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August 11, 2011 - Vol.8 - No.32

Zombies are coming


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Zombies will once again roam the streets of Fort St. John as participants try to raise food and money for the Salvation Army food bank.

Last summer saw a surprise invasion of zombies in Fort St. John. This year, there is some warning as the Northeast News has been tipped off that they will return on Saturday, August 13. Northeast News reporter Kyla Corpuz has gathered some tips on what you can do to fend off a zombie. She spent the past week speaking with some experts on zombies and studying documentaries on the subject like Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Army of Darkness and I Was a Teenage Zombie. TIPS ON HOW TO FEND OFF A ZOMBIE: (not to be taken literally or actually used during this weekend’s zombie walk, because as deceiving as they may look, they are still alive.) • As much as the video game Left 4 Dead perceives a frying pan to be a good weapon, it will not get you far, unless you have the swing of an NBL player. • Don’t try to hide from the zombies, run away. Hiding will leave you with no escape route, and they can smell human blood, so you’ll just attract them — and once they find you, that closet may end up being your coffin. • But if you must hide, the taller the hiding place the better, like roofs or cities or towns with high altitudes; it will keep you safe for the time being. • That zombie walks faster than you think, so never slow down. • But if you happen to be caught in a crowd of zombies, with no way out, just try to act like them. But once they smell you — you better run your heart out. • When you are running, try your very hardest not to trip. • Explosive devices come in handy as a distraction and it will maybe even knock a couple zombies off their feet, for good. • The head is the best target, and should probably be the only target. • If you can’t operate a plane, a boat is the next best thing, but Google-map what island you’re heading towards and then search that the population is at zero, because you definitely don’t want a repeat of Dawn of the Dead.

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FORT ST. JOHN - The “walking dead” will be taking over the streets of Fort St. John this Saturday. The North Peace Arena will be the meeting ground for the dressed up zombielike corpses for both the zombie walk and a zombie themed roller derby match. After the walk The Energetic City Roller Derby Association’s will have its first, official match against the Grand Prairie Kryp Keepers. Everyone is welcome to join in on the zombie walk that will take place downtown and at the mall, on one condition: a non-perishable food has to be donated to stock food at the local food bank. The zombie walk is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army food bank. Though the walk is to raise money for a good cause, it has also raised concerns. On a local news site, some readers did not find the fun in people dressing up like zombies in broad daylight. User, Mamaoffour said, “Must make a note to keep my very young children out of downtown on that day...I saw pictures of last year

and I don’t see any reason to scare them half to death this year. Too bad this has to be out in public like it is.” Zombie walks have been made popular around North America. In the Lower Mainland, Vancouver started hosting zombie walks in 2005, during the afternoon. Kim Large, coordinator of the event, advises those who may not be interested in the event to stay clear of the downtown area. The walk will go from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. It will start at the North Peace Arena, head over to 100 Street, south on 92 Avenue, east on 96 Avenue, through the mall and back up to 96 Avenue to the arena. She said last year’s zombie walk had 100 participants and raised 365 pounds of food. She is hoping they will be able to exceed that amount of food this year. The roller derby match is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 if you participate in the walk and $7 for spectators.

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BC long weekend leaves windows broken and boarded up

By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – The recent string of attacks on business windows being smashed in by rocks along 86 Street to 98 Street between 99 Avenue to 96 Avenue, is just another indicator that vandalism is a major offence in Fort St. John. Several businesses were the victims of shattered windows, reported to have happened early

morning on Jul. 31. At this time the RCMP said they do not have suspects on who caused the damage, but received tips that five to seven teenagers were spotted in the “immediate area” during the occurrences according to a press release. Wallnutz on 98 Avenue had over ten windows broken and Dark Flavour was left to board up. It wasn’t the first time that Luke Rechsteiner, manager at the skate shop Dark Flavour, has dealt with young hooligans. The previous store he owned was targeted multiple times, so he permanently put three-quarter inch boards instead of windows. When he moved to the shop he currently owns on 99 Avenue, the building owners wouldn’t allow him to put up plywood, so they installed metal bars behind the glass — but not even that stopped the window-breaking. He estimates the total damage of product and windows would cost $3,000. Rechsteiner suspects the teenagers used the decorative rocks that line the parking lot of the co-op mall to break the windows. “It would be a smart idea to get rid of [the rocks], or cement it,” said Rechsteiner. The RCMP sent out a release the following week that said stop signs and construction signs were also removed. A $2,000 reward will be given for information leading to an arrest or charge said the release.

