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Rocky Mountain Goat

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Your source for weekly news and views in the Robson Valley

Volume 1 Issue 13

Geo-thermal heats up

Ministry eyes Kinbasket for open bids Joseph Nusse Underneath Kinbasket Lake lies a geothermal reserve that is very hot, large, and just waiting for investors to take note. At least that is the conclusion of Patrick McBride, majority share holder of Comstock Energy Inc. based out of Kelowna. The geothermal exploration venture has held the only exploration permit in the Canoe Hot Springs area – but that may soon change. The Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources recently notified the Village of Valemount they are seeking input into a competitive bidding process for geothermal property rights in the Canoe Reach area. Comstock Energy Inc. owns a geothermal permit covering 550 hectares which encompasses the hot pools frequented by local bathers. According to ministry officials, other permit areas in the Canoe Reach could be put up to tenure in an area totalling 11,848 hectares between Saddle Lakes and Yellowjacket Creek. This could mean other companies could gain access to that land to start exploring and developing new geothermal projects in the area, as the provincial government encourages alternative energy sources. McBride, who is in his 80s, says that he

does not have the energy to find the investors needed to build a geothermal power plant on the site and his permit, (which expires in 2012), is for sale. But other interests, public and private, are taking note. The Golden Area Initiatives, a group of municipal and rural representatives that promotes economic development for the Golden area, recently hired Dr. Mory Ghomshei of UBC to prepare a feasibility report on the potential for geothermal heating, and electrical power generation for the Golden region. Ghomshei, who has spent his entire professional career developing geothermal sites, says what lies beneath is one of the most promising geothermal sites in the interior of B.C. His report highlights options for direct geothermal heating for high density areas of Golden as well as Kicking Horse Resort. While Golden itself is not located in a high geothermal potential zone (where sub-surface temperature exceed 80 degree Celsius within 700 metre’s drilling depth), he notes that Golden lies within 150 kilometers of both Radium and Canoe Hot Springs. This makes the possibility of an off-set energy production program feasible. Cont’ A4

Commerce launches economic study for Blue River mine Angles of success

Photo: Laura Keil

The Valemount Marina Association’s 29th annual Fishing Derby drew a large posse of fishers over the weekend, including many children. Jaycee Meek won in the largest Rainbow Trout 6 years and under category wtih a 600 gram fish. In all, 301 fish were scooped from Kinbasket over the weekend, with many prizes for winners and participants.

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Laura Keil Commerce Resources Corporation President David Hodge was supervising burger flipping instead of mine surveys last week at a thank-you barbecue for Blue River residents, as the company launches an economic feasibility study for a potential TantalumNiobium mine. Geologists have been studying 1,050 square kilometres of terrain north of the

community for the past decade, in the hopes that the quantity and type of minerals found underground will warrant the creation of a full-scale mining operation. “That’s the whole point of the economic study. We got a decent sized body, we have a bunch of ore in it, but the question is, ‘Is it economical?’” says head geologist and field manager John Gorham. Cont’ A5

International students arrive!

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Intl students flock to Valley schools Laura Keil

It’s 9 a.m. on an August summer vacation day, but two dozen students have gathered in the Valemount Secondary School library for their first day. They come from Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, and Venezuela, and they’ll join four students attending school in McBride as part of a large group of international students coming to the Valley’s high schools through the SHECANA international exchange program. This morning they are shuffling down the halls to look at their future classrooms before they register for the year. Some parents have accompanied them. Many just arrived a few days ago, and for most, this is will be the longest period of time they have been away from home. Sharon McColm is hosting Laura Olk, 16, from Germany this year. McColm says she wanted to help the school, and to expose her young boys to other languages and cultures. “My little guy has an ear for languages, so I thought it would be good to have someone who speaks another language around.” Bill Kruisselbrink is hosting Marcus Carlen, 18, from Sweden. His marks don’t count this year, but like many students, he is looking forward to taking advantage of courses that aren’t necessarily offered at his home school. And the school’s small size doesn’t seem to bother them. “I’m glad I came here and not to Prince George because it would not be as personal,” Carlen says. “The school is awesome,” says Ben McLeod, 15, from New Zealand. “Perfect size. Can’t get lost really. I’ll probably get to know everyone quite well.” Photo: Laura Keil His school at home is closer to the population of Valemount at 1,200 (Left to Right) Mira Koch, Lea Werner, Meike Boesch, Ben McLoed, Mia Stromback, and Stephanie students. When he spoke to his Mom he told her that everywhere he looks Blanco are a handful of the students that will be staying the year at Valemount Secondary School. there is nature. “You’re really worried up until the day you leave, but when McBride Secondary School is hosting four students through the SHECANA program as well. you’re on the plane it seems ok. It’s sort of like a sports game.” School councillor Brian Hanson says the students at the high school have always been very accepting of new students. Integration will happen most quickly for students who are engaged with the people and things around them. “If they have the confidence to speak, to interact, they’ll feel at home pretty quickly.” Nearly all the students plan to stay the full school year.

