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Local leaders head to UBCM Local: Convention of BC municipalities takes place this week.Many issues on the agenda. Joshua Estabrooks Editor


t’s that time of year again, where our locally elected politicians head off to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention. This year, the conference is being held in Whistler, and is usually a great opportunity for our municipal officials to network with each other and have those all important face to face meetings with their provincial counter parts. In a conversation with McBride’s Mayor, Mike Frazier, he said the main issues he will be bringing down to the convention are once again, the need for reliable power, not only for his community, but also the entire Robson Valley. “We have the task force going, but we want to go in and touch base with them as there is a new minister in charge now.” Frazier said he wants to sit down with the Minister of Housing, Rich Coleman, to begin the process of requesting assisted livMatthew Wheeler/The Valley Sentinel ing units for his commuFraser Heritage Festival nity. “Once the senior’s A wide variety of impressive Valley talent was on show during the Fraser Heritage Festival in McBride last weekend, held in conjunchousing units are hooked tion with World Rivers Day. Artists from around the Valley demonstrated their abilities at the community hall during the annual event up and running, there is organized by the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council (RVACC). A stitchery fashion event showcased locally created cool weather nothing between that, styles, and other performances included live music with an old-time band, alphorn, and blues, followed by poetry and story readings. which is independent livRounding out the weekend was a presentation on how to protect streams and banks, sponsored by the Fraser Basin Council. ing, and extended care (Main Image L-R) Brogen Taphorn, Duncan Taylor, Kahram Sandu, and Gavyn Rich were among the 65 students at McBride Centenat the hospital, so we’re nial Elementary painting salmon and sturgeon on panels later displayed at the community hall in McBride during the weekend. Sheilooking for an avenue to lagh Foster, artist, author and chair of the arts council visited the school September 24, and led a student discussion on heritage, fish go to next and how do we and the importance of our rivers. start the process for as(Top Left) Brian Thair works on a new carving during the visual arts day, September 25, which was well represented by artists and sisted living.” artisans from Dome Creek to Valemount with musical instruments, pottery, turned wood, paintings, quilts and needlework among the Frazier also will be many media. Raw materials from the along the upper Fraser included wood, wool and even multicoloured stone. speaking with Minister (Bottom Left) Dorothy Stewart and Debra Alexander enjoy the juried art exhibit on the theme of water, put on by the Whistle Stop of Forests and Range, Gallery, with 30 entries including leather work, stained glass and paintings.

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Pat Bell, to discuss the promised uplift both Valemount and McBride’s community forests should be receiving. He said that the uplift, as well as a larger exemption for Grade Four cedar wood, is necessary for the McBride Community Forest as it is essential in maintaining the agreement they established with TRC Cedar. Valemount Mayor, Bob Smith, said he will be meeting with 17 ministers during the convention, and will be speaking with many of them about improving the tourism potential of the area, as well as maintaining the partnerships needed to increase tourism and help establish industries that would encourage young families to move to the community, and at the same time maintain the families that are already here. Reliable power, and the community forest uplift are also on his agenda, as well as meetings with Education Minister Margaret MacDiarmid, and Environment Minister, Barry Penner. “We will be talking to Penner about air quality and the need for a weir on Kinbasket Lake.” The weir discussions will also be taken up with BC Hydro and Shirley Bond, said Smith. Smith is also meeting with Shirley Bond to discuss the Saas Fee project, as well as the possibilities of turning the road to the

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Notes from All Over

Roundhouse begins exciting new season in McBride

New “Poo Containers” for Valemount Interested citizen Deanna Mickelow is concerned about a growing number of stray dogs that run rampant in Valemount’s streets, but she is thrilled to see the new “Poo Containers” set up around the old Valemount High School field, to dispose of animal waste. There are no bag dispensers as of yet. It’s Positive Says Dunster The good word on the street is that the parents of Dunster have been meeting with Bryan Mix and the School District, behind closed doors, and the sentiment of those involved is that things are looking positive. 90 km/hr Say What? Art Hart was surprised when he set off down the highway last week and encountered the new 90-km/hr speed zone. “Where did that come from!?” The new 30-km/ hr speed zone on 5th Avenue in downtown Valemount, has equally foiled a lot of locals who are still speeding through. Rumour has it that similar 90 km/hr signs will be up in McBride shortly. Dangerously Lost on Loseth Road Residents of Loseth Road have been highly entertained and concerned by the highway traffic that has been detoured down their road. Denise Carmichael is shocked by the lack of signage and is worried about the number of narrow escapes she has seen on the unmarked road, as confused highway traffic make their way through the detour, on an un-posted dirt road that she says has a speed limit of 80 km/hr. Mountain Bike Champion Marries in Valemount Local hero and Mountain Bike Racing Champion, Jean Ann Berkenpas nee McKirdy got married at the Tete Jaune Community Hall last weekend. “Is that a bear in the wood chips dear?” Tete Jaune residents Ashley Flavelle and Florian Gasser recently did a little detective work and realized that a black bear has been spending the night in their wood chip pile. Veggie Oil Sippin’ Bear The big black bear that has been plaguing the MacDonald’s in Dunster is causing alarm. Seth MacDonald has been battling a vegetable-oil hungry bear, that has been opening his garage, unscrewing the lids on his barrels of veggie oil, and taking sips out of them, and most recently, falling through the manhole protecting their water system, busting apart the pipes. Hairy, Unnamed Real Estate Agent at McBride Realty Wednesday there was an unnamed, and awfully hairy real estate agent at McBride Realty, as Roger Peterson took his new puppy to work for the day. Highly Anticipated 7-Pound Gaia After almost a week in nameless limbo, Ruby Hogg and Kyle Beeson have finally given a strong name to their 7 pound, 11 ounce, little girl born on September 18th. Welcome Gaia Keade Beeson. Just what we need; another Beeson. It must be just one more attempt to outnumber the McKirdys, as we all know the intense rivalry between the two warring families has been going on since each group claims to have founded the Village of Valemount. Bustin’ Out Little Minnows Leah and Rob Bustin, of Bustin’ Trout, popped out two twin minnows over the weekend. Welcome to the Valley Kleo and Harper Bustin. The Sentinel wonders whether or not the name Harper is a patriotic gesture in honour of our beloved Prime Minister, not unlike the Village of McBride, who allegedly painted their sidewalks blue in honour of the Federal Conservative Party. Hooked on Hunting Tete Jauners, Kurt Myram and Graham Woolsey are excited at the prospect of meat in the freezer for the winter since Hunting Season for Deer opened September 10th. Dave is Done If you missed David Grant out at the Goat Eatery at Mount Robson Shadows Campground, you have missed him for the season now, as he closed September 26th. Salmon Still Here Terry Cinnamon, of Mount Robson White Water Rafting, says the Salmon have long left the regular spawning viewing areas, but are still hanging out in the upper reaches of the Fraser River. Mystery Object Still a Mystery Greg Bruce for the Ministry of Transportation, explained that the mystery object that was obstructing the auger, deep below Highway 5, as they tried to push a pipe through last week, could have been a number of things, including a rock, metal or the pipe just could have split from the intense pressure of the auger. Meanwhile, traffic continues to be delayed. This week’s note takers were Donalda Beeson and Joshua Estabrooks. Know of a tidbit we may have missed? Let us know at

Canadian country music sensation Victoria Banks will be performing in McBride on October 14.

Bridget Uhl Contributor


ou may have heard the name Victoria Banks, because she was most recently named the 2010 Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Entertainer of the Year; and you have the opportunity to see Victoria Banks right here in McBride on Thursday, October 14 because she will be kicking off the Fall Season of The McBride Roundhouse Theatre Society! But that is not all. Did you know, that when you buy Season Ticketsthat makes you a Friend of the Roundhouse? Not only do you receive two tickets to every Roundhouse show of the year, so you can wine and dine

with the entertainment! Yes, dinner and a show, and a few stories to tell. Other bands we have lined up for the McBride Roundhouse Theatre are John Reischman on November 4, Toronto-based trio The Good Lovelies, November 30 and on December 10 we present to you folk singer, John Brooks. Then, we kick off the New Year with World Music man Alex Cuba. And we have even more shows in the spring, including some live theatre in the works. Keep your eyes peeled for McBride Roundhouse Posters, because Season Tickets are available now. Victoria Banks tickets are available at Stedmans for $25.00 or available at the show for $30.00. All shows start at 7:30 p.m.


