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Calm fire Two recent search and rescue weekend efforts in Burns Lake area in Lakes District

Fraser Lake area fire continues to burn but is being contained

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The Vancouver-based mining company is suing the province over the Ministry of Environment’s refusal to sign off on a required environmental assessment certificate (EAC) last October.

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The Peta Mountain fire, approximately 20 kms north of Fraser Lake continues to burn but is reported to be 30 per cent contained. The fire has been burning for more than a week and is currently 250 hectares in size. Eighty-five firefighters, three helicopters, and heavy ground equipment are involved in the fire fighting effort. It is a non-interface fire, so currently there is no threat to property. The Duncan Creek forest service road in the area is closed. An open fire ban and campfires remain banned in the Northwest fire zone, which includes all of the Lakes District and Southside. Currently, there are no wildfires of note in the Lakes District. It was a quiet weekend in the Burns Lake area compared to last weekend when Nadina fire zone personnel where called upon to respond to several spot fires. Rob Krause, forest protection officer for the Nadina fire zone, said that despite efforts to raise public awareness surrounding the dangers of unattended fires during the recent hot, dry spell the region has been experiencing, some campers failed to take the message to heart. “We dealt with five abandoned campfires - fires still burning - over the long weekend,” Krause said. “They dealt with nine in the Terrace area.” One of the fires took more than two

Pacific Booker in court

“We have been a force for articulating a vision of health care in this community that involved a communityowned, not-for-profit, health centre.

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Brett Smith’s friends have released his photo in the hopes that anyone who may have seen the missing 35-year-old earlier this week will contact RCMP at 250-561-3300 or #CrimeStoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Prince George family mourns for missing man WALTER STRONG

Last Friday, two separate searches where underway in the Burns Lake area following separate reports of two missing individuals. The search for a male boater, identified as Brett Smith of Prince George by north district RCMP, who went missing on or near Takysie Lake, approximately 50 kms south of Burns Lake sometime on or after August 6, the last date that Smith’s family had heard from him. Smith’s boat was found abandoned on the north shore of Takysie Lake, and on Aug. 11, Cst. Lesley Smith reported that search and rescue (SAR) units from Nechako Valley, Houston, Fort St. James and Terrace were involved in the search. A side sonar unit was used in Takysie Lake, and RCMP police dog ser-

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vices assisted with the ground search while a helicopter conducted an aerial search of the lake area. Search efforts were unsuccessful, and the RCMP was sad to announce that Smith is now presumed drowned. Despite this horrible news, search efforts continue at Takysie Lake. In an unrelated missing person report, a well-known 74 year-old Burns Lake resident, was reported missing near Eagle Creek on Friday afternoon when he did not return from berry-picking at an expected time. A search began immediately in the Eagle Creek area, close to Burns Lake. The search involved Burns Lake detachment RCMP, Prince George RCMP police service dogs, Burns Lake and Bulkley Valley SAR, family, and local volunteers. A friend of the family hired a helicopter for the search. The man was found late in the day and taken to Lakes District Hospital, where he was examined, treated, and released at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday evening. He is reported to be in good condition.

Confusion reporting fires Southside Burnaby, Southside Chilliwack, and Southside Vancouver, are all places that will pop up with a search for ‘Southside B.C.” on Google.

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A water-bomber drops fire retardant near the 250 hectare fire 20 kms north of Fraser Lake. The non-interface fire continues to burn after more than a week, but it is 30 per cent contained. FIRES from t P1 hours to extinguish after a solo member of the wildfire management branch came upon an abandoned fire which had spread outside the fire pit. Further to the campfire ban that came into effect Tuesday, August 6, the following are exempted as noted: Furlong Bay Campground; Lakelse Lake, in designated fire rings or pits, between the hours of 0700-1100 and 1700-2300, Aug. 9, 2013 - Sept. 15, 2013. Tyhee Lake Provincial Campground; Tyhee Lake, in designat-

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Pacific Booker Minerals in court

Mine company sues province over Northern B.C. mine Walter Strong

Pacific Booker Minerals (PBM) has its day in court. The Vancouver-based mining company is suing the province over the Ministry of Environment’s refusal to sign off on a required environmental assessment certificate (EAC) last October. Pacific Booker Minerals had completed almost 10 years of environmental and cultural study, and spent over $10 million on the environmental assessment process for the Morrison copper/gold mine project proposed for near Granisle B.C. The resulting provincial environmental

assessment report appeared to offer conditional support for the project, including approval that adequate consultation with First Nations over concerns regarding potential impacts to downstream salmon fisheries had been obtained. The mining industry, and PBM, were taken by surprise when, on Oct. 1, 2012, Rich Coleman, then provincial minister of environment refused to grant the certificate, citing risk/benefit considerations that the EAC did not take into account. The refusal to gain an EAC meant that the Morrison mine project had lost its legs. Pacific Booker Minerals would have to restart the entire environmental assessment process if it wanted the province to reconsider the project. “The company believes the government erred in overlooking conclusions in their own 206-page comprehensive assessment report dated Aug. 21, 2012,” said Erik Tornquist, PBM chief executive of-

Fraser River T F Commercial and sport sockeye fishing remained closed on the Fraser River system this week, as the sockeye Pacific Salmon Commission reported a lower than return of fish in what was already expected run, water expected to be a poor return year. Based on the latest test fisheries, the commission's Fraser River Panel upgraded its forecast of level 26 early summer-run sockeye from 400,000 to 452,000 fish. The following summer run "is either lower than per cent forecast or their migration timing is much later than expected," the joint Canada-U.S. panel reported this lower than week. The proportion of late-run sockeye through ocean approach areas has increased in recent days. The average late run is expected to be dominated by Birkinhead, om


ficer. “That report, which represented the culmination of an environmental assessment process that lasted almost 10 years and cost the company approximately $10 million, stated that, based upon successful implementation of mitigation measures and legally-binding conditions, the environmental assessment office ‘is satisfied that the proposed project is not likely to have significant adverse effects.’” On Aug. 7, 2013, Pacific Booker Mineral’s day in court began. Vancouver lawyer John Hunter is representing PBM in their bid to have the B.C. Supreme Court overturn minister Coleman’s decision. Court proceedings were expected to stretch out over the week. No decision had been reached at press time. As reported at the time in Lakes District News, the refusal of an environmental certificate resulted in a 50 per cent drop in PBM stock value amounting to $140 million in equity losses for investors.

Weaver and Late Shuswap sockeye, with some from the Portage and Cultus Lake systems. Water level and temperature in the Fraser system is another concern, after a dry early summer. As of Aug. 5, Fraser River water discharge at Hope was 26 per cent lower than average for that date. The temperature was 20.5 degrees, 2.8 degrees higher than average, a condition that would risk high prespawning death if it continues. The 2013 run is the next in the four-year sockeye life cycle after the disastrous 2009 run, which was expected to see 10 million return. After only one million came back, the federal government appointed Justice Bruce Cohen to head a commission of inquiry on the state of Fraser sockeye. The Cohen commission found overall declines in most west coast rivers starting in the late 1980s.


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Court gambit a long shot

Another round of liquor reforms

The summer 2013 is half over - or we have half the summer left, depending on how you want to look at it - and it’s been hot and dry. Nobody is complaining, at least not that I’ve heard. It’s been an idyllic summer for sitting on the deck and enjoying a cold one after a hot day of whatever, even if you might have to kill a few wasps first. The 2013 Big Pig festival is ramping up for this weekend. Anyone with a mountain bike who hasn’t entered an event should think about it. There are races for any level of rider, and the energy at these things is worth experiencing. Even if you don’t think you have a competitive edge, that’s fine. You don’t need to be competitive to have fun in a race. You will probably have more fun - and ride faster - not taking it too seriously and just staying loose. Some people don’t find out just how competitive they are until they get into a race. --I don’t know how many of you are following Pacific Booker Minerals (PBM) lawsuit against the province over the rejection of its Morrison copper/gold mine project north of Gransile. We’ve mentioned it a few times in these pages. One thing that’s interesting about it is disagreement over the potential impact to salmon fisheries on the Skeena watershed and on Lake Babine. It could be argued that the, at the time, unquantified spectre of a potential impact to the Skeena fishery was one of the major reasons why the provincial ministry of environment decided against granting an environmental assessment certificate to the project. Back in the fall of 2012, PBM was able to point out that interior fisheries had great returns the previous two years. In fact, they did just that in one of their information statements made before launching their lawsuit. With the current collapse of this year’s fishery, what do we make of PBM’s position now? Is ‘cumulative effect’ coming home to roost? Has the Skeena fishery been taxed on too many fronts for too long so that it can no longer sustain itself? Scientists can’t tell us exactly what triggered this event. We don’t even know whether or not in a perfectly healthy watershed this kind of thing could happen on a regular, cyclical basis. Is it a 50 year event, a 100 year event? Or is it something completely new and stemming directly from excessive pressure on the ecosystem that supports the sockeye return? Whatever it is, it doesn’t help PBM’s case. If it was good enough to mention a strong return in defence of the mine proposal, it’s logical that a bad return should raise red flags about further potential environmental impacts from mining, or anything else, on the watershed. I don’t think a betting person would side with PBM on this one and expect the courts to overturn the province’s decision. We expect our elected to leaders to act according to their best judgment. With record low sockeye returns this year, I’d bet the ministers involved are breathing a sigh of relief that they hadn’t signed off on a mine project so hotly criticized by those who depend on the Skeena fishery for their sustenance.

