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Rocky Mountain Goat

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Your source for weekly news and views in the Robson Valley

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Calgary firm snags geothermal permits for Canoe Reach Borealis GeoPower out of Calgary has become the Robson Valley’s latest corporate citizen. The small private company has purchased all three permit options offered for competitive bid by the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources. A company representative says that the future is exciting for geothermal developments both in the Canoe Reach area and across the province. Spin-off projects such as hot bathing pools are on also on the company’s horizons. Representatives from the Village of Valemount say that they will be working closely with Borealis and will do whatever they can to enourage the province to adopt energy policies favourable to the development of geothermal resources in the Canoe Reach. Photo: Laura Keil Benhardt and Danella Du Toit hauled these heavy pumpkins home from the store last week to decorate their house for Halloween.

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The Keep on Truckin’ tour A6

Hike in water The Weather Doctor’s prices raises field guide A5 ire A5 Halloween fashions A2, A11

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Superheroes, villains and robots

Another spooky Halloween at Valemount elementary

Photos from right counter-clockwise: Costume winners Sammie Arnston, Lizzy Arnston, Makayla Meek, Debbie Bae, Gabrielle Baker, Gage Balle, Logan Forman, Khaedryn Bos, Jeremy Althouse, Justice LohseFontaine. Creative costume: Julian Baker and Vivian Kenkel. Creepiest costume Brendan Forman. Ryley Kunka and Niam Karas’ pumpkins in the carving contest. Lynn Lawless and Colton Byford pose as a mismatched couple, Sharon Nusse’s class waits in the gymnasium: Ryley Kunka, Karli Lawless, Morgan Stebanuk, Jackson Black, Melanie Williams, Tayvin Perkins, Aiden Anthony, Rian Addis, Taleigha Tinsley-Dawson

Officer Niam Karas and Legoman Ian Foreman, Aiden Anthony and Gage Balle, who makes his scariest face, Austin Funk practises his skills as a mad doctor.

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Outdoor clubs to Borealis Geopower secures scrape by without FIA all Canoe Reach permits Joseph Nusse

The Forest Investment Account (FIA) recreational funding, which assists with recreational efforts in the valley, has been cut, leaving many McBride outdoor recreation clubs scrambling. In the past, FIA money collectable by the McBride Community Forest Corporation (MCFC) was used to plow snow from forest service roads to Lucille Mountain and Renshaw snowmobile parking lots, as well as to both the Bell Mountain Snowmobile parking lot and the Yellowhead Ski Club’s Nordic centre. Funds were also provided to the Ski club to help maintain grooming of ski trails. An emergengy task force was set up by the McBride Village Council. At its first public meeting on Oct. 27, representatives from both the Yellowhead Ski Club and Big Country Snowmobile Club met with representatives from the MCFC, the Village of McBride, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, Regional District of Fraser Fort George as well as Lakes District Management to sort out what means are still available to maintain what are considered vital services to McBride’s winter tourism economy. While the MCFC does not have the funds to clear roads this winter, Rick Thompson, village councillor and Chairman of the MCFC, resolved to direct the Community Forest to start developing a recreation fund which could assist with such needs in the future. MCFC manager Marc

von der Gonna says that while the community forest would start such a fund for the future, it will be able to assist this winter only in when clearing roads coincides with their logging operations, which will keep four of five km on the Bell Mountain Road clear all winter. Lakes District Management offered to clear roads and parking lots occasionally as a donation, but only on a non-priority basis. The Village of McBride will also clear Lucille Mountain Road and parking lot when they can do so at little cost. The Regional district of Fraser Fort-George will be able to provide several thousand dollars of emergency funding, as will Recreation Sites and Trails BC. A private donation from The Farm Store was also brought to the table. Walline Berry, president of the Big Country Snowmobile Club, says that what is really needed are enough funds to make it through to March, at which point increased trial fees should be able to cover all costs, including snow removal. He says that the club will start budgeting to cover more of these costs in the future. Task Force Chairman Rick Thompson says that what they have accomplished is approximately $15,000 worth of snow clearing which is more than the $9,000 to $12,000 annual budget that has been covered by FIA money until this point.

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The Canoe Reach could become home to British Columbia’s very first commercial geothermal power generation plant. The results of a competitive bidding process for three geothermal exploration permits were posted Oct. 27, and Borealis GeoPower – a Calgary based privately-held company specializing in the development of geothermal and hydrothermal systems – has secured all three permit options. The three permits, totalling 11,848 hectares, were sold for $31,665. While only a handful of exploration permits have been issued throughout the province, dozens of geothermal permit auctions are expected over the course of the next two years. A new trend is starting to emerge in B.C. In 2004, Permit 55274 - a 550 hectare permit which encompasses the existing hot springs in the Canoe Reach - sold by sealed bid auction for $1,700. Earlier this spring, the “Knight Inlet” permit – 8,079 hectares, 450 km northwest of Powell River - sold for $16,385.89. “We envision building a geothermal power plant and maybe even more than one, in due course in the area,” says Craig Dunn, chief operating officer for Borealis. “Borealis will start with what is modest and obtainable, with potential for larger developments in the future,” For now the company envisions

a geothermal electrical generation plant in the range of five to 10 megawatts of capacity. He says having the plant online in the next five to seven years is a feasible target. “We need both transmission and purchase agreements from B.C. hydro—this will obviously factor into our size of production.” Borealis has extensive experience providing consultation to government and private agen-

“We envision building a geothermal power plant and maybe even more than one, in due course in the area.” Craig Dunn, Chief Operat-

ing Officer for Borealis.

cies on promoting and facilitating geothermal projects, he says, adding that its experience is not based on consultation efforts alone. His company has spearheaded projects such as the Swan Hills oil well co-production project in Alberta and a hydrothermal project in Fort Liard, NWT. Dunn says that Borealis will need to complete its own exploratory program before construction will begin, and while company players see huge potential for the site, they have not jumped to any conclusions.

