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Travels down the Thompson Ashcroft’s heritage committee celebrated Heritage Week this year by focussing on the Thompson River. They invited Kumsheen Rafting founder and author Bernie Fandrich, who has just published a book, Majestic Thompson, to come and speak. Over 100 people turned out to listen and watch Fandrich’s fascinating presentation, and to view pictures of the Thompson taken by local photographers.


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Road contract awarded

The Village of Cache Creek awarded the consulting contract for the Maclean Crescent Reconstruction project to McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. for $93,881 at its March 24 meeting. McElhanney was the second highest bid of the eight proposals submitted for the work, and prices ranged from $119,800 (Pink Umbrella Consulting) to $29,044 (Onsite Engineering Ltd.). Administrator Dan Plamondon defended his recommended choice, saying that the selection committee evaluated not only price, but other criteria, including ability and past experience. Mayor John Ranta added that

McElhanney was the consultant on the Mclean Dr. reconstruction project and it worked out well from a consultant point of view. The Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued with the statement that “The Village of Cache Creek considers that “best value” is an essential part of engaging a service provider and therefore the Village... considers that it offers great value and better serves the Village of Cache Creek’s interests.” The consultant is responsible for the planning, design and contract administration for the project, which the Village hopes to undertake this year.

Graffiti Days theme argued

Cache Creek Council granted a development permit to resident Jim Douglas so that he may put a 2,400 square foot shop and storage unit on his property. No one questioned the addition of the shop on the commercial property, but Coun.Wyatt McMurray was upset that the requirement for a Graffiti theme was being ignored. The approval was upon condition that Douglas allow the Village a right of way along the Bonaparte River for a walkway, which Douglas said he was willing to do. However, businesses in the development permit area are required, by bylaw, to add “graffiti days” highlights to whatever is being built. There was no “graffiti days” theme in the proposal. McMurray attended the meeting by phone while sitting in the Vancouver Airport. He questioned the lack of graffiti highlights. Mayor John Ranta said the requirement was not being enforced because it was a pre-engineered quonset style building, and administration had made a deal with the property owner for the riverside walkway. So, rather than complicate the issue with further require-

ments, they would not push the graffiti theme. And, being a quonset-style building, it already had a 1950s look. “My concern is that we have a plan but anytime we have someone who wants to ignore it, we cave in. “If we’re not going to do it, let’s take it out.” It was done in order to achieve an agreement with the property owner, said Ranta, to everyone’s benefit. “So our votes are for sale? Are we that easily appeased?” said McMurray. Ranta suggested that the permit approval be amended to include an “effort” to decorate with a graffiti theme. McMurray added approval by administration before proceeding, but as no one else on Council seconded it, the amendment was not considered. Douglas was at the March 24 meeting. He said afterwards that he wouldn’t mind adding a graffiti days theme to it at all, but he was not asked. He said he had plans to landscape around the shop so it wouldn’t be an eyesore, and he would enjoy using a graffiti theme. He hopes to start it this spring.


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March 21 at 4:29 pm police received a call for assistance from a 49 year old Summerland woman who was concerned that a 44 year old Penticton man failed to show up at a Barriere home. He was supposed to be hitchhiking through the area. Police located the man at Royal Inland Hospital. He was there for undetermined health reasons, but was not injured.

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March 22 at 5 pm a Traffic Services officer observed a minivan in Cache Creek with a burned out light and pulled it over. The driver, a 54 year old Hat Creek woman, was found to be a prohibited driver and a vehicle impound candidate. She was charged with driving while prohibited and her vehicle was impounded.

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March 23 at 6:34 pm police were notified that three females appeared to be passing a joint among them in their car at the Husky station in Cache Creek. The vehicle was located and stopped just north of Hat Creek Rd. None of the occupants seemed to be impaired and there was no odour of marijuana. The driver, a 26 year old Abbotsford woman, said they were sharing a hand rolled cigarette. Her passengers were a 44 year old Abbotsford woman and a 23 year old woman from Delta.

Staggering pain

March 2 at 8:30 pm Traffic Services was conducting a road check on Hwy 99 near Hat Creek Ranch. They seized a small amount of marijuana from a 64 year old Bear Lake man, who had been unlicensed since 2011. He was issued a ticket and his vehicle was towed. At 10 pm they issued a 24 hour suspension to a 56 year old Lytton man for impairment by drugs. His passengers had open liquor in the vehicle, which was poured out. He was issued a

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March 24 at 2:38 pm police received a report of a possible intoxicated man walking on Cornwall Rd. towards the Reserve. He was located, still walking unsteadily, ne hand was holding his back. The 54 year old Ashcroft resident advised police that he had injured is back a few days earlier and it pained him to walk. He was offered a ride home, but he declined saying it hurt worse when he sat down.

