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Emma Morry, 6, goes sledding with her “papa,” Dr. Peter Morry, who was a Houston doctor for 16 years before moving to his home province of Newfoundland. He says he came back for the holidays to visit family for three weeks.

More than 1,500 property owners throughout the District of Houston can expect to receive their 2013 assessment notices in the next few days. “Most homes in Houston are remaining stable in value compared to last year’s assessment roll,” said Christopher Whyte, Deputy Assessor. “Most home owners in Houston will see modest changes in the 0% to 3% range.” Overall, Houston’s Assessment Roll increased from $267 million last year to $269 million this year. These totals reflect changing market values for many properties in addition to subdivisions, rezoning and new construction. In addition, owners of commercial and industrial properties in Houston will see little change as values remain stable. The average local market trends for residential properties

in the District of Houston are affected by many variables, and in 2012 the assessment roll (valuated July 1, 2011) was $139, 227, and the 2013 assessment roll (valuated July 1, 2012) was $140,213. “Property owners who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2012 or see incorrect information on their notice should contact our office as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,” said Whyte. “If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel,” added Whyte. The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry

of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints. The Northwest assessment office is located at 4545 Lazelle Ave. in Terrace. During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1866-825-8322) or via Visit www. for more information about the 2013 Assessment Roll including lists of 2013’s top 100 most valuable residential properties across the province. Special for 2013, property owners can also visit the website for an online customer service survey, available until January 31. Follow BC Assessment on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Vehicles colliding with moose and deer By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

RCMP were busy over the last few weeks, responding to several accidents, most involving deer and moose At 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 15, an RCMP vehicle hit a moose

just north of Topley on Highway 118, said RCMP Sgt. Rose, adding that though there was minor damage to the RCMP vehicle, neither the RCMP officer nor the moose were injured. *** Sgt. Rose says a

vehicle hit a deer near Finning on Highway 16 on Dec. 16, and though the deer was killed, the driver was not injured and the vehicle damage was minimal. *** A driver pulling a rental trailer lost control on Hungry

Hill because of the snow on Dec. 19, they were uninjured and were pulled back onto the road by Aurora Towing, with damages costing $2,000, said Sgt. Rose. *** A vehicle drove off the road and



rolled about eight kilometres east of Houston at 3:30 on Dec. 19, said Sgt. Rose. Sgt. Rose says the vehicle landed on it’s roof and the driver was brought to the Smithers hospital by ambulance. ***

RCMP put down an injured moose at 27 kilometre on the Morice River forest service road, which was called in on Dec. 20 and believed to have been involved in an accident that wasn’t reported, said Sgt. Rose. ***



Another vehicle hit a moose on Hungry Hill, Highway 16, on Dec. 31, but no one was injured and the vehicle only had minimal damage, though RCMP had to put the moose down because of injuries, said Sgt. Rose. 1-866-844-6723

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Nominations for vacant Houston councillor position closes Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. and nomination forms are available at the District of Houston Municipal Office. H o u s t o n Councillor Bob Wheaton resigned from council on Nov. 2, 2012 promoting the byelection process. District CAO Linda Poznikoff says no nomination packages have been picked up at press time, but if multiple candidates

Marine safety plan

Safety starts with a tanker acceptance program that’s as stringent as any in existence — and includes an independent review of all tankers, weeks ahead of their scheduled arrival. Tankers mooring at the terminal will be double-hulled and no more than 20 years old, and will be required — by independent third parties, before they enter Gateway’s shipping channels — to show a sound maintenance and operational history. As they approach Kitimat, all vessels will be boarded and guided by B.C. Coast Pilots with expert knowledge of our coastal waters. Simulations conducted in varying weather conditions have shown that the largest tankers can be safely navigated without the help of tugboats. Still, Gateway is adding a tug-escort system as an additional safety measure. The Douglas Channel is already one of the deepest and widest inland waterways on North America’s west coast, and Gateway’s tug-escort