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“Once you get to the point of your drilling program and your exploration program, you will definitively determine what you expected was below,” says Dunn. “That will either turn out to be binary or flash steam production potential.” Initially, Dunn says, development will look like a bunch of geologists wandering around the forest taking readings. There will be many surface measurements. The next step will be a drilling program. While the drilling program will not likely employ many local contractors, he says that drilling companies will be in and out of the valley as needed by their program. Post-drilling, he says, geothermal units will be purchased from outside of Canada, as there are currently no geothermal manufacturing companies located within Canada. Then they will be installed in an onsite plant. Construction of the plant and some assembly of the units could mean potential jobs for locals. There will also be some limited work operating the plant. Dunn also points out the potential for other spin-off uses of the resource like hot water bathing pools—for example, the famous “Blue Lagoon,” a publicaccess bathing pool at a major geothermal power plant in Iceland.

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An invitation to Sir Conrad Black

Joseph Nusse

Hello there, Sir Conrad Black. I would like to be the first to congratulate you on having several charges against you dropped. While your complete future and amount of time to be spent behind bars remains uncertain, it is clear that you will likely be a free man within one decade. I am pleased to hear that you are expressing an interest to return to the newspaper world. Without a doubt, if you fall off a horse, you most definitely should get right back on. But I do have a question. Is your meteoric rise of redemption back to the top going to be of the same nature as the path that got you there in the first place? Indeed while you were enjoying extravagant parties, and living the high life, the average wage of journalists in this country plummeted to the point that many journalists technically live below the poverty line. But let us put the past behind us. Instead of engaging in a flurry of banter through a

series of week-to-week letters to the editor, I would like to make a proposition to you. Laura and I are looking for a business partner. Now we must be fair. We cannot offer you a position as partner immediately. Rather what we are offering you is an internship. From this internship you can learn how to run a newspaper that treats its journalists with respect, and aims to make journalists not just hired hands, but business owners, with a stake in producing a good product. I can imagine that your journalism skills must be rusty, so where better to re-learn the basics than here in the Robson Valley? The friendly people, combined with a pleasant geographic setting are the perfect combination for you to learn what it is like interacting with other fellow and equal human beings on a daily basis. For now, we can offer a room, free of charge. Your obligations as intern will include producing no less than four, well-written and researched stories per week, as well as contributing to layout, and other weekly chores of newspaper production such as grinding coffee. Truly, if you are sincere in your desire to start your rise of redemption back to the top, you should start right at the bottom. If you bud in line and use whatever

assets you still have, the accomplishment will not be nearly as impressive. And so, I offer you this potential partnership. You cannot start at a smaller newspaper, nor could you start lower on the ladder than as an unpaid intern working for a room. It is a tremendous opportunity for you if you ask me. If you do decide to take us up on our offer, I will be willing to write a letter of reference should you decide not to continue into the stage of business partnership. I am sure that you will be able to find employment at other publications in the area. I see that several newspapers owned by Black Press have posted job openings for journalists at the moment. We look forward to the future and whatever it may have in store for you, and we hope to hear back from you soon regarding our proposal. With regards, Joseph Nusse, Publisher The Rocky Mountain Goat

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I would have liked to be sending this letter about the MCFC, however it seems that it is the Valemount community forest that has the right attitude as to the use of our forest resources so I would like to congratulate them and their manager for their approach to the problem. I guess they must know that it is the local people who are the ones who support the stores and pay taxes locally the year round and keep it from being a seasonal tourist trap that dies out of season. We need more people who look to the future and not only to what looks good in the short term. Thank you for the chance to air my opinion. Dave Marsh, McBride

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Gusts of renown for the ‘Weather Doctor’ Harmeet Singh

Stormy weather does not make Keith Heidorn weary. It’s actually a pretty big part of his life. Heidorn, a Valemount resident, is the recent co-author of The Field Guide to Natural Phenomena. He and writer Ian Whitelaw compiled the basics on unusual weather phenomena in the sky, on land and in water. Heidorn’s interest in weather began in his hometown, just outside of Chicago. The thunderstorms there are like nowhere else, he says, and he became naturally hooked on weather. He then studied meteorology and oceanography, eventually earning a PhD. He moved to Valemount in 2006, to be closer to his daughter. This new book is a collection of weather events that everyone should see, he says, or maybe that they see everyday and just don’t notice. Take for instance superior mirages. When the mountains look much taller than they actually are, he says, that’s an example of a weather phenomenon. For about 13 years, Heidorn has been the author of The Weather Doctor, a website dedicated to weather. The site has brought him a lot of work, he says, including writing for a radio program based in Washington State. He has also written two other books, one specifically about climate in British Columbia. It was also because of the site that Quid Publishing, a UK-based company, approached him to write the book. But that was just after Christmas in 2009, and the publishers wanted 90 thousand words—the length of a short novel—by March. He says he wasn’t sure he could do that much that fast, so Ian Whitelaw, based on Vancouver Island, signed on as a co-author. Within a few months in early-2010, the two had cowritten their 217-page field guide. The research for his part of the book was all there, Heidorn says—it was just a matter of writing it. “I just locked myself to my computer,” he says laughingly. He had to cut a lot out, he says, but his experience with his previous books helped. Explaining a mirage in only 200 words was good practice, he says. He also included two photos of ice and frost

Photo: Laura Keil Keith Heidorn’s new book is based on his passion for weather. He has also turned to painting weather phenomena, such as Hurricane Katrina.

in Valemount in the book. But Heidorn’s passions are not exclusive to science. While living in Victoria, his girlfriend at the time helped him discover his new passion. Their apartments were too small for good ventilation for oil painting, so they took her Volkswagen van down to the beach and sat in it to paint the landscape. It wasn’t always an easy path, he says. “The scientist in me was going to one side, saying, it’s got to be accurate!” He eventually did embrace his inner artist. Though that was only in 2005, Heidorn is now a prolific painter and abstract artist, who sells his work in Valemount. And his subject is often the outdoors, and of course, stormy weather. His 2007 painting, “Urban Blizzard,” hangs proudly in his home, reminding him of snowy days even during the summer months. Heidorn’s latest online ponderings have been about weather his-

tory, he says, including the Armistice Day Storm of 1940. He has enough material on his website, he says, to write six or seven more books. Though he has seen the aftermath of storms, Heidorn says he would eventually like to find a good viewing point for a tornado or hurricane. But it doesn’t matter where. “Weather-watching is something you can enjoy anywhere.”

