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Richards, Joyce Margaret

Crystal Ridge powerboarding area opens in Valemount

(nee Nelson)

August 30, 1929 – December 26, 2010 Joyce passed away peacefully in the Jasper Seton Hospital. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Gail, son Keith, their families, her sisters Maxine and Beverly and her brother Ken. She was predeceased by her husband Roy. Joyce was an influential community builder who was actively involved in arts, education, health and politics both in Jasper and at the provincial level. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Skyline room at the Lobstick Lodge, 94 Gieke Street, in Jasper AB on Saturday, January 19, 2013 beginning at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jasper Yellowhead Museum, 400 Bonhomme Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0

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Three years of planning has gained Valemount a new ski hill. On Jan. 12 the Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) will be holding their official grand opening of the Crystal Ridge Snowmobile Assisted Ski Hill, at 9 a.m. in the Westridge Parking Lot. Festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new bridge crossing the Canoe River. Following the ribbon cutting residents and attendees will enjoy a snowmobile ride to the facility and a hot dog lunch. Also planned is an aerial photo on the ridge top, as long as the weather co-operates, as well as a few runs on the new ski hill. According to Curtis Pawliuk, general

manager of VARDA, Crystal Ridge is a one of a kind facility that features snowmobile assisted skiing and snowboarding, located on the south side of the Canoe River next to Mt. Diefenbaker and only a few minutes from Valemount. In 2004, a group from Valemount, known as the Powerboarders, made a request to categorize Crystal Ridge as a “powerboarding destination” in the Valemount to Blue River Sustainable Resource Management Plan. The final product is a public use sled assisted ski and board area with four cleared runs of 2,000 vertical feet each. “The uniqueness of Crystal Ridge can be closely related to grass roots downhill mountain biking where riders would take turns shuttling each other up to the tops of the trails via a pickup truck,” explained

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Parks Canada says hot springs are not for sale By DANIEL BETTS Editor

Many residents and visitors to Jasper will have noticed posters and advertising a town hall meeting held on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre to discuss the “sale of our hot springs.” The posters and advertising, placed by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), are referring to a request for proposals (RFP) and competitive tendering process being initiated by Parks Canada to take over operations of the Canadian Rockies hot springs in Banff, Jasper and Radium. The PSAC is one of the largest unions in the country representing over 172,000 people, the majority of whom work for the federal government. “As usual, the federal government chose not to consult with the people who are affected most by their reckless cuts to public services,” said Marianne Hladun, regional executive vice-president for the PSAC Prairie Region, in a recent press release. “This town hall meeting will allow the community to voice concerns about how this will hurt their local economy and the environment.” Hladun was expected to attend the town hall meeting with plans to give an overview of the issues. She warns that, under privatization, visitors will either see an increase in rates or decrease in standards of service, in order to meet profitability needs of a private company. “Rest assured that the hot springs are not for sale,” said Alisson Ogle, public relations and communications representative for Parks Canada. “No individual or corporate entity can buy ownership of land in a national park.” According to Ogle, Parks Canada manages national park lands on behalf of Canadians and as per park regulations the agency administers many leasehold or license of occupation agreements with commercial operators who deliver services and programs that help visitors appreciate, understand and enjoy the natural and cultural heritage of the parks. “Private sector operations of the hot springs would be managed under a land use agreement, similar to arrangements in place for other private sector facilities and activities that help support visitors,” said Ogle.

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Ogle explained the move was part of Parks Canada’s effort to help reduce the federal deficit by taking steps to reduce expenditures. Parks Canada believes these steps should improve internal efficiencies and reduces costs while allowing the agency to focus on its priorities of delivering its core mandate to protect and present Canada’s treasured protected places. Continued on page 6 According to Ogle, since

Valemount resident and former Jasperite releases new song By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

After a lengthy break, Michelle Glover Burstrom has been re-acquainted with the recording studio to musically capture her learning experiences with horses. The former Jasper and current Valemount resident’s single, A Horse Never Lies, was released mid-December and is available for download on her web site, through iTunes or CD Baby. Burstrom wrote the song inspired by horses in general, but one horse occupies a “tender spot” in her heart. She calls him her “puppy horse” and describes him as a “left-brain extrovert and very great on the ground.” “He really just wanted to bond with me,” she said, “He followed me around and pushed all the other horses away.” She carefully observed how he moved about and interacted with other horses. “I was able to really interpret the psychology of horsemanship – Parelli natural horsemanship – into a song.” Parelli horsemanship is a specific approach to understanding horses based on the way horses relate to and communicate in the real world.


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Burstrom learned the Parelli method through her friend and licensed Parelli professional, Devanee Cardinal of the Cardinal Ranch, located between McBride and Valemount. The Cardinal Ranch is also the shooting location for the song’s music video, which can be viewed on Burstrom’s web site. Burstrom hails from deep musical roots. “I come from that really old time musical background.” She moved from Toronto to Jasper in her teens, where she joined a local dance band and performed at many events, including festivals, weddings and conventions. In the 1980s, she moved back to Toronto and worked as a professional singer. In the early 90s, Burstrom released five singles that ranked on the charts and one single hit number one in Italy. Re-entering the music industry, Burstrom noticed it has changed. “It’s like jumping into a whole new game with a lot of new rules. “I believe the way the Internet has changed the music industry gives independent artists greater freedom and opportunity to reach larger audiences. However, you have to be on your toes to be able to take advantage of all the benefits.” After six years in Jasper with her husband

Ed, a police officer who was born and raised in Jasper and is the son and grandson of wardens, the couple moved to Valemount in 2006. “We bought crown land beside his [Ed’s] parents’ farm and we bought a dozer.” They built their farm from scratch, which requires an enormous amount of hard work. The couple currently resides there with their two children. Farm life requires adaptation, especially for the unexpected. Burstrom recalls bringing a new born calf in the house after its mother wasn’t taking to it. “We got the hair dryer out and covered it in hot water bottles,” she worried it wouldn’t survive the night. “And then about five in the morning I heard: Bang! Smash! Boom! And I got up and the chairs were flying and it was trying to stand and it was walking on the hardwood and there was poop everywhere. “The kids loved it; I had to throw out the rug,” she laughs Burstrom continues to explore her musical talents and welcomes inspiration in its many forms. Her song, video and other information is available at A percentage of the downloads will benefit the Parelli Horsemanship Fund.

