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Vol. 89 Issue 29 • Wednesday, July 18, 2012 • www.arrowlakesnews.com • 250-265-3823 • $1.25 Includes HST

Nakusp historian Milton Parent passes away Archivist, author, driving force behind Arrow Lakes Historical Society won 2001 Lieutenant-Governor’s medal for historical writing GREG NESTEROFF Special to the Arrow Lakes News

Milton Parent, an indefatigable community builder and Nakusp’s foremost historian, has died at 77. For more than 25 years, Parent and his wife Rosemarie were the driving forces behind the Arrow Lakes Historical Society. He wrote seven books, including a history of the Lardeau region that earned him the 2001 Lieutenant-Governor’s medal for historical writing. Parent’s West Kootenay roots ran deep on both sides of his family. His maternal grandparents, the Leveques, moved here in 1911 from St. Boniface, Manitoba, while his paternal side came from Quebec in 1896. His father Joseph was Nakusp’s founding mayor. Born and raised here, Parent married his high school sweetheart, and then moved to the Lower Mainland in 1954, where they remained for over 30 years and raised a family. He worked in Burnaby for saw manufacturer Spear and Jackson for 28 years. Upon taking early retirement in 1984, he and Rosemarie returned to Nakusp, where he was soon elected president of the new Arrow Lakes Historical Society. They reorganized and revitalized the museum, and then in 1998 devoted themselves exclusively to the archives, securing a space in the BC Hydro building. Parent also wrote thick, hardcover books about local history, drawing on more than 400 taped interviews he conducted with Arrow Lakes pioneers dating back to 1971. Collectively they form a comprehensive chronicle of the region: Faces of the Past, Silent Shores and Sunken Ships, Port of Nakusp, Bugles on Broadway,

Halcyon: The Captain’s Paradise, Caulkboot Riverdance, and Circle of Silver. The latter earned him the Lieutenant-Governor’s medal from the BC Historical Federation. In a 2003 interview with the Arrow Lakes News, he said it was also his favourite. “I enjoyed that book more than anything because there’s some kind of lore with the old prospectors,” he said. It was written with the help of Edna Daney, who lived in the Lardeau for over 50 years. Despite his success, Parent said he never planned on being an author: “It was my intention that someone else would write the books, but nobody would come forward. So I said, ‘let’s put one together.’” Most of the books sold out of their initial runs and have since been reprinted. Parent was often called upon by researchers to share his vast knowledge of the area, and he was rarely stumped. An entire wall of his basement office was devoted to binders filled with prints and about 10,000 negatives. In recent years Parent and his wife have been at the forefront of efforts to raise money for an addition to the centennial building that would house the archives. He attended school in the building and it would be fitting if the addition is named after him. Parent was also a musician. As a boy he was in Jack Bailey’s famous bugle band, and as an adult, he played trumpet, saxophone, vibes, piano, and sang at dances. For several years he sat on the executive of the Nakusp Music Festival, and as recently as Canada Day performed with a rube band, formed only a couple

Milt Parent pictured in 2005 during an Arrow Lakes Historical Society visit to Comaplix in 2005. Greg Nesteroff/Special to the Arrow Lakes News

of months before. They dressed in crazy costumes and marched in the parade. The Parents were named Nakusp’s 2006 citizens of the year in the lifetime achievement category. Milton, who would have turned

78 this month, passed away suddenly on July 8 in hospital in Kelowna after suffering a heart attack and stroke. He is survived by Rosemarie, his wife of almost 58 years, as well as four children, nine grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.

A memorial service is planned for July 25 at 2 p.m. at the auditorium. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Raise the Roof Club for the addition to the centennial building.

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Recovery effort underway after Johnsons Landing landslide MEGAN COLE & SAM VAN SCHIE Black Press

Mandy Bath considers herself lucky to not be one of the victims. Her home was one of three destroyed by the massive landslide that destroyed three homes and killed four people in the small, remote community of Johnsons Landing. The morning of the slide, she was given

a ride to Kaslo by her friend Gillian, who’s home was also damaged by the slide. “She picked me up at 9 a.m. and I was at Creek corner looking at this brown, thick, awful liquid, but she picked me up and carried me off to town, and I was saved because of that,” said Bath. The “brown, thick, awful liquid” Bath described is Gar Creek, the creek that overflowed and took out a large

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chunk of Kootenay Joe mountain with it, sending a torrent of mud and trees down the mountainside into the community below. The remains of one victim, believed to be 60-year-old Valentine John Webber, were recovered Monday morning. The remains were found in the Webber’s house where the search and rescue teams and the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team have been focused. The remains of Webber’s daughters Rachel and Diana along with German Tourist Petra Frehse were still missing as of the Times Review’s press time Monday morning. The Vancouver based Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team is now working with members of the BC Coroners office to extract the remains from the debris. The Webber home was visible above the debris but had been moved 40 metres from its foundation by the slide. The day before the massive landslide in

YEAR ROUND WATERING RESTRICTIONS Residents please note that the Village has year-round watering restrictions: • ODD numbered house water on odd days • EVEN numbered houses water on even days • Watering is restricted to 7-9 AM and 7-9 PM. Automatic underground sprinkler systems are permitted to operate in early morning hours between 4 AM and 6 AM. Village of Nakusp Bylaws 463 and 517 provide for $100 Ànes to anyone who contravenes these watering restrictions. The Village intends to enforce this bylaw in cases of disregard of watering restrictions. Royal Canadian Legion Br. #20 Nakusp _________________________________

