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Bantams battle for District title Clearwater Bantam #11 Michael Loring takes the puck up the ice during a game against Ashcroft on Saturday. Behind him is fellow player Mason Wadlegger and goalie Tristan Blackmore. Clearwater won the game 7 – 3. They were taking part in the Bantam district championships at the Sportsplex last weekend. The teams that went to the finals were in a three-way tie that was decided by goals for and against. Clearwater Bantams missed out by a small number. Greater Vernon won the Districts, a team that Clearwater had beat the day before. Clearwater came third overall. “They had a terrific season and everyone that came to the Districts this weekend kept commenting on our great facilities,” said one parent. Clearwater Peewees hosted their district championships as well. The provincial Tier 4 Midget hockey championships will be held in the Sportsplex this coming weekend. For more hockey photos and news, see pages A12 inside. Photo by Keith McNeill

District looks at wood heat for former Dutch Lake School Keith McNeill District of Clearwater plans to convert the former Dutch Lake School into a multi-use community center this year. The center would include new municipal offices for the District, plus provide space for the ICBC sales office and Yellowhead Community Services functions. The project might include changing the building from propane heat to wood. The biomassbased heating system possibly could be expanded to include the nearby RCMP building and even houses in the neighbourhood. The project was discussed during the March 4 town council meeting. Payback time for the biomass heat project would be three to five years (with grants), said councillor Merlin Blackwell.

Enderby has a neighbourhood biomass heating system that services about a dozen buildings – essentially a city block – from one heating unit. Other buildings in Clearwater being looked at for biomass heating include the Sportsplex and Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital. Biomass could provide new business opportunities for local operators, councillor Barry Banford said. Chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx noted that propane for the Sportsplex was locked in at 65 cents per litre in November. However, it is predicted to increase to $1.35 or 1.40. Funding for the biomass project likely would come from the Southern Interior Beetle Action Committee, Groulx said. According to a business case

study prepared Wood Waste 2 Rural Heat Project for District of Clearwater, heating the former Dutch Lake School with propane would cost about $30,000 per year. Converting to biomass would require about two and a half “B” train chip trucks per year. This would provide about 90 per cent of the heat needed. The existing propane system would be used for backup. A chip heating system, including boiler, distribution and fuel storage, would cost about $200,000. A pellet system would cost about $160,000, but would not have the beneficial local economic impacts. Connecting the RCMP building would cost another $25,000. This would be offset by about $5,000 per year in the sale of heat. Continued on page A2

A round wooden bin supplies wood chips for a small-scale bio-energy plant that supplies hot water heat for a nearby hotel in Austria. Former Clearwater councillor Bert Walker went on a fact-finding trip to Europe in 2011 to look into biomass heating. Photo by Bert Walker







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Biomass heat an option for Dutch Lake School and boiler below. Sources of fuel might include local sawmills, although the small volumes required might be difficult for a larger mill to supply. Other sources might be harvesting opera-

Continued from page A1 One possible location for the heating unit would be on the bank between the school and the playfield. This would allow a two-level building, with fuel storage above

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tions and slash piles within the community forest and local woodlots or from wildfire mitigation work. The heat generated by burning the fuel would be stored in a large hot water tank. The hot water would then be distributed throughout the building at low pressure. New name for Dutch Lake School? At some point a new name for the former Dutch Lake School will need to be formalized, Mayor John Harwood noted. At present, the term Dutch Lake Community Center is being used, which seems to describe the function and location, he said. Councillor Shelley Sim said it would be good to hear from the community to see if anyone has any better ideas for a name. Harwood noted that the school district has moved away from naming schools after individuals. Twenty years later, no one knows who the person was, he said.

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Push for ABS exemptions continues Central Interior Logging Association Log-haulers, associations and safety representatives met again last week to explain why they oppose the use of ABS brake systems on logging trucks. Their audience: Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington, who has been critical of efforts to have logging trucks exempted

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RCMP detachment expanding Keith McNeill Clearwater RCMP will soon be advertising for a second corporal, Mayor John Harwood reported during a town council meeting held March 4. The present corporal is in charge of the Traffic Services (highway patrol) unit within the detachment. A sergeant is in overall command. In addition, a police officer to replace a constable who is leaving has already been chosen. Harwood said there has been discussion with Thompson Headwaters TNRD director Willow MacDonald about improved enforcement for Blue River. Re-opening a detachment there would not be practical, he said. Experience has shown that at least three members are needed to make a detachment viable. Although the members of the Clearwater detachment make an effort to provide coverage to the whole valley, sometimes an incident in Blue River is over by the time a RCMP officer from Clearwater arrives. Councillor Gord Heisterman said the municipality should bring in a ticketing bylaw so the RCMP can help in enforcing the existing bylaws. At present, the District can impose a fine if a person is violating, for example, the noise bylaw. However, there is no simple mechanism to collect the fine. Local residents supporting eco-depot Clearwater's eco-depot is one of the most heavily used in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Mayor John Harwood reported. The facility averages 6.8 users per hour in the summer and 4.8 in the winter. The level of recycling in the community is also high, he said. The TNRD's solid waste management committee is reviewing the hours of operation and number of transfer stations, the mayor said. Some members of the solid waste management committee seem only to speak for their respective areas.

However, when some transfer stations have only one customer per week, it is difficult to justify keeping them open. Solid waste management is one of the most expensive items on the regional district's budget, he noted. Harwood said he was recently re-appointed to the solid waste management committee. New facade Councillor Jon Kreke congratulated the Clearwater Dollar Store for embarking on a facelift to its building. The facade will have a heritage western theme, similar to that of the Interior Whitewater building, he said. More Skills Canada medals Clearwater Secondary School student Taylor Rhodes won a gold medal at a recent Skills Canada competition, said councillor Shelley Sims, Justin Sutherland brought home a bronze.

On the job for 35 years Roger Mayer (l), longtime supervisor at the North Thompson Sportsplex, receives a certificate for 35 years of service from Clearwater Mayor John Harwood. Visitors from all over the province often comment about how clean and well-run the ice arena is, the mayor said. The presentation took place during a town council meeting held March 4. Photo by Keith McNeill

Mantracker excitement Plans by North Thompson Riders Association to hold a Mantracker event this summer are moving ahead, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx reported to town council. “They are very, very stoked,” she said, after meeting with club members the previous week. About 10 six-person teams are expected to participate. Special guest for the event will be Terry Grant, the original star of the TV series “Mantracker”. Grant will conduct one or more clinics to teach tracking, she said, but is not expected to actually compete. Vicci Weller of the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission and local videographer Ken Matheson will work together to produce a film of the event. The first annual Wells Gray Mantracker Invitational will take place at Nakiska Ranch, July 25 – 27.

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Carbon offsets going back to hospitals, colleges Tom Fletcher – Black Press VICTORIA – The B.C. government is continuing to remake its unpopular "carbon neutral government" program, expanding a fund to return carbon offset payments to hospitals and post-secondary institutions for energy saving projects. The new capital fund is an expansion of the "carbon neutral capital program" that was set up for B.C.'s 60 school districts in 2012. The fund is financed via a 2010 law that forces all public sector entities to pay $25 per tonne for greenhouse gas emissions from their operations. Environment Minister Mary Polak announced Tuesday of last week that carbon offsets from health authorities, colleges and universities will be added to the school capital fund, which districts apply to with energy saving ideas such as insulation or boiler replacement. The carbon neutral government plan was

controversial from the start, as school and health districts had to divert millions from their budgets to offset their heating, lighting and transportation emissions. Its popularity didn't improve when the first big carbon offsets chosen by the Pacific Carbon Trust included a gas well flare reduction program for Encana Corp. in northern B.C. Then B.C.'s Auditor General reported that the flaring project and a forest preserve in the Kootenays were not valid carbon offsets, because both were underway before carbon offset money was offered to help them. The Pacific Carbon Trust was wound up last year, with offsets chosen by a small group in the environment ministry. The education ministry also announced last week its latest energy saving project funded in 28 school districts. They include boiler replacements, heat pumps and electric cars. School bus emissions have been exempted from the carbon neutral government program since the beginning.

