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Vol. 89 Issue 30 • Wednesday, July 25, 2012 • • 250-265-3823 • $1.25 Includes HST

Vancouver couple plans to ‘protect’ St. Leon Hot Springs

Newly-formed society hopes donations and user-fees will raise $2.9 million to purchase St. Leon Hot Springs property to create their vision for healing retreat. ALEX COOPER/BLACK PRESS MP David Wilks and Nakusp mayor Karen Hamling (left) were on hand at Music in the Park to honour DIamond Jubilee medal recipients Bea Anton (centre) and Dr. Norm Lea (right), as were family Teresa and Pattie, and a grateful community. SONYA DANN/ARROW LAKES NEWS

Diamond Jubilee medals awarded in Nakusp By Sonya Dann

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This year, 2012, is a year for celebrations! Not only because of the end of the Mayan calendar and the myths surrounding it, but because 2012 marks 60 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the Queen of Canada. Her Majesty, technically the Queen of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and 12 other states belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952. Celebrations of this Diamond Jubilee year will be held in all 16 Commonwealth countries and will be marked by parades, parties and awards with the pomp and pageantry expected of a Royal occasion. In Nakusp, the pomp was marked by the Diamond Jubilee medal being given to two local residents on Wednesday, July 18 during Music in the Park. Dr. Norm Lea and Bea Anton each received one of the 60,000 medals to be awarded in Canada, presented by MP David Wilks for Kootenay-Columbia. Diamond Jubilee medals are intended to commemorate the event by honouring those Canadians who have made contributions to our communities and country. MP Wilks began the formalities by giving the audience a short history of our Queen, her ascension to the Throne, and the royal family. He also read part of the speech that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made on

February 6, 2012, Accession Day, or the anniversary of when she became queen. At ceremonies like the conferring of the Diamond Jubilee medal, it is standard for the presenter to pin the medal to the chest (hopefully to their clothes only) of the recipients, but our local honorees were a little too shy and looked very grateful once they could leave the stage and after the photos had been taken. Perhaps even more than the medal, the applause from the crowd of citizens indicated how much Dr. Lea and Bea Anton are valued by the community for all their efforts. Mayor Karen Hamling gave voice to the applause with a speech thanking the recipients for their contributions to our community. Dr. Lea was presented with the award for his dedication to ensuring medical coverage and services to local residents. Having come here in 1988 after medical school and not intending to stay more than one year, Dr. Lea has instead become an enormous asset to this community over his many years of service. His efforts to ensure the emergency room is kept open for those who become injured and need immediate care have literally made the difference between life and death. The second recipient of the Diamond Jubilee award was Bea Anton. A resident of Nakusp for over 80 years, Anton has seen many things change in this community. Through it all, Anton has contributed to the community by caring for those who cannot care for themselves.

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Arrow Lakes News A Vancouver couple wants to protect the St. Leon Hot Springs from future development by creating a healing retreat on the location – saying if they don’t, it’s just a matter of time before the popular natural hot springs is developed into a commercial resort. However, the couple’s vision for the property includes significant development plans, including a campsite, parking lots, renovating the existing natural pools, potentially piping water to new pools and introducing fees for some of these services. The couple would also like to live on the property themselves for part of the year. The hot spring’s pools are located off of Highway 23 about 25 kilometres north of Nakusp. It was commercially-operated as a spa until the 1950s when steamer service ceased, ending its viability. Flooding of the Arrow Lakes Reservoir in the late 1960s covered much existing infrastructure, including the remains of the St. Leon Hotel which burned in November, 1968. Since then, it has existed as a natural hot springs accessed via a drive, hike or ski up a logging road. Currently, users can access the pools for free, but they are technically trespassing to get there. Vancouverite Heather Bryant and her common-law husband Bill Small have recently set up a booth at the Nakusp Farmers’ Market, where they’re providing information on their vision and taking donations from residents on behalf of the St. Leon Hot Springs Society. Bryant explains it is a subsidiary of The BC Hot Springs Preservation Society, a brand new umbrella organization interested in preserving hot springs in B.C. by developing them into healing centres. Bryant explained their lawyer was setting the societies up in a way to ensure a hostile takeover wasn’t possible. They’re looking for Nakusp and Revelstoke residents hoping to get involved. Their vision for the 390-acre property includes the campsite and temporary structures including yurts, tipis, tents and geodesic domes. “Low key, off the grid,” Bryant said. They hope to install composting toilets and solar showers on the site. The healing hot springs