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New penalties for impaired driving toughest in Canada Donalda Beeson Contributor


he message seems to be, don’t follow the bad examples set by Premier Campbell and Liberal MLA Jane Thonthwaite. Sober up, slow down, and watch out BC, the province is revamping its laws and instituting Canada’s most hardhitting impaired driving penalties under the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) yet. Solicitor General, Michael de Jong, made the announcement back in April, and the changes took effect September 25th. De Jong said, “Despite increased enforcement and significant efforts to promote awareness, we’ve begun to see a rise in impaired driving across British Columbia. That trend is unacceptable and that’s why we’re bringing in these new laws: to get impaired drivers off the road with clear, swift and severe penalties.” Announced simultaneously, was the provincial goal: to reduce alcohol-im-

paired driving fatalities by 35%, by the end of 2013, in memory of Alexa Middelaer, who was four, two years ago, when she was struck and killed by a drunk driver in Delta. Under the changes, any driver who refuses to provide a roadside breath sample, or fails with a breath sample above 0.08 % blood alcohol content (BAC), will receive an immediate 90-day driving ban as well as $500 fine, which eliminates the current three week grace period before the ban takes effect, and adds an administrative penalty. Their vehicle will also be towed and impounded for a mandatory 30 days, at the driver’s expense of about $700 in total; currently drivers can get their vehicle back the next day. They may also face criminal charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, warned de Jong. Drivers who are caught just once within a five-year period, with their BAC in the “warn” range between 0.05% and 0.08%, will face an immediate three-day

driving ban and $200 fine. The second offence will see a seven-day ban and $300 fine, and a third, a 30-day ban and $400 fine. Currently, a 24-hour driving ban is issued for the “warn” range. In addition to a driver’s licence reinstatement fee of $250, up from the current $100, which is only for driving bans longer than 24 hours, there is also a possibility of three days of vehicle impoundment, which will cost about $150. Hence, a first warning could cost about $600 now. Drivers who blow just once in the “fail” range, or three times within the five year period, in the “warn” range, must take part in a rehabilitative, Responsible Drivers Program for $880, and for a year, use an ignition interlock device, which tests the driver’s breath for alcohol before they are able to operate their vehicle, and currently costs, $1,420. All together, this will end up costing a driver about $3,750 before they can legally drive following a suspension.

The new, roadside-issued, 90-day bans mean officers will no longer need to take drivers to the station for a full breath analysis in order to impose a driving ban longer than 24 hours. Drivers are still entitled to a fair, comprehensive review process, giving them the opportunity to have the prohibition reviewed by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, however, review fees have doubled to $100 for a written review and $200 for an oral review. An online calculator provided by the Canadian Automobile Association calculates that a 120 pound woman who consumes two glasses on wine in two hours would be above the 0.05 BAC limit, and a 180 pound man who had four beers over two hours would also be above the 0.05 BAC limit. Regarding the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP), drivers are subject to all of these consequences, on top of the GLP-specific consequences already associated with BC’s zero-tolerance policy.

Wishing All Students and Staff A Great Year!

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Valemount Public Works Employee, Sandy Janum, paints stop lines on the new 4-way stops last week.

Backup power almost online for McBride and area Joshua Estabrooks


he countdown is on for more reliable power in McBride and an approximate 20 km stretch of highway just outside the community. You may have noticed a large building being constructed in the Village’s public works yard. The building, which is nearing completion, will house two or three massive bio diesel power generators that will pump out 1.5 MW of power each within one minute of the power going out. Acting Community Relations manager for BC Hydro, Bob Gammer, said that the generators are not operational yet, but the target is to have them ready to go into service the first week of October. “They still have to be tested and we have to make sure it all works properly otherwise it might take a bit longer.” The third generator will not be on site

all year round, said Gammer, but will be on site during peak load periods, essentially during the winter months, but will rotate throughout the province during the summer. Gammer said the generators are only a temporary solution, as the ultimate goal is to improve the power infrastructure so backup power will not be needed in the future. “There are a number of options and the task force that was set up to address this issue hasn’t done all of the studies on those options to really be able to speak knowledgeably about them. We are very early in the stages of working on the second and more long term solution.” Gammer said that the backup power solution for McBride would not be replicated in other communities, as it is unique to the area. The areas that will receive backup power during an outage include Lamming Mills on one side of McBride, out to the Holmes River on the other side.

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A Woman’s Choice: Woman’s conference a smashing success

Pamela Cinnamon teaches a beading workshop. Photos By Joshua Estabrooks and Jody Newham

Kathryn Griffith’s Yoga class.

Donalda Beeson Contributor

A Denise Nordli explains the proper tools to use for home improvements.

James Bos explains effective self defence techniques.

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ew Life Centre N Valemount New Life Centre Is holding a Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 10:00 - Noon All clothing has been donated by Fields Department Store. 250-566-4824 1245 - 1st Avenue, Valemount

Woman’s Voice, a voice of choice, was the message of Valemount’s Women’s Conference held last weekend at the Valemount High School. Free to participants, the day was made possible, with great thanks to the Robson Valley Support Society (RVSS) and the Valemount Learning Centre (VLC) for providing a safe place where women can get out and come together. The day started at 8:30 a.m. with coffee in our very own eco-friendly to go mugs, muffins, and a message from two of the benevolent organizers, Shelly Battensby, Services Coordinator for the RVSS, and Jody Newham, Program Coordinator for the Valemount Learning Centre. “What is so important about getting women together is that it’s women’s wellbeing that really creates the wellbeing of a community. If we’re good to ourselves we are going to be good to our families, and this is just a day to, not be free of responsibility, but a way to acknowledge that we need to do things for ourselves,” said Newham. The next message was from keynote speaker Leanne Jones, visiting from Prince George, and she talked about the importance of a woman’s voice, and applauded organizers and the sizeable attendance by Robson Valley women, as she pointed out, they don’t even have one in Prince George. Next, the ever-dynamic Janey Weeks, warmed up the audience with a charismatic Spoken Word performance, and escorted us in a body percussion exercise. This lead nicely into the first of the three, 75 minute sessions participants were able to choose from, including, Self Defence, a Vegan Lifestyle, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Writing, Beading, Ear Reflexology, Home Maintenance, Experiencing the Talking Stick, Meditation, Photography, and My Body Speaks. I participated in What’s Your Attitude? An Introduction to Self Defence, with RCMP members James Bos and Simon Bentley, which taught practical technique and awareness, and addressed victims guilt and remorse.

After the first session, Elizabeth DeVries, the McBride Safe Shelter Coordinator, and Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor, for the Robson Valley Support Society, gave a touching presentation called Safe Homes and Safe Communities, suggesting that anyone that wants to get involved with the Safe Shelter Program should contact her. At noon, we took a break, with a scrumptious lunch complete with vegan options. After lunch, each woman went to the last two courses of their choice. I attended Everyday Writing, with Maureen Brownlee, where I practiced hearing my individual voice, and didn’t worry about grammar and spelling. Last I participated in Getting the Most From Your Camera, with Joshua Estabrooks, where we covered fundamental skills and “ways of seeing” to improve picture taking techniques. The other courses looked so exciting and colourful, I found myself wishing I could have attended all twelve. The day lasted until 4:30 p.m. and ended with a plethora of door prizes and thought provoking exercises. The instructors were a varied group of enthusiastic Robson Valley residents, and other than the ones mentioned before, included, Rudi Thoni, Colette Cottrell, Kathryn Griffith, Pamela Cinnamon, Micah Yoder, Denise Nordli, Ellen Duncan, Regena Bergen, and Nancy Taylor. Newham and Battensby said the day went really well. Battensby said it “had really good energy,” adding, “it’s always a positive experience when women get together. There is so much to learn from, and strength to gain from the sharing, laughter, and wisdom that comes from,” a day like this. Newham wishes more young women, especially in the 20-30 age group, would have come out, and wondered if perhaps childcare was an issue. Of the 53 estimated attendees, there were a few women on the wait list that they wish they could have accommodated, but they do hope to propose another one for, not next year, but the year after. Battensby adds, “It’s always a constant review, and the evaluations were positive and provided thoughtful evaluation.”

