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Twenty-eight dump truck loads of specialy mixed arena footing was delivered into the North Thompson Agriplex last Sunday courtesy of Ian Mitchell. Mitchell then spent the good part of two days spreading and packing the material. The new footing will bring the Agriplex facility another step closer to hosting the upcoming New Year’s Eve Bullarama. The North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association promises the building will be open for public riding on predesignated days starting in January.

Man dies on ski hill Sun Peaks accident

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Christmas Parade moves to Friday night Barriere, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

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Footing for Bullarama STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Generic drug costs to drop in April

Bob Mitchell with Beatrice, the first Simmental sired calf born on the ranch, in 1969.

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The Mitchell family: Raising beef since 1933 Valley Voices

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The B.C. government is moving ahead with a new price policy for generic drugs that will reduce the cost by 10 per cent starting April 1. The new policy sets the price of generic substitutes at 25 per cent of the brand-name product, whether the cost is paid by the B.C. Pharmacare program, private health insurance or the patient. A further reduction to

20 per cent is set to take effect in April 2014. The health ministry cited the example of Lipitor, a widely prescribed drug for reducing cholesterol. A one-month supply of the brand-name drug costs $55, and in April the cost of a generic equivalent will go from $19 to $15. The 2014 decrease will take it to $11 a month. Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said the second reduction will make B.C. generic drug prices the lowest in Cana-

da for some drugs, and save the Pharmacare program about $110 million over the first two years. Ontario went to a 25-per-cent formula two years ago, and has since reduced the price to 20 per cent. The provincial savings will be reinvested in the B.C. health care system, some of it in Pharmacare, MacDiarmid said. The budget for Pharmacare has risen by about 80 per cent in the past decade, but MacDiarmid said there have been offsetting savings as new drugs improve treatment and reduce the

need for surgery. NDP health critic Mike Farnworth said the B.C. Liberal government has made the right move, but it should have done it in 2010 when Ontario took action. Now some of the savings are at risk again as the federal government negotiates a trade agreement with the European Union, Farnworth said. European developers of brand-name drugs are seeking to extend patent protection to prevent the sale of generics for a longer period.


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The name has changed, but the work with animals remains the same. The Kamloops branch of the SPCA has changed its name to Kamloops and District branch of the SPCA to reflect the fact many of the 1,000plus homeless, abused and abandoned animals for which it cares come from Kamloops and the vast area surrounding the city. “Our area of service

stretches approximately from Kamloops to Barriere and Clearwater in the north, to Merritt, Lower Nicola and Spences Bridge in the south, to Chase in the east and to Clinton and Lillooet in the west,” said Lindsay Curry, chair of the Community Council for the branch. So, to call us the Kamloops SPCA is a bit of a misnomer. We cover a huge area and we thought that our name should reflect that.” Branch manager


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Drunk driving deaths down for second year By Jeff Nagel Black Press B.C.’s toughened roadside penalties on drinking drivers are being credited for cutting alcohol-related crash deaths for a second straight year. The province estimates 104 lives have been saved since the immediate roadside prohibition (IRP) system took effect in September 2010. That’s based on a drop from an average of 114 impaired fatalities prior to the new rules to 66 in the first full year of the IRP program and 58 in the second year. Provincial government officials say the initiative has drastically changed British Columbian attitudes to drinking and getting behind the wheel. “As you drive home late at night, the car coming toward you is far less likely to be piloted

by an impaired driver than at any time in recent years,” Justice Minister Shirley Bond said. She said B.C. is so far averaging a 46 per cent drop in drunk driving fatalities – better than a target of 35 per cent set in 2010 in honour of impaired driving victim Alexa Middelaer. The roadside penalties can result in licence suspensions, vehicle impoundments and can cost drivers $600 to $4,000 in administrative penalties and remedial program costs. The new approach has also meant a major shift away from criminal prosecution of suspected impaired drivers, which consumes much police investigation and court time. A June survey of drivers in five communities (Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George

and Saanich) found the lowest levels of drinking and driving ever recorded in a series of similar surveys dating back to 1995. Nearly 60 per cent fewer drivers who agreed to be tested for the survey were at or over the 0.08 criminal blood-alcohol level than in past years, and there was a 44 per cent drop in those who tested in the warn range above 0.05. Drivers aged 25 to 54 were most likely to say their behaviour has changed due to the new sanctions and those under 25 were most likely to say they never drink and drive. The tests found no drivers aged 16 to 18 who had been drinking, which is thought to be a benefit of B.C.’s graduated licensing system that restricts novice and learners to a zero blood alcohol content.

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No justice for sled dogs The Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) says the sentence given to Bob Fawcett, who killed 56 sled dogs in April 2010, is a travesty and does not reflect the level of public concern about the treatment of animals in B.C. Fawcett was today sentenced in B.C. provincial court to three years probation and received a $1500 fine for causing unnecessary pain and suffering to animals.  “The sentence should have included jail time,” said VHS spokesman Peter Fricker.  “A  jail sentence would have sent a message to the public that animal cruelty is a serious crime that society will not tolerate.”  The maximum penalty for Fawcett’s offence under the Criminal Code is five years imprisonment and  a fine

up to $10,000. Fricker said it is equally disappointing that, despite the public outcry over the massacre of the Whistler sled dogs, it is still perfectly  legal for sled dog operators to shoot unwanted dogs.   It is also still legal for sled dogs to be tethered or chained outdoors for long periods, a practice  VHS says is  inhumane.   While new regulations have been

applied to the sled dog industry,  no new resources  have been made available to the

BC SPCA to enforce them. “The sad truth is ...continued on page 5

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Countries caught up in nuclear madness

After the loss of 10 million American lives in the Three-Mile Island calamity in 1979, the death of two billion in the Chernobyl holocaust in 1986, and now the abandonment of all of northern Japan following the death of millions in last year’s Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, it is hardly surprising that the world’s biggest users of nuclear power are shutting their plants down. Oh, wait a minute... This just in! Nobody died in the Three-Mile Island calamity, 28 plant workers were killed and 15 other people subsequently died of thyroid cancer in the Chernobyl holocaust, and nobody died in the Fukushima catastrophe. In fact, northern Japan has not been evacuated after all. But never mind all that. They really are shutting their nuclear plants down. They have already shut them down in Japan. All of the country’s 50 nuclear reactors were closed for safety checks after the tsunami damaged the Fukushima plant, and only two have reopened so far. The government, which was previously planning to increase nuclear’s share of the national energy mix to half by 2030, has now promised to close every nuclear power plant in Japan permanently by 2040. The new Japanese plan says that the country will replace the missing nuclear energy with an eightfold increase in renewable energy (wind, solar, etc.), and “the development of sustainable ways to use fossil fuels.” But going from four per cent to 30 per cent renewables in the energy mix will take decades, and nobody has yet found an economically sustainable way to sequester the greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. The truth is that as the Arctic sea ice melts and grain harvests are devastated by heat waves and drought, the world’s third-largest user of nuclear energy has decided to go back to emitting lots and lots of carbon dioxide. In Germany, where the Greens have been campaigning against nuclear power for decades, Chancellor Angela Merkel has done a U-turn and promised to close all the country’s nuclear reactors by 2022. She also promised to replace them with renewable power sources, of course, but the reality there will also be that the country burns more fossil fuels. Belgium is also shutting down its nuclear plants, and Italy has abandoned its plans to build some. Even France, which has taken 80 per cent of its power from nuclear power plants for decades without the slightest problem, is joining the panic. President Francois Hollande’s new government has promised to lower the country’s dependence on nuclear energy to 50 per cent of the national energy mix. But you can see why he and his colleagues had to do it. After all, nuclear energy is a kind of witchcraft, and the public is frightened. The Greens prattle about replacing nuclear power with renewables, which might come to pass in some distant future. But the brutal truth for now is that closing down the nuclear plants will lead to a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions, in precisely the period when the race to cut emissions and avoid a rise in average global temperature of more than two degrees C will be won or lost. Fortunately, their superstitious fears are largely absent in more sophisticated parts of the world. Only four new nuclear reactors are under construction in the European Union, and only one in the United States, but there are 61 being built elsewhere. Over two-thirds of them are being built in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China), where economies are growing fast and governments are increasingly concerned about both pollution and climate change. But it’s not enough to outweigh the closure of so many nuclear plants in the developed world, at least in the short run. India may be aiming at getting 50 per cent of its energy from nuclear power by 2050, for example, but the fact is that only 3.7 per cent of its electricity is nuclear right now. So the price of nuclear fuel has collapsed in the last four years, and uranium mine openings and expansions have been cancelled. More people die from coal pollution each day than have been killed by 50 years of nuclear power operations — and that’s just from lung disease. If you include future deaths from global warming due to burning fossil fuels, closing down nuclear power stations is sheer madness. Welcome to the Middle Ages. *Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

Let’s stand together on violence against women To the editor; Every year on December 6 Canadians wear white ribbons and observe a minute of silence to show their support for ending violence against women. The occasion, informally known as White Ribbon Day, marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, in which fourteen women were singled out for their gender

and murdered. While Canada has made important progress since that tragic day, we have a long way to go. In rates that are far higher than men, too many women continue to experience physical, psychological and sexual abuse. These are no easy solutions to these complex issues, but Parliament will soon have a chance to take practical action on one

part of the problem— cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a powerful, relentless and insidious tool used by children and adults alike. There is no escape, no respite. Cyber-bullying follows you worldwide and over your lifetime, even after death, ruining careers and reputations as adults. As one cyber-bullied young student told me: “you have no place to run,

no way to hide. Everyone knows. You feel trapped and cornered forever. Your life is ruined!” Bullying by spreading false messages, criminal harassment and defamatory libel is already covered under the Criminal Code if it is done using print, telephone, television or radio—but not on the internet. I have a bill to correct that and extend protection to ...continued on page 19

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Poverty of politics continues in B.C.