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Forget issues, pass the muffins

Preparing your income tax return – stress-free Editor, The Times:

Income tax season is fast approaching, and you don’t know where to start? Many people find tax time stressful, but with a little preparation, it can be a cinch! Read on for some tips to make preparing your income tax return quicker and easier. Start early. This way, you’ll not only avoid penalties for late filing, but you’ll also be able to organize your finances to take advantage of potential

tax benefits. Prepare the returns of everyone in the family at the same time. Often, expenses that won’t benefit one member of the family can be transferred to another. Get organized. It’s much easier to prepare your tax return if you file the documents you’ll need in one place. Taxes in Canada are due on April 30 every year. If you’re preparing your own return, you can use the Canada

Revenue Agency’s NETFILE program to submit it. You’ll save time, make fewer mistakes and, if applicable, get your refund faster. For more tips on preparing your income tax return, see Your Financial Toolkit on the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s website,

Lucie Tedesco, commissioner Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

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A costly new outside access ramp assisted Kenny Michell, who visited last week to tell his harrowing story of the Burns Lake sawmill explosion that nearly burned him to death in 2012 and left him in a wheelchair. The NDP brought a delegation of survivors and family members of the dead from sawdust explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George. They supported the opposition’s demand for an independent inquiry, although their own demands ranged from counselling for longsuffering wives to seeing someone punished for alleged negligence. The scandal pushed in this tragic story is that some evidence was not protected by WorkSafeBC and wouldn’t have been admissible in court. Prosecutors also said they had enough evidence for charges, but the companies or executives would be able to show “due diligence” that would likely result in acquittal. What that means in English is that the explosion risk of extra-dry dust and air wasn’t fully grasped by either mill operators or WorkSafeBC. All B.C. mills are now subject to more scrutiny, and a coroner’s inquest will be calling witnesses this fall to see what lessons can be learned. Back to pipelines through parks. This may seem like a scandal to urban B.C. residents who already fret about the possibility of the 60-yearold Trans Mountain pipeline, or one of several proposed gas pipelines, intruding on a park. It’s not as well known that Trans Mountain completed a major twinning and upgrading project on the Alberta side in 2008. It crosses Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper National Park, without incident or scandal to date. But back to muffingate, as it’s become known around here. I don’t know why people are so cynical and uninterested in serious issues. I wish I did. – Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

Teachers' strike vote shows strong resolve Editor, The Times:

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VICTORIA – Proceedings here at the B.C. legislature were briefly thrust into the spotlight last week, firing up the radio talk shows and twitter feeds. No, it wasn’t the B.C. Liberal government forcing through legislation to allow industrial “research” for things like pipeline routes in provincial parks, or the debate on sanctioned wolf and grizzly kills. It wasn’t the teacher strike vote, as the scripted motions of that ritual combat are well known to weary parents. It was muffins. More specifically, “free” muffins in a newly relocated and equipped MLA lounge, and a rack installed to hold the said muffins at a cost of $733. This was portrayed as part of a spending spree by Richmond East MLA Linda Reid, elected Speaker last summer. In fact it’s just the latest phase of a strikingly expensive refit to provide wheelchair access, which Reid has championed. The new MLA lounge replaces a seldom-used one at the top of steep stairs high in the 1898 stone structure. The new lounge is served by a ramp near the chamber exit to another underused room in the library, and equipped with big-screen TVs to follow proceedings, similar to those installed in the legislature chamber last year. Everything done here is expensive, from matching ornate woodwork to upgrading ancient plumbing and wiring. But the public, conditioned by media to expect corruption and scandal, would rather be outraged about free muffins.  Prior to this, MLAs had to troop down to the basement dining room to put muffins and coffee on their expense accounts, or have an assistant fetch them. The outraged talk shows didn’t mention that. There are access issues in the dining room too, a fact more difficult to ignore with Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Paralympian Michelle Stilwell and former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan now elected to serve using their wheelchairs.

Congratulations, sisters and brothers. Yesterday, a strong (89 per cent) strike mandate proves once again that you are the spearhead of defence for public education in this province. And why is defending public education so important? Public education is, by far, the best vehicle to deliver quality education to the 90 per cent of citizens who are not independently wealthy. With

all its warts – real, imagined or manufactured – it is still, head and shoulders, the best hope of building a fair, just and democratic society. In the face of a provincial government gone mad with privatization, bolstered by the corporate-backed propaganda machine – the Fraser Institute, you the teachers of this province have a special role to play. I also know from experience how uncomfortable being thrust into this position makes

you feel, but know that there is support for you in a public that can see through the sea of government propaganda. Good luck in your endeavour to defend public education and get a fair deal for yourselves. I pledge to use whatever talents I have to support and defend your efforts, wherever they may lead you.

Wes Morden, retired teacher Clearwater, B.C.

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Question of the Week


Do you think the minimum wage should be $13 per hour ?

Robert Waknuk (Little Fort):

No, I think that would be too high. Minimum wage usually applies to students and people getting their first job. It's too high for inexperienced help.

Valerie (Moilliet) Gerber:

No. If you're a farmer, you can't afford it.

Pearl Erickson:

Yes, I do. If people are working for minimum wage, they can't have much.

Larry and Cindy Reiter:

No, it should be $15 or $18. Everything is going up.

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Thirteen dollars per hour would be good for part of the working population but how many jobs with small businesses would be lost?

Library closures the tip of the iceberg Editor, The Times:

The Conservative government is continuing its war on information by closing down seven DFO libraries across the country. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea has said that the items in the closed libraries would be digitized and/or offered to other libraries, third parties, DFO staff and the general public before being recycled. The problem is her claims don’t wash. Library employees have contradicted her statement, and a recent written response I’ve received from the Minister has proven that her department has no ability to determine what has been digitized, and has no idea what has happened to thousands of books and

journals which were contained in the libraries. The process has obviously been a chaotic mess, yet the Minister somehow keeps repeating the same talking points which directly contradict her written response. In many cases the government had spent hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars upgrading these facilities in recent years, only to suddenly decide to shut them all down and spend at least tens of thousands of dollars to do so. The Conservatives claim they are saving taxpayers around $400,000 – a drop in the bucket for a Conservative government which has spent over $548 million advertising itself to Canadians.

On top of these library closures and the loss of much of their information, the Conservative government has also slashed funding for the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), closed the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, gutted the Fisheries Act, cut hundreds of jobs at DFO including many chemists, biologists and other important researchers and scientists, eliminated the Ocean Contaminants and Marine Toxicology Program, eliminated federal responsibility for the worldrenowned Experimental Lakes Area, and muzzled well respected government scientists. And this is only the tip of

Success by 6 to host Babies of 2013 event Editor, The Times:

It is that time of year again! Success By 6 is hosting our annual Baby Party where we celebrate all of the babies born in our area in the previous year. The “Babies of 2013” event will be hosted on

Thursday, March 27 at Yellowhead Community Services from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch, gift bags, and a meet and greet with your child’s future playmates are all part of this annual celebration. Success By 6 aims

to raise awareness about the importance of the early years of a child’s life in contributing to lifelong health and development. We welcome all families with babies born in 2013 to join us in celebrating these newest mem-

bers of our community. Please RSVP to 250-674-2600 by Friday, March 21, so we can confirm numbers for lunch.

