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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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B.C. provides $30,000 grant for riparian restoration Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

thanks to a $30,000 grant from the B.C. government. “Riparian ecosystems are vital components of British Columbia’s natural environment,” said Minister of Forests, The B C Cattlemen’s Association has received another boost B.C. Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. “The for its program to maintain and restore riparian ecosystems, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is pleased to support this stewardship program and acknowledge A New Beginning to Carefree Living the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association’s leadership role in protecting and enhancing these important areas.” Riparian areas are the transitional MODULAR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT zones between waterways (such as rivers, streams and lakes) and their surrounding Turn key & move in landscapes. These important ecosystems Pursuing Strata contain crucial fish and wildlife habitat Visit our website and also feature a variety of plant life, Itec Enterprises 250-587-6151 including forage for livestock who use

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riparian areas to access drinking water. The $30,000 grant will support the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association’s Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program. This program offers information, resources and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to help identify, assess and restore riparian areas affected by erosion, unwanted weeds, poor forage production, animal or vehicle damage, or diminished wildlife populations. The objective is to re-establish healthy riparian areas that benefit nearby communities, livestock operations and local wildlife, while increasing streambed stability, restoring natural ecosystems and encouraging the growth of foreshore vegetation. This year, the program also received a $40,000 grant from the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association and a $22,000 contribution from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. To learn more, go to Farmland-Riparian Interface Stewardship Program’s website at

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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: 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: You can also follow the latest wildfire news • On Twitter at: 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

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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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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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

Photo submitted by: June Webb

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


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., 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-


* O H N % N MA N eled and fallen to the ground are beginning to change colour. Most of the books that discuss garden photography recommend photographing plants in the morning when everything is fresh. Of course, spring is the most popular season for flower photography; and, I doubt those presenting their photographs to garden or photography clubs include photographs of lifeless plants. However, for this dedicated photographer, the combination of very dry, withered leaves and those with just enough life left to change colour are intriguing. As I have in the past I’ll admit that, unlike my wife, I can

name few of the many of the flowers growing in our garden. To me, I look for colour and shape and how they fit in the environment. My regular readers are already aware that I venture into our garden on rainy days and when it’s snowing. I enjoy photographing our garden in any season, and its dry condition is an invitation not a deterrent. So, this morning when I got up to a bright, clear, 9 degree autumn day, I thought I shouldn’t wait any longer and walked around our garden slowly looking for the flowers I would photograph later when the sun began to drop in the sky.

I waited for what I’ll call the “quiet light” at days end. I like that light that lasts for a very short time before dark when there is still light enough to see details, but not bright enough create highlights. As much as I like to use it, I can’t claim the term “quiet light”. That goes to photographer John Sexton and is described in his wonderful book of black and white photographs titled, “Quiet Light”. A protégé of Ansel Adams, Sexton and his collection of black and white photographs that he calls “an exploration of the natural environment” is inspiring; and it’s him, and photographers like him, that make me want to search out the unusual in the natural environment that would normally be ignored. I wandered around with my tripod, a standmounted wireless flash pushed into a 30-inch

diffuser, and a 200mm macro lens on my camera, and worked at picking out interesting shapes to photograph. The subdued light was perfect. I could place the camera on the tripod, focus on some intriguing-shaped plant, then direct the diffused flash from different positions to open up the flat-light conditions. It’s easy to move the flash closer or further away to change the way the light effects a subject, or release the shutter several times while opening or closing the aperture. The outcome would be different versions. Some would have shadows depending on the position of the light while others would or wouldn’t have a dark background depending on the exposure. I didn’t spend a long time because the light didn’t last long, but I released my shutter at least a hundred times photographing different

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250-674-2674 Oct 12 - Dinner, Pie Auction Legion Basement. Fundraiser for Connor, 5:30-7pm Music & Social to follow upstairs. Oct 13 - Let’s Dance, 8pm @ Ukrainian Hall, Kamloops. Music by Copper Creek. Tickets call 250-372-3782 or 250-374-2774. Oct 13-14 - Curling Registration, 10am-2pm @ AG Foods Oct 13-14 - B&D Riding Club Gymkhana @ Fall Fair Grounds Oct 17 - Open Curling, 7-9pm @ Barriere Curling Rink. Oct 19 - Curling Fun Night, 7-9pm @ Barriere Curling Rink. Oct 22 - League Curling Begins. Contact Laura 250-672-1924 or Susan 250-672-5334 for more information. Oct 27 - Spooktacular Bingo, sponsored by the Curling Club @ Barriere Legion. Oct 27 - B&D Riding Club Awards Night @ Fall Fair Hall Nov 17 - No-Host Bazaar @ Fall Fair Hall. Theme: Make It - Bake It - Grow It. Non-profit groups call Audrey 250-672-9217 or Jane 250-672-9391 to book, $10/table. Nov 23 - Dec 2 - Candlelight & Holly @ Barriere Legion, basement. For more info or to book your spot, contact Jessie at 250-672-9772. Nov 24 - Barriere Seniors Annual Craft Fair, 10am-2pm @ Seniors Hall. Tables $10, to book call Hazel 250-672-5587. Dec 9 - Barriere Choir Christmas Performance, 4pm @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Road. Dec 19 - Brennan Creek Christmas Concert Dec 20 - Barriere Elementary Christmas Concert Army Cadets - 2941 RCACC Cadet Corp. - Tues. 6:30pm, ages 12-18,


