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Whooping cough in Fort Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier The public is being urged to check their vaccinations are up to date for whooping cough after a confirmed case in Fort St. James last week. The bacterial respiratory infection known as whooping cough or pertussis is highly contagious and Northern Health is reminding the public of the importance of immunization, as the disease can lead to a severe condition in infants and can be deadly. The disease can also cause serious disease or complications to the fetus for pregnant women in the last three months of their pregnancies. Mothers of newborns can pass the illness on to the unprotected infants. Children less than three months old are especially vulnerable. The illness begins with symptoms like those of a common cold and progresses to a cough. The cough can become severe, with or without the whooping sound and may be accompanied by gasping, gagging, shortness of breathing and vomiting as well as pneumonia. There may also be a mild, associated fever. The illness is spread easily when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or has close contact with

others. Sharing food or drinks, kissing and sharing cigarettes can all spread the pertussis bacteria. Dr. William Osei with Northern Health said it is especially important for people to be diligent about hand washing and cough etiquette by covering their coughs and washing hands immediately after if hands were used. “We don’t have an outbreak yet,” said Osei. The focus is on prevention and updating vaccinations for young children and pregnant women in their third trimester in order to prevent an outbreak, which Osei said would be difficult to control. “This is a very infectious cough,” he said. Someone with the pertussis bacteria who does not receive treatment can spread the illness for up to three weeks after the cough starts. “The treatment is very effective and shortens the cough,” said Osei. “Otherwise the sickness can go on for weeks.” Four laboratory-confirmed cases have been found in the northwest, one in Fort St. James and the others in Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii. The illness is preventable by immunization, part of normal child immunizations given at two months, four months, six months, and 18 months

old and again between the ages of four and six, before the child enters Kindergarten. In B.C., teens between 14 and 16 are also given the vaccine. While the immunization decreases over time in adults, adults are not at risk for the more severe effects or death due to the pertussis, but should receive treatment if they become ill. Northern Health is encouraging residents of northern B.C. to contact their local health units or health care providers to discuss the vaccine and ensure their vaccinations are up to date. There is enough vaccine in the region and Osei said the problem can be dealt with. “We are not in panic mode,” he said. Less than 10 per cent of the population doesn’t vaccinate their children, so most children will not be at the higher risk of the more severe symptoms. If you know you have been in contact with someone with whooping cough, call the Fort St. James Health Unit at 250-996-7178 or call HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1. For information on whooping cough go to: hfile15c.stm

When the House of Commons resumes sitting next week, Skeena – Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen will be focusing his attention on the nation’s finances. NDP leader Thomas Mulclair announced a shadow cabinet shuffle on March 20 that will see Cullen move from the position of House Leader to the opposition finance critic, a role Cullen said he is excited to take on. “I’m thrilled that someone from a northern and rural riding is going to be a big part of the financial conversation at the national level ... I’m looking forward to the challenge. I think this discussion is going to be a huge part of the NDP forming government in a year-and-a-half,” he said, noting the new position is a lot more high profile than his current one. “The House Leader is much more in the background with strategy. This position is much more of a public face.” Cullen takes over the position from Toronto MP Peggy Nash and will be criticizing the work of newly-appointed Finance Minister Joe Oliver, who took over the role after Jim Flaherty resigned following eight years in the position. Cullen said he is looking forward to holding Oliver to account and will be bringing his own background into the debate. “He comes from Bay Street as a former executive at Merrill Lynch ... I get my roots from Main Street and the small business sector, which I think is really the backbone of the economy,” he said, adding he will continue to work for the people of the riding. “[Finance] is a big conversation ... at the end of the day, one of my top priorities is making sure the Northwest gets noticed. My goal is to make sure the voice of this region is heard.”


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Courier Fort St. James RCMP report

