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Nelson Ford finds its focus See Page 14

More housing planned for downtown core See Page 3

HOPE amongst the 36*/

From Hurricane Katrina to the earthquake in Haiti, Nelson’s Mary Nishio has seen the devastating impact Mother Nature can have on human life, but the retired psychologist has worked to help people rise from despair. On her recent three-week journey to Japan she was left humbled by the force of the wave that forever changed a nation...

story by Greg Nesteroff


ary Nishio entered the auditorium in Onagawa, Japan where 800 people were sheltering following the March tsunami that flattened the town. She waited as about 50 of them finished saying goodbye to a group of volunteers, then surveyed the crowd. Approaching a teenage girl, she explained she was from Nelson and trying to find students who visited here. The girl looked at her strangely, then touched her own nose, a gesture designating self. “It’s me,� she said.

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ishio, a retired psychologist who lives on the North Shore, was in the midst of a threeweek tour of earthquake-stricken parts of the country, teaching disaster psychology to mental health volunteers. She lived and taught in Japan for 20 years — her late husband was from Kyoto — and did relief work with the Red Cross following the Kobe earthquake in 1995, as well as Hurricane Katrina, and last year’s earthquake in Haiti. Story continues to ‘Disaster’ on Page 12

Home Owners helping home owners

TOP — Mary Nishio with Izumi (left) and Yuri, two former Nelson homestay students whom she found by a stroke of luck in a shelter at Onagawa. Yuri lost her mother and grandmother. Both girls lost their homes. BOTTOM — The unfathomable destruction in Onagawa.


Friday, May 20, 2011 Nelson Star




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This 3 bedroom, 1 bath home is not fancy but appears solid with recent upgrades. The spacious 66’x159’lot is mostly level and gently sloping and offers spectacular views of Kootenay Lake, the orange bridge and Kokanee Glacier. Convenient location. (11-188) MLS #K202983

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This cozy 2 bdrm. home is move-in ready and has seen many recent improvements such as new bathroom, roof, wood flooring and paint (inside and out). There is also a nice deck that allows for covered off-street parking. (11-21) MLS #K200431

Large house with large 2 bedroom mortgage helper suite. This 3200 sq.ft. well built home has a spacious open floor plan. Private large 990 sq.ft. concrete deck. Level lot with fenced garden area and fruit trees. (11-189) MLS #K202982

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Grade 6 Trafalgar Middle School students took part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Tuesday afternoon, collecting dozens of bags of garbage along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

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Lardeau residents set to take action GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

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A group of Lardeau Valley residents is expected to file a complaint against Meadow Creek Cedar with the B.C. Forest Practices Board. It’s one of the outcomes of a meeting last week called to discuss a community response to the mill’s ongoing troubles. According to the minutes, a “committee of concerned citizens was formed to investigate all possible avenues currently open to improving the situation for the benefit of the economy of the valley.”

“I think it’s a pretty good group,” says Don Edwards of the local Opportunity Links society, who chaired the meeting. “There was quite a bit of interest, including three people partially employed by [the mill].” The minutes show the meeting discussed the mill’s forest practices, safety violations, the lack of employment in the area, and “what would happen if the mill closed and/or if its tenure were removed.” While Edwards says his society can’t start a business, community forest, or otherwise spearhead things directly, they are willing to

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support the committee’s efforts. “It was pointed out that if the owner of the mill would run his business safely and in a more professional and ‘above board’ manner, that would be fine,” the minutes read. It’s expected local MPs Alex Atamanenko and David Wilks will be approached. The committee met immediately afterward with a forester from Nakusp to talk about filing a complaint against the company. The B.C. Forest Practices Board has twice investigated Meadow Creek Cedar in recent years, validating some

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Burke Jones 250.354.8515

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313 Silica Street $574,900 Enjoy this Craftsman quality Heritage 4 bdrm home—Grand dining, bay windows, original hardwood, wood detailing, living room & fireplace. Bask in the beauty of its lush landscaped 77 x 120 level lot from the covered veranda. Single Garage. A must see. Call John to view.

complaints while dismissing others. A public meeting is expected once the committee has figured out some options. Meadow Creek Cedar recently laid off its workforce, just as it was completing safety upgrades to address a series of WorkSafeBC orders. The company still hasn’t made its final payments to creditors under a proposal drawn up in 2009. It missed a March 7 deadline to pay $71,000 to Canada Revenue Agency and a total of $91,000 to over 50 unsecured creditors. Affordable Starter Home

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Ten New Units Planned Above Royal Bar and Grill on Baker Street

Council green lights condos ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter

Ten upscale condos planned for the space above the Royal Bar and Grill are headed to market, as 330 Baker Street undergoes a transformation from lowincome housing to loft-style apartments. At its most recent meeting, city council approved building and bar owner Luke Menkes’ application to stratify the building. The plan allows for 16 strata units, 11 of which will be residential. Menkes has already moved into the Royal’s penthouse suite, and says he’ll sell the remaining 900 square-foot condos — which will occupy space currently used by Swingers Squash Club (see related sports story page 20) — for about $275,000 each. “The second floor was low-income residential for years, but we’ve got an engineer’s report that there’s no way to soundproof it completely with the nightclub, so we’re going to have office condos on the second floor,” he adds. The basement will also be listed as commercial space. Menkes took over the bar in 2009, bought the building last year, and says upgrading the residential space at 330 Baker has been in the “back of my mind” since that time. “It’s always been my dream to live in a loft downtown, so I’m doing that for myself and


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Luke Menkes’ ambitious plan will bring new life to the building at 330 Baker Street.

I get to share it with other people.” Once construction is complete, he says the building will include an elevator, rooftop garden and French balconies. “They open inwards and

you have a railing, so you’ll be able to stand kind of outside even though you’re inside,” he adds. “It’s just really funky, modern but heritagestyle lofts.” The building’s second and third floor were previ-

ously low cost apartments. According to Menkes’ development application, five of the nine apartments were already vacant when he purchased the space. Two other apartments have “had multiple, transient tenants,” but are also vacant at this time. One other renter has moved to another city, while the single remaining tenant will be offered an upgraded suite and help finding other accommodation during the renovation. While city councillors noted the loss of lower-rent spaces when discussing Menkes’ application, several suggested they weren’t worth fighting to keep. “We are losing some low cost rental units, but my understanding of the conditions is they were places that you don’t want human beings to be living in anyway,” councillor Donna Macdonald said during the meeting. “From the description of what has been going on with the housing in that hotel in the last couple years, there has been a lot of transient turnover,” added councillor Kim Charlesworth. “It would be, I think, counterproductive not to allow the stratification to go forward just on that basis.” Menkes says he is willing to let investors buy and rent out the condo units, and if they don’t all sell he may rent some of them out himself.

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Then let us welcome you to town with our greetings basket that also includes information about your new community. Have you had a new baby? Then let us know as we have a special gift basket for your new baby.

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Dr Geldrich graduated with distinction from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in Cranbrook and Castlegar over the last few years prior to joining our team at the Selkirk Veterinary Hospital

Friday, May 20, 2011 Nelson Star

News Saturday Morning Show in the Sky

Meteorite spotted in skies above Nelson SALLY MACDONALD Cranbrook Daily Townsman Reporter

A meteorite that flew over the Kootenays on Saturday morning was seen in Nelson and caught on video by a camera on the roof of the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. It lit up the night sky at 2:17 a.m., according to physics lab technician Rick Nowell. “Appearing as a dim dot at first, high to the north, it rapidly grew into a big, white ball as big as the moon, with a tail behind it,” he says. “It flared into brilliance, lighting up the whole sky and layers of white clouds to the southwestern horizon. Within four seconds the flare sank as it moved a bit south of west, sinking down into the clouds, towards the setting moon and Creston.” The fireball was seen as far east as Cochrane, Alberta; south as Coeur d’Alene and Spokane; and west in Nelson, Kamloops and Penticton. Most witnesses described a greenish blue orb that looked as big as the moon. It lit up the sky as bright as day, and one person even said the automatic street lights switched off for a few minutes as they registered the light. Witnesses in Cranbrook and Nelson heard a distant boom, like a far-off thunderstorm, after the meteor sank over the horizon — an indication the meteor broke apart and fell to the ground somewhere between the two cities, according to Dr. Alan Hildebrand, head of the Canadian Fireball Re-

photo courtesy College of the Rockies

A meteor that looked as big as the moon swooped over Cranbrook early Saturday. This photo shows the view through the College of the Rockies meteor camera. The image is taken through a fish-eye lens with the horizon shown as a rim around the edge of the circle.

porting Centre at the University of Calgary. From the angle of the meteor’s flight path, Hildebrand estimated meteor fragments may have landed somewhere north of Creston along Kootenay Lake. However, one witness says it more likely fell between Creston and Yahk. “If they’re looking around the lake, they’re looking in the wrong spot,” said Esther Aylward, who was camping Friday night. “I just happened to be up because I couldn’t sleep and I saw it and it was behind Canyon Park, on the mountains on that side.” Aylward couldn’t tell if the meteor came down in front of or behind the mountain ranges to the east of Canyon. There’s a nine-second clip at


at The Hume Hotel Banquet Room A discussion about the future of Swingers Squash Club

Have a Burger and Beer for $10! Canucks Game broadcast in the Banquet Room!

We invite you to drop by to visit us and meet Dr Geldrich For an appointment call 352-2999 Selkirk Veterinary Hospital 616 Railway St., Nelson “People caring for Pets”



The B.C. River Forecast Centre has lifted a high streamflow advisory for the Salmo River. The river peaked early Tuesday below twoyear flow levels and has been receding since, the centre said in a bulletin. It also rescinded a flood watch for the Kettle River, flood warning for the West Kettle, and streamflow advisories for the Granby and Moyie rivers. Although those bodies of water are no longer of concern for the moment, the centre says levels may rise again later with warmer weather and increased snow melt.


An expedition to Kootenay Lake’s deadliest shipwreck is now set for July 8 to 11. Members of the Underwater Archaeological Society of B.C., led by Bill Meekel, originally planned to visit the SS City of Ainsworth over the Easter long weekend, but were unable to get a crew together. The team of six intends to use side-scan sonar and a remotely operated underwater vehicle to survey the wreck, near Crawford Bay. They will also try to preserve a field of artifacts nearby. The Ainsworth sank in 1898, taking nine lives. Now a provincially designated underwater heritage site, it has only been visited a few times since it was located in 1990 in more than 100 m of water.


The Regional District of Central Kootenay says the Slocan transfer station is experiencing chronic illegal dumping. They’re investigating specific incidents and trying to prevent it from happening again, with the help of police. They ask anyone who spots illegal dumping at regional district landfills and transfer stations to call them at 1-800-268-7325.

