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Rosslanders help nab thief CHELSEA NOVAK Rossland News

Two Rossland residents helped send a prolific thief to prison. According to a news release from the Trail and Greater District Detachment of the RCMP, the pair spotted a man “driving what they believed to be a stolen vehicle out of Christina Lake”

on Saturday morning. The man turned out to be Clayton Archie Bone, and when police attempted to close in on him at the Centennial Trail parking lot, Bone took off on foot. One police officer was injured trying to chase him over a steep embankment, and Bone escaped into Rossland. Once in town, Bone stole a child’s

mountain bike and used it to make his escape down Rossland hill. Police caught up with him in Warfield, and pursued him into Trail, but he abandoned the bike and again fled on foot. Though Saturday ended with Bone still eluding police custody, the RCMP managed to identify him, and quickly received a tip about where the thief was hiding. He was arrested Sunday

morning, and appeared in Nelson Provincial Court on Tuesday, where he “plead guilty to possession of the stolen vehicle, flight from the police, and uttering threats to harm a police officer.” Bone received 15 months in jail. Police are confident that with Bone in custody, property crime in the area will decrease.


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Park your dog CHELSEA NOVAK Rossland News

Dog owners taking their pets to downtown Rossland no longer have to worry about where to leave their animals if they want to do some shopping. As of Friday, July 24, Tails now has a dog parking area setup behind Washington St. where owners can leave their dogs for up to an hour in a shaded area. Upon request, Tails staff will also supply fresh water and poop bags. Owners who drop off their dogs will also notice the new exercise pen for the dogs dropped off at Tails daycare service. The space allows the daycare dogs a chance to get out and play, giving them extra exercise on top of their daily hike and a chance to cool off in the shade. Keeping the dogs cool was a big part of the motivation for setting up the outdoor space. “It was getting hot inside the store, and I didn’t want the daycare dogs to be too hot,” says Amanda Hamilton, owner of Tails. The space is actually located behind the Rossland Light Opera Players Hall next to Tails. Hamilton says the RLOP were happy to share the space. “The Rossland Light Opera said they were trying to share their space with the community,” says Hamilton. “So I thought if I could do a dog yard for me, but not be so selfish to also get the dog parking, which is sort of something that I’ve been wanting to

Two of the furry participants at Tails’ Dog Daycare demonstrate the new dog parking area, while their fellow daycare dogs enjoy the new exercise pen behind them. Photo by Chelsea Novak

do for a long time.” The new dog parking comes after City council’s discussions about enforcing dog-related bylaws on July 13, but Hamilton had no idea that council had proposed approaching her about a dog tie-up area at that meeting. In fact the posts for the pen were already being put in when the meeting happened. So far Hamilton knows the dog parking has had at least two users, and more patrons are expected as the summer sunshine continues.

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Wendy Morrison and Ron Halliday Spouses Wendy Morrison and Ron Halliday moved to Rossland a year ago from Calgary, where they also welcomed the public to view their art at their ranch. Both Morrison and Halliday do metal work, creating unique pieces of jewelry from bronze, silver, gold, and semi-precious metals. Morrison also creates bronze sculptures, which take lots of time and care, and has done work as a graphic artist. Heartland Cookbook, which she illustrated and designed, won gold in Alberta and bronze internationally for design and production. Back in Calgary, Morrison ran ArtLink, a marketing agency for the arts. Now that she’s in the Kootenays, she’s been using that experience to advise local business owners. Halliday teaches music, and plays a number of instruments including all four types of saxophone, the guitar, the harmonica, and the keyboard. Much of Halliday’s work is inspired by his love of music, including sepia-paint portraits of jazz musicians, which he’ll have on sale during the culture tour. Halliday also carves from wood and sandstone, often creating faces that reveal themselves to him from the material. Both Halliday and Morrison take on commissioned work, and their work can regularly be

Clockwise from top: Tricia Rasku works on a rug at the largest of her looms. Ron Holliday poses outside his home with some of his wood carvings.Wendy Morrison poses outside her home with one of her bronze sculptures of a barrel rider. Photos by Chelsea Novak viewed by appointment. Tricia Rasku Working in a studio on the top floor of her house Tricia Rasku creates soaps, dyes, and essential oils. She also weaves and felts, creating rugs, blankets, scarves, hats and bags. Rasku started weaving in the 1980s and took a master spinner course in Olds, AB. She originally

learned to felt so she could avoid learning embroidery, but eventually learned how to do that too. Rasku regularly invites the public to her studio, as she no longer has the energy to take everything she makes to farmers’ markets. She’s also started teaching weaving one on one, and teaches soap making and dye making classes.