Hitchhikers stopped

March 24 at 4:46 pm police received a request from Kamloops RCMP to look for a 2012 Honda Civic that had picked up two young female hitchhikers at the Big Sky gas station by Deadman Flats. Ashcroft and Clinton RCMP located the vehicle near Clinton. The driver, a 41 year old Thornhill man, said he gave a ride to the 15 and 19 year old Anahim Lake females because he was worried that some “sicko” might pick them up. The ladies were warned about the dangers of hitchhiking and the 15 year old was held at the Clinton Detachment until her family came to pick her up. The Ministry of Child and Family Development was notified. The driver was issued a fine for disobeying highways signs that said it was illegal to pick up hitchhikers.

Too many curves

March 24 at 6:11 pm police received a report of an erratic driver on Hwy 97C between Logan Lake and Ashcroft. The caller said the vehicle was all over the road. Police located the vehicle at the OK Stop, but the 58 year old Enderby driver, was sober. He said it was his first time driving the highway and he wasn’t prepared for the hills and curves.

Now and then Parade theme

“Then and Now” is the theme for the 2014 Ashcroft Rodeo Parade, just like the theme in the parade calendars. The parade committee felt that this theme would offer a lot of possibilities to the parade entrants who want to put together floats that showcase the early as well as current years. We would like to extend an invitation to all of our neighbouring communities to enter and be a part of our parade this year on June 14. We would love to see representation not only from Ashcroft, but also from Cache Creek, Spen-

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Loon Lake woman receives Award Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, have named Loon Lake’s Ethel Smith as one of this year’s 36 recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Awards. “As British Columbians, we are inspired by those in our communities who make a difference by their efforts,” said Clark. “Thank you to the 2014 recipients for their contributions; you make our Province stronger with your commitment and generosity.” Smith joins the company of past recipients from the local area, Barb Shaw (2004) of Cache Creek, Dorothy Dodge (2005) of Lytton, Peggy Chute (2008) of Lytton, Ben Roy (2008) of Cache Creek and Deb Arnott (2011) of 16 Mile. The recipients of the 2014 awards are: Selen Alpay (Prince George); Cathy Ashurst (Burns Lake); Amrik Singh Aulakh (Surrey); Donald Brown (Victoria); Helen Clifton (Hartley Bay); Lynnette Cobb (Williams Lake); John D’Eathe (West Vancouver); Allan De Genova (Vancouver); Judy Dix (Prince George); Wayne Duzita (Richmond); Michael Feller (Richmond); Keith Gibson (Tofino); Daphne Goode (Victoria); Lawrence Haiducu (Surrey); Deanna Hamilton (Kelowna); Jill Hayward (Louis Creek); Carol Hunt (North Cowichan); Valerie Ingram (Southbank); Bonnie Leadbeater (Victoria); Bessie Lee (Vancouver); Morgan Leung (Delta); Larry Leung (Burnaby) and Jason Min (Delta); Donald Lindsay (Vancouver); Gordon Marks (Anmore); Michael McCoy (Richmond); John McLernon (Vancouver); Donald Pettit (Dawson Creek); Ethel Smith (Loon Lake); Marilin States (Creston); Fred Titcomb (West Vancouver); Germain Vigneault (Port Clements); Pat Wahlstrom (Quesnel); and Miriam Yu (Vancouver). An independent advisory council selects the recipients of the Awards from nominations received in the Fall, 2013. The recipients of the 2014 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be recognized in a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on April 29.

RunClubbers find their own pace Ashcroft/Cache Creek RunClubbers Hi-Five while passing on the pickup last weekend (in the snow). Who are these people and what’s a pickup? Read Coach Trill’s Living Well column on p. 16.

DU auction supper in Cache Creek this week For over 30 years, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has been working in the South Cariboo to conserve the area’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat. On March 29, they will be hosting a fundraising banquet at the

Cache Creek Community Hall to help make sure that work can continue. The annual dinner and live auction is a highly anticipated, volunteer coordinated event in the community and raises funds for wetland

conservation. The evening includes special raffles and numerous door prizes as well as supper. “It’s critical that we continue conserving the natural areas in this region, which are so important to wildlife and to all of us,” says Ken Johnson, manager of event and volunteer relations for DUC. Established in 1938, DUC has grown from humble beginnings to become a world leader in wetland conservation. Over 6.3 million acres of marshes, ponds and other associated habitat have been conserved through more than 9,000 projects. The nearby 59 Mile Marsh project is just one example of Ashcroft Yoga continues to parnership with the Village of Ashcroft: Yoga leader Marijke Stott presents DUC’s work in Mayor Andy Anderson with a cheque to cover the cost of some more Community Hall renovations. our own backBoth the mens and ladies washrooms now have low flush toilets, new vanities and taps. New soap yard. Wetlands dispensers were added and some touch up painting was also done. Ashcroft yoga meets three times are valuable per week: Monday 7-8 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10-11 am. Come and check us out.

