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The Rocky Mountain Goat caught up to our Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer when he visited Valemount and McBride on Wednesday, September 6. “Often we go to different places and talk to mayor and council. Those are good conversations too, but we just wanted to have more of an informal kind of sit down and take any issues [...] back to Ottawa or just chat,” said Zimmer. Zimmer said as an MP he has been advocating for the natural gas and forestry industry. “Natural Resource and Development is probably my biggest focus and I just heard a few comments this morning about Kinder Morgan and how much it would benefit Valemount if it was to proceed,” he said, of the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline. In Ottawa he is the chair of the BC Conservative Caucus, which has 13 members including senators. “We’re just having some meetings next Monday on how to talk about strategizing how to keep BC prosperous in the future,” he said. “I bring together different groups to work on BCspecific issues [and] bring those issues back to Ottawa,” he said. Zimmer is also the vice chair of Families, Children, Social Development and Human Resources committee.

“There are a bunch of different roles there,” he said. He is also the chair of the National Prayer Breakfast. Zimmer said he’s very happy with the Conservative Party’s new leader Andrew Scheer. “I supported him on his leadership bid,” he said. “Rona (Ambrose) was a great leader and I wanted someone that carried on with a bit of a softer edge. More compassionate, wear your heart on your sleeve kind of guy, Andrew is that type of guy.” He is pleased to hear that the ski hill has received permits and that construction could begin relatively soon. “I know a lot of us are anxious to see the equipment start to move. It’s going to be a beautiful ski hill when it is developed; one of the largest glacial ski hills in North America,” he said. He’s excited to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau out for the grand opening of the resort if not for the groundbreaking construction. “It is going to be quite the place to come to on Mount Trudeau,” said Zimmer. “It will be great for Valemount and the community.” When asked if he was rankled by the fact the resort will be partially located on the mountain named after Justin Trudeau’s father, Zimmer responded, “There are certain things that go beyond politics. The fact that the mountain is named after his dad is good, and it’s good for him. I think we need to highlight that and make it a positive.”

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CAROL ANNE WORTH (nee Conley) March 14, 1950 to August 28, 2017 With great sadness, we announce the passing of Carol on August 28, 2017 at the age of 67. Survived by her loving husband, Jock, daughters, Tannis, Robin and Terri, son, Duffy (Heather), grandchildren, Nicholas, Chase, Abby, Macgregor, and Rose, sister, Susan (Cecil), brother, Michael (Michelle), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. Predeceased by her parents, Ronald “Irish” and Alice. A service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the McBride Evangelical Free Church, 135 Lonsdale Street, McBride, B.C. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the McBride and District Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McBride and District Hospital Auxiliary.

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Soldiering on: Enrolment drops at McBride Elementary by Andru McCracken

With just 73 students in the school, staff layoffs as result, and an early surge in viruses making the rounds, this is not the high point of McBride Elementary School’s history. In fact, Principal Kairyn Russell-Janecke is hoping it is the low ebb. “This is our dip in the rollercoaster ride and we hope to emerge out of that,” said Russell-Janecke. “Right now we are looking at 73 students. Today at 8:59 we’re looking at 73.” Russell-Janecke is upset about the layoffs. “It is terrible in a small town. If you are an educator it’s not like you go to another school,” she said. “Even Valemount is an hour away. You have to think about commutability. “We have experienced a decline in enrolment, as did Valemount at one point and Mackenzie. We hope that this is just our dip.” To make matters worse there is also an early start to illnesses spreading through the student population.

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She said it is more focused on “the doing and understanding.” “You can know a lot, but if you can’t do anything with it, how useful is it?” she said. “They are wanting kids to be able to demonstrate understanding in deeper and deeper ways.”

Principal starts year optimistic at McBride Secondary by Andru McCracken

Principal Derrick Shaw said things are shaping up for a great year at McBride Secondary School. Enrolment is steady at 68 students, and that means they will have the same number of staff to work with this year as last. A new curriculum is giving his teachers even greater flexibility to deliver student-focused classes, he said. He said running a school with so few kids is a challenge, but with each challenge comes opportunities, and his teaching staff are ready to take advantage of it.

Valemount Secondary on the upswing

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Principal Dan Kenkel expected to see a drop in school population this year after a particularly large class graduated. But there are 80 kids in the school already. “I’ve been at the helm during a period of decline,” said Kenkel. “Every year it’s been shrinking classes, options, electives, reduced budget. Everything is down down down. That has been a difficult thing to have to manage. It’s difficult to stay positive and look for the mindset required to adapt.” He said that the adversity has made his staff both resilient and dynamic. “We have learned to duck and weave as the school population declined,” he said. “It is that lean and mean mentality. We are skilled and ready to adapt to change.” That being said, he’s happy the school is finally growing. “We’re in a period of transition to a new curriculum. We’ve transitioned into it for Grade 8 and Grade 9,” he said. “That again gives us more flexibility, new ways of looking at student learning.” The new curriculum means classes are less content based, and more about teaching kids the skills they need to learn things themselves. “If a student is interested in learning a particular topic, we make that part of their school learning,” he said. “We’re already very creative in the courses we deliver to kids.”

He said that the new BC Curriculum is going to help. “It is a good time for us to make a change in education,” he said. “The new curriculum is going to meet the challenges better than the old system. He said students will be fundraising to take another trip to Mexico to build a house. The last trip two years ago was a big success. “I think it allows them to appreciate what we have,” said Shaw of the trip. “They look at what we have and realize how fortunate we are.” “We change the world for one family. The kids realize you can’t change the world period, but you change the

world for one family.” The school plans to use the community’s new trail system for the Terry Fox Run, and the track team, led by Karen Dube, has about one third of the student population enrolled. The school is also in the midst of creating a one stall all gender bathroom. He said it is just another bathroom anyone can use. “If there is someone that feels uncomfortable in a typical bathroom, this is available,” said Shaw. “No one will be labelled because they use it.”

New doctor, better care for McBride... and Valemount by Andru McCracken

At a time when medical facilities in many small communities are short-staffed, McBride and Valemount now have a full slate of doctors, said Dr. Ray Markham, chief of staff for the Robson Valley. “It’s unusual for rural BC,” said Markham. Markham said that the success is shared. “There are a whole bunch of factors at play here,” he said. “The communities have both been actively involved in the whole process.” He said it is as much about the recruitment drive as it is the nature of the communities that has helped draw new talent. He said the hospital teams and the health authority had been working hard to fill vacancies. Markham said health teams don’t just provide medical services to people, but also care about them.

