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Carolyn Sharp heads downhill — in full costume — on telemark skis, as part of the “King of the Mountain” competition at Red Mountain Resort during the 114th annual Rossland Winter Carnival over the weekend. For the story, see page 5. And for more carnival coverage see, well, pretty much the rest of the newspaper. This edition is full of photos and stories from the city’s yearly celebration of the season, the mountains, and outdoor culture. A colour photo spread is on pages 10 and 11 and more photos are online at Andrew Bennett photo

Small cutbacks as budget process continues ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Council deliberated over the 2011 budget on Monday night, looking at figures from previous years and projecting forward on a five-year plan prepared by city staff.

The 2011 budget is currently in a draft state as council makes decisions line-by-line on which programs to support and with how much money. The Monday meeting was adjourned due to the late hour before everything was finished — the meeting will resume on Feb. 7

at 7 p.m. — but several substantive decisions were made. Coun. Andy Stradling wanted to make 20-per-cent cuts “across the board” to the Museum Society ($33,000 budgeted), Tourism Rossland ($75,000 budgeted), the Chamber of Commerce ($41,400 budgeted), and the Sustainability

Commission ($61,000 requested.) “The time has come for us to start weening these guys off our budget and putting them on notice that this isn’t an endless source of [funds], and they need to up their fundraising efforts,” he said.

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Stradling elaborated on his position, noting his sense that the city’s mandate to market Rossland as a whole, to get people to live here and fill the schools rather than just hotel beds and business ledgers, was not served by several small and separate organizations. With two exceptions, Stradling received no support for this proposition, and all decisions so far have maintained last year’s level of funding. “I just see us passing the buck to the next council,” Stradling said. “All the difficult work still to be done.” One exception was Coun. Laurie Charlton who also favoured cuts to Tourism Rossland and the Sustainability Commission. The other was Mayor Greg Granstrom whose opposition to the full funding request of the Sustainability Commission, combined with Stradling and Charlton’s opposition, resulted in a $16,000 cut, to $45,000. Stradling also presented a motion to limit the city to one pick-up of yard waste per year, rather than the current two. Although this would have saved the city approximately $12,000, with a view to the recent no-burn bylaw it was determined that the service was necessary and the motion was defeated.

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The only other savings identified by council included $1,500 removed from their in-kind support to the pond hockey championships. This will not affect this year’s but only next year’s competition.

RSA pleased with public input ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The first in the Rossland Skatepark Association’s (RSA) new round of public consultations on Jan. 25 “went extremely well” according to Les Carter who facilitated the meeting and is helping the RSA come to a community consensus on the best location for a skatepark in Rossland. “Roughly 20 people were there, bringing all kinds of points of view,” Carter said. “I was impressed with the energy, thought, and good will that went into the meeting. There were a lot of things shared that needed to be shared and a lot of common ground found.” Although the main thrust of this first meeting was to agree on criteria that will later be applied to a number of potential sites, Carter identified three major points that arose: planning history, neighbourhood impact, and city council authority. The Emcon site, which until recently has been the main focus of the planning process, was bought by the city back when Carter was mayor. Later, Carter explained, a lot of effort went into a “a very structured process to plan how to use the Emcon site.” A plan developed for the Emcon lot that was never used, but “a number of people were upset because those original plans

did not include a skatepark.” Consequently, a new criteria has been added: “What’s the planning history of the site?” In April, when the RSA holds its second meeting in which the criteria are weighted and applied to the various sites, Carter said, “One of the questions I will ask is, if this were the only site, what would it take to make it work?” In that case, people might consider how the earlier plans could be amended to include a skatepark. An old criteria, impact on the neighbourhood such as noise and garbage, or attracting the “wrong sort of people,” came out strongly as a “deal breaker” from most participants. Carter put it in perspective, noting that these concerns are recognized, but “we don’t have the information to assess whether they’re valid or not.” To this end, RSA directors are currently gathering information from a number of other communities with skateparks, so we might learn from others’ experiences. This is why the next meeting is not planned until April, by which time these important facts will be gathered. “We’re also going to gather information about the sites on our list, technical information,” Carter added. “How good a site is this to physically build a skatepark on?” Another matter arose regularly, Carter said, clarifying

firmly that “this is all simply a recommendation to city council. We can’t make the final decision.” He explained, “We elected our government to make the hard decisions about land-use and they don’t delegate that authority away. The power of [the RSA’s] process is to approach council with a consensus.” To aid the decision-making process in April, RSA directors aim to come up with a simple map and drawings for each site along with a package of information. Besides the southeast corner of the Emcon lot, the other sites currently under consideration include the north end of Jubilee Park, near the community gardens, the Centennial soccer fields close to the bike jumps, the western section of the Centennial trailhead parking lot, and Ross-Glenn, the current bike skills park below Esling Park. Carter said the RSA is still wide open to other suggestions, such as the west side of the Arena parking lot beside the embankment. “The process is open at any time for people to come in and add comments,” he said. Carter will soon post the written comments offered by the meeting’s participants on the RSA website,, and will prepare a report that will be available at city hall and on the website.

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Carnival hailed as huge success ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Kelly Acheson, one of the main organizers for Winter Carnival, was really pleased with the way the weekend turned out and she shared her highlights with us. “It was crazy busy all weekend, what a huge team effort” she said. “It was awesome.” “It was 100 strong that pulled it off,” she continued. “I want to thank my board of directors and all the volunteers. We’ve got our event organizers and they just do their thing, they just run with it.” Besides Acheson, the board includes Caroline Rousselle, Anna Caron, Marlene Streif, Sarah Dixon, Tara Kowalchuk, Larry Doelle, Richard Reid, Don DeLong. “They did everything that needed to be done,” Acheson said. She also thanked the event’s four “major majors,” the City of Rossland, the Nelson and District Credit Union, Red Mountain, and Crossline Films, but also Doctors with Warm Hearts, Teck, Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, The South Kootenay Business Centre, Castlegar Hyundai, Fortis BC, and many others. “It’s a great community event,” she said, thanking all these sponsors and others for “everything from cash, to flat bed trucks, to prize donations.” “The bobsled’s always a highlight,” Acheson continued.

