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A memorial has been situated at the site where 14 year-old Teddy Luo was struck by what is described as a mid-sized red vehicle last week. The driver of the vehicle has not yet been located and RCMP are asking any witnesses or the driver to come forward with more information.

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By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – The parents of a local 14 yearold boy are heartbroken after their only son passed away after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle. Teddy Luo, who was on a bicycle at the time, was traveling on 76 Street when a westbound vehicle on 89 Avenue struck him and drove away. Two of his friends witnessed the incident and contacted 911, but the boy passed away soon after at the Fort St. John Hospital. The parents and the RCMP are now pleading for the driver of the vehicle to come forward. “We need to speak to that driver,” said a visibly concerned Const. Jackelynn Passarell with the Fort St. John RCMP at a press conference. “We understand that it could have been a very traumatic incident for you and that you left the scene, but this boy lost his life and we need you to come forward and talk to police.” Witness accounts describe the vehicle as red, mid-sized and “boxy.” Passarell said police do not believe the vehicle is a car or a truck, and would not speculate any further, but it may have some damage to the passenger side. She said while the RCMP have spoken with witnesses, they still believe there are others that could aid in the investigation, and they’re asking those witnesses to come forward. Story continued on Page 3

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The RCMP is also working with local businesses to view video surveillance of similar vehicles in that area at the time of the incident, along with license numbers to track down the driver. “We are doing a ton of activity to try and find this vehicle,” said Passarell. Passarell said while the driver has yet to turn themselves in to police, it is often the case that hit-and-run drivers end up doing so. “In the vast majority of our investigations, people come forward, they have a conscience. They understand that this boy didn’t need to lose his life and they


CHETWYND – Chetwynd RCMP are requesting the publics assistance in locating a missing person. Jesse Lodge, 26, was last seen walking towards Chetwynd along Highway 97 on May 2, but his intended destination is

understand that mistakes happen, but come and let’s resolve it,” she said. On a Facebook page created for the boy, Luo is described as “the most funny kid you ever met. He was really good at drums and close to all our hearts.” Two initiatives have started in town to support the family. Donations can be made at the Fort St. John branch of the Bank of Montreal and at the front desk of McElhanney Geomatics on 72 Street. While the family did not comment directly to the media, they did have this

not known. He is described as five feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and a brown beard. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Chetwynd RCMP at (250) 788-9221.

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Ameobocorns was one of a number of acts that performed at a benefit concert on May 11 at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek, organized by students in the Grade 11 civics class at South Peace Secondary School. The concert raised $700 for Playing for Change, a worldwide organization promoting a message of peace through music.

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message for parents in the community relayed through the RCMP: “They’ve asked every mother and father out there to love their children, to make sure that they’re safe when they’re riding their bikes,” said Passarell. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477.

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More drug addiction treatment needed

By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – Communities in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to make more drug addiction treatment options available. The North Central Local Government Association – which represents 39 regional districts, municipalities and First Nations north of 100 Mile House – is calling on the Province to make involuntary detox an option for families whose youth are struggling with addiction but refuse treatment. Earlier this month, delegates at this year’s convention passed the resolution, put forward by the City of Dawson Creek. “When somebody’s addicted, they’re usually not voluntarily looking for help, especially at an immature age,” said Mayor Mike Bernier, who is also the newly-elected president of the association. City council was prompted by a letter received in January from the South Fraser Family Court and Youth Justice Committee requesting support for legislation to allow involuntary treatment of young people aged 12 to 17. The letter stated legislation had been considered back in 2000, but failed because it was considered too broad, the maximum period of time in care was too long at 100 days and the effectiveness of involuntary intervention had not been demonstrated. However, the letter states Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have enacted such legislation and cites research on preliminary outcomes suggests those programs are working as intended. Delegates also endorsed a resolution put forward by the City of Williams Lake calling for drug and alcohol treatment services and facilities in the North. Bernier said that’s certainly an issue in the Northeast, because the closest detox centre is in Prince George. He said if a treatment centre for the region is not created, there should be a transition centre for those leaving detox. However, there is a facility in the region that provides a healing and recovery program for those dealing with addiction and mental health issues. The North Wind Healing Centre is located on a 150-acre property in Farmington. Executive director Isaac Hernandez said it is not a de-

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tox centre, as clients are expected to be clean and sober for at least 14 days before being admitted into the 45-day residential healing and trauma treatment program. He said they accept up to 10 people in seven intakes every year. Hernandez said they have four main counsellors who focus on four components to addictions counseling – the biological, psychological and social problems of addiction; possible solutions using a traditional values system; discovering the root of addictive behaviour and providing a plan to overcome the problem; and life skills to prepare participants to live without alcohol and drugs. He said they also have two Elders who provide traditional Aboriginal teachings, values and healing practices. He said while the centre’s mandate is to provide services for Aboriginal clients, they accept everyone and they promote spirituality as a pathway to healing, but that includes all belief systems. Hernandez said they receive referrals from British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories and added they are usually full two or three intakes ahead of the one underway. “There are 10 treatment centres in BC …and it’s the same situation with all the centres, they have the same demand.” The North Wind Healing Centre Society had a proposal for a non-medical detox centre in the now-empty Pouce Coupe Care Home building. Hernandez said a non-medical detox means there would be no doctors or nurses on staff, but he said they would still need to be within a 10-minute drive of a hospital, which makes Pouce Coupe a suitable location. He said that proposal was not possible because of asbestos issues in the building, but they have put together another proposal for the nearby Peace River Haven Care Home, which is slated to close once the new care home in Fort St. John is complete. He said he is working with Northern Health and looking to partner with other community organizations, as well as all levels of government, on the proposal. “The need is there, and everybody agrees that it is there.,” he said. “We are just trying to pull resources together from different areas in the community to make it happen.”

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Officials not concerned about water levels in the Peace

By Matthew Bains PEACE REGION – Despite a warning from the provincial government of potential water supply shortages this summer, officials in the Peace are not concerned. According to a Ministry of Environment survey, the North Interior is experiencing 80 to 90 per cent of normal snowpack, due to a drier-than-normal April. It warns low snowpack and snowmelt runoff will likely be reflected in lower lake, reservoir and river levels, as well as lower than normal recharge of groundwater aquifers. The Province is urging voluntary water conservation and drought management planning at the local level. Dan van Hollen, community relations manager for BC Hydro, said low snowpack does affect the inflow into reservoirs, but not to the point where it would impact the output of the Peace Canyon Dam. “The output of the dam is dependent on demand and we do expect to have enough inflow into our reservoirs to provide us with regular reservoir levels,” he said. However, he said snowpack levels could impact the numerous tributaries that flow into the Peace River downstream from the dam. Rob Crisfield, director of engineering and public works for the District of Chetwynd, said it’s too early to tell right now if levels in the East Pine River will

approach anywhere close to the drought levels experienced in 2006. He said last year there was low snowpack, but rain in the spring and early summer recharged the river. He said following the 2006 drought, and an oil spill in the river in 2000, the district installed a new side inlet in the water intake structure and implemented stringent water conservation measures. He said the latter includes specific schedules for watering lawns, and a metering program. He added the district has two months of stored capacity in its reservoirs, should the river dry up. The groundwater aquifers that the District of Tumbler Ridge depends on appear to be fine, said public works operations manager Clark Hazlehurst. He said as a snowmobiler, he’s noticed lower-than-normal snowpack in the mountains in recent years, but aquifer levels have remained fairly consistent. The Kiskatinaw River – the main source of water for Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe and the surrounding rural areas – is not impacted so much by snowpack levels,

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With little or no effort, going green can become easy. What with the simple act of recycling, whether it be all things, or just choosing to focus on one or two materials, you too can do your part. Recycling not your thing? Try switching out your lightbulbs to the more energy efficient varieties – they last much longer so, though you’re spending more to begin with, you really are saving in the long run. Going green, however, should not just end at home. Businesses, small and large, can take the necessary steps to go green as well. They too can switch out lightbulbs, recycle everything from paper to bottles, cardboard to plastic bags and, even if you don’t know where to start, the Northern Environmental Action Team can get you on that path. Through a new initiative between NEAT and BC Hydro, businesses can not only have a waste assessment, but, as was newly created, an energy assessment as well to determine how little can be done to make a big difference. For no cost at all, and for a relatively short period of time, NEAT can come and tell you those changes and, upon implementation, BC Hydro reimburses some of the costs! It’s a little sad that money needs to be tied into the initiative to get people to sign up, but, hopefully, once business owners see the benefits of making those changes both for the environment and from a monetary perspective, they will keep on that bandwagon. Just imagine if we each do one little thing what a difference it would make. Now imagine it on a bigger scale – teaching our kids and grandkids the importance of respecting their planet. Kind of makes you think, no?

