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Property taxes in the rural area outside of Rossland will be dropping this year, according to the draft financial plan released last week by the regional district. Electoral Area B taxes will be

decreasing by about $30 for the average household (average assessed property value of $200,00), paying around $930 in 2014. With the regional airport off the menu for regional services, and the funding of regional economic development halted for one year, Area B residents now only share

regionally in fire and police, recreation, transit and solid waste management services. Although shared regional services are going to cost taxpayers a little more, according to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary preliminary figures, losing two costlier items effectively


lowers the bill. The ending of three-year agreement with the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC) last spring—which Area B contributed $20,000 annually—was a significant cut.

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School rename committee cuts list BETSY KLINE Castlegar News

The field of names for the unnamed Rossland public school has been narrowed to three. A delegation from the Rossland Secondary School Renaming Committee, led by Rossland school principal Karen Lavender, explained to the School District 20 board of trustees on Feb. 24 the 10 names on the short list had been cut to three.

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Your Horoscope For the Week with Michael O’Connor inside Iain Reid photo the West Kootenay Advertiser About 80 competitors, from ages five to over 70 came from Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson, Hills, Kelowna, Salmon

Arm, Spokane, Calgary and a few visiting from Ontario to ski in the Black Jack Ski Club Loppet on Saturday. See Page 7 inside for a story and results on the event.



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unbreakable Women Creating Change presents Unbreakable: One girl changing the world, on Thursday, March 9 (3:30 p.m.) at the Rossland Public Library. The movie is the story of Mala Yousafzai and her courage against the Taliban. REDroc modern jive for beginners Check out the Tuesday beginner dance class at the Miners’ Union Hall. Discover modern jive, a creative, stylish and constantly evolving style of dance that doesn’t require tricky footwork or a partner. Loved by people of all ages, abilities and musical tastes. Every Tuesday night at the Miners’ Union Hall at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The Rossland Youth Action Network • Parkour, the “Art of Movement” Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m. at the RSS Auditorium, and has already started. Involvement in Parkour requires consistent, disciplined training with an emphasis on functional strength, physical conditioning, balance, creativity, fluidity, control, precision, spatial awareness and looking beyond the traditional use of objects.

In partnership with the Rossland Council for Arts & Culture, there are lots of amazing film courses for youth coming up. • Film & Editing Techniques Workshop The course is being held on Saturday, March 8 from 3-8 p.m. at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning. The fee is $25 and includes a pizza dinner. This workshop is for youth with intermediate skills, but advanced filmmakers are encouraged to come. It will cover all the bases, including preproduction, production and post-production. • Ski/snowboard film and the importance of storyline Saturday, March 15 7:30-9 p.m. at the Miners’ Union Hall Join internationally renowned ski photographer Mark Shapiro for an evening of watching new ski/snowboard films shot by film wizard Guido Perrini, followed by a discussion of the merits of a solid story and some great camera work. • Film Special Effects Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Miners’ Union Hall Get your film in tip top shape for entry into the U10 Film Festival. Give it the edge it needs by learning special effects. WhiteOut Dance for Youth Friday, Feb. 28 at the Miners’ Union Hall. For ticket sales information and guest invite forms, log onto Facebook, Rossland Youth Action Network. This is a fundraiser for the Rossland Interact Club. Come and support the Club as they raise funds for going to Cambodia and have some teenage fun.

Tell your community what’s happening. Send photos, stories, event listings, upcoming activities and regular group meetings to or submit your listing on our website Arts, culture and heritage grant applications available Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations—are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Columbia Basin Trust’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Program. Applications are adjudicated once a year by local arts councils and the CKCA steering committee. Find out more and get application forms by visiting or phoning CKCA at 250-505-5505 or 1-877-505-7355. Applications must be received by March 7 or March 21, depending on the program. Community Initiatives program Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) Community Initiatives Program—CBT’s oldest program—supports projects identified as priorities within individual communities. The program is designed to help address the needs of Basin communities like Rossland with flexible and community-based funding decisions to better meet local priorities. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary administers this program. Rossland city council will be evaluating proposals for the program at the committee of the whole meeting on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in city council chambers. Programs in Rossland will vie for a total of $44,700 in new funding, with $742.22 left unallocated from previous years. People can find out more, or download an application form, at


