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Victims in accidental shooting seek sense of security in Merritt By Cavelle Layes

1734 Brunner Ave. after the incident, due to fear and anxiety. They are now staying at Tanya’s sister’s house in Merritt. “We needed a chance to gather ourselves,” Cory said, noting the couple has spent years struggling to make ends meet while working minimum-wage jobs. They have worked hard to ensure they did not need to rely on “the system,” he said, but with Cory in need of surgery for another matter and Tanya a long way from recovering fully, neither is able to work. With no income outside of employment insurance, they cannot find an affordable place to live. When retrieving their belongings from the Brunner Avenue house, Cory discovered their home had been broken into and items were stolen. As he tried to pack up what was left, the loud banging from the upstairs unit sent him into a ball on the floor. Terror and fear pumped through him as he tried to collect his family’s belongings. “It was still so loud,” Cory said. “There was so much yelling and banging. It was like they thought nothing had happened. They were still just partying it up.” The family was forced to sell belongings, including couches, beds and smaller items, as they had no place to store them.


Five-year-old Tristan Sabyan sat on the lap of her mom, Tanya Watkins, cuddling as she watched cartoons on television. Tristan’s dad, Cory Sabyan, sat by their side, enjoying the peaceful time with his family. Moments later, chaos erupted. Cory crouched by the fridge, clutching his blood-covered daughter. Tanya remained on the couch, in shock and pain. The family had become victims of crossfire from a violent June 4 fight in the suite above them in their rental home in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood of Kamloops. A bullet allegedly shot by Trevor Wilvers went through the floor and into Tanya’s arm, blasting into her elbow and ripping through her bicep before lodging in her shoulder. Her bones were blown apart and pieces were dragged throughout her arm. According to Cory, his wife, who now has nerve and muscle damage, was told by doctors she would never fully recover. He said the bones were so damaged that many pieces could not be recovered and a metal rod has been inserted in her arm. Tanya cannot move her thumb or close her hand and she may need bone grafting. The family, stricken with fear, could not return to the home at

A SKYWARD SEND OFF Employees at the Merritt Wal-Mart store released white balloons on Sunday in memorial of their store manager who died suddenly at age 42. Participants shared stories about Berin Humphries and attached notes in his memory to the balloons they sent up from Rotary Park at the employee-organized event. Emily Wessel/Herald


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Shooting leaves family in fear, without home From Page 1 “We didn’t just lose a little sense of security. We lost it all — everything,” Cory said. They remain in Merritt, desperately searching for a place to call home. The young family has looked for help, but is unsure where to go. The avenues they have sought out have not panned out, Cory said, explaining their situation does not meet the proper criteria in many cases. “I guess if you get shot in your own home...” Cory said, becoming flustered. “I don’t even know what to say.” The couple has been trying to keep their daughter distracted throughout the past month. Despite day care and constant outings, Tristan remains visibly

shaken. She is scared of people she does not know and is very cautious about going to new places. “My five-year-old daughter is worrying about being safe,” Cory said. “That’s not something a little girl should be worried about.” Security is something with which the entire family is struggling. Cory and Tanya were sitting outside in Merritt on Canada Day, trying to cool off in the evening and relax after a long day. Then the fireworks began. “We didn’t even think about them before then,” Cory said. His stomach instantly began churning and the hair on his neck stood on ends up as a chill went through his body at the first

fireworks pop, which instantly brought him back to the moment of the shooting. They are unable to sit through a movie at the theatre due to the loud noises. Tanya is afraid to be left alone and there is always a sense of unease even while sitting in their sister’s living room, 45 minutes from the scene of the shooting. “I am 32 years old and have been around and seen a lot,” Cory said. “Yet I never thought being at home with locked doors would be something I would need to worry about.” The family recently got a puppy to help with the feeling of unease. “It gives that added sense of security,” Cory said. They continue to search for a place to live, hoping to find a home somewhere on

the outskirts of Kamloops at a rate they can afford. “We just need someone to help us out, something to get our feet back on the ground,” Cory said. “I don’t want my daughter to think the only safe place is her aunty’s house. I need to let her know that her home is safe, but she needs a home.” Trevor Michael Wilvers faces several charges in relation to the shooting including unlawfully causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a firearm contrary to a judicial order. He is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m.