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Driver House, an affordable Aboriginal housing building celebrates one year By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK – It was an emotional day for Doris Barabas, returning to her childhood property now home to approximately 56 people living in Driver House, an affordable Aboriginal housing building and brainchild of the Dawson Creek Native Housing Society. Doris (Driver) Barabas and sister Lola Wall, who died June 21st, 2010, donated the land, valued at $130,000, to the society that Wall had sat on the board of directors for 12 years. “What can one say, when they come back to this? Thank you for coming and sharing with us…I’m grateful that people have a home now, thank you, mom and daddy would be pleased too, thank you,” Barabas said. The Native Housing Society was able to secure a grant

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from the province of $10.4 million, completed its project and celebrated its one year anniversary l a s t Wednesday, Aug. 3. “I was able to be at the very first meeting talking about the desire D a w s o n Creek had to create such a great place. And here it Jill Earl photo is, the dream Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier speaks to the crowd at the Driver House for their one year anniversary. The has come into Driver House has 25 units made up of one, two and three bedroom apartments. fruition, so congratulations to Native Housing,” said Judith Desjarlais, Lekstrom thanked the partnership between the Government and the community organization that had the drive to make this President of the Dawson Creek Native Housing Society. The building boasts 25 units made up of one, two, and three project really happen. “This is about a partnership, this is about the Native Housing bedroom apartments, 18 units for elders and seven units for Society really having a dream and a vision approaching the families. The building is running without subsidy and is also government and the local government as well. And saying, energy efficient, meeting LEED Gold standards. look we have this, we would like to do it. We aren’t asking for “This is really an impressive facility to have for our elders a whole lot, we have a vision, we know what we want, we want in the community and families to have a place to call home, to be able to have a place to remain here in Dawson Creek something with character, we want something that reflects our with family and to us that’s very important,” said Mayor Mike culture,” Lekstrom said. Driver House, one of 53 affordable Aboriginal housing Bernier. units in the Dawson Creek area, will provide security to the In addition to the $10.4 million given by the province, the individuals residing there, ultimately benefiting the entire City of Dawson Creek also provided some additional land to community. the project estimated at $25,200. “Such a beautiful place and having safe secure homes will “But a project like this is about more then the dollars help create and strengthen strong Aboriginal families that are and cents,” said Minister resilient to the changes that are happening and to some of the of Transportation and challenges they face,” Desjarlais said. Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom. Resident Alice Dafoe is still grateful for her new living “It’s more than just the building itself, as beautiful space, after moving in almost a year ago. “I really like it here. It’s brand new, warm in the winter, and as this building is and the laundry is free,” Dafoe says. character it has and the land Dafoe, an elder, describes how she used to wash her clothes it sits on. It’s about the people by hand and how her health declined while living at her last that inhabit it, and the families home because of the cold temperatures. that are here,” Lekstrom “This is a mansion to me,” she said. continued. Along with many others,

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A miracle baby who beat the odds is called a “rising star”

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Jess and Jeremy with Seth before surgery.

Vancouver. He was intubated one minute after he was born and it wasn’t until eight hours later that Jess and her husband Jeremy were able to see their son. Seth underwent surgery just nine days after he was born. Before that he was struggling with pulmonary hypertension, which means there was too much pressure on the right side of his heart. This tension would have been fatal if it wasn’t decreased before surgery, so he was put under two medications that stabilized him. Jess described the surgery as a turning point for Seth, and his road to recovery surpassed all expectations. “When he came back from surgery, it was a different child that came back,” said Jess as she pulled Seth close to her. He started to eat without any reflux, which is rare for babies with CDH, then his I.V.’s were removed and soon he was breathing on his own. It was a little over a month that Seth was able to go home. “They called him a rising star in the NICU, because once he started he didn’t stop.”

