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Trail Mayor Mike Martin called it a million-dollar decision. The city and five regional participants recently agreed to a three-term contract for a full time training officer in Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue. The seventh vote and lone hold out was Coun. Lloyd McLellan from Rossland. With the fire service eating up $511,000 or half the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s (RDKB) tax requisition this year, Alternate Director McLellan opposed the motion during the May 19 East End Services (EES) meeting. The issue has a long and interesting history, says Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore.

“And this is not about the service itself, it’s about trying to be creative to meet our region’s needs without breaking the bank.” She recalled the fire service review that Alpine City council initiated in 2013, in an effort to find cost savings and efficiencies in the regional department. “The report came back recommending a number of expensive additions to our service,” she said. “I do not recall that there was even one cost saving idea. “This to me, was preposterous. We have a terrific fire service, but the costs are getting unaffordable.” Moore was referring to a report by David Mitchell and Associates, a B.C. company specializing in fire service analysis, released in 2014. After spending 17 days with the fire department the previous

summer, the group outlined 39 final recommendations to the RDKB, including the hiring of a full time training officer. “The position was recommended and that horse was out of the barn,” said Moore. “For the amount of money we are now spending on a training officer, a fair number of people could have attended courses at the Justice Institute or a trainer could have been brought out,” she added. “I realize this isn’t ideal, and maybe not feasible, but I don’t believe other alternatives were properly explored.” She acknowledged the rationale brought forth to EES directors prior to the decision, but maintains the matter merited further scrutiny and discussion.

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“I appreciate that Mike (Mayor Mike Martin) and Ted Pahl (Warfield Mayor) worked with the fire chief to create the business case, and I thank them for their work,” she said. “But I’m not satisfied there was enough critical thinking brought to bear on alternatives or enough recognition that this whole service is costing a lot money.” Moore reiterated her council’s stance that cost saving opportunities must exist in light of the expert’s report, that she says lacked thoroughness. “I would have like to seen some tradeoffs,” she explained. “If this position was the top priority, then perhaps savings should have been pursued from elsewhere.” Regarding the Trail mayor’s statement of the job’s expense, Moore agreed, saying the decision to add a new permanent position will cost taxpayers a bundle over time. “It is easy to bring on a new position but nearly impossible to do away with it once it is established,” she added. “There is a robust firefighters’ union after all.” Moore noted a one-year trial period was discussed but the three-year term was considered a more realistic approach to attract applicants and determine the position’s efficacy. “I can see the point, not many people would be willing to uproot themselves and possibly their family for a temporary assignment,” she said. “In terms of the job itself, I still think one year would be sufficient to see if the position has merit and if it can achieve a significant number of its objectives.” This year, the RDKB’s requisition to East End participants increased about 3 per cent. Aside from Rossland’s half million apportionment to the fire service, Trail paid $1.4 million toward the service’s $3.25 million requisition. Last year, a 3.5 per cent increase in regional district taxes meant Trail paid over $1.3 million, or almost 44 per cent of the $3.06 million fire service budget. Area B paid $302,000 to the fire service; Warfield, $139,600; Montrose, $90,600; Fruitvale $167,000 and Area A, $522,600. Another cost component Moore questions is that all B.C. firefighters are paid to a general standard that is based on a Vancou-

ing differences within our province,” she explained. “Just take a minute to contemplate Vancouver real estate prices with those in our area for instance. So, our professional firefighters are paid just about the same as the guys in the Lower Mainland. Ouch.” The mayor also questioned the number of fire halls needed to cover the RDKB fire district territory. “This may be taken as heresy but maybe we don’t actually need six fire halls to cover the area,” she explained. “Surely there could be savings found somewhere if that was the goal and mind set of the RDKB board. I think by working collaboratively with the fire service personnel we could have seen a different result.” Other fire service recommendations included the need for a joint training centre, an increase in career staffing by one firefighter per shift and focus given to the recruitment and retention of paid on-call firefighters. “The argument that a training officer is needed to improve recruitment and retention also sounds a bit hollow,” Moore concluded. “I think people are busy, they aren’t leaving the service for lack of training opportunities but more for lifestyle commitments and conflicts. It takes a tremendous amount of time to be a professional or paid on-call firefighter anyway you look at it. I would have like to have seen other models for training explored.” Fire Chief Terry Martin said a training officer job description is currently being drawn up in the union, and the job will post internally to ascertain if any local career staff are interested in applying. According to fire rescue’s business case, a new provincial directive for minimum structural firefighter training standards came into effect last fall. Given the level of service KBRFR provides, which is Full Service Operations, the new regulations require a specific level of training called NFPA 1001 or Level 2. The business case outlines the means to achieve the regulatory compliance training for a Full Service Operations fire department. The main component being the proposal to hire a dedicated training officer to develop and implement a service-wide training plan.