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The new doctor Jonathan Tejada has just finished his residency in Prince George and has committed to a term of two years in the valley. Markham said it will have a big impact for all the doctors in the valley, and he looks forward to the stability. “We’ve been doing a lot of cross coverage. The docs in Valemount have been going over to McBride once a week and their doctor going over to Valemount, he said. “It’s disruptive for everybody. It’s disruptive for the staff in McBride and the patients in McBride always seeing a new face.” Markham said there are health benefits in having a single physician for your care. “We believe in longitudinal care and the importance of relationships and understanding the community and knowing people,” he said. “We have an opportunity to build that again.”

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Don’t flush just yet: the throne speech Leaders across BC should be jumping at the bit to work with the new provincial government. Over the last year I sat on the provincial board of Community Futures representing 34 rural economic development agencies. It is a good group. But at my last meeting with the group a month ago they were really pessimistic about the new government. They doubted the NDPs desire to serve rural areas. In the hour of need, the enterprising spirit leaves them. This pessimism echoed around coffee shops and village councils has the danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Politics is a game of opportunity. Those communities and regions that pitch projects that mesh with the direction of the new party will go far. And if our leaders and communities don’t shape up we will miss out on a golden opportunity to expand our economy and usher in a new era of growth. We all know the NDP hopes to ditch Site C. Will there be other projects to take its place? Wouldn’t geothermal fit the bill? The question is what is this new government trying to achieve and how does it fit with our hopes and dreams for Valemount and McBride? It is the same strategy we had under the Liberals: find out what their goals are and tell them in no uncertain terms how we can help. Regardless of your political bent, we all know intuitively that governments are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason. This new government is not beholden to their lobbyists yet; there are new opportunities that were not here just months ago. If you don’t think the NDP can achieve at the economy, you might consider what the Liberals did for the environment (especially at the beginning of their 15-year reign). It wasn’t long after the Liberals were first elected when they launched a world-leading carbon tax. I didn’t like it at the time (neither did you, I’ll bet), but it enabled BC to take some serious strides forward. Every year our communities benefit from that carbon tax. It funds infrastructure projects that, apart from making our communities a better place to be, also help us reduce carbon emissions. This came from the Liberals! How? Why? The Liberals were the only people who could have brought this forward. The NDP? Forget it. There would have been a general strike. Now the NDP have taken power. Their efforts to strengthen the economy will not be met with a backlash, but open arms. The NDP don’t have MLAs in our area so so our community leaders have a responsibility to be a conduit. We should remember we have one of the hardest working MLAs in the province on our side. Could this be a golden age? It’s possible. But only if we stop cawing and start working. I hope and expect Valemount and McBride council’s trip to UBCM this year to be incredibly fruitful. A new government needs help growing an economy. Let’s help them.

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Curling club vote is important I’d like to thank Nicki Forman for her letter in the Goat last week, bringing up some important questions regarding the upcoming vote on the Curling Club service. I agree with her – I too hope the voters take this issue seriously and try to inform themselves, and come out and vote on September 30th (or at the advanced vote on Sept 20th). I think it’s appropriate that the Regional District accepts a reasonable proposal that meets certain conditions, and puts it out for us to vote on – I think that is the very definition of democracy. But the Regional District has not been promoting the service, only giving information about the proposal, and the vote, as they are required to do by provincial legislation. Should each of us do our own research on the economic viability and social need of any proposal? I fully believe we should, and I encourage everyone to look at the study, and to ask questions if you think we’ve missed something. That is the purpose of the public meetings that are required before a vote like this. Mrs. Forman has a long list of expectations of what should be presented at public meetings, as is her right. The Curling Club has and continues to try to answer those questions and expectations, but please remember, the Club is run solely by volunteers, and many of us are burned out and we may not be up to the task of meeting her strict requirements for financial statements, business plans, projections, audits and reviews. We’d like to get there, and we plan to, if we can survive this very trying time. We would appreciate some help from someone who is as knowledgeable of finances as Mrs. Forman, and I’m sure she recognizes that even those with the most solid plans need a little help sometimes – her company received almost a quarter of a million dollars from the federal and provincial governments just a few years ago, to help train one third (40) of their employees, as stated in a government news release. That was our tax dollars too, and although I might have voted in favour of that proposal, I didn’t get a chance. The Curling Club has been struggling, both financially (that is why we recently started asking the Village for property tax exemptions, and why we got a grant to switch our lights to LED), and with volunteer burnout. This may be our last opportunity to keep this facility alive and available to the community. We need to replace our ice plant, and there are no grants available to us to do that. But we have worked hard with staff at the Regional District over the past 3 years to come up with a plan that will keep the Club open, and keep the cost to

you, the taxpayer, as low as possible. Our plans do not include a new or inflated source of revenue, we do not intend to be competition for other facilities in the community, either non-profit or private. We hope to continue to be an option that is available, when nothing else will suit – and we know there is a scarcity of usable indoor community spaces in the Valemount area. The budget we are asking for in the Feasibility Study will cover the minimums needed for upkeep and operation of the building. We may not need that full amount, as we will continue to do the fundraising that we’ve been doing all along, but this budget will give us the assurance that we can make it through a season before we start – we need to know we can pay our power bills and property taxes, and at the moment, those are very big question marks. As to the moral issue of whether you want your tax dollar to support a facility that is licensed, you of course must answer that yourself. The Curling Club in McBride is also licensed, and supported by their taxes, and we’ve seen many expanded opportunities for alcohol sales because of recent changes to BC’s liquor licensing. As with most licensed events, our lounge is a way for the Club to make money, and we don’t intend to change that, either by promoting it more (which would create competition), or by cutting back (which would lose money for us). The question of how the votes are considered should go to the Regional District and the Elections Officer, but as I understand it, it is just like voting for Council or your Area H Director. A failure to vote does not count as anything; it is simply the majority of the votes cast that will decide the outcome. How else might your tax dollar be needed in the future, and how will that affect your property taxes? Mrs. Forman raises great questions here, and I would hope we continue to get a chance to vote on proposals, as we do in this case. What are the consequences if the vote is defeated? The Club will likely have to close its doors, and all of the other activities and opportunities we’ve been developing and working towards will also be lost. It won’t be an obvious loss of jobs, as we are all currently volunteers. But I strongly believe it will be a significant impact on the quality of life we can offer here in Valemount, currently and in the future. Curling has been in Valemount since the 1960’s, and while we don’t currently have the numbers like back in our hey-day, curling is on the upswing here in Valemount, as well as nationally and around the world.

