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Ferry ready to hit the water as launch day nears Alex Cooper Arrow Lakes News

John Harding, the owner/manager of WaterBridge Steel looks out over the new ferry from the boat’s top deck. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News

At some point this month, there will be a new site on the Arrow Lakes. No, I’m not talking about boats being launched from the Nakusp boat ramp. I’m talking about the new Galena-Shelter Bay ferry, which is scheduled to go for its first test drive at some point in the coming weeks. It was amazing to think that was the case when I took a tour of the ferry last Sunday, Feb 23. The deck was crowded with storage bins, which hold loads of piping waiting to be laid. The bathrooms still needed to be installed and there were no walls in the staff areas. At the control deck, the windows still needed to be cut out of the metal framing and the glass installed. The control panels weren’t in place either, nor was the ship’s mast, which sat freshly painted in a large building on site. Down below the deck, big 700metre spools of wire were stacked together waiting to be installed — adding to the countless of kilometres that had already been laid. Sparks flew as welders worked

away. The watertight doors that prevent flooding from one room to the next still needed to be installed. Everything still needed to be painted white. A pirate flag stood aloft where the mast will be — waiting to be replaced by the B.C. flag when it goes in service. From my untrained eyes, it looked like there was still lots left to do, but for John Harding, the owner of WaterBridge Steel, the company contracted to build the new ship, these are all details and it will all come together pretty quickly now. Quick enough that pretty soon the 80-vehicle ferry will be plying the waters around Nakusp on a regular basis as they get everything ready for its maiden voyage on Friday, May 16 — just in time for the first long weekend of summer. Work on the ferry has been proceeding seven days a week since the summer, except for a 10-day break for Christmas. I visited the ferry on a Sunday afternoon, when only about 25 employees were on site; on a busy weekday there are 50 workers — a

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Woman sent to prison for car crash that killed Burton resident Alex Cooper Arrow Lakes News

After more than two years through the court system, some closure finally came to the friends and family of Rita Sundstrom. Lisa Torp Jepsen was sentenced to 15 months in prison and handed three years probation and a seven year driving prohibition for causing the crash that killed Sundstrom just south of Nakusp on Nov. 10, 2011. Jepsen pleaded guilty to the charge of dangerous driving causing death after provincial crown

counsel reduced the more severe charge of impaired driving causing death. Crown counsil Phil Seagram read out the circumstances of the crash. It was shortly before 3 p.m. and Sundstrom was on her way to her home in Burton from her work at Chumley’s restaurant when she was smashed into by Jepsen and killed on impact. Jepsen was rushing to see her 11-year-old son in Nakusp. She crossed a double-solid line on a blind hill in order to pass another vehicle and crashed her red Honda

Civic into Sundstrom’s blue Honda Civic, Seagram told the court. Seagram spoke of the driver Jepsen was passing, who described her as a “crazy person” roaring past. When he realized a collision was about to happen, he pulled over to make space, but it was too late. He heard a tremendous bang and stopped his car. He tried to help, but there was nothing he could do. Paramedics who arrived on scene, and later hospital staff, detected signs of alcohol on Jepsen, but there was lack of proof that she was impaired at the time of


the crash. She did admit to having drank the night before. Seagram emphasized the presence of alcohol during sentencing, saying it was a factor, even if she wasn’t impaired. He said her passing maneuver was “intentional and deliberate risk taking.” “It was unsafe to pass and risk was taken deliberately,” he said. A somber and teary-eyed gathering of close to 20 of Sundstrom’s friends and family members sat in the back of the court while Seagram recounted what happened. He described Sundstrom as

someone well known in Nakusp, with many friends and family in the community. Her death devastated her partner. “The loss has been great,” said Seagram. Jepsen’s lawyer Michael Newcombe described her as someone who’d had trouble with relationships and alcohol and had been dealing with the trauma of the event. The reason she didn’t plead guilty right away was because of the penalty that comes with an impaired driving charge.

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Farnworth first in for B.C. NDP leadership Local government terms going to four years

Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth File photo TOM FLETCHER Black Press

After finishing a close second to Adrian Dix in 2011, Mike Farnworth says he is running for NDP leader to correct the party's mistakes of 2013. Offering "a progressive alternative that can win an election," the long-time Port Coquitlam MLA referred Sunday to the NDP cam-

paign choice to run mostly upbeat advertising to promote a platform with few specifics. "Under my watch, the B.C. NDP will never fight an election with one hand tied behind its back," Farnworth said in an opening statement released by his campaign. "We'll be tough on the issues and hold the B.C. Liberals to account for their disastrous record, while being clear about what we would do differently." Farnworth also gave a hint of a more pro-development stance for the party, which has opposed oil pipelines and offered lukewarm support to liquefied natural gas development. "Under my leadership, the B.C. NDP will stand firmly for a strong and diversified economy that provides family-supporting jobs and builds shared prosperity," Farnworth said. Dix won the leadership by a narrow margin in 2011, after several rounds of voting left Farnworth with 48% of participating party members. After a string of newly elected MLAs bowed out, Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan has been reconsidering his decision not to run again. He finished third in 2011, and both he and Farnworth had leading roles in the NDP governments of the 1990s.


