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Aliens and oil tankers: a 2012 news quiz Tongue-in-cheek fun

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Barriere teen part of IB program Alisha Gotro

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A home in the 2000 block of Agate Bay Road was completely destroyed by fire on Dec. 23.

Structure fire destroys home Christmas Concert at Elementary School Scrapbook photos

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North Thompson Star/Journal The holiday was not able to be celebrated at home for one area family, when they lost their house and belongings to a devastating fire just two days before Christmas. Barriere RCMP report that just after 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, their members attended a reported residential structure fire in the 2000 block of Agate Bay Road. Cst. Cory McGregor says the lone occupant at the time was able to exit from the residence

safely, with only minor smoke inhalation. Unfortunately, the residence is located outside of the Barriere Fire Protection area; so, the attending Mounties, with the assistance of two good samaritans, battled with the fire for approximately an hour. Their battle included cable dragging two vehicles with the police vehicle from the residence, and to a safe distance away.  Unfortunately, the house eventually became fully engulfed, and nothing except the vehicles were saved.

“The occupant advised that she had been alerted to the fire by her smoke detectors,” said Cst. McGregor, who noted this is a good reminder for others to test their smoke detectors and keep them in working order. As of press time last week, police said the investigation is currently on-going, Since the loss of the home, residents in the Agate Bay Road area have been chatting on Facebook in a discussion regarding the possibility of starting their own volunteer fire department.




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Graduation for good dogs and handlers The fall session of Good Dog Obedience classes held at the Fall Fair hall in Barriere, culminated on Dec. 6, with a graduation of all those who had participated in the six week basic and novice classes. Instructor Jill Hayward commented that she was extremely happy with the progress made by the group. In the pictures, from left to right are: Natasha Hollowaychuk and Nexus, Joanne Yurkiw and Bryan, Debbie Johnston with Shylow, the Smiths with Chester, Connie Falk with Lilo, Cori Walker with Cash, and Michael Thorn with Sabre. STAR/JOURNAL photos: Jill Hayward



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Smart Meter installation deadline has been extended North Thompson Star/Journal VICTORIA - BC Hydro has installed 93 per cent or 1.73 million of 1.87 million smart meters. To ensure the final seven per cent of smart meters can be installed, the Province is extending the deadline under the Clean Energy Act from Dec. 31, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2013. Shortages in qualified labour, equipment and specialized meters, plus customer concerns, prevented BC Hydro from fully installing all smart meters in 2012. The additional time will enable BC Hydro to complete the work and address as many customer concerns as possible before finalizing smart meter installations. Smart meters are expected to pay for themselves by delivering $1.6 billion in benefits over 20 years. These are savings that BC Hydro will not have to collect from customers. Research has shown that some of the new tools available through smart meters will enable customers to conserve up to 15 per cent in energy costs. Smart meters will make possible new conservation tools like secure online customer accounts and optional in-home devices that will provide homeowners with up-to-date information about power use. Once smart meters are fully installed and operational, they will also let BC Hydro know of an outage immediately, so power can be restored faster.

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Aliens and oil tankers: a 2012 news quiz The news affecting B.C. in 2012 sometimes seemed too bizarre to be believed. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek holiday news quiz compiled by Metro Vancouver reporter Jeff Nagel.

1. Which invasive species did NOT give Lower Mainland authorities concern in 2012: A. Skin-burning giant hogweed B. Walking, gobbling snakehead fish C. Concrete-busting Japanese knotweed D. Lake-clogging zebra mussels 2. Justice Bruce Cohen’s inquiry found no single culprit for the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon, but he did call for measures to reduce the risks from: A. Ocean-based fish farms B. First Nations poaching C. Sewage pollution from Metro Vancouver and Victoria D. Predatory fish like barracuda migrating further north 3. BC Lottery Corp. pushed for reforms allowing: A. 1,000 per cent increase in online betting limits B. Single-event sports betting C. Betting your car at B.C. casinos D. Betting on elections, wars and which religion is best 4. Fraser Health embarked on an intensive cleaning of hospitals after an outbreak of: A. Scabies B. C. difficile C. Whooping cough D. Norovirus 5. TransLink shelved plans to build: A. Gondola up to SFU B. Funicular tramway in White Rock to carry beach-goers up and down the hill C. Deluxe SkyTrain cars with bar service for premium high-end bookings D. Adventure zip line across the Fraser River under the Golden

Ears Bridge 6. David Black, owner of this newspaper, announced plans in August to build a: A. Space station B. Pulp and paper mill C. Oil refinery D. Insane asylum for reporters 7. Metro Vancouver enacted new regulations to control: A. Urban raccoons and coyotes B. Grease dumped down drains C. The use of shark fins in restaurants D. Jet skis off beaches in regional parks 8. Dilbit is: A. An Indian salty snack that was recalled by its Surrey manufacturer. B. A grade of paving aggregate used by engineers on the South Fraser Perimeter Road to reduce noise. C. Diluted bitumen, a heavy grade of crude oil diluted so it flows through pipelines D. A new cartoon strip for Black Press newspapers 9. Metro Vancouver directors said another potential use of a new trash incinerator could be to burn: A. Marijuana confiscated by police from grow-ops B. Sensitive documents they may have to disclose through Freedom of Information requests. C. Complaint letters from the Fraser Valley Regional District D. Special or hazardous wastes 10. Confronted with news TransLink had no

power to punish fare evaders, Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom approved: A. Withholding of licences and insurance by ICBC B. Tasering of fare cheats by Transit Police C. Use of collection agencies D. Dumping offenders on Bowen Island 11. How many oil tankers would enter Burrard Inlet each year (up from about 60 now) if Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin its Trans Mountain pipeline is approved? A. 150 B. 220 C. 300 D. 500 12. Surrey officials briefly considered using what method to bust dog walkers who don’t pick up after their pets? A. Live video surveillance in city parks combined with frequent patrols B. Snitch site where residents could post cellphone photos/videos of offenders C. Development of DNA database of licensed dogs so excrement can be tested and dog owners fined 13. The federal government angered B.C. groups by moving to: A. Close the Kitsilano coast guard base B. Streamline and shorten environmental assessments for new oil pipelines C. Amend the Fisheries Act to downgrade protection for salmon habitat D. All of the above 14. Which project would NOT bring more tankers to Met-

ro Vancouver? A. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline B. Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin its Trans Mountain oil pipeline. C. A new jet fuel pipeline serving Vancouver International Airport D. Expansion of Chevron’s Burnaby refinery 15: Which of the following did NOT alarm public health authorities: A. Deaths of young people who used ecstasy laced with PMMA B. Whooping cough outbreak in the Fraser Valley C. Recall of tainted beef from XL Foods plant in Alberta D. Salmon exposed to radiation from Japanese nuclear disaster 16: Which was NOT a target for protesters in 2012: A. Proposed B.C. oil pipelines and increased tanker exports B. Coal exports through Metro Vancouver C. Daily passage of U.S. oil tankers from Alaska to Washington refineries D. The Pacific Trails gas pipeline to Kitimat



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19. What effect is expected from Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana?

A: Revival of bankrupt Hostess Twinkies production under Chinese ownership B: A revenue decline for B.C.’s highest-value export crop C: Decline of antismart meter protests in the Kootenays D: Reduction of U.S. handguns smuggled into B.C.

