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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2008 Established 1988.


Tree of Dreams Parents, students and teachers from Gordon Sargent and South Nelson find positive in school merger. PAGE 3

Labour talks done The City of Nelson CUPE 339 sign fiveyear deal. PAGE 3



Kutenai Landing moves on Council gives New Future Development Group approval to begin excavation and remediation of lakefront site by Chris Shepherd Council has approved a plan by the Ministry of Environment and the Kutenai Landing developer to let work begin at the lakefront site. At their Monday, June 9 council meeting, all the councillors and mayor gave their approval to New Future Development Group beginning excavation and construction of the foundation and parkade at 110 Cedar St. New Future had requested a “low risk letter” from the Ministry of Environment. The letter allows a portion of the con-

struction to begin and is an alternative to the certifcate of compliance, a key document the developer needs before they can begin construction. With the low risk letter, New Future can excavate soil from the site and clean it as necessary. The actual work needed to clean the land is unknown at the moment. The developer can also begin construction on the foundation and parkade. No other construction can begin until the developer gets the certificate of compliance. See DOOLEY p.3…



Samantha Sherman and Craig Pinnell wave to the crowd during the 2008 Cavalcade through Nelson’s streets. See page 7 for more photos of the annual parade for Nelson’s high school graduates.

Express photo contest

Corky Evans decides to retire

The Express wants to see your best Canada Day photo. PAGE 12

by Chris Shepherd

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Nelson-Creston MLA wants to get out of politics before cynicism takes over Corky Evans decided to leave politics before he starts to think the elections are all about him. On Tuesday, June 3 at his Nelson office, the NDP MLA for NelsonCreston announced he won’t run in the May 2009 provincial election. “It’s important to

leave this work while you still believe in it,” Evans said in an interview with the Express. Long-time politicians can start to think an election is about them and that can bring “an element of cynicism” to it, said Evans. After 13 years as an elected official, he said he wasn’t at risk of becoming cynical, but the recent elections

boundary changes made him think twice. In February 2008, proposed changes to the province’s electoral boundaries reshaped the Nelson-Creston riding. Those changes put Evans, a 30-year resident of Winlaw, outside the riding.


It’s important to leave this work while you still believe in it. Corky Evans


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We need to focus our investments on attracting tourists


Lynno Ozone, left, Jenn Michalski-Evans, Meagan O’Sullivian and Kelly Roberts have the skills to make you healthy and relaxed at Bodhi Day Spa.

Take care of your Bodhi Bodhi Day Spa brings healing and relaxation to the Hume Hotel’s third floor by Chris Shepherd Healing and relaxation. That’s what Jenny Michalski-Evans wanted to create when she opened Bodhi Day Spa. The spa is on the third floor of the Hume Hotel in an intimate room that allows the staff to focus on one client at a time. “I’ve always been interested in healing,” Evans says. “I personally believe that your whole lifestyle contributes to healing. Taking time to relax and kick back

does that.” Evans opened Bodhi Day Spa at the beginning of March after she and her husband moved from Calgary. Evans was looking to get back into working after taking time off to raise her son. She’s joined by Kelly Roberts, Lynno Ozone and Meagan O’Sullivian and the four offer waxing, tinting, manicure, pedicure or a relaxing facial. Visitors to Bodhi Day Spa can also enjoy a detoxifying foot bath, something Evans says is “one of the

oldest methods of pulling toxins out of the body through hydrotherapy, sweating and reflexology.” Roberts – with five years experience – and Ozone – with 28 years experience – provide the massages and offer traditional Chinese massage, relaxation, rehabilitation, sports and deep tissue massage. Bodhi Day Spa is open seven days a week, with esthetics available from Tuesday to Saturday and massage from Monday to Sunday. People can call 352-2666 to book an appointment.

One of the great advantages of living in this area is the abundance of wilderness, green space and associated outdoor activities. A great benefit to such splendid outer surroundings is being able to have and enjoy the companionship of our four-legged friends that accompany us on many of our hikes and strolls. The waterfront dog walk that traverses the length of the airport is one of those treats that many dog-owners and walkers utilize on a regular basis. The City of Nelson tells us that we are lucky to have this space dedicated to our canine compadres in lieu of being able to take our dogs elsewhere. The truth is, while the airport still occupies their existing piece of land, the waterfront strip is not useable for any other purpose. If anyone did have thoughts of using that land for another kind of development, the environmental issues would prove to be an almost insurmountable stumbling block. So, herein lies the rub. Someone has gone to great lengths and significant expenses to build some lovely new gardens on the dog walk. We are going to assume that it is the City that has spent the money on these gardens and we will also assume

Money Honey

Joyce Jackson

that someone will correct this statement if it proves to be false. Most dogs could personally care less what they pee and poo on, and the views along the water are already pretty. Beautifying the former garbage dump cum walking path with random gardens seems like an odd choice to spend our limited funds on. Could these funds have been better spent elsewhere? Most certainly, yes. If prettiness were the goal, ashtrays on Baker Street would go a long way, as would more street sweeping, hanging baskets, sidewalk gardens and so on. Last time we looked, it was our visitors pulling out their wallets to spend money in our town and not our dogs.

Joyce Jackson is the owner of Lonnie’s for Her and Him and an executive member of the Nelson Business Association.

Briefly Parelli lessons

This August at the NDRC Grounds in Blewett Nelson and District Riding Club is present-

ing Level One and Two Lesson Series with three star Parelli professional Fawn Anderson at the NDRC Grounds in Blewett.

These Lesson Series are an opportunity to learn the step-by-step program that has revolutionized horsemanship around the globe. Limited to six

participants per class and designed to accelerate learning, students will be given lesson books with handouts for each session, as well as assignments to

complete with their horses between sessions. Early bird pricing is still available for the August Series: $210 for four, twohour sessions, regular $250. Spectator tickets are available at $15 a day or $40 for the series which run Thursday evenings in July from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Monday mornings in August from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Heather Farrell at 505-5270 for information and registration or visit www.fawnanderson. com.

Summer FotoCamp in Mexico

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a foreign correspondent or a photojournalist on an assignment in a mysterious country? Quinta Foto, the School of Photography and Digital Arts in Mexico, is hosting its first annual International Summer

FotoCamp for photographers and digital artists in a small, colonial town of Zacatlán, in the heart of the Mexican Sierra Madre. If you are seriously interested in photography, and if you are 16 to 18, this opportunity is for you. The FotoCamp is an intensive three-week course (in August), that will open eyes to a fascinating culture, exciting adventures and to new ways of taking and processing photographs. Participants will spend most of the time in the field, photographing in the subtropical nature, indigenous villages and ancient archaeological sites. The course is US $1,850 which does not cover air fare but does include accommodation, food, transportation in Mexico, tuition, material and a computer lab. Go to www.quintafoto. com for more information.

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CUPE negotiations done City and workers negotiate five-year collective agreement by Chris Shepherd There was plenty of praise for the City’s manager at this week’s council meeting after he unveiled a new agreement with the City’s workers. Kevin Cormack, City of Nelson manager, outlined the five-year agreement with CUPE local 339, which includes most of the City’s public services like waste collection; snow removal; parks and arena maintenance; and bylaw enforcement. The agreement will give employees a 16 per cent wage increase over five years, increase health benefits creates an extended work day for public works

capital projects. Under the new agreement, public works staff might work 10-hour shifts over four days instead of eight-hour shifts over five days. Cormack said the longer days will be more efficient and should speed up some projects. The mayor and councillors had high praise for Cormack, who headed the negotiations for the City. “It’s a real load off our shoulders to have negotiations go so smoothly,” said Councillor Ian Mason, who noted he’s gone through three CUPE negotiations during his tenure as councillor. In 2004 negotiations,

between the City and the union broke down and workers were locked out in the summer. The latest contract also gives the City the right to contract out so long as there are no layoffs or the savings are greater than 15 per cent. Coun. Robin Cherbo echoed Coun. Mason’s praise. Coun. Cherbo said he has strong labour connections and he didn’t hear any complaints about the negotiations this year. The previous agreement expired at the end of 2007 and the new agreement gives a three per cent raise effective Jan. 1. In July 2008 workers get another one per cent increase and

starting in 2009, they get a three per cent increase per year. Cormack said salary hikes were standard across the province. There won’t have to be any major changes to the budget, Cormack said, because some contingency funds were set aside for the new agreement. Mayor John Dooley said the agreement was a sign of an improved relationship between the City and its workers and said the increased salaries were good for the community because the workers live and spend money in Nelson. “These increases don’t go far from home.”


South Nelson Elementary School student Bailey Stefani points out her leaf to mom Carolyn. Students from South Nelson and Gordon Sargent Primary School painted the leaves for the tree that symbolizes the two schools coming together under one building.

Schools dream of unity Art project used to unite students, parents teachers from schools set to unite by Chris Shepherd The Tree of Dreams was unveiled at a Nelson school last week. It starts with two different roots that grow and twist into one trunk. The trunk explodes in a riot of colourful leaves, each as distinct as its creator. The Tree of Dreams was unveiled at South Nelson Elementary School on Friday, June 6. The two roots symbolize South Nelson and Gordon Sargent Primary School, who’ll share one

roof in September. School District 8 decided to close Gordon Sargent school and move the primary school – which offers a unique education model – to South Nelson. The proposal was initially resisted by parents and teachers from both schools. When it became obvious the move was happening, parents looked for a way to turn it into something positive, says Martha Martzke, a parent from Gordon Sargent.

Martzke and Sally Hardy, from South Nelson, headed the project that brought together the students from both schools to paint the leaves that form the most colourful part of the Tree of Dreams. The parents and teachers were trying to show the students how to cooperate, Hardy says. “We’re modelling for the kids what we’d like to see.” That positive image is reflected in the brilliant leaves that now decorate South Nelson’s fences.

Dooley confident developers will finish project …continued from p.1 Before issuing the building permit, the City will get assurances that a certificate of compliance will be issued and, alternatively, that the developer will be able to return

the site to its current condition if they cannot finish the development. In his written report to council, senior planner Dave Wahn wrote “the proponent would be able to dig up the site once to remediate and construct rather than digging the

site twice, once for mitigation and once for construction.” Speaking after the meeting, Mayor John Dooley said he had no concerns about New Future backing out of the project because of remediation costs.

Anne Verkerk is the principal of both schools – a position she held before the closure was announced. She had high praise for the many parents who volunteered time to make the Tree of Dreams. “It’s a project that really came from the parents and symbolizes what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

French school moves to Gordon Sargent The students and staff of École des Sentiers-Alpins in Nelson will start the 2008-2009 school year in the former Gordon Sargent Primary School at 1623 Falls St. in Nelson, one kilometre from the present location. The move is the result of a three-year agreement signed between B.C.’s Francophone School District–SD No. 93 and the School District 8 (SD8). The move to new facilities this summer means École des Sentiers-Alpins will become a homogeneous establishment. Since its creation in September of 2006, the school has rented space from SD8 in Central School on Stanley Street. Due to the sustained growth of its student population and projections in numbers, the

CSF was looking for new facilities in order to add a division and thus ensure francophone education in this region of the West Kootenays. At the start of the 20072008 school year, the school had 14 students from kindergarten to Grade 3, while in September of 2008, it expects to register 26 students from kindergarten to Grade 4. “I am pleased the school has found a homogeneous facility for the École des Sentiers-Alpins; this will further the growth of the francophone program as it takes root, as well as promote the development of francophone community services,” said CSF chair Marie Bourgeois. – submitted


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Briefly Learn about ISK

Wednesday, June 18, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nelson Municipal Library basement The International School of the Kootenays (ISK) is hosting “Curious about ISK? Come Learn More,” a showcase of the school’s unique student centred, peace oriented, liberal arts curriculum, aimed at parents and potential students. ISK is an Independent Class One Distributed Learning High School under the B.C. Ministry of Education. In addition to a full roster of independent study courses available online, ISK will offer three semesters of workshop classes for the 2008/09 school year. Workshop classes are an innovative combination of independent study and group sessions that meet for 12 to 14 weekly sessions in the community. New for fall will be the world religions and world philosophies classes. Returning in fall will be the exceptional Nobel-nominated peace studies curriculum called “PeaceJam.” For more information about ISK visit


Eric MacFarlane is worried the new casino planned for Castlegar will leave the Eagles with an empty nest as people go south to the new facility

Eagles fear empty nest New casino planned for Castlegar could threaten local bingo hall and charities by Chris Shepherd News of a new casino set to go in Castlegar has Nelson’s local bingo hall operators worried their income – and the community groups they support – will suffer. Every Thursday the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie #22 hosts a bingo night and as newer, fancier gambling centres open closer and closer to Nelson, the Eagles suffer. Eric MacFarlane is the

secretary for the Nelson Eagles and he’s seen a marked decline in participants over the past years. “It used to be a lot more people,” MacFarlane says. Lately, the Eagles have been bringing in $35,000 a year from bingo. It used to be closer to $50,000. “It’s all for charity. We make the money and then give it to local groups.” The list of beneficiaries includes minor sports, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Kootenay Lake Hospital

and seniors’ groups. The idea for a gaming centre – as the B.C. Lottery Commission calls the project – was floated in 2006. In a public letter from Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff in November 2007, the gaming centre was listed as one of the city’s strategic priorities for 2008. The City of Castlegar has held a public meeting on the 16,000 square foot building and a public hearing was scheduled for

Monday, June 9. John Malcolm, chief administrative officer for Castlegar, said the centre, if approved, would hold slot machines, bingo facilities and might include electronic blackjack machines. Malcolm said council has already approved the project in principal and expected the project to be approved. Malcolm anticipated construction on the building would begin this summer.

