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A standing ovation for Rosie Lukenda
ROTARY WINE FESTIVAL
Rosie Lukenda gets up out of her wheelchair while being applauded at the opening of her new photo show at Gabi’s Fairytale Cafe last Friday. The series of flower photos were taken and edited by Lukenda on her iPad over the past year. Gabi’s was packed with people for the show’s opening. See page 8 for more. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News
Maiden voyage of new Upper Arrow Lakes ferry delayed ALEX COOPER Arrow Lakes News
The new Upper Arrow Lakes ferry will not be in service for the May long weekend due to delays caused by a subcontractor for the project. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation told the Arrow Lakes News that while construction of the ferry is on schedule, sea trials have been delayed, pushing the maiden voyage of the ferry into June, past the previously scheduled May 16 launch date. "While construction of the vessel is anticipated to be completed on schedule, the sea trials will be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances associated with personnel from one of the subcontractors," the spokesperson wrote in
an e-mail. "A key participant in the sea trials is unable to attend due to medical reasons and the company was not able to immediately assign a replacement." The $26.5 million ferry is being built by Waterbridge Steel in Nakusp. The Arrow Lakes News took a tour of the ferry in late-February, at which point lead contractor John Harding told us the vessel was on schedule would be ready for sea trials at some point in March, however that is obviously no longer the case. The ferry will be able to transport 80 vehicles and 250 passengers from Galena Bay to Shelter Bay (and back) and will replace the two existing ferries that currently ply the route in the summer. Two ferries will run over the May long weekend until the new ferry is in service.
The new Upper Arrow Lakes ferry will be launched in June due to a delay caused by a sub-contractor. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News
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No compensation for Lemon Creek spill victims
Greg Nesteroff Black Press
More than eight months after a tanker truck spilled jet fuel into Lemon Creek, BC’s environment minister says no compensation is forthcoming from government for affected residents. “We actually would not have the authority nor the ability to do anything more than recoup our reasonable response and cleanup costs,” Mary Polak said in response to questions from Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy during debate Tuesday. “We don’t have the authority or the ability to collect in terms of compensation or, in fact, to provide compensation. It’s not within our authority to do so.” Conroy said Slocan Valley residents are still feeling the aftermath of the spill, which saw 33,000 litres of fuel pour into the creek and then flow into the Slocan and Kootenay rivers. Some people lost their livelihoods and others are still feeling health effects, she said. “I think it would be appropriate for the ministry to consider some kind of compensation,” she told Polak. “It might be a novel concept, but it might also be something the minister would like to think on if they’re saying they can protect the coast of British Columbia from oil spills.” When Conroy initially posed her question, Polak replied that due to a classaction lawsuit filed last year by a resident, she couldn’t predict when everything would be resolved: “I think, sadly, it probably will take a significant amount of time.” The suit names the province, the helicopter company that required the fuel to respond to a forest fire, and the transport company, Calgary-based Executive
Flight Centre. Conroy also asked if Polak saw any conflict in the company evaluating the environmental impact of the spill, SNCLavalin, being paid by Executive Flight Centre. However, Polak said she couldn’t comment because of the legal action. Conroy further asked if SNC-Lavalin would use baseline data for fish populations compiled by the Slocan River Streamkeepers. “I understand it’s been offered to the ministry as well as SNCLavalin and that offer hasn’t been accepted,” she said. “It is there, it’s available.” Polak said she couldn’t speak for the company but ministry staff, who approved the company’s environmental monitoring plan, would welcome the information. Conroy asked if the government has learned any lessons from the spill and would develop a response protocol for rural areas to speed up response to such incidents. She called the delay in starting containment efforts at Lemon Creek “a bit of a disaster.” “[Residents are] hoping the minister will commit to some kind of spill protocol so that things can be dealt with much more efficiently, people can get the help they need quickly, the cleanup can happen quickly and people know who’s responsible for what,” Conroy said. Polak replied that any such incident is followed by “fairly extensive debriefing” to determine if anything can be improved. However, “At this stage, that has had to remain an internal debrief, and when the legal wranglings are over, we’ll be able to extend that more broadly, involve the community.” The full transcript of the exchange can be found at bit.ly/1lLbgKJ