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Former Jasper resident Michelle Burstrom has, after many years, released a new single, A Horse Never Lies, through her web site named for the song. Burstrom, who currently resides in Valemount, B.C., wrote the song about her experiences with natural horsemanship.


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Canada leaves Kyoto behind Canada’s exit from the Kyoto Protocol was official on Dec. 15, 2012, the first treaty in Canadian history to have been ratified and then quit. Those concerned with the environment see the decision as major defeat toward combating greenhouse gas emissions and threatens our country’s standing in the world. Yet, the protocol itself has fallen far short of the five per cent reduction of greenhouse gases it called for, instead the world has seen an increase of 58 percent of harmful emissions into our atmosphere. According to Environment Canada, in 1990 Canada produced 592 million tons of greenhouse gas, by 2008 Canada was producing 734 million tons of greenhouse gas. Statistics suggest Canada is the third-largest per capita greenhouse gas polluter. This is likely do to our higher than normal hydrocarbon consumption. So why do we produce so much greenhouse gas? Firstly, Canada is very dependent on the energy industry, which employs an estimated 650,000 people and generates up to a quarter of our export revenue. This fact makes attempting to reduce emissions extremely challenging, not without harsh economic consequences. With many people still suffering from the effects of the last recession, reducing jobs to meet the needs of a United Nations protocol is a hard sell for hard working Canadian families who just want to pay their bills and enjoy their lives. Secondly, if you look at Canada geographically we have some very significant transportation challenges. There are some serious distances between communities, which means Canadians tend to drive longer and farther. In 2008, 82 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to passenger cars and light trucks. Also, we can’t forget the fact that we live in a cool climate. Canadian winters can be long and cold. The colder it is the more fuel we use and the less efficient our fuel consumption becomes. While Kyoto took Canada’s vastness and remoteness into account, the targets would seem to still have been particularly unrealistic. The Kyoto Protocol was a good idea, but its expectations were far removed from an industrial dependant and resource based nation. There was also an element of unfairness to the idea as large countries such as China and India were exempt from greenhouse gas emission requirements. Whenever targets are placed out of reach and are not applied to all those involved the result is frustration. It should not be surprising that Canada opted out of the protocol. Unfortunately we still have a large problem. Climate change looms over us all and will have a lasting negative effect on future generations. How do we balance the need to feed our families and pay our bills with the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Perhaps governments should be taxing the energy sector and using those funds to research affordable alternative energy sources and sustainable living. We desperately need an alternative to combustion engines that burn hydrocarbons.

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Our disconnect with nature is profound Dear Editor, It shocked and alarmed me that Maligne Canyon was blasted to alter this year’s natural accumulation of log jams. Nature is a powerful force; every year the canyon is different. We go there to be in awe of nature. We should be adjusting our activities in the changing environment of the canyon, not exploding things in this majestic natural cathedral to suit our human intrusions. If there were no commercial tours in the canyon, there would surely not have been dynamite blasts. They say they were concerned about the general unguided public. But we don’t go altering other potential risky areas of the park just because there are natural hazards. That would mean fencing off every cliff, bulldozing glacial crevasses shut, and shooting all the bears and cougars. Indeed, the canyon modifications happened only because of the existence of commercial tours. Therein lies the problem.

It is only after the commercialization of an activity, followed by a dramatic rise in visitation rates, guided and unguided, that Parks Canada finds itself in a quandary over what to do in the face of perceived risk. People have the propensity to trust that all is safe when they are following a well-worn path. This becomes a liability to the Park. What are the options: closure? education? landscape manipulations? fences? Maligne Canyon, along with other areas of the Park, is gradually turning into a disneyland amusement area. Let us not lose sight of what first drew us to this magical place. The canyon is indeed a wonder of nature, which I regard as a natural temple. Where is our reverence and honour, when we see fit to set explosions in there? Our disconnect with nature has become profound. It saddens me. Monika Schaefer Jasper, Alberta

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Crystal Ridge continued from page 2 Pawliuk. “Although now we are doing this with snowmobiles and using them to access some amazing snow covered terrain.” Pawliuk is certain that no matter how people choose to use the facility, whether on a snowboard or a set of skis, users will be thrilled with the 2,000 vertical drop and two kilometre long runs. Just minutes from Valemount, users can use the Westridge staging area where riders will use the 14 kilometre long snowmobile trail to get to the hill. The area sits within a caribou sensitive area, which means snowmobiles are strictly PHOTOS COURTESY OF VARDA restricted to the trail only as Rudi Thoni and Curtis Pawliuk on one of the first scouting designated under a stewardship missions for run placement. management agreement with BC, Dawn Watson, TDC Manufacturing, the Ministry of Environment. Pawliuk praised the extensive efforts and Terracana Ranch Resort. Pawliuk announced VARDA is starting of volunteers who put in their time, as well donations that were used to create the facility. a contest to name two of the runs at the new “Without the initial vision of the facility and is asking the users of Crystal Powerboarders and the dedicated group of Ridge and the community of Valemount to VARDA volunteers, along with assistance help them out with two names. Suggestions from Recreation Sites and Trails, and can be posted on the VARDA Facebook financial assistance from the Columbia Page under the event titled “Name a Run Basin Trust, this facility would still be but a on Crystal Ridge.” VARDA will choose a handful of favourites and put them back to unique dream,” said Pawliuk. This being the first year of operation, the community for a vote through all their Pawliuk expects to learn a great deal and Facebook followers. “This is your chance to have a little intends to keep improving the access and contribution of your own to this one of a kind enjoyment of the area in the years to come. “On behalf of the Valemount Area place that exists only here in Valemount,” Recreation Development Association I declared Pawliuk. For more information on Crystal Ridge would like to offer my sincere thank you to these great people and groups who or Valemount in general, contact VARDA at contributed to this project along the way,” 250-566-4817 or email varda@valemount. said Pawliuk. “If I have missed anyone, it ca. You can also check VARDA’s website was surely not on purpose and everyone’s at and “like” the Valemount Area Recreation help was greatly appreciated.” Pawliuk listed the following business Development Association on Facebook. and local residents: V a l e m o u n t PowerBoarders, Laurier O’dwyer, Archie McLean, Columbia Basin Trust, Vegreville Sno-Chasers, Yellowhead Helicopters, The Source Tree Service, Mac Cochrane, Twin Peaks Resort, R Smith Logging, Patricia and Rudi Thoni, Darryl Polyk, Spaz Logging, Rick Plamondon, B r i a n Mckirdy, Lakes District Maintenance, VARDA BOD, Rec Sites and Trails

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National Park News January 10

More Court Dates for McBride in 2013 During recent interviews with The Valley Sentinel, Crown Prosecutor Geoff McDonald and local RCMP Corporal Barry Kennedy noted that there will likely be more court dates for McBride with an increase in files being opened and followed up within the local detachment. There appears to be a decrease in files being received from the Valemount detachment and during the last year only 21 files were received up to Dec. 17, and therefore it is likely that there will be a decrease in court dates for Valemount. There is expected to be an increase in court date numbers in McBride if trends continue according to McDonald and Kennedy with an increase in files being opened by the McBride detachment.