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A. Cutting North Coast run, now subsidized by $2,364.72 per car B. Reducing number of sailings with no passengers C. Putting video slot machines on board as Maritime ferries have D. Cutting Mill Bay ferry, which runs beside a Vancouver island highway

17. Which was NOT raised by opponents as an alleged risk of B.C. Hydro’s smart meters: A. Total global video surveillance B. Defective human sperm and eggs C. Scanning brains for bank PIN numbers D. Sudden fondness for harmonized sales tax

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Thursday, January 03, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

Guest Editorial;

Achieving resolutions

The new year represents an opportunity to review 2012 and think about what comes next. It’s the occasion to look at the decisions you made and make the necessary changes to help you achieve more in the coming year. This time of year represents another chance to get things right. But while the opportunity to make change is there, by December most people are right back where they were in the previous year. Researchers John Norcross and his associates published the findings of the rate at which people keep their New Year’s resolutions. The research was printed in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and showed that 50 per cent of people make New Year’s resolutions. They revealed people usually keep their resolutions through January, but falter in February before worsening throughout the year until they completely fail by December. The top resolutions include losing weight, exercising, managing money, reducing debt and quitting smoking. No matter what change you want, you are far more likely to achieve your goal if you have formally made a resolution, rather than if you didn’t set one. And those who can keep their resolutions in full force past January are much more likely to make those resolutions a permanent part of their lives. The best way to keep the resolutions is to predict your willpower limits. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology investigated the way people react to temptations. Those who had the most self-control used their willpower the least. These people designed their lives to minimize the number of temptations. For example, they didn’t bring unhealthy food into their homes. This meant that if they were later confronted by a box of donuts at work, for example, they were able to fend off the craving. Research led by Wilhelm Hofmann of the University of Chicago revealed that the most common New Year’s resolution (to lose weight), is the most difficult, because less glucose in the blood means less willpower — glucose provides metal energy, which increases willpower. A way to battle that depletion is to ensure there isn’t the temptation that requires the exertion of the glucose. If there is no temptation, then the glucose isn’t needed. So if you want to keep your New Year’s resolution, don’t structure your life to include temptations that would lead you to failure. Eventually, these decisions will become a habitual part of your life. By Phillip Woolgar - Merritt Herald

Happy TV New Year A limerick by Rick Lime As another ball falls in Time Square And another show goes off the air A new idol gets picked A survivor gets kicked And for one more year we all prepare

Walk For Memories Jan. 27 To the editor; This year the Walk for Memories will be held on January 27, starting from the Barriere Senior’s Hall. For more information contact me at 250-672-9337, or go online to The following is a poem written by Shirley Pilcher, about a friend affected by Alzheimer’s. Liz Gilbertson, Barriere’s Alzheimer’s Investors Group Walk For Memories Co-ordinator

My Dear Friend My dear friend has Alzheimer’s and now we’re both old timers. It seems so very sad to me ‘cause I remember how it used to be. She tries so hard to remember it all, You can see when her memory does recall some wonderful thing from days gone by, the things we did, she and I. We were both so young and free, we partied, danced and laughed happily.

Years ago when she was a teen, she really was a beauty queen. When she played the piano we had to jive, the community hall just came alive. My brother was her escort, they really did look good. I’d turn the clock back to that day, oh how I wish I could. Now most often her thoughts are in a haze, She doesn’t remember much from the good old days.

She’s confused, but very aware that her memory at times just isn’t there. We thought our life would always be a lark, but her lovely eyes have now lost their spark. I love her dearly and do what I can, but often think and wonder when I’ll lose her forever; sad day it will be, When my dear friend really does leave me. By Shirley Pilcher, 2011

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Is gas the enviro-villain of 2013? VICTORIA – They’re well on the way to stopping the expansion of oil exports to Asia. Now will B.C.’s American branch-plant environmental machine turn on natural gas? A couple of weeks ago I described the dispute between the Haisla Nation and the rest of the Coastal First Nations group over the pioneering of liquefied natural gas development on Haisla territory at Kitimat. Powerful chiefs of the Heiltsuk, Gitga’at, Haida and others in the so-called Great Bear Rainforest oppose the idea of kicking off a new LNG export industry without extending the hydro grid to support renewable power for the region. LNG is shaping up as B.C.’s largest-ever industrial project, if it gets built. And there are signs the Americandirected environmental attack is swinging to our gas boom. Some in the Canadian media insist no such U.S. influence exists, or that it is trivial and benign. They mock federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s description of “foreign radicals,” pretending this applies to everyone opposed to oil pipelines. There weren’t many reporters with me when I covered the negotiations for the Great Bear Rainforest in 2006. To the Vancouver media it was just a big forest deal up in the middle of nowhere. Along with B.C. cabinet minister Pat Bell, Coastal First Nations and forest companies, the Sierra Club, ForestEthics and Greenpeace muscled their way to the table. How they did so became clear in early 2007. Behind these big




Tom Fletcher three eco-propaganda groups was a $60 million war chest from an obscure outfit called Tides Canada. Another front group, as it turns out. The actual source of the money was the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Wilberforce Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Most made their billions in computers and software in San Francisco or Seattle. They’ve funded scientifically suspect campaigns such as “Yellowstone to Yukon” and “boreal forest” aimed at turning more than a third of Canada into parks. Increasingly, they are partnering with aboriginal people in B.C. and across Canada. Some in B.C.’s major media have since grudgingly credited independent B.C. researcher Vivian Krause with filling in the blanks. She has shown that starting in 2002, these foundations began formally organizing against Canadian fossil fuel production. When the B.C. and Canadian governments matched the $60 million Great Bear Rainforest fund for “ecosystem-based” forest management, they didn’t realize they were reinforcing a blockade

against oil exports. Tides and its backers have continued to fund and create new protest groups, which are quoted as they pop up by credulous B.C. media. Their argument against oil exports centres on the sexy but false premise that Alberta’s “tar sands” somehow uniquely threaten the global climate. Lately, as the size of B.C.’s gas development has become clearer, the protests have started to refocus. Now we hear dire claims about the decades-old technique of “fracking” in gas development, and previously obscure groups are springing up to protest gas projects. Hollywood is about to gas us with an antifracking movie starring Matt Damon. Previews suggest that ‘Promised Land’ works the usual evil-greedy-capitalist themes, in the ‘Avatar’ tradition. ForestEthics, Sierra Club and Greenpeace, meanwhile, are campaigning against their original forest preservation deal on B.C.’s Central and North Coast. Sustainable development solutions aren’t good for their business model. If people think a problem is solved, they stop sending money. Meanwhile, the U.S. is surging ahead with its own shale oil and gas boom. Plans are underway for LNG exports from the U.S. to Asia. I think 2013 would be a good year for Canada to start making its own decisions on energy development. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and A5

Youth choir sings for peace

THE TIMES photo: Keith McNeill

Members of the Clearwater mixed children/youth choir sing during the Peace Around the World concert at Blackpool Hall on Friday, Dec. 7. Pictured are (l-r) Caleb Denholme (Barriere), Reuben Broadway (Clearwater), Michael Kennedy (Barriere) and Jonah Broadway (Clearwater). The concert was under the directorship of Leah Jones.

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Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities dialog could lead to positive change The Clearwater Times

Submitted photo: Debbie Cruzelle

Carolers in the community

Carolling is a very old Christmas tradition which is still enjoyed by many. Recently, Babes Shanko, Judy Lane, Kathy Cooper and Debbie Cruzelle went out on Dec. 21, complete with reflective vests, to keep the tradition alive. “We’ve done this for a few years already,” said Cruzelle, “We usually go to the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence and sing in the hallway; pretty soon doors open and residents come out to listen. There are several folks we know, and we visit them at their home.  We spent some time with them, and it was great to see how much they enjoyed our visit with them.  Our main reason to go carolling is to give something back to our seniors. Seniors are valued and important residents of our community.” Pictured are carolers Babes Shanko, Judy Lane, and Kathy Cooper, with the photograph taken by Debbie Cruzelle on Dec.12.

