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Valemount Elementary students Lehna Cuddeback, Latisha Marsden, Danielle Knelsen, Clayton Burstrom, Makayla Meek, Leah Zellinger, Miah Fraser and Lexy Dyck take part in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, raising $4,747.95 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Cow killer loose in Dunster; farmers concerned Local: Something is killing cows in Dun- airway on both nostrils. days but she didn’t cows will pounce on tin’s bull got tackled but One of them has since make it.” him right away. It’s hard it was still alive. I conster. Grizzly bear suspected. Joshua Estabrooks EDITOR@THEVALLEYSENTINEL.COM


omething is killing cows in Dunster, and local farmers are on high alert. On April 26, Fred Wall awoke to his herd in a panic, and quickly discovered two large cows that had been torn up by what he believes is a Grizzly bear. “This happened right below the house. My cows are right up close to the buildings because we’re calving right now. When I got up they were all bellowing and they

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had torn the fence down to get out of the field, and then we found the cows.” Wall said that both cows were between 1,100 and 1,200 pounds, so whatever took them on must have been quite large as well. The one cow lived for three days, but eventually died of its wounds, while the other cow is still on the mend. “She’s going to be okay. She had three or four wounds on her back that are healing up and she was either bit or clawed on her nose. She had a hole right into the

closed up and I think she’ll be fine.” The other cow had a large wound on her shoulder, he

The only way Wall can explain the attack is that the bear must have approached the herd

“I will be packing my rifle around until we find this bear.” ~ Fred Wall

said. “You could see the shoulder blade working when she moved and she had several other deep gouges on her. We treated her for three

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with the new calves as its target. “You’re kind of guessing as to what happened. He might have tried to grab a calf and they bawl and the

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to tell.” What makes the story even stranger though, is a number of other cows have been attacked by what seems to be the same animal. Wall said his neighbour, Isaac Martin, recently lost a bull, and he has heard of another local farmer losing a yearling. “I have been talking to anyone I know because whatever did this is still on the loose. It didn’t try to eat anything either. Both the cows were alive when we found them, and even Mar-

tacted the Conservation Officers, but I will be packing my rifle around until we find this bear.” Wall said he has been running cows up Horsey Creek for over 40 years, and has never had a problem with bears up the creek or on his farm. “We have never had a problem with them until now. This is the first time we have ever had trouble with bears. We have had trouble with wolves before and a cougar but the bears have never bothered anything really.”




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Locals team up with VARDA on sled assisted ski hill idea Joshua Estabrooks


group of local volunteers are one step closer to realizing their dream of a sled assisted ski area near Valemount. General Manager of The Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA), Curtis Pawliuk, said that the idea has been around since the Sustainable Resource Management Plan was first established in 2004, and the proposed area has already been set aside. “A bunch of locals had this idea and put in all the hours and did all the work to get these areas set aside. They did a lot of work and sat at a lot of meetings. There are potentially other areas, but this one is the most feasible with the best access and it will provide the best product in the long run with zero conflict.” The area in question is known locally as Crystal Ridge, right next to Mount Diefenbaker, said Pawliuk. The idea had been on hold due to the

volunteers’ busy schedules, which is why VARDA has picked up the ball and has made the preliminary applications to the province. “VARDA saw an opportunity to pick the project back up and work with them, so

trend lately, where snowmobilers are bringing skis and snowboards with them into the backcountry, so the potential clientele for such an area is already growing. “I would say 25-30% of them take other equipment along

“Our vision, if it works, will be to develop a really neat little hill. The snow stays there for a long period of time.” ~ Curtis Pawliuk

we’re now working with the original volunteers who have formed a subcommittee of VARDA and they are still spearheading the project.” He said that both Trevor and Sean Pelletier deserve a lot of credit for this idea, as they were instrumental in getting the area set aside in the first place. Pawliuk said that he has noticed a

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with their sled. We are noticing this at our trailheads and sled assisted skiing and boarding is becoming a big big thing.” Pawliuk added that it has the potential of drawing more families into the area, as it is an activity everyone can take part in. The preliminary plan is to have one access trail to the top of the mountain, which could accommo-

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date a sled going up and one coming down. “There would be a drop off point at the top to access a number of runs.” The runs would be gladed but not slashed like a big ski run, he said. “It would still be like you were skiing in the bush, somewhat, but all the deadfall and alder would be cleared away. There will be some easy runs for families and maybe a GT hill.” VARDA and the volunteers are trying to keep the costs down so they won’t have to charge a user fee initially for people to use the area. “If maintenance costs are high we might look at a membership type of system.” As far as Pawliuk knows, he said this would be the first area of its kind in the province, and would provide some excellent recreation opportunities for residents and visitors alike. “Our vision, if it works, will be to develop a really neat little hill. The snow stays there for a long period of time.”

without that knowledge of the Columbia Basin there is little chance to provides important habprotect critical habitat. itat for Vaux’s swifts as What is known is that many breed in the forbrick chimneys – resi- ests of the Interior Cedential and commercial dar Hemlock zone. More - are favoured resting than half of their global stops as the swifts re- breeding sites occur in fuel and head from the B.C. In addition to roostsouthern United States ing in larger chimneys, Vaux’s swifts also nest in and Mexico. “We have very few re- smaller chimneys from ports of chimneys being June to August. Very few used by Vaux’s swifts in nest sites have been docthe Basin even though umented for this species swifts are seen in this re- but they are likely to ocgion,” said FWCP senior cur in brick chimneys. wildlife biologist John Towns with older houses Krebs. “In fact we are and historic buildings aware of only two active are most likely to suproosting sites; at St Eu- port nesting birds. Historically the breedgene Mission near Cranbrook, and at Nelson’s ing and roosting sites Evangelical Covenant consisted of hollow trees Church. There must be often found in old growth other locations out there forests. With the creation and it is really important of regional reservoirs and changes in forestry that we find them.” The Vaux’s swift is practices, however, such North America’s small- habitat has become est swift and is relatively easy to identify. At dusk they gather in the darkening skies, wheeling around for 20 or 30 minutes before swooping dramatically into a brick chimney or hollow tree trunk. “They are quite a sight because communal roosting sites can accommodate from several tens of birds, to many thousands,” said FWCP public representative Gerry Thompson. In 2008 Thompson made nearly 30 massive Vaux’s swift nest boxes that have been distributed in various parts of the Basin. The southern portion Vaux’s swift

more limited. In fact most recorded breeding and roosting sites are now in man-made brick chimneys; as more brick chimneys are converted to steel or aluminum, even this manmade habitat is in decline. The FWCP, which works on behalf of its program partners BC Hydro, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by the construction of BC Hydro dams, is requesting reports of Vaux’s swift roosting and nesting sites. To report a roost site, or to learn more information about the FWCP Vaux’s Swift Watch Program, visit www.fwcp. ca, call (250) 352 6874 or email irene.manley@