The Nakusp Courthouse will only be open for monthly court sittings after the registry closed at the end of March. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News
Nakusp court registry closes Alex Cooper Arrow Lakes News
The Nakusp court registry closed quietly late last month, confirming what had been speculated for more than a month. “The Ministry consulted with the judiciary and the local municipality about reducing court operations due to the low volume of cases,” wrote a Ministry of Justice spokesperson in response to questions. “Court proceedings will continue at the same location and on the same schedule as previously, only registry functions will be managed at another location.” The registry allowed locals to easily file court papers, look up information on ongoing
BC HYDRO COLUMBIA AND KOOTENAY OPERATIONS CONFERENCE CALLS
“She was sometimes the only person in the system people had access to when they had nowhere else to turn,” said Zobel. “She was very knowledgeable and treated all who came to her with respect and professionalism, and she gave as much help as she could with friendliness and a smile, even Octob when faced Wednesday, with difficult people.” The Revelstoke Times Review a Columbia BasinisAlliance Literacy are p The registry now for located 3rd annual a Reader in Nelson, so anyReach court filingsevent for will have to be sent there. This marks the latest in a series ofBuy registry a Paperclosures & Make a Diff across province as theforgovThethe Columbia Basin Alliance Literacy (CBAL Times Review raising funds tocourt support literacy ernment has are consolidated from one of our volunteers on October 9th to m services in bigger centres. community. All funds raised will go to support l The court room will still be used for monthly court sittings.
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BC Hydro will be hosting two conference calls on Wednesday April 23, 2014 to provide information regarding forecast 2014 reservoir and river operating conditions for the Columbia and Kootenay systems.
The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) has applied for funding to hire a student to work at the Nakusp CAP Site and Learning Centre. This position would provide customer service and support to CAP visitors, provide 1 to 1 computer tutoring help, manage the daily CAP site activities and will provide assistance on special projects over the summer. In addition, this position will provide support to the Nakusp Community Radio Station (The Arrow) as required.
Kootenay System: The conference call regarding the Kootenay system (includes Libby Dam/ Koocanusa Reservoir, Duncan Dam and Reservoir, Kootenay Lake) will be held jointly by BC Hydro and the US Army Corps of Engineers, and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PST (9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. MST).
This is a full time, temporary position (30 hours / week). The position tentatively starts May 12, 2014 and ends August 15, 2014. The rate of pay is $12.25 / hour.
Columbia System: The conference call regarding the main-stem Columbia system (includes Kinbasket Reservoir and Mica Dam, Revelstoke Reservoir and Revelstoke Dam, and Arrow Lakes Reservoir and Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam) will be hosted by BC Hydro and will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST (10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. MST).
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Government, First Nations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders with an interest in BC Hydro’s operations are invited to attend.
HOW TO REGISTER: Please email email@example.com to register by noon on Wednesday April 16, 2014 and receive conference details, presentation materials, and dial in information by email in advance of the meeting.
cases and solicit advice from the register. The closure was not unexpected, and its spectre was raised by Judge Donald Sperry in February. Ulrike Zobel, a Nakusp lawyer, said the closure “will leave a big gap in this community.” “Given this government’s push on ‘access to justice’, closing our registry is definitely a step in the wrong direction,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Arrow Lakes News. Zobel gave credit to Sandy Scott, who staffed the registry, for providing people with information and helping them navigate the “increasingly complex and user unfriendly” legal system.
Additional qualifications for this position include: • Enthusiastic and creative, • Reliable and dependable, • Excellent communication skills, • Demonstrated customer service, • Knowledge of computers and the Internet (including Internet navigation, • basic hardware and software set-up), • Previous experience in teaching computer skills an asset • Interest in community development. Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 25, 2014. For more information about the job, please contact Lisa Bjarnason at 250-265-3736.
