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FIDDLE ME THIS Fiddler apprentice of Oliver Schroer returns.

Crown counsel has decided not to press charges in the death of a hunter. On May 26, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. Houston RCMP were advised of a shooting incident on Tahtsa Reach Forest Service Road 112 kilometers south of Houston. Police found 59-yearold Jeffrey Cooper, from Washington

state, deceased at the scene. Cooper had been grizzly bear hunting with two guides when he was shot. An investigation was completed by the Houston RCMP General Duty Unit, assisted by the North District Major Crime Unit, who forwarded an extensive report to the Provincial Crown. The incident has been deemed a tragic accident.

RECORD MOTHER’S DAY RUN A record 162 runners plus kids and bicyclists take part in Sunday’s Mother’s Day Run in Smithers. Participants that took off from the starting line at McBike and Sport on Main Street for the 5K and 10K run raised money for the Smithers Diabetes Association. Chris Gareau photo

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Local business leaders joined Mining Association of British Columbia president Karina Brino at the Smithers Exploration Group’s annual gathering to celebrate B.C. Mining Week on Friday. The event included a panel of business owners in a variety of sectors discussing the effect mining has on how they operate. Energy Alternatives owner Kevin Pegg helps people live off the grid. He recited a long list of minerals that are required to live such a lifestyle. “The renewable energy industry relies heavily on mine resources. Simply put, our technologies would just not exist without it. “Renewable energy also has the potential to dramatically reduce the impacts of mining operations, improve the sustainability goals, reduce operational costs for remote mines — a win-win situation,” Pegg


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told the audience. He added that the Olympic rings in Vancouver were powered by one of his company’s automated hybrid power systems, improved by testing a prototype at a mineral exploration camp near Vanderhoof. Less obvious uses of mine resources were pointed out by Sedaz Lingerie owner Amy Brandstetter. “Everything in my store is a product from natural resources: from my retail display units, mannequins, debit machine, to the actual products themselves,” said Brandstetter. She explained metal is used in every step of production, displaying a sample on stage to demonstrate. Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir brought a lot of data on the industry in B.C., including poll results that showed while 72 per cent of people see resource development as a good thing, only half believe B.C. is a leader in sustainable development. Brino acknowledged work needed to be done to prove mining can be

sustainable. She also spoke of the Mount Polley tailings dam breach last year. “It is the primary goal that we have today, to ensure that not only British Columbians but people in Canada have confidence in the mining industry. “Although our safety record is very good, Mt. Polley did happen, and it did raise questions,” said Brino. She said transparency with third

Local owners Kevin Pegg (second from left), Amy Brandstetter and Peter Krause (third and second from right) join a panel discussing the importance of mining to their businesses. Chris Gareau photo

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Market starts with new hours

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morning and then right at the time we are shutting down at noon there are still a lot of people wanting to shop,” he said. Elliott said a number of vendors had voiced their concerns about the new times but the board had conducted consultations before it put the decision to a vote. Of the association’s membership of about 70, 50 voted on the change. Of those, 75 per cent were in favour of the new hours. Sadie Wright enjoying the first outdoor Bulkley Valley Dunnloggin Ranch owner Farmers’ Market for 2015. Robin Hawes last month Alicia Bridges photo wrote to The Interior News to voice his opposition to the time you for your patronage over “We don’t really have the change. the past years and apologize stuff that will go down in the He blamed the change on for any inconvenience.” heat, everything held up today,” an increase in the number of Speaking at the first he said. craft vendors at the market. outdoor market last Saturday, Also speaking at the market, “It appears that we the Hawes said he had lost about Elliott said he had received farmers have lost control of 10 regular customers who positive feedback from the our market to a group of were able to attend the market vendors on the day. crafters, most of whom have no before work under the old “I saw equivalent if not understanding of agriculture opening hours. greater line-ups at 9 a.m. than and have no interest in farming However, he said his we usually see at 8 a.m. and in the Bulkley Valley,” he said produce had withstood the then that grew very quickly in the letter. heat and most of his pickled so there were lots of people “We would like to thank eggs had sold. here,” he said.

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Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market Association board president William Elliott deemed the first outdoor market for 2015 a success despite vendor concerns over new opening hours introduced Saturday. On April 11 the association’s membership voted to change the weekly market’s opening hours to 9 a.m.-1 p.m., an hour later than its previous hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Elliott said the time change was based on research that showed the number of customers was lower by about half between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. He said the numbers, which came from a 2012 study by the University of Northern British Columbia and a survey conducted by the association in 2014, were backed up by vendor feedback. “The anecdotal evidence coming from vendors is that it is very slow early in the

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Suicide march sends important message

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“We all love you”. That’s the message Smithers woman Lillian Lewis wanted to send by taking part in a suicide prevention march last Wednesday. As a hospital liaison, Lewis worked closely with two young men who tragically took their own lives. She said suicide was claiming the lives of too many young people in Smithers. “The group that’s here now, it is for awareness for our young people,” she said. “It’s too many of them that are going now and we need to get the message out there. “The most important message is: We all love you.” Lewis was among a small group who marched down Main Street carrying banners and photo boards in memory of Stephen Glaim and Lionel Thomas, who died in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Organized by Glaim’s mother Lisa, the march was held on the anniversary of Glaim’s death last year. Lisa Glaim said she would

Lisa Glaim (left) led a suicide prevention march on the anniversary of her son Stephen’s death last Wednesday.

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keep marching on that day every year to raise awareness about depression, suicide warning signs and the importance of timely and accessible support services. She said she knew first-hand how isolating depression could be. “It cuts you into a space that, ‘Why am I even living here? Why do I want to live?’” she told The Interior News last week. There was a time in Glaim’s life when she was losing her

battle against the illness. She said she almost lost her life but treatment and support helped her overcome it. Now she wants to give hope to others by raising awareness that suicide is preventable and treatment is available. “I found a whole new way of thinking and a whole new [approach] to who I am and that I wasn’t a bad person,” she said. “Everybody needs that and they need professionals to tell them that.”

