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From the Shadows, a Dark-Horse Team Emerges The Rusty Blades assembled on late-night outdoor ice to get ready for the big pond hockey tournament this weekend. Time was short to prepare after they won a free entry from the Rossland News to the Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships. Left to right: Captain Brett “Big Rigg” Cook, Jeremy O’Hara, Jon A MacDonald, Gregor Graham, Tom Kuzbik, Tomtanium Premier, and the water boy, Graeme Green. Please see the story on page 5. John Premier photo

Missing skiers prompt SAR response ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

A father from this area and his son from Whistler were forced to bivouac Monday night in a snow cave on the north side of Mount Grey. They were reported missing and

Search and Rescue (SAR) members were called in. As evening approached on Monday, the two skiers decided to squeeze in one more run in the drainage between Mount Grey and Mount Kirkup. But the light ran out before they could get off the hill and snow began to fall

heavily. They weren’t lost, but the pair decided to spend the night rather than try to navigate out in the pitch black. They had a cellphone but no service and no other means to make contact. They dug a snow cave and curled

up with a couple lightweight space blankets. A family friend became concerned when the skiers hadn’t returned from the hill and the RCMP were contacted at 6 p.m.

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Council files notice on property after requirements are repeatedly ignored ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

City council voted to file a notice on title for 2374 Second Ave. after the owner, Darrel May, failed to appear before council on Jan. 24 despite months of effort by city staff to get May to comply with the terms of his building permits or appear before council to explain why he has been unable to comply. “I think it’s high time to take action,� Coun. Kathy Moore said to council. “I feel this whole thing has been an unfortunate use of staff time and effort to compel the citizen to comply with the

variance that he requested. We’ve been more than reasonable.� Previously, May had applied for two separate development variances, but three conditions set out in the approved variances remain outstanding. First, he is required to consolidate his two lots because his building straddles them. This is a matter of a simple application and fee to the Land Titles office in Kamloops, and apparently this is in the works. Secondly, May was required to provide an easement for the sewer line. Apparently May might have a lawyer working on this, but the city has not yet received any direct communica-

Garage owner surprised by councillor’s comments ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Matt Titheridge was surprised to find his new garage on 1958 Second Ave. branded as an unlawful encroachment by Coun. Laurie Charlton’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 6 edition of the Rossland News. “It’s exciting to be his most recent slander candidate of the week,� Titheridge laughed. “What kills me the most is that this guy, [Charlton,] can take just a shard of information and twist a pioneering step to improve our community into an eyesore and property theft.� Charlton wrote: “The problem is the garage is being built so that ... it encroaches about seven feet onto the city’s road allowance.� But Titheridge noted that his garage replaced a rotten retaining wall that was not only a recognized hazard and was not only taller than the new garage wall, but also extended 11 feet onto city property. Titheridge also noted that he obtained a building permit in October 2010 and has built a sturdy, highly insulated room into the bank. It uses efficient heat-pump technology for in-floor heating and cooling, plus a water re-capture system. He said he will add a green roof in the spring, complete with an edible garden to take advantage of the southern exposure. “We’re here for the long haul,� Titheridge said about himself and his partner. “We want to make a positive impact. It was an awesome project and great to feel I was working with the city.� When Coun. Charlton raised the issue yet again at council on Monday night, CAO Victor Kumar was clear: It’s not an encroachment when the new wall actually reduc-

es the pre-existing encroachment. Explicit council approval was not necessary by any stretch of the law, Kumar said. “I’ve been working with the city for three years on this one,� Titheridge said. “Since then I’ve been banking away to make it possible. Something had to be done about [the rotten wall].� “He contacted me worrying about it,� said Rossland’s building inspector, Jason Ward. “He asked what he could do. He consulted with all of staff and the OCP.� “You couldn’t get to his house [from Second Ave.] before,� Ward added. “You had to go through the alley. By local government act, if you have a buildable lot, you have to have access from the street you’re facing.� Titheridge explained, “We wanted to work with the city and we tried to collaborate on the most ethical and responsible solution. We talked about moving [the wall] completely back into the property, but that would have made the garage too small to hold a truck. The city has taken back as much property as it could.� “It provided him access from the frontage,� Ward said. “We’re righting wrongs as much as we can, without throwing out the baby with the bathwater.� While he hopes to set the record straight on this issue, Titheridge expressed concern that Charlton’s general approach has a negative impact on Rossland. “I have a hard time thinking he can’t play on the same team as city staff. There’s a lot of good ideas here, but if you’re jumping on all the ambitious people, you’re going to end up with a rotting town. He’s a stick in the spokes of progress.�

tion from May. Thirdly, May’s garage eave extends beyond the 0.9-metre setback from the property line, already given a variance from the 1.8 metres allowed in his zone. He is required to remove them. “It’s nothing too Earth-shattering,� said Rossland’s building inspector, Jason Ward, “He just didn’t seem to get it done.� Coun. Laurie Charlton agitated for “more actions� to be taken against Mr. May “than just this action.� For example, he noted a rumour that the downstairs suite was rented and occupied despite the fact that no occupancy permit has been issued.

