Fort St. John Rodeo set to return after 12-year hiatus

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After not being a thing for the past twelve years, Fort St. John will be the venue for a rodeo once again this summer.Rodeo organizer Jodie Surerus was approached by longtime local rodeo competitors Link and Andy Copeland about getting a rodeo to happen in Fort St. John once again this year. Surerus says that organizers have been racing to get things going for the event, which is taking place in just two months’ time.Surerus says that so far, many in the community have expressed a keen interest in the event, and that many competitors have also already reached out. The rodeo organizers have secured stock from 100 Mile House. As of right now, Surerus says that organizers are also actively looking for both sponsors and volunteers for the rodeo, which will also feature a dance and beer gardens on the grounds themselves.- Advertisement -The venue for the rodeo is the North Peace Light Horse Association, which Surerus says is in the middle of a makeover to host the rodeo. She says that as of now, welding of the fences and enclosures is nearly done, while the grandstand will need some minor work to get it ready.The rodeo will see competitors competing in a wide range of events, including: Bull riding, Saddle Bronc, Bareback riding, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Tie-down and Team-roping, Steer Riding, and Breakaway. There will also be at least four youth events as well.The Fort St. John Rodeo is set to take place July 22nd and 23rd at the North Peace Light Horse Association rodeo grounds off the East Bypass Road. For more information, contact Jodie Surerus at (250) 263-4731, or via email at read more

Flyers to play Dawson Creek in January for a spot in the Coy Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers will clash with the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks with the winner advancing to play in the 2018 Senior Men’s AA Championships in Williams Lake.The best of three-game series will be the first time the two teams have played in such a scenario in nearly ten years.The series begins on January 14th at the North Peace Arena with puck drop at 2:00 p.m. Game Two sees the series switch to Dawson Creek on January 18th at 8:30 p.m. If necessary, the final game will be played on home ice for the Flyers with the game getting underway at 4:30 p.m.- Advertisement -The Coy Cup takes place in Williams Lake from March 27th to 31st.last_img read more

Gold for local Wheelchair curler

first_imgFort St. John’s Ina Forrest (Busche) has a gold medal around her neck, after team Canada took gold in the world wheelchair curling championships in Vancouver over the weekend.The world wheelchair championship was the very first curling competition held at the new Vancouver Olympic Centre, which will play host to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games curling competition and the 2010 Paralympic wheelchair curling competition.According to Ina’s mother Edith, she’s been a wheelchair curler for about 3 years, after a youth spent playing every sport she could. – Advertisement -Congratulations to Ina.last_img read more

Flyers win fantastic game 1

first_imgWhile Yesmaniski made highlight reel saves one after another, the save of the night may well have come from Troy Hunt, who reached back with his paddle along the ice, to rob Mark Wallman of the tying goal with four minutes remaining. The Rangers did have a couple of changes to the lineup we’ve seen so far this season. Brad Kennedy has rejoined the team, after winning playoff MVP last season. Also joining the team are Tyler Mounsey and tough-guy Kurtis Swanson, though Swanson hardly stepped on the ice on Sunday night.And so, the Flyers win the first game of the best-of-seven semi-final, with game two set for Tuesday night in Spirit River. Catch the game live on MooseFM (8:30 pm) On a night when the Flyers went 1 for 10 on the powerplay, special teams could be seen as problematic. But, coach Adam Brash doesn’t buy that. While Brash says the score should have been at least 6-1 after the second, he felt the game was well played, and that his team simply lacked finish. [asset|aid=1031|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=808225bce59106dd3310a621bf42275a-Flyers-game1_1_Pub.mp3] Flyers starter Troy Hunt earned the win, stopping 13 of the 14 shots he faced. It was Hunt’s first action since the regular season, after missing the opening round for a family wedding, but he looked sharp when called upon, and had plenty of help. “The Boys played amazing tonight,” he said. “I got barely any rubber – they had two maybe three scoring chances all night.” Hunt payed special tribute to his forwards, for limiting the amount of odd-man rushes against. He also lauded Yesmaniski for his game, crediting his opponent for keeping it close. [asset|aid=1032|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=808225bce59106dd3310a621bf42275a-hunt-yesmaniski_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The 300 or so fans who came to the North Peace Arena on Sunday night were treated to some outstanding playoff hockey. There was tough physical play, excellent goaltending, and plently of slick passing and speed. After lopsided regular seasons and a gimme opening series, it’s nice to know the playoffs are here. To be fair, the Flyers widely outplayed their opponents in game one. The shots on goal counted 41-14 in favour of the home team. The scoring chances were likewise dominated by Fort St. John. But, thanks to some hit posts, missed nets, and sensational goaltending from Mett Yesmaniski, the game was close throughout. Matt Shuya opened the scoring eight minutes in, when he tapped home a rebound, after Adam Loncan cut to the net, and tried to reach the puck around a sprawled Yesmaniski. In the second period, the Flyers had 5 chances on the powerplay, and couldn’t convert any of them. In the final two minutes of the second, with both Paul Wiens and Luke Middleton in the box, Brad Kennedy deflected a Donny Lloyd point shot, to make it 1-1 after 40 minutes.- Advertisement -While the Flyers admit they should have been comfortably ahead heading into the third period, it wasn’t until Kip Noble’s powerplay goal with 7:14 remaining, that the Flyers went ahead to stay. The Rangers would get two more cracks with the man-advantage, but the Flyers would kill both, with a Todd Alexander empty netter (short-handed) sealing the deal with 20 seconds left.Still, the Flyers were happy with the win, and felt they had played well, which is certianly a tribute to single ‘A’ Spirit River, and bodes well for the rest of the series.Advertisementlast_img read more