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FORT ST. JOHN - There is never a perfect time to hear your unborn child has a condition that affects one in 2,000 to 3,000 births, where chances of survival are so slim, sometimes there isn’t even one. Jess Cotton had just finished an ultrasound 25 weeks into her pregnancy when the news was broken to her: her son’s heart was developing on the right side of his body. Shortly after, her baby was prenatally diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). As soon as those string of words emptied out of the doctor’s mouth her family’s lives were instantly changed. It was as if she went numb, like a waterfall was drowning out the voices, unable to process exactly what she was being told. CDH is a condition that means the diaphragm doesn’t fully form — leaving a hole for abdominal organs to form in the chest cavity. Since there isn’t room for organs to grow in the chest cavity it results in underdeveloped lungs. There are varying degrees of CDH, left sided and right sided. Seth was diagnosed with left sided CDH, which is more common and easier to treat of the two. Oct. 7, 2010, exactly three weeks before his scheduled C-section Seth was delivered at the B.C. Children’s Hospital in

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The theatre season is upon us Words of Opinion by Brent Hodson

Most people are still on vacation in August but not the theatre crowd in Fort St. John. It is shaping up to be a busy one and it all starts this month. This weekend, Floater Studios, Stage North Theatre Society, Spontaneous Combustion and On The Rocks Pub & Nightclub are working together to bring you Falling Down the Well Perverted Nursery Rhymes for Perverts. This production is written and directed by Steven Andrews and stars Steven, Zac Scott and Dallas Ashdown. This play is an opportunity to experience the classic nursery rhymes retold in a way you will not forget. This high energy show promises to be full of love, tears, death, laughter, a spider, imaginary nudity, and of course 80s music. You can catch this show playing on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 at On The Rocks. Stage North has recently announced their lineup for the 2011/2012 season and it starts with Cabaret in October. This show will set you back to the 1930s where you will get to experience the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin. Next will be You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown that will play after Christmas including a special New Year’s Eve showing. In the new year, the society will bring The Good Game to the stage in February, Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad will be the play in April and then Death and the Maiden will wrap up the season in May. Among the shows, there are a few fundraising events as well to watch for including Oscar Night on the Big Screen and Dinner Palooza with Spontaneous Combustion. Pull out your calendar and mark they shows as things to see and do here in Fort St. John.

It’s rodeo or bust for Clayton Moore, a Pouce Coupe resident By Jill Earl POUCE COUPE – To him, there was no option. Rodeo was his future. Rodeo professional, Clayton Moore grew up in a life style only befitting of a true Cowboy. Born in Denton, Texas into a rodeo family. At a young age his mother, a barrel racer, remarried and they both moved to Pouce Coupe with his stepfather. “I grew up in a rodeo family. My mom and dad both rodeod, so it was natural for me to get into it. I grew on a ranch too so, the two kinda play hand in hand,” Moore said. At 30 years old, Moore’s career highlights include attending the Calgary Stampede three times and winning the 2010 Kananaskis Indoor Pro Rodeo. Moore also currently holds sixth place in the high point standings in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. His events are tie down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping. His relationship with riding, horses, and the rodeo date back so far that he can hardly remember when it all began. “I probably was riding horses before I could walk, I don’t remember that. I was a baby when I first started. I don’t remember learning how to ride at all.” Moore also only vaguely remembers his first steer riding experience, in a time before helmets and flat vests were obvious safety gear. “I think I was five when I got on my first steer. Then I didn’t get on another one until I was seven, then I started riding a bunch. I don’t really remember that experience either. But it wasn’t ever something my parents forced on me, they never said ‘you’re going to learn to ride a steer today’, it was something that I wanted to do, I’d seen the older kids doing it and I just went from there. I guess I thought I was big enough to handle it.” Continuing to rodeo into his teens and being quite successful at it, Moore competed in his first Calgary Stampede in 1995 at 13 years old. “I was 13, so it was hard to remember. It was pretty neat; I’d never been to anything that big before. Being there as a steer rider, I looked up to all the bull riders that were there that I’d never seen before and it was a big deal for me to go and ask those guys to help me on. These are all

