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BIATHALON CUP Smithers hosts the third leg of the BC Cup.

SPORTS/A15 The Smithers Steelheads made the CIHL final interesting by losing the first game 8-4 in Williams Lake Saturday night and rallying back on Sunday to win 5-2 and the championship trophy. See Sports, page A8 for more. Angie Mindus photo

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Town of Smithers council listened to ice user groups, deciding last week to raise arena rates by only 10 per cent next season to pay for the operation of the second sheet of ice. On Feb. 19, councillors and town staff hosted a meeting with ice user groups who voiced their concerns over the proposed 20 per cent youth rate and 30 per cent adult rate increase for the 2014-


2015 skating season. At a finance committee meeting on Feb. 25 it was decided to raise arena user rates 10 per cent across the board and use $40,638 from the town’s $100,000 arena operating reserve to make up the difference. “I think the winwin is to hit the happy medium we’re all after,” Smithers Minor Hockey Association president Dave Turko said at the Feb. 19 meeting. “Make it affordable. Keep as many kids playing as possible. For minor

hockey, we think a 10 per cent increase is reasonable.” That sentiment was shared by user groups around the table at the meeting. Turko said SMHA calculated the organization could use about 17 per cent more ice time and would hopefully be able to host more tournaments. The increased ice time and the higher user fees would have a definite impact on members, he said, and they would not be able to afford more ice time if rates went up by 20

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per cent. “If you charge us more, we use less ice or you charge us less and we use more ice.” Additionally, town ratepayers will not see a property tax increase next year to fund the arena, said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. The Town of Smithers has estimated the new arena’s annual operating costs to be between $167,000 and $192,000 per year. An earlier motion to look into a threetiered arena pay scale was abandoned at the Feb. 25 meeting due

to the cost of setting up and administering such a system. Once the Town of Smithers sees what it actually costs to run the new arena for one full season, there is a chance costs may change, Bachrach said. “There might have to be fee adjustments in the future,” he said. “And I think the ice users recognize that.” Dave Tucker, who attended the Feb. 19 meeting as a representative of Northern Hockey School, applauded the town for listening to

the ice user’s concerns. “The process was very positive,” he said. “It showed we do have a say and the councillors were working hard to make it fair.” Now, to keep rates from rising again next year, Tucker said the town needs to make sure the new arena is fully booked. “I would expect to see the town staff really promoting the availability of ice and I’m curious to see if there are other people out there who have some ideas about some different users.”




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SM I L E F OR T H E WE E K Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 828 president Marc Barralon and retired CUPW president Sandra Elkin are trying to stop what they see as an erosion of services for Canada Post customers in the Bulkley Valley.

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Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 828 president Marc Barralon is standing up for what he sees as an erosion of service for Smithers customers. Barralon made a presentation to town council last week, sharing his concerns about the direction the Crown corporation is going. In December, Canada Post announced a fivepoint plan to address the way they currently deliver services. Included in the plan is an increase in the cost of stamps — from 65 to 85 cents when purchased in a book or $1 each when purchased singularly — and an increase in the

number of postal franchises. The stamp price change comes into effect March 31. Barralon said he knows Canada Post is seeking a franchisee in Smithers and he is concerned that will lead to the downsizing of the current post office. “Leaving the community without a post office is detrimental to the community,” Barralon said. “The public deserves better and so do the small businesses. I want the small businesses to keep using Canada Post and not these franchises. They have no knowledge about what they’re doing and they sure don’t know their customers like we do.” Barralon requested that the Town of

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Smithers write a letter to Canada Post asking them to reverse decisions on increasing the price of stamps and the downsizing and franchising of postal outlets. Canada Post spokesman John Caines said the company has no plans at this time to decrease the level of postal service in Smithers. In fact, the truth is the exact opposite, he said. “I don’t think there’s any fear that the service level is going to be changing in Smithers,” he said. “We are actually looking to open up another franchise in the area which will just be an expanded service for customers. “That doesn’t mean the outlet will become a franchise. We have corporate outlets across the

country and they work in harmony with franchise outlets.” That being said, the Crown corporation is reviewing how they do business. Between 2006 and 2012, Canada Post handled one billion less pieces of letter mail, Caines said. “We are looking at our whole network across the country, not just in Smithers,” he said. “Because we have to. Our business is in jeopardy with the decline in letter mail, the decline in traffic at retail outlets. We have to restructure our whole system because it’s based on letter mail.” Barralon said he isn’t buying it, citing a recent example in Dawson Creek where a franchisee was brought on board

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and the service level at the Canada Post outlet was cut soon after. “[The purpose of a franchise] is not to complement the current location,” he said. “It’s to downsize.” Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the post office, like the hospital and airport, is an institution he feels is very important to the community. “Having a post office like ours is such a crucial asset for this community,” Bachrach said. Council will discuss Barralon’s request in more detail at their regular March 11 meeting.

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N EWS Smithers and Telkwa go after Minerals North conference By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

The Town of Smithers and Village of Telkwa are submitting a joint bid to host the 2016 Minerals North conference. The event, last held in Smithers in 2008, is a natural fit for the area, said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. “The Bulkley Valley is a hub for the mineral exploration industry and it’s an important part of the economy and our history,” he said. “Our communities are so interdependent and it’s really an opportunity to build the relationship between Smithers and Telkwa. In a lot of ways, we’re really one community here in the Bulkley Valley.” If successful, the theme of the conference will be “Excellence Through Innovation,” highlighting new approaches and technology at the forefront of the minerals industry. The economic impact on the Bulkley Valley will be considerable, Bachrach said, as the 2013 Terrace conference attracted more than 700 delegates and the bid submission is garnering a lot of

“It should fill up every hotel room we have,” -Taylor Bachrach Smithers mayor

support from the community. “This is a popular event,” he said. “It should fill up every hotel room we have.” The completion of the second arena also enhances the bid, Bachrach said, as organizers will now have the ability to host the conference in one arena and the trade show in the other.

“Having the two venues will make things a lot easier,” he said. “It will be fun to show off the new facility.” The deadline for bid submissions is March 15. Telkwa’s role in the process is unclear at this point, but the village will likely act as a support for main host, Smithers. “It’s pretty

preliminary at the moment, but we will participate in any capacity we can,” Telkwa mayor Carman Graf said. “We don’t have a lot of venues here in Telkwa but I think we can probably host a BBQ ora couple of events.” Graf lauded the financial boom to the local economy. “We’re not sure how much of an economic impact it will have at this point, but it will be significant.” This year’s Minerals North conference is in Vanderhoof, May 21-23. -With files from Nolan Kelly

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T4: Statement of Remuneration Paid T4A: Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity and other income T4A (OAS): Statement of Old Age Security T4A (P): Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4E: Statement of Employment Insurance and Other Benefits T4RSP: Statement of RRSP Income T5007: Statement of Benefits RC62: Universal Chid Care Benefits statement RC210: Working Income tax Benefit Advance Payment Statement T5: Slip identifies the various types of investments income earned be residents of Canada One exception to the February 28th deadline is the filing of T3 Statement of Trust Income Allocations and Designations. The deadline for filing T3 slips is March 31st. Therefore you should check with your local investment broker to determine if you should be receiving T3 slips. You should insure that you file your 2013 tax return on time, even if you determine that you are missing slips.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 beginning at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC. The following bylaws will be considered at the public hearing:

The Village of Telkwa’s Hankin Avenue office renovation is nearing completion.

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Telkwa bylaw creates stir By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

A few Telkwa residents were up in arms last week after it was reported that the village was attempting to pass a bylaw that would allow council to borrow $200,000 to meet expenditures on the Hankin Ave. building renovation, and that repayment would come from increased property taxes. Not true, Village of Telkwa councillor Rimas Zitkauskas said. “There are times, where we are incurring expenditures because of a grant we have received,” he said, in reference to the $644,000 Municipal Green Fund grant the village was awarded to renovate the Hankin Ave. corner building. “But we haven’t gotten a penny of that money yet and because we won’t receive the money until after the project is complete, we have to use our reserve fund. “The money would be used to cover the temporary depletion of the reserves for cash flow purposes.” Put in simpler terms, Zitkauskas compared the bylaw to personal chequing and saving accounts. “If a person has a chequing and a

savings account, they normally won’t touch the savings account. “But let’s say your boss says your paycheque is going to be two days late, well you might have to use your savings and then pay it back when the paycheque arrives.” The $200,000 reserve bylaw was a precautionary measure, to cover the village if the grant money doesn’t arrive by the time the reserve fund runs out.

With the building nearing completion, Zitkauskas says he expects the money from the grant by the end of March and, if the money is received by then, the village will not need to use the $200,000. Zitkauskas also said the project has not suffered any cost overruns. “This bylaw has no impact on what we spent or didn’t spend on the building. It doesn’t increase the

planned budget.” Once the grant money is received, it will be returned to the reserve fund in order to replenish it to pre-renovation levels, Zitkauskas said. The Hankin Ave. building currently houses the village offices. It was retrofitted with a district, wood burning heating system and two new commercial spaces as part of a federal green fund grant.

Bylaw No. 1740 Official Community Plan Amendment to add design guidelines for detached dwellings, including carriage houses, in the Form and Character Development Permit Area. Bylaw No. 1741 Zoning Bylaw Amendment to add a definition, general regulations and to include “carriage house” as a permitted auxiliary use in the R-2 Low Density Residential Zone. Location: The change would apply to all R-2 zoned properties. PUBLic inPUt: Anyone who believes they will be affected by the proposed bylaws are invited to attend the public hearing to present verbal or written submissions to Council for consideration. Written submissions to be considered at the public hearing must be mailed or otherwise delivered to the Town Office by 3:30 pm on the day of the public hearing. coPiES: The proposed bylaws and relevant background information can be viewed at the Town Office, 1027 Aldous Street, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or online at contact: For further information please contact Alison Watson, Planner, at (250) 847-1600 or (Second of two notices)

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A Parent’s Guide to Runny Noses What causes a runny nose? Your nose (and your child’s) produce mucus every day, whether you’re sick or not. When it gets hit by a cold or flu virus, your nose produces more mucus than normal to help wash out the germs. After two or three days, as your body’s immune system gets engaged and produces antibodies to fight the infection, your mucus will get thicker and become white, yellow or even green in colour. Finally, after 5-7 days your runny nose should dry up as your mucus becomes clear again and your cold symptoms disappear.

How can I treat a runny nose? A simple head cold can be miserable for a young child, especially at night, when a runny nose often turns into a stuffy nose. Some parents find saltwater nose drops or rinses ease the discomfort of a stuffed nose for their child. A cool mist vaporizer can also be helpful. While there’s still no cure for colds, you can help your child get over

the worst more quickly by having them get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and avoid strenuous activity.

Will antibiotics help? Antibiotics are not recommended and will not help your child get over a cold. Antibiotics are required only on your doctor’s recommendation, if the cause of your child’s runny nose in sinusitis. The symptoms of sinusitis can be similar to those of a cold, but they will persist for much longer. If your child’s “cold” carries on for ten days or more, it’s possible that he or she has sinusitis and it’s time for a visit to your doctor.

What’s the best prevention? If your child has a cold, you can help keep him or her from spreading the germs by having them wash their hands frequently, by covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze, and by throwing out tissues immediately after use.

