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On Top of the World Skiers travel along Record Ridge above the Field of Dreams near Rossland. Their ascent and descent went smoothly, but a pair of snowboarders triggered a large avalanche on Mount Plewman on New Year’s Day, prompting renewed warnings for caution as more and more people venture out into the backcountry. Please see the story on page 4.

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Rossland assessments down in 2011 ROBSON FLETCHER Rossland News Editor

The value of most Rossland homes will decline by about one per cent in the eyes of the provincial and municipal governments, and the city’s total assessment roll will also dip

slightly in 2011 compared to the year before. That’s according to the latest figures from BC Assessment, which has just sent out letters to property owners informing them of the new estimated values of their homes and businesses.

“In most of the municipalities in the Rossland/ Trail area, the market values decreased slightly,” regional deputy assessor Dennis Hickson said. As a result, a typical single-family home in Rossland valued at $253,000 last year would be valued

at $250,000 on the 2011 assessment roll. The City of Rossland’s total assessment roll also dropped in 2011. It stands at $601 million this year compared to $624 million last year. The annual adjustment is based largely on aggre-

gate sale prices for properties in a given municipality, which BC Assessment collects from land registry data and uses to estimate the new market value of a given home or business.

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It’s January, the snow lies deep, the cold digs deeper, and the days seem to pass before they’ve started: What better time to start gardening, say the spunky local food advocates of Rossland REAL Food. The group’s 2011 Edible Garden Tours will kick off on Jan. 12 at the home of Iain and Libby Martin with methods for starting garden plants indoors. “There are plants that need to be started at this time of year to bloom in time, later in the summer,� she said on Tuesday. “I actually just started some geraniums yesterday.� “[The workshop] is on selection of seeds, seed catalogues, storing seeds, that sort of thing, but my focus is on methods for starting seeds.� she said. Martin will also discuss plant containers that come for free in the recycle bin. “I’ve been collecting the odd thing like milk containers, egg cartons, the

boxes salads come in.� In past years, Martin has been known for her tomatoes, but this is the first year in a long time that she will only have six tomato plants in her greenhouse. “I principally grow flowers, even though I do grow vegetables. Whether its vegetables or flowers, annuals or perennials, the process is much the same, the requirements are very similar,� Martin explained. “In my basement, I have what my kids call my grow-op,� she laughed. The Martins bought their house in 1971, “and we’ve been gradually plugging away at it since then. It’s been a garden in process.� “My garden style has evolved over the years. At first I just wanted a few flowers and lettuces. I gradually progressed beyond that. You’d have to see my garden to understand what I’m saying,� she said. Although Libby Martin’s father was “a really keen gardener� she said, “I don’t know if there was any learning at

the time.� “Some of what he knew must have grown on to me by osmosis,� she chuckled. “Things come back to you as your doing it.� The second tour in the series will also cover seed catalogues, seed starting, and garden planning with Sarah Flood and Cal Duek on Feb. 17 at their home on 1980 Thompson Ave. The third tour returns to the Martins’ on March 16 for more information on starting vegetables from seed and moving young plants to cold frames and greenhouses. The REAL Foodies have six tours planned for 2011. The fourth, fifth, and sixth sessions will be outdoor tours of the gardens of several experienced locals. The Jan. 12 tour begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Martins’ — 1465 Washington St. — and costs $5 per person. There is a limit of 10 participants. To register, contact Hanne Smith at 362-7767.

Alzheimer awareness urged this month ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

January is Alzheimer Awareness month across Canada and 20 communities in B.C. will take part in the annual “Investors Group Walk for Memories� on Jan. 30 to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in its effort to improve research into dementia in general, and to provide care and support for sufferers and their families. The West Kootenay branch of the society will hold a Walk for Memories from 1 to 3 p.m. inside the Nelson and District Community Complex in Nelson. “Here in the West Kootenay,� said Linda Hoskin of the West Kootenay Alzheimer Society of BC, “the walk honours Issie McLaughlin, a respected commu-

nity member and devoted family man.� McLaughlin’s family operates McLaughlin Printers and Stationers in Nelson. “The money you raise will support the more than 1,600 individuals and families in the West Kootenay living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,� she continued. Other forms of dementia include Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Pick’s disease among others. Hoskin said one in three Canadians know someone with Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease that impairs thinking and memory as brain cells progressively shrink or disappear, choked by threadlike “tangles� and replaced by dense, irregular “plaques.� Alzheimer’s disease appears to develop when the combined



effects of various risk factors overwhelm the brain’s natural self-repair mechanisms and reduce its ability to maintain healthy nerve cells, the Alzheimer Society explains.