Mrs. Forman says that it has been easy for this referendum vote to be considered and promoted. We started with a request to the Regional District back in 2014, signed by 131 residents of Valemount and the surrounding area. I know how much work the Club and Regional District staff have put into it, ensuring we’ve considered all the options, and trying to address all the possible issues. At every step along the way, the Regional District Board has carefully considered the reports from staff and the Steering Committee. The Board has accepted the feasibility study, and passed first readings of the proposed bylaws in order to get to this point. Valemount Council has also considered the proposal, and has tentatively approved turning the land over to the Regional District, if the vote says yes to the proposal. It has not been easy, but I certainly do agree the vote should be taken seriously, and I hope all voters will educate themselves and come out and vote. Korie Marshall Valemount resident, and chair of the Curling Club Steering Committee

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A mountain-top liability by Andru McCracken

If you have ever been to the top of Canoe Mountain you probably noticed it. The building holds a massive antenna at the very top of the mountain. It is in a great location. It’s about 50 feet from a cliff that drops 1000 metres towards Kinbasket Reservoir. But time and visitors have been cruel to it, and now some residents are concerned. The building is open to the weather, doors and windows forced open by vandals, decorated with profane graffiti and strewn with trash. Once part of Canada’s transcontinental microwave communications system linking remote sites to telephone, it’s now an eyesore. Some locals would like to see it removed. Gary Forman wonders why the Ministry of the Environment isn’t taking action. “It’s an absolute mess up there. The doors are open, the birds are in there, the animals are there,” said Forman. “I cannot understand how the (Ministry of) Environment doesn’t get after these guys, if you or me did it we’d probably be in jail.” The top of Canoe Mountain is accessed by tourists,

notably ATVers during the summer. “I cannot understand how people can just walk away as we’re becoming more and more of a tourist destination,” Forman said. The next tower over, located on Pyramid mountain in Jasper, was taken down and the site remediated. Ken Nicholas used to run a snowmobile rental business and he was asked to guide some local members of a ham radio association up to the Canoe Mountain peak about 15 years ago. He said even then the building was in disrepair. Nicholas feels strongly that the tenure holder should clean up the site and restore it to its natural state. He remembers how another tenure holder was made to remove a trailer from a lower site on Canoe Mountain amid the promise of a gondola and resort on the mountain. “That’s what should be done with that piece of junk up on the mountain,” said Nicholas, “especially if they are not using it.” Nicholas doesn’t think the site would be useful as a safety cabin. “There is a limited amount of time you can get up there with a snowmobile,” said Nicholas.

Paul Caissie of Clearwater is one of the owners of TFRO Systems Inc., the tenure holder for the site. “This location along with a few others were acquired from the old trans-canada microwave relay operation by CN,” said Caissie in an email. “Fibre optics made these mountain-top locations essentially worthless.” He said he and his partner Dave Hatfield acquired the sites and, with the exception of Canoe Mountain, used them to deliver wireless internet. “In retrospect acquiring this site was a bit of an overreach for us and we would entertain donating it to some entity,” he said. “I am sure they’d love to give it to us,” said local outdoor recreationist Rudi Thoni. “If somebody really wants to put their heart into it they could put a restaurant up there, but in time it will become a real liability. Eventually somebody is going to ask the question, why is that thing still there.” Patricia Thoni, president of the Yellowhead Outdoor Recreation Association and wife of Rudi, hopes the current owners fix up the road to haul the building away. “The people that own that horrible disgraceful thing up there are responsible for taking it down,” she said. Further the state of the road is so bad she said she didn’t think most people would want to access it. “It’s turned into a pile of rocks,” she said of the road. “When we first moved here we could easily drive our vehicle up there, but it just hasn’t been maintained for many years.” Rudi Thoni said he has skied from the top of Canoe Mountain six or seven times in the 20 years he has been here. When he has, he used the building to get shelter from the wind to eat lunch, but he wouldn’t even consider going inside because of trash and the animals. Caissie said they would be up soon to re-secure the site before the snow flies.

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Equipment (Partial Listing) Tractors & Attachments: JD 4030 2WD Tractor • JD 48” Pallet forks Construction: Case 580C 2WD Back Hoe • MF 3165 Industrial Backhoe • (3) 94” Skid Steer Hyd Dozer Blade (unused) • 11 ft Dozer Blade • CAT D6C ROPS • (3) Cat Rails Classics, Collectables & Antiques: Early 1900’s Cleveland Crawler • 1928 Essex Super Six Vintage 4 Door Car • Horse Drawn 4 Wheel Fire Wagon • 1987 Mercury Cougar Drag Car • Horse Drawn Road Grader • Horse Drawn 4 Wooden Wheel Wagon • 1953 Buick Special Straight 8 • 1955 TD 5 Crawler Loader • 1929 Chevrolet Truck • 1968 Buick Wildcat Car • McCormick-Deering T20 • Democrat • Covered Wagon • 1948 Ferguson Vintage Tractor • 1956 IH 300 Loader Tractor • 1948 Farm-All Row Crop Tractor • IH S-120 Series Truck • Allis-Chalmers WD45 Loader Tractor • Allis-Chalmers WD45 Tractor • Ford Model T Eng & Trans • Antique Square Baler • (20+) Wagon Wheels • Old Auto-Bogin Sled • Antique Tractor for Parts • One Man Vintage Bucking Saw • Antique Dump Rake • Bale Stooker Cart & Fork Harvest, Haying & Tillage: Qty of Grain Drying Parts • Allied Auto Bale Stooker • JD 935 11.5 ft Discbine • 40 ft Folding Diamond Harrows 3 PT, Lawn & Garden: 3 PT HD Wood Chipper (unused) • Farm King 73” 3 Pt Snowblower • Farm King 3 PT 7 ft Disc • PZ 2000 Swath Turner • 20 ft HD Bi-Parting Wrought Iron Driveway Gates • Craftsman Lawn Tractor • Custom Built Log Splitter • Estate Pull Type Sprayer • Ford 7 ft Sickle Mower • 20 ft Entrance Gate • JD 7 ft Sickle Mower • 3 PT Ripper • Craftsman Lawn Tractor