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Power Line Policy Explained

Nelson Hydro tree trimming tactics upset homeowner GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

A Front Street resident is unhappy with how Nelson Hydro trimmed five trees on her property around a power line last week. Judi Ross, who lives behind Safeway, says she came home last Friday just as crews finished cutting branches from the trees’ midsections. “There was no notice. They didn’t contact us at all,� she says. “I just think we pay our taxes and should have in the very least received a courtesy call.� Ross says she would have cooperated, but at least wanted to be there when it happened. She adds she isn’t disputing that trees close to power lines need to be cropped, but feels the work went far beyond what was necessary. “You just can’t go pushing your way in there. If you want to do something as extensive as with my property, you need to


make that one minute phone call and explain what you’re doing. This isn’t the usual trim job.� She was also unhappy with what was left behind. “The response I got was ‘The wind will carry the mess away.’ Not only did they chop the trees, they left a pile of [debris] on the sidewalk and on our property.� Nelson Hydro general manager Alex Love says he apologized to Ross, but they aren’t required to provide notice before trimming. “The bylaw has a provision that when the customer requests service, they grant a right-of-way for the city to maintain, construct, and install the line,� he says. Although the trees are on Ross’ property, the line ran through branches growing over the street. It was a secondary line, so a one-meter clearance was ordered. (Up to three meters can be cut around higher voltage lines.) “However, be-

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Judi Ross, who lives behind Safeway, points to trees in front of her house that received a trim from Nelson Hydro last week. She’s not happy with the work, nor the fact she received no warning.

tween the line and trunk of the tree you might cut off half of the branch and leave a stump sticking out,� Love says. “According

to the tree pruning guys, it’s healthier to take it right off, otherwise it has a chance of getting rot and disease.�

But lopping the branches at the trunk left a clearance at least twice as big, which further infuriated Ross. She also questions whether the work was necessary, since the line is insulated. Love says they trim around lines regardless, “because branches contacting can still bring down the line and wear through the insulation.� He adds treetrimming is contentious for a variety of reasons, and they get a few complaints every year. Usually they can resolve them, “but people are not happy about a tree on their property or in their viewscape being modified.� Whenever they trim, they do it to last at least a few years, he says. As for the debris, Love and his line manager found needles and twigs on the ground, along with some larger branches. They offered to do “a little more cleaning,� even though they didn’t think it was necessary.

Registration on the Hired Equipment List “Expression of Interest– Hired Equipment Listâ€? will be received by the ofÂżce of the Finance and Purchasing Manager up to and including 2:30 pm, local time May 31, 2011 for the following equipment: Equipment required may include, and is not limited to, the following: • Dumptrucks, Wheel loaders/Bobcats, Crawler/Bulldozer, Compaction Equipment, Backhoes, Miscellaneous Construction Equipment Please submit your Expression Of Interest (EOI) on the provided form. EOI Documents outlining requirements are available from: The Corporation of the City of Nelson Suite 101, 310 Ward Street Nelson, BC V1L 5S4 Contact: Finance and Purchasing Manager 250-352-8204 Or the City of Nelson web site,

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Friday, May 20, 2011 Nelson Star


A core shift worth taking


he last month has been exciting for the west end of Baker Street. The 200 and 300 blocks have gone off in a new direction that should bode well for our community. Earlier this month it was announced that the former Nelson Daily News building at 266 Baker Street was sold to a consortium that plans to breathe new life into the historic property. Office, retail and up to 10 small condo units are planned for one of the downtown’s most prominent buildings. In today’s paper (page 3) you can read about the plans for the building that currently houses the Royal Bar and Grill. Another ambitious move that could create up to 11 condo units on the upper floors of 330 Baker Street. This all comes at a time when city council is putting the final touches on the Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan. Though happening independently of City Hall initiatives, these plans jibe well with the future Nelsonites envision. Our downtown is our jewel. Along with the lakeside setting, it’s what sets us apart from so many rural communities. The vibrancy and beauty mesh together to create a place that leaves a lasting impact on those who visit, those who decide to move here and those who have been here for a lifetime. Both buildings currently slated for redevelopment are hopefully a glimpse into what the future holds for our downtown. Historic properties which have not realized their full potential of late will once again become key in the downtown mix. In a community so land poor it simply makes sense to capitalize on what we already have and improve upon our strengths. Building up makes more environmental sense than starting fresh. Adding more buzz to an already bustling downtown is an economic score. The ebb and flow of the core continues. It’s a direction that will continue to set Nelson apart and make us a stronger community. We want to hear from you. E-MAIL LETTERS TO: The Nelson Star is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to the B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby Street, Nanaimo, V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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Editor: Bob Hall Publisher: Chuck Bennett

Jambalaya – Bob Hall


A contrast in doggy dealings

ou know spring has officially arrived in Nelson with the three Fs: foliage, flush trucks in Uphill and fresh spray paint on Baker Street. This week city crews were busy with a number of spring-like activities, one of the most noticeable being the freshly painted “no dogs allowed� symbols on downtown sidewalks. It’s a bold reminder of one of the most divisive issues in this community that has lingered since the mid-1990s. This past weekend I had the good fortune to travel to Coeur d’Alene with an army of other Nelson soccer parents. It was my first time in the community and I was impressed. Coeur d’Alene is like Nelson on steroids. Lovely historic downtown lined with little shops and outdoor patios, a gorgeous lakeside setting and a real outdoorsy feel amongst its friendly residents. If you haven’t been... it’s worth the trip south. When I spend any amount of time in a community that appeals to me, inevitably the comparisons to home begin. Nelson and Coeur d’Alene have much in common, but the most striking contrast is the way dogs are treated in the downtown. On Saturday morning we arrived for a downtown stroll while organizers of the Dog d’Alene Festival were setting up in a downtown greenspace. This third annual event brought together 500 dogs and their owners for games, information and bonding. Four-legged beasts of all sizes wandered the streets all day while their owners shopped, ate lunch and inevitably spent plenty of dough. The festival is put on by the downtown business association, which is obviously smart enough to know the spinoff benefits of drawing dog’s best friends to an inclusive gathering. It’s unfair to judge Coeur d’Alene’s attitude towards canines on that one day so when I returned to the office I put a call in to City Hall. Coeur d’Alene does have bylaws to keep control of dogs, but they are

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Two different approaches. In Coeur d’Alene (top) they roll out the welcome mat for dogs. In Nelson (bottom) they repel dogs with signs that can be considered offensive.

subtle and less offensive to those who love their pets. Dogs are allowed in the downtown, but must be on a leash. They are not allowed in the city’s gorgeous public parks, but there is a dog park which caters to hounds. Their dog policies are not without problems, but local leaders clearly realize the attachment people have with their pets. “When you live and die with tourists, it requires tolerance and flexibility,� Coeur d’Alene’s deputy city administrator Jon Ingalls told me on Wednesday. “We try our level best with the soft approach.�

Selina Birk Amber Lowdermilk Circulation Admin. OfďŹ ce Administration

Madeleine Fulton Chuck Bennett Sales Associate Regional Publisher

Bob Hall Editor

During the peak tourist season the city enlists volunteers to roam around on foot and on bike with a pamphlet that welcomes visitors to the city and explains some of the more unique laws, customs and traditions of the city. With a friendly smiling face, these people deliver the news in a way that makes tourists feel even more welcome. In Nelson, by-law officers are charged with delivering the edict. Though a pleasant crew who most often exercise the proper discretion when dealing with dog violations, the fact it’s delivered by somebody in uniform can be off-putting. Nelson’s strict downtown dog by-law was born out of frustration. Shop owners and many of those who visit the downtown were frustrated by the bad apples. Mostly travellers stopping to hang out in Nelson to check out the scene. These people leashed their barking dogs to parking meters, didn’t clean up the mess on the sidewalks and allowed their animals to approach folks who might not appreciate a dog’s snout in their crotch. Those people should be dealt with, but do we really need the offensive sidewalk signs on every corner? Do we really need to tell the young couple from Saskatoon that their Maltese has to stay in a hot car while they check out the downtown shops? The answer is no. Like Coeur d’Alene, Nelson is a community that depends on tourist dollars for its survival. In fact, we are in direct competition with our southern cousins for the attention of visitors. They offer pretty much exactly what we offer right down to the funky vibe, but they do some things much better. Welcoming dogs is one them. The answer for Nelson isn’t easy, but it’s out there. City council might want to start by picking up the phone. Call shop owners and leaders in places like Coeur d’Alene to see how they manage dogs in their downtown. I have the number. I can email it to you.

Jennifer Cowan Sales Associate

Andrea Klassen Reporter

Greg Nesteroff Reporter

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Letters to the Editor

Wayne Germaine

In praise of Festival Nelson I am writing this letter in appreciation of the volunteers at your recent Festival Nelson. I recently had the privilege of being invited as an adjudicator/clinician to Festival Nelson. I think this is the fourth or fifth time I’ve been an adjudicator at the festival and thought it was about time I wrote to express some of my feelings. For your information, I am recently retired from teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. During my career I have had the opportunity to be a clinician throughout Canada and the U.S. and have had 36 years of organizing music festivals. Needless to say, I feel well qualified to speak about the quality of these kind of events. Festival Nelson is without question one of the best festivals in North America. The focus of this festival is about music education and it is achieved in an atmosphere of cooperation — not competition. To this end, the Festival Nelson committee assembles the best available clinicians to motivate, encourage, inspire and educate festival attendees. Not only does your community benefit financially and culturally, but festival partici-

pants receive valuable experiences to take back to their various Pacific Northwest schools and communities. Festival Nelson has provided a unique opportunity to countless students and to the audiences that attend performances.