the Barriere Library, 6-7pm. For info call 250-672-9330. Legion Basement. New Recruits Welcome. Marc 672-9681. Barriere Hospice: Every 2 weeks. 250-672-9391 Baha’i Night: Fri., 7:30pm, Marge Mitchell’s home. 672-5615 Barriere Adult Day Program: Mon. & Wed. 9-2. Lunch, crafts & music at Barriere Photography Club. All welcome. For info on meeting dates contact Shelley Lampreau at 250-672-5728. the Seniors Ctr. Sherry Jardine 672-5121 Barriere & District Heritage Society: 3rd Wed. of mth, 1pm at NTVIC Barriere Quilting Club: 2nd & 4th Thurs.of mth, 4pm at the Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 250-672-2012. in the winter, at Museum in the summer. Barriere Search & Rescue: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. Training on 4th Barriere & District Riding Club: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. www. Tues. of mth, 7pm. Info Cherie 672-9341 Barriere & District Seniors Events: Mon. Whist 7pm, Tues. & Thurs. BSS PAC & Booster Club: 2nd Mon. of mth, 6:30pm. Carpet Bowling 10am, Wed. Fun Cards 1pm, 672-9627 Barriere Survivors of Brain Injuries: Call John at 250-372-1799. Barriere Cancer Support: 672-9263, 672-0017 or 672-1890 Barriere Youth Choir: Every Thurs., 7pm @ Church of St. Paul. All youth welcome. Info call Leah Jones 250-957-8440. Barriere Choir: Every Thurs. @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Rd.. Youth 7-18 at 3:30pm; Adults 19+ at 6:30pm. Call Leah Jones 250-957-8440. Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: Every Tues., 7pm. Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Little Fort Hall. Barriere Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Barriere Drop In Art. Every Friday from 1-3pm at NTVIC from end of Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554-3134. Sept to March (except holidays). Nominal fee. All welcome. Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Annesty Rd. 3rd Mon. of every mth. Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Mon. of mth, call 672-9916 Barriere Farmer’s Market: Thursdays. Sam’s Pizza & Rib House, 4307 Council of Senior Citizens: Devoted to improving quality of life for seniors. Call 604-576-9734 or email Hwy 5. 10am-2pm. Info call Donna 672-5159. Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Wed. 7:30pm, Sept. to May. Barriere Fibre Arts. Every Tuesday, 7-9pm at NTVIC, from Oct-Apr. Nominal attendance fee. All welcome. Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. Barriere Firefighters’ Practice: Barriere Firehall, Thurs., 7pm Darts: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Barriere Food Bank: Every Wed. starting Sep. 12, 10am--noon. Call for Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866. info 672-0029 (leave a message). Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 7pm. Barriere Genealogy Club. Meet every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month at Performers, concession, play area for kids! Call 578-0056.

Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Susan Ross 672-9875. Little Fort Coffee House: 1st Fri. each mth, Oct - May, 7pm @ Little Fort Community Hall. Little Fort Recreation Society: 1st Thurs. each mth 7pm LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Wed. each mth, 7pm at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. McLure Vounteer Fire Dept. Rec.: 1st Wed. each month at 7:30pm upstairs. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. McLure Firefighter Practice: 2nd & 4th Tues., 7pm, McLure Firehall Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. School. NT Arts Council: Fridays 12-3pm, painting at NTVIC - any medium/ all welcome. NT Arts Council: Drop in Art Tuesdays 1-3pm at the Ridge NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm Volunteer Centre. More info 672-1843 NT Museum: Summer hours - Tues & Fri 9am-5pm; Wed & Sat 10am4pm; Thurs 10am-5pm. NT Valley Hospice House Soc.: 3rd Tues of the mth, 11am, Little Fort Hall. More info 672-5660 or 672-9500. Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Hall. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250-674-2135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). Summer Stretching Classes. Tues. 6-7pm at the Ridge. Free. Wilson’s Arena weekly practice: Mon Game, Tues: Stock Dogs, Wed: Team roping, Thurs: Team penning

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Coming Events

Lost & Found

Acrylic Painting Classes With Lynn Sherk Tuesdays 7-9 pm or Thursdays 1-3 pm Call 250-674-2324 for more info Hospital Gift Corner Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 1 pm Voices United Community Choir. Practices starting Oct. 3 at Catholic Church. 4:30 - 5:30 Come Sing!

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.

Information Safe Home Response Providing a safe place to escape for women and their children. Volunteers always needed. Call 250-674-2135.


Found: on Sargeant Creek Road, Barriere, electronic device and tools. Call after 6pm to identify, 250-672-1905. Found: Reading glasses in brown case. Found at air strip. Ph. 250-674-3343 Lost: digital camera in blue carry-case. Lost Sep 3 at NT Fall Fair arena. Reward! 250672-5285 Lost: woman’s black purse, lost Sat. Sep.22 in Barriere. Has address & contact info inside. If found, please return.

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

Phone 250-674-3838 or

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: Guitar shaped watch in Bayley’s Bistro. Call 250-6742674

Terrific career opportunity outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No Rail Experience Needed!! Extensive Paid Travel, Meal Allowance, 4 wks. Vacation & Benefits Package. Skills Needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time Valid License with air brake endorsement. High School Diploma or GED. Apply at under careers, keyword Driver DO NOT FILL IN CITY or STATE

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Help Wanted

Financial Services


FINISHING OPERATOR & GRADEMAN. Op exp’d for Track Hoe, Skid Steer, Dozer and/or Grader. Min 5 yrs. 403250-8868

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Heavy Duty Machinery

SUPERINTENDENT, MAINLINE TRACK HOE OP, PIPELAYERS For Underground installation of Sanitary, Water, Storm. Min. 10 yrs. 403-250-8868

Trades, Technical AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing INC. is looking for Welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd Year Apprentices or Journey Person Welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd Year Apprentice $28-$30/hour, Journey Person $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; p r o d u c t i o n @ a u t o t a n k s. c a . Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform. SOUTH ROCK is hiring for: Paving Personnel (raker, screed, general labourers); Heavy Equipment Operators. Send resume to: or call 403-568-1327.


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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.