“We thought we’d be down in registration [because Rick Mercer wasn’t here], but we weren’t. And the race went without incident.” “The Slocan ice sculptures are a monstrous favourite. You can just feel the weekend kicking into mode that Thursday,” she said, when the Canadian Snow Sculpture team arrives and begins to build the beer garden and the ice slide outside the library. “These guys are world famous and we are so lucky to have them here. They’re somewhere different every weekend,” she said about the Kootenay artists who have worked together on sand and ice since 1992, offer workshops, and attend festivals all over the map — visit “This year they embedded lights into the bar. Everybody stops and checks them out. We’ve already booked them for next year,” Acheson said. “Then there’s the rail jam, it speaks for itself,” she continued. “It’s too bizarre that they would transplant a ski hill onto a downtown street. And there are really good riders! Pete Gearin [the organizer], he’s awesome. I saw him on the street and he’s already talking about next year.” Acheson was really fired up to be paired with the Blizzard Fest, especially since “we were an official outdoor music venue for the fest, with wicked DJs. We’re going to do it up again next year, bigger and better.” She wanted to give a special thanks to the Kootenay SnoGoers. “They gave snowmobile rides to kids all afternoon

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Junior competitor Scott Griffione of Creston rides a difficult element during “The Game” rail jam on Saturday afternoon.

at the kids carnival at the Lion’s campground.” And there was so much more, from King of the Mountain and Learn to Luge, to the relay race, the kids’ art exhibition, snow golf, snow volleyball, not to mention the parade and all the food and drink. “There’s just nothing about the weekend that’s not involved with the outdoors, the mountains, the snow,” Acheson said. “I just loved it, every minute of it.”

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Big Dog Ski Tour, a group of partying Manitobans, came to Rossland for their inaugural trip 19 years ago and — breaking the group’s own rules — returned to the place where the magic started. Shake & Bake, baby!

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“Are you working for the Summit?” this reporter was asked by a group of rowdy Manitobans learning to luge at Red last Friday. “It’s not called the Summit anymore?” Nineteen years ago, the Big Dog Ski Tour made their group’s inaugural ski trip, choosing Red Mountain as their destination. “We were in this Rossland Winter Carnival,” said Rick Duha, the de facto spokesperson for the group that was otherwise busy laughing, poking fun at each other, or swigging on a beer. “This same group of guys, and we won a half-page ad in the paper, in the Summit.” “We got a picture of


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Sonny Samuelson would be proud


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The annual Sonny Samuelson bobsled races were as wildly popular as ever, despite the lack of Rick Mercer’s participation this year, with hundreds lining Spokane Street from top to bottom to witness 24 teams plummet downhill in unlikely clunkers. City workers volunteered time at 4 a.m. the morning of the race, choosing the coldest time of night to spray the street with 1,000 gallons of water to make the course as fast as possible despite the unseasonable warm weather. Liquid Courage took the day with a top speed of 73 km/h and a combined time of just over 74 seconds. Last year’s icy course was won by SS Instigator with a top speed of 85 km/h, but they finished fifth this year. “They’ve been the dynasty for the last four years,� exclaimed the stunned Winter Carnival organizer, Kelly Acheson. “They’ve got a machine with stuff that’s top secret. Nobody’s allowed to see their sled. But they’re a cold weather team.� Liquid Courage’s winning runs can be experienced on YouTube. Dial in “Rossland bobsled 2011� to watch the footage from two different helmet cams or check the video out along with the online version of this story at www.rosslandnews. com. The sled was built by Travis Drake and friends when he was a student at RSS. Last year was his first year with a new crew — Scott Urquhart, Alastair Berglund, and Luke Russell — and they won third. Now Drake is a ski tech at Gericks and he credits the sled’s old Fischers and the right wax for his team’s win. “We had the ugliest sled on the course,� Drake said, raising a highly debatable point, “but it was all in the skis

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The historic sled ‘Old and Blue’ makes its way down the course en route to a third-place ďŹ nish.

that we won.� Other sleds run on “plastic coated pipes which are better on ice. It’s about knowing your conditions.� Almost tied for second with combined times just over 79 seconds and top speeds of 70 km/h were the historic (if humble) Old and Blue — run by Darrin Albo, Jason Ward, Dave Thoss, and Darren Pastro — and the sleek and green Whalebacker — run by Mike Williams, his brother Darren, Steven Robinson, and Craig Clare. The Whalebackers edged Old and Blue into third place with a clocked speed in the second run that was 3 km/h faster. “Its one of the highlights of my life for sure,� said Mike Williams who, along with the rest of the team were born and raised in Rossland, though now all but Darren live in Trail. “We’ve all done it various times before, but since we had kids we’ve stayed away from such risky

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stuff. But this year we just decided we’d go for it!� “It’s great. We were a little nervous — the speed and because we are older,� he laughed, “but when you come over that arena hill it’s quite a thrill.� Other notable contestants include last year’s last-place team, the Warfield Fire Department, who this year placed 19th. “They were inside out with glee over how much they had improved over previous years,� said Acheson, the Winter Carnival organizer. This year’s last-place team was Bobbi’s Bus, a close-knit family affair with Parry Lafonde, Trinda Ross, and Lorilie Jones led by matriarch Bobbi Lafonde. With a clocked time of 46 km/h both times, “they win the consistency award,� Acheson said. “They’re awesome sports, they come out every year.�


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Pete Golden earns ‘King of the Mountain’ crown ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

“It was another great and successful King of the Mountain competition,” said the race director for the last three years, Tyler Merringer, as the competitors assembled in Rafters for beer, pizza, and raffle prizes before the winners were announced. “We had 18 competitors, which doesn’t sound like a lot,” he said, “but considering how exclusive the event is and that an individual has to do each of telemark, alpine, and snowboarding to compete, I thought it was pretty good.” Competitors had assembled earlier in the day at the top of the Face of Red, below the Cliff. Beginning with their weakest discipline, racers were released one at a time from the starting gate to ski, ride, or tele a slalom course to the bottom, near the magic carpet. There, the racers quickly changed into their next set of gear

and scrambled to quickly get a lift back up. From the top, they negotiated the moguls on the cliff and the slalom course again, before making their second equipment change and returning to the top for their third and final run. “As you can tell from the costumes,” Merringer said, referring to devils, rock stars, jeans, wigs, and onesies, “it’s definitely a fun event. We’re not taking it overly seriously.” He paused, “But ultimately there is a sense of competition.” Among the women, Andrea McCormick, wearing fuzzy purple-striped fleece pajamas, wrenched the title of queen from Caroline Rousselle with a time of 24 minutes and 14 seconds, the fourth-fastest time overall, “It feels really good. This is my favourite Rossland race of the year,” McCormick said, “I came in second last year to Caro. She’s amazing. She was 10 seconds behind me this year. I gotta wax

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my skis next year, that’s what that says.” When asked about time lost lacing boots, McCormick

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laughed. “Don’t lace the boots, that’s a rookie mistake, that’s just silly.” Among the men, the old rivalry

between Pete Golden and Duncan Browning played out again this year. Golden, long dubbed the ‘Princess of the Mountain’ for his losing streak against Browning, finally got some revenge. Despite a spectacular 360 on his back during a high-speed fall on the Cliff, Golden snatched the crown with a time of 22 minutes and 36 seconds. “It was a big win,” Golden said. “There were lots of people in there, really tuggin’. The competition was tight.” Only 19 seconds behind — and still one minute and 12 seconds ahead of Art Abrahams’ third place finish — Duncan was all smiles in his purple onesie. “I think I skied, boarded and tele’d really well, I just screwed around too much on my transitions and didn’t have a full-on setup.” We’ll have to wait until next year to see if new challengers rise to usurp the thrones.

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Editor: Robson Fletcher Publisher: Karen Bennett 2114 Columbia Ave., Rossland

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Everyone loves Winter Carnival. For the long nights grooving all over town to Blizzard Fest tunes, for those amazing jibbers at The Game, for the races and much more, we give thanks to those who gave their time, money, and skill to make it all possible. Volunteerism is certainly the most significant element for success. You can’t buy community spirit, that go-get-’er, up-and-at-’em attitude that fires people up to get out on the streets, the stages, and the slopes at all hours of the day and night with smiles on their faces to help put smiles on others’. If all these wonderful people who work and organize these events were to charge a “going rate,” the festival would die before it was born. But it also costs money. As council hashes out the 2011 budget, it’s time to examine the question of cold hard cash. The city budgets $6,500 each to Winter Carnival and Golden City Days. Taxpayers naturally ask: What is the return for me and my town? For these festivals, we feel strongly that the benefit is widespread and worth the cost. Council just decided to slash the Sustainability Commission’s grant by $16,000, sapping its strength to unite diverse groups towards a vision of a better city for all. This doesn’t seem worth the savings of $5 per permanent resident. For comparison, consider the city-wide benefit of grants to groups with relatively few participants and the option of user fees, such as tennis ($8,400), the pool ($40,900), and curling ($11,300.) Alternatively, lets buck up and be willing to pay, just like we donate our time. We want to hear from you.

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A reduced encroachment is still just that but property owner isn’t to blame I think it’s time to set the record straight about the new garage that encroaches onto Second Avenue. The owner of the property followed the advice of city staff and, in good faith, constructed a garage that encroaches on Second Avenue. The garage may be innovative and efficient but it still encroaches on city property. That encroachment could cause problems for the owner in the future. It may affect his insurance or mortgage and, as any real estate agent knows, will probably affect his ability to sell the property. The garage replaced an old wall that also encroached onto Second Avenue but there is no indication that old wall was authorized by any council. Replacing one encroachment with another is not a solution. As most have learned, two wrongs don’t make a right. The problem does not lie with the owner of the property — the problem lies at city hall. Encroachment of retaining walls, and sometimes buildings, onto public property is not unusual in Rossland. The city has had a policy in place for several decades to reduce or eliminate these encroachments as the opportunity arose and has had considerable

success in doing so. However, the precedent established by this recent action might allow any property owner with a wall or fence or some other encroachment to demand the right to extend their garage, carport, patio or whatever onto city property. Clearly that is not acceptable. The building inspector was quoted as saying “by local government act, if you have a building lot, you have to have access from the street you’re facing.” I know of no such provision in any provincial legislation. The city’s zoning bylaw does however specify that access may be from a street or a lane. This property has access from the lane as many properties in Rossland do. So what are some of the problems with this encroachment? The highway access bylaw says that small lots are only allowed one access. In this case there is an existing access from the lane. A second access is not permitted. The zoning bylaw says that garages and carports must have a setback of at least 0.3 meters from the property line. This can be changed by a Development Variance Permit (DVP) but no DVP was applied for or granted. The zoning bylaw also says that buildings cannot straddle property

lines and that lots must be consolidated before a building permit is issued. Obviously, the owner will not be able to consolidate his lot with the city road allowance and no building permit should have been issued. The encroachment bylaw says that an encroachment not secured by a restrictive covenant is an unlawful encroachment and shall be subject to removal. The courts have ordered the removal of unauthorized encroachments. Council may permit an encroachment but has not done so in this case. Staff have no authority to approve an encroachment in spite of the assertions of the CAO. Staff have not followed the bylaws they were hired to enforce. Their motives may have been laudable but there is still a legal process to follow to achieve the intended results. That did not happen in this case. The travesty in this case lies with council. In spite of being informed of the obvious transgressions in this case council did nothing. Will council ever understand that they were elected to represent the interests of all the citizens of Rossland including the protection of public land? Laurie Charlton Rossland city councillor