Heather Adamson Success By 6 Coordinator – Clearwater and Area

We need to educate people to save the bears Editor, The Times:

These days humanity no longer has a true meaning because some humans are doing unreasonable things like killing bears in trophy hunts, where they only take the head, skin, and paws.

Now, is this humane? As Canadians we are proud to have a bear on our two-dollar coin, yet many bears in our country are dying. Next time you hand a two-dollar coin to the person

behind the cashier think about these animals that are suffering right now. Someone has to put a stop to this, and many people do not know about it and going living their lives without a thought.

This is why we need to educate people through social media, booths, newspapers, or just by raising your voice. We can make a big difference.

Astrid Ludwig, age nine Clearwater, B.C.

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Over 40 sponsors supported Clearwater's first walk-a-thon. The walk started at Centennial Park at Dutch Lake and ended in Little Fort. All proceeds went to building the Elks' Hall.



School District 26 received a grant for a $100,000 debenture for the purchase of six portable classrooms and one 66-passenger bus.



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the Environment, announced a contract for alterations and additions to the RCMP detachment offices. Value of the contract was $150,000.


YEARS AGO: Clearwater Secondary School Raiders senior boys basketball team finished second in the provincial championships (held at Cariboo College in Kamloops), losing to Langley in the final.



Clearwater welcomed two new doctors, Ifor and Jennifer Thomas. "Everyone's' been asking if we're here to stay," said Ifor Thomas.




YEARS AGO: The North Thompson was rich with medals following the B.C. Winter Games in Smithers. Blue River's Kerry Petch, 14, Tyler Wolf, 13, and Rainer Wolf, 39, won gold in the Natural Luge Team event. Tyler also scooped gold in the Junior Doubles, Kerry took silver in Junior Doubles, and Rainer took bronze in Senior Doubles. Clearwater's Dave Coleman, 14,



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won gold in the Natural Luge Team event, and silver in Junior Doubles. Barriere swimmer Erin Gammel won three gold and three silver medals.



Clearwater Improvement District was drilling a six-inch test shaft across from Dutch Lake beach. If the test well proved out, then a 16-inch operational well would be drilled nearby, said CID acting administrator Edie Kinzel. The new well would supplement the existing 12-inch well in Reg Small Park.


dents elected CSS graduate Bowen Cooluris as president of the student society.


Slocan initiated a third shift for its Vavenby sawmill, adding about 40 new positions. The North Thompson Valley needed to get ready for the 2010 Olympics, said Premier Gordon Campbell during a quick tour through the valley. There had been $6 billion worth of spin-offs to Australia after it hosted the Olympics, he told about 50 representatives from Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Rotary and other community groups. University College of the Cariboo stu-

YEARS AGO: Clearwater and area had an unusual amount of snow remaining on the ground for this time of year, but it was a different story in the high country according to information released by B.C. Ministry of Environmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River Forecast Center. According to the Center the snow water index for the North Thompson drainage was just 88 per cent of normal. Vavenby student Connor Dee finished second at the sixth annual Popsicle-Stick Bridge Building Contest held at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. A total of 43 cars

and drivers took part in a regional Cub Car Rally hosted by 1st Wells Gray Cubs at Raft River Elementary School.



Town council tabled an application to rezone land for Ron Rotzetter's proposed Bear View shopping center until a comprehensive development plan was developed that involved not just the subject property, but adjacent pieces of land as well. Staff had recommended the application be rejected, but one factor in the decision to table instead was a statement that there was no land available in the existing commercial zone near the Clearwater Valley Road junction that was of adequate size and/or without restrictive covenants.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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.

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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

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Investigation finds unsafe bridges on forestry roads Times Staff An investigation of 216 bridges constructed throughout the province in the last three years has found numerous noncompliances with legislation and over two dozen bridges that may not be safe for industrial use, according to a report released by the Forest Practices Board recently. "The board was concerned with the growing number of instances of unsafe bridges showing up in recent audits, and so we did this investigation to find out the extent of the problem," said Tim Ryan, board chair. "What we found is highly disturbing, given the emphasis government and industry have placed on safety in recent years." The investigation found 19 bridges that were obviously unsafe and another 13 bridges that were questionable. Forty per cent of the bridges did not have complete plans and for 74 bridges, the required sign-off by a professional that the bridge was designed and built correctly was not completed. "The problem is not the lack of legislation or guidance by professional associations," said Ryan. "The problem is that some professionals are not performing to the standards government and the public expect. We are recommending that the professional associations that govern foresters and engineers take action to improve performance by their members. We also suggest that licensees ensure their bridges are safe and government compliance and enforcement staff increase their attention to bridge safety." Bridges constructed in the Chilliwack, Vanderhoof, Rocky Mountain, Okanagan Shuswap and Cariboo Chilcotin districts since January 2010 were included in the investigation. The Forest Practices Board is B.C.'s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its find-

ings and recommendations directly to the public and government. The board can investigate and report on current forestry and range issues and make recommendations for improvement to practices and legislation. The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGBC) responded by saying they are very concerned about the bridge findings. As the independent regulators of professional forestry and professional engineering through the administration of the Foresters Act and Engineers and Geoscientists Act respectively, the professions strongly believe one unsafe bridge is too many. The two associations noted that, in its report, the FPB cited the role of the Guidelines for Professional Services in the Forest Sector – Crossings in setting the standard of professional practice for bridge projects. These guidelines were established by ABCFP and

APEGBC in 2005 and revised in 2008. As the FPB report identifies, a number of professionals have not been following the guidelines. In the coming weeks the two professional associations will be actively determining the facts involving professional practice or unsafe conditions that may have contributed to the problem bridge structures identified by the FPB. If necessary, the professions will follow up with their respective enforcement and discipline systems. In addition the professions will update the current professional practice guidelines, identify the necessary skills and competencies required for this work, and undertake specialized professional development with members in this area of practice. The professional associations have an existing Joint Practice Board composed of experienced professional engineers and forest professionals who work together to provide standards, guidance and other direction to professionals on forest crossings and forest bridges.

It is recognized that the public expects development projects in the natural environment to be directed by regulated professionals to ensure projects are conducted safely, professionally and sustainably. Where the use of a regulated professional is absent or insufficient, the professions may enforce legislation or undertake internal discipline procedures. Shop online The ABCFP and APEGBC said they will 1-877-471-8697 respond to the FPB by the requested date of Oct. 31, 2014 and advise it of Shop online the steps planned or taken to address the professional issues 1-877-420-1116 identified.



