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WEDNESDAY July 13, 2011 $1.16 Plus HST

Volume 26 Issue 28

Serving the Robson Valley since 1986


Including the communities of Valemount, McBride, Dunster, Tete Jaune, Blue River, Mount Robson, Crescent Spur and Dome Creek

When it rains, it pours! Jana Zamyslicka - Page 2

Horse Rescue - Page 7

GymkHana - Page 8

“Rain Rain Go Away”

The swelled waters of Kenneth Creek rush across Highway 16, 77 km east of Prince George on July 9, closing the highway. Photo by Astrid Tevely

Birgit Stutz contributor

Beaver River- Page 10

Weather WEDNESDAY Rain ShoweRS High: 22°C Low: 10°C Details pg 14


umerous people were stranded in Prince George Saturday, July 9 when Highway 16 was closed for more than 24 hours due to a washout that happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. The washout occured at Kenneth Creek, about 11 kilometers east of the Purden Lake Resort and 67 kilometers east of the intersection of Highway 16 and the Old Cariboo Highway in Prince George. Heavy rainfall over the past few days has made area rivers and creeks rise, and the culvert which normally carries the water of Kenneth Creek from the south side to the north

side of Highway 16 couldn’t keep up with the increased flow. On the south side of the highway, the water had risen to the point where it was crossing the road, putting up to two feet of water on the road, and eroding the north shoulder of the highway, making the highway impassable. By mid-afternoon on Saturday, the water flowing across the road at Kenneth Creek was receding. However, the highway remained closed until crews were able to assess and repair the damage from the washout. Shortly before 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, July 10, the road was re-opened to single lane alternating traffic. As of Monday, Yellowhead Road and Bridge crews were still on scene making repairs to the highway.

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Help Has Arrived Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


ave you ever wondered if you may be eligible for a grant, but you don’t really know where to start looking? Were the daunting grant applications too intimidating and you just gave up? Well, help has finally arrived. Jana Zamyslicka is that help. Zamyslicka, a retired market-planning engineer, is the new grant writer for the Robson Valley. “I just love the area, and wish there was more opportunity and more work here for the community,” explained Zamyslicka. The need for the position came after last years local manufacturers meeting held by Valemount Community Forestry. “One of the items that came out of this [meeting] was the need for a grant writer,” said Shane Bressette, Community Forest Manager. “Somebody that could research what is out there for grants and help with putting the applications together.” Bressette worked with Valemount Community Forestry, Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Village of Valemount to acquire funding for the start up of the position. Grant writing assistance is available to anyone in the Valley, and is a free service paid for by the funding partners. “Were not aware of this being done anywhere,” said Bressette. “The village had a grant writer two or three years back that wrote just for municipal projects. This one is a grant writer that is just open for anyone in the community and the Robson Valley, and would include McBride, Dunster, Valemount and Tete Jaune.” Part of the Community Forest mandate is to do whatever it can to benefit

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Notice is hereby given that a public hearing into Zoning Bylaw No. 833, Amendment Bylaw No.2693 will be held: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre McBride, BC Zoning Bylaw No. 833, Amendment Bylaw No. 2693 is proposed to add Logging/Trucking Contractor to the Industrial 7 (M7) zone and to rezone Lot 1, District Lot 12099, Cariboo District Plan 24674 from Rural 1 (Ru1) to Industrial 7 (M7). The proposed zoning amendment would allow the operation of a concrete production plant, gravel screening, crushing and washing, and a commercial trucking operation on the subject property. The property is located on Bevier Road. The owner is Robson Valley Construction Ltd. The agent is Angelika Sosnitskyi.


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“New Grant Writer”

Meet Jana and her adorable assistants, Sunshine and Pepper! Jana is the new grant writer for the Robson Valley. Photo by Tiffany Smith

the community, explained Bressette. “Initially it started as a way to help wood manufactures, and then we broadened the scope so that any group could benefit,” said Bressette. Economic growth is the underlying factor, said Bressette. “It’s a way to try to bring money into the Valley and help people boost whatever their needs are,” explained Bressette. Zamyslicka was working with the town of Hinton and had procured a million dollar grant for them as part of a federal stimulus package for their recreation center. She has also had success securing an $800,000 research grant for a contract in Alberta. “There are a lot of available grants out there,” explained Zamyslicka. “That money is sitting there, and if you don’t get it, someone else will,” said Zamyslicka. “Why not tap into that.” An open house will be held soon for the community to meet Zamyslicka, ask questions and book appointments to find out what funding may be available to them.

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“Soaking it in”

On July 9th, another view of Kenneth Creek flowing over Highway 16, 77 KM east of Prince George. Media can be seen on the Prince George side of the washout taking pictures. Photo by Astrid Tevely

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Local News

Restaurants: One of the Hardest Hit by HST Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


ith an HST referendum just around the corner, there is a lot to consider. B.C. residents will be asked on August 5, 2011, to vote on the newly implemented HST tax. Voting “no” tells the government to keep the HST and have the tax reduced to 10 percent over the next three years or by voting “yes” to return to the old system of having both GST and PST tax. One of the hardest hit industries seems to be the restaurant business. Patricia Thoni of Caribou Grill says the Restaurant Association believes it has affected restaurants. “It’s hard to say if it is the HST or the economy or the American dollar or just everything put together,” says Thoni. “Our numbers are a bit lower. It’s just less people eating out.” For Leslie Ballard, Manager of Great Escape, one of the big impacts she has seen has been the affect on her customers. “Its increased the customers bill by 7 per cent for one thing,” says Ballard. “That doesn’t make for very good business.” It’s a big tax hit for neighbouring Alberta residents vacationing in B.C, who are used to a five percent sales tax. “They just kind of laugh, and say, ‘oh, B.C. and their tax,’” says Ballard. This kind of feedback is a regular occurrence for business owner Bruce Baker of Café Mount Robson. “We certainly do get some negative feedback,” explains Baker. “Particularly Albertans are one segment we do get it from.” “Were right on the border of B.C. and Alta., so right away we are Albertans’ first taste of the HST, and Albertans already have a built in prejudice thinking that B.C. is a much higher taxed place.“ When the tax first came into affect, Baker saw his numbers drop. “We do a lot of tour business here, so we are directly competing with businesses in Jasper more than anything,” says Baker. “So right away they have a seven per cent advantage over us.“ Café Mount Robson is a business that has been very affected by the tax increase due to the

