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108 MILE RANCH NEWS - 2009

Unless otherwise stated, articles and images reproduced, with permission, from the 100 Mile Free Press

Jennifer Raifteiri McArdle,

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December 8, 2009

Be aware, bears still around

A 108 resident recently learned there has been a bear around the 108 Resort, potentially investigating the garbage bins. It is believed the bear was in hibernation and disturbed by the contractors preparing the roadside for the four-laning and is now prowling around. The Conservation Officer Service advises the call centre has not received any reports on bears in the 108 for at least a month; however, there is still definitely potential for a bear to be hanging around. Please continue to be vigilant while enjoying the 108 trails and greenbelt areas, to avoid surprising any bears.

Bake sale

The Goldrush Grannies are having a Christmas bake sale on December 19 in the 108 Mall, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Working through local African agencies, the foundation offers many forms of help and support to people affected the AIDS epidemic, especially orphaned children and the grandmothers who, as their only surviving adult relatives, so often inherit sole responsibility for raising them. This is also a great chance to stock up on Christmas treats and dazzle guests over the holidays with “your baking.”

Holiday Lights

Light Up the 108 contest

All residents of the 108 Mile Ranch are invited to participate in the “2009 Light Up the 108 Celebration.” This year, the four categories to be judged are: the most brilliant Nativity; the most unique; the most festive; and the most with the least (300 watts or less). As was the case last year, every house displaying Christmas lights in the 108 will automatically be entered. Judges will be out and about Dec.7-13 after dark. Trophies and prizes will be awarded Dec. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the 108 Community Hall. There are great prizes again this year, donated by local businesses and organizations. This annual event is sponsored by the 108 Ranch Community Association and the 108 Lions Club. For more information contact Bev at 250-791-7206.

Breakfast with Santa

Mark December 19 at 9 a.m. on your calendar for Breakfast with Santa at the 108 Community Hall. Sponsored by the 108 Ranch Community Association and 108 Ranch Lions Club, there will be a free breakfast with Santa (yes, the world famous Lions breakfast) and pictures with Santa, with Mrs. Claus in attendance, too. As well, the Light Up the 108 contest presentations will be awarded after the breakfast, at noon.

November 24, 2009

Drift fence coming to Walker Valley

Money has been set aside for the creation of a short drift fence in the Walker Valley. Contractor Rick Jones has inspected the site and hopes to get the work done this fall. There will be a “V” walk-through and a ten-foot metal gate for horse riders, walkers, and bicycle riders. The gate won’t impede snowmobilers and horse riders can open the gate without dismounting. Cows will be able to fall-graze the area to reduce the grass fire hazard, and it’s a good location to prevent the cows from drifting. The fence will be mainly in an open area, reducing the maintenance costs of trees falling on it. The fence will reduce early spring trail/path damage when cows normally move along the trail while it’s drying out. It will also prevent them from breaking into the horse pasture during the spring. As well, spring nesting habitat will improve around the riparian areas, an improvement supported by Ducks Unlimited. The installation of this gate was discussed with biologist Ken Mackenzie and rancher Marvin Monical during the review of the Grassland Management Plan. Once installed, Marvin will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the fence.

Walker Valley
Walker Valley   Photo: Jeffrey Newman, JN Web Design

Clearing old road

Other work in the Walker Valley includes cutting out the old road on the other side of the valley where it opens up below the houses on Kallum Drive. While it is currently wide enough for snowmobiles, it needs more work in the removal of the blow-down trees. The Greenbelt Commission has already received positive comments from people walking on it; Wendell Monical has ridden along there and said it would help with moving cows around. The deer are using it, and at least one bicycle track is there. Because it is a very different ecosystem than the open grassland area, it could be an interesting area for birding next spring.

Loose dogs

Recently two chocolate brown labs have been seen down in Walker Valley and then running south on Block Drive. Neither had tags and one didn’t have a collar. A black lab with a bright pink collar (no tags) has been spotted all the way from the Block Drive area to below the houses on Kallum Drive. He is very friendly and actually jumped into someone’s truck and didn’t want to get out. A white cross of mixed parentage was observed chasing four deer through a yard on Block Drive near the pipeline, dragging a leash behind it. It was last seen heading south on the pipeline following the deer. Please ensure that dogs are kept confined to yards or on a leash when walking, for the safety of your dog and the neighbouring wildlife.

Dog sled race

The Cariboo Challenge Dog Sled Race organizers are requesting to run eight dog teams at the January 6 event on the Greenbelt around 108 and Sepa lakes and across all of Walker Valley area. Watch for more information on this event, and opportunities to volunteer and get involved.