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Dunster parents push to keep school open for 2010/11 Joshua Estabrooks



he community of Dunster will have some big decisions to make in the coming weeks. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is working to take over ownership of the recently closed Dunster Fine Arts Elementary School building, and will be coming out for a round of public meetings to discuss costs of maintaining the facility and how

much it will cost residents. Parent Advisory Council Chair Chris Taylor said that the priority for parents is to get the building out of the School District’s hands, as it cannot be used for any educational activities while it remains under their control. “It’s not something that’s just going to happen overnight, there are processes that have to be followed.” The disappointing news that a Wells mod-

el of school operation (where the Regional District maintains the building and the School District provides the curriculum) cannot be set up until the 2011/2012 school year was hard to swallow at first, said Taylor, but it hasn’t discouraged the community. “If the Regional District can have the title transferred before September we could look at either doing a homeschooling option or doing a distance education op-

tion.” To help with this, the PAC has been in contact with a representative for the Central Interior Distance Education School (CIDES). The representative will be coming out to meet with the PAC soon, said Taylor, and indicated that if there were enough students enrolled in the program there is a possibility of having a dedicated teacher for the program. This option also relies

Northern Health advises vigilance as measles cases are discovered in BC Joshua Estabrooks



orthern Health is asking health-care professionals and the public to be alert for potential cases of measles after a number of people in the province were recently diagnosed with the disease. There have been no cases of measles in northern BC in the last several years. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), in the past month 26 laboratory- confirmed cases of measles have been identified in B.C. Of those, 22 occurred in the Lower Mainland, including one case in an out-ofprovince visitor. Several cases were the result of the first B.C. cases spreading the infection to others. In the Interior, three cases of measles, including one in a resident returning from travel to India, have been confirmed in the same time period in communities around Vernon, Lillooet and Williams Lake. There has also been one additional case on Vancouver Island. Health care providers are reminded that measles is a report-

able condition, which requires immediate notification to public health. Physicians should be alert to measles if they see kids or adults with a rash, fever, cough and sore eyes. Children and adults who have had two doses of measles vaccine (MMR) are immune, as are those born before 1957 who very likely had childhood measles. Individuals without such protections should contact their doctor or nearest public health unit to arrange to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Measles is very contagious and can be a severe illness in those lacking previous exposure to the disease or without adequate immunizations. Among the most serious potential complications is brain inflammation (encephalitis), which occurs in approximately one in 1,000 cases. Other complications like pneumonia are common. Measles can cause brain damage, blindness, deafness and approximately one in 3,000 cases are fatal. Northern Health and the BCCDC recommend the following: • Kids or adults with fever, cough and red eyes should stay home

from school or work to reduce spread to others, whatever virus is causing their illness • Call your physician or care provider as soon as you develop a red blotchy rash that starts on head, neck and shoulders and then spreads to cover their entire body • Before going to a doctor’s office or walk-in clinic, it is advisable to call ahead to identify yourself as possibly having measles, so you may be put in an isolation room right away. This will avoid spreading the virus to others in the waiting room • If you need to go to a hospital or the ER, you will call ahead and self-identify upon arriving there so similar precautions can be taken • All suspect measles cases should be reported to Public Health immediately, usually by your attending physician. For more information on Measles, Call your Local Public Health office, your doctor or HealthLink BC at 811. You can also visit www. measles.htm, or view the BC HealthFile on Measles at

on the Regional District owning the building, said Taylor, which is the first priority in the fight to keep the school operating in some capacity. “We are trying to speed up the timelines because we want to maintain some form of continuity. Let’s face

it, if there is no Dunster next year and the kids go to their respective Valemount or McBride schools, you run the risk of not being able to bring them back the following year. We feel it is imperative that there is some sort of continuity.”

The Valemount RCMP are actively investigating the disappearance of Richard Olson. Richard was last seen in the Valemount area in October, 2007. The travel trailer Richard was living in was stolen shortly after Richard was reported missing. The travel trailer was located in the Kinbasket Lake area in July 2008. The Valemount RCMP are treating Richard’s disappearance as suspicious. Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Richard Olson or where Richard’s trailer was between October 2007 and July 2008, is asked to please contact the Valemount RCMP at 250-566-4466 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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he idea of having a correctional facility located in the Valemount area is an interesting one. There is no question that the economic benefits (jobs, healthcare, more permanent residents, etc.) could be massive. I agree wholeheartedly with the fact that a giant institution, of any kind, would be a boost for the area. But for some reason I am hesitant to say a jail is what Valemount needs. Of course we need something. The Mayor may not believe the town is in crisis yet, but I think we’re close. Closer than I have ever seen in my time here. You can feel it when you go into local stores and restaurants. Business owners are worried, and for good reason. Real estate is another indicator. There are a ton of houses for sale, but nothing is moving. It’s hard right now to even think about making major purchases, like a new home, as most people I know are just focused on maintaining what they have as they wait for the economy to rebound. So what do we do? What does anyone do in tbawlimes like these? We start to think of ideas to help “save” our way of life, and council has been offered two ideas recently that warrant further exploration. Blueberry cultivation is a great idea, and so is having a government facility located in the area. Both ideas need some study though, before we attach our hopes for the future to them. On the blueberry idea, we need to determine where our markets are, and how much these markets would buy at a sustainable rate. The possibilities of an idea like this are endless, but we have to do some groundwork before we can know if it would fly or fail. The jail needs a different kind of study altogether. We have land, and we have will, so I agree with the Mayor that a feasibility study would be as simple as asking the federal and provincial government is interested. The study an idea like this needs is more of a social one. Like the Casino idea, having a jail located near Valemount could have significant impacts on the social fabric of the community. The letter from Dan Kenkel illustrates some of these possible effects, but in order to know for sure, we have to find a few places that are similar enough to Valemount to get a good sense of the real, long-term impacts. The current survey of larger communities like Prince George and Mission does not convince me, as they had already established their identity, and had healthy population numbers long before they built their jails. The difference between there and here is simple. We are still building our identity, which means it is adaptable, but also vulnerable. I remember the former tourism coordinator for Valemount saying in a presentation that if we don’t make our identity ourselves, it will be done for us through various ways, including the media. So don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying no to a jail, or yes, at this point in time. What I am saying is we have some homework to do to determine if it would be a good fit for our community. What do you think? This is your community too, dear reader.