VILLAGE OF VALEMOUNT PUBLIC NOTICE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY SALE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Section 26 of the Community Charter: Village Council intends to sell the following property: Property was priced at $47,709.00 and has been reduced to $36,000.00 and is located at 1155 6th Avenue. Legal Description: Lot 4, Block 6, Plan 9689, District Lot 7355, Cariboo Land District: PID 011-502-304. The property is zoned R-1 Residential and has water and sewer available. The property has a condition; the purchaser has to build within two years of the date of purchase. The property has been listed with Yellowhead Realty Ltd. This is not a tender or a request for offers. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Village Office at (250) 566-4435, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday or Yellowhead Realty.

simple fact it is right on the Alberta border. “There are lots of different things that come into play, but [the HST] definitely did affect things,” says Baker. “To the point of people looking at the prices and saying, ‘I’m not going to shop here.’” Business owner, Charles Kosmadia, of The Moose Pub and the Alpine Inn in Valemount, has seen both the advantages and disadvantages to the HST. “The HST actually benefits my hotel “It’s the general public that’s paying out of pocket.” business, in that we Sherral Shaw comments on the HST impacts at The Gathering Tree. Photo by Tiffany Smith get money back, as opposed to the PST CORPORATION OF which we used to reTHE VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE mit fully,” says Kosmadia. “That being said the HST has caused customers at my restaurant to compensate for the higher tax by tipping my employees less. My employees have noticed the dramatic change in gratuity since the HST.” Businesses like The Gathering Tree, a specialCommunity Lagoon Expansion ty cafe in Valemount has not seen a decline in Treatment Cell #3 & Wetland Construction clientele.“I am one of the only coffee shops in town, so people are biting the bullet and comThe Village of McBride invites tenders for the construction of a sewing in anyway,” says Sherral Shaw owner of age treatment lagoon cell and wetland located adjacent to the existing Continued on Page 5 The Gathering Tree. sewage treatment lagoon cells on Frazier Lane in McBride, BC. The

Invitation to Tender

major work components include:

Whistle Stop Gallery 250.569.8891 CALLING ALL ARTISTS The Whistle Stop Gallery and the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council invite artists from McBride, Valemount and the Area H to submit artwork for a Critiqued Art Exhibit to be held in McBride as part of the Fraser Heritage Festival on World Rivers Day (September 24, 2011). The theme for the Art Exhibit is tracks through the Valley. All artwork must be original as well as created by the submitting artist within the last two years (2010-2011). CRITERIA All media, sizes and types of work will be accepted. Open to artists of all ages from McBride, Valemount and the Area H. Only original work is eligible. (No kits or commercial molds) Art work must have been completed after 31 of December, 2009 OPEN TO ALLS AGE’S AND TYPES OF MEDIA EXHIBITON REQUIRMENTS All work must be ready for hanging or displaying for exhibition. The hosting organizations have the right to the final decision on the exhibition of the works.

Entry forms will be available on June 6th at the Whistle Stop Gallery Deadline to enter is September 9th 2011 Deadline to receive work is September 22, 2011

Site Preparation Supply and Installation of PVC piping, valves, and level control structures Excavation to embankment and haul to waste Supply and Installation of native clay liner. Supply and Installation of hydroseeding Sealed tenders for –“Village of McBride – Community Lagoon Expansion - Treatment Cell #3 & Wetland Construction” will be received at the offices of the Village of McBride, 100 Robson Centre, McBride, BC, V0J 2E0 until 2:00 p.m. local time, July 28, 2011 at which time all tenders will be publicly opened. Tender documents may be obtained from the office of the Village of McBride or from the office of R. Radloff & Associates Inc., 925 Vancouver Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 2P6, after July 11, 2011 upon deposit of a certified cheque in the amount of one hundred ($100.00) dollars payable to the Village of McBride. The deposit will not be refunded. Tenders must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the tender package. Tenders must be accompanied by: a) A Bid Bond, Certified Cheque or Irrevocable Letter of Credit in the amount of Ten (10%) percent of the tender price. b) In lieu of CONSENT OF SURETY relating to security arrangements for PERFORMANCE and LABOUR AND MATERIALS BONDS, the CONTRACTOR can provide a written statement that a Certified Check or Irrevocable Letter of Credit in the amount of Fifty percent (50%) of the total tender price will be provided as Security Deposit. Bidders must provide proof of satisfactory completion of previous work of like kind. The lowest priced or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. A site visit will be held on July 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time. Please meet at the Village of McBride office, 100 Robson Centre. For inquiries please contact Chris Morgan, AScT, R. Radloff & Associates at 250-562-6861 (fax 250-562-6826).


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» VIEWPOINT Daniel Betts


Cooperative Relationships

ast week I was privileged to witness the Economic Summit held in Valemount, which was hosted by our political representatives, Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo and Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount with special guest, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell. There were two common points that all three political representatives made. Firstly, the way toward turning the economy around was going to take hard work. Secondly, we all needed to work together to make change happen in a positive way. “Cooperation” and “forming relationships” were terms I heard often during the summit. Our Valley is filled with talented people who have much to offer toward the campaign of turning our depressed economy around. Everyone has their own ideas as to how this should be accomplished and every idea has it’s own positive merits, however as Shirley Bond noted it is important that we, “focus, focus, focus” on those projects that will bring us the most success. Most importantly however is the absolute vital need to cooperate and build relationships. These relationships should not be limited to the boundaries of our villages or even the Valley itself. As Mayor Smith so eloquently said, Jasper is our partner not our competitor. Our Valley is the gateway to Mount Robson Park and Jasper National Park, monumental and marketable icons on our very threshold. We don’t need to reinvent things that are already working. We need not fear new businesses that focus on the diverse markets that flow through our Valley. There is no reason why legitimate and similar ideas cannot work in tandem or cooperation with each other. We also need to recognize when we are wasting time and move on to better ideas. If effort is being exerted but no ground is being made then it is time to reassess. We all need to help each other to recognize our talents and direct each other toward success. At times we may need to adjust our support away from lost causes and support causes that will bring our Valley success not stagnation. A positive, legitimate and focused effort will benefit the entire Valley not just those with the ideas. It is in our best interest to help support positive innovations. In time, with much effort and cooperation, our Valley can be as monumental as Mount Robson or Jasper. However this can never be achieved without first focusing our talents in a positive way in areas in which we are most useful.