November 10, 2009

Mile 108 students collecting labels

Mile 108 Elementary School is collecting Campbell Soup labels as a fundraiser. Labels can be dropped off at the school during regular school hours. After collecting 20,000 labels last year, the school selected art supplies. For more information, contact Lynn McArthur at 250-791-6350. To find out more about the program or how to enrol your school, check out .

Sepa Lake trails

The Sepa Lake Trails wheelchair upgrades are in the planning stage. On both the west and east sides of the bridge, 24 lock blocks and four angle blocks will be hauled and placed, along with several yards of pit-run gravel and a yard load of crusher fines. On Lilly’s Hill, both pit run and load crusher fines will also be placed. The Sepa Beach parking lot will have a wheelchair-accessible outhouse toilet installed; the parking lot will be levelled and a path constructed to the outhouse. Yards of crusher fines will also be placed. Wheelchair-accessible trails to walking trails both north and south will be constructed, and overlaid with crusher fines. For further information, contact Graham Allison at 250-791-1977.

November 4, 2009

108 Building Supplies

The newly-expanded 108 Building Supplies is now an Irly Building Centre.

Doug Cadrin, together with his wife Kathie, has owned and operated the store since 2001, and says they now have an even greater selection of hardware products and tools, including air tools.

“The main thrust of joining the Irly group was to participate in a better and larger buying group, so we’d be able to continue to offer product at very competitive pricing.”

To take their building products lines to an even greater level in January 2009, they also branched out through their purchase of Cameo Fabricating in 100 Mile House. Now, they can provide trusses, roof and floor systems as well as metal roofing.

“The purchase of Cameo Fabricating allows us to offer a full service to builders from foundation to finish,” Cadrin says, adding their motto is “big enough to serve you — small enough to care.”

108 Building Supplies is located in 108 Mile Ranch, right behind the 108 Mall.

October 28, 2009

AGM Well-attended

There was a larger-than-usual group as some 50 residents attended the 108 Mile Ranch Community Association (RCA) annual general meeting (AGM), chaired by outgoing president Jeffrey Newman, Oct 21. Those in attendance listened to reports on key areas of responsibility for the RCA during the two-hour meeting. Newman expressed appreciation for a team of proactive directors who, he said, allowed him to manage his board role, along with his full-time business. “It was a rewarding challenge.”

Finances are improved compared to the previous year, boosted by significant increases in membership and hall bookings, as well as funds raised from the successful Spring Fling dinner dance.

Collaboration was a feature of the year. Inviting Cariboo Regional District (CRD) board chair and Area G director Al Richmond to an early RCA board meeting opened the way for closer liaison with him and the CRD throughout the year. The 108 Lions hosted RCA directors to a dinner, at which the board acknowledged the gift they were building for the community hall — a stage that is now in use. The community centre underwent a number of upgrades and improvements during the year and it appears it has successfully transitioned from dependence on bingo income to support by the community through the annual tax, membership fees, community-related functions, fundraising, donations and contributions by volunteers. Community activities, funded by the RCA and local donors, included a children’s Christmas party, an Easter-egg hunt and hosting a newcomers group that’s been meeting twice a month for more than a year. For all new arrivals who request it, the RCA provides a welcome package that includes a list of contact information for RCA business members.

Reports were also presented on the 108 Lake beaches, which the RCA takes care of through a CRD grant, and where vandalism has, in recent years, been a major challenge; Greenbelt activities for the year, such as management of the fir bark beetle; and the RCA website. Guest reports were presented by Larry Knutsen for the 108 volunteer fire department and, for the first time, by Nick Christianson, new manager of the 108 (Cariboo Regional) airport. Christianson was invited as a special guest but the great interest and lively interchange his presentation evoked prompted the suggestion that this might become part of future AGMs. He reported significant expansion in activity at the airport, which he described as providing very good value at low cost to the taxpayer.

The meeting concluded with four new members - Ingrid Meyer, Rainer Meyer, Dorothy Wood and Debbie Porter - plus Dan Jackson for a second two-year term, filling the slate of 12 by acclamation. Incumbent directors are Graham Allison, Leanne Doucette, Len Doucette, Margaret Findlay, Bev French, Peg Rosen and Charlie Wood. All directors will be inaugurated and the board executive will be elected when the directors meet November 4.

Stellers Jay
Ponds frozen two weeks early

Tim Matlock reports that during our recent cold snap, the ponds below Block Drive were almost completely frozen over, which is about two to three weeks earlier than normal. This cold snap seems to have spoiled our usual brilliant, coloured landscape, with most leaves now uninteresting shades of brown.