City’s first craft brew fest on tap this weekend TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

Hop to it, beer fans. This Saturday Red Mountain Resort is hosting the very first Beer Goggles Craft Beer Festival. The goal? To intermingle the finest craft breweries, thirstiest beer enthusiasts, and hungriest powder fans for a weekend of fun and foam. From home-brewers to homies, Beer Goggles could become a mainstay in a region known for its “big little beers.” There are 12 confirmed


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“We won’t be taxing for the LCIC service this year,” RDKB chief administrative officer (CAO) John MacLean told the Trail Times. “We are using surplus and they have a

mountains, and we wanted to try and bottle that feeling.” Pricing is only $24 per person which includes a four-ounce taster beer mug and three, four-ounce sampler tokens. Additional sampler tokens are $1 apiece. Door prizes of ski gear will also be available for festival attendees. Beer Goggles kicks off with a brewer reception on Friday. After the beer sampling and mingling festivities during the day come to an end on Saturday, the Skullcandy Music Series

presents The Thermals at Rafters Lounge, an indie rock band (on the Sub Pop label) from Portland, OR starting at 10 p.m. The Brewers Cup Race goes down on Sunday, said Richards. “But you’ll have to see that one in person to believe it,” he said. “So, if you want to join the Craftbrew Mob and combine your love of pints and powder, beers and boards, this is the excuse you’ve been waiting for.” Bend your knees. And then bend your elbows. beergoggles/.

mandate to make a case and show us what they can do.” The region’s taxpayers will also save $10,000 for regional airport service after the RDKB sold the local airstrip to the City of Trail earlier this month. MacLean said the $1.28 million deal add funds to administration reserves,

and “now that it is sold there is no taxation this year.” MacLean said, across the regional district, there was a $1.1 million budget increase this year. An additional $8,700 will be paid to the regional district to share costs of the B.C. municipal election scheduled for Nov.

15. The recreation commission budget increased almost $8,200. Area B has almost 1,400 people living in the largely rural area that extends just north of Genelle to the Paulson Bridge, through Sheep Creek, Blackjack and Paterson to the U.S. Border, including Oasis, Rivervale and Casino.


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Lavender said they wanted a name that would represent the community, reflect that the school was a public school, would be familiar, realistic, connected and easy to say. After much public input the committee has narrowed the list down to three names to present to the board. The first two choices being equal in preference were: Rossland Summit Public School and Rossland Summit School. The third choice was Rossland


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breweries there this weekend, including Nelson Brewing, Okanagan Spring, Tree, Steamworks, Mt. Begbie, Parallel 49, Stanley Park and Central City Brewing. There will be more than 50 different beers for the tasting event. “Beer Goggles is not simply a beer festival, but a celebration of the craft beer industry,” said Red Mountain’s Fran Richards, the organizer of the festival. “All of the hardcore skiers and snowboarders around here know the simple pleasure of a fine brew after a day in the

Public School. “We want it to reflect the new configuration was a K-9 school,” she told the board. The former Rossland Secondary School—which now houses kindergarten to Grade 9 students—was in need of a new moniker after School District 20 chose to severe the senior grades from the facility and ship the students to Trail last year. When the committee of eight was formed in October the call went out to the public for some ideas on what to call the school. Several hundred submissions were collected through ballot boxes at the library, the credit union and


other places downtown, as well as online. A total of 48 unique names were collected by the committee from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. The criteria for the new name were as follows: Reflects the current grade configuration; reflects that the school is a public school; allows for future configurations changes (kindergarten to Grade 7, kindergarten to Grade 12); has similar ring/familiarity to RSS; is realistic for the community (all segments of the community are comfortable with the name); is connected to the Rossland community culture (history, arts, outdoor, etc); and is easy for people of all ages to say.


