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Volume 26 Issue 30

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“Rural doesn’t mean second class. We deserve excellence and high quality.”

Rural Caucus Members: MLA for Westside-Kelowna, Ben Stewart, MLA for Abbotsford South, John van Dongen, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin, Donna Barnett and MLA Prince George-Valemount, Shirley Bond at the Village of Valemount Council Chambers on July 20. Photo by Andrea Scholz

Newly Created Rural Caucus Visits the Valley Daniel Betts Editor

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.C.’s first Rural Caucus was formed at the direction of Premier Christy Clark and will focus on opportunities and issues facing northern and rural British Columbia. On July 20, 2011, four members of the Rural Caucus came to the Valley to hear concerns and comment on issues that were presented. MLA for Prince George-Valemount and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Shirley Bond, MLA for Westside-Kelowna and Government Caucus Whip, Ben Stewart, MLA for Abbotsford South, John van Dongen and MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin and Parliamentary Secretary

for Pine Beetle Community Recovery, Donna Barnett visited both Valemount and McBride. In Valemount, Barnett opened the meeting by saying, “it takes courage, it takes vision and it takes collaboration. We are here today to listen to you, not for you to listen to us.” On several occasions those in attendance spoke to the members of the Rural Caucus about the need for more reliable power using the power outage from the evening before as an example of the difficulties our Valley faces in regard to electricity. Peter Reimer noted that for a strong community our Valley needed to be a healthy community and that communities needed families. “We have an expectation of excellence. We will always have to be a strong sustainable border community,” Reimer suggested. Continued on Page 2

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“Community Forest Management”

Shane Bressette, manager of the Valemount Community Forest, speaks to the Caucus on the need for wood processing facilities so that the timber does not require being transported out of the Valley. Photos by Andrea Scholz

Minister Bond responded by saying, “Rural doesn’t mean second class. We deserve excellence and high quality.” The two-hour discussion touched upon geo-power, promoting forestry and sustainable industry, bringing foreign workers to help in the tourist industry, Valemount Community Forest marketing and high property and fuel taxes. One factor of frustration is the red tape that many organizations encounter while trying to secure their various projects. Curtis Pawliuk of Valemount Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) called for assistance in dealing with the government process and the confusion that Valemount experiences being between two regions. Often government administrators don’t know which region an application applies to, which causes frustrating delays in the process.

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Pawliuk also expressed his frustration with the lack of communication in regard to road deactivations, noting that a vital bridge into a recreation area had been removed without discussion or consultation. “Without the government we’d be bankrupt,” said Mayor Bob Smith who expressed concerns over achieving reliable highspeed Internet, which was “The Valley Needs Are Being Heard” a requirement for seniors Above: Mayor Smith discusses local issues with MLA Ben looking to retire in the Val- Stewart. Below: Shirley Bond speaks casually to Curtis Pawlley. iuk, Christine Latimer and Jennifer Robinson prior to the start “You always impress me of the caucus. Photos by Andrea Scholz with your resilience and great ideas, “ Bond said at the close of the Valemount meeting. The Rural Caucus members all spoke of forming a plan to work by that would assist the unique issues and concerns of rural British Columbia. Following their visit in Valemount, the members of the Rural Caucus addressed a gathering of residents and government officials in McBride. Clara Appleby, representing the BC Hydro Task Force expressed the need for support to upgrade the transmission line to the Robson Valley and the integrated Independent Power Producers/Bioenergy proposal. Marc von der Gonna, representing the McBride community Forest Corporation highlighted their successes but expressed the need for expansion. Jennifer Quam, representing the interests of parents with children attending McBride Centennial Elementary School expressed concerns around funding for rural schools. Mike Mosley and Loranne Martin of The Village of McBride expressed the need for cellular coverage along the Highway 16 corridor. Economic Development Officer for The Village of McBride, Margaret Graine, highlighted the July 31st grand opening of the eco-sensitive wastewater treatment facility and Raven Road Park. Graine expressed a need for support to increase the profile of the Village of McBride. The Rural Caucus left our valley with a long list of issues and concerns, which as their mandate dictates, they will take directly to Premier Christy Clark. The Rural Caucus has given rural British Columbia the opportunity of being heard.

