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Overdue snowmobilers on Harp Mountain ends well Dec. 22, 2013

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Here is the scoop on The Bear Barriere radio 93.1

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Manna Salle is now a centenarian Barriere’s Manna Salle celebrated his 100th birthday on Boxing Day to a packed house of family, friends and well-wishers at the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall. Manna and his wife, Geordie, have been lifelong contributors to the area. Through hard work, volunteerism and support of programs that improve the community, they have made a positive difference on many fronts, especially with the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and the Barriere Recreation Society and Curling Club. The couple is pictured here enjoying Manna’s 100th birthday party celebration. Read our upcoming Jan. 9, issue to learn about Manna’s interesting life. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Kamloops council bries funeral plan North Thompson Funeral Services

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Seasonal accolades from the mayor District of Barriere

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Valley Connector transit service going to two days per week Black Press District of Clearwater, Thompson Nicola Regional District and BC Transit announced recently that the Valley Connector bus service to Kamloops will double in 2014 – up from one round trip a week to two. Starting Jan. 7, 2014, transit service between Clearwater and Kamloops, with stops in Little Fort and Barriere, will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Having two trips per week will make making

medical appointments much easier, Mayor John Harwood noted during Clearwater town council’s Dec. 17 meeting. Local residents will now be able to take the bus to Kamloops on Tuesday, stay over Wednesday, and then return on Thursday. Many motels near Royal Inland Hospital offer inexpensive accommodation, he said. Harwood noted that many residents of Blue River also appreciate the Valley Connector service. They do not necessarily use it to travel to Kamloops, he said. Often they only go as

far as Clearwater for shopping or medical appointments. Customers must book their trips at least 24 hours in advance. Previously, the bus service to Kamloops and back was available on Thursdays only. For more information on transit schedules, fares and routes and scheduled times in Barriere you can call toll free to 1-855-359-3935 or go online to:, in Clearwater, you can call customer service at 250-674-3935.



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Premier looks back on 2013 By Tom Fletcher Black Press After a whirlwind year that started with a comefrom-behind election win, Premier Christy Clark sat down with me  for the traditional year-end interview in her Victoria office. Here are excerpts from that discussion. A longer version with video can be found under the Opinion tab of this newspaper’s website. TF: Premier, you surprised a few people this year. What surprised you the most about 2013? PCC: I guess it was the disconnect between the pollsters and the pundits, and the public. I did have a sense all the time that the citizens were thinking something different in the run-up to the election campaign. I wondered, am I missing something here, or are they missing something? And I guess it turned out that it wasn’t me that was missing something. TF: The liquefied natural gas export project is going to use a lot of natural gas, especially in the early years. Will B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets [20 per cent reduction by 2020, 80 per cent by 2050] have to be changed? PCC: I don’t have a clear answer on that yet. We are working with the companies on exactly how we are going to structure their environmental

commitments and costs, and their electricity costs versus using gas, the total royalty tax regime. We’re looking at that as one package. However that turns out, though, this opportunity to export natural gas  to Asia is the single biggest opportunity we have ever had as a province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. In shipping this to China, we are going to help them wean themselves off some of the dirtiest coal anybody’s burning anywhere in the world. TF: If B.C. is going to get credit for displacing coal use in Asia, shouldn’t B.C.’s coal exports, even though it’s metallurgical coal, count in our greenhouse gas total as well? PCC: I know that the academics and pundits are going to get all mired in competing sets of numbers and studies. For me, we have a chance to do good for the world, and we’re going to take it. TF: On oil pipelines, your agreement in November with Alberta Premier Alison Redford involves B.C. supporting her effort for a national energy strategy. What do you see it doing in the future? PCC: The big idea that she’s trying to pursue with that is a strategy that will connect us east to west in energy. Energy grids are much better connected north


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Premier Christy Clark and her son Hamish make a campaign stop at a Vancouver Island seniors home, May 2013. to south than they are east to west. So she’s trying to pursue a pan-Canadian strategy for the exchange of energy, whether that’s hydroelectricity or natural gas or whatever it is. We haven’t been intimately involved with it until recently, so we’ll see where it goes. TF: There’s a perception out there, fuelled by the opposition, that you campaigned against oil pipelines and now you’re turning the tanker around, as it were, to be in support of them. What do you say to that? PCC: It’s typical of the other guys to reinterpret and misquote. That’s what they

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do. They’re in opposition. What I said was, we have five conditions that must be met in order for heavy oil to be considered to go ahead in British Columbia. That has not changed. The five conditions remain in place. As of today, none of them have been met. The only thing that is different today, from before the election, is that now I no longer stand alone in supporting the five conditions. I have one other premier supporting me, and that’s Alison Redford. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca

In its 2014-2015 Economic Outlook, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce observes that although Canada continues to recover from the recession better than other countries, the pace of growth has been slower than hoped. Consumer spending and housing activity are proving more resilient than expected, while the slow pace of global growth and ongoing competitiveness challenges have reduced demand for our exports and weighed on manufacturing production. Businesses also remain cautious when it comes to hiring and investing. Against this backdrop, Canada’s economy is on track to expand by 1.7 per cent in 2013, matching the previous year’s sluggish pace. The economy is projected to grow by 2.3 per cent in 2014 and strengthen moderately to 2.5 per cent in 2015. “A reinvigorated U.S. (and global) economy should translate into better prospects for Canada’s export sector in 2014,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He added: “To reap the full benefits of an improving global outlook, we need to strengthen our competitiveness, tap new markets and secure and grow our involvement in global supply chains.” Canada’s share of the U.S. import market has declined steadily since 2000. Much of the loss in competitiveness reflects the strength of the Canadian dollar, but Canada’s weak productivity performance has also played a significant role. Government can play an instrumental role in strengthening competitiveness by improving the policy setting—for example, reducing the regulatory burden, cutting high marginal personal income tax rates, shifting away from taxing income and profits to taxing consumption, investing in infrastructure and education, and championing unencumbered global trade and investment— however, the onus is on businesses to craft a sustainable competitive advantage to capitalize on these opportunities. View the Canadian Chamber’s 2014-2015 Economic Outlook at The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

2014 Event Dates? Are you planning an event within the Lower North Thompson Valley during 2014? If so we’d like to hear about it and list the dates in our Community Calendar. Give us a call at the Star/Journal.


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Overdue snowmobilers on Harp Mountain ends well Submitted by Barriere RCMP Detachment On December 22, 2013, at 21:30 hours, Barriere RCMP received a report of four overdue snowmobilers on Harp Mountain north of Barriere. After locating the area, and speaking with experienced people in the area, a search began for their vehicles.  Shortly after 22:00 hours the two trucks were located at 16 km on the North Lake Forest Service Road.  There was no sign of movement around the trucks for quite some time so PEP (Provincial Emergency Planning) was contacted to have Search and Rescue (SAR) activated. It was minus -3° degrees and snowing in the area, so fairly mild for this time of year.  Wells Grey SAR attended the scene with one local SAR member familiar with the area, and proceeded up into the area on four sleds.  Local RCMP  were on scene from the start of the event for incident command.  Corporal Underhill secured plans for the morning after consultation with the SAR manager.  A request for a second SAR team was made through ECC (Emergency Coordination Center)

Star/Journal Christmas Story winners named Kindergarden to Grade Three: 1st - Taylor Harris (grade 3), “The Goblin Who Found Christmas” 2nd - Bobby-Raye Farrow (grade 2), “My New Skates” 3rd - Andrew Harris (grade 3), “The Magic Ice Skates” Honourable Mention: Cameron Salle (grade 3), “The Magic Skates” Kindergarden to Grade Three, Open: 1st - Chloe Smith (grade 1), “Santa Loves Christmas” 2nd - Dontay Parish (grade 2), “Glowing Red Eyes” 3rd - Anthony Genier (grade 2), “The Unusual Present” Honourable Mention: Austin Davis (grade 1), “Santa Meets A Dairy Farmer” Debbie Hernandez (grade 2), “The Little Elf ” Chays York (grade 1), “Santa’s Stuck” Georgia Clough, “The Lonely Elf ” Hunter Bloomfield, “Waiting For Santa” Kayla Chrystall, “The Small Christmas Tree”

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The RCMP helicopter Air 3 assisted in the search for the four overdue snowmobilers on Harp Mountain near Barriere on Dec. 22. for daytime with an avalanche tech. At first light confirmation was made that the second team was on route, and a request for RCMP helicopter Air 3 was made to assist and take up the avalanche tech and a local RCMP member.  Shortly after first light the first team returned from the mountain with negative results.  The RCMP and SAR avalanche tech  met RCMP Air 3 in Barriere, then  left and began the search in the area, and checked on avalanche conditions to allow team two to attend unchecked areas.  Team two of SAR met with 10 volunteers who had signed up to assist in the search. 


