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School District No. 91 announces school closures Schools in Fort St. James and Fort Fraser will close by end of June Flavio Nienow Lakes District News School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) has reached a decision to close schools in Fort St. James and Fort Fraser. Sowchea Elementary in Fort St. James and Fort Fraser Elementary will close as of June 30, 2015. The board of education voted to close both schools after a 60-day consultation period. Two public meetings were held in both Fort Fraser and Fort St. James. Manu Madhok, Director of Instruction for School District No. 91, said community members offered possible alternate solutions to closing the schools. “The Fort St. James community presented the board with a very well done proposal around creating neighbourhood schools,” he said. “Although that proposal was insufficient to keep Sowchea Elementary open, the board is hopeful to keep working with that community on some of their key ideas and concepts for the existing two schools.” Fort St. James Mayor Rob MacDougall said he understands that the board of education was faced with a very difficult decision. “I respect that decision; I know it was tough,” he said. “Having been involved in this decision-making process, I know it was not easy; they did it with heavy hearts.” The approximately 125 students from Sowchea Elementary will be amalgamated into David Hoy Elementary, creating a combined school of just

over 260 students. David Hoy’s operational capacity is assessed by the Ministry of Education at 345 students. The approximately 50 students from Fort Fraser Elementary will be amalgamated into Mouse Mountain Primary School and Fraser Lake Elementary Secondary School. Madhok said a continuous decline in enrollments was the reason for the school closures. In the Fort St. James area, the school district has seen a decline in enrollments from 900 students in 2000/01 (grades k–12) to 594 students in the 2014/15 school year. In the Fort Fraser/Fraser Lake area, the school district has seen a decline in enrollments from 664 to 464 students over that same period. “School closures are not a pleasant part of running a school district,” said Madhok. “However, the reality is that we have far fewer students in our communities; by closing these two schools we have increased utilization of our existing schools and have ensured that the board is being fiscally responsible in allocating the majority of their resources towards students rather than partially empty buildings.” “We hope to see our community populations stabilize in the next few years so that we don’t have to continue dealing with declining enrollments,” he added. Over the last five years, School District No. 91 has closed Topley Elementary School in Topley, Muriel Mould Primary School in Burns Lake, and Prairiedale Elementary School in Vanderhoof.

This is a photo of the last bus-load of students with some of the staff from Fort Fraser Elementary School on June 25 2015. The students are happy that it is end of the school but sad that their school will be closing for good on June 30th. Most of the students in September will be bussed to the Fraser Lake schools in September. On June 22nd, the School Trustees from S.D. #91 voted to close Fort Fraser Elementary and Sowchea Elementary in Fort St. James due to declining enrollment. Photo by Cathy Ray


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Traditional Dakelh pit-house being built for students in Fort St. James

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Vincent Prince is out on site excavating the holes required to begin building a pit-house for Nak’al Bun Elementary School which will be used by students for cultural learning and education. Michele Taylor Omineca Express The field on the side of Nak’al Bun Elementary School in Fort St. James looks like it could be an archaeological excavation site. Vincent Prince, Executive Director Aboriginal Business Development Centre in Prince George, is in town starting excavation to build a traditional Dakelh pit-house for the school. This will be the third, and largest, pit-house Prince has built. His first pit-house he said he built about 15 years ago on the family’s home on an island on Stuart Lake. He’s been working with 19 Century drawings

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and descriptions made by Father Adrien-Gabriel Morice, a Catholic missionary, who came to Fort St. James in the late 1800’s. “I got the design from Father Morice’s books, my dad was transcribing the syllabics and there were drawings,” Prince said. “He had gone to visit three (pit-houses) up at Inzana Lake and he had done some drawings and so my dad said I should build one.” A pit-house is a traditional winter dwelling of the Carrier (Dakelh) people and this form of permanent structure were built by various cultures throughout the Americas. They are typically built in a circular shape with a one metre deep pit excavated out

of the ground with a wood and earthen exterior for insulation and an entrance at the top of the structure. Prince said often in southern places like the Okanagan there would be side entrances in the dwellings because of the warmer climate. He said the pit-house will get a side entrance for ease of use for children and elders who may use the space. “We’re going to build a side entrance here just into the bank, for the little kids,” he said. “We will put the pole in the middle, it has a pole with steps in it. In the north that would have been the only in and out.”

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The project was expected to begin in May, but issues surrounding getting the logs needed for the project weren’t sorted out until recently when Prince said Conifex made a donation to the project. “Unfortunately we were supposed to start in May, but it didn’t get started as soon as I wanted to,” he said. “Conifex was kind enough to donate the bulk of the logs.” Prince calculates that there are close to one hundred hours for dig-

ging the holes for the main beams and another 70 to 100 to do the log work. “There’s probably a hundred hours of just digging alone,” he said. “It’s a lot of dirt to move.” He said Nak’al Bun Elementary School will use the space for cultural learning and will be a great addition to the community. “It’s going to be nice and big, they are going to hold classes in here and do cultural programming,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”

THANK YOU On behalf of the NVSS Grad Class of 2015 and the Dry Grad Committee we would like to thank the following supporters for their contributions. Without your support our dry grad wouldn’t have been so awesome! WHAT A GREAT COMMUNITY! Mike Manojlovic Holdings Ltd. BID Group Gene and Joy Allen Kispiox Valley Ventures Rich’s Saw Sales White River Contracting Ens Travel Northern Gateway Pipelines Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Integris Credit Union New Gold Canfor Pitka Logging M4 Enterprises Westline Ford Dr. Wong Sears Vanderhoof Rodeo Club Rex Millard Vanderhoof Co-op Streamline Signs Kal Tire Ray Bruvold Norm Lindstrom Tony Lawson Fountain Tire Chris Turner

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BRIEFLY Fire activity increases in northeastern B.C. PRINCE GEORGE – The Wildfire Management Branch is currently responding to eight new wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre. Six of these fires are in the northeast corner of the province. The largest of these fires is currently a 75 hectare fire burning east of Mount Bigfoot. The Petitot River fire is currently 3,500 hectares in size and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has issued an Evacuation Alert for an oil and gas facility 10 kilometres to the east of this fire. More information can be found online at: www. These new fires are currently being assessed and prioritized. Many of them are in remote areas and access by ground is limited. All of these fires are suspected to be lightning-caused. Human-caused fires are preventable and divert critical resources away from naturally occurring fires. Forest and grass fuels throughout the Prince George Fire Centre are very dry and the fire risk is serious. The Wildfire Management Branch is urging members of the public to use extreme caution when they’re in the backcountry. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously and challenge fire suppression efforts. Up-to-date information on burning restrictions and current wildfire activity can be obtained online at: or by calling 1 888 3-FOREST. To report smoke, flames or an unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.


