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There were 54 competitors aged five and up at the Bulkley Valley Regional Pool Sunday who swam, pedaled and ran in the Tri-it Triathlon. See photos and results on page A9.

Bulkley Valley air Coastal GasLink signs deals with six First Nations quality concern raised

By Chris Gareau

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TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project announced Monday that it has signed project agreements with six northern B.C. First Nations. Coastal GasLinkruns 670 kilometres from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek to the proposed LNG Canada export facility

near Kitimat. That facility recently received conditional environmental approval from the provincial and federal governments. Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Skin Tyee Nation, Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band, Yekooche First Nation, Doig River First Nation, and Halfway River First Nation all signed agreements for the $4.8 billion pipeline project. They are all along the pipeline route. See CAMP on A3

By Chris Gareau

EQUIPMENT FOR CHANDLER PARK UPGRADE Council approved using $70,000 on field machines.

SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTS ON CPR PROGRAM Bulkley Valley students will learn CPR after donations.

LEGISLATURE CALLED FOR LNG SESSION The province calls a summer session to approve LNG.




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area’s particulate matter was done. Smithers and Telkwa do not meet the provincial standard said presenters Dr. Biz Bastian and Gina LaHaye. They came forward to speak on the application by NewPro to switch from panel board to wood pellet manufacturing, which the company said would actually reduce emissions by 94 per cent. See NEWPRO on A2

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Concern about the quality of the Bulkley Valley’s airshed was raised at last Tuesday’s Smithers council meeting. A delegation wanted to put a halt to any approval of industrial operations in town until an assessment of the





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From AIR on Front NewPro, or Northern Engineered Wood Products, still has an active permit to produce panel board at its Railway Avenue facility. In applying for the permit amendment, modeling was done to predict the emissions of the plant as per Environment Ministry rules. The application to the Town states that total particulate matter would drop from 432 to 26 tonnes per year by switching to wood pellets and changing some of the equipment inside. Rebecca Martin of SLR Consulting works on behalf of NewPro. She said there will be an open house for anyone with questions about the operations and emissions from July 9-11. She asks that visitors call ahead at 250-562-4452 or email to gauge demand on whether to call a meteorologist in. Eri Ottersburg, an engineer and the lead modeler for emission estimates, will be at the open house tour. Martin said agreements are being worked on with West Fraser to use Pacific Inland Resources slash piles in the plant. “And this is not part of our modeling, this is not part of the picture of the overall

The NewPro facility has applied to switch to manufacturing wood pellets. It has an active permit to make panel board.

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health of your airshed that we’ve included in our modeling outputs, but it will be the offset that this facility will have to the slash pile burnings,” said Martin. “This is a significant to improvement to your airshed because slash pile burning is a tremendous loading of particulates ... to the atmosphere because you’re burning inefficiently.” Martin went on to describe the dryer being used,which she said would make the plant very different than other wood pellet plants. She compared it to a similar

plant in Merrit. “They’ve been operating for almost a year now. In fact, their neighbours don’t even realize they’re operating. Media contacted the ministry recently asking when this facility is supposed to start up, and they said ‘sorry, it’s been operating for 10 months,’” said Martin. “You’re not going to see an opaque cloud coming out of it.” NewPro hopes to open with 3040 employees next year, and start construction before this winter.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Airport cafe deal made

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Smithers Regional Airport will still have a cafe after Bugwood Bean moves out. Town council tweaked a contract with Shilo and Chris Werrell, shortening the term from five years to two and putting the insinuated ambassador role in writing. The contract will cost the airport $70,200 per year. Shilo said she expects the yet-to-be-named cafe to open Aug. 1. “There’s going to be additional signage to make it clear that

visitors should come that way if they have any questions. We’ve floated around some ideas of an events board that’s updated daily so people can know what’s going on around town as well,” explained Shilo. “And the cafe’s going to have a small menu that’s flavourful and seasonal, and quick and to go.” Shilo said to keep an eye open for the new cafe’s Facebook page, where contests and input will be had, after the name is chosen. Council also approved spending $646,500 on a shed for airport equipment. They decided not to also spend $590,590 for a firehall shed. Councillors voiced concern about the look of the building in a central location.

Unis’tot’en camp blocks pipeline path From COASTAL on Front Coastal GasLink’s route takes it over the Morice River south of Smithers. A permanent camp set up by a group of Unis’tot’en House of the Wetsuweten blocks the pipeline route there. The group and supporters bussed from southern B.C. have told any TransCanada employees doing environmental and geo-technical assessments they come across in the area to leave, and have tried to stop helicopters from landing by building small structures in landing zones. Coastal GasLink project president Richard Gateman said the Unis’tot’en have not agreed to speak with the company. “I would say it’s a very small minority

of folks that are opposed to pipelines in that area; and it’s not just us, it’s any pipeline that’s proposed for that area,” said Gateman. “We’ve signed interim agreements with 20 out of 21 [First Nation groups]. The one House we haven’t signed with is holding out against pipelines.” The interim agreements are a first step to signing agreements for the 30-50year lifespan of the pipeline according to Gateman. “Part of it is just getting them the information and the facts that they need to understand the true nature of the project as opposed to what they perceive it to be or what other activist groups might tell them it is,” said Gateman. Twenty seven per cent of over 300,000

hours of fieldwork on the project has been conducted by Aboriginals according to TransCanada. Gateman added that half the 150 workers in the Morice River area are Wetsuweten. The input is meant to incorporate local knowledge into the pipeline’s design, including routing and site-specific mitigation plans, though Gateman said how much re-routing can be done is limited to the corridor given environmental approval, which ranges in width from 500 metres to two kilometres. Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs affected by the pipeline met in Moricetown June 16. Chief John Ridsdale (Na’Moks) said all reiterated the position that pipelines through the Morice River area would not be accepted.


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Brakes put on high school student driving By Jackie Lieuwen Smithers/Interior News

High school students will soon not be allowed to drive to school in a different community. That is part of what School District 54 is looking to include in their student driving policy.  The policy will also require student drivers to have parental permission in order to drive to and from school.  Students will not be able to drive between Houston and Smithers for school functions because of school liability, said


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School District 54 is fixing Smithers Secondary and School Board office drainage and adding a new sidewalk this summer. With a cost of up to $350,000, the drainage project is a necessity, said SD54 Secretary-Treasurer Dave Margerm.  The sidewalk is because the area




SD54 Secretary-Treasurer Dave Margerm. “If there was to be an accident with a student driving in unsafe conditions at that distance, we would be questioned,” he said.  Margerm says curricular travel should be organized by the school, especially at such distances.  “Once you open that door to distance travel, then we’ll be questioned on driving to Rupert, Terrace, Hazelton, Vanderhoof. Where do you draw the line?” Margerm asked.  The policy is being discussed this summer and will be finalized in September or October.


















