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Star/Journal Christmas Story Contest winners named ..... page 8 & 19

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The Barriere Christmas Parade was held after dark for the first time this year, with spectators saying they “really enjoyed seeing all the lights on the parade floats”. The Dec. 7 event saw good participation from both entrants and spectators, with the parade route traveling along Barriere Town Road to the Bandshell. Pictured is the float entry from Quality Contracting with some of their Christmas elves aboard. Find more pics on page 20. 7

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A trucker found his Tuesday afternoon not all he had hoped it to be when the wheels of his trailer slid off the road while turning the corner from Barriere Town Road onto the Yellowhead.

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resumed at daybreak the following day. Search and Rescue, RCMP Air Services, RCMP Dive One Clearwater resident was found deceased Team, along with local RCMP members continand another is still missing but presumed dead ue their search along the river. A Southeast Disfollowing a single vehicle accident on Sunday trict RCMP collision reconstructionist assisted with the investigation. evening. At about 5 p.m. on Monday the searchers According to Clearwater RCMP, a vehicle being driven northbound by Skye and Courtney were able to recover the vehicle from the river. Buck went out of control and off Highway 5 at The body of one of the missing, Skye Buck, was Wolf’s Corner approximately 17 km south of recovered as well. The search continued on Tuesday but, as of Clearwater. The vehicle went down a 30 m embankment and into the North Thompson River. press-time, Courtney Buck had not been located. “This is a truly tragic and unfortunate inciUnfortunately, due to the time of night and dark lighting conditions, initial attempts to lo- dent that is being felt throughout the entire community of Clearwater,” said Cst. Bart Doerr, cate the vehicle were not successful. The investigation and search for the vehicle Central Interior Traffic Services. The investigation continues into the cause of the incident and police believe that road conditions played a factor in this tragic event. Both Skye and Courtney Buck grew up in Clearwater. The couple were beginning their teaching careers and were prominent and well liked members of the commuThe Natural Resource Professional (or NRP) designation is new and nity.

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MP McLeod announces CIIF funding for NT Fall Fair facility upgrades North Thompson Star/Journal On Saturday, Dec. 8, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for KamloopsThompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association’s facility under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). McLeod made the announcement at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere, to area dignitaries and a number of

NTFFRA members. “Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is continuing to support communities across Canada,” said MP McLeod. “This project will create jobs, growth and longterm prosperity in our community.” Federal funding of $53,094 will help upgrade the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association facility, including building upgrades, irrigation system extension, and material replacement. The funding will provide an upgraded facility that benefits from new, modern components

and materials. “I am especially pleased to be able to announce this funding to assist the Fall Fair Association with your wonderful facility here in Barriere,” said McLeod. “The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association is excited to be receiving this funding from the Federal government,” said Jill Hayward, president of the Association, “Our facility is kept busy hosting events all year long. Being able to make the upgrades that are necessary to keep the grounds and buildings in top shape will help us to continue to be a key player in the economy of the

community and the Region.” Hayward noted that the funding cannot go towards the construction of the North Thompson Agriplex, but will be utilized throughout the rest of the NTFFRA facility. CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years. Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo, made the announcement last Saturday that the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association will be receiving $53,094 through the Community Infrastructure Fund to assist with ongoing upgrades throughout the fall fair facility. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Bob Hayward

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OPINION Editorial;

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

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Clean LNG can still be done VICTORIA – On Friday, as the federal government was giving the green light to a Malaysian investment of billions more into northern B.C.’s liquefied natural gas megaproject, Coastal First Nations chiefs held their quarterly board meeting in Vancouver. These are now the most powerful aboriginal leaders in North America, bankrolled by U.S. environmental groups and their wealthy charity foundation backers as guardians of the Great Bear Rainforest. A major topic was the Haisla Nation, the Kitimat partner that abruptly quit its voluntary association with the Haida, Gitga’at and other communities over its plans to develop LNG exports. This discord comes at a bad time. Premier Christy Clark has bet heavily on LNG, not just for her government’s future, but the industrial and economic direction of the province for decades to come. Initial press reports were misleading. One had it that Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, the B.C. government’s key ally on LNG, was “buddying up” with the Harper government on the Enbridge oil pipeline proposed to go to Kitimat, in the heart of Coastal First Nations territory. Not so. Both Ross and Coastal First Nations executive director Art Sterritt confirmed to me that they remain solidly against the Enbridge proposal. The disagreement is over how to power the processing of LNG, which the Haisla are pioneering with provincial assistance. Sterritt said the Haisla and the rest of the group were in agreement until a few weeks ago. The plan was to follow Clark’s solemn vow to make B.C. LNG the “greenest” in the world. All parties acknowledge that some of B.C.’s shale gas will have to be burned to process and ship LNG to Asia. The initial idea was that one or two natural gas-fired power plants would be built, eventually backing up wind, small hydro and other renewable supplies. BC Hydro has 600 megawatts available from its dams, which would require new transmission capacity up to Kitimat to help run the first two LNG plants proposed in partnership with the Haisla. Then the play got bigger. The B.C. government transferred Crown land on Douglas Channel to the Haisla for an LNG project planned by Shell, PetroChina and Korea Gas. And Sterritt said he started getting signals from Victoria that the industry doesn’t want to buy power from outside producers to drive LNG cooling and compression. Instead they wanted to power it directly with gas, using equipment called “mechanical drives” rather than electrical drives. In a letter to Haisla members explaining why he quit the Coastal First Nations, Ross said he was insulted by Sterritt’s comments that the Haisla were choosing “the dirtiest way possible” to ship LNG. Ross noted that emissions would be about the same if gas is burned in the LNG plant or in a power plant nearby. That’s true, but Sterritt points out a critical difference. If LNG producers are allowed to use single-purpose mechanical drives, no renewable energy can ever be added.  And as more LNG producers rush into B.C., reserves that would have lasted 75 to 100 years could be depleted in 30. And when the gas is gone? “These big, hulking plants that are going to be in Kitimat are just going to be sitting there, rotting,” Sterritt said. “It happens all over the world.” B.C.’s clean energy plan envisions extending the BC Hydro grid, developing run-of-river and wind farms such as the big offshore proposal off Haida Gwaii, and ultimately a future beyond oil and gas. Now, in their rush to develop LNG, Clark and Energy Minister Rich Coleman seem poised to abandon that strategy. *Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com

Shipping oil - by rail or pipeline  To the editor; Are environmental activists doing more harm than good in delaying pipeline projects?  Products have always found a way to market one way or another. Be careful what you wish for as there is a real factor called “unintended consequences” that emerges every time man tries to tinker with tried and tested methods. Most people are completely unaware of pipelines running underground because

it is a less intrusive method which does not interfere with our daily surface activity.  That is why the concept of transporting liquid products in underground (u/g) pipes was viable, economical and went back to the Romans. In our modern civilized world, we bring water to our buildings in u/g water main pipes buried deep enough for frost protection.  We flush our toilets and u/g pipes transport it to sewage treatment. Storm wa-

ter from our roofs go into u/g pipes then to natural watercourses. NatGas and Electric u/g etc. all mostly unnoticed. By contrast, surface transportation of product by rail noticeably affects our lives daily.  Because of the enviro activists protesting all new pipelines, shipping Oil by Rail has become a real and growing alternative.  The cost difference is approx. $3 more per barrel which is a small obstacle with oil selling at around $85.