The B.C. Liberal government is ordering up another round of liquor regulation changes, looking for ways to make life easier for businesses and customers without aggravating the health and social problems associated with alcohol. Discussions with B.C.’s 10,000 liquor licence holders have identified a few problems that should be fixed. Going into a consultation phase that runs to October, the government is looking for answers to a few obvious questions, such as why it takes a pub or bar up to a year to get a licence. Another question: why can a family with under-aged children go into a licensed restaurant for lunch, but can’t go to a pub and place the exact same food and drink order? This should be allowed, perhaps until the traditional 5 p.m. “happy hour” when the pub reverts to adults-only. A couple of suggestions have come out of the healthy growth of B.C. wine, craft beer and distillery operations. Look for new licence opportunities for farmers’ markets to sell local beverages along with the produce and preserves. Letters inviting suggestions from existing licence holders have gone out, and Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap will be meeting this fall with industry groups, local governments, police, health and social policy organizations and First Nations in the fall. A website will be put up in September so members of the public can have their say. Here’s my suggestion to start things off. Recent incidents involving so-called “party buses” shone a light on this growing industry, The sudden death of a 16-year-old on a party bus outing in Surrey in February turned out not to be alcohol-related, but to no one’s surprise, open liquor was found aboard the bus. Open liquor isn’t allowed in any vehicle, but perhaps a new kind of special event licence could be created for party buses. They have been viewed mainly as part of the solution to impaired driving, and the situation isn’t much different from a supervised event on a boat. Here’s another suggestion. Gourmet cooking classes are becoming popular, with customers preparing and then enjoying their meals. Why not licence these establishments, at least so people can bring their own wine for dinner? Both the B.C. Liberals and NDP have advocated for easing the archaic rules on inter-provincial trade in wine. B.C. lifted its restrictions on mail-order wine and has urged other provinces to follow suit. There are a couple of reasons why this Prohibition-era structure persists. Liquor sales are a cash cow for provincial governments, and every case of wine brought in from elsewhere is lost profit for the provincial wholesale monopoly. Then there is the local industry lobby that would rather not add to its competition. Premier Christy Clark pressed this point at the recent premiers’ meeting in Ontario wine country, bringing in the maximum amount of B.C. wine allowed under Ontario rules and urging free trade in Canadian wine. The Toronto media drank it up, aghast that they were barred from ordering the latest Naramata Bench tipples directly. No movement so far from the Ontario government, in a province that has done well developing its own wine industry. The B.C. government will no doubt be lobbied again to allow beer and wine sales in grocery and convenience stores. Our politicians show little interest in that, which is understandable. The B.C. Liberals don’t want to upset the private liquor stores they have nurtured for a decade, and the NDP would never risk annoying the government liquor store union. There are more creative ways to liberalize alcohol sales. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and

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Burns Lake Medical Clinic society disbands because of lack of support

Disappointed with NH decision, directors fold society Walter Strong

“We have been a force for articulating a vision of health care in this community that involved a community-owned, notfor-profit, health centre,” said Paula Van Tine, vice president of the Burns Lake Medical Clinic Society (BLMCS). “That has been our goal and vision and we have never varied from that.” On June 25, 2013, that vision became unsustainable when officials from Northern Health (NH) informed BLMCS that they would no longer support their efforts to establish a second medical clinic in Burns Lake. Northern Health’s change of heart took BLMCS members by surprise.

“We had been working very extensively with NH,” said Van Tine. “In particular, starting last November at the annual general meeting when [the public] was first introduced to the recruiters.” “We articulated our vision, and based on conversations we had with them that they were going to recruit doctors for us, we went ahead big time.” The two recruiters brought in by NH last November, Charlene Thomas and Sheilagh Wilson, were very enthusiastic about their prospects for finding doctors for Burns Lake. Their enthusiasm was fresh on the heels of successfully recruiting four doctors for Fort St. James. But attracting medical professionals to Burns Lake has been an uphill battle without any success, at least on the part of NH. “We had a doctor,” Van Tine said in reference to Dr. Roland Engelbrect. “But we lost him [to Williams Lake] because we didn’t have the clinic or the funding in place.”

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Currently, NH has four open postings for family physicians. Burns Lake’s only full-time physician recently left the area. Van Tine said that doctors in Fraser Lake had picked up some of the Burns Lake demand for medical services, but Fraser Lake will lose one full-time and one parttime doctor in September. “Medical care all over the Northern Health area is of grave concern,” Van Tine said. “We were really hoping that we would

have the success of Fort St. James where they recruited four new doctors. Unfortunately, that has not come to pass.” After last November’s positive meeting with NH officials, the BLMCS moved forward to secure a lease on clinic space, and to have engineering plans drawn up as well as quotes from contractors for required renovations. ...see HEALTH CLINIC

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Socialism isn’t just a word

Editor: Re: (B.C. Views, July. 31) A significant aspect of NDP post-election soul searching, following its catastrophic defeat by the forces of free enterprise, will no doubt have to be coming to terms with the need to move the party

further to the centre. While the federal NDP appears to have decided to delete references to "socialism" from its guiding party preamble to make it more palatable politically and competitive electorally, merely removing "socialism as

a founding principle”, without jettisoning its politically outdated doctrine, will not convince Canadians that the NDP is not a socialist party. Confronted with the political reality of the of socialism proving itself to be an abysmal failure

Professional care

Editor: Once again I commend the staff at Lakes District Hospital. I was visiting my mom in April and wrote a letter to the editor regarding the staff at Lakes District Hospital treating a fracture. Recently. after a family reunion, I was enroute back to Wa State and was involved in a motor vehicle accident outside of Fraser Lake, B.C. The BC Ambulance service did an excellent job and took my son-in-law to Vanderhoof. I was advised the same but opted to go to Lakes District Hospital by a

private vehicle. It was comforting to be assessed and treated with highly professional people such as your doctor and nurses at the hospital. As per my letter in April, I pay hefty insurance premiums in Washington and rarely see a doctor, but when I do ( broken toe and high BP), the top paid doctors we pay in the USA aren't as professional and friendly as your staff in Burns Lake. You are a lucky community to have such awesome professionals. Cynthia George Taha. Washington, U.S.A.