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Water prices to increase 45 per cent in Valemount

hard recently, with both HST and Harmeet Singh the minimum wage increase. Crofford owns 14 coin-operatValemount residents who use ed washing machines. With the the village water supply can ex- new prices, she will be spending pect the price of their water to in- roughly $680 more per year. She crease in the New Year. Last week, had already increased her cost the village council passed its first for using the machines after HST and second reading on changes to came into effect, and now she says the price of water, effective Jan. 1, she may have to again, or even re2011. move some machines altogether. Between residential and com- Her first step will be to speak with mercial spaces, water prices will her landlord, she says. Her bills generally be increasing by about are essentially his bills, she says, 45 to 50 per cent. For a multiple and he now has the potential to dwelling residential home, for ex- lose tenants if rates continue to ample, the price of water will in- increase. crease $4.62 per month, or $55.39 “It puts business owners in a over the year. tight spot,” she says. “You never “The reason for this is with the know which cost is going to take development of the new water that business out of the market.” treatment plant, we need to have Water prices for a car wash, for enough funds for the operation,” example, will be $623 per year in says Tom Dall, chief administra- 2011, or an additional $17.32 per tive officer for the village. “The month. Hotels will be paying an rates are reflective of that, so we additional $1.59 per room, per have clean, safe water.” month in 2011 and convenience “In this case, we decided it was stores will be paying almost an important to try to get the media additional $75 per month, acand the public involved in the cording to Village calculations. decision-making,” he says, before Crofford argues that pensioners council continues with the third in the village may find it difficult reading of the by-law. to pay the higher rates. Changes But it would be difficult to like this one may in fact drive change the rates now, he says. people out of town, she says. Over the next few years, when “I agree it does have to pay for the village sees how the rates are the water treatment plant, but if working, it may be able to stabi- there’s no one left in town to use lize the rates more effectively, he the water, what’s the point?” says. But Dall says we all need to Better water treatment in small recognize that water is a valuable towns and villages has been man- commodity to our community. dated by the provincial govern“We are treating it for their ment. Dall says people in the vil- health and safety,” he says. He arlage may be concerned, but they gues that many Valemount resihave to realize that this is pres- dents will be spending more on sure on municipalities to act. their cable or cell phone bills than Last year, the village had to dip on water. into its surplus to cover water in“Which one would you want to frastructure costs. “That’s obvi- lose first?” ously going to run low,” says Dall. For the past eight months, Dall This year’s estimate for water in- says he has also been working frastructure was $285, 000 for the with Columbia Basin Trust on a year. To keep up with that, Dall water conservation document to says, users of the water will have educate the public. From that, to pay more for it. water meters could eventually be But even if it is a small month- installed, but that would be a fuly increase, that means a lot to ture plan, he says. people in Valemount, says Cathy Crofford agrees that abuse of Crofford, a Valemount resident water may now become a promiand owner of Premier Coin nent issue. Water meters could be Laundry. a good plan, she says, but since “I think it comes at the wrong they work basically the same way time, given the economic times,” as taxes, the rates for water would says Crofford. have to be reasonable for it to be She says she and fellow small effective and helpful to people in business owners have been hit the village.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Laura Keil

ing suit while she waited for it to dry. “That’s what it’s like because you’re washing your whole wardrobe. Just part of life on a bike.” She says some people did not understand the allure of living that way for three months. “Some people could not fathom it at all. They couldn’t understand how you could enjoy it,” Beth says. “But if it’s a way of life, something you’ve always done, to us it was no big deal – just another bike ride.” Bill says while there were a couple meals of Kraft Dinner and tuna fish, for the most part they ate and slept well. “Everything we need in life, we have on our bike,” Beth says. “Well, not everything,” Bill says. “You don’t have your kids with you.” But in terms of material things, they were surprised how little they needed to be content day-to-day. “It’s a glorious feeling, being that independent and self-sufficient,” Beth says. At home she says they live simply, but everytime she comes back from a cycling trip, she wants to get rid of more stuff. “You realize how little you really need in life. It’s my relationships and the quality of life that I’m leading that’s important.”

The Keep on Truckin’ bike tour

A broken frame, 15 flat tires and 4,000 photos later, Bill and Beth Russell are back from their cross-Canada bike tour. It was a journey that took the Valemount pair more than three months, beginning in Vancouver and ending in Nova Scotia. “We firmly believe that you have to keep moving your whole life,” Beth says. She came up with the theme to their trip: Keep on Trucking. “You see a lot of young people and they got a sign on their bike: they’re cycling for cancer, they’re cycling for this and that. People would ask us, ‘Well what’s your cause?” Bill says. Their answer was simple: “One of us is an old-age pensioner and the other one is getting pretty close.” And while their age may have surprised some of the people they met along the way, it certainly didn’t limit their adventure. They started off on May 14 on the west coast during unseasonably cold weather. With fully-loaded bikes – about 45 pounds of gear each – they crawled across the bottom stretch of Canada, covering about 85 km each day. Among other important

Photo: Beth Russell Valemount residents Bill and Beth Russell cycled 85 km a day on average to attain their goal of crossing Canada on bikes.

gear, Beth says she had nylon clothing and iPod speakers velcroed to the handle bars, so she didn’t have to use headphones and could stay aware of her surroundings. She would listen to upbeat songs on her purple iPod Nano to help get her up hills, and quieter music again at night to relax before sleep. “I just love the way of travel on a bike,” Beth says. “It’s so simple. I’m independent.