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Recycling Ambassadors Visit the Valley Daniel Betts Editor


ccording to the British Columbia Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA) one drop of oil can contaminate a million drops of water, which is why the BCUOMA, for the sixth year in a row, have implemented their Summer Ambassador Program. On Wed. July 20, 2011 Simon Fraser University, communications major Amara Janssens and University of British Columbia marketing major Tiffany Rennick came to our Valley to spread awareness and to encourage the recycling of used oil, oil filters and oil containers. This year, anti-freeze has been added to hazardous chemicals that can now be recycled. “Now British Columbians can recycle their used anti-freeze and anti-freeze containers at many of the same places that accept their used oil,” declared Janssens. Anti-freeze can be fully recycled to be used as antifreeze again, however most of the used oil collected

is processed so that it can be used to run pulp mills and other factories. Since there are only two refineries in Canada that process used oil, much of the used oil ends up being processed for industrial use. Janssens said there has been a drastic improvement in the recovery rates of used oil, containers and filters. Currently, according to Janssens, 70 per cent of used oil is fully recycled, 86 per cent of filters are fully recycled and reused and 88 per cent of containers. “There is still room for improvement,” said Janssens. “British Columbians have done a good job.” Janssens felt it was important to stress that when bringing oil and anti-freeze to a recycling facility that it be done during normal operating hours. Night drops that occur outside business hours can lead to environmental contamination, particularly if containers are not closed and it is raining. Containers can overfill or fall over causing a spill that could have been avoided during normal business hours. Janssens and Rennick started their tour of May and will continue to visit recycling facilities all

over the province to spread awareness of the importance of recycling used oil and anti-freeze. So far they have travelled through northern B.C., the Okanagan and the Kootenays. So where in the Valley can you take your used anti-freeze, oil, oil filters and containers? Try the following locations, during normal business hours. McBride • JNR Auto Services, 1021 South Frontage Road • McBride Regional Transfer Station, 1st Ave & Yellowhead Hwy Valemount • K.P. Abernathy Ltd., Hwy 16 • Valemount Regional Transfer Valemount Station, 980 Hwy 5 North Learning

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Grand Opening Raven Road Park Birgit Stutz Contributor


he planning for the grand opening event for the new park on Raven Road on July 31 is coming along nicely, said McBride’s Economic Development Officer. “Hopefully the weather co-operates,” said EDO Margaret Graine. “I have ordered two wedding-size tents, and Home Hardware is letting us use their small tent for free,” said Graine. “The high school students will act as the ambassadors and help with the setup. The small tent will be set-up as the kiddies station with face painting done by Scotiabank staff, balloons, cookies, and candy giveaways. We have about 100 balloons that the students will inflate and give away.” The day will start off with the opening ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. “McBride Mayor Mike Frazier will be doing the welcome speech, followed by Kevin White, Director of Operations for Central & Northern BC for Sandman Hotels,” said Graine. Frazier and White will then be doing the ribbon cutting at the gazebo at 11:20 a.m., followed by the unveiling of the plaque with the park name. “The park is named after Phil and Jennie Gaglardi, the parents of Bob Gaglardi, the current owner of Sandman Hotels,” explained Graine. “Phil Gaglardi was also a Minister of Transportation in the province. The park was named after them in return for giving the village free use of the land.” Following the unveiling of the plaque, Rodney Sidloski, CEO of Help International, will talk about the importance of the project and do the award presentation. After the opening ceremonies, there will be photo opportunities at 11:45 a.m. and from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. there will be a free community BBQ. “IGA sponsored all the food, and the McBride and District Chamber of Commerce is co-ordinating the BBQ,” said Graine. “There will also be music in the park under the tent. Dunster residents Jane Houlden and Keith Berg will be playing alphorn and/or horn for part of the opening ceremonies, and Tete Jaune resident Doreen Beck will be playing the harp during the BBQ. There will also be a local woodworking display.” From 2p.m. - 2:45 p.m., everybody will have a chance to explore the site of the brand new park before the event closes at 3 p.m. “We have sent out over 80 invitations, but at this point we don’t know how many people are coming. CKPG TV is possibly sending a reporter and camera crew. Rodney Sidloski will bring a group of seven international students to the grand opening and will speak to the importance of our project. Some participants will be here on Friday, some arrive Saturday, some will come for a day or the whole weekend. The grand opening of the park will bring money to the Robson Valley and its businesses.” Graine has also developed and printed 1,000 brochures called “Visit Eco Park McBride”, which are now available at the visitors information centres in Prince George as well as locally. The event is also promoted through the on-line “Event Calendar” in the city of Prince George. While there have been some concerns from members of the public regarding the flooding of the trail through the eco-park, Graine said the flooding of the river did not affect the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Park, just a part of the trail.

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“We have now relocated the ‘Memory Lane’ and the trees have been replanted by Bob Elliott, Ann Schwartz, Stan Graine and myself.” So come on out on July 31 for a community celebration, enjoy the new park and visit with neighbours and friends.

