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Man disappears into Fraser River Local: Police continue to search for missing person. Joshua Estabrooks



hile most vacationers were enjoying their long weekend in the Robson Valley, one family from Alberta had a campfire turn tragic after a traumatic experience early Sunday morning. Valemount RCMP Constable, Howard Price, said they received a call at around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, from the Tete Jaune Lodge alerting them that a man was missing after entering the Fraser River. “The

there we’re hoping to locate him based on water flows.” The missing male is middle aged, and his name is being withheld for the time being at the request of the family. Currently, RCMP are assisting in the search, as well as trying to determine how he ended up in the river in the first place. “We are working with the family to get as much information as they have to try and ascertain why he would have entered the river. We know he was at the campground late at night and his whole

“We are hoping he is (alive) but as time goes on we have to face reality that he might not be.” ~ Cst. Howard Price

speculation is he might have entered the river and not made it out because he was not much of a swimmer.” Price said that they immediately called in local search and rescue resources, as well as an underwater recovery team from Prince George that will be using cameras to search for the missing person. “The water is high this time of year so we are just trying to go by the lay of the river. If he’s

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family was gathered for the long weekend. We just need to track his last moments before they saw he was missing.” As time passes, Price said the search would undoubtedly switch gears from rescue operation to a recovery, as one can only survive in the frigid waters for so long. “We are hoping he is (alive) but as time goes on we have to face reality that he might not be alive.”

Help arrives

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An RCMP helicopter touches down at Tete Jaune Lodge on Sunday, May 23, after police received a report of a middle aged male from Alberta had disappeared into the Fraser River in the early morning hours. RCMP called in search and rescue personnel, as well as an underwater recovery team from Prince George. At press time, the search for the missing person was continuing.

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Resident’s miniature horse survives brutal Cougar attack Joshua Estabrooks


he start of the May long weekend was a lot less fun for the Kunka family then they could ever have anticipated. On Friday, May 21, between 8:00 and 9:00 pm, a cougar attacked their miniature pony, Dandy. According to Jackilyn Kunka, who stores the horse at her parent’s house on Highway 5 just south of town, her parents heard the dogs barking earlier in the evening, but didn’t think much of it. A little later on, when her father went to feed the pony, he wasn’t waiting in his usually spot. “Dad looked up at the shelter and he could see him stumbling out of his little barn. The horse came down to the fence and Dad could hear him breathing really hard, so he thought his halter was too tight. He reached out to adjust it and there was blood everywhere. It was just pouring out and his nose was huge and he couldn’t breath out of his nostrils at all.” The Kunkas had to track down a horse trailer to bring the wounded animal out to Dr. Vogel’s in Dunster,

who, after inspecting the animal, said he thought it was most likely a cougar that attacked it. “With dogs cougars usually go for the face but with horses cougars usually go for the back and the neck because they are bigger, so the cougar must’ve thought my horse

“He came out, and found the cougar behind the barn, which isn’t more than 200 feet from the house. It was waiting for the horse to come back.” ~ Jackilyn Kunka

was a dog because it tried to fit his head into its mouth and that’s why he has puncture wounds right through his nostrils.” Kunka said it’s remarkable the three foot tall horse survived the attack, as it had to have fought the cougar off

once it entered it’s barn to get away. “Once he got in the barn he must have given that cougar a whooping because it left.” Not taking any chances though, Kunka said she called Collin Niemeyer that night, and he came out with his dogs at 9:00 a.m. the next morning. “He came out, and found the cougar behind the barn, which isn’t more than 200 feet from the house. It was waiting for the horse to come back.” The cougar was a three-year-old female, who, according to Niemeyer, had obviously picked up bad habits, which usually means they will reoffend in the future. “He said the cougar would have definitely gone after the horse again, or the dogs,” said Kunka. “My nephew is six years old and he was up there biking around all day.” Kunka said she is very grateful for all the assistance she and her family received during the emergency. “Thanks so much to Cheri Denhke for the horse trailer in the middle of the night, Doctor Tom Vogel, Collin Niemeyer, and the other guy who helped him, and their amazing hounds. Because of their help Dandy is going to pull through this.”

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Locals return home to find their house destroyed by vandals Joshua Estabrooks


hen Sebastien Grenier got a call from his brother on May 18, he couldn’t believe his ears. Grenier, along with two other friends, owns the log house on Main Street, next door to the Legion, and was shocked when his brother said the place had been broken into. Grenier immediately drove out to Valemount from Hinton, and discovered that his house had been trashed, completely. “When I saw the damage I couldn’t believe it. The place looked like someone had been having one hell of a party.” Nothing of value had been taken, he was relieved to discover, but who-

ever broke in to the house had stayed a while and left a disgusting mess. “There is no booze left in the house. They drank everything, and when they were done they smashed the bottles and glasses off the walls. They removed my stereo from the kitchen and set it up in the living room so they could listen to music. They put blankets up on the windows so people couldn’t see the lights on.” The fire pit out back had also been used, he said, and there was a tent in the grass that had not yet been set up. “The only drywall in the house which is around the upstairs bathroom had been ripped down with our golf clubs, and they sprayed shampoo and conditioner all over the bathroom.” Grenier isn’t sure if the mess was

created from one night of partying, or if whoever is responsible was there for a while, but none of the owners can understand why someone would do something so destructive. “I was just amazed. I mean what do you do? You can’t really freak out because no one’s there. They didn’t steal anything either. The place is just trashed.” The three friends have owned the house for three years, said Grenier, and have always had good relations with locals. “It’s 100% violating. I just can’t believe they would set up the stereo, plug in their I-pod and sit there and listen to tunes and party. What would they have done if one of us came back? There’s no way they would have known our work schedules. There’s three of us coming and

going in that house all the time.” Grenier said he suspects it was a group of youths, as the destruction seems like something out of control kids would do. “It’s ironic, because for three years we have always donated our empties to the high school. Every month in the winter for three years they have come to take our bottles, so essentially we have been donating to the high school and now a bunch of them came in and wrecked the shit out of our place. It’s a pretty ballsy move.” The Valemount RCMP is currently investigating the incident. Corporal Ed Burstrom said that if anyone has any information regarding the break in, or saw anything suspicious at the house to call the detachment.

