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Greg Soroka, a fisher from Kelowna, reels in a beautiful steelhead trout at Bymac Park on October 3. He and his friend Lonnie Kam came to Houston for a few days to get their fishing fix while they still can.

A new health foundation has organized to help fill funding gaps for health care and hospital needs in the Bulkley Valley. The Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation, is a new foundation to help get medical equipment for the Bulkley Valley, to educate people about ways to stay healthy and to deal with illness, and to give people a way to invest, donate and fund raise for specific health care needs in the local area. “The main purposes of the foundation are first of all to try and help the public and the people fulfill their personal desires in the health care field,” said Ted Bobb, chair of the Foundation, adding

that they are in the process of applying for Charitable status. The Foundation is a way for people to bring up needs they see in local hospitals or gaps in the local health care system, and to fund raise to fill those specific needs, said Bobb. With Northern Health, they decide what the greatest health care needs are and where money goes, but with this Foundation, the community decides for itself where money should go, said Jo Ann Groves, director of the Foundation and inspiration behind its formation. It’s not just hospital needs, added Bobb, it’s also for other types of health care like holistic health and particularly illness prevention and promoting healthy living. See HEALTH on Page 3

Bulkley Valley real estate markets are slowly picking up Black Press

The BC Northern Real Estate Board reports 3749 properties worth $865.5 million sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in the first nine months of 2012. At this time last year, 3443 properties worth $740 million

had changed hands. As of Sept. 30 there were 4889 properties of all types available for sale through the MLS®, down from 5076 properties at the end of September last year. President Joni Brown comments “there are increases in most markets across the board – not

drastic, but showing a sustainable market compared to other areas of the province. Interest rates are still low, making it a good time for entry level buyers to get into the market, and investors to add to their inventory.” In Houston, towards the end of September, 42 properties worth

$6.4 million sold in the Houston area, compared with 39 properties worth $6.6 million in the same period last year. At the end of September there were 50 properties of all types available for purchase through MLS® in the Houston area. In Smithers, as of

Sept. 30, 192 properties worth $47.6 million changed hands in the Smithers area, compared with 211 properties worth $44.7 million in the first nine months of 2011. Half of the 96 single family homes sold so far this year, sold for less than $250,000 and these homes took, on average, 70 days to

sell. Also changing hands this year were 28 parcels of vacant land, 42 homes on acreage, 8 manufactured homes in parks and 12 manufactured homes on land. As of Sept. 30, there were 218 properties of all types available through the MLS® in the Smithers area. For Burns Lake,

so far this year 48 properties worth $6.2 million have been reported sold through MLS® compared to 61 properties worth $6.9 million in the first nine months of 2011. At the end of September there were 146 properties of all types available for sale through the MLS® in the Burns Lake area.


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Although tankers have been safely navigating the north coast and its channels for decades, marine safety remains a top priority for British Columbians. We have been planning the Northern Gateway Project for over a decade, with a particular focus on protecting the environment. We have added specific safety requirements to our marine operations plan to help make the waters of the north coast safer not just for tankers serving the project, but for all marine vessels.

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Qualified BC Coast Pilots will board and guide all tankers… To prevent spills, all tankers serving the project will be modern and double-hulled, and will be vetted by independent, third party agencies before entering Canadian waters. Once strict safety and environmental standards are met, they will be guided through the Douglas and Principe Channels by qualified BC Coast Pilots.

Tankers travel slowly, but to make sure that marine species and their habitats are respected, tankers will be required to reduce speed as they pass through certain sections of the channels. Even their escort tugboats will have quieter engines to reduce underwater noise.

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Tugboats have been shown to significantly reduce tanker incidents worldwide. Powerful tugboats that have been specially commissioned for Northern Gateway will assist in the safe arrival and departure of tankers. All tankers will be attended by a close escort tug. In the channels, laden tankers will have two tugs–one tethered at all times. These tugboats will have emergency response equipment on board and will be capable of assisting any marine vessel.

For increased safety and sure guidance, additional radar systems and navigational aids, such as beacons, buoys and lights, will be installed throughout the routes. This will not only improve safety for tankers, but for all marine traffic on the north coast.

