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Buck Memorial

First Place Best All Round Newspaper First Place Best Editorial Page All of Canada <1,250 circulation

Clearwater mourns the loss of two young teachers. See page A14 and A27 inside.

Second Place General Excellence B.C. and Yukon <2,000 circulation

Healthy Forests‚ Healthy Communities forum coming up in January 2013 Times Staff The local organizing committee of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities will hold a public forum on Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Wells Gray Inn. The community dialogue session will explore the question, Forestry in the North Thompson in the post-beetle era. How will it differ in the coming decades?” The forum will be the second in a series as part of the province-wide Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities initiative. The upcoming session will continue to build on the ideas and opportunities expressed in the initial community dialogue. The first forum was held in November, 2011, at the Wells Gray Inn. The participants were asked to share their views and perspectives on the question: "How do recent changes in forestry impact you and your community?"

The main concerns expressed were: • More sustainable and stable employment • On-going centralization of government decision making in Kamloops • More local influence in forest land decisions • The need for a forest vision for the North Thompson • More diverse forms of timber tenure • Education and training to meet the needs of younger workers The Jan. 19 forum will have two objectives: first, to provide an update on efforts taken to date to address the above issues and second, to challenge the participants to define an action plan to address those issues. The focus will be on what to do and how to do. Registration for the Jan. 19 forum will begin at 12:30 p.m. The forum is expected to last until 4 p.m.

Christmas story contest winners announced KEITH MCNEILL A total of 119 local youngsters entered the Times’ Christmas story contest this year. This is up from 98 last year, 83 entries the year before, and the 102 that entered in 2009. Winner of the Kindergarten - Grade 3 division was Grade 3 student Ella Elliot. She told the story of a kitten named Ginger (or maybe Cinnamon) that learned about the spirit of Christmas. Her story featured strong description of the kitten in the cold outside. Second place went to Grade 3 student Henri Razeau. He wrote

about a kitten named Bob and how he learned that the spirit of Christmas is the joy of giving. Kiah Phillips, who is in Grade 2, took third place in the Kindergarten - Grade 3 division. She told about a lost puppy that was rescued from a dog capturer by a girl. Sequoia is in Grade 2. Kelsey Meadows-Tedford , a Grade 4 student, took first place in the Grade 4 - 7 division. Her story was different from most of the rest in that, when she described her very most favorite Christmas, she told a real event. Darius Theron Breckenridge

took second spot with his story about how a kitten helped a sick boy, his father and a heartless pound keeper have a merry Christmas. Darius is in Grade 5. Number three spot in the Grade 4 - 7 division went to Grade 5 student Joshua Foss. His story was about a puppy that was taken by robbers. It got away and was taken in by a family that didn’t believe in Christmas. The first place winners will receive $25 for their efforts. Second place is worth $15 while third place will bring in $10. To read the winning entries, turn to pageA9 and A11 inside.

Singing Christmas cheer Reuben Broadway sings a solo during a Peace Around The World concert put on in Blackpool Hall on Friday evening, Dec. 7. The performance was put on by choirs from Clearwaer and Barriere coached by Leah Jones. For more photos, see page A15 inside. Photo by Keith McNeill






85 G “Please consider the less fortunate, so that they too may have a very special holiday season.”


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Elementary School will go ahead as scheduled, despite the recent tragedy. It will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. The concert will be changed somewhat from its original format, with more carol singing than before. A rehearsal that had been planned for Thursday afternoon has been cancelled. There will be a community concert and gathering at Blue River Elementary School at the same time and the same evening.

Distilled herbs for sale Sharon Neufeld checks out a hydrosol still that belongs to Lynda Ludbrook. It is used to steam distill herbs such as peppermint, roses, lavender, fir, spruce and pine for aromatherapy and other uses. It was one of many items on display during the Wells Gray Winter Market presented by Wells Gray Gallery and Wells Gray Infocenter Gift Shop. The market will be open at the Infocenter on Thursday, 2 – 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Photo by Keith McNeill


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Memorial award planned in honor of teachers Dale Bass - Kamloops This Week Family and friends of Skye and Courtney Buck plan to create a memorial award for the teachers who died in a car accident on Sunday, Dec. 9 near Clearwater. Karen Gamarcy, development officer for the Thompson Rivers University Foundation, said the foundation was contacted to start the process to develop some sort of memorial for the pair.

Gamarcy said details will be worked out later but that it will be called the Skye and Courtney Buck Memorial Award. “They were both alumni of TRU and close to the athletics department,” Gamarcy said. “This is a wonderful way to remember someone.” The award, once established, will be part of an annual presentation at the university. Often, Gamarcy said, family and friends who create

memorial awards attend to meet with the recipient “and see something positive come from it.” Donations can be made by cheque made out to the foundation, noting the name of the memorial in the subject line, and sent to 900 McGill Rd., through credit card by calling 250-828-5264 or online at

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McLeod releases resource development results OTTAWA - Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for KamloopsThompson-Cariboo released the results to her responsible resource development survey. “I was very pleased with the volume of feedback I received. Although surveys like this one are not carried out with the same rigorous standard of data collection that a professional polling agency would employ, it nevertheless provides an informative snapshot of

how some of my constituents stand on this issue,” said McLeod. The responses are categorized into four areas: support for the government’s strategy, support with questions or concerns, those opposed to the strategy, and unsure. As of Dec. 7, 2012, my office has received 974 responses from across the riding. These included 606 communications in support (62 per cent), 48 in support with questions or concerns (five

per cent), 260 opposed (27 per cent), and 60 (six per cent) unsure. “I find these numbers encouraging, as it suggests many of my constituents support the government’s action to balance the need for economic development with environmental, health and safety concerns,” stated McLeod. “It was a pleasure reading and considering each and every communication I received on this issue regardless of perspective,” concluded McLeod.

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Winter weather causing problems Keith McNeill A windstorm and related problems caused over 1,500 BC Hydro customers in Clearwater and area to lose power for three to four hours Sunday morning, Dec. 16. The outage was one of several weatherrelated electricity losses experienced by local residents as winter finally arrives in the North Thompson Valley. Sunday’s outage is believed to be the cause of a loss of water pressure and turbid water conditions experienced by some users of the District of Clearwater water system early Monday

morning, said director of finance Sheila Thiessen. Public works staff had monitored the system during the outage but it appears there was a communication

failure between the District’s reservoir and two wells. This caused the loss of pressure, which in turn resulted in turbid water in some locations. As of late Monday

morning the District had only received a few complaints, said Thiessen, which led them to believe the problem had been corrected and was limited in extent.

Happy holidays

Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities: You are invited to participate in a conversation to help define an Action Plan to protect and expand forest sector jobs, enhance4 community stability and deliver expected goods and services. This will be a valuable opportunity to understand how continuing changes in forestry influence the quality of life in our communities, to help define solution and how we can work toward overcoming the obstacles. In order to respond to the needs of the communities, the Action Plan will focus on “what to do” and “how to do” in order to move forward on specific actions. The information gathered from the dialogue will help resource decision-makers understand the values and needs of the valley communities. The format will include Breakout Sessions to enable small groups to explore themes and provide perspectives and personal views on the emerging Forestry issues. Your input will be communicated to decision-makers who influence, develop and establish forest policy for the province. Your views will help create a vision for our local forests. Pre-register at or 250.674.3498. There is no registration fee. Location: Wells Gray Inn Date: Saturday: January 19, 2013 Registration: 12:30-1:00pm Time: 1:00-4:00pm ICBC - Winter Safety Winter has arrived! Make sure you are prepared for winter conditions by having good winter tires and emergency kit in your vehicle. Posted speed limits are designed for ideal road conditions; slow down when driving on snow, ice, slush or rain. Allow yourself at least three times the normal following distance to stop on wet or slick surfaces. Be cautious using four wheel drive. Often it does not enhance your braking or steering on slippery roads. Holiday Closures The District and ICBC/Motor Vehicle offices will be closed on December 24th - Christmas Eve, December 25th - Christmas Day and December 26th – Boxing Day as well as December 31st and January 1st, 2013. The offices will be open on Thursday December 27th and Friday December 28th. Both offices will be back to regular hours on January 2nd, 2012.

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Happy Holidays!! Upcoming Events January 19, 2012, Public Meeting, Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities Session, Forestry in the Post Beetle Era in the North Thompson Valley. Wells Gray Inn, 1PM Upcoming Meetings of Council January 8th, 2013 – Parks and Recreation Meeting – 5:00pm January 8th, 2013 – Regular Council Meeting – 7:00pm

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 Clearwater Times


“ If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.” - Jean Kerr, writer editorial by keith mcNeill

Recent tragedy means the rest of us must try harder to fill the gap Tar sands oil should be refined in Canada Editor, The Times:

Ice melting and ocean levels rising 60 per cent faster than originally estimated.... Let’s review some basic principles here. When things warm up, ice melts, forms water and pushes water levels up. Fairly simple, wouldn’t you say? However not to the Koch brothers and the Fraser and MacDonald-Laurier Frontier think tanks who, (financed by energy companies – not just oil but coal and others) continue to cast doubt upon global warming and the rise in ocean levels. Maybe someone dropped a big rock into the sea? I just had an argu-

ment with a rightwinger about all of this. He insisted we need oil wells, etc. to keep operating. Yes, to a point he was right. However, I pointed out that things like the proposed Gateway Pipeline made no sense. My argument was it would be far better to build a refinery right by Fort Mac and then ship the resulting sweet crude by railway, pipeline or some other mode of transportation. Shipping sweet crude is far safer than dilbit (diluted bitumen), even by pipeline. It doesn’t have to be heated (or not very much) or propelled by pressure, and is nowhere near as corrosive.