Two Vanderhoof Men Arrested for Shooting Death of 18 Year Old Woman Vanderhoof - In the afternoon of December 20th, 2012 the Vanderhoof RCMP responded to a report of a shooting at a local residence. The victim was transported to Vanderhoof Hospital then transferred to University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George where she had succumbed to her injuries. The North District Major Crime Unit assumed

carriage of the file and conducted a lengthy and comprehensive investigation assisted by the Vanderhoof RCMP and BC Coroner Service that led to the recent arrests of two men. Provincial Crown Counsel has approved charges of; Manslaughter with a Firearm, and Careless Use of a Firearm on 27 year old Kayne Sabbe Penner of

Vanderhoof, BC. Careless Storage of a Firearm, Careless Use of a Firearm and Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm against 38 year old Richard Borne of Vanderhoof, BC The family of the victim requests all parties respect their privacy during this difficult time as no inquiries will be responded to.

Vanderhoof gets funding boost for 2016 International Airshow

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Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad presents the Vanderhoof Flying Club with a $25,000 grant from the B.C. government to host the 2016 Vanderhoof International Air Show. Michele Taylor Omineca Express The Vanderhoof Flying Club received a $25,000 grant from the B.C. government which will help when the club hosts the 2016 Vanderhoof International Airshow.

“Vanderhoof is proud to support the Skyfest in Quesnel this year,” Vanderhoof Flying Club president Royce Schaff stated in a news release. “We are taking a hiatus for 2015 and will be in a complementary position with Quesnel to run biannual airshows in our region. We

look forward to seeing everyone in 2016.” Skyfest, Quesnel’s International Airshow runs August 1-2 and will have a Twilight Show July 31 which is part of the Take-Off party. The Vanderhoof International Airshow was reinstated in 2012 and

has grown since that time with more than 4,500 spectators in attendance in 2014. “Airshows are a lot of work and this allows the group to begin preparing for 2016 right away,” Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen said.

Carbon footprints and Northern learning programs discussed Aboriginal youth programs and energy conservations topics at Northern Health board meeting in Burns Lake Michele Taylor Omineca Express Northern Health had its board meeting in Burns Lake on June 15. Work by Northern Health to reduce its carbon footprint through energy conservation savings were discussed at the meeting. In the six facilities across the region where initiatives were put in place, Northern Health saved more than $250,000. “We put a strong emphasis on being energy conscious including finding ways to reduce costs for facility maintenance, and utilizing the savings for health care related programs,” Dr. Charles Jago, Northern Health’s board chair stated in a news release. “We operate in a uniquely challenging northern climate, but our staff continues to find creative

and innovative means to be more efficient despite those challenges.” Natural gas consumption was reduced by 3 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013 consumption, there has been a reduction of seven per cent total since starting the program in 2009 and a 2 per cent drop in electrical consumption in 2014 compared to 2013 consumption rates. Two programs targeted to youth interested in pursuing a career in health care were also a topic for the board at the meeting. Human resources presented on the Grow Your Own program which introduces Grade 10-12 students to the many opportunities in healthcare. These events will occur this month in Vanderhoof and Terrace and were previously held in Prince George, Quesnel, and Fort St. John.

The second program, the Interactive Clinical Simulations is a partnership with the Innovation and Development Commons which paired a wide range of health care professionals and a group of Carrier Sekani youth. “These unique programs engage youth across Northern Health and are helpful to get youth thinking about their future, and hopefully a career in healthcare within northern B.C.,” Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health’s Chief Executive Officer and President stated in the news release. “We know people that come from rural communities and learn in northern communities are more likely to practice in a rural setting; presenting these career opportunities will encourage youth to pursue post-secondary education in a health care related field.”


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Express Nechako Lakes Speed Skating Club celebrates ten years in 2015

During some end-of-practise fun, Alexis and Maddison Seely, Emily Prestmo, Logan Sewell, Kieran Hanson, Jack Hanson, Andie Zwick, Nicole and Sara McBride, Sydney Theissen, Kari Rae, Rhonda Kingsley, Vince Terstappen, Janet Neufeld, Jim McBride, Ian Watney, Jeremy Seely, Michael Lybbert, Matthew Ebert pushing the team

Today skaters Matthew Ebert, Sarah Ebert, Hilary Desmarais and Alison Desmarais Rebecca Watson Omineca Express Vanderhoof — For a decade, speed skating enthusiasts in Nechako Lakes have been part of creating one of the largest clubs in western Canada. What started with five families has since grown to more than 70 skaters with athletes competing at provincial and national levels, Nicole Ebert, 47, one of the clubs founding members, said. “At the beginning it was so different. To start with we had no mats, and when we did get mats we had no where to store them. The five-year-old kids were up at six in the morning because that was the only time we could get. [At that time] the adults, kids and babies were on the ice together but, gradually as people joined, [the club] grew. Then with support from Fort St. James and Prince George clubs we got coaching organized, among other things,” Ebert said. The club has managed to grow so substantially in numbers and skill level that it was asked to host the BC Short Track Speed skating Championship in Vanderhoof this past March for the first time and, for first time in nearly a decade, the event was held in the north, Keith Gordon, Fort St. James long-track coach said. “It’s gone from a startup club to a club with the most registered skaters in 10 years and I think that’s a testimony on the people who run it who obviously work hard and have shared values that resonate well with families who want their kids in the club. They now have a certified introduction-to-competition coach and thats the level of coaching to make yearly training plans,” Gordon said, adding that the Fort St. James club has been around since 1985 but the two clubs continue to work together. “We have open practises and Fort kids are always welcomed in Vanderhoof and of course we have Vanderhoof skaters up here sometimes.” Three of the original families who founded the club still have kids skating including Alison

