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93.1 is now officially on the air By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal

Over 800 ‘bucked in’ the New Year at the Agriplex Farm Kids Scholarship Fund event

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Local curling at a standstill until funds raised to fix ice machine Barriere Curling Rink

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After 16 months of waiting, North Thompson Radio owner Steve Shannon, says he was elated to flip a switch at 11 a.m. on Monday, and once again take to the airwaves with Barriere’s own 93.1 FM radio staion. “It’s been a long time waiting for licencing approval,” said a very happy Shannon on Monday, “But we are now official, and we’re here to stay.” The DJ says a little frost on the radio antenna will be cleared up in a few days, and then the station will be operating at full power. Pictured is Steve Shannon on Monday, back on the air after 16 months of awaiting the CRTC approval to go live. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

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As 2014 marks BC Assessment’s 40th anniversary, owners of the more than 4,000 properties throughout the North Thompson can expect to receive their 2014 assessment notices in the next few days. “Values of most homes in the North Thompson are remaining stable compared to last year’s assessment roll,” said Graham Held, deputy assessor. “Most home owners in the North Thompson will see changes in the -10 per cent to +10 per cent range.” Barriere’s Assessment Roll decreased from $200 million last year to $193 million this year. Clearwater’s Assessment Roll increased from $331 million last year to $334 million this year. “Property owners who feel that their prop-

erty assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2013 or see incorrect information on their notice should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon

Barriere’s Assessment Roll decreased from $200 million last year to $193 million this year. as possible in January,” said Held. “If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31, for an independent review by a Property Assessment

Review Panel,” added Held. The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and meet between Feb. 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints. The Kamloops assessment office is located at 805 Renfrew Ave in Kamloops. During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322) or online by clicking “CONNECT” at www.bcassessment. ca. Visit for more information about the 2014 Assessment Roll including lists of 2014’s top 100 most valuable residential properties across the province.



Thursday, January 09, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal

Life savers: An intimate account of the search for three missing skiers A   tiny knick in the windswept, hardened ice surface was all it took. A search team called to backcountry near Sun Peaks Resort had hope two sisters lost somewhere on the mountain would be found. The volunteers from Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSR) pressed on and found another mark, this one a bit more defined, that also looked like it had come from a snowboard. They kept going and saw new tracks, marks that looked like they might have come from skis — and searchers were pretty sure the sisters were somewhere ahead. The trackers kept going and, after doing a hairpin turn as they followed the tracks,  they came across the snowboard.

A bit farther on, they found the skis and marks that showed at least one of the two sisters had crawled through the snow for about 100 metres. Searchers kept going and found the siblings about 12 kilometres

among those out overnight on Friday, Dec. 27. “When we found them, they were done. They were completely spent,” he said. A longtime, recently retired, paramedic who also volunteers for KSR

“Here it is, Dec. 27. They could have been home having a nice Christmas dinner with their families and they’re here, out there, looking for them. I’m in awe of them.”

By Dale Bass Kamloops This Week

— Kamloops mother of missing daughters, who were saved by members of Kamloops Search and Rescue near Sun Peaks on Dec. 28.

from their last known point on a road that heads to Adams Lake. “It’s bizarre why they went down that road,” said Alan Hobler, Kamloops Search and Rescue’s manager who was

told Hobler when the pair was safe and warm, that, “in all his years, he had never seen anybody so done.” While the volunteer searchers were out in the fog and dark, the sisters’

mom, dad and brother were doing their best to stay busy and not dwell on the what-ifs in their heads. The family spoke to KTW and asked their names not be used because they’re not sure how people will react if they find out who they are. Both experienced skiers, the two sisters had planned to go from the Crystal chair to the West Bowl, but missed direction signs in the fog and ended up crossing over the top of the area by Todd Lake. The mother said her daughters went out of bounds when they started following some tracks, thinking those would take them in the right direction. However, by about 1 p.m., they realized they were lost and called their dad. “It was amazing to see it come together,” the

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mother said of search preparations. “At first, it seemed to take forever for them to get it organized, but I’m in awe of how they can manage. Once it happened it, it was so extremely thorough and organized.” Her younger daughter managed to reach her brother at about 2 p.m., and let him know they had a granola bar and three sets of Hot Paws hand warmers. The brother told her to turn her phone off once he learned the battery was down to about 20 per cent, telling her to use it only when required. He spent hours with Rogers, trying to use the GPS in the phones to try to locate the pair, the mother said. They didn’t have the right applications on their phones for him to do so. Now, however, they do. “I’ve walked them through how to put them on now,” the brother told KTW. The mother has praise for Sun Peaks staff, in particular a ski patrol person who, once he learned the girls were missing, hopped onto a snowmobile and spent more than two hours checking their last known location. Mom started cook-

ing, assuming her daughters would be hungry when they were found. “When” was the operative word, the word she and her husband clung to as the night dragged on. “It was the most scary thing in my life,” she said. “My kids are not risk-takers. It was a bad call [trying to go to the other location in the fog], but then they made good decisions. Once home, her older daughter told her she was glad she had paid attention to a safety video in Grade 7 that gave instructions on how to build a shelter. She was trying to do that, using branches to protect her sister, when the pair was found. The family hopes others learn from what happened to the sisters and realize there are rules when one interacts with Mother Nature in the winter. Take some granola or chocolate bars with you. Wear layers of clothes. “And, if mom tells you to put on wool socks or merino or an extra layer of clothes or take another granola bar, maybe it’s a good idea,” the mother said. She noted her family plans to make a donation to Kamloops Search and Rescue to supplement their heart-

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felt thanks for their help. “Here it is, Dec. 27, they could have been home having a nice Christmas dinner with their families and they’re here, out there, looking for them. “I’m in awe of them.” Then, a Seattle skier vanishes   The quest for the missing sisters wasn’t the only search Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteers were involved in on Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28. While the majority of searchers looked for the 17- and 23-year-old sisters from Kamloops, volunteers learned a Seattle woman had also gone missing. The search for the American woman was supplemented by a team from Wells Gray, five snowmobiles (and staff to operate them from a snowmobile-tourism operation) and others with backcountrysearch experience, They had been on the scene since 3 p.m. and were dealing with impending darkness, 60 km/h winds and the realization the sisters were still on the move somewhere. It became a matter of priorities, Hobler said, and indications from the woman’s ski partner, with whom she was in contact, were that she was safe and staying in one spot. The Seattle woman and her ski partner had been skiing together and were separated by a grove of trees, so her last-known-location was easy to confirm. And, Hobler said, the woman had indicated she was staying put. “We call it, ‘Hug a ...continued on page 3

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Sun Peaks will not seek repayment for searches By Dale Bass Kamloops This Week

Radio check STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Industry Canada Spectrum Management Officer, Tina Herrmann, was on site in Barriere Monday to attend the turning on of Barriere’s 93.1 The Bear radio station. Herrmann was there to test the radio’s airwave output, and to make sure it is in compliance with permitted frequency regualtions. It is important that the wave lengths from the station do not interfere with passing aircraft, local television stations, etc. Herrmann says monitoring will take place over the upcoming three weeks, and any adjustments required will be made by the station. Herrmann is pictured setting up an antenna just north of the station to monitor the radio’s frequency output.

Sun Peaks Resort will not be seeking repayment from skiers and snowboarders who needed to be rescued during the holiday period last month. The resort has a policy to recover its costs if it has to use resources in a search outside its ski-area boundaries. Sun Peaks general manager Darcy Alexander said the skiers and snowboarders will be asked to use what happened to them to help educate the public on the risks of leaving outside the boundaries and being unprepared. Alexander is hopeful those rescued will also make donations to Kamloops Search and Rescue (KSR), which handled the bulk of the searches. KSR is a volunteer group and its spokesman, Alan Hobler, already said its members do not believe in charging people to be rescued. During the Christmas period, KSR was involved in a search for a trio of 14-year-olds who had gone missing, locating them in an area rated high for avalanche. KSR also found two sisters who had become lost trying to go from one part of the resort to another, an American woman who had become separated from her ski partner by a grove of trees, ending up in an unfamiliar area, and three other skiers who had become lost in the back country. Hobler said it was unusual for the teams to be called out for help that many times in such a short period.


