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Conroy takes Kootenay West riding TIMOTHY SCHAFER Rossland News

With the spring freshet pouring down from the mountains across Kootenay West landslides are a very real threat. And on Tuesday night after the polls closed across the province in the B.C. General

Election, that threat was realized. NDP incumbent Katrine Conroy took the Kootenay West riding in a landslide, with 62.99 per cent (10,606 votes) of the votes cast, more than twice what Liberal candidate Jim Postnikoff received (21.33 per cent, 3,592 votes), and far more

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than the total of the other three candidates combined. Independent candidate Joseph Hughes of Nakusp finished respectably with 13.30 per cent of the vote (2,239) and fellow independent candidate Glen Byle of Trail collected 2.38 per cent (400 votes).

• See ELECTION, Page 10

Independents show well TIMOTHY SCHAFER Rossland News

With half of the slate of candidates in the election from the independent spectrum, it was a test for Kootenay West to see if the riding was ready for such a voice.

• See INDEPENDENT, Page 10



Public transit service to Red Mountain is on an uphill climb after cash cost considerations detailed in a recent report stalled the prospect of a service. Called Service Options for Red Mountain Resort, the report delivered by BC Transit to the East End Services (EES) committee and the West Kootenay E Transit committee (WKTC)—the local governing S OSU H bodies overseeing and contributing to the service— L IFUACRE T looked at the question of extending public transit to U A BE + 75 an area that was in need of service for only four months of the year. And it found that the best option available was to expand the Kootenay Boundary Transit service with the purchase of a community bus, a solution that could cost over $120,000, with local shares in the cost totalling $56,900. Public transit to Red Mountain Resort (RMR) has been a want coming out of Rossland for a number MARIECLAUDE of years, said the city’s regional district director Kathy Wallace, and the question of cost will be con250-512-1153 sidered in a debate that could begin next month. “I’m not sure how viable it is financially,” she said. The situation at RMR is unique, said Wallace. 1st Trail Real Estate 1993 Columbia Ave. Rossland There are no staff accommodations at the resort, meaning all employees must commute. In the winYourter, Horoscope For the Week the resort operates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., meanwithing Michael O’Connor inside ideal arrive times for bus service at RMR would Horoscope the West Kootenay Advertiser be between 8-8:30 a.m., and the ideal leave time For the Week would be 3:45 p.m. with Michael O’Connor • See TRANSIT, Page 4 inside the West Kootenay Advertiser



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Ronald, left, and Alice Mah lay in more tile in the soon-to-be open Ying’s Café on Columbia Street. The restaurant will feature a sushi bar, as well as Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine.


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Arts and culture UPCOMING your rossland events Calendar Saturday, May 18 • The Rossland MuseuM is opening for the season this weekend. Preserving and dynamically presenting the heritage of Rossland and the area. open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday. open daily July and august 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. including statutory holidays. Memberships available. see our website for upcoming events and exhibits at admission is adults $10; children 6-13 $3; students 14+ $5; seniors 60+ $8; children under six are free. Family rate is $28 based on two adults and children. Thursday, May 23 • WesT KooTenaY osToMY suPPoRT GRouP at 1 p.m.,Kiro Wellness Center, Trail. Guest: Rob elliot, hollister representative. For information, call 250-3689827 or 250-365-6276. Please note: date and time change. last meeting until september. Saturday, May 25 • KooTenaY danCeWoRKs students from Kootenay danceworks will be performing at their year-end show, an evening of Gratitude, at the Charles Bailey Theatre on saturday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for $12 at the box office. Wednesday, May 29 • shane KoYCzan will be appearing at the Rossland secondary school auditorium in a performance to honour the final graduating class of the high school. starting at 7 p.m., tickets for the performance are available at the Grind Café, the Rossland Secondary School office, or from Marilyn nelson at 362-2258.

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A Way of Life

Teton Gravity research feature film pulls footage out of Rossland TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

The true culture of Rossland will be on the silver screen this fall as a new motion picture shot in the area last winter is expected to premiere. Called Way of Life, the film by Teton Gravity Research (TGR) out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is about places on the planet that have embraced the skiing brotherhood. Places like Rossland, said the film’s producer Greg Epstein, and TGR’s supervising producer, that exemplify the unspoken language of skiing. “Rossland is a quintessential ski town even more so,” he said from TGR’s offices in Jackson Hole. “The people that live there are more into the ski world, not necessarily the newest fanciest, fangled equipment, but more that mind set, just being part of that lifestyle and really being imbedded in it.” A three-minute webisode on Rossland (at, season five, episode eight) and Red Mountain is already on the Internet, with a trailer and the full feature film set to come. “When you watch the part about Rossland, even though you aren’t there, you can kind of get a feel for Rossland as a place, even outside of the skiing,” Epstein said. The webisode gives an overview of what the crew of five production crew and five athletes did in Kootenay Rockies. Epstein thought Red Mountain was a great hill and a lot of fun, with some challenging technical terrain. And the skiers, Pemberton, B.C.’s Dana Flahr and Salt Lake, Utah’s Dash Longe, agreed. “We’re here at Red Mountain because there is a lifetime amount of terrain it seems,” said Flahr in the webisode segment. “The terrain is all hidden, kind of tucked away in the trees,” Longe added. There are still a couple more webisodes that have to deal with Red Mountain specifically that will appear on TGR’s website, as well as its

SubmiTTed On Sunday, May 19, Joe Hill Coffee House continues a long Rossland tradition of relaxing fun and great entertainment. With performers of all ages, and from all over the West Kootenays, the May 19 Joe Hill show is about connecting with what’s important: music, dance, goodies, friends, fun.


Here’s the show: • Gut Bucket Giff (Michael Gifford), washtub bass virtuoso; • Dawn Graham and Monique, great voices, great guitar; • Kootenay Dance Works (Bethany, Elyse, Kathryn), young dancers, professional moves; • The Harmaniaks Beaver Valley kids ages 8 to 11, crazy about harmonica; • Frequent Flyers (Steve Rathwell and friend), fine new songs;

• The Voltures (Tim Bourchier, Janet Bourchier, Nancy Stanton), great songs, with rhythm to get you


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Utube channel. The crew arrived in Rossland Feb. 16 and stayed until March 3 and then went up north to Nelson and Kaslo for two weeks. “But we really wanted to come and explore Red Mountain, and then we wanted to explore the Kootenays a little,” said Epstein. “A lot of it was obviously based on snow conditions and we made the best of it.” Tim Durtschi and Angel Collinson of Salt Lake and Dylan Hood from Portland, Oregon rounded out the athletic roster. According to the webisode information, the crew went from the “powder caked slopes of Red Mountain, to the steep lines of Stellar Heli Skiing and the endless pillow lines at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing. Living in the mountains in this region of British Columbia truly defines a Way of Life.” Way of Life premieres in mid September in Jackson Hole. The film tour then hits most major ski areas, cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, with a Kootenay tour also being worked on. The Almost Live series takes people around the globe with the TGR production team and athletes. It’s an inside look at what goes into first descents, building and hitting massive backcountry jumps, traveling throughout the most exotic locales on the planet and the lives of the worlds top riders. Almost Live plants people on location with the TGR crew to track progress throughout the season, and watch the drama unfold.