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His answer was, “You couldn’t build a refinery in Canada as it would have to conform to Canada’s environmental regulations.” Oh horrors. Conform to Canada’s already weakened environmental rules? Plus this refinery would provide several thousand good paying union jobs – that’s even worse! No, better to have Enbridge, with its already dodgy reputation, build a pipeline over hazardous ground to load bitumen onto a supertanker that then has to navigate Douglas Channel and the rest of the narrow twisty waters onto to some refinery in an already horribly polluted land – China (60 per cent of China’s agricultural land is already affected). There it would be refined by overworked, underpaid, Chinese refinery workers with little environmental protection. Now isn’t that a bright idea?

Dennis Peacock Clearwater, B.C.

Clearwater came together to mourn on Saturday. Two bright lights that everyone had expected would help illuminate the community’s future, Skye and Courtney Buck, had suddenly been lost. To make the tragedy even worse, Courtney had been pregnant with the young couple’s first child, a baby boy. I didn’t get a chance to know Courtney that well, but I knew Skye since he was a little boy. For several years (until I injured my foot by trying to walk too far) I attended Brent and Tracy’s karate class. Skye was there and, even at that young age, impressed me with his intelligence and positive mental attitude. “That kid is going to go far,” I said to myself. That positive impression persisted as I watched him grow up through elementary and secondary school, and then university. Skye seemed to excel at whatever he did, but there was no conceit about him. Skye started going out with Courtney when they were at Clearwater secondary. She had the movie star good looks to match his but, as with Skye, you only had to speak with her a few times to realize her beauty was more than skin deep, and why Skye was so strongly bonded to her. They were both down-to-earth, straightforward and well-rounded people – the kind that Clearwater so often seems to produce. One Clearwater resident complimented me on Wednesday for sparing the families by not posting the story to our website right away. Actually, that was more accident than design. I suppose the real truth was I didn’t really want to write the story. I kept putting it off, waiting for confirmation or more details. Then it got so late that I figured I might as well postpone it until

Thursday when the paper came out (but it didn’t due to problems at our printing plant in Vernon, but that’s another story). Since the Times went to a paid subscription on our website, daily traffic has dropped off to about 100 unique visitors per day (although it has been coming back). On Dec. 10, the day after Skye and Courtney’s accident, there were 1,118 unique visitors to the site, and 633 the day after that. Those people were looking for news from the local newspaper, and they didn’t get it. The newspaper needs to find a balance between the families’ right to grieve and the need of the general public for information. That balance is often hard to find. Sudden deaths are a minefield for a newspaper, particularly in a small town. In past years we’ve had family members complain because we put the death of a loved one on page one. And we’ve had family members complain because we didn’t. People’s emotions are raw and sometimes some of them are looking for someone to blame – and sometimes they blame the messenger. The family barred all media from last Saturday’s memorial, except for your editor. They even asked me to go around before the ceremony and photograph the tables and displays set up for the event (which led at least one local resident to ask what I was doing). There can be no doubt that Skye and Courtney would have made positive contributions to this community. With them gone, the rest of us will have to try just that much harder. That includes the newspaper. Any suggestions on how the Times could improve its coverage of events such as this would be greatly appreciated.

CD by local musicians helps food bank Editor, The Times:

The CD, “Songs for a Winter’s Night”, hit the stores this month and will remain there until the end of this holiday season. This CD is a wonderful collaboration of local musicians produced for the sole purpose of raising money for the Clearwater and District Food Bank. This past week the group has been able to donate $1,500 to the Food Bank. We will continue to donate the proceeds from

sales as long as the CD keeps selling. This gift, when shared with family and friends, will really keep on giving for years to come. We the musicians, fondly calling ourselves “Non Perishable-Items”, encourage you to add this CD to your last minute shopping list. Together we can share music and food at the same time! A big thanks goes out to the Clearwater Times, Blue

Loon Grill and all the following retailers in helping with the promotion of this project. CDs can be purchased at the following retailers: Pharmasave, Home Hardware, Blue Loon Grill, O’Bryan’s Café, Dee’s General Store, Little Fort General Store and Clearwater Computers. Peace and Love to you all,

Sam Willan Clearwater, B.C.

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? of the Week

Are you ready for Christmas?

Shanli Penner:

Hardly. Everybody's spread out this year, so it's hard to get what you need to where it needs to go.

Betty Koeneman:

Val Jeck:

I'm as ready as I'm going to be. I've really cut down on what I do for Christmas ... and there are no little kids.

Fields says thanks to the community Editor, The Times:

On Friday, Dec. 7, our store in Clearwater was seriously threatened by a fire at Uncle Barry’s Treasures – our next door neighbour. Due to the quick action of first responders and local volunteers, the Fields store was saved. I cannot express how deeply grateful we are at Fields for the hard work that everyone put in that evening. We love being a part of your community and, as

unfortunate an event as this was, it was truly amazing to see how everyone was able to pull together and protect another business from being lost. Our sincere gratitude goes out to the Clearwater and Blackpool Fire Departments for not only putting out the fire in Uncle Barry’s, but also for prioritizing the protection of the adjacent Fields store. We’d also like to thank Doug Borrow of Borrow Enterprises

for his help the day after the fire. Our parking lot had turned into an ice rink due to all the water; Mr. Borrow came out and sanded our lot, allowing us to open up the very next day. Again, I can’t thank the Clearwater community enough for all they did to save our store – we are blessed to be in a community such as yours.

Jason McDougall President / CEO FHC Fields

Selling off investments to China is a bad move Editor, The Times:

I submit to you a copy of a recent email message sent to the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. If you deem it to be of local interest, you may print it in the Times. Incidentally, I did receive a return message from M. F. Bustos, manager, executive correspondence services for the Prime Ministers' office. I was informed that my message was forwarded to Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry.

Got Some News?

My message to the prime minister follows:

Dear Mr. Harper:

I am very troubled with the way China is acting, financially and politically, by their aggressive siphoning off of manufacturing sectors around the world. To compound this serious trend, they are buying up natural resources in a great many countries. If you have read this far you probably have an uneasy feel-

ing that I disapprove, very strongly, of your recent move in selling off a large oil sands investment to China. The publicity, building up to your final cave-in to China, has troubled me for some time. I did voice opinion against the proposal and even signed an online petition against it. I know that there are many other Canadians who believe as I do. A question here for you: Do you not have advisers that are aware of China’s devious intentions in

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destroying the western world's democratic way of life? Do you not understand that you were elected in a democratic nation to govern under the rules of democracy? Please, if there is any way possible to void the Nexon deal with China, do so. We should not have other nation’s governments owning, and controlling, our natural resources. That is a very dangerous move.


Len Chase:

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Oh sure. All I'm going to get, I've got. Now I'm broke.

Food Bank says thanks for the donations Editor, The Times:

who produced and directed the event for the 19th year. A special thanks to the local musical groups who put together the songs for the Winter Night CD and who donated the money from the sale of the CDs to the Food Bank. The event contributed just over $5,000 with $1,760 coming from sales from the CDs.

Clearwater and District Food Bank would like to thank all those who helped make the C-Me-Live Concert and Silent Auction on Sunday, Dec. 9, a big success again this year. A big thank-you to Bonnie of the Wells Gray Hotel for her contribution and  to Denis Chaychowsky






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We also received a generous donation from Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259 of $500. A heartfelt thanks to all those who joined us at the concert and made generous donations and bids on donated items making our Christmas campaign successful.

Clearwater and District Food Bank

We would like to thank all our friends and customers and wish you a Great New Year!


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Approximately 15 skiers enjoyed the first skiing of the season at Clearwater Ski Hill. The skating rink awaited freezing tem-

peratures and presented a problem of snow removal. Ralph Nelson was to give ski lessons. Over 70 people had said they would join the Clearwater Curling Club, said club owner

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use wood waste from 12 sawmills within 100 miles of the city and produce enough electricity to supply a city twice the size of Kamloops.

HISTORICAL Perspective

BACK IN TIME Lew Walker. Two sheets were ready, and two more were to be ready by the following Saturday.


YEARS AGO: Clearwater Improvement District completed a connection between the community hall and the centennial hall. CID chairman Jack Foote said the project would cost less than $3,000. The North Thompson Regional Snowmobile Championships received 195 entries. The event was sponsored by Clearwater Sno-Drifters. Clearwater residents were finally able to receive CBC Radio without a special antenna or an FM set. A new 40 watt re-broadcasting station was transmitting at 860 kh.


YEARS AGO: School trustee Jean Nelson was elected

chair of the School District 26 board. Retiring director of instruction E.C. Colman reported on his 16 years with the school district. The old Blue River School had housed 111 students. The new building had 45 pupils. Avola had 18 students, far below its maximum of 36. Vavenby had increased from a low of 58 to 131 before dropping to 113. He described Birch Island’s school as: “... always the crown jewel of the North Thompson.” It had 50 pupils. Clearwater Secondary School had moved in 1975 from what is now Raft River Elementary. Dutch Lake had expanded from its original three rooms to 11 teachers. Star Lake had gone from a three-room elementary to a 10 teacher primary and then to a 6.5 teacher elementary. School population for the district had risen from 800 to 1400 and then dropped back to 1240 during his time.



YEARS AGO: Slocan workers held a mock funeral for the Camp Two sawmill, which had been closed Dec. 18. Employees with over 18 years of seniority were to be transferred to Vavenby when a third shift was added. Local businessman Les Leger estimated that 450 jobs would

be lost to the area’s economy, and called for the government to pull the company’s forest license. The heritage committee was looking into establishing a pioneer village similar to Fort Steele or Barkerville in Clearwater, Frank Ritcey reported to the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce.


