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Serial burglar guilty NW resource alliance meets By Cecile Favron Smithers/Interior News

The suspect in a break-in spree that unnerved Smithers and Telkwa residents last year entered a guilty plea in B.C. Supreme Court last week. Shane Vangrootheest, 27, pleaded guilty last Tuesday in Smithers to 21 charges of break and enter which occurred in November and December 2014; 30 other charges were stayed by the Crown. His arrest came after 25 households in the area reported that their residences had been broken in to and cash stolen

at many of the homes. Two months prior to the crime spree, Vangrootheest had completed parole for 17 break and enter charges dating back to 2010. He was arrested in Moricetown on Dec. 13 and has been held in custody in the Prince George correctional center since. In court last week, Judge J. Watchuk heard that Vangrootheest’s first confession was obtained by officers shortly after he was detained on Dec. 16. Court heard he suggested officers take him for a drive so that he could show them how and where the break and enters happened. See VANGROOTHEEST on A5

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Gathering to form an alliance to negotiate a revenue sharing deal with the provincial government, local government representatives held their first official meeting in Terrace Aug. 15. The meeting of the Northwest B.C. Resource Benefit Alliance (RBA) included 21 municipal and regional governments from Vanderhoof to the coast and set forth an action plan to secure an agreement with the B.C. government. “It’s important that we speak as one voice as an entire region, we are stronger together than we are as individual communities,” noted Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach. “The overall purpose of the RBA is to work towards some type of revenue-sharing agreement

TWO OFFICERS ASSAULTED Smithers RCMP officers were allegedly assaulted in two incidents.

LIBERALs choose layton Telkwa councillor Brad Layton jumps into the pool of candidates.

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with the province so that local communities have the resources to meet their infrastructure needs.” Municipal and regional governments have been struggling to get on top of the issue of deteriorating infrastructure in the region and are worried a liquefied natural gas or other resource industry boom could put more pressures on the system. “It’s not even about needing more infrastructure. Our consultants [found] — on a conservative basis — that we have a $500 million deficit in our RBA area. So that means that is how far behind we are at maintaining the infrastructure that we already have, let alone actually moving forward,” said RBA chair and Terrace councillor Stacey Tyres, citing that the area is just coming out of a 15-year recession. “I mean roads are crumbling, buildings in the city of Terrace are being fixed one wall at a time.” See MINERALS on A8

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A Smithers RCMP officer was treated in hospital for head and foot injuries after an altercation with a suspect who was allegedly trying to break down a locked door at a residence on Second Avenue. Officers were responding to a call from a female in the residence around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 when they encountered the man. Police allege the man charged, threw rocks, and spit at the officers — leaving one member with injuries which were treated at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. Forty-year-old Warren Allan Beattie is now facing charges of assaulting an officer, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, resisting arrest, uttering threats and mischief. Shortly after he was taken into custody, Beattie complained of back pain and breathing problems and was transported first to Bulkley Valley District Hospital and then to Vancouver General Hospital. He remains in hospital and in police custody after waiving his right to a bail hearing on Aug. 17. Beattie was on parole at the time of the alleged offences.

Telkwa has a vandalism problem, council heard last Monday. Fire chief Randy Cunningham first raised the issue of vandalism at Fire Hall One, but village council took it further and pointed out various instances of vandalism on stop signs and at the new soccer field. “This is my emphasis,” Mayor Darcy Repen said to council. “People here have to understand that if they’re not enforcing this with their own families or friends, they’re paying for it.” The issue was slipped into the agenda at the last

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Recreation affected by vandalism From VANDALISM on A2 Council wants to highlight the problem through various channels. They hope to put something to stir awareness on their website and in the village newsletter. “I think our next step is to really put the onus on the people in the community by making sure they understand the cost to the community. The cost both in dollar figures and lost recreational opportunities and potential hazards,” Mayor Repen said. Mayor Repen noted that vandalism at the soccer field has caused children to fall on exposed rock which have caused injuries. He appealed to the community to get offenders to stop. “You need to have some sense of responsibility for your own family and friends and people that you know in the community that might be doing these activities and you need to get them to stop.” As for the ruined grass at the fire hall, fire chief Cunningham will The torn up grass at the firehall and vandalism at the soccer field is a cost in start work after the Telkwa Barbecue dollars AND recreation opportunities said Mayor Darcy Repen. weekend, which is the busiest time in Xuyun Zeng photo Telkwa. “After that, we will probably flatten off the area or erect a snow fence to disallow vehicles from out what’s there and patch up what needs to be patched up entering the grass patch. and plant some grass seeds,” Cunningham said. “We can’t continue to let this sort of vandalism happen “So essentially it’s going to take the maintenance crew in a community that is trying to save money to spend on some more time and they’ve got other things to deal with, but essential infrastructure, and yet we have to keep repairing and they’ll get to it.” replacing street signs and fixing lawns,” Mayor Repen said. Council suggested Cunningham use stakes to cordon “It’s got to stop.”

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Layton promises to pay for Telkwa by-election if elected MP From LIBERAL on A4 Layton is just getting started with his bid for MP and he said that he does not plan to start campaigning full-time until later in September, following a typical 37-day campaign model. He plans to take a leave of absence from his councillor position when his campaign gets into full swing and, if elected, will pay for a by-election in Telkwa out of his own pocket. “I don’t want to stick the people of Telkwa with increased

taxes,” he explained. Incumbent New Democrat candidate Nathan Cullen and first-time Conservative candidate Tyler Nesbitt have recently opened campaign offices ahead of the election Oct. 19. The Christian Heritage Party was expected to announce Donald Spratt as their candidate Monday night in Smithers after party leader and past Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidate Rod Taylor chose to run in an Ottawa riding. The Green Party plans to announce their candidate by the end of this week.

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contact with homeowners, some of whom came home during the commission of the crime and once even skirted police as they drove up on scene. Some of the houses he admitted he entered had not reported a break in to police.

defence counsel Joseph McCarthy, citing that if his client does have aboriginal background then a Gladue report is It was those statements made from necessary before sentencing and might the backseat of the police car as they make the Crown rethink its position. drove around Smithers and Telkwa area A Gladue report has the judge take that implicated Vangrootheest in almost into consideration the adverse all of the cases. cultural impact factors faced by Forensic evidence, including many aboriginals. It has been case shoe impressions which matched “I have never encountered this law since a 1999 Supreme Court the type of sneakers Vangrootheest decision. was wearing when he was arrested situation before,” “The question of Mr. and DNA left at the scene, also tied him to many of the cases. -Defence attorney Joseph McCarthy on the Vangrootheest’s aboriginal status Court heard that Vangrootheest difficulty of determining Vangrootheest’s bodes fair to be complex. I have usually would only take cash from aboriginal status never encountered this situation before.” the residences and that he entered McCarthy said that he by cutting screens, kicking in understands his client’s doors, and using a screw driver to Crown counsel Nina Purewal stated grandfather on his mother’s side open windows. At other residences which did not lock their doors, Vangrootheest that the crimes had been fueled by drug was Tsimshian, but the Crown is addiction. not convinced that he can prove his told officers he just let himself in. Sentencing was scheduled to take aboriginal background. “The door was unlocked — enter at The judge adjourned proceedings your own risk — so you can’t really call place directly following the plea; that a B and E,” Crown counsel quoted however, after crown’s submission that to order a Gladue and pre-sentencing he receive the same 54-month sentence report be done on Vangrootheest before him as saying to the officers. One of the houses had been hit by he served for his 2010 crimes, questions sentencing continues and the Crown Vangrootheest’s aboriginal wraps up its case. A date for the resumed Vangrootheest three times over the about years and this time he had entered that background brought proceedings to a hearing will be set in September. Vangrootheest plans to address the particular residence through an unlocked halt. “In the rush of getting the plea in, we court before the sentencing hearing is door. He also told officers that he avoided didn’t think of this,” said Vangrootheest’s finished. Here at the Bulkley Valley Museum we are doing a spot of summer cleaning: we’re reassessing, reorganizing and repacking our catalogue of artifacts. ‘From the Back Room’ is a weekly column where we show off our most interesting or mysterious rediscoveries. Here is what we found this week... This week’s artifacts are two old pairs of skates. The first pair is made completely of metal with adjustable clamps that would attach to a regular shoe or boot – an interesting contrast to modern skates where an attached boot is a part of the design. Aside from a three leaf clover design cut into the sole of the skate, there are no distinguishing brand marks. As a result we have been unable to find any information about this type of skate. The second pair of skates – consisting of a wood platform and metal blade – is similarly attached to regular footwear, this time with the help of leather straps. We know considerably more about this pair of skates because of a blacksmith’s mark on the blade that reads: ‘G.S. Ruiter, Bolsward’.