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» MAILBAG Random act of kindness

We are a whisper breathing thoughts and emotions that at times make no human rational sense, we are a wish someone once made, a gift someone once asked for a sparkle in someone’s eye, a mystery someone will have great joy pondering over and a frustration to someone who wants to understand.

Viewpoint y impressions expressed in poetic form while participating in “Everyday Writing” with Maureen Brownlee at Valemount’s Women’s Conference: A Women’s Voice.


Women’s voices are often quiet, or is it quieted, when they ought to be loud shouting together in rapturous passion, or whispering soothingly sweet sounds delivered softly. We should always speak the truth, and most importantly our truth.

Dear Editor; andom acts of kindness are such a rare thing these days, however, just the other night I was the recipient of such and wanted to share it with your readers. I was out walking with my dog, wearing what I thought was high-visibility clothing, when a Jeep drove past me, a little too close. I could tell by the driver’s reaction that I had indeed startled him. Minutes later this gentleman turned around and drove back and caught up with me and insisted that I take a reflective vest from him for my safety. I have no idea what his name was, and in fact I have never seen him before, but I wanted to thank him for his kindness. I truly believe that only in a great place like Valemount would you see such kind, thoughtful neighbours and friends who would take the time like this gentleman did for my safety. To the mystery man, may you and your family always be blessed. Thank you very much. Kerry Pearson Valemount


We are everything existing all at once, we are women not to be confused with saviours. We are not a solution, though we can be part of it, we are not yours, though we‘re happy to share ourselves. We are not a tool, nor a way, nor a plaything, though we will play with you.

Women are so multifaceted, the colors on a butterfly, women are so similar, the constant color of compassion, women are one, a blushing heart beating harmoniously together.

We are not the person you perceive us to be, we are not one thing consistently, but I know I will consistently be me, the multifaceted me that I want to be. A friend, sister, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, stronger together, we are woman, heart of a whole.

Women hurt but know we hurt together, women love and know that can take us anywhere, women hate hatred. Women are fortunate to be women and appreciative of men who are men, and every variation in between. Women do not envy men because we celebrate diversity.


Women warily walk alone when we have to, but will willingly take your hand and offer ours, warm, all encompassing, and strong, yet not grippingly. Women are not afraid of hurt because we have the tools to transition beyond and above it; women are alchemists, turning ugliness to exquisiteness and wounds to strengths, women are witches in all their mysterious eloquent glory, and none of the evil, manipulative ways. We are women, a voice with no refrain, beautiful compassion, warming hearts and souls of the lonely and cold. We must protect ourselves so we can be better protectors. We accept protection and realize this does not make us weak. Women want to be wanted, naturally but we do not need to be wanted wilfully, we receive adversaries with welcome arms and laugh in the face of mockers who think, we’re weak and under prepared, we wear our hearts on our sleeves but not because it’s fashionable; we will not allow ourselves to be victims anymore, we will always find a power position even if it’s just accepting what we cannot change or what has already happened. We will not covet, envy, isolate, or degrade other women, because we know we cannot do this to one without hurting ourselves. We are nothing explainable in words, concepts, titles and physicalness, we exist much deeper than we are often conscious of.


Thanks for a great vacation, Valemount! Dear Editor; ast weekend, we came out to Valemount for the weekend with another family to go quadding. Having never quadded before in the area, we contacted the VARDA office and spoke with Curtis. His knowledge of the area was phenomenal, and after speaking with him numerous times, he even sent us an itinerary with recommendations of how to spend our time there. We were so impressed with his helpfulness, going above and beyond, to make


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sure that we had the best possible time. We also (unfortunately) had to make a stop in at NAPA to get a machine fixed, and found everyone there extremely helpful as well. We truly enjoyed our weekend away in the mountains, and are looking forward to coming back next year! Thanks, Valemount…your efforts made this family’s mini-vacation extremely enjoyable! The Goerzen Family Spruce Grove, Alberta

Deanna Mickelow

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OCT 2/3

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Valemount MMA Club sign up night 3pm-8pm upstairs at The Trading Post

• Adult Computer class at the Valemount Library 6:30pm-8:30pm



• TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit in McBride • 7-9 PM VFD mtg @ Fire Hall • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL starts 7-9pm at the Valemount Sec. School Gym

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • TOASTMASTERS at The Best Westerm 7:30pm9:30pm • Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge

OCT 11

• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

• Adult Computer class at the Valemount Library 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lions Bingo at Valemount Lions Hall tonight. Doors open at 6pm

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge



• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

Coming Events

OCT 12

OCT 13

OCT 14

• TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit in McBride • 7-9 PM VFD mtg @ Fire Hall • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL 7-9pm at the Valemount Sec. School Gym

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

• Cribbage 1pm - 4pm at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge in lower lounge

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th


• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

OCT 15

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th • Women Be Whole Conference Fri. Oct 15 at The Best Western in Valemount Registration at 5:30pm

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

OCT 9/10

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th

OCT 16/17

• Valley Museum & Archives in McBride: Jeck Family Pioneering Family Series until Oct 27th • Women Be Whole Conference Sat Oct 16 at The Best Western in Valemount 9am

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Services VALEMOUNT • PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING EVERY 2ND WED. 5 PM DOWNSTAIRS AT THE LIBRARY. • PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT Prenatal Classes, Baby Clinics - Call 566-9138 ext 228 for appointments. • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • 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 • 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. • LADIES AUXILIARY #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. Seniors Music Night 7PM WED • VALEMOUNT CIRCLE DANCE. For more info please contact 250 566-1782 • ADULT RECREATION BADMINTON. Thurs at 7pm in th Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656 • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLYBALL. Tues from 7pm - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9977

TETE JAUNE • TETE JAUNE COMMUNITY CLUB meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall. MCBRIDE • VALLEY PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 5693210. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Every Sun, 8 pm at the Health Unit. • OAPO STITCH & KNIT Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • ALANON every Mon. 8pm at the Health Unit • 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. • 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 • DOOR STORIES SERIES 2008-2009 Art Exhibition by Pamela Cinnamon. Nov 12 2009 - Jan 15 2010 at the Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion St. McBride

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Kinder Morgan stages mock disaster on Canoe River Joshua Estabrooks


A boom is deployed on the Canoe River as part of the mock emergency training exercise that took place recently.

pproximately 30 people took part in two days of emergency response training in the Valemount area recently, as part of Kinder Morgan’s emergency preparedness training program. Manager of External Relations, Lexa Hobenshield, said that the company engages in many training sessions along its pipeline, engaging local governments, First Nations, and emergency responders from a variety of organizations. Hobenshield said that the training took place on September 15 and 16. The first day was spent organizing a mock incident command, which follows the model established by forest fire fighters and other emergency responders. “We do training when we have new staff come on board and we do refresher training for existing staff. We learn about the incident command system, as there are different roles within the system for our staff and as well for members of the community.” The second day of training involved a mock drill and deployment, using a

No Doctor shortage in Robson Valley Joshua Estabrooks

There has been some misinformation going around the Valley that there is a shortage of doctors. While it is true that Doctor Jackson has been granted a leave of absence until August 2011, Northern Health and local political leaders assure us that his work is being covered off in a variety of ways. “We still have Doctor Owega here,” said McBride Mayor, Mike Frazier. “Doctors in Valemount are helping out quite a bit as well, and Northern Health have been bringing in locums to fill in the gaps.” Robson Valley Health Services Administrator, Adrea Rusnak, echoed the Mayor’s comments, stating that although they have been unable to fill the position with a full time replacement, they are continuing their search, and in the mean time filling the shortfall with a variety of creative staffing arrangements. “Doctor Owega and Doctor Cowburn are both covering the need for physician coverage for the community. They are taking additional patients, monitoring acute and long term care patients, monitoring blood SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEMS


work, those kinds of things. They are taking on the additional patient load for the community and providing medical care. The doctors from Valemount are also helping them out by coming in to see patients, helping out with drop in clinics, taking on additional patients in their community and they will continue to do that.” From a patient’s perspective, there shouldn’t be a noticeable difference, said Rusnak. “The medical coverage continues to be maintained. I have done a lot of work with the Mayor and Council in terms of what the community needs, and we continue to work with the community and the local physicians to make sure we maintain the service level.” She also mentioned that the extra doctor in Valemount was hired with the intention to use them to help with overflow in McBride. “Both communities in the Robson Valley work together and operate on a rotation. They work together through medical staff meetings so it’s not a big stretch for them to help out the way they are. If anyone is concerned from the public, my door is always open and they can always contact me either by phone or directly in person.”

