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This photo was taken on the peak of beautiful Mica Mountain in the scenic Cariboo Mountain Range, which allows a great view of the distant mountains in the Clearwater area, including Raft and Trophy mountains. Many people will be out on their snowmobiles taking advantage of our South Cariboo outdoor offerings on New Year’s Day.



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Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod is consistently challenging the policies of the federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in her new role as Indigenous Affairs Critic as the Liberals try to follow through on their campaign pledge to forge a new “nation-to-nation” relationship with First Nations in Canada. McLeod has spoken out on a number of big First Nations issues since she was named to the Official Opposition’s shadow cabinet in November, following the Liberal majority win in the federal election that knocked the Conservatives from power in October. On Dec. 18, the Liberals announced the reinstatement of funding and the suspension of court actions against First Nations communities that have not complied with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA), a controversial piece of legislation brought

in by the Conservatives in 2013 that the compliance rate will collapse, required First Nations bands to and financial information will again make financial information about be shrouded in secrecy from comchiefs and council available to their munity members.” members. In a statement, Carolyn Bennett, In response, McLeod, on behalf of Minister of Indigenous and the Conservatives, called the move Northern Affairs, says the move a “step backwards” by the Liberals, is based on the recognition of which have “abandoned rights, respect, co-operatransparency,” she says. tion and partnership with “This is a sad day for Aboriginal Peoples. those First Nations com“Transparency and munity members who accountability are paracalled for enhanced finanmount to any government, cial accountability and whether it is municipal, transparency.” provincial, federal or First CATHY The FNFTA represented Nation. We will work in MCLEOD real progress in ensuring full partnership with First First Nations leadership Nations leadership and worked in the best interests of their organizations on the way forward communities and it should remain to improve accountability and transin place, McLeod adds. parency. This cannot be achieved “The act ensures community without the engagement of First members have access to basic finan- Nations and its members.” cial information, such as audited In a separate interview, McLeod financial statements, and the salaries also addressed her political party’s and expenses of chief and council. turnaround with respect to supNow with no compliance measures porting a national public inquiry in effect, it’s a safe prediction that into missing and murdered indig-

enous women. While the previous Conservative government under then prime minister Stephen Harper refused to launch an inquiry, the party’s interim leader, Rona Ambrose, announced a reversal of that position in November. A 2014 report from the RCMP identified a total of 1,181 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. Under the Liberals, the inquiry is expected to begin in the spring. The Conservatives’ position was that another study wasn’t needed, and resources should be directed toward solutions, explains McLeod. However, she acknowledges a significant segment of the population didn’t agree with that position. “It’s clear the call from across Canada, from leadership and from the families, is that an inquiry is needed. We’re going to support that moving forward and hope that it brings both peace to the families, but also a clear direction in terms of actual action to move forward with.”


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The 100 Mile Community Hall was full for a Community Christmas Dinner sponsored by the Christian churches of 100 Mile House and area on Dec. 12. The event was a Christmas gift in the form of a complimentary dinner and fellowship for the public.

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The local RCMP detachment was one recipient of stuffed toys delivered by the 100 Mile House Wranglers on Dec. 18. The local junior hockey team collected the items from fans at a recent home game and made donations of blankets and winter wear to local folks in need.

Bev French, left, of the 108 Mile Ranch Community Association (RCA), sat beside Sonja Ramsay, executive director of the 100 Mile House and District Women’s Centre Society, with a donation of stuffed animals. The RCA also made food donations to the Women’s Centre in support of families in need.

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Grade 1 student Savannah Hall-Jones applauded a performance during a Christmas concert rehearsal at 100 Mile House Elementary School on Dec. 16.

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The Grade 4-5 class at Mile 108 Elementary School rehearsed a song on Dec. 16 for an upcoming Christmas concert.

100 Mile & District General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary members Kathleen Ehmann, left, and Joan Hoffman were selling tickets recently for the auxiliary’s annual Christmas raffle. The draw, with a top prize of a $200 Christmas Lotto Wreath, was made in the hospital lobby at noon on Dec. 15.

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Jan. 1 New doctors grace 100 Mile House Two new doctors were warmly welcomed to the 100 Mile House medical-care community. One of the doctors, Dr. Michael Mthandazo, said he was happy to have joined the South Cariboo community and grateful to the people at the Central Interior Rural Division of Family Practice. “They did help me a lot when I settled in here. When I came, the accommodation was organized, the rental car was organized – they were very helpful.”

guide-outfitters, and I am not the decision-maker,” Barnett said.

Tourism association looks ahead The 2014 Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) Tourism Summit & AGM took place in Williams Lake on Dec. 4-6 and many attendees seized the opportunity to provide strategic input on tourism issues in British Columbia, and the CaribooChilcotin in particular. CCCTA president Pat Corbett was re-elected for another term, and he noted Destination BC CEO Marsha Walden focused her keynote presentation on the revived Super Natural British Columbia brand with a new look and corporate strategy. Jan. 8 Horse Lake development zoning defended Cariboo Regional District (CRD) directors voted unanimously in favour of South Cariboo Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments for new Country Residential zoning at Horse Lake. CRD Area L Director Brian Coakley lives on Horse Lake and said he has no problem with the OCP change to allow further lot subdivision and development along its shoreline. Some residents on the lake spoke out in protest against the change and attended a recent public hearing armed with both a Ministry of Environment (MOE) letter and a lake water report that recommend further study prior to any additional development there. Cariboo Challenge cancelled due to snow shortage The 2015 Cariboo Challenge Jack Gawthorn


Feb. 12 Guide-outfitter taking another hit Local guide-outfitter Chris Condie, whose guiding territory is in Region 5 (Cariboo) and a bit of Region 3 (Thompson), wasn’t happy with the Wildlife Allocation Policy (WAP) changes announced by Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister. Condie said he was tired of the “misrepresentations” he’s reading in letters and stories in the media during the past month.

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Marilyn Gallagher was among the close to 200 people rallying in support of resident hunters outside Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett’s office in 100 Mile House on Feb. 29. Resident hunters are upset because they believe amendments to the province’s Wildlife Allocation Policy favour guide-outfitters and non-resident hunters.

Memorial Sled Dog Race, which was slated to take place at the 108 Heritage Site on Jan. 10-11, was cancelled. Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Society president Craig Conklin said poor snow levels and the 10-day advance notice needed for out-oftown mushers led to the race committee’s Dec. 30 decision to call it off this year. Jan. 15 New Year brings new baby girl The first baby born in 100 Mile District General Hospital arrived at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 8, a beautiful girl who tipped the scales at nine pounds, four ounces. She was also a first daughter for her mother, Desirea Sargent, who has lived in 100 Mile House for the past three years, and the first child of her father, Jason Sampson, who resides in Canoe Creek and commutes back and forth. First responder service suspended As of Jan. 11, the Watch Lake-North Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department (WLNGLVFD) suspended its first responder medical aid service for an indefinite period of time. “We have an excellent number of firefighters on our roster and fire response

will not be affected, but we do not have enough trained first responders to be able to continue that service,” said fire chief Andy Palaniak. There have to be trained people on call 24/7, and the WLNGLVFD just doesn’t have a sufficient number of full-time medical aid personnel to cover the full 24 hours. Jan. 22 Advocates dubious about new veteran’s minister The move to boot Julian Fantino out and replace him with Erin O’Toole as Veterans Affairs Minister had some local advocates doubtful he will be enough of an improvement. Royal Canadian Legion Branch #260-100 Mile House president Bob Wangensteen said O’Toole will have to prove himself. “I think it is more of a Conservative thing to not give [the veterans] anything. It doesn’t really make a difference who is in charge, the government has decided it is not going to stand by its promise and look after these guys.” SC-SAR recovers body on Fraser River ice floe The South Cariboo Search and Rescue (SC-SAR) team pulled off a dicey ice recovery after a body was discovered on the partially-frozen Fraser

River on Jan. 2. The deceased male was identified by RCMP as 22-year-old Jesse Frank of Williams Lake. Eight members of SC-SAR responded to a request for mutual aid to assist three members of the Central Cariboo Search and Rescue group. Jan. 29 Resident hunters unhappy about wildlife allocation changes Larry Badke was one of hundreds of resident hunters in the Cariboo and thousands throughout the province who were angry about the provincial government’s newest wildlife allocation policy (WAP) that increased the number of animals non-resident hunters can harvest through permits provided to registered guide-outfitters. “Most jurisdictions across North America give foreign hunters five-10 per cent of the harvest surplus. The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia wants to increase that to 25-40 per cent in B.C., leaving thousands of resident hunters at home with empty freezers.” RCMP, community welcomes Blaine Caines Const. Blaine Caines first arrived as a new member at the 100 Mile House RCMP

Detachment in Nov. 2013. Caines said the local detachment members “all get along very well” and his love for fishing and hunting fits well with the Cariboo landscape, lakes and lifestyle. Feb. 5 Missing, murdered women report reviewed The results of an independent study into missing and murdered women led to numerous calls for more government emphasis and effort to protect women, particularly aboriginal women. Canim Lake Band health administrator Sheila Dick said she sees systemic societal issues that create significant, or even preclusive barriers to bringing about some crucial recommendations in the report – such as incorporating the voices of aboriginal women in making the changes. Barnett: I represent all of my constituents Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett found herself in the middle of the fray regionally and she has been fielding some complaints regarding the new Wildlife Allocation Policy that was announced by the Ministry of Lands, Forest and Natural Resource Operations. “I support the [resident] hunters and I support the

Age-friendly gathering paves paths for future A packed room had organizers scrambling for chairs when more than 65 seniors and others turned out to the monthly Age-Friendly Rural BC Gathering. South Cariboo AGEFRIENDLY Initiative community co-ordinator Lea Smirfitt set the tone for the meeting at the South Cariboo Business Centre in 100 Mile House when she noted recent statistics show 48.9 per cent of the South Cariboo population is 55 years or older. Feb. 19 Petition protests proposed cell tower A group of concerned residents initiated a door-todoor petition campaigning against a proposed mobile phone tower near Able Lake Road. They gathered signatures to protest the tower on the primary grounds of the visual impacts they say will “completely overshadow” the larger, surrounding area’s views of Walker Valley. Province prioritizes report recommendations The provincial government released its final update report stating it has progressed through 75 per cent of the 56 recommendations directed by the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said the resulting new legislation is helpful, but just one piece of what will end the pattern of violence. Continued on A4


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their professional development committee choose. No one knows better than the educators what is working or not working, he added.

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Individuals and communities need to become more involved in finding solutions, she added. “Strategies are great, but the only way we are going to stop violence is by each one of us taking a look at our own selves ... and by working together.” Feb. 26 Highway rescues in jeopardy A highway rescue services review performed by 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue showed the current service level is unsustainable without an unrealistic burden falling onto local taxpayers. Fire chief Darrell Blades said that after more than 35 years of providing highway rescue services to both inside and outside of its fire protection area, it must make changes to be viable in the long term. “One of the main issues is it’s not feasible for the District of 100 Mile House to continue to fund this 100 per cent on its own, going forward.” Chief Mike Archie joins voices against violence A group of aboriginal and non-aboriginal men and British Columbia’s MLAs stood together against violence and abuse towards aboriginal women outside the legislature on Feb. 12. It was part of the Fourth Annual Moose Hide Campaign, with participants wearing a patch of moose hide to signify their commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their life, and to work together to end violence against all females. Canim Lake Band Chief Mike Archie said it was one example of the ongoing work between government and First Nations leaders of B.C. to address the issue of violence against women and children. March 5 New 100 Mile House elementary school pursued School District #27 (SD27) trustees voted unanimously to pursue approval for a new elementary school in 100 Mile House at a closed board meeting on Feb. 24. Trustees agreed to officially solidify their intention to replace 100 Mile House

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Grade 9 student Calvin McEachern checked out the interactive electronics skills testing equipment at WorkBC’s Find Your Fit tour stop, with representative Brad Fogelman, at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School on March 25. The event also attracted local families and individuals seeking career information.