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BACKYARD COMPOSTING KITS AVAILABLE! Would you like to enjoy the benefits of composting AND help reduce waste in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN)? This August, the RDBN has a limited number of composting kits available to residents in each community. The kits include an Earth Machine compost bin and a compost mixing tool at a subsidized price of $40 (an $80 value). Pre-purchase a kit by calling the RDBN at 1-800-320-3339. Present your receipt in order to receive a kit on the pick-up date. There are limited quantities, so be sure to contact us soon! Smithers and Telkwa Composting Kit Pick-up Details: Date(s) and Time(s): Saturday, Sept. 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Location: Bulkley Valley Farmers Market, Smithers BC Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

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Bolsward refers to a city in the Netherlands, located in the north-western province of Friesland. This province is known for its skating culture and these skates are an example of a particular style of skate called the Friesland speed skate. ‘G.S. Ruiter’ refers to the name Geert Stevens Ruiter, a successful skate manufacturer whose company produced skates from 1889 to 1970; this particular blacksmith mark places the skate manufacturing date somewhere between 1901 and 1940. The Ruiter brand was not only popular amongst the public but also amongst the Dutch royalty. These artifacts’ history are not only interesting in-and-of-themselves, they also highlight a strong link between Dutch culture and the sport of skating and - more importantly for us Smithereens - the strong influence Dutch culture has had on the development of Smithers. It is fascinating to contemplate the journey these skates must have made from Friesland to northern B.C. If you would like to hear more about our interesting finds, tune in to CICK 93.9 FM every Thursday at noon for our radio program “Objectify”. Come back next week for another interesting find from the back room! a project of the Sponsored by The Interior News


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half a century ago. Unfortunately, here in British Columbia over the last decade and a half, access to health care has been crumbling. I recently traveled with B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan to communities like Merritt, Ashcroft, Logan Lake, Kamloops, Quesnel and Prince George. People told us that they rely on walk-in clinics and emergency rooms for medical care because they can’t get a family doctor. They aren’t alone. At least a quarter million of British Columbians have no access to a family doctor. Care in these walkin clinics is limited — and many close their doors by noon after taking in a certain number of appointments. Throughout B.C., a lack of access to family doctors and nurse practitioners, crowded emergency rooms and hallway medicine have left many feeling

like our health care system isn’t delivering. It’s worse in small and rural communities where emergency rooms may be closed and residents can wait six weeks or more to see a doctor. Imagine how it feels to show up at the emergency room with a family member in need only to be greeted by a “closed” sign. This is the reality people in Logan Lake have been living with for the past 17 months. They can drive to Ashcroft 45 minutes away — only to find that the ER there is closed several days a week. Then they have get back on the highway and travel to Kamloops to find an open hospital over an hour away. When it comes to specialist care, not only do families outside of the Lower Mainland have to travel long distances to get the health care they need, they often have to pay the costs for medical travel out of pocket. If their child

needs tests that aren’t offered in the community they live in, they have to take time off work, then pay to travel and stay in another community. Families tell us this is a huge hardship when they already have tight budgets. What is even more frustrating is that the B.C. Liberals are wasting precious health care dollars while at the same time denying British Columbians health care where and when they need it. The Auditor General just released a report showing the B.C. Liberals have wasted $115 million dollars on another failed computer system. Instead of keeping emergency rooms open, hiring nurses and ensuring everyone has access to family doctors, the B.C. Liberals are throwing money away on failed computer systems. In total, the B.C. Liberals have spent almost a billion dollars

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Where’s the customer service heart? Editor: I grew up in Smithers and graduated high school in the sleepy town. We visit every summer and I enjoy spending at least an hour in Heartstrings during our trip. I visited the store on Aug. 15 and was very disappointed to be followed around the store the entire time, seemingly not as a customer service but to ensure I didn’t steal anything. Both my husband and I love to support local businesses and am very disappointed in my experience. I may be heavily tattooed but that doesn’t mean I am a criminal or that I don’t have money to spend. Just something they should keep in mind when judging their customers on looks alone.

Ditched Vehicle First responders arrived on the scene of a crash involving a black Ford Ranger Aug. 21 to find the vehicle empty and the back license plate missing. Police said that they could not tell the cause of the accident which happened just past Airport Road on Hwy 16 going east. Cecile Favron photo

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Furry children need to be taught manners too Editor: I appreciate that your dog is part of the family and when I come to your home, it’s their home too. But my family and I have allergies. There are also many around who plain just don’t like dogs, or

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are really afraid of them. So in public we expect to not have to deal with dogs running towards us, rubbing against us, wrapping around our legs. You can teach a dog good manners and you can follow the rules by having your dog on a leash. I cringe when an unleashed dog runs towards me and the owner shouts, “it’s OK, he’s friendly”. All I think is “great, friendly dog I won’t be able to get away from”. I have a hypoallergenic dog. Cutest little thing and the highlight of my day when I come home. She’s new to us, but middle aged for a dog. She wasn’t trained on the leash, so when I take her out I’m literally “teaching an old dog new tricks”. She’s come a long way and no longer runs away from the traffic, but when we pass dogs she thinks she should say something.

I’m teaching her not to bark and she’s getting the idea that if they’re not bothering her to just keep walking. However, when an unleashed dog comes by, they are in her area. She’s little and skittish of anything larger than she, which is most things. Another dog sniffing around her is just mayhem and undoes everything I’m trying to train her to do. No one would let their child interrupt a parent’s disciplining of their own child, your dog shouldn’t either. When you invite people to your house, it is your responsibility to ensure your children, furry or not, behave themselves. If you invite someone who has allergies or a fear of dogs, you need to be respectful of your guests. Don’t let your dog jump on them. As far as I know that’s considered rude for a dog to do anyway. Don’t let your dog rub on them and lick their hands. Introduce your dog, find

out the circumstances for that person and have your dog obey basic manners. Out in public, your child would not be allowed to run down the street greeting strangers, no matter how friendly your child is. Why should your furry child be allowed to do so? I avoid touching dogs, not because I don’t like them, but because, unless I wash immediately, my eyes will swell up and I will have trouble breathing. If dog hair or drool gets onto my clothes, I can’t go home and relax without contaminating everything with dander. When I get in my vehicle I’m making every trip for the next week a hazard. Please teach your furry children manners and be respectful of different types of people wherever you are. Laura Botten Telkwa Laura is an employee of The Interior News

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N ews Officer punched Minerals North talks resource in the head Smithers RCMP responded to approximately 180 calls for service from Aug. 10-17. Aug. 11 — Smithers RCMP received an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone where all that was heard was yelling. GPS location revealed the call came from the

Moricetown. The male began yelling obscenities and appeared to be both high on drugs and intoxicated by alcohol. The male was arrested for causing a disturbance, attempted to resist and during his flailing kicked the police officer. The female also allegedly punched the police officer in the back of the head.

