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Mount Robson Marathon Upset Speeders- Page 3
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“Celebrating 100 Years!”
Runners race to the finish line during the Mount Robson Marathon, on Saturday September 10, 2011. The marathon was one of 12 events held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of B.C. Parks. Photo by Tiffany Smith
Tiffany Smith Staff Writer
WEDNESDAY Partly Cloudy High: 23°C Low: 6°C Details pg 14
unners from all over the world gathered at the highest mountain in the Rockies on Saturday September 10, 2011. BC Parks celebrates its 100 anniversary in the creation of its very first provincial park, Strathcona Provincial Park, and
in celebration there will be 12 events hosted across the province, one happened this past weekend, the Mount Robson Marathon. The Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association of Valemount, B.C. was host to this very special event, and the weather couldn’t have been better for the runners that came to honour this very magical mountain landscape. Continued on Page 15
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Anti-speeding law angers travellers on B.C. highways Daniel Betts Editor
peeding is a costly mistake in B.C. Since September 20, 2010 the consequences for going 40 km/h over the legal speed limit in British Columbia has been described by some as being “draconian.” This summer, Shirley Schepp, a 58-year-old grandmother from Carvel, Alta., was travelling through Mount Robson Provincial Park with her two young grandsons when she was pulled over by Valemount RCMP Corporal, Trevor Prosser. Schepp was both shocked and horrified to learn that her vehicle was to be impounded. Despite pleas for leniency, Prosser drove Schepp and her crying grandsons to Valemount where they were forced to endure an uncomfortable bus ride to Edmonton while her vehicle was impounded for seven days. Similarly, 72 year old, Ed Labas of Nanaimo, B.C. was travelling through the same area when his vehicle was impounded for speeding; likewise he claims his pleas for leniency “fell upon deaf ears.” When hearing these stories some people have questioned, “Does the punish“Clear signage at Mt. Robson” ment fit the crime?” The 70km/h speed zone at Mt. Robson Provincial Park is clearly marked.Photo by Andrea Scholz According to RCMP Staff Sergeant, Gord Flewelling of the North District Traffic Services, what most drivers do not understand is that the law is very specific and they have missed the adviser sign saying they are approaching a 70 [km/h] there is no ambiguity as to how the police are expected to enforce it. According zone, then the 70 [km/h] zone sign itself, both of those are located between the to Section 148(1) of the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act if a police officer detects a vehicle Mount Robson River and the frontage road access,” said Prosser. An additional going 40 km/h over the legal limit that police officer MUST impound that vehicle. 70 km/h sign sits at the base of the hill at the passing lane, which merely serves “I get it: you’re excited, you’re going on holidays, only to find out your vehicle is as a reminder to drivers they are still in a 70 km/h speed zone. Six weeks ago a gone for seven days and you are sitting in Valemount,” said Flewelling. “The other speed-reader board was placed in the area, which digitally displays your speed side of the coin is that you need to respect the signs, they are there for a reason.” up to 85 km/h. The 70 km/h speed zone does not end until the top of the hill “I think for the most part it [excessive speed law] is supported by the com- past the Overlander Falls access road, where vehicles are often slowing down to munity at large, we have to do something to reduce the amount of deaths on pull in or are pulling out into traffic. the road,” said Corporal Trevor Prosser of the Valemount RCMP. “Speeds in that location are anywhere from 150 km/h to zero and when you Why does the law seem harsh? look at those combinations it can be deadly,” explained Flewelling. The punishments for violating traffic laws are meant to be an effective deterIs that particular stretch of highway improperly marked? Statistics collected rent to prevent accidents; the goal is public safety and saving lives. Accord- over the summer, and provided to The Valley Sentinel by the Valemount RCMP, ing to Flewelling most drivers are aware of the dangers of speeding and others do not support that argument. Of the 125 excessive speed impounds between watch their speed because financial consequences are to high to risk. There are September 10, 2010 and July 31, 2011 only 20 took place at the Mount Robson those however who either don’t care or don’t consider the dangers of speeding 70 km/h speed zone. Flewelling confirmed the percentage of excessive speed and who are financially well off enough that a simple fine is not enough to de- charges in the Valley are normal compared to the rest of the province. ter their behaviour. Consistency vs. Discretion “If you are going to be driving to that extent, you have a bank full of money and To be an effective deterrent, the law must apply to all, equally. The