Elementary School and request consent from the Ministry of Education to construct a new school on the old Junior Secondary site. Noting the replacement of this school has been on the five-year capital plan since 2001, SD27 board chair Tanya Guenther said it is time to get on with the project. Family dog mortally attacked at 108 Mile A family at 108 Mile Ranch mourned the loss of their dog after they say it was attacked by two roaming canines mid-afternoon on Feb. 25. Jaimee Peters said she heard the commotion near the patio where their large family dog stays when he is outside. When she ran outside she was horrified to see two dogs attacking her rottweiler-lab cross, which was desperately trying to escape their grip into the house. March 12 Groups wrangle for arena use Tempers flared when the 100 Mile Agriplex Society met with the 100 Mile & District Outriders Club and individual equestrians at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on March 4. Voices were raised and criticisms hurled over the issue at hand – how the

horse enthusiasts can access and ride in the old Stan Halcro Arena – and in a manner to the satisfaction of both parties. Crime reduction constable welcomed Const. Matthew (Matt) Young joined the 100 Mile House RCMP detachment in August 2014, and is now a member of its Crime Reduction Unit (CRU). He keeps a bit of a low profile in his specialized police work to reduce and prevent criminal activities. He says joining the RCMP was his longtime interest since attending high school in his hometown of Kingston, Ont. March 19 Five-year financial plan set for municipality The District of 100 Mile House prepared its 2015 five-year financial plan and was ready to present it to the public after receiving three readings by council at its March 10 meeting. District financial administration director Flori Vincenzi said the 2015 budget of $6,256,120 included a buffer for unforeseen utility operations, based on last year’s expenditures. Those included repairs and upgrades to water mains damaged during the 2014 spring breakup, she noted.

Four decades of freemasons in 100 Mile House About 30 fraternal members of the Freemasons and visitors turned out when 17 new officers of the lodge were installed in a ceremony at the Mt. Begbie Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons #183 hall on March 7. A banquet followed in the Valley Room, and treasurer Right Worshipful Brother Alan Boyd said it seemed everyone had a good time at both events. March 26 Find Your Fit in a growing workforce Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) was the place to be for local students and adults looking for a career path in British Columbia as WorkBC’s Find Your Fit tour stopped there to showcase in-demand jobs in B.C. for job seekers in 100 Mile House on March 24. Following all-day sessions that gave students an opportunity to experience this interactive, hands-on free careers event, it also opened to the public for about four hours. Rotary proposes pavilion in park The Rotary Club of 100 Mile House offered to champion a project to install an amphitheatre in

Centennial Park. Rotary president Craig Lee presented the idea to District of 100 Mile House council on March 10. “We want to get council’s input or thoughts on us providing to the community a pavilion-type structure down at the park.” April 2 Health care rally held in 100 Mile House More than three dozen health-care workers, other Hospital Employees Union members and residents supporting their cause held a protest rally in 100 Mile House on March 31. They joined scores of others voicing their objections to federal health-care transfer cuts at rallies in more than 25 communities cross British Columbia, and many others across Canada. Education act proposal unpopular with teachers The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) voiced concerns about Bill 11, the Education Statutes Amendment Act, introduced on March 26. Cariboo-Chilcotin Teachers’ Association president Murray Helmer said the objective is all about making sure activities, workshops and courses target what the ministry wants to see, rather than what the teachers and

April 9 Federal health transfers hashed out Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo MP Cathy McLeod, who is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, issued a news release on April 2 to “set the record straight” about federal health care transfers to provinces. “Health transfers by the federal government to provinces and territories will reach $40 billion annually by the end of the decade. We remain committed to increasing health transfers year after year, making this the highest recorded health transfer dollars in history.” However, then New Democrat candidate Bill Sundhu argued Canada needs a new health accord. “[Prime Minister Stephen] Harper’s agenda for health care is leading to the fragmentation of services. Increasingly, access to care depends on where you live.” Norbord-Ainsworth merger celebrated April 1 marked the completion of the merger of Norbord Inc. and Ainsworth Lumber Co. At the OSB plant in 100 Mile House, Norbord president and CEO Peter Wijnbergen visited April 2 to celebrate with local employees and talk about the vision behind the merger. “We are excited to welcome the employees at 100 Mile House to Norbord, and for our company to become part of the community here.” April 16 Seniors’ care concerns raised in report A report highlighting issues in British Columbia’s residential care system has raised several points of concern regarding the care of some of the province’s most frail and vulnerable patients – seniors. Inappropriate placement of higher-functioning seniors into residential care, the overuse of antipsychotic and antidepressant medication, and a significant gap in the level of rehabilitative Continued on A5

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age and produce biogas at the City of Kelowna’s wastewater treatment plant, Matfin’s team proposed a solution that would produce electrical and thermal energy, recover biosolids and nutrients for use as fertilizer, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent compared to conventional approaches.

therapies in B.C. relative to other provinces, are three of the findings highlighted in the April 7 report. Pita Jack sign ban brouhaha continues Pita Jack owner Gerhard Loeffeler continued his lobby to eliminate a District of 100 Mile House bylaw prohibiting sandwich board signs. There were about 450 names on his petition, and he was set to approach District council with it. While this still won’t allow him to place the sign beside Highway 97, which is “very, very important” to attract customers, Loeffeler said he wants focus on this and other “business-unfriendly” bylaws. April 23 Mayor Campsall chews out Interior Health District of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall gave an impassioned earful to Interior Health (IH) acute services director Peter Du Toit about program funding in the community at an April 15 council meeting. Campsall said IH “continually puts up barriers” to local health-care needs and residents are tired of being treated like “second-hand citizens.” Children nearly struck at bus stop Local mother Jan Simpson said repeated near-misses with drivers not stopping for school buses and students are going to cause a tragedy if something is not done about it. “Our kids almost got mowed down [April 9] by a driver. I don’t think it gets through to some people that they have got to stop on both sides of the road.” Six parents were standing guard at Perrey and Horse Lake roads after school while the bus was stopped in the west-bound lane and a group of Horse Lake Elementary School students crossed the road. April 30 Urologists return to 100 Mile House hospital After the South Cariboo Health Foundation and local supporters refused to back down on this issue, Interior Health (IH) approved a

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Logan Parent, 14, soared off one of the mountain bike jumps he and a group of local youth built in the woods near Centennial Park in 100 Mile House. A 100 Mile House District council meeting on May 12 saw a large number of people in attendance to discuss the future of the surreptitious bike park.

urology program for 100 Mile House. Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett made the announcement on April 23. “After an extensive review, Interior Health will now go ahead with the development of [diagnostic] urology services at 100 Mile District General Hospital.” Budget bandied by federal candidates Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo MP Cathy McLeod said the federal budget was going to “take the country back to balance.” However, NDP candidate Bill Sundhu called the budget “underwhelming.” “It lacks ambition and [includes] a really regressive form of taxation. There is not much relief for working families, poor people, single parents and young people.” May 7 Teachers’ appeal defeated in court The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation lost its challenge in the B.C. Court of Appeal over the withdrawal of class size and special needs supports in public education. In overturning two previous B.C. Supreme Court decisions, four of five appeal justices ruled the province did not violate the constitu-

tional rights of teachers in legislating contract changes in 2002. Trees, planting offered to 100 Mile House A reforestation project was offered to the District of 100 Mile House at council’s Committee of the Whole meeting by Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., with funding provided by Tree Canada (a non-profit environmental NGO). Brinkman regional manager Matt Robertson of Sooke made a presentation to council explaining his company reforests cut blocks, and also applies for grant funding to pay for some projects. “We can provide 60,000 trees ... fully funded.” May 14 Medical pot changes coming down the pipe Cariboo Regional District faced relaxing its bylaws with new changes coming to how medical marijuana production facilities are regulated in British Columbia. The province announced on May 7 that local governments cannot prohibit these legal grow operations in the agricultural land reserve (ALR). It has also amended the associated regulation to allow federally licensed medical marijuana production as a

farm use in the ALR. Fire service integration review supported A positive step toward an improved South Cariboo fire services was taken at the South Cariboo Joint Committee (SCJC) meeting on May 4. 100 Mile House FireRescue chief Darrell Blades presented the committee with a new, lower-cost plan for a study requiring no contribution from local governments. May 21 Bike trails built in Centennial Park A group of 43 youths, young adults and a few parents gathered in council chambers on May 12 to hear the fate of the mountain bike trails built in Centennial Park without permits last year. District of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall began by giving them kudos for their hard work and dedication, and listened to their presentation. However, he also gave these young people an earful for wrongfully building trails on District property without permission. Local microbrewery suits council’s taste District of 100 Mile House council gave first and second reading to a zoning bylaw

amendment in a key step towards a new microbrewery downtown. The proponent, local businessman Kevin Grinyer, proposed to locate the business in the now-closed Gear Garage building on Highway 97 at Second Street, owned by B.M.C. Enterprises Ltd. The beer-brewing facility would involve a retail store selling craft beer and related products, as well as wholesaling and product tastings. May 28 Agriplex society balks at arena use answers A response from the 100 Mile Agriplex Society was sent to the individual equestrians and some members of the 100 Mile & District Outriders Club who had insisted they need answers to questions that surfaced during a heated March 4 meeting. The horse owners wanted more information about gaining access to the old Stan Halcro Arena for equestrian use. Design project a winner 100 Mile House’s Allison Matfin and her fellow environmental engineering scholars won the 2015 British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition. Tasked with developing a method to break down sew-


June 4 Area farmlands at risk of reforestation A British corporation, which was buying up thousands of hectares of farmlands in British Columbia to convert them into deciduous forests, was a hot topic at the North Central Local Government Association convention last month. Cariboo Regional District chair Al Richmond was a delegate at the convention, where concerns about this large foreign company that is “very active” in buying agriculture land in the Cariboo and Vanderhoof areas “dominated a lot of conversations.” Fundraiser underway for Cache Creek The Village of Cache Creek was accepting donations in the aftermath of the disastrous May 23 flash flood through a crowdfunding platform sponsored by Black Press. The heavy rainfall that swept through the Village displaced more than 130 residents in 63 homes and destroyed two houses, leading Village of Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta to declare a state of emergency. June 11 Barkerville benefit a boon for Cache Creek The devastating flash flood that hit the Village of Cache Creek prompted some folks to hold a benefit auction and concert in 100 Mile House on June 5 and the event raised more than $6,800 for flood victims and their families. The idea was conceived by Richard Wright and Amy Newman (Newman & Wright Theatre Company). Live entertainment was provided by Newman & Wright’s Theatre Royal cast, along with speakers from Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, Quesnel and Barkerville. Continued on A6


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‘Be honest about our history’ says NDP candidate A meeting between then NDP candidate Bill Sundhu and Canim Lake Band leaders was made more poignant with the much-anticipated release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations on the same day (June 2). The report documented thousands of deaths, physical and sexual abuse, substandard education, malnutrition, and a government policy of “cultural genocide” in the residential school system, led by church and government officials. June 18 MLA: seniors housing a valid concern Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said there are “certainly a lot of issues with seniors” in a report by British Columbia seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie. “We all know that seniors housing, affordability, accessibility, availability is an issue in many communities, and I share her concerns.” She added that Mackenzie has done “a lot of work” around the province and in reporting and formulating 18 recommendations on what she has heard, which is why the independent office was established a year ago. Water park on verge of fruition The future of the local water park proposal was reaching a pivotal point as the South Cariboo Joint Committee (SCJC) was meeting June 22 to discuss funding a utility lift station for the proposal that could see the water park built as early as next spring. At SCJC’s meeting on May 4, it was resolved that Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and District of 100 Mile House staff tour the potential sites at Centennial Park and the South Cariboo Rec.

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Richard Wright and Patrice Bowler had a lot of fun during the auction at the Theatre Royal fundraiser for the Cache Creek flash flood victims in Martin Exeter Hall on June 5. The dedicated Newman & Wright Theatre Company cast finished an afternoon performance in Barkerville at 2 p.m., put on a great performance in 100 Mile House that evening and arrived back in Barkerville at 2 a.m. The event raised more than $6,800.

Centre (SCRC) with the 100 Mile House Waterpark Society. However, society president Jamie Hughes said when its members went and discussed the potential layout at the SCRC with staff, they discovered a significant stumbling block. “It is just too costly. It would probably be double or triple the cost to do it at the arena than it would at the park.”

gregation in 100 Mile House was praying and tolling the church bell daily since May 31. Rev. Keith Dobyns said they were doing this to remember the 1,181 indigenous women and girls who were reported missing and murdered since 1980. “At noon on June 21 [National Aboriginal Day], we completed these 22 days of prayer and remembrance that began with the closing ceremony of the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission, with the final 68 tolls of the bell, and our own prayers for reconciliation.”