Policy forbids texts and being Facebook friends with students KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

School District 20 (SD 20) trustees approved a new policy at Monday night’s board meeting that will lay out strict expectations for adults interacting with students. “Sometimes people may not logically think through what they should and shouldn’t do,� Supt. Jean Borsa said. “We wanted to be really up front.� The new regulations spell out age-appropriate forms of touching, such as comforting a child with a “side hug� or a pat on the shoulder as positive reinforcement, as well as appropriate forms of electronic communication. The policy describes “texting or online communication with students on the adult’s personal e-mail, or being ‘friends’ on a social networking site� as examples of unacceptable behaviour. It encourages adults to use their official SD20 e-mail accounts instead and send copies of communications to students’ parents or guardians. In terms of off-campus activities, the policy states social activities must be confined to school-related activities. “There needs to be a professional boundary,� Borsa said, noting that the policy isn’t restricted to teachers but also includes all adults within a school, such as contractors and volunteers. The three-page regulation policy doesn’t address every possible situation, according to the document. The policy, which was voted in unanimously by all trustees, needs to be detailed so it’s not misunderstood, said trustee Toni Driutti. “It’s in place for a reason,� she said. “We want to keep our kids safe and protected.� She added it won’t just be adults within the schools referring to the document from now on, it will also be SD 20 staff, parents and students, which is why it needs to be extensive. The full policy is available at www.sd20. bc.ca/policies-procedures.html.


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‘All’s well that ends well’ Continued from P. 1

The RCMP contacted the resort and Red Mountain Patrol was informed, but after the hill closes these matters are referred directly to SAR. “We got the call at about 6:30,� said Graham Jones, a director of the Rossland and District SAR. “We had people out in the field from about 8:30 until about 11.� The team couldn’t verify which direction the skiers had gone, so the search was called off until Tuesday morning. Nevertheless, lacking any information on the skiers’ whereabouts, SAR members on snowmobiles were stationed all night in Sheep Creek Valley, the drainage to the west of Record Ridge, “just as a precaution.� “A common occurence in the area is for people to get disoriented on the backside of White Wolf Ridge,� Jones explained, “and they end up in the Esling drainage, which funnels them down to Sheep Creek.� At about 3 a.m., the sky had cleared enough and the gibbous moon was bright enough to allow the pair to travel uphill. They got cell coverage and contacted their friend. SAR were notified at 7:00 a.m. that the skiers were okay, had spent the night in a snow shelter, and would be making their way out to Nancy Greene highway on their own to be picked up by their friend. “We still had five members out in the field, making sure everything was fine.� Jones said, explaining why the

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It was a chilly night in the backcountry for two skiers who were unable to make their way out before darkness fell and were forced to camp in a snow cave. Search and Rescue members responded to the area after the pair was reported missing but the skiers, who were carrying extra food and clothing, made their own way to safety once the sun rose on Tuesday morning.

SAR trailer remained at the resort until about noon. “We had to make sure that they got out safely. All sorts of things can still happen even if it looks like everything is heading in the right direction.� The pair was off the hill and out of harm’s way by around 9:30 a.m. “All’s well that ends well,� Jones said. “We’re happy that nobody was injured and nobody had to endure any discomfort.� It helped that the skiers were pre-

pared with more than just avalanche gear. “They had extra food and clothing,� Jones said, noting that the father owns a guiding business. “They were well-equipped to spend overnight.� Jones thanked the members of the South Columbia SAR who sent members to assist the Monday night search. “We also want to thank our members,� he added. “They need to be recognized for what they do, going out at all times of the night to help people who are in a predicament.�

Funding Available for Youth Projects Columbia Basin Youth Grants is a program that funds projects that benefit Basin youth, develop youth leadership skills, and meaningfully involve youth in the planning, development and implementation of the project. The next deadline for applications is Monday 'FCSVBSZ  Contact Michelle d’Entremont, Basin Youth Liaison to discuss your project at cbtyouth@cbt.org or by calling 1.800.505.8998 X X X  D C U  P S H  t               

Funding available for local projects ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is accepting project proposals for a portion of the roughly $300,000 that has been made available by the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) for the RDKB’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. “The funding is for projects that will benefit the communities in our area,� said Sharon Toupin of the RDKB. The projects can be of benefit to all the areas — Area B,

Beaver Valley, Trail, Warfield, Rossland — or just to one or a few. “The applications have to be from a non-profit registered society, or sponsored by one,� she clarified. “Each area has a set amount of money to give out,� Toupin said, and the decision is made through a process of public input sessions for applicants typically held at council chambers at some time in April. “We don’t yet know when they’re going to be,� Toupin said, “but they will be posted. Anybody can attend. [Appli-

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“Rossland Light Opera often applies for funding for the shows they put on,� Toupin said. Project evaluation criteria and application forms are available from the RDKB office in Trail, the RDKB website (www.rdkb.com), the CBT website (www.cbt.org), or from any of the municipal offices. The deadline for project submissions is 4 p.m. in March 18. For more information about preparing a project proposal, contact Sharon Toupin at (250) 368-9148 or stoupin@rdkb.com.

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OUT OF BOUNDS FITNESS Indoor cycling, Drill Fit, Pilates, strength training, cardio,

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SATURDAY MORNING GROUP TRAIL RUNS Meet 8am at Mountain Life (BMO building) and carpool to adventure. Free drop-in, all levels, year-round.