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Seven grants of $1,000 or more awarded to youth in the region United Way – Kamloops

Piano teacher retires Former students congratulate Val Watt on her retirement from teaching piano in this community for many years. Pictured are (l-r) Jenna Zeitzov, Zoe Ovenden. Val Watt, Leevon LeVasseur, and Chelsea Lahaie. “Our children were so fortunate to have the opportunity learn Royal Conservatory level of piano instruction in our rural area, and from such a gifted and nurturing teacher,” said one parent. A tea was held in Watt's honour on March 9 at the Upper Clearwater Hall with some of her old students and their parents. Photo submitted

KAMLOOPS – At United Way we know that investments in youth are investments in the future. For the seventh year in a row young professionals from our community have made the funding decisions when it comes to the Youth Initiative Grants. Using sponsorship from TELUS and Interior Savings and funds from GenNext, seven grants of approximately $1,000 or more were awarded to youth throughout our region. These projects will happen over the next several months throughout the Cariboo, North Thompson and Nicola regions. The allocation team was made up of young professionals from the United Way Youth Club and GenNext. Below is a list of the Youth Initiative Grant recipients for 2014: • Youth for Kids Mentorship Events in partnership with School District in Clearwater. Hosting free community events (cooking, sports, art) for kids with the goal of inspiring community engagement and developing leadership. • McLure Family Nights in partnership with Volunteer Fire Department in McLure.  Hosting a monthly family movie

night at the volunteer Fire Hall to provide families with a recreational activity in their own community. Will include a craft and a snack. • Warm Your Heart in partnership with Boys and Girls in Williams Lake. Youth in partnership with BGC providing a free meal to the homeless population. The attendees will also receive warm clothes. • Smart Step Youth Association in partnership with Community Policing in Merritt.  Youth leadership initiative that will clean-up and re-paint a community mural. • Dairy Fields Trail Adoption in partnership with Scout Island in Williams Lake. Greenologists youth club enhancing trail systems and engaging classes to be better stewards. • PRIDE Awareness in partnership with Cariboo Family Enrichment in 100 Mile House.  A new club will hold first ever PRIDE events at school, including a schoolwide facilitated workshop. • SAAVI Art Exhibition in partnership with the YMCA/YWCA Children Who Witness Abuse program in Kamloops.  A program for girls who have witnessed abuse will create art as part of their group work and ultimately host an art show.

Booze coming to grocery stores in 2015 Tom Fletcher – Black Press B.C. residents will be able to buy B.C. wine from grocery stores by early next year, with some stores connected to liquor stores that offer full selection including hard liquor. The provincial government released its framework for a major overhaul of liquor policy Thursday. It proposes a small number of new licences for Vintners' Quality Alliance (VQA) wine

sales from grocery store shelves, with future expansion to include B.C.-made craft beer under the same licences. RichmondSteveston MLA John Yap said all alcohol sales will be rung through at separate cash registers, with staff trained in an expanded "Serving It Right" course to check identification and sobriety. Customers will be able to stock up on groceries and alcoholic beverages in the same shopping cart,

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whether from in-store B.C. wine or products from a connected liquor store. Changes to take effect by this summer include licensing B.C. wine and beer sale and tasting at farmers' markets, permitting "happy hour" drink discounts at licensed businesses and removing the requirement for fenced beer gardens at approved outdoor festivals. Yap said the government is adopting -a recommendation from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall and other health officials to tie prices to alcohol content, in an effort to reduce over-consumption. The government plans to maintain its cap on the number of liquor stores, with 670 private stores now

in operation. Liquor stores are currently restricted to relocating no more than five km from their original location, but that restriction is being lifted so a licence can be sold or moved anywhere in the province. Yap said that would allow either a government or private liquor store to relocate next to a grocery store. Another major change in the works is to wholesale pricing from the government's monopoly Liquor Distribution Branch. Currently private stores pay a 16 per cent discount off the government store retail price. Yap said the LDB will move to the same wholesale price for all stores, based on the value of each product, and retail prices will be set by a competitive market.

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Former coach arrested and charged with indecent assault can contact the RCMP through a toll free tip line at 1-877-687-3377. The Davidson family formerly operated a golf course in East Blackpool southeast of Clearwater. Alan Davidson is scheduled to make his next court appearance April 3 in Kamloops.

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a second victim came forward allegedly having been sexually assaulted by his baseball coach. Since the initial complaint was lodged and subsequent to the exhaustive investigative efforts to date in all three provinces in which the accused has resided and worked over the past 30 years, a total of eight victims have come forward making similar allegations. All the reported incidents allegedly occurred in the ThompsonOkanagan Region of B.C. while the majority of the victims belonged to either hockey or baseball teams that were

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Subject: Invitation to the Third in a Series of Community Forums, on Opportunities for Change in the Local Forest Economy. A follow up to the, Healthy Forest Healthy Communities Initiative. A public forum was held in Clearwater in November 2011 to explore the question, “How do recent changes in Forestry impact you and your community. As a follow up to the information gathering in 2011, a further community session was held in January 2013 to continue the community dialogue about how investments in sustainable forest management can result in additional economic development, increased employment, family health, and community stability. You are invited to participate in the upcoming Community Workshop to hear from invited guests, on their successes and challenges involved with enhancing their Local Forest Economy, as well as discussions on value added opportunities, employment trends and education for the future in forestry. Participants will also be asked for their input into a Forestry Visioning statement for the North Thompson Valley. The session will be held at the Clearwater Legion, Clearwater on Saturday April 5th, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The workshop is intended as a learning session with constructive dialogue, and not a forum for complaints. The information gathered from the community workshop will help build a Sustainable Forest Management vision for the North Thompson to assist resource decision makers and land management stakeholders to enhance the long term viability of the forest industry in the North Thompson. Background papers on key aspects of forest management can be found on the following website We would appreciate if you would confirm your attendance with Leslie Groulx at or by calling 250-674-2257 or Heather MacLennan at, phone 250-6742449. We look forward to your response. Sincerely, For Local Organizing Committee

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being coached by the accused. During the investigation it was learned that Alan Davidson had served in the RCMP as a regular member in various detachments in Saskatchewan and in Lloydminster, Alberta from February 1982 until he retired in August 1996 to pursue other business ventures. All offences the accused has been charged with occurred prior to him becoming a regular member of the RCMP. Davidson has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault contrary to

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Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick, operations officer of BC RCMP Major Crime Section, announces during a news conference in the Lower Mainland that former Clearwater resident Alan Davidson has been charged with sexual assault. SurreyNorth Delta Leader photo

Section 156 of the Criminal Code. Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick, operations officer of BC RCMP Major Crime Section, acknowledges the matter is now before the courts in which all investigative findings will be presented. "I would also like to commend those individuals who came forward after all these years, considering the traumatic nature of the allegations. A great deal of work has been done to date, however our investigation is ongoing and we respect that there could be other individuals out there with information connected to our investigation. It is important for you to please contact

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August 1993 – 1996 – North Battleford, Saskatchewan August 1996 onwards – Alberta (currently resides in Calgary) While charges have been laid, there may be other victims who would like to come forward or witnesses who may have information that could assist with the ongoing investigation. You

the police,” he said. To assist potential victims and witnesses in recalling memory, the RCMP has released photos of the accused in the time frame of the current allegations and listed below is a timeline of where the accused had lived and worked over the last three decades. 1970s to 1981 – Clearwater, B.C. August 1981 – February 1982 – Regina, Saskatchewan February 1982 – December 1983 – Coronach, Saskatchewan December 1983 – April 1986 – Lloydminster, Alberta April 1986 – August 1993 – Yorkton, Saskatchewan

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A former Clearwater resident and minor hockey and baseball coach has been arrested for the sexual assault of several youths. The assaults are believed to have taken place between 1976 and 1981. BC RCMP Major Crimes Section arrested 58-year-old Alan John Davidson on March 6 in Calgary, Alberta where he is currently residing. According to police, in November of 2012, an adult male contacted the Burnaby RCMP to file a report against his former minor hockey coach. The complainant advised that while he was in high school and living in Clearwater in the early 1980s he had allegedly been sexually assaulted by his coach. He also said that it was possible that other players on the hockey team had been similarly assaulted by the suspect. Burnaby RCMP initiated what would evolve into an extensive investigation spanning three provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Due to the complexity of this investigation, the BC RCMP Major Crime Section took conduct of the file. As a result of initial interviews with possible victims and witnesses,