moment a the fine doesn’t matter, then we are going to take your car,” said Flewelling. police officer makes an exemption a precedent is set that weakens the law and “If they can pay, then the financial deterrent isn’t there,” said Prosser. puts lives at risk. The Mount Robson Park 70 km/h Speed Zone “We have to be consistent, at 40 [km/h] over, you might have a very convincBoth Schepp and Labas were caught in Mount Robson Provincial Park past ing hard luck story as to why you were driving that fast but unfortunately unthe busy intersection at the Mount Robson Visitor Information Centre. It has less you are an emergency vehicle that has that authorization, there is nothing been suggested that this particular area is improperly marked, making the area we can do,” explained Corporal Prosser. an unfair “speed trap” where police take advantage of motorists who cannot “Once you are into the excessive speed there is no option. People will litersee the signage clearly. ally get down on their hands and knees and beg and plead and prepare to pay “There is no such thing as a speed trap,” said Prosser. “There are signs there, it’s double the fine if they can keep their car,” said Flewelling. “The quick, down a high crash zone for us, so there is a reason why we are there, trying to prevent and dirty answer is; obey the rules.” injuries and fatalities along that stretch of road.” Getting caught speeding over 40 km/h is very costly in many ways, but then Prosser confirmed that some 3.36" xagain 4" so are the irreversible and tragic costs of being 3.36” 3.36” x 4” drivers claim they missed the sign. “That means inxa4”high-speed collision.
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ritical choices await village residents voting in the municipal election this year. The new mayor and council for both our villages will have to make difficult decisions as they lead us toward inevitable change. Residents must carefully choose who is best suited to steer us in the right direction. What leadership qualities are best suited for the task? Here are a few ideas for new candidates to consider. 1. Mayor and council must be able to work together toward our changing future. Discussion is part of the process but we don’t have time for scheming or political backbiting. 2. Mayor and council must care about the village in which they live and be visible. They all need to show up at and participate in community events. They must be seen walking among us, celebrating with us and occasionally lending a hand if needed. 3. Mayor and council must put the interests and needs of the Village before their own individual projects and businesses. Self-interest is not going to serve our Valley, we need people who want to lead us ALL towards success. 4. Mayor and council must realize that they are accepting a job. Public office isn’t a cool way to spend the next three years before retirement or an impressive title to wow your friends and family. We need working individuals who can function as a team with the purpose of spearheading our recovery. We don’t want figureheads. We want people who are going to step up with innovative ideas and work toward a solution to our problems. We want people who will do more than show up on every second Tuesday; they need to be working for us everyday. 5. Mayor and council must be transparent. Those who step into either the role of mayor or councillor must be prepared to explain what they are doing and how they are helping the community. It is understandable that not “everything” can be made public, but reasonable transparency is not too much to ask. Our Valley is in a too precarious spot for residents to simply rely upon good intentions. 6. Mayor and council must be people of action. They need to be people who will get their hands dirty, pour on the midnight oil and walk that extra mile. They will need the support of their families because for the next three years, mayor and council will be very busy. What are your criteria for the ideal candidate for mayor and council? Please send your ideas to email@example.com
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Gearing up for 31st Annual Terry Fox Run Daniel Betts Editor
undreds of thousands of people from across British Columbia and Yukon are expected to participate in the 31st annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 18, 2011. Last year, British Columbians and Yukoners donated $2.6 million to cancer research. Valley residents can once again participate in this traditional yearly event. Every person and every dollar can make a difference in advancing cancer research.
The second event in Valemount will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Cranberry Marsh. Participants should meet at 1 p.m. at the Best Western parking lot near the trailhead for the traditional 6 km excursion around the Cranberry Marsh. Participants are free to run, walk, hike or roll around the length of the trail.
Once again pledge forms will be available at the start of the event. Pledge forms can also be picked up at the Caribou Grill for both the Saturday hike and the Sunday run. For more information on this year’s Terry Fox run in Valemount please contact Patricia Thoni at 250 566 8244.