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Tanya Watkins and Cory Sabyan sit on the steps of Tanya’s sister’s Merritt home with their five-yearold daughter Tristan and the family’s new puppy. They are staying with Tanya’s sister while they try to get back on their feet after Tanya was accidentally shot in the arm while sitting in the living room of the family’s former Kamloops apartment last month. Michael Potestio/Herald


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Council gives NVCAC budget boost


OKs extra $5,000 for cultural mapping project by 4-3 vote By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

After a long and heated discussion at the June 25 regular meeting, city council approved $14,500 for the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council’s cultural mapping group. The group requested $9,500 for 2013 but were supposed to be awarded $5,000 in 2012, which went unclaimed after a lapse in communication between the city and the arts council. Arts council president Chelsea Werrun said she was relieved to hear about getting the funding. “We are super excited that we were provided that funding and it’s more than we expected,” she said. Werrun said the group was unaware they were to receive $5,000 in 2012. The money was awarded to the arts council’s cultural mapping group who were chosen to undertake the city’s cultural mapping initiative. After the money went unclaimed, it was

put back into excess funds at the end of the year, Merritt Mayor Susan Roline told the Herald. “They came to us now wanting $9,500 for the project, but council decided to add that extra five on to it too,” Roline said. At the meeting, City of Merritt Chief Administrative Officer Matt Noble requested pushing back the request for $9,500 to the 2014 budget. He said the arts council did not apply for funding by the deadline of Nov. 30, 2012 for funding in 2013. Coun. Harry Kroeker said he thought it was a mistake not to go back and give the cultural mapping group the $5,000 they were supposed to get from council in 2012. Councillors Kurt Christopherson and Alastair Murdoch said they wanted to see the arts council still receive the $5,000. Murdoch said the city should have sent the arts council the money right away instead of

‘It shows the community and outside groups that the council of the city recognizes the importance of arts, culture and heritage within our community.’ — MERRITT MAYOR SUSAN ROLINE

waiting for them to ask for it beacause council asked them to undertake the project. He also said he wanted to see the group receive additional money that was requested this year. Noble said no one in administration disagreed with providing the $5,000, although it did not exist as it was put back into retained earnings after going unclaimed. The request was how to deal with the request of $9,500, he said. Coun. Mike Goetz made a motion to approve the $9,500, which carried unanimously. Murdoch then made a motion that council also approve the overdue $5,000. Goetz and Coun. Dave Baker said they were against adding that additional money.

In the end, the $5,000 passed by a vote of 4-3 with Kroeker, Christopherson, Murdoch and Norgaard voting in favour of the extra money. Christopherson was a long-time director for the arts council but resigned from the board in the winter during conflict of interest debates at city hall, and remains a member of the group. Roline said the cultural mapping project was started by council in 2010 in an effort to create an inventory pertaining to all of Merritt’s arts, culture and heritage. This involved identifying all of Merritt’s historical buildings, arts committees and galleries, and the programs that go

with them. Werrun said that inventory report was done by the Arlington Group — a Vancouver-based planning and architecture consulting group — which created a report with a map of all the cultural groups and activities in Merritt. The report also outlined the successes and challenges of the city’s arts and culture scene, she said. Werrun said the Arlington Group then recommended that the NVCAC champion the implementation of the cultural map project. The arts council then met with stakeholders identified in the report and presented 13 recommendations to city council last year. Some of those recommendations have already been implemented, such as the calendar of community events on the city’s website, Werrun said. She added the city also asked the arts council to develop an arts and culture policy. Roline said this arts, culture and heritage policy will demonstrate two things.

“First of all, it shows the community and outside groups that the council of the city recognizes the importance of arts, culture and heritage within our community,” said Roline. “And the second part of that policy — what it’s intended to do — is to show grant funders (0the federal government and the provincial government) that our community is serious about arts, culture and heritage.” Werrun said the goal now is to implement a cultural mapping policy, adding the project is important for Merritt as tourism relies heavily on a community’s arts and culture. “When you go to other communities or you travel anywhere in the world, what are you going to see? You’re going to see the place, the location, the scenery and all of that, but you’re also going to experience a different way of life that relates to the arts, culture and heritage, and Merritt has so many wonderful little pieces of that,” Werrun said.

Hospital holding celebration for name change By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

The Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre is holding an open house to celebrate its formal name change and showcase what it offers. The centre’s name change began in January at the request of community members who thought the word “hospital” more accu-

rately described what the centre offers, said Bernie Easson, community integration health services administrator for Interior Health Authority. Although the new sign went up six months ago, Easson said the change was recently formalized, and that’s why the centre is holding the celebration on Thursday. “Working in health care, we see the services we’re

providing, but the term ‘hospital’ kind of helps everyone in the community understand a little bit better what services are there,” she said. Easson added that it’s also important to visitors and people who might move to Merritt that the word “hospital” is in the name. The open house will include speeches by Merritt Mayor Susan Roline and

Interior Health Authority board chair Norman Embree, as well as guided tours and question periods. The event starts at 3 and runs until 7 p.m. The hospital is considered a Level 1 Community Hospital by Interior Health Authority, which means it covers a broader range of services than a community health centre — including mental health, dietician ser-

vices and a 24-7 emergency room — but less than a Level 2 Community Hospital such as Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, which has more specialized services such as obstetrics and surgery. That means the local hospital can take care of patients’ immediate needs, while patients requiring more specialized care are referred to Kamloops, Easson said.