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cated, were found in an avalanche zone with the rating at high. Volunteers won’t be sent into an avalanche area, particularly one that is at a high rating, Hobler said, so they find other ways. This time, searchers trekked a long route around the area and through trees to get near the boys. From there, they gave the trio direc-

tions on how to come out, one at a time, “into the trees to us,’ Hobler said. A back-country ranger for about 20 years, Hobler said he’s a volunteer with the team because he’s officebound now and misses being outside. “To me, it’s kind of a hobby and it feels really, really good when you’ve found someone.”

Hobler acknowledged the debate that arises every time something like this happens. “A lot of members of the public will be screaming they should be charged for the cost of this,” he said. “But, our perspective is you should never charge a person. We’ve all made mistakes and we’ve made a difference in these lives.”


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tree’ because it’s hard to find a subject that’s moving,” he said. Even that search, however, had its moments. Volunteers were using a snowmobile from the resort, one with an alarm the woman at one point texted to her friend she could hear. The team stopped and yelled for her, but heard nothing. They turned the alarm back on and walked in opposite directions until they couldn’t hear the sound anymore. That helped them determine she was somewhere within 200 metres of the vehicle location. Some flares were set off, some bear-bangers used and the woman was found, her cellphone with no power left in it. Earlier in the week, on Dec. 23, search and rescue volunteers were again out in the backcountry of the resort, looking for a trio of 14-year-olds who had gone missing. “That one was horrible,” Hobler said. The boy, once lo-


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The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL

Thursday, January 09, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

by Keith McNeill

Local funeral services deserve local support In our last issue we carried a story from Kamloops This Week about Kamloops city council turning down a re-zoning request from North Thompson Funeral Services Ltd. The re-zoning would have allowed a property on Seymour Street to be used for a scaled down funeral home – a place for family and friends to make arrangements but with no memorials or embalming on-site. North Thompson Funeral Services owner Drake Smith wants residents of the Valley to know that re-zoning application does not indicate they plan to move to the city. According to Smith, North Thomson Funeral Services serves about 65 families per year in the North Thompson Valley. This is well below the 100 that is considered normal in the business. Perhaps 15 to 25 North Thompson residents move to Kamloops shortly before they die, whether to go to Royal Inland Hospital, the hospice house, seniors housing, or whatever. They often have family in the city and when they pass away, their family members often think only of calling a Kamloops funeral provider – not one from the North Thompson Valley. It was with hopes of tapping into some of that market plus, of course, any Kamloops residents interested, that caused them to investigate starting an operation in the city, Smith says. In May of last year BC Coroners Service decided to centralize its body recovery service regionally to Kamloops. Previously it had been performed in the North Thompson Valley by our local funeral service. The proposed funeral service in Kamloops, even if scaled down, appears to have been a way to offset some of the business that was lost through that decision. Nobody likes to think of death and dying, but it happens to all of us sooner or later. Having our own funeral homes in Clearwater and Barriere has proven to be an invaluable service to members of the community when they are in difficult times. We should continue to support Drake and Avril as they provide funeral services to residents of the North Thompson Valley. If expanding those services outside the Valley can help make the local operations more viable, then so much the better. Keith McNeill is the editor of the Black Press newspaper, The Times, in Clearwater 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,

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Clearwater Arts, Health and Wellness Expo moves to Rural Expo/Trade Show in Barriere To the editor; Due to circumstances beyond our control, Clearwater Festival and Events Society (CFES) is sad to announce that the eighth annual Arts, Health and Wellness Expo, which was to have been held Saturday, Feb. 1, has been cancelled. CFES wants to thank all of our dedicated volunteers, booth participants, and community supporters for making this a very successful seven years. CFES will be partnering with the Rural Trade Show and Expo in Barriere in 2014. To all our booth venders that have been with us over the past seven years, please email me your email address again (at as our computer crashed and we lost all of our

email contacts and would like to replace them. We will be working with Jill Hayward from Barriere to come up with a special deal for our long time booth participants of the Clearwater Expo. So please resend your email address to me so you do not miss out on the Barriere Rural Expo and Trade Show in 2014. We were there last year and all I can say is, “Wow, you’re really going to want to book with Barriere in 2014.” Thank you all again for your support and looking forward to seeing you all at the Barriere Rural Expo and Trade Show. Cindy Wilgosh CFES chair Clearwater, B.C.

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Time to say Another year of “thank you” enviro-wars begins To the editor; I have lived here in Barriere for over 30 years, seen a few winters for sure. Over those years I have become (like many) a snow shoveling, berm busting, ice road and hill climbing, 4x4-ing expert... not by choice, but by necessity.   I have shoveled out the cul-de-sac at the entrance to my driveway so many times I started to think it was ‘my property’, even made plans to put up a fence just to keep out the rarely visiting plow trucks from filling it up. Imagine my utter joint aching joy, when Murray Purcha drove his grader down my street and plowed out and sanded the culde-sac.   There’s more – the whole street was plowed and sanded two lanes wide the very same day!   My joy continued as I drove through town.   It’s been so long since the roads here in town have been plowed two lanes wide, sanded everywhere, and done regularly, that I find myself just driving around – because I can! I am sure there are other residents who remember the ‘good ole days’ of being trapped in your own driveway by a foot high (plus) berm of ice and snow, deposited there by some phantom plow truck and driver, on his way to bigger and better berm building jobs on another street.   I say ‘phantom’, because when I personally went to the company office and asked “who was responsible for filling my driveway and the public cul-de-sac”... no one there knew anything about it.   Even though it was done regularly for many years.

Yep, we’ve all learned to 4x4; whether we had one or not. For sure, we sadly came to accept that the town roads probably wouldn’t be sanded until there was an accident.  That driving ‘squished’ into one-and-ahalf lanes was normal, and that fire, ambulance and police should be able to drive through anything to ‘save us’... even up a hill you couldn’t even walk on, let alone drive up. Well, Barriere, lucky for us that’s history, gone down the tube – right where it belongs.  We now have Murray Purcha and Son Ltd. at the wheel, doing a professional, reliable, common sense filled great job! As always, some will find fault and political reference.   Maybe Barriere, just maybe, it’s time to drop the fault flinging and political preference pumping and just say “thank you” to the guy doing the job. So here I go... ‘feet first’. Thank you Jesse Myram for clearing the sidewalk of the Barriere Bridge, ice chopping and shoveling so we can all walk that bridge safely now.   Thank you, Murray Purcha and Son Ltd., for the clean, safe town roads I drive and walk on. Thanks again, Denein Hanson Stanley Barriere, B.C. P.S. My chiropractor asked me why I hadn’t been in for so long?  I told him it was your fault. :-)