I have everything I need.” Beth, 62, a nurse, and Bill, 65, a retired railroad engineer, have been doing cycle tours for many years, often with their three children. But never before had they planned such an extensive trip that would last so long. They needed good preparation and good health. “You have to eat and you have to eat well because you’re burning 500 calories an hour,” Beth says.

Having never explored anywhere east of Saskatchewan, Beth says they were stunned by the beauty they found all along the way. But most important were the people. “For me a lot of the beauty of cycle touring is the people you meet,” Beth says. When the frame of Bill’s bike suddenly broke close to Quebec, the repair shop fixed it for him free of

charge. They sometimes camped in people’s yards, and were offered free food and lodging by many people they met. Most of the time, however, they parked their bikes, pitched their tent, and used a small camp stove to cook food bought at the local grocery store. On wash day, Beth says she would wash all her clothes by hand. She would wear her rain gear or bath-

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“It’s hard to quit because it’s a care-free way of life. You’re kind of like a gypsy; you just get your bike ready in the morning and away you go, and you’re not sure where you’re going to be that night, but you just keep going.” - Bill Russell

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 lab and two-wheel trailer. They haven’t been home since. “They just loved it,” Bill says. He says he can understand some of their passion. “It’s hard to quit because it’s a care-free way of life,” he says. “You’re kind of like a gypsy; you just get your bike ready in the morning and away you go, and you’re not sure where you’re going to be that night, but you just keep going.” “You feel good physically. It’s a forced exercise program,” Bill says and then laughs. “People asked, ‘Isn’t it boring?’ Well I never found it boring,” Beth says she wants to inspire people to stay active, since it is so important to physical and mental health. “It doesn’t really matter how far you go – it’s just that you keep going.”

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They chose quieter roads to travel, and used a southern route because of the time of year. Their route was flexible and they didn’t travel with a schedule. But that didn’t mean they could spend a lot of time exploring each stop. “In a car you can take in a lot of festivals, but on a bike you have to stay pretty focussed in order to obtain your dream and our mission was to cross Canada.” They arrived in Cobourg, Ont. on the Thursday of a long weekend during its annual sand castle contest. The campground was right on Victoria Park beach where the contest happened. World-famous artists come to Cobourg every year to carve in the sand. “We’d found our little piece of heaven and we weren’t leaving there!” Beth says. They managed to get a campsite, even though all the campgrounds were full. “That’s the thing about cycle touring. It’s not like you’re in a car where you can just whip


Bill and Beth’s tips for cycling across Canada

- Pack light- bring only two pairs of each clothing item. - If you bring an iPod, carry a solar charger and use speakers rather than earphones so you can still pay attention to what’s around you. - Eat well. - Take days off. - Pay attention to your surroundings. - Camping allows you to meet local people. So does grocery shopping. - Mail maps home when you are done with them so as not to add baggage. - Use quieter backroads instead of busy highways. - Use library computers to stay in touch with friends. - Attach motorcycle mirrors to your bike for greater visibility

Photos courtesy of Bill and Beth Russell down the road another 30 miles.” Not all of the trip was smooth. They encountered serious brake problems on a hill in B.C. “It was early in the year and there was lots of sand on the road,” Bill says. “The grit got in between the shoes and that, and scoured the rim and we wore the rubber right off the brake pads.” Beth barrelled down the hill, dragging a foot on the ground in a desperate measure to stop. “It’s the scariest thing that ever happened to me on a bike,” she says. Luckily neither of them was seriously injured. They won’t be doing the crossCanada trip again, but they do have more plans for cycling in the Maritimes and New Zealand - nothing as extreme as a cycling couple they met along the road, however. The couple had been on the road five years, and crossed the continent five times. They were formerly engineers, and had left their home for a one-month vacation with their 85-pound

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Council Briefs: Village of McBride Council Meeting OCT. 26th, 2010 McBride Elks Lodge tax rebate Council approved a request by the McBride Elks Lodge #247 to have the Village portion of its property taxes reimbursed. The amount to be rebated was roughly $280. Concessions are also made for other similar groups, but Council says it will encourage organizations to apply for reimbursements as early as possible next year, as grant money runs low toward the end of the fiscal year. Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Annual fireworks display Council denied a request by the Volunteer Firefighters Association for contributions to its annual fireworks display. Instead, the

group was referred to other sources for funding, as all the grant money for this year has already been allocated.

refilling the village propane, sidewalk maintenance and a senior housing upgrade at Caputo and Sons.

Improvements for the Village Council had its first reading of Bylaw 706, “a bylaw to provide for the general improvement, maintenance and regulation” of McBride. The bylaw includes rules to prevent graffiti and overgrown weeds in the village and rules against indecent advertising.

Village of Valemount Council Meeting Oct. 26th, 2010

Development variance permit Public consultations willl be held on Nov. 9, before Council approves or denies a Development Variance Permit for McBride Autostop Ltd. The permit would allow the construction of a small storage building before a house is built.