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Helping fill funding gaps for health care in the Bulkley Valley HEALTH from page 1 “We are going to fund gaps that the government doesn’t fund,” said Bobb, adding that in his opinion keeping people healthy is a large gap in the current health care system - or as he calls it, “illness care system.” Ted Bobb and Jo Ann Groves present to Houston Chamber of Commerce about Health Foundation.

The Foundation is legally formed but is still coming together, with 11 volunteer board directors - none from Houston yet - and four more members needed. “It’s important

to have directors from Houston,” said Groves, explaining that Houston needs someone to represent their needs on the board. There is a $50 board

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A driver rolled her truck on Highway 16 just outside of Houston last Wednesday, after losing control while trying to pass another vehicle. The woman in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, fortunately for her, and was not injured in the accident, said RCMP Sergeant Rose. “Otherwise she likely would have been ejected from the vehicle,” he said. The woman was coming out of town, between Sullivan Motor Products and Buck Flats Road, and was pulling back into her lane after passing another vehicle when she lost control, skidding one way, overcorrecting and then skidding the other way until hitting the dirt shoulder and

rolling the truck, said Sergeant Rose. The other driver had sped up when the woman tried to pass, and though investigation is ongoing, Sergeant Rose says charges will likely be laid against both drivers. Sergeant Rose wants to remind drivers that if they have concerns about dangerous or illegal driving, they need to call the RCMP rather then try to police the roads themselves. Rose also wants to remind drivers that they must slow down near a crash site or whenever they see emergency vehicles. *** This past week, police also responded to an alarm at the Legion, and found someone inside while clearing the building, said RCMP Sergeant Rose. The person was

arrested and charged with promise to appear in court, he said. *** This past week, police also got several calls from people who had found loose dogs. Sergeant Rose wants people to know that neither the RCMP nor the District will deal with loose dogs after business hours.

The District is more than willing to come get loose dogs during business hours, but if a loose dog is seen after hours, they need to need to be left or kept until the following day, said Sergeant Rose, adding that the RCMP will respond to calls after hours about vicious or dangerous dogs.

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atural gas taxation revenues are down, way down, because the price (and therefore how much the province skims away) has dropped. Overall sales are down as well because of new supply hitting the market in the United States. That’s blown a huge hole in the provincial budget and it’s anyone’s guess how finance minister Mike de Jong is going to plug it. It’s bad news for the province but good news for the consumer. The more natural gas there is, the lower the price drops and the less the consumer pays. To be sure, the provincial Liberals have slapped on a carbon tax affecting the total bill, but generally speaking, consumers are benefitting from lower natural gas prices. The one area where natural gas pricing remains a problem is here in the northwest. We’re paying far more than elsewhere to have gas delivered to their homes because industrial users who once helped pay to maintain the Pacific Northern Gas pipeline have disappeared. But a liquefied natural gas project at Kitimat, the smallest of the ones on the drawing boards, is designed to fill up the surplus pipeline space. When that happens, the money that project pays to run gas through the pipeline should then lower the price the rest of us pay. The new project also means new revenue for the province. Could this be a rare occurrence – something that helps the government and us? The Terrace Standard

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Taking a doggy on board On a beautiful walk around the lake last week I passed something that made me do a double take. It was a dog in a stroller. “Excuse me,” I asked the lovely lady pushing the pup. “Is your dog unable to walk?” “Oh he can walk just fine,” the lady giggled. “But his little leggies can’t keep up so I push him in a buggy or carry him in a poochy purse.” “Is he a Chihuahua?” I asked. “Yes,” she replied. “His name is Sugar. He’s my baby.” Clearly. Dressed in sweet doggy duds, the sight of him reminded me of the day a few years ago when I came home to witness our two

house-training puppies running around in circles trying to get out of the diapers they were wearing. “Look Mom,” sixyear-old Daisy had said excitedly. “Lola and Charlie don’t need the doggy door. They can just go in their diapers!” Charlie was the first to break free from his Pampers, and Lola quickly followed. “That’s okay,” my nine-year-old-son said, consoling his sister. “It’s better if they go in the yard. Their fur could be hard to clean.” Since then the kids have been periodically dressing them up in different items whenever they think of it. They’ve never taken them for a walk in a

stroller though. I’m sure they would if we actually owned one. “How often do you walk him?” I asked the lady by the lake. “Twice a day,” she said earnestly. “He becomes a real Grumpy Gus if he doesn’t get his fresh air and exercise.” Meeting Sugar and his doting “mother” had me reflecting on how many of us humanize our dogs in one way or another. If we didn’t, pet clothing and accessories wouldn’t have become the multi-billion dollar business that it now is. Yet there are some who find the entire idea ludicrous. “Anyone who lets their dog in the house is an idiot,” my older friend stated aggres-