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Fire service review fans flames TimoThy Schafer Rossland News

A regional fire service review intended to recommend efficiencies in delivering the service has instead has called for expansion of manpower, and the city’s mayor is hot under the collar. After the regional district released its Fire Service Review of Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue last week to its participating members, Rossland Mayor Greg Granstrom threw cold water on the paper. In calling for a fire service review last year, the City of Rossland was concerned about the rising bill the city was receiving for fire service, now pegged at around $600,000. Instead, the $40,000 report recommended adding one career staff member to each of the regional district’s departments, including Company One in Rossland. As well, there was no mention of efficiencies that could be gained within the regional and municipal departments, a fact that was not lost on Granstrom. “I asked about efficiencies and the report says to hire more people and build a new training centre,” Granstrom told Trail Times. “Rossland is looking for ways to save.” According to the report, a 3.5 per cent increase in regional district taxes in 2013 meant Trail paid over $1.3

million, or almost 44 per cent of the $3.06 million fire service budget. Area B paid $302,000 to the fire service; Warfield, $139,600; Montrose, $90,600; Fruitvale $167,000 and Area A, $522,600. The review concluded the fire service functioned well and provided the community with sound and cost effective service. Granstrom said the resolution sent to the regional district asking for a review of how the regional fire service could make the service more cost effective was ignored. “Did anyone even ask how we can better make use of our resources?” Granstrom said. “I say, ‘No,’ that wasn’t even addressed.” David Mitchell and Associates, a B.C. company specializing in fire service analysis, spent 17 days in the area last summer to review operations and service delivery of the Kootenay Boundary Regional District Fire Rescue and its six fire halls. Although the final 39 recommendations have yet to be prioritized, the team hit on an area of significant concern regarding the recruitment and retention of paid on-call firefighters. Mitchell said increasing career staffing by one firefighter per shift and a full time training officer to support the department as a single unit would also be advisable.

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A 67-year-old skier who went missing Thursday afternoon in the thickening fog on Red Mountain Resort was found unharmed Friday afternoon. Using an RCMP Air Services helicopter Friday morning, Rossland and District Search and Rescue located the missing man walking in the Sheep Creek Road area southwest of the ski hill around 1 p.m. The experienced skier had become dis- ON YOUR NEXT GROCERY BILL oriented in heavy fog on the Red Mountain Resort just before noon on Thursday, said Trail RCMP Cpl. Kelly ON YOUR NEXT GROCERY BILL Hall. “In trying to return to the lodge area, ONYOUR YOUR NEXT NEXT GROCERY ON GROCERYBILL BILL he accidentally left the inbounds area and COUPONS ON continued away from the resort,” he said. TOP PRODUCTS COUPONS ON The man had been reported missing COUPONS ON on Thursday at approximately 5:30 p.m. TOP PRODUCTS TOP PRODUCTS when he did not return after skiing. Search and rescue conducted a ground area search until after midnight before suspending the search overnight. The search resumed at 6 a.m. Friday morning and the skier was located seven hours later after a very “through and extensive” search by Rossland Search and Rescue volunteers, said Hall. The skier was transported out of the area via search and rescue helicopter and was treated by Emergency Health Visit Visit Visit Services. coupons. deals. savings tips. savings tips. “He was transported to the hospital as flyers. flyers. coupons. deals. deals. savings tips. Visit a precaution, but he is believed to be in good health,” said Hall. flyers. coupons. deals. savings tips.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 Rossland News Kootenay group publisher: Chuck Bennett Acting publisher: Karen Bennett Editor: Timothy Schafer

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ou have to commend the folks at Red Mountain Resort for their relentless pursuit of value added at the ski hill. As if the recreational pursuit of downhill skiing wasn’t entertaining enough on its own, the management and staff of the hill have made it a mission to increase the number of reasons people should take the short trip north to strap on skis or a snowboard. The crew at Red have added another jewel to their crown with Beer Goggles, a beer tasting festival with a downhill ski race element and a live band Saturday night. It is expected to be an annual event for Red Mountain, and for the city as well, and is a welcomed one. The festival combines several aspects of why downhill skiing and snowboarding has consistently grown in popularity—and you know what those are—into one event. As an aside, the beer tasting festival probably would not have been possible in previous years without the existence of a free shuttle service into the evening hours between Red Mountain and the city’s downtown.