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by Keith McNeill Digital and film photographs. Phone 250-674-3252 or

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

Merchandise for Sale

Appliances 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

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Food Products Fresh lamb. Avail thru Oct. $5.50/lb. Cut, wrapped & frozen. Raven Ridge Farms 250672-1878 M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

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

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

Help Wanted Fitness/Exercise

Photography / Video

INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Apply online! 1-866-399-3853

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.

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Education/Trade Schools

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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking DRIVERS WANTED:

Located across the railway tracks in Vavenby, B.C.


ATTENTION Loggers! D&J Isley and Sons Contracting Ltd. of Grande Prairie, AB. is looking for a Skidding and Processing Contractor. Potential Multi-Year Contract in the Fort St John area. Camp accommodations available. For further details, please call Daniel @ (780)814-4331 or email LEARN FROM home. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enroll today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535



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

Medical Supplies WALK-IN Tubs, Wheelchair Baths, Roll-in Showers, Seats. Ask how to get a free reno! 1-866-404-8827

Help Wanted

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

E-mail: • Website:

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 COOK: Station House S2012 LABOURER: PT, Sundown Construction S1812

HANDYMAN: Casual/on-call S1312 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: • Web Page: Dishwasher: PT/Clearwater #0914 Server: PT/Clearwater #0913 Clerk: PT/Clearwater #0912 Heavy Equipment Operators: Seasonal/Clw #0911 Processor Operator: FT/Clearwater #0910 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 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 Sport shop & Boutique Manager: FT/Blue River #0723 Line Cook: 3 positions/Blue River #0710 Customer Service Employee: 3 positions FT/PT Little Fort #0623

GENERAL INFORMATION • Free Workshops: Thurs. Oct.. 4th : Interview Skills workshop Thurs. Oct.. 11th : Introduction Computer Training Workshop (every 2nd Thursday) Thurs. Oct. 18th : Creating and Updating Your Resume Workshop (every 3rd Thursday) Thurs. Oct. 25th: 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 Oct 16th from 1-3. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

Free Items

For more information drop in to 58 Young Road (above Raft River Fitness), phone 250-674-2928 or fax 250-674-2938

Free: 20 Bantam chicks, 2 weeks old. 250-672-9775

Operate by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia


Thursday, October 4, 2012 North Thompson Star Journal

Merchandise for Sale


Misc. for Sale

Mobile Homes & Pads

2 rolls green sisal twine for sale - $35 for both, also small hay bales $4 each. Phone 250-674-3665 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 Red Angus Herd reduction. Young cow calf pairs & heifers. No hormones or pesticides. Ph. 250-674-3749 STEEL BUILDINGS - Canadian made! - Reduced prices now! 20x22 $4,455. 25x26 $4,995. 30x38 $7,275. 32x50 $9,800. 40x54 $13,995. 47x80 $19,600. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

Misc. Wanted Clearwater & District Food Bank is looking for dry, secure, ground level storage for nonfood items. Please contact Pat or Heather at 250-674-3697 or The Food Bank 250-674-3402. 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: Duplex on 1/2 acre, 3bdrm/5bdrm. Many upgrades. $174,900. Owners will consider trades in Kelowna area. Contact property manager 250-674-0188 Ask for Julie.


Barriere: 12’x60’ 2bdrm mobile home @ Riva Ridge MH Park. Comes w/stove w/d. Recent upgrades. Blow Out Price $14,000. 250-672-2162

Homes for Rent

Suites, Lower 2 bedroom suite for rent, $600/mnth plus util. & DD. 222 Dutch Lake road. Phone 250674-3434. Barriere: 1 bdrm, large, walkout basement, in town. Util incl. WD/FS, NS/NP. $800/mo, RR. Avail. immediately. (250)672-0024 Barriere: 2 bdrm basement suite, all util, all appl. NS/NP, no parties. Separate entrance /parking. $750/mo. 250-6725643 Clearwater: 1 rm bsmt suite. Own ent, own bath, shared kit. $450/mo. NS. Ref. DD Text 1778-208-1771 lvg name & #.

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Barriere: 3 dbrm duplex, 1 1/2 bath, 1 car heated garage. W/D, fenced, inground sprinkler. Avail imm. RR $875/mo + DD. 250-672-0041

Quad Axle trailer, 8’ 6”, Budd axles, T/A pole trailer, T/A dolly, bunks, bolster, rides, bullboard. $3200. 250-674-2114


Legal Notices Dispute Resolution Services. Law suits, custody, access, property, high conflict families & more. Court Approved, Chartered Mediators. 778-2205930


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Jerry Kitt of First Nature Farms with one of his sows. First Nature Farms has been SPCA Certified since 2006.

1946 Chev Style Master 4 dr Sedan. Lots of extra parts, running cond, original new tires, etc. ($12,000 worth of new parts). Asking $8,000. 250-674-0079

Riverbend Seniors Community

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,

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Clearwater: 1 bdrm apt in Woodside Apartments. Close to Clearwater Library, medical center, & Jim’s Market. NS, NP. $495/mo. Avail Nov. 1. Call 250-674-3252 Clearwater: Woodside Apt. Clean, renovated, 1 bdrm. Close to library & medical centre. Winter plug-ins. NS/NP Ph. 250-674-0220

Misc for Rent


2 BED ROOM HOUSE FOR RENT 55 KM FROM KAMLOOPS 5 KM FROM BARRIERE ON ACREAGE. $850 PER MONTH. PLUS UTILITIES. DAMAGE DEPOSIT REQUIRED. REFERENCES REQUIRED PHONE 250567-4722, 250-320-3206 Barriere/Louis Creek: 1 bdrm home on 9.5 acres. $850/mo 250-690-7244 CLW-2 Bed House for rent. $1050/m inc util. NS, Ref Req. Avail Oct 1. 604-701-8704 or 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 now. $1100/mo. Call Randy 250-674-8288 Vavenby: Spacious 3 bdrm home. On half acre. $750/mo Call Randy 250-674-8288

