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Ice-climbers pioneer new routes on Helmcken Keith McNeill

Canadian Will Gadd and three other ice-climbers recently completed a new route up Helmcken Falls. “It's the hardest multipitch mixed route in the world,” said Gadd of the route, which they named Overhead Hazard. “This route is special as it takes the most difficult, direct line from the back of the waterfall to the top.” Gadd, John Freeman, Sarah Hueniken and Katie Bono took nearly three weeks to make the climb, which they completed on Feb. 13. A description of the route is on Gadd's website, It first describes how to rappel down to the bottom of cliffs and then walk up to the knoll near the base of the falls. “Say, 'Holy s--t, it’s way bigger than I thought!' when you see the falls from the knoll. Everyone does,” the website reads. Gadd and British extreme athlete Tim Emmett pioneered routes up the cave behind 141 m (163 ft) high Helmcken Falls in 2010 and 2011. Gadd had seen a photo of the falls in winter several years earlier and was intrigued by the ice climbing possibilities. Emmett, along with Klemen Premrl of Slovenia, successfully made a first ascent of a mixed rock and ice route they called Spray on Top at Helmcken Falls in 2012. A few days after Gadd and his party had done

Will Gadd is a tiny speck as he ascends the overhang behind Helmcken Falls recently. He and three other iceclimbers spent nearly three weeks pioneering a new route to the top. Photo by Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Overhead Hazard this winter, Emmett and Premrl did the first repeat climb of the route. The pair had earlier pioneered their own new route, which they called Clash of the Titans. Angelika Rainer, an Italian ice climber, did the first repeat of Clash of the Titans soon after they completed it. “I really love Wells Gray Park and Clearwater,” Gadd said. “I'm halfway to moving there – great kayaking,

mountain biking, skiing, ice climbing, people, climate. It's just a special place I've really fallen in love with over the years.” Gadd noted that the Helmcken Falls Lodge crew has been key to the climbers' success over the years. “We managed to do some cross-country skiing on the trails this year as well,” he added. “Awesome, totally underrated skiing. I'm bringing my kids back for that next winter for sure!”

Right: Will Gadd looks tired but happy as he ice-climbs next to Helmcken Falls. The Canmore, Alberta, resident was the first to spot the potential of the waterfall in winter for climbing several years ago. He describes the cave behind Helmcken as the most difficult ice-climbing in the world. Photo by Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool







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Work proceeding on Bear View development Times Staff Despite talk of a new shopping center to be built by Buy-Low Foods this year, Bear View development is moving forward, according to proponents. “Over the past few months Bear View development was in the process of developing a traffic impact study as per the request of the District of Clearwater,” said Candus Graffunder. “This study is used as a valuable tool for analysing traffic generated by proposed developments with new access or increased use of an existing access.” A traffic impact study

generally includes a description of the scope and intensity of the proposed project, a summary of the projected impacts and any required mitigation measures, and helps ensure that the highway can safely accommodate the proposed development. Now that this study is complete it has been passed forward to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for review. “Since Bear View development's last update we have received even more interest in rental space from some very respectable tenants,” Graffunder said. “We have interest

from clothing companies, pharmacies and even a well known bank! We couldn’t be more excited to start the construction stage of this project, however we do have to follow the necessary steps put forth by our local and provincial governments.” The project proponent noted that Bear View Development worked together with Wells Gray Riders Association to help raise funds for the association's horse friendly community project by offering Christmas trees by donation to the public this past December. All of the trees were from the proposed development site.

A drawing shows the proposed design for the Bear View shopping centre. The indoor mall would be located next to Highway 5 about 1.5 km east of the roundabout. Submitted graphic

The proposed Bear View indoor shopping center would be located on a 10 acre lot south of Highway 5 immediately west of the

junction with Haywood Road (kitty-corner from the former greenhouses). Graffunder asked that if anyone has any questions on

the Bear View Development project, please feel free to visit their Facebook page or contact their office at (250) 674-0145.

Wiegele seeks government support for Blue River Keith McNeill

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

generates $6 - $7 million per year in payroll taxes, business taxes, fees and other revenues

for government, according to Mike Wiegele. However, very little of that money comes

back to support the community of Blue River. “The government

Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation Request For Community Input Since 2006 the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation (WGCFC) has been in operation providing a multitude of benefits to the greater community including local decision making, employment opportunities for local contractors and profits for dispersal throughout Wells Gray Country (which includes Birch Island, Vavenby, Upper Clearwater, and Blackpool) and the District of Clearwater. The WGCFC board of directors has determined that it is now time to develop a strategic plan for the community forest. The strategic plan will document key goals, objectives and activities of the Corporation for the next 5 years. The board will use the strategic plan to help guide its management and operations decisions. To develop the strategic plan the board needs input from the Wells Gray Country community. Please consider providing your input to the following question: 1. What specific priorities, values or interests do you have on the land base that the board should be aware of? EG; Water, Wildlife, Timber, Visuals, Recreation, First Nations, Wildfire Prevention, Other. The WGCFC transfers its profits to the Society which, in turn, distributes them within Wells Gray Country. The Society is also seeking public input to guide in their decision making by asking the following questions: 2. The Society has distributed over $400,000 to non-profit community organizations and local government. a) Are you familiar with how the money was distributed? b) Are there ways to improve the distribution process? 3. How would you like the Community Forest to benefit Wells Gray Country? For example: Support for Non-profit organizations, Infrastructure projects such as the Dutch Lake Community Centre, Employment, Other. The community will have an opportunity to provide input during 3 key phases in the process. Phase I - Information Collection. On March 27, 2014 the WGCFC will hold an open house at the Clearwater Community Resource Centre hosted by our facilitator Mr. Thompson. Doors will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 and again from 7:00 to 9:00. This will be your opportunity to present your answers to our 3 questions either in person or in writing. Refreshments will be served. If you are unable to attend the open house please forward your comments and queries to Mr. Thompson at his contact information below. Your input will be collected until Friday April 4, 2014. Phase II - Review of Community Input - On April 8, 2014 a summary of community input will be posted on the WGCF website for review and comment until May 31, 2014. Phase III – Posting of Draft Strategic Plan - On June 16, 2014 the draft Strategic Plan will be posted on the WGFC website for review and comment until Friday July 11, 2014. The WGCFC board anticipates the final Strategic Plan will be completed and posted on the WGCF website by the end of July 2014. We look forward to hearing your perspectives. The board has retained the services of Mr. Grant A. Thompson RPF to facilitate the collection of input and the development of the strategic plan. Mr. Thompson has worked throughout BC as a registered professional forester for over 30 years and recently as the general manager of the Westbank First Nation Community Forest in the Kelowna area. He has served on the BC Community Forest Association board for five years. His knowledge and experience make him particularly suited to assist the board in this project. Please direct your comments, questions and submissions to: Grant A. Thompson RPF Prairie Valley Consulting 14119 Prairie Valley Road Summerland, BC V0H 1Z8 250-490-1222