Alison Desmarais, Meghan Naka, Sarah Ebert, Kaylee McComb in the early years of the club. Desmarais, 17, of Vanderhoof who skated on team BC at the Canada Winter Games (CWG) this past February. Three kids from the club, Matthew Ebert,16, Connor Ebert,14, and Sarah McBride, 16 went to the provincial tournament in Prince George (the trial event before the CWG) and participated in the age-class championship. Sarah brought home a silver medal, Connor placed third in an event, and Matthew placed third overall in the country after receiving four medals. “It’s been amazing to watch the growth of the club - both in the level of skating and the number of kids past and present who have been part of it. Our club also has an incredible group of volunteers which keeps things running smoothly. Coaches, organizers, equipment people and others are always there whenever the need arises. There’s also a great group of teenagers who continue to skate for exercise but aren’t interested in competing,” Sarah Ebert, 17, said, speed skate member. Although speed skating season is over for the summer, Gordon said it’s still such a competitive sport. “And with the level some of the kids are now at, many must do a lot of physical training in the offseason.” Some skaters are now getting

ready for dry-land skating while others chose biking or running to stay in shape but, Sarah Ebert feels the biggest focus of the club is to just have fun. “In ten years, from a beginning club where all the kids are under seven, we’re just having kids old enough now to compete at higher levels. Our kids have done well at provincial and national levels but the big focus of our club is just to do your best, and skate for yourself. There are two philosophies in sports, and the one that often comes through is achievement and focuses on those few kids that will progress through to provincial and national levels. But the other 80 per cent, that’s not where their heading and maybe that’s not where they want to head. So it’s important we have a fun environment that fosters success in a social environment that keeps them active for life,” Ebert said.

The third year the club ran (2008) Back: Derek Cucovaz, Jason Nahal, Lachlan Fantillo, Sara McBride, Suzanna Wallace, Katie Martens, Jessica Sewell Front:   Nicole McBride, Addison Miller-Gauthier, Alex Durupt, Rueben Durupt, Jai Sabarwahl, Nadia Zwick, Logan Sewell, Andie Zwick, Ryder McKay, Maddison Mackinlay

Matthew Ebert, Connor Ebert, Simon Nemethy in 2005. A5

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NEWS New mental health and substance use support Express

programs to help support residents of northern B.C. outpatient support teams that provide street and community outreach services to people with mental illness and/or substance use problems to connect them with appropriate care and services to reduce their time spent in hospital. “Mental health and substance use challenges are not only an urban issue, but also seen in rural and remote parts of our province,” said Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health’s chief executive officer and president. “Having the new psychiatric liaison nurse and intensive case management team spread out across the region will help us to better serve residents closer to home.” The third and final program underway in Prince George is the new Car 60, modeled after the similar Car 40 in Kamloops, Car 87 for the Vancouver Coastal Health region, and Car 67 for Fraser Health residents. Car 60 is a community mobile crisis response program comprised of staff

with an expertise in mental health and substance use problems and a plain clothes RCMP officer. The program connects a person in the community in crisis with appropriate supports, determines if medical care at the hospital is required, and supports the RCMP in developing a joint response in addressing community mental health and substance use related calls. “We have seen an increase in the number of mental health and substance use -related calls, and having the Car 60 program will help to better serve the person we’re trying to help,” said Warren Brown, Superintendent, Prince George RCMP. “This mobile crisis response program has been suc-

Thank you to everyone in Vanderhoof and area for your support of IDIDALAP4CANCER 2015, our 5th annual event! To all who walked, ran and lit lamps in celebration of cancer survivors, loved ones we have lost, and our caregivers, your efforts raised $30, 293.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society. To all of our many volunteers, guest speakers, musicians and school participants; thank you so much for your help and contributions. A BIG thank you to the following sponsors/donors; you helped to make IDIDALAP4CANCER 2015 another successful event for our community. B.I.D. Construction District of Vanderhoof Gala Bay Spring Water Ltd Hub International/Barton Insurance Integris Community Foundation Integris Credit Union Joni Walker Kevin Moutray Northland First Aid School District 91

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cessful in other communities in B.C., mary and community care supports to and we’re confident that it will also better meet the needs of individuals, be successful here in Prince George.” including those with mental health The three new programs were and substance use challenges. made possible by the Ministry of Northern Health continues to work Health’s investment beginning in with community partners and the 2014/15 of $20.25 million to health Province to enhance mental health authorities to support programs and and addiction supports in northern services for those with severe mental British Columbia. For a full list of illness or substance use issues. This mental health and addiction programs investment aligns with the provincial within the region, visit: www.northgovernment’s 10-year mental-health and substance use plan, Healthy Minds, Healthy People, which focuses on prevention, early intervention, treatment CUSTOM SAWING and sustainability. CUTTING CAPACITY - 30” diameter 44’ length As well, the MinisBEAMS - DIMENSION LUMBER try of Health recently Can process dry - green wood released several policy Also hard woods dry and green papers which outline No jobs too small the strategic service YOUR SITE - YOUR LOGS - YOUR BEAUTIFUL LUMBER priorities for the health HENRY A. KLASSEN sector. These priorities Phone 250-567-4254 16321 BLACKWATER RD focus on building priVanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A1 Fax: 250-567-4264