Photo: Jeffrey Newman, JN Web Design - click photo to see larger version:


There is a shift in bird populations right now. The warblers seem to be gone as are most of the “bug eaters.” Two swans were drifting in the dark by the Heritage Site on October 19, and the raucous Steller’s jays are moving back into the yards. Most of the “wildfowl” below us have made themselves scarce thanks to someone blasting away every night as soon as it gets dark… and leaving garbage and shotgun shells everywhere.

October 6, 2009

McArdle honoured at DU dinner

Sept. 26 saw the annual Ducks Unlimited Dinner and Auction at a new venue, the 108 Community Hall. The sold-out dinner was a huge success, raising over $19,000 through various raffles, and silent and live auctions. Longtime 108 resident, Eamon McArdle, was recognized for 25 years of volunteer work with Ducks with a commemorative plaque.

Trail upgrades

The Greenbelt commission has received some funding to upgrade some of the trails around 108 and Sepa lakes to wheelchair accessible standards. Stay tuned for more information on this project.


A few weeks ago a flock of 20 or so greater white-fronted geese were spotted down in the Walker Valley below Block Drive. We should be seeing some more interesting birds as they head back south for the winter.

October 5, 2009

CRD 108 VFD celebrates 'Fire Prevention Week'

July 29, 2009

2009 Airport Day

Saturday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. marks 2009 Airport Day at the 108’s South Cariboo Regional Airport. Planned events included helicopter rides, surprise fly-in guests, pony rides for the kids, flying contests, spot drop, spot landing, and much more. There will be displays by the Junior Aviation Society of PSO, the Lions’ world famous pancake breakfast, and a barbecue dinner followed by a dance in the main hangar. For more information and tickets, contact Gayle or Nick at or 250-791-1908 or 250-706-9592.


The tennis season is in full swing at the 108 Resort Tennis Courts (across from the mail boxes). Club members recently patched and repainted the second court, including sharp white lines, and with the mosquitoes finally buzzing off it’s now perfect weather for tennis. Tuesday is Ladies’ night, Thursdays is mixed doubles (players and partners are drawn from a hat). Friday nights are for everyone and anyone. All nights start at 4:30 but folks are welcome to come later if they can’t make 4:30. This is a casual club and all playing levels are welcome – the main thing is to just get out there and play tennis and have some fun. There is no dress code but the club does ask that you wear scuff proof runners so that black marks aren’t left on the newly finished courts. Annual court fees are $75 for single, $135 for a couple, $50 for 55 and older or 18 and younger. There are also family rates. Drop in fee is $7 and tennis club membership is $15, both payable at the 108 Resort Reception (court use fees go directly to the Resort). Carey Davidson (250-791-6585) is keeping a list of folks interested in a tennis clinic, and when there’s enough interest the club will try to arrange a clinic with an expert. Players interested in tennis lessons can contact Steve Neufeld at 250-791-6657 or 9215. For more information about the club, contact Shirley Carter at 250-791-6220 or Shirley Gibson-Bull at 250-791-1900.

May 6, 2009

Dark-eyed junco © Jeffrey NewmanBirds

Birdwatching is heating up, with lots of interesting birds reported all over the 108. Aubrey reports an American goldfinch on Monday; a sharp-shinned hawk on Sunday terrorizing the white-crowned sparrows; evening grosbeaks, song sparrow, and yellow-rumped warblers in their yard. A walk in the valley netted bluebirds, another flock of snow geese overhead, yellow-rumped warblers, swallows, marsh wrens, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, scaup, geese, coots, one lone male ruddy duck, goldeneyes, wigeons, gadwalls, and yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds. Jeffrey Newman reports white-crowned sparrows, juncos, a varied thrush, a Wilson’s warbler and the first pine siskin. A walk down the valley Wednesday evening showed bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers, both blackbirds, swallows, sora rails, meadowlarks and marsh wrens calling, and a pair of cinnamon teals, along with the usual cast of characters. A northern harrier flew over our house and a golden-crowned sparrow was hanging out with the white-crowns. Loons on 108 and Sepa Lakes. And a butterfly was flitting around Race Trac Gas on Sunday.

Kitchen Kapers

Meadowlark House and Robert Vaillancourt have created another fun culinary package. On Friday May 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. enjoy the Fresh Spring Brunch with Bubbles. Recipes are geared to the home chef. This is a hands-on cooking class so bring your apron. Participants get to take home a recipe booklet with cooking tips and wine pairing. Cost is $60 – for more information contact or call 250-791-6334.

