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Kerr cleanup will be a challenge See Pages 16-17
Skier dies in Kokanee Gas leak Glacier Provincial Park results in North Shore Incident
Perilous weekend conditions in area mountains result in avalanche death involving Calgary-based group; extensive recovery mission staged by local rescue crews
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Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a Calgaryarea man killed in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. RCMP Cpl. Dan
Moskaluk says it was retrieved Monday â€œwithout incidentâ€? and flown back to Nelson via helicopter. The victim was in his mid-40s, but his name has not been released. He was skiing with a party of about eight people, although as many as 15 were staying at the
Kokanee Glacier cabin in all. They were a combination of Alberta and B.C. residents. The initial call came in about 12:30 p.m. Sunday that a skier suffered life-threatening injuries after being buried in an avalanche. Although he was rescued by his companions
within five minutes and treated by a doctor who was part of the group, he suffered serious head trauma and was nonresponsive. Moskaluk says it Story continues to â€˜Recoveryâ€™ on Page 22 See related story on Page 23
LONGBEACH â€” A ruptured gas line closed Highway 3A Monday evening, inconveniencing scores of motorists and forcing Nelson Search and Rescue to launch a boat to deal with a medical emergency. Around 4:10 p.m., an independent contractor working for Nelson Hydro punctured a six-inch gas main near the rock bluffs between Kokanee Creek Park and Longbeach. A Terasen Gas crew was dispatched from Trail, while the Balfour-Harrop fire department also responded to block traffic. Fire chief George Mathieson says they helped Terasen go door-to-door shutting off gas to 442 homes. Flaggers set up near the orange bridge in Nelson to tell drivers of the closure, which was also announced on local radio. The road remained closed until shortly before midnight, when it opened to single-lane traffic. â€œThe road re-opened once the gas line was clamped down and gas shut off,â€? Mathieson says. Story continues to â€˜Kootenayâ€™ on Page 31
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Emilie Brown, 12, lost a classical guitar she received for Christmas in the Kerr Apartments fire. She was staying with her dad in the building that night, directly above where the fire started. “We had to get out of there so fast. The fire was right below us,” she said. “I didn’t even have time to think. It wasn’t until we were outside watching,
about 20 minutes after we escaped, that it hit me our house was burning down and everything would be gone.” Her friend’s mother, Tabbatha Whalen, heard about it and started a Facebook group to raise money to buy her a new instrument. “Emilie was at my house after school the day before the fire,” she says. “She was so thrilled to show me her guitar.” Whalen has known Emilie since she was six, but had seldom seen her so excited — so she was especially saddened at the loss. While there were lots of other needs to be met in the wake of the fire, she thought replacing the guitar was a small thing she could do. It was worth about $200, and Whalen dropped off an envelope at Eddy Music for donations, hoping to buy a similar model, and started to get the word out. “I emailed Emilie and said I’m going to start this benefit to get you a new guitar, and she was completely blown away,” Whalen says. Within two days, the Selkirk College music department, Operation: Kerr Aid, and Ryan Martin of the Hume Hotel all said they would make up the difference of whatever hadn’t been raised.
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the generosity surrounding her,” Whalen says. “I wasn’t expecting such a great response. I am deeply touched by everyone’s contribution.” The $35 collected to date was instead put toward buying Emilie a tuner. More Kerr coverage on Pages 16 and 17
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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2011
‘The mental health system is not working’ Eventful week at the Nelson courthouse involving a 26-year-old man with a mental illness highlights cracks in the system as desperate mother makes plea to the media and authorites in an effort to make changes for all those struggling with the issue GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter
A Nelson man won’t have to leave town as originally ordered, but his mother says his case shows how poorly equipped the courts are to deal with mental illness. Mikael Arrak, 26, grabbed national attention last week after a judge told him to serve the rest of a probation sentence for criminal harassment somewhere else and gave him a deadline to be on a Greyhound bus. The order was quashed once it became apparent it resulted from a misunderstanding, but Arrak’s mother Annely says it’s cold comfort. “He wasn’t thrown out of the community, but in the bigger picture, nothing really is accomplished,” she says. “The real reason I want this story told is the mental health system is not working.” Arrak has been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. “He’s been given every possible label, and that just shows they really don’t know what it is,” Annely says. Last year, a psychiatrist admitted to her that the system has failed him. “He said ‘It’s not his fault, we just don’t know how to help him.’” Mikael has applied for jobs and tried to work, but can only handle short shifts. He is unable to live by himself, and has been
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Annely Arrak (left) is very concerned about the treatment of her 26-year-old son Mikael Arrak (right) who was in Nelson court last week.
in and out of psychiatric facilities. He is sensitive to substances, both legal and illegal, and becomes manic on diet pills as easily as street drugs. When Mikael does well, he’s an “intelligent, bright, polite, sensitive young man,” his mother says. “He reads, meditates, plays chess and tennis, works out at the gym. He is very good doing research on the computer and talking on the phone.” However, when he’s not do-
ing well, “he is very difficult to deal with.” Although Annely says Mikael is not violent, he sometimes intimidates people. When he is manic, he roams the streets, laughs aloud, talks to strangers, and stares at them. A year and a half ago, he pled guilty to harassing an exgirlfriend and was sentenced to three years probation and placed under a no-contact order with her family. Last month, he was dis-
charged from a Vancouver hospital, but had no place to go. He phoned his mother, saying he was on the streets, cold and hungry. His younger brother, who lives with roommates in Vancouver, brought him back to Nelson for Christmas. Then two weeks ago, Mikael spoke at length on the street with his ex-girlfriend’s mother, who afterward called police. He was arrested and spent the weekend in jail.
When Annely finally learned where he was, she says she wasn’t allowed to see him or to pass along his medication. The following Monday, Mikael appeared in court, represented by Kenyon McGee, the duty counsel for that day. He pled guilty to two counts of breaching his probation order and said he wanted to go back to Vancouver — although he had no place to stay. Judge Ron Fabbro obliged, telling him to get on a bus and not return to Nelson until his probation ended in 18 months. Annely says no one consulted her. “This whole thing was a total misunderstanding. Whatever Mikael said was interpreted as the truth.” She went to the media, which swiftly resulted in a new hearing on Thursday to reassess the situation. Mikael, suffering paranoid delusions, fired his lawyer and represented himself. He claimed he was the target of assassination plots and wanted refuge at the Estonian embassy in Ottawa. (The Arraks are Estonian immigrants.) Everyone involved agreed sending him out of the area was not appropriate, so with the Crown’s consent, Fabbro revoked the order and struck his guilty pleas. Mikael was released on an undertaking and will return to court February 22.
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An Interior Health manager says there are a “myriad” of services available in West Kootenay for people with mental illness and their families. Maggie Haley, who is in charge of integrated community services, also says they work closely with police and probation officers to keep mentally ill people safe and out of the criminal justice system. “It does take a real collaborative effort to wrap services around to support these folks,” she says. “We have a lot of partnerships with community agencies in town, including housing societies to provide supportive housing units.” Core services include assessments by psychiatrists and clinicians who develop care plans with individuals and their families, and outreach workers who offer regular support. There is also psycho-social rehabilitation, including
clubhouses in Nelson and four other centres that people can attend daily, and supportive housing for people who have just come out of a facility, or to prevent them from going into one. “We provide enhanced outreach up to six days a week to help them stay housed and manage their mental health issues,” Haley explains. However, the services are voluntary. “We can’t force a person to take advantage of what’s available or follow a care plan.” The Mental Health Act only allows people to be committed to hospital against their will if they meet certain criteria, and those are generally short stays. “We don’t have institutionalization like we used to,” Haley says. “Most services are provided on an outpatient basis in the person’s community.” Families can access support groups, which aren’t necessarily associated with Interior Health, and also sit
Continued from Page 3 Although it was suggested he may be able to stay at Ward Street Place, for the moment he is in hospital in Trail. Annely says a mental health worker who came to court saw Mikael needed help, “so in a twisted way he got to the place he should have been in the first place.” Patients cannot be forced to stay in treatment unless they meet certain criteria, such as posing a danger to themselves or others. Annely calls this “good and humane,” but “unfortunately for those parents and caregivers who really care about and love their mentally ill family member, sometimes it just does not work.” She told the court that while she accepted caring for her son as her family
duty, after six years, she is burned out. She has asked for respite care, but it hasn’t been available. (In any case, she wants Mikael coping independently with his illness, rather than relying entirely on his family or the mental health system. She says he would do best living with others in supervised housing, but with his own room and cooking his own food.) Fabbro replied: “The issues you raise are very difficult, but I have to deal with the matters before the court. “I wish I was able to respond to the problems you are undergoing, but they’re beyond my capability to resolve.” He said mentally ill people are brought before the courts almost daily, but “the court system is ill-equipped in many ways to deal with
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on advisory councils to provide input into mental health and substance use services. Although he is in now hospital, it’s been suggested there may be a space for Mikael Arrak at Ward Street Place, operated under the auspices of the Nelson CARES Society, in partnership with Interior Health. Executive director Rona Park says for the last two years, four units have been set aside for people identified as needing more inten-
sive support. “Through this partnership, they can live in our units, but the outreach worker comes in to make sure they’re doing okay,” Park says. “They’re living like anyone else in the community. They just have the benefit of some daily support.” Mental health workers determine how long an individual stays. Park says on average, a space opens up about once every six months. “It’s really quite a great partnership, and I think we would all say more [units] would be in order.” Four other units also act as transition accommodation for people leaving the Stepping Stones shelter who have a history of homelessness. They can move in for a maximum of a year, and during that time seek longerterm accommodation. “We have had a lot of success with that program,” Park says. “It’s a transition period for people to regroup and get themselves back on track and break that cycle.”
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“When somebody has a physical illness, there is help, but when someone has something wrong with their brain, people are scared of them. They are basically isolated.” Annely Arrak Mother of Mikael Arrak
these issues and problems.” While Annely doesn’t blame the judge, she still feels it’s not right. “People with mental illness are either thrown in jail or are on the streets, which are now a modern mental hospital. When somebody
has a physical illness, there is help, but when someone has something wrong with their brain, people are scared of them. They are basically isolated.” She doesn’t know the solution, but felt she had to speak up to prevent a tragedy. She doesn’t want Mikael dying on Vancouver’s streets. Annely is heartened at the support she has since received: phone calls from around the province, and emails from people she’s never met. She is stopped on the street and called courageous. “I’m hoping that having all this attention will change something,” she says. “I love my son and have lots of sympathy for families who have similar situations. I hope those people will get the help and care they need.”
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Sinixt challenge adjourned GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter
The Sinixt First Nationâ€™s constitutional challenge of logging on Perry Ridge will continue in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on January 24 and 25.
â€œWeâ€™re hearing two things at the same time: the petitionersâ€™ application for an interim injunction and the provinceâ€™s application to strike the petition...â€? David Aaron Lawyer for the Sinixt
The hearing, which began last Monday, was expected to last five days, but didnâ€™t wrap up in time, according to Nelson lawyer David Aaron, who is appearing for the Sinixt. â€œItâ€™s a bit complicated,â€? he says. â€œWeâ€™re hearing two things at the same time: the petitionersâ€™ application for an interim injunction and the provinceâ€™s application to strike the petition as a whole on the basis that the petitioners donâ€™t have standing.â€?