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moving. Tim will explain “The Voltures.”) As well as great entertainment, Joe Hill Coffee House features


round tables, soft chairs, coffee and goodies, and an all-round relaxing and friendly atmosphere. It’s at the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall, 1765 Columbia Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m.. Admission is $3 kids and students free (Alberta money at par). For more information about Joe Hill Coffee House, contact Les Carter, 250-362-5677,

Young film makers impressed the audience at this year’s annual U19 Film Festival held on April 27 at the Royal Theatre in Trail. The annual festival is the largest youth film festival in the West Kootenay region where young film makers compete with short films for cash prizes. “The calibre and quality of the films was the best I’ve ever seen. It’s really inspiring to see what young people are creating today with film,” says Rachael Roussin, program coordinator for the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture. The Festival is coordinated by a team of youth volunteers and supported by the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture. “U19 is a very important youth festival for our region,” she said. “This is a big budget event so RCAC’s goal for the future is to create partnerships with regional community arts councils and youth groups to make this event ongoing, sustainable and broaden our outreach to young film makers in the region.” A team of four dedicated judges including a film maker, multi media specialist, youth, and local high school graphics teacher worked hard to judge the twelve submitted films in five categories plus the judge’s choice award. Rossland’s James Klemmensen and Liam Barnes took home the prize for best documentary film. Liam Barnes took home the prize for best sports Aadventure film and Madeline Grace Wood took home best comedy film. 2013 U19 Winners an online Vimeo account for all the 2013 U19 films is being created for people to view the submitted films ( Congratulations to the winners at u19 who took home cash prizes: Comedy: Sock Monkeys - Madeline GraceWood, Rossland, age 14 Documentary: Barefoot - James Klemmensen and liam Barnes, Rossland, age 17 Drama: Loose Ends - Chris Tremblay, Jordan strobel and Tim Baldwin, Trail, age 16 Snow Sports: The Moments Continue - andrew Woodward, nelson, age 18 Sports/Adventure: Surge Freerun - liam Barnes, Rossland, age 17 People’s Choice: High Rise Ski Edit- Jordan Strobel, Warfield, Age 16 Judges’ Choice: Seatle and Aviation - eric Gonzales, Fruitvale, age 17 a thank you is extended to the sponsors for the event: Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation, Kootenay association for science and Technology and BC arts Council. To get involved with u19, visit or email rosslandarts@gmail. com.


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accommodation levels hit all time high TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

A deluge of snow and media attention have given the Rossland accommodation industry its best month ever in the seven-year history of Tourism Rossland. February broke all records for total accommodation revenue in the city as $568,390 dollars rolled through the tills of the city’s hotels, motels, bed and breakfast’s and condominiums. The previous month saw the record for accommodation revenue—$492,000 in February of 2006—broken at $526,212. Tourism Rossland’s executive director, Deanne Stevens, said the 2013 numbers compared to the years previous really stand out and illustrate what a great year the city had. She pointed to the announcement of the opening of cat skiing at Red Mountain Resort, combined with a high profile story in the New York Times—ranking Rossland as the eighth among the newspaper’s 46 places to go—and winning the Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown along with Nelson’s Whitewater Ski Resort as the best ski town in

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The next winter is also shaping up to be a big one with two major snow events already planned for the year, with a possible big summer one. In December Black Jack has been awarded a “massive” race in a NorAm qualifier for Winter Olympics. “It’s a big, high profile race that will help, and continue to remind people this is a great cross country destination,” said Stevens. Red Mountain racers should also be getting another big event in March, a follow up to the U16 provincial championships they hosted last March. These events have a massive effect on the local economy, said Stevens, with as much $500,000 being injected in some cases. Tourism Rossland is also bidding on a big cross country mountain biking event for 2014.

North America. “It was a combination of really great news, great snow and then a lot of attention in the press this year,” Stevens said. “The area has been teetering on the edge of being really strong for a number of years and we were close.” March is expected to be near the record as well, she said, but the numbers aren’t tabulated. In January many people came and stayed in the city for the Winter Carnival, which is gaining some measure of fame outside of the borders of the West Kootenay. The exposure wasn’t by accident. Stevens, along with Red Mountain, Big Red Cats, Canadian Ski Quest and Kootenay Rockies Tourism

attended nearly one dozen tourism industry trade shows around the world to promote the area and the then planned lift and terrain expansion onto Grey Mountain at Red Mountain Resort. “Went to all the different ski shows and having something new to talk about (like Grey expansion) got their attention and that attention got us exposure in the New York Times,” said Stevens. “It’s been so good for the entire community to build on that.” Combined with the new look of the downtown a lot of people are feeling “very optimistic about going forward in the future, she said. In one week the promotional tour begins anew with a trio of service providers— Red, Big Red Cats and

Canadian Ski Quest—joining Tourism Rossland and traveling to the Australia ski shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Tourism Rossland is Rossland’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) and works collaboratively with input from all Rossland tourism stakeholders. As a registered non-profit society, Tourism works in a fair and unbiased manner to grow Rossland’s year round tourism economy within the context of the community’s vision and values. A3


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red accOlades In the article written by Christopher Solomon in the New York Times, Rossland was deemed to be “joining the big leagues,” due to the announcement of the mountain’s 1,000-acre expansion, which began last summer. “With a new lodge and the first on-hill accommodations added in the last few years, this local legend is ready to step out into the spotlight,” wrote Christopher Solomon. For the third year in a row the Times has put Red Mountain in its Sunday travel pages, also rating it as one of the top three ski areas in North America for advanced skiers in 2012.

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The voters of Kootenay West, which includes Rossland, went to the polls on Tuesday and voted in a - member of the B.C. Legislative Assembly. So we asked for your opinion ...

