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Artist donates prints to group fighting Ajax mine

Ted Smith has donated one framed print of his work Jacko Lake to the Kamloops Area Preservation Association to auction to help defray the costs of bringing speakers to Kamloops to discuss the proposed Ajax Mine that could be approved near the lake.

KGHM Ajax Mining, the company behind the proposal, recently bought 9,000 acres near the lake, including 5,000 acres of grazing leases and mineral claims on nearby Sugarloaf Ranch.

The deal cost the mining company $21 million.

At the time, a spokesman for Ajax said only a portion of the ranch would be needed for mine opeations and the rest would remain a working cattle ranch.

Smith will have the original work on exhibit and for sale at a Variety Art Show and Sale at St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St., on Friday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Smith will also have 100 signed and numbered prints of the painting for sale and will be on-site from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Smith’s connection to the lake goes back for decades.

Having lived in the area for more than 75 years, he has spent many days fly-fishing there.

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