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Hide your trash don’t feed the bears We all like bears. Cute and cuddly, who didn’t have a favourite teddy bear as a child? Winnie the Pooh, Smokey the Bear, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo... And those pictures of polar bear cubs at zoos around the world that plaster news websites and Facebook pages? And the thrill of seeing a live bear in the distance as you’re driving along a rural highway is enough to wish you had a car cam mounted on the dashboard! An even bigger thrill is coming face to face with the real thing going through your garbage early in the morning. They aren’t so cute then, but who among us looks our best right before breakfast? Seriously. We don’t like seeing bears killed because of our negligence. And allowing them continued access to our garbage is negligent. You may think it’s thrilling and cute the first time she visits, and even the second. After that it becomes a nuisance for you and a death sentence for the bear. Make no mistake. These bears are not re-located. If caught, they will be shot and killed. And the saddest part is that it could have been prevented. The biggest motivator in life is hunger. As humans, we have a system that most of us adhere to in obtaining food, generally involving payment in exchange for food. Bears and other animals have no such rules. They see food, they take food, they remember where that food came from. And they’ll fight for it if they have to, because starvation is not an option. This week Ashcroft noticed that the bears have awoken, and it’s breakfast time. Scattered garbage pails have been reported all over town, and now the Conservation Officers have put their bear trap in place. Prevent bear confrontations with these tips from Store garbage in a secure building until collection day. Ensure bins are tightly closed. Regularly clean the bins that contain garbage. Do not leave garbage in the back of a truck, even if it has a canopy. If you cannot store garbage securely, freeze smelly items and add to the bin only on the morning of collection. Install motionsensor lighting by your garbage to frighten bears away.


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Local actors provide great entertainment Switching Principals

Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan has done it again! Directed a fast paced farce by Pat Cook that delighted and left not one false start in the entire production. Indeed, the cast of 20 brought the farce off with professional skill. Most of the actors had played in the November 2012 production, Midsummer Mid Term, also directed by Varcoe-Ryan, and performances were more polished than ever. The design of the set was very simple. A principal’s office, with three doors and a portrait of the Queen. Sets didn’t have to be changed, which makes for an easier production all around. The doors of the office didn’t open without a new surprise, and a new burst of energy. John Kidder’s oiley fraud artist was played nothing short of, well, I’m going to write it, masterfully. And Connie Walkem as his girl friend didn’t miss a timing beat. In fact, everyone in the cast didn’t miss a cue. Wherever did John get that suit, those socks? Bright orange, with broad lapels and socks worn by circus clowns. John’s hair, adroitly dyed and with manicured partings by Lene Madeiros certainly deserved special mention. It all added to the fun. Barbara Roden played the domineering wife and board member to perfection. Her body language, controlled, and entirely effective, fitted the role beautifully and certainly created the feeling in the audience that she deserved just what she got in the end. Jean Burgess, who brought the

CAKEWALK CHRONICLES Esther Darlington MacDonald house down when she performed in Midsummer Mid Term as Puck, had a much smaller part in Switching Principals as a janitor. But as usual, she gave it all she had, with the kind of bouncy energy while shuffling the worthless stocks sold to her by con artist George Thurlow. David Dubois, as the befuddled principal had a smaller part too, but he played the part with perfectly convincing befuddlement. As did Judith Hightower, aka as Keya Belin, as a secret agent of the RCMP, which she wasn’t. Hightower made the twist at the end of the farce an utter surprise. Karla Cummins, who was billed as ‘the superstitious lady’, whose connection with the hiring of the principal was a little ambiguous (unless I got it wrong), was bizarre enough to make you wonder about the effectivity of the school board’s hiring process. All the rest in the cast didn’t miss a beat. Even the younger cast members, school kids, with special mention for Leith McLean, who played the ‘over active student’ to a T. Another bull’s eye for the Winding Rivers Arts and Performing Society and all those volunteers who helped EMAIL:



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For birthday gal, Anita Ladoski, haute coutre designer of womens’ hats and costumes, whose special day was held in the lovely home of Joan Henderson in North Ashcroft. Fabulous deserts, and a great bowl of trifle, with Joplin type jazz tunes hammered away by our own tiny Geraldine on Joan’s piano, made for a pretty fun time on that warm sunny afternoon. Thanks so much for the invitation.

Facebook and the Tuoheys

At the birthday party (above), Anita mentioned that Bob and Debbie Tuohey of Ashcroft had visited my daughter Nadine in her gallery in Maui. A picture of the three of them on Facebook seems to have circulated around the town because after the birthday party, I dropped into Revelations and Pam Sidwell said, “Have you seen your daughter with Debbie and Bob on Facebook? No, I hadn’t. Promptly emailed Nadine and asked her to send me the pic. She did, and commented that Debbie had “a beautiful smile”. Pam and others were surprised when I told them Nadine was 64 years old. “She looks half that,” exclaimed Pam. Well, I wouldn’t say that, exactly. But she does have the arch of my brows and the shape of my upper lip!

