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Kinder Morgan announces benefits of twinning project Times Staff

Is spring on the way? Only three-quarters of the ice cone at Helmcken Falls remains in this recent photo – an indication that the weather is getting warmer. For more about enjoying Wells Gray Park at this time of year, see page A19 inside. Photo by Kay Knox

District of Clearwater is to receive $390,000 for community benefits, municipal infrastructure, recreation and education through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Trans Mountain Pipeline announced on Thursday, Feb. 26. “This agreement with Trans Mountain will allow us to further a number of works in our community that we have identified as priorities,” said John Harwood, mayor of Clearwater. “Overall, there will be impacts to the District should this project move ahead and this agreement would be one of the positive impacts to our community. With this MOU we could see new investment in the community resulting from the Trans Mountain project.” “We want to ensure the communities we operate in are recognized for impacts of project construction,” said Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada. “Providing direct investment to our pipeline communities is part of our commitment to maximizing benefits of the Expansion. With this agreement, we will add to the investment we are making locally to provide community improvements and help make local education and training programs accessible for the people who live and work in Clearwater.” Thompson Headwaters and Wells Gray Country to benefit Clearwater would not be the only North Thompson commu-

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nity to benefit from the MOU announced last Thursday. Total investment for the four TNRD electoral areas in the Valley will be $845,000: • Blue River and Avola (Area B) would get $350,000 for parks, trails and education through Thompson-Nicola Regional District. • Another $175,000 would go to Vavenby, Birch Island and Blackpool (Area A) for community parks, also through TNRD. • Little Fort (Area O) would get $170,000 for road upgrades and landscaping, while $150,000 would go to Black Pines (Area P) for drinking water infrastructure. Also in the MOU announced on Thursday, Kamloops would receive $700,000 for community projects, while Valemount would get $185,000 for municipal infrastructure, recreation and education. Under an earlier agreement, District of Barriere would receive a $290,000 contribution toward upgrading bike and pedestrian trails. MOUs bring $4.6 million to communities along pipeline As part of the Community Benefits Program, each MOU calls for Trans Mountain to make a local investment in recognition of the effects of pipeline construction or operation along the proposed route. To offset the impacts of the expansion and to provide a positive legacy, the program will fund or partially fund three priority areas of investment: community programs and infrastructure

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improvements, environmental stewardship, as well as education and training opportunities. The local investments are in addition to $52 million in annual property tax payments paid to pipeline corridor communities with the expanded pipeline system in operation. Agreements now encompass the majority of pipeline construction communities along the corridor from Strathcona County, Alberta to Hope, B.C. with a total value of $4.6 million, representing close to 1,000 km of the pipeline. All agreements would only take effect with the approval of the expansion project. National Energy Board is presently reviewing the project and is scheduled to conclude in October, 2015, with possible approval in spring, 2016. The company predicts other agreements in the coming months as project planning continues. “We value our relationships with the communities we have operated in for more than 60 years, and recognize the communities along the proposed corridor affected by expansion construction should see direct benefits,” Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson said. “Our progress is significant. We’re ensuring the communities along our pipeline corridor receive investments to support important local projects. That’s in addition to landowner compensation, and the economic activity and regional employment our project will generate during construction and subsequent operation.”


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TRU to offer camp/ prep cook training that can lead to jobs their comfort zones to try new and interesting cuisine. Training will be experiential Are you looking for work? Or using guide sheets and menus to looking to change careers? prepare orders. Thompson Rivers University Students will learn to use – Clearwater Regional Centre successful time management in is offering a Camp/Prep Cook Training Program that could help order to have tasks completed. There will be constant superviyou land your next job. sion to ensure safety and quality The objective of this sevenof food products being prepared. week hands-on program is to All students will participate in train students to an acceptable setup, menu planning, inventory, skill level in order to successfully obtain work in a kitchen or camp budgeting, and other tasks. Students will also be given and perform basic duties of food the opportunity to obtain their preparation. First Aid Level 1, WorldHost There are numerous job Fundamentals, WHMIS, and opportunities in the North Thompson area for someone who Foodsafe Level 1 certificate during the program. has completed Camp/Prep Cook There is funding available for training. the Camp/Prep Cook Training Every summer Clearwater Program for eligible unemployed Employment Services (CES) receives inquiries from employers individuals. Having collected Employment requiring cooks with some forInsurance within the past three mal training or past experience. Members of the cast of "Collected Obsessions" pose for a photograph. Pictured are (back, l-r) Indigo years (five years for maternity or Upon successful completion Johnson, Gretchen Reveille, Chance Breckenridge, Di Trautman, Tom Cuthbert, (middle, l-r) Joanna parental EI) or being a BCEA of this program, candidates can Hurst, Jaime Lovgren, Alex Arduini, Lynda Ludbrook, Charlotte Smith, Neal Broswick, and (front) Steve client may lead to tuition and/or also qualify for Second Cook Raschke. The production consisted of seven short plays about people with fixations on such things as living supports for suitable canpositions in northern Alberta numbers, the rapture, spiders and an extinct bird. Four shows were presented in the Pit at Clearwater didates. and B.C. Secondary School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday by After Hours Theatre. Persons interested in this The camp cook positions usuPhoto submitted ally consist of a long and a short training and who are seeking funding assistance should season each year. make an appointment with a The positions often require Case Manager at Clearwater the ability to work long shifts. A Employment Services (250-674position as First Cook usually 2928) as soon as possible to requires additional ‘Professional Richard Christenson. District of Clearwater, Gray Community Keith McNeill check eligibility since the time Cook’, ‘Culinary Arts’ or Red Forest 2010 Society A total of $100,000 he said. required for the application Seal credentials. website (which is best Deadline for appliis available for projects Wells Gray varies from one individual to Under the guidance of a Red found by Googling the Seal Chef, students in the Camp/ cations is Wednesday, that promote the ecoCommunity Forest another. CES have staff available name). April 15 at 4 p.m. nomic and social welis once again invitto assist those who require extra Prep Cook program will receive Applicants are Applications are fare of people living ing applications for assistance. a nutritional education and will encouraged to use the in Wells Gray Country available online by grants, according Individuals interested in this learn to cook with a balance of online form. If subgoing to the Wells (TNRD Area A) and to spokesperson occupation should be well-orgaprotein, starch, and vegetables. mitting paper, seven Students will make soups from nized and able to work under copies must be propressure. scratch and cook recipes from vided. They should enjoy working other countries, pushing out of with their hands and have an interest BOARD OF EDUCATION in preparing food. SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 73 (KAMLOOPS/THOMPSON) Communication and team skills are very 1383 – 9TH AVENUE, KAMLOOPS, B.C. V2C 3X7 important, as cooks TEL: (250) 374-0679 FAX: (250) 372-1183 must work within a team of kitchen staff. PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE The training program will run Alternate delivery model of the Distance Learning Monday through Trained and trusted, we ensure you get the biggest Program (@KOOL) for the 2015-2016 School Year. Friday, March 16 to tax refund you’re entitled to with our Maximum Refund May 1, 2015. The Board will hold a public information meeting on Friday, March Guarantee*. If working as 6th, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Henry Grube Education Centre to provide Find out more, speak to an H&R Block Tax Professional today. a camp/prep cook information on its intention to provide an alternate delivery appeals to you, model/re-structuring of distance learning at the end of June, 2015. please contact Sylvia The public is invited to hear reasons for the changes and district Address Arduini, TRU staff will be available to answer questions. Your input is City Open 9-6 weekdays, 9-5 Saturdays Regional Centre welcomed and encouraged. Phone250-674-2360 Phone: community coordinator at 250-674-3530 DEBIT MACHINE-MASTERCARD-VISA Friday, March 6th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Appointments not necessary or to register or for more HENRY GRUBE EDUCATION CENTRE information about © H&R Block Canada, Inc. 245 Kitchener Crescent If you discover an H&R Block error on your return that entitles you to a larger refund (or smaller tax liability), we will amend the return at no additional charge. If H&R Block makes an error in the preparation the program. of your tax return that costs you any interest or penalties on additional taxes due, although we do not Kamloops, BC assume the liability for the additional taxes, we will reimburse you for the interest and penalties.