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Justice Peter Willcock refused a request to dismiss the case at the outset. During arguments last week, the court heard from lawyers for the Sinixt, the attorney general, and Sunshine Logging of Kaslo, which holds the timber license in question. When the case resumes next week, itâ€™s expected to hear additional responses from the Sinixt and the attorney general. Aaron said he anticipates the case will conclude following those two days. The Sinixt filed their claim last fall after B.C. Timber Sales granted the license to log on Perry Ridge. They say they were not consulted beforehand, but have a constitutional right to be, as the area falls within their traditional territory. Sinixt members and supporters erected a protest camp on the logging road last year, which was removed after they won an order preventing any work from proceeding until their claim is resolved. The Sinixt are not formally recognized by either the provincial or federal governments. Several other parties are attending and observing the proceedings in Vancouver,
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Risk and responsibility
nother terrible tragedy in the Kootenay backcountry and another round of questions about how to prevent such
deaths. The January scene was all too familiar down at the Norman Stibbs airport on Nelsonâ€™s waterfront. Search crews loading up helicopters to deal with a crisis in the mountains. Extreme sadness for those whose lives have been changed forever. Every time there is loss of life in the backcountry, grappling with the question of why it happened is part of the story. Why were these skiers out there when the avalanche rating was so high? Should the provincial government restrict access at certain points during the winter? How come people take such risks? If the answers were easy, nobody would die in the glorious outdoors. The problem is, itâ€™s a puzzle nobody will likely ever solve. People involve themselves in risky behaviour every day. We donâ€™t live in bubbles so even the simplest action of driving to work in the morning is filled with potential danger. Those who enjoy activities such as backcountry skiing are well aware of the risks. Each time they embark on an outing there is an inherent danger. Thereâ€™s a calculated risk and knowledge of the consequences. Thereâ€™s always comfort in knowing only a tiny percentage of trips end in tragedy. There is always talk of tighter regulations for backcountry activity when lives are lost. Itâ€™s a nearly impossible undertaking. This province is simply too vast and the opportunities too many. Overregulating activities in the outdoors would be a mistake. Those who venture out need to take responsibility for their own actions and play at their own risk. If they prepare themselves through proper training and monitoring of conditions, then the risks are their responsibility. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the Alberta man who lost his life this past weekend, but in no way is this a reason to overreact to what is a welcomed and cherished part of mountain life. The Nelson Star is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the provinceâ€™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 bcpresscouncil.org
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The Mount as a housing option
his is my first column for the Nelson Star and I want to thank editor Bob Hall and the staff for the opportunity to express my views. A Chinese saying is: â€œMay you live in interesting times.â€? Well it has been an interesting start to the new year. We have had an unfortunate incident with the Kerr building fire and at the same time a generous out pouring of support from the community, businesses, the City and the RDCK. While all this is going on, the city staff and council have started the budget process for 2011. The loss of the Kerr building in fire is upsetting, but the general community rallied with support for clothing, food and furniture, as well as money. While this is good news, it is going to be a few
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months before the Selkirk dorms are completed and well over a year before the Anderson Street project is done. The residents of the Kerr have been taken care of in the short term, approximately a month. Now is the time for Mount St. Francis building to be used for short term housing, until some of these other projects have been built and are in operation. I have passed on this suggestion to city council and to the Nelson Committee on Homelessness to make inquiries. Hopefully something can be done to expedite this, before the former residents of the Kerr building also become homeless. Beginning the city budget process brings challenges to keep any tax increases as low as possible. Some thing are
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beyond our control such as increases in BC Hydro and FortisBC rates. As well, there will be continual increases in water and sewer rates as projected in last yearâ€™s budget. Someone suggested we put in water meters, believing individual costs would decrease. There are many factors involved with water and sewer rates, such as the ongoing new installations and maintenance of the pipe networks. So water and sewer rates would not only include residentsâ€™ usage but would also have to have a base rate to cover maintenance and ongoing costs. So is it worth spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to put in a water meter system and the technology for reading the meters, or is it better to spend the money on the water and sewer system
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maintenance and upgrades to reduce costs over time? It is going to take time to review all the issues in the water and sewer master plan, as well as looking at other communities to determine what the best course of action is. So without a doubt it is going to be an interesting year in Nelson, with a lot of ongoing work that has to be completed. There is hope that the former residents of the Kerr building will have long term housing issues taken care of. Also, the city budget will be completed, with scrutiny from the press and the public, to continue to provide all the public services â€” hopefully, with small tax increases. Robin Cherbo is a Nelson city councillor who shares this Wednesday space with his colleagues around the table
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7).4%2ÂŞ3!,% Encouraging a car culture On the weekend of January 8 and 9 I had the pleasure of visiting your fine city with a hockey team. On the evening of the 8th, I parked the bus in the upper parking lot. The parking spot I chose met the four points that I look for when parking the bus: 1) Are there signs saying no parking? 2) Is there clearance for emergency vehicles? 3) Is the bus blocking anyone? 4) Can the bus be blocked in? In my opinion all four points were met. On the morning of the
9th, I parked in the same place, checking that the four points above were met. After a short time a person came to me and asked me to move the bus. When asked why, he said the complex manager wanted it moved. But, I said, I had parked there the night before and had no problem and asked him if it was in the way. He just said she wanted it moved and I could park in the lower lot. Now this lower lot is not a good place to try and turn a large motor coach around
in, especially when there are other cars and snow around. After moving the bus I regretted the move and wished I had said no and waited for the result. I can only conclude that the city of Nelson and the Nelson and District Community Complex do not want visitors to the NDCC to come by bus as there is no good designated place to park a bus. It appears to me that Nelson would prefer visitors come by car. Don Porter Kamloops
Driven to the edge by beeps In keeping with the publicâ€™s design that one may make a complaint to the proper authorities, I made one last week, only to be ignored. Therefore, I must render an account of what took place again â€” late last night â€” on the residential streets of our peaceful town, Nelson. Imagine if you will, the hour is approximately 1 a.m., when such a calamity of noise rose abruptly in through my bedroomâ€™s closed windows. The many who were also made to awake were thus arrested by the havoc of the multitude of beeps, forced in listening to at least three sorts of engines that compounded it, and also struck with the perplexity that it was produced without foresight in such the late hour. As the sleepless pondered on this and someone of authorityâ€™s lack of consciousness, they must have felt like me, a terrible conviction of the uncertainty of being participants in the taxes attributed to this necessary but
improperly regulated service. And seemingly being statuesque in attendance from my balconyâ€™s window, all this was indeed sustained with holding stare, which in conjunction with the gen-
â€œThe many who were also made to awake were thus arrested by the havoc of the multitude of beeps...â€? eral confusion of the many machines misappropriated at this late hour, conveyed the impression that my earlier complaint though politely made, was merely taken as an insult. And all this time while standing before what could appear as my complaintâ€™s consequence, I beheld the same abysmal perspective of another night of rest approaching sheer ruin. The workers themselves too â€” in this single vicinity â€” would
journey this ill-mannered course along time (40 minutes) with my astonishment for their lack of the conscientiousness. With one discriminating eye staring with congenial forbearance into the callousness of someoneâ€™s oversight, and that protruding other â€” indiscriminately out of its socket from lack of a peaceful sleep, I somehow retained my cool; for there will be always â€” at least â€” that fresh breath of wisdom ushering forth still from the heavens and in through my closed balconyâ€™s windowâ€Ś that there must still be some other option. Hence, when I turned my eyes form this Dr. Seuss nightmare and my ears from the upheaval of noise this circus resurrected (beep, beep, beep, from three â€” not one truck) the intense need of ear plugs had again been summoned as a consolation; thus, for a next dayâ€™s immediate purchase. Trinity Deâ€˜la Falcons Nelson
DeGrace list worth knocking off Re: â€œSpread the Word!â€? January 7 I love our new cultural ambassador, Anne DeGrace Her list is an inspiration for us all to embrace the place we live. As an out-oftowner, Nelson is my biggest shopping centre for most
essentials like food etc. For the past few years, Iâ€™ve been happy to do the majority of my Christmas gift shopping there, as well as during the year! Kaslo also boasts great shops to wander through and support. Shopping becomes a plea-
sure instead of a chore, in our small towns and villages. Letâ€™s hear it for Anneâ€™s cultural things to do, to embrace the arts and culture of this area. Try to do at least five out of 10 of it by summer! Chris Freyta Ainsworth
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ommunist Party congresses are generally tedious events, and the 11th congress of the Vietnamese Communist Party (January 12-17) is no exception. The changes in personnel at the top are decided by the elite inner circle of the Party long before the congress opens, and the rhetoric is in the same wooden language that Communists always use. The nation must “renew the growth model and restructure the economy to speed up industrialization and modernisation with fast and sustainable development,” outgoing party leader Nong Duc Manh told the congress on its opening day. “The strategy is to strive towards 2020 so that our country will basically become an industrialized nation.” Well, that’s a novel approach, isn’t it? The talk is all about fighting inflation and corruption (there’s quite a lot of both those things in Vietnam), while maintaining a high economic growth rate (6.8 per cent last year). Ordinary people are struggling to maintain their standard of living (although they are far better off than they were 20 or 40 years ago), and resent being bossed around by the Communist elite — but they feel helpless to do anything about it. In other words, it’s not all that different from the situation in, say, Thailand, just a little to the west, apart from the fact that the economic elite in Vietnam are Communist Party members and their businessman cronies. Thailand is technically a democracy, but if you are a rural “red shirt” in Thailand your views on those in power will be little different from those that many Vietnamese peasants privately hold about the Communist Party. It’s a more traditional elite in Thailand, but it clings to power just as tightly, and rewards itself even more lavishly. So what was it all about, then? Why was there a 15year war in Vietnam (196075) that killed 58,000 American soldiers, and between one to three million Vietnamese?
The US government insisted at the time that it was about stopping Communist expansionism in Vietnam before it swept through all of SouthEast Asia. The Communists, who controlled North Vietnam, said it was only about reuniting the country. Who was right? In retrospect, it’s clear that the Communists were telling the truth. They won the war in Vietnam despite all the efforts of the United States, but the “domino effect” in the rest of Southeast Asia never happened. In fact, the Vietnamese Communists never even tried to knock the dominoes over.
“As for some vast Communist plot to overrun Southeast Asia, it was never more than a fantasy... In a perfect world, most people would probably prefer to spare their country a generation of Communist rule, but Vietnam is not a disaster, and it is no threat to anyone else.” Apart from invading Cambodia in 1978 to drive the Khmer Rouge, a much nastier group of Communists, from power, Communist-ruled Vietnam has never sent troops abroad or interfered in the internal affairs of other countries in the region. After a decade all the Vietnamese troops were withdrawn from Cambodia, and even there Hanoi has virtually no influence today. As for some vast Communist plot to overrun Southeast Asia, it was never more than a fantasy. Indeed, within four years of uniting Vietnam, the Communist regime in Hanoi was at war with Communist China over a border dispute. In a perfect world, most people would probably prefer to spare their country the burden of a generation of Communist rule, but Vietnam is not a disaster, and it is no threat to anyone else.
So, once again, what was the war about? How did three American presidents allow themselves to be misled into fighting such a pointless, unwinnable war? Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were all intelligent men, and Eisenhower also had much experience at the highest level of military and diplomatic decision-making. To varying degrees, they all fell for a strategic vision of the world that was mere fantasy, driven by ideology. Or rather, in Eisenhower’s case and to some extent also in Kennedy’s, they found it politically impossible to resist the demands of those who did live fully within that fantasy. So American foreign policy had little connection with reality for several decades, and a lot of people died. The point is that this sort of thing happens all the time. The “war on terror” now is functionally almost indistinguishable from the antiCommunist crusade of the 1950s and 1960s, although the actual wars involve much lower levels of casualties. For Vietnam in 1960, read Iraq in 2003 — or, perhaps, Iran the day after tomorrow. It doesn’t only happen to Americans, of course. The various British invasions of Afghanistan in the 19th century were driven by the conviction that the rapacious Russians wanted to seize Britain’s Indian empire, although the thought hadn’t even occurred to the Russians. Germans spent the decade before the First World War worried that they were being “encircled” by the other great powers. But these delusions mainly afflict the great powers, because weaker countries cannot afford such expensive follies. They have to deal with reality as it is — which is why the Vietnamese Communists, for example, never dreamed of trying to spread their faith across the rest of the region. They were and are pragmatic people with purely local ambitions, so the resolutions of the 11th Party Congress are of little interest to anybody else.