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“is going to get ripped up anyway,” he said. The new sidewalk will go across the front of the School Board office, connecting the back parking lot to the school. The School District is considering a future redesign of the SSS parking lot to deal with traffic congestion.  School Board Trustee Jennifer Williams says they will meet with the town of Smithers to look at alternatives to fix congestion.





























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Summer Recreation Get out and enjoy some of the free recreation available in the Bulkley Valley this summer.

Playgrounds Turner Way, Bulkley Drive, Heritage Park, Dogwood Park, Princess Street, Ranger Park, Riverside Campground Tennis Courts at Montreal Street Basketball Courts at Turner Way and Ranger Park Skateboard Park at Heritage Park Perimeter Trail Disc Golf Course at Ranger Park Outdoor Rink at Central Park Ping Pong Table at Husky Park Boccee Court and Horse Shoe Pits at Peace Park

Riverside Walkway from the Bulkley River Bridge down to Eddy Park. Aldermere Park with four pieces of outdoor exercise equipment. Designed for seniors, great for all ages. Playgrounds at Woodland Park, Tyhee Lake and the BBQ Grounds. Skate Park at Dockrill Rink Newly upgraded Soccer Fields at the BBQ Grounds. Water activities and Camping at Tyhee Lake Park. Walking trails go to or visit the Village Office or the Telkwa Museum to pick up a map. For organized activities Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart and Kidsport BC want to make sure everyone has the chance to afford recreational activities. Check these websites for more information.

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rad 2015, awesome, it looks like we made it. Some of you guys are probably pretty relieved, lots of stress lately with all the due dates, last minute assignments, labs, essays, finding your prom date and deciding how you are going to do your hair – talking to you Adam – trying to figure out why you’re not on the grad list and making sure you have your tickets to prom and daf grad, etc, etc and a lot of other crazy things. And now it’s actually all over, which is the hardest part for some of you and all of the parents. The fact that it’s over, the fact that these 12 to 13 years of mandatory education are coming to a close and that your little babies are going to be thrust out into the world with nothing but the knowledge that force is not in fact a universal binding, metaphysical and ubiquitous power harnessed by Jedi and Sith monastic orders, rather just

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mass times the acceleration of an object. Sorry Shane, that’s probably pretty hard for you to hear. And yes, that is scary; I don’t blame you guys for being nervous for your children and their entire future, but in reality you most likely won’t be able to get rid them – home-cooked meals, a free bed, paid utilities and the convenience of living in your hometown is pretty good motivation to be unmotivated. However, for all you overachievers planning on leaving the house before the age of 30 to do more learning, I’ve got some pretty good news, that whole stress thing? It doesn’t end. In fact, you get triple the stress for five times the price. More learning, more complicated subject matter, all in a fraction of the time, so … have fun in university. But in all the seriousness that I can provide, whether you’re terrified of your next step, debating your next

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step or more prepared than ever, move forward with confidence. This next chapter of our lives is truly the beginning, so don’t dwindle it away with hesitation and insecurity. Just do stuff. Do lots of stuff. It doesn’t matter what the stuff is, as long as you’re doing it and having a good time while you are doing it. And when you think you’ve done all the stuff you can handle, when you’re completely stuffed full with the amount of stuff you’ve managed to stuff in your life, you can find even more stuff to do. Make more stuff to do. Mix some stuff with other stuff to invent a whole new level of stuff to be done. Guys, there’s a world of stuff out there and somebody has to do it, so why not you?

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Muheim Memorial Elementary School Grade 7 English and French Classes extend a warm thankyou to Extra Foods, Bulkley Valley Credit Union, Rugged Edge Holdings, The Alpenhorn, Bulkley Valley Wholesale, Sausage Factory, and all our parents for helping to support our Canoe and Cultural Camp — Prince Rupert to Metlakatla, June 15-19.

Don’t hurry this one


Editor: When David Suzuki spoke here two weeks ago he made the point that having good air to breathe is the most important thing in our lives. He eloquently explained that once we have the basics like good air, water and food, we can then (and only then) pay attention to other things such as making money. The BC Lung Association’s Annual Report released last week listed our wonderful neighbor, Telkwa as having the second worst air quality in the Province. Smithers is also on the list as not meeting the provincial target for acceptable air quality. This information is not intended to be negative, but rather to help the powers that be to recognize that we have a problem that needs to be dealt with. Adding more toxins into our air is not an intelligent thing to do. A presentation made to Town council last Tuesday briefly outlined the specific problem we have and requested our mayor and council to gather the data necessary to make a decision on whether or not to support a new industry that will add toxins to air that is already unhealthy. From the questions asked by the Mayor and council, I sense an element of support for the proposed new plant. It’s quite possible that this is about the receipt of tax dollars (in arrears from the company, by the way). It always seems to boil down to money first. If we’re concerned about money we should also be considering the cost of health care (not to mention the personal


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suffering) for those people we know are being affected by breathing toxic air and also the fact that making our town a nice place to live will attract the economic growth the Mayor and council is seeking. Let’s not be in a hurry about this one. With respectful concern, Jim Senka Smithers

A particular particulate health hazard Editor: At the Smithers Council meeting held June 23, Dr. Elizabeth Bastian, GP Oncologist with Northern Health, alerted the councillors to the fact that particulate matter pollution is a public health hazard. This notification engages the Public Health Act which requires local government to undertake certain specified precautionary measures. The exact steps that will be undertaken are not completely knowable in advance but it is gratifying to have some prospect of protective action on

a current proposal to actually add pollution to our already overloaded airshed. Dave Stevens Smithers

Thanks for helping local businesses Editor: I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation of the many excellent businesses we have in Smithers, with a particular emphasis on BV Wholesale. I often find my day improved by the good service and kind treatment I experience in Smithers’ stores; from Big Smiles to the Feed Store, I find people ready to go out of their way to be helpful. However, in the last year BV Wholesale has really gone above and beyond, and my farm has benefited enormously from their efforts to promote local producers.  I think they deserve a lot of credit for their decision to help small, local farmers, bakers, butchers, et cetera. Lyn Nugent Smithers