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Drowning Memory Lane Trees Very Sad

Dear Editor: I read the articles published by both local papers and wish to make a response. I drive past this ‘park’ every time I go to town. Not exactly a vision of loveliness. Across the road is a park. Monies could have been spent to enhance that park in conjunction with the regional district. People got caught up in the sentiment of planting a tree in memory of their loved one. Now those trees are dying, too, unless they were dug up in time. I, personally, find it very sad. My husband would like to have planted a tree in memory of his deceased wife. He knew from living here that it would not survive. He has lived here since 1962, driving past that area every time he came to town or work. I find it very sad that, although, it seemed to be a make work project, which is good for this starving community, the proper research and development was not performed. You can see the water table in the field across the road from Raven Park. No one had to check with Environment people. There were enough old timers, even council members born here that knew that area was a problem.

AndreA Scholz

A great deal of money was used to make that park. I would like to have an answer as to whether it was Community Forest monies used for that project and how much it actually cost to this point and how much it is going to cost to “fix the problem”. I know, it’s not my money, but it is a concern when it is wasted to such an extent. Where is the cash cow? Was this a grant? Is that why the EDO is involved? Graine says the lane will be moving closer to the parking lot where there is a smaller risk of being flooded. Perhaps someone should look at the water sitting by the outhouses. Perhaps the lane should be moved from there period. The article in which states the mayor as saying that he ‘thought the construction did in fact “displace” an area where the water normally went’ just reinstates that they knew there was a problem. I don’t believe anyone was caught off-guard. Water is always going to be a problem unless there is enough money to divert the Fraser from there.

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HST Referendum

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Restaurants: One of the Hardest Hit by HST Continued from Page 3

“Were lucky in a sense that we are in Valemount, because this is where the people are driving through and going to stop for coffee and lunch. It just happens that we are in the right spot.” The one aspect of the HST that can’t be avoided is when it comes to stocking the kitchen. “It’s getting passed on to the consumer because I have to recoup my costs, so when you put the HST on food and coffee, which it never was before, it makes a big difference,” says Shaw. Another disadvantage for Shaw is the rising cost of food. “From my perspective, I can’t up my prices that I may need to due to inflation, because if I do that it’s going to be way too high,” says Shaw. “I’m taking a loss too.” There is no doubt that there are a lot of disgruntled B.C. residents who have been impacted hard by the implantation of the tax, but is it really the tax that residents are so up in arms about, or feelings that they had been left in the dark by their government. The lack of transparency he feels he received from the government is one of the toughest issues for Baker. Back on April 26, 2009, during the election campaign, the Liberal Party was questioned by

B.C. Restaurant and Foodservice Association, and asked if the Liberal Party would oppose the harmonization of the GST and PST. The party’s response was “…A harmonized GST is not something that is contemplated in the B.C. Liberal platform, but we are committed to improving the tax system.” However, by July 2009, the B.C. Liberals had announced the introduction of a Harmonized Sales Tax. On September 2, 2010, information obtained through a Freedom of Information request from CBC and other media outlets uncovered that the government had in fact been in discussions with the provincial finance minister and other federal counterparts about the HST, prior to the May 2009 election. “Whether or not it is a good tax has been lost in the governments mishandling of the whole thing,” says Baker. “The biggest problem with the HST is that it seemed to be done in a pretty underhanded and dishonest manner. So in that way, I think that people rightfully have a problem with that.” For Shaw, she hopes the vote will give her customers a chance to let the government know how they feel. “Hopefully with the vote they will feel like they have a voice.”

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Ladies’ Club Tournament Open Saturday July 23rd Valemount Pines Golf & RV Park $60/ entry includes 27 holes of golf, lunch during tournament, dinner following tournament, chipping contest, putting contest, door prizes and more. Register before July 9: 250-566-4550 8th Annual Flower Show and Garden Tour Saturday July 23rd 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Valemount Museum Robson Valley Fighting Championship 1 July 29th - 6:00 PM Canoe Valley Recreation Centre in Valemount Northwest Mudbog July 30th & 31st Canoe River Campground/Rodeo Grounds Opening Ceremony Raven Road Park July 31st 11am-3 pm in McBride McBride is having a party, join us for a day full of fun for the whole family. Free goodies for all including BBQ and more. Learn how this small community contributes to the protection of the mighty Fraser River while developing it’s infrastructure. Robson Valley Music Festival August 19 to 21st in Dunster, B.C. Summer Blowout Day August 27th At the Valemount Fair Grounds Come check out what treasures can be found at the all day garage sale! Or bring the family down

for some three-legged races and don’t forget to check out the grand finale, ‘Valemount Has Talent.’ Free Admission or to register for the garage sale, contact Hollie: 250-566-9095 Valemount Marina Fishing Derby September 3rd-4th Valemount Marina Mount Robson Marathon September 10th Mt. Robson and Valemount Photography Workshop September 16-18th Learn to tkae better photographs in beautiful Mount Robson Provincial Park. $395/person Call Darren at (604) 485-4427 Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) Thursday and Friday July 21st and 22nd you can take the CFSC for $150 plus HST. Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education CORE Course Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th if you have already completed the CFSC, you are eligible to take the CORE also for $150 plus HST. Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) Friday July 22nd take the CRFSC for $100 plus HST. To register for any of the above three courses call the Learning Center at 250-566-4601.

John Garnick’s family wishes to invite friends to join them for an Open House Luncheon to celebrate his life.

Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00pm

at the Golden Years Lodge


Children’s Events at the Museum - Summer 2011 Every Thursday from July 7 to August 25 2 pm to 3 pm - Ages 3 to 12 - Valemount Museum 1090 Main Street - 250 566 4177 Summer Reading Program - Until August 25 Every Wednesday from 1 pm to 2 pm Valemount Public Library


BOTTLE DRIVE Saturday, July 16 All Areas Covered

ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • “Sticktime” (ball hockey) at the Canoe Valley Rec Centre from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome. Helmets and gloves required. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 am Golden Years Lodge• valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 2nd Mon. 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. • Valemount Pines Golf course - Ladies Day. Fun, food and friends. Hole Prizes Play 9 or 18 holes. New Golfers always welcome. tuesdays: • adult recreational vollEyball 7 - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Ladies Auxiliary #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. WEDNESDAYS: • “Sticktime” (ball hockey) at the Canoe Valley Rec Centre from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Everyone welcome. Helmets and gloves required. • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 pm Downstairs at the library. • Mcbride community forest Open meeting first Wednesday of the month. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 pm • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Ladies Kickboxing & Fitness 7-8:30 pm • valemount seniors music night 7-9 pm Golden Years Lodge

• TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30PM at the Best Western. • Valemount Pines Golf course - Men’s Night. Fun, food and friends. Hole Prizes Play 9 or 18 holes. New Golfers always welcome. THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. Thurs at 7pm in th Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656 • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • Chamber of Commerce General Meeting 2nd Thurs of the month @ 12pm at the Learning Centre • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting 3rd Thurs. 7 pm 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. FRIDAYS: • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 pm SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 am • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 • Valemount Pines Golf course - Burger and Beer $10. 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Come and enjoy the view from our Patio. Non-golfers welcome. SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 pm.