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Conservative gov. acts to eliminate pardons for serious crimes Pardon me!? That was the reaction by many Canadians last month when it was revealed that convicted sex offender and former minor hockey coach Graham James was granted a pardon for his crimes by the National Parole Board. Our Conservative Government was shocked that we were only learning of it three years after the pardon was granted without our consent. Since then, the country has been further dismayed to learn that the parole board grants pardons to 99 percent of those who apply for one, regardless of the severity of their crimes. This week, my colleague, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, introduced legislation in the House of Commons to eliminate pardons for serious crimes and to revamp the current system. Currently, the “pardon” system implies that what the offender did is somehow okay, or is forgiven, or that the harm done has somehow disappeared.

Yet victims, like those of Graham James, quickly as possible. Another development in the courts will tell you that they struggle to live this week also highlighted the need for with what was done to them every day. our Conservative GovernOur proposed legislament’s Youth Criminal tion would replace pardons Justice legislation to be with “record suspensions” passed. which would be granted in Two youths who savmore limited circumstancagely beat an Ottawa es. Anyone convicted of a hockey rink volunteer, sex offence against a child and a hockey player who would be permanently intried to come to his aid, eligible for a record suspenwere sentenced to just 20 sion. Those convicted of By Jay Hill months in jail. With credit more than three indictable for time served (another offences would also be permanently ineligible. In all other cases, loophole in our justice system targeted Bill C-23 would increase the time an of- by our Government for reform), one of fender would have to wait to apply for a the convicted youths will be released after just 21 more days of “open custody record suspension. We are currently calling upon the op- and community supervision”! The other position parties to act swiftly to protect youth received an additional eight-andour children and communities, and to a-half months of this so-called “senbetter reflect Canadians’ natural sense tence”. The open-custody facility that netted of justice, by passing this legislation as

the youths ‘extra credit’ for time served allowed at least one of them to go to movies, bowl and play golf. Meanwhile, their first victim is permanently brain-damaged and now requires a cane to walk. The player who tried to help him had his orbital bone broken in three places and had two of his teeth knocked out. Under Bill C-4, our Conservative Government is proposing, among other measures, to require the courts to consider adult sentences for youth convicted of the most serious crimes, including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault. Yes, it is important to offer the opportunity for rehabilitation to those who want it or are capable of being rehabilitated and contributing to society after they’ve served their time. However, above all, a “justice” system must also hold criminals accountable for their actions and keep our communities safe.

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Editor: Amazing are the claims made by ‘environmentalists’ who say the Site C dam will contribute to greenhouse gases by emitting gas from rotting trees and vegetation which are submerged below the flood waters of the dam. I recently was intrigued by an observation made from a satellite, which has shown a huge dam being constructed in northern Alberta which, up to now, has gone unnoticed by the world at large. I suggest the en-

vironmentalists and the Alberta government have this activity monitored immediately before the effects of the flooded vegetation causes catastrophic climate change. Apparently the culprits have been allowed to construct an 850 meter long dam in, of all places, ‘Wood Buffalo National Park’. How can this be allowed to happen? Vic Lethbridge Chetwynd

Editor: You won’t see me shedding any tears for the BC Utilities Commission and their redefined role under the Clean Energy Act. These are the same geniuses who thought it was a good idea to fire up Burrard Thermal, that wheezy gas-fired monstrosity from the early 1960s. I’m surprised they didn’t tell us to stick a nuclear reactor on the site too! The people who should be deciding our province’s energy goals are the people we’ve elected to do that job, not some faceless empire-building bureaucrats who aren’t accountable to the public. There are enough layers of gov-

ernment red tape as it is without the BC Utilities Commission duplicating what other government agencies are already doing. The proper role of the utilities commission is to regulate public monopolies like BC Hydro and ICBC and ensure they’re operating safely and reliably and not gouging the public based on their monopoly status. It’s not the commission’s place to be second guessing the government’s clean energy objectives and trying to weasel around them. Mike Taylor Coquitlam, BC

Editor: There is currently a very determined campaign against fluoridation of drinking water going on in Fort St. John. In fact, as I understand it, the city council has actually agreed to hold a referendum on the subject. However, what I have seen of that campaign so far leads me to question the accuracy of the information being used. Fluoride has been cited as a poison – at any level being implied. It can be toxic, if taken in excess. The same can be said of common salt – sodium chloride. But without some salt in our diets, we would die. Our bodies need it for proper cell function (the sodium) and for digestion of our food (the chlorine). Similarly, trace amounts of fluoride in our diet strengthens our bones and the enamel of our teeth. Fluoridation of water supplies was started decades ago when dentistry was much less sophisticated and, more importantly, much less available to help reduce the ravages of tooth decay on children’s teeth. This is also why so many toothpastes

now contain fluoride. The amount put into water for such purposes is well below what the human body can tolerate without ill effect and far below toxic levels. The first sign of too much fluoride is mottled tooth enamel. Frankly, in the 40 odd years I’ve lived in this region, I have yet to see anyone whose teeth look like that. Ask the local doctors and dentists if they have ever seen signs of overexposure to fluoride in Fort St. John. I’m sure they will say no. Rather, in our modern age of bottled, filtered or distilled drinking water, it is entirely possible that some people are not taking in enough fluoride to benefit from it. It is good policy to review programs such as fluoridation of drinking water every so often. New information is always becoming available to indicate where changes can be or should be made. But such changes must be based on solid, factual information if they are to do any good at all. Laura Lee Life Charlie Lake

Editor: The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico puts our American neighbours in a serious bind. On the one hand, a growing number of Americans are calling on President Obama to reinstate a recently lifted ban on offshore drilling which would effectively cut the US off from new supplies of domestic oil. At the same time, a growing movement (lead in large part by Iraq war veterans) is calling for the US to end its dependence on foreign oil imports and they’re pushing the American Congress to pass new clean energy legislation. Considering the heavy reliance the US economy has on fossil fuels like oil and coal, it really is quite a predicament: no more foreign oil and no new domestic oil. And no more burning coal either. So basically, our American neighbours are sitting between a rock and a hard place. But America’s energy bind is BC’s opportunity. They need us, and our wealth of renewable energy resources, more now than they ever have before. We’re the silver lining to America’s fossil fuel cloud. Not only do BC’s renewable water and wind resources give us a considerable ability to generate clean electricity, we also have a considerable capacity for producing cleanburning biofuels from the

renewable cellulose materials produced in abundance by our forests. Renewable biofuels are exactly what our American neighbours are going to be looking for as they seek a strategic, environmentally sound replacement for their precarious, non-renewable oil supplies. Biofuels add a promising new dimension to BC’s growing clean energy sector and they’re the perfect complement to our many other renewable green energy resources. In a very real way, America’s fossil fuel predicament, and their clean energy needs, are an economic silver lining for BC. And, for a change, we’re the ones sitting in the driver’s seat. Christopher Law Coquitlam, BC