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with a significant jump seen in the number visitors staying over or stopping to shop in the community, related to the strength of the U.S. dollar. Quarterly figures showed remarkable increases – with some more than double those seen in the same period last year: 5,016 total visitors (a close to 235 per cent jump) over last year’s 2,134. The second quarter also showed very strong results, at 10,860 visitor stops compared to 6,885 in 2014, almost a 158 per cent increase.

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July 2 New brewmaster setting up in town Kevin Grinyer’s quest to open a local microbrewery made it over the first hurdle when the District of 100 Mile House council unanimously adopted a zoning bylaw amendment on June 19. No concerns were voiced by council, area businesses or the general public throughout the process, which began at the June 9 council meeting. Top students of 2015 awarded Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School in 100 Mile House recognized its students for top marks and accomplishments in 2014-15 at a year-end awards ceremony on June 25. Cameron Ardiel won Scholar of the Year, Lydia Kinasewich won the Renaissance Award and Alisha Beyer was named Citizen of the Year, some of the top honours bestowed by the local high school for Grade 8-12 students. Ashely Holyk won Female Athlete of the Year and Brandon Balbirnie won Male Athlete of the Year. July 9 Reforestation of farm lands halted A company in Great Britain backed off in its purchasing and reforestation activities on large tracts of farmland in the Cariboo and Vanderhoof areas. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick said he had “a productive meeting” between ministry staff and the Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Group regarding its Trees for Change program, and he is encouraged to hear RB is in the process of reviewing it. BCWS hitting new wildfires fast and hard The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) responded to 10 new fires in the 100 Mile House fire zone, and all of them are suspected to

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Nevaeh Frowd, front, happily led Uncle Chris the Clown and a few dozen children walking in a “Kid’s Parade” down Birch Avenue and down into Centennial Park as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations organized by the District of 100 Mile House 50th Anniversary Committee, on July 23. The week-long celebrations saw hundreds of people in attendance at a variety of events for local families.

be caused by lightning, since July 2. The BCWS was getting about three fires a day in the Cariboo Fire Centre and the BCWS had great success in keeping them small and extinguishing them quickly. July 16 100 Mile House Legion shutting down Following a poorly attended meeting to determine the fate of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #260100 Mile House on June 25, disgruntled Legion president Bob Wangensteen said the executive is locking the doors on July 31. “We had this real important meeting, and out of 375 members, 58 showed up. How do you build a place up on that kind of inclusion?” Water park proposal gets green light The money to fund

a lift station for a water park in Centennial Park got a thumbs up from the South Cariboo Joint Committee (SCJC) on July 14. Providing the 100 Mile House Waterpark Society can raise the remaining funds it needs to build the splash components of the park by spring, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) 2016 recreation budget is poised for amendments to cover installation of a lift station. July 23 Museum dream revives at council District of 100 Mile House council and Cariboo Regional District directors were considering a revised plan to revive The Lodge and open a museum in the historic building. Back in January, the South Cariboo Joint Committee

asked staff to investigate what renovations and repairs would be needed to facilitate a walk-through museum in the closed facility. Shirley Case subject of newest mural The latest mural completed in 100 Mile House, located on the front wall on the 100 Mile Community Hall, features Shirley Case, a local resident who was tragically killed in 2008 while doing humanitarian work in Afghanistan. Just 31 years old when she died, Shirley had dedicated her life to helping children in third-world countries through education and improving living conditions. July 30 Tourism peaks in 100 Mile House The local economy was getting a substantial boost from tourism

Money secured for water treatment plant 108 Mile Ranch residents were set to see an increase of close to $15 per month on their water bills, should two new water infrastructure projects get the go-ahead, following an important joint funding announcement by regional, provincial and federal government representatives on July 25. A handful of residents met with local politicians for the announcement at the Kyllo reservoir, where a proposed water treatment plant will be built, depending on the result of a referendum in the fall, at a cost of close to $2.5 million. Aug. 6 Crime rate jumps locally The South Cariboo Joint committee heard crimes in the South Cariboo were on the rise when RCMP Staff Sgt. Blake Ward presented a quarterly summery at its July 13 meeting. “I think one of the biggest things everybody should be aware of is that the crime rate has been increasing ... specifically property crime,” said Ward. Overall stats show property crime was up 4.52 per cent across the whole North District. Anniversary events packed with people The District of 100 Mile House 50th Anniversary


Celebration, July 18-26, brought out more than 200 people almost every day and organizers deemed it a great success. District Councillor Bill Hadden headed up the organizing committee, and he said all the events had a good turnout and great reception by the community.

to grant tax deferrals to British Columbia’s livestock producers in regions affected by drought offers help to ranchers in about 100 electoral areas around the province, including five (of 12) in the CRD. “I think the option should be available province-wide,” said Pincott.

Aug. 13 Roadside weeds a noxious problem A Tatton Road rancher and other residents were unhappy about the roadside invasive plant control in the 105 Mile and 108 Mile Ranch areas. “A lot of landowners and ranchers are concerned about it,” said Cheryl Monical. Their main problem is the volume of invasive weeds evidenced along Highway 97; knapweed plants in particular.

Area fire departments contain stubborn 100 Mile landfill fire With the support of four area fire departments, 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue battled a stubborn, “dirty, dirty fire” at the South Cariboo Landfill in 100 Mile House on Aug. 15. Fire-Rescue chief Roger Hollander said they had 25 firefighters and 10 trucks working at the site during the exhausting six-hour battle. Fire-Rescue got the callout to respond to a dumpster fire at 2:25 p.m., but when the firefighters arrived, they realized it was much more than that.

Residents like community vision, goals Diversifying the local economy and keeping a strong rural character were two of the community goals that seemed to resonate most with local residents during a recent public consultation period that’s part of the ongoing Official Community Plan (OCP) update process. Residents indicated whether they agreed or disagreed with 12 community goals and the community’s vision statement: “100 Mile House is a vibrant resilient community set within a healthy natural environment where people can thrive personally and economically. Simply put – It is Miles Ahead!” Aug. 20 Drought impacts tax deferral deficient Longtime Buffalo Creek rancher Ted Pincott and others in Cariboo Regional District (CRD) Area H were left high and dry without eligibility for a drought tax-deferral program. The federal government’s recent decision

Aug. 27 Beware of CRA phone scams The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) saw an increase in telephone scams in which the caller claims to be from the CRA, but is definitely not. The CRA warned Canadians these threatening and aggressive fraudulent calls are trying to scare people, particularly seniors, into paying for a “debt with the CRA” and it could result in identity and financial theft. Bryce Cumiskey earns Governor General’s award This year’s Governor General’s Award for scholastic achievement at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) was won by Bryce Cumiskey. The 2015 graduate earned the prestigious academic award by maintaining a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 95 per cent in Grades 11-12.



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n September 2015, BC Hydro filed a Rate Design Application (RDA) with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC). In the RDA process, the BCUC, BC Hydro and stakeholders will review rate structures and terms and conditions of service for residential, business and industrial customers. In this process, the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) will ask the BCUC to implement rate relief, emergency bill assistance, and terms and conditions for low-income BC Hydro ratepayers because residential rates are increasingly unaffordable for low-income customers BC Hydro residential electricity rates have increased by 47% in the last 10 years, and are on track to increase by another 10.5% in the next three years. Rates are projected to continue to rise significantly in future years as the government continues to order BC Hydro to spend

billions of dollars on new customers have low infrastructure without a incomes, meaning they are full public review of those living at or below Statistics projects by the BCUC. Canada’s Low Income Cut The government has also Off (LICO). People living ordered rate caps, which in poverty have a hard time are keeping BC Hydro rates paying for essential services artificially low over the next such as electricity when few years, and BC their incomes are Hydro has $5.4 stagnant. billion in deferred Since electricity costs, which will is essential eventually be to survival, collected from energy bills can ratepayers. only be paid BC Hydro’s rate at the expense increases have of competing far outpaced household increases in necessities, such Sarah provincial income as food and Khan and disability medicine. assistance rates BC Hydro and the British Columbia currently offers no rates or general minimum wage terms and conditions that over the same time period. specifically apply to lowOver the last 10 years, B.C. income customers. social assistance rates have BC Hydro only offers only gone up by $100 or less energy savings kits, (for a single person) and comprised of a few energy the B.C. general minimum saving products, which, wage has only gone up by if fully installed, might $2.45 an hour. save $30 per year, and About 170,000 (10%) in much more limited of BC Hydro’s residential cases, energy efficiency


t appears Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going to move his Liberal government closer to resolving the issues between Ottawa and Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples than any other federal government in more than a century. During last fall’s federal election campaign, Trudeau promised he would have a public national inquiry into Canada’s murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls. At the time, the incumbent Conservative Party candidates, including Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, scoffed at the idea. During the campaign, McLeod indicated there had already been more than 40 reports and First Nations people’s answers were already in those reports. Even though there was an ongoing call for a public national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls, the Conservative government under then prime minister Stephen Harper absolutely refused to do it. The Tories stated a public inquiry would be a potential waste of money that could be better spent on services and programs for aboriginal women and girls. As the heat was being put on during the election campaign, the Conservative candidates pointed to Mr. Harper’s apology to the country’s Aboriginal Peoples on June 11, 2008 as a game-changer in the relationship. However, First Nations people were somewhat skeptical, as they had heard many empty promises in the past. Furthermore, their calls for the public inquiry fell on deaf ears and were eventually refused. It was this attitude on this and other issues by Mr. Harper’s Tory government that resulted in numerous Conservative MPs being defeated at the polls or, like him, being booted to the Opposition side of the House of Commons after the Oct. 19 election. Mr. Trudeau reiterated his election promise when he was sworn in as Prime Minister. On Dec. 8 at a meeting of First Nations leaders in Gatineau, Quebec, he stressed the need to have a nation-to-nation relationship with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. He also announced the first steps – consulting with families of the missing and murdered and coming up with a framework– to create a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. We believe this is an important step in starting a new relationship with the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. It will be a necessary healing process for not only the families of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, but also for all First Nations people who have been victims – directly or indirectly – of the atrocities against Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. This process will be intensive and expensive, but, hopefully, it will mark the end of finger-pointing and the start of respectful co-operation – a new beginning.

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Reader respond to recent letters

To the editor: On Dec. 3, Lloyd Atkins wrote a letter, titled “It’s time to debunk hypocrisy.” On Dec. 17, Bruce Wilcox’s letter noted there is an objective, universal and unchanging standard - the capacity to love others unconditionally ... which can only come from the Spirit and work of Jesus Christ by whom all things were made. I am in agreement with Mr.

Wilcox’s statement; however, I wish to express that if Mr. Atkins has experienced hypocrisy rather than the aforementioned, I am truly sorry. I agree science is increasing mankind’s collective knowledge, some wonderful, and some not so much, and I do not know much about matter and energy. However, I have seen the mass murders of our children in schools growing across North America since we removed the Lord’s Prayer,

and it breaks my heart. God loves us deeply, and thus does not force Himself upon us, and unfortunately when we tell Him to leave, His protection leaves with Him. One year after prayer was officially prohibited from schools by the Supreme Court in the United States in 1962, a woman named Madalyn Murray O’Hair won her case for Bible reading to likewise be prohibited from the same to “pro-

tect her son,” William. Ms. O’Hair stated her belief that religion was a crutch, and spent much of her life in lawsuits seeking to have God’s name removed wherever possible. Sadly, as well as horrifyingly, in 1995, Ms. O’Hair along with one of her sons as well as her granddaughter’s bodies were found dismembered and buried on a Texas ranch, mutilated so severely that she could only be identified by

the product number on her prosthetic hip, by those she employed and chose to put her trust in. Her other son, William, had become a Christian and pastor. Personally, I also prefer to put my trust in the One born on Christmas Day, who not only gave His life for each one of us, but has promised to care for and protect us!

