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Sisters Natalie and Nicole enjoy the furry little bunnies at the Double D-lux petting zoo at the Downtown Merchant Festival last Saturday. The Festival brought out lots of families and residents to enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bouncers, antique car show, store sales, and more. See page 8 for more photos.

Two opposing groups were at the last council meeting to discuss the proposed smokehouse at the Community Garden. As part of the Stepping Stones project, Houston Link to Learning wants to build a smokehouse at the Community Garden, but a group of residents on Copeland Avenue North wrote a letter to council and presented a petition signed by 23 residents, opposing the proposed smokehouse. Both groups were at council last Tuesday to express their views, and neighbourhood residents spoke first. H e n r y Delege, resident representative, said the main smokehouse concern is bears. “We have quite a lot of wildlife in our neighbourhood and one of the biggest concerns is bears,”

Delege said. He said that over the last few years, RCMP had to destroy bears in that area, because the Fish and Wildlife Branch did not have resources to relocate them. “If we do build a smokehouse in our area, it’s just going to attract more bears,” he said. Delege said another concern is speeding. “One of the reasons I bought a house where I live is because it’s a very quiet part of the neighbourhood. It’s almost like being out of town, and being in town at the same time,” he said. Delege said that with developments at the Community Garden, such as the wailing wall and the proposed smokehouse, traffic is increasing in the area and people are not obeying traffic rules and abiding by the 30 km/hr speed limit. See BEARS on Page 12

Man dies from fatal burns following shed explosion By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

A 64-year-old male was killed in a fire following a small explosion in his shed on Duke Road. RCMP Sgt. Rose says police got the report at 11:56 a.m. Aug. 11, and found

the shed on the property burning, and a male with substantial injuries attempting to put out the fire with a garden hose. The male had severe burns throughout his body and was brought to the Smithers hospital

by the ambulance, but later died from his injuries, said Sgt. Rose. His name will not be released at the request of the family. The Houston Fire Department put out the fire, and investigation found

It is believed the man was using propane or butane in an enclosed environment.

a small marijuana grow operation in

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A 64-year-old man died in a fire following a small explosion in his shed on Duke Road on August 11. RCMP Sgt. Rose says the investigation found a small marijuana grow operation in the shed and police seized 27 marijuana plants, 4.5 pounds of marijuana bud and a firearm. The exact cause of the fire is unknown, it is believed that the homeowner was using propane or butane in an enclosed environment, which resulted in the explosion.

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Hill. Sgt. Rose says emergency services found the male in a home on Walcott Road, and brought him to the Smithers hospital by Ambulance for observation. The male and others were uncooperative with police, but investigation suggests the male had fallen off a motorcycle driven by an unknown subject, said Sgt. Rose. *** Police got a call from CN about youth jumping off the train bridge west of Houston into the Bulkley River at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Sgt. Rose says police talked to five youth, advised them that their activity was unsafe, and told them to leave as the train tracks are private property. *** Sgt. Rose says that in the past seven days, police have had seven bylaw complaints, 10 traffic related complaints and one false alarm.

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Houston 7-11 is installing four diesel pumps this fall, starting September 3. By Jackie Lieuwen Houston Today

Houston 7-11 is getting four diesel pumps installed this fall. Starting September 3, 7-11 will shut down their gas pumps for five weeks to add four diesel pumps to the system, said Store Manager Sarah Daly. She said the store will remain open during that time, though they will be digging up a large part of the parking lot to get diesel lines in. The timeline for the renovations depends on a lot of factors, but they should be done by mid-October, Daly said. “It’s only going to benefit our community,” said Daly. She says they are installing diesel pumps because over the last seven years, three other gas stations have shut down and 7-11 has the only pumps left in town besides cardlocks. “So now we’re going to be able to provide [diesel],” she said. Daly says she has contacted the Co-op and Petro-Can to see if they can arrange to be open for longer hours during the 7-11 renovations so that the community won’t be without fuel at night and on weekends. Kim Stoltenberg,

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These phones aren’t really so smart


hey’re called smartphones but the way some people use them is anything but smart, giving us all legitimate cause for concern about public safety. A new poll that shows that 64 per cent of adults in B.C. own a smartphone also reveals, more disturbingly, that about 18 per cent of those who do consider themselves “strongly addicted to the device.” Predictably, the majority who placed themselves in that particular category describe their addiction as “manageable.” It’s a rare addict, after all, who acknowledges his or her addiction — whatever it is — is galloping out of control. That all changes, of course, when the addict is faced with incontrovertible evidence — usually some severe crisis or tragedy — that calls for an immediate change in behaviour. The question is, should we, as a society, be expected to pay the price of such a crisis or tragedy? Particularly when it’s something like an accident caused by driving without due care and attention? Smartphones offer entertainment and information through a multitude of apps, and they have very practical uses in terms of communication, particularly in emergencies, that have, so far, merely scratched the surface of their potential. But it’s no news they also function as a distraction. According to the recent poll, those who describe themselves as addicted estimate they spend an average of 2.5 of their waking hours staring at their diminutive keypads and screens. If that 2.5 hours were spent in one block of time, it might be a different matter but it’s spread throughout the day, usually while the users are multi-tasking in some way. We should all be more aware of the imminent dangers such devices present and to make sure that we are actually controlling them — not the other way around. The human animal is flawed and there is always the temptation to make just one short call, or glance at that incoming message. A quick look, a few more words, just this once — who could it hurt? The answer is not only ourselves but many others, too. Campbell River Mirror