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sively. “Dogs belong outside, not bringing nasty germs and parasites indoors.” As one of those “idiots” who not only allows my dogs in the house but on the bed as well, I bristled at his harsh remark. But with his opinion of dogs as mere farm animals, my pups and I must look as extreme to him as Sugar and his owner did to me. The way I see it, our pets are an important part of our family and we like having them around. If they were strictly back yard dogs I’d hardly ever see them. Every home is different and what works in one family doesn’t necessarily work in another. Perhaps if my dogs weighed 100

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pounds instead of 20, I’d keep them outside too. And maybe if they were just two pounds each with little leggies, I’d be purchasing a stroller or poochy purse just like Sugar’s. I’d insist on my husband walking them in that way though. I’d pay top dollar for a picture of that.

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“It’s been alright. We landed four yesterday, and the weather has been good for October.”

“Pretty slow, just got the first one we’ve caught on a fly.”

“It’s been okay. We’ve been here a couple days and got one on each day. It hasn’t been fantasic but it’s starting to pick up.”

“I haven’t been here long, but no bites yet. But it’s a great day to be here.”

Rancher named B.C. Lieutenant Governor N icola Valley rancher Judith Guichon has been named B.C. Lieutenant Governor, as Sto:lo Grand Chief Steven Point’s fiveyear term comes to an end. Guichon runs the family cattle ranch in the Nicola Valley. She has served as president of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, a director of the Grassland Conservation Council of B.C., and on provincial government task forces on ranching

and species at risk. “Mrs. Guichon has dedicated herself to her community, province and country,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a statement Monday. “She is a leader in keeping British Columbia’s agriculture and cattle industries environmentally sound and she has worked hard to promote and protect the ranchers of British Columbia.” Premier Christy

Clark thanked Point for his work and congratulated Guichon. “She has a deep appreciation for the history and traditions of British Columbia and has spent a lifetime ensuring that we all stay connected to our roots – particularly through her work with the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association,” Clark said. L i e u t e n a nt Governors are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation

of prime ministers. They serve five-year terms as the Queen’s representative in each province, declaring new legislation and performing ceremonial duties around the province. Point is a former provincial court judge. Before being named to chief commissioner of the B.C. Treaty Commission, Point served as an elected chief of the Skowkale First Nation for 15 years. He also served as the tribal chair

B .C. Views Tom Fletcher of the Stó:lo Nation Government, and Grand Chief of the Stó:lo Tribal Council.

Forest Week Trivia – Did you know...? • Explorer Captain Cook was the first European to make use of B.C.’s forest products. Sailing masts were fashioned from the tallest Douglas-firs. • B.C. lumber was used for trestles, ties and bridges on the Canadian Pacific Railway. • B.C.’s first sawmill was built in 1847 at Esquimalt Harbour. • B.C. is the world’s largest exporter of softwood lumber. • Less than 1% of forest land is harvested each year. • B.C. is Canada’s most ecologically diverse province, with temperate rainforests, dry pine forests, alpine meadows and more. • B.C. has more than 40 different species of native trees. • B.C. spruce was used to build British Mosquito fighter bombers during the Second World War. • The masts and booms of the famous Bluenose schooner, pictured on the dime, were made from B.C. Douglas-fir. • One metric tonne of dry wood pulp will make...1 tonne of newspaper, 1,400 lbs of magazine paper and 0.9 tonne of toilet paper. • Sawmills use computers and lasers to get the most value out of every log. • Roofing shakes are made from blocks of wood too small to cut into lumber. • An average house requires 15,000 board feet of lumber. www.for.gov.bc.ca/pab/nfw/2012