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We want to mitigate GUEST VIEW Pat Rooney For the better part of a year and a half I have been researching building a house. I have decided to build a Passivhaus. Beyond what I personally expect to get from living in a Passivhaus, I want to, in my own small way, do what I can to reduce CO2 emissions to help slow down climate change. In 2014 in the United States, buildings accounted for 41 per cent of all C02 emissions. The data for Canada is not available and it hasn’t been since 2008. While researching Passive Homes, I came across this article on the Natural Resources Canada website. The link is below. In this country and with this government, we now adapt rather than mitigate when it comes to rising temperatures and CO2 emissions. environment/impactsadaptation/adaptation-101/10025 Adaptation! Why is it, that I have only heard about this strategy for dealing with climate change, from the Government of Canada. Who would have thought that there were opportunities to get rich from climate change. Only in Canada, eh! I wonder what the people of the Maldives and Tuvalu think about this strategy? For that matter, what do the Inuit think of this strategy. In the same article on the Natural Resources web site, the government suggests Inuit hunters adapt by bringing a GPS along on their hunts, so that they can find their way back home when the weather gets bad caused by warmer temperatures and melting sea ice. They may not have any food with them because the sea ice that supports that food chain is disappearing and their houses may not be left when they get there because of rising sea levels, but that’s Adaptation 101. Oh, I forgot, one of the points in Adaptation 101 is for the Inuit to start moving their houses to higher ground. Do they still live in Igloos? Would this government dare to suggest to the people of Vancouver’s West end that they start moving to higher ground. When you go to Environment Canada’s web site the last publication of any climate change data was August 2011. A sceptic might think this was due

to a government that didn’t want the public or the electorate to know that global climate change, due to increasing temperatures of our air and our oceans, is real. I have read about Prime Minister Harper putting a gag order on scientists and government departments, limiting what they can say or publish without the clearance of the PMO’s office. Is this an actual example of that? Is this truly the type of democracy we want? What ever happened to mitigation? Why has the Canadian Government refused to set targets for CO2 emissions? Even in Republican-dominated Washington, Obama has had the courage to finally commit the United States to do something about CO2 emissions. Even the Communist government in China realizes the crisis we are in. They are converting to renewable energy faster than any country in the world. I realize that is largely due to the size of their country, but my point is that even in a non democratic country, the government is doing more than our government to mitigate climate change. Instead of shifting to renewable resources, this government wants to increase production of the dirtiest oil on the planet. We can’t afford another term with a Conservative government at the helm in this country. The temperature is rising! We need to care more about our neighbours, we need to care more about our first nations people, we need to care more about the disadvantaged and about the environment, not just here, but in other parts of the world. We need to stop violence against women, including aboriginal women. We need to stop subsidizing big oil. If we are going to subsidize anything, lets subsidize renewable energy. We need to start caring about the world we want our kids to inherit. It is the only one we will ever have. I would like my grandchildren to see a world that we have chosen not destroy. We all have a say and a vote. This October lets use that vote to elect a government that cares. Harper has already started the vote buying. Let’s show him that we want a more caring and compassionate government. Let’s show him the door. We don’t want to adapt, we want to mitigate.

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N EWS Police seek tips on traffickers Smithers RCMP responded to 117 calls from June 18-24. June 18 — Smithers RCMP received a report of an aggressive moose charging people at the Riverside Campground. Police and Conservation officers attended and observed the moose to display signs of fatal illness. The animal was tranquilized and removed from the campground for further assessment. People  are cautioned to maintain safe distance from all wildlife and report suspicious interactions to police or conservation. June 19 — Smithers RCMP received a report of two youth riding their dirt bikes up and down Slack Road in front of traffic. Police patrols were conducted but were unable to locate the pair. Police would like to remind the public that off road vehicles require special registration and permits in order to be operated on public roadways. If stopped and unable to produce such permits, the driver may be eligible for upwards of $1,000 in Motor Vehicle fines. Special permits can be issued for off road vehicles such as quads, dirt bikes and snowmobiles. More information can be found at, or make enquiries at your local Service BC. June 20 — Smithers RCMP were called to the Hilltop Pub regarding  a large group of people fighting in the parking lot. By the time police arrived the fight was over  and the group had dispersed.

No one was observed with any injuries. Police are reminding the public to drink responsibly, behave appropriately, and plan for safe rides home. June 22 — Smithers RCMP have been receiving Crimestoppers Tips involving drug trafficking in the Bulkley Valley. Anyone with more information is asked to call the Smithers RCMP or report anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222TIPS (8477). June 23 — Smithers RCMP received a report of two-year-old child who had  been attacked by a pitbull. Police attended the residence to find the child had very minor injuries which were treated by BC Ambulance paramedics. The dog owner voluntarily turned the pitbull puppy over to police to be rehomed. The dog is now in the care of the North West Animal Shelter. June 24 — Smithers RCMP were tasked by the Motor Vehicle Branch to serve the driver of a pickup truck with an eight-month driving prohibition. Police would like to remind drivers that in addition to fine amounts, tickets for driving violations also come with points attached to your driving record. At any time the superintendent of motor vehicles can review your driving history and issue a prohibition or suspension based on your driving record. For more information, go to osmv/index.htm.

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Telkwa High Rd victim identified By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the male who died following a motor vehicle incident near Smithers on June 21. He was Trenton Bruhjell, 19, of Smithers. Bruhjell was driving a pickup truck on the unpaved Telkwa High Road in the early morning

hours of June 21 when the truck went out of control and rolled. Bruhjell was rushed to Bulkley Valley Hospital in Smithers, but died shortly after arriving there. RCMP said a female passenger was also ejected from the truck but only sustained minor injuries and was released from hospital. The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate. Police said alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors.






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Clockwise from top: Kolton Moodie sets the pace as Kanna Kurihara pushes through behind him; Colby and Jesse Green show off their first place medals for the 9-10 and 7-8 groups; a triathlete gives a thumb up in the final stretch to BV Pool. See results on page A10.