Mar. 12 during school hours, the Fort St. James RCMP were dispatched to Fort St. James Secondary School after a reported arson. Two students had apparently started a fire in a garbage can during shop class. They then threw the flaming bag outside and tried to stomp it out. RCMP attended and the students apologized and were being dealt with through the school disciplinary system. Mar. 13 ar 2:35 p.m., some RCMP members on patrol in Tache noticed a vehicle with someone they recognized as a known prohibited driver behind the wheel. The members then pulled over the green Plymouth Voyager and confirmed the driver was indeed prohibited from driving. The suspect was then arrested for driving while prohibited and then released on a promise to appear notice. The vehicle was impounded for seven days and the driver will appear in court June 2. Mar. 15 at 1:23 a.m., RCMP responded to a report of a possible domestic dispute on Stuart Drive East. The members attended and located a female with minor injuries outside a residence. They then went into the apartment which was believed to be the site of the incident and found one male and one female. The male was apparently a witness and said the two women had engaged in a consensual fight. The one female had bite marks on her arm, the other had blood,

cuts and scratches on her face. RCMP said all three appeared intoxicated. The one female was taken to the hospital for treatment. Everyone involved refused to provide statements and the file was concluded without charges. Mar. 15 at 8:53 a.m. RCMP were called to Yekooche Reserve to a report of two males fighting. When RCMP arrived, they spoke to one of the men involved and he said another male had shown up at his home and asked for a ride. He had refused and the man then began kicking his truck, then attempted to break his passenger side window. The man in the house then went out and the two engaged in a fight. Neither man involved wanted anything done and the file was concluded. Both men were reportedly intoxicated. Mar. 15 at 10:47 a.m. RCMP met a female who attended the detachment to report an assault on her person. She said she was assaulted earlier the same morning around 4 a.m. The victim reported she was assaulted at a residence on Middle Road on Nak’azdli Reserve while dropping off a friend. When she was pulling out of the driveway, the suspect reportedly pulled open the driver’s door, jumped into the vehicle and began punching, scratching and pulling the victim’s hair. The passenger then pulled the suspect off of the driver and the driver left the scene.

The victim reportedly had bruising and scratch marks on one side of her face. The matter is still under investigation subject to the arrest of the suspect. Mar. 15 at 10:15 p.m., RCMP members on patrol observed a dark coloured GMC Yukon being operated without tail lights in Fort St. James. Members attempted to stop the vehicle with lights and sirens, but the vehicle sped away, then suddenly stopped on Elm Street and passengers exited the vehicle. The vehicle then sped off, but RCMP declined pursuit due to public safety concerns. As a result of their investigation, RCMP realized the plates on the vehicle did not belong to the vehicle and the vehicle itself belonged to a prohibited driver. RCMP attended the residence of the vehicle owner but have not been able to yet locate the vehicle owner. RCMP are seeking a warrant for the suspect involved for: causing a pursuit, driving while disqualified, driving without a licence, failure to stop for police, driving without due care and attention, speeding, driving with wrong licence plates, speeding, and operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe manner. Mar. 16 at 2:05 a.m. RCMP members conducting patrols on Stuart Drive West observed a vehicle traveling without headlights. The members stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver who identified herself and said she was acting as a designated driver for her friends, the four

other passengers in the vehicle. She also said she left her licence at home. The driver was then found to be prohibited and the vehicle was subsequently impounded and she was issued a ticket for not having her driver’s licence, driving contrary to restrictions and was issued an appearance notice. Mar. 16 at 12:16 p.m., a male reported a break and enter at his home on Mattess Drive. Upon investigation, RCMP were told someone had broken into his room in the house he shared, kicking in his bedroom door and breaking his TV. Nothing else was taken. RCMP investigation suggests one roommate may have been upset with the victim because of a relationship. The matter is still under investigation. Mar. 16 at 4:53 p.m. RCMP responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision and possible impaired driver at the Fort Trailer Court. Members attended and discovered a male driver in a white Ford Focus with the wheels spinning in the snow. The driver was said to exhibit signs of alcohol impairment and was brought back to the detachment. The suspect refused to provide breathalyzer samples and was held until sober and released. RCMP are recommending charges of impaired driving and failing to provide breath samples in relation to the incident. Mar. 16 at 9:40 p.m., RCMP members observed a vehicle traveling north on Highway 27.

RCMP were aware the owner of the vehicle was an unlicensed driver, so they stopped the vehicle. The driver said he did not have his licence. He was served a notice of a driving prohibition and issued a ticket for driving without his licence. The vehicle was impounded. Mar. 18 in the mid afternoon, RCMP received a rush of complaints regarding intoxicated people downtown and drinking in public. RCMP investigated and found a number of people were drinking Listerine. RCMP took a number of people into custody and spoke to the surrounding businesses regarding the sale of original Listerine which has a high alcohol content. RCMP said the businesses were very cooperative with respect to getting the item off of the shelves and planning to discontinue stocking it to prevent this issue in the future.