To the editor: As Black Friday loomed, followed by the impending Christmas season, I began to worry about my days. I am fully in support of various causes and events of awareness, but our 24-hour slots are quickly being consumed by “special days.” Failing to stem the tide we risk finding ourselves with a day shortage. Cyber Monday, Toonie Tuesday, Super Bowl Sunday and Seniors Thursday leave only Wednesday, Friday and Saturday unclaimed. “Floater” days remove a vast number more. Boxing Day, Halloween, Valentines Day, Worldwide Celebration of Weights and Measures Day, Wookie Life Day and others are quickly eliminating ordinary 24-hour stretches. Weeks are also falling prey to unilaterally declared causes – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Global Entrepreneur Week, and Worldwide

Breast-feeding Week are examples. With fewer weeks available conflicts are arising. The United Nations-declared World Space Week finds itself at odds with the Marijuana Users Association, which wants to use the same time slot for World Spaced Week. However, Geography Awareness Week organizers have gone into talks with their counterparts at the Directionally Challenged Week offices. Both groups are hoping for a mutually productive collaboration. Months are no exception to the onslaught. October was declared 4-H Month, as well as American Cheese Month and Menopause Month. November’s competition sees Banana Pudding Lovers, Pecan Eaters and Novel Writers all vying to have this same slot as their own. Future conflict can be assured. I submit that we end this penchant

for special days, weeks and months. To have a simple Saturday where there are no concerns other than sitting would be satisfying. A mundane Monday where I do no more than mumble about

the morons around me would be marvellous. Weeks without World Alliance groups waving placards and months devoid of declarations of various sorts seem to be desirable.

Act now before the days, weeks and months of your calendar are as gone as your choices!

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War is hell; we need truth not spin

To the editor: The Canadian government’s worst nightmare scenario would be the capture of one of the RCAF pilots currently bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria. After a Jordanian pilot was captured, ISIS released an elaborately staged propaganda video to show the pilot being burned to death. The Western media used words like brutal, savage, horrific and demonic to describe the event. ISIS succeeded in its objectives: intimidating its opponents and

publicizing itself. Vietnam proved the public can not handle the truth about war if they see vivid images of the oozing blood and disemboweled guts. However, governments know their military operations depend on the tacit support of the public – cue the spin doctors. Coalition forces, including Canada, steadfastly maintain their pin-point precision bombing rarely harms civilians. Meanwhile, independent investigators, who are not embedded

in the Armed Forces, have found credible evidence that indicates hundreds of civilian deaths have already occurred. The families and friends of innocent victims, who may have died in fiery explosions, must think the Western powers are also brutal, savage, horrific and demonic. War is the most hellish for the blameless bystanders. The least we can do is insist on knowing the truth. Lloyd Atkins Vernon

Passages of 2015: Bill Bennett The newly tabloid Vancouver Province, increased the provincial sales tax to seven itself largely controlled by some of B.C.’s per cent to pay the bills. most militant unions, was a screeching Another Bill Bennett legacy was banshee of the big-labour left. dismantling the monopoly chokehold of “Socred hit men swoop on rights big international unions on public heavy workers,” its front page declared after 400 construction. layoff notices were issued to provincial Growing up in northeastern B.C., I had staff. This propaganda was seen the impressive pay for jobs the public’s guide and my on highway construction, about professional role model. twice what I earned labouring A bit of background: the for a non-union contractor B.C. economy was in the grip doing city work. of an international recession, A couple of friends hitting resource industries and discovered the inside track to government revenues hard. securing labouring jobs on a Bennett had ousted the Dave provincially-funded highway Barrett NDP government in project. After joining the union, 1975, but the legacy lived on. those in the know could visit a Tom During its three-year reign, for business agent and hand over Fletcher example, education spending $500 cash. Within days, the increased 13 per cent in the first lucky winner would be “name year and 23 per cent in each of the next requested” to join the crew, vaulting two. over those who thought paying dues and The blitz of restraint legislation working their way up the seniority list reasserted government’s authority to would be enough. control the size and wages of provincial This struggle over public construction staff, reinstated the province’s ability continues today, with BC Hydro’s decision to pay, eliminated various boards, and to make the Site C dam an open shop.


he death of former British Columbia premier Bill Bennett on Dec. 4 prompted the traditional round of polite tributes. He was the man from Kelowna who remade Vancouver, with SkyTrain, BC Place stadium and Expo 86 to put the city on the world map. He won three majority governments before handing over the steering wheel of a smoothly running Social Credit Party to Bill Vander Zalm. Outside B.C., the wire service obituaries ran to a few paragraphs, defining Bennett first as the “architect of financial restraint in the province.” It seems an ordinary notion today, but when Bennett unleashed his “restraint program” on the B.C. government in 1983, it was presented as a right-wing coup on a socialist utopia. I was in journalism school in Vancouver when unions organized a general strike and mass street demonstrations under the banner of Operation Solidarity, appropriated from the struggle against Poland’s communist dictators. Their goal was to bring the recently re-elected government to its knees.

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The main contract was awarded to a consortium working with the Christian Labour Association of Canada, an alternative union known by more colourful names among old-line building trades. After graduating from journalism school, I landed my first full-time job as a reporter for the Kelowna Capital News, shortly before Bennett announced his retirement from the premier’s office to finish his term as a backbench MLA. Bennett and I would sometimes arrive for work together, parking our rusty 1976 Chevrolets on Bernard Avenue, where he kept an office above the family furniture store. I found out later that Bennett’s modest old sedan was the government-issue car he had used during his entire 10 years as premier. The party bought it for him as a humourous retirement gift, and he continued to drive it to work. No frills. That was Bill Bennett. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. E-mail: tfletcher@ Twitter: @tomfletcherbc


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Conservation no longer searching for cheetah Creston Valley - With no confirmed sightings since the first on Dec. 17, the BC Conservation Officer Service is no longer actively searching for a cheetah near Crawford and Kootenay bays, but the investigation isn’t over. “We have spoken to a person of interest regarding our investigation into this,” said Insp. Joe Caravetta this morning. Residents of Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay were asked to be wary after a cheetah was spotted on Highway 3A around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near the two communities. The witness photographed the animal, which was wearing an orange cloth collar. Creston RCMP worked with the Conservation Officer Service since the sighting in an attempt to safely locate the cheetah. Despite concerns raised on social media, the service plans to keep the animal alive and has arranged for a new home. “We have no plans to kill the cheetah,” said Caravetta. “We fully intend if we find it to have it taken to the Calgary Zoo.” With cold, snowy weather over the weekend, he said the cheetah may have found a warm place to stay, so it’s possible that it may still be at large. “They’re not made for this climate,” he said. Timber Kings build solid foundation WILLIAMS LAKE - Viewers can expect an even better show than last year when season three of the HGTV’s hit series Timber Kings premieres in January, said Pioneer Log Homes founder and owner Bryan Reid Sr. “I truly believe this season is going to be better,” Reid said. “It’s the same camera men, the same director and people that started out with us three years ago, so they really know what we’re going to do.” Chuckling, Reid said he along with Peter Arnold, Beat Schwaller, Joel Roorda, Bryan Reid Jr. and André Chevigny weren’t born with cameras over their shoulders. “We really set out this season to be more comfortable in front of the camera,” he added. “I’ve been told in the TV world if you make it to a third season it’s a solid show. We made it.”

What is your New Year’s resolution?

Vicki Santelli, Lac la Hache

Stephen Almond, 108 Mile Ranch

I want to stop procrastinating and carry on doing things.

To play more fastball in the springtime and summer. The new lights are up at the park and there’s going to be a lot of ball going on this year.

Meagan Vandekerckhove, Williams Lake

Kevin McLennan (principal of 108 Mile Elementary), Williams Lake

To spend less and save more because I want to pay off my car and put a down payment on a house.

To take better care of myself with some fitness and also make sure to take care of everybody here at Mile 108 Elementary School.


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report 100 Mile House RCMP responded to 59 complaints and calls for service during the past week. Below are highlights of the week’s calls. Rollover MVI On Dec. 22, 100 Mile House RCMP members were called to a report of a single motor vehicle collision (MVI) on Highway 97 near Keene Road. It was determined the driver was braking and lost control of the vehicle, which then rolled into the ditch. The driver sustained serious injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening. Help wanted On Dec. 22, RCMP members were called to a report of an assault at a residence on Emerald Cres. in Lac la Hache. Police attended and determined a family relative had assaulted another relative inside the residence and was also holding a baseball bat in a threatening manner and making death threats. The female who committed the acts then left the residence in the relative's vehicle causing property damage while doing so. Police have not been able to locate the female or the vehicle and will be requesting a warrant for her arrest. The vehicle is a red 1999 Ford F250 with licence plate EF1571. The incident remains under investigation and if anyone see this vehicle they are asked to call the RCMP at 250-3952456 immediately. Loaded firearm On Dec. 21, RCMP were called to single MVI on Highway 97 near the 108 Mile Ranch. When police attended no people were at scene and a loaded firearm was found inside the vehicle. The occupants from the Lower Mainland were later found.


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Emergency responders attended a three-vehicle MVI involving six patients total at approximately 12:30 p.m. on an icy Canim-Hendrix Lake Road on Dec. 16. Two patients were assisted out of their vehicle by fire and ambulance crews. Three patients suffered minor injuries and were transported to 100 Mile District General Hospital.

The driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for fail to keep right, fail to remain at the scene of an accident, and also charged for having a loaded firearm inside a motor vehicle. The firearm remains seized as the occupants did not have a valid firearms licence. Erratic driver On Dec. 21, RCMP were called to a report of an erratic driver on Highway 97. The complainants who reported the incident stopped at a local gas station when the suspect vehicle stopped as well. A verbal incident between all parties took place. The driver of the suspect vehicle then went back to his vehicle and grabbed a small hatchet and is alleged to have used it in a threatening manner. The suspect was located and arrested for assault with a weapon. The hatchet was seized and the suspect was released on a promise to appear for court at a later date. The

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investigation into this continues. Failed to stop On Dec. 19, RCMP were called to a report of a head-on collision on the Sheridan West Forest Service Road. It was determined that a vehicle did not stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Sheridan Lake Road West, causing a collision with another vehicle. One occupant suffered minor injuries and was transported to hospital.

The driver who failed to stop at the stop sign was charged for the offence under the Motor Vehicle Act. Hit-and-run On Dec. 18, police received a report of a hitand-run at Fourth Street and Alder Avenue. A vehicle turning off Alder failed to yield to another vehicle on Fourth Street causing a collision and then left the scene. The vehicle is described as a newer GMC or Chevrolet pick-up truck, grey in

Fatal MVI

A 68-year-old woman from Vancouver was killed in a two-vehicle crash near 99 Mile on Highway 97 on Dec. 23. According to police, it appears a southbound minivan made a U-turn in the middle of the road and was struck on the passenger side by a northbound SUV. The woman was a passenger in the minivan. Both drivers were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Open liquor, pot On Dec. 18, RCMP Traffic Services stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 97 near Horse Lake Road. The four occupants in the vehicle had open liquor and a small quantity of marijuana, which was seized. All four occupants were arrested and later released at scene. The driver of the vehicle was charged for speeding and for having open liquor in a motor vehicle. Driver hits tree On Dec. 18, police were called to a report of a hit-and-run involving property damage at a residence in the 200 block of Evergreen Crescent. It was determined that a vehicle, likely a truck was driving erratically on Evergreen when it lost control and went off the road into a light standard junction box as well as a homeowner's tree.

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Two unknown occupants were observed getting the vehicle out, which then fled the scene. Another hit-and-run On Dec. 17, police received a report of a hit-and-run to a vehicle in the A&W parking lot. It was determined that a vehicle had struck another vehicle and fled before exchanging details. A licence plate number was obtained of the vehicle that fled and police will be following up with the registered owner with charges of fail to remain at the scene of an accident. Causing disturbance On Dec. 17, RCMP received a report of two intoxicated persons causing problems on a Greyhound bus. Police attended and located two intoxicated males who were arrested for causing a disturbance.

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100 Mile House Food Bank executive directer Bob Hicks, left, happily accepted the $80,000 BC Gaming Grant from Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett who sat on Santa’s lap during the Food Bank’s third distribution day of the month. Noting the Food Bank has given out 333 hampers at the first two distribution days, Hicks said they had provided 90 hampers and Christmas gifts on Dec. 22, with a lot of people lined up in the parking lot waiting for their hampers.