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Cupcake Challenge Some of the participants in a Cupcake Challenge held March 7 in Interior Savings Credit Union’s Clearwater branch pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) judges Linda Selbee and Richard Christenson, and (front, l-r) winners Carol Podbisky, Lisa Nadeau, and Carrie Weninger. This year's proceeds go to the Childs Voice Foundation. Photo by Keith McNeill

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Music and dessert help India trip Submitted On Saturday evening, March 8, Zoe Ovenden held an evening of music and desserts at the Clearwater Secondary School. This was the second of three community fundraising events the local 14-year-old has planned to help her raise money for the charity Free the Children, and to allow her to work on a community project in India in June this year. The event was attended by around 70 people who enjoyed listening to a variety of acts whilst enjoying delicious homemade desserts and drinks prepared by Zoe and her many helpers. “It was a great night, with fantastic music, a real treat for the senses” said Ovenden.  Steve Raschke began the evening by entertaining the audience with unusual facts about India. After some

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rousing numbers from the CSS Garage Band and the James Gang, there were piano solos from Emily Talbot and Zoe herself. Mike Woodman then took up the guitar, and Cindy and Brittany Raschke demonstrated their singing talents. The evening finished with a string of numbers performed by Gerda Faber, Andy Leese, Doug Fenwick and Lloyd Bishop. Zoe said, “Thank you to everyone,

especially Gerda Faber, who helped organize the musicians, and Luke Ovenden, Annie Butcher, Brynn Rebinsky, Cherie Witts, Megan Gunn and Sidney Raes, who helped in the kitchen. And to all the many musicians from around the community that gave up their time to preform – thank you – l couldn’t of done it without you.” Donations and a silent auction raised over $1000.

For kids with cancer Interior Credit Union employee Jocelyn Ripley shows before and after views of a hair-cut she recently had. The hair will go to the Angel Hair for Kids program of the Childs Voice Foundation. It will be used to make wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer. The hair-cutting was part of the annual Cupcake Challenge at the credit union, which this year is raising money for the Childs Voice Foundation. Photos by Keith McNeill and submitted

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While you’re not looking, this is what’s happening to BC’s world renowned recycling program.

Well, lookie here. One minute you have a perfectly good Blue Box recycling program. The next, something new and rather questionable is being put in its place. And they thought they’d get away with it right under your nose, without telling you or asking your opinion. That’s definitely not democracy in action. The BC Government, elected by us to represent our best interests, has decided to offload the costs of recycling to big multi-national corporations. To implement this new plan, they’ve set up an association that doesn’t really seem to hold the environment, local jobs, or the municipalities that run the Blue Box program, close to its heart.

Perhaps that’s why some of our local elected officials are using the word “scam” to describe how the new program is being set up. It’s also perhaps why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to jump on board. That’s gotta tell you something. Now it’s your turn to let Premier Christy Clark know what you think. Contact her today to say that dismantling an already-working recycling program to replace it with something that few people think will be as good, is a bad idea.

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Sports Peewees place third Clearwater Peewee Jayden Kjenstad takes the puck up the ice during a game against Lumby during the District championships last weekend at the Sportsplex. Beside him is Reid Parlby, two players behind him are Emma Collins with the "A" and Lochlan Wilson in front of her. The local team lost to Lumby 7-3. On Saturday they went on to win against Lillooet and then tied Penticton. In the game against Penticton, Clearwater was down and there was a minute left in the game, the goalie was pulled and then Clearwater ended up getting a penalty shot. This was taken by Angus Allchin and he ended up tying up the game. That led to a three-way tie as to who went into the finals and, unfortunately, Clearwater missed getting into the finals by .02 per cent. They ended up coming third overall. Photo by Keith McNeill

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Tier 4 Midget provincials coming to Clearwater Clearwater hosted the Peewee and Bantam district hockey championships last weekend. This coming weekend the community will host the Tier 4 Midget provincial championships. “On behalf of the Thompson Nicola Regional District Area “A” and the District of Clearwater, we are delighted that BC Hockey has chosen Clearwater for the 2014 BC Hockey Tier 4 Midget provincial tournament,” said Mayor John Harwood. “We look forward to the opportunity to host you and the participants in this



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event, and salute you for your athletic endeavours.” Clearwater Midget Icehawks recently lost to Kelowna in a hard-fought final for the Okanagan pennant. The Icehawks will have another go against Kelowna during the tournament. Other teams expected include Ridge Meadows and Surrey, representing the Lower Mainland, Chetwynd for the Northeast, and Northwest champions Burns Lake. “It has been a couple of years since the BC Hockey Championship has been hosted in Clearwater, but with the level of support, organization and experience from Clearwater this will be a truly a great event,” commented Bill Greene, BC Hockey, Okanagan district director. “I hope the community will make the time to come out and watch the top Midget Tier 4 Teams in British Columbia compete for gold and the title of BC Hockey Midget Tier 4 champions.” The tournament will be held in the North Thompson Sportsplex, starting on March 15 and continuing until March 19. “Clearwater and District Minor Hockey Association would like to extend an invite to the community to come and attend the 2014 BC Hockey Tier 4,” said Clearwater and District Minor Hockey president Hans Wadlegger. “We are pleased to have this honour of hosting the provincials and hope the community takes the opportunity to watch these skilled young players play a strong caliber of hockey.”

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Grand Painting re-opening with acrylics planned for Barriere Curling Club

Marj Sunderman shows instructor Norma Watt a paining she has done of an old wagon in a field. They were taking part in an acrylics painting course at the Community Resource Center last week. Photo by Keith McNeill

Submitted Barriere Curling Club will re-open its doors Friday, March 14, after a successful fundraising campaign to repair part of the ice making plant. In late December, the club had an unscheduled closure of curling activities due to leaks in the chiller portion of the ice plant. Since then, the executive has been scrambling to raise funds to replace the chiller and re-start the plant. Presentations were made to the District of Barriere mayor and council. With their involvement and support, the curling club was able to access the Federal Gas Tax rebate fund through District of Barriere and the Thompson Nicola Regional District. The club was granted a total of $20,000, which covered a good percentage of the repairs. District of Barriere provided $10,000, while the TNRD Area O (Lower North Thompson) and Area P (Rivers and the Peaks) contributed $5,000 each. The club appreciates the specific efforts of Mayor Humphreys, CAO Colleen Hannigan, councillors Ward Stamer and Bill Kershaw, and the TNRD area representatives Bill Kershaw and John Sternig. As part of the ice plant repairs, upgrades in power consumption were gained by changing the freon to a more efficient and environmentally friendly product. The club has agreed to participate with the TNRD on monitoring those efficiencies in energy consumption as part of the Federal Gas Tax rebate. A special thanks also goes to Gordie Zerr and Darcy Feller for their efforts to coordinate a second quote for repairs to the chiller. A second quote was required by the regional district for the grant to proceed. Without the quote, which took considerable time and effort, our plant would not be up and running today. We have a number of upcoming activities. First, all interested curlers and members are invited to an evening of curling and socializing on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. Next, we will host the annual Loggers Bonspiel on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22. The bonspiel is a Skins Format. A team may be made up of any combination of men and women. Call Brian Bondar at 250672-5334 to register. Finally we will continue to sponsor the Jam Can Bonspiel for local youth. This event will be held on March 28 and 29. Notices will be provided at Barriere Elementary School.