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Harper Creek undergoes review Municipality to seek federal help for well Keith McNeill

Simpcw First Nation is negotiating a benefits agreement with Yellowhead Mining for its proposed Harper Creek copper mine, according to Chief Rita Matthew. Once the terms have been finalized it will be brought to the band’s members to be ratified in a referendum. The chief expected the referendum to be held sometime within the next few months. Matthew was one of about 90 residents of the North Thompson Valley who took part in an information session held Feb. 24 in Clearwater’s new Dutch Lake Community Centre. The information session was part of the environmental assessment being done for the proposed mine. The band’s first priority is to protect the environment, the chief said. Other objectives include getting revenue to invest in their community and in the North Thompson Valley. The band is also interested in training opportunities and jobs for its members. "Simpcw First Nation is not taking a position until all the data is in," Matthew said. Following last summer’s spill at Mt. Polley, the tailings pond facility for the proposed Harper Creek mine was of interest to many. Rocks with the potential to create acid rock drainage will be put under water in the tailings facility to keep them from oxidizing, said Daniel Fontaine, an engineer with Knight Piesold Ltd. The facility will be created by an earthfill/ rockfill dam constructed across a valley near the mine site. Over the nearly 30-year projected lifespan of the mine the dam will gradually rise to a height of 175 m (about 575 feet) and 400 m wide at the base.

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Engineer Daniel Fontaine (l) and Clearwater resident Earl Tomyn check out a map showing the layout of the proposed Harper Creek copper mine during an information session held Feb. 24 in Dutch Lake Community Centre. Photo by Keith McNeill

This height is not beyond precedent in the industry, Fontaine said. The dam will be constructed out of material taken from the open pit mine. The top of the dam will always be at least 50 m wide at the crest, and will have a stable 2H:1V downstream slope. According to Yellowhead Mining, Harper Creek is a proposed 70,000 tonnes-per-day open pit copper mine with a 28-year mine life. It would be located

about 10 km southwest of Vavenby. Harper Creek has a four year development period, with the initial two years focused on environmental and construction permitting, and the second two years dedicated to construction. When developed, Harper Creek would provide up to 660 jobs during construction and up to 450 permanent jobs during operations. The proposed mine is presently in an environmental review by the federal and provin-





cial governments. A public comment period started on Feb. 19 and will last until March 21. A final federal public comment period will be advertised at a later date. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office will consider the public comments received, as well as the information in the company’s application, in preparing their environmental assessment reports.

Sometimes, when we reach for another sugar-containing soft drink, it is beneficial to imagine how much exercise it takes to burn off those extra calories. Most of these drinks contain 150 – 170 calories and 41 to 46 grams of sugar. To work off one can, you would have to walk at medium speed for 38 minutes; run six mph for 13 minutes; ride a bike for 17 minutes. Kind of puts in into perspective. Compression stockings have their greatest pressure at the ankle and reduce going up the leg. They are helpful in preventing deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the lower leg). They may relieve symptoms and even slow the progress of varicose veins. They also help prevent the blood from pooling in the lower legs which can cause skin breakdown. Your doctor can advise if these stockings will help you. A blood test is perhaps the most common of diagnostic tools. Back in 1884, a German scientist found a way to count red blood cells for the very first time. This made diagnosis of anemia much easier.

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Sportsplex roof to get work Council also approved award-

For the Record Times Staff In the article “Learning about the healing power of animals” in our Feb. 26 issue, it states that

Stu Seib turned himself in during January, 2011. The date should have read January, 2012. We apologize for the error.

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In March we put the spotlight on poison prevention to raise awareness of possible sources of poisoning in our homes. Examples include little soft pillows of detergent for our dish and clothes washers. Purses may contain medications, toothpaste, nicotine sources (cigarettes, gums, e-cigarettes) and alcohol found in perfumes, hand sanitizers and mouthwash. Look carefully at these poisoning sources and keep your children safe.


Clearwater town council voted to instruct staff to submit an application for federal funding to help pay for a third well during its Feb. 17 meeting. The New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund program is going to be asked to provide $1.1 million towards the project, or 2/3 of the cost. District of Clearwater would provide the other 1/3, or $575,000, for a total project cost of $1.7 million. The well would be located in Reg Small Park, near where Well #1 presently is located. The new well is being sought in order to provide a more consistent and secure water supply for the community.

ing a contract to Thompson Valley Roofing Ltd. to re-roof about 9,000 sq. ft. of the Sportsplex. Value of the contract was about $90,000. In background notes for councillors, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx noted that the Sportsplex was built in 1974. In the 1980’s, some areas were repaired with “torch on”, which now past its life expectancy. Although some areas have been patched over time, some significant leaks have developed. An engineering firm designed a roofing system that would resolve the height differences between the curling and main ice areas. The plan also included re-roofing the building in three phases. Last year the District repaired about 9,000 sq. ft. for $92,000. Groulx said the contractor should begin work in April, weather permitting.

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“ Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” - Marcus Aurelius, roman emperor and philosopher editorial by keith mcNeill

Revive Katimavik as an alternative to ISIS

“Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a thousand battles without defeat.” – Sun Tzu

Rambling Man compliments Times editor for his efforts Editor, The Times

Re: the editorial of Feb. 26, “We should remember our debt to the first responders of Canada.” I would like to take this opportunity to say kudos and a tip of the hat to our editor for, in my opinion, the best editorial he has ever written. His front page article was excellent also, and I’d like to wish Stu and Bobbi Seib all the best in their new careers. Here’s a very special thank you to all the first responders in this province who make this a better place to live. The police and ambulance paramedics are the first responders who have to witness

major vehicle accident scenes with all the blood and gore that go with them. It must be horrendously difficult when little kids are involved. When a life is hanging by a thread during that golden hour between the accident and the hospital, it’s paramedics who usually make the difference between life and death. Their reward for all of this is a government-negotiated wage deal that is one of the lowest in the entire healthcare system. What a bloody shame!

Jim Lamberton The Rambling Man Blackpool, B.C.

More circles and fewer squares Editor, The Times:

Well, well it seems that things in Clearwater go round and round just fine. Our Number 5 Highway traffic circle has recorded only two accidents since its inception, neither of which involved serious injury. Despite the circle

learning curve it seems that locals', visitors' and heavy truck traffic has adapted quite well. Oh, there are still those who ignore the circle right-ofway but their numbers are declining. Signalling when leaving the circle is improving and smooth entry while yielding to the

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circle traffic is improving. Folks, there is really no reason to stop on circle entry when a car turns on southbound at Birch Island. Yes, learning is possible outside the school house doors for young and old – the traffic roundabout proves it’s possible. Although there is always room for some improvement. I congratulate locals and the travelling public on a job well done. Next project should be immediately south of the Wells Gray Inn in 2016 (with advance apologies to Bonnie and Jeff for business disruption).