Oral history project uncovers hidden corners of Valley

Laura Keil As a song writer, Raghu Lokanathan is not just interested in stories but also the way people tell them. He and fellow Valemount resident Andru McCracken are unfolding some of the history of the Robson Valley by filming interviews with local residents. The oral history project follows up where “Echoes from the Past” left off – a project McCracken worked on several years ago. The pair are asking long-time Valley residents to partake in filmed sit-down interviews. They ask questions about what brought the person to the area, what work they did, and information on their families – through Lokanathan says the structure of the interviews varies considerably with each person, and they let the interviewee guide the conversation. Today they are talking to Frank Kiyooka of Tete Jaune and have set up in the train open to tourists next to the museum. Kiyooka talks about his early years growing up in Alberta, and how he met his wife and moved to Valemount. He talks about pioneering physical education

program at a time when such courses were largely unknown. Lokanathan and McCracken listen carefully as Kiyooka unravels a larger story in a series of shorter ones. They have already done 10 interviews and are aiming for 20. Photo illustration: Laura Keil “It’s extraordinarily interesting to ask people about their lives and to expose the stories that know this place,” Lokanathan says. “Those stories are present now in a sense, because that’s where people come “If your grandchildren or from. It makes the town what the town is.” Lokanathan, who moved to Valemount great-grandchildren want one year ago, says personally it gives him to learn about you, well then there will be this great new insight into the community. They will be doing very little editing to thing here in the museum,” each interview, which McCracken says McCracken says. They are still looking for will let them be a resource for researchers down the road, rather than turning them people to interview. Funding for the project into a bite-size product. The final videos will be organized by came from the Columbia Basin Trust. theme and topic.

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“Significant resource” of mineral near Blue River Cont’ from A1

He says now it comes down to engineering studies based on data collected by the geologists. Gorham says they will likely have that report by December. “That’s the point at which the company gets a benchmark to where we’re at and what are the prospects to go forward,” he says. Niobium is a steel additive that increases the strength of the steel in pipelines, aircraft etc. Tantalum is also used in steel making, but its primary use is for capacitors in small electronics such as cellphones, laptops, playstations. The largest source of tantalum is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country rife with violence and struggle over the rich resources found in its interior. Finding an alternative source is thus a valuable search. So what makes this area so rich in these rare minerals? “It goes back to plate techtonics,” says Jenna Hardy, who manages regulatory and environmental services for Commerce. “We’re all at the edge of an old continent and it’s a certain edge of rock that always occur at these settings all over the world.” The biggest source of Niobium is in Brazil, followed by Quebec. The site was originally discovered in the 1940s by an explorer named Oliver French. Several local people have worked on the project, with just over a dozen people working on-site. The barbecue was for the community to ask questions, but also was a thank you. “Mainly we’re just thankful for the people being so friendly to us,” Hardy says.

History of Exploration

2002 Initial Discovery - exploration and sampling leads to the discovery of the Upper Fir Carbonatite 1.2 kilometers east of the main Fir deposit. 2005 Company releases results from drilling program at the Upper Fir Carbonatite which demonstrated the existence of another deposit with similar mineralogy and chemistry to that of the Fir Property. 2006 Company releases results from drilling program where 16 of the 17 holes intersected carbonatite host rock with drilled thicknesses ranging from 8.77m to 95.70m. 2007 Company expands environmental and regulatory program to support requirements of the BC Environmental Assessment Office. 2007 Resource estimate announced for Upper Fir. 2007-08 Company releases results from drilling program which expand mineralization by an additional 250 meters to the south and 200 meters to the east of the area identified in 2006. 2009 Company announces updated resource estimate for Upper Fir.