Northern Health



October 6, 2010 – 3:30pm-4:30pm


1600 - 3rd Ave - 4th Floor Board Room


(located in the Native Friendship Building)

All Instructors, Food Industry Leaders & Related Individuals Welcome.


For more Information call: Sherilynn Porter, Facilitator - 250-964-8447

fictional break in a section of the pipeline that crosses the Canoe River as the mock scenario. “We had a pretend oil release and we responded to it. Through the process we determine what commu-

“There are 18 dedicated staff members whose sole job is to protect the pipe. We take this very seriously.” ~ Lexa Hobenshield

nications we need to get out to stakeholders, like elected officials from the regional district and Village of Valemount, We plan how we are going to respond to the incident, we simulate operations responding to the incident and we pretend to order equipment and

calculate the cost of responding.” Part of the response training was the utilization of an Oil Spill Containment and Response Unit, called OSCAR, which is essentially a semi trailer filled with any and all equipment that may be needed in the event of an incident. “We went out to the Canoe River and we actually deployed booms in the river so our operations people could practice that, and then we went through what worked and what didn’t work.” Hobenshield said that response is the last line of defence, as the company’s damage prevention and integrity management programs should prevent the worst-case scenario. “We have 400 people in total on staff, with 100 people working on the pipeline in BC. There are 18 dedicated staff members whose sole job is to protect the pipe. We take this very seriously.”

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Hike & AGM • Tuesday Oct 12 Hike: Swift Creek Trail, meet 12:00 pm (noon) at the Caribou Grill Appies after hiking 3:00ish - 4:00 pm (compliments of the Caribou Grill) Meeting 4:00 pm, Potluck 6:00 pm

Slide show to follow, New members welcome!

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College of New Caledonia looks for input on courses Donalda beeson Contributor


bout a dozen community members and businesses attended the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC), public input meetings in Valemount last week. The McBride CNC meeting will be tonight. Riette Kenkel, in conjunction with Barbara Old, the Dean of Community and International Education at CNC Prince George, held a meeting, looking for resources, teachers and ideas. The plan, said Kenkel, “is to hopefully get some Continuing Education courses going in the non-NORE (Northern Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism) years,” but first she needs to know, “What does the community want and what does the community have to offer?” Number one, she said, “we want to be able to offer course to the community that the community wants and needs. We need to look at, what kind of courses we can fill…and if there is enough interest.” Old said ten to twelve students is the bottom line to run a class and break even, and “the reality is there may not be a role for CNC, if we can’t get the business people to send their staff,” and if there are only two or three people here or there interested in one thing. Next, they would like to see if they could run a program that is unique to Valemount. Something similar to the NORE program that attracts people from outside the community, as well as employing people within the community as instructors. As the Learning Center already offers general interest courses through a grant from CNC, this would be an ex-

pansion of that with the two working together but running separately. Nancy Taylor, Councillor, Consultant and Adult Learner, thinks the core issue is “how to keep the young people that have grown up in the Valley and want to stay here, here. There’s nothing for them here, we have to think about keeping them here and developing their skills so they can stay.” There were some truly innovative ideas presented, as well as some that CNC already addresses and may be able to creatively apply in the Robson

and could extend to people interested in e-commerce, such as E-Bay businesses. As per the latest Economic Needs study by the Regional District, Bruce Wilkinson suggested the community focus on the tourism and hospitality industry, and that a lot of training is still needed within our community. Wilkinson also pointed out that Valemount is built on entrepreneurs, people that out of a want to stay here, find a way to do it, and it’s through “small things, small courses.” Low tu-

“we want to be able to offer course to the community that the community wants and needs. We need to look at, what kind of courses we can fill…and if there is enough interest.”~Riette Kenkel

Valley. Mike Austin, Career Councillor at the Learning Center, feels there is interest in starting small businesses, and would like to see a program run where you actually start the business, and work in conjunction with a mentor who has experience in small business. Old said CNC already offers the Business Next Generation program, where upon completion students have the choice to either close it down or buy it out, with your tuition basically becoming the initial investment. However, as Old points out, this requires a great deal of community mentors. Kenkel felt this idea addressed education as well as stimulating business,

ition and inexpensive housing options could also help attract people to the Robson Valley for educational purposes. As well, it was suggested that the school could offer more in depth guiding courses, something to enhance the NORE program, and perhaps keep students here. A Cooking Program was also suggested, and Kenkel said the principal at the High School in Valemount is open to making arrangements to share the kitchen. Another suggestion was to do this using local food, the “100 kilometre diet,” or doing the Cooks Assistant/Camp Cook program offered at CNC, which ended in many

students finding jobs in Camps. Jody Newham, Program Coordinator at the leaning Center, is interested in pure “intellectual stimulation,” and she doesn’t want to go somewhere else to do that. There was more expressed interest in general interest courses in areas such as Humanities, Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and Languages, perhaps even at a first year College credit level, to make transition into postsecondary education a little easier and cheaper. Another topic of discussion was the 55 plus market, and retreat style courses that could attract Adult Learners, perhaps in a package idea with things such as Yoga, Canoeing and Organic Cooking. Other course ideas included but were not limited to, Rig Technician, Welding and other trade apprenticeships, green living, sustainable development, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and Helicopter Maintenance. Someone even suggested having our own Film School, or becoming an Arts Festival Community. As per the need for instructors in the Valley, they are hoping some people will come forward, or you may find them seeking you out. Old said that, “typically someone teaching academic courses needs a Masters Degree in the area,” for trades, a Red Seal in whatever they are teaching, and in areas such as the hospitality industry, a Bachelors degree and x-number of years in the industry, and ideally an instructor’s diploma, would qualify. Wilkinson said taking the Provincial Instructor Training diploma, which allowed him to teach at the College, is one of the best things you can do if you are interested in becoming an instructor.

Helping to shape a stronger community

L “Celebrate The Harvest Pot Luck Supper”

sponsored by the Three Valleys Community Developments Co-op and the Dunster Community Assoc.

Sat. October 2 at 5:00pm. Please bring something... (local produce if possible) for the Pot Luck Supper. Each person (including children) is also asked to bring a small door-prize (if possible, locally made, grown or crafted - eg. jar of jam or pickles, local veggies, hand made hot-pot holder, etc). Everyone who attends should go home with a door prize! Following the supper will be The Dunster Family Dance from 7pm to 10pm!  $5 for anyone over 12 with a maximum of $10 per family. Proceeds go to Dunster Community Association.

