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With no driver or passengers found at the site of a single-vehicle crash west of Castlegar on Monday, local police, ďŹ re and ambulance ofďŹ cials weren’t sure quite what to do. It turned out that no one had been injured and the van’s occupants had made their way into the city in search of a tow truck. Police stayed at the scene until the driver and passenger returned, and the Castlegar RCMP later issued a reminder to drivers to inform authorities in the event of any crash. Please see the story on page 3. Kim Magi photo

$3-million ticket sold in Castlegar KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

A lottery ticket worth more than $3 million was recently sold in Castlegar but the prize has yet to be claimed. The winning ticket for the Dec. 29 Lotto 6-49 draw was purchased

somewhere in the city (because of security reasons the exact location hasn’t been released yet) and now has $3,024,656.30 attached to it. “They were the only one to match six out of six (numbers) in all of Canada,� Trevor Miller, communications officer with the British Columbia Lottery Corpo-

ration (BCLC) said on Tuesday. “We have not heard from them yet, so it’s unclaimed.� The winning numbers are 6, 11, 19, 21, 39 and 49, with the bonus being 28. Miller said they won’t know if the winner qualifies for the bonus until they see the ticket.

Four winners from the Lower Mainland matched five out of the six winning numbers, and Miller said it’s unusual for so many people from B.C. to win the top prizes. Each of those winners will claim $43,209.40. As of press time Wednesday, the top prize remained unclaimed.

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As it had previously warned would happen, the Interior Health Authority (IHA) has announced that staffing shortages will result in ultrasound appointments in Castlegar not being offered on a regular basis.

The interruption to regular service will begin today, Feb. 3, according to an IHA news release, and “is due to staff leaves combined with existing staffing vacancies and lack of replacements for these positions.� The release also stated that “Interior Health will continue to recruit for new tech-

nologists and, dependent on staffing availability, will aim to provide service directly in Castlegar when possible.� In the meantime, patients who need non-urgent scans will have to go to the hospitals in either Nelson or Trail. The health authority said it will “do everything possible� to let patients

choose which hospital they would prefer to go to. “All avenues to address the current staffing shortage are being explored, including the use of contract ultrasound services. This will allow contracted technologists to provide additional temporary service to meet the needs for the

region,� the release stated. IHA also announced that, effective Feb. 1, Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson will be unable to provide regular echocardiography (heart ultrasound) service, but will be able to book such appointments at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

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A local battle over the bounds of legal marijuana production has grabbed national attention after police raided a grow op near Castlegar and arrested a 62-yearold woman, despite the fact that she had a valid licence to grow a certain number of the plants.

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A re-elected Alex Atamanenko gives a victory speech to supporters at the Portuguese Hall in Castlegar on Monday night.

Atamanenko said he’d be happy to stay on as the federal agriculture critic for the NDP but the job will become much more serious — and much more difficult — now that his party forms the Official Opposition to the Conservative Party’s majority government. “I would suspect I’ll retain my role as

agriculture critic, and basically it will be up to me ... to make sure we move on with a Canadian food strategy, to make sure we don’t introduce further genetically modified organisms, to make sure cattle producers get a fair shake and we don’t have the GM apple introduced in Kelowna,� he said. “It’s a tremendous re-

sponsibility, not only in our party but on my shoulders, whatever portfolio I retain as a critic.� Despite the NDP’s historic gains, Atamanenko said he was “not happy with the outcome federally� and worried about what the new Conservative government will do with its majority in the House of

Commons. “I think they’re going to try to ram through legislation,� Atamanenko said. “Their crime bills are going to go through, they’re going to do away with the Canadian Wheat Board. And any other legislation that they want to run, we’re not going to be able to stop them. We’re going to do our

best, but it’s going to be very difficult.� Conservative candidate Stephen Hill met with about 20 supporters at Rave’s Restaurant in Trail Monday, resigned as he watched Atamanenko cruise to victory but at the same time elated with the Conservative majority. Continued on P. 3

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Castlegar’s ďŹ rst “pet adoption clinicâ€? on Saturday was the most successful in the region to date, say organizers with the Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP). This little pup, named Ralf, was quickly picked up but unfortunately his adoption ended up falling through and he is once again looking for a good home. For the story, please see page 5.

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Bones brought to police turn out not to be human KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

After a pair of citizens showed up at the Castlegar RCMP detachment over the weekend with what they thought were human remains, police are reminding the public to call first if they stumble upon suspicious items and to leave potential crime scenes undisturbed.

On Saturday night, two people were out for a walk in a rural area of Castlegar when they found “badly decomposed remains of what they belived were of human origin,� Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff said. The pair then packed up the bones and rotting flesh and brought the whole package to the RCMP station on Columbia Avenue, where they turned it over to police.

The remains turned out to be those of of a juvenile bear, not a human being. Police were nevertheless concerned. “The RCMP would like to stress to the general public, should you come across any suspicious items, such as the remains in this case, do not disturb anything and contact the police to attend to your loca-

tion,� Postnikoff said. “By moving the items yourself, you could be potentially destroying and/or contaminating a crime scene, and subjecting yourself to various health concerns associated to the handling of items, such as carcasses.� “The stench left inside the detachment,� Postnikoff added, “was unpleasant, to say the least.�

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Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, foreground, is ďŹ rst to try the slot machines at the Chances gaming Centre which opened July 26. Pointing the way is Castlegar councillor Gordon Turner.

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A healthy crowd of interested parties was on hand July 26 for the ribbon cutting of the new Chances Gaming Centre just north of West Kootenay Regional Airport on Highway 3A. Manager Chad Bullock, owner-

ship member Ralph Berezan and up to 60 newly hired local employees could have been forgiven for some pre-opening butterflies as onlookers shuffled and waited. Just before 1 p.m. some brief comments were made by Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Bullock, Berezan and BC Lottery Corporation director of operations Rod

Bailey. They knew the gallery was waiting for the wraps to come off the brand new facility. The Mayor re-emphasized points he had made following a council meeting some weeks before, that the gaming centre is a benefit for the city and area, and ought to stem the tide of gaming-destined funds being taken out of the area.

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Just prior to the ribbon cutting manager Chad Bullock, a Fort St. John native, said things had all gone “really well� leading up to opening day. “It’s been great hiring the staff,� he said. “We’ve found a lot of excellent, wonderful people in the area.

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Because even owers look better with people, a handful of Castlegar’s civic employees accepted an invitation to pose with some gorgeous dahlias outside city hall late last week. The owers are part of the city’s ongoing Communities in Bloom effort. Completing the picture are, from left‌ Shannon Marshall, Marie Phillips, Lynn Rudashy, Carrie Bishop, Phil Markin (partially obscured by foliage) and Fire Chief Gerry Remple.

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Change in local cab service likely Further to a story and editorial which appeared in these pages back in mid-August, the wish of some for increased taxi service in Castlegar is not likely to be granted any time soon. Owner of Castlegar Taxi, John Foglia, says he’s ready for a change after ten years at the task.

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The next step, said McLeod, was to approach the business community in the tri-cities area and say, ‘we want to be here and open for business for everybody. Let’s dovetail this with the shop local campaign and let’s get your word out there and your coupons out there if that’s what you want to do.

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no such fee cut, but some discrepancies had been resolved regarding the metering rates in some cars. Foglia said he had found out the meters work differently with different diameter tires: the smaller the tires... the higher the fee. That problem, he added, had been addressed. “We had some people complain that the fee was high,� he said. “I checked with the people I

there and pick up their accreditation bags and then from there distribute themselves throughout the region to their games, wherever they are being held,� said Pam McLeod, executive director of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce. “With that, there will be a community village that will be hosted [at the Castlegar Rec Centre] on the 15th and 16th.�

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He’s putting the enterprise up for sale and has nothing but the best wishes for the next entrepreneur willing to give it a shot. Foglia had been contacted due to an anonymous message to the Castlegar News, referring to an alleged drop in fees by Castlegar Taxi. The figure mentioned was 35 per cent. The businessman, when contacted on Sept. 13 said there had been

To help connect businesses with visiting athletes, the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce will hand out coupons at the accreditation booth at the Castlegar Recreation Centre during the games. “The accreditation process, which is where the athletes come to register, will be held at the rec centre. So 3,200 athletes have to go through

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Groundbreaking - On Saturday, (From left)Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Councillor Gord Turner, Bianca Nash, Callum Nash, and Chuck Henderson – chair for the West Kootenay division of Habitat for Humanity, broke ground for the Nash’s new home in Castlegar. The two level house will be the ďŹ rst built in Castlegar by the international organization after three houses in Nelson. “It’s unbelievable. I’m very grateful and really excited,â€? said Bianca.

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Mullaney’s lawyer, Don Skogstad, said his client claims police later told her they had counted 99 plants. As a result, Skogstad told the Castlegar News he doesn’t expect the Crown to pursue charges. “A one-per-cent error?� he said. “Nobody’s going to charge her for that.�

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more plants than that in production, based at least partly on high levels of power consumption at the residence. After obtaining a warrant, police searched the large rural property on Feb. 24. Mathew said three separate officers each counted more than 98 plants, but she wouldn’t say exactly how many plants were counted.