VICTORIA – B.C.’s ritual day of shame over child poverty has come and gone once again, with politicians trading blame and time-worn talking points. The occasion was an annual gathering staged at the B.C. Teachers’ Federation office in downtown Vancouver. It is organized by First Call, an umbrella group sponsored by the BCTF, the B.C. Government Employees’ Union and a collection of likeminded “anti-poverty activists,” as they describe themselves in their latest report. The familiar script unfolded. The report misinterprets federal income statistics from two years ago and calls for a long list of uncosted, but hugely expensive measures that they assert will make B.C. the first jurisdiction in human history to eradicate poverty. A sampling: provide raises for employees and contractors at all levels of government until they are making an unspecified “living wage,” because we all know how public sector workers uniquely suffer from pay and pension inequality. Raise the minimum wage again and index it to inflation. Establish universal public dental care, prescription drug and eye care



Tom Fletcher programs, and daycare. (Dismiss targeted programs that already provide this.) Raise welfare rates and expand eligibility for employment insurance. Cut tuition and provide more student grants. Eliminate homelessness. And so it continues toward a socialist Utopia and certain bankruptcy for provincial and federal governments already deeply in the red. I wrote about these numbers when Statistics Canada released them back in June. They showed a modest improvement nationally and provincially in what they measure, which is not poverty, but the relative relationship between income groups. First Call dismisses that improvement as “a dismal record.” My point is not to deny that there are many poor people in B.C. and Canada. There are. But at this point we don’t even have a reliable way of measuring the prob-

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No justice for sled dogs that sled dogs will continue to be commodities open to exploitation for profit by an industry that is not known for putting their welfare first. It should be remembered that Mr. Fawcett was not just some rogue operator or bad apple,” said Fricker.  “He served as vice-president on the board of Mush with Pride, a leading international sled dog industry group, until he was voted off when the Whistler massacre became public knowledge.   He was a well-known and  leading figure  in the sled dog world.   Surely, that says something about the industry as a whole.” *SOURCE: Vancouver Humane Society

lem, let alone effective solutions. The report states: “Statistics Canada said the child poverty rate in Greater Vancouver was 18.4 per cent in 2010 …” No, Statistics Canada didn’t say that. They said what they always say, that “Low-Income Cut-Off,” or LICO figures,  are not an accurate measure of poverty. The political response was  equally predictable. Veteran NDP MP Libby Davies led the charge in Ottawa. The government must establish a national anti-poverty strategy with firm annual goals, she said, reciting the identical script of the B.C. NDP. Davies didn’t mention that Manitoba is among the provinces with such a plan. It’s the only province that finished below B.C. in the percentage of children living in lowincome homes. These plans are mainly gesture politics, providing the appearance of action. Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux spoke on behalf of the B.C. Liberal government, and  she, too,  stuck to a familiar script. The

best path out of poverty is a job, she said. This is true, but also obvious. Then Cadieux went on about the “B.C. Jobs Plan,” which has its own sorry record of misrepresented federal statistics. Here’s one of the report’s more blindingly obvious section headings: “Child poverty concentrated in big cities.” No kidding. The whole population is concentrated in big cities. Herein lies a clue that is missed by “activists” for ever-larger government. Poor people are increasingly crowded into the most expensive places. If I’m on welfare or working in a low-wage job and receiving a provincial rent subsidy (one of those things LICO doesn’t measure), should I live in downtown Victoria or Vancouver? Shouldn’t I relocate to a smaller community where housing is cheaper? There are lots of complications to this, but some kind of incentive to relocate could help big and small communities. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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of a two-year-old daughter with his girlfriend, Savannah Dakers, had passed away. The rural detachment of the RCMP is invesThe B.C. Coroners Service say they will be looking into an accidental death that took place tigating the accident. Kamloops This Week reports that this is not at Sun Peaks Resort the afternoon of Sunday, the first time tragedy has hit the Guido family. Nov. 25. In February 2004, Guido’s brother Josh, 17, Twenty-four year old Nick Guido died after he crashed into a metal support at the base of was one of two teens killed when an 85-year-old driver went through a red light on Tranquille a ski chairlift while sledding on a crazy carpet. BC Ambulance Service responded to the 911 Road and hit five teens in the crosswalk as they call at the ski hill at approximately 1:15 p.m., headed to nearby Bert Edwards elementary to where it is reported they found Guido to be in play basketball. Nick Guido is also survived by his parents, critical condition. He was transported to Royal Joan and Peter, brother Nathan and sister TesInland Hospital. It was later reported that Guido, the father sa.

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Armour Mountain Restaurant waitress Amanda Sabyan encourages area residents to take advanatage of the Chamber’s Passport to Holiday Shopping program currently being offered by local participating merchants. Enter to win the grand prize of over $300 worth of gifts, items and gift certificates! Pickup your personal Passport from any of the participating businesses. Each time you spend $10 or more, you receive a stamp from the business. When your card is full, fill out the back, and drop off into the entry box located at Armour Mountain Office Services - located next to IDA. Enter as many times as you like.

Three people were taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following an accident on icy roads near Sun Peaks Resort on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Mounties, paramedics and members of the Sun Peaks Fire Department responded to the two-vehicle crash on Heffley Creek Road at 8 a.m. The driver of a southbound van lost control about eight kilometres from the Highway 5A turnoff, crossed the centreline and collided with a northbound pickup truck driven by a Kamloops man. Police say the truck driver

did well to pull his vehicle wide and to the shoulder of the road, thereby avoiding a head-on crash. As it was, the front corner of the van struck the driver’s door and side of the pickup truck.     After the collision, the truck came to rest on a field and the van carried on for another 400 feet before landing upright in a ditch. Both airbags in the truck were deployed, with the passenger of the vehicle suffering a possible broken wrist. The female driver of the van and her son received minor whiplash-type injuries, with all three people treated in hospital.

Both vehicle were totalled, with police saying roads at the time of the crash were extremely icy as frost was coming out on the pavement. Charges will not be recommended. Mounties are reminding motorist to drive to road conditions at this time of the year and to pay particular attention to those areas of highways that are shaded and often icy until later in the day. There have also been reports of black ice and general icy roads on Highway 97 between Kamloops and Vernon and on the Coquihalla Highway between Kamloops and Merritt.

SD 73 gets funding for new buses North Thompson Star/Journal School District 73 will receive $842,532 in funding for the purchase of eight new school buses as part of a $14 million investment by the Province. These new clean diesel buses reduce ex-

haust particulate emissions by 90 per cent compared to the previous 1994 standard. The buses also obtain 30 to 60 per cent better mileage than gasoline-fuelled buses, consequently providing longer service.  Currently there are approximately 1,200

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Enbridge VP makes pitch in B.C. Janet Holder, Enbridge Inc. vice president responsible for the Northern Gateway pipeline project, was in Victoria Tuesday to give a speech to the Canadian Club. Before the speech, she spoke with Black Press legislative reporter Tom Fletcher. Here is an edited transcript: TF: The International Energy Agency just released a report that says the United States expects to be self-sufficient in oil in five years because of increased shale oil production. What does that mean for oil sands and the Northern Gateway proposal? JH: It has been a few years that the U.S. has talked about being self-sufficient or self-contained in oil, and people have questioned whether that includes Canadian oil or not. If that is a reality, then that increases the need to for Canada to get to tidewater with its oil. Our number one export in Canada is oil, and 99 per cent of it is going to the U.S. right now. TF: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was just in town. He says pipe the oil to the east and refine it in Canada, absolutely no way to Northern Gateway. Your response? JH: I think there is value to moving oil to the East Coast and there are a number of possibilities there. The value of the Northern Gateway project is that it’s the most economical access to the Pacific Rim. TF: What about refining oil in B.C.? JH: As a pipeline company we can move any oil product, refined or not refined. So we’re indifferent. If it does make economic sense to refine oil in British Columbia, then we’re quite comfortable with that. TF: A lot of the opposition relates to crude oil tankers. Is that the biggest obstacle, or is it the overland route? JH: We don’t believe tankers are the toughest challenge. It may be perceived by a lot of individuals that that is the issue, but we are creating a worldclass marine system off the North Coast of B.C. that will set

the standard for ports around the world. We look at all environmental aspects equally, and we want to build a pipeline, a terminal and a marine system that is world class.

