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Wednesday February 2, 2011 Vol. 23 No. 02

independent since 1988

Thank you!

Goodnight but not goodbye

Photo: Daniel Farden

We celebrate our 22 years of involvement in this community.

Nelson Becker and the team behind this final issue pose outside the Express office. Pictured are: Gene Schmunk, Laura Duncan, Marina Kiborn, Nelson Becker, Valencia Curken, Robin Murray, Shannon Griffin-Merth, Jessie Demers and, last but not least, Pepper the one-dog cheering committee. Thank you, readers, for your years of support. We look forward to new forms of community connection! See pages 7 - 10 for letters from the community and Nelson Becker’s editorial.

People Caring for Pets

PAINFUL PUP? Have you tried Acupuncture? 352-2999


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How to contact us To reach us, or to join our emailing list write to or Use the word “subscribe” in the subject line. ISSN 1196-7471 The Express Newspaper is owned by Kootenay Express Communication Corp. Publications Mail Agreement #0654353. Paid at Nelson, BC. The Express is published every Wednesdays and distributed free to every home and busienss in the Nelson area, as well as Ainsworth, Ymir, South Slocan, Crescent Valley, Slocan Park, Winlaw, Slocan City, Silverton and New Denver, viia Canada Post. Businesses that wish to supply free copies of the Express please call 250.354.3910. Subscription rates in Canada are $54.60/51 issues (GST incl.) International rates available. Copyright 2010.


The Rotary Club seeks candidates for Adventures in Citizenship Program (submitted) The Rotary Club of Nelson is pleased to announce that they are seeking candidates for the Adventures in Citizenship Program to be held in Ottawa from May 1 - 4, 2011. The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program, now in its 62nd year, is intended to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of citizenship in Canada. It poses questions to the participants concerning the ethical and moral dimensions of citizenship in a rapidly changing world. It challenges participants to consider how a country as large and diverse as Canada can foster amongst its citizens a sense not only of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship but also commitment to the values we hold as Canadians. The Program provides a unique opportunity for par-

ticipants to meet their peers from every part of Canada and to discuss and debate issues facing Canada today. It also gives participants the opportunity to see behind the scenes at many of our national institutions -- an opportunity that is usually not available to either visitors or residents of the National Capitol Region. A unique component of the program is the billeting of participants with host families. The participants can expect to return home tired, thrilled by the experience, with many new friends, and often with their assumptions about Canada significantly changed. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 as of May 1, 2011, enrolled in and attending school (grade 11 or 12), and be maintaining acceptable grade standards. Preferably, the student should be considering a career in

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the applicable program. To enable to selection committee to assess the candidates’ interest and capabilities, a written outline on why the candidate wishes to attend the conference should be submitted by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22 to Christopher Fairbank at 404 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 4E5. The Program includes billets for the out of town students and local transportation. Travel arrangements and expenses are provided by the Nelson Rotary Club. For more information and for application forms, contact Chris Fairbank at (250) 352-5371 on work days.

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Change of command


Chief Constable Wayne D. Holland replaces Dan Maluta as Nelson’s Chief of Police Chief Maluta (on left) was born and raised in the West Kootenays and has been a police officer for 30 years. He has a degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, and previously worked for the Ministry of Attorney General and in the Criminology Research Centre at SFU. He went on to become a full-time member of the Vancouver Police Department. Chief Maluta joined Nelson Police Department in 1990, and rose through the ranks to become Chief in 2001. His landmark efforts in police integration were formally recognized by the Solicitor General in 2004. Chief Maluta previously served as the President of the BC Municipal Chiefs Association (BCAMCP), the BC Ops Council, and as a Director of the Board of Governance for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU). He is married, with three daughters and two grandchildren. “On the one hand, I can’t believe how liberating it’s going to be, to be free of all the worry,” says Dan Maluta regarding the change of command. “But on the other hand, I’m in shock and disbelief that a 30 year routine will end for me, that [I won’t be] coming into the office every morning and greeting the members of the staff and meeting the day’s challenges.” Chief Constable Holland (on right) has twenty-nine years of policing service with the Vancouver Police Department and has a wide variety of operational, administrative and

investigative experience, including as supervisor within the Asian Organized Crime and Gang Squads and as Officer in Charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Strike Force. He is very active in the community, and is a recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee medal for his volunteer service to the community. He is married and has two children. “I am inheriting a gem of a department” he says. “[The staff here] is highly trained and we have the potential to build on an already very impressive police force.”

Homegrown Eggs for Nelson Sustainability submitted by HENS Growing concerns about food quality and security have led to an increased interest in citizens having more control over their own food supply. Eggs, for instance, are one of the simplest foods on the planet, yet getting eggs -- healthy and fresh ones -- is not so simple. With warehouse-raised chickens forced to mass produce eggs in stale, cramped conditions, or the recent Eggz R Uz scandal in our region, we cannot always feel good about or trust store-bought eggs. Even when we can, it’s a tough debate when choosing between the “free-run” eggs in cardboard containers, the “high-omega 3” eggs in plastic, or the “organic” eggs in styrofoam. Could it not be simpler?

This is a question that has brought about an exciting concept in communities across the globe: “urban hens.” A growing number of Nelsonites believe our town should support a bylaw that would allow backyard chickens for the many benefits they offer, including an accessible and healthy source of nutritious protein in the form of fresh eggs. If you would like to show your support on this issue, or to learn more, contact HENS at or search “Nelson Backyard Hens” on Facebook. Together, we can make a difference in our community to bring about positive change towards food security and healthier living.

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February 2, 2011

New local business spotlight

Local musicians to test run new opera

Derek Deiner, Morgage Broker


At age 34, Derek Diener is a young, energetic Mortgage Broker finding his niche in the West Kootenay. Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Derek’s journey away from his hometown started

at the age of 16, when he left Sakatoon to pursue a hockey career. Playing in the Western Hockey League for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Kelowna Rockets, Derek eventually signed a NHL contract with the St. Louis Blues, where he played two seasons in the American Hockey League for the Blues’ affiliate, the Worchester Ice Cats. Then 23, he was on a free-agent tryout with the Vancouver Canucks when he suffered a career-ending injury on the first day of training camp. After his injury, Derek put himself through university. Over the past 4½ years, he has pursued his passions in real estate and entrepreneurship in what he considers to be the best place in the world: Nelson, BC. “I feel that [Nelson] exemplifies the picture of what Canada is – water, mountains, nature and a peaceful serenity.” With his new business, Derek aims to help guide people through all their financing needs and to provide exceptional service. “Mortgage Brokers do not work for the banks,” says Derek. “They work for the client to obtain the best rates and products to fit their needs. I work on my clients’ schedules.” Derek explains that his services are free, since he shops the market for his clients and is paid by the lender he submits the deal to. For more information about this new business, visit, or contact Derek at (250) 229-5711 or dwdiener@gmail.

The Amy Ferguson Institute will be holding auditions in Nelson next month for singers throughout the West Kootenays to try out for a solo role in its newly commissioned opera, KHAOS. The Institute’s production company, Nelson Community Opera, will premiere KHAOS at the Capitol Theatre in March, 2012. As part of solidifying the new work, the Institute, as well as the composer, Don Macdonald, and the librettist, Nicola Harwood, will put the first draft of the opera through its paces by having the singers selected in these auditions give the work a trial run at a special, private workshop performance scheduled for late June. Directors from opera companies in major centres across BC and Alberta have been invited to participate in this workshop to offer their advise about the work to the creative team. Macdonald and Harwood can then use this input to revise their first draft before the completed opera score is finally handed over to Nelson Community Opera for the premiere production. “We are incredibly excited this cultural milestone for Nelson is staring to fall into place,” says Institute president, Ron Little. “We have been working to make this opera commission a reality for over two years now. To see it finally take concrete shape is a huge thrill for everyone involved and a testament to the amazing talent of Don and Nicola.” Marty Horswill, opera commission project chair for the Institute, pointed out that the composer and librettist have already put hundreds of hours of work into turning their artistic vision into a reality. “With this new workshop commitment, the first

draft of KHAOS must be completed in April or early in May in order for the singers to then learn their roles in time for the late June workshop performance.” “With almost 70 per cent of the funds needed to complete this project already confirmed, we are also on track to meet our fundraising target by the time the premiere production and tour of the opera to centres in the Kootenays take place in 2012,” Horswill added. “We still need about $30,000 to complete all aspects of this ambitious project so we are still seeking financial assistance from individuals and businesses. We need the community’s support to help us bring this wonderful artistic creation fully and proudly to life on the Capitol Theatre stage. Anyone who wants to contribute to the new opera production can do so by logging onto our website at and then clicking on ‘Funding’.” Horswill added that anyone interested in getting an advance taste of what this new opera will sound like can find several completed selections from KHAOS on the website that they can listen to with a simple click of the mouse. The theme of KHAOS is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in the contemporary world of climate change and looming global disaster. The opera asks the question “What if Persephone were prevented from returning to the upper world to console her mother, Demeter? In her grief and despair, would Demeter, the God of Fertility, end life on Earth as we know it?” For more information visit

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The Express would like to extend many bouquets of flowers to the patrons of Bigby Place who, for more than 10 years, have delivered the Express reliably to about 30 per cent of Nelson’s residential dwellings. While we are sad to have to stop working with these wonderful people, we are joyful to have had the opportunity to work with them and for the support they have given us over the years.

Fish Heads and Flowers Flowers to my favourite Subway worker who always remembers my order and makes me smile and laugh. Your awesome personality and winning attitude brighten my afternoon! Sub Addict Flowers and thank you so much to the best staff person in the local toy store who found my wallet, phoned me and returned it during the busy Christmas season. It was the best gift of all! Grateful Fish Heads to hit and run drivers. You must have known that you damaged my parked vehicle, but you just left. Remember: Karma... Unhappy motorist Fish Heads to the neighbour who has the strength to carry their shovel around and ask how I am, but does not have the strength to lift up that shovel to help me clear my driveway. A courteous person would have at least asked if I needed help! Plowed-in Flowers to the man in my life who has made me believe that there are such things as miracles. Every week you are too sick to help me out around the house but MIRACULOUSLY you get better by Friday afternoon so that you can go out and party with your friends. Witness to weekly miracles! Flowers to the 94 year-old man that my kids and I met in the bank line up recently. Your gesture of friendliness and your words of wisdom will live in my heart for a very long time. You make the world a shinier place. I hope we meet you again. Counting my blessings A bouquet of flowers to the grade five student at our school who organized the food bank fundraiser. Your efforts will be much appreciated... good job! Proud of you Flowers to the wonderful crew of the Osprey for decorating the boat so nicely over the holidays. The tree on top looked so awesome. Wowed passenger Flowers to the guy who made our morning. It’s not often you see people picking up trash (as opposed to littering), and this morning we got to witness this rare event. People seem to see our neighbourhood as a dumping ground for all sorts of things, so it was refreshing to see someone helping to keep our area clean. Thanks! Pleased and grateful

Flowers to the man picking up trash on our street. As we stood on our porch having coffee, we noticed an empty bottle lying on the sidewalk. We always pick up the garbage in front of our house, but a concientious young man beat us to it. Thanks for keepin’ it clean! Thankful for your efforts Fish Heads to people who use the seats on public transit as foot rests. Unnecessary wear and tear costs money, which in turn increases fares. A bus is not a flop house. Transit user Fish Heads to some employers who are hiring. Despite the fast pace these days, the least you could do is to give applicants the opportunity for a faceto-face interview to reveal our true personality. Just because we are in financial distress and can’t afford to dress top-notch, doesn’t mean we are all lazy bums. Word around town is that if you don’t know anyone internally where you’re applying, you don’t have a chance at the job. Welcome to our freespirited and friendly town of Nelson. Still unemployed Flowers and many many many words of gratitude to the residents Nelson who have stepped up for the victims of the January apartment fire. Hearts afire Flowers to those and that which when gathered together manifested the Kerr building — a landmark and a space to call home in an outstanding community. R.I.P Fish Heads to the cold-hearted individual who stole my five year-old’s skis. Who would do such a thing? Disheartened in the snow Flowers to the ever increasing number of Nelsonites who are clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice. You are making it safer for everyone! The mailman Fish Heads to the driver of the big, stinky pickup that spewed fumes all the way down Kootenay Street last week. I usually enjoy my walk to work, but had to change my course because of your lingering, blue emissions. Choked Flowers to my beautiful little niece, whose smile and bright eyes make me happy and hopeful. Lucky aunt

Pet of the Week

KITTY FINDS FOREVER HOME - Nelson BC. After three weeks at the SPCA shelter on Falls Street in Nelson, a little black cat named Bentley found his forever home on January 7. His new family loves him very much. He loves to play with flannel mice and bouncy balls. When he’s all tired out, he curls up next to whoever is on the couch for a good petting and purrs himself to sleep.

The Express was read everywhere...

even in Tenerife on the Canary Islands! Aysia and JoAnn Lowell are reading the Express and sharing news stories with the Italian father and son who photographed them off the coast of Africa, in Tenerife, Canary Islands. “Sigh,” say Aysia and JoAnn. “Our last hurrah with the Express...sniff... And the end of a Kootenay phenomenon of packing copies of the Express to take around the world.”

