department tax assessment area welcome to attend. Info: 250-587-6143

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CHOIRS! New voice/piano teacher in town is starting adult and children/youth choir starting the week of September 23rd. Likely Mondays in Clearwater, Thursdays in Barriere. Leah is looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with North Thompson folks and is looking forward to settling in and getting to know all of you! 250-9578440 or redpepper62@live.ca ALSO - good harmony SINGERS REQUIRED for CD RECORDING. Check leahpepperjones.com for updates Hospital Gift Corner Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 1 pm

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250-587-0026 Anytime Barriere Alcoholics Anonymous Call: 250-672-9643 For Al Anon Call: 250-672-9643, 250-819-5361, 250-308-5139 or 778-220-6269 Clearwater: AA meetings every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr., side door. Roll call 8 p.m. 250674-7155 or 250-674-7313

Lost & Found Found: Misc. items found at NT Fall Fair grounds in Barriere after the Labour Day long weekend. Items include jackets, hats, sunglasses, earrings, & rings. Also 1 small wallet (empty), a debit card, car keys, & an i-pod type device. Drop by the Star/Journal office to identify & claim, or call 250-672-5611. Found: recently found at the Barriere Bandshell - woman’s watch, man’s watch, earring. Contact District Office at 250672-9751 to claim.

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An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator 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.

AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. is looking for welders, due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20 km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for ten 3rd Year Apprentices or Journeyperson welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd Year Apprentice $28-$30/hour, Journeyperson $32-$35/hour, higher with tank experience. Profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at office: 780-8462231; fax: 780-846-2241 or send resume to: blaine@autotanks.ca production@autotanks.ca Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform. JOURNEYMAN AUTOBODY position available immediately at brand new modern dealership. Lots of work, great pay, benefits, great Northern Saskatchewan community. Apply to Rob Dron at admin@shellbrookchev.ca or call 1-800-667-0511. JOURNEYMAN HEAVY Equipment Technicians. Due to a steady growth in our industry we currently have multiple positions open for our field service division. Mining and large construction equipment experience is an asset. We offer very competitive wages and benefits. Apply: office@dutchmen.ca SECHELT WASTE Company seeks Heavy Duty Mechanic to manage shop operations and the maintenance of all equipment. Submit resume to 604-885-4247 or directdisposal@dccnet.com

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EDITOR. THE Sundre RoundUp, a 2,000 circulation weekly, requires an experienced editor. Sundre is 110 km northwest of Calgary. Full benefit package. Apply: Lea Smaldon, 5013 - 51 Street, Olds, AB, T4H 1P6. 403-556-7510; lsmaldon@olds.greatwest.ca Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780-725-4430 Resident manager wanted (couple preferred) duties include property management front desk and maintenance Apply to Scott’s Inn 551 11th Ave Kamloops BC V2C 3Y1 email scottsinn@shaw.ca or fax 250-372-9444

Income Opportunity EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T Immediate openings. Easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed. www.HWC-BC.com

Trades, Technical Certified Utility Arborists and 2nd yr Apprentice Utility Arborists wanted immediately for clearing in and around energized lines in lower mainland & interior regions. Competitive wage & benefit package. Call Matt for details 250-308-6033.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT Repair Ltd. currently has full-time positions available: H/D Truck and Transport Mechanic and Parts Counter Person. Contact Herb 780-849-3768; cell 780849-0416. Fax 780-849-4453. Email: herb@hheltd.com LOCAL ROCKY Mountain House company looking for day rate and hourly Vacuum Truck Operator. Must have current oilfield tickets, up-todate drivers abstract. Benefit package. Fax 403-845-3903.