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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: July, 1986 Chamber requests better highway signage The Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce has decided to forward a letter to the Department of Highways requesting improved signage leading to the Coquihalla Highway. At last week’s meeting, some members who were present felt that signage around the traffic lights at Nicola Avenue and Voght Street and coming in from Spences Bridge are inadequate for tourists trying to locate the new highway. In other news from the meeting, the Chamber decided to look into the possibility of becoming involved in the Partners in Enterprise Program for cost-sharing with the provincial government in relation to tourism promotion and development.

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS GOING TO THE DOGS (Left) An Afghan hound let its silky coat flow as it strutted its stuff at the Nicola Valley Kennel Club dog show held on the Canada Day long weekend. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Voght Park went to the dogs as spectators could see various breeds all vying for a blue ribbon. (Right) Dogs — and handlers — of all sizes took part in the long weekend’s competitions. Michael Potestio/Herald

Council approves mill subdivision for Green Energy Project By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

Council voted unanimously on June 25 to authorize the mayor and chief administrative officer to sign a performance agreement that will allow eight and a half acres in the southwest corner of the Tolko lumberyard to be subdivded and used for Western BioEnergy’s Merritt Green Energy Project. The portion of the Tolko property that will be used for the Green Energy Project is on the corner of Midday Valley Road and Houston Street, mayor Roline told the Herald. City of Merritt Chief Administrative Officer Matt Noble told council the project is a very important economic development for Merritt. He said he expects the next steps to result in a major construction project in the city that will bring additional benefits once completed. The subdivision is one of the last few steps to make that land available for the project to begin. The Merritt Green Energy Project will burn wood waste from mills to create electricity to put back on the grid.

within our forest so it’s not being burnt out there and going into the atmosphere. It’ll be processed and turned into hydroelectricity, so that’s the biggest benefit,” Roline said. She also said the city has been told that as this project progresses, there will be an option for Merritt residents to take small trees and leave them at the site for use. “It helps our residents also get green,” Roline said.

Tolko will be using some of the energy and supplying some of the wood waste to Western BioEnergy ro use in the project, Roline said. The mayor said this project will have benefits to both Tolko and the community. “I think the biggest benefit is lower cost [of] power for Tolko, and then for the community [it] is supplying additional power back to Hydro’s grid, but it’s also cleaning up all the wood waste

August is the projected start date to break ground on the site. Next, council will need to pass a building permit. Merritt Tolko manager Clayton Storey said the approval is excellent news for both wood working businesses and the community alike. “Of course we support any economic growth within the communities we operate in,” Storey said. “We’re excited that we’re one step closer

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Made in China? Local student says otherwise, and has prize to prove it By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

Aspiring scientist Breckin Baillie is an award-winning researcher. The Bench Elementary student won the national prize for the best researched project in the nine to 11 age category entered in the Where Challenge, a national science project competition that looks at the origins of natural resources in household items. The project was assigned as a regular school project and gave students the option of entering into the competition. Baillie and fellow students Olivia Boven and Emily Whitecross entered. Weeks later, Baillie got called to the principal’s office. Any fear that he was in trouble soon dissolved when Baillie got the good news that he’d won the national prize as well as the top prize for his region (B.C./Alberta/territories) in his age group. Combined, the prizes earned Baillie $375. Baillie’s project

focused on three nonrenewable resources found in computers and where they come from, and summed up his findings in a twominute video called “Made in China?” “I was researching what things came in a computer, and then the whole ‘made in China’ thing came to me and I talked about with my mom,” he said. “Why does China get all the credit for production of computers? The components of a computer are made from resources that are found all around the world.” Baillie said he found that computers use “a ton” of nonrenewable resources in their components, but he narrowed down his research to focus on neodymium, platinum and arsenic. He was able to see these resources in action by dismantling a computer donated by Merritt Secondary School computer technician Ben Grant. “With the help of my brother, some screwdrivers and a whole lot of brute force, we pried the


