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There are no pit bulls currently registered in Castlegar, but they can still be seen around the city, like this one that was photographed downtown in late March. The fee to license a pit bull in Castlegar is $1,000 per year.

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-

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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Marijuana controversy grabs national attention ROBSON FLETCHER 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 were

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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.

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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Council news in brief CITY BOOSTS FUNDING TO AREA CULTURAL GROUPS City council voted Monday night to approve funding agreements with the Castlegar and District Heritage Society, the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society and the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science — all of which will receive an $800 increase. The three-year agreement will see each organization receive $40,800 annually, plus $7,000 for capital improvements this year. “The city’s support is huge for us,” Val Field, executive director of the Kootenay Gallery said. “We are really lucky to have a city that supports local culture and heritage.” The new funding agreement will end on Dec. 31, 2013.

HESKETH WINS FIRST $250 ‘SNOW BUSTER’ AWARD Mayor Lawrence Chernoff pulled Harold Hesketh’s name as the first “snow buster” winner at the regular council meeting Monday night. Hesketh was one of many people nominated throughout Castlegar who took the time to shovel driveways other than his own during

the winter. “We took it on people to nominate their neighbours,” Coun. Kevin Chernoff said. “We had quite a few people that wrote in their suggestions.” Hesketh will receive $250 from the city as his prize. City council hopes to have him appear at the next council meeting on April 18 to present him with the cheque.

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Less CBT funding for Castlegar GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

A change in the way the Regional District of Central Kootenay apportions Columbia Basin Trust community funding will mean more money for some places and less for others, including Castlegar and Nelson. In a narrow vote on Thursday last week, directors approved a motion to dole out money beginning in 2012 based solely on population instead of a formula combining population and assessment. “I don’t know why we started doing it years ago the way we did, but I just feel it’s more about people than the value of their homes,” says Arrow Lakes director Paul Peterson, who introduced the motion, despite the fact his area actually stands to lose money. “I love to keep within the spirit of what the Trust is about.”

Peterson says they were have more demands on able to draw from a much the only regional district them, and receive the lion’s larger tax base to provide using the population plus share of requests for funding their services. “If your cities continue to assessment formula. Al- from community groups. “We tend to have most of grow, you get more money,” though they will still receive the same amount of money the requests because a lot of she said. “We may grow a overall, the pie will be divid- groups servicing the region bit, but can never provide ed a little differently begin- are working out of Nelson,” the same level of services.” “When I lose $10,000 out Dooley says. ning next year. Chernoff added that of my allotment, it’s going to Castlegar stands to lose more than $8,000 a year — even with the present sum affect people,” Chernoff said. from $107,000 to $99,000, of money to work with, it’s “I think the system worked while Nelson’s piece will “difficult and time-consum- fine before.” drop by $6,400 — from ing” to evaluate funding Chernoff said he hopes about $133,000 to $126,000. requests, which last year when a new board of direcThe biggest winner will be totaled over $400,000. They tors is brought on in 2012 it Creston, both the town and were only able to satisfy a may reconsider the decision. rural area, which will each quarter of that amount. The motion passed with Nakusp Mayor Karen 11 directors in favour. receive more than $8,500 Hamling, however, remore. In all, funding will in- sponded that the cities are —With files from Kim Magi crease for six areas, decrease for seven, and A breakdown of the how new Columbia Basin Trust remain unchanged for funding formula will affect various communities seven others at the lowest end of the funding scale. Community 2011 2012 Change Nelson Mayor John Area I $30,000 $32,984 + $2,984 Dooley and Castlegar Area J $35,662 $38,133 + $2,471 Mayor Lawrence Cher- Castlegar $107,328 $99,143 - $8,185 noff argued that as the Nelson $132,882 $126,445 - $6,437 largest municipalities Creston $57,404 $65,913 + $8,509 and regional hubs, they

‘If you want the dog, buck up the money’ Continued from P. 1

The dog licence fees were implemented in November 2001 and passed through city council with a unanimous vote, O’Connor said. “There were a lot of problems with [vicious dogs] at the time,” he said. After the bylaw was passed, O’Connor said a couple of people moved out of the city because they didn’t want to pay the licence fee or get rid of their dogs. “It was effective while I was mayor but I think it’s less effective now,” he said. A total of 217 dogs were registered in Castlegar in 2002, according to city records, compared with 277 in 2010. A city official said the numbers haven’t fluctuated too much since the bylaw passed. Currently, there are no pit bull or Staffordshire terriers registered in Castlegar. As of March 24, a total of 215 dogs were registered in the city. O’Connor believes people have become complacent and the bylaw isn’t being enforced. Bylaw officer Rick Smith said this

isn’t the case. He said he does random checks and also investigates complaints, and has been regularly patrolling the area around the Millennium Walkway recently. “I would say probably, if I recognize the dog as a pit bull I’m going to question it for sure,” he said. Smith added that, compared to surrounding areas, there aren’t a lot of pit bull or Staffordshire terriers to be found in Castlegar. This may be because Castlegar’s licence fees for these types of dogs is the highest out of any West Kootenay community. In Trail and Nelson, it costs $300 annually to register a pit bull. Grand Forks charges $30 for any kind of dog, and in Salmo it’s $15. Licence fees for other dogs range from $25 to $45, depending on where you live and if your dog is neutered or spayed. O’Connor doesn’t think $1,000 is unreasonable. “$1,000 is prohibitive,” he said. “If you want to have the dog and think it’s

the greatest dog in the world, then buck up the money.” Current city councillors Gord Turner and Kirk Duff were also on council in 2001 and helped pass the bylaw. “It was a pre-emptive strike,” Duff said, explaining that the bylaw came to the table because there were many dog attacks throughout B.C. at the time, and council wanted to send a clear message that people would have to be very serious about wanting a pit bull or Staffordshire terrier if they lived in Castlegar. Both Turner and Duff believe the $1,000 price tag should stay, although neither had an idea of how effective the bylaw has been over the last 10 years. Current Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said the bylaw may be one to revisit. “Maybe it doesn’t have viability,” he said. “A bylaw is only as good as you enforce it.” He did agree that it should cost more to license certain dogs over others, though. “It’s a safety issue we’ve found,” he said. “I know each dog is individual but we need to set the parameters.”

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Senseless bylaw Castlegar’s decade-old bylaw which quite deliberately discriminates against owners of certain breeds of dogs is one of those rules that doesn’t make sense in principle or in practice. The decision to charge owners of pit bulls and Staffordshire terriers $1,000 a year to license their animals was, according to the mayor who presided over its creation, a purposeful attempt to force these breeds of dog out of the city and if their owners went with them, so be it. The justification for this unusual action — pushing existing or prospective citizens out of Castlegar — was that these particular breeds of dog are just too vicious to have around. Hogwash. While behavioural tendencies do vary between different types of dogs, every responsible dog owner knows that training has a far greater influence on behaviour than breeding. A well trained pit bull poses less danger to the public than a poorly trained poodle. Need proof? Just look carefully around town and you’ll see plenty of these supposedly vicious dogs co-existing peacefully with canines and humans alike. This, of course, brings us to the practical problem with the bylaw: It’s not being enforced. There are precisely zero licences at city hall for pit bulls or Staffordshire terriers. The owners of these dogs are simply ignoring the bylaw. (The majority of dog owners in this city choose not to license their animals, it should be noted. There are currently 215 valid dog licences at city hall, but it’s safe to assume there are far more dogs than that in Castlegar.) The only thing this bylaw is accomplishing is deterring law-abiding, would-be residents from moving to Castlegar. Responsible owners of these particular breeds of dog aren’t made to feel welcome in this community when faced with such exorbitant licensing fees. Ultimately, that is our loss as a city. The current council ought to revisit this bylaw and either abolish it or replace it with licensing rules that make more sense. We want to hear from you.

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A reminder of what’s right Sometimes it seems as if the world is falling apart. Epic earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, a creeping unemployment rate, and families losing their homes have become commonplace. It’s hard to turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper nowadays. These are sad times indeed, and if one was so inclined, it would be easy to crawl into a depression hole and never want to look out again. Yes, it’s easy to get mired in the everyday minutiae and the overall state of things, which is why it’s important for me to recognize and celebrate what’s right in this world. It helps balance out the not-so-right. Case in point — I recently had the opportunity, the privilege actually, of meeting a modern-day, middleincome, typical, blended family. Together, the couple who are in their mid-30s (him) and mid-40s (her) have two children; she has four in total. Three of those children, ages 20, seven and six are living at home. They have also given refuge to a single father and his two daughters age eight and six. To say their house is crowded would be a considerable understatement. Day after day I hear their family routine through the open window as Theresa Hodge Office Manager

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they round up the children and get them off to school, baseball practice, parent/teacher meetings or any another of the numerous obligations of young families. I hear the crying and the laughter as it blows through the window, carried by the wind. It’s obvious their days are devoted to raising their family in the best way possible and each and every day brings a renewed commitment to do the very best they can for their children. They are a loud, boisterous family. They are a happy, busy family. They face adversity almost every day of their life by simply living in today’s world. Both parents work full time and long hours and yet they soldier on. They do it for their family. They struggle financially and yet they are the type of people who could never, not for one second, turn a person away from their table. They don’t have much, but what they do have they gladly share. I think that despite the everyday stress of simply trying to be good parents, they have learned a secret that some of us fail to remember, or in some cases, ever learn. They have learned to laugh their way through the hard times.

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Despite their harried and busy life, they navigate their way through life with smiles and good humour. They are warm and welcoming people with warm and welcoming children. It’s pleasant to visit with them or to hear their family noises through the window. It reminds me that life always goes on and that there are good, honest and caring people in the world. It tells me that life is full of surprises, some good, some not so good. But it’s life and what would life be without those little surprises, both good and bad? It would be a simple landscape of dull gray. They add a poignant counterbalance to those thoughtless and hurtful people of the world who think that the whole world, and its inhabitants, owe them a living and haphazardly stomp through life with little, or no, regard to those around them. You know the kind I mean — we have all met at least one of those type of people in our life. It’s hard to imagine the colour of their lifescape. Our neighbours know happiness isn’t measured by the money in the bank, it’s measured in their children’s laughter. Our neighbours epitomize what is right in the world.