More data and equipment needed to analyze dust storms Joshua Estabrooks


ith two recent dust storms in the Valley recently, residents are curious as to just what the possible effects such events have on their health. In order to properly analyze the particulates that blow through town during the storms, Air Quality Meteorologist for the Ministry of Environment, Dennis Fudge, said that a continuous monitoring system would be much more ideal. Fudge said that his office doesn’t issue air quality advisories for this area

“...on a really dusty day the amount of fine particles will be higher.” ~ Dennis Fudge

due to the time it takes for the current sampling equipment to return the needed data. “The instruments we have there are non continuous monitors. They sample air for a 24-hour period through a filter, and we take that filter and send it to the lab. The lab weighs it and works out the concentration of particles, so by the time we get it back from the lab it is a month or two months later which is way after the fact.” He also said that the equipment only samples on a three-day frequency, so it wasn’t even taking readings during the two dust storms last week. “Standard procedure is to sample once every six days, but we increased the frequency to once every

three days because we were missing a lot of episodes. We have a 33% chance of getting it right.” The Ministry has issued advisories for dust in other areas, he said, as within a dust cloud there are both the coarser particulates as well as the smaller, more dangerous ones. “90% of the particles are the coarser ones so there is only a small fraction that are the finer ones. There are smaller particles, and it’s a small fraction, but on a really dusty day the amount of fine particles will be higher. There are fine particles in there.” Last year, Fudge said a local committee requested use of manual air quality monitors that could be triggered when these sorts of events occur. “I don’t know if it got put on the back burner or if it got squashed or not. We were going to loan two filters to the committee, but we never heard anything afterwards.” More sophisticated monitoring equipment would record the peaks during poor air quality events, as opposed to the current one that only records the average over a 24-hour period. “It could be dusty during the day and then at night people turn on their wood stoves and the small particles get collected but they didn’t have anything to do with the dust storm. This would skew the results.” Fudge said that if there was the political will from the community, he could assist in helping the Village acquire the recommended equipment. Another point of confusion, however, is the fact that the boundaries have changed within the ministry, so currently Valemount’s air quality is being monitored by Prince George but is technically within the new Kamloops boundary.

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Joshua Estabrooks Viewpoint


Who are you?


can honestly say if I had come home to the mess and destruction that some local residents recently discovered in their home, I would have lost it. I am, of course, referring to the story in this week’s paper regarding the log house on Main Street that someone (obviously a group of people) broke into, partied for what must have been hours, and then completely trashed. Sitting down with Sebastien Grenier, I could see how this has completely broken his trust and faith in the community he was so glad to join three years ago. It must have been one of the more violating experiences of his life, to witness the results of what can only be described as arrogant stupidity. To set up shop in someone’s home, blast music, start a bonfire, and then smash every bit of glass and drywall in the place is not just vandalism, it’s evil. What I want to know, along with everyone else in town, is who the hell did this? If a person, or persons, can have the guts to do something like this, why not stand up and claim your prize for hardcore partier of the year publicly? No? Oh, why not? I know I’d love to sit down and interview you, whoever was involved, as it is incredibly fascinating to me just what makes you tick. It’s not cool, or rebellious what you did, hell a rabid ape could make a mess if you let them into an empty house for 30 minutes, so you don’t get any cool points on my scorecard for the results of your immature and idiotic exploits. What I do want to know though, is how does something like this happen? How does a horrible idea actually become action? Where is the point where the conversation turns from “hey wouldn’t it be bad ass if we did this?” to actually doing it? Or were you too busy drooling and grunting, as you obviously have little to no intellectual capacity, to process the fact that it was one of the worst ideas in the history of the universe. So please, whoever was involved in this garbage; contact me at the newspaper office. I think your lack of decency, courage or common sense needs to be documented and analyzed. Do it for science. I guarantee I’ll try to write the story so you’ll finally seem “cool” because nothing you have done to this house is helping you build that reputation.



Condolences and understanding Dear Editor and Virginia Craig; y sister Virginia, though I have never met you (that I am aware of) I empathize with your very deep hurt. You must feel terribly violated by whoever it was that stole your uncles’ wheels. I can assure you that a great many of us felt disturbed also when the news broke. The wheels were taken even before your uncle was found. I have had gasoline stolen from a drum I used for ballast lashed to my tailgate. (The weight works wonders in getting a two-wheel drive up mountainous switchbacks in winter.) I felt violated when I slid all over the road and didn’t get to work on time. But stealing from a not yet reported fatal accident pushes the boundary a lot farther and I understand your hurt. It may help you to know that later in the day when busy felling trees (and fuming a bit over the stolen gas) I remembered that not far from my home, an old pick-up had been stalled beside the road that morning, and all the pieces fell into place. An exposed drum of gas sucks in water eventually, and mine had. The guy that sucked


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out my gas also sucked out my water and clogged up his carburetor. I don’t know what it cost him but I felt better. I hope that soon something will transpire that will help you to feel better too. Virginia, I appreciate the fact that in your anger, you did not blame God. It is fashionable these days to blame Him for all kinds of things that people are responsible for. I know that there is widespread counselling these days that tell us it is okay to be mad at God when we grieve. That council goes overboard a bit at times. It would be a bit like me getting mad at my spouse over the stolen gas when she had nothing to do with it. No matter how broad her shoulders may be and no matter how understanding and loving she is, it would still be unfair and unjust. We just need to clarify our thinking a bit. Your brother in Christ, John Christison McBride

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A prison study

Looking for talented individuals Andru McCracken Special to the Sentinel

Dear Editor;


he debate over having a prison within our community can be an emotional one. I have been a proponent of a prison here based on emotion and, frankly, pie-in-the-eye assumptions without doing any research. Here is the conclusion of a lengthy U.S. study on the economic impact of prisons in rural communities. Although it is a U.S. study, I believe the conclusion can be extrapolated to Canada. “Ironically, despite sharp ideological and intellectual differences, the critics and the advocates of the prison-construction boom share the assumption that prisons have contributed to local growth, especially in hard-pressed local areas. For advocates, this claim justifies prison-building campaigns, including expensive lobbying efforts to woo the legislators and bureaucrats who control prison construction. For critics, highlighting economic motives helps to delegitimize runaway prison construction. Regardless of the ideology and political aims, claims that prison construction accelerates local economic development fly in the face of mounting evidence that state and local initiatives rarely impact growth; and these claims are contradicted by our analyses. Although there is evidence that some state and local economic development programs have been effective (Bartik, 1991), it is not surprising that prisons fail to spur employment growth. From sports stadiums to tax-abatement schemes, the evidence of economic growth has been mixed at best (Dewar, 1998; Wolman and Spitzely, 1996). Moreover, several studies have documented that the closure of military bases has not been the disaster that many had feared. In fact, in a number of instances, the closure of a military base ushered in an era of faster growth (Bradshaw, 1999; Hill and Raffel, 1993). As such, the failure of prisons to spur growth is consistent with the expectations of economic development specialists. Still it is surprising to find that prison construction and expansion impedes growth. Future research might examine in greater detail the negative relationship between prison construction and economic growth. If prisons impede economic growth in rural counties, we believe the most plausible explanation centers on prison building crowding out alternative economic activity (opportunity costs). With communities competing to attract prisons, corrections bureaucracies are shifting infrastructure costs to local governments. Communities are being forced to supply prisons with ‘electrical services, roads, and the other things to construct and operate a facility’ (Lynn Phillips, Assistant Secretary for Construction, North Carolina Department of Corrections, in Gaseau, 1999). Under these pressures, rural counties desperate for jobs are diverting large portions of limited infrastructure budgets to support a correctional facility and adapting a limited infrastructure to the needs of a (new or existing) prison. As a result, the infrastructure may be ill suited for other potential employers, and local governments have few funds left for other investments in the local infrastructure. There is a widespread belief that prisons spur local growth—a belief that is reinforced by newspaper articles and political leaders. Although social scientists have been skeptical of this belief, there are few empirical studies of the consequences of carceral expansion. We hope that our surprising finding that prisons impede growth in rural counties that were already growing slowly will spark additional studies of the local consequences of this prison boom.” So far I have found few studies done in Canadian universities, and those that I have found cite U.S. studies. Studies based on empirical evidence should be at the forefront of the decision making process. Kevin Whalley Valemount