“Promising results are now emerging from clinical trials of new drugs and vaccines that actually attack the disease process and provide hope for continued advances in treatment.� Alzheimer Society The biggest risk factor, they continued, is advancing age. Other risk factors range from

head injuries, low levels of education, and depression, to high cholesterol, stress, and inadequate exercise. Fortunately, the society says new research suggests “some relearning may be possible.� “Promising results are now emerging from clinical trials of new drugs and vaccines that actually attack the disease process and provide hope for continued advances in treatment.� The new and evolving means to combat Alzheimer’s also include therapies, from music to physical activities, that have shown positive effects when tailored to each patient’s personality and inherent strengths. “A person-centered approach to care ... preserves and improves quality of life,�

the society maintains. The Alzheimer Society helps fund research into both pharmaceutical and physical therapies, but also helps people living with the disease and their families to cope. How can you help? Hoskins said the Walk for Memories is a great place: “start a team, join a team, volunteer, donate, or sponsor today!� To get involved with the Walk for Memories, visit or call 250-352-7960. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or to get involved, visit the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia online at, or contact the West Kootenay Resource Center at 250-352-6788, 1-877452-6788.




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MP to perform at next Joe Hill ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Among many local talents scheduled to play, the recently released lineup for the Joe Hill Coffeehouse on Jan. 16 includes our very own Member of Parliament for the Southern Interior, Alex Atamanenko. It turns out that Atamanenko, a Renaissance man who speaks five languages, has a black belt in karate, harbours a strong interest in yoga and alternative medicine, skis, runs, and swims in his spare time, not to mention standing up for our right to healthy, locally produced food as the NDP’s Agriculture Critic in Ottawa. He is also in a band, the Balladeers, who play folk and country numbers at seniors’ homes all over the region. Like most people, Joe Hill organizer Michael Gifford was caught by surprise. “I’ve never heard him perform. I know it’s going to be a guitar, a banjo, and vocals,” Gifford said. “It’ll be fun!” Atamanenko, who turns 66 one week after the performance, will play and sing with Lawrence Halisheff.

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Some of the songs are in Russian, a language Atamanenko learned at home, but others are folk songs from the six-

ties revival and from around B.C. and Canada. “The rest of the show is going to be really good too,” Gifford added, including songs by Les Carter, the former mayor of Rossland who encouraged Atamanenko to perform at Joe Hill. Another big draw is sure to be the young Renee Salsiccioli of Kootenay Danceworks, and Russell Haskins has more of his original pop in store. Almeda Glenn Miller will read from “January Gets a Bit Dark For Me” and Kyla Hanna will sing some of her Salmo originals. Marti Daniel and Wade Williamson are also in the mix with pop songs and folk. Gifford himself will be performing on bass with the venerable Max Hawk and his Ymir country tunes. “It’s always a good time,” smiled Gifford, who encouraged everyone to come out for a fun evening of music and refreshments. The first act goes on at 7 p.m. and admission is regularly $3, but free for students. People interested in volunteering or performing at a future Joe Hill should contact Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or

How to defeat the common louse ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

If your pooch is scratching hard, perhaps the new year is a good time to resolve to rid the pup of a classic Rossland scourge: dog lice. The first step, said Dr. Brian GresleyJones of Gresley-Jones Veterinary Services in Trail, is to take a good look for them. “Lice are not that hard to find,” he said about the yellow-grey to brown insects that are about the size of a flea, or a sesame seed, “but you need to be really careful to look.” They can be almost anywhere, under their “legpits,” under their collar, around their bum, at the top of

their tail, or around their shoulders. “It’s a matter of getting down through the hair coat,” Gresley-Jones said. “You need to concentrate on where the animal is doing most of its scratching.” If you find something you think is a louse, “stick it to a piece of clear tape, or throw it into an envelope. Then we can identify it,” he said. “Often the problem is people bring their animal in, but we don’t have half an hour to go over the whole dog,” he explained. It’s “basically one species” of lice that affects dogs in Rossland, Gresley-Jones said, but they are specific to dogs and can-

not transfer to people, cats, or any other animals.

“Lice are not that hard to find but you need to be really careful to look.” Dr. Brian Gresley-Jones Unlike fleas, the entire life cycle of a louse is on the host, from egg to adult, so there is no concern (as with fleas) that a house might get infested by eggs that fall off. Nits — tiny, white, elongated lice eggs — are cemented onto the

shafts of hair on the dog, and most treatments attack the adult lice, not the nits. That is why lice treatments must either last long enough to catch the eggs when they hatch, or be reapplied over a period of three weeks, GresleyJones said. “I can’t vouch for over-the-counter medications,” he said, “they probably aren’t as good as what we can give them.” “Any shampoo that will get fleas will get lice,” he continued, but noted that they must be reapplied “once a week for three weeks” and directions must be followed: “The lather must sit for a good five to 10 minutes if you can,

then rinse it.” He said some topicals used for fleas also work for lice, but his first recommendation is to visit a vet who can prescribe an injection like “ivermectin.” “It works very very well,” he said, with the exception of a few breeds — collies, shelties, and sight hounds — “due to their inability to metabolize it properly.” He weighed the options: “Three shampoos in cold weather, versus one shot that will usually do the trick.” However you choose to scratch your dog’s itch in 2011, don’t forget that dog registration with the city in January is halfprice.