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City council will be presenting Norway’s Surnadal Kommune with a moose antler—containing the city’s coat of arms—carved by resident Mike Williams. For complete story, see Page 6.

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Service Options Service option 1: service expansion with community bus This requires expansion to supplement the existing service provided to the resort and the purchase of an additional vehicle (community bus) seating up to 20 passengers. Additional annual operating costs, as well as maintenance costs, assumes the existing Kootenay Boundary fleet will serve as a spare for the system. From a capital perspective, this seasonal option is expensive since it requires paying for a full year of lease fees for a vehicle that is only used four months per year. Service hours: 790 Passenger revenue: $8,100 Annual ridership: 8,000 Total cost: $121,000 Vehicles required: 1 Net local share of costs: $56,900 Provincial share of costs: $56,000 Note: estimates assume 10 rides per service hour at an average fare of $1.02 (from 12/13 budget). Service option 2: reallocation of existing resources This option focuses on what could be done to improve service to RMR within the existing available fleet. The option would: • extend route 6 (Rossland) from Rossland to RMR on weekdays four times a day during the ski season. Two trips would be provided in the morning to serve employees and skiers as well as two in the late afternoon. • require the reallocation of hours and rescheduling of other routes for peak commute times during the ski season. This option negatively impacts peak service to regular commuters, such as students, to provide a seasonal service for visitors and seasonal workers. The other main disadvantage to implementing seasonal service through reallocation of existing service is that it creates inconsistency and inefficiency in the rest of the schedule, particularly at commuter times. Service hours: 0 Passenger revenue: $2,250* Annual ridership: 1,500* Total cost: $0** Vehicles required: 0 Net local share of costs: ($2,250)* ** Provincial share of costs: $0** * Based on five passengers per trip at an average fare of $1.50. ** May require further cuts to existing service in order to retain its cost neutral nature. Service option 3: no additional public transit service to RMR This service option proposes RMR provide shuttle service between Rossland and the resort, taking advantage of the existing 13 conventional trips to Rossland. As there is already some shuttle service existing, it may only require a more formal arrangement between the resort and the private providers. Requires co-operation with and investment by RMR to provide shuttle service either in-house or by contract which could lead to unreliable service. Service hours: 0 Passenger revenue: $8,580 Annual ridership: 5,720 Total cost: $0 Vehicles required: 0 Net local share of costs: ($8,580) Provincial share of costs: $0 Note: Based on five passengers per trip at an average fare of $1.50. Source: Service Options for Red Mountain Resort

options, including service expansion with community bus, reallocation of existing resources within the Kootenay Boundary fleet, and RMR taking advantage of the existing 13 conventional service trips to Rossland. The service options presented estimated costs with an eye toward improving the frequency of service to RMR, accommodate employees and visitors of the resort, and utilize existing resources and service hours. The report recommended service option one as being able to provide “the greatest opportunity to grow seasonal ridership without impacting year round commuters or adding additional demand on an aging fleet in a difficult topography.” Although the report was delivered to KBTS stakeholders—through the EES— and the WKTC, the onus is on the City of Rossland to see if there is a will to find a financial way to create public service.

“If there is some desire to get into that service, at that point I would take it back to the East End,” said Wallace. “It’s not an easy decision because there is so much cost involved.” With the formation of the WKTC in 2012—between Nelson and the regional districts of Kootenay Boundary (including Rossland) and Central Kootenay—a transit decision must now pass through it, as well as the KBTS stakeholders. And when the committee adopted the West Kootenay Concept Plan as its guide for expansion hours secured from the province, RMR was not identified as a priority in the adopted plan. As a result, service to RMR would have to be provided within the existing service hours by agreement of the KBTS stakeholders or be agreed to by the WKTC as a high priority. BC Transit is now awaiting direction from either KBTS stakeholders or the WKTC to pursue potential next steps. A5

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Carnival keeps council connected TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

The Winter Carnival helped contribute to one of the best month’s ever for accommodations in Rossland, says the festival’s co-chair. Larry Doell, co-chair of the 2013 Winter Carnival committee, said the annual event pulled people in from across the region and put over a half million dollars in accommodation revenue alone through the city, not including ancillary revenue from restaurants and shops. Doell said Deanne Steven of Tourism Rossland reported that “the accommodation revenue for January was the highest month ever recorded at $526,000 which I would argue is as a large part due to Winter Carnival.” Although that record was eventually eclipsed in March, the month still showed a massive surge in visitors to the city than in previous years, clearing the $500,000 mark for the first time ever. Doell thought it was beneficial to meet with city council and outline a few of the highlights of the event for future reference.

“We did get a good bang for the buck and ... I think this is clear: We would really be dead in the water without the city’s contribution,” he said to council on Monday night. Starting on Jan. 24 and running to Jan. 27, the celebration of mountain culture contained over 30 events from the streets of Rossland to the slopes of Red Mountain. Last year Canada AM held a party in conjunction with the carnival which brought out hundreds of people from 2:30-6 a.m. on Friday, and the unveiling of the Statue of Olaus Jeldness after the parade which had in attendance five visitors from Olaus’ birthplace in Norway. “Their visit and the hospitality they enjoyed were recorded in detail in three Norwegian newspapers,” said Doell. The budget for the carnival required a cash outlay of $30,000. Corporate sponsors donated $10,000—including $2,500 from the Nelson and District Credit Union—and the remaining $20,000 was generated by event registration fees and “revellers” at the Olaus Ice Palace. In-kind donations totalled over $20,000. These services

IN BRIEF Border briefs A summary of the Okanagan and Kootenay District border services findings from spring, 2013. The 16 ports of entry from the U.S. in the region had a relatively busy time this spring, with weapons forming the focus of the cases. The Okanagan and Kootenay District (OK and K) is comprised of 16 ports of entries (POEs), and here are some of the “highlights” of the enforcement activities going on. The only activity highlighted close to home included a criminal investigation at Nelway border crossing south of Salmo. A resident of Washington state failed to report two grams of marijuana, glass pipe and grinder with residue. The drugs were discovered during a search of the traveller’s vehicle. The traveller took ownership of the items and subsequently withdrew his application to enter Canada and returned to the U.S.

