Castlegar News Thursday, December 29, 2011
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,
Carrier/violinist Nathan Kline is the recipient of a very special gift. Kim Magi photo
years ago, used to play the violin and when we lived in Ab-
botsford we used to go with some other people and play our
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.
Sled pair cold but safe KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter
Two Castlegar residents are “fortunate” to have been found Saturday night in frigid temperatures, according to RCMP. The men, ages 40 and 48 were snowmobiling off Mackie Creek Road, 15 kilometres west of Castlegar, when one ran out of gas. “It was decided the other male would make his way back to his truck and get fuel but ended up getting lost in the process,” Cpl. Deb Postnikoff said. Nearly six hours later, at 9:30 p.m., the male found his way back to his truck where the RCMP found him. By joining Castlegar Search and Rescue, he was able to lo-
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cate his friend on the mountain just after 2 a.m. Both men were unharmed but quite cold in the -13 C weather, Postnikoff said, and search efforts were winding down for the evening when the first man was found. “RCMP would like to take this opportunity and remind snowmobilers to ensure they are well prepared with emergency supplies, adequate fuel and food and water when venturing into the mountains,” Postnikoff said. “Always tell someone your exact starting point and provide an expected return time. A GPS and fully charged cell phone are always recommended.” “Not all cases have such a successful, happy ending,” she added.
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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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