Good communication helps with barking dogs My confession therefore I need to is I have a dog that be aware of people barks. Kalu is the type live around me. Paws for Thought who of dog, by breed, by Obviously I am genetics, that is meant responsible for to guard his “empire.” ensuring that he is He has a bellow and not left to bark for he announces his preshours, just as my ence with pride and neighbours would is sure to ensure the have to be accountentire neighbourhood able for their dog if Keira Coutts knows he is working. they chased cars, or Kalu, takes this job barked all day when very seriously and has they were not home. no regard to the time Not many of us of day, or night that live totally isolated he announces he is on from other people, duty. so sharing space can He is also one of the only breeds be trying at times. Especially if of dogs that are nocturnal, there- your dog is barking day and night, fore he prefers to sleep in the day, or if you leave your dog to run free and work at night. unsupervised. I am aware of his traits, and We try to alleviate this bye bring-

ing Kalu inside at night, as well as ensuring he is a part of our family. Some dogs bark solely because they are seeking attention and bored and this can be solved easily. Keeping open communication with your neighbours is important, and could make the difference in how they react to your dog. Without a doubt, nobody wants to listen to constant barking, or trying to avoid that dog that runs out at your car continually, is unacceptable. However it is unrealistic to expect a dog owner to know what their dog does when they are not home if nobody tells them. Together, through communication, responsibility, flexibility and awareness, dog, man and neighbours can probably live in harmony.

Keira Coutts has lived in Nelson for 11 years. Her home is hairy. Her truck is muddy. Her business is Central Bark. She shares her life with Romulus, Kalu, Bear, Molly and Fat Bart.


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News Boundary change a sign to leave …continued from p.1 He says the change was a sign, though he’s shy about using such a word. “If I ran again in Nelson-Creston it would be about me, not ‘us.’ That just tipped the scales.” Evans’s first turn at politics came back in 1986. He was a logger in Winlaw and didn’t like the logging practices he saw in the Slocan Valley. The corporations were deciding how the land should be treated and he didn’t think that was right. Evans lost that first election, but in 1991 he won, was re-elected in 1996 and 2005. Evans lost to the Liberals’ Blair Sufferdine in 2001. The 60-year-old said he loves politics based on resources, something B.C. has no shortage of.

But that also opens up the potential for what Evans describes as “urban, colonial-style thinking.” Too much decisionmaking power rests in Victoria, Evans said, and much of the wealth generate by the province’s resources ends up in Victoria also. “I have always been a believer in sharing wealth and decision making with the people in the area.” When asked about his successes, Evans lists off items that brought some measure of local control to the Kootenays including the creation of the Columbia Basin Trust; community forests for Creston, Revelstoke, Kaslo and Harrop; and the Kootenay School of the Arts. Evans’s well-known humour comes through when he talks about his regrets.


Corky Evans answers reporters’ questions on Tuesday, June 3 after announcing he won’t run in the 2009 provincial election.

“Probably everyday I have three failures by lunchtime, but that’s because I work on so

many things.” In seriousness, Evans, the NDP’s agriculture and lands critic, regrets

not making agriculture a political issue. The NDP’s predecessor – Tommy Douglas’s Cooperative

Commonwealth Federation – was formed by farmers, Evans said, and he’s embarrassed his generation has abandoned the agricultural ethic. He hopes rising food and oil prices will bring agriculture to the forefront and he doesn’t hesitate to criticize the Campbell government for gutting the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, limiting support for young farmers. With a year left as the region’s representative, Evans says an important task for him is to build up some enthusiasm for finding a replacement. The majority of the province belongs to the public, Evans said, and because of that people need to get involved in politics. “We’re all in public life. If we don’t get involved we abdicate our responsibility.”

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Celebrating Nelson’s youth The 2008 Cavalcade, the annual celebration for L.V. Rogers Secondary School’s graduating class, took to the streets of Nelson with the almost-traditional light sprinkle of that frequently accompanies the event. The threat of rain wasn’t enough to keep a large crowd off the sidewalks to cheer and applaud the next generation.

In the top left photo, some grads like Avery Deboer, decided to wheel through Nelson’s streets on bikes this year. In the top right photo, Hayley Lamb and Luke Newfeld-Cumming shared pedalling duty on a tandem bike. Directly above, Andres Somasco and Korina Langevin added a classic touch with matching red accents.

In the bottom left photo, Matt Halstead and Annalea Zimmer provided sweets for the appreciative crowd. In the bottom right photo, Melissa Veregin, Carlin Horkoff and Jordan Carveth enjoyed the convertible. Names were unavailable for the students in the centre photo by press time.

All photos by Chris Shepherd


June 11, 2008

Opinions & Letters Nelson needs a naked bike ride

Editorial Farewell, Corky With his retirement announcement, the Kootenays have lost a vibrant voice in provincial politics. Corky Evans announced he won’t run in next year’s provincial election we will miss his voice in the legislature. One of Evans’s strong points has always been that you know where you stand with him and you know what he was thinking. His was a straight-forward nature that politics could use more of. Whether you agreed with him or not, everyone has to acknowledge Evans put a tremendous amount of time and energy into improving our region and our province. One plus to having Evans out of politics is we’ll have him around more often, giving us a chance to hear more of his stories and thoughts.

We should have had a say in the Castlegar casino On Monday, the City of Castlegar held its public hearing on a gaming centre. The gaming centre would hold bingo facilities, slot machines and perhaps even electronic black jack machines. The B.C. Lottery Commission calls the 16,000 square foot project a gaming centre, but by any definition that would be called a casino as well. The impacts of such a facility are wide-ranging and unclear. Nelson’s Eagles are worried about the impact it will have on their bingo turnout and worried about what that will mean to the many charities they help with the money they make from hosting bingo nights. It’s likely there are many service groups in the West Kootenays worried about what this casino will mean for their fundraising efforts. Beyond the charity, there’s the concern about introducing potentially addictive gambling machines into the area. Their effects on gambling addicts can be tragic. For these reasons the Kootenay region should have had a voice in this major project slotted for Castlegar.

Happy Father’s Day It seems the fate of fathers to get less recognition than mothers do on their special day, but that doesn’t mean they are less regarded for the work they do raising us. Be sure to give dad a hug this Sunday.

Fish Heads & Flowers Flowers - to all of the wonderful people who helped me get moved into my new place while I was on bed rest. Your kindness amazes me. - Grateful Fish Heads - to the person who dropped their broken chair in my backyard. It’s not a garbage dump! Flowers - to the teenage girls I wrongly accused of stealing underwear. I am very sorry. Sometimes I wonder if I am seeing straight. Please come back to get a “I'm so sorry gift”. - Local store owner

Fish Heads - to folks who persist on inviting bears into our communities. It’s your refusal to be responsible with your garbage, barbeques and pet food, that leads to the death of so many animals. Flowers - to my head cashier who made my day when it was grey! Who knew a coffee on my break could go such a long way! Thanks! Fish Heads - to pet owners who leave their pets in their vehicles for hours. Leave your pet at home!

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Dear editor: Of course Nelson needs a naked bike ride! This is the perfect, whimsical, ecological event for our town. If they

can do it in Vancouver and Victoria and the capital cities of Europe, we can do it here. What a great way to celebrate life, the human

body and make a statement about where we stand on environmental issues. Anthony Hill, Nelson

New billboard at Grohman Narrows inappropriate Dear editor: I feel that the new billboard sign near Grohman Narrows is completely inappropriate for our children. It is a blatant disregard for the feelings and well being of the young children who are being exposed to this violent advertisement. As far as I am concerned, the main

Street Talk Do you think we need a nude beach?

message this portrays is the serious lack of judgement on the part of the proprietors. Perhaps a different message, one that emphasizes life and more compassion would be more fitting. Marie Pfeffer, Nelson

B.C. Liberals walking the walk when it comes to the environment, unlike the NDP Dear editor: [MLA for NelsonCreston] Corky Evans replied to the last throne speech stating he favoured making fundamental changes responding to global warming. He expressed his concern that the Liberals were just cynically making an empty announcement they did not intend to act on. God help us, he said about a year ago, if we come in here next year and that is the case.

The Liberals followed up with action. Compared to what is required it isn’t much, but it leads in North America in some areas. They are signing B.C. up with as many states and provinces as can be found to co-operate in a cap and trade scheme and they’ve enacted a carbon tax. The NDP are the ones cynically using spin with their eyes on polls while opposing any action at all. Corky was emphatic last year openly suspecting the Liberals of “spin” on

this issue. Now he blithely says the carbon tax isn’t a carbon tax at all, it’s a “fuel tax.” “Where is the line, between comin’ in here with integrity, sayin’ words you believe”, said Corky to the Liberals last year, after retracting the word “lie.” I say to him, to his party and its supporters. Where is the line? David Lewis, Crescent Valley

We already have one. The local population has already demonstrated a need for such an area – officially or unofficially. Nelson from Nelson, Nelson

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Why not? Just not the main beach. It should be a place out of the centre of town, where no one is bothered. I wouldn’t go myself, but to each their own. Ann Andriashek, Nelson

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Yes, but not for me. But things like that are what makes Nelson so cool. Jen Woollett, Nelson

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Teacher-assistant cuts worry parents SD8 and parents blame province for under-funding the school board by Chris Shepherd School District 8 unveiled a balanced budget despite underfunding from the province, but some parents are worried the costs to children with extra needs will be too great. Bob Wright, chair of School District 8 (SD8), says the school board directors had to make a lot of tough choices in the 20082009 preliminary budget. A major problem for the school district, Wright said, was the increased cost of labour and fuel, a problem handed to them by the province after recent contract negotiations.

“The government didn’t fully fund the labour increases.” To avoid getting into debt, the directors made cuts across the board, Wright said. One shortcoming that worried a vocal group of parents was to teacher assistants. Robert Goertz is one of those parents. A teacher assistant (TA) works with his daughter for some of her time at school and he says the assistance is vital for his child making it through the day. Goertz says there aren’t enough TA hours as it is and the new budget makes

a hard situation worse. “This targets a very small group of children and makes an already difficult life more difficult.” He would prefer more broad cuts to the school district budget that affect all students. More funding from the province is also needed, he says. The budget was presented at SD8’s Tuesday, June 3 meeting. Parents gave feedback on the budget and Wright says nothing is fixed. “There could be small things within the budget that could be adjusted,” the chair said. The preliminary budget

was already the result of considerable number juggling, says Monica Schulte, secretary treasurer for SD8. Staff first created an “asis” budget that was $850,000 over. Five school days were cut from the year – which created a $153,000 windfall – among other adjustments. Wright says the board took care to avoid “slashing anything” in balancing the budget. Wright added SD8 is sending a letter to the Ministry of Education asking for more money. “We’re hurting and we don’t really see any good way out.