Worst highway campaign Are flat tires, potholes and traffic congestion driving you around the bend? To help improve road safety and campaign for better roads, the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) invites Rosslanders to vote for a road they feel is the ‘worst’ in the province as part of its third annual Worst Roads survey. Until May 27 people are invited to nominate a road in most need of repair or redesign by voting online at bcaa. com/worstroads. Once results are verified, BCAA will publish the top 10 list and share the results with government to encourage improvements. Some improvements have been made to both title-winning roads since the previous surveys were conducted. A complete list of last year’s top 10 ‘worst roads’ is also available on BCAA’s website.

included communication and marketing, and accommodation and recreation packages given as prizes to winning participants. The contribution by the City of Rossland cannot be over emphasized, Doell noted. From the preparation of the bobsled track down Spokane Street to the creation and removal of the Rail Jam on Queen Street, along with a variety of other chores, the success of the carnival depends on the cooperation by the city and the participation of their public works department. “I don’t think there is any doubt that Winter Carnival is a very valuable part of the community, but it was a good thing to have,” said councillor Jody Blomme about Doell’s presentation. Doell concluded by pointing to one question posed on the Rossland Chamber of Commerce’s questionnaire about the city providing inkind services of $10,000 to prepare for the Winter Carnival. “‘Would you like to see the city continue to provide inkind services for future Rossland Winter Carnivals?’ 88.2 per cent of respondents said ‘Yes,’” said Doell.

Community grant cashout TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

The province handed out a sack of cash to Kootenay communities in its latest Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF), an unconditional grant payment the province makes from its general revenues to municipalities across the province. With a total of over $450,000 coming to the Greater Trail area—and $1.23 million to the West Kootenay Boundary—the SCIF grant includes the traffic fine revenue sharing program and small community and regional district grants. Each community uses the cash injection to help flesh out its budget, but how that cash is used varies with each municipality. Rossland will have $84,075 come its way, but Trail received the largest overall instalment of cash at $106,698 in the West KootenayBoundary, including $22,269 from traffic fine revenue. Trail was the only community in the Greater Trail region to receive traffic fine revenue. The traffic fine revenue sharing program funding helps offset the cost of policing and community safety, with Trail using its allotment for the city to employ two extra Crime Reduction Unit RCMP officers to provide a “higher level of service.” Those officers also serve Rossland. Only communities that pay for policing— like Trail, Nelson and Castlegar—received the traffic fine revenue. The grants come from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets, and the amount of money a municipality receives is based on its contribution to total municipal policing costs. Fruitvale was given $80,678, Warfield garnered $79,362, while the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary received $35,823. Montrose was allotted $70,168.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 Rossland News Publisher: Barbara Blatchford

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Twinning trip builds tie that binds

How the West was won


hen the smoke cleared on Tuesday night the might of the province’s two major political parties—the NDP and the Liberals—had won out. The two parties placed 83 candidates in a total of 85 seats—NDP (33) and Liberals (50)—and they formed the government and the Official Opposition, with only one Green candidate and an independent winning a seat. It was to be expected, with most ridings having little else to choose from in terms of a roster of candidates other than the NDP, Liberals, Green Party, some Conservative Party candidates and a smattering of 15 other provincial parties. But in the Kootenay West riding, half of the election ballot was made up of independent candidates. The efforts of both young independent candidates, Joseph Hughes of Nakusp and Glen Byle of Trail, should be lauded. Byle stepped up and added some thoughtfulness to the election, while Hughes’ knowledge and passion about the region and the issues it faces was a surprising and refreshing face to a faceless campaign. For those who attended the all candidates forum in Rossland last week, they would have been equally impressed by Byle’s ideals, and Hughes’ professional and confident manner speaking on all issues. The one hope gained from the 40th B.C. General Election is that the ground and votes gained by the two independent candidates won’t be lost—nor from the other 36 independent candidates provincewide—and a groundswell of independent candidates springs forth in subsequent elections. The province as a whole could be better served with more independent MLA’s, ones that put the people and the land they represent first, and not party politics.



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This is the first instalment of a monthly council comment. Using a question-andanswer format, all six councillors and the mayor will take turns responding to questions posed on an issue or story facing the city and its residents. Starting with Mayor Greg Granstrom, the first column looks at the municipal twinning of Rossland with Surnadal Kommune, Norway, the home municipality of Olaus Jeldness, who was born in Stangvik and came to Rossland when he was 39 where he soon established competitive skiing in Western Canada. Granstrom, his wife Nadine, and six members of the Spirit of Red are heading over to the city in the southwest Nordmore district of Norway, population 5,927, this week to seal the twinning deal, and present the municipal government of that country with a token of Rossland’s good faith. 1. How did the twinning idea come about? The twinning idea was born when the delegation from Surnadal came here for Winter Carnival. The thought of some type of a formalized relationship may well have been in the background in the Spirit of Red’s plans, the success of the visit of the Surnadal delegation and the welcoming warmth all of Rossland showed to our guests, prompted Surnadal to start their legislative process to formalize a relationship, this was

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to be completed May 8. The Spirit of Red group of volunteers researched, raised the funds and did all the planning, contacting, organizing and devoting countless hours to their goal. It is very important to commend the Spirit of Red for their efforts. The final product, Olaus Jeldness in all his splendour, as well the tremendous opportunity to showcase our city to another country, was accomplished by a total volunteer effort. This has gone perhaps beyond what the Spirit of Red envisioned. The Norwegian Consulate in Canada now has Olaus statue photos on its website. We have the attention of many Norwegians. 2. Will the City of Rossland have to pay anything for this? The delegation is made up of six Spirit of Red representatives, as well as my wife, Nadine, and I. The delegation is travelling on our own “nickels; there is no cost to the City. It is very interesting to note that by booking flights early, airfare from Spokane to Oslo Norway return is $940. A very talented local artisan, Mike Williams, has carved the City of Rossland coat of arms from a moose antler. This carving will be presented to Surnadal Kommune. This most unique

item was purchased by the City. 3. What benefit will come to Rossland as a result of the twinning? There already has been a recognition of how alike our two communities are. We share a culture that is based on our physical environment. It is significant to note that we have a strong Norwegian presence in Rossland. While any potential financial outcomes are difficult to quantify, it is significant to note that the economy of Norway is strong. The Spirit of Red volunteers have put Rossland’s name front and centre in a country that many of us would never have thought of how much we share. Friends are a great way to spread good news. 4. What does your trip entail? For how long? The group will spend two nights in Oslo, travel north to Surnadal (490 kilometres) and spend four days during their spring festival (Varsoghelga). From there we will travel North to Trondhein where the group will split up and go in various directions. Nadine and I will be renting a car and travelling north in Norway to Bodo a city above the Arctic circle over to Pitea, Sweden, my grand-

father’s birthplace down the Swedish coast, a stay in Iceland and then home. 5. Will anyone from Surnadal be coming here? I am certain we will have discussions when we get together in Surnadal as to any future visits. 6. Are there any plans for the future with the city? Too early to tell. 7. Does the city have any other twinning agreements? Rossland also is twinned with Moab, Colorado. We share a mountain bike culture. 8. Any other comments you would like to make about the twinning? I would like to re-iterate that through the totally volunteer efforts of The Spirit of Red group another door has opened to showcase our community, and welcome our friends from Norway to enjoy what we have to offer. Reciprocally, we have the opportunity to be welcomed to a very beautiful region that has a similar recreational culture set in a different geography. Note: Surnadal Kommune is on Facebook. Rosslanders can send a greeting (“Happy Spring Festival, Varsoghelga”) to them on that site (