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From Loon Lake Road

The first day of spring was celebrated at Loon Lake Road, not because of the weather but because a very deserving resident, Ethel Smith, was named as a recipient of the 2014 BC Achievement Awards announced on March 20 by Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. This is a much deserved recognition of 37 years of service as the First Aid Post attendant who went well beyond the call of duty to care for Loon Lake residents and visitors. Many residents are very proud and happy that Ethel has been recognized by the province in this way. Many, many thanks Ethel for your contribution to the residents and visitors of Loon Lake Road over the years. To illustrate the size of this contribution we can go back to the mid 1970’s, (where were you then?) when Ethel first realized the need for some form of first aid assistance for Loon Lake residents and visitors and then we can page through 37 years, one day at a time (over 13,500 days – longer than any life sentence), dealing with all sorts of injuries and medical problems, working to find the money to equip the first aid kits, get oxygen tanks and other necessities and to keep up the certification. Ethel did all these things on a voluntary basis. This was not your average volunteer service on a local club executive for a few years after which the club votes you the “citizen of the year”. This was volunteering extraordinaire. To quote Premier Clark “Thank you, ... you make our province stronger with your commitment and generosity.”

Barbara Hendricks Snowcapped spinach

Spring for gardeners is always the season of great anticipation even greater than at Christmas time. Gardening here at Loon Lake Road poses some challenges that can perhaps be lessened with a bit of inventiveness and curiosity. Late last fall I decided to see what would happen if I planted seeds of spinach, radish, lettuce and other greens at the end of October and let the seeds be exposed to the full blasts of winter. Well, this week as the snow receded from the garden beds – there was tiny spinach sprouts poking through the frozen ground. There is no way I could dig there now to plant the seeds but they have sprouted through the frost. I have rushed to cover the little plants with a plastic tunnel but I should have pressed the wire hoops into the ground last fall as pushing wire hoops into frozen ground is quite a challenge in itself.

Easy winter in comparison

It is sure nice to say goodbye to winter for another year and I am very glad that our winter was reasonably polite; unlike in Winnipeg where residents have been without water for three weeks now due to frost penetrating the ground deeper than usual. Also, my heart goes out to the family in Newfoundland who, on the first day of spring had to get up on the roof of their house and start excavating it from a snow bank where it was completely buried by drifting snow. The worst we had to deal with at Loon Lake was some treacherous icy walking conditions.

Squirrel stew

I read in the news recently about a restaurant in Montreal that has announced that it will start to feature more Canadian wild meats on the menu – especially squirrel. This article reminded me of a family story from the mid 1940’s. In those times, spring was a time when fresh meat was short supply as hunted game that had been hung frozen or put on ice was used up and one didn’t just take a trip into town for some meat. There were no electric freezers around then. My father supplemented the farm income in the winter with a trap line and, as he had been bagging quite a few squirrels, my parents decided to try eating squirrels; it was meat right? My mother cooked up some and served them, and much to the disappointment of all, the dish was quite inedible as it tasted like eating fir needles. Perhaps a fir tip salad with pine nuts would have been easier to prepare and taste the same. The squirrels here of course live over the winter on the evergreens, eating both the seeds as well as young shoots. Perhaps in Quebec where there are more oak trees the squirrels will be a bit more tasty – otherwise one would need to be really very hungry or desperate to be able to say they have eaten something unusual to go for the squirrel. Besides they are such cheeky and teasing characters who would want to eat them? For my tastes I enjoy the products of the Canadian wild like mushrooms, asparagus, nettles and fiddleheads and other greens and I would be thrilled to see these foods on local restaurant menus. See LOON LAKE on p. 13

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World economies rise and fall, local cafes come and go tion, it is a special treat to get a handwritten letter. Well, I recently received two of them the same day in the mail. Former Ashcroft resident and stage actress, Liz Ekering, who now lives in Kamloops, is very much involved in the theatre scene there. She will perform with others in the Vagina Monologues at the Convention Centre, and Liz has just completed a role in a Ring Lardner play. She’s added another string to her bow as well. A show of her paintings in Riverside Park come Canada Day. Congratulations Liz! The other letter was from my sister in Los Alamos, New Mexico, who is concerned for the growing drought effecting the area, as well as sundry worries about the growing power of corporate internationals. Whatever the bleakness of my Cakewalk from p. 4

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Our economy - getting it right

We’re told over and over again by the economists that Canada’s economy is shaky. Well, so is the world’s, I guess. But the fear mongering that seems to foment around Christmas time, that the economy will trash because people probably won’t have as much money to spend, has once again, proven entirely wrong. So, we’re only growing plus one per cent. Why do they think the economy of any country, including ours which is as rich as Croesus, should grow like an exponential curve? There comes a time when the old boom and bust type of socalled growth, has to peter out. And a time of stability of economies will hover over that one or two per cent. I once used to eat lunch with a couple of economists at the University of Manitoba, and they chided themselves for their uncertain


professions. I was just a secretary. I’m no economist. I’m just another consumer. But if you keep informed a little - and I do via the National Post’s Financial pages, you eventually come to realize that economies keeping steady is really a sign of health. But the economic Casandras of this world want to scare us into thinking otherwise. With no apologies to the pundits on Peter Mansbridge’s panels, or the rants of Newfie’s Rex Murphy and that other guy from the “Rock”, Rich Mercer. My! What a show off he is!