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Letters to the Editor

Political apathy is just a symptom of a Rebels go above and beyond deeper problem with our democracy for fans and for Madeline While I can agree with some of the sentiments of Dave Carter as presented in his letter to the editor (‘Apathy threatens democracy,’ March 31), there is much more for us to consider and talk about on this issue of apathy threatening democracy. He states:“The two biggest problems with politics in our country are apathy and ignorance.” However, after giving this topic some deeper thought, it became abundantly clear to me that it would be more accurate to say that the problems of ignorance and apathy in our country are created as a direct result of a skewed political system. I am not trying to make a “fashionably disinterested in politics” statement here. Like many Canadians I am concerned with this business of yet another “election that effects us all profoundly,” but unlike Mr. Carter, I can no longer continue to believe in the illusion that this country is a democracy and that my vote matters. A through investigation of the evidence has made it clear for me and many other politically apathetic citizens, that we do not have a political system that represents and supports us as a “government for the people and by the people.” What we have is more accurately described as an oligarchy — a government in which a few wealthy people maintain the ruling power through their political minions and control of the media. If we lived in a true democracy, “we the people” would have the right to vote for the policies that effect us. However, the career politicians in Ottawa or Victoria do not ask us if we want an HST,

another election, or a war. All we are offered is the option to vote for a local representative of a “political party” that they appoint. The political parties speak to some of our interest in order to get elected, but in fact are obligated to look after the concerns of the party, big business supporters, and themselves. While some sincere individuals from our community have stepped up to the political plate to take a swing at the ball, most often they end up disheartened or resigned to the corruption of the system. I would suggest to Mr. Carter that many Canadians are “wakening up and taking responsibility for their desire for democracy,” but have yet to discern a plan of action. We haven’t arrived at a critical juncture yet where the return to democracy means rioting in the streets like in Egypt. It appears to me that the polite Canadian way that many have chosen, is to simply stop participating in the political game. This “public shunning” should be viewed as a non-violent, non-confidence vote in the present political system that continues to waste our resources and subject us to their circus agenda under the tented disguise of a democracy. Our first objective is to arrive at a consensus of understanding the nature and extent of our real problems. This is not a political issue. Then we can address the bigger question of developing the systems that will get us from where we are, to where we want to be. Steve Clement Castlegar

I am writing to thank the Castlegar Rebels and their coach Steve Junker for going “above the call of duty” and providing the most exciting hockey season our area has in years. I don’t know if most people in our area are aware that this year the Rebels set a record for having the most points in a season. The Rebels won the Neil Murdoch Division this year and it has been 15 years since the team reached this level of playoff success. Although they came up a bit short in a hard-fought league final, they have every reason to be proud of their season! Most importantly to my family was the kindness

they showed to our daughter Madeline, 9, who was nailed by a runaway puck at a game against the Fernie Ghostriders. After the tears and help from local paramedics she couldn’t find the puck to keep as proof of her “love” of the sport. (Until this happened, she put up with hockey because of her brother in PeeWee.) She was inconsolable. Steve Junker and the Rebels heard about this and delivered a Rebels T-shirt to her, fully signed by the team. Thanks guys for a great year and going the extra mile. See you next year!

Debbie Bayoff and all the family of Madeline Bayoff Castlegar

Letters Policy The Castlegar News welcomes letters to the editor intended for publication but reserves the right to edit. Letters should typically be in the range of 300 words in length. Anonymous letters will not be published. To assist in verification your telephone number must be supplied, but will not be published.

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Nomination Form

Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce - Business Excellence Awards Business Person of the Year A business owner or manager that demonstrates integrity, professionalism and outstanding service. Nominee: ____________________________________ Business of the Year A business that demonstrates excellence in quality of service, community involvement, leadership, image and innovation. Nominee: ____________________________________ Retail Service Excellence Award A business that provides exceptional customer service and continually demonstrates enjoyment and product knowledge in their work environment and customer service. Nominee: ____________________________________ Food & Beverage Excellence Award An individual or business that shows dedication to professionalism and demonstrates commitment to consistently providing excellent service in the food and beverage industry. Nominee: ____________________________________ Green Award The nominee business must: display environmental responsiveness through personal leadership and effort; demonstrate innovation in stewardship of the environment; display commitment to exemplary environmental responsiveness, beyond governmental requirements; encourage others to be environmentally responsible. Nominee: ____________________________________ Tourism/Hospitality Award A business or business person within the tourism/hospitality industry who has demonstrates excellence in marketing the Castlegar area as a tourism destination. Nominee: ____________________________________ Professional Business Award A business or business person in the financial, medical or professional field that demonstrates integrity, professionalism and outstanding community service. Nominee: ____________________________________ Name _____________________________________ Address ____________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________ Please complete and return to the Chamber office.

All residents of Castlegar and areas I &J are encouraged to nominate the Best in Business Person(s) that have demonstrated excellence in Business/ Service and Professionalism. Please review the Chamber Membership list and nominate only one per category. Please return directly to the Castlegar Chamber office before April 30, 2011 deadline. Awards will be presented at the Chamber Business Awards Gala on June 11th 2011.

99 Cent Store A&W Acme Excavating Ltd Affolter Financial Group All Hit KBS Astral Media Inc AM Ford Sales Amy Enns/Highmark Realty Anderson Insurance Agencies Andres Audiotronic Andrew Sheret-Splashes Ltd Apple Auto Glass Arica Gardens Bed & Breakfast & Gift Shop Ashland Training Resource Training Centre Avenue Hairdesign Ltd. Back In Balance Family Chiropractor Bagels & Brew Bank of Montreal Bargain Shop BC Billboards BC Hydro Benjamin Moore In Color Decorating Centre Best Western Terra Nova Hotel Black Rooster Classic Bar & Grill Boardwalk Enterprises BookCo Services Boston Pizza Brian Brown CGA Canadian Cancer Society, West Kootenay Canadian Tire Cascade Lock & Safe Castlegar & District Heritage Society Castlegar & District Public Library Castlegar Arts Council Castlegar Golf Club Castlegar Hospice Society Castlegar Hospital Foundation

Castlegar Hyundai Castlegar Ink Spot Castlegar Kitchens Plus Castlegar Machine & Chrome Ltd. Castlegar Medical Aesthetics & Day Spa Castlegar Medical Clinic Castlegar News Castlegar Realty Ltd Castlegar Rec Centre Central Rentals Ltd Century 21 CIBC Clean-Scene Enterprises Ltd Columbia Auto Service Columbia Basin Trust Columbia Power Corporation Common Grounds Coffee House Community Futures Central Kootenay Cowan Office Supplies Creative Edge Gallery Deebles Transport Ltd Deep Forest Enterprises Detailed Chocolate Expressions Doug Johnstone, CA & Pinnacle Projects Downtown Shell Downtown Subway Dundee Wealth E.H. (Beth) Hickey Bookkeeping Management Services Edward Jones Investments Element Club Bar & Grill EMPAC Engineering Ltd Endless Adventure Erica Ortega Ernies Towing Inc Evolution Creative Communications

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Fashion Foundations Fireside Inn Hotel & Conference Centre Flamingo Motel Fortis BC GAIA Janitorial Services Inc Genelle House Bed & Breakfast Gift Box Imports Greg Gritchin - Mountainview Realty Growth Financial Corp Guillevin International Co

H.G. Insurance Hall Printing Halls Basics & Gifts Ltd Hanson Decking Heddles Holdings Heritage Credit Union Home 2 Home Transition Services HTR Designs Hughes Contracting Idependant IT Solutions Independent Respiratory Services Infinite Vitality Massage Therapy J.J.’s Fashions Ltd Jim’s Dirt Works & Bobcat Services Joeys Only Seafood K2 Contracting Ltd Kal Tire Kalawsky Pontiac Buick GMC Kat’s Trophys, Signs & Storage Kathie Robertson Keystone Appraisals Inc Klassic Gift Box Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd Kootenay Assoc. for Science & Technology (KAST)

Kootenay Biznet Kootenay Columbia Appraisals Kootenay Columbia Collection & Bailiff Services Kootenay Columbia Seniors Housing Coop Kootenay Family Place Kootenay Floral & Gift Kootenay Gallery of Art Kootenay Innovative Wood Ltd Kootenay Liquidators Ltd Kootenay Market Ltd Kootenay Mobile RV Service Kootenay Petopia Kootenay Plumbing Supply Kootenay River Kampground Kootenay Savings Credit Union Kootenay Smile Studio Kootenay Society for Community Living Kootenay Valley Water & Spas Kootenay Weed Control Krueckl Financial Services Inc Lalo Co Animation Lemon Creek Lodge Lions Lair Body Piercing Lower Columbia All First Nations

M&M Meat Shops Magnet Signs Mallards Source for Sports McDonalds MediChair Castlegar Mike’s RV Ranch Mitchell Supply Ltd More Than Fair-Global Giftware Mother Natures Mount Sentinel Chiropractic Corp Mountain FM (Vista Radio Ltd) Mountain High Lighting Mountain Transport Institute MS Steel Design

Nealy O’Briens Pub & Liquors Inc Nu-Tech Construction Services Ltd Oglow’s Paint & Wallcovering OK Tire & Auto Service Pacific Coastal Airlines Panago Pizza Paragon Columbia Pharmacy Pass Creek Regional Park & Campground Pharmasave Philip Kanigan, Notary Public Inc Polonicoff & Perehudoff Quality Inn Quality Tires Reinvented Apparel R.J. Woods Productions RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd Roger Herrick Independent Pharmacy Rona Building Centre Rosetown Antiques Boutique Rossland Motel Safeway Sandman Hotel Scottie’s Marina Ltd Selkirk College Selkirk Massage Therapy Selkirk Security Shoppers Drug Mart Simone Jewelers Ltd Smiling Otter Wilderness Adventures Soap ‘n’ Suds Laundromat Ltd Super 8 Motel Sutherland & Associates