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Opinion Neighbourhoods of Learning - Shelley Ackerman

Two very important meetings The Neighbourhoods of Learning community meeting scheduled for March 3 in the RSS gym to discuss the proposals submitted to the school board is now being rescheduled to Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m., as the previous date conflicted with the newly scheduled Planning for the Future focus group meetings the school board is holding the same week. The status quo is not an option for Rossland and we need to look seriously at the proposal of moving K-12 into the RSS building. We plan to have representatives from other K-12 schools in our region at the NOL meeting to help us understand how their schools work and the opportunities and benefits of a K-12 school. The school board’s Planning for the Future focus group meeting for Rossland takes place the next night, Wednesday, March 2, 6:309:30 p.m. in the RSS gym. These are two very important meetings about the future of education in Rossland. They are being held two nights in a row, which is a heavy schedule, but it is imperative that as many Rosslanders as possible attend both of these meetings to understand how a K-12 school could work, and to discuss with board staff and trustees what our community wants and how we can get there. Please mark these important dates in your calendar! The NOL proposal can be downloaded at vssrossland. ••• The Facilities Report 20102015: Planning for the Future document released this fall received mixed reactions from the various communities in the district. The Neighbourhoods of Learning Committee believes it has

many technical flaws, and isn’t the unbiased, objective report it should have been. Previous to this report, the school board released two other documents which contain much information that should be revisited: Planning for the Future 1 and Planning for the Future 2. These can be downloaded from the SD20 website: planning-for-the-future.html From Planning for the Future 1, May 2008: “In the past, one option often raised, was to close RSS and transfer the 8-12 secondary students to JLCSS. As the enrolments and empty seats data shows ‌ this option is not feasible, even for grades 10-12, the graduation program grades, until sometime well after 2012/13 given the reduced size of the new JLCSS. The JLCSS school site would not be ready to receive portables, if such an option were to be considered, until sometime around 2011. Considering portables or an addition to JLCSS would reduce the field space at the new JLCSS. “Given the enrolment projections and given the clear preference from Rossland citizens to keep K-12 education in their community, a priority for the Board during 2008-09 is to consult with the community on how to consolidate and reduce the existing and future unused school space in order to maintain quality education in Rossland‌ “One option may be to create a K-12 school in Rossland. RSS has sufficient space for the current and future projected K-12 student enrolment. This would require ministry approval for renovations to configure RSS as a K-12 school. Although RSS is an old building, it is solid and in good shape except for the need of a roof

replacement in the near future. [Note: most of the roof work has since been completed, with $220,000 left in repairs to be completed in 2013.] This option would result in the eventual closure and possible sale of MacLean Elementary. “Another option may be to build a new K-12 Rossland school, in partnership with the municipality, the Francophone School District, the Ministry of Education and our district‌â€? PFF1 also contains information about the benefits of small schools, and talks about the opportunities of “Neighbourhoods of Learningâ€? centres that could be integrated into district schools. From Planning for the Future 2, November 2009: “Although the preferred scenario would be to build a new replacement K-12 school, the current provincial economy does not make this a viable option. However, the renovation scenario, making RSS K to 12, may be achievable at this time. “The K-7 students, composed of two Kindergarten classrooms for a total of 11 homerooms, can fit into the first and second floors of RSS; 2 classrooms on the main floor and 9 on the second floor. The secondary students 8-12 can fit into the rest of the school‌ “The estimated cost for minimal renovations would be around $400,000. This cost would need to come out of board capital reserves unless, or until, the Ministry indicates its available funding support. This investment of $400,000 by the district would allow the reconfiguration of RSS to K-12 to take place within the next five years, possible as early as 2010/2011, and allow for the closure and disposal of MacLean Elementary.â€?

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Debunking the Myths: Columbia Avenue & Washington Street Project At our last staff meeting, staff discussed the plethora of misinformation and half truths floating around Rossland, regarding the Columbia Avenue and Washington Street “re-do.� In an effort to set the record straight, staff decided to use the weekly REC column (Recreation, Education & Community) to bring everyone up to date and debunk a few myths. It is well known that the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) has been planning to pave Columbia Avenue. In co-operation with MOT and in order to take advantage of the opportunity to have the paving paid for provincially, the city has carried out an assessment on the valves, pipes, water and sewer connections existing below Columbia Avenue. (If MOT is paying, why don’t we fix our old pipes?) Using this initial assessment, a rough cost of the project was developed. The city also thought that if MOT is going to pave, this would be a good opportunity to look at any changes to Columbia Avenue. So, in 2010 the city undertook three design charettes (public input sessions) on how Columbia Avenue might look in the next five to 15 years. The ideas gathered at the charettes were used to do a very basic conceptual drawing of the streets. As the city got deeper into our investigation of the 50-60 year old infrastructure, we also took a detailed look into Washington Street and its infrastructure (the water/sewer pipes, etc., under the pavement.) The city chose to include Washington Street as part of the plan to improve Rossland’s infrastructure, as it is a main road in the community, in hopes of reducing the costs to taxpayers by piggybacking it with MOT and our Columbia Avenue project. The next step is where we are at today. Council approved an Alternate Approval Process (AAP) to provide the city with the legal authority from the taxpayers of Rossland for the city to obtain funding not to exceed $6 million. Without this approval, the city cannot start the detailed engineering and design work required to determine the actual costs for this project. This detailed engineering and design work will tell us what needs to be done: the sizes of pipes; what valves and connections need to be replaced; how to control surface water (snow and rainwater); pedestrian traffic flow (no need to run across four lanes!); the underground pipe replacements required for sewer and water; as well as the water/sewer connections leading up to properties.