Have an Opinion? Write to the Editor! Letters should be brief and to the point, with a maximum of 300 words. We reserve the right to withhold from print any letters which may be libelous, racist or sexist, and may edit for brevity and clarity. Letters MUST include the signature of the letter writer, a mailing address and a phone number. Only the name will be reproduced in the newspaper. Send letters to: The Editor, Lakes District News, Box 309, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0. Fax to 250-692-3685 or email to

throughout the world, the question naturally arises as to whether B.C.'s NDP party will be able to "jump over its own ideological shadow" and abandon its traditional stand on the principles of democratic socialism, as defined in the B.C. provincial NDP constitutional preamble: "The New Democratic Party believes that social, economic and political progress in Canada can only be assured by the application of democratic socialist principles to government and the administration of public affairs." Stripped of its defining political raison d'être, however, NDP soul searching to remain a legitimate electoral contender in the province would make it a journey of heading somewhere into the future without the benefit of a road map and without a clear sense of its destination, carrying the baggage of its political past. E.W. Bopp Tsawwassen

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We sure seem to get our share of electrical storms. Then rain in some places and very dry in others. How well I remember the storms we used to get on the prairie. Lots of buildings would be burnt down, stock killed. Fork lightning was the killer. Good music The Grassy Plains Bluegrass Festival is behind us. It always leaves such pleasant memories. New songs, new friends and new ideas for next year. I must mention how well organized it was. The work and the planning that goes into those programs not only days but months. The music

and the singing was just great. I like my pet word super deluvial, that word covered it all, believe me. Such talent comes out for all to enjoy. If by chance you didn’t come you really missed a great show. I was very proud of my niece Renay and her singers The June Bugs. Our family had a great time visiting and talking about the many years we have been together. It was a great weekend you can be sure. The grapevine has it maybe a rumour going around they may have an outside stage for next year. This no doubt will put the icing on the festival cake big time. Again I must say and I take off my hat, you all did a wonderful job and to all the entertainers you are special, it was great and I must say professional. Wonderful family As I look back over my life I feel so very fortunate to have had such a wonderful family. We were all musical not only singing but playing in-

struments as well. I must give my mother credit for that. Brother Peter was also a good singer and also played the accordion. He was very well known for his playing. He still likes to play it. I had two opportunities to get into singing and guitar but I passed them bye. It would no doubt have changed my life. So to say water under the bridge. I have 90 years behind me and I still love music. So when my niece Renay and The June Bugs come to visit it brings back such wonderful memories for me. Music is universal the world over and I feel so proud to have been a part of it. On Saturday evening last we had a family get together and a supper on Richard’s big front veranda. Margaret did such a great supper. Most of our family were there from the oldest to the youngest. There were so many little ones and did they have fun. I felt so proud of my grandchil-

dren and my great grandchildren. One of my son’s came up to me and said “Look what you and mother started.” A whole new generation coming up and I love everyone of those dear little ones. They are the start of a new life. The big veranda was full and all having so much fun. Thank you Margaret and Richard for such a special wonderful evening. Back for summer The Scott family are spending a few days in their summer cottage at the landing. The family have been spending holidays there for almost a lifetime. We always enjoy their visiting. They make their home in the lower valley. What made the evening special they were able to visit all the family at Richard and Margaret’s home. It’s been many years since we have all been together, what a pleasure it was. Most all our family are back in their homes but this get together was such a special time for us

all to enjoy. Lots of traffic The heavy traffic over the holiday weekend was amazing, where does it come from? It sure gave the new main street a challenge, I don’t think I have seen it so heavy. The high price of fuel sure didn’t slow things down. And the big beautiful big boats just spell binding. They must cost almost as much as a home used to cost. This is a far cry form our 25 foot river boat with a 25 horse outboard at the end to push it along. I sure have pushed one of these old babies many miles and through some scary situations. Run all day on five gallons of gas. Good thing too as we didn’t have too much cash. We had lots of good times too. I really enjoy talking about those old days they may have been tough but they are still good memories. An after thought, our first outboard was a five horse power Evenrude with a starter knob

on the fly wheel and we thought they can’t get any better, joke joke. Berry season Lots of wild berries this year. A man stopped here the other day with two pails of huckleberries, they looked so good. There will be lots of saskatoons too. The wild fruit has a much better taste than the tame ones. Back on the prairie in our far pasture we had a few bushes of black currants they were wild. Mother always made jam from them and what a special jam it was, I can still taste the jam. The last time we were back home we looked for them but they are gone. True story Here is a funny story I will pass on and it’s true. Growing up back home was learn to milk cows and we always had cows to milk. Then when we moved to Francois Lake we still had milk cows, in fact we brought a cow and heifer. This is years ago now but we were milking two cows at the

time. My wife Jo had a good business selling milk and cream. Of course I did the milking. We had a very heavy milker, she always held her milk and you worked for every drop. I told a friend about her and he told me to get a radio in the barn, get a musical station, so I did. Low and behold I set the radio close to her stall, got a good station with country and western music. I sat down to milk and she was a changed cow. I kid you not, she just gave me her milk with no problems. So morning and night I turned on the radio. It was good for me and the cow. I think the old radio may still be in the barn. My eye operation is behind me now just waiting for it to heal up. Sure glad too. This one eyed stuff is for the birds. Always remember God loves you and of course so do I.

Lakes District News

Difficult decision ends clinic hope

HEALTH CLINIC from ▼ P5 This work was done under the assumption that NH was actively recruiting for doctors to staff the proposed clinic. In consultation with Community Futures Nadina, BLMCS was ready to pen a $200,000 loan agreement in order to move forward. That is when NH came to Burns Lake to pull their support from the project in person with BLMCS directors. During the June 25 meeting with NH, directors of BLMCS were informed that they would not longer receive support from NH for the medical clinic project. Northern Health chief executive officer, Michael McMillan, Marie Hunter, NH Lakes District health service administrator, and Shawn Ebert, medical director for Omineca Lakes District, where in attendance. “This basically all came to pass when the chips were down and we were getting ready to sign for a loan and sign for a lease,” said Wayne Svehla, BLMCS co-vice president. “That’s when Northern Health jerked the rug out from under us.” Without NH health recruiting for clinic doctors, Van Tine said that the society lost its reason to exist. “If we cannot be assured of having doctors to work in it, there’s no point in proceeding with it,” she said. Daniella Oake, president of the BLMCS, also expressed surprise at the sudden withdrawal of support. “That’s what disappointed us the most,” Oake explained. “We worked towards this vision the whole time with the understanding that they were on board and then in this last little bit it fell apart.” The reasons for the NH’s decision were explained in terms of financial liability, said Van Tine.

“NH expressed concern about the financial liability that we would be taking on as a group to open up the clinic,” she said. “They felt with the new facility becoming available in 2015, they wanted to put doctors temporarily into the hospital now and have them move into the clinic that will be built into the new hospital.” The BLMCS had raised approximately $38,000 locally towards the project, and had been awarded a ‘matching funds’ grant from the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund (NKDF). The NKDF grant was not activated, as money raised was being reserved for when all the details of the clinic had been ironed out. “We made a resolution to never touch the funds until we were sure that we were going to be able to open,” Van Tine said. “The largest donation was from the health auxiliary [$25,000], and that has been returned. The rest of the funds will be dispersed to make payments on outstanding legal bills. [Anything left over] will go back to the health auxiliary.” Most of the costs so far have been borne by volunteers and small grants. Engineering was provided without fee, and the clinic’s lease on space was very flexible and does not hold BLMCS liable for payments. After canvassing society membership, the board of directors of BLMCS voted on Aug. 7, 2013 to dissolve the society. “We leave with our heads held high,” Van Tine said on behalf of the board of directors and BLMCS members. “We worked very diligently to try and provide a better health care system in Burns Lake. Perhaps in the future this community will see that vision of a community-owned, not-for-profit medical clinic come to pass.” Michael McMillan was not available for comment at press time.

Marijuana cases down by 10 per cent days starting Sept. 9 to collect signatures from 10 per cent of registered provincial voters in each of B.C.'s 85 electoral districts.

If that target is met, a province-wide vote would be held on the proposed law. Individuals and groups have until Aug.

12 to register with Elections BC to oppose the initiative by advertising and collecting signatures against the initiative.

g n i l i a R k c e Regal D In Stock WALTER STRONG PHOTO

Brian Hiltz, Savannah Pelletier, Dana Larson, and Dawn Koeslag in Burns Lake on Aug. 12, 2013. Hiltz, Pelletier, and Koeslag are the first Sensible B.C. canvassers to register in the Lakes District. increases across North TOM FLETCHER Marijuana possession cases still account for 60 per cent of drug violation reports to police in B.C., but the number of cases declined 10 per cent in 2012, according to new figures from Statistics Canada. Marijuana trafficking cases declined more than 20 per cent to 1,006 incidents, and importation and exportation of marijuana declined by 40 per cent. Marijuana growing cases declined 4.6 per cent, following a 28.6 per cent drop in 2011. The decline in B.C. marijuana cases comes as licensed medical marijuana production

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America. Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize sale to adults last year. In July, Elections BC gave approval in principle for a petition drive aimed at decriminalizing marijuana possession in B.C. Marijuana activist Dana Larsen has formed a group called Sensible B.C., aimed at forcing a change to B.C. law that would prevent police resources from being used against simple possession of marijuana. Sensible B.C. is using the same voter initiative system that forced the repeal of the harmonized sales tax in B.C. The group will have 90

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SUMMER EVE IS RIGHT FOR RIDING Burns Lake local Colin Bardarson takes advantage of late evening light at the Rotary Skate Park to throw some slope style bike tricks on Aug. 8, 2013. The park is well used by bikers, skateboarders, and inline skaters. Bardarson isn’t sure if he’s going to take his riding to the Big Pig Mountain Biking Festival this weekend at Boer Mountain. It might depend on whether he can get the time off from from work.