“Festival Nelson is without question one of the best festivals in North America. The focus of this festival about music education...� I would like to thank the committee of volunteers for giving freely of their time to this event. They do so without recompense. Festival Nelson volunteers do so for the most sincere of motivation... education and young people. Trust me when I tell you that if you were to pay this incredible group of individuals 25 cents an hour you couldn’t afford them. Mona Smith, Karen Walgren, Keith Todd, Tim Bullen, June Spearman, Margot Dorgelo, Brent Cross, Mary Defeo and the rest of the volunteer committee need to be commended for their invaluable contribution to the community of Nelson and to

music education in general. I hope Festival Nelson is receiving the support they need from the community, the municipal government and the school district to carry on this outstanding event. Thank you to Festival Nelson. You have had a positive impact on all who have attended over the years. Congratulations to 25 years of service to your community and to international music education! On another note I would like to thank a husband and wife for giving me a ride back to my hotel. (I believe the gentlemen was a retired police officer). After an evening concert I decided to walk back to the Hume Hotel, took a wrong turn and rather than walk up another long hill, decided to ask for directions. Instead of explaining, they took a stranger into their car and made sure he got back safely to his accommodation. This speaks volumes for the mindset of a small community and for the welcome feeling we all received when arriving in Nelson. Peter Taylor Adjudicator/clinician Festival Nelson 2011 Powell River

Bottled water information misleading Re: “Lobby to avoid plastic heats up,� April 14 In the piece, Andrea Klassen quotes local Catholic development and peace chairman Barry Nelson who, unfortunately, has based his objections to bottled water on information that has long been confirmed as false — mythology one typically finds on anti-bottled water activists’ websites or in circulars published by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The federal government purchases bottled water for use by, for example, our armed forces worldwide; those government employees who work in remote locations or in older buildings where lead contamination is present; and native and other populations in Canada’s north and elsewhere across the country where there is no

potable water. Last year, there were 1,500 boil-water advisories nation-wide. The inference by Mr. Nelson that money spent on bottled water represents an investment that is not being made in municipal water and sewer infrastructure is simply illogical. Canadians pay local, provincial and federal taxes, partly so that government at all levels will invest in water and sewer infrastructure construction and maintenance. They spend their after-tax or disposable income on many consumer items, including bottled water. They do not spend money on bottled water at the expense of tap water. In contrast to his statement about the privatization of water in developing countries, the bottled water industry simply isn’t a significant factor in the global accessto-water debate: agriculture

uses 70 per cent of total available fresh water, industry 20 per cent; domestic users 10 per cent; bottled water industry well less than one per cent. If Mr. Nelson and others wish to protect this valuable resource for future generations, they should give consideration to calling on government to make water and sewer infrastructure development and maintenance a priority; make residential, commercial, and industrial water takers pay their fair share of the real cost of water consumption; address the inefficient use of water by municipalities, agriculture, and industries; and require treatment of wastewater before it is returned to rivers, lakes, and oceans. John B. Challinor II Director of Corporate Affairs NestlĂŠ Waters Canada

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Does Slocan Valley Need a Dog By-Law?

Dog troubles plague rail trail GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter

Dog problems in the Slocan Valley extend to the rail trail that runs through it, according to both the volunteer group that manages the corridor and at least one frequent user.

“I’ve had dogs come in front of my bike, which could cause a spill.”

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Jake Conkin Trail User


ARE MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES A CONCERN FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY? The Mental Health & Substance Use Consumer, Family and Peer Support Program, on behalf of Interior Health Authority, is looking for citizens to participate in local Mental Health and Substance Use Advisory Councils.

The Councils represent the interests of mental health and addiction service consumers and their families. Working in collaboration with the health system, Council members promote an equitable, accountable, effective and efficient system of mental health and addictions care and mental health wellness. Interested applicants can contact the Consumer, Family and Peer Support Program Coordinator at 1-877-364-2326 ext 242. OR Contact local Mental Health and Substance Use office directly: Arrow & Slocan Lakes: (250) 265-5253 Boundary: (250) 442-0330 Castlegar: (250) 304-1846 Nelson: (250) 505-7248 Trail: (250) 364-6262 DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011 The Mental Health & Substance Use Consumer, Family and Peer Support Program Funded by Interior Health Authority Kootenay Boundary Health Service Area Mental Health and Addictions Services TRAIL FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL RESOURCE CENTRE SOCIETY FACILITATING AND ADVOCATING WITH INTEGRITY AND RESPECT

“Dog issues are our No. 1 headache,” says heritage trail society chair Rory Lindsay. “Over the years, we have had many complaints from trail users about dogs — everything from people not cleaning up after their pets to people being chased, bitten, or knocked down.” Lindsay says dogs are allowed on the non-motorized trail between South Slocan and Slocan City, which is enjoyed by many responsible owners. However, there are several problems, starting with those who don’t restrain their animals. “It’s a real minority of situations but some people, who either lack understanding or don’t care, don’t control their pets, creating a real nuisance for others.” He recalls one instance where he saw a couple with five or six big dogs running

free, and another couple coming the other way on bikes, who quickly turned around. “They were extremely nervous,” he says. “Seeing that number of dogs not on leash scared them. They weren’t going to risk it.” The second problem — which Lindsay says is equally prevalent — has to do with people who live alongside the trail and have dogs that bark at users or confront them. “It’s usually cases where more than one dog comes off the property. Their pack mentality makes them very aggressive.” He says there have been several instances where pets were mauled, requiring vet care. They have approached owners, who often respond by taking better precautions, but in other cases police have become involved. The third, less common issue is people who take dogs on the trail and let them wander onto private property to get in fights or harass livestock. In one case a farmer responded by shooting the dog — allowed under the Livestock Protection Act. Jake Conkin, a Castlegar resident who with his wife is a frequent trail user, says while he’s had no serious incidents, there have been some close calls. “I’ve had dogs come in front of my bike, which could cause a spill. My wife had a dog leap up on her when she was on crosscountry skis, which could result in a fall and a broken

Kootenay Lake Levels

Alert - High Lake Levels | May 18, 2011 FortisBC is advising local residents that Kootenay Lake levels are expected to reach 1749 ft. at Queen’s Bay early next week, possibly reaching 1750 ft. by the end of next week. There is a risk of flooding in some areas. During spring runoff, lake inflow is from local rivers and streams that are not controlled by FortisBC. Queen’s Bay:

Present level: 1746.71 ft. 7 day forecast: Up 36 to 39 inches. 2010 peak: 1748.68 ft / 2009 peak: 1747.89 ft.


Present level: 1744.88 ft. 7 day forecast: Up 36 to 39 inches

For more information on emergency flood preparedness contact your local authority, or visit the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) website at or call 1-800-663-3456.

Dogs are the chief source of conflict on the Slocan Valley Photo courtesy Rory Lindsay heritage rail trail.

hip. I’ve had dogs come at me aggressively.” His most recent encounter was with a loose dog running well ahead of its owner. “I hollered ‘Hey, I carry bear spray, you better control your dog.’ He rushed up and grabbed him. By that point the dog was up against me in a threatening fashion.” Conkin says he can go a week without seeing a dog on the trail, then run into three or four in a single day. While his negative experiences haven’t stopped him from using the trail, he fears other seniors will be discouraged. He also thinks an animal control bylaw might be helpful: “A fine for people who are negligent — that

doesn’t exist.” Lindsay agrees the lack of a bylaw “is a real handicap for us. Our only alternative would be to close off the trail in an area.” They are, however, installing signage dedicated to dog etiquette. “If you’re bringing your dog on the trail, these are the rules we expect you to follow: no aggressive dogs, your dog must be under control, and don’t let your dog wander onto private property.” Lastly, they ask people to keep the trail free of doggie doo — there’s a bag dispenser at the Slocan trailhead, although none along the trail, nor any garbage cans. Lindsay says those on long treks should just push the poop well off the path.

Help for Slave Lake Fire Victims

Shoebox campaign started Nelson Star Staff

Kootenay Christian Fellowship is collecting donations to bring comfort to more than 1,000 children left homeless by wildfires in the Slave Lake area of Alberta. Donors are being asked to fill a shoebox with toys and treats appropriate for a boy or girl aged two to three, six to 12, or 12 to 18. Label the box with the age and gender of the child it’s been created for, then drop it off at the former Movie Gallery at 616 Vernon

Street. Fellowship pastor Jim Reimer says the boxes don’t need to contain essential items, but should include things like playing cards, Lego sets, stuffed animals, books or candy. “Food, shelter, household goods, and clothing are all being taken care of,” he said in a release. “These boxes should contain items that will bring a child comfort and distraction.” Boxes can be dropped off Tuesday to Thursday, between noon and 6 p.m. To volunteer with the project call 250-352-7700.

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Homelinks Presents The Importance of Being Earnest

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When a group of eight homeschool students hit the stage next Wednesday at Trafalgar Middle School, it will be the culmination of one of the biggest challenges of their young acting careers. For three nights the students, all part of the Kootenay Lake school district’s Homelinks program, will present a slightly abridged version of the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest. And while all the cast members have previous dramatic experience, the two hour comedy of mistaken identity and snappy witticisms has stretched them like never before. “There are a lot of lines,” says Grade 7 student Anika Nykanen, when asked about her biggest challenge with the material. “It’s a big play.” But trying something different was much of the appeal for the group, which ranges in age from 12 to 16. “They do a lot of theatre with younger kids, and they came to me and said they wanted to be challenged,” explains director Paul Prappas. “It’s about giving kids an opportunity to grow and try something they wouldn’t normally get a chance to do. It’s not often you get to do something like Importance of Being Earnest. Most of these kids have been doing things like Cinderella and Snow White. So it’s a challenge for them.” Though Prappas has edited the show to bring down the

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Robyn Locke (left) and Anika Nykanen rehearse a scene from The Importance of Being Earnest, which runs Wednesday through Friday at Trafalgar Middle School.

run time, Grade 9 student Robyn Locke says the cast has also been asked to focus on aspects of acting they haven’t looked at before. “In previous years our stage directions have been more relaxed, so it’s just you do whatever you feel like you should do,” she says. “But for this one the director, Paul, he’s really done a lot of the blocking and we’re working on the actual characters. Which is a lot more fun.” Nykanen also says exploring her character’s motivations has been one of the most appealing parts of the process. “It’s not just doing a play, it’s getting into it,” she adds,

“which is fun.” Prappas says he’s also impressed with the dedication the kids have brought to the show. “They came to me to do this project, so they’re coming to it with a willingness and commitment, as opposed to sometimes when you go into a class and say okay, I’m going to teach you something and they don’t want to really be there,” he says. “They want to be doing this, and some of them are really talented.” The Importance of Being Earnest runs May 25 to 27 at 7 p.m. at Trafalgar Middle School. Admission is by donation.

Shambhala interest high for 2011 SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

For the first time in its 14 year history Shambhala has sold out of online tickets in May. All this when locals have just said goodbye to the snow. “This represents an enormous opportunity for our community,” says Corrine Zawaduk, production manager of Shambhala Music Festival, Canada’s premiere electronic music festival. “Our economic calculator estimates local spin off bene-

fits of over $11 million for our community. That equals more job opportunities, increased business revenue and a stronger sense of community. It also places the Kootenays on the world stage.” Shambhala began in Salmo as a riverside party of 500 people back in 1998. Coupled with the rise of the internet and the immense popularity of electronic music, Shambhala positioned itself for a ground swell of popularity. “We see more than half of our guests now coming from

out of province,” Zawaduk continues. “An entire generation of hip and tech savvy youth are flocking to one of the best electronic parties on the planet. Our talent lineup is exceptional and pulls in some of the biggest names in the business.” At its peak show time, Shambhala Music Festival will create the largest city in the West Kootenay with a population of over 15,000. That includes guests, talent, volunteers and staff.


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Do you need short term workers? Do you have leaves to rake, walls to paint or trenches to dig? The Nelson Youth Employment Resource Centre is running its casual work program, where you can hire a youth for those specific jobs of yours, for the time you need and the wage you’re willing to pay! Simply call us at YERC at 250352-5656 and give us the type of work, how long the job might take and how much you’d like to pay and we’ll match it again our database of hardworking, eager youths.