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whole thing apart,” he said. “We found the neodymium magnets, and that’s in the hard drive in this small case, and there was a lid on it. The screwdriver couldn’t pry it open. I bet the neodymium was keeping it together.” Baillie’s awardwinning video features him in a wacky wig and lab coat with his dismantled computer in front of him. “I guess I decided to put it together how I did because I knew that was something

that would grab the judges’ attention,” Baillie said, adding that his mom helped him with filming the video and even made cue cards for his one-take delivery. The video ends on a cleverly-written poem about the origins of neodymium, arsenic and platinum and how they come together in computer components – neodymium in magnets, arsenic in chips, and platinum in the motherboard. The outgoing 10-year-old said he’s

going to put about $200 from his winnings into his college fund at his mom’s recommendation. “My mom always says, ‘You won it from school, so I think some of it should go to school,’” Baillie said. “The rest is my money, and I can splurge on whatever I want.” As for his summer, the ambitious student is heading to music camp in Kamloops for three weeks. “Then I’m going to take a nice long break in August,” Baillie said.

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HERALD OPINION Get ready for Hydro rate hikes

TOM FLETCHER B.C. VIEWS VICTORIA – There’s a new sheriff in town for BC Hydro, and it didn’t take long for the political range war to resume. The new sheriff, Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, found himself on the barricades as soon as he got the hugely complex responsibility for energy and mines. His saddlebags bulge with reports on BC Hydro’s seemingly runaway costs, along with Premier Christy Clark’s “core review” to cut $50 million a year from government operations. NDP energy critic John Horgan highlighted the latest BC Hydro troubles in his assault on the BC Liberal budget. First there was a $140 million cost overrun on the Northwest Transmission Line, under construction north from Terrace to the tiny Tahltan village of Iskut and adjacent mine properties. Then BC Hydro revealed results of an audit of its earthquake preparedness. “Condition red” was the key message. Basically, the sprawling utility has disaster plans for each of its dams or other power facilities, but no overall way to get the provincial power grid back up after a major earthquake. Horgan recited his list of BC Hydro sins after a decade of meddling by the BC Liberals.

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Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS Every now and then, I get an email from an RCMP detachment somewhere in the province that makes me stop and wonder what people are thinking. Last week, that email came from Surrey, and announced the arrest of the “surgical mask bandit.” This bandit, White

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Rock’s Travis JensenPickford, 23, committed 12 armed robberies in just over a month between mid-May and mid-June. In each robbery, Jensen-Pickford disguised his face, sometimes with the traditional bandana, and sometimes with a surgical mask. The germaphobe-looking bandit would approach victims as they withdrew money from an ATM. Police everywhere deal with a healthy dose of bizarre crimes, but another one from the end of March in Surrey is probably one responding officers won’t soon forget. A man reportedly went into a shop yelling, then took a jug of milk, went into the parking lot,

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and dumped the milk all over himself. And that’s not even where the weirdness ends. Police determined he was high, had been pepper sprayed, and had also been shot in the leg. Back to strange choices for facial disguises: a 41-year-old Brit was sentenced to two years in jail last week for robbing a gas station in Cornwall, U.K. in 2012 wearing a clear plastic bag over his head. I suppose he didn’t realize that the people he was robbing could see through the bag about as well as he could see out of it. The man also tried to pass off his cellphone as a gun, but the jig

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was up when the phone rang during the robbery attempt. In France, a would-be bank robber attempted to disguise himself by wearing underwear on his head. The attempted burglary was thwarted by a teller who recognized the man despite his creative application of underpants. He was sentenced to eight months in prison. In Melbourne, Australia earlier this year, an underwear-masked thief was successful in his robbery of a service station. Maybe his underwear mask was a more modest make of thicker cotton than his French counterpart’s. Though there are ele-

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ments of humour in the what-were-they-thinking antics of these criminals, all of these crimes are serious in nature and victimize others. While I haven’t heard of any underwear-masked bandits in Merritt, the seemingly endless reports of thefts mean many of the people living here are victims of crime. Crime may happen anywhere at any given time, but that doesn’t mean we have to be quiet victims of it. A new Facebook group called the Merritt Neighbourhood Watch encourages members to post about crime and suspicious activity in and around Merritt.

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From Page 6 Not only could this group help people recover their stolen property, it encourages them and their neighbours to be actively involved in crime prevention. The more aware people are of what to look for when it comes to crime, the more effective we are at policing our own communities. This doesn’t just help ourselves, it helps our neighbours and our RCMP, too. This Facebook page is one way people can help prevent crimes in their own backyards. Merritt’s Community Policing Office offers volunteers the chance to be part of crime reduction and prevention programs that are flexible based on the amount of time you might have to give to the cause. Foot patrols, citizens on patrol, speed watch and block watch volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the RCMP and give members of the public the chance to relay the first-hand information they might have as well as stay actively involved in community initiatives that promote a healthy city. Proactive behaviour is the key to crime prevention, and increasing the visibility of informed and active citizens benefits the whole community.

