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Cougar family startles Valemount neighbourhood Daniel Betts Editor

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t was an unexpected and unwanted surprise. Local resident Cindy Newby was out early on the morning of Thursday, April 12, feeding horses near Hillside Mine Road. As she came to a gate she noticed two cougar kittens sleeping in a lean-to beside a hay trough only six feet away. “They scared the crap out of me,” Newby admitted. “They were somewhere they shouldn’t have been.” While still considered kittens, the two cougars were at least two feet tall and likely a year old. Upon seeing the two predators Newby got back in her truck and called the Conservation Officer Service. Newby said numerous area residents had spotted the kittens, or kits as they are often called, as well as their much larger mother in the area. “Needless to say I was a little nervous about going to feed the horses,” said Newby. The next morning, Friday April 13, the two kits had returned. “They weren’t really afraid. They would get up and walk about ten feet away from you then they would just saunter off.” Newby noted they did not seem frightened or concerned by her presence. Because the two cougars appeared in the same location two days in a row, Todd Hunter of the Conservation Officer Service drove from Prince George, B.C. on Friday, April 13 to investigate and assess the situation. According to Hunter, Newby did all the right things. “If people find them in a barn, especially with the kits, just back away, the female could be around, leave the door open,” recommends Hunter. “It seems they haven’t been in any structures yet, just areas where bales are covered up. If people find them there, just back away and call us immediately.” Above all else, residents encountering a cougar should not run. Running is a behaviour that deer exhibit and it is the natural reaction for the cougar to chase and attack; they can’t help themselves. If encountering a cougar on a trail it is best to back up and make yourself look bigger. “Don’t turn and run, their natural instinct is to attack. Try to get other

people’s attention by yelling out ‘Bad Cougar!’ Do not persist in the same direction of that wild animal.” Small children in particular should not be wandering far alone; they should always be within eye and earshot, even when playing in the backyard. “Don’t let children wander around by themselves. You can get into trouble more readily [alone] than being in a group, especially with an adult. If they are in an area by themselves, they should be well prepared. Cougars travel on a path of least resistance, so walkways and trails.” Hunter also recommends area farmers survey their property, determine if there are places where cougars could hide and consider cleaning and moving hay to make it less appealing. Hunter set a couple of traps in the area the two cougar kits were spotted and left them overnight, however by the next morning the traps remained empty. Hunter suspects the two cougar kits were left in what the mother cougar believed was a safe spot while she went hunting deer in the forest nearby. Hunter surveyed the surrounding area and found much deer sign and suspects the predators are merely following their favourite prey. Given a choice between deer and a domesticated animal, Hunter is certain the cougar would prefer to hunt deer. Hunter can’t be completely sure why the mother cougar decided hiding her young so close to humans was safe, but one theory is a cougar tom was in the area. Cougars do not have a breeding season and toms will attack and kill cougar kits to force female cougars to breed, so female cougars have learned to avoid cougar toms until their young are old enough to be on their own. Hiding her young near a human population would seem particularly clever, although very risky. Hunter does not advise residents take matters in their own hands. “We’ve got to really consider and be very careful that people don’t get themselves into jeopardy from prosecution under the [British Columbia] Wildlife Act if it is not justifiable.” According to Hunter unless they are exhibiting abnormal stalking behaviour toward people or preying on domes-

“Path of least resistance”

Cougars tend to travel on trails and roads that offer an easy path and easy access to wildlife. Photo by Andrea Scholz

tic livestock the animals can’t be euthanized. They would have to be an immediate threat or danger; like a direct attack. Hunter would prefer residents consult and allow the professional Conservation Officer Service to assess the threat and respond appropriately, especially in regard to this family unit and the population of cougars. “The predator prey relationship is a good balance and maintains a healthy population of wildlife in the area,” said Hunter. “If residents take matters into their own hands it better be for a good reason because we are going to investigate.” Newby said nobody has seen either the kittens or the mom since Friday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. “They seem to have moved on. They haven’t gone after any animals. If they aren’t killing anything then they are not a threat as far as the conservation officer is concerned. They just seem to be lurking around the valley bottom not causing much trouble. It startled me more than anything.” To report a conflict with any wildlife, including cougars, that threatens public safety call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

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he Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association (YORA) is very excited to announce that a 2012 Mount Robson Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012. YORA is very grateful to BC Parks for the opportunity to host another marathon event on the world famous Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park. The 2011 event brought over 250 participants to the Valemount area, and total spending by the participants was estimated at $21,000. The participants commented repeatedly on the splendid trail, stunning scenery and wonderful enthusiasm of the volunteers. As in 2011, this year there will be a full-marathon (42.2km) and half-marathon (21.1km) events on the Berg Lake Trail, as well as a shorter event. In addition to the races, there will be a kids’ fun run,

live music and other activities during the day. Further details for runners interested in participating, including registration date and entry fees, will be announced online at www.mountrobsonmarathon.ca when available. To be kept up-todate with all information regarding the event, email info@mountrobsonmarathon.ca to be put on the email list or follow @MtRobsonMarathn on Twitter. With almost twice as many participants expected as last year, and many suggestions and ideas on how to improve the event, there will be lots of work to do between now and race day. YORA will be holding an initial organizational meeting on Sunday, April 22 at 1p.m. at the Caribou Grill. Anyone who is interested in helping to organize the event is encouraged to attend. If you want to get involved but can’t attend the meeting, please call Darryl at (250) 566 4347 or email info@mountrobsonmarathon.ca.

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Above: Last year’s Mount Robson Marathon was a great success. This year is expected to have twice as many participants. Archive photo by Tiffany Smith

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Green Energy as a Rural Economic Development Tool Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

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ecently, the Village of Valemount negotiated a contract with the MMM Group to conduct the Valemount Green Heat Pre-Feasibility Study. According to Chief Administrative Officer Tom Dall, the purpose of the study is to assess the viability of the village creating a revenue generating community utility company for the purpose of delivering excess heat from the hot water waste produced by the proposed Borealis Geopower Plant, sold to the village at a minimal price for the village to re-sell to developers for potential projects. Economic Development Officer, Silvio Gislimberti further explains the report will not only explore business structure options for the municipally owned utility company, but also will provide a list of potential users best suited to take advantage of the available excess green heat at low costs. After narrowing it down to three to five of the most feasible, they will develop business plans to better attract users of that heat to locate close to the proposed plant. Gislimberti clarified the site in question is not the Carrier Lumber mill site, but rather the former Kinbasket Lake mill site. The initial funding for this study has been waiting to be utilized since 2010 when Valemount was selected to receive $40,000 in funding as the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition region demonstration project, which aims to assist Mountain Pine Beetle impacted communities to develop Green Energy proj-

ects. The Northern Development Initiative Trust agreed to make up the balance of this project with up to $18,922 in funding. Consistent with the Coalition’s Alternative Energy Strategy, this project aims to increase the level of rural community support and economic benefits from the development of green energy. It expects to result in “increased business growth and viability in the sector” as well as “economic growth and diversification.” It also recognizes that “small rural communities usually lack the resources to fully understand the opportunities associated with green energy development.” According to Dall, the Village of Valemount received the funding in part because “it has never been done in Canada before and it can be used for several other sites, as the report can be shared with other areas. If Borealis Geopower project takes off it will show the value to the province and to Canada of the potential surrounding a Geo Power Plant; that it’s not just creating power.” The village hope is that, the risk factors for Borealis will be reduced so the province will be more likely to invest due to the spin offs. Dall also said that there will be an opportunity for the public to look at the report prior to selecting and creating business plans for the top three to five potential developments that the village hopes to attract to Kinbasket Lake. That means the public will have a chance to provide opinions. The report is projected to be completed and available by the end of May.

