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on Asleson Subdivision Road on Highway 29 S, the main road to Tumbler Ridge Saturday morning. The resident was making dry meat when high winds carried the fire from the contained area to her trailer, a neighboring trailer, sheds, a pump house and proceeded to burn a large swat of grass and trees including trees killed by the Pine Beetle upwards onto Wabi Mountain. Cell telephone and radio towers were close by and were threatened by the fire. “Chetwynd BC Forest crews attended immediately,” District

of Chetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky said. “Water bombers and helicopters were dispatched to the scene and assisted in preventing the spread of the fire to the towers and into heavy timber. Air bombers attended from Fort St. John and repeatedly bombed the blazes with fire retardant while helicopters continued to bucket water over the site.” Fire fighters extinguished the fire under one trailer and proceeded to work towards the trailer which was fully engulfed in fire and smoke. Sheds and small buildings had been destroyed due to the extreme high winds

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and the fire in the original trailer totally destroyed it. Crews from the Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department and BC Forest Service stayed on the scene for well over seven hours and the resident, her husband and her pets were taken care off by the Chetwynd Emergency Social Services Team for care and comfort. “BC Forest Service crews did an excellent job and worked hand in hand with Chetwynd fire fighters,” Sabulsky said. “There were no injuries. All pets, includPlease see "CHARGES," page 2


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ing a three-foot foot corn snake and a water soaked cat, were rescued.� On Monday at noon, the fire department received another call that the back lot in Chetwynd’s industrial park had caught fire. When a team of six fire fighters, including Chief Leo Sabulsky arrived on the scene, they determined the blaze had been started by a brush fire that was With the flames in close est, Sabulsky called the not properly extinguished. The landowne may be proximity to the telephone forestry department who poles and nearing the for- had the appropriate equipfined for the incident.

Left, the view from the Gentry’s back yard. Above, the fire is believed to be started by a brush fire that was not extinguished properly. Photo by Liz Brown

ment to control the forested area. Concerned resident, Lori Gentry stopped by to ask if she should be worried, as her home sits on the hill behind the burning area. There had been a fire that just missed her house a few years ago. “Should I be loading my horses?� Sabulsky assured her she

didn’t have to be worried but if she was concerned she could call 911 and her house would receive an emergency response. A creek situated in the woods behind the burn area allowed the BC Forest Service Crews to pump water directly from the stream and would prevent the fire from spreading any further up the hill,

said Sabulsky. Darren Van Horn, forest fire protection assistant, arrived on the scene with a small crew and assisted the fire department when it went into the brush. However, the fire department was called back once the forest area was controlled, as the fire resided within city limits.

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BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – At Last week’s special District of Chetwynd council meeting, council received a letter from Maple Leaf Loading. The letter referred to the district’s meeting with Maple Leaf Loading on April 12th. On behalf of the District of Chetwynd, Doug Fleming and Rob Crisfield addressed the city’s concerns with the coal truck parking areas, residual coal debris and lack of acknowledgement to speed limits when passing through Chetwynd. The letter was written by Keith Beerling, manager of Human Resources, Health and Safety on behalf of Maple Leaf Loading manager, Chuck Carter and project superintendant, Gabe Schachtel. “Coal hauling is a messy business and we certainly wish that we could have bright, shiny trucks as they make the way through the District of Chetwynd,” the letter states. “However, that is near impossible. We do maintain regular truck washing of the Maple Leaf trucks in conjunction with scheduled and preventative maintenance at our shop. As the District of Chetwynd does not have facilities for truck wash-

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ing, our contractors have very limited means to wash and keep their trucks clean. This may be a matter of commerce the District may consider encouraging through business development,” said Beerling. Beerling addressed the residual coal issue by stating that all trucks use tarps to minimize coal dust. He also noted that fewer trucks should be running through town as they are working on the Falling Creek Connector Road. However, the road is not completed yet. Longterm, Maple Leaf Loading is collaborating with Walter Energy to build a shop yard at the Willow load-out area, allowing for more parking spaces. In the letter, Beerling assured the district that Maple Leaf Loading did not intentionally violate any by-

laws and have since acted by meeting with all contracted coal truck drivers to address the district’s concerns and are meeting regularly to discuss issues of safety, speeding and obeying traffic signs. “We have arranged to have the District administered parking facility of concern graded and cleaned of obvious residues related to our contractors use of this area,” said Beerling. Also present at the meeting was Ken Oakley for Caribou Road Services, Gerri Goulet, district manager of CVSE and Allen Edgar, area manager for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. It was also recognized at the meeting that the majority of issues are occurring with contractor trucks and not Maple Leaf trucks. The council initiated the meeting because they had safety concerns with school bus use, as well as leaving coal dirt and debris along boulevards used regularly by residents and soon tourists. After meeting and receiving the letter, Mayor Nichols felt the concerns had been properly addressed, and Doug Fleming noted the trucks began parking further out of town. They agreed the meeting was successful.

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hat do Victoria B e c k h a m , B e y o n c e Knowles and Jessica Alba all have in common? They all pinged back to super slimness within what seemed like minutes of having their babies of course. At first sight, most women look at those magazine covers and think “I wish.” Sure, I think, if I had a staff of nannies, chefs and personal trainers (and photoshop airbrushing), I could look like that too. But what I think we forget is that Hollywood is not reality. That stuff just.don’t.happen.

Welcome website blog: image during pregnancy The Shape of a Mother, a or after birth – to fight place where mothers can back against the celebrity send in photos of what pressure of pinging back they really look like in the into shape immediately. months after having a This is the real deal and baby. Forget uniform size every mother should grab eight, toned, a beverage, sit gravity defydown, log on i n g and change physiques; their entire This is the real outlook on this is stretch marks, caedeal and every life. sarean scars, givmother should ingAfter saggy skin birth to log on... and wonky my daughter breasts (all of at 32 years which is beauold I went tiful and norfrom having mal). perky boobs Bonnie Crowder created and a flat tummy to saggy the website to address the boobies, a wobbly stretch fact that the post-pregnan- marky belly and love hancy body is kept a ‘secret’ – dles. I was devastated (the she wanted women to post partum hormones have a forum to show their probably didn’t help.) post-birth bodies and offer But, now, after being support to those strug- introduced to this blog a gling with their body few years back, I am so

proud of my body for bringing my child into the world. I wear my “flap” and “stretch marks” like badges of honour. Ya – I grew a human! Take THAT! I have accepted the fact that my body won’t ‘go back’ to what it was (in fact my doctor helpfully explained the state of my stomach muscles – “You know when you have a piece of elastic and it’s overstretched? It won’t spring back and is frayed around the edges?”). An even though I look at the celebs and wish I could have their body, it's only for a fleeting moment. All I have to do is looking at my daughter and realize it was all worth it. It's about time someone showed the reality of post Please see " I PROMISE," page 5