VICTORIA – Winners of next November’s local elections will serve four years on councils and school boards. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes said Tuesday she will introduce legislation shortly to extend local government terms from three years to four. The change is to take effect in time for elections next fall. Oakes said the change comes after the Union of B.C. Municipalities supported it at their convention last September. The issue has been debated many times and has been divisive over the years, with some rural politicians arguing against extending the commitment for jobs with little pay. Oakes, who served two terms on Quesnel city council before being elected to the B.C. legislature last year, said she had her own doubts about it when it was debated during that time. But she has made up her mind. “The reason why provinces across Canada have moved to four years is it provides greater certainty in communities to move those very important projects forward, things such as infrastructure improvements,” Oakes said. “It provides opportunities for local government officials to

understand their projects and to carry them through.” The change would mean the next municipal election would be held in 2018, on a schedule that follows provincial elections by one year. Oakes said there was no intent to avoid having both elections at the same time, and she is acting in response to the UBCM’s vote to go ahead. Asked if the legislation would include a “Rob Ford clause” to remove politicians who misbehave while in office, Oakes said the ministry is examining changes to the oath of office to “provide more tools” to deal with such situations.


The Arrow Lakes News e-mailed Nakusp mayor Karen Hamling, all four councillors and Arrow Lakes director Paul Peterson for comment on the move to longer terms. Only Peterson and coun. Joseph Hughes responded. We asked two questions. Their responses follow. 1. What do you think of the increase in term lengths? Peterson: If you have a good mayor and council, it is good to

Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes have four years. If it isn’t so good, then the electorate has to endure one more year. Luckily my neighbors in Nakusp have a good one and hopefully that will continue. Hughes: I am of two minds with this issue. I think a fouryear term will further dissuade younger people from running. I do see how the game of politics changes in an election year, even in the municipal world. So I see the benefits of having a longer term that matches the federal government. 2. Will this impact your decision to run again this fall? Peterson: I will be running if it is three or four years. I like the job and hopefully enough folks like me doing it. Hughes: It makes a big impact. I have a young family, so planning to dedicate so much of my free time for four years seems like a lot to commit to.

Alcohol a factor in fatal crash, judge says Crash, from page 1

Jepsen provided a tearful, emotional apology to the court. Regional District of Central Kootenay is updating parcel tax rolls for the following “I grieve for Rita almost every ce areas: • South Slocan Water Service Parcel Tax day,” she said. “I’m so very • Duhamel Water Service Parcel Tax sorry.” • Ymir Water Service Frontage Tax Judge Donald Sperry delivSouth Slocan Water Service Parcel Tax • Lucas Road Water Service Parcel Tax ered an eloquent sentencing, Duhamel Water Parcel Tax Parcel Tax • VoykinService Street Lighting Service noting the impact the crash had Sanca Park Water Service Ymir Water• Service Frontage TaxParcel Tax both on Sundstrom’s family • Riondel Water Service Frontage Tax Lucas Road Water Service Parcel Tax and friends, but also on Jepsen. • McDonald Creek Water Service Parcel Tax Voykin Street Lighting Parcel • Balfour WaterService Service Parcel Tax Tax “When a generally good person • Woodland Water Service Parcel Tax Sanca Park Water Service Parcel Tax does a bad thing and the conseThe Regional District of Central Kootenay is updating parcel tax rolls for the following service areas:

• West Robson Water Service Parcel Tax Riondel Water Service Frontage Tax • Burton Water Service Parcel Tax McDonald Creek Water Service Parcel • Edgewood Water Service Parcel TaxTax • Fauquier Water Service Parcel Tax Balfour Water Service Parcel Tax • Grandview Properties Water Service Parcel Tax Woodland Water Service Parcel Tax • Rosebery Highlands Water Service Area West Robson Water Service Parcel • Woodbury Water Service ParcelTax Tax Burton Water Service Parcel Tax Owners of property located in these parcel tax areas may request that the Edgewood Water Service Parcel Tax roll be amended, in relation to their own property, on one or more of the Fauquier Water Service Parcel Tax following grounds: • there is an error or omission respecting name or address on Grandview Properties Water Service ParcelaTax • the assessment roll; Rosebery Highlands Water Service Area • there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; Woodbury •Water Service Parcel Tax there is an error or omission respecting the taxable frontage of

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she was alcohol free.” He handed down a 15 month prison sentence, three years probation (including abstaining from alcohol) and a seven year driving prohibition. Afterwards, outside the court room, Sundstrom’s friends and family discussed the sentence. They declined to speak publicly about it. “She was a great person,” said one. “And nothing’s going to bring her back.”