May 20th - Just-B w/El Jimador (Fresh Vibe, Integral-Nelson)

May 21st - Wassabi Collective May 27th - Amplified w/Billy Bangers & Breaker May 28th - Savage Blade w/Alone Against Rome Jun. 3rd - Salival Tool Tribute Band Jun. 4th - DJ Cain Jun. 6th - Josh Martinez & Pissed Off Wild Free Show!

Jun. 10th - Mat the Alien w/B-Ron Jun. 14th - Kyprios w/Scratch from The Roots Jun. 17th - Antiserum & Chaosphere Jun. 18th - Skratch Bastid Jun. 23rd - Dirty Dubsters Jun. 24th - Sonreal w/DJ Richie Alternative/Hip Hop

Jun. 25th - Wood n Soo Mashups Jul. 1st - Canada Day w/Lighta Sound Crew


Join the excitement at the first annual Oxygen Art Market — a studio sale of original work. As a fundraiser for Oxygen Art Centre, over 40 local artists will display their work. Runs Friday, May 27 from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Getting Answers, financial information for mature women (55+ years) is a free question and answer session on women’s financial matters. Seminar runs to 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nelson Senior’s Drop-In Centre.


Shoreacres Cemetery annual general meeting — financial report and policies. 6:30 p.m. at Shoreacres hall.


All seniors welcome to a potluck luncheon to be held at the Senior Citizens’ Association Branch No. 51, located at 717 Vernon Street. ART AT THE LIBRARY Luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. For further information, call 250LVR art is back at Nelson Public Library. Visit our TeenScene room 352-7078 weekday afternoons. and take a look at Grade 10 and 11 artwork. Grade 11 pieces are made with liquid acrylics, with “relationships” as their subject. Sparkling Life Family Chiropractic invites you to join us at our one Grade 10s have paintings created from their visions of favourite year anniversary celebration. Please come enjoy new patient exams music. Show runs throughout May. at a special price, funky face painting and snacks and refreshments compliments of The Preserved Seed. Celebrations run from 3 to 6 IN PRAISE OF PEWS p.m. at 514 Nelson Avenue. Nelson Grans to Grans will be displaying pews and chairs decorated by local artists at the old Presbyterian Church on the corner of Vic- Teen Movie night is back at the Nelson Public Library. Everyone toria and Kootenay, from May 24 to 28 from 12 to 6 p.m. On Satur- ages 12 to 17 is welcome to come to a free movie at 7 p.m. Snacks day there will be a reception and auction at 6 p.m. Funds raised sup- and door prizes too! We’ll have movies to choose from. Bring your port the Stephen Lewis Fund’s fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. own and we’ll decide what to watch.


The Salvation Army is hosting a volunteer appreciation drop in from The Senior Citizens’ Association Nelson Branch No. 51 is hosting a 4 to 6 p.m. in the bottom level of 601 Vernon Street. Featuring snacks strawberry social and birthday party for all area seniors who are 90 and Bubbles the Clown. This is a chance for us to say “thank you!” to or older in 2011 on Saturday, May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. RSVP at 250- all of those who have helped out the Salvation Army this year. 352-7078 or 250-352-6198.



The Kaslo May Days Show ‘n’ Shine runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free registration. No judging, no prizes, no trophies. Family event.


Nelson Friendship Outreach Clubhouse is offering its annual spring volunteer training. Topics covered are mental health, substance use and how to support the clubhouse and its members. Training takes place May 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information contact Heather Myers at 250-505-7251.


The Council of Canadians hosts Shout Out for Global Justice on June 3. Presented at SelfDesign High, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. Author Vicki Delany will sign copies of her new novel Among the Departed featuring constable Molly Smith at Otter Books at noon.


Fundraising walk to support Lupus Canada begins at 4 p.m. at the A fun, relaxed, learning experience. Guided rhythms, we are all be- Rotary shelter in Lakeside Park. There will be a potluck dinner and ginners. Bigby Place (next to Superior lighting) 509 Front Street. prize draw to follow. For more information, to register or to make a Runs every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. $5 drop-in fee. donation, go or contact Nadine at 250-551-2797.

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At the Nelson Legion: Tuesday and Friday evenings – free movies; Wednesday evening – darts; Saturday afternoon – meat draws with karaoke in the evening; Sunday afternoon – crib tournament; last Sunday of every month – Texas Hold ‘em Charity poker (open to the public); month-end birthday bash; occasional fundraiser barbecues, ribs. etc.; snooker; pool; shuffleboard; darts; 10’ big-screen TV for sports and movie nights; beverage room with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Info 250-352-7727 or e-mail Members and guests welcome.



Author Vicki Delany will sign copies of her new novel Among the Departed featuring constable Molly Smith at Coles in the Chahko Mika Mall at noon.


From May 30 to June 30 the Kootenay Bakery Cafe Co-op (377 Baker Street) will feature Return to Slocan or, The Metaphysics of Transcendental Sculpture created by Winlaw artist John Proulx. The installation can be viewed Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m, and features eight to 12 pieces of organic abstract sculpture.

Open Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at 719 Vernon Street. Phone WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 All seniors welcome to the monthly meeting of the Senior Citizens’ 250-352-6008 or visit Association Branch No. 51, located at 717 Vernon Street. Meeting BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP commences at 10:30 a.m. Tea and goodies will be served after the Nelson’s breast cancer support group meets at Community First meeting. Some of the activities enjoyed at the centre include bridge, Health Co-op (518 Lake Street) at noon every fourth Tuesday of the crib, whist, dominos, chess and snooker. For further information, month. For more information call Alice at 250-352-6223. call 250-352-7078 weekday afternoons. 11

Friday, May 20, 2011 Nelson Star

Entertainment listings

Ellison’s Market & Cafe Spiritbar

Finley’s Irish Pub

523 Front Street

Below the Hume Hotel

705 Vernon St.

Saturday, May 21

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Saturday, May 21

Dirty, sexy, funky, chunky, irresistibly danceable house music, with a little swing, some minimal tech-house, and a few surprises up their sleeves. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to check out Just-B and El Jimado, two of the Kootenay’s finest house DJs. This night promises to deliver the soul that you want to feel on the dancefloor: booming basslines, happy horns, tasty keys, luscious lyrics, slick mixes, and a few tight techy numbers thrown in.

Saturday, May 21 Amanda Leblanc The Unplugged Sessions has three touring acts this week so you may want to come early if you want a seat. Opening at noon is Amanda Leblanc. Her roots are in smalltown Nova Scotia, now based out of Toronto, she’s emerging on the Canadian music scene a refined performer and winsome storyteller. With well over 100 shows per year since 2008, Jesse Dee and Jacquie B are decidedly one of Canada’s heaviest touring acts. The former Edmontonians are currently based out of the idyllic B.C. gold-mining town of Wells. Their latest album has been described “somewhere in the soulful middle ground between Leadbelly and Tom Waits.” Scott Cook is an Alberta-based, tirelessly traveling songwriter who’s touring with his band The Long Weekends to celebrate the release of his new album. He’s often accompanying himself with guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot percussion. Cook’s songs are true stories set to music, drawing on influences from folk and oldtime country to blues and reggae.

The Royal 330 Baker Street

Friday, May 20

Skampida have become one of the most successful and popular groups to emerge from Colombia. The band fuses Colombian reggae, folkloric rhythms and urban sounds (hip hop, punk cumbia and champeta) along with gypsy influences and drum and bass. Brave New Waves opens for an upbeat, dancin’, groovin’ doubleheader!

Saturday, May 21

Bibo 518 Hall Street

Sunday, May 22

Beats at BiBO featuring DJ Craig Mullin. Because you work hard all week and you just can’t beat eating great food while listening to this talented man play really great music. Runs 5 to 11 p.m.

Kootenay Gallery Castlegar

Friday, May 27

Wassabi Collective Fresh back from the BC Interior Music Awards where they took home the award for best urban/dance recording of the year, Wassabi Collective are bringing their grooves to the Spiritbar for a long weekend hometown show. $10 at the door.

Kaslo Hotel Kaslo

Friday, May 20 and Saturday May 21

It’s May Days long weekend in Kaslo and Ruckus will be rockin’ the Kaslo Hotel both nights starting at 9 p.m. Lots of classic rock covers from this Castlegar-based band. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! No cover charge.

Sunday, May 22

Front Street Kaslo hosts its annual May Days Show ‘n’ Shine and the Kaslo Hotel provides the live music with Kaslo’s own Tom and Jerry all afternoon. Come listen to classic rock while visiting the classic cars. Then enjoy Tom and Jerry’s music in the hotel pub starting at 9 p.m.

The Twisters will be sweeping through town, getting everybody swinging to their infectious, upbeat blues rock. Paying dues to the blues tradition, The Twisters swing hard with two inspired vocalists, tightly woven harp and guitar lines, and a relentless driving rhythm section.

Nelson United Church

Thursday, May 26

Nelson’s Corazón Vocal Ensemble embarks on its popular year end show. As usual, the audience at this show will be amazed by the group’s vibrant presence, professionalism, surprising repertoire, and great voices. Shows at 3, 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets $18 (students and seniors $12) on sale at Eddy Music. 3 p.m. show features a song by special guest children’s choir VoixVive.

Reggae DJ Selectah Messenjah along with MC Gisto plan to throw down a serious party. Selectah Meszenjah has been involved in the reggae music scene for over a decade. His unique style blends reggae roots and dancehall. Also on the bill is local-turned-international reggae singer Gisto, unveiling some hot new tracks.

Dance all night long to classic hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with DJ Terrantino. Teena Marie, Eddy Grant, Thompson Twins, Devo, The Outfield, and more.

602 Silica Street

Saturday, May 28

Nelson based singer-songwriter Aspen Switzer performs with her musical collective For the Birds. The three musicians met through a competition to play in Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Tour, each ranking in the top six. Words to best describe this trio are soulful, gutsy, witty and magical. This highly entertaining concert will combine folk, traditional and roots music. Advance tickets are available at the gallery: $12 for gallery members, $15 for general admission and $20 at the door. Show starts at 7 p.m.

The Capitol Theatre 421 Victoria Street — tickets at

Wednesday, May 25

Innovative acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke was raised in 12 different states, and absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky — “I haven’t been that hip since” — for the guitar at age 11. After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage. Discharged in 1964, Kottke entered college, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country with his 12-string. Since then, he’s been awarded two Grammy nominations, a doctorate in music performance, and he continues touring globally. Admission $25.

Leo Kottke

Saturday, May 28

One of today’s true innovators of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. He’ll be joined by his wife and partner in crime Brooke Miller. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $20. Send your entertainment listings to

Come enjoy two of Canada’s BEST Acoustic guitar performers.