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We are not a faceless group of radicals Memories of Little Prairie To the Editor: In response to your editorial two weeks ago We are teachers. We are educators. We care for children. We are all members of the BCTF. We are cheerleaders, coaches, and encouragers. We work and live in this wonderful community. Like everyone else in town, we shop at both IGA and Super Valu, we buy our gasoline at the local stations, and we are involved in local community groups. Most of us are parents and some of us are lucky enough to be grandparents. What we are NOT is a faceless group of union radicals. We are not dictating what others can do. We are not holding children "hostage". We are not interested in only our own personal gain. We are definitely NOT interested in, what you call, "s......... students

over". All of us came into teaching hoping we could inspire others and make a positive difference in our community. We take pride in helping and educating children and young adults. We are disheartened to continually open the Chetwynd Echo and find articles and editorials that put down our profession. Even more disturbing is that the writing is often full of misstatements, untrue claims, and sarcastic remarks. Your statement about "... the sound of the world's smallest violin..." is inappropriate and unjustified. We question why a local newspaper has this bias against a group of workingclass people who contribute positively to the welfare of Chetwynd? This bias is not directed towards the oil and gas workers, miners, nurses,

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childbirth and motherhood instead of girls and women striving for the impossible and ending up with serious mental health problems. The website makes for interesting and inspiring

reading and from one mother to all the mother’s out there I ask you to peruse the site. I promise it will change you. And if you have teenage daughters…show it to them. At 15 or 16 it could be the most effective form of birth control yet.

post office workers, bank tellers, and other hard working people in our community. We are not opposed to freedom of speech - we encourage it in our classrooms. We are not opposed to reporting the facts and telling both sides of a story - that is what critical thinking is all about. However, we take offense when the facts are reported incorrectly and our profession is attacked.

Sincerely, Debra Boos,Donna Fieber, Karyn Pate, Lynda Johnstone Margaret Mabius, Brenda Keutzer, Shannon Demeulemeester, Gus Ruiter, Sarah Baigent-Nixon, Amanda Butler, Jody Bougerolle, Dianne Bassendowski, Wendy Fontaine, Rachelle Ruiter, Linda Garland, Brea Caron, Susan Dixie, Angella Campbell, Esther Mawhinney and Dave Kroeker

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LAST WEEK THE FRASER INSTITUTE RANKINGS ARE CHETWYND IN AND SECONDARY IS ONCE AGAIN AT THE BOTTOM, RANKING FIFTH FROM THE BOTTOM AT 275. DO YOU AGREE WITH THE FI RANKINGS? WHAT DO YOU

To the Editor: When I landed up in this settlement called Little Prairie 56 years ago ,the last of my preoccupation was to find out if there was a doctor around What I recall one day my friend a saw mill worked , got an urgent call from a lady who was gone to have a baby and wanted I ride to Pouce Coupe hospital , the problem by the time they got to East Pine ,the baby “ those babies do not have any manner at all” decided he wanted is freedom now, imaging the utter disarray of the man who knew as much about birth than an ordinary citizen know about nuclear fusion ,nevertheless he rolled up is sleeves took charge of the operation qualifying it as a success. In the seventy my wife Theresa had a doctor in

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“what info do they use to make decisions? what has/is the school doing to up there rank?” -Tammy “Interesting to notice the average income of the top schools compared to the bottom schools” -Tammy

Dawson Creek, a lady called Bernhard being young full of enthusiasm and good will , had the intention she suggested of finding out why there were so many sick people in our area , alas soon the lady was gone Her attention bruised the ego of the bigwigs who do not accept competition on their private turf. One time we were advised by our or daughter a journalist in Vancouver about an article on the Vancouver Sun, stating that there is in BC two or three region included the Peace River region with more illness than in the rest of the province , no explanation. One early morning listening to the radio ,the health minister of Alberta during the Ralph Klein reign..Suggested being

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“Not cool. The school district and school needs to get on board and straighten this out. It doesn't surprise me, but then again something should be done about it. It's the school, provinces, students and parents responsibilities to get a better rating.” -Jessica “I would hate to think that the amount of

"MONEY" a teacher makes,has something to do with how a child is taught! If it is a reason, then those people should NOT be teaching children! What is wrong with this world? ” - Shelley

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worried about the number of diseased peoples included animals in the North western corner of the province , which also means us. I am sure when Ralph heard about.. The slip of the tongue ,is immediate reaction was to corner the miserable culprit for an unforgettable dressing down. There has been also writing about that madder from George Kalischuk trying to wake up from their unconscious lethargy ,the people of Chetwynd pretending to be unaware of the problem even with the disease is ravaging their own family. So the prove is there we have

the sickness and le pollution more than our fair share, and possibly more in the future, according to the article of Liz Brown about the Fracking sand silicosis, such a writing enlightened some and gave indigestion to others. Now the question Ms Fay Asleson his asking including most of us , we have been short of doctors for many years. Why , who is in charge , we have and elected MP in a faraway place called Ottawa , an other in Victoria ‘ decent ordinary men one time, now being intimate with the professionals fast learn the trick how to talk..big ..every milieu has is convention which oblige the member to act out and make

believe according to their rank and position Being young and naïve ? I am hoping that those who are elected are not there simply for the power glory, free travel quality food booze and sex . Most of all the extravagant golden cheque. Jay Hill our ex MP.started collecting the 10 of Dec. 2010, the famous .. Golden pension .. the meagre sum of $ 142.637 ,which pale compared of the $ 11 million to Maher Arar sweetening for the eleven months he spent in the Syrian jail, sent there by the US, money , forked by the benevolent lenient Canadians, “ without protest “ which establish that there is no shortage of money for .. Good caus-

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3 + 2 bedrooms. Large family room in basement with huge daylight windows. Heated 2 car garage. Jet tub in the main bath. Kitchen has lots of cupboards with a walk-in pantry. Comes with 5 appliances. New 2 tiered deck recently installed complete with aluminum railing. Cozy in floor heating.

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Affordable Housing, nice clean 3 bedroom mobile on its own lot in Legion Sub. Sunken living-room, built in China Cabinet. Master bedroom and porch are freshly painted. Deck in back is a great place for the kids to play.

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Entire Duplex for sale. Rental income = $1,900 /month. New roof 2009. Each unit has been renovated. Basement is ready to be finished into 3rd and 4th units. Washer and dryer included. Instant raise to new buyer’s yearly salary as rental income will be greater than the mortgage payment.

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New listing!! 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom home close to school and rec centre. New flooring. Downstairs is partly finished with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, rec room and work shop. Fully fenced and level backyard that overlooks a green space. 10x20 canvas storage shed. This home offers everything you desire. Call today.