McBride Registration for this year’s Terry Fox Run begins at 10:30 a.m. at the McBride Secondary School, on Sunday, September 18. Participants can walk, run or bike the 5 km out to the east railroad crossing at the Wheelers place and make the return journey to complete the 10 km course. “We like to have everyone start out at once so we will start right at 11 a.m.,” said Eleanor Johnson who is organizing this year’s Terry Fox Run in McBride. A water station will be set up at the halfway point to hydrate participants. Walking at a good pace, participants can complete the course in 2 hours.” At the end of this year’s run a “picnic in the park” is planned with hotdogs, hamburgers and treats for the kids, thanks to the generosity of local merchants and grocers. Pledge forms will be available during registration or they can be picked up at the IDA Pharmacy, Sears or The Trading Post. If anyone has any questions please contact Eleanor Johnson at 250 569 2459 Valemount Two events are scheduled in Valemount this year. In the first event, participants can attempt to hike Mount Terry Fox on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The Mount Terry Fox trail is the longest hike in the Valley and would certainly give participants an idea of the gruelling journey Terry Fox endured during his Run for Hope campaign. Not to worry though the hike is not meant to be an endurance test. “The hike is a varying thing, some years we’ve had great weather and a fairly strong group so we’ve gone to the monument and the summit and back and other years people only made it to the tree line. We play it by ear and go with the group and the weather,” explained Patricia Thoni, this year’s Terry Fox Run organizer in Valemount. Thoni said that many people who come out are only interested in hiking to the first viewpoint, which is only halfway up to the tree line. Thoni advises to bring plenty of water, as there is no water along the trail. Participants wanting to hike Mount Terry Fox should meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Highway 5 Terry Fox pullout. Pledge forms will be available at the start of the hike.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS CBT Grant Writing Workshop
September 16th, 11am-2pm A light lunch will be catered in. Location: 99 Gorse Street (in the old Learning Centre classroom) Tips and tools to assist groups and individuals who typically write grants to various funders for funds and resources to support local community projects and initiatives. Please RSVP by September 12th to: khamilton@ cbt.org or call 1-800-505-8998
September 16-18th- Learn to take better photographs in beautiful Mount Robson Provincial Park. $395/person Call (604) 485-4427
First Annual Robson Valley Back Country Horsemen of BC Poker Ride- Sept.17, McBride For more information contact Brian Wallace at 250-569-2324, Mellany Ford at 250-569-2359, or Mac Cochrane at 250-968-4498.
Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. 15th Annual Charity Golf Classic- September 17, 2011 All locals are welcome to participate, the cost to enter the tournament will be $100.00 per player. Entry fee entitles each player to: Registration gift, Barbecue lunch, Green fees, Dinner and Prizes.
Terry Fox Weekend Hikes
September 17-meet at 730am at Highway 5 Terry Fox pullout. Phone 566-8244 for more info. September 18- Cranberry Marsh hike - meet at trailhead in front of the Best Western at 1pm. Pledges can be made at Caribour Grill , 566-8244
CIBC RUN FOR THE CURE LADIES NIGHT September 17, 2011 - Best Western Call Barbara or Diana 250 566 4483 ext 0
PRE-ELECTION DISCOVERY MEETING September 22, 2011 - Golden Years Lodge - 7 p.m. Join us for a frank but informal discussion of the
issues affecting our community. Anyone interested in being part of this discussion, are considering running in the election or want to meet some of the potential candidates are invited to attend. If you know someone who you believe should run for public office please encourage them to attend this event as well.
RARE BOOK EVENT Sept. 16th and 17th, 10am—6pm, Valemount Visitor Information Centre
David Ellis, traveling bookseller, will offer rare books on the Yellowhead, Robson Valley, Jasper, and Grande Cache areas, featuring First Nations (Shuswap, Stoney, Cree, and Metis), David Thompson and other early travelers, and the mining, ranching, railway, guiding, logging, mountaineering and Parks history. Also included will be First Nations children’s books and First Nations art books and fiction, suitable for schools.
ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • 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: • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 pm Downstairs at the library. • 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
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.
• Dunster family Dance First Saturday of each Month from 7 pm -10 pm Instruction from 7-8pm and short sessions throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances (-waltz, fox-trot, polka, cha-cha, twostep,schottische, etc.) Pot luck snacks at 9pm and then more dancing until 10pm. Admission - $5 for anyone over 12 - maximum of $10 per family. All welcome!! Contact Pete at 250-968-4334 for more information.
