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Mayor Frazier is ready to get back to work Birgit Stutz contributor
Above: Mayor Frazier in Prince Rupert on May 11, 2011 while attending the North Central Local Government Association meeting. Photo by Astrid Frazier
ith the civic election over, McBride’s re-elected Mayor is ready to get back to work. This will be Mayor Mike Frazier’s fourth term serving the community, and he is more than happy to do so. “I feel good about the election,” he said. “It’s nice to have that many people come out and vote and have that many people show confidence in me. I thought it was going to be a lot closer than it was. It was good they showed confidence in the incumbent councillors as well. None of us work independently. It was a vote for all of us. As one local voter said, sometimes a change in people isn’t necessary, but a change in direction is.”
“I realize that this community is pretty astute,” said Mayor Frazier. “The voters are up on the issues and they know where they want to go, even though we sometimes don’t give them enough information. And they don’t like to be misled.” Mayor and councillors need to communicate better and facilitate ways for the public to have more input into their local government, he said. “We need to do a better job with that,” he admits. “People want to have more of a say.” During the past few weeks, suggestions had been made at forums and through other means that the Village hold town hall meetings or set aside specific time at the end of council meetings for residents to address council over Village concerns. “I think that is a good idea, but I am not sure if it is a good idea to do that after a long cCouncil meeting,” said Mayor Frazier. “We definitely need a way to facilitate better information back and forth between us and the public. It’s a two-way deal. There’s a lot of stuff we’ve been doing that the public doesn’t know the details about. And we need a way to funnel the public’s thoughts into council. Maybe a monthly town hall meeting, open and informal, where we sit around and ask questions and talk about ideas, would be ideal. If you’re going to do something like this, we have to make sure everybody gets a chance to be heard. Have both sides be able to ask questions.” Mayor Frazier would like to remind the public that everybody is always more than welcome to attend the council meetings, which are held twice a month. “Should you have an issue, contact the Village office and get on the agenda,” he said. “People have to come forward. We’d love to hear from you. We may also be able to help do some
homework for you or it’s possible that we have already done some work or have info on the subject.” Mayor Frazier said he would like to continue the partnerships the Village has, such as the McBride Community Forest Corporation contributing to the community. “That’s the way it should be,” he said. “The McBride Community Forest Corporation and how it is run is evolving over time. Any change in direction or management will have to be discussed with our public.” After the swear-in at the first council meeting in December, one of the first things on Mayor Frazier’s agenda is new councillor orientation and then trying to move ahead.“I want to talk to council and see if there are different portfolios they may have interest in and what directions they want to go,” he said. “We also need a replacement [councillor] for the Community Foundation and the Yellowhead Highway Association. We need to help get the new councillors up to speed and familiarize everybody with the projects that are underway. There’s lots of stuff going on. We need to continue with our current projects and look ahead for new ideas and direction for McBride’s future. McBride has its best days ahead.” Mayor Frazier said he would like to congratulate the elected people. “I look forward to working with you. And thank you to all those who let their names stand for election. It takes courage and strength. It’s not easy.”
ecoTECH pleased Birgit Stutz contributor
olin Hall, CEO and chairman for ecoTECH Energy Group (Canada) Inc. out of Langley, B.C., is pleased with the results of the local government election in McBride. “It looks like a very positive council has been voted in and I am very pleased about it,” he said the day after the election. “I am very happy that Mayor Mike Frazier got reaffirmed. There is no substitute for experience and patience, and Mayor Frazier has both. I am very pleased for him. We are grateful for the help we got from the old council and we are looking forward to working with the new one. We would like to thank the people that didn’t get in for their help in the past. I wish them all the very best.” Hall confirmed that plans for ecoTECH’s ecoGrow project are on track. “I am working on the development plan for the facility at Lamming Mills. We are very excited.”
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Mayor-elect Andru McCracken Daniel Betts Editor
nly a day and half after local government elections in Valemount and the new mayor was already at work. On Monday morning, November 21, Village of Valemount mayor-elect Andru McCracken attended a briefing from outgoing Mayor Bob Smith and staff in the village office. “We leave the new mayor and council with no issues and a good solid base to move forward,” said Mayor Smith, who was very pleased to learn of election results. “I strongly believe I’m leaving Valemount in very capable hands with the new mayor and council. I’m extremely pleased that Andru is the new captain of the ship. He will steer the ship in the right direction.” Many residents and public dignitaries expressed congratulations to the new mayor and council following the announcement of their success. Shirley Sanders, President of Saas Fee Land Developments Inc. stated, “I would like to congratulate Andru McCracken and the new council on their successful election. I look forward to working with them in the future, toward successful and happy results.” Mayor-elect, McCracken’s schedule is already tied up for the entire month of December, so The Valley Sentinel was grateful for the opportunity to speak with the new mayor before his schedule fills up. We asked mayor-elect McCracken for his thoughts on his campaign and the results of the election. “I’m really surprised that so many people became comfortable with the idea of a new mayor without political experience,” said McCracken. “It’s great to have a clear mandate and I think it serves everybody’s interest.” McCracken also stated that he was surprised by the generous response of people. “Nobody has told me, ‘don’t screw this up.’” He stated he recognizes the sentiment he is receiving from those who are active in the community and want a transparent government to work with. We asked McCracken how he feels about working with a council made up of strong, powerful and outspoken women who are active in the community. “I’m excited and probably you should be excited too,” McCracken said. He noted that councils in the past have been very collaborative and seem to take direction well. “This council is going to give direction, come up with direction and fight for direction.” He says in the past there was the appearance decisions were not being thought over and that raised concerns. “They [residents] want discourse and I think people are going to be well satisfied.” We asked our new mayor about his future involvement with Valemount Community Television (VCTV).