The Brick The Castlegar Source The Greek Oven Restaurant The Lions Head Smoke & Brew Pub The Village Bistro Thirsty Duck Neighborhood Pub Ltd Tim Hortons Tina Popoff Jewelry TNI Broadband Solutions Toby’s Doggy Do Trowelex Rentals & Sales Tse Tse Travel & Vaccine Clinic Turning Pointe Dance Studio Twin Rivers Motel Two Grey’T Grams Pet Pampering Valhalla Physiotherapy Valhalla Technologies Inc Van Hellemond Sporte Ltd Venn & Now Bookkeeping-Sandy Venn Venture Mechanical Systems Ltd Walking Tree Ranch W L D-synz Waste Management of Canada Weezie’s Borscht Hut West Arm Truck Lines West Kootenay Fire Safety West Kootenay Tours Windborne Bed & Breakfast Wine Kitz Castlegar Workman Home & Yard Your Dollar Store With More Zaytsoff Holdings Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership

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Calendar Want your event advertised here? Please e-mail a brief description of the event as you would like it to appear in the paper. Submissions must be sent by Friday prior to the week you want the listing to be printed. Your listing may be edited for length. Send your event to: newsroom@castlegarnews.com.

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APRIL: APPLICATIONS, FOR THE HOUSE BEING BUILT IN CASTLEGAR, BY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ARE AVAILABLE. They must be

submitted by May 6. Applications are open to low income families, with sub-standard housing, who wish to own their own home. Applications may be picked up from the Castlegar Community society, 1007 2nd. St., local thrift shops or schools. For more information call 3042790. APRIL: SENIORS’ ACTIVITIES AT THE COMPLEX. Mon: 10 a.m. darts, 1

p.m. whist. Tues: 9:30 a.m. floor curling & carpet bowling, 1 p.m. crafts, 7 p.m. pool. Wed: 7 p.m. rummoli, 1st Wed. only: 1 p.m. bingo. 20th Raspberry Reunion & coffee. Thurs: 9:30 a.m. floor curling, 1 p.m. bingo (not first Thurs.). First Thursday 2 p.m. general meeting. Fri: 1 p.m. crib & bridge. Sat. the 16th: Sr. Soup Days 11:30-1 p.m. APRIL: 2011 WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB - 21ST ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW COMPETITION. Entry Dead-

line: April 29. Choose your best image; Categories: Nature – Human Interest – Photojournalism – Creative Images – Flowers – Open category – Portraits – Architecture & Old. Open to all ages. Competition rules & regulations, entry forms available at www.westkootenycameraclub.com or contact Eileen at suzi3q@telus.net. APRIL 7: CASTLEGAR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INFORMATION MEETING. 2–4 p.m. in the basement

meeting room of the Castlegar Library @ 1005 3rd St. All residents, businesses and organizations welcome. Guest Speaker: Barb McMillan, Director of Regional Strategies for Com-

munity Foundations of Canada. Hosted by Castlegar Social Planning Society. APRIL 7: TARUN OF DELHI 2 DUBLIN AT SPIRITBAR. Tarun, the pro-

ducer behind Delhi 2 Dublin, has recently finished a globespanning solo album, bringing together electronics with live recording sessions from around the world. On April 7 he’ll be performing the album live. This is a one-time event, won’t be happening again! $5 at the door. APRIL 8: DJS SYNTHESIS, BILLY BANGERS AND BREAKER AT ELEMENT. Doors 10 p.m. $5 cover

before 11 p.m., $7 after at Element. APRIL 8: SELKIRK YEAR-END BASH AT SPIRITBAR. The Selkirk Col-

lege Students’ Union (SCSU), in collaboration with Spiritbar invite you to come celebrate the end of the school year! Selkirk’s band Sound-Splash! will be kicking off their tour by opening the night. DJ Bryx will be finishing it off like only he knows how... Admission is FREE with a VALID student card (ISIC or Selkirk College’s library card) before 11pm, only $5 thereafter. See you there! APRIL 9: 1ST ROBSON SSCOUTS HAVING ANNUAL SPRING BOTTLE DRIVE. Saturday from 9 a.m. to

12 p.m. Drop off at Pass Creek Ex. Grounds. Thank you to the community! APRIL 9: A SECRET DESTINATION DINNER AND DANCE. Habitat for

Humanity is partnering with local restaurants. Each participating restaurant creates a dinner within its individual restaurant which will be attended by ticket holders for the event. It is “secret” because nobody will know which restaurant they will be attending or who they will be attending with until they receive an email the day before. When the dinner is over, all ticket holders will meet at The Portugese Hall for a dance and live auction. Tickets are $40 and includes dinner and the dance. If you are interested in tickets, please email Colleen Allarie (callarie@

Tell us about your upcoming event, email: newsroom@castlegarnews.com

thebrick.com) or phone Colleen at (250)304-2700 during the day. APRIL 9: PROPATINGZ AT SPIRITBAR. PROPATINGZ; a name

synonymous with the thunderous, uncompromising sound of now known as dubstep. The man in question, Anthony Traynor, is responsible for some of the biggest dance floor bangers in the scene. Tickets on sale at the Hume Hotel. APRIL 12: CASTLEGAR MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. 7 p.m. at the Complex.

All attendees will have a chance to win ONE free registration. Motions can be submitted to Anita Croteau at anitac@celgar. com prior to April 1 at 9 a,m. Additional information is available at our website: www.castlegarminorhockey.com All Executive positions will be available for volunteers come on out and make a difference with CMHA! APRIL 12 & 13: FISHBONE AT SPIRITBAR. The first night will feature

a screening of their highly acclaimed documentary entitled ‘Every Day Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone’ narrated by Laurence Fishburne. The second night will feature a band who has been influenced greatly by Fishbone, Funkarelli, who give a high-energy performance every time. Tickets on sale at the Hume Hotel $30. Early show with doors open @ 8 p.m. APRIL 21: DJS TOM NEMESIS AND BASS SKIDZ. From melodic to raw &

dirty, Nemesis is renowned for his emotion & energy charged brand of house music with sets that unwind like a high octane rollercoaster through the sounds of grinding electro house, indie electro, breaks, and progressive. Synthesis is a true crowd pleaser and has earned his way in the underground music community. Cover $5 at Element. APRIL 22 & 23: SWEET TEQUILA.

Straight from cowboy and cattle country Alberta... Live at Element all Easter weekend. Come and check out one of Canada’s sickest country and rock party cover bands. Sweet Tequila playing one of

the most diverse cover band playlists. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover at the door starting at $7. Reserve a table for dinner and make a night out of it! Call 365-8066 to reserve. APRIL 26: ABRACA DAZZLE! STARRING JOHN KAPLAN. 90 minutes

of fun and laughter PLUS some all-new magic innovations and never-before-seen illusions! A show that parents can enjoy with their children and grandparents - everybody has a terrific time as they share some truly magical moments. Presented by KE Grade 6/7 classes. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex for food and refreshments, show time is 6:30. Tickets available at the Complex or at Movie Company (by Safeway). Individual: $11, Family of four: $40. APRIL 30: 6TH ANNUAL SPRING FLING 2011. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

downtown at Kinsmen Park. Join the citizens of Castlegar as they celebrate spring. Events include a 3-on-3 hockey challenge, Show and Shine Car Show, vendors in the park, 2 stages showcasing local talent as well as activities for children. A day of fun for the whole family. For more information or to volunteer to assist with the event, call Peter 250-365-5655.

Ongoing ONGOING: THE TRAIL MAPLE LEAF BAND IS LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED BRASS, WOODWIND AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS. If you are

interested in joining us please call: 365-6405 Castlegar or 3642803 Trail for more information. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR GARDEN CLUB MEETS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH. 7 p.m. at the

Castlegar Community Complex, Columbia Room. New members are always welcome. Share your love of gardening with other garden enthusiasts and expand your gardening horizons. Information: Dorothy: 304-2885 or castlegargardenclub@shaw.ca.

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us at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Wednesdays at 10-11 a.m. starting April 6 until June 1. To register call 365-6611. In partnership with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Castlegar & District Public Library.

ONGOING: CALL FOR VENDORS AND NON/PROFIT GROUPS: GARDEN AND NATURE FEST. Castlegar Garden

and Nature Fest is looking for vendors and nonprofit groups to participate in this year’s 2nd annual fest. Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Please note: this is the weekend AFTER the Nelson Garden Fest,.) 10 x 10 space is $30 for vendors, free for non-profits. Contact: castlegargardenfest@shaw.ca or 3994439.

ONGOING: LOVE 2 LEARN. Come

and enjoy this free program with healthy snacks, circle, art, games and activities for preschoolers and parents/caregivers. On Fridays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. starting on April 1 until May 13 at Castlegar Primary School. For more information call Alana at 304-6862, or to register call 3655744.

ONGOING: COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM. Trained

volunteers will give a free service to help people on low income to prepare their income tax and benefit return at Castlegar and District Community Services Centre, 1007 2nd St. Call 250365-2104 to inquire if you are eligible for an appointment. Program runs from March to April on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

ONGOING: THE TWIN RIVERS CHORALE SOCIETY rehearses 7:00

p.m. every Thursday night at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Castlegar (two blocks towards the river from the downtown post office on 4th Street). If you enjoy singing in an adult S-AT-B community choir, please come on out and join us!