SATURDAYS: • DUNSTER farmers market - Every Saturday from 10 - 12 pm, Dunster Hall, Starting July 9 - September 10
McBride • “The McNaughton Family”- 3rd of the Pioneering Families Series - Ongoing exhibit -Valley Musuem • Mcbride community forest Open meeting first Wednesday of the month. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 pm 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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The northern lights filled the Valley skies on the night of Friday, September 9, 2011 despite the presence of a nearly full moon. Photos by Andrea Scholz
Above - On Sunday, September 11, 2011, ambulance attendants, firefighters, police officers and search and rescue technicians pose for a picture at the Evangelical Free Church in McBride during a potluck appreciation dinner hosted by the Evangelical Free Church and the McBride and Area Chamber of Commerce on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, which occured in New York City in 2001. Certificates of appreciation were presented to all the emergency services organizations in the Robson Valley. Residents had the opportunity to express their appreciation to those who volunteer to keep us safe and come to our rescue when needed. Left - Valley residents line up to partake in the feast provided by the participants of the Emergency Responders Appreciation Dinner. Photos by Andrea Scholz
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2011 TAX SALE As authorized by Section 403 of the Local Government Act, the following properties will be offered for sale at public auction at 10:00 a.m., on September 26, 2011 at the Village Office, 735 Cranberry Lake Road, Valemount, BC, unless delinquent taxes and interest owing are paid before that date.
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The Valemount Area Recreation Development Association is holding its annual sponsorship drive for the 2011 / 2012 snowmobile season To continue accomplishing our goals and set Valemount as a major tourism destination we are asking for your support of the Association that is hard at work for YOU !
Sponsorship of VARDA has many benefits for your business besides showing your customers that you are giving back to the industry that they love so much. Sponsorships range in value and start at $250, but include your business listing in our “Who Supports You” flyer, Valemount Sled Area Map Insert and a listing in the Sponsorship category on our website, all of which are excellent marketing opportunities.
Depending on which level you choose, there are many other added benefits of Sponsorship, including representation at the Snowmobile Trade Shows, cabin signage, website links, trail passes etc. To reach printing deadlines, all sponsorship commitments must be into the VARDA office by no later than Sept 20, 2011.
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“No Set Rules, just Fun!”
Above - On the afternoon of Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Dunster Picnic Grounds, trappers from around the Valley enjoy a meal cooked over a campfire. Below Right - Ilona Anne Pallagi, in trapper attire, displays her wares. Photo by Andrea Scholz
Dunster hosts trapper’s rendezvous Daniel Betts Editor
“Dunster Flower Bridge”
Above - From Left to Right: Johanna Layton, Bonnie Culp, Janice Walker, Deb Cochrane and Jullian Ambrose-Greene. On Sunday, September 11, 2011 the “Rogue” Dunster Ladies continued their tradition of painting flowers on the Dunster Flower Bridge, an act that had once been done in secret but is now sanctioned by the B.C. Ministry of Highways and earned the bridge its name. Photos by Andrea Scholz
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same way trappers enjoy their meals while out in the woods. At the end of the event names were drawn for prizes after the Queen and King Trappers (Kelly McNaughton and Bryan Monroe) were identified and rewarded. Bryan Monroe, who is the president of the local chapter of the BCTA, past president of the BCTA and one of only 11 trapping instructors in B.C., answered questions about the fur trade and performed a skinning demonstration. According to Monroe there are about 17 registered trap lines in the Valley but that does not include trap lines on private land. “The fur market is on the way up again,” said Monroe. “The Chinese are more interested in fur and the world economic crisis is loosing its grip.” Monroe said most people only make a part-time living off fur in the Valley. Anyone interested in becoming a trapper must complete a three-day course and complete both a written and practical exam at the end. Anyone interested in taking a course should contact Monroe at 250-569-2279.