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Independence, self reliance not innate characteristics Second Opinion JIM HOlTZ

How ironic. An authentic scientist, theoretical physicist Michio Karu, predicts that we may all have to wear tinfoil hats in the future to keep our thoughts from being stolen. That’s right, Karu speculates that all those crazed paranoid schizophrenics that we made fun of in countless B movies and TV programs may have been right all along. However, in Kaku’s new book, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, it isn’t aliens who will be trying to read our minds, but fellow humans and their corporate overlords. Already, he says, scientific researchers are analyzing and interpreting the electromagnetic field that is created by our brains and deciphering

our thoughts, though they have to stick electrodes into the grey matter to do it, but he suggests that it may not be too long before it can all be done wirelessly. And then watch out. You think that your privacy is being invaded now, wait until Google, CSIS and the CIA can read your thoughts from an overhead drone. After that it is only a matter of time before Target and Costco will know what you came to buy as soon as you walk through the door. In fact, you may not have to leave your car. Imagine driving up to the take-out window at Tim Hortons, rolling down your window so the automatic brain reader can get a clear signal and picking up your muffin and double-double without having to say a word! Fantastic! In a separate but related piece of speculation, journalist Adam Bisby ponders the way that parents, schools and other public institutions are eavesdropping on our children. In his article Never a

private moment (Vancouver Sun, February 22, 2014), Bisby writes that the latest trends in parental control include 24/7 monitoring of a child’s location via GPS devices attached to children’s clothes and backpacks and the constant surveillance of them via video cameras located throughout the home. Combined with the everpresent video surveillance now common in schools and public places, Bisby wonders if the end result will be a generation of children so used to adult supervision that they lack the ability to think and make decisions independently. The troubling part is that there appear to be few questioning these developments. The need for constant contact via social media that we see around us, and the related need for collective approval and support for every action from fashion choices to political expressions, combined with the acceptance of the increased intrusion on privacy should all be raising a few doubts.

Yet most people say that they don’t mind increased surveillance because they have nothing to hide; plus they argue that the safety of their children requires knowing what the kids are doing at all times, and they insist that it is a real benefit to have Internet businesses keeping track of their purchases, interests and Google searches because it helps them save time and money. Independence, self-reliance and individuality are not innate characteristics. They are culturally derived and can be sustained or diminished. In the past, nations have been led and societies advanced by men and women who possessed those characteristics. Given the challenges that the future appears to hold for us, we probably should be trying to increase their number, not reduce it. No doubt George Orwell would have agreed. Jim Holtz is a Boundarybased writer.

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IN BRIEF Looking for a change The rural area outside of Rossland is looking to change its name. What is now know as Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Area B surrounding the Golden City is looking to change its name to the Electoral Area of Lower Columbia/ Old Glory. Local government name changes require amendments to the local government’s Letters Patent. Amendments to the Letters Patent occur through the issuance of an Order-in-Council (OIC) by the provincial government (Cabinet). The process includes engaging the people in the region in discussions about the potential changes, including notices regarding the proposed changes and collecting public input and feedback. People who wish to give feedback on the name change—in favour of it or against the change—can do so at http://intranet.rdkb. mobi/AboutUs/AreaBProposedNameChange. aspx. Area A outside of Trail and in the beaver Valley is not proposing a name change. Area C is looking to change to Electoral Area of Christina Lake, while Area D is proposing to become Electoral Area of Area D/Rural Grand Forks. Area E is looking for Electoral Area of West Boundary.

Taking it to the slopes The Canadian Cancer Society is teaming up with Rosslanders and Red Mountain Resort to present the second annual Slopes for Hope. Slopes for Hope is an “Everest-Style” ski-athon in which participants attempt to ski the vertical height of Mount Everest in one day at Red Mountain Resort. Participants can sign up as individuals or in teams and split the distance between team members to achieve their goal of skiing 29,092 feet in one day. There will be fun activities and entertainment at the base and on the mountain and amazing prizes to be won. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, about half of all cancers can be prevented. A way to reduce the risk of cancer is by living well which includes being active, eating well, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “Skiing and Snowboarding is a great way to stay active during the winter months, and that’s why we are so excited to be partnering with Red Mountain Resort on this event,” said Allison McCarthy, Annual Giving Coordinator for the Society. Participants are asked to fundraise prior to the event and thanks to the generosity of Red Mountain Resort, all participants who raise at least $100 per adult and $50 per youth will receive a half-price lift ticket for the day of the event and be eligible to win some great prizes. Funds raised through the event will help the Canadian Cancer Society fund excellence in cancer research, cancer prevention initiatives, and support services such as wig banks, lodges near treatment centres, Cancer Information Service, and Camp Goodtimes for children with cancer and their families. To learn more about what the Canadian Cancer Society does in your community and the services they provide please visit Slopes for Hope will be taking place at Red Mountain Resort on Sunday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit to register and support Slopes for Hope Red Mountain. For more information or to register go to slopesforhope. ca or contact Allison McCarthy, Annual Giving Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society at 250-364-0403/