guys that I grew up watching and looked up to,” he said. From riding bulls and roping calfs in High school, to attending rodeo school at Panhandle State University in Goodwell Oklahoma, going professional was just the next step. After competing as an amateur for a year he had his rookie year in 2001 and has been riding as a professional ever since. Though the rodeo is an intensely physical sport, it’s always been just as a strong mental game for Moore. Being in the rodeo and traveling is expensive and exhausting and when luck isn’t on your side it can take a toll on the rider. “The miles get tiring. If a guy’s rolling and winning it’s not as bad. When you’re not winning for three to four weeks it get’s hard to stay focused and positive. It’s really expensive, you can burn up $10,000 pretty quick- especially if your not winning.” “Lots of guys just give up,” says Moore’s friend Mark Nugent, a tie down roping director. Moore admits that he’s been broke on more then a few occasions, but surrounds himself with positive people, focuses on good things and tries to think of Calgary to get him by. While on the road he tries to block out tiredness and just tries to stay on top of things like his horses and equipment. He tries to do his homework in case luck does comes his way he can be ready for it. Although not superstitious, he does try to stick to routines that have helped him in the past. For instance, the first year he made finals he wore the same blue jeans and plaid long sleeve shirt to all the rounds he placed in or won. He estimates winnings of around $30,000 in that outfit before his luck went cold and he threw it away. “Whatever is working, I try to stick to it,” he said. No matter if luck is with him or not, when it’s competition time Moore keeps focus. “I try to just focus on the start and let the rest take care of itself. Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control,” he says. The risk of injury is high for these athletes so Moore doesn’t find himself practicing as often as he did when he was younger, when he thought his body was ‘bullet-proof.” In the last three years Moore has

had two major injuries, tearing his ACL and MCL in 2009 leaving him out of competition for eight months and in 2010 during the Canadian finals tore his pectoral muscle, which took him six months to recover from. Despite these setbacks, there’s no way he would consider a different career. “As long as I stay healthy I’m going to keep going until I accomplish everything that I want. There’s still lots to be done.” Moore refers to the Canadian World Championship and Nationals hosted in Las Vegas. In the slower season of the new year when rodeos aren’t as plentiful Moore buys feeder cattle and also trains and sells horses to make a little extra money. He benefits from being a good horseman during the rodeo season in times when he can’t bring his own horses Pistol and Tiger into competition, and instead has to borrow someone else’s (mounting out). “I’ve had luck getting on other people’s horses that I didn’t really know,” he said. “That’s the bonus of him being a good horseman, being able to train your own, most guys can’t even train,” says Nugent. In his spare time, which is rare with entering in approximately 50 rodeos a year, Moore enjoys hunting, fishing, drawing, and painting. Moore is also quick to help the next generation of rodeo-ers to keep the sport alive. “I help a lot of kids. They’ll stay at my house and I’ll put them to work, and help them with whatever they need help with” Though his relationship with the rodeo has practically been life-long, he can’t really sum it up. “I don’t really know,” he said, and smiled. “There are a lot of great things about it that have nothing to do with rodeo.” Moore lists having friends in just about every town, the camaraderie, and the freedom, as some of those great things. “You get to see the country from the front seat of your pickup,” he adds. In good and bad times, for Moore rodeo is his life. “There was no second thought about doing anything else. I don’t remember there ever being an option.” • 9909-100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 1Y4 • Phone toll free 1-877-787-7030 • Phone: 250-787-7030 • Fax: 250-787-7090 Email: • • • • 1220B 103 Avenue, Dawson Creek, V1G 2G9 • Phone: 250-782-7060 • Fax: 250-782-7066 •

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Girls gear up for go-karts By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK – After nine days of building, learning, and driving, girls in the Rising Spirit Aboriginal Youth Centre’s program Go Kart for Girls finally had a chance to race in the program’s sixth annual event last Saturday. Rising Spirit, owned and operated by the North East Native Advancing Society, opened the program to 11 to 15-year old girls exposing them to mechanics for most participants, for the very first time. “It’s meant to expose them to trades in a non threatening environment. Girls never have the opportunity to shine with a lot of apprentice and trade work,” says Audrey Sam, Executive Director of NENAS. With the help of trained professionals in four different towns