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words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. BV Museum Summer Exhibit 100 Years of Photography in the Valley. 250-847-5322. Admission by donation. Orchestra North Summer Program. Orchestral and chamber music festival that draws together musicians of all ages and abilities from across Northern BC for a week of musicmaking. Classics on Main Thursday, July 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Bugwood Bean, Mountain Eagle Books, Two Sisters, Smithers Art Gallery, Alpenhorn, Bovill Square, Library, Schimmels. Chamber Celebration Friday, July 3, 12:15 p.m. at Bethel Church. North Symphonic Gala Friday, July 3, 6 p.m. at Christian Reformed Church. Midsummer Festival Saturday, July 4, in the morning on the Mainstage. Orchestra North Seventh Day Adventist Vacation Bible School July 6-10, 9 a.m. to noon. Bible stories, nature time, crafts and singing. Ages 6-12, siblings 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pastor Neil 250-917-9070 or Scott or Stella 250-847-2398. BV Museum Summer Events Wednesday, July 1 Canada Day Culture Crawl begining at Central Park Building at 10 a.m. 250-847-5322. Canada Day Celebrations 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Telkwa

Museum. Mayoral address at noon. Facepainting, music, silent auction and refreshments. Like the Back of My Hand, by Suzo Hickey. Smithers Art Gallery, Tuesday, June 2 to Saturday, July 4. The subject matter of the paintings in this solo exhibition is the West Coast urban landscape of the streets of Prince Rupert and the neighbourhood of East Vancouver. Salmon Journey July 8-31 at Studio 8 in the Central Park Building. Show opens in the Smithers Art Gallery Aug. 14. Please drop by to learn how to felt and creat for the show. Telkwa Elementary Homecoming 2015 July 31 to Aug. 3 at the BBQ Grounds. For students and families previous to and including 1980. For registration package and info 250846-9093 or Pioneer Day in Hazelton Saturday, August 8. Comes celebrate in Historic Old Hazelton. Events include a parade, sports tournaments, contests, vendors, live music, kids games and much more. Fraser Lake Festival of the Arts is calling on visual artists of all mediums, quilters, pottery, bands, singers, poets, etc. The Festival is Saturday, August 8. Call 250-699-1234 or email:

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Locals take a spin at disc golf nationals

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A pair of members of the Bulkley Valley Disc Golf Association (BVDGA) represented northern B.C. at the Canadian Disc Golf Nationals in the Lower Mainland. Ben Anderson and Byron Turner made the trip down for the first time for the June 19-21 tournament. All three days were at different locations, testing the skills of the competitors. Friday was up Grouse Mountain. “It was a fairly long and physical game that definitely took its toll,” said Anderson. Saturday was at Langley Passive Park, where the pair played 36 holes. They finished up Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. “We were there because we wanted to test our disc golf mettle against the best in Canada,” said Anderson. Turner placed 45th and Anderson was 42nd out of 52 entrants in the amateur advanced category. Anderson said it was likely the first time anybody from northern B.C. was at the disc golf nationals. “It brought awareness to aspects in both of our games that needed a lot of work. One thing I was really aware of was that in the Lower Mainland, they play year-round; whereas we have basically five or six months to play as much as possible to build up our skill set,” said Anderson. “Definitely came back from that tournament with a lot of new goals and a lot of things that need to be worked on, particularly being at sea level. That changes the flight path of the disc. And just the fact of playing on a mountain where you’re basically shooting 800 feet down a hill at a steep decline with the ocean wind coming up the mountain and having cross winds all over the place.” The president of the Professional Disc Golf Association gave a letter of support for the BVDGA for the Skillhorn disc golf course it has applied to build in Telkwa. The hoped for opening date is in October, with a grand opening in May of next year. Anderson, who picked up the sport 10 years ago, said they plan on working with Telkwa Elementary School on designing a curriculum to help teach math and science using disc golf. “Anyone can play it ... if there was a course you

can get a disc and just go play it,” said Anderson. A tournament to encourage new players is being held at Ranger Park on Aug. 16. More information is at



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What’s new at the 2015 Fall Fair August 27-30, 2015 Heading into high summer, it seems kinda crazy to be thinking about summer’s end and the Fall Fair – but the wheels have been turning down at the Fairgrounds for some months already, and there’s a fantastic lineup of shows, events, competitions and displays to keep the entire family excited and busy for the whole four-day weekend. The theme for 2015 is “There’s Something in the Air at the Bulkley Valley Fair” – and you’ll see this theme often in murals, indoor and outdoor displays, and in the Fall Fair Parade , the traditional kick-off to the weekend. (And you just wait till you see what’s leading the Parade … but shh!! Spoilers!)

Probably the biggest change for the 2015 Fair is the enlarged and extended Loggers’ Sports division. After a number of slow years, the Loggers’ Sports has taken on a new lease of life with competitions for kids and adults (no logging experience required!) and the construction of the new Log Rolling Pond. You think you can walk along a log? What about a log floating in water? It rolls … and so do you, with an almighty splash! Don’t wear your best clothes for this one … Also bigger and better this year is the ever-popular Light Horse Show – with twice the prize money as previous years, and additions of new events to challenge the riders and enthrall the audience. This year sees the first BVX “Wild Trail Challenge” in the CityWest Main Ring, where horse and rider tackle an obstacle course – and the intent is not only to complete the course but also to demonstrate the partnership between horse and rider. Fastest time is not necessarily the winner here. Horse lovers will also be dazzled by the three-day Trainer of the North Challenge, where three outstanding horse trainers each attempt to train an unbroken young horse – in three days flat. No easy ride there. Stage shows have always been a part of the Fall Fair, and this year is no exception. Teens and young adults will have a blast on Thursday night – not only is it Midnight Madness at the Midway (all the rides all evening for $35) but you can also


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The Kispiox Valley Rodeo Club would like to thank all their generous sponsors. Your contributions enables us to give out buckles in all events (the only BCRA rodeo to do so) and have one of the largest payouts in the British Columbia Rodeo Association. Many cowboys and cowgirls won their first buckle at this rodeo. We want to thank them for contributing to one of the most prestigious events in B.C., support them by purchasing from them, or doing business with them. Hopefully we haven’t forgotten anyone, if we did, it wasn’t intentional! This year’s outstanding rodeo supporters are: Wild Horse Race Saddle Bronc Bare Back Bull Riding Steer Wrestling Team Roping Ladies Barrel Racing Breakaway Roping Jimmy McRae Memorial Cowhide Race Tie Down Roping Jr. Barrel Racing Jr. Steer Riding Jr. Breakaway Novice Roughstock Wild Cow Milking Pee Wee Barrels Rescue Race Stickhorse Race Ride & Lead Calf Scramble Musical Chairs Open Pole Bending Kids Boot Race Footraces Men’s Sportsmanship Ladies Sportsmanship Jr. Sportsmanship All Around Cowboy All Around Cowgirl All Around Junior Chute Gates Tough Enough to Wear Pink Sponsors Mercedes Beans Town Pantry Geraco Industrial Supplies Sadina Sales & Services Skeena Bakery