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NORTH THOMPSON JOBS BARRIERE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 629 Barriere Town Rd. Barriere, BC V0E 1E0 Phone: 250-672-0036 / Fax: 250-672-2159

E-mail: mail@barriere-employment.ca • Website: www.barriere-employment.ca

CASHIER: Part time Barriere Petro Can J1212C BAR SERVER: Knight’s Inn J2312A LUMBER PILERS: Woodco JU0912 COOK: Barriere A&W AU0712 BREAKFAST COOK: Mike Wiegele AU2912 CHEF GARDER MANGER: Mike Wiegele AU2912A DISHWASHER: Mike Wiegele AU2912B TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSONS: Road Sense Traffic Control S0512 SUPERVISOR/MANAGER: Road Sense Traffic Control S0512A COOK: Part time, Knight’s Inn S0512B VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED : NT Fall Fair: Donna Kibble 250-672-5672

SKILL DEVELOPMENT: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) and are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for retraining dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for more information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer and Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services.

“The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 250-674-2928 Fax 250-674-2938

E-mail: info@clearwateremployment.ca • Web Page: www.clearwateremployment.ca Payroll and Accounts Payable: FT/Blue River #0909 Administrative Assistant: FT/Blue River #0908 Reservation Coordinator: FT/Blue River #0907 Front Desk Attendant: Seasonal/Blue River #0906 Housekeeping Manager: FT/Blue River #0905 Housekeeper: Seasonal/Blue River #0904 Fine Dining Server: Seasonal/Blue River #0903 Snowcat Driver: Seasonal/ Blue River #0902 Registered Massage Therapist: Seasonal/Blue River #0901 Chef Garder Manger (Evening Chef): Winter Season/ Blue River #0820 Breakfast Cook: Winter Season/Blue River #0819 Dishwashers: Winter Season/Blue River #0818 Bus Host: Winter Season/Blue River #0817 Heli-Ski Guides: 6 positions/Seasonal/Blue River #0816 Volunteer Office Assistant: Volunteer/Clearwater #0815 Jr. Forestry Technician: Part-time/Clearwater #0813 Lodge Manager: Seasonal/Blue River #0812 Assistant Housekeeping Supervisor: FT/Blue River #0811 Housekeeping Supervisor Assistant: FT/Blue River #0810 Skate Club Coach: Seasonal/Clearwater #0809 Traffic Control Person: Casual/Clearwater #0806 Housekeeper: Seasonal/Blue River #0724 Sport shop & Boutique Manager: FT/Blue River #0723 Servers: 2 positions/Blue River #0711 Line Cook: 3 positions/Blue River #0710 Customer Service Employee: 3 positions FT/PT Little Fort #0623

GENERAL INFORMATION • Free Workshops: Thurs. Oct.. 11th : Introduction Computer Training Workshop (every 2nd Thursday) Thurs. Oct. 18th : Creating and Updating Your Resume Workshop (every 3rd Thursday) Thurs. Sept. 27th: Work Search Techniques Workshop (every 4th Thursday) Please call Call 250-674-2928 to register for free workshops • Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. • Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. • Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. • Blue River Itinerant: An employment consultant comes to town once per month for the summer months to the Blue River Library. Next visit is Thursday Sept 18th from 1:00 to 3:00. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

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Elliptical Trainer Canadian Tire Cardio Style ET150 in very good condition. Will trade for treadmill in good condition. Call 250-319-8023.

Fridge, w/ice maker, water cooler, asking $450.00; W/D, top loading, asking $300.00; 5 burner glass top convection, $450.00. All in good working condition. Call 250-674-0079

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

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Food Products Fresh lamb. Avail thru Oct. $5.50/lb. Cut, wrapped & frozen. Raven Ridge Farms 250672-1878 Pasture raised fresh (not frozen) turkey (approx 15-20lbs) avail Oct 4. $3.50/lb. Raven Ridge Farms 250-672-1878

Free Items FREE apples & prune plums. U-pick. Call 250-674-3562 Ask for Dennis or Christine Registered purebred Doberman, requires new home. Call for details 250-672-0288.

