THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012
Vol. 38, Issue 40
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Clark pledges power for Valley
Police seek links with possible killer Bobby Jack Fowler
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Four-year-old suffers from rare Chromosome disorder Will travel to Boston for medical management plan
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More PWF results ..... page 8 & 9
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Premier Christy Clark has pledged her support to getting additional electrical power for Yellowhead Mining’s proposed Harper Creek project. In her address to the Union of BC Municipalities convention, the premier said, “We believe in companies like Yellowhead Mining in the North Thompson, and that’s why we’re working with Hydro to connect them to the power that they need.” Lack of adequate and secure electricity has been the major holdup in moving the project forward, according to Yellowhead president Ian Smith. Smith recently complained that, after 1 1/2 years of discussion, BC Hydro still has not chosen the route a new transmission line into the North Thompson Valley would follow, much less begin construction. “It’s very good news, especially for Clearwater, Barriere and the other communities such as Chu Chua,” commented Smith. “I’ve always said our biggest asset is the support we’ve got from the North Thompson communities. Now that we have support from the premier and her government, that’s the icing on the cake.” Getting a firm date on when electrical power will be available is a key element in their financial planning. Otherwise, the project would be a non-starter, Smith said. “With this commitment, we hope to connect before the end of 2015, with start-up shortly thereafter,” the Yellowhead president said. “Now that we have a target that we can work to, we can get into a position to break ground and create jobs ... and that’s what it’s really all about, so there’s no need to drive 12 or 13 hours to Alberta to work.” District of Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys matched the Yellowhead Mining president’s cautious optimism. c Speaking prior to the speech, the Barriere mayor said, “everyone’s going to benefit”. m “It would be nice if Hydro would provide stable, adequate, long-term power to the Valley. s That would allow all sorts of projects to go T ahead, not just Harper Creek.” a The Barriere mayor said there are one or more m subdivisions ready to go ahead in his area, but b they would have difficulty proceeding without o increased electrical capacity. Previously 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
Clark addresses the Union of BC Municipalities convention on Friday, Sept. 28. During her speech she committed her government to moving forward another power transmission line to the North Thompson Valley. Tom Fletcher Black Press photo
mayor. “We need it for our livelihoods.” Without the premier’s commitment to fasttrack the transmission line, the proposed coppergold-silver mine would not begin construction before 2017, said Clearwater Mayor John Harwood. Clark’s announcement could move that date up to 2015, and construction could begin within a year or two. The mine would create hundreds of jobs during both its construction and operational phases, with hundreds of millions of dollars being spent. “If all the pieces come together, it would be very important to the Valley,” said Harwood. Having more electrical power and having it more secure would help attract other businesses in addition to Yellowhead. Harwood gave Commerce Resources proposed lead-zinc mine at Ruddock Creek as an example. Harwood said he understands recent results have been promising and that, while the exploration camp will close this winter, this could be the last year that happens. Brining the power in from another direction would allow the transmission line in the Valley to be looped, lessening the chances of it being cut off entirely (as happened during the wildfires of 2003). The proposed Harper Creek mine would be about 10 km southwest of Vavenby. The Ruddock Creek lead-zinc property is located about 30 km due east of Avola near Tum Tum Lake.
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Map from BC Hydro shows the existing transmission line up the North Thompson Valley to the left. Possible routes for a new transmission line would be from Mica Dam on the right, from 100 Mile House (off the map to the left), and alongside the existing line from Kamloops.
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North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, October 04, 2012
Police seek links with possible killer Keith McNeill The Times Did you live li in i Clearwater in the fall of 1973? Did you happen to meet a man named Bobby Jack Fowler? A photo from that time shows a man in his mid-20s, dark haired, slim, not unattractive. He worked as a roofer or general laborer - and there was plenty of construction going on in Clearwater at that time. Possibly he was driving a flashy looking 1961 Chrysler Imperial, which he is known to have owned in 1974. He was quite sociable and enjoyed spending time in restaurants and bars. If you were hitchhiking and needed a ride, he likely would pick you up. Bobby Jack was quite the charmer. He also apparently killed young women. Based on DNA evidence, police now believe he was responsible for the murder of 16-year-old Colleen MacMillen near 100 Mile House in 1974. MacMillen’s body
was later found beside a logging road 46 kilometers south of where she was last seen. He also might have killed 19-year-old Gale Weys, who disappeared from Clearwater on Oct. 16, 1973. Weys was on her way to her parents’ home in Kamloops after working her shift at a local garage. She had been working two jobs in Clearwater as she saved money for a trip to Mexico. Her decomposing corpse was found nine miles south of Clearwater on April 6, 1974. “We sure would like to get as much help as we can on this,” said Staff Sgt. Wayne Clarey, the team commander of Project E-PANA. “We’d like to hear from anyone who saw Bobby Jack Fowler or anyone who associated with him.” Fowler might have been working in the Clearwater area at the time, Clarey said, or he might have simply been passing through.
He is known to have worked for Happy’s Roofing in Prince George in 1974, but the records are incomplete. The company did jobs in Kamloops and in Clearwater, and bought supplies in Clearwater. Clarey noted that the company’s regular drivers, who do not remember Fowler being with them, did the purchases. Thirteen members of Gale Weys’ family took part in a recent news conference in Kamloops to ask the public for information leading to the girl’s killer. Several of the original investigators were also there, said Clarey. All of the police who were involved in the missing women cases say they have never forgotten the experience, the staff sergeant reported. Some of those who had been at the recovery scene for Colleen MacMillen’s body had tears in their eyes when they learned that her killer had been identified.
Bobby Jack Fowler as he appeared in 1972, one year before Gale
“It’s the good work that they did that we’re working from,” Clarey said. DNA supplies missing link Interpol linked DNA found with MacMillen’s body to Fowler, who died in a U.S. prison in 2006. The MacMillen case is one of several included in Project E-PANA, which began in the fall of 2005. The Task Force was created as a result of the BC RCMP Criminal Operations ordering the review and investigation of a series of unsolved murders with links to Highway 16 - sometimes better known as the “Highway of Tears.” Project E-PANA is comprised of 18 cases involving 13 homicides and five missing women investigations. The cases range in date from 1969 to 2006 and involve women and girls who were involved in hitchhiking or similar activities, and were last seen or were found within a mile from three B.C. highways - Hwy 16, Hwy 97 and Hwy 5. Fowler has been eliminated from as a suspect in eight of E-PANA files. However he remains a person of
interest in the remaining cases. These include Gale
Weys and 19-year-old Kamloops resident Pamela Darlington,
who was murdered and found in Pioneer Park on Nov. 7, 1973.