Northern Health is introducing new programs in communities across northern B.C. to support people with severe mental illness or substance use concerns. The programs will better connect northerners with crucial mental health or substance use services, when and where they need them the most. “Caring for people who are experiencing issues with mental health and substance abuse is a complex issue,” said Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. “We know that it involves a number of community partners, including the RCMP and health care providers. The funding announced today will provide new programs to better support northern residents and help improve the way services are delivered to individuals on the street, emergency rooms and in communities.” To reduce the amount of time members of the RCMP spend with patients in the emergency department, a new psychiatric liaison nurse position will be added to hospitals in Prince George, Prince Rupert, and Fort St. John. The nurse will support physicians and staff in the emergency department by quickly helping to assess the patient, and start determining the best supports — either community based programs or in-patient care. “Mental health and substance use support cannot come from a single organization, and instead need to be created in partnerships that wrap services around the patient,” said Mike Morris, MLA for Prince G e o rg e - M a c ke n z i e . “The new programs will help Northern Health better serve its clients, while getting the police officers back onto the road more quickly.” As well, new intensive case management teams will be expanding from Prince George to Terrace and Fort St. John. The intensive case management teams are community-based,

Vacation Tis the season to be jolly, happy, feeling great and taking that well deserved break. Planning fun activities are key to enjoying your summer time. Be sure to check out your local paper, community centers, visitors centres for great ideas to get busy. Everything from walking trails, curling, library activities for kids with puppet shows, cycling, visiting nearby towns to see what they have to offer! There is so much opportunity to bond with friends or family and develop those healthy relationships with your support people, the people that are part of your everyday lives that are your anchors in life, having a healthy relationship can lead to great things. Not to mention taking a well deserved break from the daily grind, letting your body relax is important, this is especially true for those people who spend their vacations running around trying to ‘see everything’ as opposed to being in the moment. Here is something to try the next time you are traveling and touring around. Try to limit the amount of photos you take, and actually enjoy the moment! With the availability of digital photos its has become common to take hundreds of photos and experience your time from behind a camera. So kick off your shoes, let your hair down and walk barefoot on some sand or grass, you may be surprised how energized you feel once you connect with the environment around you. Tis also the seasons for barbecues and gathering! But just because its vacation doesn’t mean you should throw out all of your healthy choices for the year. A very important thing to remember when barbecuing is to add some variety, veggies make a great treat, and you also want to avoid cooking the food until it is black, yes, that black, crispy skin or seared meat is actually carcinogenic and incredibly bad for your health, if you must then moderate what you eat, otherwise think of some great alternatives like grilling on some foil, or broiling, baking, and keeping an eye on that food. Eating healthy this summer doesn’t have to mean bland, spices really are the variety of life and can add some great flavours to food you may never have considered eating before. Happy Summer everyone!

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Aboriginal Child Welfare should top list for all government Michele Taylor Caledonia Courier The progress report on Aboriginal child welfare across Canada will be released at the Council of the Federation in mid-July. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) put forward eight recommendations to the council based on the 94 recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Those eight recommendations urge an incorporation into the councils report of the 5 recommendations made by the TRC on Aboriginal child welfare which include: Committing to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care; preparing and publishing annual reports on the number of Aboriginal children (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) who are in care; a call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle; for federal government to enact Aboriginal child-welfare legislation that establishes national standards for Aboriginal child apprehension and custody cases; and, that the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families. In January of 2014, findings were released from an Edmonton Journal-Calgary Herald investigation on the state of Aboriginal child welfare in Alberta with staggering statistics. According to that investigation 145 children in care have died in that province since 1999, or those deaths 74 were Aboriginal. It can only be guessed in British Columbia, and across Canada, on the state of the statistics where Aboriginal child welfare is concerned. Aboriginal child welfare should be a priority provincially and federally, and these governments need to work closely with First Nations to ensure Aboriginal laws and traditions become the norm where child welfare is concerned. The Ministry of Children and Family Development states it has a variety of initiatives meant to address the number of Aboriginal children in care which includes returning historic responsibilities for child protection and family support to Aboriginal communities, these agreements are known as delegation agreements. According to the ministry, “Through delegation agreements, the Provincial Director of Child Protection (the Director) gives authority to Aboriginal agencies, and their employees, to undertake administration of all or parts of the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA).” In June Aboriginal Affair’s British Columbia sent a letter to the province’s First Nation child and family services agencies which stat-

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First Nations children. Aboriginal Affairs pays less to First Nations child welfare agencies than the provinces pay for identical off-reserve services. In order to deliver services a First Nations child welfare agency needs the delegated authority from the province. Without the tripartite agreement, B.C. agencies would have to sign a separate delegation agreement with the province before

Thank you for the support The family of Madison Scott would like to express our sincere appreciation with a heartfelt thank you to ALL who were involved in the 4th All In For Maddy Poker Ride. We are extremely grateful for the contributions that enabled us to host yet another successful awareness event. Thank you to ALL for the generous donations, for volunteering, for being gracious property owners, and moreover thank you

to the event participants amongst others as this event would not have materialized without such substantial support. We are pleased that the weather did not deter participants from joining us for the event. Approximately 450 participants tolerated the weather and joined us on the various trails for our largest Poker Ride turnout to date. Although Maddy has been missing for 1457 days, it is the con-

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tinued support that we receive for events such as this that instill the Hope, Faith and Belief that we WILL find answers. Thank you again for your contributions and participation in helping us maintain our presence and thereby enhancing awareness of Maddy’s disappearance. Sincerely, The Scott Family

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getting a funding agreement signed from Ottawa. It is hoped that on top of those UBCIC recommendations work will continue toward creating an Aboriginal child welfare system that sees First Nations able to properly care for and keep children in culturally appropriate homes on-and offreserve. And that First Nations continue to be fully funded by both the provincial and federal government.