JH: You don’t want to open up land, because the caribou are easier targets as prey. More than 70 per cent of the pipeline route is actually along roadways used for taking down beetlekilled timber or other logging. Those clear rights-of-way already exist. We will berm, we will put trees in, we will actually create a friendlier environment for the caribou than what those roads and clearcuts have done.

TF: B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake has described Enbridge’s testimony at federal hearings in Prince George as “long on promises and short on solid evidence.” Your response? JH: I was quite surprised with his comments. We could not have been more forthright in our answers that day, or provided any more detail. There is a process here. We don’t have all the answers today, and we don’t pretend to. If we were to get a positive recommendation from the Joint Review Panel at the end of next year, we would still have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend from today until we put a shovel in the ground. We are continually evolving the project, and that’s how it works. You take enough information to the JRP to prove it’s in the economic interest of Canadians and to prove that you

Janet Holder, Vice President, Western Access, Enbridge Inc. can build this pipeline in an environmentally sustainable, safe way. That being given, you refine that down more. We’re looking at a corridor that’s a kilometre wide right now, which is normal for the JRP process. If you get approval, you narrow it down to a 25-metre corridor, do more engineering studies, more studies in the field, until we can say here is exactly where we’re going to go and how we’re going to build it. TF: There has been discussion about the impact on caribou mi-

gration, one of many wildlife issues. Can you talk about that? JH: We look at all species at risk, and caribou is one species where we have made a lot of effort, and hired experts to work with us. The majority of the pipeline is actually going along already disturbed land. A lot of it is due to logging and pine beetle kill. What we will do where there are caribou migration areas is actually improve the land from where it is today, and make it more conducive to caribou.

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TF: The issue wildlife biologists talk about is that all resource development opens up and changes the whole ecology of the area, increasing access for moose and predators like wolves.

TF: Can you give me an update on discussions with aboriginal communities? JH: We had a 10 per cent equity offering out that ended just before Christmas, and we had 60 per cent of the First Nations, split evenly between British Columbia and Alberta, who have signed on

to those equity agreements. We have not released any further equity, but have ongoing discussions with a number of First Nations with regard to potential procurement opportunities once we’re in construction mode. There is about $800 million worth of goods and services along the pipeline construction in British Columbia alone, and we feel probably $300 million of that or more can be provided through First Nations communities. We’re having ongoing discussions with regards to education and skills training. We have already offered training to First Nations, and of course they will be trained well before we get approval and will be off doing something else. But we hope they will come back and work for us.


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Crafts and gifts for everyone The Barriere Senior’s Society held their annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 24. The hall was packed with all manner of crafts, from quilting to woodwork. Shoppers had a wonderful time finding those special gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The next Craft Fair in the area will be held at Chu Chua on Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers can also find a myriad of art and gifts at the Candlelight and Holly event being held daily in the Barriere Legion basement, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 2.

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Word has it that Santa Claus has sent greetings from the North Pole and has confirmed an early arrival to Barriere, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 7. Santa has plans to attend the Barriere Christmas Parade and District Tree Lighting, and then he will spend the night in the community so he can be guest of honour at the Breakfast with Santa at the Lions Hall on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Christmas Parade marshall, Sylvia Chivers, says the Parade will assemble at 5:30 p.m. at The Barriere Elementary School and will move out at 6 p.m. sharp, it will proceed to Barkley Road and continue right on Barriere Town Road, arriving at the BandShell in Fadear Park. This year the parade is sponsored by the North Thompson Volunteer Centre, and is in the evening so you will be able to decorate with lights and other sources of illumination. Organizers ask

that anyone walking make their presence visible by using reflective gear and glow lights, so that you will be visible in the darkness. Upon arrival of the parade, a grand march of costumes will be held at the BandShell oval, with a great prize for the best individual costume! Judging of the parade will be on route, and prizes will be announced at the BandShell after the costume march. At 7 p.m. the District of Barriere Christmas tree will be illuminated, and everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy carolling by the fire, with other Christmas festivities that the District elves have to offer. Sweetnam’s will be on hand making Christmas decorations, and of course hot dogs and hot chocolate will also be available. The Barriere Fire Department, RCMP, and Search and Rescue will be in attendance to keep everyone safe and warm. Then, the next morning

Adult literacy gets boost in Barriere Submitted Thompson Rivers University and Yellowhead Community Services Society will receive $9,859.76 this fiscal year to support their adult literacy program. Adult learners in Barriere and Clearwater will get help to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and advance their education and career goals thanks to government funding for the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). The government is providing $2.4 million to support 68 community-based adult literacy

projects in 2012-2013, benefitting close to 6,400 British Columbians. Projects funded under CALP provide instruction and support to adult learners in everything from basic literacy to high school completion. Projects focus on the individual goals of learners such as improving their literacy skills in order to enhance the quality of their lives, improve their employment opportunities, further their education and increase their involvement in their families and communities. Most offer one-

on-one tutoring by trained volunteers, small group classes and other types of learning tailored to adults, Aboriginal learners, young parents and others in the community in need of support. “The Community Adult Literacy Program addresses everything from basic literacy to high school completion. It’s helped more than 75,000 adults further their education and job skills, and it’s great to see it continue to help people,” says KamloopsNorth Thompson MLA Terry Lake. CALP projects


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(Saturday, Dec. 8) the community is invited to spend the morning with family and friends at the Barriere Lions Hall for breakfast and pictures with jolly ol’ Santa. The Lion’s members will be up early preparing their world famous delicious breakfast, and Success by 6 will organize pictures with Santa, along with lots of great music and Christmas activities. The breakfast is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.; admission is by donation of cash or a Food Bank item, with a charge of $3 for Santa pictures. A fun weekend of excitement for everyone! Everyone is invited to come out and share the blessings of the season and the joy of living in such a great community. If we are all very nice, Santa may even show up for Late Night Holiday Shopping on Thursday, Dec. 13. Barriere has a lot to offer this holiday season, so come on out and join in the festivities!


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Economic Development experiencing changes We had a Development Committee meeting last week. There were updates on local and area projects. One such local project is the Shop Local Passport project which is being promoted by the Barriere and Area Chamber of Commerce. So far the project is experiencing good response from the local merchants. The project involves local shoppers obtaining a passport and then getting a stamp at three participating local sales outlets and one restaurant for purchases of at least ten dollars. Once the passport is filled in it can be turned in for a contest entry to win one of the prizes offered by the merchants that are participating. The prizes are quite substantial and the results of the contest will allow local merchants to track how well the shopping season was attended. The Yellowhead Mines Harper Creek project is progressing. The most recent news was that the Environmental Assessment application will be delayed for a further four weeks to allow a review by the First Nations that have an interest in the project. Then the application will be sent to the Federal government for review. Also, there will be work at the mine site over the winter, and I am told that this has already started, with the temporary camp being prepared. Part time local Economic Development Officer Mr. Andrew Hayward announced at the meeting that he will not be returning next year. The committee thanked Mr. Hayward for his past services and wished him well in his future endeavours. Mr. Hayward will be completing the last month of his contract by helping with the Shop Local project and a few other local initiatives. The announcement

was made at the November development committee meeting as there will not be a committee meeting in December. Development initiatives will still be pursued with more of a local focus. One such possible local project that was announced at the meeting was a biomass burner. Councillor Stanley and Mike Mitton from Gilbert Smith sawmill will be attending a Biomass conference this week to get up to date on what is available. The proposal could provide heat for various buildings in Barriere. Staff will be looking at costs and the possibility of placing the pipes in the same trenches as the sewer lines. If this can be accomplished, then the cost of the project will be reduced considerably. With the cost of heat through the use of electricity, propane and oil constantly on the rise and the lack of natural gas here in Barriere, it has been hard to attract new manufacturing types of businesses. One idea was to pipe the heat to the

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industrial park as well as to the existing commercial and institutional buildings in the downtown core. By using a renewable green energy source to heat both existing and new projects, we will be able to reduce our carbon footprint. We will also be closer to realizing projects such as a long term health care facility. Energy costs are a major stumbling block in the negotiating of such projects and biomass heat will fill the bill. Speaking of health care, there were two hospital board meetings last week that I attended as Barriere’s TNRD director. I had an opportunity to voice my displeasure of Interior Health’s decision to cut one of our local lab technician positions to Mr. Andrew Neuner. Mr. Neuner is  Interior Health’s  Vice President of Community Integration. I





am hoping to follow up with his department to try and find a resolution to the long wait times at our local clinic. The provisional budget for the first phase of the work to be done at Royal Inland Hospital over the next many years was approved. This first project will provide for additional parking, as well as teaching and patient care facilities. Approximately 350 new spaces will be created in a multilevel parking facility. It is old news now, but I wish to welcome the new TNRD Director for Area O, Mr. Bill Kershaw. Despite not being officially sworn in until Dec. 6, Bill attended all the latest TNRD meetings to catch up on what was happening. I suspect this dedication will continue throughout his term, and Area O will be well served.