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Discover Canada without even leaving your living room! (submitted)

That’s what Katimavik, Canada’s leading national youth service organization, has to offer if you become a host family between February 27 and March 13, 2011. Our organization is presently looking for families who are willing to host Katimavik volunteers aged 17 to 21 from across Canada. Here is your chance to get to know a young person who is presently volunteering in your community while introducing them to your way of living! As part of Katimavik’s program, youth must spend 14 days in a host family of

the region they are volunteering in, so as to get a better grasp of the culture and local life. For some volunteers, this is also an excellent opportunity to benefit from a full-fledged linguistic immersion. This precious experience will be filled with discoveries for both your family and the volunteer(s). Each host family will receive a subsistence allowance for the host period. How can you become a billeting family? Contact us at 1-866-941-6589 (ext. 2209) and we will be happy to discuss opportunities with you! Each family that

hosts a Katimavik volunteer receives a stipend to offset costs. The Katimavik group arrived in Nelson on January 5 and will live in the community for the next three months, before heading to Matane, Quebec, to continue their six-month program. The group is comprised of six young women and five young men who are living in a house rented by Katimavik and are supervised by a Project Leader who lives with them. These volunteers are working five days a week at local non-forprofit organizations includ-

ing: (Nelson Cares Society, Nelson District Youth Center, Camp Koolaree, AFKO, Kootenay Kids, the Women’s Center, the EcoSociety, Kootenay Coop Radio, and the Salvation Army). Katimavik promotes civic engagement and fosters sustainable communities through challenging national youth service programs. Since 1977, Katimavik has enabled more than 30,000 Canadians to be involved in more than 2,000 communities throughout Canada. Volunteers between the ages of 17 and 21 live with 10 other youth from across the country in one or two communities. They commit to volunteering in the context of a six-month program where they will provide work 28 to 35 hours a week for a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Youth also benefit from Katimavik’s structured learning program that focuses on the development of lifelong personal, professional and social competencies in the areas of civic engagement, healthy lifestyle, cultural discovery, official languages, communication, environmental stewardship and project coordination. For further information on Katimavik please visit or visit our blog at

Rally to keep Jumbo wild! Saturday, Feb. 5 at Central School, 811 Stanley Street The Eco Society invites one and all to a rally intended to send a loud and clear message to the Provincial Government that West Kootenay residents want grizzlies, not gondolas, in the Purcell Mountains. A decision is expected from the Provincial government in early spring, so now is a critical time to speak out. To volunteer, or for more information on the rally, contact the West Kootenay EcoSociety at (250) 354-1909 or

Introducing ONYX SAPPHIRE RHYNOLD-DOBIE, this year’s New Year Baby!


om Nicole tells us that she woke at 5:30 a.m. on January 1, her due date, in early labour. She was in disbelief that her labour was beginning on her actual due date. Labour progressed normally throughout the day and, with the help of midwife Lana Knoll and friend/doula/birthcoach Jessica Kelly, Onyx Sapphire was born at 9:45 that night. Oxyx’s older brothers, Elwyn (5) and Xavier (3), witnessed Onyx’s entrance into the Nicole Rhynold & Tyler Dobie proudly present Oxyx world. Sapphire, born at home on January 1 at 9:45 p.m. “We feel extra lucky to have had the New Year baby for the area, and we won a few hundred dollars’ worth of gifts from Nelson merchants,” say the parents. “Onyx’s birthday is pretty magical: 01/01/11,” adds Nicole. Tyler, born and raised in part in Nelson, and Nicole, originally from Etobicoke, Ontario, met at the Logger Sports event during Kaslo May Days in 2004. Onyx Sapphire was 8.1 lbs at birth.

���������� Thank you to the New Year Baby sponsors! Items donated were. .. ANNIE’S BOUTIQUE: Bug & Pickle diaper gel, baby butter and burp pad

INVESTORS GROUP: Book, Money and Youth

SAFEWAY: $20 gift card

BABY WELCOME HOSTESS: Baby booties, baby basket

KOOTENAY CO-OP: Book, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

SEARS: $100 gift certificate



CURVES: One-month-free certificate, self breast exam kit, tote bag, water bottle, magazine and t-shirt

MONEY CONCEPTS/INVESTIA: Fleece travel blanket NELSON AND DISTRICT CREDIT UNION: Toy, water bottle, shirt

SONJA’S CHINA CABINET: Musical bassinet figurine

HANDSELS: Book, New Mom Eat Your Peas; first tooth pillow; album; booties

OTTER BOOKS: Book, On the Night You Were Born

VOGUE STUDIOS: 11” x 14” portrait


opinions&letters Street Talk: The Express is ceasing publication. Do you have any comments?

BRAWLS MAKE PLAYERS LOOK BAD Dear Editor, My nine year old son has become a great hockey fan. I went with him to watch the Nelson Leafs play the Kelowna Chiefs. The skills of the players were good to see and the game had many fine moments. However, the stupid brawls that erupted time and again turned the game into an ugly spectacle which I found quite stomach-turning. What disturbs me also is that the referees not only refused to stop the fights but actually cleared space for them to occur. The brawls make the players look bad, and set them up to put on for the crowd a worthless fight. I wish the fans could organize and say “enough is enough.” Who really wants these fights to be an essential component of the game? They demean the sport and provide for the many young kids watching damaging ideas regarding violence. Has hockey ceased to be a model of sportsmanship in our culture? T. Hardy, Nelson

ASBESTOS AND AIR SYSTEMS I’m very sad the Express won’t be there anymore. It’s where we saw everything, what was happening. We trusted this paper. I had my own picture in there a couple times. It made me happy. Azilda Leblanc, Nelson

It was a great paper. I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m from out of town, and it was how I kept up on what’s going on. I loved Fishheads and Flowers. You need community newspapers to keep everybody informed. It’s a shame that it is closing. Gary Willman, Silverton

Dear Editor, When we bought our home in Uphill Nelson, we had an inspection done by an excellent inspection company. They cautioned us that the shingles on our home were made with asbestos, and located two pieces of probable asbestos paper in the basement which were insulating some of our electrical wires from the heating ducts. Nothing to worry about. What we later discovered was that there was more of that asbestos paper hidden in the house -- lots more. According to the heating contractor we called in, there is no logical reason for this, but the air intake duct-work for our forced air heating system in our home is lined with asbestos paper. We had a sample analyzed to be sure. Yes indeed: Asbestos in our air circulation system. I confess, we didn’t have the air itself tested to see if the paper had deteriorated enough to put fibres in the air. We just sealed that puppy up as fast as we could and made a new air intake for the furnace. We also contacted the previous owners and let them know about our findings. I called the City of Nelson to see if we could find out the name of the original heating contractor, but unfortunately the records on our home do not go back that far. Perhaps our heating system is one of a kind. Perhaps the original homeowner was a do-it-yourselfer with a passion for fireproofing. I hope so. But on the off chance that this was done to someone else’s home in Nelson, I have to speak up. Our home was built in 1950. The Asbestos paper is thick and grey. We had to really look down in the vent with a flashlight to see it. I urge others to check their air systems because, while asbestos is usually best left undisturbed, it becomes a health hazard when fibres are released into the air we breathe. Robin Murray, Nelson

Editor’s note: Please use extreme caution when looking for potential asbestos hazards in your home. According to Kootenay Hazmat Services, you should wear respiratory protection while investigating, and should not tear, puncture or otherwise disturb suspected asbestos materials. Consult a professional first.


I know how good it is to have a really good community paper. My husband used to write for the Express as well, so I’m really sad. When a paper closes you lose colour, you lose life, you lose detail. The losses are too great. Donna Jean Wright, New Denver

The closure is just not a good idea. This paper is the community’s voice and the closure is taking that away. Don Paltinger, Kaslo

Dear Editor, I was saddened to hear of the fire at the Kerr building, a home to many and a Nelson landmark. As the owners of the building, the Olanders have been instrumental in facilitating much needed, moderately priced accommodations there for over 20 years. This fire represents a great loss in our community. I have fond memories of Annette Olander overhearing my quest for a landing spot when I first moved to town, and my subsequent tenancy in one of the nicer apartments at the Kerr. Walking by today, I see blue skies through the rafters of what was originally a very beautiful and elegant building. Jade Giesen, Nelson

THANK YOU FROM KERR RESIDENT Dear Editor, Thank you, thank you, thank you to the residents of Nelson. I moved here almost three years ago and lived at the Kerr appartments since then. I was starting a new life and building a home. I loved my apartment and the dynamics of the building. Thank you to Annette and Armand for the tenancy; you were wonderful. But that is over now and it’s time to start anew. This community has overwhelmed me with its generosity and support. I can’t express how touched I am that you came out and shared your love and possessions. You are making a bad situation much more tolerable for many people with your care and kindness. To all the people who fought the fire and provided relief and support (and continue to do so): I want to hug you all. You are heroes. To all the people from other areas who donated time, money and other contributions: you are amazing. I feel that there is a silver lining that will remain

forever, even after the cloud disappears. That silver lining is the knowledge that I live in the best place on Earth, with the most beautiful people, and that there is a Kootenay community that is healthy, strong and vibrant. I love you, Nelson, BC. Thank you.

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stepped up to help us. I hope everyone involved is able stay positive and heal after this tragic event in our lives. Best wishes to all. Brent James and family, Nelson

Laurence Cheng, Nelson

A MULTITUDE OF BEEPS Dear Editor, In keeping with the public’s design that one may make a complaint to the proper authorizes, I had made a response of one last week to the Public Works Department; seemingly, it was ignored. Therefore, I must render an account of what took place again – just a few nights ago – on the residential streets of our peaceful town, Nelson. Imagine if you will, the hour approximately 1 a.m., where such a calamity of noise arose abruptly — penetrating persistently — right through my bedroom’s window. The many others who were also rudely made awake were thus arrested by the havoc of a multitude of beeps; and, forced in listening to at least three sorts of engines that compounded it, were also struck by the perplexity that it was produced without foresight in such the late hour. As the sleepless pondered on this and someone of authority’s lack of consciousness, they must have felt, like me, a terrible conviction of the uncertainty of being participants in the taxes attributed to this necessary but improperly regulated service. And I, seemingly statuesque in attendance from my window’s view, all this was indeed sustained with a holding star, which in conjunction with the general confusion of the many trucks misappropriated at this wee hour, conveyed the impression that my earlier complaint, though made politely, was merely taken as an insult. And all this time while standing before what could appear as my complaint’s consequence, I beheld the same abysmal perspective of another night of sleep approaching sheer ruin. In regards to the obliteration of this neighborhood’s tranquility and peacefulness, the workers themselves too – in this moonlit vicinity – would journey this ill-mannered course a long time (40 minutes) with my astonishment for their lack of the consciousness. With the exemption of many hard working employees within this necessary organization, we should hear a different letter than this; and I better had scripted it so; but in truth, you might of said their vehicle’s persistent beeping only hesitated in continuity between two realms of annoyance: that of a good night’s sleep doomed, and that of a recurring nightmare. With one discriminating eye staring with congenial forbearance into the callousness of someone’s oversight, and that protruding other, indiscriminately out of its socket from the maddening thought of it all, I somehow retained my cool; for there will always be – at least – that fresh breath of wisdom ushering forth still from the heavens and in through my closed window… that there must be still another option. Hence, when I turned my eyes from this Dr. Zeus nightmare and my ears from the upheaval of noise this circus resurrected, (beep, beep, beep, simultaneously from not one but three trucks) the intense need of ear plugs had again been summoned as a consolation; thus, for a next day’s immediate purchase. Trinity De ‘la Falcons, Nelson

REFLECTIONS ON THE FIRE AT THE KERR Dear Editor, It has been some time since a fire destroyed the Kerr apartment building. My family was in the building at the time of the fire. Everyone got out safely thanks to being awoken by the fire alarms. I recall the alarms in every apartment being serviced during the previous month. I would like to thank the people who came to our apartment in the panic of the fire to see if we were out safely. Also I need to give thanks to those in the community who were involved with giving and organizing donations. Your time was appreciated by all who needed your help. The Kerr building was a piece of Nelson history that will live on in my mind. It was a place where many people found a first footing in Nelson. The Kerr had low rent and owners who accepted people, their pets and their friends. Students and artists will remember good times at the Kerr. Young people in their first home will remember also. It is tragic that this history will not continue. Where will this type of affordable housing be in Nelson now that the Kerr is gone? I want to express my sympathy to those who lost pets in the fire; I really feel for you. Also to those who lost their possessions. I hope everyone is ok. I would like to thank Annette and Armand for coming to the Kerr the evening of the fire with a list of tenants’ names to make sure everyone was accounted for. They cared about the people in the building. I am thankful for my life and my family, for the people in the Kerr who showed they cared about each other the night of the fire and afterwards, and the people who

AN EXPRESSION OF APPRECIATION Dear Editor, I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the residents and the owners of the Kerr Apartments. I have been a frequent weekend visitor at the Kerr since helping my brother move into his apartment there in 2005. The tone in the building was a welcoming one. I would like to thank all the people of Nelson for the help and support they have so kindly shown my brother and everyone affected by the tragic fire. Donna Caruso, Grand Forks

LET US SUSPEND JUDGMENT Dear Editor, I felt my heart break when I smelled the smoke and heard that the Kerr building had burned down in the night. Immediate thoughts about the tenants’ losses and needs raced into all of our minds. Expressions of “They’ll need shoes... They’ll need breakfast...” were heard in the streets, in businesses, over phone lines, and over the Internet. This community came together and, within hours even of the tragedy, countless people mobilized to meet the needs of those unfortunate members of our community. This support reafirmed for me why I live in Nelson -- despite the challenges around making a living and finding affordable housing here. Unfortunately, mixed in with the support and sympathy, there were also expressions of blame. I understand that tragedy and loss can stimulate feelings of helplessness, frustration and anger. Although when we are upset it is hard to resist the urge to blame, scapegoat, and accuse, it does not in any way help find a solution to the crisis that needs to be addressed. The building offered some of the rare affordable housing available in this town. Many of its residents have been key in our local art and music scenes and have contributed to the diversity that makes Nelson such a destination for visitors and a dynamic home for locals. The building owners offered a lot of understanding over the years to many residents who passed through the Kerr -- and I know this because I was one of those residents 20 years ago. The Kerr was my first home in Nelson. In the summer of 1992, my Mother and I arrived in town after a three month road trip across Canada and the U.S. We were looking for home, a community we could commit to. We sat in the Alley Way Cafe while a thunderstorm raged outside. We were soaked and travel weary, yet excited that we had arrived. A voice spoke to us in the cafe: “Are you ladies looking for a home?” Annette raised her eyebrows, smiled at us, and sipped her coffee. After breakfast, we walked over to the Kerr with Annette. There was music playing in the halls of the building, and although we had not yet met our neighbours, we felt comfortable and happy to have such a dynamic place to belong. Within its walls was fertile soil. While living there we witnessed many people pulling their lives together, catching their breath, blossoming, and eventually outgrowing the Kerr and moving on to new opportunities and next steps. There have been many beautiful eras at the Kerr building. Sascha Galt, Nelson


We are in the process of compiling a list of email addresses so that we can keep the community upto-date about local events and our future endeavours after our closure in February. If you would like to be included on this list and receive semiregular updates from us, please send us an email to editor@expressnews. with “mailing list” in the subject line. We look forward to continued communication! — Nelson Becker and the team at the Express.