Candice Garcia walked in memory of her cousin Lional Thomas and best friend Stephen Glaim. She hoped the march made more people aware of how many lives were affected by suicide. “[The march is] to bring awareness that this is something that happens, it happens all the time, we’ve lost so many in our community in the last couple of years, it’s something that should be known that this could be preventable, we could help.” Positive Living North onsite manager Melanie Monds said her organization, which promotes well-being and harmreduction in the community, had been deeply affected by suicide. She praised Glaim for organizing the march. “It’s about healing, it’s about awareness and it’s about awareness that every life matters,” A suicide awareness workshop called SafeTALK will be held in Smithers on June 4. For more information phone 250-847-9779 or email

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Smithers Regional Airport manager Rob Blackburn was in Kelowna at the BC Aviation Council’s (BCAC) annual general April 30 meeting with over 90 other B.C. aviation leaders who were planning how to handle rapid growth in regional airport use. Blackburn said it was important that airports and communities vying for the same limited infrastructure funds worked together when it comes to planning for large-scale projects. “I think if you have the right business plan, and you have the want and need and the support of your community, I think you’ll come to the front-running for these applications,” said Blackburn. Maintaining all the expansions is also a costly proposition said BCAC chairman Mark Duncan “One thing about an airport, it’s a little bit like a house: it always requires maintenance and there’s never enough money,” said Duncan. B.C. has 13 per cent of Canada’s population, but handles 20 per cent of airport traffic according to the BCAC. “Over the ten-year period (there has been) 40 per cent growth, but in Terrace alone they’ve gone up 50 per cent this year,” said Duncan. The number of passengers at the Smithers airport has increased from

59,143 in 2000 to 82,768 in 2014, an increase of close to 40 per cent. “The airport is probably one of the strongest economic drivers we have in Smithers and through the region for that matter,” said Blackburn. With so many airports looking to expand or upgrade, the AGM was a chance to coordinate plans for individual airports and as a province. Smithers council approved a $6 million airport expansion in its budget this April, contingent on accessing a cost sharing grant from the federal and provincial governments. Residents would also have to approve the town’s borrowing of $2 million to pay its one-third share through an alternative approval process that stops the loan with a 10 per cent disapproval, or a referendum with a majority decision. Planned work includes adding 6,000 sq. ft. of space on the south end of the existing 9,440 sq. ft. building, more than doubling passenger hold room seating from 54 to 118, new accessible washrooms, more efficient check-in, baggage handling and security areas, and energy efficiency renovations to the existing structure. The cost of paying back the town’s loan is expected to be paid back through airport improvement fees. The province has also made $24 million over the next three years available for airport infrastructure as part of its recently released BC on the Move 10-year transportation plan.

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or me, one of the exciting things I’ve seen when we’re talking about health is the increased attention on wellness and protective factors, instead of solely on disease and symptoms. It’s no surprise that this extends to the field of mental health and mental wellness. This year, for Mental Health Week (May 4-10), I encouraged people to give some thought to the things that keep them healthy mentally. Similar to physical wellness being more than the absence of disease, mental wellness is a state of well-being. What it looks like for you might be different than what it looks like for me, but the important part is that we dedicate time and energy to keeping ourselves well.

I’ve gotten better at recognizing when I am not doing enough to support my wellness: I am quicker to become irritated, I start to notice some physical symptoms from stress, and I am generally not a whole lot of fun to be around. These are indications for me that it might be time to take some affirmative action. Personally, I know that I sometimes need to give myself some extra time on the drive home to process after a difficult day of work. I also need to maintain my healthy sleep habits. Regular exercise is also important for my mental wellness. One way that we can enhance our mental wellness is by opening the dialogue about mental health. Another similarity between mental and physical wellness relates to

coping tools or what may be referred to as “resiliency factors.” If we have a large range of these tools, even if we do become unwell, we may be sick for less time or not get as sick as we otherwise would. For a self-assessment and some tips on resilience, visit Another way that we can enhance our mental wellness is by opening the dialogue about mental health. By having a week to increase attention on mental health, we can address one of the most pervasive things that impedes mental wellness: stigma. Negative attitudes, beliefs, and actions spread misinformation and fear about mental health issues. The bottom line is that mental illness may affect any one of us over

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EBENEZER PIRATES TAKE SMITHERS A lady in distress awaits her saviour after being captured by pirate king Freddy Hofsink as Montana Stoffels’ Mabel and Matthew Slaa’s Frederic discuss the situation during Ebenezer Canadian Reformed School’s drama club presentation of The Pirates of Penzance Thursday evening. Chris Gareau photo

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Editor: People think that the Greens are a left wing party but this is a mistake. The Greens’ economic policy is more ethically ‘True Blue’ than Mr. Harper’s. If you are a staunch conservative who is dismayed with what Mr. Harper has done to conservative values and the Progressive Conservative party, then you really owe it to yourself to take a good, hard look at Green economic policy. Leader Elizabeth May believes in the power of the market and is more the true successor to the mantle of John Diefenbaker, Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark than Mr. Harper ever was. Leo Young Vernon, B.C.


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Giving to those who need it least Editor: The federal Conservative government’s latest budget gives the most to those who need it the least. Stephen Harper’s priority is a $2 billion income-splitting plan and a massive increase to the limit for Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs). Both of these measures disproportionately benefit the rich instead of focusing that help on the middle class. The majority of Canadian households – 85 per cent – won’t get a


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dime from incomesplitting but they will be left to pay for it. Increasing the TFSA limit to $10,000 per year is expensive and unfair. The previous TFSA limit was helping the middle class save for retirement. Most Canadians won’t benefit from the new higher limit. Canadians who are struggling don’t have an extra $10,000 to sock away every year. The new TFSA limit will end up costing the government billions of dollars each year. A third of that cost will be borne by the provinces. Because TFSAs don’t count toward income-tested benefits,