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» VIEWPOINT Daniel Betts



ur lives can change in an instant; a split-second decision can send the routine of a comfortable existence into complete chaos. On July 22, near Radium, a family of four was killed when a flat deck tractor trailer unit crossed the centre line and jackknifed into the family’s Dodge camper van. Robert Howard, 49, Ana-Maria Dias, 50 and their children Samantha, 11 and Veronica, 9 had been vacationing from Palo Alto, California. The family was described as being “the centre of the community.” We don’t know what choices were available last Friday, but we know something went terribly wrong. Sometimes unavoidable tragedy happens, but what about those moments when the decision is ours to make. We all do our very best to live good lives, plan for our futures and support our friends and families. Yet, without hesitation or consideration, we routinely place ourselves in dangerous situations that may require a split second, life or death decision. Driving is one of those privileges that we have all come to expect and grew up believing is one of our rights. We drive the long stretches of highways between towns and cities without thinking about the consequences of a decision we may need to make while behind the wheel; a decision that we may have less than a second to make. Driving is something we do so often we become complacent and we don’t always give it the due attention it ultimately requires. It only takes a second for someone to change a song on their IPod or glance at their phone to see who is calling to create a serious danger to others. When the situation on the highway suddenly changes, how many of us have the ability to focus our minds into making a split-second decision that will prevent tragedy while traveling at 100 km/h? Tragedy is a fact of life but it seems like our highways have seen far more than its fair share in the last couple of weeks. It is heartbreaking to see the pain and suffering bestowed upon the families and friends who face the aftermath of these events. It is my hope that those who are reading this will think about consequences as they pull out onto the highway and that they will drive accordingly.


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Somthing Israel Missed Long Ago Dear Editor Your editorial of July 20 caught my attention, “Eating Local”. Not a lot of people read from Leviticus to Deuteronomy these days. Why would they? Those applied to another nation and another people along time ago; and even fewer now give little notice to the laws of land ownership and inheritance including the laws of Jubilee. You seem to understand the natural conflict that is inevitable between large corporate entities and home grown business…you addressed food production in particular. I can not imagine how Canada could possibly institute now such land and inheritance laws as God intended for ancient Israel then; but the driving purpose, the goal, the philosophy if you will, behind those laws, would be good for us to keep in mind as we design our lifestyles today. Consider what Israel would have been like (and remained) if she had ‘obeyed’ what God told Moses they should do. Israel would have been a nation of very small landowners, period. You could sell, but the land had to

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return to the family on ‘Jubilee’. Appropriate compensation would be made, and you had to prove your lineage (genealogy), but records were kept. Without modern history to instruct them, Israelites would not easily have seen how important those laws were to them, and they defaulted. Under those laws: there could be no long term indenture to big farmers at minimum wage (or less), corporate greed would be so localized that families and neighbors would stare it in the face, slavery multiplied (and Israel felt the bite of it). It was impossible under those ancient laws for a farmer to sit on his combine for 96 hours straight so he alone could feed 10,000 people, and put a few hundred small farmers out of work, so that they move to cities; cities that separate their children from the real world. To those children, pavement is their real world. Corporations like Monsanto might figure out how to make a strawberry taste a bit better, but they will never replace the real values of life that God envisioned for Israel…or for us either. John Christison – McBride, B.C.

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The Old School Approach to Split-Grade Classrooms

Dear Editor: Thanks to the recent postal strike, I received four copies of the Sentinel yesterday when I collected my mail – a weekly operation. I was particularly impressed with Ms. Quam’s well-written letter regarding children’s education, and the size of the classes. The enclosed photo was taken circa 1929-30, and shows the staff and pupils of St. Wilfred’s Church School, in the village of Northenden, in the county of Cheshire, UK. The lady on the left of the photo is Mrs. Newry, who taught a motley collection of kids, ranging from four to seven years of age. They do not appear on the photo. In sharp and refreshing contrast to today’s pupils all these children could read fluently by the age of 10, at which stage words of three and four syllables presented no difficulty whatsoever. This was due to two factors- there was iron discipline in the classroom, and the children were not exposed to the brain-numbing influence of television, a scourge, which in those days, was not even on the science-fiction list. I am in the back row, three