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Vehicles: 1982 Toyota 2WD Diesel Pickup • 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Ext Cab 4X4 • 1997 F-150 Lariat Ext Cab 4X4 • 1988 Dodge Ram Charger 4X4 SUV • 1991 Chev 1500 Cheyenne Reg Cab 4X4 • 1967 Ford 850C T/A Dump Truck Trailers: 36 ft Tri/A Gooseneck Trailer • 2005 29 ft T/A Flat Deck Trailer • 1000 Gal S/A Water Trailer • Shop Built S/A Trailer Frame Recreational: 1999 Sea Breeze T/A Holiday Trailer • 1973 Honda Trail CT 70 Motorcycle • 1975 Ski-Doo Elan 250 Snowmobile Bins, Buildings & Material: 30x65x15 ft Peak Ceiling Double Door Storage Building (unused) • 20x30x12 ft Peak Ceiling Storage Shelter (unused) • 8x10 ft Twin Wall Green House • 8x10 ft Twin Wall Green House • 16x22 ft Marquee Event Tent • 10x10 ft Commercial Instant Pop Up Tent • Qty of Rough Lumber Livestock, Feed & Equipment: 15” Rawhide Saddle • HiQual Squeeze Chute Shop & Tools: 8800 LB HD 2 Post Auto Lift (unused) • (2) 10 ft 20 Drawer HD Metal Work Bench (unused) • HD Warehouse Shelving Racks (unused) • HD Tire Changer (unused) • HD Wheel Balancer (unused) • 50T Hyd Shop Press (unused) • 1000 Gal Propane Tank • A-Frame Engine Hoist • Wisconsin 5 KW Generator • 5500W Generator • Industrial Air Compressor • Water Jacket Wood Heater • 12V ATV Winch • Portable Shop Engine Hoist • Jack-All • Quad Ramp • Qty of Shop Items & Tools • Older Tap & Die Set • Gas Pressure Washer Other: Irrigation Pipe and Sprinklers • (2) 20 ftx16” Unused Black Plastic Culverts • 2” Gas Sprinkler Pump and Suction Hose • Pig Roasting Cooker • Large Qty of Household Items & Furniture

To Consign Call Corey @ 780-898-5600

Horse Drawn 4 Wheel Fire Wagon

1928 Essex Super Six Vintage 4 Door

John Deere 935 11.5 ft Discbine

John Deere 4030 2WD

Case 580C 2WD Back Hoe

36 ft Tri/A Gooseneck Trailer

1948 Ferguson Vintage Tractor

Covered Wagon

1999 Sea Breeze T/A Holiday Trailer

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Mount Robson

Marathon

Tete Jaune Lodge

Dine on the Robson Marathon banks of the Mount adjusts after flash flooding Fraser River! by Jean Ann Berkenpas

Riverside Restaurant

Fall Hours

Located 21 km North of Valemount on Hwy 16 www.tetejaunelodge.com 1-866-566-9815

McBride Employment Services

Dinner Wed-Sun 5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday Brunch 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We provide the following services in McBride: • Case Management • Computer and Internet Access • Employment Consulting • Job Board • Job Search & Job Start Supports • Photocopier, Fax and Phone • Resource Board

942 Third Ave McBride, BC [email protected] Bridget Uhl or Beth Dubeck 250-569-2266

• Self Employment • Training Support • Wage Subsidy • Workshops

Funded in whole or in part through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement

The Mount Robson Marathon experienced another year of growth and was a big success due to the strong community support behind it. This year all 500 spots were full before race day, with waiting lists for the Ultra and Half Marathons. Despite a stormy forecast and a local power outage during package pick-up the night before (which we worked through with headlamps), most runners still showed up keen to take on the run Saturday morning. Thunderstorms and heavy rain the night before and morning of the race, resulted in flash flooding in and around the Kinney Lake area. Some knee deep puddles and creek crossings popped up that did not exist the day before. Volunteers adjusted on the fly, by rerouting a section of the Ultra to higher ground, and the BC Parks Rangers at Berg lake set up a warming stop at Hargreaves shelter in case if runners needed it. The runners seemed to embrace the challenge, and set record times despite the soggy conditions and slightly longer course (due to the aforementioned reroute). The top two runners in the 50km Ultra Marathon finished in under four hours beating the previous course record. Piotr Babis won the Ultra with a time of 3:57:05, followed closely by Francois Dagenais-Cote. Ian McIlvenna, the overall winner in 2014, finished 3rd overall and 1st in the 40+ category. On the women’s side Johanna Wick from Prince George

won with a time of 4:54:10, followed by Erin Woodrow in 2nd and Lynsey Romano in 3rd. The record for the women’s category set by Michelle Katchur-Roberts in 2015 still stands at 4:41:27. Some notable local finishers include:

Ultra Marathon

Top local finisher was Michel Tremblay from Jasper in 25th overall with a time of 5:14:11

Half Marathon

Shaelyn Jackson (Valemount) was the top local finisher in 6th in the female 19-39 category, followed closely by Jenna Jackson (Jasper) in 7th and Miwa Hiroe (Valemount) in 9th. Dustin Winzer (Valemount) was 9th in the male 19-39 age group.

Kinney Lake 12k

Dan Lausen (Jasper) was 4th in the male 40+ category Lindsay McLellan (Jasper) 3rd in the Female 19-39 category Meagan Taphorn (McBride) 4th in the Female 19-39 category

Flatlander 5k

Isis Hiroe of Valemount, 7th overall in the Flatlander 5k and the only youth (she is 8!) She ran the race with her grandma, Catherine Hiroe and they finished together. Catherine Hiroe and Gail Burbidge (both of Valemount) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Female 40+ age group. We had 45 volunteers, plus many incredible community sponsors come out to support the event. It is great to have such a strong team behind the race!