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it will result in additional Old Age Security (OAS) payments for already wealthier seniors. Asked about the consequences of the new limit, Finance Minister Joe Oliver shrugged and said it was a problem for “Stephen Harper’s granddaughter to solve.” Yet these are the same Conservatives who, shortly after the last election, broke their promise and passed a law to raise the age of Old Age Security from 65 to 67. They falsely claimed that they had to do it in order to keep the OAS program financially sustainable. The federal Conservatives are stealing from poor seniors to give that money to the rich. It’s unfair and unCanadian. Scott Brison MP Liberal Party Finance Critic

lbertans have always laughed about their long-standing reputation as a reckless, immature society. The classic bumper sticker, now available as a T-shirt  or coffee cup in several variations, states: “Please God, give us one more oil boom, we promise not to p--- it away this time.” Now they’ve thrown out the government that finally tried to stop blowing money like a roughneck fresh out of the bush. Jim Prentice had the gall to propose raising income taxes for high wage earners, doing away with former Alberta treasurer Stockwell Day’s signature flat tax. In response, voters have abruptly replaced the 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty with an upstart NDP that wants to tax the rich and corporations even more. Facing an oil slump, layoffs and a huge structural deficit in  Alberta’s  lavish public service, NDP premier-elect Rachel Notley is committed to a 50-per-cent increase in the minimum wage and another “review” of resource royalties. One headline in a national paper summed it up: “Go home, Alberta. You’re drunk.” In the sober days after the election, a few truths emerge. Alberta hasn’t been a fiscally conservative, smallgovernment place for a long time. Among other things, it has ratcheted up teacher and nurse wages across the country. Alberta is broke, again, and even the NDP is afraid to resort to a sales tax. The minimum wage hike is a pet policy of Canada’s labour

federations, which somehow remain convinced that poverty can be eliminated by state order. On the positive side, Notley has promised to end corporate and union donations to political parties, as has already been done federally. B.C. should be next, but the gravy train of business donations is too tempting for our nominally Liberal government. Here at the B.C. legislature, an NDP staffer passed out cans of Orange Crush to celebrate. NDP leader John Horgan pronounced himself “ecstatic,” and hastened to assure reporters that Notley is “as competent as she sounds.” Notley now has to sort through a caucus that includes typical NDP place-holders, college students and union staff running in faint-hope constituencies. Soon after the result, the party pulled down its website platform and candidate biographies, as Notley began phoning energy companies to reassure them Alberta will be “A-OK” on her watch. Horgan likes to describe the “capital flight” from new NDP governments as if it’s just a show put on by big business. Plummeting stock prices and relocation of corporate offices are all staged, according to the party line, nothing to do with actual investment conditions created by NDP policies. This fiction is all Horgan dares to say publicly, because it’s what his party base devoutly believes. Besides, they’re only branch offices of multinational oil companies like Shell, Horgan said. He used his favourite Tommy Douglas quote, about the bad news of a big oil company leaving. “The good news is, the oil is staying here.” B.C.’s natural gas might be staying here too. Horgan insists he supports a natural gas export industry, but his party seems more concerned with an ascending Green Party, and an urban base that believes you can run a resource economy on windmills and solar panels. Notley supports twinning the TransMountain pipeline, while Horgan continues to insist he has no opinion on the project Adrian Dix so memorably opposed. The Alberta NDP has a steep learning curve ahead. The B.C. NDP has a couple of years to see if the appearance of a like-minded Alberta government is a boost for them, or a cautionary tale for voters.

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Elder hands down skills By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Wet’suwet’en elder Mabel Forsythe is handing down the beading and leatherworking skills she learned from her mother at a mukluk-making class at the Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Smithers. About 20 people were last Wednesday starting to assemble the soft leather boots using pieces of leather adorned with beading of their own designs. The four-part workshop series is part of a wider NWCC program offering classes in traditional Wet’suwet’en arts and crafts. Forsythe has been hired by the college as an “elder in residence” for her craftsmanship and extensive cultural knowledge.

She said she learned how to make mukluks from her mother, who had her perfect each step before progressing to the next. “I did beadwork since I was eight and then later on years I learned how to assemble it but at first I just did the beadwork on the top,” she said. “It’s important to me to pass this knowledge on to the younger people.” Forsythe has also run workshops on how to make medicine pouches at the college. NWCC First Nations access coordinator Katie Humphrey said Forsythe’s classes were so popular the college was keeping waiting lists. “We have about a 15 person waiting list and we still have phone calls and emails (coming in) asking to sign up,” she said. The classes are open first to college

staff and students, with any remaining spaces made available to members of the public. Smithers woman Virginia Dewit signed up for the class after she saw it advertised on social media. She started beading as a child in Moricetown but had not used her skills for a long time before she signed up for the class. “I haven’t been beading for a long, long time,” she said. “I heard about it on Facebook and I’m very interested, I’ve never made mukluks before.” Dewit said she was enjoying the opportunity to learn new skills as part of a group. “I get satisfaction after I finish the project and it’s very relaxing and we meet people and work together,” she said.

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

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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. Smithers Art Gallery Exhibition mixed media paintings by Free Church. Solo Piano Recital. Works by Chopin, Pat Gauthier and Bev Gordon. April 28-May 30. Gallery Debussy, Louie, Mozart, Schumann. Admission by hours: Tues.-Fri. 12-4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www. donation.,, 250-847-3898. BV Genealogical Society Perennial Plant Sale & Raffle Peregrine Falcons of the Mackenzie River Valley Thursday, Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. at the Goat Statue Park, Main May 14, 7:30 p.m., NWCC. Keith Hodson photographic St & Hwy 16. Viewing 8-9 a.m. To arrange pick-up or help with digging in the Smithers/Telkwa area call Karen presentation. BV Naturalists. Information Session for Landlords & Tenants Rights & Mitchell 250-847-9052 or Dale Gilbert 250-847-2107 by Responsibilities Thursday, May 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Dze L May 20. K’ant Friendship Centre. to register. Telkwa Seniors Spring Tea Saturday, May 23, 2-4 p.m. Phone/text 604-880-1816 for more info. Telkwa Seniors Hall. Light lunch served. BVDHospital Auxiliary monthly meeting Tuesday, May 19, Scrabble at the Smithers Library, 7 p.m. Wednesdays 7 p.m. Healthy Living Centre. Speaker will be a physician except the third Wednesday of the month October to outling the proposed renovations to the maternity ward. May. Everyone welcome. Evening Birding Tuesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. at the parking Eden Robinson, acclaimed Haisla/Heiltsuk author lot on Pacific Ave. Leader Alex Woods takes you through Monday, May 25, 7 p.m. Smithers Public Library. Books the wetlands behind Canadian Tire. written Traplines, Monkey Beach, The Sasquatch at The Grendel Group Open House to celebrate 15th year. Home, Blood Sports. Friday, May 22, 1-5 p.m. Refreshments served and tours Community Ladies’ Coffee Break Bible Study. Tuesdays 9:30 of our gardens. 3768 2nd Ave. a.m. OR evening 7:30 p.m. at 1471 Columbia Drive, ongoing Indra Egan Concert Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m., Evangelical till May. ONLY morning has Childcare. Morning: Fruits of the Spirit. Evening: Beth Moore DVD. 250-847-2333.