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Council passes budget as presented Two vehicles catch fire after ALEX COOPER Arrow Lakes News

Nakusp council passed the village’s 2014–18 financial plan as it was presented to them last Monday. Feb. 24. Most elements of the budget were reported on in last week’s issue of the Arrow Lakes News. Discussion of the budget was substantially completed at a pair of special council meetings. Last Monday, they were given an overview by staff of where money would be spent and what revenue needed to be raised. With little additional discussion, council gave the financial plan bylaw three readings. Final adoption is still to come but it is unlikely any changes will happen at that point. The financial plan calls for the village to raise $913,414 in tax revenue in 2014 — up about $25,000 from last year. That will mean about a two per cent tax increase for residents and businesses — or about $25 extra for the average Nakusp home. The financial plan that was passed does not indicate what the actual tax increases will be — that will be determined at a future date

once the final assessment role is received from BC Assessment. “It’s when we do the tax rate bylaw in a month or so we’ll be able to give firm numbers on the rate per thousand on a house,” said chief administrative officer Linda Tynan. Added chief financial officer Rob Richards: “We don’t exactly know it will be a two per cent tax increase. That’s where it should be roughly barring any major changes to assessments.” The budget is mostly statusquo, maintaining current service levels, and with only a few new items being funded. They are: — $30,000 for a new village web site; — $10,000 to paint new lines on the airport runway; — $8,000 for municipal elections; — $7,500 in 2014 and 2015 to level out the cemetery; — $5,400 for new firefighter uniforms, about half of which will be covered by the regional district; — $2,500 to fix up the squash court in the arena; — The Chamber of Commerce will receive an extra $2,500 to help run the visitor centre, bring-

ing the total funding it receives from the village to $12,500 per year. “These are being funded mainly through an appropriated surplus,” said Tynan. “It’s bringing them forward from previous years.” The budget doesn’t call for any new borrowing, though borrowing that was approved last year for arena upgrades and to repair the roofs of the Cedar Chalets will carry forward to this year. Council passed the budgets for water and sewer in January. The former is going up by two per cent and the latter by five per cent. With new water and sewer treatment plants in place, the village is working on a long-term plan for both utilities that it hopes to present to council this summer. They are still figuring out the costs of running the new facilities. Another project staff is working on is integrating the public works and parks & arena departments. The village is working on building up its reserves. “They aren’t where they need to be for emergencies or other capital projects,” said Richards.

Nakusp chamber unveils new website ALEX COOPER Arrow Lakes News

The Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new website — one it hopes will be helpful both to local residents and tourists. "It'll make it a lot easier for people to find what they're looking for, whether they're locals looking for business information or visitors trying to plan their vacation," said chamber manager Cedra Eichenauer. "It's going to be a lot easier to navigate the site and find what you need and it will show just how attractive the area is." The new website ditches the text-heavy old site for a photoand graphic-intensive one. Most

of the information is the same, but it is easier to navigate and find information, said Eichenauer. The homepage of the site contains three portals — Visit, Discover and Stay. Each has a rotating slideshow of images showcasing different sites and businesses in the area. "There's lots more photographs everywhere — on the homepage and on the content pages as well," said Eichenauer. "We really want to show off the businesses and the beauty of the region." The site also provides a clearer portal to the chamber of commerce by showing it on the homepage —  unlike the old site where you had to go digging to find any information on the chamber.

There is a link to the events calendar at the top of the page and the big events are highlighted in a sidebar at the right hand side of the page. "It's also a lot clearer that it is a tourism portal and a contact point for the chamber of commerce," said Eichenauer. The website also mentions non-member businesses in the visit section of the site. "That's in development because if they're not chamber members, I don't really know about them," said Eichenauer. Check out the new website at If you have any comments on the site, e-mail Eichenauer at staff@

arena parking lot smash-up

A Nissan Xterra is towed away from the Nakusp arena parking lot after being badly damaged early Sunday morning.

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Two vehicles were badly damaged after they were crashed into in the Nakusp arena parking lot early Sunday morning. Sheila Seaton was woken up by the RCMP not long after 6 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 2, with the news that her 2002 Nissan Xterra had caught fire and been destroyed sometime that night. She had left it in the arena parking lot the previous night after leaving the curling bonspiel. “I was trying to do the responsible thing. I left the vehicle in a lit parking lot and got a safe ride home, and this is what happens,” she told the Arrow Lakes News. Her vehicle was one of two that got smashed into.



