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B.C. councils call for pot decriminalization By Tom Fletcher
After a passionate debate and a close vote, delegates to the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention passed a motion calling on the federal government to decriminalize marijuana. The UBCM placed major emphasis on the debate this year, staging a debate Monday featuring former B.C. attorney general Geoff Plant, in favour of loosening pot laws, and University of the Fraser Valley criminologist Darryl Plecas opposed. After a lineup of speakers on the impact of marijuana grow ops on communities and crime impact, a show of hands by hundreds of delegates supported the call for decriminalization. Metchosin councillor Moralea Milne reminded delegates that Plant termed pot prohibition “a disastrous and expensive failure of public policy.” She said more than 500,000 B.C. residents have smoked marijuana, but she doesn’t support its use. “Personally I’d rather have a martini, and and I’m allowed to, because we changed that very wrong prohibition stance that we had,” Milne said.
Okanagan-Similkameen area director Tom Siddon, a former federal cabinet minister, said his local police reject decriminalization. “I think we’ve been frying too many brains,” Siddon said. “It’s going to aggravate the temptation of young people to move from marijuana, which may well be more harmless than a few bottles of beer, to being hooked on heroin, cocaine and the chemical designer drugs.” Prince George city councillor Brian Skakun drew laughter with his comment: “I tried it when I was younger, I turned out OK.” Turning serious, he said the costs extend to police and courts weighed down with marijuana cases rather than “real criminals.” Abbotsford councillor Henry Braun agreed with Siddon. “We produce about 1.5 million pounds of marijuana in British Columbia,” Braun said. “We consume about 185,000 pounds, so the vast majority of marijuana is being exported to the U.S. and other places.” Port Moody councillor Bob Elliott said his “quaint, safe city” has seen three gang-related murders in the past six months. He pleaded for support for decriminalization. Coquitlam councillor Terry O’Neill called
Metchosin Coun. Moralea Milne speaks to her motion to urge Ottawa to decriminalize marijuana at Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria. TOM FLETCHER/BLACK PRESS
decriminalization “the worst of all worlds,” protecting people from simple possession charges while leaving large-scale growing and sales in the hands of criminals. Nelson councillor Robin Cherbo said sparing young recreational users from prosecution is worth it, and even outright legalization won’t stop the criminal trade as long as pot remains illegal in the U.S.
Cariboo Regional District director Joan Sorley reminded delegates that grow ops are destructive to communities and dangerous to police and fire departments. “They’re huge operations,” Sorley said. “If we decriminalize it, we take away the tool that the RCMP has to try and shut them down and help keep our neighbourhood safe.”
Nakusp councillor applauds UBCM vote By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
NSS students are carrying the spirit of Terry Fox beyond just the one day run. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
Fox continues to inspire By Ryan Willman
Special to the Arrow Lakes News
About thirty-five years ago a scrawny curly haired boy, just eighteen years old, stood in front of a local crowd in a bowling alley and thanked everyone for supporting his ambition to run across Canada. “Umm. Do you realize how big this country is?” This was the tongue in cheek response of teacher Pat Dion when he first heard Terry Fox
speak about his plan to run across the country during the fundraiser in their mutual hometown of Port Coquitlam. But what started off as playful skepticism turned into years of serious dedication to the Terry Fox run, which includes participating in the very first run held in Port Coquitlam. Mr. Dion was kind enough to share his bowling alley story and his enthusiasm for the
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Nakusp councillor Joseph Hughes described the recent debate over decriminalization of marijuana at the 2012 Union of BC Municipalities convention as “interesting.” “One of the attendees brought up the issue of legalization rather than decriminalization, which was an interesting point,” said Hughes. UBCM voted in favour of decriminalization, however, not legalization, with a solid majority. “It was close,” Hughes said, “but it wasn’t close enough that we had to use our electronic voters.” So, with a show of hands, the resolution to call upon the appropriate governments to decriminalize marijuana passed. Councillor Hughes noted that the motion doesn’t mean that charges for possession, production and trafficking will end immediately. “We don’t make laws, but it forces the conversation to be had,” he said. Traditionally, part of the conversation
about marijuana is that it is a gateway drug that leads to the use of harder drugs, something Hughes is skeptical about. He also believes that decriminalization of pot could reduce the revenue-creating arsenal of illegal substances available to gangs and organized crime. “It won’t stop [gangsterism], but it will take that one drug out of their realm,” said Hughes. Ordinary people who use the drug therapeutically shouldn’t bear the burden of feeling like they’re criminals simply because they smoke pot, the councillor pointed out. “You have people in our community who have prescriptions for medical marijuana, and they feel like criminals, they feel ashamed,” he said. The Nakusp councillor believes that bureaucrats are lagging behind the general population in regards to attitude toward marijuana. “This is something our government is sitting on the fence about. As far as our society goes, it’s pretty accepted,” said Hughes about marijuana use.