The cost for the design and engineering work is estimated at $500,000 for a project of this scale. Regardless of whether the Columbia/ Washington project goes ahead, the engineering still needs to be done! Once we complete this detail work, council will then assess whether we can proceed to complete the critical underground work on Columbia Avenue and Washington Street or scale the project back to be only a bit, half, three quarters — who knows? Council could decide to complete some portions in the near future. Council also has the option at this time to go to a referendum which would delay the engineering and risk losing the cost benefits of partnering with MOT for the Columbia/Washington project.

pavement in the very near future. With the successful completion of the arena project, the city has demonstrated that not all borrowing permission sought from the taxpayers is utilized as requested. We had asked for up-front borrowing permission of $1.2 million for the arena project. Our final borrowing will be $250,000, to be paid $50,000 per year over the next five years. The project expenses came in at just over $1 million, with up to $750,000 coming from reserves and grants, proving the city is fiscally responsible and respectful of its residents by taking advantage of such grants. City council, administration and staff are working hard to ensure that longevity, livability and fiscal forethought is in place to keep Rossland sustainable. Additional information about the Columbia/Washington project is available at city hall and on the city’s website. ••• The Spring Recreation Brochure starts production this week. The guide covers the months of April, May and June. If you would like to run a program, please contact the Recreation Department to discuss opportunities. Community organizations are welcome and encouraged to contact our office with information about your upcoming events and registration dates. All information, including program details, must be in our office by Feb. 15 in order to make the publication deadline. With spring in the air, the local foodies are starting to think about gardens. Check out the rosslandfood. com site for information about upcoming lectures, movies, bee workshops and seed swaps. Do you have a young person who wants to play soccer? Youth soccer in our area is huge, and is run by the Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association. Due to overwhelming popularity and sheer numbers, their registration is early this year. Registrations will not be accepted after Feb. 25 and are done online. To register, please visit The Tuesday / Sunday co-ed rec hockey nights have been so popular (and full!) we’ve added a new night to help get you on the ice. The extra ice time starts this Saturday at 8:45 p.m. Dates and times over the next few weeks are; Saturdays at 8:45pm — Feb. 5, 12, and 19. Spaces fill quickly and there is a maximum number of players per night. If you would like to play, please ensure you arrive early!

Recreation Education COmmunity Important things to note: • Paving and one-half of the cost of curbs for Columbia Avenue will be paid for by the Ministry of Transportation. • Approximately 75 per cent of the drainage costs for Columbia Avenue will be paid for by MOT. • MOT is also footing the bill for design and engineering for Columbia Avenue for storm system, roads (paving), curbs and sidewalks. If money is still available other surface work such as streetscapes, kiosks, parking modifications etc can be considered. This type of surface work can be also done at a later time when budget is provided. It is imperative to have a longterm vision of how the streets might look if we had the funds required or if some level of government gave us a grant towards the surface work. The city is applying for three grants thus far which could potentially offset up to one-half of the project cost as stated in the AAP. If the grants are successful the taxpayer costs will be greatly reduced. If the grants are not successful, council will again assess whether it is prudent to increase taxes between $132 annually to as high as $188 annually per homeowner for 20 years. The city understands that this might still be too high a tax burden for our taxpayers but also recognizes that Columbia Avenue and Washington Street, our two major arteries, are the most significant and the highest priorities for major infrastructure improvements. We have to do them sometime and we want to make sure that we replace the 50-60 year old pipes to avoid digging up brand new

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Each year a group from Rossland’s Radical Luge Club fences off a piece of Red Mountain, builds a luge course, and spends a few days passing on their love of luge to anybody with the temerity to try and/or the drunkenness to dare. “It’s not going to stop you on a dime, it’s just going to slow you down,” said Mike “Slo” Curry of the Slocan Valley as he explained how to put on the brakes to a new luger on Friday. “He only thinks Slo,” joked fellow luger Dave Deno who was looking on, “he doesn’t go Slo.” So, how does one luge? “It’s a state of mind. It’s a constant state of luge,” Slo said, cracking a brew with a pensive look. “It’s just tobogganing for adults, but kids do it too,” he continued. “It’s what we did growing up, sliding downhill on implements.” “Luge gives you the opportunity to do it safely. You can brake it, you can turn it, and it gives you a track to ride on. It’s just one step up from toboggans, inner tubes, and crazy carpets.” Luge was invented sometime in the 19th century in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the first recorded competition was in 1883, also in Switzerland. “I personally got involved in Alberta, in the late 1980s,” Slo said. “Then I moved to the valley and we heard there was a club here, so that’s what brought me here, sliding. I’ve been coming ever since.” “We’re teaching the basics. How to stop. How to turn,” he

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said. To stop, it’s “a combination of your feet braking and pulling up on the reins.” That’s the easy part. To turn, “you’re using the rein and pushing on the kufens [runners].” To turn right, for example, you pull up on the right rein (with the left hand), while pushing the left kufen with your left leg. Meanwhile, the right hand is spread out to the side to brush the ground and the right leg is also swung out to the side, to keep it clear of the right kufen. To turn left, all the bits needs to swap sides quickly, perhaps with a swift brake in between to keep from flying too fast around the corner. There was so much interest at Friday and Saturday’s learn to luge — some 50 people each day — that they had to turn people away. “We’re overwhelmed,” Slo said. “This is what it’s all about, this carnival weekend. We

want to turn people on to luging. We only have the track in for five days.” Some 30 people competed in the race on Sunday. Those who raced their three runs and showed their ability to navigate the course safely and competently were allowed to join the Radicals’ club, the chief benefit being the official qualification to run down Rino’s after the hill closes. “There’s not many sliders who are qualified to go to Rino’s run,” Mike said, “It’s not for everybody, it’s pretty extreme.” On Sunday, as the sun shone on the hardpack course on which Danimal had just secured his first place finish, and the club members ate pizza and drank pitcher (after pitcher), some mentioned that it’s a shame the track isn’t in all season. “You know,” Slo said, “in the big picture, we’re skiers and boarders. If it was a powder day, we’d be skiing.”