Dodging Deer

The deer are really on the move on the 108 these days and some are quite fearless. Please be extra cautious coming around corners especially where driving into the sun. It is easy to be temporarily blinded and have deer bounding out in front of your vehicle.

108 Lions Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Treat mom to breakfast this Mother’s Day at the 108 Mile Lions Club Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, Sunday May 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the 108 Community Hall. Lunch starts at 11:00 a.m.

108 Lions Flea Market

The 108 Lions’ Flea Market is Sunday, May 10th at the 108 Community Hall. All crafters and Farmer’s Market vendors are welcome to rent tables – contact Lion Eamon at 250-791-6509.

April 8, 2009

Easter Party

Don’t forget the 108 Children’s Easter party is Saturday, April 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To pre-register children for the Easter Egg Hunt call Brenda at 250-791-7319.

Grassland Report

The Grassland Report is now posted on at; click on Greenbelt and then Grassland Report. Residents are encouraged to take some time and check out this website, as it is important for the management of the valley.

American Robin © Jeffrey Newman

On March 23 Audrey and Nils Hoeg were out in the Walker Valley and saw about 15 robins, although the first one they saw was on March 15th in their yard. They also report a large flock of Canada geese on the shallow pond by the barn at the 105, and a small flock of Bohemian waxwings on Davis Road. Jeffrey Newman reports that the juncos have arrived en masse on March 30th. We have had numerous robins and varied thrushes trying to eke out a living on last year’s shriveled crab apples.

Horse Fair

Many thanks to all who braved the cold and came by the Appaloosa Club booth at the horse fair on the weekend. Cole of Forest Grove was the winner of the “Guess the Number of Speckled Jelly Beans” with a guess of 520 (there were 584 beans). He had a little help from his mom. Congratulations! And heartfelt thanks to all who helped with “Pennies for Peggy” – over $123 was donated and will be turned over to the SPCA for Peggy. A special thank you to the young fellow in the black cowboy hat who didn’t hesitate to whip out his wallet and donate his change as well. Good job! It is greatly appreciated.


February 25, 2009

Eagle in Rehab Needs Fish

Here’s your chance to help out some local wildlife. The raptor rehabilitation centre is looking for coarse fish to feed a young eagle who unfortunately found “playing in the traffic” didn’t work very well. This bird will recover, but needs lots of fish with heads on and guts in, fresh or frozen but preferably frozen. If you are out ice fishing and catch some coarse fish, I’ll take them off your hands. Just call me and we can arrange a pick up.

108 Mile Ranch eagle

Hall happenings

There are lots of things happening at the 108 Community Hall.
Monday nights - martial arts takes place from 6-9 p.m.; drop-in fee is $3. Call 250-791-5704 for more information.
Tuesdays – feeling scrappy? Scrapbooking is held from 6:30-9:30 p.m., there is a $2 drop-in fee. Call 250-395-7765 for further details.
First and third Thursdays – Newcomers Group meets from 10:00 am to noon.; $2 drop-in fee. Call 250-791-7206 for more.
First and third Thursdays – 108 Mile Lions meet in the Lions’ den at 7 p.m. Call 250-791-1977 for details.
Saturdays – Drumming from 1-3 p.m. $2 drop-in fee. Call 250-791-9206 for information.
Dinner and dance - Join your friends and neighbours at the Spring Fling Dinner and Dance on April 25. Doors open at 6 p.m., roast beef dinner at 7. All proceeds will go to the maintenance of the hall. Tickets are $20 and there will be entertainment. For more information or tickets, call 250-791-1961 or 250-791-6689.

Business updates

The RCA is in the process of updating and adding to the list of 108 businesses and organizations. A fee of $50 includes a five-year business membership. The name and contact information for each business appears on the 108 Ranch website and on the 108 Businesses and Organizations list, which is included in each welcome package distributed to new residents of the 108. The deadline for new additions is Feb. 28. For more information call Bev at 250-791-7206.

Last Reminder

Don’t forget about the Spaghetti Dinner/Auction Feb. 28 at the 108 Community Hall — $12.50 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 and auction at 7.

February 11, 2009


Once again we've had quite an array of birds in the area — the redpolls, pine grosbeaks, grey jays, pileated woodpeckers, both types of chickadees and nuthatches. Water is opening up in some spots, so can the Canada geese be too far away?

Common Redpoll Photo © JN Web Design       More pictures and information on Cariboo backyard birds

Spaghetti dinner

Silly me. In my last column I stated the ticket price for the Feb. 28 Spaghetti Dinner/Auction for the soccer fields was $10. This is incorrect — the tickets are $12.50. I do apologize for the blunder and any inconvenience this has caused. Contact Ingrid Meyer at 250-791-5663 for more information.