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He says there’s been a large increase in the number of people needing help. “We normally distribute between 120 and 130 hampers every two weeks, but on Dec. 1, we distributed 160, and on the 15th, we distributed 173. We expect to give out more than 300 Christmas hampers.” Haveman says that $2,000-worth of toys has been purchased, and will be distributed at an event on Dec. 22 at the Food Bank’s building at 199 Seventh Street. “Every child who comes will get a teddy bear and a new toy. And there’ll be personal care items there for older children, or any person who needs them. We don’t turn anyone away.”

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The 100 Mile House Food Bank Society is breathing a sigh of relief that this year’s grant from the B.C. Community Gaming Grant went through without a hitch. There was some confusion last year, when the organization only received $60,000 of the $80,000 grant it had applied for. They eventually received the other $20,000. This year, however, the $80,000 application was approved immediately, leaving society secretary-treasurer Kathy Haveman “absolutely amazed. I’m glad we got it; it will really make a big difference this year.” Society executive director Bob Hicks notes the money helps the Food Bank pay rent, hydro, heat and insurance, but most of the money goes towards buying food throughout the year.


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Jan. 1 Audience enjoyed Cantata performance The United Church Choir and friends presented their annual Christmas Cantata at the 100 Mile House United Church on Dec. 15. Choir member Dennis Tupman said one audience member was overheard to say, “I always love to come to this event, which for me sets the contemplative tone for Christmas.” Financial proceeds from the cantata were given to the church’s outreach fund to help others less fortunate at this time of year.

students hands-on training for more than a dozen local students each year. “The success rate is very high for our school district, much higher than many districts in B.C.,” said David Corbett, SD27 co-ordinator of career programs.

Jan. 8 Preserving history of our pioneers Fawn Lake Ranch is like many old ranches in the South Cariboo. Fortunately, this one has a jewel – the original log homestead home is still standing because it has been lovingly restored by Bud and Lee Bolivar and their family. While the Bolivar family has put in a lot of sweat equity to restore the historic Bean House, Lee insists their part in the restoration isn’t the most important part of this story. “What’s really important is the history of this lovely old building.” Jan. 15 Grant helps feed the hungry The 100 Mile House Food Bank Society was able to stock its cupboards thanks in part to $80,000 in funding from the provincial government through the Community Gaming Grant program. “The food bank helps so many vulnerable people in the community and allows us to better serve their needs,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. Jan. 22 Torch burns bright in 100 Mile 100 Mile House was one of the last stops on the torch relay through the province celebrating the lead up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, the largest multi-sport and cultural event ever held in northern British Columbia. Local residents posed for pictures with the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch and the Games’ mas-

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Local rancher John Barkowsky was photographed in the pages of Top Gear Magazine branding the first 2015 Ford Mustang off the assembly line, making it “part of the herd”.

cot Nanguz (a smiling fox with the northern lights in his whiskers) at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Jan. 15. Jan. 29 Turning wood into wildlife Nearly every piece woodcarver Don Caldwell has done in the last 38 years has a story. Having spent most of his professional life in the wilderness of western Canada, he has seen a lot. “It’s coloured my thinking on a whole lot of issues,” said Caldwell of his time outdoors, while looking over the numerous animal figures on the large bookshelf in his living room in 100 Mile House. Feb. 5 Part of the herd Two journalists on an 11,000-mile journey made a stop at Spring Lake Ranch – a quiet, picture-perfect piece of Cariboo country, run for the last 34 years by John and Myrna Barkowsky, just northeast of 100 Mile House – and incorporated their time there with large photos and copy in the very popular publication, Top Gear Magazine. Their road trip was the biggest one in the widelyread publication’s history to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford Motor Company’s iconic Mustang automobile. Their Mustang was actually the first 2015 model off the

line and John Barkowsky was photographed branding it, making it “part of the herd.” Feb. 12 Grants approved for good works Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and District of 100 Mile House elected officials approved some $87,600 Joint Grants for Assistance. The largest recipient this year is the Mt. Timothy Ski Society, which received $8,000. The 100 Mile Community Policing group got $3,000 this year. Feb. 19 Brain-injured woman winning the battles Jodie Mattock of 100 Mile House was exceeding expectations in her recovery from a serious brain injury she incurred last summer. Her mother, Pauline Peterson, said during Jodie’s five-month stay at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, the family fought “tooth and nail” to convince doctors not to place her in long-term care. “The bottom line is ... we are looking at a better outcome.” Feb. 26 Science projects impress judges It seemed no curious matter, big or small, was left unexplored by students at the 100 Mile House Elementary

School Science Fair on Feb. 18, where 40 of the school’s top projects from grades 4-7 were on display in the gym. A total of 13 students from the school qualified for the District Science Fair, held Feb. 26 at 100 Mile House Elementary School, which will include projects from brainy students from all over School District #27. March 5 Bullying stops here Plenty of fun was had at the annual Hockey Against Bullying event in 100 Mile House. A $1,500 donation by the Prince George Cougars was one of the highlights of the Feb. 25 event, organized by the 100 Mile House and District Minor Hockey Association, which received the donation. The third annual event saw plenty of on- and office activities for local minor hockey players at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre. The message: Hockey is all about fun, and “bullying stops here.” March 12 Student’s science project looks to solve deadly problem Leanne Varney of 100 Mile House won the District Science Fair in 100 Mile House on Feb. 26, and was off to the 2015 Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair in Kamloops, April 8-10, hoping to impress the

judges enough to make to the Canada-Wide Science Fair for the second straight year. Varney’s project, “Talk to You Later, Saving My Life,” was a bold attempt to solve an increasingly dangerous, ever-present and worldwide problem – drivers texting from behind the wheel. March 19 40th anniversary celebration a walk through history Seventy people really enjoyed the 40th anniversary of the Lone Butte, Horse Lake Community Association (LBHLCA) luncheon at the Lone Butte Community Hall on March 1. The event attracted area politicians, former LBHLCA executive members, people who helped get the community hall on the site it sits on today, and two of the association’s founding members – Alan Boyd and Evelyn Nelson. March 26 Connecting students with careers School District 27, in partnership with employers and post-secondary institutions, was excelling at getting students workplace experience before they graduate. The biggest programs – ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) and the Secondary School Apprenticeship – give

April 2 Riding in support of Canadian military vets A Cariboo couple embarked on a mission to change the face of Canadian military veterans, and stopped in 100 Mile House on March 29 for a fundraising event. Paul and Terry Nichols of Quesnel were getting ready to set off in a couple of weeks on an eight-month, 11,000-kilometre, Canadawide journey on horseback. They set off in April from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, raising money and awareness for Canadian military vets. April 9 From Bella Coola to combat boots The latest recruit to join 100 Mile House RCMP was delighted to be in the South Cariboo. Const. Candace Knudsen spent Christmas Eve working her first shift at the local detachment, after transferring here from her four-year posting with Burnaby RCMP. She was raised in Bella Coola and said her new rural detachment duties, the country setting and outdoor recreation opportunities are much more to her liking than urban police work. April 16 Gold Rush Trail gains federal, industry funding The 100 Mile Snowmobile Club secured $80,000 to make significant improvements to the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. It brought the current budget to $160,000, which project manager Steve Law said makes it one of the largest federally funded trail projects in British Columbia. “We’ve already done some of the work; we put up some new signage, opened it up and cleared it again [trees and brush]; and there is a major bridge we want to put in over the Moffat Creek [south of Horsefly].” Continued on A23

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Some 120 new chairs arrived at the Lone Butte Community Hall (LBCH) just in time for Christmas. The new chairs are a welcome addition to the 40-year-old community hall, and nine volunteers met on Dec. 20 to unwrap the shipping material. It would have taken one person 10 hours to accomplish this task, as each chair was meticulously hand wrapped, much like a Christmas present. Almost like Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” the volunteers included Lone Butte/Horse Lake Community Association’s (LBHLCA) presidents of Christmas past, Heather Nelson, Christmas present, Chris Schmidt, and Christmas future, Natalie Sass. The other volunteers included Tom and Bev Lund, Al Nelson, Ken Schmidt, Al and Gayle Jones.

The new padded chairs are all unwrapped and ready to use for future community events, while the old wooden chairs have gone into storage for future events, such as next year’s Lone Butte Rocks. Although there have been many improvements and renovations to the hall in the past few years, which include the new roof, kitchen, exterior doors, heating and lighting upgrades, arguably the most appreciated will be the soft, comfortable chairs the community will get to enjoy at all

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Jan. 1 Broomball players sweeping for charity at street party There was no shortage of fun events coming up at Cariboo Challenge Family Fun Night on Jan. 9. Human foosball, a broomball tournament, children’s activities, a gift basket draw and a parade are all part of the scheduled fun for the inaugural event. A lack of snow led to the cancellation of the 2015 Cariboo Challenge Jack Gawthorn Memorial Sled Dog Race, the street party was on. Jan. 8 Choir raises big bucks for needy families The Eclectica Community Choir’s annual benefit concert at Martin Exeter Hall on Dec. 7 was a rousing success as the Magic of Christmas concert raised $2,405 for the 100 Mile Food Bank and Loaves and Fishes Outreach, which received equal shares to support their ongoing food distributions.

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Jason Ruscheinsky and Leslie Ross have wowed numerous audiences with their guitar playing and singing during the past year. The local residents will be performing at the 16th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, which is scheduled for Feb. 13 at Martin Exeter Hall.

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Jan. 8 Wranglers take four of six points on weekend Coach Dale Hladun thought his 100 Mile House Wranglers played three good games in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action while earning two victories on a road trip. The trip started with a 3-1 loss to the Osoyoos Coyotes, but 100 Mile bounced back with a 4-3 win over the Nelson Leafs and a 4-1 win over the Castlegar Rebels. Jan. 15 Curling team off to Ottawa 100 Mile House hosted the West Coast Blind Curling Association 2015 Provincial Play Downs on Jan. 10-11. Kelowna finished first, Vancouver second, 100 Mile House third, and Prince George fourth. 100 Mile is set to represent Team BC at a national tournament in Ottawa in 2016. Visiting teams expressed their gratitude and thanks to the community of 100 Mile House for the great hospitality, generosity and support put towards blind curling from the moment they arrived, local curler Lori Fry said. Jan. 22 100 Mile curlers impress at men's bonspiel Local rinks won two of three divisions in a successful annual men's bonspiel with 16 teams at the 100 Mile Curling Club, Jan. 16-18. In the A event final, the Dennis Gosselin crew from 100 Mile, affectionately known as the “Young Studs,” came from behind four down after the first end, to edge the Dustin Leduc rink from 100 Mile, 9-6. The Bill Lim rink from Prince George won the B event, while

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100 Mile House Wranglers captain Devan Suidy laid a body check on Tommy Brown of the Chase Heat during a big, series-clinching 7-2 win in Game 6 at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House on Feb. 27. The Wranglers rode into a Storm after dropping the Heat in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.

the C event saw John Atkinson's “Geriatrics” from 100 Mile overcome Bill Pratt's 100 Mile “Bulldogs,” 6-4, in a dogfight that went down to the last shot of the game. Jan. 29 Something she will never forget Being chosen to play a part in the 2015 Canada Winter Games celebration gave local resident Bev Fry a new appreciation for the people she's met and the time she's spent volunteering at countless community and sports events over the years. Fry was one of the

close to 30 runners to carry the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch in Quesnel on Jan. 17, the last regional torch relay before the start of the 2015 Games on Feb. 13 in Prince George. “There was a lot of emotion behind it,” Fry said of the experience. “I was very thankful and grateful.”

province. Emilie Nichols of Lac la Hache and Cassidy Mellott of 100 Mile House were members of the Northern Cougars, a Prince George-based squad that clinched first overall with a recordbreaking 2014-15 season in BC Hockey's Female Midget AAA program.

Feb. 5 Dream season for local girls Two local hockey talents were making real contributions with phenomenal play and big heart on the top team in the top female midget hockey league in the

Feb. 12 Forman talks ups and downs of final Junior A season Reece Forman, a big 108 Mile Ranch defenceman, was in the midst of a second season with the Nipawin Hawks of the

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Forman was logging a lot of minutes on the ice, and with more confidence this year, he was trying to set an example for the younger guys on the team. “We're looking pretty good,” Forman said. “Team-wise, we're doing well. It's a really great group of guys.”

power and came back in Game 2 following a Game 1 victory to clinch its playoff series against the Prince George Cougars. “We never give up,” said coach Cale Tessaro. “We've had the same philosophy all year – we bend but we never break.” 100 Mile House won 9-6 to clinch the series.