Let’s put community back into McBride “Community” Forest Dear Editor; s factions of the McBride Community Forest (MCFC) argue over how to divvy out the spoils of their logging activities, it’s hard to ignore the irony of the situation. While one would think a true community forest would in fact be within one’s community – McBride logs other communities’ forests. This wood is being taken from our very doorsteps, without any consultation with our communities or regard for our concerns. Our watersheds are being damaged, wildlife habitats are being destroyed, and visual quality objectives are being degraded. MCFC’s problems extend beyond the town of McBride. Crescent Spur and Loos, 60 km west, witness daily the destruction caused to the worldunique Cedar Rainforest ecosystem, home to some of earth’s richest biodiversity. The MCFC is in the process of liquidating this ecosystem with unsustainable logging, which will turn the Rainforest into a visual, economic, and ecological slum. Nowhere has an Ancient Cedar forest been logged and restored in BC. Crescent Spur–Loos are forest communities; we live within the forest and are in the process of diversifying our economy to focus on a sustainable ecotourism industry. Nature tourism is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry. A study from UNBC has determined that the Ancient


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Rainforest Trail near Dome Creek generates some $2 million/year of new money to local and Prince George economies. If this same area had been logged as planned, approximately $200,000 would have been returned to a select few and it would have left yet another wasteland for decades. Visitors from other countries are awestruck by the magnificence of this forest, and comment that if they had Robson Valley’s rare Ancient Rainforest in their country; it would be revered as a national treasure. The Rainforest makes Robson Valley surpassingly beautiful, abundant with life, and is globally unique. Why is the MCFC so focused on cutting it down for fence posts and ornamental garden mulch? Is cut-and-run the mandate of the MCFC? Or is their mandate to work with, not against, communities? The Crescent Spur-Loos Community Association supports the BC government’s Forest Practices Board’s (FPB) recommendation that there be a 10-year moratorium on the logging of all cedarhemlock in the upper Fraser River watershed of Robson Valley to allow time for improved planning. The FPB’s moratorium will safeguard our globally significant Rainforest, enabling communities to

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» MAILBAG determine what is best for them, while encouraging diversification and accommodation of sustainable economies throughout the Valley. We should all focus on the sustainable, long-term benefits to communities throughout the Valley that only thoughtful planning can maintain and generate. MCFC’s current behaviour does not represent us nor our interests. We have a different vision for our forests and our future, one that will be lasting and of value for generations. As you ponder your future, MCFC, you must think about others as well. You cannot destroy the forests of surrounding communities with impunity. Sincerely, Carol Fairhurst Charles Mamo Julie Zammuto Crescent Spur-Loos Community Association Directors

Deal with the Devil? Dear Editor;


understand the desire to bring economic stimulus to our community. We need people and money to keep our community viable. But there is a cost to being a corrections community. I know because I lived in three and have worked in the corrections system as a guard and later as an administrator. Prisons attract inmate families. Spouses and families of inmates will move here in significant numbers. Almost all of these families have a history of violence, dysfunction and low education/income. Children from these families require significant educational and psychological support. In a larger community like Mission BC, where I lived previously, the influence and impact of these children was lessened by numbers. But here in Valemount, they will have a much stronger presence. They will change the nature of our town. Vandalism, drugs, and crime rates will increase. These families also put roots down in the community while waiting for their spouse’s release date. On release, they stay. Halfway houses, recovery centres and violence services will be the secondary industry that sets up shop in Valemount. Working in corrections is an extremely difficult job. The negative energy in a prison is real, and affects the guards and employees in a powerful way. I know this first hand. The negativity from the job comes home. Guard families are often troubled ones because it is tough to turn off the job when you come home, and families suffer. Often a great deal. Support services in the community will have many clients from these families as well. Prisons typically reduce property values. Not only will the security lights wash out the stars, but the fear of escapees, and the changing demographic of the community tends to affect people’s sense of security for their possessions and family. The “feel” of the town shifts to a darker place. I know businesses, schools and families are suffering due to our current economy. What we need to realize, however, is that there is no external quick fix to Valemount’s economic woes, or at least ones that don’t come with a huge cost. Let’s not make a deal with the devil. If you agree with my views, let the chamber, council and RDFFG hear about it. As for me, mark me down as 410% opposed. PS- as a side note, if this does go through, consider putting the jail on my property, as it will be for sale. Dan Kenkel Citizen

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Where and when is the real meeting? Dear Editor;


hen our community forest licence was granted it was for an area, not a volume per year to cut, as is so with a private company. We had an estimated volume we could cut each year if proper logging and silviculture practices are followed and it was left to us to see that they were, if not the volume is going to decrease rapidly. This is half of what our board of directors is for; the other half is to make sure local manufactures have a good opportunity to get a stable wood supply. This is why we need people on the board who are knowledgeable about the forest industry. There are four basic things we need to do to ensure this: 1 We need well planned and laid out blocks [not willy nilly logging as it appears now] 2 Access and development done in a manor to least harm the area. 3 All of the merchantable timber to be taken from the blocks. 4 Replanting to be planned ahead and done as soon as possible after logging. On the board meeting on May 5th, the agenda had nothing on it. All we got was a mumbled report from the manager and operations manager and yet over the last three months of no meetings there has been money spent other than the running expenses. This makes me wonder where the real meeting was held. Thank you again

This I have written in friendship, I do care. Please don’t stay angry for long. John Christison McBride




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Why curse His name? Dear Editor:


am going to talk a lot about Jesus Christ: the One that is mentioned loosely and freely when men get mad, and not only men these days. If Jesus Christ does not exist, where did the name come from? Why do you use it that way? Just the way His name gets abused around the planet, screamed out loudly: there is more evidence that Jesus was a real individual that walked among us on earth, than there is evidence for the existence of Julius Caesar. Why don’t you use the name Nero when you’re mad? Who doesn’t know what terrible things he did? Jesus did nothing wrong. Not even to those who hung Him on the cross.

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Now I suppose I have just angered a lot of people! I know I have. I ask you to notice this: I have not cursed you out, nor will I. It is not my ears that get burnt when you curse. Remember I grew up in bunk houses from the age of 10. It is God you speak of that way and He has never done you harm. And if you think He has, you’ve got your information wrong. I hope I can do something to correct that. Just remember, that when you curse you are really saying, “yes God, I know you are real, but I don’t care.” And that is dangerous! I’ll bet you never thought about the fact that cursing is powerful evidence that the very One you say doesn’t exist, does! Every time you curse you are telling the world you do believe.