ave you got talent? Have you got a song that you need to sing? VCTV and the Valemountain Days Committee are working hard to make this year’s Valemount Idol even better than last year. If you’re planning on entering the contest, make sure your ready for Friday, June 11 and show up at the Valemount Secondary School by 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required, just bring yourself, your voice and sign up at the door. Last year Matt Brock and Theo Teering took the stage by storm winning the first Valemount Idol prize. The two high school students then recorded an original song and produced a music video at VCTV. If you still haven’t had the chance to see it find it on YouTube. Just search for “Valemount Live Downpour.” Finding the winner was fun, but the best part was giving Valemount a reason to cheer. Last year every singer was greeted with applause, sometimes the crowd even helped coax reluctant singers on stage. When they sang the crowds exploded. If you sing and haven’t had the opportunity to sing in public before, this is great place to start. However, the stakes are high. The winner of the event will get the chance to record a song and

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create a music video at the Valemount Community Television Station. Just like the TV show, Canadian Idol, singers are rated by a group of judges who provide feedback. Unlike the TV show, the focus is on developing your skills and encouragement. This year, you can bring an instrument, and you can accompany yourself on the piano for the qualifying round if you want, but this year, performers will have to bring their own instruments to the finals. We love it when singers sing unaccompanied. This year’s hostesses are Anne Marie Scott and Jody Newham, the stars of Valemount LIVE! Our panel of awesome and encouraging judges will select five artists to carry on to the final on Saturday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday the crowds gathered at the Valemountain Days festivities will get to hear the chosen five sing at the band stand. It’s up to the crowd to choose this year’s Valemount Idol. If you’re not a performer, but like great performances, we encourage you to attend both the qualifying round and the finale. Help us raise the roof in support of local talent. Registration is just $5, and DVDs of this year’s and last year’s performances will be available for sale for $20. For more information on the contest tune in to Valemount LIVE! Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. We want to make you the next Valemount Idol!

Two sled dog pups eagerly dive into a bowl of food out at Coldfire Creek Dogsledding in Small River.

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Ball players needed for tournament A lack of interest in ball this spring means the regular league that usually occurs in Valemount is not occurring. It also means that so far, very few people have signed up for the tournament set to take place during Valemountain Days, June 11-13. Organizer Pete Pearson said that he has watched the number of players dwindle since the mill shut down, and is worried there won’t be a team ready for what is supposed to be a sports filled weekend. “Originally it was called Sports Day, and it included a big ball tournament. There is definitely still time if people want to play ball during Valemountain Days.”

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Pearsen said in the past Valemount has had enough players to make eight teams, but that number has gone down significantly, with only enough people for two teams last year. “We had a good year with the pipeline workers in town, but last year we had two teams organized for the league, then it turned to drop in.” Anyone interested in playing ball in the Valemountain Days tournament is asked to phone Pearson at 250-566-9945. It costs $250.00 to enter a team, or individuals can call to register and be placed on a team, he said. “It’s mixed recreational ball. It’s about having fun, nothing too serious, and there’s prize money to be won.”

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Community Service Listings 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 • 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. • LIONS BINGO 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • 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 250 566-0095 • 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 Shelley Mainprize @ 250 566-9854

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• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM


• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

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• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM MCBRIDE • TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit • 7-9 PM VFD mtbg @ Fire Hall


• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM MCBRIDE • TOPS 6:30pm at the Health Unit • 7-9 PM VFD mtbg @ Fire Hall


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JUNE 9 • Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM • Toastmasters 7:30-9:30pm Best Western

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JUNE 11 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM MCBRIDE • VALEMOUNTAIN DAYS STARTS

JUNE 4 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM MCBRIDE •

MAY 28 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM MCBRIDE • BC Childrens Hospital BBQ Fundraise 11-2PM Scotiabank • Curling Club AGM @ Culring Lounge 7:30 PM • Valemount Spring Festival starts.


JUNE 18 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM MCBRIDE •

MAY 27 McBride • 2- 4 PM OAPO Stitch & Knit • 3:30 - 5:30 Dome Ck Reading Rm • 6:30 PM Srs Bingo @BVL Lodge

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Pine Beetle attack is severe when seen from the air Joshua Estabrooks


or Valemount Community Forest Manager, Shane Bressette, a recent flight over the Robson Valley, specifically the area within the community forest boundaries, has revealed that the Pine Beetle epidemic has indeed taken over the pine stands in the Valley. “A lot of it you don’t see standing on ground level looking across at the stand but when you’re up in the air looking down it is definitely hit. Last year we were seeing pockets of red attack and the red signifies that it was the previous years attack, so we were seeing pockets of that particularly at low elevations and around town. This year, when we took the flight, all those red pockets have turned grey and in addition pretty much the whole stand has red peppered throughout it, which means that last year there was an explosion of fresh attack. We’re also seeing all kinds of yellowish orange which means this years attack. It’s a big jump in current attack from last year to this year.” Bressette said he wasn’t surprised to see the level of beetle attack, but it does put to rest the hope that the Robson Valley may not be hit has hard as other areas in the Province. “The results of the flight, in my opinion, help to confirm the fact that the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic is here and is now progressing in the same fashion as it has in other areas of the Province. I have been told this news is consistent with recent findings in the area from Valemount Forest Products Ltd. as well.” Pine makes up approximately 33% of the forest currently managed by the community forest, said Bressette. This represents about 1 million cubic metres of timber that will be virtually useless in the next few years. “We won’t log anywhere near that but we hope to get