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BLACK JACK XC SKI PROGRAMS Jackrabbits (age 4-11) Sun. 1-2:30pm (Bunnies) Tue. 5-6pm

BLIZZARD FEST Jan 22-29. Visit www.blizzardfest.com for shows. SKI BUM: THE MUSICAL Original, local, professional, and downright funny musical the-

(Jackrabbits). Call Tracy Lancup, 362-2247. Junior Racers, call Dave Wood, 521-0223. Interested in coaching? Call Nellie Fisher 362-5807. Visit www.skiblackjack.ca.

atre. Premiere at 8pm Jan 27, $15 at Pro Hardware. Second show at 7pm Jan 29, $15 at RossVegas. All shows at the RSS auditorium. Visit www.ironmountaintheatre.ca.

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

ALZHEIMER INFORMATION TABLE Jan. 27-29, 10:30am-4:30pm, at Waneta Plaza.

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

WINTER CARNIVAL Jan 28-30, 114th Winter Carnival. Includes the Bobsled Race, Kids

MOTHER GOOSE Rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories, 10:30-11:30am, Thursdays at

Carnival, Blizzard Music Festival, Food Fair. Contact info@rosslandwintercarnival.com. Volunteers contact tycaro@telus.net. BC POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS Jan 28-30, with Winter Carnival. NIGHT SKIING AT RED Next: Jan 28, 5:30pm to 9pm. SPECIAL OPENING: ROSSLAND MUSEUM Jan 29 and 30, 1-5pm, just for Carnival. JOHN HEINTZ RACE Jan 29, 11am to 3pm. Top of Red to downtown. Five person teams:

downhill ski/snowboard, bike, xc ski, snowshoe, and run. $40/team. Registration at 9:30am at Guest Services, Red Mtn Resort.

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

MacLean StrongStart Center. Free, drop-in, for caregivers and young children.

HARMONY CHOIR All levels, new members welcome! Sept. 8 to April, Wed. at 7:30pm, J.L. Crowe Music Room, Trail. Contact Tammy, 368-8399.

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

Renée Salsiccioli at 368-8601 or kootenaydanceworks@yahoo.com.

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

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.

BIGOLFATHON Jan 29, 1pm. $5, register at Red Mtn same day. Call Richard: 362-5687.

PUNK ROCK BINGO 9pm to last call, every Wednesday. Join Rosie and Katie at the Flying Steamshovel. $3/one card, $5/three cards. Proceeds to local families in need.

OLAUS OPEN BC CUP LUGE RACE Jan 30, 8:30am at Red Mtn Resort. $25. Participants must qualify in “Learn to Luge” on Red Mtn on Jan 28 or 29.

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.

SALMON OF HAIDA GWAII Jan. 31, 8-9:30pm. Presentation by Emily Fanjoy, sponsored by

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

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COLUMBIA DISTRICT GIRL GUIDES Columbia District Girl Guides has units from Rossland to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

FOLK DANCING - ENGLISH & CONTRA Next: Friday, Feb 11, 7-9:30pm, Miners’ Hall, Newcomers welcome! $5 drop-in. Contact Dave Cornelius, 362-3319.

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clarinet, 7:30pm, Rouge Gallery. Tickets $12 ahead or $15 at the door. 362-9609. INDOOR GARDENING TOURS Next: Feb 17, 6:30-8pm, with Sarah Flood. Seed catalogues

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and selection, seed starting, garden planning. $5. Contact Hanne Smith: 362-7767.

CURLING AT THE ARENA Rossland Retirees Mixed, Mon./Thu., 9:30am. Beginners welcome. Call Bill, 362-9462, or Jim, 364-1051. Also Ladies Curling, Mon., 7pm.

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

FIS SKI RACES Feb 24 to 27. International Ski Federation ski races at Red Mtn Resort,

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

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Rusty Blades just one of 25 teams raring Carnival will to go at Pond Hockey Championships still welcome ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

A team of Rossland hockey hot shots calling themselves the Rusty Blades have won the Black Press registration contest and will pit themselves against ex-NHLers and swarms of talented amateurs in the competitive division of the Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships that begin tomorrow. “This is a great event for Rossland and we’re proud to be a media sponsor,� said Karen Bennett, publisher for the Rossland News, who provided the Blades’ with the prize of their tournament registration, valued at $400. Registration closed Jan. 24 with 25 teams in five divisions. “We wish all the teams good luck,� she said, with a special nod to the Black Press Hawks in the master’s (35+) division with whom her husband Chuck plays. Responding to forecasts of a weeklong melt, championship organizer John

Reed said on Tuesday, “I think we’re OK. We are managing the ice. With [the current] temperatures we should be able to maintain the ice quality. It may even be better than if it were really cold like at the Northern Regional championships in Prince George two weeks ago.� In the worst case scenario of a runaway melt, the championships will be rescheduled. “We’re sending out positive vibes,� Reed continued, “and we’re looking forward to it.� For the Rusty Blades, Rossland fans hope this could be a story of zero to hometown heroes as the local beer-leaguers take on top-notch teams. Captain Brett “Big Rigg� Cook said the team is gelling well. “I feel really good. Everyone on our team has a good connection on the

ice, which is one of the biggest components. If you know what your teammates are going to do, it makes it a lot easier to see that pass and get the goals.� The team is packed with other beer-league stars: Gregor Graham, Tom Kuzbik, Jeremy O’Hara, and Tomtanium Premier. Graeme Green is the team’s eager water boy. Big Rigg singled out Gregor Graham as their secret weapon. “He’s sweet. He’s going to be our leading goal scorer, I’d say.� Big Rigg himself had NHL dreams that almost came true. “I played pretty much my whole life and went pretty far into the whole hockey sphere. I played defense in Juniors and was in prospect camps — lots of NHL scouts.� That’s when he “took a knee to the knee� and his ACL was torn in