YEARS AGO: Thieves stole money being collected for Christmas Amalgamated and Community Extended Care when they broke into Raft River Mini Mart. “Now I know how people feel when they have their house ransacked,” said store clerk Sue Ludtke. Enrolment in School District 26 schools was 1003 fulltime equivalent students, about 100 more than predicted by the Ministry of Education. Much of the difference was due to adult education programs at Star Lake. About 40 people, including 10 from Clearwater, attended a learn-to-luge day sponsored by Blue River Alpine Club. They were allowed to try the bottom of the Blue River natural luge run, reported Gerda Schrottner. Weyerhaeuser proposed building a $60 million electricity generating plant in Kamloops. It would


YEARS AGO: A public advisory group was being set up for Wells Gray Park. “We’re looking for a group of publicly spirited people to help revise our plans and work on ongoing issues,” said area supervisor Cecil Simpson. Legion Branch 259 bought the Little Mall in Clearwater. The branch planned to add to the building in the future.


YEARS AGO: Close to 400 Clearwater and area residents gathered to discuss the implications of Weyerhaeuser's announcement that it would close its Vavenby sawmill North Thompson Indian Band saw the economic well-being of the valley communities as part of its own long-term interests, Chief Nathan Matthew told the meeting. Avola residents filled their community hall for a Christmas get-together. The Sunday School put on a play, “The Birth of Jesus.” About 40 helpers and organizers packed 76 Christmas hampers as part of Clearwater Food Bank's Christmas Campaign.


YEARS AGO: Clearwater Secondary School collected canned goods and non-perishables

for the school's annual winter food drive for a food hamper. Students in whichever homeroom submitted the most goods would be the first to eat their turkey dinner, which was put on by the PAC for the entire school. The C-Me Live 14th annual Christmas Coffeehouse food bank fundraiser raised approximately $2,700 for Clearwater Food Bank. Donna Hutchinson was the first place winner of the Wells Gray Country's Stop, Stamp and Win draw held at Dee's General Store. Hutchinson received $750 Wells Gray Country dollars to spend at businesses around town.


YEAR AGO: Eve Labranche won the Kindergarten - Grade 3 division in the Times' Christmas story contest. Tiffany Schwaiger won the Grade 4 - 7 division. A total of 98 youngsters entered. Clearwater Community Baptist Church received $500 from North Thompson Community Foundation for new tires and maintenance of the church's bus. "It's more of a community bus than a church bus," said Pastor Wayne Richardson. Jeff Lamond took over as president of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce from Merlin Blackwell. The annual general meeting set up a committee to look into hiring a manager. "When you do everything on a volunteer basis, you get what you pay for," said Blackwell.

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School District above average on FSA Times Staff Students in School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) consistently score above the provincial average in the Foundation Skills Assessment, according to a report from superintendent Terry Sullivan. Overall, students in the school district scored eight percentage points above the provincial average in all three test measures. Aboriginal students in School District

73 scored 12 per cent higher than their provincial counterparts. The six-year Dogwood completion rate for Aboriginals in School District 73 is at an all time high at 69 per cent, far above the provincial Aboriginal completion rate of 49.4 per cent over the past five years. Since 2007/2008 the percentage of Aboriginal students completing school within six years rose by 18.8 per cent in the District. Aboriginal males showed the most improvement, going from 43 per cent in

Challenging areas include numeracy for 2007/2008 to 52 per cent in 2010/2011. Grade 4 boys and Grade 7 girls. Sullivan Sullivan reported that the school dissaid it appears that between grades 4 and trict success rate for 2011/2012 is 81.2 per cent, which is significantly higher than the 7 all students in the district lose ground estimated six-year completion rate of 77.8 in numeracy, particularly the Aboriginal per cent, and only 3.8 per cent off the dis- students. Sullivan presented his report to the trict’s target of 85 per cent. school board during its regular meeting The success rate is calculated by addon Monday, Dec. 17. ing together the students who successfully complete the BC Adult Graduation Diploma, the School Completion Certificate and the BC Dogwood “When you need us, we’re close by” School Graduation Program. When a death occurs, I’m here to help you, every step of the way. 24 hours a day, every day. If you have made pre-arrangements elsewhere and would like to discuss having your local funeral home take care of you, please feel free to call.

Domtar to shed 125 jobs – 29% of its workforce Andrea Klassen - Kamloops This Week Domtar will lay off nearly onethird of its employees by March of next year as it shuts down one of two pulp machines at its Kamloops mill. The company announced Thursday, Dec. 13 that it will shuttering its “A-line” machine, which produces 120,000 metric tons of sawdust pulp per year. Of the company’s 426 workers, 125 will be effected by the shutdown. Of that number, 107 are unionized. Domtar spokeswoman Bonny Skene said the A-line is the smaller of the mill’s two pulp operations, noting sawdust pulp is less competitive than the softwood pulp produced on the B-line. “It’s relatively small so, in a global pulp market, it’s not what we would call a scale operation,” she said. “And, it competes in a market of hardwood pulp, which is produced by many producers in the Southern Hemisphere that have much different cost structures.” The mill was also facing repair costs on the A-line, Skene said, after issues with the machine’s boiler were discovered during a maintenance outage at the end of October. Skene declined to say what repairs would have cost the company. In 2010, Domtar retrofitted a recovery boiler on its B-line with the help of a federal government grant of $57 million, about half of which went to boiler repairs. The B-line, which produces longfibre pulp using wood chips rather

than sawdust, will continue operations. Skene said the product produced on that machine is more competitive in the global pulp market. Domtar produces about 350,000 metric tons of softwood pulp each year. Skene said the company plans co-ordinate with Human Resources Development Canada and other agencies to provide services for those workers facing the axe. Domtar also plans to meet with the union to work on an adjustment plan. “Prevailing economic conditions in the global pulp markets and the deteriorated competitiveness of this small pulp manufacturing line, coupled with unforeseen boiler repair costs, have forced us to rationalize this pulp production capacity,” said Mike Edwards, Domtar’s senior vicepresident of pulp and paper manufacturing. “We will focus our energy and resources on optimizing the larger, more competitive, ‘B’ pulp manufacturing line which will continue to operate.” Mayor Peter Milobar said the shutdown announcement came as a surprise and a disappointment. “I guess the bright side is it’s not the full mill, but certainly 125 jobs is going to be sorely missed,” he said. In addition to direct jobs, Milobar said the closure would likely have a “ripple effect” on other area businesses, including companies transporting product to and from the pulp mill and sawmills that will now need to find a new place to take their sawdust.


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Division 1: Kindergarten to Grade 3 How the Kitten Found the Spirit of Christmas One night a kitten got a present. All the other family had more than the kitten. The kitten could hear all the presents tearing apart. So then kitten ran outside in the cold whispering wind. The snow flakes fell on the kittens fur. The kitten felt so freezing in the snow. The kitten was taken somewhere. When the kitten woke up she was in a strange place. Somebody said can we keep it. Somebody else said yes we should name it um, um, umm, I know Ginger or maybe Cinamon. Then the family went to bed. Later that night the kitten saw big black boots.

A big Jolly man came and said to the kitten, "I will give you the Spirit of Christmas only if you don’t tell anybody and keep it to yourself." The next day the kitten knew what Christmas was all about. She knew you didn’t just get presents. Christmas is about being with your family and friends. So the kitten didn’t worry about presents she worried about being with family and friends. The end.

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How the Kitten found the Spirit of Christmas Once upon a time there was a kitten named Bob. He did not know about the spirit of Christmas. Every Christmas he was not happy. So one day he set off to find out why he was not happy. Eventually Bob saw a duck. It asked, “Are you my mom? Can you teach me about Christmas?” asked Bob, the kitten. “No, I can not,” said the duck. “Ask How the Kitten found the Spirit of Christmas There was a cat named Zoe. She was a stray cat which meant she didn`t have a home. A girl named Leanne found Zoe in a box. She was very cold. Leanne`s family brought Zoe into their home. They loved her so much. She found the spirit of Christmas through LOVE!

By Cassidy Sagar, Grade 4

My most favourite Christmas My most favourite time is Christmas when Santa comes and gives us presents. We make sure we make milk and cookies. I also like when we go to Kamloops and have a Christmas party on Christmas Eve! We have a Christmas tree which is 5 metres tall. At Christmas we celebrate because it is a important holiday. It is super awesome! At Christmas Santa only comes when people are asleep. I wonder how Santa knows when people are asleep? I love Christmas and it is fabulous.

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a reindeer.” So the duck waddled away. Then Bob saw an owl. He told him why he was not happy. But the owl fly away without telling him about the spirit of Christmas. On the way home the kitten saw

Santa Saved Christmas A kitten on Christmas night was lost in the snow. She was covered in snow. Santa picked up the kitten. He took it to a family. The kitten woke up and the kitten was surrounded by love. The family was very nice to her. She loved her home. The kids loved her too. The kitten grew to adult.

The cat had kittens. She had 4 kittens. They were just like their mother. She was very nice to her babies. The 4 babies loved their mother. The kids loved the kitten. The kids were very nice to the poor little kitten and the cats.

By Kiah Phillips, Grade 2 Raft River


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Santa. A present fell from his sleigh. It landed in Bob’s hands. Bob brought it to his house. Bob gave the present to his little brother, a tiny kitten named Fred. Then Bob felt happy for the first time in his life. Bob found out the spirit of Christmas is the joy of giving.

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MP McLeod announces CIIF funding for NT Fall Fair facility upgrades Barriere Star/ Journal On Saturday, Dec. 8, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for

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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 long-term 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 facil-

ity 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

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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.