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Don’t forget to take part in the Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities dialog session planned for Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19 at the Wells Gray Inn in Clearwater. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., while the dialog session is expected to last from 1 to 4 p.m. Purpose of the forum will be to explore the future of forestry in the North Thompson Valley in the post-beetle era. Actually, to speak about a “post-beetle era” is almost certainly too optimistic. The mountain pine beetle epidemic is winding down but there is a host of other forest parasites waiting to feast on the remaining trees - things like spruce budworm and Douglas fir bark beetle. If climate change continues, and there is no reason to believe that it will not, then the mountain pine beetle epidemic is just a taste of things to come.

As the region warms, the forests will come under increasing stress. As stress levels rise, opportunities for insect pests and other parasites to take advantage of the situation also will increase. The old model of very large forest companies headquartered in large cities far from the trees they depend on has proven itself too inflexible to deal with even modest changes to the environment. What are needed are smaller, more nimble economic entities that are locally-based. Wells Gray Community Forest is a good example. Specialty sawmills such as Wadlegger Logging and the Colbornes’ birch mill in Upper Clearwater would be others. They all came through the recent downturn in the forest economy and now appear to be poised to do great things. The community forest is quite different structurally and in its purpose from the small

sawmilliing companies. However, those differences just add more diversity and therefore strength to the local economy. Clearwater, and in fact the whole North Thompson Valley, is just a small, resourcebased community. Speaking alone, our voices are unlikely to be heard. The Healthy ForestsHealthy Communities program is a province-wide initiative. Other resource-based communities across B.C. are in situations similar to the one we find ourselves in. The people in them likely are thinking along lines similar to our own. If we work together, and are patient, there is a good possibility we will see real, positive change in how our forests are managed. Editor’s note: In the Barriere area there is the Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society, Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd., and Woodco.

Drinking water protection and economic diversification among top issues in rural B.C. Submitted Key sustainability planning issues for rural B.C. residents are part of a new study recently released by the Fraser Basin Council’s Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) program. The study, funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), finds that communities in rural areas of the province consider protecting drinking water supplies (80 per cent) and pursuing economic diversification (60 per cent) as the most important aspects of a successful sustainability strategy. Over one hundred local government elected officials and staff, along with academics and consultants, participated in surveys and focus group sessions as part of this research. “The future supply and quality of water are quickly becoming critical concerns as the climate changes, even in a temperate province like BC” says PICS executive director Tom Pedersen. “The impacts now upon us impose requirements to adapt that affect rural agriculture as much as they affect municipal supplies. This report reinforces the need for regional planning in B.C. that firmly recognizes the climate changes that are rushing down the pipeline towards us. ” The research shows differences between rural municipalities and regional districts. In addition to protecting drinking water supplies, regional district respondents chose protecting

agricultural land and preventing rural sprawl as their top priorities. Municipal respondents chose pursuing economic development and supporting higher density development suitable for a small town, as their top priorities, in addition to drinking water. “Another strong message from the rural local governments regarding their ability to become sustainable communities is the importance of economic diversification, particularly the influence of natural resource based sectors, along with health and education - all of which are provincial jurisdiction.” says Joan Chess, lead researcher and sustainability facilitator with the Smart Planning for Communities Program. The respondents also identified support from elected officials and community leaders (79 per cent), access to funding (78 per cent) and implementation costs (75 per cent) as the most important factors for choosing actions for a sustainability strategy in rural areas. The results of the research suggest that rural sustainability planning and the resulting processes, strategies and actions must be adapted to local circumstances to be effective. The full report with a summary of tools and recommendations for successful ICSP action for rural BC is available at

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Learning to save lives A number of Barriere Fire Department members took part in a First Responder first aid course at the Ridge, the week of Dec. 10. Pictured (left) is Deputy Fire Chief Rob Lennea practising infant first aid for choking and CPR. Pictured below, Lennea is all smiles after “Administering successful CPR to my small patient”.

STAR/JOURNAL photos: Jill Hayward

Barriere teen part of IB program Kamloops This week Alisha Gotro’s day starts earlier than that of most high-school students. The 16-year-old is up at 6 a.m. She gets ready and tends to her animals — horses, cats and a dog. Ninety minutes after rolling out of bed, Gotro and her parents pile into the family vehicle and hit the highway, driving 45 minutes — on a nice day — from their home in Barriere to the Tournament Capital. After making a stop in downtown Kamloops to drop her mom at work, Gotro is driven across Overlanders Bridge to NorKam secondary in time for the 8:30 a.m. bell. When school lets out, Gotro heads to her sister’s Kamloops apartment to kill two hours while waiting for her parents to get off work, return to Barriere for the night and wake up to start the whole routine over again. The 11th grader is one of 23 students in the first cohort of NorKam’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which is now nearing the end of its first semester of existence. Gotro said the sacrifices she has had to make to be part of the IB program are well worth it. “In the beginning, it was hard to make it work,” she said. “But, it gives you more responsibility. They’re not babying you.” She is not alone in her praise of the program, even though it’s just months old. Sheryl Lindquist, NorKam principal and headmaster of the school’s IB program, said parents and students are thrilled with the advanced curriculum — governed by the Swiss-based International Baccalaureate organization and widely regarded as one of the most respected preparatory paths for students prior

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Barriere teen and NorKam IB student, Alisha Gotro, is also a current reigning NT Fall Fair and Rodeo Assoc. vice-ambassador. to university studies. Lindquist noted it’s not just highfalutin parents intent on seeing their kids excel academically. “Kids who never did homework — bored, disrupted, but bright — are happily completing two-and-a-half hours a night,” she said. “It’s like, it isn’t a job if you’re enjoying it.” Of the 23 IB students at NorKam, about half are from the school’s geographical catchment area. The other half, like Gotro, switched to the home of the Saints for the program itself, which is the only IB curriculum in B.C. outside of the Lower Mainland or Victoria. According to Lindquist, the families from which the students come are diverse — ranging from doctors and lawyers to elected officials and lowerincome North Kamloops locals. Next year, when the current crop of NorKam IB students moves on to Grade 12, they will be replaced by a new cohort of

11th graders, making the total program enrolment about 50 students. Lindquist said interest in IB makes her think it’s going to get a lot bigger than that. “I bet there will be 60 kids in each cohort and we’d have to start turning away kids,” she said, hypothesizing about what it might look like in five years. “I think that, as parents realize this prepares them so well for university, there will be an increase in students.” Last week, 126 people showed up when NorKam hosted an IB information meeting for students in Grade 9 and Grade 10. Most attendees were from the North Shore, but every part of Kamloops was represented, as well as Logan Lake, Merritt and Chase. Lindquist said there were even three students from the privately run St. Ann’s Academy, which is routinely ranked as the top school academically in Kamloops. The IB program is not costprohibitive. Students pay $40 per month, which covers expenses associated with international exams. It also falls under the Kamloops-Thompson school district’s financial-hardship plan, which means anyone who can’t afford the fees can have them waived. Gotro said being in a closeknit group of students who spend the vast majority of the school day in the same room has made the transition — to IB and to NorKam — easier. “It’s really different because Barriere [secondary] has like 175 people,” she said, gesturing down one of NorKam’s busy hallways for perspective. “All of us here have our classes together. We all stick together.”



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Snow, ice, and more snow, created this interesting sculpture by Mother Nature. The base of the sculpture is actually a bush in a local garden.