maybe half of that. This would be in the next two to three year window, or as long as the pine value lasts. If the market comes up a bit we might be able to extend that window.” So far, there are a few operations interested in Valemount’s pine, he said, but monetary value isn’t the only consideration the community forest board discusses when deciding on their harvesting philosophies. “We feel that we have maybe two or three years to get as much of it as we can. There will be decisions made by the board in terms of balancing the cut, as we won’t go out and cut every stick of pine in the whole area. There are other values we need to balance, like other land users and visual impacts. Those decisions will be made as we move forward, but we still intend to harvest at a fairly high level at this point to minimize the losses we will have to take.” The other worry that stood out to Bressette while on the flight was the growing wildfire risk to the Village as a result of the dying pine stands. “Although much work has been done through harvesting and through efforts from the Wildfire Protection Committee, there still remains a significant threat, in my opinion, in terms of dying pine stands. This threat includes pine stands on private land, Regional District areas, and licensee areas, from Canoe Mountain to Tete Jaune.” Bressette said that his hope is that the markets improve a little bit this year, so it will allow the community forest to move into some of the areas that have a higher cost to harvest, as it creates a much more balanced approach while carrying out the salvage operations. “The community forest will continue to monitor these changes through 2010 and 2011, and will be making decisions as we move forward that balance timber salvage objectives with other important values in our area.”

Sand Creek Forest Service Road area (mid-slope elevation). Red, and grey attack can be seen clearly in this photo.

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Bressette said that what surprised him the most was how badly hit the higher elevations were. Here the severity of the attack in the Dave Henry area (high elevation) can be seen.

This photo shows not only grey attack, but a fair amount of fresh attack, indicated by the yellowish-green colour. This is the McLennan area (low elevation).

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Valemount Council briefs Raghu Lokanathan Contributor


he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on May 11. Mayor Bob Smith, Councillors Bobbi Roe, Rita Tchir, Cynthia Piper, Murray Capstick, Deputy Director of Corporate Services Sandy Salt and CAO Tom Dall attended. Show ‘n Shine Council received a request from Tourism Valemount Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Robinson, to include a parade and show ‘n shine by the Old English Car Club to the Village’s advertised Canada Day Events, and to a road closure to accommodate the parade. Council carried a motion to receive and approve these requests. Council Procedure Bylaw Council carried the reconsideration and adoption of Bylaw No. 652 which updates procedures that council and committee must use while conducting village business. Five Year Financial Plan Council carried the reconsideration and adoption of Bylaw No. 654, the new 5 year plan (2010-2014) for the Village of Valemount. Zoning Amendment Council carried the 3rd reading of Bylaw No. 656, which changes the commercial zoning of Mr. Henry Unger’s property on Main Street from C6 to C3 to accommodate a building supply business. Funding Approved Council received correspondence to Mayor Smith from the Northern Devel-

opment Initiative Trust(NDIT) approving $35 000 in funding to the Village of Valemount towards initiatives to develop the local and regional economy. Also approved by the NDIT was a grant of up to $27,170 and a zero-interest loan of up to $19,340 towards renovations to the Valemount Community Hall. Low Flying Permit for Pipeline Patrol Council received a report from Deputy Director of Corporate Services Sandy Salt regarding Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Application for a Transport Canada low flying permit over Valemount for the purpose of pipeline patrol. In a letter of response to the council’s request for further information, Mark Olson, VP of Operations in Canada for Canadian Helicopters Ltd., stated that the patrol flights will occur once a month during the winter and twice a month during the summer. The patrol flight will likely pass through Valemount in mid-morning sometime between Monday and Thursday. The aircraft will be on a Transport Canada flight plan at all times and broadcast position reports whenever it is in the area. Council Meeting Agendas on Village Website Council received a report from Deputy Director of Corporate Services Sandy Salt seeking approval to have complete Village of Valemount Regular Council Meeting Agenda packages available to the public on the website. Council carried a motion to authorize staff to place complete agenda packages on the website.


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Morlove visits Valemount

Corwin Fox, of Morlove, belts out a tune during his last visit to Valemount.

Joshua Estabrooks


ooking for something to do before the weekend sweeps you away? Head on down to the Anglican/United Church tomorrow night for an evening with neo-folk duo Morlove. Morlove recently released their debut album All of My Lakes Lay Frozen Over, and have been on a Canadian tour in support of the new release throughout May. The group is a unique collaboration between songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Corwin Fox and folk-pop singer-songwriter Miss Emily Brown, Morlove developed around the campfire of the 2007 Artswells Festival in Wells, BC. The recording, sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, features nostalgic folk songs that blend autoharp, banjo, guitar, mandolin and hushed vocal harmonies. The album will be available for purchase at www. and select independent record stores across Canada. Digital downloads will be available through With a strong desire to produce meaningful music through a slower process of writing and creating, Iroquois, Ontario native Brown and Morlove partner Fox wrote the album while residing on opposite ends of the country. They convened in January 2009 in a tiny snow-covered United Church in Wells, BC where they recorded the album with upright bass player Tobias Meis and drummer Jordy Walker. The unique musical style of the album ranges from delicate and raw evocative folk songs with strings to explosive horns, pounding piano and banjo

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infused tracks. Instruments like the sousaphone, player piano, typewriter and even the original pump organ of the Wells United Church were all used to bring about a sound reminiscent of the 1930’s history of the gold-rush town that they were in. “The music is thick and lush, reminiscent of amped folk played through an ancient jukebox full of nickels,” said Brown. “I think the music that prevails is unhurried and fully-developed like tea left to steep for a long, long time.” Brown’s debut album, Part of You Pours Out of Me, was named one of the top twelve albums of 2008 by CBC’s Alan Neal and helped mark Brown’s spot in the Canadian indie music scene. The singer’s signature mix of jazz and folk combined with the multitalents that have created Morlove will be a unique experience that is something not to be missed. Their performance is a showcase of powerful vocal harmonies, unorthodox instrumental combinations and a beautiful mixture of old found instruments. Loyal fans of the duo remain captivated, while many more are gained after each performance. When planning their tour, both Fox and Brown said they wanted to make sure they spent some time in the Robson Valley. “I have been through Valemount a couple of times,” said Fox. “Each time is a magical experience. I just can’t get enough of the people, the scenery, and the quiet this part of the Province provides.” Morlove will be playing in Valemount on Thursday, May 27, at the Anglican/United Church. Tickets are $12.00 and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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High school rodeo Another successful season for Clark this weekend Special to the Sentinel