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Libby Martin, president of the Rossland Museum board of directors, announced that with the receipt of a Canada 150 grant, fundraising for phase one of the museum’s renewal project is nearly complete. Photo by Chelsea Novak $355,000 toward our total phase one project budget of $400,000,” she said. Kim Deane, chair of Friends of the Rossland Range, thanked the federal government for the grant, and also for those who’ve supported the site over the years. “We think this is a great fit for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration,” he said. “It really is a genuine, authentic Canadian wilderness experience that we’re going to establish there and secure for the longterm.” Wilks congratulated both groups for putting together great applications. Atamanenko made a surprise appearance at the announcement, with a few friendly remarks for Wilks. “David and I, we collaborate on a number of issues,” said Atamanenko. “If you’ve ever watched in the house you’ve probably seen that I cross the floor and sit with him sometimes, and he comes and sits with me, and

we’ve worked on files such as the Castlegar airport, and others.” Atamanenko also acknowledged that though the BC Southern Interior is an opposition riding, the area still receives its “fair share of money,” and he was uncritical of the timing of the announcement. “Sometimes announcements are made before elections at times, that doesn’t matter,” he said. “The fact is the money is there. We get it because of the people on the ground, so I’m really happy for this community.” Both the City of Rossland and the Rossland Library also applied for Canada 150 grants. The City of Rossland applied for funding to restore the Miners’ Hall, and the library applied for money for its renovation, but neither organization received Canada 150 funding. “We will have other opportunities in the future to apply for more grant funding for those projects,” said Moore.

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Thursday morning, Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks, BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko, and Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore were on hand at the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre to announce that the museum and the Friends of the Rossland Range are both recipients of Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grants. The Rossland Museum will receive $175,000 towards phase one of its renewal project, which includes remodeling the entrance gallery, and installing a new exhibit space. The Friends of the Rossland Range will receive $85,000 to upgrade the Rossland Range Recreation Site. This project includes dismantling unauthorized structures, installing signs, upgrading trails, and restoring the Old Glory forest outlook station. The Canada 150 program was introduced by the federal government to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by investing in infrastructure “projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.” Libby Martin, president of the museum’s board, explained the renewal project is the result of an advisory board that formed in 2012, after the mining tour closed down. She said it’s been a long road, but now that they’ve received the grant, the beginning of phase one is within reach. “With this grant, and the subsequent CBT commitment, [and] some of our recent fundraising efforts, we’ve secured at least

Photogenic properties CHELSEA NOVAK Rossland News

A BC Assessment initiative will photograph Rossland street fronts during August. A clearly-marked van with digital cameras mounted inside will take photos of approximately 1,819 single family homes in Rossland. The photos will then be

used for property assessment. The purpose of the initiative is to speed up the assessment process, and make it more cost effective. The technology has already been successfully used in several British Columbia communities. “As the Crown corporation responsible

for accurately valuing all properties in B.C. and continually serving as a leading source of the province’s property information, we are always looking for innovative ways to provide more timely, accurate, equitable and fair assessments to all property owners,” Rod Ravenstein, deputy as-

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sessor for the Kootenay Columbia region, said in a press release. To protect residents’ privacy, BC Assessment will not keep any personal information related to images of people on the property, any visible signage (except the street address), or the inside of any building on the property.


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Thursday, August 6, 2015 Rossland News Kootenay group publisher: Chuck Bennett Advertising: Christine Esovoloff Operations manager: Jennifer Cowan Grace Miller sits in a chair that she and her fellow campers built at Pioneer Camp at the Rossland Museum. The camp teaches kids about the history of Rossland, teaches them outdoor skills, like marking trails, and has them create fun pioneerinspired crafts, like handmade candles.