must invest in rural areas continuously in order to see them grow,” the Blue River heli-ski operator said. His business employs about 240 people in winter (including those working for the helicopter contractor). That number drops to about 80 in summer. “When we interview people for jobs, people also interview us,” he said. “If they have a family, the number one item on the agenda is not benefits but school. Then healthcare and recreation. Then housing and shopping.” The various levels of government do little to make Blue River a more attractive place to live and work, he felt. During the 1970s and 1980s the government made available low interest loans for businesses in rural areas. “I paid every penny back, but it allowed us to build our business,” Wiegele said. “That financing helped a number of businesses, such as Sun Peaks, get into their next phase.” The heli-ski operator said he often attends meetings with government officials but he is the only businessperson there. “I only see bureaucrats there, federal, provincial and local,” he said. “Other businesspeople from the

North Thompson Valley, such as the Wadleggers, they don't bother to attend. They know nothing will come out of it. The bureaucrats need to change their thinking 180 degrees.” No more snowmobile rescues Although there has been some resolution

Mike Wiegele

over the past few years, snowmobiling continues to be a source of aggravation to Wiegele. Most of the problem sledders come from the Prairies, he felt. However, he also blamed a few local operators who attract the snowmobilers to the area but then do not do enough to make sure they obey the rules or to help them if they get in trouble. “The people of B.C. pay for their recklessness,” he said. “I think this is wrong. Very wrong. The snowmobile operators should be responsible to look after their own affairs.” In the past, crews from Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

often have gone to rescue snowmobilers who have gotten into trouble. “I have not seen a commercial snowmobile operator at a rescue in 40 years,” Wiegele said. When going to a rescue they always use two fleets of helicopters, he said, one to do the rescue and the second as backup in case something goes wrong. “We have never been compensated,” he said, “and we refuse to do it this year.” Wiegele pointed out that Alberta has some of the strictest snowmobile regulations in Canada, while B.C. has the laxest. Recently there was an incident in which two snowmobiles were parked on a landing site in the Cariboo Mountains, forcing a helicopter to abort its landing. They moved off while the helicopter circled, allowing it to land. However, the snowmobilers rode away when approached by a heli-ski guide who wanted to talk with them. Other complaints include removing or moving landing site stakes, deliberately riding on ski runs, and riding on the Blue River airstrip. Wiegele noted that an understanding with the snowmobilers was discontinued in 2007. He asked that it be reinstated.

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Yellowhead redoing its Harper Creek application Keith McNeill Yellowhead Mines is moving ahead on redoing its application to the provincial Environment Assessment Office, Mayor John Harwood reported to town council during its Feb. 18 meeting. The Environmental Assessment Office announced last May that it wanted Yellowhead Mining to go back to the drawing board with its application for the proposed Harper Creek copper-gold-silver mine southwest of Vavenby. Staff from Yellowhead recently met with Canfor-Vavenby management to go over matters of mutual concern, the mayor added. The two companies share neighbouring properties, roads and a need to attract personnel, Harwood noted. Committees cut back by council Clearwater town council has simplified its committee structure. During its Feb. 18 meeting, council voted to reduce the number of committees of the whole to three, and to change the meeting schedule so that only one committee meeting is held at a time. The three committees will be economic development, parks and recreation, and infrastructure. Previously, there also was a finance and audit committee. However, the councillors felt this portfolio is adequately addressed during the budget process. The councillors also previously held two committee of the whole meetings at a time. This has

been cut back to one. Meetings of the committees of the whole are typically held at 5 p.m. on the days when town council meets at 7 p.m. (first and third Tuesdays of the month). Committees of the whole consist of members of town council working under less rigid rules of order to allow freer discussion. The committees then make recommendations to council for final decision. Second well moving ahead District of Clearwater's engineers, Urban Systems, has begun compiling information to be used in a project description for a propose new well, according to a recent report from public works superintendent Jared Brounstein. The water scoping study has an estimated budget of $20,000. The third well would provide the community with a safe and reliable water source for 40 years or more. The current primary well (Well #1), which is located next to the Clearwater River in Reg Small Park, has experienced operational issues for the past five years. Well #2, which is located across from Dutch Lake Park, has issues with water quantity and quality. The pipes in the District's water system are undersized in key areas, which results in limited fire flows. Construction of a third well and to increase critical pipe sizes is expected to take place during the third quarter of 2016.

Kaslo to host Rural Summit Times Staff The eighth BC Rural Communities Summit will be held in Kaslo in the West Kootenays, British Columbia Rural Network recently announced. The event will be held in J.V. Humphries School from Friday, June 13 to Sunday, June 15. The Kaslo Institute, a non-profit “think-and-do-tank,” will serve as the local host for this biennial event that brings together British Columbians, keen to focus on challenges and opportunities facing rural B.C. com-

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know that the Kaslo Institute, with the support of the Village of Kaslo, the Regional District of the Central Kootenays and a long list of other supporters, will ensure this year’s summit is a rousing success.” This year’s summit theme Creativity, Communications, and Collaboration:

Exploring new innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing B.C.’s remote rural communities, is designed to provide a broad focus for specific workshop and session topics. The first BC Rural Communities Summit was held in 2003 in Clearwater Secondary School.

The NORTH THOMPSON COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION is now receiving applications for Funding Proposals for projects from organizations within the area from Blue River to McLure. Organizations should have a Federal Charitable Number, or be sponsored by another group that has a number. DEADLINE for receiving applications: March 31, 2014 Application Forms may be downloaded from the website: Or by Phoning Hazel at: 250-674-1674; Cheryl at 250-674-3260; or Sandy at 250-674-3774; Fax 250-674-3538 or e-mail at You can also contact other Foundation Members as well. Hazel Wadlegger Grant Committee Chair NTCF

Spring is on the way Len Chase holds a bouquet of pussy willows that he took into Bayley's Bistro on Monday. He found the furry catkins by a warm spring near Wells Gray Ranch in Upper Clearwater. The site often has the first pussy willows in the spring, he says. Photo by Keith McNeill

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Seniors Monthly Lunch The next monthly Seniors Lunch will be at the Elks Hall on March 11, 2014 from 11:30am – 2:00pm. A lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served and guest speakers will be in attendance to discuss living with arthritis, understanding medications and information on seniors and taxes. This monthly luncheon is at No Charge. If you require a bus to take you to the event please call Yellowhead Community Services at 250.674.2600 or 250.674.3695to book a spot on the bus. When booking please ensure you tell them it’s for the Seniors Luncheon.

Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation Grant Funding applications are now open. The purpose of the Wells Gray Community Forest Society is to promote economic and social welfare of Wells Gray Country and the District of Clearwater, including the provision of support for the benevolent and charitable enterprises, federations, agencies and societies engaged in furthering these purposes. Applications can be picked up at the Community Resource Centre or at All applications must be returned by April 15th, 2014 at 4:30pm to the Community Resource Centre or on line at the above address. If submitting a paper application, 7 copies must be provided. ICBC/Motor Vehicle Learn to Drive Smart Learn to Drive Smart is most commonly used by new drivers. It’s what you need to study to pass the knowledge test. If you’re an experienced driver or new resident, you can use this guide to brush up on your knowledge. ICBC is now offering the ability to study for your “L” anywhere with the Learn to Drive Smart online manual, ICBC app or on your ereader. Go to for more information. Community Recreation Programs Zumba with Lisa Tuesdays 6:30pm ongoing until March 11 – Drop Ins welcome - $8 Zumba with Eleanor – Thursdays February 21 - 2311:30am until March 13 – Drop Ins welcome -$7 Indoor Walking – FREE – Wednesdays 6:45am at CSS - Ongoing Community Volleyball – Tuesdays – 7:30-9:00pm until April 8(except March 18) Community Basketball – Fridays – 7:00-8:30pm February 28 – April 11 Indoor Family Tennis – Thursdays – 6:00-7:00pm - March 6 – April 10 Community Indoor Soccer – Thursday – 7:30-9:00pm M arch 6 – April 10 Senior Sit and Be Fit – Mar. 5 - Apr.16, 10:30-11:15 at Evergreen Acres Call Eleanor for more information on these and other programs at 250.674.1878 or register at the District office. Upcoming Events March 8 - Music and Dessert Fund Raiser –CSS Pit March 13 – Women in Business lunch – 12:00-2:00pm Upcoming Meetings of Council March 25th, 2014 – Infrastructure Committee meeting – 5:00pm March 25th, 2014 – Regular Council Meeting – 7:00pm April 1st, 2014 – Parks and Recreation Committee meeting – 5:00pm April 1st, 2014 – Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm

Civic address: 132 Station Road Box 157, Clearwater,B.C. V0E 1N0 Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 District Office Ph: 250-674-2257 • Fax: 250-674-2173 email address:



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“ Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?” - Peg Bracken, writer editorial by keith mcNeill

Question of the Week gives a voice to everyone


Blue River ski race day was the work of many Editor, The Times:

It is a highlight of the skiing season for children to have the opportunity to participate in the Blue River ski races. This has been a long time coordinated effort between School District #73 and Mile Wiegele Ski Resort. Traditionally the resort has groomed

the race venue and provided the lunch. The organization of the races, the registration of the children, and the collection of the permission slips, booking the bus and supervising the 65 + children that attend the races falls to the teachers. This is all voluntary work. A huge thank you goes to

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Terra Carter for her continued coordination and organization of the Raft River students. This includes making sure all race forms are filled out correctly, the racers are fitted with proper equipment and all have their permission slips signed; a time consuming task when regular teaching duties continue

The Times is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a selfregulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to BC Press Council, 210 Selby St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2R2 For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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A huge thank you goes to Kendra Staruiala, the teacher at Blue River, for her work to make this day a great one for the children. It was also her idea to make this year’s event a fund raiser for cancer in memory of Andy Aufschnaiter, who for many years coordinated the venue with the teacher. Over $1,800 was raised. Thank you to the resort for supporting this fine event. Thank you teachers and other volunteers, for your continued hard work in providing a model for healthy living, cooperation and social awareness.

Sandra Holmes Clearwater, B.C.

Your editor usually writes an editorial every week. We believe the editorial is the heart of the newspaper and writing one is therefore almost a sacred duty. Occasionally, someone tells us that he or she liked what we wrote. Sometimes the opposite is true and we hear about that too. Every now and then, however, the work overwhelms us or inspiration just doesn't strike and there is no editorial for that week. Instead we substitute an opinion piece by Tom Fletcher or some other columnist. Even though we feel guilty about not writing an editorial, we rarely hear about it from our readers. Let us not do Question of the Week, however, and our readers are almost sure to let us know they missed it. For last week's issue, for instance, your editor went to Blue River the previous Thursday to cover the cross-country ski races there. That's the day when the Question of the Week usually gets done. One delay led to another, pretty soon the Monday deadline was here and so we decided to do without. And we heard about it. Nothing rude or nasty, just a typical Canadian, “So, no Question of the Week this week, eh?” Why the Question of the Week should be so popular is not clear.

Although probably the majority agree to answer when approached, almost as many decline to participate. Every now and then people even walk quickly away when they see your editor out in the Brookfield Mall parking lot with his camera. One reason has got to be that Question of the Week introduces people to their neighbours. We live in a small town. With five faces per week times 52 weeks per year, a significant percentage of the local population appears in the feature over time. The Question of the Week also gives a voice to people who otherwise likely would not speak in public, whether by choice or lack of opportunity. Your editor is constantly impressed by how often we get intelligent and innovative answers to difficult questions – sometimes from the most unlikely looking sources. Although some people are reluctant to appear in Question of the Week, mothers with babies or young children almost always participate. They want to show off to the world their beautiful offspring. On a sadder note, occasionally we have found ourselves using a Question of the Week photo in an obituary. Often it's a person's only recent professionally-taken photograph. And so we'll continue to do Question of the Week. Our readers demand it. Just, please, bear with us if we cannot produce it every week.

Honor system working for Wells Gray Park trail fees Editor, The Times:

The Wells Gray Trail Society should like to thank all of the local businesses and individuals who have supported our society through the summer and winter. With the donation boxes and trail fees we have raised over $2,000 towards our trail maintenance costs this year. We should also like to thank the family and friends of Ron

Lewis who were also very generous in their support of the trail society. This fall and winter were particularly difficult with falling trees. Over the season we cleared approximately 1,800 trees from the trails. We hope we can continue to count on your support over the coming months.

Andrew Nelson, director Wells Gray Trails Society

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Question of the Week

Matt Phillip:

Sure, why not? I think they shouldn't send them there anymore. Put them on the big ice and they can't score goals.

Jim Janzen:

I don't think so. It's supposed to be the best of the best, isn't it?