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Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson, this year’s program introduced 14 girls to the ins and outs of building a go-kart. In eight days, each team takes apart and reconstructs the engine, learns about different tools, welding, and steering principles. A few years ago, Stacy Smith, Go Kart for Girls instructor and Trades program Chair at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John put together a curriculum for the program so that the participants could have a package to look through. The package provides diagrams, covers safety and the theory of how an engine works- explaining everything in simple terms so that everyone can understand. “When you see it click in their head, that’s the best part about teaching. And of course when they get to drive their masterpieces,” says Smith, who has been with the program since it started. On the ninth day, participants met at the Jill Earl photos racetrack, this year the The Dawson Creek team pose with their tropies as they took home second place in the competition.

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parking lot of the EnCana Events Centre, to learn how to drive the karts. Sydney Stoneman, and her father, make the five-hour trip from Quesnel each year to conduct the driving school. They teach the students how to operate the karts, as well as safety tips and procedures on the track. “It’s always surprising how much they learn, it’s inspirational and motivational how much they learn in a few short days,” says Sydney, who used to race go-karts professionally. Before race day, all the girls join in on a slumber party with snacks, movies, and games. Race day brings out family and friends to cheer on the teams, as well as the events’ sponsors, and of coarse the instructors who are there to help fix any wear and tear on the karts and problems on the track. Besides mechanics, the girls are learning discipline, respect, and teamwork, as well as getting a taste of friendly competition. “It encourages them to be OK with breaking into a traditionally male field- mechanics...They build their own go-karts, learn how to weld, how to paint, and most of all team spirit. A team doesn’t work without working together,” says Amiee Chalifoux, Program Coordinator of Rising Spirit. Kadralynn Arneson, 12, describes the program as the best 10 days of her life. “ I did a lot better then I thought I would. I’ve already recommended it to a friend,” says Arneson, who was inspired by her instructor Crystal Campen. “Our instructor was a girl mechanic, now I want to take it (mechanics) in high school, instead of home economics,” Arneson says.

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active, our minds stay healthy and active too. So experiment with seasonal produce, and make a commitment to incorporate physical activity into your daily life; your body…and your mind will thank you! Michele Mobley is a Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Dawson Creek. She can be reached at or join their Facebook group “Dawson Creek Literacy Now”.

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Submitted by North Peace SPCA This month we would like to highlight some happy endings for alumni SPCA adoptees; MARIA

Meet Maria…and her new “mom” Marion. After reading an SPCA article and seeing a photo of Maria, Marion knew without a doubt that she was about to welcome a new friend to her home. In Marion’s words, “Maria is an attractive, older dog who was in need of a loving home”. When she saw Maria at the North Peace shelter, there was an instant bond. Marion shook Maria’s paw and told her she was going home. Since that day, Maria has become a companion and best friend to Marion. “If you could only see how much this loving older dog has to offer…” We all know the saying that like fine wine - it gets better with age? Such is the case with Maria.

A warm bed at night, a fenced yard to play in and a best friend for life; what more could you ask for! Congratulations Marion and Maria.

HORTON & THORTON Horton and Thorton are two dogs that were in a very bad situation. Their owner was going to put them down but was encouraged to bring them to the SPCA instead. They were brought to our adoption centre for surrender. They were both males just over 4 months old and were Airedale/ Husky cross dogs which means they will grow to be very large dogs. Both were very outgoing and although had been around children needed more socialization. Having been inseparable for most of their lives, Horton and Thorton wanted to be near each other and were very unhappy when separated. It is usually tough enough to adopt one dog to a family let alone two but the Clarke family of Pink Mountain welcomed the two friend to their home. Another Happy Ending...or as in this case, another Happy Beginning for these two friends. If you are looking to adopt a pet, please contact your local SPCA shelter. Fort St John and area - visit the shelter at 9311 81 Ave or call (250) 785-7722.




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The start of the harvest season was celebrated at the Fort St. John Farmer’s Market as they hosted a Harvest Festival. The day started with a pancake breakfast filled with Saskatoon berries and local farmers and vendors sold their local produce, baked goods and more.

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The Kiskatinaw Fall Fair attracted all types on the weekend. From face painting to animal judging happened at this annual fair. Kaitlynn Fotos, 13, shows off her noisy goose she entered. The Dawson Creek Exhibition is this week where there will be even more entries.