$285,000 MLS 135938

3/4 of an acre right in town. 3 + 1 bedrooms, 4 baths. Renovated kitchen, stainless steel appliances. Livingroom, Nice Master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in-closet, huge familyroom, bedroom with its own bath, wet bar and a fourth bath. Backyard is fully fenced with a 16 x 20 workshop.

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es?..of course. The town has a new mayor and councils, new blood new ideas facing complicated and delicates problems , whatever you decided will be praised and criticized. We which you good luck. There is still a few of us around yet who have helped to make this place what it is today, bare hands lacking the tools or money To buy them ,in harsh difficult condition, improvising lifting , persevering to the limit of our physical endurance unselfish refusing to listen to the complain of our abused shaken body , now of course we are paying for. In the fall of our live we had hoped to have the satisfaction

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when our battered body cry ..uncle..to walk to a doctor office for relieve ,we are not asking for charity or pity but the interest on our investment the sum of our hard work and misery ,looking back over All this years we can say with pride a job well done. When it comes to the doctors the nurses personnel working in that barn a goat pen , too few under stress burdened beyond duty to you all goes our sympathy and forever gratitude for your devotion an dedication. Every human beings has limit on is endurance and goodwill.

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1 acre lot in desirable neighbourhood - waiting for you to build your dream home on. Call listing office to check out this prime lot

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1500 sq.ft. 1 + 2 bedroom home, on 12.33 acres. Spacious kitchen with oak cabinets. Kitchen has ceramic flooring and rest of home is laminate. Living quarters are on the upper level of building. Lower level features garage and large workshop. 200 Amp. Service. Deep well-seller states good water.

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5 Acres just minutes from Chetwynd. 3 Bedroom full basement home with single car garage. Basement is waiting to be developed. 2 wells on the property. Sewer system is a lagoon. Quiet setting with good neighbours.

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Shop & two lots in the Industrial sub. Shop is 75x 150 steel construction with three 16ft overhead doors, office and storage space. Shop lots is 1.23 acres and the other lots is 1.57 acres and has been built up to road level, fully serviced, plenty of power with three transformers on the property.

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2007 1400 Sq. Ft. home with a full basement. Features open floor plan on the main floor with handy 2 piece bath. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs.Great neighborhood, nice street appeal, modern colors, stainless steel appliances & matching fireplace. Carport - covered veranda.

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2 side-by-side waterfront properties. Features a 4 bedroom cabin with huge deck, picnic area, storage shed and RV parking. Very nice gradual walk to the water with southern exposure. Great property for all recreational activities. Upgraded siding and newer shingles.

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Great Location in the desirable downtown area, with zoning allowing for an attached residence to live in. This property has a lot of possibilities with other businesses close by; would make a great location for a business and you could live on the premises.

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New listing, large family home in Rodeo Sub. This home has 5 bedrooms 3 up and 2 down. Master bedroom has a walk in closet and 3 piece ensuite. Bright kitchen with access to a large deck. The basement is partly finished with a wood stove to make it cozy.

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BCTF will take ethical high ground

To the Editor: A response to the Notably Nomi May 8th, 2012 One of the responsibilities of a citizen in a democratic nation is to vote. As seen in many elections: federal, provincial or municipal, a large number of Canadians are choosing to ignore their responsibility in a democratically free nation. Apathy based on a utopian belief that government will function within the confines of the “Constitution” can be very dangerous. By giving up the

responsibility to hold the BC Liberals accountable we have allowed the current Liberal/ BCTF conflict to fester for the past 12 years. Do not be bamboozled by the current Liberal ads (taxpayer money) which exaggerate and greatly agitate an already acidic situation. We have a Liberal government which has chosen to “thumb its nose” at a Supreme Court ruling (2010) that stated imposing Bills 27 & 28 in 2001 was unconstitutional and must be repealed. Well, the ‘good ole’ Liberals

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just ignored that ruling by rescinding those earlier bills and then reinstating the exact wording in Bill 22; but made it retroactive. This ensures another costly court battle (the last one took almost 10 years) at taxpayers expense. A sanctioned body of the United Nations, the International Labor Organization (ILO) has cited the BC Liberals nine times in the last two years for “trampling basic workers rights”, and has also cited the Liberals for workers rights violations when they passed Bills 27 & 28. As political bottom dwellers the Liberals are a major embarrassment. The BCTF numbers

showing support for teacher job action are not what the BCTF had hoped for and left them to make a very difficult decision. BCTF numbers indicate that only 70% of teachers voted while 73% of those who did vote, voted to support continued job action. The 30% of teachers that did not vote is a concern and demonstrates that teachers are probably like many other Canadians who chose not vote. Once the issues are understood these nonvoters may chose a different course of action. By removing EVERY option for the BCTF to bargain this Liberal Government has taken “authoritarian democracy” to new heights.

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EVEN MORE VIEWS Teachers feel very apologetic for having to inconvenience students (hold them hostage) by withdrawing from school related volunteer activities, but really what’s left? When you are down but not quite out, you fight back with the only ‘card left to play’! Yikes, stating that the BCTF is no longer professional, is a very bold statement and the easiest path of criticism to take. I would encourage the editor to dig deeper into the issues and processes at hand to understand that

the BCTF is working hard to remain professional, while government is working just as hard to achieve what your editorial expressed. Could it be that government propaganda is working! I will express my belief that the BCTF will take the ethical high ground and not support a government that cannot work within the judicial limits imposed by the Canadian Constitution. Stu Garland, Teacher Chetwynd Secondary School

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BERG, Kenneth “Kenny” James February 6, 1946 - April 23, 2012

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Kenny Berg. Kenny was born in Pouce Coupe and raised in Groundbirch area. Kenny was predeceased by his parents Jesse and Kathleen. He is survived by his son Caleb, daughter Erin, and 3 grandchildren. The spring ditches along Highway 97 south of Chetwynd are perfect for taking on some mudhole challenges. Photo by Liz Brown

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Happy Mother's day to Bobbie Nicholson, love Jan, Eric, Logan and Jaxon"

I would like to wish my momma Connie Clark the best mothers day in the world. She's been such a wonderful mom, and I am so glad to be best friends with her. Love Alyssa

To Mutti: Ich liebe dich! Have a great day!

Nomi, Caleb, Chris, Aayla

To Lori: Thanks for everything you do … you are amazing! We love you so much!

Chris, Caleb, Nomi, Aayla

Mother’s Day Famous Quotes for Mother’s Day

Motherʼs Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. Many countries and cultures choose to celebrate Motherʼs Day in March, April or May. Though the Motherʼs Day many people know today dates back a little more than a century, historians note that ancient Romans kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of the Gods. In addition, Europe has several traditions aimed at honoring mothers that date back quite a while. One of the traditions associated with the current Motherʼs Day is to give Mom a gift. Some people only give their own mothers and wives gifts, while others extend their generosity to sisters with children, mothers-in-law and even grandmothers. Chances are, over the years Momʼs gifts have run the gamut, from a homemade treasure kids made in elementary school to jewelry from hubby to breakfast in bed. For those who want to add a literary tilt to their Motherʼs Day gift this year, consider including any of the following motherly quotes when preparing a gift Mom wonʼt soon forget.