Fa Vio To Jea an

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Tourist wins Mount Robson Marathon

Piotr Babis set a new record in the Ultramarthon. While rain and wet made things treacherous on the way down, he said the cool temperatures were a positive. /ANDRU MCCRACKEN

by Andru McCracken

ar left: Isis and her grandmother Catherine took part in the 5km race and finished together. Top middle: olet Crowley took first place, followed by Rylie Romano and Halle Isaak in the girls race ages 5 and 6. op right: Keegan and Stephanie Loxam slow to cross the line as a family. Centre middle: Race organizer an Ann Berkenpas kept the races running smoothly, despite many obstacles. Lower Middle: Cool weather nd rain didn’t stop the racers from having a great day. /ANDRU MCCRACKEN

Piotr Babis said the point of his trip to BC this year was really just to see Mount Robson. During a hiking trip in June 2016 he only went as far as Kinney Lake because the visibility was so low and it was raining. “I was really disappointed, I couldn’t see the mountain at all,” said Babis. Babis came back, and did so in style, winning the Mt. Robson Marathon’s 50km Ultra. He was disappointed to wake up to rain in the morning, but during the course of the race he was able to get a visual on the lower part of the mountain and also win first place with a record-breaking time. “The views were pretty good at the end, you could see the glacier,” said Babis. “I couldn’t see the whole mountain but the glacier and the lake were close enough.” Babis isn’t a stranger to running; he came fresh off a win from the 100km Iron Legs competition in Bragg Creek. Babis was surprised to learn he broke the record.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the record, I was just tried to run as fast as I could; the conditions were not perfect,” he said. “At least it was cool. So that was a good part of the conditions we had.” Babis said two fast opponents kept him running hard. “They set a good pace and that helped,” he said. He said he had to slow down on the downhill, but that is where he took the lead from his fellow races. “I’m sure I could have gone much faster but it was super slippery so I had to be careful,” he said. Asked if he would return next year to get the full view of Robson and glacier, Babis said he is soon relocating to Australia, but would one day like to return and see the whole mountain. If you want to see some of the other amazing places Babis has run check out his instagram account: @iron_explorer. Babis hopes his multiple wins will help him attract some sponsors to help him continue running.

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers!

We couldn’t have run without you! Isis Hiroe with her grandma Catherine Hiroe in the 5k race

The Mount Robson Marathon would like to thank the following sponsors, community members and volunteers for their contribution towards a successful 7th annual Mount Robson Marathon!

Dianne and Vern Mickelson Whisper Creek Log Homes Mount Robson Lodge Mount Robson Whitewater Running Room Infinity Office and Health

Sponsors:

Volunteers & Supporters

Tourism Valemount BC Parks Totem Jasper ski shop Caribou Grill Robson Helimagic Yellowhead Helicopters Three Ranges Brewing Cafe Mt Robson Best Western Plus Valemount Inn & Suites Adventure Management Valemount Swiss Bakery Quartz Contracting Cliff Jackman Contracting Ltd. Wild Mountain Jasper Lole Jasper

Helen Payne Rosa Hogg Nina Grigat Neysa Weatherbee Dean, Lorelei and Zach Schneider Dawne Watson Hannah Britain-Faster Ross McKirdy Peggy Hubley Tom Jamin Art Carson Elizabeth Pilcher Barb Janzen Ian Woolsey

Ruby Hogg Miwa Hiroe Kyla and Maia Hoogers Karrie Iselmoe Chris Dolbec Rachel Thorpe Karen Doughty Paul Johnson Jean and Terry Froescul Jim and Terry Stuart Wendy Dyson Bruce Wilkinson Dr. Herman Keyter Vern Mickelson Jennifer Robinson Danny Roberts Patricia Thoni Elliott Ingles and the BC Parks Rangers Jimmy Berkenpas Mike Berkenpas Michael Campbell-Burns The Old Timers Band Robson Valley Search and Rescue

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Tournament a time to remember those lost by LAURA KEIL

Bringing the community together in a positive way in the face of tragedy that was the impetus behind the first Joey Lussier Memorial Kickball Tournament weekend. When Jacki Lussier lost her husband Joey, she says it meant a lot to see the community rally behind her. “I know how much it helped me to see the community come together when I needed it,” she says. “I want to share that when people are in need themselves.” Lussier has made the tournament an annual event, with the fundraiser now in its third year. The money raised is now dispersed to other people in need. Last year the money raised went to Jennifer Martens, who used the money for treatment but who died of cancer at the end October. Lussier says this year the money is being placed into an account for the next person who needs treatment or who has experienced tragedy. “We’ll have some cash up front to help that person in need,” Lussier says. It’s not just Joey in the hearts of those who participated last weekend. All four teams were named in honour of loved ones lost - Team Lussier after Joey, The Tijuana Kickers named in honour of Martens and Dommer Doos team A & B named after Dominic Meek. Lussier says it looks like the event will become a memorial weekend for many people. Some 50-60 people came out for this year’s event despite soggy weather. That included four teams. The winning team was Team Lussier and second place went to Dommer Doos team B. Teams had to brave a new event this year - a silly relay race which included such things as wheelbarrows, skis, and pin-the-tail on the picture. Lussier, who is the main organizer, doesn’t yet have a full tally of money raised. She says other important volunteers this year include Roxanne Martens, and Reg and Staci McNee.

Zahna Tinsley and partner did their best to compete in silly relay race, but things got a little silly. / ANDRU MCCRACKEN Below: Fast action at the kickball tournament. / LAURA KEIL

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Hot Water Seeds A few weeks ago, I told about treating tomato seeds by fermenting them for three days and then washing and drying them before they begin to sprout. This is one process that helps keep the seed from carrying disease over from one year to the next. (Seed borne diseases) This week I would like to tell about another method one that is used by some seed companies and some serious seed collectors to get rid of bacterial disease-causing organisms. It is called the “hot water treatment”. When you use this method, it is really important to follow the instructions exactly or you may damage the seeds or fail to get rid of the “bad guys”. This treatment works well with the seeds of tomato, pepper, carrot, spinach, turnip, radish and other “crucifers”. Seeds of the “cucurbit” family such as cucumber, squash, zucchini, pumpkin, etc should not be treated with this method as they can be severely damaged in this process by the hot water. You will need the following: • Two containers (stainless steel pots) for the prewarming and the treatment. • Thermometer • Cotton cloth or nylon bags

• A screen for drying the seed. Wrap the seeds loosely in the cloth or nylon bag and tie a piece of string so the seeds will not come out. Prewarm the seeds for 10 minutes in water that is at exactly 100F (37C). Then place the seeds in the water bath that is precisely at the temperature on the chart below. You must have the exact temperature that is listed for that seed and keep the seeds submerged for the exact number of minutes stated. (Use a timer!) Otherwise you will damage the seeds and have low or no germination next year. When the time is up in the hot water bath, remove the seeds quickly and place them in cold tap water for five minutes to cool the seeds. When you have completed the hot water treatment, it is always good to do a germination test on a dozen or so seeds just to be sure you will have a good crop next year. Just place the seeds on a piece of damp paper towel and put it in a plastic bag on top of your fridge for a few days. In three or four days, you should see the beginning TYPE OF SEED Br Sprouts, cabbage, eggplant, spinach, tomato Brocc, cauliflower, carrot, kale, rutabaga, turnip Cress, mustard, radish Pepper Celery, celeriac, lettuce