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• Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • ODDS & ENDS, MCBRIDEBeginning Computer Use 4-5pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM

MAY 28 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM MCBRIDE • BC Childrens Hospital BBQ Fundraise 11-2PM Scotiabank • Curling Club AGM @ Culring Lounge 7:30 PM

JUNE 4 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM MCBRIDE •

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MAY 27 McBride • 2- 4 PM OAPO Stitch & Knit • 3:30 - 5:30 Dome Ck Reading Rm • 6:30 PM Srs Bingo @BVL Lodge

MAY 20 McBride • 2- 4 PM OAPO Stitch & Knit • 3:30 - 5:30 Dome Ck Reading Rm • 6:30 PM Srs Bingo @BVL Lodge


MAY 18

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM



• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM MCBRIDE • TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit • 7-9 PM VFD mtbg @ Fire Hall

MAY 26

MAY 13 McBride • 2- 4 PM OAPO Stitch & Knit • 3:30 - 5:30 Dome Ck Reading Rm • 6:30 PM Srs Bingo @BVL Lodge

MAY 17

MAY 25

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM • Toastmasters 7:30-9:30pm Best Western

Coming Events • Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM MCBRIDE • TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit • 7-9 PM VFD mtbg @ Fire Hall •Village Council Meeting 7:30PM

MAY 12 • Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM • Toastmasters 7:30-9:30pm Best Western • Valemount Senior Citizen’s Housing Society Meeting 7 PM at The Golden Years Lodge

MAY 24


JUNE 2 • Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

MAY 31

• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM MCBRIDE • TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit • 7-9 PM VFD mtbg @ Fire Hall

• McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact

• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

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From Our Heart

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rom the Robson Valley, a young man, from Uganda, a girl that had hope because people were willing to sponsor her. Love brought two people together from opposite ends of the globe. It enabled them to care for and become part of the lives of many African children while serving the African Children’s Choir. Jordan and Prossy have become one instrument of love in the lives of needy kids. The story continues as members of the Robson Valley make a trip over seas and are both changed while changing lives through the gift of love. When Mark and Irene, Wayne, Spencer and Robertta Froese, Chelsea Charlton-Nunweiler, and Carla Trask went to the wedding in Uganda in July 2009, they hoped to help the local population in any way they could. While there, the team, with donations from others in the Valley, was able to put on three roofs. One roof was built for a local school run by Prossy’s foster parents, and two more in Kenya at St. Timothy School and Mukeu. Imagine going to school without a roof when it is pouring buckets. (African rainstorms are NOTHING like here in Canada, in that Africans have a rainy season where a steady concentration of rain falls for a lengthy time.) Now the children have the opportunity to receive an education regardless of weather or climate changes. According to Irene Froese, “our trip over there with family and friends has had a lifetime impression on us. Somehow giving money is not enough, providing a better education is not enough, it is the ‘hands on’ loving that makes the difference. Physically holding a child that is starving for love is changing the lives of these children. Not to mention

how it helps us keep our lives here in perspective.” Matthew Paris, an Atheist author, agrees. “Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete.” This is not to say that other efforts do nothing to change, as our dollars go a long way there. Love is what changes lives more than money or education. Paris goes on to say, “now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: education and training alone will not do. In Africa, Christianity changes people’s hearts. It brings a spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real and the change is good.” Prior to leaving, volunteers helped to put together aid packages. These packages had shoes, clothing, toys and other gifts that would bring joy to needy kids. Most of the children who receive such things have never owned anything that is their very own. The gift was not found in the possessions but rather in the physical human bodies handing the goods directly to children and families. Carla, Chelsea and the Froeses all had such a great time with their new friends, visiting their villages, homes and cities. Their culture is a part of them and they all came away with a new appreciation of life and a bigger world-view.

Mark and Irene are returning to Africa on a short term trip, Megan Harstead will be joining in and experiencing humanitarian work first hand- plus having the joy of handing out the quilts her town people have given them. Call 250-5692561 for details if you’re interested in any aspects of this continuing story.

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Mark Froese and Carla Trask preparing trusses for the school roof.

Carla Trask, Kenneth Kisegerwa, Chelsea Charlton-Nunwieler and Morris Kabuye. Both Ksiegerwa and Kabuye are on the executive of Siyabonga, the organization that looks after 20 children.

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Traditional Christianity vs. Sprituality Kim McNaughton SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL


ould you say you are a spiritual person? Do you feel God exists but can’t reconcile that existence with how we humans exist, especially those who have called themselves Christians (think residential schools/ wars in the name of God/sexual abuse by church people)? Were you “born Christian” – in other words, your parents or grandparents were Christians but you find there is nothing relevant for you in that faith or in that church? If you are like me, interested in “spirituality and God and good” and born a Christian (or not), you may be interested in a book study that the McBride Anglican United Church is hosting. The book we will be reading is entitled The Heart of Christianity written by Marcus Borg. In his book, Borg talks about traditional Christianity vs. an emerging Christianity. He addresses the paradigms (concepts) that some struggle with: interpreting the Bible literally; three features of the Christian life, faith, afterlife, being good and there will be a reward; others’ faiths. If you are struggling with some of these questions, let us discuss what Christianity could be for us today. We will meet Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 pm during May at the McBride Anglican/United church hall, 441 Dominion Street. This book study will be for those interested in searching for a new way, another way of understanding our relationship to God and our relationship with others, including others of all faiths. I am interested in how being Christian can be more meaningful and relevant to me. I am sure that God exists and that the man, Jesus Christ, who we read about in the Bible lived in a way that I can learn from. After all it is all about Love.

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Valemount council briefs Joshua Estabrooks



he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on April 27. Acting Mayor Rita Tchir, Councillors Bobbi Roe, Murray Capstick, Deputy Director of Corporate Services Sandy Salt and CAO Tom Dall attended. Mayor Bob Smith, and Councillor Cynthia Piper were absent. Marina Association Council received a request from the Valemount Marina Association, asking if they could use some of their online space for a website for the Marina. Council discussed the request, and decided to forward it on to Tourism Valemount, as well as Economic Development Officer Slivio Gislimberti.

council, which included some conversations with other communities with correctional facilities. Council asked the delegation to contact the regional district, but gave the idea their full support. Council Procedure Bylaw Council carried third reading of Bylaw No. 652, which is meant to update the procedures that council and committee must use while conducting Village business. Tax Rate Council carried the reconsideration and adoption of the tax rate bylaw. Zoning Amendment Council carried first and second reading of Bylaw No. 656, which changes the commercial zoning of Mr. Henry Ungers property on Main Street from C6 to C3 to accommodate a building supply business.