Canadian tanker cars carry approx. 650 barrels each (US=714 barrels) with 100 car trains used to deliver 65,000+ barrels per day to refiners and other rapid growth terminals all over North America.  Rail operators have reported a 30% increase in Oil by Rail in the last year, only curtailed by the shortage of tanker cars. Trains go over all the same streams and rivers that pipelines go under/over and there ...continued on page 18

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911 Golf hands out $6,000 for area youth programs North Thompson Star/Journal On Monday, the Barriere 911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament coordinators handed out $6,000 in  funding for youth in the Thompson Valley.  The coordinators, consisting of Barriere Fire Chief Al Kirkwood, BC Ambulance paramedic Debbie Young, RCMP Cpl. Darin Underhill, and RCMP Cst. Dana Newel said they were very pleased to support all applicants and a very diverse group of youth initiatives in the valley.  “These initiatives will provide assistance to new and existing services and two scholastic bursaries,” said Underhill,

also noting there is still $2,000 remaining in the fund for startup next year. The 911 Tournament coordinators presented funding cheques to the recipients in front of the Barriere Fire Hall with representatives from almost all groups in attendance. Recipients of the funding are: Barriere Curling Club, Barriere Secondary School Senior Boys Basketball Team, Barriere Elementary School (Ms. Williams’ Grade 5/6 for the Community Garden), Bonny Cruzelle-Myram Memorial Scholarship, Celebration of Rural Living Expo and Trade Show (Youth Challenge), Farm Kids Scholarship Fund (Bullarama), North Thompson Fish and Game Club,

North Thompson Recreation Society, North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (After School Program), and Yellowhead Community Services (Friday Night Youth Drop In).   “We would like to thank all sponsors and participants for their very gracious support this year.  We are proud to give back to our communities and help provide positive and healthy options for our youth in the valley,” said Underhill. The coordinators say they  are  already excited about next year’s event, with many people talking about plans for 2013.    They especially look forward to seeing supporters out on the links in the spring!

New drivers reminded of passenger and alcohol limits North Thompson Star/Journal As the holiday season begins, government is reminding B.C.’s newest drivers of safety-related licence restrictions that can put your travel plans in “park.” Under B.C.’s Graduated Licensing Program (GLP), learner and novice drivers face extra conditions designed to give them time to learn key road safety skills and attitudes that save lives and reduce injuries for all road users. New drivers are more prone to crashes, and one in four of their crashes result in an injury or death. New drivers should keep the following in mind as they plan parties and

related travel: • No drinking before driving! GLP drivers - whether they’re in the learner or novice stage - cannot have any alcohol in their body when they drive. Any alcohol in their system means an immediate, 12-hour driving suspension. • Keep your entourage small! Learners must have a supervisor on board who is at least 25 years old, and can only carry one other person. Novice drivers can carry only one passenger, unless accompanied by a supervisor or by passengers who are immediate family members. • Listen for the clock to strike midnight. Learners are not permitted to drive between mid-

night and 5 a.m. • Don’t go planning your party at the wheel. GLP drivers cannot use hand-held or hands-free cell phones or any other electronic devices while driving. New drivers - particularly those under 25 - use electronic devices more. This, combined with their inexperience, makes them more vulnerable to driver distraction. • Remember this decoration yearround.Don’t forget to display an “L” or an “N” sign, as required by law, clearly visible on the back of your vehicle or inside the back window. More experienced drivers can set a good example for their newer and younger counterparts by never drinking and driving.

Remember, impaired driving can cost you your life and those of others, not to mention your licence, your vehicle and a lot more - about $600 in penalties if you blow a “warn” on an approved screening device at the roadside, and more than $4,000 if you blow a “fail.” More details of immediate roadside penalties are at: http://www.pssg.gov. bc.ca/osmv/prohibitions/impaired-driving.htm More information on GLP is available at: www.icbc.com/ driver-licensing/getting-licensed/graduated-licensing

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Barriere Secondary Honour Roll 2012-13 • Semester 1 Term 1 GRADE 8

EFFORT HONOUR ROLL Megan English Kiera Eustache Tristan Holt Jenelle Janis Nicholas McInnes Lyric McLeish-Brown Leanna Mitchell Kathleen Pilatzke Danny Purcha Sara Smith Serena Steel Ty Waite MERIT HONOUR ROLL Tristan Brackman Megan English Tristan Holt Dylan Huitema-Harrie Audrey Kibble Lyric McLeish-Brown Justin Murphy Ty Waite ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR ROLL Jenelle Janis Nicholas McInnes Leanna Mitchell Dustin Pawloff Kathleen Pilatzke Danny Purcha Serena Steel HONOURS w/DISTINCTION Kiera Eustache Sara Smith

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GRADE 10

EFFORT HONOUR ROLL Carlea Dunn Tyler Ewert Ashley Fitger Talyse Lyons Alexander Peterson Brittany Piva MERIT HONOUR ROLL Kurt Allen Carlea Dunn

ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR ROLL Tyler Ewert Ashley Fitger Travis Greenall Jordan LeFeuvre HONOURS w/DISTINCTION Talyse Lyons Alexander Peterson Brittany Piva

GRADE 11

EFFORT HONOUR ROLL Amanda Beddington Connor Booth Chloe Burton Skylar Camille Braeden Chambers Russell Dana Chelsey Fischer Nicole Huber Drew Johnson Indigo Johnson Kia Jules Jamie Loewen Cora MacLaren Vicky McInnes Curtis Pilatzke Emma Schilling Alisha Vogel Justin Vogel Millie Whitehead Faith Yurkiw MERIT HONOUR ROLL Amanda Beddington Brycen Chambers Russell Dana Kia Jules Spencer Pawloff Millie Whitehead Faith Yurkiw ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR ROLL Connor Booth Chloe Burton Skylar Camille Braeden Chambers Crystal Colligan Chelsey Fischer Nicole Huber Drew Johnson Indigo Johnson Jamie Loewen Cora MacLaren Alexander McDonald Vicky McInnes Emma Schilling HONOURS w/DISTINCTION Alisha Vogel

GRADE 12

EFFORT HONOUR ROLL Hannah Allen Quinn Brackman Jessica Chappell Catana Copley Catrina Daniels Derek Ficke Jess Gartner Michelle Lampreau Kimberly Pelayo Alysha Piva Katrine Schilling Emma Yurkiw MERIT HONOUR ROLL Evan Boisert Emily Mattice David McWatters Hayden Tomma Jordan Rainer ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR ROLL Quinn Brackman Jessica Chappell Catana Copley Catrina Daniels Derek Ficke Jess Gartner Michelle Lampreau Kimberly Pelayo Bishop Realff Katrine Schilling Emma Yurkiw HONOURS w/DISTINCTION Hannah Allen Alysha Piva

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Bridges project seeks to help small-scale forest operators The Clearwater Times A new provincial partnership called Bridges II could mean big opportunities for local woodlot licensees and community forests. That was the message that consultant Chris Ortner and Jim Burck, community economic development director with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, brought to the North Thompson a week ago Thursday when they stopped in Clearwater. The pair were on a fact-finding tour of the McBride to Barriere corridor. The provincial government has identified the corridor as one of several sub-regional targets for economic development in B.C.

