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Junior Seau, a 16-year NFL veteran for the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins, speaks with area high school athletes Saturday on everything from controversial Terrell Owens to the importance of hard work. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Junior Seau, a 16-year NFL veteran for the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins, speaks with area high school athletes Saturday on everything from controversial Terrell Owens to the importance of hard work.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

About 25 people, mostly relatives of the missing and murdered women along Highway 16, walked into Burns Lake last Friday ahead of a small motorcade of support vehicles. They are travelling on foot from Prince Rupert to Prince George to raise awareness for the missing women along what’s been called the Highway of Tears.

Florence Naziel, whose second cousin, Tamara Chipman is among the missing, began the walk on Mar. 11. She was quickly joined by Tamara Chipman’s aunt, Gladys Radek from Vancouver, and what began as one woman’s vision to walk from Prince Rupert to Terrace, snowballed into a small troupe of volunteers walking through to Prince George for the Highway of Tears Symposium at CN Centre on Mar. 30 and 31.

“Come hell or high water, we’ll make it,” says Radek. “I want to honour my niece - I love her. That love is stronger than anything we’re doing in this walk. ”

Tamara Chipman was last seen hitch hiking from Prince Rupert to Terrace on Sept. 21, 2005. The family recently posted a $3,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

The Burns Lake Band has issued a council resolution limiting two dogs per household.

It is the first affirmative move, ahead of other bands and village council, to address growing concern this year over the area’s stray dog population.

In addition to the resolution, the band is paying for the spay and neutering of all dogs within the reserve that have not undergone the operation.

Band Councilor Wes Sam says the sterilization will begin immediately, before the dogs go into heat and form into packs.

Sam says there are currently no families in the reserve with more than the two dogs.

The Lone Wolf Theatre and Playhouse officially opened for business last week with the screening of family film, 8 Below, a Disney feature filmed in Smithers.

Lone Wolf owners Jim Liddle and Rosanne Blackburn say the theatre will be showing G-rated films for the first short while, but once contacts are approved from more studios they will open the screen to wider tastes.

“It should take about a month,” says Blackburn. “Everything’s come together only in the last week, so it’s a matter of getting organized to know what we’ll get next.”

Formerly the Beacon Theatre, the Lone Wolf has undergone extensive renovations since he and Blackburn took over in Nov. 2005. They have transformed it from an unremarkable movie house into a multipurpose performing arts centre.

Blackburn and Liddle, who are also board members of the new Lakes District Arts Council, want the Lone Wolf to be the nucleus of the local performing arts scene, as well as an instrument for it’s growth.

“We have a lot of ideas, we’re going to test out. We’ll get stand up comedy, concerts, seminars, plays - you name it, everything is possible.”

Carla Carlson, left, accepts the citizen of the year award from Linda Blackwell, who with husband Reg Blackwell won the award in 1997.

Carlson has worked as a volunteer in many capacities with many different outfits, including Muriel Mould Primary, Lakes District Festival of the Performing Arts and, most notably, the Canadian Cancer Society. Her involvement with the Terry Fox Run is credited with making Burns Lake known for giving the most donations in BC per-capita. To this, and cancer research in general, Carlson has committed over 25 years.

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