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Broadband internet prepares for next hurdle TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

Broadband Internet could be one click away from reality. Contracts and letters of intent to sign up for the service will be sent out in the next few weeks to prospective business owners as the grassroots interest in the project is firmed up and a business case is built for the expenditure. City council approved the move during their regular council meeting Monday night, setting the stage for bringing broadband Internet to the city. There has been a lot of positive feedback and interest on the project, said councillor Jody Blomme, but nothing down on paper. “One of the biggest risks to the initiative would be lack of adoption after all of this infrastructure is put in,” she said. “So we want to mitigate those risks.” Broadband would be $125 for businesses and $50 per month for residents, over the life of a five-year contract. Councillor Cary Fisher said the broadband idea was good, but there had not been a business case attached to the proposal. He suggested issuing contracts with the letters of intent, contingent on the project being realized. “This could be better for our telecommunications, but no one has ever priced it out. It’s all anecdotal,” he said. Council agreed to have the contracts sent out in conjunction with the letters of intent (explanation). Representatives from the Broadband Task Force updated council on the project and requested financial support ($10,659 plus tax) Monday to acquire the Fortis BC pole permits necessary to start implementing the broadband project. The Broadband Task Force—made up of technology-associated Rossland residents—had been investigating the potential risks and benefits of broad-


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band to help move forward the initiative and to apply for grants to pay for it. They have two grant requests in ($75,000 in total) and have constructed a business case around the buy-in of 18 downtown businesses. With the uptake of 18 businesses, the return on investment for the City is calculated at 10 years. The Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC)—a subsidiary of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) who could be partnering with the City of Rossland to bring broadband into the downtown—will be paying $4,697 of the cost for 30 poles. The monthly rental of the poles will be $211 per month. The contract is good in perpetuity, but Fortis BC reserves the right to change the rental price. The contract needs to be finalized by May 28 or the City loses the reservation and will need to re-apply. The application process for the pole permits took five months. City staff will bring a report back to council on May 27 on the letters of intent, with council action on May 28. “One of the greatest aspects of this is the potential to do business growth and attraction and retention,” said Amber Hayes, an online entrepreneur and esolutions adoption business coach. She said there are a number of people who are here because of lifestyle attraction, but added in that broadband would increase the reasons for people to move to Rossland and set up a business. “And that’s not going to happen if you don’t have those speeds to compete with the larger urban areas,” Hayes said. The CBBC is offering to create an “open access network,” one that allows any small, enterprising company to use the network to deliver (or access) communications or software services, said Brian Fry, task force member and chief marketing officer for Rack Force Hybrid

The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society will be hosting a volunteer trails day on Saturday, June 8 (9 a.m.), giving people a chance to get involved with the society and have some fun with friends at the same time. The group will meet at the Centennial Trailhead parking lot (from where they

Cloud. CBBC is taking on the responsibility of connecting the fibre network throughout the Columbia Basin and up to Rossland City Hall. The municipality is then responsible for undertaking the expansion of the network to the downtown and municipal buildings, but in partnership with the CBBC, as phase one. The City is building onto the CBBC fibre network, not building their own, said Hayes. “The City would not be taking on the role of Internet service provider, they just would be helping with the infrastructure,” she said. In phase two, after the project has been measured for “buy-in” by the downtown businesses and residents, the service could go city-wide. The open access network also means that any service provider or Rosslander who would like to provide a communications service would have the fibre infrastructure necessary to do so. Unlike the TELUS or Shaw networks who only offer their own services, the CBBC will allow companies with proven services to participate. The CBBC is expected to handle the time and money involved in the maintenance, training and management of vans, on-call technicians, dispatch and equipment for the project. CBBC would be the internet service provider for City Hall. In turn, the City could choose to be the service provider to Rossland, or enter into a contract with other Internet service providers instead to run the service. Currently, Telus is offering Internet capacity and bandwidth speeds to Rossland in the range of five to seven megabits per second (Mbps) download speed, 15 Mbps if requested. However, the CBBC network would be able to provide up to a 100 Mbps upload speed.

will convoy to the parking areas of the trailhead being worked on). Although people can stay as long as as they want, the day usually finishes between 2-4 p.m. Around 6 p.m.the potluck begins at Alpine Grind in Rossland. People are asked to bring their signature dish,

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Chamber encourages businesses to embrace new canine bylaw TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

The dog days of summer aren’t here yet, but the dog days of downtown Rossland are. After City council reversed a previous bylaw in April to prohibit dogs in the downtown area, the Rossland Chamber of Commerce is taking the issue a step further. In what is called a “positive commerce suggestion,” the chamber is now asking downtown businesses to promote the fact they are a dog friendly business. Business owners are being asked to put up a poster in their store window indicating they are indeed welcoming to canines. This allows for those who have their dogs to accompany them into the store, said chamber executive director Renee Clark. “Some business owners didn’t want to project that we were anti-dog, especially to some visitors in town who might not know,” she said. Although a business should take the opportunity to invite dogs on a leash while being accompanied by their owner, it is their responsibility to ensure they are insured. People who want a sign to place in their window can contact the chamber office for a suitable placard. On Feb. 14 the chamber engaged downtown businesses about the current animal control bylaw and the proposed smoking bylaw. The questions asked were the same questions asked to the general public in 2012. The chamber sent out the survey to approximately 80 contacts in the downtown core, and 23 respondents chose to take the survey. When asked if they wanted the bylaw amended to allow dogs in the downtown, 15 businesses replied yes, or 65.2 per cent of the respondents. That number increased slightly to 69.5 per cent (16 respondents) when asked if business owners thought dogs should be allowed downtown if leashed. Changes to the animal control and licensing bylaw, April, 2013 No owner or processor of a dog will allow the dog to be within a park or public area within the downtown core, unless the dog is, at all times, kept on a leash or held by and which is under the immediate charge and control of a responsible and competent person. Accumulation of dogs fines, offences and penalties is in now in effect and carried over from one calendar year to the next. Dog left unattended in downtown core is a fine of $50.