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Bike Pirate finds and shares hidden mountain treasures By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
“Finding the hidden treasures,” that’s what mountain biking is all about to Pete Oprsal, founder of the Bike Pirate website. Oprsal is a die hard downhiller who wants to share his passion for the sport with other bike lovers in Western Canada. Based in Camrose, Alberta, Oprsal started the mountain biking site two years ago to promote community trails and get people out riding. “It’s really hard right now to get info on one place,” Oprsal said over the phone from Canmore. To address the problem Oprsal started bike pirate’s Trail Report page that lists the status of some trails in the B.C., Alberta, Utah, Washington and...New Zealand? “Yeah, I spent a whole year out there,” Oprsal said, “I even thought about staying there but decided Canada was my home so I came back.” Even so, he still has an attachment to the place, and hopes to get back there again. If he does, he’ll be able to check his own website to see if the trails there are open before heading out for a ride. The Trail Report page is popular, and its list of trails is only getting larger. “I still have a lot of postings to put up for Utah,” Oprsal told the
Arrow Lakes News, “We have a lot of postings for St. George and Moab, because those are two destinations a lot of people from Canada love to hit, especially western Canada.” In general though, Bike Pirate has been focusing on covering as much of western Canada as they can. There are pros and cons to promoting community bike trails to a broader spectrum of rider. The plus side is connecting new riders with new riding possibilities, and the negative is getting too many riders on trails that can’t sustain the numbers. Alex Marshall and Amber Ens, two dedicated Nakusp downhill riders and trail builders explain that although it’s great to share local highlights with visiting riders, too many riders can become a burden on limited volunteer power that maintains and builds trails. “If we meet someone in town who is interested in riding, we’re more than happy to take them out with us,” said Ens, but says she is reluctant to post trails on an external website. She and Marshall are currently asking local downhillers if they want to share their trails online. Both Ens and Marshall were also cognizant that new riders might need a guide to make it through unfamiliar trails safely. For both pro and con camps, cross-country trails are seen as a
great starting point for inexperienced riders and families to get out and familiarize themselves with the joy of biking. “It’s a great way to get out,” said Bike Pirate’s Oprsal. With more experience, it’s easier to make the decision whether to invest time and money into road or downhill biking. Either way, the sport is thriving, said Oprsal. The bike pirate says more and more communities are realizing the value of bike trails, and some like Devon, Alberta are even dubbing themselves as “bike towns.” Bike Pirate, now two years old, has been capitalizing on the popularity of biking and the highly mobile nature of bikers who are always on the look out for the next great golden ride. “It’s a well-known fact that mountain bikers travel and stay overnight,” asserted Oprsal, who has found hotels in biking areas to be keen advertisers on his site. Books are also cherished items among the biking class, with guide books being another good seller: easy to pack around without worry of damaging it, unlike an electronic device. Whether or not you pack a wireless gadget or a book, getting out on a bike is easy to do, and can be fun for the whole family. Arrrrr, matey!
Bike Pirate contributor rides the H-Road, a trail near New Denver.
Nakusp Child Care Society Annual General Meeting PHOTO COURTESY OF LARS GOELLER
Communities get more say on BC Transit
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 7.00pm, Nakusp Curling Club Are you interested in curling this year? We’re seeking people of all ages. (Men, Women & Mixed Teams Welcome) If you can’t make it to the meeting please call Brian Weatherhead 250-265-3133 and let us know if you’ll participate in organized curling this winter. The West Kootenay Transit Board could be a template for regional transit authorities in the future.
The B.C. government will ask local communities to nominate directors for the BC Transit board, in an effort to improve communication on bus service changes and expansions. Transportation Minister Mary Polak announced Tuesday that communities will also have the option of setting up regional transit commissions, similar to the one in place in Greater Victoria. The recommendations follow a review of BC Transit administration, sparked by complaints that the provincial agency was arbitrarily changing service and costs after municipal budgets were set. “We are also making sure that BC Transit provides sufficient
notice to local governments of any service adjustments, along with the type of information local governments need to make timely budget decisions,” Polak said. Joe Stanhope, chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo, praised the review and BC Transit’s efforts to give communities more say. It was Stanhope’s complaints about a doubling of management fees and the proposed withdrawal of new buses from the Nanaimo service that provoked the review. BC Transit CEO Manuel Achadinha said there has already been progress on new regional transit authorities. The Kootenay region has nine different bus systems, but has established a committee that could lead to a
regional service. The provincial review identified the Okanagan and Central Fraser Valley as other areas that should consider amalgamating. The ministry will develop a policy for intercity transit routes that will focus on shorter trips and timing for commuters, Polak said, while leaving longer bus service to Greyhound and other private bus lines. Polak said the municipalities in the Greater Victoria Transit Commission remain split on whether they should transfer their service to the Capital Regional District. The government will extend their ability to nominate commission members, which are now restricted to mayors of key communities.