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” - Lin Yutang, Chinese writer

“I remember my motherʼs prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A motherʼs secret hope outlives them all.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, American author

SCREAMING Happy Mother's Day to two very special Moms that mean the world to us... Jennifer and Alma, We appreciate EVERYTHING you do and Love you both beyond the stars.. Thank you for being the most wonderful people that you are!

“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” - Irish proverb

To my DMOCs: the best momʼs and most amazing ladies in the entire world!

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” - Honoré de Balzac, French playwright

Love Max and Vanessa.. xoxox

I <3 U Mommy. -Rachelle Happy Motherʼs Day Mum! Thanks for all your love and support and encouraging me to take risks - even when some of them scared you! Love, Lizabeth

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. Thatʼs his.”

- Oscar Wilde, Irish poet

“If I was damned of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, Mother oʼ mine, O mother oʼ mine.” - Rudyard Kipling, in his poem “Mother Oʼ Mine”

“The future destiny of a child is always the work of the mother.” - Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France

“The God to whom little boys say their prayers has a face very like their mothersʼ.” - James Matthew Barrie, Scottish author


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SPORTS

Volleyball placement

The Chetwynd 14 & under Club Girls Volleyball Team attended the B.C. Provincials in Abbotsford, and had a excellent experience, placing 9th out of 14 teams. The Team would like to give kudos to Coaches Helen Topin, and Christie Fowler. Go Chetwynd Chargers, Go!.

Photo submitted

The Archie’ s 11th Annual Ray Cunningham Memorial Golf Tournament

Lakers skate it out in Vegas

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Chetwynd’s hockey team, Chetwynd Old timers finished the Hockey season with a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Old timers recently attended tournaments in Kamloops and Prince George to fine-tune their conditioning. With only nine skaters, they set out for Las Vegas. The Moberly Lakers played three games of round robin with three decisive wins. The last game against the Victoria Cyclones was more physical and penalty ridden then the previous games. In keeping with the true spirit of Las Vegas, a few bets were wagered on which scoring line would be more productive. Total points determined that the Moberly Lakers would meet the Utah Oilers in the Championship game. Teammate, Cyril Brewster encouraged the players not to stay out all night, as this would be a big game for them all. In the finals, the Lakers came out flying and dominated the game for an 11 to 1 victory over Utah. For their efforts the Lakers were awarded the coveted Gambler’s Cup and invited back to exercise their skill at the Tournament of Champions next fall.

GAME ON! Call us today with your sporting event!

250-788-2246 editor@chetwyndecho.net

Help Support Our Seniors

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mens, Ladies, Seniors & Junior Divisions (senior - 55 & up / junior - 18 & under) 1st flight tee off at 8:00 am 2nd flight tees off at 1:00 pm Specify requested tee time when registering

Sign up Contact Archie Shannon at 788-2312 To book carts call Natural Springs Golf Course at 250-788-3944

Entry Fee $25.00/person

~ 4 Person Best Ball ~ Chip Off Contest

Call Archie 788-2312 if you want to donate

Tournament proceeds go to the

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Check us out ... while we’re still here

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Local Library Briefs Fay Asleson

s this just the beginning or so it seems?

As of April 5, 2012 the Federal Government announced that our CAP (Community Access Program) funding is being cancelled. I am sure that many of you have no idea what CAP means, even though you may be using and depending on one our

CAP computer terminals on a daily or weekly basis. CAP sites have provided all Canadians the ability to access information and services through broadband connection to the Internet since 1994 and funded by Industry Canada. CAP sites, of which we are one, provide much more than connected computers—they provide training and help to the public to increase their digital literacy. Without this assistance, disadvantaged groups would not be able to benefit from the ability to connect with information and services

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Some 54 per cent of households are in the lowest income bracket, making it clear that CAP is essential to supplement home access. It seems that we will be having a Federal Budget cut to libraries announcement on a monthly basis, as on May 2, 2012 the Government announced budget cuts to libraries in federal departments and at Library and Archives Canada. Library Archives Canada will have to end their role in national interlibrary loan activities, which we have used various times, because 430 people have been given

notice, with over 200 jobs to be cut over the next three years. As stated by the Canadian Library Association, “Our national library and archives has a broad mandate to acquire, preserve and make available the documentary heritage of Canada. They are also responsible for the management of the archival records of government. Canadians expect to have access to the vast wealth of materials managed by Library and Archives Canada, which includes books, journals, photographs, newspapers, personal and corporate archives, gov-

ernment records, paintings, film, and sound recordings. With the level of resources now available these expectations cannot adequately be met. To add to this there are reports that many other libraries in federal government departments will be losing staff; some closing their libraries altogether. The big question now is “how will Canadians access the information being held in these department libraries? Well, it will be interesting to see what new budget cuts the government has for libraries next month.

Chetwynd: A community carved with success now on You Tube

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A new promotional video commissioned by the District of Chetwynd and produced by CHET TV for the North Central Local Government Managers Meeting is now available for viewing on You Tube. The video stars the staffs of the Chamber, the Pomeroy, the Lakeview, the Stagecoach, Westwind Hotel, Country Squire and many others. “Elizabeth at the Country Squire was a terrific jumper and Jinny and Marv are stars... thank you to

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essential to their wellbeing, including online banking, tax compliance and benefits, submitting resumes and online applications for jobs, connecting with their families, and remote health services. The Federal Government says that “the program has outlived its usefulness” because 94 per cent of Canadians now live in a community where broadband is available for purchase. Have they not figured out that only 79 per cent of that 94 per cent can afford to purchase an internet connection or a computer to go with it?

staffs of the Tansi for such a great welcome and everyone who was cooperative and high spirited,” General Manager for Peace FM Leo Sabulsky said. Sabulsky gave kudos to each of the cheerleaders including the walkers from Spectra, the many workers caught in the act like the La Prairie workers, the carpenters building new homes, MLA Bair Lekstrom for his short talk, Buffalo Aerial for the aerial shots and the Mayor for his welcoming speech. “Have a look and find your friends smiling,” Sabulsky said. “Our Mayor and Councillors are all there.”

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Left, George and Kaelin Brons of Moberly Lake get up and dance. Right, Matt Stanyer practices with Kirstin Fleury. They played the song ‘together’ by the Raconteurs. “I think it went fairly well. I’m not sure, but it felt like it went pretty good.” Stanyer said.