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In honour of International Women’s Day (Saturday March 8th), Women Creating Change is asking you about women in the Lower Columbia Region (Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Fruitvale, Montrose, Area A, and Area B). Simply answer the questions below, and mail to or drop it off at the Skills Centre or Trail FAIR. You can also access an online version at: All completed questionnaires submitted by March 3rd will be eligible to win the gift card. The answers to the survey will be published on Thursday, March 6th/Friday, March 7th. Please make sure to include your contact information:

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The Rossland volunteer fire department is looking for a few good people. Nine, in fact, as the Golden City’s finest are a baseball team short of a full and ideal complement of firefighters, according to regional district fire chief Terry Martin. In the wake of the recently released Fire Service Review by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, the shortage of paid, on-call firefighters in the city—and across the region—were raised as a concern. There are currently 16 firefighters on the roster with Company One in Rossland, said Martin, barely enough to obtain proper certification. The Fire Underwriters will only recognize a fire department with a minimum roster of 15 firefighters. “Ideally, we would like all our paid, oncall rosters to be at 25,” he said. Although there is a shortage of firefighters, fire service is not compromised in Rossland. There is a career firefighter at Company One Rossland from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The firefighter comes up to Rossland from Trail. Currently there are no career firefighters dedicated to Rossland. The problem with recruitment in Rossland is the same throughout B.C., said Martin. “There is an enormous commitment required for paid on call firefighters today,” he said. “There are more calls and more required training. People are not as willing to give up that time away from their families and work for their communities.” To help with recruiting the regional fire service will keep advertising for new members and provide more training for those it has. Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue is moving forward with localized training, said Martin. “We are partnering with Teck Fire Rescue to bring courses in to our area,” he said. “By partnering with Teck we can train more firefighters while managing the costs.” It’s cost effective to train firefighters locally than to send them away. Under the review, the department will be undertaking a more “proactive role in the recruitment and retention process, including at least two annual regional recruitment drives and a public relations campaign emphasizing volunteer recruitment. The service will also conduct a recruitment drive amongst local businesses, encouraging them to become actively engaged with helping the department by encouraging their employees to become volunteers and making them available for major day-time call outs. The regional service will also be looking at the on-call compensation paid to volunteers and whether revisions to the existing system should be implemented. Those interested in becoming a paid, oncall firefighter in Rossland can fill out an application form at Kootenay Boundary Fire Department headquarters located at #201843 Rossland Ave. in Trail. Applicants must be 19 years or older and possess a valid driver’s licence. Applications are to include a driver’s abstract and criminal record check. Criminal Record checks will be returned and all information will be kept confidential.

PHONE or EMAIL:________________________________ IN THE LOWER COLUMBIA REGION: A Living Wage is the amount for a family of 2 adults and 2 children (age 4&7) that must be earned to meet common household needs in a specific area or city. In the Lower Columbia Region, with each parent working 35 hours per week, each parent must earn $18.15/hr to meet these needs. 1. What percentage of the above family’s monthly income is dedicated to childcare? o a. 20%

o b. 25%

o c. 35%

o d. 10%

2. How much does this family pay in food each month (based on the Dieticians of Canada’s Healthy Food Basket)? o a. $926 o b. $755 o c. $832 o d. $467 3. What is the average cost of a 3-bedroom rental, including utilities, in the Lower Columbia Region? o a. $1048

o b. $873

o c. $925

o d. $768

4.What specific issues do you think prevent women in our community from earning a Living Wage? ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ 5. What does a “Family Friendly Workplace” mean to you? ____________________ ___________ _______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

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campaigned on the ‘debt-free B.C.’ slogan but they’re saying themselves the provincial debt will rise to almost $70 billion in three years. They call it balanced but they’re leaving a huge debt for our children and grandchildren.” Conroy referred to increases in the Liberal budget to Medical Service Plan rates, ICBC rates, and B.C. Ferries rates as ‘hidden’ taxes that will affect working families across the province. “They raved about skills training in their throne speech last week but there’s



