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Shopping Spree! Colleen Kalnins was the big winner of the Castlegar News win $2,012 in 2012 contest. Despite all the snow, Kalnins went out with Castlegar News employees Craig Lindsay and Chris Hopkyns on Dec. 20 and received gift certificates totaling $2,012 from several participating Castlegar businesses. Kalnins was thrilled to win the contest and said she loves shopping locally and supporting local businesses. Craig Lindsay photos

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Gifts from the Chilliwack Chapter Local Lions club members pose on Dec. 21 with a shipment of gifts from their Fraser Valley affiliates. The toy trains (about 50 pieces) were shipped here at no charge thanks to Lordco and will be distributed as gifts by the Castlegar and District Community Services Society (represented by, front row from right, Clarice Coulson and Sandi McCreight.) Pictured Lions members include Connie Lew (front left) and, standing, from left, Sheldon Radtke, Kirk Duff, Luc Lafreniere, and Leo Byra.

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Any thoughts of Castlegar not having a white Christmas season were pretty much gone by the wayside after the huge dump of snow the area received on Wednesday (Dec. 19) which set a record for snow fall level in December for Castlegar. “We had 34 centimeters of snow during the 24 hours of Dec. 19,” said Ron Lakeman, weather specialist for the Southeast Fire Centre. “That 34 centimeters is the greatest one day December snowfall on record.” The former record was 33.4 from Dec. 10, 1995. The greatest one day snow fall of all in Castlegar was 43.7 cm from January of 1969. “We had another six centimeters through the day Thursday, then we had one and a half last night (Thursday night) with a bit of rain,” he said.

“The greatest one day snowfall of all in Castlegar was 43.7 cm from January of 1969.” Ron Lakeman, Souteast Fire Centre “The big dump, of course, was Wednesday. The amounts that occurred after were definitely lighter. Temperatures have moderated enough that what we’re getting now is wet snow mixed with a bit of rain.” Lakeman says the reason for the large snowfall on Wednesday was a big system from from the coast. “It was a very large, slow moving frontal system,” he said. “It was a system that came in from the coast and the amount of snow was largely due to the very slow movement of the system. More commonly they move across in a relatively quick fash-

ion as in you’ll get a period of maybe six or eight hours of precipitation, whereas this was almost a steady 30-36 hours of precipitation. The temperature was such that is was largely snow. The temperature was slowly coming up during that period. But 90 per cent of what fell was in the form of snow. The temperature didn’t come up until the end. We didn’t mix over to rain until the evening (of the 19th).” Lakeman said Castlegar residents could expect more systems. “None of them look as large as the system of recent,” he said. “But each one will produce some precipitation. The dilemma now is that the temperature is mild enough that it will be rain at times. It will likely go back and forth between wet snow and rain. Our temperature will probably hover within a degree of the freezing mark.”

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A group of residents from Grandview Heights in Castlegar is concerned about the potential effects of smart meters if they are installed in the West Kootenay. “We are a core group of concerned citizens joining with other concerned groups such as the Citizens for a Safe Technology, who have already initiated legal action calling for these smart meters to be stopped,” said spokesperson Cliff Paluck. FortisBC is preparing to apply to the B.C. Utilities Commission

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“There are many health issues that need to be clarified,” said Paluck. “Neither BC Hydro nor Fortis has proven to us that this is safe technology and that’s where we’re at. “We’re being told that we are getting these smart meters and they’re such a good thing for the power system.” As senior citizens, Paluck and others from Grandview Heights are concerned mainly about the potential health dangers from the smart meters. “We’ve only been in existence for a couple of weeks,” he said. “What we’re doing is

contacting as many people as we can in the region. We’re trying to build the knowledge base in people so they can make proper, informed decisions. We would like a moratorium placed on this project until the health issues are studied and resolved.” A representative from FortisBC said the company is currently preparing itsapplication for the BCUC. “We haven’t filed this application for advanced meters yet,” said Neal Pobran, corporate communications advisor. “Once we do, we would go with a regulatory process and then end up

with a decision for whether this project would go forward.” FortisBC, which provides energy to approximately 940,000 customers in 125 B.C. communities including Castlegar and the surrounding area all the way west to Princeton, north to Kelowna, and east

to Creston, has yet to install any advanced meters and won’t until and if the project is approved by BCUC. Pobran said the company is listening to customers’ complaints about health issues. “We believe they’re safe, but we’re still following and listening

to the experts in the field like (provincial health officer) Dr. Perry Kendall who says the smart meters are safe,” he said. “We’ll go through the regulatory process. That’s where people can talk to the commission about any health risks, if they think there are any.”

Turning Pointe dancers put on a show at Blueberry School in Jan. Craig Lindsay photo

IHA rep apologizes to council over ER closure

Craig Lindsay

Castlegar News Reporter

At Monday night’s Castlegar city council meeting, IHA Community Area Director Linda Basran apologized to council for the Castlegar Health Centre Emergency Room closure on Feb. 4. “I want to be clear - none of this was intentional,” she said to council and about a dozen spectators including a few dressed as wounded patients.

“The reality was we had a situation in Castlegar that we weren’t prepared for. We have never had an emergency room closure in Castlegar before and when we did on Feb. 4, a number of steps failed along the way. Basically, the right information did not get to the right people in a timely manner. This is meant as an explanation not an excuse.” Basran explained the details leading up to the closure of the

ER and talked about what Interior Health has done to address the shortfalls made clear by the incident. “Interior Health became aware of a vacant shift on Friday evening, Feb. 3, when one of the two RN shifts had inadvertently not been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4,” she said. “At that point, calls were made to try and fill this shift. We were able to secure staffing for the morning, but were unable to fill the

afternoon and evening shift. All efforts were made to fill this shift including calls to 14 casual employees.” Basran pointed out that casual employees have the “opportunity - not obligation - to pick up those shifts”. “When it became clear we didn’t have a second RN available, the decision was made to close the site,” she said. “Unfortunately, information did not flow to all key personnel within Interior Health in-