Tete Jaune •

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


• Dunster family Dance First Saturday of each Month from 7 pm -10 pm Short Lessons throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances. Admission $5 anyone over 12, Maximum $10 per family. All welcome! Contact Pete at 250 968 4334 SATURDAYS: • DUNSTER farmers market - Every Saturday from 10 - 12 pm, Dunster Hall, Starting July 9 - September 10

McBride tuesdays: • TOPS Tues. 6:45 pm weigh-in, 7:15 pm meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • Village Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues,7:30 pm, Village Council Chambers. • Alcoholics Anonymous Every Tuesday, 8 pm at the Health Unit. WEDNESDAYS: • KIDZ KRAFTS 2:30-3:30 AT ODDS AND ENDS Diabetes Support Group 1st Wed, 1 pm at Beaverview Lodge & Sat.10 am -12 pm, 441 Dominion St 569-2658 / 569-0113 • Support Group For Families Dealing With Mental Health Problems Last Wed every month 7:30 pm @ McBride Health Centre more info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILLIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 FRIDAYS: • mcbride farmers market - Every Friday, 12 - 3 pm, McBride Village Park, Starting July 8 - September

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Former McBride Resident Rescues Horse From Vedder River Birgit Stutz contributor


On June 28 Spencer Froese lassos a frightend horse freezing in the Vedder River near Chilliwack, B.C. Photo Submitted


wo former McBride residents were recently involved in a dramatic horse rescue. In the afternoon of Tuesday, June 28, Chilliwack RCMP were notified that a horse and its 31-year-old female rider had both fallen into the fast-flowing Vedder River. Chelsea Froese, who works at a barn in the area, said she and her husband Spencer got involved in the rescue because the rider who fell in the river is a friend of theirs and boards her horse at their neighbours place about 100 yards down the road. “I was supposed to go riding with Lea that day, but she never called me,” said Chelsea. “Spencer’s boss Ron received a call from the neighbour where Lea boards her horse, saying that Lea had fallen off her horse somewhere on the trails. Ron went out looking for Lea on his quad, and Spencer and I headed out too. At first we were all looking on the wrong trails, until the next phone

call came saying that Lea’s horse had spooked and they had fallen in the river. So Spencer and I headed on our bikes down the river trails, where we came to the spot where she went in. We knew it was the spot because it was all torn up with mud where the creek meets the river. But there was no sign of Lea, who was our biggest concern. So Spencer and I split up, I went across the river over the tresses to see if Lea had made it to the other side. Soon after I was met by a police officer who told me that Lea got out and was safe but the horse hadn’t been spotted for about a half an hour.” After Spencer Froese was informed of the rider’s safe return, he returned back to work, while Chelsea Froese stayed with the police to see what their plans were regarding the lost horse. “We went up and down the river’s banks without any sight of the horse,” said Froese. A couple of police officers were positioned at the Vedder bridge to see if the horse would come floating down as the mare had been spotted a few times as it passed Yarrow and made its way down the Vedder Canal. The police then decided to start to search the river from a Zodiac. “The river was so swollen that we couldn’t see past the banks and trees,” said Froese, who then called her husband to tell him of the latest development, as there might be a chance he could get in the boat and lend a hand. “Spencer came by with ropes and was able to get into one of the locals boats, because the Zodiac wasn’t there yet. Once the RCMP boat showed up they asked Spencer to hop in and give them a hand,” said Froese. There was no sign of the horse, and Spencer Froese was sure that by now the horse had drowned in the icy waters, as it had been two hours since the incident. “I was on shore across from where the horse was last spotted and as the boat went past, someone from the other side yelled he had seen the horse an hour ago right there, but she wasn’t there anymore,” said Froese.

“As the boat turned around however, the horse got spooked and she came darting from the banks. She had lodged herself into the bushes, but couldn’t get out and came swimming back down the river. At this point Spencer ordered the police to cut the mare off and not allow her to get back in the bushes because of the trouble that would cause them. But they couldn’t get close enough for Spencer to grab her halter either because she was scared, so Spencer had to lasso her, something he just learned to do the day before!” Getting the horse to shore was a difficult task because of all the debris in the river and the deep and shallow spots, as well as keeping the mare away from the propeller. Froese met the rescue crew at a nearby landing, wading in waist-deep water along with another rescuer. “Spencer threw us the end of the lasso and we lead the mare out.” After being swept down the river for more than a kilometre, the mare finally had solid ground under her feet again and started to make her way out of the river. Spencer Froese seized his opportunity to get to shore as well and with a smooth leap from the boat to the shore made it there reasonably dry. He then held the mare, while Chelsea Froese stripped the tack off. “We immediately started walking her to keep her from getting hypothermia, as she was already showing signs of shock,” said Froese. “We had to walk about twenty minutes to get to a waiting trailer, and by then she was doing much better already, half dry and already coming out of shock. We put some blankets on her and continued to walk her until we were certain she wasn’t going to slip back into shock. In the end she didn’t even need a vet. She was bruised up a bit and had a few minor scraps. By the next day she was doing fine, a little swollen and sore, but happy and eating.”




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“Annual Canoe Mountain Rodeo” Above Left: Kelsey Griffin weaves through the poles at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo in Valemount. Above Middle: Aisling Ives talks to her horse, Hershy, as she prepares for her first rodeo competition. Above Right: Bob Griffin watches the competitors in the gymkhana events ride for jackpot. Below Left: Tavianna Moth, 6, shows her competitors how it is done at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo in Valemount this past weekend. Below Right: J.D. Cardinal, of Tete Jaune, races to the finish line during the Canoe Mountain Rodeo in Valemount. Photos by Tiffany Smith

Above Left : Tony Parisi shows the kids how to barrel race a stick horse. Above Right: Even Cowboy Woody came down to the rodeo to enjoy a hotdog!

CANOE MOUNTAIN RODEO DOWNSIZED FOR THIS YEAR The Canoe Mountain Rodeo Committee would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and those that attended this year’s rodeo. Due to last minute circumstances, beyond our control, the bull riding event was withdrawn. Without this event, and not wishing to cancel the entire rodeo, it was felt we should continue with the barrels and gymkhana events. It was also decided to have a “free” gate for the events. The dance, with performance by Wiley, was a huge success! We are now gearing for the Mud Bog July 30th & 31st.