The air team cleared attendance of the ground crew who where ready to head out. Just as the first crew was to leave, the four missing males made contact with a family member via cell phone from the top of the mountain which was relayed to the command site.  The four said they had become stuck the night before, and when it became dark they decided to spend the night in the bush.  The four dug in, cut firewood and stayed warm and dry under a lean-to shelter for the night, then headed out in the morning.  All teams were stood down with confirmation of this, but remained on scene

to ensure all were medically okay. At noon the four males emerged from the trail on their sleds with no injuries and in good spirits.  All crews were released from scene and were extremely happy with the outcome. This was a fantastic outcome that had obvious concerns  with all four missing overnight,” said Cpl. Underhill, “A great job by all SAR members, and incredible response from the volunteers and some family who attended, as well as others who drove by or were coming up for the day and dropped everything to help out. Thank you to all of them!”

Grade Four to Seven, Open: 1st - Wyatt Mortensen (grade 7), “Christmas Wish 2nd - Ashley Docherty, “James Give A Present” 3rd - Meghan Booth (grade 7), “Christmas Miracle” Honourable Mention: Brooke Hartman (grade 7), “Runner The Reindeer” Halle Smith (grade 6), “Christmas Land!” Bryce Welz, “My Christmas Story” Lane Robinson (grade 7), “UGGG. More Cookies” Julie Hendriks (grade 6), “Letter To Santa Claus” Congratulations to all the winners. First, second and third place winners will receive cheques for $25, $15, and $10 respectively.

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The Grade Sevens are starting their fundraising for their YEAR END FIELDTRIP There is an account at the Bag Lady Bottle Depot for the class. So if you would like to donate your bottles to the Grade 7 Class or to a certain Grade Seven Student this ad is sponsored by you can drop them off there and leave that grade 7’s name.

“When you need us, we’re close by” When a death occurs, I’m here to help you, every step of the way. 24 hours a day, every day. If you have made pre-arrangements elsewhere and would like to discuss having your local funeral home take care of you, please feel free to call.

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Drivers reconsider photo radar use

While looking at speed limits on rural highways, the B.C. Liberal government may also have to reconsider photo radar. One promise former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell can be credited for keeping from his 2001 election campaign is scrapping the photo radar program. “Speed cameras have no effect on safety. They are nothing more than a cash cow,” Campbell said after leading the B.C. Liberals to a majority win. Soon after, the 30 minivans used in the program were decommissioned. RCMP were sad to see the vans go. And while ICBC, which funded the cameras, couldn’t say whether they improved safety, they did credit the cameras for a $50 million drop in insurance claims between 1996 and 1999. The province is currently reviewing speed limits for long stretches of rural highways, including the Coquihalla. Interestingly, results from a poll conducted by Insights West for Black Press suggests the B.C. government may want to increase enforcement, not speed. And that includes bringing back those photo radar vans. According to the poll, 55 per cent of respondents said highway speeds should stay the same, while 39 per cent support bringing back photo radar to help curb speeding. Certainly, it can be argued that problematic drivers are not a majority, and therefore the rest of society shouldn’t be monitored/ penalized because of them. This position, however, is easily reconsidered when one of those problematic drivers is responsible for harming you, a friend or a loved one. If a proactive, indiscriminate roadside enforcement initiative like B.C.’s former photo radar program can prevent, or at least deter, such incidents, that’s certainly something worth the government’s consideration. Salmon Arm Observer / Black Press

The STAR/JOURNAL welcomes all letters to the editor. We do, however, reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters over matters of libel, legality, taste, brevity, style or clarity. While all letters must be signed upon submission, writers may elect to withhold their names from publication in special circumstances. Drop your letter off at the Star/Journal Office, fax it to 250-6729900, mail it to: Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., VOE 1EO, or email to:

Here is the scoop on The Bear To the editor; Here is the up to date scoop on The Bear. Industry Canada will be in Barriere the morning of Jan. 6, to test the transmitter at the radio station. At that point we will be on the air forever! We will start our official kick off at 11 a.m.  We have been assigned CHLW as call letters. However, we will still be ‘The Bear’. The call letters are the official  handle, and known as the legal ID. I have some great plans for the coming year, and we will be airing a year long radio series called  ‘Barriere, the first 100 years’. There will be about 700 vignettes that will air 24/7, and run about 60 seconds each. The feature will be written pieces that for the most part will be information from the book ‘Exploring Our Roots’, then we will be asking listeners to tell their stories, which will be edited and

will also run about 60 seconds. Three new ones each day, and then some that we will sleep for awhile, then rebroadcast to keep the momentum going. The Bear will also be releasing a music album CD, about 12 cuts in all, that will feature the cream of local talent. The CD will be released the weekend of the fall fair, with proceeds after costs going to a local fundraiser. Then, sometime during the summer, we will be doing a Show and Shine and a free concert at Fadear Park bandshell with a big name in Canadian music, along with the band, ‘A Social Portrait’. I think that just about covers it for now. Remember to tune in to The Bear on Jan. 6, 11 a.m.!            CHLW 93.1 The Bear. Steve Shannon North Thompson Radio Barriere, B.C.

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Update on Barriere’s 100th

Late night shopping raffle winners named

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Cool bed A young mule deer beds down in a snow drift next to a mesh fence.

A hopeless wish list for 2014 VICTORIA – Here are a few things I’d like to see in B.C. political life in the coming year, but won’t. “An orderly schedule of legislature sittings, one in the spring and one in the fall.” I canvassed this topic with Premier Christy Clark in our year-end interview, and got the usual runaround about how it’s always been optional since old Gordon what’s-his-name set the schedule of sittings and elections more than a decade ago. Spring is for the budget and MLAs sit in the fall if they need to discuss legislation. They need to all right, but what governments want to do is ram it through as fast as they can, so that’s what they do. The last couple of years of this have been a sham worthy of a South American banana republic, with three chambers running simultaneously and opposition members trying to prepare as they run down the hallways. It leads to mistakes in new laws and adds to the public’s cynicism about the whole business, but it gets things done with minimum exposure of the government to criticism.




Tom Fletcher Stephen Harper would approve. “A political debate about real issues, rather than just a competition to score points in an endless election campaign.” I appreciate that this is hopelessly naive, but setting aside enough time to consider issues could, at least in theory, lead to that happening occasionally. Certainly the hastily staged mock combat of our legislature today isn’t winning new friends for any political party. The main growth area today is people who have given up on the whole thing. “An opposition with ideas.” The B.C. NDP will have another leadership contest in 2014, and they’d better bring more modern policy to the table than they had

in the last one. Remember the big issues in that pillowfight? Me neither. I had to look them up. Health care? Local organic carrots into the hospital food. Forest industry? A job protection commissar to force the mills to stay open. Resource development? They’re for it, unless you’re against it. These guys need a Tony Blair-type makeover. They need to be for something, and they need to leave the past behind. “Media that care about more than conflict.” News organizations are in bad shape these days, and the competition for a rapidly fragmenting audience is having some ugly effects. One thing that needs to go is obsessive coverage of who’s winning and who’s losing. If the news media are going to be interested mainly in the gaffes and gotcha moments, is it any surprise that’s what politicians try to provide? The Canada Post announcement that it has to wind up home delivery offers a recent example. Is it really so outrageous for the CEO

to suggest that walking to the corner is good exercise? When there’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, it’s a scandal! How many people know that Canada Post’s unfunded pension liabilities amount to $6.5 billion, as it continues to pay a dwindling workforce to hand out mostly advertising flyers? Should they just keep doing that until they run out of cash? Are taxpayers really expected to maintain another two-tier service that’s only available to selected urban people? “Facts to go with opinions.” Whether it’s the government’s fantasy figures on job creation or the opposition’s arithmetic-challenged child poverty claims, serious problems can’t be understood, much less solved, without defining them accurately. Submitting government advertising to scrutiny by the Auditor General to make sure it is accurate and non-partisan would be a good place to start. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

Why pipeline when other options exist? To the editor; Re: Northern Gateway pipeline recommended for federal approval: approvalwith-conditions-1.2470465 Building a pipeline provides temporary employment, but an alternative exists that offers fewer environmental risks, fewer carbon emissions, and more long-term work for residents of B.C. If the proposed $6.5 billion expenditure were invested in public transit, building retrofits, and renewable energy, between three to 34 times more jobs would be generated. In addition, more super-tankers would

have a negative impact on commercial fishing and eco-tourism in the Kitimat region. And if a spill occurs, thousands of jobs along the entire coast will be in jeopardy.  Since there is a much better option, why take the risk of toxic spills on our land and water? Go to: The Economic Costs and Benefits of the Proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline http://www. publications/BC%20Office/2012/03/CCPA-BC_Enbridge_Pipe_Dreams_2012_SUMMARY.pdf Larry Kazdan, Vancouver, B.C.