McBride RCMP report Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR

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cBride RCMP Detachment Commander Corporal Barry Kennedy presented Council with the detachment’s bi-annual report at the regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride on April 10. The report covered July 1 to December 31, 2011 as well as year-end. Corporal Kennedy said that the McBride detachment is currently at full provincial strength, consisting of himself and two Constables. The Detachment also has the support of one public servant. “As of April 1, 2012, I have been informed that the detachment will be increasing its manpower by one more constable,” said Corporal Kennedy. “It is hoped that the new constable will be in place by August 2012. The public should not notice any change in service delivery to the community and we should be able to provide greater enforcement of the Highway 16 corridor to address issues of road safety and drug trafficking.” Corporal Kennedy said over the past year, there has been a significant change in provincial legislation regarding impaired driving and excessive speeding. “We have taken a very proactive approach with regards to this, by distributing pamphlets to the hotels and conducting school talks with the youth who are either new drivers or will be obtaining their licences soon. We are hoping that through education and information the message will be heard. Enforcement remains the last option.” This year, the detachment members participated in a reading program which saw police officers attend to the local daycare and read stories to the children. “By all accounts, this has been very successful and rewarding for both the children and police,” said Corporal Kennedy. “The plan is to continue with this program.” Corporal Kennedy said that McBride is a very safe community, which is supported by the statistics. “The number of calls for service from January 1 to December 31, 2011 for our entire service area was 534. Last year during this same period of time there were 469 calls, so this year there is an increase of 65 calls. Our overall charges have gone from 86 in 2010 down to 40 in 2011, and our Criminal Code charges have increased from 23 to 29 respectively, an increase of 21 per cent. For the Village of McBride, there were 230 calls for service

between January 1 and December 31, 2011. For the same period last year there were 226 calls. There were a total of 16 Criminal Code charges within village limits. For the last quarter, October through December, we had 56 calls for service compared to 38 calls for the same time last year in the village.” Corporal Kennedy added that there were 84 property crimes such as vandalism and thefts, 74 traffic accidents, as well as 37 crimes against people. The rest were combinations of various statutes and assistance provided. Corporal Kennedy said the Police Victim Services Unit has also had a busy year, providing their services on 22 files ranging from assisting stranded people at accident scenes to comforting families during a death in the family. “Victims services assisted a total of 31 people this past year,” he said. “They have also been vital in providing support to victims of crime by providing a presence in court in a measure of support. They are able to do this, largely unfunded, and spend approximately $700$1,200 annually on their efforts, and are a huge asset to the community. I have personally heard the praise from people that have been assisted. This recognition has provided favourable reflection on the community as a whole.” Corporal Kennedy said that the community priorities for 2011-2012 as identified in the Detachment Performance Plan surround the issues of traffic safety, community safety, and substance abuse. “Over the past year we have been able to address these issues through both education and enforcement,” he said. With regards to traffic safety, Corporal Kennedy said that the McBride Detachment continues to have a presence on our area’s highways and utilizes North District Traffic Services to assist in providing a police presence. “During the past year, we have had 11 vehicles impounded for excessive speeding (40 kilometres per hour over the speed limit),” he said. “A total of 72 collisions were reported over the past year; 18 of those resulted in personal injury, but none of them had any fatalities. A continued police presence will hopefully reduce these numbers further.” With regards to community safety, Corporal Kennedy said that the police continue to participate in the local youth committee. “We have been achieving greater participation with the youth through local sporting activities, school dances, reading groups and general dayto-day contact. We feel that this participation and interaction contributes to the overall safety of the youth in the community. The police plan to continue our efforts in this regard.” With regards to substance abuse, including impaired driving, Corporal Kennedy said that police

were diligent in targeting drug-related offences and impaired driving. “A total of nine check-stop programs were conducted over the past year in an effort to curb impaired driving and identify any contraband that may be passing through our community,” he said, adding a total of 12 impaired drivers were removed from the streets during the police’s campaign. “A total of seven drug related offences were also identified. One large marijuana grow operation was also identified and charges are pending. Police always continue to pursue these leads as they are identified.” Corporal Kennedy said he looks forward to continuing to work with all the community’s partners in the McBride area to ensure that the goal of Safe Community, Safe Homes is met. “I plan to meet the members of the community in the near future to formulate this year’s community priorities,” he said.

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ecently an angry Kamloops, B.C. father was up in arms after receiving a $1,400 bill for his son’s cell phone. Despite having unlimited texting, his son was charged for hundreds of texts sent to his girlfriend. Apparently the boy’s girlfriend had downloaded a “free texting” application (app) for her cellphone not realizing it was based in the United States. While the son had unlimited texting in Canada, because the app was routed through the United States, he was charged for every text sent, even though his girlfriend lived a couple of blocks away. The angry father is refusing to pay the bill on principle and now faces the unrelenting and merciless collections process. I’m not sure which is more sad, the fact this hard working father is faced with this financial nightmare or that a perfectly healthy young man was sitting in his room sending hundreds of texts to his girlfriend, when he could have just walked down the street a couple of blocks and talked to her in person. It is certainly a strange time when receiving a message on your cellphone that reads: “ ;) :* <3 ” is considered romantic, not to mention the costs involved. Texting and emails are destroying the art of conversation and digitizing the profound intensity of young love. What happened to holding hands, shy glances, uncomfortable giggles, love stares and the first kiss? These kids are missing out. How much information can two people share while holding hands and staring into each other’s eyes? That is the profound human experience, our ability to communicate without saying a single word. It’s been replaced by cute little icons and clever shorthand. Instead of listening to a delightful heart filled laugh that penetrates our very soul we get “LOL.” Digital love seems empty and colourless to me, not to mention a profound waste of money, when so much more can be conveyed with a touch or a look. As for the angry father, this is a lesson for all parents. Clever apps are designed for one purpose, to make someone gobs of money. When giving children access to digital mediums they should be given strict limitations and made to understand those limitations. While our children won’t like it, they should have to clear any download to their phones, particularly if parents are paying the bills. Many apps are built in the United States or other countries and while they might be available in Canada they may not be of any use here. When starting a new cellular phone plan it is also extremely important to monitor data, airtime usage and phone charges at the very beginning. Explain to your children this isn’t to watch what they are doing but to confirm that the cellular provider is honouring the service as it was explained. Most of the big cellular providers have a way to monitor their service online daily. If something doesn’t look right, put on the brakes and contact the provider before it gets out of hand.