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A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Kispiox Valley Rodeo a tremendous success! What a fabulous community that pulls together for local events. If we’ve forgotten someone, we’re sorry, it wasn’t intentional! Anna Frezell Jolene McCormick Sandra Forsyth Mary Charlebois John de Boer Sabrina Croft Conrad Larson Jude Hobensheild Emma Wookey David Wookey John Wookey Marney Wookey Wakas Vickers Jordan Vickers Willie Schmidt Barbara Schmidt Andrea Vickers Roy Vickers Grace Vickers Eve Jones Carole Larson Emma Hobensheild Marika Van Tunen Janelle Vantunen Peter Van Tunen Lee Nash Fiona Ridell Brandi Nash Kim Lee Zane Hobensheild John Allen John Forsyth Martin Wehren Kaleigh Allen Joy Allen Gene Allen

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THANKS TO THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPLIED SERVICES & WORK A big thank you to Mark Louie for organizing our fabulous security team: Joe Wesley, Sam Turner, Matt Lee, Ian Perry, James Wesley, Josh Campbell, Philip Tait, and the Tara Hill Security team from Fraser Lake. You did a great job! Thanks to the RCMP! Because of you all, we had a quiet, family friendly rodeo weekend. Trevor Derkson, Tanis, & Brian Semeschuk for the horse drawn wagon rides John Wookey for the garbage trailer The Four Fat Fryers for two mornings of delicious breakfasts Axes of Ego for two great nights of rockin’ good time music, Brad Reddekopp, Steve Kern, Laurette Tesla, Al Sebastian, John de Boer The Old Timers for providing good service, cheer and laughter in the Beer Gardens! Emma, David & Marney Wookey for the fantastic grounds cleanup The Kispiox Valley Community Association The Evelyn 4-H Club for looking after gate admission, love your members! All our great vendors - Granny’s Old Fashioned Popcorn, ShishKa-Dave’s, DeJong’s Mini-Donuts, Snowie Shaved Ice, Bluestone Mini-Treats, The Ice-Cream Bucket, The Outback Barbeque, The KVCCA Log Concession, Cinaway Trading, Sparkle Tattoo, Gitkxsan Safety Services Our FABULOUS First Aid Attendants, who literally did save lives! And Cybernet

The Kispiox Valley Drill Team for once again performing for our rodeo! 22 outstanding riders and horses. Thank you to: Sara McPhail/Sparky, Bella Combs/Moose, Anela Croft/Rue, Marika Van Tunen/Beauty, Grace Vickers/Tuxedo, Layla MacKenzie/Chip, Megan Bartlett/Autumn, Paulo Rubinato/Montana, Kaitlyn Bartlett/Blaze, Emma Hobensheild/Casey, Michayla Schmid/Storm,Charlotte Pole/Silver, Kassie Vipond/Fritz, Sandra Forsyth/Barnie, Anna Frezell/Scout, Jolene McCormick/Barbie, Kim Lee/Princess, Kia Beertema/Echo, Marlise Zurbrugg/Partner, Kathy Clay/Jack, Brenda Nelson/Rocky, Cathy David/Tuffie Josh Sheppard our rodeo clown for fun entertainment The British Columbia Rodeo Association C+Rodeos, Earl & Roy Call for supplying some of the best rodeo stock in Canada Terry Cook, Canada’s #1 Rodeo Judge and Ray Jasper for judging Patti Gerhardi, Secretary, Kimeal Cook & Nita Cameron our timers Keith Dinwoodie,’The Voice of the Kispiox Valley Rodeo’ and 3x world champion The cowboys and cowgirls, especially those who drove so many miles to compete at ”The Biggest Little Rodeo In The West” A big thankyou to the best rodeo fans ever! Your continuing support keeps this rodeo alive!

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Smithers U14 soccer players will have a much smoother playing surface next year after Smithers council approved an upgrade and buying maintenance equipment.

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Chandler Park maintenance equipment to cost $70,000 By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A $70,000 budget to buy equipment to maintain the $270,000 upgrade to Chandler Park fields was approved by Smithers council last Tuesday. “The $20,000 from Youth Soccer gets us all the way there and then some. In terms of equipment, this should do us for the soccer fields,” said Chandler Park Field Upgrades Advisory Committee member Coun. Greg Brown. How the aerator and top dresser will be used

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and at what annual cost has yet to be worked out. Estimated operating costs are listed in the committee report as $29,000 this year, $38,000 next year, and $51,250 in 2017. The field upgrades are expected to start in August. “We haven’t entirely decided how the maintenance budget is going to be allocated to user fees and subsidy from the tax base,” said at council. The town is putting together a list of subsidization rates for different recreation facilities in Smithers to help inform the subsidization rate for Chandler Park.


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GOLF FOR GREEN Andrea Kosalko, Patrick Wilson (recent graduate of University Credit courses delivered in Moricetown by NWCC & Kyah Wiget Education Society), Layne Boucher, and Emily Davidson (from McElhanney – Bronze Sponsor for NWCC’s Student Bursary Fundraiser) enjoy a fun round of golf at the Smithers Golf Club to raise money for student bursaries June 19. Contributed photo

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• RAYZ Skateboard Camps: Ages 5-12 July & August, Heritage Park Skate Park • British Soccer Camps: Ages 3-16, August, Chandler Park Field • BC Volleyball Camps: Ages 13-18 August, Smithers Secondary School Gym • Rec. Dept. Hockey Camps: Ages 8-17 August, Smithers Arena • NEW British Multi Sports Camps: Ages 6-14 August, Chandler Park Field • Ranger Park Preschool: Ages 3-5, July This progressive, participatory program features creative art, outdoor play time, stories, games and music with qualified, jun and energetic staff. • Canoe Kids Workshop: Ages 8-14, July 11 Lake Kathlyn Beach $35. CanoeKayak BC will offer a Kids Canoe worksop day of paddling, focusing on skills development to introduce the sport of paddling. REMEMBER The local Town property – skate park, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf course, perimeter trail, bocce court, horse shoe pits are all free to use throughout the summer. ENJOY! PLEASE REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEASH IN THE PARKS & ON THE TRAILS. PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR BICYCLE HELMET WHILE RIDING YOUR BIKE IN TOWN.