Firewood/Fuel Premium Fir Pellets $240/ton Call 250-819-2944

Garage Sales 4380 Dunsmuir Rd. Garage Sale Sat. Sep. 22, 9am-1pm. 556 Hwy 24, Little Fort. Daily Garage Sale! Mondays to Saturdays 10am-3pm. 250-6774280. Your Treasure Awaits! Birch Island Garage Sale Saturday, Sept. 22

Photography / Video Need a professional photographer? Portraits, weddings, special events, pet portraits, commercial. Affordable memories that last a lifetime. Seniors rates. Book now avoid & disappointment. Sorry no passport photos Jill Hayward 250-319-8023/250-672-0055

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Computer Services Clearwater Computers is your neighborhood computer store & repair outlet; all makes & models. We offer new and used computers. Other services incl: 15Mb unlimited ADSL, unlimited dial-up internet, 2.9 cents a minute long distance, unlimited webhosting, online backup, domain management, color photocopying, faxing and more. Located at #6 W Old NT Hwy (beside Supersave Gas). Ph. 250-674-1032

Misc Services Sue’s Jewellery Repairs Since 1975 - We do it all, Retipping, Sizing, Soldering. Sue Ludtke - 250-587-6357

Painting & Decorating BUDGET PAINTING, 25% Off, Int, Ext, Res, Comm, 15 Yrs Experience, Excellent References, Senior Discounts, Free Estimates, 1(250)571-9722

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Feed & Hay 850 lb bales. $70 ea. Free delivery within Clearwater. Call after 6 pm 250-674-3835 Excellent quality round & square hay bales, 1st & 2nd cut. Details call: 250-672-1810 Leasing alfa pasture & cattle 4 grazing.Irrigation finance poss. amirsingh786@hotmail.com

Starts at 9 am @ Moss Gazebo (across the tracks), Watch for signs. Refreshment served Clearwater 2 Family Yard Sale 1001 Clearwater Village Rd (Raft River area) Saturday Sept. 22 9 am - 2 pm Various household items. Clearwater Saturday, Sept. 22 323 Wyndhaven 10 am - 2 pm Moving / Garage Sale Sunday, Sept. 23 Monday, Sept. 24, 10 am - 5 pm, Indian Rock Ranch, 369 Hwy 24, Little Fort Furniture, freezer, piano & bench, pool furniture, baby furniture & toys, misc household items, etc

Misc. Wanted Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Chad: 250-863-3082 in Town Used Postage Stamps Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

Real Estate Acreage for Sale Barriere: 10 acres on Glengrove. Paved Rd., power, phone, water @ lot line. $149,000. 250-690-7244

Duplex/4 Plex Clearwater: Older duplex on 1/2 acre, 10 min from town. Great rental property. Asking $174,900. Flat lot w/easy access. Back lane & frontage near Hwy. Always rented, 1 side - 3 bdrm, other side 5 bdrm. 2 sep laundry. Great for daycare, group home, etc. Sep ent. Upgrades incl septic field, pellet stove, hot water tank, furnace & much more. Needs some tlc. Great potential. Owners will consider trades in Kelowna area. Contact property manager @ 250-674-0188 Ask for Julie.

For Sale By Owner Clearwater: Early 70’s 3 bdrm MH w/covered deck & addition. $6,500.00 for quick sale. Call Frank 604-751-2771 or 604-850-9059

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Heavy Duty Machinery A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63’ & 90’ Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C “Cabs”20’40’45’53’ New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com

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Recreational/Sale 1983 Vanguard 9.5’ Hunting Camper special w/awing. $1500. Ph. 250-674-3616

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Rentals Misc for Rent Covered Garage Bay in secured compound (28’ x 14’ x 10’), ideal for RV’s, motor boats, cars, etc. $75/mo, (Oct. 15 to April 15). Call Riverside @ 250-674-0001, info@riveradventures.ca