Apt/Condo for Rent

Kamloops (55+) 2bdr. suite $1700/mo., river view, spacious, wheelchair friendly, many extras. Email 1(604)408-1023 Vancouver

Focus on farm this October

Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

Father Donal O’Reilly Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY 4818 Annesty Rd. (Across from High School) 9:30am Adult Sunday School 10:30am Sunday Service and Children’s Sunday School Pastor: Lance Naylor Youth Pastor: James Mason 672-0111

THE OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP 4818 Annesty Rd. (across from High School) 2:00 pm Sundays Join us for refreshments after the Service 672-0111 (Tuesdays) or 672-9830 anytime Affiliated with North American Baptist Association. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” – (Isaiah 55:1)

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The BC SPCA has designated October to raising awareness about farm animals – beginning with World Farm Animals Day on Oct. 2, celebrated on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and observed in dozens of countries all over the world. “In the spirit of this event, we’re challenging consumers to take a really good look at how farm animals are cared for to produce the products they buy,” says Alyssa Bell Stoneman, SPCA Certified program supervisor. “We want consumers to ask, ‘Were the farm animals provided with a high level of welfare to meet their needs?’” The BC SPCA urges individuals to take action in October with a pledge to help improve the lives of the millions of farm animals raised in Canada each year: • Learn more about farm animals and watch our videos on the BC SPCA’s YouTube channel. Videos include: Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Ian Duncan, SPCA Certified farms, and Cluck!, the BC SPCA’s educational video on laying hens; • Help us speak for the animals by adding your voice to one or more of the SPCA’s farm animal campaigns. Visit for details; • Choose SPCA Certified products. By choosing products with an SPCA Certified label you are taking the animals’ well-being into consideration and supporting local farmers who make animal welfare a priority. A product with a SPCA Certified label comes from a farm that follows BC SPCA standards of farm animal welfare, as assessed by trained, independent third-party inspectors and review panellists. A list of SPCA Certified producers and retailers is available at spcacertified. ca; Subscribe to FarmSense, the BC SPCA’s bi-monthly email newsletter about farm animal welfare news, events and research. Sign up at spca.; • Support farm animal welfare initiatives. The BC SPCA is the only SPCA in Canada with a department specializing in farm animal welfare and is a national leader in programs that promote better lives for millions of farm animals. Your support gift can help us save lives. Donate at support; • Multiply your impact. Tell your family and friends about Farm Animal Welfare Month and get them involved. Point them to our BC SPCA Facebook page and ‘share’ the word, or ‘tweet’ about us on Twitter.

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In loving memory

In loving memory

Kenneth Lawrence “Ken” McDonald

Eleanor Ann (nee Olson) Backer

February 19, 1928 – September 25, 2012 It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Kenneth Lawrence McDonald of Barriere, BC, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Ken was our Father, Brother, Grandfather, GreatGrandfather, Uncle, Cousin and friend. He was predeceased by his wife Jean in 1997. He is survived by his children Kelly McDonald (Patti) of Sherwood Park, AB, Debbie McDonald (Gerry Brackhaus) of Louis Creek, BC, Jeff McDonald (Patti) of Prince George, BC, and his brother Keith McDonald (Orvey) of Kamloops, BC. He was grandfather to eight and great-grandfather of seven. Born and raised in Kamloops, Ken worked in the

construction industry and as a Corrections Officer. He and Jean retired and relocated to Barriere and enjoyed an active retirement life in the community. His passion for hunting, fishing and the great outdoors was always evident in his “Tall

Tales” to family and friends. He was involved with the BC Fish & Game Assoc., and never missed helping out and attending the North Thompson Fall Fair. A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at the Barriere Seniors’ Centre on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Barriere and District Hospice Society, Box 201, Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0 or to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Association, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S., Kamloops, B.C., V2E 2S9. Service arrangements entrusted to: North Thompson Funeral Services 4638 Barriere Town Road, Barriere, BC, 250-6721999.

MP McLeod encourages everyone to investigate a New Financial Toolkit Ottawa – Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, is encouraging constituents to investigate a new resource launched this week that will help them make sense of the everyday financial questions that they face. “Your Financial Toolkit will help Canadians become more capable and confident financial consumers,” said McLeod. “People can now benefit from an objective, reliable and complete new resource to help them make wise financial decisions.” The resource is divided into 11 modules and includes worksheets, quizzes, questionnaires, tools, calculators, educational videos and case studies that give Canadians the option of completing the whole program or to easily select the topics in which they are the most interested. They can also use its self-assessment tool to find modules and tools that are useful for them based on their situation and needs. The modules presented are: income, expenses and budget; banking;

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“I believe that Your Financial Toolkit is great way for Canadians to increase their financial literacy, enhance their personal well-being and strengthen our financial system as a whole,” concluded McLeod.

July 12, 1949 – September 17, 2012 Eleanor passed away peacefully with aw he her loving family at her side. She showed grace si and dignity while batan tling cancer for the past tl six months. Eleanor is si survived by her hussu band Frank Eustache, ba mother Marion, sism ters Lauretta (Ken), te Maureen (Jim), brother M Carl(Cathy). Children C Diahanna D (Kevin), Lionel (Jessica); Step L Children Cory, Nadine C (Hank), Tina, Michelle; (H Grandchildren Lee, Ryley, Callie, L Raymond; Step grandR children as well as ch many nephews, nieces, m cousins, aunts, uncles co and friends. Eleanor an was predeceased by her w father Mervin and her fa beloved grandparents be Donald and Gladys Van D Buskirk. B Eleanor was born in Prince George and raised in Strathnaver ra and Quesnel. She went an to Barriere High School after moving to Little af Fort in 1962. Eleanor F returned to Quesnel re

and met and married Donald Backer, July 18, 1970. They had two children together, Diahanna Lee and Lionel. Eleanor and Frank re-united in 1994, they met while living in Little Fort and had dated in high school, they continued their relationship for the next 18 years. Frank lovingly cared for Eleanor during this past year while she courageously struggled through four major operations and numerous trips to the hospital. From this relationship Eleanor had the good fortune to meet and be involved with Frank’s children and step children along with her own children. Eleanor had a terrific sense of humour and would always tell it like it is. While Eleanor lived in Chu Chua she worked in the Simpcw Band Office and in Barriere. While she worked at Re/Max Eleanor got