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Get busy, winter is coming
Falling leaves are the cue to get moving on preparations for the coming cold snowy winter season. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
Fair attendance up 37 per cent The Nakusp Fall Fair saw an increase of visitors by over a third this year, and more entries as well. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS By Gail Ponto
Special to the Arrow Lakes News
The ALAC would like to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s Fall Fair the success it was, the vendors, the exhibitors and the people who came to see it all. In particular we would like to mention Harvey & Cheryl Truax and their crew – the registrars, who we see on Friday when we bring our exhibits in and the judges, who we never see but do such a great job of deciding where to awards the ribbons. All three costumes in the Trashion Show were so unique and different that Alice Smith, Shannon Heppner and Gail Ponto were each awarded a first place ribbon. Attendance was up by 37 per cent: 455 people came through the door, and exhibitors were up by 25 per cent and there were 38 more items entered. The Kuskanax Lodge, What’s
Brewing on Broadway, Caffe Lago, Betty Coleman, Alice Smith and Cheryl Truax all deserve thanks for the prizes for the raffle and door prizes; Deb Guest Catering for the delicious lunch that was available to the public; Richard Cann and his crew for all their help in putting up and taking down the tables; and School District #10 for the use of the display standards. We would also like to thank the Nakusp Library, Nakusp Museum and the Arrow Lake Historical Society for bringing in Mr. Peter Blundell of Guardian Estate Appraisals who spent the day giving Nakusp its very own Antiques Appraisals Roadshow. Mr. Blundell was kept busy from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. with only breaks for lunch and supper. Many people enjoyed just listening and learning while others were gratified to hear the value of their items. We hope they will bring him again next year.
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Claire Paradis Your Editor Like its equinoctial bookend Spring, the fall is buzzing with the dirty business of the earth’s abundance. At this end of the seasonal spectrum, it’s all about harvesting, and planning for the next year if you can find the time. Now is the time to race through the forests hunting the elusive fungi for mushroom buyers or your own frying pan. Now is also the time to pick fruit, dig up buried potato treasures, split and stack firewood, discover the
nth-possible use for zucchini, get livestock ready for winter, and find those winter tires. Yes, it’s a busy time of year; there seems to be so much it’s hard to find room to store away what will be enjoyed during the severity of snow and cold. But what’s better than taking out dried mushrooms for a rich soup that will warm you to the core? Not much. So, time to get out there hunting and collecting: Chanterelles, Pines, Lobsters, the occasional and odd Jelly. The best Easter egg hunt ever; because really, how many hard boiled eggs or jelly beans can one person eat anyway? Here kid, have a pine mushroom instead. And even if you don’t like the things, you can always try foisting them off on Dan and Jan in trade for cash. It’s all about the hunt, after all. What? There are still blackberries and apples, grapes and plums to pick? Quick, man the dehydrators and unzip the freezer bags to catch the fruit cas-
cade! Sweet. Thank heavens for root vegetables that can stay in the ground a little bit longer while every other thing is chased down. Second only to mushrooms is the joy of discovering plump little potatoes nestled in the soil, just waiting for you to come find them. Scrubbed red beauties served with butter and chives or even a little mint, mmmm. Is the freezer ready for deer? Or turkey? Or chicken? Or maybe a Legendary cow? It better be in a hurry. What about bucking and splitting those windfalls in the back forty? Or buying a load of firewood with a few folks who will have hungry fires to feed in the cold of winter. Yes, winter is coming, George R.R. Martin, and when it does we’ll get a chance to wade through your enormous stories of intrigue. Until then it’s hair straight back getting ready for the flying snow.
CBT’s Environmental Initiatives Program grants increased Contributed
Columbia Basin groups wishing to help maintain or enhance environmental conditions in and around their communities are invited to submit project ideas to the Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). Over the past 11 years, the program has provided over $5 million in funding for environmental conservation, restoration, stewardship and education projects across the Basin. The program’s small grants stream, geared at projects under $10,000, has a continuous application intake depending on available funding. The large grants stream has an annual intake, and,
for 2012 – 13, will fund projects up to $50,000. The next application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on October 26, 2012. “We’re pleased we can increase our support of projects that aim to reduce the impacts people have on our environment,” said Rick Allen, CBT Program Manager, Environment. “The projects also encourage education and awareness for all generations about Basin ecosystems.” White Bark Consulting was recently able to carry out whitebark pine restoration thanks in part to EIP support. Whitebark pine is an endangered tree species of high-elevation forests that provides food and shelter for var-
ious wildlife species. The project also included educating community members, collecting seeds from healthy trees and creating a distribution map of the Basin. “The funding provided by CBT has been vital in enabling people and organizations that are interested in whitebark pine to come together and work on restoration efforts,” said Adrian Leslie, White Bark Consulting. “It has been a fun, interesting and rewarding experience.” For more information about EIP or to get an application form, visit www.cbt.org/eip or contact Rick Allen, Program Manager, Environment, at 1.800.505.8998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CBAL helps you get literate about literacy
Rhonda Palmer is part of the literacy team ready to help people in the area get knowledgeable about reading, writing, computers and more . CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
Are you computer literate? Howâ€™s your medical literacy? Numeracy? What about your literacy literacy? Literacy is often thought of the ability to read or write, as in
its common dictionary definition, but there is another way to read literacy as competency or knowledge in a specific area. That encompasses reading and writing nicely as well. In our specific area, namely Nakusp and outlying region, lit-
eracy is supported by a number of programs, many of which are run through CBAL, the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. From Strong Start to computer skills for seniors, CBAL is taking on increasing the competency and knowledge of all learners.