To the editor; Happy Holidays from the Barriere 100th Anniversary Committee. As we eagerly await the results of our Canadian Heritage grant application, fundraising continues in the community for the construction of the “Splash in The Past” Project, which will provide a Heritage themed splash pad in our downtown park to be enjoyed by young and old alike. As anticipated, Barriere’s residents have stepped up to the plate with their unwavering support for community projects that will benefit our town as a whole and strengthen its local economy. They’ve done so by participating in various fundraisers, such as the Apple Pie Sale, which raised over $2100, the Interior Savings Movie Night which raised over $1200, and most recently the raffle which contained prizes ranging from a large flat screen TV to a night on the town. We are happy to report that the winners of the randomly drawn raffle during the late night shopping at AG Foods on Dec. 12, were: • 46” Flat screen television donated by the Barriere Legion Terry Simpson • Framed artistic print by local artist Marie Downing – Larry Holland • One night stay at the Sandman Inn & Suites with two Blazers home game tickets – Carol Bugera • Two, two-hour horseback riding trail excursions from Tod Mountain Ranch – Shirley Wittner • Handmade quilt made by the Barriere Community Quil-

ters – John Clarkson This raffle has raised over $1200 and we would like to thank all those who sold and/or purchased tickets . To keep the momentum going, and to celebrate Barriere’s Anniversary, we are going to be holding a Family Fun Night, partnered with Success By Six and Interior Savings, on the Sunday evening of Feb. 9, 2014, at the Ridge. Entry will be by donation with funds raised being shared between the Splash in the Past project and Barriere Success by Six. It’s sure to be a fun-filled (and dare I say it), relaxing, night for everyone. Bouncy castles, DJ, tea parties, crafts, movies, concession, cake walk, playtime, parent retreat with free massages, coffee, tea, pastries, and offerings from local spa service and sales… yeah, it’s going to be a great night. A Facebook page is planned to be online shortly, as well as more details to follow, so mark your calendar to spend some time with your family on the statutory Family Day Weekend. And best of all, it is Barriere’s 100th Anniversary in the year 2014. We have an entire year ahead of us Barriere to celebrate our Heritage! There is lots planned for 2014 by the Committee and by other valuable organizations that our town is so blessed to have. Keep your eye on the Star/Journal, Facebook and event notices around town during the year so you don’t miss out. Thank you Barriere for your continued support. Barriere 100th Anniversary Committee Barriere, B.C.






Knowing how many calories create an extra pound of weight will sometimes help us to be more discipline in our holiday eating. if you eat an extra 500 calories per day in addition to your regular diet, you will gain an extra pound. With all the good food around at this time of year, it’s easy to see how we gain weight. We’ve just passed the shortest day of the year. Lack of sufficient sunlight during the long winter months can affect our moods, our ability to get a good night’s sleep, our energy levels and general well-being. These are symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and can be relieved by sitting under a special light for about 20 minutes per day. We have information about this. If you are still a smoker, do yourself a favour and quit. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death. The benefits of stopping begin in the first week. Your doctor will congratulate you, your spouse and friends will thank you, but most of all, your body will thank you. If you want to stop, we can help. A big thank you to all the doctors, nurses and receptionists and you, our customers, for your help and cooperation throughout 2013. Your positive attitude toward our pharmacy and our profession is much appreciated. Thanks, to you, our readres, for all your kind comments about the column through the year. We look forward to serving you throughout the coming year with great service from our wonderful staff. From us to you... a happy and healthy 2014.



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One of two new DriveBC webcams at Clearwater faces west (south towards the roundabout on Highway 5. The second faces east (north) towards Kal Tire.

New webcams in Clearwater overlook roundabout The Times Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently installed two new DriveBC webcams near the roundabout on Highway 5 in Clearwater. The cameras became active on or before Dec. 20. The first faces west (south towards the roundabout on Highway 5 while the second faces east (north) towards Kal Tire. The new webcams at the Clearwater roundabout join other DriveBC webcams already in place along Yellowhead Highway 5 at Lempriere, Blue River, Messiter Summit, Wire Cache, Little Fort and Barriere. The DriveBC website was launched in 2005 and is now the government of B.C.’s most popular website. It receives an average of 2.9 million visits per month. The website offers a number of other online tools that provide upto-date information on traffic, weather and road conditions. There are more than 250 B.C. highway webcams on the DriveBC network.



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Kamloops council buries funeral plan Andrea Klassen Kamloops This Week Neighbours on Seymour Street would never have seen the bodies. Had Drake Smith’s plan proceeded, deceased people would have been driven to the property at 905 Seymour St. in an unmarked van and unloaded in a closed garage. For the most part, they would have stayed not much more than 48 hours before being taken to Sahali for cremation. But, for those living in the houses close to the site where Smith hoped to open his funeral-arrangement office, even the thought of living next door to the dead proved too much. “This is not a happy occasion, facing dead people or being reminded of everything that comes with it — crying, distraught people coming in and out,” said Effat Faridi, who owns a rental property across the street, at a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at City Hall. “It’s not fair for anyone to be subjected to it.” Smith, president of North Thompson Funeral Services Ltd., was applying to have the property rezoned to permit a funeral service that doesn’t quite follow the typical funeralhome model. Instead of hosting memorials or offering embalming on-site, the office would be a place for family and friends of the deceased to make arrangements. Funerals would be held at churches or community halls. Smith has a similar setup in Barriere and a full funeral home in Clearwater, where bodies would be transported if embalming was requested. Under B.C. law, a dead body must be held for 48 hours prior to cremation, Smith said, a service the centre would also provide. That was a major sticking point for Dick Nguyen, whose home is directly behind the proposed site. “When you’re of an Asian descent, it’s considered potentially bad fortune when you’re living across from a cemetery or living close to the deceased,” Nguyen said. Frank Sirianni, who lives next door, said his Italian background and religious beliefs also made the idea of living next to the dead unpalatable. “I understand business and I know pro-

gression has to happen. “But, this is almost too much,” said Sirianni, who argued his elderly mother would be upset seeing the business next door. He also expressed concerns about the effect of the business on the already busy laneway behind the property. Smith said he didn’t think traffic would be a problem at the site. “Most funeral-arrangement offices, if we have, for example, one client per week come into the funeral home, that’s a normal week,” he said. “You might have two cars come at a time and they park in those parking spaces the architect has drawn up and they come inside and we talk, then they go away.” Coun. Pat Wallace said she has concerns about the alley, which she said is “very, very busy.” Other councillors felt it was important to be sensitive to the neighbours’ concerns surrounding the deceased. “When the two neighbours on either side are expressing cultural, religious issues with this — while I would not have those concerns — I don’t want to impose on somebody,” said Arjun Sigh. “I think it would offend too many people,” added Marg Spina. The rezoning application failed by a margin of 5-3, with councillors Singh, Spina, Wallace, Ken Christian and Nelly Dever voting against it. Mayor Peter Milobar and councillors Donovan Cavers and Nancy Bepple voted in favour. Councillor Tina Lange was absent with an illness.

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Seasonal accolades from the mayor I hope you all had a merry Christmas and that your holiday season was filled with family, friends and good cheer. The weather cooperated, at least here in Barriere, to let us have a white Christmas without the ice storms that some other areas suffered. I spoke to Geordie Salle at Manna’s 100th birthday party, and she said the lights were out at their home in Kamloops on Boxing Day morning, most likely due to the freezing rain that had happened Christmas night. Unlike when they lived here in Barriere they were not prepared, and had no flashlight handy. It made for an interesting time getting up and about. They managed through it though, and were here for the party. It was great to see so many members of both Manna’s and Geordie’s families and friends out to celebrate Manna’s birthday. Many thanks to all the organizers of the party. It was a very fitting tribute to a man that has done so many things for the community over his long lifetime. Speaking of saying thanks, we should all recognize Barriere council members for all their hard work and efforts over the past year. It has been a busy year with many changes to how our community is run. There were issues to work through, projects to be either completed or started, and events to attend both here and away.

Council has put in some long hours serving our community. The coming year will be even busier, and I expect council will continue to serve Barriere as they always have. District staff has also continued to serve the needs of our community, as they have done for the past few years. Our administration has put together a new zoning bylaw, revamped the business licence bylaw and is working on a myriad of other changes to our fee for service bylaws. Change is never easy, but with hard work and innovative thinking things can happen. Barriere took over the responsibility for our local roads this year. Council awarded the winter m a i n t e n a n c e contract to Purcha and Son Ltd. On Boxing Day, even Lorne Purcha, who was here visiting, was put to work running the grader to clear out the parking lot at the Fall Fair grounds and help with the Christmas day snowfall on the roads. From feedback I have heard and read, it would seem most residents think the roads are in great shape. The shoulders are cleaned off promptly, so that pedestrians and those using mobility aids can keep clear of the traffic, and driveways are not generally being plowed in like in the past. The sidewalk on Barriere Town Road bridge is even being shoveled off! Great work Mr. Purcha and team.