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Everything Goes Back to the Earth Tiffany Smith Staff Writer
t really was like being lost in time. Sunday September 11, 2011, the Valemount Museum lead a group of 24 of us through the bush, in search of what remains of the town of Lucerne, B.C.. The town of 300 was at one time the largest community in the Robson Valley, located at the Mile 5 on the CNoR (Canadian Northern) rail line. The first stop on our journey was the trains round house, its remains lie on the south side of the highway across from Whitney Lake. Today, all that remains are rusty old stakes, protruding from the base of a crumbled stonewall, that has been overgrown by moss and bushes. Trekking deeper into the bush we came upon a pit, with rusty old rail tracks, which appeared to be where the workers would work under the engines when the trains were in need of repair. Leaving the rotting remains, we took to the north side of the highway heading back the direction we had come from, en route to the old Lucerne Cemetery. The graveyard, once nearly reclaimed by Mother Nature, has recently been restored to reveal small wooden crosses dating as far back as 1918. The Spanish Flu ravaged the community in 1918, claiming the lives of many small children. Although many of the graves are in memory of victims who succumbed to the flu, there are some more recent gravestones dated 2005. The group departed once again, into the woods, lead by Paul Johnson and “Picnic!” his GPS coordinates in search of Main St., the old school house and the heart The group stopped for lunch at Lake Lucerne, taking in the awe that was the epic backdrop. of what used to be the village. Upon reaching our destination, we found remi- Photo by Tiffany Smith nisces of old cans and barrels, and rotted wood that looked to be all that was left of the schoolhouse. The town of Lucerne disbanded in 1924, after Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Canadian Northern Railway amalgamated to form Canadian National Railway, and many of the buildings were moved to Jasper, Alta.. The community found themselves forced to relocate, many settling in either Jasper, Alta., or Blue River, B.C.. The site is great for those who are looking for a day adventure in the bush, as there is a lot to discover in the hidden overgrowth, but be sure to bring bug spray! We finished our trip with a group picnic on the shoreline of Lake Lucerne. As I sat there with my toes in the sand for the first time this year, it became The technology in the power meter on able to track your energy use patterns very clear to me, long after humanity is gone, our earth will still be here. your home hasn’t changed in decades. online and make smart choices. It’s all
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Above: Old fence posts have grown into trees at the old Lucerne site. Below: Paul Johnson tells the group that this very location was where the old Lucerne schoolhouse once used to sit. Photos by Tiffany Smith
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Business Watch Flying High Tiffany Smith Staff Writer
alley residents now have one more option when it comes to helicopter service. Peregrine Helicopters, under new ownership, expanded into McBride, hoping to provide residents of McBride with their own helicopter service. “There are no helicopters here,” says Corey Mercer, owner of Peregrine Helicopters, in McBride. “There were always people asking about them.” Mercer decided there was potential for the business after talking with residents. “I started asking around town and everyone was saying if there was [helicopter service] here people would probably use it,” explains Mercer. “It seemed like a good opportunity.” Prior to the ownership change, Peregrine Helicopters serviced the Jasper and Hinton area. In the spring of 2011, Mercer, and long time friend Steve Wotton, who was also a pilot working for Peregrine at the time, began discussing the idea of going into business for themselves. “Steve and I started talking and we thought it was
perfect,” says Mercer. “He’s over in Hinton, and if we were to bring one of the machines over here, we would be close and we can support each other.” The duo took over the business at midnight on Aug. 31., and Mercer already had three contracts lined up.“We already got a couple ski trips booked,” says Mercer. The community will now be able to keep a few extra dollars in their pockets as well, says Mercer. “People seem really excited because everyone that had to use a helicopter had to pay for it to come from Valemount or Prince George,” explains Mercer. “So they had a lot of extra cost. They had to pay just to get the helicopter here and back home before they even started doing the flying.” Peregrine will be doing it all. “We pretty much do anything. Heli-skiing, Forestry, Search and Rescue, Medevac, Tours, and we support mining operations,” says Mercer. “Pretty much anything to do with a helicopter, we will do it.” Mercer has been flying for 19 years, serving the Yukon, Northwest Territories and British Columbia, working for companies such as Trans North Helicopters and Canadian Mountain Holidays. “I’ve accumulated just over 9900 hours of flight time, all in helicopters and I’ve been everywhere,” says Mercer.