Carol sing this Sunday at St. Pauls North Thompson Star/Journal Get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday, when the Church of St. Paul will be hosting a Community Carol Sing, with refreshments to follow. Start will be 7 p.m., on Dec. 16, and members of the church say the Carol Sing has been held for well over 35 years! Stop in, join in the music, and the joy of the season will soon fill your soul.

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(L-r) Bridges II contractor Chris Ortner and Jim Burck, director of community economic development with the Ministry of Jobs, Training and Skills Training, get input from longtime local sawmill owner Joe Wadlegger on ways to help the small-scale forest industry in the Valley. Ortner and Burck toured from McBride to Barriere last week to kickstart the Bridges II process.

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B.C.’s Grade 4 students among world’s top readers Submitted B.C.’s Grade 4 students are among the world’s top readers at their grade level and had the highest average score in Canada, according to a justreleased international report. In 2011, 45 countries and nine Canadian provinces took part in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), one of the world’s most influential global assessments of reading literacy among young students. B.C. students performed very well in PIRLS, achieving an average score significantly above both the international and Canadian averages. B.C. was recognized as one of the top seven jurisdictions in the world. The PIRLS study provides participating countries and jurisdictions with comparative international information on how well students

can read after four years of elementary school. Grade 4 was chosen for the study because it marks the transition point at which students already have learned to read and are now using reading to learn. By Grade 4, reading skills become the main tool that enables and supports most other learning in school. To further strengthen reading skills for young learners in B.C., the Ministry of Education recently appointed Maureen Dockendorf as superintendent of reading. Dockendorf is working with every school district to improve reading skills among young students. As part of BC’s Education Plan, the ministry has also dedicated an additional $10.7 million to advance early reading strategies and practices for kindergarten-to-Grade 3 students.


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Everyone uses the drive-thru at A&W Chu Chua rancher Dave Stutt, took a moment to stop at the A&W in the Petro Station last Friday afternoon before participating in the Barriere Christmas Parade.

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healthy eating, beBy partnering with ing physically active, local governments, and not smoking can Interior Health will Imagine living in make us healthier but help identify coma community where these changes can munity priorities and you can walk or often be difficult to develop action plans ride your bike safe- achieve on our own,” to address areas such ly, where the air is said Lex Baas, Prac- as protection from fresh and clean, and tice Lead, with Inte- second hand smoke, where healthy food rior Health’s Promo- access to healthy and opportunities for tion and Prevention food, the availability physical activity are department . “When of parks and other easily accessible and we live in a healthy green spaces, and opaffordable for all. community it is much portunities for recreThrough the Healthy easier for us to make ation.      “Many local govCommunities Initia- healthy choices every ernments have altive, Interior Health day.” The Healthy Com- ready been doing aims to make this vimunities Initiative great work to imsion a reality.                     Residents in the strives to improve prove the health of Interior are not as the health of resi- citizens,” said Baas. healthy as they could dents through policy “Our Healthy ComInitiative be. Over 80 per cent and environmental munities of us have at least changes that help will not only help one or more risk fac- make the healthy support this work – it the easy will build upon it to tors for chronic dis- choice ensure healthy living ease which include choice.  being a smoker, being physically inactive, eating an unhealthy diet, or being overweight. Chronic diseases • EXERCISE such as heart disease, • FRESH AIR lung disease, and dia• JUST A COUPLE OF HOURS A WEEK betes are the largest • NO COLLECTING cause of death in the • NO SOLICITING region. • EXTRA MONEY! Fortunately, we For more information call 250-672-5611 can prevent or delay

is top of mind when policy decisions are made.” The Healthy Communities Initiative is part of the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Families B.C. strategy – a comprehensive h e a l t h - p ro m o t i o n program to improve the health and wellbeing of all British Columbians and the communities they live in.  For more information on the Healthy Communities Initiative:    http://www. interiorhealth.ca/ Yo u r H e a l t h / H e a l t hy L i v i n g / D o c u m e n t s / H e a l t hy % 2 0 Communities%20 in%20Interior%20 Health.pdf.  

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ATTENTION ADULTS

For people living in the Lower North Thompson who are looking for work, we’ve got some good news! The B.C. Government has announced an increase in the tuition cap for unemployed British Columbians accessing skills training through the Employment Program of BC. That means individuals receiving services through the Barriere WorkBC Employment Services Centre may now be eligible to receive up to a maximum of $7,500 in tuition funding for skills training. Previously, tuition

support was capped at $4,000. This change in the tuition cap will give people looking for work in this community a better opportunity to develop and upgrade their skills. We’re committed to working with our clients to make sure they have the support and skills that they need find jobs and take advantage of identified labour market needs such as Trades, including, but not limited to, Heavy Equipment Operating and Welding. The Employment Program of BC, launched in April 2012, is designed to offer a full suite of employment pro-

grams to all unemployed British Columbians, including specialized populations, while ensuring quick and easy access through a single door. In this community, there are areas where the need for skilled workers is growing, especially in the trades and logging industry. If you’re unemployed and looking for work, you are invited you to visit the Barriere WorkBC Employment Service Centre at 4629 Barriere Town Road. For a complete listing of WorkBC Employment Services Centres, visit www. WorkBCCentres.ca.

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School volunteers decorate tree Barriere Elementary Grade 7 students, along with teacher, Mrs. Kerslake, turned out to pre-decorate the Christmas tree at the Bandshell prior to the Friday night tree light-up.

The Annual Star/Journal Christmas Story contest proved just as popular as ever this year with a large number of entries being submitted from area youngsters. Two divisions, Kindergarten to Grade 3, and Grade 4 to Grade 7 were offered. Two titles were supplied to entrants from

which they had to write a story about ‘How The Kitten Found The Spirit of Christmas’ or My Very Most Favourite Christmas’. Stories were not only judged on spelling and punctuation, but also on imagination and creativity. Our judges spent quite some time reviewing all of the entries, and they commented the quality of the eventual winner’s submis-

Division 1 Kindergarten to Grade 3 First Place:

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My Very Most Favourite Christmas

My very most favourite Christmas is on my birthday.   One Christmas we   went sledding on my birthday with my friends, and family.   I can  snowboard with my Auntie.  I also got pulled behind a snowmobile.  We  had three GT Racers and two snowboards.   My brother Curtis is really good at snowboarding, too, like my Aunt Kitty and me.  We tobogganed  and had lots of fun.   When we were all done, we went back to our house and had chili for lunch and a cowgirl birthday cake my Mama made me.   I love my birthday because there is snow on the ground.  I can go sledding on my birthday.   My friends play with me.   We play all day  long.  Then we go outside and make a snowman.   That is my very most  favourite Christmas. By: Bobby-Raye Farrow Barriere Elementary School Mrs. Peterson’s Grade 1 Class