Photo: Courtesy of Commerce Resources Corp. The Blue River Tantalum-Niobium Project is surrounded by geologically-fertile mineral claims also owned by Commerce Resources Corp. The company’s exploration has identified a number of other distinct tantalum-niobium bearing carbonatites, including the Switch Creek, Bone Creek, Gum Creek, Paradise, Serpentine and Mill complexes. Exploration at those sites is ongoing.

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Small River caves research camp dismantled Unique geological research project comes to an end Joseph Nusse

His first visit to the Small River caves was in 1984, and by 1986, he was returning every summer to explore the effects of glaciation on limestone caves. But for geologist Dr. Chris Smart of the University of Western Ontario, the unique alpine cave network was far more than just a chance to explore a unique mixture of active glaciers, and easily-accessible limestone caves. “What we had going was a field classroom while still doing research,” he says. “The goal was to get students to keep the research going despite the weather. This is a kind of make it or break it experience for prospective field geologists.” Smart says at its height the program took up to 25 people to the remote field station every summer. “It was really a lesson on how to work in remote work site. We also had some international students from New Zealand, the UK and other parts of Europe. This led to exchanges. For a while, Smart and his students went to the Swiss Alps and the New Zealand Alps as part of this exchange. Smart says that the camp had the most intense visitation during the 1990s. Unfortunately, due to personal health

reasons, Smart was not able to maintain the pace in recent years, which led to funding cuts. This summer, Smart along with some local help, dismantled the camp and brought year’s worth of equipment back down the mountain. “It is kind of unfortunate that we could not be more active in the local communities while we were here,” he says. “We would kind of come in, run around in a frenzy getting things ready, then we would fly in and be completely out of the way for weeks.” Small River Caves Provincial Park was created in 2000. It is a high alpine area 1,818 hectare in size and has many networks of limestone caves, the longest of which features over two kilometres of accessible tunnels. Access to the park is by helicopter or a very rough and steep trail starting at approximately kilometre 18 on the west side of the Small River forest service road. Entry to the cave is only recommended by those with experience, or in the company of experienced guides. Comments?

Ministry move may force geothermal investors to act...cont’ from front page The report notes that if Golden or the regional district were to invest in higher grade geothermal sites, such as Radium or Canoe, they could offset their own consumption of carbon-based energy – an idea spurred by the Town of Golden’s Climate Action Charter. While Golden and Columbia-Shuswap Regional District administrators confirmed the study, due to its recent completion (August 30) no recommendations or policies have been tabled. Full publication of the study is also pending review. Numerous reports have concluded that potential drilling sites are within 7 kilometres of the Valemount hydro sub-station. Also, road access is already in place. According to other reports also authored by Ghomshei, the surface temperature of the Canoe Hot Springs reaches 70-80 degrees Celsius. While it makes these hot springs some of the hottest ever discovered in all of B.C., the spring also has the highest flow rate of any hot spring in the Rockies. While these numbers alone are impressive, what lies beneath has the potential to blow away any investor with the cash to build a full-on geothermal electrical plant. According to McBride, the cost to build such a plant is not cheap: $100 million. Despite this prohibitive target, he says other factors make it a good investment. “BC Hydro has guaranteed to buy at least

65 per cent of the power generated. It is just a case of someone coming to the table with the money. It would not be an overnight investment strategy, but a long-term investment” The source of the heat is still debated. One theory points towards radioactive decay in ancient rocks. The other more accepted theory is that the source is attributable to the rising mantle in the Southern Rocky Mountain Trench. Regardless of the source of heat, numerous reports show there is a large sub-surface reservoir of water reaching temperatures of over 200 degrees Celsius and are within reach of modern geothermal drilling technologies. In 2008, Christopher James Gold Corp., a Vancouver-based mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture exchange, bought the rights from Comstock to conduct drilling exploration to confirm the nature of the source of Canoe Hot Springs. The recession of 2009 put a halt to further developments. Representatives from Christopher James Gold Corp. say that while the Canoe Reach geothermal potential is considerable, they decided not to continue development due to several factors including the uncertainty of the heat’s true source. As a smaller exploration company, they also chose to focus their efforts on their Nevada gold properties when the recession of 2009 occurred. Comments?