McCracken stated that VCTV has come a long way since 2007 when he joined the station. “I don’t want it to be just a PowerPoint presentation,” said McCracken. “I am excited about being mayor and I intend to do that full time, but I won’t leave VCTV in the snow either.” He says an opportunity exists to bring new talent into the community to get someone to take over the bulk of the work there. McCracken says he would like to continue to be available to VCTV and “Welcoming Handshake” be paid for it. “The may- Valemount Mayor Bob Smith tours mayor-elect Andru McCracken around the Village offices or’s salary is minimal,” providing an orientation to the incoming Mayor. Photo by Andrea Scholz says McCracken. “I will definitely be involved in the content side of VCTV in anyway that I can that is not a complete conflict of interest or even if some of it is.” McCracken states that a visual medium like VCTV, McBride Community Forest Corporation which he is well versed in, can “do much to promote Public Information Meeting the village.” We asked McCracken what he feels is a first priority, Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. besides getting up to speed with current Village projects. He stated he wanted to demystify the “ridiculous Robson Valley Community Centre decisions we see the village making.” He noted that while in the past village actions were never explained, You are invited to attend the McBride one of his first priorities is to have good open clear communication with the community. “I will be going Community Forest Corporation’s Semi-Annual to the papers to talk about what decisions are being Public Information Meeting. MCFC staff and made and why,” said McCracken. the Board of Directors will provide information Other items we discussed included the need to on initiatives we have been involved with over convince organizations like Commerce Resources to locate into the Valley, taxation and marketing issues the past year, and will be available to hear your such as branding. views and answer questions you might have Primarily, Valemount’s new mayor is excited and about our operations. anxious to begin the hard work he sees ahead. “We need to jumpstart our economy. We need to get young For more information please contact: families here, people who are going to keep it [ValeMarc von der Gonna mount] alive into the future. There is not an option of downsizing,” said McCracken. General Manager On December 6, 2011, at 7 p.m., in the Village of McBride Community Forest Valemount Council Chambers, mayor-elect McCrackCorporation en and the new village council, made up of Hollie Phone (250) 569-2229 Blanchette, Dallas Bullock, Sandy Salt and Christine Latimer, will be sworn into office and a new chapter Or visit our website at in Valemount’s history will www.mcbridecommunityforest.com begin.
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his weekend I picked up Dave Marchant’s 2012 Calendar, End of the World Edition, featuring 10 bonus days following the end of the Mayan calendar, on December 21, 2012. How funny is that? I couldn’t resist. A casual perusal on the Internet on the subject of the Mayan calendar reveals all manner of interpretation from grim to down right frightening, so a humorous angle is much appreciated. Of course many believe the Mayan calendar was incorrectly calculated and the actual end date was October 21, 2011. But wait a second, that was a few weeks ago and we’re all still here, right? Well of course we are. If you think about it when our calendar ends every December 31, the world doesn’t end for us either. We like nice concise calendars that cover a mere 365 days. Mayans, on the other hand, took the trouble to map out a few thousand years; maybe they had lots of time on their hands, no pun intended. All kidding aside, I do think the Mayans were up to something beyond mere time keeping. Endings suggest a dramatic, sudden and often catastrophic change worthy of much woe. However, with every ending comes a new beginning, much in the same way our days cycle through dusk and dawn. Endings don’t move us forward; only beginnings advance our needs. This weekend, voter turnout in both McBride and Valemount was unprecedented. Our communities collectively set forth their will to deliver a clear mandate toward the future. Infused within their mandate was positive hopeful energy. Whether votes were cast toward proven familiarity or necessary change, I believe the Valley voted with their hearts this weekend. Each vote was a voice and our voices rose into a common collective song that became our mandate. Bound by law, the chosen must now step into their new or familiar roles while continuing to listen to our voices. It is no small undertaking they have assumed, for the responsibility of service to the community will take precedence over their personal goals and desires. This is truly a new beginning for the Valley, coming on the heels of the start of a new age. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes things happen because they must for the betterment of the community. Remember, our job doesn’t end in the ballot box. We must continue to influence, direct and support our representatives, while clearly making our voices heard.
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Nov 11 is past and war has been glorified for another year. Politicians and media feasted on the tragedy, reminding us of the heroism of serving ones country, selflessly and without question. National heroes are essential to patriotism. Countries as diverse as Russia, North Korea, Japan, Germany, Vietnam and Afghanistan all revere their war heroes. Glorious battles were fought and the enemy vanquished. Historians have a field day with it speaking of the “Great War” and “The War To End All Wars”. We don’t talk about who planned the wars. We don’t ask which companies made a killing. We don’t discuss which politicians wound up with the fat bank accounts and sweet retirement packages. We dare not suggest our heroes fought in vain, instead we teach our children of our heritage saved because “our soldiers fought the good fight”. One of my favourite heroes from the 1920’s is Will Rogers. Now there was a man with both common sense and a way with words. “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” “Take the diplomacy out of war and the whole thing would fall flat in a week” “Nothing you can’t spell will ever work” I admire a man like that and so did most folks during his time. Will Rogers never got involved in military adventures so he never received any medals, he just wasn’t that kind of hero. “One sure
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ver the 60 years of operation in the Valley, the McBride Hospital Auxiliary (MHA) has been directly assisting with hospital and ambulance patient care. MHA donates furnishings, medical equipment and many other items to improve patient care at the McBride & District Hospital. Another project MHA was critical in bringing to fruition was the palliative care room at the hospital. MHA also provides much needed equipment to the McBride Ambulance Service. Through various fundraisers this small group of dedicated people raise approximately $6000 every year that directly goes toward patient care. This year the MHA has targeted new linens for the palliative care room as one of
their projects. Through tremendous effort and expense the MHA works tirelessly to provide comfort and service to the Valleyâ€™s sick and injured. The MHA Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at the E-Free Church on Saturday, December 3, starting at 7 p.m., a family event residents wonâ€™t want to miss. The few organizers who put this popular event on every year are asking for your support. If you can donate baking, crafts or silent auction items, please contact Isabelle at 250 569 2553 or Pat at 250 569 0051. Anyone who has been or has had a family member hospitalized in the Valley has benefited from the efforts of the MHA. Please show your support for this critical service by donating items to this yearâ€™s Christmas Bazaar and please also attend this great event.