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Editorial B.C. Views - Tom Fletcher
Recall campaign descends into ugly farce
he rough beast of recall has slouched into Kamloops and Comox, carrying with it the rank smell of the failing effort in Oak Bay. Next up in this venomous venture is Vernon, starting on March 15, Fight HST maestro Bill Vander Zalm vowed in a swing through the unlucky North Okanagan city last week. â€œMore canvassers are signing up in Oak Bay-Gordon Head to help put recall over the top there,â€? Vander Zalm bragged in a news release describing a standing-room-only crowd in Vernon. â€œWe had a terrific meeting in a snowy Kamloops last night with 45 canvassers to kick off that campaign, and now this! Itâ€™s faaaaantastic!â€? This is a change to Vander Zalmâ€™s tune on the bid to muscle out Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong. The previous week he posted an open letter to supporters pleading for money and volun-
teers, while conceding that the cherry-picked swing constituency in suburban Victoria was still less than halfway to its goal with time running out. Former Social Credit attorney general Brian Smith and former NDP premier Dan Miller both spoke out to denounce this anti-tax recall as inappropriate. Smith told me about Oak Bay residents being approached repeatedly after refusing to sign the Chong petition. He called it â€œabuse.â€? But apparently Chongâ€™s central message is getting through: getting rid of her wonâ€™t get rid of the harmonized sales tax. In Kamloops-North Thompson, where MLA Terry Lake is the strategic swing-riding target, the NDP-affiliated organizer told Kamloops This Week he was concerned about recall canvassers being diverted to work on NDP leadership campaigns. Nope, nothing partisan there.
As the U.S. pondered the role of angry, threatening rhetoric in politics, B.C.â€™s acting chief electoral officer Craig James was invited on CKNW radio to describe the hate mail
â€œVander Zalm also muttered about the government working with James and unspeciďŹ ed elements of â€˜big Corporate Mediaâ€™ to scuttle recall.â€? he received after rejecting the first version of the Oak BayGordon Head petition for having too many words. (This delayed it for all of a week.) There were hundreds of emails to this mild-mannered legislature clerk, urged on by a typical screed sent out by Fight HST demanding his resignation. One of the milder missives wished James a slow
death from cancer. More serious threats and death wishes prompted police to provide security to his home and the Elections BC office. Fight HST ringmaster Chris Delaney, along with the NDPaffiliated recall organizer for Oak Bay, downplayed this. Delaney suggested the timing was suspicious, as per his earlier baseless attacks on Jamesâ€™ impartiality. Vander Zalm also muttered about the government working with James and unspecified elements of the â€œBig Corporate Mediaâ€? to scuttle the recall. This is the latest vision to emerge from the Fight HST clown car of conspiracy theories. Previous scenarios featured Canada being taken over by the European Union, and the shopworn plot to impose world government in the name of global warming. Delaney continues his frantic efforts to launch the B.C.
First Party, which is coincidentally being developed in tandem with the recall campaign. In his role as B.C. First â€œspokesman,â€? Delaney recently cranked out a new conspiracy. The B.C. Liberals are forcing BC Hydro to undertake expensive repairs to dams and transmission facilities, not to expand or prevent further blackouts in downtown Vancouver, but to make BC Hydro go broke! Then theyâ€™re going to sell it off to General Electric! This is a variation on a loopy theory advanced by Rafe Mair, wherein Gordon Campbell plots to dam the Fraser River and then sell Hydro off to GE. NDP leadership candidates would be wise to follow Millerâ€™s lead and distance themselves from this increasingly toxic exercise. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com
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CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH THE EAGLES The Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 22 are holding a Chinese New Year dinner at the Eagles Hall (641 Baker Street) on Saturday, February 5. Reserve tickets by calling 250-825-4740 or 250-352-5644.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 This year the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society has been maintaining 5 km of track around the Valleyview Golf Course and are inviting skiers and winter enthusiasts alike to join them for a ski/walk/slide under the moonlight. The society will be there between 6:30 and 8 THE SOUND OF... (SILENCE) p.m. with a fire going and a cup of hot chocolate waiting. You can park Deborah Loxam-Kohl is artist-in-residence at Oxygen Art Centre by the golf club entrance or ski down the rail trail from Perrys Siding until February 10, where she is exploring the use of felted wool and take the side trail up to the course. forms to construct a large-scale sculptural installation. Artist talk THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 February 2 at 7:30 p.m. NASH/Save Our Services meeting at 7 p.m., Senior’s Coordinating SoWALK FOR MEMORIES ciety meeting room, northeast corner of the Civic Centre. The annual Alzheimer’s Society’s Investors Group Walk for Memories takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. January 30 at the Nelson and FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 District Community Complex. Start or join a team, volunteer, do- All-ages concert at the KP Hall in Trail (942 Eldorado Street). Three nate or sponsor today. The money raised supports more than 1,600 live bands will be playing: Roy Has Fire from Castlegar, Time Spinners individuals and families in West Kootenay who are living with Al- from Nelson, and Trail’s Speak of the Unknown. Doors open at 7:30 zheimer’s disease and dementia. Register by calling 250-352-7960 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door. Kids under eight are free. or 250-352-6788 or logging onto walkformemories.com. Burger and beer fundraiser at Finley’s Irish Pub. Support the LVR seLEARNING IN RETIREMENT nior boys rugby tour and training in Ireland this March. Tickets $10 Nelson’s Learning in Retirement begins its fourth semester. Mem- each and include one drink and a burger. Great silent auction items. bership is open to people over 50 who would like to continue to Rides home available. Tickets at door or preferred purchase ahead. learn and meet new people. All our presentations take place during Call Dave 352-1804 or Monica 352-0154. the day. For more information, please call Birthe at 250-825-9471. SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 COLUMBIA BASIN ALLIANCE FOR LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING The Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band is holding a traditional Robbie Burns Become a volunteer tutor with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Lit- banquet that includes haggis, the music of the pipes and drums, and a eracy! Our free tutor training will help you develop skills in work- celebration of the works of the Scottish Bard at the Nelson Eagles Hall. ing with adults and youth. Training happens January 28 from 9 Reserve tickets at 250-352-6104 or 250-825-4175. a.m. to 4 p.m. at Selkirk College’s Rosemont Campus. To register or for more information call: Melissa 250-825-0185 or Joan 250- The Nelson chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women hold their first meeting of the new year. The morning begins with cof352-3218. fee at 9:30 a.m. and includes lunch and a guest speaker. J.J. Verigin, MOUNT SENTINEL ART AT THE LIBRARY leader of USCC, will speak on peace advocacy. The Nelson library is again featuring art by local teens, this time inspired by Andy Warhol’s portrait work of the 1960s. The art stu- The acclaimed film Poor No More, featuring Canadian actress Mary dents at Mount Sentinel are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame with Walsh kicks off the Nelson Forum on Poverty and the Prosperity Gap the current display of Warholesque self portraits. On display now at Nelson United Church. Co-hosted by West Kootenay Women’s Asin the new and expanded TeenSene area. sociation and Alex Atamanenko MP, come for a thought-provoking evening of film and discussion with guest panelists from community AT THE LEGION service, labour, seniors, students and more! At the Nelson Legion: Tuesday and Friday evenings – free movies; Wednesday evening – darts; Saturday afternoon – meat draws with Celebrate your breath from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Studio 1(82 Baker Street.) karaoke in the evening; Sunday afternoon – crib tournament; last Come celebrate the transformational power of your conscious breath, Sunday of every month – Texas Hold’em Charity poker (open to in community with special guests. Admission by donation. the public); month-end birthday bash; occasional fundraiser barbecues, ribs. etc.; snooker; pool; shuffleboard; darts; 10’ big-screen Scrabble tournament open to all skill levels from novice to expert. TV for sports and movie nights; beverage room with a welcoming, Come on out and have fun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Slocan City at the Lefriendly atmosphere. Info 250-352-7727 or e-mail rclbr51@telus. gion Hall, 502 Harold Street. $2 admission at the door. Prizes and free net. Members and guests welcome. refreshments. For details call Alan at the Slocan Valley Scrabble Club at 250-355-2853 or the Slocan Community Library at 250-355-2355. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Nelson’s breast cancer support group meets at Community First SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 Health Co-op (518 Lake Street) at noon every fourth Tuesday of the Prayer for Christian Unity Service at St. Saviours Anglican Church at month. For more information call Alice at 250-352-6223 or Nadine 7 p.m. This service was prepared by Christian Churches in Jerusalem this year. at 250-359-7777. NELSON AND AREA ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTRE Open Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. at 719 Vernon Street. Phone 250-352-6008 or visit nelsonelderabuseprevention.org for further information.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26 Family games night at the Nelson library. Bring the whole family for board, card and dice games from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call the library 250-352-6333
SALSA NIGHTS Salsa night has returned better than ever. New salsa lessons will be taught by Jen Mendizabal from Venezuela and Ori Jimenez from Cuba every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Finley’s Irish Pub. Drop in fee $15. The bar also hosts a salsa night the final Saturday of each month from 9 p.m. to midnight. Cover is $5
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 To celebrate Family Literacy Day, put on your pajamas and snuggle in at Booksmyth for a bedtime story with accomplished storyteller Natasha Edney. This free event is aimed at children four and up accompanied by their parents. Refreshments will be served. Reading starts at 6:30 p.m.
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Miss Quincy does not fit the classic singer-songwriter mold. Equal parts edgy frontier woman and risque saloon madame, her mystique lays within the character created through her music, stories, and carnival weaved throughout her show. Admission $10. Show at 9 p.m.
Kaslo Concert Society is pleased to present Lacafamore – a made in the Kootenays string quartet. This ensemble consists of Carolyn Cameron and Angela Snyder, violins; Alexis More, viola; and Jeff Faragher, cello. For their Kaslo program they will be joined by clarinetist Nicola Everton. All these musicians have extensive experience as principal players in various orchestras in western Canada and now live in the West Kootenay. Tickets at Figments or at the door $22. School age children admitted free when accompanied by an adult patron. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
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Around ‘99, Jacky Murda started developing a different idea for jungle music: recording original vocals on jungle riddims instead of using samples, collaborating with reggae artists such as Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs, General Levy, John Holt, Mykal Rose, Jr Murvin, Lutan Fyah and Turbulence. Jacky has travelled all over the world playing his unique brand of bass-charged reggae vibes.
Flowmotion Flowmotion is a name well known in the Seattle live music scene and becoming increasingly familiar up and down the West Coast, yet largely unheard of throughout much of the country. The band has managed to remain in the best-kept-secret vault of the live music scene, all the while honing a live show that often exceeds the size of the stage they find themselves performing on. A Flowmotion show is a swooping ride through the fingers of rock fueled solely on the expert musicianship of its five parts.