Museum association receives LeRoi funds ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The LeRoi Community Foundation based in Trail announced on Jan. 25 that it has completed its fall granting cycle with donations of $12,100 to various charitable organizations throughout Greater Trail. The Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association is one of the successful applicants, receiving $1,500 to support a winter staff position to do archival work. “We’re very grateful to receive the grant, it’s greatly appreciated,” said Libby Martin of the Historical Society. “We got it about a month ago and Joyce [Austin] has therefore been able to spend some time cataloguing and digitizing artefacts, work that there’s no time to do when the museum is open,” she said. “We also get a fairly substantial number of

requests for work in the archives, to research people’s houses and that kind of thing.” “Even in difficult economic times, the foundation continues to provide a stable base for charitable giving within our region,” said Adam Monteith, the foundation’s chair. “By successfully connecting donors and donees, we can ensure the continued achievement of those organizations that perform vital functions within Greater Trail.” Donations to the non-profit LeRoi Community Foundation are held in a permanent fund, with income generated from that investment distributed to registered Canadian charitable organizations whose projects meet the Foundation’s goals. The foundation advises prospective donors to visit for more details and also to talk to discuss the benefits of charitable giving with their local financial advisor.

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Jeldness descendants visit carnival ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

As the King of the Mountain competition came to a close, the Rossland News caught up with the descendants of the original mountain king in Rafters — Randie Ridgewell, the great-grandaughter of Olaus Jeldness, and her daughters Amanda Tame and Laura Price. “We skied up on Red today,� Ridgewell said, “that’s where [Jeldness] skied, not Granite but Red.� Price had come to the carnival in 2009 and had such a great time that she told Ridgewell, “Mom, we’ve got to go to the carnival.� “So we came to the carnival last year and we had so much fun,� she said. “[Jeldness] came over from Norway when he was 16 to mine, in 1887,� she said. “He went all over Canada and the U.S. Spokane, he was there a lot. Also Oregon, Montana. He came to Rossland for the gold and he stayed to ski.� “He would donate skis to anybody who wanted to ski,� she continued. “He would take staves off old barrels and make them into skis.� Jeldness had three daughters. One died young, another lived to a ripe old age but had no children, and Randie Jeldness kept Olaus’s lineage alive. “My grandma had my father and his sister, but she passed away at five,� Ridgewell said, “so we’re the only descendants of Olaus.�

Grandma Randie Jeldness may have skied a bit, but “she was more of a miner,� Ridgewell commented, a difficult path to tread for a woman among turn-of-thecentury patriarchs. “[Olaus] was trying to get her into mining, but then she met my grandfather, settled with him and had kids,� she said. The family moved to Spokane, up in the woods because Ridgewell’s grandfather was a logger. Around when her father came along, they moved to Seattle, where Ridgewell was born in 1950. By then, however, skiing had long since died out in the family. “When I was 18, we moved to the Sunshine Coast, to Gibson’s. That’s where I raised my girls,� she said. Ridgewell was 30 before she started to ski, learning on Cypress and Grouse in Vancouver. “My girlfriend was an avid skier and she said, You have got to ski.� “She knew who Olaus was,� she continued. “It’s so funny, so many people do know who he was.� “There are so many people in Rossland who know more about my great-grandfather than I do,� she said. “I’ve learned so much here, talking at the museum with Libby Martin and other people like the Spirt of Red Society that’s raising money to build the statue of Olaus.� Now Ridgewell lives with her husband Terry in Oliver,

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Laura Price, Randie Ridgewell, and Amanda Tame, the only descendants of Olaus Jeldness, were in Rossland for the winter carnival.

“so we ski on Mt. Baldy all the time. It’s so nice.� Ridgewell’s daughter Amanda Tame still lives on the coast — and was out on the slopes learning to snowboard during this interview — but five years ago Laura Price moved to Nelson. Price opened a clothing store, Global Underground on Ward Street. Though she didn’t move here to ski or out of any influence from her great-great-grandfather’s spirit, “going up to Whitewater was the first thing we did,� she recalled. Price has been skiing since she was seven — first under the tutelage of her father —

but started snowboarding when she moved here. “I come to Red a lot,� she said. When pressed on the ageold Red vs. White, she came back right away, “I like Red,� but then she hesitated. “I like them both — but I stopped getting a pass at White, put it that way, and I started coming here. I’ve been coming as much as I can.� Her mother had nothing but good words for Rossland. “It’s a lovely town,� she beamed. “We’re going to walk in the parade tonight and we get to carry the banner.�


Rotary wine festival continues to grow ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The 22nd Rossland Rotary Wine Festival on Saturday night was a big hit, with 30 wineries passing out more than 120 kinds of wine to the 260 people in attendance, who also had the pleasure of Gabriella’s delicious appetizers and Mountain Nugget’s scrumptious chocolates. “It was awesome,� said Rotary president Fiona Martin. “We changed our venue this year from the highschool to the Prestige and it worked out really well.� To accommodate all the people and wineries, the organizers found it necessary to spread out between two conference rooms, and filled both with art from the Rouge Gallery and entertainment by local crooner Norm Worsfold,

and singer-guitarists Vic Buehler, Mike Scully, and Tim Wiley. The way the event works, $50 gave people “all the wine they can possibly drink,� in addition to the food and chocolates. Guests also went home with their glass, a souvenir with the Rotary logo and the logo of a local business that won a lottery leading up to the event. This year it was RossVegas. “This is a major fundraiser for us,� Martin explained, “We really rely on it to support our different causes.� These causes include an international youth exchange program. Currently the Rossland Rotary is hosting Bobay, a Grade 10 girl from Thailand, and two Rosslanders are being sponsored abroad, Kevin Pistner in Ecuador, and Michelle Spencer in Sicily. Every May, the club also sponsors a

student to take a week-long “citizenship trip� to Ottawa in May. There the student joins with many other youths sponsored by Rotary clubs from all across Canada for a tour of the town and the parliament, to learn more about our country and government. The Rossland Rotary also has money set aside for the skatepark. “We’re just waiting to see where the venue is and for plans to get a little more solid,� Martin said, but then they will be ready with their support. At the wine festival, the Interact Club supported their community projects by doing the coat check, taking tips and donations. Their next project may be a bench on the Centennial Trail, Martin speculated. Martin was very pleased by the success of this year’s event and the way it seems to grow year after year.

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Fringe festival favourite coming to Rossland ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Jake’s Gift, a nationally acclaimed onewoman show about friendship and war, love and loss, will be presented by the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) on Feb. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Miners’ Hall. Written and performed by Julia Mackey, and directed by Dirk van Stralen, the 60-minute play depicts an 80-year-old Second World War veteran who returns to Juno Beach on the 60th anniversary of D-Day. There he meets Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village whose youthful questions and charm challenge him to confront long-buried pain, most notably the wartime death of his older brother Chester who had once been a promising young musician. Humourous, poignant, and historical, the story captures the loving friendship that develops between Jake and Isabelle while he explores his past. At its heart, Jake’s Gift pays homage to those who

fought and died for their country and captures the importance of remembrance through the story behind one soldier’s grave. “Jake’s Gift is has received incredible reviews. We just knew that our audiences would love it too,” said Renate Fleming, the president of the RCAC, further noting that the RCAC will have more theatre in their performance series this year. Mackey first created the character of Jake at a workshop in 2002, falling in love with the “funny, old guy,” and wanting to tell more of his story. She travelled to the beaches of Normandy in 2004, 60 years after D-Day, and walked the coastline meeting numerous veterans and listening to their stories. Inspired, she soon “discovered” the remainder of Jake’s life story. Since Juno Productions began touring Jake’s Gift in early 2007, the play has received critical acclaim at festivals and theatres across Canada, notably Best New Play in 2007 and 2008 at the Victoria Fringe Festival, and Best of Fest in 2008 and 2009 at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals, respectively.

Reviews from across the country shower the play with praise, from “as near a perfect play as I’ve ever seen,” (Jackie Flanagan, Founding Editor, Alberta Views magazine, Calgary,) to “If I could give this play six stars, I would,” (Shannon Boklaschuk, The Star Phoenix, Saskatoon.) They assert that Mackey plays both characters superbly and makes the audience feel that there are two actors on stage. John Threlfall of Monday Magazine wrote from Victoria that, in 60 minutes, the script and performance “speak more to the heart about Canada’s role in World War Two than would a six-hour NFB documentary. Without a doubt, Jake’s Gift is one of the most moving and unashamedly heartfelt pieces of solo theatre that has graced a stage in a long time.” The performance is appropriate for everybody over the age of 10. For more information, visit Tickets are $15 ($10 for youth under 18) and are available at Out of the Cellar on Columbia Avenue or at the Charles Bailey Theatre box office in Trail or by phone at 1-866-368-9669.

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Jake’s Gift, a critically acclaimed, onewoman show about an old veteran returning to the beaches of Normandy, will be playing at the Miners’ Hall Feb. 12 and 13.

Early Years Art Exhibit Unique quintathlon highlights a hit at Rouge Gallery city’s ‘die-hard outdoor culture’ ANDREW BENNETT


Rossland News Reporter

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The Rouge Art Gallery hosted the annual Early Years Children’s Art Exhibit all day on Saturday, the third year this event has showcased the works of young Rossland artists. Art from Four Winds Daycare, Golden Bear Children’s Centre, Ilo’s Playschool, Kindercare, Home Childcare Providers, StrongStart, and MacLean Elementary were intermingled with art by members of the Rouge Gallery. The mingling was a new approach this year that took advantage of the extra space the gallery now enjoys on the main floor of the old BMO building and, by all reports, the approach was successful. “The children’s art was fabulous, and the event was very well attended,” said Louise Drescher, a Rouge Gallery member who helped organize the event. “Everything was very well presented and there was a wide variety. We had things in there from little tots, two-yearolds on up.” “Items were for sale by

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Louise Drescher bought this fine piece of art, a cookie tin with colourful artefacts glued in the bottom, at the Early Years Children’s Art Exhibit on Saturday.

donation,” she continued. “I bought an item, it’s hilarious, a group project by three to five-yearolds. It’s an empty cookie tin filled with glue, and then they stuck in all these items: Dice, beads, little figures, buttons. The way it’s put together is so charming. It’s like a little treasure box.” “There was another collaborative piece, by Four Winds, a quilt made out of paper. Each square had been done by a different child and was then sewn together with wool,” she said. There were also lots of paintings, a large piece with gingerbread people

holding hands behind glass, a whole row of very interesting snowmen, sculptures, and more. One youngster at Ilo’s had chosen a frame with “woof woof ” written on it, so chose to draw a dog. Ilo told Drescher that she had commented to the little boy, “Isn’t that a nice picture of a dog,” to which the boy replied, “Well, there’s no dog that looks like this!” “As the years progress,” Drescher said, “[events like this] becomes tradition, so people have more time to anticipate and come up with new ideas every year. This year was great.”