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MOVING FORWARD Editorial, Nelson Becker In the days since we announced the closure of the Express, many people have approached me with ideas and suggestions as to how we might be able to continue publication. I am certainly open to any ideas that might enable the Express to continue its longterm role in our community. One of the suggestions put forth has been that we begin to charge for the Express. On the surface this is a good idea, but the reality is that the paper would then be less valuable to advertisers since our distribution of 12,500 would be sure to drop dramatically. Even in its heyday more than 20 years ago, the Nelson Daily News had a circulation of approximately 5,000. When the Daily News closed, its circulation was in the 3,000 range. If the Express were no longer delivered to every door for free, and its circulation consequently dropped, we would not be able to charge the same advertising rates as we now do. In addition, the cost of collecting the money people would pay for the Express would be high. However, having said all this, I remain open to considering this possibility. I don’t want to leave any stone unturned in exploring future possibilities for this newspaper. Another idea put forth has been that we reduce our publishing frequency to every other week, or even to once a month. However, the costs of rent and utilities will not

A WEEKLY EXPRESS LOVE STORY... Dear Editor, The Express is how I met my wife! I believe it was her first assignment as Arts Reporter to interview me about the Millennium Mural I was painting on the side of Pharmasave. She interviewed me, or more accurately, I interviewed her. As it turned out, we fell in love, bought our house, traveled to Bolivia, and nine years later we are raising our son Christopher as we continue our adventure together in Nelson. So, Nelson Becker, thank you for sending Fiona to me, and thank you for operating the Express for 22 years and contributing so much to our community! Brian McLachlan, Nelson

MP WEIGHS IN ON EXPRESS CLOSURE Dear Editor, As a reader of the Express, I am saddened by the closure of this vibrant community newspaper. In the last issue, Nelson Becker had a chance to share his thoughts and reflections with us. I would like to personally thank him for his efforts in keeping this strong community voice alive over the years. There are not many independent community newspapers left in British Columbia, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to compete with the major chains. For various reasons, as he explained to us, Nelson was no longer able to remain competitive and, as a result, the Express has ceased to exist. Thanks again to you, Nelson, and your staff for providing us with a quality community newspaper. Alex Atamanenko, MP, BC Southern Interior

NELSON CARES AND THE EXPRESS Dear Editor, Nelson CARES Society’s Supported Employment Program (formerly Career Development Services) has had a long and exciting partnership with the Express, and we are sorry to see that come to an end with the closure of your paper. This partnership between the Express and our program’s participants started about 11 years ago, and it has offered meaningful, longstanding employment opportunities for many adults with disabilities in our community. As of January 2011, our participants (your carriers) manage 25 routes around the City of Nelson. They were very sad to hear that the newspaper is closing and will miss their weekly employment. I was very fortunate to meet with the carriers each week when they came in to pick up their papers for delivery. I witnessed their excitement, pride and dedication to this work. And on the weeks when I would accompany some of them on their routes, I witnessed big smiles, thank yous, and friendships in action (and sometimes a gift of chocolate, candy canes, or cookies!). They will miss hitting the streets of Nelson and sharing the Express with the community! On their behalf, I would like to share some of the thoughts and reactions from our newspapers carriers and their support staff as they wind down their work with the Express: Jason:


“I really liked delivering to every house on my route. I can’t remember when I started, but it’s been a really long time. I know people on my route and liked to say hello to them.” “The job gets me out and moving. I liked going to all

change, no matter how often we publish. Also, a weekly paper is appealing to advertisers because frequent publication means they can change their ads regularly and keep them more current. The question as I see it is, can we create a weekly print publication that would resist engaging in local rivalries? One that would stand apart and offer to advertisers what they cannot find elsewhere? Yet another suggestion has been that we hold fundraisers. While my idealism is no different than it was when I worked in the non-profit sector, and although this idea touches me deeply, the Express is supposed to be a “for profit” business, and I would therefore not feel comfortable using money that had been fundraised to meet the paper’s operating costs. Ideas keep coming. Is there a way to develop some sort of membership, for instance? As is likely obvious from my comments in our last issue, I am open to the possibility of creating a new local publication. The Express met many of this community’s needs; however, our business model was not viable. Whatever venture I embark upon next will meet two important requirements: first, it will be of service to our community and, second, it will be financially viable. Whatever happens, the Express needs time to restructure. This past couple of weeks we have been blessed with the help of a former employee who worked with us seven years ago. She has been emptying the office of old papers and is finding material marked “recycle now” -- in her own handwriting -from seven or more years ago! Many people have expressed their sadness about the end of the newspaper. While I too am sad, I

the businesses and talking to people.” “I am going to miss the Arts and Entertainment information. I will also miss supporting Kim doing her job.” Giselle: “I liked how great the Express is with the community, particularly the community of people we support. They are so accepting.“ Marlene: “I’m going to miss all the businesses and talking to all the people. I’ll miss the people at the Express.” Claire: “I liked the exercise and seeing all the people on the route. It was really nice to talk to people on my route.” Cara: “The Express offered a sense of connection. It provided a sense of belonging with co-workers and employers. It was a meaningful employment. I appreciated the overwhelming support for people with disabilities. Nelson [Becker] was a good boss.”

truly believe that everything happens for the best. Sometimes we just can’t see it in times of transitions or endings, and sometimes the knowledge that things are as they should be is a long time coming. Although they lived in New York, my parents made it possible for the Express to continue as long as it has. From a very early age, when I was confronted with hardship, they told me that every cloud has a silver lining. Please join with me in envisioning and creating the silver lining of our closure. Some people have suggested boycotting the Nelson Star, but I am not interested in putting anybody out of business. It is important to proceed positively rather than negatively. I do understand, however, that the community needs and wants diversity in communications media. In order for those needs to be met, I would recommend that you utilize and support Kootenay Co-op Radio and The Valley Voice, as well as the various locally-owned web-based news and information services. As I have said before, I am not retiring. I will continue to be a part of this community. I do want to hear from people, and although our office will close, my email box is always open. Until our next step is decided, we will be sending out a semi-regular e-mail to keep people informed about where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. To join this email list or to get in touch with me, please write to or nbecker@uniserve. com.


To close, I would like to share a story about one of your community newspaper carriers. Peter has one of the largest routes. He does the route very quickly, but with so much attention and care. When he gets to each house to drop off the paper, he carefully takes the paper out of his bag, and folds it in half. He makes sure the fold is crisp and clean, making for a perfectly flat newspaper. He then carefully opens the mail box and gently places the Express inside. If the paper is to go through a slot in the door, he gives a little wave to say goodbye to the Express when it slides through the slot. He treats every house with attention, thoughtfulness, and dignity. He is admired by the people on his route. Some come out to see him do his route, or watch him through the window. One neighbour comes out to play the guitar and they enjoy some music together. I think the neighbourhood is going to miss Peter. I think they’ll miss seeing someone love his job so much. The Express is more than just the loss of a community newspaper. It is also, in a way, the loss of community, as being a newspaper carrier is one of the most active, social ways to connect within a community. This work has meant a great deal to so many people and will be sorely missed and hard to replace. Thank you, Express, for this great opportunity and your support of community inclusion. Yours sincerely, Alison Roy, Supported Employment Program Manager, Nelson

A WORD FROM ARGENTA Dear Editor, I’m sorry to see the Express go. The second-to-last edition was one of the best. It’s too bad we, the readers, did not know about the troubles. Maybe we could have convinced the advertisers to stay. Out here in Argenta, for example, we will not know anymore what is going on in Nelson culturally and otherwise. My hope for the future is that someone in Nelson can create an alternative and political internet newspaper that informs us about things happening in Nelson -- something like the co-op radio, but to be read on line. Uli Holtkamp, Argenta

COMMUNITY CONNECTION Dear Editor, Thank you for best paper I have seen in many countries. The

weekly arrival of the Express was an anticipated event in a busy week, a chance to sit and connect with our community. The paper has been an intimate, colourful, interesting, warm friend. It was a great success! Good luck in your future endeavours. Your warm personality will ensure success in anything you do. Bonnie Lee, Nelson

A TRANSPLANT FROM TORONTO SPEAKS UP Dear Editor, So sorry to hear you are having to close the Express. Yet another independent voice silenced; it will be missed in my mailbox each week. As a relative newcomer from the Toronto area, I have been disappointed by an evident lack of support for local press. First the Nelson Daily News and now the Express. Very sad. Diana, Nelson

A SHORT STORY BY EA ANDERSON, 13 Dear Editor, I do not like this shut down at all. You are our only local newspaper left, and you’re just going to quit on us? Even though you do not print comics, we kinda sorta love you guys. Oh sorry, introductions, right? I am Ea Anderson. Thirteen. Blue eyes, brown hair, five foot something. If you see me on the street, be sure to say hello. I was kinda hoping to get something published in your newspaper, but since you guys are just up and leaving, my dreams have been quite dashed. My brother Malacai, who is 19, was also hoping to submit some things. He is a very fine artist, and he has a comic called “Shop.” I thought it would quite improve your newspaper overall. So, basically, we like you guys, you’re great, please don’t leave. I guess this is my last chance to have something published in the Express, so... I wrote a short story a while back. It’s a real downer and it’s not my favourite, but I would be SO HAPPY if you guys would print this in the next issue. Alright, here it is. It’s called: “One Last Tear For Loneliness.” Once there was a girl. She wasn’t very nice, and she had close to no friends, but she thought the world of herself. When she began to doubt her sureness, she would eat, so she didn’t have the skinniest waist. But that didn’t really matter. One rainy afternoon she decided she must fall in love before the moon came up. But none of the boys in the world would have anything to do with her. So she went outside and asked the rain clouds to drift down and share her warm home. But they ignored her, like any sane being would. So she reasoned with the peaking sun, and just when she thought she might have it, it dipped behind a cloud, hiding its face. She hung her head heavily and went inside to beg Father Time to give her a few more hours before the moon showed, but he only sped things up. Just to be cruel. When her desire was blanketed with moonbeams, she opened her front door and emerged in a dress the color of dreams. A dress that was sure to capture the moon’s interest and convince it to go back behind the mountain a little while longer. But as she laid her bare foot upon the cold cobblestones, and …continued on page 9

opinions&letters glanced up to see the bright sky, she had a slight epiphany. She had wanted to love before the cloak of darkness; she was so certain the night was the end of all hope. But she now saw the night as a beginning. She gave a long speech proclaiming her love and adoration, and asked if the moon would accept her beating heart. She was so sure of the answer. He slowly shook his head and smiled sadly. “Not even if you paid me.” She cried. She sobbed, there, washed in moonlight. She cried more than a river, she cried many rivers. She cried several oceans. Her internal well had all but dried. She turned to the water and pleaded, as a last attempt at happiness. Pleaded the salty waters to once again be a part of her. The oceans froze. And one last tear, one she had thought already shed and gone, slipped out. The end. Ea Anderson, 13, Nelson

THANKS FROM THE ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM Dear Editor, The Nelson and Area Elder Abuse Prevention Program (located at 719 Vernon Street) would like to express our gratitude to Nelson Becker and the Express for your support from the day we opened our doors to the last edition of the paper. You have supported seniors’ issues in many ways long before our arrival on the scene. A thank you from the Resource Centre senior volunteers representing Balfour, Kaslo, Harrop/Proctor, Nelson, Riondel, Salmo and Lower Slocan Valley. We salute you, you will be missed. Yvonne Shewfelt, Nelson and area EAPP

A BRIEF GOOD BYE Dear Editor, I have enjoyed the Express over the last few years and will miss it very much.




Dear Editor, My dismay at the closing of The Express goes beyond the loss of yet another North American newspaper. I feel a personal sadness at the demise of a publication that gave me my first real start in journalism, a career that has given me so many incredible experiences all over the world, and his always kept me believing I’m doing something meaningful with my life. Working as the editor of The Express back in the ‘90s cemented my understanding of the role a good newspaper can play in giving voice to a community’s people and keeping them informed about the social, political, economic and environmental issues that swirl through every region, city, town and village. I was fortunate to land in Nelson after journalism school in California and a short stint at a paper there. And I was blessed to land in the editor’s chair at The Express, working for Nelson Becker, whose goal of covering all the important and interesting stories in the region created a perfect crucible for a new journalist. He gave me boundless encouragement, and the freedom to report and photograph events as I saw them, no matter how controversial the subject matter. My career path took me from Nelson to Calgary, then to Vancouver, where I now work as a news columnist at The Province. About once a year, I get a chance to work overseas in places that blow my mind and break my heart. I couldn’t be happier about where journalism has taken me, and I’ll always be grateful to Nelson – the man and the city – for providing such a formative beginning. Ethan Baron, The Province, Vancouver

WHAT NEW WILL COME? Dear Editor, The kids and I have read this paper since our arrival in Nelson in 2009. I am saddened by the loss of this independent community paper and all of what that represents in our corporate world. At the same time, I am excited for what new things will come out of this community and Nelson Becker in the future. Dana, Anna and Sage, Nelson

Bob Dean, Nelson



Dear Editor, I am sure many Nelsoners will agree with me as I express (no pun intended) my deepest regret about having to live without the Express. I have had the pleasure of living in this beautiful town for 15 years and the Express newspaper has always been part of Nelson to me, a community paper I could relate to, a paper that brought all of us together -- even from all over the world as the pictures of readers indicated. I will very much miss the April first editions and I am happy to have kept many of them. We had many laughs with and about the people that were actually fooled by the stories. Thank you so much Nelson Becker for having been with us and I sure hope you will reappear in a way that will bring us all together again.

Dear Editor, I suppose all good things must come to an end; however, that does not change the fact that I am deeply saddened at the end of yet another local newspaper. I will miss the articles, fish heads and flowers, and of course the classifieds. But mostly I will miss how the Express, like the NDN, helped to bring together our special community. Goodbye Express, it was a good ride!

Cattarina Henriksan, Nelson

MEMORIES OF NELSON’S NEW AGE ENTREPRENEUR Dear Editor, I arrived in this wee mountain town in 1987, and first ran across Mr. N. Becker as he introduced someone to the Capital Theatre stage. At the time one of his ideas had morphed into a music promotion company called Oasis Productions. I think Garnett Rogers referred to him later that evening as Nelson’s ‘New Age Entrepreneur.’ The title was appropriate. As the Express newspaper evolved it soon reflected the full spectrum of life in the Nelson and area community. Arts, music, health, gardening, environmental awareness, fish heads, flowers, Dr. Science, seniors’ columns, free want ads, and an editorial that was always urging respectful opinions and cooperation. A great symbol of Nelson pride was to squeeze your image into their pages reading the Express in some farflung corner of the world. Mine made it in from a torrentially wet day in Cape Breton. Then, when I chose to become more involved in community affairs, I immediately became involved with the Express. In the City’s centennial year as a few of us were working on the waterfront pathway project, dropping by the Express to suggest a photo or story became part of my routine. Later on, when a large group was trying to encourage the Health Campus concept, Nelson Becker offered to work with us to create a four- page spread on the history of hospitals in Nelson and the need for better facilities. While working with the Hospital Foundation in the past, and over the course of the more recent CT Scanner Campaign, the Express staff always did what they could to share our message. That in turn reflected the publisher’s belief that strong health care and a strong local culture are cornerstones for a caring community. Then, of course, there’s the growing “Summertime Shorts Film Festival” each August in the park. It has provided a fabulous outlet to view rarely seen local films and again shows how the Express was in tune with sectors of the community that aren’t always represented. It offered us a balance and did it with flair. Thanks to everyone who worked at the paper over the years. It’s been fun. Brian May, Nelson

A LOSS STRONGLY FELT Dear Editor, I was saddened to hear that you will be printing your last issue of the Express News. It will be a loss strongly felt in this community. My entire family reads your very interesting and informative editions. The classifieds are something that I have subscribed to on a regular basis. If there is any way to revive this much appreciated newspaper, please let us know. Thank you. Janet Koftinoff, Nelson

Anna Colin, Nelson

EGGS, SUSTAINABILITY, AND THE EXPRESS Dear Editor, It is sad day to see the end of the Express come to pass – a local paper that was owned and written by the people for the people. We would like to express our thanks for the years of coverage of issues that really matter to our city, in particular: food security, environmental sustainability, healthy living, and community involvement. This great newspaper will be missed as the fight for these important causes carries on. Thanks for everything. HENS (Homegrown Eggs for Nelson Sustainability)

A WORD FROM OUR PRINTER Dear Editor, Horizon Publications would like to thank Nelson Becker and all of the staff at the Express for the opportunity to work with a first class community newspaper. It is sad to see an independently published newspaper cease production due to our economic environment. We wish Nelson Becker all the best in the future.

