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The West Koot Route: A new regional brand

The West Koot Route. It’s the brand name for the region stretching from Nakusp to Kaslo, including the Slocan Valley and other surrounding areas. The brand and related potential marketing materials were presented to a meeting of Nakusp stakeholders last Friday. You can read about that meeting on page 6. Images courtesy Reinfluence Marketing


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Burton community centre gets CBT grant for Just for the Health of It ALEX COOPER Arrow Lakes News

The Burton Community Learning Centre has received a $10,450 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust to keep running the Just for the Health of It program. Just for the Health of It is a drop-in program for older adults to take part in both physical and mental exercises with other people. Participants do an hour of physical exercise followed by 30 minutes of brain exercises, explained Dan Freeman, a board

member with the centre. The program has taken off since it was launched in Burton last year and it is now being offered at the seniors centre in Nakusp, he said. “It’s very popular. The first time we ran, they had what we figure was the maximum number of people we can do.” The CBT grant will allow the program to continue for another year, said Freeman. It covers the costs to rent the space and pay instructors. “It’s become an ongoing thing, everybody looks forward to it,

so now we’ve got the funding to cover it for a year.” The grant is one of 32 projects that have been selected to receive more than $1 million in funding from the trust. It is the only project in the Arrow Lakes area to receive funding. “Our selection committee approved a diverse range of projects from a strong showing of applications during our annual intake,” said Sabrina Curtis, Director, Sector Initiatives. “These projects will continue to build and strengthen the social sector in our region.”

Dr. Daniels closes Nakusp optometrist office ALEX COOPER Arrow Lakes News

Dr. Roland Daniels has closed his Nakusp optometry practice after 37 years in the community. The closure comes after the office was closed for several weeks after Dr. Daniels experienced a heart attack. While he has recovered from

that, he has decided to close his Nakusp office. The closure is not a complete surprise. Before his medical leave, Dr. Daniels spoke about the long commute from Nelson to Nakusp and whether it was worth continuing to make the drive. Suzanne Story worked with Dr. Daniels out ofx 8” the Nakusp 5.8125” office for the past 35 years.

“He’s been very faithful to this town and we’ve had a lot of great patients who’ve been faithful to us,” she said. The closure has left a void and has caused people seeking eye care to either travel to Dr. Daniels clinic in Nelson, or find someone else to go to.

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RDCK budgets passes unanimously ALEX COOPER & GREG NESTEROFF Arrow Lakes News, Black Press

The Regional District of Central Kootenay unanimously adopted its 2014 budget Thursday with a 1.4 per cent tax decrease, thanks to the discovery of a big surplus. Chair John Kettle said they will use a reserve of over $1 million in the regional district’s general administration fund, which all areas pay into, to offset taxes this year and next. “I’m a proponent of taxing for what we need when we need it,” he said. “Others say you’re always going to have shortfalls, so carry any surplus forward. But we split it down the middle and I’m happy.” Chief financial officer Stuart Horn said having reserves often makes sense, but not in this instance. “Something like waste, you’d want to keep a bit extra on hand to make sure you have enough in case something big comes up. A service like [general administration] is staff costs, director costs — there aren’t a lot of what ifs.” How much you actually end up paying depends on where you live and what services you receive, but Horn said there weren’t a lot of changes over last year. One exception was the addition of a second bylaw enforcement officer, which had some impact on the rural administration budget, but it was also running at a surplus. District-wide, the only new service

is the regionalized Kaslo fire department, which affects the village and rural area surrounding it. “Everybody else has stayed plus or minus two per cent and it’s been driven by the assessments,” Horn said, noting that on the whole, property assessments went up. Paul Peterson, the director for the Arrow Lakes Area K, called it a “fairly uninteresting budget. “ “It’s pretty routine overall,” he said. Taxes are going down slightly for residents of Burton, Fauquier and Edgewood, “but for the whole area it’s up a little bit because of the arena,” said Peterson. The regional district is providing an extra $25,000 this year to the Village of Nakusp to help run the arena.

BUDGET BITS • The overall budget is worth about $60 million. • The regional district provides about 160 services, which each fall within one of seven budget areas: general administration, rural administration, development services, environmental services, regional parks, fire protection, and community sustainability. • It was the fourth consecutive year the budget was adopted without objection. • Kettle praised Horn, who joined the organization last year: “I can’t say enough about him and the fact he brought us the hard numbers. The directors basically gave him a standing ovation.”