Gale Weys, a young woman from Kamloops, disappeared while hitchhiking from Clearwater in October, 1973. Her body was found six months later south of town.
Weys was murdered. He had no criminal history in Canada, but an extensive record in several U.S. states including attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, sexual assault, arson and kidnapping.
A 1961 Chrysler Imperial was registered in Bobby Jack Fowler’s name in 1974.
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Editorial; Dale Bass - Kamloops This Week
Highway of Tears work shows police at their best As someone who has never hesitated to criticize the police, it’s time to heap on the praise. And pile on the thanks, as well, for the work they’ve done in bringing some amount of closure to at least one family. Closure’s a funny word; do you ever really shut the door on the pain that hijacks your DNA when your child/ sibling/friend is murdered? Whatever the emotion is that they are feeling, the family of Colleen MacMillen is at least experiencing it, thanks to the dedication of the officers who have continued to try to solve the murders of women in the B.C. Interior. What they’ve done cannot have been easy. It must have been frustrating, infuriating, demanding and simply daunting, but they kept at it and, in addition to the information they’ve been able to share with the MacMillens about what happened to their teenaged daughter in 1974, they’ve been able to tell two other families with Kamloops connections they think the embodiment of evil once known as Bobby Jack Fowler also killed their loved ones. I’m sure that team of detectives working on the task force feels emboldened now, perhaps even starting to believe it will be able to close a few more of the files that represent dead women in the province. Let’s hope the task force can. But, it’s also important to acknowledge that kind of work. For every Monty Robinson wielding a taser or crashing a car, there are dozens of other officers who take the gravitas of the badge and the calling seriously and who treat it with reverence. They just want to do good, protect us all and make it home to their own families every night. I simply can’t imagine that kind of mindset, that kind of determination and commitment. Heck, I stopped covering hard news, for the most part, here at KTW and moved into entertainment just because it became too hard, too painful to interview some of the marginalized people
who came across my path in the last dozen years. I stopped wanting to meet them because I was tired of knowing them when their bodies were found. It started with Heather Hamill, whose death I covered for KTW. At her memorial service, I met and spent a lot of time talking with Shana Labatte. We hit it off and I’d stop and talk to her if I saw her on the street after that night. Those conversations ended when her body was found. Later, I got to know a lovely woman who was also homeless, a lost soul fighting her own demons. She died when she fell into a campfire down by the river. At her memorial service, emotions were pretty raw and one woman couldn’t handle it. She stepped outside of the New Life Mission and broke down. I followed her out, tried to console her and spent more than an hour talking with her. Her name was Sheri Hiltz and, the next day, her body was found on the North Shore. Even something as fun as a big birthday party for the women at the House of Ruth brought its own pain later. I met a wonderful woman there who gave me a necklace that night, saying it was a symbol of our friendship. I’d see her often afterwards and we’d say hi, share a few minutes. Her name was Leah Cardinal and it is her memorial you see next to a street sign at the west end of Victoria Street. Those were just minor moments in a life, but they brought with them such pain and anger. It’s why I can’t imagine how these officers get up every day and go out and do it again. Look for the monsters. Hope they find them. They’re good people doing a dreadful job. The next time one of their colleagues does something stupid and makes another headline, we should remember those who won’t get those headlines. This week, they got the right headlines and they deserve our thanks.
Great Giveaway accepting donations To the editor, Okay, ready set go! It’s time to clean out those items you no longer use. Why? Because the Great Giveaway will be on Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. For those that do not know what the Great Giveaway is, it is a time when your can come pick up as much used clothing or household items for you and your family for free! On Oct. 3 - 9 we will be accepting your donations of used fall and winter clothing, and small used household items. Should you have larger items that you wish to donate at the giveaway, you
can make a one-page ad and bring it to the church or call Joan at 250-674-2924. Your donations can be dropped off at New Life Assembly, 308 W Old North Thompson Highwya, Clearwater. Please place your items at front door of the church. Items will not be accepted after Oct. 9. At the event we will accept cash or food items for Clearwater Food Bank. Should you have any questions or wish to volunteer contact Joan at 250-674-2924. This is a great event to service the community of Clearwater! Let’s work together to help others. New Life Assembly
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North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, October 04, 2012
Time to recognize coaches To the editor, As someone who competed in sport for decades, I know that coaches are an integral part of the experience. In B.C., our government is recognizing the immense contributions of coaches in every athlete’s personal and professional development by proclaiming the week from Sept. 15 to 22 as B.C. Coaches Week. Coaches are mentors for kids and adults alike. They are powerful influences with the potential to change lives. The Coaches Association of B.C. represents some 40,000 coaches, of which 98 per cent are volunteers. It is coaches who teach the youngest athletes the essential skills of their sports; coaches who inspire and motivate athletes of all ages; and coaches who spot excellence in an ath-
lete and work hard to develop it. Coaches also teach ethics and fair play-critical lessons for young athletes that last a lifetime. At the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, British Columbia’s athletes experienced great success, bringing home medals and achieving personal bests. In the process, they positively influenced younger athletes and elevated the stature of their sports. These are wonderful achievements that have made us all proud, and we need to recognize the crucial role coaches played in those successes. Our collective goal is to ensure that every coach receives the training he or she needs to provide effective leadership. With that in mind, we will invest