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Artifact stolen from museum A meerschaum pipe was taken from an unlocked display case within the Nakusp Museum sometime during the day on August. Several visitors were in the museum during the day of the suspected theft, but none gave any information about the missing pipe. The pipe, which was in a black leather case with a burgundy velvet liner, is crafted from hardened sea foam which
has the appearance of ivory and is approximately four inches long. Two small beads of serpentine jade grace the center of two carved flowers on the missing pipe.
Outdoor grow op shut down On September 27, the Nakusp RCMP located an outdoor marihuana grow operation in the Mosquito Creek area. No people were found at the scene, but over 100 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed. The Nakusp RCMP have now seized approximately 14,00 marijuana plants from illegal outdoor marijuana
grow operations in the month of September.
Kids preparing to go to school can start learning the basics about math, science, art and reading as well as socializing with Strong Start, a loosely structured drop-in learning centre that kids and their caretakers can visit. â€œItâ€™s learning through play,â€? said Community Literacy Coordinator Rhonda Palmer, who has seen six new families visit the centre in the last few weeks, which she finds exciting. For reading and book-type literacy, CBAL has several programs open to people in the area. The Early Literacy Program in New Denver helps instil the love of stories and reading with young kids, while Reading to Seniors is a program (looking for volunteers if you like reading and are looking for an audience) about to expand to Minto House here in Nakusp. Then thereâ€™s One-to-One Reading taking place in elementary schools from Edgewood to New Denver. English as a second language, and adult literacy are both supported by the organization, too. But CBALâ€™s idea of literacy is broad, and the organization brings the wide world of the world wide web to folks who may not know how to use a computer to stay in touch with family and friends but would like to. â€œThere are a lot of seniors and adults who want to communicate with grandkids but donâ€™t know how,â€? commented Palmer, who sees increasing computer literacy as also increasing intergenerational communication. There has been much made of increasing computational literacy, not just computer literacy with kids, so that they are not only able to use computers but also to understand
what makes them work. Although the Nakusp literacy group hasnâ€™t planned anything yet, it doesnâ€™t mean they wouldnâ€™t look into it, said Palmer. â€œThe CAP â€“ Community Access Program â€“ site has been a real hub for literacy,â€? Palmer said. Here in Nakusp, she said it has been like a CBAL storefront, running ESL programs, senior and adult computer literacy classes, and Books Everywhere (free books and magazines for kids and adults). CAP funding was cut by the federal government suddenly in March of last year, but Palmer said she and Adult Literacy co-ordinator Liz Gillis are trying hard to find a way to keep the mostly volunteer-run centre going because it is home to community literacy in Nakusp. Literacy can extend to finding some help filling out byzantine government forms, or finding out how to read a prescription or learn how to socialize. Even emotional literacy is tackled. The Roots of Empathy program brings kindergarten and grade seven kids in contact with babies and teaches them about growing up while exploring their feelings. As any newcomer to the area knows, a crash course in historical literacy would be fantastic, outlining the waves of migration to the region and times of boom and bust. CBAL also partners with various community groups to put on events. CAPC and CBAL will be offering Family Night Out which offers dinner, play and story time â€“ a chance to get socially literate â€“ beginning October 30.
Mischief at marina Sometime between the evening of September 29 and the next morning, somebody entered the marina and set loose three boats. Fortunately, none of the boats sustained any damage and all were recovered in the morning. Please contact the Nakusp RCMP at (250) 265-3677 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222TIPS if you have any information about any of these events.
The public is encouraged to attend the Board meeting of the West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District on: Wednesday October 10th at 6:00 p.m. Emergency Services Building 300 8th Ave NW, Nakusp, B.C. To view the agenda, please see http://rdck.bc.ca/hospitalboard/wkbr_hospital_district.html Or for more information, contact Anitra Winje at 250.352.8166 or email@example.com
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Terry Fox continues to inspire hearts and minds Con’t from page 1
The annual Terry Fox run started with a bang, and the runners were oﬀ. Above, the front line of runners; below left: Kim Hill and Kim Bowes enjoy a cool drink at the Leland checkpoint; below right: the second line of runners took a more sedate pace. CLAIRE PARADIS AND TERESA ZANIER/ARROW LAKES NEWS
Terry Fox foundation with the students and staff of Nakusp Secondary School during an informative assembly designed to re-familiarize students with the plight of Terry Fox. Students were treated to several speeches from members of the district including Susan Patterson and district superintendent Denise Perry who spoke passionately about their experiences with the annual run in an attempt to fight against this uniquely Canadian event falling into the pitfalls of archaic routine. The assembly kicked off the Terry Fox fundraiser and launched the school into preparations for the annual Terry Fox run held on September 27. In the days leading up to the school run a group of students were working hard at the high school to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. Students Joshua Sorenson, Kendra Kaylen and Monica Shiell took it upon themselves to take the donation jar off the desk in the front office and engage in a more active approach to fundraising. The group set up a Terry Fox display in the main hall of the high school and posed the question to staff and students, “Who are you running for?” Individuals who donated were given pledge declarations, which were filled out with the names of family members and friends in answer to the thematic fundraising question and
were posted in the main hall. The student group went public with their goal of raising $499.99 dollars and through ad campaigns and daily announcements encouraged the student body of Nakusp Secondary to donate what they could. On the day of the run several last minute donations were dropped off, including a large bag of change from one generous student who scoured their room for every piece of silver or copper for the cause. But despite the last demonstrations of support, the group fell short of their monitory goal. However, in the very spirit of Terry Fox himself, the student group informed me that they would continue fundraising after the school run with their own “Wipe Out Cancer” campaign, which involves the sale of cleaning cloths that were cut and stitched by the students from scrap fabric. In the bright autumn sun, on Thursday that was anything but archaic, the students and staff of Nakusp Secondary School lined up along a masking tape starting line, eager to begin the run that would take them on a tour of the highlights of Nakusp. Inside the school the wall of names posted in the glass display case stood as a reminder of the very real and significant reasons why Nakusp continues to rise to Terry Fox’s summon that “even if I don’t finish, we need others to continue.”