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Hot Springs Road re-route sought for gravel pit expansion Alex Cooper Arrow Lakes News
Arrow Lakes Ready Mix is looking to realign Hot Springs Road in order to expand its quarry in the area. The company his filed a proposal with the Integrated Land Management Bureau to increase the size of its quarry to 6.2 hectares from 4.8 hectares, and shift the bulk of the gravel pit to the south. The existing gravel pit is located on the north side of Hot Springs Road, just west of the Nakusp landfill. The proposal would see the pit shifted further south, and the road re-routed through the area occupied by the existing pit. Carla Trenholm, who owns Arrow Lakes Ready Mix (ALRM) along with her husband Isaac, said the expansion is needed to meet increasing demand for gravel. "It will be beneficial to us because it will match up with our other gravel pit that we have up the Hot Springs Road," she said. She added that they recently bought a gravel pit near Burton to supply customers south of Nakusp. The proposal calls for 10,000 to 20,000 cubic-metres of material to be extracted from the pit each year depending on local projects
and demand. The most significant part of the application from the public perspective is the proposed re-route of Hot Springs Road through the existing gravel pit area. The application states the re-route would make the road safer by removing two corners, straightening the road, and improving site distances. ALRM would pay for the cost of moving the road. ALRM also applied to use a one-kilometre stretch of an old forestry road to access the pit, instead of driving along the Hot Springs Road. "The proposal is to change the primary access to ALRM’s existing gravel quarry from a paved public road (Hot springs Road), which has extensive public traffic, to a little used dead-end gravel forestry road (on which they would have non-exclusive use, sharing with the local forest company and other users)," the application states. "The business would be improved and streamlined due to all season access to the gravel quarry, and shortened distance and reduced transportation cost from the quarry to the ALRM plant site." A secondary access to the pit would be located off Hot Springs Road.
The thick solid line is the existing Hot Springs Road. The dashed line is the proposed re-route to make way for the gravel pit expansion.
Arrow Lakes Ready Mix image/Edited by the Arrow Lakes News
Warning issued after break-ins
Signs of the road
Alex Cooper Arrow Lakes News
A new digital highway sign was installed on Highway 23 last week, just north of the intersection with Highway 6. The sign will provide drivers with information on road conditions, ferry traffic and more. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News
The Nakusp RCMP is warning homeowners in the rural area to make sure they're properties are secure and being monitored after a series of break-ins over the past weeks. Cpl. Ryan Fehler issued the warning after three break and enters occurred at properties south of Nakusp. The first incident occurred at a home on Highway 6 just south of Burton sometime between March 24–25. Neighbours of the property reported that the suspects broke into a shed, cabin and trailer on the property, causing damage to doors and windows. They made off with two Stihl chain saws. The second incident took place at J&S Snacks in Fauquier sometime late on March 29 or early on March 30. According to the property owner, someone broke into the building and stole tobacco and an undisclosed amount of money. The final incident took place on the 5,000 block of Highway 6 south of Burton some-
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time between April 4–6. The property owners were out of town when their home was broken into. Liquor and other personal items were stolen. Cpl. Fehler said there were no indications the incidents were related, but that was a consideration in the investigation. "There's nothing to indicate they're connected but we had problems with some thefts and break and enters last spring," he said. "If you start have incidents in a certain area, you keep that as a consideration." While all three properties were locked, Fehler still said it was important to for homeowners to make sure they secure their homes while they're away and have neighbours check up on them. "Sometimes properties are owned by people from out of town," he said. "If they're casing the place, they have a little bit of time to get in there when neighbours won't see them." Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Nakusp RCMP at 250265-3677 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477.
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Kootenay Boundary governments ask for more consultation on ALR bill Black Press
The Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments has passed an amended resolution requesting the provincial government to delay passage of Bill 24. Delegates to the convention, including regional directors, mayors and councillors throughout the east and west Kootenay and Boundary regions, passed by a throng of protesters and tractors on Friday morning before entering the meeting site in Creston. The rally was organized to express opposition to proposed legislation that would divide the province’s agricultural land into two zones, with Creston Valley relegated to Zone 2, joining less productive lands in north and central B.C. “This is the kind of bill that doesn’t allow a chance for people to talk to one another,” said Regional District of Central Kootenay Area E director Ramona Faust. Earlier, stopping to speak to rally participants, Creston Mayor Ron Toyota and RDCK Area C director Larry Binks expressed support for moving the Creston Valley into the Zone 1 category, where it would be joined with Vancouver Island, Southwest and Okanagan regions. Zone 1 would generally maintain the status quo for lands in the Agricultural Land
Reserve. Zone 2 lands will be more easily opened up to other forms of development, including liquid natural gas development in the northern half of the province. “The support we have been hearing from local government delegates has been overwhelming,” said Nadine Ben-Rabha, one of the rally’s organizers. She is part of a family-run farm in Lister that produces organic milk and cheese, leasing land from 27 different landowners to grow cattle feed. The City of Nelson originally introduced a resolution requesting that regions wishing to be in Zone 1 should not be arbitrarily categorized as Zone 2 “and that the provincial government accept application from local governments that wish to remain classified as Zone 1.” The final resolution was an amended version requesting “that the provincial government undertake consultation with the public, the UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities) and other affected parties, and that Bill 24 not be brought into force until such consultation is complete.” The resolution passed with only a handful of dissenting votes among more than 100 delegates. It will now be referred to the UBCM for further consideration.