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Back Country Horsemen of B.C.’s first annual poker ride Birgit Stutz contributor
addle up and get ready for the Robson Valley Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of B.C.’s (BCHBC) first annual poker ride. Members of the BCHBC have been busy planning and organizing the club’s first-ever poker ride fundraiser on Sept. 17. “It will be a two-hour horseback ride through fields, forest and along the Fraser River,” said Mellany Ford, a member of the organizing committee. “The ride is designed as a nice and easy ride for any level of rider through the back country of McBride.” Start times for the poker ride begin at 11 a.m. at Ray Long’s crown lease on Hinkleman Road, just outside of McBride. “We have some great prizes for our ride participants,” said Ford. “First prize is a 5-star rated 100 per cent wool felt saddle pad, second prize is a Western leather breast collar, and third prize is a Western leather headstall and reins. There are also lots of other wonderful prizes.” Ford said she would like to thank all the generous sponsors for their wonderful support. “The community really stepped up to the plate. This
is such an amazing community.” The fee for participating riders is $15. Ghost rider tickets are also being sold and are available from club members or at The Farmstore in McBride and are $5 a ticket. “It is a 50/50 draw, with half of the proceeds from all sold ghost rider tickets going to the holder of the winning ticket, and the other half going to the club,” said Ford. For those working up an appetite riding their horses, chili and a bun will be available after the ride for $5. Ford said stallions and dogs are not allowed on the poker ride, and all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and must be wearing a helmet. “Anyone riding a horse that is a known kicker must identify the horse by placing a red ribbon on its tail, and all riders must keep at least one full horse length between themselves and the next horse in line.” So come on out and join the Robson Valley Chapter for a great ride, a great time and some great food. If you don’t own a horse and would like to be a part of the poker ride, the club is still looking for volunteers. For more information on the poker ride or to volunteer, contact Brian Wallace at 250-569-2324, Mellany
Ford at 250-569-2359, Mac Cochrane at 250-968-4498, or Jane Blouin at 250-968-4487. The Robson Valley Chapter of the BCHBC was founded in the spring of 2010, and the club currently has approximately 40 members. The goals of the Robson Valley Chapter are the improvement of access to both the front country and back country areas of the Robson Valley, as well as exploration and re-opening of some of the historic pack trails in the area along the Continental Divide, including advocating for improvement of trail access, and involvement in such activities as improving trail heads and staging areas, GPSing and mapping of existing trails so they are officially recognized, building new trails, and maintaining and preserving existing trails for day rides and back country excursions. “The Robson Valley Chapter is committed to working with the younger population so they too can enjoy working with horses,” said Chair Brian Wallace. “It is also important to the Chapter to be inclusive with other trail users, such as hikers and bikers.” The Robson Valley Chapter is open to new members, with or without horses. Membership fee is $35 per year, and active members need to have a current Horse Council B.C. membership. For more information on the club, contact Wallace, Cochrane, Reg Marek at 250 968 4346, or Birgit Stutz at 250-968 6801.
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Service Providers Sought For Area Job Training Programs in McBride and Valemount According to 250 News, the B.C. government has a plan to offer more training to those looking to work in the smaller and more rural communities. The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation have announced the government is seeking proposals to provide an extra $4.3-million in funding for Jobs Options B.C. training programs in small, rural communities. The Federal Government and city of Victoria are investing almost $16-million in order to provide job training programs for candidates on nonemployment insurance in 50 B.C. communities. In the Northern Interior, service providers are being sought to offer the 10week Job Options program in both McBride and Valemount. The program offers computer training, basic skills upgrading, and life skills to participants during the first four to six weeks, and then further skills training and/or work experience for the rest of the session. If you are a interested service providers you can find full details on eligibility and the program requirements at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca. Single Vehicle Crash on Highway 16 Near Dome Creek According to 250 News, a seatbelt is being credited with saving the life of a driver outside Dome Creek last week. Prince George Regional Provincial Traffic
Services said the single vehicle collision happened on Highway 16, approximately one kilometre west of Dome Creek. Police said the driver failed to negotiate a turn and the vehicle veered off the highway and rolled. The driver was the only person in the vehicle and was taken to McBride for treatment of minor injuries. Beyond the Market The Beyond the Market project launched a website last month which includes a searchable database of farms, food retailers and farmer’s markets all the way from Valemount to Terrace. There are already about 80 producers listed and more are invited to join at www.beyondthemarket.ca. The Yellowhead Helicopter Ltd. 15th Annual Charity Golf Classic Valemount Happening this weekend Sept. 17, all locals are welcome to come participate. The cost to enter the tournament is $100 per a player and all entry fees entitle each golfer to a registration gift, a barbecue lunch, green fees, dinner, and the chance to win a plethora of prizes! You can stop by Yellowhead Helicopter’s main office at 3010 Selwyn Rd. to pick up a registration form. Ladies Only! CIBC Ladies Night Out in Valemount Calling all ladies! The CIBC Valemount branch will be hosting a Ladies Night Out fundraiser for the CIBC Run for the Cure Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation once again this year. There will be guest speakers, entertainment, raffles, and the opportunity to buy and sell a multitude of products. It will be at the Best Western Valemount on Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. For more information you can call Barbara or Diana at Valemount CIBC, at 250-566-4483 ext. 0. This is sure to be a funfilled night to celebrate and support a cause close to Learning the heart of women. Centre
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Squirrels irritate food bank’s desperate situation
Updated September 9,2011 Updated Sept. 14, 2011
Daniel Betts Editor
he Valemount Food Bank, which had recently moved all their food stores to the senior’s complex after being evicted from the Valemount Health Centre, were aggravated to discover marauding squirrels had made off with much of their dry goods. “We lost cereal, rice and coffee; stuff that we had bagged up. We lost quite a bit of our stuff,” said Dorothy Jones, manager of the Valemount Food Bank. Despite being ravaged by hungry squirrels, the food bank was able to hand out a few hampers last week from what they could salvage from their stores. “We are really desperate now,” said Jones. Anyone wanting to make donations to the food bank or would like to donate space for their operations should contact Dorothy Jones at 250-566-4858 or Cheryl Torgerson at 250-566-9737.