Application for a Variance permit Council received an application for a variance permit from a resident at 1430 King Road. The property owner has commence construction on a new permanent accessory building and has been found to be in vio-

September Spending Council approved the breakdown of village funds for Sept. 2010. Major costs included

Village now offering video conferencing services The Village of Valemount is now offering video conferencing services for non-profits, schools and businesses in the area, says Mayor Bob Smith. Smith suggested to the Columbia Basin Trust that communication be improved among non-profits and small businesses, and this service was the solution. For example, if a non-profit needs to speak with a Community Futures representative in Prince George, it can do so, he

says. There will be no charge for non-profits and schools, and a very minimal cost for businesses that has yet to be determined, says Smith. Video conferencing has the advantage of providing “face-toface” meetings, he says, and is far cheaper than long-distance phone calls. To use the service, locals should call the village office and set up a time to come in. They will also have to know the IP address for the side they are calling. Funding for the system came from the Columbia Basin Trust. It has cost Dunster Community Association $12,240 for equipment and Recreational Property – River Road set up

A copy of Bylaw No. 2648 is available for viewing on the Regional District  website, at: (Agenda for October 2010 Regional Board meeting item #9.3), or in hard copy at the Regional District Service Centre at 155 George  Street, Prince George, BC during regular business hours. Persons wishing to file a written submission in respect of Bylaw No. 2648 should do so not later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2010. J. Metcalfe Service Centre Leader Main Office: 155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 Telephone: (250) 960-4400 / Fax: (250) 563-7520 Toll Free: 1-800-667-1959

Financial Report for July-September 2010-11-02 A motion to accept the quarterly financial report carries.

Request for Proposal Snow Clearing and Removal Services The Village of Valemount is seeking proposals from qualified contractors for winter snow clearing and removal services on an as and when required on-call basis.

Pre-qualification responses from prospective proposals will include: • Identification of the types of project in which a contrac tor may be interested • Names, qualifications and experience of personnel available to be assigned to projects • Identification of the type of equipment available • Price lists, such as staff charge out or equipment rates • The contractor’s knowledge of local conditions • The contractor’s ability to meet security deposit or performance bonding requirements • A general statement describing the types of work the contractor has done previously • References All contractors must also ensure appropriate levels of insurance coverage and required licenses. The Village reserves the right to undertake work with Village staff, however, in the event that a project is to be undertaken by other than Village staff and likely to exceed $10,000.00, the Village may prepare an Invitation to Tender (ITT) which will be faxed to each relevant contractor on the list of contractors. For further information please contact Tom Dall at the Village of Valemount municipal office or by phone at (250) 566-4435. A letter of proposal outlining your interests and qualifications to provide the Village of Valemount with Snow Clearing and Removal Services should be submitted to the Village of Valemount by 12:00 pm on November 15, 2010 c/o P.O. Box 168, Valemount, BC, V0E 2Z0.

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Bylaw No. 2648 will authorize the Regional District to enter into a renewal agreement, terminating in 2015, with the Dunster Community Association for the recreational property located off River Road, in Dunster, BC, Electoral Area H. The subject property is described as the West ½ of the Southwest ¼ of District Lot 7180, Cariboo District. In consideration of the entitlements given, the Regional District will receive a nominal sum of $1.00 for the specified term of the agreement.

Support for proposed regional park on McKirdy Road Council passed a motion to write a letter supporting the creation of a new regional park on McKirdy Road.

Contractors, who are interested and capable of providing snow clearing and removal services to the Village of Valemount and are interested in being on our list of contractors, are encouraged to submit a letter of proposal.

Harmeet Singh

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George intends to consider adoption of the Dunster Recreational Property Use Agreement Authorization Bylaw No. 2648, 2010 at its meeting of November 18, 2010.

Village of Valemount

lation of zoning limiting the number of accessory buildings on the property to three. Council passes a motion to direct by-law enforcement to request the proprietor remove one of his less permanent structures instead of applying for a variance permit.

November/December 2010


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Annual water fee increase Council heard first and second reading of the proposed increase in annual water fees. Substantial increases will be needed to pay for much higher yearly operating costs of the plant. Council was advised that if the fee increases are not implemented, operating costs of the plant will have to come out of general village operations revenue. Final reading of the proposed increases will proceed in the near future. New video conferencing system operational Council announced that the new video conferencing system which has been installed with financial assistance from the CBT is not operational and will be available for public use.


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Popular forum to draw 300 riders to Valemount Laura Keil

ber on the site. Mountain Mania 4 will bring together forum memBetween 200 and 300 snowmobilers and ATVers will bers from across western Canada to explore the Robbe cutting trails into Valemount Feb. 25 to 26 durson Valley and allow ing an annual gathering for the popular web forum “It’s a huge draw for the town, because it networking with other winter riding enthusiasts, has the ability to draw people who nor- Pawliuk says. “It’s a huge draw for the While VARDA is not town, because it has the mally wouldn’t come to Valemount.” planning any official rides ability to draw people who Curtis Pawliuk, during the weekend, Pawnormally wouldn’t come liuk says forum memVARDA to Valemount,” says Curtis bers will have plenty of Pawliuk, GM of Valemount opportunities to explore Area Recreation and Develthe surrounding landscape on their own terms. Due opment Association (VARDA), who is an active mem-

to large numbers of new sledders to the area, VARDA has hired two avalanche safety professionals to discuss avalanche safety on Saturday. They will be in the parking lot and will then head up to the cabins at Clemina Creek to teach avalanche safety there to anyone who is interested. On Friday there will be a Meet and Greet at the Best Western, followed by a banquet at the Valemount Secondary School Saturday night. Valemount was recently awarded gold for the snowmobiling area you’d most like to visit in the future by SnoRiders magazine. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through VARDA.