more than $2 million in coach development over the next year. Since last year, more than $100,000 has been directly targeted to develop coaches in northern British Columbia in the lead-up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. In addition, the Coaches Association of B.C. is offering free National Coaching Certification Programs in many locations around the province. I call on all British Columbians to recognize the critical role played by coaches as valued contributors to the health and social development of children and youth in this province. Bill Bennett Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Eradicating polio after decades To the editor, Humanity is about to eradicate polio after three decades of continuous efforts to immunize the children of the world. Thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the total number of polio
cases decreased from 350,000 in 1988 to 650 in 2011, and to only a little more than 100 since the beginning of 2012. Polio resurgence around the world after so many years of effort would be disastrous. We would probably then lose forever the
chance to eradicate the disease.... Canada has played an important role in the polio eradication over the last decade, being the fifth largest donor to GPEI. I do wish the Harper government will reverse its decision to cut in this important
health initiative Sept. 27 at the United Nations General Assembly, and will maintain its $35 million contribution per year to the GPEI until polio eradication is achieved. Bruno Marquis Gatineau, QC
Return of the Provincial Sales Tax Submitted by Shachi Kurl To many small and medium medium-sized sized business own owners, it can feel as painful as a root canal, as complicated as the math required to land the Curiosity Rover on Mars and as unwelcome as the flatulent cousin who crashed on your couch last New Year’s Eve. It - is the Provincial Sales Tax ... and it - is coming back. One year after a referendum that saw B.C. voters roundly dump the HST (while rightly dumping on the ham-fisted way the B.C. government introduced the harmonized tax) bureaucrats in Victoria are busily beavering away, creating a to-do list as they gear up for the transition on April 1, 2013. It will be a time of mixed emotions for business operators. In July, 2010, many were not sorry to see the backside of the PST. It was a tax with such a dizzying array of rules and regulations, a business owner often had to figure out whether or not to charge tax based on the color or cut of the item sold - or based on who the product was being sold to. Example: pencils sold to architects were taxable. To artists? Not so much. Why? I’m sure a tax specialist could tell you, but I can’t. Many others saw their businesses hit when the haircuts, travel agent fees, funerals and movie tickets, previously provincial tax exempt, were now seeing an extra seven per cent added to the retail price. And all absorbed the anger, uncertainty and frustration expressed by customers dealing with a tax they hadn’t asked for, and didn’t entirely understand.
Whatever their feelings - all B.C. business owners will have to make sure they’re prepared for the change. Here is some early important stuff to know. Print it out, tack it to something. And be sure to look at it before midnight on March 31, 2013. · Depending on how long you’ve been in business, you’re going to have to register, or re-register for the PST. Registration begins Jan. 2, 2013. That gives you to three months to get it done. · Look for detailed instruction letters from the Ministry of Finance sometime in December, that is, if government is able to meet its own timelines. · You can register online. You can also register by phone or fax or through the mail. · You can also file and remit PST online once it’s all up and running. · Those walk-in Service BC centers will also be a point of information, delivery and contact during the registration process. Government swears up and down this will be a smooth transition, and you, the business owner, will have access to all the information and help you’ll need to welcome back PST. Unfortunately, the tax, and all its niggly rules, will come back in largely the way it went out. Somewhere in B.C., a pencil salesman quietly weeps. But you won’t. Because you’ll be prepared. - Shachi Kurl is BC and Yukon director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. CFIB is a non-partisan, non-profit business association that represents 109,000 independent business owners across the country, with 10,000 in B.C.
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Yellowhead 4-H member receives Darren Brady Memorial Scholarship
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Madison Kerslake of Yellowhead 4-H is the proud recipient of the Darren Brady Memorial Scholarship, awarded during the 74th Annual Provincial Winter Fair wind-up banquet and dance held Sunday, Sept. 22 in Barriere. The scholarship is awarded annually to the top two 11-year-old 4-H members in the province who achieve the highest aggregate points overall. Pictured with Kerslake are presenters (l to r) Jonathon Brady, Barry Brady, and Maureen Brady. The other recipient was Gillian Mitchell of Yale County 4-H.
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The son of a former Edmonton police chief who admitted in a Kamloops courtroom last month to murdering his girlfriend in Alberta last year before m committing two more violent attacks — one on an uundercover cop and the other against a cellmate — will have to wait a few more weeks to learn his fate. Mark Lindsay appeared briefly in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sept. 25, for what was supposed tto be a fix-date hearing at the conclusion of his 30-day in-custody psychiatric assessment. Instead, court heard, the doctor writing the rreport on the 25-year-old’s mental health has asked for some more time. “We just learned very recently that the report hhas not been completed,” said defence lawyer Don Campbell. Lindsay stood trial in August on charges stemming from two separate incidents. m First, last September, he was charged with rrobbery, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon after an attack on an undercover RCMP officer in Barriere. Lindsay was the target of an undercover Mr. Big sting — elaborate operations in which officers pose as gangsters in an attempt to gain the trust of an accused and eventually get a confession. The sting was launched in response to the disappearance of Dana Turner, Lindsay’s former girlfriend, who was last seen in Edmonton hours after Lindsay finished serving a 50-day jail term for stabbing her in the head. Lindsay admitted in court last month to stabbing the undercover Mountie and to killing Turner, but said both had been members of a group of “serial killers” who wanted him dead.
Mark Lindsay: Admitted killer claims to have acted out of fear of serial-killer group out to get him. He also admitted to stabbing his cellmate, 21-year-old Michel Fougere, at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre a month after his arrest following the Barriere incident. Lindsay told court he believed Fougere also had ties to the serial killers. At the conclusion of Lindsay’s trials, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley ordered he undergo a 30-day psychiatric assessment to determine mental fitness. Lindsay is due back in court on Oct. 19, at which time the report is expected to be complete.