Friday, January 21
What happens when four top comedians want to spend five weeks in B.C. skiing and snowboarding? They combine forces to bring you the Snowed In Comedy Tour. Phil Nichol (Corky and The Juice Pigs, BBC, Mad TV), Dan Quinn (winner of Just For Laughs Canadian Comedy Competition, CTV, XM Radio), Craig Campbell (Michael Mcyintyre road show, Just For Laughs, CTV, Paramount) and Peter Kelamis (star of Stargate Universe, Just for Laughs, two time nominee of Canadian comedy awards best male standup) come together for a terrific night of stand-up comedy. During the day they will be hitting the slopes, then the evening playing the best venues western Canada has to offer. This is the third year of the tour and it continues to grow. This year the tour makes stops in 23 different cities across western Canada. Tickets $25 for adults, $15 for students. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
Stephen Harper: The Musical Feb 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 22
Deekline is that rare figure in dance music, the seminal producer who has successfully maintained underground cache while making regular raids into the mainstream. He is back for another breaks/drum n bass/dubstep installment at Spiritbar. He just released that he will be headlining his second Shambhala set in 2011 and is ready to give Nelson a little taste of what is to come.
Saturday, January 22
Formed in a sordid kitchen in Glasgow’s West End, two hearts’ conspiracies converged creating a duo of sluttery and hot pop plots. Crossing oceans and astral planes, Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party has evolved into a six piece pop powerhouse. TLGLTP combines the frivolous with the serious political agenda of mobilizing everyone to truly celebrate your birthday.
Thursday, January 27
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Swelling in primordial pulses and wholloping whoops, the tones of Shane Philip’s didgeridoo hold the power to still listeners into silence or encourage audiences to rise up in a tribal swell of intoxicating spirit. Meanwhile his hands shake up rhythms with his aslatua, drive the dance floor with his djembe and slide out grooves on his Weissenborn-style guitar, while his foot taps in earthshaking electronic kicks wherever they might fit. He is a one-man show weaving sounds that inspire audiences anywhere he goes.
Ballet Jörgen Coppélia Feb 20, 8 p.m.
Laila Biali Trio March 5, 8 p.m.
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Saturday, January 22 Slocan Valley talent is featured this week at the Unplugged Sessions. Diamond Willow open at noon with bluegrass and old country for a two-hour set. They include former Buddhagrass Boys member Olin Mackay on upright bass, Delaine and Gene Hird formerly with the High Water band on vocals and guitar, plus multi-instumentalist Brian Parfeniuk on fiddle. They will be followed by a session of sweet jazz standards from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. A dynamic vocal and guitar duo featuring the smooth songstress Gemma Luna and the incomparable Pete Slevin will be offering fresh renditions of timeless classics.
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STEPHEN HARPER! THE MUSICAL - Second City Touring Company Sunday, February 6th, 2011 at 8:00 pm Tickets: Adult, $25.00. Full Time Student, $20.00 Season Package (4+), $20.00
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Margie Gillis Threads March 26, 8 p.m.
April Verch Steal the Blue April 15, 8 p.m.
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ootenay iltie Pipe Band
Valhalla Community Concert Series
For an evening of Scottish culture. The traditional Robbie Burns banquet includes haggis, the music of the pipes and drums, and a celebration of the works of the Scottish Bard. Saturday January 22nd at the Nelson Eagles hall. Tickets for the evening are $28 ($14 for children under 10 years). Reserve by phoning 250-352-6104 or 250-825-4175.
Kaldor brings folk show to Silverton Special to the Nelson Star
The Valhalla Community Concert Series proudly presents the iconic Canadian folk artist, Connie Kaldor at the Silverton Memorial Hall on Monday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. Donâ€™t miss the opportunity to see this award-winning entertainer here in your own backyard as Kaldor performs songs from her latest album Postcards form the Road as well as music from her past 14 recorded albums. A native of Saskatchewan, Kaldor has been performing for most of her life. Born into a musical family, she grew up singing in the choir. Her love
of performing led her to a theatre degree from the University of Alberta, and then to alternative theatre companies, an influence still very much in evidence at any Kaldor concert. Although she left theatre to pursue her songwriting career quite early, her
engaging character and storytelling skills are hallmarks of her live performances. For over two decades, this Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter has flourished on the Canadian folk scene and beyond. With 14 albums to her credit; three award-winning childrenâ€™s books/CDs, a musical and much more, Kaldor has been recognized with the Queenâ€™s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Canada, and the adoration of fans across North America and around the world. Tickets are $18 (advance sales only) at Garden Graces in New Denver, The Cup & Saucer in Silverton and Otter Books in Nelson or call 250-3587151.
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What happens when four top comedians want to spend five weeks in B.C. skiing and snowboarding? They combine forces for the Snowed in Comedy Tour. Phil Nichol, Dan Quinn, Craig Campbell and Peter Kelamis have come together for a terrific night of standup comedy. During the day they hit the slopes, then in the evening play the best venues Western Canada has to offer. They are coming to Nelson on February 1 and will play the Capitol Theatre starting at 8:30 p.m. When Quinn wanted to combine his two favourite
passions, snowboarding and stand-up comedy, he came up with the Snowed In Comedy Tour where the entire tour schedule is built around what ski hills he will be able to hit during the day. It’s been an adventure he counts himself as blessed to be able to experience. This is the third year of the tour and it continues to grow. This year the tour makes stops in 23 different cities. This year see its first lineup changes with Ed Byrne taking a break to have his first child in early January. Replacing Byrne will be the incredibly talented Nichol who many Canadians will recognize from his time with Corky and the Juice Pigs. He has since moved to London,
England where he has established himself as one of the top comedians in the world. Two-time Canadian comic of the year nominee Kelamis can also be seen every week as one of the star’s of Space Channel’s Stargate Universe where he plays Adam Brody. The tour started in Whistler on January 11 at the GLC in the heart of the Whistler Village. The tour features four very different yet all incredibly talented performers with numerous TV and festival credits. Together they make up a fantastic evening of comedy where everyone will walk away with their own favourite. Tickets are available at the Capitol Theatre box office.
Something to write home about SUBMITTED Special to the Nelson Star
The annual Kootenay Literary Competition had a very successful response this year, with a 40 per cent increase in submissions over last year. The writing competition, which closed to entries on December 15, saw 35 submissions from writers from across the region, including entrants from Golden, Trail, Castlegar, Kaslo, Procter and Nelson. Last year, the competition ran
under a different format and had 25 entrants. Non-fiction proved the most popular category, with these entries making up close to one-third of the total submissions. The new Emerging Writer category drew in nearly onequarter of the entries submitted. Fiction and youth entries rounded out the rest of the submissions, and organizers are already discussing strategies to see more growth in the
youth category next year. All entries are now being reviewed by senior students in Selkirk College’s creative writing class under the guidance of instructor Almeda Miller. Finalists will be passed to the judges soon for decision. The awards ceremony and celebration is scheduled for Saturday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the Hume Hotel. Winners in each of the categories will be announced and authors will read their winning pieces at this event.
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Community LVR Talks – Kaitlyn Foot
Ambitious student film project underway
he first semester is almost over, and tensions over exams are taking hold of the students at L.V. Rogers. Exams go from January 24 to 28. But, of course, we’re still having fun and looking forward to the new set of classes coming up. Or some of us are anyway. The school counselors, Deb Smith and Karl Machado, put on a scholarship information meeting in the school theatre on Wednesday. There were booklets given out that review applications for local scholarships, district scholarships, post-secondary entrance scholarships, affiliation scholarships, provincial government exam scholarships, and
the Passport to Education. For anyone who couldn’t make it but still want to know, the booklets are available in the counselors office at the school.
the beginning of March and shoot through to June. Through the summer they’ll be editing the film and hopefully finish for September.
LVR will be making film history this year, as the school is producing Canada’s first schoolwide major motion picture, Project Turquoise Snowflake. Students and many people in the community, I’m sure, have heard the name, heard maybe little bits of information about the project. The audition process has already started. The school will be doing auditions and callbacks and hopefully have the casting finished by the end of January. They hope to start shooting at
“Global warming has been a major concern and element of the news in our generation’s life for as long as we’ve been alive.” I talked to Olivia Bogaard, a close friend and one of two student producers of the film. I asked her what the production was about, since many people, including myself, hadn’t the faintest clue.
“The production is about global warming and what youth can do to change it,” she said. This shocked me and made me ecstatic all at once. Global warming has been a major concern and element of news in our generation’s life for as long as we’ve been alive. It’s all we hear about, and personally, it’s the thing I am most worried and passionate about. I wanted to know more. Olivia showed me the log line of the film, and as I read, my smile grew and grew. With global warming escalating and eco-terrorists attacking oil companies, an unlikely group of teens organize a youth driven movement, which challenges an indolent
Canadian government to step up and show global leadership. The school’s goal is to enter the film into the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to spread awareness of global warming among the youth. Wow. If anything makes me want to jump with joy, it’s seeing young adults getting involved in global issues that are beyond our reach now, but soon won’t be. As we grow up, the world is going to be left to us, and it’s going to be our responsibility to change it. Teenagers today are more aware and concerned of global issues than most adults expect us to be, and we want them to know it now.
For those of you who are scratching your heads wondering where the name of the film came from, I will explain it to you. Around the time when this film was being thought up, there happened to be news about purple snow in Russia from the amount of pollution in the area. Soon after, Robyn Sheppard, the drama teacher found a turquoise snowflake on the bottom of her shoe from an earring or a piece of jewelry. Turquoise is her favorite color, and she saw it as a sign. Kaitlyn Foot is a Grade 12 student at L.V. Rogers high school. Her LVR Talks column is featured in the Nelson Star on a regular basis
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News January 6, 2011: Fire Guts Kerr Apartments
Kerr investigators must wait for demolition GREG NESTEROFF and ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporters
With three storeys of debris blocking necessary evidence, the Nelson Fire Service is putting its physical investigation of the fire at the Kerr Apartments on hold until excavating equipment is brought in. Fire chief Simon Grypma says the department will meet with engineers and insurance adjustors for the building this week to formulate a plan and see when a demolition crew can be hired. “It’s a big job,” says Grypma. “There’s about 25 feet of the roof and the third, second and first floor sitting on top of the basement. “So it’s going to need some heavy equipment, excavators, to actually remove the debris off of
the point of origin of the fire.” In the meantime, Grypma says Nelson Police are interviewing witnesses, including the Kerr’s tenants, about the events leading up to the fire. He’s also urging anyone with information related to the fire who hasn’t spoken with investigators to contact either the fire department or the police. Grypma says the fire is still considered suspicious, and he’s sure they will pin down a cause once they’re able to examine the spot where it started. But, he adds, the building’s thick granite walls and the fact that the fire most likely started in the portion of the basement closest to the alley will make it difficult to get machinery into the Kerr to begin the job. He hopes the inves-
RESIDENTS RETRIEVE BELONGINGS
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The inside of the Kerr Apartments is a charred mess, but last week residents were able to salvage some personal items from the wreckage.
tigation will be finished within two weeks. In the meantime, a no-go zone remains in effect around
the apartments. “We’re asking people to please respect that, as there are many hazards
in the building. There’s nothing salvageable, and we will prosecute anyone who trespasses.”
Nelson Fire and Rescue helped former tenants of retrieve personal items from the gutted building last Wednesday. Grypma says property was salvaged from 11 suites — six on the first floor, and five on the second — that suffered smoke and water damage, but remained structurally sound. The other 27 suites, including all those on the third floor, were destroyed. Items removed included jewelry, photo albums, musical instruments, and “very limited” computer equipment that could be decontaminated. “Everything was heavily contaminated with Story continues on Page 17
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News Continued from Page 16 hazardous smoke and completely polluted water from fighting the fire,” Grypma says. The fire department met with tenants before escorting them into the building to explain the dangers it posed, including structural weaknesses. The process lasted about two hours, with firefighters volunteering their time. There was no apparent pattern to what burned and what survived. “A room in the middle would be destroyed when rooms on either side were somewhat saved,” Grypma says. “It was because the fire spread so irregularly.” He says the blaze, whose cause remains unknown, started in the basement and spread up through voids in the wall to the first floor, initially skipped the second floor and went to the third, and then directly into the attic. “We were able to contain the fire in the basement and first floor, but unable to catch it as it travelled through the attic and virtually destroyed the whole third floor from the top down.” The basement contained mostly discarded furniture and personal belongings from former tenants, he says.
COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO ASSESS NEEDS Kerr residents who haven’t signed up with the Red Cross for a needs assess-
ment are asked to do so by calling 1-800661-3308 to set up an appointment. The “resiliency centre” at 903B Nelson Avenue will operate for the next two weeks. A committee chaired by Allison Alder from Selkirk College will continue to oversee the disbursement of funds raised and work toward long-term housing solutions. It also includes representation from the City of Nelson, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Nelson Community Services, Our Daily Bread, the Salvation Army and Stepping Stones. The Kerr residents have a representative as well. Spokesman Bill Macpherson says so far the committee has found accommodation for two people at Ward Street Place, and one family is now living in Castlegar. Nineteen residents are occupying 14 units at the Villa Motel until the end of the month. Although there is no longer any need for clothing and household goods, donations of furniture are now being accepted. Call the Salvation Army (250-3523488) if you have something to offer. They’re drawing up a list and as items are needed, donors will be contacted and the items picked up and delivered. “This alleviates the need to maintain costly storage space until accommodations are secured and the items are required,” Macpherson says.
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Mess on the highways GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter
Several local highways were closed from a few hours to several days over the last week as a result of avalanches. “We have very warm temperatures combined with an unstable snowpack,” said Ministry of Transportation spokesman Jeff Knight. A slide around 3 p.m. Monday made Highway 3 south of Salmo impassable for several hours. RCMP say officers on the scene confirmed no one was trapped and there were no injuries. Avalanche control continues on the Kootenay Pass. Highway 31A between New Denver and Kaslo was closed twice because of high avalanche risk. Kaslo’s pee wee hockey team was forced to take
the long way around Nelson to get to a tournament in Nakusp on Friday. Meanwhile, Highway 31 is down to single lane alternating traffic around the Lardeau bluffs for snow removal. The road was closed entirely for a few days last week. Meadow Creek resident Len Trenholm says the Lardeau Valley is used to sporadically being cut off in the winter by avalanches. “It’s normal. Quite often a slide will take out power for two or three days at a time, but that’s part of living here,” he says. “Communication is our big issue, because often the phones only work for 12 hours after the power goes out.” Trenholm says most people keep extra sup-
plies on hand in case of such an emergency. One of the area’s two gas stations ran out of fuel, but the other was able to fill the void. On Thursday, kids were sent home early from school in Kaslo before the highway closed. Local sawmills also sent workers home as a precaution. “I don’t know the legality of it, but at least two of them shut down whenever the [avalanche] gates are closed, because we couldn’t get an ambulance up here if someone got hurt,” Trenholm says. Travelling north to Trout Lake, Nakusp, and Revelstoke is very difficult in the winter, he adds. In the event of a medical emergency, evacuation would have to be by helicopter or boat.
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So what, might you ask, does Istanbul, Sydney, Caracas, Moscow, Barcelona or Nairobi have in common with Nelson? On Saturday, people in these communities, plus hundreds more around the globe, will be participating in the Global Day of the Breath, a day dedicated to the art of conscious breathing. In this rural community you may notice many people pausing at noon on that day to pay attention to their breath. â€œItâ€™s simple really,â€? says Nelson organizer Jo Ann Lowell. â€œPause your activities, sit, close your eyes and focus your attention on your inhale and your exhale. Try this for 15 minutes, longer if you wish.â€? Lowell is the Canadian national co-ordinator for the International Breathwork Foundation. â€œThis most common ordinary aspect of life figures prominently in some of lifeâ€™s greatest moments,â€? she says. â€œWhen a mother births a baby, in moments of great sorrow or joy, when hitting the highest notes onstage, training for that gold medal, or simply holding that yoga pose for just a moment longer.â€? The International Breathwork Foundation is a non-profit organization in over 30 countries and it has been at the forefront of organizing the Global Day of the Breath worldwide. Through its volunteers there are hundreds of events celebrating the power of the breath on every continent at noon on this day each year. â€œItâ€™s been great fun spreading the word around town. Each time I put up a poster or copy some handbills, folks ask me what itâ€™s about and pretty soon everybody in the store wants to try it. As of this moment people are planning to share the breath on Saturday in their classrooms, in their workplaces, at the top of the mountain... while others have taken handbills to share in Calgary, Australia, Mexico and around the Kootenays.â€? If you want to find out more about the art of conscious breathing, Lowell will be offering an afternoon of breath awareness practices, Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Studio, 182 Baker Street in Nelson, together with Czech Elder Ananda Prokopova and didgeridoo artist Martin Couch. â€œEveryone is welcome!â€? says Lowell. â€œWherever you are in the world, on January 22 take this moment to notice your breath. Nothing to do, or think, or say, nothing to changeâ€Ś just pay gentle kind attention to your breath.â€? Ahhh..... To learn more please contact the International Breathwork Association www.ibfnetwork.com.
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Community Survey Reveals Massive Knowledge Gap
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An online survey of baby boomers across Canada conducted by the Alzheimer Society reveals a troubling lack of awareness about Alzheimerâ€™s disease. The gap in awareness in B.C. is sounding alarm bells as to
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every five years after age 65. r-FTTUIBOIBMG of those surveyed in B.C. were able to identify later-stage symptoms other than the most commonly known loss of memory. r1FSIBQTNPSF troubling is that respondents were unfamiliar with controllable risk factors associated with Alzheimerâ€™s disease, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and chronic depression. â€œAwareness and
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January 21-23rd, 2011 This 3-day course, recognized by the Canadian Avalanche Association, is highly recommended for anyone interested in backcountry travel. Minimum age is 16 and avalanche and/or backcountry knowledge is a prerequisite. Sign up at the Downtown OďŹƒce or at the Guest Services desk on the Mountain. Cost $185.00
BURTON DEMO DAY
Sunday, January 23 The Test Ride Demo Tour brings you the
GRAVITY ADVENTURES SHUTTLE Save on gas, save the world, save Your spot on the Gravity Adventures shuttle There is a shuttle that goes up to Whitewater every day! Did you know this? Itâ€™s great that we are so keen to commute together; I see how the hitching spot is always full and people heading up to the hill take the time to pick up another skier/ snowboarderâ€Ś there is another option as wellâ€Ś hop on the Gravity Adventures shuttle bus and get rock star parking every time. The shuttle leaves Safeway at 8:25 a.m. heads to the Prestige for a prestigious departure at 8:29, then on to the WhiteHouse Backpackers Lodge, the Hume Hotel, Dancing Bear Inn, Gravity Climbing Center/ Whitewater oďŹƒce building before heading up to Whitewater from the Alpine
latest Burton gear to demo for free. Before heading to your local shop, come take a Test Ride. Donâ€™t forget to bring along your credit card, drivers license, and parents if youâ€™re under 18 years old.
CROWN SKIS DEMO DAY
Tuesday, January 25 & 26 Come check out the latest gear from Crown Skis, beautifully crafted in Vancouver BC!
Whitewater is excited to host the second annual Whitewater Winter Carnival ! With tons of family activities throughout the day, including marshmallow roasting and snow sculpting competitions, followed by the Snow Ball Apres Party, this is a celebration of winter that you do not want to miss! The Snow Ball Apres Party starts at 3:30pm with live music by Shred Kelly in the lodge, then comes a delicious meal and a torchlight parade and ďŹ reworks! Also a part of the festivities is the X-Country Team Sprint Race. Teams of two use freesytle technique to race to the ďŹ nish. There will be transportation back to Nelson at 8:30pm SCHEDULE OF EVENTS X-Country Team Sprint Race 9:00am - 9:30am Registration 10:00am Race Start SNOW SCULPTURE COMPETITION Prove your creativity by sculpting art in the snow. There is only room for 5 teams and
Motel at 8:40 a.m. You can watch ski and snowboard ďŹ‚icks and relax on your way up to the hill and back downâ€Ś the shuttle departs from Whitewater every day at 3:40 p.m. and there are a few options available. Purchase a one-way or return on the bus (bring exact change for the driver) or buy a 10x punch pass. Call 250 505 4921 for more information.
registration is on a ďŹ rst come, ďŹ rst serve basis! The winning team will be awarded a grand prize, so what are you waiting for?! GET SCULTPING!! 9:00am Registration Opens 3:00pm Competiton Ends & Grand Prize awarded
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3:30pm - 7:30pm Live Music by SHRED KELLY!! 5:30pm BuďŹ€et Dinner Adult $20 ; Children under 10 $10; Return visit $5 7:30pm Torchlight Parade & Fireworks 8:30pm Shuttle Back to Nelson Shred Kelly is a footstompin stoke-folk band from Fernie BC, paving the way for their original style of music. Having just completed a cross Canada tour from BC to Newfoundland, they successfully toured with their ďŹ rst album Goodbye July and took the nation by storm. They have a unique style combining traditional instruments with an upbeat ďŹ‚air that has you dancing from start to ďŹ nish. Much of their musical inďŹ‚uence comes from their ski town lifestyle and reďŹ‚ects a certain relaxed and amiable vibe in their live shows and stage presence. For more info on the band, or to get yourself stoked for their visit by listening to some of their tunes, visit their website at www. shredkelly.com.
Valhallas, Kootenay Peaksticks or Nirvanas and the cost of the demo goes toward your purchase of the skis. Check the Barn out from Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and experience a little pure Kootenay hospitality â€“ the Barn is heated by an antique wood stove that keeps a kettle hot for hot chocolate or herbal tea for you when you visit.
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Recovery effort was tricky for search and rescue crew Cont. from Page 1 remains unclear if the others will stay at the cabin the rest of the week or leave sooner. “They weren’t part and parcel of the recovery effort because they’re not in any danger,“ he says. “They will deter-
mine what they do next via their private air carriers.” The remainder of the group was uninjured when the slide came down Sunday afternoon. Two local helicopters assisted in the operation Monday, along
with Nelson Search and Rescue, and Ministry of Transportation avalanche technicians. Murray Springman of Nelson Search and Rescue says members were dropped on a ridge. After explosives were set off to stabilize the slope, some
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of them skied half an hour down to the victim, whose body had again been covered with snow. “There was a bit of snow on the subject, but our spotters up top could see he did not move,” Springman says. The victim was loaded onto the helicopter, which flew back to the lodge to pick up the avalanche technicians and then returned to Nelson about 1:40 p.m. The seven members of the search team returned in two trips, the last arriving about 4:30 p.m. “Because of the very high avalanche danger and the explosives used, this was a very complex recovery,” Springman says. “We wanted to make it as safe as possible.” A helicopter was flown in on Sunday from Castlegar following the incident, but
group was equipped with essential probes and transceivers. The B.C. coroner’s office is now investigating the death, although a coroner has not been on site. “In this case, safety-wise, it wasn’t suitable for any additional personnel to be on scene other than who was actually required to effect the recovery,” Moskaluk said. He adds the RCMP will help collect statements as the other skiers at the cabin return. Skiers who access the popular Kokanee Glacier cabin do so Bob Hall photo by winning a lotRCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk speaks with local tery. They stay seven nights, from Saturday media Monday morning. to Friday, in a season forced to turn back ter long fracture line. that runs from Janudue to poor weather. It’s not clear what trig- ary to April. According to gered it, nor whether Orientation is conRCMP, the slide oc- any of the other ski- ducted on the Saturcurred at Tanal Peak, ers besides the victim day, so this week’s faand was considered were actually caught tal slide occurred on a magnitude 2.5 ava- in it. the group’s first full lanche, with a 100-meMoskaluk says the day of skiing. It was a horrendous few days for avalanches in western Canada. Seven people from Calgary survived after being caught in a slide at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday, while two men were killed by an avalanche in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country. On Sunday the avalanche risk in the Kootenay Boundary was rated high in the alpine and considerable at and below treeline, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Today the risk is rated considerable at alpine, moderate at treeline, and low below treeline. Winter Driving Tip:
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News Kokanee Glacier Tragedy
Safety key in avalanche recovery GREG NESTEROFF Nelson Star Reporter
Veteran avalanche technician John Tweedy admits he was “kept awake a little bit” at night worrying whether an explosive charge he would set off might rebury the body of an avalanche victim. However, after reviewing pictures of the site in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, he saw the man was below the surface of the snow and covered with a tarp, and concluded any further avalanche activity would probably flow overtop. Tweedy, who recently retired from the Ministry of Transportation after 35 years, was brought in to help stabilize the slope where the Alberta man died and ensure the safety of the party that would go in to recover the body. When he first flew in on Sunday, he felt the terrain still posed a risk. It was windy, the area had received 10 cm of fresh snow, and temperatures were reasonably mild. “We ran out of daylight and weren’t able to do any avalanche control, so we didn’t allow the crew to go in to recover the individual,” he told reporters at the Nelson airport.