Volunteers needed for hospital auxiliary Every year, National Volunteer Week pays special tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who donate their time and energy on the front lines of all our community services, including health care. Diane Gagnon, Health Services administrator recognized the importance of this special week and hosted Appreciation Teas in Nelson, Kaslo and

New Denver to honour the many healthcare volunteers. The Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary is comprised of three chapters under its umbrella, Salmo, South Slocan and Nelson. These volunteers are busy performing services and fundraising for annual donations to support the KLH Foundation. That’s not all, these healthcare vol-

unteers aid in the comfort and welfare of the hospital patient in a manner that is practical and acceptable, including raising monies for this purpose. As well as assisting in the fostering of good relations between the hospital and the public. There are many opportunities to contribute support to any of these three chapters. Whether it’s joining the volun-

Grizzlies backs, Phil Jones (13) and Greg Kinnear (14), finish their tackles.


Grizzlies miss shot at revenge The Nelson Grizzlies hosted the Cranbrook Rogues on Saturday, May 31 in Nelson. The game kicked off to an outstanding crowd of about 100. This matchup was highly anticipated by the Grizzlies who were looking to redeem themselves from their prior 58-12 loss in Cranbrook earlier in the season. The Grizzlies came out of the gate with all cylinders firing. Nelson dominated the scrums early and was able to maul the ball well down the field. The Grizzlies were first to put points on the board with an early try by Hayden Many. Saturday’s game was Many’s first match with the men’s team. Until this past week Hayden had been playing

with the L.V. Rogers Bombers Rugby squad. Cranbrook was quick to answer back though, and by the end of the first half they had taken the lead 12-7. As the game progressed the Grizzlies were worn down by the persistent youth of the Rogues. The game ended 32-7 in favour of the Rogues. The Rogues have invited the Grizzlies back to Cranbrook during Sunfest in July for another matchup. The Grizzlies next match was in Penticton on Saturday, June 7 where the Grizzlies are partnering up with the Boundary Wanderers Rugby Club of Grand Forks to participate in a tournament. – submitted

teers a few hours a week, hooking up TVs for the patients, taking the library cart around, working in the thrift store, gift shop, baking for one of the six bake sales during the year, selling raffle tickets or being one of their knitters. To join one of the three chapters, you may call the KLH Switchboard for contact numbers. – submitted

Briefly Spirit Train rolls in

Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Lakeside Park track crossing Canadian Pacific’s rolling ambassador, the vintage CP2816 Empress Steam Locomotive, will lead the rail tour across CP’s Rail network in British Columbia. The importance of railways in the history of B.C. and Canada is often not entirely realized or may be forgotten nowadays. This heritage tour will give people across B.C. a chance to celebrate communities linked by rail and reflect on the industry’s contributions in shaping our provincial identity. The historic tour will be enhanced by vintage passenger, business and stage cars. As well, the partners are turning a 1958 Ex Union Pacific baggage car into a rolling museum, a travelling version of the Royal BC Museum’s Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and

B.C. exhibit. There will be a full array of family oriented entertainment as well as an opportunity to tour the railway museum exhibit.

DTCS extraordinary general meeting

Monday, June 23, 7 p.m. at the Nelson Municipal Library basement This meeting is to ratify the vote on the following disbursement resolution drafted at the last EGM held on Wednesday, May 21. The resolution read: “Be it resolved that the DTCS Board create a Student Endowment Fund with the Osprey Fund for the purpose of distributing scholarships to postsecondary students in the Kootenay region, guided by a committee including past presidents form the NDUSU and DTSS and members in good standing of the DTCS.”


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Express Fun Run 2008

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Above, the some runners got started with a yoga warm up with an instructor from Shanti Yoga. Below, 113 runners took to the 10 km and 6 km course.

Above, Audrey Ehman doesn’t let a little thing like a 10 kilometre run get her down.



A community that runs together . . . The 2008 Kootenay Express 6K and 10KFun Run/Walk drew 113 men, women and children to Lakeside Park on Sunday, June 8. After a yoga warm up, the runners started the run and enjoyed warm sunshine at the start. Nelson’s Dallas Cain had the fastest overall time, finishing the 10 km race in 36 minutes 58 seconds. He was chased by John Kramar (38:10) and Scott Spencer (40:32). On the women’s side, Ginia Hayward – from Kaslo – finished in 40:59, followed by Kelly Matoul (41:48) and Miriam Green (43:38). As the morning wound down Express publisher Nelson Becker handed out medals for the first, second and third place finishers in their respective age categories.


Above, Barb Saunders hits her stride during the 10 km run.


At left, Dallas Cain – who eventually finished first – chases down John Kramar, who finished second overall.


At left, Express publisher Nelson Becker gives Genevieve Lachance her medal for placing third in the 40-49 age category.


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Arts & Entertainment

Express launches photo contest Newspaper launches Take Your Best Shot contest for Canada Day photos The Express newspaper wants to see people’s best photos from Canada Day for its first-ever photo contest. The winning photo will best exemplify the Canadian spirit in the West Kootenays and the picture must be taken on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. The images must be submitted digital-

ly, either on a CD at the Express office at 554 Ward St., or e-mailed to Please put “photo contest” in the subject line. The image must not be edited aside from cropping. One submission per person. In the weeks leading up to Canada Day, the Express will offer tips on

how to take the best photos possible. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 4. The winner, second and third place photos will be Wednesday, July 9 issue of the paper. The winner and a friend will also get dinner with Express publisher Nelson Becker.

Pauline Lamb CD release party

Friday, June 13, 9 p.m. at The Royal on Baker Singer/songwriter Pauline Lamb, from Nelson, recorded in Vancouver at Profile Sound Studios with Kevin Kane from Grapes of Wrath, and Steven Drake from The Odds. She produced these songs with Jason Kechely. Have a listen at Pauline will perform her music, described as sultry, fiercely delicate and poetic, solo and with very special guests, including the One World Choir directed by Bo Conlan. Bo Conlan and Carol Street will be opening the evening. The third set will be an open jam hosted by Nelson from Nelson. $8 to $10 at the door.

A night of sin

Saturday, June 14 at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill, 705 Vernon St. Bent Over Leather, Baker Street beacon of fashion and naughtiness, and Finley’s present a theme night of salacious delights for the eyes and ears. Those wearing their sexy best get free entry and a chance to win prizes from both fine establishments. The soundtrack for the evening will feature the return of Seal Hunt. Screaming their mock motto “Let’s Go Clubbing!”, these locals mix genres into their all-original sets like a margarita blender. Nelson From Nelson, Rob Leishman, Kevin Phillip (White Lightening Blues Band) and Steve Sullivan (Jermun) combine their talents and influences into a volatile, danceable mix for the sexy masses. $5 at the door. KELLY GILLIAM

Above, an example of the rule of thirds.


To the right, an example of foreground, midground and background.


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the frame vertically into directs the viewer to see thirds. Placing the subject what’s important and cuts on these lines, and their down on distractions and intersections, will create background clutter that 1. Rule of thirds. a photograph pleasing to draws attention away from the subject. Look through your view- the human eye. 2. Fill the frame. Don’t 3. Foreground, midfinder and imagine two lines dividing the frame be afraid to get really close ground, and background. horizontally into thirds to your subject and let it/ There are three planes of and two lines dividing them fill the frame. This space in a photograph that Kelly Gilliam is a product/commercial photographer. Contact her or

produce the presence of depth. Foreground appears “closest” to the viewer, midground is in the centre of the photograph, and background is what appears the furthest away. Try to use all three of these planes in your photos to produce a feeling of depth. at 551-7378

Saturday, June 14, 9:30 p.m. at The Royal on Baker What is tractor jazz? Well to start with, its just about the best way to describe Headwater’s music. Think folk music could use more edge? Think country music could use less electric guitars and more banjos? Think a solid breakfast is an important start to your day? So does Headwater. Headwater formed in the fall of 2005 hoping to become the basis of a reality TV show. The show fell through, so the band has had to resort to selling records and T-shirts and all that. There’s been no looking back. Headwater has not opened for the Who. Headwater has not toured with Annie Lennox. Alice Cooper has covered none of their songs. Headwater has rocked the socks off of every venue they’ve played. Have show, will travel. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Music in the market

Saturday, June 14 at the Cottonwood Market Come down to Cottonwood Market for the acoustic covers and awesome unique vocals of Mandy from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Stay longer to enjoy the original contemporary folk rock music of Carol Street until 2 p.m.

Arts & Entertainment

K.S. Bullaro exhibit


Big League Chu

Friday, June 13 at the Spiritbar Colin Chu, better known as Big League Chu, is simply the leading DJ talent in Canada’s breakbeat scene today. After nearly a decade of DJing, his name is synonymous with the funky, party-happy sound that’s become Chu’s rallying call. And it’s one that crowds answer faithfully. In his career, Big League Chu

Karla Pearce art showing For the month of June at the Dominion Café, 334 Baker St. A new collection of landscapes and florals have been freshly hung at the Dominion Café

has held many residencies throughout Toronto. There was a four-year residency with the legendary Pure Wednesdays at Limelight, 2 years with Fever Nightclub in Hamilton and more recently a 2 1/2 year run with System Soundbar in Toronto. Currently Chu is heading into his 5th year residency with Toronto’s breaks institution, breakfest. In February 2005, Big League Chu made his debut for his newest residency at Toronto’s Boa-Redux.

by Kootenay artist Karla Pearce. This show is a varied collection of art works ranging from Pearce’s large signature landscapes through studio flora to a new series of small plein air paintings. Pearce is also showing

her work at the Toltec Gallery in Crawford Bay with an opening reception on Saturday, June 21. Her work is also at the Bank of Montreal in Rossland and her photographs can be seen at the Kootenay Gallery. For more information call 365-2032.

Vespers of Wisdom’s Whisperings

Sunday, June 15, 7 p.m. at the Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St. For the director Tobias Jenny, it marks a completion of four years of work, both in his own in research and together with the singers. In 2004, Tobias began collecting a score of Tibetan singing bowls in a tone range of over two octaves and tuned them to accompany Gregorian chant. Tobias composed accompaniments for each of the major nine psalm tones completing the full octave of each mode. These accompaniments are designed to highlight the particular character of the modes, reopening a world of tonal experience to the listener that had gradually slipped into oblivion


over four hundred years ago. Using the ringing sounds magic of the Tibetan singing bowls adds another lost dimension to the chanting, the reverberating acoustics of medieval cathedrals. A meeting of east and west may also be part of the experience.

Usually, psalms and canticles are sung to these psalm tone melodies. Tobias chose texts from Rabbi Rami Shapiro’s book The Divine Feminine in Biblical Wisdom Literature. Admission is free, donations welcome.

For the month of June at Cowan Office Supplies, 517 Victoria St. Karen Bullaro is a 2004 KSA graduate and is currently the art supply purchaser at Cowan’s. Although Bullaro is trained as a metal artist, she always seems to return to her first love – painting. She recently picked up pastels for the first time and fell in love all over again. In her own words: “My mother always said I should have been a lawyer. I’m too literal (and I think this trait comes across loud and clear in my paintings – for better or for worse). Working with pastels has helped me to loosen up – they’re sloppy and inexact and precisely what I needed.”

Bullaro’s current works are vibrant and velvety character studies featuring mainly hands and faces. She has made the unconventional move of painting with pastel on canvas. Karen’s paintings will be on display (and for sale) for the month of June.