VICTORIA – The new year debate has split into two fanatilurched to life with a round of cal factions, each of which proshouting about the environment, motes the most extreme examples as our post-industrial, post-literit can find to prop up its version ate urban society grapples with of truth. They call each other conflicting claims of impending “warmists” and “deniers” among doom. other pithy names. The release of a group of Greenpeace is now known in Greenpeace protesters from a B.C. as part of our Team AmerRussian prison was welcomed by ica anti-tar sands brigade. They TV news networks desperate to fill got off to a good start in 2014 by the holiday dead zone. Our intrepselectively seizing on reports of a id Canadian pair got to describe new study of mercury contaminawith over and over their bid to hang tion in northern Alberta. Tom Fletcher a strongly worded banner from a A “bullseye” of this dreadRussian offshore oil platform, and ed neurotoxin has been drawn their horror when security forces around oilsands operations by boarded their vessel from helicopmeasuring traces in snow. The ters and seized it. study by Environment Canada scientists isn’t In all the fawning interviews, I kept waiting for published yet, but Postmedia News reported on a two questions to be asked. What did they think presentation in November by the researchers. Vladimir Putin’s regime would do? And what was “The federal scientists stress the mercury loadthe point? How is disrupting one oil platform for ings around the oilsands are low compared to an hour going to save the planet? the contamination seen in many parts of North The Greenpeace “activists” claimed this was America including southern Ontario and souththe first oil platform to operate above the Arctic ern Quebec,” the news report states. Circle. So it was a line in the snow, which I’m sure This is like the study of polycyclic aromatic hyimpressed Putin as he ramps up his territorial drocarbon (PAH) pollution in northern Alberta claim to include the North Pole. lakes that was twisted into propaganda and fed to Meanwhile at the South Pole, TV anchors re- the news media last year. This is another group mained carefully sombre as they reported numer- of neurotoxins that are far more concentrated in ous bids to rescue a scientific vessel trapped in urban areas than around remote industry. thick ice. No quips about the predictive abilities Consumption, rather than production of coal, of climate scientists please! diesel and other fuels produces the vast majority In fact this ill-fated voyage was a re-enactment of these emissions. I look forward to the study of of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1913 expedition, with their effects around Lost Lagoon and Burnaby pro-global warming news outlets BBC and ‘The Lake. Guardian’ aboard to capture the melting wrought Of course safe levels of these materials have by a century of industrial expansion. The rescue been set by Health Canada. You’re more likely to efforts (from a Russian ship by Chinese helicopters) get significant exposure to mercury from a broalso disrupted an Australian icebreaker’s supply ken fluorescent lamp or the mercury amalgam in trip for one of the real scientific expeditions your old tooth fillings than you are from feeding working in Antarctica. ducks at the lake, although you might get a whiff Skeptics had great fun with the Antarctic de- of PAH when you gas up the car or board the bus. bacle, as they did earlier with the resurgence of Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and colArctic ice that trapped climate tourists. umnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc As is normal in the Internet age, the climate Email:

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BC Hydro studying power upgrades The Times Although electric power reliability in the North Thompson is below the provincial average, it is comparable other areas of the province similarly situated away from major load center, BC Hydro spokesperson Dag Sharman said in a recent letter to MLA Terry Lake. The provincial power utility therefore has no plans regarding a back-up diesel power supply for the area, he said. “We must balance the needs of all BC Hydro customers in determining the allocation of capital resources and the resultant impact on customer rates,” he said. BC Hydro is considering options such as increased clearing of vegetation and sustainment of the existing transmission and distribution system. This would be part of an evaluation of the Valley’s power supply reliability and identifying any potential remedies. The spokesperson pointed out that options such as these can improve reliability without necessarily adding to the infrastructure and do not require major capital costs. BC Hydro is currently conducting a system impact study into Kinder Morgan’s request for increased load in the North Thompson, Sharman said. The increased capacity would be needed for Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. “While it is too early to confirm requirements or specific plans, one of the alternatives being studied is a new 138 kV transmission line reinforcement for the area,” the spokesperson said. Details of any new power line, including where it would connect to the existing North Thompson transmission line, have not been finalized. A copy of Sharman’s letter was released during the Dec. 17 Clearwater town council meeting.

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Medical plan, pension payments up in 2014 By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – Medical premiums for all but lowincome B.C. residents go up again with the start of the new year. The B.C. government is increasing its Medical Services Plan premiums for the fifth straight year, by four per cent across the board. The Canadian T a x p a y e r s ’ Federation released its annual survey of

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that Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance payments are also going up for many people, despite a federal government pledge to freeze EI premiums for three years. In its New Year Tax Changes report, it calculates that maximum EI premiums will go up $23 in 2014, totalling $914 for the year. The maximum employee Canada Pension Plan deduction, charged to those earning $52,500 or more, goes up $70 to $2,426. Employers match employee CPP payments dollar for dollar.

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$22,000 a year or less. The B.C. government has used the increased MSP revenues to offset the long-term growth of health care costs, which are approaching half of the total provincial budget. Finance Minister Mike de Jong’s 2013 budget projected health spending to increase 2.3 per cent in the current fiscal year, 2.7 per cent in the year beginning April 1 and only 2.2 per cent the following year. The government’s critics called that unrealistic after years of increases of more than five per cent. The CTF reports

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Olivia, Ethan top B.C. baby names Black Press The top baby names for B.C. parents in 2012 were Olivia and Ethan. Those choices replaced the 2011 top parent picks, Liam and Emma, which both fell to second place. The most popular picks are compiled by the B.C. Vital Statistics Agency, which

registered 44,270 births in the province in 2012. That’s a slight increase from 43,991 in 2011. The most popular five girl names were Olivia, Emma, Sophia, Emily and Ava. The top boy names for 2012 were Ethan, Liam, Lucas, Mason and Logan. The influence of popular culture shows up in baby

names each year. In 2012 there were 71 babies named Justin, 70 named Taylor, 35 named Khloe and 30 named Bella. The agency has posted a full list of B.C. baby names at b c . c a / b ab y n a m e s / baby2012.html that includes all names chosen five times or more during the year.

Interior Health is marking an important milestone, according to a recent press release – the 10th anniversary of the introduction of telehealth. “The thoracic telehealth service that is discussed in the press release has been quite beneficial to patients in the North Thompson who need thoracic surgery,” said Dr. John Soles of Clearwater. “It usually saves them at least one trip to Kelowna and sometimes more.” According to Soles, there will always be some need to travel for medical care. However, he was hopeful that, in the future, there will be more medical services provided from distant sites in similar fashion. “There is the potential to save rural patients time and money for travel as well as reducing the risks of crashing traveling long distances to appointments,” he said. On Dec. 15-16, 2003, the first telehealth video-

conference consultations in IH took place when Kelowna-based surgeons from the B.C. Thoracic Surgery Program linked with patients in Cranbrook and Trail to conduct initial surgical assessments and postoperative follow ups. Thoracic surgery is treatment for serious illness of the lung or throat. In the decade since, nearly 11,300 thoracic patients have received telehealth care at 54 different hospitals and health care sites, saving patients more than 8.4 million km in travel. The program has reached beyond Interior Health to patients in communities throughout B.C., including approximately 2,500 from Northern Health. “Telehealth technology helps ensure that patients have access to high-quality health care services they need without travelling hundreds of kilometres to access specialist services,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “For patients and families who live outside major centres, this

program can make a big difference by supporting faster diagnoses and better health outcomes.” IH offers telehealth in three ways: through direct patient consultation via videoconferencing, the upload of photographs to a health authority-wide system, or through Home Health monitoring, where patients “check in” from their homes. Since its introduction, the telehealth program has grown to include more than 20 different medical fields, with nearly 55,000 patient uses per year throughout Interior Health. This includes everything from surgical

consults, to wound treatment, to renal care. “Telehealth technology has changed the way Interior Health is able to deliver health care, and its use continues to grow,” said Interior Health board chair Norman Embree. “Today, 30 per cent of all thoracic practice in Interior Health is performed via telehealth.” Patients are able to reach beyond Interior Health, as well. For instance, patients with high-risk pregnancies are able to consult with physicians at B.C. Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver via tele-ultrasounds.


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B.C.’s consumer price index slipped into negative territory in November, partly due the repeal of the harmonized sales tax last spring. The price index in Vancouver was up slightly, but deflation in Victoria and other areas of the province produced a provincial average of -0.2 per cent for the month. Canada-wide, inflation was 0.9 per cent. The cost of restaurant food fell 4.4 per cent in November compared to the same month in 2012, Statistics Canada reported. The provincial average cost of health and personal care, including services where sales tax was removed, went down 3.1 per cent. There were average price increases in food purchased from stores, up 1.1 per cent, clothing up 1.3 per cent, transportation up 0.7 per cent and alcohol and tobacco products, up 1.7 per cent.

By Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal District of Barriere mayor and council, at their Dec. 6, council meeting, heard from a delegation representing the Barriere Recreation Society (BRS) regarding the current staus of the local curling rink. Susan Bondar and Harvey Eberts spoke, noting the chiller for the compressor system (the system that creates the ice) has broken down, it is not fixable and must be replaced.   This will cost between $28,000 to $30,000.   They noted however, that the compressor itself is still in good condition.  The society are currently

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mainly due to international immigration, which saw a net gain of 35,282 people. Natural growth (births minus deaths) accounted for 11,214 of the total. Housing market upswing predicted The B.C. housing market will see slow but steady growth over the next three years, according to a forecast by Central 1 Credit Union. The trade association for B.C. and Ontario credit unions predicts the number of sales will rise about seven per cent to 72,500 in 2014, and reach 84,000 by 2016. The median resale price is forecast to increase 1.5 per cent in 2014, 2.5 per cent in 2015 and three per cent in 2016. New home sales are expected to rebound by about 30 per cent in 2014, but remain at a low level of 15,500 units sold, said Central 1 economist Brian Yu. New construction in the Lower Mainland Southwest region is expected to decline slightly due to high inventory, while housing starts are forecast to rise in most other areas of the province.

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Average rent costs were up 1.0 per cent, but overall shelter cost was down 0.7 per cent, continuing a decline since mid-2012. B.C. population reaches 4.6 million B.C.’s population grew by 24,000 in the third quarter of 2013, reaching 4,606,375. It’s the largest population increase for that quarter since 1996. The increase was mainly a result of 15,477 non-permanent residents, which Statistics Canada warns are a volatile component of population measurement. Northern B.C. communities are dealing with what they call “ghost populations,” with thousands of workers flying in and out of industrial camps who put pressure on local services without contributing to communities. Interprovincial migration figures showed the seventh consecutive quarter of net loss for B.C., down 282 people from the second quarter. B.C.’s total population increase over the 12 months ending Oct. 1 was 47,496 people,

approaching the district and other organizations for funding assistance in the hopes of getting the unit replaced as soon as possible. Unless the unit is replaced, it means there is no ice in the rink, which in turn means there is no curling happening until the funds are raised and the repairs are made.. Later in the meeting, council members discussed the BRS request and asked staff to look into the possibility of using Gas Tax Revenue for this; Gas Tax Revenue has fairly strict requirements on how it can be used.   For instance, it can’t be used for repairs, but it can be used if the repairs involve upgrading to a more environmentally friendly system.   If the chiller unit is simply replaced with an identical model, it would be a ‘repair’.  If however, it is replaced with a different model that will use a more environmentally friendly version of freon, then it would be an acceptable use.   However, if they do upgrade to the better model, it would mean having to replace a few extra parts (connectors to the compressor, etc.) which would bring the price up a bit.   These options will be looked into carefully by the district before a final decision is made. In other business, council members passed the first three readings of

the District of Barriere Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 73, Amendment Bylaw No. 109. This bylaw is to set the rates charged for public works and services, which include the solid waste disposal service (garbage collection), street lighting, water system base rates, water connection and turn on/off connection fees, and the sewer user rates.  They also passed the final adoption of the District of Barriere Waterworks Bylaw No. 110. Council members received a report on the Building Inspection Services statistics for 2013.   Over two and a half million dollars worth of building was approved during 2013, with licensing fees collected in the amount of $20,094.30.   Compared with the other 17 communities and districts in the TNRD area, Barriere came in sixth place.   Higher on the list were; Area J (Copper Desert Country), Area L (Grasslands), Area P (Rivers and the Peaks), Area M (Beautiful Nicola Valley,North), and Clearwater (Clearwater with less than $45,000 above Barriere). Council passed a motion to authorize notification to residents in the next billing to advise that there will be a paper bill mailing fee

of $1.00, effective April 1, 2014. CAO, Colleen Hannigan reported that the district should hear soon from Canadian Heritage regarding the grant application for the Splash Pad. She also reported that the district has the commemorative buttons in, with the first two having been given out to Geordie and Manne Salle at Manne’s 100th birthday party held Dec. 26.  Members of the public at the district meeting also received a button.  Also received were two small banners that can be used at displays and in parades. Ms. Hannigan also reported that during escavation on the airstrip along Airfield Road, LNB came across what appears to be a lithic chip [portion of rock removed from an objective piece by percussion or pressure].   It is being examined to determine whether it is or not.  In the meantime, LNB Construction Inc. will only work on already opened excavations and will not dig in the location that the chip was found, nor will they start any new digs, until the results of the examination are in.  The results should be in, within the next day or two. Council passed a motion to dedicate the Field House at the Community Park to

Ron Smith. During it’s design and construction, Smith played a large roll in getting it built, doing a fair amount of both the design and actual work in building it. During public inquiries, Scott Kershaw spoke, commending the good job that Murray Purcha and Son Ltd. have done in plowing the roads.   Liz Gilbertson spoke about how slippery and chunky the ice and slush is right in front of the Post Office -   Mayor Humphreys replied that he’d speak to Mr. Purcha regarding this. Scott Kershaw also asked if there is a timeline on the progress at the H.Y. Louie building that is being renovated for the district?   Mayor Humphreys replied that they are waiting for a sign off on the planned renovations and should know by the end of the month, if not earlier. In other business, Councillor Kershaw stated that he will be donating $250 a month of his councillor stipend to the 100th Anniversary committee.   He also recommended that every councillor and the mayor all get enthusiastically into promoting this historic celebration.   He will also be joining the 100th Anniversary Committee. The next District council meeting will be on January 20, at 7 p.m.

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Property taxes and what drives increases

The property assessments for 2014 are out. Some of you will notice that the value of your property has dropped. Since the amount you pay in taxes is dependent on the value of your property, the natural assumption is that your property taxes will drop as the value of your property does. In most cases this will, or may, depending on the will of council, not be true. The reason for this is the district still needs the same, or perhaps more money to operate each year. To set the mill rate and collect the needed money may require an increase in the mill rate. Most people view this as a raise in taxes, but really, the property owner may pay the same dollar amount. Unfortunately, going forward it is very unusual to have mill rates drop when property values go up. Logic would dictate that if there are no new costs to a well run district then the same amount of money would be needed year over year. The mill rates could be dropped if the property values go up. In most cases there seem to be cost increases built into the system and the local

council is required to either make tough decisions or approve tax increases. It is not the growth of a community that drives the costs and consequently the taxes up. Quite the opposite actually. As new residents move in, and more homes are built, the tax rolls grow in value. If the tax structure is well managed, then any extra costs will be covered by these additions. This also presumes that district development charges are designed to cover any additional load on the infrastructure already in place. The setting of these charges is a complicated and daunting task at best. If they are too high a developer may take his money elsewhere. If they are set too low then there is not enough money to upgrade things like water systems. In most cases it is not well done, and local governments find themselves scrambling to find the money to provide services to new developments and maintain the existing system. The whole process could be simple if a town was well planned from the start. The water system would have the right sized

Was driver angry with gas prices? On Jan. 4, Clearwater RCMP were notified that a tractor trailer unit had smashed over the gas pumps of the Husky gas station in Little Fort. The tractor then left the parking lot and was seen heading southbound toward Barriere along Highway 5. The vehicle was not located. However, witnesses obtained the vehicle’s license plate number and provided the information to police. Police contacted the trucking company, which will be contacting the Husky gas station. Police also report that on Sunday, Dec. 22, Clearwater RCMP were told there was an intoxicated male traveling on the highway between Clearwater and Little Fort. The male was stopped and investigation found he was not intoxicated. However, he was in possession of a rifle. The male was charged because he did not possess a valid PAL or POL. The firearm, he said, was a gift for his step father. Unfortunately, if you have a firearm in your possession without the proper documentation, no matter the reason, the gun will be seized and you could face legal consequences.

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Bill Humphreys wells, the water lines would be properly laid out and sized for growth, and all the other supporting infrastructure would be similarly done with an eye to orderly growth. This sounds great, but even if things start this way, something always changes. If a new town council comes in and they want to build high density housing where the original plan was for single family homes the planning process goes out the window before the window is even built. Similarly, if a new council places more importance on items like building parks and other projects that they feel essential to the social well being of the residents, then the money left over for fixing and improving water systems, roads and the other boring aspects of a town could be very limited. There needs to be a balance in these issues, and that balance is very hard to find. New communities are given what essentially is start up money in the form of grants for a few years

after they incorporate. How this money is spent can have lasting effects on the community. If high maintenance projects are undertaken, then the cost of these projects will be with the community for the foreseeable future. The money for these costs comes out of taxes after the grants are gone. There are more than a few communities that are struggling with ongoing costs for non-essential services, as they find their community tax base shrinking due to residents moving away, declines in property values and the resultant loss of tax revenue. The District of Barriere is in the process of setting the new water rates based on consumption, and other rates attached to user based services like garbage pickup. I would encourage all residents to check these rates and express your views. Council will also be setting the tax rates in the coming weeks. It is important to have resident feedback on these important issues.