Brooke Miller & Don Ross MAY 28th, 2011

Capitol Theatre 421 Victoria Street, Nelson Doors open at 7:30pm Show starts at 8:00pm for tickets call 250-352-6363 • $20 (hst included)


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Disaster clean-up a horribly daunting task

Continued from Page 1 Departing April 14, she began in the southernmost prefecture affected by the quake and tsunami, then headed north to Ishinomaki, where she worked with the city’s disaster volunteer centre. Although her primary goal was to educate survivors and volunteers on the emotional and psychological effects of the disaster, “the needs were much more concrete. I ended

up doing not only spontaneous interventions in the shelters as we went around, but also what they call mudbusting.” The devastating waves came inland sometimes as much as four kilometers, and filled homes and stores with a toxic mix of oil, gas, sewage, and other muck. “Mudbusting meant you donned helmet, double mask, protective water impermeable outfit with long boots and

helped the owner take out his possessions and basically throw it all away because it had been contaminated with this mixture,” she says. “In the house I was working — a little over a month after the disaster — you’d open a cabinet and all of the dishes and things would be filled with this black witch’s brew.” The objective was to clear

The tsunami knocked three storey buildings right on their sides.

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Continued from Page 12 the house out so it could be torn down by the city. “At 62, to be shoveling mud for three days left its imprint,” Nishio says. “You would not believe the power of those waves.”


“It is an apocalyptic scene. It is truly humbling to look out over the destruction. There’s a five-storey concrete building on its side.”

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Near the house where she was working, a car was on top of a fence. Tires had been dropped in a front yard “as though they were Styrofoam,” along with a huge bag of fertilizer. By chance, she also ended up in Onagawa, the town forever tied to Nelson by Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, the aerialist who died there at the end of World War II. It was among the hardest hit places, with thousands dead, missing, or homeless. “It is an apocalyptic scene,” Nishio says, estimating 85 to 90 per cent of the town is destroyed. “It is truly humbling to look out over the destruction. There’s a five-storey concrete building on its side.” The only houses that survived were high on the mountain. People fled to the tops of buildings to escape the first two waves, only to be swept away by the third and most powerful. One building had a water tower on top, and people survived by linking arms around it.



hen she reached Onagawa, Nishio hoped to contact students who came to Nelson in recent years, but didn’t know their names. She was told there were about 50 shelters, but the biggest was in an auditorium. “I had no idea if I was going to walk in and have them announce ‘Are there any homestays who stayed in Nelson?’” she recalls. But upon entering, she spotted a girl who appeared to be about the right age — and turned out to be one of them. “At first I didn’t believe

KAYAK DEMO MAY 22 at Lakeside Park A car in Ishinomaki wound up perched between two houses.

her,” Nishio says. “What are the chances of that?” In fact, she was one of only two in that shelter from the group that visited Nelson last October. Nishio, and an American nurse she was travelling with, spoke with the pair for an hour. The girls, Izumi and Yuri, both about 15, lost their homes and all their possessions. One had been back to see her house, but the only thing left standing was the kitchen, which was filled with dead fish. On the day of the earthquake, Yuri’s mother came to make sure she was okay, then went to check on her grandmother. Yuri never saw either of them again. “These young ladies lost everything, but their teacher had extra copies of a little book put together to commemorate their homestay,” Nishio says. “In that book, which they were very proud of, were pictures taken with the mayor. It was the only possession they had left.” Nishio has given the girls’ contact information to their Nelson hosts. During her visit here, Yuri gave them a small family photo album. “Those may be the only pictures she has of her family,” Nishio says. “If I had done nothing but that in Japan, I’d feel as though I had accomplished something.”



ishio, who returned home May 4, is looking for ways that Nelson can provide hope to Onagawa. She says disasters change people physically, mentally, and emotionally. “That’s what I taught: how the body, mind, and our cognition changes during traumatic stress, and how to keep yourself in balance.” Although the government hopes to have temporary housing in place for shelter dwellers by August, Nishio thinks that may be too optimistic. She’s now trying to get people interested in the Tohoku relief mission, a grassroots project to match people and organizations in North America and around the world with communities or individuals in Japan who could use support. “I was a volunteer in Haiti, and there was great discouragement because much of the funds didn’t reach the people,” Nishio says. “I could see B.C. fishermen helping out fishermen over there. Helping people to people.” She says that need won’t go away anytime soon. “Although it’s disappeared a lot from the media, the need is just tremendous. They’ll be shoveling mud out of houses for years to come. If people do want to help, it will be needed for a long time.”

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Nelson Ford drives boldly into the future

Russell Stocks is back in the general manager’s chair at Nelson Ford on Railway Street. Nelson Star Staff


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fter a year in the background, Russell Stocks is once again at the helm of Nelson Ford. His role as general manager changed after the dealership became part of the Go Auto Group in late 2009, which now consists of 22 stores across western Canada. “All the local partners were bought out, including myself,” he says. “It took us some time to figure out who we are and how we make this fit in our community.” For the last year, he drew on his accounting background to work primarily as controller. “I looked at the longerterm strategic direction and gave up the day-to-day. It was nice to go home and spend time with my family. But ultimately the fact we weren’t having the success we should made me miss being more hands-on.” Stocks is now in the process of buying back into the dealership and has returned to his old job. Customers probably won’t notice any difference, he says, but he hopes it instills confidence in the business.

Following the restructuring, 2011 is looking like a banner year for Nelson Ford — sales are up 40 per cent over last year, with all-time sales highs set in April. “This month is not even close to over and it looks like we’re going to break many of our all-time records in May,” Stocks says. “You have to take a step backwards sometimes to take a step forward.”

“We expect our staff to work hard for customers but we have some fun while doing it.” Russell Stocks

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Stocks has lived in Nelson for over 16 years, and his wife is third generation born and raised. He came to town fresh out of accounting school and went to work at the Lord Nelson Hotel, where his father was a partner. He later joined the Prestige Inn when it first opened, and was brought in as controller at Nelson Ford in 2000. An automotive group bought the dealership three

years later, and merged in late 2009 with the Ericksen group of Edmonton to become Go Auto. “We’re one of the largest privately held auto groups in Canada,” Stocks says. “With the size of the group behind us we have access to an unbelievable amount of inventory. Size does matter. Our large scale purchasing power affords us the opportunity to offer the best selection and best price.” Nelson Ford employs 23 people, and Stocks says he tries to foster a sense of fun while still getting the job done. For instance, in April he took 22 pies to the face and paraded in front of the dealership in a bunny costume after the staff beat him in a contest. “We expect our staff to work hard for customers but we have some fun while doing it,” he says. “It rubs off on the customer. They certainly notice when we’re having fun and doing what we love.” Although for the most part, customers are already in a pretty good mood when they come in. “There’s nothing more exciting for many people than getting a new car. That’s the satisfying part — to see them happy when they’re leaving.”

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A public appreciation event is planned Tuesday morning to thank everyone who responded to the Kerr Apartments fire. The fire displaced everyone who lived there, but the community immediately began working cooperatively to aid and support residents as quickly as possible. An emergency operations centre was established to provide initial coordination and support. The Red Cross and Salvation Army worked together coordinating preliminary assessments and needs. Temporary accommodation was provided in various hotels in Nelson. “The outpouring of support from Nelson and area residents and organizations has been extraordinary,” says mayor John Dooley. “The many donations and offers of assistance have proven instrumental in helping resi-

dents move forward during this challenging time. It’s also important to recognize that a fire such as this has a longerterm impact on the individuals involved.” Monitoring of the longer term needs of residents has continued through the coordination of the unmet needs committee comprised of representatives from many agencies. The committee has been working with residents towards re-establishment of their losses and long term accommodation solutions. “This is an incredible place, Nelson. The response to the

Kerr Apartments fire demonstrated what a small city with a big heart can do,” says committee chair Allison Alder. “The unmet needs committee saw diverse service providers work together to help people get back on their feet,” adds Alder. “Because of the amazing community collaboration and generosity, not only have lives been changed, but outlooks on life have changed too.” Everyone’s invited to the public appreciation event on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Lakeside playing fields, near the Tyler Lake fieldhouse.


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Nelson’s Rhythm Ropers have skipped their way to another successful B.C. and Yukon Championship. The club started out the weekend by placing second in the 14-and-under large group category — an impressive performance for a group whose average age was only 10, in their first outing as a large group. The senior skippers then went out and skipped an amazing large group choreographed by Darren Fuss, continuing the Ropers’ annual large group domination. On small team day, the teams continued to find success. The Candy Cane Ropers — Ashleigh MacLean, Sophie Packham, Lauren Robertson and Lauren Hartridge — took first in the four man and had several second and third place finishes to end up second overall in the eight and nine year old division. They were closely followed by the Rockin’ Ropers — Kaitlyn Fitchett, Willa Morrison, Amy Schellenberg and Elli Southam. Fitchett and Morrison led the group to a third place overall finish by placing first in their duo. In the 10 to 11 age category the young team of the Lollipop Ropers — Ella Pelosa, Abby Jackson, Emily Schellenberg and Sierra Jones — placed third overall. Frankie Pierce, Makayla Shaw, Kalina Spurge, Michelle Oudemann and Kayleigh Foxcroft, known as the Funky Monkeys, placed fifth

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We were in Cancun for the second week of March break for Kootenay kids so it was pretty calm, compared to what we heard the previous week had been. We went to all three hotels promised to us, sometimes we walked, and sometimes we took the shuttle, depended on how lazy we felt. We ate at 5 star restaurants included in the package plus, an otherwise extra cost, complimentary delicious lobster dinner, to help ease the pain of having to change hotels.

Rhythm Ropers of all ages performed beyond expectations at last weekend’s provincial championships that were held at the L.V. Rogers gym.

overall and did an excellent job on their double dutch single freestyle, placing first in that event. Roper team Kyle Poulin, Jordan Mulvihill, Ashley McKen, Danielle Solari and Tessa Exley burned up the four speed events, taking four firsts and set as many new records. They placed first overall. They had the highest freestyle scores of the tournament in both their double dutch and four-man events. The young team of Joscelyn Koehle, Bradley Spurge, Lillea Goian and Emily Musa placed second overall. They were led by a strong duo result by Koehle and Spurge. The Raging Rapid Ropers, comprised of Kate Exley, Christina Musa, Larissa Napora, Courtney Craig and Dana Knapik, competed in the 18-plus category and took firsts in double dutch pairs freestyle, double dutch single free four-man freestyle and double dutch pairs speed. They met the challenge from

the very experienced group from Abbotsford. At the end of the day they had to be happy with a second overall, as Abbotsford beat them by one point. Coach Brenda Reid said she was impressed with the club’s results, especially since it is a rebuilding year as they have so many new skippers. “The new skippers had progressed very well and so they did not skip as rookies for the usual two years but instead went straight into the national stream,” she explained. “The senior skippers had to regroup after last year’s worlds as some of our senior skippers had moved away and some were now in the workforce. This was to be a year to adjust to the new combinations and begin to gel for next year, which is another world’s year. So the results showed us that our combinations are very strong.” On Sunday the Rhythm Ropers participated in master

A Good News, Bad News, Good News Cautionary Tale by Pat Henman The good news. In March of 2011, my daughter and I spent one week in Cancun, Mexico at the Royal Solaris all-inclusive resort. I want to start by saying that we had a wonderful time, considering not all 18 year olds want to go to Cancun on March break with their Mom. The bad news. One glitch. We had booked the GR Solaris all- inclusive , but were sent to their sister hotel, the Royal. The hotel had overbooked and we were the unlucky two that did not get to stay in the hotel. We were sad, and mad because the Expedia desk could not help and the email that I sent to Expedia was not answered until I got back home. We were shuttled 5 hotels up the beach to a lovely smaller hotel with the assurance we could eat in any the restaurants owned by Solaris on the beach-three to be exact- plus use all their amenities, we just couldn’t sleep at the GR or enjoy their lovely ambience.