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Maureen Czirfusz, Manager of Houston’s Chamber of Commerce, was recently chosen president of the British Columbia Chamber Executives Association (B.C.C.E.), a not-forprofit, volunteer organization that is a learning network for Chamber managers and staff. Czirfusz was nominated to the B.C.C.E. board in 2008, moving up from board manager to secretary to vicepresident and now to president, in addition

to being a part of several task forces and the conference committee. “They have been the ones that have given me my success. They are just a fabulous group of people,” said Czirfusz. B.C.C.E. has provided her with a network of people to help brainstorm ideas, successfully plan and run events, and celebrate successes. Most Chamber managers don’t have co-workers in their community, so B.C.C.E. gives connection with people - some with up to 30 years of experience and a great

wealth of knowledge to give suggestions for events and share what has worked in other communities, said Czirfusz. “And that, I think, is the biggest benefit of B.C.C.E., is being able to pick up the phone and say, ‘I need help.’” Czirfusz says the Business Awards night is a great example, using ideas from other Chambers and changing a small ten-person event into one that sells out and is a great success. Besides being a sounding board, B.C.C.E. also holds annual, three-day

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FORESTRY WEEK 2012 2012:: Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities Not all wildfires are bad Forest industry in B.C. bouncing back

Unusually warm and dry weather conditions for this time of year means forest fire season is far from over — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “We’re getting unseasonable warm and very dry weather,” said fire centre information officer Lindsay Carnes last week when a northwest open-fire ban was announced to prevent human-caused wildfires. Despite fire prevention efforts, Carnes said some are now being allowed to burn because they’re considered good for the forest. This August featured drier weather than last year, with 40mm of rain spread over nine days compared to 80mm spread over 16 days in 2011. September 2011 brought with it 203.3mm of rain compared to September 2012 has seen 31.6 mm

so far. Warmer drier temperatures lead to drier fuels which increase risk of fire, said Carnes, adding that the end of fire season is as unpredictable as the weather. “We need a significant weather event to end fire season,” said Carnes. “At this stage we’re really looking at snow.” So far in 2012, 105 wildfires burned 13,020 hectares in the northwest, while last year 19 fires burned 11,011 hectares. This year, there are three major fires active in the northwest, burning 12,982 hectares to date. The Good Hope Lake fire, east of Dease River near Boya Lake Park, was discovered early August and was caused by lightning. Still going, it has burned 3,500 hectares

so far. The Entiako Lake fire south of Burns Lake, discovered late August, has burned 6,120 hectares and is also still burning. Close to Houston, the Atna Lake fire near Morice Lake continues to burn and has burned 3,362 hectares to date. It was discovered midAugust. Each of these fires is being monitored but they are also being allowed to burn naturally. The decision to let a fire burn naturally is based on a variety of factors, explained Carnes. Information on the Northwest Fire Centre websitet explains that wildfire is a natural part of the forest lifecycle, returning nutrients to the soil and resulting in new growth. And as some of the fires are currently burning in provincial

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LDM construction crew digs out the creek to prevent spring flooding next year. Brett Tolton, environmental monitor from D.W.B. Consulting, watches over the crew to ensure no extra damage to the Creek. parks, the decision to allow some fires to burn has been made with BC Parks. The following is a list of considerations made by B.C. Parks with respect to wildfire. “Although fires are natural and provide ecological benefits, they must be monitored if they occur in parks,” said a document released by B.C. Parks Sept. 19. “They can be allowed to burn only if they are in a remote area of a large park and represent limited risk to the park or values in adjacent

areas, or if control actions are limited by a lack of access or concerns for wildfire fighter safety.” B.C. Park’s wildfire management policy involves a balance of consideration between maintaining natural ecosystems which includes fire in the forest landscape with protecting human life and also property, said the release, adding 500,000 hectares of forest burned annually in British Columbia before widespread fire control. This is compared with a recent annual

average of less than 50,000 hectares. “These periodic fires burned the surface fuels that collect on the forest floor and reduced tree density, lowering both the risk of hot, uncontrollable wildfires and the forest’s susceptibility to insect infestations and disease,” said the release. “Decades of fire suppression have allowed forest fuels such as branches and dead trees to build up. This creates the potential for severe wildfires that burn hotter and can damage soils, leading

to erosion and flooding. The risk is compounded by the warmer, drier temperatures associated with global warming and the increased number of trees killed by mountain pine beetles.” To strike a balance between nature and safety, B.C. Parks manages fuel buildup and takes other protective measures such as removing dead trees and fuel accumulation. “In large wilderness parks, areas may be designated where wildfires can burn with little interference,” said the release.