Police Beat intersection of Kidd Rd. and Viewmount Rd. North. The owner of the cell phone was located and it was determined from witness statements that a domestic assault had occurred. The female victim was transported to the hospital and treated for a two inch gash on her forehead. The suspect was later located, arrested and held for a bail hearing. The police recommended charges of assault causing bodily harm and five counts of failing to comply with undertaking conditions. The accused was held to appear in court. Aug. 13 — A Smithers RCMP member was waved down by an intoxicated teenage male and a sober female in

Both individuals were arrested for obstruction and assaulting a police officer. The police officer suffered minor injuries. Charges are pending. Aug. 14 — At 1:44 a.m., Smithers RCMP received a report of an audible alarm at Apex Cleaning on Fulton Ave. The front and side doors were pried open and damaged. Nothing appeared to be either disturbed or stolen. Police are seeking public assistance with any information that may lead to suspects involved as this building has been targeted in the past. Released by Const. L.R. Stryde Smithers RCMP

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From ALLIANCE on Front The alliance was formed following Premier Christy Clark’s promise during the 2013 election campaign that the province would share forecasted revenue from the under-developed LNG industry. Since then, Clark has appointed a rural advisory board with one of its members being former Terrace mayor Dave Pernarowski. “The concrete goal [of RBA] is actually getting to negotiations within a three month time frame,” explained Tyres. “We’ll be meeting with Minister Fassbender and hopefully the Premier [in September] and hopefully we’ll be able to get some direction from them there that they intend to come back to the table.” Mayor Bachrach said that it is important that local governments have a say in addressing their own priorities should a large resource project go through in the region and effect local communities. “Certainly LNG projects — the pipelines in particular — would have an impact. We are already experiencing some of those impacts but nothing compared to what is projected,” he explained. Bachrach indicated that investment in the Smithers airport, maintaining roads and streets, and keeping the water and sewer system up to date and able to accommodate further growth is a top priority.

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Forty-nine forecasted resource projects in RBA’s geographical area are expected to generate $35 billion in revenue for the provincial government over the next 25 years. RBA plans to send out topics through local staff to be discussed at council and regional board tables in order to plan for how to proceed with their demands of the provincial government. Resource Talk Minerals North — a conference focused on the mining industry in the Northwest — is scheduled to keep the conversation about the region’s untapped industry potentials going when it comes to Smithers in May of next year. In a presentation to Smithers council Aug. 11, organizing chair of this year’s conference Danielle Smyth said that she hopes to bring the flavour of the Bulkley Valley to this year’s conference. “We are primarily planning to use the two arenas as our venues but we are

Fair Time Submitted by the BVX Entertainment at BV Exhibition It’s going to be a rockin’, toe-tapping, musical weekend at the BV Exhibition this year! Our headliners are a mix of born-and-bred Smithereens, returning local favourites, and new artists that are well-known across the country. Showing some of the best of our local talent, Thursday, August 27th, is our youth night! A band that started right here in the Bulkley Valley and the Hazeltons, The Racket has played to rave reviews all over the province. The Racket shot to stardom after winning a contest put on by Youthink Magazine, earning them the title “BC’s Best Teen Band of 2013’.

Following this award, they’ve headlined at Midsummer Music Festival, Kispiox Valley Music Festival, as well as Vancouver Island Music Festival. Raised in the rich festival scene of northern BC, The Racket know darn well how to spark energy and get a dance floor grooving! With a lot of songs revolving around social change, their goal to set the new age to a heavy downbeat! Opening for The Racket are two extremely talented local youth bands, Cabin Fever and Thee Night Bamm! All the country music lovers out there, get excited for Friday, August 28th! Our headliner of the night is Bobby Wills, CCMA and ACMA award-winning country artist from Calgary, who’s just “Crazy

going to find a place to bring delegates down Main Street and into the heart of our community and show off the beauty that Smithers is,” Smyth told council. The conference intends to incorporate local vendors, mining history through the Bulkley Valley Museum, and music in the downtown core. Mayor Bachrach also said that he hopes to bring delegates in town for the conference out to Telkwa as well. In their agreement with the Minerals North association, the Town of Smithers has the responsibility to ensure that the event is a financial success. “We do have contingency plans in place for both sceneries [surplus or deficit]. In the past the fundraising has been very successful and the sponsors have been very generous so we’re optimistic,” said Bachrach. The Minerals North Association said that no conference in recent years has run a deficit. In Partnership with:

Enough” to play at the Fall Fair! Wills took an intriguing road to music – as a baby, he was adopted by a Calgary family, and didn’t realize his aptitude for music until a trip to Australia, during an open mic night when he amazed a crowd! After that, he connected with his biological mother and found a musical streak a mile wide that ran through his biological family. This solidified Wills’ love of music and his ambition to pursue it on a professional level.

Opening for Bobby Wills is Ryan Hovland, singer-songwriter from Terrace, who is bringing his new band to the BVX, and Appaloosa, a returning local favourite, here for another evening of fun, dancing and great music! Saturday, August 29th is homegrown heroes, an evening filled with born-and-bred Smithereens. Kicking off the night is Hillbilly Scrabble, some of the Valley’s finest musicians playing old-time, swing and rockabilly! Theresa Pasaluko is coming up from Victoria with her band The Great Yonder. Having honed a sound that blends roots, rock and soul with a taste of the blues, she currently draws inspiration from her home of Victoria. Closing the night is Mark Perry & Northwest. Mark needs no introduction at home in Smithers – he has played at festivals, coffee houses, theatres and bars here and across western Canada. He writes about hockey games on frozen lakes, plane crashes, bank robberies, towns dying, towns being born, laughs, tragedies and the people that come with them. While achieving recognition across the country, Mark still lives in Smithers, where he was born. The BV Exhibition is extremely excited to have musicians of this calibre headlining the stage this year, so see you at the Fair!


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Mountain bike park opens officially after touch-ups By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Mountain bikers have a new location to practise their skills. The Smithers Mountain Bike Association officially opened the Smithers Bike Park, a mountain bike skills park on Railway Avenue. While the park was unofficially opened earlier this summer, the Association needed to put in some final touches before Sunday’s grand opening. “There were some areas that were still soft. The dirt hadn’t settled up, and we needed to shape the jumps,” Association vicepresident Kirk Normand said. “And now it’s all set, and good to go.” The Association built the park with grant money and donations of equipment, labour and materials.

“We have an estimate of about $90,000 to $100,000, but a lot of that was donated,” Normand said about the construction costs. Northern Development contributed $25,000 with the goal of improving communities in the North through its Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program. “Bike parks like this are right in the bullseye of that program,” economic development director Dean McKinley said. So this is another great example of a community facility that really helps to build the sport of mountain biking. McKinley said that Northern Development has also approved funding for bike parks in other Northern locations such as Burns Lake, Quesnel and Williams Lake.

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“We’re trying to build a stronger North. We’re trying to make funding contributions to help everyone in Northern B.C. thrive,” McKinley said. Indeed, Normand has seen quite a variety of mountain bikers use the park. “We’re hoping that anybody who lives in town is just gonna come use the park and take some ownership in it,” Normand said. “I see kids as young as two or three in here, right up to veryseasoned adults.” The park has a starting ramp atop the hill, and has three main trails of varying banks, curves, drops and jumps. “If you’re new to the sport or the activity, you can definitely find something that is not as intimidating,” Normand said. “And then as you Mayor Taylor Bachrach and Kirk Normand, vice-president of the Smithers Mountain progress as an athlete you Bike Association, cut the ribbon to officially open the Smithers Bike Park. Xuyun Zeng photo can step up.”