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Letters to the Editor Seeger in Rossland To the Editor: Re: “Pete Seeger remembered” Pete Seeger visited Rossland and gave a concert in the Mine Mill Hall (Miners’ Hall) in the late 1950s (‘57 or ‘58?). I lived right across the street so it was quite something to go over to see and hear him. At the end of the program he asked for requests. What a thrill. Jean Buchanan, Rossland

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“This experience is one of the benefits that helps set the Selkirk College program apart,” says Mary Ann Morris, Selkirk College Nursing Instructor. “It provides students the opportunity to learn from and work closely with people at the grassroots level who are leaders in health promotion.” Working in collaboration with longstanding partners, the students will be learning about the underlying causes of the widening social disparities in countries such as Canada and Guatemala, how these disparities influence the social determinants of health such as education, employment, inclusion, and decent housing, which in turn directly impacts our health. Students will also learn about ways to address these social barriers to health from people at the community level whose resilience, capacity, and vision for a more just





nothing about it in the budget,” said Conroy. “They’re looking at $109 million in cuts over the next three years to post secondary, that’s a significant decline in funding. “The premier’s Jobs Plan is a failure, they said themselves in the budget unemployment will increase and they’re talking about a 46 per cent cut to employment programs. I don’t see how that’s going to help our unemployed or those struggling to find a way off of income assistance.”

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About 80 competitors, from ages five to over 70 came from Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson, Hills, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Spokane, Calgary and a few visiting from Ontario to ski in the Black Jack Ski Club Loppet.

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Black Jack skiers were well represented on the podium for the 30th annual Black Jack Ski Club Loppet on Saturday in Rossland. About 80 competitors, from ages five to over 70 came from Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson, Hills, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Spokane, Calgary and a few visiting from Ontario to ski the perfectly groomed trails of the hills north of the city. The conditions were perfect, said Black Jack Ski Club member Wannes Luppens, as it was a bright sunny day, with fast snow and was not too cold. Used as a training event for the Black Jack Ski Club members, the top finishers were still largely Black Jack skiers. “The goal wasn’t necessarily to ski it as fast as possible,” said Luppens. “Despite that, the fastest 30-kilometre time was David Palmer (Black Jack), with a time of 1:22:39.” A loppet is a Scandinavian term for a great gathering of skiers who ski on a specifically

IN BRIEF B’ball supremacy In a rematch of the last two Trail Men’s Basketball League finals, Rossland finally found their winning touch, as they dropped Mota Automotive 76-62 in an exciting and physical match up at the Rossland Secondary School on Monday. Mota was looking to threepeat as TMBL champions, but a

groomed trail, either classic (diagonal stride) or free (skating technique) of various distances. The fastest female of the day was Black Jack’s Kelly Geisheimer, with a time of 1:41:46. In the senior men’s (age 20-29) 30-km free mass start, Palmer was followed by Julien Locke (1:23:05) and Kimberley’s Colin Ferrie (1:26:21). In the boys, eight to nine three-kilometre distance Radek Krampl (Black Jack) was first with a time of 13:10, followed by Rohan Wink (13:59, Black Jack) and Johann Taylor-Gregg (14:11, Black Jack). Three Black Jack skiers swept the top three in the girls division in the same age and distance class, with Abbey McLean (12:34), Ava Schleppe (19:58) and Emily Gardner (20:47) in the top three. Charlotte Gibson was second in the bantam girls (10-11) five km with a time of 22:45, while Sabien Edney (Black Jack) was third with a 37:35. Black Jack’s Evan Taylor was second in the bantam boys (1011) five km with a time of 30:41. stingy defence, clutch freethrow shooting, some magic from beyond the arc, and gritty play down under sealed the victory and championship for Rossland. The game was tight from the opening tip off, until Rossland broke open a 17-15 game to go on a 12-0 run midway through the first half. Mota would chip away at the lead, drawing within five points late in the game, making it 67-62 with just under