Roxy Smid and Candice Graffunder:

You know that butterflies symbolize beauty, hope, grace, freedom, liberation, transformation and new life. But did you know that butterflies are deaf ? Therefore butterflies are excellent and wonderful symbols for the children we need to help to hear and speak. The transformation a butterfly goes through parallels the experience of a child who learns to hear and speak, emerging from a cocoon of silence ready to spread his/her wings and encounter the world. Times change. Technological advances and exhaustive therapies including cochlear

implants enable many deaf and hard-of-hearing children to be transformed – breaking out of their silent cocoons, spreading their wings and flying off to encounter the world. We've come a long ways. Now we must look ahead and continue to make a difference. Early detection is everyones responsibility. Detection can and should be happening at birth so that intervention and access to the habilitative programs and services these children need will enable them to immediately begin to live their lives to their highest potential. Waiting for detection of hearing impairment at the age of two or the age of six is not

acceptable. We know a late diagnosis is associated with irreversible long-term language and learning deficits, and major costs. The Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Association of SpeechLanguage Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) recommend hearing screening for all newborns. Times change. Values don't. Elks and Royal Purple continue to support and work with your help to ensure universal newborn hearing screening across Canada is a reality.

Every year, millions of Canadians are targeted by fraud regardless of their age, education level, income, profession or ethnicity. March is Fraud Protection Month in Canada, and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is joining the Competition Bureau and several other organizations in rais-

ing awareness about the issue of fraud. It’s an ideal time for Canadians to find out how to recognize, prevent and report fraud should they become a victim. It’s easy to fall for a financial scam. Criminals use creative tactics to catch potential victims at different stages of their lives. Whether you are starting your first

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Chelsea Miller:

No. The Olympics go back to the ancient Greeks. It used to be all about peace and pleasing the gods. If you were at war, you had to stop for the Olympics.

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Dutch Lake Grade 7 student Sharon Cooley won a wall plaque and $10 for from the Canadian Cancer Society. Her prize was for an essay titled "Why I Will Never Smoke." Lorne Campbell was being congratulated on beginning his new taxi service. Greffard Construction was selling potash fertilizer for $10 a ton.



There were 121 entries in boys' and girls' downhill and slalom races organized by Clearwater Ski Club. Because of "tremendous increase in costs" the Times raised its subscription rates to $4.50 for one year, $7 for two, and $15 for five years. Still the #1 little bargain in biggest

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Fire destroyed the Blackpool home of Doug Hutchison. RCMP called out all units of the Clearwater and Sunshine fire departments, but proved not possible to save the structure. The fire was also attended by members of the proposed Blackpool fire department. A Bailey bridge across the Clearwater River could be replaced by a permanent structure with a span 20 feet less than that of the demolished bridge the Bailey bridge was substituting for, Reg Small told a meeting of the Clearwater Improvement District. Pilings left in the river from two previous bridges, plus a large rock in the river were

causing bank erosion, he argued. Thompson-Nicola Regional District told Clearwater Improvement District that it was time Clearwater became a municipality. The reason given was that Clearwater matters were taking up onethird of the TNRD's meetings. A judge quashed a TNRD bylaw that would raise sufficient tax to remove the Sportsplex operating deficit. Another referendum appeared to be needed.



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$10,500 for an initial survey for an airport for Clearwater. The club had requested 1,000 acres of Crown Land located 4 1/2 or five miles up the road to Wells Gray Park from Clearwater. The balance of money required for development for the 4,000 foot airstrip (later to be lengthened to 6,000 feet) was to come from the sale of timber on the site. Clearwater Search and Rescue conducted rope rescue training course, with instruction from mountain guide Craig Ballenger. The club had been formed just over a year previously.



Dr. Bob Woollard was to leave Clearwater to take up a position as assistant professor at University of British Columbia. The native of Wabamum, Alberta, had worked as a physician locally since 1973.



Clearwater RCMP Sgt. Randy Esau was arrested and charged with two sex-related counts as the result of an alleged incident involving a 17-yearold male. The 25-year veteran of the RCMP

had taken over as head of the local detachment the previous September. The Regional Solid Waste Management Plan was costing North Thompson property owners 36 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value, almost double what it had cost in its first year. Another 20 cents, or roughly a penny a year, would be added annually until the Year 2000, said TNRD works coordinator Terry Kress. School District 26 would be looking at boundary changes and bussing to deal with crowding at Dutch Lake Elementary School, said superintendent Terry Rogers. The facility was at capacity, and more students were expected the following September.



WeyerhaeuserVavenby received 700 applications for 15 advertised job openings, said division manager Dave Hay. About 40 workers had been transferred as the company closed its mill in Lumby and cut back its operation in Merritt, and added a second shift at Vavenby. Organizations such as B.C. Parks, Slocan,

Search and Rescue, and UCC put up nine stations along the Murtle River ski trails as part of the Friends of Wells Gray Park’s Ski for Fun and Knowledge.



M.P. Betty Hinton won a nomination race to represent the new Conservative Party of Canada in the next federal election. Thompson Country Community Futures named Blackpool resident Karen Montgomery as its volunteer of the year. Slocan fired up a new dry kiln at its Vavenby sawmill. The added capacity would bring the mill's capacity up to 246 million board feet per year. Calgary-based Canadian Hydro Developers was looking at five potential sites near Blue River for small-scale hydro projects.



Canfor announced that it was reducing the work week schedules at its Vavenby sawmill. About 165 local workers were affected. The company applied for WorkShare assistance from Human Resources Development Canada to help those involved. Councillor Brent Buck wanted to know why money was being spent evaluating Clearwater’s well number two, located across the road from Dutch Lake beach. The well

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An open house held to discuss the Bear View shopping center being proposed for a 10-acre lot south of Highway 5 immediately west of the junction with Haywood Road. “The indoor shopping concept is new to the community and we feel that the tourists traveling through Clearwater would benefit year-round,” said owner Ron Rotzetter. Clearwater Midge Rec Warriors won the Thompson-Caribou Super League championship. “Every player put their hearts into this game and pulled together as a team,” said coach Tim Walker. Rev. Brian Krushel started as the new pastor of Clearwater United Church and the Church of St. Paul in Barriere. Dignitaries from the United, Anglican and Lutheran churches attended the service.