What’s happening in NAKUSP LEGION? Come out and Support our Meat Draws which are held every Saturday at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Nakusp & District Museum are the Meat draw sponsors for July

DROP-IN BINGO CHAIRMAN IS LOOKING FOR GROUPS TO SPONSOR BINGO IN THE FALL Texas Hold’em has been postponed until the Fall! Our lounge opens at: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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Bill Wells, a retired terrain stability specialist and former Johnson’s Landing resident, looks over the landslide debris near his former home. Contributed

Johnsons Landing, residents noticed the creek wasn’t flowing as usual. Bill Wells, a Kaslo-based, retired terrain stability specialist and former Johnsons Landing resident, said his friends who live at the top of Johnsons Landing near Gar Creek, noticed the flow of water stopping and starting and a lot of debris in the water. “They were afraid something was happening, maybe a lake was forming up there,” said Wells, who was five minutes outside of Johnsons Landing when the slide occurred Thursday at 10:56 a.m. Around 9 a.m. Thursday a resident had sent an email to a research hydrologist at Ministry of Forests asking for someone to look at the river, but that email wasn’t received until after the landslide. Officials haven’t confirmed the cause of the slide, but Wells believes a small avalanche blocked the river and caused water to build up until the pressure broke off a chunk of Kootenay Joe mountain, releasing a torrent of mud and debris.

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Initially the slide followed the steep creek bed down of the mountain toward the lake, but some of the larger debris pushed over the bank of the creek and led the slide into the south side of the town, killing four people — a family or three and a German vacationer — and damaging at least a half dozen homes. “It looks like glacier of mud full of big trees that are broken and sticking out of it all the way down,” he said. Mandy Bath, and many other neighbours had been noticing changes in the water, and now realize they were warnings signs. “There were warnings. Hindsight is a fabulous thing but there were warnings,” said Bath. “It turned from being water to a slurry. It was like a chocolate mouse. It was running higher and higher.” The Bath’s driveway went right over Gar Creek and Mandy said the night before the slide, she had been up, watching the creek. “I was worried,” she said. “I was up at midnight the night before the slide with a flashlight,

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looking at the creek worried that the bank was going to give and looking at the colour. I couldn’t sleep. I was really worried that something was wrong.” The creek went from the colour of brewed tea, to a thick slurry. “It was painting the sides of the creek with a mask of mud on every leaf and every rock. This was a serious warning sign,” said Bath. Officials had been optimistic until today that the mission was a rescue and not a recovery. “A decision was made after collaborating with the ex RCMP member that is an expert in this field and with the expertise of Canada Task Force 1 with the vision that there wasn`t a likely hood of survivability at this point,” said Ian Cunnings, a spokesperson for Emergency Management BC. “A decision was made by the incident command team to the RCMP that the operation transfer into a recovery mission to look for remains.” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapoint said the focus of the BC Coroners Service is to extract the remains.

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Nakusp council bids farewell to Jesper Nielsen Three-year priority plan in place; village to purchase new banners; new doctor welcomed SONYA DANN Special to the Arrow Lakes News

It was smoking hot in the Nakusp Village Council Chambers at the July 9 meeting. Despite the heat, and without a fan running, council covered a fair number of topics in their last meeting before summer break.

THANK YOU JESPER! YOU WILL BE MISSED Last week’s Village council meeting began with Mayor Hamling presenting a plaque of recognition to Jesper Nielsen for his hard work, dedication and commitment to NACFOR and True North Forestry. Nielsen worked tirelessly and sometimes without full compensation in order to get the NACFOR project started, she said. Hamling said he will truly be missed as he moves from Nakusp onto new adventures.

FINANCIAL AND ANNUAL MUNICIPAL REPORTS CAO Linda Tynan presented the Village Audited Financial Statement, Statement of Financial Information, and the Annual Municipal Report for the year 2011. The recently completed audit of the Village of Nakusp showed the prepared Financial Statements to be acceptable by accounting standards. During the audit it was also noted that expenditures were consistent with the budget or financial plan, which should provide a level of comfort in the expenditures undertaken during last year. Nakusp village cash flow improved compared to last year primarily due to an adjustment in the timing of how grant claims are being handled. But cash flow also improved as a result of increased borrowing. This improvement in cash flow will allow for the village to start funding reserves for future needs. Nakusp’s Annual Municipal Report is quite comprehensive including all sorts of information: from our location and seasonal average temperatures to a listing of all the council committees, Nakusp’s three-year plan and financial standing. The report will be posted on the village website for the public to access after final revisions have been made. All councillors and the mayor congratulated the CAO and new Chief Financial Officer Rob Richards on the report’s clar-

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TRAINING FOR FUTURE FERRY BUILDING JOBS Selkirk College staff and administration have begun working to create some new programs with the objective of creating more opportunities for locals to be hired by WaterBridge Steel Inc. for the recently-announced $26.5 million ferry project. Selkirk representatives are in contact with Waterbridge Steel Inc. and other stakeholders to ensure the programs offered will match the skill needs for building the new ferry. Programs will likely be geared toward welding and grinding.