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Above (L to R): Joan Nordli, Bill Kruisselbrink, Bobbi Roe and Don Sollows gathered at The Valley Sentinel office on Monday November 21. Following the disbandment of the Valemount Crimewatch, on October 5, 2011, it was decided the remaining funds would be distributed amongst other charity organizations in the Valley. Kruisselbrink representing Crime Stoppers received $3,309, Roe representing Meals On Wheels received $283 and Don Sollows representing the Valemount Food Bank received $283. Look for an article by Joan Nordli about the history of Crimewatch in our next issue. Photo by Andrea Scholz
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APPLICATION FOR A DEVELOPMENT VARIANCE PERMIT TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Village of Valemount will consider an application for a Development Variance Permit from Dennis Neuman for the premises described as 1950 Cranberry Place Valemount, being Lot 17 Plan 19779 District Lot 7354 Cariboo Land District at the Regular meeting on December 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at the Village OďŹƒce at 735 Cranberry Lake Road, Valemount. The purpose of the Development Variance Permit is to: 1. 2. 3.
Allow an Accessory Building (Existing Garage) larger than 50% of the principle residence on the property Allow a second Accessory Building (New Shed) on side of property in front of principle building Allow an Accessory Building (Existing Garage) in front of principle building
A copy of the proposed permit may be inspected at the Village OďŹƒce at the above address during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from this date up until December 5, 2011. Tom Dall Chief Administrative OďŹƒcer
On behalf of The Valemount Food Bank, we would like to thank those responsible for being given a place to set up and operate out of once again. To all those who volunteered their time and energy to help get the food bank set up and running again. Finally to all those who have given financial donations we thank you, we could not continue to meet the needs in this community without the generous support of everyone in this valley and beyond who are so willing to help in whatever way possible.
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We would like to thank everyone in the Robson Valley for the outstanding support they have given to the Rocky Mountain Dessert Co in purchasing our frozen dessert. We had a very successful first season and are looking forward to next year, which will bring more flavours of our frozen dessert and a broadening of products from the Rocky Mountain Dessert Co. We have received many compliments on our product and look forward to further expanding our distribution area. And donâ€™t worry we are keeping the shelves stocked through winter.... Best wishes for a warm and happy holiday season from all of us at the Rocky Mountain Dessert Co.
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COMMUNITY EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS
“Tracks Through the Valley” On display until November 30, 2011 McBride Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion St. Fraser Basin Council -Jurried Art Exhibit An Exhibition of local art and artisans, courtesy of the Robson Valley Arts & Cultural Council. Plus book paintings by Tovi Thiel and wood track carvings by Brian Thair Mcbride secondary christmas craft fair Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 11a.m. to 3 p.m. McBride Secondary School Approximately 40 tables of beautiful handcrafts and baked goods from throughout the Robson Valley. Table fees are $15 or 10% of sales whatever is greater to a maximum of $50. Proceeds to go toward the PAC. Please contact the school at 250 569 2295, if you are interested in booking a table or to ensure you will have your usual table asap.
ping. If you are at the starting point, Robson Centre, before 6:00 p.m. you might get to help bring Santa into town. Call 250-569-3366 to let him know you are coming. Also enjoy free hot chocolate at the Elks. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR at E-Free CHURCH Saturday, December 3 , 2011 - 7 p.m. Support the Hospital Auxiliary and attend!
beginners quilters free workshop Saturday and Sunday, December 3 -4, 2011 Golden Years Lodge - Seniors Hall - 9 a.m - 4 p.m. Learn to sew or quilt from long time quilters. Contact: Betty (250) 566 4524 Ladies christmas tea Thursday, December 8, 2011 At the E. Free Church, McBride Enjoy music, song and scripture. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., program to follow. Everyone is welcome.
Ducks unlimited - 14th annual banquet and auction Saturday November 26, 2011 Best Western Valemount No host cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner served at 7 p.m. Auction and Raffles to follow. Tickets $30 Single $60 Couple. For tickets contact Elsie - 250 566 4113
Tete Jaune Community Club Annual Christmas Party Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 5:30 p.m. Tete Jaune Community Hall Bring a side dish and/or dessert Annual Membership due - $10 per Family Silent Auction Fundraiser - Please bring an unwrapped gift. - Everyone Welcome!
Festival of lights and late night shopping Friday, December 2, 2011 Starting at 6:00 p.m. with the Santa Clause Parade the McBride and District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Late Night Shop-
Angel tree By December 14, 2011 Pick an angel tag, buy a gift, drop it off at the library by December 14, 2011 unwrapped. The Valemount Food Bank will wrap and distribute the gifts for the children with the food hampers.
ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 am Golden Years Lodge • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. • curling club league 7 p.m. anyone welcome tuesdays: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 1st Tuesday of the month - 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • 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. • curling club league 7 p.m. anyone welcome WEDNESDAYS: • PLAY AND LEARN 10AM until noon at the Lion’s Hall. • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 pm Downstairs at the library. • 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. • free one - on -one computer tutoring 4 p.m. at the Valemount public Library call 250-566-4367 to book a time THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. 7-9 pm in the Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Betty @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. • JUNIOR CURLING 2:30 p.m. All welcome. FRIDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm
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Dunster Family Dance Notice: The monthly Dunster Family Dance on the first Saturday of each month will be cancelled for the months of December and January. They will start back on their regular schedule the first Saturday in February 2012. All dancers are more than welcome to attend the weekly dance instruction evenings at the McBride Elks Hall offered by the Roth Family of McBride. They will run for four weeks before Christmas and possibly for four weeks after Christmas if there is enough interest. They will start on Thursday, November 24th and run every Thursday until December 15th. There is no charge for these lessons and they run from 7pm to 9pm each night. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn some fun dances!
• VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 pm • free one - on -one computer tutoring 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Valemount public Library call 250-566-4367 to book a time SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 am by appointment only. • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 pm.
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Friendly new library director welcomed Daniel Betts Editor
t is wonderful to meet and introduce new residents to the Valley, particularly while sharing a cup of coffee and enjoying tasty treats. On Friday, November 18 an open house was held at the McBride and District Public Library to introduce McBride’s newest resident, who is also our talented new library director. Naomi Balla-Boudreau grew up in the Ottawa Valley in a tiny community of 200 people spread over 60 km; makes McBride look like a metropolis. Balla-Boudreau started her professional career with a degree in equity studies, sociology and history. “I love history,” Balla-Boudreau declares. In her home community she volunteered to conduct local history research. “Everything happened out of the library, it was our central focus; from card nights to book clubs. I thought ‘that is where I want to be,’” explained Ball-Boudreau. She pursued a library degree in Halifax, Nova Scotia, feeling it was a great opportunity to engage in library studies while enjoying the east coast province. “It took a little while to get used to the pace, but [Halifax] is a genuinely friendly place,” Balla-Boudreau declares. Of particular note was her appreciation of the “wonderful” farmer’s market along the Halifax waterfront. Ball-Boudreau did her homework while looking for a place to apply her skills and looked up McBride on the Internet. “I was impressed. There are quite a few businesses here and quite a bit happening,” she said. She already is used to and enjoys the rural lifestyle. “I like outdoorsy things. Hiking here is very beautiful and I enjoy skiing and snowshoeing,” she explains; factors that helped to sell her decision to move to our Valley. After settling into her position over the past
month, Balla-Boudreau is impressed with our library. “I think we have a great collection and good resources. I’d like to make sure the resources are matching what the community wants and needs,” she said. “Our goal is to offer educational, informational, recreational opportunities to everyone in the community. I want to make sure the services that we offer are relevant and available to everybody, not just the folks who are currently using the library.” Balla-Boudreau is also very happy to see the existence of supportive organizations in McBride. “There are opportunities for partnerships which I hope to build upon and plan for,” she says. “I hope to expand our community programming. I think everyone in the area is interested in more youth programming such as after school programs.” She hopes to bring some of the ideas the McBride Youth Committee is working on into the library. In terms of technology, Balla-Boudreau is looking to maximize the use of the technology they have right now. “We have a Kobo Reader but we don’t have it circulating yet. We’d like to run an introductory workshop, as more and more people are using e-readers,” explained Balla-Boudreau. Interest has been expressed in having video editing capabilities “Warm Welcome” available at the library so she would like to “make McBride’s new library director, Naomi Balla-Boudreau shares that happen.” Currently the library has 13 comput- a favourite book. Photo by Andrea Scholz ers that she would like to make more available. “I would like to emphasize what we have and expand “Pioneers of the Early 1900’s - A Sculptural History” on that,” She said. “We are happy to help people in anyway we can.” Balla-Boudreau is very much enjoying her new Sculptures by Margaret McKirdy experience so far and is very grateful for the warm with snippets of local history welcome she has received. If you missed the opare compiled in a book by portunity to meet our new library director feel free to drop by the McBride and District Public Library, Charlene Montpetit. just watch out for her smile, it’s infectious.
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Bob Hayes from Whitehorse, Yukon presents a book reading and slideshow on November 19, 2011 at the Valemount Community Theatre. Photo by Andrea Scholz
ast week, anyone curious about wolves enjoyed a rare opportunity. Valley residents were treated to a reading and slideshow entitled ‘Wolves of the Yukon’ by Bob Hayes on Saturday, November 19, 2011 sponsored by the Valley’s libraries. Despite a very busy day with municipal elections, a craft fair, the Midget hockey tournament and chilly weather, the valley showed great support with over 30 people attending in McBride and 65 in Valemount. Hayes, author and biologist from Whitehorse, Yukon has recently completed his book which he has been working on for approximately 10 years. ‘Wolves of the Yukon’ is a blend of non-fiction
and essays about the history and present reality of wolves in the Yukon. The Yukon Territory is a pristine environment for wolf study due to the low population density where biologists can study the relatively undisturbed relationship between wolves and the large mammals they prey upon: moose, caribou and dall sheep. Hayes states, “The wolves are living in the Yukon like they have for the past several thousand years”. Hayes draws from his 20 years of experience as the Yukon’s primary wolf biologist where he researched wolf kill rates of large mammals and the effects of mammal populations in relationship to wolf control. Hayes believes that the long-term wolf management practice through culling wolf populations has no effect on the long-term moose and caribou populations. While culling will temporarily show an increase of large mammal populations, as soon as wolf management ceases, mammal populations bounce back and the natural balance between the wolves and their prey comes back to healthy and pre-management numbers. Hayes states that declining moose and caribou populations are largely responsible due to overharvesting by humans. Hayes advocates for strict hunting guidelines even amongst the aboriginal people. Hayes touched upon the ethical and moral issues surrounding wolf population control and for the most part does not support it. However, in certain situations such as the ‘40 mile’ caribou herd in Alaska, non-lethal wolf population control (sterilization) has been very successful. “The herd recovered from 20,000 to 45,000 using non-lethal methods only”, says Hayes. Hayes’ presentation was primarily about wolf habits and the situation in the Yukon. Hayes commented on the wolf populations and how they might be affected locally. “The extensive logging in British Columbia will certainly increase the moose habitat and populations which in turn will cause the wolf population to grow. Mountain caribou and livestock will be at greater risk for predation by the wolves. Wolf control without habitat recovery has to be permanent or very long term, at best.”