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Boarders trigger large avalanche on Plewman ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

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Two snowboarders brought in the new year with a heartstopper just past noon on Jan. 1, triggering a broad size-two slide down the barren southeast face of Mount Plewman. “I just happened to hear some noise and was facing that direction,” said skier Ed Kennedy who was with a buddy skinning up Fifty’s Ski Movie. “It was a calm day, so anything stood out,” he explained. “I saw a fracture line and snow moving. It slid all the way. Naturally, I looked for how many lines were going into the fracture.” “I noticed one to start off with, then another line came in afterwards,” Kennedy said, adding that he then saw the two snowboarders riding down the west side of the slide. “[The rider] definitely triggered it, but managed to stay up,” he said. Avalanche forecaster Jim Markin examined the slide on Monday while hiking with friends up Plewman for some turns on the north face. “I had a good look at it,” he said. “[The slab’s thickness] tapered from about 40 centimetres to nothing, and it was more than 70 metres wide.” “It was a wind-affected [scoured and loaded] unsupported feature in the middle of a mid-30-degree slope at about 1,800 to 1,900 meters elevation,” Markin explained. “It looks like it

The riders’ tracks and the aftermath of the sizetwo avalanche are visible on the southeast face of Mount Plewman, shortly after the slide occurred on Jan. 1. Ed Kennedy photos

went on the late November crust.” The same crust is blamed for another recent avalanche at a local cat-skiing operation. The characteristics were similar except that it faced northeast with a 100-centimetre crown. Both were triggered by the weight of one skier. “The layer is there,” Markin said. “It’s a shallow snow pack,” he continued about the southeast face of Plewman. “That’s an inherently weak snowpack structure. The crust rotted out.” “I’ve seen that slope slide a lot. It’s shallow, rocky, and rolls off a lot in the middle of the face.” “The debris was

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quite dispersed and it is unlikely that someone would have been buried, but they could have been hurt getting pushed around by the snow,” Markin speculated. He dismissed suggestions that the sun may have been a factor. “It’s very unlikely,” he said. “The sun’s tangent is so low at this time of year. Sun effect is going to start happening in about three weeks.” The backcountry

was busy over the holidays, with people going everywhere for fresh lines. “It was a highway, it was ridiculous,” laughed Kennedy, who was originally from Australia’s central coast but is now a Canadian citizen and has worked as a carpenter in Rossland for eight years. He wasn’t surprised by all the fuss. “It’s what we live for, the conditions right now.”

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INTERMEDIATE PILATES WITH JACKIE Mon 7:30-8:30pm, Fri 6:30-7:30am, at Better Life


PILATES WITH GABRIELLE All levels, Wed. 7-8:15pm at 1995 Columbia (Subway), Drop-

Fitness. Drop-in $12 or 10 for $95. in $10 or 6 for $55.

DRILL-FIT Mondays 7-8:15pm. Contact: or visit www. $55 for 6 sessions. With Gabrielle, 1995 Columbia Ave.

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SENIORS’ SKATE with Evan Mackay. Jan 6 to Feb 24, Thurs. 10:30-11:30am, Rossland

SUNDAY GROUP XC SKI Sundays 9am, meet at Kootenay Nordic Sports. Free.

Arena. $30 ($4 drop-in).

WEDNESDAY GROUP SKATE SKI 6:30pm, with Gerald, meet at Black Jack trailhead. Free.

BACK TO HEALTH - CORE STRENGTH with Liz Anderson. Jan 6 to Feb 10, Thurs. 6-7pm,

MOM, DAD, & ME At St. Andrew’s United Church, Sept 18 to Dec 15. Ages 0 to 5 years,

Miners’ Hall. $60 +HST. For back pain or injury recovery.

$3, Tue. morning, 9:30-11:30. Ages 0 to 18 months, $2, Wed. morning 10-11:30.

K1/K2 SKI RACES Jan 8 & 9 at Red Mtn Resort. Contact

HARMONY CHOIR All levels, new members welcome! Sept. 8 to April, Wed. at 7:30pm,

HALF-PRICE COMMUNITY DAYS AT RED Everyone skis for half price, Jan 11 and 12.

J.L. Crowe Music Room, Trail. Contact Tammy, 368-8399.

INDOOR GARDENING TOURS Next: Jan 12, 6:30-8:30pm, 1465 Washington (Iain & Libby

KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact

PRESCHOOL SKATING with Evan Mackay. Jan 6 to Feb 24, Thurs. 9:30-10:30am, Rossland

Martin). Seed selection, starting. Tomatoes & geraniums. $5. Contact: 362-7767.