NEW DOCTOR IN TOWN Dr. Subzwari has arrived and is settling into the home provided by the Arrow Lakes Hospital Foundation and Auxillary, and awaiting the arrival of his family. The mayor would like to send a “great big thank-you to both organizations for stepping up to the plate” for providing housing for the new doctor. If you have the opportunity, please make sure to personally welcome Dr. Subzwari and his family to our beautiful and friendly village.

NAKUSP 120TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION The birthday celebrations were wonderful despite the “liquid sunshine,” as Mayor Hamling called it. The council thanks everyone for their support around the event. Event button sales brought in $1,800 of revenue and $1,500 of profit which will be used for future July 1 Celebrations, to be allocated by the Chamber of Commerce.

WHAT’S NACFOR UP TO? Coun. Zeleznik updated the council on NACFOR’s activities. The current cut will be complete mid-July. Additional cutting permits are anticipated to be approved in September or October, and the Fosthall area plan is proceeding with the cut expected to occur in late October. Additionally, NACFOR received a $35,000 grant from Forest For Tomorrow (FFT) for spacing and areas previously logged. FFT is a reforestation program funded by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. NACFOR donated a logging truckload of wood for auction during the 120th birthday celebrations. It raised $1,190 for future community events. Congratulations

Mayor Karen Hamling presents a plaque to Jesper Nielsen for his work with NACFOR and True North Forestry at the July 9 village council meeting. Nielsen will be relocating from Nakusp Sonya Dann/Special to the Arrow Lakes News shortly.

to Stuart Petterson for the winning bid.

THREE-YEAR PRIORITY PLAN IN PLACE Council reviewed the conclusions from the meeting held on June 19, approved the list of priorities created at that meeting and are moving forward with implementation of Nakusp’s new three-year priority plan. Having the strategic objectives and organizational goals explicitly determined in a plan will help the council and village to better allocate time and money resources to the village projects with the greatest returns. As well, it will help all concerned stakeholders to better understand the priorities, hopes and dreams of the village administration. Memorial marker to be installed for Nicole Hammond The council approved an application to install a home-made stained glass memorial marker on the burial plot of Nicole Hammond, with a proviso that the village is not responsible for any damage that may occur to the marker over time or with normal landscaping activities. Hammond passed away on October 6, 2011.

NAKUSP RODEO The Nakusp Rodeo is coming up in a few weeks and organizer J.R. Bruvall was present to ensure that plans for road closures are acceptable to the village council. The plans are for Mill road to be closed during the rodeo from July 26 to 29. Council made sure

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SPECIAL EVENTS AT HALCYON HOUSE All Seniors in the community welcome to attend all Activities Any questions Call Judy at 265-3056 (eve.) or 265-3692

ROTARY VILLA LOUNGE Monday: BINGO 7:00 pm at the New Lounge Thursday: Soup & Bun Day 12:00 Noon at the New Lounge

the safety of patrons will not be affected by limited emergency vehicle access as a result of any road closure plans. Councillors also took the opportunity to look into other concerns surrounding the rodeo. Council ensured that parking has been organized in compliance of village property usage rules. Bruvall has secured parking on the property across from the rodeo site. Additionally, this experience has prompted Village staff to do some follow up with local residents to ensure knowledge of and compliance of Nakusp bylaws and village property usage rules.

UCBM 2012 Nakusp Village councillors are preparing to attend UCBM in late September by determining the village needs and priorities. The village council will have to focus on a few important topics since meetings with ministers, the premier, and other representatives are only 15 minutes in length. Fortunately, council now has the three-year priority plan to work from.

NEW NAKUSP VILLAGE BANNERS IN TOWN The Village will be replacing banners in town that had been removed due to age and obsolescence. Thirty new double-sided vinyl or mesh banners will cost approximately $133 each. Total cost for the new signage including time and equipment to hang them is estimated to be $5,500.

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HALCYON HOUSE ACTIVITIES Exercises/Birthday Teas – Joyce Social Time – Dawna, Karen Bingo – Delorus, Jean Cards – Caroline, Ileen Tai Chi – Barb Time Wise – Simon Church – Hilary, Bea Burton Church – Gale Always welcome new student/ adult volunteers! Contact: Karoline Moskal or Elaine Davis at 250-265-3692

MINTO HOUSE ACTIVITIES (Located at the Arrow Lakes Hospital)

Monday: Bingo 10:30 am Ice cream 1:00 pm Tuesday: Piano 10:00 am Junior Volunteers 3:30 pm Wednesday: Minto Medical Bus to Vernon Departs ALH 7:00am - Arrives Vernon 10:30 am Departs Vernon mid pm - Arrives Nakusp 6:00 pm Thursday: Church 10:30 am Friday: Exercises 10:30 am Gentlemen’s Afternoon 1:00 pm To contact the Recreation Dept. or to book a seat on the Minto Medical Bus for Vernon phone 265-3622 ext 259


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Arrow Lakes News Community Calendar List your community events here for FREE! Call 250-265-3823 or email newsroom@arrowlakesnews.com or use our online calendar at www.arrowlakesnews.com

MONDAY, JULY 16 - FRIDAY, JULY 20 MEGA SPORTS CAMP A free sports camp in the mornings for kids going into grades 1-7 this fall; contact Saddleback Community Church for more info.