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Homes for Rent Barriere/Louis Creek: 1 bdrm home on 9.5 acres. $850/mo 250-690-7244 Clearwater: For rent Oct. 1. Totally renovated 2 bdrm hm on priv lot. New high efficiency furnace & heat pump. Water incl. N.S. $900/mo. Ref req. Call 250-674-2677 Clearwater River Frontage 3 bdrm hm on 1 acre, close to shopping, very priv, partially furn, 6 appl, $975/mo + util, wd/elec heat, n/s, ref, Oct. 1, info@riveradventures.ca 250-674-0001 Two bdrm MH w/family rm, carport, 4 appl, wood heater. $625/mo. Site #9, Thompson Crossing, 121 Ferry Road, Clearwater BC. 250-587-6151 Vavenby: 5 bdrm / Hobby farm. Avail Oct. 1. $1100/mo. Call Randy 250-674-8288 Vavenby: Spacious 3 bdrm home. On half acre. $750/mo Call Randy 250-674-8288

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ATTENTION COLLECTORS 1980 CAMARO, only 50,000 K on punched 305 eng. 3 spd. Needs some body work. For more info. $2800 OBO. 1-250-523-9762. (Logan Lake)

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Exploring the International Selkirk Loop: Part 1 - Having fun A group of eight or so ladies, Girl Guiders all (once referred to as "... the oldest Girl Scouts I've ever seen!") usually get together following August long weekend to hike and camp. This year's plan was for a cross-border car-camping trip through Alberta's Waterton Lakes and Montana's Glacier National Park. As the date approached, the number had dwindled to two - our friend Mary from Creston and me. Well, who better to replace six ladies than John? We chose the International Selkirk Loop, leaving B.C. for Idaho, a short loop into Montana, back through Idaho to Washington, ending once more in B.C. Campgrounds switched to motels. We've done this before, with various friends, buying one meal per day, and carrying groceries for the others. With Mary and me on board, an ice cream or milkshake is the usual snack for "afternoon tea". After picking her up, we found a gravel road beside flourishing fields to take us much of the way from Creston to Bonners Ferry, ID, our first overnight stop. A running joke about accommodation began that evening. "You did give us a room with two beds, didn't you?" asked Mary as the cheerful man gave us a key. The following night once again saw the three of us standing at the desk in a nicelooking place at Priest Lake. "Would you like a room with a kingsized bed or two queens?" the gal asked.

est part right beside us. On a different part of the trail, a swinging bridge across the river challenges the hardy to wobble their way across, high above the fast-flowing river. Since Mary and John let me drive, any brown or blue sign had us turning away from the main route. "Super Loops" have been added to the map and we checked out all those in the USA. We also added a few extras of our own, avoiding busy roads and highways wherever possible. Going down one gravel road that was getting narrower and bumpier, we weren't sure where we were headed, although it was supposed to be Bull River. To our great surprise we discovered a road crew sweeping the crevices (I kid you not) in a wooden bridge across a small creek. At least they had a forestry map and could give us directions and suggestions. We turned back. "The scenery looks different each way, even though we're on the same road," we said - often. With the car programmed to stop at all historical markers, it slowed down as soon as a neat pillar of rocks cemented together was spotted. The sight of the modern mailbox encased within caused the car to speed up again - passengers and driver much amused.

Trekking Tales )` 2H`2UV_ At our hoots of laughter she assured us she was just ascertaining whether we wanted one room or two. In Chewelah, we were confronted with No Vacancy signs on the decentlooking places. The last one on the strip looked hopeful. "Just one room left," said the motel's owner, and it has one only queen bed." "Here we go," quipped Mary, "all in one bed, finally!" Fortunately, a comfortable cot resolved this situation. Before we left Creston, Mary's family had warned us: "Don't have big expectations for Kootenai Falls! It's no more than a series of rapids." Wrong ... We loved it. At the end of the trail down to the Kootenai River (U.S. spelling), water dropped over one ledge after another after another, splashing in bright sunshine. A faint rainbow appeared at the foot of the tall-

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Touring the valley of fire and ice with Dr. Cathie Hickson Margot Venema