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According to police, the number of marijuana plants found at Velma Mullaney’s residence in Pass Creek exceeded what was allowed under the licences issued by Health Canada to her and her boyfriend. Together, the pair are legally allowed to grow 98 plants, but RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew said police had evidence there were

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ing into moving to Castlegar. In Salmo, her year-and-a-half old Staffordshire terrier/lab cross, Jessie, only costs $15 a year to license, so Hodge decided to find out about Castlegar’s fees. “Someone told me to check into Castlegar’s because they heard it was expensive,� she said. When she found out how much it would be, she said moving to the city wouldn’t be an option anymore. “I’m sorry but I’m not getting rid of my dog,� Hodge said. “We were going to move to Castlegar but not now.� Hodge said it isn’t fair to give an entire breed a bad name based on a few horror stories of vicious animals. “They’re not all the same,� she said. “I really think it’s how they’re raised and how you treat them. Any dog can be mean and get in trouble.�

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threatened him and showed him what appeared to be a handgun. The suspect fled through the back door of the store with an undisclosed amount of money, Mathew said, and he is thought to have a left in a vehicle but this isn’t confirmed. The suspect is described as 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 in height. He was wearing a grey puffy jacket, black scarf around his face, black

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to remove the face covering, but instead the suspect handed the employee a note,� Mathew said. “At that point, the employee realized what was happening and fled out of the gas station, where he asked a passerby to use his cell phone to call 911.� Mathew said another witness outside the store chased the suspect, but backed off after the suspect

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Alex Atamanenko was re-elected in BC Southern Interior by a wide margin on Monday and will join about 100 of his NDP colleagues as the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. Atamanenko ended up with roughly 51 per cent of the popular vote. In the 2008 election he won with 47.5 per cent of the vote. “I felt positive throughout the campaign, and one of the reasons I did is because we had a bunch of new people helping out in each of the campaign offices,� Atamanenko said during his victory party at the Portuguese Hall in Castlegar on Monday evening. “And the vibe I got at the door was that people had, by and large, been happy with the work that my staff and I had been doing.� His win was just one of dozens across the country for the NDP, as the party exploded in popularity — particularly in Quebec — and posted its highest seat count ever, by far.

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A Castlegar bylaw requiring owners of pit bulls or Staffordshire terriers to pay $1,000 per year for a licence is deterring at least one couple from moving to the city, and former mayor Mike O’Connor says that’s exactly why the exorbitant fee was implemented a decade ago. “They’re dangerous dogs and if they want to have them in Castlegar they cost $1,000,� O’Connor said. “People can say what they want about them but their reputation is not good and I don’t want my young grandchildren ripped apart by a pit bull.� But the bylaw came as a shock to Theresa Hodge, who commutes daily from Salmo to Castlegar for work. With her children now grown up and living away from home, she and her husband recently started look-

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Amherst, NS; Hinton, AB; New Glasgow, NS; Winkler, MB; and Yarmouth, NS. “We began competing in 2005 at the provincial level and now this will be our third year at the national level,� said Castlegar Communities in Bloom chair Darlene Kalawsky on

Oct. 18. “Last year we received five blooms for the first time. We were happy with that.� The cities will be judged on eight specific criteria: Floral, Landscape, Urban Forestry, Environment, Tidiness, Community Involvement, Turf and Groundcover, and Heritage.

“The city that gets the most points out of 1,000 is rated as the winner of the category,� said Kalawsky. The judges for the 7,501 to 10,000 category are Arlene Janzen and Hugh Skinner. Janzen is a long-time judge and Parks and Recreation board member from White City, Saskatch-

ewan, while Skinner is a horticulturalist and author from Roblin, Manitoba. “We never get a repeat of the same judges. Usually they alternate them,� said Kalawsky. The success of the Communities in Bloom (CIB) program is due to the strong volunteer base

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Councillor candidates (top photo, from left) Deb McIntosh, Dan Rye, Gord Turner, Peter Wulowka. School Trustee candidates Jo-Ann Bursey, Jen Carter and Bev Maloff. Lower photo, from left, mayoral hopefuls, incumbent Lawrence Chernoff, Gordon Zaitsoff, councillor candidates Kevin CherCraig Lindsay photo noff, Kirk Duff, Russ Hearne, Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, Cord Lafond and Tyler Maddocks.

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were in attendance: Lawrence Chernoff and Gordon Zaitsoff for mayor; Gord Turner, Russ Hearne, Deb McIntosh, Kevin Chernoff, Sue HeatonSherstobitoff, Cord Lafond, Kirk Duff, Tyler Maddocks, Deb McIntosh, Dan Rye, and Peter Wulowka for councillor; and JoAnn Bursey, Jen Carter, and Bev Maloff for school trustee.

Each candidate had three minutes for an opening statement. Question period featured questions that alternated between audience members and the media panel. Finally, each candidate had two minutes for a closing statement. “I’ve been Castlegar mayor for the last two terms,� said Lawrence Chernoff is his opening statement. “Dur-

ing those six years I have committed myself full-time to strive to meet the needs of our growing community.� Chernoff listed Sculpture Walk as one of the major highlights for recent council. He also talked about infrastructure and sustainability, the low tax structure of the city and bringing the casino to the air-

port area. “We have set the stage to guarantee Castlegar’s tagline ‘Happily Ever After’, is not just an ideal but a promise,� he said. Gordon Zaitsoff talked about growing up in Castlegar and going to Selkirk College. He said his experience in the forestry industry will help the city with relations with Castlegar’s

two biggest employers Mercer International (Celgar) and Interfor. “I understand their function, I understand their language,� he said. “In regards to the taxation issue, I don’t think there was going to be any loss of jobs here.� Zaitsoff also talked about health care and the importance of planning. Continued on P. 3

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Canadian PaciďŹ c’s Holiday Train, a growing festive tradition, paid a visit to Castlegar on December 12, ahead of a Nelson visit. The event is a riot of colour and good cheer, complete with live entertainment by the likes of the legendary Valdy (pictured above, right. The main goal of the train, however, is the gathering of food for the less fortunate among us. Please check out Craig Lindsay’s photo gallery on our website: www.castlegarnews.com.

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In the wake of a November 2010 referendum designed to gauge the public’s appetite for improvements to Castlegar’s Community Complex, it appears some enhancements may yet be forthcoming to the facility.

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four were randomly plucked from a hat for consideration. They are: the Castlegar fitness expansion; the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation Society; Riondel Community Centre; and trestle decking replacement. Castlegar RecManager Jim Crockett says the government’s

decision process as to which community gets how much should begin toward the end of this month. As for the length of time in deciding, he feels it’s an open-ended process. Crockett says to do the kind of number on the fitness centre that a lot of people would like, roughly doubling

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With the 2012 BC Winter Games set to start in Vernon in February, spirit is building in every community across British Columbia. The brainchild of Premier W.R. Bennett, the Games began in 1978 in Penticton. Since then, 38 communities across the province have hosted the Games, some of them more than once. Over 200,000 people have volunteered and over 150,000 athletes have competed since it began. “One of the most important benefits of hosting a BC Games is how it brings a community together,” says Henry Pejril, President of the 2006 BC Summer Games in Kamloops. “There aren’t many opportunities like a Games that can capture the full cross-section of a community. The feeling of pride and accomplishment lasts in a host city

for many years to come.” Many well-known athletes had their start at the BC Games, including Tour de France cyclist Ryder Hesjedal and 2010 Olympic women’s snowboarding cross gold medallist Maelle Ricker, who are among the alumni who say their dreams of international competition began at the BC Games. “My Olympic success can be traced to the provincial Games in my native Manitoba and I see the BC Winter Games providing the same opportunity for young athletes today,” says BC Games Society Chair and 1976 Olympic speedskating silver medalist, Cathy Priestner Allinger. “The BC Winter Games provide rising stars an opportunity to benefit from excellent coaching, while testing their skills against B.C.’s best. Our next generation of Canada Games athletes and Olympians are getting ready for the 2012 BC Winter Games in

erations Manager for the 2002 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo. “I can’t wait until 2014 when Nanaimo will once again be privi-

participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement, and community development.” Brian Carruthers, President of the Williams Lake 2002 BC Winter Games, is proud of the achievements of B.C. athletes. “Sport builds character in individuals and brings people together in a positive environment, whether as competitors, spectators or organizers,” he says. The Winter Games feature 15 sports, including curling, figure skating, skiing and women’s hockey. It is expected that over 1,500 athletes and over 300 coaches will participate in the Games in February. “I believe in the BC Games as it provides an opportunity to share the spirit with other British Columbians while celebrating your community in the most fantastic and rewarding way,” says Diana Johnstone, Op-

Vernon.” Participants are generally under the age of 18 (depending on the sport), and have the potential to move beyond local and regional competition to the national stage and beyond. “The BC Games are an important stepping stone towards the Canada Games and ultimately the Olympic Games,” says Kelly Stefanyshyn, a former Olympic swimmer and BC Games Society board member. “Learning to (compete) for a team beyond just your sport and focus while so many events are occurring is imperative to an athlete’s success.” According to the official website, the aim of the Games is “to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and

leged to host this amazing event.” Surrey will host the 2012 BC Summer Games in July. –Kerry Vital

Little folks - big givers Robson Community School students Indie (left) and Gabriel Thring present food bank volunteer Andy Popoff with a cheque and a bag of groceries for the Community Harvest Food Bank last week. Students raised $366.50 at their annual Treasure Shop. Submitted photo

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Philanthropy Worthy Honduran students get a helping hand from up north it, and ten more learned sewing to enable them to do contract sewing work. They made most of the book bags and gym strip required by the children in the program The bulk of the funding required is gathered and coordinated by a committee of the Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club, from three sources. The first is by sponsorship of individual students by Rotarians and others at a cost of $100/ primary student, $200/secondary student, $250/vocational student and $300 for university students.