Dear Editor, It was unfortunate that we could not afford enough helicopter time to take all 200 Valemount Ski Society Members up with our French guests this past week. We could not have hoped for a better three days. The French delegates were literally “blown away” by the potential we have just sitting here waiting to happen. From the pending geothermal project, to the picture frame views of Mt. Robson; the amazing proximity of our airport, and the existence of power and road infrastructure on site. Add in a natural forest fire which occurred some 80 years ago and was kind enough to naturally glade our ski runs to just the right distance between trees. As one delegate exclaimed after his first run, “All it is missing is the ski lift.” Fortunately for us, this is a relatively minor obstacle to overcome. We realize that local people are probably getting antsy to start getting more involved. We realize that everybody wants to know everything that is happening behind the closed doors, and invite-only functions. We are trying to keep everybody up to speed through our website, media press releases, and even our Facebook page. If you have not already visited

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British Columbia has earned its Triple-A credit rating Kevin Falcon Minister of Finance

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here’s an important story to tell about B.C.’s record of fiscal prudence that often gets lost in the daily political coverage. In a world filled with “who’s up and who’s down”, we need a clear perspective on what we’ve accomplished and how we measure up in the global economy. I’ve just come back from meetings in North America’s financial centres. When I tell the B.C. story, investors are impressed by the turnaround in B.C.’s economy and provincial finances since 2001, and how that turnaround has helped us navigate the recent global economic turbulence. This history is backed up by major credit rating agencies, which have just reported their annual assessments of B.C.’s performance and outlook. All three major agencies affirmed their credit ratings for the Province of B.C., including triple-A ratings-the highest possible-from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Services. At a time when governments around the world struggle with massive debt and deficits and are earning credit downgrades, B.C. stands out with a record of exceeding our budget targets in 10 out of 11 years. The rating agencies cited B.C.’s record of fiscal discipline, coupled with one of the most competitive tax rates for residents and businesses in Canada, and the province’s shifting trade mix toward Asia rather than North America, as strengths of B.C.’s fiscal and economic performance. Sometimes we forget that for many years British Columbia didn’t have a strong credit rating. When we formed government in 2001, B.C. had just finished one of the worst decades of fiscal management, had received multiple downgrades, and was one of the least competitive provinces with high taxes and regulation. We were elected to fix our economic situation, and we did. Our strong fiscal management

received outside validation, and by November 2004 B.C. had received the first of seven credit rating upgrades. Why should that matter to you? Because our triple-A credit rating saves taxpayers millions of dollars a year in government borrowing costs. Every dollar we don’t pay in interest is one we can invest in public services or in paying down debt. A triple-A rating also sends a powerful message to investors looking for stability and certainty in an uncertain world. New investment is key to protecting and creating jobs in every region of the province, which in turn supports the public services British Columbians want. How did we earn a triple-A credit rating? Just like any B.C. family would for its own finances, we focused on the fundamentals: reducing spending and paying down debt. We also looked at how we could best keep companies and investment in B.C. We reduced the general corporate income tax rate five times, for a total reduction of almost 40 per cent since 2001. For small business owners and entrepreneurs we increased the small business threshold from $200,000 to $500,000. We reduced red tape by over 42 per cent to free up the private sector. For families, we reduced income taxes by 37 per cent. What’s more, we did it while protecting investment in health care, education and social services. The economy recovered and benefitted from increased trade and natural resources. And we used revenues from a strong economy to pay down debt. We also made strategic investments with partners in projects like the Pacific Gateway, that are paying off in diversified trade, stronger market connections, and jobs for British Columbians. The benefit of those investments to our province’s economy were underlined by Standard & Poor’s this week, when they highlighted the benefit of B.C.’s role as Canada’s gateway to Asia, giving our economy significant wealth and diver-

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Poetry Coffeehouse @ the McBride & District Public Library. April 20, 2012 at 7pm Brush up on your favourite poem to recite at our evening of coffee, tea, and poetry! In celebration of National Poetry Month. Elks and Royal Purple winter market Saturday, April 21 11am to 2 pm This is the final Winter Market of the season. Make sure you book a table at The Farm Store for $10.00. Tete Jaune Community Hall family dance Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 7pm Music by DJ Loud. Potluck snacks (bring some to share), silent auction with non-alcoholic refreshments available. All proceeds go to Canadian Cancer Society. Everyone Welcome! McBride ducks unlimited banquet & auction Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Robson Valley Community Centre Viewing at 6pm and dinner at 7:30pm, auction is to follow. Tickets $40 each. come out and support wetland conservation. VALEMOUNT CRIMESTOPPERS BBQ Saturday, April 28 at the Valemount IGA From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get a burger or hot dog, plus a soft drink and a bag of chips for $3.00

Legion Branch #266 2’nd annual chili cook-off Saturday, April 28 Come out and show off your chili making skills! 11am set-up, 4pm judging, and 5pm awards. Entry fee is $40/team. For registration packages or more information contact Pete at (250) 566 9945 or email him at petep1@telus.net

David MArchant Art Show April 16 to May 31 @ McBride Museum/Library Building Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception and artist’s talk on Friday April 20, 2012 @ 7pm Dunster Community Association Spring Meeting at the dunster community hall Tuesday, May 1 from 7-9 p.m. Call Lelani Arris at 250-968-4401 with agenda items. Valemount Elementary school pac presents Missoula CHildrens Theatre performance of the pied piper Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. & Saturday May 5 at 2 p.m. Show at Valemount Secondary School Theatre. Advance tickets available at Valemount Elementary School & Infinity Office and Health. McBride: Missoula CHildrens Theatre performance of the Tortoise and the Hare Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. & Saturday May 5 at 1 p.m. Show at Roundhouse Theatre at the McBride Secondary School. Brought to you by CES, CES PAC and the Royal Elks and Purple.

McBride Roundhouse Theatre Presents The Jesse Peters Trio Wednesday, April 25 @ 7:30pm Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. tickets are available at the McBride Stedmans

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The McBride JobFest, which was to be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 will now be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in McBride, B.C..

Ducks Unlimited

Dinner and Auction, Saturday, April 21 at the Robson Valley Community Centre in McBride. Tickets $40 per person. Get your tickets early before the Early Bird Draw of April 6. This is the 25th anniversary for the local event and promises to be a fun evening including a Hawaiian themed supper and silent and live auction. Get out your colourful shirts McBride! Cocktails and viewing starts at 6:00 pm with supper at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through the McBride Trading Co. and also any of the committee members. For further info contact Beth or Allan Frederick at 250-569-8866.

Valemount Public Library free one-hour computer lessons Basic skills-email-Facebook-cameras.

Wednesdays & Fridays, call 566 4367 to book time.

ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 a.m. Golden Years Lodge • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon., at Lions Hall, doors open 6 p.m., everyone welcome. • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon. of month 7:30 p.m. in Legion. • PLAY AND LEARN 10 a.m. until noon at Pepe’s Restaurant

SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 p.m.

tuesdays: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 p.m. • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 1st Tuesday of the month - 7 p.m. @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • adult recreational vollEyball 7-9 p.m. Valemount Sec. School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 p.m., council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Ladies Auxiliary #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. in Valemount Legion.

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WEDNESDAYS: • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 p.m. Downstairs at the library. • valemount seniors music night 7-9 p.m. Golden Years Lodge • TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Best Western. THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. 7-9 p.m. in the Valemount Sec. School gym. Contact Betty @250 566-4656 • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 p.m. Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • Chamber of Commerce Quarterly General Meetings 3rd Thurs. of January, April, July and October @ 4:45 p.m. at the old Learning Centre on Gorse St. in the CNC classroom • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting 3rd Thurs. 7 p.m. 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs. of every month at 7 p.m. downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. FRIDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 p.m. • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 p.m. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Friday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Catholic Church basement SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 a.m. by appointment only. • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782

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Tete Jaune Community Club meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7 p.m. at the Tete Jaune Hall.

