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Skiers and boarders hitting up Rossland on Saturday for opening day were impressed with Red Mountain Resort’s higher elevation conditions. On top of the skier’s good reports, Rossland has also stayed cool the last few days, with snow falling Yesterday afternoon. The resort said last week that they have an alpine base of 140 cm on the upper slopes of the mountain, and called it one of their best early season bases in over five years. Red Resort had Paradise, Motherlode, Silverlode and magic carpet running this past weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info on Red Resort or for the most up to date ski conditions, go to Rossland and Nelson’s hills are also currently up against Crested Butte in Powder Magazine’s Snow Town Throwdown. Vote on Powder’s Facebook page.

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Neighbours to the empty Cooke Avenue lot had a chance to have their thoughts and conYour Horoscope For the Week cerns heard on an amendment with Michael O’Connor inside OffiAdvertiser cial Community Horoscope theto Westthe Kootenay Plan. The amendment would For the Week RosslandNews_Dec6to Jan10.pdf 3:59:01 allow11/19/2012 the lot to be PM rezoned into with Michael O’Connor C: 250-512-1153

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a 24 unit housing complex. The lot has been vacant for some years now. Developer Cezary Ksiazek hopes to build a total of 24 units on the property while keeping the price tags of the units below $300,000, the amount deemed ‘affordable.’ The input session followed an information session last

week where details of the plan were discussed. The input session only concerned the amendment to the OCP, and so Mayor Greg Granstrom kept the discussion on that topic, and away from the building part of it. The city received one written submission, from Kimberley Joines, in which she expresses

her concern about the development. Ormond Jobin, who lives with Joines echoed the concerns. He said he feels like his back is in a corner with this emotional issue. “I’m saddened for the failure to purchase the old lot for next to nothing and do something amazing for all of Rossland,”

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Jobin said. “The possibilities were endless. We could have had an amazing park, skatepark, playground for families, the list goes on for what we could have done for Rossland to set us apart from surrounding communities.” Jody Ouimet read a letter from the Rossland Chamber of See amendment on P. 3


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nancy GREEnE hut cREW Once again, it’s time to make sure our favorite huts around

Nancy Greene Summit are ready for the snow season. If you would like to help cut firewood, make interesting repairs, or just learn where the huts are, get some exercise, and help put the “party” in work party, contact Les Carter at 250-362-5677, retrac01@telus. net.

nol infoRmation mEEtinG Neighbourhood of Learning Committee is having an in-

formation meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. at RSS to discuss the February 2013 SD20 final decision on K-12 in Rossland. Come find out what’s happening and what needs to be done before then.

Rossland fiGuRE skatinG club Winter registration. Would your children like to

learn to skate? Email for more info about RFSC.

Rossland GoldEn city Quilt Guild meets every Monday. The guild meets at the Se-

nior Centre on Rossland Avenue from 7-9 p.m.

kootEnay cup postponEd The cup has been postponed into the New Year due to lack

of snow at the Black Jack Ski Club lower runs. The event was supposed to be Dec. 15 and 16. Go to from more info.

GoldEn city lions: The Lions meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each

month at 6 p.m. at the Rossland Legion. Contact W. Profili at 362-7671

school distRict 20 mEEtinG Next regular open board meeting is Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Blueberry Creek Community School. city council: Next regular meeting is Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Rossland Radio co-op: Open house every Monday from 3-7 p.m. followed by station

meeting at 7 p.m. More info:

Rossland REtiREEs cuRlinG club invites men and women interested in curling on

tRail maplE lEaf band Monday evening practices 7 - 9 p.m. in the McIntyre Room at the Cominco Memorial Centre. Brass and woodwind players welcomed. For more info, contact Andrea McKay, 362-7604.