Free Concert in Lakeside Park on Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15, 2 p.m. at Lakeside Park Would you like to enjoy some fresh air at Lakeside Park, but don’t really want to throw a Frisbee around? Water just a little too chilly to enjoy a dip? Having a big Father’s Day brunch and need a little rest afterwards? Bring your blanket or lawn chair over to the

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Rotary Picnic Shelter to hear a free concert by the Nelson Community Band. This is a perfect opportunity for that multi-generational visit. Kids from two to 102 are welcome. The Nelson Community Band’s repertoire is more modern, but the feeling of community and family is the same.

Kenya slide show

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nelson Municipal Library basement This slide show is about Kenya and a Nelsonite’s experience working with youth in the slums and about the Ghetto Arts Collective. Three dollars at the door to cover room rental, all excess proceeds to the collective.



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Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m. at 5622 Hwy. 6, Winlaw Fuzzcat is bringing their melodic, funk infused, sweat-on-yo-brow rock back to the Kootenays. On one of two tours to the Rockies last year Fuzzcat stopped by the Royal to play an energetic easy going

post shambles free show, bringing a packed house in off the street with their infectiously danceable beats. Fuzzcat plays and organizes shows regularly in Vancouver and has shared the stage with such other West Coast talent as The Furios, The Easy Brothers, Freeflow, The Dreadnoughts, Rio Bent and Mongoose, just to name

a few. Their debut album Impact is described as “for those who like darkness in their ska, guitar solos in their reggae, and funky beats in their rock.” Check them out and keep your eyes open for their upcoming cross Canada tour at fuzzcatmusic. Cover is $7.

Capitol Theatre costume sale

Starbelly Jam Society announces line up Crawford Bay Park on the east shore of Kootenay Lake will come alive with the Ninth Starbelly Jam Music Festival from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20. Friday evening will open the weekend with La Communa, reggae direct from our Mexico City connection, followed by the innovative Dj (and radio host) Ness, aka The Man in Havana. Saturday’s musical offerings will feature acclaimed Somali-Canadian Hip-Hop artist K’naan, alt pop\ rock poetKinnie Starr, renowned San Francisco DJ/ producer Cheb I Sabbah, playful dance nurturers Mamaguroove, as well as a host of truly vibrant and vital emerging bands on the scene today, including Parlour Steps (thought -rock), Aaron Nazrul (& his Latin soul band), LAL (live world electronica), Pawnshop Diamond (roots rock noir), and Kyla Hanna (masterful songs of ethereal beauty). Sunday at Starbelly is a different musical journey, with the sunny

dance exuberance of Alpha YaYa Diallo, the incredibly dynamic duo of guitar master Lester Quitzau and famed folk\pop singer Mae Moore, the lively Bluegrass stylings and sublime vocal harmonies of The Breakman, and the trad-butrad “Greek Blues” of Rembetika Hipsters (complete with belly dancers). Starbelly is also offering Zaki Ibrahim, a destined-for-greatness neo-soul diva, who will amaze you with her bold and haunting eclectic sound. Children of all ages on both days will be entertained by delightful Major Conrad Flapps, the theatrical, creatively interactive performances of Lynn Frederick & Co., as well as the zany Starbelly parade, and field games and craft activities. The Starbelly Jam website gives artist bios and links to their music as well as other offerings, workshops and schedules as they are confirmed as well as ticket prices at Tickets are now available online


Anna Backus, left, shares a find with Michele Deluca, Avalon Funk and Emily Smith. The students from L.V. Rogers Secondary School’s theatre program sort shoes for the upcoming sale in the Norma Vecchio Costume Collection at the Capitol Theatre.

Sunday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, alley entrance Laurie Jarvis, curator of The Norma Vecchio Costume Collection, is thinning the racks this month and holding another sale of excess clothes and costumes this weekend. Thanks to work by high school students, this year’s sale will include hats and shoes along with the usual clothing, costumes and even some fur coats. “Somethings are just getting old, but they’re great sources of fabric,” Jarvis says.

Briefly Hall Street Market opens Cheb I Sabbah


or by calling the Starbelly Jam ticket hotline at (250) 227-9416. Earlybird prices available until Saturday, June 21 (available only by phone or online). An adult weekend pass is $75 and a youth/senior weekend pass is $38. – submitted

Wednesday, June 18 on the 500 block of Hall Street This year the downtown market in Nelson remains in the same location as last year but it’s taking on a more local flavour. At lease 80 per cent of products sold by vendors will now be required to be produced and brought in from Kootenay or Okanagan regions.

It was a difficult decision for the EcoSociety to inform vendors who sold fairly traded imports last year that they could no longer sell these products at the market. The Board of Directors for the EcoSociety made a decision to better align the operating principles of the market with their goals to support the reduction of green house gases (GHG) and the relocalization of the economy. In the market you will find fresh picked organic produce, flowers, herbal body care, unique hand made gifts, Russian foods, spun wool, hand made soap, clothing, pottery, photography and more.

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Know the facts about tetanus and kids playing outside I was recently speaking with a friend who is a nurse about the contentious subject of vaccinations. She related a story to me that had troubled her: she had been discussing the tetanus vaccination with a woman who said she would never vaccinate her children against tetanus because they build up their immunity to it by playing outside in the dirt. Why would this bother her? Tetanus is not a communicable disease and it is not possible to acquire immunity to it from exposure to soils and manure due to the extreme potency of the toxoid – even having had tetanus does not confer immunity. Tetanus is caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani. Spores of this bacteria are found primarily in soil and animal manure. The spores produce toxins under anaerobic conditions (environments without oxygen ) and these toxins spread through the blood vessels and affect the nervous system, causing muscle contraction, pain and potentially, death. The incidence of tetanus is highest in densely populated regions in hot, damp climates. If you or your child gets a puncture wound it is important the wound be allowed to remain open to the air for a period of time in order to prevent activation of the toxin. Most of the literature, from both sides of the

Exploring Health

Sandra Mason

Tetanus is not a communicable disease and it is not possible to acquire immunity to it fence, seems to agree that the vaccine can result in mild to severe allergic reactions. This may be due to the additives in the vaccine, more than to the toxin itself. As parents, we must make our decisions regarding vaccinations from an educated position. I have found this to be difficult because there is so much conflicting information on the topic; nonetheless, every family should be free to make their own decision after carefully considering the differing arguments.

Sandra Mason is a registered acupuncturist in Nelson. For questions or information she can be contacted at semason The information used in the Exploring Health column is for education only. It is important to consult a health care provider about your specific health concerns.


Spring and summer are the season for kids to play outside, as they did during the Sprout Sprint at this year’s Express fun run, and it’s also a time for parents to learn about tetanus.



Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences Student Clinic .......................................................... 354-1984 Kate Butt, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine551-5283 Jen Cherewaty, RAC, Balance for Body & Soul354-1752 Sara Fujibayashi RAC, at Mountain Waters Spa352-3280 Claudia Kavcic, RAC, at Mountain Waters Spa352-3280 Sandra Mason, RAC ............................................... 551-0110 Marion Starr, Dr. TCM ............................................ 352-9890


Michele P. Greco, Ayur. Practitioner, RMT, AAHE352-5343

Art Therapy

Clearwater Art Therapy ........................................ 505-1100


Sharon O’Shea, Astrological Readings ........... 352-2455

Body Piercing Aura & Chakra Biofeedback/Bodywork, Homo Divinus505-5067

Bodywork Thai, Jin Shin Do, dance, Qi Gong, Bliss. Marisa352-3312

Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nelson Husky, 702 Nelson Ave. Treat dad to a sparklingly clean car for Father’s Day and help the Nelson Friendship Outreach Clubhouse raise funds to attend Tipi Camp at the same time. Members will thoroughly hand-wash your car using specialized car soap and soft rags, leaving a shining gleam for your dad’s (or anyone else’s) baby. Organizers suggest a minimum donation of $5. Clubhouse members hope to raise $1,000 dol-

Barbara Gosney, CCH, RSHom, DHom, 2102 Creek St354-1180 Margo MacLaren DHom ...................................... 354-7072

Hypnotherapy Sharon Best, Certified Adv. Hypnotherapist ... 354-7750

Massage Services

A Touch Of Aloha, Lomi, Cranio, Struct’l, Sports ...229-4424 Armonia Soma Massage, Hot stones & Swedish Massage354-7553 Ginger Joy Rivest, Neuro Somatic Therapy ..... 505-4284 Jennifer Johnston RMT .......................................... 551-1197 Juliena Brown, Certified Practitioner, RAC ..... 551-BODY Palliative Massage Course, July 4-11............. 1-800-611-5788 Power Essentials, True Aromatherapy & Massage505-4144 Rub It In, Mobile/Studio, Deep T., Neuro, Sports352-6804 Thai Massage, Mina Palmer, CTT at Shanti Yoga .352-7703


Tara Stark, RD, Nutrition Counselling .............. 505-9854

Blanche Tanner, BP, Family Constellation ...... 227-6877



Hydrotherapy, Living Foods, Coaching .......... 352-6419

Counselling & Consultation lars to support their annual retreat to Tipi Camp, where members plan their yearly activities, attend workshops, enjoy good food, clean air and socialize. Additional funds will be used for yearly activities, including monthly outings, in-house seminars and workshop supplies and the weekly member’s dinner. The Clubhouse is a place where individuals with mental health and addictions issues find nonjudgmental support and friendship while dealing with their health issues. For further information, contact the Clubhouse at 352-7730.



Richard Klein, Stress Reduction Coach ........... 352-3280

Father’s Day carwash fundraiser

Janice Poloway, Certified Iridologist, Herbalist551-4528

Breathwork Coaching



Remedy’s RX Custom Compound 737 Baker St.352-6928 Deidra Corbeil, at Mountain Waters Spa........ 352-3280

Reiki Karen Hornby, RN, BSN. 507 Baker St., #210 . 509-1850

Sex Therapy

Carmen Carter, MEd, RCC, Play & Art Therapy......354-4485 Miriam M. Martineau, MA, Integral Counselling505-8170 Dienna Raye, MA, Counsellor & Life Coach ... 352-1220 Kathie Robertson, MA, Counselling Adults & Teens226-7945 Lee Reid, MA, RCC, Addictions & Trauma ...... 352-3870 Sally Shamai, MEd, RCC, EMDR and more1-877-688-5565

Dr. David Hersh, Board Certified ....................... 352-0151

Feldenkrais Method

Val Amies, BSW, RSW, Counselor....................... 505-8044

Susan Grimble, Classes & Private Sessions1-888-366-4395 Judy Katz, GCFP, Private & Group Lessons .... 352-3319 Physical Problems & Nothing has worked. Experience Ease & Grace. First session is half price. Call Hilary .................................................................. 354-7616

Hair Care

Front St. Hair Studio, The Key to Beauty ........ 354-1202

Shiatsu Deidra Corbeil, RST at Mountain Waters Spa 352-3280 Kimberly Davitsky, RST at The Stone Spa ...... 354-4030

Social Work Somatics

The Feldenkrais Method® enhance motion,Judy Katz352-3319


Mountain Waters Spa, 205 Victoria St..................... 352-3280 Shalimar Spa, located at the Prestige Inn ..... 354-4408 The Stone Spa, Abby McCormick354-4030 or 551-0599

NATURAL, ORGANIC FOODS & PRODUCTS SINCE 1975 Open 8:00 - 7:00 Mon. to Sat. 295 Baker Street, Nelson 354-4077

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THE HEALTH PAGES Gymnastics offers kids a bounce into a healthy lifestyle Rhythmic Gymnastics is a beautiful sport that combines the elements of gymnastics and ballet, and the self-expression and rhythm of modern dance. It is an elegant, expressive, precise sport, accompanied by colourful hoops, balls, ropes, ribbons and clubs. Rhythmic gymnastics is unique in that it is a dance, an art, and a sport and the essence of rhythmic gymnastics is self-expression. The benefits to children and youth include being with others in a positive, creative, expressive atmosphere while developing physical fitness, self-discipline, posi-

In The Zone Mona Southron

The Nelson Regional Sports Council can be reached at: Box 1190, Nelson, BC V1L 6H3 (250)352-3989 phone (250)352-0046 fax

mic gymnastics Summer Camp, offered by Gisele Chouinard’s company called Rhythmic Dimensions, children and youth, ages four and up, will have the opportunity to explore rhythmic gymnastics, dance, creative expression, routine choreography and body techniques. Other activities such as playing games and making beaded jewellery will also be included. These camps are offered at introductory, beginner and intermediate levels in Nelson, Winlaw and the Balfour area. In Nelson, introductory and beginner

level camps will run from Monday, July 7 to Thursday, July 10, with the intermediate level running Tuesday, July 29 to Thursday, July 31. In Winlaw, all camps will run from Monday, July 14 to Thursday, July 17 and in the Balfour area, camps run from Monday, July 21 to Thursday, July 24. For more information about rhythmic gymnastics, dates for specific levels and age groups, and summer camp costs and registration, contact Gisele Chouinard at Rhythmic Dimensions at (250) 505-1812 or e-mail her at rhythmics@telus. net.

tive self-esteem, lasting friendships, team skills, a healthy lifestyle. At this years’ rhythMona Southron works for the Nelson Regional Sports Council.