Carbon Neutral Kootenays fades to black GREG NESTEROFF Black Press

An initiative to help local governments in the Kootenays reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is preparing to “gracefully fade away.” Carbon Neutral Kootenays, created in early 2009 in response to BC’s Climate Action Charter, will wind down operations in the next three months, according to executive director Dale Littlejohn. “After assisting local governments across the Columbia Basin and Boundary with their emissions, we’ve successfully transferred most of the capacity to do that into the local governments and so the external assistance isn’t needed as much anymore,” he told 103.5 The Bridge. Carbon Neutral Kootenays is a partnership between the three Kootenay regional districts and the Columbia Basin Trust. However, it was never meant to be permanent,

Littlejohn said. The Climate Action Charter originally called on BC local governments to commit to climate neutrality by 2012, but only three of the 31 local governments in the Kootenays, including New Denver, achieved this goal through the purchase of offsets from the Darkwoods forest on Kootenay Lake. However, Littlejohn said most others have set aside reserve funds to reduce energy emissions in their operations and across the community in lieu of offset. “It’s not technically carbon neutral but it’s in the spirit of and working towards being carbon neutral.” Littlejohn said reaching actual neutrality without offsets may possible over the long term with the replacement of capital assets, such as boilers and vehicles. “You’re not going to eliminate fossil fuels from all municipal operations overnight, but when you look at 10, 20, 30 years, it starts to be a little more possible,” he said.


In a photo caption Moving Day at the Archives in the Mar. 19, 2014 issue of the Arrow Lakes News, we incorrectly referred to Kyle Kusch as the curator of the Arrow Lakes Historial Society. As was pointed to us, and as we should have known, archives don't have curators — museums do. Kusch's actual job title is that of archivist. We regret the error.


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Medical marijuana users win court-ordered reprieve Permitted home grows can continue pending legal challenge Jeff Nagel Black Press

Medical marijuana users have won a last-minute court reprieve that allows them to keep growing their own pot at home instead of destroying it and turning to new federally licenced commercial suppliers. Federal Court Judge Michael Manson granted a temporary injunction Friday for those with a personal production licence to continue to grow medical marijuana, pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge still to be heard. Health Canada's new regulation outlawing personal growing had been slated to take effect April 1, but the decision throws a wrench into the Conservative government's pot reform plans. Medical marijuana users and their supporters are jubilant. "I'm very excited," said Sandra Colasanti, a member of a coalition seeking to repeal the new rules who said she doesn't use pot but her husband needs it. "I've seen a lot of people who have everything from MS to cancer to fullblown AIDS and I've seen people die if they don't have access to this." She said she's optimistic the action launched by Abbotsford lawyer John Conroy will succeed when it goes to trial. No date has been set but it's expected sometime this year. The federal government cited widespread problems with the current system of permitted medical marijuana users growing pot at home or having other designated growers do it for them. Colasanti said the coalition doesn't deny there are problems with the old system, which cities say create fire risks and other safety hazards from mould to home invasions. Health Canada could have prevented such problems had it simply conducted regular inspections of permitted medical grows, she said. "Whose idea was it to have this important a program and not have mandatory inspections?" Colasanti asked. "The coalition is not saying there shouldn't be some rules. We want rules. We have asked for rules." Medical pot patients behind the court action feared they'll pay commercial producers much more than it cost to grow themselves and end up with less access to the cannabis strains that work best for them. The injunction doesn't stop the launch of new commercial pot producers, but it throws into doubt how large their market


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Authorized home growing by medical marijuana users can continue past April 1 after an injunction was granted Friday by a Federal Court judge. File photo