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Happy ending for orphaned grizzly cubs Black Press

Two orphaned grizzly cubs rescued late last fall have been released back into the wild. After spending the winter at Smithers’ Northern Lights Wildlife shelter in a pen with three other grizzly cubs from other parts of the province, and gaining a couple of hundred pounds, the two healthy cubs were loaded into traps at the shelter and transported west of Terrace June 17. Conservation officers Ryan Gordon, Sgt. Tracy Walbauer and Provincial Wildlife Vet Helen Schwantje from Victoria along with Northern Lights staff prepared the cubs for their release far from people. The cubs were drugged, blood and hair samples were collected and a health assessment was completed. Both bears were fitted with radio collars, to track their movements for up to two years. The bears were flown by Silver King helicopters to a remote wilderness location

southwest of Terrace, where they were released. Last November, conservation officers were called out to a dead grizzly sow near Kitimat and successfully trapped her two cubs, a male and female, who were last year’s cubs. There was no indication that they had been eating garbage so they met the criteria to go to Northern Lights where staff fed and cared for them while keeping them wild. At that time, it wasn’t clear how the grizzly sow had died as an initial field postmortem didn’t determine anything definite. It was thought she might have been hit by traffic as Alcan changed shifts but there were no signs of impact or broken bones on the sow. No bullets or bullet entry wounds were found either so it was thought she might have died of natural causes. Northern Lights is holding an open house July 1 at its Telkwa High Road facility from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Sgt. Tracy Walbauer and Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter operator Angelika Langen fit a radio collar to the male Grizzly bear cub released recently into a remote location southwest of Terrace. BC Conservation Service photo

New CPR program teaches students how to save lives By Jackie Lieuwen Smithers/Interior News

Teachers trained by paramedic and education officer Julia Strain (right) with a $6,300 donation from RBC. Chris Gareau photo

Houston and Smithers schools are empowering students to save lives starting this September with a new program coordinated by the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation. School District 54 teachers were certified last Tuesday as instructors for CPR and defibrillator (AED) training — trained by volunteer paramedics from B.C. Emergency Health Services.  That CPR and AED training will be worked into the Grade 10 Physical Education and Planning 10 curriculums this fall. 

Sandra Clarke, executive director of the ACT Foundation, said she is excited about what the program means. “We are thrilled to bring this program to Smithers and Houston because we know that it will ensure that every young person is empowered to save the life of a family member or friend in a dire emergency,” she said. The program has seen results in the communities it has gone, with students stepping up to save lives in all kinds of emergencies.  “The beauty of having [the training] as part of a school program is that the ripple effect is extraordinary,” Clarke said. After next year, “we will see 200 students hit the ground running with

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their life-saving skills every year.” There are close to 50 Houston students and 150 Smithers students who will be trained to do CPR and use a defibrillator every two years. “Every five years, that is over 1,000 students,” Clarke said. To date, three million students in Canada have been trained in CPR by teachers. The AED equipment and dummies were donated to the school district by RBC, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada.   SD54 Superintendent Chris van der Mark said emergencies can happen anywhere. “These are life saving skills and you never know when you are going to need them,” he said.


C OMMUNITY Spread our Smithers pride

VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron Canadian Living is highlighting the mostloved towns and cities across Canada. Each week in 2015 they will showcase a community from across the country in their 40th Anniversary Hub. Share stories and points of pride about Smithers. email cl40th@ with 5 things about our community: three points of pride, anything from scenery to people; what visitors should see and do when they visit; and where to eat. Include two or three photos! Follow along at #CL40. Come on Smithers, we have so much to be proud of, let people know! Health Canada has announced proposed changes to nutrition labels. These include clearer serving size information, more direct sugar and colour content descriptions plus information to help people interpret dailyrecommended levels of various nutrients. Calorie count will be enlarged so you can’t miss it. All sugars in food will be grouped as a single ingredient. Other ingredients will be clearly marked, including allergens, gluten sources and added sulfites. I always get confused over

the percent daily value so there will be changes to make that easier to understand plus a percent daily value for sugar. They will focus on the daily value of potassium, appears Canadians do not get enough of this nutrient, and Vitamin A and C will be dropped from a label, as it seems most Canadians get enough in their diets. Go to Health Canada before Aug. 27 to offer feedback. Don’t forget to go to smithersradio to hear what is being discussed at the Town’s council meetings. A presentation by Gina Lehaye and Biz Bastion about the air quality in Smithers is most interesting. At the Library — Kids’ Summer Reading Club. Registration is open, there will be tons of cool activities all planned around this year’s theme: BUILD IT! Sessions are weekly: Wednesdays, July 8 to Aug. 12 for 3-5-yearolds; Thursdays for 6-8-year-olds. Older kids have their own Tween Tuesday program July 7 to Aug. 11. A wrap-up party for all ages will be Aug. 14. There is no charge for these programs and drop-ins are welcome. More information or to register call the library at 250-847-3043. Examples of what happens on Tween Tuesdays: painting with your feet, Minecraft Day, make Emoji pillows, fear factor challenge. Closing with: “This I conceive to be the chemical function of humour: to change the character of our thought.”— Lin Yutang

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TransCanada pipes in cash for BVSAR By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue (BVSAR) will be able to reach a person in distress on the water a lot faster after a $15,000 contribution from TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. The money is being used to purchase a jet motor for the water

rescue team’s boat, which had been using a propeller. BVSAR is also using some of the funds to improve public signage near boat launches and awareness of the risks on local rivers, and to equip search and rescue members with protective apparel for extreme weather. The 30 volunteers with BVSAR perform anywhere from 10 to 25 rescues a year.

“The signs are to make the public aware the Bulkley River is fun, but it also has its hazards,” explained BVSAR vice president Steve Jennings. Coastal GasLink president Rick Gateman was at the Lunen Road boat launch near Smithers last Tuesday to make the announcement. “We like to invest in the communities where we’re either doing business or where we’re looking to do

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NOTICE OF ELECTION POLLING STATIONS Notice is hereby given that Lake Babine Nation has called an Election in accordance with its Election Code, for the purpose of electing: one (1) Chief; four (4) Woyenne Councillors; two (2) Fort Babine Councillors; two (2) Tachet Councillors; and one (1) Old Fort Councillor on July 3rd, 2015, for the next ensuing Term of Office.

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Smithers’ Laura Grant, together with her uncle Bob Costerton, are proving their team Mission Possible is aptly named as they finish their 1,200 km, nine-day cycling marathon ride. Costerton and Grant set out to raise $10,000 for cystic fibrosis research by riding from Vancouver to Banff in the annual GearUpforCF, and now the fundraising thermometer sits at $18,400, and it continues to grow. For the thousands of people living with CF, Costerton’s story is an inspiration. Costerton’s parents were told he might not see his fourth birthday, and this year he will celebrate his 51st birthday. At 50 years old, Costerton is the oldest person living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), with or without a lung transplant, to attempt the formidable feat of biking from Vancouver to Banff. The team’s fundraising Facebook site has attracted visitors and comments from people around the world.  “Laura and I are amazed at the tremendous outpouring of support,” said Costerton of the numerous donations and messages from family

and friends— and parents who need a little hope. “I didn’t want to share my story until it had a happy ending,” says Costerton, and while his story isn’t finished yet, he thinks now is the perfect time to share it to help raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis research. “Growing up I didn’t recognize Bob was battling the ‘invisible disease’ when he would set out on his bike rides at midnight to clear his lungs,” says Grant, Costerton’s niece and teammate.  “He taught us to water ski, played board games with us, and would sit around the camp fire until the wee hours. Now, I understand what that time meant. Each day, I am inspired by Bob’s self-discipline, perseverance and strength.” Costerton says he is honoured by the support he and Laura has received.  “When I need motivation, I think of the many people who have donated, or reached out to us,” says Costerton.  For the team’s followers the sentiment is clear: mission accomplished.  Follow Bob and Laura’ s journey at cfmissionpossible To donate to team Mission Possible visit