Linda Basran of Interior health was at Castlegar city council meeting to explain the closure of the Castlegar Emergency Room on Feb. 4. Craig Lindsay photo

cluding communications who would have supported the distribution of this information to the community.” After her presentation, Basran took questions from council. Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff asked how many full time RN’s Castlegar had and if IHA planned to hire any more. “We have 14 casual staff and our regular staff includes 2.5 FTEs, which is fulltime equivalent,” answered Basran. “So we have two RNs on for 12 hour shifts, plus another half-time person.” “Do you think two and a half full-time RNs is enough in case one of them gets sick?” asked HeatonSherstobitoff. Councillor Russ Hearne asked Basran: “Who’s decision was it to close the ER? Who ultimately made the decision?” “I would think a number of people did from the medical staff that were on, the nursing staff, and the

frontline people who were there,” she said. Hearne pressed for a name of a high ranking IHA official who made the final decision on the closure but was rebuked. “In this particular case there wasn’t clear communication to the administrator on call,” said Basran. “In all fairness, we were in the wrong in terms of how this closure was handled. I hope we have done our due diligence to make sure that everybody ever to be associated with what goes on in this community knows their roles, knows where to take it, and knows all the numbers. I hope that helps without divulging individual staff member’s names because I don’t think that ever buys us anything.” In an interview with the Castlegar News, Hearne said he was disappointed at not being able to talk to the person at IHA responsible for the closure decision. “I thought it was

nice that someone came and offered the apology,” said Hearne. “It’s disappointing that we didn’t get to talk to the person who made the decision to explain their rationale. So we would have a chance to ask the tough questions for them. I thought it was a bit disrespectful in that the decision makers weren’t here. We weren’t even provided with the name of who it was. I didn’t expect much more than an apology. I know they can’t go back in time and redo it. We have to work to make sure in the future we don’t get this again. I think IHA has to do a better job to make sure they can cover it. With hospitals in Trail and Nelson and a health centre in Castlegar, we should be able to find the staff to do it. I respect that people get sick and injured and aren’t able to be there. But they have to have coverage. I think not having it is unacceptable.”


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Rebels bow to Beaver Valley in game 7

Rebel forward Stuart Walton scores the winning goal in game 6 at the Castlegar Complex. Craig Lindsay photo

Craig Lindsay Castlegar News Reporter

Castlegar fell to Beaver Valley 5-3 in the seventh and deciding game of their Neil Murdoch division final on March 15 in Fruitvale in front of a large and boisterous crowd. The Rebels forced game seven after winning three straight after being

down 3-1 in the best of seven series. The Rebs got off to a strong start with Erik Alden and Tyler Robinson scoring in the first period to put the visitors up 2-0 after one period. “Going down to a game seven it’s always a bit of a gamble,” said Rebel coach Steve Junker. “We got the start we wanted and I felt we had

enough pressure on them. It would have been nice to have more than a two goal lead. Against a high powered offence like BV a two goal lead just isn’t enough.” BV scored three unanswered in the second period to take the lead in quick fashion. Nick Perez scored a power play marker at 11:49 assisted by Dallas

were stymied as well by Vlanich, who was named the game’s first star. Finally, Niminikin put BV up with 3:04 left in the third after taking a pass from Spear and sliding the puck past Gluck. Despite some solid chances, the Rebels couldn’t get the equalizer. Ryan Edwards put the game away with an empty netter with 13 seconds left in the game. “I’m very proud of our guys,” said Junker. “I think they showed a lot. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Beaver Valley is a great team. We can hold our heads up and feel good about it. But it’s definitely a tough one. We’d rather be playing right now.” Junker said the team showed a lot of moxie by fighting back to force game seven after being down 3-1 in the se-

Robinson scored his second of the game with 34 seconds left in the second to tie the score at 3-3 and set up an exciting third period. “(Mike) Vlanich played terrific in net for them and kept them in it,” said Junker. “The second period they got out stronger and got the first power play goal, and as everyone noticed, momentum kind of shifted there. Like every other game in the series it came down to the third period. Their offensive zone play, their big line, really had us hemmed in our own zone. We held them off and had a few chances of our own that we couldn’t quite bury.” The Hawks dominated play early in the third but were unable to get the puck past Gluck. Castlegar then had their chances but

Calvin and Christian Johnson. Ryan Edwards tied the score at 2-2 at the 11 minute mark with a powerful wrist shot that sailed past Rebel netminder Jordan Gluck after receiving a sweet breakout pass from rookie sensation Craig Martin. Mason Spear put the Hawks up 3-2 at 2:14 of the second assisted by Justin Niminiken.

ries. “It shows a lot about their character,” he said. “We talked about that quite a bit. Being down 3-1 it’s easy to get down on yourself and maybe teammates as well and maybe pack it in. We talked a lot about just taking it one game at a time and trying to swing the momentum back to our side. All we needed really was one win. That got us momentum. When it comes down to game seven, it’s exciting for everybody involved, fans alike. It was definitely that. It was cool to be a part of it.” Beaver Valley moved on to beat Eddie Mountain Division champions Fernie Ghostriders, and then beat the Okanagan/Shuswap conference winning Kelowna Chiefs in the KIJHL championship series.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 Castlegar News

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Editor: Jim Sinclair Publisher: Chris Hopkyns Unit 2 - 1810 8th Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. V1N 2Y4 Publication Mail Agreement Number 40012905

Looking ahead Off the top, here’s hoping the festive season has been good for you and the folks who mean the most to you. As the accompanying items on this page illustrate – sorrow and tragedy are never too far from our consciousness, and, sadly, not influenced by the calendar or any other factor. For those of us who are fortunate, life does go on and we can only hope the conditions are more favourable as time elapses. We can also hope that, somehow, there can be some way to effectively reduce crimes of all descriptions - a tall order - but well worth aspiring to. On the horizon are some hopeful signs according to reports over the past while. Economic conditions are said by some to be on the way to an upswing. Although we’ll never know exactly what’s in store until we get there, it’s a lot more cheerful than dire predictions that our economy is about to dissolve. There is some important news ahead that’s very relevant to the West Kootenays in general, and Castlegar in particular... it involves WestJet and whether the carrier plans to begin service in and out of West Kootenay Regional Airport. Those in the know have been no more specific in terms of when we can expect an announcement, than “early in the New Year.” So, hopefully, we’ve got something positive to look forward to. As for what else lies ahead, here’s hoping it’s nothing we can’t handle. Happy New Year! We want to hear from you.