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McBride Grizzlies earn 2nd at Valemount Tournament Marty Kelly GRIZZLIES COACH
ello hockey fans, sports fans, and all The Valley Sentinel readers around the globe. The McBride Grizzlies, Midget Division attended a hockey tournament this past weekend in Valemount. The Grizzlies had a very short bench, with only 4 defensemen, 5 forwards and a goalie. This group of dedicated young hockey players ended up playing 5 games in 30 hours. In the first game at 7a.m. on Saturday, November 19, they took on the Clearwater Eagles. The Grizzlies fought hard the whole game, but came out on the losing end of a 4-2 score. Goaltender Cohen Hickerty was named player of the game because of his usual stellar play. Defenseman Meagan Taphorn kept the opposition snipers frustrated all game with her flawless positional play. Game 2 at 1 p.m., was against our heated rivals the Valemount Mustangs. The game was very even throughout the first 40 minutes with a score of 2-2 after 2 periods. In the 3rd period the Grizzlies found an extra gear and outscored the Mustangs 4-1, winning the game by a score of 6-3. Kenton Bressette’s tenacious play and gritty performance earned him the MVP honours for the game. Jarred McLennan’s 3 goal outburst paved the way to our first victory. Game 3 against Kamloops at 7p.m. on Saturday evening turned out to be another loss by a score of 4-2, Devyn Kelly took home the MVP award with his mesmerizing dangles that left opponents dizzy and confused. Coming from that loss left us with a must win game at 7a.m. Sunday morning against Armstrong, who had only lost once. If we win, off to the finals we go, if not, off home we go. The Grizzlies dominated their opponents with a 6-1 victory. Team Captain Custin Ryan’s strong defensive play and verbal leadership kept our team focused. Logan Drader kept the Armstrong team off their game with his “in your face” style of play. Kylie Taphorn’s first goal of the season along with her natural hockey smarts earned her the MVP for the game. Now it was on to face the Clearwater Eagles one more time for the championship. It was 11a.m. Sunday, fifth game of the tourney. Plain and simply put, our group was just about outta gas at this point. We gave our best effort, but came up short with a score of...you guessed it 4-2! Despite losing the game Kody Pepper stepped up his play, using his size and skill to ensure the game was close. The MVP for the game was a no-brainer, Josh Reimer had a strong game at both ends of the ice. No surprise as he is one of the best young talented players in the valley. 10 players, 5 games, 30 hours = 2nd place and a VERY proud group of coaches. Absolutely priceless, Thanks Team!
Above: Coaches Marty Hickerty (Left) and Marty Kelly (Right) take a moment to advise the team and discuss strategy during their game against Valemount on Saturday, November 19. Photo by Andrea Scholz
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Above: On Sunday, November 20, the McBride Grizzlies, close to exhaustion, take a moment to pose for the camera following their 2nd place win at the Valemount Midget Hockey Tournament.
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Back row from left to right: Coach Marty Hickerty, Josh Reimer, Coach Justin Kelly, Devyn Kelly, Jared McLennan, Logan Drader, Custin Ryan, Kody Pepper, Kenton Burssette, Coach Marty Kelly, Front row from left to right: Kylie Taphorn, Cohan Hickerty (Goaly) Meagan Taphorn. Missing is Kelly Shawara and Mark Monroe Photo by Andrea Scholz
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MCBRIDE COUNCIL BRIEFS Birgit Stutz
Service and Attraction Sign approved Council carried a motion to approve the Service and Attraction Sign Policy P-11.
he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride was held November 8, 2011 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Councillors Rick Thompson, Irene Rejman, and Mike Moseley, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, Deputy Administrator/Treasurer Danielle Smith and Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine in attendance. Councillor Loranne Martin was absent.
Development Variance Permit Council carried a motion that Development Variance Permit DVP No. 2011-01 for the property legally described as Lot 11, Block 14, District Lot 5316, Plan 1371 be approved.
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Minutes from public hearing approved Council carried a motion that the minutes from the November 8, 2011 public hearing for Development Variance Permit No. 2011-01 be approved as presented. Possible partnership for children’s fair Delegate Beth Frederick, who is the Manager of the Stepping Stones Children’s Centre in McBride, informed Council about a grant received by Early Childhood Educators in the Robson Valley. Frederick is seeking Council’s working partnership to host an interactive children’s fair event with the grant funding received from Early Childhood Education BC. Frederick asked if the event could be held in conjunction with the McBride 80th anniversary celebrations planned for 2012. Councillor Rejman, who is the 80th anniversary celebrations committee chairperson, will meet with Frederick to go over the children’s fair proposal. For more information on the ECE grant received by Robson Valley ECE’s, see last week’s issue of The Valley Sentinel.
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t’s that time of year again when we close the windows and doors in an effort to keep the cold weather out, in doing so we trap the inside air... well, in. We should make a conscious effort to keep our inside air fresh and clean so that we can enjoy the winter without illness and exposure to toxic elements from air fresheners, candles and cleaners. According to the Guide to Less Toxic Products on www.lesstoxicguide.ca, on a typical cleaning day in a typical Canadian home, levels of chemicals in the indoor air can be hundreds, even thousands of times higher than the outdoor air in the most polluted of cities. Yuck right, I know I prefer fresh clean healthy air when I breathe. Some of the toxins that we may be exposed to are: Acetone: found in spot and scuff removers Bleach: very common and found in a wide range of cleaning products Formaldehyde: used in a wide range of products including furniture polish Methyl Chloride: used in stain removers Parabens: used in products as a preservative Phosphoric Acid: found in liquid dishwasher detergent, metal polishes, some disinfectants and bathroom cleaners
You can read the complete list and the damage these chemicals can cause at the website listed above. There was a time when convenient cleaners did not exist and households were still clean. If you could clean your house just as well without the chemicals and also create less packaging waste why wouldn’t you. I myself have gotten into the way of chemical free cleaning and I don’t find it any more work than it was when I used the magical do-all cleaners and it is always less traumatic to my skin and lungs. Here are a few tips that you can use to get you on a path to healthier cleaning and indoor air. Borax is a natural mineral and can be used in many ways to clean and disinfect your home. Mix it in a spray bottle with warm water for a multi-purpose cleaner in the kitchen and bathroom. On tough tub clean-up pour borax straight up onto a wet tub, let it sit for a few minutes then wipe away with a rag; also great for the toilet bowl. Vinegar and baking soda have many uses and are cheap and easy to find. You can mix vinegar and baking soda to create a bathroom cleaner or drain cleaner, vinegar on its own as a degreaser and disinfectant. To freshen the kitchen or bathroom during cleaning add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to a mix of warm water, vinegar and baking soda, use this to clean the sink, tiles and counter top. Boxes of baking soda can be left open around the house as well as the refrigerator to remove odours from the air naturally. There are many tips available on the Internet for natural household cleaning tasks from furniture polish to paint removers. Find your favourites and get rid of the toxic mess in your cleaning cupboard.