Will we ever learn to celebrate Earth Month?
David Suzuki Science Matters
In the article Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program hears mouthful on state of Arrow Lakes fishery, in the Apr. 9 issue of the Arrow Lakes News, we did not mention that the presentation was made jointly by the FWCP and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Steve Arndt, Jeff Burrows and Marley Bassett are all biologists with the ministry, not the FWCP. *** In the article Nakusp collective aims to take over old fire hall in the Apr. 2 issue of the Arrow Lakes News, we wrote the Burton Farmers Market was part of the Old Firehall Collective Society. That was based on what Rosemary Hughes told council. As Ian Greig of Burton informed us, the farmers market is not part of the collective, though some members may be. We regret any confusion our reporting caused. Since 1923
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April is Earth Month, and April 22 is Earth Day. We should really celebrate our small blue planet and all it provides every day, but recent events give us particular cause to reflect on our home and how we’re treating it. Through an amazingly ordered combination of factors, this spinning ball of earth, air, fire and water – with its hydrological, carbon, nitrogen and rock cycles, biological diversity and ideal distance from the sun – provides perfect conditions for human life to flourish. But with our vast and rapidly increasing numbers, breakneck technological advances, profligate use of resources and lack of concern for where we dump our wastes, we’re upsetting the balance. We’re a relatively new species, but we’re altering the geological properties of Earth to the extent that many scientists refer to this epoch as the Anthropocene – from the Greek anthropos meaning “human” and kainos meaning “recent”. When Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, crews in planes and boats set out to search the Indian Ocean. Debris sightings raised hopes that the crash site was located, but they turned out to be endless streams of garbage that humans have been dumping into the oceans for ages
— plastic bottles and bags, fishing gear, household wastes, cigarette butts, detritus from shipping containers, even bits of space shuttle rocket boosters. We now have massive swirling garbage patches in our oceans, and thousands of birds and fish from remote seas turning up dead, their bellies full of plastic and flotsam. We’re also upsetting the delicate carbon cycle of the planet and its atmosphere, mostly through wasteful burning of fossil fuels. This, in turn, is shifting other natural processes, including the ways water circulates around the globe and climate and weather are regulated. For a disturbing illustration of the damage we’ve done and how much more we’ll do unless we change our ways, we need only look to the recent installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. Findings show we’re already experiencing the ever-increasing impacts of global warming: ice caps and Arctic sea ice melting and collapsing; more extreme weather-related events like droughts and floods; dying corals; stressed water supplies; rising, increasingly acidic oceans; and fish and other animals migrating with some going extinct. Unless we act quickly, our food and water supplies, critical infrastructure, security, health, economies and communities will face ever-escalating risks, leading to increased human displacement, migration and violent conflict. Some argue we must choose between “growing” the economy and protecting the planet. In response, the report states, “Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security,
and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hotspots of hunger.” That’s if we do little or nothing — which is not a viable option. We must reduce our individual impacts, but more importantly, we must tell industry and governments at all levels that we’ll no longer support the fouling of our planet and the madness of putting short-term economic growth ahead of protecting everything that keeps us alive and healthy. We elect governments to act in our best interests, not to promote polluting industries at the expense of human health and long-term prosperity. One of our species' unique abilities is foresight, the capacity to look ahead to avoid dangers and exploit opportunity. It's time for our leaders to be visionary and steer away from hazards while taking the enormous opportunities offered by renewable energy sources. As I said in last week’s column, climate change is serious, and “Confronting it will take a radical change in the way we produce and consume energy — another industrial revolution, this time for clean energy, conservation and efficiency.” Meeting this challenge, through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changes we can no longer prevent, will offer myriad side benefits, from better health and lower health-care costs to greater economic opportunities through cleaner and longer-lasting technologies. There’s no excuse to keep on destroying our home. If we are to observe Earth Day and Earth Month, let’s make it a time to celebrate, not to despair.
With contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.
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EASTER EGG TREASURE HUNT Head to the Nakusp Library during opening hours to take part in the Easter Treasure Hunt. Find treats by learning where items are shelved in the library.
Wednesday, April 16
FELDENKRAIS Beginner-friendly movement
classes for relaxation, stress release and pain relief. Starts at 9:15 a.m. at NaCoMo (90 5th Ave SW). $15 drop-in fee. For more info email Tyson Bartel at email@example.com.
WORKBC WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY
Clever Cover Letters. 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.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GENERAL MEETING The public is invited to attended the
general meeting of the membership of the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce. Beaton Arm Crossing Association representatives will be attending to provide an update on their activities. At the K2 Rotor Lodge from 12–1 p.m. HEALING SPIRITS TALKING CIRCLE A chance for anyone age 15 and up who is struggling with alcohol and/or drug issues (either personal or familial). Organized by Michael Garvery. At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 2:30–4:30 p.m. BELLYFIT IN BURTON 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. From 7–8 p.m. $10 drop-in rate. GIRLS NIGHT AT NYC Sorry guys, it's girls only tonight at the Nakusp Youth Centre. From 7–10 p.m. COMMUNITY CHOIR REHEARSAL All are welcome! No try-outs 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, April 17
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
7:30–8:30 p.m. $3.
BASKETBALL IN BURTON At the school at
Saturday, April 19
6:30 p.m. $2 drop-in.
DROP-IN BADMINTON Bring your own racket
and have some fun. At Nakusp Secondary School from 7–9 p.m. BINGO AT THE LEGION The action is nonstop, 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.
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Friday, April 18
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 10 a.m. at NaCoMo. PARKOUR CLASSES In the basement of the Nakusp Arena from 3:30–5:30 p.m. For youth ages 13-19. Contact Michael Garvey, 265-1778 or firstname.lastname@example.org FLOOR HOCKEY IN BURTON At the Burton Community Learning Centre, from 6:30–8 p.m. Equipment is provided. $2. FOR THE LOVE OF POETRY Enjoy a lovely evening of poetry as locals recite their favourite poems. At the Nakusp Library from 7–8:30 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. CHOCOLATE EGG HUNT AT NYC Because you're never too old to go looking for Easter Eggs and get a sugar rush. At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 7–11 p.m. 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
SMILE of OF the THE W EEK Smile Week
FAMILY EASTER BREAKFAST The Saddleback Community Church hosts a free community breakfast for all ages. Every child receives a bag of candy, and there are door prizes to be won. From 9–11 a.m. STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Sabina reads stories for kids. From 10–11 a.m. COMMUNITY CHOIR REHEARSAL All are welcome! No try-outs 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. MEAT DRAW Proceeds go to the Burton Volunteer Fire Department. At the Legion from 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 20
EASTER EGG HUNT Overwaitea holds a free
easter egg hunt for the kids in Waterfront Park from 12–1:30 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, 1007 4th St NW. Musicians of all ages & skill levels are welcome. For more information call 250-265-4087.
Monday, April 21
BRIDGE Play a hand at the Senior's Centre 1:153:30 p.m. $2.50.
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.
Tuesday, April 22
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 us.net PARKOUR/FREE RUNNING In the basement of the Nakusp Arena between 3:30-5:30 p.m. For youth ages 13-19. Contact Michael Garvey, 2651778 or email@example.com. 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. DROP-IN BADMINTON Drop-in badminton at Nakusp Secondary School from 7–9 p.m. $3 fee. FELDENKRAIS Starts at 8 p.m. at NaCoMo. For more info email Tyson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 23
WORKBC WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY
Interview me. 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.
Friday, April 25
CBT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES VOTE IN BURTON Burton project applicants for
Columbia Basin Trust's Community Initiatives & Affected Areas Programs present their proposals to the public, who then get to vote on which ones get funding. At the Burton Community Hall from 6–7:30 p.m.