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Lower North Thompson Community Forest collects input Barriere Star/Journal The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society (LNTCFS) finished a series of five community meetings during February to get input to help develop a long term vision for the Lower North Thompson Valley. “Basically, we wanted input from the communities we represent (McLure, Louis Creek, Barriere, Chu Chua, and Little Fort) in developing a long vision/plan for our organization,” said Community Forest rep Mike Francis. “This input will ultimately affect what strategies, projects, roles, and investment decisions we make into the future.” Meetings were held in Squam Bay, Chu Chua, McLure, Little Fort and finally Barriere on Feb. 20. The Barriere event was in the Lions’ Hall, with the evening starting off with a tremendous meal prepared by chef Bob Sorenson provided for invited guests. At 7 p.m. the hall quickly filled with many residents from area communities. LNTCFS president Harley Wright, forester Mike Francis and

Hank Cameron from the Cherryville community forest group facilitated the session. The audience was asked to make comment on each of the following subjects related to the LNTCFS over the next 25 years: • Invest in communities • Wait for   investment  opporBarriere resident Ross Huber (center) provides input tunities regarding the Lower North Thompson Community Forest • What can the during a Feb. 20 session. Photo by Jill Hayward LNTCFS do for your area? and the findings will then be made • Feedback /suggestions public. • Invest in expansion Asked if the current yearly grant • Invest in forest program would be affected, Wright • Invest in education said there will continue to be grant Participation was active and funding available each year of informative, with the subject $30,000, with 50 per cent going to sheets pinned onto the walls bursaries, and the balance going to quickly filling with suggestions and applicants from the five communirequests. Wright says the information gathered from all five meetings ties for initiatives that improve the lifestyle of those residing in the will now be compiled and reviewed by the LNTCFS board of directors, area.

Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society chair Harley Wright takes suggestions on how the society can invest in education over the next 25 years during a community meeting held Feb. 20 in the Lions Hall in Barriere. Photo by Jill Hayward

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A new container recycling plant will be built in the Lower Mainland this year as industry stewardship group MultiMaterial B.C. takes over responsibility for an expanded blue box recycling program. MMBC on Thursday named Green By Nature EPR, a firm formed by three recycling industry partners, to handle the processing of packaging and printed paper province-wide. Cascades Recovery, Emterra Environmental and Merlin Plastics are the three companies that have joined forces to invest $32 million building the new container recycling plant, a new material recovery facility in Nanaimo, as well as other infrastructure. Green By Nature won't handle the curbside collection of packaging – that will still be done mostly by local municipalities, except for a few locations where new collectors are yet to be named. Besides new plants,

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Facebook page collects history of the North Thompson Eleanor Deckert Every so often, there is a flurry of interest around the topic of local history. Maybe an old-timer passed away and the friends and extended family gather together to reminisce, share stories and laughs, facts and tall tales. Or an estate auction attracts former neighbours who realize they shared experiences decades ago. Maybe the Valley Voices page in this newspaper stimulates a conversation, disagreement or additional side-stories. Maybe while reading the “Back in Time” page, we pause and recognize that 20-30-50 years ago “I was there.” Maybe while composing pages of our own family scrapbook or photo album we are surprised to find, “I’m older now than my mother was then.” During the middle 1990s the Clearwater and District History Book Committee compiled and published a 501 page book, “Upper North Thompson Reflections.” Still available for sale, this rich treasury has preserved names and dates, facts and faces, as well as short histories of schools, churches, the hospital, transportation, police, industries, clubs and hundreds of families’ memories. Ida Dekelver has attempted to build up a museum collection.

Patsy (Metcalfe) Alford posted this photo of herself at about age three, showing how happy she was with her new “swirly dress.” In the mid-1950s she lived at Peavine near Vavenby. Although you might not know this particular child, anyone who was a little girl in this time period can identify with her expression of joy and remember a special new dress. Photo submitted

More than once these treasures have been threatened by flooding. Recent attempts to request historic status for the old log school house in Avola resulted in the discovery that unprotected historic sites can be changed in a few hours and while making improvements, changes to the original state mean that irrecoverable history could be lost. What can be done then to preserve, protect, restore, collect, share and save the history which disappears the moment one of our elders closes their eyes, or a building

burns down, a family moves away, or a site is overturned? Is there a leader willing to form a non-profit Historic Society? Is there a land location, a building, funding, insurance, staffing and items owners are willing to donate? If only we had a museum. If only we had an archivist. If only there was a bank of audio and video, interviews and photos, letters and art work, yearbooks and maps. If only there was a place to store these and ways to display them.


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But first would come a way to collect them. Perhaps one key to unlocking the vault of history is within our reach. It is online. On Jan. 29, Hettie Buck, Suzan (Gorovenko) Miller, DeeDee Miller, and Jim Bartlett started a Facebook page. Within a few days The Rich History of the North Thompson Valley and beyond.... grew to have 1,465 members! The purpose of their efforts is stated: “To offer a place to share the rich history, culture, photos and other information that

would be of interest to the members and their family and friends. It could potentially become a way to preserve some of the historical stories for future reference. In broad terms we are thinking that this can cover an area from Barriere to Blue River or possibly Valemount. We hope it will be inviting, inspiring, memorable, historically focused and FUN!” It is a “closed” group to promote a degree of security, meaning that a member may invite someone new to join. Each request to join is forwarded to the administrators. “We are attracting a real cross section of members from younger generations to older.” Hettie Buck

explains. “It’s wonderful to see them all interacting and sharing history. What an inspiring way to share our region’s legacy and memories of the foundation building by early pioneers!” Childhood pals are reconnecting. Old cars, hairstyles, clothing and equipment show popular trends. Buildings which are now turning back to mulch were once plumb and solid. What an easy way to share photos, facts, names and memories! It’s free to participate, add, read, comment and enjoy. It’s like a real museum display open 24 hours a day and available in your own home. Participants are local eyewitness guides ready to add info if you ask a question! What’s not to love?

“I’m so happy that it’s become so popular so quickly and so many folks are enjoying it,” Ms. Buck’s welcoming voice invites. “I think it will become a very good resource for future projects and archiving down the road. We asked the members if they liked the idea of more exposure in the Valley Voices newspaper section and there was overwhelming agreement.” You can join if you open your Facebook page, click on the top left space labelled: “search for people places and things” and type “Rich History of the North Thompson and beyond” or type this address and click “search.”!/groups/ richhistoryntvandbeyond/.

