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Rossland’s biggest structure fire in at least two years razed the planer building at the Bryden Sawmill on Highway 22 (Rossland Cedar) on Friday night, keeping fire fighters from Rossland, Warfield, Trail, and Montrose on scene from just before midnight until 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Dwight Wilson, the owner of Rossland Cedar — which took over from Jones Ties and Poles a couple years ago — did not wish to comment on the fire at this time, although regional fire Chief Terry Martin, the commander on scene, said that Wilson has been “very helpful” and have been “working really well” with the fire department as they work on identifying the cause of the fire. “We got the call around 11:30,” Martin said. “It was reported by the neighbour across the highway, also passerbys, and one of the employees who lives in a nearby building.” Martin was the first on scene and described the fire as intense. “The roof had already collapsed and the walls were coming down. It was a very aggressive fire.” Martin couldn’t recall the last time Rossland experienced a fire of this scale, but said it was “at least a couple years,” and the “biggest in recent memory.” “We didn’t let it burn to the ground,” he clarified, noting that safety concerns forced them to wait for Fortis to turn off power to the building before sending firefighters into the fray.

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The aftermath of the Friday-night fire that burned into Saturday morning at Rossland Cedar.

In the meantime, the approximately 20 firefighters on scene put four hose lines around the building and started to put out the fire and protect the surrounding product — piles of lumber — and other structures so the fire didn’t progress any further. “Once Fortis shut the power off, we were able to get crews into the sections that were hot and put out the hot spots,” Martin said. It wasn’t simple however because there was such a mess of debris. “It was very tough to put it out because walls were collapsed on walls. The building was totally de-

stroyed. It was lots of digging and it took a while.” Firefighters stayed long enough to make sure the fire was totally out before handing it over to the owner at about 8 a.m. Martin, who was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years in Rossland and has been a career fireman for 20 years since, said the fire was an excellent example of the benefits of a regional fire service that unites several local fire companies. One of the problems faced by the department was a lack of water at the site. Three water tenders were required to haul water from a hy-

drant on the old Cascade Highway. “That’s part of rural firefighing,” Martin said, “and the good thing about regional firefighting. We can call on other companies when we’re short and need help, either material or men.” Rossland’s fire engines were also on scene, one actively fighting the fire and one to shuttle firefighters. Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Martin said it was fortunate that it happened at this time of the year. “We would have been in for a long weekend if this happened in July.”

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Rossland is maintaining the status quo and not increasing taxes for the upcoming year, but residential homeowners will still pay more. With the adoption of the five-year financial plan, the Community Charter requires each municipality to adopt the tax rate bylaw no later than May 15. Council faced three options: to increase property tax revenue by zero per cent, 1.5 per cent, or 3 per cent. Councillor Kathy Moore liked the idea of boosting tax revenue, albeit only mar-

ginally, as the 1.5 per cent increase she proposed would result in a modest $53,000 bulge in city coffers. “This is a very small increase and I think it will help us accrue some funds towards our significant infrastructure deficit,” said Moore. “Overall it won’t be a huge impact.” Councillor Laurie Charlton suggested that over 1,400 singlefamily homes will see their taxes go up regardless, due to the increased mill rate to $6.162 per $1,000 of assessed value. The 4.4 per cent increase on the mill rate was to compensate for the overall decrease in assessed property

value, almost five per cent last year, in order to meet the same level of last year’s revenue of $3.5 million. “The vast majority of residential properties in Rossland will be seeing that increase, if then we add another 1.5 per cent on top of that, residential taxpayers would be looking at a 5 to 5.5 per cent tax increase,” said Charlton. “If we really do want to make this town affordable we should be cutting costs in areas where they’re not critical expenses.” In a rare moment, councillor Jill Spearn agreed with Charlton and shot down Moore’s motion to raise taxes.

“If we really do want to make this town affordable we should be cutting costs in areas where they’re not critical expenses.” Coun. Laurie Charlton “I really think we’re walking a fine line here with Rossland, with regard to taxes and affordability and

I think we need to rely on the grants and money that can flow down to us for infrastructure improvements,” said Spearn. Mayor Greg Granstrom also drew the line on taxes, commending staff for their work on the budget and efforts to minimize spending. “While I think that 1.5 is modest for sure, I also think of the people that $78 would be better in their jeans than in our bank account,” said Granstrom. The motion to increase the tax rate by 1.5 per cent was defeated while the motion to not increase taxes passed first three readings.

Rossland, Trail and Warfield to go to mediation over sewer issue BY JIM BAILEY Trail Times Reporter

After years of disagreement on how to share sewer costs, proponents have negotiated a deal to resolve the current stalemate so the Regional District can proceed with phase two of the Liquid Waste Management Plan. At a Regional District Board meeting last Thursday, the sewer committee including members from Warfield, Trail and Rossland, recommended that the Regional District sell 1.32 acres next to the Sewage Treatment Plant to the City of Trail. As a partner on the committee, Rossland had to lend its consent to the deal, in return Trail had to make a concession to something Rossland has been arguing all along. “Part of Rossland’s

resolution was, that we would agree to it, that is, if Trail said that the sewer review process is done — over — and that they will proceed with a planning process for phase two of liquid waste management,” said Rossland Mayor Greg Granstrom. In exchange Rossland would undertake mediation, “not arbitration,” in determining a fair restructuring of the funding formula, he said. The board passed a resolution that “the sewer review process is complete and a declaration to cooperatively proceed with stage two of the plan be received.” Prior to the agreement, Trail deemed the sewer review incomplete because of the unresolved issue of an alternative funding formula. Trail sought a formula based on usage while Rossland maintained that sewer

costs should be shared based on flows, which have historically been unreliable despite waste-management technician’s attempts to fix flow meters.