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Learn about IPPs


Culture on tour Carey Newman demonstrates First Nations carving techniques on the Spirit Pole for students from Blewett Elementary School. Newman and the pole were part of a provincial tour of the Spirit Pole, a totem pole to commemorate Aboriginal people in B.C. The tour is part of the build up for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games in Cowichan and the pole was on display at the NDCC on Thursday, June 5.



Saturday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. at Balfour Hall Independent power production is said to be a carbon-neutral way to generate electricity. But that’s not the full story, say organizers of this talk. Find out what’s going to happen in the Kootenays if IPPs take over the creeks and what can be done about it. Join John Horgan, BC NDP energy critic Special guests Lee-Ann Unger from West Kootenay EcoSociety, Sage Aaron from COPE 378, and MLA Corky Evans will also be there to share strategies for action and answer questions. In the B.C. Legislature, Horgan has been working hard to bring attention to IPPs’ damaging effects on the environment and hydro consumers. Joe Foy is the National Campaign director for the Wilderness Committee. He worked with residents near Pitt Meadows to defeat a proposed power line in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, which would have removed 70 hectares of land from the park to accommodate an IPP development of seven dams on creeks that feed the Upper Pitt River. Foy is clear when he says that stopping IPPs “can be done in the Kootenays.” The event follows the Nelson-Creston NDP Constituency Association’s founding meeting, starting at 4 p.m. With the new changes to electoral boundaries, the Nelson-Creston NDP will reorganize to address the loss of long-time members in the Slocan Valley and the Slocan and Arrow Lakes. For information about Power to the Public, the Nelson-Creston NDP Constituency Association founding meeting and becoming a member, contact Michelle Mungall at 505-2569. – submitted

Glacier/Howser Creeks endangered Located north of drilled directly Kaslo, Glacier and into the mountain. Howser creeks graceThe diverted water Eco Centric fully carve their way would never return Lee-Ann Unger through the spectacuto the creek beds. lar Purcell Mountains, Instead, it would flowing deep within pass through turthe heart of the only bines then dumped inland temperate into the Duncan rainforest known to Reservoir. The draexist anywhere in the world. Rich matically reduced downstream flow in ecological diversity, this area is would negatively impact threatened renowned for its abundant wildlife bull trout and other aquatic speincluding wolves, wolverine, moun- cies. tain goat and threatened grizzly bear It doesn’t end there. To transpopulations. It is also the site of the port the energy generated to the proposed Glacier/Howser private B.C. transmission grid, AXOR is power project. proposing to construct power lines AXOR, a large Montreal based that would be more than 90 km company, is proposing to dam in length, in a 30 to 100 metre Glacier, Howser, and three of their wide clearing, from the West to the tributaries, plan to divert up to 80 per East Kootenay. If built, these power cent of their mean annual flow into lines would cut through areas of 16 kilometres of tunnel so large you old growth forest, punch through could drive a dump truck through, a pristine mountain pass and bisect

critical grizzly bear habitat. As a result of the environmental threat this project poses, the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC declared Glacier and Howser Creeks the eighth most endangered river system in BC. In addition, the proposed Glacier/ Howser hydro project would bring little long-term benefit to local communities, offering a mere two to four permanent jobs. Currently, the Glacier/Howser hydro project application is being reviewed by the Environmental Assessment Office and the final round of public meetings are expected to be held as soon as mid-July. It is a critical time for each and every one of us to speak out and do everything we can to keep Kootenay rivers wild. For more information visit or e-mail

Lee-Ann Unger is an avid lover of wild places, who works with the West Kootenay EcoSociety as the campaigner coordinator within the organization’s Wild Rivers Campaign. For more information contact the EcoSociety at or 354-1909.

The cheques will soon be in the mail The B.C. government’s “Climate Action Dividend” cheques have started arriving in local mailboxes and the Osprey Community Foundation has an idea for those payments. Donate the $100 cheque to the foundation’s Environment Fund. That way, the small dividends will be pooled, building a meaningful endowment fund that will support the health and wellbeing of the local environment, in perpetuity. It’s such a good idea, many of the Osprey Community Foundation’s board of directors have already jumped on board, along with supporters from the West Kootenay EcoSociety and Nelson Daybreak Rotary. They’ve pledged to contribute their own environment cheques to the Environment Fund, together giving it a boost of $1,000. The fund is now


up to $18,000. To donate a cheque, fill out an endowment direction form (a copy can be printed out from php) to direct your payment to the Environment Fund, sign the back of the Climate Action Dividend cheque

and mail or drop it off at Osprey Community Foundation, c/o Investors Group, 515 Vernon St., Nelson, BC V1L 4E9. Call 352-7777 ext. 224 for more information. Charitable receipts will be issued for income tax purposes. – submitted


Remembering father

On Sunday, June 15, we honour Dad. It is interesting that, while Mother’s Day celebrations frequently occur in a restaurant, the Father’s Day meal is more likely a barbecue prepared by Dad. The level of honour shown to Mother on her day is often higher than the level of honour shown to Dad on his. Please don’t attack me for this observation. I’m perfectly happy with this state of affairs. As a father and grandfather, I’m the first to admit that the role of mother is far more difficult than a father’s role. What kind of legacy will I leave my offspring? Hopefully, some will be things my father taught me, like a love of history and an appreciation of our Scottish heritage. More

Seniors’ Saga

George Millar

importantly, the idea that a man’s word and his handshake should be as binding as a written legal document. My relationship with my kids and grandkids is closer than I ever achieved with my Dad. His overseas service during and after the Second World War meant he was a stranger in a seven-year-old’s life when he came home. Despite the

things I learned from him, we never totally changed that. And that’s sad, because there was so much more I could have learned from him. What I know about the care and training of horses, and riding and packing them, I learned from him. But Chuck Millar was acknowledged by his colleagues as one of the best at breaking, riding, and packing horses, and what I learned was such a small part of that. For most of us who are seniors, our legacy to our kids is largely complete. But many of us still have time with our grandkids. My wish for us all is that our grandkids will never feel sad about things we could have shared but didn’t.

This column intends to publicize agencies that support seniors’ activities, the lifestyle of interesting seniors, and topics of interest to seniors and those who care about seniors. As well, we – the column and I – will express opinion related to the things, both naughty and nice, that governments and their agencies do to and for seniors. Those opinions will be mine, and not necessarily those of the Express.

Air cadets hold annual review The Nelson Air Cadets 561 Osprey Squadron held their 56th Annual Ceremonial Review at Norman Stibbs Airport on Friday, May 30. The squadron was pleased to have the support of the Kilties Band, who added colour and music to the parade turning it into a more than special occasion. Dignitaries from Victoria attended the ceremony along with parents and relatives of the cadets themselves. Two members of the Nelson Pilot’s Association did a dual fly-by at the start up of the parade adding to the atmosphere and excitement. A flying demonstration was given by some of the cadets with the model aircraft the squadron has purchased this year, delighting the audience with acrobatics, the swallows adding to the fun by chasing the aircraft around in the

air. Another demonstration of effective speaking was given by Flight Sergeant Bryton Santoro, who won a silver medal in Kimberley at the Effective Speaking Competition this year. Summer camps were awarded to many of the Cadets including: aircraft mechanics, survival instructor, introduction to leadership, physical fitness and basic camps. Air Cadets is a youth organization for ages 12 to 19, designed to enable these young people to become better citizens. Air Cadets is held at the Nelson Royal Legion, Thursday evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. For more details contact Naomi Weber 352-3735 or Kathy McBride 352-0037. The Squadron will be breaking for the summer as of June 19th and reconvenes in September, 2008. – submitted

Win reward for hooking a gerrard Anglers fishing in Kootenay Lake could walk away with a cash reward if they hook a gerrard rainbow trout this summer. A total of 20 gerrard rainbow trout, each with a fork length of more than half a metre, have been given bright orange, easyto-see, tags bearing the text “$100 REWARD.” The goal of the project, which is being spear-

headed by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation in cooperation with the B.C. Ministry of Environment (MOE), is to better understand the population dynamics of the gerrard rainbow trout of Kootenay Lake. More specifically it will help biologists determine population levels as well as fishing and natural mortality rates.

Whether or not the fish is released, anglers are asked to clip off the tag(s) with scissors or a knife. The orange tag must be returned to the Nelson MOE office to claim the $100, courtesy of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. If the pilot project is successful, reward tags will be placed on more Kootenay Lake rainbow trout in the

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That’s one tall bird house At some time in your life you may have built a bird house, but chances are it looked nothing like the highrise residences that Gerry Thompson, volunteer public representative with the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, has recently constructed. Each bird box stands over 3.6 metres (12 feet) in height and is meant for Vaux’s swift, a small cigar-shaped bird that eats insects and feeds entirely on the wing. The southern portion of the Columbia Basin provides critical habitat for the Vaux’s swift as they prefer interior cedar hemlock; more than half of their global breeding sites occur in B.C. Historically these have consisted of hollow trees, often found in old growth forests. With the creation of the regional reservoirs and changes in forestry practices, however, such habitat has become more limited. In fact the majority of recorded nest sites are now in man-made chimneys. The Vaux’s swift can be found in unused industrial or residential chimneys. As more brick chimneys are converted to steel or aluminum, even this manmade habitat is in decline. So the FWCP is trying to help matters by installing custom-made Vaux’s swift “chimneys.” Each bird “chimney” will provide a single nest site for a breeding pair of swifts, or migratory roosts for dozens of swifts. The boxes will be distributed in various locations in the West Kootenay including the Duncan, Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes Reservoir, Pend d’Oreille and the Creston Valley. – submitted

next three to five years. For more information anglers should contact Jeff Burrows at MOE, (250) 354-6333. – submitted



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2ND ANNUAL CAPITOL THEATRE COSTUME DEPARTMENT garage sale. Sunday, June 15, 10 a.m-2 p.m. Vintage clothing, hats, mens & womens. Herridge Lane, behind the theatre, in the theatre shop. All welcome! BENEFACTORS NEEDED. Help local students attend peace conference to meet Nobel Laureates. Tax deductible. 354-1310. NOTICE: BALFOUR IRRIGATION DISTRICT special general meeting Wednesday June 18, 2008, 7:00 p.m. At the Balfour Seniorís Hall. By-election of one trustee, please attend.