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Standing up to bullies E veryone, at some point in their life, deals with bullying. Whether it’s at work from an overbearing co-worker or in the schoolyard from the kid who has low self-esteem and feels the need to pick on others. Unfortunately, it’s a part of life. Feb. 26 was anti-bullying day and it was nice to see people of all ages and walks of life wearing pink shirts in support of the initiative. I think schools are doing much better than they were when I was a youngster, in regard to dealing with bullying and intolerance. When I was young it seemed to be an acceptable part of growing up. Thanks to Pink Shirt Day and the various other events marked throughout the year by schools, the issues of intolerance and bullying have been brought to the forefront. I am confident we are now bringing up a generation of much more tolerant children because of some of these initiatives. But what kind of example are adults setting for future generations? In the last month alone, there have been a number of shocking examples of countries and states attempting to pass laws which discriminate against homosexuals. Recently, Russia passed a law forbidding “homosexual propoganda.” I don’t even know what that means. Thankfully, President Vladamir Putin reassured the international community prior to the Games, visitors and athletes would not be arrested for simply being gay. How kind. “We are not forbidding anything and nobody is being grabbed off the street, and there is no punishment for such kinds of relations,” said Putin. “You can feel relaxed and calm [in Russia], but leave children alone please,” he said. Again, I’m confused—what do homosexuality and pedophilia have in common? Last week, thankfully, common sense prevailed in the Arizona state legislature as Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill to that would have allowed private businesses to cite religious beliefs as a defence against lawsuits over discriminatory treatment. Although the law made no mention of sexuality, it was widely interpreted as a licence for business owners or their employees to deny service to gays. These are both examples of bullying. Have we learned nothing from our past? In this day and age, there is no excuse for that kind of behaviour. Ryan Jensen, The Interior News

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he New Prosperity mineral deposit near Williams Lake is described by the industry as one of the largest in the world, containing 5.3 billion pounds of copper and 13.3 million ounces of gold. The Harper government’s decision to reject open-pit mine development for a second time is seen by elected officials in the Cariboo region as a disaster. One of Quesnel’s sawmills is preparing to close for good, and I’ve been told there is more to come as the post-pine beetle era unfolds. Here in the B.C. capital, the decision is mainly viewed as a huge mistake. Taseko

Mines is going to court to show that the federal panel used the wrong design when reviewing the company’s expensively revised plan. The province has permitted two successful mines that operate in the same area, one of which is run by Taseko. In Ottawa, this is a Supreme Court of Canada test case over who owns the land and the mineral wealth underneath. In traditional Canadian law, the province owns it. This was highlighted in the recent discussion between B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Alberta’s Alison Redford over royalties from oil. Six aboriginal

B.C. VIEWS Tom Fletcher communities make up the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which has a long and bitter history of resistance against the Crown. They almost won a declaration of title to 40,000 hectares known as the Nemiah Valley: forests, wild horses, minerals and all, in a 339-day trial

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that ended in 2007. Their case suffered a setback at the B.C. Court of Appeal, and is now before the highest court. Aboriginal rights have been established, but this would be the first clear title. Tsilhqot’in tribal chair Joe Alphonse was pleasantly surprised to see Taseko turned down again. He said the Tsilhqot’in National Government is releasing its own mining policies soon. Here’s a sample of the volume of evidence that may determine the future of B.C. Archeological studies presented at trial describe “18 roasting and/or pit depressions” at Teztan Biny. It’s not clear if these were for seasonal

food preparation or for pit houses, which would indicate a more permanent settlement at the lake. Nor is it clear whether these “cultural depressions” have been identified as being of Tsilhqot’in origin. Oral histories are also uncertain. Tsilhqot’in witnesses testified that Teztan Biny has been used in the 20th century as a hunting and fishing camp. The mine was rejected due to illdefined cultural as well as environmental concerns. B.C. residents could finally see some answers this year. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press.


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L ETTERS Abortions cost Olympic results


Editor: What an amazing level of skill, dedication and talent we were privileged to see recently from our athletes who represented Canada at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Diversity of sports, personalities and results, but they all had one thing in common — their lives were valued from the time of conception.   I wonder what the thousands of children whose lives are cut short annually could have done to make us proud? Thea Ewald Smithers

Muheim Elementary School held an assembly last Wednesday on Pink Shirt Day to discuss the importance of treating others with respect. Pink Shirt Day was started by a student in Nova Scotia in 2007.

War Amps newsreel of the week Editor: I am a member of The War Amps Operation Legacy, which consists of members of the Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program who are dedicated to preserving and commemorating Canada’s military heritage by teaching younger generations about the importance of remembrance. I would like to highlight a special effort that The War Amps is undertaking; the Newsreel of the Week Project!  These newsreels were filmed by the Canadian Army Film Unit during the Second World War to document the troops in training and on the front lines. The front-line cameramen were soldiers first. In addition to camera

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instruction, they received infantry training and took guns into battle along with their heavy 35 mm movie cameras. Putting their lives at risk, they captured footage of the battles and scooped the world on major events, including the invasion of Sicily and D-Day. Many civilians on the home front would have watched the newsreels in movie theatres during the war.  The public can view this extraordinary footage as The War Amps releases all 106 newsreels to the public, one week at a time. Or, for home viewing, you can order the six-DVD set at cost-recovery price on Kendra Blakely Revelstoke


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Carriage homes for seniors? Editor: While having my second cup of tea this morning, I read the article in our local paper about carriage homes. The town has stated they will be asking for input from the public at their meeting on March 11. I will not be attending this meeting, after living in Smithers for 42 years I feel

decisions will be made by the considered elite. I have lived in areas where these homes exist. They are known by a different name, “man caves.” They are a place where grandpa can go when the heat in the kitchen gets too hot. Is this a place where you are going to put grandma and grandpa instead of building another safe home for them? I say this because you just turned down an application to build


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co-op housing. Another topic I would like to mention is the new complex you are building for hockey I know Smithers is a hockey town but there are other sports people do, so council people, why don’t you provide a walking track in the new complex for old and young people who don’t like to walk in -30 degree weather. I say old folks because if you don’t create employment for young people you

have no future. In my circle of friends I can mention two families who have been torn apart, when they graduate high school they leave for university. There is nothing of them to come back to. A community depending on selling the national resources can be very nervous. I know people have heard all this before but I know criticism can heal negative feelings. Another topic is the NDP members we have representing us. We have had them much too long. Get rid of these people. You need to be on the side of the ruling party which will be the Liberals in the next election. In the course of conversation people say what you do apart from paying taxes to help out? To end on a positive note I say to


moms and dads to take your kids to the Nordic Centre where they can partake in the most fitness sport —cross country skiing. I am quite partial to this Nordic Centre because I am the last remaining founding father of the project. I gave 19 years of volunteer work, planning, cutting trails, setting track and lodge building. It has become the envy of any town in B.C. I would like to end this by thanking the Chamber of Commerce in the town of Smithers for their recognition of my wife and I for building the first home under the safe home program in Smithers. We appreciate the award. Cecil Reid Smithers

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Editor: Mr. Taylor, I understand that you strongly oppose abortion. And yet in last week’s paper you suggest killing a moose and her unborn calf. Hello? While abortion may take one life, here you are suggesting taking two. This moose is a pleasure to see. I, and many others, meet her  often on the trails behind Canadian Tire and Hudson Bay Lodge where she is regularly seen either browsing or sleeping. She has never posed any threat there.  She is one of God’s precious creatures and of equal importance to any human. Taking her life would be a sin. I would not have thought, that with your beliefs, you would even consider destroying her. Katie A. Lauderdale Smithers

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Steelheads capture third straight CIHL title By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

The Steelheads are CIHL champions for the third straight year after they defeated the Williams Lake Stampeders 5-2 on the road, in a do-or-die game three on Sunday afternoon. But the win came after game two on Saturday night, that didn’t go as planned. The Stampeders put on a show of speed and skill in game two and served notice that the Steelheads path to the championship would not be easy. The first period was evenly played. Five minutes in, the Stampeders took the lead, but the Steelheads came back with one of their own shortly after. Up 2-1 in the second, the Stamps added two more to lead 4-1 heading into the final frame. In the third they put the game out of reach with two quick goals in the opening minutes. Trailing 6-1, the Steelheads made a comeback. Ryan DeVries, Calvin Johnson and Darryl Young all scored five minutes apart to pull the Steelheads within two, but that was as close as they would come. The Stampeders added two more to clinch the 8-4 victory and tie the series up

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at one heading into Sunday afternoon’s winner-take-all. “We were terrible in our own end,” goaltender Tyler Perreault said. “I wasn’t very good. We had a push there in the third period and if I had stayed on my game we might have been able to pull something off.” They went back to their hotel room and regrouped. “We took the night off and really tried to focus on the next game and how we were going to play,” Perreault said. A day later, the Steelheads came out with a different

game plan. They got the puck deep, forechecked hard and tried to take away space from the speedy Stamps in the neutral zone. Early on, the plan wasn’t working. The Steelheads gave up a half-dozen odd-man rushes, including three breakaways and a penalty shot. Perreault stopped them all. With time ticking down in the first, the Stamps drew first blood, but the Steelheads evened it up a minute later on the powerplay. Mike Wall wristed a shot on net and Adam DeVries tipped it

home while screening Stamps’ goalie Justin Foote. The chess match continued in the second. The period went scoreless until the final two minutes, when, again, the teams exchanged goals in quick succession. Young got his first of the game on a low snap shot, streaking down the right wing. The goal was a sign of things to come. In the third, Young went to work. He scored his second of the game, two minutes into the period, off his own rebound. Down a goal, the Stamps started

to press, pinching forwards high and leaving themselves exposed on the backend. With five minutes left, Young got himself behind the last Williams Lake defencemen and received an outlet pass from Adam DeVries after Randall Groot did some hard work along the boards to recover the puck. He deked forehand and roofed a backhander into a yawning cage. Young repeated the feat a minute later, scoring his fourth goal of the game to give the Steelheads an insurmountable 5-2 lead, clinching their

third-straight CIHL championship in the process. The seconds ticked down and the players rushed on to the ice to swarm Perreault. The victory celebration was on. “It was huge, the first time we won it, we were kicking at the door,” Yound said. “The second time we were expected to win it and this year, we finished fourth in the league and went in as a huge underdog. Everyone was saying Williams Lake in three.” Though Young’s four goals led the way, he was quick to credit his fellow Steelheads.

“All of those goals were the result of great plays by my teammates,” Young said. “I was just circling and they got me the puck.” Young also singled out the play of Perreault, who held the team in it in the early going. “Honestly, it was the best game I have ever seen him play. “He made so many saves to give us the opportunity to go out and win the game for us. “We went into their barn and won. They had all their big guns and I think it speaks a lot about our team and our coaching staff. We have the ability to pull together when the odds are against us.” Head coach Tom DeVries echoed Young’s sentiments. “It was fantastic,” DeVries said. “They had a great hockey team over there. We knew it was going to be a tough battle and we found a way to win.” Ryan DeVries was named playoff MVP. The Steelheads season isn’t quite finished yet. They’ll head back to Williams Lake next Tuesday to compete in the Coy Cup against two other teams from the CIHL and Fort Nelson. The Steelheads skipped the Coy Cup last year, but won it two years ago. Box 5266 Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0

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“Defence wins games and if you can’t make a stop, then you’ve got problems.” In spite of the losses, Fraser was proud of the way his team played. “I really enjoyed myself coaching this group of guys. They are a hard working group on and off the court. They played as hard as they could and that’s all you can ask for.” It will be a bit of a rebuilding year next season for the senior Gryphons, with the majority of the team graduating in 2014. Highlights for the team this season included a win at the Mountain Tournament and a third place finish at a tournament in Prince George.

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well, but we didn’t have the bench to stay with them.” head coach Mike Fraser said. The loss meant the Gryphons had to win against Caledonia to stay in the tournament. In the early going, it looked as if the Gryphons would stay with Caledonia but again, tired legs caught up with them in the second half and their defence suffered as a result. Caledonia cruised to set up a best-ofthree matchup against Prince Rupert on Saturday and Sunday. Junior point guard Trent Monkman was the player of the game for the Gryphons. “We ran out of steam again,” Fraser said.

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The SSS senior boys basketball team lost two straight games in their zone competition on Friday evening to fall short of making it to provincials. Up first, a game against the Prince Rupert Rainmakers, who brought a deep bench and a lengthy frontcourt to a raucous Smithers Secondary gymnasium. The visitors built up and early lead over the Gryphons, behind the play of their 6’6” centre, who was an unstoppable force in the paint on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He made it difficult

for the Gryphons to penetrate the lane and score easy buckets. With the Rainmakers up 15 points by the beginning of the second quarter, the Gryphons held themselves in and made a few small runs, but they couldn’t put a dent in the lead. Forward Matthew Fowler did his best to counteract the height of the Rainmakers frontcourt, tallying a number of blocks en route to a near tripledouble and Aro Mac didn’t miss a shot all game, but it wasn’t enough. The Rainmakers pulled away in the second for a 17 point victory. “I thought we moved the ball well and rebounded pretty

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The Smithers high school curling team is of to provincials this weekend.