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As B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, I’m pleased to celebrate National Forest Week. This year’s theme, Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities, provides an opportunity to reflect on how forests and communities are connected. This year the province celebrates the centennial birthday of the BC Forest Service. For the past 100 years, the BC Forest Service has managed and protected our forests so we all can enjoy the benefits they offer. Whether providing great economic benefits – accounting for over 53,000 direct jobs supporting families all around the province, or recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, our forests play a significant role in local communities. B.C. continues to be

a world leader in sustainable forest management and maintains its commitment to the environment by producing more lumber certified to environmental standards that any other region in the world. Over the past year, B.C.’s forest industry has benefited from a positive 15 per cent increase in lumber prices, and to the end of June, a 17 per cent increase in lumber exports to the U.S., compared to the same time last year. Both of these increases are helping local mills prosper and supporting jobs. As B.C.’s forest sector continues its recovery from 2009, we still face challenges like the mountain pine beetle. On August 15, 2012, the Special Committee on Timber Supply released a report that provides 20 recommendations to

increase the timber supply and value of mid-term timber in B.C.’s Interior forests. A number of the recommendations reflect actions already underway by the ministry, and we will work closely with communities, First Nations and stakeholders to implement all of the report’s recommendations. I can assure you the ministry’s response to the committee’s recommendations will provide a solid foundation for us to move forward and will address the needs of communities and families in the region. Our forests are not only about jobs. We manage our forests for a multitude of values including fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, cultural heritage, and recreation, to name just a few. During National Forest Week, I hope you take the opportu-

commits itself to the establishment and maintenance of fully sustainable forestry. Forestry that leaves to future generations of Canadians a rich endowment of fish and wildlife, soils capable of supporting varied ecosystems, and commercial forests managed so as to provide many more jobs and the wide range of forest recreations that Canada values.

This bear came to investigate a hunting camp with a moose hanging and blood in the pickup. One morning the hunters looked out of their camper to see the grizzly in their truck. The bear kept hanging around despite some warning shots. The hunters didn’t want to shoot it and ended up getting a game warden and a police officer to stand guard so they could cut their moose down off the meat poles and leave. This was at 43KM on the Morice River Road about 25KM from where the fisherman was mauled by a sow grizzly a few weeks ago. nity to enjoy our forests firsthand. For more information about National Forest Week including events happening around the province, resources for teachers and students and ideas for how to cel-

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FORESTRY WEEK 2012 2012:: Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities Not all wildfires are bad Forest industry in B.C. bouncing back

Unusually warm and dry weather conditions for this time of year means forest fire season is far from over — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “We’re getting unseasonable warm and very dry weather,” said fire centre information officer Lindsay Carnes last week when a northwest open-fire ban was announced to prevent human-caused wildfires. Despite fire prevention efforts, Carnes said some are now being allowed to burn because they’re considered good for the forest. This August featured drier weather than last year, with 40mm of rain spread over nine days compared to 80mm spread over 16 days in 2011. September 2011 brought with it 203.3mm of rain compared to September 2012 has seen 31.6 mm

so far. Warmer drier temperatures lead to drier fuels which increase risk of fire, said Carnes, adding that the end of fire season is as unpredictable as the weather. “We need a significant weather event to end fire season,” said Carnes. “At this stage we’re really looking at snow.” So far in 2012, 105 wildfires burned 13,020 hectares in the northwest, while last year 19 fires burned 11,011 hectares. This year, there are three major fires active in the northwest, burning 12,982 hectares to date. The Good Hope Lake fire, east of Dease River near Boya Lake Park, was discovered early August and was caused by lightning. Still going, it has burned 3,500 hectares

so far. The Entiako Lake fire south of Burns Lake, discovered late August, has burned 6,120 hectares and is also still burning. Close to Houston, the Atna Lake fire near Morice Lake continues to burn and has burned 3,362 hectares to date. It was discovered midAugust. Each of these fires is being monitored but they are also being allowed to burn naturally. The decision to let a fire burn naturally is based on a variety of factors, explained Carnes. Information on the Northwest Fire Centre websitet explains that wildfire is a natural part of the forest lifecycle, returning nutrients to the soil and resulting in new growth. And as some of the fires are currently burning in provincial