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How the kitten found the spirit of Christmas

The kitten is named Bobby.   She doesn`t believe in Christmas or Santa Claus.   She is obsessed with money.   She has a business.   It was passed down to her from her grandfather.   Bobby was taken by the Spirit of Christmas.  She saw things.  She saw kids` childhoods.  She found the real spirit of Christmas.  The other one was a ghost.  She still doesn`t believe in Christmas.   She said to herself, `I will never believe in Christmas. But I really want to believe in

sions was exceptional for their age groups. In fact there is a tie for third place in Division 2. Over the next few weeks the Star/Journal will print many of the Christmas stories submitted so our readers can enjoy the literary efforts of our area youngsters. Here are the winners of the 2 Star/Journal Christmas Story Contest:

Christmas.`  The evil self took her over.  Then she made every toy expensive in her store.  Even Santa couldn`t buy them!  Starla, another kitten, started being nice to Bobby.  Bobby started to believe in Christmas.   She put all the toys at a low price. Even Santa could buy them.  She was now a real believer in Christmas.  She never got coal in her stocking again!   Santa gave her presents!   Then she said, `Merry Christmas everyone!` By: Kaeli McDonald Barriere Elementary School Ms. Matthews’ Grade 3 Class

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My Very Most Favourite Christmas: The Big Car Breakdown

One winter day Tanner, Tyson and Tyler were at home with their mom and dad.  They had a big surprise and finally the dad and mom told it.  “We are going to your cousins!”   We said, “So let`s get packing!” “We already packed.” “OK.  When are we going?  Tomorrow!” The next day they left really early in the morning.   On the way, we saw some lightning.   Ten hours later we got to the town.  But then the car stopped and a piece flew off!  We were stuck in the middle of the town.   Then we saw a tow truck.  It was coming to us.  It was right beside us when he told us to get out.  I am going to fix your car.   So we got our stuff out and packed it to our cousins.  When we got there they surprised us.  We unpacked and put our presents under the tree.  We did lots of things: tea, TV, Wii, games and cooking.   We spent 10 days at the cousins and finally we left, but we had no car.  Wait.  I see our car!  It was coming to us!  A guy jumped out and said, “Your car is fixed!” So we jumped in and drove off.  When we got home everybody fell asleep.   By: Tanner Schilling Barriere Elementary School Ms. Matthews’ Grade 3 Class ...continued on page 19


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What has council and staff accomplished in 2012 I read in the paper that a resident was “disappointed” in what council had managed to do in 2012. I found the remark to be odd, but all such opinions are subjective, so as 2012 comes to a close I thought it was time to look back and see what council and staff had achieved over the year. Members of staff and council as well as area residents Cindy Stutt, Melanie Stutt and Jill Hayward attended the Regional Economic Investment Pilot for the Barriere to McBride corridor hosted by the Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training in Valemount. We all voiced our concerns and gave suggestions as to what needs to happen here in the valley. The initiative is ongoing with targeted projects. Staff and council have been working on a bylaw review for the District. By doing this in-house the District will save a considerable amount of money. There have been a number of open house roundtables so that the public can see what is happening and be involved. The review is no small feat as each and every section must be gone over and worded so that there is no confusion going forward. Up to now the District was using the old TNRD bylaws which no longer fit the needs of the community. In addition to the by-

law review council and staff have done the required work to become a part of the Bylaw adjudication system. I had mentioned last week how the sewer project is progressing; however, I didn’t really expound on the behind the scenes work. Staff has arranged public meetings, worked long hours with various government agencies, as well as with local land owners to keep this project on track and under budget. Council members have spent many hours learning how the system will work, and attending meetings with the engineer and project manager so that they can make decisions based on what is best for the District. The water meter project was approved last year. The actual installation of the meters started early this year and is now complete save for one meter. Staff did a great job of having the project done on time, and a bit under budget. Council and staff will now have to review the usage and set the rates going forward. Council approved entering Communities in Bloom for the first time this year. With the help of numerous volunteers, the District was awarded three blooms out of a possible five categories. Councillor Smith was the chairperson and she did

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Bill Humphreys a wonderful job of getting the whole effort arranged. Council members could be seen out cutting grass, weed whipping and doing what they could to help. Staff arranged for a community dinner so that the volunteers and all Barriere residents could meet the judges. The judges told me later that the people they met here in Barriere where the friendliest they have ever met. There were projects from years past that needed to be completed. The concession stand at the Community Park need the roof finished, the siding installed and a revamp to the inside. Staff arranged for local help to do the work. The area in front of the bandshell needed to be finished and railings installed. Councillor Kershaw found a great deal on some pavers, and a group of volunteers from Argo Road Maintenance and from

MOTI came to do the work. Area roads manager Bart Chenuz had mentioned that each year they try to give back to the community and this year they picked Barriere. Many thanks to all that helped. There is a long list of things that have been completed by staff and council, but most of them are not visible, so maybe to some it would appear nothing is getting done. I think council has done a great job of working with staff to rectify problems, approving various projects and land use changes. The list goes on. I also feel that council and staff have gone the extra mile to get some of these projects and changes done without hiring people to do studies that cost a fortune and say basically nothing useful. It is late night shopping this week. If you can, come out and shop local.

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Hot chocolate by the ladle Steaming hot chocolate and sizzling hot dogs were served at the Bandshell during Barriere’s Christmas Parade and Tree Light up event last Friday evening. The concession was a fundraiser for Barriere Elementary’s Grade 7 class and by all reports was a resounding success.

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Barriere resident Faith Yurkiw currently holds the title of Miss Eastern British Columbia. Now she’s ready to compete for another title. “In mid-August, my mom and I will be traveling to Toronto to give me the opportunity to compete in the Miss Teen Canada Globe Beauty Pageant of 2013,” says Yurkiw. As life changing as this experience could will be, it comes with a high cost for the teen and her family. For the two weeks spent in Toronto, there is a fee of $3,000, which the teen says is often covered by local businesses. “This $3,000 does not include my flight, the hotel, two gowns, swim wear, a white cocktail dress, and a photo shoot,” she says.