half. “It’s put back together,� he said, but it’s not what it was. “It’s a big surgery.� Although the players are stong, the Rusty Blades have only played together as a team three or four times. “We were in the dressing room and like, You want to start a team?� Big Rigg recalled. “We were like, Yeah. And so Jon A. signed up for the contest that day.� Big Rigg was tickled as a sailor shaved with a rusty razor when he got word that the Blades had won their registration fee from Black Press. “[Up until now], everyday in the dressing room we were like, So yeah, somebody just needs to pay the money to enter us ...� Positions haven’t solidified yet — “Right now we just all skate around and play everything,� he said — but

their strategy is coming together. “Pond hockey is way different than normal hockey,� he explained. “It will be a diamond positioning pretty much the whole time we’re on the ice. Two guys out on the sides, one on the top, one back.� The boys are easygoing at the worst of times, but this championship is serious business to them. Big Rigg smiled when asked about the competition: “We hope they’ve got their tetanus shots.� Watch for Big Rigg and his beer leaguers rocking “Christmas sweater� uniforms at the opening ceremonies on Friday at 5 p.m. when Mayor Dieter Bogs of Trail, Rossland Mayor Greg Granstrom, and former Rossland mayor Bill Profili drop the ceremonial puck. Games begin at 5:30 p.m.

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The Rossland Winter Carnival Committee is still welcoming last-minute volunteers, especially on Saturday afternoon. Kelly Acheson, president of the Winter Carnival Society, is nevertheless very pleased with the response to the call for volunteers so far. “It is great to see so many new faces involved this year,� she said, adding that she was also happy to see “many returning volunteers who lend their support to keep the longest continually running winter carnival in Canada going.� Deanne Steven from Tourism Rossland said that “after last year’s event we had a ton of inquiries from people who were interested in attending or taking part in this celebration. We are delighted with how this event has gained momentum and popularity.� To participate, visit www.rosslandwintercarnival.com, or contact Steven at 250-231-1247 or deanne@ tourismrossland.com.

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Rossland faces more than $40 million in necessary infrastructure upgrades in the coming years. Regardless of which projects council ultimately decides to spend on, we need engineers’ drawings of the existing systems and potential modifications. Part of the $6-million borrowing authority council has requested in the Alternative Approval Process is immediately necessary to this end. Ultimately, the money will come from two places: taxes and grants. To increase our tax base, we need more people to live here and more businesses to employ locals and draw money from beyond our borders. Some projects — like Red’s developments — do both. For grants, there is no substitute for persistence. Earlier this month, council approved an application for $400,000, and on Monday staff asked council to endorse two more applications for up to $4 million each, both from the $1 billion available to B.C. communities over the next three years under the Gas Tax Agreement. With one exception, council enthusiastically agreed to advance the application process. We’d be crazy not to. One councillor seems to want Development Cost Charges (DCCs) from subdivisions — a.k.a. Red — to pay for everything. Sure, the DCC accounts, measured in mere tens of thousands, could be applied to a small portion of the Washington Street upgrades. But don’t expect much more. The 400-per-cent DCC increase Coun. Charlton recommends requires approval from B.C.’s Ministry of Finance — and they, quite simply, will not do that. Why? Because we have zero growth: Since 2006, there has only been one new residential building permit granted at the base of Red. Let’s face the facts together. We need to raise this money with co-operation and mutual understanding, not finger pointing. We want to hear from you.

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So much to do at Winter Carnival Lots going on this weekend! The Rossland Winter Carnival has lots of opportunities to get out, recreate, socialize and enjoy the community. Check out the festivities at www.rosslandwintercarnival.com and see a full schedule pull-out in today’s Rossland News (pages 8 & 13.) The 2011 Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships take place this weekend too — check out www.bcpondhockey. com for volunteer opportunities and the schedule of events. Valentine’s Day is coming up! Consider making some beautiful soap for Valentines Day — for yourself or a loved one, using vegetable oils, essential oils and some natural additives to make long lasting, gentle, cold process soap. If you’re interested, Tricia Rasku has a class coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 2. The State of Rossland survey runs until Jan. 28. You can fill out a hard copy at city hall or go online to www. surveymonkey.com/s/DC73T5J. Individuals completing the survey will be eligible for one of two prize draws of a $100.00 gift certificate to a Rossland business of their choice. The survey collects information on six indicators — sense of community, participation in recreation and satisfaction with governance. 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, www.kootenaysouthsoc-

cer.com, for registration, information on clinics, select tryouts and more. KSYSA and its member clubs are run by volunteers — people like you, who don’t necessarily know anything about soccer, but have a child who really, really wants to play. To help you help the kids, KSYSA hosts coaching and referee clinics so that parents can better understand the game. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy or lose a few pounds — this could be a win-win for you and for the kids. The success of soccer in our area depends on volunteers. If you can, please consider helping out.