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Smithers Secondary School student researches with renowned scientists Contributed by Arlette Raaen Smithers/Interior News

Imagine doing research in some of the top science labs in the country. This is exactly what a Grade 11 student from Smithers Secondary School got to do earlier this summer. Gavin Day received a scholarship to spend a week at university doing hands-on science research. As a result of this experience he could be on his way to a fulfilling career in the field of science. As a successful applicant to the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering program, Gavin travelled along with 52 other First Nation, Metis and Inuit students from across Canada to participate in an informative and inspiring educational opportunity. The program aims to increase the number of indigenous students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada. Scholarships were awarded based on demonstrated interest in exploring the sciences as a career option, and through recommendation from teachers. The program provided an excellent opportunity to experience science at the university level and to network with other students of similar interests. In his application to the program Gavin expressed a strong interest in engineering, particularly aeronautical engineering, where he writes that he has, “been part of

Gavin Day with Dr. Verna Kirkness. the Bulkley Valley RC Flyers Club for about three years now. “Physics is by far the most interesting and amazing class I have ever taken at my high

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school level. Technology is evolving every day and seeing the way that it evolves really interests me.” While doing actual research with some of Canada’s most

accomplished and renowned scientists, the students also had the opportunity to experience living on campus. Through this experience, the realization that university

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is not necessarily a foreign environment, but an extension of their learning and a place where they can feel a sense of belonging became a possibility. Dr. Ron Woznow, Chair of the Verna J. Kirkness board of directors explained that, “not only will the students themselves develop new skills and knowledge during their internships, but they’ll also take their experiences and new knowledge back to their communities.” The program is being run in honour and with the support of Dr. Verna J. Kirkness, a member of the Order of Canada and lifelong advocate of Aboriginal education. “Education is the key to the future of our young Aboriginal people and an opportunity to be a science researcher for a week is an exciting and meaningful connection to the broad world of science,” said Dr. Kirkness. “As the program becomes known, it will motivate our youth to consider science as an inspiring field of study.” Students were selected from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and British Columbia and were placed in science labs at the University of Manitoba or University of Saskatchewan. In 2016 the University of British Columbia will be on board to host a group of students as well. Readers can go to www.vernajkirkness. org for more information about the foundation.


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40 acre Evelyn hobby farm 2490 square foot home on 2 floors 2 open meadows, mainly treed Hip roof barn, trails, fenced

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Updated open plan 4 bedrooms In town, by golf course, rural setting Paved drive, 24x24 workshop

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Ron Lapadat NEW PRICE

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Modern open concept ½ duplex 3 bedrooms, space for 2 more Basement entry, great location

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#32-4430 Highway 16, Smithers

3874 Alfred Avenue

2200 Hankin Ave, Telkwa

4250 Railway Avenue

1971 Dominion Street

1127 Toronto Street

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Ron Lapadat NEW PRICE

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Brand new ranch style home Wheel chair friendly 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, open floor plan Great for home based business

Peter Lund

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

Karen Benson


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

Kiesha Matthews


mls n244035

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

Donna Grudgfield


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Well maintained, clean home 3 bdrm, 3 bath, office, family room Updates inc new furnace & shingles Great location, sunny lot, RV parking

Jantina Meints


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1311 Lagopus Place

3885 Seventh Avenue

5855 Lake Kathlyn Road

2690 Bulkley Street

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2127A Quick Station Road

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

Peter Lund

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4 bedroom main house, 4000 sf shop Detached office/studio Telus tower contract in place Seller may trade for a home in town

Donna Grudgfield


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

Jantina Meints


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

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

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3239 Third Avenue

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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

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5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 0.36 acre lot Kitchen island, gas range Situated near ball fields Large deck, storage shed, hot tub

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

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Excellent corner lot site Vacant level building lot Willowvale subdivision Close to many amenities

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Squeaky clean, 3 bdrm + den home Attractive hickory floor, cozy fp Big fenced backyard, nice sundeck

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Super solid 2 bedroom rancher Deck, patio, greenhouse, gardens Crawl with spray foam insulation

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

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Cozy and comfy 1300 sq. ft. rancher 2 bedrooms with room for a 3rd Recent renos, great location

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Cute starter home 2 bedrooms, fenced yard High eff furnace, detached garage Great value

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1471 Bulkley Drive

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Custom rancher on full basement Vaulted ceilings, lots of windows View of Babine & Hudson Bay Silverking location

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Kispiox River frontage property 65 acres, benched 35 acre meadow Easy access to ½ mile river frontage Off grid recreation property

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

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Perfect 37 acre horse property Hand hewn log ranch house Main home 1775 sf, 2nd home 988 sf Horse arena, barn, shop

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149 acre farm near Round Lake Developed hay fields, beautiful view 4 bdrm home, several outbuildings

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

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Lakefront cabin on Topley Landing 2 bedrooms, plus loft, garage Private treed property Small bunk cabin, and storage shed

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

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Private 105 acre retreat Off the gird home & 5 cabins Beautiful views, short walk to lake

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Legislature called back July 13 to approve Pacific Northwest LNG deal By Tom Fletcher Black Press

The B.C. legislature is being recalled July 13 to examine and approve a 25year tax and royalty agreement for B.C.’s first major liquefied natural gas investment. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said last Tuesday a project development agreement for Pacific Northwest LNG’s pipeline and export terminal near Prince Rupert has been approved by the energy companies proposing the investment of up to $36 billion. The project still needs federal environmental approval and an agreement with Coast Tsimshian and other First Nations in whose traditional territories the pipeline and shipping facilities would be built, including Gitxsan territory north of Hazelton.