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Time to eat my words. While I am going to take advantage of what small scraps of winter are still available, like slushy spring turns in the sunshine at Murray Ridge, I am also getting the urge to drag out the bike. Afternoons full of melting slush and dirt patches poking through on pathways has me thinking of bike season already. People in other parts of the province have been out biking for a bit this year, and even some intrepid soles here, but I did not want to get ahead of myself. The spring here can tend to stop and start and drag on for some time. But with the proper set up (and perhaps once the roads get some sweeping) the bike should be coming out now, ready for at least little forays to the store or out around the loop with the dog. It is hard to resist the urge towards the summer pursuits as we look forward to fair weather and icefree beaches. So for this week, as we dream of barbecues and bask in the warmth of the stronger sunshine, I aim to get the chain lubed up and the wheels full of air. Remember to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians as the weather warms, the roads can become more crowded. Motorcycles are next.

Canada’s sleek, imported green propaganda machine rolled into the capital last week for a couple of days of meetings. You wouldn’t have heard about it, because they didn’t stage any protests or press conferences. Instead they met quietly with selected reporters as well as politicians from both sides of the aisle. They didn’t invite me for some reason, but from what I can gather, it was a friendly networking session. When I speak of our U.S.-directed environmental movement, many people still don’t know what I mean. They see the sign-waving on TV and assume it’s all spontaneous, driven by passionate volunteers. Nuke the Whales for Jesus, as we used to joke in the 1970s. It’s an industry now, and as with our automotive industry, Canada is a branch plant of the U.S.  The Victoria event was an annual conference called Organizing for Change, sponsored by Tides Canada. Thanks mainly to the work of B.C. researcher Vivian Krause, this offshoot of the U.S. Tides Foundation now at least identifies itself while it pulls B.C.’s political strings. Organizing for Change currently includes  Ecojustice, Greenpeace, Sierra Club B.C., ForestEthics Advocacy, ForestEthics

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Solutions, Georgia Strait Alliance, Dogwood Initiative, Pembina Institute, West Coast Environmental Law, Wildsight and Seattle-based Conservation Northwest. Tides is itself a front for wealthy charitable foundations based mostly in Seattle and California, funded by billionaires who see “saving” B.C. as their personal eco-project. Their hired activists met with Environment Minister Mary Polak to discuss her justintroduced Water Sustainability Act. This was to demand heavy fees and choking regulations on water used for “fracking,” that nefarious gas drilling technology so demonized in fake documentaries and celebrity protests. Tides no longer attempts to hide its strategy of targeting energy development in B.C. and Alberta. Its tactics are well known, too. Environmentalists need high-profile wins, and the economic pain is best inflicted outside of the U.S., the biggest polluter in world history. Organizing for Change’s stated priorities for the year are the “last stand of the Great Bear Rainforest,” the “Sacred Headwaters” and the Water Sustainability Act. Professional protesters are mainly just taking credit for the 2012 buy-back of Shell’s coalbed gas licences around the headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine Rivers. Tahltan Central Council declared that territory theirs in 1910, and having pros roll in with slogans and graph-

ics wasn’t exactly crucial to the outcome. Their greatest marketing success so far is the Great Bear Rainforest, which is continually portrayed as being in peril from hunting, logging and of course, oil and gas development. One of the documents Krause unearthed is a 2008 plan entitled “Tar Sands Campaign Strategy 2.1” that has proven remarkably prophetic. As Greenpeace, Sierra and ForestEthics were negotiating the 2007 Great Bear land use plan, other network members were preparing to “raise the negatives” and market Alberta as a unique threat to planetary integrity. I’ve written before about the distortions and evasions required to present such a fossil fuel fairy tale. Suffice it to say that while we have busloads of protesters in B.C., you don’t see them in those benevolent petro-states Angola, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Kuwait or Algeria. They’re not saving the whole planet, just the safe and lucrative parts. And as I mentioned after the protester-staged Neil Young concert tour, it’s amazing how American oil and gas interests and Alaska oil tankers remain invisible to this sophisticated network.  NDP environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert met with the green machine too. He wants all of B.C.’s groundwater mapped and measured deep into the Earth’s crust. That should take a while.