In the masters men (30-39) 30 km class, three Black Jack skiers topped the field, with James Crossman (1:35:36), Matt Tonner (1:36:59) and Wannes Luppens (1:40:18). In the masters men (40-49) 30 km class, Aaron Scott (Black Jack) took top spot with a 1:35:02, over Jason Rusu (Lifesport Calgary, 1:47:46) and Aric Bishop (Nelson Nordic, 1:52:06). Black Jack’s Fred Bushell won the masters men (50-59) 30 km with a 1:40:48, while David Morel (Black Jack) was second in the masters men (60-69) 30 km with a 1:49:28. It was “great to see a number of skiers sign up for the recreational 10 km as well,” said Luppens, with Black Jack’s Mark Merlo coming in second at 47:23, and Leigh Harrison third (Black Jack) at 47:26. On the women’s side, Black Jack’s Lesley Beaton was first (38:08) while Kirsty Exner (Black Jack) was second with 40:31. Full results are located at asp?ID=6536&cat=all. two minutes to play. However, Wannes Luppens would nail a short jumper, and follow that up with a denial of Stephen Mota’s drive to the hoop, then sink a couple clutch free throws to nail it down for Rossland. Todd Martin had the hot hand on the night, hitting two crucial three-pointers in the second half, and pouring in 16 points to lead all Rossland shooters, while Luppens counted 15 points.


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Spring brochure The REC Department will start working on the Spring Brochure and if you’re interested in submitting a program or course, the deadline for the Spring Brochure is March 1. The brochure will hopefully be available to the public online, by the third week of March. Typically the Spring Brochure covers the months of April, May and June with many Rossland Pool details included. Spring break will run March 17-28. If you are interested in running a spring break camp let us know as soon as possible so we can work out details and start advertising right away. We can add information regarding community groups and resources in the Community Events and Info pages. Rossland Arena – available ice The last day of operations at the Rossland Arena is on Friday, March 14. If you’d like to rent ice in the first two weeks of March, there are lots of ice times available. Please contact the Recreation Department to inquire about availability. Public skating schedule, Feb. 24-March 2 Public skating this week is on Sunday, March 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information about admission prices, skate rentals and more, please log onto the city’s website, at www., then arena page. Adult co-ed recreation hockey Adult co-ed recreation hockey is at the Rossland Arena on TuAdult Co-Ed REC Hockey—ends soon. Adult Co-Ed Recreation Hockey is at the Rossland Arena is coming to an end soon. The last Tuesday ice time is next week, on March 4 and the last Sunday ice time is Sunday, March 9. If you haven’t played yet, don’t delay. Rossland Seniors Hall The Rossland Seniors Hall has lots of great activities running through the week. On Mondays at 1:30 p.m. the Rossland Seniors Art Club meets. Contact Edith Harasin at 250-362-5477 for more information. On Monday evenings, the Rossland Quilters Guild gets together at 7 p.m. Contact Deyanne Davies at 250-362-7727 for more information. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. the Rossland Golden City Old Time Fiddlers practice and play. The public are welcome to sit in and listen to the old time fiddlers play their music. Contact Richie or Audrey at 250-362-9465. Continues on Page 2.

IN BRIEF The North Face presents B4BC’s Shred The Love Breast Cancer Benefit and Red Mountain Resort hosts “ReTreat Yourself” for cancer survivors on Saturday, March 8. The event is an inclusive ski-and-ride day where Red Mountain Resort will donate 50 per cent of its day ticket revenue to help raise funds for several of B4BC’s initiatives, including scholarships through the Survivorship Fund to ReTreat Yourself, a yoga, ski and snowboard retreat for women who have been affected by breast cancer. Activities at Red on Shred The Love Day will include ski and snowboard demonstrations as well as breast cancer screening information booths. Top skiers and snowboarders, including Megan Pischke, Kendra Starr and Kasha Rigby, will be in attendance. Red Mountain Resort is hosting the “ReTreat Yourself,” a private event for 10 breast cancer survivors, from March 7-10.

Rattlecat Cup returns Mark Saturday, March 15 on your calendar as the Rattlecat Cup banked slalom snowboard race returns to Rossland. The second annual Rattlecat Cup will bring top boarder-cross racers back to Red Mountain Resort for the second year for what is expected to be a lively and fun banked slalom action. See the west’s best boarders lean into their turns for ultraacceleration and for bragging rights until next year.