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Dust and ashes and an uncomplicated life Life can be complicated. Life can be messy. Life can be demanding. Sometimes all those complications, messes and demands can get the best of a person and life can suddenly become a burden. The demands put on us by others, the expectations we have of ourselves, the overloaded schedule, it can all become too much for us. What do we do when that happens? We try to keep up; but when we discover that we can’t, some of us re-double our efforts (to different degrees of success) and some of us give in or give up. Why does life have to be so complicated, so messy and so demanding? Is it just the nature of modern life that our lives have become so stressed and over-burdened? Or perhaps it is more our human nature than it is anything else to stretch ourselves to the limit in an attempt to find meaning and purpose in life. French philosopher Rene Descartes may have famously said, “I think, therefore I am,” but many modern people don’t believe it and instead live by the motto, “I do, therefore I am.” Last week, the Christian season of Lent began on a day known as Ash Wednesday.

If this all sounds a little odd and counter-cultural, maybe that’s because it really is. In a world where more is better than less, bigger is more desirable than smaller and moving is preferred to standing still, Lent and the contemplations By Rev that come with it seem very foreign. Brian Krushel But that is the gift in it. It is a gift for Clearwater United all those who are starved for meaning, Church for comfort, for courage and for life. I need this time as a way to remind myself On that day, an ancient ritual is enacted of who I really am. I am not the sum whereby a cross is marked on the foretotal of my accomplishments and achievehead of the faithful with ashes. As that ments, I am not defined by what I have cross is being smudged, words are spoken, or accumulate. My worth is not measured “Remember you are dust, and to dust you by how well I fill my days with tasks and shall return.” What a strange thing to do! appointments. I need Lent and I suspect Strange and yet oddly compelling at others do, too. the same time. I don’t mind this annual This is a time to be still and silent so reminder of my limitations and mortality. that I can hear once again who I really I appreciate an intentional time like this am. I am dust, and all pretences and posto get my mind off of the many things turing fall away. I am dust, breathed into that distract and occupy me and to which by God, given life by God, loved by God. I look for meaning so that I can centre I am dust with all the limitations and freemyself in Meaning itself. I need this time doms that implies. I am dust and one day to re-orient and re-focus so I can clear that dust will be delivered into the hands my eyes of the glaze of indifference and of the one who first formed this dust into apathy which comes from situation after a human being. It’s not complicated. I am situation where I feel nearly helpless. I dust, and I am happy to be. need Lent.

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Clearwater Christian Church

“an Independent” congregation in fellowship with the broader Christian community in the area.

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Meeting at: 11 Lodge Drive (Behind Fields Store)

Sunday Worship Service 10 am On the Web: For information 250.674.3841 or 250.674.2912


3083 Capostinsky Rd. • Service 11 a.m. Sunday Morning Celebration Services Ian Moilliet Pastor 250-676-9574 Non Denominational

St James Catholic Church

Sunday Service Mass • 11am - 12pm Tuesday & Thursday 10am 324 Clearwater Village Road 250-672-5949 Father Don O’Reilly

Clearwater Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pastor Bill Kelly Saturday Service - 10am Clearwater Christian Church Ph. 250-674-3468

CLEARWATER UNITED CHURCH Meeting at Catholic Church of St. James


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Clearwater Living Streams Christian Fellowship Meeting at New Life Assembly every Sunday 5:00pm

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Marijuana/money seizure

A Clearwater Traffic Services member pulled over a vehicle on Highway 5 in Louis Creek. The member detected an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and both occupants were arrested. A small amount of marijuana was located as well as a large amount of cash. Both items were seized and both occupants were released on a promise to appear in Clearwater for court on a later date.

Mischief to vehicle

Clearwater RCMP are investigating a report of mischief to a vehicle parked at Clearwater Secondary School. The vehicle had its mirror ripped off. Anybody with any information in regards to this vandalism is asked to contact the Clearwater RCMP Detachment.

Collision with an unknown animal

An Alberta driver contacted Clearwater RCMP to report a collision with an unknown animal on Highway 5 near Blue River. The animal was reported to be larger than a deer and smaller than a moose. The animal collided with the vehicle, got up, brushed itself and ran off into the forest. The driver was uninjured and was able to drive his vehicle safely home. If you come across this unknown animal with a FORD impression, please contact the RCMP so the animal can be identified.

RCMP launches Fraud Prevention Month

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud. Most people don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters are using increasingly sophisticated methods to target Canadians of all ages. Fraud Prevention Month is an annual event that gives private and public organizations involved in the fight against fraud an opportunity to further raise public awareness. Through this awareness, Canadians can avoid becoming victims. Economic integrity is a priority that


1-800-222-TIPS Clearwater RCMP Report the RCMP addresses through enforcement and disruption, as well as by educating Canadians on how to prevent becoming victims of fraud. The impact on individuals, families and businesses is devastating – retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost. The good news is that the majority of frauds can be prevented by identifying the methods used by fraudsters. The more you know about a fraud, the less likely you are to fall victim to it.

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• Canadians between the ages of 50 and 59 are the most targeted by mass marketing fraud operations. Furthermore, Canadian victims in that age group reported the highest dollar loss. • The RCMP is a key partner of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, which is a joint project between the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Competition Bureau of Canada. It is Canada's central repository for data, intelligence and resource material as it relates to fraud. • The RCMP's Fraud Prevention Month campaign this year will feature four themes (one per week) related to fraud: scams targeting seniors, identity theft, email fraud and phishing, as well as fraud on the Internet.

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Anyone with information regarding any crime is invited to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymity is guaranteed, and rewards are offered for useful information (for example, information that leads to an arrest).

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A new word gives a new worldview It Seems To Me…

Eleanor Deckert I learned a new word. More specifically: I was present when a new word was invented! Recently I spent several days with a friend's family. Coaching homework is one thing I enjoy. With over 15 years experience as a homeschooler, I know a little about what challenges and frustrations can be expected while attempting unfamiliar tasks and also the sweetness of the benefits that are just around the corner after mastering specific skills. And one more thing: I have a knack to zero in on that spot where a challenge is neither too hard nor too easy. So, I brought 50 flashcards with those three-letter words that follow the rules of phonics: cat, sat, fat, pat, mat, mop, hop, top, stop. The younger child was in his element. It was easy enough to attempt but hard enough to feel that sense of satisfaction. The older child (who could read faster than I could flip the cards)

By Eleanor Deckert

wanted something a little harder. She dictated words she wanted to read while I wrote them on the back of the deck. Tomorrow, because, chocolate, remember. We were building a nice collection. Meanwhile, this family has been focused on another project that now entered her list of words. They have been looking closely at a list of "virtues." What does this mean? What would life in our family be like without it? If everyone consciously practised it? So her list of flashcard words grew: honesty, patience, flexibility, gentleness. Then, all-in-a-flash, the new word arrived. A virtue we all need to practise and deliberately focus on that would make the family and our world a better place to be.

"Inter-reliability." Now there's a concept! As soon as she spoke, my eyes opened wide and met her gaze. I could see the web she lives in – her siblings and parents, her grandparents and faithfamily, teachers and bus drivers, coaches and neighbours. She relies on these people, yet others rely on her. With that one word she knew that she is part of a web, and each of the people in the web have their own network of people they can rely on and who rely on them. "Inter-reliability." Like a map, I instantly had a new worldview. Who relies on me? Who do I rely on? How wondrous that we are all so intricately connected through trust and dependability.


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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

~ Baltasar Gracian

RED CROSS BABYSITTING FIRST AID This course is designed for youth 11 yrs & older who want to become a babysitter or may already be one.