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Family of black bears ‘trick, or treats’ in town Laura Keil

ing 5th and 6th avenues. RCMP notified business owners to stay indoors. Valemount RCMP responded to a mother bear and Once the street was quiet, the mama bear co-operated two young cubs that came into town the morning after and took her cubs towards the creek. Halloween. “It’s probably because the whole village smelled like Constable Bos says the RCMP had to respond to the pumpkins,” says Constable James Bos, who was one of call because Conservation Services were not able to respond. the RCMP officers who “There are a small number responded to the call. “It’s probably because the whole village of a guys with a huge area of The bear climbed a province to respond to. It’s tree in an empty lot be- smelled like pumpkins.” hard to substantiate a three hind the medical cenConstable James Bos, hour call from Prince George tre Monday morning Valemount RCMP just because a bear is in a tree,” around 9 a.m. It took he says. “Our concern was about two hours to that school would let out and shut down two streets the bear was going to go from spooked to aggressive.” in order for the mama bear to feel comfortable cross-

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The B.C. government announced a 10-year plan to address mental health and substance use with a focus on prevention of problems, early intervention, treatment and sustainability this week. “Healthy Minds, Healthy People” places an emphasis on children and families, based on research that suggests early engagement and access to targeted supports can prevent or reduce mental illness and substance use problems later in life. Some of the province’s steps include: -No waitlists at BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders program due to business process redesign. -Video-conferencing for training and clinical consultation on community Child and Youth Mental Health teams to improve access to evidence- based treatment. -A project underway to improve patient flow for adult clients with mental health and substance use problems at six Vancouver Coastal Health hospi tals. A PDF of the plan can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health Services website.

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Shanghai Expo 2010 ended Nov. 1, after a six-month run on Vancouver Island. More than 600, 000 Chinese developers and urban planners attended the event to learn about Canadian wood products. Exit surveys suggest that nearly 120,000 visitors to the Vancouver Pavilion were professionals involved in urban planning and development. The Vancouver Pavilion was a collaboration of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver. More than $2.5 million in funding for the project was provided by the Government of Canada. Pat Bell, B.C. Minister of Forests, Mines and Land is currently leading Canada’s largest-ever trade mission in China.


The B.C. government began formal consultations with the oil and gas industry last week. This coincides with the Western Climate Initiative’s release of Canada-specific methods for members of the oil and gas sectors to account for and report their greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to ensure all facilities report their emissions in the same way. The methods have been developed as part of B.C.’s eventual goal of a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. Formal industry consultations continue until Nov. 26. Final methods will be released before the end of 2010. Details on the proposed methods can be found at

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Gardening with Pete Peter Amyoony Special to The Goat

Every fall I have the best of intentions to clean off the garden debris and leave everything just spic and span for the next spring. However, every fall I seem so busy harvesting a few tons of potatoes, processing hundreds of pounds of tomatoes into salsa, and tomato sauce, getting the plastic off the big greenhouse, etc, etc, and I never get the garden cleaned off. I have learned not to feel guilty about it and as the years go by I am beginning to wonder if it is not all for the best. The stalks and dead leaves of the perennial flowers actually give good protection to the crown of the plant. They also tend to hold blowing leaves and snow in over the top of the plant where they will protect and nourish it over the winter. Even on the vegetable garden, the vines from the squash and pumpkins and the leaves, stems and roots from the other plants help to hold that “black-gold” topsoil from blowing away in the fall and

winter winds. As they break down over the winter months, they give back many of the nutrients and trace minerals that they took from the soil during the summer growing season. They also act as a source of nutrients for the soil microbes. The only thing I make absolutely sure to remove is any plant or fruit that showed signs of disease or insects. I also notice the birds having a feast during the winter on the old dry seed heads of everything from sunflowers to dill to cosmos. I wonder if that menu is not better for them than the commercial feed I give them in the feeders. (It is certainly a lot cheaper!). When spring comes, I get great delight in finding “volunteer” seedlings of lettuce, Chinese greens, pansies, morning glory, etc. from all the seedpods that were left to mature in the fall. Most years, some of these “freebies” give me super early salads. In the spring, when I do get around to


cleaning up, it is easy to see where the perennials are even before they poke up their new shoots as the stalks are over each plant and help to mark the spot. All in all, I feel better as the years go by about not “cleaning off ” the garden. It seems closer to the way nature works in building healthy soil. Now, if I could just find a few excuses for not sweeping my floors! Pete Amyoony is a gardener in the Robson Valley of central B.C. high in the Rocky Mountains near Mt. Robson. He has lived, worked and gardened in the Dunster area for more than thirty years.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Development could include spa


Cont’ from A3 At this point, Borealis does not have any firm logistical plans in regards to the location of a potential plant, but Dunn says that modern drilling makes it possible to locate a plant flexibly and it does not have to be located directly above the source. “Aspect and geography will be factors, as will road location and access to the grid.” There are three First Nations Bands with stakes involving the permit area—the S’impcw, Little Shuswap Indian Band, and the Shuswap Indian Band— all three will be consulted. “There is a certain amount of respect that needs to be

“I would say that we are a bit of a different cat than those who have been involved in the Canoe Reach before.” Craig Dunn, Borealis GeoPower given to that history,” he says. But Dunn cautions that the company’s excitement is going to have to be matched by both provincial and federal policy makers if geothermal energy is going to be developed in B.C. He says that most involved in the Canadian geothermal industry cannot understand why the provincial government has not enacted legislation favourable to geother-

Bathers in Iceland enjoy hot “waste water” piped into an outdoor pool from a nearby geothermal power plant. mal development, noting the low impact of geothermal power. “The government needs to understand that it is risky, and there are many huge upfront costs to any development. It is not a done deal.” B.C. is at the end of its renewable power generation capabilities, Dunn argues. “You have big hydro, but Site C is the last dam you have left. Run of the river hydro has not necessarily been going well