Barriere EDO moving on North Thompson Star/Journal After putting Barriere on the international map, initiating a number of investor tours of the area, and working with local business, Andrew Hayward, the area’s Economic Development Officer (EDO) for the past year and a half, is moving on to pursue private economic development interests. A press release from the Dis-

trict of Barriere says, “The Council of the District of Barriere and the Directors (past and present) of the Thompson Nicola Regional District Area ‘0’ understand the importance of promoting their community to those looking for a place to expand or invest in new and existing business opportunities. They would all like to thank Mr. Hayward for his hard work and dedication and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”



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Recently I was up at the Agriplex with Brian Sims, Executive Director of Community Futures Thompson Country, Steven Puhallo, President of Farm Kids Scholarship Fund, Bill Kershaw, man of many hats, but for this I would say Area ‘O’ Director, Leslie Stirling, a woman of many hats also, but for this I would say on behalf of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association (NTFFRA), as well as Jill and Bob Hayward, who seem to do everything and anything that is needed to make any number of projects succeed. We were there to see what the new steel pens and chutes looked like, and get the run down on how they can be configured for a number of events. Now that the pieces are in place, the equipment is really quite a marvel. Not so many years ago, arenas had to be built with bucking chutes built in place. Now the pens and chutes can be configured and setup in a matter of a few hours in a bare arena. Then, when it is needed, the equipment can be arranged for other equestrian events.

The arena surface that was laid inside the Agriplex can be either packed hard or loosened up to accommodate what is needed for each event. It is all quite simply amazing. What is also amazing is the fact that despite the $80k price tag on this equipment, it has been paid for and delivered in only a few weeks. How this came to be is that one of the aims of Community Futures Thompson Country is “to support economic development by investing considerable resources and energy into business services and community economic development projects throughout the Thompson Country that help communities to strengthen, grow, and diversify.” This quote is a paraphrase off the CFTC website and I mention this for two reasons. First off, I want to bring attention to the great work done on this project and many other projects over the years by the staff and Board of Directors of Community Futures Thompson Country. They all have worked hard to help small business

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succeed whenever they can. Secondly, is that some Barriere residents noticed that I support the efforts of The Farm Kids Fund. I want to say thanks to them for that, and they have asked if local tax money has gone into the project. The answer to this is no. It seems that the project is well managed, has a sound business plan, and is far down the road to success; therefore the organizers have not had the need to ask the District for much more than our individual moral support in their endeavours. It is my belief that projects/events such as this form the base of many other interrelated events that can only help Barriere strengthen its economy. Organizations such as CFTC were specifically created to help guide economic development in small rural communities such as Barriere.

We at the North Thompson Star/Journal take great pride in supporting our community and the organizations who strive to make our area the best place to live: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

North Thompson Agriplex North Thompson Fall Fair Barriere Fire Department Crime Stoppers Barriere and District Food Bank Barriere and District Hospice Barriere Alzheimers Muscular Dystrophy Cowboy Festival Royal Canadian Legion Branch 242 Barriere Search and Rescue Barriere Lion’s Numerous Recreational Groups and Events and many more


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Brian Sims and his team have done a wonderful job of accessing funds for the combined NTFFRA and Farm Kids Fund efforts. I am hopeful that the relationship continues and more great things happen here in our town. We need to look for ways to diversify our local economy as well as strengthen what we have now. To accomplish this, we need to make use of local and provincial resources to help us attain our goals. It is great that Barriere is now noticed by investors from afar, and indeed in time, and with enough effort and funds expended, this may bring a benefit to our community. However, large projects funded by foreign investors are in the realm of private business, not small local government. Local government does have a role in helping to pave the way for these groups to succeed through properly focused Official Community Plans and good zoning practices. Local government, no matter what the size of the community, should also have an economic development plan that makes it known to investors that the local community is “open for business.” On that note, there are a few new businesses opening here in the New Year. More on that later. I wish you all a Happy New Year. May you all find happiness and health as time goes along.

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core. In preparation for the project, the district held an information session that was open to the public on January 24. A solar aquatics system treats raw sewage and other wastewater with biological methods using plant and bacterial life. The process produces no foul odour, uses no chemicals, and treats everything that comes into the facility, both liquids and solids. There is no waste. Nothing needs to be trucked away, Margaret Houben Ten brave souls took the plunge to herald in the new year of 2012 with a splash at theSTAR/JOURNAL Little Fort photo: Ferry Slip The 25th annual Little Fort Polar Bear Dip on January 1, 2012, proved to be an unusually mild day for this time of year, with the North Thompson River whereas conventional on January 1, during the 26th Annual Polar Bear Dip into the North Thompson River. free from ice and plenty of open chilly waters for 10 enthusiastic ‘dippers’. Find more on page 10. treatment is smelly, S/J File photo: uses chemicals, and that has been touched Fairs and Exhibi- to drive to Ontario io they headed south often requires truckby this disease to be tions Association for to spend Christmas to Mobile Alabama ing solids to landfill especially honoured their 2011 fair. Their with family. They and will be coming or composting. On Jan. 23, a poin each communi- overall site presen- started their trip on home at the end of lice officer with the ty’s Walk. The 2012 tation scored 97 per December 15, leaving January. Southeast District Walk in Barriere was cent, the agricultural Darfield with a tankBarriere’s NorTraffic Unit seized a year to $199 million this ful reflect valuefry as ofoil, July 1,dic Assessment, appointed annually North Thompson Star/Journal dedicated to Macken- lion andlast non-agricultural ofmarket french skier, are Alex Mcyear. Clearwater’s assessment roll 2011 or see incorrect information by the Ministry of Community, Sport radio jammer and a zie Livingstone displays 75 litres) and ourDonald, brought fromboth $325.5 scored million last (about on their notice should contact and Cultural Development, and meet Owners of more than and 4,000 decreased Beretta Semi Autothis year. as indicated their noticehome between March 15 to properties throughout the North year his family. 100to $320 permillion cent, withSun aoffice cargo basketonon the a February bronze1 and medal matic pistol during a Thompson region can expect to Peaks assessment roll decreased as soon as possible in January,” said hear formal complaints. Barriere and area the livestock sections hitch holding anothfrom the Haywood The Kamloops assessment office receive their 2012 assessment notic- from $574 million last year to $531 Held. residents experienced total being 96 per er 170 litres, thanks Norams Under 23 traffic stop on High-

way 6 near McLure when the vehicle was initially stopped for speeding. During interaction with the driver, the officer noted several indicators that caused him to enter into an investigation under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Police service dog was deployed, and subsequent to that the driver was arrested. Local youth skier, Sara Smith, wins a gold medal with a time of 106.38, and two silvers at Sun Peaks, qualifying her as a member of the Okanagan team selected to compete at the BC Winter Games in February. It’s noted that winning skier Kate Cartwright has family in Little Fort; both the Cartwrights and the Jims.