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Before last Friday’s court ruling, the Arrow Lakes News was working on an article about the impact on Health Canada’s rule changes on licensed medical marijuana users and growers in the Nakusp area. We reached out to several people to get their reaction to the changes, which outlaw personal growing in favour of large-scale operation. As well, Health Canada recently sent out an order telling everyone who did have their own legal supply of marijuana to provide proof they’d destroyed it, otherwise their identity would be released to the RCMP. The regulation changes have not gone over well with the pro-medical marijuana lobby, and the recent order was especially stinging. “My reaction is I find it absolutely mind blowing. I really don’t know what to say,” said one woman I spoke to, who asked not to be named. “I know close to 20 different growers in this region who are very upset about it.” The woman said she was born with Fanconi Anemia, a rare bone marrow disease that often leads to cancer. She told me she’s had nine surgeries over the past four years. After the last one, she was in lots of pain and was on six different medications, “two of which were detrimental to my health and had nasty side effects,” she said. “I was so sick that I couldn’t eat. I could not stand up, I could not walk. I felt like I was dying, literally,” she said. “It wasn’t until I convinced a nurse to bring me outside and smoke a joint, all of a sudden I could stand up, my dizziness went away, I could eat. “After being in the hospital for three weeks, two days later I was out and I was off all the medication they gave me. That

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one marijuana cigarette alleviated all those nasty man made medications.” She applied for a medical marijuana license and received it after six months of filling out paper work. She said she was unsure of what would happen when the Health Canada regulations go through. She said she doesn’t pay for her medical marijuana, and having to purchase from large-scale growers could hurt her financially. She is also worried that the product she gets would be chemically treated — she wants to know what goes into what she smokes, and that its organically grown. She has no plans on changing her practices. “I’m not going to get rid of something I know that works better than anything else and go to man made medicine, which could have detrimental health consequences for me,” she said. Neither do the growers she knows, she said. They’ll likely just change locations. Sgt. Duncan Pound, a spokesperson for the federal RCMP in B.C., said they would deal with violations on a case-by-case basis. “We support the regulations and the fact that people are using marijuana legally for medical purposes,” he said. “We would prioritize where we concentrate our enforcement efforts.” Marijuana grow operations ties to organized criminal groups would be targeted. “For licensed people who are not complying - we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “Part of our approach is to take a measured approach. “We’ll just adjust to the new reality. Once we get there we’ll assess what we’re dealing with and fit it into the priorities our communities expect us to be focusing on.”




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Nakusp’s Sister Hope Fulkco celebrates 50 years as nun Contributed

Former Nakuspian Sister Hope Marie Fulkco has celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Franciscan Sister of the Atonement. Hope is the daughter of Nakusp pioneers David and Ellen Fulkco. David arrived here in 1918 and Ellen in 1927. Hope grew up in Nakusp and attended elementary school and high school here. She entered St. Francis Convent Graymoor in Garrison, New York, on Sept. 27, 1962 and professed her final vows as a a Franciscan Sister of the Atonement on Oct. 3, 1970. Throughout her 50 years, Hope has been an Atonement Missionary throughout the northeastern United States, California, British Columbia and Alberta doing different kinds of ministry. Over her 50 years, Hope's ministry has covered teaching religion classes


to elementary and high school students preparing them for the first Holy Communion and Confirmation; doing home visiting and taking the census in whatever parish she was involved; and visiting the sick in hospitals and nursing homes. Hope's happiest years were raising children who were brought to the Atonement Home for boys and girls in Edmonton, where she cared for 50 children aged 2–16. Hope has spent the last 36 years nursing throughout Alberta, the northeastern United States and in California. She is presently nursing her senior Sisters at St. Joseph's Home in Edmonton since 1997. Last year, she traveled with a group of young adults from St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Edmonton to Madrid to see the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI and went on to Rome to the Vatican, and to Lourdes, France.

The ins and outs of traveling with and shipping pets

Til Niquidet Your Pets & Mine Very few of my pups are sold locally and the closest dog shows are held in Castlegar or Vernon, so usually some traveling is involved in my dog career. Whether to dog shows or new homes, many people are curious about how my puppies and dogs travel, whether they need special shots or have to go into quarantine and how they travel on a plane. When puppies leave to go to new homes, I usually drive with them to a more centralized location to meet with the new owners — either Kelowna or all the way to Vancouver or Calgary.