S Correctional Facility Council received a presentation from Christine Torgerson and Hollie Blanchette regarding a proposal to build a correctional facility in the area. The delegates shared their preliminary research with

Water treatment facility Council received a report from CAO Dall outlining the procedures

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that will be followed to ensure back wash from the water treatment plant meets certain conditions before it is returned to Swift Creek. “The amendment will require that a backwash pond will be sampled daily. The sampling can be analyzed by staff and a professional will only be required should we exceed the limitations set out in the agreement,” said Dall. Courthouse parking lot paving Council received a report from CAO Dall regarding the paving of the courthouse parking lot. The quote from BA Dawson Blacktop Ltd. came in at $21,280.00. The costs to prepare the site will be approximately $3,000 – 4,000, said Dall. Visitor Centre contract Council received a report from CAO Dall informing them that the contract for the management of the Visitor Information Centre was up for renewal. Council agreed to award the contract to Adventure Management Ltd. for 2010.

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My neighbour the farmer; a report on the Minister of Agriculture’s visit to the Robson Valley to discuss local issues Russ Purvis Contributor


he Hon. Steve Thomson, Minister of Agriculture and Lands was recently in McBride. On Saturday, April 24th on the occasion of the District C Farmer’s Institute AGM. Thomson, accompanied by MLA Shirley Bond, shared lunch, and recent agricultural related news, and then fielded questions. Dennis Lapierre from the BC Agricultural Council (BCAC) was also in attendance. He is currently Vice Chair for BCAC and represents Community Agriculture as well as other special groups, including the provincial organic sector. The McBride Farmer’s Institute is a member of District C, which includes the Farmer’s Institutes within the rough boundaries of Salmon River, Mud River, Hixon, and McBride. Farmer’s Institutes have been around BC agriculture for approximately 100 years. At one point, before the current commodity marketing board schemes, they represented BC agriculture as an industry and met annually with Provincial Ministers on agriculture and related issues. Since at that time the Farmer’s Institutes Advisory Board delegates represented almost every geographical area, and all agriculture commodities, they held some political influence. Today, agricultural interests lobby government through commodity marketing groups and the BCAC. The BCAC sees its mission as “promoting and advocating the collective interests of all agricultural producers in the Province of BC.” There were several “hot” issues that generated discussion: the upcoming HST, the Provincial Meat Regulations, rural schools, proposed modernization of the Water Act, and the adequacy of communication between the BCAC and local farmers on important items of interest. The issue of communication with and support for farmers was perhaps the most important theme of the meeting. Local farmers Ken McNaughton and Marilyn Wheeler expressed preference for the pre 1995/1997 Farmer’s Institutes Advisory Board’s personal meetings with the Ministry of Ag and related

ministers versus the present lobbying by the commodity boards and the BCAC. Their sense was the prior scheme had been an effective voice for Community Agriculture. Lapierre of the BCAC in a telephone followup to Saturday’s meeting stated that BCAC had “dropped the ball” in reference to the controversial Provincial Meat Regulations, leading to the need for their current revision. On the general topic of farmer’s communication with the Province Marilyn Wheeler noted, “If the past worked better than the present, it should be reconsidered.” However, Lapierre’s (BCAC) main thrust during the meeting was twofold: 1) introduce the new on-line Forum and 2) to discuss the idea of a per farm generated “stability fund.” The

questions of the farmers in attendance. The idea of receiving a refund for all farm inputs doesn’t sound bad. However, when compared against the fact that farmers are “consumers” too, and the earlier impact of the “carbon tax” on farmers, it is still likely farmers will see a net tax increase. The rejoinder by Lapierre was the HST was good for big farmers. In a one on one with Lapierre, this writer made the following comment about the HST downloading cost from business to the consumer, “if my neighbour is doing well, I’m going to do well.” The current review and modernization of the Water Act was noted as something all farmers should take a keen interest in. Changes to use and regulation of surface and ground water are being considered by the Province. Although the period of public

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Forum’s purpose is to provide more farmer input directly to BCAC and to share ideas/experiences on similar topics from around the Province. This would take the place of more personal methods of communication. The “stability fund” concept was brought forth because of the economic uncertainty of the times. With some commodity groups, examples: hogs, cattle, horticulture (including tree fruit growers) “in trouble” said Lapierre; agriculture still needs a voice in Victoria. As an advocate for the BCAC remaining as that voice he put forth the idea of $100 per bona fide farmer be levied through BC Assessment to maintain the viability of the BCAC. It was admitted that this idea wasn’t fully formed and more research was supported by those present. Although the BCAC’s official position is in favor of the HST, that sentiment wasn’t reflected by the tone and

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consultation has past, BCAC will be lobbying the Province on behalf of farmer’s interests. All input to BCAC from farmers was encouraged. The relationship between Community Agriculture and rural schools was raised in the context of the announced closure of the Dunster School of Fine Arts. Access to education in rural communities was tied to community stability and maintenance of Provincial infrastructure. It’s this infrastructure of roads, rails, and rural healthcare that has supported the creation of the resource based industries of the North. MLA Bond stated, “Northern British Columbia is a wealth generator for BC. The money generated from the North goes to support the hospitals and schools of the Lower Mainland.” She continued to express hope that a solution could be found to preempt the closure of the school in Dunster.

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Minister of Agriculture, Thomson’s family has been farming in BC since 1896. His experience as past Executive Director of the BCAC as well as former General Manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers Association brings genuine skill and knowledge of the farm community to a tough job. Thomson personally relayed the announcement of recent revisions to the Provincial Meat Regulations to the meeting. Announced the previous afternoon, all details were not yet available as to how local meat producers might be affected. Later released information demonstrates that although the revisions are a step in the right direction, the Fraser-Fort George Regional District: is a NonDesignated Area. http://www.hls. designated_areas_map/. This means local producers selling to local consumers of up to 10 animal units can apply for one of the new Class E licenses. However, the boon for local producers and businesses that was hoped for (Class D Retail Sales license) is not currently available within our Regional District, as the website noted: “The proposed Class D Retail Sales license allows on-farm slaughter of a larger number of animals (1-25 animal units) for direct sale to consumers, and allows retail sales to secondary food establishments (e.g., restaurants and meat shops) within the boundaries of the regional district where the meat was produced. Class D licences will be available in specifically designated regional districts.” This suggests that more revisions could be forthcoming for local producers, businesses, and consumers. As the world gets bigger, it sometimes gets smaller as well. In a few personal parting comments to this writer, Thomson acknowledged that many of the problems in BC agriculture today result from our consumer’s interest in cheap food imports; supply management in some sectors may be the answer for BC farmers. If new policies promote fair prices for BC farmers, sustainability, and food security they might gain wider acceptance. “If my neighbour is doing well, I’m going to do well.”