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North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association vice-president Karl Rainer spent most of Dec. 28 and Jan. 2 using his farm tractor to set-up and take-down the arena panels and chutes for the 2013 Farm Kids Fund New Year’s Eve Bullarama at the North Thompson Agriplex. Pictured here is Rainer moving the bucking chutes into a position that was deemed “just right” for the event.

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Thank 3x3You G. Salle I want to thank those who sent greetings by phone, cards and plaques. Moved from pg 8and hall A big thanks to all who prepared a great dinner

decorators, done so appropriately and to all who came long and short distances to celebrate my 100th birthday. It has been an overwhelming occasion.

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Happy New Year. This first column of the year will focus on changes we can make in our life to make us healthier and happier. One mistake that people often make at this time is to try to make too many changes at the same time. Focus on the one that will have the greatest impact on your life and work on that. This first remark is directed at the 19% of Canadians that still smoke. Quitting smoking is the best and most powerful change you can make in your life. Smoking is the cause of so many preventable diseases. So if you are a smoker, make quitting your number one priority. Most of us don’t exercise enough or don’t exercise at all. If you are one of these people, start the new year with a daily walk. It need only be for 10 minutes to start and increase the duration and intensity as you feel comfortable. Nutritionally, you can’t go wrong with Canada’s Food Guide. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, eating red meat moderately (twice weekly is a good maximum), and reducing your fat, salt and sugar intake, can go a long way to making you healthier. Our pharmacists talk to people every day about health. We are a ready source of good, reliable health information. We will be happy to share that information with you. Another good resolution for 2014... visit our pharmacy soon.



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Scrapbook from New Year’s Eve Bullarama (Right) Bull rider Joel Henry from Barriere takes a moment to get his thoughts together before his first ride during the Farms Kids Scholarship Fund New Year’s Eve Bullarama held at the North Thompson Agriplex on Dec. 31. Photos: By Jill Hayward

(Above) Barriere’s Hannah Feller (with microphone) welcomes everyone on behalf of Farms Kids Scholarship Fund.

(Below) Bull riders behind the bucking chutes awaiting the opening ceremonies.

(Above) Benjamin Hoare, of Rockhampton, Qld, Australia, on the bull, Trigger Happy. (Below) A quick bull puts the judge over the rails.

(Above) Bullfighter Loering makes a quick save for his partner knocked down by the bull. (Below) Colt Manual, from 150 Mile House, draws a tough bull. (Above) Shay Marks, from Sunnybrook, AB., rode Psycho to a score of 81.

(Above) Farm Kids Fund rep Ed Lebourdais presents the Championship buckle to Cody Moore from Keremeos, B.C., after his 87.5 point ride on the bull, What The Hell.

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Cst. Mcgregor working with Barriere youth North Thompson Star/Journal Several members of the community participated as presenters on a wide range of topics related to local students for the school’s Wellness Day at Barriere Secondary on Nov. 26. The students were split up into boys and girls groups, and separated by grades 7 to 12. Barriere RCMP Cst. Cory McGregor attended, and was responsible for teaching the students on matters of Internet safety, cyber bullying, photo and video sharing, and their responsibility regarding their conduct, both legally and morally. “I was able to speak, for an hour at a time, to three classes of boys and two classes of girls.,� said the Constable. The content of each discussion was slightly different depending on the students themselves, but all involved a good amount of open discussion, and questions. “There were many moments of humour, but also moments of seriousness, and self reflection, especially around topics such as showing respect, providing support, and recent tragic suicides in the news,� says McGregor, “In the end, many of the students, and teachers provided their thanks, and I was proud to receive a loud round of cheers from the students when I went up to receive an unexpected gift as a presenter.� RCMP Cpl. Darin Underhill reported the detachment was happy to participate in the school’s event, he also commented, “Cst. McGregor has been working very hard in the community with our youth and has put in a great deal of his own time doing it, such as the entire day of the presentation. This was a great day for all, and hopefully many more to come.�

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Barriere RCMP Cst. Cory McGregor speaks to teens at the Barriere Secondary Wellness Day held in November.

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Local curling at S P O R T S a standstill until funds raised to Over 800 ‘bucked in’ the New Year at the Agriplex fix ice machine By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal

By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal This is the season for curling, but unfortunately for the Barriere Recreation Society a serious hitch has overtaken their plans to hit the ice at the Barriere Curling Rink in January. Right now there is no ice to hit, due to the fact that the archaic ice machine that the rink uses has finally bit the dust and is in need of some serious, and expensive repairs. “It looks like we need about $30,000 to get the system back in operation,” said society president Brian Bondar last Monday. “But once we get it working, it should last for another 20 years or so.” Bondar notes that they have frequently repaired the system over the past few years, all the while knowing “ was just a matter of time as we think the ice making machine could be at least 50 years old”. The president says the group is working hard to get things up and running by the end of the month if at all possible. “This is the curling season, and right now aside from our adult curlers, we have at least 25 young people who curl here every week,” said Bondar. Due to the high cost of the required repairs the society is actively seeking funding to get the job done. “We spoke to the District of Barriere mayor and council on Monday, in the hopes we can access gas tax funding to make the repairs,” said Bondar, “They have said they will get back to us, and in the meantime we continue to pursue other possibilities for funding.” Bondar noted that having a winter sports facility within the community is important to the lifestyle enjoyed by its residents. The Barriere Recreaction Society say they welcome any donations or assistance in getting the rink up and running again as soon as possible. If you would like to help call Brian or Susan Bondar at 250-672-5334.

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Over 800 ticket holders attended the 2013 2nd annual Farm Kids Fund New Year’s Eve Bullarama in the North Thompson Agriplex Dec. 31. Well over 30 top bullriders from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Mexico and even Australia were entered in the lineup for the coveted silver buckle and $5000 in prize money at this Bull Riders Canada sanctioned event. However, the bulls made the cowboys work for their earnings, many not making the eight seconds to move on to the championships round. Three Barriere hopefulls were unfortuantely on this list, but the crowd gave them a good cheer and will be looking for the hometown cowboys to try again this year. Farm Kids Fund

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Cody Moore from Keremeos, rides Anti Venom in the first round. Moore was the eventual winner of the first round and the Championship buckle. rep and event organizer, Steven Puhallo, said he couldn’t have been happier with the event, and has already booked

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the Agriplex for the 2014 New Year’s Eve Bullarama. Here is the list of winners and money earned: First Round 1st Place winner was Cody Moore of Keremeos, BC, with a score of 86, winning $1653.00. 2nd Place winner was Marlon Williams of Mount Currie, BC, with a score of 84.5, winning $1239.75. 3rd Place winner was Ryan Jasper of Riske Creek, BC, with a score of 83, winning $826.50. 4th Place was tied with both KC Spears of Groundbirch, BC and Kyle Primeau of St. Albert, AB, with scores of 82, winning $206.50 each. 6th Place was Shay Marks of Sunnybrook, AB, with a score of 81. 7th Place was Wade Marchand of Vernon, BC, with a score of 80.5. 8th Place was a three way tie between

Brandon Daniel of Cache Creek, BC, Benjamin Hoare of Rockhampton, Queensland Australia, and Michael Ostashek of Yellowhead County, AB, all with scores of 74. Championship Round 1st Place winner was Cody Moore of Keremeos, BC with a score of 87.5, winning $2612.50. 2nd Place winner was Ryan Jasper of Riske Creek, BC with a score of 83, winning $2137.50. Average 1st Place winner was Cody Moore of Keremeos, BC with a score of 173.5, winning $4265.50. 2nd Place winner was Ryan Jasper of Riske Creek, BC, with a score of 166, winning $2964.00. 3rd Place winner was Marlon Williams of Mount Currie, BC with a score of 84.5, winning $1239.75.