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, made the announcement recently 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. Photo by Bob Hayward


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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,

A phone scam that ranked number one last year for the Better Business Bureau of Mainland BC (BBB) is back again. "The virus fixing scam was particularly rampant across Canada last year and we are having similar reports again," says Danielle Primrose, BBB president and CEO. "Scammers are trying to capitalize on the public's fear that their computer has been compromised." The scam always starts the same: the phone rings at their home, and the caller asks for the householder, quoting their name and address before stating that there "was a report from your internet service provider of serious virus problems from your computer." In order to "fix" it, the computer owner is directed to a website and told to download a program that hands over remote access to the computer. And then comes time to pay a fee for a subscription to this preventative service. The catch: there was never anything wrong with the computer, and the owner has given a complete stranger access to every piece of data on his or her computer. The company that is currently doing cold calls appears to be going under the name "Swap PC Care," which appears to be based in India according to its website. BBB attempted to contact the company whose agent confirmed that they are calling Canadians, but refused to provide any further information. BBB advises the public to report any fraudulent activity to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1 (888) 495-8501 or

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My Very Most Favourite Christmas... My most favourite of Christmas was when we didn’t have it! We were just building our house and I slept in our laundry room. My mom slept in the boot room, my brother was just a baby. I hardly had any toys. I can’t The Cat of Christmas Once upon a kitten in a town far away. It was a time of despair. Lots of animals were caged up in the pound and were sad and lonely. The pound keeper had no heart and was always mean and angry witch he didn’t care about the cats or dogs and especially didn’t care about Christmas. Once day a person named John wanted to buy his son Bill a kitten but they were all sold out. But one. The pound keeper said that How the Kitten Found the Spirit of Christmas ‘Twas a dark and stormy Christmas Eve and I, Frostfur was out alone. I am only a kitten about four moons old and thats not a lot. My old family abandoned because they couldn’t take care of me. They tried to give me a new home but no one would accept me. So they decided to let me go. And that's why I am here on Christmas Eve in the cold and stormy weather. I’m starving might as well try to find something to eat. So I trotted through the snow and saw something bright. And I smelt something deletable. I trotted closer to see what it was. My stomach was growling by now and the smell wasn’t helping either. I noticed that the roof provided some shelter from the snow. I crept up along the side of the building so I would be sheltered from the snow. Icicles still dripped on my head but it was better than being out

quite remember where my dad slept but I was pretty happy. Until Christmas came.

one little kitten was dirty and poor and that nobody wanted him. But John said that he did and that he was going to get it for his son. Bill was sick you see and Christmas was coming soon and Bill had asked for a kitten.

in the snow. When I was in front of the

We didn’t have a tree we just had presents from our Aunt and Uncle. Mom and Dad had presents for us to. We didn’t have any for them. In a year we had a rooms and next Christmas we had a tree! Every year gets better and we still just enjoy it as a family.

By Kelsey Meadows-Tedford, Grade 4

Bill had no pet. His dog died last year, it was very sad. Soon Christmas was here and Bill was only a tiny sick his friends came to visit him. Bill was very happy. The next day it was Christmas and the pound keeper was all alone. Bill his new kitten and the rest of his family spent Christmas with the pound keeper and had a merry merry Christmas.

Darius Theron Breckenridge Grade 5

building I saw my old owners calling my name Frostfur! Frostfur! Where are you? They were holding a bowl of cat food so that’s what smelled delet-





able. I ran up to them and jumped in their arms and purred they were delighted to see me and I was too. The End

Joshua Foss Grade 5 Raft River Elementary


Testing new drugs requires seeing how they might affect body organs like the liver, kidney and heart. They use live subject in this testing. The National Institute of Health in the U.S. is funding research into 3-D tissue chips using living cells that model the structure and function of the real organs. Once developed, these chips will be used to test new drugs and result in bringing them to market faster. The worlds ‘cold chain’ refer to the need to keeping vaccines and certain antibiotics cold (2-8C) from manufacturing to administration. This is important when shipping products overseas, because half of the vaccines are lost due to exposure to heat. A new idea using silk as a stabilizer in the product will allow a greater range of temperature variations. Should be in use in about five years. We get kind of smug in Canada, thinking that being overweight is more an American problem. But today, 59% of Canadians are either overweight or obese. By 2026, this is expected to reach 70%. Now is the time to do something about it. Music can have a powerful effect on people with dementia. A program called Music and Memory uses music selections that the patient listened to in past years. Using an MP3 player and earphones, the music brings back memories to these patients and helps them become more connected with the real world. Giving you the best service for all your medication needs is the main goal of our pharmacists. Hope to see you in our pharmacy soon.



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Thank You The Buck and Dekelver families would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all those individuals and groups that have helped ease the immense pain that the loss of Skye, Courtney, and Baby Boy Buck’s tragic passing has created. The list is large and if some are missed we are sorry because each contribution has truly helped to begin the long journey of healing for all of us. Thank you to: RCMP Sergeant Podbisky, Corporal Dooer and their special teams Kim Strickland and Victim Services Clearwater Search and Rescue Jody Dodd Shelly and Mike Loring and the Simpcw First Nations Scott Streadwick and Les Sakals Clearwater Secondary School students, staff and PAC Raft River Elementary students, staff and PAC School District #73 Shelley Sim Clearwater Fire Department Yellowhead Services, Jim’s Service Center, Info Center, and Clearwater Courts The local bed and breakfasts Amber from the Clearwater Resource Center M.W. Sharkey Logging crew Federal Fisheries officers Monty Bromley and Ron Hudema Bill Downey and crew Dennis Greffard Paul Arduini Yellowhead Helicopters District of Clearwater Safety Mart #5 Blue Loon Wells Gray Inn Avril’s Garden Strawberry Moose Hospital Auxiliary Drake Smith and North Thompson Funeral Services The friends and family who spoke at the memorial service and everyone who left a memory card. Numerous neighbours, friends and family who called or stopped by with food, hugs, cards, flowers and other expressions of sympathy. We would also like to thank the media for respecting the family’s privacy and for reporting the details in a dignified manner.


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Vavenby firefighters hold Christmas dinner Robyn Rexin

The Vavenby Volunteer firefighters ( VVFF ) held their Christmas dinner at the fire hall on Saturday, Dec. 8. The delicious turkey dinner with three different pies to choose from for dessert was attended by approximately 28 people. After dinner fire chief Sean Dawson first thanked the cooks Barb Pennell and Jaimie Greene and then handed out a couple of special awards. Larry Reiter received one for best attendance and Jaimie Greene for firefighter of the year. Dawson was presented with a fire chief appreciation gift. All of the firefighters received gifts of recognition. The firefighters and members of the board were given lawn chairs as well. A game followed. A name was pulled out of a hat. That person chose a wrapped gift from under the Christmas tree and opened it. The next person chose a gift and then, before opening it, had to decide if he/she would keep it or "steal" someone else's. The game continued in this fashion until

everybody had two gifts. It was a lot of fun with shouts of laughter and moans and groans from everyone. Youth group visits Kamloops The Clearwater/Vavenby interchurch youth group Y2C went to Kamloops on Dec. 8 to do Christmas shopping. The 30 – 40 teens and adults left Clearwater at 10:30 a.m. on the Clearwater Baptist bus and returned home at 11:30 p.m. The first stop was Aberdeen Mall where they shopped for six hours. After three hours, however, some did leave to go to the theatre to watch the movie Playing For Keeps. Y2C ended the day by going swimming at the Canada Games Pool. Everybody had a good time. One teen said it was an awesome trip. Christmas in the Village The Vavenby Christian Church held its annual Christmas in the Village to an overflowing church on Sunday, Dec. 9, with people from Little Fort to Avola present.

It started with the singing of favourite Christmas carols. For the song Silent Night Marie Visser, affectionately known by all as Oma, and her daughter Mary Vollans sang the first verse in Dutch. When everybody sang Go Tell It On the Mountain Ron McRobert played an instrument called a strum stick. Valerie Gerber read a story called The Man Who Missed Christmas. He was a Scrooge-type person in personality and he accidentally locked himself in the vault of the bank where he worked. No one missed him on Christmas day. It made him realize he needed to change his life. After the story was a comical play put on by Vienna, Seth, and Isaac Moilliet, Arial and Jessica Greene, Samantha Stein, and Debra Mundy. A video was shown next to show how people have changed the actual events of the first Christmas. The video was followed by preacher Ian Moilliet's sermon and then a delicious luncheon was enjoyed by all. There were nine tables set up to seat the approximately 60 people present. Stein and Woodman wed The VCC was filled again on Wednesday, Dec. 12 with approximately 40 people who came to witness the wedding of Lorraine Stein and Mickel Woodman. Stein's daughter

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Samantha was maid of honour, niece Mercedes Flegel was the flower girl, nephew Dayton Flegel was the ring bearer, and Seth Moilliet was best man. Woodman played the guitar and sang the song My Heart To You as Lorraine walked down the aisle on the arm of her fatherin-law William Woodman. After the ceremony was the potluck dinner. A whole room was needed for the desserts alone. It was a beautiful wedding and to add to it William Woodman gave a speech welcoming Lorraine into his family. System causes water problems The town of Vavenby has had problems with its water system

this past week. One day a lot of residents had very low water pressure and Alligham's Trailer Park had no water at all. It was all due to a malfunction in the system. The water monitoring system failed which meant that the water pumping had to be manually maintained. The town was put back on a temporary boil order due to the low levels at the reservoir which caused high turbidity. A technician from Vernon was brought out to work on the system and it is now operating satisfactorily. The boil order is no longer in effect.