Each night we could enjoy the hotel entertainment in the theatre or the lounge. We saw 4 shows plus we went to Senor Frogs for a taste of local reggae and beer. On the second last night we splurged and went to a night club, Coco Bongo. What a hoot! The acts and music never stopped, from 10:30 PM to 3 AM (I did not make it to 3 AM). From The Mask to Beetlejuice to Madonna and The Beatles, they lip synced their way across the stage and right to your chair. It was a lot of fun. All inclusives are fantastic for a no nonsense holiday. Cancun is still beautiful with a gorgeous white beach and green-blue water, warm and wild. The staff was fabulous and so was the food. I would certainly consider going to Cancun again-I might try a different hotel this time-just for kicks. The cautionary tale. Even after corresponding with Expedia by email I was not given any satisfaction for having paid for a higher quality hotel than I received. Next time I will consider using a travel agent.

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Sports One More Season at Current Location

Squash players left scrambling for new court space email sent to club members, Swingers Squash Club operators Kimberley and Duncan McDonald closed the club and its accompanying lounge at the end of April. The space will eventually become part of a strata development

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With condos set to take over their current space, city squash players are looking at building a new set of courts over the Nelson Curling Club. According to an


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being built by Royal Bar and Grill owner Luke Menkes. However, club member Tim Pearkes says the club has been promised two of Swingers’ four courts will be available for use this summer and over the 2011-12 squash season, which runs October to April. “It’ll be much smaller scale, but there will still be squash for another season,� he says. Pearkes is also part of a committee of regular players look-

ing for a new venue for squash in the city. While he stresses discussions are sill “very preliminary,� Pearkes says the curling club looks like a good site. “The beauty of the location is we have in essence a recreation block arising in the city of Nelson,� he says. “For school programming through the community centre you would be able to offer squash as an additional activity for students, we could cross-market the rec-

reation training facilities with squash club memberships and the pool amenities.� The group has applied for funding from the Osprey Community Foundation to form a non-profit society and begin investigating and planning the project. “We’ve had preliminary communications with the curling club and have been encouraged to explore it. We’ve had preliminary discussions with the City of

Nelson, and really the first step is to do some planning,� Pearkes adds. So far, the club thinks it would like to build three singles courts and one doubles court on top of the existing facility, which Pearkes says is “a good number for hosting tournaments and developing players in the community.� Squash players would likely use the curling club’s existing change room space and food services,

Individual results impress coaching staff Con’t from Page 19 the skippers are trying to earn a berth to the nationals, the following skippers qualified: Ella Pelosa, Lauren Hartridge, Abby Jackson, Sophie Packham, Kalina Spurge, Michelle Oudemann (alternate), Bradley Spurge, Ashley McKen, Tessa Exley, Larissa Napora, Dana Knapik,

Christina Musa, Jordan Mulvihill, Kyle Poulin and Kate Exley. In the rookie category several skippers did well, with seven-and-under rookie Jessica Fitchett picking up three blue ribbons in the individual events. “Most of the jumpers skipped their goals and personal

bests in the speed and power events on Sunday so I was pleased with their results,� adds Reid. At the end of the day on Sunday Kyle Poulin challenged the triple under record he had set at Records Day and succeeded in breaking it. Some other notable results were Sophie Packham

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and the space could be managed by the Nelson Regional Sports Council, with one club member sitting on the council’s board. While word on its grant application hasn’t arrived yet, the planning committee hosts its first fundraiser this coming Tuesday in the Hume Room of the Hume Hotel. For every $10 spent on a burger and beer (as well as a screen-side seat to the Canucks game), $5 will go to squash.


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took third place in the 15-17 category which was great for her first year in that division. Her sister Kate managed to repeat the placing in 18plus, taking third in her first year in that very tough category. She skipped against veterans such as Rheanne Segstro, who went on two take first place. Kyle Poulin was first in the boys 15-17 and Bradley Spurge was first in 12-14 boys. Rookie skipper Joscelyn Koehle took first in freestyle in the 12-14 category. In the endurance skip Joscelyn Koehle, Jordan Mulvihill, Bradley Spurge and Kalina Spurge all had first place finishes and Dana Knapik took a second. In 30 second speed, Jordan Mulvilhill led the way setting a new record and was followed by first place finishes by Ella Pelosa, Joscelyn Koehle and Bradley Spurge. In power, Ella Pelosa Joscelyn Koehle took seconds, and Bradley Spurge, Kyle Poulin, and Dana Knapik walked away with firsts.

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Binghamton Senators

Kinrade off to Calder Cup final Nelson Star Staff

Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade is one step away from being part of the most coveted minor league hockey championship in North America. On Wednesday night Kinrade and the Binghamton Senators won the Richard F. Canning Trophy as the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference champions for 2010-11. The New York-based team claimed the title with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Charlotte Checkers in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series. The Ottawa Senators minor league team will now book a trip to the AHL’s Calder Cup final against either the Houston Aeros or the Hamilton Bulldogs. To get to the AHL final, the Senators beat three teams ranked higher after the regular season — Manchester Monarchs (4-3), Portland Pirates (4-2) and the Checkers. The Senators become the city’s first team to reach the Calder Cup since the Binghamton Whalers in 1982.

Celebration of Life It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Garnett on February 22, 2011. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday May 29th at 3pm at the Taghum Hall. The service will be followed by live music, John’s favourite records, and a big Mexican feast. We hope everyone who knew and loved John can attend.

Edith (Gwen) Neill Edith (Gwen) Neill passed away May 9th, 2011 at Mountain Lake Seniors Community. She was 84. Gwen is survived by her daughters Lynn ( Jim) Wiewior of Blind Bay, BC and Nancy (Wayne) Haukaas of Nelson, BC, her son Rick (Lily) Price of Castlegar, 5 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandsons. Gwen was predeceased by her husband Jack (2006) and her daughters Sharon (1977) and Wendy (1991). As Gwen requested there will be no service. 21

Churches of Nelson THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS By Pastor Jim Reimer Kootenay Christian Fellowship

Just one day after this is published, the world is to end. At least that is the prediction made by Harold Camping, a preacher from California who says the Second Coming of Jesus will occur on May 21, 2011 at 6 pm local time for each time zone around the world. I say, too bad it is right before a long weekend! This is not the ďŹ rst time Camping Kootenay Christian Fellowship Nelson has made such a claim. Back 812 Stanley St., Nelson, V1L 1N7 in 1994 he was sure the world Seventh-day was to end, but we are still Adventist Church here. 1502 Granite Rd., Tel (250) 352-6102 –

“Doomsdayâ€? is a theme that is popular in books, theatre, movies and religion. Should we take these kinds of predictions serious? The Holy Scripture is clear that the world will not continue indeďŹ nitely as we know it. Jesus plainly stated, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.â€? (Matthew 24:35-36 NIV ) So according to Jesus, Camping is at least right about this concept.

The preceding verses of this chapter list some of the signs of that momentous day. Signs like ooding, earthquakes, ethnic tensions, terrorism, and the rise of “messiah typeâ€? personalities all point to the coming end. (“Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.â€? Matthew 24:33 NIV ) What should our posture be then? Some, I understand, are selling their possessions and divesting themselves of all material possessions. Personally, I was thinking of taking the opposite view and maxing out my credit cards. If the prediction is correct, it won’t matter, will it? Seriously though, the fact that the end has been predicted by so many and we still are around can lead us to be a little jaded and unprepared. This would be a good question to ask: how many of you bought generators in preparation for Y2K?

While we don’t know when the end of the world will come, we equally don’t know when disaster of any type will show up. The farmers in Manitoba had no clue their farms would be ooded, the good folks in Slave Lake had no warning that their houses would be burned, and the 200,000 plus who died in Haiti had no warning of their demise. The list could go on for a long time. We live as if we are in control, but really, doomsday can be just a minute away for any one of us; there is no escaping it. The world as we know it will come to an end at some point in all of our lives. This is what makes the good news� good. Jesus said, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.� ( John 3:16 NIV ) Instead of putting our hope in what this world has to oer, Jesus is encouraging us to put our trust in Christ. It really is the only hope for our future.

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Ministers: David Boyd, Christine Dudley g 10:00 am Sunday Worship Gathering: nion Service of Holy Communion

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First Baptist Church

611 Fifth Street 250-352-3212 Worship Service: 10:00 am Pastor: Rev. Scott Simpson

A Friendly Bible Centre Church You are invited to join us Sunday Mornings at 10:00am.

10:00am Service: Teaching on “The Lord’s Prayerâ€? 623 Gordon Rd. Nelson BC V1L 5X6 Phone 250-352-9322 • Pastor Rev. Ken H. Keber

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702 Stanley St. • 352-9613 Saturdays at 6:30 pm Sundays at 9:30 am Pastor Arden Gustafson Pastor Chris Wiens

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Sports Expose Yourself

Outdoor photo competition highlights talents of local pair SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star

At the end of an epic winter, the Expose Yourself competition judges awarded some amazing prizes to several deserving winners. Judges for this season’s comp were David Lussier of Summit Mountain Guides, Keri Medig, professional photographer,

and Andrew Creighton, editor and partner. The judges admitted their task wasn’t easy — with more than 100 excellent submissions, selecting the top four was no cakewalk. First prize went to went to Whistler native Vince Shuley for his “Turns Over Peaks” submission.

In the second slot, Stuart Masterman of Squamish won for his “Asulkan Valley” submission. Prize number three went to Kootenay boy Jeff Hammerich for his excellent entry, “Satans Choice.” And fourth place also went to local Kenneth Roy for “Qua Peaks.” The Expose Yourself comp was a first for back- but it likely won’t be the last. “We were very happy with all the submissions we got to the comp. People really made the effort to share their backcountry skiing experiences through exceptional photos, videos and stories,” said Brad Steele of

The winning entry came from Vince Shuley.