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Bill Humphreys Any community no matter how big or small relies on its volunteers. Barriere is very fortunate to have a large number of people that volunteer in most every aspect of the community. Under the direction of Chief Kirkwood the Barriere Volunteer Fire Department membership has grown over the past few years and is well able to serve the needs of Barriere and the surrounding District. We rely on their hard work, dedication and continuing service to our community. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, other organizations are feeling the pressure of an aging volunteer base. We all can relate to how the pressures of work and family can leave us with the feeling that we have no time to give. I urge you all to do your best in the coming years to try and help where you can. Volunteering is

a great way to meet new people and to help your community grow and prosper. The North Thompson Fall Fair is always ready to welcome new members and the Communities in Bloom committee can always use a hand or new ideas if you are unable to physically help out. These are only two of the many organizations that need your assistance. Any time you can give will be most appreciated. Happy New Year to you all. May 2014 bring you and those that you love health, happiness and prosperity. Take time through the year to appreciate what is good in life, and share your good fortune with those that need a hand.

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(Above) The winning names from the Barriere & District Heritage Society raffle were drawn just before Christmas at the North Thompson Star/ Journal office. Production manager Lisa Quiding(r) made the draw, with Heritage Society president Fran Wagstaff looking on. (Left) Jo Nelson was the lucky winner of the turkey basket. (Bottom left) Drake Smith’s name was drawn as the winner of the beef basket which included a $175 gift certificate to Rainer’s Custom Cutting and Mitchell’s Mountain Beef. Submitted photo:

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to all of the very generous individuals, businesses and organizations that supported the Breakfast with Santa on December 14th. Your contributions, volunteer time and efforts made it possible for all the Barriere and area families to come out and enjoy a wonderful time together. Because of this support, we were also able to give books to each child in attendance, fostering early literacy for our community’s children. We also received substantial donations for the Barriere Food Bank and towards our local Success by 6 Initiative which supports programs and activities for our community’s children. The event was a huge success and would not have been possible without your generous support. Our most heartfelt thanks go out to; Barriere Lions Club, Yellowhead Community Services, Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way, Aboriginal Engagement Success By 6, Interior Savings and Credit Union, North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre, Sweetnams, North Thompson Star Journal, Barriere Food Bank, and the many, many individuals who donated their time and energy to make these festivities possible. Success starts with each of us and investment in a child’s early years pays dividends for the future of our communities and province. Congratulations Barriere for being a community that cares. Sincerely, Adrienne Pullen and the Barriere Success By 6 Early Years Community Table


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Food Bank says thank you for the generosity Barriere Food Bank News By Dawn McCormick

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Students from all the grades at Elementary School collected items for the Barriere Food Bank for over a month. On Friday, Dec. 20 the boxes were collected and given to the Food Bank, totalling approximately 459 pounds of food, as well as some gift items such as videos and toys. Pictured are the grade 7 students from the classes of teachers Jacquie Hollingshead and Jen Kerslake, who coordinated gathering all the items. If the mode of dress worn by the students in the photo seems unusual, the picture was taken on ‘wear your pajama to school’ day.

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Here’s hoping everyone has a very merry Christmas this year. Having completed my first full year in Barriere in 2013 I want to make note of the following: This community has amazed me from the beginning. I have never seen such an incredible group of people who give so selflessly of themselves. This was especially evident this year when preparing for the Christmas hampers. We had a huge outpouring of generosity from the community. So much so, that the Christmas hampers were filled to the fullest capacity with food, and the toy bags were overflowing. We also had a huge amount of clothing donated and distributed to anyone in need. After Christmas and New Year’s we will have time to put more personal ‘thank you’s’ together, but for now, we would like to say “thank you” to everyone who was part of the Christmas hamper distribution. “Thank you” to those wonderful people who donated food, clothing, toys and money; as well as a “thank you” to those incredible people who volunteered their time to assemble, handout, and deliver the hampers. Christmas truly is the season for giving. We at the Food Bank send all of you our heartfelt wishes for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Pros and cons of GMO foods By Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal These days, one hears more and more about Genetically Modified Organisms or Foods (GMO’s). GMO’s are defined as “...  an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques”.   This involves inserting a gene from bacteria or a virus or other sources into another organism where it would normally not be found.   The purpose, of course, is to make the original organism more productive or resistant to pests. However, everyone had differing opinions as to whether or not they are safe to consume. The pros - this process allows farmers to spend less money to produce more food, use fewer pesticides and herbicides, and to do less tilling to remove weeds and thereby protect the soil.  All are worthy objectives. The cons - this can create super weeds.  Also, the modified plant may now produce it’s own insecticide which can lead to bugs resistant to it (super bugs), and also means we end up eating those chemicals as they are now part of the plant and not just a sprayed on coating that can be washed off.   GMO plants have also been known to escape from their original farm and contaminate neighbouring fields... a problem that can potentially contaminate all such crops and leave us with only the modified version, with the original heritage plants no longer in existence.   Definite problems that should be dealt with (one would think) before proceeding further. To this end, people in various countries around the world are approaching their governments, trying to force food companies to mark their products as to whether or not they are modified, or contain ingredients that include GMO’s.   After all, I, and indeed most people, would prefer at least an option in whether or not to eat something

that has been modified. In order to have such a choice, food that contains GMO’s must be labeled - otherwise how can we tell? Canada has one such bill listed on their web-site; Bill C-257.   When you look at the site, it lists this bill and notes that the last stage completed on the bill was it’s introduction and first reading in the House of Commons on June 23, 2011.   I wrote to the Minister of Health back in July of this year, asking the Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P., what the status of this bill was.   I asked if it was being worked on by any committee, or if it had been tabled or defeated? Last week I received a reply from Samuel B. Godefroy, Ph.D., Director General, Food Directorate, Health Canada. In his reply he states, “Health Canada rigorously assesses the safety of all biotechnologyderived foods to protect the health and safety of Canadians.   They undergo a thorough pre-market safety assessment before they may be sold in the Canadian marketplace.  Canada’s approach to the safety assessment of GM foods is consistent with that taken by countries such as the members of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the United States.   Addition information is available on Health Canada’s website at gmf-agm/index-eng.php.  Health Canada will not approve a novel food unless it can scientifically demonstrate its safety. “Health Canada’s role is to identify the information that is required on the label of a food so that it can be used safely.  To date, it has not been necessary to require special labeling for health and safety reasons for a GM food. “In Canada, while it is not mandatory to identify the method of production that was used to develop a food product, voluntary labeling is permitted, provided it is truthful

and not misleading. A national voluntary standard for labeling biotechnology-derived foods was adopted by the Standards Council of Canada and is available at www.tpsgc-pwgsc. internet/032-0315/index-eng. html.  “As the issue you raise also falls within the purview of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, you may wish to write to him at” I find it interesting that Godefroy says Canada takes the same approach as the European Union (EU)).   Within the EU there isn’t even agreement on the topic.   Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Romania and Poland all have GM crops, with Spain being the largest producer.   Meanwhile, France and Germany are major opponents, although Germany has approve a modified potato for industrial purposes.   Other EU countries that have placed bans on the cultivation and sale of GMO’s include Austria, Hungary, Greece and Luxembourg.   Poland tried to institute a ban, but failed, and Bulgaria banned cultivation, but not the sale of GMO’s. So... I guess the verdict is still out.   In 10 or 20 years, when our continued consumption of GMO’s have progressed for a long enough period of time for the ‘scientists’ to collect sufficient data to prove the issue one way or the other, we’ll then be able to make a scientifically based informed decision.  Mind you, I’d rather not wait that long.  They used to say that there was nothing wrong with smoking, until years later it was proven to cause cancer.   They should really have tested these foods out on some rats for 10 or more years before introducing them to the world.  Hard on the rats, I suppose, but better a few rats than the entire world.

Animal care in cold weather Winter is here! Here are some tips for taking care of animals in the colder weather. Dogs and cats are companion animals, and they belong indoors with the family, especially during colder weather. Although they have fur coats, most are not able to keep themselves at a comfortable and safe temperature when left outside. Animals also need more calories in the winter to ward off the cold. Increase your pet’s food ration accordingly, especially if your pet engages in a

lot of outdoor activities. All animals need access to fresh and unfrozen water, which can be a challenge this time of year. Check water twice a day. If you must have your pets outside, a heated water dish is a must. Antifreeze is a chemical that tastes sweet to animals, so be sure that there are no puddles or drops of it around your driveway or garage. They are likely to ingest it, and this can be fatal. De-icing and ice melting products can also be toxic. Cats and wildlife

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often will take refuge in and around warm engines. If you keep your vehicle outside, make sure you bang on the hood before starting it, to make sure there are no animals trying to keep warm inside. If your animals have to spend time outside, make sure they have proper shelter from the weather and the cold.

Sick or older animals are particularly sensitive to the cold. Make sure they are only outside when absolutely necessary, and provide them with warm, comfy places to sleep. Animals, like humans, need extra care in the cold weather. Stay tuned for another column specifically about cats and dogs!