Curlers head to provincials By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

The Smithers high school curling team is off to provincials in Parksville this weekend, after they won their zone tournament over Kitimat at Prince Rupert in January. “Every year we go down hoping to do well,” head coach Laurence Turney said. “We have been getting better every year, getting more experience with each time. “If we play as well as we can and we get a little bit of luck, then we can come home with the prize.” The boys from Smithers will go up against seven other teams from different zones around the province. The tournament is a round robin format, with no playoffs. The rink with the best record at the end, wins. If they hope to place, they’ll have to beat strong rinks from the Lower Mainland and Dawson Creek. The key, Turney says, is consistency. “With high school teams, they often struggle to find consistency. “You get one big end and then the other team gets one

big one, but if we can limit those big ends from the other team then we’ll have a chance to do well.” It’s the fourth straight appearance at provincials for the Smithers rink and the fourth time that team members Adam Hartnett, Malcolm Turney and Glyn Doyle have participated. In addition to the senior members on the team, fifth Matthew Steventon is going to provincials for the first time and Sean Turney will make his second trip. The boys don’t get a lot of chances to play other curlers their age from around the region, but they do participate in men’s league at the local rink. Recently, the team competed at the Steelhead bonspiel, and came away with a second place finish in the D event, after posting a 4-3 record over the two day event. Though the senior girls decided not to compete in zones this year because of a lack of experience, they will head to Kitimat this weekend for a fun bonspiel with other teams from around the northwest. Turney is hopeful that the girls will ice a team for next season.

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S PORTS Bantam Storm drop zones to Terrace in three games By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

Two weeks after defeating Vanderhoof in their zone semifinals, the Smithers Hoskins Ford bantam Storm looked to defeat their rivals from terrace in a best-of-three series to move on to provincials. In the end, the boys from Smithers fell just short, losing in a do-or-die game three on Sunday morning. Still, the loss was a victory of sorts for the bantam team, who had trouble with

Terrace this year. “If you’d have said we’d take Terrace to three games earlier in the year, then we probably would have been happy with that, but in the moment, when you lose it’s hard to take,” head coach Don Pederson said. On Saturday afternoon the Storm lost their first game 9-8 in a back-andforth offensive shootout. With their backs against the wall, Pederson shortened the bench for game two and they came out on top, 5-4. But the three

games in less than 24 hours took their toll on the Storm. Terrace came out flying in the decider, scoring a bunch in the first period to put the game out of reach. Pederson singled out defenceman Joel Patsey for his strong play. “He is a big, strong kid that played really well and took a tonne of ice time.” The loss wraps up the season for the Storm, but they will schedule a few fun exhibition games down the stretch with the midget Storm.

It was an up and down season,” Pederson said. “We had some good moments and some bad ones, but the biggest thing is that they learned something and they are ready to come back and play next year. That’s the key.” Five players from the team will head to tryouts for the Best Ever team in early April as part of a Hockey Canada identification program. If they make it, they’ll play in a province wide jamboree tournament in the Okanagan later this spring.

Otters attend AA championship By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

Swimmer Monica Joseph represented the Bulkley Valley Otters as part of the Points North team at the AA provincial championships in Chilliwack this past weekend. She swam in six different events over the two days of competition and posted personal best

times in four different disciplines. Her best results included a ninth place finished in the 200 metre fly, and a third place in the B-final of the 100 metre butterfly. “She swam great,” head coach Tom Best, who wasn’t at the championship because she competed under the Points North banner, said. “It’s always difficult when you

don’t have your own coaches there, but I know she was quite comfortable with the other coaches on the team.” Joseph also swam on the Points North relay and freestyle teams. Other swimmers from the Otters qualified for the event, but were unable to make it because of travel distance and prior commitments.

Up next for the Otters, they will hold their first inter-club meet of the season this weekend at the Bulkley Valley Regional Pool. They’ll welcome teams from around the northwest. “It should be an exciting couple of days,” Best said. “We’ll have lots of kids out there, some of them competing for the first time, so it should be good.”

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bests. “The conditions were excellent and the kids didn’t leave anything in the tank. “The athletes performed amazingly well given the travel and race load.” With the number of competitors swelled by participants from throughout the western U.S. and Alberta, the start of the skate race was especially chaotic. Fortunately the Bulkley Valley skiers managed to steer clear of mishaps and at the business end

of each race were duking it out at the front of the pack. As is the case with most provincial competitions, the Bulkley Valley athletes travelled further than the other skiers, a factor balanced out by great coaching and superior tracksetting at their home facility. Next up for Bulkley Valley skiers of all ages and levels of fitness is the local Wetzin’Kwa Loppet on March 15. Check out www. for more information.

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Can Toyota’s Tundra ride alongside heavyweight brands like Ford, GM or Ram?

Tugging at the tails of top selling trucks If there is one segment of the auto business that takes dynamite to get people to change brands, it’s the full-size pickup truck category, I’m sure most of us know of someone who is a “Ford guy” or The Tundra is “Chevy diehard” owner, even as capable as and getting him or her to move to a new many of the domestic truck would be almost brands but in some impossible. ways it still has a way It wasn’t until the last to go to truly be an Toyota Tundra was introduced in 2007 that alternative to Ford, Toyota was a real conGM and Ram. tender. That 2007 Tundra and this refreshed 2014 Zack Spencer model are designed, engineered and even built in America, helping to pull loyal domestic buyers away. The Tundra is even as capable as many of the domestic brands but in some ways it still has a way to go to truly be an alternative to Ford, GM and Ram.


is a step up from the lower trims but not nearly as supple and luxurious as the new batch of interiors from Ram and GM. Those trucks, in particular, have almost luxury-sedan interiors that make the driver forget they are in a truck. The Tundra, in comparison, is a bit stark, featuring a hard, simple plastic dash and door pieces that don’t compare. The centre screen is smaller than many competitors are, and the screen embedded in the instrument cluster is small. What has been improved is the overall layout of the centre console. The back seat is massive and flips up with just one hand to make room for interior storage. I found the last Tundra to have a very high seating position that limited headroom. This new 2014 seems to have a better seating position, no longer crimping headroom for taller drivers. Drive Powering the Tundra are two V8 gasoline engines. The base model has a 4.6L V8 with 310hp and 327 lb.-ft. of torque. The larger 5.7L has 381hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. This is one area that the Toyota cannot compete; there is no V6 offered and no diesel (Ram only), which the domestic makers do offer. By limiting the available engine options and not having a heavy-duty model that will certainly diminish the

number of domestic buyers willing to give Tundra a try. On the road, I was surprised at just how rough the ride is in comparison to the all-new GM trucks, which really are like driving a big sedan. I would also place the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 a very close second in ride comfort. The Tundra is choppy on rough roads and the noise level is on the high side. Toyota claims to have improved ride quality on this refreshed 2014 model but I am not a fan of the ride. Verdict The Tundra is a capable truck. When equipped it can tow up to 4760 kg, which is on the high side in this class. What surprised me the most was the real “trucky” ride. I have had extensive seat time in all three domestic brands over the past year and I have to say that they are best sellers for a reason – the refinement is rather dramatic. The Lowdown Power: 4.6L V8 with 310hp or 5.7L V8 with 381hp Fill-up: 15.8L/11.0L/100km (city/highway 5.6L) Sticker price: $26,750-$54,000

Looks As part of the 2014 redesign, Toyota went about setting up a slightly different look for each of its trim levels. Sold as an SR5, Limited and Platinum, each has a variation of the oversized front grille. The wheel openings are now larger and squarer, framing wheel sizes ranging from 18-inches on the SR5 and Limited and 20-inches on the Platinum. The Tailgate has a soft open feature, stopping it from slamming down, that is fantastic but there is no side step or ladder into the bed the way Ford and the new GM trucks have. Sold as a regular car, double cab or Crew Cab, there is a model for most buyers. Inside Just as the outside was redesigned to have a unique character for each trim, the inside mimics this idea. The Platinum model I tested is covered with a diamond pattern, or quilted look used on the leather seatbacks, side door inserts and dash front panel. It

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Gone in a flash – Five quickest automotive failures

1948 Davis

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Hundred-year anniversaries An early investor in Subaru in the automotive world are of North America, he sold nearly as common as new his stake to finance his reality TV shows (General dream — a “safety” sports Motors, Aston Martin and car bearing his name. Sports Alfa Romeo all turned 100 cars and safety have never recently). gone hand in hand, and The car companies on this list some would even argue The DeLorean weren’t as fortunate. that an element of danger is DMC-12 had a part of their raffish charm. 1. Davis (1947-48): The Davis Not surprisingly, there was Car Company was founded in number of striking 1947 in Van Nuys, Calif., by features, including its little demand for a “safe” car offered in colors entrepreneur Gary Davis, who high-end appliance- sports like Safety Orange, Safety for reasons best known to Green, Safety White and himself decided that America like stainless steel Safety Suntan (an odd, fleshy was ready for a tiny threebody panels and beige color). Safety Red wheeled car with just 47 hp. unique doors. was the only conventional Like the next car company color. Bricklins were built Rob Sass on the list, Davis also took by a largely inexperienced advantage of a surplus WW2 workforce in New Brunswick, Canada, defense plant as his base of operations. from 1974-76. Poor quality control — the With the fast-developing freeway culture in gullwing doors were famous for trapping Southern California (the car’s introduction occupants inside — and low demand sunk coincided with the adoption of a compreBricklin, leaving the Canadian government hensive freeway plan for the region), there to foot the bills. Little was learned from the was little demand for an underpowered debacle. (See: DeLorean.) Bricklin went on three-wheeler wholly unsuited for freeway to bring to America the much-reviled Yugo. use. The company collapsed in 1948 under the weight of unpaid employees and suppli- 4. DeLorean (1981-83): Ex-GM superstar John Z. DeLorean stole a page from the ers. The founder was jailed for fraud. Bricklin playbook. Just five years later, he 2. Tucker (1948): The Tucker story is probaconvinced another gullible government (this bly the least comical of the bunch. Preston time, the UK Labour Party) to build a factory Tucker conceived a car with some truly innovative safety and performance features. in another high unemployment area (trouIts merits were considerable and it deserved bled Belfast, Northern Ireland) to construct another gullwing-door sports car named to succeed. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. Negative after its founder. Its styling, the work of the publicity — and, many say, a conspiracy great Giorgetto Giugiaro of famed Ital Deamong the legacy automakers — coupled sign, was a far more professional job than with an SEC investigation put a quick end the Bricklin, and the DeLorean DMC-12 to Tucker. About 50 cars were built in an had a number of striking features, includex-defense plant in Chicago before Tucker folded in early 1949, and 1948 was the only ing its high-end appliance-like stainless steel body panels and unique doors. Sadly, model year for the car known as the Tucker the Renault-Peugeot-Volvo V6 left the car 48. The entire sad saga was chronicled in the 1988 Francis Ford Coppola film “Tucker: woefully underpowered and at a price point that put it into competition with faster and A Man and His Dreams.” Today, most of the more established cars. The whole enterprise cars survive as cherished museum pieces sank under debts guaranteed by the British and in private collections. Tuckers have brought as much as $2 million at classic car government. auctions. 5. ATS (1962-63): To say that Enzo Ferrari was imperious would be akin to calling 3. Bricklin (1974-76): Malcolm Bricklin just Steve Jobs “somewhat clever.” When can’t stay out of the automotive industry.

Ferrari’s wife began to meddle in his company, a number of key staffers could stand it no more and called it quits in what became known as “The Ferrari Mutiny.” They immediately started a new Italian sports car company known as ATS, the one and only product being the advanced and beautiful 2500 Coupe. Although ATS avoided the jinx of being named for the

founder, the company still quickly foundered. The few surviving 2500 Coupes are worth about $1 million each.