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Seaton said she had a number of valuables in the car, including her CD collection, two brand new pairs of boots, cross-country ski gear and more. Seaton’s vehicle wasn’t the only one damaged; a Ford Explorer was also smashed into and burst into flames. Nakusp RCMP are investigating the incident, which happened sometime between 4:30—5 a.m. “There was some kind of a collision at the parking lot at the arena and either they caught fire or were set on fire,” said const. Paul Tithecott, “We don’t really know at this point, it’s still under investigation. “There was a collision, one went into the other. We’re not exactly sure the chain of events after that except they both caught fire.”

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A week in Kootenay–Columbia

David Wilks MP Report Between February 15–22, Members of Parliament were back in their ridings to travel their constituencies. For me it was a busy week. On Saturday, Feb. 15, I was in Creston and met with several people on a variety of issues and then attended the Creston Rod and Gun Club annual banquet. Much can be learned from these groups who find the balance between a sport that they love and preserving the environment. On Sunday, Feb. 16, I was in Kaslo for a roundtable meeting with community members concerned on a number of issues from health care to job creation. This is a passionate community that has a lot to offer. On Monday, Feb. 17, I was in Nelson and met with the chamber of commerce and had a very productive meeting with local logging companies. These companies whether it be Kalasnikoff, Huscroft or others, are a significant contributor to the economy. These family owned companies have been around for up to 75 years and clearly understand sustainability. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, I was in Nakusp

and met with constituents in the morning and then met with Guy Duchaine who is leading a program funded by the federal government. The BladeRunner program is designed to introduce youth into the work environment and has been a great success. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, I was in Golden and Field. In Golden I spoke with the chamber of commerce, Golden council and met with constituents on a variety of issues. That evening I was in Field for a town hall meeting where 50 people showed up to voice their concerns on the safety of the Trans-Canada Highway. I would like to thank everyone who attended this meeting, which I believe was very constructive. On Thursday, Feb. 20, I was in Radium Hot Springs and Invermere. I met with the Windermere Historical society, spoke at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, and met with both Invermere and Radium mayor and councils. I ended up that evening in Kimberley where I said a few words at a Rotary event recognizing the great contributions of three members of their community. On Friday, Feb. 21, I was in Cranbrook where I met with several people on a variety of issues. Then it was back to Ottawa. The Kootenay-Columbia riding is one rich in natural resources and tourism, but most importantly people who are passionate for their communities. It is the work hard, play hard attitude which brings so much vitality to the region. I would like to thank everyone for making Kootenay-Columbia the best place to work, live and enjoy all the recreation we have to offer.

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to see less of? Do you enjoy the columnists that contribute to the paper, like Til Niquidet, Gary Davidson and Marilyn Boxwell? Do you have an idea for a new column for the paper? I’d like to get ideas from you. If you have a story idea or think there’s someone that should be featured in the paper, let me know by calling 250265-3841 or e-mailing The more I hear fro you, the better I can do.

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Edgewood was once Killarney Greg Nesteroff Black Press

Edgewood, on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake, replaced a settlement a little further south known as Killarney or Killarney Landing, although the two were considered synonymous. Killarney appears on Perry’s Mining Map of 1893 and was also referred to in the Nelson Tribune on June 8 of that year: “The government wharf at Killarney Landing ... is being constructed under the superintendence of Bob Henderson.” Although there are several places around the world called Killarney, including the Vancouver neighbourhood, the original is a town in southwestern Ireland that derives its name from Cill Airne, meaning “church of sloes.” The book Just Where is Edgewood suggests: “Henry Slye Mason, a well-known promoter in Victoria, could have been the man that put the name of Killarney on the map.” Mason had land surveyor John A. Coryell lay out two lots for him in 1890. The same book quotes Rose Williams Wright thusly: “We moved from Burton to Edgewood, or rather Killarney, three miles south of what is now Edgewood. Killarney was never more than a landing, no settlement, no stores, not even a trapper’s cabin.” Precisely when and why the name changed to Edgewood is not clear, but it was before July 1902 when the post office opened. Yet the 1921 BC government sessional papers stated: “Edgewood is a relatively new town, replacing the old townsite of Killarney.” In the second edition of Pioneer Days of Nakusp & Arrow Lakes, Kate Johnson writes that Killarney landing was about two miles south of the Edge-

Above: A postcard image of the Arrow Lakes Hotel in Edgewood circa the 1920s. Greg Nesteroff collection wood townsite: “A pioneer named Simpson cut timbers for a wharf at Killarney which was in process of construction when a sudden flush of water from Eagle Creek carried all away except the piling … This caused the abandonment of the site in favour of one at Edgewood townsite where Messrs. Taylor and Toye had the townsite rights and also build the first Edgewood hotel.” In the late 1960s, Edgewood was relocated to higher ground in anticipation of the construction of the Hugh Keenleyside dam and the new settlement was initially referred to as New Edgewood. However, the New was soon dropped. The old name lives on in the street sign for Killarney Crescent, although it’s misspelled Kilarney.