Northern Health apologizes for short notice Daniel Betts Editor
n unfortunate miscommunication resulted in the Valemount Food Bank receiving an extremely short eviction notice. According to Steve Raper, Director of Communications at Northern Health, the miscommunication occurred between what the contractors needed to do to get in and what Northern Health thought needed to happen. “It was our oversight and we certainly accept blame for the short notice,” said Raper. “We have apologized to the food bank for the oversight on our part, which certainly was not intentional.” Raper said that Northern Health has approached the food bank and offered any assistance they can provide. According to Raper the improvements to the Valemount Health Clinic will provide an improved larger clinical space, based on what the clinicians, physicians and nurses need. “It is designed to be a more functional and appropriate space to provide clinical services in,” explained Raper. “It’s a variety of changes, which will allow us to do a better job, which means more room and better design. It will be a nice change and much improved space for both patients and clinicians.”
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Activities HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Paying closer attention to the details, you want to clear the clutter and make improvements. With an eye for beauty, you notice the colors more. At worst, you are blinded by the dark red hue of anger sparked by family conflicts. Though others want peace, you may be in a rebellious mood. Direct your passions constructively. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Breaking through old blocks and lines of resistance is a current theme. You want to shake things up and make some needed changes and improvements. The focus is strong on home and family and this trend will continue. The emphasis is upon practicality and beauty. Clear the way and the clutter for new possibilities. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) A strong focus upon your home base, living space and/or your core and center continues. You want to feel healthier and need to identify what and perhaps who is in the way. It may also be some of your own habitual attitudes and lifestyle patterns. Meanwhile desires for love and quality interaction are leading you to consider the prospects. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Big changes continue to shake your world. Looking back the shifts began last year. This cycle will continue through to the New Year and probably well into 2012. Currently, a mix or errands, communications and applications… are keeping your busy. Envisioning the future with faith balanced by deliberate action is a core theme. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Balancing with play is a priority now. This is the official last week of summer and squeezing the juice out of it feels important. Yet, you also feel the pressure to be more practical. Life is an ongoing learning process and it is important that you are a good student. What to study is the other question. Balance play with practical progress. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Taking some key leads and initiatives will feel right now. Securing a healthier financial flow may be a prime motivation. The time is right to invest for the future. Meanwhile, many new realizations towards a greater degree of self-awareness are ideal. Aiming to see yourself and others as they are and not how you think they should be will prove liberating. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A period of rest, retreat and perhaps work behind the scenes is coming to completion. If you have not taken any time out, now is a good time to do so. Tuning into the rhythms is a key to health and rejuvenation. Excessive will and/or worry verses allowing and flowing wastes energy. Balance wilful self-assertion with graceful acceptance. Intuiting which one and when, is the inner work. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Initiating new connections, alliances and perhaps friendships is the call now. In order to trust, like and even love others, you must establish the same within and for yourself. Trying to hold on to what once was is an ego reaction and implies fear. Be willing to let go, listen and be receptive to what destiny has in store for you next. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) The window of opportunity to be seen and heard by others in positions of authority is closing, but there is still time. Knowing what you want is also important. Who has the leverage, time and or resources your want and need? Often it is our friends who create key connections and this is true now. Assert yourself yet avoid aggression, lest it frighten friends away. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Paying attention to the details of the bigger picture is important now. This may require that you acquire new tools, skills and or methods of approach. Making key investments for future considerations is likely. Now is the time to outline a plan of action which includes approaching key people for favours and earned rewards, soon. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) There is reason to say you are on an upward swing. Your confidence levels are rising. Yet, with the ‘zig’ there is also the ‘zag’ and you may also be feeling less confident give the state of the world. Knowing the difference between one’s sphere of concern and scope of influence is wise. Focus to grow more confident and remember there is power in numbers. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Creating a new balance on relationship fronts continues. This includes taking time out to play. Yet it also includes knowing which associations you need a break from. To evolve we require new stimulation and input. Your willingness to be more open and expand your horizons and spectrum of experiences and interactions will bring rewards.