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Local government elections unofficial Results Daniel Betts EDITOR
he polls have closed and ballets have been counted. Listed below are the unofficial results from local government elections held on Saturday, November 19. The declaration of official results will not occur until Wednesday, November 23 and the swearing in of elected officials will occur at the regularly scheduled council meeting held on December 6. Village of Valemount MAYOR Name Votes Elected Andru McCracken 255 Yes Jeannette Townsend 101 Cynthia Piper 57 Murray Capstick 55 Sandy Salt Dallas Bullock Hollie Blanchette Christine Latimer John Grogan Peter Reimer Rita Tchir Stuart Tait
Councillors 336 Yes 299 Yes 293 Yes 233 Yes 228 121 120 76
School District 57 - Prince George School Board Trustee Name Votes Elected Sharel Warrington 6293 Yes Trish Bella 5942 Yes Sharon Bourassa 5379 Yes Betty Bekkering 5145 Yes Brenda Hooker 4902 Yes Tim Bennett 4692 Yes Kate Cooke 3964 Yes Valentine Crawford 3758 Don Sabo 3841 Rhonda White 3806 Andrew Burton 3551 Elona Arnett 3171 Shawn Peters 3044 Earl Krushelnicki 2175 Bal Gill 1854 Kris Benson 1848
Village of McBride MAYOR Name Votes Elected Michael Frazier 188 Yes Loranne Martin 109 Allen Birnie 31 Rajpal Basran Rick Thompson Irene Rejman Lori Kimpton Kevin Taphorn Allan Frederick Randy Kolida Michael Monroe Vanessa Byron-Stanley Eunice Wentz Nelson Hicks
Councillors 158 Yes 140 Yes 136 Yes 129 Yes 124 116 109 95 90 53 46
Regional District Fraser-Fort George Director - Area H Name Votes Elected Ken Starchuck 142 Yes Nathalie Olson 136 Don Smith 114 NOTE: Fred McLeod, Chief Elections Officer for School District 57 - Prince George, declared their list as official on November 21, 2011.
Editor’s Note: Valemount Chief Elections Officer, Suzanne Bloodoff announced a re-count of votes, for two unspecified Village of Valemount Councillor candidates, would take place on Tuesday November 22, in the afternoon. Results from the re-count, if different from current unofficial results will be posted on our website, www.thevalleysentinel.com and the Civic B.C. Website.
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-HOUSES FOR RENTHigh quality spacious family home. 3 Bdrm / 2 bath. Fully fenced corner lot, double garage, garden and shed. $1025 Fully renovated home! 3 Bdrm duplex house. Wood/electric heat, pet ok. Fenced yard, shed, laundry. $700. -APARTMENTS FOR RENTMtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. Renovated 2 bdrm $575, Bachelor $375 Photos and details at
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A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Point Church of God, 62nd Street and Ellerslie Road in Edmonton, Alberta, with interment to following at Glenwood Memorial Gardens in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Donations in Erwin’s memory may be made to Habitat For Humanity. To email condolences, please visit www.glenwoodmemorial.com
Mobile Home For Sale or Rent: 3BR 12ft X 64ft 1976 Mobile Home with 14ft X 14ft 1996 addition. Can be moved. Located in McBride. Reduced for quick sale. Rental purchase will be considered. Available NOW! $8500. Phone 604-5880069 for more info. GTS NOV 30
CN Apts 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites $520 and $590 per month plus Hydro. On site laundry, no pets please. Call Scott 250-566-1569 NOV 30
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Erwin is survived by his wife, Edith; children, Karin, Ingrid Grinde, Hardy (Tania), and Carolyn; grandchildren, Max, Levi, and Amy; sister, Else (Walter) Knodel; brother, Heinz (Helen), as well as numerous other family members and friends.