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Fin to fin with B.C. salmon MP who swam Fraser twice proposes bill C-518 Joseph Nusse

He has swam with the salmon down the Fraser Riv- Morton. Morton argued that fish farms in the oceans er twice. Now federal MP Fin Donnelly has drafted a should fall under federal jurisdiction, instead of probill to move B.C.’s salmon farming industry towards a vincial jurisdiction. closed containment system. Colleen Dane, communications manager for the BC The NDP MP for New Westminister-Coquitlam and Salmon Farmers Association, says from the industry’s Port Moody says Bill C-518 would help protect wild point of view, they have more reservations than full salmon, as well as kick start fish farming technologies opposition to Bill C-518. The BC Salmon Farmers Asthat would make Canada a world sociation is the largest industry assoleader. ciation in B.C. representing farmers When Donnelly became fisheries “There are some questions as well as packers, shippers and even critic, last year, he made a motion to about which is really more some municipalities. bring in experts on how aqua cul- sustainable...” Dane says all hatcheries are already Colleen Dane, BCSFA ture in fish farms was affecting wild re-circulation closed containment salmon. systems. She adds that some farm- Fin Donnelly’s post card campaign has taken root “The evidence was there,” he says. ing operations are already closed province-wide. He says that public participation “At the Fisheries and Oceans standing committee, we containment but continual circulation (drawing fresh now numbers in the thousands. listened to somewhere between six and twelve experts.” water). She says that while some smaller operations are Donnelly says getting support for the bill has not already closed containment, an industry-wide switch remote farming operations could not work as closed been difficult. Conservative MP John Cummins, Delta would not be feasible with the current technological containment. They are too far off the main power grid. While Donnelly’s main objective for the immediate -Richmond East, is one of those supporters. He says he gaps. is meeting with the Liberals and Conservative MPs but “There are some questions about which is really more future is the passing of Bill C-518, he has also helped support is widespread. sustainable – using already existing ocean environ- initiate awareness over salmon issues at a different level. Donnelly swam the length of “I am also feeling confident that the Bloc will support ments tides, flow etc.- as opposed to the Fraser in 2000. Since then, every the bill.” artificial closed containment which “The evidence was there...” year he travels the length of the FraFans of C-518 have emerged from the public as well. demands artificial inputs such as Fin Donnelly, NDP MP ser River on canoe and rafts with the Actor William Shatner has taken on the cause after a hydro power as well as clearing and Sustainable Living Leadership Profishing trip to Nimmo Bay on the North of Vancouver levelling land as well as building gram. Island. Donnelly has also gained support from many concrete structures for land-based operations.” Donnelly says that the program takes groups of youth B.C. First Nations through presentations and meetShe adds that B.C. companies are looking into the ings. newer technological options but while their motive is who are active in community issues to make the jourDonnelly says Washington Sate is now producing not to be a world leader in developing technologies, ney stopping at significant sights along the way, such as the ancient forest. closed-containment fish and the Common’s Standing they are motivated to move this way. “We would really like to get a youth from the headCommittee will visit these facilities in late September “Which can best provide for costal communities? or October. Which provides the best health for the fish? It is im- waters area to come with us next year.” Any youth interested are encouraged to visit www. His goal is to try and get the government to adopt portant that we produce good fish. People comment and propose the bill when they head back to the House in the world market that B.C. farmed salmon is of the Sept. 20th, which would likely speed up the bill’s pass- highest quality.” Comments? ing. Dane adds that the industry’s reservations are Since February 2009, the federal government and rected towards the idea of being forced into something B.C.’s salmon farming industry have been forced to that they can not afford, or is not even necessarily betre-structure the way in which they monitor and regu- ter. She adds the industry is not opposed to the idea late their operations. The changes came in the wake of closed containment, but they do not feel that a of a court case by Wild Salmon Activist Alexandra drop deadline would serve anybody. She says current


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29th annual fishin’ derby weekend

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Grand Fish Tally... Photos: Laura Keil, Joseph Nusse and Irene Rumleski


The biggest fish caught over the weekend was a 2620-gram Rainbow Trout by Floyd Heersman. There were 195 entries and about 40 boats on the water over the weekend. Campers battled strong winds and rain Saturday and Sunday nights, but fisher Lawrence Rumleski says the weather on the water was reasonable. The Hinton resident has been coming to the fishing derby for almost as long as it has existed. Everyone was awarded a prize for taking part in the derby.