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Mount Robson Marathon continued from page 1 Tiffany Smith Staff Writer
There were four sets of races, so that all could participate; a full marathon at 42.2 km, a half marathon at 21.1 km, both taking place on the Berg Lake Trail, a 5 km run, on the Lookout Trail towards Overlander Falls, and a 1 km run for the kids, happening on the nature trail beside the Visitor’s Information Centre. Coming in first place, was Martin Garruri, of Good People Run, hailing all the way from France. Good People Run is a social platform specifically for runners, designed by Garruri, where runners can find other runners wherever they are, just by typing in the name of a city. Good People Run has taken Garriri all over the world, and he says the race was definitely one of the top mountain marathons he has ever done. “I have been racing all over the U.S. and this is the most technical terrain so far, and I really like it, it feels like back home in the Alps,” says Garruri. “It was beautiful.” Garruri was particularly impressed by the organization. “I feel like this has been put on for 10 years,” says Garruri. “Hats off to all the volunteers and all the people that put together this race, because the organization is way better compared to a lot of races I
have been to.” “If I remember something it is going to be the quality of the race and a little bit of the scenery here and there.” A very close second place went was Michael Havrda, who came up from Seattle, just for the race. “My friend, lives in North Vancouver and he posted this race on Facebook,” explains Havrda. “I went to the website and saw the pictures of the area and it just looked so beautiful and they said they were only doing it once so I thought if I didn’t do it I was going to regret it for the rest of my life.” Reiner Thoni led the race until the runners hit the home stretch. “I was coming down the trail and people kept telling me that [the leader] was five to eight minutes ahead, so I didn’t think at all I was going to be able to catch him,” explains Havrda. “When I saw him, I thought ‘lets give it a shot’.” Havrda shot forward with the momentum of a canon, just meters away from the finish line to steal a well deserved second place. Havrda’s favorite part of the race was the scenery. “Once you get up the second climb, and you get to the basin at Berg Lake, and you have Mount Robson on the right, it’s just beautiful there,” says Havrda. “You can’t help feel so miniscule compared to these giant mountains, when they are all around you.” Hometown favorite, Reiner Thoni placed third. “This is amazing,” says Thoni. “It’s my first marathon I’ve ever done.” Thoni was surprised by Havrda’s sprint to the finish. “I was just running with my dad and he told me to go ahead, I looked back and I didn’t see anyone, so I just kept going,” says Thoni, laughing as he recalls the finish. “All of a sudden there was this woman screaming, and I’m wondering what’s going on and then at the finish line this guy zooms by.” For Thoni it wasn’t about where he placed. “To me it’s the run that I go for that matters, not the finish.”
“An Exceptional Performance!”
Michael Havrda sneaks by Reiner Thoni at the finish line to steal second place. Photo by Tiffany Smith
Left: Zach Schneider cheers on his mom Lorelei, who was running the full marathon. Photo by Ellen Duncan Right: Rudi Thoni takes a well deserved rest after his half marathon run. Photo Tiffany Smith
“Mount Robson Marathon”
Left: Martin Garruri runs across the finish line to place first in the Full Marathon. Top Right: Local volunteers keep the marathon running smoothly and the runners hydrated at the Mount Robson Marathon. Bottom Right: Mount Robson dog tags are laid out in preparation for the arrival of the first runners. Photos by Tiffany Smith
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