Terry Fox Run

Confusion reporting fires WALTER STRONG Southside Burnaby, Southside Chilliwack, and Southside Vancouver, are all places that will pop up with a search for ‘Southside B.C.” on Google. ‘Francis Lake, B.C.’ refers to several different bodies of water in B.C., none of which are even remotely located near our own Francois Lake. This might explain why it’s possible to create confusion when you punch *5555 on your cell phone to alert B.C. Wildfire Management Branch that you have spotted a fire.

The call centre that receives your call is located in Victoria, and staffed by wildfire management branch employees. All information taken down at the time of a fire report phone call is recorded and dispersed to regional fire centres. Multiple phone calls for the same fire can help dispatchers and fire officers more quickly fix a fires location. “Multiple phone calls are more common than not,” said Suzanne Pearce, Northwest fire centre communications officer. “Having more than one description of the location enables both the folks in Victoria as well as us here in the fire centre to guide our crews in to a reported fire.” Information collected at the call centre in Victoria ...see *5555

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Sunday Sept. 15 Francois Lake Hall Run/walk/ride/stroller starts at 1 p.m. Reg. at 12:00


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Everyone is invited to the BIG PIG EVENT I hope every will take time to check out the BIG PIG event happening this weekend. Friday is kid’s mini downhill, mini XC and pump track race. Saturday is downhill, Jump Jam and 4 Cross. And then of course ons Sunday DANTE’S INFERNO - it is a fun family event so come out and have some fun!!

Logan Wilson, Rec Coordinator

Come out and volunteer at the Big Pig Bike Fest! Volunteers are needed to staff the NWIPC information booth and bike wash station. Call 1-866-44WEEDS

RENTAL SHACK IS OPEN! Tuesday to Saturday (Until August 30th) 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (weather dependent)

Canoe, Kayaks, Water Toys, Tennis & Skateboard Equipment, Food and Beverages! FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Village of Burns Lake, 15 3rd Ave / P.O. Box 570, Burns Lake BC, V0J 1E0 Phone: 250-692-7587 Email: or Facebook /

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The Big Pig is looking for volunteers to help run the event. Help with registration is needed and ongoing throughout the weekend. Visit BLMBA’s website at www.

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Come visit the museum

Standing in front of the new shoemaker-harness building at the museum are Ashley Bergen and Syrina Murray. Bergen is working at the museum under the Canada Summer Jobs program as a museum archivist. Murray has been sponsored to work at the museum for four months by Lakes District Maintenance Ltd. The museum will be open until Sept. 27, 2013. Walter Strong photo



is digitized and instantly relayed to the appropriate fire zone. Every time ‘Burns Lake’ is punched into the system, Nadina Fire Zone officer Rob Krause’s phone lights up. But staff answering the phone don’t necessarily know the colloquial names for locations, or local landmarks, province-wide. Saying that you can see a fire 'across Francis [sic.] Lake from the milkshake place by the ferry,' will likely slow down the communication process. But if you don’t know where you are and you can’t say something clear like, ‘I’m south of Burns Lake, at the north side ferry loading on Francois Lake,’ make the call anyway. Dispatchers will record all information and local fire officers will take it from there.

The key thing is to get that information relayed quickly. Here’s what Suzanne Pearce, information officer with B.C. Wildfire Management, recommends callers do to ensure the efficient relay of information: Pull over and report your fire sighting right away, if you have cell service. If you don’t have cell service, reset your odometer to zero so that when you have service again, you can say how far down the highway you were when you spotted the fire. Let the person on the other end of the line ask you questions, listen to those questions, and answer them. The questions are meant to not only locate the fire, but assess its size, current and potential immediate danger to life or property. You will be asked for a call-back number in case more information is needed.


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Mountain biking support Lakes District Maintenance recently donated $500 to the Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association. The money helped get riders and their gear to competitions earlier in the season. Submitted photo

Burns Lake Comfor fills new position Walter Strong Burns Lake resident and long-time Burns Lake community forest (BLComfor) harvesting supervisor Kerry Martin as been selected to fill the new position of operations manager for ComFor Management Services Ltd. (CMSL). “In this role, Mr. Martin will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Community Forest and the residual details of the sale of Sheraton Holdings Ltd.,” reads an Aug. 8, 2013 CMSL press release. “I thank the board for the appointment and I am happy to be moving forward,” said Martin of his new position with BLComfor. “I am also looking forward to the results of an independent financial analysis that will guide us in the continued restructuring of the companies.” The creation of the new position is part of what is described as ‘phase two’ of community forest restructuring. The long-advertised position of BLComfor general manager (GM) will no longer be filled. A dozen applications for the position were made, and the board of BLComfor came to serious negotiations with one applicant, but the

position was not filled. “We no longer have plans to fill the GM position,” said Ron Zayac, interim Comfor manager. “After the final restructure is complete, we will reassess the situation and decide if there are still gaps in the management structure.” Instead, the operations manager will maintain the day-today responsibilities the general manager used to hold, but he will not hold executive-level decision making functions. “Technically, Kerry will be responsible for all the operations for BLComfor,” Zayac explained. “This includes the harvesting and roads programs that he is already responsible for, the forestry program,

and the silviculture program.” But he will not be responsible for board decisions or deliberations. “Moving Kerry into a position managing operations allows the board to focus only on policy and restructuring knowing that the interests of BLComfor are being looked after by someone intimate with the history of the organization.” Two more phases of the restructuring process are expected to be complete in time for the third and final phase of restructuring, the 2014 contracting cycle. With operations management settled, the BLComfor board of directors will move on to a detailed financial analysis stage. The analysis

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will be carried out by an independent analyst - a tender package is being prepared - and will take into consideration looming difficulties the forest industry will face, including the inevitable drop-down in annual allowable cut. The second phase of restructuring is related to transparency of Comfor operations. “We will begin a detailed review of all Board policy to simplify the way the Board works and to ensure fairness and transparency of the operations,” Zayac said. “We respect that BLComfor is a

Special thanks to our daughters and grandchildren for their part.






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2nd Prize: $500 3rd Prize: $300 4th Prize: BBQ + many other prizes!

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Decker Lake Recreation Commission would like to thank the following for their support that enabled us to finish renovating our community hall. It wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity. northern Development Initiative Trust nechako kitimaat Development Fund Enabling access - hRS Development Canada new horizons For Seniors Comfor Management Lakes District Maintenance Burns Lake Community Foundation also thanks to Country homes for the outstanding job.


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We are so blessed to have you all. Thank you soooo much.

Sunday Sept. 15 Francois Lake Hall If you or your business would like to donate items we would most appreciate it.

Come help us celebrate

We have the

Thank you to our family and friend for the 40th Anniversary (almost) surprise party. Thanks for the food, cards, gifts and well wishes. We hope everyone had a good time because we sure did.

publicly owned institution and we plan on simplifying policies and making it more clear how businesses in our community can compete for Comfor-generated work.” Zayac will be stepping down from the position of interim general manager at the end of August, although he will continue to work closely with Martin as he transitions into his expanded role. “I may continue to help with communications and a few other functions, but will not be managing the company,” Zayac said.

33 Annual Terry Fox Run

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Drop in Wednesdays in August at Yarn & Sew On: 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your UFO (Unfinished object) or start a new project. For info phone 250-692-0080.

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With a brand new kitchen featuring two stoves as well as dishes and utensils for up to 120 guests, the lodge is a great spot to host your next event or get together.

To book a rental: please contact Joan & Jeff Ragsdale 250-692-0093

Sun, Mon, Wed, & Thurs open 11am til 9pm Tues, Fri & Sat open 11am til 10PM

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“Members and bona fide guests welcome”

The Legion needs a cook

If you are interested please contact Jeanne @250-692-9401 or the Legion @ 250-692-3232

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 4:00-8:00 pm

Read the

Legion Business in

the Classified section!!