JoE hill coffEEhousE Joe Hill Coffee House takes place the third Sunday of each

Rossland skatEpaRk committEE 6-8 pm, first Tuesday each month at the Rossland Library. Come be part of the process.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., to call Bill at 362-9462 or Jim at 364-1051. Beginners are welcomed!

month starting in September. It carries a great Rossland tradition into a new season. The music starts at 7 p.m. in the Rossland Miners’ Hall, in a relaxing cafe setting with coffee, tea and good things to eat. Don’t miss the opening event of another season of fun! Les Carter, 250-362-5677,

opEn mic niGht at the Flying Steamshovel every Wednesday at 9 p.m.

lEGion The Rossland Legion is open. Go in and check out their newly renovated


scEnEstudio: Acting for All! Rossland’s new acting school is open and offers ongo-

ing programming. Professionally trained in Theatre and Film and TV, working actors, G. Michael and Alicia Gray, teach these exciting and educational classes. 2010 Washington (in the historic BMO Building) (250)521-1559

libRaRy stoRytimE: Drop-in storytime for 3-5 year olds. Fridays from 10:15 - 10:45

a.m., Sept. 7- Dec. 21. Contact Lynn Amann at 362-7611 for more info. Free.

tRail sEa cadEts: Ages 12-18 Meets every Tuesday 6pm-9pm at the 44th Trail Ar-

mory in Shaver’s Bench. 1990 - 7th Ave Contact Richard Chanig at 250-364-6247.



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scoutinG For boys and girls, now at the Rossland Scout Hall. Beavers (ages 5,6,7)

Tuesdays. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thursdays. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063.

columbia distRict GiRl GuidEs Columbia District Girl Guides has units from Ross-

land to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

ycdc youth niGhts Free drop-in, 1504 Cedar Ave, Trail. Call 364-3322 or contact Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.

Royal canadian lEGion bR. # 14 Rossland General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on

the third Wed. of every month. All members of Branch #14 are asked to attend.

RotaRy club of Rossland: Weekly meetings at the Rock Cut Pub, Mon., 6-8pm. All

welcome! Contact John Sullivan, 362-5278.

GEnEaloGy West Kootenay Family Historians, 7pm, first Monday each month, Sept to

June, SHSS, Castlegar. Annual fee $10. Contact Jean, 365-8100, or Grace, 364-1426.

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-Commerce, which supports the rezoning proposal. “This proposal is according to the City’s Official Community Plan, the City’s vision for the future growth and development of the community, and it reflects the ideas and input of the people that live and work in Rossland,” Ouimet read. “Cezary’s plan is to build multi family town homes with affordability in mind to keep the costs as low as possible in order to attract young families. The attraction of young families to our community is essential to sustain our current school and community population and local businesses. This project would also create jobs in our community.” Patricia Marshall Thompson, who has worked with the Sustainability Commission and Regional Attainable Housing Committee worried that the word ‘affordability’ is vague with respects to its association to the project. “I think it has not been clearly defined,” Thompson said. “Perhaps different perceptions about the word affordability have made people attribute qualities to the development that may not be there.” She said that housing can be considered affordable if monthly shelter costs do not exceed 30 per cent of gross household income. “So, for housing ownership that would be the mortgage principal, interest and property tax,” she said, then asked if the City of Rossland has a definition for it. “It’s not clear if it will be affordable or attainable, those numbers are not in front of us,” she said. “It’s not clear that putting 24 homes on that site will attain any level of affordability. Perhaps an alternative it’s that it is developed with 16 single family homes,

Cezary Ksiazek explains his plans at Rossland City Council Monday. The City held a Public input session on an amendment which would see the Cooke Avenue School lot rezoned for multi housing units. Arne Petryshen photo

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speaking with a bank manager form CIBC. “She told me: If you build something one dollar more than $300,000, you (won’t) sell,” he said, quoting that most mortgages are not accepted if they are over $300,000. In terms of building time he said he has no idea. “Probably no one can answer how long this takes,” he said. “Before I can start building, I have to do the final project -all development, where the units will be exactly, next put water and sewer which costs at least $350,000, which will also be beneficial to the city.” Next he would have to pre-sell. He doesn’t expect that to happen by next summer, but once the land is rezoned, he can ask investors for more money and head to the next step. “We have to do something to bring more people here,” he said.