would be complimented by healing stations equipped with massage tables. “The biggest part of our vision is to maintain the natural environment around the hot springs,” Bryant said. “We don’t want to create a resort, we don’t want a condominium structure, we don’t want a golf course. We want it to stay natural so people can come there as mother nature offers it to us.” “We need to protect our land. We need to protect and maintain the natural environment around us or we’re not going to have any fresh air or water left,” she said. Bryant said she is originally from California and has a degree in Classical music and has spent time as a professional musician and in office settings, saying she’s a “a forest girl stuck in the city.” She said her common-law partner Bill Small has experience with the Vancouverbased B.C. Compassion Club Society, which opened and operated Canada’s first marijuana compassion club. Bryant said several individuals other than herself and her common-law partner were involved. She described them as individuals with law degrees, real estate agents, those interested in the natural environment and natural health sciences. However, she declined to provide the names of those involved. The Registrar of Companies with the Ministry of Citizens’ Services on July 20 confirmed that neither The BC Hot Springs Preservation Society nor the St. Leon Hot Springs Society are registered provincially under the Business Corporations Act, Society Act, Cooperative Association Act, Financial Institutions Act or Partnership Act. What’s most unconventional about the proposal is their means of funding. The property itself is listed for $2.9 million. They hope to raise about $50,000 from public donations to get them to their first phase, then an additional $500,000 through operating revenues and additional donations from the public. Bryant said they were also exploring environmental grants and had approached the Columbia Basin Trust for grant funding. The municipally-owned Nakusp Hot Springs has struggled financially for years – including losses – and is for sale. Halcyon Hot

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Sebina Iseli-Otto, Librarian and Marina Cunningham, School Works Program student employee at the Nakusp Public Library. PHOTO COURTESY OF CBT

CBT to continue School Works Program this fall Contributed by Rachel Lucas, CBT

A CBT program that helped get Nakusp student Marina Cunningham working at the Nakusp library will be run again next year. The School Works Program pilot, which began its successful run in February, is being offered again this fall to Basin-based businesses and organizations. School Works provides an $8/ hour wage subsidy to encourage small businesses and non-profit, First Nation and public sector organizations in the Basin to provide part-time employment for full-time high school and postsecondary students in the Basin during the school year. “CBT is pleased to be able to continue the School Works Program this fall,” said Sabrina Curtis, CBT Director, Planning and Development. “We are providing $600,000 toward wage subsidies for Basin organizations to increase the availability of jobs for

students.” College of the Rockies delivered the pilot and will continue to work in partnership with CBT to administer the program this fall. “We are excited to continue collaborating with CBT after a very successful first run. The School Works Program has had such a positive impact on businesses throughout the Columbia Basin; we are thrilled to be a part of it,” Tracey Whiting, Manager of Contract Training and Business Development at College of the Rockies. From January to June, 64 businesses throughout the Basin hired students part-time with the support of the School Works Program. In Nakusp, Marina Cunningham was hired through the program to work at the Nakusp Public Library. “I had a chance to improve my people skills,” said Cunningham. “My job was very one-onone with clients of the library

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Anton spent 50 years at the Arrow Lakes Hospital both as a nurse and an X-ray technician. These days she works with those in the community who have suffered a loss; she sits with those who are ill and those who have lost loved ones, helping others through hard times. Hamling called her “the mother of Nakusp” for all her work looking after our community. The Diamond Jubilee award consists of a certificate signed by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and a medal. The medal looks like a very regal coin attached to a traditional looking ribbon, the kind of ribbon you see with war medals. I could imagine a medal like this hanging from the jacket of Napoleon Bonaparte or G. G. Patton. One side of the medal has a profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II similar to what you would see on a Loonie except in it the Queen is wearing a large crown. On the other side of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal there is a beautiful diamond pattern with an embedded maple leaf, with the dates of the diamond anniversary. The motto VIVAT REGINA meaning “Long live the Queen!” emblazons this side, and in the centre of this pattern is the Royal

Cypher, the image of the Royal Crown above the letters EIIR. This joyous time is a rare event previously occurring only once in British and Commonwealth history. In 1897 Queen Victoria celebrated a Diamond Jubilee with the people of Great Britain. For this year’s events the federal government of Canada spent $2 million for Diamond Jubilee celebrations held in local communities and $7.5 million in total. It is likely there will not be another Jubilee celebration for a long time, if ever again. As MP Wilks quipped, given the queen’s age of 85 it seems unlikely Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will continue to reign for as long as necessary to see another jubilee. One would imagine even Her Majesty would like to retire at some point. In popular media both in the UK and in other Commonwealth countries such as Canada, there have also been questions about the longevity of the monarchy once Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has ended her reign. If the monarchy does continue after Elizabeth II ends, then a successor, presumably Prince Charles or Prince William will be chosen. The next jubilee would be 25 years after one of these potential successors to Queen Elizabeth II is crowned or ascends to the throne.



