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Burns Lake RCMP has called on the public to help its investigation into a triple homicide on April 27. Police want to hear from anybody who saw Burns Lake man Rueben Buhler between noon on April 26 and 9 a.m. the next day. Buhler could have been driving either a 1998 red and silver Dodge Ram 2500 or a 1992 teal green Ford Mustang convertible. The 54-year-old is facing three charges of second degree murder after the bodies of two men and a woman were found in a Burns Lake home on the 200 block of 5th Avenue in Burns Lake. A bulletin issued by RCMP said no information was too minor and urged anyone who saw Buhler during the noted time period to contact the Burns Lake RCMP detachment on 250-692-7171. Callers who want to remain anonymous can contact Robb Nisbet and the other members of Boarding for Brant hope to not have to jump over to many obstacles on the way to expanding the Smithers skatepark at Heritage Park. Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Northwest Community College announced spending cuts of $1.4 million, primarily affecting its university course credit program. No academic courses will be cancelled, but where and how they are offered is to change, said college communications director Sarah Zimmerman. Smithers is affected most, with students taking university credit courses via teleconferencing, and fewer classes mean fewer instructors. “We’ve been working with our unions offering early retirement and severance packages,” she added. The more employees take retirement or severance packages the fewer jobs lost, said Zimmerman. Some instructors are also told they’ll be teaching less. Employee cuts amount to the equivalent of 14.5 full-time positions. Zimmerman said the shortfall is from receiving less money from the province and less tuition because student enrolment has dropped. The cut reduces the college’s base budget to just over $22 million. A large financial loss is from the province cutting a $494,000 grant to provide tuition-free adult basic education. The college will now charge the same tuition for adult basic education as for university level academic courses. Students can also apply to the province for financial assistance, dependent on their income. Despite the cuts, Zimmerman said the college remains a viable educational institution. “There is demand for what we offer – trades, fine arts, health, business programs, university transfer.” The college board will officially vote on the budget next month.

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Group plans doubling size of skatepark By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

About a dozen young skateboarders packed Smithers council chambers last Tuesday to support a delegation championing a $500,000 expansion of the skatepark at Heritage Park. Boarding for Brant, named in memory of Brant Holenstein who died in a farm accident two years ago, wants to expand the skatepark to 10,000 square feet. The current skatepark was built in 1997. Boarding member Robb Nisbet said the old park is holding up well, but things have changed over the last 18 years. “It’s getting a lot more popular and involving a lot more family,” said Nisbet, a skateboarder with four kids of his own. “To make a space that can

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stage for a small, refundable deposit. “Last season was our first full season with the square, and one of the things we heard was that obtaining insurance, which is a town requirement, was a barrier for some people,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach. A business that wished to remain anonymous helped sponsor the deal. BV Insurance general manager Michael

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A deal with Bulkley Valley Insurance Services will make it more affordable for smaller acts to book Bovill Square. The insurance policy approved at last Tuesday’s council meeting allows performers or other users to book the

Henfry echoed the mayor’s hope that more stage use would lead to a more vibrant downtown. He added the plan to provide insurance, with the BV Community Arts Council as the legal entity, has been in the works since last year. “We want people to know they can use this thing for free, so get out and do it. There’s nothing holding anybody back,” said Henfry.

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The organizer of the 2015 Northwest Trade Expo says expanding the event to fill two arenas gave patrons enough stalls to keep them browsing for hours. With the town’s second sheet of ice completed in January, the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce this year decided to run the exhibition across the town’s two arenas. Vendors selling everything from cosmetics to jacuzzis filled the first arena, while the second was dedicated to RVs, four-wheelers and bow-hunting supplies. The mining and technology and agriculture sectors were also represented at the event. Chamber of Commerce manager Heather Gallagher said organizers noticed patrons spent more time at the event in 2015. “They used to come in and do a circle around and then they would wave goodbye,” she said. “This time you saw them come in and an hour or two hours later you still saw them, whether it was in one arena or the next arena or roaming around outside.” She said the event had been

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Local teachers’ union leaders have expressed shock and sadness at the B.C. Court of Appeal’s ruling in favour of the B.C. government on a long-running dispute over class size and special needs support in classrooms. In a lengthy judgment released last Thursday, four of five appeal court judges found that the province did not infringe on the constitutional rights of teachers to bargain working conditions. The appeal court pointed out numerous errors in the 2011 judgment of B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin, and overturned her order that the government pay $2 million in damages, which has been paid to the union. BCTF president Jim Iker said the decision was “very disappointing.” He announced that the union will seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in its bid to restore classroom rules the government removed from its contract in 2002. “All teachers are looking for is workable and teachable classrooms,” Iker said. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said the changes made to classroom organization in the disputed period have led to “dramatic improvements in student outcomes, particularly for students with special needs.” The B.C. education ministry has argued that caps on class size and number of students in each class with personalized learning plans were

unduly restrictive. Bulkley Valley Teachers’ Union president Ilona Weiss said she was shocked at the outcome. “It’s just very frustrating to have been in job action for 13 years,” she said. “We’re really just fighting for the rights of students, for the rights of teachers, it just seems like this government doesn’t budge and they just without consultation continually hand down legislation.” Terrace District Teachers Union president Cathy Lambright was saddened by the decision, which she saw as one step in a long-running battle to defend student rights. “I honestly believe that I will retire and never see the class sizes that I was fortunate enough to teach with earlier in my career,” said Lambright. “I don’t think I’ll ever see them restored and I’m really saddened because what I see is the state of the public education

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Two Terrace residents have been confirmed as candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada’s Skeena-Bulkley Valley nomination for this fall’s federal election. MaryAnn Freeman, 49, and Tyler Nesbitt, 31, have until late this month to gain the support of nearly 300 members of the party in the riding which stretches from Haida Gwaii in the west to Fort St. James in the east. The party will be setting up polling stations in several c o m mu n i t i e s throughout the riding on a date that has yet to be set some time toward the end of the month. Freeman is coowner of a trucking company with her husband, and Nesbitt is a manager with Nechako Northcoast, the company with the provincial road maintenance contract in the area. Both have roots in

the area with Freeman moving to Terrace 25 years ago and Nesbitt being born in Prince Rupert and living in Terrace since 2009. Freeman had been president of the Conservative party’s riding association but stepped down in order to become a candidate. Both nomination candidates stressed job creation. “I saw how many kids left and that meant their families left to find employment elsewhere,” said Freeman in citing past experience as the chair of the Coast Mountains School District’s district-wide parent advisory council.

“Economic growth and that jobs that would be created. That would be number one on my platform,” said Nesbitt. Both were cautious about one large project, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil pipeline. Both said the company must satisfy the 209 conditions laid down by the National Energy Board and five conditions set out by the provincial government before they would fully support the project. A third potential candidate, teacher Gerald Caron of Vanderhoof, dropped out earlier.

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To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. Living with Stroke Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. at the Healthy Living Centre April 29 to June 3. Course by the Heart and Stroke Foundation for those who have had a stroke and their caregiver. Register 1-888-473-4636 ext. 8002. Birding field trip Saturday, May 2, 7 :30 a.m. at the Chalet on West End Road, south of Quick. Leaders Mel and Evi Couslon take you through the Bulkley River Recreation site in Quick. Joint event between BV and Houston Naturalists. 250-846-5649. Looking to 2018: A Plan for Wrinch Memorial Hospital Community Public Meeting, Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m., Mountain View United Church Basement. Add your voice to the planning. ECRS Drama Club presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance Jr. May 7 & 8, 7:30 p.m., May 9, 1 p.m., Della Herman Theatre. Tickets at Speedee, ECRS office & CountryWide Printing in Houston. BV Rod & Gun Club Sportsman’s Sale & Gun Show, Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6436 Glacier Gulch Rd. Refreshments, everything for the great outdoors. For a table, Brian Atherton 250-847-9339, Nicole Winterhalder at

Telkwa Museum Grand Opening, Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments served, draw for a hanging basket. BV Famer’s Market New Hours 9-1 Saturdays at the Corner of Main St and Hwy 16. May 9-Sept. 26. Locally grown produce, live music, coffee. Poetry at the Smithers Public Library Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m. Melissa Sawatsky and Kevin Spenst with his new book Jabbering with Bing Bong. www.smithers. Peregrine Falcons of the Mackenzie River Valley Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m., NWCC. Keith Hodson photographic presentation. BV Naturalists. Evening Birding Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at the parking lot on Pacific Ave. Leader Alex Woods takes you through the wetlands behind Canadian Tire. BV Genealogical Society Perennial Plant Sale & Raffle Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. at the Goat Statue Park, Main St & Hwy 16. Viewing 8-9 a.m. To arrange pick-up or help with digging in the Smithers/Telkwa area call Karen Mitchell 250-847-9052 or Dale Gilbert 250-8472107 by May 20.

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f you’ve been hurt in a car crash, your credibility is very important in proving your claim for damages – especially if your injury is a “whiplash” or soft tissue injury. With whiplash, there may be no objective evidence. Your subjective reports of pain and limited movement may be the only “proof” of your injury. It’s essential that you are honest and don’t exaggerate or inflate the effects of the accident. The defence may challenge your credibility, which happened with Darryl.