January 11 is Thank You Day Everyone likes to feel appreciated. It doesn’t matter if it is for something small or something large, receiving a thank you after doing something nice for someone else automatically makes us feel great about ourselves and has some significant health benefits, too. For instance, whether you are giving thanks or receiving thanks, it increases positive emotion - it will make both the giver and the receiver happier.   This in turn helps protect against negative emotions like resentment and bitterness. Another benefit is being able to cope with stress better and experience better relationships.   All these plusses can lead to a happier and deeper spiritual life and better physical health.   Happy people

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A simple “thank you” can go a long way to brighten up another persons day, especially when given for the little things. tend to feel more energetic and recover from illnesses more quickly. A written thank you card is always nice, but unless you carry a bunch of cards around with you, it’s a little hard to do spontaneously - so a verbal “thank you”, said with a friendly smile is quick and easy and just as good. A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way to brighten up another

persons day, especially when given for the little things. So remember to thank everyone every day, and especially on International Thank You Day, Jan. 11.   Thank the person who holds the door open for you at the store, your spouse who hands you your cup of coffee in the morning, and give a friendly wave to the motorist who lets you into the lane in front of him on the road.

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Kids, happy hour coming to B.C. pubs By Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. government has uncorked another round of liquor law reform, with children to be allowed in pubs and restaurants allowed to serve drinks without food. Premier Christy Clark announced the changes at a downtown Vancouver restaurant Tuesday, as the provincial cabinet works its way through a list of 70 recommendations from a recent public consultation on updating B.C. liquor laws. As with earlier rounds of liquor reform, Tuesday’s event was short on details and long on populist appeal. Some time next year B.C. will see the changes, and will also join all other Canadian provinces in allowing pubs to offer discounted drinks for happy hour. Permitted times and a minimum drink price are still to be determined. Children are to be allowed to accompany their parents into pubs up until an evening curfew time, also yet to be determined, but Clark said it will allow families to have lunch or

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B.C. is the only province in Canada where happy hour drink discounts are not allowed. dinner together at a pub. Royal Canadian Legion branches will have the same freedom to admit under-age family members. Restaurants with “food primary” licences will still have to offer a full menu when liquor is available, Clark said, “but customers who don’t want to order food shouldn’t be forced to do so, and food primary businesses that want to fully transition away from food service after a certain hour, and

operate for example as a night club, will be able to apply for a special licence to do so.” NDP critic Shane Simpson said the changes effectively erase the distinction between a licensed restaurant and a pub, and are being announced for popular effect without any research to support them. The province also intends to make its Serving it Right liquor training mandatory for all servers in B.C.’s 5,600 licensed restaurants, as well as staff at B.C. Liquor Stores and rural agency and wine stores. Licensees, managers, sales and serving staff “should also be required to recertify,” according to a government news release. Last week Clark and Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap, who led the public consultation on liquor law reform, announced that regulations would be eased for winery tasting rooms. Farm markets will also be allowed to offer samples and sales of locally made beer, wine and spirits.

Make interesting greeting cards at any time of year The Christmas season is a great time for photographers looking for an excuse to give friends and relatives photographs. I wrote last year saying that I always give photographs this time of year. That could mean framed photographic print gifts, but what I really mean are Christmas cards. Several years ago my wife and I spent the beginning of December in San Francisco. On our second day there we decided to spend the afternoon on a beach at John Muir Park, and while we were there we watched three young people involved in what we assumed was the production of

a photograph for their Christmas greeting card for friends and family. A young woman proceeded out to the water’s edge wearing a long dark skirt, a white shirt, a red vest, and a Santa Claus cap, all the while supporting a gangly four-foot Charlie Brown Christmas tree at her side. She posed and smiled for her friends who were busy photographing her. She was barefoot and the bottom of her long dress was getting wet as the surf rolled in. They then each took turns holding the tree as they posed for the camera, but she was the most remarkable because of her costume. For those satisfied

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John E n ma n with mass produced generic Christmas cards, there are stacks and stacks being offered at stores, but for photographers it’s a perfect excuse to give people photographs. And personally, I want people to see and enjoy my photography. Even if it’s only as a 5X7 card, that’s better than having my pictures left languishing in a hard drive. My wife and I went

through many of our image files from this year’s photographs selecting those we want for Christmas cards. I prefer a vertical format, but sometimes a horizontal picture also works and I will choose that also. I print up several different images, and place different sorts of greetings on them. It is rare that we give the same picture to more than

one person. And not all the cards say Merry Christmas. To me, it doesn’t matter; happy holidays, season’s greetings, have fun, a good New Year, and anything else I think fits a particular picture. Sometimes I use bits of songs or quotes I have found instead of the words, Merry Christmas. What matters is the picture and even that might be a manipulation of the original and doesn’t need to have a Christmas look at all. What is important to me is that those I give a card to get something unique. And I will say that, unlike a framed print, I really don’t care what they do with the card I

sent. I really hope people like what I give them, of course, however, if it gets thrown out with the giftwrap after the holidays it doesn’t matter either, they got to see a photograph taken by my wife, Linda, or myself, and that’s what’s important. I like to give different pictures to different people. Don’t be a Grinch and hide your pictures away, just showing some picture on your iphone isn’t enough. Print it, make a card, put it in an envelope, and give it to someone. And it’s easy to make a card gluing a photo to card stock or construction paper, or get a print made and write something festive on the back.


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In my opinion Christmas cards don’t really need to be just for Christmas. Call them greeting cards, holiday cards, or whatever you want. That way if it’s a bit late for Christmas they can be sent or delivered anyway. Linda and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www.enmanscamera. com or emcam@telus. net. Stop by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. I sell an interesting selection of used photographic equipment. And if you want an experienced photographer please call me at 250-371-3069.

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IBC’s Top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada in 2013 Numbers show new trends, and creative tricks by thieves Submitted The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in Canada and reported on new trends in organized auto theft. According to Rick Dubin, Vice-President, Investigative Services, “Organized criminals are now dismantling higher-end vehicles and exporting them in pieces instead of as whole vehicles because they are less likely to be detected.” These vehicles get reassembled as far away as West Africa and then resold, he says. Dubin believes this new creative approach is a reaction to detecting and seizing $8 million worth of stolen vehicles in 2013 by Canada Border Services Agency working in partnership with IBC investigators at the Ports of Montreal and Halifax. “It’s a trend we will continue to watch.” On IBC’s top 10 list, the 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR sits at the top for the second year in a row and high-end SUVs and Ford trucks hold most other spots. “ T h i e v e s consistently target the Honda Civic to chop for parts. Those parts are easy to resell because there are so many Civics on the road,” says Dubin. The stolen Escalades and Ford series trucks on the list are now showing up less frequently at the ports for export, says Dubin. They are being reidentified (reVINed) and sold throughout Canada to unsuspecting consumers. “Auto theft remains a big business for organized crime in Canada,” Dubin says. The top 10 most frequently stolen

vehicles across Canada are: 1. 2000 Honda Civic SiR 2DR 2. 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS 4DR 4WD SUV 3. 2002 Cadillac Escalade 4DR 4WD SUV 4. 2005 Cadillac Escalade 4DR 4WD SUV 5. 2006 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU 6. 2005 Cadillac Escalade ESV 4DR AWD SUV 7. 2006 Acura RSX Type S 2DR 2D 8. 2007 Ford F250 SD 4WD PU 9. 2007 Ford F350 SD 4WD PU 10. 2003 Acura RSX Type S 2DR 2D Trucks remain a hot target IBC research shows that four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles, including Ford F350 and 250 series trucks along with Cadillac Escalades, remain a target for thieves. “This should come as no surprise,” says Dubin. “Many of these higher-end vehicles are stolen in Atlantic Canada and Quebec and they end up being reVINed and sold in other parts of the country. It’s a lucrative market for big, rugged vehicles.” Despite declines in recent years, auto theft is still big business in Canada. The number of vehicles stolen annually has dropped dramatically recently to 78,000, which amounts to 4,500 fewer motor vehicle thefts in 2012 than in 2011, and a 57 per cent drop from a decade ago. A new threat Despite this trend toward fewer vehicle thefts, Dubin is concerned that in 2012, there were nationally 12,739 incidents of identity theft and identity fraud reported

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Theives can quickly break into a vehicle and steal from it, or start the engine in a matter of seconds. to police, which is a five per cent increase from 2011. “Motorists should remain vigilant. Fewer motor vehicle thefts mean criminals look for new ways to commit crimes.” Dubin urged motorists not to keep vehicle ownerships, liability pink slips, credit card invoices and other documents containing personal information in vehicles. Identity thieves are looking for such documents so they can assume identities, secure credit card accounts, lease vehicles for export and even take out a mortgage against victims’ properties without their knowledge. Victims may not realize they have been victimized until it is too late, costing them time and money to rectify the damage. “We need to keep fighting crime on all fronts,” says Dubin. “IBC works with police, insurers and government agencies

like Canada Border Services Agency to prevent and detect vehicle theft but we all need to be more vigilant and not make it easy for thieves.” Tips for consumers Don’t be tricked into buying a stolen vehicle. IBC recommends that consumers considering buying a used car should purchase from a reputable dealer. Always run a vehicle history and if buying a used car privately, have it inspected by a trusted mechanic. Also, to avoid having stolen parts put onto your vehicle during repairs, only deal with reputable

repair shops. Your insurance company can recommend one. It’s important to remember that a professional thief can steal your car in about 30 seconds. But there are a few simple precautions that you can take to foil a criminal: • Never leave your vehicle running unattended. • Park in well-lit areas. • Always roll up your car windows, lock the doors and pocket and protect your keys. • Never leave valuables or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk.