Wes Morden Blackpool, B.C.

According to news media reports, six young people from Quebec, two of them female, are believed to have gone to Syria recently to fight with ISIS. Closer to home, a B.C. couple is presently on trial for planning to explode a bomb during Canada Day celebrations at the provincial legislature in 2013. Last fall a radicalized young man struck and killed a soldier in Quebec with a car, seriously injured a second, and then died following a police chase. A short time later another radicalized young man shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa before being shot and killed himself inside the Parliament Buildings. Although apparently not inspired by Muslim extremism, last year a young man in Moncton shot and killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others. His stated goal was to start a rebellion against the Canadian government. That is just the start of the list. Other young Canadians have been arrested and charged with concocting various terrorist plots – some of them half-baked but nonetheless dangerous. Others have gone overseas to fight with Islamist radicals in the Middle East and North Africa. Several have died. This is not a healthy situation. Canadian society is getting polarized between the wealthy few and the struggling many. The rich are getting richer;

the poor are getting poorer – and too many young people feel that they do not have a future. Our society also is becoming polarized along ethnic lines. There is a sizeable and growing Muslim minority in Canada and, not surprisingly, they feel they are being discriminated against because of the actions of a radical few. Correcting this situation would require a multi-prong approach. One important part of this would be a greatly expanded Katimavik program. Katimavik (an Inuit word for “meeting place”) takes small groups of Canadians aged 17 to 21 from diverse backgrounds and puts them through an intensive six-month program of community service and learning-by-doing. Since it was formed in 1977, more than 30,000 young people have taken part. During the 1980s it included a military option in which participants could spend three months on an army or navy base. Funding for Katimavik from the federal government has ebbed and flowed over the years, but a small core of committed individuals plus support from a variety of others sources has kept the organization alive. The program should be expanded so that all young Canadians can have the opportunity to take part. In addition, they should be paid for their service so that, when their six months are done, they have a small nest egg to begin the next stage of their lives.

How can we live without a growing economy? Editor, the Times:

It was interesting to read of the Junior Council's recent visit with the mayor to learn about the budget. It is good to see students getting interested in, and starting to think about such things. Another point to consider in their discussion about growth in the

economy is not just who is, or should be, responsible for it, but whether or not we should have it as a goal at all! This idea comes up time and time again and we all seem to just go on with the belief that the economy can grow forever. One sort of irresponsible position is that we will let future generations

deal with any resulting problems, or another, somewhat illusory one, is that technological change will solve all. How can we live without a growing economy, you ask; I think it is time to start figuring it out.

Sandy Crane Upper Clearwater, B.C.

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Question of the Week


Do you think winter is

Leona Madland: I'm starting to be hopeful that it is.


Mohammed Sattar:

It's still officially winter but I think it's over.

Rod Alexander (West Kelowna): People from here say there should be more but I hope it's over.

Randy Hedlund:

We're going to get some more cool weather but it's not going to be a traditional winter. I already have nothing but grass in my front yard.

Jamie Atwater:

No. I think it's going to snow tomorrow. I can feel it in my broken bones.

Harper's economy has something for everyone Editor, The Times:

Canada is winning the race. It now has the fastest growing wealth gap and income gap in the OECD. The top 20 per cent of Canadians own 70 per cent of all the country's wealth. Better yet, the 86 wealthiest own as much as the 11.2 million least-wealthy Canadians. Not to worry, though. In Harper's Canada, there's something for those at the bottom of the heap too. Seniors get to work until 67 and young people get to pound

the pavement a lot longer, looking for those first jobs. But, there are about 400,000 temporary foreign workers (TFWs) now gobbling up jobs in Canada. During 20102011, 75 per cent of new jobs went to TFWs. Youth gets to search while TFWs get degraded pay rates without benefits. Harper's EI changes mean that only 40 per cent of the unemployed get benefits; the rest get to try scrounging for any old job. Those jobs may bring safety concerns, no benefits or low pay but Harper knows that

beggars can't be choosers. There's something for everyone. Due to Harper's aggressive tax cuts, between 2007 and 2011, $220 billion was given away, $60 billion to corporations and the rest to the wealthy. But there's something for future generations too. An accumulated deficit of $169 billion went to pay for these tax cuts. Men are the primary beneficiaries of these tax cuts but there's something for women, too. Since women benefit more from social programs, there have been cuts

there too. Share and share alike. With the income-splitting scheme ... no worries. It will cost the treasury $2 billion and 89 per cent of us won't see any benefit. Few benefit but all of us get burdened with debt. There's something for everyone. Despite $34 billion in subsidies to Big Oil, mainly to help with the tar sands, during the present global oil glut, thousands of workers are getting their pink slips. Some get dollars, others pink slips. And, if the Big Banks fail, as some did in '08, Harper's plan is

to encourage “bail ins”, allowing the confiscation of bank accounts. No worries, the depositors will get bank stock, instead of their money. There's something for everyone. A lot of Canadians are connecting the dots. They realize that something is going terribly wrong and they're starting to say, “Stop Harper.” There's something for everyone. Soon Harper will get his own well deserved pink slip.

D. Simms Clearwater, B.C.

Director gives update on Vavenby water system Editor, The Times:

Please accept my apology for I was under the misconception that what happens at committee meetings was not public until the whole board had made a decision. I have spoken with senior staff and they have informed me that all committee meetings are public. I have to thank Mr. Pennell for bringing that to my attention and this information will be taken into account in future. On Feb. 26, we (the ThompsonNicola Regional District board) addressed a recommendation concerning Community Water system Regulatory and Management Bylaw No. 2485, which is to consolidate all of the 11 existing TNRD water system bylaws into one bylaw that will provide consistency and clarity for staff and the public to understand the regulations with respect

to management and operations of the TNRD-owned water systems. If the water utility rate increase recommendation from the utility committee was approved by the board of director, then as of July 1, 2015 there will be rate increases for all 11 TNRD-owned water systems, including Vavenby. The reasons for the increases are: • 15 per cent increase in BC Hydro rates for 2015 • nine per cent increase in chlorine costs in 2014 • Staff wage increases • Inflation • Fuel increases • Increased direct costs i.e. maintenance, licences, permits, insurance etc. Another reason for the increase is that Vavenby Water System only has $1,213 in reserve. If anything major happens there is not enough money in the kitty to cover

the costs. I don’t know about you but I would rather pay an increased monthly fee than one large sum. If you think that I take these increases lightly you are sadly mistaken because, like you, I have to pay as well. I have copy of the utility systems summary that was provided to the committee, if you would like to read it in full. Water meters being looked at I have heard a few comments about the water meters that are recommended to be installed in Vavenby. The estimated cost of each water meter is between $2,000 to $3,000 and staff will be applying for a grant under federal Gas Tax funding so that there would b little or no cost to the end user. The water meter installation has a time frame of two years. Water meters are going to become a

fact of life. At this time staff recommends that water meters be installed only in the communities where there is high daily water usage. Your utility rate would be based on your water consumption; if you conserve you would pay less than someone who does not conserve. It seems that a few people feel that the grant monies should be used for improvements to the quality of water. If this is the case I can make a suggestion to staff that whoever wants it can be billed for the water meters and that their share

of the grant can go to upgrades. I don’t know if that will work but we can give it try. Just give me a call and let me know. Because the Vavenby water system is a surface water system we will always have turbidity at different times of the year, hence the boil order notices. Mr. Pennell set aside $30,000 for an ultraviolet light to be installed, which he borrowed from Area “P” and will have to be repaid at a future date from Area “A” federal Gas Tax Funds. The UV will improve the quality

of water only when there is no turbidity, so for most of the year we should have drinkable water for those people who are not drinking the water now. The manager of utility services has stated that he is going to install the UV system in water systems closer to Kamloops first and iron out the bugs and get a realistic cost before moving to the water systems in the outer areas like Vavenby. This to me

is good thing because then when installed in our water system we should have few or no problems. I hope this answer most of your questions. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me at (250) 674-7049 or email me at or director.