boys from Mrs. Hargreaves (on right), my brother, John, is in the second row, two boys from Mrs. Hargreaves right. He and I would always have an apple or orange to eat at recess, and even today, seventy years later I can hear some of these boys calling, “Give us the core, Opey!” or, “Give us the peel, Opey!”. It was years later that we realized that some of these kids were not merely hungry but they were starving. One cannot help wondering how today’s teachers would react were they to be required to teach three grades at the same time. I am assured that this was often the case in the Prairie schools between the two World Wars. I understand that today all teachers have a University Degree, but how would they manage without the help of Teachers Aides, counselors etc.? But it must be said in their defense that they are not even allowed to enforce discipline, and they have to compete with the influence of television, which, in many homes, takes priority over all else. Today one finds folk with a degree who put an apostrophe ‘s’ on a plural noun, and who use expressions like ‘irregardless’, which as any normal half-wit knows is a double-negative and a non-word. As a matter of interest, I am assured that there is a dictionary today with ‘irregardless’ therein! The reaction of so many folk, when presented with the gaffes is ‘does it matter? What can one do in the face of this ignorance? Yours truly,

Two Kinds of People Dear Editor: There are two kinds of people in this world: The attention seekers who talk a lot, write a lot, but do nothing, and there are those who in times of crisis roll-up their sleeves, show-up with shovels and start working. Ask yourself: which group accomplishes more? Which group do you want to be associated with? This fantastic community is being torn apart by a few. Don’t let it happen. I would like to thank those who showed-up with shovels to help relocate our “Memory Lane” to a higher ground, and help make lemonade out of the lemon. Thank you ALL! Margaret Graine – McBride, B.C.

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Natural Gas Not a Long Term Strategy Dear Editor No one can disagree that natural gas produces fewer GHG emissions than coal or oil. Likewise, there is no point questioning the fact that natural gas can play a role in transitioning the world away from more carbon intensive fossil fuels. However, I would disagree with anyone who believes we can build a longterm clean energy strategy around natural gas. In fact, if we place too much emphasis on natural gas, it will invariably slow the development of the renewable clean energy sources we really need, just as a report from David Suzuki recently pointed out. Natural gas has a place in reducing GHG emissions. It’s also a major revenue source for the province. However, our province’s clean energy resources could also become a major revenue source if we were to develop them, and the revenue they could potentially generate could surpass the revenue being generated by our non-renewable natural gas resources.

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Vote Beliefs for Real Democracy Dear Editor We received a letter in the mail addressed to members of the B.C. NDP asking for money to help repeal the HST because of the lies the B.C. Liberals told us. Any party could tell the same lies. I vote NDP provincially and federally because the NDP haven’t broken promises. It doesn’t take buying any tax repeal to get democracy. Vote what we believe in and we will get democracy, real democracy. Margaret McKirdy - Valemount B.C.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS Mini Fishing Derby July 30th Valemount Marina Ladies, men, boys, and girls categories Sign up is at 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. Weigh in at 4 p.m. Northwest Mudbog July 30th & 31st Canoe River Campground/Rodeo Grounds Bull Riding Competition Sat. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday night dance with live music at 9 p.m. Opening Ceremony Raven Road Park July 31st 11a.m. - 3 p.m. 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. “The McNaughton Family”- 3rd of the Pioneering Families Series - Opening Reception & Saturday Tuesday, August 2nd, 7 p.m. at the Valley Museum and Library building at 241 Dominion Street, McBride Matthew Wheeler: The Glacial Lens - Art Show Opening Reception & Artists Tour Saturday August 6th, 1 p.m. at the Valemount Museum Photography Workshop with Matthew Wheeler: Breaking the Rules- Letting chance Happen Saturday August 13th, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

New at the Valemount Public Library We now have two Kobo eReaders available for loan. The loan period is 3 weeks.

Tete Jaune Community Yard Sale & Farmers Market Sunday August 14th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. All Sellers welcome. Table rentals $10. Good used donations welcome. Call Wendy 250-566-9706

Each eReader contains 100 classic books including:

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

Adventures of Huck Finn ~ Mark Twain The art of war ~ Sun Tzu The call of the wild ~ Jack London The count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexandre Dumas Don Quixote ~ Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra Dracula ~ Bram Stoker Emma ~ Jane Austen The Iliad ~ Homer The island of Doctor Moreau ~ H.G. Wells The jungle book ~ Rudyard Kipling Middlemarch ~ George Eliot The phantom of the opera ~ Gaston Leroux The return of Sherlock Holmes ~ Arthur Conan Doyle The turn of the screw ~ Henry James Uncle Tom’s cabin ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe And many more...

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 take better photographs in beautiful Mount Robson Provincial Park. $395/person Call Darren at (604) 485-4427


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• 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 the 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.