“We want this settled, it’s gone on for three years on a serious stage and probably a bit longer than that.” Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs “Rossland, Trail and Warfield has agreed that we will take the sewer review issue to mediation,” said Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs. “In other words what we are saying is that

the sewer review issue is complete but we didn’t get a settlement of course, but it’s complete.” The Regional District is now looking for a mediator to work out an agreeable cost-sharing solution for all parties. “We just want a funding formula for the current situation . . . but hopefully what the mediator comes forward with will be something we’re able to use on a larger scale,” said Bogs. “We want this settled, it’s gone on for three years on a serious stage and probably a bit longer than that.” Regional District administrator John MacLean said the three parties will participate in mediation and that a new funding formula will be reworked and standardized to ideally accommodate current and potential users such as Beaver Valley

or Montrose. Provincial regulations mandate that municipalities upgrade municipal sewer systems to secondary treatment by 2019 otherwise face heavy fines. The regional sewer treatment plant in Waneta provides a primary level of treatment that removes solids and adds chlorine to effluent - the minimum level of treatment, and the only plant in the province still in operation at that level. “With this step, we’ll be back in the good books,” said MacLean, referring to Rossland, Trail and Warfield’s renewed commitment to move ahead with the process. Mediation is preferable to binding arbitration, as arbitration is a long road and the ministry would rather see it dealt with locally, said MacLean.

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Mayor explains sewer position Rossland News Reporter

As progress is made between Trail and Rossland on the longstanding obstacle of sewage rates, the difference between their points-of-view does not seem so divergent as it did before. What is the difference between sewage rates based on “usage� — as championed by Trail — versus those charged by “flow meters,� as was historically the case? Mayor Greg Granstrom explained that “usage� combines water consumption and population. He agrees that it is valid to draw a direct relationship between water consumption and sewage production. In other words, Trail suggests we tie our sewage rates to water use. Flow — the method to which Rossland adheres, stuck in the mud — is measured directly in the sewage stream by weirs. If designed correctly, weirs can give an accurate measure of flow. Nevertheless, measuring flow in our situation is a problem, Granstrom said in a recent interview. The weirs are designed poorly and are inaccurate at high flows. “They can’t handle high flows at all,� he said, “The weirs were installed back in 19-whatever. To make them reliable for all levels of flow would require ripping up pipe, a total revamp at huge cost.� In the meantime, our region’s sewage has a history. The primary treatment plant in Waneta, if properly maintained, returns clean water to the river. “Due to lack of maintenance by the previous contractor, there were unsanitary overflows that went into the river,� Granstrom said. Since then, the maintenance has been upgraded, he said, but to avoid penalties the facility now requires a secondary treatment plant. The project to build a secondary treatment plant, Liquid Waste Two

Cash was stolen from the Red Mountain day lodge on Saturday night or Sunday morning and the RCMP are investigating, but no further details have been officially released to the public. On Saturday night, Red was hosting the opening party for the Kokanee Spring Fest upstairs at the Rafters pub. The lodge was then empty until the snow reporter arrived at 5 a.m.. Unofficial reports suggest that three days of cash deposits were stolen from the resort’s drop-off slot where the hill’s various op-


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(LW2), has been waiting for the goahead. “Rossland wanted the original formula [for sewage rates] until LW2,� Granstrom said, “That’s the planning process we’re now under.� Granstrom explained that the old disagreement began when Trail suggested a useage formula, but “we weren’t ready to say yes. There was no commitment to move forward with LW2.� “Trail wanted binding arbitration so that Rossland would change the formula to fund the service,� Granstrom continued. “But Instead of arbitration, now we’ll go to mediation where we’ll talk about it.� Now that Liquid Waste Two is underway, Granstrom anticipates an excellent opportunity to renovate sewage rates as well. “When we move to LW2, that’s when everything will change. New partners, other municipalities,� Granstrom said. He suggested Trail changed their

RCMP investigating cash theft from Red day lodge Rossland News Reporter






erations deposit their cash at the end of each day. Both the RCMP and a locksmith from Trail were on scene on Sunday morning. There are suspicions that neither the hill nor the RCMP would confirm that the theft was carried out with insider information. “This is the start of the investigation, so there’s a lot of stuff that we can’t say publicly,� said Sgt. Rob Hawton of the RCMP. “We don’t want to alarm people either, this is a pretty isolated incident. Rossland’s not known as a problem area, for sure. This is not a normal occurrence.�

stance out of a desire to own, for some enterprise, the Regional District’s (RDKB) land that lies as a buffer zone between the current plant and the city of Trail. “Trail has first option to buy,� Granstrom said, but all the partners in the district (namely Warfield and Rossland), have to agree to the sale. The RDKB also had to make sure the buffer zone would not be required for the secondary treatment plant. On the RDKB’s decision that the land was not necessary for LW2, Trail pursued the property’s purchase. “Our representatives will agree to let this land be sold to the City of Trail if the three participants — Trail, Warfield, and Rossland — proceed to this new planning phase of secondary treatment,� he said. When asked if he thought a solution was in sight, Granstrom displayed every confidence. “We never really did have a problem.�

Eagles Auxiliary to host borscht lunch for Corbin The Rossland Eagles Auxiliary will host a borscht luncheon on March 26 as a benefit for Corbin Lew, a 10-year-old Castlegar boy who has been diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, a cancerous brain tumor. Corbin's mother and twin brother are staying with him in Vancouver for the duration of his chemotherapy treatments, which is likely to last at least six months. The $6 luncheon

includes a bowl of borscht, a bun, and dessert with coffee or tea and will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Eagles' upper hall. Quarts of borscht with a loaf of bread will be on sale for $10. Pre-orders may be made through Terry Brinson at rbrinson@ or 362-9562. For more information about the luncheon, please contact Noreen Poznikoff at 362-9070. /Rossland News