Jasper’s 2nd Annual Women in Need of Excitement (WINE) Night On Thursday, Jan. 17 the 2nd Annual WINE (Women in Need of Excitement) Night is happening at the D’ed Dog in Jasper. There will be a ladies only adult toy shopping from Edmonton’s Traveling Tickle Trunk from 7 to 9 p.m. Men are welcome after 9 p.m. to enjoy the DJ and dancing. A cover charge is by donation and all proceeds go to HIV West Yellowhead. Enjoy drink specials all night long!

Canadian Country and Roots Singer Sean Hogan at the Valemount Legion Canadian country and roots singer Sean Hogan is coming to the Valemount Legion Saturday, Jan. 19. Tickets are only $20 to see this CCMA award winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The show starts at 8 p.m. Check out

VACS Presents: The Compadres The Valemount Arts and Cultural Society bring you another cultural variety on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Do not miss The Compadres, made up of Juno award-winning folk artist James Keelaghan and soonto-be Juno-winning Latin guitarist Oscar Lopez. The Compadres released an album that would become one of the most notable independent Canadian roots recordings of the late ‘90s. It sold over 15,000 copies independently, and earned a Juno nomination for Best Roots and Traditional Album – Group. Expect “wild, passionate and downright fun Latin-Celtic numbers with a similar compliment of superb instrumentals and evocative ballads.” Tickets are $30 or $25 for seniors or students. This is VACS’ last show of the season!

QUOTE of the week The uniqueness of Crystal Ridge can be closely related to grass roots downhill mountain biking.

Curtis Pawliuk, VARDA general manager

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Jasper National Park’s Deer Study Recently, Parks Canada has been studying mule and white-tailed deer in Jasper National Park to increase understanding of how predators and prey interact. Many factors influence predator-prey relationships, and while we know that increases in the numbers of deer and elk can also influence predator numbers, we currently lack concrete data on deer population dynamics and habitat use. Previous research on wolf packs in the Jasper area has shown that deer are an important food source. If deer seek refuge from predators, for example by calving in the town site, they are able to maintain higher populations as a result. This means more food for predators, which could cause wolf populations to increase artificially, in turn leading to negative impacts on caribou numbers. Following the collaring of 19 deer (seven whitetailed and 12 mule) last spring, Jasper National Park biologists recently acquired the park’s first

mule deer GPS data showing the movements of one female deer for eight months, from April to December 2012. Mule deer 165 was initially captured behind the Sawridge Hotel in April. She stuck close to town until May 23, when she travelled approximately 50 kilometres into the Whirlpool area in just three days. After having a fawn around May 29, she spent the remainder of the summer further up the Whirlpool valley, and then moved from there to Whistler’s campground in a single day on September 28. She hung around near town until December 2, when early in the morning she was struck on Highway 16, near the junction with Highway 93A. While this particular story’s ending is a good reminder to slow down and drive carefully on park roads, the deer study project is a great way to increase our understanding of deer population dynamics and movements.

Hot Springs not for sale – continued from page 3 According to Ogle, since 1994 the three Canadian Rockies hot springs have been managed as a commercial operation under a separate Parks Canada business unit. “Shifting their operation to the private sector will provide greater capacity and flexibility to respond to the demands of the tourism market and will maximize opportunities for enhancing the facilities, operations and marketing,” said Ogle. “Parks Canada is committed to ensuring Canada’s special places are presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians,

today and in the future.” According to Ogle, Parks Canada will ensure the hot springs are maintained for public use and enjoyment and will ensure that any re-development reflects their location in a national park and does not compromise ecological integrity or cultural resources. “In addition, we are confident that any private sector operator will continue to offer a high quality experience at a price that is competitive and comparable to other visitor attractions,” said Ogle. Ogle stated that a representative

from Parks Canada will not be attending the meeting. More information on Parks Canada alternative delivery service for the hot springs can be found at: sources-springs/index/neuf-new.aspx Hladun was expecting a large turn out for the town hall meeting with residents of Jasper, Hinton and surrounding areas attending. The actual details of the meeting were not available by press time and will be explored in our next issue. For more information on the PSAC campaign visit:

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Wiseman brings east coast sound to Jasper By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer


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Sounds of the east coast will resonate in Jasper when Billy Wiseman plays in town Saturday, Jan. 12. Wiseman’s self-described “east coast celtic f lavour� will have the audience stomping its feet and clapping its hands as he plays. Listening to his music, it’s easy to tell that Wiseman’s an original Newfoundlander. He was born in St John’s, but didn’t actually pick up an instrument until on vacation in Vancouver during his early 20s. “The guitar is quite addicting, in that it’s the one instrument that you can play almost any song to,� Wiseman said, “No matter what instrument the song was composed with, the guitar can replace and/or back up the sound that you are looking for, plus it gives you that ‘round the campfire feel, which entices the audience to get involved and sing along.� Since then, this self-taught musician has been playing in pubs for over 30 years, recorded in Nashville and also performed at lobster festivals. He even sang on stage with Anne Murray when he was eight years old. While he performs traditional songs, he also plays song renditions from the 60s and up. Popular ones include Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, Great Big Sea’s Run Runaway and Mumford and Sons’ I Will Wait. Wiseman also performs at certified Newfie “Screech-In Nights.� The traditional ceremony can only be performed by a natural-born Newfoundlander and mainly involves screech (a Newfoundland rum) and kissing a cod fish. The inductee must say “long may your big jib draw,� then the honorary Newfoundlander is presented with a certificate. Screech-ins may be performed at Wiseman’s show for a small fee, so it might be a good idea to


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Jasper in January begins this weekend By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

Whether you want to get active and be outside, listen to live music, shop, enjoy great food and drink, or party with the best of them, the 24th annual Jasper in January Festival offers something for everyone. Festivities begin Friday, Jan. 11 with live band Mourning Wood playing at the Athabasca Hotel, followed by the Kokanee Kick Off Party at the Whistle Stop Pub. The next day at Winterstruck out at Pyramid Lake, people can enjoy a variety of activities like dogsledding, ice skating and cooking bannock. “We’re hoping to get people to become passionate about winter activity again,” said Mary Darling of Tourism Jasper. There’s also plenty of other activities throughout January, such as the snow sculpting competition, to remind people that winter is awesome. Sculpture judging begins at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. The Jasper Bantam Bearcats hockey team has been busy packing snow into large carving blocks for competitors. “The teams are going to be allowed to start carving on Thursday [Jan. 10], and have until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning to finish their masterpieces before judging begins,” said Darling. The carvings are located by the Discovery Trail on the south side on Connaught Drive. Winners will be announced at noon, with prizes for most creative, most humorous and best winter scene.