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system, according to risk assessment data, would reduce the already unlikely chance of a grounding incident by a further 80 to 90 per cent. As another Gateway marine safety initiative, we’re introducing landbased radar to B.C.’s North Coast for the first time. This radar system will be bolstered by extra navigational aids such as lights and channel markers. These enhancements aren’t just for Gateway — they are for all vessels on B.C.’s North Coast. Groups who oppose this project use fear tactics. They’d have you believe an oil tanker spill is inevitable. It isn’t. But don’t take my word for it — visit our website and read for yourself about all the work that has gone into making Gateway’s marine operation one of the safest in the world. Then, decide for yourself what’s true.

are nominated a byelection will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16. Among criterion, candidates must have Canadian citizenship, be 18 years of age or older and be a resident of B.C. for at least six months. Any questions can be directed to the new Chief Elections Officer Chris Sandve at 250-845-2238.

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Coach Adam Ells coaches senior skater McKenzie, 12, as she practices her spin during the Houston Figure Skating Club practice last Wednesday.

RCMP report mischief in town By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

S o m e o n e vandalized and broke the Pleasant Valley Motel “No Vacancy” sign on Dec. 13 and RCMP have no suspects for the case, said RCMP Sgt. Rose. Anyone with information is asked to call Houston RCMP at 250845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477. *** A 14-foot white fibreglass starcraft boat was stolen

on Dec. 14, then recovered on Dec. 17 in Smithers and no charges have been laid, said Sgt. Rose. *** Truck tires were slashed in the parking lot at 3325 Hagman Crescent during the night before Dec. 17, said Sgt. Rose. RCMP have no suspects and anyone with information is asked to call Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. *** Sgt. Rose says more tires were

slashed at the Houston arena on Dec. 18, and again RCMP have no suspects or witnesses and ask anyone with information to call Houston RCMP or Crime Stoppers. *** A vehicle in the parking lot at 3122 Hagman Crescent was vandalized on Dec. 23, covered with a yellow, cake-like substance, which was washed off without damage, Sgt. Rose said, adding that again, anyone with information is asked to call Houston

RCMP or Crime Stoppers. *** Someone stole money from a vehicle near Pearson Road at 2 a.m. on Dec. 24, but fresh snowfall allowed RCMP to track the suspect to a unit in a Houston trailer park and arrest them for theft, said Sgt. Rose. Sgt. Rose says the accused had some of the money on them but had spent some of it already, so the complainant didn’t press charges but asked that the suspect pay restitution.


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nce the champagne is drunk, the noisemakers go silent, the balloons pop and the New Year’s kisses end, 2013 will bring one nasty hangover for cash-strapped B.C. taxpayers. Taxes, fees and levies from all levels of government are set to go up, leaving even less of your hard-earned money in your pocket. It already started when January’s Medical Services Premium bills arrived in the mail in late December. The B.C. government has raised their so-called health care tax again – this time from $128 per month for a family to $133. That means the MSP has increased 24 per cent in just three years – adding $300 in annual taxes. The MSP tax hike is especially objectionable. Even if you don’t use the health care system, you are forced to pay this so-called “user fee.” And it’s hardly an “insurance premium” either. When you drive too fast or cause a lot of car accidents, your car insurance premium rightfully goes up. If you act just as recklessly with your health, you pay the same MSP as the local health nut. In truth, it’s a regressive tax. If you make $30,001 a year, or $3 million a year, you pay the same $133 MSP a month. Of course, politicians and government workers don’t care much – your taxes pick up their MSP tab, so they don’t even see a bill. MSP is for the little people who don’t work for government. Your take home pay will also shrink this year thanks to the federal government. British Columbians earning at least $47,400 will pay $51.50 more in Employment Insurance premiums in 2013; their employers will kick in another $71.61. Anyone earning over $51,100 will also pay $49.50 more in Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions this year. Employers will kick in a matching amount. Government monopolies are also increasing their prices. B.C. Hydro’s latest 3.91 per cent increase will take effect April 1, costing the average homeowner another $36 a year – plus tax. No word on whether 99 per cent of their staff will continue to get bonuses this year. Virtually every city hall in B.C. – with very few exceptions such as Penticton – will take more in property taxes on July 1. Most hikes are in the neighbourhood of three per cent– twice the rate of inflation. Regional districts are also upping their tax grab on July 1. These are just the taxes we know about. February’s provincial budget will have to deal with the transition back to the PST, and could include business tax increases, a carbon tax hike, lowering personal tax exemptions and raising the MSP again. All these different governments and agencies justify their increases by stressing how it’s just a few more dollars. But there’s still only one taxpayer and in 2013 our burden will get heavier. Happy New Year, taxpayers. - Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Resetting for the new year I am a night owl still trying to be an early bird. Lately, though, I haven’t been trying hard at all. Over the Christmas holidays I allowed myself to stay up late and sleep in more. Because I was sleeping in more I was exercising less, and because I was exercising less I started eating crap again. A couple weeks of that and I’m now geared up for a self-imposed intervention. Feeling crummy is not unfamiliar territory to me. I’ve written a few times about my long struggling battle of the bulge and how directly related the food I eat affects the way I feel. What may be unfamiliar is the potentially speedier recovery from my