Have you or has someone you know been a victim of crime? COOKING UP SOME COMARADERIE Long-time member of the Merritt Legion Stew Pratt hands nine-year-old Caitlyn Dewit a hamburger at the legion’s 85th anniversary barbecue on Friday, June 28 outside Royal Canadian Legion Branch 96. Michael Potestio/Herald

Development for sake of rich at expense of poor Dear Editor, How cynical.... I think one must be absolutely cynical or completely daft to take the large Canadian corporations and mining companies exploiting their resources as partners in helping the poor of third world, yet it is again the approach taken by the Harper government by recently

amalgamating CIDA under the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Whether cynical or daft, the Harper government is diverting Canadian development assistance for the poor to companies whose interests are opposite — in principle and practice — to the well-being of these poor people. There is well-known evidence and

testimony on this matter. Mr. Harper knows the role played by multinational corporations in the impoverishment of several third world countries. He is thus making another dangerous right turn in favour of the very rich, whose first victims, in the truest sense, will be the poorest of the world. I hope pressures from the public, from

opposition parties and from members of their own party will force the Harper Conservatives to change their mind towards CIDA and to adopt a much more human approach toward the poor. Assistance to the poor is fragile and must go to the poor, not to large corporations. Bruno Marquis Gatineau, Que.

Rates to increase 32 per cent over 3 years From Page 6 Huge deferred debt revealed by the Auditor General, enormous liabilities for private power contracts, and more rate increases that Bennett has already admitted are on the way all happened under BC Liberal watch. And now they can’t even keep us safe from the big one. Bennett fired back. About $2 billion of that debt is for seismic upgrades for the 80-year-old Ruskin Dam in Maple Ridge, and the equally frail John Hart Dam on the Campbell River, built with wooden

water pipes. Major BC Hydro works slowed down after completion of Revelstoke and Mica dams in the 1980s, and now the work is more expensive. The Northwest Transmission Line is a partnership with Imperial Metals, which wants to power its Red Chris copper-gold-silver mine. Bennett said the company is not only paying for the last section to Iskut and the mine site, but pitching in for the main line as well. Ottawa paid $130 million to get remote communities off decades of dependence on diesel generators.

AltaGas, owner of one of those private power projects in the region, puts in $180 million to get connected to the grid. The line will open up more mining and hydro possibilities. The cost overrun traces back mainly to the shortage of high-skill labour such as geotechnical engineering that the remote region already faces. And this is before natural gas pipelines and LNG plants gear up. Bennett takes over from the last sheriff, Rich Coleman, who put BC Hydro through the wringer in 2011. Coleman soon

abandoned his idea of putting off the Ruskin and John Hart upgrades (again) to keep rates low through the election, and saw the B.C. Utilities Commission jack up the rate increase to seven per cent to help slow the ballooning debt. What’s ahead for rates? The utility is looking for 32 per cent in the next three years, says energy lawyer David Austin. He calculates that only 2.5 per cent is attributable to increased private power costs. Among other things, BC Hydro needs regional emergency centres capable

of functioning after a Japan-sized quake, plus expansion. Bennett came clean on another reason for rate increases – the government’s increasing dependence on taking a “dividend” as BC Hydro’s lone “shareholder.” The newly updated budget tells us this annual “dividend” is past $500 million and rising fast: $545 million this year, $611 million next year and $684 million the year after. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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Young Riders invade the Nicola Valley once more By Ian Webster THE HERALD

Once again this year, a large contingent of BC Young Riders made their way into the Interior for a three-day eventing clinic at the Dot Ranch, located 30 minutes west of Merritt just off Highway 8. The official hosts on the Canada Day weekend for the 62 riderand-horse combinations and their substantial entourages were the Dot Ranch’s owners, Jens and Lynn Larsen. Lynn has been the senior technical director for BC Young Riders for the past five years. She is officially stepping down in October of this year. Both Jens and Lynn are veterans of threeday eventing competitions which see horses and riders complete challenging dressage, cross-country and stadium-jumping phases over a concentrated period of just two or three days. The BC Young Riders program focuses on the development and training of talented

Olympian Rebecca Howard, from Salmon Arm, was one of the guest instructors at the B.C. Young Riders camp, held at the Dot Ranch west of Merritt on the Canada Day weekend. Ian Webster/Herald

young equestrian riders, aged 13-21, so that they can successfully compete at the provincial, national and ultimately international level, and strive for places on Canadian teams that attend major events such as the Olympics, the Pan American Games, and the World Equestrian Games. With that goal in mind, the Larsens welcomed Rebecca Howard to their outstanding group of guest instructors at this year’s Young Riders camp. Howard, a former Young Rider herself

who was born and raised in Salmon Arm, competed for Canada in last summer’s Olympic Games in London, England. She also was a member of the Canadian three-day event team that took the silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, and placed 23rd individually at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently living and training in England, Howard ended her brief visit home with a coaching stint at the Young Riders’ camp.