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Manne Salle: 100 years old and counting North Thompson Star Journal Manne (Wolfgang Arnold Salle), was born Dec. 26, 1913, to Ernst and Emma Salle, who were new immigrants from Germany to Boulder Mountain, Chinook Cove, B.C. in 1912. Manne - meaning ‘little man’, was the fifth child, wth his other siblings Volkmar, Uli, Bruno and Herta, and later on sister Inge. Manne’s family lived in a log house on Boulder Mountain Road, where other immigrants who had accompanied the Salles to Canada helped them with an addition to the house to make it three times bigger. Manne tells of his early years, saying, “My formal education was sketchy beacuse of my size and my health wasn’t good, so I walked down the mountain to Chinook Cove two to four days a week for a total of six years. The first high school correspondence courses were not a huge success. I did try them awhile, but couldn’t be sitting studying while the rest were out working. “During the next years I hewed trees and skidded and hauled cedar poles besides farm work, and we always repaired and maintained our own equipment. I filed saws and worked in sawmills. I ran a general trucking business and later with Clarence Myers we built Cahilty School, and the fourth classroom onto Barriere High School. “When electricity came to the Barriere area in 1948, I had to learn about electricity from books, from a neighbour and inspectors. I became involved in wiring most homes in the Barriere to Little Fort area, and later on from Clearwater to Birch Island.

“With some more experience, and more studying, I installed electric water pumps and irrigation, as a lot of places seemed ideal for gravity pipe irrigation, as well as electric irrigation on farms. “Then, with electricity now in many homes, it became necessary to learn and repair home equipment (washing machines, driers, stoves). “Community projects have always been one of my preoccupations. The first being the now gone Chinook Cove Hall in 1936. It was purchased from a defunct Dixon Creek Mine for $45, and moved to Chinook Cove along the road. Nine people put in $5 each to aquire it. “I was also active with the Native Sons of Canada. When the Native Sons Hall at Louis Creek burned down in 1956, after it had been turned over to the early North Thompson Fall Fair, Ken Long supplied the plywood to build another hall that was later moved up to the Fall Fair grounds, and is now at Barriere. I wired that building both at Louis Creek and in Barriere. “Insurance from the Native Sons Hall helped build the Community Hall in Barriere, the Louis Creek Community Hall, and the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall. I wired all those. “I drove the school bus in 1952, and worked in Barriere between school hours. “I had a back-infusion operation in Vancouver in 1957, which only partly fixed the back problem. But I had several young men, Walter Schilling, Ken Beharrel, Stan Borthwick and Ulrich Schilling help me when my back was still crippled.

“In 1972, I married Mrs. Georgina (Geordie) Bradford and we bought Mrs. Humphries residence in Barriere. “I continued constructing and wiring new homes in the surrounding area and became very interested, with Geordie, in promoting and working on community projects, namely the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence, the current location of the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall, the Barriere Curling Rink, and the United Church and Thrift Shop. “I worked with the family that I had acquired, namely stepdaughters Patsy, Diane, Dodie and Leslie on their homes, and our achievement of obtaining lake property in the area which we all have extremely enjoyed over the years. “I was always very close to my sister Inga and her husband Karl and family. Now Karl Jr., wife Debbie, and three nephews Ben, Dustin and Kurtis. I have spent much time and been hosted to many days and hours on their ranch, which I have enjoyed. “Georgina and I have now moved because of health reasons to Kamloops, where we live in a beautiful residence, are closer to family and can enjoy our eight greatgrandchildren.” Karl Rainer (Jr.) says, “Uncle Manne has spent thousands of hours helping out on our farm to make it successful. He started in the mid 40’s by wiring our first farm home. Some of my first recollections are of the mid 60’s thawing out a frozen waterline during those -40° winters, and seeing Uncle Manne there in his old railroad bib overhauls and cap. My mom did his laundry

for him back then, and I would see his hat stretched around a fence post, drying. “In the 70’s, Uncle Manne continued wiring and plumbing my building projects. He fixed mom’s sewing machine at the time he was courting the love of his life, Geordie. They were married in our old farm house. “In 1980, we built a new dairy barn and once again Manne wired this building and helped wherever he could. At the age of 77 he did all the wiring and most of the plumbing in our new house, built in 1990. “He even came up to help when we were upgrading our meat shop to industry standard [Rainer’s Custom Cutting in Darfiled]. He was using the air nailer while standing on a ladder with his shaky arm. I was unsure if I should hide or help. In the last few years, he started to clean up his shop and bring me stuff that he had been collecting.Everything from bent nails to old paint mixed with some great things. Manne never forgets what he has given you, and what he has lent. His memory has always been very sharp. “I had to be careful to remember where I put items given, because if Manne decided he needed one of those, he would call and ask for it. Finding an item became a problem, as I am not as organized. Or he would want a part can of paint back for a project he was doing. “Uncle Manne is a person that works diligently and quietly without needing praise or recognition. “He has spent thousands of hours on the fall fair grounds doing all handyman

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Manne Salle has spent 100 years living, working and volunteering in the North Thompson Valley. jobs. Many that went unnoticed. From wiring, to fixing plugged toilets, to fixing roofs, or lending money to the fair in a lean year. He has even be seen fixing things in the past few years, on his scooter. “Uncle Manne has always dedicated his time for us and for the Fall Fair and the whole community of Barriere. You cannot find someone that was as hard working and willing to help out, than our Uncle Manne.” Manna’s grandson, Craig Lysak says, “Grandpa has always kept himself busy, whether at home in Barriere, or up at our family cabin at East Barriere Lake. In the past, Grandpa would do an average days’ work or for the rest of us mere mortals, a years’ worth of hard labour, then he would go down to the

lake in his swim trunks with towel in hand and go for a swim a couple of cabins down the way and back.” Manne celebrated his 100th birdthdy on Dec. 26, in the Fall Fair Hall, Barriere, with his lovely wife Geordie at his side, and numerous family and friends their to wish him many hapy returns. There were certificates and letters of congratulations from the Queen, the Governor General, the T.N.R.D., the Prime Minister, and the District of Barriere.   While presenting the certificate of congratulations from the District of Barriere, Mayor Humphreys spoke about his memories of Manne, saying, “He has spent decades bringing light to the lives of all those in the area.” The mayor then presented Manne with the first 100 year pin for Barriere’s 100th anniversary in 2014

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to be handed out. Walter Schilling spoke about how Manna helped him get started and encouraged him to get his electrical ticket. They also travelled together to places like Alberta, Alaska and California. The evening closed with Geordie and Manna dancing to the song that had played when they first met - May I Have This Dance For The Rest Of My Life. *Editors note: Manne and Geordie Salle were presented with the Barriere Citizen of The Year Award in 1988, and each were presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for service to their community. A11

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My photography resolutions for 2014 Every year I write about my New Year’s resolutions. I’ll remind readers they aren’t only resolutions, but things I’d been thinking about for some time. This year, as last, I’ll also call them my photography goals as well as my New Year’s resolutions for the year to come. This year I kept the number at six and mixed them into no real order. Too many goals don’t seem to work for me. However, I included five more I found on the Internet for new photographers. My first resolution is an easy one that I recommend to all serious photographers. The resolution is to get

together with other p h o t og r ap h e r s. Collaborate with likeminded enthusiasts, plan an outing or just get together for refreshments and talk at some local spot. My second resolution is to plan several photographer vacations this year. I’ll be sure to make them about photography, not those rushing trips where one just grabs a picture now and then on a tiny point and shoot camera. These will be the kind of excursions that allow me look at the world in new ways and inspire me to use the equipment, knowledge, and talents I have. My third resolution is to continue my ongoing, and seemly

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Nevertheless, because I prefer to purchase used equipment, I am always on the look out for bargains that fit the kind of photography I do. My sixth resolution is to attend a photographic workshop. The subject doesn’t really matter; I always learn something whether it’s from the leader or from my classmates. I regularly buy books on different photographic subjects and I am an avid reader of many online bloggers and teachers,

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Employment Career Opportunities THERE IS a critical need for Medical Transcriptionists across Canada. Work from home. CanScribe graduates welcome and encouraged to apply. Apply through MTR at

Caretakers/ Residential Managers MOTEL ASST Manager Team to run small Motel in Parksville BC. Non-Smoking, no Pets, good Health, fulltime live-in position. Call 250-586-1633 or email:

Trades, Technical HIRING in Fort St John, BC. MILL ELECTRICIANS w/ experience. Wage up to $50/hr, Housing & Benefits. Shift-7days on/ 7off. Email resume: or fax 250-630-2114 Ph: 250-2634350 JOURNEYMAN AUTOMOTIVE Service Technician(s) in Hanna Alberta. Hanna Chrysler Ltd. offers competitive wages, relocation allowance, negotiable depending on experience. Bright, modern shop. Full-time permanent with benefits. Friendly town just 2 hours from major urban centres. More info at: Fax 403-854-2845; Email:

Work Wanted HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875.