The bright Sunday Sun shone on the John Heintz Cup relay race, Rossland’s quintessential quintathlon that combines our town’s favourite sports in an all out dash from the top of Red Mountain to the Lion’s Campground. Typically teams of five people sign up, one per leg of the race, but two of this year’s 12 teams were single men. “That’s something I always like to see,” said race coordinator Kathy Wallace. “It’s quite a feat to do it by yourself, especially with all the gear changes.” The race began at the top of Sally’s Alley and contestants skied or boarded down Dale’s Trail to the bull wheel at the bottom of Red. They passed off to a biker who headed down the Old Red Mountain Road to the Centennial Trail where a cross-country skier took over. From Centennial trailhead, a snowshoer blitzed down the Centre Star Gulch Trail to the Esling Park Lodge. From there, a runner took the last

leg, going west on Columbia Avenue, down Dunn Crescent, up into Black Bear and Centennial Park, onto the new trail up to the highway, and finishing at the Lion’s Campground. For the fourth year in a row, the race was won by the Double-Ds — that is, they’re undefeated since they first entered the relay four years ago. Max Banks skied, Dave Diplock biked, Dave Norens cross-country skied, Josh Swain snowshoed, and Colin Adamson ran, completing the course in 21 minutes. It was Bank’s idea to enter the team, but their win that first year was a surprise. “I knew they were great people, but I had no idea they were fast!” Banks laughed. Will they enter again next year? “We’ll see if we can get everyone together,” Banks said. “It’s always a juggling act with the kids.” Banks added, “What’s really impressive is the guy who did it himself in 27 minutes. By yourself, that’s amazing.” “Drew, that’s all he put down,” Wallace said, referring to her notes.

“Twenty-six minutes. Wow, that Drew guy was really fast!” Not far behind was solo contestant Alar Ruutopold with a time of 30 minutes. There were two family teams this year, and the three-person team of Chuck, Jess, and Nevon Fuller won the family category. Two family teams this year, Chuck, Jess, Nevon Fuller... Fuller Brush team, the three of them did the whole race, winning the family category. Les Boys won in the women’s team category yet again this year, all dressed up in suits and moustaches. Wallace had a personal favourite, however. “A group of four year old kids did it with their parents and, maybe they had a little help here and there, but they finished it themselves!” The team registered late, so did not get an official time, but rumour has it the four-year-olds did it in 57 minutes. Winter Carnival organizer Kelly Acheson also watched the team. “It’s the die-hard nature of the outdoor culture of Rosslanders.”

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Injury no setback for Lockey: coach Despite dislocated shoulder, local adaptive snowboarder ‘happy and stoked’ with X Games event, which served as a showcase to the world as well as Olympic Games organizers ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Adaptive snowboarder and Rosslander Ian Lockey’s debut in the Winter X Games in Aspen last weekend ended unfortunately with a dislocated shoulder after a gap jump on the boarder cross course. Adaptive boarder crossers are disabled athletes who have adapted their technique and style so they can compete on the same platform as able-bodied riders. “He came off a jump not quite right and just wasn’t able to land it,� said head coach Candice Drouin who was there with Lockey and Canadian Paralympian Tyler Mosher for three days of

training prior to the race. “It was a hard course,� Drouin said. “I’ve been to eight X Games and I’m pretty versed in X Game courses. There were a lot of injuries. X Games is not for the weak of heart.� She noted that several ablebodied Canadian athletes on the skier and boarder cross course were injured as a result of this event. “It’s the largest course Ian and Tyler have ever ridden,� she continued. “The final jump is 70 feet.� “Ian’s doing fine. He’s happy and stoked he came down. In the big picture it was a success with a little setback of an injury,� she said. The inclusion of adaptive

snowboard cross in the Winter X Games showcased the event to the world. “It is a huge step for the sport,� Drouin explained. Although it was an exhibition event this year, “hopefully next year we can be a full medal sport and it will help it be included in Sochi 2014,� she said about the next Winter Olympics. “Logistically, [it shows how] you can run an ablebodied alongside an adaptive course, side-by-side,� she said. This year, including Lockey and Mosher, only six adaptive boarders competed.

“We had some great talent out,� Drouin said. “In the future, hopefully we’ll have more numbers.� Despite the injuries, Drouin is a big fan of the X Games.

“It’s one of the best events of the year. It pushes limits. It tests your skill and your ability to overcome. And it’s fun to scare yourself!�

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From left to right, the six competitors who competed in the adaptive boarder cross race at last weekend’s X Games (and their ďŹ nishing positions): Evan Strong (1st), Tyler Mosher (5th), Dan Monzo (3rd), Mike Shea (2nd), Keith Deutsch (4th), Ian Lockey (6th.)

Volunteers needed for upcoming alpine races The Face of Red and Back Trail, at Red Mountain Resort, will soon be slashed by the long sharp edges of giant slalom and slalom skiers in the FIS, ACA, and BC Alpine sanctioned races that will run Feb. 25 - 28. Many volunteers are needed because men and women skiers will race simultaneously for all four days. Women will run the GS course on Jan. 25 and 26 while the men run the slalom course. Men and women will swap courses for Jan. 27 and 28. Today is the entry deadline for competitors, but approximately

100 volunteers will be required for a multitude of tasks. Race organizers said that all help is welcomed, regardless of experience with ski racing or a lack thereof, and any assistance will be very much appreciated. Volunteers who commit to four days will receive free shared accommodation in a condo, a gift, lift pass, and free lunches. To volunteer, contact Alar Ruutopold, the chief of volunteers, at Alar.Ruutopold@saint-gobain. com.





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