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for B.C. You can only add so much wind to the system before it becomes unhelpful to add more wind, so there is a fixed limit on your wind expansion. Solar suffers the same problems—it is intermittent and you can not depend on it,” he says. “They are starting to investigate some tidal,” he says. “This also has a variable load factor. The peaks do not necessarily align with peak demand, since tides are affected by the lunar cycle throughout the day.” He says geothermal is likely the best potential source to remedy a future energy shortage. “To open up another avenue of renewable energy development in B.C. is extremely interesting from an investors’ point of view.” Despite the list of potential barriers, Dunn says that the future of the Canoe Reach site is promising and timing may be more favourable now than ever before. “I think that we bring a wealth of actual geothermal experience I don’t believe any of your prior proponents have had. I would say that we are a bit of a different cat than those who have been involved in the Canoe Reach before.” Borealis has one year to prove that there is a geothermal resource of value. After this, results will be presented to government regulators who, pending acknowledgment of findings, could extent the exploration permit into a long-term development permit. “I stopped by and took at look at the lake on my way through a while back. We are going to be able to put a power plant there without altering that view. There is something to be said for that. If it works, we could put a second one in. And this still will not ruin the view. It will not ruin the air, water or anything else either.”

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Dunster Fine Arts School re-opens doors

Photo: Laura Keil

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Children laughed and tussled in the Dunster Fine Arts Arts School Society. Right now, the seven students in School halls on Monday as spirits reigned high for the Dunster will continue doing correspondence learning grand re-opening of the school. with volunteer teachers. Alaina Chapman was one of a "I think they're adjusting well," few dozen community members she says of the students. dressed up for the HalloweenThe Dunster school society themed potluck at the school. is looking at setting up a workShe manned the door to the shop in January to come up with haunted house which parents a direction for the school and had constructed in one of the the society, Taylor says. They empty classrooms. will also look at reaching out to Alaina Chapman, "It's such an incredible feeling," alumni for support. Dunster Parent Chapman says, of finally getting "Some pretty successful young into the school. "We can have people have come out of this this party here because it's our school now." school.” The school district returned eight desks to the buildThe students have been spending Mondays and Friing, just some of many items that were removed when days learning at home since the start of the school year. the school was boarded up at the end of June. They may now spend the full school week in the DunParents are still waiting to hear from the school board ster Fine Arts School building, but that has yet to be dewhether the district will provide a full-time teacher next termined. year, says Nancy Taylor, who is part of the Dunster Fine

“It’s such an incredible feeling...we can have this party here because it’s our school now.”

Chantal and Tavish Swets made it past the falling head and surprise attack arms in the haunted house at the Dunster Fine Arts School on Monday.

Crafters Guild opens shop in Valemount Harmeet Singh

Crafters Grace Michaud (left) and Jeannette Lorenz worked the first day of the Guild’s new shop on Nov. 1. (Left) Shopper Rene Nunweiler looks over fleece made by crafter Jeannette Lorenz. (Below)

Village of McBride Notice of Public Hearing

Development Variance Permit No. 2010-04 Notice is hereby given that a public hearing for proposed Development Variance Permit No. 2010-04 will be held: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road McBride, BC The purpose of Development Variance Permit No. 2010-04 is to vary section 7.0 of Zoning Bylaw No. 703, 2010 to allow an accessory building to be established prior to a primary residence at the property legally described as Lot 4, Plan BCP 18859, DL 5316 (915 Airport Road). At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed development variance shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. The development variance permit may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride during regular office hours from October 26, 2010 to November 9, 2010. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

The Crafters Guild of Valemount officially opened its new shop on Nov. 1, after about a month of hard work and many meetings. The shop is located next to the Trading Post on Main Street. About 12 people are currently part of the Guild, which charges an annual membership fee of $25, or a five dollar fee to become a friend of the society. The shop sells crafts, paintings, clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and more all made by locals. “We basically want to provide a space for the crafters in the Valley,” says Guild member Grace Michaud. With all the good work out there, she says putting the shop together wasn’t as difficult as you’d think. “It hasn’t really been a challenge. It’s been mind-boggling at times, but nothing we couldn’t work out.” The group has yet to decide when its grand opening will be, but it will likely be later this month.

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Twenty for a Toonie: The Classified Ads

Plain Talk Horoscopes By Craig Elder, M.A. Economics

Classified ads policy If it is for free, it is free. Up to 20 words for $2, 30 words for $3, 40 words for $4 etc. If the asking price is over $499, then it is $5 for 20 words, $6 for 30 words etc. Non-business announcements are welcome at the same rates. The Rocky Mountain Goat reserves the right to refuse to print any classified submission that is not an advertisement of a private sale, or rental arrangement.

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Salvaged metal siding for sale. Perfect for any outbuilding or shop. Approximately 550-600 square foot coverage. Will consider any offer! Call Joe 250-566-1444

5th Wheel. 28.5’ Citation Supreme 1997 Excellent condition, Queen walkaround Bed, Oakcabinets, 2 DoorFridge, Microwave, 3 Burnersstoveoven, Full Bath, Awning, Airconditioning, $14900.00. Call 1-250-566-9884, Valemount or

Glass carboys, $20 each (retail $40) and multi-purpose plastic tubs 30L, $15 Call 250-566-4606

Trusses for sale. Approximately 42 foot span. 14 units. Single slant, could be modified with a chalk line and skill saw. Now considering offers! Call Joe 250566-1444 and skill saw. Now considering offers! Call Joe 250-566-1444

Flooring, Wide Plank Fir, 8”, T&G, new, kiln dried, select grade, $2.95/sqft. Please call 250-573-1817 evenings.

Found 1 pair of black, OR, Goretex gaiters on McKirdy Peak. Call 250-566-4396 to claim.

500 gal. single-wall fuel tank. Asking $200. Call 250566-5069, ask for Jared Mobile Home with full addition, and large garage on a lot, in Valemount recently renovated. comes w/ fridge stove washer dryer. Currently rented. Asking $110.000.00 O.B.O Call 778 328 7285 leave a message. Mazda B4000 4/4 1994. C/W Canopy, 2 sets of tires on rims, well maintained, kept all receipts, 293K. Reason for sale; family got bigger. Asking $2500. Call JF at 250-566-8411.