Another “don’t miss event” is the Broken Resolutions comedy show Jan. 15 at the Jasper Brewing Company, featuring local host Dave Husereau. Mountain Park Lodge’s chilli cook-off on Jan. 18 is a popular event and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. “The chilli cook-off has been happening for one year longer than the whole entire Jasper in January Festival,” said Darling. Saturday, Jan 19 is a busy day. The ATCO Family Street Party spans from the Old Fire Hall to Tags and occurs alongside the Hockey for Hope tournament. Jasper’s first commercial ice bar will also be in service at the Robson House. Capping off the night is a fireworks display at Centennial Park. “I’ve had many comments that they [the fireworks] are better than the ones for Canada Day,” said Darling. A rail jam, seniors tea and avalanche awareness days are all events scheduled at Marmot Basin during the festival. “New this year is the Mill St. Brewery Beer and Cheese Pairing,” said Darling. “Always popular is Wine in Winter on the 25th and then Hops and Scotch on the 26th.” And, if jumping into chilly lake water suits your fancy, “the polar bear dip is awesome.” Closing out Jasper in January is the third and final day of the Men’s Curling Bonspiel on Jan. 27. There are many other great activities not mentioned here; a complete and detailed list of Jasper in January celebrations is available online at


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Members of the Bantam Bearcats stomp huge piles of snow into blocks on Connaught Drive for Jasper in January’s snow carving competition. Since the snow blocks need to be debris-free for carving; the fluffy white stuff was brought in from the Maligne Canyon.





LESTER VAN BLAM The Whistle Stop proudly celebrates the LGBT community with a Drag Queen show featuring the talents of Missy Fufu and Toni Lester Van Blam. Enjoy energetic live performances from both Missy Fufu and Miss Toni Lester Van Blam and then dance the night away as DJ Tommy K transforms the Whistle Stop into a rockin’ dance bar for one night only.

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Freeride ski competition this weekend By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

A good time to see up-and-coming talent in the freeride skiing world is at the Jasper Freeride Ski Club’s annual competition on Jan. 12 and 13 at Marmot Basin. Skiers from around Alberta and Saskatchewan will compete in moguls and slopestyle events over the course of the weekend. The competition provides riders with the opportunity to have fun while utilizing their skills on the hill. A banquet and silent auction for participants will be held at the Activity Centre on Saturday, Jan. 12. Since 1996, the Jasper Freeride Ski Club has been recognized as a competitive team. Currently, it has 50 athletes ages six to 18 from Jasper, Hinton, Edmonton and area.

A HUGE THANK YOU! to the organizations and businesses for their generous donations and discounts as well as the Gift Collection and Cash Donation Box Centres all over town. We could not have reached our goal for the new Turkey Roundup Campaign without the constant support of the Super staff and management at Super A Foods. We also want to acknowledge the valuable assistance given to us by the Seniors at the Alpine Summit Lodge, Sue McCarthy and the VIA Rail Crew, the Team Tourism Elves, the Servus Credit Union Ladies, Peter Bridge, Arena Manager, Val and Karen at the Museum, Wayne Kennedy at the McCready Centre, the Glaciers Football Team and our own Santa Sleigh Team! File photo

Luke Ulsifer practices for last year’s Freeride competition.

JPL holiday cheer spills over By SARAH MAKOWSKY Reporter/Photographer

Over the holidays, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (JPL) raised donations for the Jasper Food Bank, and it isn’t quite finished yet. In addition to donating two large boxes of food, employees raised $1,200 dollars for the food bank. “We were able to hand that over to the food bank over the holidays,” said Sage Livingstone, marketing and public relations co-ordinator for JPL. Food and money was collected during a casino night,


We would also like to thank the community for their support of the Santa Train and the Santas Anonymous Christmas Raffle. 1st prize went to Joanne Kirton, 2nd to Jerry Empey and 3rd to Silvia Jones. Special Mention goes to Ellie the Elf and, of course, the big guy himself, SANTA! Finally, our campaign would not have been such a success without the assistance of and exceptional coverage by the Fitzhugh staff. -Ann Thomas, Coordinator.


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Our sincere gratitude goes to all those residents who gave, once again, to help make Christmas complete with much needed food and gifts for over fty families.

holiday gala and colleagues could also receive a free lunch from the cafeteria on certain days if they donated canned goods. Additionally, JPL’s Moonlight Charity Skate for Jasper in January on the 20th is another opportunity to donate to the food bank. “We donate a lot of our funding for that to the Jasper Food Bank,” said Livingstone. The Moonlight Charity Skate goes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at Lake Mildred. Donations of both food and money will be accepted during the event.

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Thank you to all the volunteers that kept showing up during the packing days and, in particular, Margaret, Mary, Magda, Jean, Sandra, Avice, Ken and Rod for their steadfast support.