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S PORTS Pacific Coast Soccer League northern division proposed

By Jackie Lieuwen Black Press

A Northwest soccer enthusiast wants to start a professional development soccer league in the area. Lawrence Shanoss, from Gitsegukla and now living in Terrace, wants 10 adult men’s and 10 women’s soccer teams from Prince Rupert to Smithers to be part of the new league. The league would be a northern division of the Pacific Coast Soccer League, an outdoor adult league based in southern B.C. that develops players for provincial, national and major league teams.  “This is my dream. I’ve always been a sports enthusiast,” Shanoss said.  “I just love the young people, and that’s who I am doing this for ... we have so much talent in this region.”  Shanoss wants to meet this September with community leaders and soccer-program heads in the region, and then kick off the league in April 2016.  League president David Collard says the league is eager to expand into the North, but needs teams to officially apply by December. “We are in a position to move really quickly once we have this commitment from the northern

region,” Collard said. He says the league needs a minimum of six committed men’s and six women’s teams of players between the ages of 18-23 in order to launch a northern division. Danu Craig, the Haisla Nation’s recreation coordinator and a Terrace resident, said a northern division of the southern soccer league would give TYSA players a chance to further develop their skills. “I feel there is definitely enough men to put a team together for this league ... I’d play for it. My friends would,” Craig said, adding that soccer has been growing in popularity in the region. If organized, northern division teams would play 18 games from April to August. Then the top three men’s and women’s teams would travel south to play top southern teams for respective league cups. Shanoss says that long-term, he hopes to use the league as a platform to apply for grants for improved playing fields in the region. His ultimate goal is to raise enough money to build a 2,600-seat soccer stadium in Terrace. “It would be wonderful for that region,” Shanoss said. 

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Three-on-three basketball

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Basketball BC is bringing their three-on-three basketball tournament and head coach to Smithers to promote basketball excellence. The tournament, which is part of their Summer Slam Series, is open to youth age 11 and up as well as adults. “It is a different atmosphere than the five-on-five,” said event organizer Stephanie Rudnisky. “Three-on-three is shorter games, more touches on the ball — it is more of a fun street ball kind of feel.” Rudnisky said that Basketball BC wanted to bring the tournament, which is usually held in Greater Vancouver or the Okanagan, to more places around the province. “We need to service the rest of the province and so Smithers was as good of a place as any to start,” she said. “We’ve had a really good

relationship with the Steve Nash basketball group there.” In conjunction with the tournament, Basketball BC’s head coach Shaun McGuinness is accompanying organizers to hold a series of coaching clinics. “We’re going to bring some coaching expertise and get this tournament running and hopefully this tournament will become an annual thing,” Rudnisky said. Teams will begin by playing a round-robin bout and then will be seeded into a tournament bracket with prizes available for the winning teams in each division. Registration for the clinics and the tournament is now open, but Rudnisky said they need at least four teams in each division for it to be successful. “Registration is kind of low so we are really hoping to get some teams signed up,” she said. “We really want this to be a successful event.” The coaching clinics will start on the evening of Sept. 11 and will be ongoing as the two-day tournament kicks off on the 12th.

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South Hazelton’s Regan Yee wins two golds with meet records and personal bests in the 1500 metre and 2000 metre steeplechase at the Western Canada Games Aug. 10 in Wood Buffalo, AB. Her proud former coach Neal Currie said her time of 6:34.90 is the fourth fastest time ever run by a Canadian.

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To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email laura@interior-news.com. More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at www.interior-news.com. Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone. Community BBQ Lunch Friday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bovill Square. Nathan Cullen and the BV Museum host a by-donation BBQ lunch. All proceeds go the the Museum. Club’s Day Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to noon at Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club. An opportunity to register children and youth for local sports and recreation opportunities in Smithers. Contact the Town to book your free table. Kidney Walk 2015 Sunday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Allen Park New Hazelton. Come out and volunteer. Barbara Valentine 604-736-9775 ext. 228, barbarav@kidney.bc.ca. Dementia Dialogue: Warning Signs and Diagnosis Monday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Bulkley Lodge. Each session is an opportunity to learn about a different caregiving topic followed by a guided discussion. Learn to play Bridge with Dennis Lee. Lessons start Tuesday, Nov. 3, every Tuesday and Thursday evenings during November. Call Jane 847-3738 or Jeannette 847-9713 for more details. BV Farmer’s Market New Hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Corner of Main St and Hwy 16. May 9 to September 26.

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Smithers golfer Adam Veenstra, 17, swung his way to a strong finish in Pendleton, Ore Aug. 10-14. The PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Championship challenged Adam but he made it through to the Round of 16, just three stages below from the finals, and he says that got him a lot of attention from American colleges and universities hoping to recruit up-and-coming golfers. “I would put it as my best performance I’ve had in junior golf just considering how strong the competition was,” Adam said. “It was pretty unbelievable and for me to come top in the top 16.” “I was pretty satisfied with that.” The Championship had a unique structure split between “stroke play” and “match play”. The stroke play was a 36-hole, score-ranked golf tournament where the best 32 players were picked from and allowed to advance to match play. “Every player in the tournament’s goal is to get into the match play event,” Adam said. “Coming into the tournament, I figured that if I played smart and didn’t really take any risks, I would most likely get into the match play event.” Adam further revealed that

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playing in this tournament challenged him because it was nearly 40 C every day and in the match play segment, he had to play two full games each day. Adam usually plays one tournament a year in America because it costs him a lot, but he finds showing up there opens new opportunities. “I find in the States, at the tournaments, you get a lot more college coaches coming out to watch.” Adam said. “In Canada the golf programs aren’t quite as strong, so you don’t have as many coaches coming down.” “So it’s always a good opportunity to go down to the States and expose yourself to them.” Adam has caught the eye of many coaches and he will head down to tour some of the college and university campuses in the future. “It’s exciting. I think going to university you can develop and get a lot better as a player,” Adam said. “Lots of guys go into university, as good players, which I could consider myself, and come out as a great player.” “So it’s nice to go to university and try to develop with all the coaching and all the technology they have there to make you better.

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Upgrades keep a historic hall in great shape By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

For volunteers who repaired the Glenwood Hall roof in June, it seemed like even the weather was lending a helping hand. The first drop of rain didn’t fall until the last piece of roofing was being put down. “We started in the morning and the forecast was grey and everybody was saying ‘it’s going to rain, why even do it’,” said Hall board member Mark Perry. “Honestly we were putting on the last piece of roofing on the main roof ... and it started to rain just barely.” A group of about 20 volunteers repaired the entire roof of the 65-year-old country hall in one day. A combination of Hall reserve funds and donations paid for the repairs, which were needed to fix water leaks and to protect the rest of the building structure. See HALL on A16

Volunteers banded together to repair the Glenwood Hall roof in one day in June.

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New hire could reduce eye surgery waits By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Delays of more than a year to see an eye surgeon could be reduced after Northern Health confirmed it is recruiting a second ophthalmologist to northwest B.C. Optometrists say appointments with the region’s only eye surgeon, Terrace-based Dr. Thomas Nagy, are currently backed up until May 2017. Earlier this year Smithers optometrists raised concerns about long delays for patients after Dr. Nagy had to go on medical leave for several months. Waiting times for consultations were already longer than one year before his absence.