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The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society are seeking the services of a caretaker for the maintenance of Golden Years Lodge and Valemount House. This is a part time position but requires daily attendance for security (door check) & janitorial services. Applicant must be self-motivated with a good working knowledge of all aspects of repairs and maintenance, ie electrical, plumbing, carpentry & gardening. The position requires grounds maintenance in summer and snow removal in winter. Must have good public relation skills and an understanding of seniors needs. Prior experience in housing maintenance an asset but not a requirement. Must be able to supply two references from previous employers. Remuneration to be negotiated with applicant. Send resume to B. Roe, Administrator, P.O. Box 598, Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society, Valemount, B.C End date for applications – November 26, 2011
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14th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction The Valemount Committee of Ducks Unlimited is hosting their 14th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet and Auction Saturday, November 26, at the Best Western Plus in Valemount. Tickets are $30. Call Elise at 250 566 4113 for more information. Late Night Shopping is Coming to Valemount Friday, December 2, 2011 is Late Night Shopping, just in time for your Christmas Shopping Season! Carollers have been confirmed and will be visiting stores and shops that are open and singing out a bit of Christmas Cheer! Regrettably, Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding will not be able to bring the dogs into town for the evening this year. Marie Birkbeck of the Chamber says that are striving to create a festive atmosphere to get everyone in the spirit of the season but they need your help. She noted that as always the committee head is over-extended and could really use some assistance. If you have ideas or suggestions, or can lend a hand to get this evening coordinated, please call Marie at 250 566 0061 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Valemount Food Bank Lottery Hurry, you only have one week left to get down to Petro Canada Valemount and buy a fifty-fifty lottery ticket in support of the Valemount Food Bank. Tickets went on sale October 10, for $5 per entry, and will be on sale until November 30. The winning numbers are set to be drawn at the Petro Canada station at noon, Thursday Dec 1. The draw breakdown is as follows: 50 percent directly to the food bank, 30 percent to the first ticket drawn, 12.5 percent to the second ticket drawn, and 7.5 percent to the third ticket drawn, so your odds of winning are directly based on amount of tickets sold. They will also be collecting and delivering donations to the food bank through the ticket sale period. Christmas gifts are also welcome to be dropped off, and they will pass them on as well.
Lions Calendar Rhoda Tamboline wants you to know that this year’s edition of the Lions Calendar has arrived! You can pick up your copy at the Valemount IGA on Monday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or contact Rhoda at (250) 566 9797 or Barb at (250) 566 4378. Treelines w Portage & Main in Jasper “If the Weakerthans had a love child with the Gaslight Anthem, and Joel Plaskett raised that child, you would have something close to Treelines,” according to the Treelines official website biography. Their music can be described as an unassuming brand of indie rock, often painting a lyrical picture of anything from the old west, to wintery northern landscapes...‘unintentionally Canadian’”. Originally from Kelowna in 2010 they “followed the migratory patterns of so many previous bands from Kelowna and headed South to Vancouver.” Friday, November 25 at 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. tickets are $15 at the door with $5 going to Movember, or pick up an advance ticket for only $5 at the Horseshoe Club, Jasper Brewing Co, Senate Skate Shop, Wine Merchants or Coco’s Cafe in Jasper. The show starts at 11 p.m. sharp. Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay Community Medal Bearer Represent your community. Have the honour of carrying the Rick Hansen Medal by being the feature Medal Bearer for Valemount. Tell Tourism Valemount in 250 words or less why you should represent the Village of Valemount. The relay will be coming through Valemount on March 19, 2012. Applicants are also encouraged to apply online at www.rickhansenrelay.com for the 11 other segments for Valemount. Participants must be 13 years of age to apply. If children under 13 would like to apply, their parents must apply for them (prefer a minimum of 8 years old due to uniform sizing). Information required: First and last name, email address, date of birth, preferred language of communication (English or French), primary phone number and Medal-Bearer Story. Email information to Jennifer Robinson email@example.com or drop it off at the Village Office Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For any questions please call (250) 566 9905. Deadline: Friday, November 25, 2011 at 4 p.m.
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Fund Raising Dinner for Paul Johnson Thursday, November 24, 2011, the dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m, with the Silent Auction Results 8 to 9 p.m. Dinner is $20 for Beef on a Bun, salad and dessert. To donate salad & desserts or to help contact Ellen Duncan at 250 566 9976. If you can’t make it Thursday and want to help Paul, there is a bank account opened for Paul Johnson CIBC transit#08050 Account #74-75497 it is in the name of: Pete Pearson/ Ellen Duncan and may have a reference to P Johnson. All the money from the Dinner and the Silent Auction will be put into this account and then a transfer made to Paul and Laura. This account will only be open until December 31, 2011 FOR SALE LEGAL SERVICES Adrian VanderZwan, Jim Stewart and Pete Pearson are collecting donations to shave their heads CAN'T GET UP DIAL-A-LAW: access your stairs? Acorn free information on at 7 p.m. Stairlifts can help! No B C l a w. 6 0 4 - 6 8 7 Some of the Silent Auction items are: obligation consultation. 4680; 1.800.565.5297; *Video goggles Comprehensive warranty. ww.dialalaw.org (audio Can be installed in less *Antique dresser a v a i l a b l e ) . L AW Y E R than 1 hour. Call now REFERRAL SERVICE: *Sled Rental 1-866-981-6591. need a lawyer? Learn *Original paintings by local artists **HOME PHONE more by calling 604-687*Helicopter flight for four RECONNECT** Call 3221; 1.800.663.1919. 1-866-287-1348. Prepaid *Fifth Avenue Jewlery Long Distance Specials! LOANS *Cat Skiing Feature Package *Bleaching Kit and Electric toothbrush SMALL BUSINESS Specials! Referral *Accommodation packages Program! Don't be without GRANTS - start or grow a home phone! Call to your small business. *Trip with River Safari Connect! 1-866-287-1348 Free to apply. Qualify *framed photos from Paul’s photo club members for up to 100K. www. BUILDING SALE... FINAL *Scrapbook Calendar leadershipgrants.ca. CLEARANCE. "ROCK *Quilted placemats BOTTOM PRICES" PERSONALS 25x40x12 $7350. just to name a few! 30x60x15 $12,700. Hope you’ll be able to find a Christmas present D AT I N G S E R V I C E . 35x70x16 $15,990. Long-Term/Short-Term or a great bargin so the blessing completes a circle. 40x80x16 $20,990. Relationships, Free 4 7x1 0 0 x18 $ 2 5,80 0 . “Thank you everyone for the abunance giving~ to Try!!! 1-877-29760x140x20 $50,600. End it’s why we love and live in small communities,” 9883. Live intimate walls included, doors said Ellen Duncan. “We live in an incredibly beauconversation, Call: #4011 optional. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. or 1-888-534-6984. Live tiful valley and the beauty definitely resonates with adult 1on1 Call: 1-866the beauty of our Robson valley’s residents! We HEALTH 311-9640 or #4010. Meet have had an overwhemling amount of items doLocal Single Ladies. GET PAID TO LOSE nated to the Silent Auction to raise money for Paul 1-877-804-5381. (18+). WEIGHT. $5,000 For Your Johnson and we thank each and every one of you.” Success Story.Personal SERVICES She also said she is “looking forward to receiving Image TV Show. Call to Qualify: 416-730-5684 ext more salad donations and we’re ready to roll!” GET RESULTS! Post