Christian Revival Church Looking for a fresh, new, vibrant Christian Church? Come see for yourself. CRC linked church services 6pm every Sunday at the Community Hall For further info contact: 250 566 1858 All welcome!

“Ride ‘Em Cowgirl!”

Above: Melanie Brown races hard to the finish during the Canoe Mountain Rodeo.

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Give Yourselves a Pat on the Back, Valley Residents Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


“I want the businesses to know that this little town can do it,” said Torgerson. Torgerson also wanted to thank all of the “generous, individual contributors.” “You know who you are, on behalf of Odetta in Rwanda, we thank you so very much.” The Valley can take pride in its accomplishments this weekend. “People have got to see that when you set your mind to something it doesn’t matter how big or how small you are,” said Torgerson. “I had the faith in Valemount, that we could put on quite the effort here, but this exceeded my expectations, it really did.” The effort was a shining example of how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life, or seven in this case. “There are seven people directly affected by this building project,” said Torgerson. “This will forever change their lives.”

his past Saturdays silent auction raised an outstanding $1653! The silent auction was organized by Ed and Kathy Torgerson, in an effort to raise further funds to build a home for genocide survivor Odetta Nirere. “It went really well. It exceeded my expectations. It was awesome,” said a very happy, Ed Torgerson. Back in June the Torgerson’s raised $726.50, in Valemount, through a bottle drive. “What is really cool is that between the two efforts a total of 41 per cent of the house was funded by efforts in Valemount,” said Torgerson. “That made me proud for sure.“ The house is almost completely paid for now, thanks to the efforts of local Valley residents. “We raised all but $1047 from the $6550 goal to completely finish the project with furniture, $2653 of that coming from efforts in Valemount,” said Torgerson. The Torgerson’s will head back to Calgary for two more talks, where they shouldn’t have any trouble raising the remaining $1047. All items up for grabs at the auction were all donated. “It was a lot of individuals that gave, but Kathy and I approached 42 businesses personally in Valemount and gave them letters requesting their help,” explained Torgerson. “Just a small handful responded, but it was such a terrific response in terms of what they gave. I was blown away.” Generous donations were provided by: Bears Paw “Bidding on a Good Cause” Den Quilters, Canoe Mountain Extreme Sports, Above: Ed Torgerson explains where the money raised from Catherine’s Corner Café, IGA, Infinity Office and the silent auction is going. Below left: Helen Harmon makes a Health, Just Earth Pottery, Justin Hooke Photogra- bid on a piece of jewelry. Below middle: Jewelry on display at phy, Louise McTaggart Clothing & Gifts, Luke Hed- the Senior’s Centre in Valemount, was up for grabs in the silent berg Wood Turning, Snowfarmers Trail Rides, Vale- auction. Below right: Daphne Berglund served up food at the mount Pines Golf Club, and The Valley Sentinel. silent auction. Photos by Tiffany Smith

New at the Valemount Public Library Adult fiction

Alone in the classroom ~ Elizabeth Hay The glassblower of Murano ~ Marina Fiorato The bells ~ Richard Harvell Kabul beauty school ~ Deborah Rodriguez Annabel ~ Kathleen Winter

Adult Non-fiction

BC probate kit ~ Mary-Jane Wilson Tragedy on Jackass Mountain ~ Charles Scheideman The total outdoorsman manual ~ Edward T. Nickens


Enclave ~ Ann Aquirre Eona ~ Alison Goodman Divergent ~ Veronica Roth The seven sacred teachings ~ David Bouchard


I am raven ~ David Bouchard Long powwow nights ~ David Bouchard The drum calls softly ~ David Bouchard


Students from Valemount Elementary School on the 3-day Berg Lake field trip at the end of the school year. Above left: The class at the Robson Glacier. Above Right: Group photo with teacher Karen Doughty at the Hargreaves Shelter. The students wrote the following about their trip: 8 students and 3 supervisors participated on the 38th Valemount Elementary School Berg Lake trip June 13 to 18th. Our first day on the trail was 11km to Whitehorn. It was a great hike with some uphill and plenty of breaks as we got used to carrying our backpacks. On Day 2 we hiked to Robson Pass and saw White Falls, Falls of the Pool and Emperor Falls. Toboggan Falls at Berg lake is also very cool. A highlight of the trip for everyone was hiking to the Robson Glacier to get ice to make ice cream. We chipped ice off the glacier and carried it back to camp. Ms Doughty brought the ingredients to make the ice cream. After about 20 minutes of cranking, it was the best ice cream we ever tasted. Exploring creeks and campgrounds was lots of fun. We all really enjoyed the trip! Photos by Cheri Dehnke


The Shawshank redemption The horse whisperer Country strong Stardust

Summer reading club program every Wed @ 1pm! Plus many, many more new titles listed on our website Check them out! Library hours Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-5pm Wed 10am-9pm and Sat 11am-3pm

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Business Watch Going Down “The Beaver” with Stellar Descents

Donalda Beeson Contributor


ith a name like Stellar Descents it’s no wonder the trips I’ve taken with these guys down the intergalactic rivers of the Robson Valley have been out of this world! The self-proclaimed owner-operated small company asserts, Size Does Matter, which I can attest to. Not only do they guide on the biggest, baddest rapids in the Valley but their thrilling rapids also match the great personalities of owners Jay Martin and Danny Cooke, as well as resident funnyman/bus driver/ jack-of-all-trades, Dustin Black. Certified in advanced wilderness first aid and swiftwater rescue, Martin and Cooke are also field instructors at Thompson Rivers University. Martin and Cooke said they “endeavour to provide the utmost quality in customer service while maintaining the highest standards of safety possible in order to provide the ultimate backcountry adventure.” They are also likely to make you laugh. I was given the opportunity to sample their premiere product; the only commercially guided class four whitewater rapid run in the Robson Valley/Jasper region, to which Stellar has the only permit to commercially guide. This first portion of the trip is gentle enough to provide a training ground where guides can give a safety talk, run through scenarios and allow guests to practice paddling commands. Once trained, we moved fast down the picturesque, medium-volume Holmes River and screamed over a variety of class four rapids. About 10 kilometres south of McBride, what Stellar continues to call “The Beaver”, was renamed the Holmes River. The river gushes over boulder-beds and inconspicuous rapids with names like Fluffy Bunny and Avalanche, with continuous exploding whitewater throughout the run. The highlight of the trip, surges and purges you right out over Beaver Falls. This trip is only available intermittently from late May until mid July, dependent on the uncontrolled water levels fed by snowmelt and glacial runoff. In addition they offer four other products; so whether you’re an adrenalinejunkie or a serene-queen Stellar has a trip for every type of swashbuckler. I sampled the Fraser River Whitewater Trip and not only does it feature class three rapids it also offers a distinct view of Mount Robson as well as the opportunity to come cautiously close to the bottom of Rearguard Falls. If both sound good, Stellar has a Full Day Whitewater Trip that combines both “The Beaver” and Fraser River whitewater trips and includes a BBQ lunch. At the other end of the spectrum, the “Fraser River Gentle Float” offers the spectator-type a leisurely scan of the Tete Jaune shoreline for wildlife while engaging in a history lesson. Alternatively, the “Babine Expedition” is a 5-day adventure into the Valley of the Grizzly. Whatever type of trip attracts you it’s sure to be a “hydro-liffic” experience. Stellar Descents are based out of Tete Jaune amidst the sparkling waters and