FYidoctors Smithers optometrist Dr. Barry Lester said at the time patients were being sent to the Prince George hospital emergency room to access an on-call ophthalmologist. Local physicians were also being forced to treat conditions that were beyond their expertise, he said. Northern Health is currently looking for a second ophthalmologist to join Dr. Nagy, who is returning to work in Terrace. “We are currently recruiting another ophthalmologist to Terrace to help increase capacity, something we know is important with an aging population,” said spokesperson Jonathon

Dyck. “We are confident that we will be able to recruit in a timely manner, and will update the community as information becomes available.” Dyck said work was also underway to increase operating room space for ophthalmologists at the Prince George Surgical Centre, where cataract surgery delays are also long. “This is the first time we have done this in the Northern Health region, although it is a common practice in other health authorities,” said Dyck. “We recognize that the ophthalmologists in Prince George have varying wait times and that finding additional support to deliver this service will help

improve access to care. “It is our hope to have the service up and running by the fall.” Dr. Lester said the recruitment of a second eye surgeon in Terrace was a step in the right direction but more increases to the service would be needed to meet future demand. “It will make a difference, I think it will lighten that load but that load is not going to go down,” said Dr. Lester. “The reality is we are an older population with more eye disease so we need to be upscaling anyway.” He predicted it would take about a year after the new ophthalmologist started work before waiting times were reduced. In the meantime, Dr. Lester predicted patients

who could afford it would travel for a consultation in Vancouver, where he said wait times were as low as two months. “I think what you’re going to find is people are going to say ‘I’m not going to wait that long I’m going to go somewhere else’ and so the people who can afford to will travel and the people who can’t will just have to wait two years, which is tough,” he said. Prince Rupert optometrist Dr. Michael Barlow said his patients were also travelling to Vancouver if they could afford it. He estimated the cost of travel and private surgery was between $3,000 and $4,000. Dr. Barlow is part of a push to establish a second

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surgery centre at the hospital in Prince Rupert. With an extra $280,000 worth of equipment to enable cataract surgeries, he said the hospital could host three locum ophthalmologists for a few days every month. Northern Health said it planned to continue cataract surgeries in Terrace. “As with any service, we will review the need and availability of services to determine if it can be expanded,” he said. “We work on a regional model, and at this time ophthalmological services are available in Terrace, Prince George, and Fort St. John. “A regional approach also helps with the sustainability of the service.”


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community project,” he said. “A lot of really good people came together, worked through it.

Perry said roof was repaired in record time. “It was a real feel-good

“It was kind of crazy to see that roof just change colour ... the whole thing in one day, it was just a really neat thing.”

The roof repairs were among $180,000 worth of renovations completed at the hall this year. The hall is still fundraising for more

renovations. Donations can be made to the Hall Renovations account at Bulkley Valley Credit Union.

By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Staff shortages are responsible for a series of early closures at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital laboratory in July and August. The facility closed three hours early over seven days in July and August due to shortterm staff shortages. Northern Health spokesperson Jonathon Dyck said the hospital was short one full-time equivalent position in the lab. Combined with other vacation and personal leave, he said the hospital was unable to cover the laboratory’s scheduled hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused some people seeking routine blood work and want to reassure the public the lab is still available for service,” said Dyck. “The lab is currently experiencing short-term staffing shortages due to vacations and personal leaves. “We want to ensure our staff receive appropriate time off, whether planned vacation or potential unexpected personal leaves, as otherwise it can lead to recruitment and retention challenges.” He said no early closures were planned in the future. “If a situation does arise, we will share potential early closures with a notice at the hospital and to other medical professionals,” said Dyck. “If members of the public have questions about the hours of operation, they are encouraged to call the laboratory for more information.” The laboratory can be contacted at 250847-6213.

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Smithers conservation officer Kevin Nixon once got a phone call about a bear sniffing at the back door of a Main Street restaurant. It was the first report he received about the bear before it followed its nose to the food smells wafting from the local eatery. Somehow, the wild animal had walked through the centre of town without anybody noticing it. According to Nixon, cases like these highlight the fact that bears can be found anywhere in Smithers. For this reason, the Ministry of Environment worker said residents of urban and rural areas alike need to take precautions to avoid attracting the bears to their homes. A group of volunteers will this month hit the streets of Smithers to survey and educate residents about how to avoid attracting bears to their homes. Nixon said the results of a similar survey in Telkwa last year exposed a “shocking” lack of awareness, highlighting a need for more education. He said the main problems were people putting out their garbage the night before pick-up and leaving apple trees overflowing with fruit. He said many people were unaware

their activities could attract bears, particularly in urban parts of Smithers. “We have these hidden green belts in town,” he said. “There’s a small green belt right behind the hospital, believe it or not we have bears in there all the time. “They will rummage around that neighbourhood and they will find garbage and they will bring it back to the green belt.” Six volunteers will conduct the upcoming survey in Smithers, which is part of the WildSafe BC program aimed at reducing human and wildlife conflict. Nixon said there would always be bears in the community but educating the public about safety precautions would help prevent dangerous encounters. “Once the bear is conditioned to human food it is very difficult for us to have to deal with,” he said. “Nine times out of 10 we are going to have to destroy it because it gets to be more and more bold as they get more and more conditioned to human food, thus creating a very dangerous situation.” He said bear activity in Smithers had been low in 2015 compared with last year, which Nixon said was one of the worst he had seen. He attributed the change to bumper berry crops keeping the bears well-fed. For more information about bear safety visit wildsafebc.com. Bear sightings can be reported to 1-877-952-7279.

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Groundbreakers, a local food security group, held their third annual kids camp last week teaching youngsters about the healthy benefits of growing and cooking fresh food. “What we do for the whole week is we harvest the garden,” explained organizer Helene Fleury. “It’s local, you know it’s the 10-metre

diet,” she laughed. The Muheim School Garden is planted by elementary students each spring and then tended to by Groundbreaker Crystal Nelligan. The camp teaches the kids where their food comes and organizes activities around the garden. It is a skill and a pastime that Fleury hopes they can pass on to other community members. “I’d really like to recruit seniors so we can have a multigenerational garden,” she said.

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Questions: David Bowering 250-6419284 or Josette Wier 250-847-8743. Closing with: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” —Steve Jobs.

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Donald Trump would get the juices flowing old issues will not change many votes. If the truth be known I have an idea fewer people will vote this time. I too know how I will vote. I lean to the left and have so far not heard a single argument surfaced that would make me lean the other way. Still time I suppose. When all is said and done try to muster the strength in October to make your vote count. Some of the leaders by then just might inspire us. Thanks for the calls this week. They came to 250-846-5095. Email to mallory@ bulkley.net.


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oast Mountains Board of Education School District 82

SCHOOL OPENING - SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 For the communities of Hazelton & Kitwanga

WELCOME BACK!

On behalf of the Coast Mountains School District, I would like to welcome the school community to the 2015-2016 school year. We are looking forward to working with all of you this year on behalf of Coast Mountains learners, and continue to make progress towards our district goals.

SHARED VISION “Coast Mountains School District shall become a high performance rural school district”

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL SCHOOLS (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE NORTHWEST TRADES & EMPLOYMENT TRAINING CENTRE) WILL BE

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 1 & 2, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kindergarten pupils are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school. Pupils not preregistered should register on the above-mentioned registration dates.

DISTRICT GOALS • • • •

To raise literacy levels in district elementary schools. To increase success and graduation rates for all learners. To challenge and engage all students, while increasing their ability to be socially responsible. To support staff and student growth through professional learning, networking and the sharing of wise practices.

DISTRICT SCHOOLS WILL OPEN ON TUESDAY,

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 FOR ALL STUDENTS

I look forward to continue leading the way to turn these goals into reality, and I hope you will all join the Board of Education, School District 82 staff and myself in this quest for successful learning. If you require information on which school your child should attend, please call 250.638.4401 or 1.855.635.4931, local 4401 or visit our web site at www.cmsd.bc.ca. Sincerely, Katherine McIntosh Superintendent of Schools

(EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN) AT THE TIMES LISTED BELOW

Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours.