Bantams start season battling it out on Nakusp ice By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
The Bantam Wildcats kept their lead throughout the game. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
The hockey season is ON this year, starting with a bang in Nakusp with a game between the Women’s Kootenay Bantam Wildcats and the Vernon Bantam A Lakers on Sunday, September 30. The crowd was small for the game, but the action on the ice was still tough. The Wildcats had achieved a 4-0 lead by the middle of the second period, but the Lakers came back with three goals in the third, making the game a nail-biter after all. In the end, the Lakers were unable to tie it up, and the Wildcats kept their win. More hockey action is forecast this season on the ice at the Nakusp Arena.
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The Bantam Lakers came back within a goal of tying it up, but were unable to secure a tie or a win. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
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Summit Lake’s Faye Fox wins third coaching award By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
”It’s a very nice surprise,” said Faye Fox about the news that she’d won a 2012 BC Athlete Voice coaching award. A surprise, maybe, but not one without precedent. Fox has won three of these student-nominated awards in the past four years, a testament to her teaching and coaching skills. Fox has been coaching since 1990, “or something like that,” she told me, her eyes smiling. It’s clear from talking to Fox that the award isn’t nearly as important as her horses or students. Fox’s love affair with horses began when she was growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Thanks to her aunt who had quarter horses, Fox learned how to take care of and show horses when she was a girl. Her passion took her to Toronto where she spent three years
learning how to coach English and Western riding, which are “kind of like cats: you like them for different reasons,” said Fox. From there she moved to Canmore where she met her husband and then to Cranbrook, which was a ten-year long dry spell without horses. It was too much for Fox, and horse withdrawal was one of the reasons they moved to Nakusp. “It’s like chocolate,” she said, using another interesting analogy, “you always have to have more.” Fox now spends her time with her Arabians, her favourite breed of horse, one that she believes has an unwarranted bad reputation. “They’re smart and levelheaded,” she said. “You get airheads in every breed.” The Fox farm has five resident horses that are constantly being trained, a natural result of riding, the coach told the Arrow Lakes
News. “Every time you ride a horse, your training it,” she said. “A teaching horse has to learn to ignore wrong cues and listen right cues.” Just before the interview, Fox had been riding Zorro, training him to be a teaching horse for advanced students. Fox, a certified coach, emphasizes safety and how to do things right; her students learn everything about horses and equipment as well as how to ride safely and correctly. She hopes that habit will be carried on by one of her students following in her footsteps and becoming a coach one day. More importantly to Fox, though, is making sure both people and horses are safe and treated correctly, the sign of an award-deserving coach. “Horses are like big kids, they can hurt themselves and they need care, and they love love,” said Fox.
Faye Fox, pictured here with Zorro, holds her third B.C. coaching award for her equestrian teaching skills. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
Outdoor Ed class takes field trip to Burton school By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
Practising their skills with colourful compound bows, the Outdoor Ed class shoots targets in the Burton school gym. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
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Students set up tarp shelters as though they would be spending the night under them in bad weather. CLAIRE PARADIS/ARROW LAKES NEWS
On Friday, September 28 Dorian Boswell took half of the NSS Outdoor Education class on a field trip to Burton. Their destination was the newly closed elementary school where Boswell set up archery targets in the gym, letting the students practise their bow skills. “It’s a great space,” the high school teacher said, who was excited to be able to use the building as well as the surrounding nature that comprised part of the school yard. Boswell could see many possibilities for future classes either part of the Outdoor Ed curriculum or as separate classes, noting there was a rock wall just outside the schoolyard that would be perfect for teaching rappelling and rope work. After shooting at the targets, the students headed outside to learn how to tie some knots and practise setting up a tarp shelter in the school ground’s wood area. For now, the school remains closed as a public school that holds regular classes, but it remains open for use as a Learning Centre, and teacher Dorian Boswell is grateful for the opportunity to use the facilities.