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Letter: Dear Editor, Congratulations on a great publication and I want to give your newspaper a blazing endorsement. I was apprehensive at first. Is this newspaper going to be fair and open? Will it respect local ideas and people? The answer is yes. I used to be involved in the community newspaper business. My paper, The Robson Valley Times was a labour of love, taking issues going on in our community seriously and trying to help the community think things through. The Rocky Mountain Goat is doing that same work. Two weeks ago the Goat did a wonderful story about my new love, Valemount Community Television. (Readers of the Goat will enjoy playful, intelligent discussion about local issues channel 7 on weeknights at 7pm or go to www.

The Goat’s reporter did a wonderful job getting to the core of the issues around community television. It’s a great skill to have in a community. I’ve been working really hard for three years building a community channel we can be proud of, it’s nice to see that come up in the newspaper once in three years. Sadly, great reporting cannot sustain a newspaper. A newspaper makes it’s daily bread through advertising. If you run a small business, consider the power of your advertising dollar to make meaningful change in the valley. Because of their free format this newspaper provides staggering coverage, considering their reach, the ad rates are awesome. A newly established newspaper will get very few government ads. (Don’t be afraid to encourage the Village of

Valemount to share their advertising equitably). Government advertising makes up a considerable portion of newspaper income, but they are often slow to recognize a new publication. Instead they stick with what they know. It’s less risky. And let’s be honest… it’s a cozy relationship. Newspapers are important. But not all newspapers are equal and not all newspapers are equally important. Ultimately, someone needs to challenge the status quo with well researched facts on a consistent basis, someone needs to challenge accepted wisdom and ask uncomfortable questions to those in power. If a newspaper fails in that regard, it has the editorial gravitas of a get well card or a comic book. Some worry that supporting the new newspaper could lead to disaster. All

I can say is that the Robson Valley deserves vibrant and intelligent coverage, and if we’re not getting that, there is a problem, regardless of who’s been in business for however long. Choose the locally owned newspaper and watch this community thrive. I know this newspaper will step on toes. A great paper does it consistently and fairly. For those of us who are stepped on, rightly or wrongly, isn’t it still a pleasure to read stories and editorials whose main goal isn’t to please everyone? Congratulations dear editors, on your fine work.

dry before storage. If not braided, cut off the stems and store in a warm dry place or a very cool dry place- 20-50% humidity. Carrots: Best if left in the ground until after a few light frosts – they will be sweeter. Cut off the green top and the top 1/4inch of the carrot. This will prevent sprouting and rotting in storage. Let dry well for a few hours; pack in sand or old sawdust in open pails. I pack mine loosely in a five-gallon pail to within 6 inches of the top and crumple newspaper to fill the rest of the pail. Store in a very cold 35F (2C) moist 90% humidity spot such as a good root cellar. Potatoes: It is best to leave them in the ground until two to three weeks after the tops have died down. The skins will be well set by then. If the skins rub off while you are digging, they won’t keep as long. Let them dry a few hours in a shady airy

place. Store at 40F(4C) at 80% humidity in total darkness. (root cellar) Celery: Before a frost, dig a few plants (roots and all), plant in a 2 gal. pot and water in well taking care not to wet the stalks and leaves. Remove a few of the outer stalks and use them. Move to the root cellar before frost. Water once a month with about 1 cup of water or as they dry out. You can harvest a few outer stalks each week all winter long from each plant. Rutabaga: (Winter Turnip) Wait until after a few light frosts – they will get sweeter. Cut the tops level with the top of the turnip. Store in sand, sawdust or pails at 35F(2C) at 90% humidity. Pumpkin and Winter Squash: Harvest as soon as the first frost hits the leaves. Wipe off all dirt. Cure in a very warm 70F(20C) dry place until your thumbnail will no longer go through the skin. Only then can it be stored at 50-60F(1015C) at 50% humidity on shelves lined with paper. Check and roll over every month.