Bulkley Valley Christian School students Curtis Ripmeester and Karl Vandenberg clean up Highway 16 during last week’s Litterathon.

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Students tidy town By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Bulkley Valley Christian School students last week got their hands dirty to clean up Smithers and Highway 16 during the school’s annual Litterathon. Every year the school collects rubbish along a stretch of highway from Trout Creek north of Smithers south to Wakefield Road near Quick. The Litterathon is also a fundraising exercise, with Grade 7-12 students seeking out sponsors to clean sections of land along Highway 16. Elementary school students join in the cleaning effort, although they do not fundraise until they reach high school level.


Teacher Jonathan Boone said the event taught students lessons about stewardship of the land. “That’s absolutely the whole point, trying to teach kids to put garbage where it belongs and recycle and taking care of the highways and the ditches and resources of the natural world,” he said. Students Curtis Ripmeester and Karl Vandenberg cleaned up a grassed area near Tatlow Road. Ripmeester said there was a lot of rubbish in that area. “It’s kind of sad, there’s lots of cigarette butts, beer cans, it’s kind of sad to see that people do that when they are driving,” he said. The money raised from the Litterathon is used to fund nonclassroom activities such as school sports and field trips.

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TAKEN DOWN TELKWA’S MEMORY LANE Patrons explore the renovated Telkwa Museum’s grand re-opening Saturday. Built as a schoolhouse in 1920 and moved to its current location in 1986, the museum’s board hopes to soon get a grant to document its wealth of history in a computer database.


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Celebrate spring with books, birds

SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory It’s a beautiful morning in the Bulkley Valley as I write this. So many birds checking out their food sources. Hummingbirds are at the sugar water as well as gooseberry flowers. Tree swallows are making sure the nesting boxes are to their liking. Never have I seen so many purple finches and Audubon warblers. I think the crows have had their young. Juncos are preparing nests on the ground. Let me share with you my outhouse

reading. Like others change from winter clothes to spring and summer attire, I change the reading material. Today I have the book by Dave Havard titled Gardening Between Frosts and Plants of Northern British Columbia by Mackinnon, Pojar and Coupe. This book is invaluable for those who walk our trails. So many wildflowers are about to display for us. Another book is Stokes Backyard Bird Book by Donald and Lillian Stokes. This book will give you many ideas about plants that will attract birds to your garden. These include lobelia, Maltese cross, delphiniums, petunias and nasturtiums for hummingbirds. I am not much of a gardener. I plant flowers in pots, ignore most of the chickweed, hang a few baskets and hope for the best. Most of the pots I have are the garden variety black plastic pots.

One idea I have for this season is a few of those plastic sand pails children like. Bright colours and kind of cheap at the Dollar Store. I do grow some strawberries and raspberries. Both plants need cleaning and maybe a bit of compost around the base of plants. Another food plant I grow is the scarlet runners which are beautiful vines with red flowers that some birds like. Same thing, pots here and there with the plants bearing fruit for the summer. I grow parsley and other herbs the same way. Apartment living? How easy could it be to have a herb garden in your kitchen window or on your deck? Use your balcony or deck to grow a sweet 100 tomato. You can grow lettuce and green onions in pots as well. Another book in my outhouse collection is Favourite Garden Tips by Marjorie Harris.

She discusses types of plants to grow, how to control pests and weeds, the best ideas for composting and so on. Let me share some of the best garden tips from that book: — Plants chives between sunflowers and tomatoes to keep aphids away. — Place banana skins just below the surface of the soil to decay. Perfect for your roses. — To deter carrot rust fly interplant carrots with parsley. — Plant mint to keep mice and other rodents away from your compost. — To avoid asparagus beetle infestation plant tomatoes near asparagus. Everyone has gardening ideas that make their vegetables and flowers the best they can be. You could share those ideas with me by emailing