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Off the Line - Karen Haviland

Newtown hits home I really wasn’t going to write about this. So many things have been written, so many tears have fallen, so many hearts are crushed. But I have to, because, you see, I closely identify with what happened at Sandy Hook on December 14. Much has been said about the people cruelly slain that hurtful day in Connecticut. There are pundits and politicians and those who are pro and anti-gun control, but in the end, unless there are meaningful and productive discussions, it is all for naught. I identify because someone very close to me is mentally ill. For his dignity and respect I choose to not name him. But trust me, he is ill. As a child, I always instinctively knew he was dangerous. Recognizing that he was a powder keg only a match away from exploding, I knew I had to distance myself from him. Maybe it was the many, many times he laid baby mice on railroad tracks to wait for the train to run over them, or maybe it was the cruel “games” he played. I don’t know, but even at a young age I sensed he was volatile and would one day explode into rage and ultimately hurt, or even kill, those who were close to him. And so, I chose to put distance between me and him. Craig Lindsay Reporter

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“He” is the potential Adam Lanza or Jason Klebold in my life. When the horrific carnage happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, I was horrified, as was the whole world. Who kills babies? I’ll tell you, the Adam Lanzas and Jason Klebolds do. They were somebody’s sons, cousins, brothers, or close relatives. Today my Adam Lanza lives on the street and sends email missives to those he has not offended or distanced through his rantings. He believes that a god, or alien has chosen him and he has been graced with knowledge about the Mayan end. I can almost see him with aluminum foil on his head waiting for his next directive. He truly believes he is chosen and there are those among us who have graced him with knowledge. I truly believe he is mentally ill, and has been for many years. I love him because he is of my blood, and I revile him because he is dangerous and a terror about to happen. And now, we come to the crux of the matter. This person, a close person of my heart, is a product of his upbringing. I don’t believe his illness is due to nature, but rather to nurture. That’s not to say that any of the mass murderers’ parents must bear the burden and the shame of their Chris Hopkyns Publisher

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children’s action. But rather, it is a remark about mental illness and the stigma attached to it. It’s hard to say, “The one I love is mentally ill,” or “The one who I grew up with is mentally ill.” In a way there is a certain societal and blaming shame which lingers, and so we don’t speak of that skeleton in our closet. I have such a skeleton and I fear for him and those around him every day. We must, as a nation, look upon mental illness not as an affliction, but rather as a disease. We must, as a nation, work towards caring for those who struggle, not from day to day, but minute to minute and sometimes, second to second. I don’t condone bloodshed, especially of babies. But, I do condone an open and vigorous conversation regarding those with mental illness. If we fail to do this, we can count on many Sandy Hooks in our lives. And, for me, that is just not good enough. It’s time to look at mental illness with fresh eyes and a non-biased approach. It’s time for change and we can each, in our own way, start working towards that. God bless the victims in Sandy Hook Elementary, including the shooter, Adam Lanza.

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Davidoff said the vote result and any job action is in response to the government’s Bill 22. “If you ask yourself: how far could your employer push you and intentionally choose to treat you poorly?” he said. “Devalue you and demoralize you by passing demeaning legislation eroding your work conditions and collective agreement rights. How far would you have to be pushed before you stood up?” Davidoff said the

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 Castlegar News

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Upcoming

Dec. 31 - New Year’s Celebration - Come ring in the New

Year at St. Rita’s Hall. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Dinner - ribs, chicken, and all the trimmings, dancing, giant balloon drop, favours. Dinner at 8 p.m. - lunch at midnight. Tickets $25 each. Children under 16 accompanied by parents are free. Any dietary needs. For information and tickets call John 250-365-0747 or Marcel 250- 365-2537.

Jan. 16 - Castlegar Garden Club guest speaker, Jim Brockmeyer of Bluestem Nursery, will give a presenta-

tion and slideshow, “Willows: the familiar stranger”, on Willows. 7 p.m. at the Community Complex. Everyone welcome. Jim Brockmeyer, horticultural legend in the field of willows and ornamental grasses, will share his expertise on the diversity of willows. Ornamental, winter interest, living willow structures/fences, hedges, branches and catkins for flower arranging, basket making, twig furniture, creeping alpine willows . . . the diversity of willows abounds. The depth of Jim’s knowledge will dazzle you. New members embraced. Information: Rose Cheveldave 250-365-9600 or castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca.

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ongoing: need a haircut for a job interview? Brooke will

come to your house and give you a free haircut. Call her at 250-365-2799 to arrange it.

ongoing: tops group meets every wednesday - 8:30 a.m.

to 10 a.m. at Kinnaird Hall 2320 Columbia Avenue. Round table discussion. Get motivated to eat healthy and lose weight. Join round table discussions and make new friends. Monthly fee of $10. FMI call 365-7956.

ongoing: sharing dinner pot - You are welcome for a hot

meal Tuesdays at noon at the Cadet Hall on 8th Avenue in Castlegar, two blocks from the library. No charge. Sponsored by the Stonesoup committee. All are welcome.

ongoing: friday youth program at blueberry creek -

Are you a youth in Castlegar

looking for something to do on Friday nights? Why not check out the Friday Night Youth program at Blueberry Creek Community School? Manager Cindy Cropley and team ensure a fun, safe night for kids in the area to watch a movie in Blueberry’s very own movie theatre, play games and sports in the gym and just hang out with friends. For grades K - 5, the program time is 6:30-8 p.m. and for grades 6 and up, the program happens from 8-10 p.m. Check out the B.C.C.S. facebook page for movie listings and other information or phone 250-365-7201. Ongoing: Castlegar A.A. meetings at the Pioneer Arena - Sun. at 10 a.m. (phone

Mike at 365-8302), Tues. at 7 p.m. (phone Dennis at 3652738), Thurs. at 8 p.m. (phone Jim at 365-6216) and Sat. at 8 p.m. (phone Leonard at 3657805)

ongoing: Special olympics BC - Castlegar is having a bottle drive. Please call 250-

919-0757.

ongoing: The Castlegar & District Hospital Auxiliary Treasure Shop located at 210 -