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Lifesaving cold weather fun on four wheels The man from BMW once called me a hooker. temperatures. My initial answer is only Surprisingly, I wasn’t that offended. I actually three letters long and to the point: fun. But laughed at such a descriptor, as did everyone that’s only a byproduct of what the impetus else around me. behind the program is; a program that I didn’t feel so bad because I wasn’t the started back in 1977 and is now offered in only one in the group labelled thusly at the 35 countries. brand’s Driver Training; a full day of driving The main goal is safety. It’s designed to 3 Series sedans (back then) to improve our introduce drivers to techniques that might Learning car own car control. I didn’t have too many years help correct the car if it is not doing what control in less than of driving experience back then but I unforyou want it to for whatever reason. tunately I had picked up a few bad habits on perfect circumstances For example, if your wheels are pointed is available to all who in one direction, but your car is going the road. What’s a ‘hooker’, according to the instructors have $795 . . . it’s straight ahead, what should you do? That’s at the German automaker’s training? money extremely well called understeer. The instinctual thing to Someone who hooks his or her hand into the do is keep adding more steering, but that spent. steering wheel when making a turn. It’s a big won’t help. Ease off the throttle and try boo-boo and not an effective way to drive. It’s Alexandra Straub to straighten your wheel so your tires can also totally unsafe should an accident occur in regain grip. the process. Needless to say, pointing out the Or, if you feel the back end of the car break‘hooker’ in me caused me to change my habits for the better. ing loose, how do you wrangle it in? You countersteer and And in the most recent installment of learning car control don’t lift off the throttle. It sounds easier said than done, with BMW, no such noun was used when relating to my but the techniques do work! technique. Thank goodness. Putting yourself and the 435i through the paces in a safe It’s minus 15 degrees at the ICAR track in Mirabel, Quebec. and controlled environment is the best place to learn. If The sun is out and there’s a lineup of all-new 435i coupes you spin out, you’re not going to go into oncoming traffic. just begging to be driven. You just stop, turn the car around, and keep going. You’ll Some are equipped with the brand’s all-wheel drive system. probably giggle a little in the process and tell yourself you’ll Some are rear-wheel drive. Regardless, I’ll have my way with “get it next time.” both configurations by the end of the day, so to speak. Heck, if you knock over a few cones, no one will judge you The adventure is better known as the Winter Driver Training either. It’s all part of the process. program, offered exclusively at the ICAR location. That said, There are also dynamic braking exercises that teach you you don’t need to own a BMW to participate. Learning car con- how the car reacts when you have ABS, and what you can trol in less than perfect circumstances is available to all who do in these conditions. You’ll even learn reverse 180s. have $795. In my opinion, it’s money extremely well spent. Philippe Létourneau is the head instructor of the program The day starts out with an in-class session that goes over and says, “People learn a lot more when they’re having theory and what will be executed throughout the various fun.” I agree. exercises. It’s kept relatively short so we have more drive He also mentions that if people walk away from the course with a time. couple of newly established driving habits that make them overall It’s mentioned that we’ll be practicing manouevres with a safe driver, that’s ideal. and without electronic help, to put both power and perforHowever, if your face doesn’t feel stiff from smiling, or your mance to the test. Oh yeah. abs don’t hurt from laughing, perhaps you weren’t trying Proper seating position is outlined when we initially get hard enough. What’s not to like about that? behind the wheel. Then we’re off. For more information, visit: You might ask what is the point behind putting one of BMW’s latest products sideways on an ice track in subzero



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The recent snowstorms have brought out the best and the worst in B.C. drivers. I would be a millionaire if I had a dollar for every person I’ve watched over-rev a car in a futile bid to escape the combined clutches of snow and ice. If your car is not shod for the winter weather, then stay home or take a cab. Otherwise, take off slowly in a higher gear than you would in dry weather. You will stand a lot more chance of gaining traction and less reliant on those good people who dig you out! What drives-u-crazy?

Where the rubber hits the road matters in tire selection

off road driving conditions. The wheel rim Tires are one of the most important features of the truck when it comes to improving its ride. width is rounded off to the nearest half inch It is vital to make the right choice and then of the tire. Usually, the best choice is to have maintain them so they last for a long time. the rim width at about 90 percent of the Before you choose the best tire for your truck, tread width of the tire. it is essential to understand the terms of the The most important safety aspect of maintetruck tire world. nance on your truck is to keep its tires intact Tires for example are specified in this form and in good shape. A blown tire can cause If you only drive 265/75R/16. The first number is the width of an accident in an instant. The number one the truck tire, the second number is the aspect on the street then cause of the tire wear and tear is incorrect ratio or height of the sidewall and the third tire pressure. All the tires on the truck a low profile truck number is the wheel diameter or rim size. should have consistent air pressure to carry tire will be fine, but The height of your sidewall is important and the weight equally. Adequate air pressure is if you go off-roading important for a good tire life, handling, and should be chosen based on the conditions where you drive your truck most often. If you then you are going traction. only drive on the street then a low profile Look through your owner’s manual, on the to want more tire in truck tire will be fine, but if you go off-roadsticker inside the driver’s door, or look on between your rim and the tire itself to find the correct air pressure ing then you are going to want more tire in between your rim and the ground. That way the ground. that you need to maintain them. you will not bottom out on the rims when the Seasonal changes can affect the air pressure Ian Harwood tires encounter rough terrain off-road. of the tires. Cold temperatures are responWider tires have more contact area with the ground, thus sible for dropping the air pressure of the tires, and warm giving your truck a better grip, both on and off road. Your temperatures are responsible for increasing the air prestruck’s handling becomes easier because of the bigger tire sure. A 10 percent swing in the temperatures causes a 1lb. width. On the other hand, the same wider truck tire will change in the air pressure. Sudden changes in temperature make more noise and may decrease the fuel efficiency of are a good time to check the pressure of the tires. the truck. Wider tires can also slip more when it rains, not You can reduce the wear and tear of the truck’s tires by that it rains much in Vancouver. rotating them often. Rotating the tires, keeps the tread The size of the rim is a personal preference. The larger sized wear balanced and can really help when slippery and wet rims are popular today. Just make sure that the rim and conditions occur. A simple rule about rotating your tires is truck tire you choose will fit inside the wheel well of the to do it on every other oil change. Doing this consistent batruck, and don’t forget to upgrade your brakes to help stop sis, will make the tires last longer and allow a comfortable this increase in weight. The wheel rim width varies from ride for many, many kilometres. truck to truck. It can be custom made to suit both on and



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Smithers hosts third leg of the BC Cup By Nolan Kelly Smithers/Interior News

The Bulkley Valley Nordic club held the third leg of the B.C. Cup biathlon circuit this past weekend on Hudson Bay mountain, and by all accounts, the event was a smashing success. Seventy biathletes from all over the province and as far as Washington state made the trip to Smithers for two days of races. “It went really well,” organizer Peter Tweedie said. “We had a lot of positive responses from the people that attended. People were hunting me down to tell me how impressed they were. “All of our organizing committee, our volunteers and everyone involved did an excellent job.” Visitors were also impressed with the club itself. “A lot of people were surprised at the size and quality of our nordic facility and our trailers. It was a good way to showcase our club to other places in the province.” As for the races themselves, the biathletes from Smithers had a strong showing. Senior racer Angus Tweedie placed first in the 12.5 km youth men’s individual. His times over the weekend were good enough qualify for the

Canadian Nationals, which take place in New Brunswick this weekend. “That was my goal going into this year,” Angus, who also competed in nationals last year, said. “I’m going to go there and race to the best of my ability and hopefully I can make it into the top-10.” Tweedie will compete in the individual, sprint, relay and pursuit over the competition.

Joining Tweedie on the podium were junior Seton Kriese, who won two silver medals in the individual and the sprint and Amanda Wilson, who placed third in the six km individual. The younger biathletes also performed well. Fiona O’Donoghue hit all her targets on both days and finished first in the 2.4 km individual. “For kids just getting into the sport it’s pretty powerful

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The province’s best young athletes got together in Mission two weekends ago for the biannual BC Winter Games. Twenty-three athletes from around the Bulkley Valley made the trip to Mission to compete in six different disciplines over the four day competition. “The BC Winter Games have been around for a long time and I strongly believe this is a great event for the kids to go to,” Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club head coach Jan Wengelin said. “The kids had a great time, they got to travel as a team with the rest of the athletes in the northwest and experience a real Olympic style games competition.” On the slopes it was a bit of a different story for the skiers from the Bulkley Valley. A major snow storm cancelled most of the events over the weekend and, as a result, many who made the trip didn’t get a chance to compete. “We didn’t get too many chances because of the weather, it was a bit more than they could handle.” The girls and boys competed in the slalom on Friday, but the GS and ski cross competitions were either partially or

wholly cancelled on Saturday and Sunday. Chantel Wickson and Kalum Huxtable finished as the top female and boys skiers from the Bulkley Valley. “It was good for them to get a chance to go up against skiers from the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. It’s a whole different level down there and because we are so isolated up in the north and don’t get a chance to go to as many meets as other clubs, it’s nice for them to get that exposure.” The biathlon team competed in Whistler, two-and-half hours from the epicentre of the games in Mission, which gave them the added difficulty of extra travel. “The logistics were a bit of a challenge,” head coach Peter Tweedie said. “It was an exercise in sleep deprivation. “But overall, it was a good trip and the kids had fun, and that’s a big part of it.” Medal favourite Angus Tweedie was a late scratch with the flu, but his teammates performed well. In the junior competition, Seton Kriese and Amanda Wilson each came home with podium finishes. Kriese placed third in both the individual event and the sprint, while Wilson, who was battling hand and leg injuries, placed fourth

Reid Williams tosses an opponent en route to his gold medal in the 81 kg weight class.

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in the individual and third in the sprint. For the seniors, Ben Kinkela was one of the most accurate shooters on the weekend. He finished sixth and seventh in the sprint and individual competitions, respectively. “Amanda and Seton both skied really well, and Ben was the best shooter in his competition, so that was something positive to take away,” Tweedie said. “I think the organizers did a great job. They had a lot of logistical issues to manage, but they can be proud of their accomplishment.” Rounding out the snow sports, the cross country skiers had a few podium finishes to their name at the end of competition.

Travis Pete led the charge with a second place finish in the 400 metre sprint on Friday and a first in the five kilometre classic on Saturday. “Travis did awesome,” head coach Irene Ronalds said. “He raced really well on both days.” Alexander Weme finished ninth in the individual sprint and ninth in the five kilometre classic. “All athletes skied excellent races and did northwest B.C. proud in terms of participation and sportsmanship,” Ronalds said. “They were a pleasure to coach.” On the ice, three girls hockey players from Smithers competed on the northwest zone team. They were in a tough position, going

up against teams from the Lower Mainland with far bigger player bases to draw from, but they played well. Goaltender Chloe Wray faced a lot of shots throughout, but stood her ground. “I was really impressed with how she played,” head coach Brad Andersen said. As well, defenceman Hannah Pow brought a physical element to the team and was awarded the captaincy for one of their games. “She played strong on defence, competed and never backed down,” Anderson said. And Wynona Creke impressed, despite her youth. “For being a first year bantam, she was one of the better players out there. She scored a really

nice goal against the Kootenay team and I think she’ll have a really nice career ahead of her if she keeps going.” Switching gears to more traditional summer sports, the judo team brought three athletes down to the games, two of whom placed first in their respective weight classes. Reid Williams won gold in the 81kg weight class after defeating two straight competitors by takedown. “He stuck the plan and that led to some really good results for him,” head coach Bernie Mattie said. Joshua Bazel was awarded first place in his weight class, but he was the only competitor, which was a bit disappointing for Mattie. “It was unfortunate that he didn’t get a chance to compete, but we did get some training in with him.” Finally, Simbi-Yez Wilson was on track for a podium finish in the 57 kg girls event after easily winning her first match, but she sprained her ankle in her second bout and had to battle through just to finish the match. “She fought very hard and if it wasn’t for the sprain I have no doubt she would have won that match,” Mattie said. “This was a great showing though. She was mentally prepared,

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well focused and she followed her plan.” As for the games themselves, Mattie echoed the sentiments of his fellow coaches. “It was a marvellous experience and the kids had a really good time.” The northwest gymnasts brought the largest contingent of athletes with them and had some positive results to show for it. On the first day of competition the boys won their team competition, in order to qualify for the finals, but unfortunately, the score was wiped clean for day two and the boys finished seventh. Overall, the girls team finished seventh in the province, which is what head coach Alana Jensen expected. “It’s not an even playing field, but they did really well considering they were going up against older kids that are up to two levels higher than they are.” “But I think they had a fantastic time, they were all pumped, ready to work and now that experience has them more motivated than ever at class.” The next BC Winter Games take place in 2016 at a location to be decided. Many of these competitors will compete at the Canada Winter Games next winter in Prince George.