TAKING THE PLUNGE Under the watchful eye of Canadian Olympic team member Rebecca Howard (left), 18-year-old Marissa Young from Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island makes a dynamic entry into the water jump on board her 11-year-old thoroughbred gelding, Amadeus. Ian Webster/Herald

“It went really well,” Howard said. “It was nice to have three full days with the kids. We did flat work first, where you really get to know the riders and their horses and give them a few priorities that become a theme throughout the

whole weekend. It also allows you to get right to work when it comes to jumping because you’ve already covered the basics.” Howard was suitably impressed by the young charges she worked with at the camp.

“It was a great turnout, and I liked what I saw. Everyone was keen and so appreciative. They were all hungry for knowledge and ready to work hard. It was a great atmosphere to teach in. “The program that’s been put in place by

Lynn and her team of coaches is nice,” Howard added. “A lot of the riders have good basics and a good understanding, which provides a sound platform to work with them on.”

Olympian Rebecca Howard pursuing her dream By Ian Webster THE HERALD

Salmon Arm’s Rebecca Howard has been a listed rider with the Canadian High Performance Event program for the past decade. In addition to her participation in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico and this past summer’s Olympic Games in London, Howard has competed at some of the world’s premier eventing competitions — such as Bromont in Canada, Rolex in the U.S., Blenheim in Germany and Badminton in Britain. Howard’s riding career began in her hometown, “doing all

the typical horse stuff,” she said. It wasn’t long, however, before her journey began taking her farther and farther afield — to various parts of the province, then to other areas of Canada, and not long after to the United States. From 2006 to 2012, Howard was based out of The Fork Stables, a magnificent equestrian facility located in North Carolina. From that working and training base, she travelled up and down the eastern seaboard of the States competing at many of the continent’s top threeday events. Immediately after her Olympic experience in London, Howard relocated to England. She is now living and training at Maizey Manor

near Marleborough in Wiltshire, about one hour west of London. “The Fork is an amazing facility, but unfortunately it’s in the middle of nowhere,” Howard said in explaining her move across the Atlantic Ocean. “You have to travel a lot to compete. Over here [in England], everything is so much closer. There’s much more opportunity at your fingertips, or within a few hours drive.” Howard went on to add, “I made the move here to keep working on my riding education and improve my skills. I have an amazing horse that I want to take full advantage of.” That horse is Riddle Master (a.k.a. Rupert), a 12-year-old Canadian

Sport Horse gelding. He has been with Howard for almost all of her journey to international stardom, through thick and thin. Howard firmly believes that Rupert’s best is yet to come, and recent results would seem to indicate that she is right. In April, Howard and Riddle Master finished sixth overall in a star-studded field of 78 entries at an international event in Fountainbleu, France. A month later, at Badminton, the talented pair rocketed up the leaderboard from 32nd after dressage to 12th at the finish of the competition. “I think that I was a little surprised about Fountainbleu because it was early in the sea-

CLOSE PARTNERSHIPS Canadian team rider Rebecca Howard’s connection to the Nicola Valley is a strong one. Her groom at both the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico and the 2012 Olympics in London was Merritt’s Dana Cooke. Above left, Cooke and Howard are shown celebrating Canada’s silver medal in the team competition. Above right, Howard and her horse, Riddle Master, compete in the stadium jumping at the London Olympics. Photos submitted

son,” Howard said. “At Badminton, I was actually disappointed with my dressage score, but we were able to move up with the double clear in cross-country and stadium. “We’re just getting to the point where we

can be quite competitive in these fields,” said Howard, who tries not to get ahead of herself and look too far down the road. “I’m just going to take each season as it comes. You just never know.” As for the next

Olympic Games, slated for Rio de Janiero, Brazil in 2016? “We’ll see,” Howard said guardedly. “Rupert [Riddle Master] will be 15 when Rio comes around, so hopefully he’ll still be at the top of his game.”