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is a night when we don’t have to worry.” Saturday’s activities start with a photo-op for parents and students at Gyro Park. Seifrit says the public should keep that in mind while planning their weekend. “Just be aware that all the grads will be at the park for photos, so I wouldn’t plan a picnic for that day,” she said, adding that the Memory Walk, which starts at 4 p.m. in Cominco Arena, is open to anyone who wants to see how far the graduates have come over the years. “There are people in the community that know our grads and want to see them at their graduation. We will have baby pictures and a blurb about every graduate. It will be fun.” Earlier this year, fundraising had been an issue for the graduation class with the loss of their Cruise Lottery – traditionally the highest grossing annual fundraiser for grad weekend. Seifrit says that although there were a few setbacks, and the class didn’t raise as much money as they expected, graduation events, like Prom on Saturday night at Colombo Lodge, are still going to be a blast. “It was what it was,” she said. “We didn’t hit the fundraising goals that we wanted, so we had to cut budgets, but is going to be fun. The grads are still going to enjoy it, it just isn’t going to be as extravagant as other years.” For more information about this weekend’s graduation events, visit

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On Friday, Grade 12 students will be walking across the stage in their caps and gowns at graduation, but that doesn’t mean the end of the school year. J.L. Crowe Secondary School principal David DeRosa, says graduating students tend to see the weekend, with the ceremony, memory walk and more, as a closing to their high school careers. However, there is still classroom time and exams to write. “As the education leader of this building, I can tell you that graduation has a significant negative impact on students’ studies,” he said. “I have the data. The reality is that the distraction can be significant.” Angie Seifrit, president of the Parent Grad Council, agrees that graduation can distract students from their exams, which begin after the weekend-long events are over. “The students think, ‘oh, we’ve gone to the ceremonies, I don’t need to go to school anymore,’” she said, adding that she sees some value in maybe moving graduation a few weeks later. “Why not have it at the end of June? It makes more sense to me. School is out, the provincial exams are done, so why not have it at the end of the school year?” Principal DeRosa is already in talks with Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary School principal, Aaron McKenzie, to do just that for the 2016 grads. “We are already looking at next year’s schedule and looking at moving grad to a later day in the month,” he said. “What they are going through (this Friday) is just a ceremony. It is not official. There is no completed diploma in their hands yet.” Friday’s graduation ceremony starts at 7 p.m. in the Cominco Arena, and is the kick-off for weekend events laid out by both student and parent grad councils. After students toss their caps in the air, they will be heading to Dry Grad, an event where stu-

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Excessive speeding/Possible speed limit adjustment: Rossland resident Miche Warwick came before council Monday evening to express her concerns over the excessive speeding that occurs on her home street of Thompson Avenue. “We’ve lived near the highway for a couple of years, and I don’t even know, hundreds of times cars fly by our house exceeding 70 kilometres.” Warwick said she is worried about the safety of her kids and others that live on Thompson as well and is hoping the city can think of something to help. Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Mike Maturo chimed in, saying people will always push the speed limits to ten or so over what they state, so perhaps changing signage throughout town could help remedy the situation. Mayor Kathy Moore said the city has received complaints


about the same issue on Thompson and other areas before. The city even went as far as to create speed bumps, but they created their own set of issues on the street. “We are talking about doing a road study,” Moore said, “where we’ll look at speed limits all over town.” As for right now, council told Warwick they would be open to exploring alternate solutions including but not limited to, borrowing RCMP speed boards and painting decals on the road itself. Rubberhead Trail: If anyone was wondering about the current state of Rubberhead Trail or its future, council has cleared that up. Monday night, Hazel Arnold came forward during public input with concerns regarding the iconic Rubberhead Trail in Rossland. Arnold was distraught that this formerly peaceful, shady trail was now logged out and covered in fallen timber. Her main concerns were whether or not a biologist was deployed before logging and if the trail would be restored eventually. Council gave a quick and satisfactory response.