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Rosslanders urged to get involved in local leg of Rick Hansen relay ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s extraordinary 40,000-kilometre Man in Motion World Tour is upon us, and a commemorative relay is in the works to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries, to celebrate today’s “difference makers,” and to inspire people to believe that anything is possible with courage and determination. Most importantly for Rossland, we’re on the route and relay organizHelp is available. ers want our town to participate in All day. Every day. the celebrations. The upcoming relay will retrace BC Problem Gambling Help Line the 12,000-kilometre Canadian seg1.888.795 6111 (24 hrs) ment of the original world tour, but this time many will be in motion: For services in your ar ea ask for Castlegar & District Community Services So Some 7,000 participants from across ciety Canada, each hand-picked “differConfidential counsellin g ser vices are offered free of charge. Funding is provided by ence makers,” will run, walk, wheel, the Province of British Columbia. www.bcresponsiblega or bike a portion of the distance. The tour begins on Aug. 24 in Cape Spear, Nfld., the easternmost point in North America, and ends in Vancouver on May 22, 2012 for a homecoming celebration. Each day of the relay will begin and end with a celebration, grassroots events that will give communities the opportunity to come together in their own way to recognize locals who are making a difference, to raise awareness about accessibility, and to inspire a new generation to take action. Castlegar 1740 Columbia Ave 250 365 5244 A stop in Rossland is planned Trail 1455 Bay Ave 250 364 1617 and a volunteer committee is needed to help organize the festivities. | 800-HRBLOCK “Twenty-five years ago I set my dream in motion,” said Rick Hansen, the man who wore out 94 gloves and punctured 124 tires from 1985 to 1987 as he wheeled himself the equivalent of the Earth’s circumference in 792 days. “[My dream] took me through 34 countries and across 40,000 kilometres as we raised awareness of the potential of people with disabilities.” Hansen was paralyzed from the waist down in a car crash when he was 15, but soon set himself new goals and dreams, pushing through intensive rehabilitation and going on to win 19 international wheelchair marathons, including six Paralympic medals. Holding true to his credo that “anything is possible,” his world tour raised $26 million towards spinal cord injury research and quality of life programs. He has since leveraged this money to more than $245 million through the Rick Hansen Foundation. Hansen is president and CEO of the foundation, a registered charity that provides leadership to create inclusive communities for people with spinal cord injuries

A relay this summer will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tou. A leg of the relay will pass through Rossland.

and to search for a cure by connecting people and resources to help make innovation possible. “The 25th Anniversary Relay will be an exciting opportunity for Canadians to join the journey, to keep moving forward and to create a new dream,” Hansen said. Celebrations for the 25th anniversary began one year ago with events that took place throughout 2010 from Jordan and Israel to Australia and China, recognizing the achievements of difference makers and fostering collaboration for continued progress in accessible communities and spinal cord injury research. The Canadian relay will focus on engaging people to strive for positive change. Relay participants will each be a recognized force for positive change in their communities, embodying determination and excellence, and will collectively cover between 40 and 80 kilometres each day, passing each other the single Rick Hansen Medal forged by the Royal Canadian Mint for this occasion. By its end, the tour will have traversed 600 communities and reached more than 70 per cent of the nation’s population. Every Canadian over the age of 12 will soon be able to apply to be a participant in a portion of the relay. Organizers say participants will include “those whose efforts have removed barriers and contributed to making their community more accessible and inclusive, those who have overcome adversity, those who are promising youth leaders, those who live by the credo that anything is possible, those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others and those who mirror the values of determination, courage, integrity, inspiration and teamwork.” Hansen said, “These difference makers’ remarkable stories will not only showcase the positive impact these individuals have had in their communities, but will remind us that we can all become champions of change. Working together, we can recognize and inspire a new generation of difference makers to never give up on their dreams and realize that, with courage and determination, anything is possible.” The event is supported by a number of major sponsors including McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada. McDonald’s customers raised $1.5 million in Canada in 1987, and this time the relay will stop at McDonald’s restaurants as the relay moves from the east coast to the west. Hansen said, “ To have the support of a partner such as McDonald’s — who were there from the beginning, and who will be with our team again as we travel across the country — makes this all the more exciting.” For more information on participation or the Rick Hansen Foundation, visit To learn about Rossland’s role and to get involved, contact Renee Clark at the Chamber of Commerce at 250-3625666, or

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Pledges for Earth Hour ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

Fortis BC has launched an “Earth Hour Pledge� campaign to encourage people to switch off their power for an hour on March 26 at 8:30 p.m., part of a global Earth Hour movement initiated by the WWF to raise awareness on energy conservation. If enough Rosslanders take the pledge before March 26, the Rossland Museum could win a $5,000 energy efficiency upgrade. Participation is as easy as turning all lights and electronics off for an hour, but people are required to actually take the pledge if the Museum is to win the upgrade. Taking the pledge is also easy: On Fortis BC’s main website (, navigate to “Electricity� and through “Power Sense� to “In Your Community.� Click on “Earth Hour� and follow

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the link to “Take the pledge.� The pledge requires only your name and number, and a sentence or two to say what you plan to do with your hour in the dark. Entering a pledge automatically enters you to win a weekend getaway to Manteo Resort in Kelowna, or a Fortis BC prize pack with energy efficiency upgrades. The community that has the highest participation rate — calculated based on the number of pledges received divided by the community’s population — will receive $5,000 towards energy efficiency upgrades to a building used by a community-based organization. Rossland is in competition with towns from the Okanagan to Creston, and north to the Slocan valley. For more information on the WWF’s (World Wildlife Fund or World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative, visit www. earthhour. org.

Participants at a recent beekeeping workshop in Rossland drill blocks of wood with various sized holes. Others made nests out of bundles of hollow plants, or pencil sized rolls of paper. Later in the summer, many species of wild bees will be able to use these tubes to lay eggs that will grow into larvae and hatch as bees the following year. Lynn Westcott, a local entomologist with a passion for bees, said BC is blessed with 400 species of wild bee, of tens of thousands worldwide, but many populations are crashing and our help is needed to protect habitat. We can build nests, from boxes for bumble bees to tube condos for mason bees. We can also plant gardens of owering plants, especially in an overall design that produces blooms throughout the growing season. Andrew Bennett photo