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School is free in Honduras, but if you don’t have a uniform, shoes, books and school supplies, you can’t attend. The children of the mostly single mothers who sell in the six public markets in Tegucigalpa, Honduras barely make enough money to feed their many children, so the kids were not going to school. Instead, as they grew older, with few other alternatives, many turned to petty theft, drugs and prostitution, until three Rotary Clubs in Tegucigalpa got together to form “Alternativas Y Opportunidades” (AYO). The group provided the uniforms, shoes, books and school supplies for 2,400 children in 2011, and in addition they provided counsellors to track their progress in the more than 50 public schools in Tegucigalpa. If a child or youth had scholastic problems, they arranged for tutoring, and if attendance was poor, they investigated the problem and determined whether the child could continue in the program. The average pass rate in Honduran Public Schools is 85 per cent, but those in the Market children Program have a pass rate of 98 per cent. The AYO outfit also operates a medical clinic five days a week; teaches classes on health and hygiene, and has a youth club for the older children where they teach responsibility, cooperation and the dangers of substance abuse. In order to register their child in the program, the mothers must agree to attend classes on parenting. When funding is available, adult literacy classes

Ron Ross (left) of the Castlegar Sunrise Rotary Club poses with program graduate Yesica Banegas and Don Kaminsky, coordinator in Honduras. Submitted photo

are also offered. About eight years ago it was decided to enable some of the better graduates to attend the National University. Tuition is free, but AYO provides books and supplies. Last year, Jessica Banegas, the first university graduate from the

program, with a degree in economics, got a job with a bank. After she received her first paycheque she went to AYO and asked to sponsor two Market Children. A second student, Francisco, has just graduated in November with a degree in accounting, and

is now in the process of finding a job. This year, with a grant from The Rotary Foundation, 120 of the mothers were given business courses to help them improve their businesses or start a new one. Sixteen are utilizing micro-cred-

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Tuneful gift most appreciated KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Castlegar News carrier Nathan Kline has received an even bigger prize after he was announced as carrier of the month last week. Kline, who has been delivering the paper for six years, was recognized in a recent edition of the Castlegar News and said he was saving his delivery earnings to buy a violin. On Monday, Janice Spratt called the newspaper’s office to say she and her husband wanted to donate one to him. “My husband,

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years ago, used to play the violin and when we lived in Ab-

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instruments in care homes,” Spratt said. “Through the years, my husband is almost 80 and he doesn’t play it anymore. We have 10 grandchildren and none of them play the violin.” Kline, who has been playing the violin for almost a year, said he was surprised when he heard about the offer, but felt “pretty good” about it. Spratt said her husband thought since Kline has been working so hard to save up for his own instrument, it would be nice to just give him his. Kline picked up the violin later that day.

Airport fire – minor The Castlegar Fire Department was called to the West Kootenay Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon for what they were initially told was a fire in a plane’s engine. “It was reported as an engine fire, but when we got there it wasn’t, so that’s a good thing,” fire Chief Gerry Rempel said. The blaze turned out to be a small electrical fire on a Medevac aircraft getting ready to transport a patient and running equipment powered by a battery, Rempel said.

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KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Emergency services rushed to pull a woman and her car off the train tracks Monday morning when the vehicle rolled off the highway and a train was on the way. Sgt. Laurel Mathew of the Castlegar RCMP said one of the members of the Castlegar Fire Department noticed a train was approaching as he was making his way to the scene of the crash on Highway 22 between Blueberry and Fairview. The car, which land-

ed upside down on the tracks, was pulled down the bank and the woman was rescued. The northbound driver lost vision when the truck in front of her splashed slush on her windshield. Mathew said the driver then over-compensated, turning away from traffic and rolling down the bank. She landed upside down and was able to call 911 from inside her vehicle, as she was trapped. Mathew said the driver was taken to the Castlegar and District Community Health Centre because she

was complaining of a stiff neck, but noted she was “probably more scared than anything.” The Toyota Corolla sustained quite a bit of damage, Mathew said, including broken windows and a crumpled roof. Mathew said a good sign that you’re following the car in front of you too closely is if slush and debris from the car is hitting your windshield. “Slow down and leave lots of distance,” she added. “That’s the same message we’ve been giving people all winter.”

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Festive recovery forthcoming There may still be a leftover Christmas-themed commercial or two feebly jockeying for your attention in these days of diminishing seasonal hoopla, but that seems only fitting. The decorations, after all, in many cases, remain – though not here at the Castlegar News. We boast an energetic staff – the pinnacle of efficiency... why, our beady eyes are already dead-set on Valentine’s Day. Well, seriously, the tree and wreaths have been removed from our office but you can bet a lot of pleasing “festive fallout” remains. That many good wishes from so many sincere individuals has to have some kind of residual impact... wouldn’t you think? It is sort of a relief to have all those errands and appointments looked after, and now we can all focus on doing what we can to make 2012 memorable for some good reasons. Speaking of reasons for optimism, there are more than a couple contained in this rear-ward glance at the outgoing year. It was fun to put together, to have at our fingertips all of what made it onto our pages in 2011. Though in some ways, to some onlookers it may seem as though Castlegar is just like any other B.C. town of similar size... just by looking a little closer it’s good to see that there’s lots about us that’s unique. We look forward to discovering and revealing a lot of those special qualities in the coming 12 months. We want to hear from you.

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Spots in Time - Karen Haviland

“Sinking” it on a nice gift The older I get the more I can say with authority that birthdays are highly overrated. Add in the fact that my birthday just happens to fall on Christmas Day and you likely get the gist of my literary grumbling. At a certain age, a person realizes that they have everything they need, and so when I was recently asked what I wanted for a birthday gift, all I could do was blink in reply. Sure, a nice glittering piece of jewelry would be nice, but how much jewelry does one woman need? Truth be told, I really do have my quota of jeweled prizes. So, after careful thought I requested one simple gift (or so I thought) – I wanted a new kitchen sink. My current one was battered and beat. It had seen many washings of pots and pans and dishes and it showed its age. Besides the dents and ravages of time, the sink simply refused to sparkle and shine like it did in its earlier days. It was beyond hope and I knew it was only a matter of time before it would have to be replaced. Most anyone who knows me is probably shaking their head at this new Karen who would request something as mundane, pedestrian and Craig Lindsay Reporter

Jim Sinclair Editor

boring as a sink for a birthday gift. After all, what woman wouldn’t want perfume, or lingerie, or jewelry all wrapped up in pretty paper and ribbon? Seriously! To tell the truth, I surprised myself as well. But my reasoning was solid. I wanted to spare my husband the angst of getting the “perfect gift” and in doing so, would also end up with the sink upgrade sooner than later. It was a perfect plan. After all, how expensive and difficult could it be to install a new kitchen sink? You simply go to the store, pick the darn thing out, bring it home, disconnect the dilapidated one and drop in the new one. Right? Uh huh. Good thing my husband loves me and is beyond generous in all ways. I’ll start a laundry list here of surprises and road bumps along the way: 1. A decent kitchen sink is not inexpensive, especially when no hardware, attachments, drains and taps are included. That sink, which I envisioned to cost no more than $100 just doesn’t exist. Let’s just say that after going through the check out, I assured my husband that he’s off the Chris Hopkyns Publisher

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hook for any and all birthday gifts to me until at least 2015. 2. I had to choose a sink with two sinks, one deeper than the other. Do you know what that means when hooking up pipes and drains? Ask my husband, he will tell you. Speaking of quotas, I think he used his quota of frustrated utterings that day. 3. Never, and I mean never, assume that your surrounding counter is perfectly straight. Sometimes those counters have a way of bowing, thus assuring that the sink doesn’t sit properly and ultimately requiring heroic efforts and plenty of imagination to solve the dilemma. 4. Then there’s the part about having to wash your dishes in the bathroom sink until all the silicone, caulking and other such things are properly cured. The sink is now installed, in time for my birthday and Christmas. I’m a happy woman. Very happy. But as I look at the beautiful sink, I realize that now my countertops need replacing. And that means that all the ceramic tile surrounding the counters always have to be redone. It’s a good thing for Tom that he doesn’t have to worry about that until 2015. Sandy Leonard Production

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March Kootenay Conference Champions! CHRIS WAHL Castlegar News Reporter

It took 15 years, but the Castlegar Rebels are back in the KIJHL finals. Ryan Aynsley scored a pair of goals late in the second period to break a 2-2 draw, as the Rebels eliminated the Fernie Ghostriders 5-2 in front of 790 fans at the Castlegar Complex Tuesday. Aynsley fired two power-play markers past former Rebels goaltender Andrew Walton for his teamleading 13th and 14th goals of the playoffs, as Castlegar struck four times while a man up en route to a six-game victory over the vaunted Ghostriders. Tyler Robinson finished off a pretty passing play to give Castlegar a lead just over five minutes into the game, but Fernie’s Johnny Park leveled the score minutes later.