April 4 & 5 NEW DATE


Wells Gray Country UPCOMING EVENTS

Mar 14: St Patricks Day dance, 9pm, Blue River Legion upstairs Mar 14: Raft Mountain Skating Club Carnival, NT Sportsplex Mar 15: Pancake Breakfast, Legion Hall, 257 Glen Rd, $7/ person, 8:30 – 10:30 am Mar 15: Raft Mountain Skating Club AGM, NT Sportsplex 4-5 pm, info Jen Wadlegger 250-587-6234 Mar 22: Legion Branch 259 Meat Draw, 257 Glen Rd, bar opens 1 pm Mar 28: Understanding Along the Dementia Journey, 9am – 4pm, Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, Kamloops. Reg. $20, incl lunch. 1-855-742-4803 for info

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and register. April 5: True Grit Indoor Rodeo, 6 pm start @ NT Agriplex. Cabaret Dance to follow. Info/tickets 250-672-9298 April 25-27: Honouring Young Women PowWow @ Chu Chua April 26-27: Rural Expo & Trade Show, 9am – 5pm daily, NT Agriplex, Barriere. May 31: Wells Gray Riders Assoc trail ride at Candle Creek Ski trails, reg 10 am, ride 11 am. Info 250-674-4083, email July 25 – 27: Wells Gray Man Tracker Invitational, Nakiska Ranch


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Indoor Market: 1st Saturday of month, 9 am – 2 pm, Elks Hall, info - 250-674-3763 • Tuesday Morning Coffee (TMC): Meets 10am – 11:30 @ Clearwater Community Baptist Church. All women and children welcome. (9:30-10 am Bible Study). Info 250-674-3624 • Raft River Rockhounds: 3rd Sat of the mth. Clw Lodge 1pm 250-674-2700 • Women in Business Luncheon: 2nd Thurs. of the mth at Wells Gray Inn, 12–2 pm. Preregister at 250-674-2700 • Clearwater Choir: Youth 3:30 - 5 pm; Adult 6:30 - 9 pm, Tuesdays, Clearwater Christian Church • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 250-674-3703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmers’ Market May – Oct. Saturdays 9am– Noon. For more info please call Anne at 250-674-3444. • Clearwater-Vavenby Lions Bingo: Every 2nd Tues. Elks Hall. 250-587-6269 • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 1pm: 250-587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – 2nd Fri. of the mth. 6:30pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - every 2nd Thurs. Elks Hall. open 5pm • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Racoon StrongStart - Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 8:45-11:45am • Racoon StrongStart - Vavenby Elm school days Wed 8:5011:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Monday mornings, reg. Kerry 250-6743530 • NT BC Home Schoolers: Meets Fri. afternoons. Call Leanna 250-674-0057 for details • Kids Club: Clearwater New Life Assembly. Meets every Thur. 3-5 pm. Ages 5-12. For info contact Bobbi @ 250-674-3346

HEALTH & HEALING • AA Meetings: every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr, 250-5870026 anytime • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373. • Connections Healing Rooms - Fridays 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. • Healthy Choices – Tues 9am Clearwater Christian Church bsmnt (behind Fields). $2/wk drop-in free. Kim 250-674-0224 • Clearwater & District Hospice 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion 778-208-0137. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: May-Sept. Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 250-674-2699 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: 1st Thurs every mth. 250-676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Tues. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Nov., Jan., & Mar. AGM in May • Volleyball: Tues. Jan. 14 - Apr. 8, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, at Clearwater Secondary School Gym, $2 drop in. Info: 250-674-1878. • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 250-674-2468 annie. • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. 10-11am 250-674-0001 • Walking Club: Indoors: Wed., Jan. 29 - Mar. 5, 6:45 - 7:45 AM at Clw Secondary School, FREE. Info: 250-674-1878 • Drop-in Curling: Fri. Jan. 11 - Mar. 8, 7:00 PM, $5. Brooms and sliders available. • Badminton: Mon & Wed, Oct – Mar, CSS gym, 7:30-9:30 pm, $3 drop-in fee, info 250-674-2518 • Drop in Basketball: Fri., Jan. 10 - Apr. 11, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, $2 drop in at Clearwater Secondary School Gym. Info: 250674-1878 • Slo-Pitch: Clearwater mixed Slo-Pitch league May – July. Contact Carmen Archibald 778-208-1773, 250-674-2632 SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Last Thursday of the mth 2pm at the library. All seniors welcome.



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CHECK YOUR AD! Notice of error must be given in time for correction before the second insertion of any advertisement. The paper will not be responsible for omissions or for more than one incorrect insertion, or for damages or costs beyond the cost of the space actually occupied by the error. Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of ads which discriminate against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, nationality, ancestry or place of origin or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona fide requirement for the work involved. Readers; in ads where ‘male’ is referred to, please read also as ‘female’ and where ‘female’ is used, read also ‘male’. NOTE: When ordering items out of province, the purchaser is responsible to pay provincial sales tax. Do not send money in response to an advertisement without confirming the credentials of that business, and be aware that some telephone numbers will be charged for by the minute

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Personals Barriere Writer’s Group - anyone interested in starting/being part of one? The idea would be to encourage each other to write, whether it be letters, poetry, short stories, novels, plays, etc. Interested? Call Margaret at 250-672-9330 (evenings) or via email: Clearwater: AA Meetings Every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Drive, side door. Call 250-587-0026 anytime


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In Loving Memory of Steven Reginald Noble Jan. 5, 1950 to Mar. 15, 2004

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We can no longer See you with our eyes Touch you with our hands But we will feel you in our hearts forever! ~ Love and miss you lots XO Wendy, Cathy, Steve, Kiana, Drew, Keaton, Keisha, Tyra and Taya

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

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Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.


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Bird Count participation continues downward trend Submitted

Great Backyard Bird Count: Clearwater 2004 - 2014

Checklists &  Species

Number of Birds

Checklists Birds Species Clearwater's 12000 400 2014 results in the second global 354 350 329 10000 Great Backyard 9715 Bird Count indi300 8669 285 272 cated a continued 8000 250 253 downward trend 6130 for the third 200 6000 182 5396 straight year. 161 150 Even so, the 4164 4000 4165 112 community submit100 2600 ted more checklists 2315 2000 55 51 50 than 126 countries 24 47 39 51 21 47 44 21 42 17 12 3 of the 135 that par429 155 225 0 0 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 ticipated. Though Year we beat more than last year, it is Graph shows how human participation and number of birds counted in Clearwater because more countries joined the count during the Great Backyard Bird Count has declined over the past few years. this year. Listed in order from the most to the least, only The bout of really cold irrupt (move south when the United States, Canada temperatures didn't seem to food is scarce in the north) (of course), India, Australia, deter them as many didn't roughly every other year. Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Though they may have lulled leave until after the cold Puerto Rico, and the United weather, but numerous snow us into expecting them after Kingdom had more checkflurries may have urged doing so in both 2012 and lists than this community. 2013, they will likely be back them to depart. Maybe their First, the positive aspects internal clock suggested they next year. gleaned from Clearwater's should start heading home as Red-winged blackbirds 2014 data. Wilson's snipe and stayed away for the first time breeding season is not far off. varied thrush had their high- since 2010 (one appeared The reduced number of est individual bird sightings. birds may have discouraged about a week later). Pine Dark-eyed junco and red people from participating as siskins continued to decline crossbill had their strongest they didn't see the point in (358) from their record showing since 2007 and 2008 in 2010 (4,013). Only one reporting so few birds, when respectively. Red-breasted they'd had many more to nuthatch numbers continued report previous years. their climb over the past few Ailments prevented a years. One lone white-winged number of people from crossbill showed up this year participating this year and – the first sighting since 2010 several previous participants when 10 were spotted. The have moved or migrated with eurasian collared-dove was the birds. Few new or young reported for the first time, people have replaced them, giving a total of 88 species so Clearwater's effort hasn't that have been sighted durbeen maintained. ing the 11 years Clearwater Another factor could be has participated. the last two years the GBBC The most individual birds merged with eBird losing were black-capped chickadee the ability for competitive (696); pine siskin (363); comcomparison amongst common raven (294); dark-eyed munities, so residents of junco (229); and red-breasted Clearwater now are unable to An American dipper has ghostly nuthatch (192). The blackknow if the community has eyes due to its white eyelids. The capped chickadee appeared maintained its position of most often (104 checklists) bird commonly dives and walks submitting the most checkfollowed by common raven along the bottom as it seeks food. lists in Canada, which it did tied with red-breasted nutPhoto submitted for five years. hatch (78); pine siskin (47); Appreciation for promotand downy woodpecker (37). checklist reported evening ing the event goes to Forest Aspects of concern are the grosbeaks (40) compared to House, Home Hardware, number of submitted check24 checklists in 2013 with RONA, the Times, and espelists (161) and individual 224 birds. A total of 33 cially Clearwater Library for birds (2,600) declined to the households participated this providing blank, local checklowest since 2007, while the year, down slightly from last lists for those who wanted number of species (39) was year. one. the lowest since 2006. There Several years indicate a Many thanks to everyone were zero sightings of eurotrend with more birds preswho managed to fit some pean starling for the first ent a few weeks prior to the counts into their busy schedtime since 2006; chestnutcount and, for some reason, ule. backed chickadee, brown many have left. A lot of snow “Hope you enjoyed the creeper, white-breasted nutand the fact that it clung second global GBBC and I'm hatch, pine grosbeak, and to the trees for many weeks sure the GBBC appreciates common redpoll since 2007; possibly prevented the birds your effort as a citizen scienand house finch since 2008. accessing nature's larder, so tist,” said one organizer. The common redpoll they went elsewhere.