Inhaling vapours from an e-cigarette, also known as vaping, is a growing trend for many people. Some say they like the flavours, others believe it helps them to stop smoking, while some say it’s just something to do. The real question is not why people vape, but what impact it has on their health. And the answer is we just don’t know. Health officials are wary of the product, but admit there is no evidence yet whether it is harmful or not.

However, they do point out that e-cigarettes are unregulated, which raises quality control questions. In an age where everybody seems overly concerned with what they are putting in their bodies – who doesn’t read the labels on food products these days – it’s difficult to comprehend why someone would risk breathing in a vapour that may be harmful. Even more worrisome is the fact that children and teens seem to be the demographic target, considering the products come in a variety of fun flavours. There should be no debate. If there are possible health concerns, the product should be avoided. A7

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Vanderhoof speed skater named B.C. coach of the year Clippers, has Ebert to thank for having a huge hand in forming the club ten years ago. She has since become a driving force behind the now 70 athletes that make up the club and many of the skaters she has worked with have gone on to compete in the BC Winter Games, Canadian Age Class Short Track and Canada Winter Games to name a few. Keith Gordon, 63, speed skating coach in Fort St. James, says he’s known Nicole for 15 years and is really impressed with what she is doing with the Vanderhoof club. “She’s been able to guide and lead the club, get them started and create some great skaters. But the most impressive thing is the people who got together with Nicole who were able to build such a successful club with one of the highest number of skaters in British Columbia. So there’s lots of people doing things right. [Over the years] Nicole has maintained great

Rebecca Watson Omineca Express Vanderhoof — Three coaches across the province have been named ViaSport’s 2014 Coaches of The Year including one special Vanderhoofian who has been recognized for her outstanding achievements under the recreational/grassroots category. Nicole Ebert of Vanderhoof was awarded Grassroots Coach of The Year for speed skating at the 2015 B.C. Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions May 28. “The award was a big surprise. I had no idea I’d even been nominated. There are so many amazing coaches in our speed skating club and in Vanderhoof it feels like it should be a group award. The support and mentorship of the coaching group in this area is really what gives the kids such wonderful opportunities to be involved and active,” Ebert said humbly. The Vanderhoof speed skating club, the Nechako Lakes

interest in the sport and has motivated a whole bunch of people to learn more about the club and many more about coaching. I’m expecting there to be more coaches at her level soon in the fall. She’s leading a great group,” Gordon said. Ebert also played a tireless role in having Vanderhoof host the Provincial Short Track Speed Skating meet this past March and some say it couldn’t have gone on without her. “There is a tremendously committed group of skaters, parents and coaches in the club. We have benefitted from the support of coaches Keith Gordon from Fort St James and Adam Ingle from Prince George. Some of my favorite moments are watching skaters of all ages and speeds cheer each other on whether at a high performance meet, a fun race or in practice trying a new skill. It’s so rewarding to watch skaters from 4 - 65 years old push themselves to improve and succeed,” Ebert said.

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NVSS 2015 Graduation

(Above) Nicole Egli receiving her scholarships and bursaries. Photo courtesy of Wallace Studios After 33 years working at the Vanderhoof BC Liquor Store Debbie Smedley retired, her last day was Friday June 26. The liquor store staff Tammy, Sandra, Stacy, Cami, Debbie and LaSondra got together along with some customers to give Debbie a surprise party. Photos submitted

DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF A weekly feature highlighting meetings/proposals, events important to Vanderhoof residents. DISTRICT OF VANDERHOOF TAX NOTICES The District of Vanderhoof wishes to advise taxpayers that property taxes are due by 4:30 pm on July 2, 2015. For your convenience, the District Office will be open through lunch for the two weeks prior to the due date. Office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you are making your payment through on-line banking, please take into consideration that many bill payments take 3 or more business days for processing. Your payment must be received into our bank account no later than 4:30 pm on July 2, 2015 to avoid the 10% late penalty.

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More funding to nip spread of invasive plants in the bud QUESNEL - The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has committed an additional $2.25 million over the next three years to reduce the spread of invasive species in B.C. “Invasive plants can have serious effects on many industries, as well as to the natural ecosystems on which we rely,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This additional funding supports government’s commitment to protect B.C. from the impacts of invasive species, and helps the ministry specifically target invasive species on roadsides and in gravel pits.” When gravel from pits contaminated with invasive plants is used in ministry operations, there can be serious effects on the environment and industry. Of the additional funding, over $750,000 will be targeted over the next three years to increased management of invasive plants in ministry gravel pits and quarries. The remaining $1.5 million will be used to increase the management of invasive species on highway rights of way. This builds on the commitment in B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan, of $3.9 million over three years for invasive species management, and raises the ministry’s budget to more than $6 million over the next three years. “During ‘Invasive Species Action Month’, the Province is committing this additional funding to help to ensure that priority invasive species can be more effectively managed,” said Cariboo North MLA and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes. “We’re taking action, here in the Cariboo and around the province, to contain and reduce the spread of aggressive, non-native species.” The ministry’s invasive species management program is supported primarily through partnerships with local governments, First Nations, and non-profit invasive species committees throughout B.C. This year’s

funding will be allocated between over 20 agencies across all areas of the province to target the highest priority species in each region. “The Cariboo Regional District is grateful for the increase in funding to address the issue of invasive plants within our region,” said Cariboo Regional District vice chair Ted Armstrong. “This increase will be used

specifically for the treatment of invasive plants in gravel pits in the Cariboo Chilcotin.” “The B.C. government is doing important work in tackling invasive species at the source in gravel pits and roadsides to curtail their spread along our travel corridors,” said Invasive Species Council of B.C chair Barry Gibbs. “Clean, weed-free gravel pits and

sound practices along road corridors will greatly reduce the dispersal of invasive plants across the landscape.” The ministry manages over 40,000 kilometres of highways and over 2,000 gravel pits across B.C. Last year alone, the ministry removed the equivalent of 500 hectares of invasive plants, comprised of over 80 different species, from road sides and gravel pits.