If they are going farther than Alberta or B.C., I will ship by cargo on an airplane. Before they go I make sure the pups are used to staying in a cage so that the trip is not too traumatic. If pups are flying to homes in the U.S., I usually take them to Spokane and ship from there. My pups go into their new homes at about eight weeks. Pups can cross the U.S. border or fly into other countries without a rabies needle because the rabies needle has to be given after 12 weeks of age. A health certificate is required if the pups are going by plane but crossing into the U.S. is as simple as stating the pups are "too young for rabies" and for me as a breeder, showing a commercial manifest stating who the new owners are in the U.S. Occasionally I am asked to sign a quarantine agreement for the new owners that states the pups will be confined to their residence until 21 days after the rabies shot is received at 12 weeks. I always thought this was just a piece of paper, but recently two pups I sent to a breeder in Texas were

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visited by the local sheriff to follow-up to see that the pups were being kept confined and not being exposed to dogs outside the property. Pups can be sent to Europe between 10 and 12 weeks, but new regulations that require hiring a animal shipping broker make it so costly that it usually costs equal or even less to buy a return ticket and take the pup as excess baggage. Smaller puppies can even fly on board in an underthe-seat carrier. I was recently quoted a rate of $2,300 to have a Finnish Spitz puppy sent to Vancouver from a breeder-friend in New Zealand; I found a round-trip ticket for $1500 with Air Canada. Adding a puppy to my ticket would cost me an extra $200. It is pretty easy to see there might be a potential benefit to a trip to New Zealand besides the cost-savings. Not only that but I am co-owning the puppy with a friend in Holland, which will require a future delivery trip, a visit with good friends and a dog show weekend in Amsterdam. How sweet it is! People often ask me about quarantine. Flying a pup to Canada from an island country like New Zealand is easy because New Zealand is rabies-free. But sending a dog to a rabies-free country is a lot more complicated. These countries are determined to remain rabies-free, so they require rabies-titre testing and quarantine periods. It used to be that quarantine involved a kennel stay in a government quarantine kennel for six months and in some cases even as long as nine months. Modern immunology makes it a lot less rigorous. Four months following a rabies needle, blood tests are performed and sent to a university lab to measure rabies titre or anti-body levels. If these meet the levels required by the foreign

Male and female Duck Tollers, “Toto” and “Eaudee” are being prepared for export to Australia in 2014. Til Niquidet country, dogs can be sent immediately — for example to Sweden — or after a waiting period for the strictest countries like England, Australia and New Zealand. Rather than the long quarantine that used to be required, these rabies-free countries now require that the dog is kept in Canada for six months before being sent into a short quarantine of only 10 days. Other health testing is also required for diseases and parasites. Sending a dog or puppy of more than seven months of age to any of these countries is quite a bit more complicated than sending to most North and South American countries and over to most countries in Europe and Asia. No matter where they fly, pups are required by the International Animal Transport Association to have a health exam by a vet which certifies they are healthy and capable of travel. Cage specifications are very strict for size — the animal must be able to stand with its head up without touch-

ing the ceiling of the kennel. The cage must have ventilation holes on all sides and must have dishes attached for food and water. Whether I am driving or flying, if a puppy or a dog is coming into Canada to be in my ownership for the first time I am required to declare their value and pay GST. No matter where my pups or dogs are flying in the world, I always say that the most important thing is that they are happy and contented in a cage. Feeling secure in the cage makes traveling no different whether it is a short trip to the vet clinic or a long flight overseas. When we were boarding a flight to Holland, the steward noticed we had dogs on our ticket. "Are those your dogs we just loaded onto the plane?" he asked, "Those are the best behaved dogs we have ever had on a flight." We were proud of our oneyear-old Duck Toller, Jack and his 10-week-old "baby brother" for being such good travelers.

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Nakusp is a winter destination Editor, Although you might not see it on the street, Nakusp is already a major winter tourism destination, with more than 90 percent of the skiable terrain around Nakusp already held in commercial recreational tenure by local companies and large corporations.  Canadian Mountain Holidays is ranked 10th among the Kootenays largest employers. In the winter months up to 100 guests per day are enjoying the mountains surrounding Nakusp area in commercial heli-ski, cat-ski, and ski touring operations. Keeping some areas for the use of local recreation is not unreasonable.

Having areas where locals can enjoy snowmobiling and skiing is appealing to residents who wish to live and work in the community. Full time residents add much greater value to an area than intermittent tourist dollars. The area where Alex was enjoying himself was land which was within a tenure and given back recently for recreational use. With pressures from commercial tenure holders and mountain caribou habitat, there is relatively small areas left for snowmobilers and skiers to enjoy. Do the last small non-tenured areas need to get exploited for tourism too?