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CBAL helps hundreds of adult literacy learners in the region Every year throughout the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions, hundreds of our citizens work with literacy instructors and tutors to improve their reading, writing, math, English language and computer skills. These adults are seeking out CBAL (the Columbia Basin and Boundary not-forprofit literacy organization) programs to improve their skills, knowledge and ability so they can participate more fully in their lives and communities. The program benefits and the learners' commitment are having a positive impact in towns and villages in our the regions. "We work closely with libraries, schools, colleges, businesses, and other community partners to develop, promote and deliver adult literacy and learning services," said Ali Wassing, CBAL Executive Director. "The Canadian Council on Learning reported that 60% of Canadians do not have the necessary literacy skills to manage their health adequately. We know the health benefits individuals and communities gain when a commitment is made to life-long learning." The Adult Literacy and Life Skills international survey found approximately 40% of Canadians need greater knowledge and skills to effectively find and use basic written information for daily work and living tasks. "Research shows us the need for increased adult literacy," says Betty Knight, CBAL Regional Program Manager, East Kootenay. "We see the effects on individuals, families and communities, and are committed to helping people change their lives through
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"Your teacher is very good teacher. I learn lots how to speak, to write and to read English." "The ESL class helps me to practice my English and my tutor helps me with many things in my life and I have the conversations with her." Selkirk College works with CBAL and the Kootenay Family Place in Castlegar to bring high school upgrading courses to parents.
Support literacy in your community. Buy your local newspaper from a volunteer who will be out in the town. "Our learners gain much-needed skills in reading, writing and speaking English," said Linda Steward, Creston Community Literacy Coordinator. "They also find friendship and emotional support to combat the isolation immigrants experience. It is so rewarding to see them start with little or no English and, within a few years, be working, joining community organizations, and settling into a happy full life in our valley." Learners expressing their appreciation said:
"This program is such a pleasure to be part of," said Allison Alder, Chair, School of Academic Upgrading and Development, Selkirk College. "While instructors help parents brush up on math, learn a new biology concept or polish their writing skills, they can relax knowing their children are cared for nearby. Bringing learning opportunities to people, where and when they are comfortable, is community learning at its finest." “The program gave me an opportunity to complete my schooling by providing excellent childcare, career counseling and an awesome tutor. But most importantly, I received positive encouragement to follow through with my career plans,” said Charity Barbour, a past ABE program participant. In Cranbrook, CBAL partners with College of the Rockies to offer the Young Parent Education Program. Young parents, who face multiple barriers, can complete their high school education, and, focus on learn-
ing new life, work and parenting skills. "Learners make new and sustaining friendships, support each other, and, with improved self-esteem are empowered to move on to vocational, academic or employment opportunities when they graduate," said Katherine Hough, Cranbrook Community Literacy Coordinator. Literacy statistics affecting our communities: • 26 per cent of Canadians with the lowest literacy skill levels are unemployed. • 80 per cent of those with low literacy skills earn less than $27,000 a year. • 33 per cent of employers report challenges because some staff need better literacy skills. On [Wednesday, October 10] support literacy in your community by taking part in Black Press and CBAL's Reach-A-Reader campaign. Buy your local newspaper from a volunteer who will be out in the town. ALL proceeds raised will go to support literacy programs in your community. By learning together, we will grow strong together. To get involved, contact Rhonda Palmer or Liz Gillis Community Literacy Coordinators for the Arrow Lakes at rplamer@cbal. org or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www. cbal.org/coordinators.html
Reach A Reader Wednesday, October 10 The Arrow Lakes News and the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy are partnering on a great new event for Nakusp. On Wednesday, October 10, some of Nakusp’s highest proﬁle people will be out on the street with our newspaper asking for donations to help support literacy initiatives in our community. Along with your donation we will give you a copy of your community newspaper for FREE (plus there might be a few extra promos to go along with that). Absolutely all funds raised from the day will go towards CBAL and all funds will stay in the community in which they are raised to support literacy programs in our community. Help Promote Literacy and Lifelong Learning in our Community Help Promote Literacy and Lifelong Learning in our Community Since 1923
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Ofﬁce/Retail FOR RENT: Store Studio 600 Sq. Ft. Reasonable Rent. 250265-3420
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This Week in History
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1 Bdrm Apartment For Rent $600/mth. +DD. Utilities Not Included. Available Immediately. Please Phone 250-2653420
Hockey mothers to swap skates and equipment
Mobile Homes & Pads Once accessible by only a switchbacking horse trail, the Teddy Glacier mine is now serviced by a road capable of transferring trucks with great tonnage of ore quite safely.