MLA financial disclosure statements released fund and the Dynamic Dividend Value Fund, the latter of which has shares in Canexus Corporation, Inter Terry Lake is the province's environment minister – Pipeline Fund and Trilogy Energy Corporation. Public disclosure statements of all B.C. MLAs and his RRSP investment portfolio includes environwere released on Thursday, Dec. 13. mentally focused mutual portfolios, along with funds Lake's statement, which is current as of Sept. 7, investing in Chinese companies and funds investing in notes he owns 14 Manulife funds under his RRSP, six companies linked to Alberta's oil sector. funds under a spousal RRSP and one fund under a Among Lake's holdings, as listed in his MLA spousal tax-free savings account. public disclosure statement, are the AGF Clean Lake, who is also the Liberal MLA for KamloopsEnvironment Equity Fund, which, according to the North Thompson, lists his sources of income as being fund's website, invests in "a diversified portfolio of an MLA and cabinet minister and from royalties companies that fit the fund's environmental concept of sustainable development. The fund focuses on four earned from Elsevier Publishing. He also lists his spouse's income from Thompson Rivers University. major themes: Energy and energy efficiency, water/ Lake's assets are a residential property in waste water solutions, waste management and pollution control and environment, health and safety, while Kamloops owned by him and his wife, an investment property on Braemar Drive in Aberdeen, owned by also performing thorough due diligence on company him and his wife, bank and other deposits owned by fundamentals." him and his wife; and GICs and other term deposits Lake also invests in the Manulife China Class LL owned by him and his wife. In addition, Lake's assets involve shares in Lifelearn, listed as an inactive controlled private corporation with no assets or liabilities, while his spouse is listed as owner, president and secretary of Great Lakes Enterprises Ltd., a veterinary consulting and conference-organizing company. Lake and his wife have a Scotiabank mortgage on the Braemar JIM’S FOOD MARKET (FORMERLY LITTLE FORT STORE) Drive property and a Scotiabank line of credit.

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Voices United Community Choir performs Members of the Voices United Community Choir clap with the music during their annual Christmas cantata, presented this year at the Clearwater Community Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 15. A goodsized crowd pretty well filled the church for the occasion. Photo by Keith McNeill

Valemount community forest receives good audit Forest Practices Board VICTORIA - Forest practices in the Valemount community forest complied with provincial forestry legislation, according to a Forest Practices Board audit report released Dec. 12. “We are pleased to see that the community forest is following the requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act,” said board chair Al Gorley.

The community forest is managed by the Valemount Community Forest Company Ltd. and it surrounds the Village of Valemount, in the Robson Valley, about 300 kilometres southeast of Prince George. Valemount Community Forest Company Ltd. harvested approximately 250,000 cubic metres of timber during the two-year audit period. Harvesting was focused on salvaging lodgepole pine trees affected by the mountain

pine beetle. The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board audits forest and range practices on public lands and appropriateness of government enforcement. It can also make recommendations to government for improvement to practices and legislation.

KAMLOOPS. - As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, Telus has invested $2.3 million to provide new wireless coverage to stretches of highway through Avola and Little Fort. The two new wireless sites provide service to about 17 kilometres of Highway 24 from the Interlakes area to Little Fort and about 13 kilometres of Highway 5 through Avola. The sites are now live, together providing service to more than 30 kilometres of highway as well as homes and businesses in the area. “It is great news that wireless service is being expanded along those stretches,” said Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “It is important our local motorists feel safe and comfortable while on

the road.” The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. early

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in Kamloops to mourn the loss of Skye and Courtney Buck, and the couple’s unborn son. "We are here to show our love, our support and our caring," said Mayor John Harwood in his eulogy. "The essence of their spirit lives on in many different people." Courtney was like her name, said former CSS principal Alan Stel, who acted as master of ceremonies for

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the memorial service. "She was courteous, courtly, kind and exuded grace," he said. "She was loved by all, and especially by Skye." "Skye too lived his name," said Stel. "He exuded kindness, and brought happiness and smiles to all." During the ceremony Stel read comments made by students at CSS and Raft River Elementary about the two departed teachers. He also read passages from the Bible taken from Courtney's computer. "He always knew how to make everyone smile and encouraged everyone to do their best," wrote one student of Skye Buck. Rev. Lloyd Strickland gave the opening and closing prayers. "For over 40 years I’ve been a friend of the Dekelver and Buck families," he said. "We’ve had some happy times and some sad times." Strickland noted that both Courtney and Skye had decided to follow Jesus during their lives. "The only thing that gives me hope is to know that I’ll see you again someday," said Krista Buck, one of Skye’s cousins. Accompanied by Candace Copley, she sang Who You’d Be Today by Kenny Chesney. Thompson Rivers University coach Nevin Gleddie recalled first scouting Skye Buck at a basketball game played in the CSS gymnasium – the site of the memorial service. He remem-

A large photo plus bouquets of flowers decorate the podium before the start of a memorial service held Saturday afternoon for Skye and Courtney Buck. Photo by Keith McNeill

bered how excited he had been that he would have the privilege of coaching someone with so much talent. Josh, Justice and Jeremy Buck gave emotion-filled tributes to their cousin Skye. Some of his earliest memories were of going to visit his uncle and aunt, Brent and Tracy Buck, and playing with his cousins Wynter and Skye, said Josh. He remembered Skye as being as tough as nails. More emotion was released when the Campbell family sang I was Here by Beyonce. Rebeccah Molnar got to know Skye while at TRU. She found out that she was going to be working at a summer job with a girl named Courtney from Clearwater and she asked Skye if he knew her, not knowing she was his girlfriend since high school. Kristine Stewart said she had been friends for more than 20 years. "Courtney, I won’t be the same, because you made me a better

person," she said. Bowen Cooluris said he met Skye when they were in Kindergarten and they stayed together through school. Jeremy Meehan also described Skye as his best friend. He recalled that one year he was the only person on the CSS track and field team. He told Skye to pick a sport so he would have some company. Skye chose javelin because it looked easy. Despite minimal training, Skye’s athletic ability was such that he qualifed for the provincials. Parents Rick and Cathy Dekelver, plus sister Rachel and brother Chris presented an emotional tribute from Courtney's family. "Courtney was my best friend," said Cathy Dekelver. "She knew what she wanted, and that was the love of her life, Skye Buck." "The only thing that gives me strength up here is I know Skye, Courtney and baby Buck are looking down

and expecting me to do a good job," said Brent Buck, Skye’s father. He, mother Tracy and sister Wynter presented a tribute from Skye’s family. Skye liked to be happy and to be around people who were happy, said Tracy. That meant he helped other people to be happy. Her brother had been loving, kind, generous and humble as an uncle, said Wynter. He would have been the same as a father. The ceremony closed with a slideshow about Skye and Courtney prepared by Chris and Wynter Oates. This was followed by the closing prayer from Lloyd Strickland and concluding remarks from Alan Stel. A video of the ceremony will be available at the North Thompson Funeral Services website after Dec. 22. Skye Buck and Courtney (Dekelver) Buck both grew up in Clearwater, went away to get their education and to see some of the world, and then returned to the community to begin careers in education and start a family. The young teachers were killed on Sunday evening, Dec. 9, when their vehicle went off Highway 5 south of Clearwater and into the North Thompson River. Skye’s body had been found in their vehicle the following day. Courtney's was missing until found the day before the memorial service.

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Leah Jones (r) directs choirs from Barriere and Clearwater during a Peace Around the World concert at Blackpool Hall on Friday, Dec. 7.

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By Jackson Graffunder, Grade 1

The best Christmas was when I had family come over.

By Philipp Woedlinger, Grade 1

Thursday, December 20, 2012 Clearwater Times

The best Christmas was when I built a snowman.

The best Christmas was when I had my family over.

The best Christmas was when I had family over.

The best Christmas was when I had family over.

The best Christmas was when I made snow angels in the snow.

The best Christmas was when I have presents and I got a remote control car.

The best Christmas was when I went sledding.

The best Christmas was when my sister comes to my house.

The best Christmas was when I had my cousins over.

The best Christmas was when I decorated the tree.

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The best Christmas was when I decorated the tree.

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The best Christmas was when I put up the Christmas tree.

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The best Christmas was when I went to parties.

By Rogue Schley, Grade 1

The best Christmas was when I put the angel on the Christmas tree.

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The best Christmas was when I had fun with my family.

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The best Christmas was when I went sledding.

By Zackrey Duff, Grade 1


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By Gabrielle Mann, Kindergarten

The best Christmas was when I opened presents. My favourite was a whistle.

As your local newspaper, it is our mission to inform you and we are very proud to be the local resource for news and information in this community. We sincerely thank you for making our newspaper what it is today. Your loyalty means the world to us. Star/Journal Office: Al Kirkwood Jill Hayward Lisa Quiding Margaret Houben

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tree. Unfortunately wolves could find her easily. Then she had an idea ... a wonderful idea. She could go to a house two minutes away. She would jump onto the deck and bat at the door licking her paws. A darling little girl opened the door. She said, “Mommy, Mommy! There is a cute little kitten outside the door.” The mother brought the kitten inside and gave it a nice cup of cocoa. Marigold loved her new home. The most amazing thing was they even had a room for the kitten. The kitten found the spirit of loving.