Help Your Neighbourhood Be Bear Aware Submitted The Bear Aware program and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District would like to remind everyone to ensure their neighbourhoods stay free of bear attractants this fall so bears and people can slay safe. Recently, there has been an increase in bear sightings around town and most have involved bears looking for easy snacks in
the form of garbage and unpicked fruit. As the bears try to pack on the pounds before hibernation, they are often rewarded for visits into town with high-calorie treats such as garbage, fruit, bird feed and compost. Once a bear learns to equate homes with easy meals it becomes very difficult to keep it away from towns, campgrounds, or neighbourhoods where it has previously found food. Please help your neighbour-
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hood be Bear Aware this fall by following these simple steps: • Store garbage inside or in a bear-proof container until disposal. Do not put garbage outside the night before pick-up. • Pick fruit and berries from trees and shrubs. If you have more fruit than you can handle, ask your friends and neighbours if they’d like to pick some for themselves and share. • Feed pets inside and store pet food indoors. • Use bird feeders only during winter months. • Mix compost regularly or treat with lime to reduce odour. • Keep barbecues dean and free of residual food and grease. The Bear Aware program is sponsored by the TNRD and the Ministry of Environment. For more information contact: Emily Lomas, TNRD Bear Aware community co-ordinator, at 250.319.6265 or at email@example.com
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Young Barriere resident suffering from rare Chromosome Disorder is off to Boston North Thompson Star Journal Community members are organizing a fundraiser to help get a young boy from Barriere and his family to go to Boston for important medical treatment. The young boy, Connor, suffers from a variety of chromosome disorders: Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome (Dup15q), 17q and 3q23 Chromosome Disorder. Some of the main characteristics of all children affected by Dup15q are seizures (to which Connor has had up to 18 episodes a day), cognitive delays (mental retardation and behavior problems), fine motor delays, speech and language delays, sensory process disorders and anxiety disorders. Probably the most concerning is the frequency of sudden death in these children. There is very little known about 3q23 Chromosome Syndrome and the genes that affect it. Connor, in fact, is so far the only one in the world documented with this disorder. The genes affected include ones that are related to reduced muscle tone and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. At present there is no specific treatment that can undo the genetic pattern seen in people affected by these syndromes. However, a neurosurgeon, Dr. Ron Thibert,
in Boston has devoted many hours to the research, and clinical management of the syndrome. Earlier this year he opened a clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The family has been very fortunate to have the Dr. Thibert consult with their Kamloops pediatrician in regards to the management of Connor’s seizures. Connor now has the opportunity to visit the clinic and have a consultation with Dr. Thibert later in October. He and his clinic will provide Connor with a management plan in order to control his symptoms. There will be a dinner for Connor in the Legion basement on Oct. 12 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. with a pie auction to follow. There will also be music and a social upstairs thereafter. Dinner will be by donation and if you would like to donate a pie or any other contribution, please call Bev Murphy at 250-819-5684. Conner, age four, is preparing for his trip with his family to Boston. They will be going to see Dr. Ron Thibert, DO, at the First Dup15q Center for children and adults with duplications of chromosome 15q. Photo Submitted
Barriere joins in celebrating Community Success across B.C. Thriving communities from around the province were rewarded for efforts in enhancing their local environments at the British Columbia Communities in Bloom Awards Ceremony held last Saturday, Sept. 22. Each participant received their Judge’s Evaluation Report and Bloom Rating Certificate. 5-Bloom Winners were presented with eye-catching street banners to promote their high level of success. The evening’s celebration was part of a weekend conference hosted by the City of Kelowna. Informative conference sessions focused on the
theme of water conservation and responsibility. Afternoon tours highlighted Kelowna and also included some of West Kelowna’s best sights, providing delegates with an appreciation of why these areas consistently rate as 5-Bloom communities. A final stop for each of the tours was to a local winery! As a nation-wide evaluation program, the CiB Bloom Rating is the “Gold Medal” promoted to citizens, visitors and businesses as a symbol of excellence within our province, across Canada and the world! Our 9th Annual British Columbia
Communities in Bloom (BC CiB) event marked another successful year… Congratulations to all our provincial Communities in Bloom participants! 5 BLOOMS Chetwynd Clinton Kelowna Kent Sooke Vernon 4 BLOOMS 100 Mile House Lake Country Logan Lake Merritt 3 BLOOMS Barriere Cache Creek Mackenzie Salmon Arm
Marijuana grow-op dismantled Submitted by Clearwater RCMP On Tuesday, Tuesday Sept. Sept 25 members of the Clearwater RCMP detachment and Traffic Services executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances search warrant at a property on Adams East Forest Service Road in Louis Creek.
Two males were located on the property and were arrested for Production of a Controlled Substance. Both males are scheduled to appear in Clearwater Provincial Court in January 2012. During the search of the property members located and seized over 240 marijuana plants and close to 15 pounds of dried marijuana.
Notice of Annual General Meeting LOWER NORTH THOMPSON COMMUNITY FOREST SOCIETY Advance notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the North Thompson Volunteer Centre located at 4936 Barriere Town Road (District Office Building), at which time it is intended that Directors be elected for the ensuing year. As per the by-laws of the Society: A member seeking to stand for election as a Director on the Board of the Society must meet the following criteria: A person must be a member in good standing. A person must submit a written nomination, signed by two other members in good standing. A person has not been convicted of an indictable criminal offence unless they have obtained a pardon. A person has agreed, in writing, to abide by the Constitution and Bylaws & Declaration of Commitment. A person has completed a written Personal Disclosure of potential conflict of interest, with explanation of how it may be a conflict. Persons interested in standing for election shall submit a resume by October 12, 2012 to: Election Committee Lower North Thompson Community Forest Societyy Box 983 Barriere, BC V0E 1E0
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Open fire prohibitions extended in Kamloops Fire Centre Submitted KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, open fire prohibitions in the Kamloops Fire Centre were be extended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public. Due to recent warm and dry weather, 70 per cent of the region remains at a “high” or “extreme” fire danger rating. Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones: Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited at elevations below 1,200 metres in the Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones until Oct. 15, 2012, or until the public is informed otherwise. Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones: Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited at all elevations in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones until Oct. 31, 2012, or until the public is informed otherwise. A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/ Rl2J35 Specifically, these open fire prohibitions apply to: • the burning of any material
piled larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. • the burning of stubble or grass. • using fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description. Anyone found in violation of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for up to $345. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs. The open fire prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. Please check with local governments for any other restrictions before lighting a fire. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://bcwildfire.ca You can also follow the latest wildfire news • On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ BCGovFireInfo • On Facebook at: http://facebook. com/BCForestFireInfo
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Inspection of the tongue is still a part of a regular medical or dental examination. This goes back to the days of early Chinese medicine and began to be done in Western medicine in the 18th century. By observing the texture, colour and appearance of the tissue can signify medical problems and stimulate further investigation. The middle ear contains the smallest bone in the human body. It’s called the stapes (stirrup) and is 0.1 inch long. It is linked by tiny joints to two other bones called the malleus (hammer) and the incus (anvil). The common names in brackets indicate their shape. These three bones are instrumental in conducting sound to our inner ear. They are delicate and fragile. Treat them with respect. With diabetes on the rise in North America, many people are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. To detect this, your doctor can order a fasting blood glucose test for you. If you are prediabetic, exercise and weight-loss are the best solutions. This condition doesn’t necessarily progress to diabetes. You can change your future. Each year as the cough and cold season arrives, the subject of taking zinc as a cold remedy comes up. Is it useful? Recent studies show that zinc doesn’t reduce the severity of the cold symptoms, but can reduce the duration of the cold by 1.6 days from the usual seven days. Our pharmacists are familiar with all the cough and cold remedies to help you weather the winter season. Drop in soon for top-notch professional advice.