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Courier Northern Gateway database

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway recently launched the Regional Skills and Business Database. The database is an online tool designed to connect local residents from communities near the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project to employment and business opportunities associated with the project and/or with Northern Gateway’s contractors and service providers. The database is aimed at maximizing local benefits for the communities of the North and began as a commitment made during the Joint Review Panel process. Northern Gateway was tasked by the panel, as part of the 209 conditions attached to the project, to build an inventory of aboriginal, local, regional people and businesses who want to work on the pipeline project and/or other projects near the proposed right of way - should the project be approved. “People often ask us how they can take advantage of the opportunities the project will bring. We hear this during our community consultations and through our website’s jobs section - which is easily one of the most popular areas on the North-

ern Gateway website,” said Catherine Pennington, senior manager, NGP community benefits and sustainability. “The Regional Skills and Business Database will help us track local capacity and need while giving us the ability to connect opportunity seekers with opportunities - both individuals and business.” So far Northern Gateway said three million dollars has already been committed to support skills training, readiness and capacity development initiatives along the corridor. Pennington said Enbridge has been funding different training and skills development in communities across the proposed pipeline route, including a marine skills training program on the west coast. The Key in Fort St. James has benefited from some of these training dollars to help connect people to possible education opportunities for them. “We are always interested in meeting with local communities to discuss partnership opportunities that help prepare individuals through skills training and capacity initiatives to meet the growing labour demands of the North,” added Catherine

Pennington. Interested parties can submit an application to the Regional Skills and Business Database and express their interest in working on the Northern Gateway Pipeline project. There are applications for individuals, small to medium-sized businesses and larger businesses. Individuals would be connected to contractors on the project looking for workers and there is an option to upload a resume. Small to medium sized businesses would have opportunities to look at subcontractor opportunities and larger companies could then get connected to those working on the supply chain to get on a bidder ’s list. The Database is located at The Northern Gateway Project is a proposed 1,777-km twin pipeline system and marine terminal being proposed by Enbridge Inc. The proposed project would transport 525,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil for export and import 193,000 bpd of condensate.

New pier for historic site Not only cats have nine lives, perhaps. The pier at the Fort St. James National Historic Site may get its fourth life, with the reconstruction of the structure to begin later this year. The pier, also known as the “tramway,” was historically where goods were both loaded into and unloaded from boats for the trade route to bring supplies and deliver furs. The structure is slated for demolition as it has become unsafe over time and the pilings have been pushed up by frost. The demolition began earlier than expected, and a glow in the night resulted in a call by site security to the RCMP and fire department on Mar. 12 at 5:30 a.m. Over 3500 BC 55+ Seniors expected to attend. RCMP arrived and said they found a 10 foot by 20 foot area of the pier damaged What’s happening in your region? by fire and the fire department put out the Get involved. We’ll show you how. fire with shovels and snow. It was only after some investigation the The view from the Fort St. James National Historic Site with most of the pier RCMP said they came to realize the fire intact. Caledonia Courier was part of the planned demolition. the 1890s and included tracks which allowed carts to be But the miscommunication was rectified, and Site Manager Bob Grill said the plan is to begin pulled up to the fur warehouse carrying goods sent to the reconstruction this fall, with the process planned for two fur trade post, and sent down loaded with furs for the outPlay With WithUs” Us” “Come Play side world. stages. The wharf and pier were first rebuilt in the 1970s, then The first stage will be to rebuild the section which goes again in the early 1990s or late from the shore to the water. The second stage is not yet confirmed as it will be the 1980s said Grill. The absence of the pier through reconstruction of the actual pier, which will require an environmental assessment and permitting process. The this summer will have some return visitors to the site perhaps taking second phase would not take place this year. The original pier was built during the fur trade era of a second look at the changed view. Liam Willick and Carmen Bennison ✦ Grade 12

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Logger’s Bonspiel There were some loggers on ice over the Mar. 14-16 weekend. It was the Logger’s Bonspiel in Fort St. James, with 14 teams competing for curling glory. In the end, the Ublies rink beat out the James rink for the A event final. The Higashi rink beat out the Stone’s Bay rink for the B event final. An finally, the Bruvold rink beat out the King rink for the C event final.

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Houghton said the two Grade 12 students show discipline in participating in the Junior Initial Attack Program, which is a preemployment course to be eligible to become a junior initial attack firefighter in the summer with the Wildfire Management Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The rigorous course had the pair traveling to Vanderhoof one day a month to participate and they also have to maintain their other course work and both are active in extracurricular activities. “I’m just really impressed with their work ethic and their diligence in keeping up with their course work,” said Houghton. “In the school they’re just very positive leaders.”