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to know lots of folks in the Valley. Eleanor retired last July 2011 so she and Frank could spend time traveling which was a dream of theirs. Unfortunately she got sick in August and just when she thought things were looking better she got cancer and never recovered. Eleanor was loved by everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed. By request there will be no funeral service, but there will be a gathering to Celebrate Eleanor’s life at the home of her sister in Quesnel, Oct. 13, 2012 at 2 p.m. There will also be a Celebration of Life for Eleanor in Late October, 2012. Note: Donations in Eleanor’s name may be made to the Chu Chua Fire Department , PO Box 220, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0, or the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society, PO Box 1, Little Fort, BC, V0E2C0


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Union of BC Municipalities BRIEFS Medical pot controls demanded B.C. civic leaders have called for tighter controls on Health Canada-licensed medical marijuana growers, citing public safety and nuisance issues. The vote came during the same Union of B.C. Municipalities convention that saw delegates vote to support decriminalization of marijuana. “We need to find a way to know where these are so we can provide some regulatory control,” North Cowichan regional district director Al Siebring said. He said most busts of pot growops turn out to be licensed by Health Canada but are growing “far, far more” than permitted and are increasingly linked to organized crime. The Surrey-sponsored resolution calls on the federal government to force medical pot growers to first get a municipal permit or licence showing the grow site complies with local bylaws and electrical, fire, health, building and safety regulations. It’s the first time UBCM has actually approved the demand. It came to the convention floor in the previous two years but was tabled each time amid concerns from some civic leaders that a crackdown would breach growers’ privacy and reduce medical marijuana access. Ottawa is already moving to phase out the current individual licences to grow medical pot and instead direct authorized users to buy from permitted commercial growers. Senior B.C. Conservative minister James Moore said UBCM’s other vote on marijuana - to decriminalize it - won’t sway the federal government. “We’re elected on a platform that very explicitly said we are not interested in legalizing marijuana.” Cities push B.C.-wide shark fin ban UBCM delegates voted by a wide margin to ask the province to outlaw the possession or sale of shark fins that Chinese restaurants turn into coveted bowls of shark fin soup. Activists have been going from city to city in Metro Vancouver convincing councils to impose local bans but North Vancouver City Coun. Craig Keating said a provincial ban is preferable, along with a federally imposed ban on shark fin imports, to combat the “inhumane and wasteful” practice of harvesting sharks for fins. Cross-border cash drain debated The cash drain on local businesses from cross-border shopping inspired one UBCM resolution

that generated debate. Castlegar council proposed a resolution to lobby the federal government to rescind its recent loosening of overnight duty free limits, which significantly increased the value of goods Canadians can bring back after trips of at least 24 hours. “The federal government is encouraging us to go across the border and increase our s p e n d i n g ,” Castlegar Coun. Dan Rye said. But the motion was defeated after Photo courtesy UBCM Creston Coun. Wesly Graham Skeena-Queen Charlotte regional district director Des Nobles speaks at UBCM for a resolution opposing more oil tanker traffic while opposed it and Mackenzie Coun. Dave Forshaw waits at the con microphone. said Ottawa should simply tighten the current past not to have a casino - or the ments in 2016 as planned. Moore stands by Coast Guard lax collection of duties and taxes local costs and impacts that someMetro plans to build a new base cut by Canadian border guards. times accompany them. James Moore is defending the waste-to-energy plant but that’s View Royal Coun. David federal government’s decision to cut not expected to be ready until late Thumbs down on casino benefit Screech said BCLC couldn’t prothe Kitsilano coast guard base in 2018 and it has reserved the temreform vide the address of every patron Vancouver, saying the city will still porary option of exporting garA proposal to redistribute some and suggested interested comhave the highest level of coastal resbage if necessary. of the $82 million a year casino munities instead pursue local cue response in the country. “We have the best climate and host cities get to cities without The senior Conservative cabinet gambling facilities was rejected gambling revenue-sharing agree- the right geology to safely dispose of waste in our area,” Ranta said. minister in B.C. also took direct aim ments. amid concerns over how it would at Vancouver politicians, accusing But Surrey Coun. Marvin Hunt, work. Looser festival booze backed Mayor Gregor Robertson of failing a longtime backer of using garAdvocates said the current sysDespite concern from some to raise his concerns directly with bage as a fuel for power instead tem where only host cities get delegates, UBCM agreed to back Ottawa before his council fired a of dumping it, said the resolution 10 per cent of gambling profits a liquor licensing reform that political broadside. was out of order because it would divides cities into winners and would let adults drink in the pres“He has never phoned me, he has losers and should be reformed to ence of minors at music festivals violate international trade deals. never contacted the prime minister,” “These are goods that can be spread the wealth. and certain other special events. Moore told reporters after speaking exported just like coal or gas or Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg The Whistler-sponsored resoluto the UBCM convention. “The City wood,” he said of garbage. Moore said most patrons now are tion aims to let families enjoy an of Vancouver could try to pick up the Hunt also noted some B.C. registered through player cards so event together, rather than forcing phone.” communities including Whistler the B.C. Lottery Corp. could eas- patrons who want alcohol into a Moore said the federal governily estimate how much money is segregated, enclosed beer garden. and Powell River - already export ment is sticking to the decision to their waste to a Washington State spent at a given casino by people Some opponents said B.C. cut the Kitsilano base and increase landfill run by Rabanco, which who live outside that host city, should be moving away from the the response capacity at Sea Island hopes to land Metro Vancouver as allowing benefits to be appor- culture of alcohol at entertainin Richmond as well as volunteer a customer as well. tioned equitably to other munici- ment events, not reinforcing it. responders, but added Ottawa would “[A provincial ban] would palities. Garbage export ban rejected reassess required service levels in make all those contracts null and “The current regulations are by UBCM future years. Vancouver councillors void, which is contrary to internapitting communities against each An effort to block Metro tional free trade,” he said. had accused Conservative MPs of other,” he said. “It’s creating an Vancouver from exporting its dodging their repeated demands to The resolution from the injustice between local govern- garbage to the U.S. as a fallback meet on the base closure. Thompson-Nicola regional disments around the province.” waste-disposal option fell flat at Vancouver city hall officials chalPort Coquitlam reps said they the Union of B.C. Municipalities trict was defeated on Thursday. lenged Moore’s account, saying counHunt said U.S. exports are just didn’t intend for host cities to convention. cil voted Sept. 18 to pursue meetings one option for Metro and the lose money, suggesting the provCache Creek Mayor John regional district could still negoti- with the PM and Robertson wrote to ince could keep them whole while Ranta spoke in support of the providing a per capita share of resolution to ban all internation- ate to extend its use of the Cache him June 14, urging the decision be gaming profits to the have-nots - a al exports of landfillable waste, Creek landfill if it needs to send reversed. Widespread concern has been scenario many at UBCM consid- arguing his town stands to lose more waste out of the region. raised in Vancouver and the surroundTaxpayers should benefit if ered unlikely. more than 100 waste-handling there’s more than one bidder, he ing region that the closure will reduce Other delegates said have-not jobs at the Cache Creek Regional rescue response times and increase cities made their choice in the Landfill if Metro halts its ship- added. the risk of fatalities.