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

Summer reading club program Wednesdays @ 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


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


• 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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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson contributor

The Scharlock’s Energy Water Optimization Former Twin Peaks Resort operators and Valemount residents, father and son Charly and Florian Scharlock started a water revitalization company. The two moved to Valemount nine years ago with Charly’s partner Lisa Zbinden-Scharlock from Basel, Switzerland, and relocated to Keremeos last summer. Florian now lives in Kamloops where he works for the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University. They now offer a water treatment process that revitalizes water to its natural state and are distributors for EWO (Energy Water Optimization), an Austrian company that specializes in water vitalization devices. This natural water treatment process is thought to provide many benefits, according to Florian in his interview with BC Local News. “The idea of water vitalization originated in Austria by a forester who spent a lot of time observing how water behaves and moves in mountain rivers and creeks,” said Florian. The EWO system isn’t as dependent on chemicals or salt so it doesn’t have the increased sodium in the water. “They are also maintenance free so you don’t have to keep putting in chemicals or salt so they are more cost effective,” Florian told BC Local News. “When you vitalize water in a closed circuit like that you get an increase of efficiency, the water stays clear and you don’t get corrosion or deposits.” Du Toit’s Eating Plan in the News Again! That size-reducing revolutionary eating plan that has changed the lives of many in the Robson Valley, and has been making National news coverage across BC has recently made mention in a special to the Vancouver Sun! Apparently it has helped 34 people in Midway, B.C. shed over 665 pounds. Led by public health nurse Julie Damore, her husband James Graham, and local doctors, the group heard about our own Dr. Stefan Du Toit’s success in Valemount helping over 100 people lose weight. In addition, the eating plan attracted the attention of Dr. Jay Wortman, who visited Midway along with Dr. Du Toit, to discuss and compare statistical information. Apparently the success of the program has also caught the eye of Interior Health Authority where Damore works. “Hey BC Hydro, Meet Team North Thompson Valley” According to Keith McNeill in the Barriere Star Journal, “there’s strength in numbers, especially when dealing with a large Crown corporation.” The District of Clearwater plans to take advantage of that notion and invite the District of Barriere, the Village of Valemount, the Village of McBride, the ThompsonNicola Regional District and the Fraser-Fort George Regional District to meet with BC Hydro at the upcoming Union of BC Municipalities convention. The issue we need to band together on is a lack of power. Clearwater councillor Bert Walker noted that if the Yellowhead copper mine proposed near Vavenby goes in, the present electrical system will not suffice. He maintains that while the mining company is paying BC Hydro to engineer a new line connecting 100 Mile House to the existing transmission substation at Clearwater, it will not change anything for Valemount Car Wash those communities further north, and that loop& Mini Storage ing the Valley’s electrical Corner of 5th & Ash St. system would make it in Valemount more reliable. “If getting better electrical power helps economic development in Blue River, then Clearwater will benefit Sign up for a year & get the 6th too,” he said.

tional Geographic’s Daily News, Dr. Peucker-Ehrenbrink’s team sampled water in our own backyard. Close to the headwaters of the Fraser and Robson Rivers, they explained that the distinct bluish color in the water is caused by something called ‘glacial flour’, basically rock ground up by the glaciers melting off of Mount Robson. The Fraser River is unique in that is has escaped the manipulation by the dam building that has altered almost every other large river on the planet. The Fraser Watershed however does face other threats, such as the mountain pine beetle epidemic, which could eradicate somewhere up to 80 per cent of the native pine forest. As these trees are removed the soil is in turn exposed to more of the sun’s heat, increasing the river temperature. According to the essay, “if the water temperature exceeds 20 C, salmon will no longer return to breed in the Fraser,” which is currently dubbed “the World’s Greatest Salmon River”. Not to mention the impact the pollution from logging and pulp mills, excess nutrient input and contamination from mining operations has on the river. This article is just in time for the August 4 to 28 Sustainable Living Leadership Program excursion being put together by the Rivershed Society of B.C. Starting at Mount Robson and working all the way down the river to Jericho Beach, by canoe, raft, shuttle bus and foot, 10 students will travel 1,400 km, meeting with members of First Nations communities, farmers and others learning, amongst other things, about the salmon run, how to help support and conserve it, and considering ways they can spread the message of their journey upon their return. “The Saxman” playing for a great cause in Edmonton. Local musician, Eric “The Saxman” Teering, joined Carson Cole on stage at “On the Rocks” in Edmonton, Alta on July 3 for a great cause. “It is a real privilege to play with someone of his calibre,” said Teering. Cole’s “Rock N Roll Society” is raising funds to help put musical instruments into the hands of children who might otherwise not have that opportunity. “Music is a positive outlet under any circumstances, even while hauling jet fuel all over western Canada,” said Teering. If you have any old instruments and want to support this great cause, you can by contacting www.centreofartsandmusic. ca or If in Edmonton on Sunday afternoon come check out some great musicians at “On the Rocks” on Jasper Avenue all afternoon. “Hope to see you there!”