Dance instruction from 7-8pm. All ages welcome! Call Pete at 250-968-4334.

ike most community organizations, the 2010/11 season has now begun for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL). Program plans are taking shape, staff will soon be hired and arrangements made to be able to offer quality literacy programs and events for the coming year. Coordination will once again be delivered by Valemount Community Literacy Coordinator, Kim Thorn, who continues to believe in local opportunities for the achievement of goals and dreams through literacy growth, in all of its ever-expanding definitions. Coordination and delivery of programs and events, though, is only one piece of the literacy puzzle; strong local collaborations, competent and committed staff, volunteer assistance and the guidance of a Community Literacy Planning Committee (CLPC) are all essential parts of the bigger picture and the reality behind

Adult Recreational Volleyball 18 years + Tuesday Evenings, 7-9 pm First Night: October 5, 2010

past successes. The Valemount and area CLPC currently consists of local individuals, who support the work of the CBAL coordinator and staff by reflecting on the unique assets and deficits within the community. Members are invited to attend three meetings a year, where they bring their experience, ideas and insight to the table and focus on opportunities to sustain and strengthen the literacy skills of the valley’s residents. As CBAL gears up for another year, the first plan of action will be to open the door, to all those interested, with this invitation to join the CLPC. There are no prerequisites, no age limitations and no minimal time commitment; all that is required, is a desire to help shape a stronger community through the growth of literacy skills. If you would like to be a part of this committee, would like more information about CBAL and/or would like to register as a program volunteer, please contact Kim at 250-566-8467. The date for the fall meeting has not yet been set. For those who wish to gain a fuller understanding of current and future literacy initiatives (CBAL’s and others) in Valemount, check out the 2010/11 Community Literacy Plan, available at the Public Library.

Recreational Badminton 16 years + Thursday Evenings, 7-8:30 pm First Night: October 21, 2010

Valemount Secondary School Gym Inside Running Shoes required Waiver Release Form needs to be signed Drop-in Fee: $5.00/nite Seasonal Fee Available for both activities

McBride, B.C. Redi-mix concrete Aggregates Concrete blocks Concrete form rental

Excavator & bobcat Gravel truck Site preperation

Myron Baer Business: 250.968.4492 Cell: 250.569.7245

Robson Valley

Agricultural Agricultur al Producers Guide

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Where local farmers meet: the McBride Farmer’s Institute by Russ Purvis The McBride Farmer’s Institute was formed in 1915. Although the bylaws of the Act as amended in 1983 for a schedule 1 Constitution may not be completely exercised today, I suspect if there was a vote all the members would still be in favor of these “objects of the institute”: “(a) to improve conditions of rural life so that settlement may be permanent and prosperous; (b) to promote the theory and practice of agriculture; (c) to arrange on behalf of its members for the purchase, distribution or sale of commodities, supplies or products; (d) to act generally on behalf of its members in all matters incidental to agricultural pursuits and rural development; (e)  to promote home economics, public health, child welfare, education and better schools.” In the Robson Valley today, a wide range of crops, agricultural commodities and livestock are produced for sale, including: milk, beef, lamb, bison, yak, horses, chickens, eggs, vegetables, raspberries, wool, alpaca fibre, oats, wheat, and barley. Undoubtedly there are more. Of course there are many rules now in place that govern who to, and what you can sell that didn’t exist in 1915. One of the most obvious changes is the restriction of the sale of milk, as it can only be done through the related Commodity Board. If you have questions, check with your local farmer. In addition, there are a wide variety of fruits and other crops that are grown or produced in the Valley on a smaller scale for personal use such as: sunflowers, apples, table grapes, quinoa, amaranth, honey, cherries, and a wide variety of berries. For more information: monthly meetings are 8:30pm, on the first Monday of the month (summers excluded) at the Farmer’s Institute Hall in McBride, corner of 1st Avenue and Queen Street.

The Robson Valley

Agricultural Producers Guide Agriculture is one of the economic pillars of the Robson Valley. A diverse mixture of produce farms/gardens, livestock and hay production, dairies, and grains provide examples of the range of agricultural activities within the Valley. Provincial marketing groups, coops, and local farmer’s markets all play a part in moving locally produced food, as well as agricultural products & services to consumers.

Photo by Jennifer Quam

1012 Commercial Drive, Valemount Tel: 250-566-4425 • Fax: 250-566-4528

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The Robson Valley’s

Featured Producers Black Wood Gardens - Gary and Ann Schwartz Telephone: 250-569-3319 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Garden Centre: nursery stock & perennials; garlic & produce in season; Farrier; Pet Boarding & Grooming; Animal Health Technician Season of availability: Garden Centre & Produce: May - September; Services: All Year

Crescent Moon Ranch - Charles Mamo Address: General Delivery, Crescent Spur Telephone: 250-553-6860 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Horse Hay, square & rounds Season of availability: Summer/Fall

Dr. Tom Vogel Address: 6213 Brown Road, Dunster Telephone: 250-968-4477 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Veterinarian Season of availability: All year

Sian James Photography • tel: 778.996.7780

Qualified commercial photographer specializing in: Tourism - Animal Portraits - Agriculture

Dreams Reach Farms / Conway Carriage - Adam, Joy and Brad Conway Address: 3265 Mount Road, McBride Telephone: 250-569-8880 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: Dexter Beef Cattle; Canadian Horses; Stud Service Cattle / Horses Season of availability: All year


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The Robson Valley’s

Featured Producers Jesse & Elizabeth Trask Address: 3057 Eddy Road, McBride Telephone: 250-569-8831 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Hay, Horse boarding Season of availability: All year

Joy Way Farms Address: 5173 Mountainview Road, McBride Telephone: 250-569-3103 *Please no Sunday calls Type of goods/services offered for sale: Natural government inspected grass fed Beef; Hay; Straw Season of availability: All year

Kakwa Ecovillage Cooperative Telephone: 250-553-6882 Email/website: or Type of goods/services offered for sale: Alpaca socks, clothing, bedding Season of availability: All year

Legrand Farm - Harold and Jackie Edwards Address: Box 579 McBride, BC V0J 2E0 Telephone: 250 569 7100 or 250 569 7101 Email/website: h_, Type of goods/services offered for sale: Grass fed lamb $5.50/lb dressed wt. Sold by whole or half lamb. Price includes cut and wrap. Preorder for Sept/

Eat Healthy, Eat Local!

Sian James Photography Oct. Individual cuts usually available year round at a price appropriate to the cut; Organically (not certified) grown vegetables May-Aug/Sept. Season of availability: See listing

Mark & Irene Froese Address: 955 Sansom, McBride Telephone: 250-569-2561 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Bison, Wheat, Oats, Barley, Straw Season of availability: All year




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The Robson Valley’s

Featured Producers Pete Amyoony Address: 7675 Read Rd, Dunster, BC, V0J 1J0 Telephone: 250-968-4334 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: Bedding plants in Spring only, mixed vegetables, potatoes, garlic. Season of availability: From May until October

Robson Valley Growers - Dallas Bullock, Coordinator Address: P.O. Box 925 Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0 Telephone: 250 566-1450, Email/website:, Type of goods/services offered for sale: vegetables, bedding plants, grain, meat and eggs Season of availability: Check with Coordinator

Robson Valley Sheep Company/Theres & Hani Gasser

Address: P.O. Box 801, 4110 Eddy Rd., McBride, BC, V0J 2E0 Telephone: 250-569-0333 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: beef, lamb, Border Collies and livestock guardian dogs. Season of availability: All year Sian James Photography

PETROLEUM Bulk Petroleum 13 Cardlock Locations: Fort St. James To Quesnel, Terrace To Valemount, Fuel Tanks Sales & Rentals Bulk Fuel Deliveries: Houston: 1-800-848-6347, Vanderhoof Toll Free: 1-888-545-2667, Prince George: 1-866-309-2667, Quesnel: 250-992-7274 Head Office - Vanderhoof & District Toll Free: 1-877-567-4414. WE EXPEDITE & DELIVER

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Services Include:

Dangerous Tree Removal, Tree Falling, Climbing, Topping, Storm Damage. Structural Pruning, Deadwooding, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs Mountain Pine Beetle Assessment, Firewood, Brush Chipping, Wood Mulch. WCB Certified Tree Faller ISA Certified Arborist Certified Danger Tree Assessor Fully Insured

Brendan Taylor 250-566-4557 • 250-566-1119 Servicing the Robson Valley

McBride Trading Co Ltd & Cafe Junction Vitamin Supplements & Minerals Bulk Spices From All Over The World Homeopath Herbs Dips Gourmet Candies/Popcorn

Indian Cuisine mixes, all natural Homeopath Remedies and Teas Giftware Organic supplies for baking And More!