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BURTON FARMER’S MARKET Handmade items and produce and more at the Burton Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 23 BUS TO HOT SPRINGS That’s right, ev-

JULY 17 - AUGUST 4 WILDLIFE PAINTING EXHIBIT Sharon Bamber’s pastel nature paintings show at Studio Connexion, reception on July 20, 5-8 p.m.

ery Monday get chauffered up the mountain to the Nakusp Hot Springs. The bus leaves from in front of the Overwaitea at 1:15 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 24 TAI CHI AT THE LEGION Nakusp Tai

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 MUSIC IN THE PARK: STEVE PALMER Steve Palmer plays country roots at 6:30 p.m. in the gazebo in Nakusp across from the beach, or in the arena if it’s raining.

THURSDAY, JULY 19 BINGO AT THE LEGION At the legion hall, 404 1st St. NW Nakusp, B.C. Doors open at 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

Chi group meets for ongoing practise at 9:45 a.m. TAI CHI IN THE PARK The group is at it again, this time in the park at 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 MUSIC IN THE PARK: DANIELLE SAVAGE & FRIENDS Starts at 6:30 p.m., this fun family night will be full of goodies and lots of fun.

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SPECIAL MUSIC IN THE PARK: SISTER GIRL Come out for country roots in the park Friday night. Starts at 6:30 p.m. REDFISH AT LELAND This Vernon band plays originals; starts at 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 NAKUSP FARMER’S MARKET Come see what’s happening between KSCU and What’s Brewing On Broadway from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ART WALK Go for a self-guided tour of Nakusp galleries and studios. Art maps available around town.

STORY TIME AT NAKUSP PUBLIC LIBRARY Join our wonderful reader Kathleen for stories, songs and crafts at 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 HIKE: ALPS ALTURAS This hike is an all-day 6-hour moderate hike, 90 minutes from Nakusp. Meet at 8 a.m. in the arena parking log, and come prepared for wilderness conditions. Members are responsible for their own safety during the hike. RSVP

Learn how to be a better public speaker. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Selkirk campus in Nakusp

THURSDAY, JULY 26 LEGO BUILD OFF AT LIBRARY Calling all Lego lovers six and up! Come in for a fun afternoon of freeform Lego building. Please call the library to register. BINGO AT THE LEGION Regular bingo every Thursday night, starting at 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 MASON RACK BAND If you want to dance to some amazing rock and blues, make your way to the Three Lions Pub around 9 p.m. No cover, so no reason not to go.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 - SUNDAY, JULY 29 1ST ANNUAL NAKUSP RODEO All the roping, bucking, and racing you can handle! For more information visit www. trophytournaments.com. Pancake brekkie on Saturday, free for kids under seven, $5 everyone else.

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SCIENCE MATTERS BY DAVID SUZUKI

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e can’t live without clean water. Canada is blessed with an abundance of lakes and rivers and has a global responsibility to manage them well. But if we really want to protect freshwater supplies and the ecosystems they support, we must understand how human activity and natural disturbances affect them. The world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario has served as an outdoor laboratory for this purpose since 1968. By manipulating and studying conditions in 58 small lakes and their watersheds, scientists there have made many discoveries about the effects of human and natural activity on freshwater ecosystems and fish. Over the past 45 years they’ve taught us about the impacts of acid rain, mercury pollution, nanoparticles, nitrogen overload, climate change, fish farming, and many other issues. That’s about to end. The federal government announced it will close the unique facility in 2013. It’s an odd decision, especially considering that it costs just $2-million a year to operate – one-tenth the cost of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s security detail and about the same amount the government spent during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto to build a tourism pavilion with a fake lake. To make matters worse, it will cost taxpayers $50 million to shut the ELA down!

In an open letter to government, senior scientists point out that “research conducted at the ELA has been instrumental in the development of environmental policy and legislation both nationally and internationally.” They also note that “ELA scientists have been recipients of numerous prestigious national and international awards, and the scientific output from ELA has been impressive – more than 1,000 scientific articles, graduate theses and books.” We often hear how Canada “manages” its natural resources, but how can we do that without sound knowledge about the intricacies of the water cycle? The timing is also odd. The ELA is being shut down as the government eviscerates laws and regulations designed to protect freshwater and marine habitat and resources with its omnibus budget bill. Included in the bill are changes or cuts to the Fisheries Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act, Species at Risk Act, and Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and a complete gutting and rewriting of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Changes to the Fisheries Act are especially troubling. Habitat protection has been removed, and the focus has shifted to economically viable and aboriginal fisheries only. That has some former fisheries ministers worried. In a letter to the prime minister, Conservatives Tom Siddon and John Fraser and Liberals Herb Dhaliwal and David Anderson wrote, “Canadians are entitled to know whether these changes were written, or insisted upon, by the minister of fisheries or by interest groups outside the government. If the latter is true, exactly who are they?” It’s a valid concern. Postmedia obtained government documents showing that Enbridge, the

company behind the dual Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, lobbied the government heavily before the changes were brought in. Documents also indicate that pressure from Enbridge was partly responsible for the government’s decision to pull out of a joint marine-planning process on the Pacific North Coast between industry, First Nations, citizens’ groups, and conservation organizations. One can’t help but notice that many recent cuts and changes are aimed at programs, laws, or entities that might slow the push for rapid tar sands expansion and pipelines to the west and south, along with the massive selloff of our resources and resource industry to Chinese state-owned companies, among others. Any research or findings that don’t fit with the government’s fossil fuelbased economic plans appear to be under attack. The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, for example, warned that failing to address climate change would have both economic and environmental consequences. The government also axed that arm’slength agency, under the guise of saving $5.5 million a year. Development is important, but when it’s focused on a single polluting industry, at the expense of other economic priorities and the environment, it doesn’t make sense. When industry and government go to such extreme lengths to promote a short-sighted and narrow interest, it’s an affront to the democratic traditions that Canadians of all political stripes have built over the years. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Editorial and Communications Specialist Ian Hanington. Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.