February 2, 2011


for my friend Nelson Becker, and excited to see what amazing projects he comes up with next. He loves our town a lot and is full of ideas to enrich our community. He gave us the Summer Shorts Festival, the festival guide (I helped start that! It’s grown gigantic!), and for 22 years he gave us the Express. Thank you for that, Nelson. There are so few independent newspapers left in BC, and now there will be one fewer. If Cottonwood Kitchens, and Kootenay Moon were to close because Linens ‘n Things opened here, what would people say? What would they do? How much power do we have, as a community, to stop something like that from happening? A corporately owned newspaper will never have the same feeling as the Express. When you finish reading this issue, you won’t just be done reading the Express - you’ll be done reading the Express. So goodbye, Express, and thank you for all you have given me over the years. I know you’ll be missed -- perhaps by a high school student dreaming of journalistic fame and not finding inspiration at her work experience, not finding her footing to try out a future career. Jennie Phoenix, Nelson

A WINDOW INTO OUR REGION’S CULTURES Dear Editor, Thank you Nelson and your highly skilled staff for your 22 years of insight, hard work, and perseverance that made the Express a unique and fascinating cultural newspaper. With the loss of the Express, we will also lose insights into the many cultures that share this beautiful region. As someone stated recently in The Valley Voice, Gordon Campbell has succeeded in his “new era” goal of privatizing most of the province’s resources and, to some extent, public institutions such as education, health, and social services, while also breaking collective agreements with unions. For nine years, Campbell’s Liberals have put BC through the “shock doctrine” so eloquently described by Naomi Klein in her frightening book titled The Shock Doctrine. With a lack of regulations safeguarding public media, corporations have been able to stifle public awareness and debate, subvert democracy, and make it more difficult for communities to learn of plans being developed by different levels of government and private interests -- plans that could have negative impacts on our environment and on our health. The loss of the Nelson Daily News and the Express leaves a void in the cultural, economic, intellectual, and social lives of the citizens of Nelson and its neighbouring communities. It’s hard to believe that people far away from us have the power to close the newspapers of many BC communities. But then, we’ve already experienced the power of distant boardrooms with regards to our forests, waters, and public institutions. Thank you again for keeping us so well informed. All the best to each of you. Margaret Hill , Crescent Valley

THE BEST “COVERAGE” Dear Editor, The Express newspaper was started the year I arrived in Nelson. So it was with sadness that I learned it will be stopping production. Through the years Nelson Becker has supported me and my artistic endeavours through continued coverage of the many events and shows I have done. This support nurtured and helped with the many successes I have experienced over the years. I remember one particular photo that the Express published of me bending over in a state of undress, with flowers strategically placed over certain areas. The photo caused a lot of controversy. It was some of the best “coverage” I ever had! Thank you Nelson for your support of me and the arts and artists of this town. The Express will be missed. Good luck in your new adventures. Michael Graham, Nelson

Don Roberts, Horizon Publications, Vancouver

GOODBYE EXPRESS Dear Editor, This is my last chance to write something for the Express. Those reading this issue are holding in their hands a piece of history. I want to write something amazing, witty and sweet to express how I feel about this paper, but I doubt that I have that journalistic skill. When I was a teenager, I dreamed of being a journalist, and have actually had one commentary published in the Express (and, interestingly, that one was filled with memories as well. I wrote a piece when Heather Bishop came to town in 1999, as I’d listened to her music since I was a child). As well as that commentary, I’ve had a photo published, the birth announcements for my two children, countless classified ads, and have had my own photo in the paper several times. Like many Nelsonites, my relationship with the Express is long, has history, and is varied. My first memory of the Express: I was 13, and had recently moved to town. The April Fools front page stated that Madonna had bought Blaylock’s mansion. I was excited. Upon realizing it was a joke I was even more excited -- to live in a town with a paper that had a sense of humour. In order to start my desired journalistic career, I did my high school work experience at the Express. It turned out I didn’t really want to write. Now I do want to write but can’t seem to find the right words. For those residents who have lived here a long time, as I feel I have, the recent closure of the Nelson Daily News was huge. 22 years is not 109, but for most Nelsonites the Express has been a fixture. For some, like me, it was here first and has seemed to have always been here. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that it won’t continue. How do I feel about the end of this community newspaper? I will feel its absence and am somewhat horrified. But I am happy

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A WORD FROM DR. SCIENCE Dear Editor, I will miss the Express. The Express has been an expression of a concept that Nelson Becker gave birth to many years ago now. It has been a paper and place that has fostered originality. I have found Nelson’s marks of thoughtfulness, inquisitiveness, passion, fairness, humour and respectfulness to have permeated the printed edition. I am thankful to the Express for accepting the idea of a Dr. Science column, and supporting it from the beginning. Looking back, it was a classic meeting with Nelson Becker that started it off. We met by chance at the Redfish Grill, and discussed the idea of a Dr. Science column over a bite to eat. It was interesting to me that it was completely informal, we discussed what the column would be about, and then shook hands and that was all there was to it. It was a voluntary column, and there was no agreement or particular restrictions in place other than it should be about 300 words long and be relevant to the Kootenays (pretty wide goal posts I would say!). It seemed to me that Nelson had an inherent sense that the Dr. Science column would be interesting for people to read, and, in fact, I believe he and the Express are responsible for creating a column the likes of which are not to be found elsewhere in Canada. The Express provided the opportunity for a scientist to communicate about scientific activities and technological concepts directly to the public. Also, the column was done in a way which stuck to scientific rigour, and aimed to say things as accurately as possible within the limits of uncertainty. This was a special situation, since in the newspaper industry I found it was unusual to permit the column writer to retain control over their written content. It seems to me that the Dr. Science column as delivered in the Express would not have occurred through a traditional newspaper. Thank you very much for being creative, original and taking a

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chance. My very best regards, and sincere best wishes to Nelson Becker and his staff in their next endeavours. Morgan Dehnel Ph.D., P.Eng. President D-Pace, Inc.

A WORD FROM THE HOUSE Dear Editor, In a world of concentrated corporate media, the independent provides a unique and essential voice. The Kootenay Express has been that voice for us since 1988 -- 22 years. We all had our favourite parts of the Express – editorials, arts and entertainment, horoscopes, columns, news, word on the street. Personally, I’ve never missed reading a Fish Heads and Flowers. Now that the Express is stopping the presses, we will miss that essential, unique, one-of-a-kind Kootenay voice. I will miss writing “Updates from the House” while at my desk in the BC Legislature. For me, that monthly column allowed me to tell you about the debates and events of the Legislature while I was there. It is sad to see the Express go. It has been a staple in our community media. But all good things come to an end, and for the Express, the end is much sooner than could be anticipated. For those who put the paper together over the years, I thank you. Your contributions enriched our lives, told our stories and captured our memories. Farewell.

their skills and resources to share in articles and columns. I will miss the photos of folks traveling with the Express. I will miss seeing so many people I know express opinions in Street Talk. I will miss the lovely colour pictures, the free ads, the campaigns, Nelson’s editorials, and much more. I regret that the readership wasn’t alerted six months ago that the ship was foundering, and given the opportunity to make a big noise at that time. Thanks Nelson Becker for your huge contribution. You have put your finger on the pulse of the spirit of community. May it be reborn in new and beautiful forms. Sandy, Near Slocan City

SORRY TO SEE IT GO Dear Editor, Through the years I’ve enjoyed your little paper very much. I looked forward to it every week. It always carried a list of different musicians appearing through out Nelson, and one of the better cross-word puzzles. I always enjoyed the questions on the street, and it always carried a managable amount of news. The flowers and fishheads were quite unique. I for one will be sorry to see it go. I will especially miss the crossword puzzles. May I suggest that they continue in the Valley Voice. From one who enjoyed it

Michelle Mungall, MLA Nelson-Creston

A CELEBRATION OF UNIQUENESS Dear Editor, It saddens me to see the demise of The Express. There is no doubt that a local paper that is uninfluenced by large corporate financial self-interest is able to represent Nelson honestly, pointedly, compassionately. By contrast, the marks of corporate self-interest are bottom-line profit and sentimentality. In the years I have read The Express, the publisher/editor has always presented our community in a lively, engaging way. Nelson Becker included everyone, and often advocated for our common good as people who are diverse but still very much neighbours. Such a perspective helps us all believe in our possibilities, engage our differences, and celebrate our uniqueness. With the end of this paper, we lose an edge, becoming a little more removed from the everyday man and woman. Nolan Gingrich, Nelson

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR Dear Editor, Thank you to the Express for featuring, listing, promoting, advertising, highlighting, photographing, interviewing, and supporting Oxygen Art Centre for six years. We will miss the invaluable contribution that the Express has made to the arts in this community, for encouraging and engaging Nelsonites to participate in so many rich and diverse cultural layers. Thank you Nelson Becker for your vision, your staff, and your tenacity. Oxygen Art Centre, Nelson

THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY Dear Editor, To me, losing the Express Community Newspaper is one of the saddest things that’s happened to Nelson and environs in a long time. I live about 80 minutes from Nelson, and I have always greeted the Express in my mailbox with a big inner smile. I will miss the paper that so clearly and beautifully expresses the heart of the Kootenays. I will miss all those local people with all

THANKS AND WISHES Dear Express, Thanks for all your efforts to supporting community! Thanks for producing a great community based paper! Best of luck in your next endeavour! Peter Clement, Nelson

A WORD ON THE CURRENT STATE OF MEDIA Dear Editor, Thank you for providing the community with a great local newspaper for all these years. You will be missed, and Wednesdays will never be the same again. You have always represented the community as a whole, and shown you care about all aspects of Nelson, something that will truly be missed. I can’t help but feel that Nelson has suffered a corporate takeover of its media, and that makes me a little angry. Losing two venerable institutions in about eight months is a blow to this town, but the new on-line services (The Nelson Post and The Nelson Daily) are providing a much-needed public forum, and I hope to see all of you present there in the near future. My congratulations to you Nelson, and your dedicated staff, for having given us an enjoyable, informative newspaper for over two decades. Thank you all so very much. R. E. Tremble, Nelson

CAN A SOLUTION BE FOUND? Dear Editor, I can’t imagine Nelson community life without the Express -- the last piece of independence on paper locally. It makes me sad to think the only newspaper left is owned by some corporate entity. Where will the citizens of Nelson comment, critique, and point stuff out within the community? And how about the elders in the community, those who may be without access to a computer? Isn’t there something that can be done? I’d be happy to pay a buck or two for the Express. Sabine, Nelson


by Anne DeGrace

In 1987 Nelson was still crawling out from under the twin economic blows of mill and university closures. Things were dire: in some cases, you could assume a mortgage for the cost of back taxes. But the Mainstreet program had given Baker Street a facelift, and there was a new optimism in the air. Nelson was coming back. Nelson was coming back—in more ways than one. Nelson Becker was back in town. Nelson had come into Packrat Annie’s a few years earlier, sporting a long beard and an army surplus bag full of Nepal slideshow posters. I was all of 22, then, with a baby, a used bookstore, and a head full of ideas and ideals. So was Nelson: his idea was to create a festival that celebrated peace in a positive rather than protesty way—a breath of fresh air in a cold war era fixated on the doomsday clock. Nelson, myself, Sarala Giles, Terry Marshall, and a handful of other peaceful idealists put together a celebration at Lakeside Park we called A Peace of the Kootenays. Nelson then went off to Ottawa to stir up a little peace there. When he came back, his ideas had swung towards the cultural. He wanted to open a café theatre; supporting that would be an entertainment guide. The theatre didn’t come to pass, but Nelson, then as now, had a ton of stuff going on: What’s On was born. The first issue was created in Nelson’s living room. Al Rycroft designed a broadsheet with strips of type (generated in DOS!) hand-waxed and placed on layout grids; the Xacto knife was still king. We used line tape; we were that low tech. I created graphics for ads and stories. For years, I kept the metal printer plates from those first issues; I think one wound up under a barbecue. What’s On filled a gap and grew; Jacquie Cameron replaced Al, and staff increased. The monthly became a weekly and began pushing beyond its entertainment-guide boundaries. The Kootenay Weekly Express, we agreed, was a name that said it all: a community newspaper expressed everything Kootenay. Donna Macdonald came on as editor prior to running for City Council. There was a companion initiative, Oasis Productions, that satisfied Nelson’s talent for event production, with Heather Hutchinson as the steam that drove the engine. We grew up and moved downstairs to the street-level digs that produced this final edition. At one point Caroline Woodward, who was writing the Art Alert! column, gave notice, and Donna asked if I was interested. It was the beginning of my writing career; hundreds of columns and articles, as well as several books, can be traced to that point. Editors over the years included Don Anderson, Ethan Baron, and Margaret Chrumka, among others. They all put their own ideas and ideals into the paper. Nick Smirnow did layout and design before starting Still Eagle; Angela Lockerbie did the same before becoming a book designer. Everyone involved infused the paper with a little bit of themselves. It’s been a good run, and that’s something to celebrate. The Express expressed ideas and ideals for more than two decades, fulfilling its mandate week in and week out. This independent newspaper, from its humble beginnings through all of these years, was a true Express-sion of community.

A JOURNEY BEGINS Dear Editor, A huge thank you for all the years! I am very sad to see you go... Happy journeys! Susan, Nelson



The Express would like to thank all our columnists, whose efforts have meant that our readers have original, interesting and informative content to look forward to in each issue. Thank you for your dedication to our community and its newspaper!