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B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark pulled an upset win Tuesday, defying the polls and pundits who started the evening talking about her exit strategy after a loss. Early results gave Clark’s B.C. Liberals 50 seats, with 33 for the NDP. Clark took an early lead in poll results Tuesday night, with veterans Mike de Jong, Rich Coleman, Terry Lake and Linda Reid retaining their seats. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins lost to B.C. Liberal Mary Polak in Langley. Cummins said he will stay on as leader. Clark had a close contest in her own constituency of

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“Just like Alberta, the voters got to the ballot box and chickened out,” said one observer on Twitter. The result shocked observers, who had been expecting an NDP majority. “The Liberals came in with a better plan for manag-

ing the economy,” said Jordan Bateman, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation. Paralympian Michelle Stilwell retained the B.C. Liberal seat in ParksvilleQualicum, a lonely stronghold on Vancouver Island previously held by Ron Cantelon. In one of the key swings, Liberal Laurie Throness knocked out NDP incumbent Gwen O’Mahoney, who won a byelection in Chilliwack-Hope last year. Joe Trasolini, a byelection winner, was beaten in Port Moody-Coquitlam. “I feel like we rose from the dead,” said former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, who won the Vancouver-False Creek for the B.C. Liberals.

Continued from Page 1 Centre were a mix of shock and gratitude that their candidate bucked the provincial trend. Speaking from Castlegar, surrounded by supporters at a reception at the Portuguese Conroy said she would continue to do what she has done as MLA in the past. Conroy was asked if she felt the possible continuation of a Liberal government would make her job that much harder. “It would make it harder but I’ve always worked hard in this constituency and will continue to work hard and will continue to represent the people of

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Vancouver-Point Grey, running against the NDP’s David Eby, who came close to winning in Clark’s by-election two years ago. B.C. Green Party candidate Andrew Weaver made a breakthrough in Oak BayGordon Head, winning the first seat for the Green Party. A high-profile climate scientist, Weaver benefited from the same highly concentrated campaign effort that produced a seat for national Green leader Elizabeth May. Vicki Huntingon won reelection in Delta South, a landmark for an independent to win twice without party affiliation. Independents Bob Simpson in Cariboo North and John van Dongen in Abbotsford South, fell to their B.C. Liberal challengers.

this area,” said Conroy. “Hopefully, I can continue the work I’ve been doing with seniors and making sure those issues are being addressed. We’ll continue to fight for what’s right and what needs to be done in this province.” Conroy was first elected as the MLA for West KootenayBoundary in 2005 before the boundaries were redrawn in 2008. She won the Kootenay West riding in the 2009 provincial election. She served as opposition critic for Seniors and Long-term Care. In the 2009 election, Conroy took 66 per cent of the vote and

Independent A strong showing in all-candidates forums—including the one in Rossland last Wednesday—by independent candidate from Nakusp, Joseph Hughes, translated into fairly impressive numbers for a firsttime, independent candidate. Hughes took in 13.30 per cent of the vote (2,239 votes). Prior to the results being announced, Hughes said he was looking forward to celebrating with his family regardless of the outcome. “We may go camping shortly after the results and get regrounded,” said Hughes. “It’s been an incredible adventure for the family and we’ve met some great people. It’s been inspirational and a lot of work.”

won by over 8,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Party’s Brenda Binnie. Reached by telephone, nearest challenger Jim Postnikoff spoke about the difference between his campaign and that of the eventual winner. “We went on a strong economy and a secure tomorrow and we wanted to get out to the people; we wanted a stronger voice in Victoria,” said Postnikoff. “She’s got the very strong union movement here that always leans to socialist programs and that’s what the people of the area seem to want. In a democratic process, it’s up to the people.”

Postnikoff said he thought he would get a stronger union vote and said he would not rule out another run. “The incumbent always has the advantage and the other big thing you have to understand is a lot of people didn’t want a lame-duck MLA in this area,” he said. “A lot of people thought, provincially, that the NDP were going to win. Going through this campaign, I think she’s heard loud and clear what the constituents want and what she needs to do to bring some of these things home.” — With files from Marvin Beatty, Castlegar News

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An initiative by the other independent candidate Glen Byle of Trail, supporting the creation of a website to assist with “technology enabled democracy,” did not seem to resonate with voters. Admittedly, the idea was something that Byle acknowledged in previous interviews that would take some time to not only explain but implement. A hands-on person who fixes electronics for a living, Byle said the highlight of running was to meet people who really liked his platform, and believe, like he does, that it could improve the way the political system works. “I was hoping to give people a chance to vote for something

they wouldn’t have to compromise on; if people do that, I’ll be happy,” he said. “I hope to be able to make a party for the federal election.” To read more about the system Byle was proposing, visit In neighbouring ridings, incumbent NDP candidate Michelle Mungall of NelsonCreston retained her seat garnering just over 50 per cent of the vote. The Boundary-Similkameen stayed Liberal with Linda Larson topping the polls with over 46 per cent. Liberal Bill Bennett easily took the Kootenay East riding with just over 63 per cent. — With files from Marvin Beatty, Castlegar News A11

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The Rossland Secondary School senior girls soccer team was in Osoyoos over the weekend participating in the Public School Single A Rural Championship and won it all, outscoring the opposition 31-3. RSS defeated Merritt 10-1, Fraser Lake 8-1, Pemberton 8-0 and Pender Harbour 5-1. Rossland also took the most individual awards: Kayla Zimmer was tournament MVP, Jaala Derochie and Kaycee McKinnon made the

tournament all-star team and Kaycee McKinnon also won the Golden Boot for most goals in the tournament. “Another bitter sweet win as it will be the last time our school and city will be represented at this tournament,” said RSS coach Rick McKinnon. Rossland will be hosting the Single A Provincial Tournament May 30 to June 1 with 16 teams from around the province playing games in Rossland and Trail. For complete information go to the website soceerrossland2013.weebly. com.

Over 100 athletes descended on Haley Park for the 12th annual Canadian Legion Track and Field Meet May 4 and some Rossland athletes took home hardware. In the 12-year-old division, Rossland’s Megan Stanley sprinted to gold in the 100-m. dash, as well as topping the podium in high jump and long jump, and taking silver in the 80-m. hurdles. Ethan Jang, also of Rossland, took top honours in the boys 100 and 300-m. sprints, the long jump, and the 3-kg. shot put. The Trail Track and Field Club captured 40 podium finishes in the meet.