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Turning dark into light Sight, hearing, touch, taste or smell – which of the five senses would you be most willing to give up? It’s one of those questions I often ask people because I’ve thought about it so many times over the years myself. For me it is a toss up between taste and smell. Taste because I wouldn’t mind losing some weight, and smell because so many things are stinky. But then I think about the incredibly delicious foods and drinks I’d never get to savour, and all the wonderful aromas I wouldn’t want to miss. One thing is for certain: the last thing I’d part with is my sight. When I was a child I remember watching Miracle Worker for the first time. It was a movie about the incredible life of Helen Keller who lost her ability to see and hear when she was 19

months old due to an illness. Until then, I’d never heard of anyone being blind or deaf, let alone both. Deeply affected, I started to imagine what life must have been like for her. I couldn’t figure out a way to make myself temporarily deaf, but I’d frequently put a blindfold on, and for long periods of time I would roam around the house, trying to experience what it would be like to be blind.  After a while I would take the blindfold off and have a much stronger appreciation for my glorious ability to see. I was reminded of that a few days ago when my 10-yearold daughter, Daisy, and her friend were doing the same thing. They’d been watching a TV series with a blind character in it. Unfortunately it wasn’t anything as inspiring as Miracle Worker. I took them out for

lunch the next day and my daughter’s friend wore dark sunglasses and closed her eyes as she entered Boston Pizza, still pretending she was blind. It was obvious to anyone watching that she was a child just pretending, but she didn’t know that, and wanted to keep up her act. The owner of the restaurant kindly played along, bringing a Braille menu to Niya, and I thought of the line that Helen Keller’s instructor said early on in the movie: “Language is more important to the mind, than light is to the eye.” That made so much sense to me. Living without sight or hearing, or any of the senses, would make life significantly more challenging. But to live without language and communication would be an unthinkable isolation. Advances in modern technology have far fewer people using Braille, and the


owner said none of his blind customers had ever taken him up on his offer of the Braille menu. Now DAISY Books are the emerging world standard for digital screen-reader software for people who are blind or visually impaired. The DAISY (the Digital Accessible Information System) attempts to give the reader the same flexibility that readers of standard print enjoy: navigation by chapter, section, subsection and page. Of course my daughter loves that it has the same name as her and is thrilled that blind people can read too. “Books are good for your brain cells,” she likes to say.  More than ever we are living in an age of communication, able to instantly talk to people on the other side of the world via the Internet and learn from one another. If Helen Keller had lived

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to experience this level of modern technology, she would have embraced it fearlessly I’m sure. One of my favourite quotes of hers is this: “Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.” This week my kids and I will watch The Miracle Worker, and our appreciation for life as we know it will grow.

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On the

Street... What do you think is unique about the Houston lifestyle?

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“Every subdivision has a kids’ park. There’s not another town from Prince George to Prince Rupert that has that. When people come from Smithers, they are always amazed that every spot here has a kids’ playground.”

“We’re friendly. Houston has a very friendly atmosphere, everybody knows everybody. I like that about Houston, that’s what I think is unique.”

“I would say the steelhead fishing and the navigable water. When things get blocked up downstream all the anglers come to Houston for fishing because our rivers are pretty accessible.”

“It’s a small community with a big heart. With any disaster, like house fires or anything, everybody gets together and helps one another.”

Pot cases down, heroin and meth on rise M a r i j u a n a 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. There were 25,432 police-reported incidents of drug offences in B.C. last year, a 7.4 per cent

decline from 2011. 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. Heroin possession cases jumped more

than 30 per cent to 500, and heroin trafficking cases rose 37 per cent to 224 incidents in 2012. There were 653 reported cases of possession of methamphetamine (crystal meth), a 20 per cent increase over 2011, and 110 per cent more than 2009. The decline in B.C. marijuana cases comes as licensed medical

marijuana production increases across North 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 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

B.C. Views Tom Fletcher collecting signatures against the initiative.