Pete has lived, worked & gardened in the Dunster area for 35 years. He tries to deal with the “down to earth nuts and bolts of organic gardening” in his columns.

of sprouts on most seeds. Peppers and a few others take somewhat longer to sprout. Have patience, but if there is no sign of life after a few weeks, you may have immature seeds, or you didn’t follow the directions precisely and killed the seed. There may not be a lot of people who want to go through this process, but with good varieties of vegetables and flower seed becoming more expensive and more difficult to get, there seem to be a growing number of seed savers every year. The joy and feeling of independence I get by saving my own seeds seems well worth it to me! WATER TEMP °F 122 122 122 125 118

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Community Events

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Sun. Sept. 17 Terry Fox Run. Meet at 10am at the Best Western Hotel. Wed. Sept 20th Financial advice skype sessions, free 15 minute consultations, Valemount library, 5:30 -6:30pm, call to book 250-566-4367 Thurs. Sept 21 Sports Registration night (Hockey, Figure Skating , Gymnastics, and Brownies) and Valemount elementary school open house 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Valemount Elementary School. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and treats! All welcome. Fri/Sat Sept. 22 / 23 VARDA Alpine Cleanup in the three main snowmobiling areas. Participants need ATV or side by side. Pre-cleanup meeting at 8pm Friday at the Best Western. Saturday will be spent in the field & Sat evening, VARDA will host everyone for a BBQ and Three Ranges Brewing Company refreshments! Sat. Sept 23 Yard Sale at Valemount New Life Centre in support of the food bank. 10am2pm. Treasures galore, bake table, soup/sandwich or chili/ bun with dessert, coffee, tea. Anyone wishing to donate contact Bobbi Roe 250-566-4687.

Sun. Sept 24 at 7pm The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will be shown on at the Community Theatre presented by the Valemount Arts and Cultural Society. In celebration of 10 years of theatre entertainment the tickets will be $10 per person. Sept 27th Legal skype sessions, free 15 minute consultations, next session 5:30 -6:30pm Valemount library, call to book 250-566-4367 Fri. Sept 29 - A Rafting Float Trip from Mount Robson Park to Robson Shadows Campground in celebration of World Rivers Day 10am meet at Mt. Robson Lodge. $25pp sponsored by the Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council and Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting. 1.5hour trip. Limited space. Call 250-569-8891 to register. Sat., Oct. 21st Bonnie Kilroe’s one woman show, Divas - Vegas meets Vaudeville. 8pm at the Valemount Legion. Tickets $25 avail. at the Legion and Infinity.

McBride Fri. Sept. 15 Meet and Greet with your local politicians (MLA, SD57 rep, Council & Regional District) 1-3pm at

the Robson Valley Community Centre. Sat. Sept. 16 Unreserved auction for Maurice and Isabelle Bonneville 10am McBride, BC. Farm equipment and more. Sat. Sept. 16 Robson Valley BCHBC 7th annual poker ride Hinkleman Road, McBride. Registration starts at 10 a.m.Dinner, prizes, cowboy poetry competition after ride! Participating riders: $20 (includes dinner)Info: Joette Starchuck (1-250-569-0078; [email protected])Eileen MacDonald (1-250-569-2324; [email protected]) Sun. Sept. 17 Terry Fox Run at McBride Secondary School. 11am (registration at 10:30am). Pledge sheets available at RV Essentials. Late Sept/Early Oct Fraser Heritage Festival in McBride and area. Various events TBA. Wed. October 4 Harvest Supper by the McBride and District Library and the Valley Museum and Archives:. Location and times TBA

Dunster Sat/Sun Sept 23th / 24th Three Valley’s Community

ONGOING EVENTS Church Saturdays 8:00am Prayer community 9:30am Bible study/Sabbath school 11:00am Worship service @ Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1075 Lamming Pit Road, McBride. Phone: 250-569-3370. Choir practice in McBride, 2pm; Mountain Chapel on Main St. All ages welcome. Questions? contact Barb (569-8882, [email protected] telus.net). Prayer meeting Wed 7pm at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1075 Lamming Pit Road, McBride. Ph: 250-569-3370. Valemount Anglican United Church 7th Ave and Cedar Street - 9am. 250-566-4587 / 250-5660034 McBride Anglican United Church 441 Dominion Street - Sunday @10:00am. Christian Science Services Dunster Sunday Worship @ 10:00am. Phone: 250-968-4349 Valemount Community Church - Informal gathering Sunday mornings in the basement of the library at 930am. Come share your testimony, bible study, sharing service and/or video sermon. Good Shepherd Catholic Church 3rd Ave and Elm Street Valemount. Sunday Mass @ 9am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and 4pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Ph: 250-566-4493. Valemount New Life Centre, Service at 10 AM. 1245 1st Avenue Valemount Mountain Chapel 299 Main street McBride Phone: 250-569-3350

St Patrick’s Catholic Church 197 Dominion street, McBride Phone: 250-569-2606

Every Monday 7:00-9:00pm Knitting @ Sandy Bernie’s House 835 Bridge Road, McBride.

Evangelical Free Church, McBride Worship @ 10:30 am. Ph: 5692378

The Valemount Scribblers creative writing group for all levels of writers. Most Thursdays 6:45pm-8pm. Like to write? Join us! 566-9121

Living Water Fellowship @ Jim & Cheryl Boos Place in Dunster. 250 968 4321 service 10 am Sunday. [email protected]

Sports Drop-in volleyball and badminton at Valemount Secondary gym. Volleyball Tuesdays 7-9 and badminton Thursdays 7-9 Drop-in volleyball Mondays 7-9 at the McBride Secondary School Gr 8 and up. Jodi Littlechild 250569-7899. Drop-in basketball for yrs 12 and up at McBride High School, Thurs 6-8pm. Free. Christine 250-5690090 Pickleball at the McBride High school, Wed 7-9pm. We will play every Wednesday that the school is open. Age range is high School students to adults. All equipment is provided. Bring runners and come try it out. For information call Sharron at 250569-2583. Drop-in Valemount Slo-Pitch. Sundays 6 - 9 PM. First drop-in $10 cost, then free. BYO bats and gloves. 250-644-7939