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Canada Geese are still able to enjoy ice free local waterways and farmer’s hay fields that remain bare of snow. The extended fall has been a boon before Old Man Winter blows into town.

Choirs bringing the joy of Christmas music to area Submitted The combined community choirs of Barriere and Clearwater are gearing up for their first Christmas performance, which will bring the joy of Christmas music to the area. They say the performance entitled, “Peace Around The World – A Christmas Concert” will have you humming and clapping and crying right along.  The performance will feature both child and adult soloists, violin, flute, percussion and three piano, with four hands at the piano at once.

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The director, Leah Jones, says she is especially happy to be offering this unique music experience to the community…. “Nothing makes me feel better than to have people shine for their community!” The choirs will also be performing for the senior’s complexes in both Barriere and Clearwater. Performances for the public are at Blackpool Hall on Friday, Dec 7 at 7 p.m. for those close to Clearwater, and another performance in Barriere at the Pentecostal Christian Life Assembly Church on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the afternoon at 4 p.m.




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The Mitchell family: Raising beef since 1933 The Mitchell Ranch borders the North Thompson River 60 kilometers north of Kamloops. Descending steeply from mountain lakes, Peterson Creek passes through the ranch in the valley bottom, supplying gravity fed irrigation as well as beauty to the home place. The ranch has been in the family since 1933 when T. D. Mitchell bought the property, then the Northern Ranch, from Northern Construction Company, a logging company that was an offshoot from railway building. In 1920 they had built the barn to house fifty teams of horses for their proposed giant logging enterprise. Their “Seven Mile” mill at Raleigh burned shortly after and they went out of business. Many piles of decked logs on the benches above the river were abandoned, and the barn remains barely used. The original herd of cows traveled “on the hoof” from Dog Creek via Ashcroft, and later north to the ranch at Barriere. Over the years the herd was built up with the introduction of productive cows and the constant use of purebred Hereford bulls. By 1970, owner Bob Mitchell recognized that his herd had become virtually purebred and saw the need for some hybridization in a commercial herd. He bred a handful of his mature cows

to Simmental bulls by artificial insemination. Pleased with the results, he continued to add Simmental blood into his herd, working in conjunction with the BCAI Centre to test new bulls as they arrived from Europe. In ten years he had about 250 papered percentage females and a few full bloods - original imports and their progeny. With the increase in Simmental blood, the ranch still retains a commercial environment. All cattle must be hardy enough to withstand the rigors of calving outdoors and long drives to alpine summer ranges. Calving starts in February. The cows, particularly heifers, are watched carefully, for calving is for each cow a moment of truth. At birth all calves are tagged and recorded: a mandatory step initiating them into the federal Record of Performance program which started in 1972. Soon after calving is over the breeding program begins. Selected cows are sorted into breeding pastures with genetically compatible bulls. By range turnout date in May, all calves must be branded, etc. The “Skull Mountain” spring range is a mountainous area adjacent to and southwest of the ranch. Considerable riding is required here to insure proper range use and to keep the bulls adequately distributed. In early July cows from

the spring range are gathered home for the trip to summer range on Harp Mountain. In the early years this meant the first of three thirty-five mile drives to summer range on Harp Mountain. By daybreak everyone (family and visiting friends) were fed and horses caught, ready to hit the road. The great obstacle was the highway bridge spanning the North Thompson. Hay must be spread over each of the four expansion plates or the herd would absolutely refuse to cross. The next challenge was to pass through Barriere without adding any cow footprints or deposits onto anyone’s lawn. It was a long often very warm day of steady travel to make up the twenty miles to the little meadow where the cows were allowed to rest for a day. Sometimes the herd could be left in the heat of the day to finish that journey in the evening cool. In recent years, this part of the long drive is replaced by trucking to a cattle guard on the North Barriere Lake road. From there the cows often make their way on their own into the alpine pastures, feeding on old clear cuts along the way. In the old days the mountain was inaccessible by road and the herd had to be driven up the eight miles of steep mountain trail, salt and supplies brought along by packhorse. It was a challenge to

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(Above) The Mitchell ranching tradition is carried on today by Ian and Anja Mitchell, pictured here with their children while riding on Harp Mountain. (Right) The Mitchell family get a daybreak start to the July 1 cattle drive to Harp Mountain, as they drive cattle over the North Thompson Bridge north of Barriere in about 1970. find a suitable route to bring cows into this mountain area, blazing and building the new trails. It wasn’t until the late 1970s that logging roads began to penetrate the mountain from the south cutting across these old trails and allowing access into much of the mountain by pick-up truck. The effort of getting cows in to the 6,000 to 7,000 foot level

becomes obviously worthwhile in the fall. When snow and cold weather force the cows homeward the calves look beautiful - big and growthy with thick coats of hair - proof that the summer fare on Harp Mountain has been good. The Simmental influence makes the best possible use of lush alpine grasses and forbs, with average weaning weights well

over those for pre-Simmental years. With their calves weaned and out of the way, in the old days, cows began yet another drive - this time ten miles up the Yellowhead highway to a large island in the middle of the North Thompson River. Here again the cows knew what was expected of them. They were carefully strung out into a long

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 North Thompson Star/Journal

SPORTS The Barriere

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Elementary School Volleyball Girls Team are playing in the semi finals at Brock Elementary today in Kamloops.

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Saturday Dec. 8/12 Doors open at 6pm

Bingo starts at 7pm Bring-a-friend draw good neighbour prizes (turkeys & hams)

On Thursday, November 22, the Barriere Elementary Volleyball Girls Team attended the Tier 1 playoffs at McGowan Elementary School, in Kamloops. Their first series of games were against McGowan Elementary. They lost game one 25 to 12, but then rallied back, and won games two and three with scores of 25 to 19, and 15 to nine respectively. Their second series of games were against Juniper Elementary.  Once again they lost their first game with the score this time being a close 26 to 24. And once again the girls ralled in the second and third games, winning both with scores of 25 to 19, and 15 to 13. These exciting wins mean the team will be competing today, Thursday, Nov. 29, at Brock Elementary in Kamloops, in the semi-finals. Should they win this set, the team will go on to play for gold or silver.  If they lose, they will play for the bronze. Congratulations to the Barriere Elementary Volleyball Girls Team for making it into the semi finals.


9:00 – 9:50 • Pre Novice 9:50 – 10:50 • Novice 11:00 – 12:45 • Girls vs. Merritt 3:00 – 5:00 • Atoms #2 vs. Lillooet 5:15 – 7:15 • PW vs Chase 7:30 – 9:30 • Midget REC vs Lillooet

Sunday December 2

8:00 – 9:45 • Atom #1 vs Lillooet 10:00 – 11:45 • Peewee vs Chase 12:00 – 2:00 • Midget Rec vs Lillooet


2013 Event Dates

Are you planning an event within the Lower North Thompson Valley during 2013? If so we’d like to hear about it and list the dates in our Community Calendar. Give us a call at the Star/Journal.

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The Barriere & District Riding Club would like to thank our 2012 Sponsors for the wonderful support they gave our Club throughout the year!

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The Horse Barn • Greenhawk • Lammle’s • The Horse Gate Trailer Sales • Douglas Lake Equipment • Circle W Quarter Horses • WJ & Sons Trucking • Quality Contracting • Helen J Woods Equine Therapy • Britewood Industries • Eco Nets • Lazy B Stockhorse • Photography by Sarah Underwood • Doughboy Enterprises • Thompson Valley Charters • Amarok Contracting • IRLY Building Supplies • Monte Carlo Motel • Sam’s Pizza • Brandt Tractor • Darrell Fennell • 4D Welding • Alpha Foundations • Wade Lindoff Roofing • Darren Dichrow Roofing • Marlin Travel • Art Knapp’s • Pincott Ranches • Foothills Farm • Class Act Formals As well as all of the Volunteers who helped make all of our events possible!

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Partnership with Learn to Fish program benefits families Ministry of Environment

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Mayson Lake Horse Camp has six camping spots in a well treed area suitable for high lining. There is an outhouse, shower house, picnic tables and fire rings, as well as a shelter.