Be sure you’re one of the proud parents or grandparents to show off the newest member of your family. We will be publishing the pictures in our January 31, 2013 issue & your baby's name will be entered in a draw for a gift.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

is the International Year of Water Co-operation, as voted by the United Nations General Assembly. This designation aims to draw attention to countries that have committed to protecting freshwater

resources, and to encourage them to start taking concrete actions to protect and share this increasingly valuable resource. Access to freshwater, and its key role in healthy ecosystems, may be the biggest global issue in the decades to come. This idea is hard to absorb when you live in a place like Jasper National Park. Here, the Athabasca River rushes by, rising and subsiding with the seasons. One only needs to walk a short distance on

2012: The Flight

the Pyramid Bench before encountering a small lake or slough teaming with birds, frogs and fish. Problems in places less pristine than here are well documented, and I’ll leave it to your Googling fingers to sift through the bad news on your own. Instead, given the relatively clean watershed we live in, I thought it more appropriate to kick off the International Year of Water Co-operation by celebrating with a couple of things that are right in the

aquatic world: Stories of life that thrives in local water bodies. The first story is about the plentiful and varied dragonf lies that turned out in the summer and fall of 2012, likely because of the generous amounts of rain bestowed on Western Canada the previous spring. The second is about the great migration of whitefish that takes place between the Athabasca River and surrounding lakes every fall.

of the Dragon Flies Last spring, the June monsoons resulted in a heck of a lot of standing water. Which led to hoards of mosquitoes. You would had to have been walking around in a Hazmat suit not to notice, and believe me I thought about it. I went from a Mom-against-DEET to practically making my son drink it. But the good thing about mosquitoes is that they are tasty eats for a host of other insects, fish and birds. One predator that likes to chow on mosquitoes is the dragonf ly. The larval, aquatic phase of dragonf lies feed on mosquito larvae. Those of you who’ve seen these larval dragonf lies know they can be kind of scary looking. They are slightly shorter than your pinky finger, with big buggy eyes, plump, segmented bodies and pointy things on their abdomens (or “butts,” as some kids I know would say). But soon enough, between one to three years old, they transform into the colourful, aerial acrobats we see each summer. This past summer, however, the sheer numbers and diversity of dragonf lies surpassed anything I’d seen in a decade. The result of several rainy springs and an increase in food (like mosquitos) has been documented province-wide as giving dragonf ly populations a boost. We had more of the usual suspects – the blue darners and hosts of bluets too. But others really stood out as not having been around for a while, at least in the numbers that appeared. For example, the big green and brown guys you were seeing at places like Lake Edith were the green variety of variable darners. There were also little red guys breeding on the Pyramid Bench near Two Sloughs – these are candied orange dragonf lies. It was magical watching a cloud of them f litter back and forth in the late afternoon sun as they hunted those damn mosquitoes. It’s a nice image to conjure in the dark and cold of winter.

The Great Mountain Whitefish Migration

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Variable darner in Jasper National Park last summer.

Every fall, thousands of mountain whitefish migrate into Lac Beauvert from the Athabasca River, and never leave. This aquatic parade begins with the smallest of the species, gradually giving way to larger and larger fish until the great migration ends sometime in late October. You won’t see them during the day – they arrive under the cover of darkness in an attempt to avoid the keen eyes of osprey and eagle They come from the Athabasca River, the spawning grounds of most mountain whitefish populations in the Athabasca watershed. According to Parks Canada Aquatic Biologist Ward Hughson, some fish come from as far as 900 kilometres down river to spawn in the mountain water they were born in.

Perhaps triggered by the warmer water emanating from the stream they follow, or perhaps following a desire to search out deeper water in the hopes they are less visible to predators, these fish wiggle their way up the shallow stream that is the outlet of Lac Beauvert. With all these whitefish pouring in every fall, one would expect the waters of Lac Beauvert to be boiling with them. In addition to the numbers that arrive, it’s likely some of them continue to spawn there throughout the years. However, it seems they are in high demand for predators including raptors, mink, and metre-long northern pike. In other words, there’s a lot of animals getting fat on fish around

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there. Dragonf lies and mountain whitefish – these are summer stories to look forward to as we move into the latter part of our winter. Right now, dragonf ly larvae lay burrowed in muddy soil of bogs and ponds. Mountain whitefish hover in the warmest strata of water near the bottom of lakes, beneath the ice. So adapted are they to these fresh water systems that they can survive the winter without much food, waiting for the warmth and light of spring to signal a new season, and a new cycle of life. Now that’s something to celebrate.

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Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

You are in a serious, sober and ambitious mood as the year gets underway. The New Moon has activated your determination to be seen, heard, recognized and rewarded. You feel the desire and perhaps the need to make some very real changes without, to match what you feel is happening within. Clarify to yourself and others what you want and, if necessary, learn ‘how to’.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

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ibra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A good deal of activity close to home and with family is being activated now. This may basically involve an early pitch at cleaning and beautifying your living space. Investing into tools, equipment, appliances and/or decorative supplies is likely. Aim to establish an atmosphere of beauty, function and power as a basis of success for the whole family.

Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

A wide array of places to go, people to see and errands to run are keeping you busy now and will over the next few weeks. This period also contains a good deal of creative potential. Making key contacts and/or strategic moves now will contribute to creating many new opportunities for the coming months. The sooner you can clearly decipher your direction the better.

A mood to go big continues. You know this will require more discipline and effort. Yet, you feel extra committed. Your sights are set on a brighter future. Many ambitions are brewing within. Regardless how much work you are doing that is apparent, you are likely doing at least as much behind the scenes. Your main interest now is how to work smarter than harder.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

emini (May 21 – Jun 21 You are undergoing a lot of changes at the outset of this New Year – a veritable metamorphosis. It is important that you engage your imagination positively to work with this change, lest it lapse into conjuring negative hallucinations. Positively, you are looking to the power, authority and leverage that others can provide to support you.

apricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) The New Moon in your sign will have the effect of launching you into this New Year. You are likely in a determined mood and are ready to take any pioneering initiatives that are necessary to succeed. Managing the results of previous choices and actions is also important. Aim to consolidate and harmonize existing realities in preparation for new assertions.

ancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Your relationships are getting a lot of stimulation now. This may be the source of plenty of excitement and satisfaction. At worst, others are attempting to control you. At best, these associations are guiding you to new positions, tools, methods and/or directions that will prove empowering. Take a proactive, innovative and cooperative approach for best results.

An ambitious and determined mood vies with a playful one. Making extra efforts behind the scenes, in an administrative sense, will help you to achieve this balance. So, avoid too much distraction and social activity. If you are focused and diligent and solidify your base, you will feel more at peace to take advantage of those narrower windows to get in some playtime.


The process of building upon new foundations continues. This is a very important and powerful time in this regard. Yet, avoid hasty choices and actions. Rather, take a slow and sure approach. This is a good time to create a healthier attitude as well, leading to increased efficiency and effectiveness. What habit patterns from the past are best left behind?



Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

isces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) The future is beckoning. To answer, you are wise to look to the bigger picture over the long term. This is basically called ‘having a vision’. By tuning-in to your intuitions, dreams and desires, clarifying these and then practically gauging the possibilities, 2013 could prove to be a major leap forward for you. As well, vote for yourself and work on your confidence levels.