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PREVENTION CAN SAVE LIVES Fire Prevention Week takes place from Oct. 7 through to Oct. 13. The theme for this year is “ Have Two Ways Out.©”. Fire Prevention Week is recognized every October during the full week – Sunday through Saturday – that Oct. 7 falls on. Despite the fact that fewer fire losses are reported in Canada, still, on average, eight Canadians die from fire every week. Most of these fires are preventable and caused by careless behaviour. That is why it is critical to educate Canadians and incite them to act. During this week, fire departments across the nation will promote public awareness of the dangers of fire and the ways we can protect ourselves from fire. To this point, Fire Prevention Canada’s newly revamped website contains fire prevention and educational material. It is designed for the public to consult at,

Barriere Fire Chief Al Kirkwood says, “This year’s theme underscores the importance of making Canadians aware of the simple preventative measures they can take to prevent disaster from occurring to them. Statistics reveal that most fires are caused by careless behavior. An ounce of prevention in this case will save lives, homes and everything that we hold dear. It is the responsibility of every Canadian to educate themselves on the simple fire prevention measures they can take.”

Newer, modern houses burn faster Submitted by Fire Prevention Canada Research over three decades has shown that modern homes may be making house fires more deadly than ever before. Newer homes and furnishings are made with more synthetics which make fires ignite and burn faster. They also release more toxic gases when burned. Most fire victims die from smoke or toxic gases and not from actual burns. Deadly conditions are reached much more quickly now than in the 1970s when more natural materials

were used in home and furnishings. Over thirty years ago, an important study conducted tests in actual homes with sizes and floor plans, furniture and items, and smoke alarms on the market. That report concluded smoke alarms generally provided the necessary escape time for different fire types and locations. This research led to the popular use of smoke alarms in residential settings. A more recent 2005 study found a troubling difference with the previous investigation. The amount of safe escape time

was consistently shorter and the fire growth rates were faster. It is thought that synthetic materials currently found in homes contributed to this change. The study concluded that because fires could be more aggressive, the time needed to escape home fires has been reduced from approximately 17 minutes to as little as three minutes. This gives less time for occupants to escape a fire and is shorter than the seven minute response time target for fire services. This disparity can mean the difference between life and death.

In May 2008, Alberta Municipal Affairs launched a public education and awareness campaign to make citizens aware of the three-minute window of safety in a house fire and the seven minute fire services response time. In rural areas served by volunteer fire departments, the response times can be expected to be longer than the seven minutes expected of career fire departments. The public is encouraged to plan for a three-minute evacuation in case of a fire. The campaign serves as a reminder of our personal responsi-

Practice fire prevention in your home ... Keep your family safe!

bility for fire safety: the prevention of fires in the first place; the detection of smoke and fire with working smoke alarms as a second line of defense; and evacuation to safety by having a wellrehearsed fire escape plan as the third and most important action. The TV commercial is designed to motivate the public to visit a unique, interactive website, This site contains easily understood fire prevention and safety tips using a model house in cross-section. In addition, it provides smoke alarm and escape planning information.

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Once outside, stay outside and do not re-enter the house under any circumstance. If someone is still inside, inform the firefighters.