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FREESKI CHAMPIONSHIPS Jan 12-15 (Senior), Jan 20-22 (Junior), at Red Mtn Resort. Reg-

STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Fridays at the Rossland Library: Tots (ages 3-5) 10:15-

istration open until Jan 5: SARAH CALVERT AT THE ALPINE GRIND Jan 13, 7:30pm. Jazzy blues to earthy folk. Admission by donation ($5-$10 suggested). Visit for a preview. FOLK DANCING - ENGLISH & CONTRA Next: Friday, Jan 14, 7-9:30pm, Miners’ Hall, New-

comers welcome! $5 drop-in. Contact Dave Cornelius, 362-3319. CROOKED BROTHERS AT RAFTERS Jan 16, 3pm on. Winnipeg roots band playing crooked

country, backporch blues, and scrapyard funk. JOE HILL COFFEEHOUSE Next: Jan 16, 7-9:30pm, $3 for adults, free for students. To volun-

teer or perform, contact Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or SUPER DEMO DAYS AT RED Jan 22 and 23, Rossignol, Armada, Elan, Blizzard. SKATE SKIING Intermediate/Advanced with Andy Morel. Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, 6:30-

8:30pm, $90 +HST. Contact Black Jack Cross Country Kiosk. WINTER CARNIVAL Jan 28-30, 114th Winter Carnival. Includes the Bobsled Race, Kids

Carnival, Blizzard Music Festival, Food Fair. Contact Volunteers contact BC POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS Jan 28-30, with Winter Carnival. Several divisions. Jan

10:45 am and Books for Babies (under 3) 11:00-11:30 am. Drop-in. A parent or guardian must remain in the program room for the duration.

PUNK ROCK BINGO 9pm to last call, every Wednesday. Join Rosie and Katie at the Fly-

ing Steamshovel. $3/one card, $5/three cards. Proceeds to local families in need.

ROSSLAND RADIO CO-OP Join, volunteer, host a show. Meet the 2nd Wed each month,

7pm at the radio headquarters, Rotary Health Building, 1807 Columbia Ave.

ROSSLAND SKATEPARK COMMITTEE 6-8 pm, first Tuesday each month at the Rossland

Library. Come be part of the process.

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.

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

Wed. 6-7pm. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thu. 4-5:30pm. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063.

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

CURLING AT THE ARENA Rossland Retirees Mixed, Mon./Thu., 9:30am. Beginners wel-

come. Call Bill, 362-9462, or Jim, 364-1051. Also Ladies Curling, Mon., 7pm.

15 registration deadline. Visit for info.

BINGO AND FILMS Bingo Thurs., films Tues., both at 1:30pm, Rossland Seniors’ Hall.


ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. # 14 ROSSLAND General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on

clarinet, 7:30pm, Rouge Gallery. Tickets $12 ahead or $15 at the door. 362-9609.

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

FLOW YOGA All about Hatha with Norma Mahri. Mon/Wed 5:30-7pm, gym of École des

ROTARY CLUB OF ROSSLAND: Weekly meetings at the Rock Cut Pub, Mon., 6-8pm. All

Septs Sommets (1st Ave. & Monte Cristo.) Call Rossland Recreation at 362-2327.

welcome! Contact John Sullivan, 362-5278.

YOGA WITH KERRY TURNER SkiFit Yoga: Tues/Thurs. 6:30-8pm. Yoga for Peace: Sunday

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

10-11:30am. At Better Life Fitness. $12 drop-in or $95/10x pass. Partial proceeds to yoga for youth-at-risk. Contact

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

RED ROOM LOUNGE Martini Mon., Toonie Tues., Wine Wed. (open stage), Thurs. jugs

HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna:

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Play hard, stay safe

Snow has fallen again to replace what blew away Monday night, and fresh flakes are flying in many of our dreams, but the new year’s as good a time as any to resolve to end the season in one piece. The smiles abound and it’s been a great winter season so far. Over the break, Red Mountain blasted past it’s 2003 record of 2,700 skiers in a single day, the backcountry’s been packed, the snow’s been light and plentiful, and many more lines beg for a slayin’. To boot, with the kids racing slalom this weekend and the big kids going for big air and mad lines at the freeski comp next week, there’s a tingle in the air, a certain inspiration to get out there and go for gold. That’s what we love about Rossland. But we’d also like to take this moment to meditate on a season that ends, as much as possible, with healthy bodies and happy minds. Several recent skier-triggered avalanches in the area — notably on Mount Roberts and Mount Plewman — should remind us to think before we leap. If your skills are rusty, take advantage of Red Mountain’s upcoming Avi Day on Jan. 15. There was also at least one major crash at Red Mountain on Monday, in which a 10-year-old boy suffered severe spinal injuries. He’s currently in intensive care in Vancouver. A tragedy like this reminds us of the ever-present risks that accompany some of our favourite activities. But like Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “As soon as there is life there is danger.” And we agree with Babe Ruth: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” So play hard, but stay safe. We want to hear from you.