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Nicola Valley cowgirls headed to high school finals By Ian Webster THE HERALD

While classes may be over for the vast majority of youngsters in B.C., two Merritt Secondary School students have some unfinished business to take care of before they can officially call it a year. Both Amy Pozzobon, 17, and Fallon Fosbery, 16, have qualified for the Canadian High School Finals Rodeo in Nanton, Alta. from July 25-27. Pozzobon, a recent Grade 12 graduate from MSS, will be competing in the pole bending event at the CHSFR, while Fosbery, who will begin Grade 12 in September, is entered in the ladies’ barrel racing. Fosbery and Pozzobon earned the right to attend this year’s Canadian Finals by finishing second and fourth respectively in the aforementioned events at the British Columbia High School Finals Rodeo in Quesnel, June 6-9. By placing in the top four at the BCHSFR, Pozzobon and Fosbery also qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals, being held in Rock Springs, Wyoming, from July 13-21. Only Fosbery has chosen to attend this mammoth event that is billed as the world’s largest rodeo. Fosbery went into the 2012-13 B.C. Finals ranked Number 1 in the barrels, thanks to no fewer than six firstplace finishes during the competitive high school rodeo season which

runs from September to October in the fall and then from April to June the following spring. Unfortunately, some questionable running conditions in Quesnel resulted in Fosbery reining in her horse Dutch and ‘playing it safe.’ “The grounds in Quesnel are brand new,” Fosbery said, “and the footing wasn’t good at all. It was deep and dangerous. I didn’t want to risk injuring my horse so I took it easy and just rode fast enough to qualify for Nationals and the Canadian championships.” Fosbery placed eighth on day one, and then second and third the next two days to finish second overall, just 12 points behind the winner, Vanessa Leggett from Kamloops. “At first, I was a little disappointed not to have won the title,” Fosbery said, “but it was more important that Dutch stay healthy and not get injured.” As for Pozzobon, the younger sister of professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon, she placed sixth, fifth and third in her three runs to secure fourth place in the poles, a single point behind third-place finisher Rylee Trenholm from Chetwynd. Pozzobon also competed in the barrels in Quesnel, finishing 16th, and placed 12th in breakaway roping. She wrapped up a busy weekend by placing 14th in team roping with her partner, Kristen Bell from Houston. For her part, Fosbery

Resa Stoltzfus riding Colombo in ladies’ cutting.

also competed in breakaway roping and finished 14th, along with 17th in goat tying, as well as seventh in team roping with her partner, Cole Churchill from Armstrong. Other Merritt Secondary School competitors at the B.C. Finals Rodeo were Kelsey Kynoch (14th in pole bending), Madison Stoltzfus (seventh in girls’ cow cutting) and her sister, Resa (ninth in cow cutting). Fosbery finished fourth in the girls’ allaround competition while Pozzobon placed 11th and Madison Stoltzfus 13th. At the BCHSRA awards banquet held immediately following the B.C. Finals in Quesnel, Pozzobon gave the valedictorian speech, while Madison Stoltzfus was chosen Most Sportsmanlike. Dutch, Fosbery’s 12-year-old gelding, was selected AQHA Horse of the Year and BCHSRA barrel horse. A pair of Merritt moms, Leanne Pozzobon and Marlo Fosbery, were both honored at the gala evening for their long service to high school rodeo. Pozzobon, along with Sam Oakford from Vancouver Island was also given the Inspirational Rodeo Mom of the Year award, named in honor and memory of Mona Elliott, a dedicated rodeo mom from Vernon who passed away in 2011 from cancer. In late breaking

DIGGING DEEP (Above) Amy Pozzobon rides her horse, Rigs, in the pole bending event at the B.C. High School Finals Rodeo in Quesnel on the June 6-9 weekend. (Below) Fallon Fosbery works her 12-year-old gelding, Dutch, around a barrel at the high school championships. All photos courtesy of Devynn Rutz/Rose Prairie, B.C.

high school rodeo news, Kelsey Kynoch just returned from the Silverstate International Rodeo in Winnemucca,

Nevada. The 16-year-old Kynoch was part of a 15-member team from B.C. She competed in

Kelsey Kynoch riding Hammer in pole bending.

the ladies’ barrel racing and pole bending at the five-day competition. While Kynoch did not place at the

Silverstate event, her mom, Val, reported that Kelsey had two nice barrel runs and a good pole bending run.

Madi Stoltzfus riding Tapper in ladies’ cutting.