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Divided trustees face challenge of how to deal with public feedback ROBSON FLETCHER

The Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the

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(BC Southern Interior electoral district) Fireside Inn 6pm-8pm April 12, 2011 more infor @www.castlegar.com

Castlegar News Editor

Now that they have collected volumes of feedback from area residents on the future use of education facilities in School District 20 (SD20), trustees are mulling over what to do with all the information. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves,” chairman Gordon Smith said at Monday’s school board meeting. “There’s a lot of data here,” It’s not entirely clear, however, exactly what trustees will do with all that data. The feedback was collected from the series of “focus group” meetings the district held in Castlegar, Rossland and Trail last month, which were organized in the wake of a public outcry over the possibility of school closures in Castlegar and Rossland. Pages of comments from parents, educators and other concerned citizens were presented to trustees last night and were to be posted on the SD20 website Tuesday for the public to peruse as well. But, other than having another meeting to discuss the feedback, trustees weren’t entirely sure how to proceed from this point. “What is the game plan?” asked trustee Mickey Kinakin. “I mean, we’ve met so many times over this issue.” Supt. Jean Borsa said the Board of Education as a whole needs to use this new information to come up with a five-year plan for education facilities in the district, but trustee Lorraine Manning noted the district is already three years into its “Planning for the Future” process, which was initially supposed to be a five-year plan, itself. Trustee Mark Wilson echoed that concern.

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April Apr 7th - Tarun from Delhi 2 Dublin Solo Project Apr 8th - Selkirk Year End Bash Feat Bryx Apr 9th - Propa Tingz w/Buck Lee & Lady AK Apr 12th - Fishbone w/screening of documentary Apr 13th - Fishbone w/Funkarelli Apr 14th - Ab Rude, 2Mex & Awol One Apr 15th - DJ Czech Apr 16th - Five Alarm Funk Apr 19th - Funkhunters & Jpod Free Show Apr 21st - Dj Dopey, w/Rochester & Tassnata Apr 22nd - True Story w/Leif, SnailRider & R Bank$ Apr 26th - Tokyo Police Club w/Said The Whale & DB Apr 28th - IMTV Live Apr 29th - Sticky Buds Apr 30th - Mochipet Album Release Party

May May 6th - Gaza Fundraiser

A Shaikh, L Meyers & J West

May 13th - Mimosa

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Trustees Lorraine Manning, Mark Wilson, Gordon Smith and Mickey Kinakin.

“We’ve done a facilities plan. Now we have some new information from the three major areas,” he said. “We’re not starting over again.” Wilson also took issue with some of the feedback received from the focus groups, pointing out one comment in particular from a Rossland parent who threatened to leave the country if there were school closures in that city. “It is unacceptable to not have K-12 in Rossland,” that particular comment reads. “We will move back to Australia with our three children and just return for the ski season if K-12 in some form is not maintained in Ross-

land.” Wilson said trustees need to look at the district’s needs as a whole and it would be a “waste of time” to concern themselves with every single “negative comment” contained in the voluminous feedback summaries from each community. “We have to be able to weed out some of these comments,” he said. Smith disagreed. “I’d say that all comments are legitimate from the public and all comments need to be considered,” he said. Kinakin, meanwhile, pointed out the obvious obstacle the board will face as it tries to move forward, name-

ly the significant differences of opinion which exist largely between trustees from Trail and those from the Castlegar and Rossland areas. “The proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room is the fact that there are huge divisions here,” Kinakin said. “We’re going to have to deal with the divisions on this board.” Trustees are currently working to come up with a date or series of dates to meet, go over the latest public feedback and try to work out their differences of opinion on how to address future facilities use in the face of enrolment declines and financial pressures.

An invitation to

Millennium Park Design Charrette Dates: April 13th and 14th. Community Forum, 445 - 13th Ave. The City of Castlegar invites you to participate in a design charrette to plan the future activities of Millennium Park.

» WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH 6:00pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 6:45pm 7:00pm 7:45pm

Introductions & Welcome Park Planning & Design 101 Ideas for Future Use Report Back Park Planning/Design and Report Back Closing Remarks & Next Steps

» THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH Daytime- Design Team Working Session (to create park plan options from community input) 6:00pm Open Public Review Session 6:30pm Discussion and Selection of a ‘Preferred Concept’ 7:15pm Closing Remarks & Opportunity to Provide Additional Feedback

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After graduating from Stanley Humphries Secondary School in 2008, Ashley earned a two-year diploma in Professional Management at Selkirk College. Her diploma transferred directly into the third year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Thompson Rivers University Open Learning (TRU-OL). With the exception of a few upper level electives and core courses, Ashley will complete her degree at Selkirk’s Castlegar campus. Ashley will graduate in April 2012 with a major in Human Resources (HR) and hopes to work in the college’s HR Department one day.

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Reducing radon exposure a personal quest KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

In 10 years, Dana Schmidt hopes to eliminate Castlegar’s radon problem through education and prevention. When Schmidt’s wife, Donna, passed away of lung cancer two years ago, he took it upon himself to research different causes of the disease. He found Castlegar had the highest rate of radon gas in the province (the first is Clearwater) and it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. He started the Donna Schmidt Memorial Radon Abatement Fund to inform people about the risk of radon and the effect of lung cancer and to help people detect radon in their homes. Radon is a colourless, odorless and tasteless gas found in the granite and rock around Castlegar. It occurs naturally as the decay product of uranium and flows through gravel

into the air. Through testing, Schmidt says 46 per cent of Castlegar’s homes are above Canadian standards and 57 per cent are above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Some homes, he said, are 60 or 70 times the standard. “There is no safe community or safe neighbourhood,” he said. “You really can’t tell until you test.” Over the last two years, close to 1,000 test kits have been distributed throughout Castlegar. The kits Schmidt distributes for free stay in your house for a minimum of 90 days and are then evaluated. Despite having almost half of the radon detectors coming back with values over the standard, Schmidt suspects less than 10 per cent of people will do anything about it. He thinks this is because the “only” problem that comes with high exposure is lung cancer. However, he points out

that people have so much fire prevention equipment in their homes, yet you’re 100 times more likely to die from radon-related lung cancer than fire. Schmidt says the lung cancer caused from radon is difficult to detect because the tumour starts out very small (he said if his wife would’ve had a chest Xray when the tumour first started it would’ve come out clear) and it’s only detected once it’s spread – and by then it’s too late. “The radon gas is relatively radioactive,” he said. “Once you breathe it in, it turns into a solid.” Due to the dangers of radon, Schmidt is committed to educating people about the levels of gas in their homes and showing them what they can do to bring the levels down. Currently, he’s working on brochures for homeowners and potential homeowners that he hopes to distribute to local realtors so those in the market to buy a house know the lev-

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Dana Schmidt shows two examples of radon detectors that can be placed in the home. Since losing his wife to lung cancer linked to radon, Schmidt has been focused on educating Castlegar residents on the dangers of the gas.

els of radon in the house. It’s a short commitment of time to have your house retrofitted for radon protection too. “Radon-resistant construction is really what’s needed,” he said. By sealing the floor, gas

can’t come through the foundation. Radon can also be vented from the home through the use of small air pipes that go through the house and exit above the windows so the gas doesn’t come back through into the house. A fan above

the pipe blows the gas away from the house. Schmidt says the cost in electricity to mitigate the radon in a home is about $40, and the installation costs about $500 for a new house and $2,000 for a house that’s already built. The next project Schmidt is taking on is through the city’s evening Rotary Club, of which he’s the president. The club will provide the funds for someone to retrofit their home if they’re five times over the accepted amount and aren’t able to afford the renovations. Schmidt said he’ll continue to provide the tests as long as there is a demand for them. They’re available through Schmidt at Golder Associates (201 Columbia Ave.), any Rotary Club member or at city hall. Schmidt says it’s a small price to pay to prevent lung cancer. “This is one of these issues where ignorance can kill you.”

Clothesline Project RIGHT: Jake Pottle and Keegan Christianson, Grade 5 students in Patrick Kinghorn’s class at Kinnaird Elementary, paint T-shirts on Tuesday in advance of the Clothesline Project. FAR RIGHT: Christian Barlow, a Grade 5 student in the same class, shows a T-shirt he decorated. On April 19, the T-shirts, along with ones decorated by other Castlegar students and other residents, will hang in Spirit Square outside city hall to raise awareness about domestic violence. Kim Magi photos

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Students go low-flow Kim Magi Castlegar News Reporter

Students at Twin Rivers Elementary have been busy learning about water consumption through hands-on activities over the past month. Mrs. Evdokimoff ’s Grade 6 class took low flow showerheads home to install and record their water conservation over a four-week period, constituting the One Month Family Challenge. “I love this challenge because it gives the students a real life example of how a simple choice can create  positive outcomes,” Jessica Thomson, the Beyond Recycling  facilitator at Twin Rivers said. “A challenge like this can change students attitudes overall, not just regarding water conservation. “Once they see the difference in water use, they start to think about turning lights off when not in a room, turning the computer off at night, turning the thermostat down a couple of degrees, and so on.” The students, with

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Jessica Thomson (far left) stands with Mrs. Evdokimoff’s Grade 6 class on Tuesday morning. With help from Thomson, the class recently completed a One Month Family Challenge, where they each installed a low flow shower head to test the difference in their family’s water consumption. help from their parents, installed the showerheads at home and said it was really easy to do. They agreed that they all saved a lot of water with the new showerheads. “The water pressure was basically the same and you’re saving a lot more money,” one student, Ashley, said. As well as committing to the low flow showerheads, the students pledged to make other changes, including cutting down their showers to three min-

utes or less, using cold water to wash clothes, growing something to eat this summer, choosing B.C.-grown food and using car pooling or human-powered transportation. Thomson will continue working with Evdokimoff ’s class to teach them lessons about waste reduction, energy consumption and sustainability. The program, offered through Wildsight, is offered to intermediate grades throughout the Columbia Basin. The

B.C. Ministry of Education recognizes the curriculum under science learning. The showerheads were provided by Fortis BC. Other sponsors for the program include the Regional District of Central Kootenay, TD Friends of the Environment, BC Hydro and Waste Management Inc. Next, the students are scheduled to visit the recycling plant and landfill, as well as complete special activities for Earth Day.