Speed limit As a visitor to Rossland, I read the latest issue of the Rossland News in total disbelief. Your secondary headline: Rossland Slows down to 30km. I am not sure how this by-law came into effect, but I do know that that speed limit will be ignored by the vast majority of residents including Town Council members. Yes, there are locations where such a speed limit is valid. But, for many of the major commuter roads, this speed limit will be totally ignored. I can see into the future that the Town Council will have a closed-door meeting to purchase photo radar cameras. I feel sorry for Rossland residents for being legislated in such a bizarre fashion. Robert Siddall Fernie, BC

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In the July 30 edition of the Rossland News, Brett Sichello was incorrectly referred to as an architect; he is a registered building designer. We apologize for the error. Previous summer editions of the Rossland News have listed the Community Jam at the Old Firehall as an ongoing event, but it has been postponed until fall. We apologize for the error.

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Prospects for B.C.’s biggest investment TIM FLETCHER Black Press

Now that the political backand-forth is over, there are two questions left about the Petronas-led proposal to make the biggest private-sector investment in B.C. history. Will it actually happen? And is it a good deal or a bad one? Premier Christy Clark ducked the first question on the day the project agreement for Pacific Northwest LNG was approved by the B.C. legislature. “After many predictions about the Canucks and the Alberta election, I don’t make predictions any more,” Clark said. “But I can say that this project has gone farther than any of our critics said that it would.” For what it’s worth, my prediction is on record: it will go ahead. The latest evidence is the company’s continued, costly effort to gain federal and local approval for a suspension bridge to Lelu Island to minimize the marine impact.

Lax Kw’alaams Band members could not have had details on that change from an underwater pipeline when they voted to oppose the project in May. Is it a good deal? The mayors of Prince Rupert and Port Edward have made their views clear – they see it as a lifeline for an area that has struggled for years with a faded forest and fishing industry. The B.C. NDP is also now clear, having voted against the project agreement in the brief summer session of the legislature that concluded last week. Whether the project proceeds or not, this will be a key election issue in 2017. NDP leader John Horgan and other MLAs made much of the lack of job guarantees, pointing to similar projects in Australia. Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman issued a statement with excerpts from the state of Western Australia’s agreement for the Gorgon LNG project. The so-called guarantees contain qualifiers like this: “... except in those Christine Esovoloff Sales Associate

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cases where … it is not reasonable or economically practical to do so, use labour available within Western Australia.” Obviously there were no job guarantees, which could only exist in a command economy, in other words a communist dictatorship. Everyone agrees that specialized trades such as welding alloys for low-temperature operation will be brought in. And LNG processing trains will be shipped in pre-fabricated from places like South Korea, as they have been in Australia and elsewhere. Pacific Northwest LNG is on record with federal regulators that in the latter stages of construction, the use of foreign labour for the project could reach 70 per cent. Does that make it a bad deal? Perhaps B.C. could attempt to develop this expertise from the ground up. It seems to me that was tried with aluminum ship fabrication, and it didn’t work out too well. For David Keane, president of the B.C. LNG Alliance, the

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question is how many large LNG projects, pipelines and all, can be managed at the same time as the Site C dam is being built. It was skilled labour shortages, and particularly a shortage of supervisors, that caused Australia to lose some of its proposed projects. Keane said all LNG proponents here want to use as much local labour as they can, because it’s less expensive and it builds local support. And he disagrees that B.C. is a sweet deal for the industry. Among other things, pipelines have to be built across two mountain ranges. Not only that, B.C. producers would pay an LNG income tax, which is a first in the history of the industry. Add to that PST, GST, payroll taxes, municipal taxes and federal and provincial corporate income taxes. Add aboriginal revenue sharing, and we have a deal.

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for submitting an elector response form should be in early November.

policy in the future, and asked staff to look into how other cities handle these situations.

Electoral process Council voted to adopt an alternative approval process for the Washington Street Infrastructure Renewal Loan electoral process. For the alternative approval process, the city has to publish a notice of the proposed bylaw — in this case renewing the loan — in the local newspaper. After two notices have been published, the public has 30 days to ask for a referendum by filling out an elector response form. If at least 10 per cent of electors ask for a referendum, then one is held. If fewer than 10 per cent ask for a referendum, the city can adopt the bylaw. If all goes well, the deadline

Amendment to purchasing policy Mike Maturo, the city’s interim chief administrative officer, made a recommendation to council to add a clause to its purchasing policy that would allow it to reject a bid from any bidder who has been or is involved “in a legal action against the city.” Council voted not to adopt the recommendation because they felt it was too restrictive. They were afraid that it would discourage firms with legitimate claims from starting litigations with the city and that it would discourage firms who’d had legitimate litigations with the city from entering a bid. But they voted to reconsider changing the

Golden City Days Council approved a request from Terry Brinson, coordinator of Golden City Days, to have the city help out with the events for Golden City Days. City staff will help move things around, and will provide things like barricades and no parking signs for the events. Council’s one concern was staying on budget because there were more requests from Golden City Days than there were last year, but public works confirmed that it shouldn’t be a problem. Council will have a chance to review the final budget after the events.