May 20, 2010

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Northeast NEWS

May 20, 2010

Day makes kids McHappy

By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – Charlotte Myers and her family have seen the direct impact that funding from McHappy Day at McDonalds can make. Part of the money raised locally for the event will go towards the Child Development Centre and its Project Build-a-Fort initiative – expanding the facility by 10,000 square feet. This will make a huge difference not only for Myers, but also for her two sons, four year-old Colin, who’s autistic, and two yearold Greyson, who has fine motor problems and is speech delayed, both of which use the Child Development Centre. “A lot of people are unaware of the facilities that they actually have at the Child Development Centre,” she said. “To have that within our community and those type of people that have the patience and the understanding to work with these type of children, I don’t know where we would be without it, I just really don’t.” Myers said Colin, who has used the Child Development Centre since he was two years old, has changed dramatically since he first started. Colin has seen improvement with sensory problems through work with sensory objects such as sand, beads and popcorn, which has enabled him to move away from his difficulty with touching soft objects and people touching him gently. Both Myers and her husband, Rob, a local dentist, also had trouble getting Colin to brush his teeth and eating certain things because of what he feels as negative sensations in his mouth, but through work at the Child Development Centre, improvements have been made. Being a boy with very high energy, which made it difficult for Colin to settle and sleep,

staff at the centre were able to figure out that yoga and work in the swimming pool would help to bring that energy level down and help with his fine motor skills. All of these treatments have enabled him to change for the better. “If we didn’t have them, I don’t think Colin would be the same boy that he is today,” said Myers. McDonald’s has supported the Child Development Centre for many years through such events as McHappy Day, which special event co-ordinator Heather Reese said was an easy decision. “So many children in our community use it,” she said. “They’ve got really great services and since we’re so far north, I think it’s important that people can utilize the services locally instead of having to travel outside of the community to do it.” The expansion of 10,000 square feet, said Tana Millner, the centre’s finance manager, will allow the facility to attract more therapists to the community – and give them space to work, as approximately 700 kids use the facility each year and 35 people are employed by the centre. Changes include an interactive play centre for toddlers, a wheelchair accessible kitchen for the older children and youth using the centre and more pre-school group spaces and therapy approaches. A total of $5,200 was raised at McHappy Day, with some money going towards the Child Development Centre. The remainder will go towards a new Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver, which will be used by residents from throughout the north. The Child Development Centre is projecting the opening of the new wing of the centre at the end of July.

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Discretionary and Base Budget Grant Applications Now Being Accepted In accordance with the Discretionary Grant Policy No. 87/06 and Base Budget Grants Policy No. 105/09, the City of Fort St. John is accepting applications until September 15th, 2010 for Discretionary and Base Budget Grants for the City’s 2011 year budget. The primary purpose of a discretionary grant is to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations for a specific capital project or an event that benefits the residents of the City. The primary purpose of a base budget grant is to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations that provide fee for services, programs and to offset equipment rental costs. All grant applications must be submitted in writing to the Corporate Administration Department. Applications are available at City Hall and on the City website at An audited financial statement is required as part of the application. All organizations who apply for a grant request must make a presentation to Council in the fall. Staff will contact all of the applicants to schedule meeting times. Any inquiries regarding this application process may be directed to Janet Prestley, Director of Legislative and Administrative Services at (250) 787-8153.

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May 2010

This is a must read for everyone who appreciates and depends on the oilpatch

Stakeholders gather for Horn River activity update in FN

By Matthew Bains FORT NELSON – A recent conference in Fort Nelson brought together stakeholders to discuss natural gas activity in the Horn River Basin. “Measures for Success” was held on April 30 with representatives from industry, local government and First Nations, the provincial government and regulatory authority to discuss the project as a whole, which could be a huge economic driver for Fort Nelson, the surrounding communities and the province. According to the Horn River Basin Producers Group, which represents 11 of the approximately 27 companies operating in the area, 49 new shale gas wells have been drilled so far this year of the 96 that have been planned. That’s compared to 76 drilled out of the 121 planned last year. Kevin Smith, vice president responsible for Fort Nelson activities with EnCana Corp., the largest producer in the area, said a boom in the supply of shale gas and relatively low demand in North America are expected to keep prices down, meaning producers in the Horn River Basin need to be particularly cost-effective to remain competitive. “What you might see with the prolonged period of lower prices is some of that activity

will moderate a bit,” said Smith, referring to the flurry of land sales and exploratory drilling that happened between 2006 and 2008. He said the infrastructure still needs to be developed in the Horn River to accommodate increased production. The Oil and Gas Commission reports 14 pipelines and seven facilities received regulatory approval in 2010. Federal regulatory approval was granted this year for two major projects – EnCana’s Cabin Gas Plant and Spectra Energy’s Fort Nelson North Processing Facility – and the National Energy Board is currently considering a proposal for a 72 kilometre-long pipeline to connect those facilities to existing mainlines. All that construction work could bring significant job opportunities to Fort Nelson. According to a procurement report card prepared by the producers group, the percentage of local vendors contracted to do work in the Horn River Basin rose to 32 per cent in the January to June, 2009 reporting period, up from 24 per cent in 2008. A local vendor is defined as one that either has an office in Fort Nelson, has at least one fulltime employee in that office, and pays local/provincial taxes, or that does not have an office in Fort Nelson, but has at least 50 per cent of its workforce living there and

paying taxes. That represents about $222 million (37 per cent) of the estimated $600 million spent for that work over that same period last year. However, that came at the expense of other firms in British Columbia, as the percentage of contracted vendors from outside the province (mainly Alberta) and money spent on them remained fairly consistent, at 52 and 54 per cent. Smith said that is reflective of the fact a lot of the drilling and well completion service providers do not exist in Fort Nelson or elsewhere in British Columbia. “Until or unless there’s the growth in the major services – drilling, completion – that’s probably going to make up the lion’s share of [services contracted] outside of BC.” However, he said it’s in EnCana’s best interest to see a competitive, locally-based service sector, so they are working with Energy Services BC and other agencies towards that end. “We really want to see the local community, both the municipality and the First Nations, benefit from the development that is going to occur here in the Horn River and setting up a strong, local industry is a key way of doing that.” If Fort Nelson is going to continue to grow,

however, it will need money for infrastructure, said Mayor Bill Streeper. According to a community needs assessment completed in 2007, the gap between the infrastructure work needed – roads, water and sewer, airport, recreation facilities and other public buildings – and the funding received from taxation and other sources was $134 million in 2008 alone. Streeper said that doesn’t take into account the development of the Horn River Basin. “Some of [the work] has to be done …but a lot of the projects just will not be done until we have assurances as to where the money is going to come from,” he said. He said the regional municipality is very limited in its ability to raise money by raising taxes or borrowing money, so the provincial government needs to contribute more. He said they do not receive Fair Share funding – provincial grants in lieu of industrial property taxes collected outside of the municipality’s boundaries – like the Peace River Regional District does, and he feels that needs to be corrected. “We all know the oil and gas industry is making the biggest contribution to the provincial coffers, and here we are as a community, left out in the open, with no immediate means to fund our [infrastructure] deficit.”