Bob Hall photo
Avalanche technicians John Tweedy (right) and John Buffery show media some of the explosive devices used in Monday’s recovery effort.
Expecting further avalanches, he and fellow technician John Buffery prepared the charges to be released from a helicopter. In heli-bombing, a fuse is lit, and then a stopwatch started. “We work for a minute and 30 sec-
onds. At that mark we back off and watch detonations. So we are eyes in the air watching to see if any avalanche activity is going to come down.” Tweedy says the body was in the middle of the slope, behind and to the north
of the Kokanee Glacier cabin. Although the avalanche risk was between considerable and high, Tweedy saw little evidence of natural slides on the flight in on Sunday. “Putting people on the slope is obviously enough of a trigger to create avalanches, whether it’s a backcountry skier, snowboarder, or snowmobiler,” he says. “It is touchy out there.” Buffery, a senior avalanche officer with the Ministry of Transportation, with 20 years experience, was the bombardier who placed the explosives on the slope while attached to the helicopter. A backcountry skier himself, he was working at Baldface Lodge this past weekend. “A lot of companies were out in the mountains and having a good time with their clients,” Buffery says. “We were not skiing challenging terrain, which was safer for us … If you can do it right, you can do it.” Tweedy noted Sunday’s fatality came 35 years to the day of an avalanche on the Kootenay Pass that killed three people, which kick-started the province’s avalanche control program.
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Nelson Speed Skating Club Hosts Meet This Weekend
The need for speed ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter
For the last 12 years, the Nelson Speed Skating Club has taught its members to fly down the ice, doing laps in 20 seconds or less. But aside from weekly practices, the club hasn’t had much chance to show off its competitive prowess at home.
“It’s going to give some of our kids who have never travelled to other towns a chance to race against different kids.” Jason Hartleb Club Head Coach
All that is about to change. This Saturday the speed skating club will host its first meet ever at the Nelson and District Community Complex. In addition to 31 local athletes, club president and head coach Jason Hartleb says he’s expecting skaters from Salmon Arm, Vernon and possibly Kelowna and Kamloops. Because the NDCC’s ice surface isn’t large enough for long-track speed skating, the club focuses on short-track races, as will the meet. In short track, several skaters compete at once, skating around the ice in a tight pack. “The distances will vary based on age,” says Hartleb. “The younger kids will
be doing races that are two to three laps long, and the masters will do up to 1,500 metres, which is 12 and a half laps.” With younger skaters able to make it around the NDCC in 20 seconds and masters skaters doing the same in about 11, races are fast and furious. But Hartleb says much of the appeal of speed skating isn’t competitive. “It’s about beating your personal best times,” he explains. “Even though in short track you’re skating with other skaters on the track, the most important thing is that every time you’re out there you skate faster. They all cheer each other on. It’s about beating your personal best.” Though speed skating events at the Vancouver Winter Olympics gave the club a boost in membership — the number of skaters has doubled this season — Hartleb says most people are still surprised the sport “is even an option” in West Kootenay. The closest clubs beyond the city are in Kimberley and the Okanagan Valley. Like many sports clubs in the region, the speed skaters have faced major trips whenever they’ve wanted to compete. “That’s why we decided to do a meet,” says Hartleb. “We’ll see how much interest we generate. It’s going to give some of our kids who have never travelled to other towns a chance to race against different kids.” The club’s first meet runs from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
KIJHL Stats League Standings
As of January 18 Neil Murdoch Division TEAM GP W L Castlegar 37 31 6 Beaver Valley 40 25 12 Nelson 39 21 16 Spokane 40 17 20 Grand Forks 38 7 29
T 0 0 0 1 0
OTL 0 3 2 2 1
P 62 53 44 37 15
Eddie Mountain Division TEAM GP W Fernie 40 33 Creston Valley 41 21 Golden 40 18 Kimberley 40 14 Columbia Val. 41 9
L 5 15 20 22 28
T 0 3 0 2 0
OTL 2 2 2 2 4
P 68 44 38 32 22
Okanagan Division TEAM GP Osoyoos 41 Kelowna 39 Princeton 41 Penticton 43
W 33 18 13 11
L 2 19 22 31
T 2 1 3 0
OTL 4 2 3 1
P 72 39 32 23
Doug Birks Division TEAM GP Revelstoke 40 Kamloops 40 N. Okanagan 39 Sicamous 38
W 32 21 15 13
L 7 17 22 20
T 0 0 1 1
OTL 1 2 1 4
P 65 44 32 31
Recent Scores Tuesday, January 11 Revelstoke 3 Kamloops 1 Columbia Valley 4 Kimberley 1 Wednesday, January 12 Nelson 5 Grand Forks 4 Sicamous 4 North Okanagan 5 Osoyoos 5 Penticton 3 Andrea Klassen photo
Upcoming Games Wednesday, January 19 Revelstoke at Sicamous Kelowna at North Okanagan Princeton at Osoyoos Thursday, January 20 Nelson at Grand Forks Columbia Valley at Fernie Friday, January 21 Kamloops at Princeton Kelowna at Nelson North Okanagan at Columbia Valley Creston Valley at Kimberley Castlegar at Spokane Fernie at Golden
TOP: Patrick Courtney and Jordan Rakuson-Buerge do laps at a Nelson Speed Skating Club practice for skaters 5 to 11 years old. BOTTOM: Berand Platja (right) gets an early lead during a training race.
Nelson Leafs Leaders PLAYER Gavin Currie Colton Schell Joel Stewart Marcus Dahl Riley Henderson Braeden Hikichi Patrick Martens Jeff Hodgkinson Taylor O’Neil
As of January 19 Position GP Forward 33 Forward 38 Forward 33 Forward 34 Defence 31 Defence 37 Forward 36 Forward 31 Defence 39
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Home Fri. Jan. 21 7:00 PM
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G 17 15 14 8 4 4 12 8 4
A 26 19 17 14 17 14 5 9 13
P 43 34 30 22 21 18 17 17 17
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Local Scoreboard Soccer Quest Winter KOOTENAY CO-OP 8/9 YOUTH G W T L ENGLAND 2 2 0 0 JAPAN 2 2 0 0 ARGENTINA 2 0 0 2 CAMEROON 2 0 0 2
WK Minor Hockey P 6 6 0 0
KOOTENAY GLASS 10/11 YOUTH GHANA 1 1 1 0 MEXICO 1 0 1 0 SPAIN 1 0 1 0 CHILE 1 0 1 1 2 FOR 1 PIZZA 12/13 YOUTH NEW ZEALAND 2 1 1 0 NIGERIA 2 1 1 0 BRAZIL 2 1 0 1 GERMANY 2 0 0 2
4 4 3 0
NELSON STAR 14/16YOUTH CANADA 2 2 0 0 IVORY COAST 2 1 0 1 NETHERLANDS 2 1 0 1 URUGUAY 2 0 0 2
3 3 3 0
3 1 1 0
JACKSONâ€™S HOLE MENS MASTERS REAL NELSON 12 10 1 1 31 ABACUS 12 9 1 2 28 BIA BORO 12 7 0 5 21 JACKSONâ€™S HOLE 12 7 0 5 21 RED DOG 12 6 0 6 18 TED ALLENâ€™S 12 4 0 8 12 SLOCAN 12 4 0 8 12 MIX TEAM 12 0 0 12 0 THE BRIDGE LADIES REC CREAMERS 12 11 1 SCORNETS 12 6 1 DIRTY DOZEN 12 5 1 FINLEYâ€™S JIGGERS 12 4 4 RED DOG 12 4 0 4 PLAY 12 2 1 FINLEYS CO-ED LEAGUE MARSHMALLOW 11 9 0 NEON INDIANS 11 8 0 PREMIUM 11 7 0 SHABANGS 11 3 1 GAZELLES 11 3 0 THE EXPRESS 11 2 1 FINLEYS MENâ€™S OPEN INNKEEPERS 12 8 2 KOOTENAY CO-OP 12 7 1 THE ACTION 12 7 0 YOUNG GUNS 12 6 1 EAST SHORE 12 4 1 SELKIRK 12 1 1
0 5 6 4 8 9
2 3 4 6 8 8
2 4 5 5 7 10
34 19 16 16 12 7
27 24 21 10 9 7
26 22 21 19 13 4
Thursday Menâ€™s Curling February Cup Results Marsh defeated Davidson Larsen defeated Wiess LayďŹ eld defeated Barnhart Wudkevich defeated Boyce Meadows defeated Duncan Haynes defeated Richardson
BC Major Midget
ATOM HOUSE TEAM GP W L Castlegar 3 10 10 0 Castlegar 2 11 10 1 Rossland/Trail 2 11 8 2 Castlegar 1 7 7 0 Grand Forks 1 10 6 3 Rossland/Trail 1 9 6 3 Rossland/Trail 3 8 5 3 Nelson A 8 4 3 Nelson B 11 4 6 Nelson C 8 2 4 Beaver Valley 2 9 3 6 Grand Forks 2 10 2 7 Kaslo 9 1 7 Beaver Valley 1 9 1 7 Nakusp 10 1 9 Boundary 10 0 9
T 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 1
P 20 20 17 14 13 12 10 9 9 6 6 5 3 3 2 1
PEE WEE HOUSE Rossland/Trail 1 12 9 2 Castlegar 2 10 7 1 Nakusp 10 7 1 Nelson 2 9 6 1 Nelson 1 7 5 1 Rossland/Trail 2 10 5 5 Kaslo 10 3 6 Nelson 3 6 2 4 Castlegar 1 9 1 8 Rossland/Trail 3 8 1 7 Beaver Valley 11 0 10
1 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
19 16 16 14 11 10 7 4 2 2 1
PEE WEE REP Spokane A 8 7 1 Nelson Leafs 10 5 4 Rossland/Trail 7 5 1 Castlegar 7 5 2 Grand Forks 8 1 6 Spokane B 12 1 10
0 1 1 0 1 1
14 11 11 10 3 3
BANTAM HOUSE Rossland/Trail 1 9 8 0 Rossland/Trail 2 10 5 2 Nelson 1 7 5 2 Nelson 2 9 5 4 Castlegar 9 5 4 Boundary 10 5 5 Beaver Valley 9 4 4 Grand Forks 8 2 5 Kaslo 9 1 8 Castlegar 8 1 7
1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
17 13 10 10 10 10 9 4 2 2
BANTAM REP Nelson Leafs 4 4 0 Spokane 8 2 4 Castlegar 4 0 2
0 2 2
8 4 2
MIDGET HOUSE Boundary 9 8 1 Kaslo 9 6 2 Rossland/Trail 10 5 4 Castlegar 8 3 4 Beaver Valley 10 3 6 Nelson 6 3 3 Nakusp 9 3 6 Rossland/Trail 9 2 7
0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
16 13 11 7 7 6 6 4
MIDGET REP Nakusp 9 9 0 Nelson Leafs 7 3 4 Grand Forks 8 3 5 Rossland/Trail 6 0 6
0 0 0 0
18 6 6 0
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Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Team Mountain Hound National Sales Gericks Terratherma Abacus Fortis B.C. NDCU Ward Engineering Granite Pointe
Pts 123 121 118 117 110 108 101 89 85
TEAM Valley West Vcr. NW Giants Vcr. Canadians Cariboo South Island Vcr. NE Chiefs North Island Fraser Valley Okanagan Kootenay Ice Thompson
GP 30 28 30 30 30 28 28 30 28 28 30
W 20 19 19 19 12 10 9 9 10 6 1
L 4 4 7 10 11 11 13 15 15 16 28
T 6 5 4 1 7 7 6 6 3 6 1
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KOOTENAY MIDGET ICE SCORING GP G A P PM Dryden Hunt 28 13 21 34 40 Luke Bertolucci 28 12 18 30 4 Jesse Knowler 22 16 12 28 8 D. Georgopoulos 28 18 9 27 10 Carsen Willians 28 8 13 21 45 Jake Luccini 28 6 10 16 16 Jacob Boyczuk 28 5 9 14 42 Matthew Carr 26 2 11 13 22 Joren Johnson 28 2 6 8 28 Ben Betker 28 1 7 8 52
Female AAA Midget TEAM Thompson/Okan. Fraser Valley Koot. Wildcats Vancouver Prince George
GP 19 19 19 19 20
W 15 11 7 6 3
L 3 6 10 9 14
T 1 2 2 4 3
P 31 24 16 16 9
KOOTENAY WILDCAT SCORING GP G A P PM Shea Weighill 19 11 9 20 20 Daley Oddy 19 7 10 17 20 Aimee DiBella 17 9 6 15 57 Hailey McLean 19 6 5 11 10 Shannon Hall 19 3 7 10 12 Kiana Strand 19 6 4 10 8