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This is a never-ending debate, over professional and non-professional hair products. Look at it this way: products made to be used in salons, by professionals, can only be retailed in salons. This means they must be of the highest quality. If they weren’t, stylists simply would not use them. Never will you find a professional use products that will cause build up or that leaves the hair dry and brittle. The products we use protect the hair, infuse moisture and will not strip your color. Why would you go and invest 100.00 on having your hair colored and then not invest a bit more on a shampoo and conditioner that will take care of, and protect your color? The biggest difference between salon and generic shampoos is their ingredients. Hair is made up of Keratin ( protein ), it has a soft, pliable inside called the cortex, and a harder lining called the cuticle. Generic shampoos can not penetrate the cuticle to cleanse the hair. Instead they coat the cuticle and eventually build up on the hair. Your stylist will be able to guide you to what product is best for your type of hair. If you are a client with short hair, no chemical treatments, and are getting regular hair cuts, your needs are going to be different from a client with long, color treated hair that wants their hair to grow longer. That’s why you should stop by and talk about KEVIN MURPHY , the product line I carry and use. It is a natural product line that is sulfate and paraben free. They use ingredients such as kakadoo plum, grapefruit oil and sage leaf extract. The salon is easy to find, 1760 2nd Ave. It is in the dark brown house beside the arena. After the arena and the parking lot, is the house and the salon. Please feel free to stop by for a consult.


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Joe & June Smith have a rental home in Rossland. The past ski season proved to be a profitable year on their rental property. They decided that when their tenants move out in the spring that they will do some much needed renovations to the location and rent it out again next season. The Smiths have full time jobs, live in the neighboring town, and have been unable to work on the home for some time. One night during the summer a passing car ejects a cigarette butt out the window and causes the unkept lawn to catch fire. Since it was late at night, the fire was not noticed until the home was fully engulfed. By the time the fire department had the fire under control there had been substantial damage to the home. Unfortunately for the Smiths they did not read their insurance wordings, they did not inform their insurance company that the home had become vacant & that they were doing some renovations. The Smiths are now hoping the sale of the lot will help them pay off the mortgage they had against the home.

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Plenty of reason to power down this Earth Hour What will you do for Earth Hour, at 8:30 p.m. on March 26? Music by candlelight? Some quiet time with friends? Or maybe all the lights blazing, stereo too loud, and an electric fondue beside the hot tub? That, of course, would be your prerogative, but we really hope Rosslanders will forego the usual electricity-sapping trappings of modern life, if only for this one hour. Not only would it be a symbollic gesture towards conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but this year there is the possibility of a very tangible benefit for our community, too. As the Rossland News reports in this edition (check page 5 if you haven’t already), the Rossland Museum could be the beneficiary of $5,000 worth of energy-efficiency upgrades from FortisBC, provided enough city residents take an online pledge to power down for that particular hour and then actually do so. Rossland is competing against the likes of Creston and the Slocan Valley. Surely we can muster the community spirit to give them a good run for this money. Even if you’re not interested in backing your local entry in some friendly inter-city competition, there is another reason to participate: Taking the “Earth Hour Pledge” means you are automatically entered to win a weekend getaway at a resort in Kelowna. So if not for the environment, if not for Rossland, power down this Earth Hour for yourself. We want to hear from you.

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Recreation, Education, Community - Rossland Rec Department

Spring Brochure is in the mail The Spring Brochure went into the mailboxes on Monday, March 14. If you didn’t receive one, please let the Recreation Department know and we’ll forward one by e-mail. If you prefer a hard copy, please come in to city hall to pick one up. For preschoolers there are several new programs starting up, including “Music & Movement,” a parent participation class for children three to four years old. This class is a great way to get moving in the morning — exploring musical instruments, parades, ribbon rhythm dancing and more. This class starts April 6 and runs until April 27, on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. -11:15 a.m. If you have a budding artist in your house, check out the preschool animal art classes on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. A four-week long version of this class ran in February and received rave reviews from parents and children alike. The instructor is a certified elementary school teacher specializing in art who brings great enthusiasm to the class. If you have a young musician in your midst, check out the Sunrise 2 program starting on April 4 and running until June 6 on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. This is the second level preschool music class in the Music for Young Children music program. MYC is an internationally recognized music program with levels from Preschool to Teens. The Sunrise 2 class is a great introduction to the curriculum and teaching philosophy. For more information please log on to the website at Pam Shirley is running a “Hammer with Pammer” course on Wednesdays

from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. starting June 9 and running until June 30. This is a beginner mountain bike course for kids seven to nine years. Children will learn the basics of bike/body separation, front/rear wheel lifts, gearing, braking and more. There are also two art classes coming up for children ages five to 10 years. Animal Art for Kids five to seven years focuses on the six classifications of animals and using drawing techniques, photographs, paint and pastels and recycled materials, kids will create cartoons of real and imagined animals. The Medieval Art class for kids ages 8-10 years focuses on castles, dragons, and knights and has the children creating their own 3D versions, including an original shield and crest. Both classes are on Wednesdays, starting April 6 and running until June 8. For adults and teens, there is a beginner and intermediate violin / fiddle class coming up. Janis Anderson is an accomplished musician and an experienced teacher. The beginner class is on Thursdays from 7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. starting April 7 and running until June 2. The beginner and intermediate class also runs on the same dates, but from 8 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. If you’re interested in learning to knit, there are three classes coming up. The beginner’s class will teach you how to read a pattern and introduce you to the basic stitches — casting on and off, knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing. This class is on Saturday, April 2 and 9 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Star Dance Quilting class is on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and teaches you a 40” x 40” Hunter

Star pattern. Bring a lunch and make a day of it with friends. Rossland also has a Quilter’s Guild if you’re interested in meeting other quilters in our area. If you enjoy pottery and lasagna, you’ll love the new class that Sarah Zanussi is putting on. The “Make a Homemade Lasagna Pan” class teaches you the basics of hand building and slab work. Participants can decorate their own pan using unique colours and designs. The result is either a 9”x13” or 10”x14” lasagne pan that is oven safe and completely functional. There are two sessions to choose from — one in April and one in May. The BC Seniors Games are coming to the West Kootenay Aug. 16-20 and are being hosted in Castlegar, Nelson and Trail. The 55-plus BC Seniors Games promotes active participation in fitness and wellness in sport, recreation and education for BC Seniors. This annual four-day celebration attracts about 3,500 seniors participating in up to 26 events. The Kootenays are classified as Zone 6 within the province, and the goal is to encourage as many seniors as possible to participate in the event of their choice and to continue their interest in the months and years to come. The Zone 6 executive and sport co-ordinators hold monthly organizational meetings to help seniors stay informed throughout the year and to enjoy some social events. For more information about the games, or to inquire about registering as an athlete, please contact Barb Roberts, Zone 6 director, at or 250-362-9489. For more information about the Games, log onto:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Opinion City hall continues to apply double standard to development projects