After taking a highstick in the face from Cale Wright, the Rebels’ Spencer Brodt put Castlegar up 2-1 early in the second period on a power-play, but again the Ghostriders equalized on a shorthanded marker from defensive specialist Mike Anderson. Cue Aynsley’s heroics. With time winding down on a twoman advantage, the 20 year-old from Kelowna fired a slapshot past Walton, only to do the same on a subsequent power-play minutes later. “[5-on-3 powerplays] are my favourite thing to do in hockey,� Aynsley said, “I got two nice passes, took two one-timers and thanks to traffic in front, they went in.� Fellow Okanagan product Erik Wentzel rounded out the scoring 12 seconds into the third period. “It was huge to win tonight,� Aynsley said. Fernie proved the

Castlegar News Editor

A local battle over the bounds of legal marijuana production has grabbed national attention after police raided a grow op near Castlegar and arrested a 62-yearold woman, despite the fact that she had a valid licence to grow a certain number of the plants. According to police, the number of marijuana plants found at Velma Mullaney’s residence in Pass Creek exceeded what was allowed under the licences issued by Health Canada to her and her boyfriend. Together, the pair are legally allowed to grow 98 plants, but RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew said police had evidence there

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were more plants than that in production, based at least partly on high levels of power consumption at the residence. After obtaining a warrant, police searched the large rural property on Feb. 24. Mathew said three separate officers each counted more than 98 plants, but she wouldn’t say exactly how many plants were counted. Mullaney’s lawyer, Don Skogstad, said his client claims police later told her they had counted 99 plants. As a result, Skogstad told the Castlegar News he doesn’t expect the Crown to pursue charges. “A one-per-cent error?� he said. “Nobody’s going to charge her for that.�

Mullaney went to great lengths to stay within the limits of the law, Skogstad added, and was confident that she and her boyfriend had only 98 plants in production. “She was absolutely positive,� he said. “When you do this type of thing, you try to be careful.� No formal charges have yet been filed against Mullaney in relation to the February raid, in which her 18-year-old grandson and a person under the age of 18 were also arrested. Mathew said the grandson “was found in the grow, tending to the grow� when police searched the property. Mullaney’s boyfriend wasn’t present at the time of the raid but was arrested later, Mathew added.

She said the Castlegar RCMP expect to pass their files on to Crown prosecutors either Friday or early next week, and any decision regarding charges will proceed from there. Mullaney is already facing drug charges from an arrest two years ago. In January 2009 she and her husband (from whom she is now separated) were arrested after police raided their property and seized 1,200 marijuana plants as well as harvested marijuana and cash. Mullaney is facing chrages of cultivation of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking in relation to that raid. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 6 in Castlegar court.

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Community Calendar Tell us about your upcoming event, email: reporter@castlegarnews.com

December DEC. 31 - NEW YEAR’S MASS 7 PM

At St. Rita’s Catholic Church. 513 7th Avenue, Castlegar. DEC. 31 - NEW YEARS MASS -

6:30pm Castlegar Christian Fellowship, 1801 Connors Road.

January JAN. 1 - NEW YEAR’S MASS 10 AM

At St. Rita’s Catholic Church. 513 7th Avenue, Castlegar. JAN. 3-10 - HUGE CLEARANCE SALE - EVERYTHING IN THE SHOP EXCEPT FOR HARDWARE. - at the Castlegar

& District Hospital Auxiliary Treasure Shop located at 210 11th Avenue. Now is the time to take advantage of cost effective savings! JAN. 12 - WEST KOOTENAY WOMEN IN BUSINESS EVENT - 11:30am-

1:30pm at the Fireside Inn in Castlegar. Special guest speaker Deb Burnett, certified Life Coach. JAN. 16 - THE WEST KOOTENAY OSTOMY CLUB MEETS - at 2 pm at the

Kiro Wellness Center, 1500 Columbia Avenue, Trail. Guest: Esther Brown, foot care nurse. For further info, please call 250-3689827 or 250-365-6276.

Ongoing JAN. 21 - MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION ORIENTATION - Kinsmen

Club of Trail. Come see what Kinsmen is. 7-9pm at the Eagles Hall, 1650 McLean Street, Trail. RSVP Mitch Rinas mitch@kin5. ca or call 250-365-5596. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR & DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LIGHT UP CAMPAIGN - The Foundation is

raising money to purchase three Space Lab cardiac monitors, Life Pak 15 crash cart monitors/defibrillators, and CADD Prism pump. call 250-304-1209 or mail cheque to 709 10th Street, Castlegar, BC V1N 2H7 to donate. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR GARDEN CLUB MEETS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 7:00 P.M. at the Castlegar

Community Complex, Kootenay Room. New members are always welcome. Share your love of gardening with other garden enthusiasts and expand your gardening horizons. Information: Pam Johnston: 250.304.4701 or castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca. ONGOING: ST DAVID’S THRIFT STORE IS SELLING CHRISTMAS ITEMS in

addition to household and clothing items. Come and check out the many changes we have made in our store. Our regular hours are Monday and Friday 10:00 to 1:00 and Tues ,Wed, Thurs 10:00 to 4:00. We will close from Dec 17 and re-open Jan 3. We are located under Anderson Insurance Agency on Columbia Avenue. Thanks to all our valued customers and donors and our best wishes to you for the Christmas season. ONGOING: UNTIL DEC. 24. KOOTENAY GALLERY CHRISTMAS SHOW AND SALE - The Kootenay Gallery is

filled with a huge selection of handcrafted items made by local artists and artisans including metal work, wood, fiber, pottery jewellery, garden art, paintings, glass and much more. There is no admission charge so come and get a start on your Christmas list. Gallery hours Tuesday -Saturday 10-5pm December open 7 days/week. ONGOING: COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS HAMPERS APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNITY HARVEST FOOD BANK – the

Drop in Centre and the Castlegar Museum. Donations of non perishable food and toys may be dropped off at the Castlegar Museum. Applications Deadline is December 11, 2011. If your family or company wishes to adopt a family hamper please call Deb McIntosh 250 365 6440 or Gail Maki -Richards 250 399 4718. ONGOING: DOUKHOBOR CENTRE WRITING CONTEST - Doukhobor

Discovery Centre Village Museum is holding a writing contest open to children, teens and adults. The subject matter is on Doukhobor migration and must be based on actual time lines. Work submitted can be poetry or short story (fact/fiction) and must be original. The deadline for submissions is May 6, 2012. Winners and prizes to be announced Jun 2012. Please bring or send your entries to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre Village Museum 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar B.C., V1N-4M5. Phone 365-5327 for more information. ONGOING: BOOK UNDER EVERY TREE - Do you have a new or gently

used book to donate for a Christmas food hamper? Drop off books between December 1 -14 to Blueberry Creek Community School, Castlegar and District Public Library, Kootenay Family Place, Robson Community School and Selkirk College Library. For more information call Margaret at 250.365.3336 or Alana at 250.304.6862. In partnership with Community Harvest Food Bank and Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.

ONGOING: TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS - The local Toastmasters

club, the Sentinel Speakers, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fireside Inn Castlegar on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Learn speaking skills, gain confidence and have some fun! Guests warmly welcomed. For more information please call Mark Sirges at 250-368-2504 or Diane Cushing at 250-365-8336. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR JUDO CLUB MEETS MONDAYS, THURSDAYS AT 6:15-8PM - At Twin Rivers El-

ementary for Sept. 12 to May/ June. Male or Female, ages 8 years and up. Registration at any meeting. Call senior sensei John Gibson 250-5763 or sensei James Welychko, 250-365-4920. ONGOING: TWIN RIVERS CHORALE REHEARSALS are held every

Thursday at 7 pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (713 4th Street, Castlegar, BC, V1N 2B7). If you love to sing and want to sing both classical and contemporary music, come join the Twin Rivers Chorale. The registration fee is $30 for the entire season and you do not have to be able to read music to join the chorale. FMI contact Sarah Currie at 250304-2529 or curries@ymail.com. ONGOING: CONVERSATION CLUB.

Mondays 10am-12noon. If Canada is your new home, come and meet others who have immigrated to Canada and spend time chatting and learning. At Kootenay Family Place (behind Chopsticks) ONGOING: STUDY GROUP, “BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW”, experience the

playful, disruptive, extravagant personality of Jesus. Begins Wed. Jan 11th at 7PM at the New Life Assembly. Call 250 365 5212. ONGOING: SELKIRK WEAVERS’ AND SPINNERS’ GUILD GIFT SHOP - DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISPLAYS OF HANDWOVEN WORK. Open 10 - 4

p.m. June, Saturdays and Sundays. July - mid September, Wednesday to Sunday. Located within the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Admission free to our shop. For additional information please email selkirkweavers@gmail.com or phone 250-365-8026. ONGOING: THE WEST KOOTENAY FAMILY HISTORIANS SOCIETY meets

at 7 o’clock on the first Monday of each month (September to June) at Stanley Humphries Senior Secondary School in Castlegar. New Members are welcome. For further information, contact Grace DeBiasio at 250.364.1426 or Ingeborg Leavell at 250.367.0076. The November meeting will cover electronic book publishing your family history with open

forum discussions on all family history and genealogy. Local family historians on hand to assist with questions and aid in research.

BILITATION CENTRE MEETING Every 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Common Grounds coffeeshop in Castlegar. Our meetings are short and friendly. Contact BEAKS 250-365-3701.