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CREEK Construction

LDM construction crew digs out the creek to prevent spring flooding next year. Brett Tolton, environmental monitor from D.W.B. Consulting, watches over the crew to ensure no extra damage to the Creek. parks, the decision to allow some fires to burn has been made with BC Parks. The following is a list of considerations made by B.C. Parks with respect to wildfire. “Although fires are natural and provide ecological benefits, they must be monitored if they occur in parks,” said a document released by B.C. Parks Sept. 19. “They can be allowed to burn only if they are in a remote area of a large park and represent limited risk to the park or values in adjacent

areas, or if control actions are limited by a lack of access or concerns for wildfire fighter safety.” B.C. Park’s wildfire management policy involves a balance of consideration between maintaining natural ecosystems which includes fire in the forest landscape with protecting human life and also property, said the release, adding 500,000 hectares of forest burned annually in British Columbia before widespread fire control. This is compared with a recent annual

average of less than 50,000 hectares. “These periodic fires burned the surface fuels that collect on the forest floor and reduced tree density, lowering both the risk of hot, uncontrollable wildfires and the forest’s susceptibility to insect infestations and disease,” said the release. “Decades of fire suppression have allowed forest fuels such as branches and dead trees to build up. This creates the potential for severe wildfires that burn hotter and can damage soils, leading

to erosion and flooding. The risk is compounded by the warmer, drier temperatures associated with global warming and the increased number of trees killed by mountain pine beetles.” To strike a balance between nature and safety, B.C. Parks manages fuel buildup and takes other protective measures such as removing dead trees and fuel accumulation. “In large wilderness parks, areas may be designated where wildfires can burn with little interference,” said the release.

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As B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, I’m pleased to celebrate National Forest Week. This year’s theme, Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities, provides an opportunity to reflect on how forests and communities are connected. This year the province celebrates the centennial birthday of the BC Forest Service. For the past 100 years, the BC Forest Service has managed and protected our forests so we all can enjoy the benefits they offer. Whether providing great economic benefits – accounting for over 53,000 direct jobs supporting families all around the province, or recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, our forests play a significant role in local communities. B.C. continues to be

a world leader in sustainable forest management and maintains its commitment to the environment by producing more lumber certified to environmental standards that any other region in the world. Over the past year, B.C.’s forest industry has benefited from a positive 15 per cent increase in lumber prices, and to the end of June, a 17 per cent increase in lumber exports to the U.S., compared to the same time last year. Both of these increases are helping local mills prosper and supporting jobs. As B.C.’s forest sector continues its recovery from 2009, we still face challenges like the mountain pine beetle. On August 15, 2012, the Special Committee on Timber Supply released a report that provides 20 recommendations to

increase the timber supply and value of mid-term timber in B.C.’s Interior forests. A number of the recommendations reflect actions already underway by the ministry, and we will work closely with communities, First Nations and stakeholders to implement all of the report’s recommendations. I can assure you the ministry’s response to the committee’s recommendations will provide a solid foundation for us to move forward and will address the needs of communities and families in the region. Our forests are not only about jobs. We manage our forests for a multitude of values including fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, cultural heritage, and recreation, to name just a few. During National Forest Week, I hope you take the opportu-

commits itself to the establishment and maintenance of fully sustainable forestry. Forestry that leaves to future generations of Canadians a rich endowment of fish and wildlife, soils capable of supporting varied ecosystems, and commercial forests managed so as to provide many more jobs and the wide range of forest recreations that Canada values.