The Barriere Volunteer Fire Department fleet was on display earlier this year showing off their equipment for visitors to see. Be sure to stop in at the Barriere Fire Department Open House Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Gasoline can be more dangerous than dynamite because it emits invisible, explosive vapours that ignite easily, even at low temperatures. Vapour from gasoline is also heavier than air and so travels close to the floor where it can easily come into contact with sparks from electric motors, water heaters, furnace motors and switches. Sparks or open flames can ignite vapours a great distance from their source. By law, gasoline must be stored in safety containers which have been approved by a nationally recognized and certified agency. Approved containers display these labels prominently. However, care must be taken even though these containers are designed to prevent spillage. Minor gasoline spills should be cleaned up immediately. Anyone using or storing gasoline should keep an appropriate Class B fire extinguisher nearby since it is designed to extinguish gasoline or other flammable liquid fires. NEVER store gasoline in basements, pits

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or other confined areas. Gasoline must be stored in areas that are well-ventilated, free from ignition sources and in areas permitted by the National Fire Code of Canada. • NEVER store or transport gasoline in glass, in metal cans with plastic parts or in plastic containers which have not been approved for these uses. • NEVER smoke while you are handling gasoline or other flammable liquids. • NEVER use gasoline to start your barbecue or as a cleaner or solvent.

IN CASE OF MAJOR SPILLS GET OUT AND STAY OUT! • Clear people from the area immediately. • Open exterior doors and windows to ventilate the area. • Call the fire department from a neighbour’s phone. • Do not operate light switches, electrical appliances or any other source of sparks. • Don’t light matches or lighters, and extinguish cigarettes immediately. • Do not re-enter the area until the hazard has been eliminated.


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According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of our population have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. •

Almost three-quarters of our population do have an escape plan; however, less than half actually practiced it. One-third of peoples households who made and estimate they thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. And only eight per cent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Smoke Alarms

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 92 per cent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 77 per cent of the time.

Here are some additional fire safety steps to review or refresh often with the whole family: - Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows. Invite children to contribute to the drawing. Post it somewhere central in the home so it can be reviewed often. - Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working. - Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.

Make sure that emergency escape windows are not painted shut and that children know how to open them.

So that history will not be repeated The Great Chicago Fire, as it is now universally called, took place in October 1871. It took 27 hours for the firemen to get it under control and caused 250 deaths,

100,000 people to be homeless, and destroyed 17,400 buildings. Fortunately, a catastrophe on this scale is unlikely to happen nowadays because of modern infrastructure and the very latest in firefighting techniques. However, we can never be too cautious: fire prevention should be everyone’s concern. Taking every precaution to eliminate the potential risk of fire in your home is not a complicated task. Start by simply checking the batteries in your smoke detectors. There should be a minimum of one alarm on each floor of your residence. Very few people think about getting a fire extinguisher for their homes and yet they are inexpensive and take up little space. Having one of these devices could make the difference between an incident quickly brought under control and the loss of your home!


Escape Planning

Visit each room in your home with every family member to make sure they are aware of two ways out. In most rooms, that means making sure that in addition to the door, there is at least one window in good working order that a person can use to get outside. Make sure that exit windows are not painted shut and that bug screens are removable. Show children how to open the window. If the window is high up the wall, draw a child’s attention to a piece of furniture they can move and stand on to reach the window ledge. Talk to your local fire department about the suitability of a rope ladder for upper level windows.

- Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place. - Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street. - Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department. - Practice your home fire escape drill!


Planning how to get out of the house quickly is an important step in getting your family prepared for the possibility of a fire. During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13, make sure that your family knows how to get out of a burning house.

There should be a minimum of one alarm on each floor of your residence.

Did you know that among the multitude of domestic appliances to be found in our homes, many could be the source of house fires due to defects or manufacturing flaws? This could include products as varied as small household appliances, furnaces, computer equipment, and even speakers. Faulty equipment is usually recalled by the manufacturer or sometimes by the retailer, so registering new electronics and appliance purchases on the manufacturer’s website allows you to validate your guarantee and ensure your safety.

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Only a working smoke alarm can save your life! FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCT. 7-13

Smoke alarms save lives â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fall backâ&#x20AC;? to smart home safety As most Canadians turn back the clocks on November 4, here are some timely smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) safety tips: s7HENYOU change your clocks, test your smoke arlam. s9OUHAVE less than three minutes to escape a ďŹ re. So when smoke alarms sound, everyone must know what to do and where to go. Having and practising an escape plan is essential. s)NSTALLONESMOKEALARM on every storey and outside BEDROOMS)NSTALLINSIDE bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. s%NSUREALLSMOKEALARMS are fully powered. Never take out batteries or remove an alarm from ceiling due to a false alarm. s)FYOURHOMEHASANY fuel-burning devices such as a gas furnace, gas water heater, gas appliances, or an attached garage or carport, install at least one CSAapproved carbon monoxide outside all sleeping areas. One per storey is recommended.

s2EPLACESMOKEALARMSEVery 10 years, and CO alarms every 7-10 years (depending on manufacturer) whether battery operated or hardwired into your homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s electrical system. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless. So without a CO alarm, humans cannot detect its presence. Despite the average home having several potential sources of the deadly gas, studies show that nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have not INSTALLEDA#/ALARM)NADdition to being impossible to detect, CO also has another nefarious trait. Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure mimic the ďŹ&#x201A;u, without the FEVER)TISROUTINELYRESPONsible for thousands of clinic and hospital visits each year, and is commonly misdiagnosed. Prolonged or extreme exposure causes nausea, dizziness, confusion, the loss of physical mobility, brain damage and ultimately, death. More home safety resources can be found on the www. web site.

Analysis was undertaken on almost 50,000 ďŹ res that occurred in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario over a 5-year period involving 663 fatalities. The ďŹ ndings demonstrated that the death rate per 1,000 ďŹ res in the absence of a present, functioning smoke alarm was 74% greater than when a functioning smoke alarm was present.

Thanksgiving turkey ďŹ res cause for concern at 9-1-1 centre % #OMMSlREDISPATCHTEAMIS warning families to be mindful of their turkey cooking during Thanksgiving weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A turkey isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something you typically see on a list of household ďŹ re hazards, but we get 9-1-1 calls about ovens going up in ďŹ&#x201A;ames all the time,â&#x20AC;? says Corey +ELSO % #OMMlREDISPATCHER â&#x20AC;&#x153;The result can be devastating if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not careful every time you have something cooking for an extended period of time.â&#x20AC;?