Feb. 19 Peewee Wranglers handle Cougars The boys bent but never broke as 100 Mile House's peewee rep team, sponsored by Primal Electric, displayed a ton of fire-

Feb. 26 Curler to represent Cariboo at BC Championships 100 Mile House's Hannah Lindner was set to be among the province's top young curlers hitting the ice

in Lake Cowichan for the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships, March 5-8. The 13-year-old was a member of a Prince George rink representing the Cariboo at the provincial bonspiel. Together the girls won the Curl BC Zone 8 Playdowns in Williams Lake in January, which was Lindner's third time competing at a regional play down, and her first time winning one. “It was very exciting to get somewhere this year,” she said. “It was a great experience.” Continued on A19


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Annual Sled Dog Race set for Jan. 30-31

Preparations are underway for the 2016 Cariboo Challenge Jack Gawthorn Memorial Sled Dog Race on 
Jan 30-31. Organizers are looking for volunteers leading up to the popular annual sled dog races at the 108 Mile Ranch Heritage Site. The organizing committee is having a meeting on Jan. 5 at Horton Ventures on Alpine Avenue at 6 p.m. and would love to see some new volunteers. The event will see races in a number of categories: 10-dog, sixdog, four-dog, junior and skijoring. The race lost a major sponsor this year. It was cancelled in 2015 for lack of snow.

Kicking off the race festivities is the return of Cariboo Challenge Family Fun Night to Birch Avenue with community games and celebrations on

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thwack against the heavy bag, one couldn't help but feel for the soon to be unlucky soul on the other end. “Every day, that's mostly what I think about – boxing,” Gentry said. “I'm not really an aggressive guy. I'm more of a laid back kind of guy. But I like fighting. I like the sport.”

March 5 Local talent lighting it up for Timberwolves 100 Mile House talent – Katie Toews, Caitlyn Ray, Breanna Uphill, Anya Levermann, Katya Levermann and Shian Remanente – were big contributing factors when the Williams Lake Timberwolves captured the Cariboo Amateur Hockey Association's midget female championship over Prince George in a best-ofthree game series, Feb. 13-14. The team was next headed to a provincial tournament in Penticton, March 16-19. “All the players have learnt and grown over the year,” said coach Pete Montana. March 12 Wrestlemania draws close to 70 athletes Dozens of young wrestlers in a number of weight categories went head-to-head in the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School gym at an elementary school tournament on Feb. 20. The long-running Wrestlemania tournament in 100 Mile House drew 67 competitors from 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Prince George. March 19 Big turning point propels winning rink Local curlers were among the top finishers at the 100 Mile House Curling Club's Ladies Bonspiel. Laurie Rippon's rink of Quesnel defeated the Margie Folk rink of 100 Mile House, 8-6, in a very close “A” final at the 56th annual event, March 6-8. Maria Hamilton's rink from Bridge Lake squeezed past the Lorraine Young rink of 100 Mile, 6-5, in the “B” final. Joanne Doddridge's rink from 100 Mile House won the “C” final, 8-2, over Deanna Zielke's local team. March 26 Archers fire at 3D tar-


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The Shuswap Defenders celebrated after a 13-2 victory over the Jake's Pub Old Buds to capture the 100 Mile House men's fastball league 2015 championship at Lumberman's Park on July 24.

gets Dozens of archers of all ages participated in the Big Horn Archery Club's annual Indoor A&W 3D Shoot in 100 Mile House on March 21-22. Local archers were joined by some from Williams Lake, Kelowna, Sparwood, 70 Mile and Lac la Hache, taking aim with traditional and compound bows at 3D animal targets for points. In the ladies Master's Longbow division, local shooters denise swift (first), Flori Vincenzi (second), Gina MyhillJones (third) finished in the top 3. April 2 Much more than a sport Two local curlers – Lori Fry and Jim Vinson – played a big part in making a long-running bonspiel for visually impaired athletes a success in Kamloops, March 18-21. While the pair

weren't competing at the Western Blind Curling Association Championships, Fry and Vinson, co-ordinated the event, which drew local dignitaries along with the 35 participants from seven teams representing four western provinces. “It is so vital for all of us on the planet to get out there and be active and healthy, but especially when vision loss comes upon a person,” Fry said. April 9 Rodeo cancelled in 100 Mile Stingy rental conditions and a lack of community support are the main reasons why there wasn't a rodeo this year in 100 Mile House, according to the president of the South Cariboo Rodeo Association. Not enough sponsors are stepping up financially and Randy Brodoway said he can't continue to finance the

event out of his own pockets. However, Brodoway didn't rule out trying to bring the event back in the future. April 16 Huber by KO for heavyweight title A mere three weeks after a convincing unanimous decision defence of his British Columbia Combsport cruiserweight title, Ken Huber, a Kamloops-based amateur boxer by way of 100 Mile House, stepped up a division and into the ring in Langley on April 10 for a shot at the association's vacant heavyweight belt and scored a second round knockout against “Big” Bob Larson of Fernie, one of the province's top contenders. April 23 Solid performances by 100 Mile girls Junior and senior girls soccer teams from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School host-

ed Lake City Secondary School from Williams Lake on April 10 in 100 Mile House. The schools split the four games, with the local juniors scoring two wins and Williams Lake coming out on top twice against the seniors. "The juniors showed a lot of potential, which looks good for the future of the program,” said 100 Mile House coach Sean Glanville. April 30 Pickleball players growing game A workshop helped local players improve their skills on the pickleball court, a budding game in 100 Mile House. Fifteen of the local club's players set up courts inside the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School gym and learned strategies around body positioning, shot selection, playing as a team with your partner, putting spin on the ball,

and other techniques sure to improve the calibre of play in 100 Mile House. May 7 New trail for crosscountry skiers Neil Manhard stood in the middle of a freshly logged strip of woodland near the top of 99 Mile Hill overlooking 100 Mile House. “It's all to do with getting more people skiing,” said Manhard of the latest extension to the 100 Mile Nordics Ski Society trail system – a new six-kilometre user-friendly tract higher up the hill from the Nordics Day Lodge where the trail system begins. May 14 Crazy power Local 20-year-old Colton Gentry was training his butt off ahead of his first sanctioned boxing fight this summer. Watching the 200-pounder's fists fly and hearing their

May 21 Riding toward Rio 2016 Tristiana Allwood, 17, was on a fundraising mission to reach the top stage of the very competitive world of dressage riding at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The Log House in 100 Mile House had a draw for a new outfit with funds going to support Allwood's pursuit. Allwood was also selling hemp bracelets and horse cookies at the store, where she has a display about her journey. "No matter what struggles you have in your life, it's what you make of the journey that counts,” Allwood said. “I hope my success in riding will encourage other riders and people to live their dreams too.” May 28 Cross-country runners compete at Mile 108 Students from elementary schools in the area competed in cross country running races around a trail system near Mile 108 Elementary School underneath a bright hot sun on May 20. The winners were Grade 7: Amy Baechmann (100 Mile) and Conner Giroux (100 Mile); Grade 6: Darlyssa Chretien (100 Mile) and Julian Zucchelli (Mile 108); Grade 5: Jadyn Monical (Mile 108) and Noah Geerts (100 Mile); Grade 4: Cora Selle (Forest Grove) and Daniel Villeneuve (100 Mile); Grade 3: Miriah Anderson (100 Mile) and Matthew Keller (Mile 108). Continued on A20


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The Shuswap Defenders won the 100 Mile House men's fastball league finals on July 24 – a big 13-2 win over the Jake's Pub Old Buds in a rematch of the 2014 championship series. “We keep talking about picking ourselves up after errors and to keep having fun,” said Shuswap pitcher Jerome “Stumpy” Boyce. Robin Gilbert pitched a stellar four innings for Shuswap and hit a home run in the second. Mark Boyce followed that up with a deep ball of his own in the third and an inside the park home run in the fifth.

June 4 PSO girls win most points at track meet A team of local athletes finished at the top of their division while qualifying for provincials with great individual results at the North Central High School Zone Meet in Prince George, May 22-23. Juvenile girls from Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) in 100 Mile House won their category with a score of 156 points. Provincial qualifiers included Ashley Holyk for shot put, discus, javelin and triple jump; Taiya Young for high jump; Brittany Lund for discus; Cassidy Mellott for the 400-metre race and triple jump; and Courtney Cave for triple jump. June 11 Full field at Divorce Open A 100 Mile House couple, Dave and Deb Evans (132), scored lowest net in the first flight at the Divorce Open at the 108 Golf Resort, which saw 174 golfers from around British Columbia on the course for one of the province's biggest two-day, annual couples golf tournaments, May 30-31. The pairs golfed two 18 hole rounds, alternating shots, going for low gross and low net scores. June 18 Personal best for Young Taiya Young soared to a personal best of 1.40-metres in high jump and Brittany Lund reached 18.2-m in the discuss throw at the BC High School Track & Field Championships in Langley, June 4-6. The athletes worked very hard throughout the track and field season, and they really pulled together during competitions, said coach Lori Meville.

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Taiya Young, a Grade 9 student at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, soared to a personal best in the high jump event at the BC High School Track & Field Championships in Langley, June 4-6.

June 25 100 Mile 'N Hour squirts on a roll The 100 Mile 'N Hour squirts were red hot as the local U12 team won a tournament in 100 Mile House, June 20-21, after winning gold the weekend before in Surrey. In the round robin in 100 Mile House, the local squad beat Fleetwood, 7-6; Merritt, 16-6; and Clearwater, 13-1. MVP awards went to Kyson Hopson, Cole Allan and Colton Sanford. In the finals, 100 Mile 'N Hour beat Clearwater, 18-10. Aidan Moore was named MVP. July 2 Young squad has real talent Members of the 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association were busy preparing for the upcoming Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup (U13U15), which drew 24 teams from around

British Columbia to the Soccer Park in 100 Mile House, July 9-12. Players on the local U14 host squad included Wylon Hall, Cameron Ardiel, Dylan Carr, Pete Peterson, Adam Sullivan, Tyson Fitzgerald, Jake Cuttler, Hayden Prodnuk, Noah Dykstra, Josh Hutchins, Nigel Swann, Lee Machete, Dylan Newhook, Ryan Grant and Cory Mapson. July 9 Wranglers captain scores scholarship The skill and leadership Devan Suidy displayed in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League over three seasons has paid off for him. The former 100 Mile House Wranglers took his size and talent to the collegiate level in the fall, suiting up for the Voyageurs men's hockey team and pursuing a career in power engineering on a partial scholarship with Portage College in Lac

la Biche, Alberta. Asked what he'll remember most from his season in 100 Mile House, which draws amongst the biggest and loudest crowds in all the KIJHL, Suidy responded quickly: “The fans. It was insane playing in front of that many people every home game. That's hard to come by anywhere you go.” July 16 100 Mile hosts impressive provincial tourney The 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association hosted the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial B Cup, July 9-12. The soccer tournament saw two dozen teams and hundreds of young players from all over British Columbia compete for provincial titles in U13, U14 and U15 divisions. Lianne Heales, president of the local soccer association, said hosting the event was worth the close to year-long organizing effort.

“It came down to a few really hard-working volunteers and we had a lot of help from parent volunteers and community members who don't have kids in soccer. It was a lot of work, but in the end it's worth it to show off our community.”

Aug. 6 Fun Fly soars with 16 pilots The 100 Mile Model Flyers had 16 pilots take to the sky with their radio-controlled airplanes during a Fun Fly on July 25-26. The event at 99 Mile Hill was a lot of fun, said the club's president Bill Hood. Pilots chased balloons with their aircraft and played combat games at the family friendly event. While a majority of the pilots were local flyers, some travelled from as far away as Abbotsford, Kelowna and Prince George.

July 23 Squirts finish dominant season with silver The 100 Mile 'N Hour squirts finished one win away from a perfect season at U12 provincials in Sooke on July 10-12, winding up an incredible run and medal haul this summer. It was a tough loss in the finals to a determined host team for 100 Mile, which was going for its fourth gold medal of the season. “It really was an incredible season and I couldn't be more proud of the whole group,” said coach Rob Sanford.