A double standard is alive and well at Rossland City Hall. Homeowners in Rossland are required to get all necessary permits and meet all requirements before they can do even small renovations to their homes. Red Mountain Ventures (RMV) on the other hand seems to have no such requirement. A cabin has been built near the Red Mountain Lodge without a development permit (DP), without a building permit and on land that has a no-build covenant registered on the property. This is not the first time RMV has constructed a building without the required permits. The response from staff, when asked why this latest construction was allowed to happen, was laughable. Quote: “The show home on display at the upper level parking lot is neither fixed into the ground nor serviced.” Unless the cabin is levitating microns above ground level, it sure looks firmly fixed to me. The lights in use in the building suggest servicing from underground wiring not kerosene lamps. Maybe it’s the wires that hold the building in place. The response also states that no DP is required. The Local Government Act says that when a “Development Permit Area” has been designated, a DP is required before construction of a building or structure is started. There are no exceptions. So how did this cabin mate-

rialize if it wasn’t constructed? Development permits are issued for specific projects and those projects must be completed strictly in accordance with the permit. That means, if a DP is issued for a bare land strata development, construction of a trail on adjacent property is not covered by the permit. Nor does a DP for ski run clearing in one area allow a yurt to be erected on a nearby mountain. There seems to be a sense of entitlement at the base of Red Mountain — go ahead and do what you want because council appears to be willing to accept anything with a wink and a nod irrespective of the requirement for proper authorization. Besides ignoring these contraventions of the bylaws of the city, council has provided tax relief and has undertaken activities that effectively amount to subsidies for developers. The average homeowner doesn’t get breaks like this. They’re expected to toe the line and pay the bills. I wonder why those at city hall are so willing to ignore violations of relevant legislation by developers while insisting on strict adherence to those same regulations by homeowners? Laurie Charlton Rossland city councillor

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‘Riding the dragon’ “Riding the dragon” is a term used to describe the concept of riding on a known weak layer and hopefully getting away with it. Why is it possible to ride these weak layers and not trigger them? And then what makes them fail — all of a sudden? As previously described, unsettled powder has minimal cohesion and just doesn’t transfer enough energy to cause failure. Secondly, luck definitely has a hand in some folks’ fortunes. Though there are many reasons for “riding the dragon,” safely, we should look at bridging or a hard protective layer of snow that forms over the suspect layer and protects it from failure. How much snow is enough snow to protect a layer from failing? This is an important question, as riding the dragon isn’t the safest endeavour in the world and the decisionmaking process becomes much more detailed and observations of the snowpack much more critical. Skier-triggering becomes much more difficult as more snow falls and protects a layer but the avalanches also get bigger. Confidence increases so slope selection becomes more exposed and aggressive. Weight becomes important as a single skier may not trigger a layer but several skiers or a big crash might. Then there is snowmobile use with its added weight and deeper penetration of the snowpack. Snow depth, hardness, slope angle and shape all play a role in bridging layers’ ability to protect a layer. With all the variables its hard to give a definitive answer as I sit at my desk but you have to keep checking the

snowpack to increase your knowledge and experience. And always check out the avalanche bulletins. Remember: if you don’t dig to check the snowpack, you cannot know what is in it. Half of the equation of gaining experience is then lost and a right answer cannot be achieved. One reason bridging layers fail is because of weakness called deficit zones which are tricky spots of thin snowpack that have caught many people off guard, causing avalanches in strongly bridged snow packs. Let’s use a 250-centimetre bridge of strong snow over a weak layer. If this bridge is uniform, no problem. But the fact is these layers are never uniforme. The layer starts to taper to nothing on couloir walls and around wind exposed rocks as well as isolated tree islands and wind scoured areas. As you’re recreating away, assuming that you’re on a strong snowpack except in these thin zones, the bridging layer maybe less than 10 centimetres and if the layer fails it may transfer under the 250-centimetre thick slab and start a slide. This example is taken from an avalanche that killed seven people a few years ago. The combined weight of the skiers approaching a zone of thinning snowpack adjacent to a rock outcrop triggered the whole bowl into sliding. Thin snowpack areas are more prone to a variety of weaknesses as well as the deficit concept. A simple way to check the snowpack is to use your probe to measure the depth of snow and to start developing an understanding as to where the thin areas are.

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The School District 20 Science Fair at Trail Middle School last week drew a wide range of creative talent from around the region, including a great showing by RSS, MacLean Elementary, and École des Sept-Sommets. Rossland students answered a variety of questions such as: “How do chickens make eggs?” and “What peanut butter do hamsters prefer?” Students from seven elementary schools — five district and two independent — and two secondary schools entered more than 80 projects that were presented by more than 100 students. Judges awarded projects in Grades 4, 5, and 6/7, although projects were entered by students from Grade 1 to Grade 11. Denise Flick, the district learning co-ordinator who was instrumental in organizing the event and has been involved in science fairs in the mid-1990s, said selecting students for awards was very difficult. “Today was an extraordinary success,” she said. “We have not had this many projects in years.” “I credit it to a number of champions at different schools, teachers who are champions of science who mentored their students and enabled them to get the resources and organization they needed. “And, of course, to the parents who are so keenly interested and make it possible for their kids to take part,” she said. As the judges found, it is difficult to single out projects from such a broad and interesting set of submissions, but one of the highlights included “Can you make amber in one day?” asked by Grade 2 Maclean student Alexander Stone. Indeed you can, Stone discovered, with nothing more than tree sap, hot water, and olive oil. Grade 4 students produced a great number of excellent projects. Favourites included Clare Snelgrove’s “Is double dipping as bad as spitting a mouthful of dip in a bowl?” which she tested with swabs and petri dishes. Unfortunately, Snelgrove reported that her results were not conclusive due to sample contamination, so the question remains a mystery. Kathryn Daines, also in Grade 4, asked how chickens make eggs, and took the question to her grandfather’s friend’s farm. She got down and dirty, dissecting an old hen and matching what she found to information in text books, coming up with a complete story of the egg’s formation. Her proud grandfather observed: “Now that’s science.” Justin Kulik presented one of several