Members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band voted down an offer from Pacific Northwest LNG in May, citing concern about the terminal’s impact on salmon habitat in the Skeena River estuary, despite a design change to build a bridge for the pipeline above the area known as Flora Bank. The province revealed the general outlines of the project agreement in May. It provides minimum gas royalty revenues for B.C., with increased revenue to the investors if the spread between North American and Asian prices increases during the term. It also provides for compensation to the investors if future governments impose “discriminatory” increases to carbon tax or greenhouse gas regulations on LNG plants during the next 25 years. NDP leader John Horgan said he is concerned that the B.C. Liberal

government over-promised the benefits of LNG development and may now be offering “too much lolly” to land the first big deal. Pacific Northwest is a consortium led by Malaysia’s state-owned energy company PETRONAS, its Canadian subsidiary Progress Energy, Chinese state firm Sinopec, Indian Oil Corp., Japan Petroleum Exploration Corp. and Petroleum Brunei. The B.C. government approved a separate 3.5 per cent LNG income tax last fall, and passed legislation to control the amount of property tax the local government can impose on the project. Limits were also placed on conventional pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the project, with carbon offsets required if the operation exceeds 0.16 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of LNG produced.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong

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Unlocked cars targets by thieves Police Beat

Week of June 18 - 24

New Hazelton RCMP responded to 98 calls during this week. June 19 — Multiple unlocked vehicles in and around the 4200 block of Thirteenth Avenue in New Hazelton were entered and searched. Change and minor items stolen. June 20 — At 2:30 a.m., a vehicle was stopped near Churchill Street in New Hazelton. The driver displayed signs of alcohol impairment. After failing a roadside screening test, the driver

was fined, prohibited for 90 days, and the vehicle impounded for 30 days. June 21 — Police responded to the ball field in Kispiox for reports of two intoxicated females causing a disturbance. One suspect was located and arrested. She was held until sober and released without charge.   June 24 — In the early evening several quads were observed driving near Wiggins Way in Gitanmaax.


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Leo Award winning film Cliff Hangers is no goat

Carol Ann Hunter Mclean standing between her paintings Temple and Visit.

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Smithers-born artist’s works at Concordia Submitted by Jonah Aspler Smithers/Interior News

Artwork being displayed at this year’s annual Fine Arts Graduating Students Exhibition exhibition at Concordia University in Montreal includes a duo of paintings by Carol Ann Hunter Mclean. The Smithersborn artist’s works, Temple and  Visit, portray animals and people in landscapes, with a twist. “I like to use people as icons in my work, as well as the animals they work with because they become mediums in our kind of Judeo-Christian understanding of the

binary between animal and man,” said Mclean. The Concordia University Alumni Association helped pay tribute to 18 outstanding student-artists selected for the exhibition. The association hosted the exhibition’s vernissage on June 10 at Concordia’s FOFA Gallery. “As new graduates, you’re joining a celebrated group of alumni who have made great strides and are really influential in contemporary Canadian culture,” said Catherine Wild, dean of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts, to the gathered crowd of students, alumni and art lovers.

Local documentary film company Out Yonder Productions won a Leo Award at the film festival’s Awards Celebration on June 13 for the documentary Cliff Hangers. Nominated in three separate categories; Best Overall Short Documentary, Best Screenwriting, and Best Musical Score; Cliff Hangers producer and director Monty Bassett took home the top award for screenwriting. The Leo Awards celebrate excellence in British Columbia film and television. Cliff Hangers is a sequel to the popular film Life on the Vertical, about the mountain goats who inhabit the walls of Canada’s Grand Canyon on the Stikine River. “Where Life On the Vertical depicted the canyon and the goats in general, Cliff Hangers focuses upon the daredevil lives of a single goat family and the ordeals of surviving in a place where one misstep is terminal,” said Bassett. “Much of our success was due to the vast wealth of talent we have here in the Bulkley Valley,” notes Bassett. “Dan Mesec, Cas Cliffhangers is a sequel to Life on the Vertical, out the mountain goats Sowa and Taylor Fox did who inhabit the walls of Canada’s Grand Canyon on the Stikine River. incredible camera work in Contributed photo some of the most dramatic and dangerous settings in library staffer and Out Yonder’s production the world, often filming the mountain goats from manager Lynnda McDougall. cliffs hundreds of metres above the Stikine, a river DVDs of the documentary made for Oasis so violent that more people have walked on the Channel and Knowledge Network are available at moon than have ventured into its recesses.” Interior Stationary and Mountain Eagle Books. Bassett also attributes much of the company’s success to the behind-the-scenes work of local submitted article


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Public Notice In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, the Town of Smithers intends to dispose of the following lands to the Smithers Minor Hockey Association by way of a 5 year lease agreement at $2,372.58 in year one, $2,443.76 in year two, $2,517.07 in year three, $2,592.58 in year four, and $2,670.36 in year five, plus applicable taxes for the concession and meeting room contained within the Smithers Civic Centre. Legally known as “Assigned Parcel A, Plan 1054, District Lot 865, Coast Range 5 except Plan 12338, commonly known as 4204 4th Avenue. This is not a tender nor a request for offers. Further information can be obtained by contacting Susan Bassett, Director of Corporate Services at (250) 847-1600, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or on our website at

Keith Berg and Jane Houlden at Crater Lake in 2013.

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Orchestra North in Smithers An intense week of music and fun is gracing Smithers as Orchestra North presents its 2015 summer program. Smithers has always been a hot bed for musicians of all genres—everything from Latin pop to classical—and it just seems to get better. However, being a small town can make some music, especially symphonic works, challenging. Smithers has amazing local musicians, but there simply aren’t enough people to make, say, a professional symphony orchestra. This is not unusual—“small town” and “symphony orchestra” are not usually mentioned in the same paragraph. However, this stereotype is in the process of being debunked. Orchestra North Summer Program (ONSP), now in its third season, pulls together passionate musicians of all levels and ages from northern communities for a week of intense but incredible music making, instructed by world renowned faculty. The program is being held until July 4 at the Northwest Community College. At the camp, musicians are broken into three levels of orchestras, the senior of which is a full symphony, this year playing some incredible repertoire including Beethoven’s piano concerto. The orchestras combine together for a few “mass orchestra” pieces. Participants also get the opportunity to work in chamber groups each day with musicians of similar levels, and are mentored one on one by the faculty. The chamber groups then each perform their work at different locations around the town. The week includes barbeques and parties, and ends with a final concert and a performance at the Smithers Midsummer Festival. “Orchestra North helps us create an identity of who we are in the north…by connecting our artists, we also connect our communities,” said camp director Roxanne Dykstra. Also, Keith Berg and Jane Houlden from Dunster are visiting Smithers for Orchestra North and offered to play their alphorns at Crater Lake yesterday (Tuesday) for any community members willing to make the hike.

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July 01, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News