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He provided lawn maintenance services. As a result of a car accident, he suffered soft tissue injuries to his neck, right shoulder and back, which affected his ability to work and enjoy life. Daryl called four witnesses – himself, his wife and two men who had worked for him. He also relied on the written reports of a doctor who saw him at a walk-in clinic, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and an occupational therapist. The defence relied mainly on 10 hours’ of surveillance videotapes of Darryl, arguing the videoptapes showed his injuries weren’t as bad as he reported. The court cited the earlier case of Price v. Kostryba, where the judge said: “The assessment of damages in a moderate or moderately severe whiplash injury is always difficult because plaintiffs, as in this case, are usually genuine, decent people who honestly try to be as objective and as factual as they can.” But, added the judge, courts “should be exceedingly careful when there is little or no objective evidence of continuing injury and when complaints of pain persist for long periods extending beyond the normal or usual recovery.” In Darryl’s case, the court said his testimony and evidence was “generally reliable.” Even though he often overstated the facts, this was due to a tendency to speak in extreme statements, not because he was trying to mislead the court. For his pain and suffering, Darryl received $55,000 (the defence argued he should only get between $10,000 to $20,000). For his past loss of income, he received $30,000 (the defence argued this amount should be between $5,000 to $10,000). He also received $60,000 for future lost income (the defence claimed he shouldn’t get anything for this).

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However, in another case, a young woman’s credibility was tripped up by her own Facebook pictures. She claimed $40,000 in pain and suffering for a whiplash injury, testifying at trial that she couldn’t kayak, hike or bicycle anymore. The defence contradicted this by producing photos posted on her Facebook page showing her doing these exact activities. The court assessed her damages at $3,500. Consult a lawyer if you’ve been injured in an accident. He or she may recommend that you keep a diary of your pain and how the injury affects your daily life, as a daily record can be helpful in supporting your claim. Be truthful throughout the legal proceedings, and you should be viewed as a credible witness. This will help significantly in advancing your claim. Written by Janice and George Mucalov, LL.B.s with contribution by GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP. This column provides information only and must not be relied on for legal advice. Please contact ERIN HUGHES of GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP at 250.374.4463 or for legal advice concerning your particular case. Lawyer Janice Mucalov is an award-winning legal writer. “You and the Law” is a registered trade-mark. © Janice and George Mucalov

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GUEST VIEW Mayor Taylor Bachrach

haring the road means knowing (and following) the rules. May is Bike Month in British Columbia — a chance to celebrate the humble bicycle as a healthy, efficient and fun way of getting around. In cities and towns across North America and around the world, the bicycle is being rediscovered, not as sport, but as everyday transportation. In dense urban areas, travelling by bike is just as fast as by car. It uses less parking, emits zero pollution and doesn’t wear out municipal infrastructure as quickly. As more people discover the joy and freedom that comes with getting around by bike,

following the basic rules of the road becomes ever more important. Bike riders who shirk this responsibility cause friction with other users of our streets and roads, which none of us wants to see. Unfortunately, a fairly large percentage of Smithers riders still don’t follow the basic rules of traffic: stopping at stop signs, using hand signals and staying off the sidewalk. This has to change. Likewise, folks in cars aren’t always familiar with how bikes fit into the picture. Smithers is blessed with courteous drivers who look out for bikes and pedestrians, but sometimes to a fault. Riders who are trying to behave as traffic are often

waved through intersections even when the drivers clearly have the right of way. The bottom line: we can all do better. Transportation planners will tell you that the best way to reduce conflict between people who walk, bike and drive is to provide dedicated infrastructure for each mode. Separated bike lanes are now regarded as the gold standard of bike infrastructure. If you’ve ever ridden on one, you know they’re pretty awesome. Here in Smithers, the Town has implemented some modest improvements to make our community more bicycle friendly. In 2012, council created

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a Bike Friendly Community Task Force, which led to replacing the Town’s old bike racks, implementing a bike route along Third Avenue and extending the Fulton multi-use pathway. However, none of the improvements to date have included fully separated infrastructure. Sharing our roadways, which we all pay for through our property taxes, will be the norm into the foreseeable future. I think one of the best parts of living in a small town is knowing that your neighbours are looking out for you. Let’s follow the rules and look out for each other — no matter how we get around.


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thought-out cuts. The Coast Guard Station Kitsilano was primarily a rescue boat station, but “Kits Base” was also one of the best equipped and trained lifeboat stations in Canada. That’s a fact, not some jaded opinion from a disgruntled ex-employee. We fought fires, responded to numerous oil spills yearly, rescued and assisted hundreds of mariners and boaters annually, trained many “basic oil pollution responders” annually (until that program was shut down also). The staff at the station also monitored and helped to maintain navigational aids in the busy harbour. I was a coxswain at Kitsilano Base, a trained pollution response technician


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and a licensed hovercraft pilot. Because of retirement I can now speak freely, unlike the Coast Guard personnel who are still employed and unable to comment due to fear of repercussions from management. How do you explain closing one of the busiest Coast Guard stations in the country to save $700,000 a year?  When will Canadians wake up?  Capt. Tony Toxopeus AMS Surrey

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announced a 300,000 gallon spill in one of its lines near Belton, South Carolina. The pipeline had been leaking since last December,. KinderMorgan took five months to announce the leak. Retired Coast Guard Commander Frederick Moxley stated after the recent oil spill in Vancouver’s English Bay Harbour:  “They are in no way prepared for a catastrophe. It’d be years to clean it up.” He then commented on the Coast Guard’s estimate of 80 per cent spill recovery: “I’ve been in hundreds of spills and never seen an 80 per cent recovery. Usually you recover 30 per cent at most, more like 10, and that’s with an immediate response and a trained crew with sponges and straw pulling the oil out by hand. They need to send cameras to the bottom of the bay to see what made it down there.”  The spill crews took six hours to respond  (“worldclass” is  usually  defined as two hours).

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For seven years B.C. missed the boat on millions of federal dollars aimed at delivering services to struggling First Nation families on-reserve, with the sad result being more kids coming into care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. During question period and budget estimates last week I exposed this story and explored the topic with the B.C. Liberal minister for children and family development in the hope that we won’t be missing out again this year. Unfortunately this government doesn’t seem to be able to provide the leadership necessary to get the job done. The dollars are part of the Enhanced Prevention Focused Approach that flow from the federal government to provinces and First Nation agencies to deliver services to vulnerable kids onreserve to try to keep families together. In the last seven years Alberta received more than $140 million, Saskatchewan more than $130 million and Manitoba more than $120 million.

B.C.’s share? Zero. Nothing. And the real impact is on the children and youth. Even something as simple as increased respite care for struggling parents can make a huge difference in them holding onto their kids so they don’t end up in the care of the ministry. But prevention services don’t exist onreserve to the same level as families and kids receive in the rest of the province. That is what the Enhanced Prevention dollars were meant to address. 53 per cent of the kids-in-care in the province are of aboriginal ancestry while only about 5 per cent of the population of B.C. self-identifies as aboriginal. That is a huge ove r- re p re s e n t at i o n and speaks to dire circumstance some First Nations kids onreserve face. You would think that would make accessing the federal prevention dollars a major priority for the B.C. Liberals, but that hasn’t happened. The independent Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen TurpelLafond, wrote in 2013 the ministry “has made no real investment in engaging with the federal government to address the child welfare needs of First Nations on reserve.” No matter what the minister and the Premier see as the perceived impediments to reaching a deal, it’s obvious when you look at what other provinces have received that our government just hasn’t done the job for this critical need.

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N EWS Chief defends Moricetown LNG vote By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A woman who claims the Moricetown Band used an irregular process to approve two LNG pipeline deals is working with a lawyer to have the decision reviewed by the Federal Court. Theresa Morris, who is a member of the Moricetown Band, says the chief and council did not follow the required protocols to reach a decision in favour of signing separate LNG deals with the province and Chevron Apache. She said the band breached Wet’suwet’en protocols by failing to consult with some clan members. “We have our own process that has to be respected ... the consultation process has to go through the clans and the hereditary chiefs,” she said. “I think if we followed the proper avenues that they’re supposed to in terms of how they need our consent I think that the results would be very different considering a majority of the community members I would say are in opposition to

pipelines.” Morris has also raised concerns about how the band’s chief and council cast their votes across three meetings on January 14, 15 and 21. She claims the January 14 meeting was not advertised and the January 15 meeting was closed but community members forced their way in. She said no formal votes took place at the January 15 meeting but an informal vote was used to finalize the vote at the January 21 council meeting. “They failed at their own process and to me as a band member if they fail at their own process it’s scary to have them manage affairs that are much bigger than that,” she said. Morris held a meeting on Sunday to share her concerns and gauge community support for her cause. She said more than 30 people attended, including Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and representatives from the Haisla and Lake Babine Nations. She has also enlisted the help of Vancouver-based lawyer and Westbank First Nation chief Rob Louie, who

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is drafting an application for a judicial review of the decision in the Federal Court. Louie agreed there was a lack of consultation from the band. “Because the aboriginal rights and title are tied into this agreement, that’s at the crux of what we’re trying to get out of it, to say look, you can’t sign away an aboriginal right and title,” he said. “They didn’t have the support or the legal or moral authority to enter into this agreement.” But Moricetown Band chief Barry Nikal said he was confident the band council conducted sufficient community consultation with four community meetings last year as well as open council meetings. “We signed these agreements after a full year of meetings and consultations with our members and many of our hereditary chiefs attended those meetings,” said Nikal. He confirmed the vote had taken place over three meetings but said it met the requirements of the governing body, Aboriginal Affairs

and Northern Development Canada. The vote on whether to sign the two LNG agreements was finalized on Jan. 21 with five in favour, four against and two abstentions. Nikal said he believed the majority of Moricetown Band members supported the council’s decision to sign the two pipeline agreements, adding that he believed many of their supporters were afraid to speak in favour of LNG. “Members who are against these agreements are always very loud and vocal and we know there are many of our members who support our decisions but do so quietly because they are scared of being verbally attacked or bullied,” he said. He said a door-to-door survey conducted by the band showed 36 per cent of the community supported LNG, compared with 23 per cent who were against it. Another 35 per cent were unsure and seven didn’t answer, said Nikal. AANDC did not respond to this newspaper’s request before the time of print.


Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) Addition & Renovation Tender Package TP-01 Dease Lake, BC BOOKS & BEYOND Did you know…The Friends of the Smithers Library will hold an extra BOOK SALE this year! Watch for it at the end of May. Donations of used books and DVDs may be dropped off at the library during open hours. Call to arrange pick-up of large quantities. Unfortunately, we cannot accept magazines, encyclopaedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books or items in poor condition. There’s always something happening at the library… Thursday, April 23 @ 7 pm Poet, artist, and forester Derrick Stacey Denholm, author of Ground-truthing: Reimagining the Indigenous Rainforests of BC’s North Coast, will present a slideshow and discussion of interest to anyone passionate about BC’s rainforests. Tuesday, May 12 @ 7 pm Come enjoy an evening of poetry with Kevin Spenst of the Lower Mainland

and Melissa Sawatsky of Smithers. Saturday, May 23 @ 7 pm Award-winning essayist and poet Sarah de Leeuw of Prince George reads selections from forthcoming and past publications. Northern BC figures prominently in Sarah’s work; her most recent award was for an essay on the Highway of Tears. Monday, May 25 @ 7 pm Eden Robinson of Kitimat is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her novel Monkey Beach won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Join us to hear this talented author read from her work. Eden’s visit is made possible by the financial assistance of the Canada Council through The Writers’ Union of Canada. 3817 Alfred Ave. (250)847-3043 Website: smithers. Email:

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Thank you very much for your steadfast support of the Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market! The Market is moving outdoors again on Mother’s Day weekend (May 9)! Market hours have changed and are now from 9am until 1pm. The market will be in its usual location at the corner of Main Street and Hwy 16. Come check out the great food, beautiful bedding plants, and amazing artisan arts and crafts! The Hazelton Farmers’ Market started on May 3rd, and operates every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at the Hazelton Visitor Information Centre. Fresh greens are already available! Missed the Farmers’ Market? The BV Local Food Directory is available at Smithers Feed, the Sausage Factory, Rudolph’s Pure Sausage and the Learning Shop in Hazelton. It is also available online at the Smithers Farmers’ Institute website: Notes for Producers: The BC Cattlemen’s Association Annual General Meeting and Convention is in Merritt, BC on May 21 to 23, 2015. Check out their website for more information, or phone: (250) 573-3611. The deadline for the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program for calves is on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Call the WLPIP toll free line 1-844-782-5747, check out their website Beyond the Market is organizing a short course on sheep production called ‘Simply Sheep’ for different communities (including Smithers) from June 6 to 13. The BC Food Systems Network is hosting a Gathering on June 25 to 28 in Prince George. Check out their website: for more details. Beyond the Market is coordinating ‘Land and Labour Exchanges’ for producers – contact Jillian with your request and she will put it in the Beyond the Market newsletter. Jillian Merrick’s contact information is: 250-562-9622, or The BC Government has just announced a new water pricing structure under the McClary new Water Charlie Sustainability Act. Ground waRe/Max Bulkley Valley - Smithers Office (250)require 847-5999 Fax (250) 847-9039 ter users will now a license, and are (250)877-1770 Cellular required to pay water fees and rentals. For more information, go to blog-post-15-pricing-changes-support-protection-of-b-c-water/.

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RECOGNIZED FOR REMEMBRANCE St. Joseph’s School Grade 7 student Marissa Parsons receives a certificate and $200 prize from Royal Canadian Legion Bulkley Valley Branch 63 Secretary Terry Widen Monday morning. The 13-year-old’s black and white Remembrance Day poster was deemed second best in all of British Columbia in the intermediate category. Chris Gareau photo

The Smithers Public Library has more than $1,800 to buy new books for beginner readers thanks to a donation from Smithers Pharmasave stores. The two local pharmacies on Main Street and 4th Avenue raised the money by donating 50 cents from all Pharmasave brand products sold during March. The collection was organized by the Friends of the Smithers Public Library, a group of volunteers who help the library raise funds for upgrades such as the building’s new courtyard. Library director Wendy Wright said the money would pay for a much-needed upgrade of the library’s collection for beginner readers. “These are the equivalent of the Dick & Jane books but these days no one’s interested in Dick & Jane, they want to read about Hot Wheels and Pete the Cat and Star Wars and Lego and this money will be going towards interesting books that kids are really excited about reading,” she said. Friends of the Smithers Public Library chairperson Lorraine Doiron praised Pharmasave for supporting the library on several occasions. She said the library would be much poorer without donations from the community. “Otherwise there would be no courtyard, that was built with donations, there would be no electronic equipment because it wouldn’t be in the budget,” said Doiron. Friends of the Smithers Public Library is also planning a fundraising book sale this spring.

Christian Heritage Party holds AGM in Smithers By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The Christian Heritage Party and its leader Telkwa native Rod Taylor held its annual general meeting at Pioneer Place in Smithers Friday evening. National development director and deputy leader Peter Vogel came out from Orono, Ontario to speak to members and plan election strategy with Taylor. The relatively smaller party will not be able to run a full slate when the federal election campaign begins, expected this fall, so it is figuring out how best to concentrate its resources. Newly chosen party leader Taylor came in fifth with three per cent of the vote in 2011, a few votes shy of the third-place Liberal and fourth-place Green Party candidates. “Where we do run we want to run good campaigns, and we’re also focusing on running in areas where we’re very disappointed with the incumbent, or where there’s no

incumbent or prospect of a new Member of Parliament who will hold most of the values that we do. “It’s a challenging strategy because there are areas where we have a really good incumbent but we also have a very good possibility for a CHP candidate,” said Vogel, explaining that this is the first time the party has strategized in this way. Taylor said because he is now leader, he was not sure if he would run in his home riding of Skeena-Bulkley Valley. He also said he would not run against a pro-life candidate in other ridings. “We’ve red circled a handful of the ones we call heroes in Parliament that we will not run against for sure,” said Taylor, who believes the CHP is for more than just Christians. “It’s kind of the natural law; it’s the law that all of us have as human beings in our hearts: don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t lie. And those are shared values whether or not they’re defined through a Christian scriptural reference,” said Taylor. Christian Heritage Party deputy leader Peter Vogel The first slate of CHP candidates will be announced this speaks to members in Smithers Friday. month according to Taylor. Chris Gareau photo

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ROCKING THE TILL FOR A CAUSE Brother-sister duo Sa-yez and Simbiyez jam near the jams aisle in Safeway Friday. Their guitar case was open to collect donations in support of breast cancer awareness and research. Sa-yez trades in his axe for a slicer when he works the deli, and his sister pours drinks at the store’s Starbucks when she’s not serving up songs. Donations of cash and Air Miles are still being collected.

Bulkley Valley Cross Country Ski Club Annual General Meeting Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm at the Old Church Open to all club members. Wine and refreshments provided.

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a hardware store. I don’t have a social life like so many of my friends. That is my choice. People come visit me on this parcel of land or I head to the bakery in Telkwa. Fantastic baking, great coffee and good hosts. I meet my favourite SPICE OF LIFE people there for a coffee Brenda Mallory break and then it is back home to do yard work. So, how was this  I walk my dogs, week for you? I was meeting  interesting thinking these past people. We pass the few days about my life. time of day then  carry Maybe I should say life on. Yesterday was no plan. I know from my different until the dogs years talking to so many indicated an interesting readers that the aging place in the bush. There process has taken us to it was, a smelly almost another level. devoured moose. A ripe Many have moved smell I can tell you. away from the valley. That same day a big Some have moved from wind knocked down rural places to Smithers. some large pine trees Then we have those who which in turn knocked have moved back. out my power and I still live a rural life phone. Young hydro some would consider a men came, cleared the bit rough for a woman driveway and hooked up in her 70s. I am not sure. my power. The young I like going to Home man said “I will have you Hardware for instance. A turned on in a minute.” helpful staff or customer I did tell him at my age will help me with paint or it was highly unlikely. tool selection. The other Hardworking fellows day I was helped with and their efforts were buying  fuel stabilizer for very much appreciated. my snow blower. I don’t My point is that I like to shop but I do like realize I have to stick to

my guns as far as this older age is concerned. I will not travel or attend social functions. I live among the trees and the birds. My old dogs and Scruffy the cat shower me with affection and some annoyance. What more can a person want other than a peaceful life, friends who look after me when it is needed and most of all  never needing to do something because it is the thing we should do? I hope you understand what I am saying. You probably have made the choice to change your life to make it easier. Good for you. For some of us it is the connection to the land and the work involved that makes a day. I hope your choices serve you well. I will go outside now, clean up some branches from fallen trees, then have a bowl of soup that a dear friend made for me. This is my life. Tell me how things are for you as you age or perhaps you are a younger person seeking the correct path. Just call 250-846-5095. You could email if that suits you:

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Dancer Tyler Lee Jacobs performs at the iCount High School in April.