East Arrow Park

Arrow Park was really two communities on opposite sides of Upper Arrow Lake south of Nakusp, originally distinguished by referring to the west side settlement as Arrow Park, and the east side as East Arrow Park. Following the flooding of the Arrow Lakes, the west-side settlement became West Arrow Park or Old Arrow Park, while East Arrow Park became simply Arrow Park. The East Arrow Park post office operated from 1913-69, except for a four-month closure soon after it opened. According to the late Bill Laux, East Arrow Park was also known as Redlands, the name of the store there, after Redlands, Calif., where the storekeeper and his wife came from.

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Wednesday, March 5


LOONIE HOCKEY Drop in and play from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PUBLIC SKATING At the Nakusp Arena 3-5 p.m. $2 admission. HEALING SPIRITS TALKING CIRCLE Open to anyone 15+

who is struggling with drug or alcohol issues. At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 2:30–4:30 p.m. NYC 14+ DROP-IN Foosball, pool table and more — for ages 14 and up only. At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 7-10 p.m. COMMUNITY CHOIR REHEARSAL All are welcome! No tryouts and no need to know how to read music, just come to Saddleback Community Church (59 3 St. NW, Nakusp) at 7 p.m. For info: Marilyn Massey 250-265-4087.

Thursday, March 6

PUBLIC SKATING At the Nakusp Arena 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. $2 admission.

NERD NIGHT AT THE NYC Every Thursday come be all the nerd you can be! At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 6–10 p.m.


your kids for the upcoming minor soccer season. At the Nakusp Elementary School foyer from 6:30–8 p.m. BINGO AT THE LEGION The action is non-stop, from 6:30-10 p.m. in Nakusp. DARTS NIGHT AT THE LEGION How good is your aim? From 7–10 p.m. at the Nakusp Legion Hall.

Friday, March 7

LOONIE HOCKEY Drop in and play from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $1. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Go to the United Church to join in on

the World Day or Prayer 2014. At 2 p.m. PUBLIC SKATING At the Nakusp Arena from 3–7 p.m. $2. FLOOR HOCKEY IN BURTON At the Burton Community Learning Centre, from 6:30–8 p.m. Equipment is provided. BRIT NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY A get together for fans of British series and movies. Head to the Nakusp Library for tea, goodies, games and prizes. From 7–8:30 p.m. BOARD GAME-OFF AT NYC Who’s the best board-gamer? Challenge your friends. At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 7–11 p.m. GAMES NIGHT AT THE LEGION Come play Wii, darts, pool, or bring a game of your choice from home. Bring a friend or two along, there’s always enough people for some fun. At the Nakusp Legion from 7-10 p.m. Members and guests are welcome. FLOYD VEDAN Classic/hard rock trio takes the stage at the Leland. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 8

NAKUSP LEGION FUNSPIEL Sign up for some fun at the

Nakusp Legion. It’s $10 per person or $15 per couple and there are 32 spots available. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members and guests are 2.8” x 4”

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SOUP & BUN LUNCH Enjoy lunch with your friends at the

United Church, from 11:30–1 p.m. Lunch is by donation and the proceeds go to outreach programs. COMMUNITY CHOIR REHEARSAL All are welcome! No tryouts and no need to know how to read music, just come to Saddleback Community Church (59 3 St. NW, Nakusp) at 1 p.m. For info: Marilyn Massey 250-265-4087. BOOK SWAP Do you have extra books you’d like to share? Want to take a new one home? The Nakusp Library is hosting a book swap for all ages from 3–4 p.m. There will be story time for kids and treats for all ages. PUBLIC SKATING At the Nakusp Arena from 3:30–5 p.m. $2. MEAT DRAW Proceeds go to the Burton Volunteer Fire Department. At the Legion from 3:30–6:30 p.m. UPPER COLUMBIA ACADEMY CONCERT The Upper Columbia Academy band, orchestra and choir, from Spokane, Washington, is joined by Nakusp Secondary School and other local musicians for a community show with more than 150 musicians. At the Nakusp arena auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Free. FLOYD VEDAN Classic/hard rock trio takes the stage at the Leland. Show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 9

the story of an enterprising Saudi girl who signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she need in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. At the Bonnington Arts Centre at 7 p.m. $10.