Ashcroft’s diminishing cafes

I was really sorry to hear that Darryl Starbucks has closed his Buffalo Station. (Again). I don’t know, the location seems just about right. As far as the building itself is concerned, it is roomy enough and has the nice rustic feeling that should attract. But Darryl moaned that he just couldn’t make it with the trickle coming in. Thinks there is too many eateries in this small town. Maybe he’s right. But the Central’s business has sure picked up, it seems. And the Ashcroft Bakery’s business, too, seems a regular. Often, when you enter these establishments, the places are filled. You have to wait, as you have to do in other places, or you go elsewhere. March 29 - Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction, The take out business seems Cache Creek Community Hall. Doors open at 6:00pm, to be doing pretty well too. country buffet dinner at 7:00. Live and silent auctions, And then there is Soups On, raffles, games, and door prizes. For tickets call Vivian every Friday, an all-donated (250-457-0430) or Sandy (250-457-9560). effort to bring people togethApril 6 - The Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society er. We are certainly not presents award-winning blues, folk, and gospel musician starving! Ken Whiteley at St. Alban’s Church Hall, Ashcroft. Doors

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Tasting B.C.’s wines

This was my first time to attend the Rotary’s annual

wine tasting event, which also featured ales and hops. The event is very tastefully (pardon the pun) put together, and offers an ample selection of wines, as well as an exhibition of art. Joris Ekering, a Rotary member, hung 13 of my paintings in the show, and they looked pretty nice against that broad white wall in St. Alban’s Hall, March 7. Local attendees were down. If it hadn’t been for the bus load of Rotarians that came from Kamloops, the whole event might have been a disappointment for the organizers who obviously put a lot of work into the presentation. I’m told that Rotary will be giving the event some thought to maybe changing the time of the year of the event. The curling Brier was on that weekend. March is always a busy month in Ashcroft.

Spring has sprung

There’s probably no need to remind people that our stores are filling with sacks of soil, fertilizer, racks of seed of every variety, and the signs of spring are everywhere around us. Ashcroft is blessed with an early spring. In years past, the odour of lilacs and fresh baking bread used to fill the downtown core. It still does. But in recent years, one friend of mine noted the other day, a long time resident, that the climate here is changing. She said she used to look forward to spring in Ashcroft, but recent seasons here have been rainy, windy, and not terribly warm. Global warming might be changing our semi - desert country into something less deserty. (Is there such a word?) They say that the arctic polar ice and glaciers are melting at unprecedented speeds, while the antarctic is getting colder! Is it that “Lucky old sun with nothing to do but roll around heavens all day,” got anything to do with the phenomenon?

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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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... Past, Present & Beyond Death on the Range - Pt. 6: The trial begins When the Clinton Fall Assizes commenced in late his past, and was trying to evade family members September 1915, the case of Rex vs. Clinger was not who had caught up with him – must have soundthe main attraction. That ed equally unlikely, given that there was no honour went to another, evidence to support it. even more sensational, The prosecution would also have capital case, which saw brought forward damning pieces of physic40-year-old Betty Cowal evidence: the cheque that was drawn on ard charged with the murSmith’s Ashcroft bank account a week afder, only three weeks earter he died, and that was forged by Clinger, lier, of her husband Jim at as well as the letter that had been received their cabin near Fort St. by a neighbour of the two men. The letter James. Before Mrs. Cowwas supposedly written by Smith, and reard could be tried, howcounted the story about traveling to Eurever, the trial of Albert ope, but it too had been forged by ClingLester “Chubby” Clinger, as a comparison with his handwriting A trial at the original Clinton courthouse in 1901. er – which had already showed. GOLDEN COUNTRY been postponed from the One by one various witnesses would in the back of the head. Clinger demonstrated to the Spring Assizes – had to be have been called – Chief of Police Frank Aik- court and jury exactly how the accident had hapBARBARA RODEN heard. en and Const. Jack Bourne, who had found the pened, and The Journal reported that he “told a very Once more the brick body; Napoleon Pigeon, Smith and Clinger’s connected and plausible story leading up to the death schoolhouse in Clinton was turned into a court- nearest neighbour, who had received the letter from of Smith”. room, with the schoolchildren left to find their own “Smith”; Chief Constable Colin Cameron, who had The accused’s explanation of subsequent events amusement for the duration of the assizes. Mr. Jus- discovered the evidence of the forged cheque – and was likewise “connected and plausible”, according to tice Denis Murphy, fresh from hearing court cases in each one of them would have added another nail to the paper. His first thought, he said, was to give himVancouver, took the bench to oversee proceedings, Clinger’s coffin. Perhaps blackest of all was the fact self up to the police; but it probably did not take long and Rex vs. Clinger was at last underway, almost that Frank Aiken had discovered an unsigned bill-of- for him to realize that circumstances meant there was eight months after Thomas Burton Smith had been sale leaving all of Smith’s personal effects, as well as a very real chance he would be accused of murder. murdered. his share of the two pre-emptors’ house and property, He therefore came up with the story of Smith robThe Crown was represented by Mr. N.F. Baird, to Clinger. The bill was supposedly written by Smith, bing him and then fleeing, in the hope that it would who mounted a very careful case for the prosecution but once more it was proved that it had been forged lead police astray. In order to bolster his story, he had which verged, at times, on the tedious. There was, by Clinger. forged “some letters to friends of Smith”, according however, a good deal of corroborative detail to be got At last Mr. Baird was finished, and it was time to The Journal report, although the only forged letthrough, and Baird was obviously determined not to for Clinger, represented by Mr. J.E. Bird of Vancou- ter which appears to have been discovered is the one leave a stone unturned as he put forward the Crown’s ver, to make his case. Up to this point the accused written to Napoleon Pigeon. picture of what had happened. had taken “the greatest interest in all the proceedClinger also admitted to forging the cheque for Albert Clinger, the Crown alleged, had murdered ings”, according to the report in the Ashcroft Journal $57 on Smith’s bank account, as well as the unsigned his partner Thomas Smith in cold blood, his motive on Oct. 9, 1915, and had “watched every word and bill-of-sale. In his defence, he stated that he was in being to gain access to the other man’s money and movement of the various witnesses”. When it was his such a dazed and stupefied state following Smith’s his share in their property at Springhouse Prairie. turn to stand in the witness box, Clinger betrayed no death that he could only think of getting as far away Clinger had waited until the two men were en route sign of embarrassment, and the story he told paint- as possible from a scene which had become a source from Spinghouse to Ashcroft, shot Smith in the back ed the events of February 1915 in a rather different of horror for him, presumably by whatever means of the head, then waited four days before reporting light. were necessary. that Smith had robbed him and disappeared into the Clinger testified that the two men had set out for When the prosecution cross-examined him, night, obviously hoping that police would take the Ashcroft as stated, and had made camp near Dog Clinger maintained his composure, and Mr. Baird story at face value. The story Clinger had spread Creek later that day. As he was making his way to- was unable to confound him in any way. Clingabout Smith wanting to visit a son in Romania might wards the fire the men had built, Clinger said that er’s defence lawyer, Mr. Bird, gave a short, but very have had a basis in fact, but seemed unlikely in the he stumbled and fell over some object hidden in the able, address, and then sat down. The case of Rex vs. middle of a war that was tearing Europe apart. The deep snow, and that the rifle that he was carrying dis- Clinger was now in the hands of the judge and jury. other story Clinger told – that Smith had a scandal in charged accidentally, with the bullet striking Smith To be continued