Perhaps the local Chamber of Commerce and West Kootenay Tourism Alliance need to reach out to the already established businesses specializing in winter tourism. Having years of experience in the area, commercial operations offer self sufficient options or fully catered and guided trips. These companies specialize in creating safe and highly enjoyable experiences. I suggest tourists in the area take advantage of the many commercial backcountry accommodations available which offer a wide range of top notch services. Dave Madden, Nakusp

RDCK needs to enforce waste rules Editor, All the discussion and media attention is all about MMBC and its new recycling legislation. This new program will not stop anyone from dumping banned products into landfill. This has to be the role of the RDCK. Why is there never a discussion of why the garbage is full of recycling, organics, and prohibited waste? Businesses and people not recycling or disposing of prohibited waste are filling our landfills with banned products. Ootischenia landfill will be full in 36 years thanks to our disposable society. The RDCK does not enforce their resource recovery regulations that are designed to force recycling and keep prohibited waste out of landfill. Metro Vancouver has recently penalized 17 waste haulers about $350,000 for delivering trash containing banned items. Penalties are meant to serve as a deterrent to haulers dumping items for which there are recycling programs. If one recycles, composts, and

returns prohibited waste to product stewardship locations there is very little garbage. Garbage disposal is too cheap and recycling is not mandatory. At $2.50 per massive black garbage bag, why not just throw it all out together as their contents are not inspected? Recycling trucks drive around picking it up, mix it all together and then sort it after being driven large distances. Would it not make sense to sort our garbage? How much of our recycling ends up in the landfill because of contamination or was mixed in with our garbage? Household & commercial garbage I inspect is full of recyclables & prohibited waste. Garbage is a subject no one wishes to discuss or investigate. The problem is lack of monitoring and inspections. I estimate that 80% of garbage is recyclable material, organics, and prohibited waste. A trip to the Ootischenia landfill is recommended for all those interested and concerned. The RDCK has set forth Resource Recovery Bylaws which can be

found on its website. It lists banned products from the landfill, which include prohibited waste and recyclable materials. Televisions, which contain lead and other hazardous chemicals, are not banned from the landfill. It also states that a garbage load, which contains more than 20% recyclable material, shall be double the tipping fee. If businesses and public were double-charged accordingly they might consider recycling. This increased revenue could go to more inspections and monitoring of our waste. It would also prolong landfill life by diverting recyclable material & banned products. Why are bylaw officers not inspecting garbage and enforcing RDCK resource recovery regulations? The RDCK promotes itself with names like environmental services and resource recovery. You would think anyone working in solid waste management would look at what’s in the garbage for solutions. Karl Den Boer, Winlaw

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New West Kootenay tourism brand launched Alex Cooper Arrow Lakes News

“There’s no subsitute for the West Koot Route.” “Have a hoot on the West Koot Route.” “Uncover your roots on the West Koot Route.” Those are some of the slogans presented for the West Koot Route, the new brand adopted by the West Kootenay Tourism Alliance, a coalition of regional chambers of commerce organized to help promote the area from the Nakusp to Kaslo. It rhymes. It lends itself to easy slogans. It’s somewhat distinct. That was part of the pitch made by Tom Hudock of the Victoria marketing agency Brand Reinfluencer to local stakeholders last Friday. “It’s short, it’s catchy and it’s memorable,” he told the gathering of about 30 people. “As a name, those are all very important things.” The WKTA was established last year by the Nakusp, Slocan Valley and Kaslo chambers of commerce. Following a series of workshops, they decided to form a regional tourism organization in order to bring more people to the region. With funding from Kootenay Rockies Tourism, they hired Tom Hudock to craft a brand and create some marketing ideas for the region. The results were presented at a series of meetings in Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp last week. On Friday, Hudock was in Nakusp where, along with Peter Welkering, the president of the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce, he showed the idea to local tourism stakeholders. The brand came about through a series of meetings starting in the fall. Each area was asked to look at the highlights of the area. “We asked if you could put a personality to Nakusp, what would that be,” said Hudock. From those ideas, Hudock looked at the overlaps and looked at what competitors were doing to come up with a brand for the region. He looked at what the region has going for it, what makes it stand out, and what the challenges are. “What we realized is the region