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May 20, 2010

NEEMAC and Farmer’s Advocate office still a go, says Minister

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – BC’s energy minister Blair Lekstrom told regional directors this week that funding for the Northeast Energy and Mines Advisory Committee, a stakeholder group funded by the ministry, will continue. “We’ve sent letters out to all of the members assuring them of that. I think it’s a valuable part of our ability to work together,” he said. The concerns from directors stemmed from cuts to the ministry in this year’s budget and a recent postponement of a NEEMAC meeting. Lekstrom attended a regional meeting on May 13 to answer questions from directors about several issues, including

updates on the farmer’s advocate office, which will act as an independent voice for rural residents in the Northeast. The office, he said, will proceed as planned in Dawson Creek. A Farmer’s Advocate Management Committee had recommended a joint proposal from two local firms to operate the office for an 18-month period – for a price of $240,000 to be split by the regional district and the ministry. However, regional directors rejected that proposal, citing conflict of interest, as those firms indicated they would provide consultation Learn-Rite Courses Inc. work for oil and gas compaMatthew Bains photo nies. Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom (left), joined by Lekstrom told directors it Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, discussed some of the latest issues around oil Is pleased to announce the expansion Intro to Gas Processing March 29 & and is now up to them to move gas development with Peace River regional directors at a meeting on May 13. Into Fort St. John BC ahead with that office.Intro to Gas Processing Construction Reclamation Training forwork Heavy Equipment Operators March on the regulations should be completed by the end of 30 & Other discussions& include: Our new facility offers quality instructors and summer. • Bill 8 has been passed in the legislature, which includes Intro to Board. Gas Processing the same great service as the Grande Prairie Construction & Reclamation Training for Heavy Operators • Electoral Area C director ArthurEquipment Hadland said he $468 is con- 6 changes to the Mediation and Arbitration Assessor Lekstrom (via Service Rig Competency videoconference) April Intro to Gas Processing March 29 & 30 location. said that includes giving the Surface Rights Board, as it’s cerned about the tactics used by land agents representing oil Construction & Reclamation Training for Heavy Equipment andAssessor gas companies. He said they should not be exempted Ope now known, the ability to award compensation to landownService Rig Competency (via videoconference) St John First Aid - H2S AliveConstruction & Reclamation Training for Heavy Equipment Operators March 30 & 31 $575 Electrical Maintenance Training (Refresher) April from the Real Estate Services Act, which he said would pro- 12 ers for their time spent in the arbitration process and for WHMIS - TDG – Confined Space The(via minister said the government neighbours of affected landowners to present theirCompetency case to vide some accountability. Ground Disturbance, Advanced Service Rig Assessor videoconference) (via videoconference) Electrical Training Service Rig Competency Assessor Maintenance (via videoconference) April 6for BC land agents. $144 is working on (Refresher) licensing requirements He the board. Level for Workers and Supervisors said most land agents act responsibly, but some have not, “It really shifts the balance, I think, back towards the (via videoconference) Electrical Maintenance (Refresher) Visit us at our new location Electrical Escort and thatTraining has created a bad reputation amongst landowners. landowner,” he said.Training Vehicle Operator Driver Improvement April 13 Maintenance (Refresher) April 12 $220 Lekstrom concluded with some good news. He told direc• Regional district chair Karen Goodings thanked the (via videoconference) 10515 – 87Ave. (via videoconference) (via videoconference) Vehicle Driver that the Improvement mining industry has seen a resurgence in the minister for providingEscort the opportunity for the Operator board to be tors Fort St. John, BC V1J 5K6 consulted on changes to the Oil and Gas Activities Act. She Northeast that includes interest from companies in expand(via videoconference) Phone: (250)785-1167 Fax: (250) 785-1168 Escort Vehicle Operator Driver Improvement ing videoconference) or reopening existing coal mines.13 asked Operator if all the regulations are now in place. Lekstrom said Escort Vehicle Driver Improvement April $130 Pipeline Environmental Inspection (via April 14 -

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Peace receives its Fair Share; Pimm says FN funding needed

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Peace River MLAs Pat Pimm (left) and Blair Lekstrom (right) presented regional directors with a ceremonial cheque with their Fair Share funding for this year. By Matthew Bains PEACE REGION – The Peace River Regional District has received $31.2 million in its annual Fair Share funding from the provincial government, up $1.7 million from last year. The funding is a provincial grant in lieu of taxes not paid by industrial properties outside municipal boundaries, which goes into the general revenue of the area. The funds will be distributed to the electoral areas and municipalities as follows: Electoral Areas: $467,000 Dawson Creek: $9.8 million Fort St. John: $14.1 million Chetwynd: $2.02 million Hudson’s Hope: $632,000 Pouce Coupe: $750,000 Tumbler Ridge: $1.2 million Taylor: $647,000 Blair Lekstrom and Pat Pimm, MLAs for

Peace River South and Peace River North, joined regional directors in Dawson Creek on May 13 for a cheque presentation ceremony. Pimm responded to Fort Nelson Mayor Bill Streeper’s call for a similar agreement to be signed between the Province and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, to deal with demands on infrastructure resulting from development of the Horn River Basin. “We are working towards some agreements for them,” said Pimm, adding the $5 million contribution towards rebuilding the Fort Nelson Recreation Centre was a step in that direction. He said he’s not sure why Fort Nelson wasn’t included in the original Fair Share agreement, but he’s committed to seeing that corrected. “I personally believe there should be something for Fort Nelson and certainly I’m going to be pushing that forward.”

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Fort St. John Energy Expo May 26, 2010 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 27, 2010 - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pomeroy Hotel/ Chances This premier event will bring together explorer & producers and service providers to engage in meaningful dialogue to enable you to better access opportunities in the oil and gas industry. “Be Competitive, be smart and position yourself to win... Don’t miss this one” Check it out at and

Energy Services BC Annual General Meeting May 26, 2010 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Pomeroy Hotel / Chances Unveiling of ESBC’s Definition of Local and BC based companies Community Awareness Program 6:00 PM Cocktails | 6:30 PM Dinner | 7:15 PM “Petroleum Services forecast and industry update” - Elizabeth Aquin, Senior Vice President of PSAC 8:00 PM - ESBC Annual General Meeting RSVP by May 21 to or call (250)263-9356

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New regional auction market building opens in Dawson Creek By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – Cattle were moving, and beef-on-a-bun was being served up, during the grand opening of the new Northeast Regional Auction Market in Dawson Creek. After a flurry of construction, the new building is now complete and hosted its first sale on May 13. It will house the Vold,

Jones and Vold livestock auction market, as well as the offices of the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the South Peace Feeder and Bred Heifer Co-op. Connie Patterson, president of the Exhibition Association, who spearheaded the project, said she is relieved the building was finished on time. She said construction started on Jan. 4, in the dead of winter and immediately there were hurdles to cross. “There were a few times we were a little bit nervous, right at the beginning, when we had the biggest problems,” said Patterson. “It was mostly do with getting the gas line in …that was huge for us and very costly.” She said the project actually came in over budget but it was finished through donations made by local businesses. “We had to go out and speak with our friends in the cattle industry, and people who are friends of agriculture, and they stepped up and helped us out to the tune of close to $100,000.” In spite of those hurdles, she said the project still met the deadlines imposed by the federal government and the Northern Development Initiative Fund. The federal government provided a $100,000 grant, NDIT provided an over $500,000 loan and the South Peace Economic Development Commission invested $30,000. Patterson said the biggest difference producers will notice in the auction ring is the ease by which the cattle flows in and out, now that the gates are aligned correctly with the corals. She said the sale on May 13 was sped up by about an hour and a half compared to in the old building, which saves producers time. She added the market helps to sustain the cattle industry in the region and brings in millions in to Dawson Creek. The grand opening and first sale brought out a huge crowd. Ranchers from the region cited the positive impact having such a facility close by will have on their bottom line. “When we lost the facility to the fire (in 2003), we lost a market for certain grades of cattle – our cull animals, our used bulls and so forth,” said Mike Cowger, a life-long rancher from the Fort St. John area. “We also lost the marketing ability of our prime animals, our yearlings, our finished cattle. It was a devastating blow.”

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A huge crowd turned out to the first cattle sale at the new Northeast Regional Auction Market in Dawson Creek on May 13. He said having a permanent, operating facility is huge for the local industry, and added despite many unknowns, it’s great to see many people are still positive about the future. Tony Verbruggen, a rancher who lives west of Dawson Creek in the Progress area, said sending their cattle to Alberta to market is an expensive alternative. “The trucking bill can be anywhere between $1,500 to $4,000 per load,” she said. She added the new building is a huge improvement over the temporary one used for sales previously. “Everything is separated,” she said. “They have indoor bathrooms, a kitchen facility. It’s warm – the old facility was very cold sometimes.” That old building, however, may be a source of contention, as the Stables and Arena Association has indicated it would like to use that facility for some of its events. Patterson said the Exhibition Association currently uses the building during the Fall Fair and would like to use it for other events. She said while they would like to have input, that decision will ultimately be made by city council, as the City of Dawson Creek owns the building.