Under new ownership, come and meet Lori & Allan 250-569-2559 • Opening September 30th

Roger Beck Address: Tete Jaune Cache, BC Telephone: 250-566-9794 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: Organic Vegetables: In season vegetables available when supplies permit. Some vegetables available during winter from the root cellar. Sauerkraut and Sauerkraut Plus available all year round. Season of availability: All year

Simpson’s Farm / Loretta Simpson Address: Box 584 Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0 Telephone: 250-968--4453 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: Beef Cattle, Vegetables — organically grown garlic, potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash Season of availability: Fall

The Dun Creek Cottage Co. - Shane and Lorrie Bressette Telephone: 250-968-4491 Type of goods/services offered for sale: U-Pick Vegetable Garden. Our intention is to offer fresh home grown veggies to those who are in need. We ask only for a donation of the goods that you take and if one is short on finances, then please pick some weeds to help out with the work. Vegetables are available AugustSeptember, until we can make an area for winter storage. Farm fresh free range eggs (ungraded) will be available all year, as well for a donation. Season of availability: All year

The Source Tree Service - Brendan Taylor Telephone : 250-566-4557 or 250-566-1119 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: Dangerous Tree Removal, Tree Falling, Climbing, Topping, Storm Damage. Structural Pruning, Deadwooding, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs, Mountain Pine Beetle Assessment, Firewood, Brush Chipping, Wood Mulch. Servicing the Robson Valley. WCB Certified Tree Faller, ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Danger Tree Assessor, Fully Insured Season of availability: All Year

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Cultivation of Wild Blueberries by Russ Purvis

Photo by Russ Purvis

Northern Vineyards by Russ Purvis Farming by its nature has many uncertainties. Warmth, moisture, insect and wildlife pests and severity of winter all can impact a crop in any given year. Given the complexities, starting a new crop in an area without any history requires patience and the willingness to experiment. Kelly Mortensen sees himself at the beginning of a new 3-5 year cycle. He has 100 new hybrid rootstocks growing off of Mountainview Road, just outside of McBride. He knows table grapes will grow in the Valley. Wine grapes are slightly more “finicky” according to Kelly. A few years back he started out with five varieties. There’s been a bit of a learning curve, with winter die-off being just one of the challenges. Now he feels he’s got two varieties that should thrive. Of course they have to mature, wine needs to be made and the process of getting licensed is still ahead. What has he learned? Agriculture Canada won’t let him import German or Californian rootstock because of the disease potential. That means he has to use North American varieties. Until two years ago he claimed the distinction of the world’s most northern vineyard. Now, there is a German vineyard at the same latitude as Prince George. Boutique wineries with small production and a quality product can be financially rewarding. But, it’s not an overnight process. We may be in a 3b climatic zone now, but if climate change continues to give us milder seasons we may become 4a, making it easier to grow wine grapes. He acknowledges it’s going to take some marketing savvy to meet his goal of a successful boutique winery. Kelly believes in the value of persistence. I look forward to visiting his tasting room in 2015.

Observing the thriving businesses of others and adapting to fit local conditions can be a successful farming strategy. John McGuireª of Valemount’s Greenstar Forest Solutionsª believes the wild blueberry cultivation and marketing by growers in Nova Scotia might be duplicated as both a crop and management strategy for local pine forests. Nova Scotia’s provincial production, according to web sources, is over forty million pounds. The wild blueberry is the number one fruit crop in acreage export sales, and value to Nova Scotia, where they are exported to the U.S., Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom as well as others. Blueberries require a highly acidic soil. They seem to be a natural companion plant to existing pine forests, because of the acidic soil pines create. As McGuire points out there are pine flats in and around Valemount. Fire Smart practices for a managed forest dictate periodic thinning and brushing. This is just the kind of behavior that stimulates blueberry growth. They have an extensive root system, which allows them to regenerate quickly, as well as “smother out up to 17 different varieties of invasive species” he said. He expects to have seed stock ready in about a year, with a plan to irrigate a test area. Some farms in Nova Scotia are known to harvest 4,400 lbs per acre with a mechanical rake harvest system. If all goes according to plan he could be harvesting 100,000 lbs/season in 5 years. Sounds like another sustainable business in the making.

Photos by Joshua Estabrooks

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The Robson Valley’s Featured Producers

Sian James Photography

Twin Meadows Organics Address: McBride, BC Telephone: 250-569-7810 Email/website:,, Certified Organic by PACS # 16-362 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Committed to Heirloom Seeds & Sustainable Small Family Farming. All Produce is Certified Organic. Seed Garlic (40 Varieties), Gourmet Garlic for Eating, Garlic Bulbils for Propagation, Heritage Grains; Red Fife Wheat, Hull less Barley, Hull less Oats, Hard Red and Hard White Wheat, Fall Rye, Rare Grains for Propagation - Blue Tinje Ethiopian Wheat, Himalayan Hull less Barley, Tibetan Hull less Barley, Sangatsuga Hull less Barley, Purple Hull less Barley, Organic Straw, Potatoes (Fingerling - Banana, Ruby and Golden - Yukon Gold, Cariboo, Reds), Carrots, Parsnips, Petrowski Turnips, Rutabagas, Kale (Black Tuscano, Red Ursa, Red Russian, White Russian), Collard (Georgian Southern, Vates, Morris Heading, Champion). We encourage you to choose organic heirloom produce, to share in preserving these heirloom varieties for their added nutrition, vitamins and minerals, enhanced flavour, bio-diversity and the food security

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we each have by saving our own seeds and growing them organically, without GMO seed, chemical sprays, chemical fertilizers or other pollutants which threaten our food safety, quality and environment Season of availability: Call/email

Ursus Herb Farm - Kim Thorn Address : Box 824, Valemount, B.C., V0E 2Z0 Telephone: 250-566-8466 Email/website: Type of goods/services offered for sale: Medicinal herbs, tinctures, oils, & teas Season of availability: Year round availability at Infinity (Valemount), Whistlestop Gallery (McBride), General Store (Dunster) and Nutter’s (Jasper).

The Woolaway Address: 6076 Dunster Station Road, Dunster Telephone: 250-968-4347 Type of goods/services offered for sale: Lamb, Custom wrought iron work Season of availability: All year

Canadian Cancer Society 300-500 Victoria St. Prince George BC, V2L 2J9 Telephone: 250.564.0885 ext 113 Toll Free: 1.800.811.5666 Ext 113 Fax: 250.563.0385

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Valley hosts Economic Community Church looks at purchasing building downtown Development Forum/ Resiliency Study results Donalda Beeson Contributor

Birgit Stutz Contributor Do you want to learn where economic opportunities exist for the region? Or do you have an idea for a new business or want to expand an existing business? The Regional District of FraserFort George (RDFFG) invites you to an open house both in McBride and Valemount next week where the results of an economic resiliency study which was conducted specifically for the Robson and Canoe Valleys will be presented. The RDFFG, with funding from the Community Economic Diversification Initiative and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, recently commissioned the study. The results were compiled into a report, which identifies where economic opportunities exist and how the Canoe and Robson Valley communities can position themselves to best take advantage of the opportunities. “With all the changes in the Canadian economy, small communities are really struggling to determine how to best position themselves for success in an emerging economic environment,” said Ken Starchuck, Director for Electoral Area H (Robson Valley-Canoe) for the RDFFG. “We felt it was important to work with the communities in the Canoe and Robson Valley and build a strategy to identify and capitalize on the economic opportunities that exist there.” The study determined several top opportunities, such as recruitment of independent business people, tourism and culture sector, forestry and wood products, active retirees, and agriculture. Reneé McCloskey, Manager of External Relations, said the RDFFG is now seeking comments and feedback on the study. “The public is invited to learn more about the results of the study and the action plan to target the opportunities at open

houses to be held in McBride and in Valemount,” she said. The sessions will also include a presentation from the Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development about a Venture Capital Program that provides financing of up to five million dollars to small businesses in British Columbia. “This workshop is for both those who want to borrow and those who want to invest in projects,” said McBride Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine, who arranged for the workshops in both communities after meeting the speaker at a conference in Osoyoos in June. “For example, if someone has an idea to develop or expand a business that qualifies under the guidelines and friends and/or family members want to invest into it, the province will support the venture by offering a 30% tax credit to the investor. This in turn reduces tax liability of the investor and injects cash needed to operate or start a new business.” Graine said qualifying activities include manufactured goods, research and development, community diversification (tourism industry) and non-traditional agriculture. Graine came up with the idea to co-ordinate both workshops into one to save time and money. The cost for the workshops is shared between the RDFFG and funding from the economic development grant that Graine has applied for. The workshop is free of charge for participants and there is no need to register. The open house in McBride takes place in the Robson Valley Community Centre on October 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The open house in Valemount takes place at the Best Western on October 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information on the economic resiliency study visit Re p o r t _ L i b ra r y / Ro b s o n Ca noeEcOppPlanSept2010.pdf.