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How it started for singer and songwriter Kristy Howes By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK – Kristy Howes had been preparing all her life for the right opportunity, and when luck finally stepped in, she was ready. Howes, a singer/songwriter from Fort St. John picked up her skills naturally as a child and practiced them all throughout high school. “I always sang, and then I started taking lessons,” Howes said. She even attended Berkley College in Boston Massachusetts, a prestigious music school whose alumni include, Rivers Cuomo, Diana Krall, and Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks. Howes also went to school for social work just incase a music career didn’t work out for her. After working as a social worker for a year she met with an LA publishing company in Vancouver interested in having her write songs for them. After only one meeting, Howes signed a contract with the company in August 2009, an experience she still can’t believe. “It just doesn’t really happen for a little small town Canadian girl to get signed for a publishing deal out of LA,” she said. In October 2009, Howes was in Prince George shooting independent music videos for a few of her songs, the country duo Brooks & Dunn were also in Prince George doing a performance. It was by sheer coincidence that Kristy was staying at the same hotel as the duo, and that Cal, a bus driver for Brooks & Dunn, would see her with guitar in hand and invite her out along with the rest of the group later that night. Kristy came prepared to the bar, not sure of who would be there, she carried a small boom box under her coat, armed with her

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songs and ready to play for anyone that would listen. “I took it in there not knowing, am I going to see Brooks & Dunn or am I not going to see Brooks & Dunn? I had no idea. I felt so ridiculous at the time, but I totally don’t regret it now,” she said. Cal, who Kristy says she’ll never forget as long as she lives, introduced her to Trey Gray, her future producer. Trey, then drummer for Brooks & Dunn and now a drummer for Ronnie Dunn, greeted her with a hug and the two talked at length, until about 1am. After hearing 30 seconds of one of her songs Trey offered Kristy the opportunity she had waited her whole life for. “I played him 30 seconds of my song, there was an agreement right there I that I would do a production deal with him,” she said. “I phoned that night and actually quit my job over voicemail, saying ‘I’ll be late tomorrow and this is my two weeks notice.” The pair met the following Tuesday to discuss her album, and Kristy was in the recording studio by January. “We had a general idea of what we wanted to do. We have a really good working relationship. We click on a music level, and he’s one of my best friends. We have the same values in music...we both had the same goals and vision for me. I’m so lucky to have him.” Howes said. Besides singing, Howes also wrote all 10 songs on her debut album, December Sessions, which came out in August 2010. She draws inspiration for songs from experiences her friends have gone through and also gets ideas from fictional characters on T.V, but most of her songs are about her own life. “The majority of my songs are definitely personal experiences, there close,” she says. Her difficult family situation growing up and rocky relationship with her parents also are sources of inspiration, she’s not afraid to share her past with audiences and fellow

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songwriters. “A lot of us are damaged people,” Kristy laughs, “you’re music has to come from somewhere.” Her home situation may have not been ideal as a child, but Kristy is extremely grateful for the support given by her grandparents. “My grandma’s been phenomenal though, my grandparents have been front and centre for absolutely every performance pretty much that I’ve ever done my entire life” Splitting her time between Fort St. John, Vancouver, and Nashville, Howes is working on her second album (which is due out before Christmas), touring, and when she’s not taking in much needed down time is volunteering for the Huntington’s Society of Canada. Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that effects muscle coordination, and it’s a cause that hits particularly close to home for her. Her producer Trey was diagnosed with Huntington’s in 2005, Kristy says he is expected to die within the next three years. She says he only started producing because he knew that with the progression of his disease his body would no longer be able to keep up with the physically demanding job of drumming. Kristy’s debut album was the first full-length record Trey produced. Kristy has a 10-album production deal with Trey, which she can renew at anytime. When he passes Trey’s close friends, Mike and Neil have agreed to produce her. “I hate that I can’t change his fate. He’s given me so much, so I try to give back as much as I can,” Kristy says. Despite her producer’s condition, Kristy always the optimist tries to think positively. “We try to focus on the music, we have so much fun when we’re making it. And he’s doing what he loves,” she says “I’m very very lucky...and really fortunate to have the contacts and connections I do. I love what I do. A lot of people don’t actually get to do this for a living, so I’m very fortunate that I can for the moment. I’m definitely trying not to take it for granted and I’m loving every minute of it...When it comes to my music I have a really really excellent group of people around me and I really couldn’t ask for anything better.” See Kristy perform live at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery Friday August 12. Go to to learn more about Huntington’s disease.