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The Miss Canada Globe Productions states its purpose is to promote inner beauty and confidence, as well as to provide Canadian women with opportunities to compete for a national title, regardless of their height, size or creed. The titleholder and runners-up will advance to international pageants, to bring out their best qualities. This national pageant say they provide Canadian women with personal growth, valuable experiences, and a chance to move hearts, and the pageant is based on virtues far beyond height and dress size. Yurkiw says they would like to promote both an ambassador and a role model for her Canadian community. The titleholder may appear in their title to assist a local charity, a non-profit fundraiser for children, or simply to put a smile on those who are terminally ill. This experience benefits not only the titleholder herself, in terms of selfimprovement, but she will also touch the lives of those around her. “As a delegate in the pageant system,” Yurkiw said, “I will

benefit from this experience in many ways. The knowledge and training I will receive will help my overall personal development. It will elevate my confidence and self-esteem, and improve my public speaking skills. It is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and contacts. This experience will empower me to be successful in many other aspects of my life. Some of what I will experience with this pageant are: eligibility for scholarships, awards, prizes, a chance to perform in front of a large theatre audience, banquets/dinner restaurant outings, gifts from sponsors and MCGP Productions, opportunity to showcase my talent, voice training with a professional vocal coach, modeling experience/catwalk, training speaking, presenting, interview, and make-up seminars, choreography lessons, and official pageant documents. A once in a lifetime opportunity to work for a charitable cause I believe in.” If Yurkiw wins the Miss Teen Canada Globe, she will be entitled to receive $5,000 Canadian at the end of

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Barriere’s Faith Yurkiw is hoping looking to compete in the Miss Teen Canada Pageant next year. her reign. “I would be participating in many events and festivals (signing autographs, etc.) and would have a one year contract with Miss Canada Globe. I would also be sent to an international pageant with all expenses paid the following year.” She notes the runnerups will also be given

the opportunity to represent Canada in an International competition. Yurkiw asks the community to help her on this journey. “Please help me on my journey to Toronto,” says the teen, “A donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you.” If you are interested in making a donation, call 250-672-9551.

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Three discarded couches, plus a number of other items, were dumped just off Westsyde Road sometime in late summer or early fall. “The couches are just around the first corner as you go up Westyde Road, right in the middle of the old road,” reports Westsyde Road resident Bob George. George also noted he’s ..”looking for some good TNRD signs stating “anyone caught illegally dumping is going to pay the price”. They say they are going to get tough on illegal dumping but it’s still happening. I’d be glad to deliver the couch back to its owner if they would step forward and identify themselves.” The resident says maybe someone else will recognize this nice couch and who it belonged to?


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Greg Drummond trio plays at Serenity By Keith McNeill The Times A house concert at Serenity Center for the Performing Arts near Birch Island on Saturday, Dec. 1, was the first time the band has been in the North Thompson Valley. It wasn’t the first time for one of the band’s members, however. Guitarist and mandolin player Mike Meroniuk grew up in Barriere and went to grades 3 to 8 there. His family left after his father, who had been working at Tolko’s Louis Creek sawmill, lost his job following

the wildfires of 2003. They moved to Salmon Arm for a few years, and then to the Lower Mainland. Meroniuk now attends Capilano University in North Vancouver, where he studies music. His band plays what is commonly called indie folk, said singer-songwriter Greg Drummond or, as he likes to call it, “folk and roll”. Two years ago Drummond gave up his day job in corporate industrial sales to devote himself to his music career. A year later he wrote himself a cheque for

$10,000 and propped it next to his computer in order to focus his attention and push himself outside his comfort zone. Recently, he got a call telling him that his song Walking Man had won $10,000 in a radio station contest for the best song in B.C. After he hung up he saw the cheque he had written to himself. He felt that if the cheque could talk it would say, “I told you so.” The third member of the band taking part

in the house concert was Michael Lothian, a largely self-taught musician who performs wonders on the keyboards, accordion and other instruments. Drummond said they definitely plan to return to Serenity and play on the main stage. The house concert at Serenity was one of a series being held during the winter. For more information, check the music center’s website or call 250-676-9456.

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Greg Drummond plays the guitar and sings one of the songs he has written. (Above) Shirley DeVooght’s living room creates a different ambience for a house concert put on by Greg Drummond and his band on Dec. 1. (Right) Former Barriere resident Mike Meroniuk plays the mandolin. Every Thursday we bring you the NEWS and the VIEWS from the Lower North Thompson Valley. The STAR/JOURNAL Keeping valley residents informed!

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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! 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 • Estylo Salon • Carol Patton, CGA As well as all of the Volunteers who helped make all of our events possible!

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Members of the North Thompson Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen of BC enjoying a trail ride in 2012.

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good food and company, the planning and preparations for next years big event, the ‘Rendezvous 2013’ came into full swing. For Rendezvous

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2013, up to 250 people and 100 horses from Backcountry Horsemen of BC Chapters all over British Columbia are expected to visit and camp in Barriere from June 7-9. This annual get together, which the North Thompson chapter has agreed to host, will take place at the fall fairgrounds, and in and around the North Thompson Agriplex. During the social, exciting ideas took shape like running a ‘Barriere Battle of the Breeds’, where riders have to compete in various different disciplines to show off the versatility of their horse’s breed. More fun events like ‘Hoof and Woof ’, where canine, plus horse and rider can demonstate their talent to master an obstacle course together are on the agenda, as welll as a chapter trail compe-

tition and gymkhana. Guest speakers such as a local vet and ER doctor have committed to talk about horse and rider injuries and first aid on the trail . Of course trailrides in the area and off the fairgounds will be organized as well. The group will have more information available in the near future as they finalize their plans for Rendezvous 2013. Everyone left pumped and excited as new ideas were just flying.... There was no doubt – this will be a great event ! The North Thompson Chapter was founded in March 2012 and has 20 members at this point. New members are always welcome, so consider joining. The upcoming year is shaping up and promises to be fun filled with lots of activity for all you horse enthusiasts.


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A lifetime devoted to wilderness: Trevor Goward Times Staff “People told me I was crazy when I decided to settle in Upper Clearwater,” says Trevor Goward. “But I knew I’d get by”. Today Goward makes a comfortable living through his business, Enlichened Consulting Ltd. “People hire me partly for my specialist knowledge but also because I see things differently than other people do. I guess you could say I’m a contextual thinker, I tend to see the big picture”. A leading international authority on lichens, Goward has written three books on the subject and more than 80 peerreviewed papers. He has named two dozen species and has had several other species named in his honor. All this, and yet he has never taken a biology course, much less one on lichens. In fact, his only formal degree is a Bachelor of Arts. Through his environmentalist activities and writing - for many years

he wrote a newspaper column and later published the guide Nature Wells Gray - Goward has had a significant impact on the development of the park and surrounding area. The local lichenologist was born 60 years ago in Vancouver. “I hated every minute we lived in Vancouver. When I was 10 years old my family moved to rural Kamloops. Finally I was free to roam the hills and forests as I’d dreamt of doing.” Goward finished high school in 1970 and then took seven years to complete his undergraduate degree, first at Simon Fraser University, then at Universite de Sherbrooke in Quebec, and finally at Mount Allison in New Brunswick, where he majored in French and Latin. In 1971 he got a summer job building trail with park superintendent Charlie Shook, who he describes as one of the most visionary superintendents Wells Gray Park has ever had. His first stint as an