number of players per night — if you would like to play, please ensure you arrive early! Tumbalina for preschoolers has started up again on Wednesdays, from 4 - 4:45 p.m. in the MacLean Annex. This parent participation class is an introduction to gymnastics skills and apparatus in a fun, non-competitive environment. The class focuses on increasing physical strength, flexibility and co-ordination by exploration of circuits set up in the gym. The last 15 minutes includes songs and games that encourage self expression, spatial awareness and large motor skills. The Mom, Dad and Me Program is a weekly playgroup at St. Andrews United Church, Rossland. It is an opportunity for caregivers to come together and share their experiences and find support and friendship while their children play. Caregivers are responsible for their own children. Tea, coffee and a snack are provided. The baby group (0-18 months) and toddler group (0-5 years) have been amalgamated for a trial period from Jan. 13 - Feb. 10 and will be held from 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays. Cost: $3 drop-in fee per family with toddlers or $2 drop-in fee per family with babies (18 months or younger.) Dates: Jan 4/5 to Apr 26/27. If participation warrants we will offer two separate sessions again in the future. If you are interested in volunteering, or for more info please contact Ona Stanton at 250-362-0081. There’s a new indoor soccer option in Rossland! Grab your water bottles and indoor running shoes for a great game of co-ed soccer in the RSS Gym, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Recreation Education COmmunity We have some great felting classes for kids coming up. If you have a young person who enjoys the arts, Tricia Rasku has a Kool Aid dying, felt class on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 5:30 p.m. -7 p.m. How about a 3D felting class on Monday, Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m? This class creates a three-dimensional piece of felt which can be made into a hat, bowl or tea cozy and teaches the students how to make an invisible seam. The felted scarves class is on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and teaches felting techniques using either fine wool or a silk and wool blend. 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 8:45 p.m. — Jan. 22, Feb. 5, 12, and 19. Spaces fill quickly and there is a maximum


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RSS is small and strong Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Rossland’s Aviva Community Grant idea! It was an excellent vehicle for bringing our community together, raising awareness of the issues, and for sending a strong message to the school board of the importance of K-12 education in our community. Eleven different groups won grants. You can check out the winners at www. avivacommunityfund.org/ search/grid. Unfortunately, we didn’t win any money this time, but this doesn’t mean the difference between whether RSS stays open or closes. We can try again next year when hopefully everything will be more concrete and the spectre of closures is no longer looming. ••• In December, the Neighbourhoods of Learning committee submitted a proposal to the School District 20 Board of Education, which was explained in the Dec. 23 NOL column. If you missed it, or are interested in reading the entire proposal, you can download and read the document at vssrossland.wordpress. com/latest-news/ We will be holding a public community meeting on March 3 in the RSS gym to discuss these proposals. Some parents have concerns about the idea of having K-12 all in one building, and we plan to have representatives from other K-12 schools in our region at the meeting to help us understand how their schools work and the opportunities and benefits of housing K-12 in one building. Please mark this

important date in your calendar! ••• The Planning for the Future Facilities Report, which was released to the public in September, recommends closing RSS in all four of its top-rated scenarios. There is much that can be discussed and debated about the facilities report, but one of the biggest issues for Rossland is that the report has very strong weighting towards larger secondary schools — this is where RSS loses most of its points. The report is based on the underlying belief that bigger schools offer better educational opportunities, and that better educational opportunities is a fundamental goal for this school district, over and above educational outcomes. While it is agreed that larger schools may be able to offer a wider range of programming choice, there is much evidence to suggest that smaller schools offer better or equal educational outcomes. There are no criteria or points included for many of the attributes we value about RSS and small schools in general, such as the following: There exists a sense of pride, and an attitude and sense of personal possession and involvement on the part of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community residents. Morale is high. There are fewer students to be leaders in clubs and organizations and to participate in athletics and plays. Hence, students are generally exposed to more opportunity to

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After four months of online voting and message forums, the 11 winners of the Aviva Community Fund competition were announced on Tuesday. Rossland had given heavy support to a Neighbourhoods of Learning (NOL) Centre and, from thousands of ideas, it had emerged as one of 30 finalists competing for portions of the $1 million fund. Unfortunately, the NOL Centre did not make the final cut. Ami Haworth, the NOL coordinator, was nevertheless very positive. “It’s unfortunate that we weren’t chosen,” she said, “but we need to take the momentum that was created during the competition and use that to move this project forward in other ways.” Eleven winners were chosen, two in the large category ($100,000 - $500,000), four in the medium category ($25,000 - $100,000) and five in the small category (up to $25,000). Playgrounds won big, including two small prizes for a primary school in Tillsonburg, Ont. and an elementary school in Rexton, N.B., two medium prizes for playgrounds at an elementary school playground

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Ben Evely of Banff rose from seventh to fifth place in the final of the men’s 16-18 category; Erin Flood of Rossland took 3rd place in the girls’ 7-11 category, and cheered on first-place Jemma Capel of Banff; Jacob Boyd of Whistler took 7th place in the men’s 16-18 category; With two solid runs, Rossland’s Edward Shepherd took 8th in the 16-18 category; Deremie Bell of Trail surrounded by fellow freeskiers after completing his final run. Though he ended in 28th, Bell received a special mention at the awards dinner for his determination, picking himself up, climbing for his skis, and finishing his run despite a spectacular bail.