Last coffeehouse of season Photos by Liz Brown

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Last Saturday’s coffee house at the Chetwynd Library had a significant turnout, and it could be because there have been murmurs of this being the last event of the season. Organizer Ian Smith said he is waiting to see if there is enough interest to continue the coffee houses, or to let summer take its course. Regardless, he is certain there will be plenty more jams happening around the comfort of a bonfire as the weather gets warmer. Saturday evening’s musical theme was Celtic songs. However, no musician was constrained to the theme and artists played in the gen-

res of blues, folk, rock and songs that had people showing off their dancing skills in the back. The Hillbilly Mafia played an alternate version of Neil Young’s Rocking in the Free World and announced their threeshow tour for the summer. In the hallway, Matt Stanyer quietly strummed and practiced his rendition a song by the Raconteurs before playing in front of the crowd. And if he was nervous, it didn’t show. While warm, sunny days beckon residents to the lake, there is discussion of others wanting to continue the coffeehouse, either at an outdoor venue or at a private home. The issue revolves around the set up and take down of sound equipment,

which is often done by the same volunteers, Rick Slack and Ian Smith. Although, if there is interest, Smith said music is always a welcomed summer addition. The town of Rolla is currently gearing up for the Sweet Water Festival set for June 15th to 17th, and will be held at Matson’s Farm. Throughout the year, Matson’s farm hosts an open mic event at their loft on the last Saturday of every month. Last month’s event was a doubleheader, with a poetry and spoken word event on Friday, followed by Saturday’s open mic. The open mic nights average about 80 people, according to the Matson’s. As far as Chetwynd’s coffeehouse continuing, stay tuned.

Read the Chetwynd Echo in its entirety online at www.issuu.com

SAVE THE DATE!

The Chetwynd & District Arts Council is looking for new members and fresh ideas! Come and join us!

May 24 at 3 p.m. at the Chetwynd Echo office


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Free English Practice Mondays 9:30 am at Northern Lights College and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library Call 250-788-2559 Chetwynd Breastfeeding Support Network meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at the Chetwynd Public Library. Little Giant Air Cadets Mondays at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Ages 12-18. Come on out!

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pine Valley Seniors Centre Call 250788-9563 Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-5838 for more info.

Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Wednesday of each month. FREE drop in curling - Wednesday's at 7:00 pm - Clean inside running shoes needed, but all other equipment is provided.

Youth Group for ages 13-18. Mondays 7 pm - 8pm. Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Call 250-401-7201

Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 12 - 2. Weekly Group Sessions Wednesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici. Last December, Windermere Secondary School, Vancouver celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The graduating class of 1972 is celebrating its 40th and is inviting Alumni from 1964-1975 to join us down memory lane September 22, 2012. Due to the Scottish Cultural Centre's hall capacity, seating is limited. Take advantage of advance tickets sales to avoid disappointment. Details and information can be found by sending an email to windermerereunion1972@gmail.com or checking out http://www.windermerereunion.com/ Wheels to Meals May 6 2012 Seniors Hall 6 pm

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Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast May 13, 8 am Legion Hall Fundraiser for Little Lights Daycare

Spring Stomp May 12 at the Royal Canadian Legion. Music by Dark Horse. 9 pm. Tickets available at Rein n’ Tack, Lone Star sports and the Chetwynd Vet Clinic.

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Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce Only 4 weeks until Chainsaw Carving Weekend!

“The voice of local business” Phone: 250 788 3345 Fax 250 788 3655 Box 870 Chetwynd, B.C V0C 1JO www.chetwyndchamber.ca

Proud Sponsor of Community Events

The Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome their newest members:

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LOCAL NEWS

Try your hand as a market vendor CALLING ALL GREEN THUMBS (and dirty fingernails...)

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Green thumbed and gritty fingernailed, Ian Smith is beckoning fellow farmers to buy a table for the May 17th, opening of Chetwynd’s Farmer’s Market. As market manager, Smith is in charge of arranging vending tables and ensuring all products are food safe under the Northern Health Authority restricts. He not only enjoys the harvesting and selling, but also says the social atmosphere is what truly makes it worthwhile. “You get to meet a lot of

people. You see a lot of regulars. It’s a community of people that show up quite often. And you get to know the vendors quite well,” said Smith. He said there are several returning vendors this year, such as Rene Poulin, Cheryl Widdicombe and Sandy Carbeth. Also honey farmer, Guy Armitage from Hudson’s Hope will also bring back his sweet product. The vendors come from all over the Peace Valley, providing a little friendly competition. “You find out what’s going on with them and, who’s got the first carrots for sale. You know it’s a big

thing in this town. But it’s usually Rene of course. He’s a master gardener. He’s pretty incredible. “ Chetwynd’s Farmer’s market is starting on Thursday May 17 and will run every Thursday from 2 pm to 6pm until Oct. 18, which keeps weekends free, said Smith. “Weekends come and people head to the lake, or head to the city.” The dates also cooperate with the other Peace Valley Famer’s Markets. “Dawson Creek has there’s on Saturday, Hudson’s Hope has theirs on Tuesday so we wanted a day that wouldn’t conflict because some of the

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vendors go around to all the farmer’s markets, like the hutterites near Dawson Creek,” said Smith. Chetwynd’s Farmer’s Market is located inside the Chetwynd Recreation Centre near the racquetball courts. For Smith, the new location means fewer hassles; no more fighting the umbrella stands in the wind and rain. “The District of Chetwynd has been generous in providing space by the Twin’s Restaurant and the last few years at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre,” said Smith. Smith strongly encourages new vendors to buy a table and for troubadours

to serenade the scene. “Our motto is make it, bake it, or grow it.” The tables cost ten dollars each and vendors can purchase as many tables as they like. Baked goods, preserves, crafts and garden plants are plentiful at the market – especially the quality of locally grown products. “It’s part of that peace river soil, so it grows fairly well.” A hint to the bakers: bread always sells quickly, said Smith. However, he stresses that no franchises are allowed to participate at the Farmer’s Market. “We’re part of the BC

Association of Farmer’s Market. Under their guideline, we’re not allowed to do things like re-selling. Its not a flea market and people that are doing franchise sales, we’re not really allowed to have those- like Avon or Watkins, things like that. That limits us to locally produced food and crafts and flowers.” Smith says the prices are not always a deal, but the advantage of having locally grown, and often pesticide-free food is worth it. The market began in 2008 under the initiative of the Sukunka Group and is in its fifth year of succession.