We are in the process of compiling a list of email addresses so that we can keep the community up-to-date about local events and our future endeavours after our closure in February. If you would like to be included on this list and receive semiregular updates from us, please send us an email to with “mailing list” in the subject line. We look forward to continued communication! — Nelson Becker and the team at the Express.

THANK YOU ADVERTISERS! The Express would like to thank all our advertisers for their business and support. Without you, this community newspaper would not have been possible. Thank you, and good luck in your future endeavours!


February 2, 2011

COUNCILLOR COLUMN Robin Cherbo It was with surprise and sadness that I heard that the Express newspaper was closing. We always think that things will continue without change. A lot of sympathy goes out to Nelson Becker and the employees affected. It appears that lack of advertizing dollars and technology has brought down the last locally owned newspaper. With the loss of jobs, we also have lost a different local flavour in our news. We will no longer will be able to hold up the express paper in a foreign country and say, for example, “The Express Newspaper is read everywhere, even in PV, Mexico.” As well, the April 1 “fool’s day” headlines will be sadly missed, over and above, a lot of other interesting articles and interviews. More young people are reading news on the internet and, being a bit of a Luddite, I have not adapted to this format. One of the reasons I

the same feeling as finding something on the internet. I have books I have collected over the years, as well, which I find is not the same experience as reading a story on an electronic pad. While I have learned to adapt to PCs and send and read a lot of email, some people, mainly seniors, are going to be more isolated without newspapers. So again we see another piece of history passing away in Nelson. It is unfortunate that the Express newspaper is closing, but in these economic times I suppose it was inevitable. While we will accept the demise, something will be missing from our lives, a different point of view and even a little humour. It is said when one door closes another one opens, so again, I (and Colleen) wish Nelson Becker and his employees the best of luck with future endeavours.

hard copy collection, is a little more holey than holy, but publisher Nelson Becker has offered to help change that. Thanks to this, the Express will join other important chronicles of Nelson’s history so that our nows, which have become thens, can be

climate-controlled archive room, the better to preserve our front-line record-keepers and, as readers, enjoy that 20/20 hindsight of which newspapers can only dream. Being a Librarian, I have a thing about writerly quotes. There’s a rather Zen-ish Emily Dickinson quote that seems appropriate to newspapers, especially at this time, as the Express, sadly, becomes a part of our past. Miss Dickinson said that “forever is composed of nows.” How reassuring that the Express’s “nows” have a future in the Nelson Library archives. And as for the Zen, Now, and Future of all things, I’ll leave you with a quote from another writer, D.H. Lawrence, who said (and this may be good advice for us all): “I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.”

Anne DeGrace

DR. SCIENCE Dr Morgan Dehnel Combining Ski-Mountaineering and Electronics Engineering Craig Hollinger resides in Nelson, has been ski-mountaineering for more than 20 years, is an assistant ski guide and an electronics engineer. He is working on a project that combines his outdoor and skiing pursuits with his electronics engineering skills. Craig is developing a temperature probe that can be inserted 100 centimetres (cm) into the snow. It has temperature sensors located every 10 cm along the probe, so that temperature measurements can be made at the surface of the snow (0 cm), and at depths of 10 cm, 20

Black Widow ‘n broccoli Dear Editor, Thanks to Dr. Dehnel for the piece on the Black Widow spider. Years ago I’d heard that they were moving into this part of the continent and thought I’d seen little tiny ones 10 - 15 years ago. Now I’m pretty sure the big ones I’ve

BEEN THINKIN’ ABOUT George Millar (Continued from previous issue) On July 21, 2010, we reported that within IHA the treatment of Macular Degeneration with Avastin is free, unless you live in Nelson, Trail, or Castlegar. Then you pay $300 per treatment. John Mulka, Executive Director of the BC and Yukon CNIB, was surprised to hear that. He asked the then Minister of Health, Kevin Falcon, for an explanation. John has not forwarded any ministerial response to me. Mostly it has been our privilege to help promote the good things that happen here. For Thanksgiving 2009, we wrote, “I grew up in Banff when the population was about 2,500… Nelson … [has] much the same sense of com-

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enjoy going to Vancouver is that I can get the Province paper early and read it with my breakfast in a restaurant. In addition, I will miss reading the Express paper when I go to a local coffee shop for councillor’s column a muffin and a coffee. For Robin Cherbo me it is not the same reading with a laptop and I would probably spill my coffee on it. I suppose that one day we will no longer read paper books or newspapers, which could save trees, but will not have the same appeal. You can print the news off of the internet but it is just not the same. I have found old newspapers, and one, for example, listing my graduation class in Creston in 1965. We found it, in our house, when we purchased it in 1993 -- a cherished find. It does not have

CHECK THIS OUT Zen and the Art of Newspaper Maintenance Newspapers document what’s happening right now, with all the innocence that comes with being in the moment. Newspapers don’t enjoy the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, and can’t foretell the direction a story may take. Whether or not it’s intended, in this way newspapers are pretty Zen. Libraries and newspapers have a long and almost holy relationship, because for folks doing research for books, articles, and family histories, these are invaluable primary sources. By looking back, we can also gauge the climate of public opinion at a given time, chronicle the road to triumph or tragedy, and see with an insightful eye our past, the better to understand our present. The Nelson Library archives holds a collection of the Kootenay Express dating from its What’s On! days. Our relationship with the Express, due to occasional lapses in


check this out Anne DeGrace

accessed in our future. The Nelson Library archives also has the Nelson Daily News on microfilm, as well as a number of earlier newspapers, from the Nelson Miner to turn-of-the-century papers from Kaslo, Sandon, Rossland, and more. Also on microfilm are Provincial birth, death and marriage records dating back to when your Great Aunt Mabel was born. We have print copies of publications no longer with us, such as the Argenta-based Smallholder and the Nelson feminist paper Images. Hard copies of newspapers, including the Express, are stored in archival boxes in our new

cm, 30 cm, 40 cm, 50 cm, 60 cm, 70 cm, 80 cm, 90 cm and 100 cm. The probe can be inserted in the snow at a particular location on a mountainside and then held in position until the temdr. science perature readings stabilize, Morgan Dehnel and then they can be logged. The probe can be removed, and the temperatures can be sampled and logged at several locations. In this way an assessment of the temperature profile of the snow as a function of depth, and as a function of location on the slope can be made. This information will prove useful to winter outdoor professionals, and aid them when making decisions about avalanche risk in the area being investigated.

Robin Cherbo is a Nelson City Councillor.

Anne DeGrace is Adult Services Coordinator at the Nelson Municipal Library. Visit or call (250) 352-6333.

The temperature probe device has undergone several testing cycles in different snow environments (cold midwinter conditions, and warm spring-like conditions), and different technical solutions have been tested to determine a version of the device that is reliable, robust and performs well under a variety of conditions. Craig’s latest work on this project has been published in:, The journal of Canada’s avalanche community, Volume 94, Fall 2010, Cdn Publication #40830518. In real life, Dr. Science is Dr Morgan Dehnel, a particle accelerator physicist and resident of Nelson. Please send comments or questions regarding this column to

been seeing are the real deal with the red markings on the underbody. I found the one in the picture in a vest hanging low to the ground, and another inside my bamboo steamer after I’d cooked some broccoli -- I guess I ate Black Widow n’ Broccoli that night! Doug, West Kootenay

munity that Banff had a halfcentury ago…neighbours are quick to step forward when times of crisis occur.” In January 2010, the Friends of the Family raised in excess of $24,000 for Dylan been thinkin’ about Mowery. The response to George Millar the plight of the victims of the recent Kerr building fire showed the same concern, making us proud to call Nelson home. To keep current about things related to seniors takes some work. One great source of information has been Joan Reichart and the Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society. We’ve had suggestions and information from people

too numerous to name. Some would want to remain anonymous. Thanks to them for their help. The number of people who have expressed appreciation for our effort, both friends and strangers, has been really gratifying. Nelson Becker and his editors have published our submissions with little editing. We have had a great relationship. We are not going away. Details need to be worked out, but from time to time I’ll be presenting seniors-related information on the Bridge FM radio. It’s archaic now, but all newsroom copy used to have a four-character item at the end. I want to use it as I sign off now. -30Editor’s note: In newspaper terms, -30- means the end of a correspondent’s dispatch or article.

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February 2, 2011

CBT supports inspiring youth projects Next deadline for Columbia Basin Youth Grants is February 21, 2011 (submitted)

Members of the Salmo Youth Advisory Council, which is in the process of hiring a Coordinator for the Salmo Youth Action Project, one of four projects that recently obtained support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Columbia Basin Youth Grants program.

Four youth projects were successful in the recent intake of the Columbia Basin Youth Grants program. Offered by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the grants support youth-led projects that directly benefit Basin youth (ages 15 to 29) and involve youth in project development, planning and implementation. Applications for the next intake are due February 21. “The Columbia Basin Youth Grants support projects that develop leadership skills and include young people,” said Wayne Lundeberg, CBT Director, Youth Initiatives. “This doesn’t mean that adults can’t be part of the process; just that youth must be meaningfully involved where appropriate.” The Salmo Youth Action Project, one of the four projects approved, aims to empower youth to take action on important social issues in their community and will provide new educational, cultural and social opportunities for local youth. “It’s very rewarding to see our planning come to life and to have our project approved,” said Melanie Mobbs, Administrative Coordinator for the Salmo Valley Youth

and Community Centre. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to try these new ideas, like the radio show, writing club and art and drama workshops. We’re looking forward to a fantastic 2011 for youth in the Salmo Valley.” Another project receiving CBT support, Redefining Beauty, is a peer-led program that will offer workshops for young women in grades seven to 12 in the Greater Trail area, covering topics like body image, self-esteem and healthy relationships. “Young women struggle with issues like relationships, body image and self-worth,” said Meghan Stewart, Coordinator of the Columbia Youth Community Development Centre, which is spearheading the project. “Redefining Beauty will help them deal with these struggles. With funding from its generous supporters, such as CBT, this project has been a success in the past, and we are excited for round two in the spring of 2011.” The other successful projects are the Beautiful Creston Valley Video Production Project, which will provide youth with digital media production skills through work-

shops and hands-on experience, and the Twin Rivers 360 Mentorship Program in Castlegar, an after-school program that connects high school and elementary students and builds resiliency skills. Unlike previous years, in which CBT accepted applications year-round, this year the program has two application deadlines, in spring and fall. People with project ideas are encouraged to start their applications by contacting CBT’s Youth Liaison well before the deadline. The Liaison provides support to applicants throughout the process, including discussing project ideas, providing application assistance and giving feedback on rough copies of applications. For more information and to access the application form and support documents, visit or CBT delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800-505-8998. (Submitted)

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Police Blotter

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The Express was Read Everywhere... even in Tanzania!

Trouble at the Husky Station

Profits donated to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation CT Scanner Campaign (submitted) The Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Nelson Jr. Leafs Bottle Depot were pleased to support the KLH CT Scanner Campaign in 2010. A total of $8,500.00 was donated to the cause from beverage containers collected at the Nelson Transfer Station last year. Recycling bins located at the Nelson Transfer Station provide residents with a convenient place to recycle refundable beverage containers. This partnership is a cooperative effort and allows both organizations to provide a worthwhile service with a meaningful benefit to the community. The bins, provided by the RDCK, were set up at the transfer station on December 28, 2009. A service agreement with the Nelson Jr. Leafs Bottle Depot has been established with the Bottle Depot servicing the bins and sorting the bottles on an as-needed basis. All profits from the collected containers in 2010 were donated to the CT Scanner Campaign. In 2011 all profits will be donated to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation. “We’re pleased to be able to partner with the Bottle Depot to provide this service to residents,” stated Uli Wolf, General Manager of Environmental Services. “The profits from this service are being contributed to a worthy cause.” All refundable beverage containers and milk containers (non-refundable) are accepted in the bins at the Transfer Station, sorting is not required! Residents must place individual containers into the bins, no bulk loads are accepted. Large volumes of containers can be taken to the Bottle Depot located at 120 Silica Street. All beverage containers collected will be sorted at the Bottle Depot and then shipped to the lower mainland to be recycled back into useful products. According to Encorp Pacific Canada, approximately 80 per cent of beverage containers sold in BC are recovered and recycled into something new. That’s over one billion containers kept out of our landfills. Recycling beverage containers reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy. For more information on RDCK resource recovery programs and projects please visit

Express party! Join our mailing list to receive information about our upcoming party and our other future projects! To join the list, send us an email to with “mailing list” in the subject line.

The Nelson Police responded to an alarm just after 5:20 a.m. on January 21, 2011.The alarm was for a break in at the Husky Service Station. Investigation revealed that an unknown suspect entered a snow plowing vehicle parked on a busy parking lot near that Station.The person forced he lock on the vehicle door, compromised the ignition on the truck , and stole it. The vehicle was then used to smash out the rear door of the Husky Station, and the person then entered the store. The suspect was only in the store for a short time but was able to steal a number of pieces of valuable computer equipment. The value of the stolen goods has still not been established. The stolen vehicle was located and recovered at another location in the city. Police are now collecting suspect descriptions and information from the surveillance video inside the store. The investigation is ongoing.

Explosion at Fairview park Police are troubled by an incident that took place near Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview at around 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 22. According to a witness, there was a large explosion heard in the park, but Police were not notified until late the following morning. The officers investigating the blast discovered that a plastic bag dispenser attached to the backstop at the field was destroyed by an unknown substance. Both the stainless steel box and the plywood mounting hardware were destroyed. The blast was quite significant and did a lot of damage. The device used in the explosion is still undetermined, but all evidence at the scene will be sent for analysis. Police are extremely concerned with this type of occurrence, as the use of explosive devices within the city can lead to dangerous outcomes. Police are asking for assistance from the public with any information regarding this investigation.