Barclay West, the son of Mrs. West the schoolteacher, lived in Avola. This photo of him with his puppy, Honey in 1959, was posted on the new Facebook page and received several comments from former Avola residents near and far, including his sister, Rebecca West Beaton of Blue River. These “Baby Boomers” who can recall names and facts are a big part of the group enjoying the Facebook page. Photo submitted

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Roadside suspensions credited for cut in alcohol deaths By Tom Fletcher – Black Press VICTORIA – Roadside suspensions and vehicle seizures for drivers blowing as low as 0.05 per cent blood alcohol have helped cut B.C. drinking and driving deaths by half, Attorney General Suzanne Anton said recently. Government statistics show average fatalities from drinking and driving have fallen to 54 a year from a previous five-year average of 112, since the law took effect in September Police road check in Surrey finds open alcohol in a vehicle. Black Press files 2010. Anton said the For those who blow in the "impaired" range of program is so success0.08 or higher, police have the option of imposful that other provinces are moving in the same ing a 90-day driving ban, a $500 penalty and direction. impounding the vehicle for 30 days instead of layAnton wouldn't comment on court chaling a charge. Towing and impounding a vehicle lenges to the program, which imposes penalties can result in a $700 bill, and a $1,400 mandatory on people who test in the "warn" range below "responsible driver program" may also be required 0.08, where they are subject to impaired driving before the driver's licence is returned. charges. The government terms the measure "Alexa's "If there have to be changes made to it, we Law," after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who will be making those, but the program is good, it saves lives and that's what's important," Anton was feeding horses at the roadside in Delta when she was struck by an impaired driver and killed in said. 2008. The "immediate roadside prohibition" pro"After decades of stagnant progress on reducgram replaced most impaired driving charges ing the number of preventable deaths caused by with administrative penalties, including a threedrinking and driving, as a community we've made day driving ban and a $200 administrative fee for those who blow between 0.05 and 0.08, if the significant and sustained changes," said Laurel Middelaer, Alexa's mother, who has been an advopolice officer has reason to believe the driver is cate on the issue since the tragedy. impaired.

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On Feb. 27, Clearwater RCMP received an anonymous complaint of an impaired driver at a business in Clearwater. Police attended the location and waited for the reported individual, who had previous reports of impaired driving. Police stopped the vehicle once the occupant left the business. Police acquired an odor of liquor and demanded a breath sample. The driver of the vehicle blew into the device, a sample suitable to issue a 24-hour prohibition of their license and the vehicle was impounded. The driver also had an expired license and will have to contact ICBC to renew it.

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On Feb. 28, a male known in the area for damaging pay phones, squatting (unlawfully occupying a building or piece of land) and causing disturbances was arrested by Clearwater RCMP. The male had an outstanding warrant for breaches of his probation. Police had been advised of the numerous sightings of this male around the North Thompson Valley and made several patrols to locate him. Clearwater RCMP then received a call from a Clearwater business, advising that the male was at their institution. Police attended the site, arrested the male and executed the warrant. The male was held over the weekend at Clearwater Detachment and was brought before a judge in Kamloops on March 3.






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Members of the Clearwater Peewees pose for a photograph after winning the Thompson Cariboo Super League playoff championship on the weekend. Pictured are (back, l-r) coaches Gene Griffin and Donald Collins, Lochlan Wilson, Austin Chrystall, coach Geoff Giesbrecht, (middle, l-r) Parker Collins, Reid Parlby, Jayden Kjenstad, Eric Wiunig, Ryley Griffin, Emma Collins, Angus Allchin, (front, l-r) Tyler Jensen, Dallas Tucker, Erik Giesbrecht, and Brant Settle. Photo submitted

Emma Colins (l) shows the grit that won the Clearwater Peewees the Thompson-Caribou Super-league playoff championships during a game against Lillooet at the Sportsplex on Saturday. The local team won 6 – 1. Photo by Keith McNeill

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Right after the Christmas break he followed that performance with a third place finish in a classic race at the BC Cup in Prince George. Traveling for the first time to Rossland was worth the trip when this young athlete took first place at the Kootenay Cup. A weeklong trip to Canmore, Alberta, in January for the World Junior U23 trials, and the final Olympic Winter Game trials (for the older athletes) gave Alex an incredible experience. He learned a great deal about the strategy of sprint racing on the World Cup course at Canmore Nordic Centre. After laying down the second best qualifying time in a classic sprint, he then went on to win the quarter final, came third in the tough semi -final, and ended up seventh overall,. At the Western

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Barriere cross-country skier Alex McDonald competes in one of the many races he has excelled in this year. McDonald will compete at the Nationals in Newfoundland in a few weeks. North Thompson Recreation Society seeks donations to help him. Photo submitted.

Canadian Championships in Prince George, Alex proved that he can indeed compete in a very strong field. He placed fourth in the classic 10 km race, a mere 10 seconds off the podium. Alex then won bronze in an exciting photo finish in the sprint races. On Feb. 23, Alex competed in the Sun Peaks Holy Cow Loppet (a 24 km classic race), where he took second place in a category of 18-30 year olds. This past weekend, Feb 28-March 2, Alex competed at the BC Championships in West Kelowna at the Telemark Nordic Club. Alex also has his Level 1 ski coaching certification and when he isn't away racing he loves to go out to the Barriere Forks Trails, where he got his start. He regularly helps out with the Grade 8 ski lessons put on by NTRS and Barriere

Secondary School. McDonald is now busy preparing for the Nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, (only a few weeks away) where he will train and race over a twoweek period. Up to this point, Alex's biggest sponsors have been his mom and dad, and as you can imagine, racing at the national level is a huge expense. NTRS is supporting  Alex and his family for the big race in Newfoundland. Club members hope others in the community will get behind this promising young skier. Donations of any amount can be made at Interior Savings in Barriere, to the chequing account of the North Thompson Recreation Society. Donations of $20 or more can be issued a receipt (please ask on your deposit, along with your name and mailing address).

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Students celebrate 100th day at school Robyn Rexin The Vavenby Primary School students have had a busy two weeks of school. On Feb. 19 the school celebrated 100th Day, which was the 100th day of the school year. The children were asked to bring or wear something that would express or represent 100 in some way. Students made a necklace or a picture from the Fruit Loops that were available. All the boys made necklaces, and all the girls created pictures. Some of the boys gave the necklaces they had made to their moms. Vavenby students travel to Blue River races On Feb. 20 it was off to Blue River to take part in the 17th annual cross country ski meet. It was also the first Cross

Out Cancer Ski Race in honour of Andy Aufschnaiter. All the Vavenby students attended and rode on the bus with students from Raft River Elementary. It snowed during the day but everyone had fun. The races went by grade, were done in heats, and were timed. Iyannah Toscano and Mercedes Flegel, both Grade 1 girls, were just shy of winning a medal. Toscano came first in her heat, and Mercedes came second in hers. Mike Wiegele’s Lodge provided a free lunch of spaghetti, Caesar salad, buns, cookies, and oranges. It was a long day for the children. The bus left the Vavenby school at 7:30 a.m. and returned following the awards ceremony, which was held after lunch. Working to end bullying The school participated in Anti-

Bullying Day the last week of February. The children were asked to wear as much pink as possible. Some people in the schools are thinking of calling it Friendship Day to make it sound more positive. On Feb. 28 the class attended its last session and lessons at the Clearwater ski hill for downhill skiing. It was a bright and sunny day for skiing. Bible camp in Lumby Vienna and Isaac Moilliet were the only two members of the Youth To Christ (Y2C) youth group that attended a Bible camp at Lumby, Feb. 21 – Feb. 23. There were about 22 youth from Lumby, Kelowna, and Vernon. Leaders of the camp were Shane and Kristy Mattenley, past residents of Vavenby. There was lots of snow and Saturday,

the only full day, consisted of games such as kick ball, dodge ball, and capture the flag. The kids also went sledding. Both Friday and Saturday ended with campfires. Isaac’s favourite experience was the game capture the flag. This involved the youths having to go up a hill and “capture” the flag – a broom – that the leaders were guarding and then take it back to their base. The game was played twice. The youths won the first game, the leaders the second one as the youths slid down the hill. Everyone was fed very well and there was lots of food. The speaker for the weekend was Gareth Evens. Vienna said Evens had some amazing stories about his experiences with God that held everyone’s attention.