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Leading FASD youth to become mentors By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Brain disabilities cannot be seen, but a motivational speaker and Smithers Community Services Association coordinator wants to help youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Bulkley Valley be heard. Myles Himmelreich was born with FASD. He was in Smithers and Hazelton last week to meet with some of those youth and a wide variety of people who interact with them in the community. “I was here last year and did a few different presentations to schools and the community, sharing about myself living with FASD,” said Himmelreich, who spoke to over 500 Bulkley Valley high school students last year. Nathalie Brassard, FASD coordinator for the Smithers Community Services Association, brought Himmelreich back this year to reunite with some young people who have FASD. Brassard said community involvement was key to helping people with FASD adjust to life Myles Himmelreich and Smithers Community Services Association FASD service coordinator Nathalie Brassard are encouraging Bulkey Valley youth with FASD to start a mentorship group. in society. Chris Gareau photo “We have to learn, how do we accommodate for this and introducing him to probation authority figures and have-tos in disability. issues related to FASD in the disability like we accommodate officers and foster parents in their life. “I was that guy who just hung valley. for people in a wheelchair; like we Smithers. “We want to offer them out with that group doing drugs Members of the BV accommodate for people who are The two then met with the something that they feel good to and drinking. There was no way I FASD Committee include blind or deaf. youth to encourage and guide do, somewhere they want to go was at the top of that group. The Smithers Community Services “We provide tons of them to forming their own where they feel safe and they feel guy at the top was the guy selling Association, Bulkley Valley Child accommodation but we are not mentorship group. welcome. the drugs. Development Centre, Dze L K’ant a very accommodating society “I shared how I got involved in “It’s this place for them to “To go from down there to Friendship Centre, Tom Robinson for people with a brain-based doing a mentoring program, and share what they’re going through people now looking up at me, Consulting Ltd, Northern Society disability,” said Brassard. how learning about mentoring and how they’re dealing with going ‘how did you do this,’ that for Domestic Peace/Pregnancy “Their brain is wired differently and self-advocating and learning life. And for them, as they’re feels good. To pass that on is a Outreach Program, Work BC, and functions differently.” about FASD was a huge change sharing they’re feeling that sense huge thing. That’s what we want Office of the Wet’suwet’en, Himmelreich explained that for me in coming to having a of pride and empowerment, and to do with those guys here,” said Ministry for Children and Family that somebody with FASD has positive outlook on FASD, and then they’re helping someone Himmelreich. Development, Bulkley Valley to be treated as a younger person having acceptance of it,” said else. That’s where the mentoring Brassard is part of the Bulkley School District #54, High Road mentally. Repetition also helps. Himmelreich. comes in.” Valley FASD Committee. It is Services, Northwest Community Brassard kept Himmelreich “The big thing about the Mentoring was important for comprised of service providers College, Positive Living North, busy, bringing him to Hazelton group is it’s their group. It’s Himmelreich. The Calgary man from Smithers, Houston, Moricetown Band and Health for a community presentation not a mandatory ‘you have to said he went down the wrong Hazelton and Moricetown who Centre, and Houston Community organized by Gitxsan Health, come here.’ They have too many path like so many others with his share an interest in addressing Services.

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Lorraine Doiron The Friends of the Smithers Library is hosting a spring book sale, May 29, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and May 30, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the empty Marks store on Main Street. We are looking for books, music, movies. Spring cleaning will be easy this year, just bring your extras to the library or call 250-847-3043 and arrange for a pickup. Upcoming programs for teens and tweens at the library Friday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 15 is games night. May 22, June 5, June 19 are all Dungeons and Dragons nights. The library is a busy place. At 7 p.m. on May 25 there will be a reading from award-winning author Eden Robinson. A Haisla/Heiltsuk author, her most recent novel is Blood Sports. Round Lake C o m m u n i t y Association is hosting a full day of activities on Father’s Day. Paddle your canoe or kayak and bring a rod for the whole family to celebrate B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend. You can fish for free — no license required. At 5:30 there will be a community potluck dinner. The evening will end with music around a campfire. Bring instruments to play. Info: Dina 250-8469214. NI Day Kids Art Camp, May 15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the art gallery with instructor Lori Knorr. Kids aged 7–11 can work with clay, silk-painting or acrylic painting. Bring outside clothes, water bottle and a backpack lunch for bike riding. Were you able to attend the trade show? Over 3,000 people attended. I took the opportunity to visit the

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Famous fiddler returns to Northwest By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

His music has been described as “Tom Waits playing the fiddle,” and Jaron Freeman-Fox is bringing his unique sound for a concert at the Old Church in Smithers on Saturday evening. The protegé of the late local fiddler/composer Oliver Schroer arrived today to expand Smithers-based Twisted Sting’s repertoire. The group founded by Schroer is made up of a dozen local youth who will be opening for Freeman-Fox. Tirion Lloyd-Grice leads Twisted String with Jason Oliemans. The group plays music composed by Schroer. “Sometimes it sounds like a song is three different songs. Instead of drawing inspiration from one place, say Ireland, [Schroer] draws from Ireland, and he’ll draw from Budapest, and some jazz and Indian roots. “His music is a huge mesh of a million different cultures, and I love that because it’s kind of experiencing little bits of music from different parts of the world,” said Lloyd-Grice.

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Twisted String players will be spending their May long weekend drawing what they can from Freeman-Fox, who has expanded on what he learned from Schroer with his band The Opposite of Everything. “We’re pretty much all day in workshops or private lessons and arranging tunes,” said Lloyd-Grice. Opening for FreemanFox should not be too nervewracking for the group. They have played the Vancouver Island Music Festival three times, including last year on the main stage. Twisted String has continued in Smithers after Vancouver and Toronto chapters closed, but now groups are forming again in southern B.C. Keeping the group together for the sake of the music is important for Lloyd-Grice. “We really wanted Twisted Sting to stay together and for people to keep playing Oliver’s music and the music of Jaron just because it’s so close to Oliver’s.” Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available at Mountain Eagle Books and Interior Stationary.


COTTON CANDY WITH A VIEW Kispiox Valley resident Monty Stevens snapped this stunning picture of the Roche de Boule peak towering over the West Coast Amusements Carnival in Hazelton last week. Monty Stevens photo

DEFINITELY NOT YOUR TYPICAL OPERA Karen LeeMorlang and Joel Klein are Unplugged at Friday night’s Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council fundraiser at the Old Church. The council and BV Concert Association sponsored the performers’ residency in Smithers. The duo also performed composer Isaiah Bell’s Cocktales, which combines classical opera and new music with verbatim firstperson retellings of West Coast gay sexual experiences. Chris Gareau photo

Jaron Freeman-Fox plays Saturday at the Old Church.