The time has come for you to make a whole host of improvements. These will be linked to your daily habit patterns affecting your overall lifestyle. Clean, clear and polish is the basic requirement. As well, take inventory of all your talents and assets and be thorough in your approach. Make the most of all you have already in preparation to add to the list soon.


irgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Taking a creative approach to realize your power potential in the world is a central theme now. Be open to the variety of goods and/or services you can provide and take the same approach in deciphering what outer sources can provide for you. Overall, this is a call to analyze all resources - both outgoing and incoming. Entertain all possibilities.



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Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme St.

Museum Coffee Hour

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme St. October 16 to April 10. Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for an hour of historical interest. Everyone welcome.

Community Listings deadline is Fridays @ 5PM

Coffee Talk

Town Council Meetings

The Summit Singers

(Jasper Adult Learning Council) - Come and practice your English speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment at 631 Patricia St. The meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 6 - 7:30pm starting on October 15. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-852-4418 ext. 3 for more information.

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Jasper Food Bank

(Jasper Adult Learning Council) - Come and practice your English speaking skills in a fun and relaxed environment at 631 Patricia St. The meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 6 - 7:30pm starting on October 15. Everyone is welcome. Call 780-852-4418 ext. 3 for more information.

Hours Thursday- Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coffee Talk

Museum Coffee Hour

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum & Archives, 400 Bonhomme St. Oct.16 to Apr. 10. Join us each Tuesday morning at 10:30am for an hour of historical interest. Everyone welcome.

JAG at the Jasper Museum Group Exhibition Opening Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Jasper’s Community Choir, have started another season of singing and music appreciation and you are welcome to join them! Practices are held every Monday Evening from 6:45 pm in Jasper United Church. Do you love to sing? Are you interested? Call Morley or Val at 780-852-5533.

Young at Heart: Healthy Living for Seniors Bi-monthly meetings. 2nd Thursday of each month at Pine Grove, 4th Thursday of each month at Alpine Summit. All seniors welcome to join us in sharing ideas, learning, inspiring, supporting and having fun! Call LaurieAnn 780-852-6640 (AHS) or Patrick 780852-6542 (COS) for more info.

Community Outreach Services

Free, confidential, non-judgmental support and referral. Make an appointment or drop in. The coffee is always on. M – F, 8:30am 5:00pm. 627 Patricia Street. 780-852-2100.

Jasper Reuse-it Centre

29 Stan Wright Drive, 780-852-3334. NEW Hours of Operation Tues. 2 7pm; Wed. 2 - 7pm; Thurs. 2 - 7pm. Closed Fri.- Mon.

Help is available from the Jasper Food Bank Thurs nights. Drop in at St. Mary and St. George Anglican Church at the corner of Miette and Geikie St. Families 6pm and individuals 6:30pm. Call 780-852-8800 for more info.

ASK (Advocates for Special Kids)

Meetings first Thursday of the month at 7pm at the Community Outreach office.


Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm in the meeting room on the second floor of the EMS building.

Al-Anon Family Group help friends and families of alcoholics meetings Friday at 7pm at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more info please call 780-852-4518 or 780-852-4578.

Royal Canadian Legion

Senior’s Curling

Parent Link Centre

12 Step Meetings

401 Geikie St. Open Tues. to Sat. at 4pm. Children welcome until 8pm. Cash, meat draws and chasing the Queen at 5:30 PM Saturdays. Free shuffle board available. 780-852-3740. Now open at 627 Patricia Street.

Habitat for the Arts

631 Patricia St., Open Tues. - Sat. 12 to 5pm. 780-852-4747.

Jasper Municipal Library

Toddler & Preschool Story Time Mondays 10:30am. For more info 780852-3652 or

Thrift Shop Hours

The Jasper Thrift Shop is open on Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm and Thursdays from 1 to 3pm. Located in the 700 Block on Geikie Street in the United Church basement

HIV West Yellowhead

For confidential HIV/AIDS/HEP C/STI Information, referral and free condoms, drop by our office at 612 Connaught Dr., (upstairs) Mon. to Fri. 10am - 4pm. Info at: For 24 hour assistance call 1-800772-AIDS. For local assistant, call 780-852-5274. Volunteers welcome.

From 1:30 - 2:30pm in the Activity Multi-purpose hall. Senior’s 55+ Welcome! Need new curlers get team together and join us. Contact Arlene Tomie 780-852-3088 or Lydia Stanko 780-852-5679. Alcoholics Anonymous - meetings Monday and Saturday at 8pm. Narcotics Anonymous meetings Thursdays at 8pm. All meetings are held at the hospital in the Cavell room. For more information or to talk to someone regarding alcohol, drugs or gambling problems please call 780-852-2909.

L’ACFA régionale de Jasper

ACFA (Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta) Centre de ressources en français / French Resources Centre. Heures d’ouverture /

Business Hours. Ouvert les lundis / Open Monday De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Ouvert les mar., merc. et jeu. / Open Tues., Wed., & Thurs De 12 h à 18 h / 12 noon to 6pm. Veuillez noter que nous sommes ferme les jours fériés/ Closed on stat Holiday. Gare de Jasper entrée de Greyhound Jasper Train Station Greyhound entrance. Tel : 780-852-7476 / Phone : 780-852-7476

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Crew Shuttle Drivers Required.

Hallcon Crew Transportation requires Full and Part-time Drivers for the safe and courteous transportation of Rail Crews from JASPER for up to 450 km distant. This is an on-call position. Retired and semi-retired are more than welcome!

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Cantonese Restaurant

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Full Time Cooks ($14/hr) (Chinese cuisine experience necessary)

Full Time Servers ($9.75/hr)

Apply in person with resume or fax: 780-852-3047

608 Connaught Drive • 780-852-3559

DEADLINE Friday at 5:00 pm Jasper classifieds For rent



FURNISHED ROOMS for rent, includes utilities, full cable, all inclusive. Please leave name and number. Reasonable rates, suit singles only. Call 780-852-3337.