FOR RENT: 2 x 2 Bdrm. Units 10 Minutes from Town. W/D, F/S Included. 250-265-3200
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Homes for Rent 2 Bdrm. Trailer Near Schools. No Pets. No Smoking. References. Heat Incl. Available Immediately $975. 250-2653203 2 Bedroom House on the Waterfront. Partly Furnished. Incl. W/D. Oil Furnace Heat. $800/mth. Plus Utilities. Prefer Non-Smokers and No Pets. Large Covered Storage Shed. Call After 6pm Weeknights. 250-956-3863. 2 Bedroom Log Cabin. Private Setting in Nakusp. Wood and Electric Heat. $750/mth. + DD Pet Deposit if Applicable. Available Nov. 1st 250-2654454 2BR Waterfront on Acreage Near Nakusp. $1,200. NS, Pets Negotiable. Responsible Professional/Retired couple. Available October 2012, Long Term. 250-265-4778 Available Oct. 1st., 1 Bdrm. Lower Suite, Fully Furnished. All Utilities Incl. Satellite/Internet, W/D. No Pets. $1000/mth Available Nov. 1st., 2 Bdrm. Upper Suite, Fully Furnished. All Utilities Incl. Satellite/Internet, W/D. No Pets. $1250/mth. Please call 250-265-8043 Beautiful 3 Bdrm Home on One Acre Lot. 3 Minutes From Town. Property has Flower Beds, Large Fire Pit and Great Views. Quiet and Private. $900/mth With 6 mth Lease. DD & References Required. 250-265-4778 BEAUTIFUL NEWER HOUSE FOR RENT IN THE SLOCAN LAKE AREA. AVAILABLE OCT 1st • 4 Bedroom-2 Bath on 2 Acres • Red Mtn. Road above SILVERTON w/ Valhalla views + quiet privacy • N/S , Open to animals • 10 min. drive to Slocan Lake and Village amenities • Storage, treehouses, good access all year round • Minimum 6 mnth Lease • W/D Hookups, F/S plus Earth -Woodstove • $1100 negotiable with proper care of house, land + gardens • Open to work trades on property • References Required • Secure Income Essential • Serious Inquiries Only Call: 250-362-7681 or Mobile 250-231-2174 Email: monikas_2010@ hotmail.com FOR RENT 2 Bedroom Apt. in 4-plex With Yard and Within Village. Available Immediately. W/D on site. $585/mth. 250 265-4226 / 250-265-1750 FOR RENT: 2 Bedroom House Close to Schools. Available Immediately. $550/mth. 250-265-2219
The Nakusp Ladies Auxiliary to Minor Hockey met on September 26 after a four month recess. Twenty-two members were present. A working bee was organized on Thursday to repair hockey uniforms. Many ladies expressed interest in trading or buying used hockey equipment and skates. It was decided to have a central depot...anyone wishing to take part should contact Norma Hascarl.
Change in milk Fair to pay all prize prices OCTOBER 3, 2002 money, although a I have been advised that effective Oct. 1 my application for an increase Pope & Talbot maps dodeficit of $50 in milk prices from 10 cents to 12 1/2 The Fair Board held a meeting on cents a quart has been approved by nated to Arrow Lakes Wednesday, Sept. 28. The secretary- the Wartime Prices and Trade Board treasurer submitted a financial state- at Ottawa so that effective immediate- Search and Rescue OCTOBER 6, 1932 -
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ment of the fair’s operations. There was a deficit of about fifty dollars due largely to the decrease in government grant and the general depression. The board decided to pay accounts and prize money in full. A committee was formed to arrange for the securing of the deficit in funds and are working on it now, hoping to have the hearty co-operation of the citizens so that the books may close in December with a balance.
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Scrap Car Removal
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Family flees as fire destroys home, store A family fled for their lives in the early hours of the morning, as fastspreading flames engulfed their home
The Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue team has a new tool at its disposal when it heads off looking for people lost or injured. Two sets of maps detailing Pope & Talbot’s tree farm licence have been donated. “It’s pretty key for the Search and Rescue guys to have an updated set of maps,” said Doug Lang. Both sets of maps contain the names of every highway and logging road in the tree farm licence, as well as information on which bridges are open and which are deactivated. The maps also show topographical lines, every cutback, cabins in the area, tree heights and recreation sites.
OLD CAR REMOVAL Please call! 250-265-1153
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BOATING SEASON IS STILL HERE!! WANNA HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS ON THIS GREAT BOAT ALL YEAR ROUND? Great for ﬁshing.
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ly milk will be 12 1/2 cents per quart and 7 cents per pint. Hillcrest Dairy, Mrs. M. Bailey Nakusp, B.C.
1976 30ft cabin cruiser with a 185 merc • Full galley (fridge, stove, sink, furnace, toilet) • Fold down table for a queen sized bed • Fold up bunk beds • VHF radio • Hull is sound, galley is dated. • Low draft • 200 hrs on new engine • A great boat that needs some TLC $12,000.00 invested $8000 OBO Call 250-362-7681 or Cell 250-231-2174 email monikas_2010@ hotmail.com 4 more information & to view
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
ACOA Adult Children of Alcoholics: 97 2nd Ave NW, 8 p.m.
STRONG START A pre-school early learning program for children
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
0-6. Free drop-in for parents, caregivers and their children; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Nakusp Elementary School Strong Start building. FELDENKRAIS WITH TYSON Learn how to move in ways that will improve the quality of your life. At 90 5th Ave in Nakusp (NaCoMo Wellness Centre). First class free; begins 9:15 a.m. Contact Tyson Bartel 250-226-6826 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Meets at Terra Pondera, 97 2nd Ave in Nakusp, 7 p.m.