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The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) came all the way back from an early deficit of more than 40 points to secure a 204-167 win against the Dam City Rollers (DCR) in West Kootenay Roller Derby action at Selkirk College on Saturday. The bout started

hard and fast with the Dams taking a quick lead, pulling over 40 points ahead in the first few minutes due to RTRG jammer penalties. The tide was soon to shift and the penalties began to rack up for the Dams. It was not a rare sight to see one blocker lining up in purple with a solid four-wall of red to

counter. RTRG kept a cool head and got their penalties under control in the second half. Their jammers did some fancy foot work and really took advantage of power jams, chipping away at points and pulling off their first win of the season (as a blended team of the former Gnarlie’s Angels and

Bad News Betties). The Selkirk gymnasium provided a fun place for spectators to take in the derby match as the wood floor was not just a slightly softer fall for the ladies but a better grip for their wheels. This translated into much faster action than on the concrete floors found in other league venues.

Epic talent at Red Mountain Resort caught on video The 2012/13 ski season brought Rosslanders more than just epic snow conditions and plentiful powder, it brought out some stellar talent all captured on footage by the folk themselves. Red Mountain Resort felt it would be proper to pay homage to the local shredders, groms, veterans, pow lovers, and the like by sharing

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THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF ROSSLAND 2013 PARCEL TAX ROLL The 2013 Water and Sewer Parcel Tax Roll and the Red Mountain Specified Area and Ophir Reservoir Local Area Service Parcel Tax Rolls are available for public inspection at the Rossland City Office, 1899 Columbia Avenue, during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A person may make a complaint to the Roll only in relation to the person’s own property and on one or more of the following grounds: (a) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll; (b) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; (c) there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel; (d) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed. If you or your agent wish to file a complaint, the written notice of complaint must be delivered to the Rossland City Office, to the attention of the Collector, not later than 12:00 Noon, Thursday, May 23th, 2013. Cecile Arnott Manager of Finance/Collector May 7, 2013

Facilities took the brunt of the cuts in the final delivery of the School Distrct 20 budget, but the swinging axe also found some others victims. SD20 board chair Darrell Ganzert said that although counselling, administrative and teacher-librarian time will be reduced in the coming year’s budget, the teachers with temporary contracts will be most affected. “A fairly large number of teachers are in temporary contracts, and those just simply won’t be renewed. “There will be temp jobs coming up in September, just not as many.” Further cuts, in particular custodial positions, are projected to take a toll on the appearance and upkeep of district schools. “I do have to say that CUPE has also suffered losses in this budget,” said Ganzert. “And to the board, The budget bylaw was read for $41.8 million in a public meeting at Trail Middle School on May 6, with an operating budget of $35.6 compared to the $36.6 million we had last year, explained Natalie Verigin, SD20 secretary treasurer. “Although the decisions made have been difficult, it is a relief it is over because now we can focus on implementation.” Darrel Ganzert, SD20 board chair, said that the impact to the workers of the district was less this year than in past budgets. “The biggest impact of course, was in the facility changes,” he said. “That was difficult to get through. However, the impact to the workers is much less than it could have been.” The closure of MacLean Elementary to reconfigure Rossland Secondary School to K-9, cut $265,000 from the budget; and combining two Castlegar primary schools cut $38,400 this year, and another $35,000 in 2014. The money saved in these cuts was cumulative, said Verigin. “The bottom line is that we are going to get less money next year. We need those savings from the school closure because we are not going to be getting any influx of new dollars going forward.” Ganzert explained that once the facility changes were dealt with, the budget became a fairly simple matter. He said the board has clearly heard the message from parents, that a school that is not as clean as it has been in the past, may have a psychological impact on both students and staff. “And a less clean building may make it seem that the institution is not as respected as it was before,” he said. “This is not something, as trustees, 10.25 xwe 7"want as our legacy.” Organization

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The BC River Forecast Centre is upgrading the advisory to a flood watch for the Kootenay region’s small watersheds including Redfish Creek and Duhamel Creek near Nelson. The centre is maintaining a high streamflow advisory for the Kootenay region’s mediumsized watersheds including the Slocan River, Moyie River, Salmo River, Elk River and Bull River. Snowmelt has been rapid over the past week as a result of unseasonably high temperatures. Rivers across the South Interior have been flowing high in response to this snow melt. In watersheds fed by snow at higher elevations (medium-sized watersheds through the Boundary and small watersheds in the Kootenay including Duhamel and Redfish Creeks), river levels remain high (between two-year and five-year flows). Current river levels are below levels of concern, but residents, recreationalists and visitors to these regions are urged to use extreme caution on or near all waterways.

Basin business blender On Thursday, June 6, the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) will be hosting the Basin Business Blender, a special event for the region’s manufacturing and technology businesses, at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. The Blender is a three-part event, where participants can attend for the whole day, only the workshop, or the evening networking and keynote. The workshop, including a complimentary ticket to the evening keynote event, is $40. For more information, and to register, visit

Project Spay and Neuter Initiative One Tennis Court Conversion to 4 Dedicated Pickleball Courts Age Friendly 2013 Projects 2013 Community Garden Purchase of a Ventrac Contour Mower B.V. Manor Bathroom Upgrades B.V. Nitehawks Team Bus NorAm/Olympic/Jr U23 World Champ Trials - Ski Trail Upgrades West Kootenay Youth & Adult Wood Shop Performer’s tents - Kootenay Festival Stair Lift Hall Grounds Cleanup Volunteer Facilitator Training Concerts in Care Hot August Hooves Trophy Show Heart Rate Monitors for Healthy Living Kiwanis Beautification Project Rossland Branch of the Kootenay Carshare Co-operative Nelson 4H Club Summer Clinic SD #20 Retired Education Personell & Community Awareness Attendance for 2 at BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symmposium Insurance for Rossland Community Garden & Famers’ Market Red Mountain Academy Growth Project Equipment Replacement Pedagogical Narration Project GBCC outdoor Safety project Commission & Installation of Public Art Piece Dance Equipment Rossland Fall Fair 2013 Improvements 2013 Gold Fever Follies Sound & Recording Equipment/Historic Rossland & Area Skiing DVD Revised Inventory of Heritage Homes City of Rossland Time Capsule Rossland HUB Tennis Facility Repairs & Maintenance Tepee Purchase & Training along with Fire Control First Warfield Beavers Equipment Equipment Replacement Interactive Dance Awareness Activities in Public Schools Take a Hike Program - Adventure Based Learning Urban All Wheel Sk8 Park Rock Wall Bronze Plaques Heritage Walking Tour - Reprint Trail & District After School Band Program Equipment Upgrade Enhancing Learning Environments Gymnastics for Life Trail Historical Society Fundraising Calendar” Trail Bocce Facility Equipment Replacement Webster Pac - Dishes Pink T-Shirt - Phase 2 Webster Pac - Ski Days Community Use Building Portable Trail B.I.G. House Project Replace roof on WKSGA Cabin & Porch Total Disbursements for 2013/14 Program