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iCount High School students were last month treated to a performance by one of only two Aboriginal cellists in North America. Originally from northern Alberta, Cris Derksen wanted to play the double bass, but the instrument wouldn’t fit into her mom’s car. As a result, she ended up learning to play the cello. The accomplished musician now has a degree in classical music from the University of British Columbia. Her original music blends the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre -defying music.

Derksen recently performed in Moricetown and Gitanmaax in late April. She was accompanied by Michel Lee Bruyere on drums and dancer Tyler Lee Jacobs. Originally from Sagkeeng, Manitoba, Bruyere has toured with Buffy St. Marie, Morrissey, Cyndi Lauper and Sinead O’Connor to name a few. “It was hard coming from my reserve and having a dream,” he said. “I credit my teachers as my mentors. Have a plan, don’t quit and motivate yourself.” The musicians were in the area, thanks to the Bulkley Valley Concert Association (BVCA). Submitted by Christine Anonuevo

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Dancers shine at first competition for 2015 By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A team of Smithers dancers impressed judges at their first competition for 2015 in Terrace in April. Creative Roots Dance Studio took 13 dancers aged 8-18 to compete in the Pacific Northwest Music Festival, which runs from April 16 to May 7. The music festival includes a week-long dance competition with categories including tap, lyrical jazz, hip-hop and contemporary. The Smithers dancers returned from the competition with an impressive six prizes in various disciplines. Emily Anderson and Brooke Huxtable’s tap solos were judged the best in their age category, while Nyah MacDonald and Drew Nixon won the hip solo categories in their age groups. Jenelle Stanton and Brianna

Lancaster’s joint performance won the lyrical jazz duet for dancers 13 and under and Brooke Huxtable received second place for her lyrical jazz solo. Creative Roots owner Amanda Dorscht said her team worked hard in the lead up to the festival, which was also an opportunity for the dancers to be inspired. “It allows them to go outside of Smithers and just to see what other dancers are up to in northern British Columbia,” she said. “It just kind of showcases the talent outside of our little small town and opens their eyes to the world of dance.” Dorscht said it was also good for the dancers to perform in front of a different audience and receive feedback from judges. She said their success at the festival put them in good stead for the upcoming B.C. Annual Dance Competition in Prince Rupert from May 3-9.

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This looks like a good site: getreliefresponsibly. com. It is by the makers of Tylenol. There is concern that at times acetaminophen is in some medications and you might not be aware of this. So you take your regular medicine and then take Tylenol and you could be in a situation of taking too much Tylenol. This website explains how to read ingredients in your medications, tips

on responsible pain relief and a place to enter the name of your medication to see if it is one that contains Tylenol. This is for over–the-counter items as well. One assumes they are safe but you still need to be careful. The world’s largest tulip festival is held every May in Ottawa. 100,000 tulips were sent to our capital in 1945 from the Dutch Royal Family, thanking Canada for sheltering Princess Juliana and her daughters Beatrix and Irene from 1940-1945. This was during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Princess Juliana gave birth in 1943 here in Canada and the maternity ward at the Ottawa Civic Hospital was declared extraterritorial, so that baby Margriet could be born in no country and would inherit her Dutch citizenship from her mother. Princess Juliana became queen in 1948 and the Dutch

tricolour flew from Parliament’s Peace Tower, and the carillon played Dutch music. Every year the bulbs continue to arrive, a gift in perpetuity. Neat word: piffle. A verb meaning trivial senseless talk, nonsense. Friday at 11:30 a.m. the Smithers Exploration Group will celebrate Mining Week 2015. Luncheon at the Hudson Bay Lodge, cohosted by the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25, contact the Chamber 250-8475072 or email info@ Melissa Sawatsky joins fellow author and Vancouver-based, award-winning poet Kevin Spenst for an evening of poetic entertainment at the library Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m. Kevin is currently on a 50-venue tour introducing his debut collection of poetry Jabbering with Bing Bong. More

information contact the library 250-847-3043. Along with appearing at the library Kevin will be heading a workshop at the gallery, May 12, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Put your poetry into print, this special workshop will focus on writing poetry and turning it into your very own chapbook, a small collection of poetry that often centers on a specific theme, typically saddlestitched like a pamphlet or magazine, well suited to smaller print-runs.

More information: 250847-3898. Don’t forget the upcoming book sale, set to go Friday, May 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mark’s empty store, corner of Main and 4th. Donations of books, music and movies can be brought to the library. Closing with: The power of imagination makes us infinite. —John Muir


Joan & Carman Graf May 17, 1955

The Family of Joan and Carman Graf invite you to join us in celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Pioneer Place

Everyone Welcome!

There will be light snacks & cake No gifts Bring a great story to share

The Smithers Lions Club is providing bursaries to students currently graduating from a high school in Smithers and to university students who have previously graduated from a high school in Smithers. For graduating high school students, a number of $750.00 bursaries are being awarded. Applications must be received by May 31st. Information regarding these bursaries and application forms can be obtained from you high school councillor or teacher, or by contacting the club at the address below. For university students, a number of $1000.00 bursaries are to be awarded. The application deadline is September 30, 2015. Further information and an application form can be obtained from: Smithers Lions Club Box 925 Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Attn: Bursary Committee

Smithers Lions Club YOUTH RAISE PRO-LIFE FLAGS Bulkley Valley youth plant flags with the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) along Hwy 16 in Smithers Saturday. Each of the 10,000 flags represent 10 abortions performed in Canada each year.

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Artists Pat Gauthier (left) and Bev Gordon meet with art lovers Friday night at the Smithers Art Gallery during a reception for their exhibitions.


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Artists make time for art at Smithers gallery A shared exhibition at the Smithers Art Gallery features the agricultural-themed mixed-media paintings of Pat Gauthier from Fort St James, B.C. and oil paintings by locum radiographer Bev Gordon, who is currently on rotation in Smithers. In the main gallery is From There to Here — the Last Decade of Works around My Rural Roots by Pat Gauthier. Gauthier has a strong, powerful painting style full of colour and energy. The works in this exhibition date from the past decade and show her exploration of style and medium during that period — from watercolors, pastels, mixed media, oils, and plein-air painting, to her more recent focus on acrylics.

Farming runs deep in Gauthier’s veins, and the rural, agricultural theme which links these paintings tells the story of what is closest to her heart. As a child on her parents’ farm in Sorrento, B.C., Gauthier and her sister were horse-crazy, riding stickhorses, sheep, and even the long-suffering dog until they got a pony. But her other early passion was art and she remembers getting into trouble as a child for pasting her drawings on the wall. This love stayed with her even when life was too busy with family and farming for there to be time for making art. Pat Gauthier lives on a cattle ranch in Fort St James, B.C., and is finally able to spend time in her studio/ gallery overlooking the ranch.

In the mini gallery is Guerilla Art — Making Time for Making Art by Bev Gordon. Gordon feels that one of the biggest barriers to creativity is people struggling simply to find time to practise their art. In January this year Gordon led a series of drop-in art lessons at the gallery dubbed Guerilla Art Days, the purpose of which was to provide a free studio space so that people could be encouraged to give themselves permission to drop their busy lives for part of a day and just make art. Gordon’s job as a locum radiographer means that when she arrives at a new location she has no studio to work out of, so the way she sees it, any place is a good

place to make art. The collection of pieces in this show are the result of her painting in the most unlikely places and circumstances, such as using an upturned cardboard box as a table and a borrowed plastic shower chair from the hospital. After graduating in 2005 from OUC (now UBC Okanagan), Gordon decided to sign her artwork ‘bobshe’, an endearment that originated in her childhood. It is neither male nor female and somehow reflects her style of art that is often neither realistic nor abstract. Both exhibitions run until May 30. Submitted by the Smithers Art Gallery

Students bring Broadway to Hazelton Young and old are invited to crimp their hair, flip up their collars and rock some legwarmers in celebration of Hazelton Secondary students’ performance of the poprock musical comedy Xanadu JR., beginning Friday. A student version of the award-winning Broadway musical is set in 1980, done in the style of a classic Greek tragedy and follows a Greek Muse named Kira who chooses to help and guide a struggling artist. The musical comedy features an original hit score by pop-rock legends Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra and John Farrar, including songs like Magic, All Over The World, Suddenly, I’m Alive, Evil Woman, Have You Never Been Mellow and Xanadu.

“The students from Hazelton Secondary are working together to tell this vibrant musical story about overcoming obstacles in order to pursue one’s artistic passion. We think you’ll agree that their communication, collaboration and creativity is a quantifying-life lesson,” says Freddie Gershon, CEO of New York-based Music Theatre International. The show runs May 8, 9, 12, 13 at 7 p.m. at Hazelton Secondary School. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from cast and crew, at Hazelton Secondary front office, Mercedes Beans and Model Teas, and Bulkley Valley Credit Union, or at the door. Read more at Submitted by Hazelton Secondary School


Hazelton students perform Xanadu starting Friday.