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Families looking to apply for Castlegar’s Habitat for Humanity house can do so starting this week. Forms will be available at local thrift shops, including St. David’s Thrift Store and the Treasure Shop, as well as area schools. “Basically we’re looking for a family that would be unable to obtain a bank mortgage,” Judy Dallas of Habitat for Humanity said. “They should be living in a substandard housing situation. It will not usually be someone who is in subsidized housing already.” Dallas said the only reason they would consider a family living in subsidized housing is if they were, for example, handicapped and couldn’t get up the stairs. Habitat for Humanity prides themselves on being “a hand up, not a hand out.” The family must pay 30 per cent of their monthly income towards the mortgage, which Habitat holds. To make it more affordable, Habitat doesn’t charge any interest. “If you’re not working you’re not going to be able to pay a mortgage,” Dallas said, stating the family must be employed.

The family also has to be willing they’re more than welcome to fill to work with Habitat for Human- out another application form.” ity. Once selected, they will put in The plot of land for the build 500 hours working on the house. was donated by the City of Castle“We are looking for a family. gar and is located on 11th Avenue. It can be a single mom or a single The West Kootenay affiliation dad or a couple living together of Habitat for Humanity started (with kids).” in 1996. Previous to the planned Jan. 28 Dallas said they’ll alsoPrenatal: be look-Wed., build in Castlegar, three homes ing at the income level and how were built in Nelson, including a Prenatal: Jan. OFA LevelWed., 1: Jan. 30 28 many kids are in the family. duplex. The applications are due back by For more information about the OFA Level Jan. 30for Sledders: May 6, and the families will hear1: applications, call 250-304-2490 or Avalanche Awareness within a month whether they’re 250-304-1828, or visit habitatwk. Jan. 31 Avalanche Awareness for Sledders: being considered or not. ca. 31 Immediately, five orJan. six families Prenatal Refresher: Feb. 4 will be selected Prenatal Refresher: Feb. 4 for two rounds Avalanche Skills Training:: Feb. 5 of interviews. Avalanche Skills Training:: Feb. 5 “Then we’ll Financial Education Series: Feb. 5 go over all our Transportation Endorsement: Apr. 10 Prenatal: Wed., Jan. 28 Feb. 5 Dec. 5 Transportation Endorsement Financial Education Series: answers and Prenatal Classes: Apr. 13 Ebay Basics:Control: Feb. 10 compare them Pest & Disease Apr. 13 OFA Level 1: Jan. 30 Ebay Basics:Class Feb. 10 and the selecPrenatal-Early Dec. 8 Food Safe Level 1: Apr. 15 tion commitGreen Your Home From Lowfor Tech to Avalanche Awareness Sledders: Green Your Home From Low Tech to Strategic Customer Care: Apr. 15 tee will present Tech: OFAHigh Level 1 Feb. 12 Dec. 15 Jan. 31 High Control Tech: Feb. 12 Traffic Flagging: Apr. 15 them to the Habitat board Restorative Circles: Learn Draw in 18 Feb. Prenatal Refresher: Feb. 412 12 Apr. 15 Learn totoDraw in 18hours: hours: Feb. and they’ll OFA Level 3 Recertification: Apr. 18 choose,” Dallas Pallium-Approaches to End of Life Care: Avalanche Skills Training:: Painting Natural Elements: Feb. 15Feb. Painting Natural Elements: Feb. 15 5Apr. 16 explained. “If Motorcycle Safety: Apr. 30 another famFinancial Education Shaking the Sugar Habit: Series: Feb. 5May 4 ily doesn’t get it and we build Ebay Basics: Feb. 10 another house in Castlegar, Green Your Home From Low Tech to

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The 12th annual Wine Festival put on by the Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club drew 300 guests to the Castlegar Complex on Saturday evening to sample the fare from 28 area wineries. Rotarian Alexia Turner said the event was a sell-out, with the final tickets being purchased just prior to the doors opening. As of press time, organizers were still tabulating the total amount of money raised from ticket sales, several raffles and dozens of items sold in a silent auction. The funds will be put towards a variety of local and international projects supported by the service club.

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Workshop aimed to help resolve conflicts in a variety of situations KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Learning how to respond to conflict in a constructive manner is the purpose of a Restorative Circles (RC) workshop slated for next weekend. Taking place at the Mir Centre for Peace, the workshop is being offered to help relationships of all kinds, such as families, students and co-workers, to work through conflict in a way that restores connection. “When you have a group of people that spend time together, whether that’s a work environment or a classroom ... there’s going to be conflict,” Eric Bowers, the workshop facilitator said. “It’s just a part of life.” He said by practicing RC however, you can look at what’s working what isn’t through your conflict process so you’re able to make more of a conscious choice in how you work through your conflicts. The workshop takes place over three days. Bowers said the first night will mainly be investigating the idea of conflict.

“The Friday night will be an introduction where we will do a little bit of exploring of what conflict is, and how do we experience conflict now in our lives and then we will talk about different ways to work with conflict and we’ll introduce the restorative circle process for responding to conflict,” he said. The next two days will involve practising the RC process. By the end of the weekend, Bowers hopes participants will have gained enough knowledge that they’ll be able to continue practising RC. “There’s a specific way that you can practise the process, it’s what’s called ‘semi-simulated’ so people can get together once a week and take apart conflict in their lives,” he said. The process is semi-simulated as the group sets up a current conflict going on in one group member’s life so they can work through it. “We used to know how to work with conflict better, long ago, we used to be able to sit in circles and work through things but we’ve forgotten about it,” Bowers said. This workshop and RC teaches people to deal with conflict instead

of avoiding, attacking or turning to the judicial system, he said. “What I’m really excited about is how Restorative Circles support the principles of shared power and peace and empowerment and accountability and support,” Bowers said. Randy Janzen, Mir Centre for Peace chair said he’s been looking to bring a workshop like this to the centre for a long time. Bowers, who lived in Nelson for eight years and co-facilitator Katherine Betts hosted a similar one-night workshop in Nelson in January and collaborated with Janzen to bring the workshop to Castlegar. The workshop begins on April 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s sessions go from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are only for those who have attended the Friday night session. The cost is $20 for Friday and $200 for Saturday and Sunday. If costs present a challenge for you, please contact Bowers at eric@roadtocompassion.com. To register, call 250-365-1208.

From bad to worse for impaired driver who tried to run from cops KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody by Castlegar RCMP after various incidents that began when he crashed a car that didn’t belong to him on Thursday last week. On March 31 at 3 p.m., police received a call from a passerby who believed there was an impaired driver in the ditch trying to get out of it on Pass Creek Road. An officer located the driver of the vehicle who appeared to be intoxicated, Sgt. Laurel Mathew said. The officer placed the man under arrest and while attempting to handcuff him, the man resisted and both men were knocked to the ground. The officer was able to regain control after a brief struggle and secured the man in the backseat of the police car. “While in the rear seat of the police car, the male began to kick the windows out of the car,” Mathew said. “The bars inside the windows were damaged, and the entire door frame was bent out.” Once at the detachment, the man refused a breath sample and took off towards the door while being booked into a cell. He didn’t make it far, however, as he ran into the door and injured himself. He was to remain in custody while awaiting transport to court. Charges being recommended are impaired driving, refusal to provide a breath sample, assaulting a police officer, mischief, escape of lawful custody and taking an automobile without consent.

RDCK hikes land tax, refunds hospital tax GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has adopted a budget with a 2.1-percent property tax increase, to be offset by an unusual rebate in hospital taxes. “It is the best bang for the buck and responsible to the taxpayer,” chair John Kettle said Thursday last week as the board approved its 2011 budget and five-year financial plan. “The board did a good job on this. I think it’s the first time we’ve had a unanimous vote on passing the budget in the last six years. They worked hard at it.” The property tax increase is actually 1.2 per cent before 10 new services are factored in, including a water system in West Robson, library service for the lower Slocan Valley and parts of rural Nelson, and funding for search and rescue in Nelson, Castlegar, and Salmo. Greg Nesteroff photo The new services will result in an addi- RDCK chair John Kettle applauded directors for unanimously approving the 2011 tional 1.4 administrative positions, but one budget on Thursday, which contains a 2.1 per cent property tax increase. position in building inspection is not being news that for the first time, the regional disfilled following a retirement. The planning we’re adjusting accordingly.” He adds that a chunk of the increase will trict will give money back to taxpayers as department is also down one body through cover new services already approved by the result of maturing hospital debentures, attrition. Five rural directors have pooled $100,000 taxpayers through referendums or counter- which over the last 20 years earned half a million dollars. they receive from BC Hydro to further off- petitions. They now have a surplus, meaning prop“There’s a direct correlation [between set the tax burden, although this will leave them with less money to give out in grants. taxes and services]. If you want a service, erty owners won’t pay any hospital taxes Kettle says as a measuring stick, he pre- you will pay more tax. Conversely, the pub- this year, and can look forward to a rebate. fers to keep tax increases to within the con- lic has a right to say maybe we don’t need An average home assessed at $271,000 will have about a $14 tax reduction compared sumer price index: “When that goes up and all these services, reduce our taxation.” Treasurer Grant Roeland delivered the to last year. down, if we’re within those numbers, then

“It’s a very strange occurrence,” Roeland told the board. Other debentures come due in 2012 and 2013, but it’s not known whether they will mean additional windfalls. Overall, the regional district expects to spend $50.7 million, up $186,000 from last year. However, the five-year financial plan forecasts smaller budgets over the next few years. The biggest line items are staff and capital projects, each at $11 million. Roeland describes the latter as “extensive,” and says many will result in lowering the regional district’s carbon footprint or provide cleaner water to residents. One of the biggest hits the Regional District of Central Kootenay took in this year’s budget was over 911, which jumped from $190,000 to over $309,000 as a result of an arbitrator’s decision over wages for unionized dispatchers and call centre employees. “That’s a bad deal,” says chair John Kettle. “We got caught flat-footed and didn’t take this well.” 911 service is provided in partnership with several other regional districts in the Kootenays and Okanagan. The board has since passed a motion asking staff to investigate options. “We’re locked into a contract, so if we cancel it, you won’t have 911 service,” Kettle says. The contract expires at the end of the year, however, “so the motion was to see any other alternatives and options before we renew. We want [staff ] to beat the bushes and find us a better deal.”