Mayor Moore told Arnold that indeed a biologist’s skills were used to ensure the process was conducted appropriately and the trail will be recreated but it must be done in a seperate, but nearby area. “They are mandated to put the trail back and they’ve said they will do it,” Moore added. The crews have been waiting for the rain to clear up and that time has come.

Water Rate Plan: The City has received several options from the consultants hired to revise Rossland’s water plan, but as is their custom they want the public’s input on the matter. Council wants the public to be aware of what is going on with this structured rate plan and will be informing and educating citizens throughout the Summer. Talk of a table at the farmer’s market and other plans for Golden City Days were brought up. In the end, council decided to hold off on the actual public consultation period until September and then have the rate increase sometime in the third quarter.

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Rossland’s historic Miners Hall will be receiving a much needed upgrade if the recent grant applications are deemed worthy enough. As part of the Canada 150 grant, City council has decided to apply for funding from the federal government for renovations to the Miners Hall. “We chose the Miners Hall as the City sponsored grant for the Canada 150, which is $150 million over two years,” said Mayor Kathy Moore. This money is being distributed among communities in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Other projects vying for support were the library, museum and a recreation space next to the upcoming skatepark — or a ‘greening’ of the Emcon lot. Mayor Moore said in the end the Miners Hall was the project that best fit the criteria but the city will be sending letters of support for the upgrade projects being sought out by the library and museum. These two projects are eligible to apply on their own because they have leases with the City and the City

will endorse their projects. “The skatepark and the area up there — the greening of the Emcon lot — really didn’t meet the criteria for this grant but the Miners Hall really does because it’s an iconic and historic building. Being the first Miners Hall in all of Canada,” Moore added. As for criteria and guidelines: — Projects must be to rehabilitate, renovate, or expand existing community infrastructure — Projects must be materially complete by March 31, 2018 — A grant cannot cover more than half the total costs of the project, up to a maximum of $500,000 — A grant will cover costs incurred and paid from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2018 — Eligible applicants include local governments, and not-for-profit entities The main issue with the greening of the Emcon lot was the first stipulation. As Moore put it, “To say that a winter ice rink and a couple of sheds can count as existing infrastructure is a big stretch.” However, council is in favour of the idea of transforming the gravel lot and will continue to work with the Rossland Skatepark Association to help make this a reality.

Benefit for the community, gets a lot of public use and we’ll be restoring it to it’s original condition. Furthermore, the Hall has seen the most funds raised for the project before the grants are even brought into the picture. Nearly 70 per cent of the required funds have already been accrued. “What we need to do with that first is take a good look over the plans that were made for that site. There were studies done some time ago with ideas on what to do with [the Emcon lot] and this council needs to look at that and figure out if that’s what we really want to do.” Moore said that the windows for these grants are actually quite narrow and they would like to work more closely with those involved with the skatepark so when a more fitting grant comes along, they’ll be prepared. Surely the City could have sent applications for all projects but according to council that would only reduce the chances of all entries. “If the City submitted multiple applications we would have to rank them and most likely only our number one priority would be seriously considered. Since the independent societies are submitting them, each will

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be judged on their own merits,” the Mayor added. Back to the Miners Hall, council is optimistic those in charge of doling out the grant funding will see the Hall’s benefit to the community and recognize the amount of public use it sees. Furthermore, the Hall has seen the most funds raised for the project before the grants are even brought into the picture. Nearly 70 per cent of the required funds have already been accrued. This is sure to sway the decision as well. If all goes according to plan, the historic Miners Hall will be restored to its original glory in the near future.

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No one’s quite sure what caused a loud, rumbling noise Saturday morning heard by people from Salmo, Fruitvale, Trail, Rossland, Castlegar, Nelson, and points in between. Seismologist Taimi Mulder, who works with the Geographical Survey of Canada, said the noise could have been the result of blasting, road construction or rock quarrying. None of their instruments registered the event, which means it was “definitely not an earthquake.” She said the fact the noise traveled such a distance means it traveled through the air. She noted the communities affected draw a line down the Columbia River, and said it was most likely a sonic boom caused by

a military jet or a meteorite passing overheard, which could create shockwaves capable of shaking a house. Other commenters linked to articles suggesting the event was caused by the Arietids meteor shower, which happens annually between May and July. “When you hear the noise associated, the rock has to enter through the atmosphere which leaves a trail of light and creates a sonic boom. But it’s harder to see during daylight,” said Mulder. That might explain why no one reported seeing anything. These showers are reportedly hard to identify with the human eye. “In my experience the most likely thing here is a military aircraft or a meteorite. That’s what it’s always been in the past,” said Mulder.