Cabbage: A light frost will not harm cabbage and tends to make it sweeter. Cut off the stem as low to the ground as possible. Remove only the dead or damaged leaves. Hang upside down in a cold place 35F (2C) with 90 % humidity. Check outer leaves for mould and remove them before it spreads into the head. I have also seen cabbage stored in layers in sawdust (a layer of sawdust and a layer of cabbage so the heads did not touch one another). Mike and Sadie Frye gave me a head of crisp juicy cabbage out of their sawdust storage one year in June! These are a few of the most common vegetables we grow in our area. Call if you need any further information.

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Last week I gave some tips for shortterm storage of many vegetables so we can enjoy that still fresh flavour if we have an abundance of certain crops. This week I would like to share a few tips on long-term storage of some vegetables so you can stretch the “home-grown” season. In the past week (Sept 1st) I have eaten last year’s potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, herbs, squash and carrots from either the root cellar or storage in the house. I could have also gone out to the garden and picked all of the above fresh. It is what I refer to as “closing the circle” on another vegetable – meaning I have not had to buy any for a full year. Following are the methods I have found best over the years for long-term storage. If you know of any other good ways, please call and I can include them in a future column. Onions and Garlic: need to be “crackly”

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For Rent Shared Accommodation dwntwn McBride Incl: lge bdrm with private entrance, ADSL, phone/voice box, furniture. Shared: util, TV, house/yard. NS, ND/A (no drugs/alcohol), No Pets. Refs plse. $450 - 569-8807


Aries: You may need a back up plan today. If you can’t think of one, “RUN!” is a good default. Taurus: You want to be close to someone today, you also want onion rings... life is full of choices. Gemini: Don’t judge people on what others say about them, or how they look, where they are from, the clothes they wear, what they do, their past actions, or what they say. Cancer: Sometimes bad things happen, but you can always choose to be happy about it, although that would make you crazy. Leo: As the full moon enters your sign, it is your turn to buy the next round. Virgo: Life can seem very difficult, only if you play by the rules though. Libra: You’ll get what’s coming to you this week… maybe it’s puppies? Scorpio: You always speak the truth, your lack of regard for the feelings of others is commendable. Sagittarius: Daydreams about wealth and riches cloud your mind today. Just remember that bathing/ swimming in gold coins is unsanitary at best. Capricorn: If you want to get away with a little misbehaving this week avoid meddling teenagers. Aquarius: There are many bright spots in your life right now, but don’t look directly into the sun, it can cause serious eye damage. Pieces: You will have a very busy week, in order to deal with everything all the other horoscopes also apply to you.



Advertise your rental equipment in our classified section Solution: Remember, EVERYBODY reads a free newspaper Call Joe, 250-566-1444

I’ve lived in the Robson Valley for 31 years, and every time I’ve gone looking for a good, dependable, low mileage vehicle it’s almost impossible. Well here’s one available. My 1995 NISSAN XE-V6 4/4 5-speed is very clean and reliable. There’s 116K on the odometer, and it’s always been cared for by Robson Valley Auto Service. It has new tires, new battery, no cracked glass, very minimal rust, cassette and CD player, canopy and boat rack. The only reason I’m parting with my faithful chariot is that I cannot operate a clutch anymore, so bought an automatic. I purchased this truck when it had 21 pampered Ks, and have never had a wreck or any mechanical difficulties. I wish this truck was around when I was looking for a good 4/4. Asking $7200. Phone Mick @ 250-968-4332 or e-mail:

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Community Events



Sept. 11 Duane Steele concert 8 p.m. (dinner at 7 p.m.) Location: Best Western Eaglesview Tickets $20 for show and dinner

Sept. 17th Thrift Store Fashion Show Location: Anglican-United Church, McBride Sept. 18-19 Terry Fox 30th anniversary weekend Saturday 18th - Hike to Mt. Terry Fox Sunday 19th - Terry Fox Walk around the marsh Watch future papers for details

Sept. 10-12 60th anniversary of the Canoe River train wreck near Valemount that killed 17 soldiers who were en route to Korea. Location: Valemount Legion

Sept 19 Trapper’s Rendez-vous 10 a.m. Location: Dunster Picnic Grounds Potluck, everyone welcome Claude: 968-4459

Sept. 15 Community Awareness Night 7p.m.-9:30 p.m. Location: Valemount Community Hall Darryl: 250-566-4347

Ongoing diversions

Every Wednesday Farmer’s Market in Jasper Location: Jasper Legion parking lot 10 a.m. Valemount Seniors’ Music Night 7p.m.