NAKUSP FARMERS’ MARKET Local art & craft as well as fruits
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
NAKUSP HOT SPRINGS STARTS WINTER HOURS The
HARVEST FESTIVAL The North Slocan Food Program and Harvest Share invite you to gather up your biggest and most interesting garden veggies and ﬂowers, and share pickles, jams, baked goods, etc. for a tasting fair. Bring to Lucerne School at 3 p.m. Thursday. Festival from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. at Lucerne School. PARKOUR/FREERUNNING CLASSES FOR YOUTH PK Nakusp is an alternative ﬁtness concept, involving Parkour & Freerunning, that is fun for youth ages 13 - 19, in Nakusp and the surrounding area. Feel free to drop by if you are a visitor passing through. We are located at the Nakusp & District Sports Complex at 200 8th Ave NW. For more information, contact Michael Garvey: 250-265-1778 or email@example.com.
and veggies; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. between KSCU and What’s Brewing on Broadway. ROOT CELLARING WITH LANE AND CRAIG Come and view an amazing root cellar and discuss the how-to’s of root cellaring. Begins at 2 p.m. Please pre-register with Paula at 358-2745 or email: jgreenlaw@ netidea.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Springs will be open from 1-9 p.m. every day, with a local rate of $7.50 until the spring for residents from Silverton to Trout Lake to Edgewood. ID may be requested for residency. PITTER PATTER IN NAKUSP A drop in play group for caregivers and kids ages 0-2 1/2 at 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Strong Start.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE ROUND UP Free disposal of hazardous household wastes at the Nakusp Arena from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info: www.rdck.bc.ca or contact Nicole Ward 1-800-268-7325, firstname.lastname@example.org.
12 ■ Arrow Lakes News ■ Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Nakusp hospice donates collection of comfort to Nakusp Public Library By Helen Scown, Nakusp Hospice
Special to the Arrow Lakes News
Great news from Nakusp Hospice and Nakusp Library! The Nakusp Hospice is donating a collection of new and used books to the library for use by everyone in Nakusp and surrounding area. Some of the titles of the books are: Heal your grief, Accept your loss, and love your life again, by Mercedes Oestermann Van Essen; How to Go On Living When someone you Love Dies by Therese A. Rando; When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown; Healing the Adult Child’s Grieving Heat by Alan D. Wolfelt; The Mourner’s Book of Hope by Alan D. Wolfelt; Silent Grief; Living in the Wake of Suicide by Lukan and Henry M. Seiden. The Nakusp Hospice Society has been in existence since 1992
providing care to individuals and families with a terminal illness. Over the years, the hospice has accumulated a small library, but in 2012 with a generous donation from the Arrow Lakes Health Care Auxiliary, more books were added to their library necessitating space to store and circulate them. After contacting the Nakusp Public Library, the decision was made to donate the books to the public library’s collection, making them available to anyone with a library card. “I have made an effort to include books for adults, teenagers, and children in formats that are easily read,” said Helen Scown, Hospice Coordinator. “Although the topic of death and dying is a difficult one, the more we know about the subject, the easier it is to come to terms with it, and to be less frightened.” “We are thrilled to have these
books in our collection,” said Sabina Iseli-Otto, the Nakusp Librarian, “It’s wonderful when people with expertise and exceptional collections make donations like this one.” The books will be idenfied by labels special labels inside their covers, and bookmarks with Library and Hospice information will be placed inside each book. The Nakusp Hospice now has its own website, and you can visit it at: www.nakusphospice. com. To find the books in the library, please visit the Nakusp Public Library’s website at www. nakusplibrary.ca or phone 250265-3363 for delivery or with questions. If you would like to learn more about Hospice or have suggestions, please contact Helen Scown at 265-4137, or visit the Hospice website.
Helen Scown displays the titles now part of the Nakusp Public Library collection, thanks to Nakusp Hospice. PHOTO COURTESY OF SADBANE IMMEDIATELY-THOUGHTFUL
Halcyon Harvest Fest blessed with summery weather Clockwise from left: Kate Lind brought her essential oils and other aromatic goodies from Golden to the festival; Sabine and Ulf Burmeister squeezed apples to pulp, and made good juice in the process; Corrina Berarducci is happy to be holding a couple of last few delicious pastries.
By Claire Paradis Arrow Lakes News
There were some happy folks out at Halcyon Hot Springs for their third annual Harvest Fest. Unlike the two previous years, this festival was blessed by sunny weather and a good turn out of visitors and vendors alike. Kids cavorted on the playground near a stage that showcased musical talent who filled the air with music and a happy atmosphere. Summertime, the very appropriate jazz standard for the fine day, wafted through the grassy area. The pig roast was sold out before 2 p.m., but there were still other goodies to be had, from chocolate to veggies. Mac, galas and an assortment of wild apples were pressed into juice that was sold fresh by the glass. For more permanent purchases there were crafters offering up wood carvings, stained glass and more. “People love it,” said Sabine Burmeister, General Manager of Halcyon. She loves it too, and thinks having a celebration of what grows in the area is a great thing. “Apples, mushrooms, you name it,” she enthused. If the festival continues to grow, it will soon be the big apple in the area.
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