Notice of 2013 Regular Council Meeting Schedule Section 127 of the Community Charter requires that a schedule of the date, time and place of all regular council meetings to be held during the year be prepared and made available to the public. • Regular Meetings of Council will take place at Rossland City Hall, 1899 Columbia Avenue. • Regular Meetings of Council will be held on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, unless otherwise posted. • Regular Meeting of Council which occur on statutory holidays may be rescheduled or cancelled by resolution of Council. • Regular Meetings of Council shall be called to order at 7:00 pm

ways get input to the school district. The district will be taking written submissions until Jan. 4. There will then be the School District Rossland Public Forum on Jan. 15 at the Rossland Secondary gym at 6:30 p.m. Jennifer Ellis, from the Neighbourhood of Learning committee, said she hopes Rossland can get involved, as it is a very important time for the city and there is only a short

Neighbourhood of Learning (NOL) will be hosting an information meeting to discuss the school closure process at Rossland Secondary School on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The committee will provide details on the process, as well provide information on

2013 Regular Council Meeting Schedule: Monday - January 14, 2013 Monday - January 28, 2013 Tuesday - February 12, 2013**** Monday - February 25, 2013 Monday - March 11, 2013 Monday – March 25, 2013 Monday - April 8, 2013 Monday - April 22, 2013 Monday - May 13, 2013 Monday - May 27, 2013 Monday - June 10, 2013

amount of time to get submissions in. “We want to give people an overview of where we’re at, what the decision is and what the main factors are,” Ellis said. “We also want to give people an opportunity to ask questions, because it is a complex issue.” The NOL information meeting is next Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Rossland Secondary School Gymnasium. 2013





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and two of those are attainability restricted for families that would qualify and the City would set that criteria.” The City could then create restrictions. For instance, they could state that the property could only be bought and sold at 10 per cent below the market value, to ensure that it remains attainable for those who meet the requirements. Thompson said that there was a need for this type of housing in Rossland. She stated a 2006 study that showed over 18 per cent of households were spending more that 40 per cent of their gross income on housing. Ksiazek came forward during the input session saying that he still wanted to work on both the City and his proposals, as he felt neither was perfect. He did say that he feels the rezoning is in accordance to the OCP. Ksiazek said that in terms of affordability, he came up with the $300,000 number, after

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The Preschool Hockey program for kids 3-5 years is starting in January. The program will run for the month of January, on Mondays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. This is a fun approach to getting comfortable on the ice and in an arena setting and is geared towards children with limited or no skating experience. This is a great building block to our recreation hockey program for older kids. Coordinated by Kari Kuznecov, this parent participation program is sure to be fun! Public Skating for the week of Dec. 10-16 is on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 16 from 2:30-4 p.m. And 6-7:30 p.m. For more information about admission prices and skate rentals, please log on to the City’s website, at The information can be found under the City Hall, Arena page. There is an important information meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at RSS to discuss the February 2013 SD20 final decision on K-12 education in Rossland. Come to the meeting to find out what’s happening and what you can do to make sure your opinion is heard. The Kootenay Contraption Contest is now open until Dec. 14 for kids in Grades 2-8. The contest provides an opportunity for kids to design a contraption that solves this future problem: “Imagine the year is 2050. How will we use less energy?” Contraptions can be built and videotaped, or drawn. While your idea doesn’t have to actually work, a description of HOW it will solve the problem is essential - be as creative as possible! The contest is open until Dec. 14 and the Grand Prize is an iPad or a classroom pizza party. Log onto KAST’s website, at for more information and to download the entry form. If you’re interested in taking the AST 2 - CAA Avalanche Course, Big Red Cats in Rossland is hosting a course from Dec. 27-Dec. 30, 2012. The one evening and three days course requires participants to have either their AST1 or significant touring experience. For more information, contact Big Red Cats at or Keith Robine at (250) 362-2271. The Joe Hill Coffeehouse is coming up this Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Miners’ Hall. This is a wonderful, intimate Rossland evening of friends and music in the historic Hall. Goodies and refreshments are available by the RSS Drama Club. Admission is $3 for adults and