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photographer? Portraits, weddings, special events, pet portraits, commercial. Affordable memories that last a lifetime. Seniors rates. Book now avoid & disappointment. Sorry no passport photos Jill Hayward 250-319-8023/250-672-0055


NORTH THOMPSON JOBS BARRIERE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 629 Barriere Town Rd. V0E 1E0 • 250-672-0036 • Fax: 250-672-2159

E-mail: • Website: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – Yellowhead Community Services CB0250 SUPPORT WORKER – Yellowhead Community Services CB0259 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR/MANAGER – Yellowhead Community Services CB0262 GENERAL LABOURER – Woodco Sawmill B0266 MYSTERY SHOPPERS – In-Touch Insight Systems B02 TOW OPERATOR – North River Towing B0272 68

Go To: for information on jobs with Mike Wiegele. Skill Development: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) & are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer & Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services.

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“The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services



Digital and film photographs. Phone 250-674-3252 or

Wilkeekon Services Handyman & Cleaning Residential & Commercial Moving in/out, DIY projects, construction site, interior/exterior, light hauls Bonded Gayle Peekeekoot Ray Wilson 250-674-2775

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Experienced parts person required immediately for James Western Star in Williams Lake. Full time, competitive wages, benefits and signing bonus. Fax resume to 250-398-6367 or email:

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

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EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 Drivers, F/T, P/T needed for California & Arizona produce hauling, excellent pay and benefits+ safety bonus and home time. Call Jerry or Brian 1-877-539-1750.

LEARN FROM Home. Earn from home. Huge is a demand for Medical Transcriptionists. Start your online learning today with CanScribe Career College. 1-800-466-1535

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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

Financial Services

Education/Trade Schools

IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: it’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? RESTLESS LEG Syndrome and leg cramps? Fast relief in one hour. Sleep at night. Proven for over 32 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660. STEEL BUILDINGS, Metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206;

Drivers/Courier/ Trucking

TUG SKIPPER Full time senior & junior positions available. Minimum Limited Master <60GT Certificate required. Apply via email: or by fax: (250) 974-5216

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DIVISION MANAGER Needed for trucking company. Position is Salmon Arm Based. Minimum 5 years verifiable experience in truck or supply chain management. Details on line @ or call 888-3572612 ext 230.

58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 • 250-674-2928 • Fax 250-674-2938 E-mail: • Web Page:

Cashier: 4 positions/Clearwater #C0271 Cook/Prep Cook: 3 positions/ Clearwater #C0270 Logging Truck Driver: Seasonal/ Clearwater #C0269 German Speaking Tour Guide: FT/ Seasonal/Clearwater #C0264 Professional Driver: Casual/Seasonal/ Clearwater #C0263 Early Childhood Educator/Facility Manager: FT/PT Barriere #CB0262 Support Worker - Child care programs:

2 positions/Clearwater #CB0259 Traffic Control: Casual/Clw #C0256 Early Childhood Educator/Educator Assistant: FT/PT Clw/Barriere#CB2050 Cook: 2 positions/Clw #C0240 9 Postings/Blue River: PT & FT #CB0222 Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Labourer, Chef Garde Manger, Assistant Pastry Chef, Marketing Coordinator, Maintenance Manager, Guide, Fine Dining Server, Housekeeper

Free Workshops

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”: Feb. 3rd – Feb. 7th : 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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STEEL BUILDING. The big year end clear out! 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

CLEARWATER, 1-Br @ Woodside. Quiet, clean, updated. Common laundry. NS/NP, DD + refs. $575/mo. 604-790-2482

Misc. Wanted Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Estates, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins, Bills etc. Confidential 778-281-0030 Used Postage Stamps Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

Real Estate

Mobile Homes & Pads

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. 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



Rooms for Rent Clearwater: Room for rent, incl internet, shared facilities/living sp, Dutch Lake Trailer Court, ref req. $300/mo. Male perfered. Ph. 250-674-8300

Suites, Lower Birch Island: 2bdrm suite. $600/mo. Incl sat tv, utilities & laundry. Available Dec. 1. Ph. 250-674-1768




The link to your community

4464 Barriere Town Road

Worship Sunday 11:00 A worshipping community of Anglicans, United & Lutherans

All Are Welcome

the Rev. Brian Krushel

Office: 250 672-5653

of 60 but can strike adults at any age; and whereas Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect more than 64,000 British Columbians; and whereas Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias take their toll on hundreds of thousands of families and caregivers; and whereas there is an urgent need to reduce the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, so that the barriers in our communities can be removed and all British Columbians touched by these diseases can be diagnosed and treated; and whereas presently, there is no known cure for these devastating illnesses; and whereas

the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is dedicated to helping anyone concerned with or facing dementia have the confidence and skills to maintain quality of life, to ensuring that public policy and perceptions reflect the issues and reality, and to securing funding for support and research. Now, therefore, I Bill Humphreys, Mayor of the District ofBarriere, do hereby proclaim the month of January 2014 as Alzheimer Awareness Month and do urge all citizens of our community to become more aware and educated concerning the far-reaching effects of this devastating disease.”

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ST. GEORGE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

Father Donal O’Reilly

Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY 4818 Annesty Rd. (Across from High School) 9:30am Adult Sunday School 10:30am Sunday Service and Children’s Sunday School Pastor: Lance Naylor 672-0111

THE OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP 11:00 am Sundays at the Ridge Bible Study on Tuesdays at 1pm PASTOR TODD ENGLISH Join us for refreshments after the Service.

Phone 250-672-1864 anytime. Affiliated with North American Baptist Association. “Believe in the Lord Jesus - and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)

Seventh-day Adventists

The Alzheimer’s/ Investor’s Group Walk For Memories will take place in Barriere on Jan. 26, starting at the Barriere Senior’s Hall. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., with the Walk beginning at 11 a.m. after a brief warm up.   After the Walk, there will be door prizes, a silent auction, and a light lunch.   They will also be drawing the winners for their raffle - the prizes are a golf package worth $320, a ‘dine in Barriere and area’ package worth $140, and a tool kit worth $30.   Anyone and everyone is welcome,

whether from Barriere, Little Fort, McLure, or Clearwater and beyond. For more information about this event, contact Liz Gilbertson at 250-6729337. At the Jan. 6 District of Barriere council meeting, Mayor Humphreys made the following proclamation: “ W h e r e a s Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are everyone’s concern, and we need to put our mind to taking action now, while there is still time, and whereas Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are degenerative brain disorders that most often occur in people over the age

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Meet in the Church of Saint Paul on Saturday Mornings Bible Study - 9:30am Worship Service - 11am Fellowship Meal - 12:30pm Everyone Welcome 318-0545

Walk For Memories in Barriere on Jan. 26 North Thompson Star/Journal

Barriere: in riverland park, 3bdrm, double wide, large lot. Avail Feb 1. Pets neg. RR/DD $735/mo + util. 250-672-0253

Mobile Homes & Parks Mobile Home for Sale downtown Barriere: 66’x12’, in quiet 55+ park. New: F/S, roof, flooring & pellet stove. Upgraded insulation. Quick possession. $16,900 w/2mo free pad rent. 250-457-6604