11th Avenue (across from the Library) has a slight change in daily hours of operation. Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday closed until noon in order to deal with general maintenance and will open 12 noon - 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please drop off your precious donations Mondays and Saturdays. However, if this is not an option, please call 250365-7317 so that we can make arrangements. The Treasure Shop and Gift Shop will close for the holidays commencing Monday, December 24 and reopen Wednesday, January 2 allowing our volunteers to enjoy quality time to celebrate the season with family and friends. Again, thanks for all the community support during 2012 and looking forward to another successful year. ongoing: Castlegar judo club - Monday, Thursday eve-

nings from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Twin Rivers School gym. Old and new members welcome. Register anytime. From aged 8 years and up. FMI call John Gibson 250365-5763. ongoing: poker fundraiser at the Lion’s Head Pub every Tuesday - Games start at 6:30

p.m. and go until there is a

winner. Buy-in is $40 and the prize is $1,000 or more. Partial proceeds go to the West Kootenay Therapeutic Riding Association. ongoing: Castlegar senior’s activities at the Rec Centre for december: at the Com-

plex Monday – 9:30 Floor Curling 10:00 Darts 1:00 Whist Tuesday – 9:30 Floor Curling/ Carpet Bowling, 1:00 Crafts 7:00 Pool Wednesday – 9:30 Floor Curling, 1:00 Bingo,(1st Wed.only) 7:00 Rummoli, 10:00 19th Raspberry Reunion Thursday – 9:30 Floor Curling 1st. Thurs. 2:00 Gen. Meeting 1:00 Bingo (just not 1st. Thurs) Friday – 1:00 Bridge/Crib, 14th Christmas Dinner/ Dance “Don Hollis” - Happy Hour 5:00 Dinner 6:00

ongoing: special olympics castlegar needs volunteers

- For more information please call 250-919-0757.

Ongoing: Castlegar Garden Club meets third Wednesday of the month – 7:00 p.m.

at the Community Complex. Discover the Castlegar Garden Club and be dazzled by the depth of knowledge of our monthly speakers. Garden inspirations will linger long after the meeting is over. New members always welcome. Information: Rose Cheveldave 250.365.9600 or castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca. ongoing: robson market is open except for long week-

ends. 8-11 a.m. at the Robson Community Hall. Homestyle breakfasts, come enjoy and maybe find some treasures. Tables for vendors. Phone 250-365-3796. ongoing: Mom’s Support Group Thursdays 10 a.m. to

noon. (changed from Wed. afternoons). Castlegar Community Services, Sun Centre. All moms welcome to this loosely structured group for support in challenges of being a mom. No referral required. Comments/queries: Sandi McCreight 250.365.2104 ext. 42 ongoing: castlegar & district hospital foundation light up campaign - The

Foundation is raising money to purchase three Space Lab cardiac monitors, Life Pak 15 crash cart monitors/defibrillators, and CADD Prism pump. call 250-304-1209 or mail cheque to 709 10th Street, Castlegar, BC V1N 2H7 to donate.

ongoing: robson and blueberry strongstart centres

– free early learning programs for parents/caregivers with young children. Join us for snack, art, stories, gym time, and music. Robson - Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri 8:30-11:30 a.m, Thurs 12:30-3:30 p.m. Blueberry - Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 8:30-11:30 a.m and Tues noon - 3 p.m. A partnership between Robson Community School, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Blueberry Creek Community School. For more info contact Alana at 250.304.6862 or email: amurdoch@cbal.org ongoing: free english classes – at the Castlegar Pub-

lic Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. All levels are welcome. For more info contact Alana at 250.304.6862 or email: amurdoch@cbal.org ongoing: scrabble club –

Come out on the second Wed. of the month at the Castlegar Public Library - 6:30–8 p.m. All levels are welcome.

ongoing: At the Community Learning Place you can get

free help with basic computers, reading and writing, citizenship, test preparation, and skills upgrading. This program is offered at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Tuesdays from12 noon-3 p.m. For more information call 250-304-6862. Offered by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. ongoing: Adult Upgrading:

Adult Upgrading Program is a free program for parents to upgrade math, English and/or study skills with an instructor from Selkirk College. This program is held at Kootenay Family Place (beyond Chopsticks) on Mon and Wed from 1-3 p.m. Childcare and snacks are provided. For more info call Alana at 304-6862. Offered by Selkirk College, Kootenay Family Place and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. ongoing: Special olympics - castlegar bottle drive

- SOBC - Castlegar is holding a year-round bottle drive to raise money for their program. If you have any empty refundable bottles you are interested in donating please contact: (250) 365-2520 for more information. Donations go directly to Special Olympics – Castlegar. Thank you for supporting your local Special Olympics

and its passionate athletes and volunteers. ongoing: esl programs – Are

you new to the community or to Canada? Do you need help learning English or getting to know your community? English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are free. For more info contact Alana at 250.304.6862 or email: amurdoch@cbal.org

ongoing: TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS The local Toastmas-

ters club, the Sentinel Speakers, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fireside Inn Castlegar on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Learn speaking skills, gain confidence and have some fun. Guests warmly welcomed. For more information please call Diane Cushing at 250-365-8336.

ongoing: chronic pain selfmanagement workshops -

Goes for six mondays starting on July 9 and ending August 13. Goes from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Castlegar and District Community Service Society, 1007 2 Street, Castlegar. To register Call or email us at toll free 1-866-902-3767 or selfmgmt@uvic.ca ongoing: Esl family time –

Join other English as a Second Language families for stories, crafts and snack. Learn more about your community and help your kids get ready for school! Fridays from 10 a.m. - noon at Kootenay Family Place (behind Chopsticks).

ongoing: Trail sea cadets -

Meets every Tuesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 44th Trail Armory in Shaver’s Bench 19907th Ave. Contact Lt(N) Richard Chanig 250-368-6247.

ongoing: toastmasters meetings - The local Toastmasters

club, the Sentinel Speakers, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fireside Inn Castlegar on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Learn speaking skills, gain confidence and have some fun. Guests warmly welcomed. For more information please call Diane Cushing at 250-365-8336.

ongoing: Trail Maple leaf band looking for MUSICIANS:

The Trail Maple Leaf Band is a concert band looking for brass and woodwind players. We meet in the McIntyre Room at the Cominco Arena in Trail on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Practices begin on September 17. If you are interested in joining us please phone: 250-365-6405 for more information.


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June Perehudoff crowned Miss Castlegar 2012

Miss Castlegar 2011 Marie Soukeroff hands the crown off to Leeza Perehudoff. Craig Lindsay photo Craig Lindsay Castlegar News Reporter

Leeza Perehudoff was crowned Miss Castlegar 2012 Friday

at the Miss Castlegar pageant at Stanley Humphries Secondary School. Perehudoff was selected out of 12

candidates who performed in several categories including talent, speech, evening gown, and impromptu question.