This bear came to investigate a hunting camp with a moose hanging and blood in the pickup. One morning the hunters looked out of their camper to see the grizzly in their truck. The bear kept hanging around despite some warning shots. The hunters didn’t want to shoot it and ended up getting a game warden and a police officer to stand guard so they could cut their moose down off the meat poles and leave. This was at 43KM on the Morice River Road about 25KM from where the fisherman was mauled by a sow grizzly a few weeks ago. nity to enjoy our forests firsthand. For more information about National Forest Week including events happening around the province, resources for teachers and students and ideas for how to cel-

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Steelworkers Local 1-424

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Did you know Finning offers Block labour rates? Ensure you have the resource when you need, contact us today!

ebrate visit: http:// w w w. fo r. g ov. b c . c a / pab/nfw/2012/

Steve Thomson is the Minister for Forests, Lands and Natural

Resource Operations and the MLA for Kelowna-Mission.

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hoping to encourage healthy relationships and unity in the church and community. Coming from Winnipeg to pastor at Houston Christian Reformed Church, Pastor Martin Vellekoop says he and his wife Cindy didn’t expect to end up in place like Houston. “Cindy and I just really talked to the Lord about it,” said Vellekoop, adding that things really fell into place in Houston – including Cindy’s grade one and two teaching job at the Houston Christian School – which made them feel that Houston was where they were being led. Having lived in cities their whole life, coming to Houston was a bit of a culture shock, but they have been pleasantly surprised by what Houston does offer. “It’s not a big city, but there’s more here than meets the eye,” said Vellekoop, pointing out how well-kept Steelhead park is, how nice the Leisure Facility is, and how friendly the people are. Vellekoop has been involved in ministry ever since university. After getting a Calvin College Bachelors degree in classical history and a degree from Calvin Seminary, Vellekoop went with his wife Cindy to Japan with Christian Reformed World Missions to plant churches there,

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he said. Preparing to stay in Japan, Vellekoop and his wife spent a couple of years in language school, as well as go-

Since then, Vellekoop pastored in several different places - Pembroke, Ontario; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Maple

their dance steps.” “I’m kinda the new partner here, and I’m not here just to teach a new dance when I haven’t even learned

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Pastor Martin Vellekoop is the new pastor at the Christian Reformed Church on the hill. ing to a few different parts of Japan for internships, he said. “You can’t learn Japanese like you do here. Here we are taught to question... if you are questioning a teacher there, it’s sort of a sign of disrespect,” said Vellekoop, adding that learning Japanese was just a lot of memorization. “I did end up writing a sermon,” said Vellekoop. It took him six weeks to write and get edited and then he was able to go around and preach, he said. After being in Japan three years, personal reasons brought Vellekoop and his family back to Canada.

Ridge, B.C. - and also spent a year and a half getting licenced as a facilitator for healthy congregations at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center before going to Winnipeg and then Houston. “I have always been intrigued with how people get along or don’t get along,” said Vellekoop. “For me as a Christian that’s really important… Jesus prayed that - he prayed that [the church] would have unity, so I think that’s important,” he said. But for now, Vellekoop says he is still getting to know the Houston CRC congregation and “learning

what the dance is,” said Vellekoop. Then, after figuring out how things work here, he will begin to work together with the church to figure out what God wants them to do, he said. It will probably involve a lot of different things, including loving and listening, coming alongside and sharing the love of Christ, said Vellekoop. In the next five to ten years, we will be working together to figure out how to be a Houston CRC community and how to be part of the Houston community, he said, “because Houston is bigger than the Houston CRC.”

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The coach is picked and the team nearly chosen, and the Houston Luckies headed to their first game last weekend. Alonzo Slaney stepped up to coach this year. He had played for 12 years and didn’t want there to be no team just because there was no coach, he said. “Not putting skates on will be a little different probably,” said Slaney. Slaney says the team is pretty much picked, with just a few people who will be decided this week, after the first league game last Saturday in Terrace against the River Kings. The tryouts brought out 20 people on Saturday and 18 on Sunday and at least ten new players, said Slaney. Several guys from Burns Lake join

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Ice is in and the arena all ready for the winter By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