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Provincial Winter Fair horse results Seniors Showmanship 1st - Zaria Hayes 2nd - Tristan Wintrup Equitation 1st - Emily Balfour 2nd - Megan Daly Trail 1st - Katherine Lutgendorf 2nd - Megan Daly Judging 1st - Zaria Hayes 2nd - Tanisha Oakley Aggregate 1st - Zaria Hayes 2nd - Megan Daly Intermediate Showmanship 1st - Amanda Daly 2nd - Zoe Ovenden Equitation 1st - Amanda Daly 2nd - MacKenna Fink Trail 1st - Amanda Daly 2nd - MacKenna Fink
Judging 1st - Katie Elliot 2nd - Kimberley Unfrau Aggregate 1st - Amanda Daly 2nd - MacKenna Fink Junior Showmanship 1st - Alana Higgins 2nd - Eric Crawford Equitation 1st tie - Alana Higgins & Eric Crawford 2nd - Emily Talbot Trail 1st - Alana Higgins 2nd - Emily Talbot Judging 1st - Alana Higgins 2nd - Emalee Higgins Aggregate 1st - Alana Higgins 2nd - Emalee Higgins Grand Champion Showmanship-Amanda Daly Reserve - Megan Daly Grand Champion Equitation - Emily Balfour Reserve - Amanda Daly
Provincial Winter Fair photography results Photography Showmanship Junior: 1st – Emma Hamblin - Yellowhead 4-H 2nd – Shyla McColl – Clinton 4-H 3rd – Echo-Dawn Wilson – Clinton 4-H Intermediate: 1st – Kailey Dube – Clinton 4-H 2nd – Bacardi Zimmerlee – Clinton 4-H 3rd – Tayler McCullough – Clinton 4-H 4th (tie) – Natasha Escobedo– Clinton 4-H & Kieran Semrick – Yellowhead 4-H Senior: 1st – Kevin Boys – Clinton 4-H Photography Showmanship Champion: Kailey Dube – Clinton 4-H Photography Showmanship Reserve Champion: Emma Hamblin - Yellowhead 4-H Photography Unit 1 – Adventures with Your Camera 1st - Bacardi Zimmerlee – Clinton 4-H 2nd - Natasha Escobedo– Clinton 4-H
3rd - Kieran Semrick – Yellowhead 4-H 4th - Shyla McColl – Clinton 4-H 5th - Emma Hamblin - Yellowhead 4-H 6th - Echo-Dawn Wilson – Clinton 4-H 7th - Kevin Boys – Clinton 4-H Photography Unit 2 – Getting to Know Your Camera 1st - Kailey Dube – Clinton 4-H 2nd - Tayler McCullough – Clinton 4-H Photography – Large Framed Photo (Order of Sale) 1st - Kevin Boys – Clinton 4-H 2nd - Tayler McCullough – Clinton 4-H 3rd - Kailey Dube – Clinton 4-H 4th - Echo-Dawn Wilson – Clinton 4-H 5th - Natasha Escobedo– Clinton 4-H 6th - Emma Hamblin - Yellowhead 4-H 7th - Bacardi Zimmerlee – Clinton 4-H 8th - Shyla McColl – Clinton 4-H 9th - Kieran Semrick – Yellowhead 4-H
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Prosperity made simple ... power equals jobs It was a full week of meetings, more meetings, seminars and forums to attend and relationships to strengthen so that we can all benefit going forward. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities 2012 is over and now the work will start for the UBCM team and of course for all those that attended. A good number of resolutions were debated and either passed or defeated. The parks funding resolution as brought forth by Councillor Kershaw was passed on the floor of the convention. In addition to this the Barriere team had a meeting with Minister Bennett on this issue. Councillor Kershaw put forth a compelling case and after a few false starts the Ministry agreed
to look into how we can achieve what we proposed. For those of you that didnâ€™t wade through the hundreds of pages of resolutions, this particular one dealt with changing how funding for parkland could be used by the municipality. Presently when a land development happens the developer must either give up land for a park or provide funding that is earmarked for the acquisition of parkland. Here in Barriere, as is the case in a number of small communities, we have a good percentage of our municipality as parkland already. What we lack is the funds to develop these parklands. The change proposed was that we would be able to take the funds and use
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them to build something like a splash pad and not to buy more bare land. Barriere also had a meeting with Minister Bell and his team and much to my delight the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto Minister of State for Small Business also attended. We were there to propose an addition to the recent Economic Pilot hosted by the Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Ministry here in the valley. Our proposal was to perform an ongoing labour force
assessment in both the North Thompson and Robson valleys with an expansion to all of B.C. in the near future. What this will provide is a method to forestall any gaps in local industries that may happen once the large projects in our area and across B.C. come on board. All too often in the past workers would leave and the local businesses would suffer. We will do all we can to try and stop this from having a disastrous effect on our communities.