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Fraud on the rise, how to keep your bank account safe The RCMP is warning the public to be wary of emails that look like this (shown on the left): headlines that read “I need your assistance urgently,” and steps on how to make a money transfer. This email on the left is from a lady in Greece looking for monetary aid.

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FORT ST. JOHN - FORT ST. JOHN – After a number of telephone scams were reported to the RCMP last month, Sgt. Steve Perret is urging residents to be very weary of any phone calls “too good to be true.” The most recent occurrence came from an outpouring of emails from the United Kingdom claiming to give inheritance money. “When you’re solicited and you’re asked to send money up front, some warning bells should be going off in your head that it’s probably a scam,” said Perret. It starts with the bait: phone calls from relatives in jail seeking bail money, a prize that can only be attainable after sending a processing fee or a massive amount of inheritance waiting to be received. The types of fraud vary, but the RCMP has noticed a trend of how the imposters are reeling in the money. According to a news release by the RCMP, frauds use financial institutions like Western Union or PayPal. “If you throw enough fish hooks into the water, you’re eventually going to catch a fish. They throw these things mass and the odd time somebody bites and sends them money and that’s how they operate.” Perret said that the culprits don’t just target one demographic; a single email address can be solicited to many sources therefore people from all walks of life and age groups can fall victim to it.

The cunningness of the individuals or groups who organize these scams usually hide behind fake company names and operate in foreign countries making it difficult for police to investigate and almost impossible to retrieve lost funds. A common scam that targets the elderly people are phone calls from a “distant relative,” looking for money. “There are legitimate cases, but the vast majority of the time it is a scam.” Perret advises people to do their research. If they’re uncertain about a company, Google is a helpful tool to narrow down if the company is real or fake. “You need to be aware of what the common scams are and take steps to safe guard your personal information,” he said. Most scams go unreported. It seems to only be those who lose money that report it. Because of the volume of this type of crime, it’s extremely difficult for the RCMP to undergo investigations for each. “We can’t investigate every single fraud that’s reported to us, because there’s literally hundreds and thousands of these going on in a year. When someone loses money we do investigate it,” said Perret. The Fort St. John RCMP is working closely with the Commercial Crime Unit out of Surrey, regarding the most recent fraud occurrences.

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“ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW, NO 801, 2011” PROPOSED REZONING FROM LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL: The intent of this proposed bylaw is to rezone the following lands:

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S HOPE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 9904 Dudley Drive, on MONDAY, August 22, 2011, at 7:00 pm, to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to Council with respect to the following proposed bylaw. A)

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S HOPE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 9904 Dudley Drive, on MONDAY, August 22, 2011, at 7:00 pm, to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to Council with respect to the following proposed bylaw. A)


“OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT BYLAW, NO 798, 2011” PROPOSED DESIGNATION OF PROPERTY ON CANYON DRIVE FOR PARKS, RECREATION, OPEN SPACE, GREENBELT AND TRAILS USE: The intent of this proposed bylaw is to amend Schedule “B” of Bylaw No. 680 by changing the land use designation of Lot 1, Block 1, Section 13, Township 81, Range 26, West of the 6th Meridian, Peace River District, Plan 12086 from Residential to Parks, Recreation, Open Space, Greenbelt and Trails shown in black on the map below.

Lot 1, 2, 3,and 4; Plan BCP36652, Section 13, Township 81, Range 26, West of the 6th Meridian

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Lot 1, Block 1, Section 13, Township 81, Range 26, West of the 6 th Meridian, Peace River District, Plan 12086

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A copy of the proposed bylaws and relevant documents may be inspected or obtained from the District of Hudson’s Hope Municipal Office, located at 9904 Dudley Drive, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, July 26th to August 22nd, 2011.