ONGOING: SHARING DINNER POT -

Every Tuesday at 12noon at the Cadet Hall on 8th Avenue. No charge. ONGOING: SR. ACTIVITIES @ COMPLEX - Mon. !0:00 Darts 1:00

Whist. Tues. 9:30 Floor Curling & Carpet Bowling, 1:00 Crafts 7:00 Pool. Wed. 9:30 Floor Curling 7:00 Rummoli. Jan 4th only 1:00 Bingo, Jan. 18 10:00am Raspberry Reunion. Thur. 9:30 Floor Curling, Jan. 5th 2:00 General Meeting, 1:00 Bingo (not on 5th), Jan 19. 2:00 Tea Dance. Fri. 1:00 Crib & Bridge. Sat. Jan. 21th 11:30 - 1:00 Soup Day ONGOING: BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS.

Pre and postnatal program 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, includes lunch, supplements, resources, workshops at Kootenay Family Place. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR A.A. MEETINGS AT THE PIONEER ARENA. Sun.

at 10 a.m. (phone Mike at 3658302), Tues. at 7 p.m. (phone Dennis at 365-2738), Thurs. at 8 p.m. (phone Jim at 365-6216) and Sat. at 8 p.m. (phone Leonard at 365-7805.) ONGOING: MEAT DRAW - EVERYONE WELCOME. Every Saturday. Royal

Canadian Legion, 248 Columbia Ave. First draw starts 4 p.m. Free pool. Bring your friends and have an afternoon of fun. ONGOING: TEENS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON A FRIDAY NIGHT? Blueberry school has a

movie and gym night every Friday at 8 p.m. Free but bring $$ for candy, grades 6 and up. Info - call 365-7201. ONGOING: USCC CULTURAL INTERPRETIVE SOCIETY meets every

Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doukhobor Arts and Crafts Centre, 820 Markova Rd., beside the Brilliant Cultural Centre. ONGOING: WEDNESDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS CIRCLE JAM AT BLUEBERRY CREEK SCHOOL. From 6:30- 9 p.m.

Runs every second Wednesday. All levels of Bluegrass players welcome. For more info call Ruth at 250-365-5538. ONGOING: TEENS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON A FRIDAY NIGHT? Blueberry school has a

movie and gym night every Friday at 8 p.m. Free but bring $$ for candy, grades 6 and up. Info - call 365-7201. ONGOING: BEAKS WILDBIRD REHA-

ONGOING: MORNING COFFEE CLUB - Fourth Wednesday of every

month beginning on September 28, morning coffee party at Castlegar United Church (beside the Kinnaird Clinic) at 10:00 a.m. Come and enjoy a coffee and meet new friends.

ONGOING: FAMILY FUN NIGHTS -

Come for a fun time with activities, books, art and theme nights. A healthy meal is provided. Robson Community School - 1st Wednesday of the month from 5:30–7:00 pm. Call Laurie at 3655970 to pre-register. Offered by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Robson Community School. ONGOING: AT THE COMMUNITY LEARNING PLACE YOU CAN GET FREE HELP with basic computers, read-

ing and writing, citizenship, test preparation, and skills upgrading. This program is offered at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. For more information call 250.365.3336. Offered by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.

ONGOING: BLUEBERRY PLAY TO LEARN PRESCHOOL currently has

space for 3 year old children in the Tuesday/Thursday morning preschool class. This program will provide your child a warm, nurturing environment for your child to get ready for Kindergarten. Call 250-365-7201 for more information.

ONGOING: MOTHER GOOSE - Cud-

dle, Connect and Communicate with your 0-12 month old at the Parent Child Mother Goose program. Join us at the Castlegar and District Public Library on Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30am starting October 12 until November 30. To register call 3656611.

ONGOING: ROBSON AND BLUEBERRY STRONGSTART CENTRES free early

learning programs for parents/ caregivers with young children. Join us for snack, art, stories, gym time, and music. Robson StrongStart - Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri 8:30-11:30am, Thurs 12:303:30pm. Blueberry StrongStart - Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 8:3011:30am and Tues 12:00-3:00pm. For more info call Alana at 3046862 or 365-7201.

ONGOING: SCRABBLE CLUB - Come out and play Scrabble on the 2nd Wed. of the month at the Castlegar Public Library - 6:30–8:00 pm. All levels are welcome!


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May Incumbent Alex Atamanenko wins big in Southern Interior

Alex Atamanenko was re-elected in BC Southern Interior by a wide margin on Monday and will join about 100 of his NDP colleagues as the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. Atamanenko ended up with roughly 51 per cent of the popular vote. In the 2008 election he won with 47.5 per cent of the vote. “I felt positive throughout the campaign, and one of the reasons I did is because we had a bunch of new people helping out in each of the

campaign offices,” Atamanenko said during his victory party at the Portuguese Hall in Castlegar on Monday evening. “And the vibe I got at the door was that people had, by and large, been happy with the work that my staff and I had been doing.” His win was just one of dozens across the country for the NDP, as the party exploded in popularity — particularly in Quebec — and posted its highest seat count ever, by far. Atamanenko said he’d be happy to stay

on as the federal agriculture critic for the NDP but the job will become much more serious — and much more difficult — now that his party forms the Official Opposition to the Conservative Party’s majority government. “I would suspect I’ll retain my role as agriculture critic, and basically it will be up to me ... to make sure we move on with a Canadian food strategy, to make sure we don’t introduce further genetically modified organisms, to make sure

cattle producers get a fair shake and we don’t have the GM apple introduced in Kelowna,” he said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility, not only in our party but on my shoulders, whatever portfolio I retain as a critic.” Despite the NDP’s historic gains, Atamanenko said he was “not happy with the outcome federally” and worried about what the new Conservative government will do with its majority in the House of Commons. “I think they’re

June Pageant a ‘great experience,’ says newly-crowned Miss Castlegar

going to try to ram through legislation,” Atamanenko said. “Their crime bills are going to go through, they’re going to do away with the Canadian Wheat Board. And any other legislation that they want to run, we’re not going to be able to stop them. We’re going to do our best, but it’s going to be very difficult.” Conservative candidate Stephen Hill met with about 20 supporters at Rave’s Restaurant in Trail Monday, resigned as he watched Atamanenko

cruise to victory but at the same time elated with the Conservative majority. “It couldn’t be better,” Hill said. “We wiped out the Bloc, we wiped out the Liberals and we’ve got a majority government for four more years — that’s perfect. With just over six per cent of the vote, Green candidate Bryan Hunt didn’t capture the kind of attention he was looking for in the vast riding, which covers Salmo in the east to Princeton in the west and the U.S. border north to Kaslo,

including Nelson. “I think our country is sending the wrong message here,” he said from his home in Calgary. “I think allegations of elections fraud with the Conservatives and certainly the contempt of Parliament, which has never happened in our Canadian history, and the message we sent was ‘We’re OK with it.’”

This report was put together with files from Valerie Rossi, Jim Bailey, Andrea Klassen, Kim Magi, Bob Hall and Robson Fletcher.

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Chances are this one could be a winner JIM SINCLAIR

KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

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Miss Castlegar Marie Soukeroff started her duties immediately after Friday night’s pageant for Sunfest weekend. “It was a busy weekend,” said 16-year-old Soukeroff, who is in Grade 10 at Stanley Humphries Secondary School. As Miss Krueckl Financial at the pageant, she edged out seven other girls for the title and will now travel to other pageants and towns with Miss Castlegar Princess, Sabrina Broad, as ambassadors for the city. The contestants were judged on training, personal interviews, speeches, talent, evening gowns and impromptu questions. During the training, which began in January, Soukeroff said she and the other girls became very close and she’s happy with how far they’ve come. “All the girls did so well and everyone should be proud of themselves,” she said. “The training was so

A healthy crowd of interested parties was on hand July 26 for the ribbon cutting of the new Chances Gaming Centre just north of West Kootenay Regional Airport on Highway 3A. Manager Chad Bullock, ownership member Ralph Berezan and up to 60 newly hired local employees could have been forgiven for some preopening butterflies as onlookers shuffled and waited. Just before 1 p.m. some brief comments were made by Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Bullock, Berezan and BC Lottery Corporation director of operations Rod Bailey. They knew the gallery was waiting for the wraps to come off the brand new facility. The Mayor re-emphasized points he had made following a council meeting some weeks before, that the gaming centre is a benefit for the city and area, and ought to stem the tide of gaming-destined funds

Marie Soukeroff was named “Miss Castlegar” on Friday night. Kim Magi photo

beneficial to all of us, it was great.” Soukeroff said her favourite part of participating in the Miss Castlegar program was getting to know all the other girls. “They’re such great people,” she said. Although all eight girls are close in age and all go to Stanley Humphries, Soukeroff said they didn’t really know one another before training started. “We weren’t as close as we’ve become over the past five months.” Participating in the program helped boost her confidence, Soukeroff said. “I’ve learned so many valuable skills

that are going to help me in the long run.” Miss Castlegar 2010, Mariah Morris, offered some points of advice to Soukeroff too, she said. “She said it’s a great experience and to just have fun.” After riding in Saturday’s Sunfest parade with the other Miss Castlegar contestants, Soukeroff and the other girls participated in Sunfest activities then helped with the Lions’ Family Day and children’s parade on Sunday. Next for Miss Castlegar and Miss Castlegar Princess will be Sam Steele Days in Cranbrook, where

they’ll represent the city in the parade and the pageant there. Soukeroff doesn’t know what the year will bring yet, but she’s already sorted out what she’s going to wear. “Me and my princess already decided that later on we want to get matching outfits,” she said. However, more important things lie ahead first. “I’m honoured and excited to be given the chance to represent the City of Castlegar and I’m excited for the upcoming year and I know it’s going to be a great learning experience,” she said.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoffmakes it official – cutting the ribbon at the new ‘Chances’ gaming facility. Jim Sinclair photo

being taken out of the area. Just prior to the ribbon cutting manager Chad Bullock, a Fort St. John native, said things had all gone “really well” leading up to opening day. “It’s been great hiring the staff,” he said. “We’ve found a lot of excellent, wonderful people in the area. “When I first arrived in June it was primarily just a shell. As you can see it’s an amazing facilty... it’s going to just detail the area.” Bullock comes to Castlegar by way of a similar stint in Terrace. One of the challenges he feels has been met, something related to a relatively out-of-the-way location, is an efficient

supply network. On this point he also feels the Terrace experience will serve him well. As for the sense of anticipation Bullock said, “It’s going to be great working with all our staff. They’re all prepared and excited. Some of them, I know, didn’t sleep very well last night. They just wanted to get in here and show the public what we have.” Rod Bailey told the throng that research indicates the facility is expected to generate over nine million dollars annually, with a percentage of that money sticking around the area. Just how the ratio works out will be interesting to keep track of in years to come.