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Plenty of options for rec resolutions Happy New Year everyone! Now that the holidays are over and we’re all back to work and school, it’s business as usual. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to be more committed to your health, there are a couple great courses coming up. The Co-Ed Kids Rec. Hockey program got a post Christmas gift from Dan Eheler from Seven Summits Contracting! Dan has generously provided the program with brand new, brightred hockey jerseys with the Junior Warriors logo! The Rec. Hockey kids will look great with their beautiful new Jerseys. From all the kids in the program and from the Recreation Department — thanks for supporting youth and recreation in Rossland! The Co-Ed Adult’s Rec Hockey nights, on Tuesdays and Sundays are very popular and spaces fill quickly. There is a maximum number of players per night — if you would like to play, please ensure you arrive early! The “Back to Health — Core Strength” class starts Thursday, Jan. 6 in the Miners’ Hall, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. This course is for adults dealing with chronic back pain or recovering from previous injury. All the exercises are designed to increase your core muscle strength, improve balance and posture and decrease chronic pain.

Participants will need to bring a stability ball. If you’re interested in becoming a better classic or skate skier, we have two intermediate / advanced classes coming up. The skate ski class starts Tuesday, Jan. 25 and runs for three weeks. The classic cross country ski class starts Thursday, Jan. 27 and also runs for three weeks. Both classes start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m. There’s a new indoor soccer option in Rossland! First session is Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m., in the RSS gym.

ers’ Hall. Zumba is a mix of music and dance that includes a variety of international styles — salsa, samba, meringue, belly dancing reggaeton and more. The class works every muscle, shakes every body part and teaches some great steps while having fun. If you need a good stretch after a day of skiing, there are two yoga classes per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the MacLean Annex. The Annex is located on First Avenue between St. Paul and Monte Christo. Please bring a yoga mat, a water bottle and some warm, comfy clothes. The outdoor rinks are open and ready to enjoy! If you’re up at Red Mountain, there’s a rink below the bank, as you drive around the roundabout, to your right. In Rossland, the outdoor rink is located in the block between the arena and the high school – between Spokane and Washington. The Sustainable Living Conversation Series starts up this month. On Saturday, Jan. 22 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Café Books on Washington, you can meet for free flowing conversations with experienced locals about growing and preserving food, raising chickens and animals and living in a sustainable manner. All ages are welcome and no registration is necessary.

Recreation Education COmmunity Bring a water bottle and indoor shoes. Mindful Movements starts up again on Wednesday, Jan. 12 and runs until March 9. This class is becoming increasingly popular, with rave reviews! The class focuses on quiet, slow, gentle meditative movements that increase awareness to your physical, mental and emotional, body and mind. These movements promote healing, release scar tissue, increase flexibility and range of motion and retrain neural pathways. Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Zumba and Stretch and Strength have new hours. Starting Jan. 5, both classes will start at 9 a.m. in the Min-

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Opinion Building permit sets dangerous precedent

City staff are giving away city property and Rossland council is doing nothing about it. In October 2010, a building permit was issued for the construction of a garage in the 1900-block of Second Avenue. The problem is the garage is being built so that it crosses the property line and encroaches about seven feet onto the city’s road allowance. When asked why a building permit had been issued, the city administrator replied, in writing, that it was in accordance with Policy No. 0628. This policy was adopted in 2009 to allow construction or reconstruction of retaining elements (such as rock walls) to create safe access to properties or to channel water

flow. It does not provide any authority to construct a garage that encroaches on city property. On the other hand, Policy No. 0620, adopted in 1986 and still in force, has sought to remove encroachments on city property whenever possible. There are dozens, if not hundreds, that date back many decades. The city has made significant progress in eliminating these encroachments over the years. The Zoning Bylaw specifies that no construction can proceed if the building will straddle a property line. The Encroachment Bylaw says that encroachments not secured by a restrictive covenant are unlawful. The Community Charter says that only council, not staff,

can permit an encroachment. Now that this precedent has been established, will we see applications from other residents in Rossland who might want to replace a landscape feature on a city boulevard with an extension to their patio, garage, or house? How could they be denied without attracting charges of favouritism? By issuing this building permit, staff have contravened policies, bylaws and provincial legislation. Council, who were elected to look after the interests of taxpayers, has taken no action. Laurie Charlton Rossland City Councillor