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Military’s future should be debated Editor, As Canada prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, it is time to reflect on the future role of our military in the world. Our active involvement in Afghanistan transformed Canada into a “nation at war.” The tragic loss of 158 Canadian men and women to this war along with the enormous price tag of $18 billion is a constant reminder of Canada’s longest-ever war. The Conservatives are constantly glorifying war and the fact that they spent $30 million to celebrate the War of 1812 is another testament to this effect. With Canada actively engaged in discussions to establish military bases in a number of countries, we are led to believe Canada is preparing for more military adventures overseas and not necessarily under the UN flag. There is much speculation as to whether or not Canada will take part in potential interventions in Syria or Iran. My preference would be for Canada to once again become a world player under the UN flag. The concept of peacekeeping was initiated by Canada and we have long been admired as a nation who consistently contributed to this effort. A 2010 Nanos poll indicated four out of five Canadians ranked UN Peacekeeping as a higher priority than even North American security and defending the Arctic. Considering that UN peacekeeping operations cost less and have a higher success rate than other forms of interventions, it is shameful that of the 84,000 military personnel from 115 countries serving on 16 UN Peacekeeping efforts, Canada is only contributing 33, a number which has been steadily declining. It seems to me our priorities for our military should be the following: defence/sovereignty, UN-led

peacekeeping, domestic/international disaster relief, and protecting the safety and security of Canadians, including search and rescue. NATO was originally formed to create a balance of power against the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II. Yet, as the global context changes, the purpose of alliances such as NATO must also evolve and even be questioned. Canadians should encourage the government to use our position in NATO to promote a more comprehensive approach to international security. Canada also has the opportunity to contribute to international alliances, especially the UN, in a more meaningful way and it is clear that Canadians want a more humanitarian approach. I have always believed that we should be able to defend ourselves and that this involves having a strong presence along our coastlines and suitable aircraft to patrol our borders. However, the government’s planned purchase of the controversial F-35 striker aircraft is a more comfortable fit for further U.S.-led combat missions under an integrated command structure. With the primary purpose of this stealth bomber being to attack and drop bombs, a number of military analysts have suggested that this aircraft is poorly suited for defence of our territory, particularly the North. It may make sense to have the capability to mount joint military efforts with the U.S. but this should not lead to a complete integration of our fighting forces and a loss of sovereignty in decisions regarding the defence of our territory. It is time we had a full debate about the role and future of our armed forces.

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Author Joy Kogawa is seen at last month’s ceremony in Lemon Creek unveiling a sign commemorating the internment of Japanese Canadians there 70 years ago. A letter writer who was present says similarities to Greg Nesteroff photo the Sinixt First Nation sprang to mind.

Editor, “Let the truth be told,” said Joy Kogawa on June 16 in the Slocan Legion Hall. And indeed, the erection of the Lemon Creek and Popoff site displays along the Slocan Valley rail trail, the open house and the 70th anniversary dinner brought out truth about the history of the Japanese Canadian internment into the present. It was impressive and emotional to hear about the personal experiences these internees, children and adults went through in the internment camps 70 years ago. They all agreed that the internment was primarily based on prejudice and discrimination against another race and culture, a money grab and procurement of cheap labour by the governments of the time, particularly B.C.’s. During and especially after World War II they intended to drive Canadians of Japanese origin forever out of the country, pretending even children to be enemies of Canada. Hearing all this, similarities in the history of the Sinixt people sprung into our minds. The greed of white people for land and its treasures combined with diseases they brought decimated the Sinixt and drove lots of them to the southern

parts of their territory. The political agreement declaring the 49th parallel border between the US and Canada cut their tribal land apart. Conveniently the government of this country quickly declared the Sinixt north of the border forever extinct and therefore no longer people of Native status. Sinixt elder Bob Campbell, commenting on their court appeal said about a year ago: “I have no great expectations, but I have great hopes.” On the 70th anniversary dinner all internees present, most now in their 80s and 90s, expressed their hope for a future where war and greed and racial hatred would be eliminated. Joy Kogawa brought it to the point: “Let the truth be told” she said. “Go to the place of your greatest terror, tell your story and you are free.” Besides telling and keeping the stories alive, constant watchfulness and always questioning political decisions are needed to bring about a society where prejudice and injustices no longer exist. Elisabeth von Ah and Henry Hutter, Lemon Creek and Appledale

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Christian sports camp a lesson in having fun and tolerance

Kids who went to the Saddleback Church-sponsored Mega Sports Camp had a great time, although some parents who aren’t Christian would likely hesitate to send their kids to the events. SONYA DANN/ARROW LAKES NEWS By Sonya Dann

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Some of Nakusp’s little ones played and learned about soccer, basketball, floor hockey and dodgeball recently during the Mega Sports Camp held at Nakusp’s Elementary School. Sponsored by the Saddleback Community Church of Nakusp, Mega Sports Camp is an outreach program for elementary school children designed to get kids active and learn life lessons through sport. Held during the week of July 16 to 20, a couple dozen elementary school-aged kids spent the mornings cheering, singing and playing to learn about sport and god. Craig Savage, Lead Pastor with the Saddleback Community Church ran the camp assisted by youth and young adults who came from the Surrey Pentecostal Assembly for the week to help out. Savage got assistance with the camp from the Arrow Lakes Alliance Church, George Harding and the school board for providing the elementary school gym facilities at no cost, and a summer intern that Saddleback