If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran. Support your local Legion.

email: Phone: 250-692-3232

Aug. 17 Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club Gymkhana. Eagle Creek Lower Grounds, 10am start - 3rd and final qualifier for the Northwest Invitational Championship Gymkhana being held in Fraser Lake Sept 14. 250-692-5721 or torikari@hotmail. com. The Big Pig Mountain Biking Festival Aug. 16 to 18. Kids Races, Downhill, Jump Jam, 4Cross & more.

Grassy Plains Gospel Church Sunday Service: 10:45 am 250-694-3329 (Church)

IMMACULATACatholic Church 248 - 3rd Avenue, Phone: 250-692-3568

Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. ~ Everyone Welcome ~

Sunday 10:00AM

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tent 36. Matador 37. Not new 38. Political action committee 39. Microelectromechanical systems (abbr.) 41. Woman’s undergarment 42. Enacted legislation 43. A representation of a person 46. Large casks for liquids 49. Abbr. for 50 across 51. Nursing group 52. Roman god of the underworld 53. Silver 54. Group health plan 55. The 7th Greek letter 58. -__, denotes past 59. Rural delivery 60. Oil company 61. Associated Press

OUR TOWN Rocky Mountain Rescue. Aug. 12-16, 10am to 12pm or 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Island Gospel Fellowship gym. Contact Tracy at (250) 692-3623. For kids, ages 5/12. It’s free.

Pastor Ed Peters Phone: 250-692-7551


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On Aug. 17, we who oppose Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipelines will be rallying together! Join us in 1000 Drums Rally Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. in Spirit Square, Burns Lake.

Gerow Island, Highway 35

Sunday Morning Worship Service begins @ 10:30 am



Grassy Plains Community reunion 2013 Aug. 16-18. Everyone welcome. More info. call Patty Silveira at (250) 614-0525.

Island Gospel Fellowship


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Omineca Ski Club Day Lodge Complete Commercial/Residential/ Industrial Janitorial Service

Church Directory Kerr Road, Burns Lake Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15. Worship Service at 10:30 includes Children’s Church

The newly renovated

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Fall Fair Kite Flying Contest 8 years or younger, 9-11 years, 12-15 years, 16 years, Trickster Show. Preregister by Aug. 31. Pet Show Sponsored by the Burns Lake Vet Clinic Sept. 7 & 8 - 2 pm. Drop off entry for by Aug. 25 at the Burns Lake Vet Clinic. Lots more to do - look for your Revised Fall Fair Book in this week’s issue of the Lakes District News. The Big Pig is looking for volunteers to help run the event. Volunteers are needed Friday evening around 5-8pm. Spotters are needed on the course Saturday. Drivers are also needed. If you can volunteer please indicate which days and what you are available for: Friday evening (the 16th): kids events (spotters), shuttle vehicle and drivers needed (5pm-8pm). Saturday (the 17th) spotters on downhill courses, drivers and shuttle vehicle needed. (7:30-noon). Help with registration is needed and ongoing throughout the weekend. Visit BLMBA’s website at


CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP At Muriel Mould Primary School

SUNDAY, 10:30 AM Contact: Roland & Lisa Cataford 250-692-9196 ~Everyone Welcome ~

ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHURCH 136 - 4th Avenue, Burns Lake

No Worship Services during July & August Ministry led by lay leaders Phone 250-692-7202

DECKER LAKE MENNONITE CHURCH Sunday Morning Services: Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Services: 10:30 a.m.

Pastors - Ken Dyck 250-698-7629 David S. Burkholder 250-692-7057 Everyone Welcome Hwy 16, Decker Lake

Seventh Day Adventist Church Group Meets Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church on Centre Street.


Burns Lake Community Church Call for summer locations and times. Pastor John Neufeld 250-692-7949

Burns Lake


Sunday Services: 10:30 am Celebrating the Love of God Pastor Henry Washington 250-692-7464


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Grassy Plains Country Store New Owners - Gary Martin & family

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Glad Tidings Camp Meeting


September 8 - 15 • Francois Lake Hall


HOROSCOPES Week of August 14th - August 20th

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Save some of your good fortune for others, Leo. When you share the wealth, not only will you feel better about yourself, but also you will certainly have more friends around you. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Without you the well-oiled wheels of the work machine just won’t spin correctly, Virgo. That can put a lot of pressure on you in your career, so weigh the options of a day off. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, sometimes you have to be the voice of reason, and this won’t always make you popular with others. Though some may not rally around you this week, they’ll relent. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Something that seemed like a good idea at first glance may not seem like the best thing to do right now, Scorpio. Switch gears while you can still take another path. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, although you may rather spend your time doing something else for the next few days, handle your upcoming obligations without complaint. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Surround yourself with close friends, Capricorn. They will serve as your anchor in difficult situations that may come to pass this week. It’s good to have a support system. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 There is more to you than others see, Aquarius. Sometimes you relish in being mysterious, and this is one of those times. Others’ interest will be piqued.

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daily schedule 6am: Morning Worship - Henry Thoms 7am: Breakfast 8am: Clean up, short walk 8:30 -9:30am, 9:45-10:45am - Jamal Sankey Break 15 minutes 11am - Emma Fields: Health 12:30-1:30 Lunch 1:30-2p, - Cleanup and shot walk 2-3:00pm Emiliano Richards: Wilderness Survival Class (Mon-Thurs) Break 4-5:00pm, 5:15-6:50pm - Emiliano Richards Break 15 minutes 6:30pm - Supper 7:00pm - Cleanup Fri. & Sat. 2-2:30 - Roland Temple will share about the 2520

Health Class Wilderness Survival Class Preparedness for the Lord’s return Organic breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided for $5a meal – Gluten FREE meals available For more information or to per-register call 250-695-6766 • Your hosts: Henry & Alison Thoms

Citadel Botnet Disinfection Computer Repairs, Sales & Training

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Though Microsoft and the FBI scored a major victory in the battle against the Citadel banking Trojan a few months ago, the war against that particular infection has not yet been won. While many of the servers controlling the legions of infected computers have been taken down, a significant number of the PCs that were unwitting participants in the botnet remain infected, just waiting for new control servers to put them back to work stealing banking information. Microsoft has learned quite a bit about the inner workings of Citadel and has notified Internet Service Providers & Antivirus companies worldwide of the signs of Citadel infection. In the event you receive an email notification that a computer on your network has been infected with the Citadel Trojan, don’t panic. By now your antivirus program should have been undated with definitions to detect and disinfect this threat, so update your AV program and run a full scan. If you do not have an AV program or would like a second opinion, you can also run a full scan with the Microsoft Safety Scanner, which is available for download from Microsoft’s website.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Don’t take any sniffles or sneezes for granted, Pisces. Make sure this week you pay attention to your health to ensure good days ahead. ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you have a firm grasp on what you need to accomplish in the week ahead. Stay focused on your tasks and that focus will pay off by the end of the week.

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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, your financial burden is a little easier this week. Perhaps you have caught up on bills or have received a little extra money you didn’t expect. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, whether you are in a relationship or are looking for a new romantic partner, the next few days are the moments for putting on the charm. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, many things need to get done this week before you can set work aside and take a much-needed vacation. Once you get through the bulk of things, you can relax.


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In Memoriam Gifts





The Arthritis Society B.C. and Yukon division is your primary source and resource of the latest print and electronic information, programs and services about arthritis. No matter where you live, you can access us at the touch of a button. Toll free 1-800-321-1433 or visit The Chronic Disease Education Clinic at the Lakes District Hospital is open Tuesday & Wednesday from 8:30am4pm. The clinic provides information and teaching on various chronic illnesses such as Diabetes & Heart Disease. A doctors referral is not needed. To speak with the nurse call (250) 692-2440


to the Burns Lake Health Care Auxiliary are used to provide financial support, equipment plus comfort and care for patients in our hospital, the Pines and all other community healthcare services. Mail a donation on behalf of yourself or a loved one to: B.L. Health Care Aux. Box 812 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 A tax deductible receipt will be issued

Obituaries GEORGE S. E. BOWERS

Jan. 5, 1935 - June 25, 2013 George, born in Toronto, Jan. 5, 1935 of Quesnel, BC died peacefully at Dunrovin Nursing Home, Jun. 25, 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Blanche of almost 40 years. He will be sadly missed by his step-children, grandchildren and great-children, his 5 younger siblings as well as extended family and friends. As an Ontario farm boy, he developed an interest in animal husbandry, agriculture and large machinery. Throughout his life he exhibited a special strength in visual memory skills and loved being tested on locations of places. George and Blanche made many trips with their motor-home, travelling throughout Canada and US visiting family and friends along the way. They also travelled to their perspective family roots England and Ireland. George pursued careers in electricity, and road construction, R.C.M.P, BC Hydro and BC Natural Gas. George and Blanche built their final dream home and hobby farm in a picturesque setting at Burns Lake. There, as was always the case, neighbours, family and friends from near and far enjoyed a warm welcome and many a fine meal as a result of the fruits of their labour.