kids and students are free. If you’re interested in becoming a Ski Instructor, the CSIA Ski Instructor Course is coming up. The CSIA Level One Instructors course is designed for skiers of an advanced level and higher. It is an ideal course for those who would like to get into Ski Instructing as a profession or for skiers who are simply looking to improve their technique. This course will be conducted by Brent Hahn of Canadian Ski Quest. Call 250-362-9060 for more information or email Mark Impey at There are lots of new recreation programs starting in December and January. In January, there are several new Art Courses starting – Animals around the World for children 5-7 years, Cartooning for children 6-12 years and Adult Art – all start the second week of January. If you’re interested in Pottery, there’s a Wheel & Handbuilding for Youth and a separate class for Adults, starting at the end of January. Hip Hop & Jazz starts up mid-January, with classes for every age group – including teens and adults. Karate accepts new students in January, with the Winter session starting Tuesday, January 8. Karate is open to Youth ages 12 and up. The Classic Nordic Skiing classes for Beginners and Intermediate, start in January. The Beginner class starts Tuesday, Jan. 8 and runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the Intermediate class starts Wednesday, Jan. 9 , from 6:30-7:30 p.m. If you’re new to town and wondering about drop in hockey, there are two recreation times set aside. The Tuesday night Co-Ed Rec Hockey runs from 9:45-11 p.m. and the Sunday hockey runs from 9:15-10:30 p.m. The drop in fee is $10 per person, or you can purchase a 10X pass at the REC Department, for $80. The Saturday Co-Ed Rec Hockey has cancelled, so make sure you take advantage of the Tuesday / Sunday ice times. Senior’s Duffer Hockey has been postponed until January. If you love to play hockey and you can “play nice”, you’re welcome to come play during Senior’s Hockey. Players with varying skills are encouraged to come out and play with other “older” players in the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship. All abilities are encouraged and welcome! The Recreation Department will start creating the Spring Brochure in the next few weeks. If you’re new to town and interested in teaching a hobby or skill that you enjoy, please contact us to discuss opportunities for A5

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What you can do for Rossland schools Neighbourhoods of Learning talks next week’s meeting

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Whether you have kids in school in Rossland or not, this affects you!! As highlighted in past columns, School District No. 20 has passed a motion to make a decision regarding Rossland School configurations by February 2013 for implementation in September 2013. The three configurations under consideration for Rossland are: RSS grades K-12; MacLean closed RSS grades K-9; MacLean closed; grades 1012 at JL Crowe RSS closed; MacLean grades K-7; grades 8-12 at JL Crowe As part of their process, the school district has prepared a Facilities Plan Update document that is essential reading. The document can be downloaded at www. The document reviews the key issues with regard to the three configuration options for Rossland from the school district’s perspective. It also projects that K-12 student population in Rossland will grow from 550 in 2013/14 to 745 in 2029/30. Total student population in the district is also

on the rise from a low of 3,716 in 2010/11 and is expected to reach 4,492 by 2029/30. However this is not near the recent highs of 6000 students in the 1990s. In addition, due to expected funding reductions, the school district must cut $750,000 in costs for 2013/14 and an additional $500,000 in costs for each of the two subsequent years. So what are the essential points the School District Facilities Plan Update makes with regard to the three configurations for Rossland that are under consideration? 1. RSS grades K-12; MacLean closed: This configuration is projected to save the school district $145,000 per year, but does not calculate in potential revenues associated with the sale of MacLean to the Francophone School District. The School District postulates that with a capacity of 525, RSS may not have enough room to accommodate K-12 as there will be 550 K-12 students in 2013/14 rising to 745 K-12 students in 2029/30. However on a square footage basis, RSS is relatively large and they do not consider potential ways to increase capacity, such as renovating the shops or moving walls to convert 2 large

classrooms into 3 midsized ones. 2. RSS grades K-9; MacLean closed; Grades 1012 at Crowe: This configuration is projected to save the school district $285,000 per year. The document does not indicate why this configuration saves $140,000 more than the RSS as a K-12 configuration. In this configuration, all schools fit within their capacities for at least the next 10 years based on current projections. 3. RSS closed; MacLean grades K-7; grades 8-12 at JL Crowe: This configuration is projected to save the school district $455,000 per year. However it is not clear whether this number includes costs that would be incurred for maintaining a closed RSS (which the school district seems to believe it will be able to sell), or additional administration at Crowe. A key challenge with this configuration is that MacLean has a functional capacity 324, which is continually being revised up by the school district. MacLean was designed for 232 students (the original Ministry capacity) and no changes have been made. The projected population for K-7 students is 347 in 2013/14 rising to 430 in 2029/30. Since