church was able to hire with a grant from the federal Canada Summer Jobs program. Donations of snacks and other items from parents also aided the program’s smooth running. Each day the program started with an opening rally with the kids and the supervisors or coaches getting revved up with songs and pep talks. On the day I visited, kids danced and jumped to Christian pop rock music with lyrics like “get down, he lifts him up” and “I’m trading up, Yes, Lord.” The kids then sat down and learned about American Olympic diver Laura Wilkinson and some of the struggles she overcame to win a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, an example of perseverance. After the lesson the full group of kids was broken into older and younger children, did some stretching, and then went off to play. Throughout the morning, breaks were taken to have a drink or snack and to discuss a lesson or topic designed to teach children Christian morals, or as is noted on the Mega Sports Camp website “help them develop Godly character.”

The sport lesson each day is presented as part of a theme. Friday’s theme was “Finish Strong” where kids are told that “doing our best helps us finish strong” and “finishing God’s way has eternal rewards.” Other daily themes included: change, endurance, rest, and teamwork. These themes have key points like “change can improve our game,” “we can’t do it alone; we need others to help us win” and “we are not alone because God is with us.” Clearly there is a very Christian influence throughout the camp. The morals taught seem mainstream, something most parents would want their children to learn, but the lessons most certainly come with a churchy twist. Savage notes that the camp is open to children from any background and that any child would feel comfortable fitting in there even if they don’t attend church. Children pick up on things quickly and the songs words with accompanying actions are simple and fun like line dancing. Savage states that the church is very inclusive and the life lessons presented apply

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to children from any background. Conveying the idea to children that they are valuable, loved, important and can have a great life is something we can all benefit from. While these are great ideas, and it is very important for children to feel loved and important, the context in which these lessons are taught must be taken into account. Parents from non-Christian backgrounds may find themselves answering questions they didn’t think they would face. My niece attended a similar camp in Revelstoke. She really enjoyed it. But she did come home with many new ideas and questions about why, in terms of the spiritual side, what she was learning at camp was the opposite of what she was being taught at home. We live in small population centres here in the Kootenays and it can be difficult to find programs to entertain your children in the summers that fit your families’ moral and ethical belief systems. Compromises are necessary, even in urban centres, and sometimes these types of compromises are necessary. Having acknowledged that, parents must be aware that if they are not normally church-going or Christian people then their children will likely come home from the camp with some new ideas. In my experience they will begin to believe what they are being taught about god and the church from these programs and it may be uncomfortable or difficult, or perhaps just time consuming, to counter these ideas. At the end of the week every child who participated got a certificate. As well, a few special certificates were handed out for things like fastest runner and a positive attitude. Saddleback Community Church welcomed all the parents and families of the children who participated in the camp to a short video presentation of the camp week as well as a slideshow on Sunday July 22, as well they were treated to a free BBQ lunch. Crystal Kereiff Insurance Broker


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Arrow Lakes Ambassadors retire after busy year Contributed

The ambassadors are putting away their tiaras after a hectic schedule.

After a year of hard work and traveling around B.C. the Arrow Lakes Ambassador Team has retired. The Arrow Lakes Ambassador Team consisted of First Ambassador Whitney Shkuratoff, Second Ambassador Danielle Aeichele, Third Ambassador Kylie Gardner and Miss Congeniality Chelsea Fisher. Family and visiting royalty from Chase, New Denver, Trail and Logan Lake gathered in Nakusp June 23 for dinner, farewell speeches and a slide show of ac-

tivities prepared by the Ambassador team. The Ambassadors travelled to Kamloops, Oliver, Barriere, Peachland, Logan Lake, Vernon, Chase, Trail, New Denver, Castlegar and Merritt for the B.C. Ambassador pageant. In Nakusp you may have seen them in the Nakusp and Area Community Foundation Jail and Bail, marching with the Legion on Remembrance Day, in the Santa Claus parade, selling 50/50 tickets during the Winter Fest weekend and during the Midget Rep. Provincial playoffs, selling

Daffodils for the Canadian Cancer Society, at the Drop-In Bingo or serving dinner to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. The Arrow Lakes Ambassador Committee would like to thank the parents and chaperones for all their help over this past year with various functions. The Committee would also like to thank the community for all your continued support of our program. Though there were no candidates to participate for the 2012/13 pageant year, we look forward to continuing the program in years to come.