When I realized I was moving to Africa for the winter one of the first things I thought was “I must bring a copy of the Express!” Imagining the numerous possibilities for pictures and my friends and family getting to see my mug in the paper, I quickly gathered the latest copy prior to my departure. This picture was taken whilst on safari on Tanzania -- the view being from the ridge of the Ngorogoro Crater. Chris Johnson, Nelson

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Police seek public assistance in identifying assault suspect On December 29, 2010, around 8:30 p.m., while on a cross country skiing trip into St. Leon’s Hot Springs 25 kilometres north of Nakusp on Highway 23, two males were relaxing in a hot pool when they met another male who identified himself as “Terry.” Terry was accompanied by a male and female. Conversation led to Terry discovering that the two men are homosexual. Shortly after, Terry got out of the hot pool and allegedly stated to his friends that he was going to kill the two men. The victim’s partner ran into a bush to hide. Unprovoked, the other man was viciously beaten as he begged for mercy. The victim suffered cuts and bruising to most of his body and a large cut over the bridge of his nose. After the beating, the victim was left alone in the snow. His partner was able to help him back to the pool after the suspect and his two friends left on snowmobiles. At this point in the investigation, police have still not been able to identify the suspect and hope that the public will be able to assist. The suspect is described as a caucasian male, approximately six feet tall, around 44 years of age, of stalky build, with defined muscles and with a short flat-top hairstyle. He also has a tattoo on his chest of a silhouette of a bird approximately two inches in diameter. The suspect, “Terry,” is believed to be from Calgary and may have been visiting the area of Nakusp or Revelstoke. Police believe that the motive for this crime was one of hate and ignorance relating to the victim’s sexual orientation and are urging anyone with information to come forward. This type of crime should not be tolerated in our country. If you have any information about this crime or the suspect please contact your local police or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Name of avalanche victim released The name of the victim in the Kokanee Glacier Avalanche is now being released. The male skier who died in the avalanche at Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park on January 16, 2011, has been identified as Manfred Rockel, age 46, of Calgary, Alberta.

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Rhoneil and Susu at Ellison’s Market Saturday, Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. Ellison’s, 523 Front Street Acoustic Loki opens this week’s Unplugged Sessions. The group is composed of Heidi Bell, Mark McGivern and Randy Janzen. They will perform a mix of folk and contemporary music, taking songs and adding rich harmonies, a guitar and they also sing a capella. This is a rare genre that will delight your ears and send tingles up your spine. Rhoneil will follow with anti-folk on guitar and vocals. This soldier of light has just returned from a musical journey that stretched from Vancouver to Portland, San Francisco to LA, Austin to New Orleans, and beyond. Along the way she was befriended by gypsies, a banjo-playing sailor who can see into the future, and a handsome priest. She will be performing old favorites, as well as the new sonic visions that she captured whilst on the road. www.myspace. com/rhoneile. Susu Robin is back in the area by popular demand. She performs jazz on classical piano as well as ukelele. She embodies her music in a way rarely seen and her voice has been described as lazy but sexy -- reminescent of Billie Holiday. She will have CDs with her and she has a new site as well: (Submitted)

Lecture and discussion: homophobia and transphobia in high schools Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Nelson United Church, 602 Silica Street This is a free public discussion and lecture by Dr. Brian Burtch on responses to homophobia and transphobia in high schools. Dr. Burch is an associate professor at Simon Fraser University, and co-author of Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools. For more information phone Christopher at (250) 505-5506.

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Bahrain and Beyond: a talk by Victor and Annilie Doerksen Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Slocan Park Hall What’s it like to teach in a country about as long as the Slocan Valley, where each student has their own car and driver, and Sharia law may not be a kind friend in your time of need? Join us as Victor and Annilie Doerksen share the story of their three years in Bahrain. The program is one of the popular winter travel talks offered by Slocan Valley Recreation. Connected by a causeway to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is the Saudi’s weekend playground for alcohol and prostitution, and every weekend tens of thousands pour over the border, clogging the roads. The beauty of this location, however, is its opportunities for travel. The Doerksens visited more than a dozen countries and have truly had many amazing and unique experiences. They discovered there was something very powerful about walking on ground where civilization has been built upon civilization for thousands of years. For this evening presentation, they will focus on the Arabic speaking countries they visited -- Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. Victor has many wonderful pictures to share and they will have clothing and other items on display. Admission for the talk is a donation to the Slocan Food Bank. Please call Slocan Valley Recreation at (250) 226-0008 if planning to attend.

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Canadian FLIKS Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 and 12 Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street This year’s festival showcases six films, each with a BC connection. Included in the festival is some fine local fare along with some of the big hitters in the biz. The local efforts are worthy of the community’s support. The festival is a mix of documentary, drama and comedy, spanning issues such as family dynamics, finding purpose in life, love and work, food ethics, and the choices we make under adversity. The festival opens Friday February 11 at 7 p.m. with former Nelsonite and local theatre personality Declan O’Driscoll, who will be back in town with his entertaining film Milk War, an in-depth doc on the raw milk controversy -- featuring the arrest and trial of Ontario raw milk farmer Mike Schmidt. Join O’Driscoll and Jon Steinman of CJLY’s “Deconstructing Dinner” for a Q&A after the film. Trail’s Soren Johnstone and Michael Babiarz’s hard-hitting Play with Fire will show at 9 p.m. on Friday. The film is an award-winning, no-budget, 18-plus, gritty and visceral indie drama that illuminates the violent and drug-addled underbelly of youth trapped in a mill town. Play with Fire features Trail’s smelter looming in virtually every beautiful shot. Saturday, February 12 at 1 p.m. is the show time for Shine of Rainbows from Canada’s premier cinematographer-director Vic Sarin (Partition, 2008). A beautifully shot, emotional, family drama, Shine of Rainbows is a sweet tale about a silent orphan adopted by a childless couple who live on a beautiful remote Irish Island. Sarin’s adaptation of Lillian Beckwith’s novel is beautifully shot and acted. Rated G. One Week Job, an inspiring doc by Ian MacKenzie, will screen on Saturday. February 12 at 3 p.m. It follows new Capilano College graduate Sean Aiken as he takes a new job every week for 52 weeks in order to find his passion in work and his purpose in the world. A “one red paper clip” story, the pressures of the film project also help and hinder him in finding purpose – and love. Sean and Ian are working on making it out to the festival for a Q&A after the film. Saturday’s feature at 7 p.m. is Vancouver’s Carl Bessai’s comedic-mocku-drama Fathers & Sons. This film follows his hit Mothers & Daughters (CDN FLIKS FEST 2009). In Fathers & Sons, Bessai explores the relationship between fathers and sons in his unique, hilarious style -- complete with all the insanity, macho posturing and repressed emotion of paternal bonding -- and he does all this across cultures. Fathers &Sons stars Ben Ratner and co-stars former Slocan Valley resident Babz Chula in her final film. Rated 14A. Small Town Murder Songs closes the FLIKS Fest on Saturday at 9 p.m. A haunting modern gothic tale about a repressed cop with a past who is shunned by his Ontario Mennonite community. His past surfaces as he tries to solve his first murder case, shattering the calm of his new life. Beautifully shot with a killer soundtrack by Bruce Peninsula, this Coenesque film starring Peter Stormare (Fargo) in a tour de force performance that cries out for the big screen. Voted one of Canada’s top-ten films by TIFF. Rated PG. Festival tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for youth under 18, or $30 for a festival pass. They will be on sale at Otter books as of Feb. 1 (in person sales only please). For details and trailers visit

FLIKS presents The High Cost of Living Wednesday Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street This TIFF winner of the best first Canadian feature is a dark drama by Deborah Chow that centres on the burgeoning relationship between an unlikely pair. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is expecting her first child and rushes onto the street to hail a cab to the hospital. Henry (Zach Braff) is trying to negotiate Montreal’s one-way streets and snow on his way to his next drug deal. Their paths fatefully collide in an event that irrevocably changes their lives. An unlikely love story and terrificly acted by Braff and Blais, High Cost of Living also won one of the top ten films in Canada in 2010 by the Toronto International Film Festival. 92 mins. PG. For more information, please go to

FLIKS presents Milk War A film produced by Declan O’Driscoll Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street

This hour-long film was written and directed by award-winning journalist Kevin O’Keefe, is narrated by Gemini Award-winning actor Colm Feore, and is produced by exNelsonite Declan O’Driscoll. The film follows organic dairy farmer Michael Schmidt. Born and raised in postwar Germany, Schmidt has long nursed a suspicion of authority and a belief in standing up for basic principles. On his Durham, Ontario, farm, he practices a rigorous organic method known as biodynamic agriculture, and, since the early 1990s, he has been catering to an enthusiastic clientele who swear by the superior taste and health benefits of the raw milk he produces. Through a co-operative venture called “cow-sharing,” Schmidt sells shares in each of his cows to individual owners, who take their dividends in the form of milk. The province of Ontario introduced mandatory pasteurization of milk in 1938. It became Federal law in 1991. Public health officials say the process of pasteurization eliminates potentially dangerous pathogens and ensures that the milk is safe to drink. Devotees of raw milk say that unpasteurized milk can be produced every bit as safely – and that it is far better for you than its processed counterpart. Scientific opinion is divided. But Canadian law is unequivocal: it is illegal for anyone in this country to sell or distribute raw milk to consumers. Michael Schmidt’s opposition to the raw milk ban put him on a collision course with the Ontario government, and set off a public debate that touched upon a whole host of issues: the immense power of Canada’s $12-billion dairy industry and the challenges facing small, independent farmers; the increasingly controversial nature of large-scale factory farming methods; and a growing public unease about the way most of our food products are processed before they reach us. At the heart of this debate is a question of basic freedoms: should government have the right to decide what we, and our families, are allowed to eat? For more information on Milk War, look for the documentary’s Facebook page. To learn more about Michael Schmidt, visit

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Lawrence and Holloman Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 11- 19 TNT Playhouse, corner of Carbonate and Ward Streets “Sometimes a lie is just more believable than the truth.” Lawrence and Holloman don’t always see eye to eye, but through incident and injury, mishap and misunderstanding, they remain tied to one another in this deliciously wicked comedy at The Nelson Theatre. Lawrence, a menswear sales maverick played by Nick Ruskin, takes a timid Holloman, played by Sam Inkster, under his wing. Using his dim wit and speaking mostly for the sake of his own ego, Lawrence illuminates everything from the economy to the opposite sex for the benefit of his protégé. Meanwhile, the phantom of a mustachioed villain lurks around every corner, ready to perpetrate innovative and hilarious tortures upon Lawrence, who remains ever the optimist. Canadian playwright Morris Panych invites the audience to reflect on the nature of happiness and, to that end, crafts an explosive finale, sobering and lucid. “I’m stoked!” says Ruskin of the upcoming event. “This play is funny but I think there’s some real insights in the characters’ contrasting perspectives.” The duo pair up to deliver Lawrence and Holloman at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, February 11 through 19 at The Nelson Theatre, on Carbonate Street at Ward. Advance tickets are available at Eddie music. $15 for adults, $10 for students. $5 preview tickets are available at the door Thursday, February 10.

Chinese New Year Celebration Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street Come ring in the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit! Master Pauline Bao and students of Nelson’s Bao Academy of Tai Chi and Kung Fu have planed a dynamic Chinese New Year celebration. Children will receive a Chinese New Year gift at the door. Also, cash donations for Kerr relief efforts will be accepted at the door. Tickets are $4 for children, $6 for students and seniors, $8 for adults, or $17 for a family of four. For tickets contact the Capitol Theatre at (250) 352-6363, or visit

The Ghost Walk project Heritage Players Conservatory / Job Creation Project May through September on the S.S Moyie, Kaslo Introducing the Heritage Players Conservatory of Acting’s Co-Director Jana Harmon in “The Ghost Walk,” a guided tour production made possible by a Job Creation Project and Partnering (JCP) grant. Harmon’s mother, Alice Mayrhofer, a prominent business woman and active member of the Chamber of Commerce, initiated a project to revitalize Baker Street with a Heritage Theme during the 1980s recession. This improved the economy by providing jobs. In keeping with the spirit of her mother’s earlier project, The Ghost Walk project will train actors in a re-write, and engage them in the performance and recording for radio of this project. The program supports self-esteem, job placement and job creation in local tourism, stage, film and radio. Harmon’s early education in theatre arts prepared her for further studies at Georgia Copelands School of Dance, the Academy of Perfoming Arts, and Stella Adler’s Conservatory of Acting West, as well as work as a choreographer of musical theatre in the childrens’s television production “Down by the Creek Bank.” The Ghost Walk will be performed on the S.S. Moyie, and is staged as vignettes throughout the Sternwheeler before a guided audience. It is sure to be exciting. With an accepted proposal, funding is still pending approval for the project planed for May - Sept 2011. For more information, contact

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United Steel Workers of Montreal Sunday, Feb. 20, 9 pm at The Royal, 330 Baker Street Kootenay Co-op Radio and The Royal are proud to present United Steel Workers of Montreal. Montreal’s beloved six-piece has wowed audiences from coast to coast with the infectious draw of their unique brand of blue-collar alt-country. A potent mix of blues, jazz, country and swing, the USWM’s live performances are filled out with dry wit, tall tales and some outright lies. Dancing is optional but hard to avoid. Their live gigs have achieved a legendary cult-like status, something you do not want to miss! Tickets are $10 and are available at liveattheroyal. com or at the door.

Greening your business with Permaculture Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Vallican Whole Community Centre Are you wanting to apply your environmental ethics to your business or workplace? Want to learn how these small steps can help create a much larger footprint? Slocan Valley Recreation will be offering “Greening Your Business With Permaculture,” a talk given by Permaculture Designer, Shauna Teare.

The workshop focusses on providing business owners with the tools to improve both their bottom line and their impact on our local and global community. This presentation on greening your business will look at how to apply Permaculture ethics to your operation: care of earth, care of people, return of surplus, and more.

Big Lip Sync Contest Saturday February 26, 7:30 REGISTER NOW at the Capitol Theatre UNTIL FEB 11 $10 per person Kid’s solo, Kid’s group, Adult’s solo, Adult / Family group Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Call for info 250.352.6363

TICKETS: $15 adult $45 family (of 4) $10 kids (to 16yrs) Charge by phone 250.352.6363 Buy online

Whether you are a one-person home-based business or the CEO of a sizeable operation, you will learn how to effect change in your business. For more information on this workshop, contact Slocan Valley Recreation at (250) 226-0008 or email



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Valentine’s Hot salsa night Monday, Feb. 14 7 p.m. until midnight The Royal, 330 Baker Street What could be more romantic than sizzling Latino food and music, on Valentine’s Night? Prepare to be pampered and entertained in a way that you will remember for many Valentine’s nights to come. The first act of the night will be Soniko, a solo singer/ songwriter from Quito, Ecuador. With a combination of original songs and covers in Spanish and English rock anthems, Soniko creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy an awesome evening among friends or with that special other half. With his guitars and his voice this artist spreads the message he wants to share: music that comes from the heart! Following that, you can hang out and dance salsa with the very popular seven-piece band, Salsa Caliente. Last time they played the Royal they got several encores. This evening will feature the best of Brazil, Cuban and Spanish dance. For more information, call (250) 505-1332.