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MAINTENANCE/LOADER OPERATOR NEEDED This is a fulltime, permanent position starting immediately at our plant in Princeton, BC. Minimum of 10 years maintenance experience required on a variety of production and mobile equipment. Experience in a post mill, or small to medium size sawmill preferred. Must be able to handle a variety of tasks, work well with minimum supervision and be part of the team. Please submit resumes by fax 250295-7912 or email

AT LAST! An iron ďŹ lter that works. IronEater! Fully patented Canada/U.S.A. Removes iron, hardness, smell, manganese. Since 1957. Visit our 29 innovative inventions; Phone 1-800-BIG-IRON. RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. STEEL BUILDING - DIY summer sale! Bonus days extra 5% off. 20x22 $3,998. 25x24 $4,620. 30x34 $6,656. 32x42 $8,488. 40x54 $13,385. one end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. STEEL BUILDINGS, metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206

Just reno’d 3 bdrm 2 bath 4 Plex. Large laundry room, all new cabinets, new appliances, all new bathrooms, $1000/mon 250-378-5915 or 378-1629

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Available immediately, one bedroom mobile. Fridge, stove, close to town $850 per month includes $150 utility allowance. 250-378-0887

POWELL RIVER Community Services Association is seeking an experienced Poverty Law Advocate. For more information, please e-mail Julie Chambers, Executive Director. S.F. ENTERPRISES dba Chevron Station Merritt is looking for 5 F/T Food Counter Attendants for its location at 3643 Dewolf Way, Merritt, BC, V1K 1C4. Salary $10.25/hr. Rotating shifts; day, night, weekends, Stat holiday. Duties: Greet customers and take orders, serve customers, receive payments. Apply by mail or by email:

Business for Sale

Income Opportunity NOW HIRING! Earn extra cash, simple work. P/T-F/T. Can be done from home. Acceptance guaranteed, no experience required, all welcome!


Financial Services GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: it’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161. M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Need CA$H Today? Own A Vehicle? Borrow Up To $25,000

No Credit Checks! Cash same day, local ofďŹ ce. 1-800-514-9399

ILLNESS FORCES SALE of PRESSURE WASHING COMPANY 2002 GMC Panel Van, recent tune up & brakes. Signage in place, just needs phone number changed. 4000psi, Canadian build BE pressure washer, hoses, 2 wands, brushes, biodegradable soap, Degreaser Sidewalk scrubber, new white jumpsuits, website, business cards, advertising handouts. Everything is ready to go. $12,500/obo will consider vehicle in trade. Call 1-604-533-6335 or email:

Houses For Sale House for sale in Lower Nic. 1600sq.ft - 2 bdrm, 2 bath, a/c, 5 appliances, 1/2 acre lot. For more info call 250-378-3703


Private 2 bdrm lake front suite on Nicola Lake. $950/mon or $1100 furnished, includes util. satellite TV & internet. Nopets, no smoking Avail Aug. 1/13. 250-378-5519

Want to Rent RETIRED man (Capt. Ret’d) w/ wide skill set seeks rental of small holding in S. Cariboo (Clinton/Big Bar), Spences Bridge, S. Thompson or Shuswap areas. Preferably suitable for horses. Affordable rent, in return for maintenance,repairs & caretaking. Resume & ref’s, call Ryan @ 604-275-4005 or email


Auto Financing

KENGARD MANOR Spacious 1 & 3 bedroom apartments.

A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

Lrg 3 bdrm ground unit fully reno’d f/s, heat incl. Coin laundry on site. N/p, n/s, $800/mon. Avail Aug. 1. 604701-6493

Apt/Condo for Rent

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Heavy Duty Machinery

Available immediately, 2 bedroom mobile. Washer,dryer, fridge, stove, quiet area close to schools and town. $975 per month includes $150 utility allowance. 250-378-0887

Suites, Upper

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

Merchandise for Sale

Mobile Homes & Pads


F/S, heat and hot water included. Ask about move-in incentives For appointment call

Ph: 250-378-9880

VICTORIA CONDO FOR SALE Bright 3rd oor 1 bedroom 1.5 bath adult complex along the Gorge waterway. Unit offers patio with water view,in-suite laundry,ďŹ replace,updated paint & new ooring,Tennis court, indoor pool,hot tub,sauna and well kept grounds. Low strata fee and city bus out front to UVIC, Camosum or down town. Excellent rental investment or live in. Great value at $204,900. call 250-615-7225 or 250-886-8397 for pictures and more info.

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

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557

Cars - Domestic Estate Sale, ‘06 Buick Allure approx 88,000km, fully loaded too many options to mention. $7000. 378-4566/315-9632

Off Road Vehicles 1998 Blazer SL 4x4 auto 4 dr, red. Loaded clean, history, coolant pump. 114k miles. $3750. Fred 250-523-6930 or email



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Merritt Herald, July 09, 2013  

July 09, 2013 edition of the Merritt Herald

Merritt Herald, July 09, 2013  

July 09, 2013 edition of the Merritt Herald