Kitimat oil refinery needs a Canadian lender By Jeff Nagel Black Press

B.C. businessman David Black has been forced to seek Canadian lenders to build his proposed oil refinery near Kitimat at the insistence of the Chinese bank that would act as the main financier. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China declined to fully finance the $25-billion project, Black said, sending him to find a quarter of the required money within Canada. “It really came down to the fact that they wanted some skin in the game out of Canada and they would put 75 per cent of the money up for the refinery,” he said Monday. Black has billed the

project, announced a year ago, as a way to create thousands of jobs in B.C. refining Alberta crude oil while ensuring diluted bitumen isn’t shipped in tankers, eliminating one of the biggest objections to construction of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline that could supply the crude. Black is advancing the project through his firm Kitimat Clean Ltd., but is also majority owner of the Black Press group of community newspapers in B.C., including this paper. He said he believes he has found lenders in Canada but gave no details, except to say he does not intend to take on equity investors.

“It’s too early to say where or how, but I think it’s there,” he said. “Financially, it’s going to work out.” He aims to file a project description with the provincial government in September to initiate the environmental review process. None of the major North American oil companies have expressed any interest in financing or partnering on the refinery but Black said that’s no surprise. Oil extraction is traditionally more profitable than refining, he said, and the biggest energy firms may not want a new refinery competing against ones they already own. “I understand all that and decided early

on I just had to find a way around that and I think I’ve found it.” The $25-billion cost

for the refinery and the marine terminal with the Kitselas and Haisla first nations, determine

even if the Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project is rejected and instead

Black aims to file a project description with the B.C. government in Spetember to initiate the environmental review process.

includes roughly $16 billion for the refinery – more than initially estimated due to a new refining process that promises to emit half as much greenhouse gas – with the rest covering a natural gas pipeline, a fleet of tankers and the cost of the oil pipeline, if necessary. Besides securing financing, Black said he must secure sites

if inland first nations along the proposed pipeline corridor can come on board and to button down formal supply agreements with Canadian oil companies. He said an engineering firm from Calgary has endorsed the alternative refining process. Black reiterated his position that he could build the refinery

bring oil via train, but he emphasized pipelines are safer. “I really hope it doesn’t come to that – I really hope we can do the pipeline.” A pipeline would bring money and benefits for first nations and local communities that wouldn’t come with rail shipments, he added. O i l - o n - ra i l shipments have been

growing quickly as a way to get Alberta oil to market, but a pall was cast over the method last month when a runaway train carrying light crude oil exploded and destroyed the heart of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Black it’s not clear to him whether there would be a risk of explosion with the rail shipment of diluted oil sands bitumen, but said he would welcome research to address that question. Sending the required oil by rail would add 12 trains per day on the CN Rail line across northern B.C. and Black said that would mean a significant increase in noise and traffic disruption in northern towns.


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Houston RCMP, fire, ambulance crews ran a mock emergency exercise to see how emergency response teams work together. Planned by department heads, the exercise was unknown to emergency crews, who came believing the accident was real. The scene involved a teenager who had stolen her parents’ truck with a friend while drunk, and hit a pedestrian and barrier on Poulton Ave.

TOPLEY 4-H CLUB The Bulkley Valley Exhibition is coming soon! ...August 22 to August 25 at the Smithers fairgrounds. The 4-H beef show will start Friday morning at 8:30am followed by the sheep at 1:00pm and the swine at 2:00pm. The Livestock Auction will be held Saturday, August 24 at 2:00pm in the beef show ring. Drop by the Topley 4-H stalls for a coffee, we would love to say hi. If you have any questions please call Ashley Breuer (250) 846-9555 or Chelsea Jaarsma (250) 845-9030.

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Celebrating Downtown Houston! Top: Troy Reitsma, owner of Home Hardware, does a chain cutting to mark the celebration of the store after their recent renovations. The Home Hardware renovation celebration was part of the Downtown Festival organized by Reitsma, which drew in lots of families to enjoy the many activities. Right: Emily enjoys a fun pony ride around 9th Street, led by Christelle from the Double D-lux trail riding and petting zoo.

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Left: Charles Reitsma shows off his 1968 Baracuda, which he just restored and got back on the road. The Baracuda was part of the antique car show at the Downtown Festival, organized by P.V. Cleaners. Below: Dakota and Tucker enjoy the inflatable bouncer, manned by Breanna and Aiden at the Downtown Festival.

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Work is now starting on a major coal mine expansion near Tumbler Ridge, in B.C.’s northeast. Anglo American Mining Group subsidiary Peace River Coal is investing $200 million to open the new Roman Mine adjacent to its existing Trend Mine. The company

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2.5 million tonnes annually. The coking coal would be hauled by rail to Prince Rupert for export. Provincial officials were on hand to count the project as a step toward Victoria’s Jobs Plan goal of opening several new mines and adding thousands of jobs by 2015. But Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett noted the project is also about protecting what now exists. “If Roman wasn’t going to get built, in four years we would lose 450 mining jobs in this area plus all the indirect benefits that come from this mine,” he said. Still, Bennett called Anglo American’s decision a “great leap forward” because the firm has deeper pockets than more junior miners to ride