Creating community meeting Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. SelfDesign High, 402 Victoria Street Do you dream of living in community? Would you like to connect with others with similar goals? This is a meeting for anyone who is serious about creating and building residential community. Whether you are urban or rural, spiritual or secular, young or old, if you care about community this meeting is for you. You are invited to come share your dreams and schemes, obstacles and frustrations with like-minded individuals. This meeting is only a starting point. There will be an opportunity to identify

common interests and form working groups. How do you envision community? Bring your dreams and visions: the more specific, the better! Everyone will have an opportunity to participate. A one and a half hour facilitated open mike session will be followed by an opportunity for breakout groups. See you there! For more information contact Anna Kirkpatrick at or Valerie Sanderson at

Argentine Tango weekend workshop in Nelson Friday Feb. 11 to Sunday, Feb. 13

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What could be more perfect on Valentine’s weekend than learning the ‘Dance of Love’? The passionate dance of Argentine Tango has been gaining popularity in the Kootenay region. Local tango enthusiasts, traveling as far as Calgary, Cranbrook, Kelowna, and Buenos Aires, are eager to enhance the local Tango culture and to enjoy, expand, and share their knowledge of this beautiful dance. Visiting instructors, Ricardo and Violeta Pacheco, have been sharing their passion for Tango with area residents and visitors to the region for the last four years. They have contributed significantly to the local Tango movement with their easy teaching style, humor and elegance. Originally from Chile, Ricardo and Violeta teach in Western Canada and lead regular Tango tours to Buenos Aires, Argentina. With an extensive and eclectic Tango music library, they help familiarize their students with different Tango orchestral styles, and share this sublime music in tandem with the dance.

Ricardo and Violeta teach “salon style” Tango, also known as Tango Fino (refine), which is the most popular version of Tango danced in Argentina. They have had the opportunity to dance with some of the finest contemporary Tango masters, both in Argentina and in Canada, and are dedicated to making this extraordinary dancing experience more widely available in our region. Workshop participants and the Tango curious can attend the Saturday evening Milonga, a unique dancing experience to be held at Ric’s Grill at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and followed by a mini lesson and an evening of dancing with Tango, Latin and Ballroom music. Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome; lessons at different levels are offered throughout the weekend. Pre-registration is required as we do our best to maintain gender balance. For more information or to register call (250) 226-7229 or (250) 352-5081, or email eliz63@gmail. com.

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Burlesque Valentine’s show • Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria Street • Saturday, February 12, Spirit Bar, 422 Vernon Street Bring your Valentine to Aphrodite’s Dream Valentine’s Burlesque. There are two performances in two different venues to choose from. For more information call the Capitol Theatre at (250) 3526363.

Briefly Zeds Dead with Bryx and Robgoblin Friday, Feb. 11 Spirit Bar 422 Vernon Street A Valentine’s Day weekend bass massacre featuring maybe the hottest producers in Canadian electronic music right now: Zeds Dead! They are returning to Spirit Bar with an exclusive two hour, two member set. Zeds Dead has built a reputation as remixers par excellence by pulling from a vast array of source material

and moulding it into their unique brand of dancefloor classics. They have established themselves as a dominant force in worldwide circles with only a handful of releases under their belt, and have received recognition and praise from global tastemakers such as Diplo, Skream, Bassnectar, 12th Planet, Rusko, and Kissy Sellout. Opening set by local star DJ Bryx and exclusive beatbox set by Robgoblin. Custom visuals by Invisible. Bring your Valentine to the hottest party of the Kootenays

on Valentine weekend! Advance tickets are available at the Hume Hotel and the Ripping Giraffe.

Kootenay Pride Valentine’s Dance Sat., Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker Street Kootenay Pride presents a Valentine’s dance at the Royal with DJ Sturdy. Drink specials for you and your sweetheart! Everyone is welcome! $10 cover. For more information visit

Nelson Grans to Grans craft/tea party

Upcoming classes at Oxygen Art Centre

Saturday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. till noon Nelson United Church, 602 Silica Street

Oxygen Art Centre’s next set of classes begins February 15, with more classes beginning throughout the spring. To register, please call Oxygen’s Partners in Education, Selkirk College, at (250) 352-2821 or drop by Kootenay School of Art, 606 Victoria St. Credit cards or cheques are accepted. Visit www.oxygenartcentre. org for the complete schedule and more information.

Grandmothers, children, and fun: a perfect mix. With this in mind, Grans to Grans is hosting a morning craft/tea party for children ages two to 12. Tickets are $10 per child and are available at the door or Mountain Baby. Adults need to accompany younger children, and are


Folk Fusion Skirt Dance

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• For Girls and Women (ages 12+) Feb. 15 - Mar. 8, Tue. 4:45 - 6:15 p.m.


• For Girls (ages 9-11) Feb 15 - Mar. 8, Tue. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Course Description: Folk Fusion is a unique combination of Latin American Cumbia skirts, fun and fancy folklorico footwork, dervish spinning, invigorating jumps, dynamic balance postures, all with a Contemporary dance edge. All levels of experience welcome. Colourful skirts provided. Class includes a warm up, stretching, choreography, and the crucial folk element of a communal circle. Location: Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St., alley entrance. Cost: $60 + HST Instructor: Slava Doval is a caring and enthusiastic instructor who shares her passion for dance in an accessible environment. Her original fusion of movement comes from her experience in Modern dance, Tango, Cumbia, East Indian folk dance, and her own Slavic roots. She currently teaches children, youth and adults in the Nelson area, and directs the Folk Fusion Youth Ensemble, which performs at local festivals and venues and brings inspiration with its dynamic dance and original costumes.

Improvisation Comedy Camp Feb 17 – Mar. 10, Thurs. 7 - 9 p.m.

Course Description: A course for adults and teens interested in developing sketch comedy skills, playing characters, breaking through fears of presenting in public and having fun! Theatre games and character exercises will increase confidence, relaxation and playfulness. Students will practice group improv as well as develop individual comedy characters. Location: Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St. alley entrance. Cost: $100 + HST Instructor: Nicola Harwood is a theatre artist, comedian and playwright. Her work has been produced up and down the Left Coast and in her home town of Nelson. She is frequently possessed by characters who manipulate her into championing their scandalous agendas.

Feb. 19 - Mar. 12, Sat. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Adults Feb. 19 - Mar. 12, Sat. 1 - 4 p.m. Course Description: Got an idea for a video you want to make but not sure how to go about it? Want to join the millions of others broadcasting on YouTube? Shoot on anything from a Hi-Def camera to a cellphone. Learn to see, learn to shoot, learn to edit and find the story you want to tell. Students must have their own recording device to use during this course. This can be a digital photo camera or cell phone if no video camera is available.


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free of charge. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help ease the pain of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa.

Kaslo Concert Society presents Lacafamore String Quartet Friday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, Kaslo Lacafamore, a made in the Kootenays string quartet, consists of Carolyn Cameron and Angela Snyder, violins; Alexis More, viola; and Jeff Faragher, Cello. For their Kaslo program they will be joined by clarinetist Nicola Everton for the Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major KV 581. All these musicians have extensive experience as principal players in various orchestras in western Canada and now live in the West Kootenays. In additon to the Mozart quintet, the program includes works by Carla Maria von Weber and Ian McDougall that also

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Location: Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St., alley entrance. Cost: $120 + HST Instructor: Miriam Needoba is an artist and filmmaker based in Nelson, BC. Miriam graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2001 with a BFA in film/video, and has attended programs at the Berlinale Talent Campus, Banff New Media Institute, and Hotdocs Documentary Film Festival. Miriam’s experimental short films and new media works have screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, and she spent six years working in the Feature Film and Television Industry in Vancouver under the motion picture category, 2nd Assistant Camera. She has worked on multitudes of productions from shoe-string budgets to multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbusters, and is a member of the International Photographers’ Guild.



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Parent and Child Art Adventure Feb. 20 - Mar. 13, Sun. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Course Description: Spend one-on-one creative time with your child. Make a mess! Have fun! Learn innovative techniques that are sure to stimulate your child’s imagination. Exploration in painting, collage, print-making and paper-mâché for masks and puppets. Location: Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St., alley entrance. Cost: $65 + HST + $5 materials fee. Class fee includes one parent and one child. Instructor: Krista Lynch is a qualified teacher with a BA in Art and Drama. Throughout the years she has taught art classes to students of a wide range of ages in many different places including New Zealand, Brazil, India, and Nelson. She has found that art is an excellent tool for crossing cultural boundaries. She believes that art is the best tool for bringing ideas to light, and feels strongly about exposing children to artistic practice from an early age.

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(continued) include clarinet. The four string players are featured in the String Quartet #5 by Philip Glass. Tickets are available for $22 at the door or at Figments in Kaslo. School age children are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information please call (250) 354-5368.

Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans Friday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. The Royal 330 Baker Street Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans Band will be hitting the road in early February to promote Jim�’s fourth studio album, his first with the Weakerthans, The Falcon Lake Incident. The Royal and Kootenay Co-Op Radio are proud to announce that the tour will bring this incredible combination to Nelson. Recorded in Falcon Lake over six days in the winter of 2010, The Falcon Lake Incident brings Bryson, one of Canada’�s most engaging voices, together with the passionate work of Canadian rock heroes, The Weakerthans. Get your tickets early. Tickets for this show are $19.50, and are available online at liveattheroyal. com, at Royal Espresso, Kootenay Co-Op Radio and Eddy Music.


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Apres Ski at the Royal Thursday, Feb. 3 from 5 - 8 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker Street Come warm up by the fire with the Royal’s Apres Ski , featuring Brian Kalbfleisch on piano and ukulele along with weekly food and drink specials. For more information visit

Almanak with Louder than Love and My Pet Lion Sat., Feb. 5 at 9:30 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker St. Three great west coast bands, one from Vancouver and two from Nelson, join together for a night of high-energy rock and roll and no limit of thrashing and smashing. Almanak, Nelson’s own powerhouse, will be joined by Louder than Love and My Pet Lion for an amazing triple header of rock mayhem that will leave you screaming for more. Last seen at their legendary Soundvibes slot in the fall, Almanak’s lineup has changed as much as their music over the past 2 years. Lead by Nelson From Nelson’s songwriting, past and current members have morphed this “once-folky” group into a “Broken Social Scene of prog rock.” Personal and funny lyrics are the gasoline, as their incendiary musicianship

takes the listener through many styles of rock and roll. Louder than Love are not afraid to stretch musical boundaries, delve into multiple genres, and experiment with style�from hard rock riffs, to dirty blues guitar solos, to pop vocal harmonies.� Louder than Love�’s compositional prowess and killer musicianship puts them on rock�’s cutting edge. My Pet Lion is the new indie band in Nelson’s vibrant music scene. Pulling from diverse musical backgrounds, My Pet Lion has crafted a sound that will be sure to get you on your feet. $5. For more information visit www.liveattheroyal. com.

the tsunami force which was so destructive in the past is now under control, Deeps has come back with a vengeance, headlining and destroying clubs all across western Canada, as well as the Bassfest/ Loki/Shambhala Festivals. Guaranteeing a crunktastick voyage through the depths of slippery synth waves and salty cyberfunk for all who set sail with him, this is a ride you dont want to miss! You better get your nets out for this abyss of dopeness when sailing the musical seas with your Captain, Deeps! With Dubconscious and Benn Lee. $5 at the door.

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Jeff Martin, founder, guitarist, lyricist and front man of the legendary Canadian band ‘The Tea Party’ will take the stage at The Royal with his world class solo band. Featuring J Cortex and Malcolm Clark, this will be a night of incredible musicianship, and will feature Tea Party classics, as well as Jeff’s own originals, and a few classic rock covers. Opening sets by Flowerchild and Gabriel Lee. This is an incredible stage show not to be missed. First 100 tickets are $20, then $25. Tickets are available now at, Royal

Winnipeg rock band Les Jupes is coming to Nelson. Dynamic, taughtly arranged and slightly frantic, they are charting a course to international success though impeccable songwriting and spirited musicianship. Their debut album, Modern Myths, is built on Michael Petkau Falk�s baritone charging through waves of psychedelia and driving rhythms. Pounding, introspective, at times fierce, at times playful, this is Les Jupes. Be sure to check out these up and comers. Cover is $5. For more information visit

Friday, Feb. 4 at Spirit Bar, 422 Vernon Street Outcast for his unintentional destruction of Atlantis 11,000 years ago, Deeps has resurfaced to share his story sonically with the world. Thousands of years in solitary training have enabled him to drop watery basslines and bottomless breaks safely raising any party to its threshold. A known expert in Dirty Speckledbelly Bass and Grimey Tailfin Bass he always produces fresh plates filled with filthy whomp filets. Publicly promising that

Tuesday, Mar. 8 at 9 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker St.

Electric Wednesdays with Estevan and Tracy Lynn Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker Street Come listen to some great local talent or take the stage yourself. For more information visit www.

Les Jupes Monday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker St.

Johnny Don’t with Dope Cat Collective Thursday, Feb. 17, 9:30 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker

Street There is no real true way to describe the music that is JoHnNy DoN’t. With such a wide spectrum of influences you could say that they play anything and everything that is entertainment, and with each song comes a new surprise and an irresistible hook that commands your attention. With their high energy performance and comedic banter JoHnNy DoN’t never leaves a crowd disappointed -- maybe slightly offended, but never disappointed. This is musical and comedic entertainment at its finest. The dub, funk, ska sounds of Dope Cat Collective will start the night off. Tickets are only $7 at the door.

The Lost Fingers Thursday, Feb. 10, 9 p.m. at The Royal, 330 Baker Street The Lost Fingers, nominated for two Juno Awards in the categories of Fan Choice Award and Album of the Year based on the success of their debut release, are coming to Nelson to entertain like few others can. By exercising great musicianship along with a keen sense of humour, the trio unanimously decided to unite their unique voices to create an ingenious tribute to the 80�s in the swinging gypsy style of �jazz manouche� inspired by their mentor, Django Reinhardt, which culminates with the release of their debut album, Lost In the 80�s. Tickets are $20 in advance, and are available now at, Royal Espresso, the AFKO office and Eddy Music. For more information, visit

Magic Bus with Rip Ripple Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker Street Come hear some great local electronic music every Tuesday! No cover. For more information visit

Woodhead with DJ Rhapsody

When your child chooses science, they’re choosing more than a rewarding career. They’re choosing to contribute, achieve and have their thinking recognized. And to start them off right, we’re even offering one potential scientist a $25,000 scholarship. To learn more, visit

Friday, February 4 at 9 p.m. The Royal, 330 Baker Street Local DJ Rhapsody and Woodhead from Vancouver lay down a night of dance floor bombs! Cover $5. For more information visit

community FAMILY MATTERS Isabelle Herzig Since September of 2009, I have been writing the Family Matters column. It has proven to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my job with Kootenay Kids. Weekly, people would stop me in the streets and comment on something I wrote, or ask me a question on “Family Matters.” I received great satisfaction from the fact that people were getting something from the column. And the reason people were able to read my column is because the Express, and Nelson Becker, cares about our community. Nelson is dedicated to everyone in the community, not just families, but seniors, youngsters, dog lovers, cat lovers, world travellers, home bodies, athletes, businesses and you. The Express reached all sorts of people by having a paper for the community written by columnists from the community. Nelson was always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for content, and was always willing to stir the pot. Back when the Family Matters column was just an idea in my head, I met with Nelson at a local restaurant for breakfast. As he sat there and read some of my writings, I felt a bit nervous. I am not

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a writer, have never published anything, and certainly did not go to school for journalism. When Nelson was finished, he commented on my lack of experience in writing, but then went on to help me, to motivate me, to guide me in the world of newspaper writing. And he did it all with a smile and a sense of humour. He asked me to write on current issues that would really interest readers of all types of families, he asked me to be willing to say it like it is. And I tried. I will miss writing for the Express, and the experience it gave me. And I am sure that I speak for all of Kootenay Kids and the families we serve when I say, Thank You Nelson and the Express. We will miss you.