We spoke briefly with Ministers Bell and Yamamoto around getting their support for more industry here in Barriere. A long term health care facility and a satellite campus of TRU are topics for future discussion. We have already had discussions with TRU and Interior Health with what I took to be positive results. I hope to pursue these discussions with both Ministers before the end of the year. I was delighted to literally bump into the new Minister of Sate for Seniors, Dr. Ralph Sultan. I have invited Minister Sultan to Barriere to meet some residents and hopefully to gain his support for our local initiatives.
Last but not least, the Barriere team attended a meeting in conjunction with Clearwater and the TNRD team. This meeting was hosted by Minister Coleman and attended by Minister Lake, Minister Bond and BC Hydro Executive Vice President, Transmission and Distribution Mr. Greg Reimer. Minister Coleman laid out the agreements that had been made between BC Hydro, the Provincial government and the various major proponents needing power here in the North Thompson Valley. There has been a lot of coverage on what was promised during this meeting and what Premier Clarke said in her address to
the UBCM so I will not belabour or rehash any of that. The quicker major projects can be brought online line the better off our communities will be. By collectively supporting and actively driving to have an adequate supply of power brought to the North Thompson Valley we will all gain. Having spoken to the Ministers and to some of the private businesses that are working towards having their projects become viable, I am confidant that all parties will be able to find common ground and move forward. What I will say though is the issue around economic prosperity here in the valley is very simple. Power equals jobs.
Provincial Winter Fair Beef and Lamb results HEIFER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS Class #5 Heifers Born Feb 12 -21, 2011 lst place - Allison Speller, Pritchart 4-H Beef Club 2nd place - Leanna Mitchell, Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club Class #6 Heifers Born Feb 23-May 7, 2011 1st place - Lexi Meier, Shuswap 4-H Beef Club 2nd place - Matthew McGillivray, Yale county 4-H Beef Club Champion 4-H Heifer - Allison Speller, Pritchard 4-H Beef Club Reserve Champion 4-H Heifer - Leanna Mitchell, Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club Class #7 Cow/Calf, Calf Born Jan 4-Mar 1, 2012 1st place - Meghan McGillivray, Yale County 4-H Beef Club 2nd place - Allison Speller, Pritchard 4-H Beef Club 4th place - Leanna Mitchell, Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club OPEN HEIFER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS: Class #4 Heifers Born Feb 19 - Mar 22, 2011 1st place - Thompson Mitchell, Barriere 2nd place - Bernice Karroll (Bertolotti), Westwold Champion Open Heifer - Thompson Mitchell, Barriere Reserve Champion Open Heifer - Bernice Karroll, Westwold Female Classes: Class #9 Best Pair of 4-H Heifers 1st place - Lexi Meier & Bradley Rownd, Shuswap 4-H Beef Club, Handlier Collin Giszas 2nd place - Brianna Elliott & Rylon Elliott, Boundary C Beef Club, Handler Alan Elliott Class #10 Best 4-H Commercial or Grade Female 1st place - Alysha Milward, Clinton 4-H Beef Club 2nd place - Spencer Pawloff, Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club Class #8 Cow/Calf, Calf Born Mar 15-May 17, 2012 1st place - Miranda Brownell, North Okanagan Beef Club 2nd place - Spencer Pawloff,Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club Champion 4-H Cow/Calf Meghan McGillivray, Yale County 4-H Beef Club Reserve Champion 4-H Cow/Calf Allison Speller, Pritchard 4-H Beef Club Overall 4-H Female Champion Meghan McGillivray, Yale County 4-H Beef Club Overall Reserve 4-H Champion Female Allison Speller, Pritchard 4-H Beef Club
Supreme Female Champion Meghan McGillivray, Yale County 4-H Beef Club Supreme Reserve Champion Female Allison Speller, Pritchard 4-H Beef Club Kiwanis Beef Team Grooming & Fitting Competition 1st place - Spencer Pawloff, Leanna Mitchell & Johnathan Fennell, Yellowhead Beef 2nd place - Montana Mills, Meghan McGillivray & Brady Scott, Yale County Beef MARKET LAMB GROUP CLASSES Class #44 Group of Two Lambs 1st place - Jamie Levere & Meghan McGillivray, Yale County Lamb 2nd place - Alanna Baiton & Sarah Kobylka, Borderline Lamb 3rd place - Jacob Peterson & Nicole Huber, Yellowhead Lamb Class #45 Group of Three Lambs 1st place - Emira Dempsey, Dyllan McLean & Jared Rose, Yale County Lamb 2nd place - Eva Fitschen, Danieka Kies & Nolan Smailes, Pritchard Lamb 3rd place - Madison Kerslake, Levi Kempter & Sheldon VanSickle, Yellowhead Lamb Class #46 Group of Five Lambs 1st place - Nicole Huber, Aaron VanSickle, Grarce Kempter, Lauren Tremblay & Jacob Peterson, Yale County Lamb 2nd place - Akemy Earl, Eva Fitschen, Danieka Kies, Nolan Smailes & Danika Zinger, Pritchard Lamb 4th place - Nicole Huber, Grace Kempter, Jacob Peterson, Lauren Tremblay & Aaron VanSickle, Yellowhead Lamb Class 47, 2012 Twemlow Trophy Class 1st place - Tristan Brackman, Yellowhead 2nd place - Hannah Michell, Yale County 4-H Clothing Dress Revue 1st place - Marijka vanKuik, Boundary C 2nd place - Hanna Harpur, Boundary C BEEF & LAMB CARCASS TROPHY PRESENTATIONS: Overall Grand & Champion 4-H Lamb Carcass Danika Zinger, Pritchard 4-H Lamb Club Reserve Grand & Champion Open Lamb Carcass Gillian Michell, Kamloops
Reserve Champion 4-H Lamb Carcass Emira Dempsey, Yale County 4-H Lamb Club Reserve Champion Open Lamb Carcass Danica Guichon, Quilchena 4-H Grand Champion Beef Carcass Tristan Wintrup, Yale County 4-H Reserve Champion Beef Carcass Lindsay Walker, Yale County Overall Grand & Open Champion Carcass Bernice Karroll, Knutsford Overall Reserve & Reserve Champion Open Carcass Doug Haughton, Knutsford BEEF GROUP CLASSES: Class #48 Group of Two Steers, Bank of Montreal Trophy 1st place - Dustin Coldwell & Ashley Milward, Clinton Beef, Handler Kailey Dube 2nd place - Christine Kempter & Kyle Zurburgg, Yellowhead Beef, Handler Spencer Pawloff Class #49 Group of Three Steers, Toronto Dominion Bank Trophy 1st place - Leanna Mitchell, Dustin Pawloff & Kathleen Pilatzke, Yellowhead Beef, Handler Garrett Tremblay 2nd place - Scott Brady, Dyllan MacLean & Matthew McGillivray, Yale County Beef, Handlier Dayton Gray Class #50 Group of Five Steers, Royal Bank Trophy 1st place - Scott Brady, Dayton Gray, Dyllan MacLean, Matthew McGillivray & Tristan Wintrup, Yale County Beef, Handlers Jamie Levere & Megan McGillivray 2nd place - Quinn Brackman, Christine Kampter, Leanna Mitchell, Dustin Pawloff & Kyle Zurburgg, Yellowhead Beef, Handlers Spencer Pawloff & Garrett Tremblay Top Herdsman of Beef Group Classes Spencer Pawloff, Yellowhead 4-H Beef Club Class #51, 2012 Fred Nichol Trophy Class 1st place - Brianna Elliott, Boundary C 2nd place - Bryce Dube, Clinton Beef 3rd place - Quinn Brackman, Yellowhead 2012 Fred Nichol Event (for PWF 2013) 1st place - Spencer Pawloff, Yellowhead 2nd place - Saul Lingren, South Thompson 2012 Twemlow Event (for PWF 2013) 1st place - Madison Kerslake, Yellowhead 4-H Lamb Club 2nd place - Megan Teal, Borderline 4-H Lamb Club