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Caledonia Courier

The BC Government is now off-loading our recycling decisions to Toronto.

Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just

$35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first priority, nor does it guarantee that there won’t be job losses here in BC. It doesn’t guarantee service levels, or say anything about how big business will pass along the costs to you when you go to pick up a pizza or buy groceries. Yikes! Perhaps this is why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to sign onto the new program, calling it a “scam.” Given that, maybe it’s time you called Premier Clark to keep BC’s environmental decisions right here in BC where they belong.

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

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

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

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

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

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Epic journey - take two Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier So why would a dog musher subject himself to frostbite, exhaustion, and dangerously steep terrain not once, but twice? For the adventure of course. In 2011, Jerry Joinson of Fort St. James journeyed to the Yukon to race in the Yukon Quest 1,000, a 1,000mile sled dog race between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska. It was a challenge which resulted in hallucinations, the loss of a dog before the race started and was some of the most challenging weather the race had seen since it began in 1984. So in 2014, Joinson went back, to do the race again, this time from the opposite direction (the race alternates directions, and in even-numbered years, it begins in Fairbanks, Alaska). Joinson had been told the route was easier beginning in Fairbanks, because a musher went over some of the toughest mountains with fresher dogs, before over a week of hard running had worn the team down and the last time, his dogs were not well, having caught a dog flu while they were training. So he and his wife Lisa Joinson, who was going to race the Yukon Quest 300 this time her-

the company they were leaving the country. She could get cash from one machine in the whole town, and with vet bills and vehicle bills in the $1,500$2,000 USD per day range, it was a difficult situation for her. Her handlers, who were volunteering and supplying their own vehicle, ended up loaning

the pair money to get them by. Meanwhile, on the trail, Jerry was facing his own challenges. The trail conditions were like racers had never seen before on the Quest, with barely any snow this year, and rain having hardened the snow. “On the road, if you go to a skating rink, they

wouldn’t’ have ice as good as that,” said Jerry of parts of the route. Where normally there were frozen rivers and creeks, instead this year, there were gravel bars and open water sections in between iced sections. Several times Jerry was up to his knees in water. Continued next page

If you Currently Subscribe to Jerry Joinson tends to some of his dogs at his truck during a stopover.

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self, doing 300 miles of the same trail with her team, had trained and planned and saved to make the journey to do it again. The challenges began before they had even left, with the dog handlers who were going to accompany them dropping out, but luckily Lisa had gotten an offer from someone else to come and help handle for her if she needed, so she made arrangements for the new handlers to meet them up north. Then the truck broke down - and the story begins to sound like a bad country music song. Then their dogs became ill, very ill, having picked something up while training on Fairbanks area trails, but they hoped for the best and kept on preparing for the race. “They got so skinny it was unbelievable,” she said.

One of Lisa’s dogs ended up having exploratory surgery to find out the problem, as she nearly died from an infection which resulted from the illness. The dog was on an IV for seven days and cost nearly $2,000 in vet bills to save, after wasting away before their eyes until the vets would manage to figure out the issue. “The stress was unbelievable - before we even left,” she said. All this taking place as the race was about to start and then as the race started, it was still going on, with Lisa thinking most of her dogs were recovering and two of Jerry’s still a bit ill. Lisa started her race with dogs so weak, by

60 miles, they couldn’t even walk up hills, and she had to scratch. “That was just the start,” she said. Lisa said she immediately switched roles to become Jerry’s handler, and began dealing with the logistical side of the race, supporting him at the checkpoints. “I think Lisa had a harder time this time than I did,” said Jerry. “This was no fun for me at all,” said Lisa, of the experience. “This was a big survival event.” But she held it together, sometimes with zap straps -literally. Their bank cards wouldn’t work and the credit cards had been frozen because they had neglected to inform