Carol Schaffer, director TNRD Area A (Wells Gray Country)

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Over 100 people attended a meeting at Clearwater Secondary School to discuss secondary school plans and problems. Panel member Hans Krauseneck favored senior pupils attending school in Kamloops, while fellow panel member Mrs. Pye did not. A special section outlined the history of various North Thompson schools. Opening dates for the schools were: Little Fort, 1908; Squam Bay, 1918; Upper Clearwater, 1939; Birch Island, 1922; Barriere, 1909; East Blackpool, 1916; Raft River, 1921; Signal Butte, 1939;

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Star Lake, 1934; Chu Chua, 1913; Avola, 1920-1925; Queen Bess, 1920s; Chinook Cove, 1912; Vavenby, 1917; Round Top, 1916; and Darfield, 1926. A bridge crew and powder from Kamloops had blasted away overhanging rocks at Second Canyon on the road to Upper Clearwater, reported R. Switzer, highways department foreman.



Clearwater Improvement District was asked to explain to provincial authorities why its budget was 20 per cent lower than the previous year.

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Clearwater's Reg Small retired after almost three decades as a Justice of the Peace and Provincial Court Judge. An inquest jury placed primary blame for a fatal accident on the Department of Highways. A truck driver from Alberta had been killed when his semi-trailer unit failed

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a skate-a-thon at the Sportsplex, attended by 77 skaters. Premier Bill Bennett announced a seven year moratorium on Uranium mining and exploration in the province. As a result of the statement, the Bates Inquiry, which had visited Clearwater the previous year, was disbanded.



Murray Stockton, chair of the TNRD Television, Parks and Cemeteries Committee, said he had met with members of Clearwater Chamber of Commerce regarding transferring broadcasting licenses from the chamber to the regional district. Upper Clearwater resident Albert Walker suggested a TV signal from 100 Mile House be re-

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Residents of the TNRD rejected a 911 emergency telephone service by a margin of about two-to-one in a referendum. The system would have cost $2.5 million to set up, and another $665,000 annually to operate.

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Clearwater's swimming pool committee received support in principle from TNRD Area A director Paul Caissie for a pool that would be set up in the Sportsplex each spring and removed in the fall. The committee had earlier proposed a standalone $1 million facility. Approximately 50 machines took part in Clearwater SnoDrifters' "King of the Hill" hill climb contest, held near the club's chalet on Raft Mountain. Of these, 15 were local, said organizer Keith Johnstone.

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A potluck dinner and dance combined with an auction netted $5,163 to help those affected by ice jams and flooding. A committee was formed for anyone in the area affected by January’s flooding. Band manager John Sargent announced that North Thompson Indian Band had a name change to Simpcw First Nation. The word Simpcw is the traditional name for the Secwepemc (Shuswap) people living in the North Thompson Valley.



District of Clearwater wrote to Vancouver Olympic committee, asking to purchase a winners' podium that had been made with local birch wood. Clearwater Secondary school Students with the After Hours theatre company put on the play, It's Murder in the Wings! A parallel company of adults put on The Importance of being Earnest at the same time.


YEAR AGO: Canadian Will Gadd and three other iceclimbers completed a new route up Helmcken Falls. “It's the hardest multi-pitch mixed route in the world,” Gadd said. Work was proceeding on a proposed Bear View shopping center, said Candus Graffunder, one of the proponents. A traffic impact study was being developed. The proposed indoor shopping center would be located on a 10 acre lot south of Highway 5 immediately west of the junction with Haywood Road (kitty-corner from the former greenhouses).

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Clearwater woman's family fight for her children Tim Petruk - Kamloops This Week The NDP’s spokesperson for children and family development is calling on the provincial government to reunite the children of a woman killed in Clearwater last year with her family members in Hope. Doug Donaldson said he also wants to see an investigation launched to determine why it’s taken so long to do so. Angila Wilson was murdered in her Clearwater home on April 20, 2014. Her three children — ranging in age from three to seven — have been in foster care since, despite Wilson’s brother’s family attempting to take them in. “I think that when you look at the horrific situation that started this — the murder — this is one of the most grievous cases one could imagine,” Donaldson said. “I believe what’s needed is for the children to be placed in permanent care immediately with the

Angila Wilson was murdered in her Clearwater home in the spring of 2014. Though her brother wishes to take them, Wilson’s three children remain in care 10 months later. Photo submitted

family and an investigation be held to determine how this happened.” Wilson’s estranged commonlaw husband, Iain Scott, is charged with first-degree murder. He was denied bail last week and is slated to return to court for a preliminary inquiry in May. Frank Wilson, Angila’s brother, said he told his sister before she died that he would take her kids in if anything happened to her. “I’m here to try to have my sister’s wishes met,” he said. “I

feel as though they [the children] have been let down by the system because they are still in foster care and they should be in the care of a family member. “The whole point was for them to be integrated into our family as an adoption.” Leanne Bowcott, who is married to Frank Wilson and was close with his sister, said Angila Wilson fled Scott three times in the years leading up to her murder — at one point staying in Bowcott’s Hope home for three months. “She expressed to us on several occasions that if anything happened to her, ‘Could you please take care of my three children?’” she said. “We want the children to have a home — a permanent home. They’ve experienced trauma like no child should experience.” Bowcott said the Ministry of Children and Family Development refuses to trans-

SD73 wants separate reviews Dale Bass – Kamloops This Week If Premier Christy Clark is looking for ways for school district to cut more costs, Kelvin Stretch has a suggestion. The secretary-treasurer of the KamloopsThompson school district would like to see the Ministry of Education review each district separately and identify those that could do more and those that have already made many hard financial decisions. “We’ve closed schools,” Stretch said. “There are districts out there that haven’t closed any schools.” During the budget speech earlier this month, the B.C. Liberal government included a mandate that all school districts find ways to, collectively, cut $29 million from administration and related services in the 2015-2016 school year and another $25 million the following year. Stretch said other than the general statement, no specifics have been given to districts about how the requirement will affect them. He said he’s expecting to learn more on March 12, when the government will release preliminary funding information for the coming school year. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said last week he hasn’t looked at imposing specific dollarfigure savings on each district. He said they could come in many ways; one district, for example, identified a $7,000 saving by changing the way it processed its payroll, while other neighbouring districts have found savings by working together on projects. Fassbender noted the savings amount to one-half of one per cent of the $5.4-billion education budget. Board of education vice-chairwoman Meghan Wade said any more cuts to the budget would be difficult. “We have always been a financially prudent district, and we have always kept as much of our money as we can in the classroom,” Wade said. “We have always put our students first.” The B.C. School Trustees Association (BCSTA) has spoken out against the government action, decrying the fact any money saved will not remain within the public-education system, but removed from it. The BSCTA said boards across the province will face financial shortfalls with the upcoming monetary announcement because, while money