Valemount MMA Club September 29th, 2010 is sign up night! Time: 3pm - 8pm 940 Main Street, Valemount (upstairs in the Trading Post.)

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he Valemount Community Church (VCC) is requesting the support and approval of the Village Council, to relocate and operate in the building located at 1255 5th Avenue, previously Valemount Sporting and Clothing, and use the building as a Church building as well as a community center/venue. In his letter to the Mayor and Council Members, Ray Markham, member of the VCC, said, “we are not a traditional church. Traditionally a church is viewed as a building where Christians meet on Sunday. We are a small and imperfect group of followers of Jesus Christ,” and as such “are a part of the [greater] church [that are all the Christians of] Valemount and feel that we are called to be a part of the community and serve our community as we have been shown by the grace of God.” In fact, he said, they are, “quite anti-religion,” if you think religion is about people doing things to make God love them. Instead, the VCC does things because God loves them, and they want to reflect that love to the community in a very practical way. The group has been think-

ing and praying about how to better serve the community for quite some time, looking for guidance “regarding how this may best be done,” and they “feel that having a central location is important,” as is filling the empty buildings of business past, on Main Street. Markham said their “motivation is, unquestionable Christian.” They have two core goals

“Traditionally a church is viewed as a building where Christians meet on Sunday. We are a small and imperfect group of followers of Jesus Christ,”~ Ray Markham they feel will be met by purchasing and using the proposed building as a Church. One involves having a location, which meets the needs of the community, hopefully in partnership with other groups and members of the community. Initial ideas include, but are not limited to, the use of the building as a drop in center or meeting place, a

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venue for various workshops, music or art events, a place to provide childcare during community events, free family movie nights, free Wi-Fi internet access, a continuation of events such as the Advent Conspiracy, and the use of the premises as a community center by other groups in the community and for youth events. The second goal would be to have a place “where people interested in finding out more about Jesus can come whether they believe in him or not so that we can all learn and grow together.” This could include: hosting topical video talks, discussion groups organized around issues and topics (eg parenting), serving the other parts of the Church in Valemount by offering facilities as needed, access to books and information on Christianity, as well as regular worship services. They have addressed the issue through a letter to Council, in the hopes of receiving Council’s support and especially permission. The issue concerns zoning, it is currently zoned as a public meeting place, but Churches require their own zoning. Council addressed the issue at their last in camera meeting, and plan to discuss the issue again, with the VCC at their next meeting.

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Preliminary community hub meeting shows promise Joshua Estabrooks


community meeting last week, hosted by the Valemount Economic Development Office and the Columbia Basin Trust, brought to light a number of good ideas and goals for many of the empty buildings in the downtown core. Interim Community Liaison for CBT, Lynda Lafleur, contacted Valemount EDO, Silvio Gislimberti, after she took a stroll downtown this spring, coming face to face with a number of vacant storefronts, she said. “It really jumped out at me that you have such a dedicated community and you made your downtown look so great and really how sad it is that you have the vacancies.” There isn’t anything out of the ordinary in Valemount’s situation, said Lafleur, as in her experience, the boom and bust of industry-based economies usually has this kind of impact on the downtown core. “This happens everywhere I have ever lived. I have always lived in forestry towns or mining towns. You can sometimes have a quiet phase downtown, and it really has a negative impact on the residents. Psychological

it is really hard to go into your community and walk past the black hole of an empty building, and for landlords it is hard to rent or sell an empty space.” This brought the minds of Gislimberti and Lafleur together for a common cause. That cause, simply put, is how can we form the right kind of partnerships within the community groups and home based businesses already in existence in order to get enough of them together to make occupying one of these empty buildings feasible? The idea is not to get cheap rent, said Lafleur, but on the contrary, to be able to amalgamate many of the duplicated costs these groups cover on their own, in an attempt to free up enough money to rent a common space. The idea would also allow some financial support from the CBT, but in what form and how much would still have to be determined, she said. “This is new territory for the CBT. We have just recently come up with an economic strategic plan. We have always tried to be everything to everyone, but that is just not possible, so we have a focus now and we have put a strategic plan in place. We haven’t put a budget in so it comes just generally through me, as a regular community project. We have criteria of what we want and that is to strengthen the economics of a community,

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so each community will come forward with different ideas, and if we feel it is something to take forward and get some approvals in principal, I could do that and make it fit because it does fit, strengthening the economic development of your community is one of our goals.” A number of ideas were thrown around at the meeting, including establishing a covered marketplace type business area inside the empty Shop Easy building, as well as a community hub style/community gathering place, that would allow a number of groups to get together to share resources like copying machines, internet costs, administrative staff etc. The first step in the process is getting a handle on the actual costs each of these community groups has to cover, to get a realistic picture of whether or not amalgamation is feasible. To do this, any groups that are interested in the possibilities of this kind of thinking are asked to contact Gislimberti at edo@ with their financial information, so he can prepare some preliminary data. The goal is to have much of the financial analysis done by the end of October, said Gislimberti, and then they will hold a second meeting to see what the next steps will be.

Valemount Community Forest meets with local wood producers in area Joshua Estabrooks


alemount Community Forest General Manager, Shane Bressette,

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said that the community forest board understands the importance of manufacturing as much of the harvested wood within the Valley as possible, as well; they must continue to harvest the beetle-killed pine. “We are running two separate programs. We still have to run a fairly significant volume out of the Valley because of the pine problem and that is ongoing, but at the same time we are setting up separate blocks specifically designed for local manufacturers. It’s partly that we needed some cash flow to get things rolling and it is partly due to the fact

that the local capacity is nowhere near enough to handle the volume of pine that needed to be addressed.” As part of the ongoing effort to supply wood locally, Bressette is organizing a meeting between himself and any interested local wood manufacturer. He said he hopes that the meeting will not only allow for some creative brainstorming on issues facing the forestry industry right now, but also give him a better idea of what the local manufacturers are looking for in terms of wood supply. “I have had some different smaller operators

come up and say if they had this much volume it would allow them to pursue different ways to improve their markets so I was hoping that if I got all these guys together in the same room it might allow for some brainstorming opportunities on how they can work collectively to improve their marketing ability. Through this meeting and working together we can figure out how to get a long term supply for these guys so they can build their businesses on that.” The meeting took place on September 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Valemount Learning Centre.

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cess stories in the Pemberton area, as a lot of the ideas could apply to the Robson Valley as well. “I’m hoping to bring back some ideas and suggestions when it comes to looking at innovative and new ideas around organic farming and products that might work for the Valley.” The Minister of Education is high on Starchuck’s

meeting list, as his commitment to preserving rural schools has only gotten stronger since the Dunster School was closed last year. Reliable power, bio energy possibilities and looking into any possible roadblocks for the proposal for the Canoe Mountain zip line are all issues he will be following up on as well, he said.

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August 31, 1939 - September 16, 2010

With immense sadness we announce the passing of Darl Vonnlee Pleasants, born August 21, 1939 in McBride, B.C. Darl passed away before his time, Sept. 16, 2010 at the age of 71 at Avola, B.C.