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Alan passed away peacefully on February 15, 2014 in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at the age of 68. He is survived by his loving wife, Val. Dear brother to sister, Marilyn Lange; father to Allan (Lynn), Ian (Jocyln), and Ben; grandfather to two grand daughters; uncle to two nieces and one nephew. He will also be deeply missed by his furry feline companion, Smush. A Celebrations of Alan’s Life was held on Sunday February 23, at Serious Coffee, Heritage Plaza, #9 – 1209 East Island Highway, in Parksville. To send a condolence to the family please visit YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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The province’s decision to amend a recycling regulation causing substantial concern among the business community has been met with much relief by the local business community, says the Rossland Chamber of Commerce’s coexecutive director. Julie Parker said the chamber applauded the province for listening to B.C.’s chamber network and amending a recycling regulation so that it will impact less than one per cent of B.C.’s businesses. “Every business has a responsibility to recycle however, painting all businesses and certainly sizes with the same brush and cost was an irresponsible first choice in this new program,” she said. The regulation targets packaging and printed paper (PPP) and is slated to go into force in May. The B.C. government has announced that it will enshrine in regulation an exemption for any B.C. business that meets any of the following criteria: • annual revenues of less than $1 million; • less than one tonne of packaging and printed paper produced annually and/or • a single point of retail sale (and not supplied by or operated as part of a franchise, chain or under a banner). That means that less than 3,000 businesses in the province will be captured by the regulation, out of more than 385,000. Parker said the Rossland Chamber of Commerce supported the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR), which aligned with B.C. business values, but cautioned that

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EPR programs need to be implemented carefully to avoid unintended consequences. Although the Rossland Chamber supports any effort or program to recycle and reduce, said Parker, the actual target businesses were less than one per cent of total B.C. businesses. “They represented about 3,000 of approximately 385,000 businesses throughout B.C. and, yes, they should be held accountable for any waste and environmental impact they make now and in the future,” she said. The chamber network throughout B.C. raised the alarm about the regulation last summer after businesses across the province were contacted about coming new obligations and fees by Multi Material BC (MMBC), the agency charged with producing a stewardship plan. Backed by local chambers, the BC Chamber of Commerce worked with the B.C. government and MMBC to hammer out a way forward that avoided a “one-size-fits-all” approach. John Winter, president and CEO of the B.C. Chamber, commended the B.C. government for actively listening to, and responding to, businesses’ needs. “This exemption is a testament to a responsive government that’s serious about its commitment to businesses and to cutting red tape,” Winter said. Winter also commended local chambers throughout B.C. for helping drive the solution. “Our local chambers have worked heroically on this file, pushing hard for the on-the-ground needs of B.C. businesses,” Winter said. “Our partnership with local Chambers, such as Rossland Chamber of Commerce, has been crucial to achieving this victory.” index.htm. British Columbia’s demographics have changed significantly since the act was first passed almost 25 years ago, and recent boundaries commissions have found it challenging to balance population growth with the need to ensure effective representation for northern and rural British Columbians. If passed in the spring sitting of the legislature, the amendments will give the next Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) clear direction to preserve the existing number of electoral districts in northern and rural regions of the province when recommending new boundaries.

One dies in Sunday avalanche An avalanche Sunday afternoon in the Lightning Strike Ski area trapped two backcountry skiers, killing one Nelson man. Around 1 pm. the Salmo RCMP and Salmo Search and Rescue were dispatched to the top of the Kootenay pass after two of the four skiers got caught in an avalanche. The other members of the party were able to find and rescue the two who had been hit. However, one skier was unresponsive when he was found, and was not able to be resuscitated. A 27-year-old female and a 27-year-old man suffered severe injuries as a result of being caught in the avalanche. Sadly, the man, Cale Jack from Nelson, passed away while on scene at the avalanche. “The 27-year-old woman was removed from the scene and transported to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with serious injuries,” said Salmo RCMP Cpl. R. Bellman. All four skiers were from the Nelson area. Search and rescue was able to make the area safe for a team to enter and recover the body of the man, Bellman said. A helicopter had also been used to assist search and rescue in the recovery. On Wednesday the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed the identity of the man.

Rossland News, February 27, 2014  

February 27, 2014 edition of the Rossland News

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