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TOP PHOTO: Alexander Stone, MacLean Elementary, Grade 2: “Can you make amber in one day?” BOTTOM PHOTO: Justin Kulik, MacLean Elementary, Grade 4: “Can lemons be used to power a lightbulb?”

projects that explored the potential of acidic fruit, such as lemons, to act as a battery and actually light a bulb when pierced with the correct metals and connected in series. MacLean’s Madeline Kinghorn — “What are the Northern Lights?” — and Samantha Gaul — “What makes popcorn pop?” — tied for third place, and Michel Kristen Hjeltman of the École des Sept-Sommets tied students from other schools for first place among the Grade 4s for her investigation of ice cubes and whether they melt faster in salt or fresh water. The Grade 5 students did very well also, with Alesha Hall taking third for her work on pulleys, Sophie Wardy in second for looking into how to find your blind spot, and Ali D’Odorico for asking how surface area affects evaporation. One of the most unique projects was Grade 7 RSS students Sage and Dakota Robine’s investigation of hamster pea-

nut butter preferences. Unfortunately, one of the two test subjects died of old age part-way through the experiments, and although the other showed a predilection for Adam’s Crunchy, it seemed he was also beginning to develop a taste for Kraft Smooth. While the Robines took second place, RSS cleaned up first place in the Grade 6/7 category also, with Rachel Aiken’s study of water, and Danelle Farrell and Raeann Lyll’s intrguing question, “Do vitamins help plants grow?” The next big event is the West Kootenay Regional Science Fair on April 2 at Mary Hall at Selkirk College’s Nelson campus. It’s open for registration for all students in school districts No. 20, 8, 51, and 10, with no prequalification required — i.e., participants are not required to have participated in a local, district-level fair.

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The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) will give $1,500 of assistance with travel costs for the regional winner who gets to go to the Canada-wide science fair in Toronto later this year. The regional science fair also features a popsicle bridge building competition, an initiative of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC). Kids get a standard kit from APEGBC, build a bridge, and bring it in for testing to see how much weight it can hold. Testing is a spectacular affair that involves loading the bridge to the point of collapse. There’s still time to get involved with the science fair and the popsicle bridge contest. While supplies last, bridge kits are available from KAST — 2196 LeRoi Ave, Rossland, 483-5052 — and more information is available from APEGBC’s Mark Sirges at 250-368-2504.


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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. BLACK JACK XC SKI PROGRAMS Contact Tracy Lancup, kids prgrms, 362-2247; Dave Wood,

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LESSONS AT LOOLU’S LOST SHEEP Sock Class begins Mar. 29, Knit Class on Apr. 2, Cabled Wrap Class on Apr. 6, Sweater Class on May 1. $2 drop-in. 362-5383.

KINDERCARE AT RED 8:30-4 daily, 18 mo. to 5 yrs, ski lessons for 3-5 yrs. Punch pass, KOKANEE SPRING FEST Mar 12 to 20 at Red Mountain Resort. Randonee Race (Mar 12),

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Ski Cross Showdown (Mar 13), RBC Riders Boarder Cross (Mar 14), Photo Scavenger Hunt (Mar 15), Cruise the Blues (Mar 16), Poker Run (Mar 17), Kids Free Ski Comp & Fat Tire Slalom Race (Mar 18), Cliff Dive (Mar 19), Mogul Mania and BC Freestyle “Try FreeStyle” (Mar 20). Register each day at Kokanee tent at base.

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

ST PATRICK’S DAY TEA Mar 19, 1:30-3:30pm, $4, Sacred Heart Parish Hall. All welcome.

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.

ROSSLANIME Mar 19, 4pm, Rossland Radio Co-op, 1807 Columbia. Help create the first

KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact Renée Salsiccioli at 368-8601 or

ever anime convention in Rossland. Contact Sean Bateman,

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

SELKIRK CAMERATA TRIO Mar 19, 7:30pm, Rouge Gallery. Two violins and a cello playing

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.

baroque and classical. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 362-9609 for information. JOE HILL COFFEEHOUSE Next: Mar 20, 7-9:30pm, $3 for adults, free for students. To volun-

teer or perform, contact Michael Gifford at 362-7170 or

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.

THE GATHERING Mar 22 to 25. 3rd annual, at Red Mtn Resort. Collection of some of the best photographers from around the region and beyond.

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

ROSSLAND’S THE FLAME Mar 24, 7pm, Clancey’s Café, Admission by donation. An eve-

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

ning of storytelling. To tell a story, contact Jessica Drake, 231-5108.

Library. Come be part of the process.

KOKANEE SLUSH CUP Mar 26, 8am to 3pm, at Red Mtn Resort. Ceremonial spring event: Water + Slush + Costumes = Crazy good times.

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.

BORSCHT LUNCHEON Mar 26, 1-4pm, Eagles’ upper hall. Benefit for Corbin Lew who is

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

suffering from a brain tumor. $6 for borscht, bun, dessert, and coffee or tea. Call Noreen: 362-9070. Quart of borscht and a loaf for $10. Preorder from Terry: 362-9562.

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

SUSTAINABILITY CONVERSATION SERIES Next: Mar 26, 3:30pm, Café Books West. Free. Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.

POSTURAL ALIGNMENT WORKSHOP Apr 2, 9am to noon, KP Hall, Trail. $30, register with

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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.

SPRING SUPPER Apr 2, 5-7pm, St. Andrew’s United Church, $35/family, adults $15, age

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

6-12 $10, under 6 free. DUMMY DOWNHILL AND FINAL DAY AT RED Apr 3, 9am to 3pm, Red Mtn Resort.