Tom Hudock of Brand Reinfluencer (left) and Peter Welkering, the president of the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce, lead a presentation of the West Kootenay Tourism Alliance’s new brand in Nakusp last Friday, Mar. 21. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News is brand new,” said Hudock. “While geographically it’s there, from a tourist standpoint, it’s brand new. No one knows about it from a tourism standpoint.” They also wanted to create a brand that would stand the test of time. The theme they settled on was “Explore” — explore the history of the area and explore the lakes and mountains. The idea is to promote the areas almost island-like isolation — three of the entrances are by ferry — and the ability to escape from the trappings of rural life. Hudock noted the lack of cell phone service in large parts of the region, something that is appealing for many people. He called it “releasing the urban armour.” “They want uncrowded spaces where you can follow your own path and learn about the landscape,” he said. “I think what they really want is getting to a place where they can unplug.” Hudock spoke of promoting the ferries. He also suggested focusing on festivals like Kaslo Jazz Fest, Hills Garlic Festival and Kootenay Sufferfest. With that, he presented the West

Koot Route name and logo — a road sign shaped by mountains and illustrated by a road and rivers flowing through. It would evoke imagery of the iconic Route 66, said Hudock. Someone noted it looked a lot like the Powder Highway logo. “Not on purpose,” replied Hudock. The logo would be plastered throughout the region — on road signs, painted on the road, and even blended into natural settings. “Instead of seeing it in travel brochures and websites, you actually see it where you’re at,” said Hudock. Local artists could be engaged to find creative ways to use the logo. The main tagline he presented was “Go wander.” “You’re not lost. Go wander. Check things out, enjoy the journey,” he said. “You aren’t necessarily a destination brand. What you want to promote is the journey through.” Hudock’s presentation also included conceptual advertisements, and merchandise possibilities. He talked about the idea of a passport for the region that tourists would use to get stamps at different attractions and businesses. Generally, the ideas were well received — until

he handed out sample tri-fold pamphlets that included top five lists for activities, attractions and events. There, he experienced resistance from people who saw the pamphlets as promoting specific businesses. Linda Tynan, the chief adminstrative officer for the Village of Nakusp, said picking a top five was “at odds with developing a regional brand.” “It’s somewhat arbitrary that five things are picked and it automatically causes division where it doesn’t have to, especially when the big chore over time will be getting people to buy in,” she said. Others felt different wording could be used. Instead of top five, say five favourite. Others noted the lack of Nakusp attractions in the top five. “I’m looking at these top five activities and where’s Nakusp in there?” said mayor Karen Hamling. “We’re supposed to be working as a region and we’re not in there.” There were suggestions like instead of top five activities, have a top five for each area; or just suggest generic activities like hiking. Hudock replied to these criticisms, saying that the pamphlets needed to advertise specific activities because that’s what tourists want

to know. The idea is to get people to come to the region, and tourists will want specific places to go to. Once they’re here, you point them to other activities and businesses. “This whole region needs to figure out how to make this work. We’re not here to actually say how to make this work. We’re showing you what we think needs to be done,” he said. “You need to know it’s about tourists, it’s not about you guys.” Other suggestions were that instead of the term “Go wander”, they use “Come wander” as a more welcoming slogan. There was also talk of need for a friendly website and mobile app. One person pointed out that tourists today are “sophisticated travelers.” “They’ll want to find out stuff that isn’t on a brochure. They’ll want to find out where the locals go,” she said. “They aren’t simple people.” The branding process is just the start for the West Kootenay Tourism Alliance. Now it’s a matter of implementing all the ideas developed by Brand Reinfluencer. That will mean the region coming together and cooperating even further on tourism initiatives. “As you probably noticed, this was almost the easy part. Now comes the part to make this work,” said Peter Welkering. “We need to cooperate and communicate with each other throughout the region and get businesses to buy in.” The next step will be creating the website, The tourism alliance is hoping to get funding for that. Moving forward, the goal is to have the tourism alliance as a sustainable entity, funded by chamber members so a full-time employee can be hired to handle all the marketing. “The goal is because we’re all volunteers, we have to come to the point where we have a hired person to take this over and promote it and work on it,” he said. “We’ve delivered a brand. Now it needs to be executed on.” The key will be convincing chamber members and other stakeholders that the initiative will be worth their investment.