Deepening Your Yoga Practise with Annie Baker. Yoga and meditation for body, mind and spirit. Mondays 7PM, January 14th to February 18th. For info, call 780-931-2845 or email

Stretch, Strengthen and Relax for Seniors. Gentle movement, breathwork and relaxation for seniors and others. Mondays 1:30PM, January 14th - February 18th. For info, call Annie 780-931-2845 or email

CAVELL ONE BEDROOM Suite for rent. $795/month, available immediately. Call 780-852-4482. ONE BEDROOM fully furnished, $700/month including utilities and wifi. Available immediately 780-8830848

Yoga for Every Body with Annie Baker. Classical yoga adapted for bodies with limitations. Wednesdays 1:30PM, January 16th - February 20th. For info, call 780-931-2845 or email

Call 780.852.4888 to place your ad in the fitzhugh

Robson Valley classifieds AUTOMOBIles

heavy equipment



2002 Saturn SL, grey, 4 door sedan, 433,000 kms, manual transmission, great fuel economy. Has been a good commuter car. $1,100 OBO. Call Loretta 250-968-4453. GTS NOV 29 1993 Dodge Spirit car Loaded, 78,000 original kilometres. Garage stored. Excellent condition. Excellent Fuel economy. $3,499 OBO. Contact Oli at 250-569-2583. GTS SEPT 5

Feller Buncher 227 Cat, new motor, good undercarriage, most of this machine is rebuilt. Price $15,000 OBO. Call 250-566-2471. GTS JULY 25

Move-in ready 4 bedroom, 3 bath home Recently renovated. Hardwood, tile and laminate throughout. Extra lot, fences and landscaped yard make this the perfect home. This is a must see if you are looking to relocate. 1311 - 9th Ave. Valemount, B.C. Call or text Michelle today at 250-566-1947 or call Francis at 250-566-4411. GTS DEC 13

For Rent- Three bedroom mobile home in Riverbend Mobile Home Park 5 km west of McBride $575/month. Phone 250-569-8845 JAN 24 2 Bedroom house on acreage for rent in Tete Jaune. $700 per month. Contact 250-566-9811 JAN 17 CN APARTMENTS in Valemount- 1 & 2 BR $520 & $590 plus hydro. No pets. JUNIPER MANOR -Furnished Bachelor $450 plus hydro. 2 BR $550 plus hydro. Scott 250-566-1569 JAN 17

2004 Ford Freestar minivan Sports model. Tan colour. Loaded. Good condition. Clean. Winter rims and tires included. $6,500 OBO Phone 250-569-7295 daytime or 250-968 4322 evenings. GTS JAN 25

camper with truck 1995 Wilderness 5th wheel camper 21.5 feet. Sleeps 6 people with queen size upper bed. Fridge, 4 burner stove/oven, propane heated, AM/FM stereo, shower tub, with 12 ft. awning $700.00 In great condition. 1996 Ford F-250 extended cab short box, 196,000km, truck canopy included. Asking price is $10,000 for BOTH OBO. If interested call Jocelyn 250-5664491 (home) or 250-566-1700 (cell) GTS SEPT 5

misc. for sale Case Model 530 Tractor front end loader in good condition $3,500. Parts tractors Case 530 backhoe attachment $1,000. 14 foot tandem field disk $800. Contact 250-2190277 GTS NOV 29 Good used sea containers for sale. McBride area $3,650, Valemount $3,500 Delivered. We accept Visa/MC 250-314-9522. JAN 17

commercial space Office space for rent or lease in the Village of Valemount. Bring your business idea to this movein-ready space. Total of 365 sq. ft. consists of office with sink and separate waiting room. Located in a professional building. Call 778-389-5100 or email to view. DEC 13

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE FOR SALE: Commercial & Residential property on 5th Ave. in Valemount. Front half leased to coffee and gift shop. Back half is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath apartment. For more information call 250-566-4532. JAN 3

trailer for sale

Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2-Bedroom with addition, wood stove and oil heat. Rental purchase optional. Asking $16,000 OBO or $500 monthly rent. Call Doug 250-566-4240 GTS NOV 15 Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2 bedrooms, new roof, bathroom, windows, and carpet. Pellet Stove and propane furnace. $20,000 OBO Call Nathan 250-566-5040. GTS JUNE 20

Call the VALLEY sentinel AT 250-566-4425





Comfortable family home on fenced corner lot. 3 Bdrms + office, 2 full baths. Open concept living space with wood finishes. Oil furnace + wood stove. Pet ok. $875.


Mtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. 1 Bedroom - $475, 2 Bedroom-$575, Bachelor -$375


7th Avenue 4-Plex. Very spacious & bright suites - 1000 sq. feet! No pets, nonsmoking building. Furnished 2 bdrm w/ laundry - $650. Available February 1.


Updated trailer on fenced lot w/large shed. 900 sq. feet - 2 bdrm + small office, 1 bath w/jetted tub. Oil furnace/electric fireplace. Pet ok, no smoking. $680.

to place your ad

Photos and details at Call Jen 250-566-1323

Serving the robson valley region & Jasper


the fitzhugh/The Valley Sentinel • Thursday, January 10, 2013


Homeward Mortgage Group Ltd.


• Pre-approvals • Purchases • Refinances • Consolidations • Rental Property • Self Employed Mortgages • New to Canada • Vacation Home

Debra Parker AMP Mortgage Broker Looking out for your best interest.® P: 250-426-8211 ext 375 Cell: 250-421-7600 E:

Mortgage Broker services at no cost to you.

Returning Flow Acupuncture Wednesdays & Fridays in Valemount Thursdays in McBride

McBride, B.C. Redi-Mix Concrete • Aggregates • Concrete Blocks Concrete Form Rental • Gravel Truck Excavator & Bobcat • Site Preparation

Myron Baer 250-968-4492 • Cell 250-569-7245

Micah Yoder R.Ac.

945 HWY 5 N, VALEMOUNT, B.C. 250-566-8403

Foothills Memorial Chapel Represented by

H. A. (Sandy) ROBINSON 780-852-4527 If no answer phone: 780-852-3699 P.O. Box 6358, Edson, Alberta T7E 1T8 “Semper Fidelis”

PHONE 250-566-1782

The Funeral Service Association of Canada


Inspection Facility, Licensed Automotive & Heavy Duty Techs. •

part of Edson Funeral Home Ltd.

Registered Acupuncturist

TRAVIS’ AUTOMOBILE SERVICE We specialize in: Diesel Engine Repair, 4x4 Repair, Snowmobiles, & Misc. Repairs Welding • Lathe Work • Tire Sales


Licenced Journeyman with over 30 years experience

David Craig 250.566.4742 or cell 250.566.1089 email

• Kitchen • Bath • Doors • Windows • Cabinets • Floors • Tiles • Painting • Vinyl Decking and more Call Andreas 250-569-0004 c: 250-981-0457 /

TREKS & TRAVEL Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in you sails.