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Open for the holidays Julian Dewey (l) and Jacob Merlot get a hand from lift attendant Leevon Levasseur during the first day of the season at Clearwater Ski Hill on Saturday, Dec. 21. More open days were planned for the holidays.

The new Family Ski Camps offered at Sun Peaks are perfect for families looking to expand their skiing skills. The two day Family Race Camp will have every member of the family improving within a safe learning environment. The camp also includes entry into the popular Friday Race Series so entrants can test their newly acquired skills in a live setting. The camp runs Wednesday to Thursday from Jan. 8 to March 20, 2014. Guests can also choose to discover challenging terrain beyond the corduroy, working to improve turns on steeps, glades, powder and moguls in the three day Off-Piste Camp. Dedicated coaches blend technical instruction, local knowledge and skiing tactics to develop all-mountain skills increasing confidence and taking guests’ skiing to the next level. This camp runs Monday to Wednesday from Dec. 23, 2013 to Feb. 19, 2014. There is also a new Guided Backcountry Snowshoe Adventure for people to explore 12 kilometers of snowshoe

trails starting from the central village leading out through snowy backcountry forest and meadows, arriving at frozen McGillivray Lake. Led by an experienced local guide, hikers learn about the environmental surroundings and history of the area. The journey treks through the natural habitat of the Canadian lynx, the wolf, the snowshoe hare and other elusive creatures. Once at the lake, guests enjoy a picnic lunch and hot apple cider at the McGillivray Lake Outpost, the hub of Nordic and backcountry activity at Sun Peaks. Not for the faint of heart, the five hour tour includes over 1,500 feet of elevation gain on the journey to McGillivray Lake. The challenge is rewarded by epic views and a taste of true Canadian wilderness. What else is happening at Sun Peaks this winter? Check out their calender of events: JANUARY 1–15 - 8th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup 11–19 -16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine

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Festival 12 - 5th Annual Sun Peaks Kookaburra Cup Nordic Loppet 18–19 - Sun Peaks Nordic Ski Camp 26 - The Garden Rail Jam FEBRUARY 15 - Full Moon Nordic Ski & Chocolate Fondue 16 - 3rd Annual Bluebird Banked Slalom Starlight Nordic Ski & Chocolate Fondue 21–22 - TELUS Nancy Greene Corporate Challenge 23 - Holy Cow Nordic Loppet MARCH 1–31 - 3rd Annual March Music Madness 6- 9 - FIS World Cup Speed Skiing 15 - 5Forty True Urban Assault Full Moon Nordic Ski & Chocolate Fondue 21–22 - Nancy Greene Snow Star Festival 29 - Bikinis for Breast Cancer 30 - Duff Invitational Slopestyle APRIL 5–6 - Tod Mountain Days featuring Slush Cup, Dummy Dowhill and Retro Days

BSS Senior Girls Volleyball looking at a bright future Submitted Barriere Secondary’s (BSS) Senior Girls volleyball team stepped up their level of play in playoffs. The girls started off a little slow in their first round game against St. Ann’s allowing the host school to beat them, but they didn’t make that mistake twice. The girls put it all together and absolutely crushed Chase to finish in third place in the West Zone keeping their season alive for at least another week. The girls won the right to attend a wild card tournament to earn a birth to the Okanagan Championships held. The girls ended up beating Princeton and Sicamous to capture the final birth to the Valley Championships where they played their best volleyball of the season. Those at Barriere Secondary are incredibly proud of their volleyball girls as they work extremely hard over the course of the season, especially with a large portion of the senior girls team still consider to be junior aged athletes, the future looks extremely bright for the BSS girls volleyball program.

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Grizzly study sheds further light on bear numbers Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations VICTORIA – A study of grizzly bear populations released recently provides further insight into populations in British Columbia, while confirming that provincial wildlife biologists continue to refine estimates with the best available science to ensure harvest levels are sustainable. The peer-reviewed study, entitled “Predicting grizzly bear density in western North America” is co-authored by two provincial wildlife biologists and is published in the science journal, PLOS ONE. The predictions are based on a model that generated population estimates for all areas of B.C. The model does not suggest any change in grizzly bear numbers, but does provide improved information and increased understanding about factors influencing grizzly bear density. The model predicted a population of 13,131 bears. This prediction is one factor considered in estimating populations. Other data sources include field inventory work using DNA sampling (typically gathered via grizzly bear hair recovered at bait sites). Taken together, these data sources helped inform the most recent provincial grizzly bear population of approximately 15,000 bears. While the study is only being published now, ministry wildlife biologists used predictions in the model alongside other available data when making grizzly bear management decisions in 2012 and 2013. In those areas where the combined result showed harvest rates higher than policy recommends,

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A study of grizzly bear populations released recently provides further insight into populations in British Columbia, while confirming that provincial wildlife biologists continue to refine estimates with the best available science to ensure harvest levels are sustainable. hunting opportunities were reduced. Grizzly bear harvest rates in British Columbia are set conservatively and well below what the population can sustain (historically, hunters have killed around 300 grizzly bears a year or a two per cent harvest rate). The study provides insights into grizzly bear habitat and population. Some of the model’s findings suggest: * Grizzly bears are more abundant in non-forested areas probably because the plants that they eat are more likely to grow in open environments. * Confirmation of earlier studies that showed greater salmon availability leads to larger numbers of grizzly bears. * Grizzly bear density is lower where black bears are present.

* The North Cascades, an area where grizzly bears have been largely absent for many decades, could support several hundred grizzly bears both north and south of the Canada-USA border. * The number of bears killed by people was not related to population density which suggests that current levels of mortality do not measurably reduce population size. * There is a lower density of bears in areas with high human density and in flat areas with low rainfall. The study reaffirms that grizzly populations in B.C. are being sustainably managed, and with the best available science. To read the full report visit: journal.pone.0082757

Talented crafter gives back at Christmas

Michelle Harmon, of Louis Creek, creates and sells corsages for all occassions. Early in December she was set up at Barriere AG Foods selling colourful Christmas corsages. Harmon says she will be sharing five per cent of the profit from the sales with the Barriere Food Bank.

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Cold weather means good reading indoors It’s cold outside, which means this is a good time to curl up on the couch with a good book and some hot cocoa or other tasty treat. Make the Barriere Library your first stop and pick out some great titles. The Abonimable by Dan Simmons -  It’s 1924 and the race to summit the world’s highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their

shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. 

White Fire by Douglas J. Preston - Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who--with brutal precision--begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear. Her finding is so astonishing that it, even more than the arsonist, threatens the resort’s very existence.

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Support for Barriere Food Bank (Right) Barriere Secondary students, (l-r) Sara Kate Smith and Jillian McInnes show the many items collected by the school to help fill Barriere Food Bank Christmas Hampers this year. (Far right) Classy Red Hatter ladies (l-r) Joan Purver and Elsie Radford, deliver goods collected by their group to the food bank in plenty of time to fill Christmas hampers.

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Celebrating 36 Years

Sweet, Sticky, & Spicy Brussel Sprouts 1 lb fresh Brussel sprouts, ends trimmed, sliced in half 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated 1 tbsp sesame oil 1 tbsp light cooking oil (canola or veggie) 2-3 tbsps soy sauce

a few red pepper flakes black and white sesame seeds ¼ cup chicken broth or white wine 1/4 cup honey In a large sauté pan, over medium to medium high heat, add both sesame & light oils with the grated ginger & a pinch of red pepper flakes. (Can also add black pepper here). Once oils are heated & ginger starts to bubble add brussel sprouts. Shake pan to distribute brussel sprouts & add soy sauce. Cook for about 10 minuntes, once brussel sprouts begin to caramelize (turn a golden brown) you can deglaze the pan with your broth or white wine, just need a splash. Cook another 2-3 mins, shaking pan a few times. Add honey & a few sprinkle of sesame seeds, cook another 2-3 minutes or until brussel sprouts are tender & taste good.