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Reservoir levels flow over full pond for July Arrow Lakes News staff

BC Hydro is continuing to limit discharge at the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in order to mitigate flood damage below the dam, which is located just west of Castlegar. As a result, water levels on the Arrow Lakes Reservoir were forecast to continue to rise until an expected peak on Sunday, July 15. As of July 13, the reservoir was at 440.486 metres (1,445.16 feet), 0.386 metres (1.16 feet) above normal full pool. It is rising at about 0.2 feet per day. The water level was forecast to reach 440.588 metres (1,445.5 feet) by as early as Saturday July 15, 2012. BC Hydro expects the water level to remain high and fluctuate between 440.1 and 440.7 metres (1,444 feet and 1,446 feet) until the end of July, 2012. This year recorded inflows to Arrow Lakes Reservoir from February to July 3 are the fourth highest when compared to in-

flows recorded in other years since 1970. “Without the operation of upstream Treaty dams, the peak flow in the Columbia River at Castlegar [and] Trail would have been approximately double the current flow and within 5 per cent of the historic maximum flows seen in the major pre-dam flood years of 1948 and 1961,” said Revelstoke-based BC Hydro spokesperson Jennifer WalkerLarsen in a statement. The high reservoir levels across the region are freeing and floating beached debris such as logs and stumps, creating a hazard for boaters. The Shelter Bay/Galena Bay ferry has been forced to weave and detour through concentrations of stumps and logs in the past week. Walker-Larsen said Hydro is taking steps to have contractors in place to deal with the debris. “Debris removal work is already underway with contracting crews and equipment mobilized on Ar-

NAKUSP PUBLIC LIBRARY

13TH ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION Now gratefully accepting donations of new items. Please drop-off your donation(s) at the library. THANK YOU! Bidding Opens Friday, August 3rd (During Library Hours) Bids Close 2 p.m., Saturday, August 11th

SLOCAN LAKE DANCE CAMP for Youth & Adults July 26-29, 2012 New Denver, B.C.

Passengers on the ferry route across the Upper Arrow Lake gaze out at debris fields in the reservoir on the early evening of July 10. The ferry was forced to make some minor detours to avoid the largest concentrations of logs and stumps. Aaron Orlando/Arrow Lakes News

row Lakes Reservoir. Currently we have a debris contractor en route to the Shelter Bay/Galena Bay area,” she said. “We expect the contractor to arrive and start work as early as Sunday July 15, the first priority being debris removal on the ferry route.” Walker said the contractor

will be using two tug boats and 60 boom sticks to contain the debris by sweeping and corralling it. The work is expected to last for at least a week, but timing depends on factors such as further storms, changes in water levels and general progress in containing the debris.

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Mourning the passing of Milton Parent

Claire Paradis Your Editor Sadly, the news in Nakusp this week was the passing of Milton Parent, and it was was always greeted with disbelief. Wherever the news spread, the first thing said was “no, not Milt.” Milt seemed like he could never die. He was full of pep and vitality, recently taking part in the July 1 Rube Band with a wig and a smile, a real

down-to-earth pillar of Nakusp. Perhaps it was because he was one of the keepers of local history that he seemed ageless and invulnerable to the passage of time. I knew Milton through the paper; he and Rosemarie supplied the Arrow Lakes News with historical pictures and cutlines for years, long before I was editor. It has been an invaluable contribution, keeping the community aware of the richness of the area’s history. Milton and Rosemarie Parent have been historians of the area, collecting

and archiving documents, photos and media for decades. The legacy that Milton leaves behind is enormous. No small part of that legacy are stories from his own life. Milt was a great storyteller, and his own tales of adventure have entertained, delighted and informed many folks over the years. Those of us lucky enough to get to hear the stories will remember them. I’ll never forget the story that Milt told at the library one time about its previous incarnation as the school that he went to as

a boy. One night, one mischievous someone let a flock of chickens into the basement of the school, and by the time the custodian arrived the next day, there was chicken poop aplenty. Milton rendition of the janitor’s total dismay was hilarious. It’s my hope that someone has been writing these stories down; I bet there are a whole bunch more just as good or better. Regrettably, Milt wasn’t able to see the completion of the Historical Society’s project: the addition to the Centennial Building that will bringing