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Ron Burnett and Vic Maskulak still believe a new highway can be built from Kitimat east, to Houston and Burns Lake. The pair even presented the plan to the Joint Review panel in 2010, the group reviewing the proposed Northern Gateway pipelines. The two introduced themselves as members of the Kitimat Harbour Group, and their reason for bringing it to the JRP is that they felt that Enbridge’s pipeline proposal was the missing puzzle piece in putting together stronger transportation infrastructure, including the new highway, which would run from Kitimat to Houston. “Due to the difficult terrain there is only one opportunity to locate a two-lane highway through the Coast Mountains in this area, therefore the pipelines must share this right-of-way portions of it,” Burnett told the JRP in 2010. Today, the two still hold on to hope that


the highway will see the light of day. And for them, it’s really only a question of when, not if. “We are confident it will happen one day,” said Burnett. “Just like the Coquihalla. Some pundits thought the Coquihalla would be a drain on the economy, it was going to kill Cache Creek.” Getting the road built, however, will require partnerships between the companies and the governments, but as more people turn their attention to Kitimat, he thinks the argument will further solidify. “There’s no question. You can’t argue about the 140, 160 kilometres [saved], that’s simple geography. As the area grows, other people are going to recognize it, so our intention at the moment is to keep it out in the public eye, keep people talking about it.” That savings in distance he’s referring to is the approximately 142 km saved per direction between Kitimat and Houston if a new connector highway is built, versus the 327 km the




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bonuses to the idea as well. Burnett said that it’d benefit the Huckleberry Mine,

“Approximately 142 km will be saved between Houston and Kitimat.”

then on there was opposition. The communities of Smithers and Hazelton, said Burnett, weren’t on board, fearing the road would destroy their tourism economy. But even that’s changed now. Burnett said a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in Kitimat a number of years back had representatives from those communities, and the opinion shifted. “At the end of the meeting they all agreed to support it,” he said, adding, “A circle route would create more tourism within the area but it would also attract tourists looking to do some sort of scenic tour.” There are economic

- Ron Burnett which sends materials back to Houston before going up to Stewart. This would save them that distance. And of course the savings in fuel in transportation on a connector, rather than the long route on Highway 16. Even the existence of an all-weather road would mean better access and monitoring to proposed pipelines. When the two were in front of the JRP, they argued that one of the holdbacks to Kitimat getting a publicly accessible bulk port was the transportation infrastructure which means Kitimat wasn’t sufficiently “economically accessible.”

HOPE forToday Hope for the Desperate!

Over thirty years ago, I was at an evening church service and the phone rang. I answered it and there was a desperate man on the other end. He said he had a drinking problem, his wife had kicked him out, he lost his job and his car motor blew up on his way to town. He did not know what to do, he was seeking out God. Maybe God could help. We met at the front door then sat on the church steps because he said he was not worthy to step inside the church. He knew he was a sinner who needed help. As we spoke about things of God he relaxed and came in. That night he surrendered his whole life to the LORD. The next day I met up with him and he expressed concern over his relationship with his wife. He was anxious about his job, and wondered about transportation. We prayed together and gave it all to the LORD. That evening I drove him to his home town. Anxiously, he waited as his wife came to the door. She seemed surprised to see him but she didn’t hesitate to give him a hug and welcome him back. She was glad to see him! They invited me in and she began to tell him that his boss had phoned and wanted him back on the job. There was also a used vehicle available for his use. As we sat there we realized that all he had been so anxious about; all his prayer requests had been answered. God was gracious and good! I connected this fellow with some Christian friends in his home town and he eagerly learned more about the LORD and grew in his Christian life. He was born again of the Spirit of God, his desperate state of life was changed to a life of faith. Maybe you can relate to some of this fellow’s story. Maybe you have lost your way. Maybe you are desperate and everything is falling apart, and you need a new life. Maybe you are sick of your sinful way of life. You are not alone! We are all in a desperate state without God in our lives, whether we recognise it or not. There is hope! Jesus said “Healthy people do not need a doctor – sick people do …. For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:12,13 NLT. He also said “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pasture. The thief’s purpose is to steal kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT Submitted by Ken Penner Sponsored by Riverside Gardens

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Fifty-four teams competed in the annual Mr. & Mrs. Golf tournament at Willowgrove Golf & Country Club last weekend. The three day tournament, Friday to Sunday, drew in golfers from Kitimat, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Terrace, Prince George, Squamish, Smithers and Burns Lake. The next tournament at Willowgrove is the Ladies Texas Scramble on September 14, with a Cartoon Character theme. Pictured above are local competitors Sonya and Mike Bowes and Sylvia and Wayne Lindaas. Below: Emily McKenzie and Skylar Hassel load up in their golf cart.