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Dawson Creek Office: 250-782-3766 VJV Main Office: 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622

Cattle report slaughter Cattle

780 head of cattle went through the ring of Dawson Creek Action on May 13, 2010

D1 - D2 Cows D3 - D4 Cows Holstein Cows Heiferettes Bologna Bulls Feeder Bulls Good Bred Cows Good Bred Heifers Cow/ Calf Pairs Older Cows Milk Cows

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Wise customers read the fine print: •, *, **, ▼, †, ±, æ Why Canada Drives Event offers apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased between May 1 and May 31, 2010 from participating dealers. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Offers subject to change without notice. See participating dealer for complete details and conditions. •$21,488 Purchase Price applies to 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package (24F+CL9) only and includes $6,000 Consumer Cash Discount and $500 Bonus Cash Offer. See participating dealer for complete details. Pricing includes freight ($1,400) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees and other applicable fees and applicable taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealers may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on most new 2010 vehicles and are manufacturer-to-dealer incentives which are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. Amounts vary by vehicle. See your dealer for complete details. **Bonus Cash is offered on all new and unused 2010 vehicles except Dodge Challenger, Dodge Caliber CVP and Caliber SE PLUS and Sprinter models. Bonus Cash is a manufacturer-to-dealer incentive which will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. See your dealer for complete details. ▼Ultimate Family Bonus Cash is offered on the 2010 Grand Caravan Ultimate Family Experience Package model (24G+AAA+AAY+AT1) only. Ultimate Bonus Cash is a manufacturer-to-retailer incentive which will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. See your retailer for complete details. †0% purchase financing for 36 months available to qualified customers on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, TD Financing Services and GMAC on most 2010 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models, except Challenger, Caliber Canada Value Package and SE Plus, Grand Caravan Cargo Van, Sprinter, and Ram Chassis Cab. Example: Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package (24F+CL9) with a Purchase Price of $21,488 financed at 0% for 36 months equals monthly payments of $596.88; cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $21,488. Pricing includes freight ($1,400) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees and other applicable fees and applicable taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealers may sell for less. ±Variable Prime Rate up to 84 months is offered on most new 2010 vehicles on approved credit to qualified retail customers through TD Financing Services. Bi-weekly payments shown are based on 84 month terms. Variable rate is TD Prime Rate and fluctuates accordingly. Payments and financing term may increase or decrease with rate fluctuations. Offer not valid for residents of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories. Some conditions apply. See participating dealer for complete details. æ2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT shown. Price including applicable Consumer Cash Discount/Bonus Cash Offer: $27,595. Pricing includes freight ($1,400) and excludes license, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees and other applicable fees and applicable taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealers may sell for less. ¤Based on 2010 EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Transport Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ‡Based on U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scoring system for 2010 model year Dodge Grand Caravan. ®SIRIUS and the dog logo are registered trademarks of SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group roup LLC. The Best Buy Seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications LLC, used under license.

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2001 Ford F150 7700 Extended Cab 4x4. 166,000 Km. Primarily highway driven. Truck is in excellent shape. Original Owner. Asking Price $10,500.00 Call 250.787.1935 1997 Ford F250, 7.3 Power stroke diesel 4x4. Excellent condition $9000.00 OBO. Call: 250-261-3169 1989 34’Deluxe Vanguard Class A Motor Home $19,500.00 Extremely clean, no smoking/no pets, low mileage, duel fuel, dual air, dual furnaces, winter kit, TV, Microwave, built in Vac system. New hot water tank, solid wood cabinets, recent tune up, good Michelin tires. Trailer hitch, large awning and loads of storage. Phone 250-785-9418 Fort St. John

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2 year old Charolais Bulls. Semen tested, 90% plus, foot scored 9+ Call: 250.785.6362 Tumbler Ridge 1200+sq ft, 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath Condo. One of only three of its kind in Tumbler Ridge. Excellent investment/revenue property or as a home. Hot water included in the $140.00/mth strata fee. Brand new fridge and stove, never used. Asking $125,500.00 OBO. Ph. 250-788-4880 1989 Ford F350 Truck. 15 – ½ roof trusses, NH847 round baler, 4 bottom plow, rollover guard and roller mill. Call: 250-843-7115

If interested please forward your resume to or mail to The Northeast News 9909-100th Ave. Fort St. John BC V1J 1Y4 or phone 250-787-7030


South Peace Community Resources Society

10110 – 13th Street, P.O. Box 713, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H7, Phone: (250) 782-9174

Posting Circular: Job-1528 Community Support Worker – Residential Programs, 2 positions Available Job 1528 Community Support Worker Closing Date: May 21, 2010 Submit Resumes to: Lori Brooks, Human Resource Coordinator P.O. Box 713 (10110-13th Street) Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 Fax: (250) 782 4167 E-mail: • Please include Competition Job-1528 with resume • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted • This position is open to female and male applicants • This position requires union membership For more information please visit our Career Opportunity section at We look forward to hearing from you!

Log Homes We build, refinish and chink log homes. We also build solid wood rustic furniture. To view furniture call Lisa in FSJ 250.263.7765 or Doug in Hudon’s Hope 250.783.9156

Community Moving / Garage sale event Multiple Old Fort residents are hosting a bargain extraordinaire! June 5 & 6 from 9am to 6pm.

Tank & Vac Truck SerViceS Has an immediate opening for:

• Vac Truck Operators • Tank Truck Operators We offer an excellent benefit package and competitive wages in a safe working environment. Please fax resume with drivers abstract to Fort St. John Branch

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Investors wanted Overseas or Canada to purchase mill in Fort Nelson, BC and restructure for a flour mill production. Contact: John Stender 780.837.6337 or Glen Martin 780.788.9747 Weatherford Canada Partnership, provides a wide range of oil and gas services to national, integrated and independent oil and gas companies around the world, using fit-for-purpose technologies. We are a dynamic, growing organization and offer a competitive salary, benefits with no waiting period and a matched RRSP plan.

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Investors wanted Overseas or local North America to purchase OSB Plant in Fort Nelson, BC for major refrigeration storage facility. Contact: John Stender 780.837.6337 or Glen Martin 780.788.9747

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Himilayan / Persian cat – SMOOSH. Missing from 8828 107A Avenue. Coat shaved and shades of gray. Has blue eyes. Is very shy and likes to hide, may be hiding in your garage.$500.00 reward for his safe return. Please call Lindsay or Norm 250-787-9460

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AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING BC Native Housing Corporation Applicants are needed in the following areas:


Kelly Lake and Moberly Lake Fort St. John

Lone Wolf Golf Club is now hiring cooks for the busy golf season. Kitchen staff gets free golf so get your resume in.