Technology strikes

After being voicemail-less for three months, I am happy to say that it’s back on track, so if you have news or items for the 108 column, please call 250-791-6519 and leave a message.

Ice off

The 108 Mile Lions Club is again selling ice off tickets ($2 this year) and they are available from any 108 Lions Club member. For more information contact Lion Graham at 250-791-1977.

MV Lion in 2005

Appaloosa club

Wow! Many thanks to everyone who called about the possibility of an Appaloosa club getting off the ground here in the South Cariboo. Due to an overwhelming response I will continue to take names and numbers of interested folks, with a possible meeting date now in March or April. You can email me at or call 250-791-6509 or 250-791-6519 and leave a message. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass this information along.

January 14, 2009

Light Up the 108 Contest Prize Winners

The Most with the Least ~ Wayne Carson, 4802 Kitwanga - $60 Dining Certificate at Vida's donated by anonymous residents of the 108.
Most Unique ~ Ed and Flo Burney, 4776 Kitwanga - $50 Dining Certificate at 1871 Dining Room donated by The Hills Health Ranch and a stapler donated by 108 Building Centre.
Most Festive ~ Bryant Hollins, 4718 Parker - $25 Dining Certificate at Vida's Restaurant donated by Vida's.
The Most Brilliant Nativity ~ Deb and Grant Hancock, 4770 Kitwanga - $100 Dining Certificate at Dowe's Diner donated by Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship.
People's Choice ~ Kim and Kurt Rankin, 5330 Thompson - half-day Family Tubing Pass donated by The Hills Health Ranch.
Honourable Mentions
5012 Mein (no name yet) - half-day Family Tubing Pass donated by The Hills Health Ranch
Piccolo Family, 5067 Block - $25 Tanning Certificate from Valley Hair and Tanning Salon.
Draw winners;
Ingrid Meyer - hair care set donated by New Look Hair Design (Tina Wilke).
Chris Nickless - bath gift set donated by The Itty Bitty Soap Company, Lac La Hache
Ed Burney - $10 Dining Certificate donated by Dowe's Diner.
Caroline Allen - tub faucet donated by Burgess Plumbing and Heating.
Graham Allison - 16 pound frozen turkey donated by 108 Ranch Community Association.

Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to everyone for planning, organizing, and supporting this event.

Drum Circle

Saturdays 1 - 3 pm at 108 Mile Ranch Community Centre - Upstairs Room.
Drop in fee is $2; bring a drum, if you have one. For more information, contact Jeffrey at 791-9206.


Don't forget about our bird friends right now! Although not as cold these days, the extra food that's easy to get at helps the birds through the winter. Recently we had some round fluffy balls in a spruce tree which, upon inspection, proved to be pine grosbeaks.

Road Conditions/Safety

Road conditions are well, not great these days. Please slow down, keep headlights clean, and respect the changing road conditions.

Ice Safety

Right now weather conditions are changing almost hourly and temperatures fluctuating wildly through a 24-hour period, so please be especially careful when heading out on the ice. I noticed a huge rift right across Lac La Hache today in a near perfect line, so lake ice may be compromised now as well.

The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength. Clear blue ice is the strongest, with white opaque or snow ice only half as strong as clear ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the existing ice. Grey ice is unsafe, with the grayness indicating the presence of water.

The Red Cross recommends the following thicknesses for ice safety.

Keep away from muskrat ‘houses’ (the mounds of rotting vegetation near lakeshores) as the ice around these is compromised from the heat of the rotting vegetation. Make sure you tell someone where you are going out, and your expected arrival time back. Learn ice safety techniques and if in doubt, don’t go out!

Spaghetti Dinner

Don’t forget the 108 Lions Spaghetti Dinner on January 24th to support the PSO boys’ soccer team.


Don't forget if you have news or want to announce birthdays, anniversaries, new neighbours arrived, old neighbours leaving, please contact me. My voice mail died an unceremonious death, however, an answering machine is coming soon to 250-791-6519. As well, my e-mail is

Previous years

With the print edition of the newsletter discontinued (as a cost-saving measure), we thank Maddi Newman of KeyBoard Graphic Design for her many years' work as editor, producing a newsletter we were all proud of.

The 108-er was distributed by:
  • 108 Supermarket
  • 108 Post Office
  • 108 Cafe
  • Action Fitness
  • Aviator's Roost
  • Heritage Site Gift Store
  • Heritage Thyme restaurant
  • Hair Flair
  • Rac Trac Gas
  • The Hills
  • The Post House
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