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CLASSIFIEDS UPCOMING Dawson Creek • The Dawson Creek Community Gardens Society still has a few plots available for the upcoming garden season but they’re going fast! We have 20x30 plots or 4x12 raised beds at Northern Lights College or 4x8 and 4x12 raised beds at Trail Side Gardens. Cost per plot $20. For more info visit or contact Doris Brocke (250) 782-2269. • Time to dust off those boots and get out your cowboy hats out cause you’re in for a stomping good time. Come celebrate what fall fair is all out as BC’s own country musicain Kristy Howes takes over the Dawson Creek Art Gallery on Friday, August 12 at 8 pm. Kristy is making a special stop in Dawson Creek as part of her 2011 “It’s Happenin’” North American Tour. This is a special “Concert in the Gallery” presentation brought to you by the South Peace Community Arts Council. Admission is $20 at the door. ONGOING Fort St. John • The Fort St. John Literacy Society offers free one-to-one tutoring for people who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills. We also offer free English as a Second Language classes and one-to-tutoring for people learning English. Contact 250-785-2110 or for more information. • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service Centre is a non-profit

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8:45 – 9:45.Robert Ogilvie StrongStart 9907 86 Street (250) 785-3704. Monday 12:30 – 3:00, library time, Tuesday 8:30 – 11:30, Wednesday 8:30 – 11:30, Thursday 12:30 – 3:00, gym time, Friday 8:30 – 11:30, (alternating Fridays 12:30 – 3:00). Hudson’s Hope StrongStart 10441 Holland Street (250) 783-9994. Mon/Wed/Friday 9:00 – 12:00, Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 – 4:30, gym time. StrongStart Outreach, Charlie Lake Elementary, Mondays 9:00 – 11:30 Mile 52 Alaska Hwy (250) 785-2025. Taylor Elementary, Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 9808 Birch Avenue E (250) 7893323. Prespatou Elementary, Tuesdays 9:30 – 12:30 22113 Triad Rd (250) 785-2025. Clearview Elementary, Thursdays 9:00 – 12:00 223 Rd (250) 781-3333. • Words on Wheels Bus - Traveling lending library and on-board stories, songs and interactive play. Parent resources available. Wednesdays and Fridays, September – June. See web-site for current stops. • Toastmasters International Club of Fort St. John meets from 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at Northern Lights College, Room 105. Learn valuable communication & leadership skills.  Contact Claire Seidler at 250-787-9697 or Gayle Wagner at 250-785-3991 for more information. • Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets meet at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion on 102nd and 105 Ave. If you are between 12 and 18 years old please drop in or call us at 250-787-5323.

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Learning with rhythm, music and dance for preschoolers By Kyla Corpuz

FORT ST. JOHN - The Cultural Centre is taking on a new learning approach for preschoolers: one that is proven to enhance children’s learning ability. Play Arts Preschool is the first of it’s kind in the North Peace region said Susan McGarvey, Arts Space and Play Arts Preschool coordinator at the Cultural Centre. Play Arts intertwines basic learning with music, dance and theatre. Through McGarvey’s research she found many children were missing out on the opportunity to participate in the arts in Fort St. John. What sets this preschool apart from others is its objective is to engage children in a learning initiative that is focused on the arts. “There is a bowl of amazing talent to take from in FSJ, but kids are missing out on the very basic level, which is where they need to get it the most. They’re going to develop that love of art from the beginning at a young age,” said McGarvey. Multiple studies show that possessing musical abilities strengthens a child’s learning aptitude and puts them on a path to success in high school and post secondary. “A 10-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background,” according to a doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Though it may be the first arts-based preschool in northern B.C., it’s a popular concept nationally and internationally. “There are fine arts preschools throughout the country that are very successful by immersing those little brains into this creative way of solving problems, expressing themselves and getting more self confidence,” said McGarvey. In a 2010 report compiled by Hills Strategies Research called Music Education in Canadian Schools, 83 per cent of B.C. schools ranked building students’ self-esteem and confidence as the number one benefit of music education. Bettyanne Hampton, executive director at the North Peace Cultural Centre, and McGarvey presented the Play Arts Preschool on Canada Day, and according to them the response

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