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CounterAttack roadchecks begun July 1 Police share top excuses given by impaired drivers During the summer months, one person is killed every three days in impaired-related crashes in B.C. That’s why the B.C. government, ICBC and police will be kicking off the CounterAttack campaign on July 1st to keep impaired drivers off our roads this summer. Whether you’re out golfing, boating or at a BBQ with friends, everyone needs to plan ahead for a safe ride home this summer – arrange a designated driver, call a taxi or take transit. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks across the province. With so many options to get home safely, there is no excuse to drive while impaired. But some drivers still aren’t getting the message – here are the top excuses given by impaired drivers to police at CounterAttack roadchecks: • “My girlfriend was too drunk to make it home from the bar, so I’m going to pick her up.” • “I’m an idiot!” • “But I have a driver’s licence, no one else had a driver’s licence!” • “I don’t feel drunk!” • “I’m only two blocks from home.” • “Mom told me to bring the truck home.” • “I had to pick up my husband.” ICBC supports CounterAttack with funding for enhanced police enforcement and an education campaign which promotes the use of designated drivers. Learn interesting facts in ICBC’s infographic and get tips on “We’ve seen significant reductions in alcohol-related fatalities in B.C. since we introduced tougher legislation – and in addition, we have hundreds of officers trained to assess drug impairment and remove drugged drivers from our roads immediately,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “But some people still aren’t taking the issue seriously. That’s why we’ll continue to support enhanced enforce-

ment to intercept those who put other road users in danger.” “Too many families are suffering from the tragic loss of a loved one in an impaired related crash,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Help keep your loved ones safe on our roads by making sure you have a plan to get home safely before you head out.” “Driving while impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is never worth the risk,” said Chief Officer Neil Dubord, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Safety Committee. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or arrest are significant and can last a lifetime. Police across B.C. will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks this summer.” “We want everyone to enjoy their summer and have a good time – just make sure to include a plan for a safe ride home,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety. “Share the responsibility of being the designated driver to make sure your friends and family get home safe this summer.” Regional statistics*:

• In B.C., an average of 42 people are killed in impairedrelated crashes during the summer months every year. That’s one person killed every three days. • In the Lower Mainland, an average of 10 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year. • On Vancouver Island, an average of six people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year. • In the Southern Interior, an average of 14 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year. • In North Central B.C., an average of 13 people are killed in impaired-related crashes during the summer months every year. * Five year average from June to September. Fatal victim counts are from police data (2009 to 2013); crashes and injured victim counts are from ICBC data (2009 to 2013). Impaired is defined to include alcohol, illicit drugs and medicines. Canada Day statistics:** • Every Canada Day, an average of 164 people are injured in 603 crashes throughout B.C. **July 1 (Canada Day) is calculated from (00:00) to (midnight) including incidents where the time was not reported. Five-year average from police data (2009 to 2013). • Every Canada Day, an average of 115 people are injured in 370 crashes in the Lower Mainland. • Every Canada Day, an average of 19 people are injured in 90 crashes on Vancouver Island. • Every Canada Day, an average of 22 people are injured in 97 crashes in the Southern Interior. • Every Canada Day, an average of 7 people are injured in 37 crashes in the North Central region.


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Fired drug researchers press for answers Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says an independent inquiry into the firing of eight health ministry contractors may be too long and costly, but the public deserves answers in the long-running controversy “in a very timely and cost-effective way.” The B.C. Liberal government has been on the defensive since the abrupt dismissal in 2012 of university researchers assessing drugs for eligibility under the province’s Pharmacare program. One fired contractor committed suicide, another is suing the government for wrongful dismissal and the remainder have been paid

settlements and reinstated. An independent review by labour lawyer Marcia McNeil last year failed to determine who made key decisions and why. McNeil said restricted terms of her review and a lack of documents showing the sequence of decisions left her unable to determine accountability. The health ministry initially said a confidential database of B.C. patients who had taken various drugs had been misused, and some of the researchers appeared to have conflicts of interest. After Clark downplayed the suggestion of a public inquiry in Vancouver this week, NDP leader John Horgan said her actions indicate the government has something to hide.

“We need to be able to compel testimony,” Horgan said. “We need to ensure that we’re protecting those public servants who might have something to say about this process.” The affected employees released an open letter to Health

Minister Terry Lake this week, calling for an inquiry that covers the legal costs of everyone affected. They said the program to assess the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs has saved B.C. more than $100 million over the past 20 years.

Horgan said the opposition will continue its campaign for answers when the B.C. legislature convenes July 13 to consider a development agreement for a liquefied natural gas export facility at Prince Rupert.



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Horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, changes on the horizon have you excited. Something may come up that appears to compromise your plans, but keep an open mind and everything will work out. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, give into your feelings and throw caution to the wind this week. You might shock someone by doing something risky. Explore this boldness if it suits you. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You are a born leader, Gemini. You are normally comfortable designating tasks and overseeing their completion, but you may have to get your hands dirty this week. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You may experience a breakthrough this week, Cancer. You have been toiling over something for some time now, and you Ànally have the information you need. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you have a lot of enthusiasm and are ready to share it with others. Devote your time to a worthy project or host a social event to bring friends together. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you normally like to take things step-by-step, but excitement this week may Ànd you taking a less careful approach. Ask a friend to keep you in check. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, an important decision is awaiting you. Weigh all of your options before making a Ànal decision. Giving yourself more time is the more prudent move. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, many career opportunities are available to you. Decide if you want to stay where you are or if change will serve you better over the long haul.