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Moms, we appreciate you and all that you do! Enjoy a Bite-size Brownie on us this Mother's Day! Kids, participate in our colouring contest for the chance to win Mom a Mother's Day Lunch!

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30 YEARS OF DEDICATION The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63 Smithers presents Doug Henderson of All Seasons Automotive his 30 Year pin on March 11.

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Come visit us for annuals, vegetables, herbs, perennials, tumbler tomatoes, and beautiful hanging baskets just in time for Mother’s Day!

Mon – Fri 9 am – 8 pm Sieger and Nancy Duursma Saturday at BV Farmers’ Market 9 am – 1 pm 1917 Spruce Drive Telkwa Saturday 2pm – 6pm 250-846-5311 Closed to rest on Sunday

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Brandstetter nominated for business award By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Smithers business owner Amy Brandstetter has been nominated for a national award recognizing influential female entrepreneurs. The Sedaz Lingerie owner was nominated by the local Royal Bank of Canada branch for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Brandstetter worked as a dump-truck driver, in a sawmill and as a manager in the food and beverage industry before she opened her Main Street store three years ago. She said she had always been ambitious and motivated so she decided to put those skills into her own business. “I thought to myself ‘I’m benefiting businesses that aren’t really helping me get ahead’ so I decided that I wanted to start my own business and I’ve always wanted to do a lingerie store,” she said.

“I like to make people feel beautiful and confident and it was definitely a market that we were missing here in Smithers. “I told my husband that’s what I wanted to do and he’s extremely supportive and really believes in me and told me to go for it so we did.” RBC senior account manager business/personal Lisa Drzimotta nominated Brandstetter not only for her success but for her community spirit. She said she had seen Brandstetter fundraise for charities and local families. “Anytime you go in there she makes you feel good, she’s really out there, she’s worked really hard,” said Drzimotta. “You can just see how her company has grown, she has gone from just a few little items in the window to the place is just packed full of beautiful lingerie. “She’s really inspirational.” Finalists for the national award will be announced in September.

Amy Brandstetter has been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Alicia Bridges photo

understand. evaluate. transform. We offer:

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Christ centred Teacher directed Student oriented Community connected

• Ministry approved educational program taught from a Biblical perspective • Weekly chapels • Multi-church student body • Dedicated teachers and support staff

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• Exciting field trip opportunities including Bard on the Beach, Barkerville, Haida Gwaii, Ottawa, and more • Bi-annual drama production

• Well-respected learner support programs

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We are offering a 50% tuition reduction to families who register before September 1, 2015. This reduction will apply for four years. Call for more information.

• K – 12 French and music programs

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TO ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2015 Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Scholarships and Bursaries The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation provides scholarships and bursaries for 2015 graduating students who attend high school in Smithers, Houston and Hazelton. Applications are accepted from April 1 to May 15, 2015. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded to qualifying students in each of these communities. The information package, bursary and scholarship criteria and application form is available on the Foundation website under the grants icon. For further information contact:

OH McHAPPY DAY McDonalds workers were last week practicing their smiles ahead of today’s McHappy Day fundraiser. The franchise will donate $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal or hot McCafe beverage purchased today to the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre (BVCDC) and to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Ms. Geri Britton, Executive Director BV Community Foundation Box 4584, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 PH: 250-847-3310 Email: In Houston: Sandra Lavallie PH: 250-845-7266 The Hazeltons: Pauline Gomez PH: 250-847-7515

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Gitwangak fire chief says more funding needed By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Gitwangak Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Brett Johnson says outdated equipment and insufficient funding for training is limiting his team’s ability to fight fires and act as first-responders in the absence of a local ambulance service. His team of volunteer firefighters has been called to two major fires since the start of April, including a blaze that destroyed an historic totem pole and threatened two houses. But he said part of the reason his team was unable to save the totem pole was because they were not equipped to fight grass fires. “We cannot burn because the hoses we have are meant for actual house fires,” “Right now we’re running our hoses through the grass and stuff and we’re getting dirty and we have no new equipment to replace these hoses once they are gone.” Johnson was also concerned his department did not have enough funding to pay for first aid training so they could respond to emergencies. “It means that the fire department has to suffer, we don’t get new training, equipment, we don’t get nothing,” See FIRE on A20

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Importance of Mining and Exploration to the Bulkley Valley

Fire concerns raised From CHIEF on A19 “Two years ago we had to let go of our first responder ticket because they told me they had no money to re-certify us, which is very sad because we do a lot of first aid in our community because the ambulances are far out, they take too long to get here.” He believes the amount of funding his department received had dropped since Vancouverbased Ganhada Management Group started co-managing the community with the Gitwangak Band. But Ganhada proprietor Allan Okabe said funding for the department came from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), and that the amount allocated to the Gitwangak department had not changed. “There has been absolutely no change for the funding for the volunteer fire department,” said Okabe. “As co-managers we administer the Aboriginal Affairs funding but we don’t initiate any kind of spending, it’s the department.” The Gitwangak First Nation received $29,658 from AANDC to support fire protection on the


Rev. Alyssa Anderson Sunday 10:00 AM Worship & Children’s Program

At the corner of Queen St. & 8th


Bethel Reformed Church Welcomes you to worship with us 10 am & 2:30 pm every Sunday

Pastor Lou Slagter 3115 Gould Place Smithers


CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Sunday Worship Services temporarily at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (4023 First Ave.) Sunday School for ages 3-6 during the morning worship service. Pastor Ken Vander Horst Phone 250-847-2333

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reserve in 2015. The department said funding for the Gitwangak Volunteer Fire Department maintenance and operations had increased by an average 1.2 per cent annually from 2011-2015. Additional AANDC funds were provided to the First Nations Emergency Services Society to deliver protection training and capacity building to the community. The department said in a statement its funding was provided on a cost-share formula but First Nations could apply for capital to build or purchase fire protection assets. “Major maintenance and repairs are determined through inspections of funded infrastructure conducted every three years,” a spokesperson said. “This process is called the Asset Condition Reporting System. “This year, Gitwangak has been identified as an eligible recipient for funding to address major maintenance of their fire hall and truck. “AANDC has already initiated correspondence with Gitwangak to invite them to submit an application for funding.”

Since 1905, the Bulkley Valley has been host to numerous and varied exploration and mining projects. Gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, coal, cadmium, and molybdenum have been found and extracted from the ground. This created jobs, contributed to economic development, supported families, and gave us access to some otherwise inaccessible, stunning areas of the province in our ever-present quest for recreational activity. From exploration to development to remediation, companies and contractors who do this work can be found based out of or living in the Bulkley Valley. Their work and families provide strong support to the local economies be it through taxes, shopping, schools, supply networks, and volunteerism. For example, the Smithers Exploration Group ( has created a large networking group of individuals involved in the industry and is proactive in public education, post-secondary training, providing scholarships for high school students, hosting local conferences and events, and working to create new opportunities within exploration and mining. Cronin, Hunter Basin, Silver King Basin, Duthie, and the Telkwa coal beds are just a few of the numerous old mine sites locals and tourists alike explore on a regular basis. The Telkwa coal beds were the reason the first bridge in Telkwa was constructed back in 1909. Ongoing remediation/reclamation at Cronin, Duthie and Hazelton mine sites provide jobs and encourage innovation as the companies involved seek new ways of fixing old problems. Exciting new mining projects such as KSM, Kitsault, Big Onion, Brucejack, Dome, and Red Chris have and will continue to provide employment, training and economic support to our local towns as we, in turn, play host to their regional offices and provide supplies and labour for their projects. We are lucky to have so many different minerals found in our region; while occasionally minerals may be found together, most are hosted individually in a particular rock type and thus each mine yields a unique product. On average, it takes 28 years for a property to go from initial prospecting to a mine site. Add to that, of every 2500 prospects discovered, only one (1!) will make it to mine status. The opportunities for exploration in our region continue to be encouraging, particularly as new areas are opened up through infrastructure development. Responsible development ensures we will all continue to live and prosper in this, our own beautiful part of the world. Co-authored by, Allan Stroet, Economic Development Officer

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Main St. Christian Fellowship

FAITH REFORMED CHURCH OF TELKWA Pastor James Folkerts (URC-NA) 1170 Hwy 16, Telkwa

Sunday mornings 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick Apperson

Services at 10 am & 2:30 pm

1065 Main St., Smithers Phone: 250-847-1059

Faith Alive Christian Fellowship Upper floor Fitness Northwest Centre, Broadway Ave. 10-12 noon Sundays Youth meeting Fridays at 7 pm

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Sunday 10:00 am - Service and Sunday School

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Congratulations The BC Northern Real Estate Board recognized members for their excellence in sales achievement on March 20, 2015 when they were presented with MLS® Awards for 2014.

LIONS SHARE SKILLS B.C. Lions player Solomon Elimimian signs a jersey for a Hazelton Secondary School student during the team’s tour of the north last Wednesday. They visited Hazelton and Smithers last week as part of the Lions Pride outreach program, which highlights the importance of making positive life choices and avoiding gang involvement.