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mud Bog/Bull Riding Come Feel the Noise at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds Daniel Betts Editor


he Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds will be the place to find some exciting entertainment this weekend. The North West Mud Racing Association and the Canoe Mountain Campground will again be hosting the Second Annual Northwest Mud Bog on July 30 and 31 at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds. This year’s event is going to feature 200 feet of side-by-side mud racing with 4 x 4 dragsters in excess of 2500 hp. “We are expecting 70 cars, plus or minus,” said Dave Biddlecombe, president of North West Mud Racing Association (NWMRA). This year’s event will have eight classes. In order to increase the number of participants from Alberta, a DOT (Department of Transportation) 44 Class has been introduced that has no blown alcohol, just normal aspirated or nitrous injected engines. “We’ve taken blown alcohol out and a made a pro-cut class,” explained Biddlecombe. Classes are based on DOT tire sizes, they can be modified tires but they have to start life as street legal DOT tires. Besides the side-by-side race, which will take place on the sandier, but still muddy, drag strip, a 100 ft. long by 15 ft. wide bog pit has been made. Street-class dragsters will attempt to cross the bog pit and be judged by how far they traverse. Because of all the available space the dragsters will have the

Street Class Welcome! Register by 10am Saturday

ability to go full throttle through the pit without any worry of needing to stop prematurely, assuming they are able to get through the muddy pit. This past weekend, 75 cars registered for an event that took place in Quensel, and many of those racers plan to attend in Valemount. Even though this year’s event hasn’t even started yet plans are already under way for next year’s event. “We plan to build five pits next year,” Biddlecombe declares. It is hoped that next year’s event will also include 3000 hp machines. Spectators are invited to witness this unique event starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. At half time, during which an excavator will be fixing the pit while more water is added, spectators will receive free posters and autographs from the drivers. Mud bogging events have been very popular this year and so it is not surprising that participants will be travelling from all over B.C. and Alta. to be here on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the loud roaring engines and spinning tires flinging sticky mud. Included with this year’s mud bog, but missed during the recent Canoe Mountain Rodeo, is a Jackpot bull-riding event to take place Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Bull riders from around the province will participate in this exciting and thrilling rodeo event. On Saturday, after a full afternoon of mud racing and an evening of bull riding, you will want to stick around for the dance at 8 p.m., which will feature

the band “Union Jack” out of Edmonton, Alta. So make plans to stay in the Valley this weekend to enjoy some top notch nitrous fuelled entertainment.

“Start Your Engines!”

Over 70 cars, in eight classes, are expected to register for the side-by-side mud racing event to take place on Saturday and Sunday. (Above) Two cars race through the mud at last year’s mud racing event held at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo grounds. Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

SIDE BY SIDE MUD RACING 200 ft side by side mud racing North Americas Dirtiest, Biggest, Baddest 4x4 Dragsters In excess 2500 hp Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds • July 3oth - 31st Gates Open @ 10 am on Saturday & Sunday Racing Starting @ 2 pm on Saturday Racing Starting @ Noon on Sunday

Bring lawn chairs! Stick around for the Danc e Saturday Ni on ght! Depending on Interest we will have a quad class and/or snowmobile class

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Garden Tour & Flower Show

“8th Annual Flower Show and Garden Tour”

4 properties were a part of the Garden Tour. Doris Escott (above left) gave a tour of her beautiful garden beds full of flowering perennials and shrubs. Rhoda Tamboline (above centre) stands in her perfectly manicured garden. Bonnie Marklund (above right) sits next to a beautiful water feature surrounded by artwork. Below left: The luscious vegetable gardens at Karl and Charlotte Hammann’s are surrounded by a long row of ripening raspberries. Below centre: Elisabet Hammann stands with adpoted orphaned goose named “Lemon”. Photos by Andrea Scholz

“Garden’s Bounty”

Above far left: This beautiful delphinum arrangement came from Louise MacLean as well as the above centre arrangement of mock orange and daisy’s. Above left: Delores Moore’s arrangement was filled with delphinium, lilies, false astible and several others. Above top: Nancy Barr presented her arrangement of rose, belle flower, ferns, and white campanula in a hand painted vase.Above bottom: Joan Nordli’s beautiful begonias. Top right: Mother duck and duckings at the Hammann’s house. Above right: Reg Bedard’s Iceland Poppies. Left: The 8th Annual Flower Show was held in the Valemount Museum Annex on July 23. Photos by Andrea Scholz