Sandon Abstraction comes to Hidden Garden Gallery

Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services and Halcyon Assisted Living Society are seeking to hire a HR Generalist. This full time position which will be located at the Nakusp ASLCS of¿ce will be for a one year term with the possibility of being extended. The HR Generalist will be responsible for maintaining human resource job responsibilities that encompass all program areas within the mandate of ASLCS and HALS. The successful candidate will report directly to the Executive Director. Preference will be given to those candidates who have related education, training and experience working in the area of HR within a not-for-pro¿t human service environment. A combination of education and experience will be considered. Please submit your Resume and Cover Letter to Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services, Box 100, Nakusp BC V0G 1R0 (attention Executive Director) or email to: The closing date for this ad is 12 noon, August 3rd 2012, and only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

THANK YOU NAKUSP On July 1st, 2012, Halcyon Assisted Living Society (HALS) hosted a Grand Opening of the couple’s suite at Halcyon House in Honor of John and Peggie Grigg. John was born in Nakusp April 9, 1911 and resided in Nakusp for his whole life, except to serve his country in WWII. John and Peggie were married May 25, 1963, and lived on Shakespear Rd. until they moved to Halcyon Home in 1998. They were both very happy there so when Peggie passed away in 1999 and John in 2000, they donated their property to the Foundation. It is ¿tting that the ¿rst tenants in the couple’s suite, Mr. and Mrs. Bargary, who knew of the Griggs, are also long-time residents of Nakusp. This suite was made possible by donations from the Halcyon Home Foundation and Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services (ASLCS). The construction and project management was provided by Doug Gustafson and Gary Grout. As a result, it is with great pleasure that the ASLCS and HALS Board of Directors offer a heartfelt thank you to the above named individuals, and the Halcyon House Foundation. As well, HALS and ASLCS would like to thank all of the residents of Nakusp who continue to support HALS and ASLCS by faithfully voting for our Community Initiatives Funding provided by Columbia Basin Trust. It is through your kindness and support that we are able to offer the quality services we provide to the community at large, and more speci¿cally, the tenants who reside at Halcyon House. Thank You!

Sarah Jeffreys brings her intriguing photos to New Denver’s Hidden Garden Gallery.


Sandon Abstracts, a photographic exhibit by Sarah Jeffreys, will run July 23 through 28 at the Hidden Garden Gallery. The reception on Friday, July 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. will feature music by Jeremy Down. A former archaeologist, Jef-

freys picked up a camera while traveling in 2008 and hasn’t put it down since. She spends the winters on the Colorado Plateau with her husband Mark and toddler daughter Sequoia and the summers in the Kootenays. Jeffreys describes her show as “an ongoing engagement with Sandon’s strange and beau-


tiful worlds of weathered wood, rust, and paint. A kind of accidental forensics has been the result, an archaeology of what is becoming, not what was.” The Hidden Garden Gallery, 803 Kildare Street, New Denver, is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Music in the Park brings Blu Hopkins’ eclectic music to Nakusp seemed to relish the couples’ stories and playful banter on stage. Blu Hopkins had a number of string instruments they used for the show. Kelly had a very interesting looking and brand new small electric bass. She said during the show that they had picked the instrument up in Calgary the day before and that it sounded unusually loud to her, apologizing if the audience was having the same experience. The new electric bass looked just like a two-thirds size version of a normal bass. And it was actually a small but normal bass with a structured wooden hollow body like you would expect, but it also has a high grade pick-up on it to amplify the sound to be like what one would expect to hear from a standard-sized instrument. Kelly also had a mandolin while Blu had an acoustic guitar for most of the show. Blu had with him on stage a stick dulcimer. A dulcimer is an instrument often associated with Ozarks-inspired music. Blu’s dulcimer looks like a traditional version but with a long neck, almost like a vi-

preciated on stage as well by the audience. Blu Hopkins had a great experience in Nakusp, enjoying the quiet audience’s attentiveness and interest in the music. Music in the Park really is a perfect way to spend a warm summer evening. On the evening I attended it was still almost 30 degrees when the sun was starting to settle down for the night, there was a clear sky and not many mosquitoes out yet. A quiet and content crowd was clearly enjoying their evening. The kids were amusing themselves, smaller children seemed to group up and dance somewhere near the stage or run off to play a game together or play in the nearby park. The occasional dog had an opinion, mostly about a strange nearby dog, but was quickly quieted down by their human companions. It was a very pleasant evening perfect for the whole family. Music in the Park takes place every Wednesday, 6:30 pm, at the gazebo and in the arena if there’s rain. You can bring your favorite folding chair and watch from the grass or wear

Blu Hopkins, old friends of the late blues musician and curator Bunty Maxfield, entertained the crowd with songs about life in a small town. SONYA DANN/ARROW LAKES NEWS By Sonya Dann

Special to the Arrow Lakes News

You know summer has come to Nakusp when there’s music in the park on Wednesday nights. For 15 years there has been music at the gazebo in Nakusp, filling summer evenings with fun and song. Parking around the gazebo area fills up, and more than 150 people hang out or pass through the park, enjoying the sounds of live music. On Wednesday, July 11 the performing artist at Music in the Park was Blu Hopkins, a two-member band made up of Blu and his wife Kelly. Blu and Kelly came all the way from Salmon Arm to play organic acoustic music for the crowd in Nakusp. Blu Hopkins’ music crosses genres and cannot easily be defined but has elements of bluegrass, and folk and country as well. They sang songs about small town life, love and loss, using a number of string instruments to accompany their lyrics. Blu Hopkins was a band that Bunty Maxfield had petitioned Hamling to bring to Nakusp for Music in the park last year. Maxfield and Hopkins were good friends and had played together. Virtually everyone in Nakusp seemed to know Maxfield, his love of music, and how great he was on a harmonica. Max-