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alemount will be hosting its first-ever high school rodeo this weekend. The event will take place at the rodeo grounds next to the Canoe River Campground just south of Valemount on May 29 and 30. “Last year, our granddaughter Kelsey Griffin and her friend Melanie Brown got into high school rodeo and we were travelling all over the province,” said Lorna Griffin, who, together with her husband Bob, owns the property where the Valemount rodeo grounds are located. “We thought, we have the grounds here so why not have a rodeo here. We approached the BC High School Rodeo Association and they were interested.” Griffin said the rodeo will have all the events, from bull riding, steer riding, and saddle bronc to calf roping, bull dogging (steer wrestling), team roping, pole bending, barrels, goat tying, and breakaway roping. There will also be boys cutting and girls cutting. Griffin said BCHSRA members compete for points. “If they are in the top ten, they get points,” said Griffin. “It’s some pretty good competition and it’s lots of fun.” “It’s pretty high level and competitive,” added Karen Doughty, Melanie Brown’s mother. “There are more events for the girls in high school rodeo than in regular rodeo, not just barrels, but also pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping and team roping.” Valemount Secondary Principal Dan Kenkel said he is quite enthusiastic and supportive of the rodeo. “The rodeo is separate from the high

school, it’s not a high school sport. However, I am willing to do whatever I can to sustain it and to make it grow in our community. I am kind of like a passenger, but a pretty enthusiastic one. I would like to get the horse community stronger, get as many kids involved in participating and helping.” Kenkel said that Melanie and Kelsey are doing quite well on the high school rodeo circuit, with Melanie placing sixth in pole bending and Kelsey getting a first place in pole bending and a 10th place in barrels recently. “We’d love to get some more interest from locals,” added Griffin. High school students from all over British Columbia compete in regional rodeo events between September and June. The BCHSRA has recently divided the province into two regions, the South Region and the North Region, with the Valemount rodeo being part of the South Region. The top eight contestants in each event from each region will qualify for the provincial finals in June, where students compete to earn prizes and scholarships. The top four competitors in each event qualify to participate in the National High School Rodeo Finals held in the USA in July. In August, the top five competitors will also qualify for the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals held in Virden, Manitoba this year. Any student in Grade 8 to Grade 12 can compete in the Valemount rodeo, and locals can register even if they are not members of the BCHSRA. Entry fee is $25 per event. There will be no charge at the gate for spectators.

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alemount resident Vincent Clark is a Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb Stock King, Mod King and King of Kings, a Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) racer of the year, X-Games Silver Medallist, a two time BC Snowmobile Federation racer of the year, and winner of countless RMSHA high points championships. With this list of impressive wins under his belt, Team Ski-doo racer, bib number 156, is a worthy competitor. Vinnie Clark started his 2010 RMSHA race season in Preston, Idaho where he reminded the competition he didn’t drive his race sleds 23 hours across North America to back down from the stiff competition. Clark won first place in Pro 1000 stock and Stock King. Throughout the 2010 RMSHA season, Clark consistently placed in the top five at every race, not letting the five hour drive to Edmonton, the long days going through customs, and layovers give the American racers an upper hand. With a second place finish (only 32 points short of first) in Pro 1000 Improved, placing fourth in Pro 1000 Stock and Pro 800 Mod in the RMSHA points Championships, Clark’s RMSHA season was yet again a successful one. The Snow Devils 35th Annual World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson Hole, an event that draws over 10,000 spectators, this year reclaimed its reputation as being the toughest hillclimb event in North America. If summiting Snow Kings steepest ski run that rises 1,500 vertical feet above the town of Jackson Hole WY and ascends to nearly a 45-degree angle isn’t extreme enough for you, then add one of Jackson Hole’s smallest snow fall seasons into the mix. The hill that already provides its usual challenges of tough gates, other competitor’s ruts and the chance of losing control and tumbling 100’s of feet back down the mountain, was loaded with ice, mud and exposed rocks. Clark rallied to the challenge and took second place in Pro 800 Stock and a fifth in Pro Open Modified and was also the only Canadian to race in the finals. This year he was honoured with a request that equalled the pride of his King of Kings win. Clark was asked to carry the Canadian flag in the opening ceremony that was dedicated to a former King of the Hill, respected competitor, and someone Clark called a friend. Rick Ward, Number 7X, died at the age of 47 in a tragic motorcycle accident on September 1, 2009. His sudden death rocked the Jackson Hole Snow Devil and RMSHA “family” and to honour Rick and his family, they dedicated the 35th Annual World Championship Hillclimb in Rick’s name. Even though competition is intense among racers, at the end of the day each racer is someone who Clark respects and calls a friend. The comradeship is a refreshing sight. Not many people see first hand the disappointment Clark experiences when defeated, but he is always one of the first to shake hands with the competitors and playfully joke by saying “I should have taken that line.” When you ask Clark if he plans on racing in 2011, he might give you an uncommitted answer, followed by some sort of inaudible mumble. He definitely wouldn’t miss the 5:00 a.m. flights, or having to operate his business, Alpine Country Rentals, from afar. But he would miss the competition, and his race “family.” If the competition does happen to meet Ski-doo racer #156, Vinnie Clark, in the 2011 race season, they better be prepared for some stiff Canadian competition. SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEMS




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Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 7:00 p.m., Robson Valley Community Centre You are invited to attend the McBride Community Forest Corporation’s Annual General Meeting/Public Information Meeting. All members of the public are encouraged to attend. Get information regarding: •MCFC structure and legal matters •2009 Financial statements and accounting practices •Plans for 2010

For more information please contact: Marc von der Gonna • General Manager McBride Community Forest Corporation Phone (250) 569-2229

Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER? DO YOU HAVE SPARE TIME YOU'D LIKE TO FILL? LOOKING FOR A WORTHY CAUSE? DO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU! If you have some spare time and are looking for a fulfilling and uplifting volunteer experience - we invite you to join the Board of Directors of the Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society. We are looking for ambitious, energetic folks who would like to contribute their skills and expertise to a wonderful cause. If you are interested please send your resume to Mr. Jim Stewart, Chairman, Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society, P.O. Box 598, Valemount, B.C. VOE 2ZO or call 250-566-4770 for more information.

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Unfortunately, most orphanage-schools only run for the school year, so children are left to fend for themselves for the other months of the year until the doors reopen. For families like the one Barbara is from, it becomes more difficult. One child has a very hard time finding family members to take them in when life is such a burden already. Remember Barbara was one of five siblings - what relative wants to feed that many extras? Barbara jokes as she tells about the hardships she and her family endured; “that is the only thing that kept us going, being able to laugh at our circumstances.” This group believes that “every child is entitled to a safe home environment where hunger, sexual abuse, and general homelessness is not present.” Siyabonga will strive to bridge this gap. The dream is happening now, from the generous giving of the people of the Robson Valley. Through generous one time gifts and committed sponsorship money these 20 children have