Call Patricia to make your travel plans a reality. 780-852-5473 (office) or email at

HINTON OPTOMETRY CLINIC Dr. Gary Watson, Dr. Monika Braun & Dr. Jennifer Goettling


158 Athabasca Avenue, Hinton Office Hours: Mon., Tues., & Wed. 8 am - 5 pm Thurs. 9 am - 6 pm; Fri. 8 am - 4 pm


Eyewear & sunglasses also available at: Rocky Mountain Eye Wear • Parks West Mall • 780-865-3011

Rex’s Recycling Tuesday - Wednesday 1 - 4pm Thursday - Friday - Saturday 10am - 4pm Closed - Sunday & Monday

Now offering full refund on all beer bottles and cans. Pickups can be arranged - Call Liz or Kim Everard:


R e d u C e - R e u S e - R e C yC l e

Robson Valley ConstRuCtion

& Redi Mix ConCRete General Contractor: residential & commercial Excavation: clearing, driveways & septic systems Concrete: redi mix concrete, finish work, stamps, forming • Gravel sales

P.o. box 474 Mcbride, bC V0J2e0 250-569-2593


plumbing & heating Greg McNee, Insured and Reliable Seniors: Show this ad and receive a 10% discount

cell: 250-566-1687

Locally owned and operated

NAPA Automotive Parts & Repairs

1140 Main Street • Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0 Phone: 250-566-9774 • Fax: 250-566-9771 •


David R. Sagan

BA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C. Investment & Insurance Advisor • By appointment only

P. 780-852-2121 2nd floor, (beside physio.) F. 780-423-3883 622 Connaught Dr.

Howard & McBride Funeral Homes “Proudly Serving the Community since 1921”

Sandra Birks 780-852-3890 Funeral Arrangements in the Comfort of your home Burial - Cremation - Shipment Out of Province Emergency 24-Hours: 780-422-1141

SandS diStribution Ltd

HuSky oiL Limited Cardlock and bulk plant facility Fuel truck for all your delivery needs

845 Cedarside rd. Valemount BC Phone: 250-566-4818 or 1-866-566-4818 Fax: 250-566-4815

P.O. Box 913 McBride, BC V0J 2E0

Ph: 250-569-7404 Fax: 250-569-3103


Serving the Robson Valley • Brendan Zimmerman

Solar Hot Water SyStemS • CanSAI Certified • Registered with SolarBC Garn • Smokeless Hydronic Wood Heaters Solar, Wind • and Micro Hydro Electric Systems 250-968-4490

Serving Jasper & the robson valley region

Thursday, January 10, 2013 •

The Valley Sentinel/the fitzhugh


Freezing temperatures, funny costumes, and warm drinks...what are you waiting for? Bears Paw Polar Bear Dip dives into fourth year By DANIEL BETTS Editor

While the very thought of immersing oneself in freezing water sends chills down the spines of most people, some very hearty folk are going to take the plunge for a very good cause. On Jan. 20 the fourth annual Bears Paw Polar Bear Dip will be raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. The dip is one of the many events scheduled for Jasper in January this year. Last year 35 participants raised $2,288 for diabetes research. Melody Gaboury, this year’s organizer, wants to surpass last year, hoping to raise up to $5,000. “All of the proceeds go to the Canadian Diabetes Association,” said Gaboury. “When I first started volunteering I didn’t realized that the Bears Paw puts the money forward for the event, which I thought was pretty awesome.” Participants who are willing to go that extra mile and wear a costume while leaping into the frigid water will be eligible for prizes such as best costume. Prizes include Marmot lift tickets and items donated by local businesses. “It is actually a good way to raise money,” said Gaboury. She said that extra pledges often come in when participants wear something funny. Mountain Park Lodges will be on hand providing hot drinks of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, not only to participants but to spectators as well. The hole, in which participants will risk thermal shock, will be cut out of the ice the day before and during the event they will be lined up three at time. According to Gaboury the water is shallow, perhaps chest deep depending upon your height. She recommends participants wear shoes as they will be standing on the ice waiting their turn, but also because of the uneven and potentially rocky bottom. During the event an ambulance will be on hand and also well equipped safety personnel at the water to assist if necessary. Participants will also be able to utilize the heated tents, provided by the Jasper Folk Festival organizers, that will be set up close by. Historically the top dipper was Corey Hugie during the first year of the event. Hugie raised $1,300 dollars when he pledged to wear a bikini if donations topped $1,000. True to his word he slipped on a bikini and jumped in. The total raised the first year was $3,500. Gaboury has her own personal connection to the cause. “The reason I got involved is that my partner is a type one diabetic,” explained Gaboury. “I see what it is like to live with diabetes every day.” Gaboury herself has decided she will take the challenge. Wanting the event to be a big success she has pledged to take the leap into the icy abyss if she can raise $2,000 for diabetes. “I’m going to tell myself it’s going to be warm,” Gaboury said. Anyone wishing to push Gaboury toward a January dip in Patricia Lake should contact her with their pledge at

Toll-free: 1-888-852-5929 Before you click buy me, call me!

Rick & Laurie Buck, CTC



File photo

Participants in the 2012 Polar Bear Dip are ready to make a big splash.

If you are adventurous and the thought of being immersed in frigid water doesn’t bother you, then perhaps you are just the person to help the cause of diabetes research. Send out the challenge. What would it take to get one of your friends to wear an outrageous outfit and jump into freezing cold water? Registration begins at noon at Patricia Lake on Jan. 20 and the cold plunge starts at 1 p.m. All participants will be required to sign a waver and provide a minimum donation of $20.

Shawn Fowler Authorized Dealer

Box 819, 1170 Canoe View Place Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0

Ph: 250-566-8483 C: 250-566-1725 F: 250-566-8485


Sales Service 250-566-1324 Installation 1-800-424-6331



• Automotive & Agricultural Tires • Agricultural Parts & Service • Small Engine Parts & Service • Full Line of Quality Lubricants & Filters * Large SeLection of BearingS & V-BeLtS in Stock * 100 Mountain View Road at Hwy.16, McBRide SHop pHone: 250 569-0075

Professional Teeth Cleaning - All Ages Light Enhanced Power Whitening, Tooth Gems & Sealants Registered Dental Hygienist Servicing Valemount, McBride, Blue River & Jasper

Biz: 250.566.4664

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