MacLean already has the smallest square footage per student in the district, the school district knows K-7 at MacLean would make MacLean unacceptably crowded. So, it proposes using the Annex across the street for some of the classes (it does not propose an alternate location for the Francophone school) and adding a portable. The information does not address the value of the blended learning program being implemented at RSS and the fact that representatives from school districts across the province are coming to RSS to see how the shift to more personalized learning is being done. It is interesting to note that when one combines the Ministry capacities of MacLean and RSS (232+525) it equals 757, almost the number of students we are projected to have in Rossland in 2029/30. These decisions will have a significant effect on our community. It is CRITICAL that you make your voice heard, whether you have children or not. Prepare a submission and attend the meetings. More detailed analyses from the Neighbourhood of Learning Committee will soon be available. Read them. Important

dates are: • Dec. 18, 2012 – Neighbourhood of Learning Information Meeting to discuss the process. 7 pm, RSS. • Jan. 4, 2013 – Deadline for written submissions from members of the public to the school district. Email submissions to facilitiesconsult@ • Jan. 15, 2013 – School District 20 Rossland Public Forum, 6:30 p.m., RSS Gym.

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Anna Cooper and Hollie Arsenault will be attending Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Summer School in July.

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Two young Rossland dancers will be following Rossland’s strong ballet tradition when they head to Winnipeg in July. Both Anna Cooper and Hollie Arsenault will be attending Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Summer School after favourable auditions in Kelowna back in October. Cooper lives in Rossland with her grandparents, Josef and Anna Havlik. Her parents and sister Natalie moved to Mexico this past summer and Anna made the difficult decision to stay behind in Rossland. Unfortunately, there is no appropriate level ballet studio anywhere in the vicinity of her family’s new home in Mexico, so Cooper has chosen to remain in Rossland to continue with Renee Salsiccioli of Renee’s Studio, (formerly Kootenay Dance Works). She has attended summer programs in Toronto at the National Ballet, and in Calgary at Alberta Ballet. It’s hers dream to attend a professional ballet school on a full time basis. Hollie Arsenault had set her goal to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a very young dancer and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her dance teacher, Renee Salsiccioli. Renee began her dance training with Carole Bonin in Trail, before being invited to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at age 14. This will be Arsenault’s first experience away from home for an extended period but she is really looking forward to the opportunity. Both Copper and Arsenault will be joining Michaela Skuce, who has been training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division since 2011. Salsiccioli’s studio is a rarity as dance stu-

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Rossland author Rosa Jordan will be reading from her latest book this weekend. She will read from her new book, Cuba Unspun, at Café West Books in Rossland on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The book delves into the subjects of tourism, racism, homophobia, hurricanes, and hitchhiking in Cuba, all the while entertaining readers with unconventional perspectives, gleaned from travels around the island that she began fifteen years ago and continues to the present. Jordan offers original analyses of the economy’s successes and failures based on close encounters with ordinary Cubans, including well-educated professionals, better-paid small farmers, under-aged prostitutes, and families operating unlicensed (and therefore illegal) B&Bs. Jordan is the quintessential curious traveller, initially confused by a culture about which she had many misconceptions. Her experiences eventually bring some clarity, if not certainty, about “the way things are” in Cuba. She cheerfully undertakes to “unspin” myths about the island that have been repeated so often and for so long that many are taken for fact.