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BEARS from Page 1 A third concern is limited parking and Delege says people are ignoring ‘no parking signs,’ and the streets are filled with vehicles. “It’s not that we’re against the idea, it’s just that we don’t think our part of town is suited for this kind of an activity,” Delege said. The final concern from residents was raised in their letter to council which said, “The last thing is the mess at the community garden, the mess from the wailing wall, the crates piled up not being used. “The garden shed is an eye sore to look at, and we work hard to keep our lawns and property respectful. “The compost always has a mess around it. “Our property value

has gone down because of the eye sore Community Garden,” said the letter signed as from the neighbours of North Copeland Ave. Marian Ells, Operations Manager of the Houston Link to Learning, spoke to council next about the questions raised. Ells said the Community Garden has been part of the Houston Link to Learning programming for over 12 years, and they want to expand their programs with the Stepping Stones project. Ells said the issue of speeding is a concern for Link to Learning staff and participants. She said that of the three staff who use the garden, one uses a vehicle, and of the 40 or so Community Garden participants, 60% do


not own vehicles, but walk to the garden with their children. “We’re extremely concerned about these speeders as well. It’s dangerous to our participants and the residents,” she said, adding that maybe they could all join together to get the licence plates of anyone they see speeding. In regards to parking, Ells said it was brought up before by residents, and garden staff heard the concerns of residents and no longer park there. It’s a policy that staff and members not park along 3rd Street, and staff actively move anybody from the garden who they see parking there, said Ells. “We’ve complied in the most respectful manner that we know,” she said. About the wailing wall and increased traffic, Ells said they had one event, the Rock Party, that drew a lot of people, but since then, the wall has not attracted any more traffic to the neighbourhood. Ells said that with the smokehouse proposal, she understands

the concerns from residents. She says that they will have someone at the smokehouse at all times when it is running, they will have a guard and are looking for someone with a dog to do that. They will be cold smoking (less smoke), and after each use they will burn and scrape all the residue from the smokehouse so that it will leave no scent of fish, Ells said. Ells says that the Wet’suwet’en people have been smoking fish for centuries and keeping bears away, and the garden staff can use the knowledge from them to do the same. Finally, in response to concerns about the mess of the Community Garden, Ells said they were shocked to hear that. “Staff, participants and volunteers have worked tirelessly to help us make a beautiful space and up until now we’ve had nothing but positive comments about how beautiful the garden is,” she said. “Our program has been recognized provincially and across

Canada and at any time we could get hundreds of signatures from community members in support of the garden.” Comments about lowered property value are totally unfounded, Ells said, adding that one resident reported that somebody offered to buy their house because it backs onto such a beautiful spot. “I would advise any residents who have any concerns about the smokehouse, and mayor and council, to drop into the garden, and have a chat with us. It really is a beautiful space, and our staff would be more than happy to talk,” Ells said. Mayor Bill Holmberg thanked both parties for coming to council. “There’s been no decisions made on this proposal at this point,” said Holmberg. People should check online council agendas for when the decision will be made, he said, and Houston CAO Linda Poznikoff says the decision will be made next meeting, August 20. #PostToWIN

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The District of Kitimat is seeking to fill the following positions: Project Engineer: must be a professional Civil Engineer with minimum 3 years professional experience (preferably in municipal environment) and eligible for registration with APEGBC. Permanent full-time (PFT) exempt staff position with competitive compensation and full benefits. Deputy Operations Manager: will have several years experience in municipal or related field and post-secondary education in Water Quality, Civil or Building Technology or related Trade Qualification. PFT exempt staff position with competitive compensation and full benefits. Engineering Technologist 2. Must have a civil engineering technologist diploma, 3 years experience in the civil/municipal discipline, and eligibility for registration with ASTTBC. Bargaining Unit position. Wage: $37.01 - $44.78/hr over 2 years. Submit resumes by September 10, 2013, 4:30 p.m., to Personnel, District of Kitimat, 270 City Centre, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2H7. Fax (250) 632-4995, e-mail Further information can be obtained from our website at



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Grand Forks Division IMMEDIATE OPENING Certified Heavy Duty Mechanic International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is a leading global supplier, with one of the most diverse lines of lumber products in the world. The company has operations across North America and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. For more information about Interfor, visit our website at Grand Forks is the heart of the Boundary Country nestled in the Southern Interior of Beautiful BC minutes from the US Border. For more information about Grand Forks, visit the website Reporting to a Maintenance Supervisor, the successful applicant will be primarily responsible for the upkeep of all the operation’s mobile equipment. You will be a highly motivated team player, with strong communication and interpersonal skills, the successful applicant must have a recognized heavy duty trade certification and a good safety and attendance record. The current shift configuration is 3 days on 4 days off, 36 hours per week, steady dayshift.