has been added to the education budget, most of it will go toward paying the cost imposed on boards through recent bargaining with unions representing teachers and support staff. “It is clear the new provincial education budget will mean further cuts in school districts across the province, said BCSTA president Teresa Rezansoff. “The money allocated in the 2015-2016 provincial budget for public education simply will not cover our increasing costs — and now we are seeing millions of dollars taken away from school districts for other uses.” Stretch said one approach School District 73 has taken in identifying potential cuts to the budget is to not do them in isolation, but “sit as a management group and look at the whole district.” That has helped administrators, for example, identify cuts in one department that really just shift the work to another, not really accomplishing much on the bottom line. “We’ve had better discussions on the challenges,” Stretch said. The strategy has brought the district praise, he said, with visitors commenting on how the district seems to be together.

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The children are presently in foster care in Hope, and they are allowed limited visits with family members. In a statement, a spokesman for the Ministry of Children and Family Development called the situation “tragic and difficult,” but said he could not speak to the specifics of individual cases.

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Seniors’ organization working for Barriere and area since 1976 Margaret Houben For almost 40 years, Barriere and the surrounding area has been well supported through the dedicated efforts of a group of local senior residents who have the best interests of their community at heart. Before the Barriere and District Senior’s Society became a reality, in the mid-1970s the community was served by the Old Age Pensioner’s Organization (OAPO). The Barriere division of the OAPO, Branch #135, received its charter in 1976, and held its first meeting in March of that year, meeting in the Barriere Secondary School library. The Lions Club then graciously offered its hall (rent free) for the OAPO meetings, so subsequent meetings were held there. One of the main goals of any branch of the OAPO is to build seniors housing, and as a result the members in Barriere were soon busy researching on building seniors housing and fundraising for this.  In 1977 three members of the branch were selected, as well as some members from the Lions Club, to start the Yellowhead Pioneer Residence Society – which continues to this day. This society undertook a housing project for seniors, and as a result of their efforts, in July of 1979, the 12-suite Yellowhead Pioneer Residence was opened in Barriere. Besides fundraising, the

OAPO also held many fun activities for its members. They held picnics, plant sales and bingos. They formed a choir called the ‘Second Timers’; which was active for over 20 years and gave performances from Clearwater to Kamloops. They organized carpet bowling, shuffleboard, crafts, luncheons, dinners, summer trips, and bazaars for the seniors. The Barriere branch of the OAPO also gave out scholarships for students going on into the field of geriatrics. They donated to the Food Bank, Snowaramas, Telethons, and to the Barriere Secondary School Band. Unfortunately, by 1985 the Barriere OAPO membership was in decline, dropping to just 20 members. Two years later, in 1987, membership was just $3 and was open to anyone of any age in an effort to bolster their numbers. However, members of the group also found they were becoming disenchanted with the higher levels of the OAPO and were starting to consider leaving the organization. In the fall of 1988 Barriere members voted to become independent of the OAPO, and at the same time they decided to form a new organization – the Barriere and District Seniors’ Society. One of the Barriere and District Seniors’ Society founding members, John Friesen, said it best in an article he wrote for the North Thompson Star/Journal at the time:

On Sept. 10, 1994, Vesa Underwood, 95, has the honour of officially opening the new Barriere Seniors’ Centre. Vesa is shown here cutting the ribbon with Fred Jackson, MLA, and Eva Long, president of the Barriere and District Seniors’ Society. Star/Journal file photo

“What was wanted was a place where they (the seniors) could meet and socialize on a daily basis. A place where they would feel comfortable and at ease in pursuing whatever activities that interested them.” The society was then formed and it received its charter on Jan. 1, 1989. For the first few years the Society met at the Lions Hall, with the wish

to build its own hall at some time in the future. Plans were eventually drawn up for the building, and an arrangement made with the provincial government giving them permission to build the hall on provincial land. The cost estimate at the time for the 4,000 square foot building was approximately $200,000. The ground was broken on Apr. 20, 1993, and

the building of their hall begun. Except for the roofing and an odd item here and there, everything was done by volunteers. The Society’s first official function in the hall was in 1994, the Mother’s Day Tea and Raffle. Then on Sept. 10, 1994, the Barriere and District Seniors’ Society held its grand opening, with Vesa Underwood (then

aged 95) cutting the ribbon. Underwood was the Society’s oldest member at the time. That year, they had 107 paid up members. To quote John Friesen again, “A particular source of pride for Society members is that the building was completed without borrowing a penny and with all bills paid.” In subsequent years the Society has held square dances, breakfasts, bingos, plays, free pool, and weddings or funerals for members; which are just a few of the different kinds of activities that have taken place at the facility. Today the Barriere and District Seniors’ Society are still active and continue to maintain the hall. Current board members say it is time to have a membership drive, not only to increase awareness of what the Society has to offer area seniors, but also to keep the group active – not just to fill executive positions, but to encourage new members to inject their suggestions and ideas for new activities that all can enjoy. All seniors in and around Barriere are welcome to join this active group, and for the purposes of membership, a senior is anyone aged 50 and up. Society meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, 3 p.m. at the Seniors’ Hall in Barriere. If you would like more information about membership and the Society, you are invited to call Monica Ireland, president, at 250-672-2477

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Police helicopter to move from Kamloops airport Cam Fortems – Kamloops This Week

With little explanation, the RCMP is moving its Air Four chopper based in Kamloops to Prince George, leaving the city without police helicopter support. Alan Hobler, president of Kamloops Search & Rescue, said Feb. 26 the move was rumoured for some time but confirmed by RCMP that week. The organization is disappointed by the move, which may slow rescue efforts. “Usually it [response time] is really important,” Hobler said. An RCMP spokesman based in Vancouver confirmed the transfer of the helicopter based at Fulton Field. The move is likely in early summer. In an email statement, Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said the “realignment” is being made to better deploy resources. The RCMP’s north

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On Friday, Feb. 20, Clearwater RCMP and Central Interior Traffic Services conducted road checks on Murtle Crescent and Park Drive in Clearwater during the curling bonspiel/hockey tournament weekend. Near the end of the evening a driver from Cache Creek drove through the road block and admitted to consuming liquor a few hours prior. An ASD Demand was given and the driver provided a breath sample resulting in a “warn” reading. The driver was prohibited from driving his vehicle for three full days.

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district based in Prince George “comprises 72 per cent of B.C.’s geographic area, so this realignment is simply a matter of common sense,” he said. Prince George does not currently have a helicopter. The move will leave Kelowna with the nearest helicopter, followed by units in the Lower Mainland. The Kelowna-based unit will cover an area that stretches from west of Lillooet to the southeast corner of B.C. and north to include Wells Gray Park. Along with Air Four’s move north will go pilots, flight officers and mainte-

nance engineers. Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are used by RCMP for tasks including patrols and surveillance, searches, operational support and to quickly transport members and equipment around B.C. Hobler said the loss will be mostly keenly felt when searching for people who are lost. “You want a quick response. The longer people are out, the less they are responsive — and people who are not responsive are difficult to find.” Loss of the aircraft will also make helicopter training more distant and expensive for

volunteer search and rescue members. Vermeulen said the northbound chopper will see a corresponding move by a fixed-wing aircraft from the northern city to Kamloops. But those aircraft can’t bring rescue personnel into remote sites and don’t work as well for searches, Hobler said. He estimated RCMP’s Air Three, based in Kelowna, is a 20-minute flight away. More importantly, that resource will have to be shared with other tasks and frequent maintenance, meaning the Interior will be completely without service at times.