Families with low to moderate income preferred. To apply call the Prince George office

Please send resumes to: Dave Callum, General Manager Lone Wolf Golf Club 9999-99 Ave Taylor, BC V0C 2K0 Resumes can be dropped off, faxed to (250) 789-3703, or emailed to

South Peace Community Resources Society

10110 – 13th Street, P.O. Box 713, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H7, Phone: (250) 782-9174

Posting Circular: Job-1527 Resource/Educator Position – Childcare Resource & Referral Program, Dawson Creek Job 1527

Resource/Educator Worker - Dawson Creek (Temporary to cover Maternity Leave) Closing Date: May 21, 2010 Submit Resumes to: Lori Brooks, Human Resource Coordinator P.O. Box 713 (10110-13th Street) Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 Fax: (250) 782 4167 E-mail: • Please include Competition Job-1527 with resume • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted • This position is open to female and male applicants • This position requires union membership

Li-Car Management Group

Now taking applications for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. Call our office for more information or one of our Professional Site managers! Alpine- Bruce 250-785-1882 Bona Vista - Natasha 250-787-1075 Sandalwood- Bob 250-262-2011 Hillcrest- Glen 250-261-4216 Driftwood- Bob 250-262-2011 Melsher- Office 250-785-2662 Maplewood- Bob 250-262-2011 Graham- Office 250-785-2662 Killarney- Bob 250-262-2011 Ambassador- Office 250-785-2662 Green Glen- Bob 250-262-2011 Phone - Office 250-785-2662 Email:

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May 13 22to June 17 me via email at: ed Susiehome at (250) 785-2381 at (250) The Canadian Cancer For May hanging baskets, cut• flowers, photography andSociety severalRelay children’s when burglars broke into their call African in 2008. Comeor Sandi Theyou Derrick of health Fort St.condition? John The May 29 787-2652. Life Fort show Nelson willinbe held locations. on June 5th. •• Are livingDance with aClub chronic Univertheinflower book several and hear the testimony on how God’s love carried the Burgens categories. Look for willofbeVictoria hostingand a dance fromHealth 9 p.m.Authority to 1 a.m.are pleased • Anglican Fairtheonordeal. the grounds next couple • Thefrom Canadian Cancer Society Fort St. John To register go to or call sity Northern to of- Spring ONGOING through This Canadian Vernon, BC have in the Senior Citizens Life Hall with at 10908 100 Conditions’ Street to the credit and forgiveness, Cosmic Grounds from unittomeets the first Wednesday of each month, Fort St. JohnCarmella at (250) 500-2499 fer ‘Living a Healthy Chronic in Fort St.union chosen and are returning continue the missionary with This musicfree bysix-session Peaceadarock. Members arefor persons 11 to 3 p.m. A fun BringDrilling September to June, atfood, noonand at the Business Re-St. JohnPouce Coupe • The Fort Women’s Resource Society is seeking motiJohn. education program work theyfamily startedouting. in Kenya. wells, growing $10, chronic non-members are $12. Everyone 19 andat #300, the family for hamburgers and hotsix dogs or tea source Centre museum. Volunteers Alcoholics - Friday p.m. people to join •their volunteerAnonymous team. If helping people 8sparks with health conditions will be available 9900 100 helping to support orphanages. The event is atbehind QualitytheInn at vated over is welcome. For information call Lucy at evenings and goodies (closed). your interest dropOld by Library the office at #201,250-786-0155. 10142-100 Ave. (above Avenue. The workshop meets for six Wednesday fromwith7live, a jazz band and lo- always welcome. or To Judy at (250) 787-0460. cal entertainers. • A Youth Relapse Prevention Group may be • Youth Drop-In at Pouce Coupe CommuGirl Guides Thrift Store) or call 250-787-1121. 6(250) p.m.785-2867 to 8:30 p.m. register or for more information, call Terry There Maywill 28be a children’s area, May- Cordinator 28 clowns, pony rides, a petting Houses zoo, colouring held weekly, intheir the afternoons HealthRelapse nity Prevention Church Annex Pouce library). • A Youth Group(the mayold be held weekly, in Cayer toll free at 1-866-902-3767 or e-mail tcayer@ • Abbeyfield of Fort St. John is holding AGM at at Mental • The DCSpace Society for Community Living is contest, fish pond and toys and books forCollege. sale. and Addiction Services, 9900 – 100 at Saturday nightsand 7:30Addiction p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ages afternoons Mental Health Services, is limited so call today. 7 p.m. at Northern Lights Everyone welcome. Direc-#300 -the hosting a fundraiser and “Access Awareness Browse throughtors books, magazines, jewellry, Ave. For information 17. more information call Chris or Shaun at 9900or– Shaun 100 Ave.toFor May 23 and volunteers needed. Memberships willmore be sold prior to call Chris Day” at annual their office 1334 102 Avenue. The gifts and flowerstheplant tables. There willcome also outatand (250) 262-5269. Chetwynd 250-262-5269. • First PeaceatRegion Palaeontology Symposium featurmeeting ($10). Please support our home for event feature a free barbeque, a bake sale, door be pottery by a talented local potter and many The Canadian Cancer For Patrol • Alcoholics Anonymous meets The Citizens is seeking people who can Tuesday volunteerand at ing thewill fourth annual Fossil Road Show, speakers, prizes and senior’s independent living! For more• information call Clara at Society•Relay a perennial plant activities. sale and much more. Three Ridge draws for wonderful and so much more Life in Fort St John will be held least on May Friday Perfect at 8 p.m. the Public 5012 46 five29th. hours a month. foratthose new toLibrary, town, those conguided children’s Held at the Tumbler Public (250)prizes 785-6450. prizes, including a children’s playhouse, will be contact – come (250) and join us!May 29 To register go to callsafety, Street. 250-788-9658 cerned or about who want to make the community a safer Library and Curling Rink. For more information raffled off that day. For more information or to May 31 to June•25 Gwen at 1.800.811.5666. NAplay. meets Wednesday at Connie 8 p.m. at250-262the AirCall coordinator 242-3466. Access Awareness Day in Fort St. John. Stay tuned to the place to work, live •and purchase • Spring into song with private voice lessons Supporting port waiting room. 4530 or RCMP liaison Rick 250-787-8100. May 23raffle tickets, call (250) 782-2611. Northeast News for more information.• “Butterfly Families – Families 28 and 29 at Farmington Hall featuring Highway with Caitlyn Introduction to techniques Families” is open to all caregivers •ofAlcoholics children Anonymous Tumbler- If Ridge you think you might have a prob•May Country dance 40!Triebel. May 30 • Indoor at no Grandhaven Hall $15 and repertoire in the classical tradiand youth with aSpecial Needs. lem We with meetdrinking. the • Alcoholics Anonymous - meetingtoWed. Call for times and places or someone talk to8 Dance from 9flea to 1 a.m., minors. Tickets each, avail- for singing • The Fort Nelson Woman of Industry is holding golf tournafromat5 p.m. to 8 p.m.Store. on Friday and 9 information, a.m. to 1 tion. third Wednesday month250-785-8866. at the Child p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). able Farmington For more call Perfect Clarissefor beginners ment at theand golfexperienced course. Lotsvoof door prizes, putter to of be every won and p.m. on Saturday. Rent a table for $20 or come calists alike, 12 an years-old andifup. Call KPAC Centre from 7 p.m. toFort 8:30Nelson p.m., • Mondays: Bingo - 6 pm doors open, 7 pm (250) 843-7954. extra prize a member brings a Development friend that becomes a member. to May shop!24Call Doris at (250) 785-4843 or Irene at (250) 782-9325 to register. Cost: $140 for 4at 10408 105 Avenue. Does your •child have Anonymous games begin.- Community Centre Rms. 4Church and 5. Alcoholics Monday 8 p.m. Catholic Please RSVP to Karen Prouse at •(250) 785-4329House for more information. one-hour private lessons. learning, behavior or other complex special • Tuesdays: TR Seniors Drop-In Basement (closed meeting); Wednesday 8 p.m.(55+) Catholic Church– The Forgotten -- Grizzly ValleySponPlayers present a matiMay 30 sored the Grandhaven Community AssociaMay 31 to June•25 Would youand likeGrandto connect with other Floor curling, carpet bowling, card Saturday & board Basement; Thursday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; nee at by 3 p.m. in Room 5 of the Community Centre in Tumbler The Welcome Wagon events,needs? the Baby Shower tion. • KPAC Ballet Spring Intensive Ber-place caregivers? Child minding but Hospital please Cafeteria; games, coffee & 8cookies. Community Sunday p.m. Friendship CentreCentre Ridge. parent Showcase willwith be taking at the Stonebridge Hotel atavailable 1 8 p.m. May29 29to 31 nice van Dykenp.m. including classical technique, ahead a few days before the meeting. Call Room 5-from 1-4 8pm. Small drop-in fee. Base• Cocaine Anonymous Tuesday p.m. Catholic Church May The Bridal Showcase will takecall place at 6:30 p.m. Garage sale andand perennial plant exchange free movement character dance. Recom- (250) 785-3200 for more information. ment; Friday 8 p.m.Taylor Hospital Cafeteria. •• Couple’s “Love Romance” Retreat at The King’s Valley and May 30 at Farmington from 9 a.m. toavailable. noon. Sponmended for all dancers, advanced, • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy peer• Civil SearchLights and Rescue • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m.Air Northern College (CASARA) (back door). 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JuneCome 5 location at #208 10139 100 Street (above TD 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802. 250-786-0155 • Triathlon Training clinics are coming to Fort St. John. call Beth at (250) 262-5712 for more information. 29 about triathlon and get prepared for the local • The Dawson Creek Library will host Bank). Drop in hours Monday and Wednesday Alaska Highway (Recreation • Computer Class•atThe the Pouce Coupe SeniorsRRA Hall every MonoutMay and learn upcomJunePublic 4 St. Mark’sHeld annual gigantic “Books in Bloom”• Ladies startingout at of 2 town p.m. Join from 10 a.m. to 2thep.m. Tuesday noon Aircraft everyand third Thursdayfrom and Wednesday fromAssociation) 9:30 a.m. to meets 12:00 p.m. Low Iming• triathlons. on May 3, 4, yard and 6sale are with clinics on swimming dinnerusin conjunction with Oiland Men’s doors improvement, opening at 8 a.m. the corner of 10 and for: perennial flower to 4 p.m.Club or toofmake appointment our 24classday at the Taylorfrom Fire10:30-11:30 Hall at 7:30a.m. p.m.Open For pactcall exercise every Thursday stroke bike at tuning and equipment triathlon. swap, Golfcomposting Tournamentdemo, presented by OilWives FSJ. an Cocktails Street and Dawsonand Creek. kids seedatplanting, community hotline atInns (250) 262-1280. areFor more information call call Richard to services everyone! information Carolatat 250-782-2421 250-786-5673 or Come hear103 fromAvenue, local triathletes ask Somequestions crafts, about events, 6 p.m. and dinner atgardens 7 p.m. at hour the Pomeroy and Suites. All thing forpreparation everyone! and anything else you like. Sign and up horticultural societyare information, a tea parfree and completely confidential. Chetwynd Heath at (250) 785-4758. training, at the Tickets $50 and include: entertainment, dinner, dessert, wine, MayPeace 29 Leisure Pool or contact Becky at (250)787-5780 ty and more.orCalljewellry (250) 782-4661 for more • New Totem Archery has changed locations Anonymous Dawsonmeets Creek • Alcoholics Monday and Friday at 8 p.m. at North draw, games and info. door prizes. Tickets available at Flow• The Peace Region AssociaJune 7 for Marlene the summer. are at or our outdoor range, Centre. • Craft group for Mental Health and Addicthe Friendship 250-788-9658 forSongwriters’ more information. ers by Tamee, Frontier Jewellers. Call (250)We 785-8737 tion monthly local coffee house will be at Under the • Annual General Meeting Fort St. John is located north on a 100 Street• on 244 Wednesday tions Clients. Meets Thurs 1:30waiting -3:30 atroom. 1017NAthe meets at 8 p.m. at the Airport Upcoming Triathlons include: Debbie at (250)of787-5100 for morewhich information. Willow Cultural Cafe 24 (corner of 9 Street and Special Olympics atJune 7 p.m. signs are& Thursdays: 103 Ave., Dawson Creek. (250) • Tuesdays Minor ball 5 pm-7 pm782-4410. at Chetwynd Dawson Creek May 6 at the Fort Bowling Road – take a right after the vet clinic, 103 Avenue, Come Annual support Garage the posted. We9are open Tuesdays Thursdays • Alcoholics Ballpark & Rec. Centre Diamonds.Anonymous - meets Mon., Fort St. JohnDawson June 7 Creek). Doors open at 6 Lanes. Everyone welcome. • Rotary Manor Sale from a.m. to 12 noon. and p.m. $5 for admission and open mic from special olympic athletes our community. at tools, 6:30 p.m. are free to try asTumbler well. Ev-Ridge Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Fortwith Nelson June 28 1121-90inAvenue. Household items, toys,Bows furniture, coffee 6May to 7:30 and June 13 eryone is welcome. Contact newtotemarchey@ Unit. Wed. 8- meeting p.m. Hospital • Alcoholics Anonymous Wed. 8Education p.m. 115Room. Com12 p.m., to July 28again from 8:30 to closing. and donuts and much more. Donations welcome after May 4 (no Featured performer IanGroup Smith- and Friends will6:30 - 8:30 • The eighth annual Rick Hansen or All meetings Church). are open. • Relapse Prevention Tuesdays from p.m. at appliances please). All Wheels proceed to toward resident programs and mercial Park (Baptist be performing from 7:30 toServices. 8:30 p.m.Contact Come out eventactivities. in Fort St. John will benoheld for more Al-Anon 7:30 to 8:30Comp.m. • Mondays: Bingo• -Mile 6 pm0doors open, meets 7 pm games begin. Mental Health & Addiction DennisinatMotion (250)262Rain or shine, early birds, thereinformation. will be no sales beand enjoy local talent, music, poets, writers or at Centennial Park registration starting at • Grandhaven District and Community Asso- Rms. every Tuesday evening at Parkhill Community munity Centre 4&5. 5269. forewith 9 a.m. step up 23 and take your turn at the mic! Fun for 12 p.m., main event at 114p.m. and wheelchair ciation meets the third Tuesday of each month TRSchool 9700-5th Street, Dawson Creek. carpet • Tuesdays: Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor curling, May June all,• The yummy homeDance baking andofdelicious This year Wheels is biggerinand inwalk, the Grandhaven Hallwheelat 8 p.m. Keep thiscard hall & board • Relapse Mental Community Health and bowling, games,Prevention. coffee & cookies. Derrick Club Fort St. beverJohn willchallenge be hostingata1:30 p.m. • Rick Hansen Motion wheel, run and ages, everyone welcome. betteratwith a barbecue, games etc.Registration for the whole operating in this Addictions 1-4 pm. 1017-103rd Small drop-inAve., fee. Dawson Creek, dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Senior Citizens Hall 10908 chair challenge. at 12:30, event starts at 1community. p.m. in Cen- Centre Room 5 from 29 Music by Night Sounds. Members $10, non family. To register, go Park. to Nelson 782-4410. from 10 to 11 Whist a.m. Ev• Wednesdays:(250) TR Seniors (55+)Fridays Drop-In – Cribbage, & 100May Street. members tennial For information, contactFort event leader Lori Slater at • Yard Sale19 forand theover Cure from 8 a.m. 11 or contact event leader Lori (250) 787• Alcoholics Anonymous - Monday 8 p.m. Beginners eryone welcome! to Library. confirm Small meetgood company. welcome!Please 7 pmcall in the $12. Everyone is welcome. Fortoinformation call Lucy (250) 787-1912 a.m. at 785-2867 709-103 orAvenue in Dawson Creek 1912, (250) 262-8599 Catholic Church Basement (closed meeting); ing. drop-in fee. at (250) Judy at (250) 787-0460. Julyor12 (parking ONGOING Wednesday 8 p.m. Catholic ChurchTaylor Basement; • The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For May 23lot across from the Co-op Farmers’ • North Peace Horticultural Society plans their annual Garden Market). Pleaseof join mePearce and hundreds Cana- at the Fort St. John p.m.St. Catholic Church •Basement; Lifeand in Dawson Creek will be held onevery Junesec5th. Civil Air Search Rescue (CASARA) meetings • The Magic Sam Show isofscheduled StoneTour. Bring your family and tour Thursday a variety of8 Fort John gardians across the country massive • Alcoholics Anonymous - If you think you Saturday 8 p.m. Hospital Cafeteria; ToTaylor register to at or call ond Sunday Tuesday8at the FiregoHall 7 p.m. For information bridge Hotel with the showfor to abenefit the one-day Fort St. John Firefighters. dens. yard sale. proceeds with1 drinking, come to p.m. Friendship Centre. Marie (250) 784-1913. August Bob at 250-789-9152 orat250-787-5802. May 25All to May 29 help fund breast cancer might have a problem research, awareness and been education. you can’t an AA meeting. Call times Leffler and places or Ride • Cocaine - Tuesday 8 p.m. • TheisCanadian Dawson • TheforMarilyn Memorial and ShowAnonymous ‘n Shine in sup• New Totem Archery now at theCancer Taylor Society, Community Hall • Do you think you’ve treatedIfunfairly by a B.C. governjoin me, you can still help by getting rid ofOmbudsman your someone to talk to (250) ChurchRegion. Basement; FridayTuesdays 8 p.m. HosCreek Unit, meets Monday of evport of the785-8866. Canadian Cancer SocietyCatholic BC and Yukon Regisand Thursdays from 6-9 the p.m.last Contact newtotemment ministry or public agency? The B.C. may be clutter and donating it to this event. youbewish • Fort St. John Multiple tration beginsSclerosis July 1 for support this all day pital eventCafeteria. at Casey’s Pub in Fort St. ery month, September to June, at 7 p.m. in able to help. The Ombudsman’s staffIfwill in the following to donate items uslisted raise below, moneyand to create group. you or anyone you ‘n know hasawards MS and • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. their office 1000 105 Aircraft AvenueAssociation) in Dawson John. Show Shine for seven motorcycle categories and Northern • TheLights Alaska Highway RRAat(Recreation communities on to thehelp dates are available byIfapa future without breast contact Call have any questions to talk, door). on the meets every thirdCreek. New welcome. lots or of just doorneed prizes. Eventplease includesCollege a ride to(back the viewpoint Thursday atvolunteers the Tayloralways Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. pointment to discuss yourcancer, problemplease or complaint. 1-800-5673247 to book an appointment or see for Hudson’s Hope Road. Everyone welcome to this fundraising event For information call Richard at 250-782-2421 or Heath at 250to fight cancer. 785-4758. more info. August 21 to 23 Dawson Creek Fort Nelson May 25 • The North Peace Horticultural Society presents their 16th an• The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce luncheons are Fort St. John May 26 nual Flower Show and Exhibition at the North Peace Cultural Cen- held the first Thursday of each month at noon at the Best Western. Dawson Creek May 27 tre. The event will be open to the public on Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to Different guest speaker each month. Members and Non-members Mackenzie May 28 7 p.m. and on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards presenta- welcome. Contact: Lesley Pewarchuck 250-782 4868. Chetwynd May 29 tions will take place at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available by If your non-profit group has events or meeting you wish pubMay 27 • John and Eloise Bergen, missionaries working with ‘Hope for donations on both Saturday and Sunday while the show is open. lished, send them by fax to (250) 787-7090 or via email to: edithe Nations’ in Kenya were brutally attacked and severly wound- Categories include arrangements, art, houseplants, patio plants,