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KIJHL Leaders POINTS Player Team Thierry Martine Osoyoos Thomas Abenante Fernie Scott Morisseau Fernie Stefan Jensen Osoyoos Joshua MacDonald Golden
P 70 70 68 66 61
GOALS Player Team Thierry Martine Osoyoos Stefan Jensen Osoyoos Thomas Fairall Golden Ryan Aynsley Castlegar Cale Wright Fernie
G 35 35 31 28 28
ASSISTS Player Team Thomas Abenante Fernie Scott Morisseau Fernie Mike Wiest Castlegar Thierry Martine Osoyoos Joshua MacDonald Golden
A 46 42 39 35 34
PENALTY MINUTES Player Team Olli Dickson Kimberley Jacob Halderman Col. Valley Taylor Oâ€™Neil Nelson Colton Malmsten Nelson Zachary Baba Fernie
PM 305 260 228 218 199
GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE Player Team Alex Ross Castlegar Fraser Abdallah Fernie Andrew Walton Fernie Kyle Laslo Osoyoos Lynden Stanwood Kamloops
AVG 1.97 2.02 2.07 2.11 2.79
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Emergency Room Redevelopment Project contractors, represented by Fred Makortoff of Trimak Consulting and Steve Nezaticky of Yellowridge Construction, recognized the projectâ€™s value to the community when they pulled together to donate $3,720 to the KLH Foundation for important equipment for the new emergency department. We wish them continued success and a warm worksite.
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Tough start for Winters Nelson skip drops a pair of opening matches at the provincial championship in Cloverdale, but confident her team can bounce back and make a run ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter
They had a rocky start, but skip Jill Winters was confident her rink could dig itself out of a 0-2 hole as it entered the second day of the 2011 B.C. Womenâ€™s Curling Championship in Cloverdale. â€œOur teamâ€™s still positive. We still have lots of curling left,â€? Winters said. â€œOther teams have lost two games... weâ€™re still in a position that we can get it together.â€? The weeklong tournament got off to a rough start Monday, with Winters receiving a 13-3 thumping from Richmondâ€™s Kristy Lewis rink. Though Wintersâ€™ team was up 3-2 after five ends, she said an unfamiliar ice surface was giving both teams some trouble. â€œNobody was really capitalizing on opportunities,â€? she said. â€œAnd we came out after the fifth end and the Lewis team just got their draw weight down and were able to make shots a little bit better than we were.â€? A second Monday game against Prince Georgeâ€™s Jen Fewster saw the team continue to struggle with what Winters described as â€œreally quick and really curlyâ€? ice. â€œYou really have to make a concentrated effort to come out a lot slower and be a little quieter at draw weight,â€? she added. â€œWe were getting ourselves into a bit of a hole, and by the time it came to my shots I wasnâ€™t really looking at very much for opportunities.â€?
Boaz Joseph/Black Press photo
Winters in action during Day One of the provincial playdowns. The Nelson residentâ€™s West Kootenay team struggled out of the gate.
The Fewster rink went on to win 10-2, leaving Wintersâ€™ team in the bottom three along with the Thompson rink from Kamloops and Nanaimoâ€™s Backe rink. But Winters thought her team was starting to get a handle on the tricky ice surface, and a rebound could be on the way. â€œItâ€™s just a few little tweaks. Itâ€™s literally six feet shorter or six feet longer on a draw,â€? she said. â€œReally minor adjustments we need to make that I think are going to make a big difference.â€? Today Winters will face off against two of the highest
ranked rinks in the tournament, including Kelly Scottâ€™s Kelowna rink â€” the tournamentâ€™s defending champion. â€œThat will be our big test,â€? said Winters. â€œSometimes you really play up to those teams, though, which is a nice thing.â€? Wintersâ€™ rink also features Trailâ€™s Samantha Almquist at third, Natalie Nowicki at second, Castlegarâ€™s Heather Nichol playing lead, and coach Terri Richardson. The team will be on the ice at 12 and 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, with a final round robin game at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The semifinal and final are set for Saturday and Sunday.
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Nelson pair off to provincials ANDREA KLASSEN Nelson Star Reporter
Two Nelson curlers will represent the region in the B.C. senior menâ€™s provincials for the second year in a row. Garry Beaudry, who plays third for Castlegarâ€™s Nichol rink, and Mark Buerge, a second on Trailâ€™s Ferguson rink, both qualified for the provincial tournament at an inter-regional playdown in Kimberley January 7 to 9.
While the Ferguson rink cruised to an A-side victory, winning all three of its matches, Beaudryâ€™s rink had a rougher start to the weekend. â€œWe went out and got absolutely spanked in the first game,â€? says Beaudry of his teamâ€™s 11-5 loss to Kimberleyâ€™s Larson rink. â€œWe were on the wrong side of the inch all night, and playing a local team. They knew how the ice worked and the rocks worked and we strug-
gled that first night.â€? The loss dropped the rink into the B-side competition. But after their initial struggle, the team came back to win its next four games and secure the second provincial qualifying spot. â€œIt just felt like we were in control of most of the games after that,â€? says Beaudry. â€œThere were a few good, Story continues to â€˜Starâ€™ on Page 27
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and have gotten a little bit older, that’s who you’re playing against.” Last year both teams came out of provincials with 1-6 records, and Beaudry says his rink is hoping to improve enough to come home with more wins than losses this time around. The senior men’s provincial runs February 21 to 25.
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This year’s senior men’s provincial takes the two rinks to Kamloops, where Beaudry says he’s expecting tough competition. “You’ve got a lot of former world champions there, you’ve got former B.C. champions,” he says. “All the people who did the men’s and went to the Candians and Worlds
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Continued from Page 26 game-changing shots in every game, and it wasn’t always the same person making them. Sometimes it was our skip, sometimes it was me, sometimes it was the second or our lead that made them. I think with the whole team curling well it was just a good, strong contribution by everybody.”
Provincials set to be a star-studded affair
Despite a valiant effort in the third period, it was Spokane who held the edge, scoring two goals to capture the 6-4 victory. Despite the loss, Nelson made a vast improvement over the previous weekend when they lost 8-0 to the same Spokane team. The American team currently leads the West Kootenay Minor Hockey League pee wee rep division.
After struggling for several games, the Nelson Pee Wee Rep club showed signs of life this past weekend against a powerhouse Spokane team. In the Saturday afternoon contest at the Nelson and District Community Complex, the locals scored first when Nakusp-based forward Ever-
ett Hicks beat Spokane starter Ben Page with just over six minutes remaining in the opening period. Before the period was over, Spokane answered back quickly with two of their own on Nelson starter Curt Doyle. A big second period by Nelson saw Aigne McGeadyBruce, Taylor Cooper and Logan Mengler score to knot the score at 4-4 after 40 minutes.
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to three weeks. Leafs leading scorer Gavin Currie is also out again due to an upper body injury. He’s also expected back in about two weeks. With both players headed back, Shaw says there’s a confidence boost for his team on the way in the near future. “It’s a pretty exciting thought to see what Gavin Currie and Dustin Johnson can do on a line together,” he adds, referring to the Leafs’ BCHL acquisition, who’s picked up six goals in his first five appearances.
team is a much better team than what they had last year, and they made some pretty good acquisitions.” The game will see goaltender Marcus Beesley get some backup for the first time in several games, in the form of emergency relief player Brandon Amatto. Hailing from Spokane, Amatto played in the NAHL last season for the Texas Tornados. Regular goalie Darren Hogg is still out nursing a lower body injury, though Shaw says he’s expecting him back in two
Grand Forks has battled hard against the Leafs recently.
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The Grand Forks Border Bruins nearly beat the Nelson Junior Leafs when they met last week. But head coach Chris Shaw says he doesn’t plan on giving the Bruins the revenge they’re looking for when the two teams tangle Thursday. “We’ve talked about how Grand Forks never gives up, and you have to really compete against them for the entire 60 minutes, and I think that’s what we’re bringing back to the table going into Grand Forks,” says Shaw. The Bruins nearly pulled ahead of the Leafs last Wednesday, rallying in second and third and leaving the final score 5-4. They did the same on their next outing against the Spokane Braves, with a 4-3 loss. “It’s just something we have to adjust with our boys,” says Shaw. “I completely think that [Grand Forks head coach Jesse Dorrans] had that team progress and he’s done a really good job with them. This
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Stanley Jackson k Stanley Jackson, of Harrop H BC, passed away peacefully c in his sleep att the Kootenay lake hospital. s Stan was preceded ed by his wife Margret Ann Hartenberger. Hee has left behind 2 sons, s Kris (Susan) of Fort McMurray M Alberta, and Ken (Shannon) S of St Albert Alberta. ta He will also be remembered e by his 4 grandchildren, Timothy, T Alicia, Mathew, and Luke, who will forever keep him m in their hearts as well as countless other h family members and friends of which he willl be deeply missed. As per Stan’s b no funeral f l and d cremation ti h request, there willll be has already taken place. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made to Canadian cancer society or the Canadian diabetes association. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. On line condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca.