Joan Vesper November 27, 1934 - March 7, 2014 Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend passed away peacefully on Friday March 7, 2014. She is survived by her sons, Leslie, Larry, Lyle, Michael, and daughter Cathie. Joan also leaves her sister Debra, brother James, along with many cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Eugene Johnson (1971) and second husband, William Vesper (1975). She was also predeceased by her eldest daughter, Susan (2009). Joan was born in North Vancouver, BC, where she had many fond memories. At the age of 12, Joan along with her parents Donald and Dorothy, moved to Keremeos, BC and then onto Monte Lake, BC. It was in Monte Lake where she met and married her first husband Eugene (Gene). They settled in Kamloops, BC and began to raise a family. They loved to enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and fishing. Gene passed away from multiple sclerosis in 1971. A few years after Gene’s death, Joan married William (Bill) Vesper. Their son Michael was born in May of 1975 and Bill passed away in December of that same year.

Joan moved to Clearwater, BC in the early ‘80s and this remained her home until her stroke in 2013. She had a real love for life and laughter. She loved her family and friends and had a strong faith in Jehovah God. Special thanks to Dr. Howie, the staff at Ponderosa Lodge, and to Gemstone Care facility in Kamloops, BC for their outstanding care and compassion. There will be no formal service by request. Because of the special place in Joan’s heart for animals of all kind, and should friends desire, donations can be made to any animal welfare agency of your choice. 


Carl Kettleson November 7, 1928 - March 1, 2014 Carl Gilbert Kettleson passed away at Dr Helmcken Memorial Hospital on March 1, 2014 after having a stroke in December, 2013. He is survived by his wife Shirley; son Gilbert (Erleen); daughters Eva and Mona (Steve); grandchildren Tim, Quentin (Nicole), Justin (Robyn) and Jamie. Carl is also survived by his brother Olaf (Joanelle); nephew Daine and nieces Laara and Bronwen. He was predeceased by his parents Gilbert and Karen. Carl was born in Kamloops. He lived on the family farm in McMurphy until he finished Grade 10 and then went to stay with his Auntie Nelsie in Victoria to attend high school. Carl returned to the Clearwater valley in 1952 to begin his career as a truck driver. He worked for John Foster, Fred Madden and Clearwater Timber Products until he started his own trucking business, contracting for Archibald Sawmills, Clearwater Timber Products and Slocan Forest Products until he retired in 1994. After his retirement Carl

then had more time to talk to his friends and family on a regular basis by phone. A Celebration of Life for Carl Kettleson will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in the Banquet Room at the Wells Gray Inn, Clearwater, BC. The service may be seen later in the day online, and condolences sent to the family at www.

ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. ¥¥/‡/¥/ * Offers apply to the lease of a new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Double Cab 4X4 1WT (G80/B30/H2R). Freight ($1,650) and PDI included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. ‡‡2014 Silverado 1500 with the available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission has a fuel-consumption rating of 13.0L/100 km city and 8.7L/100 km hwy 2WD and 13.3L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 4WD. Ford F-150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine has a fuel-consumption rating of 12.9L/100 km city and 9.0L/100 km hwy 2WD and 14.1L/100 km city and 9.6L/100 km hwy 4WD. Fuel consumption based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Comparison based on 2013 Large Pickup segment and latest competitive data available. Excludes other GM vehicles. ^*Based on 2013 Large Pickup segment and last available information at the time of posting. Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming base vehicle, except for any option(s) necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See your dealer for additional details. ^^ Whichever comes first. Limit of four ACDelco Lube-Oil-Filter services in total. Fluid top-offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc., are not covered. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ¥ 0% for 36 month lease available on all 2014 Silverado 1500 Regular/Double/Crew Cabs. Sample lease payments based on 36-month lease of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 1WT (G80/B30/H2R) on approved credit by GM Financial. Tax, license, insurance, registration, applicable provincial fees, and optional equipment extra. Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. Example: Silverado Crew Cab 4x4 1WT (G80/B30/ H2R) including Freight and Air Tax is $29,888 at 0% APR, $1,100 Down payment, Bi-Weekly payment is $135 for 36 months. Total obligation is $11,658, plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $18,230. ≠ 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank or RBC Royal Bank for 48 months on new or demonstrator 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular/Double/Crew Cabs . Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208 for 48 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. 0% financing offer is unconditionally interest-free. Freight included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Offers apply to qualified retail customers only. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. †^ The 2014 Silverado has been awarded the 2014 North American Truck of the Year. For more information please visit +Whichever comes first. See dealer for conditions and limited warranty details. ¥¥Retail and basic fleet customers who purchase or lease an eligible Chevrolet, Buick or GMC delivered from dealer stock between March 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014 will receive one 40¢ savings per litre fuel card (fuel savings card) upon payment of an additional $.01. Cards valid as of 72 hours after delivery. Fuel savings card valid for 800 litres of fuel purchased from participating Petro-Canada retail locations (and other approved North Atlantic Petroleum locations in Newfoundland) and not redeemable for cash except where required by law. GM is not responsible for cards that are lost, stolen or damaged. GM reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer and/or the program for any reason in whole or in part at any time without notice. Petro-Canada is a Suncor Energy business™ Trademark of Suncor Energy Inc. Used under licence. Cards are property of Suncor Energy. To protect your card balance, register online at preferred today. ‡ $4,250 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit has been applied to the purchase, finance and lease offers of 2014 Silverado 1500 Double 4x4 1WT, and is applicable to retail customers only. $500 package credits for non-PDU models. Other credits available on select Silverado models. Offer ends March 31, 2014. † Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any model year 1999 or newer pick-up truck that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche, GMC Sierra or 2014 MY Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra or 2015 MY Chevrolet Silverado HD or GMC Sierra HD delivered in Canada between March 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Credit is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive). 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March 13, 2014 edition of the Clearwater Times

Clearwater Times, March 13, 2014  

March 13, 2014 edition of the Clearwater Times