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Epic journey continued... From previous page Temperatures would fluctuate widely, meaning he had to adapt and try not to get too hot, as later on the sweat would make it hard to keep warm overnight. One morning, the temperature was -47 C when he left the checkpoint, by 10 a.m., he was down to his long underwear, that night at the next checkpoint, the temperature had dropped to -58 C. This year, while not as cold for as long, he ended up with frostbite on his nose, hands and toes. He finished the race on February 14, when he spoke to The Courier on March 19, he said he was just beginning to get the feeling back in his hands. “It was really damp, I couldn’t dry out,” he said. But this was not the worst of it for Joinson. The toughest challenge were the sleds. At Eagle Summit, the toughest and steepest of the peaks the dog teams have to go over, he came up over the sharp ridge

and before he could begin to prepare for the descent, his dogs had turned down the steep face. “I had no problem going up,” he said. “Lots of fun coming down though.” In seconds, Jerry’s sled was flying through the air over top of his dogs. “I could see my wheel dogs down below me,” he said. Then he tumbled with his sled, over and over again and ended up on his side, sliding down the hill, holding onto the runners. “I could have swore I was still holding onto my handlebars … I have no idea how that happened,” he said. Then, near the Alaskan border, going over some hummocks, on the hard trail, Jerry broke one of the runners on his sled. Not realizing right away it was broken, he kept going, and ended up having to limp the sled to the next checkpoint, with one dog loaded in the sled. “That was a challenge,” he said. The sled would come

Jerry Joinson and his team during the race.

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Jerry Joinson at the finish line of the Yukon Quest 1,000.

Photo courtesy of Yukon Quest

to a sudden stop when the broken runner dug in, sending him and the dog on the sled flying. He was really tired and when he arrived at the next checkpoint, he said “I’m done.” But with the encouragement of an official, he traded his sled out for Lisa’s, and decided to keep going. There was some confusion over the time

penalty for trading out the sled, and in the end, the officials dropped the penalty. “When you’re tired, you don’t always know all the rules,” said Lisa. Then, a reroute to avoid an open river led to a corner with a steep hill, and Jerry’s wheel dogs were going down the other side before his sled was even up the hill. “Being as nimble as I

am …” he said, describing jumping from his sled and being flung into a tree, breaking off a two-inch diameter tree and then hitting a 10-inch diameter tree. “And that’s where my sleigh stuck, about six feet off the ground,” he said. While he was able to pull it off and get his dogs back together, then another 90-degree corner caught him off guard. He slid down on his butt, his sled was stuck in another tree, destroying the sled and tearing his

sled bag, which holds all his gear on the sled. Jerry had to go back to the highway, wait for eight hours, and was given another sled and sled bag, this time he had to take the eight-hour penalty. “There again I was ready to scratch,” he said. Lisa, another sleigh and the dog truck were brought to where he was. She reassured him the dogs were healthy and fine and he was doing well. But despite the frostbite, crashes and broken sleds, he said it was less

difficult in some ways than in 2011. “Actually I had a much better time this time,” he said “I think I slept more during the race than I did during the training season.” During training, he was getting about three hours of sleep a night, but during the race, waiting for his gear to dry, he would get about fours hours, and he took better care of himself. “He was really severely dehydrated during the race in 2011,” said Lisa. In the end, Jerry finished the race second to last, but with the addition of his time penalties - one for dropping a dog with not enough food because he knew the checkpoint had food and he needed to keep enough for his dogs on the trail and one for changing sleds - his official place was last, winning him the Red Lantern Award. Another epic journey, and one he said he won’t be repeating. But he said that last time.


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April 19, 1917 - March 11, 2014 Predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Reuben Horwitz in 1989. Born in Spokane, Washington, resided in Portland, Oregon from 1923 to 1955. Grant High School, Oregon State University, Class of 1939. Life member Kappa Alpha Theta and Oregon State Alumni. Served on Boards for University Fraternity, Regional Camp Fire Girls, Community. Resided in Fort St. James, BC from 1955 to 1995. Victoria Resident since 1996. Member of the Prince George Weavers and Spinners Guild, Victoria Weavers and Spinners Guild, Asian Art Society, Uplands Golf Club, Camosun Gyro Club Golden Girl, University Club of Victoria. Predeceased by her nephew, Stuart Heath Rutherford; survived by nephews, Kenneth and Byron Rutherford, great niece, Meleah Rutherford, Portland, Oregon, her dearest friends, her goddaughter, Lesley Day and husband Matt Day, Bend, Oregon, her special adopted family, Rachel and Don Boult, Victoria, BC, Roxanne and Yann Brierley and their children Noel, Everett, Brynn and Sebastien, Vernon, BC and Kathie and Bob Thompson, Sidney, BC. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 pm, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Interfaith Chapel, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC, near parking lot 6 and Finnerty Gardens, with a reception to follow at Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria, BC. Condolences may be offered to the family at www. McCall’s of Victoria (1-800-870-4210)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Caledonia Courier