a stable home that is nourishing for both the body and the soul. Life for these kids will be about more than just surove in action is an amazvival and success, but about ing thing. Once true love living a life of purpose. The has changed a life, it leads executive of the Village are that life to change others. As having their lives changed in a result of the love changing the process of working with their lives some former Afrithe next generation. Henry can Children’s Choir (ACC) was able to meet some of participants want to give the people from the Robson back to live the Siyabonga Valley when he came to Mc[thank-you]. Bride. Furinda, the cook, has Having faced the hardships just received a donated elecof life as an orphan, these tric sewing machine thanks young adults are striving to this exposure. Barbara is to go the extra mile as they helping Furinda finish her foster the lives of 20 young tailoring course, and now she people. Barbara, who we sews clothes for the children, learned about in the previbesides being their regular ous story, began early. “While cook. Prossy, Jordan’s wife, I was travelling with the ACC fills in one day a week so I made a point to save the alFurinda gets a break. lowance money I got every Most of the 20 children month and with some friends have a parent, but it’s more I was able to raise enough to often the orphans who are buy four acres of land and well taken care of, and strugstart constructing the house gling families are left in the we live in right now.” dust. Many of the children Barbara has two adopted are doing well in their studboys and 10 pre-teens from ies. The kids have much ACC that don’t have acceptcatching up to do in their edable homes to return to when ucation and are being homenot in boarding school five schooled. The executive are months of the year. striving to expose them to many trades so they may choose a skill they’d like to become well educated in, such as agriculture, baking, tailoring, bricklaying and carpentry, to name just a few. Having a child that’s The Regional Parks Plan has been revised! Join the Regional given a chance like this is a huge bonus for the District of Fraser-Fort George to hear about updates to the whole family; and the Regional Parks Plan and share your comments and suggestions love multiplies. at open houses in McBride and Valemount. Mark and Irene are returning to Africa on a short term trip, to meet all 20 children. Megan McBride Harstead will be joinTuesday, June 1, 2010 • 6:00 to 8:00 PM ing in and experiencing humanitarian work first The Evangelical Free Church Hall hand. Call 250-569-2561



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Notice is hereby given that a public hearing into Temporary Industrial Use Permit No. 142 will be held:

INVITATION TO TENDER Sidewalk Replacement

At the June 17, 2010 Board Meeting, staff will be seeking the Board’s consideration of the return of the following properties, held by Regional District of Fraser-Fort George through Land Tenures, to the Crown. Reversion of the lands to the Crown is being considered as there are no known Registered Non-Profit community groups expressing an interest in assuming management of these properties.

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Dunster Community Hall 7085 Read Road Dunster, BC Temporary Industrial Use Permit No. 142 is proposed to allow a cement plant with associated aggregate screening and crushing on the subject property for two years. The property is legally described as the South East ¼ of District Lot 7154 Cariboo District except Plan 22669. The property is located on the south side of McBride Hwy 16 East, along Croyden North Road. The owners are Albert, Sylvia, Michael and Norman Lorenz.

The Village of McBride invites tenders for Sidewalk Replacement in various locations within the Village of McBride. Scope of work includes the following: a) b) c) d)

1.Carr Road, located in Tete Jaune Cache, Electoral Area H Part of the Southwest ¼ of District Lot 6005, Cariboo District. In 1998 there was interest by local area residents in developing this property for recreational purposes.

e) f) g)

2.Robson Valley Riding Club Property, Hinkelman Road, Dunster, Electoral Area H Block A of the Northwest ¼ of District Lot 7215, Cariboo District. In 1986 the Regional District was requested by local residents to obtain this Crown property for equestrian use.

At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed Temporary Industrial Use Permit shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. The hearing will be chaired by a Director of the Regional Board. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. Copies of the draft Temporary Industrial Use Permit, and other relevant background documents, may be examined at the office of the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, 155 George Street, Prince George, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., May 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, June 1, and 2, 2010 and at the office of the Village of McBride during regular office hours on the aforementioned dates. The Regional Board will consider issuance of Temporary Industrial Use Permit No. 142 at its regular meeting on June 17, 2010. Donna Belanger Planning Services


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Removing and disposing of old Sidewalks and extra Materials Some Concrete cutting and Jack Hammering will be required Framing, levelling and packing gravel Base Installation of four (4) inches of Concrete with mesh reinforcement at a minimum 30 MPA. Ends of sidewalks properly sloped to meet existing road, for wheel chairs Ends of sidewalks properly sloped to meet existing driveway accesses Broom finish, properly edged, with cuts every six (6) feet plus requested cuts Remove forms and clean up of area once sidewalk has cured Extra cement MUST be hauled away Concrete Construction a MUST Random testing will be taken and a 10% holdback will be held until satisfactory test results have been received.

In order for the Regional District to continue to hold Land Tenures with the Crown for the above noted properties, there must be a Registered Non-Profit community group(s) interested in entering into an agreement with the Regional District. These groups must be able to manage and operate the property for its intended use, as well as able to carry the required appropriate liability insurance coverage.

The work is to be completed prior to August 15, 2010 and references of previous concrete sidewalk installation experience and references must be provided.

Should there be any local Registered Non-Profit community groups interested in either of these properties, please contact Janice Metcalfe, Service Centre Leader, in writing, to the address given below, on or before June 4, 2010.

Sealed Tenders will be received by Robert Callaghan, Public Works Supervisor, Village of McBride, 100 Robson Centre-855 SW Frontage Road, McBride, BC up to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

Tender Documents will be available May 26, 2010. Tender Documents may be obtained from the McBride Village Office at 100 Robson Centre-855 SW Frontage Road, McBride BC during regular business hours. A mandatory site meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10:00 am at the McBride Village Office.

The lowest or any Tender will not necessarily be accepted. The Village of McBride reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Tenders.

Janice Metcalfe, Service Centre Leader Regional District of Fraser-Fort George 155 George St. Prince George BC V2L 1P8 Phone: 250-960-4400, Fax: 250-562-8676 Email:

For further information please contact: Robert Callaghan Village of McBride 100 Robson Centre-855 SW Frontage Road, McBride BC Phone: (250)569-3363 shop or leave message at (250) 569-2229 / Fax (250) 5693276

155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 Telephone: (250) 960-4400 Toll Free: 1-800-667-1959 Fax: (250)563-7520 Web:

Prince George, BC Fax: 250-562-8676

AUTOMOBILES 155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 Telephone: (250) 960-4400 Toll Free: 1-800-667-1959 Fax: (250)563-7520 Web:



1994 Jeep YJ. 4 Cyl, 5 speed, 196,000 km, hard-top and soft-top, 1/2 doors, new tires, studded winter tires on rims, no rust, very economical. $6000 obo. Call 250 5660090



1993 Chrysler Concorde. 190,000 km, excellent condition, V6 engine. Asking $1850 obo. Call Mike @780 931-6253




12.6 acres above Valemount on Hillside Drive. Power and phone on property. Gorgeous view of valley and $175,000. MAY 19 GTS Premiers. Call 780 405-8620 for 1998 Mercury Mystique. more info. For details go 4 door auto loaded, to (use 2 sets of good tires. code 1361). $2500. Call 250 569- MAY 26 2471 2000 Chrysler Intrepid. Very good shape. 4 summer tires, 4 studded winter tires $4000 obo. Phone 250 566-4555



CEDAR MILL FOR SALE McBride, BC. Over $1.4 mm in assets. Asking $850K US. Leases contingent to sale. Owner willing to consider some financing. Call Arthur Berry & Co. 1 208-336-8000


The Valley Sentinel Wednesday May 26, 2010 • 13 Main: 250.566.4425 | Toll-free: 1.800.226.2129 | E-mail: | Web: OBITUARY



In loving memory of our Dear Mother who passed away May 6th, 1975

APRIL 16, 1922 • MAY 23, 2010

You gave us years of happiness No one can take away A smile we will always remember, A voice we will always recall.