Barriere’s new lady doctor, Ilke Marais, was ready to start on March 26 at the Barriere Medical Clinic. The Thompsonsays Nicola Enderby Regional goodbye to fallen District announced firefighter they will benefit from Barriere attends $2.1 million from page Tax 6 Canada’s ..... Gas Fund for an innovative project to reduce methaneMobile emissions Home from small owners landfills. warned The about initiative fire safety involved theSeven placement lives lost of compost ..... beds page 10 on the landfill surface over areas where landfill gas is venting. The beds metabolize methane produced by the landfill, and immediately reduce its global warming impact by 21 times. Learn how to Ten brave souls drug proof took the plunge to your kids herald in Jan. the21 & new 22 million this year. “If a property owner is still is located at 805 Renfrew Avenue es in the next few days. year with a.....splash at “Most homes in this region are In comparison the came City of to concerned about theirA&W. assessmentWorld in Kamloops. DuringTrials the month of page 11 a power and phone cent and 4-H the Barriere Junior the Little Fort Ferry worth about the same compared to Kamloops assessment roll increased after speaking to one of our apprais- January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. “When you need us, we’re close by” outage in the very through with a 96 per They had asked at Whistler Olympic year’s assessment roll,” said from $13.66 billion last year to ers, they may submit a Notice of to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The Slip on January 1, last Complaint (Appeal) January 31,Park. telephone number is 250-376-6281 Graham Deputy earlyHeld, hours of Assessor. Tues- $13.68 cent.billion this year; while the several friend byacross When a death occurs, I’m here to help you, every step of the way. 24 hours 2012, during the 26th “Most home owners in this region Valemount and McBride assessment for an independent review by a or toll free at 1 800 806-6788. day morning, Jan. Chris Newton and Canada to collect The District ofgo toa day, every day. roll decreased from $187 million Property Assessment Review Panel,” For more information, will see modest changes in the -10 Annual Polar Bear year to $172 million this year. oil addedfor Held.them. Much per17, cent to +5 peracent range.” ve- last after single Sandra Burkolder If you have made pre-arrangements elsewhere and would like to discuss Barriere received a Dip into the North Barriere’s assessment roll “Property owners who feel thatMonday, The January Property 30, Assessment Follow BC Assessment on Twitter,having your local funeral home take care of you, please feel free to call. 2012 North Thompson Star/Journal hicle traffic accident converted their 1994 to their surprise, grant from Canada’s decreased from $201.7 mil- their property assessment does not Review Panels, independent of BC YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 7 8 1 9 5 5 0 0 1River. 7 Thompson that involved an Argo Delica Mitsubishi their oil stocks took Gas Tax Fund of The participants were NORTH THOMPSON Road Maintenance van to run on waste 3,100 kmsCREEK from $6.7 to install SERVING THE NORTH THOMPSON VALLEY FROMthem HEFFLEY TOmillion BLUE RIVER from Little Fort, FUNERAL SERVICES plow truck and a vegetable oil, and Darfield to Sault Ste. a waste water system 4638 Barriere Town Road, Box 859 Clearwater and Chu Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0 power pole. 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SLR cameras. one’s telephones back second The prior-2012 Also at the meeting InvesFRIDAYS - Free pool ntified tors was fiber were M.P. Cathyonline. McLeod, Group Walk for The North ThompCrib & Darts - Every Thursday Several of the in K asupport mloops-North Memories sonTerry Fall Fair and Roimately 100 Thompson MLA of the Alzheimer SoAssociation was invited to of theB.C. Lake, Prince deo GeorgeUPCOMING EVENTS ciety in Barpublicly congratuence represented Valemount MLA Shirley Jan 11: Pot Luck Dinner, 5:30pm/Installation of Officers riere was held on lated for the fantastic nies interested Bond, mayors and counJan 14: Ladies Auxiliary meeting, 1pm Sunday, January 29. 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Christmas Concert at Elementary School Here are some scrapbook photographs from Barriere Elementary’s Christmas Concert held Dec. 20

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(Above) The Kennedy family live in Barriere, and the newest addition to their family is Sofia, the first baby born in 2012 for the area from McLure to Little Fort. Pictured are the Kennedys with their seven children; (back row) Pastor Ian Kennedy, Kurt, Clarissa, and twins Sean and Michael. Front row; Alanna, mom Dianna holding New Year’s baby Sofia, and Jessica.

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SPORTS Wiegele Helicopter Skiing opens for its 43rd season

Bring on the bulls

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STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Six brand new rodeo chutes sit ready and waiting in the North Thompson Agriplex with only days to go until the New Years Eve Bullarama. Approximately 30 cowboys and close to 40 bulls were set to square off against each other during the event, hosted by the Farm Kids Scholarship Fund as a fundraiser.

Wells Gray Outdoor Club revives Birchleg By Keith McNeill Clearwater Times The Wells Gray Birchleg is not dead. The 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.

BLUE RIVER – Already boasting a solid snowbase, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is now underway with their 43rd helicopter ski and snowboard season. Consistently, with some of the most snow in the world, guests continually flock to Blue River for worldclass snow and the ultimate ski vacation. “Nothing compares to the experience of heli-skiing and boarding in Blue River,” says Mike Wiegele, “It is unmatched anywhere in the world. From our amazing and massive ski terrain, unparalleled service, abundant amenities to our fine dining experience, Blue River is the ultimate powder destination.” For the past 43 years, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing has been a postcard winter wonderland and a

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A snowboarder celebrates the powder he found at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing just before Christmas this year. skier/boarder’s dream. With 1.9 metres of champagne powder at treeline and close to three meters already in the alpine, the helis are flying and there is nothing but face shot conditions to start the season. The company’s


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Star/Journal 2012 Christmas Story Contest Entrants We named and published the winners of our annual Star/Journal Christmas Story Contest on Dec. 13. We thank all of the children who took the time to enter and share with our readers their creative essays. Since then we have been publishing some of the other entrants submissions to the contest in our holiday issues. The stories are from both Division 1 (Kindergarten to Grade 3), and Division 2 (Grade 4 to Grade 7), and will appear in random order. A Christmas story One snowy Christmas on December 24, lived a kitten named Silver. Silver was a small grey cat. He loved snow, he loved how it felt like he was free. But he wasn’t free, he was a stray. He had no home, no family, no nothing. He did not even know what Christmas was. So one day he went out of his box to look for a friend. When he was walking he saw all the trees and all the Santa’s and all the decorations in the windows. He also found a friend when he was walking through the city. His name was Gold He looked just like Silver. Silver asked him, “Do you know what is with all the decorations, trees and Santa’s?” Gold said he knows it is called CHRiSTMAS. “What’s Christmas?” asked Silver. “You do not know what Christmas is? I will show you what Christmas is.” “Okay” said Silver. “Come with me to my house.” “You have a house?” “Yes, I live with a family,” said Gold. “Wow, I live on the street in a box” said Silver. “Let’s go,” said Gold. When they got to Gold’s house there were four people waiting for him at the door. When they got in the house there was a tree with big silver and gold decorations. “What’s this?” asked Silver. “It is a Christmas tree,” said Gold. That night while they were sleeping, Silver woke up to get a drink of milk. When he got to the kitchen he stopped at the living room and there was a big red thing there. Silver asked, “What

are you doing?” “I am Santa. I am giving presents to all the children in the world. Sorry, but I got to go. I have kids in China waiting, but just remember Silver, Christmas is about giving not getting.” The next morning when the kittens woke up Silver said “Guess what? I know what Christmas is!” “Cool, now let’s play with our toy,” said Gold. By Tyler Schilling Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7 My Very Most Favourite Christmas The sky was blue, the snow was white, and my heart was full with joy. My mind was on toys, as I knew I had been a good boy, and a wanted this one toy. My parents knew I wanted it, and I have been good all month, and I helped clean all month. My mom went to send my letter to Santa, but first I had to be good for the rest of the month, and I knew that I would have no problem as my mind was on the toy that would soon bring me joy. I swept the floors, and I washed the dishes for this toy. But my parents say this isn’t just a toy, I will have to take care of it and not leave it alone. But first my parents wanted me to make sure that I want it oh so very bad. So they brought me to the store where they kept them all. I was able too pick the one, so that Santa could bring me the one I would like. As the days crept up I had more and more trouble sleeping as I always had my mind on a toy that is soon to be filled with joy. I have finally been good for the whole month. It is the 24th of