Regular school hours and bus runs will commence

SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS To allow for familiarization of kindergarten students to the school and the classroom, they are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school. Coast Mountains Board of Education encourages parents to ensure that children have measles immunization prior to entering school and requests that proof of measles immunization or a doctor’s certificate that a child has had measles be presented to the school at the time of registration.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL

Hazelton/Kitwanga

Kitwanga Elementary Ms. Jaclyn Wells Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary Ms. Cindy Sousa New Hazelton Elementary Ms. Alison Campbell

PHONE #

START TIME

250-849-5484 250-842-5313 250-842-5777

9:05 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO REGISTER IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PRIOR TO SCHOOL OPENING MAY EXPERIENCE A DELAY IN BEING ASSIGNED TO CLASS

BUSING: All areas: Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested: 1) Contact your School Principal, 2) Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at (250) 635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out-of-town.

SCHOOL

Hazelton

Hazelton Secondary

PRINCIPAL

PHONE #

START TIME

Mr. Mark Newbery

250-842-5214

8:45 a.m.

WARNING BELLS ARE USUALLY 5 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE SCHOOL START TIME.

“Coast Mountains School District shall become a high performance rural school district” Visit our web site at www.cmsd.bc.ca


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oast Mountains Board of Education School District 82

2015-2016

Regular school hours and bus runs will commence

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

SCHOOL BUS ROUTE SCHEDULE THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO REVISIONS – BUS TIMES AS SHOWN MAY VARY SLIGHTLY DUE TO WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS

BUS ROUTE #20 (Red)

KITWANGA/GITANYOW/GITWANGAK KITWANGA ELEMENTARY STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING RUSH 7:56 SCHOOL CORNER 8:02 HEALTH CENTRE 8:06 KITWANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8:25 BARCALOW ROAD 8:25 DOLL ROAD 8:26 KITWANGA ROAD WEST / C-GED FOREST PRODUCT ROAD 8:27 CEDARVALE BACK ROAD 8:28 BRIDGE STREET 8:29 TOTEM POLES 8:30 RIVER BANK 8:31 SKEENA TRADING 8:34 SUBDIVISION #1 8:38 SUBDIVISION #2 8:41 HWY 37 / KITWANGA NORTH 8:46 KITWANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8:50 AFTERNOON KITWANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2:58 HWY 37 / KITWANGA NORTH 3:02 BARCALOW ROAD 3:06 DOLL ROAD 3:07 SUBDIVISION #2 3:11 SUBDIVISION #1 3:13 FIRE HALL 3:15 CEDARVALE BACK ROAD 3:16 BRIDGE STREET 3:17 TOTEM POLES 3:18 RIVER BANK 3:19 SKEENA TRADING 3:20 KITWANGA ROAD WEST / C-GED FOREST PRODUCT ROAD 3:26 KITWANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3:32 RUSH 3:51 SCHOOL CORNER 3:57 HEALTH CENTRE 4:01 KITWANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM) 4:11 SUBDIVISION #2 4:12 SUBDIVISION #1 4:14 SKEENA TRADING 4:16

BUS ROUTE #21 (Yellow)

SUSKWA/NEW HAZELTON HAZELTON SECONDARY/ MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY (P.M.)/ NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING SUSKWA FOREST ROAD (4 KM) 7:57 MORICETOWN-SUSKWA FOREST ROAD (1 KM) 7:59 5839 HIGHWAY 16 EAST 8:12 ROBBERS ROOST 8:18 NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8:22 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:36 AFTERNOON MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2:53 BIRCH GROVE 3:02 SWANELL DRIVE 3:04 TWO MILE CEMETERY 3:11 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:16 6TH AVENUE 3:25 NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DROP OFF ONLY) 3:27 ROBBERS ROOST 3:32 5839 HIGHWAY 16 EAST 3:38 MORICETOWN-SUSKWA FOREST ROAD (1 KM) 3:51 SUSKAW FOREST ROAD (4 KM) 3:52 FORSYTHE 3:56

BUS ROUTE #22 (Green)

NORTH SKEENA HAZELTON SECONDARY/ NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY (A.M.) / MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING KITWANGA BACK ROAD TURN-AROUND 7:26 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 7:48 SAXON TURN-AROUND 7:58 SIX MILE ROAD (1.9 KM) 8:04 SUNNYSIDE AVENUE 8:06 TWO MILE PARK 8:07 CORDOVA STREET 8:08 SILVER STD. SCHOOL 8:11 BRLISIC 8:15 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:19 NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8:37 MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY 8:47 SCHOOL AFTERNOON MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3:01 PINE CRESCENT 3:09 COTTONWOOD / POPLAR ST. 3:11 WIGGINS WAY 3:13 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:21 BRLISIC (ONLY IN WINTER) 3:23 CORDOVA STREET 3:24 SILVER STD. SCHOOL 3:25 HAZELTON ST./3RD AVENUE 3:27 TWO MILE PARK 3:29 SUNNYSIDE AVENUE 3:30 BAZAK 3:32 KITWANGA BACK ROAD (5.5 KM) 4:14 KITWANGA BACK ROAD (9 KM) 4:19 KITWANGA BACK ROAD (9.9 KM) 4:20

BUS ROUTE #23 (Orange)

GITANYOW/KITWANGA/GITWANGAK SR. HAZELTON SECONDARY STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING GITANYOW BAND OFFICE 7:20 GITANYOW SCHOOL 7:23 3RD / 4TH STREET 7:26 SHORT ROAD 7:42 GENERAL STORE 7:44 KITWANGA ROAD - NORTH BOTTOM 7:46 DOLL ROAD 7:48 FIRE HALL (MEET RUN #25 FOR POSSIBLE OVERLOADS) 7:50 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:35 AFTERNOON HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:13 FIREHALL (RUN #25 OVERLOAD 4:02 DROP OFF IF NEEDED) DOLL ROAD 4:05 KITWANGA ROAD - NORTH BOTTOM 4:08 GENERAL STORE 4:09 KITWANGA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM) 4:11 SHORT ROAD 4:12 GITANYOW BAND OFFICE 4:37 GITANYOW SCHOOL 4:40 3RD / 4TH STREET 4:42

BUS ROUTE #24 (Blue)

SOUTH HAZELTON / NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY/ HAZELTON SECONDARY STOP LOCATION MORNING VANCOUVER STREET RICHMOND ROAD POWELL AVENUE WEST AVENUE SOUTH HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BREWSTER STREET PULL-OUT NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL HAGWILGET BAND OFFICE 6TH AVENUE 7TH AVENUE NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTERNOON NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 7TH AVENUE 6TH AVENUE CORDOVA STREET UPPER TWO MILE CEMETERY HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL BREWSTER STREET VANCOUVER STREET SOUTH HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST AVENUE POWELL AVENUE RICHMOND ROAD RICHMOND FRONTAGE ROAD BREWSTER STREET

TIME 8:07 8:12 8:13 8:14 8:16 8:22 8:25 8:40 8:45 8:48 8:49 8:50

2:59 3:08 3:09 3:15 3:17 3:24 3:35 3:36 3:41 3:43 3:45 3:46 3:51 3:54

BUS ROUTE #25 (Purple)

GITSEGUKLA/GITWANGAK SR. HAZELTON SECONDARY/ NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY (A.M.) STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING BALL FIELD 7:38 SKEENA TRADING 7:40 FIRE HALL 7:42 EAST BRIDGE STREET 7:44 SEYMOUR STREET / CASCADE AVENUE 8:01 OVERPASS SOUTHSIDE 8:03 NORTH BOUNDARY ROAD 8:13 NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8:33 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:40 AFTERNOON HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:20 SEYMOUR STREET / CASCADE AVENUE 3:41 EAST BRIDGE STREET 4:00 FIRE HALL 4:02 SKEENA TRADING 4:04 BALL FIELD 4:06

BUS ROUTE #26 (Pink)