Aug. 13 Hundreds turn out for Interlakes Rodeo The 25th Annual Interlakes Rodeo saw close to 1,000 spectators over two days of action, Aug. 1-2. The event was hosted by the Interlakes Community Association and featured a variety of rodeo events with participants from around the province. Organizer Carney Myers said it was a great weekend. “Everything worked out. There were no accidents. You always worry about that. But everyone was safe and had a good time.”

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The 108 Ladies Club won this summer's Inter-Club Challenge with golfers from Williams Lake and Quesnel by a single stroke after three rounds of play. The final results after three rounds of net scores were the 108 Ladies with 1,334 strokes, Williams Lake with 1,335 and Quesnel with 1,348. It is a great opportunity to meet other golfers, play the other courses, and develop team spirit within your club. Aug. 27 Excellent turnout for Texas Scramble The 108 Senior's Club played a game of Texas Scramble at the 108 Golf Resort on Aug. 13 and had an excelled turnout with 27 members. Audrey Law, Barb Martin, Bill Baerg and Bryan Mutch were the winning team. After golfing, the members enjoyed a luncheon outdoors at the Snack Trap. Sept. 3 McKave, Scarrow score overall lowest Annie McKave was the overall low gross winner and Judy Scarrow scored overall lowest net at the 108 Ladies Club Championship at the 108 Golf Resort on Aug. 22-23. Sept. 10 Stevens wins Cariboo Open in playoff The 2015 Cariboo Open came down to the wire with some wonderful golf drama on Sept. 6. Local golfer Chris Stevens won the premiere annual tournament at the 108 Golf Resort in a second playoff hole by fending off the latecharging defending champion Richard Smith of Chilliwack. Local golfer Al Smeds shot overall lowest net with a total score of 204 after three days of play.

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food waste story. Rustemeyer and Baldwin – both filmmakers and food lovers – dove into the issue of food waste from the farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.

The show, Just Passing Through, featured paintings by John Youds. Youds worked as a wildlife and habitat biologist in the Cariboo for the province of British Columbia for 30 years before retiring in 2012. Feb. 19 Committee, students working for adjudication The 100 Mile Festival of the Arts folks were heading into a busy time with workshops and recitals leading up to their adjudicated festival, starting in on April 13 and winding up with the wildly popular Showcase Concert at Martin Exeter Hall on April 24.

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Anna Betuzzi, left, received Conservatory Canada medals she won from her piano teacher GinnyLou Alexander during the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts recital at the Evangelical Free Church on Feb. 22.

Feb. 26 Public invited to free movie, refreshments Area residents were in for a real treat as filmmakers Jenny

Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin were set to be in 100 Mile on March 3 to give a talk after the screening of their latest movie Just Eat It – A

March 5 Anna Betuzzi tops in Music Theory 3 and 4 in B.C. Sixteen-year-old Anna Betuzzi makes the piano come alive. The Grade 11 Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School student loves music, and it shows. Anna performed


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Dec. 31-Jan. 3 – Mt. Timothy Ski Area in Lac la Hache is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 (weather dependent). For information, call 250-396-4095 or • Jan. 8 - Feb. 6 – Traditional Crafts in 2016, featuring the works of the South Cariboo Weavers, Spinners and Fibre Artists Guild, will be presented at the Parkside Art Gallery at 401 Cedar Ave. in 100 Mile House. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays. There will be an open house on Jan. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. • Jan. 9 – The 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society is hosting its annual Ladies’ Ski/ Snowshoe & High Tea. Open to all levels of skiers, just meet at the Nordics’ Day Lodge at the 99 Mile Trails at 1 p.m. Cost is by donation, which will go to the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre. • Jan. 10 – 108 Mile Ranch pianist Anna Betuzzi, who is preparing to take her Grade 10 level piano and Associate Diploma test, will be performing at a house concert at Marilyn Buyar’s home, 3889 Ranch Road in Lac la Hache. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Ginny-Lou at 250-395-3555. • Jan. 14-16 – The PSO Theatre Troupe presents Nicholas Nickleby at Martin Exeter Hall (behind the Red Coach Inn) in 100 Mile House. Show times are 7 p.m. every day with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Jan. 16. Tickets are $10 each ($12 at the door) and they are available at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, Didi’s Boutique and The Bicycle Tree Coffee House. • Jan. 28 – The annual Grad Hockey Game will take place at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House. Meanwhile, Grad Raffle Tickets are available at the 108 Mile Esso station and from any grad student. The draw will be held during the hockey game. • Jan. 29 – The Cariboo Challenge Family Fun Night 2016 will be held on Birch Avenue in 100 Mile House from 5 to 9 p.m. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. • Jan. 29-31 – Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Race (Home of the Jack Gawthorn Memorial Sled Dog Race) will be held at the 108 Mile Heritage Site. Jan. 29: Mushers meeting and social event; public meet and greet. Jan. 30-31: sled dog racing, no fees, start time 9 a.m. Jan. 30: Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Dinner/ Auction; happy hour at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 and auction at 7. For more information, go to www. • Feb. 13 – The 16th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert will be held at Martin Exeter Hall, with two shows: 2 and 7 p.m., featuring Alan Moberg, Bernadette Ducharme, Wesley Hardisty and Frank Gleeson. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Work n Play, PMT Chartered Accountants and 100 Mile Feed and Ranch Supply.


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paintings in the Parkside Art Gallery Summer Art Show, July 31-Sept. 12. March 19 Fantastic cast for The Melville Boys Director Chris Adams said the 100 Mile House Performing Arts Society cast for The Melville Boys was one of the best he’s ever worked with as the local community theatre group’s production approached on March 26-28. The cast included Gina Gigliotti, Lacey Venner, Alex Martin and Brian Weir. March 26 Key It Up important The 100 Mile Festival of the Arts Committee embarked on an ambitious fundraising program – Key It Up – to purchase a gently used grand piano. Festival of the Arts co-chair Bruce Madu said the committee is excited to have launched the project, which is independent of its regular festival budget, to raise $46,000 to replace the piano at Martin Exeter Hall. April 2 Taste of bluegrass A slew of great bluegrass tunes filled the gym at Mile 108 Elementary School and students got a bit of a crash course in that musical genre when an American band stopped by on March 25. Students cheered the musical stylings of the band, The Special Consensus, and heard about the types of acoustic instruments the musicians played and about the origins of bluegrass music, a subgenre of country music made famous by the legendary Bill Monroe, a Kentucky musician known as the father of bluegrass. April 9 Performers brought characters to life Director Chris Adams had nothing but praise for the cast of the 100 Mile House Performing Arts Society’s production of the The Melville Boys. Written by famous Canadian playwright Norm Foster, the four-

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person play delivers plenty of laughs followed by some serious drama in the second act. April 16 Endless artistic pursuit Marilyn Yewell had a captivating assortment of artwork on display at Showcase Gallery. Yewell hung a number of her paintings, depicting varied subjects in myriad styles, on April 7. Among them: a blackand-white portrait of Marilyn Monroe, topless rose-coloured models, vibrant Cariboo landscapes, and a beautiful pink flamenco dancer wearing a flowing black dress.

April 23 Showcase Concert All of the performances for the 100 Mile Festival of the Arts, which ran April 13-23, are done and adjudicators offered invitations to the some performers to display their talent at the grand finale – the Festival Showcase 2015. On April 17, Musical Theatre participants brought high energy to their performances. Dressed in imaginative costumes, they sang selections from shows, such as Wicked, Les Miserables, Matilda, Little Mermaid and many other familiar musicals.

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April 30 New book release Between Shadows, by Kathleen CookWaldron, was released in May. The Cariboo resident is the author of numerous books for younger and older children and

her newest book is aimed at readers eight years old and up. “It’s really about family and family legacy,” the author said. “It seems like everything I write boils down to family and the importance of family.”


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April 23 Grad Fashion Show a ‘huge’ success The Class of 2015 Fashion Show saw the Grade 12 students strutting their stuff in the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School gym on April 10. It was a huge success, said Grad Committee chair Priscillia Remanente. “It was a fabulous event. The grads put on a great show and there was a lot of support from the community.” Organizers held a 50/50 draw, which raised $2,500. April 30 Students get hands-on with firefighting course A firefighting course at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School was giving students a unique learning opportunity while getting them engaged in different activities outside of the classroom. The elective course has more than a dozen Grade 10-12 students learning both structural firefighting and wildland firefighting techniques similar to the local halls' and province’s initial attack crews.

May 7 Fire-rescue bids adieu to forty-year volunteer The longest-serving member of 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue, volunteer firefighter Joe Guerreiro, retired after more than 40 years. Former fire chief Darrell Blades said his absence will leave a void that will be felt throughout the department. May 14 Much interest still for print books Nuthatch Books in 100 Mile House was one of the independent bookstores across the country recognizing Authors for Indies Day on May 2. The first ever event in Canada was a spinoff of Independent Bookstore Day in the United States, which launched in 2014, aiming to reinforce the value of print books and underscore the important role independent bookstores have connecting readers with local writers in a changing industry that’s seeing more and more readers going electronic. May 21 Parade delivers family fun Large crowds lined Birch


Avenue in 100 Mile House for the Western Week Parade on May 16. The sunny morning saw a joyous procession of riders and horses, local dignitaries and community groups, live music, fancy cars and western-themed floats. But most importantly, the downtown was crowded with smiling children and happy families, said Western Week organizer Al Roberts. “It was an immense success.” May 28 Hands-on with heavy machinery Ten Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School students were among the group of close to 30 School District #27 students who participated in an annual program designed to give them experience operating heavy machinery. Heavy Metal Rocks, which went May 6-9 in Williams Lake, was a joint effort by SD #27, WorkSafeBC, and local industry, teaming up to give Grade 11-12 students interested in a career in the construction industry a lesson in “heavy metal.”

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100 Mile House Fire-Rescue chief Darrell Blades, left, wished longest-serving department member Joe Guerreiro all the best recently, after he retired on April 1. His absence as a diligent team member and mentor to the whole crew will be sorely noticed throughout the department.

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tudents in the CaribooChilcotin are among those expected to benefit from the expansion of a program designed to prepare students to fill the tens of thousands of job openings the provincial government expects to see in northern British Columbia in the coming years. The Shoulder Tappers program, which started in the province’s northeast, has expanded to 15 school districts throughout central and northern B.C. The B.C. Liberal government and the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) are providing a combined $4.9-million over five years toward the program, which connects students with pathways to jobs and the education system with industry. Shoulder Tappers are career co-ordinators or recruitment specialists who work with elementary and secondary school students. The program has grown to incorporate technical, academic and vocational courses, such as aircraft engineering, heavy-duty mechanics, information technology, early childhood education and others. Shoulder Tappers are connected with teachers, students, industry partners, local businesses, aboriginal bands, and

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B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier, centre, toured the recently built automotive shop at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School in 100 Mile House on Dec. 8 and spoke with students Cody Hyde, left, Mason Johnson, Brandon McMillan and Cameron Lang about some of their projects. The minister’s visit came a day after an announcement about the expansion of the Shoulder Tappers program, which connects students with trades jobs and the education system with industry.

communities, explains grow better, so north and School District #27 (SD27) south are getting more career programs co-ordi- connected, which is a realnator David Corbett. ly great thing we can do as Bree Odd of a school district.” 100 Mile House In 100 Mile was recently hired House, there are by SD27 to work currently two with Corbett as a students gaining “shoulder tapper.” practical experiCorbett says ence towards a they will now be future career in a able to more effechealth-care assisBree tively fulfil their tant program run Odd goal of helping by Thompson students find the right Rivers University and careers. one heavy duty mechan“An extra benefit is ic student in the ACE having Bree living in 100 IT (Accelerated Credit Mile. It’s already a natural Enrolment in Industry network we can start to Training) program.

Four more students are set to join ACE IT in February and will be getting hands on experience in the welding and electrical fields. Odd has experience working with the Youth Employment Services program, specializing in career counselling and job placement for youth. An upcoming event she is organizing is the YES 2 IT event at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School in 100 Mile House on Jan. 28, which invites elementary school students to “test-drive the trades” by working in five different

areas – welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanics – throughout the day. “I’m looking forward to making a lot of new connections and networking to keep assisting the students in building a successful future for themselves,” Odd says. “Sometimes that requires people like David and myself and the rest of our career programs teams in 100 Mile and Williams Lake to push forward, and to continue talking with students and making connections with business and industry in town.”