Each week a group or volunteer(s) are recognized in this space for their contribution to our community. If you, your service organization or group would like to recognize an individual please call the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre at 672-0033.

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Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 large old bananas 1 cup of oats (quick or regular, if regular, chop them a little so everything holds together better) Handful of chocolate chips Mix bananas & oats together. Old bananas are amazing for this, but you can use fresh ones too. Add in the chocolate chips. Cook them at 350F for 15 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Don’t forget the greased part!

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Balsamic Roasted Carrots & Brussels Sprouts 1/2 lb brussels sprouts, stem ends trimmed & sprouts cut in half 3 medium carrots, peeled & sliced into 3/4” thick rounds 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt & pepper Preheat oven to 400F & line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss brussels sprouts & sliced carrots with the balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil directly on the baking sheet, making sure each piece is coated in the oil & vinegar. Sprinkle with the salt & pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes until sprouts & carrots are golden, flipping the pieces & stirring 2 or 3 times during cooking to ensure even browning & so they don’t burn.  Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper to taste.



On the last Sunday of January every year, they hold the Walk For Memories. Participants meet at the Seniors Hall on Barriere Town Road and start the walk from there after a brief warm up. After the walk, there is a light lunch and many door prizes. Everyone is welcome to come on the walk, regardless of age. Those unable to ‘walk’ can join the walk in scooters, or can just socialize in the hall. For more information about this group, contact Liz Gilbertson at 250-672-9337.


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every mth 7pm. Call 578-0056. Jan 9 - ‘Making your money last’. Free seminar from Barriere & District Heritage Society: 3rd Wed. of 250-672-5728. Edward Jones open for any age group, refreshments & mth, 1pm at NTVIC in the winter, at Museum in the Community Quilters: 2nd & 4th Thurs. of mth, 2pm Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Jill Hayward snacks provided. Volunteer Centre 6:30pm. summer. at the Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 319-8023. 250-672-2012. Jan 11 - Winter Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Sam’s Riding Club: Jan-Mar: 3rd Sun. 1pm; Apr-Oct: 3rd Little Fort Recreation Society: 1st Thurs. each mth Pizza. Thurs. 7pm at NTVIC. www.barrieredistrictridingclub. Barriere Search & Rescue: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. 7pm com. Darcey 250-318-9975. Training on 4th Tues. of mth, 7pm. Jan 18 - Al Fortin’s Citizen of the year banquet, 6pm LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Sat. each mth, @ Legion hall, downstairs. Cancer Support: 672-9263, 672-0017 or 672-1890 BSS PAC & Booster Club: 1st Tues. of mth, 5:30pm. 9am at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. 250-672-9943. Jan 25 - Winter Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Sam’s Choir: Thurs. @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Rd. McLure Rec.: 1st Wed. each mth at 7:30pm McLure Pizza. Youth 7-18 3:30pm; Adults 19+ 6:30pm. Leah 250- Survivors of Brain Injuries: John 250-372-1799. Firehall. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. 957-8440. Jan 25 - Cashless Craft Swap. 12:30-2:30 NTVIC Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: Every Tues., 7pm. McLure Fire Dept.: 2nd & 4th Tues., 7pm, McLure Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Jan 26 - Alzheimer’s/Investor’s Group Walk For Firehall Memories, 10am @Senior’s Hall. Walk starts at 11am. Drop In Art. Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm at NTVIC end Little Fort Hall. Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. Feb 8 - Winter Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Sam’s of Sep to Mar (except holidays). Nominal fee. Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554Pizza. NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm 3134. Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Wed. of mth, Feb 9 - Family Fun Night PJ Party, 5:30-9pm @ the NTVIC. 672-1843 6:30pm, call 672-9916 or Leesa Genier at 320-3629. Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Ridge. NT Valley Hospice: 3rd Tues, 11am, Little Fort Hall. Annesty Rd. 3rd Mon. of every mth, 11:30 am. Feb 22 - Winter Farmers Market, 10am-1pm @ Sam’s Barriere Fire Dept.: Firehall, Thurs., 7pm 672-5660. Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. Barriere Food Bank: Wednesdays. Message 672Pizza. Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Army Cadets - 2941 RCACC Cadet Corp. - ages 12- 0029 Hall. May. Genealogy: Every 1st & 3rd Friday of the mth at the 18. New Recruits Welcome. Marc 672-9681. Darts: Barriere Legion 242, Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250Baha’i Night: Fri., 7:30pm, @ Marge Mitchell’s 672- Library, 6-7pm, except Jul/Aug. 250-672-9330. Barriere Hospice: Loans out handicap equip - call Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374- 674-2135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). 5615. 9866. Walk & Fitness: Indoors, Tues & Thurs 12-2pm. Adult Day Program: Mon. & Wed. 9-2. Lunch, crafts 250-672-9391. Barriere Ridge Gym. & music at the Seniors Ctr. Sherry Jardine 672-5121 Photography Club. All welcome. Shelley Lampreau Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri.

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CLEARWATER, 1-Br @ Woodside. Quiet, clean, updated. Common laundry. NS/NP, DD + refs. $575/mo. 604-790-2482 For Rent: 2 bdrm appt. in Barriere, Dunn Lake Rd. Heat & power incl. NP/NS DD $750/mo. 250-319-5220 or 250-672-9958.

Homes for Rent Barriere: 3 bdrm house, 5 new appliances. RR, NS, pets neg. $1200/mo, avail Feb 1. 250672-9362 Clearwater: 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, newly reno’d, close to schools, medical center, Weyerhaeuser Sub. Avail Jan. 1. Please call 1-250-600-3885 Clearwater: Site #24 Thompson Crossing. Deluxe 2bdrm hm, incl all appl, cov’d ft entry, addit, storage shed, $825/mo. Avail imm. Ph. 250-587-6151

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to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. “Back to Work Boot Camp”: Jan. 6th – Jan. 10th: Workshops will be as follows: ‘Discover You’ (Assessments) Workshop: Mon. Jan. 6th Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Skills Workshop: Tues. Jan. 7th Networking, Cold Calls & Dress for Success Workshop: Wed. Jan. 8th Internet & Email Basics Workshop: Thurs. Jan. 9th Accepting, Maintaining & Starting Employment Workshop: Fri. Jan. 10th Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. • Blue River Library: An employment consultant comes to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tuesday January 14th from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in. Operated by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia

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Legal Notices FOREST Stewardship Plan. The Adams Lake Indian Band is preparing an amendment to the Forest Stewardship Plan #311 for the Thompson Rivers Forest District. The amendment is to reflect the latest Old Growth Management Areas implemented by government. The amendment is publicly available for review and for written comment until March 1, 2014. The amendment is available at the Natural Resources Department at 6453 Hillcrest Road in Chase, B.C. The department is open from 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Please call Stuart Parker at 250-803-0181. Written comments may also be sent to P.O. Box 588 Chase, BC V0E 1M0, attention Stuart Parker, RPF.


Thought’s from a Pastor’s kid Christmas, a simple nine letter word that brings to mind so much! Love, family, joy, hope, gifts, shopping, money, obligations, are what come to mind, so much to do in so little time. With the latter of these in mind it is difficult to concentrate on what Christmas is truly meant to be. We forget that spending time with family is more important than gifts; we ignore the fact that most of what we think Christmas to be about is unnecessary. We neglect giving and showing our love and appreciation the rest of the year

Pause For Thought

By Shaianne Richardson

in order that we can compile it all up within a mere two weeks. Why do we celebrate and give only on holidays? Throughout the year we tend to select days to show our love. Birthdays, Christmas, thanksgiving, they are all days and times of the year that we use to represent our love and appreciation for one another.

It is quite disappointing that we need to make up certain dates to care, to give. Christmas is a time we have idolized as joy as well as a time to give, if we were to use every day as a time to give and a time to spread joy Christmas would no longer be idolized. We wouldn’t need a reminder at the end of each year to give and to love, to be happy and give joy. Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works,” if we were to do this every day of the year, there would



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Myrna Dora Jensen

All Are Welcome

December 9, 1943 – December 16, 2013

the Rev. Brian Krushel

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be no need to exhaust ourselves over two weeks. Giving, caring, joy and appreciation would come so naturally Christmas wouldn’t need to be a big rush and busy time of the year, it would meet its full potential to bring families together and to enjoy each other’s presence. Instead of worrying about how much the holiday season would cost us, we would be able to concentrate on the one and only aspect of Christmas that brings everyone together, LOVE. Article by Pastor’s kid, Shaianne Richardson.