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NOTICE: BALFOUR IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER-USERS, a 2nd sterilization/flush will occur Wednesday, June 25, 2008 starting 8 a.m. finishing by 6:00 p.m. Don’t use water for drinking/cooking until chlorine smell is gone. MARKET FEST 2008. Nelson’s evening market Fridays, July 4, July 25 & August 22, 6:30pm-11:00pm. We block off the street to host a festival of music, dance, celebration and wonderful market wares. We are seeking vendors, entertainers, and volunteers. Contact Rose, rmleong@telus. net, 825-4034. Entertainers contact John,, 3541909. Hosted by the West Kootenay EcoSociety. NELSON COMMUNITY OPERA AUDITIONS. Singers interested in a solo role or in joining the chorus for the November 2008 NCO production of Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice, are invited to audition on Saturday, June 14. For more information and to schedule an audition time call Kathleen at 354-1610

CREATE WITH WOOL Workshop! Needlefelting FairyTale Characters! Wed. June 11, 6-8:30pm @ CCRR ToyLending Library, 508 Lake St. Please pre-register with Brandy. 352-2025.

BECOME A VETERINARY assistant in 24 weeks at Granville Business College. Specializing in veterinary assistant diplomas for 15 years. Classes every 3 months., 604-683-8850.

RED METAL BUNK BED in excellent condition. One mattress included free, $95. Ph. 354-4670. WANTED: QUEEN SIZE futon frame or bed frame. 352-1794. 2 ENTERTAINMENT UNITS WITH DOORS, shelves, space for TV. Excellent condition. Cherry and oak finish. Both from Country Furniture, real wood. $300 each obo. Antique chest of drawers with mirror, $200 obo. 505-5460. URBAN TRADITIONAL WINGBACK CHAIRS, blue flame stitch, excellent condition. 505-5542. ROXTON MAPLE COUCH, Beige & blue floral pattern, seats 3 $75.00 Call 354-3867. ANTIQUE CEDAR HOPE CHEST. $100. 229-5755. ANTIQUE LOVESEAT, $400. 2294544. AMAZING QUALITY for the price! Antiques 90-250 yrs old: flamed birch c1790. Nova Scotian din. room table. 5 flamed walnut chairs. Dough bin, monk’s bench, sofa, bird’s eye dresser, Queen Anne side table, lap desk. Also spectacular solid pine sideboard in 3 sections with back lights: 3 shelves, 4 drawers, 4 cupboards, $1950. Gold oak spindle dble bed & mattress, exc. cond. 359-5962

ADDITIONAL INCOME! MYSTERY SHOPPERS and Exit Interviewers needed for retail stores, gas bars and banks in most areas. Post-secondary students welcome. No fees. Application:

A.I. COLLINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FA R E W E L L CELEBRATION: Thurs. June 19/08, 5:30-8:30 p.m. All former A.I. Collinson families, friends and staff are invited to attend. A community potluck begins at 5:30 p.m., bring your favourite dish to share, beverages and cake provided. Cake cutting ceremony at 7 p.m. Live music, children activities throughout the evening, take a walk down memory lane with A.I. Collinson. If you have any stories or pictures to share please forward to: A.I. Collinson Elementary School 2780 Hwy. 31 N. Nelson, B.C. V1L 6L6 825-9588 email:

Business Opportunities LOOSE LEAF TEA business for sale. Nelson tea company. Stock, displays, contacts. Great opportunity. Priced to sell. Email for more details THE UPS STORE® - franchise opportunity available. Join Canada’s largest network of neighbourhood business service centres. To learn more visit or call 1-800-661-6232. WORK AT HOME ONLINE - Start a real home-based business. Work when you want. Apply online and start today! TRAVEL CONSULTANT, from your personal computer at home. Worldwide market, resorts - cruises - airfare, large commissions, tax deductible holidays, full training. Communication skills a must; www.

Career Training TRAIN FOR A NEW CAREER in medical transcription. Work from home. 99% employment rate. Contact CanScribe today for a free information package. 1-800-466-1535. www. / info@canscribe. com. EXPERIENCED ACUTE-CARE MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS are in demand. American and Canadian employers are seeking MT’s to work from home. Forward your resume today to

Children TAGHUM BEACH school-age childcare. Mid-June throughout summer, Mon-Fri, ECE Mother 1st Aid, snacks, activities, fun! 505-3365 LITTLE TIKES CHILDREN’S RED PLASTIC WAGON. Seats two kids, long handle, easy pulling, $50. 2294415. FREE BABY STUFF. White crib, jolly jumper, stroller, baby toys. 352-5169. MOTHEREASE BAMBOO DIAPERS. 4 never used, 3 used once. 7 diapers for $80. 352-2251. RADIO FLYER WAGON, purchased at Xmas for $130 will sell for $75. Excellent condition. 357-0033. LOOKING TO TRADE our 2006 double chariot cougar for a single. With jogging kit. 352-3704. 2005 CHARIOT SX STROLLER, excellent condition. 3 of 5 conversion kits and travel case. $600. 359-6803. LITTLE TIKES TURTLE sand box, $20; Graco jolly jumper, $5; baby bath seat, $5. 352-5210. I WILL WATCH your child while you work, you watch mine in exchange. Part-time, flexible hours 354-3923.

Education APARTMENT/CONDO Manager Course. Certified home-study training. 40 jobs currently registered! Thousands of grads working. Government registered. 29 years of success. Information: or 1-800-665-8339, 604-681-5456 LEARN FRENCH. Beginner to advanced students. Certified French teacher, native French speaker. Marie 505-5325.

Employment Opportunities MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY, Alberta is currently recruiting for the following three positions: Engineering Technologist; Health and Safety Coordinator; Field Supervisor(s). Complete details can be found at or by calling 403-335-3311 ext. 194. WELL E S TA B L I S H E D CONSTRUCTION company in Inuvik, NT, seeking journeyman plumber gas fitter , experienced in residential/commercial service work. Email resume: or fax 867777-2981. EXPANDING WATERWELL drilling company requires experienced waterwell drillers and geotechnical and coring drillers. Year round work, top wages. Must have class 3 driver’s license. Fax resume to: 403-748-2880. PRESSURE WASHER/air compressor technicians, shop equipment installers required for Alberta. Training provided. Competitive wages and group insurance offered. Fax Jack at 403-343-7922. Email:

Events OENOPHILES interested in forming a group to explore and enhance knowledge and enjoyment of wines. 505-5583. EAGLES AREA #22 located at 641 Baker Street in Nelson is celebrating their 109th year of voluntary supporting the City of Nelson. We invite all members of the community to join us in dinner and dance, June 14th, 2008. Happy hour 5:30. Roast beef banquet served at 6:00. Dancing with live music to follow. Fully licenced premises. $15/ticket, no minors. If you require more information or to advance purchase tickets, please call 352-5644 or 354-4419. SOLSTICE SHAKEDOWN! Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band at Spirit June 20th. Horn section! Fada Ites opening. EXPERIENCE DRAGONBOATING!! Free paddle, meet at the Rowing Clubhouse in Lakeside Park, June 14th, 11-2pm. FREE FATHER’S DAY CONCERT in Lakeside Park. Nelson Community Band. 2:00 p.m. Bring your dad, son, grandpa, uncle! BYOC - Bring your own chair.

Garage Sales MOUNTAIN SKY SOAP SECONDS SALE, Saturday, June 28, 9-5pm, 2276 Hwy#6, Crescent Valley, 359-6850. MOVING SALE: 575 McDonald Dr. (Johnstone Rd) tools, furniture, lots of stuff. June 14, 8:00. MOVING SALE! 858 Highway 3A. North Shore just past BOB. Cloud or shine. June 7 and 14, 8:00 am.

Help Wanted SUPPORT WORKER Community Connections is seeking applications for a part time Support Workers in Nelson and Trail. Includes overnights and weekends. Interested applicants should send their resumes to: email (preferred): resumes@commconn. ca mail: Community Connections Support Services PO Box 373 Nelson, BC V1L 5R2 web: www. Applicants must have strong personal values based on selfdetermination, dignity and autonomy for all individuals.


DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES for a career in management? Busy garden store requires an individual to start at the bottom and work your way up. Ability to lift heavy items is a must. Good counting and mathematical skills required. Must be trustworthy, humble and loyal. Only serious applicants ready to commit to long term employment need apply in person to Unit 14-104 Silica Street.

ANIMAL CAGE made from stereo cabinet. Glass front. Free for pickup. 551-5683, Nelson. MATCHING FRIDGE & STOVE. Older set. Self-cleaning stove. 825-4399 COUCH AND LOVESEAT, two toilets with wooden seats. Can email pictures. 359-6646 eves. USED WOOD SIDING. 825-0191 after 5 p.m.

THE NELSON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SOCIETY is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the part-time position of Financial Officer. Experience with QuickBooks is and asset. A pastoral reference is required. Send resume to the attention of Linda Schmidt at, fax to 250-352-0546, or drop off at 810 10th Street, Nelson, V1L 3C7 by June 11, 2008.


BUSY AUTOMOTIVE DEALERSHIP in sunny Okanagan hiring for all positions due to overwhelming growth. Technicians, service writers, sales representatives, parts counter. Forward resumes Attention: General Sales Manager 6205 Hwy 97N, Vernon, BC, V1B3R4. Email

WOODEN TV STAND, book shelf, two swivel chairs with ottomans, price negotiable, photos., 355-2536. OVAL OAK DINING ROOM TABLE with 4 chairs and leaf. Great condition. $175. 352-1983.

Home & Garden TOP SOIL FOR SALE: Top 6” out of a field. Beautiful soil, screened and organic. $500/dump-truck delivered in Nelson/North Shore. 354-7741. COW MANURE, picked up or delivered. Phone 226-7276. “WE’RE BACK” - BENT IRONWORKS for all your ornamental needs. Custom Metal designs for home and garden. Welding repairs. Steve or Cindy 352-7092/354-9448.

House Sitting MATURE, NON-SMOKING COUPLE SEEKING house-sitting opportunity in Nelson. Available Jan. and Feb. of 2009 or portion thereof. 306-8652384 or 306-865-7604. TWO LEVELHEADED, YOUNG ADULTS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Experienced with garden and pets. Great references. Victoria 551-1287. EXPERIENCED HOUSE PET and garden sitter available mid June. I have excellent local references. 354-4075

Lost & Found MP3 PLAYER FOUND AT TAGHUM BEACH, call and specify what type to claim. Call 354-7460. LOST: LIGHT PINK SILK SCARF, Cottonwood market May 31st. From sister’s wedding. Well loved. 352-2025 LOST: GOLDEN RETRIEVER IN BALFOUR AREA, named Spruce, wearing a blue collar. Call Erin at 229-4488. LOST: PINK TELUS CELL phone. If found, please call 359-5097. LOST ABUS KEY on pink Quicksilver band. Please return to 406 Sixth. Reward. 352-3033 LOST AT SPIRITBAR AT AMAZONES GIG, small bright red synthetic sweater, I miss it. 352-0047. LOST: LONG-HAIRED GREY TABBY. Winlaw/Appledale. $50 reward. 2267572

Misc. for Sale SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $3,495.00 - Convert your logs to valuable lumber with your own Norwood portable band sawmill. Log skidders also available. - free information: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT ADD AND SAVE on home phone reconnection. Bad credit - no problem! Up to $30 off for new customers, plus lower monthly rates! Call Tembo 1-877-266-6398 or sign up online AC ADAPTER for recharging IPod. Only $10. Call 354-9705. BIKES, ACCESSORIES, REPAIRS. Nelson’s largest shop. Trades welcome. Guaranteed & affordable. Boomtown Sports, 510 Hall. 505-5055 ONE 4 1/2 x 9 TEMPERED GLASS PLATE, $75. New 3” water pump. c/w 6 hp gas motor, $350. 226-7990. MOUNTAIN BIKE - ‘05 Specialized Big Hit Grom. 24’ wheels, air shock, good condition. $400. 352-1794. TENT, dome, one room, sleeps six, lightweight, nylon, windows, stargazer roof, fly, bamboo frame, good condition. $30.00 OBO EXTERIOR FRENCH DOORS. Real wood with tempered thermal panes, 60”x80”. Attractive! 825-0062

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16’ PIKE POLE, new, $55. Wine corker, $35. 5 hp 240v electric motor, 6’x35’ chain link fencing. 352-6221. SMITH 01s POLARIZED LENSES, good condition $20. Call Jennie 354-7812 ELECTRIC STIHL GRASS TRIMMER, comes with 50’ electrical cord, $50. Moffat fridge, works well, $40. Stacking-type dryer, $40. Phone 354-4558. MONTECRISTO #4 CUBAN CIGARS, sealed box of 25. Purchased at Valladero airport. 2 boxes. $290 each. 352-6399. 16’ ALUMINUM BOAT/TRAILER, 17’ Mad River White Water Canoe, Trimline walking/running machine. 355-0015.