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field spent hours putting his local radio show “Got Them Blues” together, crafting a quality program that brought the blues from all over into the homes of Nakusp. Mayor Karen Hamling books the bands for music in the park by March for each summer, and when she was booking acts for the 2012 season Hamling remembered Maxfield’s request and booked Blu Hopkins to play this summer’s event. Unfortunately Maxfield passed on June 16, 2012, too soon to enjoy the show in body, but he was there in spirit. Blu Hopkins dedicated a song to Maxfield during the show, and ended the performance with another dedication, a beautiful tear-jerking song called “Who Will Sing For Me.” They performed the song in a similar style to how it has been performed by Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, two artists Maxfield and Hopkins both enjoyed. There was no denying the music was great, but maybe the most interesting thing about Blu and Kelly is that they have been together since they were 15 and 17 years old. They met on the streets of Vancouver, became friends, and life developed from there. Many people in the crowd were amazed by how long the two musicians have been a couple and

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olin but much smaller. Unfortunately Blu didn’t play his unique instrument for the crowd that night, but after the show I got to hear a few notes. It has a rustic and twangy sound just like I imagine one would hear in Appalachia: unique and wonderful. The night’s performance was ap-

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You may need to get a little aggressive to get what you need, Taurus. Don’t worry about being rude; you just may need to push yourself into certain situations this week. Gemini, this is a good week for telling others about your positive thoughts and hopes. It’s advantageous to have as many people on your side as you can.

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Branch out and enjoy new ways of thinking, Aries. Keep the energy and enthusiasm about a new project. Your energy will inspire others to get moving, too.

Although you can expect a week full of energy and many things to do, you will still manage to have fun in the process, Cancer. Things can change quickly, so enjoy.

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Leo, you could learn something new this week, and it very well may be something important. Just keep your eyes and ears open to new ideas and information all around you. If you are trying to convince a person of something, you have to take a less combative tone, Virgo. Remember, you catch more bees with honey.

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Scorpio, you may not be able to avoid conflict this week, so you may as well just go with the flow. Just try not to get into the fray if something should escalate.

Even if you have no interest in seemingly trivial things like games and puzzles, Sagittarius, give one a try this week. You could find it takes your mind off of other November 22– things. December 21

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A friend is not jealous of you, Capricorn; he or she is simply proud of all you accomplished. Don’t feel badly about bragging a little about the things you’ve done.

An altruistic act by someone you know could inspire you to do your own form of charity, Aquarius. You’re of the mind to get involved with something that gives back. You may seem a little confused this week, Pisces, almost like you’re walking in a fog. Take some time to sit and reflect.

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You are completely absorbed in your romantic relationship, Libra. For the time being that’s a very good thing. Spread a little of that love around you; it September 23– might be contagious. October 22



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Nelson canoeists cross the finish line in reverse By Daniel Routley

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A wild ride on the water has left a canoe team from Nelson smiling. With a time of 6:51, Kootenays (Zone 1) members Gino Catenacci, Galen Boulanger, Stuart Milde and Jacob Timmermans completed their 500 metre, four-person canoe race on the morning of Saturday,

July 21 by paddling hard in reverse. Starting in lane number five on the far right of the course, the four boys pulled ahead of the others only to begin an accidental journey to the left of the course. With teammates and the referee calling on the team to go right, the boys still managed to end up off the course, in the bushes, and then eventually completely backwards.

“We were actually going better backwards than forwards,” said Timmermans after the race. “We were more in sync going backwards!” “That’s how they paddle in the Kootenays, backwards,” announced chief official Bill Rublee on the radio. “We’re no good at the canoeing,” commented Catenacci. “We’re much better at the kayaking.”

But, with only two months of training between them all, even a sixth place finish is an excellent feeling, they said. Boulanger called it “the best race I’ve ever had,” and, with smiles on their faces and excitement clearly in their hearts, it certainly made for an exciting and entertaining event.

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John Figner John Sidney Figner, 69, passed away peacefully in his home on July 9, 2012. At his request, no service will be held. John was born March 23, 1943 in Nakusp, BC and worked most of his life for the operating engineers. He was passionate about machinery and heavy equipment, especially logging trucks. He also enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles and outdoor activities including hunting and ¿shing. He is survived by his son Steven; daughters, Teresa and Janice; brother-in-law, Stan Cameron; nieces Debbie Allard and Kathy Bilinski; and nephew Alan Cameron.