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Just as dusk hushes the valley into deepening sepia tones, the ragged flight of little night mammals can be seen against the darkening sky: bats coming out for their evening feast of insects. The silhouetted forms happily snapping up bugs before your eyes could be Little Brown Bats, Big Brown Bats or Townsend’s Big-eared Bats, all of which call the area around Nakusp home. Juliet Craig, project biologist with the Kootenay Bat Project, recently opened up the world of bats to a crowd gathered just before dark at the Fauquier Community Hall. Aptly titled “the Wonderful World of Bats,� Craig’s lecture was aided by Mike Sarell, another biologist with inside info on the world of the flying mammals, as well as a couple very knowledgable young folks in the audience who had obviously done some delving of their own before coming to the lecture. Chiroptera, the bat order, is distinct from Rodentia, so the little creatures are not some crazy crepuscular winged mouse. Bats can be as small as a thumbnail (the Bumblebee bat) or have a six foot wingspan, like the Flying Fox. Bat biologists seem very literal-minded when it comes to naming the little critters. Chiropterans are their own animal, one that has a bad rap, Craig tried to convince the bat-loving crowd. She pointed to the movie “Contagion� as an example of bats being seen as dirty disease vectors. Once you get to know them, she said, they’re really very nice. For one thing, bats don’t have explosive population growth like rodents. Bats give birth to one or two pups per year. They’re also very nice because one bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour, fuelling their high metabolic rate as well as clearing the skies of bloodsuckers. And although they have had a long association with vampires, longer than Hollywood, most bats don’t drink blood. There is one, the Vampire Bat of Central and South America that feeds off chicken and cow blood, but

generally they don’t kill the cows or chickens. In fact, the anti-coagulent found in their saliva has been used medically to help people. Bats also have a long-time association with rabies, which they can contract and carry. Only about five to ten per cent of harvested bats have rabies, and even though the number is small and comes from a non-representative sample of bats, it is always a good idea not to handle bats, just in case. Rabies, by the way, is treated with a series of injections, and is rumoured to be awfully painful, although better than dying while foaming at the mouth. One young participant asked why bats hang upside down, a very good question. Craig said hanging upside down allows the bats to take advantage of a special niche that other animals rarely use. Mike chimed in that bats are really intelligent. For the most part, bats either hibernate or migrate, like many Canadians. They mate in the Fall and female bats then self-impregnate in the Spring, a neat trick. Maternity colonies are formed, with each pup having a specialized sound that allows their moms to find them among thousands of pups. Bat colonies are also full of some valuable stuff: guano, or bat poop. A small two-litre pail sells for over $20 to gardeners. B.C. doesn’t have the enormous colonies found in other parts of the world, so poop-mining is unlikely here. Now for the bat news. Bats have suffered huge habitat loss due to human encroachment and the closure of old mines. They are also very vulnerable to insecticides as well as cats. Some misinformed people have exterminated bats, an illegal act, because they have seen them as threatening pests. One of the biggest threats to bats is a fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome that is believed to be spreading across North America from the east coast. One of the strangest threats comes from wind farms. Dead bats had been found around the farms, and the cause of their death was found to barotrau-

Above: A large colony of Yuma bats in the attic of a Kootenay home. Below: Assessed as endangered by COSEWIC, these little brown myotis have found a home in a local bathouse. Photos courtesy of Kootenay Bat Project

ma, injury caused by low pressure caused by the gigantic windmill blades. Although they don’t need to worry about taking on windmills, the Kootenay Bat Project is busy helping our little flying friends by educating the public, taking an inventory of bats and helping landowners find alternate sites if they have bats in unwanted spots. The best way to do this, and the best way to help, is to build bat houses and take part in local bat counts. If you love mosquito-free nights, get in touch with Juliet Craig. For more, see kootenaybats.com

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About 1,100 tickets have sold to Nakusp’s first rodeo, but hardly any, if any at all have sold to local residents, which event organizer James R. Bruvall finds curious. “Everything is definitely coming together,� said Bruvall, who is feeling confident now that the grounds down on Mill Road are prepared. If you take the first left after North Nakusp Automotive and follow the road past the sewage lagoon, you hit a dirt road going to the left. Just before you hit the water, you’ll see fresh chips and a newly-constructed rodeo ring standing in front of the old beehive burner. At this juncture, Bruvall has received over 3,600 intents to compete in the Nakusp rodeo, which means 3,600 cowboys and cowgirls are saying they’re planning on taking part in the rodeo. Contestants from B.C., Alberta, Washington state and Montana have given a nod to the rodeo, but the actual number will be finalized on July 24. What they’ll be coming up to do is compete in barrel racing, bull and bronc riding, roping contests and more. They’re also more than welcome to take part in the mounted scavenger hunt and the “critter catch,� where adults vie to catch and corral goats in escalati ng rounds in which the animals increase in size. Bruvall is very conscious of people’s concern for the welfare of animals, and said most people aren’t aware how important their well-being is. “They don’t understand how important these animals are,� said Bruvall, who stressed that every precaution is taken to ensure their safety and good treatment. “The level of water quality, food quality: I spend more on my horse than I do myself,� he said. Rodeos are very regulated these days, he told me, and no one wants to hurt any animals. Bruvall wants to get locals out to the rodeo, a completely new event for the region, and get to know the animals better, and learn more about the skills involved in the rodeo events. He is looking forward to some local riders taking part in the horseback scavenger hunt, which already has 17 riders registered so far, but is also hoping that non-riders will also come out and enjoy a new experience. He’s also hoping that Nakusp residents are just waiting until the last moment to purchase tickets, because he would like to see some local faces in the crowd. The rodeo takes place from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29.