The BC Northern Real Estate Board’s 363 members sold 5,218 properties worth $1.36 billion through MLS® in 2014. In Smithers, MLS® Awards were won by: Ron Lapadat Leo Lubbers Jeremy Penninga Our members work in the communities from Fort Nelson to 100 Mile House and from Valemount to Haida Gwaii. Jesse Butler Sandra Hincliffe

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Police Beat New Hazelton RCMP responded to 96 calls from April 23-29.

April 24 — At 1:33 a.m. the Gitwangak Fire Department responded to a shed fire at the Old Mill site on Sawmill Road. The investigation is ongoing, any witnesses are encouraged to contact police. April 26 — A break and enter to a Billabong maintenance yard near Carnaby was reported to police at 8:43 a.m. A blue Billabong pickup truck was stolen from the yard. The truck was bearing B.C. license plate DK 8082. If you see this vehicle, do not approach it. Report it to the local RCMP

immediately. April 29 — At 10:05 p.m., police responded to a fight on Arthur Sampson Crescent in Glen Vowell. An intoxicated male was found causing a disturbance. He was arrested and put in a cell until he was sober. No charges are anticipated. April 29 — At 7:38 p.m., while on routine patrol, police stopped a vehicle on 4th Avenue in New Hazelton. The driver was found to be driving while prohibited. The vehicle was towed and charges are pending.


Resources Work for Everyone in BC Be a Partner in Mining for only $25 Smithers annual Mining Luncheon Friday May 8 Date: Friday May 8 Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Location: Hudson Bay Lodge, Ferguson Room, Smithers Price: $25 (purchase your tickets early; no sales at the door) Program: 

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Birch syrup a tricky business By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Visitors to Jim Fowler’s Kispiox Valley property are greeted with an unfamiliar scene. Clear-plastic tubes sprout from the trees that line the driveway and connect to tubs resting throughout the forest floor. The lines look like they are feeding the trees but the reverse is true. Each tube is connected to taps collecting a fresh-tasting clear liquid. The scene has an air of science-fiction but the reality is more scientific. Jim Fowler, a former fire chief who now works from his picturesque lakeside home in remote northern B.C., uses sap from the birch forest to make syrup which he sells as a culinary product. For three weeks of the year he works around the clock to collect, reduce and thicken the sap from the birch trees on his property. The process of repeatedly heating and filtering the sap requires Fowler to work in

shifts, shifting the sap between stages around midnight and then again in the early hours of the morning. The result is a dark mahogany-tinted syrup with a unique flavour that has notes of molasses. Like maple, it can be used in glazes and baked goods, but Fowler would emphasize the two are completely different. Birch syrup is much trickier to produce than its famed Canadian cousin and it can only be harvested for a short window of about three weeks. “You actually get a sweeter syrup at the beginning [of the season], but at the end of the season what happens is your sap starts to get bitter, cloudy ... and if you try to make stuff with it, it tastes awful,” he said. “When we started selling our syrup at the farmers’ market some people would say, oh I’ve had birch syrup before, oh it’s terrible’. “But that’s because those people try to do it at home with just one or two trees.” Birch trees only produce about two litres a day but Fowler uses a 140-170 litre reduction ratio. The process is meticulous.

Sap collected from the trees is filtered multiple times and then reduced in a heating basin custom-made by Fowler. When the sap in the basin reaches the right consistency the liquid is transferred to the stovetop, where the process becomes a juggling act. A cacophony of alarms and beepers signal Fowler’s next move as he manages multiple saucepans holding syrup in various shades of gold, showing the different stages of production. Some are ready to be filtered, others need to be tested for their sugar content, which indicates when the syrup is ready. The finished syrup is bottled in three sizes, Son of a Birch, Mama Birch and Poppa Birch, which are sold at local farmers markets and shipped to Vancouver restaurants. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver executive chef Ned Bell said Fowler’s birch syrup was the best he had ever tasted. He found the product online and was impressed by its depth of flavour and authenticity compared with other products which contain added sugar.

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The Kispiox Valley Community Center Association and the RCMP have banded together to ensure any events held on the community grounds will be family friendly. Over the last couple of years there has been a substantial increase in the consumption of alcohol, underage drinking, and destructive parties. •

This is going to change. After consulting with the RCMP and obtaining legal advice, the Kispiox Valley Community Center Association and all user groups are clamping down. This is what you may expect when you come to our events:

Please help us to keep these events family oriented. We encourage everyone to report to event organizers, anyone who disrupts your weekend of family enjoyment.

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1. If you were identified as a problem last year, don't bother to show up, you will be refused entry at the main gate 2. If you are under the age of 19 and caught drinking, you will be prosecuted 3. If you are drunk and disorderly, the RCMP will be called and you will be taken to jail 4. We reserve the right to search all persons and property to ensure the security of all persons in attendance. If you are not willing to be searched, or have your vehicle searched, you will not be permitted entry to the grounds. 5. A vigilant security team who will be on call 24/7 Kicking off this year's events is the 68th Annual Kispiox Valley Rodeo on June 6th & 7th. The following month is the 21st Annual Kispiox Valley Music Festival July 24th, 25, 26th, two of the largest events in the North West.

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Maple meets molasses From BIRCH on A22 Bell said he held Fowler in high regard for his dedication and enthusiasm for his product. “He does it the right way because that’s the only way that he can do it, he doesn’t take shortcuts and I absolutely cherish artisans like that,” he said. “They make my life easy and exciting when I know that he puts as much love into his birch syrup as I put into roasting a piece of fish or a scallop. “When I use his product I use it with intense care and attention and respect and I don’t abuse it

because I love it.” Bell said his restaurant uses the syrup primarily during fall and winter with caramelized roasted meats and fish. He describes the flavour as being a cross between molasses and maple syrup. “Most consumers, a lot of them have birch syrup but they don’t really understand the flavour and so when they taste it they’re just like ‘oh my God this is like molasses meets maple’ and so they just love that unique combination on their palate,” he said.

“Invisible migration” events A series of events to celebrate the arrival of juvenile salmon to the Skeena River watershed will be held in locations near Smithers and Hazelton this month. Every spring approximately 300 million juvenile salmon make their way from every lake, river and stream to the Skeena estuary. The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition is celebrating the migration of the tiny fish, known as smolts, with three events starting on May 11. The first event will take place at the Babine River Fish Fence, where

the Lake Babine Nation’s fisheries program conducts a catch-and-tag program of smolts as they leave the lake. There will be hourly boat tours starting at 10 a.m., a ceremony and a free wild salmon barbecue starting at noon. Named for the fact the fish are hidden under brown floodwaters, “Invisible Migration” events will also be held on May 20 in Hazelton and May 23 in Prince Rupert. For more information visit www. or call 250842-2494.

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Smithers Special Olympics award honours Legere By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A new award from the Smithers Special Olympics program for multiple athletic achievements honours the memory of Bobbi-Lin Legere, who passed away last fall. “She was an amazing athlete. She had done four nationals in three different sports: two in bowling, one in swimming and one in track and field,” explained coach Jeannie Cramer. The Bobbie-Lin Legere Memorial Award for multiple athletic achievements was awarded for the first time to Ann Forbes, 22. “Ann really does her best all the time; but not only

that, she is also a very good encouragement for other athletes, which is exactly who Bobbi-Lin was,” said Cramer. Forbes also competes in track and field, swimming and bowling. She was chosen as the inaugural award recipient not only because of her sporting prowess, but also qualified by excelling at sportsmanship, competitiveness, personal drive, consistency and commitment to always strive for more from themselves. There are about 35 athletes in the Smithers Special Olympics program. They compete in bowling, swimming, track and field, bocci, curling, and downhill skiing. A soccer team will be formed if volunteers are found to coach said Cramer.

IT’S A TRAP SHOOT AT BV ROD AND GUN CLUB A shell bursts from the gun of a shooter at last weekend’s annual Bulkley Valley Rod and Gun Club trap shoot near Smithers. See results on page B12. Chris Gareau photo

SSS soccer girls play well heading into zones By Taylor Foreman Smithers Secondary School/Interior News






This past weekend the Smithers Secondary girls’ soccer team played its third tournament this season. The team matched up against Kitimat in the first game and Terrace in the second. A number of girls suffered injuries in the previous tournament but the team played well despite this. In the first game against Kitimat, Smithers dominated and played most of the game in Kitimat’s end. The girls worked well as a team with the help of advice from their coaches and kept Kitimat from getting scoring opportunities. Despite playing an excellent game, Smithers could not score and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.



In game number two, Smithers felt the pressure from Terrace and the team faced a tough battle with possession switching frequently. Both teams fought hard for every ball and played a good game. Late in the second half, Terrace was able to score leading the game 1-0. Smithers continued to play strongly, but the game ended minutes later with a Terrace win. The Smithers forwards and midfield played a good game, getting many chances, though they were not rewarded. The whole team played great defence and kept balls out of their end to better their scoring odds. Next Thursday the Smithers team will head to Prince Rupert for zones, where they will play a number of games in the hopes of winning and continuing on to provincials.

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A WARNING for busy shoppers with children! Falls from shopping carts can result in severe brain injury or death. Shopping carts are typically in stores with hard surface floors. Children can fall out of a cart from a sitting or standing position. Even safely buckled in, carts are sometimes tipped over by older children hanging onto the cart. It all happens in the blink of an eye, often with disastrous, lifelong effects, or worse.