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Breach lands coke dealer behind bars A convicted drug trafficker has been found in breach of her conditional sentence and will spend the rest of her sentence in jail, according to Castlegar RCMP. Barb Nelson of Castlegar sold cocaine to two undercover officers in March 2008. In June of last year, she was convicted and was sentenced to an 18-month conditional sentence which included three months of house arrest. SQFT2FREEDOM Formal Fundraising Soiree

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Rebels honour top players PUBLIC INPUT MEETING

CHRIS WAHL Castlegar News Rebels Reporter

Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

The Castlegar Rebels have honoured their very best after a tremendous season that saw the club reach the KIJHL final for the first time in 15 years. Two forwards, captain Taylor Anderson and over-age sniper Ryan Aynsley, led the way with three awards each. Anderson, a local product, was named the club’s Playoff MVP as well as the recipient of the Gerry Lacasse Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player who, among other things, best displays a passionate work ethic and dedication to the community. The 19-year-old also shared the Most Valued Team Player award with Erik Wentzel. Aynsley, who is off to Northern Michigan University next season, was dubbed the team’s Most Popular Player, and also picked up the Top Scorer and Top Forward awards. Fellow over-agers Darren Tarasoff and Mike Wiest were named co-winners of the Top Defenceman award, while Tarasoff also snagged the Regular Season MVP trophy. Rookie Arthur Andrews and breakout forward Stuart Walton were hon-

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Top row, left to right: Stuart Walton, Tyler Robinson, Mike Wiest, Darren Tarasoff Bottom row: Arthur Andrews, Diego Bartlett, Ryan Aynsley, Erik Wentzel, Taylor Anderson.

oured twice: the 17-year-old local was a co-Rookie of the Year with Diego Bartlett while also claiming the Sportsmanship and Education award. Walton, who improved his point total from 10 to 55 in 2010-11, was named the Most Improved Player, and won the Sportsmanship and Ability award as well.

Hard-hitting Kelowna product Tyler Robinson became the club’s Most Inspirational Player. Each player was given their white game-worn jersey as a memento of the season, as the Rebels prepare to head their separate ways in advance of a lengthy off-season.

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Senior members at the Castlegar Golf Club were able to get out early last week to practise their swing in advance of opening this weekend. Although tentative, the plan for the club is to open a scattered nine holes this Friday. For current information, please check Castlegar Golf Club’s Facebook page or visit golfcastlegar.com. Kim Magi photos

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Sports Composters Reduce your household waste and help the environment by composting at home! The City of Castlegar in partnership with Waste Management is selling backyard composters through a special program for its residents. Composters are available to City of Castlegar residents for $25+taxes. To purchase a Composter, payment must be made at City Hall (460 Columbia Avenue) Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30 pm. With proof of purchase your Composter can be picked up at the City of Castlegar Booth at the Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest on May 14, 2011 from 10:00am – 1:00pm in Millennium Park. After that date, composters can be picked up from the Civic Works Yard, (4500 Minto Road). For more information contact 250-365-7227. LIMIT OF ONE PER HOUSEHOLD, CASTLEGAR RESIDENTS ONLY.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS CASTLEGAR ATHLETIC COMMISSION The City of Castlegar invites applications from persons interested in serving on the recently established City of Castlegar Athletic Commission. The City will appoint three members to the Commission each to serve a three year term. A member, while an appointee to the Commission, shall not be directly or indirectly connected with any regulated sport (meaning professional boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and like activities, contests and exhibitions) held within the City of Castlegar. The role of the Athletic Commission includes, but is not limited to: i) ii) iii) iv) v) vi)

regulating and supervising regulated sports (including attendance at all regulated sports events – including weigh-in and wrap-up debriefing); prescribing rules of conduct of regulated sports; establishing rules regarding the issuance of permits and issuing permits that include terms and conditions to those conducting and/or participating in regulated sports events; reviewing and approving contracts for regulated sports as a condition of licensing an event; investigating the conduct of any participants in regulated sports with respect to any alleged breaches of the bylaw or rules and imposing fines for misconduct; attending meetings of the Commission, as required.

Further details may be obtained by viewing City of Castlegar Athletic Commission Bylaw 1144 on the City’s web-site at www.castlegar.ca or by contacting the undersigned. Those interested are requested to submit a written application and resume - CLEARLY MARKED “CASTLEGAR ATHLETIC COMMISSION” – to the City no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Applications and resumes should be forwarded to the attention of:

Phone: Fax: Email:

Carolyn Rempel, Director of Corporate Services, City of Castlegar, 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 1G7 (250) 365-7227 (250) 365-4810 crempel@castlegar.ca

Pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information collected will be utilized solely for the selection or appointment of commission members.

Local race will be a qualifier for world adventure series KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Raid the North Extreme (RTNX), an adventure race to be held in the West Kootenay in July, was recently announced as a qualifying race for the 2011 Adventure Racing World Series. “Basically, the world series started back in 2001,” Geoff Langford, chief adventure officer for Frontier Adventure Sports & Training said. “It was actually created by a guy in New Zealand together with the Discovery Channel.” RTNX was a qualifying race during their first year, but since the races haven’t been held annually, Langford said they had to reapply. “There were only six or seven races back then that would qualify for a world series which was held in Switzerland that year.” This year, Langford hopes to fill up the remaining spots with high-level athletes who are hoping to qualify for the world series, held in November in Tasmania. “That makes us the only qualifier in North America, which is great,” he said. To apply for qualifier status, Langford said they had to confirm everything from the quality of their website to the race itself, and of course safety and other features. “The winning team will get a fully-paid entry to the world championships,” he said, “which I think this year is $12,000 or $13,000 to enter. The second-place team earns a guaranteed spot but it’s unpaid.” He said although the world series’ “toughness” depend on where they’re held, Tasmania is probably one of the harder races, which involves eight days and 700 kilometres of terrain to navigate. RTNX is slated for July 23 to 31. The teams will start in Castlegar, finish in Trail, and in between navigate more than 500 kilometres

Photo courtesy of Frontier Adventure Sports

Participants in Raid the North Extreme (RTNX), seen in an previous race here, will now be able to use the West Kootenay race in July, to qualify for the 2011 Adventure Racing World Series.

through the Selkirk, Monashee and Purcell mountain ranges by foot, canoe, kayak, mountain bike and fixed ropes. Fifty teams will be accepted, and the race is approaching a sell-out with 47 teams already registered. Most of the teams that are signed up are from B.C. and the U.S. For more information on the race, visit raidthenorthextreme.com.

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If you are a principal, teacher or parent and would like to book a presentation for your classroom, call Michael Markowsky (604) 647-7449 or visit www.heroinyou.ca to download lesson plans.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS City of Castlegar Supply and Installation of Residential Water Meters and Radio Reading Units Reference No.:2011-04 The Owner invites proposals for: The supply and installation of approximately 1975 residential water meters and radio reading units. Product and installation specifications can be found in the proposal packages. Proposal Documents are available during normal business hours at: Address: Castlegar Civic Works, 4500 Minto Road Tenders are scheduled to close at: Tender Closing Time: Tender Closing Date: Tender Closing Address:

2:00 pm local time April 12th, 2011 Castlegar City Hall 460 Columbia Avenue

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2000 Avalanche Dominate Tourney The 2000 Kootenay Avalanche (players born in the year 2000) dominated the Kamloops Ice Pirates tourney over the weekend, going undefeated and outscoring the competition 29 - 6 and winning the ďŹ nal game 5 - 2. Front Row: Goalies - Josh Ballarin and James Jr. Porter, Nathan Bertolucci, Luc Gallagher, Owen Titus, Harrison Risdon, Brandon Costa, Joonus Oden, Ty Black, Clark Nelson, Jacob Lindsey. Back Row: Reece Tambellini, Conner Seib, Hayden Klashinsky, Ethan Martini, Aiden Jenner.

Building a Healthy Community Castlegar Recreation Complex 2101 - 6th Avenue, Castlegar, BC 250-365-3386

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Spring 2011 Fitness Schedule Morning Classes: Monday 9:00-10:00am:.........................................CST or DWW 10:15-11:15am:..................................... Fabulous 50+ 5:30-6:30pm: .................................. Ultimate Kickbox

Strong Showing for 2002 Avalanche too The 2002 Kootenay Avalanche team also did well in the Kamloops Ice Pirates tournament, taking fourth place in their ďŹ rst tournament of spring hockey. Front Row: Tyler Badger, Tenzin Mint (goalie), Wyatt Marlow, Colby Dynneson, Tyson Lautard, Scout Truman. Middle Row: Carter Anderson, Kai Simmonds, Jesse Ihas. Back Row: Max ProďŹ li, Mehki Dolan, Ty Moorey, Reid Vulcano, Nicholas Jenner, Nolan Martini, Alex Moore, Jordan Costa. The above mentioned players represent the program and have been selected from the following minor hockey organizations: Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, BeaverValley, Cranbrook, Boundary, Grandforks & Spokane. For further details on the Kootenay Avalanche Program please see, www.kootenayavalanche.ca Submitted photos