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Public converges for update on Official Community Plan Castlegar News Reporter

The City of Castlegar held a public hearing on Monday to discuss the Official Community Plan Bylaw 1150. The hearing included a presentation from planning technician Shannon Marshall detailing the plan which will be used by municipal and regional governments to guide land use and community planning. The plan reflects community values which had been identified through input from Castlegar City Council and consultation with the general public. At the regular Council meeting, which took place after the hearing, the Official Community Plan, Bylaw 1150, was read and moved for a third time and adopted by Council. “It’s been adopted and is now a living

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document that continues on. You can update it now,” said mayor Lawrence Chernoff. “It’s more of a guideline really. Some of the things were looking at is the airport property, the infill [using existing vacant lots for development], all those kinds of things. It’s having a plan and somewhat a vision so that you look towards the future and that’s what this document does.” The vision for the plan states: Castlegar is a small city with a big heart, and BIG ideas. It’s a place where opportunity meets lifestyle. Our community is shaped through innovation: innovation in sustainability, regional servicing, and technology. We area a community with a sense of place, created by people with purpose and passion surrounded by trees, mountains, and water, we have a consistently high quality land-

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Castlegar City Council goes about the public hearing process for its Official Community Plan, before adopting the plan on Sept. 5. Craig Lindsay photo

scape and airspeed. Excellence in energy action and conservation showcases our leadership in environmental stewardship. Our economic affordable, housing forms are diverse, neighbourhoods are complete and inclusive and the community is well serviced. We are a connection point that unites the region - a hub from which to explore life’s adventure. Nature and technology are our enablers. We have opened our eyes to what’s possible and live happily ever after in Castlegar.

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they have contributed to the plan. “I’m a little disappointed to see no one here for the public hearing, although there has been some really good, upstanding citizens that came and put a lot of hard work into the document, a lot of thought, a lot of back and forth,” she said. “This was something that was done by the citizens not by council. This has been directed by the people that pay the taxes and live in the community. We’re really proud of the document. We think Shannon did a great

build an apartment where do you thing the best place would be? It might be downtown because you’ve already got the infrastructure in place so let’s make it a little denser and a little bit bigger. We are longitudinal here so let’s compress that and maybe go up or do whatever we need to do.” The mayor said that planning for the future is crucial in growing Castlegar. “We’re really looking for economic development,” he said. “To sustain this community over the long term and move it away from a one horse town, or one resource town and that’s where the planning comes into place. It’s like the gaming centre - that’s jobs and those kind of things. All those things we can do on the airport property gives us more jobs, more taxation, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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“This is what the plan details where you can put things in the proper perspective. Multiple dwelling areas, single housing and all those, so there is a place in the community for these things to develop,” said Chernoff. “So as you get development permits, it allows you to develop these areas. We can see what will fit in different areas.” The turnout at Thursday open house was unfortunate small, but Counsellor Deb McIntosh said that the public has had plenty of other opportunities where

job and we’re pleased that people came forward to help with it.” “The Plan has been in the making for two years. The public has had some great ideas with what they would like to see or not see in the community,” he said. “It’s really a guideline - something to follow so you don’t get the hodgepodge. You need to have planning. You need to be able to set your community up so it has a place to grow but to grow in the proper places.” One of the areas in Castlegar that the Plan looks at for growth is the airport area. “We’ve got that big, nice 37 acres at the airport that were putting in water over there - that’s all part of the airport development plan. That helps the economy of the community and that’s really what you are trying to do,” said Chernoff. “It’s the same thing as density. If someone wants to

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October Awards gala honours Sculpture Walk winners CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

Award winners from Castlegar’s Sculpture Walk were honoured Saturday night at a gala hosted by Element Club Bar and Grill. The gala featured the awards presentation, raffles, a toonie sculpture draw, and a performance by Many Hat Theatre Company of “Here on the Flight Path”. “It was just a fantastic evening. Everyone had a lot of fun,” said volunteer project manager Pat Field. “There was some great food, great entertainment with the dinner theatre and we gave away $8,000 in prizes and announced all the award winners. There was a real buzz in the room. A lot of energy.” The residents of Castlegar have really got behind the Sculpture Walk, which just completed its second year. This year’s Sculpture Walk featured 26 pieces that were placed throughout the downtown. Residents and tourists were able to vote for the best in the

Idaho resident Tamara Schweigert accepts a “People’s Choice” award from Mayor Lawrence Chernoff for her work, “Three Ring Circus.” Craig Lindsay photo

and culture building.” Award winners for the People’s Choice Awards were: Overall - Carl Sean McMahon for Linotype Wapiti; 1st - Gregory Johnson for Jack’s Story Time; 2nd - Christina Nick for Wheel of Life; 3rd - Tamara Schweigert, Three Ring Circus. Winners for Artistic Merit Awards were: Overall - Daniel Kloc for Raven; 1st Shohini Ghosh for Tranquil; 2nd - Peter

People’s Choice category. Organizers are already looking ahead to next year’s event. “It just seems to Dget better and better,” said Field. “As more and more people become engaged with the program, the citizens take ownership to it that’s what creates the links in the community. While the focus is on art and the artists, it’s really all about community building

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Vogelaar for Venus De Cello; 3rd Cameron Douglas, Road Apples. Two pieces were also purchased: Huge and Foolish by Rabi’a was bought by Columbia Basin Trust and Nokhom Maskwa by Stewart Steinhauer was purchased by the Kalawsky family. The winner of the Mystery Hunt was local student Kelsey Madson. Overall winner of

the People’s Choice Award, Carl Sean McMahon travelled from Saltspring Island to accept his award for his piece Linotype Wapiti, which has been purchased by the City of Castlegar and will stay here. “I was overjoyed,” he said. “I’m just so happy that the city purchased it and it actually stay here. It’s incredible. It’s got some historical history. It’s great.” The piece, which is a sculpture of an elk, is made out of an old linotype printing press from 1913 which was donated by the Castlegar News. The printing press was going to be destroyed, but was rescued and sent to McMahon, who made the Wapiti piece. “It’s a piece of history of Castlegar that’s now going to stay in Castlegar,” said Field. “It’s really neat that the citizens chose the cultural heritage of Castlegar as an important piece, as well as the art being a fantastic piece as well. But choosing that the as one to stay in the community [is great].”

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In the main event, Brad “Kamikaze” Causey defeated Vancouver’s Daniel Swain by TKO in the second round. Craig Lindsay photo

hosted Caged Rage 5: Rapture. In all, there were nine fights, including three professional bouts. “I think, overall, it went very well,” said organizer Glen Kalesniko. “The fights were awesome. There were some really great match-ups and some very exciting fights. It seemed like everybody enjoyed the show. That’s what I heard from everyone there.” It was a very good night for the Trail fighters, who train at Kalesniko’s Pride Gym. “They did very good,” he said. “We

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November Chernoff successful in bid for third term as Castlegar mayor

Preliminary results have been released for the City of Castlegar 2011 election. Incumbent Lawrence Chernoff has been re-elected as mayor for Castlegar defeating Gordon Zaitsoff 1,020 votes to 786. The 234 vote margin in considered closer than some expected. “You never know what the public’s going to do or how they’re going to decide,” said the successful mayoral candidate shortly after the results were released. “And I look at this as being closer than I suspected it would be. But that’s a decision of the community.”I thank my supporters and the community for allowing me to be mayor for the next three years.”It’s a challenge I’ve accepted for the last six years, and hope to do it again and enjoy what I’m doing there.” Despite losing in his bid for the mayor’s chair, Gordon Zait-

Surrounded by family and friends, incumbent Lawrence Chernoff won his bid for a third term as Castlegar Mayor on Nov. 19. Pictured with Chernoff (centre, holding grandson Aiden Kooznetsoff) following the news at his home are, from left, Frank Shlakoff, holding Nikita, and the relected mayor’s wife Jodi and Daughter Jennifer Kooznetsoff. Jim Sinclair photo

soff was pleased with the results. “I thought the election went very well,” he said. “We were able to bring some issues to the forefront. What it’s done is send a pretty strong message to mayor Chernoff that there are some concerns in the city and some of the areas that

should be addressed sooner than later.” Kirk Duff was the only incumbent not to be re-elected as he finished seventh with 820 votes. Duff was the longest serving councillor heading into the election, having been in council for 18 of the past 21 years.