Please be extra vigilant. It is easy to get distracted when shopping.... looking for an item or catching up with a friend! Statistics show that most accidents occur when good parents, just like you, are less than 6 feet from the cart. A message from the Bulkley Valley Brain Injury Association (250) 877-7723

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Different Spokes for Different Folks CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU

Bikes are sold in a variety of frame sizes, so this is a good starting point. To find the frame that best fits your leg length, throw your leg over the bike’s top tube and straddle it. Generally you want about 1” of clearance for a road bike and about 2” or more for a mountain bike. Wear shoes to get an accurate reading. Now consider the seat height. You want to make sure your leg has a slight bend when your pedal is at its lowest point in its rotation. You should also have the proper reach to the handlebars. Your arms should not be fully extended; rather, your elbows should be slightly bent so that you feel comfortable and not too far away or too close to the handlebars. Generally speaking, the farther the seat is below the handlebars, the more comfortable the ride. Seats that are higher than the handlebars, on the other hand, will allow you to ride in a more aerodynamic position and apply more power to the pedals. This lets you go faster, but it may not be as comfortable. There are two basic handlebar styles. Drop-bar handlebars are lightweight, aerodynamic and sport a classic look. They are a better choice if you want to go fast. They also allow several riding and hand positions. Their downside is that they put you in lower, more hunched over position that may put more strain on your back. Flat-bar handlebars, though heavier than drop-bars, let you to sit up in a more relaxed position so you can better see the road and potential hazards. This upright position reduces strain on your hands, wrists and shoulders.


From bikes with training wheels to teen-sized versions of adult bikes, there are many options available for kids. The most important consideration when buying your child a bike is size. When shopping, keep in mind that children’s bikes are measured by their wheel size, not frame size. The most common wheel sizes are 16”, 20” and 24”. The right size is one where the child can comfortably get on the bike and stand with his or her feet on the ground. It is not recommended that you buy a bike that is too large for a child and then have them “grow into it.” Doing so can set the child back in terms of riding skills and confidence. A properly sized bike will be easier for kids to handle, less dangerous and a lot more fun.


Cycling helmets come in 3 basic styles Sport (multi-use) helmets: An economical choice for recreational, commuter, road and mountain bikers. Road bike helmets: Preferred by roadie enthusiasts for their low weight, generous ventilation and aerodynamic design. Mountain bike helmets: Designed to ventilate well at low speeds; distinguished by their visors, enhanced rear-head coverage and a firm, secure fit for tackling rough terrain. A good fit is vital. Multi-use helmets usually offer a single, adjustable size. Most others come in small, medium, large or extended sizes. To find your size, wrap a flexible tape measure around the largest portion of your head—about 1” above your eyebrows. Between sizes? Opt for the smaller size. Almost all helmets offer a universal-fit sizing wheel on the back of the helmet’s internal sizing ring. To adjust the fit, first expand the sizing wheel before you place a helmet on your head. Once the helmet is in place, reach behind your head and tighten the ring until you achieve a snug fit. A good-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge no more than 1” (a width of approximately 2 fingers) above your eyebrows so that your forehead is protected. Push the helmet from side to side and back to front. If it shifts noticeably (1” or more), adjust the sizing wheel (or pads) to snug the fit. Next, buckle and tighten the chinstrap. Push up on the front edge of the helmet, then up on the back edge. If the helmet moves significantly in either direction (more than 1”), tighten the chinstrap and try again. The straps should form a “V” as they rest under each ear. Adjust the straps around both ears to achieve a comfortable fit. Finally, with the chinstrap buckled, open your mouth. The helmet should press against your forehead as you do so. If not, tighten further and repeat. Just don’t overtighten the strap until it’s uncomfortable. 308

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National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 3-9, 2015

Let’s talk about hospice palliative care We urge you to talk with 10 people about the importance of quality hospice palliative care in Canada.

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS to spread an important message is through Our yourhope social circles, your message own sphere ofspread influence. National is that this critical will be Hospice Palliative Care Week’s official theme for 2015 is The Power of 10: Let’s talk aboutbyHospice Palliative Care. We urge you to exponentially each of your contacts. talk with 10 people — friends, family, acquaintances — about the importance of quality hospice palliative care in Canada. Our hope is that this critical message will be spread exponentially, like ripples in a pond, by each of your contacts — whether face-to-face, e-mail, or social media — use the information below as a conversation starter.

Hospice Palliative Care: Living Well Until End of Life WHAT IS HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE?

Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering, while improving the quality of living and dying.


Hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s care that should begin when a life-threatening Palliative condition is diagnosed so that individuals and their families are supported as they manage the often complicated journey Care at the improves the quality of life of patients and family facing life-threatening illness. Palliative Care refers to the team of nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, hospice volunteers, and end of life.

home support staff who work together with one purpose. In Smithers there are benefits available for free medication, if qualifying, and medical supplies from Northern Health, Home Support, and BV Hospice. There is a Palliative Care bed available at BV District Hospital and a short-term Palliative Care bed at Bulkley Lodge. Palliative Care nurses can save trips to the doctor and teach An integrated palliative approach to care is one that focuses on an individual’s need at any given point in It can be provided to give medications and watch for problems. They also provide emotional support members in a hospital, residential hospice, at home, in long-term care homes or in another community setting. Personal values, wishes and practical support with the complex paperwork involved. They facilitate important conversations and desires can be considered. Advance Care Planning (, a discussion about individual plans at such as Advance Care Planning. the end of life, is an important part of an integrated approach to care. Home and Community Care offers health care services to community members aged 19 years of Hospice Support or to volunteer: 250-877-7451 or 1-877-335-2233 age and older. The services allows clients to remain at home and independent who would otherwise email require admission to hospital. They also provide Assisted Living and Residential Care to clients who can no longer be supported in their own home, such as at the Bulkley Lodge. Services include Home and Community Care: 250-847-6234 Smithers 250-842-4640 Hazelton Adult Day Centres, Home Support, Home Care Nursing, Case Management, Hospice Palliative Cardiac Hospice palliative care professionals work with the health team you already have, and together they focus on Care, lessening the Rehab-Healthy Heart, Community Rehabilitation, Health Services for Community For Palliative Care contact your doctor to get started. Living, Residential Care, and Respite/Caregiver Relief. Anyone can refer somebody to Home and burdens of suffering, loneliness, and grief for those living with chronic and life-limiting illnesses. Community Care. The mission of the BV Hospice Society is to provide compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care to enhance quality of life during the palliative process. Hospice volunteers are trained to provide sitting/companionship, allowing respite for caregivers. Volunteers read, journal, run Hospice palliative care supports families as they navigate the difficulties that can arise when a loved one iserrands, struggling with a transportation, sing or play an instrument, and some provide alternative therapies provide life-limiting illness. Through hospice palliative care, families can gain a better understanding of a loved one’s such wishes, which can Touch. The hospice society has an equipment loan program with free usage of as Healing ~ Music ~ Tickets ease theBooks way when there are difficult decisions to make. various health care items. Bereavement support is available to children and adults and is offered in Coffees ~ Chai ~ Lunches an individual or group setting. Projects hospice has sponsored are: The Ceremony of Remembering at Christmastime, February 2014 Understanding Grief and Loss presentation, April 2014 Palliative Our Pharmacy will guide you (250) 847-5245 or toll free 1-800-668-5119 Care Workshop, furnished the Palliative Care bed at Bulkley Lodge and at BV District Hospital. The Ave., Smithers medical Hospice palliative 3775 care3rdmanages pain andthrough symptoms, andyour thanks to the importantneeds conversations and planning that hospice BV Hospice Society is very grateful for donations from the community, including their support of the palliative care encourages, patients can make informed decisions about their own care, ensure that their families understand Community Coupon Book fundraiser. 250-847-4744



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NOTICE TO ALL WATER USERS The Town of Smithers Works and Operations Department will be conducting a Flushing Program beginning Monday, May 4, 2015 until approximately Friday, May 29, 2015. One week prior to the Flushing Program beginning, chlorine will be added to the system in controlled quantities, to offset iron, bacteria, silts and other substances that have settled out of the water and become lodged in the distribution system. Users will probably be able to detect the taste or odour of this chlorine until approximately June 5, 2015. The quantity of chlorine injected into the system will not be allowed to exceed two milligrams per litre and will not be injurious to your health. This is a normal chlorination dosage in many communities. Anyone finding this taste or odour objectionable will be able to quickly dissipate it by allowing a container of water to stand with the surface uncovered for a short time, or by boiling the water for a couple of minutes. If, during the course of the flushing program, the water from your taps becomes coloured or dirty, please run taps continuously for a period of time, and you will find that the problem will clear up. Should that action not correct any problem with taste, colour or odour, feel free to contact Dale Chartrand, Chief Utilities Operator, at 250-847-1649. Also, by running your taps prior to laundry washing and avoiding the use of chlorine bleach in your laundry during the course of the flushing program, you will minimize the possibility of laundry staining caused by Manganese. The Town would like to thank water users for their patience and co-operation during the Flushing Program. Our aim is to provide the community with the best quality of water possible.

Do not ride down the sidewalk.