Sun Country Highway charging stations Mayor Kathy Moore met with the Highway 3 Mayors’ Coalition Council recently and the group decided to make Highway 3 the “electric highway.” The coalition wants to have charging stations for electric cars available all the way along the highway, and as it happens, Sun Country Highway is currently offering free charging stations. The matter needed to be discussed at the special council meeting because the deadline to apply for the free stations is August 15. The City of Rossland will need to pay for their installation, but wouldn’t have to pay any annual fees. Council voted to have staff look into the viability of having them installed.

Local Scouts attend Pacific Jamboree in Sooke

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The 2nd Rossland Scouts recently returned from attending the Pacific Jamboree in Sooke, BC. They joined Scouts from as far away as Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba, the United States and Mexico as well as volunteers from Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The Pacific Jamboree occurs every four years. The eight Rossland Scouts who joined in the Jamboree included Jesse Cochrane, Linden Fontaine, Landon Lafond, MacEwan Leask, Emry McGill, Andrew Sibbald, Tatyanna Smutny-Fontaine and

Clare Snelgrove. Leaders were Shanna Tanabe and Tom Leask. Along with 2160 other Scouts and leaders and 740 volunteers, they camped at Camp Barnard, a fabulous Scout camp located in Sooke, BC. The Rossland Scouts participated in a lot of fun activities which included learning some basic scuba skills, fencing, team building games, a ropes course, a visit to Victoria, the Victoria Bug Zoo, the art of badge trading and much more. They finished the week with an overnight hike

on the Juan de Fuca trail hiking 12 kilometers along the beautiful coastline, camping on the beach and learning about the Leave No Trace program. It was a busy, fun and active week for everyone. We would like to thank all of those who supported our fundraising activities to make this trip possible. A big thanks to Tom Leask, my co-leader in the week-long adventure for his patience with myself and the youth and for his excellent driving on the long trip there and back.

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Do’s and don’ts of kitchen remodels According to Remodeling magazine’s “2014 Cost vs. Value Report,” a major kitchen remodeling project should enable homeowners to recoup 74.2 percent of their initial investments. Kitchen renovations have long been a safe way to improve the functionality and value of a home. But not every kitchen project is a guaranteed winner. Homeowners may inadvertently make changes that end up sticking out like a sore thumb rather than improving the space. Take a look at these kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts to guide your next undertaking. DO consider the way your kitchen will look with the rest of the home. Keep architectural integrity in mind when designing the space. A farmhouse sink and country cabinets can look out of place in an ultra-modern home. DON’T overlook the importance of a seasoned designer or architect. These pros will know the tricks to maximizing space and achieving the ideal layout of appliances and may be able to recommend local contractors and vendors. DO look beyond surface details to the structural integrity of the design. The kitchen should be functional, long-lasting and beautiful. DON’T design just for today, but look to

the future as well. Unless you are willing to spend $50,000 every five years, look for styles and materials that will last for the long haul. Older homeowners may want to make adjustments now that address potential mobility issues down the road. DO work with what you have. A complete demolition and renovation is not always necessary to achieve the desired results. Only invest in major changes if something is not working (such as having to walk across the entire kitchen to access the stove) or is unsafe. Otherwise, minor upgrades may do the trick. DON’T over-improve the space. A fully equipped commercial kitchen may be handy for a professional chef, but the average person may not need an industrial hood and indoor pizza oven. When you make excessive improvements, you may not be able to recoup as much of the money spent because your home will not be on par with the values of homes in the neighborhood. DO make sure you can afford the project. Plan for some unexpected purchases and plan out the renovation according to your budget. Skimping on materials or design because of lack of money may leave you feeling dissatisfied afterward.