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Police are warning that a new twist on an old type of scam has appeared in the Interior as scammers continue to evolve with technology and test new ways of stealing your money. Email scams have been around just about as long as the electronic mailing service and over the past 20 years or so have continued to evolve along with it. Nowadays, people can quickly send money to each other through their online banking service using what is known as an INTERAC e-Transfer. Essentially, a message is sent from the sender’s online banking account to the recipient by email or text message, notifying them of the transfer and providing instructions on how to deposit the cash. The money never actually travels by email or text and no personal or financial information is exchanged. Scammers are now attempting to exploit this service by sending  fraudulent INTERAC e-Transfer emails, otherwise known as phishing emails. As with all email scams, the fraudulent email looks similar to the real thing but there are a few things to watch for: • As real e-Transfers are system-generated, spelling errors are a dead giveaway that the message is not legitimate. • The e-Transfer is anonymous. Real e-Transfers typically have the name of the sender in the subject line as well as the body of the message and may contain a personal message from them. • The link is more than just INTERAC’s secure

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Those who use their computers for banking and money transfers can be scammed by phishing. e-Transfer site. Always check the link and/or the browser bar before entering passwords or other personal and financial information. • The e-Transfer is unexpected. An e-Transfer requires a security question to prevent unintended recipients from depositing the money and this should be set up between the sender and recipient prior to the transfer occurring. If you receive an unexpected INTERAC e-Transfer or there is something not quite right about the message, it is probably a scam and clicking the link could compromise your personal or financial information. For more information on phishing, frauds and scams, and how to report them, please go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at www.

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12 tips for tax planning from RBC Submitted While many Canadians may be aware of the importance of yearend tax planning, there are some equally important deadlines for implementing tax-saving strategies that may only be available in January and February. RBC Wealth Management offers the following 12 Tips of Tax Planning as a guide: For individuals: 1. RRSP contributions: The deadline to make a contribution to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) that can be claimed as a 2013 RRSP tax deduction is generally the 60th day after the 2013 year-end, which falls on March 1, 2014. But since March 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline has been extended to Monday, March 3, 2014. 2. In-Kind RRSP/TFSA contributions: If you don’t have sufficient cash on hand to make an RRSP contribution, you can consider making an “in-kind” contribution of eligible securities from your non-registered account to your RRSP. You can also contribute securities in-kind to your Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). 3. 2014 RRSP contribution room: Potential new RRSP contribution room is created every January 1 based in part on income earned in the prior year. In light of this, consider making an overcontribution of $2,000, which is not subject to the over-contribution penalty. Although the money is not tax-deductible, it can be deducted in a future year if you have the available RRSP room. To avoid the over-contribution penalty, you’ll need to check that you’re not more than $2,000 over your total contribution limit. 4. TFSA: Canadians who are 18 and over are eligible to contribute to a TFSA. The contribution limit was $5,000 per year from 2009 to 2012 inclusive, and is $5,500 for 2013 and 2014. If you did not use your contribution room in a previous year, the unused room is carried forward indefinitely. 5. Family income splitting loans: If you set up a prescribed rate loan with your spouse or a family trust in a previous year to split income, it is critical that the annual interest on the loan be paid on or before January 30, 2014. 6. Eligible retiring allowance: If you received an eligible retiring allowance in 2013, you’ll have until March 3, 2014 to make a special contribution to your RRSP (but not to a spousal plan) without requiring RRSP contribution room. 7. Labour-sponsored investment funds: Consider purchasing shares of labour-sponsored funds by

March 3, 2014 to take advantage of a 15 per cent federal laboursponsored funds tax credit on a maximum contribution of $5,000 (maximum $750 federal tax credit). An additional provincial tax credit may also be available. Speak with your advisor to determine whether an investment in a labour-sponsored fund is suitable for you. 8. LIRA conversion to LIF/ RLIF: If you have a Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA) and are planning to convert it to a Life Income Fund (LIF) or Restricted Life Income Fund (RLIF) in 2014, you may want to consider converting the plan in January 2014, rather than later in the year, to give you added flexibility to withdraw more from your LIF/RLIF in the first year. 9. 2013 Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawals: If you participated in the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) in 2013, but borrowed less than the maximum $25,000 tax-free from your RRSP, you may be eligible to make another tax-free RRSP withdrawal in January 2014 (up to the $25,000 maximum permitted). After January 2014, subsequent withdrawals will not qualify as taxfree. For business owners: 10. Consider paying yourself a bonus: If you operate your own business with a year-end after June 30, consider paying reasonable bonuses to employees, including yourself. Canadian tax rules allow a corporation to deduct a bonus paid to an employee on the corporation’s previous year’s tax return as long as the bonus is paid within 179 days after its corporate year-end. 11. T4 filing deadlines for employers: If you have employees in your own business or you employ a nanny or babysitter, then you must file the appropriate T4 Summary forms to the CRA by the end of February. For 2014, the deadline is February 28. In addition, a copy of the T4 slip must be delivered or mailed to the employee(s) by this date. 12. Sale of private business shares: You may have disposed of “qualified small business corporation” shares in 2013 and realized capital gains that cannot be fully exempt under the $750,000 lifetime capital gains exemption. If this is the case, you may be able to defer all or some portion of the taxable capital gain if you reinvest the proceeds in a new eligible small business corporation any time in the year of disposition, or within 120 days after the end of that year. As always, you should obtain professional advice from a qualified tax advisor before acting on any of the information above.

Passport to gift baskets for Myram

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On Dec. 20, Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce president Lana Laskovic (left), of Armour Mountain Office Services, presented one of the two gift baskets won by Tami Myram (right) during the Chamber’s Passport to Holiday Shopping event. “The Passport to Holiday Shopping Committee congratulate Tami Myram on winning these two gift baskets worth over $500 in total,” said Laskovic, “And we would also like to thank the District of Barriere for donating two pairs of tickets to the New Year’s Eve Bullarama won by Amy Irving and Brigitte Shelton.”

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Kamloops Daily News announces shutting down after 80 years By Kolby Solinsky BC Local News/Black Press

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Br-r-r-r it’s cold outside

Another cold front with overnight temperatures of minus -18° degrees, came to the area Sunday, bringing with it a spectacular hoar frost.

The Kamloops Daily News is shutting down after 80 years in business, the newspaper announced on Monday morning. In a release, the News cited economic reasons as the cause for the publication’s closure. “The reason for the closure is economic,” the release said, adding that the paper intends to close up for good within 60 days. “Revenues have declined and the Daily News has been unable to reduce expenses sufficiently to continue as a viable operation.” The News’s parent company, Glacier Media, publishes 83 newspapers in Western Canada and 32 in British Columbia (Castanet). Here is the statement from Daily News publisher Tim Shoults: “Personally I am very saddened to make this announcement... We have struggled for the

last several years, worked tirelessly and taken many difficult steps along the way which were designed to ensure our future. Unfortunately the realities of our industry, our local advertising market and our labour situation were too great for us to overcome. “We recognize that this decision severely affects our staff and their families and our hearts go out to them as they deal with the shock and loss this decision creates. We are offering our staff counseling on site at the Daily News if they wish to take advantage of it. “We have accomplished some great things along the way and have made our community a better place to live in countless ways. Over the years we have supported hundreds of community groups with millions of dollars in free advertising and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes through our Raise a Reader and Christmas Cheer campaigns. Most importantly, we

have made our community more informed and more enlightened through award-winning coverage for decades.” Kelly Hall, the publisher of the Daily News’s competitor paper Kamloops This Week, also addressed the news on Monday: “It was very surprising to hear of the impending closure of a great competitor in the Kamloops Daily News. Media in general are challenged on a daily basis. You have to look closely at your business model and you have to move quickly when you are faced with challenges. “The Daily News has been a strong community partner and will be missed. I feel for the employees and their families as they go through this sad time. “Over the years, we have been very competitive in all aspects of gathering news and providing a viable option for readers and advertisers. You will continue to see Kamloops This Week grow along with our community.”


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