The Loved Cat Once upon a time there was a gold and yellow cat. Her name was Marigold. She lived under a lemon tree and she loved catching lemons when they fell off the

Plum Cat Finds the Spirit of Giving The cat’s name was Plum. She lived under a plum tree. She wanted to live in a nice warm house because she was very cold. One day a girl with a happy smile brought her home. Her name was Angel. Plum brought them a present. Plum Cat was a very nice friend for a very long time. Plum Cat always brought the Spirit of Giving at Christmas.

by Angel van Engelen, Grade 3, Blue River

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Operation Christmas Child 2012 hits a record Joan Daase, New Life Assembly Well, 2012 season for Operation Christmas Child is over for another year. I am pleased to inform the readers that Clearwater and area shipped 128 Christmas boxes to children overseas. This is the most that our area has done. Good job Clearwater! The picture shows the Kids Club at Clearwater New Life Assembly with 52 of the 128 boxes. That Thursday they learnt

about a little boy in the Philippines who lives in a garbage dump and was about to receive his present. Maybe it was a present that was packed by someone here in Clearwater. Giving a child a present does not solve all the problems. However, it brings such joy to that child. That child knows that someone, somewhere cares for them. For more information on Operation Christmas Child go to

Members of the Kids Club at Clearwater New Life Assembly pose with 52 of the 128 boxes of gifts that Clearwater and area residents donated to Operation Christmas Child this year. Photo submitted

Canadian job market increasingly a tale of have and have not occupations: CIBC TORONTO/CNW/ - Canada’s job market shows a growing divide between have and have not occupations, finds a new report from CIBC World Markets. “On one hand, jobs go unfilled for long stretches due to a lack of skilled applicants,” says CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal. “In fact, the Prime Minister recently described skills shortages in the Canadian labour market as ‘the biggest challenge our country faces’. In his analysis, Mr. Tal found that traditional occupations like butchers, bakers, tailors, labourers in manufacturing, office managers and clerks are showing signs of labour surplus, along with secondary and elementary school teachers. He found that the occupations with signs of skills shortages include many positions in traditional health care roles, such as doctors, nurses and dentists. The health care list also includes optometrists, chiropractors, pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists. Mining, engineering and science occupations are also facing skill shortages. No less than 30 per cent of businesses indicate that they face a skilled labour shortage, which is double the rate seen in early 2010. “The recent acceleration in that ratio has coincided with a stagnating employment rate loosely illustrating the negative impact of skill shortages on employment growth,” notes Tal. “What’s more, while you will not see it in the relatively stable trajectory of the unemployment rate, the number of job vacancies reported by firms has risen by close to 16 per cent over the past year. It is hardly a surprise that the highest vacancy rate is in Alberta, followed by Saskatchewan.” By far, the largest skill shortage was found in health-related occupations, the mining industry, advanced manufacturing and business services. “One-fifth of the Canadian labour market is currently showing signs of skilled labour shortage,” says Tal. “The average unemployment rate of this pool of occupations is just over one per cent and their wages are now rising by an average annual rate of 3.9 per cent — more than

double the rate seen in the economy as a whole. “Overall employment in this group is rising by 2.1 per cent — much faster than the speed seen in the rest of the market, but obviously not fast enough to dent the labour market skill scarcity. In this context, the recently announced government plans to admit between 53,000 and 55,000 new Canadians in 2013 through an overhauled federal skilled worker program is a welcome development. However, it’s simply not large enough to turn things around. Ditto for the increased focus on apprenticeship. Despite recent program improvements, the number of certificates granted to apprentices is still a fraction of the overall size of the skilled trades labour pool.”

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The Cat One lonely and grumpy kitten was lost and Santa picked up the kitten and put the kitten in a stocking. The cat woke up and there were presents everywhere. The kitten opened up the presents.

By Rylan Baker, Grade 2 Raft River

My Very Most Favourite Christmas My very most favourite Christmas


was when I got a play station 3. I also got games like NHL 11, Gran Turismo 5 and Madden NFL 11. I got underwear and socks. Our Christmas tree had lots of ornaments like candy canes and Scooby Doo decorations. The most important thing was that I got to spend time with my family.

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How the Kitten found the Spirit of Christmas Not so long ago, lived a little furry white and black kitten who was wandering around and leaving little tiny paw prints in the snow. She was homeless. She was homeless for so long that she did not even know what the spirit of Christmas meant. So, she knew that this Christmas she was on a mission to find out what Christmas meant. Two days later, the kitten was happily snoring in an old box when suddenly, “Boom!” She awoke and saw that she was being taken away to the North Pole. The kitten was so excited that she almost jumped right out of the box into a place that she had never seen before. But what

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she did not understand was, did Santa live in the North Pole or not? She did not know. An hour later, they had arrived at the North Pole. Finally, the kitten arrived at Santa’s house. It was time for Santa to go and deliver gifts to the little boys and girls. Tomorrow was Christmas! So, the black kitten had to find the meaning of Christmas today so she could get home to Kamloops to see the Christmas Parade. The black and whit kitten trotted over to Santa and said, “Meow.” Oh, I see there’s a little kitten here to keep me company in my work shop,” said Santa. “Meow,” said the kitten again. Later that night when Santa was about to leave, the kitten jumped into the sleigh. “Oh,” said Santa. “This little kitten wants to come on the ride. “Meow,” said the kitten for the third time that day. “Well, I do not see why she couldn’t come,” Said Mrs. Claus with a happy look on her face. “Okay,” said Santa. “She can come with me.” Santa jumped into the sleigh. “Goodbye,”said Mrs. Claus. Santa and the

kitten left to deliver presents. When they had delivered all the presents and saw all the beautiful green and red Christmas trees all lit up it was time to go home and have dinner. When they got back, the kitten stopped. “But I came all this way just to ask, can I have the spirit of Christmas when I could have just looked up at the people and found out what Christmas meant?” said the kitten with a sad face. “But

to tell you the truth, I know what Christmas means. It means to get together with family,” said the kitten. “That’s exactly what it means” said Santa.

By Dezirae Bond, Grade 3

How the Kitten Found the Spirit of Christmas Once upon a time there lived a little kitten. She lived in a nice big house. The kitten sat by the fire every single Christmas night. This year, the kitten wished for a new litter box. All the kids thought her litter box was super ugly and stinky. The kitten thought it was super clean.

As time past, it was almost night time. The kitten hopped onto the couch and closed her eyes. Soon, it was morning. All the children ran down the stairs to see what they got. They all got what they wished for except for the kitten. The kitten got nothing. The kitten thought that she deserved a better family than this one. So, the little kitten ran out the window when nobody was looking. She ran as fast as she could. Suddenly, she ran into a big friendly pig!!! The kitten asked the pig, What is your name?” The pig said, “My name is Ben.” “Nice,” the cat said. The cat asked the pig, “What did you get for Christmas?” Ben the pig replied, “ I got a pack of bacon, like I wanted.” The cat said, “I got nothing, but why did you get what you wanted?” Ben replied, “Well sometimes you get a present and sometimes you don’t, besides, Christmas is about your family coming together and celebrating. It’s not just about presents. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.” So, the cat thought and thought. The cat said to the pig, “I’m going to go back and see my family.” While the kitten was running she yelled, “Thank you” to the pig. As she was running, she saw her house. She jumped


in the window and ran onto her Mom’s lap. Her mom said, “Where were you? I was looking all over for you. The kitten purred in her Mom’s lap and had a cookie. The kitten finally felt the spirit of.Christmas.

By Tommy Panko, Grade 3

My Favourite Christmas I am looking forward to a great Christmas with mom this year. We are celebrating Christmas together. We are going tubing up at Sun Peaks with my cousin and my aunt. We will listen to my mom's music in my mom's house. My mom has a fish in her house. It is a girl fish I named her Squeaky. I am looking forward to seeing it! I’m going to watch a movie with my mom and we have popcorn  together. It going to be a good Christmas with my mother!

Brittney Wenzel, Grade 4

The Kitten Who Found Christmas There was a grumpy cat. Santa picked up the cat and threw the kitten in the sack and left him with a family. Then he heard jingling and got presents from Santa. The boy was happy that Santa gave the boy the grumpy cat. But he never thought the cat was a grumpy cat. The cat was happy now.

By John Wiunig, Grade 2 Raft River

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By Piet Oud, Grade 4

My Favourite Christmas Once there was a girl who wanted a horse more than anything. She asked Santa for one but he did not have one. So she asked him again. He still didn’t have one. On Santa’s journey he saw a horse! He tied it to his sled. He took it to her house. When she woke up the horse was kicking at the snow. The horse was black with a white star on her face and the girl lover the horse forever.

By Astrid Ludwig, Grade 2 Raft River

The Lost Kitten A long time ago there was a kitten and it was lost and lonely. Then Santa picked him up. Then Santa took him to a family. Then in the morning the family came down the stairs. They saw the kitten. They picked him up and said, “Aren’t you so cute!”. Then the kids came and said, “SO cute!”

visited. We had an amazing dinner and a good visit. That is how I had my very first Christmas, I could ever imagine!

By Dylan Booth, Grade 3

Daysel Finds the Spirit of Family At Christmas Daysel the pretty, short- furred yellow and white cat lived sometimes under an apple tree and sometimes at the top of a skyscraper. She didn’t want to live under an apple tree any more because there wasn’t enough room. She wished she could spend Christmas

By Max Flowers, Grade 2 Raft River

My Favourite Christmas My most favourite Christmas is when all my relatives come over to visit. My family is the best kind of family I can imagine. It was so exciting when I found out that they were coming to visit us. It was so long since I had seen them. When I saw them we stayed inside and

with her other family. She had an idea. She would run to the right skyscraper. She got there just in time for Christmas. She felt excited. The family and the cat had a great Christmas.

by Michaela Nesterski, Kindergarten, Blue River School

How the Kitten found the spirit of Christmas In a very cold December there was a kitten that didn’t like Christmas! On Christmas Eve there was a little girl. On her Christmas list she put: Kitten. That was the only thing! Her wish came true! The kitten that they got her could talk and it said “I don’t like Christmas”. Then the Father of the house kicked it out! The kitten ran away because it doesn’t like Christmas! The kitten said “silly people”. The kitten saw a train. It jumped on to it. The kitten decided to sleep because it was exhausted! When it woke up it tripped and fell off the train. The kitten was frozen and thought it would be nice to be in a girls lap.  It started to walk towards Santa Claus home. Finally the kitten found a lonely house with a million elves all around it!   One  elf fell was even smaller than the kitten.  The elf lead the kitten to Santa Claus.  He was sitting in his chair.  The cat told Santa he didn’t have a name!   Santa names him Loosey.  The kitten talked about Christmas.  Santa suggested staying at the  North Pole and Loosey agreed!  It was nice and jolly for three years.  The kit-

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How The Kitten Found The Spirit Of Christmas In 2012 there was a kitten named Davis. She had a sparkly gold coat and blue eyes. Every day she experienced boredom. All she did was lay in her brown cardboard box on the side of the tedious old lazy road. She was waiting and waiting till some loving person will take her home and take care of her. On December 23 Christmas lights flashed on, Davis was looking around, she was so amazed that she felt like she was in firework heaven. She had left her brown cardboard box behind on the lazy old tedious road. She was walking down Pine Tree road when she got picked up by a stranger named Katelyn Nartesto. She came from Mexico. At 9:15 pm Davis came to Katelyn's wonderful house. In the house the Christmas tree was so beautiful that Davis almost suspiciously fainted in beauty. After she almost fainted, she got picked up again and put in a really small cage. The next morning Davis got unwrapped by a little girl. In Davis's mind, he was thinking, wow, this was a big Christmas surprise. A very happy girl unwrapped the present and saw Davis the girl and she screamed in happiness. Over the next couple of years Davis lived happily but she got fatter and the girl got older. After a little while Davis got little kittens, Davis got six kittens! Their names where Carline, Nick, Zack, Sharon, Spittle, and Mackenzie. Meow! Meow! Meow! A19

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How the Kitten Found the Spirit of Christmas One night in the north pole Santa was getting ready to go to the city. Santa yelled to his reindeer. He was giving a little boy a cat. The kitten could feel the love already. He was excited. When the little boy saw the kitten he picked it up and hugged the kitten. To be continued next year.