The Rossland Mountain Market Society (RMM) kicked off their Summer Farmers Market Series last week. The weather wasn’t the brightest but it held off raining long enough for the folks in Rossland to come down and enjoy fresh food, oven roasted pizza, music and good company. You can catch the market every Thursday up until October 1.  Photos by Chris Stedile

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The girls’ soccer team managed to raise $600 this past Saturday. CHRIS STEDILE Rossland News

The Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association (KSYSA) U13 Girls enjoyed the sunshine and helped wash a few muddy cars this weekend to support their sport season. “It was a combination of a car wash, bake sale and bottle drive and we raised almost $600,” said coordinator Aerin Guy, “everything was by donation and people were really generous.” Guy said the money will go a long way to helping the club with attire and travel expenses for the season. “We have tournaments in Nelson, Cranbrook and Revelestoke planned so far and that includes provincials coming up as well. There is lots of traveling for the girls this summer. To play on a rep team like this does get expensive so that money really helps kids who otherwise might not be able to go.” Guy said the support they received was outstanding. There were even a few early birds showing up to the car wash, which she thought was great, if uncommon. The girls and Guy would like to thank Bryan Deadmarsh and Rossland Collision — without them this fundraiser would not have been possible.

The Rossland pool is now open for business! Just in time too, with the temperatures soaring into the high 30’s. Public swimming opens at 3 p.m. this week, with many offers and classes going on throughout the summer. Photo by Chris Stedile


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NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS: Monday, June 22, 6 pm. ROSSLAND MUSEUM REGULAR HOURS The Museum is open for the summer season. May-June: Wed to Sun: 10 am to 6 pm July-August: 7 days a week: 10 am to 6 pm Check out the website for more information and all upcoming events and activities at GOLD FEVER FOLLIES ANNUAL BOTTLE DRIVE Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Curb-side ickup or drop off at the

ROSSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK CLUB Wednesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. June’s a great month for reading, and our book club set for June has arrived. Please come in for a copy of Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues, and then join the discussion on Wednesday, June 24. CANADA DAY AT THE MUSEUM Wednesday, July 1 Join the Rossland community as we celebrate Canada Day on the mu-

seum grounds. Festivities begin at 12 pm with a BBQ, cake, kids activities, and entertainment. The City of Rossland Public Works department will be bringing in some of their trucks for kids to check out in the parking lot! MT ROBERTS HIKE Wednesday, July 1, 9 a.m. Meet at the museum at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead. This is not an easy hike, so please come prepared for a steep trek to the top. Bring a lunch to eat at the top. Flag raising and group photo at 11 am. Return to the museum to take part in the rest of the Canada Day festivities, including BBQ, cake, activities and plenty of entertainment.


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YOUTH DROP IN AT THE YAN SPACE Tuesdays till June 16, 3-5 p.m. After school drop in for youth 12-18 at the YAN space. Come hang out and do art, make buttons, play foosball or just chill!

SLURPS AND BURPS FEEDING GROUP Tuesdays until Nov 3, 11:30 am to 1 pm. Family Obstetrics Clinic, 4th Floor Maternity, KBRH Trail. Share your experiences with your peers in an informative place for breastfeeding and bottle support. Whether you are an expectant mom, brand new mom, or a more seasoned mom, we welcome you! THE CHURCH OF DIRT Mondays, 5:30 p.m. @ the Centennial Trail-head parking lot. Come out and get dirty, meet great folks young and old, and add to our fantastic trail system. Reminders, updates, and location changes will be posted on Bhubble before each build night. No experience needed. COMMUNITY JAM AT THE OLD FIREHALL Every Thursday until Oct 8, 6-9 pm


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MUSEUM AFTER SCHOOL KIDS’ CLUB Tuesdays, Wednesdays until June 17, 3-5 p.m. @ Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre. Crafts, games, and other educational activities on geology, history, mining, sports, science, and so much more! Ages 6-12. $5/ session (can pre-book/pay). For more details or to register, please contact Sandra at (250) 362-7722 or email admin @

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empty lot on Columbia across from the Prestige. Donate to this good cause and get $2 off tickets for this season’s show. If we miss you, just give us a call: Lisa @ 250-362-9063.