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Spring birds

FOR THE BIRDS Brenda Mallory


ell now, what do you think about all the sunshine? Sure it is a bit cool but we can take it-right? Only thing we can do now is get ready for spring that is waiting in the wings for us to enjoy. Before I fly at the topic of the birds I need to address dogs. This morning as I went about my outside chores I heard a dog yelping. I looked to the lower section of my property and I saw a moose. The story was then told. The moose made contact with a dog who was not at home where it should be. It seems of late that there are dogs running about without their people. So, tell me is your dog home at the moment? Mine are in a big compound off the house.  I hear that there had been a lot of eagles down by the river in Telkwa. I have an idea a moose or deer met its demise along the tracks. Talking about the river Monty tells me that he had seen an American dipper. A duck was seen as well That I gather was a merganser.  Had a great chat

this morning with Mary who just moved to Fort Nelson from Qualicum. She is now close to her family and back into birding. She was asking when spring birds will come into that area. Well, Mary you have a bit of a wait. Snow buntings will be around in April. Canada geese and swans in April. You might be lucky and see a robin in April. Hang on.  Still no reports of the pine grosbeaks in the northwest. Lots in the Fort Nelson area. Evening grosbeaks in both places.  I had a call today about a grosbeak that had hit a window. Sometimes it takes a bit for a bird to recover from the stress of the window hit. Best thing you can do is collect up the bird and put it in a box for a bit of peace and quiet.  I still have the two ravens that come for a walk and fly with the dogs and I. They are of course waiting for me to throw  out some dog kibble for them. I am amazed at the interesting vocalizations they use to tell me whatever it is they want. There is the regular bloop, bloop sound and then they use a clicking sound. There is more talk of course. A pileated woodpecker was having a go at this little house. I was glad just to have a plywood house and not one wrapped in expensive siding.  I will leave this for now. Time to feed my deer and grouse. A reminder to keep your dogs safely at home. I wait for you calls to 250-846-5095. Send the e-mails to mallory@

BULLYING STOPS HERE Students at Muheim Elementary School were visited by Airika Owen and Alissa Angel from The Peak last week to spread the anti-bullying message on Pink Shirt Day. Ryan Jensen photo

Celebrating International Women’s Day


e, as humans, set a certain store in the colour red, first extracted from an insect. We roll out the red carpet, worry about red tape, there are red herrings, red stop lights, red letter days, getting caught red-handed. Early days women embroidered ritual cloths, clothing with red thread, calling their work “red scripts.” A motif, done in red, often used in many cultures is of a Slavic female deity who guards waterways, watches over spinning and weaving and protects women in childbirth. Ever visited your doctor and fudged a

bit about how you were doing or just didn’t tell doctor things you are embarrassed about? Your doctor is not a mind reader. Problems with alcohol, smoking or illegal drugs, changes in bathroom habits, maybe bedroom issues, your doctor will not share your concerns with others, but could be a big help. Be honest about diet and exercise, financial worries, forgetting to take pills or just ignoring doctor’s orders. March 8 is International Women’s Day, celebrating the achievements of women around the world. We are not done but we are making inroads. Pray the Devil Back to Hell is

an extraordinary story of a small band of

VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on violent warlords and a corrupt regime, winning peace

for their shattered country. Presented Saturday, March 8, 7-9pm at the Old Church. Admission by donation, film is for age Grade 8 and over due to disturbing scenes of violence. More information: Pauline 250-877-7737. Canadian trailblazers: Nellie McClung helped Manitoba women achieve the right to vote and run for public office in 1916. She also campaigned to have women legally recognized as persons. Attributed to her: “never retract, never explain, never apologize - get the thing done and let them howl.” First Member of Parliament

in the 1920s was Agnes MacPhail. We need a woman (or two) in our Town Council to balance the thinking, the planning that happens there. Actually we need more women in municipal, provincial, federal governments. I believe we have tons of leadership skills, intelligence and heart and could lead our country into a new era, we cannot just settle down, complacent that all is well. There is much to do…start with equal pay for one. Closing with: Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile. Mary Ritter Beard, American historian and suffragette.

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OH CANADA! Alexa Cuba performs Saturday night at the Della Herman Theatre at the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council’s fundraiser, Oh Canada. Ryan Jensen photo

Telkwa School presents Princess Whatsername By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

Every student in Telkwa Elementary School has played a role in the school’s upcoming production of Princess Whatsername. Every class, from Kindergarten to Grade 6, has a musical number in addition to the students

who are acting in lead roles. “It’s about a girl who wakes up in the forest and has amnesia,” explained director and teacher Jen Adomeit. “She doesn’t know who she is, where she’s from and she embarks on a journey to find out who she is. Along the way, she meets a whole bunch of different fairy-tale characters who


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help her discover that she is a princess.” Auditons for the play were held before


Christmas and the students have been busy at rehearsal since, Adomeit said.

“Some kids who are the main characters have been rehearsing every day,” she said. “It’s been a big commitment and they’ve been working really hard. It’s been a learning experience for all of us.” And the production truly has been a coordinated effort between everyone in the school.

“The teachers have been really accommodating and allowing students the extra time to rehearse,” Adomeit said. There will be two showings of Princess Whatsername this weekend, on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre. Entry is by donation.

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Diamond Forever bridges musical generations By Ryan Jensen Smithers/Interior News

Jason Scott is not just another Neil Diamond impersonator. The Penticton resident, who is bringing his show Diamond Forever, a Celebration of Neil Diamond to Smithers on March 15, has travelled the world performing his greatest hits and telling tales about the music superstar’s life. “It’s a very audienceinteractive show,” Scott said. “Fast-paced, fact-filled, there’s a dance contest and a huge sing-along at the end. “Make sure to bring your sparkly gear.” Scott began attending the Toronto Conservatory of Music at the age of five and achieved first-degree honours in keyboard by 15. By the time he was in his thirties, he was signed to a Canadian record label and spent time as a writer and performer. In 2005, Scott was the first Canadian performer to win the Be a Legend celebrity

Jason Scott returns to the Bulkley Valley on March 15 with Diamond Forever, a Celebration of Neil Diamond.

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tribute artist competition at the Imperial Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Since then, he has regularly performed in Sin City and in 2012 took the stage, breaking

attendance records at the Freemont Street Experience. Scott last performed in

Smithers in 2009. “This show is way more streamlined than that one,” he said. “It’s 90 minutes of nonstop, let’s go, let’s go.” Scott will perform a wide range of Diamond’s greatest hits from over the last 50plus years, including Sweet Caroline, Red Red Wine, Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon and Cracklin’ Rosie. “This music bridges generations,” Scott said. “The show is structured but also spontaneous, loose and huge fun and the performance is very audience interactive. Sometimes I find myself in the crowd and then other times I’ve found some of the audience on stage with me.” Dinner — spaghetti with salad and dessert — starts at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7. Diamond Forever, a Celebration of Neil Diamond is at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3840 First Ave. Tickets for the dinner and show are $32 and for the show only are $20 and can be purchased at the Royal Canadian Legion.

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TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. has received approval to conduct borehole drilling under three rivers in the Hazelton area from the BC Oil and Gas Commission. The holes will be part of the approximately 900-kilometre Prince Rupert Gas Transmission line project, beginning in Hudson Hope, which has yet to receive an environmental assessment approval for its land-based portion. The Skeena, Shegunia and Cranberry Rivers have received approval, while the same has yet to be announced for the Kispiox crossing. “The boreholes

would involve new access as described on the [company’s] maps,” Graeme Pole, concerned resident, said. TransCanada is currently researching PRGT pipeline routes west of the Cranberry River, which will terminate at Lelu Island near Port Edward. A federal environmental assessment may also be necessary due to two of the three potential westerly routes going into the ocean. The geotechnical operations, which include borehole test drilling have already commenced near Hudson’s Hope, the most recent PRGT project update said. “Borehole locations have been identified for major crossings to

enable geotechnical investigations at potential horizontal directional drilling or aerial bridge sites,” the project update said. “Nineteen borehole locations were identified in 2013 for the geotechnical drilling program. “Geotechnical drilling has been completed at Tildesley Creek and drilling has begun at Moberly River. The team is waiting for the remaining permits before drilling at the rest of the borehole locations. The geotechnical investigation will continue during the winter months.” Calls to TransCanada and the BC OGC about the recent approval for borehole test drilling were not returned before press time.

Love is Louder The Gitxsan Health Society toured Hazelton-area schools to talk to students about the impact of bullying on Feb. 26, Anti-Bullying/Pink Shirt Day. Students like John Field Elementary’s (left to right) Michael McLean, McKaylee Ryan and Evan Wright listened to stories and life lessons learned by GHS presenters. The Love is Louder slogan was inspired by a former student who passed away. For story see B7. Jerome Turner photo

Tahltan answer Fortune Mineral CEO claims of Arctos division By Jerome Turner Hazelton/Interior News

The proposed Arctos anthracite coal mine in the Sacred Headwaters may be finding it difficult to attract investors and is now resorting to misdirection, according to the Tahltan Central Council. Fortune Minerals Ltd. president and CEO Robin Goad, in a video interview with, described the First Nations involved as follows. “There are two aboriginal groups in the area,” Goad said in the video interview. “There are the Tahltan and they are a very divided community, whereas, the Gitxsan, which also [are] impacted by our development, are very supportive of our project.” Goad’s comment was countered by Annita McPhee, president of the Tahltan Central Council. “The Tahltan are united in protecting the Klappan,” McPhee said. “It’s pretty obvious. At our [annual general

“This, to me, is [Goad] trying to drum up interest ... ” -Annita McPhee Tahltan Central Council President meeting] last year we all came together in the decision that this is an area that is completely off limits for any industrial project. “This, to me, is [Goad] trying to drum up interest one more time.” The Arctos project, which was previously named Klappan Coal, is in the environmental assessment process currently. Arctos was shut down by Tahltan and Gitxsan and other concerned people who were camped near the exploration camp last summer.


“We had a protest group up ... interfering with our work program and interfering with our ability to collect drill samples,” Goad said in the video. “We were the subject of protest for probably about 60 days and then we decided to let the government of British Columbia follow through with their process to find a negotiated settlement and that’s ongoing right now between the government and the Tahltan Nation.” Some Gitxsan hereditary chiefs are working with Fortune, who hope to create a railway through to Tahltan territory, but more than two school busloads of Hazelton area people, including many Gitxsan attended the opposition camp in the Sacred Headwaters, last summer, Shannon McPhail, executive director of Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition said. Goad stated more than $100 million has been invested in the Arctos project, which has funded test mining and other preparatory planning and research. Goad could not be reached before press time regarding the statements made in the video.