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Storytelling, games, food end NHSP program Happy Equinox Everyone! We are half way from the shortest day to the longest day. Not sure it feels much like the first day of spring as I write this today though, and yesterday’s wind, thunder, and hail storm was pretty dramatic!

The Pledge

And speaking of dramatic…Movie Nights continue with the “filmed locally” theme and tonight we are watching The Pledge. The next one will be April 17 and we will be showing The Sweet Hereafter directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, and Bruce Greenwood. Rated 14A. Showing starts at 7 pm at Clemes Hall. Popcorn, door prize, and FREE!

New Farmer/Flea Market

The Spences Bridge Farmers/Flea Market idea was officially sanctioned at Monday’s meeting. This is a very exciting venture for the Club to take on; I have confidence that there will be sufficient support to see that it is a success. The plan is for every Sunday 10 am to 2 pm, May through October, at Clemes Hall. Table rental is $5. We are teaming up with all the businesses in the area to encourage a Sunday Loop drive that will benefit everyone.

Music Festival

The Desert Daze Music Festival Committee met last month and planning is off to good start. The dates are Aug. 8-9. We have a fantastic core group of volunteers taking on all the usual components, but more are ALWAYS welcome! Next

meeting will be in April, if interested let me know. If you or a business you know of are interested in sponsoring the festival in return for some advertising, again, let me know.

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Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan St’at’imc Nation. Ms. Leach will lead us through games that are designed to be both fun and at the same time help us learn how to better talk to each other, bridge our differences, find our commonalities, deal positively with conflict, and build relationships built on trust and respect. Day 2 is planned with more family oriented games, storytelling and activities. Lunch is provided both days – a feast of wild meat and delectable vegetarian dishes from our local hunters and farmers! This last New Horizon’s event is open to everyone in the community to at-

The New Horizon’s Senior’s Grant program is winding down with the last of the mentoring workshops being held tomorrow with Pearl Hewitt on cedar headband making and moccasin brooches. This will be Day 2 of working with Pearl; the first day saw an amazing display of years of work of her traditional clothing, jewellery and more. We also had a wonderful day with Jean York as a group of us learned how to make medicine pouches. The pouches made were just beautiful, and Jean is a great teacher assisting us and Early Season sharing her vast Membership Buy knowledge. of $740.00 has been The NHSP program is culextended to April 17/14 minating in a We would like to welcome back two day celeDave Johnson as our bration April Club House Manager for 2014 4-5, 10 am 4 pm. “Fun Opening Special! through Story$20.00 + gst to golf all day telling and Games” is the from opening to April 17th! theme, led by 250-457-6666 Counsellor, One km East of Cache Creek on Highway 1 Athlete and Trickster Tracy Leach of the