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This Week in History This Week in History features a selection of stories from the Arrow Lakes News archives


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A rather odd combination of instruments didn’t deter this regiment group at the internment camp at Edgewood from performing a variety of music for the troops and local citizens in WWI. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARROW LAKES HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND CRESCENT BAY CONSTRUCTION

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NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION REGARDING LAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE I, Lori Jayne Eger and Ronald John McCormack of 343 McCormack Rd, Burton, B.C., V0G 1E0 intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as, Parcel Identi¿er: 013934-813 Lot 11 District Lot 7698 Kootenay District Plan 847 except that part in plan 8798 located at 5525 Burton Frontage Rd, Burton, B.C., V0G 1E0. Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to, Paul Peterson - 123 Burton Main Rd, Burton, B.C., V0G 1E0 by Aug 15th, 2012.

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July 24, 1952 - Youth finds way to forestry camp After four nights in the bush, Walter Chudyk, 17 of Vernon, an employee of Thorlakson’s logging operations, stumbled into a B.C. Forest Service suppression camp on Monday near the Kettle River. He had lived on berries and was apparently none the worse for his unusual diet, or for his 30-mile tramp over creek beds and up gullies. The camp he arrived at after following a trail was 30 miles from Kettle crossing on the Monashee highway. Chudyk, new to the country, was en route to Thorlakson’s supply camp with two pack horses after delivering supplies to a camp five miles south of Lightning Peak, 40 miles west of Edgewood. When his horses were found hobbled, an intensive search was launched for him, and hope of finding him Sunday were low.

July 26, 1962 Helicopter fights fire with new device

Celgar had its ninth fire this year over the weekend, which was located in the 300-foot level above the power plant at Needles. A helicopter was dispatched from Revelstoke to aid in the suppression of the fire. The helicopter is equipped with a 45gallon water bombing tank. Celgar’s Fire Warden initiated a new use for this device to suppress the fire. As there was no water on the steep hillside a 45-gallon barrel was rigged with a gate valve and 500 feet of hose, so the helicopter could discharge the 45-gallons into the open topped barrel on top of a cliff. The experiment was very successful. The helicopter had a three-anda-half minute return trip to the Arrow Lakes and when it arrived back at the fire location, the barrel was nearly empty. The helicopter made 13 trips during the afternoon, moving approximately 600 gallons of water to the one-quarter acre fire.

July 26, 1972 - Edgewood Fastball Tournament The ball is chinked high and foul during the fastball tournament action in Edgewood on the weekend. In one game, the Kelowna Reds were meeting the Kelowna Macs in the first semi-final game of the tournament. The Reds went on to win the game. There were eight teams from around the Okanagan and Kootenays participating in the twoday tournament. Congratulations to Melvin Matchett who won the trophy for better batter at the tournament.

July 28, 1982 Full reservoir much nicer The Arrow reservoir is now full. We have been pushing for years to have the reservoir kept full from June to October to keep the ugly mud flats, dust storms, navigation hazards and debris under control. The empty reservoir is ugly and the full reservoir looks so nice. With the generation machinery being installed at the Keenleysde Dam, this full reservoir status may become a reality. It will be a big improvement to see a full reservoir year-round. It may cause an adverse effect on our weather but we will have to see, it will certainly aid the logging firms who use the waters for transport of logs. The one bad thing we

have heard about the full reservoir is that there are no beaches at high water. This will also be rectified if the waters are given a chance to wash the shores for a few years at the full reservoir or slightly under. It won’t take long before we have some very nice beaches. Let’s hope we see it come true.

July 22, 1992 Byline Burpy Surely but not too slowly, an industrial road is being built up on the west side of the Arrow Lakes from Needles towards Arrow Park. The road has been creeping steadily northward over the past couple of years without much fanfare but it is now nearing Carroll’s Landing and from there to Arrow Park is not far. When it is completed, there will be a choice for travellers. If the road is a good grade, as it appears to be in most cases from the east side, then there is a possibility for the provincial government to take it over, upgrade it and put in a bridge at Rock Island and eliminate both ferries at Needles and Arrow Park. That is something I would like to see.

July 25, 2002 - Czech softball team passes through Nakusp The Czech Republic National Women’s Softball Team was in Nakusp on Monday night. The entourage of 16 players, their coaches and chaperones flew into Vancouver Monday morning. Before attending the Softball World Championships in Saskatoon this weekend, the group wanted to see the Rocky Mountains. This desire to see the countryside, the first time in Canada for most of the 16- to 23-year-old players, brought them in on rental cars to Nakusp for the night. The team ranked second in Europe, met up with fellow Czech and current Nakusp resident Vladimir Stuchlik. Then they headed to the beach for some B.C. water play and slept the night at the Kuskanax Lodge. This time spent in our land will also help acclimatize the fit players, say coach Vladimir Suss. As for their chances in Saskatoon, the Czech Softball Association President, Pavel Prachar, who was accompanying the girls, said they hoped to place well. “But the Canadians are pretty strong,” he said.

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Norden amazes with magic and some silly humour By Angus Schroff

Special to the Arrow Lakes News

Norden had the crowd in stitches with his rapid-fire knock knock jokes. He could be the main event at your next party!