Information ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to keep drinking that’s your business - if you want to quit drinking that’s our business. Burns Lake Meetings: Tuesday 7:30 pm Catholic Church, Saturday 7:30 pm Catholic Church. For information or transportation call (250) 692-6867 / (250) 6987325 / (778) 669-0070 Only requirement for AA is a desire to stop drinking. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Southside Meetings: Mondays and Thursdays 6:30pm 7:30pm at Grassy Plains Gospel Church. For more information: (250) 694-3682 Anyone needing information on Alzheimer’s please call 1866-564-7533 BURNS LAKE RCMP Victim/Witness Assistance Program. 201 Hwy. 35, Box 759 Burns Lake. Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm (250) 692-3010 LOCAL HOSPICE Services are available by contacting the Hospice Coordinator at (250) 692-2448. The Hospice office, located in the Lakes District Hospital, is open every Thurs. from 10am - 4pm. A lending library of videos, books and information on bereavement is available. Please make donations to the local hospice and palliative care program payable to the Burns Lake Hospice Program, Box 7500, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1EO

CRISIS PREVENTION. You are not alone. Support is just a phone call away. 1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433) is a confidential, toll-free service that is available to anyone, anywhere, any time in B.C. The youth support line is 1.888.564.8336 (TEEN). The 24 hour crisis line for northern BC is 250.563.1214 and 1.888.562.1214. In addition, several crisis lines also provide support through online chat services so young people have a web-based way to reach out. These services can be reached through www.nor (4:00 to 11:00 pm daily) or NECHAKO RESERVOIR UPDATE FLOW FACTS 7 August 2013

Reservoir Elevation: 852.09 m (2795.58 ft) SLS Discharge: 279.86 m3/s Nechako River at Cheslatta Falls: 287 m3/s Visit website for up to date real-time flow information for the Nechako River. Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist throughout the region for the next week. Skins Lake Spillway discharge will continue to be managed to minimize water river temperatures above 20 degrees C until 20 August while also respecting a maximum target discharge for the Nechako River Cheslatta Falls of approximately 283 m3/s. Contact Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-5675105 for more information. A recording of this notice is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 250567-5812

Career Opportunities

In partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 254, the Yukon government officially dedicated the Yukon portion of the Alaska Highway to all past, present and future war veterans. “The Yukon government, in partnership with the Legion wants to ensure that we all continue to remember the sacrifice and dedication of war veterans and honour them for their service,” Highways and Public Works Minister Wade Istchenko said. “By dedicating this portion of the Alaska Highway we are creating a legacy in remembrance of the sacrifices and heroism of the soldiers and veterans who serve their country.” “We are pleased and humbled by the dedication of the Alaska Highway to Canadian Veterans,” Whitehorse Legion Branch No. 254 past president and coordinator of Remembrance activities Red Grossinger said. “The dedication will act as an ongoing reminder of what our local veterans have sacrificed for us as both Yukoners and Canadians.” The Alaska Highway is Yukon’s largest and busiest arterial highway. It connects the State of Alaska with the rest of the continent and remains rich in Canadian and American history. The Yukon portion of the highway stretches between Watson Lake and Beaver Creek.



Tom Neufeld Trucking Ltd. has immediate openings for the following positions:

BUTT-N-TOP OPERATOR BUNCHER OPERATOR FORESTRY ROAD BUILDER Competitive rates and benefits available. Contact Ron 250-845-8960 or Tom 250-845-1011 Fax resume to 250-845-3667

Employment Career Opportunities

PLANNING a wedding or anniversary party? Looking for plastic flowers for decorations. Call OPTIONS at Nourse House 9am- 3pm Mon. to Fri. Francois Lake Drive. Operated by residents of 8th Avenue Group Home. (250) 692-7845

LE MINISTÈRE de la Défense nationale cherche des Officiers du génie des systèmes de marine pour remplir divers postes de civils à Victoria et Nanoose Bay en ColombieBritannique. Les candidates et candidats peuvent postuler en ligne seulement, au site Internet de la Commission de la fonction publique du Canada, numéro de référence DND13J008697-000069, numéro du processus de sélection 13-DND-EA-ESQ-375697, Vaisseaux auxiliaires des forces armées canadiennes. Les postulants doivent posséder toutes les compétences requises énumérées et soumettre leur demande selon l’échéance prescrit. -fra.htm

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For anything worth $50 - $500. 15 words or less. Ad must contain one item and price. Misc. for Sale category only. Runs for 4 weeks. Ads must be prepaid - cash only.




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The College of New Caledonia is looking to Àll the following position:

Forester / Forest Technician

To ¿nd out more information about this and other opportunities, and directions on how to apply, please check our website at:

Pro-Tech Forest Resources Ltd. is a leading natural resource consulting firm. For more than 25 years Pro-Tech has been delivering full-phase forest management services throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Our company is a fully integrated environmental organization specializing in Resource Management Planning, Operational Development, Forest Health, Silviculture, and GIS services. Pro-Tech has immediate employment opportunities for experienced FORESTERS, FOREST TECHNICIANS and TECHNOLOGISTS in the Bulkley Valley.

Join us. We offer a supportive workplace, great bene¿ts, and competitive salaries. And we have opportunities to grow, both within our college, and within our communities.

These are full time long-term employment opportunities to work within our timber development team.


We offer competitive wage rates, benefits package, and a healthy working atmosphere in the beautiful Bulkley Valley.

CARRIER LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR The Carrier Language Instructor will teach within a variety of programs at the Lakes District Campus. Quali¿cations include: must be Àuent in Carrier Language, including knowledge of at least one local dialect; a university degree or certi¿ed Indigenous Language instructor or equivalent is required (a Master’s Degree preferred; 5 years of relevant experience required; extensive experience working with Aboriginal students and/or community; a demonstrated understanding of local First Nations culture and language; experience working with individuals with a variety of learning needs and cultural diversity and experience teaching in an adult setting is an asset. This position requires a person of Aboriginal Ancestry who also meets all other necessary quali¿cations.

3330 - 22ND AVENUE, PRINCE GEORGE, BC V2N 1P8 TEL (250) 562-2131 EXT. 5466 FAX (250) 561-5864 EMAIL: RESUMES@CNC.BC.CA

Interested applicants should email or fax a cover letter and resume to: Email: Fax: (250) 846-5007

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Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Robert & Gerda Wiederkehr from Burns Lake, BC has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Smithers, to obtain for extensive agriculture purposes and by the way of the Crown Grant, Provincial Crown land located at THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF DISTRICT LOT 3824, EXCEPT THAT PART OF RIGHT OF WAY AS SHOWN ON PLAN PRP5923, RANGE 5, COAST DISTRICT, CONTAINING 58.1 HECTARES, MORE OR LESS, BURNS LAKE. The Lands File for this application is 6408477. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to Nadina Land Officer, MFLNRO, at PO Box 999 - 185 Yellowhead Hwy, Burns Lake BC V0J 2E0. Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to September 19, 2013. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at http://www.arfd. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Office in Smithers.

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Employment Career Opportunities

The Mount Milligan copper - gold mine is located 155 km northwest of Prince George and mid - way between the communities of Fort St. James & Mackenzie. The state-of-the-art processing plant will be built around a 40-foot Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG) mill – one of only six mills of its kind in the world, and the largest in North America.

WORK SCHEDULE: The schedule for this position will be 7 days on and 7 days off, 12 hours per day. While on rotation, dry camp facilities are provided. This position will be required to work inside the Mill and Crushing facilities or in the field as required. This position offers a Competitive Salary & Benefits Package, in line with qualifications and experience. Please reply with resume to: MARINE ENGINEERING Officers are required for various civilian positions with the Department of National Defence in Victoria and Nanoose Bay BC. Online applications only through the Public Service Commission of Canada website, Reference# DND13J008697-000069, Selection Process# 13-DND-EA-ESQ375697, Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet (CFAV). Applicants must meet all essential qualifications listed and complete the application within the prescribed timelines. -eng.htm.