KISPIOX WEST HAZELTON SECONDARY/ NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY STOP LOCATION MORNING EAGLE ROAD EAST EAGLE ROAD WEST SPRUCE STREET POPLAR STREET LAX SEEL ST. / LAX GIBUU ST. FRITZ AVE. / LAX GIBUU ST. KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD / SIM GII GYAT AVENUE HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL (WAIT FOR RUN #22) NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOUTH HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTERNOON NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD / SIM GII GYAT AVENUE FRITZ AVE. / LAX GIBUU ST. LAX SEEL ST. / LAX GIBUU ST. KISPIOX GAS BAR SPRUCE STREET EAGLE DRIVE WEST EAGLE DRIVE EAST

TIME 7:54 7:55 7:57 7:58 8:00 8:02 8:03 8:23 8:30 8:40 8:50

3:04 3:21 3:30 3:36 3:38 3:39 3:41 3:42 3:44

BUS ROUTE #27 (Grey)

GLEN VOWELL/HAGWILGET HAZELTON SECONDARY/ MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING GLEN VOWELL RIVER INTERSECTION 8:04 GLEN VOWELL SHELTER (TURN-AROUND) 8:07 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:19 HAGWILGET BAND OFFICE 8:32 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:40 MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY 8:45 SCHOOL AFTERNOON MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3:04 GLEN VOWELL SHELTER 3:19 GLEN VOWELL RIVER INTERSECTION 3:21 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:33 HAGWILGET BAND OFFICE 3:42 GLEN VOWELL SHELTER 4:03 GLEN VOWELL RIVER INTERSECTION 4:05

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BUS ROUTE #28 (Brown)

GITSEGUKLA/HAGWILGET HAZELTON SECONDARY/ NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY (P.M.) MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY (A.M.) STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING BED & BREAKFAST 7:23 STEVE’S MECHANICAL 7:23 HOMESTEADER 7:25 27107 HIGHWAY 16 WEST 7:26 SEYMOUR STREET / CASCADE AVENUE 7:41 OVERPASS SOUTHSIDE 7:43 MAIL BOXES 7:44 NORTH BOUNDARY ROAD 7:53 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:23 FIRST NATIONS SCHOOL 8:28 MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY 8:31 SCHOOL HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:40 AFTERNOON NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY 3:04 SCHOOL HAGWILGET BAND OFFICE 3:11 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:21 BED & BREAKFAST 3:31 STEVE’S MECHANICAL 3:31 HOMESTEADER 3:32 27107 HIGHWAY 16 WEST 3:32 SEYMOUR STREET / CASCADE AVENUE 3:51 OVERPASS SOUTHSIDE 3:53 MAIL BOXES 3:55 NORTH BOUNDARY ROAD 4:00

BUS ROUTE #29 (White)

KISPIOX/UPPER KISPIOX/SWAN ROAD HAZELTON SECONDARY/ MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY (A.M.) STOP LOCATION TIME MORNING 556 POPLAR PARK ROAD 7:23 394 POPLAR PARK ROAD 7:25 288 POPLAR PARK ROAD 7:27 POPLAR PARK / KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD (STOP SIGN) 7:36 KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD (24 KM) 7:46 2192 KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD (MAIL BOXES) 7:50 1980 KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD 7:53 HAGEN TURN-AROUND 7:58 HAGEN - SWAN ROAD 8:01 SPRUCE SREET - KISPIOX 8:12 LAX SE’EL STREET / FRITZ AVENUE 8:14 1018 KISPIOX ROAD (POLE #115) 8:19 HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 8:38 WIGGINS WAY 8:39 POPLAR GROVE 8:43 SPRUCE STREET - GITANMAAX 8:44 MAJAGALEEHL GALI AKS ELEMENTARY 8:48 SCHOOL AFTERNOON HAZELTON SECONDARY SCHOOL 3:26 1018 KISPIOX ROAD (POLE #115) 3:36 LAX SE’EL STREET / FRITZ AVENUE 3:49 SPRUCE STREET - KISPIOX 3:51 HAGEN - SWAN ROAD 4:00 HAGEN TURN-AROUND 4:03 1980 KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD 4:06 2192 KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD (MAIL BOXES) 4:09 KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD (24 KM) 4:12 288 POPLAR PARK ROAD 4:22 394 POPLAR PARK ROAD 4:24 556 POPLAR PARK ROAD 4:28 POPLAR PARK / KISPIOX VALLEY ROAD (STOP SIGN) 4:54

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Cuba and local bandmates play Hollywood Bowl raised in Smithers, have been playing with Cuba by the professionalism of the place and how the on and off since the musician moved to Smithers backstage crew made it a surprisingly cosy place to to start a family more than a decade ago. play. Since then, the young instrumentalists have “When you walk there in the daytime and you realize completed degrees in music and now are getting how big the amphitheatre is you’re not expecting any a chance to accompany Cuba to gigs around of those things. You think that it is going to sound North America. massive and scary but they made it very approachable,” “It was massive, there was a lot of people he explained. clapping and listening intently — that was the And Olmstead took in the whole experience largest listening crowd I’ve played for, for sure,” alongside him, Jenne noted. Jenne said of the Hollyood gig. “For Ian this was definitely the biggest thing he’s “We expected to be an opener and get some done. So professionally that it was almost overly stoic, nice applause and whatever, but people were it was the face of a stone cold killer. He did great, he really excited. was there, he was present,” he said. “The first night people seemed into it. And The pair have no set plans for the next time they will the second night we got a standing ovation. play with Cuba, but they all live in Smithers so their People were really pretty [another enthusiastic next collaboration is likely not far away. expletive] pumped on what he does and that was “Reuniting with old friends is always fun, so I think nice, we didn’t expect that,” Jenne continued. that [Cuba] is happy to have old friends again in the The band’s high profile gig got rave band,” Jenne said. reviews from local publications such as the Los Angeles Beat which said, “it was hard to tell how many were there for Cuba and how many were there for Sheryl Jose Sanchez (left to right), Jake Jenne, Alex Cuba and Ian Crow.” Olmstead before a show in Toronto last month. Jenne said that he Facebook photo has played festivals By Cecile Favron before, but the show in Smithers/Interior News L.A. was something special, and for Olmstead this was absolutely the biggest thing Nestled against the backdrop of the Hollywood he’d done so far. Hills, another landmark in Los Angeles — the “That venue has so much Hollywood Bowl amphitheatre — played host to two history and so many special Smithers-raised musicians Aug. 7 who got the chance kind of vibes going through of a lifetime to play to an audience of almost 18,000 it,” said Jenne. fans. “You always say yes to a “It’s the big [enthusiastic expletive for deal], it’s a gig at the Hollywood Bowl. Mémère Diane Frechette browses books at the Smithers Library’s Fabuhuge opportunity, it’s an honour,” said Jake Jenne, who The fact that I get to play lous French Book Festival Friday with granddaughter Charlotte Huscroft, accompanied Afro-Cuban Grammy Award-winning it before I turn 30 — pretty 12 months, and daughter Léa-Marie Bowes-Lyon (right). Association des musician Alex Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. [unpublishable enthusiasm] Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest will be back at the library where they opened for Sheryl Crow. cool.” Sept. 26 with bilingual story performer Anne Glover. Chris Gareau photo He and bandmate Ian Olmstead, both born and He said he was surprised

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Sea Cadets Petty Officers 1st Class Spencer Storie and Dylan Cramer arrive home after seven weeks away sharpening their skills as sailors. They hope to sail for B.C. next year at the Sea Cadet National Sailing Regata.