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Swimming with salmon at needle-felting installation

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A wild salmon’s journey from birth to decay will be recreated in an immersive exhibition of needle-felting at the Smithers Art Gallery in August. Artist Lori Knorr created the concept for The Salmon Journey project back in 2013. Spurred on by concerns about the impacts of LNG pipeline projects on salmon populations, she wanted to develop a project that highlighted the phenomenon of the fish’s migration. “I was thinking about some of our threats that are on our river systems here and literally how amazing it is the fact that the salmon have an impulse to go up a river to go back to the place that it was born and lay its eggs and die,” she said. “I was worried about pipelines and LNG and the sacred headwaters and I thought if, instead of concentrating on what we don’t want, [we should] concentrate on what we do want.” Knorr decided to celebrate the salmon life cycle by recreating it in felt. A collaborative project, The Salmon Journey will incorporate needle-felting hand-sown by children, Wet’suwet’en elders and other needle-felting artists. When the installation opens in August, she wants it to be an immersive experience for the public. “The idea is that you are entering the river and you are a salmon and you are swimming


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Daisie Skerik hones her needle-felting skills at a children’s art camp at the Smithers Art Gallery.

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along with the salmon as it’s going along through its changes to get to its spawning,” she said. Textured panels will cover the walls and threedimensional salmon will hang from the ceilings, depicting both the underwater environment and the fish in their various physical forms. Other elements of the natural world including a forest scene, seaweed and an

island will be incorporated into the art gallery space. Knorr will also be working with local schools to help children prepare contributions to the exhibition. Some of their panels will be displayed at a presentation by David Suzuki at the Della Herman Theatre on June 8. For more information about the project phone 250-8479969 or email lori_knorr@

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Hospital plan being drafted By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Local stakeholders were last week consulted about their vision for the future of Hazelton’s Wrinch Memorial Hospital but a decision on who will manage the hospital in the long-term has not been made. UCHS revealed in April it was considering whether to hand over operations at the hospital to the Northern Health public health authority. Wrinch Memorial is the last remaining facility operated by UCHS after Vancouver Coastal Health took over management of its other two hospitals in Bella Coola and Bella Bella in 2013. The Hazelton hospital is already managed in partnership with Northern Health, which provides its budget, but UCHS is considering whether to hand over operations completely. The UCHS board has been consulting with local emergency services, First Nations health providers, village workers and the wider community to inform its strategic plan for 2015-2018. UCHS chief executive MaryJean Morrison said there was no timeframe for when a decision about the church’s future with the hospital would be made. She said the outcome would depend on what the community wanted. “There is no timeframe, there’s nothing immediate changed to operations at Wrinch ... this is a collaborative process as we work through,” she said. “With any change there are some pros to things, there are cons for things but nobody is at that stage of making decisions and it’s

an important board decision.” Board member Peggy Muir predicted a decision would be made within the next few months. She said Northern Health’s budget contributions would play a significant role in how UCHS chose to proceed. She added the board would attempt to negotiate a bigger budget from Northern Health because UCHS had been experiencing deficits. “Northern Health of course has its own tight budget but might be willing to say ‘alright next year you would get a bigger budget because ... other hospitals have funding for such and such’,” she said. “It would be negotiating whichever way it goes.” Muir said those opposed to Northern Health management were concerned the hospital would lose some of its autonomy, including its local hospital board. “People here like the part that it’s local and it’s not like a big corporation, they [worried they] could get lost in the Northern Health,” said Muir. On the other hand, she said, there was recognition of Northern Health’s hard work improving cancer care, mental health and seniors’ care. Northern Health spokesperson Jonathon Dyck said any adjustments to the hospital budget would be considered in collaboration with UCHS as part of the annual review process. He added that any changes to operations at the hospital would be a joint effort. “At this time there are no immediate changes to operations at Wrinch Memorial Hospital,” he said. See FUTURE on A16

Kristina (pictured), was among more than 500 children and young people who attended a youth event at the Madii Lii anti-LNG protest camp between May 2-3.

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No-LNG message reaches youth By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

More than 500 young people heard the case against LNG pipelines at a youth event held at the Madii Lii protest camp near Hazelton from May 2-3. Members of the Gitxsan Luutkudziiwus House established the Madii Lii camp in August 2014 to block access to their territory, which is only reachable through the Suskwa Forest Service Road. Last week the protestors held the first youth event at the site, where the group have built a residential cabin to monitor access to the territory

around the clock. The villages of Kispiox, Glen Vowell, Gitanyow, Hagwilget, Gitanmaax, Gitsegukla and Kitwanga transported young people from their communities to attend the event. Madii Lii spokesperson Richard Wright said the event was held to generate awareness about pipeline proposals in the area. “The younger generation ... they also have this inherent responsibility to protect the land and resources, the water and fish,” he said. Activities for the young people included flyfishing, making button blankets and preparing traditional medicine using devil’s club root.


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Hospital plans for future From PLAN on A15 Consultant Gary Ockenden is preparing the hospital’s new strategic plan for 2015-2018. Last week he attended more than a dozen meetings with stakeholders in the Hazeltons. Ockenden said some of the main concerns raised during the meetings related to the importance of maintaining the hospital’s obstetrics

department, improving doctor recruitment and the need for more beds in the future. He said UCHS involvement in running the hospital would be one aspect of the plan. “It really is that the UCHS, that’s the last site that they run, there used to be many, so they really just wanted to be sure that they are able to sustain it and bring enough value to it that that’s the best

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Children connect to the land From YOUTH on A16 Wright said the young people were also open to the camp’s no-LNG message. “They are really well educated on fish and water,” he said. “They do hear about the pipeline coming through and part of the face-painting was the LNG with the X across it and so many of the youth were happily parading that around,” he said. Helicopter rides paid for by the villages were also provided and ceremonies were performed in traditional dress. Hagwilget resident April Sebastian took a group of six children and their parents to the event at Madii Lii.

She said she wanted the children to have a chance to connect to the land. “I thought it was a really good opportunity for the children to see the land in its raw form,” said Sebastian. “They go to the supermarket and they don’t really see where food comes from and they eat fish and moose and I had the opportunity to show them where [the animals] live.” Sebastian said the children, who were all under 10, benefited from the exposure to the wilderness. “I think they were a little too young to understand about the pipelines but they know that this is an important area to protect,” she said.