Tuesday, March 11

PUBLIC SKATING At the Nakusp Arena 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $2. NYC DROP-IN Foosball, pool table and more! At the Nakusp

Youth Centre from 3–6 p.m. BADMINTON At Nakusp Secondary School. Bring your own racquet. For more information call Lee-Anne at 250-265-3326. $3 drop-in fee.

Wednesday, March 12

WORKBC WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY What are my choices? Part of a series of weekly employment-focused workshops designed to help you gains the skills and knowledge you need to find a job. Offered by the Nakusp WorkBC Employment Services Centre from 9:15–11:30 a.m. To register, call 250-265-3318. CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP Come down to the Nakusp Youth Centre with your pen and paper in hand to share ideas for stories and poems. From 3:30–4:30 p.m. NSS SPRING BAND CONCERT

The Nakusp Secondary School band holds their spring concert at the Bonnington Arts Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.

COMMUNITY STRING ENSEMBLE Do you play a stringed instrument? Our string ensemble practices each Sunday at 2 p.m. in the home of Marilyn Massey, Royal Canadian Legion Br. #20 Nakusp _________________________________ 1007 4th St NW. Musicians of all ages & skill levels are welcome. For more information call 250-265-4087 PUBLIC SKATING At the Nakusp Arena 3:305 p.m. $2. Come out and Support our Meat Draws which are held every Saturday at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Burton Volunteer Fire Dept will sponsor the Meat Draws for March. DROP-IN BINGO Head to the Legion to play some Bingo. Proceeds go to the Nakusp Hospice Society. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary is available for

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1. Since the hull of the ferry was launched in late-July, the control superstructure was built. The deck, which will hold 80 cars when the ferry is in service, is being used as a storage space while work finishes on the ferry. 2. The mufflers for the ship’s engines are truly massive. Just look at it in comparison to this worker who was shovelling snow from the deck. 3. A tangle of pipes runs in and out of one of the ships engines. One engine sits at either end of the vessel. 4. The ship’s mast sits freshly painted and waiting to be installed in a massive workshop on site. 5. Spools of wire are stacked together, waiting to be added to the kilometres of cable that stretch throughout the ship. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News

Ferry launch expected to be smooth and without fanfare Ferry, from page 1 mix of electricians, mechanics, welders, pipe fitters and more. They work 10 days straight, enjoy four days off, and then get back to it. Unless you’re John Harding, in which case days off are a luxury — as is time to go see your family in Prince George. The ferry has come a long way since July, when the hull was launched. Since then the superstructure has been built on top of the vessel’s deck and almost all the mechanical and electrical work has been done. The two giant engines that operate the propellor units that drive the ship have been installed; one at each end of the ferry. They’re both functional, Harding told me. The tour started in the old mill building that was transformed into a giant shop space. Four massive

steel wedges lay on sliding platforms, awaiting transportation to the Shelter Bay and Galena Bay landings, where they will replace the existing ramps. Four more smaller ones still need to be constructed. On the ferry, the deck has been turned into a makeshift storage space, dominated by a crane that sits in the middle. Harding showed me the various rooms that will turn into bathrooms and storage space. He pointed out the giant mufflers that extend from the engine rooms below to about four metres above the deck. We walked inside the crew quarters, where a small kitchen space and sitting area will be set up. The crew will be able to enjoy their meals while gazing out at the view, but for now the windows were boarded up. We walked to the upper level

where the control room will be. Right now it was just an empty, windowless shell. A welder was up there getting ready to begin cutting out the window frames. The control panel still needed to be installed. It will be pretty simple for the captain once it’s in place — face one way when heading to Shelter Bay, then turn around and steer the ship back to Galena Bay. The real interesting part of the tour was below deck — an area most people will never see. Here, rows and rows of cables extended from control panels in the electrical room and ran through the ceiling, spreading like tentacles throughout the ship. How many miles of wiring are on the ship, Harding asked an electrician. The best he could do was guess. Each spool contained 700 metres of wire and there were several of

them sitting around. The wires ran all over the ship and up to the control room four stories above. There was a dozen cables lying side-byside, and that was just directly above us. We walked into one of the engine rooms, where a water-tight door lay on the ground waiting to be installed. The engine was in place and working; pipes that transfer heat from the engine throughout the ship were being insulated. One more room down lay the propellor motor. It was a similar sight at the other end of the ship, where a second engine was installed. The spaces were cramped, with piping snaking around the rooms. “Watch your feet,” I was warned, as I scrambled over some chains lying on the ground. Harding pointed out escape hatches that led to the deck above for crews to use to get out of danger.