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to cook. And I, of course, started taking pictures. “No, Mom,” he objected. “I don’t have a shirt on.” “You never do,” I responded, since he never does when he’s at home. “Why don’t you wear this apron?” He looked at it like I was a crazy person. “Why would I wear an apron?” he said. “Aren’t those for protecting clothes?” He let me take a few pictures after I assured him I wouldn’t post them on the internet or sell them to the tabloids, and then I happily became his sous chef for the next messy hour. His recipe called for a lot more ingredients than the Aunt Jemima pancake mix I’d normally use, so it took longer than either one of us expected, but we

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had fun. A lot of fun. Since Dad was out, it was my job to taste the results. Not being a fan of this starchy breakfast meal since I was very young, I didn’t think I was the best to judge his creation. I took one bite of his blueberry, whole wheat pancakes with butter and homemade syrup and gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up. They were a little thick and I could taste the baking powder, but I could tell they were edible. I didn’t imagine Sam and Daisy would eat much more than I did. I was wrong. The entire stack of them were devoured in record time. “Those were the best!” Sam said, proud to make such a delicious dinner for us. “I should do that for breakfast with chocolate chips instead of berries.” Since our house usually becomes sleepover central on the weekends, and pancakes are a favourite with the kids, I thought that would be a much better plan than the decadent breakfast feast my husband made for everyone recently. After getting a crav-

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New rules may end carefree off roading Loon Lake from p. 5

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This spring and summer will likely be the last seasons at Loon Lake Road for the carefree, if not downright careless, riding of off road vehicles and dirt bikes on Crown Land and public spaces or across a public road. Legislation is being prepared and a bill will

vate property. The intent of grant to make a short film vithe bill is to reduce the num- gnette of the Bonaparte Plaber of injuries that occur as teau Electoral Area for the well as reduce damage to purposes of economic deecologically sensitive crown velopment and promotionlands and forested areas. al purposes and that “stakeFines have been increased to holders” will be consulted. I always cringe when a maximum of $5,000. I have one concern how- I see the word “stakeholdever and that is there should ers” as it is bureaucratic jarbe provision for opportun- gon for “only those selectities for young people to ed people we want to talk practise riding to”. I have asked if they will under respon- remember that Loon Lake sible super- Road is part of the Bonavision even if parte Plateau but have had they are under no response. Our Fire Chief Arnie Oram at- the age to get a tended our meeting on March 17, driving license. Transfer station hours At the transfer station and reported on various things go- Learning at an ing on with our Fire Department. early age to be a there is ongoing confusion There’s lots of new training going responsible user regarding the shift to sumon, a new fire truck purchase in the of the outdoors mer hours. On line it clearly states works, an offer to assist with any can become a spring burning, and the revitaliza- life long habit summer hours start on April tion of an Emergency Social Ser- and on holidays 1, a change made by the at Loon Lake TNRD without consultation vice (ESS) committee. Anyone looking for more in- could be a good with the users several years ago; but now I hear that the formation regarding assisting with place to begin. attendant has been told the burning or anything else the Fire station should have been Dept. has going on, please con- Filming the open three days a week since tact Arnie. Thank-you so much to area On the the beginning of March. our Chief and all our volunteer fire TNRD watch, Who knew? fighters and First Responders! I note that the Let’s stick to March 1 TNRD Film for summer hours to start, TNRD update Our TNRD rep Steve Rice was Commission is please TNRD; it gives more also on hand to provide a report on applying for a time for yard cleanup. some of the initiatives going on in our regional district. They are many! Please contact Steve directMay 11, 1939 - March 12, 2014 ly for information regarding water, It is with great sadness and heavy park status, noise bylaws and so hearts that the family of Edward “Ed” on. Aie announce his sudden passing in

likely be introduced soon in the BC Legislature requiring all off road vehicles and dirt bikes using public property to be registered, display a license plate, drivers must have a license and must wear a helmet. If the bill is passed in the spring the law will come into effect in the fall. The rules do not apply to use on pri-

Easter Bunny and raffle course the Easter Bunny will have left plenty of chocolate eggs for the kiddies to find! This year the SBCC will be holding a bake sale at the Easter celebration and there is a raffle to assist in the Farmer /Flea market start-up costs. So, all baking of cakes, cookies, and bars will be gratefully accepted! The raffle tickets are now on sale and available at the Post Office, The Packing House, The Inn, and Cook’s Ferry Office. First Prize is a beautiful lap quilt made and donated by Judy Service, Second Prize - a $45 gift certificate for The Inn, Third Prize pottery donated and made by yours truly, and Fourth Prize a $25 gift certificate for The Packing House! Thank-you so much Judy Service, Ray Nigalis, Steve and Paulet Rice for your generous donations! Spences Bridge from p. 11

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Edward Aie

Spring Clean-up has been Next Meeting

scheduled for April 26 – meet at the old school at 10 am. This is the annual clean-up of our hyways and byways. Come on out, buddy up and visit and chat while we clear our roads of unsightly debris. We’ll do something for lunch for all who participate. Watch for posters and face book postings closer to the date.

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Ed is survived by siblings Lil Martin, Betty Wong, Loyd (Renee) Wongs, William (Chui Chu) Aie, Renay (Cort) Larson and Jerry Aie. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Ed attended Ashcroft High School and graduated in 1957. He later graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduating, he was hired by Pan Canadian Petroleum Ltd. (related entity Canadian Pacific Oil and Gas (CPOG) now Encana) where he was employed for 25 years in Calgary.