Danielle DeGit was named Miss Castlegar Princess. Miss Castlegar 2011, Maria Soukeroff passed the crown on to a thrilled Perehudoff to the cheers of the other candidates and the many people in the crowd. “I didn’t know what to think. It was such an amazing moment. I’m honoured and thrilled to be Miss Castlegar 2012,” said Perehudoff. “I’m so thankful for the pageant program and the other girls. I wish them all the best. I love them all.” Perehudoff won the top award in both the pageant’s best talent

and best speech categories. “It was a lot of practice, and a lot of pressure,” she said. “I just tried to be myself and do the best I could.” The Queen Committee Training Award, in recognition of responsibility, dedication and effort during the five month training program, was awarded to Kennedy Lockhurst. The Perseverance Award went to Kyra Graham. Speech runner-up was Hailey Gardner, while talent runner-up was Alyssa Martini. Miss Friendship, as chosen by her fellow candidates, was Ashlee Martini.

Sunfest parade great fun for everyone Despite ominous morning clouds, it was sunny skies for the Castlegar Sunfest Parade on Saturday morning. The parade featured pipe bands, floats from nearby cities such as Trail, Kelowna, and Penticton, fire trucks, Miss Castlegar and the princess candidates, astronauts, and much more. Hundreds of Castlegar residents of all ages lined the streets to get a glimpse of the parade and maybe get some candy.

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August

Shambhala marred by death

Rock for the Paws Shambhala partiers enjoy a set from hip hop star Chali 2Na. This year’s festival, which is held every August just outside Salmo, was marred by the death of 23 year-old Mitchell Joseph Fleischacker of Sidney, B.C. from a drug overdose. Craig Lindsay photo

Reiss Zibin (above) and several bands took to the stage at Blueberry Creek School for a fundraiser for the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP). Craig Lindsay photo

September

Open house for Fortis BC’s new centre Craig Lindsay Castlegar News Reporter

Local residents had a chance last Wednesday night to grill FortisBC management about the proposed Kootenay Operations Centre Fortis hopes to build in Ootischenia. The public open house was held at the Ootischenia Hall and featured several display boards with information and designs for the building. “The turnout’s been great,” said Blair Weston, community and aboriginal relations manager for

FortisBC. “A lot of the local residents (from Ootischenia) have been here as well as some from the city.” Weston said the main concerns residents brought up have been worries about the viewscape blocking sight lines and about traffic. “We have addressed those issues in the story boards,” he said. “I think we did a pretty good job of anticipating what the questions would be.” The proposed building is a single story with a warehouse with fleet bays.

“We wanted to show everyone our proposal and get feedback,” said Weston. “The next step is we take the comments back and look over them. Within a few months we’ll build the business case and submit it to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and ask for permission to build the centre.” The new centre will cost approximately $16 million and bring in approximately 160 to 180 jobs. “There are people working in Castlegar already that will be relocated to this build-

Close to 50 people attended the FortisBC open house at Ootischenia Hall on Wednesday for the proposed new Kootenay Operations Centre. Craig Lindsay photo

ing,” said Weston. “So it’s not like all new jobs. But there will be around 160 jobs that will be here at the end of the day.” Weston said no buildings would be shut down in Trail as a result of the new centre. “In fact, we’re moving some of our central warehousing out of the Okanagan to Trail,” he said. “So this is part of a larger reorganization to make our operation more efficient. There’ll be some jobs moved out of Trail to Castlegar, but the buildings will all remain the same.” Putting the operation centre in Castlegar makes sense for many reasons, says Weston. “Having our operation centre in the geographic centre of the West Kootenay is the most efficient way to look after customers,” he said. The City of Castlegar was well represented at the open house with several city councillors present as well as CAO John Malcolm.

“I think it was a good turnout,” said councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff. “Varying opinions of course. But for the area, I think it’s a winwin situation. It’s going to bring 160-180 jobs to the area with huge economic spinoffs for Castlegar and area, which is always good.” Heaton-Sherstobitoff said it’s great that residents have a chance to have input into the operation. “From what I can tell, Fortis is going to go back and make some tweaks to their plans and submit it to the BCUC,” she said. “I’m hoping that people who couldn’t come out here can go to Fortis and raise their concerns. There’s always the opportunity through BCUC to submit your opposition, or if you’re in favour.” The site for the proposed operations centre is on Ootischenia Road near the hall and behind the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

There was a strong turnout of walkers and runners of all ages at the 2012 Terry Fox Run in Castlegar. Craig Lindsay photo

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October

Castlegar Communities in Bloom named national champions

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Communities in Bloom committee members (from left) Darlene Kalawsky, Kari Burk, Gail Hunnisett, Kathy and Mac Gregory, Mielle Metz (front), Roxy Riley, and Pam Johnston pose with the national award and banner. Missing: Denise Talarico, Angie Zibin and Marilyn Pearson.

Selkirk College aviation graduate Max Cameron, shown here with school president Angus Graeme, dropped by his reunion in style - arriving in an F-18 Fighter Jet. Jim Sinclair photo

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The City of Castlegar was a big winner at the Communities in Bloom National Awards ceremony. Castlegar retained its five bloom status and came first in the 6,501 - 10,000 population category for 2012. Darlene Kalawsky, Communities in Bloom (CiB) volunteer coordinator, attended the CiB National Symposium Awards and at the Edmonton Capital Region on Oct. 12 and 13 and was thrilled to learn of the honour. “It’s very exciting for us to be recognized,” she said. “The committee is ecstatic. We’re really pleased to be recognized. We know we have a great community but sometimes the recognition has to come from the outside in for people to believe it.” Castlegar has been involved in the national Communities in Bloom program for the past three years and has posted five blooms each time. This is the first time the city has won the national award. “I think we have an extremely valuable volunteer core in our community,” said Kalawsky. “I think that also makes a very big difference in your outcome. The cities, the municipalities involvement is key. Public works is very important to this program. They look at things like landscape design, parks and so on. Tidiness, your garbage cans, all these different things.”