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Well-known artist Bridge Lake’s John Helvoigt is guest artiste in Bridge Lake Library’s Community Showcase for the month of January. Before his retirement, he was the librarian there. His beautiful pencil, and pen and ink drawings grace homes all over the world.

Take your trash Ice-fishers are reminded not to leave any debris on the ice, includes fishing lure packets, fishing line, cans and especially cigarette butts. Our lakes do not need any of this stuff! Please remove everything when you leave the ice. Support appreciated I offer many thanks to all my readers who keep my columns full all year. Keep reading, and may you all have a happy and healthy 2016. Touching poem Here’s a great New Year mantra from

Alice E. Clark: My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done, Leave countless marks for good or ill ere sets the evening sun. This is the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray: Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way. Calendar Call the writer for contact numbers. • Highway 24/ Interlakes Lions meet at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 4 at Interlakes Community Centre (ICC). • Log Cabin Quilters meet 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jan. 6 at ICC.

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More than 30 bankers boxes – nearly 1,200 pounds – of donated non-perishable foodstuffs were collected over the three days; almost a pound of food per visitor. Just days before the Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas event took place, violent gusts of wind downed a 100-foot-plus spruce tree in a century-old section of the Barkerville Cemetery The huge tree collapsed onto the cemetery’s hallowed ground B5 and managed to miss at least a dozen densely situated headboards. Carleigh Drew photos Other than some slight damage to the picket Barkerville’s St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in the Barkerville Historic Town & fence and short staircase Park is a favourite stopping place for visitors. surrounding the tree, not $ a single graveHERE marker ly couldn’t have asked generous donations this time of year,” ADVERTISE FOR ONLY 42.04 PER WEEK (PLUS GST) - 12 WEEK CONTRACT was damaged. for better weather this made by our guests to says Carleigh Drew, “Other than our now past weekend; there was the Wells Legion ham- Barkerville’s marketing, PACKING infamous windstorm a sunshine, snow, per program means products and activities SUPP smiles IES AVAILALB few days prior, we real- all around … andLEthe so much to so many officer.

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are the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) highlights from NOW Dec. FEATURING: 11 board Business facade Purifi ed ICE & Watkins Products meeting in Williams Lake. improvement program We also offer Vacuum Sales, Parts and Repairs The CRD will be supporting & Carpet Cleaner Rentals Provisional Budgets Adopted an application to the Northern #2 - 486 Birch Ave. The 2016 provisional budgets Initiative Trust 100 MileDevelopment House, BC for the CRD and the Cariboo (NDIT) under the Business Chilcotin Regional Hospital Facade Improvement funding District were endorsed. program. Copies of the budget will be TheLtd. request is for $20,000 in available for viewing on the CRD grant funding from the Cariboowebsite (, Licensed at all Chilcotin/Lillooet Regional threeResidential CRD offices and in the Development Account, for the Builder CRDCustom BranchHomes libraries in 100 Mile communities of Likely and • Remodeling House, Quesnel and Williams Horsefly, and the Interlakes area. • Ralf Baechmann • The program provides annual Lake. CRD directors and staff grant funding of up to $20,000 Ph: 250-706-4706 encourage all residents to review for municipalities and regional


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districts to enhance economic development by encouraging private-sector investment in businesses façade improvements. Acceptable projects include complete exterior improvements, such as building facades, signage, murals, architectural features, siding, lighting and awnings. The CRD will work closely with partner community organizations, including the Likely & District Chamber of Commerce, Horsefly Board of Trade, and Interlakes Economic Association to successfully deliver the program in each area. Happy holidays The CRD offices will be closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 3, 2016 and will re-open on Jan. 4, 2016.


Children’s Christmas Party well attended FOREST GROVE

yoga classes (by donation) will be held at the community hall on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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Wendy Clarke, Linda Smith, Bev Hodge, Lori Forster and helpers organized games, crafts and food for 44 registered youngsters plus parents attending the 2015 Community Children’s Christmas Party, while members of the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department prepared for Santa’s arrival Dec. 13. Each child was called to Santa’s Place, which was set up in a corner

Best Christmas in the South Cariboo

Following are some Horse Lake Elementary School students’ entries in the youth category Free Press Christmas Greetings story contest Runner-up It’s Christmas in the South Cariboo. Most kids think that Christmas is about all of the presents, but it’s not, it’s about spending time with your family. All kids are excited for Christmas Day. It’s not every day that you get presents, and when I go outside to play I never forget about Rosie. Before I call Rosie to play I break an icicle off the roof and then Continued on B7

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On Dec. 13, Santa, sitting in his red sleigh mounted on top of the Forest Grove Volunteer Fire Department truck, arrived at the fire hall while snow was falling all around him. He was happily greeted by excited children who knew he had gifts for them.

of the fire hall, where gifts were presented and Monika Paterson took pictures for each family to take home as a keepsake. Seniors dinner The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #261-Forest Grove Ladies Auxiliary once again outdid themselves, organizing the annual Seniors Dinner on Dec. 7. Some 130 tickets were handed out and pretty much everybody turned up, filling the better part of 18 tables at the Forest Grove Community Hall. The turkey and ham

meal, with all of the trimmings, was delicious as was the extensive dessert buffet. Many followed the call to dance, courtesy of The Classmates, who were very well received, as was Santa handing out sweets. Reminder See the new year in with live band Just Steelin’ at the local Legion (4535 CanimHendrix Lake Road), on Dec. 31, starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge and “appies” will be available later in the evening. Legion news At the Legion annual

general meeting, the following officers were elected for the year 2016: president Jerry Billups; vice-president Wayne Erskine; secretary Linda Nielsen; treasurer Pam Knezevich; and directors John Melnyk, Wayne Gilchrist and Tom Timleck.

2016 greetings Thank you for your contributions and reading my column for almost two years running now. I wish you all the very best for 2016; may it bring you all that you desire and, above all, good health!

Thursday, December 31, 2015 100 Mile Free Press

Citizens on Patrol

100 Mile House, Canim Lake and Deka Lake Divisions are looking for volunteers to make a difference in our communities. All that is required is you and your vehicle, 2-4 hours per month and a criminal records check, compensation is provided for use of your vehicle. Help us keep the South Cariboo safe for all of our citizens and businesses.

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Rec. Society news The next meeting of the Forest Grove & District Recreation Society will take place on Jan. 5, 2016, at the community hall at 7 p.m. Membership ($10) is due and new members are always welcome. Starting Jan. 7,

United Way encourages and promotes volunteerism and volunteer leadership.

Everyone’s potential can be realized.

Success depends on all of us. Please give.

United Way provides children the best possible start in life and the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

Now all funds raised in the South Cariboo, stay here in the South Cariboo.

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New Years Eve Bullarama

An annual fundraiser for the North Thompson Agriplex & The Farm Kids Scholarship Fund December 31, 2015 at the North Thompson Agriplex, Barriere, B.C. Bullarama & New Year’s Party (19+): $50 • Bullarama only: $30 • 12 & under (Bullarama only): Free Doors open at 6pm • Bullarama 7pm •New Year’s Eve Dance to follow Tickets available at: The Star/Journal, Barriere Country Feeds, or the Horse Barn (Kamloops) For online tickets go to: and type in: New Years Eve Bullriding

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Meat draw raises money for Food Bank 70 MILE HOUSE VIC POPIEL 250-456-2321

After the meat draw at the Dusty Rose Pub on Dec. 12, Angel Charbonneau presented more than $500 to

Kathy Haveman, secretary-treasurer of the 100 Mile House Food Bank. The money was raised from meat draws over the past several months. Poker tourney The next poker tournament will be held at the Pattie residence at 2490 North Bonaparte Rd. on Jan. 9. Play will start at noon; registration starts at 11 a.m.

To register in advance, call Vic at 250456-2321. Bingo night The next 70 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department bingo will be held at Seventy Mile Access Centre (SMAC) on Jan. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and play starts

we play fetch with the icicle. It’s so funny to watch Rosie dig in the snow. Every year my grandpa Wayne builds me and Xander a huge snow fort, and we dig tunnels in it. We have a blast playing outside. Delaney Best Grade 4 Runner-up My dad and I go on the snowmobile it is fun. I like to help decorate the Christmas tree. I have a self portrait that I like to hang up. If we have cookies, we put them on the table

Bookmobile schedule The Thompson Nicola bookmobile will


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and in the morning hopefully they are gone. We also will go on the sleds. That’s what makes my Christmas the best. Jenilee Schroevers Grade 3 Runner-up The best Christmas in the South Cariboo was when I went snowboarding off of a big hill. It was very steep. I fell a lot of times. I went down the big hill. I practiced a lot of times and I am very good now. I can do a 180 & a Tail whip! Ryder Arnott Grade 4

SMAC news The next general meeting of SMAC will be held at the centre on Jan. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

be in the area on Jan. 7. It will be at the South Green Lake Fire Hall from 10 to 11 a.m., and at the 70 Mile General Store from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Thanks to this year’s Health Stars so far… Ken Moore Grant Doman Kathy Cole Phyllis Schulte Elise Thomas Colleen Jackson Martha Bergman Emily Dillabough Betty Lou Lunn Nancy Mah John & Marlene Peters Aubrey & Carmen Skyers I.E. Hinz Lynda Lewis Isabelle Ohrling Gordon Nottingham Bill & Marjorie Lukoni Derek Belcher Darrel Warman Tim & Diane Matlock Bill & Pat Kent Bill & Carol Hawes Birch Avenue Barbershop Soul Concepts Aesthetics Williams Lake & District Credit Union South Cariboo Business Centre Doug & Patti-Anne Johnston Dawna Lace & Staff at Cedar Crest BigHorn Archery Club Ray Krueger and Lori Brodie Christine Hadden Higher Ground Ventures Suzanne Friederickson Sandy & Wendy Foster 100 Mile Rotary Club

Martina & Michel Dopf Bill Bjornson Tom & Donna Auld Janet & Allan Boyd Davinder Kamoh Shirley Gibson-Bull Carol Unrau William & Helena Versluis Brenda Kyllo Bonnie L’Heureux Margaret Mobbs William & Helena L’Heureux Larry & Ann Pinkney Dean & Brenda McNeil Velma Malmberg Paula Uebele Norman & Jeanne McCartney Rob & Diane Grantham Debbie & Grant Hancock Judy & Jon McCormick Joan Eisiminger Adriana Thomas Nicolwood Medical Services Thibeault Welding Rim Rock Ventures Dorothy Verboom Joyce Bueckert South Cariboo Lioness Club Ray & Wendy Bueckert Nancy & Ken Melville Brenda & Dennis Pedersen Joe & Elsie Komori Ralph Warner Weston Water Wells Ltd. Helen Morrow 108 Lions Club Donna Barnett Doreen Eccles Stan & Sharon Nekrash Audrey & Ron Law Cariboo Bonanza Resort Chartreuse Moose Deb Smith Ursula & Martin Scherrer Roger & Marcia Stratton 100 Mile Lions Club Mark & Kathleen Waldron Megan & Shane Gunn South Cariboo Truckers Brenda Devine Barb Thurston Debra Hollowell Ron Thurston Sally-Beth Gimse Christine Kilpatrick Karen Weightman Johann & Patricia Erickson Jim & Jeanette Gellein Barbara & Ken Clark Judy Alexander Pat Scorse Genevieve Jensen Terry Larum & Dale Langford Deborah & Tom Turner Dorothy & John Perkin Brian & Agnes Werth Chris & Val Nickless Bill & Sylvia Marshall Harry Bishop Pat Conway Bonnie Samson Marie Monette PMT Chartered Accountants Century Hardware Exquisite Florals & Gifts Barrie & Sian Sime

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The Free Press, along with the following area merchants, will present the listed prizes to the first baby born in the year 2016. ALL YOU DO TO ENTER: 1. Your baby must be the first baby of 2016 to be born at 100 Mile House District General Hospital with time of birth verified by the hospital staff. 2. Come into the 100 Mile Free Press office and pick up your list of gifts from our generous merchants after your announcement has been published.

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100 Mile House Free Press, December 31, 2015  

December 31, 2015 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press

100 Mile House Free Press, December 31, 2015  

December 31, 2015 edition of the 100 Mile House Free Press