She does not limit her “unspinning” to the hows and whys of ordinary life in Cuba that she becomes privy to while meandering through the island’s hinterland by train, truck, bike, and, most often, a rental car packed with hitchhiking Cubans. In a section called “Revolutionary Love,” Jordan concludes her narrative with controversial perspectives on some of Cuba’s most iconic leaders and their now-adult children. Almost alone among those who have studied the Cuban Revolution, she argues that Fidel Castro “was never a one-man show.” Based on evidence as diverse as testimonies from a Cuban general and declassified CIA documents, she makes a case for “the woman behind the man,” without whom Fidel might never have got out of prison, let alone succeeded in a guerrilla war. Nor is that woman—Celia Sánchez—the only powerful female Jordan weaves into her narrative. Her bios of others are brief, but will leave even those who consider themselves well informed about Cuban history wondering how they (or rather, journalists and historians) missed all that! Rosa Jordan grew up in Florida’s Everglades, earned degrees from universities in California and Mexico, and immigrated to Canada in 1980. Her earliest writings were articles drawn from travels in Latin America.

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Electro Social Club’ creators and Rossland residents Rupert Keiller and Nadine Tremblay are better known as ‘sonicanimation’ in Australia where they are presently launching their comeback tour while crowdfunding to release their new album “Once more from the bottom.” Six years after their last tour, sonicanimation (Rupert Keiller and Adrian Cartwright) are described as ‘superstar pioneers of Australian electronica’ and are best known for the gigantic furry ‘Technotubbies’ featured in the video for ‘Theophilus Thistler’. To have a peek at their music videos go to While you’re on the site check out their Pledge Music campaign video. Raising funds to release the new album you can pledge for everything from a $10 digital upload of the new album or $100 tea with the band at sound check in Tasmania, right up to having your very own sonicanimation house party. “The record industry doesn’t work the way it used to with big backing and investment advances” explains Keiller, “the popularity of the collective support of artists by fans is growing for similar projects and is a reality for most musicians trying to find the means to create and release their work.” Tremblay explains further “crowd funding is a way to give investors something for their money. Also, Pledge Music holds funds for the duration of the campaign and if the target isn’t reached, all funds are returned to

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contributors. The bar is set low so that worst case scenario, we have enough money to pay a publicist for the album release.” The campaign runs for just over a month and details are on the sonicanimation website. During their premiere performance to over 3000 people at this year’s Homebake festival in Sydney, the band had the crowd film their new single “I will be Twisted” on their smartphones and cameras.

The best footage is currently being collected to create the new music video for the single. Since forming in 1994 sonicanimation have been awarded Best Live Act and Best Video at the Australian Dance Music Awards as well as being nominated for two Australian Record Industry Awards. With a reputation for an energetic and frenetic live show sonicanimation hopes to play again near you in the coming year.

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The Rossland Figure Skating Club recently participated in the West Kootenay Invitational, which took place in Fruitvale on Dec. 1. The Rossland club

had a great turnout for the event, as well as posting great results. Star 1: Sebastian Stephens - Bronze Isabelle Kuhn - Bronze Tatyanna Fontaine - Silver Brian Chan - Silver Erin Flood - Silver

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A safe holiday is a happy holiday Make safety a priority this holiday season with these simple tips: • After a snowfall, brush snow away from your meters by hand and clear a path for the safety of our meter readers. • Take care when driving on slippery roads. If your vehicle comes into contact with a downed power line, stay inside until help arrives. • Around your fireplace, consider using a hearth safety gate to help protect small children from the heated glass. For more winter safety tips, visit FortisBC uses the FortisBC Energy name and logo under license from Fortis Inc. (12-336.4 12/2012)

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STORM Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association “KSYSA” which encompasses Trail, Rossland, Beaver Valley, and Castlegar, is now accepting applications for Coaching positions in all areas, at all levels, and in particular, the Rep Soccer Program. Rep Coaching Applications can be found online at www.kootenaysouthsoccer. com, and need to be submitted by January 15, 2013. Coaching Clinics will be held this year for all levels and all ages. Anyone wishing to Coach at any age/skill level is welcome to emailinfo@, where we will direct you to the appropriate person in your community, and for updates on Coaching Clinics being held early in 2013.