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McBride council briefs Birgit Stutz Contributor


he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride was held April 27 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Councillors Irene Rejman, Mike Moseley, Loranne Martin Rick Thompson, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, Deputy Administrator/Treasurer Danielle Smith, and Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine in attendance. Green Heat Initiative presentation David Dubois, project co-ordinator for “Green Heat Initiative” presented Council with specific information about the Rural and Remote Communities Green Heat Initiative, a summary of a recent energy evaluation he completed of the Village buildings, and a general discussion about using biomass for heating in relation to the McBride Community Forest. Green Heat Initiative is encouraging municipalities to switch over from propane heat to wood pellets or wood chip heat as an option for heating buildings in the municipality. Approval for beer garden endorsement Council carried a motion that the Reckless Softball Club application for a beer garden endorsement for May 2124 be approved. Hospital road closure Council carried a motion that the “McBride Hospital Road Closure Bylaw No. 699, 2010” be given second and third reading.

Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw A motion was carried that the “Village of McBride Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 700, 2010” be given second reading. Financial Plan A motion was carried that the “Village of McBride Financial Plan for the Years 2010-2014 Bylaw No. 701, 2010” be given third reading.

on the response summary that the Corporation of the Village of McBride supports and approves of the application for Non-Farm Use in the Agricultural Land Reserve – Medley. Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation Council received information from the provincial government on Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation. The proposed

Solar Hot Water Ready requirement for single family homes is one of the many steps the Province of British Columbia is taking in fulfilling its promise to take action against climate change. Council would like to get a ball park figure to see what the cost would be to install a solar hot water system for water heating in a single family home. Clements is looking into that information.

Tax Bylaw Council carried a motion that the “Village of McBride Tax Rate Bylaw No. 702, 2010” be given third reading. Zoning Bylaw Council carried a motion that the “Village of McBride Zoning Bylaw No. 703, 2010” be given second reading. Public hearing for Temporary Commercial Use Permit A motion was carried that the Council of the Corporation of the Village of McBride hold a public hearing for consideration of the Temporary Commercial Use Permit for Lot 2, Plan 17388, District Lot 5314. The Temporary Commercial Use Permit is for the ice cream shop Melvin Taphorn has placed on his property on 1008 NE Frontage Road. Agency referral form A motion was carried that the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George agency referral form be sent back and indicate


Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond with BC Community Achievement award winner Jeanette Townsend, former Mayor of Valemount, at Government House in Victoria. Ms. Townsend was among forty-five outstanding British Columbians named as the recipients of the seventh annual BC Community Achievement Awards by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation. Pictured are (left to right) Valemount Councillor Cynthia Piper, Shirley Bond, Jeanette Townsend, and Valemount Mayor Bob Smith. April 28, 2010.

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Village of Valemount Approval of Long Term Leases TAKE NOTICE that according to the Local Government Act Section 185 a Council must advertise its intention of providing certain kinds of assistance.

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BC Housing will be receiving a 60 year lease for two properties located at: a. 24 Cedar Street b. 1222 3rd Avenue The purpose of this lease is to provide 10 Senior Housing units for the Village.

The Valemount Curling Club will be receiving a 30 year lease for Village property located at: a. 98 Elm Street The purpose of this lease is to allow the Valemount Curling Club to be located on the present site. The Ministry of Forest and Range (Fire Attack Base) will be receiving a 20 year lease for Village property located at: a. Lot 2 District Lot 881 and 5702 Cariboo District, Plan 17004 The purpose of this lease is to allow the Fire Attack Base to be located at the above site.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Temporary Commercial Use Permit Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held to consider an application for a Temporary Commercial Use Permit: 7:00 pm Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road McBride, BC The purpose of the Temporary Commercial Use Permit is to allow for the operation of an ice cream and sandwich/sub stand on the property legally described as Lot 2, Plan 17388, District Lot 5314 (1008 NE Frontage Road). . The property is currently zoned as Commercial (C2). The application for a Temporary Commercial Use Permit is asking for relief to allow for a temporary structure for the purpose of operating an ice cream and sandwich/sub stand. At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed permit shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. The application may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride during regular office hours from May 3, 2010 to May 18, 2010. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer


1272 3rd Ave in Valemount. 2 bdrm house with basement newly renovated up & down. Price $129,000. Open to offers. Call Joyanne at 250 542-5922 or Penni at 250 5669192 MAY 19 1330 4th Ave. 4 bdrm house in centre of Valemount. Large lot, garage, large cabin, across from the park. Reduced price $289,500. Phone Joyanne at 250 542-5922 or Penni at 250 5669192

MAY 19

TREADMILL Free Spirit Treadmill. $450 obo. Call 250 5690078.

MAY 12





POSTINGS Updated May 12, 2010

Auto body/Paint

NOTICE OF PROPERTY DISPOSITION TAKE NOTICE THAT THE Council of the Corporation of the Village of McBride intends to dispose of a closed portion of road within District Lot 5314, Cariboo District Plan 10526 containing 2144.8 square meters, identified on a reference Plan (Plan EPP6756) prepared by McElhanney Associates Land Surveying Ltd., David E. Storback, BCLS, dated April 1, 2010., to the Northern Health Authority for the sum of $1.00. This closed road will be consolidated with Lot A, Cariboo District Plan 10526, District Lots 5314 and 5316, in exchange for other lands within said Lot A for the purpose of development of a Seniors’ Housing facility. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer


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Newly renovated, conveniently located 6 bdrm, 2 storey log home on double lot in Valemount. 1280sq ft per floor, full basement. Brick fireplace, wood/ electric furnace, 21/2 bathrooms, master craft oak kitchen. Perfect for winter and summer tourism B&B accommodation. Don’t miss out on a great business opportunity. Call now 250 615-8457


New - Wood heated, aluminium lined HOT TUB. Fits 6 adults. $3800. No chlorine/ electricity needed. Save $200 on S&H. Call 250 569-2561.