• Mcbride community forest Open quarterly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month on January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 3. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 p.m. tuesdays: • TOPS Tues. 6:45 p.m. weigh-in, 7:15 p.m. meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • Village Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues.,7:30 p.m., Village Council Chambers. • Alcoholics Anonymous Every Tuesday, 8 p.m. at the Health Unit. • STORYTIME at the McBride & District Public Library 10:30 a.m. WEDNESDAYS: • Free Drop in Community Volleyball from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the McBride Secondary School • KIDZ KRAFTS 2:30-3:30 p.m. AT ODDS AND ENDS • Diabetes Support Group 1st Wed., 1 p.m. at Beaverview Lodge Sat. 10 a.m. -12 p.m., 441 Dominion St. • Support Group For Families Dealing With Mental Health Problems Last Wed every month 7:30 p.m. @ McBride Health Centre. More info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild Every other Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 p.m., Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall SATURDAYS: • WRITERS’ CIRCLE at 1 p.m. Alternates between Dunster Fine Arts School & McBride Library. All Welcome. Contact 569 2411/ library@mcbridebc.org for more info.


Regional News Regional News Briefs Daniel Betts Editor

B.C. Forestry Strategy unveiled in Westbank, B.C.

According to the Central Interior Logging Association (CILA), Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations rolled out the Province of British Columbia’s forestry strategy while visiting Gorman Bros Sawmill in Westbank, B.C. last week. Priorities identified by the Working Roundtable on Forestry were addressed including; construction, global marketing, timber reforestation, innovation, rural forest economies and First Nations Forestry. According to CILA, it builds on the roundtable’s vision for a vibrant, globally competitive forest products industry by sharpening the focus.

Human Remains Found - Death Not Suspicious

According to Corporal Craig Douglass, Media Liaison Officer for the Prince George RCMP, on the afternoon of April 12, 2012, an autopsy was conducted on the remains of a man found in Prince George on April 11, 2012. As a result of the autopsy, investigators have determined that the death was not suspicious in nature and therefore not a homicide. The deceased male was a 29 year old Prince George resident. His name will not be released. The investigation has been handed over to the BC Coroner’s Service. The Prince George RCMP would like to thank those members of the public that assisted with this investigation and once again ask that anyone venturing outdoors be extra vigilant in their observations and report anything suspicious.

Sturgeon Release Festival in Creston, B.C.

Today, Wednesday, April 18, Creston B.C. celebrates the Sturgeon Release Festival. The festival celebrates the efforts to reinvigorate the sturgeon in the Upper Columbia and Kootenay Rivers, and will allow the public to participate in the recovery efforts by releasing one of the approximately 2,300 juvenile sturgeon provided by the Kootenay Trout Hatchery. Participants will be enjoy-

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ing a canoe entrance of First Nations and government and industry representatives who have all worked together on this Sturgeon initiative. Besides vendor and information tables, there will also be First Nation traditional dancing, drumming and singing in celebration of this momentous event. “We are very honoured to be playing a part in the recovery effort for the sturgeon, which Ktunaxa have a unique connection with,” said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Chair. “We are very grateful for the efforts of all the partners who are working towards this common goal.”

Changeable message signs help you “know before you go”

Three new overhead changeable message signs valued at over $1 million have been installed at key locations on highways in the Prince George area. These signs will help motorists make informed travel decisions before heading out of town. • Highway 16 travelling west from Prince George near Jensen and Jutland Road. • Highway 16 travelling east from Prince George at Foreman Road. • Highway 97 travelling north from Prince George at Christopher Road. “Changeable message signs save drivers time, and can also save lives. It is important to have these in areas with adverse weather conditions and for us to have three more is an incredible value to our community,” said Prince GeorgeValemount MLA, Shirley Bond.

British Columbia retains a triple-A credit rating

According to Kevin Falcon, Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia, the three major credit rating agencies have affirmed their credit ratings for the Province of B.C., including triple-A ratings, the highest possible, from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Services. Falcon made the announcement in a media release on Thursday, April 12 and comes in the wake of meetings held with the rating agencies and as Falcon was undertaking four days of annual post-budget meetings with investors in New York, Montreal, Toronto and Chicago, from April 10 through13. “Our strong ratings send a powerful message to investors that we’re a safe harbour and gives confidence in British Columbia’s economy, helping attract new investment and create jobs,” said Falcon.

Kinder Morgan to engage communities on pipeline upgrade Daniel Betts Editor

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$5 billion dollar upgrade to the Kinder Morgan pipeline to the coast is expected to move forward in the next couple of years. The Valley Sentinel asked Andrew Galarnyk, Director External Relations for Kinder Morgan what this means for the valley. “If there is an opportunity to work with the community just as we did with the Anchor Loop Project we will,” said Galarnyk. The Anchor Loop Project, which began construction in the fall of 2007 and went into service in October of 2008, had a significant economic impact on the valley. “Cer-

tainly the way we were treated with the community in the last go around with anchor loop we were very pleased and felt very welcomed to be part of that community,” said Galarnyk. “I think to the extent that we could leverage off of that going forward we will certainly keep Valemount in mind.” Galarnyk noted Kinder Morgan plans to begin a public engagement consultation program with local communities, First Nations and other interested groups early this summer. Kinder Morgan will be targeting communities for open houses. “People will want to have a voice and we’ll look to accommodate all those communities that fall into that category.”

NOTICE: Effective April 1, 2012 All persons or organizations wishing to rent the Golden Years Lodge Hall, please call the office of the Valemount Senior Citizen Housing Society. 250-566-4867 MAY THE MOUNTAINS MOVE YOU

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EVENT SCHEDULE 11 AM -12 PM BOOTH SET UP 12:00 PM COOK’S MEETING 12:30 PM START COOKING 3:30 PM STOVES OFF 4:00 PM JUDGING 5:00 PM AWARDS AND PRIZES

“Spring Sledding”

According to Curtis Pawliuk, manager of Valemount Area Recreational Development Association, “It’s been an exceptional winter season and with an alpine base still over three meters, the spring riding season is off to a great start. Our access trails are holding great snow and have full cover from the staging areas. The groomers are still out working hard, although we are operating on a day to day basis as the weather allows.” For the most up to date info, please visit www.valemountrecdevelopment.com Photo by Curtis Pawliuk

PRIZES for: 1st PLACE 2nd PLACE 3rd PLACE BEST BOOTH PEOPLES CHOICE 5:00 PM CASH AWARDS PRESENTED FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: PETE PEARSON 566-1115 or petep1@telus.net


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Village of Valemount Council Briefs Donalda Beeson Contributor

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he regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on April 10, 2012. Mayor Andru McCracken, Councillors Christine Latimer, Hollie Blanchette, Sandy Salt, and Dallas Bullock, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tom Dall, and Deputy Corporate Officer (DCO) Anne Yanciw were all in attendance. Public Hearing: Development Variance Permit—Valemount Car Wash and Mini Storage Council conducted a public hearing required in order for staff to proceed with the Development Variance process as outlined in the Community Charter and Local Government Act for the increase in the number of storage units on the property for the Valemount Car Wash and Mini Storage. John Grogan made a public comment regarding this matter. Development Variance Permit—Best Western Plus Hotel Council conducted a public hearing required in order for staff to proceed with the Development Variance process as outlined in the Community Charter and Local Government Act for the building of a garage on the Best Western property. Councillor Latimer stepped out for this report, as her being the General Manager of the Best Western is a conflict of interest in this matter. John Grogan made a public comment regarding this matter. Delegations: There were no delegations this week. Committee of the Whole: Communications Technology Discussion Council participated in a Committee of the Whole brainstorm discussion to introduce the conversation around Communications Technology and specifically how cost effective the buying of iPads for council to browse the agendas would be as opposed to the cost of printing at least six agendas, which can be upwards of 100 pages every two weeks. They also discussed their projected effectiveness of their engagement with the public. Unfinished Business: Council continued the conversation surrounding the Village of Valemount’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was noted that Sports Day and Spring Fest were decided for June 22 to 24, 2012. Mayor McCracken made a motion to make Councillor Latimer chair of the Village of Valemount’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Councillor Blanch-