Colter Young Wins Again

first_imgColter Young won stage #6 of the 8 stage Blizzard Spring Stage Race, Tuesday night. He won the 30 km Beatton Park – Montney Store road race with a time of 42:39. Jake Elliott won an exciting 4 rider sprint for second over Pat Ferris, Peter King and Bob Andrews with a group time of 44:47 minutes.    Gord Harris was 6th at 45:02, Roger St. Jean 49:52 and Sandy McDonald 50:42. Barb Polehoykie and Jolea Bilodeau came in at 1:05:00 after various mechanical and traction issues.   Colter Young has a perfect lead of 30 points in the Under 19 group. Pat Ferris has 16, a slim 1 point lead over Peter King. Blaine Richter is third at 10 points. Barb Polehoykie has 28 points in the Women’s division with Marie Young second at 13 and Sandy McDonald third at 10 points.   – Advertisement -Two stages to go: -Thursday night Baldonnel time trial. Sign on 6:15 pm-Sunday road race Cecil Lake gravel pit at 2 pm.        www.ferrisfastcycles.comlast_img read more

Blair Lekstrom calls on Gordon Campbell to resign

first_imgCTV British Columbia is reporting that South Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom is calling on Premier Gordon Campbell to step down. “You hope that he knows when the time has come. I think, without question, most people would agree that the time has come to have a new premier,” Lekstrom told CTV News. Lekstrom resigned from the Liberal caucus earlier this year in protest over the HST and has been sitting as an independent MLA since.- Advertisement –last_img

Meet Victoria Banks and get up close for Reba

first_imgMoose FM presents Reba McEntire with Victoria Banks on Saturday at the EnCana Events Centre and we want to you get as close as possible to the show.All you have to do is listen to Moose FM between now and Friday. When you hear the Victoria Banks Vault open, be the right caller through at 250-787-2222.   You’ll win a chance to go back stage and meet Victoria Banks.- Advertisement -Plus you’ll get a pair of tickets to the show.   Starting with row 6 on Monday, tickets in row 5 on Tuesday, row 4 on Wednesday, row 3 on Thursday and row 2 on Friday.Reba McEntire with Victoria Banks, presented by Moose FM on Saturday October 30th. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-877-339-TIXX or online at www.dawsonco-optickets.comlast_img read more

Police still searching for robbery suspect

first_img– Advertisement -Fort St. John RCMP are continuing their search for an armed robbery suspect after an incident in September 2010.Police say they are releasing a second photo of the suspect because he has not yet been identified.The incident occurred when a male entered the Munchies Convenience Store brandishing a tire iron early in the morning on Sept. 25.The man left the store on foot having stolen an undisclosed amount of money.The suspect is described as being 5’9” in height with a medium build, wide shoulders and a dark complexion.Advertisement He was wearing a black t-shirt with a grey stripe across the middle, jeans, a grey toque with an orange stripe around the bottom of it and cream coloured gloves at the time of the incident.He also had a piece of blue clothing covering his face.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Photo: RCMP are still trying to identify a suspect who robbed teh Munchies Convenience Store./RCMP releaselast_img read more

Order of the Eastern Star raffling quilt to support Step Up and Ride

first_imgMembers of The Order of the Eastern Star in Dawson Creek were selling raffle tickets for a quilt this morning at the Co-op Mall. The proceeds from the raffle are going to support the Step Up and Ride Society, which provides a transportation service for the elderly and disabled in the community. They will be selling raffle tickets until 2 p.m. this afternoon, but if you don’t catch them today, they will be back at the Co-op Mall on Aug. 25 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Grader collides with Train near Montney

first_imgThe collision happened near the 273 road on the 256 road.  The train wasn’t derailed but was heavily damaged and the grader received over $30,000 in damage.No one was injured in the collision and CN will now investigate the cause.- Advertisement –last_img