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1995 28ft. Dutchman 5th Wheel Travel Trailer. Fully loaded with awning. Has not been smoked in. Good Condition $6,900 obo. Call 968-4321






Village of Valemount

Empty residential lot for sale. Located on 14th Ave in Valemount. 65’x130’, sewer and water at property, near high school. $45,000 obo. Call Kelly @780 984-7061 or email MAY 12


Well Pumping and cleaning. 25ft deep or less. Call Reesa at 250 566-9707


Eyeglasses on Hillside Drive. Silver with springy arms. Call Rene 250 566-4199 days, or 250 566-8200 evenings.


CEDAR MILL FOR SALE McBride, BC. Over $1.4 mm in assets. Asking $850K US. ACREAGE FOR SALE Leases contingent to sale. Owner willing to 12.6 acres above consider some financing. Valemount on Hillside Call Arthur Berry & Co. Drive. Power and phone 1 208-336-8000 JUN 2 on property. Gorgeous view of valley and Premiers. $175,000. EMPLOYMENT Call 780 405-8620 for more info. For details go Shell Gas Station is for positive to (use looking energetic people to code 1361). work full/part time. Fax MAY 26 resume to 250 5669147.



Looking to buy piano or organ, suitable for piano lesson’s, basketball hoop, jungle gym or any other outdoor equipment for children. Call 250 566-8491 or 250 5661147.

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May 15, 2010 (Saturday) 1285 - 9th Ave, Valemount. 31 1/2 FT. 2007 Springdale trailer, new, never used, winterized - $27,000. Will take 20’ cargo trailer in trade, Canoe, 16’ - $400, Garage, 16’x24’ - $5000, Picnic tables - $200, 7 pieces 1x4 lumber - $10, 11 pieces 1x6 lumber $55, 17 pieces 1x8 lumber $100, 170 pieces 2x4 (8’) lumber - $340, 126 pieces 2x4 (16’) lumber - $500, 30 pieces metal shelving - $60, 30 pieces 4x4 hardboard - $60, Vinyl siding and soffit board - $200, Colonial casing & baseboard, 1300 linear feet - $600, Water barrels - $5, Chain link fencing, 150’ - $200, Electrical cable, 40’ $100, Shelving $10. No GST payable.

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Application for a Development Variance Permit

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TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Village of Valemount will consider an application for a Development Variance Permit from BC Housing for 6 Senior Housing Units for the premises described as 24 Cedar Street, Valemount, being Lot 8, Block 3, Plan 10449, DL 7356, Cariboo Land District, and from BC Housing for 4 Senior Housing Units for the premises described as 1222 3rd Avenue, Valemount, being Lot 10, Block 3, Plan 10449, DL 7356, Cariboo Land District at the Regular meeting on May 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at the Village Of�ices at 735 Cranberry Lake Road, Valemount. The purpose of the Development Variance Permit is to: 24 Cedar Street: To reduce the required parking spaces from 71/2 to 6 spaces. 1222 3rd Ave: To reduce the required parking spaces from 5 spaces to 4 and to reduce the side setbacks from 3 meters to 1.5 meters.

A copy of the proposed permit may be inspected at the Village Of�ices at the above address during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from this date up until May 21, 2010.

Tom Dall

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Activities to Entertain & Amuse Pioneer Photo


About this photo Description: Betty and Hazel Cox 1928 or 1929.

Date: 1928 Credits: Valemount Museum & Archives ID: 2003.18.57 Image: 10 of 27 If you have any more information on this photo or any others that appear you can contact The Valley Museum & Archives in McBride, The Valemount Museum or contact us at The Valley Sentinel.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 There are many things on your mind, Aries, but you have to put them aside and focus on only one thing at a time. It is easier said than done, unfortunately. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Even though you probably don’t want to, you have to give a little on a situation that has cropped up in the last few days, Taurus. Now is not the time to be stubborn.


GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 The silent treatment may not be the way to go this week, Gemini. Let your voice be heard and share your opinions with whomever wants to hear what you have to say. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You may have bit off more than you can chew, Cancer. Now the challenge is how to let others know you need some help without looking like you made a mistake.


LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Your bubbly personality will win over even the toughest critics, Leo. Use it to your advantage this week when you need to rally support for your cause. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Others are apprehensive to be around you this week, Virgo. You have been giving off aggressive vibes that don’t bode well for fostering friendships. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 If you don’t slow down you’re going to rush right past the thing you’ve been seeking, Libra. The phrase, “stop and smell the roses,” certainly applies to you. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 With your eye on the prize you will do everything in your power to reach it, Scorpio. However, will the end result be worth the trouble it took to get there?


Daytime Variable Condition cloudiness

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10% P.O.P. 16°C High 0°C Low Wind W 5 km/h 24/Hr Snow

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20% P.O.P. 16°C High 2°C Low Wind SW 5 km/h 24/Hr Snow


SAGITTARIUS-Nov 23/Dec 2 You want to be everyone’s friend, Sagittarius, but sometimes you have to be content with others just not warming up to you. It’s not a reflection on anything you have done. CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20 If you can’t put your finger on what is wrong, Capricorn, how are you going to come up with a solution? Virgo provides a word of advice that you’re not apt to take. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Trouble at home is alleviated with a simple solution, Aquarius. You know the answers — now is the time to stop getting cold feet. The finances are there ... now move! PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 With a lot of things up in the air, Pisces, you tend to feel frazzled this week. A friend is the glue that brings it all together.



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Daytime Cloudy with Condition showers 70% P.O.P. 15°C High 4°C Low Wind S 10 km/h 24/Hr Rain 1-3 mm

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• Exceptional value • Immaculate condition • Quality finishing • Sacrifice! Owners retiring

918 3rd Avenue mcBride, BC

REDUCED! • Nice building lot

850 Airport road mcBride, BC

lot REDUCED! acre • 35 x 40

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the mcBride trading Co. mcBride, BC

• Close to all amenities • Village services • Mountain views


1474 8th Place VAlemount, BC



• Well established business • Commercial kitchen • Variety of health supplements & organic foods

• Affordable and well kept • Family size 4 bdrms, 2 bath • Open floor plan • Attached garage

lot 4, Pine road VA V lemount, BC



• Approx. 40 acre parcel • Minutes from Valemount • Extensive Swift Creek frontage • Very unique, excellent opportunity!