Goward lived in this tent camp while building trail near Fight Lake in 1971. Photo submitted

environmentalist came in 1972, when with Roland Neave he guided bus tours in opposition to plans by B.C. Hydro to dam the Clearwater River. In 1974 he returned to the park as park naturalist, a seasonal position he held pretty well continuously until 1986. In 1976 he began to study the park’s lichens and became what he describes as a “lichen bum,” spending so much time at the UBC lichen herbarium that in 1989 he was invited to be its curator, a position he has held ever since. In 1982 Goward got a summer job training foresters across B.C. about lichens, mosses and plants. He told his friends in Clearwater he’d be leaving but, after searching the entire province, found there was no place he liked better. Goward acknowledges the influence of Bob and Hettie Miller. “They were different from other people,” said Goward. “They saw things most other people overlook. When some new duck landed on the pond, or warbler in the woods, they knew about it.” The Millers also knew Wells Gray. Bob worked in the park for many years, and Hettie helped put it on the map for ornithology or the study of birds. They picked up many of their naturalist skills in the 1950s when Wells Gray Park was a governmentfunded center of research into moose, caribou, and other wildlife. “Some of the classic studies on moose and mountain caribou were done here,” said Goward. “Wells Gray is where the

Trevor Goward (r) makes a characteristic gesture as he gives a talk during a recent hike along the trails betweeen First and Third Canyons. Times file photo first aerial wildlife surveys took place, as well as ground-breaking studies into their behaviour. The number of papers and reports written in those years is truly impressive.” In 1984 Goward found his “dream property” in Upper Clearwater. A few years later he and thenpartner Helen Knight built a home there, Edgewood Blue. Goward is now preparing to donate his home to The Land Conservancy of B.C. - this in support of a wildlife corridor connecting the two southern arms of Wells Gray. (He’ll stay on as caretaker). In 1986 BC Parks brought out a master plan for Wells Gray. The plan encouraged scholarly research and mentioned having a research and education center. Goward and Knight latched onto the proposal and ran with it. As founding members of the Friends of Wells Gray Park, they helped get that

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Nature plays a large part in Art by Ecki By Elli Kohnert North Thompson Star/Journal The small settlement of Vavenby is home to Ecki Manthei, a gifted artist who‘s artwork grows out of his connection to nature, and his drive to follow every new idea with a passion that moves him to create what is in his imagination, without delay. Ecki’s home stands out from all others in the Vavenby trailer park where it cannot be missed. Two large life-like eagles formed from wood, seem to be guarding his property. Varieties of creatures also made from wood, line the path to the house; and the ambiance of this place leaves no doubt that an

Canada, and eventually came to live in Cloverdale, B.C. It is there that he began his artistic career. Seashells were his medium then, tells Ecki as he explains how they lend themselves to be made into clocks for instance, or be used as a canvas for his paintings. When the couple eventually settled in the community of Vavenby, it is here that Ecki took on art as his life work. Ecki has transformed one room of their home into an art gallery, where he now displays the numerous ‘Art By Ecki’ creations. The variety of his work is remarkable; it ranges from usable art, like wooden spoons

carve on it!” He notes that nearly all the materials he uses in his creations are natural; giving the artwork its special character. Sometimes a person may come into the gallery to view Ecki’s work, and they may purchase a special item of art for their own home. Most of the time though, Ecki and Marilyn market the art work by taking part in craft fairs. “At some I do well, with others I do not,” commented the art-

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organization interested. In 1990 Goward made a presentation to the board of the University College of the Cariboo (now Thompson Rivers University). The following year the university officially came onside, with support from Tom Dickinson, now the TRU dean of science. Hazel Wadlegger, who was on the board of School District 26 (North Thompson) at the time, obtained the former Upper Clearwater schoolhouse for the center. In 1992 Goward and Knight donated 10 acres of land next to the schoolhouse. TRU is presently constructing what will be called the Wells Gray TRU Wilderness Center. Opening is planned for the fall of 2013 and will be the grand finale of the Wells Gray World Heritage Year that Goward and others are promoting with TRU. “Achieving UNESCO World Heritage status for Wells Gray Park and area

would be a good thing for the local economy,” says Goward. “It’s only a matter of time before the values inherent in parks like Wells Gray become accepted by society at large - including our various resource industries.” “I hope to dedicate the next 10 years of my life helping to build the conceptual platform we’ll need to launch a successful bid for World Heritage Site status.”

Lobaria pulmonaria is a large lichen found in many locations around the world. Photo submitted


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Photographing models at a Strobist meet Last Sunday I joined six other photographers and three models at photographer, Dave Monsees’, rural studio for what Dave organized and referred to as a Strobist work session. The rustic studio, nestled beside a stream in a picturesque treed valley, is a short ten-minute drive from city center to the rural community of Cherry Creek. I had heard about it from other photographers and was looking forward to his Strobist session so I could check the studio out, and, of course, spend the afternoon with like-minded photographers. Now what could be better than that? This Strobist gettogether was the third held in my area that I have been fortunate enough to attend, and as with the first two, it

had its own uniqueness. Some of the participants had experience using off-camera lighting and got right to the business of arranging lights and posing our three models for the day, Molly Lampreau, Stephanie Johannesen, and Monica Nicklas. I had agreed to begin with a mini lesson and to be available to answer questions for those invitees that were just beginning to enhance their portrait photography with artificial light, and with a few minutes of instruction and a bit of prompting before long everyone was in the act of portrait photography. The word, Strobist, and gatherings like the one I was invited to have become popular because of American photographer, David Hobby’s, Strobist.com

lighting blog that promotes off-camera lighting techniques among photographic enthusiasts, with an emphasis on the practical knowledge rather than just the gear. Those that think our meets in Kamloops are unique should try searching Stobist meet on the Internet. There will be page after page featuring Strobist meets all over the world. My regular readers know that I rarely make a photograph of people, indoors or out, without using a flash. So getting together with other photographers, experienced or not, that like to use off-camera light for their portrait work is fun. The studio was jam packed with lighting equipment set up with wireless camera connection. There were

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2 tbsps (packed) light brown sugar 1 1/2 tsps honey 1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp kosher salt 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted Arrange racks in lower & upper 3rds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 rimless baking sheets w/parchment. Pulse almonds & oats in a food processor. Set aside. Melt butter in over med. heat. Add both sugars & honey; whisk until blended & sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add nut mixture, flour, & salt; stir until well blended. Spoon batter by 2tsp. Portions onto baking sheets, spacing 2 1/2” apart. Using your fingertips, pat cookies down to 1/4”-high rounds; push in any jagged edges to form smooth circles. Bake 10 - 12min, rotating sheets after 6 mins, Let cool. Brush half of each cookie w/melted chocolate. Let stand until the chocolate is set.

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Peppermint Meringues 3 large egg whites, room temperature 1/8 tsp kosher salt 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/8 tsp peppermint extract 12 drops red food coloring Preheat to 200°F. Line a baking sheet w/ parchment. Beat egg whites & salt on med-high until white & foamy, about 1 min. Gradually add sugar. Beat until firm peaks form. Add powdered sugar & peppermint extract; beat to blend, about 1 min. Dot colouring over surface of meringue; do not stir (the coloring will form swirls when piped). Spoon meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2” tip.Twist top; pipe 1” rounds onto prepared sheet, spacing 1” apart. Bake meringues until dry, about 2 1/2hrs. Let cool completely.