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Friday May the 15th we will have the Lion’s club at the store for Proceeds to the... a BBQ from 11AM to 2 PM. Space Donated by The Interior News


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The Interior News

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Sale finishes May 16th

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15% Off Rentals, Regular Priced Retail Items, Repairs & Tunes One Free Group Lesson & 15% Off Additional Lessons (Group or Private) Free Twilight Skiing 4, 25% Off “Bring a Friend” Lift Tickets

Purchase at our Downtown Office, by Phone at (250) 847-2058 or Online. Junior Boys javelin winner Evan Doyle (top) and Grade 8 girls 200m winner Zoe Hallman (front), Dawsyn Remillard (left) and Sarah Rourke (right) help Smithers Secondary School win the Prince Rupert track and field meet on April 25. Athletes who broke new records: (Grade 8 Girls 500g javelin) Kendal Zemenchik, (Junior Girls 3kg shot put) Wynona Creyke, and (Junior Girls 800m) Hannah Pow. Russel Borrett set new school records in the Grade 8 boys shot put and high jump. Hazelton Secondary tied Charles Hays Secondary for second place in points.

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Brand Product purchased will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life

How to join the fun: 1. Sign up your workplace at: 2. Ride to work as many days as you can during Bike to Work Week (May 25 - 29, 2015) log your kms Daily! 3. Join Sponsors and Riders at Celebration Stations and qualify for great prizes donated by local businesses. 4. Take part in our other free bike programming and events around Smithers 5. Visit ever day!

PERRY & COMPANY Monday – Friday 9 am – 9 pm • Saturday 9 am – 6 pm • •Sunday & Holidays 10 am – 5 pm • Seniors’ Day every day • 10% off 3752 4th Avenue • Smithers •250.847.4474 (some exclusions may apply)



The Steakhouse on Main in Smithers a busy popular establishment is looking for a

Full Time Experienced Cook & Experienced Server Apply with resume to the Manager.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-8 • Fri-Sat 11–9 Sun 10-8 • Sunday Breakfast Buffet 250-847-2828 • 1314 Main Street, Smithers



The Interior News

Real Estate

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Email: Located in the Log Office at 3568 Hwy. 16 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

Pick up your FREE copy of our Real Estate Flyer and our map of the Bulkley Valley. View more of our listings online at or on Facebook. NEW LISTING












3874 Alfred Avenue

3236 Third Avenue

1496 Willow Street, Telkwa

1471 Driftwood Crescent

#1 Elasgenze Drive

1435 Hyland Place

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Brand new ranch style home Wheel chair friendly 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, open floor plan 3 new appliances included

Peter Lund NEW PRICE

mls n244412


Executive quality, ½ duplex 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 4 covered decks, mountain views Hardwood floors, Willowvale sub.

Donna Grudgfield

mls n244407



Attractive 5 bdrm + den, 3 bathroom Master on main, big games room up Large fenced yard, space for RV

Ron Lapadat

mls n244411



Updated and well maintained 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms New roof and furnace Great view, fenced yard

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n244398



Dease Lake family home 2640 s.f. on 2 floors 4 bdrm, 3 bathroom, large rec room Quiet subdivision, good value

Charlie McClary NEW PRICE

mls n244220


5 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home Set up for licensed daycare Mountain views, deck, garage Immaculate, excellent condition

Karen Benson NEW PRICE

mls n244283


#2 - 3274 Railway Avenue

#66 - 95 Laidlaw Road

19 Starliter Way

3840 Ninth Avenue

1316 Kitwanga Road, Kitwanga

1581 Walnut Street, Telkwa

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Well kept 5 bdrm, 2 bath, ½ duplex Large kitchen, spacious open plan Fenced yard, paved drive, big shed Incl appliances, quick possession

Ron Lapadat

mls n242009

Well kept 3 bedroom 14x70 mobile New vinyl siding, windows, roof Laminate floor, 5 modern appliances

Ron Lapadat


mls n242618

Premier lot Lake front, spectacular view Fully serviced lot 10796 square feet

Sandra Hinchliffe


mls n227134

Affordable 5bdrm+den family home Well maintained & immaculate Central location, new flooring Established gardens/greenhouse

Karen Benson

mls n242081


3 acres, 3 bedroom mobile home Veg garden, fruit trees, green house Mountain views, shop, storage shed Close to great fishing&backcountry

Jantina & Kiesha

mls n235383

4 bedroom in Woodland Park Spacious kitchen, new flooring Fenced yard, garage, workshop

Leo Lubbers



mls n242882


1971 Dominion Street

2127A Quick Station Road

330 Cherry Crescent, Telkwa

22011 Kitseguecla Loop Road

18634 Kerr Rd (Old Quick School)

Lot 1 Upland Road

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3326 sq ft, 5 level split 4 bdrms, 3 bathrooms, gas fireplace New carpets, slate tool table incl Double garage, RV parking

Donna Grudgfield

mls n243369

20 private acres, Bulkley riverfront Small cabin, driveway to build site Mostly treed, open meadow to river Excellent Steelhead runs

Donna Grudgfield


mls n243020

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Garage, concrete driveway Heated floors, HRV system Built in vacuum, newer sundeck

Donna Grudgfield

mls n241969

Donna Grudgfield



2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms 39.5 acres, great views Huge pond, level land New sundeck mls n231876

7123 square foot, on level building 5 acres, level and landscaped Would make a good residence 4 classrooms, 3 bathrooms, gym

Donna & Leo


mls n4507311

+/- 11.7 acres, treed, private Established road to house site Shallow well, minutes to Smithers

Leo Lubbers


mls n238150


3490 Highway 16, Smithers

3524 Fifteenth Avenue

21471 Telkwa High Road

3684 Princess Crescent

Lot 12 Ambleside Avenue

16341 Highway 16 W, Telkwa

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Work & manage your own business Authorized Sears dealer agreement Lease premises, commission based

Leo Lubbers

mls n4507321

4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 storey + bsmt Shop, paved drive, fenced yard Family room & rec, f/p, ensuite

Leo Lubbers


mls n240406

94 acres, treed, private 3 bedroom, full basement, vaulted Shop, outbuildings, gardens

Leo Lubbers


mls n240237

Brand new quality building One & two bedroom condos Wheelchair accessible, elevator 6 appliances, central location

Peter Lund

Prime new building lots Only one lot left in Phase 1 View, close to trails and recreation

Leo Lubbers


mls n226929

50 acres, 3 bedroom home, view Hay field, east of Telkwa Frontage on Bulkley River

Leo Lubbers



mls n227961


3213 Turner Way

9257 Glacierview Road

#25 – 7691 Highway 16

20268 Highway 16

1435 Columbia Drive

3348 Highway 16 W, Smithers

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Family home, spacious 5 bdrm+den Huge kitchen, open,vaulted ceilings King size master, 5 piece ensuite

Ron Lapadat

mls n243488

Beautiful lot in great neighborhood Partially constructed log home Shed and outbuildings Treed with lots of flat area

Sandra Hinchliffe


mls n239661

Enjoy lakefront living 5 bdrm, 4 bathroom, vaulted ceilings Large sundeck, double garage Mountain and lake views

Sandra Hinchliffe


mls n238238

Evelyn Cattle Ranch 275 acres, mainly production Excellent crown range Well set up, ready to go

Charlie McClary


mls n4507415

3 bdrm, 3 bath rancher, fenced yard 2810 sf of quality living space Many features, oak hardwood floors Spacious 20x30 attached garage

Charlie McClary

mls n241322

Far west building, prime location C-3 zoned, ½ acre lot 10,500 square ft divided into 3 units Shop bays, 2 storeys of office space

Ron & Charlie



mls n4507093


4383 Quail Road

#13-9265 George Frontage Rd

48680 Mill Bay, Granisle

2690 Bulkley Street

Lot 2 Chestnut Street, Telkwa

4250 Railway Avenue

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2,370 sf, 3 bdrm, 3 bathroom home Private 5.387 acres, view, OSBE Vaulted ceilings, open plan, Fireplace, hardwood, built-in vac

Karen Benson

mls n244092

Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

Affordable river front living 3 bedrooms, large fully fenced yard Beautifully renovated, great view Quick possession possible

Jantina Meints

Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

mls n242071

Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

Beautiful home on Babine Lake Large sundeck, osbe, shop, carport Vaulted ceiling, bright, open layout Gardens, greenhouse, full basement

Jantina Meints

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

mls n244386

Affordable country living, 4.6 acres 1995 2 bdrm mobile, mud room Minutes to Smithers, trail to river Partially fenced, vaulted ceilings

Jantina Meints

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

mls n234999

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

Large .314 acre building lot In Woodland Park in Telkwa Slightly sloped Hudson Bay Mountain views

Kiesha Matthews

Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

mls n232493

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

Updated 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom Carport, detached 12x16 workshop Greenhouse Pear & apple trees for privacy

Kiesha Matthews

mls n244035

Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420

Starting the process Sellers can start the process of selling their homes by researching recently sold homes in their neighborhoods, paying particular attention to final sales prices. This information may be available through tax records, and some real estate sites publish the data online. Sellers can then compare this information to what they still owe on their mortgages if their homes are not paid off, and this should give sellers an idea of their potential profits.


The Interior News

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


BV trap shoot results

A total of 8,500 targets were shot Saturday and Sunday at the Annual Bulkley Valley Rod and Gun Club Trap Shoot northwest of Smithers. The following are the results from the weekend:



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