fall off the proverbial wagon. “You’re skinny,” my friend said when she learned of my junk food relapse. “You should allow yourself the occasional treat.” First of all, I’ve only ever been skinny once and that was 15 years ago and only lasted about four days, but thank you. Secondly, an occasional cupcake will do to me what an occasional hit of heroine will do to a druggie. I’d really rather not spend the year ahead jonesing for junk food like so many years past. So how do I jump back on the wagon and reverse my last two weeks of destruction? By waking up early for starters.

“The early bird gets the worm,” my dad used to say when I was a sleepy-head teen. Fine with me, I’d think to myself, it can have the worm. Eventually I took him less literally and gave his early morning strategy a try. Initially I disliked exercising before the sun was up, but after awhile I found that if I didn’t get it over with right away, I wouldn’t do it at all. I also discovered that once I went to the trouble of working up a sweat at the start of my day, I’d be more likely to eat healthy and get to bed at a decent hour later on. My plan now is to return to that great habit for at least two weeks to put myself


back where I was and feeling good again. If it sounds like I’m embarking on a new years resolution, that’s okay. I am. I’ve always liked the fresh start of a new year, a new month or a new week to make goals for myself. And I’m experienced enough at failing miserably that I won’t abandon my resolutions for long periods of time anymore. I now cut myself some slack and keep trying until I finally find some success with whatever it is I’m attempting to achieve. Of course, rising with the sun isn’t the only solution. It’s doing what works for us as individuals and our willingness to persist that makes the

On a brighter note Lori Welbourne difference. My dad was right about the early bird getting the worm, but there’s another equally correct saying about how it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese. Personally, if I had to choose between a worm or cheese, I’d eat the latter. But I’d better compare their calorie counts before deciding for sure.

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“I think Christy Clark is going to get back in, because NDP is a bunch of goofs.”

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“More community activities, like sporting activities or dance, because we’re getting a new leisure facility director.”

Property values dip in much of B.C. P

roperty assessment statements are in the mail this week, showing slight drops in estimated property values for most regions of the B.C. Despite the decreases, Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced Wednesday that the threshold for the B.C. homeowners’ grant is increasing by $10,000 to $1.295 million. The grant is set to make 95.5 per cent of homeowners eligible for the full amount, which is $570 in the Capital, Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley regional districts. The

northern and rural benefit adds an extra $200 for homeowners outside those districts, an amount added to compensate rural people for extra costs of the carbon tax on fossil fuels. An additional grant of $275 is available to homeowners who are aged 65 and up, permanently disabled or qualified war veterans. Assessments are considered a snapshot of the property value as of July 1, 2012, which predates some of the recent decline in real estate markets. In Greater Victoria, most homeowners will

see reductions in the range of two to six per cent. “A significant number of properties in the region are actually decreasing in value,” said Reuben Dankody, assessor for the Capital Region. “Since our valuation date of July 1, 2012, the overall property market shows signs of further decline in sales volume, while prices have generally been stable.” In the Kootenays, total assessment roll value decreased slightly in Nelson, Salmo and Slocan, while rural property values held steady.

“Total real estate value in B.C. rose 2.3 per cent.”