VISIT BY MODERATOR OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA Rev. Gary Paterson, the
Moderator of the United Church of Canada, visits Nakusp for a town hall meeting. At the Robertson Memorial United Church from 7–8:30 p.m. 50s THEME PARTY It's a flash back to the 50s! At the Nakusp Youth Centre from 7–11 p.m.
Saturday, April 26
CBT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES VOTE IN BURTON Burton project applicants for Columbia
Basin Trust's Community Initiatives & Affected Areas Programs present their proposals to the public, who then get to vote on which ones get funding. At the Burton Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 27
CBT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES VOTE IN NAKUSP Nakusp project applicants for
Columbia Basin Trust's Community Initiatives & Affected Areas Programs present their proposals to the public, who then get to vote on which ones get funding. At the Nakusp Auditorium from 12–4 p.m.
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What are those white birds flying along the lake?
Gary Davidson Birds of Nakusp
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Each year, usually in the spring or fall, I get a phone call from someone who has seen white birds flying along the lake. Sometimes the caller will assume they are swans, and sometimes they’re right. But these aren’t the only candidates. We have two species of native swans in British Columbia: Tundra Swan and Trumpeter Swan. A third species, the Mute Swan, has been introduced into parks around the province and sometimes one or two will escape and fly free for a while, but they rarely last for very long. Both pass through our region during in migration, but never in large numbers and probably not every year. A couple of years ago, a few spent the entire winter at the north end of Slocan Lake, but it is unusual for swans to over-winter in our region. But what of the other white birds? American White Pelicans breed in the Caribou region west of Williams Lake, but their migration route does not normally bring them as far east as our valley. Yet pelicans have been seen in both the Arrow and Slocan valleys. Like quite a few larger birds, pelicans do not achieve breeding age until they are three or four years old. That means that there are a
A flock of Snow Geese. lot of non-breeding birds wandering around. And sometimes, that’s exactly what they do, they wander around. I have personally only seen pelicans in the region a few times, but I’ve heard of several other reports over the years. People who live right on the lake are much more likely to see them flying past. A couple of other species of white birds are geese: Snow Goose and the slightly smaller Ross’ Goose. Both of these species breed in the Arctic, and most winter in the southern United States, though several thousand Snow Geese winter at the mouth of the Fraser River. Geese flying from the western Arctic normally use routes closer to the coast. Those breeding in the central Arctic fly straight down through the prairies. As a result we are generally in between the two flyways and we don’t often see them pass this way. Ross’s
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Geese are seen even less often because virtually the entire population uses the Prairie flyway. Despite all of this, last Friday I saw a small flock of white geese fly past the golf course at Fauquier. I assumed they were Snow Geese and at first didn’t even raise my binoculars. But after I’d sunk that four-foot putt, I dug the binoculars out of the golf bag and had a look. I was quite surprised to see that there were six Snow Geese and one Ross’ Goose! The difference in size is not great, but it stands out when you see them both together. This marks only the third time I’ve seen Ross’ Goose in the West Kootenay region. If you are fortunate enough to be on the lake when large white birds fly by, look first to see if there is any black in the white wingtips. Swans have totally white wings; pelicans and geese have black wingtips. And please let me know if you do see them!
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The Nakusp Rotary Club Wine Festival was a fancy, sold-out affair, with more than 100 people at the K2 Rotor Lodge to sample the wares of 15 B.C. Wineries. Along with the wine, attendees enjoyed great food, and several prize draws. Money raised from the event will go to support local community projects and Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio. 1. A large group gathers around to try the offerings of the Forbidden Fruit winery. 2. Cecilie Letting and Dwain Foster enjoy a glass. 3. Silken Jones and Kira Veilerts serve hors d’oeuvres, which were prepared by Kevin McGowan, the executive chef at the K2 Rotor Lodge. 4. The organizing committee for the event, from left: Jody Scott, Jerry Botti, Mayumi and Kees van der Pol, and Linda Harrop. Missing is Hazel Rossman. 5. Wine glasses remained full throughout the event. 6. These ladies enjoy a glass of wine from Cassini Cellars.