On to the next level of BC Cup Congratulations to Chase Butula on making it to the next level of the U16 BC Cup hockey try-outs. The camp was held in Nelson April 1-3 for East and West Kootenay hockey players, and 20 players were picked to go on to the next level including 12 forwards, six defencemen and two goalies. Submitted photo

cash for college Youth Community Service Award Columbia Basin Trust is offering up to 45 Basin graduates $2,000 each. This award is based on community volunteer service, not on academic achievement, and is designed to assist students with post-secondary education or training. All Basin students who will graduate with a Ministry of Education recognized graduation diploma are eligible for the award. Applications can be picked up at local high schools or downloaded from www.cbt.org/ycsa. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2011, to be considered. XXXDCUPSHt Join us:

Tuesday 9:00-10:00am:Step To It 6:00-7:00pm:Step Mixer or PM Aqua Fit Wed: 9:00-10:00am:.............................CST or Aqua Circuit 5:30-6:30pm: .................................. Ultimate Kickbox Thursday: 9:00-10:00am:............................................. Pure Step 6:00-7:00pm: ............Super Core Plus or PM Aqua Fit

you busy this winter? Why not sign up for one of our exciting programs. Check out our Winter Leisure Guide or check it on the web. www.rdck.bc.ca/castlegar

Upcoming Events: KOOTENAY FESTIVAL – LET’S CELEBRATE SATURDAY JULY 16TH CASTLEGAR Applications for Vendors now available at www.castlegarculture.com or contact Audrey at 365-3386 ext 4105

UPCOMING SPRING PROGRAMS 2011 Gardening Speaker Series

April 13 Water Features for your Garden Friday Presenter: Suzanne Noad. 9:00-10:00am ........... CST or Step Challenge or DWW 10:15-11:15am ..................................... Fabulous 50+ Cost $5.00 April 20 Hanging Basket Saturdays 9:00-10:00am .......................................... CST or Step Ma Mania Take home your creation for sun or shade. Presenter: Family Tree Gardening, cost $25.00 Fam April 20- June 27 Music A Ap for ffo or Young Children (2 & 3 yrs) 10:00-10:45am 110 0 April A p 27 Learn about Hypertufa Plants Presenter – Hy Sharyn Higham, cost $5.00 Sh April 30 Theatre Games (7Ap Public P bli S Swim i P Pooll S Schedule h d l 9yrs) 9:00 am-12:00 noon

Mondays ....10:00-12:30pm; 2:00-4:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm Tuesdays ....................................2:00-4:00pm; 7:00-9:00pm Wednesday 10:00-12:30pm; 2:00-4:00pm & 7:00-9:00pm Thursday ....................................2:00-4:00pm; 7:00-9:00pm Friday..................................... 10:00-12:30pm; 2:00-8:30pm Saturday.......................................................... 12:30-6:00pm Sunday .............................................................. 1:00-6:00pm

Lap Lane, Leisure Pool Time, Early Bird contact the Recreation Office.

Registration currently taking place for Girls Softball, Minor Baseball and West Kootenay Lacrosse. Forms available at the Recreation Office.

SPRING/SUMMER RECREATION LEISURE GUIDE Registration starts April 19th Brochure will be in the mail the week of April 11th

For more detailed information see the Le Leisure Guide at www.rdck.bc.ca/community/recreation/castlegar Notice to all Community Groups and Organizations. If you would like your event mentioned in this event calendar please e-mail the information to Castlegar Recreation Department at casrec@rdck.bc.ca or call 365-3386 ext 0.


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The family of Helen Sherbinin wishes to thank all of our friends and relatives for their love and support in helping us cope with her loss. We also wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who called with condolences, sent cards and flowers and brought baking and food. We also express our gratitude to Bill Strilaeff and staff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel for their compassionate service and guidance, to Leonard Voykin for his professional guidance of the service, to the ladies’ cooking group for the superb lunch, to the singers, whose beautiful singing has brought us much comfort, to Harry Zeabin for the casket and to Leonard Balchewski and the gravediggers for making her such a nice final resting place. Donations in Helen’s memory may be made to ISKRA, PO Box 3024, Castlegar BC V1N 3H4. We will be forever grateful.

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Winnifred Bloodoff With sad hearts the family of Winnifred “Winnie” Bloodoff of Brilliant wishes to announce her passing at Talarico Place Care Centre on Thursday, March 24, 2011, blessed with 86 years of life. Winnie was born in Creston, BC on March 13, 1925 to parents Mary and John Malekoff. She married John Bloodoff and they raised two sons. Winnie was a devoted member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ and a choir member and she loved being a homemaker, especially gardening and cooking. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Mike and her husband John. Left to mourn her loss are her sons Jack and Peter (Bev), grandchildren Vanessa, Lucas and Evan and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on March 31, 2011 followed by interment in the Brilliant Cemetery. Donations in Winnie’s memory may be made to the USCC or ISKRA, PO Box 3024, Castlegar BC V1N 3H4 or Castlegar and District Community Health Centre Foundation, 709 – 10th Street, Castlegar BC V1N 2H7. Funeral arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. The family would like to thank Dr. Lesperance and entire staff of Talarico Place Care Centre for their compassion and care during our mother’s last days. We would also like to express our gratitude to all our family, friends and relatives for their support. Our gratitude also goes to Mike Kanigan for officiating the service, to the singers for their excellent singing, to the cooks for the great lunch, to all the people for attending the funeral, to Bill Strilaeff and staff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel for their guidance, and to Walter Holuboff and all the gravediggers for the nice final resting place they provided for our mother. All of this help is greatly appreciated.

Peter was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan and moved with his parents and siblings to the Slocan Valley, BC around 1937. He married Mary Sherstobitoff in 1943 and they raised four sons on a small farm in Appledale. Around 1972 they moved to Castlegar. Peter had several different occupations including skid-logging, truck driving, CPR machine operating and back-hoe operating. In his retirement Peter loved to travel. He visited several countries including Russia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and even India. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Anne, and his brothers, Fred and Nick Kanigan. Peter will be warmly remembered by his only sister, Gertie Konkin, his four sons, Andrew, Harry, Jack and Peter, his grandson, Kim Jason, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and special friends. Special thanks to Doctors Edge, Jacobson, Trenholm, Merritt, and LaRoque and the very caring staff at Castlewood Care Home, Trail Regional Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit at Talarico Place. Services were officiated by Peter Relkoff at the Castlegar Funeral Chapel and burial completed in Kinnaird on the 29th of March 2011.

Rebecca Marie Horning April 29, 1910 - March 23, 2011 Born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan Rebecca was one of 11 children born to Parents John and Christina Webber. Her parents built a house in the Kealey Springs District where they owned a large farm and livery stable. The Eastend-Maple Creek Trail ran through their land and their home was known as a stopping point and they often put people up for the night. After completing school Rebecca’s dream was to become a nurse, but she gave up this dream to care for her mother who became sick with rheumatic fever and to help out with the family. In 1927 the family moved to Stone Saskatchewan and in 1928 Rebecca got a job cooking for a threshing crew. This is where she met Wilbur, who was hauling the grain into town, and they were married on March 4th 1931. They had two Children, Bruce and Wallace. They lived in Stone Saskatchewan until 1949 and then moved on to Invermere for two years where they ran a hotel, and then Castlegar. Wilbur and Rebecca lived happily in Castlegar until Wilbur’s passing on March 1st, 1998. Rebecca loved her grandchildren more than anything and the family gatherings at grandma and grandpas house. She also loved gardening, socializing with friends, and bingo. One of her happiest days was celebrating her 100th birthday in her home. Rebecca is survived by her two sons, six grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren. Thank you so much to the Home support workers from Castlegar who made Rebecca’s last few months at home comfortable and enjoyable and the staff at Poplar Ridge in Trail for their wonderful care. Rebecca requested no service only for family to erect a memorial next to Wilbur’s near Canal Flats on a ridge above their old hunting camp where they will be together once again.


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CERTIFIED MACHINISTS & welders required for established fabricating shop in Vanderhoof, BC. Permanent, full time, competitive wages. Vanderhoof Machine Works Ltd., Box 1216, Vanderhoof, BC. V0J 3A0 Fax: 250-567-2382 email: vmwltd@telus.net HOMEWORKERS GET paid daily! Now accepting: simple full/part time data entry & online computer related work is available. No fees or charges to participate. Start today, www.BCWOC.com LEMARE LAKE Logging Ltd., is accepting resumes for OffHighway logging truck drivers. Experience is a must. Email: ofďŹ ce@lemare.ca or fax 250956-4888. MACHINIST REQUIRED for busy Coastal Logging company on Northern Vancouver Island. At least 4 years experience required. Above industry average (wages), plus excellent beneďŹ t program. Fax or email resume to: 250-9564888 or ofďŹ ce@lemare.ca.

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RECEPTIONIST F/T or P/T Experienced Dental Receptionist required for fast-paced, energetic ofďŹ ce. Seeking an enthusiastic, professional, team player w/ exceptional communication & interpersonal skills; a demonstrated ability to provide high quality care essential. Fax 250-352-5503 or email drkellydavidoff@shawbiz.ca

Trades, Technical Salmon Arm Honda Powerhouse immediately requires a Licensed Motorcycle Technician and an experienced Motorcycle Parts and Service Advisor. Renumeration will be based on qualiďŹ cations. Apply by Fax 250-832-6138 Attn. Lei-Anne Or by email to leianne@salmonarmhonda.com

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Teck is a diversiďŹ ed resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc and energy. The operation at Trail, British Columbia, is one of the world’s largest and most efďŹ cient integrated zinc and lead smelters. Further information about Teck can be found at www.teck.com.

HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION SYSTEMS COORDINATOR Teck Metals Ltd. is seeking an HR Information Systems Coordinator with a minimum of 2 to 5 years of progressive comprehensive payroll and beneďŹ t administration experience. The candidate must have a strong HR Information Systems background with emphasis on systems administration and development. Experience in a unionized setting and an understanding of both JDEdwards and VIP systems would be preferred. The position will also require experience in a variety of other Human Resource functions such as dispute resolution, job evaluation, employee relations and recruitment. We are interested in individuals with strong HR systems management background, an aptitude for streamlining processes and excellent negotiation and facilitation skills. Teck Metals Ltd. is committed to employment equity and all qualiďŹ ed individuals are encouraged to forward their resume including copies of transcripts by April 15, 2011 to hrrecruit@teck.com.