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In late December, three members of the Board of Education wrote the Minister of Education, asking that she dissolve the elected board and intervene to continue the closure of schools in our district. Here we have six of nine trustees willing to make the ‘best’ decision that will influence the continued provision of education in our local schools, and on the outside are the three wise trustees who cannot wait to cast their ballots to close facilities in someone else’s community. Here we have new information regarding the Neighbourhoods of Learning program, that as you might expect is not ‘fully fleshed out,’ given the current status of the ‘new’ Minister of Education in a disrupted government. I believe it is inappropriate for any elected official to make decisions when relevant information to the decision is known to be incomplete, especially when it involves the disruption of our communities by closing schools. Having been on the Board of Trustees for 18 years, I can say any decisions to close neighbourhood schools were always taken with due respect to public information; being aware of the needs in the little communities in our area; and, ultimately what was in the best interest of all of our students (citizens) in the long term. (Can anyone now say, that closing TMS as a middle school when the minister of the day refused to fund

the program in the long term, was as negative as the closure of Webster and ultimate closure of Glenmerry Elementary Schools would have been?) This little group appealing to the Minister of Education to intervene and override the legitimate decision of the local Board of Education is appalling. The B.C. School Trustees Association, the professional organization these trustees are members of, has for years opposed the haphazard intervention of the minister in local decision-making, and limits to the authority of local elected trustees. Clearly, they have forgotten that they are elected locally, but have to have a broader and longer term view of the larger district. The planning process has a five-year window, and this group wanted to jump through it last week. Perhaps, in their need for haste, the decision to delay closing schools doesn’t fit with their parochial need to exert control over the legitimate decisions of the corporate Board of Education. If they don’t like the way the majority works, they could always do the honourable thing, and resign, and let someone else work for the students in this district. It would certainly be better than asking the minister to intervene and further dilute the role of the elected trustee. J. Gordon Titsworth Former trustee of SD11 and SD20

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The New Year is looking bright We made it through Christmas; only 350-something days until we do it all again. I hope the holiday season brought all that you wished for and more. I did well this year, finally making the gifts we have been talking about for years and I almost got them all out on or before the day itself. Who knows? Maybe next year we’ll even decorate the house. Now with the arrival of the new year, the overindulgence of the season is over and and it’s time for our new year’s resolutions. What will it be this year? To get fit? Work harder? Work less? Travel

more? I love the opportunity to sit back and reflect on another year gone and the possibilities of a new year coming. With the Bettygohard winter programs starting this week, I have been looking back at the previous four years and how much fun it has been. The Bettygohard community was started out of a frustration at the lack of inspiration out there for the girls; I wanted to create a place where females of all ages and abilities could come together and inspire one another. Bettygohard is about embracing who we are: no expectations, no

boundaries, just getting out and having fun. The community is a place to connect with other like-minded females, to find your motivation to get out and have fun. It’s about enjoying old passions and finding new ones. Our events are also about encouraging females to take time out for themselves. They additionally provide opportunities to increase your confidence through learning new skills and being with others of the same level. The new year is looking to be another busy and exciting one; with a new community website being launched, new coaches and

partnerships bringing great new programs and clinics expanding within the Kootenays and beyond. It has been an amazing journey so far and I would like to thank all the ‘Betties’ out in the community that have supported us over the past four years and look forward to another year of fun. Happy New Year! Natasha Lockey runs Bettygohard Women’s Action Sports Community. Originally from New Zealand she has been living and playing in the Kootenays for the past seven years.

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Arts & Culture

Crooked Brothers begin a long journey to Rossland


Rossland News Reporter

The Crooked Brothers, a band playing what they describe as “timeless country, backporch blues, and stomping scrapyard funk,” set out today from their home in Falcon Lake, Man., and will reach Rafter’s pub at Red Mountain on Jan. 16 for a 3 p.m. performance that will run into the night. Their sound is tough to nail. Haunted by sexuality, death, and loss, it’s coarse, dirty, and metallic, but also simple, warm, and clear. Whatever the genre, the album grooves. “You’re tearing out my heart and selling it for scrap,” growls the lead to a backbeat of sledge hammers on spikes in Rusty

Old Scars, the first track in their debut album, Deathbed Pillowtalk. “When I lick my wounds, I taste the price of gas.” The song mourns a community’s heartbreak at having their railway sold for scrap to the U.S. and China and the tough times faced by small farmers. “We play mostly originals,” said harmonica and dobro player Darwin Baker. Matt Foster works the banjo and Jesse Matas picks the mandolin. “We pass the guitar around,” Baker continued, “and we all sing.” Beer bottles and prayer bowls are no stranger to their tunes either. From hymns to hollers, waltzes to odes, “each song is distinctive yet still consistent with the col-

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lection as a whole,” wrote a reviewer for Winnipeg’s Uptown Magazine, giving them an A+. Foster said: “On any given night, a concert which may begin in heartbreaking waltzes, will certainly take a number of left turns only to result in dark theatrical pieces or barn burning dance

tunes. It’s not uncommon to see everyone and their grandmother on the dance floor.” All three write the songs. “For the most part, whoever is singing the lead wrote the song,” Baker explained, influenced by “everything from Willie Neslon to Tom Waits to

Leonard Cohen — lyrically more than musically.” The band thrives on a do-it-yourself approach to touring, pleased to play anywhere from farmers markets and backyards to living rooms and pubs. “We’ve been together for over three years now,” Baker said, though he’s played with Foster in an eight-piece reggae-rockpunk-ska band, Subsidy Dwellers, that’s “still going strong” after eight years. “I still play with them,” Baker said, “but Matt just quit in December. It was too crazy to be in two touring bands.” The trio are no strangers to the Kootenays, with many friends in the area who “either emigrated there or we made there,” Baker said. Last winter, Crooked