ette seconded this motion. Correspondence for Action: Ministry of Justice Re: Emergency Management Workshop Council received a letter for information only from the Ministry of Justice regarding an emergency Management Workshop in Valemount on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Community Services Centre, at 99 Gorse Street. Valemount Children’s Activity Society Re: Kitchenette Renovations Councillor Blanchette made a motion to agree to the kitchen renovations contingent of a signed lease with the Village. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. Valemount Badminton Club Re: Badminton Bird Purchase Mayor McCracken made a motion to refer the request to the Community Use Committee for approval, and that future requests go directly to the committee rather than to Council. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Information Items: Tourism Valemount Re: Minutes of Regular Committee Meeting Councillor Blanchette made a motion that the timeline of the Big Foot project presented by staff be approved and give permission to staff to start with the request for proposals process regarding engineering and that a working committee be formed with the following members: Peter Felmark, Charles Kosmadia, Patricia Thoni, and Marion Farquharson. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Administrative Reports: CAO Re: Development Variance Permit—Valemount Car Wash and Mini Storage Councillor Salt made a motion for Council to approve staff to proceed with the Development Variance process as outlined in the Community Charter and Local Government Act for the increase in the number of storage units on the property for the Valemount Car Wash and Mini Storage (Development Variance Permit DVP 01-12), stating that this will be the last allowable extension to the number or accessory buildings on the property. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion.

CAO Re: Development Variance Permit—Best Western Plus Hotel Councillor Blanchette made a motion for Council to approve staff to proceed with the Development Variance process as outlined in the Community Charter and Local Government Act for the building of a garage on the Best property (DVP Tell usTell your for the of Valemount! us vision your vision forfuture the future of Valemount! Western 02-12), with the stipulaPlease help us create thecreate visionthe for vision a successful and sustainable Valemount. The VillageThe of Village of tion that upon complePlease help us for a successful and sustainable Valemount. Valemount,Valemount, in cooperation with community partners, is embarking on Plan Valemount’s Future—our in cooperation with community partners, is embarking on Plan Valemount’s Future—our tion of the garage they take down the other Integrated Integrated CommunityCommunity Sustainability Planning (ICSP) process that will lead our community to a socially, Sustainability Planning (ICSP) process that will lead our community to a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainablesustainable future. buildings. Councillor economically, and environmentally future. Latimer stepped out for The word “sustainability” has become a popular but it’s an important part of community The word “sustainability” has becomebuzzword, a popular buzzword, but it’s an important part of community this report, as her being planning. The development of a sustainable community—not only environmentally, but economically, planning. The development of a sustainable community—not only environmentally, but economically, the General Manager socially andsocially culturally—is critical to Valemount’s long-term success andsuccess prosperity. and culturally—is critical to Valemount’s long-term and prosperity. of the Best Western is Learn moreLearn about Planabout Valemount’s Future: www.valemount.ca/icsp and on Facebook. more Plan Valemount’s Future: www.valemount.ca/icsp and on Facebook. a conflict of interest in this matter. Councillor ParticipateParticipate now: The first opportunity for public input is through a 15 minute survey thatsurvey will bethat online now: The first opportunity for public input is through a 15 minute will be online Bullock seconded this until April 25. to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Q7N9WR untilGoApril 25. Go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Q7N9WR motion. Save theseSave dates: these dates:

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DCO Re: Rental of Office Space in Community Services Centre Council received for information only a report from the Deputy Corporate Officer regarding another signed lease for office space in the Community Services Building.

EDO Re: Economic Development Report Council received a report from the Economic Development Officer for information only. Public Works Report Council received a March 2012 report from Public Works for information only. Building Inspector Report March 2012 Council received a March 2012 report from the Building Inspector for information only. Financial Report Council received a March 2012 report from the Financial Officer for information only. Accounts Payable Monthly Report Council received an Accounts Payable Monthly Report from the Financial Officer for information only. Councillor Blanchette made a motion that Council direct staff to research some other options for places to stay that are within walking distance for attendance at the 2012 LGMA. Coucillor Bullock seconded this motion. Councillor Latimer also made a motion to have Council direct the Policy Review Committee to look at the travel and per diem amounts in the Travel Allowances Policy. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. DOF Re: Community Energy & Emissions Plan Councillor Latimer made a motion to approve the Community Energy & Emissions Plan and to create a committee to begin implementing action items. Bylaws and Policies: Village of Valemount Water Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 680, 2012 Third Reading Councillor Salt carried a motion to have Mayor and Council approve only a third reading of Bylaw No. 680, 2012, to increase the current bylaw amount of $82.80 to $86.15 to reflect inflation costs of operating the water supply to residents. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. Village of Valemount “Five Year Financial Plan” Bylaw No. 681, 2012 First, and Second Reading Councillor Salt carried a motion to defer until the next meeting, a third reading of Bylaw No. 681, 2012, “Five Year Financial Plan”. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Village of Valemount Bylaw No. 682, 2012 First, Second and Third Reading Councillor Bullock carried a motion to approve a first, second, and third reading of Bylaw No. 682, 2012. During the 2011 financial audit, KPMG noticed that a bylaw was adopted for the transfer of funds from a reserve account for the Sewer Life Station Enhancement project. This account is in fact a surplus account and no bylaw is required to remove funds. Therefore, bylaw 679, 2011, is to be rescinded. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion.

To clear up anything mentioned in these notes, please contact Donalda Beeson at The Valley Sentinel, at donalda@thevalleysentinel.com. For more information, concerning anything mentioned at the Council meetings please contact the Village Office and note that, as always, the public is more than welcome to attend these meetings, as well as make a delegation or public comment, on the second and fourth Tuesday’s of every month at 7 p.m. sharp in the Village of Valemount Council Chambers.


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Village of McBride Council Briefs Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR

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he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride was held April 10 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Councillors Irene Rejman, Rick Thompson, Raj Basran and Lori Kimpton, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements and Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine in attendance. Five members of the public were present as well. Semi-annual police report Delegate and McBride RCMP Detachment Commander Corporal Barry Kennedy presented Council with the detachment’s bi-annual report. The report covered July 1 to December 31, 2011 as well as year-end. See page 3 for full story.