December and I hear it. It’s Santa landing on my roof. I pretend that I am asleep, and I don’t dare to open my eyes. As the sun comes up I run downstairs, and I can hear it. It’s the puppy I wanted for Christmas. This has been my very most favourite Christmas in the entire world. By Wyatt MacLaren Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7 A Christmas story This is a story of a very stuborn kitten named Jimmy. He had shiny grey fur and white boots. Jimmy did not believe in Cat Santa and his 13 mice, unlike all the other orphan kittens. But one night, all of the other kittens wanted Jimmy to believe in Cat Santa so they all prayed to the ghosts of Christmas to come and haunt Jimmy all in one night. First was the ghost of Christmas Past. He came and showed Jimmy his past. The ghost started with when he ran away from home on Christmas eve, it was a cold night with that powdery snow that is like clouds. He ran all night until he ran into the orphanage were he lives now. Then the ghost showed Jimmy his 10th birthday with his parents, and how his parents were mad at him for wrecking the cake they spent all there money on. That was the night he ran away. Then the ghost of Christmas Present showed Jimmy how bad all the other kittens wanted him to believe in Cat Santa, and how they all prayed to get the ghosts to come and get him to believe in Cat Santa. Then he showed Jimmy his parents and how sad they are without him. This all made

Jimmy so very sad. Then came the ghost of Christmas Future. He came and showed Jimmy what would happen if he did not believe in Cat Santa, and what he showed Jimmy changed him for the rest of his life. The ghost showed him that none of the other orphans would want to be friends with him. But it was the next thing that horrified him. The ghost showed him his grave with a 10 year time line. The only people who went to see it was his parents, and that was only once a year. Then the ghost left. And it all happened in one night, so he ran home and had Christmas with his parents, and believed in Cat Santa forever. By Braeden Krause Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7 How the kitten found the spirit of Christmas One day on a snowy morning a mother cat was giving birth to a kitten. Thankfully the kitten survived. A beautiful kitten was born. The kitten was a beautiful fluffy white kitten with a small birthmark in the shape of a snowflake. Then in the next few weeks the kitten learned how to walk. Oh how joyful the mother was. Then one day the kitten went outside in the snow. It saw a Christmas tree. Then hope scratched up the glimmering tree. The kitten said, “I hate Christmas,” in a very cruel voice. Just then a twinkle of light came out of the sky. A beautiful Christmas fairy appeared. She was so beautiful with her long white dress swaying in the wind. She smelled a little like candy canes. In a very soft voice she

spoke “Hello young one come with me.” Her voice was so soft like a fluffy cloud. “Why? No I’m not gonna go with you,” said the kitten with rage. “Please young one don’t get mad you need to be a good kitten and come.” The small kitten was trying to avoid her eyes. The kitten sighed “Fine I’ll go but where? And why?” said the kitten innocently. “Because you are

not being a good kitty and you need to find your Christmas spirit.” “Okay, then we can go.” And off they went. The ground looks like a small globe. “This is fun,” said the kitten. Okay, I’m here, now what?” The fairy stood in silence. Then the kitten saw a sign that said “Welcome to the history of Christmas. “Wow, am I in the past? Cool!” There was a poor family who were deco-

rating the tree with popcorn. And they looked so cheerful with the stuff they had. And the kitten said “Oh, I get it. Christmas is all about being thankful for what you have.” The fairy nodded. “Well then I think I found the Christmas spirit, I feel all warm inside.” And that’s how the kitten found the spirit of Christmas. By Zyla Neighbor Barriere Elementary School, Grade 7

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Photographing an intimate snowy landscape The sun was out in a clear, light blue sky, the snow was deep, and the temperature was moderate at -8C. When the snow gets deep I’ll usually wear snowshoes, however, on this excursion I wanted to isolate and create from the intimate parts of the landscape. The usual large open scenics were not what I was looking to photograph, so that meant I would be kneeling, sitting, and lying in the snow. This would be that rare winter occasion when snowshoes and a tripod would just get in the way. I crossed the unplowed road in front to my home and stepped into the familiar woods. I began by kneeling deep in the snow to photograph a branch poking out of the snow, hoping that some future viewer would enjoy the same surrealistic elements of clashing shadows, and white highlights on the frosty branch that I was photographing. The landscape was covered with deep, powdery snow and I had to be careful not to get a cold surprise down my neck as I trundled along, camera in hand, searching out intimate possibilities the snow,

shadow, and light. As I surveyed the scene I thought about a book I had just started reading, “Sketching Light,” by photographer, and author, Joe McNally. In it he writes, “As it always has been, light remains the language of all photographers, everywhere.” What I was searching for really depended on the light. Too harsh and directional, or too soft and flat, or too dark, and everything would be lost. McNally is right. I needed just the right amount of light for my visual discussion. I chose low angles, and had to be careful of the background influencing my subject. My lens choice was a short focal length 2470mm and because allowing the camera to select the exposure with an automated mode would have taken the control away, I choose the manual exposure mode. Manual exposure meant I could determine how the bright high lights and how dark the shadows were. I wanted graphic depictions that depended on the tonal elements more that the actual subjects. I will comment that getting back up after lying in the deep snow is

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Good Dog Obedience Spring Classes Starting in Feb.! Basic Obedience - A 6 week course in good manners & canine behaviour begins Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30pm at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere for all dogs at least 6 months old & up. Cost $100. Novice Class - 6 weeks of fun as we take you & your dog to the next level of obedient behaviour. Participants must have successfully completed a previous Basic Obedience course to qualify. Class starts on Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30pm. Cost $100. To register or for more information contact Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023

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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.

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In Loving Memory

Donald William Campbell

August 2, 1932 – December 21, 2012 Don Campbell passed away at his home in Barriere, B.C., on December 21, 2012, at 80 years of age. Born in Kamloops, B.C., on August 2, 1932, Don is survived by his children Gail Neighbor, Wanda Nystoruk (Larry) and Wayne Campbell; grandchildren Christine, Jennifer, Shyla, Brody and Levi; and by his great grandchildren Emillie, Zyla, Justice, Destiny, Elail and Jazzlyn. Don was predeceased by his parents Myrtle Fox and Henry Campbell;


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Notice of Exclusion regarding land in the Agricultural Land Reserve We, Armand Charles Greenwood and Judith Darlene Greenwood of Box 225, 4937 Birch Lane, Barriere, B.C. V0E 1E0, intend on making application to section 30 (1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve part (2ha) of the following property, which is described as: Lot 2 District Lots 55 and 56 Kamloops District Yale District Plan KAP66586


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

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

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


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Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments to the District of Barriere, Box 219, Barriere, B.C. V0E 1E0 by January 15, 2013.

wife Millie Campbell; brother Mervin Campbell and sister, Mary-Ann Hindson. For 39 years, Don was a millworker at Tolko. He was a member of the IWA and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 242 in Barriere, B.C. Don was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he enjoyed camping with family and friends. He was an exceptional pool player. Don went on many road trips with the kids and the grandchildren. He looked forward to gardening each spring, and he liked to sit and relax in his

gazebo during the summer months. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at the Barriere Legion, lower floor. At his request, at a later date Don’s ashes will be laid to rest at Bonaparte Cemetery, beside his wife Millie. Flowers would be appreciated, as would donations in memory of Donald W. Campbell to the local animal rescue in care of Elli Kohnert, 4352 Dunsmuir, Box 362, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0, or to the charity of your choice. The Memorial Service may be seen on line, and condolences may be sent to the family via www. Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999.