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Information APPLICATIONS INVITED Guilford Brett Music Scholarship Nelson and Area Music Students Age 12-17 (Male preference) Closes 5:00 p.m. May 31, 2011 For further information or an application, contact: Nelson United Church ofÂżce 250-352-2822 or

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Employment Administration NELSON litigation ďŹ rm seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant to join our dynamic team. We provide support, training, and experience while at the same time maintaining a warm and congenial workplace. The successful candidate takes pride in their work, has the exibility to take on a diverse set of work responsibilities, and demonstrates the importance of exceptional client service in everything they do. If you are efďŹ cient, self-directed, welcome responsibility and want to grow in an energized team environment, submit your resume and references in conďŹ dence to the attention of Greg Haydu, Timothy W. Pearkes Law Corporation, #2-560 Baker Street, Nelson, British Columbia, V1L 4H9 or by email to

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Closes 5:00 p.m. May 31, 2011 application, contact: Nelson United Church ofÂżce 250-352-2822 or Attention all Sports Groups! Time to attend the Nelson Regional Sports Council A G M June 21st 6pm, Chamber of Commerce meeting room

Dr. Michael Smith (TCM) is now accepting new patients. Offering services in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Nutritional & Functional medicine. Call 352-0459

2 day training classes May classes KELOWNA 14/15. CHWK 18/19. Quesnel 25/26. KMLPS Jun 4/5. New $224.00 Renew $112.00 incl taxes, photo & manual go online or call 1-866-737-2389

Thank You

The family of Audrey Dorene Phillips wish to thank all those who attended the Memorial Service held at the Thompson Funeral Home on 13 May 2011, all those who sent owers, cards and letters of condolence, left thoughtful messages and who graciously donated to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation in Audrey’s memory. Audrey would be very grateful to know that she had so many thoughtful and generous friends. The family also wishes to thank the BC Ambulance Service, the BC Coroner’s Service, and the Nelson Police Force for their professionalism, understanding and kindness during a very diďŹƒcult time. Also, many thanks to the Thompson Funeral Service Ltd for the care taken in readying our Mom for her ďŹ nal rest and the gentle words spoken at her service by Salvation Army Major Robin Borrows and long-time family friend Neil Gavin. Audrey looking down might say we fuss too much but we know that she would truly adore the attention given her by those who really cared. Many Thanks.

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Employment opportunities available in an Independent Living Residence for Seniors in Nelson. Must be able to work variable shifts, including some weekends. Min reqs include: sACRIMINALRECORDCLEARANCEs7(-)3s&OOD3AFE s&ITNESSASSDWITHTHISPOSITIONAND4"4EST Ä„-534BEREGTHROUGHTHE"##!2%!)$%2%')3429WITH Ä„!N)NTER2!)TRAININGCERTIlCATEWOULDBECONSIDEREDASTRONG asset. or by fax to 250-352-0056.

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN Nelson Toyota is now accepting applications for the position of Automotive Technician. We are looking for candidates with Journeyman status or currently enrolled in the Automotive Apprentice Program. We are anxious to meet personable, professional candidates that wish to be part of our service team. Work with our team in a comfortable environment and modern shop with excellent compensation and beneďŹ ts. If you are a team player, dependable, outgoing, optimistic and strive to do your best, we want to meet you. Nelson Toyota promotes a workplace of integrity, respect and optimum customer service. Please send your resume to: Nelson Toyota, Box 570, Nelson, BC V1L 5R3 Att. Cal Renwick

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Mom and Dad! With love from Lonnie & Norm, Sharrie, Mark, Lauren, Allison and Bro, Rob and all the “grandpets�.

Career Opportunities


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Kalawsky Chevrolet seeks a top-level manager for this important sales and administrative position. As ďŹ nancial services manager, will serve our customers by arranging vehicle ďŹ nancing, offering after-sale services and products, completing all documentation and assisting our sales staff to help clients. Prior automotive experience is helpful, but we also welcome applications from those with sales, ďŹ nancial or banking backgrounds. This is a rewarding career opportunity that includes a full beneďŹ ts package, training and ďŹ nancial security.

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Attention University Students A university scholarship & bursary program is available to students attending years 2, 3 & 4 of their ďŹ rst undergraduate degree program at UNIVERSITY from the East & West Kootenay area. Full details & application forms may be requested from: Pisapio Scholarships c/o 421 Baker St. Nelson BC V1L 4H7 or email:

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The Corporation of the City of Nelson is accepting applications for the position of MANAGER OF OPERATIONS The City of Nelson is currently seeking to ¿ll the position of Manager of Operations. This position reports to the Director of Engineering and Operations and oversees the operation and maintenance of municipal infrastructure including roads; water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage system; parks, open space, buildings, airport, and garage and transit. This position will also perform the duties of Corporate Safety Of¿cer for the City of Nelson. Further information regarding this position can be found on the City of Nelson web site at Resumes must be submitted no later than Friday, June 3, 2011 at 12:00pm, quoting posting # 03EX11 to: Human Resources, City of Nelson, #101 – 310 Ward Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 5S4; or fax to: 250.352.2131 or email to: We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however; only those under consideration will be contacted.

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Line cook required at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort. Experience, planning & creativity are all strong assets. Staff accommodations available. Top wages & free golf. On the sunny side of the lake. Please fax resumes to (250)227-9220. Email: or for more info call (250)227-9393

Motivated & Enthusiastic Certified Dental Assistant Required for busy practice. Experience an asset. Resumes accepted: 201-402 Baker St, Nelson fax: 250-352-2275

Dozer & excavator operators required by a busy Alberta oilfield construction company. We require operators that are experienced and preference will be given to operators that have constructed oilfield roads and drilling locations. You will be provided with motels and restaurant meals. Competitive wages, bonus and transportation daily to and from job sites. Our work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call 780-723-5051.

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ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay, Outreach & Support Society) is hiring a summer student as AIDS Walk Coordinator. Must be between the ages of 15 & 30, attended school full time during 2010/2011 & returning to school fall of 2011. Now accepting submissions, Attention: Brahm Taylor @ ANKORS 101 Baker Street Nelson, BC V1L 4H1 Ph: 250-505-5506 Fax: 250-505-5507, email:

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Pets Golden Retriever Pups. Vet checked, 1st shots, dewormed. $475. 250-265-3320 Scottish Terrier Female Puppy 16 weeks to a good home. Black, very affectionate & friendly, $350. 250-359-7825

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NELSON: High Street Condo Bedroom & Den. Beautifully renovated, great view, secure parking, insuite laundry NSNP. Available June 1. References required. 354-0144 NELSON: Unique 2 Storey, 2bdrm, Apt above professional office in Heritage Building. Hardwood Floors, Renovated Bathroom & Kitchen, Balcony, Yard, Parking. New carpet upstairs. NS/NP. Central Location. $780/mo + Utilities, Avail. July 1st. 250-354-4861

Cottages / Cabins Small 2 bedroom cabin on large acreage, 1km south of Slocan City. Wood heat, fresh paint & new roof. $695/month + Utilities 250-355-0035

Homes for Rent AVAILABLE July 1 - Brand new 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house nestled in the forest in Uphill, directly on the Burlington Northern Trail. Gourmet kitchen, granite countertop, all new stainless steel appliances. New stacking washer and dryer. Hard wood floors, in-floor heating in bathrooms and kitchen. Wood stove, lots of storage and off street parking. Nice layout and worth a viewing. N/S, N/P references required. $1600 plus utilities. 250-551-1116. Available July or Aug 1st 4- Bedroom 2-Bath Home on 2 acres. Lots of New Upgrades. Remote Location. Near Silverton/New Denver. 10 minutes from Slocan Lake and Villages. 1 Year Minimum Lease Open to Animals Secure Income References Required Serious Inquiries Only $1250.00/mnth negotiable upon care of House/Land Call 250-358-7794 or email NORTH Nelson: 3 bedroom, 2 baths, view, large deck, 2 car garage, all appliances. 10 min up the north side of the lake. $1800.00 plus utilities. Available June 1. Call 306-690-9741

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2000 Toyota Tacoma 4x xtended cab.230 km. TRD package. Canopy. Custom Aluminum rack (will sell seperate for $800). Incredibly well maintained - Records since day one! Summers and Winters. $16 000 obo. Contact Dan

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LEMON CREEK. 7.5 level acres. Treed privacy. 2 storey home. Barn & more. $374,900. Call Burke Jones.

BLEWETT ROAD. 36 treed acres. May & Jenny splits upper 1/2. Deep Well. $465,000. Call David Gentles

BUILDING LOT Hutcheson Avenue in Salmo. Level lot, ready to build. $49,900. Call Burke Jones.

BOSUN’S RANCH. Pristine 240 acres w/ Slocan Lake Front, a private lake & caretakers cottage. $3,980,000. John Knox.

BODARD DR. Unique floor plan & styling. 3 bd, den. Decks with Lake views. Landscaped.43 ac. $598,500. Call John Knox.

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SALMO RURAL renovated 4 bd starter home. .41 ac Level fenced gardens. Workshop Quick Possession. $189,000. Call Burke Jones. YMIR 4 bd 2 bt home on spacious lot. Many upgrades. Ready to move into! $299,000. Call Burke Jones. UPHILL 1.5 storey home. Lots of improvements Corner Lot. In-law suite. $300,000. Call Burke Jones. HERITAGE LODGE. circa 1920. Majestic 8 bd 6 bt, w/ suite. Heritage thru-out. Lake views. Treed & private 3.43 Ac. $995,000. David Gentles. UP & DOWN DUPLEX Each unit is 1000 sf. A 3 bd & a 2 bd. Easy to rent. Close to downtown. $329,000. Call David Gentles. SLOCAN VALLEY. Pristine 83 acres @ Cougar Bluffs. Pristine Wilderness. $324,900. Call Burke Jones. GOLF NEARBY. Well constructed 3 bd 2 bt home. Gardeners paradise 66 x 137 lot. $399,500. Call David Gentles SWEEPING KOOTENAY RIVER VIEWS. 2 storeys of glass. Vaulted great room. Custom 5 bdrms. Master loft suite. In-law suite. Private. Decks. $615,000. Call John Knox

16.85 WOODED ACRES. Parkland & wildlife right in Salmo. $249,900. Call Burke Jones. ACROSS FROM TENTH STREET CAMPUS. Great investment location. 4 bdrm 2 bth & in-law suite. $379,000. Call David Gentles UPHILL RANCHER 3 bd, 2 bt. Large fenced back yard. Spacious rooms. New appliances. Suite potential. Hot tub. Covered deck. Move in for Summer. Reduced to $339,000.Call David Gentles KRESTOVA 7.9 Acres. Level/fenced. Private treed setting. 3 bd 1 bt home. $365,000. Call Burke Jones. HEDDLE ROAD Executive quality & style. Open design. 5 bd 3 bt. 2yr old. Garage & shop to buy for. 1.26 level acres. $725,000. Call Burke Jones. MIRROR LAKE Gambrel, Open design 3 bd 2 bt. View Deck. Level .83 acres. 1 block from Mirror Lake & 2 blocks to Kootenay Lake.$349,900. Call David. LONGBEACH 4-level split. Spacious 4 bd, deck, gardens, garage. Private 1/2 ac. $389,000. Call David Gentles. 15 WOODED ACRES overlooking Kootenay River. Classic design Log Home. Multi decks & gardens. 2 Detached Garages. Kennel $699,900. Call Trevor Jenkinson GREAT ACCOMMODATION. 3 bdrm 2 bath 1/2 duplex. Back deck & patio. $219,900. Call Trevor Jenkinson POPOU RD 4.96 ac. Custom 3 bd, 3 bt home. Elevator, shop & garage. Plus 2 bd mobile. $399,900 Call Burke Jones.