ty Build i n u m er m

Courageous Battles




Human Interest



Brought to you by your MLA John Rustad

Serving the community of Fort St. James

Featuring the spirit of the local people

Homeward bound Ruth Lloyd Caledonia Courier

someone at the home said the man had been unable to catch the dog, but Mila was often seen around the nurse’s sta“It’s one of those stories that gives tion, so she could try there. you hope.” Garza contacted the nurses, who This is what Louisa Garza said, and said they had noticed the dog hanging while she is referring to hope for owners around starting in November and said of missing pets, the story also gives you they would try and catch her if they hope in humanity. could and would bring her to town their This is because without a lot of people next trip. willing to go the extra mile, the story of “They were thrilled to be helping, Mila the dog and her owner Brian Colwhich was awesome,” said Garza. lins could have been very different. She met the nurses at around 9:30 Collins and Mila were staying at a p.m. on March 4 at the Petro Canada tree planting camp near Takla Landing in and received the dog, which Garza said May of 2013, where Collins was support was beautiful, with a very gentle nastaff for the camp. ture. Mila had been chasing rabbits and She then took the dog to Nahounli wandering too far from camp, and so Kennels where Grill was going to look Collins had been keeping close tabs on after the dog for the humane society the dog, shutting her inside his cabin until it could be taken to Prince George more often. to be flown out. But at 3 a.m. one night, the cooks “I can’t even thank her enough,” for the camp could not get the generator Garza said of Grill’s help. started, and so Collins was called in to Garza then worked with Collins to help fix the generator. Mila wanted to go arrange for a crate and she got in touch out, and he debated but finally decided to with Angela McLaren of the Prince let her out to pee. Brian Collins and his dog Mila were reunited recently thanks to a lot of help from volunteers George SPCA, who agreed to take care After fixing the generator, Mila was and the community. of Mila until the flight details could be Brian Collins photo worked out once someone could take nowhere to be found, and he couldn’t call her right away and wake up the camp, so the dog into Prince George. so Collins began trying to figure out how to make it happen. he hoped she would come back. Garza drove Mila there herself, and handed the dog over He put an ad on Kijiji and got in touch with the person She never did. to McLaren. who found Mila. Eventually, Collins went home after the camp was done, Collins then arranged a flight from Prince George to ToThe man said he had seen the dog around and had put having left messages with Nahounli Kennels in case she out food for her for about eight months before he managed ronto, Ontario, where he drove down to pick her up. turned up, but with no sign of the dog. When she arrived, he had his mom go out and put her on to get her to trust him enough to read her tags and get the Home for Collins is all the way over in North Bay, On- number. a leash and bring her into the airport, he said when she realtario. He thought he probably wouldn’t see her again. After getting the call and confirming it was his dog, ized he was there, Mila began jumping around and whining. Near the end of February 2014, Collins received a phone Collins then got in touch with the Fort St. James Humane He recorded the reunion on video and sent it to Garza. call from his local humane society. “Really, I could cry, it’s just beautiful,” she said of the Society, calling Garza himself and beginning to make the They asked him if he had a dog, he said he did, but he connections to bring his dog to him. video. knew the dog he had gotten since Mila’s disappearance was Collins spoke to The Courier on Mar. 18 and said Mila “It was great for me to be able to help this guy,” said inside his home and without a collar on at the time, so he Garza, humbly giving credit to all the others who helped in was at home sleeping in North Bay for the first time as we was confused. spoke. the elaborate process. They asked him if he had a dog named Mila, and he said She was getting reacquainted with his new dog Pepper When arrangements were made to bring the dog into he no longer had her. town, Monica Grill of Nahounli Kennels agreed to help and and figuring out how to share. They told him she had been found and the person who to keep the dog until it could be taken to Prince George to He said Mila has a bit more of a wild streak in her than found her had called the number on her tag, which was the be flown to Ontario. she did before, guarding her food more aggressively than humane society in North Bay. She met up with Garza and they waited for an hour for she had in the past, but she is doing well. But getting a dog back halfway across the country from the man from Takla to bring the dog in on the agreed day. Hopefully the Treeing Walker Hound will be able to resomewhere as remote as Takla Landing is not so easy, and He did not show up, and when Garza called him again, sist chasing rabbits for the near future.

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March 26, 2014 edition of the Caledonia Courier

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