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There was lots of smiles and laughter, and even a few tears, as Rosie Lukenda opened her new photography show at Gabi’s Fairytale Cafe on Friday. The cafe was packed to take in the opening of White in Bloom — Lukenda’s new exhibit that showcased more than a year’s worth of painstaking work. Lukenda, who has Parkinson’s disease and uses a wheelchair, was cheered at the show when she was introduced and briefly stood up out of her chair. She also got quite a few laughs, cracking jokes as Terri McLeod read out a long list of thank you’s. “I’m quite emotional as well. I know each of you have played such an important role individually and collectively to help Rosie make this show,” McLeod said. “It’s called community and I’m honoured to be part of it.” The exhibit features 24 photographs of flowers that Lukenda took inside her home and then edited using her iPad. Each picture took hours of editing using different photo apps. “Rosie can pull up the raw photo and the one that she edited to show them side-by-side to demonstrate the artistry in this creative process,” said McLeod. “She spent hours figuring out how she wants to edit them and what focus and blur and all those special effects.” For Lukenda, the show marks a long journey. She graduated with a photography degree from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1991 and eventually found herself in Los Angeles, busy doing wedding photography. In March 2000, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She stayed in L.A. for another year, but eventually moved back to Nakusp. Here, she managed to regain her creative energy and in 2010 she presented a show of 10 photographs in Nakusp and New Den-
ver. Her latest show marks the culmination of more than a year’s work, brought about by a self-employment program. The show developed slowly. It started with Lukenda’s partner Ty Klassen bringing her flowers that she would then photograph in her home. “He didn’t give me a choice. He’d put them on the table in front of me and say, ‘Here!’” said Lukenda. “He’s the reason there’s 24 and not 12 pictures.” She would make use of the light available to her indoors and then edit them using the many apps available on her iPad. “It made a great shot box,” she said of the light inside her home. “The light would bounce off, so it would be really soft light. It was perfect light to take photographs.” Slowly, she amassed a large collection of photos — about 3,000 — and the idea came to put together an exhibit. Lukenda pointed to one of the photos on the wall — a softlit image of some yellow flowers she called Fairies. The editing process brought out elements that were hidden in the original image. “It looks likes a bunch of fairies congregating,” she told me. “What’s really amazing is it’s just yellow flowers. When you see the original picture, you don’t see any of that.” The exhibit was made possible with a great deal of help and many people were thanked at the show opening — job coaches, health aids, friends, family members and more. What’s next for Lukenda? She said she’d like to do an exhibit about dogs, but she’s also thinking of doing something new with her photos from her time in Los Angeles. “I have a wonderful collection of photos and I was thinking about re-working them and doing a representation of that part of my life in LA.” she said. “It was a very special time, a very hard time.”
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Anji Jones gives an energetic reading of Ballad of the Black Fox Skin by Robert Service during the fifth annual Poetry Night at the Nakusp Library on Friday. Jones was one of 14 people who presented and read their favourite poems. The selections ranged from fun tales like Jones’, to sad stories like Dale Froese’s In Memory of Laura, a poem read by Paula Rogers, about the passing of Froese’s sister. About 30 people attended the poetry night. Alex Cooper/Arrow Lakes News
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The future of the Columbia River is the focus of an international conference that will take place in Spokane on October 21 to 23, 2014, hosted by Columbia Basin Trust and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Registration opened on April 8 at www.columbiabasin-2014conference.org. The conference, “Learning From Our Past to Shape Our Future,” will provide attendees from both sides of the border with unique learning and discussion opportunities about the history and future of the river including topics such as hydropower, fish and wildlife, the Columbia River Treaty, and First Nations and Tribal interests. This is the fourth conference to be co-convened by the Trust and the Council since the late 1990s and will be cochaired by two former Chairs of the respective organizations: Garry Merkel of Kim-
berley, B.C., and Larry Cassidy of Vancouver, Washington. “What are the issues that affect the Columbia River Basin and its communities? The risks? The opportunities? The conference will bring together people from varying backgrounds, from both sides of the border, to discuss topics like these,” said Merkel. “It’s an ideal venue that will help us all become better stewards of the river and its resources.” The conference will bring together experts and interested stakeholders representing state, provincial, federal, Tribal, and First Nations governments; electric utilities; environmental groups; and citizen groups from both countries to: — provide a transboundary forum to share information and build understanding on topics such as ecosystem management, international water governance, climate change, and energy; — provide updates and a forum for discussion on impor-
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