Every year, on average, 32 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Southern Interior. On Feb. 27, the B.C. government, ICBC and police launched a month-long distracted driving campaign. While most B.C. drivers are leaving their phones alone, some still aren’t getting the message. Distracted driving is the second leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. with an average of 88 people killed each year. That’s why police across the province are cracking down on distracted drivers in March. “Distracted driving is a significant concern for B.C. road safety – and one to be considered as seriously as impaired driving or

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Four woodlots pass FPB audits Times Staff VICTORIA – An audit of forestry activities on four woodlots near Clearwater concludes the woodlot owners complied with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released Feb. 24. “These woodlots are a mix of Crown and private-owned land and the woodlot owners must comply with the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act in carrying out their activities,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “We are pleased to see that all of them demonstrated their commitment to sound forest management.”

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Learning to ski (Front, l-r) Kalen Priede and Eli Priede enjoy the snow earlier this winter during a Rabbit cross-country skiing lesson put on by Wells Gray Outdoor Club. Deteriorating snow conditions meant the program held a windup session last weekend. Photo submitted

Atoms battle Logan Lake Clearwater Atom Hawk captain Brendan Green (centre) gets control of the puck with help from teammate John Wiunig during a playoff game against Logan Lake at the Sportsplex on Saturday. The local squad lost the game 6-3 but then won in Logan Lake on Sunday morning 7-6. That forced a third game on Sunday afternoon that the Hawks lost 7-3, leaving them in second place in the playoffs. Photo by Keith McNeill

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Hadley rink wins A event in Ladies Bonspiel

Clearwater & District Minor Hockey • Become part of a winning team. Join Minor Hockey and learn to play Canada’s Game. Open to Boys and Girls.

Winners of the A event during Wells Gray Curling Club's annual Ladies Bonspiel were (l-r) Larissa Hadley, Jan Johnston, Joan Streadwick and Sheila Colter. A total of 15 teams entered the event, which was held the weekend before last. Photo submitted

Raft Mountain Skating Club • Register @ Adult Hockey • Mens Drop In Hockey Fridays, 8pm $10/each Ladies Hockey • Sundays 5:45pm, new players welcome Oldtimers Hockey • Wednesdays 8:15pm • Sundays, 7pm • $10/each

FAMILY SKATING • Friday March 6th 4:45pm & Sunday March 8th 4pm Sponsored by Kal Tire Wells Gray Curling Club • League play Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 7pm. Register for the 2nd half 250-674-3768

PARENTS, PRESCHOOL SKATING • Wednesdays 10am HOME SCHOOL SKATING • Wednesdays 1:30pm

COMING EVENTS 40th Anniversary of the Sportsplex

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Figure Skating Carnival

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Figure Skating AGM 4:30pm

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Tier 4 Midget Provincial Hockey Championships

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Hackers Year End Men’s Hockey Tourny

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Thank you to all the sponsors and helpers / volunteers who helped make the annual ladies bonspiel a success. 2015 Event Sponsors A Event – Rison Realty – Century 21 • B Event – Clearwater Pharmasave C Event – Clearwater Glass • Bonspiel sponsor – Interior Savings Credit Union Special thanks to Carmen, Joline, Bruce, Millie, and Gloria. Thank you to all those who bought/prepared food, appys, and thanks to the volunteers for cleaning. A huge thank you to our mens curling team members. You guys did a superb job maintaining the ice. Thank you Ron for organizing this and acting as our ref and emcee.

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Park fees will continue to increase under the B.C. Liberals, says NDP New Democratic Party of B.C.

Cross-country ski winners from Vavenby Primary School are (l-r) Ethan for second, Moira for third, and Hunter for third. Photo by Robyn Rexin

Vavenby students win three medals Robyn Rexin On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Vavenby Primary School children went by schoolbus with the Raft River Elementary School children to attend the annual cross-country ski races put on with help from Mike Wiegele Heli-Ski Village. It was a nice sunny day and I was told that everyone had a good time. The races were for all children from Kindergarten to Grade 7. Wiegele provided lunch for everyone as well. This year it was spaghetti with or without sauce, salad, cookies, apples, lemon juice, and water – a good, nutritious and filling lunch for the racers. Three of the Vavenby students came home with medals. Moira crossed the finish line in third place for the Kindergarten girls, Ethan placed second for the Kindergarten boys, and Hunter received a medal for third place for the Grade 2 boys. Are these three children future Olympic racers? No soup left Wednesday, Feb. 25, was the monthly community potluck lunch at Vavenby Christian Church. There were 28 people there to eat the delicious soup made by Ron Robertson of Avola. There was not a drop of soup left by the time everyone left. Cheese, buns, fresh vegetables, and lots of desserts had also been brought by other people to help fill everyone up. The church supplies coffee and tea. These free community luncheons are a good time to get out, visit with others, and have a good time. They are held on the last Wednesday of every month, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The next one will be Wednesday, Mar. 25. Hope to see you there.

VICTORIA — New Democrats have uncovered a B.C. Liberal plan to significantly increase the cost of going camping in British Columbia, not just this year, but year after year says New Democrat environment spokesperson Spencer Chandra Herbert. “B.C. families will be paying more and getting less when they go camping in our B.C. parks. Not only do the B.C. Liberals plan to increase park fees this year, but we’ve discovered the plan is to increase fees year over year.” said Chandra Herbert. “Plus, new addi-

tional fees will be charged on top of base camping fee increases. This is all combined with years of cuts to programming and maintenance.” The information was revealed in a freedom of information request filed by the New Democrats. The documents, prepared by ministry of environment staff, note that the B.C. Liberals have “forced BC Parks to shorten operating seasons, eliminate park ranger positions, reduce preventive maintenance and implement other program cuts.” “Camping should be an affordable family vacation, and an opportunity to get away from it all,” said

Chandra Herbert. “Unfortunately, the

B.C. Liberal plan will make camping cost

Musicians get organized Local musicians (l-r) Lloyd Smith, Calvin Lutz, Barb Hall, Betty Schulte, Jack Perry and Mary Stewart perform during a community concert held Feb. 26 in the Dutch Lake Community Centre. Further concerts are planned for the summer. Photo by Keith McNeill

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Camping reservations open March 15 at 9 a.m. Ministry of Environment VICTORIA – Campers, set your alarm clocks to wake up from dreams of roasted hotdogs and riverside hikes, Discover Camping, the Province's camping reservation system, will open for business at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 15. "With camping season just around the corner, many families are looking to fit BC Parks into their outdoor adventures,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak. “The Discover Camping service is a great tool for those campers who know when and where they want to spend their time." Just a few clicks is all it takes to reserve a frontcountry campsite in many provincial parks, up to three months in advance through the Discover Camping website ( Up to three reservations can be made in one easy transac-