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Darl is survived by his daughter Cindy Pleasants (Steven) and son Dan Pleasants (Anita); grandchildren Cody, Ceianna, Devon and Trysta; great grandchildren Trinity, Jaeda and Jackson. Brothers Bart (Wendy), Don (Pam), Kirk and sister Faye. Mother of his children Simone, sister-in-laws Carol and Yevonne. Special friend Marjorie (Whoopee), numerous family members and important friends in his life. Darl was predeceased by his brother Harold Pleasants, mother Helen Mitchell and father Bud Pleasants. Darl was a self-educated master electrician. He served for 26 years with the Electrical Safety Branch of B.C. as an inspector. Darl was proud that the only time he spent in the trade school was to teach others. Family was the most important thing to Darl followed closely by his friends. He would give anything to anybody he felt deserved it. His proudest accomplishment was his grandchildren, all four of whom, with the support of their grandfather, have chosen to pursue a university education. Grandpa was fortunate enough recently to have the opportunity to spend special time with all four of his grandchildren at the same time, explaining the importance of family to them and providing them with his “Little Plan” on how to make sure they all stayed close as life went on. A memorial service for Darl was held at the Wells Gray Inn Conference Room in Clearwater, B.C., Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 at 3 p.m. A “Darl style bash” at Darl’s residence followed. In lieu of flowers or donations, please take time to value the ones you love and embrace the importance of your family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services.



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February 1, 1940 – September 22, 2010 Fran Moman (nee Wurtak) of Valemount BC passed away on September 22, 2010 in Clearwater, BC after a lengthy illness at 70 years of age. Fran was raised in Northern Manitoba. She moved to Alberta in 1960 and married her childhood friend Albie Moman in Edmonton Alberta. Frances is survived by her husband of 49 years, Albert Moman and their six children; Jean Marie Dennis (Terry) and their son Tad; James Arthur Moman (Annette) and their children, Michael, Chelsea and Kathleen and grandson Hunter; John Richard Moman (Kirsten) and his daughter Havana; Daniel Albert Moman (Kim) and step children Cameron and Duska and four grandchildren; Micheal Henery Moman (Kristie) and their sons Brandon, Parker and Zachary; Janelle Louise McKirdy (Geno) and their children Brant and Sarah Lea. Also mourning Fran’s passing are her sisters Eva Gould of Vernon BC and Merle Paul Martin (Gabe) of Thunder Bay Ontario. Fran is predeceased by her father, John Paul Wurtak, step-father Arthur Richard; mother Evelyn Alice Richard, granddaughter Kathy Anne Dennis, brother James Wurtak and sister Betty Anne Harpe. Fran was very active in her church activities. She taught Sunday school for many years, and enjoyed teaching the youth of Valemount at the SONSHINE CLUB. She also was one of the founding members of the Valemount Christian Academy. Fran loved to be outdoors. Fishing, hunting and picking berries were some of her favoured pastimes. Raising her six children and teaching them to become self sufficient along with caring for Al were most important to Fran. She loved to help others and was always there to give a comforting shoulder and a helping hand to anyone in need. A Celebration of Fran’s life took place on Tuesday September 28, 2010 at the Valemount Community Hall; interment of her ashes followed at the Valemount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask that donations be made to the Valemount Health Centre in her memory. Funeral and cremation arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Clearwater BC, 250-674-3030. On line condolences may be sent to the family at



Looking for a reliable person to work casual/ part-time hours for a CMH lodge in McBride during the months of January 2011 to early April 2011. Job Title: Kitchen Assistant, but will also help out in other areas of the lodge. If interested, please either call 403 609-8413 or send resume to



McBride Autobody and Towing of 628 - 2nd Ave. McBride BC, V0J 2E0, Phone 250 5692470, in compliance with the Warehouse Lien Act, lays claim against the following vehicle, owned by Asset Inc.: 2007 GMC Sierra Pickup, VIN 1GTHK23D27F112569. Total amount owing is $16, 738.27. This vehicle will be sold on October 15, 2010.

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Activities to Entertain & Amuse Pioneer Photo


About this photo Description: The first car to go over the Tete Jaune to Dunste road, driven by the Brown brothers. Date: 1925 Credits: Valley Museum & Archives ID: 2003.8.26 Image: 22 of 59 If you have any more information on this photo or any others that appear you can contact The Valley Museum & Archives in McBride, The Valemount Museum or contact us at The Valley Sentinel.


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, your self-confidence and enthusiasm have made you a natural-born leader. Embrace each of these attributes and this week will belong to you.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, changes have left you thinking of ways to make a difference. If you want to volunteer, there are many organizations that need help.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, lots of changes are waiting to unfold in your personal life. Take the time to work through these changes and you’re bound to be better for having done so.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, don’t let others make decisions for you. This week, take back control of your life and be more assertive in all the things that you want to accomplish. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 This week you are very interested in technology, Virgo, especially how emerging technology can have an impact on your life and career. Seek the advice of others for purchases.


LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You’re generally a selfless, altruistic person, Libra. Friends will be surprised to hear all the demands and desires you have this week, Libra. It’s okay to want things sometime

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It isn’t always easy to think and act differently from others around you, Aquarius. However, as an eccentric person, you will have to accept the fact that it’s commonplace. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, someone close to you is having problems that he or she cannot express. Your intuitiveness will save the day.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you are very good at bringing people together and socializing. Use this trait to create a social forum this week, where everyone can have an ideas exchange.


Daytime Condition


10% P.O.P. 12°C High 2°C Low Wind SW 5 km/h 24/Hr Rain

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 This week you will have to come up with the answer to an important question, Scorpio: What do you really want? If it is stability, then you will have to make big changes.


Daytime Condition


10% P.O.P. 14°C High 2°C Low Wind SE 5 km/h 24/Hr Rain


Daytime Condition

Mainly sunny

20% P.O.P. 15°C High 2°C Low Wind SE 5 km/h 24/Hr Rain


Sagittarius, use this week to show others you are a thoughtful person who has a lot of life experience. Assert yourself in a calm but effective way. That will get your point across.

CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20 Trust the people you love, Capricorn. They are growing weary of dealing with your flip-flopping personality and air of anxiety. You need to give in a little.


Daytime Condition

Cloudy periods

20% P.O.P. 14°C High 6°C Low Wind SE 5 km/h 24/Hr Rain


Daytime Condition

Cloudy periods

40% P.O.P. 12°C High 4°C Low Wind SE 5 km/h 24/Hr Rain


Daytime Condition

Isolated showers

40% P.O.P. 9°C High 2°C Low SW 10 km/h Wind 24/Hr Rain 1-2 mm

The Valley Sentinel Wednesday September 29, 2010 • 15

e Mountain o n a C e h T Restaurant Under New Management

• Delicious homemade burgers • Freshly made sandwiches • 16” pizza • Breakfast sandwiches • Bagels • Muffins • Cinnamon Buns

Don't be left out in the cold!

Winter is approaching.

Blaze King/Valley Comfort wood stoves have arrived Sept 24/2010.




Until Oct 15/2010

Propane parts and fittings will still be available through Canoe Mountain Extreme Sports Call Shawn 250-566-9949 • 1424 5th Avenue

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Hard Ice-Cream available in all different flavours Frozen Yogurt • Sorbet

Paradise Valley Trading Post

Publishing Deadline: Oct 25th Publishing Date: End of Nov

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Prince George

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Victoria Banks Fall Courses at the Valemount Learning Centre: Car Care CORE Hunter Training Firearms Safety Occupational First Aid OFA Transport Endorsement CPR Level C H2S Alive TDG

2010 CMMA Female Entertainer of the Year!!!!

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Thursday, October 14 7:30 pm Advance Tickets $25 at Stedmans 569-2415 $30 at the theater door.

Volume 25 Issue 39  

September 29 2010 Edition of The Valley Sentinel

Volume 25 Issue 39  

September 29 2010 Edition of The Valley Sentinel