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The Junior Canadian Open Freeski Championship last Friday and Saturday on Red was a big hit, with registrations filled 22 minutes after they opened in December, no injuries at all, bluebird skies for the finals on Saturday, kids flying off cliffs everywhere, and big smiles all around. Events manager Shane D’Appolonia was a happy man on top of Link’s Line. “The sunshine’s great, people are excited, and the snow is good — that’s what counts the most. You can see it right now, the chair is packed and stacked, we’ve got a line up down there. This is what it’s all about, I get tinglies just thinking about it!” He was particularly pleased by his staff of dedicated volunteers. “We’ve got good people this year, they have passion for the mountain.” And the competitors put on quite a show. Head judge Jeff Holden said at the end of the competition, “I really want to express thanks and gratitude for some awesome skiing.” Jeff Schmuck, managing editor for Newschoolers. com, the world’s biggest ski website, chose to skip out on the Winter Dew Tour — one of the year’s top freeski events — “to be here for the junior event in particular.” For the seniors, there are a lot of bigger events competing for attention, Schmuck explained, “but for the juniors, [this comp] is at the top of the

heap. It’s a great platform for these guys to get their names out and turn some heads.” “I grew up in Rossland,” he continued, “I look at these kids and I see myself, although they’re a lot better than I was! It’s a really mellow vibe, everyone’s just going for a ski.” The Flood family, Rosslanders since 2003, did us proud. Erin took third place for Rossland in the girl’s 7-11 category while her older brother, Jacob, and sister, Mackenzie, competed in the 12-15 categories. Mackenzie blasted onto the highest podium after Rossland native Sally Steeves lost a ski and dropped to third place. Mackenzie was all smiles in the sunshine on Main after her run. “The cliff line was blocked off yesterday, but today it wasn’t, so I decided to bump up my line score and went off that, and then hit that clump of rocks here, then I just ripped it over here,” she said, pointing at gnarly sections on Link’s Line. Also a family affair for the Capels from Banff, Keegan earned second in the men’s 16-18 category — and won the Ill Eagle Award for skiing “solid, embodying the energy of clean,” Holden said - while his sister Jemma took first in the girl’s 7-11 and brother Garret took sixth in the men’s 12-15. In the same category as Keegan, it was a disappointment for Rossland’s Todd Loukras who qualified in second place, but caught a tip after a big 360

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and ground both himself and his podium hopes to a halt, dropping to 10th. Both Edward Shepherd and Vinzenz Keller of Rossland had solid runs, placing them in eighth and ninth, respectively. Rossland was well-represented by chargers in the boys’ 7-11 category, with Nevan Fuller (13th), Logan Tanguay (eighth), Gavin Patterson (fifth), and Red Mountain sponsored Simon Hillis taking fourth. Only eight, Hillis has three more years to tear it up in this category. In an interview at the awards ceremony, he remembered his first time on skis: “It was before the ski hill opened, just by the Silverlode chair. It was really funny because I was going down by the magic carpet and then I was in the deep powder and I was like, Daddy, is this how we ski?” Hillis skis with the Ski Academy on Fridays and Saturdays, and with friends on Sunday. There’s no question what his fa-

vourite thing to do is: “Ski.” Dayna Mortimer represented Rossland in the women’s 16-18 category, facing two Washingtonians in the final. “Unfortunately two girls from Rossland got cut last night, so I’ve got to hold my own here,” she said before her race. “Run yesterday was pretty solid. Got quite a few good drops in there, had a pretty good line.” She overshot a landing so dropped from second to third place, but had a big grin on the podium, happy to be there. Rossland’s Sterpin family was also out in force, with Hannah taking fifth in the women’s 12-15 category, and her brother Xander killing it in the men’s 12-15, earning the top spot against 35 other finalists in the competition’s biggest field. Unhappy with his JJ Armada’s on the stiff snow, Xander borrowed a friend’s skis, perhaps developing a preference

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Blizzard Fest has been winding up all week and it’s starting to get so thick with music, a veritable whiteout of bands, that visibility has reduced to the present moment as our goggles fog in the sweat of hard dancing. The party kicked off right with Flowmotion selling out their show last Saturday at Rafters, and Tequila Mockingbird earning rave reviews on Monday at the Steamshovel, to name a couple. But so much more is blowing in the wind. Tonight, Ski Bum: The Musical makes its long-awaited premiere at the RSS auditorium at 8 p.m., combining many of Rossland’s sinful pleasures, not least deep snow, good tunes, and hearty guffaws. Later tonight, Rossland’s Dandelion and the Ditchweeds will play their special brand of ‘grass at the Drift — $5 at the door, starting at 9 p.m. — while Nelson’s Arthur Funkarelli brings their rabid fans, “punk rock ethos,� and souls invested in their “belief of the music truth� to the Steamshovel — $5 at the door, starting at 10 p.m. The harsh winds of the Blizz will weatherbeat many a fan’s face on Friday: For those who won’t pay a cover, Cam Labelle will rock the Drift at 10 p.m. while Nelson’s Wholesome Jones will take it up a notch at the Red Room. Meanwhile, Shred Kelly, that self-described “footstompin stoke-folk band from Fernie� will bring their relaxed and amiable vibe to the ‘Shovel — $5 at the door, starting at 9 p.m. — while The Game rail jam sees its first jibbers