How the Kitten Found the Spirit My Favourite Christmas My favourite Christmas was when a gap appeared in our tree. It was a big space because our tree was on top of a rock type thing in a separate room from our house. This tree reminded me about how many presents that I got that year! I received a ton of presents! My mom got me a very big Lego set and I could almost fit it in a box! I got a yummy box of chocolates. I was also lucky too because I got a new xbox and its called, Call of Duty World War 1. I had a good dinner that Christmas. It was turkey, mashed potatoes and it was the best Christmas ever!

kitten heard Santa go Ho Ho Ho. Santa stopped on the snow. The kitten saw Santa and Santa picked up the kitten. The kitten said, “Who are you?” “I am Santa.” Santa asked, “What is your name?” Well my name is Kitten.” So Santa put the kitten in his bag of presents. Santa brought the kitten to the north pole. A girl wanted a kitten so Santa gave her the kitten for Christmas.

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Thefts around town

Sometime between Dec. 7 and Dec. 10 there was a break-in to the property of Yellowhead Helicopters. A number of tools, including some hand winches, were stolen along with some fuel. Sometime during the evening of Dec. 13, a break-in occurred to the Kinder Morgan site in Blackpool. There was a heavy snowfall that night and it appears that two people drove into the site with a 4x4 pickup truck. They broke into a tool trailer and stole a drill, CSA tanks and some other tools. They then broke into another storage unit and took computer monitors and attempted to steal an older model pickup truck.  If anyone has information that could assist in these investigations, please don’t hesitate to call the local detachment office or Crime Stoppers.  

Rodeo Rednecks 4H Club leader Dani Noble (l) receives a $2,450 cheque from Tim Pennell, TNRD director for Wells Gray Country (Area A). The money from Pennell’s discretionary grant fund will be used to help purchase a sound system for the club. Club members have already raised about $2,000 for the project.

1-800-222-TIPS Clearwater RCMP Report deceased; however, was unable to transport the person to town. The RCMP helicopter was available and arrived to help. The male was not local to Clearwater and appeared to have died of natural causes. However, the BC Coroner’s service is still investigating. There did not appear to be any foul play involved.   

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On Dec. 14, a report was received from a person on the Flats who had the tires slashed on the complainant’s work truck. The incident occurred sometime during the night of the 13th or into the early morning hours of the 14th.

On Dec. 12, Clearwater detachment responded to a call for help to recover a deceased patient in the Adams Lake area. BC Ambulance had originally been called and pronounced the male as

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New drivers reminded of passenger and alcohol limits Ministry of Justice VICTORIA - 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 midnight and 5 a.m. * Don’t go planning your party at the wheel! GLP drivers

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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.”

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Sports Wells Gray Outdoor Club revives Birchleg Keith McNeill The Wells Gray Birchleg is not dead. Wells Gray Outdoor Club recently decided to take on organizing the event. The 15th annual Wells Gray Birchleg will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Candle Creek Trails in Clearwater. Murtle River Nordics, which had sponsored the event for its first 14 seasons, announced last February that it would no longer take on the job. Reason given was that organizers Ellen and Kelly Ferguson were stepping down and couldn’t find anyone to replace them In previous years the Birchleg has been held on the Loppet trails in Wells Gray Park. The event commemorates an epic ski trip by Vikings carrying a baby prince to safety over the mountains. It is loosely modelled after the Birkebeiner long distance ski marathon held in Norway. The local Birchleg is basically a fun family event. Participants dress in Viking garb and have their choice of easy, moderate or more difficult cross-country courses to ski.

Building a basic 72 hour emergency kit easy to do Ministry of Justice British Columbians know that the province experiences a wide range of events like wildfires, earthquakes, flooding and severe weather. Preparing a 72-hour emergency kit is easy to do, can be done at a low cost. A basic home emergency kit should include: * Water - two liters per person per day * Food - canned food, energy bars and dried foods * Manual can opener. * Flashlight and batteries. * Battery powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries). * First aid kit. * Special needs items - prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities. * Extra keys for your car and house. * Cash - include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travelers' cheques are also useful) and change for payphones. * Emergency plan include a copy of it and

ensure it contains intown and out-of-town contact information. * A copy of important documents - birth certificate, passport, BC CareCard, insurance, photos of family members. * Pet food. Some recommended items: * A change of clothing and footwear for each household member. * Sleeping bag or warm (foil) blanket for each household member. * A whistle (in case you need to attract attention). * Garbage bags for personal sanitation. * Toilet paper and other personal care supplies. * Safety gloves. * Basic tools (hammer, pliers, wrench, etc. * Small fuel-driven stove and fuel * Additional water for cooking and cleaning. To learn more about how you can be prepared for a disaster, visit the Emergency Management BC website at: and the Public Safety Canada website at:

Clearwater Midget Rec players #7 Brycen Chambers and #12 Nathan Weninger battle behind their opponents’ net during a game against Merritt at the Sportsplex last weekend. The team is a mix of Midget and Bantam players and plays non-hitting, recreational hockey. Photo by Keith McNeill

Clearwater win causes Merritt frustration Times Staff The Clearwater Midget Rec team continued its winning ways last weekend, to the growing frustration of Merritt. As of the previous weekend the local squad had won all of its games so far this season but two.

In its first game against Merritt at the Sportsplex on Saturday, Clearwater won 8 – 3. “Our goaltending was a big part of it,” said coach Tim Walker. “Karter Romeo was phenomenal in net. They actually out hustled us and often beat us to the puck, but our sharpshooting goal-

scorers and our goaltending put us ahead.” Unfortunately, the game turned ugly as frustration set in for Merritt. There were a number of stick infractions by Merritt and the Clearwater players retaliated with some unfortunate crosschecks and two fights. Four players were ejected from the

game (two from each team). The senior referees were called in for the game scheduled for Sunday but the power was out and the game was postponed. The Merritt team is 100 per cent Midget age. Clearwater only has four players of Midget age, while the rest are Bantams.


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TRU CREDIT PROGRAMMING I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

Charles Dickens

MINING SKILLS FOR AN ENTRY LEVEL WORKFORCE Dates: February 4 – March 1, 2013 This program will prepare entry level workers with a detailed introduction to mining complemented by general safety training required by the mining community CARPENTER — FOUNDATION PROGRAM RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION Dates: February 4, 2013 – July 2013 This program is an introduction to the carpentry trade. Students gain familiarity with the use of hand tools, portable power tools and other equipment regularly used by carpenters. Theory and practice is offered to allow students to build numerous projects including stairs, forms for concrete, framed floors, walls, and roofs. For more info regarding the above programs or to register, please contact Sylvia Arduini at 250-674-3530.

Wells Gray Country UPCOMING EVENTS Dec. 20: Elks Bingo, 5 pm-9pm, West Old NT Hwy, 5:00pm Concession available For info call Phyllis Bucknell at 250.674.3535 Dec. 23: Santa Claus Skate 5:00 – 6:30pm, 428 Murtle Crescent Dec. 23: Home Hardware Sunday Shopping, 10 am – 2 pm Dec. 31: Bullarama, NT Agriplex, Barriere, Dec. 27: WG Seniors Book Club, 422 Murtle Cres, 2 -3 pm. Info Dec. 28: Family Skate Night, 4:30 – 6 pm, NT Sportsplex

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR CIVIL & MINING PROGRAM Dates: March 4 to April 26 (exam April 29, 2013) This training program provides essential skills in the classroom, as well as a combined theory and practical experience on the work site. The program will prepare students to become entry level operators in a civil construction or mining environment.


Jan 1: New Year’s Day Buffet at Blue River Community Hall. Jan. 2: WG Country Seniors Society meeting, 10am 751 Clw Village Rd Jan. 3: Elks Bingo, Elks Hall, west Old NT Hwy. Doors open 5pm, call @ 250-674-3535 for info Jan 4: Little Fort Coffee House, Little Fort Community Hall, Doors open 6:30, mic $4/person. Info Bill Fowler 250-672-5116 Feb 2: Wells Gray Outdoors Club sponsors the Birchleg at the Candle Creek Ski Trails . 250-674-2327 for info.