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Business Watch

Country Wide Closes After 12 Years of Service Tiffany Smith Staff Writer


alemount is set to see yet another local business shut its doors on August 12. After 12 years of business, Country Wide Sales and Service will no longer be available to serve the community. “The numbers aren’t matching up to where they need to be,” says coowner Jeanne Dennis. “I did a really hard look from January to June to see where the numbers all were and it was still declining.” There were many factors that contributed to the decision to close the business. “The cost of everything keeps going up,” explains Dennis. With the cost of commercial insurance, taxes, water, sewage and garbage fees dramatically increasing and the rising cost of electricity, the ability to operate a small business has become impossible, explains Dennis. “Its just the things you have to have to be able to open your door,” says Dennis. She says at the end of the day the question needs to be asked: what does it cost to turn the key in the lock? “It costs me $450 a day to turn the key in my door,” says the disappointed shop owner. With the population of Valemount dwindling down in combination with a struggling economy, Dennis makes about half of her daily operating costs. “There are just fewer people here,” explains Dennis. “My business was more locals; people from McBride, Blue River and Valemount.” Dennis attributes the decline in population to the lack of industry in the Valley, forcing local residents to look to bigger communities for work. “I’ve seen a large decrease in people from other towns coming in because they too have moved to bigger centers.” The business also took a big hit when the HST was implemented. “I really noticed a change in the buying patterns,” explains Dennis. “Almost all the stuff in my store was [subject to GST and PST] before, but as soon as they put the label of HST on it, people tightened up like crazy.” The implementation of the tax also jacked up the business’ freight costs by 7 per cent, creating a struggle to recoup costs. “You can’t slap the whole thing on the customer,” says Dennis. Dennis feels abandoned by her government, not only provincially but also locally, by their lack of solutions. “It just seems like the Village isn’t doing anything,” says Dennis “And if they are, they aren’t showing people that they are doing it and that is really frustrating.” The Village seems to be preoccupied with Valley tourism and isn’t interested in the needs of small business owners according to Dennis. “The tourism dollar is not a good enough base to be on, it’s too fluctuating with world events, disease, weather…,” explains Dennis. “We need something that is an everyday, five day a week.” Dennis wants to see an industry back in Valemount for the sake of her community. “Our industry is basically a tiny bit of forestry and CN,” says Dennis. “That’s a very small number of people who have jobs.” Unless you are retired or have some other supplementary income it’s becoming impossible to live in the Valley, says Dennis. The option to live in a small community is so important to Dennis. “It’s that sense of community, of people knowing and caring and doing things for each other,” affirms Dennis. “Small towns are where it is at.” Dennis moved to Valemount with her family in 1975 and fell in love with it. “I love the fact that I can walk down the street, see somebody I know and say ‘hi’ and not have them freak out when I say hello,” laughs Dennis. “I love the fact that we are friendly here.” It’s Dennis’ “old fashioned values” that will surely be missed. In her 35

“Country Wide Closing”

Jeanne Dennis, co-owner of Country Wide Sales and Service, talks with us about the struggles of owning a small business in the Valley. Photo by Tiffany Smith

years of experience in the customer service industry it’s always been about the customer above all else. “You just help, you go the extra mile, if you don’t have a product, you figure out where they can get it and help them get it somewhere else,” smiles Dennis, stating she doesn’t see it as losing a sale but as being able to help another person. “Sure their dollar is important, but first, that person is important,” says Dennis. “That person is going to appreciate it, and they are going to come back and support you. I’ve got a lot of customers that way.” It’s those values she always tried to put forth in the store. Dennis will be continuing her sign and custom framing business from her home after the doors of her commercial business close. “I’m going to miss the store big time,“ says Dennis, taking a look around her shop.

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Classifieds OBITUARY


Lloyd Georges Grieves January 10, 1934 - July 11,2011 It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the peaceful passing of my father Lloyd Georges Grieves on July 11, 2011 after a courageous battle against cancer. He will be remembered by his loving family, sister Ruth Charron, daughter Charlene Hart, granddaughter, Nichol Hart, grandsons Craig and Brayden HartYoung, great grandson, Taylor Hart , “adopted” sons George and Arthur Smith and their families, “adopted” granddaughter Rose Bradley and her children, along with several nieces and nephews.