‘Huge’ moose population decline in BC Interior Gaven Crites - 100 Mile House Free Press The provincial government recently launched an investigation into what's causing significant moose population declines in the British Columbia Interior. The five-year study will monitor five zones that range from the Fort St. James area in the North to the Kamloops area in the South – Bonaparte, Big Creek, Entiako, Prince George South and John Prince Research Forest. The investigation will consider forestry-related changes to the landscape, climate, parasites, diseases, and pressure from hunting and predators, and any connection these factors have with respect to what's happening to the animals, and how to bring them back. Jesse Zeman, a director with the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWL), says it's good to see the government investing in wildlife management. He adds the decline in moose numbers in this part of the province has been “huge.” “In the Thompson, Cariboo and Omineca – that's where we've seen the most significant decline. Of course, those are the areas where we've had extensive salvage and pine beetle logging. “We know where we've had salvage logging we've had significant moose population

declines. What the relationship have come up to the Cariboo to is between logging and moose go hunting. There's an income population declines, we don't redistribution that happens know. That's what we have to throughout the Cariboo that find out.” now doesn't occur as much.” The study, which includes The most current estimate 11 wildlife biologists, a wildlife for B.C.'s moose population – veterinarian and other staff, 145,000 to 235,000 – is from will see the movement of more 2011. The government says than 200 radio-collared moose that estimate will be updated tracked and their mortalities this summer. investigated to determine a According to data provided cause of death. by the BCWF, the number There is the possibility of of moose taken by hunters adding three more areas to the in the Cariboo Region has study as the work progresses. dropped by close to two-thirds In a news release, the in the past 30 years – from Ministry of Forests, Lands and 2,921 in 1980 to 964 in 2011. Natural Resource Operations Throughout the province, close A cow moose wades through deep snow. states the goal for moose manto 75,000 people apply for a Photo by Carole Rooney moose tag annually, but only agement is to ensure populaabout 10,000 receive tags. Of tions are sustainable, integral to “Probably one-third of the “Sustainability is the key. If those, about 6,000 hunters will natural ecosystems throughout the [moose] population is trend- hunter population lives either take an animal. Thirty years their range, and able to meet the on Vancouver Island or in the ago, resident hunters were har- ing downward, then opportunineeds of First Nations, licensed Lower Mainland. So, those are ties for hunters trends down hunters and the guiding indusvesting about 13,000 annually. people who would historically with that. try. The drop in hunting numbers means declines in overall revenue gener“an Independent” congregation in fellowship with the ated from broader Christian community in the area. hunting and Your places Meeting at: 11 Lodge Drive huntingof worship (Behind Fields Store) related expendiSunday Clearwater Living CLEARWATER tures for Clearwater Worship Service NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY Streams Christian many comSeventh-Day 10 am Dan Daase - Pastor Fellowship munities in Sunday Morning Worship Adventist Meeting at On the Web: rural B.C., 10:30am New Life Assembly Church For information Zeman (Kids church during service) every Sunday 5:00pm 250.674.3841 or 250.674.2912 Pastor Bill Kelly Wednesdays Am explains.

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Small engine users cautioned on ethanol fuels Carole Rooney - 100 Mile House Free Press Almost everyone who runs small engines – from chainsaws and lawnmowers to snowmobiles and snow blowers – fills up their jerry can at the local gas pumps. However, some folks might not realize that most gasoline now contains 10 per cent ethanol, and ethanol is not recommended for small engines due to increased wear, carbon build-up and operation issues. Exeter Forest and Marine owner Pierre Dion, who services small gaspowered equipment, says small engines that regularly run with ethanol show more wear-and-tear, as well as more build-up in carburetors and valves. "We've had some major issues with the way chainsaws have run. The ethanol absorbs water, and it's very corrosive to aluminum parts in small engine carburetors and other parts." This is particularly true for twostroke engines, but also a problem in four-stroke engines, he explains. "We're getting lots of carburetor work on small engines now that we weren't doing before." He adds premium gasoline with no ethanol is the best bet for gasolinefired small equipment, and it can be found as marked (dyed) premium at about half a dozen local fuel stations. Folks should always use premium fuel for small engine use, Dion adds, but they should "really stay away" from ethanol. That means buying marked premium because by federal law, all gasoline in Canada must contain ethanol at a minimum of five per cent (E5), and most gasoline sold at the pump is at the maximum of 10 per cent (E10). Dion says regular gasoline has never been recommended for small engine

use, as stated in most user manuals. "We've gotten away with it for years and years because the quality of gasoline was a lot better than it is today." While most gas stations now have labels advising consumers of ethanol content, not all of them post signs warning it is unsuitable for use in small-engine equipment and snowmobiles. (An industry blog cautioning motorcyclists on the use of ethanol fuels is online at cycleworld/posts/10151681077032591.) People who rely on small engines, such as chainsaws, water pumps and generators may need to plan ahead to make sure they can find and/or store marked ethanol-free premium (highoctane) fuel. Ethanol also has a shelf life of about three months, while premium dyed gasoline without ethanol can stay fresh for about a season with an added stabilizer. "After that, you'll have to change the fuel out." In a pinch, using regular/ethanol fuel on a short-term basis isn't likely to do permanent damage, Dion adds. For equipment used less often, the industry is addressing the problem by importing jugs of high-octane fuels and pre-mixed fuel/oil blends with no ethanol, which last up to five years. Exeter Marine supplies this for fire departments, search and rescue and others who rely on fuelled-up equipment for sudden, crucial tasks, Dion explains. The four-stroke engines on water pumps, generators, ATVs and other larger items it services have also shown more build-up from ethanolbased gasoline, he adds, although many manufacturers still indicate it is acceptable for this use (in higher octane).