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After 20 years, Susan Rogers takes top job at Nakusp Library ALEX COOPER Arrow Lakes News

It’s taken 20 years and lots of cajoling for Susan Rogers to finally take the full-time position as head librarian at the Nakusp Library. A familiar face to many in the community from her place behind the desk, Rogers has been with the library since she started volunteering there in 1994. Four years later, she was hired on as an assistant librarian, a position she stayed in despite being offered the top job. “I’ve always been a supportive person of leaders and people at the top,” she explained, when asked about her hesitation to assume the lead role. “To end up in the position responsible for it all is a different feeling, I guess. Rogers took on the position on an acting basis in February 2013. The head librarian position was advertised, but finally the library board convinced Rogers to assume the duty on a permanent basis. Rogers showed me her cluttered office, which she is slowly trying to clean up. Her new post means more time doing administrative work

and less time helping patrons find books they want — something she said is her favorite part of the job. “As head librarian I don’t do a lot of that anymore,” she said. “Patti and Cindy are sitting at the desk now.” Rogers said she liked helping people. She’s an avid reader and a literacy advocate. “I like the kids that come in here and even if they’re just coming to use the computer, I like interacting with them,” she said. Last year she helped the library develop a strategic plan and revamp its policy manuals. Now, it’s a matter of implementing that plan, which has three main goals: — Become an information centre for the Nakusp area; — Build strong community connections; — Ensure long-term sustainability. Rogers isn’t planning any major changes to the library; popular programs like the summer reading club and author reading series will remain, but she does hope to add more programs like the historical slideshow that was held in January.

Susan Rogers has taken on the duties of head librarian at the Nakusp Library on a permanent basis. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News She also wants to do more to connect the library to reading centres in Edgewood, Fauquier, Burton and New Denver. “Our patrons in those communities belong to this library but it’s

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not always easy to get in,” she said. “We’re trying to facilitate a carrier to take books and bring them back — do more of an outreach to those areas.” Another plan is to purchase

more e-readers for people to rent. The library has free e-book downloads, so the readers would allow people to try out the technology before buying it.

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy takes a look at the work of the students involved with the BladeRunner program at Selkirk College. Conroy was in Nakusp last Wednesday to meet with constituents and find out what was going on here while the legislature was on break. The students in the BladeRunner program have been hard at work, chopping 90 cords of birch firewood so far. During Conroy’s visit, six students were busy sawing and chopping the logs and then stacking them together. The program has lost a few students — not because they dropped out, but because they already found jobs. Guy Duchaine, who is facilitating the program, said it’s been a big success so far. The students are working hard. They no longer need to be supervised and motivated, he said, they just get the job done. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News



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T’AI CHI Beginner class begins at the Nakusp Legion at 9:30 a.m.; continuing class takes place at 10 a.m. Call Ruth at 250-265-3353 or email LUNCH & LEARN Robert Cioli speaks about the Basin Advisor Program, which provides free, one-on-one, confidential business counseling services. There will be a 20 minute talk, followed by a Q&A. A light lunch will be provided. This is the fifth in a series of workshops presented by the Nakusp & Area Development Board designed to connect businesses with each other and with resources that are available to help them. At Selkirk College from 12–1 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 Thursday, March 27 – Basin Business Advisors Program Nakusp Legion Hall. Wednesday, April 2 – Nakusp WorkBC Friday, March 28 Friday, April 4 – Invest Kootenay BELLYFIT Come and experience a comTuesday, April 8 – Columbia Basin Trust plete workout, designed for women and of all TBA – Kootenay Rockies Tourism TBA – Selkirk College ages and capabilities. Incorporating many styles of dance, yoga, core exercises and Location: Selkirk College, Nakusp meditation. Starts at 10 a.m. at NaCoMo.. Time: 12-1pm, light lunch provided GAMES NIGHT AT THE LEGION RSVP: Jackie at 250-265-0011 or Come play Wii, darts, pool, or bring a game of your choice from home. Bring a friend or Brought to you by the Nakusp & Area Development Board two along, there’s always enough people for with the help of Columbia Basin Trust some fun. At the Nakusp Legion from 7-10 p.m. Members and guests are welcome. NOLIGHTS FREESTYLE DANCE An event created to celebrate in the pure joy of dancing, music and community with the inspiration of minimal lighting encouraging freedom on the dance floor. Come practice formal dance moves or discover new ways of movement and expression, freestyle. At NaCoMo (90 5th Ave., Nakusp) from 7:30–8:30 p.m. $3.