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Bikers of all ages got ready to ride just before 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. They strapped on their helmets, mounted their mountain bikes, and took off down Larch Ridge trail to reach the first of five stages in the Rossland Rubberhead Enduro Race. Now in its seventh year, the race is part of both the Kootenay-Rockies and BC Enduro Series. The race is made up of transition stages that had racers peddling uphill between the timed stages, which were primarily downhill. Though the top racers finished with times just over 20 minutes, it took three to five hours to get through the entire course. The challenge of the Enduro format is not to get so wiped out peddling up between stages that it affects your time and performance coming down. “It’s an exciting format. It’s really, really popular,” said Ryan Kuhn, the race’s director. “It’s a very social format of racing. So people ride up with their friends in between stages.” Having fun with friends extended well beyond the course. There was a barbeque and performance by the Foggy Goggle Boys on the Red Mountain Resort deck, where spectators watched as the racers came flying in to finish the last stage of the course.

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Team USA claims Border Cup CHELSEA NOVAK Rossland News

The twelfth annual Border Cup Invitational took place Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, wrapping up Saturday at Redstone Resort. If you’ve never heard of the golf tournament before, that might be because it’s a private event — invite only. It first started when a group of Americans who bought condos in Rossland for the ski season started visiting in the summer too. They loved Rossland in the summer as much as they loved it in the winter, and the Border Cup was born. The original golfers had all gone to high school together in Michigan, and though they now live all over, they still get together regularly. The original five now act as captains for the Border Cup teams. The cup itself is a replica of the Ryder Cup, and the tournament follows the same rules as the event of the same name, which pits Team USA against Team Europe. Only the Border Cup is Team USA and Team Canada. The first day of the tournament two Canadians play against two Americans. Each pair uses the lowest score between them, and a pair counts a point if they have the lowest

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score for the hole. Ties earn each team half a point. Whichever pair wins the match earns a point for their team. The second day of the tournament is match play, where each Canadian plays against an American. Each golfer scores a point when they have the lowest score on a hole, and ties earn half points. If a golfer wins their match, they win a point for their team. This year the Border Cup had 24 golfers and 30 matches, and Team USA claimed the

cup with 17 points. But there were no hurt feelings. Golfers, both Canadian and American, palled around at hole 18 while they waited for everyone to finish, taking drinks from the Border Cup. “It’s about fun, and it’s about friendship,” said Dave Roberts, a captain for Team Canada. The end of the tournament was followed by dinner outside next to the course, and a band in the clubhouse.

Change of focus for Robusters This season, the Kootenay Robusters decided to try a different strategy for their paddling season — one that should be especially helpful to new recruits and enjoyable for experienced team members as well. Two early season festivals were planned, the first in Lethbridge at the end of June and the second at the end of July in Harrison Hot Springs. Because there were so many new paddlers, it was decided to focus on the fun aspect of festival participation, since there wasn’t time to get everyone trained well enough to be truly competitive. This goal was well accomplished in Harrison as the team took over several units in a nearby condo and planned social activities that emphasized team building and setting good paddling goals for the future. Now that they no longer have to face the pressure of festival preparation, the Robusters are working on refining skills, improving technique and enjoying each others’ company. Working under the guidance of coach Trish Ostlund (a former member of the world champion False Creek Women’s Dragon Boat A7

The Kootenay Robusters Dragon Boat team put on their race faces before heading down to the docks for competition at the Harrison Hot Springs Dragon Boat Festival. Charter member, Peggy Phillips (age 83) shows her seat mate Wendy Linnington, a new paddler, how to stay focussed and prepare for the race ahead, while the rest of the team lines up behind them. Photo by Dave Grant Team) the team has various paddling options for the rest of the summer. When there are enough women available, the dragon boat will be used, but if fewer members sign up for a practice the team is also able to use an outrigger canoe that seats six. In previous years, new paddlers were discouraged from joining the team in August because festival preparation meant that they wouldn’t have time to get in shape and learn the complicated dragon boat stroke. This year however, is the

perfect time to join the team if you have always wanted to give dragon boating a try. If it turns out to be a sport you would like to delve into more deeply, you would be well on your way by the time the boat is launched for the 2016 season. Our steersperson, Trudi Toews, was recently asked what it takes to be a Robuster. “Fifty bucks.” What she meant was the team values inclusiveness so much that anyone who is interested is welcome to join. The cost is kept low, and all the equipment is provided. We

carpool to practices and often find that provides as much fun as the paddling. While some team members have physical problems and many of us are in our senior years, we would like everyone to know that the benefits of becoming a Robuster easily outweigh the challenges. For more information on becoming a Robuster, call 250364-0993 (Rossland/Trail), 250-365-3794 (Castlegar area), 250-442-3333 (Grand Forks, Christina Lake) or visit our website