“Prepare to Get Wet”

Above Left: Can you spot Donalda in the raft? Above Right: Two boats approach the rapids on the Holmes River. Above: The safety talk is essential before heading out onto the river. Photos courtesy of Stellar Descents

untamed natural majesty of the Canadian Rocky Mountain wilderness so stop by and say hi or for more information check out, or call 1-866-569-0188. Ask about youth rates for those aged ten to sixteen but keep in mind children must be over 80lbs/36kg to ride. Oh, prepare to get wet!

Business directory Valemount Car Wash & Mini Storage Corner of 5th & Ash St. New Stock! All your car wash supplies and needs. Call Robert - Tel: 250-566-9195 Cell:250-566-1671


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Canwest Propane Ltd.



3rd Ave & Elm St. Phone: 1 877 314-4897 Sunday 8:30am Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat-9am, Wed & Fri 7pm Sales Service 250-566-1324 Installation 1-800-424-6331


250 566-4797 7th & Cedar,

Sunday Worship 9:00 AM


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“When you need us, we’re close by” NORTH THOMPSON FUNERAL SERVICES LTD. Helping you make all arrangements to honour your loved ones wishes including cremations. Serving Robson Valley families since 2005. Ready to serve you 24 hours a day. 73 Taren Drive, Box 2404 RR2 Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0 Telephone: 1-877-674-3030 (24 hours)

Drake Smith, MSW Funeral Director

Closed Dec 8-Jan 8 Call Mac Cochrane

250-968-4498 Conway Carriage Septic Services Member of the British Columbia Onsite Sewage Association

We’re here to help you maintain and manage your septic system.

250 566-9990 Praise & Worship 11am



Hill Bill Products Ltd

Irly Building Supplies Mark Taron (250) 566-4572 cell (250) 566-1190

Painting, Textured Ceilings, Drywall Boarding and Taping, Tile, Hardwood and Laminate Floors, Decks, Fencing, and Complete Landscape Renovation.

Rex’s Recycling sunday - Monday Closed tuesday - Wednesday 1-5pM tHursday - friday - saturday 10aM - 5pM

Call us at: 250.569.8880 or 250.569.7371

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Low rates, great service! NO charges for travel time! There when you need us!

Vanderhoof & District Co-Operative Association

DRIVER SALES REPRESENTATIVE For Commercial and Farm Personal Contact Where High Level of Customer Service is JOB #1

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990 Railway Road Prince George 1-866-309-2667 Office: (250) 564-3488

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• Hardware & Hardware for Cabinets • Electrical and Plumbing • Ply Woods, Drywall & Roofing 250-566-0007 940 Main Street, Valemount

Sands Bulk Sales LTD Husky Oil Limited

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

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



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Church 569.2378 or 569.8845 1st Ave Worship Service on

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2001 Ford Taurus. Air Condition, power seats and power pedals. 92,051 km. $4500 Phone 250 5664514 APR 27 GTS


FOR SALE: BOAT & TRAILER 19.5 foot Sangster Runabout with hard top. 110 Volvo Penta Motor. Asking $3500. Phone 250-566-4580 GTS JULY 6


1999 Bigfoot travel trailer, double axel, 4 burner stove with oven, 3-way fridge, 3 piece bathroom. $5500.00 250-566-4270. JULY 13 GTS

2007 Cedar Creek Fully Loaded 40 ft 5th Wheel. Washer/Dryer, Central Vac, Winter Package, Bunks, 13,000 GVWR, 39,900.00. FEB 23 GTS

2007 Springdale Holiday Trailer, 31ft. Brandnew, never used. Totally winterized, sleeps 8. Will sell for $21,000 or will take 16’ cargo trailer in part trade. Call 250 566-4586 FEB 9 GTS


2 LLAMAS TO GIVE AWAY 1 gelded and formerly from petting zoo. 1 not gelded and trained to pack. Call Claude 250-566-9875

NEW Cabinets for Sale Drawer units - Door units Open units Quality sliders & hinges Good Prices A great opportunity to put in that much needed storage! Call Linda Fry to view 250569-0138 JULY 27

Youth dirt bike, 2009 BAHA 125 cc, 4 stroke, average condition. $700 OBO 250968-4481 GTS MAY 18

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-Houses For rentFully renovated interior! Furnished 4 bdrm - 2 bath family home. Propane/ wood heat. Pet ok. $1095 Updated 3 bdrm - 1.5 bath house with attached garage. Electric/wood heat. Pet ok. $775 -ApArtments For rentFurn. 1 Bedroom suite in Triplex. Great space, great neighbours! Shed storage, ample parking. Pet ok, no smoking. $500. Mtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. Renovated 2 bdrm $575 Bachelor - $375 Spacious basic 2 Bdrm unit in 4-plex. No Pets, No smoking. $550 -trAilers For rentWell-maintained 2 Bdrm trailer w/large storage shed in Cranberry MH Park. Vaulted ceiling, wood finishes. $600 2 Bdrm trailer w/add. in Cranberry MH Park. Solid wood country kitchen/ floors, bright and comfy. Electric/wood heat. $600. Photos and details at - Call Jen 250-566-1323 RENTALS

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LINE COOK Full Time Line Cook required for Tony’s Grill in Blue River, B.C. Please contact Tony for more details @ 250-961-0260

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September 13, 1923 - July 1, 2011

Invitation to Tender The Valemount Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) invites tenders for Ski Run Spacing on the Crystal Ridge Sled Ski Facility located on the South Side of the Canoe River.