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Dramatically speaking The RSS Drama Department will be showcasing their year-end production of Aladdin, this week, Muppet style. The shows are Tuesday, May 14 through to Thursday May 16 at 7 p.m. in the RSS Auditorium. The show also features dancers from Kootenay Danceworks. Tickets will be sold at the door, for $10 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors. Don’t miss the last performance by the Drama Department at RSS. Stingray opportunity The Rossland Pool is working with the Stingrays Swim Club for the 2013 season. The Stingrays are introducing a “Rossland option� for those families who are interested in swim club training for their kids, but don’t have the time to commit to the full program. The summer swimming program in Rossland is a great option for today’s kids and their families, providing a rich swim club experience that’s manageable for busy families, including those with kids who play other sports. If you’re looking for a swim option that’s fun, well coached and compatible with other activities, then check out the Stingrays. They are welcoming any swimmers who would like to be introduced to competitive swimming and learn new skills. The practice schedule for the Rossland option is: June 3-26, Monday/Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.; July 2-4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; July 8-18, Mon/Thurs 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 22-25, 5:30-6:30 pm. Registrations will be held at the pool on June 3 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Registration is $200. Registrants must swim 25 metres unassisted. Progression session The Mountain Biking Progression Session for teen girls has been pushed back to start on Monday, May 20. The course is for girls who are interested in becoming better mountain bikers through coaching and skills practice. The progression course covers the following skills: body positioning, slow and high speed cornering, downhill and uphill switchbacks, wheel lifts, natural and man-made structures and simple bike maintenance. The course if for girls 13-16 years of age and starts on May 20 for four sessions—running on Mondays from 4:30-7 p.m. The same style course is being offered for women on Wednesdays, from 5:30-8 p.m. starting May 15 and running until June 5. Trails for both courses include Red Head, Larch/Monte cola, Milky Way and Green Door. Amazing workout Corelates at the Miners Hall starts this week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m., May 14 to June 20. Corelates is an amazing workout using Pilates and core strengthening exercises to tone your entire body. Improve flexibility, balance and coordination as well. You will love the results. This course is instructed by Gabby Jangula from Out of Bounds Fitness. Strong stretching The Stretch and Strength course officially ends this week, but the instructor is going to continue to run it on Monday mornings from 8:309:30 a.m. Zumba in the morning will continue to be offered on Wednesday mornings, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., but may also be switched for Stretch and Strength, depending on the numbers of people who show up. Zumba in the evening is still being offered on Tuesday nights, from 6-7 p.m. Big responsibility The Babysitters Course has been postponed to Saturday, May 25 9 a.m.4 p.m. at the Rossland Arena Lounge in order for more youth to register. If your child is interested in babysitting this summer, this is a great course to prepare them for that responsibility. The eight-hour course covers eight topics, including: responsibilities, child development, nutrition, behaviour, emergencies, safety and first aid, illness, physical challenges and special needs issues. Outside yoga Are you looking for an outdoor Yoga class? Instructor Cynthia Anonuevo, RYT, is introducing an outdoor beginner Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at the Rossglen Park in lower Rossland, starting Wednesday June 5, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The weekly class will run on Wednesdays, from 5:306:30 p.m. until July 31. Classes will combine flowing progressions from one pose to another, as well as sustained postures with attention to basic alignment and therapeutic principles. These drop in classes are by donation with all proceeds being donated to the Rossland Food Bank. Please contact Rossland Recreation, at 362-2327 for more information. Home alone at last The last Home Alone course before summer is being offered on Wednesday, June 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a great course to prepare your child for summer and times that they may be left alone, at home. The program provides them with the skills they need to feel safe and confident in stressful situations, household mishaps and in the event of an emergency. This course is for children ages 10-13 years. Going harder Betty Go Hard is running a one-day, “Next Level Accelerator� (Lvl 2-3) Ladies Mountain Biking Clinic on Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m .to 3 p.m. This course is designed to help you progress to a more advanced set of mountain biking skills as the course works through body positioning, slow and high speed cornering, downhill switchbacks, wheel lifts, natural and man-made structures and obstacles and overall trail flow techniques. The course includes shuttle, coaching, skill practice, prizes and video analysis.

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for skiing at Rossland Secondary School (RSS)—he loved the community and was encouraged by how his daughter was doing at RSS. He felt in order for her to continue her career as a ski racer, Rossland was the place to be. Prior to coming to Rossland, Evans had searched the world for an appropriate ski academy for his daughter, one with a home stay component, a good school and was a safe place to live. And that spelled Rossland. “But at the end of the season we saw that she needed us as the parents here,” he said, “She needed our support.” When Café Books West came up for sale a few weeks ago Evans had already researched

Rossland’s demographics and the economy, as well as the business climate of Rossland and the country as a whole. “So we thought, ‘Why not try to do something different?’” he said. Evans decided to buy the business, move his family, and come to Rossland rather than have Arina go back to Romania. Just over one month ago the former flooring wholesaler—who graduated university as a lawyer—purchased the former business he landed in one year ago as a customer. Changes now will be coming but it won’t be for a while, he said. They intend to feel out the community and gather some input on what people might

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want to see in the café. “Our intention is to stay in harmony, to live in harmony,” he said. “We love it as it is now. But we will make some improvements to the menu (in time).” They also plan on incorporating more events into the backyard and intend to open Sundays this summer.

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Café Books West will still be hosting its monthly book club the last Friday of each month. The next one is May 24, 6 p.m. It also will bring back the Games Night once per month on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Book readings and author signings will also still be a part of the café’s culture. And every Wednesday night, 5-6 p.m., is Café Espanol, where only Spanish is spoken. Above: Evans Rora (left) and Arina.

Rossland News, May 16, 2013  

May 16, 2013 edition of the Rossland News