Two used satellite dishes. As is, taken off of house. Open to offers, 250-566-1444.

Minolta 2050 copier with two bottles of toner. Asking $300 OBO. Black and White copying only. Upto 11x17 size, also double sided. Older machine but still reproduces well. Handy for someone who needs to make copies of maps, booklets, handouts, etc. Call Rashmi at Infinity 250-5664225. Available for testing / viewing at Infinity Office & health, Valemount. Two 8x12 Garden sheds $550, Glass Top Range, black and stainless steel $500, 10.5 HP Snowwblower, gas, electric start $650, Stacking washer/dryer $400. Call 566-9181

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Carpool I am looking to carpool periodically with someone who travels to Jasper, and to travel to other towns. I will pay for part gas! Call 5660173.

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Aries: Changes you make today will be hard to reverse, so make sure they get the spelling right on your tattoo. Taurus: Before acting today, ask yourself, “what would Bo Duke do?” (This paper does not endorse jumping your car over bodies of water). Gemini: Based on where mars is in your sign it would be best to keep your distance from others today. The cosmos know you forgot deodorant. Cancer: Your best work will be done without others watching you. When you tell people about your new minesweeper record, tell them you got it at home. Leo: People are finally starting to believe what your mother has been saying all along. You are cool. Virgo: Adjust your confidence to be inversely proportional to the validity of your statements and you can make a Libra believe anything. Libra: You can’t help being gullible, so when others attempt to mock you for it, refer to it as being open minded and trusting. Scorpio: You are feeling tied up this week, stomp your feet in Morse code to call for help. Sagittarius: The cosmos have put you in a cranky mood this week. Be unapologetic about it and you can spread it to those around you. Capricorn: Others are catching on to the fact that you are stealing their Halloween candy. Aquarius: Something amazing will happen to you today. But you will never know it happened. Pisces: Your goals will be set back temporarily by day light savings time.



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Community Events November

Nov. 2 Canoe Valley Skating Club AGM 7 p.m. Upstairs at the arena For more info call Crystal: 569-8491 Nov. 4 John Reischman Roots musician McBride Roundhouse Theatre Nov. 6 McBride Elks and Royal Purple Garage Sale 10:00 2:00 p.m.. If you would like to book a table @ $10.00/ table, please call Barb Jackson: 569-2645. New & used Winter Clothing giveaway 10am – 2pm Location: Valemount Community Church 5th & Dogwood. Adults & Children’s clothing and footwear, Nov. 6 Cont’ 9:30 to noon New or Gently Used Winter Coat and Clothing Giveaway at the Community Church Valemount Community Church and the New Life Sanctuary Nov. 6 Cont’ OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOE BOX CAMPAIGN Golden Years Lodge 10 a.m - noon acceptable items include school supplies, toys, hard candy, hygiene items. sponsored by Firm Foundations Christian Outreach

Nov. 12 Christmas Shopping in Dunster Free draws and tasting tidbits 10am To 4pm. 8320 Dunster Croyden Rd 0.5 Km past the Dunster store. Crafts, Epicure Spices, Watkins and more. Browse Our Selection Of Hand Knit Sweaters, Toques, Mitts And Scarves. Quilted Blankets, Potholders And Bags. Childrens Aprons, Tea Cozies And Original Paintings. There Is Time To Place Your Epicure Spice Order And Direct Shipping Is Available. Need It Wrapped? We Will Offer A Wrapping Service By Donation. For info, call Lorrie Bressette 250-968-4491 Maria’s 3rd Annual Community Bookfair Sat. Nov 13th From 10am -9pm Sun. Nov. 14th From 10 Am To 5 Pm Location: Valemount Secondary Enjoy Quality Books And Games Local Artists Presenting Their Work, Keith Heidorn’s Art, Live Music And Concession. Profit Goes Towards The Valemount Museum And Highschool PAC. Feel Free To Call 250-566-0010 Nov. 20 Valemount Arts and Crafts Fair Location: Valemount Secondary gym Contact Jan: 250-566-4396 to book a table Nov. 26 Official Open House & Fundraiser For Dunster Fine Arts School. Silent Auction 6:30 -7:30 Live Music 7:30- 9:30 by Maria In The Shower and Seth & Shara Concession Of Delicious Soups/Chilis /Baked Goods Available All Night! Tickets @ The Door $15/Adult $8/7-14 years. Six and under are free.

Photo: Laura Keil

Students at the elementary school wait as the winners are announced for costumes, awarded by grade level and category.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Ongoing diversions Every Wednesday Valemount Seniors’ Music Night, 7p.m. Location: Valemount Golden Years Lodge

Every Thursday Cribbage tournament, everyone welcome Location: Valemount Golden Years Lodge lower level 1-4 p.m. Every Friday In Valemount: Musical jam at The Gathering Tree cafe, 7 p.m. Hamburgers and drinks at the Legion, 5:30 p.m. Every second Saturday Valemount Circle Dance, 7pm - 9pm Contact Micah: 250-566-1782 First Saturday of every month Dunster Family Dance 7pm to 10pm Instruction from 7-8pm and short sessions throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances (waltz, fox-trot, polka, cha-cha, two-step-schottische, etc). Pot luck snacks at 9pm and then more dancing until 10pm. Admission - $5 for anyone over 12 - maximum of $10 per family.


Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Valley Photo Journal:

...Hidden gems abound!

Photo: Janine Brown

This photo was taken Aug 16, 2010 on the ‘Wavy Range’ hike’(east of Murtle Lake) by Janine Brown, a geologist working on the Blue River Tantalum-Niobium project for Commerce Resources Corp. She was hiking on days off.

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