North Thompson geocaching Mayson Campsite This system of trails showcases pristine wilderness with exceptional fly fishing lakes. Some trails are relatively short, but very worthwhile and scenic.   The trails north of Mayson Lake are on solid ground and offer a nice view of Bonaparte Lake.  The area can be boggy in spots, so stay on the marked trails and be alert for marshy looking shorelines.  Parking is limited in this area.  Access roads are radio controlled. Mayson Lake Horse Camp has six camping spots in a well treed area suitable for high lining.   There is an outhouse, shower house, picnic tables and fire rings, as well as a shelter.


From Barriere: Travel north from Barriere on Highway 5 for 18 km to Darlington Forest Service Road to 15.5 km, turn left onto Powder Lake Road, which is at 61.0 km, and drive to 50.2 km. Turn right

for a very short distance; the camp is on the left. From Kamloops: Travel Westsyde Road 20 km to Jamieson Creek Forest Service Road to 48.75; turn right onto Powder Lake Road which is at 49.0 km and drive to 50.2 km. Turn left for a very short distance, the camp is on the left. Access to the trails start at this campsite.  There are short trails from each campsite, taking you down to the shores of Mayson Lake.

• The 7th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup – All Nations Celebration (Jan. 2 to 16, 2013) This winter Sun Peaks will welcome Australian Olympians Ben Sim (Nordic) and Ramone Cooper (Moguls) as part of a new partnership with Interschools New South Wales. The festival includes the signature Sun Peaks Family Cup race bringing together families from all over the globe, as well as the Annual ‘Kookaburra Cup’ Cross-Country Skiing Competition and other fun family events. • The 15th  Annual Sun Peaks Winter Festival of Wine (Jan. 12 to 20) Two of British Columbia’s finest assets—winter recreation

and wine—make for an inspired pairing at this annual celebration. Over 20 B.C. wineries will come together to offer over 20 events ranging from small and intimate to the grand scale flagship West Jet Progressive Tasting. Be prepared to come away with more than one new favourite indulgence. • The 2nd Annual Bluebird Banked Slalom (Feb. 17) Hundreds of man hours have gone into clearing a brand new course for this one of a kind banked slalom race. The natural gully along 5 Mile run will become the new testing ground for boarders and skiers in this locals’ favourite event. Prizing and after party to follow! • FIS World Cup of

2012 was possible due to continued support from BC Parks, as well as $80,000 from the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, $35,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust Fund and increased funding of $50,000 from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. For 2013, the Learn to Fish program aims to serve another 25,000 people at various locations throughout B.C. This will include more than 80 programs in provincial parks, reaching more than 3,000 youth and their families. Learn more: • BC Parks: www. • Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC: • Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation: * BC Parks on Facebook: www.facebook. com/YourBCParks


George and Lily Mayson homesteaded on the west side of the North Thompson River at McLure. George had bought the land previously in the year of 1900.  George became a forest ranger, serving the Barriere and surrounding region in 1923.  He was very well known and highly respected by the local community and by the Forestry Service Branch.  He retired from that position in 1945. Trail segment courtesy of Lower North Thompson Geocaching

This winter at Sun Peaks Resort Submitted

Hundreds of new anglers got their feet wet for the first time at British Columbia’s provincial parks during 2012. A record number of B.C. families took part in free Learn to Fish programs in provincial parks, which added value to the park visitors’ already great experiences. The program served 2,765 youth and their families at more than 78 sessions in 19 different provincial parks during the 2012 season. This was a 20 per cent increase over 2011 levels in BC Parks. The provincial parks program is a result of a partnership with the non-profit Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC who has delivered the Learn to Fish program in B.C. since 2006. The Learn to Fish program has served nearly 100,000

participants throughout B.C., and of those participants, more than 12,500 baited their hooks in provincial parks. The program is delivered by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC in partnership with BC Parks and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Designed to attract new anglers to recreational fishing, the Learn to Fish program has a strong focus on conservation and increasing environmental awareness. It expanded in 2012 to include provincial parks in the Thompson-Nicola, Okanagan, East Kootenay, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions. The program’s increasing popularity builds on a 2011 expansion that was assisted by BC Parks funding of $5,000. Additional growth in

Speed Skiing (Feb. 28 to Mar. 3) The fastest non-motorized sport in the world is back at Sun Peaks Resort and is better than ever! As the only FIS sanctioned speed skiing event in North America, this race is a spectacular show for racers and spectators alike. Come see racers hit speeds of over 200km/h down the infamous Headwalls ski run. • Rip Curl Duff Invitational Slopestyle (Feb. 17) Canadian snowboarding legend Chris Dufficy will return to his stomping grounds to throw down in the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park and he is inviting everyone to join him! Come witness the best skiers and snowboarders in the region and be-

yond compete to claim the title in this inaugural slopestyle event. CADS Festival and Para National Championships (Mar. 24 to 29) Future paralympians from all across Canada will gather at Sun Peaks Resort for the CADS Festival once again this year. The CADS Ski Improvement and Race Development Program will focus on young, up and coming racers while in The Canadian National Para-Alpine Championships top para-alpine racers from across Canada and other nations compete for honors before the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. 

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North Thompson Agriplex, Barriere, B.C. Tickets available online at North Thompson Star/Journal (Barriere) Horse Barn (Kamloops).

Bullarama and New Year’s Party (19+): $50.00

Bullarama only: $30.00 • 12 and under (bullarama only): $15.00 Food vendors will be available on site Tickets drop in price thanks to a new sponsor. Tickets pre-purchased at original price will have difference refunded at the door.

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Garden Club holds elections

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The North Thompson Valley Garden Club held annual elections at their November meeting last Sunday. Elected for the next term are: President - Franz Friesinger Vice-president Margaret Houben Secretary - Liz Gilbertson Treasurer - Anne Cameron Also chosen were chairpersons for the various committees:

Community Garden - Liz Gilbertson Seedy Saturday (April) - Susan Garland Plant Sale (May) -Anne Cameron Fall Social - Liz Gilbertson The program committee will be changed this coming year. In-

stead of having a committee to organize the programs, it will be discussed briefly at each meeting to ensure greater input from those attending the meetings. Several suggestions were discussed at the November meeting, including making a “planting by the moon” calendar that can be sold as a fundraiser.   Those wanting to make suggestions about possible speakers or workshops, should present them at an upcoming meeting.

YCS Open House Dec. 6 Yellowhead Community Services advise their Christmas Open House will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3 - 5 p.m., in the multipurpose room at the Ridge. A feature of the afternoon will be a performance by the Little Stars Playschool children starting at 3:15 p.m. Light refreshments will also be available and everyone is welcome to attend. For more info call YCS at 250-672-9773.

The next meeting will be a Christmas pot-luck on December 16, at noon, at the North Thompson Volunteer Centre. A reminder to all Barriere and area residents: everyone is welcome to join the North Thompson Valley Garden Club regardless of your gardening experience. Membership is just $10 per year. For more information about the club contact: Margaret Houben at 250-6729330.

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Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve Bullarama “Bucking for the Farm Kids”, Barriere Firefighters’ Practice: Barriere Firehall, Thurs., 7pm 7pm @ NT Agriplex, more info at Barriere Food Bank: Every Wed. starting Sep. 12, 10am--noon. Jan 19 - Citizen of the Year Banquet @ Lions Hall. Time & tickets Call for info 672-0029 (leave a message). tba Barriere Genealogy Club. Meet every 1st & 3rd Friday of the Army Cadets - 2941 RCACC Cadet Corp. - Tues. 6:30pm, ages 12- month at the Barriere Library, 6-7pm. For info call 250-672-9330. 18, 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 Photography Club. All welcome. For info on meeting Barriere Adult Day Program: Mon. & Wed. 9-2. Lunch, crafts & dates contact Shelley Lampreau at 250-672-5728. music at the Seniors Ctr. Sherry Jardine 672-5121 Barriere Community Quilters: 2nd & 4th Thurs.of mth, 2pm at Barriere & District Heritage Society: 3rd Wed. of mth, 1pm at the Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 250-672-2012. NTVIC in the winter, at Museum in the summer. Barriere Search & Rescue: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. Training on Barriere & District Riding Club: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. www. 4th Tues. of mth, 7pm. Info Cherie 672-9341 BSS PAC & Booster Club: 1st Tues. of mth, 5:30pm. Info call Barriere & District Seniors Events: Mon. Whist 7pm, Tues. & 250-672-9943. Thurs. 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 Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: Every Tues., 7pm. Barriere Choir: Every Thurs. @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Little Fort Hall. Rd. Youth 7-18 3:30pm; Adults 19+ 6:30pm. Call Leah Jones 250Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554-3134. 957-8440. Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Annesty Rd. Barriere Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Barriere Drop In Art. Every Friday from 1-3pm at NTVIC from end 3rd Mon. of every mth, 11:30 am. Council of Senior Citizens: Devoted to improving quality of life of Sept to March (except holidays). Nominal fee. All welcome. Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Tues. of mth, 6:30pm, call 672-9916. for seniors. Call 604-576-9734 or email Barriere Farmer’s Market: Thursdays. Sam’s Pizza & Rib House, Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Wed. 7:30pm, Sept. to May. Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. 4307 Hwy 5. 10am-2pm. Info call Donna 672-5159. Darts: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Barriere Fibre Arts. Every Tuesday, 7-9pm at NTVIC, from OctApr. Nominal attendance fee. All welcome. Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866.

Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 7pm. 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 Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm Volunteer Centre. More info 672-1843 NT Museum: Summer hours - Tues & Fri 9am-5pm; Wed & Sat 10am-4pm; 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). Whist. Mondays 7-9:30pm at the Barriere Seniors’ Hall, Oct through Apr. $2/6 games. All adults welcome. Wilson’s Arena weekly practice: Mon Game, Tues: Stock Dogs, Wed: Team roping, Thurs: Team penning

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Lost & Found

Education/Trade Schools

Found: Short haired Calico cat found in Avola. 250-678-5371

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Happy Occasions: Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, etc. 1 column by 3 inch - $18.49 + GST Deadlines: Word Ads: Mondays 5pm Display Ads: Mondays 12pm It is the policy of The Star/Journal and The Times to receive pre-payment on all classified advertisements. Ads may be submitted by phone if charged to a VISA, MC or an existing account.

CHECK YOUR AD! Notice of error must be given in time for correction before the second insertion of any advertisement. The paper will not be responsible for omissions or for more than one incorrect insertion, or for damages or costs beyond the cost of the space actually occupied by the error. Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of ads which discriminate against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, nationality, ancestry or place of origin or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona fide requirement for the work involved. Readers; in ads where ‘male’ is referred to, please read also as ‘female’ and where ‘female’ is used, read also ‘male’. NOTE: When ordering items out of province, the purchaser is responsible to pay provincial sales tax. Do not send money in response to an advertisement without confirming the credentials of that business, and be aware that some telephone numbers will be charged for by the minute

Employment Business Opportunities ACCOUNTING & Tax franchise. Start your own practice with Canada’s leading accounting franchise. Join Padgett Business Services’ 400 practices. Taking care of small business needs since 1966. or 1-888-723-4388, ext. 222. OWN A Homecare business! Full Training/Support. A great income potential by helping others. Canadian based. $80K req’d to start. 888-561-0616.

Career Opportunities ASSISTANT Manager, Creston Warehouse Facility Individual with strong work ethic to join fast paced environment. 5-8 yrs logistic/warehousing exp, min 5 yrs mgmt exp. For full ad please see online classifieds. Please submit application to:

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking Announcements


Cards of Thanks


I am so grateful for all the assistance I received on the day Mat, my best friend and husband was taken from me. My neighbors, the police, the firemen, ambulance crew, and the paramedics. Thank you too, to the doctors, hospital staff and Drake, who walked me through all the steps I needed to take. The Clearwater and District Hospice Society, and friends that provided all the refreshments for the memorial. All the wonderful friends who brought hugs, love, food and support to me in days to follow. ~ Thank you so much, Betty Schulte, Leigh, Gerald, Holly and their best friends

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Thank you everyone who came out to help me celebrate my 98th Birthday. You all made me feel so very special. It was truly a great day. A special thank you to Bonnie and staff at the Wells Gray Hotel for making it all possible. ~ Sincerely Ray Austin & Family

Coming Events Avon Open House, Dec 7-9, 10am-3pm & 7-9pm daily. Everyone Welcome. 4036 Agate Bay Rd. Hospital Gift Corner Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 1 pm McLure Wildfire Monument Society AGM, Dec. 9, 2012. Potluck 5:30 pm, Meeting 6:30 pm. 728 Stone Rd., Louis Creek. 250-319-8023 New Year’s Eve Bullarama Bucking for the Farm Kids New Year’s Eve, 7pm-2am Doors Open at 6:30pm At the NT Agriplex, Barriere Tickets available online at, the NT Star/Journal (Barriere), & the Horse Barn (Kamloops).

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LOG TRUCK drivers with offroad experience wanted in Northern Alberta. Immediate openings, good wages, accommodation supplied. Forward resumes:

Education/Trade Schools

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Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical

HEAVY DUTY Mechanic (Fraser Valley). We are a well established medium size contractor serving the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley area since 1969. We are recruiting a Heavy Duty Mechanic stationed at our Abbotsford shop. You will be responsible to service, maintain and repair our fleet of mobile paving and grading equipment in addition to undertaking basic welding and fabricating duties to upkeep equipment. Must have a good understanding of hydraulic and electrical systems and have a keen eye for preventative maintenance practice. You must have a valid class 5 BC driver’s license and a safe driver’s abstract in order to drive our service truck to respond to field service requests. A min 3yr experience is needed along with Interprovincial Heavy Duty Mechanic Certificate and you must possess an ability to work in a team environment and at times with limited supervision. This is a unionized position paying very competitive wages and an extensive benefits package for the right candidate. Respond by email to:

DAIRY, BEEF, Crop, Sheep, Swine, Horticultural work. Live and learn in Europe, Britain, Japan, Australia or New Zealand. 4-12 month AgriVenture 1-888programs available. 598-4415 Canadian farmers may also apply for overseas trainees.

JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. in Hanna, Alberta needs a few more good people. Busy, modern shop. $25-$31/hour + bonus, benefits. Great community. Inquire or send resume. Fax 403-8542845; Email RED SEAL Diesel Truck and Trailer Mechanic wanted in Northern Alberta. Full time, permanent position. Initial accommodation supplied. E-mail: for immediate response.

Help Wanted

Work Wanted

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.

HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875. Need some help with those odd jobs you don’t have time for? Call Keiran Jones at 250-674-3051


Farm Workers

LEARN FROM Home. Earn from home. Medical Transcriptionists are in demand. Lots of jobs! Enrol today for less than $95 a month. 1-800-466-1535

Required for an Alberta Trucking Company. One Class 1 Driver. Must have a minimum of 5 years experience pulling low boys and driving off road. Candidate must be able to pass a drug test and be willing to relocate to Edson, Alberta. Fax resumes to: 780725-4430

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities


Alternative Health It’s Christmas Time Get your loved ones gift certificate for Body Harmony~ Shiatsu Clinic ~ Acupressure Massage. Gift certificates available at the Wells Gray Hotel lobby.

Clearwater & District Hospice Society The winner of the Mystery Raffle November 24, 2012 Betty Schulte Safe Home Response Providing a safe place to escape for women and their children. Volunteers always needed. Call 250-674-2135.


Located across the railway tracks in Vavenby, B.C. Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Great deals - low prices

Personals Alcoholics Anonymous 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


Graymont’s Pavilion Plant is accepting applications for an Industrial Electrician. Candidate must possess current B.C. Red Seal certification. Preference will be given to well-rounded individuals willing to also perform other nonelectrical maintenance work as part of the maintenance team. A background in lime or cement industry along with computer and or PLC skills is preferred as well as a proven track record of developing and maintaining a safe work culture. Additional skills required: t&MFDUSJDJBOXJUIJOEVTUSJBMFYQFSJFODFSFRVJSFEUPXPSLBUUIF(SBZNPOU1BWJMJPO Lime Plant. t.VTUCFDPNFFOHBHFEJODPOUJOVPVTJNQSPWFNFOUBOEXJMMJOHUPXPSLJOBUFBN environment. t3FHVMBSTIJGUTXJMMCFISTEBZGSPN.POEBZUP'SJEBZoTUFBEZEBZTIJGU t.VTUCFXJMMJOHUPXPSLPWFSUJNFXIFOSFRVJSFE t8BHFTBOECFOFÜUTBTQFSUIFDPMMFDUJWFBHSFFNFOU t-PDBUFEJO1BWJMJPO#$TJUVBUFECFUXFFO$BDIF$SFFLBOE-JMMPPFU #$ Qualified applicants please submit your resume to: or Graymont Pavilion Plant Attn: Dan Buis P.O. Box 187 Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0

LOOKING FOR A CAREER IN PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL OR CARPENTRY? We are currently accepting applications for a 19 week Construction Trades Training Program focusing on Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing. This program is being offered in Kamloops starting in February. Go to to see our brochure about the program. For more information and applications contact: Kym Behrns 250-574-9389 Cell: (250)574-9389 Proudly Sponsored by the Southern Interior Construction Association

Help Wanted

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: SPORT SHOP/BOUTIQUE MGR. – Mike Wiegele’s O1712 MAINTENANCE MANAGER – Mike Wiegele’s O1712A PROGRAM SUPPORT (Casual) – Interior Health O1812 CUSTOMER SERVICE – Little Fort Store (must be 19+) O3012 COOK – Part time (not suitable for student) A&W N0212B CASHIER – Part time (not suitable for students) Petro Can N0212C RESIDENT HOME ATTENDANT – Casual, ICS N1912 BUCKERMAN/RIGGING SLINGER – VRV Contracting N2312