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duals, 99,552 km • 2006 Chev 3500, diesel, crew cab, 200,000 km • 2008 Chev suburban, leather, 186,404 km • ATTACHMENTS: 90 in. cleanout bucket to fit JD 350, 330D or 400 excavator • 90 in. chuck blade to fit Cat 325 • 70 in. cleanout bucket to fit Cat 325 • Excavator ripper shank • Brush rake to fit D8R • D8 10 ft. push blade, C-frame • D8 16 ft. blade with twin tilts • TRAILERS and MISC: 2001 Royal s/a white cargo trailer • 2003 SWS t/a car hauler trailer, ramps • 8X20 ft. sea can • 3x500 gal. enviro double wall fuel tanks, electric pump • 2007 hyd track press • 2 fire boxes •

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Witnesses undertake renovation BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CHETWYND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jehovah Witness members from across the province congregated over three days in Chetwynd and worked steadily and efficiently like a well-organized ant colony. Averaging close to 100 workers everyday, families and certified tradesman pushed to renovate the Jehovah Witness Hall this weekend. The workers came from Williams Lake, Bella Coola, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. The Hall hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a complete renovation since it was built in

7am, work started at 8am and continued until 5pm when dinner was served. The renovations includWe do quick ed a complete landscape builds. If a overhaul outside, consistcongregation ing of new stone walkways and freshly laid sod in needs a new place of an old sidewalk. kingdom hall, we The stones arranged all volunteer and through the grass were designed to mimic a meanbuild it. dering stream. Three welders donated their time and installed a new iron fence to replace the old chain link fence. Two look good,â&#x20AC;? said Phil skilled workers from Lajeunesse, the body of Dawson carved out the elders coordinator. From Friday to Sunday, Please see "72HOUR," breakfast was served at page 15

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The Communities In Bloom Committee is asking for entries for a Antilitter slogan contest. The winner will receive a gift certificate. All you have to do is drop off, mail or fax in your entry to: District of Chetwynd Box 357 Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax: 250-401-4101. Contest ends May 7th, 2012 at 4:30pm. Any questions please contact 250-401-4113.


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new sign, weighing about 4000 pounds. The exterior building was repainted and the front entrance was widened with a new glass door, allowing better wheel chair accessibility. All of the equipment, people and materials, including rocks, concrete, trees and gravel were donated, said Lajeunesse. “We do quick builds. If a congregation needs a new kingdom hall, we all volunteer and build it. In August, the same body of workers will head to Smithers to lend their hand on a project. The skilled workers and tradesmen are pooled from within the Regional Building committee. It’s a committee consisting of five members who determine which trades are required for specific projects and the skilled workers such as electricians, painters, carpenters, welders, stuccoers, “Companies ask us ‘how can you get everyone to work together?’ It’s because we don’t pay anyone. No one gets paid. I don’t get paid either.” Construction overseer, Greg

Ukranichuk said there are about 700 volunteers within the regional building committee. “Our south border is Valemont, Hundred Mile House and Bella Coola.” With busy work parties such as this past weekend’s, he is always impressed at the ability people have to work together. “It’s the spirit of cooperation,” said Ukranichuk. Workers without a specific trade were also organized into groups and another valuable job was keeping the workers fed. Cooks began at 5am setting up large breakfasts of omelets, bacon, eggs and pancakes. A temporary mess hall was constructed behind the main building where the cooks battled the cold in the early hours and finished the days with roast beef and turkey dinners. “They fed us like kings,” said Lajeunesse. At 6pm on Sunday, Lajeunesse is waving goodbye, “Thank you for coming. It looks very nice.” Trucks and vehicles start rolling out of the packed parking lot to make their long journey home.

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FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS MAY 6 Bob Seeger, Singer (67)

MAY 7 Taylor Abrahamse, Actor (21) MAY 8 Melissa Gilbert, Actress (48)

MAY 9 Rosario Dawson, Actress (33)

MAY 10 Kenan Thompson, Comic (34) MAY 11 Corey Monteith, Actor (30) MAY 12 Kim Fields, Actress (43)

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, although you may have your mind set on one outcome, it might be good to expect the unexpected this week. Keep your eyes and ears open. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Think of this week as the opportunity to rest and recharge, Taurus. Schedule a family movie night or lounge in the yard instead of packing your schedule.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you have been thinking about getting into something creative, and your plans just may come to fruition soon. You just have to finalize some of the details.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, keeping secrets doesn't often turn out well because sooner or later those secrets are revealed. Honesty usually is the best way to go in most situations.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Beating the doldrums could involve some creative thinking, Leo. If you're fresh out of ideas, you can ask someone you are close to for some suggestions.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you are on the road to recovery from an issue that's been bothersome. This recovery is long overdue, but you will be stronger for having gone through these trials. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, it's good to go with the flow, but speak up for yourself from time to time, especially when something is important to you. Your opinions count, too.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Sometimes there is no shortcut to success, Scorpio. You just have to trudge through and hope that all the effort will be worth it in the long run. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, someone is worried about you and this week you will recognize their concerns. Maybe the worry is because you have been out of touch for so long.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, when a new career path is presented to you, it may be difficult to decide whether you should make a move. Go with your gut and trust your instincts. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Those close to you are finding your more accommodating nature very appealing, Aquarius. This new attitude is bound to paint you in a new light.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you have a huge support system in the way of family and friends. Expect them to rally behind you when needed.

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NLC and the Saulteau First Nation partner for Education and Career Fair

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– MOBERLY LAKE – Approximately 100 visitors attended an education and career fair held at the Saulteau First Nation (SFN) administration building April 25. The on-location event was hosted by Northern Lights College for First Nation peoples interested in pursuing post-secondary training. Lunch was sponsored by the University of Northern British Columbia who also exhibited at the event. Eleven exhibitors, including industry and education partners, set up booths and information tables in the SFN administration building for visitors to browse and learn about training and employment opportunities. Director of Education at SFN, Audrey Norris, said she was pleased with the

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Left – Education director at the Saulteau First Nation Audrey Norris and Donna Merry, Chetwynd campus administrator with Northern Lights College at the April 25 education and career fair near Chetwynd. Photo submited

turnout of companies and visitors to the event. “We appreciated the interest, support, and involvement in making this a huge success. This was a great opportunity for our members to connect with various compa-

nies working in the territory. The Education and Career Fair will undoubtedly give our membership a chance to make informed career decisions as prospective employees.” Norris said. Among the companies

who supported the event were Teck, Vestas, Bailey’s Helicopters, Conoco Phillips, Talisman, Shell Canada, Canfor, Horizon North, Walter Energy, and