Clubs & Groups RVSS Adult Literacy group Games Day. Join us for games, refreshments and some laughs. Tues 1-3 in the afternoon. 942 3rd Ave., McBride. 18+

Music Jam. Tuesdays 7:00pm @ the McBride Library Annex. Want to learn new music? Tired of playing alone? Come out for bluegrass, folk, country, rock. Phone: Dave Marchant at 250569-2569. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group meets Tues @ the McBride Health Unit. 1126 5th Avenue 6:30pm. Council Meetings Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00pm in Valemount, and McBride. The Valemount Children’s Activity Society holds board meetings on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the centre. Tete Jaune Community Club monthly meetings at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of the month at the T-Jaune Community Hall Adventist Community Services meets Tues 1:00-3:00pm and 7:00-8:00pm @ the Seventh Day Adventist Church 1075 Lamming Pit Rd, McBride. Anglican United Church Women’s Group Thrift Shop open 1:003:00pm Every Tuesday & Friday @ church hall, 459 Dominion St, McBride. Toastmasters 7:00-9:00pm (1st and 3rd Tuesday) at Golden Years Lodge upstairs in the lounge. Call 566-4179 Saddle & Wagon Club meetings every 3rd Thurs. at 5pm. Contact 566-1779.

Development Apple Pressing 1pm. Bring your apples to the Dunster Schoolhouse to work with your neighbours and go home with cider or juice for wine. Please bring lots of containers. To reserve your space, contact Pete Amyoony at 250-968-4334 or [email protected] telus.net.

Vale. Sports Registration night!

Non-Profit Workshops Help your non-profit succeed by attending one of these workshops, coming to a community near you starting September 22. Visit our website to register.

• Hockey • Figure Skating • Gymnastics • Brownies

Thurs. Sept 21st 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Valemount Elementary School. Hot dogs, hamburgers and treats! All welcome. Also, Valemount elementary school open house! Monthly Book Discussion. Meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30pm at the McBride Library. Themes change monthly, check in at 569-2411 or find us on Facebook. All welcome! The Valley Piecemakers meet the 3rd Saturday of the month at 1pm in the Elks Hall. All Quilters and Wannabe quilters are Welcome. For more info contact Barb Brabant 250-569-0068. Monthly Meeting of the Dunster Fine Arts School Society will be held on the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m.-noon at the Dunster Schoolhouse. All welcome! Nancy 250-968-4358. The Dunster Community Forest monthly meeting is on the third Thursday of the month at the Dunster Schoolhouse from 7.9pm All welcome. Contact Larry 250-968-4358. Fibre Arts Group, Thurs 10am in the McBride Library annex. (previously met at Odds & Ends) Bring your knitting, crochet or needlework project and come hang out! The OAPO Stitch and Knit will be meeting @ the Beaverview Lodge, McBride Thurs from 2:004:00pm. Unity in Community, Thurs at 7:30pm, McBride Health Centre. 250-569-2586 Fibre arts group, Sundays at 2pm, at the Valemount library. For more info call 250-566-4367 Book club for adults, 2nd Thursday of each month, 7pm at the Valemount library. For more information call 250-566-4367 Armchair travel, starting this fall, calling all travelers to share their pictures! Call 250-566-4367 McBride and District Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, @ the Evangelical Free Church Hall. Bingo at McBride Legion Hall, every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday

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Youth Teen Lock-In. The first Friday of the month, 8:30 or 9pm. Alternating movie nights and Nerf nights. 13+, call us at 569-2411 for details. The McBride Play group is meeting on Fridays 10 am to noon at the E-Free Church. All kids ages 0-6 and their care-givers are welcome to come out for playtime, socializing and a free snack! For more information, please call Emilia Roth @ 569-6809 The manager of the DCFS is holding office hours at the Dunster Schoolhouse on Fridays from 9am to 4pm and is open to the public to visit. RVSS Valley Girls. For ages 12 and up. Wed 3:00 - 4:30 in the afternoon. Share time with other girls, enjoy activities, be heard and make a difference. 942 3rd Ave., McBride. The Dunster Playgroup meets on Mondays from 10 a.m. until noon in the Dunster Schoolhouse playroom. Kids 0 to 6 grab your grown up and come and enjoy open play, crafting and gym time. Please bring a snack to share. Contact Susan 250-5694033

Seniors Valemount Seniors’ Music Night, 7:00pm Wednesday at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge. Gentle Seniors’ Exercise, Tues 10-11am, upstairs, Golden Years Lodge, Valemount. Call Diane on 250 566 4297 for more info. Seniors Bingo @ the Beaverview Lodge, McBride Thurs 6:30pm. Cribbage and other games: Everyone Welcome; @ the Valemount Golden Years Lodge lower level Thurs 1-4 pm.

Wellness Go with the Flow Yoga with Donalda Beeson in Valemount, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at 960 Main Street. RVSS Adult Literacy Craft Club. A new quick, easy and fun craft each week. Come on in Fridays 1-3pm 942 3rd Ave., McBride. 18+ Hatha Yoga at the Valemount Community Hall. Tues & Thurs 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Dropin $10. For more info call Brigitta 566-9196 AA meetings every Friday 8:00pm @ the Valemount Catholic Church. Free. All welcome. Phone: 250-566-1139 Valemount Ladies walking group meet Thurs at 1pm @ the Anglican/United Church parking lot.

Workshops Want to learn how to knit? Already know how and want to get together to socialize? Willing to share your knowledge? The Valemount Public Library is offering space and supplies Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm Every Monday from 11am-1pm resume and Cover Letter Workshop, free, at the Valemount Learning Centre. Helping you create your best resume yet! Call 250-566-4601 for more info. Free individual computer tutoring at the library, on Wednesdays and Fridays, call to book a session. 250-566-4367.

Music Dinner and live music at Valemount Legion Branch #266. Fridays 5:30-9:00 Valemount Seniors’ Music Night, 7:00pm Wednesday at the Valemount Golden Years Lodge.