Cranbrook also saw a small average decline, with assessed value of a typical single-family home going from $256,000 to $250,000 as of last summer. Property values generally remained stable in the Okanagan, with changes from five per cent up to five per cent down depending on location and type of property. In the Northwest,

Terrace bucked the trend with a slight average increase in assessed values. In Smithers and surrounding communities, residential values generally held steady while commercial and industrial properties saw decreases between five and 20 per cent. Property owners can check their assessments online at (click on e-ValueBC) and com-

pare with others in their neighbourhood to decide if they wish to file an appeal by Jan. 31. Appeal requests go to independent property assessment review panels that convene in February. Changes in the property tax payable depends on the actual tax rates to be set by each local municipality, so a home that’s assessed five per cent higher might not pay any more in tax if the average assessment in the city rose 10 per cent and the local council sets its rate to generate a smaller tax revenue increase.

B.C. Views Tom Fletcher The total assessed value of real estate in B.C. rose 2.3 per cent from a year ago. Most cities are seeing gains of around 1.5 per cent in their assessment rolls from new construction, expanding their tax base.

B.C. buys back Shell’s disputed coal gas lease By Tom Fletcher Black Press

The B.C. government has agreed to a $20 million compensation deal that will see Shell Canada give up a disputed coalbed gas tenure in the remote Klappan region of northwest B.C. Shell’s exploration of 4,000 square kilometres at the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers has been opposed by the Tahltan

Nation since the tenure was awarded by the province in 2004. The company drilled three exploration wells in the first year, which it now intends to decommission as it leaves the area. The B.C. government has agreed to provide Shell $20 million in gas royalty credits to compensate for its investment in the Klappan region. That is to be put towards a water recycling project that Shell

is building to supply hydraulic fracturing operations on its shale gas developments in the Peace River region of northeast B.C. Coalbed gas extraction has additional hazards because of s a l t - c o n t a m i n at e d water that often surfaces with natural gas when coal deposits are drilled. Hydraulic fracturing can be used in coalbed development, but it is more extensively used in drilling deeper shale

formations to extract natural gas. “The Klappan is one of the most sacred and important areas for our people,” said Annita McPhee, president of the Tahltan Central Council. “It is a place of cultural, spiritual, historic and social importance. Our people do not want to see it developed, and we look forward to working with British Columbia on achieving that goal.” McPhee added that

the Tahltan have received offers of support from local, provincial, national and international organizations in their opposition to the development. Shell Canada president Lorraine Mitchelmore said the company’s shale gas tenures in the northeastern B.C. offer “better commercial and geological prospects,” and sustainable water use is important to that development.

Energy Minister Rich Coleman said shale deposits offer much greater gas volumes, in regions where roads and other infrastructure already exist. A b o r i g i n a l Relations Minister Ida Chong said the government is looking forward to further “government-togovernment” talks with the Tahltan over resource development in their entire traditional territory.

Doug Donaldson, NDP MLA for Stikine, said protests against coalbed gas drilling in the Klappan are similar to those directed against the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal. “People in the northwest understand the importance of resource industries, but they also understand that it’s impossible to put a price tag on a clean environment,” Donaldson said.


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#202 - 3429 10th Street (upstairs)

Anyone is welcome!

Events & Meeting Dates Poker Ride:

February 23, 2013: Dungate Meadows

Moonlight Rides: January 26, 2013: Dungate Meadows February 23, 2013: Dungate Meadows March 30, 2013: Telkwa Range Wind Up Ride:

April 13, 2013: Telkwa Range

Regular Club Meetings: January 20, 2013 @ 7PM Idlywild Motor Inn February 17, 2003 @ 7PM Idylwild Motor Inn All snowmobilers welcome

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Leisure director drawn to Houston for “amazing recreation centre” By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Houston’s new Leisure Services director is a lifeguard junkie, he says, and is looking forward to using his expertise to help the Houston facility achieve excellence. “I’m a selfprofessed lifeguard geek,” said Ryan Coltura, Houston Leisure Facility director as of last Wednesday, adding that he’s been lifeguarding since he was 16, is now an instructor and has competed nationally and won three B.C. - Yukon championships. Coltura grew up in Langley, took courses and became a lifeguard when he was 16, and has been lifeguarding ever since, he said. After high school

he used lifeguarding to work his way through the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, where he got a Bachelors of Kinesiology and learned about the health and community benefits of recreation which piqued his professional interest in the field, he said. “I’ve always loved recreation, always been involved in different recreation programs,” he said, adding that even when he was 16 the recreation field seemed like a great one to get into. Coltura says he has done lifeguarding in eight or nine different pools including in Langley, the Langley township and Prince George and slowly he progressed to supervisor positions until he finally got a chance to manage at the B.V. Regional