showing off under the lights of Queen street and to the tunes of the outdoor stage, giving a full frontal view to the patrons of the beer garden. The stage will see DJ Bryx of Nelson, DJ B-Ron from AreaOne Productions out of Rossland, and DJ Danka Shane, also of Rossland. As if that weren’t enough, Friday evening begins with the Winter Carnival parade at 6 p.m. and then moves to the 7:30 p.m. pre-Variety Show entertainment at the RSS auditorium by Richie Mann and the Golden City Fiddlers. The Variety Show begins at 8 p.m. — $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults, $15 for a family of up to 4 people, with advance tickets available at Rossland Pro Hardware. It begins again at noon on Saturday with DJs Kabunka & Shine of Rossland heating it up at the beer garden. Later in the day, Brad Mackay and Friends will play their tribute to John Prine at the Drift, beginning at 8 p.m. For $5 at the door, get into the Steamshovel to behold Nelson’s The Duo — Gisto and Melissa of the Wassabi Collective — who will play at 9 p.m. That’s not the least of it on Saturday. The second showing of Ski Bum begins at 7 p.m. at the RSS auditorium, followed on its heels by the crux of the blizzard, the Eye of the Storm party. The storm includes the homegrown rockin’ excellence of the Tuques, Freeflow’s soul-funkreggae-rock, the comedy and sweet harmonies of Blackie & the Triumphs, and the internationally renowned DJ Krafty Kuts. For more information, visit www.blizzardfest.com. What else can we say: enjoy!

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‘Green Drinks’ at the Rouge Gallery features discussion of local currency ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Bill McNally and two colleagues from Transition Nelson came to the Green Drinks event on Jan. 18 — sponsored by the Sustainability Commission at the Rouge Gallery — to describe the Community Way local currency system and how it might be implemented in the Columbia Basin. The idea, devised by economist Michael Linton, has its roots in the Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) which, McNally explained, was invented in the Comox Valley in 1983 and “is still alive in [parts of] Australia and New Zealand, but has died out in Canada.” The Green Drinks event focused on Linton’s new local currency system called Community Way which was recently implemented in the Comox Valley. McNally reports it is going well, with 40 participating businesses, and now Transition Nelson would like to bring the system here. First, McNally explained, businesses donate special “community way dollars” (CW$) to federally registered charitable organizations, getting a tax-deductible receipt. The CW$ can be thought of as “generic gift certificates for local businesses,” McNally said. The charities then spend the CW$ at participating businesses, for example to hire local contractors. “Any vendor who participates will be able to set what portion of their payment will be in community way dollars,” McNally added, the rest by regular dollars. Taxes are payed on the full

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A small gathering came to the Rouge Gallery on Jan. 18 to discuss the potential for a local Columbia Basin currency with Nelson expert and enthusiast Bill McNally.

amount of the sale just like normal money. Charities can also spend CW$ on individuals within the community, for example to increase wages or reward volunteers. An individual can get involved by exchanging regular dollars for CW$ with the charities, giving the charities national currency to support their causes. The individual can then spend the CW$ at participating businesses. Businesses, in turn, spend the redeemed CW$ on other businesses, staff bonuses,

and so forth. “[Community Way] creates a pool of money that stays in the community,” McNally said. “It’s the beginning of a local credit exchange that over time will grow.” “I’m going to give money to charity anyway, because I want to help,” McNally continued. “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could [do this] and also contribute to the local money supply that enhances the community and strengthens local trading connections?” Local currency is known to bring many benefits, Mc-

Nally continued. “You create a pool of money, a local money supply that stays here. If you increase the money supply, you increase the economic activity in the area.” Local currency leads to more frequent transactions, McNally argued, because “[it] changes hands more rapidly than national currency. People are always a bit distrustful of it and eager to get rid of it! “The key to making this system work is getting as broad a base bought in as possible, with as many goods and services,” he continued. “I don’t want to be stuck with useless dollars.” On the other hand, a big reason people advocate for local currency is their distrust for the stability of the global system. “The current, modern economic system is predicated on endless growth,” McNally said, giving the following example: If the government issues a bond to the central bank, say $100, then the central bank puts that $100 into circulation. In the meantime, the government owes the central bank interest on the bond, so there’s never enough money in the system to pay the interest. The system has to keep growing for the government to make those payments. “Therefore,” he concluded, “it’s a highly volatile system that cannot lead to a steady state economy. For more information, visit www.communityway. ca. Stay tuned for the Sustainability Commission’s Nitty Gritty talk coming in February, running in alternate months with the Green Drinks series.

Library seeking new board members ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The Rossland Library will be in the Winter Carnival parade and everyone who wants to is welcome to jump on board — the library is also looking to fill two positions on their board. “People who want to dress up as their favourite book character can join

us on Columbia Avenue at the corner of Butte Street at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28,” Carey Rudisill said. To get the creative juices flowing, library staff suggested potential ideas such as Pippi Longstocking, Zorro, Skippy Jon Jones the cat, or Walter the farting dog. The following day, the library will once again host the amazing Kim the

Magician — Kim Deane — at 11 a.m. “It’s great for little people on carnival weekend,” Rudisill enthused. To volunteer for the library’s board, you must be a member in good standing and available to attend meetings the second Monday of each month. For more information, contat Marie-Paul Tremblay at 362-7611 or rosslib@telus.net

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Whether it’s a ski, cat, or heli operation, employers are connected to Selkirk College and eager to encourage students of the Ski Resort Operations and Management (SROAM) program. Ryan is one of many graduates that chose Selkirk and has benefited from the college’s connections in the ski industry throughout the province, country and world. In the second year of the program, Ryan accepted a work placement at Panorama Mountain Village. After graduating, he returned to Panorama to gain experience in everything from guest services, sales, marketing and most recently, risk management. This winter marks the start of his eighth season with the resort!