2470 Zeidler road mcBride, BC



10272 loos road CresCent sPur, BC



- 424 acres of privacy, farmland, and riverfront - 9 titles - Pasture, hay, good outbuildings - 5 bdrm well maintained ranch house

CELEBRATING GRADS Advertisers call to get your ads In. Valemount Secondary School Graduation is June 5th, 2010 Advertising deadline is May 26th Feature will be published June 2nd McBride Secondary School Graduation is June 26th, 2010 Advertising deadline is June 16th Feature will be published June 23rd

Call Sharon to reserve your space today! 250.566.4425 | 1.800.226.2129

• 3 acre parcel • 1500+ sq. ft. home with full basement • Minutes from McBride

16 • Wednesday May 12, 2010 The Valley Sentinel RE/MAX Centre City • 1679 15th Avenue • Prince George BC V2L 3X2 • 1-250-562-3600

The Right Agent... For Today’s Market. 521 Main Street, McBride, BC - New commercial complex - Finished 7000 sq ft - Excellent location - Three phase power - Lease space available - Call for details!


100 Mountainview Road, McBride, BC


14510 Blackman Rd, Tete Jaune Cache, BC

- Country family home - Six bdrms, two baths - Excellent gardens and lawns - Large truck shop - 17.8 view acreage


2300 Westlund Road, McBride, BC - Home & acreage - Semi treed 37 acres - Large 4 bdrm home - Shop & barn - Excellent location

2345 Westlund Road, McBride, BC

9201 Loos Road, Crescent Spur, BC

- Log home with truck shop - Fenced and cross fenced - Set up for horses - Backs on Fraser River - Excellent condition


- Unique country homestead - 3 bedroom w/sunroom - On 18.81 acres with hip roof barn - House built in 1997 - Very private & secluded - On school bus route



$549,500 835 Beaven Crescent, Valemount, BC - Immaculate home - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom - Large attached garage - Paved yard, nice trees - Wheelchair ramp - Large 3/4 acre corner lot

- Awesome building lot - Road & water in - Perfect for walk out plan - Treed with cleared sites - Excellent location

1097 5th Avenue, McBride, BC


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- Private horse farm - Immaculate family home - New 3 stall barn with loft - New garage and shop - Excellent location


361 Dominion Street, McBride, BC

- Nice executive home - With shop on 3 lots - Immaculate estate sale - Natural wood craftsmanship - Priced to sell


13292 Bunbury Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC


- Treed 2 acre lot - Level with access - Excellent area - Ready to build - Within 1 hr to Jasper

- Spacious 3 bedroom mobile - Nice one acre lot - Perfect location - Priced right


- Beautiful home - Bright and open - Five bedrooms - Large corner lot - Excellent gardens - Central location

- New on market - Nice shape on 2 lots - Level large setting - Very nice inside - Open spacious rooms - Private yard - Lots of wood work

13710 Glacier Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC

831 Bridge Road, McBride, BC

Lot 19, Mica Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC


846 4th Avenue, McBride, BC



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- Nice getaway property - Immaculate older mobile - Fenced yard and lawns - Excellent location - Four bedrooms w/family room

Each office independently owned and operated.

Data is from sources believed to be reliable but accuracy is not guaranteed.

- Beautiful property - Mountainside cottage - Tastefully decorated - Awesome views - Treed 10 acre lot - Year round mountain stream

934 5th Avenue, McBride, BC


- Immaculate home - First time on market - Excellent location - Oak kitchen - Detached garage


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Valemount Spring Festival


28 – 30, 2010

Celebrate Spring Time! Celebrate Nature! Celebrate the Festivities!

Come out and join us as we learn, explore, and play on trails around Valemount. Whether you prefer to walk, hike, paddle, float, run or ride your ATV, there will be something for everyone—young and old. Most events are by donation. Proceeds go towards development and maintenance of the Cranberry Marsh and surrounding trails.

Friday, May 28, 2010 Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre Birding 101: 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Welcome Reception with Blue Syntax: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers will be provided. Many prizes to be won.

Saturday, May 29, 2010 Swift Creek

Swift Creek Salmon Run: 11:00 am 10 km and 4 km run on the Swift Creek trail.

Cranberry Marsh

Marsh Meander: 10:00 am. Meet at the base of the north Lookout Tower. The Stake-Out: 10:00 am–2:00 pm along the dike. Paddle Like a Duck: Cancelled this year due to the water levels Smolts Run: 2:00 pm This is a free run for the kids.

Saturday, May 29, 2010 Valemount Pines Golf & Country Club

Charity Golf Tournament: 9:00 am Fees include 18 holes scramble golf, lunch, dinner, and lots of prizes. Tee off is at 9:30 am. Fee: $65.00 including tax. To register please call CIBC 250.566.4483. Registration deadline is May 21, 2010.

Tete Jaune Cache

Mile 53 Ghost Town Hike: 1:00 pm Meet at 1:00 pm at the Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre and we will carpool to Tete Jaune Cache.

Valemount Community Hall

Concert and Dance Doors open at 8:30 pm, 9:00 pm–1:30 am. Admission $15.00. Dance the night away to the rockin’ sounds of earthbound! Tickets can be purchased at Infinity Office and Health or at the door. Concession, cash bar and shuttle service home by donation will be available.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Kid’s Quarters: 11:00 am–3:00 pm Plenty of fun activities for the kids.

Cranberry Marsh

Artists En Plein Air: 10:00 am–2:00 pm As you walk around the marsh, you will see some of our local artists creating original paintings, which will be given away as door prizes at the Saturday evening dance.

Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre

Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting Co,

Fraser River Float Trip: 8:45 am. Just register by Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Payments can be made at the Village of Valemount Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm or between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm (cash, cheque, debit and credit cards accepted). Shuttle will leave at 8:45 am. Fee: $45+GST (this price includes shuttle service from Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre to Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting, and back).

It is recommended that you purchase a Robson Valley Eco-Guide to take with you on your excursion. EcoGuides will be available to purchase at the Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre.

Marsh Meander: 10:00 am. Meet at the base of the north Lookout Tower. The Stake-Out: 10:00 am–2:00 pm Meet along the dike. Packsaddle Creek Hike: 10:00 am Meet at the the Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre and we will carpool to the trailhead.

Staging Area (Please visit our website for location details) ATV Ride: 10:00 am . This is a 55 km round trip ride taking you to the top of a beautiful mountain with breathtaking views. Please contact VARDA at 250.566.4817 for further information. Please note: Completing the full length of the trail is dependent on the snow levels. The ride distance and/or location may be changed prior to the ride.

SPONSORS Best Western Valemount Inn & Suites The Loose Moose Pub Chalet Continental Hotel The Gathering Tree Valemount Hotel Valemount Pines Golf Course & R.V. Park

Sarak Restaurant China House Restaurant Home Hardware Valemount Valemount Sporting & Clothing Bumper to Bumper Shell Mighty Mart

For more information or to register: Email: Phone: 250.566.3335

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