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After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Myrna Dora Jensen of Barriere BC. Myrna passed away on December 16, 2013, with family at her side. Myrna is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Vagn Jensen, her son Stewart Jensen and her daughter Corene Jensen, her grandchildren Laurel and Barrett and her special little dog Lacey. Myrna was born on December 9, 1943, in New Westminster, B.C. Mom lived a very full and happy life, but unfortunately, it was a life that ended far too soon. Myrna was an avid gardener and had the amazing ability to grow the best flower and vegetable gardens around. Mom treasured going

South every winter with her husband Vagn and their dog Lacey in their RV. Mom also enjoyed camping, boating and pretty much anything to do in the outdoors especially if it was during a warm, sunny day. Mom loved her family dearly. She was the core and the strength of our small

family and we will miss her more than words can express. At Myrna’s request, there will not be a service. The family will hold a private celebration of life in the future to honour our Mother and best friend. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff at the Kamloops Hospice House. We would also like to thank the Barriere Lion’s Club for their generous support as well as the Barriere Community Quilters for the lovely quilt that was made for Mom. Mom, there are no goodbyes because you will be in all of our memories forever and ever...

Put Your Event Dates online on the Star/Journal Calendar FOR FREE! If you have a non-commercial event happening in the North Thompson Valley we’d like our online readers to know about it! Go to:, find the calendar on the right hand side of the page, and click onto ‘Add Your Event’ to get started. Then let us know here at the office (250-672-5611) so we can list your event in the community calendar in our weekly printed edition.

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Rodeo Rednecks have successful 2013 Submitted

Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club has completed another successful year! Concluding the year with 24 members the club, leaders and families would like to say thank you to the community members and sponsors that supported the club this year! Without your support this club wouldn’t be where it is today. We kicked off 2013 with public speaking. The members were involved in weekly speech practices for six weeks leading up to a club speech night at the end of February. Each member stood on stage with microphone in hand in front of a panel of judges to engage the crowd with his or her own handwritten speech. The judges were Kevin Podbisky (RCMP), Tim Pennell (TNRD), Lindsay Arcand (Barriere ISCU) and Sheena White (community member). Congratulations to our top Junior member Mackenzie Ross and runnerup Keltie Arndt, and top Senior Gareth Hewett and runner-up Jessica Rotzetter. Ross and Rotzetter represented our club at district speeches in Kamloops the first week of March. Once speeches were complete the members moved into judging. Judging is where the member determines the advantages an animal or item has over the next. Members take part in six weeks of judging practice, then take put their knowledge to the test at District Judging Rally in Kamloops. Our club then participated in weekly lessons with their horses. Lessons took place at the Noble Quarter Horse Farm in Sunshine Valley every Tuesday and Thursday from April to September. Ed Noble donated his knowledge, arena and time to the Junior and Senior members. Dani Noble put in her knowledge and time to the Cloverbuds' lessons. All lessons were free to members. Ed also spent one day a week giving lessons to the parents and their horses. Throughout the year, the club members work hard with their horses in their lessons and on their own to achieve horsemanship levels created by Equine Canada and adopted by BC 4-H. In addition to getting evaluated on their levels twice a year the members also partake in fun activi-

ties with their four-legged friends. This year the club attended Summer Sizzler in Salmon Arm. This was a weeklong camp out of funfilled day involving group dinners, swimming, lessons with their horses and a muli-club horse show. A few members participated in horse shows around Kamloops, 100 Mile and Barriere to qualify for Heritage Finals put on by Horse Council BC. This year’s finals were held in Kamloops. Qualifying members were Shaye Turcotte, Mackenzie Ross and Dani Noble. The club held Achievement Day in August. With tones of enthusiasm and great club spirit we had an awesome day! Judge was Jill Malanka from Logan Lake. Argo watered our riding arena and many volunteers helped make this day happen. Congratulations to our hi point winners: Cloverbuds: Ali Settle and Owen Thon; Juniors: Kaya Breda and runner-up Mackenzie Ross; Seniors: Shaye Turcotte and runner-up Jessica Rotzetter. The members then got down to perfecting their riding, judging and showmanship skills for Provincial Winter Fair in Barriere Sept. 26 – 30. The fair brings together all members of the region to compete for thebig trophies. The weekend finishes off with an awards banquet, dinner and dance. Congratulations to Indigo Johnson for winning the Provincial Winter Fair Roy Wai Citizenship award, Makayla Breda for placing third in horse judging, Shaye Turcotte and Mackenzie Ross for winning the show and fit competition, and to Shaye Turcotte for bringing home sixth place in round robin judging. We concluded our year with a club awards banquet on Nov. 10, sponsored by Imperial Metals. The club was given $2500 to go towards the banquet in addition to funds raised by the membership through the year. Highlights for the night included: • Achievement and participation awards: Owen Thon, Mia Thompson, Rose Thon Haileigh Goodie, Ali Settle, Isabella Graffunder, Addison Lee, Reid Parlby, Mackenzie Ross, Paige Weninger, Luke Ovenden, Kaya Breda, Makayla Breda, Keltie Arndt, Zandreya Richards, Julie

Members of Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) Reid Parlby, Jessica Rotzetter, Keltie Arndt, Kaya Breda, Zoe Ovenden, Gareth Hewett, Shaye Turcotte, Indigo Johnson, Znadreya Richards, (middle, l-r) Mackenzie Ross, Julie Pisarczyk, Rose Thon, Paige Weninger, Isabella Graffunder, Addison Lee, Haileigh Goodie, Luke Ovenden, (front, l-r) Makayla Breda, Mia Thompson, Owen Thon, and Ali Settle. Submitted photo

Pisarczyk, Joleigh Traub, Shaye Turcotte, Gareth Hewett, Indigo Johnson, Jessica Rotzetter, Zoe Ovenden, Sam Jensen, Keio Breda. • Equitation award: Pre-Clubber, Owen Thon; Cloverbud, Ali Settle, Haileigh Goodie, and Rose Thon; Junior, Mackenzie Ross, runner-up Reid Parlby; Senior- Jessica Rotzetter, runner-up Shaye Turcotte. • Most challenging project: Makayla Breda • Record books: Cloverbud, Rose Thon; Junior, Paige Weninger, runner-up Mackenzie Ross; Senior, Indigo Johnson, runners-up Zoe Ovenden and Shaye Turcotte. • Husbandry: Junior, Luke Ovenden, runner-up Paige Weninger; Senior, Indigo Johnson, runner-up Zoe Ovenden • Art Young memorial trophy (PWF) Junior, Luke Ovenden, runner-up Makayla Breda; Senior, Jessica Rotzetter, runner-up Zoe Ovenden. • Judging: pre clubber, Owen Thon; Cloverbud, Ali Settle, Haileigh Goodie and Rose Thon; Junior, Keltie Arndt, runner-up Paige Weninger; Senior, Indigo Johnson, runner-up Jessica Rotzetter. • Top fundraising members: Shaye Turcotte, Indigo Johnson, Paige Weninger, Mackenzie Ross. runners-up: Gareth Hewett, Zandreya Richards and Jessica

Mackenzie Ross receives the Hi Point Junior award during Rodeo Rednecks 4-H club's awards night in November.

Rotzetter. • Most improved: Pre Clubber, Owen Thon; Cloverbud, Ali Settle; Junior, Kaya Breda; Senior: Jessica Rotzetter. • Most sportsmanlike: Indigo Johnson. • Most outstanding leadership award: Indigo Johnson. • Most outstanding member: Shaye Turcotte. Public speaking: Pre Clubber, Owen Thon, Mia Thompson; Cloverbuds, Rose Thon, Isabella Graffunder, Keio Breda, Sam Jensen; Junior, Mackenzie Ross, runner-up Keltie Arndt; Senior, Gareth Hewett, runner-up Jessica Rotzetter.

Hi Point Senior award goes to Indigo Johnson during Rodeo Rednecks 4-H club's awards night in November.

• Hi point award: Junior, Mackenzie Ross, runnerup Keltie Arndt; SeniorIndigo Johnson, runner-up Jessica Rotzetter. With the inspiration of “being the best we can be” our club has fundraised our hearts out through spring plant sales, Gary’s Meats, bottle drives, Moonlight Movie Night, First annual Ukrainian dinner, ongoing used car battery fundraiser, Blazers tickets, hot dog sale, poinsettia sales and many more. We have also shovelled snow for the elderly and visited Forestview Place with a mini pony. We participate in the annual community clean-up in Little Fort, donate to the food

bank and sponsor a family for Christmas. The members of this club have really defined what 4-H is really about, Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Thank you to our amazing sponsors plus community members from Vavenby, Birch Island, Clearwater, Blackpool, Little Fort and Barriere, parents, volunteers and club leaders. The club will get together on Jan. 4 at the Blackpool Hall for its annual general meeting/elections and membership sign-up. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dani Noble, club leader at 250-674-8591 Happy Holidays!


Thursday, January 02, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Santa rest stop

Frosty designs

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Mother Nature needs no help when it comes to winter decorations, as shown here with a shot taken early on Christmas morning in Louis Creek.

Santa Claus was spotted on Christmas Eve, as he made his way through the community of Darfield. Here he’s taking a rest while wishing the giant dairy cow at the gate to Rainer’s a “very merry Christmas”.

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January 02, 2014 edition of the Barriere Star Journal