Houdini, David Copperfield, Penn, Teller and… Mike Norden? Well, he doesn’t make cars disappear or send tables flying around the room, but he puts on a good show nonetheless. No one ended up in two pieces; the sidesplitting going on last Tuesday was of a different kind. Before the show started, he decided to warm us up with some “comedy.” “Does anyone know any knockknock jokes?” he asked, eyes scanning the crowd for any eagerly raised hands. “No? Too bad. Okay, I’ll do some. Knock knock!” “Who’s there?” the crowd replied. “Interrupting cow.” Knowing what was coming, I groaned. “Interrupting cow who–” “MOO!” he yelled, sending the kids grouped at his feet into fits of laughter. The next few minutes went like this, with kids and their parents slowly filing in through the door as Norden spouted seemingly endless streams of awful jokes to keep everybody entertained. At last, when everybody had shuffled around and sat down, the act began. Norden started by stating the rules to the tykes, and promising prizes to those that were well behaved. That turned out to be pretty much everybody, as the show seemingly went off without a hitch. He showed of his skills by making things disappear, switch places, and generally doing everything magicians do, but sillier. A number of times during the act, he reached into his magic box for a cloth, only to realize it was a diaper and throw it back in. Sever-

al kids assure me that this is, in fact, comedy gold. To top it all off, he even got a few kids to join in and help out with some tricks. Nothing pleases the fans like audience participation; just ask the WWE. Once the show was over and the bunny back in the box, I talked to the magician himself about his act, magic, and a few other things. Mike himself, as expected, is extremely likeable. You don’t do children’s shows if you’re a sourpuss. I was curious about how he got into magic; his response was both interesting and unexpected. “I don’t have any cute stories about an uncle who pulled something out of my ear.” He confessed as he packed his supplies into a case. “It all started one day when I was bored in Disneyland.” (Cue scoffing) “I saw a magic shop there and ended up spending half the day inside. When I got home I had a couple of nieces who wanted me to do some tricks for them, and it kind of snowballed from there.” I also couldn’t help but ask if he’d ever had something not quite go as planned. “You mean have I ever messed up?” He grinned. “Oh, plenty of times. The thing is, unless you see my act again and again, you don’t know if something went wrong. If I drop something or break something, I can just roll with it and pretend it was part of the act. A few times, I’ve even had something happen that was funnier than I intended.” When all is said and done, that makes for a good show. If you ever need someone to do a (possibly unintentionally) silly magic show, give Norden a call. He can be found at As his website says, you’ll be glad you did.


Shorebirds now busily shoring up for winter

Gary Davidson Birds of Nakusp I was a bit surprised last week to see two Greater Yellowlegs near the mouth of Kuskanax Creek. Yellowlegs belong to the sandpiper group, which together with the plovers and a couple of other small families comprise a much larger group known as the shorebirds. As the name suggests, these birds spend most of their time at the water’s edge either feeding in the shallow water or on the adjacent shore. Some species will also feed in grassy fields, particularly in wet conditions. Ideal conditions for most shorebirds are gently sloping shorelines providing extensive shallows and

abundant wet shorelines or mudflats. The ever-changing water levels on Arrow Lakes make these conditions almost non-existent here. Our shorelines are almost all sand and gravel, neither of which contains food. As a result, very few shorebirds use Arrow Lake as a migration corridor. It may seem a little early for migration, after all, summer only just arrived! But shorebirds, particularly the adult males, migrate southward very early. In most species, males play little or no role in the raising of young. So as soon as the mating period has ended, there is no reason for them to stay any longer. Female and immature birds move southward a little later. Greater Yellowlegs do not migrate as far north as many species; this may also contribute to their early appearance in southern B.C. In this province, their breeding range is primarily found in the Caribou and the Central Interior, but there is some evidence to suggest that they may breed even further south than this. For example, three years ago I saw an adult,

and two immature birds at a small lake on the Monashee. While they will sometimes migrate in family groups, the agitated behaviour of this adult suggested that the immature birds were quite young and still under the careful watch of the parent. I strongly suspect that these birds had nested at that lake. Most shorebirds pass through southern B.C. in the latter part of August and in September. Provided the water levels have dropped a little by then, we may get a few more shorebirds stopping in for a visit at that time. The flats at Burton are the best place to look for them. But by far the best place to see shorebirds in the Southern Interior is at Salmon Arm. There, the wide mud flats provide a haven for thousands of shorebirds every fall. It’s quite a spectacle to go there on a good day and see huge flocks of several different species, fattening up on the nutrientrich mud flats before continuing southward to their winter homes far to the south of cold and snowy Canada.

Although the Upper Arrow Lake doesn’t have much shore to speak of at the moment, shorebirds like this Greater Yellowlegs are still poking around our lake’s edge this summer. PHOTO COURTESY OF GARY DAVIDSON

Arrow Lakes News, July 25, 2012  
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July 25, 2012 edition of the Arrow Lakes News