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 re-training 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: Customer Service Representative: FT or PT/ Little Fort #1103 Class 1 Driving Instructor: FT Quesnel/Williams Lake #1101 Store Clerk/Cashier: Blue River #1029 Line Cook: Blue River #1028 Logging Truck Driver: Seasonal/Clearwater #1027 Head Bartender & Server: Seasonal/Blue River #1026 Lodge Employee & Kitchen Helper: Seasonal/ Blue River #1024 Maintenance & Ski Technician: Seasonal/Blue River #1023 Sous Chef: Seasonal /Blue River #1022 Server: Seasonal/Blue River #1021 Cook: Seasonal/Blue River #1019 Maintenance Manager: FT/Blue River #1018 Payroll and Accounts Payable: FT/Blue River #1015 Boutique Clerk: Seasonal/Blue River #1014 Sandwich Maker: Seasonal/Blue River #1007 Dining Room Supervisor: Seasonal/Blue River #1006 Wine Sommelier: Seasonal/Blue River #1004 Server: FT & PT/Blue River #1003 Line Cook: FT & PT/Blue River #1002 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 Bus Host: Winter Season/Blue River #0817 Heli-Ski Guides: 6 positions/Seasonal/Blue River #08166 GENERAL INFORMATION • Free Workshops: Thurs. Dec. 27th – Work Search Techniques Workshop (every 4th Thursday) Thurs. Dec. 13th – Internet & Email Basics Workshop ( or every 2nd Thursday) • 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 twice/mth to the Blue River School. Next visit is Thursday Dec. 6 from 12:30-3:40. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.

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

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Merchandise for Sale


Mind Body Spirit

Heat, Air, Refrig.

Misc. Wanted

Homes for Rent

Blaze King wood stove sales at unbeatable prices. Give Earl a call @ 250-676-0033. John Wood hot water tanks also avail.

Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Chad: 250-863-3082 in Town

Misc Services

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.

Clearwater Riverfront 1 bdrm apt, priv & quiet, lg kitchen & lvg sp, fully furn, hydro, propane, cable tv, internet all incl, NP, N/S, ref, $775/mo, 250674-0001 or (photos on

Mystic Mountain Healing Spa Appointments only 250-674-2700

Health Products HERBAL MAGIC. With Herbal Magic lose up to 20 pounds by New Year’s Eve and keep it off. Results Guaranteed! Start today Call 1-800-854-5176.

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

Pets & Livestock

Financial Services


Reduce Debt

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Fitness/Exercise Elliptical Trainer Canadian Tire Cardio Style ET150 in very good condition. Will trade for treadmill in good condition. Call 250-319-8023. LIKE NEW Vata-Health Machine 2 motors, oscillating and spiral vibration 60 speed levels great for strength and weight training excellent for circulation and lymphatic drainage less than 20 hours on machine cost $1200 new will sell for $895 Great Christmas Gift (250) 851-9276

Legal Services BIG BUILDING Sale. This is a clearance you don’t want to miss! 20x20 $3,985. 25x24 $4,595. 30x36 $6,859. 35x48 $11,200. 40x52 $13,100. 47x76 $18,265 One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800668-5422

Merchandise for Sale

Food Products For Sale: Laying Hens. Mature Red Rocks, excellent brown egg layers, just starting a new cycle. $2 each. 250-676-9598

Free Items

Used Postage Stamps

Duplex/4 Plex 3 bdrm Duplex, Miller Sub. Avail Dec 1. $575/mo plus util. Phone 250-674-0188.

For Sale By Owner EXECUTIVE CUSTOM HOME Barriere: 2 bdrms, 2 bath, 6 appl. f/yard, garage, c/a, u/g sprinklers, geo thermal, $1,100.00/mo, min. 1 yr lease. Avail. immediately. NS/NP. Gateway 250-372-1231



Apt/Condo for Rent

Premium Fir Pellets $240/ton

Clearwater: Woodside Apt. Clean, renovated, 1 bdrm. Close to library & medical centre. Winter plug-ins. NS/NP Ph. 250-674-0220 Riverbend Seniors Community

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

Misc. for Sale Fresh Christmas Trees at Darfield. 250-672-5650 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837

Auto Financing

Real Estate

Free kittens, about 7 wks old. Trained. 250-672-0288

Call 250-819-2944


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

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557

Off Road Vehicles ATV’S, UTV’s, Dirt Bikes & Buggies. Kamloops Cartsplus. 1-888371-3946.

Sport Utility Vehicle 2000 Blazer, all bells & whistles. $2500 obo. 250-672-5814

Duplex / 4 Plex

Mobile Homes & Pads

4464 Barriere Town Road

Homes for Rent

Worship Sunday 11:00

Vavenby: Spacious 3 bdrm home. On half acre. $750/mo Call Randy 250-674-8288

A worshipping community of Anglicans, United & Lutherans

Legal Notices

District of Barriere

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 99 The Council of the District of Barriere officially gives notice that it is considering a Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw for a designated area of the Downtown Core (as shown on the map) and a Public Hearing, to receive input from the public, has been scheduled for 7pm on December 3, 2012 at the “Ridge”, 4936 Barriere Town Road, Barriere BC.

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

a) To encourage and generate overall economic activity in the designated area of the District. b) To encourage owners to utilize modern technologies to improve the overall efficiencies within buildings and structures, improving energy and water consumption. c) To encourage owners to improve the general aesthetics within the designated area. d) To provide tax exemption when the objectives listed in (a) to (c) have a direct or indirect impact on the Assessed Value of the parcel.

Need a professional

photographer? Portraits, weddings, special events, pet portraits, commercial. Affordable memories that last a lifetime. Seniors rates. Book now avoid & disappointment. Sorry no passport photos

Jill Hayward 250-319-8023/250-672-0055


by Keith McNeill

Digital and film photographs. Phone 250-674-3252 or

Office: 250 672-5653

ST. GEORGE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

Father Donal O’Reilly

The purpose of this Bylaw is to provide:

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

Photography / Video

All Are Welcome

the Rev. Graham Brownmiller

December 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

a) The establishment of a program to encourage development, revitalization, and beautification within a designated area. b) To provide the framework within which the Owners may make application to receive the Tax Exemption.

STEEL BUILDINGS/Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206,

Greetings from all over the world are flying to the small village of Christmas Island to get a special postmark Thousands of festive greeting cards coming from as far as Hong Kong, Seoul, Paris and Mexico are currently flying to the small village of Christmas Island where postmistress Hughena MacKinnon is ready to add the special postmark that made the tiny post office famous around the world. “Every year, thousands of people take the time to send me their greeting cards to get the special postmark before it gets delivered,” says postmistress MacKinnon who can stamp almost 2,000 greeting cards a day during the peak holiday season. “I’m always excited to find out from which country I’ll receive the first letter. With cards coming from as far as Japan or Australia, you realize that people are willing to make extra efforts to make their greeting cards unique for their loved ones, making my work even more meaningful.” For more than 17 years at this time of year, the Christmas Island post office has been getting almost as busy as Santa’s workshop. The amount of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000 per cent between October and December. The thousands of letters from around the world come from collectors and holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas Island. For those interested in having holiday cards postmarked, please address and place the correct postage (or international reply coupon) on the actual greeting card, insert card into a larger envelope and send to: Christmas Island Post Office 8499 GRAND NARROWS HWY CHRISTMAS ISLAND NS B1T 1A0 SOURCE: Canada Post


Clearwater: 2 bdrm MH for rent. Wood heat, large yard. $550/mo. Ph 250-674-2465

Legal Notices

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

Legal Notices

Christmas Island postmark in demand for greeting cards

The objectives of the Revitalization Tax Exemption are:

For property owners within or near this proposed designation, it is your responsibility to check your property on the map and provide comments, either in writing or in person at the public hearing, regarding any proposed changes or changes you would like to see as part of this comprehensive policy process. A copy of the complete Draft Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw and designation map are available for review on the District’s website ( and at the District Office (4936 Barriere Town Road). Written submissions must be received by Monday, December 3, 2012 at 4pm. can be delivered in person to the District Office (4936 Barriere Town Road), by fax (Fax #: 250-672-9708), by email ( or by mail (P.O. Box 219, Barriere BC, V0E 1E0)

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


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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Meet in the Church of Saint Paul on Saturday Mornings Bible Study - 10:00 Worship Service - 11:30 Fellowship Meal - 1:00 Everyone Welcome 672-5332

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North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, November 29, 2012