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Lockey to compete at X Games ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

As the hubbub of Winter Carnival settles on Sunday, Jan. 30, Rosslander Ian Lockey will be on TV racing against five other snowboarders in the first-ever adaptive boarder-cross event at the Winter X Games, held this year in Aspen, Colo. Adaptive boarder crossers “are disabled athletes who have adapted their technique and style, and sometimes their equipment a bit, so they can compete on the same platform as able-bodied riders,” Lockey explained in a phone interview while he and his wife — Natasha

Lockey of Bettygohard — drove to the Spokane airport on Tuesday evening. “We do the same thing in our own way.” Lockey partially severed his spinal cord in 1998 in an accident that left him half-paralysed from the waist down. It was three years of rehab before he was riding again, but even that was much more improvement than the doctors expected. “It was really hard,” he said, “but when the doctor told me ‘no,’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, there is some way that I’ll be able to do this.’” Lockey recently competed in the able-bodied NorAm FIS races at Big White as practice

for the big day on Sunday. “It’s the real deal,” he said about the upcoming X Games. “I’m more intimidated by the track than the competition. This is the X games: Everything there is going to be quite big, I imagine.” Lockey hopes his sport’s inclusion in the X Games will help raise the profile of adaptive boarder cross so it will be included in the 2014 Paralympic Games. “If we can prove to them that we’re worthy, they’ll take it to Sochi in 2014. That’ll be cool. That’ll give the kids, like the war amp kids out there, the idea that they can have a go at it as well,” he said. Currently, only five sports are included in the Winter Paralympics: sit skiing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. The International Paralympic Committee have accepted adaptive boarder cross as a sport, but to be included in the 2014 Winter Olym-

pics, athletes and their supporters will have to convince the committee that it is a worldwide competitive sport. “I think they need seven nations with a competitive federation,” Lockey said. “Right now we’ve got New Zealand, Holland, France, Italy, Australia, USA, and Canada.” The sport is definitely on the rise. Last year the British Columbia Snowboard Association had an adaptive class at all their boarder cross races and there will be two adaptive World Cup events this year, the first in France on Feb. 1 and the second at Lake Louise on Apr. 15. If boarder cross gets included in the Paralympics, the scoring will be weighted to account for different levels of disability, but at the X-Games it will be a straight-up “man-on-man” race between six adaptive riders. One other rider will be a standing paraplegic, like Lockey, and the others are below-theknee amputees from the States, riding on prosthetics. Lockey knows them all and has raced them before.

“I won’t say I’ll win. It’s a race. But I’m right up there. If I can handle the track, it’s game on.” he said. “It’s really exciting,” he added. “I’ll do my best to make Rossland proud.” Lockey is sponsored by RossVegas and Red Mountain, rides with the Kootenay Riders of the Snowboard Academy from RSS, has received strong support from the Canadian Snowboard Federation and will be riding a snowboard given by Olympian Maelle Ricker and adapted to his style with a three-strap binding system that goes around the top of the highback and boot, much like the bindings used by Craig Kelly in the 1980s. Sit-ski cross will also be an event at the 15th Winter X Games — which runs from Jan. 27 to 30 — running on the same course as adaptive boarder cross, a slightly different track than that used for the able-bodied cross events. Lockey’s race will be broadcast live on TSN2. It’s scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 30.

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This year I will be missing the Winter Carnival as I am off to a Winter Carnival of a slightly different nature. Every year the elite athletes from various extreme winter sport disciplines converge in one place to compete against the best of the best. It is a dream of many snowboarders, free skiers and snowmobilers’ to be invited to the X Games. The X Games is extreme, the jumps are bigger, the courses longer and I imagine the party at the end will be a celebration of making it out in once piece! The guy that gives me the inspiration to get out and do it — whatever ‘it’ is — to

the best of my ability has been invited to go to the X Games. My husband Ian is a standing paraplegic; a snowboard accident in 1998 left Ian in a coma with a broken back and partially severed spinal cord. He came out of the coma within 12 hours of the injury, thankfully with few effects. His spinal cord injury was incomplete leaving him with paralysis and only 50% of his muscles from the waist down. His stubborn and determined attitude (as Mom says, “you can’t kill weeds”) had him walking within three months of the injury and three years later he got back on a snowboard. Since coming to Canada, Ian has been

involved with the Canadian Adaptive Snowboard Program (through Snowboard Canada.) There is an organization in the United STates called Adaptive Action Sports, which was started by a girl who lost both her legs to Meningitis. After losing her legs her dream was to see adaptive athletes compete at the X Games and this year she has made her dream come true. On Sunday the X Games will host their first ever adaptive boarder-cross race. Six of the best adaptive riders in the world have been invited to compete. They have one, six-man start; whoever gets to the bottom first wins gold.

Simple. Stay tuned to www.bettygohard. ca for daily updates on Ian’s training and information on when the race will air on ESPN. Ian will be there representing Bettygohard, Red Mountain, RossVegas, Gerricks, Snowboard Canada and of course Rossland, where he gets his inspiration. Don’t forget to cheer him on, wherever you might be on Sunday afternoon. 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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