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Class explores plant uses

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Organizers of a program teaching traditional plant harvesting and herbal medicine-making hope their teachings will help nurture a community of herbalists in the Northwest. The Path of the Herbalist program, which started in April, is being offered in five instalments until October. Delivered at the Bulkley Canyon Ranch, which is about 10km east of New Hazelton, the workshop series has been prepared by local herbalists Laurie Gallant and Jean Christian. The series offers handson experience, harvesting guidelines for sustainability and plant talks on both wild and cultivated varieties. Christian, who is based in Smithers, has been teaching plant medicine in northern communities for many years. Gallant has been running herbalist workshops at her offthe-grid hobby farm at Bulkley Canyon for more than three years.


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She started exploring herbalism when she moved to the Hazeltons. “I’ve always been really fascinated with the relationship that people who spend a lot of time in nature have with plants,” said Gallant. “I always felt that it was a personal shortcoming of mine that I wasn’t more familiar with the plants and so I decided that I wanted to change that. “When I moved to the Hazeltons and bought a property at Bulkley Canyon Ranch it was the perfect opportunity.” Gallant and Christian’s workshops will provide tips on how herbal medicines can be used for immediate results. Chewing on willow bark to help aching knees during a hike or using the horsetail plant to make a poultice are some examples of how Gallant said herbal medicine can be used. The talks will also provide information on plant identification. Gallant’s long-term goal for the program is to create a community of herbalists who could support each other by

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Small Town Love grows

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Nine businesses in the Hazeltons have signed on to the Small Town Love program, which promotes grass roots businesses by profiling them online. About a dozen people attended an information session held by the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) at the riverboat building in Hazelton on April 21. NDIT business development manager Renata King said she was confident the program would attract the 15 business participants it needs to get started. “The businesses who were there and the local champions were very enthusiastic as a result of the information that was shared during the workshop.” “Everyone we talked to was very positive and we’re confident that Love the Hazeltons will be alive and well by this summer,” said King. Mercedes Beans and Model Teas owner Reinhold Steinbeisser and his wife Belinda have been running their cafe and gift shop for 13 years. Reinhold hopes the Small Town Love program will also catch the attention of tourists and travellers on their way to Alaska during summer. “It’s a great idea to highlight the products, the talent, the goods and services that are available in our area,” he said. Belinda said the program would also provide exposure for Hazelton area business-owners who do not have a shopfront. “It’s an amazing opportunity that I don’t think we would be able to afford for this kind of exposure and certainly people who don’t have storefronts,” she said.

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NORTHWEST RUGBY TEAMS GO HEAD-TOHEAD Smithers and Houston high school girls get stuck in a ruck at Smithers Secondary Friday. Boys and girls teams from Terrace, Prince Rupert and Burns Lake also competed in the rugby meet in Smithers on Friday and Saturday.

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Former national team coach shares tips in Smithers By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Coaching is a way of life for Peter Cross. “I’ll be coaching until God takes me home. I got into teaching more than 50 years ago because I wanted to coach. I got right into it and I stayed with it, forever and ever amen,” said Cross. The former 16-year national team track coach now trains Nisga’a athletes in the Nass Valley. He was in Smithers Sunday with three of his athletes to give tips to about 35 local kids age nine to 16. “We were teaching the kids better form. We did a little bit with starting blocks and relay exchanges,” explained Skyler Guno, who came with Terry Clayton and Smiddy Grandison to help their coach out. “It was very fun,” said Grandison. The coach said he never wanted to be paid for

his passion, and is happy teaching universitylevel history to pay the bills. “Teaching is my vocation, my real advocation is coaching,” said Cross. The coach has trained athletes to compete in the Olympics since the 1976 Games in Montreal, but has found a home preparing students to compete in the Indigenous Games since 1992. “It’s the First Nations Olympics... it’s a multi-sport competition. You get kids there doing everything: all the team sports, martial arts, swimming, kayaking, every darn thing,” said Cross. The facilities in Smithers are something that local athletes should feel lucky to have according to Cross. “We don’t have the facilities. This is one of the finest tracks anywhere. It is a really high quality track with a natural field that allows you to do all your field events. “This is a one-stop shopping place for sophisticated track and field,” said Cross.

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Host Kitimat team Mount Elizabeth won their own tournament last weekend, with Bulkley Valley Christian School coming in second in the lead up to zones in Smithers May 22-23. The host team scored a team aggregate of 333. They were led by tournament winner Kyle Vales who had an individual score of 78. Bulkley Valley Christian School came second with a team score

of 342. They were led by Rebecca Svennson who finished with an 84. Smithers Secondary School’s top golfer was Jacob Cachia with a tough round of 90. Smithers Secondary will host zones next weekend and will have a full team for the first time this year. BVCS took home first the week before in Terrace. Nathan Steenhof from BVCS was the top golfer there with a score of 80. Mitch Turko was Smithers Secondary’s top performer with an 86 — good for fourth place.

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S PORTS Otters swim to success A small group of the local Otters swim team that attended the regional meet in Prince Rupert last weekend made their presence known in a big way with 16 first place finishes out of 44 events entered. They also scored 14 seconds and seven thirds. Bailey Espersen, 16, led the six locals with six individual wins while River Stokes DeYoung, 13, hit the wall the first five times.  Espersen topped the competition in the 50 butterfly and freestyle, the 100 back, breast, butterfly and freestyle races and the 400 freestyle. He was also second in the 100 butterfly. Stokes DeYoung dominated the 50 butterfly, 100 back, freestyle and breast and the 200 individual medley, a race combining 50 meters of each of the four strokes. He also took second in the 50 free and 200 backstroke. Cassie Horning-Wandler was a double winner with a pair of firsts in the 400 individual medley and the 100  butterfly. She also took seconds in the 50 butterfly, 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle, and the 100 and 200 backstroke races. Tanner Espersen, 16, won the 200 butterfly, a gruelling contest featuring eight lengths of the challenging stroke. He added seconds in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 400 individual medley and thirds in the 50 and 100 butterfly races and the 100 breaststroke. Bailey and Tanner Espersen and Stokes DeYoung   teamed with Kole LePoidevin to win the 4x50 freestyle and 400 medley relays.   Kole, 16, and Anson LePoidevin, 13,  were no slouches in the individual