With launch day approaching, inspectors have been visiting the new ferry on a regular basis. That will be the case for the next few months until the ferry makes its first run on May 16. Until then, the ferry will be taken up and down the lake for test drives and the crew will be trained. Most systems are automated and crew levels will remain the same with the new ferry as with the old ones, Harding told me. Starting in April they’ll begin training the crews on the new boat. It will be painted white and the pirate flag that adorns the ship will be replaced with a B.C. flag. On May 16, the new landing decks will be put in place and the ferry service is expected to make a seamless transition from the old to the new. There’s no ribbon cutting planned, yet.


Broadway on ice


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The Nakusp Figure Skating Club held its year-end ice show on March 1, set to a Broadway theme this year. Skaters from pre-CanSkate, CanSkate and StarSkate programs particpated in group and solo routines. The group performances were set to music from Broadway musicals — Grease, Hair, the Lion King, and Riverdance — among many other toe-tapping broadway songs. The StarSkaters showed off their freeskate and interpretive solos that they have used this season at many competitions around the region. The packed arena audience was very appreciative of all the efforts given by the skaters.  The show is a major fundraiser for the club and in addition to great skating, the audience was able to purchase 50\50 tickets, baked items, flowers for skaters and tickets for great raffle baskets. The show began with the singing of Oh Canada by Danielle Savage and concluded with a finale performance by all skaters and a presentation by Kiley Waterfield to Coach Sabrina Hinson. 1. CanSkaters Alanna Minchin, Madison Clark and Rylie Clark skated to “Greased Lightning “ from Grease. 2. StarSkater Kiley Waterfield skated her Jai Ho interpretive solo. 3. Star 2 skater Melissa Hascarl in the begining pose of her freeskate solo. 4. The CanSkate group performs a pinwheel while skating to Tarzan. 5. StarSkaters Maya Watson and Kiley Waterfield getting ready to go on the ice as flag bearers for the Singing of Oh Canada. 6. Chiara Minchin, Olivia Mang and Haven Rahn skated to Welcome to the 60s from the broadway musical Hairspray. Words and photos courtesy Sabrina Hinson, coach of the Nakusp Figure Skating Club

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1. The Summit Lake Racers celebrate after their final race of the season in Salmo. 2. Foster Katchen shows off his medals from the U10 slalom and giant slalom races. 3. Jack Watt races down the hill. 4. Cedar Cameron-Harding receives her silver medal in the U10 girls giant slalom. 5. Rowan Vibe-Coleman enjoys his last race of the season. 6. Zoe Zinnselmeyer celebrates after receiving a bronze medal in the U12 girls slalom. Photos courtesy Deanne Katchen

SMILE of OF the THE W EEK Smile Week

Deanne Katchen Summit Lake Racers

On Sunday, while Nakusp was getting dumped with snow, Summit Lake Racer’s were at their final race of the season in Salmo. The team had a special mascot this race with Finn Watt on the sideline shaking his cowbell and cheering for all of his teammates. Finn is still recovering from a knee injury he got two weeks ago from doing what he loves — skiing! Cheyenne Tourand will also be recovering from a wrist injury she received Sunday on her first run of the day. She was not able to finish her slalom run, but she was checked over by first aid and given some ice. Cheyenne was in the lodge icing her swollen wrist and next thing all I heard was



her saying, “I’m gonna try racing my GS, I don’t want to let’em down!” Coach Daryl replied, “Are you sure Chey? That a girl, awesome!” They high-fived (with Chey’s good hand) and were out the door. The rest of the day was great for all the SLR’s. Most of the racers hung around for the rest of the day to free ski with everyone and to wait for the awards. The zone final race results were SLR team three placed third, SLR team two placed second and SLR team one placed first. In the slalom U10 girls Cedar CameronHarding received a bronze medal and in slalom U10 boys Foster Katchen received a gold medal. In slalom U12 girls Zoe Zinnselmeyer received a bronze medal. In the giant slalom U10 girls Cedar Cameron-Harding


received a silver medal and in the giant slalom U10 boys Foster Katchen received a silver medal. All the SLR’s sure were screaming their little heads off in excitement for their final day. It is so great to see how the Nancy Greene race program doesn’t only teach our children to race, but many other important things. The care the racers showed to both Finn and Chey and the way the older kids support and shadow the young ones while they race and free ski is truly amazing and so nice to see. Thank you again to all the volunteer Coaches, high-school students, parents and many others that allow the program to continue running and getting our little hill and racers on the map. Ski ya next season.