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Alice Myrtle Wood passed away suddenly in Langley Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 1, 2011. Alice was born on September 13, 1923 in Medicine Hat, Alberta and throughout her 87 years lived in many places including Hamilton, ON; Redwater, AB; Valemount, BC; Surrey, BC; and most recently in Langley Gardens Retirement Community. She was predeceased by her husband Jack Oakley Wood in November, 2007; her father George Yeager (1981); mother Myrtle(Lundgren) Yeager(2002); son-in-law Robert Barth(2009). Alice is survived and will be keenly missed by her 5 children: BettyLou Barth; Murray(Maryalice); Gary(Margaret); Gordon(Grace); and Gloria(Geoff)Iverson all residing in the Lower Mainland. She will also be lovingly remembered by 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; her 3 sisters Bernice Neal of Edmonton, AB; Doris Ward of Coarsegold, CA; and Ruby(Roy) Kolesar of Carson, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. Funeral Service Tuesday, July 12th at 2:00pm in the Valley View Funeral Home at 14660-72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC. Walter Burkinshaw officiating. Visitation: Monday, July 11, 2011 from 7pm-9pm at Valley View Funeral Home.

The 6 runs are approximately 33m wide by 2km long. All non-merchantable timber is to be felled and placed as close to the ground as possible. The time frame for work will be Mid-August to End of September. Tender Documents will be available Thursday, July 7 by contacting the VARDA office at the information below. A record of previous experience and references must be provided with the Tender. All applications must provide proof of full insurance and Worksafe coverage. The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted. VARDA reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. The project is still subject to final approval. For further info please contact Curtis Pawliuk General Manager VARDA 685 Cranberry Lake Rd. Valemount BC, VOE 2Z0 PO Box 721 250-566-4817w 250-566-3817c

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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson contributor

McBride Waits for Word on Hydro Lines According to 250 News BC, BC Hydro is expected to make some decision within the next couple of months regarding numerous proposed hydro projects in the McBride region. A task force has recently submitted a report to Hydro regarding “the potential of several run of river projects and possibly a bio energy project that will be unable to go ahead without access to the power grid”. There is an issue of expenses extending the Hydro transmission lines into the region as the line would have to come in from Valemount, or from Prince George. According to Doug Little, VP of Business Development with BC Hydro they’ve been “working with the task force and the community to take a close look at all of the benefits the transmission line would bring really in an effort to find a solution that is economical given the high cost of the transmission lines.” The discussions have been ongoing. Manfred Bakes his Way into the Hearts of the Rossland Mountain Market According to Allyson Kenning for the Nelson Daily the first Mountain Kingdom’s farmers’ market of the season was a featured at least one new vendor. “Most notably”, in her “humble” opinion, Kenning said, was Manfred Zumbrunn former operator of the Swiss Bakery in Valemount. Manfred told her in his interview that he is “looking forward to meeting all [the] nice people [] in Rossland, to make them happy with, [he hopes], real natural bread made without chemicals, without sugar and shortening.” Which Kenning said she sampled and is hooked!

Red Cross Swimming Lessons in Valemount The Valemount Learning Centre has been offering, and will continue to offer Red Cross Swimming Lessons across the levels. Each level includes eight lessons taught by Lynne Lawless and Brianne Early, at the Best Western pool and the Premiere Mountain Lodge’s newly renovated pool. After Labour Day long weekend in September there will be another 8 session class offered every Saturday through to November and then again hopefully in the Spring so you can keep working up the Red Cross swim achievement ladder. Adult and Teen lessons are available as are Levels 5-10, so get a small group together and they can schedule lessons for you. Hunting and Firearms Safety Courses at the Valemount Learning Centre Make sure you’re educated in time for hunting season this fall by taking this opportunity to do all three courses at once. The combined Canadian Firearm Safety Course and the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Courses will prepare you to pass the written and practical tests covering survival; game laws; wildlife identification; and firearm safety. Learn to identify hazards and potential accidents, safe handling procedures, ammunition, collection and storage and more. A successful trainee may immediately apply for a non-restricted firearms PAL and a BC Hunter number. You also have the option of adding the CRFSC which gives you the restricted Firearm Endorsement and purchase and own restricted firearms. Take any two courses for $225 plus HST, or any three for $350 plus HST. Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) Thursday and Friday July 21st and 22nd you can take the CFSC for $150 plus HST. Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education CORE Course Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th if you have already completed the CFSC, you are eligible to take the CORE also for $150 plus HST. Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) Friday July 22nd take the CRFSC for $100 plus HST. To register call the Learning Center at 250-5664601. 1250 Week of 07.11.2011

Summer Reading Club What kid can resist games, crafts, fun and prizes!? This summer the

Valemount Pubic Library is offering a free program for six to twelve year olds every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. it started July 6th, and is running until August 31st.






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Golden Raven Marketing Program Displays History and Culture The Golden Raven marketing program is communicating culture in the Fraser Valley region, promoting ten different cultural facilities in the district, including the Whistle Stop Gallery in McBride, Valley Museum and Archives in McBride, and Valemount and Area Museum. A larger part of the project is promotional brochures and the valuable money saving coupons. Brendan Taylor—Water Smart Ambassador According to a Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) News Release, we can expect to see Valemount’s Water Smart Ambassador Brendan Taylor around town educating businesses and residents on water conservation and offering free residential landscape and irrigation system audits. From May to August, Taylor and eleven other Water Smart Ambassadors are representing twelve Basin Communities. To schedule a free residential audit, contact the Village office. The goal is to reduce our consumption for 20 per cent by 2015. Toxic Chemical Spill South of Blue River. According to an RCMP news release, just before noon on June 10, Highway 5 south of Blue River was shut down in both directions when a minivan crashed into a tractor-trailer unit rupturing the tanker unit and causing it to leak corrosive and hazardous material onto the highway. Provincial Emergency Program and Ministry of Environment Investigators were on hand to assess the spill setting up a 150 meter perimeter to keep people away. The highway finally reopened on Monday June 11 after Midnight.