Newly elected to council for 2011-2013 are Dan Rye, who finished second with 1,194 votes, and Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who finished fifth with 973 votes. Rye, the manager at Kootenay Market, ran a strong campaign and has previous council experience

in Gold River. As a former Rotary president and Chamber of Commerce president, Rye has proven that he knows the community and has the dedication and passion to be successful. Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who is employed by B.C. Hydro, campaigned around

making council more accountable and transparent. She has already butted heads with incumbent councillor Deb McIntosh at the all-candidates forum. Re-elected to council were McIntosh, who finished first with 1,281 votes, Kevin Chernoff (974 votes),

Russ Hearne (977), and Gord Turner (860). Not elected were Tyler Maddocks (736), Peter Wulowka (606), and Cord Lafond (437). The new council will be sworn in on Dec. 5 at the regular council meeting. In an extremely close school trustee vote Jo-Anne Bursey with 1079 votes and Jen Carter with 1018 votes were elected, edging out Bev Maloff with 1007. Zaitsoff was acclaimed as director for Regional District Area J (Lower Arrow-Columbia). Andy Davidoff was elected director for Area I (Rural Castlegar) with 218 votes. Davidoff, who is the Kootenay-Columbia Teacher’s Federation president, finished ahead of Owen Morris (58 votes), Larry Walker (52) and Sandra Smith (23). –Craig Lindsay & Jim Sinclair

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A month of action Castlegarians got into the festive spirit in a big way, as usual, this year. Community members got a truck loaded with goods for the local food bank (above left) while the CP Holiday Train was in town. Pictured above right, the guests of honour in Castlegar’s Winterfest Parade. Craig Lindsay photos


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Sports Castlegar Rebels mid-season report card: young team gelling well CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

With the Castlegar Rebels heading into the winter break and the season about two thirds of the way through, it’s high time for an in-depth look at the team. GOAL - The addition of Jordan Gluck has really solidified the goaltender position for the Rebels, giving the team two strong choices in net along with Connor Beauchamp. Alex Ross played well last year for the team, but never really got going this year. The trade of Ross for Gluck looks like a gutsy move that’s paying off. Beauchamp is fourth among KIJHL goalies in goals against average with 2.67 so far, while Gluck is seventh at 2.74. Grade: B DEFENCE - The veteran tandem of Tyler Jones and captain Erik Alden has played well. Jones leads all defencemen with 20 points in 33 games, while Alden is close

behind with 19 points in 32 games. Youngsters like Bryce Eviston and Daylen Pearson are continuing to improve and add a physical presence to the blue line. The loss of Joren Johnson to the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters and recent injuries/ suspensions have exposed the Rebels’ lack of depth. Adding another solid defenceman must certainly be on Coach/General Manager Steve Junker’s Christmas wish list. Grade: C+ FORWARDS With Scott Morisseau, the KIJHL’s scoring champion from last year, hitting the ice and hitting his stride after a shoulder injury, the Rebels are looking strong and deep up front. Morisseau was acquired in the summer from Fernie, but missed the first two months of the season after off-season shoulder surgery. Teamed on a line with veterans Arthur Andrews and Stuart Walton, Moris-

seau gives the team a scoring and passing presence. The “other” top line of Anthony Delong, Tyler Robinson, and Peter Mingus may have slowed down recently, but are still capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Castlegar’s “young guns” third line of Brenden Heinrich, Diego Bartlett, and Kody Disher has stepped up recently offensively and are always solid on the defensive end. GRADE: ASPECIAL TEAMS - The Rebs power play is really starting to click with the return of Morisseau. The penalty kill seems to give up too many easy chances. Another big presence on the back end would be a definite bonus. GRADE: BINTANGIBLES As general manager, Steve Junker has done a solid job bringing in the pieces that the Rebels need to make another run at the KIJHL championship.

On the coaching side, Junker and assistants Jesse Dorrans, Bruno Tassone and Darcy Martini always seem to get the players ready to play hard. As for the crowds, I’d like to see a few more bums in the seats. When Nelson or Beaver Valley is in the town, the old barn is rocking. It’d be nice to see those kind of crowds at every home game. GRADE: AOVERALL: The Rebels are playing stronger over the last couple of weeks, as witnessed by their 8-win, 1-loss, 1-tie record over the last ten games. Of course, the gold standard this year is the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The ‘Hawks are 27-5-0 this year and have won their last 13 games. A home and home between the teams on Dec. 29 and 30 will go a long way to see how far away the Rebels are away from the deep and talented Nitehawks. OVERALL GRADE: A-

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Team

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Team

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Bev George

585

T177

21 Tops (2 )

557

T118

Logan Voykin

585

T177

kmgfisher

557

Tazman Devils

584

T177

Firenewt

557

T177

Kinso

557

1

P. J. Kin

677

T58

Shawn Williams (3 )

606

2

Mac McHenry

670

T58

Sophie Streleoff

606

665

T58

Harry Lebedeff

606

T120

662

T62

It's all relative

605

T120

Paul Rodrigues (3 )

584

Leah Biln (2 )

660

T62

HAB-A-DABA-DOO (2

605

T120

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584

181

Mysterious #1

556

6

Kevin Olesen (2 )

656

T62

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605

T123

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583

182

Me like pancakes

555

7

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651

65

Puckhog2

604

T123

554

B. Markin -2 (2 )

649

T66

99 High Score (2 )

603

125

T66

Jake Cutts (2 )

603

3 4 5

8

Puckhog H.Byers

Brittney Soobotin (2 )

583

T183

Amber Walsh

Jangles (3 )

582

T183

Teasm Kanigan (2 )

554

T126

Tim Allen

581

T185

Spring Fever

553

Elenn Conacher

648

10

ADAM CRAWFORD

641

T66

Lou Bouliane

603

T126

Deb Matthews

581

T185

Pack Leader

553

T11

Gratnt Matthews

638

T69

Len Donald

602

T128

Ron Orton

580

T187

Rhonda Jackman

552

T11

Tasie

638

T69

Mama Pozzy

602

T128

Hawkeye (2 )

580

T187

Leela (3 )

552

T11

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638

T69

All The Way (3 )

602

T130

Dion Resicini (4 )

579

T187

No Chance (3 )

552

9

14

D Hartson (2 )

637

T69

Al Soobotin (2 )

602

T130

Long Shot Poole (2 )

579

T187

Ryan Coville #3

552

15

C Luongo

634

73

Nadine Evin (4 )

601

T132

Dave Muir (2 )

578

T187

Francis Five (3 )

552

Marilyn Morisseau (2 )

600

T132

Doug Henderson (2 )

578

T192

Warren Chernoff

551

T132

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P Markin

633

T74

Clint...

633

T74

R Evdokimoff (3 )

600

Grover99

578

T192

Wally Verigin

551

Rose Rilkoff (2 )

633

T74

June Bos

600

T135

Andy Evin

577

T194

Pool Slayer (2 )

549

Shamim Pourmokhtari

632

T74

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600

T135

B.Markin-1 (3 )

577

T194

Hockey Sucks (2 )

549

Grabrielle Jangalu (2 )

630

T74

Hoover's (2 )

600

T135

Sausage Patties (2 )

577

T194

Shawn Walsh (2 )

549

John Zarikoff

629

T74

Pozzy #2

600

T135

James Watson

577

T197

John Jackman

547

Russ Daniels

628

T74

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600

T139

Joe Chernoff (2 )

576

T197

Dave Loukianow (3 )

547

T81

Rod Scheltens (3 )

599

T139

Finny (2 )

576

T197

Tyrone Anderson

547 546

Pappa Pozzy (2 )

628

T22

Gordon Bos (2 )

628

T81

Wayne Kuzyk (2 )

599

T141

Alexandra Shrieves (2 )

575

200

Nat Hipwell

25

Killer Christ (2 )

627

T83

PicsPic

598

T141

Daryl MacAskin

575

201

Mike Dampier (3 )

545

T26

Deep Dhillon (2 )

624

T83

Sophie's Sprinners (3 )

598

T141

Camron Jmaeff (2 )

575

T202

Chelsea Markin

544

T26

Light Em Up

624

Mert Hubel

544

T22

28

Sheldon Knutson

623

29

Steve Scott (2 )

622

30

Gus & Lila (2 )

621

T31

Ron Matthews (2 )

620

T31

R.Keith Beck

620

33 T34 T34 36

Ryan Coville #2

619

Tickle My Fancy

618

Regan Bryers (2 )

618

Zoes LMS

617

85

Stacy Donald

597

T144

Claire Hingley

574

T202

T86

Kevin Carlson (3 )

596

T144

Vi Krest (4 )

574

204

T86

Papa Barty

596

T144

Kelly Keraiff (3 )

574

T86

Darryl Flasch (2 )

596

T144

Terry Balyk

574

T86

Ryan Coleville1

596

148

Skweezer

573

T86

Phil Markin (2 )

596

T149

Mac's attackers (2 )

572

T86

Fubar Hubel

596

T149

Scott Morisseau (2 )

T92

Walter Swetlishoff (3 )

595

T151

T92

Long Shot (3 )

595

T92

Pat Biln (2 )

595

95

Jacob Streleoff

594

T96

p.k.pups

593

T96

Kristy Daniels

593

T96

Doug Morisseau (2 )

593

C. Mercer (2 )

593

James Wozney

615

T37

Helen Zarikoff

615

T39

Playsetter 2 (3 )

613

T39

Bill Verigin

613

41

George Pipke

612

T96

T42

Mike Dmytruk (2 )