Castlegar News Thursday, December 27, 2012

November Duo wins top prize at Sculpturewalk Gala

ones will go up in May. Artistic Merit 4th Place ($500): Sack Race, artist Roger Golden (Toronto, ON)

3rd Place ($500): Look And You Will Find It, artist Kate Christopher (Mahtomedi, MN)

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Sculpturewalk Gala People’s Choice Award winners James Karthein and Kevin Kratz (2nd and 4th from left) celebrate their victory with Joy Barrett, Sculpturewalk executive director, mayor Craig Lindsay photo Lawrence Chernoff, and Kirk Duff, Sculpturewalk vice-president. Craig Lindsay Castlegar News Reporter

Despite the absence of performer Shane Koyczan, who’s flight from Vancouver was cancelled, the Castlegar Sculpturewalk Gala was another shining success. About a dozen of the 30 Sculpturewalk artists were in attendance Saturday night at the Element Club for the gala. The big People’s Choice Award winner was Patient Hunter by Kevin Kratz and James Karthein of Krestova. The Artistic Merit award went to Kate Tupper of Argenta for Full Metal Jacket. “It’s the best year ever,” said Pat Field, former Sculpturewalk president and project manager who still helps out. “We have 30 sculptures and 30 artists and 7,800 happy people. It’s been pretty fantastic.” When Sculpturewalk began three years, Field and his group could only imagine the success the program would eventually become. “We knew it would take three to five years to do a culture change,” he said. “What I mean by culture change is where people’s values, attitudes and behaviours change and they actually care about art - which they do now.

They take their families down there, their kids down. It’s part of the fabric of the community now. That’s why we’re going to be able to make it sustainable because people are thinking about sculptures now. It’s a really neat transition.” Field was impressed with this year’s group of sculptures and thinks the talent grows each year. “We have such a variety of sculptures of different mediums,” he said. “We have stone, we have metal, we have ceramic, we have bronze, we have steel. So many different mediums and so many ideas. Some people are humorous, some people are joyous, some are very serious while others are ethereal. That’s what makes this a success. There’s something for everybody.” Without the headlining performer the audience had more of a chance to mingle and chat. “It was kind of neat, because it gave people a better opportunity to communicate,” said Field. “Everybody is socializing a lot more. People are now coming to these events, now for the third year, they know each other. They haven’t seen each other for a year. Everybody has a smile on. Everybody recognized

that this is a neat social event.” Executive director Joy Barrett and Field introduced a 3D scale model sculpture of the original Sculpturewalk winning piece. “What you can do these days is take a 3D laser scan of the regular size sculpture and from that you can scale the piece,” said Barrett. “With Denis Kleine’s “peace sign”, the one that’s in front of the airport, he actually took it down and took it to this place where they do the 3D laser scanning and

they scaled it down to a desktop size and gave him a plastic version of it. What Denis did was recreate the piece in a smaller scale.” The piece was donated to the City in recognition of its support. The Sculpturewalk committee is already planning next year’s event. “The call for sculptors closes on Nov. 1,” said Field. “The new ones are juried on Nov. 15 of this year.” The current sculptures will stay up until April and the new

Winner ($3000): Full Metal Basket, artist Kate Tupper (Argenta, BC) People’s Choice 3rd Place tie ($500 each): Dancing Myself, artist Rabi’a (Winlaw, BC) Soaring, artist Spring Shine (Argenta, BC) 2nd Place ($1000): Salmon, artist Christina Nick (Brackendale, BC) Winner (sculpture purchased by City of Castlegar for permanent display, $3000 cash): Patient Hunter, artists Kevin Kratz and James Karthein (Krestova, BC).

SNOW BUSTERS PROGRAM Is there a neighbour or friend who regularly clears snow from driveways and paths without being asked or expecting monies for their acts of kindness? The City of Castlegar is interested in acknowledging the Snow Busters who help out their neighbours in the community by clearing snow without expecting any payment. The City of Castlegar would like to hear from you by letter or email about these wonderful SNOW BUSTERS. The Snow Buster will be entered into a draw for $250 to be held at the end of the season. To be eligible, the Snow Buster must be a resident of Castlegar. Deadline for receiving nominations is March 15, 2013. If you don’t have a Snow Buster and you need help in clearing snow, call the Castlegar Youth Employment Centre at (250) 365-6523 or the Kootenay Career Development Society at (250) 365-6515. A fee will be charged for snow clearing. Mail nominations to: City of Castlegar Snow Busters Program 460 Columbia Avenue Castlegar, B.C. V1N 1G7 Or Email to: snowbusters@castlegar.ca Or Fax to: (250) 365-4810 or (250) 365-0594

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Lest we forget Mrs. Marjorie Culley places the Mother’s Wreath at the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day ceremony. Several hundred people were in attendance today for Castlegar’s Remembrance Day ceremony which took place at the Cenotaph at Kinsmen Park. The ceremony began with a parade march led by Parade Commander Comrade Leuan Gilmore. Taking part in the parade were Legion members and veterans, RCMP, Fire Fighters, Cadets, and many others. Craig Lindsay photo

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December

Selkirk Saints tie record with 12th straight win

Beau Taylor puts Selkirk up 1-0 putting away a great pass from teammate Cody Fidgett (#71) against UVic on Saturday. Craig Lindsay photo Craig Lindsay Castlegar News Reporter

The Selkirk College Salints closed out their 2012 schedule on Saturday night with a bang, tying the

B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League record for the longest regular season win streak at 12 games by defeating the University of Victoria by a 6-1 score at the

Castlegar Recreation Complex. The Saints’ offence came alive in the second period after Beau Taylor and Mark Prest had traded goals in a tight

opening 20 minutes. Nick Cecconi started the rally, putting Selkirk ahead 2:16 into the frame when he banged home a loose puck from the side of the crease off a Matt

Luongo feed. Connor McLaughlin tipped home a Justin Sotkowy point shot on the power-play midway through the period to extend the lead to two, and Logan Proulx added another just 1:23 later off a nice set-up from linemate Jackson Garrett. Thomas Hardy, in his first game back from injury, and Mason Spear capped the scoring in the third period. “We came out of the gates a little slow tonight but the guys found their legs in the second period and really dictated the speed and tempo of the game from there,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “It was good to

close out the first half of our schedule with a complete team effort -- we got goals from all four of our forward lines and solid performances on the blueline and in goal.” With the win, the Saints tied the BCIHL record for the longest regular season winning streak originally set by UVic during the 2007/08 season. They’ll have to wait for the opportunity to set a new record, though, as the team now breaks for college exams and holidays before returning to the ice on January 12th against Simon Fraser University. “As a group, coming into the season we knew we had all the ingredients to be

a contending team,” says Dubois. “It’s all come together a lot quicker than we expected, and now the challenge is to approach the second half of the season with the same work ethic and intensity that we saw over the past two months. You don’t win championships based on how you play in October or November, but it’s also satisfying to go into a long break with lots of positives.” In net, Alex Sirard stopped 26 shots to pick up his eighth win in as many appearances for the Saints. Sunny Gill took the loss for the Vikes, allowing six goals on 43 shots.