100 Mile House businessman Pierre Dion holds up the carburetor from a chainsaw being serviced as he explains how ethanol fuels can gum them up with carbon. Photo by Carole Rooney, 100 Mile Free Press


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What is a Trails Task Force you ask? Council recognizes that the community is ready to move forward on the development of a trail system within the municipal boundaries. The purpose of the Task Force will be to work with the District on the development of a Trails Master Plan. The Task Force will include up to 10 members of the public who are interested in the development of safe, connected and functional multi-use trails for the purposes of both recreation and commuting routes. A draft Terms of Reference is available through the main office by emailing

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On November 24, 2013, in the area around Blue River, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the Clearwater RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $31,500 CAD, on or about 11:40 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 354(1) (Possession of property obtained by crime) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-1993, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute

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Local government terms going to four years VICTORIA – Winners of next November's local elections will serve four years on councils and school boards. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes said Tuesday of last week she will introduce legislation shortly to extend local government terms from three years to four. The change is to take effect in time for elections next fall. Oakes said the change comes after the Union of B.C. Municipalities supported it at their convention last September. The issue has been debated many times and has been divisive over the years, with some rural politicians arguing against extending the commitment for jobs with little pay. Oakes, who served two terms on Quesnel city council before being elected to the B.C. legislature last year, said she had her own doubts about it when it was

debated during that time. But she has made up her mind. "The reason why provinces across Canada have moved to four years is it provides greater certainty in communities to move those very important projects forward, things such as infrastructure improvements," Oakes said. "It provides opportunities for local government officials to understand their projects and to carry them through." The change would mean the next municipal election would be held in 2018, on a schedule that follows provincial elections by one year. Oakes said there was no intent to avoid having both elections at the same time, and she is acting in response to the UBCM's vote to go ahead. Asked if the legislation would include a "Rob Ford clause" to remove politicians who misbehave while in office, Oakes said the ministry is examining changes to the oath of office to "provide more tools" to deal with such situations.


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Farnworth first in for B.C. NDP leadership By Tom Fletcher, Black Press After finishing a close second to Adrian Dix in 2011, Mike Farnworth says he is running for NDP leader to correct the party's mistakes of 2013. Offering "a progressive alternative that can win an election," the long-time Port Coquitlam MLA referred Sunday to the NDP campaign choice to run mostly upbeat advertising to promote a platform with few specifics. "Under my watch, the B.C. NDP will never fight an election with one hand tied behind its back," Farnworth said in an opening statement released by his campaign. "We'll be tough on the issues and hold the B.C. Liberals

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to account for their disastrous record, while being clear about what we would do differently." Farnworth also gave a hint of a more pro-development stance for the party, which has opposed

oil pipelines and offered lukewarm support to liquefied natural gas development. "Under my leadership, the B.C. NDP will stand firmly for a strong and diversified economy that provides family-supporting jobs and builds shared prosperity," Farnworth said. Dix won the leadership by a narrow margin in 2011, after several rounds of voting left Farnworth with 48 per cent of participating party members. After a string of newly elected MLAs bowed out, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan has been reconsidering his decision not to run again. He finished third in 2011, and both he and Farnworth had leading roles in the NDP governments of the 1990s.

Donations to help Ukraine invited Frank Bucholtz – Langley Times The honorary consul for Ukraine in B.C., Mir Huculak, is publicizing opportunities for British Columbians to help the families of shooting victims in Kyiv, Ukraine, and those who were injured in anti-government protests. Between 75 and 100 people died in the upheaval, which led to President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing Kyiv on Friday, and a plan for new elections in May. Huculak is a regular attendant at Langley’s International Festival,

where he represents the many Canadians of Ukrainian background. Canada has the third-largest group of people of Ukrainian descent in the world, behind only Ukraine itself and Russia. The total number of Canadian residents of Ukrainian descent is 1.5 million. Many of the original Ukrainians who came to Canada did so before the First World War to settle on the Prairies, but there has been a steady wave of immigration over the years. This has often been due to a series of tragic circumstances, including

the forced starvation of millions under Josef Stalin, known as the Holodomor, and the upheaval and destruction caused by the Second World War, in which about seven million Ukrainians died. In more recent years, immigrants have come to Canada from Ukraine, since it gained its independence when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed in 1991. Langley MP Mark Warawa is of Ukrainian descent, and has made a number of representations on behalf of Ukrainians and Canadian of Ukrainian background


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in his 10 years as an MP. Huculak said that people wishing to make tax-deductible donations, which will be used for humanitarian relief for shooting victims’ families and injured protesters, can donate online through the CUF Maidan Fund, at, or through Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, at Non-tax deductible donations can be sent to Ukrainian Canadian Congress, at 145 Evans Avenue – Suite 208, Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5X8.

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“Money to Burn” lights up the Clearwater winter Keith McNeill What happens when three small-time female con artists find themselves unwittingly involved in a big-time counterfeiting scheme? That was the premise behind “Money to Burn,” a witty comedy presented by After Hours Theatre Society last week. The play by Pat Cook was fast-moving, suspenseful, and full of quick one-liners and plays on words. Jaime Lovgren, Lynda Ludbrook and Katie Roach played the roles the three

members of Wilson and Associates – a seedy company that operates out of an even seedier office. Their landlord was played by Dianna Trautman. She kept harassing her tenants for the rent – until they paid her with what turned out to be a bogus $100 bill. Joanna Hurst was the person the women hired to be their bookkeeper, except she seemed suspiciously willing to help out, even when things got complicated. Chance Breckenridge was the willing but not-too-

An angry-looking Steve Raschke plays Nikolai Purdy, a delicatessen owner who received a phoney $100 bill.

smart male friend. The unwitting source of the counterfeit money was Gretchen Reveille,

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Five women discuss what to do about their dilemma as they realize they could be held responsible for the counterfeit money they've spent. Pictured are (l-r) Katie Roach as Nancy Plunkett, Jaime Lovgren as Gail Webster, Joanna Hurst as Bebe Wilson, Gretchen Reveille as Fionella Frobisher, and Lynda Ludbrook as Tiger Murray. Photos by Keith McNeill

in the role of a bank employee and kleptomaniac.

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An excitable delicatessen owner who did not appreciate being given funny money was played by Stephen Raschke. Neal Broswick took the role of a police officer on the trail of the counterfeiters – or was he? An honest police officer who put all the bad guys away – that was the role played by Alex Arduini. Arduini also directed and produced the play. This is her first season after taking the place of Krystle Moilliet, who founded After Hours Theatre six years ago. Other members of the crew included Philippa Sutterby, Ross Wilson, Crystal Wadlegger, Becki McLeod and Allison Loewen. Good-sized crowds turned out for the performances, which were held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, plus a Saturday matinee. All were in the Pit at Clearwater Secondary School.

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