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Located in the West Kootenay region of South Eastern BC, 400 employees of Zellstoff Celgar produce over 1400 tonnes of Bleached Kraft pulp/day. Our mill is a World Class state of the art facility & we continue to make capital investments to maintain that standing! We are 1 of 3 Pulp mills owned by Mercer International. We are Castlegar’s leading employer & are committed to maintaining our responsible position within the community & being our customers’ preferred supplier of choice.

TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES JOURNEYMAN TRADE PERSONS FOR MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN

A career that fits, naturally. Selkirk College values family, healthy living and a positive work-life balance in the scenic West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN INSTRUCTOR Applications are invited to develop and teach courses online and face-to-face for practice in both community and hospital settings. Each applicant must be a Regulated Pharmacy Technician, currently registered and in good standing with a regulatory body (i.e. College of Pharmacist’s of B.C.), understand current pharmacy legislation, regulations and policies in B.C., be computer literate and have good communication and problemsolving skills. A minimum of 5 years experience in a hospital or retail pharmacy is also required. TEMPORARY: 57-62%. Competition #19. CLOSING: April 11, 2011. Visit our website for details on this and other career opportunities. Selkirk College Human Resources 301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar, BC V1N 4L3 250.365.1390 | postings@selkirk.ca

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Zellstoff Celgar Limited has a scheduled maintenance shutdown from June 6 to June 13, 2011. During this shutdown, the following certified trades persons will be required:

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Employment & Benefits Coordinator Zellstoff Celgar Limited P.O. Box 1000 Castlegar, BC V1N 3H9 Phone No: (250)365-4267 Fax No: (250)365-2652 e-mail: lisaa@celgar.com We thank all applicants; only those whose candidacy best suits our needs will be contacted.

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Castlegar, 3217 - 5th Ave, Sat & Sun, Apr 2 & 3, 9 - 5, 1 Bdrm suite, New plasma 60” TV & Sony TV 40” both cw stand, 1 coffee table & 2 end tables & much more 365-2762

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Feed & Hay STRAW 3x3x8ft bales $150 ton. GRASS hay 5ft round bales $180 tonn Alfalfa grass mix and oat silage bales 200 plus bales .$50/bale. Discount on larger orders. Enderby 250 838 6684.

Livestock ALPACAS FOR SALE. Packages of 3 starting at $750 Call 250-354-8590.

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Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING Containers/Bridges Super sale on now New/Used/Damaged. BEST PRICES 20’24’40’45’48’53’ insulated reefer containers 20’40’48’53’ CHEAP 40’ Farmers Specials all under $2,200! Semi Trailers for hi way & storage. We are overstocked. Delivery BC & AB. 1-866-528-7108 Call 24 hours www.rtcontainer.com Ford L9000 Dump Truck Craig 20 ton tilt deck trailer EX 135 Hitachi Excavator Topsoil Shaker Screens Grizzly 250-365-6267

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Misc. Wanted Coin Collector Buying Old coins, silver, collections Please call 250-863-3082

Musical Instruments PIANO SALE, grands, uprights, serviced, tuned and delivered. View at www.worldofmusic.ca, “used inventory”. Call Kamloops: 250-319-4062 or Kelowna: 250-869-0819. Toll Free 1-800-663-5183

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Business for Sale Oceanfront Motel, 2 acres, 10 units, near park, for sale or could be included in a larger project. Site approved for condos. Plans completed, ready to go. Phone 250-753-0160

For Sale By Owner Castlegar South end corner Lot in very quiet neighborhood 4 bdrm. 2 bath, new furnace, woodstove 2300 sq ft, including finished basement with suite potential, $260,000 Phone 365-0805

Houses For Sale 5 BDRM HOUSE, 3000 sq.ft. on lg lot at 2154 Crestview Cres, Castlegar. Also vacant lot at 2174 Crestview Cres. Price reduced 250-365-9600

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Prime but affordable recreation property. Leased waterfront lot with 34’ Plainsman 5th Wheel, w/2 slides, at Eagle’s Nest RV Resort on Moyie Lake, 1/2 hr south of Cranbrook, BC. Complete w/deck & 2 outbuildings. Lot is quiet & secure w/only 1 neighbor, large enough to accommodate full size park model for full timers, $85,000. Call Grant, (250)417-7188

Downtown Castlegar 1 Bdrm furnished & 2 Bdrm Unfurnished apartments, quiet adult bldg, recent ren’s & many updates N/S, N/P, $850/mth 250-365-5246

Mobile Homes & Parks

CENTRAL CASTLEGAR 1 Bdrm Small House, F/S Avail Immediately $600/mth +utilities, Ref req/long term N/S, N/P 250-365-8141

1973 Atco 2 bdrm mobile,W/D F/S, Estate sale $25,000 250365-7824, 250-608-0287

Whispering Pines Manufactured Home Park- Home Sites available BEAUTIFUL RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY in GENELLE Phone: 250-693-2136 www.whispering pinesmhp.com WHOLESALE FACTORY DIRECT. Manufactured, Modular & Park models. Tremendous savings. Luxurious 1512 sq. ft home including delivery and installation only $ 109,950. Many other plans available. 877-976-3737 or 250-814-3788 www.hbmodular.com

Mortgages Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-711-8818 www.mountaincitymortgage.ca

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 55+ all inclusive studio and 1 bdrm suites. We cook and clean, you enjoy life. 1-866460-9447. Limited space available. Castlegar, Close to Downtown Lrg 2 Bdrm apartment, lrg deck, freshly painted, S/F, N/P, N/S, W/D on premises $675/mth + utilities, 365-1032 or 304-9010

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RADIUM, Available MAY 1 Bright clean walkout. 1 br basement suite. Partially furnished, washer /dryer in suite, full kitchen, wireless internet $750/mo incl. utilities. 250342-1524 or 250-341-1454

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

NOTICE OF DISPOSAL Under the warehouse lien act, the following goods will be disposed of by public closed bid auction on April 21 2011 at the storage location listed below.

Stereo / DVD / TV SONY 42’’ Grand Wega TV. LCD projection. Works great. 5 yrs old. $250 obo. 352-9304.

Legal Notices

CASTLEGAR TRUCK SERVICE LTD.

2216 - 6TH AVENUE, CASTLEGAR, BC 250-365-2292

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CASTLEGAR TRUCK SERVICE LTD. HAS SIEZED A 1990 FREIGHTLINER S/N 2FUYDSEB6LV377343, BELONGING TO AARON MICHAEL EDWARDS AND THE AMOUNT OWING IS $13,410.90 PLUS ANY ADDITIONAL COST OF SEIZURE, STORAGE AND SALE. THIS UNIT WILL BE SOLD ON APRIL 21, 2011 OR THEREAFTER UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE REPAIRER’S LIEN ACT. UNIT CAN BE VIEWED AND BIDS SUBMITTED TO CASTLEGAR TRUCK SERVICE., 2216 - 6TH AVE, CASTLEGAR, BC.

1988 Bayliner 2455 boat SN# 3C85SB1788 unknown owner: This boat has been left under the care and supervision of 1115999AB inc. also known as Arrow Lake Resort and Marina at 5570 Broadwater Rd Castlegar BC. This boat is being sold to cover unpaid moorage in the amount of $3600 plus interest, sale, and advertising costs. Anyone having a legal interest in this boat should contact Chris Holt at (250) 687-1698 by no later than April 15 2011. Should no one show they have a legal interest in this boat by the above date, the public is welcome to deposit a sealed bid in the bid box labelled “boat bids” on the fuel island at the above address on April 21 2011 between 9am and 5pm.

2006 Honda Pilot EX-L One owner, black with grey interior, 130,000kms, eight passenger, trailer package installed, winter and all-season tires included. Meticulously maintained. Located in Nelson B.C. Call 250-825-3458 for more information

Homes for Rent Castlegar, Older 4 Bdrm House with basement suite on lrg lot, F/S, N/P, N/S, WD, Avail May 1st, 250-231-0961

In THRUMS Mobile Home, 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, deck with addition, no dogs 250-3597178 or 250-304-9273 Newly reno 1 bdrm cottage on Rilkoff road, private setting, close to town $700/mth plus ulitilies, 365-3733

Motorcycles 2003 Victory Cruiser 5000 kms Black Beauty, Lots of Chrome. Looks like new, Garage Stored $9800, 250-365-8360

Rooms for Rent Castlegar Sandman Hotel Offering long-term monthly

Scrap Car Removal

Rentals on variety of room types (incl full kitchenettes). Rates starting at $800 per mnth. Please contact General Manager (250) 365-8444 (ext 5)

SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

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Trucks & Vans

Castlegar 2 bdrm Apartment Bright & Spacious, F/S Laundry on site close to amenities, N/S, N/P $725 + utilities 359-7819

1992 Dodge Dakota 2x4, 3.9 Liters V-6 Automatic Parts truck, New Winter Tires New drum brakes still in box, Body in good condition,Motor runs, Kenwood Stereo 236,000 km’s $500 OBS Phone 250-357-2402

Castlegar, Bright 1 Bdrm $605/mth plus power 3 Bdrm House $1100/mth + Utilities, 1 Bdrm $1,000/mth furnished in Rossland Phone 250-608-3930 Downtown Castlegar, upstairs suite, two bedroom $550 per month plus utilities. Includes F/S, garage, N/S, N/P, Near bus route Avail May 1st 2011, References required. 1-250-368-9144

Transportation

Auto Accessories/Parts Wheel & Tire Packages make a great grad gift. On sale now Call Kal Tire 250-365-3311

Tenders

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Cars - Domestic 1998 Audi A4 quattro, V6, 5spd, $3300 obo. 250-3071215.

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