UPHILL Tidy, well maintained 2 + 1 bdrm home. 50 x 120 level lot. $329,000. Call John Knox FORT SHEPPARD Unique frame & log design. Upgraded 4bd 3bt. 3 levels. Views. Huge decks. $549,000. Call David Gentles. VIEW RIDGE Elegant timber frame. Detailed with consideration to style & beauty thru-out. 2 1/2 storey open design. + Full bsmnt. 2+ private acres. $919,000. Call David Gentles. CLASSIC CHARACTER HOME 5bd 3bt 2 storey. Uphill. Legal 1 bd suite. Dble corner view lot. $579,000. Call John Knox. WATERFRONT. 55’ level beach, 2 storey home, foreshore lease & marina. $599,000. Vacant adjoining lot with 52’ of waterfront available for $374, 900. Call Burke Jones. KENIRIS RD. Straw Bale on 3.29 acres. Custom features thru-out. $599,900. Call John Knox. BALFOUR 5.91 wooded ac. 1500 sf private home. Huge 30x60 shop. $679,000. Call Burke Jones.

BONNINGTON 1.58 acres on Brown Rd. Treed, South facing.Close to Park. $149,900. Call David Gentles. SALMO 3.57 level ac a stone’s throw from the Salmo River. RV & outbuildings. $162,500. No HST. Call David. WATERFRONT. Captivating custom designed 1 1/2 storey home. Multiple decks. 1.64 acres. Foreshore lease & dock. $1,599,000. Call Burke Jones ERIE CREEK FRONT. 4 bdrm 2800 sqft home. 1900 sqft basement. Covered enclosed porch. dble carport. Great price @ $364,900. Call David Gentles SPROULE CREEK/TAGHUM 4 bd 3 bt, full basement. Suite potential. .83 ac. $434,900. Call David Gentles. NORTH SHORE Lake view .47 ac building lot. UG services. Great Value. $110,000. No HST. Call David Gentles.

HIGH STREET Unique location. Solid 2 bdrm starter home. $259,000. Call David Gentles.

SLOCAN PARK 5 mostly level acres. 4bd home, 1bd suite, large shop. Central location. $399,900. Call Burke Jones.

SLOCAN RIVER FRONT @ Passmore Custom 2100 sf Rancher. Level 1.48 ac. 1600 sf garage. All in-floor heat. Wheelchair access. $649,900. Call David.

HERITAGE Quality Craftsman 4 bd Home. Wood accents, floors, French doors, leaded glass. 77 x 120 lot. $574,900. Call John Knox.

REAL ESTATE BUILDING LOT @ Taghum. Sunset Drive. 1/2 acre. Great location. $215,000. No HST. Burke Jones. FORMAL SPACES 4500 sq.ft. 2 storey home on 3.48 level acres. Quality thru-out. Garage & Quonset Hut. $899,000. Call Burke Jones. FAIRVIEW HERITAGE Level lot, fenced, gardens, 4 bdrm. Upgraded. Great location. $369,900. Call John Knox. AFFORDABLE 1/2 DUPLEX. Great starter. 3 bd 1.5 bt. Views. Deck & more. $189,900. Call Trevor Jenkinson. YMIR. Big 150 x 110 level lot. 3 bdrm Rancher. Barn/ workshop & shop. $274,900. Call Burke Jones KAYS RD. 2,012 sf 3bd 2bt Rancher on 2.46 private acres. Separate Shop. $424,900. Call David Gentles. VALHALLA RIVER SUITES. Riverfront vacation rental units at Passmore. Call Burke Jones for details. KOOTENAY LAKE BEST BUY Waterfront @ 17 mile. Spacious bungalow, in-door pool. .80 ac w/ 125 ft sandy beach & new deep water dock. $649,000. Call John Knox. WATERFRONT. Amazing 1.15 level acres, 2 homes, beach cottage, boat storage, greenhouse, garage, trees for privacy & you have a full package. $799,000 Call David Gentles. TREVOR STREET. Outstanding lofty views of the Bridge, lake & mountains. Oversized 75 x 140 building lot. $185,000. Call Burke Jones.

COMMERCIAL SITE @ six-mile.Income Producing. 2 buildings. fenced compound. $449,000. Call Burke.

WATERFRONT. Amazing 1.15 level acres, 116’ of sandy beach, 2 homes, beach cottage, boat storage, greenhouse, garage, trees for privacy & you have a full waterfront package. $799,000 Call David.

UPHILL. Amazing views. Open design. Unique 335 SF upper floor master suite. 2 bdrms on main. Family room & 1 bdrm down. Deck & patio. 50x120 lot. $384,900. Call Burke Jones.

COMMERCIAL LAND & BUILDING. 1.78 acres. 11,750 sq.ft. well- maintained building. $749,000. Call David Gentles.

MOBILE @ 6-MILE. Well kept 14 x 70. 3 bdrm. Upgraded. $42,000. Burke Jones.

TURN-KEY Septic Business. Excellent returns. Control your future. Call Burke Jones.

12 BUILDING LOTS: Full City services. UG power. Lighted paved streets. Priced from $70,000 plus tax. Many building options. Call David Gentles.

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Friday, May 20, 2011 Nelson Star

Community Nelson Whitewater Rafting Company Initiative

High school students help clean up Slocan River students to clean up litter and garbage on the Slocan River. The float took place between Slocan Park and Crescent Valley Beach. The total collection was four large garbage bags, a bike tire, vehicle tire and a bed

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The program is currently accepting students for 2012. Contact ATLAS teacher Graeme Marshall for more information regarding the academy at 250-509-1333. Nelson Whitewater Rafting will be kicking of the 2011 season on this Saturday with the exciting Shenango Canyon Run on the Salmo River. This section of the Salmo offers up Class III and IV rapids, stunning scenery and is available until July 3. The Slocan River Facchina Rapids Whitewater trips are available all summer. On May 21 and 22 the Shenango Canyon will be only $75. For more information go to




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SOBS Go for a Bike Ride

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The Slocan Valley Lions Club now has electric assist bikes available for those 55-plus to get out and enjoy the Slocan Valley rail trail. Don Munro of the Slocan Valley Lions Club, shows off the two new Wisper Bikes with Rory Lindsay and Dennis Stefanik of the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society. A third electric-assist trike is also on the way. Funding for the Seniors on Bikes and Skis (SOBS) Program was made possible through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. If you’re a senior who wants to take advantage of these bikes, please contact Slocan Valley Recreation at 250-226-0008 for the next orientation day.

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Strong Libraries in a Changing Landscape was the theme for the Kootenay Library Federation Conference May 12 to 14 in Nelson. It isn’t a stretch: libraries everywhere are having to adapt to changes from technological to social at an unprecedented pace. The 19 libraries in the Federation — which encompasses East and West Kootenays and Boundary — are no exception. “I see libraries as shepherding us through an uncertain future,” stated keynote speaker Mike Stolte of the Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership. “No matter what the technology, there will always be a role for a library,” he said, noting that the 500,000 volumes at the ancient Library of Alexandria would today fit on 2.5 iPads. “Librarians are needed pathfinders.” Workshops at the conference included the practical (such as cataloguing futures, collection development, board development, and patron relations), sustaining (stress reduction and library ergonomics, publicity, teenspeak, and the Zen of children’s programming) and forward-thinking (creative fundraising, local government round-table, PLSB and the provincial scene, and advocacy and partnerships, among others). “Overall, almost 150 registrants came together for three days of learning and sharing,” says federation director Joanne Richards. “People came away energized and inspired.” Inspiring workshop leaders were many, with regional talent such as library planting and weeding maven Heather Buzzell, and Vanessa Dowell, who offered help with patrons dealing with mental health issues. Out-of-town experts included Linda Woodcock from Kwantlen Polytechnic introducing RDA cataloguing, Neil Firkins helping to hone PLOT websites, and Annette DeFaveri demystifying statistics. Governor-General’s Award Winning poet Fred Wah, in a reading hosted by the Nelson library, added a literary component. In the community that is Kootenay Library Federation, the conversation is in full swing. New alliances were formed, great ideas spawned, and participants recharged.



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Tucked into the heart of the Slocan Valley, this 2 bed one bath home is as solid as they come. The floor plan flows seamlessly from room to room. There is a full unfinished basement if more space is needed. The 3 acres lovingly surround the house in a picturesque forest setting making this package few could resist. Opportunity is knocking. Call Lev or Norm

BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED TOWNHOME This wonderful tidy home includes a lovely new maple kitchen, quality laminate floors throughout, new bathrooms, fresh paint and newer windows. With over 1300 sq. ft. there are 3 bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms. A private location with a wonderful yard. QUICK POSSESSION AVAILABLE. Call Wayne SKI, SWIM, BIKE OR HIKE! Close to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, this Winlaw home has been meticulously maintained, is energy efficient and sits on a very private and flat 2 acre property. Recently renovated, this home utilizes all of its space through the use of built-ins and its well designed floor plan. Call Robert CHARM, LOCATION, VALUE

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KAAP has a large variety of kittens right now. We have kittens between 9 and 18 weeks old, males and females, long and short hair, all colors, vaccinated, and litter trained. All of our kittens have been cared for in foster homes with their Mom(s) and siblings and are well socialized to other cats, dogs and children. We even have a couple who are fearless of the vacuum! For more information call a KAAP volunteer at 250-551-1053, visit our page on facebook, or check out our website at to see pictures of our many lovely kittens. Adoption Clinics – Nelson & Castlegar KAAP is excited to announce our first adoption clinic in Castlegar on Saturday, May 28th from 1 – 4 pm at Total Pet, 2317 Columbia Ave. Our Nelson adoption clinic will continue most Sundays from 1 – 3 pm at Streetclothes Named Desire, 498 Baker St. Please check and KAAP’s Facebook page for details or call 250-551-1053. BETTY is a 5 year old spayed female border collie / husky cross. She is a medium size girl, very snuggly and cuddly. Energetic too. She really likes to run and play, but she comes when called. She loves the water (and the mud too). She will bark when somebody comes to your door, but settles down fairly quickly. She is gentle with the foster cat and doesn’t chase her or bark at her. She is not food agressive, and if she shows interest in food on the counter she will back off when told to. If you give her a big bone she will love it and be busy all day. Please call 250-551-1053 to learn more about Betty or visit our website at


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