The ice is in at Houston’s arena and the building has been

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Janet Kempf after a short but very courageous battle with cancer. Jan is lovingly remembered by her husband of 37 years Brian, her daughter Brenda (Matt), grandchildren Brandon and Katelyn, sister Barbara (Dave), brother Kevin (Nancy), stepfather Peter and many other relatives and friends. She will also be sadly missed by her good friend Shenny and many of her adopted family at Canadian Tire in Kamloops. She was predeceased by her sister Joy, brother Norbert and parents Henry and Caroline. Jan was born in Burns Lake, B.C., and grew up in Southbank, B.C. She then went to high school in Houston, B.C., lived with her husband in Houston, B.C., Terrace, B.C., Mackenzie, B.C., Prince George, B.C. and the last 6 plus years here in Kamloops where she fell in love with the city. Everyone who came into contact with her will always remember her frank but gentle manner, her friendly smile and her infectious laugh. Thanks to everyone who helped during Janet’s illness, especially staơ at Community Care Nursing, Royal Inland Hospital and the Kamloops Cancer Clinic. A short Celebration of her life was held at Schoening Cremation Centre, #8-177 Tranquille Road on Friday, September 28th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of ƪowers, donations can be made in Janet’s name to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T1.

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Flooring Sales Manager The Houston Division of Bulkley Valley Home Centre requires a sales person/manager for its flooring department. This person will have retail experience that includes measuring, estimating, ordering and selling laminate, hardwood, vinyl, carpet and ceramic. This person will have had experience working with installers. The ability to provide excellent customer service to homeowners and contractors and assist the store manager with marketing initiatives for the flooring department are key priorities. The position also requires a general knowledge of building materials and the ability to work in a computerized environment. Compensation includes salary, incentive plan and benefits. Please submit cover letter and resume to amanda@ bvhome.ca or fax to 1-250-845-7608.


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Civil Engineering Technologist II District of Kitimat, full time permanent - wage range $36.11 - $43.69, over 2 years. Civil Technologist diploma required. Reporting to the Technical Services Manager, duties include a variety of infrastructure investigations, surveying, design, contract preparation, inspection and material testing on projects related to the municipality’s water, sewer, drainage and transportation systems. Candidates should be proficient in using electronic survey equipment, computer assisted design using AutoCad 3D, and MS Office. Valid BC driver’s licence required. Submit resumes by October 23, 4:30 pm, to Personnel, District of Kitimat, 270 City Centre, Kitimat, BC, V8C 2H7, Fax (250) 632-4995, or email dok@kitimat.ca

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Poll finds support for B.C. refinery By Tom Fletcher Black Press

Kitimat Clean Ltd. has applied for environmental assessment of a proposed oil refinery, after commissioning a poll that found nearly three out of four B.C. residents support the idea. A province-wide phone survey conducted during September found 78 per cent of respondents were aware of the proposal to build a large refinery at Kitimat to process Alberta heavy crude oil. Provincially, 72 per cent either favoured or were “somewhat supportive” of the proposed $13 billion refinery, which would ship gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel to market rather than tankers of diluted bitumen. Kitimat Clean president David Black said he was pleasantly surprised that so many people have heard of the refinery proposal, and that most support the idea. “Obviously the concept has struck a chord with the public,” he said. Black remains chairman of Black Press Ltd., and formed Kitimat Clean as a separate com-

pany to pursue the refinery project. He is financing the provincial environmental assessment for it, which he expects to take two years and cost several million dollars. Black first proposed the refinery to the B.C. government seven years ago as chairman of the B.C. Progress Board, an advisory panel set up to examine economic and social develop-

to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from northern Alberta’s oil sands to a new tanker port at Kitimat. The Enbridge project has met strong opposition from communities, aboriginal groups and environmentalists, much of it based on the threat of a tanker spill on B.C.’s North Coast. Black argues that a refinery not

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Q: Of the people who responded entirely or somewhat opposed to this plan, we asked, “What are your top two reasons for opposing this plan?”

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British Columbia household phone survey for Kitimat Clean, September 2012. Margin of error +/- 2.62%, nineteen times out of twenty

only reduces the spill risk, it means 6,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent employees to run it. Since he announced the Kitimat Clean project in August, Black said he has been contacted by Korean and Chinese people looking for more information. Earlier discussions with Enbridge and other Canadian oil companies did not produce financial support to reverse a decades-long decline in B.C. refinery capacity. The poll was conducted by non-editorial Black Press staff during September. It gathered 1,400 responses from the

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