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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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NORTHERN ALBERTA clearing contractor seeks experienced Buncher and Skidder Operators for work in Northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided; email jobs@commandequipment.com Fax 780-488-3002.

Work Wanted Need some help with those odd jobs you don’t have time for? Call Keiran Jones at 250-674-3051

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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 www.sica.bc.ca/pdf/CTTbrochureKA.pdf to see our brochure about the program. For more information and applications contact: Kym Behrns 250-574-9389 cttkamsica@gmail.com www.sica.bc.ca Proudly Sponsored by the Southern Interior Construction Association

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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:  jking@graymont.com or Graymont Pavilion Plant Attn: Dan Buis P.O. Box 187 Cache Creek, BC V0K 1H0

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

E-mail: mail@barriere-employment.ca • Website: www.barriere-employment.ca SPORT SHOP/BOUTIQUE MGR. – Mike Wiegele’s O1712 MAINTENANCE MANAGER – Mike Wiegele’s O1712A PROGRAM SUPPORT (Casual) – Interior Health O1812 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 retraining dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for more information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer and Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services.

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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) Thurs. Jan. 17th: Creating & Updating Your Resume Workshop (or every 3rd Thursday) Thurs. Jan. 3rd: Labour Market Information Workshop • 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 Jan. 17 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.

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Furniture For Sale: lazyboy leather recliner, like new. $400. 250672-0063

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Clearwater: Very attractive 2 bdrm Modular Hm. Incl all appl, hobby rm, covered front entry, storage shed. Location: site #24 Thompson Crossing. $800/mo + DD. Avail Jan 1. 250-587-6151

HALF house for rent. Opposite Esquimalt High on 828 Colvile Rd. 3 Bedrooms, large yard for pets and kids. 250-885-8002 or 250-8858090

Nice clean 3 bdrm house for rent on 1/2 acre in Vavenby. $850/mo. $425/dd, F/S, W/D. Avail Dec. 15. 250-674-0002 Vavenby: Spacious 3 bdrm home. On half acre. $750/mo Call Randy 250-674-8288

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is even a greater risk of spill by rail.  (ie. CN’s 2005 Cheakamus river caustic soda spill near Squamish) So now the agitated anti-oil activists are trying to stop ‘Oil by Rail’ but it’s too late and they couldn’t anyway because of the over 100 year established infrastructure and practice of shipping liquid chemical materials by rail tanker cars.  CN is one of the biggest Oil by Rail shippers in North America and they are double tracking to Prince Rupert.  BNSF railroad (owned by big Obama donor Warren Buffet) is shipping 350,000 bpday of Bakken and Oil Sands oil mostly to the Gulf and wants to increase it to 1 million bpday. Big Rail, big money politics has delayed the Keystone XL Pipeline. Roland Seguin Received by email

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Homes for Rent Clearwater:2 bdrm home, totally reno’d, w/d, satellite, new jacuzzi tub, 4 kit appl, furnace & heat pump, priv, close to elem school, on school & transit bus route. Ref req. NS, $800/mo. Avail Jan. 1. Call 250-674-1059 FOR Rent 3 bedroom home in Raft River area. Available Dec 15th. $700 per month plus utilities. For more info please call 780-712-2989.

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CHURCH DIRECTORY

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that District of Barriere, BC, intends to make application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Southern Service Region – Thompson Okanagan Service Centre, Crown Land Adjudication office, for a Statutory Right-of-Way for Sanitary Sewer purposes covering parts of Lot 34 District Lot 1445, Plan 1746 except plan 18791 & 28157, Lot 35 District Lot 1455 Plan 1746 except plans 32703 & 38050, Lot 36 District Lot 1445, Plan 1746 except plan 38050, Lot 37 District Lot 1634, Plan 1746 all of Kamloops Division Yale District situated on Provincial Crown land located in Barriere.

CHURCH OF ST. PAUL

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Worship Sunday 11:00 A worshipping community of Anglicans, United & Lutherans

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ST. GEORGE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Lands File Number that has been established for this application is 3412525. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Section Head, Crown Land Adjudication at 441 Columbia St, Kamloops BC V2C 2T3. Comments will be received by MFLNRO until January 21, 2013. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our website at http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/in dex.jsp ÆSearch Æ Search by File Number: 3412525 for more information.

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

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

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Star/Journal 2012 Christmas Story Contest Division 2 Grade 4 to Grade 7 First Place:

How The Kitten Found The Spirit Of Christmas One bitter, cold, freezing, winter night there was a homeless kitten named Shimmer, walking through the streets of the town called Elmore. Shimmer was a Smokey grey and white kitten and her fur was as silky as a butterfly’s wing. But Shimmer wasn’t your ordinary kitten, Shimmer was a singer! She sang day and night and managed to receive treats on the streets for her outstanding singing voice! It was getting close to Christmas time! But there was one problem, Shimmer didn’t know what Christmas meant or why people and animals celebrated it. Today was her day to figure out why! She was walking down the streets while looking at the beautiful, Rainbow coloured, florescent Christmas lights, and shiny decorations when something caught her eye. On one of the building windows there was a banner. It was telling the readers about how there would be a Christmas singing contest on Christmas Eve. Shimmer thought that that would be an awesome opportunity to show off her magnificent singing ability! So that was exactly what she was going to do. Except for the part that said it had to be a Christmas carol! Shimmer did not know what a Christmas carol was nor did she know how to learn one. Then a thought came to her mind, she could go to the free newspaper stand and grab a carolling sheet. She practised for one day, and that night she was ready! She sang “Silent Night.” The quality of her voice came out of her lungs clear and soft but exceptionally well! She was pleased with her performance and took her seat to watch the other contestants. While Shimmer was listening to the other Christmas songs she was thinking that “Silent Night” was the first song she ever sang, that told her what Christmas was about, love, new friendships and most of all thankfulness. Shimmer realized that singing was what she loved, singing was her friend and singing was what she was thankful for! By: Lauren Tremblay Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7

Second Place:

How The Kitten Found The Spirit Of Christmas: The Kitten With The Lost Soul Mr. Garfield was no ordinary cat.  He was an old orange tome cat that lived in a barn.  He had half a tail that was infected at the tip. Garfield had the most beautiful ocean blue eyes with nice big, round pupils. For the last four years Mr. Garfield had stopped believing in Christmas.  He did not have any friends or family to share with, so it was not too fun for him. For some reason this year, Garfield thought he would write to Santa out of despeartion to see if just maybe he might somehow get a response. Two weeks later up at Santa’s workshop, Santa was reading Mr. Garfield’s list and saw it was very short, he only asked Santa to renew his Christmas Spirit.  What?? No ipod, no big screen TV, no cat-nip even?  Santa gave this some thought....  “I know!!” Santa exclaimed, “I’ll send him old Chester, my cat, to have as his new friend.”  If anyone could cheer Garfield up, Santa thought Chester could.  Chester was the most cheerful, lovable thing ever.  “I think I’ll deliver this one early,” Santa said, “so that by Christmas he will be full of Holly Jolly Christmas Spirit!” Because Garfield’s Christmas Spirit was buried so deep down, when Chester arrived and said he was sent by Santa, Garfield didn’t believe him.  Chester decided to invite Garfield on a ski trip, to try to get to know each other a bit.  Garfield ad so much fun racing Ches-