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To kick off the Wells Gray World Heritage Year, volcanologist Dr. Catherine Hickson (with co-hosts Dr. Tom Dickinson, Dean of Science at Thompson Rivers University and Trevor Goward, lichen specialist) took 50 people from Clearwater, Kamloops and as far away as Salmon Arm for an educational volcano tour to Wells Gray Park on Sept. 1. Along the route Hickson explained how volcanoes, lava, rock, and masses of water from melting glaciers had formed the unique landscape we see in the park today. The first stop was Spahats Falls. “Spahats Falls is a mini Helmcken Falls,” Cathie Hickson said. Glaciers carved it 10,000 - 20,000 years ago when at the end of the ice age they melted within 200 years, freeing up massive amounts of water that filled the already existing Clearwater Valley and carved out the valley around Spahats Falls. Lava cascaded down

A crowd listens as Dr. Cathie Hickson (r) explains the geology of the lava flows that helped form Helmcken Falls during a tour of the volcanic features of Welsl Gray Park on Sept. 1. Photos by Margot Venema

from the slopes of Raft and the Trophies and when it cooled it formed basalt. “Basalt will form columns when it meets the glacier melt water that fills the valley and the faster the lava cools the smaller the columns are,” said Hickson. “The falls drop over a lava bench that was created by many layers of basalt.” Geologists can tell time by how layers are built and with trace element chemistry they can even follow lava

back to its volcano. The group stopped for a short lunch at the Clearwater Valley Viewpoint where more volcanic features were highlighted. Here Trevor Goward called attention to the fact that a logging company plans to log parts of this valley. He encouraged people to write letters to stop these plans. At Second Canyon Hickson showed an example of a lava flow and what basalt looks like when it

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Dr. Cathie Hickson earned her doctorate by studying the volcanoes of Wells Gray Park. interacts with water. After a short stop at Dawson Falls, it was on to Helmcken Falls. “If Pyramid Mountain wasn’t where it is, Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls wouldn’t be here,” Dr. Hickson said. “The volcano blocks the water from flowing down Blackwater Creek and since there is no valley the water flows over the surface.” Helmcken Falls will cease to exist if the flow of the river ever changes. This could happen in a couple of hundred years. Helmcken Falls, the fourth highest waterfall in

Canada, has an enormous grotto that was formed by Murtle Lake water and lots of it. As was explained at Spahats Falls, the rock is layered because of the heat, cooling, and pressure. At the Green Mountain viewing tower, Dr. Hickson showed and pointed out the multitude of interesting volcanic features that can be seen in the area. “The term ‘tuya’, which stands for a sub glacial volcano that erupted through the ice, comes right here from B.C.,” she said. (The name comes from Tuya Butte in northern B.C.) From the viewpoint, the impact of the two major forest fires of 1896 and 1926 also became clear. Everything you see from the tower burnt, in total 90,000 hectares. Since caribou like to live in older forest their population crashed in the 1940s because of the increase of predators as the forests rejuvenated as a result of the forest fires. Moose and deer like a younger forest and so not much later there were too many moose. With the aging of the forest their numbers

are decreasing and it is expected that the caribou, an endangered species, will make a recovery. This valley is unique. “It is important from a World Heritage perspective,” said Dr. Tom Dickinson, “because this is a place, because of its remoteness, where things can be measured against what is happening in the rest of the world.” The day ended at the Upper Clearwater Community Hall with dinner, dessert, and more presentations from Dr. Cathie Hickson, Dr. Tom Dickinson and Trevor Goward on the Wildlife Corridor Land Conservancy, the Wells Gray Master Plan, the new Wells Gray TRU Wilderness Centre to be built next year, and the plan for Wells Gray World Heritage status. “This is the beginning of the Wells Gray World Heritage Year,” said Dickinson. Throughout the year 20 events will be organized. “We will have well known people do presentations. Help us make this valley into something very special.”

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