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. # 14 ROSSLAND General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wed. of every month. All members of Branch #14 are asked to attend.

FLOW YOGA All about Hatha with Norma Mahri every Mon/Wed, 5:30-7pm, École des Septs Sommets (1st Ave. & Monte Cristo.) Call Rossland Recreation at 362-2327.

ROTARY CLUB OF ROSSLAND: Weekly meetings at the Rock Cut Pub, Mon., 6-8pm. All welcome! Contact John Sullivan, 362-5278.

YOGA WITH KERRY Après-ski Yoga (flow): Tues/Thurs. 6:30-8pm. Yoga for Peace (re-

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

storative): Sun. 10-11:30am. At Better Life Fitness. Visit

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

MORE YOGA Intro class, Mon. 5:30-7pm at Better Life Fitness. Spin & Hatha class,

AIR CADETS Meets every Wed. 6pm - 9:15pm at the 44 Trail Armory in Shaver’s Bench

Thurs. 9-10:30am below Subway. Contact Lydia: 362-5083,

1990-7th Ave. Contact: Chris Gurnett at 250-367-9813 or

HIP HOP CLASSES For all ages. Contact Megs: 362-3381, HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna:

SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT CLANCY’S Every Friday, 6pm to 9pm. all you can eat pasta with meatballs. Garlic toast and caesar salada. Kid sizes for $5.95.

ZUMBA! Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am. Tues. 6-7pm, Miner’s Hall, dance with Amber: a_

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Rossland ssland Business Esso Imperial Oil The BC Chamber of Commerce and Imperial Oil are pleased to offer the Esso Direct DriverBilling Program to all members, including a preferred 3.0 cent per litre discount off of fuel purchased at any Esso-branded service station.

Red vs. White Whitewater staff and friends made the short trek up to Rossland’s Arena to challenge Red Mountain at the first annual “intermountain” hockey game. Red pulled together a team from across several departments at the mountain, and managed to fit in one practice last week before Saturday’s big game. In the end, Red succumbed to Whitewater, whose team cohesion, smooth passes, and wicked shots on net won them the game 6-2. Both teams pose in this group photo. Caley Mulholland photo

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It was a night of trivia, shenanigans, and fundraising at Rossland Radio’s game show, The Price is Jeopardy Or No Deal of Fortune, last Saturday evening at the Miners’ Hall. Rather than go out to watch a show, 100 gamers gathered in 10 teams to be the show in an interactive night of brain-wracking, teamwork, and all-out enthusiasm. Some teams even sported costumes, notably the team of nerds who embodied the timeless look of ‘the intellectual.’ Participants were impressed by host Phil Loosley who kept things moving with wit and entertainment. For his part, Loosely was pleased that everyone got right into the competition and that the questions — which took hours

Agronomist up next in REAL series Dr. Ralph Behrens, a professional agronomist, will host the next Sustainable Living Conversation at Café Books on March 26 at 3:30 p.m., the third in the Rossland REAL Food series. Behrens uses his knowledge to maintain a highly productive home garden and can share information about soils, growing vegetables, and building rock walls and greenhouses. No registration is required and the event is free. For more about Rossland REAL Food activities, and for helpful gardening tips and aids such as the recently added “online almanac” with friendly planting schedule reminders — it’s time to get the basil and parsley sown — visit /Rossland News

to craft to appeal to a diverse and international crown — struck the right balance of an attainable challenge. The competition was close all night long, with a difference of only six points separating the five top teams, but the tie-breaking game between the two highest scoring teams ended the night with a win for “Got to be Home by Ten,” organized by three-year The Price is Jeopardy veteran Chris d’Odorico. His teammate Kelly Acheson attributed their success to “being a group of smart people with pop culture and music interest, and broad general knowledge.” Throughout the year, the team claimed their members followed a disciplined training regime of arts, culture, and current events. Acheson indicated that her team’s talents were even broader, suggesting

‘sports’ as a potential category for next year’s game show and hinting that, if it were, her team would really clean up. The event raised $1,800 to be split between the radio co-operative and the food bank. The funds will help the co-op pay for the ongoing costs of their new radio space that opened last April, and will also help establish a live studio with recording capabilities and expand the station’s broadcast range to reach nearby communities. The Radio Co-op and event organizers thanked the many local business sponsors who provided the game with excellent prizes, and also thanked the community as a whole for making the night a resounding success. You can tune into Rossland Radio, “your voice in the wilderness,” on the dial at 101.1 FM or on the web at www.

Joe Hill set for March 20 ANDREW BENNETT Rossland News Reporter

The foot stompin' Golden City Fiddlers are on stage first to set the tone for an evening of excellent entertainment at the Joe Hill Coffeehouse next Sunday, March 20, at the Miners' Hall. The crowd will also be treated to Salmo's songbird, Kyla Hanna, a singer, guitarist, and pianist who has played from a young age, growing up with the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society, and attending Selkirk College's music program. Hanna's 2006 CD, "Bell" includes the song "All I am" that was selected for the 2007 Soundvibes complitaion disc of Kootenay artists. Now she works with Aroundback Music Studio in Salmo, a non-profit community space for recording, learning, and making music available to everyone.

Other highlights include Rossland's own Dandelion and the Ditchweeds, set to blossom for a colourful spring, while Terry and Janet Marshall have prepared a green selection in honour of St. Patrick. Kootenay DanceWorks have Jill Amantea and Cydney Streadwick on the stage, and the audience will also be treated to solo acts by Clay Gouin, Marti Danie, and Jen Jellet with her island music. Admission is only $3, free for students. As always, volunteers are more than welcome to contact organizer Michael Gifford to find out how they can help: Call 362-7170 or write Because the drama students have departed to London, no group had yet filled the void in the concessions stand at the time this went to print. Organizations that want to raise a little money selling beverages and baked goods should contact Gifford.