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Yellowhead 4-H show their stuff
2012 Grand Champion 4-H steer. Yellowhead 4-H member Dustin Pawloff with his home grown Angus/Simmental cross steer named Ferby. Weighing 1373 lbs.
May my heart be your shelter, and my arms be your home Tom & Debra Fennell are pleased to announce the engagement of their youngest daughter
Alora Holly-Ann to Jason Robert Harper
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Alexander Peterson, a sixth year member of the Yellowhead 4-H Club, wowed the crowd with his showmanship skills, earning Grand Champion 4-H Sheep Showman of the 74th Provincial Winter Fair. Reserve Champion was Meghan McGillvray of Yale County. Kieran Semrick from Yellowhead
son of Jim and Shelley Harper. Wedding to take place in Summer of 2013.
4-H auctions off his Photography Project at the 74th Annual Provincial Winter Fair on Monday, September 23, 2012. The photo, entitled “Home Tweet Home” sold to the highest bidder,
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Back Country Horsemen learn the enemy is panic Submitted Twelve Back Country Horsemen and their mounts participated in an incredible weekend of learning Wilderness First Aid with the dynamics of dealing with all the horses on the trail. A morning of lecture and practicing (how to put on a splint for example) before we were sent out on the trail to experience the real thing. Six very realistic scenarios were strategically placed along the trails. Some victims with broken legs, dislocated shoulders, broken backs, head injuries, the works, but all things we see in real life. Some of the people playing victims developed unexpected acting talent which made the scenarios very real and scary at times. Dealing with the victims and patching them up turned out to be the least of the problems. Finding a spot for a helicopter to land and making the spot visible with limited resources was
a challenge. Getting the biggest man with an injured leg and dislocated shoulder on his horse wasn’t pretty, but can be done with the help of a few lead ropes. Staying calm when a victim is bucked off, breaks her leg and lands into an ice cold stream made for interesting dynamics. A trail needed to be cut out just to get to the mountain climber that was in a heap at the bottom of a rock face with multiple injuries. But the biggest chal-
lenge turned out to be dealing with the horses when you’re in a burned out area with no trees at all and no where to tie them up, especially when all hands are needed to help with the victim. All in all, a great learning experience for all the participants. Throughout the course, participants went from standing stunned at an accident scene, to feeling confident to manage the situation until professional help arrives.
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Winter activities under way Submitted The Barriere Curling Club is not just about curling. The building and activities are controlled by the North Thompson Recreational Society. The building itself is a valuable asset to the community through the many activities that have been held in the Curling Rink such as: Barriere Senior Secondary graduation ceremonies, larger funerals, flea markets and as an exhibit hall during the Fall Fair. The Curling Rink building is even more of an asset since the North Thompson Fall Fair Association and Rodeo built the Agriplex last year. During some of the events held at the Agriplex, the Curling Rink building has been used for meeting rooms and to host larger banquets of up to 500 people. This past summer and fall, other groups utilized the facility included: BC Barrel Racers Association, BC Sheep Breeders Association and Provincial Winter Fair. Larger sized building combinations such as the Agriplex and the Curling Rink are unique to the North Thompson and bring revenue opportunities to the area businesses. Last year was a very successful year for the North Thompson Recreational Society and there are people and groups to thank. Individuals and groups helped through donations of ‘in-kind, time, and cash’. The people that helped ‘in-kind and time’ are too numerous to list but the curling rink could not function without all the time, energy and knowledge that these individuals have put into keeping the building and club running at a safe, clean and high standard. The people and groups that helped ‘in-cash’ that need to be thanked include: donators for various Bonspiels and youth Jam Can; Lower North
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Thompson Community Forest Society; Doug Pearson – Pearson Mechanical; Bondar Forest Planning; District of Barriere; TNRD Area ‘O; Province of BC Gaming Grant; and the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association. Another curling season is about start at the North Thompson Recreational Society which brings an opportunity to meet new people and re-acquaint with old friends. Registration for individuals or a team will be held on Oct. 13 and 14 at AG Foods. The curling ice will be ready to use by Oct 17 for those wishing to come out and try the sport. There will be coaching and equipment available from 7 – 9 p.m. for this free community event. The curling club will also be hosting a Free Fun Night on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. for people of all ages to mix and mingle and once again try out the curling ice before the regular season begins. Adult leagues will start the week of Oct. 22 and they include: Ladies on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Seniors on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Men on Thursday at 7 p.m., and Mixed on Fridays at 7 p.m. Youth leagues will begin later, so watch for more announcements regarding registration and start dates. The Barriere Curling Club held their Annual General Meeting on Sept/ 26 and a new executive was elected plus directors. The executive is: president, Brian Bondar: secretary, Laura Mairs; vice president, Harry Eberts; treasurer, Susan Bondar; and directors, Gary Woodland, Roger Nordquist, Audrey Rilcoe, Barry Thorne, Darin Underhill and Len vanNieuwkerk The No Host Bazaar is going to be hosted by the Barriere Curling Club this year and will be on held Nov. 17 at the Fall Fair Hall. The theme for this year is Make It – Bake It – Grow It. Groups will have the chance to sell items which they have recently made, baked or grown. If you would like to rent a table please call Audrey Increase your at 250-672-9217. customers. The Barriere Curling Club is also hosting a Book your Spooktacular Bingo on advertsing space Saturday, Oct. 27 at in the STAR JOURNAL the Legion Hall. Don’t and see there really be afraid to come out is a difference! and see what is in store Give us a call for you… just before Halloween. 250- 672-5611