Brothers played at the Old Firehall and the Steamshovel where their most lasting memory was hardfought games of Hammerschlagen. “We did pretty good,” Baker said, “we’re all pretty good with the hammer.” Their “Kootenanny” tour will take them through Winlaw on Jan. 13 — Sleep is For Sissies — Nelson on Jan. 14 and 15 — The Royal and Ellison’s Organic Market — Ymir on Jan. 15 — Ymir Schoolhouse — and finally Rossland the next day. On either end, the band has gigs set up for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and their home province. To hear a preview, visit their website — crooked. — or check them out on MySpace and Facebook.

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The Gypsy at Red restaurant recently filled their walls with the evocative paintings of local artist Catherine Wetmore whose works have been greatly influenced by a passion for â&#x20AC;&#x153;raw natureâ&#x20AC;? and a childhood spent in remote camps and towns across Canada. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m delighted, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lovely place to exhibit,â&#x20AC;? she said in a recent interview, noting the colour of the walls, the lighting, and the beautiful objects on display beside her paintings. Wetmore paints in a wide variety of styles with a number of different materials from Chinese ink, both coloured and black-andwhite inks, to watercolours and acrylics. The overriding presence of nature is palpable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the outdoors,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The landscape has been so much of my life, growing up in the bush.â&#x20AC;? Citing Emily Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiritual connection to the land as one of her inspirations, Wetmore said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The historical relationship our native people have with the land excites me. I am a believer in Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation of this wonderful world and am an avid environmentalist.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;That one behind you is probably the oldest,â&#x20AC;? Wetmore said, pointing out an ink work painted in the late 1980s of bare branches and autumn leaves, with a wind that can almost be felt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used to live right near Spirit Park, in the Endowment Lands,â&#x20AC;? she explained, referring to a period in Vancouver with her husband Douglas, a supreme court justice from 1975 to 1993. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would go walking with the dog in the woods each day, and sketch in there.â&#x20AC;? She met Douglas in downtown Trail one summer in 1948, having just moved there from Yellowknife after a term at the Banff School of Fine Arts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was born in Prince Rupert,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;then lived in Kimberley. My dad was a mining engineer with Teck. We lived in Kaslo for a while. Then we went to Chibougamau [in central Quebec] and lived in the bush in a log cabin under 20 feet of snow,â&#x20AC;? she laughed. The family stayed in this

camp of 50 workers for a year while a gold mine was tested. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were only three families and we were the only children: My older sister, my twin brother and myself. My baby brother was born there, in this little town away from nowhere.â&#x20AC;? There was no plumbing, oxen did much of the work around camp, and the kitchen stove was the main heating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was wonderful. I loved it,â&#x20AC;? Wetmore beamed. In 1937 her father moved to Yellowknife to work for the Con Mine. It was early days for the frontier town, so he built a cabin before inviting the family up. Wetmore remembers clearly the two-day flight, jumping in little planes from Vancouver via Fort McMurray and Lake Athabasca. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were five of us, plus a pilot and co-pilot, and a maid and a dog,â&#x20AC;? she laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were barrels of fuel in the back and we sat on sleeping bags and stuff like that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to unload some trunks and suitcases to get up because there was no wind that day. They had to take a few runs at taking off because we were so heavily loaded! That was quite an adventure.â&#x20AC;? Her years in the north were a huge influence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved Yellowknife. It was wonderful growing up there as a kid,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fantastic, really, a fantastic childhood.â&#x20AC;? She remembers skijoring behind cars and and skating for miles across the bay when it froze without a wind to break it up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would all have bonfires on the beach and go out skating with the stars and the moon and the northern lights,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even at 60 below, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind it.â&#x20AC;? After 10 years, the family moved to Trail where Douglas had grown up and was visiting, home from his third year of law at UBC. She joined him in Vancouver and took a year at UBC herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to get married so I came home [to Trail], took a business course and worked for Teck for a couple years until we could afford it,â&#x20AC;? she explained. They had three children in Warfield while Douglas worked as a