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On September 1, the price of your newspaper is going to increase. Subscriptions per year will be $4.50 and counter sales will rise to 15 cents each. Newspapers large and small have found an increasing pinch on the budget in the last two years with almost a 30% increase in paper prices, 700% increase in postal prices, increases in labour, supplies, freight, taxes etc. To meet the rising cost and to still make an honest living, we must raise our prices for a subscription. We hope the ever-increasing list of faithful readers views this increase as a necessary and vital move to keep an independent, local newspaper – which is the only paper that “gives a hoot” about the area.

JULY 17,1952 - NAKUSP LOCALS Wm. Jupp has leased the Opera House for a year from his brother, Cliff. The former Herridge print shop is being torn down to make residence for Mr. and Mrs. Donald Manning. Eight Knights of Pythias motored to New Denver on Monday night for a joint installation of officers with New Denver Lodge.

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JULY 15, 1992 MUD BOG RACE SITE READIED The Nakusp Mud Boggers and hosting Nakusp’s first ever Mud Bog on August 29. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the event which is expected to draw about 300 people. Dennis O’Brien, one of the organizers, said he expects about 10 local entries and 30 out of town entries from the Nelson, Revelstoke and Vernon areas. The mud bog will be held on private property. Roger Gensick has volunteered the use of his field in Brouse.

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Take some time to look through your checkbook or online bills history, Taurus. You may have a few unexpected expenses on the horizon and you’ll need to some extra cash.

There’s not much else you can do with regard to a tenuous relationship, Sagittarius. So it’s best if you just cut your losses and move on. November 22– You’ll make new friends December 21 easily.

Loss is not something easily overcome, Gemini. If you’ve lost someone you love due to relocation or illness, surround yourself with a good support team until you rebound a bit.

Although you want to be everything to everyone, there’s only so much of you to go around, Capricorn. Don’t spread yourself December 22– too thinly because it can take quite a while January 19 to recuperate after.

Never say never, Cancer, because you may look foolish when you eventually do the things you said you never would. Instead, be open to all possibilities and opportunities.

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Pensions for retiring MLAs panned TOM FLETCHER Black Press VICTORIA – Veteran B.C. Liberal MLA Murray Coell has added his name to the list of politicians retiring from the B.C. legislature, as the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation renewed its criticism of the MLA pension plan. Coell, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands since 1996, announced Wednesday he will not stand for re-election next spring.

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MILTON PARENT 29 July 1934 – 8 July 2012

Milton is survived by Rosemarie, his wife of almost 58 years, and his children Simone (Ted), Milton, Pat, Lynnette (Gyno) and grandchildren Davin (Alex), Brian, Cassia, Joel, Adam, Tim, Steven, Taya and Corey. Also survived by his brother Leonard, his sisters Doreen and Judy, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Shirley Ellen Parent November 15th, 1932 ~ February 19th, 2012

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2:00 pm, Saturday, July 21st, 2012 Reminiscing at 2:30 pm Schubert Centre, Vernon, BC Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca. Cremation arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

Milton was an author, historian, musician, and family man. He wrote seven books on the history of the Arrow Lakes area and earned the 2001 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Historical Writing for his book “Circle of Silver” about mining in the Lardeau. Well respected in the BC historical community, he also had a great gift for music and loved to share it with all as shown by his formation of the Rube Band that performed in the July 1st Parade this year. He was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren and was adored by all. A memorial service will be held in his honour on Wednesday, July 25 at the Arena auditorium at 2 pm. All are welcome to come and help celebrate his life. In lieu of Àowers, donations to the Raise the Roof Club for the Archive addition being built onto the Centennial Building would be greatly appreciated. Send cheques to Arrow Lakes Historical Society, Box 819, Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0.


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Nakusp resident Don Rogers, was running behind and hadn’t bought his lottery ticket for last Friday’s draw. He’s now very happy he made it to the lottery retailer after winning a $500,000 LOTTO MAX jackpot on the July 6, 2012 draw. “The feeling is incredible. It’s just like you see on television,� described Rogers. “On the day of the draw I had wanted to buy a ticket because there was so much money to be won. Then I almost didn’t make it on time because I was stuck behind a really slow truck.� Roger’s matched 7/7 numbers to split a $1 million MAXMILLION with another winner from central Canada. “When I first checked my ticket I asked the clerk to make my day,� laughed Rogers, who checked his ticket on Sunday at Carson’s Corner. “She did, and then some.� It was hard to get any sleep that night after discovering he had won, so Don and his wife Jan set out for the BC Lotto of-

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fice in Kamloops at 4 a.m. Last Friday’s LOTTO MAX jackpot was the biggest in Canadian history, with $100 million prize pool available to be won. Only once before has a Canadian lottery game come close to a prize amount of this size. In June 2010, a $50 million LOTTO MAX jackpot was accompanied by 49 MAXMILLIONS. “So far all I’ve got planned is to pay off my bills and get a bit of work done around the

house,� said Rogers, “But I’m sure my wife and I will come up with something a little more creative.� Don, an irregular lotto player, bought the winning ticket at the Kuskanax Lodge. “This is probably the third ticket I bought this year,� said the lucky man. Another ticket sold in Cranbrook matched 6/7 plus the bonus and that winner will take home $369,267.40.