School closures pondered by board

Craig Lindsay Castlegar News Reporter

School District #20 (Kootenay-Columbia) held it’s regular board meeting on Monday at Blueberry Creek Community School. The biggest item on the agenda was the discussion about the possible reconfiguration/closure of schools in Castlegar and Rossland. In Castlegar, the discussion is whether to close Castlegar Primary School and move those kids to Twin Rivers Elementary. First reading of the potential bylaw related to reconfiguration or closure is expected to be in mid-February and discloses the language of the bylaw. Second reading, which is when trustees debate the potential bylaw, would follow in another meeting. Third and final reading would be done by the end of February and would be where the nine SD20 trustees would vote on the bylaw. “Certainly the issue that took the most

time, and is the most important to the public is that we included one extra meeting with PACs from each of the affected schools,” said Darrel Ganzert, SD20 board chair. “A group of trustees would meet at each location, Castlegar and Rossland, with the PACs of the affected schools in those communities to have a further discussion about the schools and the potential closures etc.” Ganzert said that PACs from Castlegar Primary, Kinnaird Elementary and Twin Rivers Elementary would be invited to the extra meeting because one of the scenarios would see students shifted from Twin Rivers to Kinnaird. “We want to get the public consultation done as thoroughly as possible before we enter into any kind of discussion about what we believe as trustees,” said Ganzert. “All trustees believe it’s very important to listen to what the public has to say before we have any discussion about what we believe.”


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Sports

Rebels in familiar territory at mid-season

Rebel forward Braydon Horcoff goes in on a breakaway on Nelson netminder Cody Boekman in an October game at the Castlegar Complex. Craig Lindsay photo CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

The Castlegar Rebels finished second in the Neil Murdoch division last season and second overall in the KIJHL. This year, the Rebels are once again in second in their division and tied for second overall in the league heading into the Christmas break. That consistency points to the strength in the organization and leadership of coach and general manager Steve Junker. Junker came on board with the Rebels in 2010 and finished off his first season with a run to the KIJHL championship series. The next year (2011-12) the Rebels were once again near the top of the league, finishing behind only Beaver Valley in both the division and the KIJHL. With a high-powered offence led by veteran players Scott Morriseau, Anthony Delong, Anthony Robinson, and Stuart Walton, the Rebs

cruised past Nelson in the first round of last year’s play-offs. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, Castlegar ran into the powerful Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the top ranked team in the KIJHL, in the second round. The Rebels gave the ‘hawks all they could handle, forcing a deciding game seven in Fruitvale after being down 3-1 in the series. But BV was too much, beating Castlegar 5-3 in game seven in a packed Fruitvale arena. With the graduation of Morriseau, Delong and Robinson, the 2012-13 version of the Castlegar Rebels would look a little different. Scoring would have to come from new sources. Walton, the top returning scorer, started slowly but has found his groove and leads the Rebs in scoring with 41 points in 31 games at press time. Last year’s captain Erik Alden is back to lead the defensive corps and

continues to be a solid two-way defence man. The Rebels goaltending has been pretty strong all season with Connor Gluck and Connor Beauchamp both back from last year. Gluck was acquired at mid-season of last year in a trade that saw 2011 playoff hero Alex Ross depart.

“Everyone here knows their teammates will do whatever they can do for each other.” Forward Diego Bartlett At the start of 2012-13, it looked like the Neil Murdoch division would be a three way race between Castlegar, Nelson and Beaver Valley. The Nelson Leafs, however, have pulled away early and taken control of the top spot in not only the division but the

whole KIJHL. The Rebels, meanwhile, have stayed pretty consistently five or six points back of the Leafs. The Nitehawks struggled early but have been on quite a roll lately, moving to within two points of Castlegar in the division standings. “We’re definitely happy where we are,” said Rebel forward Diego Bartlett. “Our expectations are there. We’ve been playing well. This week off here (for Christmas) will be nice to heal up our injured guys and rest up. We’re planning on coming back after the break and make a run at the championship. I think we have a winning team here.” Nelson recently lost top prospect Colton McCarthy, who has moved up to the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors. The Leafs still have one high scoring Colton left in Colton Schell, who leads the team and the KIJHL with 51 points in 32 games,

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and rookie goalie sensation Brett Soles (13 wins and 2.14 goals against average in 15 games) so don’t count them out. In the rest of the KIJHL, Sicamous has started strong, leading the Okanagan/ Shuswap Conference with 46 points. North Okanagan and Golden are also having strong seasons in their respective divisions. Jordan Salahor of Kelowna is second in league scoring with 50 points, while Golden’s Connor Beauchemin is third with 45 points including 22 goals. Rating by position: Forward - B+ Walton, who is seventh in KIJHL scoring, has emerged as the Rebs’ top scorer as expected. Veteran forward Diego Bartlett has stepped up his game and become a scoring threat this season. Jamie Vlanich, who returned to the Rebels this year after playing in Fernie for much of last year, gives the Rebs a third scoring option on the first

line. Kody Disher and Brenden Heinrich are back from last year and add toughness to the Rebs’ line-up. Newcomers Darren Medeiros and Bryan Lubin have played well in their first seasons as Rebels. Defence B- Captain Alden leads the way on defence and is having another solid campaign. With Riley Ostoforoff and Aaron Brewer back, Castlegar has a pretty veteran blue line crew. American import Hunter Jenerou is a nice addition to the defence. He leads all Rebel d-men in scoring with 15 points in 32 games this year so far. Goalie A- So far this year coach Junker has been content to platoon between Beauchamp and Gluck. Both are veterans in the league and could make arguments for the starting job. Beauchamp has a goals against average (GAA) of 2.37 and has won eight games out of 19. Strangely, he has picked up all five Rebel ties so

far. Gluck is not far behind with a 2.45 GAA. He leads with 10 wins in 15 games. Beauchamp is third among the KIJHL’s top goalies by GAA, while Gluck is sixth. The Rebs also have midget star Patrick Zubick in the wings. “We have a great group of guys,” said Bartlett. “Everyone just gets along great. I feel that we’re a family. Everyone here their teammates will do whatever they can for each other. That’s a big contributor to our success. We have a lot of players playing for the team. Playing for the logo on the front of the jersey and proud to be on the Rebels. We know we have a winning team this year so no one wants to fool around.” In conclusion, there are lots of games to be played. The Rebels will have to keep improving and find different ways to score if they want to catch Nelson for first and hold off the surging Nitehawks.