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By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Two visibly tanned and tired Sea Cadets emerged from the airport terminal’s doors Sunday, finally home after seven weeks away. Petty Officers 1st Class Spencer Storie and Dylan Cramer just went through gruelling training down in Comox, B.C. and worked as part of British Columbia’s team at the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet National Sailing Regatta in Kingston, Ont. They walked into the airport terminal dressed in a cadet tunic and gun shirt respectively, as family members greeted them. For the two Smithereens, this opportunity stands as the harbinger of something bigger. “For up-and-coming sailors to go in the nationals team, what usually happens is they see that we have potential to go to the nationals teams, and they want us to go see what it’s like and what’s going to be happening and what we’re going to be looking forward to in the future,” Storie

said. While Storie and Cramer did not sail this time, they participated as staff, which meant they did the grunt work at the Kingston Yatch Club while observing the racing sailboats’ tactics and techniques. “We’d drive down there and we’d set up our little maintenance area,” Storie said. “So if any boats needed repairs or anything, we could do that.” At mid-morning, the sailboats would go out. “We have to help the 150 Lasers out, and we have to push them out and all that, and we got to help the Finns, then we have to help the 420s,” Cramer said. “After that, some days, we are able to go out since we need to be experiencing what’s happening for this year, they let us on the boats to go watch the races.” The sailboats would come back in at the end of the day, when Storie and Cramer would do the reverse routine while checking for damage. Crucially, every minute Storie and Cramer spend at sailing events is an attempt to build up their racing acumen in hopes that they make it to the nationals

next year. “Racing sailboats competitively — there’s a lot of work to it. There’s a lot of mind games, tactics and a lot of physical work as well,” Cramer said. “Even if you see a sailor just sitting there and going, he’s always going to be doing something,” Storie said. “Like, he’s always got to be checking the sails, operating the boat.” As part of their development as sailors, they spent six weeks in Comox at a training camp. There, they got their CANSail certifications, received coaching in powerboating and radio operation, but most importantly, they practised sailing. “I’d probably say the most challenging part was probably staying awake, usually,” Cramer said. “At camp this year, for senior sail, they pushed us harder than they have ever pushed the senior sail.” “We barely had any sleep and all that, but we had to keep going.” Storie said he missed Smithers while he spent time away, and while the camp was tough, he was glad for the training. “They challenged us as athletes, because that’s what we are now,” Storie said. “It

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was good they challenged us, because now we’re ready to compete next year.” Within the next year, Storie and Cramer would have to prove their worth in order to get to the nationals. Out of 40 boats, only four boats, or eight people, will make it to the nationals as sailors get eliminated in two qualifying regattas. “We have to go through that but we have a very good chance of making it,” Cramer said. “We were brand new into the sport last year, but this year, now that we’ve gone to three camps, I have a feeling we have a pretty good chance.” Representing British Columbia is a tall order as B.C. sailors tend to take the first place, as they did this year and last year. Storie and Cramer point out that sailors from the Maritimes and central Canada would be their biggest competitors. In preparation for that, they plan to gain more experience by participating in more events. “We’ve done regattas but not a whole lot of them, so our goal this fall is possibly get down to a regatta in Victoria called Fall Dinghies and compete there,” Storie said.


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Demolition makes way for outdoor arena plans By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The roof of the condemned Hazelton ice arena is being demolished to create an outdoor rink, giving local clubs a place to skate this winter. The 44-year-old Ken Trombley Memorial Arena was closed suddenly in March after a structural engineer found a beam in the roof was at risk of falling on the ice. The closure brought the skating season to an abrupt end and left community hockey and figure skating clubs without a home. After a series of community meetings, the Skeena Ice Arena Association determined the roof should be demolished so the existing surface can be used as an outdoor rink. George Burns, who represents the District of New Hazelton at the Association, said demolition was already close to half finished. “It should wrap up some time mid-September,” said Burns. “The refrigeration for the ice surface is still in place and will be functional and actually part of the contract was to protect the cement slab with all the refrigeration piping in it and the boards from the last [arena] during the demolition.” News that the outdoor arena is likely to be usable this season is a relief for local clubs like the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association. See CLUBS on A30

Twins Kierra and Ava, aged seven, celebrate the fact they will have a place to skate this winter. The roof of the condemned Ken Trombley Memorial Arena is being demolished to create an outdoor arena which should be ready to use by November.

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New school buses and drivers roll in for school year By Jackie Lieuwen Hazelton/Interior News

Over 30 brand new school buses have arrived and are being readied for service next month by the Coast Mountains School District’s new bussing company. Diversified Transportation won a five-year contract this spring, edging out First Canada ULC which had the contract for 30 years.

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which also runs the Northern Health buses in B.C., has 21 buses to be based in Terrace, 10 in Hazelton and three in Kitimat. There are 41 drivers lined up to cover 29 routes. “We are foreseeing that after training or after school starts, some people might find the job is not the best fit,” said Gonzalez. Diversified will also need oncall drivers to cover holidays and it has hired one mechanic in

Terrace to look after the buses. All the drivers who applied had to take a two-week training course to equip them to manage students and drive the routes and acquaint themselves with Diversified’s standards. Ten drivers are still completing training in Terrace and eight in Hazelton. “We are really looking for the personality and attitude that matches our core values,” said Gonzalez.

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Major rec centre donation From ARENA on A29 President Ryneld Starr said there were times when the upcoming season was in doubt. “We were quite scared that there wasn’t going to be a season and we were thinking of all our contingency plans, maybe operating completely out of Smithers for the whole year but that wouldn’t be ideal,” said Starr. He said the club’s teams would practice and play as normal at the outdoor rink. “Obviously it’s probably going to be weather dependant so we’re probably going to have a few days where we get rained out and we can’t play,” he said. “We’re going to get on the ice as much as we can.” The association will rent ice time in Smithers if it is not cold enough to skate outdoors when the season starts in October. Hazelton Skating Club coach Stacey Brown said her club would also be running its program for young skaters when the outdoor arena is ready to use. Although some older competitive skaters will travel to train with the Smithers Figure Skating Club, Brown said many parents of younger members wanted the local program. “They would rather have some cancellations of skating days due to inclement weather or ice conditions rather than having their kids registered in Smithers and have to do that driving which basically they said they won’t do,” said Brown. “They either can’t do it because they work and it would be impossible to put in two hours of driving for the kids to be on the ice for an hour or they don’t have a vehicle, or they have

a vehicle and it’s just prohibitive to pay for that much gas.” However, Brown said more funds were still needed to get the arena ready before winter. The association has already used its operating budget for the next two years, plus $100,000 from the District of New Hazelton, to demolish the roof. Brown said more money was needed to pay for lights, a hut to house the zamboni, electricity and propane to maintain the ice surface. Fundraising efforts at the Kispiox Music Festival and Pioneer Day raised a combined $9,000. A further $1,400 was raised at a raffle and donations of $4,600 were collected at a fundraising barbecue. An ongoing gofundme campaign has also raised more than $3,000. “There’s definitely it seems a large community support to see this facility available for our kids to use,” said Brown. The association is now preparing to launch a campaign encouraging donors to sponsor a light pole. The outdoor arena is an interim solution to keep clubs operating and skaters active until plans to build a multi-use recreation centre at the same site come to fruition. Heart of the Hazeltons is a separate fundraising drive for the construction of the multi-use Upper Skeena Recreation Centre. That campaign has already raised $5 million of the total $15 million project cost. The project is waiting on an application for $10 million in gas tax funding which would enable construction to begin, but the approvals process has been stalled by the federal election.

In the meantime, Heart of the Hazeltons chairperson Peter Newbery said the campaign had secured a “significant” donation from a local agency. He said the organization was not ready to announce the amount however he was optimistic construction of the

new centre would start soon. “The signs are encouraging that we will be able to get the construction [of a new arena] underway within the next six months or so,” he said. To donate to the outdoor arena campaign visit gofundme/ kentrombleyarena.

The Ken Trombley Memorial Arena pictured last week.

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