When the Olympic and Paralympic Games begin in London, there are a number of Canadian athletes who will remember their first multisport experience at a BC Games. 24 athletes on the Canadian Olympic team started their journey to London with a trip to the BC Games including 2008 Olympic gold medalist Carol Huynh (Wrestling), and recent Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal (Cycling). As part of the athlete development pathway, the BC Games are a first multisport experience for young athletes that lead towards provincial and national teams and ultimately the Olympic or Paralympic Games. The BC Games are part of a strong provincial sport system that provides an outstanding training environment and support services for high performance athletes. 40% of the Canadian Olympic team live or train in B.C. Shot-putter Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops is one of Canada’s great medal hopes at the 2012 Olympic Games. He is a shining example of a B.C. athlete who has developed to international success with support through all the stages of the athlete pathway. Involved at a young age with the Kamloops Track and Field Club, he represented the ThompsonOkanagan Zone at the 1995 and 1996 BC Summer Games. Success as part of Team BC at the 2001 Canada Games was next before winning gold for Canada at the 2007 and 2010 Pan American Games. All eyes are on this BC Games alumnus to better his fourth place finish

from the 2008 Olympic Games. Swimmer Brent Hayden of Mission is another medal contender in London. Brent competed at the 1998 BC Summer Games and reflected, “The BC Summer Games was the point in my career when I realized that I had the potential to go further. It was soon after that that I decided to switch from being a summer swimmer to training all year round. It is clear that I wouldn’t have noticed my own potential without the BC Summer Games.� The full Paralympic team will be named later this summer but, former BC Games athletes Bo Hedges of Fort St. John (Wheelchair Basketball) and Adam Rahier of Powell River (Swimming) will be part of the team. Over 2300 athletes between the ages of 10 and 18 will be at the 2012 BC Summer Games which kick off just one week prior to the start of the Olympics. It is an inspiring experience that will ignite the dreams of many young athletes to pursue their sport to the highest level. A veteran of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team, Karina LeBlanc from Maple Ridge remembered, “It was an amazing experience because I did dream of one day being at the Olympic Games and it was the closest thing for me to it, so it made me want to be there that much more!� Watch for the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians at the 2012 BC Summer Games, July 19-22. See the complete list of BC Games alumni heading to London at www.bcgames.org

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VICTORIA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Shortly after word came of the death of B.C. historian and politician Bill Barlee, my wife searched through her seemingly endless trove of B.C. books and produced half a dozen of his original self-published quarterlies, known as Canada West magazine. The earliest one is Winter 1970, where the publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note advises that subscription rates were increasing 20 cents per year to $2.95. Subscriptions were up to more than 1,600 and counter sales were increasing, but costs were also up and Barlee refused to accept either display advertising or U.S. subscriptions. The only colour pages in the issue are highquality prints of four majestic paintings commissioned for the magazine. Irvine Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scenes of sacred aboriginal sites in the Okanagan-Similkameen include The Gateway to Inkameep, where Barlee remarks: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today that stream which once teemed with redfish no longer surrenders its once-valued harvest and the perimeter of the desert is gradually being eroded by manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questionable progress.â&#x20AC;? With the typography of Old West wanted posters, Barlee provided tightly sourced accounts of B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost gold mine at Pitt Lakeâ&#x20AC;? analyzes and adds to earlier accounts that begin with an aboriginal miner known as Slumach, who would periodically arrive in New Westminster to squander a small fortune in gold, then disappear up the remote tidal lake. Slumach was hanged for murder in 1891 and in the next 70 years, 11 more men would die trying to find his secret. A scientist as well as a storyteller, Barlee concluded that the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geology is wrong and the fabled gold-laden creek â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably does not exist.â&#x20AC;? A passion for prospecting runs through the magazines, and hints at Barleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aversion to treasure-seeking Americans. They overran B.C. in historic waves to take gold, and according to

Nelson Star reporter Greg Nesteroff, Barlee believed they continued to loot Canadian heritage sites. Nesteroff was inspired by Barleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, and traced his lonely mission to restore the ghost town of Sandon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the mining capital of the Silvery Slocan.â&#x20AC;? Barlee bought a surviving block of buildings in an effort to make Sandon another Barkerville, but heavy snow collapsed them. As tourism minister, Barlee found money to build replicas, and construction began on three. But Barlee lost his Penticton seat to Bill Barisoff in the 1996 election, and today only half-built shells remain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was still selling Sandonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restoration as an economic saviour for the region when he ran for federal office in 2000,â&#x20AC;? Nesteroff writes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But by then he was ridiculed for it, and finished a distant second.â&#x20AC;? Barleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1972 Canada West profile of the boomtown of Hedley would resonate in his career as an NDP MLA and cabinet minister in the 1990s. Hedleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nickel Plate and Mascot mines produced fortunes in gold, silver and copper before they played out, and Barlee led the fight to preserve their history. Today you can tour the Mascot mine, a proud historical site with a spectacular climb up the rock face that serves as the Grouse Grind of the B.C. desert. I first discovered Barlee as a reporter at the Kelowna Capital News in the early 1980s, when he did a weekly history show on CHBC television called Gold Trails and Ghost Towns. A bare-bones studio affair with tales and artifacts displayed for host Mike Roberts, the show lasted a decade. Barlee didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lack courage, quitting a teaching career in Trail and Penticton in 1969 to start his magazine. On subscription fees and a few classified ads, he built a lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work that allowed him to walk the boardwalks of history and the halls of power.


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