Urban deer survey Council approved that Administration proceeds with the Urban Deer Survey. The survey will be mailed out to all households in the village and will be included with the property tax notices. The motion was made by Mayor Frazier and carried by Councillor Kimpton. “We encourage everyone to complete and return this survey as it forms an important first step in ungulate management,” said Councillor Thompson in his blog. Reports Mayor, Councillors and staff provided verbal reports on activities. Councillor Basran reported that he attended the McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association’s meeting. He brought forward a couple of requests from the club. The club is looking for assistance from the Village’s Public Works crew with snow clearing of the road when they are in the area clearing the water dam road. The club would also like some assistance from the EDO in researching grants to allow them to expand one of the user cabins. Councillor Basran made a motion that a letter be sent to the McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association stating that when the Village equipment is at the water dam site clearing snow, that the crew will clear a lane of the roadway from the Village water dam access to the Lucille Mountain snowmobile parking area. Mayor Frazier seconded the motion, which was carried. Request from Ducks Unlimited Council responded to a request from Ducks Unlimited regarding a donation to the Annual Ducks Unlimited Dinner and Auction which will be held on Saturday, April 21. Mayor Frazier and Councillor Thompson left the Council Chambers due to a conflict of interest. Councillor Basran made a motion that Acting Mayor Rejman presides in the Mayor’s chair until the Mayor returns to the Chambers. The motion was seconded by Councillor Kimpton and carried. Councillor Basran made a motion that the village provide items for donation to Ducks Unlimited to a

maximum value of $75. The motion was seconded by Councillor Kimpton and carried. Mayor Frazier and Councillor Thompson returned to the Council Chambers after the motion was carried. Five-Year Financial Plan Mayor Frazier made a motion that the “Village of McBride Financial Plan for the Years 2012-2016 Bylaw No. 722, 2012” be given second reading. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rejman and carried.

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Tax Rate Bylaw Mayor Frazier made a motion that the “Village of McBride Tax Rate Bylaw No. 723, 2012” be given first and second reading. The motion was seconded by Councillor Thompson and carried. Temporary Commercial Use Permit Application Under new business, Council received an application for a Temporary Use Permit for a commercial property on Second Avenue. Councillor Thompson left the Council Chambers due to a conflict of interest as he is the owner of the property. Mayor Frazier made a motion that the Temporary Commercial Use Permit Application No. 2012-01 be received. The motion was seconded by Councillor Basran and carried. Public Hearing for Temporary Commercial Use Permit Application Mayor Frazier made a motion that the public hearing for the Temporary Commercial Use Permit Application No. 2012-01 be held April 30 at 7 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rejman and carried. Councillor Thompson returned to the Council Chambers after the two motions were carried. Council meetings open to the public The next Council meeting is scheduled for April 24. The public is reminded that the Village of McBride Council meetings as well as the Village of McBride budget meetings are open to the public. Dates for Council meetings, agendas and minutes, as well as information on how to address Council and provide input at a Council meeting can be found on the Village of McBride website at www. mcbride.ca. For more information, contact the Village of McBride at (250) 569 2229. Additional information on village happenings can also be found on Coun cillor Thompson’s blog at www.rickthompson. webs.com. Both Councillor Thompson and Mayor Frazier also maintain a Facebook page with public information.

As per section 166 of the Community Charter, the Village of McBride will be holding a public meeting regarding Bylaw No. 722, 2012, “Village of McBride Five Year Financial Plan for the years 2012 to 2016”. The public meeting will be held on April 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Corporation of the Village of McBride’s Council Chambers located at 100 Robson Centre-855 SW Frontage Road, McBride, BC. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

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Norah & Richard Meyer standing in front of a replica of The Deliverance. This British ship was shipwrecked off St. George, Bermuda in 1609. It was carrying African slaves bound for Jamestown, Virgina, USA and Captained by Sir. James Somers.

Stay tuned for details on the 2012 Sightseer contest! Send your sentinel sightseer to editor@thevalleysentinel.com Don’t forget to send us a brief description, include who is in the photo, where they are and what they’re doing!

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BUSINESS WATCH A Dog’s Life Pet Services Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR

‘A Dog’s Life’ just got a whole lot better. Valemount resident Chris Dolbec and her daughter McKenna Edmand are the owners of a grooming and pet sitting service serving Albreda, Valemount, and Tete Jaune, B.C.. “We offer grooming services, bath, brush outs, nail trims and ear cleaning on the grooming side,” said Dolbec. “We also offer pet sitting in the animal’s home. Dogs, cats, all feel more secure and comfortable in their own home. We provide a minimum of two visits a day, but in all honesty it usually is three and one of those usually includes a car ride and an off-leash romp somewhere (for dogs). We also love doing farm care, so we will feed and water as well as exercise any animal that needs caring for. We care for everything, gills and hooves included.” While Dolbec does all the driving, her daughter helps out with everything. “She helps a lot and is my partner in crime,” said Dolbec. “Like the saying goes, ‘No outfit is complete without dog hair’ and we are usually plastered in it.” Dolbec and Edmand started the business officially last year. “We came up with the idea because we never go anywhere unless I have our animals really well cared for,” said Dolbec. “The bond most people have with their animals goes way beyond just ‘having a dog or cat’. Our ‘herd’ has senior members and some need medications and extra patience and understanding. I am extremely picky who I leave the dogs and cats with! Long story short I knew I wasn’t alone in this predicament, hence ‘A Dog’s Life’ officially came to life.” Dolbec has a certificate from Thompson Rivers University in Animal Welfare; she is a former humane educator with the BCSPCA, has completed courses in Dog Behaviour Assessment, has the Dangerous Dog Certification, Basic Obedience, as well as having worked cruelty investigations. “I have volunteered with many rescue organizations for both domestic and wildlife and continue to work to improve the well-being of animals locally and abroad,” she said.“My daughter McKenna has volunteered countless hours at animals shelters; she has cleaned countless kennels, walked dogs or just sat with frightened dogs until they exhale. She has made countless batches of formula for puppies and kittens in the middle of the night that we have fostered and has mastered the art of bottle feeding even the tiniest of orphaned babies. They say everything you need to know about life you learn in kindergarten. I beg to differ. Everything you need to know about living a good life comes from having a respectful relationship with animals.” Dolbec said she doesn’t subscribe to one method of dog teaching. “I will never one hundred per cent be sold that there is only one right way of being a great animal guardian. Cesar Milan and others like him have done great things for animal welfare but I think it is important for people to realize

“This little guy needs a haircut and a shampoo”

Above: On Monday, April 16, local dog groomer, Chris Dolbec makes friends with and puts ‘Yukon’ at ease prior to a session. Dolbec has certification in Animal Welfare from Thompson Rivers University and is a former humane educator with the BCSPCA. Photo by Andrea Scholz

no one way is perfect. Read, learn, and most importantly listen and watch your dog’s body language. Patience!” ‘A Dog’s Life’ currently offers grooming services at the Valemount veterinary clinic, but Dolbec said they are currently looking for a new place. “We are flexible and offer pet sitting seven days,” said Dolbec. “Grooming is limited to one to two days per week.” For more information or to book a service, contact Dolbec at (250) 566 0166 or by email at adogslifex2@gmail.com.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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GOOD SHEPHERD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

3rd Ave & Elm St. Phone: 1 877 314-4897 Sunday 8:30am Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat9am, Wed & Fri 7pm

ANGLICAN UNITED CHURCH

250 566-4797 7th & Cedar, Sunday

Worship 10:00 AM

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Sunday School 10am. Family Worship 10:30am. Prayer meeting Thurs 7pm

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Vanderhoof Office Office: (250) 567-4488 Fax: (250) 567-4490 Cell: (250) 565-8436

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Worship Service on Sun 10:30am

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• GIS Services • Timber Cruising • GPS & Mapping • Forest Development • Total Chance Planning • Visual Impact Assessment • MPB Assessment & Control

Sun. 11:00 am Home group meeting at Rod & Deb Reimer’s - Brown Road, Dunster. 250 968-4335.