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Pool and Recreation Centre in Smithers in the beginning of 2008. “Of course, every lifeguard’s dream is to one day manage their own pool,” said Coltura, so he seized the opportunity and managed the recreation centre in Smithers for three years. While in Smithers, Coltura also met and married his wife Amelia Mattson, who is on her way to join him here with a baby due in July, Coltura said with a smile. After finishing in Smithers at the end of 2010, Coltura and his wife took a 16 month working holiday, where they travelled to southeast Asia, New Zealand and to Australia where Coltura managed a pool for three months in Alice Springs, Aug. to Oct. 2010. After their travels, Coltura and wife went to Langley where his family lives, but were not there long before the Houston opportunity opened up and they were drawn back to the Bulkley Valley, he said. “We wanted to get out of the chaos down there and back to a smaller community,” he said, adding that they really enjoyed the Bulkley Valley when they were in Smithers, and Houston seemed like a really good fit, both for his career and for their family. Coltura taught

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Ryan Coltura, new Houston Leisure Facility Director, started Jan. 2 and came to Houston after working in Smithers and in Australia for three months. some lifeguarding courses in Houston back when he was director at the Smithers pool, and he says one of the big draws for him was the “amazing recreation centre” that’s here. The northern B.C. climate also fits well with Coltura’s hobbies, which include skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, as well as recreational hockey, other sports and photography, he said. Coltura says he is excited to be here and looking forward to seeing the direction the Houston Leisure Facility will take.

NOTICE OF CLOSURE STARR CREEK CABIN Please be advised that the Starr Creek Cabin will be closed effective immediately, due to risk to public safety associated with avalanche hazard. The cabin is located approximately 45 kilometers southwest of Smithers, within the Telkwa Caribou Recovery Area. This cabin location was reviewed by professional avalanche consultants and is found to be located in the run-out zone of a large avalanche path. The review recommends relocating the cabin to a nearby safe site. In the interim, the cabin will be closed until further notice. This presents an opportunity to improve public safety, review cabin management, and to ensure continued future recreation value. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the District Recreation staff at 250-847-6300.

“The direction is sort of wide open and I’m hoping that it will be things that will get people active and into the centres,” said Coltura, adding that he plans to get community feedback and ideas over the next while and let the community direct the direction of the Leisure Facility. “I’m wanting to help the community in getting the recreation programs that they want and things that are going to be successful,” he said. Curtis McPhee, director of Houston Leisure Facility for just over a year and a half, says he feels extremely confident leaving his position to Coltura. “I’m confident that they could not have found a stronger candidate and a better choice to run and operate the pool at the district of Houston,” said McPhee. “I leave with utter confidence in his ability and with the belief that he will only make this place better for the District of Houston,” he added.

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Bernice Allen (Fitch)

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August 31, 1932 - December 12, 2012

Bernice was born in Elkpoint, Alberta to Lloyd and Agnes Dahl. She had three sisters, Myrtle, Jean and Betty, as well as one brother, Albert. As a young woman, Bernice married Robert (Bob) Fitch who had his own young daughter, Caroline. Bernice was also mother to two sons, David & Lefty Fitch. While married to Bob, she lived in many places in BC, doing restaurant work, and helping him operate his small sawmills. In her later years, Bernice put herself through training and became an Esthetician, and Electrolysist. Bernice and her sister Jean owned and operated “The Kelly Institute” in Prince George, BC in the 1980’s. This was a school which taught modelling and skin care. As the years passed Bernice operated clinics in the many places she lived, including Whitehorse. On Jan 24, 1987 Bernice married Raymond Allen. They lived in Powell River, BC and eventually ended up in Pincher Creek, AB where they resided until June 2011. It was at this time, her health was failing and they returned to BC. Since that time they have been living in Houston where they could have help from family. Sadly, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Bernice passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 12, 2012 at Houston Residential Care. She will always be remembered for her love of music, her outgoing personality, hospitality and her bright smile. Bernice will be missed by those who knew her and loved her.