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The Rossland Winter Carnival is fast approaching and events are already moving into position. This year is the 116th anniversary of the first carnival, first held in Rossland back in 1897. Organizer Lisa Wegner said this year will also be special because of the downtown revitalization, which will make more room for both the spectators and participants of events like the Winter Carnival parade. This year the Winter Carnival also has a new website: The site was put together by Rossland’s HLF Images. Wegner said the carnival is also looking for volunteers and the website provides links to sign up. “Volunteers this year are getting a buff,” she said. In recent years, volunteers have received tuques and scarves

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for their hard work. The statue of Olaus Jeldness, a Winter Carnival Legend, will be unveiled at the event as well. “We’re pretty excited about the unveiling of the statue, this is a big event and will be tied in with fireworks this year,” she said. Wegner had good news about the Rail Jam, as Rossvegas will continue putting the spectacle on in downtown Rossland. “Rail Jam is alive and well, we haven’t lost that.” Wegner enthused.


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years it has seen various forms of the coffee/books ratio, with the present state being one of the more coffee-oriented. That’s not to say that they don’t have a lot of books. Both Anderson and Skuce said that the support that Rossland residents have given the shop over the past few years has been wonderful, especially over the summer, when construction on Washington in front of their store, all but shut down the front entrance. Skuce said that small bookshops are having a hard time in these days of massive online booksellers like Amazon, but where the big sellers may save a bit of money, the direct community link is lost. This weekend Cafe Books is hosting a double reading. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., local author Rosa Jordan will be there to promote her new book, Cuba Unspun. Skuce said that the book is described as “part travelogue, part history yarn, (with a dash

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Cafe Books West has been serving up coffee and selling books for a number of years now in Rossland, but that’s not all they do. They are also an integral part of the community, providing a games night, a place to socialize and plenty of culture by way of bringing in authors and artists. Liz Anderson and Michelle Skuce manage the bookstore coffee shop and said that over the

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The Joe Hill Coffeehouse takes will be in full Christmas mode this Sunday as many of the acts will spread the holiday cheer. The monthly who, held at the Rossland Miners’ Hall is a chance to see some of the best acts in the Kootenays, with surprises at most shows. Les Carter, who is organizing the show said it’s gearing up to be a special one. The show is starting off with the Rossland Glee Club doing some Christmas themed numbers. “They have a history of choosing things that are out of the ordinary and in good musical taste,” Carter said. That will be followed up by No Frets, who are always a hit as well. Next up is the Foggy Goggle boys. Then Paul Bowles will be reading some poetry relating to contemporary things like 2012 followed by some

rhythm playing. Dawn Graham will be singing. Carter said he would be accompanying Wendy Garby on guitar, despite being injured recently in a ski accident. “All of this of course is brought to you by your local community,” Carter said about the night of performances. “It’s the kind of thing that ties people together and I would love to have everybody sing.” Carter brought up the old days when the organizer would go around to each table and have the table sing a bit. Carter also said the coffeehouse is a great venue for musicians. “Musicians who would otherwise be cynical about things like playing at a bar, like playing at the Joe Hill because the audience is appreciative and listens,” he said. “A lot of the audience are musicians. It’s a nice place to play, has great sound. We have new main speakers as well.” The Joe Hill Coffeehouse is this Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall.

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historical fiction,” she said. The back reads “Told in the alternating voices of Alexia and Nicolai, who each return to Greece to mourn a loss and find solace, Nicolai’s Daughters uncovers the secret shame that festers in a family, refusing to heal until the truth is revealed.” Stella has family connections who live in Trail and her visit here coincides with her visit to the area. So this Christmas stop by the local Rossland bookshop.

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of guidebook for good measure), Cuba Unspun is a valuable resource for anyone curious about the evolution of the island nation from the treacherous Special Period to the uncertain present.” by Conner Gorry, Havana-based journalist, blogger and guidebook writer. “On Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. we are hosting Whistler author Stella Harvey, who will be reading from her new novel, Nicolai’s Daughters, which is a

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