April 19 - 2001 January 8, 2011 Bart passed away peacefully in his home with his adoptive parents at his side on January 8, 2011. Bart was born in the Yukon Territory and spent most of his life in Whitehorse. Although he loved the wilderness surroundings of the north, he was in some ways happiest roaming the trails and streets of lower Fairview in Nelson during his last two years of life. It was here that Bart made countless friends and acquaintances. We would like to thank those Fairview friends for their well wishes and support during Bart’s short battle with cancer. Thanks also to Dr. Chris Chart, Dr. Kelly Fraser and all the staff at Selkirk Veterinary Hospital for their care and compassion. Bart, you will be truly missed and forever in our hearts.
Carl Nygaard 1920 – 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, grandpa (papa) and great-grandpa. Dad was born in Pollockville, Alberta on November 20, 1920. The family moved to the Creston area and lived there for many years but as a young man, Dad returned to help his brothers farm in southern Alberta. Dad served as a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed in England and North Africa. Dad and our mom Eileen were married on August 14, 1953 and they farmed and raised seven children in the Rolling Hills area until 1957 when they moved to BC. Dad and Mom were long time residents of Castlegar, South Slocan, Balfour and Nelson area. Dad was one of the pioneers in the development of the Castlegar Golf Course and was the first groundskeeper. He later worked at West Kootenay Power and Light, and after retirement worked part-time for the CBC in maintenance. Dad will always be remembered for his love of baseball, fishing, travelling, and working outside in the woods and most of all, his love for his family. Dad is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eileen, his seven children Glen (Lorraine) Shuttleworth, Neil (Patt) Shuttleworth, Lana (Ken) Matson, Earl (Chris) Nygaard, Karla (Charlie) Bourgeois, Wanda (Neil) Erickson, Marvin (Tammy) Nygaard, twenty-one grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. Dad was predeceased by his mother, father, and nine brothers and sisters. At Dad’s request there will be no service. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we gratefully ask that a donation be made to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society, 809 Davies Street, Nelson, BC., V1L 3T6. Mom and the family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Trevor Janz and the awesome staff at Mountain Lake, as well as Dr. Keith Bridger and Linda for their kind and compassionate care for Dad. He was a great Dad!!! Thompson Funeral Service was in care of arrangements. On line condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca
included a wide variety of western plants — most notably, the Douglas fir — which were then introduced into English and European markets. Audiences of the West Kootenay can look forward to a slideshow presentation entitled “David Douglas on the 49th Parallel” that focuses on the landscape that Douglas saw during his time in the Interior. The show will also concentrate on the people of the Interior who showed him how the landscape worked. “Many of Douglas’ routes are the same routes pioneered by David Thompson, the subject of my previous biography, so I’d been visiting these areas for years,” says Nisbet. “The real adventure for me was
Donald Ralph Crichton February 6, 1919 - January 5, 2011 Don passed away peacefully in his sleep, in his home, exactly as he had wished, in Nelson BC. Don was a wonderful man in so many ways. He was a strong advocate for natural and alternative health care. He lived the lifestyle that he preached, fully, with intent and resolve. Don would occasionally enlighten others, when concerned for their well being, often with positive results and always with the best of intentions. Don had a strong will and focused opinion, which created quick clarity as to his views, a testament to his strength of character. We all remember him as such a fun, loving man. He loved poetry, French folk songs, playing the ukulele and leading group songs. He was always the life of the party and had a way of creating camaraderie amongst a group. Don was also a passionate inventor. His children can name many of his inventions including the “blab off ”, a precursor to the mute button. These projects kept Don’s creative mind occupied and were a great source of conversation and speculation. Don was born in Ottawa Ontario, the youngest of four children. He was a Navigator in the RCAF during World War II, and became a Flight Lieutenant by the end of the war. Don graduated from Queen’s University in 1947 as a mechanical engineer. He married June Mullan in 1945. They lived in Pointe Claire, Quebec for 45 years before moving to Nelson, BC in 1996. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife June, and their five daughters, Gail (Stevie), Carolyn (Otis), Debbie (Dana), Cindy (Sal), Shelley (Norman), 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. At Don’s request there will not be a funeral. And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass Among the Guests Star-scattered on the Grass, And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot Where I made one-turn down an empty Glass! -Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
going to these sites in the same week during the year that Douglas had visited them. I’d often be astonished by how much that he found was still there.” Douglas was the first European visitor (Scots-born) whose sole job was to investigate the natural history of the Northwest. He travelled throughout the region — racking up 7,032 miles by foot, boat and horse — collecting 650 species in the Pacific Northwest alone that were catalogued and sent back to England. Nisbet is the author of several works that explore the human landscape of the
Intermountain West, including Purple Flat Top, Singing Grass Burning Sage and Visible Bones, as well as two books about fur agent and cartographer David Thompson: Sources of the River and The Mapmaker’s Eye. The slideshow presentations take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History and at 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, in room Sentinel 113 at Selkirk College’s Castlegar campus. Admission is free. Visit selkirk.ca/events for more information.
Mickey Padowinikoﬀ It is with such great sorrow that the family of Mickey Padowinikoﬀ of Slocan Park announces his passing, following a brave ﬁght with cancer, on Monday, January 3, 2011 at Kootenay Lake Hospital, blessed with 71 years of life. Mickey was born in Winlaw on January 2, 1940 to parents Mary and Mike Padowinikoﬀ, one of 4 children. On June 22, 1963 Mickey married Anne Verigin, living their entire lives in Slocan Park and raising a son and daughter. Mickey spent most of his working career in the excavating business and driving trucks. He was predeceased by his father Mike and sister Mary Zaytsoﬀ. Left to mourn his loss are his loving wife of 48 years Anne, son Barry (Victoria), daughter Shelly Ann and grandson Eddie, mother Mary, brothers Fred (Sally) and Bill, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Private funeral services were held at Castlegar Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 7, 2011 followed by interment at Slocan Park Cemetery. “MICKEY, REST IN PEACE IN GOD’S LOVING ARMS.” “WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU.” The family would like to thank Drs. Walker, MacKay and Malpass for their love and compassion for Mickey. A special thank you to Cheryl Hicks and the nurses in chemotherapy and the nurses on the third ﬂoor for their loving care of Mickey. The family also extend their gratitude to all their relatives, friend and neighbours for their love and support during this diﬃcult time, to the Slocan Park ladies for the wonderful meal, to the grave-diggers for preparing Mickey’s ﬁnal resting place, to the casketbearers and to Bill Strilaeﬀ and staﬀ of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. The family also wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to auntie Nellie Popoﬀ and to Mickey’s brother Fred for their guidance. Anne Padowinikoﬀ and family.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Dix makes it six for NDP TOM FLETCHER Black Press Victoria Bureau
Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix entered the NDP leadership race Monday at a Vancouver elementary school he campaigned to keep open, with a list of MLAs and other prominent party members supporting him. â€œI had high hopes to serve in a government led by Carole James â€” a great leader who should have become British Columbiaâ€™s first elected woman premier,â€? Dix said in notes for his address. â€œI am committed to party unity â€”
Iâ€™ve always been a team player â€” and now Iâ€™m asking for the opportunity to be your team leader.â€? Supporting Dix are three Surrey MLAs, Harry Bains, Sue Hammell and Bruce Ralston, along with Vancouver East MP Libby Davies, VancouverKingsway MP Don Davies and former MP Svend Robinson. Dix is the sixth candidate to enter the race to replace James, pushed out last year. He launched his campaign on the last day for party members to sign up and be eligible to vote in a province-wide leadership election on April 17.
Dix vowed to win the next election and then â€œlead British Columbia into a more progressive futureâ€? by redistributing wealth. â€œAnalysis from all over the developed world demonstrates that the polarization of wealth and power and the growth of poverty have very significant financial and social costs for the entire community â€” not just for the poor, but the rich too,â€? he said. â€œAnd there is no question that Kevin Falcon or Christy Clark would increase the costs imposed on our children and our communities by the growing divide in our society.â€?
Kootenay Pass closure compounds problem Continued from Page 1 He adds early indications suggest the ruptured line was not on the drawings the contractor was using. In the midst of this, an East Shore man was stuck in line on the Balfour side suffering from diabetic distress. Ambulances were called from both Nelson and Kaslo, while Nelson Search and Rescue dispatched a boat to evacuate him. However, the manâ€™s conditioned worsened. Before the boat arrived, Terasen crews gave the go ahead to let the Nelson ambulance through. â€œWe didnâ€™t quite get there in time,â€? says search and rescueâ€™s Al Craft. â€œWe were minutes behind with the boat and ready to do it, but in the end didnâ€™t.â€? Craft says it took them about 20 minutes to reach Longbeach, and when they arrived, they could smell gas strongly from the lake. He adds they practiced a water evacuation last summer at the north end of Kootenay Lake, in the event of a slide blocking the Lardeau bluffs. â€œIt worked out really well,â€? he says. â€œWeâ€™re pretty well rigged to do that kind of thing. Weâ€™ve got night vision and radar on the boat.â€? The man was taken to hospital, where heâ€™s in stable condition. In the meantime, Mathieson alerted the Harrop and Kootenay Lake ferries to advise people to turn around. Still, â€œwe heard traffic was backed up all the way to Nelson, right to the bridge.â€?
Making matters worse, the Kootenay Pass was closed for several hours Monday due to avalanche control, as was Highway 31A between Kaslo and New Denver. Mathieson says some drivers turned back from one closure only to run into another, and many spent hours waiting in line. The Kootenay Lake ferry continued to run until 1 a.m. to deal with the traffic backlog. Balfour firefighters finally knocked off around 2:30 a.m. â€œIt was a long day,â€? Mathieson says. â€œI work on the ferry, so I started at 4:30 in the morning. But nobody was hurt. Thatâ€™s the main thing.â€? Terasen crews worked through the night to repair the damage. They expected to finish yesterday afternoon, but then had to return to every house to turn the gas back on. Company spokeswoman Amy Diaz says extra crews were brought in, for a total of 21 people on site. They will be looking into the cause of the line break. â€œWe always investigate after the fact,â€? she told the Star Tuesday morning. â€œRight now weâ€™re just concentrating on restoring service.â€? She adds if they find proper procedures werenâ€™t followed, they will try to recover their costs. Nelson Hydro says WorkSafe BC has been notified and an investigation is underway. â€œUpgrading at this site will not resume until the incident investigation has been com-
pleted,â€? the power company said in a release. Procter resident Jodi Wouters was among those unable to get home as result of the incident. In Nelson for a hockey practice with her two sons, she heard about the closure at the rink when her mother phoned to say her uncle was stuck in the line-up. Since the DriveBC website showed it wouldnâ€™t re-open before midnight, they decided to stay in town. â€œWe thought about driving around the other way through New Denver/Kaslo, but it had just opened as well and it was pretty sketchy,â€? she says. â€œThe thought of driving through that section with the kids was not something I was going to risk.â€? She wasnâ€™t too bothered by the inconvenience. â€œThose things happen. Itâ€™s no different than a car accident or bad roads, you just deal with it. You canâ€™t stress about something like that and the boys had a great midweek adventure.â€? They spent the night at the Best Western, where all 70 rooms were full by 8:30 p.m., according to front desk clerk Sharon Keus. â€œOverall, people were in a good mood,â€? she says. â€œThey were happy to have a place to come to. But being held up in a few hours of traffic couldnâ€™t have been enjoyable.â€? She says some people were headed Calgary but forced to turn around. â€” With files from Bob Hall
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