@ the Old Fire Hall Ron Halliday hosts an acoustic, play together, music night in this historic and beautiful room. ART DROP IN NIGHT Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ the new space next door to RHC Insurance downtown. There will be no instruction, just a space to be creative with other youth artists. ROSSLAND MAKERLAB Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. until June 18 @ Seven Summits Centre for Learning Mentors are on hand to help with 3D modeling, printing or for other technology project. For youth 12 yrs and up. This program is free. ADULT CO-ED REC HOCKEY Tuesdays 9:45 to 11 p.m. Sundays 9:15 to 10:30 p.m. Join this fun, co-ed recreational program of non-contact drop-in hockey. Full equipment is required and some experience necessary. PICKLEBALL Indoor Pickleball at RSS Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ROSSLAND MONKEY CLUB Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. @ RSS Auditorium. Parkour and freerunning. Ages 8 and up. $5 drop-in. TEEN NIGHT Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. @ the Rossland Public Library. Let Sage and Sally know what you want to do at Teen Night. Come out and have fun! ROSSLAND BEAVER SCOUTS Mondays 3 to 4 p.m. Girls and boys ages 5 to 7 years.


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Please contact Deanna Leask at 250362-7118 to join. LOCAL WRITERS DISCUSSION Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. @ the Rossland Seniors Hall. To share ideas, expertise and knowledge, critiques, and open opportunities for experienced and want to be writers. For more information contact Les Anderson by email lesanderson66@ or phone @ 250-362-5532. ROSSLAND SENIORS Monday 1:30 p.m. Seniors Art Club meets. Contact Edith at 250-362-4477. Monday 7 p.m. Rossland Quilters Guild meets. Contact Dayanne at 250-362-7727. Wednesday 7 p.m. Rossland Old Time Fiddlers play. Visitors should contact Richie or Audrey at 250-362-9465. Thursday 9:30 to 11 a.m. Seniors stretching exercises and morning tea and snacks.

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ROSSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY The library has lots of great programs and events: Homeschoolers Happy Hour: 1st and 3rd Friday 1-2 p.m. Lego Club: 1st and 3rd Thursday 3 to 4 p.m. Books and Babies: Fridays at 11 a.m. Songs and story time for little ones 0 to 30 months. Page Turners Book Club: 2nd Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. for kids 8-11 years old. Book Club for adults: Last Wednesday of each month. Movies and Munchies: 4th Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. For kids 6-12 years.



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Remodeling spending increases as renovations are on the rise In the not-so-distant past, home improvement projects all but came to a halt, as homeowners were weary about investing any money into fixer-uppers. But the tides have changed dramatically in recent months, and homeowners are again ready and willing to invest big dollars into home renovations. Renewed confidence in the economy and an upswing in the real estate market have contributed to the remodeling frenzy. In early 2014, the Joint Center for Housing Statistics of Harvard University forecasted nearly $150 billion in major remodeling spending over the year. JCHS said as homeowners gain more confidence in the housing market, they’re more likely to undertake home improvements they would have avoided in recent years. While the numbers do not yet match pre-recession remodeling spending, the number of construction projects has steadily trended upward. According to the National Association of Home Builders, as of November 2014, a greater number of remodelers reported higher business activity than during the previous quarter. Remodeling spending has been gradually climbing back up from the all-time low it reached in 2009. This growth in home renovations has led to more jobs for carpenters, plumbers, painters, electricians, and other construction workers. In Massachusetts alone, a recovery in overall construction employment has led to a gain of about 18,000 jobs during the past four years. The Home Improvement Research Institute expects an additional 5.8 percent sales growth in home improvement spending in 2015. States that showed the highest levels of home improvement spending in 2014 are likely to continue to hold the top spots through 2015, and the National Association of Home Builders says these areas include the District of Columbia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and areas of southern California.

Americans are not the only ones increasing their home spending. According to reports released by Moneris Solutions Corporation, Canada’s largest credit and debit card processor, purchases at home improvement stores rose by 8.49 percent over the same period last year, and spending on plumbing and heating equipment and electrical contractors climbed by 5.14 percent and 5.08 percent, respectively. Spending patterns indicate that homeowners are investing in DIY projects as well as seeking specialized work provided by professional contractors. Now is a good time for the real estate and home improvement sectors, as homeowners have renewed their fervor for making home renovations, both to increase comfort in their homes and make their homes more buyer-friendly.