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The band, orchestra and choraliers, a select group of 24 vocalists, from Upper Columbia Academy, a high school from Spokane, Washington, will be performing at the Nakusp Arena Auditorium on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 pm. UCA students come from all walks of life, and from many U.S. states including the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, and California, as well as from Alberta and British Columbia. Nakusp’s Leah Holden, a grade 11 student, will perform with both the orchestra and the choraliers. Leah has attended UCA for grades 10 and 11, and enjoys and appreciates the music education that she receives at UCA. Leah’s ties to Nakusp as her home are very strong, and she views this concert as an opportunity to bring together people that she loves. In a unique endeavour, UCA is partnering with the Nakusp Secondary School band and with local vocalists and string players for this concert, providing both an excellent concert and an opportunity for local students and community mem-

bers to participate in a concert with a large group. UCA has incredible musical talent; audience members will thoroughly enjoy these talented young performers. No admission will be charged; refreshments will be served at intermission. Several options are available to check out past UCA concerts. The groups coming to Nakusp can be seen on YouTube. Search “Upper Columbia Academy Christmas at the Fox 2013” for the entire Christmas concert, or “Gio Girotto Still, Still Night” to view one song featuring vocalist Giovanna Girotto, harpist Courtney MacPhee and violinist Leah Holden. Past Christmas concerts are also available on DVD and CD and are available at the NSS office. That isn't the only music fix coming up. On Wednesday, March 12, the Nakusp Secondary School bands will play their spring concert at the Bonnington Arts Centre. The show will feature music by the grade eight band, grade nine band, senior band and Formal Chaos. The show starts at 7:30 p.m and admission is free.

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Box Lake Recreation Site (campground) At Box Lake The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Recreation Sites and Trails Branch invites proposals from parties interested in managing and maintaining a fee for service Recreation Site (campground) at Box Lake Recreation Site under a multi-year Agreement. The Ministry will arrange for General Comprehensive Liability insurance for successful Proponents at no cost. The intent is to: • retain the site in public ownership; • provide a safe, sanitary and rustic public recreation opportunity; and • recover operational costs through campsite fees. Requests for Proposal (RFP) packages can be obtained from the FLNRO FTP site at the following link: A mandatory information meeting on the RFP will be held on March 13th, 2014. The proponent or his / her representative must attend this meeting to be eligible for submitting a proposal. The meeting will be held 1000 PacL¿c StaQGarG Time, at the .RRteQa\ LaNe FRreVt 'iVtrict OI¿ce, 1907 Ridgewood Road, Nelson, B.C. V1L 6K1. Proposals will be received until 1400 Paci¿c Time, March 21Vt, 2014 at the address speci¿ed in the RFP package. To obtain further information contact: -XVWLQ'H[WHU5HFUHDWLRQ2I¿FHU Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations 1907 Ridgewood Road Nelson, B.C. V1L 6K1 Phone: 250-825-1212-7610, Fax: 250-825-9657 Email:

Fight Appeal court stays order Back. to reorganize Education minister Peter Fassbender.

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The B.C. Court of Appeal has suspended a lower court ruling that would force B.C.'s school districts to reorganize around teacher contract terms that were scrapped by the government in 2002. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said the latest turn in the long-running legal battle with the B.C. Teachers' Federation allows stability for parents and students while negotiations continue on class size, special needs support and other issues. The decision provides a "stable environment" for the 60 school districts to prepare for next September under existing arrangements, he said. "We need to now get back to the table and see if we can find that sweet spot between both parties where we have a negotiated settlement," Fassbender said. Those negotiations, to replace an imposed contract that expired last June, are scheduled to continue next week as BCTF members take a strike vote. The appeal court decision, released Wednesday, allows the government to pursue its appeal of a January ruling that it argued would cause major disruption to schools, which will likely take several months. In January, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin found for a second time that B.C. legislation imposing contract terms violated teachers' right to collective bargaining. In his decision, Justice David Harris agreed with submissions from district superintendents around the province. "The evidence demonstrates that the immediate reinsertion of the deleted terms into the collective agreement will probably lead to a dislocation of current planning and budgeting or the next school year, immense challenges in hiring sufficient suitably qualified staff, lay-offs of employees, change to available school programs, cancelling school programs, creating more classes, moving students to other schools, disrupting programs for special needs students, the provision of additional classroom space (likely through the addition of portables where space permits), and the breaking of contracts with community groups who use school space for their activities as school districts reclaim the needed space to accommodate additional classes," Harris wrote. BCTF lawyers had argued that the 2002 rules could have been reinstated in time for the September 2014 school year. Harris said it would be unlikely the appeal of constitutional arguments would be complete by then, and if it is successful, the school system would have to be made over again.

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