OBITUARY In loving memory

Doris Lorena Haralson 1913 – 2012

Mom, Grandma, the linchpin of our family through four generations, Doris Haralson slipped away peacefully Nov. 22, at Forest View Place, Clearwater, her home since mid-2010. Predeceased by her parents, her eight brothers and sisters and her husband of 54 years, she is survived by her two children, Ron (Ivy) Haralson of Port Clement, B.C., and Ann Piper of Barriere, as well as two grandsons, Bruce Haralson of Estevan, Saskatchewan, and Don Piper of Little Fort. Born to Ira and Kate Neeley in Gray’s Harbor County, Washington, in August 1913, Mom was the first in her family to graduate from high school and to complete a post secondary education as well: she became a Registered Nurse in 1937. On a summer afternoon a year or so later, she agreed to go on a blind date with the young man who was providing the boat, motor and skis for a group outing — and married him in Reno, Nev., a few months later. Doris and husband Bob were partners in crime, constantly talking each other into new adventures as

wack Township and enrolled in navigation courses over the winter, then purchased a saltwater sailboat in the spring. They had fun.  Their house was always full: full of nurses, active and retired, “old” newspaper boys, black powder enthuthe years passed.  In siasts, and younger the early 1950s they people in need of elmoved  their family ders prepared to lisfrom Lebanon, Ore. to ten, admire them and Quesnel, B.C., where include them in the Dad set up the first next adventure. Along machine shop in B.C.’s the way, Mom wrote Central Interior and and published two Mom was drawn back volumes of regional into nursing in the face history. of a shortage of qualiWhen Dad died in fied RNs at Quesnel’s 1994, Mom remained G.R. Baker Memorial in Yarrow for three Hospital.  She would more years, then reloremain on staff there cated to Barriere, to until the mid-1970s, be nearer family.  She joyfully learning and remained indepenpassing on new treat- dent until 2010, when ments and protocols a broken hip sent her and enjoying practical to Forest View Place, jokes and other mis- Clearwater. chief, on the job and Her family will forelsewhere. ever be grateful for She remembered the excellent care and the first year women companionship she could vote: her fa- found there. ther was delighted; A small memorial her mother said no was held at the Church respectable woman of St. Paul in Barwould do any such riere, Monday, Nov. thing.  She remem- 26, friend and co-conbered her first auto- gregant Leslie Stirling mobile ride, her first presiding.  Cremation train and the first by request, Schoenplane she saw in flight.  ings assisting.  DonaAs she and Dad tions to the charity of reached their late 60s one’s choice in memothey moved from the ry of Doris Haralson Cariboo to Chilli- are most welcome.

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Christmas card time Making Pictures with

John E n ma n Television and local stores have begun advertising Christmas again. That was fast. Weren’t those same advertisers just pushing camping and barbecue stuff on us? Don’t get me wrong. I like Christmas and all the festive celebration that comes with it, but it always sneaks up on me just the same. This is a great time for photographers that want an excuse to give friends and relatives photographs. I always give photographs this time of year. Sure, that could mean framed prints, and I have some in mind as gifts, but what I am writing about is Christmas cards. For those satisfied with mass produced generic Christmas cards, there are stacks and stacks being offered at stores, but for photographers, as I just wrote, it’s a perfect excuse to give people photographs. And personally, I want people to see and enjoy my photography. Even if it’s only as a 5X7 card, that’s better than having my pictures left languishing in some hard-drive. When my wife and I go to some location with the intention of photography we always return with our memory cards loaded. That’s not much different from any other photographer. Then we return home, delete a bunch,

work on some and print one or two, and then store everything in folders on backup hard-drives. For many that’s where it stops. Not for us. I have written before that my wife and I always make a new monthly calendar. Alternating months. I get December this year. I also make cards for all occasions, like birthday’s, Valentine’s, Mother’s day, etc., from those photography trips. Right now we are going through our many image files from this year’s photographs selecting those we want for Christmas cards. I prefer a vertical format, but sometimes a horizontal picture also works and I choose that also. I print up lots of different images and place all sorts of greetings on them. It is rare that we give the same picture to more than one person. And not all the cards say Merry Christmas. To me, it doesn’t matter. Happy Holidays, Seasons greetings, Have fun, A good New Year, and anything else I think fits a particular picture. Sometimes I use bits of songs or quotes I have found instead of the words, Merry Christmas. What matters is the picture, and even that might be a manipulation of the original. What is important to me is that those

Make unique Christmas Cards with your photographs; such as this one by photographer John Enman.

I give a card to get something unique. And I will say that, unlike a framed print, I really don’t care what they do with the card I sent. I really hope people like what I give them, of course. However, if it gets thrown out with the gift-wrap after the holidays it doesn’t matter either. They got to see a photograph taken by my wife, Linda, or myself, and that’s what’s important. So, to all the photographer’s out there I’ll say make your own cards this year. I print our cards on a sheet of 8x10 photo paper, fold it so we can write inside, and then cut it to fit inside an envelope. However, it’s easy to make a card gluing a photo to card stock or construction paper, or get a print made and write something festive on the back. This weekend I’m booked to photograph two young fe-

electronic media, a long overdue step. It will remove the anonymity that currently shields those who use the internet to do so by requiring disclosure from ISPs. This plan has been endorsed by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Canadian Association of Police Boards. Our children need this protection. Yet most of the Conservative Party shockingly voted against this bill at second reading. Their opposition is difficult to understand. Parliamentarians should be working together to strengthen action on bullying, not trying to stop it. Please tell the Conservatives to vote for Bill C-273 when it comes back to the House and take a small, but important, step against the cyberbullying of our children. By doing so they will also be honouring the spirit of White Ribbon Day and helping protect women.                                                                                                                                          Yours sincerely, Dr. Hedy Fry, MP Liberal Party of Canada

male friends and their horses, and I know they will use their photographs for their Christmas greetings. My point is, stop hiding all those great photographs. Just showing some picture on your iphone isn’t enough. Print it, make a card, put it in an envelope, and send it to friends and relatives this year. And if you realize on Christmas day that you’ve missed someone (or everyone) you can send your Christmas photo card electronically and instantly. These are my thoughts this week. Contact me at www. or Stop by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. And if you want an experienced photographer please call me at 250-371-3069. I also sell an interesting selection of used photographic equipment.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 North Thompson Star/Journal

The Mitchell family: Raising beef since 1933 Continued from page 11... remained until the first heavy snowfall or the river threatened to freeze over. This island was used also in the spring during high water by means of a ferry, the first one made with cedar logs and old oil barrels, then the capable “Blue Goose” manufactured by George Mitchell. Over the years the appearance of the herd has radically changed. Increasingly the herd has become solid red or black in color and calves are naturally polled. A purebred Angus herd has been added. Most of this Angus herd spends the summer range months in the Allen Lake, Bonaparte Lake area, changing the pattern of our summer activities. Mitchell Cattle Co. offers bulls for sale by private treaty. The Mitchell family has been committed to raising quality beef for more than 75 years, and today Mitchell Mountain Beef is run by Ian and Anja Mitchell, their young family.

Photos courtesy of Mitchell Family:

The Mitchell Ranch in 1961, showing construction on Trans Mountain Pipeline and highway approach to the new bridge over the North Thompson. Two little boys are on their way to the school bus, and father Bob Mitchell, begins a day on horseback around the spring range. The cows that produce Mitchell Mountain Beef spend the winters in the North Thompson Valley and the summers up to 7,000 feet elevation in the surrounding mountain pastures. The family reports their cattle have always been in high demand, and since 1987 they have marketed their calves as hormone and antibiotic free. They say it

seems a logical progression to market them in a manner that reflects the way they are raised, and that they are listening to an increasing population that wants their beef to be grown in a healthy, natural way. Currently they supply beef to the local AG Foods Store, Thompson Rivers University and several restaurants. All beef is grown without added

(Above) The old ferry about 1965, with cattle pictured jumping off for a quick swim to riverbank. (Below) The “Blue Goose” ferry, pictured about 1980, was much improved from the original ferry; and even offered a ramp to the shoreline.

hormones or antibiotics and is dry aged for at least 28 days. Mitchell Mountain Beef is located one kilometre south of the Chinook Cove Golf Course on the Yellowhead Highway. They can be reached by calling 250-6729309 or emailing: ian@mitchellcattle. com. *Article courtesy of the Mitchell Family.

Candlelight & Holly Gift Gallery open until Dec. 2

Beautifully crafted wooden boxes and lamps by Richard Turner.

Doris Scarf offers a number of 20 crafted items and paintings. (Right) A shopper peruses jewelry Sherri Humphrey and Ashley Fitger.

The annual Candlelight and Holly Gift Gallery, found in the Legion Hall basement, is a smorgasboard of art and gift ideas for area shoppers. The hall is chocked full of beautifully crfated pottery, woodwork, carding, sewing and felting, photography, jewellry, paintings, and more. The event also features a silent auction, with numerous interesting items available to the highest bidder. Open 10 to 4 p.m. every day until Sunday, Dec. 2.

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Margaret Houben

Barriere Star Journal, November 29, 2012  

November 29, 2012 edition of the Barriere Star Journal

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