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ONGOING EVENTS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Coffee House: 1st Friday every month - Little Fort Community Hall. 6:30, mic $4/person. Info Bill Fowler 250-672-5116 • Raft River Rockhounds: 3rd Sunday of the mth. 250-674-2700 • Women in Business Luncheon: 2nd Wed. of the mth at Wells Gray Inn, 12–2 pm. Preregister at 250-674-2700 • Clearwater Choir: Youth 3:30 - 5 pm; Adult 6:30 - 9 pm, Tuesdays, Clearwater Christian Church • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 674-3703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9:00 am – Noon. For more information please call Anne at 250-674-3444. • Clearwater-Vavenby Lions Bingo: Every 2nd Tues. Elks Hall. 250-587-6269 • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 1pm: 587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – every 2nd Fri. of the month watch for posters. Doors open 6:30 pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - every 2nd Thurs. Elks Hall. open 5pm • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Little Fort Coffee House 7pm Little Fort Hall. 1st Fri of the mth Oct. - May Bill 672-5116 • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Raccoon StrongStart at Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri from 8:45-11:45am • Raccoon StrongStart at Vavenby Elem school days Wed 8:5011:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Mornings, register call Kerry at 250-674-2600 ext 227

HEALTH & HEALING Tuesday Morning Coffee ~ 10 am – 11 am at Baptist Church. Themed weekly women’s discussions - drop-in. • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373. • Connections Healing Rooms - every Friday from 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. • Healthy Choices – Every Tues 9am at the Clearwater Christian Church basement( behind Fields). $2/wk drop-in free. Info call Kim 250-674-0224 • Clearwater & District Hospice 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 674-2699 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: Meet 1st Thursday of every month. 250-676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Sun. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Sept. - April • Drop in Tennis: Mon & Thurs 6:30pm All levels. Double & single play. Rotary Sports Park. • Volleyball: Tues. 7:30-9:00 PM, Oct. 9 - Dec. 11, 2012. Clearwater Secondary School Gym, $2 drop in. • Walk Fit: Wed. 9-10am & Thurs. 6-7pm, until Nov. 8/12. Meet at Clearwater Sec. Amphitheatre. FREE. Info 250-674-1878 • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 674-2468 annie.pomme@ • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. 10-11am 250-674-0001 SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Last Thursday of the month at 2pm at the public library. All seniors are welcome.

For a complete list of our area’s COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS please stop in at the Times office and pick up your copy of the North Thompson Community Directory • Brookfield Mall Clearwater • 250-674-3343 TO ADD YOUR COMMUNITY EVENT OR ORGANIZATION PLEASE CALL THE TIMES AT 250-674-3343

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For Sale 9’ x 12’ High Quality Electric Screen with remote control. $1500.00 obo Used for one seminar. Contact: Dave 250-674-3468 or Bob 250-674-3695 GREAT GIFT IDEA! ChillSpot is The COOLEST Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months. Use promo code COOLGIFT For 10 % off! Older hide-a-bed couch, excellent condition. $50 obo 250672-9981

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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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Pets REGIST. Great Pyrenees Pups $700.00 mic.chip, 1st shts, health guar 250-9984697 delivery avail.

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Appliances Reconditioned washers dryers, fridges & stoves. All in good condition. Call 250-674-0079



Firewood/Fuel Firewood for sale, $100/truckload (about 2/3 cord). Will prune backyard fruit trees. 250-677-4266

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

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

Lodge Employee & Kitchen Helper: Seasonal/Albreda #1204 IT Manager: FT/Blue River #1203 Breakfast Cook: Seas/Blue River #1202 Dishwasher: Seasonal/Blue River #1201 Weather Observer: FT/Blue River #1106 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 Cook: Seasonal/Blue River #1019 Maintenance Manager: FT/Blue River #1018 Boutique Clerk: Seas/Blue River #1014 Sandwich Maker: Seasonal/Blue River #1007 Dining Room Supervisor: Seasonal/Blue River #1006 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 Registered Massage Therapist: Seasonal/Blue River #0901 Heli-Ski Guides: 6 positions/Seasonal/ Blue River #0816

GENERAL INFORMATION • Free Workshops: Thurs. Dec. 27th: Work Search Techniques Workshop (every 4th Thursday) Thurs. Jan. 10th: 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.

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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Nice clean 3 bdrm house for rent on 1/2 acre in Vavenby. $850/mo. $425/dd, F/S, W/D. 250-674-0002 Vavenby: 5+ bdrm, 3+acre hobby farm for rent. Avail Jan. 1. Call Randy 250-674-8288 Vavenby: Spacious 3 bdrm home. On half acre. $750/mo Call Randy 250-674-8288


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Other Areas

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District invites applications from those persons interested in serving the Regional District on the following Committees. The positions are strictly voluntary in nature, with only expenses payable. Applicants must reside or own property in the service area administered by the Committee. Appointments will be made at a future Board of Directors meeting, and all terms will expire on December 31, 2013 with the exceptions noted in this advertisement. Blackpool Fire Protection Committee – Three (3) members, residing in the Blackpool Fire Protection Service Area.

Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee (PMAC) –Ten (10) members, of which four (3) members’ terms expire in 2012. Members are to reflect the geography, demography and political organization of the plan area, a balance between technical and non-technical interests, and continuity with the public advisory committee, if possible, through inclusion of members of the committee who have experience gained in development of the plan.

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Pritchard Fire Protection Committee – Two (2) members from Electoral Area “L” and one (1) member from Electoral Area “P”.

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Invasive Plant Committee (one year term) - One (1) member residing in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, and one (1) member who is in good standing of a society incorporated under the Society Act, that has as its primary purpose the protection of the environment or the encouragement of anti-pollution measures.

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February 19– March 20

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Local food much more than a trend The cachet of eating locally grown food hit home for me after a recent visit to New York City. Our son was working there and we had a chance to visit on his birthday, which called for a special celebration. Of the myriad of fine restaurants he could have chosen, he chose Blue Hill in trendy Soho. It is a one-star Michelin restaurant, which means very high standards. Blue Hill is famous not only due to a recent visit specifically requested by President Barack Obama, but for sourcing most of its food seasonally and locally from their own farm in Connecticut. When experiencing fine dining, it is expected that the server brings the wine to the table and explains the virtues of that particular vintage. For Blue Hill, I was surprised when servers came out with whole parsnips attractively displayed on a platter to show guests the vegetables from the farm and eloquently explain the type of parsnip and how it was used in the cuisine. This continued throughout the meal with presentations of other local ingredients like eggs and cheese. I was delighted that local food had reached this level Rose Soneff of attention but local food is much more than a trend - it benefits our environment, our economy, and has social/cultural and nutritional benefits as well. Most greenhouse gasses produced in agriculture come from the inputs required to grow, process and transport food. On average, about seven per cent can be attributed to transportation. Buying local food in season and organically whenever possible creates less greenhouse gasses. The economic benefits are even more compelling. More money stays in the community and support for local agriculture creates local jobs. More jobs in agriculture helps to make it a more attractive and sustainable profession and this, in turn, can reduce our reliance on imported food. The social and cultural benefits of local food are often not as easily recognized. Some of the fondest memories my children and I have are growing and harvesting our garden. I will never forget the pride I saw when they held up a bunch of carrots or the excitement - equal to finding treasure - when they dug up potatoes. In addition, our First Nations traditional local foods are steeped in custom and culture. Finally, the longer fruit and vegetables can be kept in the field and then picked at their peak the better the nutritional content. Fresh fruits and vegetables at their peak taste better too - you can't beat juicy warm tomatoes off the vine or a fresh pod of raw peas. So enjoy and support local food whether you grow it yourself, buy it locally, or ask that local food be included at your favorite restaurant. - Rose Soneff is a community nutritionist with Interior Health A27


Skye, Courtney, and Baby Boy Buck DECEMBER 9, 2012

Skye Tavis Buck, born in Edmonton December 11, 1981; Courtney Elizabeth Buck (nee Dekelver), born in Kamloops April 27, 1982; and Baby Boy Buck, due in late January 2013 died suddenly on December 9, 2012. Skye and Courtney were raised in Clearwater and graduated from Clearwater Secondary School before attending Thompson Rivers University. They recently returned to Clearwater, bought a house and started their teaching careers. Skye and Courtney loved to travel and they accomplished this by working on cruise ships during school breaks. While they visited the Caribbean, the seas around Australia and New Zealand, Thailand, Alaska, and the Baltic Sea, their favourite destination was the Mediterranean, to which they travelled several times. Skye and Courtney both made sports a central focus in their lives as athletes throughout school and as coaches after. While both participated in many different sports, Skye excelled in basketball and volleyball and Courtney excelled in softball and loved to rollerblade. As young adults, Skye and Courtney came to know Christ. They loved Him and strived to live their life in a

manner that honoured Him. They treated everyone with love and kindness and drew around them a large number of friends from all over the world. They deeply loved their family and friends and it showed. Skye and Courtney were high school sweethearts and developed strong roots in Clearwater very early in their lives. They had been all over the world and seen many beautiful places but always had the need to be close to family and friends. When it was time to settle down, they felt the need to return to Clearwater to create a home and start a family. They were overjoyed when they found that they were expecting a baby boy in late January 2013 and had been making plans and preparing ever since. This loving couple will be missed dearly by family and friends. Skye and Courtney are survived by Rick and Cathy Dekelver (Courtney’s parents), Brent and Tracy Buck (Skye’s parents), Rachel (Courtney’s sister) and Jim Biagoni, Chris Dekelver (Courtney’s brother), Wynter (Skye’s sister) and Chris Oakes, and their nieces and nephews: Natalia, Billy and Katie Biagoni, Storm Buck and Symphony Oakes, and numerous extended family members.

Courtney was predeceased by Kathleen Chew (grandmother), Emile Dekelver, (grandfather), Diane Leighton (aunt), George Dekelver (uncle) and Justin Frye (cousin). Skye was predeceased by Ed Buck (grandfather), John Holland (grandfather), and Mark Holland (uncle). A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December

15, 2012. Donations can be made to the TRU Foundation, dedicated to the Skye and Courtney Buck Memorial Award. Please mail cheques to: TRU Foundation, 900 McGill Rd, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8; or submit online at: Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, BC, 250-674-3030.

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January 20– February 18

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September 23– October 22

October 23– November 21

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Clearwater Times, December 20, 2012  

December 20, 2012 edition of the Clearwater Times