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Dad was pre-deceased by his parents Jim Grieves and Nora Grieves, brother Tom, and “adopted” daughter Dorothy and grandson Patrick. Dad was born in Meadowlake, Saskatchewan in January 1934. He moved away at an early age and eventually found himself working in the mines as a heavy duty mechanic in Tungston, NWT. He relocated to Valemount, BC in the late 70’s and then to Alberta in the late 90’s. Dad will be best remembered for his telling of tall tales and his unique sense of humor. At his request, a private family gathering will be held at a later date where he will be interned along with his father whom he called his hero. “ I love Grandpa, you love Grandpa, we’ll all miss Grandpa Lloooooooooyd.” OBITUARY


WASSING Maria Geertruida July 1st, 1926 – July 15th, 2011

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It is with great sadness that the family of Maria Wassing announce her peaceful passing at The Hamlets in Westsyde, with her family by her side. Mom was born and raised in Holland where she met and married the love of her life, Johannes in 1945. They immigrated to Canada in 1950. Mom was known for her sense of humour, love of life, and love for her children. Mom was predeceased by her husband Johann, also her parents and sisters, Tina, Bets, Koos, Mien, and Jo and brothers Jacobus and Josephus and daughter-in-law Fiona. She is survived by her children Jacqueline (Eldrick), Leo (Irene), Marianne, Bert, John (Maria) and Rita (Dwight), as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks for the compassionate care given her by the staff on B1 at The Hamlets.

“Mom you were the music of our Hearts” A Graveside Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577 Condolences may be emailed to the family from

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Community Profile

Forest Felters: Awareness Through Art Tiffany Smith Staff Writer

“It’s about the flow of energy and the communication.” For Forest Felters, Hugh Perkins and Kathy Juncker nature and the forest is part of everything they do. “We would do hikes through the forest and then come back to the house to felt inspiration,” says Perkins. “We did quite a few workshops like that.” It was through these types of workshops and the art itself that the couple was able to raise awareness about conservation needs in one of B.C.’s inland rainforests, the Ancient Forest. “We had created quite a few pieces to show people what the forest looked like so there would be conservation,” says Perkins. Instead of taking the environmentalist approach of “fighting the fight,” Perkins and Juncker decided to take a positive approach. “It was creating a certain amount of negativity and frustration within us because it is seen as a battle,” explains Perkins. “So we decided we were going to move the whole thing into the positive.” They wanted to show the public why the Ancient Forest is so important as oppose to talking about the ongoing threat to the forest. “We just say, if we don’t cherish it, it will be lost,” say Perkins. “As it is with everything that has something so generous to give us.” It wasn’t long before the Prince George hiking club and UBC got involved with conservation efforts. “The Caledonia Ramblers did all of the trail around the ridge and they just keep maintaining the trail,” says Juncker. “It’s a beautiful thing. Our connections were being made through the felt.” The success of the approach evolved the couple’s art and inspired them to create work that could raise awareness that would extend beyond the forest. “We just took it one step further, and tried to create the same awareness about the possibility of being positive,” says Perkins. “Not just the ancient forest but also about the entire planet and beyond.”

Juncker went on to explain the art has become more cosmic but is also more about community. “It shows how transformation or how we change ourselves, creates a beautiful world,” said Juncker. The felting art is on display and can be purchased in Prince George at Studio 2880, in McBride at the Whistle Stop and in Valemount at the Visitor Information Center. Juncker and Perkins can also been found at many local craft fairs selling their creations. Creations by the Forest Felters are not limited to wall art either, the couple also produce hats, mitts, slippers, purses and Juncker’s specialty, nuno felt scarves. The nuno felt scarves are combination of silk and wool and are a hot commodity, selling as fast as Juncker can create them. A lot of shoppers at the craft fairs are looking for something that is handmade and want to know details, such as how the animal was treated, explains Perkins. Customers are at ease to find out that almost all materials are purchased and processed locally, with wool coming from McBride, which is then shipped to Carstairs, Alta. to be processed. The Alberta based company also supplies the Forest Felters with colour batts, which consist of a blend of sheep wool and alpaca. Juncker and Perkins also use a lot of other fibers such as angora, in their garments. Felted garments are a bit of a mystery to those visiting craft show booths. “People pick them up and ask ‘well, where are the seams?’” says Perkins. By stimulating a natural wool fiber with friction and warm soapy water a matted non-woven fabric is created, also known as felt. “Felting is the oldest textile there is,” says Perkins.

“Felting for a Cause”

Top: Kathhy Juncker and Hugh Perkins, the creative minds behind “Forest Felters.” Below Left: Hugh Perkins felts a pair of kitchen mitts into shape. Below Middle: A piece of felt art hangs in the cozy log home of Kathy Juncker and Hugh Perkins. Below Right: Kathy Juncker lays out the design for a nuno felt scarf. Photos by Tiffany Smith

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