Kody Disher of the Rebels brings the puck over the Grand Foks blue line during the Nov. 22 game at the complex. Craig Lindsay photo


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Nelson Leafs forward Bryce Nielsen gets held up by Rebels forward Bob Hall photo/Nelson Star

In a pre-Christmas battle of KIJHL titans in Nelson on Wednesday, the Castlegar Rebels came out firmly on top, beating the Leafs 6-1. Jamie Vlanich opened the scoring at 8:25 of the first period for the Rebels. Aaron Petten and Bryan Lubin put Castlegar up 3-0 with second period goals. Aaron Dunlap scored Nelson’s only goal at 16:56 of the third period to put the Leafs within two, 3-1. But Vlanich, with his second, scored a minute and a half later to give the Rebs a 4-1 lead and take the wind out of the Leafs’ sails. Darren Medeiros and Kody Disher finished off the scoring for the Rebels. “It wasn’t our best,” Leafs coach Frank Maida told the Nelson Star after the game. “We started strong and controlled the game in the first 10 minutes. They scored a goal after a big penalty kill and they gained momentum.” When the final buzzer sounded the Rebels celebrated like they had just won the biggest game of the season. Which is likely the fact. “They were rubbing it in our face… we’ll take note,” Nelson defenceman J.J. Beitel said of the enthusiastic celebration by the Rebels. The assistant captain said the Leafs will use the loss as fuel to come back from the Christmas break hungry. Castlegar is now off for its Christmas break and is only two points behind Nelson in the race for first place in the Neil Murdoch division and in the KIJHL as well. The Rebs return to action for a Wednesday game on Jan. 2 against Spokane at the Castlegar Community Complex.


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In Memoriam

Help Wanted

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PRODUCT SUPPORT MANAGER We have a position available for a Product Support Manager in our Castlegar location. This position will be responsible to grow and manage the service related business, particularly through increased customer sales and maintaining proper staffing levels. This position will also manage the parts department operations including supervision of parts staff. Previous leadership experience in a heavy equipment service and/or parts department is a definite asset.

Seasonal Truck Drivers Needed EMCON SERVICES INC., Road and Bridge Maintenance Contractor in the Castlegar, Rossland, Trail and Fruitvale Areas are looking for professional drivers for part time employment for the upcoming winter season. Qualifications for these positions are: • BC driver’s license (minimum Class 3/Air) • Proven on highway trucking experience • Experience driving tandem axle vehicles and experience on a variety of transmissions including 13 speed.

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In Memoriam

In loving memory of

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Harry N. Plotnikoff

Please drop off resume with hand written cover letter at: 1243 3rd. St., Castlegar, BC Closing date: Jan 4, 2013.

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Downtown Nelson Offices 3 sunny nicely decorated rooms + reception area, avail Jan 1st rent negotiable 250-352-2491.

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2 bdrm cabin $685/m + 3 bdrm cabin $750/m + 2 bdrm cabin $585/m on large acreage, very private, 1km south of Slocan City. Wood/ elect heat, creek water, Utilities xtra. Pets ok, room for garden. Lease required. 250-355-2412

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Suites, Upper

Small Ads work!

CASTLEGAR, 1 Bdrm suite neat Kootenay Market & Bus stop $515/mth inclusive Avail Immed, N/S, N/P 250-608-3930 Castlegar South, Studio Suite, F/S, Microwave $600 /mth including utilities cable, private side entrance off street parking, ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING OR PET, Call Al at 250-304-5560

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Transportation

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Creditors and others having claims against the Estate of JOHN FREDERICK SALIKEN, formerly of #709-10th Street, Castlegar, British Columbia, Deceased, are hereby required to send the particulars thereof to the Executor, John Clifford Saliken, c/o Mont & Walker Law Corporation, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2R2, Attention: Roderick E. Mont, on or before February 15, 2013, after which date the estate’s assets will be distributed, having regard only to the claims that have been received.

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Guitars, Amplifiers, Drums Keyboards, Band & String Instruments, Music books & Accessories, Music Lessons Sales & Rentals 1364 Bay Ave, Trail 250-368-8878

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WANTED SHORT Logger and Hayrack for work till the end of March. Call 604-819-3393.

Rentals

WANTED: TICKETED “B” Welders, Electricians and Millwrights International Forest Products Ltd. is looking for ticketed “B” Welder with Millwriting experience, electricians, and millwrights to join our lumber manufacturing facility in Castlegar, BC. The skilled individuals must be self motivated, able to work on their own, and in a team environment. Applicants must be flexible with shift scheduling and trade lines. Interfor offers a competitive wage and benefits package as outlined in the USW Southern Interior Master Agreement. Interested candidates are invited to submit resumes by January 07, 2012 to Interfor’s front office in Castlegar. Candidates can also submit their resume by mail, fax, or email to : PO Box 3728, Castlegar BC, V1N 3W4 Fax #: (604) 422-3252 Email: kira.moffat@interfor.com We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for a interview will be contacted.

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Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land FrontCounter BC Cranbrook has accepted an application made by TM Mobile Inc., of Burnaby, BC, on behalf of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Kootenay Region, for two Licenses of Occupation for the purpose of roadway and communication site situated on Provincial Crown land west of Castlegar and containing 02023 hectares more or less (communication site) and 0.6 hectares more or less (road). The MFLNRO File Numbers that have been established for this application are 4405299 (communication site/powerline) and 4405300 (road). Written comments concerning this application should be directed to FrontCounter BC, 1902 Theatre Road, Cranbrook BC, V1C7G1 or email to: AuthorizingAgency.Cranbrook@ gov.bc.ca. Comments will be received by FrontCounter BC until February 4, 2013. Front Counter BC may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please refer to our website: http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/search.jsp and look up the applications with the file numbers listed above. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact the FOI Advisor at the MFLNRO regional office in Cranbrook.


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