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World Day of Prayer 2014 Streams in the desert

Written by the Women of Egypt

Break and enters continue, sexual interference claim issued New Hazelton RCMP responded to 50 calls between Feb. 20 and Feb. 26. Feb. 21 - Police are investigating a fraud complaint. The complainant stated he had received a call from a male who said he worked for the RCMP. The caller told the complainant that he owed money on his 2001-2012 tax return and he had to return the call within 30 minutes to avoid being charged. The Canada Revenue Agency was contacted and informed the complainant he did not owe money. Feb. 21 - Police were called to a break and enter in Kispiox. The male entered the home through the back door and fled when the homeowner hollered at them. A pair of shoes was seized at the scene. Feb. 22 - Police located an impaired driver in the village of Gitanmaax. The vehicle was towed and the driver issued a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition. Feb. 24 - At 8 a.m. in the village of Kispiox,

police stopped a vehicle when they observed a vehicle roll past a stop sign, stop in the intersection and then back up to the stop sign. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and later released on a promise to appear in court. Feb. 24 - Police were informed by a youth of a sexual interference assault that occurred to him a week earlier. The accused was located and arrested and is currently still in custody to appear before a judge. Feb. 25 - Police attended an assault complaint in the village of Gitwangak. Three persons were arrested for assaulting a female who had been hit with a cane and punched. The three accused were released on a promise to appear. If you have any information on these files or any others please call the New Hazelton RCMP (250-842-5244) or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477.

Police Beat


Rev. Alyssa Anderson Sunday 10:00 AM Worship & Children’s Program

At the corner of Queen St. & 8th


Bethel Reformed Church Welcomes you to worship with us 10 am & 2:30 pm every Sunday

Pastor Lou Slagter 3115 Gould Place Smithers


CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Sunday Worship Services at 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday School for ages 3-6 during the morning worship service. Pastor Ken Vander Horst 1471 Columbia Drive Phone 250-847-2333 “Groundwork” on The Peak at 9:30 am Sundays

We will join our neighbours in celebrating World Day of Prayer at: St. Josephs Catholic Church March 7th at 7 pm More information about our community’s service is available from: Johanna Habjan at 250.847.4504 Please join us! All Denominations Welcome

THANK YOU The Telkwa Elementary School Parent Advisory Council would like to thank the following for helping us make our Annual Bingo and Family Fun Night a huge success. Winterland Sawyer’s So Good Cupcakes Seasons in the Valley The Aspen Masa Yama Tim Hortons Pharmasave Your Dollar Store with More Shoppers Drug Mart Glacier Toyota Dawn to Dusk Discovery Toys Rayz Board Shop Hudson Bay Mountain Blue Fin Sushi Bar Alpenhorn BV Wholesale

A BIG Thank You to Hawkair for the generous donation of flights for our raffle. The lucky winner is: Elaine Steinki And a special thank you to all the cake bakers and volunteers, as well as Gordon Kerr who always does such a great job with the cake auction. We apologize if we have missed anyone, but we greatly appreciate all of the support from our communities. Thank you to all who came out and had such a great time at our event. Advertising space donated by The Interior News

Come worship with us at

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FAITH REFORMED CHURCH OF TELKWA Pastor James Folkerts (URC-NA) 1170 Hwy 16, Telkwa

Sunday mornings 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick Apperson

Services at 10 am & 2:30 pm

1065 Main St., Smithers Phone: 250-847-1059

Faith Alive Christian Fellowship Upper floor Fitness Northwest Centre, Broadway Ave. 10-12 noon Sundays Youth meeting Fridays at 7 pm

Listen to “Whitehorse Inn program” Sundays at 9 am on The Peak 870 am

Join us for Services. Renew your FAITH! We welcome visitors and new members.

ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CHURCH 1636 Princess Street

Sunday 10:00 am - Service and Sunday School

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Meeting in the Historic St. Stephen’s Church 1620 Highway 16 in Telkwa

Pastor James Slaa 2788 Upper Viewmount Rd. All welcome to attend! Contact number 250-847-5879

Sunday Morning Worship 10 am

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FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH on the corner of Queen St. and 7th Ave. Morning Worship 10:45 am with Junior Church and Nursery Pastor Chris Kibble



according to our understanding of your specifications. It may contain CANADIAN Mount Zion errors, please check for proper spelling of names, prices and phone numbers. Fax changes to us at 847-2995 REFORMED CHURCH Lutheran Church Sunday Worship Services

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Welcomes You! Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Children’s Ministries during service Corner of Viewmount Rd South & Hwy 16

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Saturday Service Contact 250-847-5983 • New Members Welcome • 3696 4th Avenue

Rev. Dwayne Goertzen Pastor Trevor Brawdy 250-847-2929

Email: Website: First Service 9 Sunday School 10:15-11 Second Service 11:15 1838 Main St.

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HISTORICAL ARMS Collectors. Guns-Knives-Militaria. 42nd Antiques Show & Sale. Sat. March 8, 9am-5pm. Sun March 9, 9am-3pm. Heritage Park, 44140 Luckackuck Way, Chilliwack (exit 116 off Hwy 1) Buy-Sell-Trade. For info or table rentals Gord 604-747-4704 Al 604-941-8489. See our website

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s ours. Local Calls: 250-643-0794 Toll-free: 1-877-644-2266 SMITHERS MEETINGS: Sun., 7 p.m. Ranger Park, 3736-16th Ave.; Mon., 12 noon Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave., Main Floor Conf. Rm.; Mon., 7 p.m. Telkwa Chr. Ref. Church, 1348 Hwy 16 (beside BV Home Centre), Tues., 7 p.m., Ranger Park, 3736-16th Ave., Wed., 7 p.m. Evangelical Free Church, corner 15th & Main; Thurs., 12 noon Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave.,Main Floor Conf. Rm.; Thurs., 7 p.m. Ranger Park, 3736-16th Ave.; Fri., 7 p.m. Evangelical Free Church, corner 15th & Main; Sat., 7 p.m. BVD Hospital, 3950-8th Ave., Conf. Rm.

THE Livestock Pedigree Act forbids selling a dog as purebred if unregistered. It provides fines of up to two months imprisonment for anyone who sells a dog as purebred and does not provide the Canadian Kennel Club registration papers. TOPS MEETING (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) every Monday evening 7 p.m. in the Baptist Church basement, Smithers. Everyone welcome. Call 250-847-9614 or for info.

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Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email: AL-ANON Phone Jean at 250-847-3749 or Lori at 250-847-3884. Meetings 7 p.m. Thursdays at Smithers United Church, corner of Queen St. and 8th Ave. ARE you pregnant and distressed? Phone Smithers Pro Life 250-847-2475 or 1-800665-0570. Office hours MonWed-Fri 10:30-1:30. Free pregnancy testing, non judgmental lay counseling and adoption information.

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IS FOOD A PROBLEM FOR YOU? Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you go on eating binges? Is your weight affecting your life? Overeaters Anonymous offers help. No fees, no dues, no weigh-ins, no diets. We are a fellowship. We meet Mondays 7:30-9 p.m. at Smithers United Church. Everyone welcome.

LOOKING FOR the whereabouts of my nephews, C.F. Single & S.W. Single. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these people, please phone 1-204-224-4815 and leave a message.

and protect your right to compensation. 778.588.7049 Toll Free: 1.888.988.7052

Narcotics Anonymous Have drugs taken over your life? Do you have a desire to stop using? We can help. Narcotics Anonymous Meetings Smithers Friday 12 noon at the Courthouse, 3793 Alfred Ave., Main Floor Conference Room. 250-847-1726.



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Willem (Bill) deGelder April 13, 1933 – February 22, 2014

Bill was born on April 13, 1933 in Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands to Dirk and Antje deGelder. He was the second of seven children. In 1952 the family immigrated to Canada where they settled in Hamilton, ON. Bill moved west to Vancouver in the early 1960’s where he resided until the mid-1960’s when he went on an adventure and ended up in the Yukon Territories. It was there in 1967 that he met his future wife, Carol Smith. They were married on January 19, 1968 in Teslin, YT. They had two children, Arlene and Kevin. In December, 1975 they moved to Smithers, BC where Bill and Carol have lived ever since. Bill was a jack of all trades during his life but he always loved woodworking and he built many beautiful things over the years. Bill worked at Groot Logging and Repap in his time in Smithers and retired in the early 1990’s as Planerman for Repap. He was always a hard worker and did the best job he could. In his later years the highlight of Bill’s days were his morning coffee visits with his friends. He looked forward to this time to catch up with the guys and discuss current events. Many fond memories and friends were made those mornings. Bill was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Leonard. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Arlene, son Kevin, and his brothers and sisters Tom, Nell, Dick (Martha), Corrie (George), and Harry (Martha). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, or CNIB would be appreciated.

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The family of Bill deGelder would like to thank those that helped him in his illness and with his journey to our heavenly Father. To Dr. Fred Strauss who was a loving and caring presence for so long. To Dr. Bastian who helped him so much in his Änal days. To the fourth Åoor nursing staɈ who were so kind and compassionate. To Fr. Rectorino Tolentino, Jr. who loved and cared for Bill and helped him Änd peace. To the many friends who were so generous with their time and energy and who gave peace and comfort to Bill in his Änal weeks. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Carol, Arlene, and Kevin deGelder


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MANAGER Terrace Chrysler is looking for a Service Manager that understands there is nothing more important than the customer! Apply if you are 100% committed to customer satisfaction. If you are organized, able to prioritize, and multitask and work exceptionally well with others and want to be part of a great team then please drop off a resume with handwritten cover letter and drivers license abstract to: Robert Onstein 4916 Hwy 16 West Terrace, BC




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Help Wanted

Help Wanted


Immediate full-time and part-time positions available • Must have a valid drivers license and be willing to work on Saturdays • Must be able to do deliveries, drive a small forklift, serve customers in the lumber yard and be able to work at the sales counter • Knowledge of hardware and building supplies would be an asset Please drop off, mail, email or fax your resume to: Tri-Town Lumber & Feed Ltd. 2142 Omenica Ave., South Hazelton, BC V0J 2J1 Fax 250-842-5745 email:

Why aren’t you working here? At Sears Smithers, our sales associates roll up their sleeves, have fun and build relationships with our customers.

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• Flexibility with hours 12-16 hrs/week, • Must be available Saturdays • Love meeting new people and helping them shop • Computer and cash experience • Some lifting required If you fit the qualifications above, apply and begin growing with us! Apply in person to Sears Smithers 3490 Hwy 16, Smithers


Clerk Typist – Casual The Town of Smithers is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Clerk Typist (Casual). This position is ‘as required’ with no guarantee of hours. General Statement of Duties: Reporting to the Director of Corporate Services, this position involves general clerical and administrative duties, telephone and front counter reception at Municipal Hall, answering general enquiries about the municipality’s operations, tax processing and cash handling. This casual position will also be required to cover other clerical positions. This is a unionized position with CUPE, Local 1570. Qualifications Include: • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent. • Solid computer experience is essential. • A minimum of two years reception, administrative or clerical, with experience in cash handling is required. • Must have a good command of the English language. • Must be able to deal with the public in a polite, efficient and courteous manner. For complete details of this position, please visit our website at Qualified candidates may forward a cover letter, resume, three references and a current driver’s abstract, quoting Competition #14-01, by 4:00pm, March 21, 2014 to: Susan Bassett Director of Corporate Services Town of Smithers Box 879, 1027 Aldous Street Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250-847-1600 Fax: 250-847-1601 Applications may be submitted by mail, fax or in person. Electronic or incomplete applications cannot be considered. The Town of Smithers thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Economic Development Director will work from Burns Lake, B.C. from the main office of Lake Babine Nation on Woyenne Reserve. Travel will be required to the other Communities of Lake Babine Nation: Tachet, Ft. Babine, Old Fort and Pinkut / Donald’s Landing. Commensurate upon experience, education, accounting designation and a desire to live and work in Burns Lake. Pending qualifications flexibility and negotiations for professional development and other benefits will be considered. REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, business administration, marketing, or a related field. • Minimum four (4) years responsible experience in economic development, tourism, marketing or a closely related field, focusing on the attraction of retail and sales generating businesses. • Strong working knowledge of pertinent Federal, provincial and local laws, codes and regulations. • Skills in Negotiations, Decision-Making, Effective Communication, Computers & Microsoft Program, Time Management • Familiar with Babine Carrier Traditions & Cultures • Class 5 Driver’s License and reliable vehicle • Criminal Record Check PLEASE PROVIDE COVER LETTER, RESUME & REFERENCES TO:

NOW HIRING! Residential Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Wages Starting @16.17/hr. Phone: (250) 847-4204 | Fax: (250) 847-2261 Email: To know more about us, view our website at

EŽƌƚŚŽĂƐƚ>ŝďƌĂƌLJ&ĞĚĞƌĂƟŽŶŽŽƌĚŝŶĂƚŽƌ The North Coast Library Federation (NCLF) is seeking a part-time (750 hours annually) Coordinator to work collaboratively with the federation’s Board and Library Directors Advisory Group to implement the NCLF’s strategic plan and oversee the operations of the NCLF. The Coordinator will have demonstrated: ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to work in a team environment; fiscal responsibility and knowledge including accounting procedures and budget development and management; and, ability to effectively organize meetings. The Coordinator will also have excellent organizational and communication skills. Post-secondary education in libraries or a related discipline and previous experience and/or knowledge of public libraries are assets. Preference will be given to qualified candidates who reside within the NCLF region. For more information about the NCLF and its member libraries, visit Please apply to Tim MacDonald, NCLF Board Chair c/o Northwest Community College 353 Fifth Street Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3L6 The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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REPORTS TO: Executive Director The Economic Development Director shall be responsible for planning, managing and providing oversight for the activities and operations of Lake Babine Nation’s Economic Development programs and initiatives for business retention, promotion, marketing, and expansion. Responsibilities shall include the coordination of assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, maintaining regular contact with the Community Economic Development Officers and the public in situations that require tact and judgment, representing the Lake Babine Nation in negotiations and mediations; and providing general assistance and support to the Economic Development Officers. B5


SNE C’AL YEGH STORE MANAGER Reports to: Executive Director Deadline: March 7, 2014 The Sne C’al Yegh Store Manager will be tasked with driving Sne C’al Yegh Gas Bar & Convenience Store sales and marketing initiatives, revenue growth and client retention strategies. Daily operations include staff management, customer satisfaction, neat product presentation, inventory management and carrying out seasonal changes and promotional activities. Commensurate upon experience, education, and a desire to live and work in Burns Lake. Pending qualifications flexibility and negotiations for professional development and other benefits will be considered. REQUIREMENTS: • Degree in Business Administration; equivalencies will be considered • Minimum: four (4) years’ work experience in the retail industry • Minimum: two (2) years’ experience in a supervisory role in a retail environment • Strong knowledge of budget, accounting, and fiscal management • Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level, ability to operate a cash register and Wiztec program • Effective written communication skills including the ability to prepare reports, policies and by-laws • Effective public relations and public speaking skills • Analytical and problem solving skills • Decision making skills • Criminal Record Check must be provided (at own expense)

Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources P.O. Box 879, Burns Lake, B.C., V0J 1E0 Fax: 250-692-4790 Email:

Please provide a cover letter and resume to: Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources P.O. Box 879, Burns Lake, B.C., V0J 1E0 Fax: 250-692-4790 Email:

Only those short-listed will be contacted.

Only those short-listed will be contacted.

The Driller’s Helper Course will be held in Smithers, BC and will include 6 days of hands on training in Hy-Tech’s yard as well as 3 days of classroom training. Application Deadline: March 16, 2014 Training Fee: $550 due by April 25, 2014 (Participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations and food)

For more information on the course and how to apply, please visit our website at: The Town of Smithers is located in the picturesque Bulkley Valley of Northwestern BC. With a community of 5,404 people and a surrounding service area of approximately 15,000 people, Smithers attracts friendly, vibrant people wanting to experience a unique, amenity rich lifestyle. World class outdoor recreation opportunities such as skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and hiking are at your doorstep. A thriving music and arts community, vibrant Main Street and engaged community further add to the reputation of Smithers as a great place to live. As an employer, the Town of Smithers values progress, customer service, integrity and the ability to provide diverse and innovative services. DIRECTOR OF WORKS & OPERATIONS We are currently offering an exciting opportunity to join the Senior Management team in the capacity of Director of Works & Operations. This autonomous and dynamic professional level position manages the operational and maintenance activities through municipal personnel related to sewage collections, water distribution, streets, sidewalks, parks, garbage collection, curbside recycling, recreation and other municipal facilities and airport maintenance. As a team player, you will be part of achieving the vision of Smithers as a sustainable and liveable community. The Town of Smithers offers an exceptional compensation package and forward thinking culture. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director of Works & Operations joins a 7 member Senior Management Team. A relocation allowance is negotiable. For a complete job description, kindly contact the individual below or through the Town’s website at Qualified applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume, cover letter and a current Driver’s Abstract quoting Confidential Competition #14-02 by 4:00 pm, March 31, 2014 to: Susan Bassett Director of Corporate Services Town of Smithers Box 879 Smithers BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250-847-1600 Fax: 250-847-1601


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Another call for buses on Highway of Tears: Donaldson By Jerome Turner Hazelton/Interior News

Ensuring safety along the Highway of Tears was once again called for at the B.C. legislature by NDP MLA Doug Donaldson last week and his office also announced the winner of an annual writing contest. With the release of a surplus budget from the B.C. government recently Donaldson is wondering why no funding was allocated for a shuttle bus between Prince Rupert and Prince George. “During the throne speech the BC Liberals coined the term Violence Free B.C.,” Donaldson, who is aboriginal relations critic, said. “Unfortunately there was very little funding announced in areas that would help them achieve that goal. Specifically a transit bus spanning Highway 16. “That would’ve been a great way to show the people in the north they are serious about the ongoing issue of violence in this area. So this is a pretty big slap in the face for people in the north.” The recommendation for a shuttle bus was listed as a high priority two years ago in Wally Opal’s Missing and

The need for a bus along Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and Prince George is overdue, BC NDP.

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Murdered Women’s inquiry, Donaldson added. Another avenue where government could have assisted in reducing violence is by funding men’s programs, Donaldson said.

“More than 90 per cent of domestic violence is perpetuated by men,” Donaldson said. “This would’ve decreased the burden on organizations like Northern Society for Domestic Peace.” Don’t Let Intolerance Score contest winner announced: Donaldson and Dan Hamhuis have been running the DLIS contest for four years. This year’s winner, Ryan Wright, in his graduating year at Hazelton Secondary School beat out more than 50 other writers from all corners of the Stikine riding. “I’m very proud and excited to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s contest,” Wright said. “The goal was for writers to show how they tolerate others who are different from themselves,” Donaldson said. “But Ryan had something different in that he wrote people shouldn’t look to tolerate others differences, instead they should be but celebrated.” “He used examples of how he speaks out during sports to ensure any mean-spirited talk is dealt with accordingly.” Wright, who hopes to attend UBC-Okanagan in the fall, won an all expenses-paid trip to watch the Canucks battle the Calgary Flames March 9.

Wiebe travels to Honduras to bolster her midwifery chances By Jerome Turner Hazelton/Interior News

The path to becoming a midwife is not always a straight line, which Carmen Wiebe can tell you from her most recent experience in Honduras. Wiebe was finding it difficult to get into any of the five midwifery schools in Canada and decided to add something to her resumé in the form of volunteering through Dar A Luz Honduras. “Dar A Luz is a program that works to improve maternal and infant health,” Wiebe said. “Dar a luz literally means to give light, but it also means to give birth in Spanish.” She couldn’t find many opportunities to volunteer as a doula, which she has had the introductory training for since 2010, in Canada so she looked further afield. “There were opportunities in Africa and Haiti as well,” she said. “But Honduras was way more affordable and worked within my timeframe.” Wiebe has also taken midwife assistant training in Tennessee and a peer she met there had also gone to volunteer with Dar A Luz, she said. The healthcare system in Honduras is much different, as Wiebe found out quickly. “All the women give birth in one room,” she said. “It was hard to get used to at first. There was so much going on in that room and I just focused on finding a

Carmen Wiebe spending some downtime at the bird sanctuary in Copan Ruinas, a small town near the border of Guatemala, during her three weeks volunteering to help women during labour in Honduras.

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woman I could help and did what I could for her.” Family members are not allowed to be in the room during labour and Wiebe didn’t really have much in the way of an understanding of the spanish language, but that didn’t stop her from making connections. “This one woman that I could tell really wanted me to stay,” Wiebe said. “But it was getting dark and I needed to get to where I was staying.”

Honduras has a very high crime rate which forced Wiebe to limit her doula duties, that would normally require staying with a new mom for a long time after birth to assist in any way. Her inspiration for becoming a midwife was from another interest of hers – reading – that and a lack of courses at Simon Fraser University in gender and women’s studies. “Being a doula isn’t the most popular profession and most people thought I

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was going to become a teacher or something,” Wiebe said. “Unless you grow up and are surrounded by birth, I’ve found people don’t really think about it as an option. “I became interested in becoming a doula and midwife after reading The Birth House.” The Birth House is a novel by Canadian author Ami McKay that was inspired by the actual life of a midwife, Rebecca Steele, in the Bay of Fundy, who lived in the house McKay now inhabits with her family. Being very taken with the historical account of Mrs. Steel, the latter of which helped deliver countless infants and housed the new mom and child until they were comfortable with each other, Wiebe is now doing all she can to reach her midwifery goal. Honduras may prove to be the last piece of the education puzzle, allowing her to attend one of three midwifery programs she has applied to. “In Canada you have three choices for midwifery school,” Wiebe said. “UBC, Mount Royal and there are three in Ontario, but you can only apply to one at a time there. I chose Laurentian University, the school Angela Smith attended.” There are only two midwives in the Skeena/Bulkley area, Smith being one. “I’ve been slowly but surely pursuing midwifery,” Wiebe said. “Word from the schools I applied to should be back soon.”

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Pink Shirt Day message hits home By Jerome Turner Hazelton/Interior News

A tour of all the elementary schools for Anti-Bullying Day took on extra meaning at John Field Elementary School last week. Several members of the Gitxsan Health Society delivered inspiring messages, but it was a grandmother of a student who passed away two days before his 10th birthday that held the attention of the Grade 4 to 7 students. Cylace Sampson, who would be in Grade 7 this year, passed away from complications relating to a tooth infection. When he was healthy he always let those around him know what he thought about bullying. “He always said love is louder,” Betty Sampson, Cylace’s grandmother said. “He used to get bullied on the bus and here at school. It really hurt him, but it also hurt me and the rest of our family.” No matter how

much Cylace was bothered at school he managed to remain positive. “We didn’t know what to do about it,” Betty said. “But he just kept on smiling and being happy. He really lived the ‘love is louder’ way of life despite being treated poorly by some here at school.” Betty had some wisdom to impart to all gathered for the JFE assembly. “Treat people with respect and honour,” she said. “Don’t let somebody stand alone. If you see somebody alone go talk to them and include them in what you’re doing. That’s how we get stronger as a community.” Julie Morrison, GHS executive health director, made sure the students understood the power of language. “It’s important to understand that what we say and do has potential to hurt others,” Morrison said. Examples of bullying were given by students which included name calling, laughing at someone after a mean

joke at their expense, physically hurting another in any way and leaving someone out of an activity. The rise of technology in schools has created another potential avenue for bullying, Morrison said. “It’s not like saying something to another person,” she said. “A person can go back and see that over and over again.” Richard Sampson, GHS FAST program coordinator, urged students to seek people to talk to whenever problems arise. “Even if you can’t find a person in your family to talk to and share your problems with there are people in your school and community that are always willing to listen,” he said. “You can’t carry around all that hurt for very long ... it starts to weigh you down after awhile.” Richard used a dwindling fire as analogous to feeling down. “There are people you know that can turn those glowing embers of good into a fire,” he said.