Summer is the season for ice cream, and dessert-loving foodies can even try their hands at making their own creamy confections, such as the following recipe for “Blueberry Ice Cream” from Lou Seibert Pappas’ “Ice Creams & Sorbets” (Chronicle Books). Blueberry Ice Cream Makes about 1 quart 2 cups fresh blueberries

CLUES ACROSS 1. Hair on the head 5. Cirques 9. Thai (var.) 12. S. China seaport 13. Swiss river 14. Unstressed-stressed 15. Beginner Dr. Suess book 18. Begetter 19. Singer __ Lo Green 20. Shaded promenades 21. Not wet 22. Grow weary 23. Philippine Island or it’s seaport 25. Teeter-totter 28. Not alive 30. Golf scores 31. Tap gently 33. Ancient ointment 34. Constitution Hall org. 35. Icelandic poems 36. Citrus drink sufÀx 37. Detailed design criteria 39. DigniÀed manner 40. New York island 42. Clods 44. Camera optic 45. Add sound into a Àlm 46. Ringworm 48. Tablet 49. Defense Department 52. 3rd “Star Wars” Àlm 56. Raincoats 57. Restaurant 58. Head fronts 59. Burn residue

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 This can be a good week for you, Sagittarius. Many things are going your way, and you needn’t worry about plans falling apart. Friends will help out as needed. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 You may be feeling bored and pressured to make some changes, Capricorn. Before you make any changes, be sure you are making them for the right reasons. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, this week you may be challenged by circumstances that prevent you from straying too far from home. You might desire a vacation, but it’s on hold for now. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 A new project at work excites you, Pisces. This may open up more opportunities in the weeks ahead, so give your best effort. FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS JULY 5 Edie Falco, Actress (52) JULY 6 Kevin Hart, Comic Actor (36) JULY 7 Michelle Kwan, Athlete (35) JULY 8 Kevin Bacon, Actor (57) JULY 9 Tom Hanks, Actor (59) JULY 10 Jessica Simpson, Singer (35) JULY 11 Justin Chambers, Actor (45)

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Rinse the berries and pick out any bad ones. Place in a small saucepan with the water and cook over low heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and purée in a blender or food processor. In a small bowl, mash the zest with 1 teaspoon of the sugar to release the oils. In a small saucepan, combine the half-and-half with the remaining sugar, stirring until dissolved; let cool to room temperature. Stir in the blueberry

purée, cream, sugared zest, juice, and vanilla. Transfer to a container, cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is almost frozen, spoon in the liqueur, if desired, and churn until blended in, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a container, cover, and freeze until Àrm, about 2 hours.

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Fun in the Sun at Ferland Park June 25. Farmers Market in full swing. Submitted

COMING EVENTS.... Will appear, as space is available, free of charge in this section. Coming events are available to non-profit organizations only. This area is not intended for thank you submissions or selling products. It is simply a place for non-profit organizations a place to announce upcoming free activities. You can e-mail your item to or by fax (567-2070). Your organizations’ announcement can also be dropped off at our office located at 155 W. Columbia. Decision of the publisher is final. *** A13

PICTURE THIS....Your activity could be featured in “Picture This.” Snap a photo at your groups’ fundraiser. It could be anything from a car wash to cleaning up our streets. It could even include school activities. Basically people making a difference in our community. Send us your photo by e-mail ( or drop it off at the Omineca Express (150 W. Columbia Street). Please provide a brief description accompanied with the photo. This week’s submission....


VANDERHOOF’S FAITH Nechako Christian Fellowship WELCOMES YOU!

Church Directory For more information or to join Vanderhoof’s Faith Church Directory Call Pam at 250-567-9258

11:00 am Worship Service 767 Loop Road Email: Christ - Centered Bible - Based Missions - Minded Non-Denominational

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Our Mission Glorifying God by helping all people move closer to Jesus Christ one step at a time.

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Holy Trinity Anglican Church

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Small Groups meeting together regularly: We have a place for you to belong! For more information call

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FRASER LAKE FESTIVAL of the Arts is calling on visual artists of all mediums, quilters, pottery, bands, singers, poets etc. Festival will be August 8th, 2015.Call 250-6991234 for more information or email: *** TEEN SUMMER CHALLENGE... come on down to the Vanderhoof Public Library and register for July 7 to August 14. Looking for excitement this summer? This is for ages 13 to 18. Complete challenges to earn points for weekly prize draws. For every five points earned, you will get one entry for the grand prize draw of a tablet! Encourage your friends to register - we need a minimum of 25 teens to take this challenge. *** GIRL GUIDES OF CANADA...Looking for FUN opportunities and challenges? Interested in making Friends? Do you like Games, Art, Sports? Do you enjoy Science, Camping, Outdoor activities, Singing & Drama? Helping with Community projects? Join Girl Guides! On-line registration also available at www.girlguides. ca Contact person: Kathy Russell @ 567-3882. *** VANDERHOOF AIR CADETS... Meetings - Tues 6:30-9:30 at the Gospel Chapel For more information call: 250-640-0218 or 250-570-7496 *** STUART NECHAKO MANOR... looking for volunteers. Help needed with outings, Serving meals, entertainment and visits for the residents. Please contact Marnie at 250 567 6290 for more information. *** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED....Would you like to become part of a team working together to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors? The Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery Group is looking for volunteers to join their team. Vanderhoof Stroke Recovery’s goal is to encourage stroke survivors to improve their lives through education, exercise, work groups, crafts, outings, etc. No special skills required; training and orientation are provided. Patience and caring understanding a necessity. Volunteers share responsibilities: assisting with activities, exercises, education, crafts, outings, fund raising. Time commitment: 3 hour meeting each Monday morning (excluding stat holidays), from September through mid-June. Please contact Penny (250) 567-3966 vanderhoofstrokerecovery@ *** SENIORS CONNECTED... is looking for Seniors in need of Outreach & Transportation. We are also taking applications for Volunteers wanting to take part in the VSC Program. Vanderhoof Seniors Connected is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for Seniors/Elders in our community through Companionship and Transportation Assistance. Phone 250-567-8587. For more information contact email at *** CALLING ALL SENIORS... come and join us for carpet bowling, pool or snooker - Monday and Thursday afternoons at the Friendship Centre. We also have cards or bingo on Wednesday evenings. Music nights are also popular and these are the last