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the season at Summit Lake Ski Hill. There’s the downhill dummy race, cake walk, jello eating relay and a costume contest. Lift tickets are $10 if you show up in costume. Starts at 1 p.m. — rain, snow or shine. ARTIST TRADING CARDS TRADING SESSION Makers of Artist Trading Cards meet at the Broadway Deli to exchange cards and news. From 1:30–2:30 p.m.

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WISE YOGA Join Terri McLeod, a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, for a class at the Nakusp senior’s hall. For returning students the class is from 10-11:30 a.m. and for beginners the class is from 4:45–6 p.m. Classes run until Mar. 10, with a new six week series starting Apr. 14. For more information and to pre-register, call 250-265-0177. MONDAY MUSIC JAM AT NYC Monday music jam at the Nakusp Youth Centre. Bring an instrument if you have one, and/or bring a song that you know or want to learn. From 3:30–5:30 p.m. ARROW FISHERIES UPDATE MEETING An Arrow fisheries update will be provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations; and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program. They will provide information about the nutrient restoration program, fishing trends and the Hill Creek spawning channel. At the Nakusp Seniors Hall at 7 p.m.

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T’AI CHI Beginner class begins at the Nakusp Legion at 9:30 a.m.; continuing class takes place at 10 a.m. and again from 7–8 p.m. Call Ruth at 250-265-3353 or email rgsch1@tel BELLYFIT Come and experience a complete workout, designed for women and of all ages and capabilities. Incorporating many styles of dance, yoga, core exercises and meditation. Starts at 6 p.m. at NaCoMo. FELDENKRAIS Starts at 8 p.m. at NaCoMo.

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20 minute talk, followed by a Q&A. A light lunch will be provided. This is the fifth in a series of workshops presented by the Nakusp & Area Development Board designed to connect businesses with each other and with resources that are available to help them. At Selkirk College from 12–1 p.m. RSVP to Jackie Watson at 250-265-0011 by March 31.

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ARROW LAKES HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPENING CEREMONY Come check out the new archive office in the Nakusp Centennial Building. Take a tour of the new space, which includes the archives collection of 13,000+ photos, 500+ maps, 500+ pioneer interviews, historic films, newspapers, documents, local history books and more.

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The provincial government has appointed Isobel A11 Mackenzie as B.C.'s first seniors' advocate. Mackenzie has a broad mandate as the voice of seniors in B.C. to monitor and review system-wide issues affecting their well-being. She can make recommendations to government and other service providers in areas ranging from health and personal care to housing, transportation and income support. "I have seen first-hand the issues, the challenges and the choices facing our seniors, their families and their caregivers," Mackenzie said Wednesday, calling her appointment an honour and a privilege. "I have witnessed the profound desire of seniors to maintain their dignity and their independence." Mackenzie has 18 years of local, provincial and national experience working on behalf of seniors, much of it heading Beacon Community Services in Victoria. She is to advise government and service providers in an independent manner, meet the minister at least yearly and make public her reports and recommendations. Opposition New Democrats, who have called for a seniors advocate since 2007, said the government hasn't given the new advocate enough power and independence to act as a strong champion. The enabling legislation indicates problems specific to an individual senior, rather than broad system-wide issues, are likely to be referred elsewhere. "This advocate is not empowered to look at individual issues facing seniors," NDP seniors critic Katrine Conroy, the MLA for Kootenay West, said. "These individual issues often signal systemic problems." The Office of the Seniors Advocate opens in Victoria March 31 with a $2-million budget and can be found online at It's the first position of its kind in Canada. B.C. has 700,000 residents over age 65 and that number is projected to double over the next 20 years, by which time seniors will make up nearly a quarter of the population. The appointment of the advocate by Health Minister Terry Lake meets a commitment in the province's 2012 Seniors Action Plan. That promise came after the B.C Ombudsperson issued a highly critical report in 2011 on problems in seniors' care with 176 recommendations that critics say have largely been ignored.

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The BC Government is now off-loading our recycling decisions to Toronto.

Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just

$35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first priority, nor does it guarantee that there won’t be job losses here in BC. It doesn’t guarantee service levels, or say anything about how big business will pass along the costs to you when you go to pick up a pizza or buy groceries. Yikes! Perhaps this is why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to sign onto the new program, calling it a “scam.” Given that, maybe it’s time you called Premier Clark to keep BC’s environmental decisions right here in BC where they belong.

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