DRAFTING TABLE and chair $45. 226-7100. FENDER STRAT w/case $400. Martin 354-4257. WOOD BURNING COOK STOVE, full kitchen size, excellent shape. 505-5542. COMPLETE QUEEN PIECE blue & Green bedding set, $30. Call 354-3867 SAND. Large quantity of clean screened sand available. Call Sara at 250 229 4189. USED GAS STOVE in good condition $100 or best offer 352-6215 TENT, Mountain Hardwear Haven. 3 free standing 2/3 person tent with groundsheet. Like new. $275. 505-2720 BIC Rock’n’roll windsurfer. Complete with 3 sails, in good condition. $200.00 or best offer. 505-3497 HARDI PLANK 60-9, 14 pieces khaki, 20 4’ septic infiltrators, 4 GMC 34T aluminum wheels, 4 16” winter tires. 352-5663. “FREE SPIRIT” TREADMILL, many options, new condition. Paid $1,200; now $700 firm. 365-7536 before 6pm KIDS WOODEN PLAYGROUND set with waveslide, swings and rocket rider. $150 obo. 226-7356. RENOVATION ITEMS: ceiling fan, bifold closet doors, window 4’X5’, wooden railing, wood stove. 825-4399 MAGNIFYING LAMP great for crafting. Never used, asking $50. Check LeeValley website for info. 551-2145 CORONADO 15 cu ft chest freezer, $75.00/ Kenmore washing machine, $25.00/ baseboard heaters, negotiable. 229-4286 2007 FLATDECK TRAILER. 10,000 GVW. 16 ft. Like new. $3500 obo. 354-8774. ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER, runs good, $25. Medium weight wheelbarrow, almost new. 359-8103. ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, $50, table & 4 chairs, $50, china teacups, $5, sealers, $2/dozen. 352-9408. XBOX 360, new in box, 20 GB. Comes with 3 games: Halo 3, Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey. Wireless controller.

WANTED: QUEEN SIZE futon frame or bed frame. 352-1794. ROOM DIVIDERS WANTED FOR BIGBY PLACE, a local non-profit day program. 352-0867. WANTED: ADJUSTABLE BASKETBALL HOOP and stand for aspiring shooters. 352-2252. LOOKING FOR CLAWFOOT TUB. 5 feet long or bigger, good condition. Will pick up. Call 551-1563. 14 FOOT TRAMPOLINE. 357-2729. WANTED: BACKPACKING GEAR, new or used and in good shape. 825-4539. FREE FILL WANTED in the South Slocan area. Call 359-5078. USED RECLINING WHEELCHAIR WANTED. Good condition. 250-304-7806 NEED BUILDING MATERIAL for homesteading. Can pick up. 505-9550 RYOBI 18-VOLT cordless tools (no batteries okay). Hammerhill-type garden shredder (no motor okay). 366-4321 DONATION of mountain bicycle (prefer ladies) in good condition for Cuban family. Phone 352-9788 WAYNE KING looking for a boat. Trade for paintings. Call 505-5527. WANTED: BIRD CAGES (no round ones, please) and Spyro games for PS1! 226-7884 LOOKING FOR ABOUT 45 ft of 6.5 ft deer fencing. 229-4069.

HELP NEEDED to make a framedrum. Willing to trade for money, work, massage (certified). Martin 354-4257

DOMESTIC DIVAS is here with quality insured services. Animal care, artwork, baking, bodywork, catering, childcare, construction, clean-up, deliveries, errands, housecleaning, home organizing, landscaping, painting, reception, sewing repairs, tile setting & design, yard clean-up. Call 505-4691. $500$ LOAN SERVICE, by phone, no credit refused, quick and easy, payable over 6 or 12 installments. Toll free: 1-877-776-1660. CRIMINAL RECORDS affect travel to 1 country only. Don’t be misled. Canadian pardons guaranteed at the National Pardon CentreTM. Apply online: Call free 1-866-242-2411.

#1A STEEL BUILDING SALE! Save up to 60% on your new garage, shop, warehouse. 6 colours available! 40-year warranty! Free shipping first 20 callers! 1-800-457-2206. www. FUTURE STEEL BUILDINGS. Durable, dependable, pre-engineered, all-steel structures. Custom-made to suit your needs and requirements. Factory-direct affordable prices. Call 1-800-668-8653 ext. 170 for free brochure BUILDINGS FOR SALE! “Canadian manufacturer direct!” 20x30x12 $5300. 25x40x14 $8890. 30x50x14 $9900. 35x56x16 $13,500. 40x60x16 $17,700. 50x140x19 $45,600. 60x100x18 $36,300. Others. Pioneer since 1980....1-800-668-5422. www.

2 PERSON KAYAK WITH SAIL, extras. Klepper foldable packs in 3 bags. $3800 obo. 355-2269. 52” RCA HDTV, 1 1/2 years, paid $1200 asking $800. Sony surround sound, 6 months old, paid $800, asking $600. 359-8189. POTTERY KILNS X3, bathroom sink and cabinet, new mountain bike, electric lawnmower. 352-9150. X-BOX, NINTENDO, SUPER NINTENDO, controller, games, etc. Call for details. 229-5633. CHARIOT COUGAR 2, double stroller plus jogging attachment. $700 value will sell $350 obo. In excellent condition, used very few times. Looking for single chariot stroller. 505-1175. 16’ BOAT HULL, needs TLC $300 obo. Free hot tub shell you pick up. 825-9313. 4 ALUMINUM RIMS & TIRES. 4 bolt 14” 3 1/2 bolt hole centers, $75. 352-2543. USED CABINETS, approx. 16’, old, solid painted wood, upper/lower w/ counter top. Best offer 352-6554. TRUMPET $75, oak sliding rocker $50, antique liquor cabinet $125, antique standing radio $50. 825-4256 AUTOMATIC SATELLITE TV SYSTEM for RV’s. Bel, Direct & Dish networks $1400, will help install. Ken 352-0136.

Music & Dance CD & DVD DUPLICATION, direct to disc printing and graphic design located in Nelson: www.shortyburns. com 352-BURN(2876) AFRO-CUBAN FOLKLORIC DANCE CLASS. Live percussion. Exciting, rhythmic, fun. At moving centre, saturday, june 14th, 5-7 p.m. Call erin 354-0359. VICTORIA STREET STRINGS all level string players welcome. 505-5583 ELEC-ECOUSTIC TAKAMINE Gseries bass reg $750 will let go for $400. 3529340

Other 42” SONY flat screen rear projection TV. New, grey with grey stand. $700. Kimberly 551-2514 2 15’ NECKY Kyook kayaks. Grey, c/w skirt, paddles, life jackets. $1000 each. Rob/Nicki 250-505-5041 LITTLE TIKES turtle sandbox $20, Graco jolly jumper $5, baby bath seat $5, 352-5210

Pets & Livestock WESTERN, ENGLISH SADDLES, blankets, bridle, assorted goodies, Farrier tools. As set or separately. Erin 229-5740. SALTWATER FISH/REEF enthusiasts: Interested in sharing experiences, frags, possible club? E-mail 304-3535. HORSE TACK AVAILABLE in Nelson. Bridles, girths, halters, fly mask & sheet, ropes & more. 509-1171. BLUE/RED HEELER Pups. Great agility and companion dogs. Ready mid-June. Child/cat/bird friendly. $500 226-0023

Services MONUMENTAL STONE WORKS Custom headstones/monuments. Portable sandblasting. Cleaning and re-highlighting. Glass etching. Pet Memorials - proceeds to SPCA. 3540988.

Seniors CLEANING, COOKING AND COMPANY for elders by a kind, lively female. Excellent local references. Call 354-7462.

Sports Equip. WANTED: REAR SHOCK for mountain bike. (Air preferred) 7.87” x 2.25”. Wyatt 355-2267. MEDIUM NORCO Drop full suspension bike for sale. 7” Marzocchi, custom tuned shock. $750.00 352-2174 WET SUIT: Bare Footer Extreme Limited $40. Ph. 352-7144. SPECIALIZED 24” wheels Hotrock A1 FS RST shock, lightest kids’ bike, excellent, $295. 352-9768 MOUNTAIN BIKE - ‘05 Specialized Big Hit Grom. 24’ wheels, air shock, good condition. $400. 352-1794.

STEELWOOD PAINTING: Interior/ exterior, spraying and power washing available. Call for estimate. Jeff Steel 505-5419. GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, concrete foundations, framing through finish. Reasonable rates. Harrop Creek Contracting. 551-1555. TRUCK FOR HIRE. Will do dump runs, moving, etc. Patrick 505-0612.

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Work Wanted EXPERIENCED CLEANER and organizer available for home and office. Declutter and clean up natural products. Local references. Jenn 505-1822 JUNK TO THE DUMP and weed whacking. Call me now, 352-3871. “I’ll do it.”

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1980 VOLVO GL Good condition. One owner family. All receipts. $2300 obo. 354-4945. 2004 SUNFIRE. 73,000 km. Great on gas. 2.2L, 4 cylinder, 5 spd manual, 140 hp. Jon 250-505-7621. 1990 PONTIAC TEMPEST. Good winter & summer tires. $1000. 352-2306 1998 MUSTANG 5-spd, A/C, power everything, remote entry, new tires, excellent shape $7,500 obo. 359-8088 1989 TOYOTA CAMRY. 4 wheel drive 300,000 km, $1500 obo. 352-5536. 1994 COROLLA, 248,000 km, winters on rims, 5 speed manual, no rust, well maintained, $3000. 505-9915. 1999 HYUNDAI ELANTRA WAGON, Standard, 225,000 km, winters, A/C, CD, runs great! $3900 obo. 505-3987

1995 ACCORD JDM H22A, cold-air, header, lowered, too much else, 30,000k on drive-train, $9000. 551-1256 ‘91 VW PASSAT, power everything, CD, good on gas, $1000. 359-6842.

Cars ‘88 HONDA ACCORD, new clutch, battery. Ugly, rusty, dented. Reliable beater, cheap on gas! $800 obo. 509-1782. 1982 DATSUN 210 for parts. Runs, drives, good parts, needs rocker panels, muffler. $250 365-3548 1986 MERCURY CAPRI, auto, hatchback. 206,000km, c/w summer tires. $600 obo. Call 505-9261. 1988 CADILLAC LIMO. 6 door, 305 cu. in., blue, all power, near mint condition, fun car. 90,000 km. $5000 obo. 354-4489. 1989 MUSTANG, 4 cyl, auto, hatchback good shape, runs good. Asking $1000 obo. 354-4741.

1989 JAGUAR XJS V12 Coupe. British Racing Green w/tan interior. Wire wheels. Excellent condition. $6900. 505-7421. 1989 TOYOTA COROLLA, high km, good gas mileage, needs muffler, runs great. $1000 obo. 352-3499. 2003 JETTA TDI, clean diesel, fuel efficient, silver, 4dr, 170km, vg cond. 229-4471, after 6pm. 91 SUBARU LOYALE, standard, over 300 km. Needs timing belt, $500 obo. 354-2012 1986 MERCURY CAPRI. Auto, 2dr hatch back. Runs well, 206,000km. $1000 obo. Call 505-9261. 1995 FORD TAURUS wagon, 270 km. Rides nice. Asking $2,250. 359-7756 TWO 1994 DODGE INTREPIDS, one for parts, both drive, $1800 for both. 551-1256.