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We are looking to develop a small team of dedicated professionals and Journeymen to manage the operation and maintenance of our Forrest Kerr, Volcano Creek and McLymont Creek Generating Stations. Reporting to the Manager Operations Northwest Projects, this position is responsible for all aspects of routine day-to-day operations, as well as routine maintenance and facility emergency repairs. The Senior Operator ideally has experience operating a similar run-of-river hydro generating station. However, the role is also suited to a Journeyman Electrician, Millwright, Mechanic or I&C specialist with 10 years’ experience in plant maintenance in another industry. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to the following: t Day-to-day inspection and recording of operating parameters including output levels, temperatures, vibration levels and condition status t Investigation and repair of major and minor equipment faults – both mechanical and electrical on a 24/7 basis while on duty t Assistance with planning major maintenance activities t Completing routine and unplanned maintenance as part of the team which may or may not include outside contactors t Preparation of or assistance with the preparation of operation and maintenance reports t Monitoring and reporting on river flows or other environmental factors Qualifications: t Experience operating a similar run-of-river hydro generating station t Operator or Journeyman Electrician, Millwright, Mechanic or I&C specialist with 10 years’ experience in plant maintenance in power, gas, or another industry About this opportunity: t A permanent camp will be constructed for the operations team. The facilities we be designed to reflect the permanent nature of the positions and will include spacious sound-proofed bedrooms with semi-private washrooms and other amenities t The schedule will be 15 days on shift followed by 13 days off. During time on, Operators will be “on-call� to deal with emergencies t On-the-job training will be provided Qualified applicants are invited to email their resumes in confidence to the Human Resources Department;

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JOHN HIMECH LOGGING LTD., HOUSTON has an exciting full time employment opportunity for someone with accounting or bookkeeping experience/qualifications. Experience in woodlands administration is not mandatory but would be a significant asset. Position comes with competitive salary, benefit plan and some flexible work options.

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Homes for Rent 2BDRMS 1BATH house 15 min from town, W/D, N/S, N/P, N/Parties. Suitable for bachelor. $900 (250)877-2704 3 BDRM upstairs suite, Watson Landing. N/P, N/S. $1400/mth. Contact 250-8777161 SMITHERS, 5km out, custombuilt 3 bdrm, 2 bath, W/D/F/S/DW, 15 sunny acres, N/P, N/S, ref’s req’d. Avail. APR. 1. (250)877-9230.





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RANGER PARK BUILDING ELECTRICAL CONTRACT: #2014-07 Request for Quotation (RFQ) bid forms for the “Ranger Park Building Electrical Contract # 2014-7” will be received at the Smithers Town Hall up to: 2:00 p.m. Thursday March 20, 2014. The general scope of work for this contract is to install branch circuit wiring for receptacles/lighting, telephone/internet, and video on the second floor of Ranger Park Building, 3736 16th Avenue. RFQ forms and more detailed Scope of Work documents are available upon request through the Municipal Office at no charge but with the requirement to register. All RFQ forms must be submitted on the provided form in a sealed envelope marked “RANGER PARK BUILDING ELECTRICAL: CONTRACT #2014-07 Care of Mark Allen, Director of Development Services” The Town of Smithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all completed RFQ forms, or to accept the completed RFQ form deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The Town’s purchasing policy shall apply. The lowest or any completed RFQ form may not necessarily be accepted. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Roye Lovgren Building Inspector Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone (250) 847-1600 Fax (250) 847-1601 E:

INVITATION TO TENDER Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor Contract # 2014-01

Tenders for the “Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor” contract will be received by the Town of Smithers up to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014. The general scope of work for this contract is to provide, in compliance with Transport Canada Aeronautics Act, airside access control duties (Security) in the restricted area of the apron and at the airport for all scheduled, screened flights while the aircraft is parked and or the security hold room is open. Additionally the contractor will provide curb side and parking lot monitoring and issuing parking violation tickets to vehicles which park without paying, in incorrect zones or illegally. Tender documents are available at the Airport Administration office and the Town Office. Bidders are required to register when picking up tender packages. Although not required by Transport Canada consideration will be given to companies who can provide employees with certificates in basic security training, BST. All Tenders must be submitted to the Airport Manager in an envelope, sealed and clearly marked “TENDER – Airport Airside Access Control and Parking Monitor Contract #2014-01”. Bidders shall sign the Declaration and attach it to the outside of the envelope. Tenders shall be accompanied by a Certified Cheque or Bid Bond in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the Total Tender Price payable to the Town of Smithers. Tenders will be publicly opened at the above stated time in the Board Room at the Airport Administration Office. All Tenders will be examined as to their sufficiency and submitted to Town Council for awarding. The Town of Smithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all Tenders or to accept the tender deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Rob Blackburn. Airport Manager Town of Smithers Suite 1, 6421 Airport RD Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone (250) 847-3664 Fax (250) 847-2605

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Take notice that Shane Uren of Avanti Kitsault Mine Limited has filed with the Chief Inspector of Mines pursuant to Part 10.2.1 of the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia, a proposed mine plan together with a program for the protection and reclamation of the land and water courses related to the proposed: Kitsault Mine Project (metal mine) located at Mining Claim No. 895734 (4.2 km southeast of Kitsault, BC off of the Alice Arm [Kitsault] FSR). Any person affected by or interested in this program has 30 days to make written representation to the Chief Inspector of Mines, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Northwest Region, Bag 5000, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0

LAND ACT: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that Murray and Elsa Abbott from Smithers, B.C. have applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Smithers, for a Crown Grant for Recreational purposes situated on Provincial Crown land located on DISTRICT LOT 422, CASSIAR DISTRICT, Nilkitkwa Lake. The Lands File for this application is 6403691. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Skeena Stikine Land Officer, MFLNRO, at PO Bag 6000 – 3333 Tatlow Rd, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0. Comments will be received by MFLNRO up to April 11, 2014. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at ApplicationPosting/index.jsp for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ office in Smithers.



West Fraser Mills Ltd. Pacific Inland Resources Division Morrison Connector Road West Fraser Mills Ltd Pacific Inland Resources Division is proposing to construct a short section of road, approximately 600 m in length just south of Acorn lake, connecting the 459 Road located in the Bulkley TSA with the Morrison Main located in the Morice TSA. A map of the proposed road location will be available for review and comment during normal business hours (8:00 am -4:30 pm) at Pacific Inland Resources office on Tatlow Road in Smithers. Alternative meeting times can be arranged by contacting Pacific Inland Resources staff listed below. To ensure comments receive consideration they must be submitted in a written format prior to March 15, 2014 and delivered to: West Fraser Mills Ltd. Pacific Inland Resources Division Box 3130, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 For more information please contact Dave Ripmeester, Forestry Supervisor or Alan Baxter, Planning Forester at (250)-847-2656.

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A ROUND Pottery classes open at Misty Rivers through March TOWN Writers Unite Free Range Poets’ Society and Upper Skeena Writers’ Coop will be meeting on the first and third Monday of every month @ 7:30 p.m., Boat’s Soup and Juice Bar; second and fourth Monday @ 6 p.m., NWCC. Call 778-202-0172 or 250842-5291 or 250-8426209 for more info. Pyjama Storytime The Hazelton District Public Library hosts World Readaloud Day March 5 @ 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Remember to wear some PJ’s. Free Spa Night - New Hazelton Meeting Place hosts an evening of relaxation March 6 @ 7 p.m. Please bring your own face cloth, towel and bin for a foot bath. RSVP by emailing lauriempaulin@ or calling 250-877-9571. World Day of Prayer - The Fire (first right turn heading west from New Hazelton on Highway 16) hosts the annual event with Egypt as the focus March 7 @ 7 p.m. Call 250-842-8879. Ukelele Circle Mountainview United Church March 7 @ 5 p.m. Call 250-8425887 for more info. International Women’s Day Potluck - Anglican Church Hall March 8 @ 6 p.m. This year’s theme is RESILIENCE. Call 250-842-2298 for more info. Childminding provided. Horse’n Around talent Show Telegraph Trail and Saddle Club host an evening of skill on display Kispiox Valley Hall March 8 @ 6:30 p.m. Auctions and concession, $2 each or $5 family rate. PAC Meeting - New Hazelton Elementary March 11 @ 6:30 p.m. Planning for Fun Night.

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With only three classes done there have been as many as five students, who pay a drop-in fee of $5 to join in the class, but people are encouraged to drop-in whenever Boat’s Soup and Juice Bar are open, owner Bruce Chandler said. “If people want to just come and check it out, we’re cool with that,” Chandler said. “It’s fun to just get in there and get your hands on the stuff. So, come on down if you’re interested at all.” Chandler hasn’t touched a pottery wheel since his high school days and is glad to have Andrews lending some expertise once a week. “This is just the start,” Chandler said. “Hopefully more than a few people come out and realize this is something they’d like to do.” There are currently two pottery wheels where people can take turns forming a cup from a ball of clay the size of a fist. One of the wheels is motorized and one is manual. “People can get a bit of a workout on this one,” Andrews, pointing to the wheel that needs the operator to turn with their right foot, said. Instructional classes happen Wednesdays at 1 p.m. on the upper floor of Boat’s.

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A series of pottery workshops are being held at the Misty Rivers Art Gallery until the end of March, which are being taught by Nila Andrews, owner of Nila’s Clayworks in New Hazelton. Andrews is self-taught but has a background in chemistry which has allowed her to hone her pottery skills to the point where she now offers a wide variety of oven-friendly wares. She has been attempting to host workshops for some time and is thankful for the opportunity to share her knowledge at Misty Rivers. “I’m showing whoever shows up the basics of throwing a form on a wheel,” Andrews said. “There are seven stages to take a ball of clay and make it into something and I’m focusing on those steps in these beginner classes.” Andrews began learning about clay and pottery in the 1990s, starting with creating tiles and moving on to using a pottery wheel by the turn of the millennium.

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Join the classes at Boat’s Soup and Juice Bar Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Interior News

“Northern Gateway is taking extraordinary measures to ensure marine safety—reducing tanker speeds on British Columbia’s north coast is just one.” - Chris Anderson, Master Mariner, Lead Marine Advisor, Northern Gateway Project

Northern Gateway has proposed tanker-related safety measures designed to maintain safe vessel transportation. These measures, together with lower tanker transit speeds in the coastal channels, not only reduce the risk of marine incidents, they also minimize potential adverse effects on the marine mammal environment. ACTING ON EXPERT ADVICE Northern Gateway has consulted with many of the top experts in Canada and the world, including Chris Anderson who, as a Master Mariner and seafarer, has over 50 years of experience including the development of port and terminal facilities in British Columbia’s coastal waters and internationally. Acting on the advice of a team of experts, Northern Gateway committed to a vessel transit speed range from 8 to 12 knots. Anderson says, “Reducing vessel transit speeds through a confined channel to within this range allows improved response from our escort tugs, substantially reducing the risk of a navigational incident, while maintaining safe vessel operation.”

initiatives that was put forward by Northern Gateway. As Anderson puts it, “Project-related vessels are capable of speeds of 15 to 16 knots. Many other oceangoing vessels can travel at even higher speeds. Northern Gateway is committed to reducing vessel speeds by as much as half that as an added measure of prevention.” GOING EVEN FURTHER TO ENSURE MARINE SAFETY In addition to reducing tanker speeds, Northern Gateway has committed to the use of two escort tugs for every loaded tanker associated with the Project, with one tug being tethered at all times. According to Anderson, “In the event of a mechanical issue, the tethered escort tugs can take over steering and braking which greatly reduces the risk of an incident occurring. This commitment will also help protect British Columbia’s north coast.”

BEYOND WHAT’S REQUIRED The commitment to reducing transit speeds is not a regulatory requirement, but one of many voluntary marine safety

ENDORSED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS The Joint Review Panel’s endorsement of the Northern Gateway Project came after a rigorous, scientific review of the evidence, including Gateway’s precautionary approach to vessel speeds and escort tug standards. Northern Gateway is working hard to meet all of the final conditions set out by the Panel, the same way they are working to meet the five conditions set out by the Province of British Columbia. Northern Gateway is committed to doing everything possible in order to build a safer, better project.

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Smithers Interior News, March 05, 2014  
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March 05, 2014 edition of the Smithers Interior News