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The Free Press, Fernie, BC The Free Press has an immediate opening for an Editor for its weekly community newspaper. You will work closely with the publisher to help set the editorial vision for this newspaper and as Editor, you will take a lead role in community engagement, which means getting involved in different organizations to promote the newspaper’s role and brand in the community. Must have experience with InDesign. You will have experience in website content management, with the aim to grow online readership, while still preserving print readership. You will have a thorough understanding of how to use social media to enhance our print and online editions as well as expand our brand. This job requires a tremendous amount of effort and time in order to be successful and we are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team. Compensation for this position will be based on experience and qualifications. There is an excellent benefits package as well as a car allowance and other related benefits. A reliable vehicle is required. Fernie is considered by many one of the most desirable places in the province, if not the country, to live. People come for the skiing and stay for the lifestyle. Fernie offers a myriad of opportunities to the outdoor enthusiast, including skiing, mountain biking and fishing to name just a few. It is also a wonderful community to raise a family. Black Press Community News Media is an internationally recognized newspaper publishing group with more than 190 community, daily and urban publications in BC, Alberta, Washington, Hawaii, California and Ohio published at 14 regional printing centers. Black Press employs 3,300 people across North America. Please send resume, with cover letter, to Andrea Horton. We thank all of those who apply, however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Andrea Horton Publisher The Free Press 342 2nd Avenue Box 2350 Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 Email: Deadline for resumes: Friday, June 12, 2015 No phone calls please.


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Community 11th Annual Trails Day brought out the volunteers This year’s project for the 11th annual Kootenay Columbia Trails Society Volunteer Trails Day was a new trail being constructed on the lower slopes of Deer Park Hill adjacent to Rossland. The new trail will provide hiking and mountain biking access to and from Victoria Avenue and Drakes Trail. Over 60 volunteers worked hard for most of the day, completing several hundred meters of new trail, then gathered at the Seven Summits School for a potluck, with beer from the Rossland Brewing Company, and draw prizes from Revolution Cycles.




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The 2nd Rossland Scout Group has been very busy the last couple of weeks. The Beaver section (ages 5-7) hosted their Annual West Kootenay Beaveree at the Lions Campground in Rossland on May 30. They were joined by colonies from Nelson and Warfield. Throughout the day, they learned how to set up a tent, some basic first aid, made their own roasting stick and enjoyed some fishing. They also found some cool stuff during a scavenger hunt and practiced their balance and teamwork skills on a ropes course. After lunch they learned some bear safety and decorated cupcakes. This year marked 40 years for the Beaver Section in Scouting so a round of Happy Birthday finished off the day. Big thanks to our Beaver Scout leaders Sabine Bruckmeier and Deanna Leask as well as the Lions Club for the donation of the campground. Also, thanks to Sharon Wieder of WildSafeBC for her time. Meanwhile, the Scout section (ages 11-14) was in Kimberley May 29-31 to attend the Shrieks! High Ropes course at Camp Stone. The Scouts got to test their balance and bravery as they crossed obstacles high in the sky. The course is amazing and always a hit with the youth. Thanks to our Scout Leaders

Alison Loosley and Tera Schiender. 2nd Rossland Cubs (ages 8-10) enjoyed a fun filled weekend at their annual Cuboree hosted by 1st Nelson Cubs at Kootenay Creek Park June 5-7. The theme for the weekend was Clash of Cubs, a Cub Scout version of the popular video game Clash of Clans. Cub Packs from Nelson, Nakusp, Kaslo, Cranbrook, Beaver Valley and Rossland particiapted in various activities such as jousting, tug-of-war, archery, castle building (and destroying!), shield making, orienteering, and play acting. Not to mention a good dose of Robin Hood fighting where two cubs whack each other with foamed covered sticks while balancing on a log or platform. After a quick dip in a very chilly Kootenay Lake, the Cubs returned to camp for a pig roast. Thanks to the Nelson Cub group for oragnaizing the event and thanks to our Cub Leaders Jason Leblanc, Josh Swain, Owen Williams, and Jon Marion. For more information on the 2nd Rossland Scout Group please contact Deanna or Tom Leask at 250362-7118 or check out their facebook page. Registrations for youth are accepted throughout the year as well as volunteers to help with the various sections.

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June 11, 2015 edition of the Rossland News

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June 11, 2015 edition of the Rossland News