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Activities HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Social, cultural and perhaps philosophical and spiritual events are being stimulated with this Solar Eclipse. This will have a direct effect on relationships as well. This influence stands to more directly affect your professional and social sphere than personal. At worst, you may feel overwhelmed by people and events and may feel lost somehow. Clarify your priorities. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) As the game progresses, you may feel more determined to preserve at least and ideally increase you lot. To this end you may hold your cards closer, asking more questions yet offering fewer answers. Official dealings linked to finances, investments, insurance and so on are likely. A steep learning curve is also implied. Yet new beginnings will be met with enthusiasm and determination. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) The focus is shifting, directing the spotlight onto your relationships. Speaking your truth verses what you think others will want to hear will prove important. Yet a soul searching process will continue. The goal is to access your inner truth and knowing linked to how past choices are affecting your current reality. Acknowledge the rules and laws. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Your health and the overall quality of your lifestyle will take on added importance now. You will be moved, perhaps pushed to pay attention to the details. How subconscious realities affect you consciously and/or better understanding the mind/body link could prove invaluable, perhaps necessary. Aim to be clean, clear and fit inside and out! Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) A big creative wave is washing in. Yet, you will have to make extra efforts to remain focused. Curbing the lures of curiosity for its own sake is featured. Follow through on your visions and turning thoughts into actions, is the test. You may have to be the producer, director and actor of your own show. If any Sign can do that, it is Leo! Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Some measurable shifts and changes close to home are rolling in. While your living space is implied, your inner state of confidence may be paramount. Consider that home is where your heart is literally. Gaining the cooperation of family members to support you in realizing your goals will prove extra important. Observe your feelings, but avoid getting lost in them. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) An adventurous cycle is being activated. Social activity, excursions, active communications and networking will increase. This will coincide with a sharpening of your focus. You stand to be a lot more studious as well. Deciphering all the means and avenues to increase returns on investments is highlighted. Getting enough attention and affection is also up for review. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Finding new and better ways to stimulate your income is on your mind. Alternatively, the focus may be on development of your talents to achieve the same goal. Either way, security pressures are on the rise. Your social network is poised to expand in the New Year and being prepared to capitalize and/or deepen your skills is ideal.
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Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) A period of introspection is being activated now. Clearing limiting beliefs and attitudes may feel necessary. Retreat whether for intellectual, psychological, spiritual and/or romantic purposes will feel right. Giving fully and sincerely of yourself to others may be required for true success and inner peace. Heed your inner authority. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Changes linked to friends, clubs and social networks are likely. Increasing your social connections and influence begins now. Big dreams are brewing, but you will have to take clear and realistic initiatives to activate them, which will build your confidence measurably. Balance long term practical considerations with shorter term social stimulations. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Your career, social and or public standing is poised to change. A boost or promotion is quite possible. Making good of previous successes to this end will prove important. Your willingness to gather new tools and or skills is featured. Expect changes and work cooperatively and strategically with them. Avoid scattering, take initiatives and go for it!
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Above: Hundreds of runners take off from the start line. Right: Omar Medina and Kale Moth are ready to start the race. Photos by Steve Smith
Locals runners attend provincials Sylvia Grigat Staff Writer
n Saturday November 5, 2011 grade 8 students, Kale Moth and Omar Medina, participated in the 2011 High School Cross Country Provincials in Kelowna. Moth has raced cross-country previously at a different school, but for Medina this was his first season. Medina says “It’s very different from sprinting”, like he is used to. Although the event was challenging for the two boys, according to Moth “we had a lot of fun and did awesome for our age”. The most difficult part of the meet for both Moth and Medina was the intimidation factor, most of
the boys were ‘older’ and ‘taller’. A total of 286 boys grades 8-12 competed in which Moth placed 236 and Medina completed the race in 156 place. Although official results are unavailable, it is estimated that they both finished in the top ten for their age group. Medina is not completely satisfied with his ranking and believes “I could have done better”. Both of the boys thought of this as a good learning experience and will be competing again next year if there is a team. Medina and Moth would like to thank everyone who supported the Cross Country running team and a huge thanks to Moe (Coach Constable Smith) and Mr. Lawless.
The Valemount Timberwolves senior volleyball team plays against the Fraser Lake Cougars on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Ilaria Cerioni spikes the ball with teammates (from left to right) Sylvia Grigat, Kelsey Griffin and Rebecca Lerch. The Timberwolves placed 5th and sadly will not be competing in the Provincials. Photo by Jessica Shalla
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“Fire Department Awards”
The McBride and District Fire Department held its annual emergency services dinner on Saturday, November 19. During the course of the evening, several award presentations were made by Fire Chief Dave Hruby. Firefighters Kerry McNaughton and Corey Girling were awarded their 5-year service pins, firefighter Jen Quam received her 15-year service pin, Captain Ole Quam was awarded his 20-year service pin, and Deputy Fire Chief Mike Kelley received his 25-years service pin. Lieutenant Matthew Slaney and Assistant Fire Chief Travis Wall had perfect practice attendance, meaning they did not miss one practice during the entire year. Lieutenant Matthew Slaney also won Firefighter of the Year. It is a vote by all the firefighters done in November of each year. Firefighter Jason Barnett won Rookie of the Year. Photos by Jennifer Quam
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