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Our classified ads are on the net! Check it out at Help Wanted An Alberta Oilfield Company is hiring dozer and excavator operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call (780)723-5051 Edson, Alta.

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Kyahwood Forest Products is a Finger Joint Mill located 30km west of Smithers BC, in the community of Moricetown. We are currently looking for an Office Administrator who is enthusiastic, committed to excellence, has exceptional people skills, pays attention to detail, is well organized, has the ability to multi-task, and show a willingness to learn. Responsibilities: Bookkeeping skills, including A/R, A/P, payroll, purchase order and requisition experience, data entry to employee database, assist in administration of benefit plan, maintain employee files , reception duties which include but not limited to answering calls and direct to correct department or taking messages and forwarding to appropriate department, mail and courier, filing, meet and greet visitors, business record keeping and filing including confidential files, other duties as required. Requirements: Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access), excellent written and spoken communicating skills, diplomacy, team player. Knowledge of Simply Accounting. Knowledge of Wet’suwet’en Culture would be an asset. Education: Post secondary education or 2-4 years equivalent work experience in a fast paced office environment. Deadline for resume submission August 21, 2013. No phone calls please. Please submit resumes for the attention of: Sr. Office Administrator 130 Kyah Sawmill Rd. Moricetown BC V0J 2N1 Fax: (250)847-2763

TWEEDSMUIR HOUSE has a cook position available. Apply in person at Tweedsmuir House, #53 - 9th avenue, during business hours Monday Friday 10am - 5pm.


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.


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TWO GOLDEN Retriever Puppies for sale. 8 wks old, beautiful copper coats & and happy temperaments. Already potty trained & they know sit! $550 each. Phone (250) 697-6826.

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale

Garage Sales YARD SALE Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 & 18, 8 am. Tools, hardware, misc. Follow signs on Beedle Rd. to Moose Rd., 12 kms, Hwy. 16 east.

Heavy Duty Machinery

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

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DH Manufacturing in Houston BC is looking for labourers. Must be reliable, physically fit and willing to work shift work. Starting wage up to $16.75/hr. Benefit package after 3 months employment. Email,

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Experienced short order cook needed immediately. MUST have short order line experience. Only experienced persons need apply. Bring resumes and references in to Scott or Brenda. ******************************* Experienced wait staff needed. Will accept applications for part time or full time wait staff. Bring your resume with references in to Brenda or Jan.

MILL INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: • Must have Interprovincial Journeyperson Instrumentation certification • Knowledge of Delta-V & ABB 800XA DCS systems, Outotec on-stream analyzer considered assets • Metso Vision Systems would be considered an asset • Proven safety record • Must have own tools • Excellent written & verbal communication skills • Self-motivated, team player with a positive attitude and the ability to work with minimal supervision


ROUND HAY Bales for sale. Call 250-846-5855

Pet Services PET SUPPLIES Online! Thousands of products to choose from. Take 15% off your order with coupon code: SALE15 Sale runs till the end of August. 1-855839-0555.

Pets REGISTERED Siberian Husky Puppies (with blue eyes) 778-891-4556

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TREATY CHIEF NEGOTIATOR Reporting to: Lake Babine Nation Treaty Society Board Salary & Benefits Negotiable Qualifications • Post Secondary or equivalent • Skills: Negotiations, Decision-making, Computer / Internet Use, Supervision • Understanding of Babine Carrier Culture an asset. Duties: • Secures negotiation mandates • Sets up and prepares tripartite workplan for main table negotiations • Prepares background and summary documents • Ability to drafts position / interest papers for the Nation in consultation with the Treaty Board and for negotiation • Directs and participates in side table negotiations • Supervises and directs employees and other contractors hired to support treaty development and negotiations; manages the Research team and develops individualized research plan and activities for each researcher • Responsible for the preparation of treaty negotiations budget and the strategic work plan for the Treaty Negotiations • Maintains appropriate liaison with government departments, ministries, agencies, UNBC and other interested groups and individuals regarding the advancement of the Lake Babine Treaty developments • Develop a management integration plan with respect to services and programs in areas of governance and jurisdictional issues revolving around treaty developments • Prepares funding proposals design to support the activities of the Treaty negotiations • Prepares and implements a communications work plan • Works closely with and keeps Lake Babine Nations Council and administration informed of all Treaty activities • Other Treaty Related Duties as directed by the Local Treaty Board. Provide cover letter & resume to: Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources Email: Fax: 250-692-4790 DEADLINE: AUGUST 24, 2013 ONLY THOSE SHORT LISTED WILL BE CONTACTED.

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Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? STEEL BUILDING Sizzling summer savings event! 20x22 $4,188. 25x24 $4,598. 30x36 $6,876. 32x44$8,700. 40x52 $12,990. 47x70 $17,100. 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! 1-800-457-2206 TWO (2 X 4) Wilderness four wheelers… asking $2500 for both. Great for grandkids. Call: (250) 845-7707.

Real Estate Duplex/4 Plex 3 BEDROOM - Upper duplex. Fully furnished, sat. tv, fenced yard. 336 - 5th avenue. $1200 per month, includes utilities. (250) 692-0499

Help Wanted

Opportunity for Professional Photographer The Village of Burns Lake is seeking an experienced professional photographer to work on an upcoming project. Please submit a resume and portfolio to Emile Scheffel at or to PO Box 570, Burns Lake BC, V0J 1E0 by 4:00 PM on Friday, August 16.

P.O. BOX 788, BURNS LAKE, BC V0J 1E0 TEL: (250) 692-7724 FAX: (250) 692-7767

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Accounting/ Executive Assistant Comfor Management Services Ltd. (CMSL) is seeking a dedicated team player capable of completing a variety of payroll, accounting and executive assistant functions for ComFor Management Services Ltd and its subsidiaries. This position reports to the Operations Manager and the Board of Directors. The successful candidate will be responsible for completing payroll, calculating and remitting source deductions, tracking and reporting flex hours, administering company benefit plans, reconciling bank accounts, and completing PST/GST and WCB returns. As a key member of CMSL’s team, the Accounting Assistant will also be required to complete Accounts Receivable/Payable data entry, reception, and a variety of other duties as assigned. There will also be Board administration duties including preparing meeting packages, taking minutes and writing letters as required. In addition to having a minimum two years’ experience in payroll administration and basic bookkeeping, the successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal communications, organization and time management skills. He/she must have a demonstrated the ability to complete a wide variety of accounting-related tasks accurately, in a timely manner, and display a comprehensive knowledge of federal and provincial payroll recording requirements. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with Simply Accounting or comparable software, as well as the full suite of Microsoft Office related products. This position is for a one year term with the possibility of renewal. Remuneration will be commensurate with education and experience. A comprehensive job description is available upon request. Please submit your resume prior to 1:00 p.m., Monday, August 26, 2013. Qualified candidates should direct their resumes and cover letters to: Comfor Management Services Ltd. P.O. Box 788 Burns Lake, B.C. V0J 1E0 Tel: (250) 692-7724 Fax: (250) 692-7767 Comfor Management Services Ltd. thanks all applicants in advance for their interest, but be advised that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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1999 Damon Challenger Class A Motorhome, Ford V10, 33’, one slide, 92,000 km, new tires, brakes & batteries, $24,900 obo. (250)365-7152 Castlegar

Boats #3828 Tchesinkut East Rd 1995 built, 4 bdrm, 1150 sqft home on 7 acres. Full bsmt, 2 baths, newly constructed dining room. Heat: elec. w/ wood backup. Water: drilled 160’ with 80 gallons per minute. Septic 800 gallon holding tank with lagoon. 24’ x 36’ wired garage, 16’ x 16’ insulated/wired work shop. Fenced in animal pen with pond, 2 greenhouses/fenced in garden spot, 15km south of Burns Lake.