lawyer and Wetmore raised the family, attended weekend art workshops and was an active member of the Trail Art Club. In one year the couple will celebrate their 60th anniversary. When Douglas was appointed to the bench in 1975 Wetmore returned to UBC, earning her BFA in 1980. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UBC in those days was not a style-conscious school. You were left on your own to mess around and see what you came up with,â&#x20AC;? she said. She never tired of the physical aspect of â&#x20AC;&#x153;messing,â&#x20AC;? quite clear that â&#x20AC;&#x153;I make many messes and throw away lots of experiments but rejoice in completing a piece of work that satisfies my soul.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;But,â&#x20AC;? she continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a matter of flinging paint around. I think the most interesting questions our art teacher used to ask us all the time was, OK, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this about?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She wanted to know why we did it and what we thought about it, and why we wanted to do it, why we felt like it was important. That was a good lesson.â&#x20AC;? Thinking about her main subject of landscapes, she said â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is an aspect of realism in my work, but I always hope that there is also an element of lyricism and beauty in what I produce.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember when I graduated, the head of the department asked: How do you see your art out of your studio?â&#x20AC;? Wetmore recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought initially, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the world Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking on. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned since then that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that way at all. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about painting for myself, not painting for the world,â&#x20AC;? she explained, saying she refuses commissions because â&#x20AC;&#x153;I paint what I want to paint.â&#x20AC;? After more than a decade working in various studios in Vancouver, in 1993 the couple retired to Vernon



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where they owned horses, went hiking and camping, and Wetmore belonged to an art gallery and had exhibitions. Her paintings have been exhibited all over Vancouver, the Okanagan, and the Kootenays, are in permanent collections in Victoria, Richmond, and Grand Forks, and are in private collections across Canada, the U.S., and Europe. In 2008, Douglas and Catherine returned to Trail where sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibited three times at the Visac Gallery. Although she loves the town, the people, and the area, she wants Trail to revitalize itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been labelled for far too long as strictly a sports town. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bunch of crap. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of artistic people,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots [Trail] could do, but downtown is dead. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to entice people, one of the first things they want is some culture. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library.â&#x20AC;? Wetmore sees room for improvement in the art gallery especially. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little basement hole, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eight feet high,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Visac have a good group now. The new director is all keen to see what can be done.â&#x20AC;?

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Wetmore is also a member of the Rouge Gallery and has a lot of room in her heart for Rossland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the place to be. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad to be back.â&#x20AC;? Catherine Wetmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art is on display at the Gypsy at Red, at Red Mountain Resort, until February.


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indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,â&#x20AC;? Hickson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a notice of complaint (appeal) by Jan. 31, for an independent review by a property assessment review panel.â&#x20AC;? The area assessment office is located at 502 Victoria St. in Nelson. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday throughout the month of January. Assessments and other information are also available online at

needs for 10 to 15 years, he adds. The credit union is currently testing the system and will do a mock conversion in January. Once implemented, probably the biggest change members will notice is to their statements. However, the changeover will require a closure of all branches from 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. There may also be disruptions to ATMs, online banking, and debit services during that period. The credit union has set up a page on its website to keep members up to date on the change, at /Nelson Star


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Aggressive lines, solid control, and taoist flow are the name of the game at the 10th annual Canadian Open Freesking Championships at Red Mountain Resort that kicks off next week with senior events for skiers 19 and older. Until spaces are filled, registration will remain open for the senior event up to and including walk-ins on Jan. 12. Athletes have to have their equipment safety tested at noon on Jan. 12 and attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. "Typically the seniors wait until the last minute," said Red Mountain's Mika Hakkola. "It will be a bit of mad rush for the next week with people registering online. Now is the time. They should get on it ASAP." The top three men and top three women will take home prizes totaling $10,000, as well as a "bunch a swag" from skis to gift bags, Hakkola said. To celebrate the event's 10th anniversary, all participants will go home with commemorative belt buckles and T-shirts, and will receive free admission to the awards dinner and after party. Skiers will charge Link's Line (under the Motherlode lift) on Jan. 13, to be judged on five criteria: line, control, fluidity, technique, and aggression. Lifts will open at 7 a.m. for athletes to practise their lines. Big tunes will accompany the big air, with views from the lift while ripping laps and plenty of room for spectators at the bottom of Link's. As in previous years, the semi-finals (Jan. 14) and finals (Jan. 15) will be run down the steep and technical north face of Mount Roberts. Spectators can get the best view from "Ledges," accessible from both the Motherlode or Paradise lifts. Of many great skiers the event will attract, watch out for Leah Evans, sponsored by Red Mountain, North Face, and Rossignol. "She's a great athlete," Hakkola said, "She does a lot for the sport." The Canadian Open is recognized by the International Free Skiers Association, so the top two men and top two










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women will qualify for the 2011 Freeskiing World Tour. The end of the event will be celebrated in style at Red Mountain's Rafter's pub, newly expanded to hold 220 people. Tickets will be on sale soon, and everyone is welcome to join the fun that begins at 7 p.m., Hakkola said. This year's sponsors include Kokanee and Pepsi, but the principal sponsor is Strikeman Elliott. "This is an amazing event held at Western Canada's original ski resort," said managing partner Ross MacDonald. "We wish all competi-

tors the very best of luck." Stay tuned for the Junior Championships on Jan. 20 to 22, for which registration is now full in all three age categories. Local rippers will be sure to put on a great show, from eight-year-old Simon Hillis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who Ski Magazine featured on their November cover and who Hakkola calls "the little dynamite kid" â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to 18-yearold Todd Loukras. To register or for more information, visit

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