ter down the mountain and having powder-spraying wars by dragging their tails behind them.  After skiing, Chester convinced Garfield to go see Dr. McDonald, the vet.  Garfield needed a needle, but he was scared, so Chester promised he would take him to see Santa if he would just get the shot.  Garfield agreed, got his tail treated and had a check up and thanked Dr. McDonald.  He and Chester set off to find a way up to the North Pole.  They spotted one of Santa’s magic mail trucks parked across the street.  The elves were getting kids’ letters out of a mailbox, so Chester and Garfield snuck over and hot-wire the truck and borrowed it.   Chester knew the elves would manage to get the letters to Santa with their big sacks and jet packs.  So, away they flew off into the glimmering night sky. When they landed at the North Pole air strip, they were transported by snowmobiles to Santa’s workshop.   Garfield got to meet Santa, and Santa asked him, “So, have I granted your Christmas wish?” “Yes, you have helped me find my Spirit again, but now I have one more wish.  Can I keep Chester?” “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Santa laughed, “it would be up to him,” he said. “I would love to go live in a barn, just what I’ve always dreamed of!”  Chester exclaimed.  So they said their goodbyes and hopped on a reindeer and flew off home and lived happily ever after. By: Sheldon Vansickle Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7

Third Place (tie):

My Very Most Favourite Christmas: A Christmas Story When I get out of bed I slowly place my cold feet on the dusty wooden floor.  I take small steps toward the window and peer out at the white fluff covering our farm.  I take a deep breath and dress myself in my snow clothes.  When I walk through the kitchen I see my mother reading the paper, I go out to collect the eggs.  When I get to the chicken coop I kick the door open I see the chickens staring at me.  I just go pick the eggs up, they are still warm yet fresh.  As I am leaving I throw their breakfast out.  I hand my mother the eggs and she starts frying them up for breakfast. That weird salty smell of the eggs reminds me of something.  The thought pops into my head.  It reminds me of last Christmas!  The best Christmas of all times, my Father got a break from working in the mines.  We had a lot more money and we could afford to have a feast full of steaming turkey that has been engaged in spices, yam that is softer than a lambs fleece, and salad from my great auntie. Softly I ask my mother if we could have last Christmas again.  I gulp and look at her.  She looks at me as if she was trying to comprehend what I was saying.  “I guess we could try,” she says. “Good”, I say.  I call my dad.  It takes a little convincing but he eventually agrees to come.  I make my way into town trying to see my way in front of me.  Snowflakes are flying at my face as I am trying to dodge them.   I do a lot of running around till I get everything ready.  When I get home the house lights up.  My mother has decorated the house with coloured glistening lights, streamers that hang from the ceiling and bows.  We prepare our food and that is when guests start arriving.  We all sit by the fire, sing Christmas carols, feast on turkey, yam, and salad.  This was truly the best Christmas ever! By: Madison Kerslake Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7

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Third Place (tie): My Very

Most Favourite Christmas

My family and I were staying at our cabin on Bonaparte Lake that cold, snowy winter many years ago. It was the night before Christmas and I could not get to bed. I was super excited that Santa was coming with presents that night. That’s when I heard a strange noise coming from outside. It sounded like Santa’s sleigh bells? My Mom said “ You better hurry up and get into bed or Santa won’t stop here with presents for you.” So I quickly jumped into my bed. I wondered as I drifted off to sleep, if I had really heard Santa’s sleigh bells or not? After a while I finally fell a sleep. That night I woke up to another strange noise. “Footsteps!” I thought to myself. No, that noise can’t be the sound of Santa’s footsteps. Or was it? I had to find out for myself. I crawled up out of bed and slowly tiptoed into the living room of the cabin. There he was, standing right in front of me. There stood a big jolly man with a fuzzy white beard in a red suite. He was eating the cookies and milk that we had left out for him. “Santa!” I screamed. Then I went up to him and said “It’s you! It’s really you!” Just then my Mom and Dad came running into the living room to see

what all the noise was about. “What’s all this commotion about?” My Dad asked. “Why are you out of bed?” Asked my Mom. “Santa’s here.” I screamed. “Well where is he?” They both asked. “He’s right here!” “Right where?” They asked again. “What? Where did he go? He was right here a minute ago!” I hollered. “Go to bed. It’s really late.” Mom said. “But… but” I said.“No buts Mr. Into bed!” My Dad said sternly. So I went back to bed. When I woke up, I realized that it was already Christmas Morning! I heard my Nanny holler “ Wakey, wakey. Would any of you sleepy heads like some breakfast? ”Yes please, I do!” I said as I ran to the living room. My Nanny was making breakfast. Mmmmmm. I could smell yummy pancakes and sausage on that cool winter Christmas morning at the cabin. Our cabin smelled so good. I looked around the living room as I patiently waited for breakfast. It was then that I realized that my brother and I’s stockings were filled with presents. All that was left of the cookies and milk was a few crumbs. I thought to myself “Santa did come here last night. He really did.” That was my most favorite Christmas ever. To this day I wonder, did I really see Santa on that cold wintery night before Christmas at our cabin. Or was it all just a dream? By: Colton Van Nieuwkerk Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7

OBITUARY In Loving Memory

Pauline Audrey Krzemien

February 9, 1917 – December 5, 2012 With great sadness on December 5, 2012, Pauline Audrey Krzemien of Barriere, B.C. passed away peacefully at the age of 95 in Royal Inland Hospital. Born in Revelstoke, B.C. on February 9, 1917, people knew her there as Dolly. Mom was a sweet, loving, caring woman, with a beautiful heart and soul. She loved gardening, her flowers and plants...plus making crafts, collecting and was a great cook and baker! Mom was predeceased by her loving husband Kaz in 1993 and has two surviving children: Me (William) and Darlene. Mom also has seven other loving, surviving children from her first marriage to the late Frank Basile: John, Vincent, Albert, Marion, Janice, Eddy and Larry. Mom was predeceased

by her first child Brenda in 1952. Mom was also predeceased by her mother, Frances Belinski, father, John Belinski...brothers, Joe, Toby and Bill....and sisters, Kaye and Clara. She is also survived by numerous, grandchildren, great grandchildren nieces and nephews. I (we) love you our sweet angel. God Bless your beautiful soul in heaven – you’ll be sadly missed! The family would like to thank everyone

for their loving care. The Barriere Health Centre, Dr. T. Clare and Linda, the paramedics Gary and Ron. The Royal Inland Hospital for the loving care from Dr. Shauna Tsuchiya. Special mention to Nurse Brenda Kachur and also Kyle and Lisa. God Bless them all.   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charities of your choice. A memorial graveside service for Pauline will be held at Hillside Cemetery, Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Father Donal O’Reilly to officiate. The service may be viewed online, and condolences sent to the family, by visiting www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, 250-6743030.


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