% #OMMHASRECEIVEDSOMEODD calls to 9-1-1 before â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including someone wanting to know how long to cook a turkey â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but a turkey ďŹ re is no joke. )NFACT ITISALEADING cause of spikes in 9-1-1 calls over the holidays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A ďŹ&#x201A;ame in your oven can start easily and escalate quickly,â&#x20AC;? says Kelso. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oil drippings through a thin tinfoil turkey pan or bits of leftover food residue inside your oven are extremely ďŹ&#x201A;ammable in a high temperature setting.â&#x20AC;?

Many fatal ďŹ res start at night )NVESTIGATIONS into home ďŹ re deaths very often ďŹ nd that a smoke alarm did not sound. )TMAYHAVE been disconnected or not in working order. The batteries may have been dead, or someone may have taken them out. Smoke alone wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarILYWAKEYOUUP)NFACT THE fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Se-

niors will often need assistance from family members to put safety measures into place. As well, family members are in the best position to reinforce the precautions necessary to help their loved ones prevent or respond to a ďŹ re. Focus on these six priorities to help aging family members protect themselves against ďŹ re in the home.

NINSTALL smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. NLarger homes may need ADDITIONAL smoke alarms to provide enough protection. NFor the best protection, INTERCONNECT all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound. NAn IONIZATION smoke alarm is generally more responsive to ďŹ&#x201A;aming ďŹ res and a PHOTOELECTRIC smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering ďŹ res. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended. N Smoke alarms should be INSTALLED away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance. N REPLACE all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

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HEATING SAFETY • Ensure your heating systems are in working order • If you burn wood use dry wood only & please clean your chimney at least once a month • Use portable heaters wisely • All fuel burning systems need air • Make sure your home always has adequate air supply for you and your heating systems


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National Fire Prevention Week B7

Tips on heating your home safely Submitted by Fire Prevention Canada

Deaths and injuries from the careless use and improper installation of heating units can be prevented! Here are some basic rules which will help you avoid the anguish of personal injury or property loss. • Ask a heating expert to help you choose the safest, most efficient and economical unit for your home. • Don’t try install your own heating system. Leave it to a qualified technician. • When buying a new home – ask a specialist to inspect the heating system. Purchasing a new furnace and installing new wiring is expensive.


the appliance or heater. SAFETY TIPS • Never use extension cords to run electric heaters • Keep all heaters a safe distance from combusor any major appliance. tibles. • Never hang clothing on, or near the heater to LIQUID FUEL dry. Liquid fuels include oil, wasted oil and kerosene. Oil fuel heaters such as oil furnaces and oil- • Never use your stove or clothes dryer to heat your home. fired space heaters pose certain hazards which can • Don’t use a hair dryer under the covers to warm be avoided. your bed, it could set it on fire! • Fuel must be stored in an approved container/ • Keep bed clothes and toys away from baseboard tank. heaters. • Regular servicing by a qualified technician is • Never place wet wood on top of a wood stove necessary for the efficient and safe operation of to dry. Keep your wood stored under cover in a your furnace. dry, vented area. • Ventilation systems for oil-fuelled units must be • Frequently check your wood stove for defects inspected frequently. such as cracks and swelling. • Waste oil heaters are designed for use in com• Second-hand appliances should be checked by a mercial buildings and should not be installed in qualified person before use. a residence. • Kerosene heaters must be supervised at all times. • Have your local fire department check your home for safety hazards. They are dangerous to children and pets. • Kerosene heaters should only use fuel which is • Develop an emergency escape plan for your family, and practice it regularly. specified by the manufacturer. • Never refuel a kerosene unit indoors, or when • In case of fire, get out and stay out! the unit is hot.

A solid fuel heating system uses wood, coal or fuel pellets. • Don’t choose a unit that is too large for our needs. Select a heating unit that is appropriate to the size of the floor space you want to heat. • The unit should be properly positioned, according to the manufacturer’s specifications for correct clearance. GAS FUELLED • Install your unit close to a chimney. • Vents must be checked frequently to prevent ELECTRIC blockage. Electric heating includes baseboard, portable • Portable gas heaters should never be installed in and forced-air systems. poorly ventilated areas. Deadly carbon monox• Curtains should not hang over an electric ide gases may build up in such areas. baseboard heater. • Electric portable heaters are designed to • A supply of fresh air is essential when operating a gas-fired unit. be used to supplement your main heating source. They are intended for smaller floor spaces. • Units must be properly maintained. Frayed cords and loose plugs can cause ltd. fires. • Never remove the third prong on a three-prong plug or bend it back to use a two-prong outlet. The third Corner of Hwy 5 & Park Drive • Clearwater BC • Ph 674-2945 prong is a • email: sary ground for fax: 250-674-0018

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Members of Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department line up for a photograph in front of the old firehall as they hold the old department sign. With them they have several boxes of used equipment, mostly old turnout jackets, pants, boots and helmets, that is being sent to Nicaragua. The old firehall was to be demolished earlier this week. ay Photo submitted lls Gr


Keith McNeill

Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department is donating used gear for use in a Third World country. “It’s still perfectly good,” said department spokesperson Capt. Wayne Wysoski. “Canada has very high firefighting standards, and any gear that gets outdated needs to be retired.” Rather than throw the gear away, the local department is donating it through Kam-

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loops Fire Department to firefighters in Nicaragua. Last Thursday the Clearwater department sent 12 boxes of used gear to Kamray loops Station 1. There it will be G checked Wells Inn with out, refitted if needed, and combined contributions from other departments for shipment to Central America. This is the first time that Clearwater has made such a donation. The firefighters in Kamloops were very appreciative of what they brought in, said Wysoski.

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October 04, 2012 edition of the Barriere Star Journal

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