Sleds/Bikes 2003 HARLEY, ANNIVERSARY EDITION SPORTSTER. 1350 kms, mint, forward controls, see it. $8000 505-5531. 1984 YAMAHA XT250, 22k kms, new chain and tires, needs tune up, $1500. 226-6766. 1999 BUELL X-1 LIGHTNING 1200cc motorcycle, excellent condition. Yellow. $5900. 505-9042. 2001 HONDA XR100, great bike in good condition. $1500 obo. 250-229-4555 NEW DUNLOP D606 front and rear tires for KLR650. Paid $360+ sell for $225. 352-5395. 2002 HONDA SHADOW ACE 750, excellent condition. 8500 miles. Many extras. $7500.00 obo. 229-4238

Tires/Parts/Other CANOPY, HIGH TOP, green, 5’x87”. Fits older Toyota or Ranger. Needs shocks. Phone 825-0168 eves. 4 BRIDGESTONE DUELER H/T 265/65 R17 tires, $150. Jennie 354-7812. BUSH BAR for light truck. Black, steel, hardware included. $200 505-3723

Trucks/SUVs/Vans 1978 CHEVY SHORTBOX 4x4 4” lift new 33s. 9000k on motor. $3500 obo. 551-3014

Trucks/SUVs/Vans Trucks/SUVs/Vans 1982 GMC SIERRA classic 2wd auto w/ shiftkit, needs work. $700 obo 304 6935 1993 RANGER 4X4, LONGBOX. Rebuilt clutch and transmission. Well maintained. Solid, work truck. $3500. 505-6600. 1995 4RUNNER ‘SEQUIOA’. One year powertrain warranty. New timing belt. Fully-loaded, with leather & sunroof. Mint condition, zero rust. $7900. Ph. 505-6600. “PEARL”, WELL LOVED, ‘91 TOYOTA PREVIA, 4wd, new shocks, brakes. Great shape. Call 415-497-9289. TOYOTA LANDCRUISER, 1987, diesel, 2-door, BJ70, $2500 obo. 505-3905 2004 FORD F350 XLT, 4x4, ext cab, turbo diesel 8 foot box, 5 spd auto, 99,600 km. A/c, p/d, p/w, cruise. Dark red, $29,900 obo. Call 352-0076. 1986 FORD F150 300 six. 4 speed 2WD longbox. Runs. Good parts truck. $700 obo. 505-5270. GOOD 4 PARTS & STILL RUNS. 1992 Toyota truck. 22RE 4 cycl. 5 spd. 4X4. $550 obo. 509-1515. MAZDA B2600 4X4 FOR SALE. Ideal for parts, two sets tires, rims, topper. Call 359-2946. 1984 FORD 250 diesel works good. Reduced to $950. Moving, must sell. Call 509-0491. 2003 TOYOTA RAV4 Limited Edition 102,000km. Automatic, fully loaded. $18,900. obo. 250-352-0076/ 1995 TOYOTA 4RUNNER ‘Sequoia’. Fully-loaded, leather, sunroof. Mint condition, no rust. Reduced price! $7,900! 505-6600. 1990 TOYOTA 4WD camper van, skylite roof, CD, auto, R-H drive, 150K. $7,295. 365-1080.

2001 GMC SONOMA ZR2, 5 speed, 4x4, 140K, $13,500 obo. 352-7401. ‘86 JEEP CHEROKEE 4x4, needs slave cylinder, extra rims, $450. 352-5695 ‘93 JEEP CHEROKEE. Leather interior, excellent condition. Must sell. $2800 obo. 352-3318. 2000 JEEP TJ SPORT, 113,000 km, 5-speed 4.0L, Hard top & 2 soft tops. Excellent condition. 352-1317.

Boats 1992 BOMBARDIER SEADOO XP, 750cc. Mint condition, 10w hours. Newer trailer. Excellent condition. $3500. 354-4489. 1999 SEARAY 190 SIGNATURE SERIES, open bow, 5.0L Mercruiser, sport seating, customer trailer, $21900. 352-9576. 17’ SUNRUNNER with 90 hp mariner. E-z load trailer and 4-stroke kicker. $5100 obo. 229-4687. 1978 17 FOOT CALGLASS, 120 omc inboard, 3 horse kicker, 3500 obo. 352-6515.

Boats FULL RAFT PACKAGE: 13 1/2’ Hyside Outfitter Pro (whitewater, floats, expeditions, fishing), NRS rowing frame, oars, paddles, lifejackets, misc. $3400 obo (replacement well over $7000). 352-3720. CHESAPEAKE TOURING KAYAK, 17’, $750. WYE Islander sea kayak, 17 1/2’, $900. 226-0072.

Recreational 1973 PROWLER TRAILER, sleeps 4, hot water heater, furnace, range, fridge, bathroom, $1800 obo. 3543867. 1985 FLEETWOOD SOUTHWIND, 33 foot, class A motorhome. Runs great, average condition. 359-7290.

Trailers OVER 200 NEW & used motorhomes, diesel pushers, 5th wheels, trailers, vans, campers. Total RV Centre. Special RV financing. Since 1984, Voyager RV - Hwy 97, Winfield BC. 1800-668-1447,


June 11, 2008

Real Estate

Real Estate


Rentals Wanted

Shared Accom.

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THINKING OF SELLING? Get a FREE, no obligation market evaluation of your home. Call 354-8409 1979, 2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME. 12’ x 68’ Handy-man special. $1250 Must be moved. 505-2925. http:// mobiler.htm FSBO- 908 9th Street, Fairview. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, suitepotential, large yard. $398,500. 352-6994

2 BEDROOM HOUSE, Krestova area. F/s, n/s, no pets, references. $700/month plus utilities. 359-7043. DOWNTOWN 2-BDRM APT. NS/NP. Ref. req. Retirees or therapists welcome. Incl. utilities, parking. $920/ mo. 352-5757. 2 BEDROOMS WITH LOFT SPACE in co-share, 8 min. from Nelson. Beautiful light, organic gardens, 40 acres. 352-0974.

3 BDRM WANTED near Nelson for July 1st. Approx $1000/mth. Family w/2 older fixed cats. 359-6933 E N V I R O N M E N TA L LY- M I N D E D FAMILY (one child of 3) seeking June rental. Husband experienced cabinetmaker. Please contact 250352-0604.

ROOM FOR RENT in Blewett, 12 minutes from Nelson. $400 plus hydro. 354-4682

VEGETARIAN BUDDIST seeks similar minded persons to share 3 bedroom home in Uphill. Owner is away most of the year. $890/month 352-2100

1 BEDROOM WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM in large shared home. Available for clean, quiet person. 352-2051. FEMALE LIGHT WARRIOR TO SHARE HOUSE with two male Rastas, no alcohol/tobacco. $325/ mo. 505-1170. AVAILABLE NOW!! Furnished room in Rosemont. $400/month includes utilities, W/D, & internet. Call Ann at 352-9589. AVAILABLE JULY 1ST downtown wonderfully private, furnished bedroom. Ensuite bathroom, shared kitchen, deck, laundry. $450 354-1721

BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED HERITAGE FAMILY HOME in Slocan Village for sale. Safe community, excellent school, pristine recreation. Asking $365,000. 355-2440

HERITAGE HOME & ACRE 4 SALE in Bonnington, superb views & sun, 2 units, 5 bedrm, 2 bath, $368,000. Ph: 250-359-6997. 1.47 ACRES WITH 93 14x70 mobile. $299,000. View on Ad #1046. 359-8109 1.47 ACRES with ‘93 14x70 mobile, $299,000. Between Nelson & Castlegar. 359-8109. TWO RARE PROPERTIES FOR SALE at 4-Mile: Beautiful lake view, creek, underground services, sunny, level, private, partially treed, ready to build. $230,000, $240,000. 354-7741 WATERFRONT LOT, fully serviced with spectacular views of Kootenay Lake. Asking $399K. Call Brent 604715-9181 GREAT LOCATION! Between Castlegar and Nelson, .46 acres with 2 mobile homes. $149,000. 608-0743

CUTE & CHARMING 3 BEDROOM HOME on beautiful 5.58 acre property in Winlaw, $305,000. Phone 226-7998

Solution to Easy Sudoku

Solution to Hard Sudoku

Real Estate Wanted

see puzzle on page 13

see puzzle on page 13

HOUSE IN CRESCENT VALLEY, 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, full basement on 0.09 acres of land. 359-7307.

BEAUTIFUL LOT IN ARGENTA. Treed, sunny hillside, mountain views. Road access, 2 sides. 0.94 hectares. Near Earl Grey Pass. 354-4028. 5 BEDROOM, 3 BATH HOME built in 1997. Great yard. Daylight basement with suite potential 409,000. 352-0532.

WANTED PROPERTY or small home in Salmo. Carol 604-777-0923

Rentals SUMMER SUBLET, July/August. Two bedroom, $750. Bright, clean, fruit trees & garden. Call 505-3172.

Rentals - Comm. LARGE, FULLY EQUIPPED COMMERCIAL KITCHEN space for rent. Walk-in cooler & freezer. Call Ariah 505-3655 or 354-3875.

Rentals Wanted LVR Teacher & two children seek a 23 bedroom rental preferably in town. Contact Paul Belanger 505-5578. EXPECTING, WELL-FINANCED, LOCAL COUPLE SEEKING long-term rental within Nelson. Call Darshan at 551-1544. 3 BEDROOM IN TOWN for July 1/08. Khy 505-5532. 3 BEDROOM NEEDED July 1 in town. Keira 505-5332 SINGLE OLDER male seeks affordable rental in/out of town. Clean, responsible. Call Ed 352-9876

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Vacation Rentals CHRISTINA LAKE CABIN in July. Boat access, private location, small boat included. $1000/week. 365-3700.

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Answers on page 13

West Kootenay/Boundary

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HOMES & GARDENS Fixing backdraft

I just purchased a house with a stone-faced fireplace in the centre of the living room. The fireplace is beautiful, but the rock work is smoke stained above the firebox. It looks like the smoke from the fireplace comes into the living room. I’d like to fix it before winter. Even though there are signs of problems and the weather is warm, I suggest that you get a good fire going in the fireplace to confirm your suspicions. If the smoke from the fireplace is escaping into your living room, this is called backdrafting. The good news is the problem can be remedied. However, if a quick fix is unsuccessful, the next steps are more expensive. The fundamental problem is often that the fire simply lacks enough air to draw the smoke up the chimney. So, the smoke lingers in the fire box and inevitably spills into your living room. Here’s the quick fix. Try installing a four-inch sheet metal or plastic pipe through an exterior wall to a location at or near the firebox. Install an inflowing flap on this pipe at the exterior wall so combustion air to your fireplace is pulled in only when required. This pipe will provide the fire with all the oxygen it needs for a clean burn, and the additional air will help the fire draw the smoke up the chimney to the outdoors. However, this additional air to the firebox may not entirely solve the problem. Occasionally, backdrafting is a symptom Steve, Paul and Bill are building consultants with Lynch Building Inspection Services Ltd. of Nelson. Send questions to Archived copies of Home Front can be found at www.

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Bill Lynch, Paul Muntak & Steve Cannon

Due to a busy work schedule this summer, Lynch Building Inspection is taking a break from writing the column and the Express will run archived columns.

of a bigger problem that is more costly to correct. When the wind coming from a particular direction rolls over and down your roofline, it can push the rising smoke from the firebox back down your chimney. This is much more likely to happen

when your chimney lacks the minimum clearances to the adjacent roofline. For instance, the rule of thumb is that the top of all chimneys should be at least two feet higher than any roofline or surface within 10 feet measured horizontally from the top of the chimney flue. If your chimney does not meet this minimum specification, this is another likely cause of your backdrafting problems. To complicate matters, you may light a fire and find the fire draws adequately on some occasions and poorly on others. If the chimney height is the problem, the backdrafting will only occur when the prevailing winds are coming from a direction that pushes the smoke down your chimney. By increasing the height of your chimney, you ensure that air currents rolling down your roofline cannot push the smoke into your living room. You will find that the higher the chimney, the better the draw and the less likely the chimney will ever backdraft again.




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