Thank you

We, the family of Bernice Allen, would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the loving care and support we received during the loss of our mother (grandmother and great grandmother). We would like to express our sincerest “thank you” to all the medical workers and their support team who so patiently care for Bernice during her lengthy battle with cancer. The Houston Residential caregivers and home support gave of their very best in treating Bernice with dignity and respect during her time in their care. Also a special thank you to Dale and Delphine Friesen, Stacy Westgarde and Ebony Aitkin. A sincere “thanks” to all! David & Debbie Fitch & families Lefty Fitch & families Caroline Beadle


leading to the recovery and the return of ramps for my Fifth Wheel Trailer. Ramps were stolen approx. Dec. 1, 2012 from Craker Road east of Houston.

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The District of Houston invites applicants for the position of Director of Finance due to the retirement of the current incumbent. This senior management position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer and will have overall responsibility for financial services including statutory duties assigned under the Community Charter. This position will exercise control and supervision over all financial affairs; provide support in developing short and long range forecasts and plans; invest municipal funds; prepare and maintain accurate records of financial affairs; supervise financial employees; and oversee the Financial Information Systems. The successful candidate will have five years experience with a professional accounting designation (CA, CGA, CMA) or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in a local government setting. In addition, this individual will have proven leadership abilities and excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills. Knowledge of the Community Charter, Local Government Act and municipal accounting principles would be an asset. The municipality offers an excellent benefit package and competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, and references by 4:00 p.m. on January 18, 2013 to: Linda Poznikoff, CAO District of Houston PO Box 370, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 The District of Houston requires all positions undergo a Criminal Record Check. The District of Houston thanks all applicants; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted. A detailed job description is available at

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Requirements: Full-cycle accounting experience would be preferred but willing to train in areas where needed. Knowledge of Simply Accounting software and Excel spreadsheets an asset. Good communication skills a must. Responsibilities include but not limited to: Under the supervision of the finance Manager. General Journal entries, Sales Journal, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. Monthly bank reconciliations. Payroll. Please apply in person with resume & references to Baron or Andrea at Carters Jewellers Ltd., 1131 Main St., Smithers

RCMP Based Victim Services Worker - Part Time (approx 20 hrs) HOUSTON COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION Houston/Granisle Victim Services program seeking a part time RCMP Based Victim Services Worker. Duties include: providing direct support services to crime and trauma victims, including witnesses. The successful candidate must meet the following requirements: • A Diploma in a Social Services Program is preferred. • Victim Services Training an asset • Experience in crisis intervention and follow up support • Knowledge of Court & Police procedures, and Community Resources • Valid BC Driver’s License • Up-to-date Computer Skills • Experience in Program Volunteer Management • Able to function well in high stress and emotional situations • Able to respond to 24-hour emergency call outs • Able to work flexible hours, including weekends • Must successfully pass the RCMP Enhanced Security Clearance. Wages will depend on experience. Please forward a recent resume by Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 4:00 pm to Marianne Dekker, Administrator, Houston Community Services, #202 - 3429 10th Street, PO Box 498 Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 or email Please include three references letters. Faxes also accepted @ 1-250-845-3482 Thank you for your interest. Only those short listed will be contacted.

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Reporting to the Mill Maintenance Supervisor and working closely with other tradesmen and the operating department, the successful applicant will be responsible for maintenance work in the mill, crusher and other areas of the mine. Duties will include planned and preventative maintenance on the SAG mill, ball mills, crusher, conveyor belts, pumps and other equipment. The successful candidate must possess a journeyman’s trade qualification and have a minimum of five years experience in an industrial environment. Preference will be given to applicants with mining experience and individuals who are also licensed or experienced in welding. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential for this position. The Millwright position works a 7 x 7 schedule (7 days in, 7 days out.)