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HOROSCOPE Cosmic Call for Resilience The sun, Mercury and Mars are all experiencing the analytical eye of Virgo these days. No one wants to be on the receiving end of criticism (especially from someone they want to impress). But it happens. When it does, it’s a sign that, for whatever reason, in that moment, there wasn’t a confluence of interest. Those who don’t take such things personally will move on to great success. Resilience makesby allMyles of theMellor difference now. SUDOKU and Susan Flanagan

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In a perfect world, each person would be liked always by everyone. But it’s not a perfect world. In this world, if you were liked by everyone, it would be a bad sign -- a sign that you’re changing for others instead of being totally yourself. This week the ones who get you will be pure gold. Forget the ones who don’t. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). One opinion isn’t everybody’s opinion. The principle will apply to science, sales and love this week. Those who collect data from a large sample will be more enlightened and ultimately more successful than those who work within a small range. In other words, success comes from branching out. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Once upon a time you wanted the wrong thing, or maybe it was your way of going about achieving it that was amiss. Either way, something was off, but there’s no benefit to dwelling on the matter. Your priorities have shifted since, and the best thing to do is to let old baggage go, clean the slate and embark anew. CANCER (June 22-July 22). The shallow value systems projected by junk media aren’t worth adopting, and they may even be harming you by keeping you from more meaningful pursuits. Luckily your cosmic gift this week is the self-control to actively shut out crummy influences. Bottom line: Don’t overrate anyone based on superficial criteria. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Because you’ve gotten busier,

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Valemount Learning Centre 250 566 4601 LOCAL JOB POSTINGS Updated September 14, 2017

Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP On September 2, 2017 Valemount RCMP received a call of a vehicle passing unsafely on Elm St at 7th Avenue Valemount BC. The vehicle was located by police and through investigation and observations a Roadside Screening test was administered to the driver. The driver, an Edmonton resident, failed the test and was issued an immediate roadside suspension for 90 days and the vehicle impounded for 30 days.

On September 2, 2017 Valemount RCMP received a call of a single vehicle collision involving a semi south of Valemount near Blue River. Members attended to find a semi load of PVC piping had come loose and in turn the truck flipped onto its side. The driver was able to get out with no injuries. On September 11, 2017 McBRIDE RCMP was advised of a robbery at the Husky Gas

Station. Members arrived to find a male had entered the store and threatened to shoot the staff if they did not preset the gas pump for $40.00. The male was described as being 6 feet tall, short dark hair, 200 lbs wearing a black hoody and sunglasses. The male was seen leaving in a green Ford Taurus. The investigation continues. If anyone has information regarding this incident please call police or Crimestoppers.

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A quiet Friday night as Valley loses power

Blue River joins Valley Fire Zone

Residents and businesses lost power on Friday, some for as long as five hours due to a transmission circuit failure. BC Hydro says the suspected cause was lightning. At 4:15pm on Friday the power went out from Valemount to Dome Creek. Approx. 2500 customers were affected. BC Hydro says 1546 customers had power restored around 7:30. Most other people had lights turn on around 9:15pm. “We are now on town generators and with the IPPs in the valley,” McBride Public Works Foreman Matthew Slaney wrote online at 8pm. “Within minutes of the outage village staff and

Blue River has joined Valemount and McBride in the Robson Valley Zone, which is part of the Prince George Fire Centre. Residents in Blue River will now have to heed fire advisories in the Prince George Fire Centre, instead of the Kamloops Fire Centre. According to the BC Wildfire Service, the boundary change was made to ensure efficient fire response with the best resources available. The Robson Valley Zone is based out of Valemount and crews have often responded to fires in the Blue River area. According to the North Thompson Times, the former Clearwater Fire Zone covered the same area as the former Clearwater Forest District, which included Blue River and the North Thompson drainage partway to Valemount.

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more than a dozen hydro personnel were working very hard to restore our power. The issue has been resolved and we now have power.” But many residents questioned the long delay in restoring power to McBride, since the Village has backup generators that are supposed to kick in. BC Hydro spokesperson Mary Anne Coules told the Goat in July that another outage in the Robson Valley was averted by using the diesel generators and Hystad Creek IPP as backup measures. Due to a tight deadline, BC Hydro did not respond to our questions about backup power by presstime.

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MR-20 164 ACRES OF OPPORTUNITY! Two year round creeks, southern exposed gardens, orchard, and first water rights in place. Property backs onto government land. Includes well-kept 3 bedroom home with full basement. Fireplace in living room, oil forced air furnace in the basement. 4 pc bathroom on main floor. Close to the town of McBride. Easy access.

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BR-61 Single family home in Blue River, BC. This little gem boosts a completely renovated kitchen and bathroom. Situated on a large corner lot, this home is 2000 sq.ft., 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Appliances include a Maytag propane stove, fridge and washer, plumbing and electrical updated. Includes a 20’x24’ workshop and a garden shed, and a garden shed

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FA-533 Lot #4 Small acreage located within Village limits. Available with water, hydro and phone nearby. Beautiful mountain views. Plan your property to your unique style and make it truly yours! 2.47 acres, zoned RR1.

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MR-26 Approximately 1200 square feet on 1.03 acres located in McBride, B.C. Well maintained home with high ceilings in the kitchen, living room. 3 bedrooms, sitting area in the loft to relax in. Lots of room to park RVs.

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2830 sq ft home on 70 x 125 landscaped lot! Full basement, wood fireplace, 4 bdrms, 3 baths, country style kitchen with sliding patio doors to deck overlooking spacious back yard. Storage building in back!

$114,000

MRC-DA867 3496 Laing Rd, McBride, BC

164 acres, 3 bdrm home with basement. Currently rented – excellent tenants. Wonderful investment! 2 creeks, gardens, an orchard. Tree plantation, trails, abundant wildlife. Beautiful mountain views. First water rights in place. Backs onto gov’t land.

$265,000

MRC-BL811 918 – 3rd Ave, McBride, BC

Town lot, with a small shed at back of lot. Zoned R2, the principal use is for Residential-One Family. 50’ frontage x 125’ depth. Cleared, ready for building. Town water and sewer at lot line. Owner is open to offers.

$695,000

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670 Dominion St, McBride, BC

Immaculate 6 bedroom home on landscaped lot, close to both schools. Large backyard that gently slopes down to Dominion Creek. 2- car attached garage with access to the main floor & to the basement. Appliances included.

MRC-DA917 2300 Westlund Rd, McBride, BC

Beautifully renovated home on 37 acres. 4 bdrms, 3 baths, open kitchen/dining area. Granite kitchen counter tops, refinished kitchen. All appliances included. 2-car attached garage, large shop, barn with power & water. This property is fenced, ideal for horses.

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