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845 Cedarside Rd. Valemount BC Phone: 250-566-4818 or 1-866-566-4818 Fax: 250-566-4815 Cardlock and bulk plant facility Fuel truck for all your delivery needs

ROCKO’S CHURCH

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WESTRIDGE

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ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 197 Dominion, 250 569-2606 Sun. Communion Service 11am

EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH

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Worship Service on Sun 10:30am

ANGLICAN UNITED CHURCH

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SEVENTH - DAY ADVENTIST

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Church 569-3350 Office 569-6802 Sunday Worship 11:00am, Prayer Service Wed. 7 pm

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CLASSIFIEDS

GTS for 20 words and $1 plus HST for each additional word. Offer valid for the following classified categories: Automotive, Campers/Motorhomes, Miscellaneous, Recreational Vehicles, Pets/Livestock, and Building Materials. This offer is valid for single item sales only. Your ad will run for up to three months after which you can choose to renew your ad.

Main: 250.566.4425 | Toll-free: 1.800.226.2129 | E-mail: classifieds@thevalleysentinel.com | Web: classifieds.thevalleysentinel.com MISC. FOR SALE

MISC. FOR SALE Deanna’s Place: 3/4 sized

bed, like new. Mattress, 4” box spring, frame, and waterproof mattress cover. Must see. $325. Call Deanna 250-566-9021

Four P245/75P16 Toyota Rims with good for one season Dunlop tires. Rims have sensors. Six bolt holes. $200. Phone 566-9794. GTS MAR 28

GTS APR 11

EMPLOYMENT

Accepting applications from Class #1 reliable, professional drivers. Send resume and abstract to: PO Box 525 McBride V0J 2E0 or confidential fax to: 250-569-0139

AUTOMOBILES

4 Cooper Weathermaster Winter Tires With Rims, P215/60R15,Balanced, Installed on new Canadian Tire winter rims, 5 Bolt, Studded, 2.7inches center to center, Like new $500 obo will ship anywhere at buyers expense. Call 604-588-0069 for more information. GTS NOV 30

APR 25

EMPLOYMENT

EMPLOYMENT

2004 Ford Freestar minivan Sports model. Tan colour. Loaded. Good condition. Clean. WInter rims and tires included. $6,500 OBO Phone 250569-7295 daytime or 250968 4322 evenings. GTS JAN 25

1996 GMC 3/4 ton long box, super cab, 6.5 diesel, automatic, 4 x 4, tunnel cover. $3,000 OBO 2505697181 GTS DEC 21

1988 JEEP YJ C/W SnowBlade, Beaconlight, 2-way radio. Approx. 275,000 km. $7,000 OBO Contact 250-5745880 or email ope56@ hotmail.com GTS NOV 2

RENTALS

4 bedroom home for rent in McBride. Wood stove. Nice landscaped yard. Mature family only $800 month. 250-566-9126

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1997 FORD F 150 4 x4, reg cab, long box. Motor knocks, easy fix or good for parts. $700 250-566-4557

Mobile Home: Hartman’s Trailer Park 2 bedrooms, new roof, bathroom, windows, and carpet. Pellet Stove and propane furnace. $25,000 OBO Call Nathan 250-566-5040 GTS FEB 15

GTS JULY 20

Announcements

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BC ARTS AND CULTURE WEEK is here! From April 2228, arts councils & schools in your community are hosting activities of all sorts as part of the celebration. www. bcartsweek.org

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employment opportunities SERVICE MANAGER Hanna Chrysler Ltd. (Hanna, Alberta). Opportunity in a perfect family environment. Strong team, competitive wages, benefits, growth potential. Fax resume: 403854-2845. Email: chrysler@ telusplanet.net. FinAnciAl services

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STEEL BUILDING BLOWOUT SALE! 20X26 $5,199. 25X28 $5,799. 30X42 $8,390. 32X56 $11,700. 40X50 $14,480. 47X76 $20,325. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www. pioneersteel.ca.

ARCTIC CO-OPERATIVES LIMITED is recruiting Line Cooks and Guest Services positions for Inns North hotels in Nunavut. E-mail your resume to: humanresources@ arcticco-op.com or fax: 204632-8575.

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RENTALS

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APR 25

1290 Week of 4.16.2012

Drivers required for the safe and courteous transportation of Railway Crews. Job is based out of BLUE RIVER. Clean abstract is required. This is a 24/7 on-call operation. Pay is a flatrate per trip, based on $15.00/hour. You will need a class 1, 2, or 4 driver’s licence. If you need to upgrade we may assist, some conditions apply. Retired and Semi-Retired more than welcome! To apply contact John Hollis either at John.Hollis@HallconCrewTransport.com or by fax to 780-468-4617.

RENTALS

#026-C

#004

#015-1

Mtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. Renovated 2 bdrm $575. 2 Bdrm trailer w/full addition. Large wired workshop, fenced yard. Propane/wood heat. Pet ok. $600 Furnished suite in 4-plex: 2 bdrm / 1 bath. Large rooms, great natural lighting! No pets, no smoking. $650 3 Bdrms, 2 Baths: Double-wide trailer on town lot w/wired workshop. Propane/wood heat. Pet ok. $725 1 Bdrm suite in Triplex house. Very clean, mostly furnished, all new appliances. Great storage, new shared laundry. Small pet ok, no smoking. $500 + util.

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FREE 8 foot SECURITY Camper, needs work. Must be moved. Phone 250-566-1820

Dial-A-Lawyer Day April 21st 10AM-2PM Call: 1.800.663.1919

APR 18

15 minutes free in the following areas of law:

TRAVEL TRAILER

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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

Ducks Unlimited Dinner and Auction Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Robson Valley Community Centre in McBride is the 25th anniversary of the annual Ducks Unlimited Dinner and Auction. Tickets $40 per person. There will be a Hawaiian themed supper and silent and live auction. Get out your colourful shirts; cocktails and viewing starts at 6 p.m. with supper at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the McBride Trading Co. For further information contact Beth or Allan Frederick at (250) 569 8866. Yoga in Motion - Move, Dance, and Play Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 6 to 10 p.m., there is a Yoga Dance Party in the multi-purpose room of the Jasper Activity Centre. As a fundraiser for Arthritis Research and Awareness, Warrior Fitness invites you to come Move, Dance, and Play for those who cannot. An evening led by Yoga Teacher Stephanie Sophocleous, with music, live drummers, and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students and are available at Tekarra Color Lab, Nutters, and at Jasper Open Yoga. The yoga starts at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m. with the close of the silent auction. For more information contact Stephanie at (780) 852 0628. New Moon Every new moon, or twelve times a year, the earth is extra dark at night when there is a new moon in the sky. April 21 is this month’s new moon, and prime stargazing opportunity. Why not head out to Jasper, a designated Dark Light Reserve, for an evening of star gazing? Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Shelly Battensby of the Robson Valley Support Society (RVSS) explains that, “Shoes symbolize that life is a journey and that women experiencing vio-