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Little Fort celebrates Chinese New Year People in Little Fort celebrated the Chinese New Year in several ways on Feb. 19. Employees at Jim’s Food Market including Karin Quinn (pictured) spent part of their break balancing eggs. This is a Chinese tradition; if a person is able to easily stand the eggs, they should be proactive and successful in the New Year. Then in the afternoon, people started arriving at the Little Fort Hall to make, and later consume, a fine Chinese dinner. Dishes included a beef stir fry, eight fortune chow mein, a veggie stir fry, and wonton soup. The meal ended with chocolate covered lychees stuffed with ginger, fresh sugar cane, and - of course - fortune cookies. Barriere Star/Journal photo


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Mar. 2-6: Kindergarten registration for Sept. 2015, 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm at neighbourhood schools. Mar. 5: Figure skating Carnival, “Around the World”, NT Sportsplex, info 250-674-2143 Mar. 7: Legion dinner, doors open 5 pm, 257 Glen Road Mar. 9: Raft Mountain Skating Club AGM, 4:30 – 5:30, NT Sportsplex, upstairs lounge, info 250-587-6234 Mar. 9: Floor Hockey, DLCC gym, Grade 8 – Adult, $2 drop-in fee. (Every Monday until April 26.) Mar. 12-15: Cowboy Festival, Calvary Community Church and Coast Kamloops Hotel & Convention Centre. Tickets: Barriere Country Feeds, Horse Barn (Kamloops), or call

1-888-763-2221, Mar. 15-18: Tier 4 Midget Provincial Hockey Championships. Mar. 21: Legion Dinner and music night, doors open 5 pm, 257 Glen Road. Mar. 28: Barriere Farmers’ Market, 10 am – 1 pm, Barriere Legion Basement. Apr. 11: True Grit Rodeo, Barriere NT Agriplex, 6 pm, cabaret dance to follow, tickets available at the Horse Barn, Barriere Country Feeds, the Star/Journal and Barriere Legion Apr 11: 9th annual Seedy Saturday at the Clearwater Ski Hill, 10am-2 pm. Guest Speaker from 9am-10am. 250-674-3444

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IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161. LARGE FUND Borrowers Wanted Start saving hundreds of dollars today! We can easily approve you by phone. 1st, 2nd or 3rd mortgage money is available right now. Rates start at Prime. Equity counts. We don’t rely on credit, age or income. Call Anytime 1-800-639-2274 or 604-430-1498. Apply online

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Home Improvements FULL SERVICE Plumbing from Parker Dean. Fast, reliable, 24/7 service. Take $50 off your next job if you present this ad. Vancouver area. 1800-573-2928.

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District of Clearwater

Director of Finance ADVENTURE STARTS HERE! The District is currently recruiting a Director of Finance to join their management team. The individual must be enthusiastic and highly motivated, excelling in municipal accounting with the ability to work in a challenging, fast paced office environment. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for the statutory duties of financial officer as outlined in the Community Charter. The Director will provide support to the management team in strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting and monitoring, risk management, and information technology. As our financial leader you will help to guide the community through times of transition and provide strategic advice through the CAO and Council. You will maintain effective working relationships with staff, citizens, businesses, regional and neighbouring local governments, and other agencies and organizations. You have demonstrable knowledge of and progressive experience in budget management, financial planning, and accounting. A professional accounting designation (CPA) is required, supplemented by a minimum of five years of senior municipal or related accounting/financial and management experience. A solid working knowledge of local government and legislative financial management policies and standards, and municipal finance software (such as MAIS) is required, with excellent communication, interpersonal and team leadership skills. The District offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, a supportive work environment and supports continued career and professional development. Qualified applicants are invited to send their resumes including references and covering letter by 4:00 p.m. on March 20th, 2015 to:

Pets Good Dog Obedience Classes Starting Mar. 12! * NEW DATES! * Basic Obedience - A 6 week course in good manners & canine behaviour begins Mar. 12, 7pm at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere for all dogs at least 6 months old & up. Cost $100. Novice Class - 6 weeks of fun as we take you & your dog to the next level of obedient behaviour. Participants must have successfully completed a previous Basic Obedience course to qualify. Class starts on Mar. 12, 6pm. Cost $100. To register or for more information contact Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023

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Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53’ and insulated containers all sizes in stock. Trades are welcome. 40’Containers under $2500! DMG 40’ containers under $2,000 each. Also JD 544 & 644 wheel Loaders & 20,000 lb CAT forklift. Wanted to buy 300 size hydraulic excavator. Ph Toll free 1-866-528-7108 1-778-298-3192 8am-5pm Delivery BC and AB

STEEL BUILDINGS. “Really big sale!” All steel building models and sizes. Plus extra savings. Buy now and we will store until spring. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422 or visit us online Vacuum Cleaner for sale: Kirby Sentria (upright) w/all accessories incl shampooer and extra bags; under 2 yrs old and like new. A steal @ $350 (original purchase price over $1,000); ph 250-674-2790

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Real Estate Clearwater: 5 houses for sale or rent. $66,000 - $249,000. Priced below assessed value. 250-674-3668 or (c) 250-6747722. Mornings or after 5 pm.


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District of Clearwater Expression of Interest

Community Recreation Healthy Living “Instructor” or “Program Facilitator” The District of Clearwater is calling for an Expression of Interest for the positions of “Instructor” and/or “Program Facilitator” within the Community Recreation Healthy Living Program. We are in a dynamic and exciting time of growth in our community, bringing an opportunity for a progressive, results-oriented person to provide services as an instructor or program facilitator for our Community Recreation Healthy Living Program. If you are a highly motivated, community oriented person who enjoys working with people and you are certified to train or teach a program in the areas of health, fitness and recreation, this would be for you. The Community Recreation Healthy Living Program is also seeking persons interested in becoming certified or trained to instruct programs. For more information you are welcome to contact Eleanor Collins, Community Recreation Healthy Living Coordinator at 250-674-2257. The District of Clearwater will be accepting submissions of “Expression of Interest” until NOON on March 13th, 2015. Please mark your submission as: CONFIDENTIAL: Community Recreation Healthy Living “Instructor” or “Program Facilitator”

Leslie Groulx, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Clearwater Box 157, 209 Dutch Lake Road, Clearwater, B.C. V0E 1N0, Fax: 250-674-2173, Email:

Attention: Leslie Groulx, Chief Administrative Officer by either dropping it off at 209 Dutch Lake Road, or mailing to Box 157, Clearwater, B.C. V0E 1N0.

We thank you in advance for your interest in our position; however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

We thank you in advance for your interest in our position; however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more details please contact Leslie Groulx, at 250-674-2257.