Heavy Duty Mechanic (Shovels & Drills) Reporting to the Mine Maintenance Supervisor, the successful applicant will be a self starter who is able to work safely with minimal supervision, work well in a team environment, and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The applicant will be responsible for the repair, troubleshooting, adjustment, overhaul, and maintenance of mobile mine equipment. They must be able to diagnose faults or malfunctions and then determine the most efficient and safe method of repair. The successful candidate will also perform routine maintenance on equipment including Komatsu PC 2000 & 4000 excavators, P & H 2100 shovels, Bucyrus-Erie and Atlas Copco rotary drills and other support equipment. The successful candidate will possess a journeyperson’s trade qualification (BC ticket) or an Interprovincial Heavy Duty Mechanic’s ticket, as well as Grade 12 or equivalent. They must also have a valid driver’s license, tools for the trade, and be able to perform basic welding. Knowledge of hydraulic systems, and experience with shovels and drills would be considered an asset. The schedule for this position will be 4 days on followed by 4 days off.


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FOR RENT OR FOR SALE Beautiful, well maintained 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom 2300 sq. ft. home for rent or for sale in popular Avalon subdivision. Large deck and very private back yard. Please contact us for more Information! PLEASE CALL DUSTIE OR RANDY 250-845-3626 Evening • 250-845-4676 Daytime

Mill Maintenance General Foreman Huckleberry Mines is seeking a Mill Maintenance General Foreman to direct our multidisciplined team of maintenance personnel. Reporting to the Assistant Mill Superintendent, this position is responsible for planning jobs and supervising trades personnel in the maintenance and repair of a 17,000 tonne per day copper mineral processing plant. The job also encompasses repair and upkeep of a 250 and 100 person camps and mine site buildings and infrastructure. This position: • Ensures all safety procedures and policies are followed when performing work • Ensures the availability of all of the mill equipment for production • Coordinates maintenance functions within the mill with mill and mine operations • Maintains cost control • Promotes a team atmosphere • Requires excellent time management and organizational skills The successful candidate will possess a journeyman millwright trade qualification and have a minimum of five years supervisory experience directing maintenance crews. The candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills as this position is required to regularly liaise with other maintenance sections as well as operations. The candidate must have competent computer skills with experience with Microsoft Office, CMMS programs and Preventive Maintenance programs. This position works a Monday to Thursday, 4x3 schedule (4 days in, 3 days out). Huckleberry Mines is located approximately two hours driving time from Houston, British Columbia. Employees live in a camp environment on their days of work. Transportation to and from the mine site is provided from Houston and Smithers by bus and while at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Houston and Smithers are located in the scenic Bulkley Valley on TransCanada Highway 16, an excellent area to raise a family and has exceptional outdoor recreational activities. More information on the area is available at, and Huckleberry Mines Ltd. offers a competitive salary and a full range of benefits including medical, life, disability income and RRSP savings plan. We thank all applicants for their interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates can submit their resumes in confidence to:

Human Resources Department Huckleberry Mines Ltd. P.O. Box 3000, Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z0 Fax: (604) 517-4701 Email:

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HOUSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS... Story Time: Every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm starting Jan. 16. Houston Dart League is Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm. upstairs at the Houston Curling Club. Blind doubles games. Houston Snowmobile Club Events: Moonlight Rides: Jan. 26, 2013: Dungate Meadows. Regular Club Meetings: Jan. 20, 2013 @ 7PM Idlywild Motor Inn. All snowmobilers welcome. The Morice Mountain Nordic Ski Club Membership Pick up your registration package from Countrywide Sports or download from

Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. is accepting appliThe Houston Legion Branch 249: Meeting: cations. No experience necessary please con2nd Mon. of the month is Executive, 4th Mon. tact Byron - F/C 250-696-3348 or come to a is General Meeting (we have not been able to get fire practice: Thurs. @ 1930 hrs (7:30 pm)

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Houston Community Services is open Mon. thru Fri. from 9am to 4pm We have clothing to give away. Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the as children of all ages. Come and check it out!


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• Spacious, custom built, split level home on a huge corner lot. • Huge country kitchen with patio doors off eating area to private deck. • 3 bedrooms up, 2 below main. 4 baths, sauna. • New flooring, furnace replaced, 2 bathrooms redone. • New asphalt shingle.

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Granisle Church of the Way services are Sun., 11 a.m. Bible study is Thurs. at 7 p.m.

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