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lence come from all walks of life. Shoes indicate that whether she stays or leaves (walks away), we are supportive of her and the decisions she makes. And when one considers the variety of shoes that women wear, they also represent the strength, courage, and resourcefulness of women who live with violence.” By agreeing to display the shoes and their accompanying posters, businesses indicate their support of both the Province and RVSS’s efforts to eliminate violence against women. Battensby reminds us that, “We as a community have a responsibility to respond to violence against women. It is not one person’s issue. It affects us all.” Canadian Cancer Society Tete Jaune Hall Family Dance April 21, 2012 there will be a family dance at the Tete Jaune Community Hall. The dance starts at 7 p.m. with music by DJ Loud. There will be potluck snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available. Also be sure to check out the silent auction! Admission for this event is by donation and all proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society. VES Victoria Trip Fundraising Movie Night Thursday, April 26, the Valemount Elementary School grade six students will be hosting a movie night fundraiser for their trip to Victoria in June! At 6 p.m. they will be showing Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. It is rated G. Then at 8:30 p.m. they will be showing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It is rated PG13. Admission is $5 per person, per movie. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and draw for an iPad 2 (tickets on sale now) at 8:30 p.m. Got a Tip? If you have a note idea or tip, or would like to share your event or happening, you are encouraged to contact Donalda Beeson at donalda@thevalleysentinel.com or The Valley Sentinel (250) 566 New at the Valemount Public Library 4425. Please note that all items for publicaAdult fiction tion on the Wednesday A walk across the sun ~ Corban Addison issue, must be in by the American dervish ~ Ayad Akhtar The last nude ~ Ellis Avery previous Friday. Please look after mom ~ Kyong Suk Sin The Winter Palace ~ Eva Stachniak

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April is National Poetry month Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

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n celebration of poetry, the 14th Annual National Poetry Month’s Canadian theme is Balance. In celebration locally, Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. the McBride and District Public Library is hosting a Poetry Coffeehouse. They invite people to come and recite a favourite poem in celebration, and even promise coffee (decaf included). This is your notice, get memorizing those poems and come celebrate literary poetics. Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. The goal of National Po-

etry Month is to expand and educate poetry audiences, especially young audiences, and to increase the profile of poetry and poets as well as inspire an increase in the reading, writing and teaching of Canadian poetry. This month is also host to Young Poets (YP) Week, which runs from April 15 to 21, 2012. Teachers can check the teachers’ forum each day to read about the new and exciting activities during YP week. Youngpoets.ca is an excellent source of inspiration for this year’s entrants as well as a valuable educational resource, featuring lesson plans, reading lists, a digital history of Canadian poetry and an on-line discussion group. Young writers are encouraged to browse articles or join a chat-room discussion with peers and published poets. In celebration of this month, I would also like to share a poem with you:

Where do you keep your fairies shoes: a Poem for Grandma Cloe by Donalda Beeson There’s nothing really important about a missing bird book; bird encyclopedia to be exact, unless you are, of course, a dainty little lady slipper, then there lies great importance upon a bird book that collects and presses such things, a coffin for a spring sprout, a gallery for natures finest. But what if there were a young girl, who scoured the emerald forests for these teeny-tiny treasures, rare and specific wild flowers, lavenders and yellows, then to her, such a book would be of grave importance It would be the chest containing treasures from adventures past. And what if there were a grandmother who had pirated with her mate to find this flora shaped like tiny slippers for forest fairies, well then I don’t need to tell you that that book would be of the utmost importance, if all that time and all those flowers, were gathered together, pressed up tight somewhere, like a locked-up world, forgotten, lost somewhere all alone. And if that book somehow signified to that, now grown, young girl, a missing relationship, the grandmother she’d lost then that book and it’s specific location would be of grave importance. But other than that, there is nothing really important about a bird book probably garage-saled, someplace opening, tiny paper shoes falling out.

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ACTIVITIES WEEKLY HOROSCOPE by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) All systems should be go by now. Your focus stands to be sharp, perhaps backed by a determination to make up for ‘lost time’. Tending to a variety of tasks and interests is likely. Preparing the ground on each front rather than following through to completion on any one will feel right. Get clear on your objectives lest you initiate more than you can complete. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Tending to matters behind the scenes has probably felt right. Now it is time to take more deliberate initiative. You likely remain in an expansive mood. Stimulating a variety on income streams and or talents and other creative expressions will bring rewards. Joining forces and merging your goals and ambitions with those of others remains important. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) An interesting spectrum of flows will keep things interesting. Budding friendships have been sparked. Desires for travel or at least trying new angles of approach are emerging. Yet, you may also be happy to lay low and enjoy some quality time behind the scenes for a while. With a busy summer cycle looming, replenishing your deep energy reserves is wise. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) The spark of new friendships and or stimulation of latent talents continue to stir in your world. Your energy levels stand to be on the rise as a result. Yet, it is important that you be mindful of your health so decipher if your daily routing is supporting or thwarting your constitution. Doing so will increase your confidence levels. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Something new is being activated in your career and or public life. This will become increasing clear over the next couple of weeks. Reaching out to make new friends and connections may be necessary for success. Let your ambitions direct your focus with discipline. Follow through with all leads and aim to forge new alliances. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) A create cycle is being seeded and o a variety of fronts. Acquiring new tools, techniques and knowledge is part of the plot. Making key investments may be necessary yet avoid frivolous spending, at least where larger investments are implied. Aim to build your confidence levels by taking risks. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) The time has come to prepare the ground somehow. This includes accessing the resources of others, which could include knowledge. Doing inner work is also important. This includes clearing doubts and or courageously facing any lingering fears. Changes close to home have been and will continue to bubble along so keep pace with them. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Changes in your relationships are being seeded now. These stand to produce some very satisfying returns. They will likely coincide with and/or bring about distinct changes in your perspectives on things. You may also be challenged to choose between a variety of inspiring possibilities. Go for the ones they lead you into new territory.

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Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Establishing a more solid base will become more evident this week. This could include making healthy changes in your lifestyle. These stand to have a positive result in your relationships. Mixing work with pleasure may be an option or you could face the challenge of deciding between the two. Ironically, it is likely that you will feel like working. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) You are in the mood to make some creative changes. Taking an innovative approach will prove inspiring. Yet you may have to give more to situations that you bargained for. Still, the rewards will probably outweigh the efforts. Asserting your own position is probably extra important these days and you will. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Changes on the home front are rolling in. These will stimulate many new perspectives. Your confidences are probably on the rise and these are both fuelling your ambitions and demanding extra efforts. You may also be feeling extra curious these days and want fresh input. Considering your options for the future to feel more secure is a priority. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Many new thoughts, ideas, and perspectives are taking root in your mind. Weighing your options feels right yet there is the danger that you have already and may yet scatter your focus. So, make extra efforts to get clear and what seems truly viable. Exploring a wider spectrum of possibilities is a good idea though, as long as you are willing to make the extra efforts.

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On Saturday, April 14, valley residents attended the Cultivating Community Forum at the Evangelical Free Church, where participants listened to guest speakers and learned valuable new skills. A McBride and District Community Garden was one of the topics discussed. Participants also learned about Biodynamic Composting, making plant pots, using perennials and saving seeds. Special thanks to Nancy Taylor for organizing the event. Above: A village map of outlining the prospective properties where a Community Garden may one day be cultivated. Top Right: Penny Rivard teaching a hands-on workshop on making handmade planters. Bottom Right: The workshop was well attended with over 50 participants. “It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves,” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson. Photos by Astrid Frazier

“Building Knowledge Team”

Above: On Saturday, April 14, at the Log and Rail Bar, Sandra Hodge and Gilly Thomas pose during the Building Knowledge Gala Event Fundraiser, which successfully raised $3,700 toward building a new school for children in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar. Well done Valemount! Thank you for your generous Support! Photo by Andrea Scholz

“Stopping over?”

Above: On Sunday, April 15, a pair of Canada geese take a stroll across the remaining ice on Cranberry Marsh with Canoe Mountain looming in the background. These geese might be headed for nesting grounds farther north, but maybe the incredible scenery will entice them to stay. You never know, it has happened before. Photo by Andrea Scholz

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