The log club house at the NVSA grounds which has just secured funding for lights for the winter ski trail system. Submitted Friday night of the month. Come and have some fun! Everybody welcome young or golden agers. Call Erling Clemmensen for more info: 250-5679927. *** AL-ANON...Has your life been affected by someone elses drinking? The Al-Anon is for you! Meetings held on Mondays at 7pm in Community Room at Omineca Safe Home Society. For more information contact Gail at 567-4318. *** THE NORTHSIDE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE...meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Newcomers always welcome. For more information call Brenda, 250 567-9705. *** V’HOOF HOSPICE SOCIETY... Do you have a few hours a month to give? Are you sensitive to the special needs of those persons at the end stages of life? Want to be part of a great organization that makes a difference in our community, then we are looking for you. The V’hoof Hospice Society is a not-for profit charity looking for new volunteer members. Our Society has a desire to help others. We are sensitive to the special needs of the dying patient and their families. We do not have personal agendas or “missions” to our Hospice work. Our main fundraising come in the form of donations to our Tree of Life. We are looking for new members to continue this great service. For more info call Valerie Pagdin at 250-567-6218 (weekdays), 250-567-3889 (evenings/ weekends) or vanderhoofhospice@ *** THE FOOD BANK... is in serious need of food donations. Specifically the following is needed: “Chunky” soups and stews and canned milk. *** BADMINTON AT FLESS GYM... Every Thursday at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. come out and have some fun! *** THE VANDERHOOF CANCER SUPPORT GROUP...meets the first Friday of every month @ noon at the The Reid. For more info call Karen @ 567-4828. *** ENDAKO HALL SOCIETY...meets every THIRD Wednesday of the month in the hall at 7:30pm. *** THE YELLOWHEAD DRAFT HORSE an organization for those interested in light and heavy horse driving. Monthly meetings every second Tuesday of the month. For more info contact: Jon 250-5678484. *** NECHAKO QUILTERS GUILD... meets the third Tuesday of the month 9:30 am (Sept. - May) at Nechako View Seniors Common Room. Fran Sheeley 567-5254. *** THE FRASER QUILTERS GUILD...

meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am at the Fort Fraser Community Hall. Newcomers welcome. *** HOSPICE TREE OF LIFE... is to honour the living as well as to remember and honour those who have passed on. For more info call Valerie Pagdin at 250-567-6218 (weekdays), 250-567-3889 (evenings/ weekends) or vanderhoofhospice@ *** THE FRASER LAKE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP... meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 12 noon in Autumn Services. For further information call Judy at 250-6997763. *** VANDERHOOF 899 AIR CADET SQUADRON...Cadets will meet every TUESDAY night – 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the 480 Connaught St. at the Gospel Chapel. Anyone age 12 to 18 interested in the Cadet Program is welcome to attend. Any adult interested in assisting in anyway, please contact the officers at the 480 Connaught St. at the Gospel Chapel Tuesday night. For more information call: Capt. John Callaghan - 250-6400218, Yvonne Melo - 250-690-7496 Evenings. *** AA MEETING... Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. United Church Hall. 567-8087 or 567-4588 *** FRASER LAKE AA MEETINGS... Tues & Thurs 8:00 p.m. at St. Wilfred’s Church just across from the Village Hall. *** ST. JOHN HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SOCIETY... meets second Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July & August) at 7:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. For further info contact Edna 567-9759 - New members welcome. *** VANDERHOOF LIBRARY HOURS Tuesday 10:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 10:00am to 5:00pm & 6:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday 10:00am to 5:00pm Friday 10:00 am to 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm *** FRASER LAKE LIBRARY HOURS Sunday & Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 4pm Wednesday & Thursday 12pm - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm *** NVSS BOTTLE DEPOT HOURS Open Mon, Tues, Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-5 p.m.


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24 June 2015 Reservoir Elevation: 853.42m (2799.95 ft.) SLS Discharge: 321 m3/s Cheslatta Falls: 398 m3/s Vanderhoof: 575 m3/s The next Nechako Reservoir update will be issued on Thursday July 2 2015. Visit website www.waterofďŹ for up to date real-time ow information for the Nechako River. Contact Rio Tinto Alcan at 250-5675105 for more information. A recording of this notice is available 24-hours in Vanderhoof at 250567-5812


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Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor), has prepared an Amendment Requiring Approval (ARA) to their Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) for operations in the Vanderhoof Forest District. The Amendment (#16) is available for public review starting on Thursday June 4, 2015, until Tuesday August 4, 2015.

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(a) 5.3 Objective Set By Government for Wildlife; (b) 5.6 Objective Set By Government for Wildlife and Biodiversity – Stand Level; (c) 5.9 Objective Set By Government in Respect of Recreation Resources; (d) 5.14 Objective Set By Government for Agricultural Development Areas & Settlement Reserve Areas; and, (e) 7 Stocking Requirements.


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Canadian Forest Products Ltd., 1399 Bearhead Road, Vanderhoof BC, VOJ 3A2, (250) 962-3409 or (250) 962-3424. Representatives will be available to discuss the proposed amendment at the above office locations, and to receive comment(s). Please contact the numbers above to confirm appointment prior to meeting. If an interested party is unable to review the Amendment (#16) during regular business hours, please contact us by phone or in writing to arrange a suitable time.

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Crafting at the Co-op for Father’s Day

The Hardware Department at the Vanderhoof Co-op held a bird house decorating craft day for youngsters on Saturday, June 20. Left: Owen Smith made a fantastic job of his soccer decorated birdhouse he made especially for his dad Clayton for Father’s Day. Top right: The children had lots of fun decorating. Inset left: Grandma Denise helping Evan Smith with his Father’s Day project. Inset right: Concentration is the key to getting this present just right. Photo submitted

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