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NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Regular council meeting: Monday, August 17, 6 p.m. ROSSLAND MOUNTAIN MARKET Thursday Aug 6, 2-6 p.m., downtown Rossland @ Columbia and Queen. The market is still in need of volunteers to help operating through the summer season. Email to get involved! MUSIC IN THE PARK Thursday, August 6, 7-8 p.m. @ Gazebo at Gyro Park. Trail Arts Council Music in the Park presents: The Rusty Nails. Join Walter Crockett and friends for an evening of old time swing music. Don’t forget your lawn chair and your toonie.

ROSSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY REGULAR HOURS Summer hours: Tuesday: Noon - 8 p.m. Wednesday: noon - 5 p.m. Thursday: 10:00am - 8 p.m. Friday: 10:00am - 5 p.m. Saturday: noon - 5 p.m. ROSSLAND POOL The outdoor pool is open from June until September in downtown Rossland. Rossland’s 80 year old pool is also a Heritage site.


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ROSSLAND LIGHT OPERA PLAYERS READ-THRU FOR COWGIRLS The Light Opera Players are gearing up for their next show, and invite Rosslanders to participate: Read Through of Cowgirls: A Musical Comedy: Thursday, August 6, 7 p.m. @ the RLOP Hall. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming show and prepare for auditions. Auditions for Cowgirls: A Musical Comedy. Try out for a part in the RLOP fall show. Monday, August 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m. @ the RLOP Hall.

WALKING TOUR OF ROSSLAND’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN Thursdays, Saturdays to Aug 29, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. $2 discount with museum visit. The one-hour walking tour highlights the history and architecture of Rossland’s gold mining era. You will see how both fire and prosperity have shaped our little mountain town. By 1898 Rossland had 40 hotels, 5 churches, 4 breweries, 3 banks, and a hospital. Many of these buildings and their stories survive to this day. Meet at the Harry Lafevre Square (out front of Ferraro Foods) at 1:45pm – tours end at the Miner’s Hall at 2:45pm, just in time to catch the Gold Fever Follies 3 pm matinee performance! SATURDAY NIGHT SOCCER Saturdays 7-9 p.m. until October 31 @ Jubilee Park. All ages welcome!


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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. Please contact Deanna Leask at 250-362-7118 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 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. Golden City Fiddlers play. Visitors should contact Richie at 250-362-9465. Thursday 9:30 to 11 a.m. Seniors stretching exercises and morning tea and snacks. ROSSLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY The library has lots of great programs and events: Summer Reading Club: This year’s theme is “Build it!” Tues: 1-2:30 p.m. 6 to 8 year olds Wed: 1-2:30 p.m. 9 to 12 year olds Thurs: 2-6 p.m. at the Rossland Mountain Market Fridays: Read to Me Club for children 0 to 5 years and their grown-up


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE WEEKLY CAMPFIRE AND CONCERT Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m. @ the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre. This weekly event will feature a guest speaker who will engage 6-12 year olds with hands-on activities based in science and nature. Followed by an acoustic musical act for all ages. BBQ available for use (free); bring dinner & dinnerware! This week: (Aug 11) Bullfrogs! with Laurie Frankcom (CKISS) and music by Ron Halliday. GOLDEN CITY DAYS Sept. 11 to 13. Join us for our annual weekend family festival celebrating our community’s rich gold-mining history! Follow us on Facebook for more information.

10:30-11:30 a.m. In the library: Any child taking out materials may add three Lego pieces to our communal sculpture. Photo contest: Take a photo of your child reading or building something (anything) and post it on our FB or email to We will draw for a family membership to the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre at the Market on August 20.