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New Year’s Eve Bullarama fundraiser Submitted A New Year’s Eve Bullarama and dance will be held at the North Thompson Agriplex, in Barriere, as a fundraiser for the Farm Kids Scholarship Fund. “It’s a great venue with exciting entertainment. What’s better than watching live bull riding followed by an old time country dance for New Year’s?” said Steven Puhallo, president and founder of the Farm Kids Fund, “This is a regional event with people from Clearwater to Kamloops coming to
‘buck in’ the New Year.” “We have a great partner and venue sponsor in the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, which administers the Agriplex in Barrirere. They’re been great to work with and the Agriplex is such a great facility for the region.” Puhallo stated. Jill Hayward, President of the NTFFRA, sees this as another event choosing Barriere because of its investment in agri-tourism, “Events like the New Year’s Eve Bullarama are one of the reasons why we took the leap and built the Agriplex. Having a major
regional event like this proves the value of such a facility.” The New Year’s Eve Bullarama features bucking bulls from local stock contractor S&E Bucking Bulls. S&E stock boss Ed Lebourdais is proud of the calibre of bucking bulls that will be matched against some of western North America’s best bull riders, “We’ve got bulls that will buck all night and the cowboys better be ready to ride some lightning!” The event is sanctioned by Elite Professional Bull Riders out of Acton,
Montana. “EPB sanctioning allows us to attract a high calibre of bull rider from across Canada and the United States,” said Lebourdais. Tickets are now on sale online at www. farmkidsfund.ca, or at The Horse Barn in Kamloops, and at the North Thompson Star/ Journal in Barriere. Please see the attached fact sheet for background on the Farm Kids Fund and more information on the ‘Bucking for the Farm Kids – Barriere New Year’s 2012 Bullarama’.
Using Aikido and stretching to achieve healthy mind/healthy body Submitted The weekly Th kl free f stretching t t hi classes l being b i held at the Ridge every Tuesday evening are welcoming a new addition to the ‘Healthy Body/Healthy Mind’ philosophy the stretching classes have adopted. Good health starts from the inside especially with motivation and this is effectively accomplished by not only learning how to keep the body healthy but also how to keep Do you know of the mind healthy. With our desire for a strong mind-body a sporting event connection by adding exercise along with in the Lower stretching, we are introducing Aikido classNorth Thompson es following the stretching program. Aikido is an ancient art proven to be very Area? Give us a effective at developing good balance and call – we’re hand-eye coordination. The stretching classes are now averaging interested! about 20 people. The Aikido classes have about 10 participants. North Thompson These classes don’t require a huge Star/Journal time commitment but can provide huge results. The stretches vary yet stretch the Star/Journal file photo entire body in 30 minutes, with an emphasis 250 Aikido and stretching is a good start to achieve healthy mind and body for all age groups. This is a great to stretch daily for the greatest benefits. 672-5611 way to maintain good health and motivation, while relieving the stresses of everyday life. Classes are availA few of the benefits from a regular able at the Ridge every Tuesdays from 6 - 6:45 p.m. stretching program are enhanced physical fitness, enhanced ability to learn and per“When you need us, we’re close by” form skilled movements, to increased mental and physical at all. Isometric exercises are thousands of years old, with relaxation, reduced risk of injury to joints, muscles, and examples from the static holds in certain branches of yoga When a death occurs, I’m here to help you, every step of the way. 24 hours or martial arts. tendons and reduce muscle soreness and tension a day, every day. The entire process throughout the stretching and strengthIf you have made pre-arrangements elsewhere and would like to discuss While stretching, we also demonstrate muscle balance to having your local funeral home take care of you, please feel free to call. help keep both right and left sides of the body with an equal ening relieves physical and mental, tension and stress. Classes are from 6 - 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday at the amount of strength. NORTH THOMPSON This is accomplished without equipment as with the Ridge. FUNERAL SERVICES Please bring non-synthetic, loose fitting clothing, a water stretching, using a method of muscle tensioning called 4638 Barriere Town Road, Box 859 Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0 bottle, and a positive attitude. Isometrics. Classes have been paid for from an anonymous donaIsometrics is a good way to train your muscles and can Call Drake at 250-672-1999 Drake Smith, MSW literally be done anywhere, without any special equipment tion. or 1-877-674-3030 day or night. (Funeral Director/Owner)
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The autumn garden for photographers For the past week I have been looking at my wife’s garden as I walk the path from our front door to the car on my way out. Her garden plants are dry; actually, crackling dry might be a better way to describe the plant life here in BC’s interior after another summer season with very little precipitation. She explains that she has a “dry garden,” and that she doesn’t water the garden, only for new plants when necessary. Plants are selected that have the best chance of survival given the conditions. Parts of the garden are crispy dry, or have gone dormant, and offer a unique opportunity for photography before fall rains soften the landscape. The nights are now getting cooler and the days aren’t as blistering hot as they have been for the past month and the plants that still have leaves that haven’t shriv-
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