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ay is here, the snow is gone, the grass is riz, and our minds turn to thoughts of … to what do our minds turn in Chetwynd in the spring? To romance? Sometimes. But maybe our thoughts turn to the litter that has been hidden under the snow – winter

garbage. I realize it is next to impossible to contain all garbage during the winter, but once the snow turns to water and the water sinks into the earth we need to get organized to clean up and put on a civilized face. Yes, really! It is shameful to let this litter lie about when we have the fingers to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Hey, I’m not scolding you. There’ll soon be scores of people out with gloves and garbage bags and rubber boots picking up someone else’s drop-

pings and turning our home into a place that makes us proud to live here. You’ll make me proud to be one of you. But there are some who don’t seem to care much about the appearance of our home. (Yes I did touch down on the garbage issue a few weeks ago.) It’s you that I am addressing today – and you should care enough to do two things: get out there and help clean up your mess; stop scattering litter. The satisfaction you will get from the simple act of hanging on to your own trash until you place

it in the appropriate receptacle (there are a few around, you know) will amaze you. Now about the proper places to deposit your junk: four of them do not include the wide spot in the road on the hill at Wildmare, nor the Dokkie school yard, nor the dumpster at the back of someone else’s business, nor the donation receptacle at the Thrift Store. Come on! What demon compels you to clutter pristine countryside or other people’s property? You really ought to feel a jolt of shame but, perhaps, that is expecting too

much of you. Yes, and neither do you have the right to toss your empties out on the roadside or leave them sitting on the curb on 51st Street NW. If you are mature enough to carry the change in your pocket to buy a slushy, surely you have the maturity to put the cup into the garbage bag and dispose of it properly – but maybe not. Maybe that, too, is beyond you. Perhaps we expect too much. There are proper ways to handle your garbage: recycle things like cardboard, batteries, computer parts, plastics, glass,

and other stuff. Use the great recycle facility we have here in town – or lose it. The landfill is equipped to handle everything that can’t be recycled. It does cost but most good things in this life have a cost – one way or another. Whatever the cost, in every way it beats sullying our countryside and city streets with garbage. I believe we can do it!

Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merlin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.

Students clean up Chetwynd

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Garbage clean up on Friday with the Peace Christian School. On Friday, the students and teachers of Peace Christian School blitzed the 97 highway and collected garbage alongside the road. According to Erroll Palipane, the group worked efficiently. “It was good. We got it all cleaned up and it looked good.” Every grade participated over the course of three hours. Grades four to 10 scoured the highway, while the younger grades cleaned up around the school. Palipane said the students covered about 10km of highway; from the stoplight in town to the Dokie School.

Palipane didn’t know the exact amount of garbage collected, but said there was a lot. “Last year they had about 1,200 pounds of garbage, so this year was close to that or more.” The PSC hits the highway every spring to collect garbage for the city. “Well you know, as a school, we’ve been trying to get involved in the community, we see it as an opportunity to contribute.” The added bonus to collecting the garbage was getting paid by Cariboo Road Services. While Palipane said the school would have donated their time regardless of payment, the money will go towards a specific need for a classroom – whether it be materials or equipment.

Peace Christian School students took to the ditches this week cleaning up approximately 10 km of ditches along Highway 97.

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15 hour standoff ends in arrest REGIONAL NEWS

ENERGETIC CITY –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN – A Fort St. John man is in custody after a fifteen hour standoff yesterday with RCMP. After police responded to a 9-1-1 call for domestic violence in South Ridge Trailer Park, a 22-year old male barricaded himself into his home. He told RCMP he had weapons and said he would hurt himself if police came into the house. The situation began early in the morning, and after learning the man had mental health issues, the Emergency Response Team from Prince George was called to help. A few hours after they arrived, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the suspect surrendered peacefully. He is now in police custody pending Crown approval of charges of domestic assault. “We are always pleased and relieved when situations like this can be resolved peacefully and without injury to either the suspect or the police,” says Corporal Jodi Shelkie. “When dealing with people with mental health issues it is important to keep the lines of communication open and remain calm. The police officers who spoke with this male throughout the day did an excellent job.” During the incident, one nearby house was evacuated, and traffic to the area was limited. The suspect was previously known to police.

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District of Chetwynd celebrates Water Week FEATURE

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Mayor Merlin Nichols proclaimed May 13 to 19 Drinking Water Week. Jen Slater, eco-advisor for NEAT was present to promote the week, acknowledging water as our most valuable natural resource. Slater passed the Mayor a glass and quizzed him: “Do you know where your drinking water comes from?” Indeed he does, as he hauls his own. Nichols’ knowledge of Chetwynd’s water system bubbled over in his mini series on water after touring the plant earlier this year. Slater has teamed up with the District and organized a water conservation program in Chetwynd to inform the public on the value of water and provide proactive methods to mitigate waste. As Chetwynd’s industry grows, attracting more workers, the demand for water is increasing to the point where the city cannot supply every ounce desired. The District called Slater to help promote water conservation. “Water usage is on the rise again. It’s not going down, due to more people coming into town for work. So infrastructure is under strain right now,” said Slater. Over the past few months, presentations, demonstrations and contests were created to promote conservation. Earlier this year, Rob Crisfield, director of public works and Al Tricker, utility services coordinator, gave

Left, NEAT eco-advisor Jen Slater and Mayor Merlin Nichols officially proclaim Water Week 2012. Right, Al Photo by Liz Brown Tricker explains the complex water system for the District.

Slater a tour of Chetwynd’s complex water system. “The process our water actually goes through; like you don’t realize that you know, you just turn on your tap and take it for granted right? But there’s a huge expensive process involved,” said Slater. The tour explained how water gets drawn from the Pine River through a lowlift pump station. The water gets pumped to the raw water reservoirs or ponds. The ponds allow the water to settle out suspended solids from the river, said Crisfield. “The water has a 60-day cycle. So we actually have 60 days worth of storage in those ponds.”

So in the spring when we actually don’t draw water from the river when the silt’s really high, the suspended solids are high, we can actually shut down that lift station and just continue to draw from the raw water. And slowly the ponds drop to where have to consider pumping again.” There are three raw water reservoir ponds: a four million, which is the first outlet from the river, an 11 million gallon, which adds more capacity and settling time and a 29 million gallon. “By the time it gets to the 29 million, the turbidity, the clarity of the water is really good and then from

there we draw it into the main building for treatment,” said Crisfield. Eventually after going through the treatment process, the highland pump station pushes water back to town. Operations, including electricity, equipment, repairs and labour hours, not including capital, costs more than $700, 000, said Crisfield. “We’ve heard people say ‘water is free. Water is a renewable resource, I shouldn’t have to pay for my water,” said Slater. “A lot of municipalities, draw water from an open source or a ground source. They throw a bit of chlorine at it and that’s it. They don’t really need to treat it

much. But Dawson Creek and Chetwynd have a very similar process. Dawson’s even more complex because the water from the Kistatinaw is like chocolate,” said Crisfield. He said the complex system is necessary to treat contamination due to higher suspended solids. “Anytime you have higher suspended solids, brownish looking water, you’re always going to have higher bacteria and hard cyst cells like crypto and giardiasis and those we treat with Ultra Violate treatment. It activates those particular cells so they can’t re-grow.” When Crisfield arrived, there was no back up gen-

erator and if the power went out, nobody had water. “We installed a backup generator, which, it’s the cat’s meow. It works great. We’re tickled pink with it.” The back up generator won’t be enough to meet peak demands and Chetwynd’s growing population. The district is planning a 50 per cent expansion over the next five years. They are deciding between a conventional sand media filtration or a membrane system. The difference lies in the cost and footprint size. Regardless, they need an expansion. “We can’t delay it anymore…we’re already having trouble meeting peak demands in the summer,” said Crisfield. In 2008, the District and NEAT introduced water meters and noticed a decline in usage. “Water meter programs have helped immensely. Without them, there’s no way, I mean we may as well just pull the plug,” said Crisfield. But there is room for growth. “Given the financial comfort level of many residents, they need more than just financial incentive to conserve water, which is where we come in as far as education and getting people to realize that this is treated water…you can’t just run your sprinkler for hours on end and I don’t think people realize how much water that actually wastes,” said Slater. Please see "AS POPULATION," page 24