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Activities HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Balancing family time with travel, adventure, play and perhaps romance, is a central theme now. With your energy levels running high, you feel extra creative too. Playing with investment possibilities is likely. Meanwhile, a more sober theme is brewing. A growing commitment to rising ambitions and responsibilities is keeping you grounded. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) A busy time attending to a variety of fronts should be evident now. Mixing it up with errands, projects, entertainments, short jaunts and so on are stretching you. You may wonder if you have not taken on more than you really want. Yet, you are determined to increase your scope of expression and perhaps your level of income. Be willing to listen and learn, daily. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Creating security can come in many forms. Venturing out to connect with family and/or for work are likely ways now. A playful mood prevails, so the work part may not be your top priority. Reaching out to initiate connections or reawaken old ties is featured. Finding your place in the market or on the social scene may not be so clear. Be flexible. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Taking initiatives to express your self in new creative ways is in the spotlight. This may require some measure of risk. Facing any fears, conscious or subconscious, that might be blocking you from going forward may be necessary and ideal. Expanding your network of friends and key connections may prove to be your best strategy. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Taking leads to persevere and complete unfinished business of all kinds will prove satisfying now. Looking to the big picture and down the road will feel inspiring and perhaps necessary. Expanding your scope of influence in the world probably requires careful planning. Improving your skills to raise your integrity and confidence levels will prove empowering. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Nurturing your sense of individuality is in focus. This includes harnessing your imagination and not letting it wander aimlessly, conjuring negative perceptions. Both acquiring and sharing useable knowledge will feel practical and calming. You are in a new round of foundation building so be patient and willing to invest to establish a more solid yet flexible base. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) You are in the limelight these days. Getting attention will come easily, but is it the kind your want? Opening your mind to new creative possibilities and to cultivating new friendship patterns is featured. Pushing through and beyond any limitations will feel right, but you may need a little help from your friends. Ask for support and you will receive it. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Nurturing a new vision of your self in the world continues. Clearing the clutter and liquidating assets will feel refreshing and empowering. Taking stock of what constitutes your true gifts and resources and presenting them in new ways is ideal. Be willing to heed the advice of others and aim for a realistic, creative and strategic approach. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Dealings with family legacies, liabilities, secrets and any other such hidden intrigues are lingering themes now. Others are pushing you to be more aware. Balancing your perspectives based on fact and interpretation and between short and longterm considerations adds complexity to the plot. Building your confidence levels meanwhile is extra important. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Tending to your most cherished relationships continues. This requires that you be willing to make extra efforts. Research and other investigative inquiries are implied. Investing time and energy into your social network is important now and will bring measurable returns over time, so do not languor in your hermitage. Affirm your strengths, persevere and reach out! Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Tending to the quality and overall health and stability of your lifestyle is extra important these days. Exchanging communications with others will both stimulate new perspectives and open doors. Opening your mind to new interpretations of your self and the world and to new possibilities is important and this trend will continue. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) A creative and playful cycle continues. The creative side includes renovations and other projects that require extra energy. Your power of critical analysis is running high, yet be careful not to allow it to run ‘out of bounds’. Mind your own business – literally, by concentrating on what needs to be done and what is happening right in front of you.

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Pet Health Amber Stayer Contributor


ummer is here which means sunshine, warm weather, insects, wildlife and blooming plants. A time for fun and road trips. A season that can bring wonderfully warm mornings with exceptionally hot afternoons which brings me to my point. As we plan our summer adventures we also need to remember our pets, our pets are also susceptible to insect bites, dehydration, sunburns and wildlife confrontations. A few steps you can take to keeping your pet safe and healthy this summer are: 1. Water - hydration is the key to good health for your pet, so be sure to have extra bowls of fresh water available. Particularly after a walk or a run, your pet will need more water than normal due to the hot temperatures. 2. Do NOT leave your pet in the car!!! Cars warm up quickly, even in the shade, and even with the windows open – don’t take a chance on creating a devastating circumstance. 3. Throw away uneaten food – although you may leave wet cat food out or dog food during the day in winter months, summer months and warm weather lead to increased bacteria growth. 4. Stop and smell the roses – just don’t eat them! Many summer bloomers are particularly attractive to the eye, but this is not a good snack choice for your pet. Hibiscus and lilies, for example, are toxic for your pet. Also, plants and lawns may contain pesticides 5. Check for fleas and ticks on your pet. Certain pets react differently, and because flea treatments can have health impacts, you should always check with your vet first. 6. Brush your pet daily. The easiest way to check for fleas and ticks is while brushing and grooming

your pet. Ticks are particularly hazardous to your pet so keep a close eye to your pet’s fur and skin. 7. Take walks in the morning, or early evening. It’s cooler during those times and will help your dog enjoy the walk rather than overheating. Dark furred canines and those with flat faces tend to be more at risk to overheat. Give special attention to these dogs. 8. Keep your pets out of the sun as much as possible. Pets are more prone to skin cancer than you may have thought. You can use sunscreen on pets but be sure to use one without chemicals and toxins or to be safe you can use sunscreen made for pets. Possible signs of heat strokes are: A wild and panicking look of the dog. Very fast breathing and an increase in heart rate. Discolouration of the gums. Unwillingness to obey. Unaware of the surroundings or disoriented Here is a fun and healthy recipe to help cool your four legged friend this summer: Ingredients: 1 32 oz container of organic plain yogurt (there is too much sugar in the flavoured) 2 tablespoons of organic peanut butter Optional: 3 handfuls of fresh organic blueberries, 1 organic banana, or any other dog safe fruit. Directions: 1. Mash up fruit (Optional) 2. Mix up yogurt and peanut butter 3. Add in fruit (Optional) 4. Put in ice cube trays Serve frozen to pets while supervised (to make sure they don’t try to eat it in one gulp) Positive quote: Life is a journey not a destination ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Be safe this summer during your journey! If you would like to suggest a topic please email


JUNE 13 - AUGUST 5, 2011 To vote in the referendum, you should know the following: Two key dates of the 2011 HST Referendum have been extended, ■ the deadline to request a voting package is extended to midnight (local time) July 22, 2011. Call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). ■ and, the close of voting is extended to 4:30 p.m. August 5, 2011.

“Two Brothers Totem Pole”

On July 8, a new totem pole waits in front of Jasper National Park’s Information Centre for finishing touches before the official raising ceremony to take place on July16. The totem tells the story of two Haida brothers who travel west to the Rocky Mountains. One brother stayed behind to make his home. Photos by Andrea Scholz

■ an HST Referendum Voting Package will be mailed to each registered voter through July 7, 2011.

■ ballot packages must be received by Elections BC, a Service BC Centre or an Elections BC Collection Centre before 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2011. Locations are listed on the Elections BC website at or call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free). ■ HST Referendum Voting Packages are provided in English. Translations of the materials are available on the Elections BC website at Ballot

For more information, contact: ■ voting packages will include a ballot and instructions on how to vote and return your ballot package. ■ you can vote if you are: ■ a Canadian citizen ■ 18 years of age or older on July 22, 2011 ■ registered as a voter in British Columbia ■ a resident of B.C. for at least six months before July 22, 2011 ■ not disqualified by law from voting 1-800-661-8683 TTY 1-888-456-5448

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