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After a successful career and considerable contributions to the company, he decided to enjoy early retirement in 1989 and pursue personal ventures, including real estate management. During his retirement, Ed enjoyed curling, golf, and visits to the casino on a regular basis to further socialize with dear friends. He was an active volunteer and contributor to numerous charities. Ed expressed continued commitment to his birthplace and demonstrated his belief in the value of education by establishing an annual scholarship award with Ashcroft Secondary School. Ed’s loyalty, friendship, gentle demeanor, genuine character and endearing smile will always be treasured. With loving thoughts and deep respect, his family will always remember him for his wise advice and sincere generosity.

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Calgary on March 12, 2014. Edward was born on May 11th, 1939 and grew up in Ashcroft, BC. He was the 7th of eight children and is predeceased by his parents Wong Du Dai Aie and You How Lim Aie and his sister Betsy.

With respect and deepest condolences, we acknowledge Ed’s circle of friends in Calgary. Your kind wishes and enduring friendships with him are sincerely appreciated. Our prayers and loving thoughts remain with you. Rest well, Ed. Our loving brother, uncle, and friend. A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ashcroft Zion United Church located at 401 Bancroft Street, Ashcroft, BC. In honour of Edward’s memory, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Notice of Applications for a Water Licence (Water Act) and a Crown Land Tenure (Land Act) Tk’emlupsemc Forestry Development Corporation (200 – 355 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, B.C. V2H 1H1) has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Thompson Okanagan Region, for a water licence to divert and use 13.64 cubic metres per day of water from Mayson Lake and an unnamed creek for enterprise purposes under the Water Act. The file number for the water licence application is 3005416. Written comments concerning this application should be sent to water officer Darren Bennett, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Thompson Rivers Forest District, 1265 Dalhousie Drive, Kamloops B.C. V2C 5Z5. Tk’emlupsemc Forestry Development Corporation has also applied for a licence of occupation under the Land Act for an educational camp on approximately 5.32 hectares of unsurveyed provincial Crown land in the vicinity of Mayson Lake. The file number for the Crown land tenure application is 3412854. Written comments concerning this application should be sent to land officer Frank Wilmer, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Thompson Okanagan Region, 441 Columbia Street Kamloops B.C. V2C 2T3. Comments will be accepted until April 28, 2014. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations may not be able to consider comments received after this date.


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All levels of runners included in RunClub RunClub Kamloops has come to Ashcroft/Cache Creek and our avid healthy communities have responded. When Jo Berry of Kamloops RunClub and Boogie the Bridge asked me if we could become their first satellite site for RunClub, I was excited, but apprehensive. Could our little communities find 20 people to make this work? We held an information session about the highly successful run-walk program of lifelong, injury free running and more than 50 people attended! I was so proud of our little towns, but I still wondered, would 20 people actually sign up and commit to a Run Club program? So on March 15, when more than 30 people met at the Trackside Diner for the first ever RunClub, I was bursting with pride at the amount of avid, health focussed people we have in this community! RunClub’s mantra is “Movement is Change” and this is incorporated in everything the club does. Some of the focus points of the six week program are: A pace for everyone; Egoless living; Union of people for community health; No one gets left behind; and Putting the Fun in Run. One of my favourite parts of our group runs are the “pick-ups.” I have often not enjoyed running for the sim-

should run faster. RunClub is not about stroking the ego, instead it’s about enjoying friends, the outdoors and movement. In order to run healthy, it’s important to vary the type and/or intensity of your movement. The variety on your muscles will help to ensure you are injury free as well as put the fun into run. RunClub incorporates a run-walk method which just means, you’ll run for a bit and then walk for a bit. Depending on your goal and your fitness level, you may run for eight minutes and walk for two minutes and then repeat or you may walk for five minutes and run for two minutes and repeat. In both cases, I have enjoyed running now more than ever! On April 27, many of us will be running at “Boogie the Bridge” in Kamloops. This charity fun run is held each year and all of the proceeds of the event are donated to local charities. This year the Boogie team anticipates breaking the $1 million mark in donations to needy local groups. If you would like to join in the fun, you can register online at Join the team by clicking on the “Corporate and Adult Teams” tab at left and then enter the “Coach Trill Fitness” team name to get in on the fun!

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ple reason that I felt slower and behind everyone else. Either they were waiting for me or having to run slower in order to run with me, or worse yet, they just took off running and I was left kilometres behind. So how do you encourage “run at your own pace” and “no one gets left behind” when we all have different paces? The answer: it’s called the “pick up.” So as the group begins to get spread out, the coach shouts “pick up!” and the runners in the front, circle back to the last person. Everyone follows the person in front until the last person is now in the lead. It’s a great opportunity to high-5 everyone as you circle back and keeps you all together without having to slow or speed up your own pace. Another aspect I enjoy about RunClub is that there is no pressure to get your fasted time. No one asks, how fast did you do today or tells you, you







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