Memorial service for Gladys Barnes will be at 1 pm on Saturday May 29th, 2010 McBride E-Free Church in McBride Tea to follow In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charitable organization of your choice.



THE CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF MCBRIDE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Development Variance Permit No. 01/2010 Notice is hereby given that a public hearing for proposed Development Variance Permit No. 01/2010 will be held: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Rd McBride, BC The purpose of Development Variance Permit No. 01/2010 is to vary section 8.8 of Zoning Bylaw No. 579, 1999 to reduce the side setback requirement from five (5) feet to one (1) foot at the property legally described as Lot 14, Plan 21731, DL 5314 (1167 McBride Crescent). At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in the land to be affected by the proposed Development Variance Permit No. 01/2010 shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. Please note that emails cannot be accepted as written submissions. A copy of the Development Variance Permit application may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride, 100 Robson Centre-855 SW Frontage Road, McBride, BC, during regular office hours from May 24 to June 8, 2010. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer


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Newly renovated, conveniently located 6 bdrm, 2 storey log home on double lot in Valemount. 1280sq ft per floor, full basement. Brick fireplace, wood/ electric furnace, 21/2 bathrooms, master craft oak kitchen. Perfect for winter and summer tourism B&B accommodation. Don’t miss out on a great business opportunity. Call now 250 615-8457



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CN Apts - 1 & 2 bdrms $520 & $590/mth + hydro. Juniper Manor - 2 bdrms, all new cupboards & fixtures, fresh paint, new ceramic tile & wook laminate flooring, good storage & laundry hookups. $590/ mth + hydro, 1 Bachelor $400/month + hydro. Call Scott 250 5661569


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14 • Wednesday May 26, 2010 The Valley Sentinel

Activities to Entertain & Amuse CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU

About this photo Description: Herb Kelly in front of the Valemount Hotel. His family managed the hotel in the 1930’s

Date: 1930s Credits: Valemount Museum & Archives ID: 2003.17.58 Image: 138 of 155 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.

Horoscopes ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Bide your time, Aries, because change is on the horizon. You just need to have a little more patience. However, the outcome may not be what you expected. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, things are about to heat up and you could begin to feel overwhelmed in the next few days. You will have to struggle only for a little bit, though.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, relationships are strained and you’re called in to act as mediator. But you don’t relish the idea of acting as a referee. Be patient with the situation. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, it’s okay to take others’ advice once in a while. You don’t have to stand on your own merits every day. People already know that you are a strong person.

SAGITTARIUS-Nov 23/Dec 2 Sagittarius, you are in a festive mood, but others aren’t receptive to your jovial demeanor. Maybe you should postpone the festivities for another week.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, take your time going through your choices this week. Otherwise you may make a bad decision that you will regret later. An old friend is in town.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Don’t think about making any big changes in the next few days, Libra. Your personal life is about to turn topsy turvy and you will have a lot of choices to consider.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Start putting your money where your mouth is, Aquarius. There’s only so long you can bait a person and keep your catch on the line. Sooner or later he or she will get smart and leave. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Travel is in your immediate future, Pisces. You just won’t be sure if it will be a long adventure or just a day jaunt to get away.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You need a break, Cancer, but you don’t know from what. Analyze what is giving you the most stress and act on changing that situation. Money woes are forgotten.


SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You haven’t been feeling like yourself, Scorpio, and others notice the change. It could just be stress or you may be feeling a little restless. Hang in there.




CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you can’t make up your mind, how are you going to be able to convey your point to others? The next few weeks are busy and you won’t have much time for discussion.




Daytime Variable Condition cloudiness

Daytime Light Rain Condition

Daytime Cloudy with Condition showers

Daytime Cloudy with Condition showers

Daytime Variable Condition cloudiness

Daytime Scattered Condition showers

P.O.P. High Low Wind 24/Hr Snow

60% P.O.P. 11°C High 4°C Low Wind SE 5 km/h 24/Hr Snow 2-4 mm

40% P.O.P. 10°C High 3°C Low Wind SW 5 km/h 24/Hr Snow 2-5 mm

P.O.P. High Low Wind 24/Hr Rain

40% P.O.P. 15°C High 2°C Low Wind SW 10 km/h 24/Hr Rain 1-2 mm

70% P.O.P. 13°C High -1°C Low Wind W 15 km/h 24/Hr Rain 4-8 mm

40% 15°C 2°C E 5 km/h

60% 13°C 3°C N 5 km/h 2-5 mm

The Valley Sentinel Wednesday May 26, 2010 • 15


Irene Berndsen’s Featured Listings from the Robson Valley 1130 2nd avenue mcBriDe, BC

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• 3 bedroom rancher • Good location • Currently rented

Berndsen Sales Representative in McBride

Prince George This Week’s Featured listings are all from the Robson Valley

• Run & Own a growing and ‘green’ business • Bottle/Recycling depot • Everything you need to start your business!


1245 Dorval road mcBriDe, BC


NEW! 299,000




1020 Commercial Dr valemount, BC

• Cozy newer mobile • Approx. 2 scenic acres • Dore River access • Private, good find!

4065 mclennan road vvalemount, alemount, BC



• Over 12 acres minutes from Valemount • Solid Cedar log home with vinyl siding • Many outbuildings - fenced • Excellent value immaculate!

850 airport road mcBriDe, BC


1036 4th avenue mcBriDe, BC

• Large 1/3 acre lot • 35 x 40 engineered shop • Room to build your house





1102 4th avenue mCBriDe, BC

1245 2nd avenue vvalemount, BC

• large family home • full finished basement • good location affordable





• 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom • No wasted energy or space • Totally renovated • Immaculate


CELEBRATING GRADS Advertisers call to get your ads In. Valemount Secondary School Graduation is June 5th, 2010 Advertising deadline is May 26th Feature will be published June 2nd McBride Secondary School Graduation is June 26th, 2010 Advertising deadline is June 16th Feature will be published June 23rd

Call Sharon to reserve your space today! 250.566.4425 | 1.800.226.2129

• Completely renovated shows like new • Spacious two bedroom - one level • Excellent town location - must be seen

16 • Wednesday May 26, 2010 The Valley Sentinel RE/MAX Centre City • 1679 15th Avenue • Prince George BC V2L 3X2 • 1-250-562-3600

The Right Agent... For Today’s Market. 521 Main Street, McBride, BC - New commercial complex - Finished 7000 sq ft - Excellent location - Three phase power - Lease space available - Call for details!