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Kicking off Red’s Kokanee Spring Fest in style was the first annual Redhead Randonnée Race, a ski mountaineering competition that combined both an uphill skin up Red Mountain’s Dale’s Trail and Sally’s Alley to the peak, with a ski down The Cliff to base. A handful of hardy athletes arrived Saturday morning equipped with touring gear, backcountry skills, and big lungs, but Brace Lee took the cake. He crushed the uphill, ripped the transition to downhill mode, and screamed down the Face of Red to cross the finish line in a total of 35 minutes. Other competitors, athletes all, took an hour to complete the same circuit. It was already a special day for Brace: His win also marks his 100th day of ski touring this season. Veteran randonnée racer Karen Reader, who placed first among the women, remarked that “Red Mountain is a great location for this event because the ratio of uphill to downhill is perfect.” Reader gained much of her randonnée racing experience at Crested Butte, Colo., where an annual event commemorates 19th century postal worker Al Johnson who delivered mail on skis to remote mining camps. Rossland also has a long history of backcountry ski racing, including the famed Grey Mountain Grind in the 1940s that involved a skin

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up Grey and a ski back to town. The Redhead Randonnée may be a first step towards a revival of the Grey Mountain Grind tradition, which could get Red Mountain included in the Alpine Club of Canada’s sanctioned randonnée race circuit, an event well-suited to Rossland’s strong backcountry culture. Red’s Mika Hakkola said he hoped the word gets out about this year’s randonnée to attract more of Rossland’s hard core of ski tourers when the event is held again next year.

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ABOVE: Brace Lee blitzes up Red on his way to men’s gold. RIGHT: Brothers Cam (left) and Stew Spooner (center) prepare for the race beside a race official.


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Red Mountain’s Kokanee Spring Fest has been running wild for almost a week, but there’s more to come, from the Fat Tire Slalom on Friday to Freestyle moguls on Sunday. The great snow the hill’s been getting this week has pleased everyone, including Red’s Mika Hakkola, but he did express some concern: “If the snow keeps up, it might actually take away from the events because people might choose to take pow-pow turns instead!” Heralding the coming spring, the Fat Tire Slalom on Friday will pit downhill mountain bikers against each other down the Face of Red. Bring your own mountain bike, a full-face helmet, and $10 to register. Prizes from Revolution

Cycles include hydration packs, padding, and biking attire. Also on Friday, a free ski competition open to anyone aged eight and older ($10 registration) will run down Papoose bowl. Registration for both the Fat Tire Slalom and the free ski comp will be at the Kokanee tent beside the day lodge at 9 a.m., with the races beginning at 11 a.m. The long-running Cliff Dive race begins on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on the top of Red Mountain. Registration is $10 and anything goes — participants can race on skis, snowboards or teles. Après-ski on Saturday, racers can get going to Fernie’s Shred Kelly at Rafters pub. Spring Fest ends in style on Sunday with mogul racing on the T-bar slope (registration is $10) at the same time as kids can get free, certified coaching in freestyle skiing at the Try Freestyle event.

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16 Rossland News

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Local ski cross course lauded for ‘great flow’ caley mulholland Rossland News Contributor

Some of North America’s top ski crossers gathered at Red Mountain on March 11 and 12 for Red’s first-ever FIS Ski Cross Freestyle NorAm Cup. The course and the mountain got top marks from Ski Cross Canada’s director, Chad Weir. Red’s course had “great flow,” he said, with “fast roller sections and good transition zones between technical features.” The 1760-metre cross course, one of the longer courses on this year’s NorAm ski cross circuit, has been under construction throughout the winter for use by boarders and skiers. It features both flat and steep stretches with jumps, rollers, and sharp turns. As is standard for cross events, athletes raced in timed qualifying heats and were then separated into groups of three or four to race head-to-head while negotiating the technical terrain at speeds in the neighbourhood of 40 km/h. Weir is pleased that the sport is growing in Canada and the world, with ski cross included as an offi-

cial alpine discipline by FIS since 2006. International attention was focused on its inclusion in the Olympics last year and spectators have been enthralled by the combination of alpine technique, big air, and strategy. Weir noted “Canadians are currently producing some of the best ski cross competitors in the world.” Red Mountain has played its role in Canada’s rise in the ski cross world, operating as a training ground for the last three years and hosting Japanese, French, and Australian skiers as they prepared for the Olympics last year. In fact, Red’s reputation has grown to the point that the resort secured a spot on the World Cup this year, but organizers at the resort decided the economic climate was not right to secure the large sponsorship dollars needed to host the event, and snowmaking would also be necessary to build Olympic-size features. As it is, Red’s first NorAm ski cross event attracted lots of rising stars to a course that challenged their abilities.

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Participants said the ski cross course at Red was one of the longer courses on this year’s NorAM circuit.

Being Betty - Natasha Lockey

One last kick at the can It’s snowing and I have so much to do. Work or play? Well, judging by the folks I met in the lift line I am thinking we are all on the same wavelength — get it while it’s good, as we only have a few weeks left. March always brings the best powder days and it looks like this year is no different. Yesterday I woke up not feeling so good — looks like I got a touch of the cold that has been passed around all winter. It was the start of the spring break programs and I was supposed to be coaching the RBC riders. This is an awesome program that is run by the Canadian Snowboard Federation; it is an introduction to snowboard coaching focused on boarder cross.

We had four kids turn up and unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for me they were split in their levels, so I dragged myself up and out the door to go coach boarder cross. With all the awesome fresh snow we couldn’t have asked for a better day to be on the hill but not ideal conditions for riding the track. My seven-year-old student pointed out the track was covered in powder and there are better places to ride powder. The other students felt the same, they just wanted to go shred so shred we did. Forget riding with the girls for inspiration, take out a seven-year-old ripper who will throw himself off anything and down anything and try making excuses as

to why you are not following! His enthusiasm was contagious; I had so much fun. Although, today I was riding with the girls and there is something so very special about the energy that happens when the girls are on the hill. So this is it the final countdown. Summer is around the corner and my bike is ready to go. There’s lots to get organized, but there is always time for one more run, right? See you on the hill. 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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March 17 2011 Rossland News  
March 17 2011 Rossland News  

The complete version of the March 17, 2011 edition of the Rossland News as it appeared in print.