Private sale asking $289,000 Call (250) 695-6931 for viewing appointment

HOUSE FOR sale. 3 bdrms - 1 bath. 1200 sq. ft. garage. 2.5 acres on Gerow Island. Call for details (250) 692-7817


17 ft. Alum. Canoe “Spring Bok” very stable, perfect for family / hunting canoe. $500. Call (250) 692-2372

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent HOUSTON: 3 and 4 bedroom renovated townhouses. $700. a month. One and two bedroom apartments. $474. to $575. a month. GRANISLE: One and two bedroom apartments, utilities included. $450. to $600. a month. Call: Kathy at 250-845-2448 or 250-8454505 LARGE BRIGHT 2 bedroom suites in a safe and secure building. Close to school and hospital. Large patio, in-suite storage and storage lockers available. On site management. Heat, hot water and cable included for $700 per month. Call (250) 692-3959 and leave message.

Cottages / Cabins NEW LOG CABIN for sale. 30’ x 24’, full loft. For details please call (250) 694-3535 or (250) 694-3308.

2003 Four Winns Fish & Ski Freedom 180 F/S,

fully serviced 4.3L VOLVO PENTA engine, removable side windows for more fishing room, tilt steering, removable seats with interchanging seat posts, rear entry ladder, front control for rear leg trim, full cover with anti pooling poles, electric motor off bow for fishing, custom matched trailer, Bimini top.

This is really a great boat!! $15,000 obo. (250)354-7471 Nelson

Legal Notices NOTICE TO REMOVE PRIVATE LAND FROM WOODLOT LICENCE W0112, W0130 AND W0198 Please be advised that the following woodlot licencees are proposing to remove the private land that is associated with the woodlot licence. W0112 held by E.A. Strimbold Ltd is proposing to remove 70 hectares. W0130 held by Solid Ground Contracting Ltd is proposing to remove 84 hectares. W0198 held by Marvin Strimbold is proposing to remove 168 hectares. All of the private land is in the Forestdale/Elwin Lake area. Inquiries and/or comments must be submitted to The Forestdale Canyon Adventure Ltd (Alison Patch, RPF) at 7296 Colleymount Road, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E2 by August 30, 2013. Only written inquiries received by this date will be responded to. Information about this proposal can be obtained by contacting the above-mentioned at 250-695-6340



Harley-Davidson of Smithers ®

View these previously owned bikes on our website at

1998 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

$6,500 Stk #020949

1993 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic 1999 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

$8,500 Stk #020949

$9,499 Stk #634931

2004 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200R

$5,995 Stk #430564

2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200

$8,400 Stk #462639

2010 Yamaha Raider 1850cc

$9,499 Stk #000969

2007 Yamaha Silverado 1100cc $7,499 Stk #018601 2008 Suzuki Boulevard Stk #108265 $5,599 Stk #108265

4320 Hwy16 W

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250.847.5473 1.800.410 5473

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Burns Lake & area BUSINESS DIRECTORY Lakes District Need a 4x4 B’s Free Enterprises Ltd. PERRY’S X-COUNTRY Bill & Wendy Imus PRINTING pickup? AUTO CENTRE & Let me help you with 1411 Miller Road North SIGNS your next purchase Certified Appliance Repair & Computer Technicians

1411 Miller Road North (Left(Left Off Babine LakeLake Road) Off Babine Road)



Pumps PERFORMANCE Water •Treatment PARTS - GAS & DIESEL Plumbing Repairs • LIFT KITS - CUSTOM

Loren Neilson

Phone: 250-845-8785 Sullivan Motor Products Ltd. Highway 16, Houston 1-800-665-3151 •

Payne Septic Service

• SNOW PLOWING 250-698-7964 “A Challenge Today Is Knowledge For Tomorrow”

Keith Wilson

Box 420, 28540 Colleymount Rd., Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E2


Phone: (250) 692-4353

Starting a Business?

The Comfort Zone

The Comfor/CFDC Developmental Lending Program can help!

High Efficiency Furnaces 101-1st Avenue, Burns Lake

Get online for $349 Make your online debut in style, and without breaking the bank. For more info see: Or contact Thao Douglas by email at I am a Digital Art & Design graduate from TRU in Kamloops and in the process of building a portfolio. Since I’m from Burns Lake - I have an idea what kind of website would work for you!


Next to Rexall

Flying Dutchman Service

For more information, call 1-800-556-5539


Operated by

Delivery of Ink & Computer Supplies


Cell: (250) 692-6569 • email:

Expanding Your Business?

Serving Burns Lake since 1988

Personalized In Home Service

We’re the largest Duramax Dealer in Northern BC!!

BUILDS 250-692-6019

Still serving the Lakes District

Computer Training, Sales & Service




Advertise your Business or Service here for $2225 per week.

On average it costs a person $56.00 to drive to Prince George and back. Save your gas money -


Call Lakes District News 250-692-7526 for more information.

Thank you for supporting our local businesses and services


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Explore Burns Lake


Lakes District News


AUTO CENTRE 1411Miller Miller Road (Left(Left Off Babine LakeLake Road) 1411 RoadNorth North Off Babine Road)

Village of Burns Lake Community Exploration kids show their handiwork in Spirit Square. Youth explore many of the opportunities within the community. For more information on events, contact village recreation.


BRAKES JOSH PeRRy, OwNeR SUSPENSION Call 250-692-4203 FRONT END Full Auto Service centre EXHAUST TUNE-UP FULL WINTER/ SUMMER SERVICE • RE AND RE ENGINES JOSH PeRRy, OwNeR & TRANSMISSIONS Call 250-692-4203 • DIESEL PERFORMANCE Just a friendly reminder to everyone that the total fire ban is still• inPERFORMANCE effect, which includes PARTS - GASbecause & DIESELthis campfires. Don’t despair though, ban doesn’t apply to that use • cooking LIFT KITSstoves - CUSTOM gas, propane, or briquettes, BUILDS so you can still enjoy those burgers or smokies! • WELDING For more details please visit- ALL • CUSTOM RIMS BRANDS LIGHT DUTY FABRICATING and click on the Fire• Prohibitions link. OFF ROAD BUMPERS (Note: The Nadina Forest District is within the ETC. of BC) Northwest region

Corner ommunity Forest

Fire Ban in Effect

Walter Strong photo

Tourist from as far as Germany and Australia stop in

Burns Lake visitor centre reports a busy month

Kaitlin Bysouth and Abby Rempel wearing their Village of Burns Lake 90 anniversary t-shirts at the Burns Lake Information Centre. Bysouth and Rempel help keep the centre open seven days a week. Walter Strong photo

• SNOW PLOWING Staff Position Available

Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. isFor also excited to “A Challenge Today Is Knowledge Tomorrow” announce that we are currently accepting résumé’s for a position here at our local office. Please visit the Help Wanted section of this newspaper for details!

For more info on the community forest, call BL ComFor (250) 692-7724

Walter Strong It was a busy month for the Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce visitor information centre. Staff at the village info centre reported that 951 individual and multi-person parties visited the centre during the month of July. That number works out to 1569 individuals stopping in for area information. Most of the travellers were passing through and looking for local information, but out of the 1569 visitors to the info centre, 412 nights in the community were recorded. A night in the community could mean anywhere from one to 10 nights in town, and could be time spent at campgrounds, motels, or with friends and relatives. On average, three visitors an hour use the information centre, which currently employs two summer students to keep the centre open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feedback from visitors has been very posi-

tive, info centre staff report. In particular, the almost completed downtown revitalization work has received a lot of positive feedback from visitors. One area for fu-

ture consideration that comes up occasionally is the lack of conveniently located fullservice campgrounds for RVers. Although the municipal campground is ideally located, it

doesn’t offer electrical hook-ups. Tourist have come from as far Germany and Australia including two tour buses, one from Italy and one from South Dakota.


unique And spectAculAr on the



Acre sporting property

skeenA river.

pheAsAnt shooting luxury tent AccommodAtions steelheAd And sAlmon fishing

4 km




pointing lAbrAdor retrievers trAp shooting rAnge

Gluten free selection

New pastas, burgers, salads, starters!!

Friday Nights Chicken & Rib Sunday NEW brunch Menu OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK NEW KIDS MENU... COME CHECK OUT OUR FAMILY SECTION! Hwy 16 • Cold Beer Store: 250-692-3622 • Pub: 250-692-3078

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August 1st bookings: 250.842.6400

Burns Lake Lakes District News, August 14, 2013  
Burns Lake Lakes District News, August 14, 2013  

August 14, 2013 edition of the Burns Lake Lakes District News