events. Kole was second in the 50 backstroke and the 200 freestyle and a third in the 50 breaststroke. Anson had a second in the 50 butterfly and thirds in the 50 breaststroke, 50 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. “We have a very long season compared to most sports and this is just the start of the final phase. We’ve been back in the water for only a few weeks so these results are very encouraging. The swimmers showed that they’ve been working hard and listening to the technical suggestions they’ve been getting,” said head coach Tom Best. Concerning the long season, Best explained, “A lot of the younger kids are now outside playing soccer and other outdoor activities and I don’t discourage them. Those youngsters benefit greatly from their participation in other activities and we live in a beautiful place for outdoor sports. At some point they might choose to concentrate on one sport and put all of their energy into that activity. Or they might not make that choice. We feel we have a program that will offer the most for the widest range of athletes. Right now we have a number of kids who are looking at the scholarship market and we hope to make the most of it.” Four Otters received medals for their overall performances at the meet. Bailey Espersen took the gold in the senior boys, Horning-Wandler the silver in the senior girls, Stokes DeYoung the silver in the 13-14 boys with Tanner Espersen taking the bronze in the senior boys. Submitted by the Bulkley Valley Otters

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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2847 Ptarmigan Road

1420 Walnut Street, Telkwa

1635 Columbia Drive

5204 Morris Road, Telkwa

13 Harmon Crescent, Granisle

3885 Seventh Avenue

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Karen Benson

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Affordable 3 bedroom bungalow Close to shopping, trails & hospital Open plan, sundeck, view Garden shed, paved drive mls n244688

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home 5 acres, only minutes from Telkwa Tons of value Loaded with potential

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Clean 3 bedroom home, 960 sf Great lake view, level lot New hot water tank, newer carpets Full unfinished basement

Peter Lund

Jantina Meints


Great family home 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Newer windows, doors, flooring Central location


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3524 Fifteenth Avenue

Francois Lk, NoraLee Resort

1666 Princess Street

3874 Alfred Avenue

#11 - 1205 Montreal Street

#10 - 3278 Park Place

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

Leo Lubbers

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8 cabin units, RV site 15 acres with 1200’ frontage Operate the storage + restaurant

Leo Lubbers


Updated 4 bdrm, 2 bathroom home Great location near shopping centre High eff furnace, low heating costs

Ron Lapadat

mls n4507208

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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

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2 bedroom, 1170 s.f. condo Enclosed garage, double paved drive Lots of upgrades, new flooring Nat gas fireplace, new deck

Donna Grudgfield

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1134 s.f. 2 bedroom home Addition for third bedroom 8x24 covered sundeck, fenced yard 8x13 front entry, freshly painted

Donna Grudgfield




9199 Bluff Road

1311 Lagopus Place

2035 Aveling Coalmine Road

4346 Whalen Road

1339 Queen Street

Lot B Hislop Road

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Panoramic view of Tyhee Lake 3 bedroom rancher, detached studio Huge deck, hot tub Double garage, 5 acres

Donna Grudgfield

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Large corner lot in Silverking Brick accents, clay tile roof Vaulted ceiling, jacuzzi, 2 fireplaces

Leo Lubbers


4 bdrm home, quiet area 4.94 acres, nicely landscaped Lots of upgrades, recreational area

Leo Lubbers

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5 acres, paved road, 4 bedrooms New kitchen, bathrm,exterior stucco In-law suite or home based space

Leo Lubbers

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Prime corner lot, downtown C-1A zoning allows for multiple use Offices, entry foyer, bathroom

Leo Lubbers


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Prime rural 7.07 acre parcel Overlooks lake and mountains Hydro and telephone close by

Leo Lubbers


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3845 Fourteenth Avenue

#24 Starliter Way

4266 Reiseter Avenue

#28 Watsons Landing

4277 Alfred Avenue

1191 Coalmine Road, Telkwa

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Beautiful 4 bdrm & den, 4 bathroom Gorgeous big kitchen, hardwood Roof top & rear deck, lake access

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Perfect for empty nesters Spacious rancher, garage, RV space Fenced yard, patio, green house

Ron Lapadat

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Pristine, 2 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Vaulted ceilings, huge 2 car garage Lake access, mountain views

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Updated 4 level split, 4 bedrooms Open plan, over 2500 sq ft Huge fenced yard is super private mls n242410

Affordable 4 bed,2 bath,bsmnt entry Large fenced yard, near park & river Hardwood floors, sundeck, views

Ron Lapadat


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4252 Second Avenue

4256 Broadway Avenue

1471 Driftwood Crescent

3891 Broadway Avenue

3835 Third Avenue

11 Pavillion Place

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Updated & spacious 5 bdrm, 2 baths Lg modern kitchen, appliances incl Big fenced yard, quick possession

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

Sandra Hinchliffe

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4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 10 foot ceilings Original fir floors, doors, trim Well maintained

Sandra Hinchliffe

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Well maintained and solid 4 bedrooms, fenced yard Excellent commercial location Zoned residential or commercial

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Premier home site Town sewer & water Lake front living Cul-de-sac location mls n207784


233 Poplar Park Road

2200 Hankin Ave, Telkwa

3840 Ninth Avenue

48680 Mill Bay, Granisle

#13-9265 George Frontage Rd

7523 Lake Kathlyn Road

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Kispiox valley house on 10 acres Home offers 1466 sf of living space Shop could convert into 2nd home Park like, walk to river and fishing

Charlie & Ron

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Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

Unique home, converted church Living area has 14’ ceilings Many upgrades including furnace Pellet stove, OSBE, garage

Karen Benson

Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

Affordable 5 bdrm,den family home Well maintained & immaculate Central location, new flooring Quick possession available

Karen Benson

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Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

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

Jantina Meints

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

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Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

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

Jantina Meints

Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

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Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

Stunning log home 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 5 acres, only mins west of Smithers Wonderful views of lake & more

Kiesha Matthews

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Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420

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