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The Girl on the Train AUTHOR:

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MARK CONLIFFE Rifling through a box of discarded things in an acquaintance’s house, Rachel, the central character of Paula Hawkins’s bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train, slices the tip of her forefinger on a broken picture frame. The cut and the frame cause her to pause and wonder “about how things get broken all the time by accident, and how sometimes you just don’t get round to getting them fixed.” The picture frame prompts Rachel to think of broken objects in her own once-married life, of plates that were smashed and of a hole in the wall plaster. Hawkins’s — and perhaps Rachel’s — point is a bigger one, though. The picture in the frame and Rachel’s thoughts on her past are linked to her failed marriage, and we can’t help but tie Rachel’s observation — “sometimes you just don’t get round to getting them fixed” — to some people’s inability or choice not to repair “things” in relationships, too. Moreover, because the woman in the picture has been murdered and because Rachel has been brutally locked into the room she is in, when this quote appears at the three-quarter mark of the novel, we also can’t help but feel dread about other broken things that the novel exposes and unintentional links that Rachel might be making. Rachel is the “girl on the train” who rides into London and back every workday. As she travels she creates stories about what she sees from the train. Her favourite storyline focuses on one couple — she calls them Jess and Jason — and when one morning Rachel sees Jess kissing another man affectionately, her curiosity is piqued. Her curiosity turns to worry when she learns

a few days later that Jess is missing. It can be hard to place significance in Rachel’s reactions and understandings. She is drunk for much of the story, even downing cans of gin and tonic on the train, so what she sees, feels, and remembers — if she remembers — must be considered in relationship to the effects of her drinking. Her decisionmaking takes a foreboding turn when Rachel plunges into her own investigation of what happened to Jess. Reviewers have pointed to similarities between this novel and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Both authors use unreliable narrators, focus on tense dynamics in couples’ relationships, and use twist endings, for instance. In addition, although we might accept that we can never really know what’s going on in another person’s head, these two authors make this fact scary, because they compel us to see the dark side of it in relationships that we want to be open, happy, and loving. In The Girl on the Train , m ore ove r, Hawkins helps us to understand why some characters might not be open, happy, and loving. On the other hand, she is careful to convey that there are characters whose behaviour can’t easily be explained, who abuse others without a qualm or show no personal control in morally questionable circumstances, and we are left to wonder if they act this way because they haven’t been able to “fix” themselves after something in them was broken. No matter the causes of their actions, once we learn of these tendencies in them, we are always worried about what they’re really thinking and what they’re going to do next.

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Left to right: Samples were also available from Fernie Brewing Co., Parallel 49, and Stanley Park Brewing. Margot Phillips and her volunteer assitant Josh Warden gave out samples of Rossland Beer Co.’s Paydirt Pale Ale and a blonde ale. Photos by Chelsea Novak

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BC breweries offered up samples at Red Mountain Resort on Saturday. Rossland Beer Co. and Fernie Brewing Co. were among the BC beer makers represented at the Micro Brew Bash, which for the second year in a row was held in conjunction with the Rossland Rubberhead Enduro Race. Racers who were out to register and train for the day, and those at Red just to spectate, could sample beers from Rossland, Fernie, Parallel 49 Brewing, Central City Brewing Co., Mt. Begbie Brewery, Stanley Park Brewing, Phil-

lips Beer, and Postmark Brewing. Margot Phillips from Rossland Beer Co. said the local brewery participated in the event its first year, but since the brewery had just opened they didn’t have very many kegs to bring. When asked why beer and mountain biking pair so well together Phillips said, “I think it’s all about the mountain culture. It’s about skiing, and biking, and being here, and drinking beer; it all goes hand in hand.” There was also a BBQ and music from DJ Soulman to get everyone pumped up for the next day’s race.

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So far Farkheim’s done a rotation in anesthesia and has taken a course in advanced cardiac life support. “Most of the time you wouldn’t do that until you’re a resident, but they really wanted us to be able to be involved in all the different things that happen in the hospital,” she says. “This kind of certification is going to help me to be a lot more useful and to learn a lot better, especially once serious stuff comes in.” Farkheim feels being in the Kootenays has given her a lot of opportunities to be hands on, very quickly. There’s also been a little bit of culture shock, as Forkheim has never lived in a small town before. She grew up in Calgary, and then moved to Vancouver. But she says that everyone has made her feel very welcome. “People have been so friendly, and so willing to kind of take me in, and just have me over for dinner or teach me to do different things, and just invite me along and welcome me into the community,” she says. Forkheim says Rossland also offers the chance to observe doctors balancing life with work, instead of burning themselves out. “It’s a really good opportunity to see that modeled and to see ways that you can integrate having a family and having a life with your work,” she says.

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