100 Mountainview Road, McBride, BC


14510 Blackman Rd, Tete Jaune Cache, BC

- Country family home - Six bdrms, two baths - Excellent gardens and lawns - Large truck shop - 17.8 view acreage

3709 Hinkelman Road, McBride, BC



- Immaculate home - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom - Large attached garage - Paved yard, nice trees - Wheelchair ramp - Large 3/4 acre corner lot



- Private horse farm - Immaculate family home - New 3 stall barn with loft - New garage and shop - Excellent location

361 Dominion Street, McBride, BC


13292 Bunbury Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC


- Nice executive home - With shop on 3 lots - Immaculate estate sale - Natural wood craftsmanship - Priced to sell

- Spacious 3 bedroom mobile - Nice one acre lot - Perfect location - Priced right


- Beautiful home - Bright and open - Five bedrooms - Large corner lot - Excellent gardens - Central location

- Nice house on two lots - Good garden & lawns - Setup for assisted living - Or 3 bdrm family home - Excellent Location


831 Bridge Road, McBride, BC

- Awesome building lot - Road & water in - Perfect for walk out plan - Treed with cleared sites - Excellent location

1097 5th Avenue, McBride, BC

1155 3rd Avenue, McBride, BC

2345 Westlund Road, McBride, BC

Lot 19, Mica Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC

835 Beaven Crescent, Valemount, BC



- Prime 217 acre parcel - Riverfront property - Partially treed - Farmland or pasture - Good access & views


- Excellent location - Nice home & shop - New sundeck & bathroom - Private semi treed yard - Garden spot

- Home & acreage - Semi treed 37 acres - Large 4 bdrm home - Shop & barn - Excellent location



1890 Koeneman Road, McBride, BC

2300 Westlund Road, McBride, BC

Mountainview Road, McBride, BC

- Log home with truck shop - Fenced and cross fenced - Set up for horses - Backs on Fraser River - Excellent condition


- Nice getaway property - Immaculate older mobile - Fenced yard and lawns - Excellent location - Four bedrooms w/family room

Each office independently owned and operated.

Data is from sources believed to be reliable but accuracy is not guaranteed.

934 5th Avenue, McBride, BC

- Beautiful property - Mountainside cottage - Tastefully decorated - Awesome views - Treed 10 acre lot - Year round mountain stream

- Immaculate home - First time on market - Excellent location - Oak kitchen - Detached garage


250-981-5742 or 250-569-0125 or Toll Free: 1-877-732-5767 • McBride, valeMount, and area

Al Miller

The hard-Working nice guy

Valemount Spring Festival


28 – 30, 2010

Celebrate Spring Time! Celebrate Nature! Celebrate the Festivities!

Come out and join us as we learn, explore, and play on trails around Valemount. Whether you prefer to walk, hike, paddle, float, run or ride your ATV, there will be something for everyone—young and old. Most events are by donation. Proceeds go towards development and maintenance of the Cranberry Marsh and surrounding trails.

Friday, May 28, 2010 Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre Birding 101: 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Welcome Reception with Blue Syntax: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm. Cash bar and complimentary appetizers will be provided. Many prizes to be won.

Saturday, May 29, 2010 Swift Creek

Swift Creek Salmon Run: 11:00 am 10 km and 4 km run on the Swift Creek trail.

Cranberry Marsh

Marsh Meander: 10:00 am. Meet at the base of the north Lookout Tower. The Stake-Out: 10:00 am–2:00 pm along the dike. Paddle Like a Duck: Cancelled this year due to the water levels Smolts Run: 2:00 pm This is a free run for the kids. Kid’s Quarters: 11:00 am–3:00 pm Plenty of fun activities for the kids. Artists En Plein Air: 10:00 am–2:00 pm As you walk around the marsh, you will see some of our local artists creating original paintings, which will be given away as door prizes at the Saturday evening dance.

Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting Co,

Fraser River Float Trip: 8:45 am. Just register by Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Payments can be made at the Village of Valemount Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm or between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm (cash, cheque, debit and credit cards accepted). Shuttle will leave at 8:45 am. Fee: $45+GST (this price includes shuttle service from Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre to Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting, and back).

It is recommended that you purchase a Robson Valley Eco-Guide to take with you on your excursion. EcoGuides will be available to purchase at the Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre.

Saturday, May 29, 2010 Valemount Pines Golf & Country Club

Charity Golf Tournament: 9:00 am Fees include 18 holes scramble golf, lunch, dinner, and lots of prizes. Tee off is at 9:30 am. Fee: $65.00 including tax. To register please call CIBC 250.566.4483. Registration deadline is May 21, 2010.

Tete Jaune Cache

Mile 53 Ghost Town Hike: 1:00 pm Meet at 1:00 pm at the Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre and we will carpool to Tete Jaune Cache.

Valemount Community Hall

Concert and Dance Doors open at 8:30 pm, 9:00 pm–1:30 am. Admission $15.00. Dance the night away to the rockin’ sounds of earthbound! Tickets can be purchased at Infinity Office and Health or at the door. Concession, cash bar and shuttle service home by donation will be available.

Sunday, May 30, 2010 Cranberry Marsh

Marsh Meander: 10:00 am. Meet at the base of the north Lookout Tower. The Stake-Out: 10:00 am–2:00 pm Meet along the dike.

Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre

Packsaddle Creek Hike: 10:00 am Meet at the the Valemount Visitor and Interpretive Centre and we will carpool to the trailhead.

Staging Area (Please visit our website for location details) ATV Ride: 10:00 am . This is a 55 km round trip ride taking you to the top of a beautiful mountain with breathtaking views. Please contact VARDA at 250.566.4817 for further information. Please note: Completing the full length of the trail is dependent on the snow levels. The ride distance and/or location may be changed prior to the ride.

SPONSORS Best Western Valemount Inn & Suites The Loose Moose Pub Chalet Continental Hotel The Gathering Tree Valemount Hotel Valemount Pines Golf Course & R.V. Park

Sarak Restaurant China House Restaurant Home Hardware Valemount Valemount Sporting & Clothing Bumper to Bumper Shell Mighty Mart

For more information or to register: Email: Phone: 250.566.3335

Volume 25 Issue 21  

May 26, 2010 Edition of The Valley Sentinel Newspaper.

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