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May 20, 2010

Local Elk member recognized with Elk of the Year award

FORT ST. JOHN – Wayne Cheesman, a committed volunteer with the Fort St. John Elks Club since 1981 has been recognized for his efforts. Cheesman was awarded the Jim Rutherford Elk of the Year award on April 24 after going up against lodges in Districts 1 and 3 of the Alberta Elks Association. “It goes to a person that works hard on behalf of the lodge

and on behalf of Elkdom and promoting the spirit of what Elks are all about throughout the community and providing leadership where and when they can and, I guess in this case, they recognized it,” he said. Since joining the Elks, Cheesman has held every position within the lodge, including secretary/treasurer for approximately 10 years. He also served as District Deputy for District 1 for three years and, because of that experience, he was asked to train new District Deputies at the provincial level. Cheesman continues that responsibility and plans to continue working with the club in the future.


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He said his decision to do so is a simple one. “I always look at it this way, the community has been good to us and it’s a way to give something back to the community. I think most people should or want to do that kind of thing and the Elks are a pretty worthwhile organization and that’s where Melanie Robinson photo I’ve chosen to at Local Fort St. John Elk member least volunteer Wayne Cheesman was recognized some of my time.” with the Jim Rutherford Memorial Over the years, Elk of the Year Award on April 24. Cheesman has been a mainstay of the Elks in Fort St. John. Many times he has not only organized the agendas of the Lodge’s monthly meetings, but also then been the key person to follow up and ensure the business was addressed as efficiently as possible. As a consequence, when anyone in the Lodge needs something, they go to him. Cheesman believes in Elkdom and the positive impact the Elks have on the communities they serve. Whenever there is a fundraiser, he is there and works diligently to make sure that it is a success. Cheesman continues to serve his community in other ways, too. Following his retirement as Superintendent of Schools for School District 60, he co-ordinated one of the largest arts festivals in the community, served as secretary for a recent air show, chaired the transportation committee for the Northern BC Winter Games and shares his music hobby with individuals and groups throughout the community. Wayne is a proud Elk and a proud member of his community. The Fort St. John Elks were proud to nominate him for this award. - Contributed

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May 20, 2010

Fort St. John 100 years ago

Frank Beatton lived at the Hudson’s Bay Post on the north shore of the Peace River and kept entries of daily life in early Fort St. John. The recordings of this early Hudson’s Bay Company Factor have been digitized by The Cemetery Seekers and brought home to Fort St. John. This project was funded by the North Peace Savings and Credit Union. Over 4,000 images were photographed at the provincial archives in October 2008. Excerpts from May 1910 Monday May 16 Self and Edward put in the RC Mission potatoes. Fields still sick. Aulles and Chief’s two sons arrived from the north. A fine clear day. Tuesday May 17 Self putting in seeds. Edward after horses. Fields still on sick list. A strong north wind with a few showers. Wednesday May 18 Self putting in seeds in upper garden. Edward cutting wood. Fields as before. A few Indians arrived. Thursday May 19 Self marking goods. Fields as yesterday. Edward making surplices for fur press. Continues fine weather. River rising. Mr. Campbell arrived from the mountains. Friday May 20 Self at odd jobs. Fields as before. Edward fixing up the fur press. Reid, Revillion’s man, arrived on a raft from Hudson’s Hope this evening. A fine mild day. River still rising. Saturday May 21 The boat arrived from Hudson’s Hope this morning with Taylor and family, also the fur returns and three white men from the other side who are looking for stock country. Self working in store. Fields as yesterday. Edward at odd jobs. Continues fine weather. Knudson and his two partners arrived from R. Mountain

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Lake where they have been wintering. Sunday May 22 A fine clear day. River rising. Monday May 23 (Moon eclipse). Self busy counting Hudson’s Hope furs. Taylor helping. Fields at work in office. Edward after horses. Bought some furs from the white men. Very hot and dry. River rising. Appain and Adisles arrived. Also Atcha. Tuesday May 24 Self busy with Indians. Taylor helping Fields in office. Edward at odd jobs. Continues very hot weather. Wednesday May 25 Self busy with Indians. Taylor helping Mr. Fields in office. Edward after horses. A fine clear day. The river still rising. Thursday May 26 Self as yesterday. Mr. Fields on sick list. Taylor shifted down to the Mission house. Edward after horses. Rain all day. Friday May 27 Busy with Indians. Taylor helping Fields in office. A fine clear day. Appain and Adisles and a few others put in their furs. River still coming up. Saturday May 28 Self and Taylor and Edward started to pack furs. Fields in office. A few more Indians arrived. Also a few arrived on the other side. Monday May 30 Self busy in store. Taylor and Walker packing furs. Edward after horses. Fields in office. Sold a few horses to the Indians. Tuesday May 31 Busy packing furs. A number of Indians around. Sold six horses to Indians. Mr. Fields in office. Alanie Cardinal and Napoleon put in their furs. Cold and stormy. River falling. The Beatton Journals and other documents can be viewed digitally at the North Peace Museum. Inquiries: (250) 7870430.

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