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Houston Canadian Reformed Church SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 AM & 2:30 PM Pastor Carl Van Dam 2IĂ€FH3KRQH ~ Everyone Welcome ~ 3797 Omineca Way, Box 36, Houston, BC

Houston Christian Reformed Church 1959 Goold St., Box 6, Houston 250-845-7578

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Services: 10:00 am & 3:00 pm

Jack Mills 1949-2013

Jack Mills, aged 64 of Houston, B.C., passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Bulkley Valley District Hospital. He was born on July 11, 1949 in Marystown, Newfoundland, the son of John and Mary Mills. Jack grew up in Newfoundland before moving to Houston, where he resided and called home. Jack is survived by his wife Charlotte, two daughters Tara and Sheryle, one son Brent, and one granddaughter Emlyn. Jack was a very loved and respected man known for his passions of golf, fishing, riding his Harley and spending time with his girls. He will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who loved and knew him. A celebration of Jack’s life was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Houston Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Smithers Toy Run which was his favorite charity.

Place of Worship



CHURCH DIRECTORY Anglican Church of St. Clement

2324 Butler Ave., Box 599, Houston, BC

Phone: 250-845-4940

Services are: 10:30 a.m. Sundays


2106 Butler Ave. Houston, B.C. Contact: 250-845-2282


HOUSTON PENTECOSTAL CHURCH 2024 Riverbank Drive, Box 597, Houston Phone: 250-845-2678 • Pastor: Mike McIntyre

Sunday Worship Service: 11:00 am Sunday Prayer Meeting: 7:00 pm Sunday School: During the Service Everyone Welcome


Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Houston Today

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Is looking for a Early Childhood Educator or ECE Asstistant Qualifications: • 19 years of age • Licensed E.C.E. or currently enrolled in E.C.E. courses • First Aid or Child Safe certificate Successful candidates will have to complete • Criminal Record Check • Medical Clearance • Updated Immunization Please submit resume by August 28, 2013 to Marianne Dekker @ #118 - 3429 10th Street, P.O. Box 489, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 or fax a copy to 250-845-3482. Any questions, please phone 250-845-3484 and ask for Marianne.

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5% Down - $7,250.00 • Bi-Weekly Payment $313.75 3.390%-4 year closed- 25 year amortization





• 4 bedroom family home located with in walking distance to the Silverthorne Elementary School, arena, pool and shopping. • Upgrades include a new roof in 2005, newer wood stove, paint, fencing around yard. Fully finished basement includes a large rec room, laundry, 4th bedroom and a bathroom. • Quick possession available - Call Lia to view today!



IN-TOWN LOTS • 2000 Lahti Road 6039 sq.ft. ............................................... $25,900 • 2008 Lahti Road 6039 sq.ft. ............................................... $25,900

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INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR SCHOOL. NO Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. SignUp online! 1-866-399-3853

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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Canyon Contracting Company (a Division of LB Paving Ltd.) is a full service civil contracting company that has been operating in the Smithers, Houston and Hazelton areas for over 20 years. We specialize in water, sewer and storm drainage installations as well as fencing, landscaping and paving stones. Our clients come from all aspects of our communities: municipalities, industrial, commercial and residential. Our work covers a broad spectrum of site servicing construction and infrastructure maintenance and repair.

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WELCOME TO LIFE’S BETTER HALF! • Spacious, executive family home with major renovations. • Main level extensively renovated in 2012. • Very open concept with huge, bright kitchen with an island, granite countertops and skylight. • Beautiful rock pellet fireplace. • Daylight basement w/large rec room, 4th bedroom, storage & workshop. • Large lot, fenced yard, 12 x 20 storage shed, carport, paved drive, cul-de-sac location. • All appliances, window coverings, hot tub and pool table incl.



required. Knowledge of the Cleardent Program an asset.

• Clean and fully finished 4 bedroom home close to all amenities! • Fenced backyard with back alley access and fruit trees. • 3 bedrooms up, 1 down, 2 baths. • Hot water tank replaced in 2012. • Includes washer and dryer. The fridge, stove, and dishwasher purchased a year ago also included. • Tidy and move in ready! • Call to view today!

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Lakeview Dental Centre Energetic, motivated


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We have an immediate opening for an experienced equipment operator with speciÂżc experience operating hydraulic excavators doing site servicing work. We offer industry competitive wages and full beneÂżts, including an 5SP, to the right applicant. 7he successful applicant will be a motivated self starter that can quickly adapt to different jobs and who is willing to become part of a productive team. 7here will be opportunity and an expectation for the successful applicant to run a variety of construction equipment as well as Âżlling the primary role as excavator operator. Interested persons should apply with a cover letter and resume complete with references to the LB Paving Ltd. ofÂżce at 22 7atlow 5oad in Smithers, by mail to Box  Smithers B&, 90- 210, by fax to 20--2 or via email to . We would like to thank all applicants however, only qualiÂżed persons will be contacted for an interview.


Houston Public Library - Summer Reading Club Wind-up Party Wednesday, August 21st from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Mark Zagwyn Photography – Thursday, August 22nd from noon to 6:00 p.m. For more info on the above events call 250845-2256.