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honour of carrying one singular medal in relay fashion over 12,000km as they made their way across Canada during the silver anniversary of the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour, which was raising awareness about people living with disabilities. The anniversary tour Fortin was one of 20 medal-bearers who carried the route through Kamloops on Mar. 29, and was presented with her own replica medal to remember the way in which she personally added to the momentum of the 25th Anniversary.

Six teachers and four student teachers from Barriere Elementary school participated in a day of protest on Monday, Feb. 27, by waving signs with notations such as; “Bargaining for a fair deal”, “Kids are worth it”, “Special needs neglected”, and “negotiate don’t legislate”. The groupSTAR/JOURNAL stood alongphoto: Jill Hayward Barriere Town Road, in front of the AG Foods Mall where they could wave their signage passing dent teachers from Barriere Elementary school participated in a day of protest on Monday, Feb. 27, by wavingat signs with notations motorists speak with those who were onand foot. a fair deal”, “Kids areand worth it”, “Special needs neglected”, “negotiate don’t legislate”. The group stood along Barriere Town

Star/Journal File photo: oods Mall where they could wave their signage at passing motorists and speak with those who were on foot. More on page 3.

er strike March to start Monday, Mar. 6

April 2012

Within a few resident. On Monday, lone female occupant Store by drilling the short days the North Feb. 26, an 18-year- of the residence had front door lock to Thompson Valley debate Thursday on legislation in time to prevent three-day in rejecting old malethat was arrested been aable to getstrike. out of bersgain entry. this Thegovernment’s wit- Hospice House Sociwould extend the current said she to give the provocative and damaging byteacher policepay afterClark he was the wants building without ness observing thelegislaety learned that it had and benefits for another six months, time toinjury “climb and down from Lambert said. seen walking union around call the 911. tion,” crime disrupted the achieved two impormediator works with the cliffbran” after seven months of working deration hasThewhile B.C. aTeacher’s the community Emergency services break-in and the cul- tant goals. 100 memhis Monday BCTF and the B.C. Public School to rule, refusing to complete report Federation served dishing a large kitchen personnel, including prits fled on foot be- bers, and their applier teachers Employers’ Association in an effort cards and other non-essential duties. after ground knife.on class Police negotiBarriere RCMP and hind the building. cation to become a find common Opposition leader Adrian Dix said dorsed strike the to notice teachers across the ated with the male BC Ambulance, were Barriere RCMP and registered charity had sizes, special needs support and the NDP will oppose Bill 22 in vote. endorsed one on Dix scene within 10 to Kamloops Police Dog been accepted. issues. the for approximately the legislature. called for “real red to province give other 28,000 BCTF mediation” refused toofsaythe if callhe efore being option inNearly a provinceand members a half hours, after but 15 minutes Services attended and Ground work startvoted yes to the strikewhich option out wouldwas support a raise teachers. n, under a vote. wide theof male out, butfor the residence tracked the males to ed for the Louis Creek 32,209 who votedtaken Tuesdayinto and custody BCTF president Susan Lambert ruling onThethe North Thompwas already fully en- a nearby road, where Eco Depot, after the Wednesday,Centre after the B.C. govern- has dismissed the legislation and ows forson up Volunteer without any injury to gulfed. fresh marks were The NTtire Volunteer Centre (NTVIC) Thompson-Nicola ays of full ment tabled legislation to impose a restrictions on mediation to work After School Program those involved or to The North ThompAfter School Program in Barriere Regional will located. It is believed District “cooling-off period” until the end of within the government’s two-year runthe frommales 7a.m. - 6entered p.m., thisthe Monday to in Barriere ran Monthe public. son Agriplex phase awarded the site work orge Abbott August and impose heavy fines on “net zero” wage mandate as “bullyWednesday, in an effort to help working Wednesday, 15th ing annual $238.680 vehicle and fled the contract to Rivermist union and its in membersThe for strikes tactics.” two She received said an extra $30 parents ols willday be tothe on days the teachers are out on to help work- Blue River Elemenin needs provincial during that time. million fundgrant for special sup- strike. ents if an theyeffort area from Holdings Ltd. for a A feeaway per student willthe be charged Nearlyon9,000 not port this year, on top of from more thanthe for scene. school. ing parents daysteachers tary didSchool Cross funding half day or full day participation completion amount vote, andwere moreout than 10 per cent orSki$800 millionprovince’s currently budgeted, is with aThe ibits picket limitNorth of 24 Thompstudents. Email: the teachers Country Race Communiof $311,727. The 4,263 voted against strike action. “crumb” ty thatRecreation won’t even Project. cover ed support call 250-672on strike. However, took place ona Thursson Fish andorGame work was scheduled 0033 for more information. Parents Abbott and Premier Christy Clark inflation. ministrators there were no school day, Feb. 23, under The Agriplex’s phase takeClub heldwill their to include earthworks, note there be nothird school buses “The results of our province-wide but normal would not specify how long the govbuses running Monsunny skies and great two was set to see the annual Game Dinner Wednesdayroad of construction, ernment would wait before passing vote are strong evidence of the unity running Monday through place. day through Wednesweek,Dance and no at teachers at schools. snowwon’t conditions. construction the Bargrading and drainage that legislation, but it likely be and Bardetermination of BCTF of mem-an thisand ent began day, and no teachers riere Elementary stu- addition to the new riere Lion’s Hall on installation for the apat schools. dentsFROM Lauren Trem2,787 square-metre March 24. TheRIVER event proximate three hectHOMPSON VALLEY HEFFLEY CREEK TO BLUE Traffic traveling the blay, grade 6, and (30,000 sq. ft.) build- was a sellout. All 150 are site. Yellowhead Highway Halle Smith,grade ing. The addition tickets were pre-sold Dr. Barnard left were detoured along 4, both triumphed was planned to house well in advance due to the Barriere Medical Barriere Town Road in their races and re- washrooms, change the popularity of the Centre, and returned on Feb. 29 and Mar. 1 turned home with rooms with showers, event, leaving many to South Africa. Barfrom 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., gold medals. office space and pub- area residents scrab- nard said he would due to maintenance On Mar. 7, at ap- lic lobby space. bling to find the odd be returning to the work being done on proximately 2:36 a.m., During the early ticket here or there Kamloops area, and the bridge over the the Barriere Volunteer morning hours on that they could pur- planned to do locum Barriere River. Fire Department were Mar. 3, a witness chase. work before continuThe Barriere called to a residen- observed two males Barriere teen, Mar- ing his studies in a RCMP Detachment tial structure fire on wearing dark clothing lene Fortin, became specialized medical reported they had Spruce Crescent. On with a drill attempt- one of over 7,000 field. another armed stand- arrival they were able ing to break into the medal-bearers across On Apr. 4, the Baroff with a Barriere to determine that the Barrire BC Liquor Canada who had the riere RCMP executed