611

T100

Alana Markin

592

T42

Soap & Suds

611

T100

Kim Keraiff (3 )

592

T42

JohnnyK

611

T102

L. Terava (2 )

591

T42

Austin Shrieves

611

T102

Mark A Lisinsky (2 )

591

T42

T37

Nadine Chernoff

611

T102

Ron Postinkoff

591

47

Doug Fellman

610

T102

David Lindsay (2 )

591

T48

Garry Williams (2 )

609

T106

Tom Mitchell (2 )

T48

John Ratcliffe

609

T106

T48

Kennady Keraiff

609

T48

Kimberly Sookorukoff

Baloney Heads (3 )

543

T205

Al. K (3 )

541

T205

Ryan Matthews

541

T207

Robert Mason

540

T207

Brayden Biln (3 )

540

572

T209

Nolan (4 )

539

Mysterious Percs

571

T209

Gary Fodor

539

T151

Tyler Maddocks

571

211

Pozzy#1 (3 )

538

T153

Mamma Barry

570

212

Vertical Acres

537

T153

Dani Wah (2 )

570

T213

Joshua K (2 )

536

T153

Dennis Ferris

570

T156

Mike Tarasoff (3 )

569

T156

Nancy Donald

569

T156

Marnie Pettit

569

159

Playsetter (2 )

568

T160

Ken Woodward

567

T160

Pennie Pipke (2 )

567

T160

Ryan Sookorukoff

567

T163

Joe Gauthier (2 )

565

T163

JT. Johnson

565

590

T163

Matt Roberts (2 )

565

Kyle Morisseau

590

T166

Al Kuffert (2 )

564

T108

Winning Woman

589

T166

Alley Kat

564

609

T108

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589

168

Joan Gratton (2 )

563

Pam Zemp (2 )

589

T169

Keith Stevens (2 )

562

T52

Pete Postnikoff

608

T108

T52

Shirley Hubel

608

T111

Lynn Opperman

588

T169

Sausage Rounds (3 )

562

T52

B. Mercer (2 )

608

T111

Teemka (2 )

588

T169

Brenda Balyk (3 )

562

T55

Suzie Chernoff

607

T111

Marie Waite

588

T169

Sausage Links

562

T55

UP IN FLAMES (2 )

607

T114

Thomas Bare

587

T169

C's Crew

562

T55

Pmar

607

T114

Cindy Conacher (2 )

587

174

Shane Young (2 )

561

T58

Blair McCavley (2 )

606

T116

Nelson Sousa (2 )

586

T175

Yellow Weasel (2 )

559

T58

Shawn Williams (3 )

606

T116

Make It Sausage (2 )

586

T175

Liz Markin

559

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Patti Kabatoff (3 )

536

215

Jessee Morisseau (3 )

535

216

T213

Ex Coach

533

T217

Ted Healey

532

T217

Luba Stouchruoff (2 )

532

219

Alups Rogues

531

220

Silverdollars (2 )

530

221

Sausage Muffins

529

222

Danie McTaggart (6 )

526

223

Rod Harshenin (3 )

525

T224

Joe Piller (2 )

524

T224

Kelly Keraiff #2 (3 )

524

MooMoo (2 )

523

226 227

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517

228

S. Harris (2 )

514

229

Emily C (2 )

511

230

Brett Chernoff (3 )

510

231

60 Cents (3 )

497

232

Evan Poznikoff (6 )

486

233

Tamso H. (3 )

481

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Laura Gretchen We are sad to announce the passing of Laura Gretchen, aectionately known as Bb B b was bborn on Baba. Baba August 20, 1926 and passed at Penticton Regional Hospital on December 4, 2011. During the last 5 years, Baba resided in Summerland to be close to her daughter, Laura, and son, Dan. Baba was predeceased by her husband, Alec Gretchen, her daughter, Winnie Woykin, her daughter, Sophia Baker, her son, Allen Gretchen, and her granddaughter, Lisa Woykin. She is survived by her daughter Laura (Gretchen) Johnson and son, Dan Gretchen. Baba is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren. Baba loved to sew, play cards, camp, and listen to Blue Grass music. She was loved and will be missed by her family. Bye Baba. Love Laura and Dan.

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It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Jerome at the age of 70 years. He will be loving remembered by his children; Connie (Perry) Dyck, Joanne (Barrie) Shrieves, Barry (Marci) Cushner, Michelle Nickerson, Michael Cushner and Ashley Alires (Frank); 12 grandchildren; Charlie, his dog and best friend in the world; and many great friends. Jerome was predeceased by his parents Julian and Olga. A gathering to celebrate Jerome’s life will be held at a later date in both Edmonton, Alberta and Castlegar, B.C. Inquiries may be directed to candiedskittles@hotmail.com or thecushners@live.com for the dates and times.

Elizabeth Yvonne (Hayes) of Cranbrook BC, passed away December 6, 2011 at 88 years old. Born April 2, 1923 in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan to William and Hedwig Hayes. Predeceased by h her husband Dominik in 1982. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter; Katheen (Leonard) Shay and Son; Joseph (Tanya) Pavlis, grandchildren; Don, Celia (Corey), Joshua, Samuel, Megan and Great grandson; Austin, Brother; Bill, Sister’s; Therese, Peggy and their families. Service was held December 14, 2011 at the Castlegar Funeral Chapel. Internment at the Kinnard Park Cemetery, where she was laid to rest with her husband Dominik. We will love you for always and forever our Angel you’ll be. In lieu of owers donations can be made to the “Celebration of a Lifeâ€? Hospice Christmas tree.

Erno Sebestyen Sadly the family of Erno Sebestyen, of Castlegar, announces his passing at Talarico Place Care Centre, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, blessed with 87 years of life. Erno was born in Hungary, on E December 14, 1923. He immigrated to Canada in 1949 and married Annie Santo on January 21, 1950. After spending some time farming, Erno joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a musician and that was where he spent the majority of his working life. He enjoyed playing card games, especially cribbage, and watching tennis on television. He was predeceased by granddaughter Kirsten in 2004. Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife of 61 years, Annie; son Paul (Heather); daughters Annie and Linda; grandchildren Keith (Caleigh), Tammy (Marcel), Jamie and Sacha and great-grandchildren Felix, Maia, Quentin and Ada.

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Cremation has taken place in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. There will not be a service, at Erno’s request.

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The family extends their gratitude to all who helped comfort Erno in his ďŹ nal days.


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Anne Kabatoff The family of Anne Kabatoff dl announces hher passing, i with ih sadly her loving family at her side, at Castleview Care Centre on Monday, December 5, 2011, blessed with 83 years of life. Anne was born on January 4, 1928, to parents Annie (Doubinin) and George William Kanigan. She married Philip Kabatoff in Blewett, BC and the happily married couple, for 61 years, made their home in Winlaw, BC. Anne proudly raised her family, tended to her large garden and blissfully enjoyed all her animals on the farm. Anne enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering. She loved to entertain with her great cooking. Anne could always be found in her kitchen preparing her delicious baking and meals for anyone who happened to be in the neighbourhood. Her affection and devotion to her grandchildren was very endearing. Anne was a dedicated life-long member of the USCC and one of her strongest desires in life was for Peace on Earth. Anne will always be remembered for her generosity, hospitality, kindness, humour and love for her family and friends. She was predeceased father on October 7, 1965, her mother on July 29, 1972, her brother George on September 29, 1999, her fatherin-law Peter W. Kabatoff on January 1, 1986 and her mother-in-law Mary (Bloudoff) Kabatoff on September 20, 1992. Left to mourn her loss is her loving husband of 61 years Philip; four children, Sarah (Peter) Salikin, Mary (Bill) Kazakoff, Philip Kabatoff and Katie Kabatoff; grandchildren William (Jen), Lisa (Aaron), Andrew, Reena, Misha, Chase and Joel; 1 great-grandchild Bennet; brother Edgar Kanigan; sisters-in-law Dorothy (Mike) Shkuratoff and Polly (Nick) Verigin; brothers-in-law Peter (Francis) Kabatoff and Mike (Nellie) Kabatoff and many nieces and nephews. Our beloved Wife, Mother and Baba has been loved dearly and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Anna, Rest in Peace in God’s Heavenly Kingdom.

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Funeral arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. Funeral services were held at Castlegar Funeral Chapel, with Peter Zaytsoff officiating, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, followed by interment at the Ootischenia Cemetery. We would like to thank all of our family, relatives, friends and neighbours for all their support, blessings, kindness and prayers during this sad time. We would like to include the staff of Castleview Care Centre who offered friendship, support and professional services and also to Dr Ankenbauer for mom’s care. To our dear friend and very special lady, Nellie Voykin, for her guidance and recitation of many beautiful Russian prayers, before and after our mother’s passing. To Lewie and Beatrice Verigin for their direction, support and guidance. To Castlegar Funeral Chapel staff, Bill Strilaeff and Sarah Greenwood for their kindness, sympathy and professional services. To Peter Zaytsoff for officiating, organizing and directing the family during the funeral service. To all the singers who sang so beautifully. Thank you for your time, blessings and prayers. To Walter Markin and the grave-diggers at Ootischenia Cemetery for your time and hard work. To the USCC catering group, who spent many hours preparing a delicious Doukhobour lunch in Anne’s honour. To Christina Lidstone for her many hours of message therapy, love and support. We as a family are so grateful and thankful for all the blessings, condolences, and comfort that came our way. We could not have done this without you.

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