Hamburgers and drinks at the Legion, 5:30 p.m.

Every Thursday Cribbage tournament, everyone welcome Location: Valemount Golden Years Lodge lower level 1-4 p.m.

Every Saturday Farmer’s Market in Dunster 10 a.m. Location: Dunster Community Hall Farmer’s Market in McBride

Every Friday Farmer’s Market in McBride 12-3 Location: McBride Village Park In Valemount: Musical jam at The Gathering Tree cafe, 7 p.m.

Every second Saturday Valemount Circle Dance 7pm - 9pm Contact Micah: 250-566-1782

Every Friday to Sunday Live music on the Canoe Mountain Restaurant patio. Location: Valemount 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Did you know?

Community Announcements As of September 5, services at the Anglican-United church in Valemount will be at 9 am and in McBride at 11:30 am. Sunday school programs are provided at both services. All are welcome!

What was the weather last week? Aug. 28 - high 14.5, low 2.0, 2.1 mm Aug. 29 - high 16, low -1, 0.8 mm Aug. 30 - high 19, low 0, 0.8 mm Aug. 31 - high 14.5, low 7, 8.6 mm Sept. 1 - high 16.5, low 2.5, 0.6 mm Sept. 2 - high 18.5, low 8.5, 0 mm Sept. 3 - high 25, low 7.5, 7.2 mm Sept. 4 - high 16, low 6, 3.8 mm

The Robson Valley is only one hour from Jasper. Ways to travel: By train: Three days a week, catch the 12:45 train from Jasper through Mount Robson Park to Dunster or McBride or all the way to Prince George or Prince Rupert. Cost to McBride (1-way)= $30 By bus: Catch a Greyhound bus to Valemount for $25 or to McBride for $36. By car: Take Hwy 16 west to Dunster or McBride. To get to Valemount or Blue River, turn onto Hwy 5.

Source: Elder Creek weather station

Robson Valley Weather Wednesday 14 3 P.O.P. 30%

Thursday 16 3

Friday 13 5

Saturday 11 4 Cloudy, P.O.P 60%

Sunday 14 6 P.O.P 60%


Where are you?

14 5 P.O.P. 60%


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Right Agent... For Today’s Market

831 Bridge Rd, McBride

201 Dominion St, McBride

RE/MAX Centre city • 1679 15th Avenue • Prince George BC V2L 3X2 • 1-250-562-3600 Each office is independently owned and operated Data is from sources believed to be reliable but accuracy is not guaranteed.

13292 Bunbury Rd, Tete Jaune Cache

13710 Glacier Rd, McBride

Sold! $115,000


-Modular on 1 acre -In town with services

-Good neighbours -Fixer Upper

$140,000 - Nice heritage home on two large lots - Five bdrms, 2 baths

- Excellent guest house - VENDOR MOVING


- Secluded homestead -Awesome views -On 10.32 treed acres -2 storey 3 bedroom

250-981-5742 or 250-569-0125 or Toll Free: 1-877-732-5767 •

- Level 2 acre Lot - Mostly treed

- Building sites in - Has water on parcel

AL Miller


Valley photo journal

Locally owned, locally operated! Call 250-566-1444 to place your ad.

A group of ATV’ers stops to pose near Whiskey Fill Road on Sunday. The group of several families was from Prince George B.C. and were enjoying the trails Photo: Laura Keil and views of the valley.

Another great wildlife shot from Curtis Culp of Dunster. Last week Culp shared with us a night photo of a cougar prowling around his farm in Dunster. This shot of a mother brown bear with three cubs was taken at the same location. The Camera is a remote sensor unit and is unmanned.

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