NTVIC after school program to run all day during strike

a search warrant on a Glengrove road property for theft of electricity and possession of stolen property. during the execution of the warrant, three adult males and one adult female where taken into custody. The members searched the residence and located stolen BC Hydro meters, drug paraphernalia, dry marijuana, hash and 1157 marijuana plants growing within the residence.Six candidates to represent the TN Valley One year of accomplishment for 2011 babies was celebrated at the Barriere Seniors Hall on Friday, April 13, with 17 babies attending their first birthday party. Sponsored by Yellowhead Community Services, the event provided lunch, games, crafts, and a giant birthday cake served up with ice cream. Parents, caregivers, relatives, and siblings joined in the fun, as did members of Success By Six and the Barriere Senior’s Society. Six young ladies came together during the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association’s Banner Night to join the NTFFRA’s Ambassador Program as candidates for the 2012 season. The new 2012 candidates were: Kaylee Patterson (Clearwater) sponsored by Fraser Ventures Ltd.; Kaitlain Chantler (Barriere) sponsored by Sam’s Pizza and Rib House; Alisha Gotro (Barriere) sponsored by Baillie’s Towing; Aliya Bieber (Clearwater) sponsored by Wells Gray Info Centre; Kennedy Ash (Clearwater) sponsored by Jim’s Food Market; and Alesha Kaduk (Barriere) sponsored by the Barriere Lions Club. In an effort to im-

proved local food security, the North Thompson Food Action Network created a new food security website for the North Thompson our valley: It’s purpose is to create awareness of local foods available to the residents of the North Thompson Valley by connecting consumers with local food producers; teach consumers why and how to eat locally; and provide helpful links, publications, and how to’s. The Annual Heritage Fair at Barriere Secondary School held on Apr. 26 was up in the number of entries from past years. Little Fort Herefords and the Jim family were once again in the winners circle at the annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale, where they received the trophy for reserve grand champion bull with their entry. Barriere RCMP Cst. Evan Cadwallader reported that a backhoe was stolen from the Argo Road Maintenance yard at Louis Creek earlier in the month. The backhoe, with an estimated value of $100,000, was taken from the yard sometime between Sunday and Monday morning. The officer said that while he was investigating in the surrounding area, at approximately five kilometres up Agate Bay Road, he noted a property with an aluminum farm gate that had been driven through. Further investigation found the stolen backhoe some distance from the roadway and hidden in the bush. Find more of the 2012 Year in Review in our next issue.


Thursday, January 03, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal

Chu Chua schools: from 1912 to 1984 By Kathleen Pilatzke In 1912, George Fennell started the construction of the first schoolhouse in Chu Chua, because his eldest child Marston would turn six that year, and the nearest schools were Little Fort, Mount Olie, or Kamloops. He owned the store that supplied the materials, the mill and lumber for construction, and the land on which it was built.  The school was constructed on an acre of land, and the cost of the 20 foot by 30 foot building was $445.68. It was finished in 1913.  A picket fence was also constructed bordering the property, and crab apple trees were planted around it, with hopes that the fruit could be sold to raise money to buy the wood and pay the janitor.  Unfortunately, the sale of apples only brought in $6.20, and it cost $2.00 to pick them.   An out-house was also built near the back fence, and to get to it, children had to use planks to cross the creek. George’s two eldest children went to the school in its earliest years, along with Lydia Fennell, who was recruited at the age of three to keep the school open because there wasn’t enough students.   She was very happy when a new family came and she could go home.   Other students came from the surrounding area. For transportation to and from school, children walked, some rode on horses, and some of the children from the coal mine used huskies to pull sleds in the winter.  There were no school buses and some children had to walk three to five miles even in the winter. The first teacher never stayed, saying that there was “nothing but men and stumps”.   Mr. McCowbrey was the first full time teacher.  He taught for 109 days with 14 students.   Teachers from 19131919 were Miss Fairbairn, Miss Jones, Miss Grenfell, Miss Wheeler, and Mrs. Ryan; these teachers were paid $75 a month.   Teachers from 1920-1929 were paid $1000 a year, and teachers from 1925-29 were paid $960 a year.  Teachers from 1930-1939 were Miss Moore, Miss Hull, Mr. Wilson and Miss Cox.  Teachers from 1940-1949 were Miss Doris Bowell, Miss Ellen Fennell, Miss Betty Thompson, Mrs. Rose Dodge, and Mrs. Una Robertson.  The last teachers in the red schoolhouse were Mrs. Artwood, Colleen Newman, Miss Grace Gibson, Anne

Moutray and Marilyn Turner, who taught from 1950-1957. Students were responsible for most of the janitorial work, with some doing other odd jobs. Dale Fennell was in charge of keeping the fire going, though he lost his job after he caused the stove pipe to come crashing down. The children did daily school work such as reading, writing and arithmetic, but the schoolhouse was so much more.   When Charlie Fennell was a student, the class grew victory gardens that consisted of radishes, carrots and lettuce.   A victory garden was grown during the war so people were not taking up supplies like vegetables that could be sent to the troops, and was an act of patriotism.   May Day was enjoyed by all.   On the first day of May children would make May baskets out of violets, buttercups and dandelions; then you would hang it on your friend’s, neighbour’s, or mother’s door, knock and then run.  When school was started in the fall, the crab apple fights began!   Teams were chosen and crab apples were thrown, resulting in many black eyes and bruises.   The schoolhouse was not only used for school, but for other community functions as well.  In 1937, Lloyd Owens from Burns Lake asked to rent the schoolhouse to show a talking picture.   He supplied the electricity with a generator of his.  In 1952, students and teacher went up to the ball field, where they had races, ballgames and had a decorated bike contest; after that they had a picnic to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.   The whole community planted a tree down by the railroad tracks and everyone had lots of fun. Games played by the children were marbles, hopscotch, skipping ropes, antiI-over, tin can and run sheep run; in the winter Fox and Goose were played and competitions on who could make the best snow angel were held.   Every year the Christmas concert was held at the school and children would put on plays and skits.  Afterwards Santa would knock on the door and give each child an orange and a present.  The Christmas concert was probably one of the most memorable and favourite events of the year. In 1957 it was decided that a new, more modern school was needed; so a flat roofed building was constructed and by 1958 it was opened.   The school had no

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This abandoned school house was the last Chu Chua one room school, and was shut down in 1984 due to lack of students. gym, so the children used a concrete pad for gym. The funding for the pad came from the government for the centennial, and had basketball nets on either side.  Besides the concrete pad, they had monkey bars, swings, and teeter totters.  Climbing trees and a swinging bridge were added at a later date.  Students would go skipping in the spring and slide down hills on cardboard in the winter.  in the fall, students would walk up to the old schoolhouse and have crab apple fights. Jemima, the gerbil, was a class pet when Ellen Fennell was a teacher, and Grace Fennell had goldfish.   There were also the mealworms that Ellen Fennell used for science projects, but I don’t think those count! Track and field was a big event, almost all the kids got to participate, even though you were only allowed to enter three kids per grade, but each grade only had three kids!  Students would wear paper badges with CCS (Chu Chua School) down the side, along with their name and events.   Christmas concerts continued to be held in the school, usually consisting of three plays (an intermediate, primary and

one with the whole school), students could recite a poem or sing a song as well. The Women’s Institute held their annual gatherings in the schoolhouse.   In 1967, Canada’s 100th birthday celebration was celebrated in the schoolhouse.  There was a party and the elders of the community were honoured. The only teachers to ever teach in this schoolhouse were Marilyn Turner, Ellen Fennell, and Grace Fennell, who taught from 1958-1984. Grace Fennell was the last to teach at the Chu Chua school before it was shut down in 1984 due to lack of students.   There were only seven students: Clint Donald, Lyle Joseph,Neil Williams, Dana Boyce, Matilda Donald, Anna Donald, and Kevin Joseph; and the year after that there would only be four students.  When this school closed, there was only four one-room schoolhouses left in the district.   Instead, the children had to be bused 13 miles to go to the school in Barriere. This article is courtesy of Kathleen Pilatzke, who compiled the information for her grade 7 Barriere Elementary School Heritage Fair Project last spring.

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