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Suites, Lower

Clearwater: 2 bdrm suite in triplex, own entrance, close to town. $600/mo + dd. Avail April 1. Ph Julie 250-674-0188

Clearwater: 3bdrm, Peavine Rd, new renos, lg deck, 1500 sqft. $795/mo; 3bdrm, 220 Dutch Lk Rd, $795/mo, recent renos; 3bdrm, 2.5 bath, dbl garage, $1050/mo,225 Murtle Cres. NP Call 250-674-3668 Clearwater: 4 bdrm, office, 3.5 bath on Park Dr, w/bsmt, dbl garage, geothermal heat, a/c, NS, NP, $1800/mo + util, $900 dd. Ph. 250-674-0262 Clearwater: Modern factory 2-bdrm home, fridge, range, w/d, central air, carport. $750/mo Site #7 Thompson Crossing. View 250-587-6151

Barriere. 1bdrm basement suite. Shared laundry F/S cable & hydro incl $625/mth. N/S N/P avail. Mar 1 250-6721821

Duplex / 4 Plex Barriere: large 1 bdrm apartment in quiet neighbourhood.750sqft. $615/mo. Pets negotiable. Call 250-682-2231

Homes for Rent Barriere: 2bdrm house w/wood & elect. heat. Suitable for 1-2 adults. No Parties, N/S N/drugs, pets neg. $700/mnth + DD ref. req. 250-672-9645 Birch Island: 3 bdrm home. Sat tv, util & laundry. $875/mo. lg yard. Ph. 250-674-1768

Vavenby: Nice clean 3bdrm house w/bsmt, carport, & storage sheds on half acre, w/river view. F/S, W/D, $850/mo, $450/dd Call 250-674-0002

Suites, Lower

Clearwater: 3 bdrm, 2 bath, home on Bain Rd. Wood pellet & elec heat, 10 acre lot. $1250/mo + util. Mature adult. NS Ph. 403-816-7979

Clearwater: 1 bdrm, incl sat tv, internet & util. $650/mo Ph 250-674-1768

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Suites, Upper Clearwater: Bright spacious 2 bdrm suite in Interior Whitewater bldg. Close to amenities with w/d, f/s. Avail immed. $800/mo. Ph. 250-674-3727


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As RIH trauma room opens, health minister vows hospital tower will rise by the year 2020 Dale Bass – Kamloops This Week Terry Lake expects to see a surgical tower built at Royal Inland Hospital by 2020. On Friday, Feb. 27, Lake, the province’s minister of health, told a group assembled at the hospital for the official opening of a renovated trauma room that the government is committed to the second phase of expansion. The first phase — an $80-million clinical-services building and parkade — is now under construction at the north side of the hospital, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. When both phases are complete, Lake said, the government will have committed $400 million to expanding and improving the hospital. Lake said the concept drawings have been done for the tower and he expects the business plan to be sent to his ministry by the end of 2016. “Once that’s done, we can go to RFP [request for propos-

al] almost immediately,” Lake said, noting he expects once a builder is chosen, the work will be done by 2020. The two buildings were identified in the hospital’s master-site plan in 2011 as being immediate needs to reduce congestion and wait lists for operations. The renovated trauma room in the emergency department is part of the work being done to ensure the hospital provides the best care, Lake told the gathering. The renovation, which cost about $437,000, including installation of ceiling-mounted equipment modules that operate like booms, able to be moved easily without impacting the medical staff’s access to the patient. Two ultrasound machines and a pair of intubation and airway-management machines can be mounted as needed on the booms. Dr. Anders Ganstal, the hospital’s medical director of the ER, said he has worked in many hospitals and has not seen a trauma room as well-

equipped as the one that will begin to be used by the end of next week at RIH. There is still some work to be done to get it prepared for what Ganstal said will be daily use caring for critically ill patients. Kamloops developer Guy Mercier said he is looking forward to the room going into operation. Mercier donated $130,000 for the renovation, with the RIH Hospital Foundation and the RIH Ladies Evening Auxiliary adding additional funds to help with its completion. The foundation contributed $160,000 for the ultrasound and airway machines, with the auxiliary adding $50,000 toward the cost of one ultrasound machine. Ganstal said the room will also help with doctor recruitment because of its state-ofthe-art condition and will be used to help with the teaching of University of British Columbia medical students based in Kamloops for education and training.

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Checking out this balmy winter’s offerings Despite the unusual winter, friends came from West Vancouver and Vernon for our annual snowy play-time, although skis were left at home. On Feb. 21, we started from the Murtle River warming hut and snowshoed on the trail beside a river almost free of ice and snow. Glancing downstream soon after starting, to our surprise we saw maxi-spray from Dawson Falls. Later we saw why. The snow was crusty and the trail foot-printed – but only by boots, skis and snowshoes. Critters, and evidence of them, were sadly lacking. Perhaps I saw a fox flitting behind some bushes and fresh scratches on snow across the trail. But it was a fleeting glance – and could have been something in my eye! Jake the tall, curly, black poodle took the girls further along, thoroughly inspecting the deteriorating building of Majerus Farm before heading partway along the level section of the Blackwater. On their return, snowshoes were carried. After making short work of our packed lunches, we looked in on Dawson Falls first. Any frozen, snowy buildup was gone. Other than one chunk on the far side and transparent, curlicued “icing” on a couple of stationary logs, it was like viewing this miniNiagara in summer. Well, the slippery, unevenly worn trail was definitely more challenging. Driving on to Helmcken Falls, we suspected there would be no cone, but were only partly right. Three-fourths of it remains, the front channel open showing a cross-section of the open cone. Part of that snow is covered with grit and is flatter than the rest of it. We were amazed at

Trekking Tales By Kay Knox

the amount of water in Murtle River, as evidenced at both waterfalls. Between the two, it swooshed though the Mushbowl beside its huge rocks still bedecked with layers of pure white snow. The following morning, sunshine accompanied us on a shorter loop at Spahats Falls. We promptly stashed our snowshoes behind a bush not far from the car, the snow more than capable of holding us up as we walked along the back road to Shadden Lookout above the Clearwater Valley. Surprising little snow remained, except for that gleaming on distant Mt. Garnet; the

Clearwater River too was ice-free. Plenty of ice confronted us on sections of the trail looping us back to the Spahats viewpoint, however. One of our number cleverly had icegrippers in her pack; mine were “safely” in the car, necessitating occasionally bushwhacking. Jake (and his toenails) just followed everyone everywhere. Once again, above-normal temperatures had cleared away most of the build-up of snow and ice from Spahats Falls, and water trickled freely beneath the trail, its nearby delicate waterfall having no dramatic curling sculpture in front of it. Before returning to our house for lunch we went somewhere, I am ashamed to say, I had never been before! At the curling rink, two of our local buddies (partners in our energetic 2009 hut-tohut hike) were participating in the Ladies’ Bonspiel. Watching rocks sliding and sweepers sweeping was fun for a while, even if we knew little about curls, hog-lines, and strategies.

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“They will like seeing the art display at Dutch Lake Community Centre,” John thoughtfully suggested. And all did, praising the variety of works, the talents of so many locals, including high school students, and their willingness to show and share. Without mentioning our reward for exercising, otherwise known as Happy Hour, it is safe to say our time together was replete. The park, this whole area, changes frequently, making visits worthwhile, no matter how often we explore it and “play” here.

Norman Frederick Symonds 1938 - 2015 Norman Frederick Symonds was born on May 27, 1938 and he passed away on February 22, 2015 at Forest View Place in Clearwater, British Columbia. Norman was predeceased by his mom Annie Newton. Norman leaves behind his wife Linda Symonds, brother John (Evelyn) Danielson, sister Bonnie McInnis, daughter Penni (Micheal) Osadchuk, sons Grant (Sharon) Symonds, Kelvin (Danna) Symonds, step-sons Glen Warner, Brad (Alana) Warner and David (Dalena) Warner, 10 grandchildren, and nine greatgrandchildren. Norman worked in the logging industry driving a truck most of his life. There will be no service at this time and the family would like to thanks the doctors and nurses and

staff at Forest View Place. Services are entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater, British Columbia, V0E 1N2. 205674-3030

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