& enjoy a fun prize filled evening. Lots of ing applications. No experience necessary please contact Byron - F/C 250-696-3348 prizes!

or come to a fire practice: Thurs. @ 1930 hrs

Houston Community Services is open (7:30 pm) Mon. thru Fri. from 9:00am to 4:00pm We have clothing to give away. Baby clothing; women’s and mens as well as children of all ages. Come and check it out!

The Houston Legion Branch 249: Meeting: The Houston Retirement Housing Society 2nd Mon. of the month is Executive, 4th is asking interested parties to provide their Mon. is General Meeting. names for future vacancies at our Pleasant Houston Secondary School - Office open Valley Village apartments. Please call Aug. 19 – Aug. 30 (8:30am – 3:00pm) Barbara @250-845-3356. Counsellor hours are Aug. 26 – Aug. 30. 1st day of school for the 2013 is Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. HSS webpage: http://hssweb.



Granisle and District Seniors meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of each month at 1:00 pm in the Seniors Centre. Granisle Volunteer Fire Department meetings & fire practices every Tues., 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Granisle Church of theWay services are Sun., 11:00 a.m. Bible study is Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. Please keep your announcements as brief as

Houston Dart League is Sat. evenings at Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. meetings ev- possible. Deadline (faxed or mailed or delivered) is 7:30 pm. upstairs at the Houston Curling ery 2nd Tues. of the month at 7:30 pm. Fire 4 p.m. Thursday. Items are printed or alternated as space permits. Items will be accepted via fax, email practices every Thurs. at 7:30 pm. Club. Blind doubles games.

or dropped at the office. No phone calls please.

Seniors Bingo is every Tues. at 7:00 pm at Structural Firefighting/Hwy Rescue. Inter- More calendar items are listed online and can be Cottonwood Manor. Entry is $1. Come out ested? Topley Volunteer Fire Dept. is accept- submitted or viewed at Lia Long 250-845-1147

Re/Max Houston

2436 Poulton Ave., Houston, BC e-mail: Locally owned and operated

Call 250-845-7325

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HOUSTON & DISTRICT BRANCH 2365 Copeland Ave. P.O. Box 1480, Houston • Ph: 250-845-7117

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dracƟon dire has an opening for a

TIRE SERVICE TECHNICIAN We are willing to train.


Please apply in person with resume to:

Burns Lake Wood Fibre Haul

2216 Nadina Ave. Houston, B.C. Phone: 250-845-2700

Seeking qualiĮed drivers for immediate openings for Wood Fibre hauling in Houston and Burns Lake. We oīer: • Full Time, Year Round Work • Home Every Day • CompeƟƟve Wage, BeneĮts & Pension You possess: • Super B driving experience • A clean drivers abstract • References We are an equal opportunity Employer and we are strongly encouraging Aboriginal peoples to apply.,Fax:250-314-1750 Phone: 1-877-700-4445

Lakeview Dental Centre Energetic, motivated


required. Knowledge of the Cleardent Program an asset. Hours are Monday to Thursday. Please send resume to Lakeview Dental Centre, Box 310, Burns Lake, B.C. V0J 1E0 or fax to 250-692-4251 or email to

For Sale By Owner Mining


Huckleberry Mines LTD. is a 17,000 TPD open pit copper/molybdenum mine located 121 kilometers south of Houston in west central British Columbia that commenced operation in September 1997. We are currently recruiting for the following position:

Tailings (Cyclone Sands) Operator

We are looking for self starters who can work well in a team oriented environment, able to work safely and effectively with minimal supervision, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Reporting to the Mill Supervisor the applicant will be responsible for the efÀcient operation of our water transport system and the cyclone sands plant (CSP), which receives tailings slurry and then separates it (via hydrocyclones) into the coarse and Ànd sands. Day to day duties will include but not be limited to: operation and management of the CSP, troubleshooting and writing work orders. The successful candidate will also be working in conjunction with the Metallurgical department following procedures, parameters and guidelines provided to produce a quality NAG coarse sand product. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years mineral processing experience and have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. They must also posses a valid driver’s license. Knowledge of grinding and cyclone operations complimented with a strong mechanical aptitude would be considered an asset. Huckleberry Mines is located approximately two hours driving time from Houston, British Columbia. Employees live in a camp environment on their days of work. Transportation to and from the mine site is provided from Houston and Smithers by bus and while at the mine site all meals and accommodations are provided free of charge to employees. Houston and Smithers are located in the scenic Bulkley Valley on TransCanada Highway 16, an excellent area to raise a family and has exceptional outdoor recreational activities. More information on the area is available at, and We thank all applicants for their interest in Huckleberry Mines Ltd., but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates must be eligible to work in Canada. 4ualiÀed applicants can submit their resumes in conÀdence to: Human Resources Department Huckleberry Mines Ltd. P.O. Box 3000, Houston, BC V0J 1Z0 Fax: 604.517.4701 or Email:





Apt/Condo for Rent

ARE you an animal lover who has experience working in a veterinary clinic; are you a VOA or an RAHT? Nechako Valley Animal Health Services offers an integrative approach to patient care and currently has a position open. Knowledge of Avimark, and horse handling skills are an asset, but not a requirement. Please send your resume/cover letter, including references to

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

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

Merchandise for Sale

Building Supplies LOG HOME shell kit WRC 6X8 flat 3 bdrm w/grge & curved glass sunroom, ready to ship, 604-856-9732

Art/Music/Dancing INSPIRE your children to be creative and expressive through music! Group keyboard lessons for children ages 3 - 9 that include singing, rhythm, movement, composition and more! Find a teacher near you 1-800-828-4334 or

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. 1-877-987-1420.

Heavy Duty Machinery 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

Misc. for Sale

3383 Gillespie Road

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper?

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Homes for Rent IN HOUSTON three/four bedroom house for rent. Shop, large yard, close to downtown Houston. $1,000 a month. Available Sept. 1st. Contact: John at (250) 293-6499


For Sale By Owner

• 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on large corner lot. • Excellent location, easy walking distance to two schools. • Huge deck, lots of windows with a beautiful view. • Full walkout basement, with pellet stove in rec room. • Attached garage and carport. • Beautiful yard with flower beds, garden and greenhouse.

Pets & Livestock

TWO (2 X 4) Wilderness four wheelers… asking $2500 for both. Great for grandkids. Call: (250) 845-7707.

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


Four bedroom 2 bathroom house located close to elementary and high school. Numerous upgrades include kitchen, bathrooms, windows, and vinyl siding over two inches of blue Styrofoam insulation. Attached garage. Fenced back yard has plenty of play room. Large outside shed. Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, Deep Freeze, and built in vacuum included. $172,900. For appointment to view 1- 250-845-2613

Why Rent? When you can own? #7, Shady Rest RV Park 1975 14’ x 72’ 1100 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Bright spacious kitchen, lots of cupboards, laminate flooring in living room and hall. Newer hot water tank and furnace. Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer. Large deck & covered patio. Asking $29,500. Call 250-845-2260 for more details.

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Thank you The Happy Gang Seniors Activity group from Cottonwood Manor thank

Mary Ann Isidoro for her generous donation of Avon & Tupperware to our group. Thanks again. It is much appreciated!

Canfor Houston Operations 2007- 2014 Forest Stewardship Plan SiJni¿Fant $PendPent 17 1otiFe of 5eYiew and CoPPent In accordance with FPPR 20 (1) the proposed Forest 6tewardship POan (F6P) 6iJni¿cant Amendment 17 for Canfor, Houston operations, the Dungate Community Forest, Lowell Johnson Consultants (Moricetown) and Lake Babine Nation is publically available for review and written comment commencing on May 29th, 2013 for a period of sixty (60) days. This posting is to extend that review for a further 30 days. The proposed amendment adds in the Lake Babine Nation Non Replaceable Forestry License (NRFL) A88862 and Lowell Johnson consultants Non replaceable Forestry License A90554 to our FSP. This amendment expands our Forest Development Unit coverage to Corya creek, areas East of highway 16 from the southern border and north to top the end of Nilkitkwa Lake in the Skeena Stikine district. A number of results and strategy were updated to include these areas in tables were applicable for our Bulkley Forest Development Units. This FSP amendment is available for review until September 13th, 2013, at Canfor¶s of¿ce on the Morice River Road in Houston, B.C. From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments to review are recommended. A copy of the document will also be made available at the Smithers public library. The deadline for receiving written comments is September 13th, 2013. Please address any written comments to: Greg Yeomans, Canadian Forest Products Limited P.O. Box 158, Houston, B.C. V0J 1Z0 Telephone: (250) 845-5225 E-mail:

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 W1752. Please be advised that MOUNTAINSIDE ENTERPRISES LTD. is proposing to remove approximately 191 ha of private land from Woodlot Licence W1752 located in the vicinity of Topley on Highway 16 near Forsyth Road. Inquiries and comments to this proposal must be submitted to DWB Consulting Services Ltd attention Melissa Steidle, RPF by 4 PM on September 6th, 2013. Submissions may be made via fax (250-692-7288) or email All inquiries must be received before 4 PM on September 6th. Information about this proposal can be obtained by contacting Melissa at 250-567-8972.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Houston Today


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Mon. to Thurs. 8 am - 7 pm • Fri. 8 am - 8 pm • Sat. 8 am - 6 pm • Sun. 9 am - 6 pm Prices in effect: Aug. 21 - Aug. 27, 2013 3302 Highway 16 Smithers, BC • (250) 847-3313 • 1 (800) 579-3313 •


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