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Aquatic Staff II

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40 hours per week with varying shifts (including evenings & weekends)

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The successful candidate will have a valid National Lifeguard Service Award – Pool Option; Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifesaving Society Instructor; CPR – C; First Aid Ticket (Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care or Occupational First Aid I, II, or III); thorough knowledge of water rescue methods and first aid/resuscitation; knowledge of lifesaving skills and rescue; ability to acquire basic knowledge of filtration plant, equipment and water chemistry. Completion of a criminal record check is mandatory for this job.

We offer employees tremendous opportunities to apply and enhance their skills in a positive environment. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application by 4:30 p.m. on Friday May 25, 2012 to: Human Resources Officer, District of Chetwynd 5400 North Access Road, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax No.: (250) 401-4101 Email: d-chet@gochetwynd.com

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$27.80– 28.92/hour plus benefits

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have an opening for a regular, full-time Aquatic Supervisor. Reporting to a designated supervisor, the incumbent will assist in the supervision of staff, program activities, policies and safety standards associated with the facility. This position also involves a variety of life guarding and swim instruction duties.

The successful candidate will have a valid National Lifeguard Service Award – Pool Option; CPR – Basic Rescuer (C-level) and First Aid Ticket (Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care or Occupational First Aid I, II, or III); Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifesaving Society Instructor; thorough knowledge of water rescue methods and first aid/resuscitation; ability to supervise and direct aquatic staff; basic knowledge of filtration plant, equipment and water chemistry; ability to perform a variety of custodial and maintenance tasks as required for pool operation; and current BC Driver’s License. Completion of a criminal record check is mandatory for this job. Preference will be given to candidates with Instructor Trainer, NLS Instructor and/or Aquatic Emergency Care Instructor certificates We offer employees tremendous opportunities to apply and enhance their skills in a positive environment. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application by 4:30 p.m. on Friday May 25, 2012 to: Human Resources Officer, District of Chetwynd 5400 North Access Road, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax No.: (250) 401-4101 Email: d-chet@gochetwynd.com

Posted on May 8, 2012.

Rob Crisfield and Jen Slater at the the reserPhoto by Liz Brown voir.

Regular, Full-time

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have an opening for a regular, full-time Aquatic Staff II. Working under the direction of a designated supervisor, the incumbent will ensure the safety, protection and enjoyment of those engaged in activities in or out of the water at the Leisure Pool and will instruct all levels of aquatic programs in accordance with affiliate guidelines.

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As population grows, thereʼs a bigger demand Continued from page 22

NEAT gave a water conservation presentation at the Chamber Lunch in March, provided demonstrations at the Trade Show, and added a contest form in residents’ water bill for April. Reducing water consumption by 10 per cent from April to September and residents will be entered to win a water reduction package. “That would include a low flush toilette, lowflow showerhead, shower timer and a rain barrel as well,” Slater. To save water, Slater said to check for house and pipes leaks, and tighten taps and fixtures. “Try and stick to a fiveminute shower rule and actually set a timer…limit baths to special times,” she said. NEAT will be visiting residents this summer making sure lawn-water restrictions are being followed. Those who aren’t will get a friendly knock on their door. “One of the big issues is lawn water. Biggest water

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waster. Average sprinkler uses up to 240 gallons water per hour,” said Crisfield. According to Crisfield 40 percent of the water must be saved for fire storage, seven per cent for outside town and the rest is used for residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and possible leaks. The plant is also in the process of hiring another water/sewer operator. “We need somebody to be really intimate with this plant and we need somebody to look after the outside operations like service leaks, water main

“We installed a backup generator, which, itʼs the catʼs meow. It works great. Weʼre tickled pink with it.”

breaks, repairs, all that kinds of stuff,” said Crisfield. As the population growth creates a greater demand for water, Crisfield said adding a second water sewer operator will allow them to be proactive with issues instead of reactive. The public works department recently added a new altitude vale in the Wabi Hill reservoir, which will help regulate the inflow and outflow of the water reservoir. Slater hopes residents will be more aware of why the need to conserve water and how to do it.


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BY GREG AMOS Ridge Sentinel Editor –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Local artists are hoping Tumbler Ridge's visitor information centre can become an off-season hub for artists displays and workshops. Council heard local artist Darcy Jackson's request to rent the building for $1 from September to May, a period of time when the visitor centre is normally closed. An artist cooperative (with about five members so far) would occupy the building from Tuesday through Saturday each week, “to showcase our art, sell it, and conduct workshops,” said Jackson. Coun. Tim Snyder said he'd like to see the district cover the utilities costs for the building, as long as the artists act as ambassadors for tourism. Mayor Darwin Wren said he liked the concept's tie-in to potential tourism, and said staff would look into it further. www.ridgesentinel.com

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Vigilance urged for safe outdoor burning

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– PRINCE GEORGE - B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch is reminding the public to exercise caution when conducting outdoor burns this spring. Escaped grass fires are the most common form of human-caused wildfires at this time of year. For tips on safe burning, residents are encouraged to consult: www.bcwildfire.ca Always take the following precautions: • Check with local governments or civil authorities about any current burning bylaws or fire restrictions. • Create a fireguard at least one metre around the fire by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. • Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires. • Never leave a fire unattended. • Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping. • A fire should not be lit near buildings, trees or other combustible materials. • Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the embers are cold

before you leave the area. Anyone planning a grass burn over 0.2 hectares (Category 3) must call 1 888 7971717 and obtain a burn registration number ahead of time. More information is available at: h t t p : / / b c w i l d fire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp Burning should not be done if local air flow will cause the smoke to negatively affect nearby communities or residences. For more information on the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/re ports/agttobsc.html In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a person's legal obligations when using fire on or within one kilometre of forest land or grassland. If an outdoor burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs. To report an unattended fire or wildfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free, or dial *5555 on a cellphone. Follow the latest wildfire news on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

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