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even stale cake. 1 Panetone/cake 4 eggs Erin Michell 1/3 cup milk A Farewell to Parm 1 tsp vanilla It is closing time here at the pinch of cinnaExpress. This closure got me mon thinking about what I would pinch of nutmeg serve for a farewell dinner. Cut Panetone into These are recipes to say goodbread slices. Beat the bye with. What better send-off fresh mouth rest of the ingredithan tomatoey lentils with red eriN Michell ents together. Soak wine and Italian sausage? Traditionally, this dish is served at new year’s as a sort the cake in egg mixture. Fry to golden of prayer. There is a superstition that says brown in a buttered fry pan. That’ll make that for every lentil you eat, you earn a day anyone think twice about leaving. I always drink special coffees when I of prosperity in the coming year. I always try to eat over 400 just to be sure. You will write, so it’s only fitting that I share my favourite coffee recipe with you for the need: final edition. It is called cafe Romano and 1 bag green lentils it’s been top coffee ever since the first time 2 cans tomatoes I tried it. It is so simple and so bold. 1/2 cup red wine 1 cup espresso 2 Italian sausages 1/4 cup steamed milk 1/2 diced onion lemon twists 4 cloves of garlic pinch of cinnamon pinch of red chili flakes Place a dollop of steamed milk on top shaved chunks of parmigiano Saute the onion and garlic together. of espresso. Cut pieces of lemon peel Squeeze sausage meat out of casing into for twists. Drop one twist in each cup. pan. Brown. Add chili flakes then red Sprinkle with cinnamon. It is rich and wine. Puree tomatoes with juice. Add 1 smooth with a tang and spice. All good things come to an end, and cup of lentils. Cover with tomato puree and cook until tender. Serve in a mound our community changes yet again. For with a drizzle of olive oil. Add parm. It is me, “Fresh Mouth” has been a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the venue. It has been sure to ease the pain of goodbye. Now for Panetone Vanilla French toast. a blast writing this column and plugging This is another classic dish for the new year. into the food universe with you each week. It is tasty and sweet. It is also the perfect Thank you for your emails. They were way to get rid of leftovers or great fun.


Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism took this photo at the Tournament of the Golden Swan in the Okanagan Valley.

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live music

special events Wed. Feb. 2

Mon. Feb. 7

Fri. Feb. 11

Tues. Feb. 15

Wed. Feb. 2

Wed. Feb. 9

Wine Tasting Social at The Royal. Enjoy 6 BC wines paired with fabulous food and great company! 1st Wed. of each month. $35. Reservations required. Call Valencia at 250-352-0960

Laughter Yoga Multi-day Event: Feb 07 - March 14, Location: Selkirk College, Nelson, Silver King Campus, 5:30 - 6:30p.m. Fun and freeing! Brenda Wiseman

Argentine Tango Weekend workshop. Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. 250-226-7229

Creating Community Meeting 6:30p. m. SelfDesign High, 402 Victoria St. For more information contact Anna Kirkpatrick at akrkptr2002@yahoo. com

Electric Wednesdays with Estevan and Tracy Lynn Live at the Royal. Come listen or play!

Electric Wednesdays with Estevan and Tracy Lynn Live at The Royal. Open stage!

Paul Landsberg and Friends at the Hume Library Lounge

Paul Landsberg with Friends at the Hume Library Lounge

Thurs. Feb. 3

Karaoke at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill 9p.m.

FLIKS Presents Dramatic film HIGH COST OF LIVING starring Zach Braff. PG. Capitol. 7:30p.m.

Fri. Feb. 4 The First Annual ‘Bao ACADEMY Chinese New Year Celebration’ evening of Tai Chi and Kung Fu performances by Master Pauline Bao and her students from the ‘Bao ACADEMY of Tai Chi and Kung Fu. Children receive a small ‘Chinese New Year’ gift at the door. Capital Theatre. 250505-8057 Beyond The Want Ads at Kootenay Career Development Society Training Centre, 86 Baker St. 9a.m. - 3p.m. Contact: (250) 3526200

Sat. Feb. 5 The Rotary Club of Nelson’s Seafood Feast Fundraiser for polio eradication. Contact Harry Pringle at 250-5051374 Learn Fertility Awareness to effectively prevent or achieve pregnancy naturally. For more information, call 250-226-7937 Kootenay Literary Competition Awards Night at The Hume Hotel, 7p.m. Winners in each category will be announced and authors will read their winning pieces at this event. Free food and cash bar. Contact: Deborah O’Keeffe 250-825-9915

Wed. Feb. 9 Free Home Buyers and Sellers Seminar at Best Western, 6:30p.m. Contact: kris@century21mountainvie, 250-505-3074 Come Enjoy a Refreshing Approach to Real Estate in Nelson! Yes! You Need a Cover Letter. Kootenay Career Development Society Training Centre, 86 Baker St. 9a.m. - 12p.m. Contact: 250352-6200

Thurs. Feb. 10 Lecture and Discussion: Homophobia and transphobia in high schools. 7p.m. Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St. 250-505-5506 Holistic Health Practices, 8 week series. Selkirk College, Nelson Silver King Campus. 7 - 8:30p.m. Learn simple practices that harmonize the mind, body, senses and spirit connection. Brenda Wiseman 250-505-7555

Canadian Fliks Fest Opening film Declan O’Driscolls MILK WARS. Capitol 7p.m. TNT Presents: Lawrence and Holloman 8pm, the Nelson Theatre, corner of Carbonate and Ward St.

Sat Feb. 12 Canadian Fliks Fest G-rated family drama SHINE OF RAINBOWS. Capitol 1p.m. Canadian Fliks Fest presents ONE WEEK JOB, an inspiring doc about finding your passion. Capitol 3p.m. Canadian Fliks Fest presents FATHERS & SONS, a comedy about paternal bonding. 14A. Capitol 7p.m. Canadian Fliks Fest presents SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS a modern gothic tale - killer soundtrack. Capitol 9pm.

Rob Johnson and Friends at the Hume Library Lounge

Fri. Feb. 18

DJ Rhapsody and Woodhead lay down a night of dancefloor bombs. Live at the Royal!

TNT Presents: Lawrence and Holloman 8pm, the Nelson Theatre, corner of Carbonate and Ward St.

Sat. Feb. 19 TNT Presents: Lawrence and Holloman 8pm, the Nelson Theatre, corner of Carbonate and Ward St.

Sun. Feb. 20 Art Adventure for Parent and Child. Feb 20 - March 13 Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St. Alley Entrance. 10 - 11a.m. Contact: 250-352-2821

TNT Presents: Lawrence and Holloman 8pm, the Nelson Theatre, corner of Carbonate and Ward St.

Fri. Feb. 11

Tues. Feb. 15

Canadian Fliks Fest presents PLAY WITH FIRE -an 18+ gritty drama produced in Trail.Capitol 9p.m. www.

Folk Fusion Skirt Dance for Girls (ages 9-11) Multi-day Event: Feb 15 - March 08, Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St. Alley Entrance. Contact: 250-352-2821

Kaslo Concert Society presents Lacafamore String Quartet 7:30p. m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, Kaslo Lacafamore, Tickets $22. 250-354-5368

Thurs. Feb. 17 Improvisation Comedy Camp Feb 17 - March 10, Oxygen Art Centre #3-320 Vernon St. Alley Entrance. 7 - 9p.m. Contact: 250-352-2821

Fri. Feb. 4 Jude Davison at Max & Irmas. Sings classic songs and acoustic originals. 6 - 9pm.

Sat. Feb. 5 Nikko at the Hume Library Lounge Almanak with Louder than Love and My Pet Lion. Live at The Royal!

Sun. Feb. 6 Karaoke at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill 9pm.

. Feb. 7

Sarah McGlynn and Rich Rabnett at the Hume Library Lounge Winnipeg Rock Band, Les Jupes takes the stage at The Royal. Cover $5

Tues. Feb. 8 Magic Bus with Rip Ripple. Live at the Royal! No cover!

Serious About Creating residential community? Open mike and break-out groups. 6:30p.m. SelfDesign High.

Thurs. Feb. 10 Rob Johnson and Friends at the Hume Library Lounge Juno Nominated, Musical and comedic geniuses The Lost Fingers Live at the Royal! Tickets: Jude Davison at Max & Irmas. Sings classic songs and acoustic originals, 6 - 9p.m.

Sat. Feb. 12 Kootenay Pride Valentine’s Dance featuring DJ Sturdy and drink specials Live at the Royal! Nikko at the Hume Library Lounge

Sun. Feb. 13 Karaoke at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill at 9p.m.

Mon. Feb. 14 Celebrate Valentine’s Night with great Latino food/music at The Royal, with Soniko and Salsa Caliente (DANCE)!

Tues. Feb. 15

Cliff Maddix with Friends at the Hume Library Lounge

Blues Jam at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill, 9p.m.

Blues Jam at Finley’s Irish Bar and Grill 9pm.

Pink Party with Just B and Synthesis live at the Royal! No Cover!

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Latin Fusion Dance with Ania. LADIES! Come join this fun, energetic Latininspired dance workout class. 5:30p. m. - 6:30p.m. at The Studio, 182 Baker St. 250-551-5530

Shotokan Karate St. Joseph’s School gym, 523 Mill St. 5 - 7p.m. 250-229-4420

Public Meditation. All welcome. Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre, 444 Baker St. 5:15 - 6:15pm.

Meat Draws at Nelson Legion. 3:45p. m., in beverage room with Karaoke after. 352-7727

Nelson United Church service, 10a. m. 602 Silica St. All are welcome

Heritage Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Welcoming anyone! Tim 250825-9694 or John 250-352-6892

Nelson and Area Elder Abuse Prevention Resource Centre, 719 Vernon St. 12 2p.m. Call 250-352-6008, Storytelling, Songs, and Dance for children. Ages 3-5. A nurturing environment of interaction and development. Call Marguerite Wood at 250359-2926 Beginner Tai Chi (Yang 24 Form) with Master Pauline Bao. 7 - 8p.m. 250-5058057 Nelson TOPS meeting (Take off Pounds Sensibly). Upstairs, North Shore Fire Hall on Greenwood Rd. at Six Mile, 10a.m. Girl’s Group at the Nelson Youth Centre. Crafting, baking, chilling, hanging. 6:30 - 8p.m. Wine Tasting Social at The Royal. Enjoy 6 BC wines paired with fabulous food and great company! 1st Wed. of each month. $35. Reservations required. Call Valencia at 250-352-0960 Do you have questions about what Catholics believe? Inquiry Sessions at Cathedral of Mary Immaculate. 250-352-7131 Need Inexpensive Birth control? Options for sexual health drop-in clinic. 333 Victoria St. 5:30 - 8p.m. The Nelson Scrabble Club meets at 1p.m. Info: 352-6936 Does Someone’s Drinking trouble you? Al-Anon meeting. The Cellar. 717A Vernon St. Noon. Glacier Harmonies: Women’s Barbershop Chorus. All welcome at 7p.m. to the Baptist Church, 611 - 5th St. Dorothy 352-7199 or Joey 352-3393 Public Meditation: All welcome. Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre, 444 Baker St. 12 - 1p.m. Sahaj Marg Group meditation. Please phone: Eleanor 352-3366 or Sarah 354-9496 Overeaters Anonymous. Noon - 1p.m. Community First Health Co-op, 518 Lake St. Education room. 250-3527717, 250-359-4561

Nelson Table Tennis Club. 5:30 - 7:30p.m. at Blewett Elementary School when school is in session. 352-9547 or 352-5739 Choir at NDYC 3:30 - 5:30pm. Call 352-5656 for details Drug Problem? We can help. Call Narcotics Anonymous 1-800-342-7439 Parent and Child Time at the Harrop Hall. 10 - 12p.m. Info: Lesley 825-0140 Nelson Women’s Centre Drop-in Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and food. 420 Mill St. 250-352-9916 Legion Darts in beverage room, 7:30p.m. Info: 352-7727 or email

Thursdays Sparkling Life Family Chiropractic Health Talk 6 - 7p.m. 514 Nelson Ave. Call to reserve your spot today! 250352-9212 Dance Night at the Youth Centre. Hip hop, break, or bring your own style! 7 - 8p.m. Everyone welcome! Bluegrass Acoustic Music Jam, Bigby Place, 509 Front St. 6:30 - 9:30p.m. Every 2nd Thurs. Info: 250-352-2704 Badminton at Redfish School. 6:30 - 9:30p.m. $3 drop-in, $10 one night/ week, $20 two nights/week for fall session. Call 229-4343 Senior’s Winter Walking Program. 10:30 - 11:30a.m. Selkirk College Mary Hall Gymnasium, 10th St. Campus, Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society. Please call 250352-6008 Is Alcohol a Problem in your life? AA Meetings, Lunch Bunch at Noon. Into Action Big Book Study at 8p.m. The Cellar. 717A Vernon St. Acupuncture For Addictions. Free drop-in clinic, 9:30a.m. at 333 Victoria St., 2nd Floor. 505-7248 Bible Study Joy at Baptist Church, 6:30p.m. 560 Baker St., Suite #3. Balls, Beers, and Queers, monthly bowling at Savoy Lanes. 7p.m., $10 hosted by Kootenay Pride for EVERYONE Signing Choir (sign language) 3:30p. m. at NDYC, 608 Lake St. www.

Nelson Women’s Centre. Noon 4p.m. for recycled bag sewing project. 250-352-9916 Nelson Badminton Club meets at Mary Hall Gymnasium, 7 - 9p.m. Everyone welcome. Anne 250-3527536, Guy 250-352-6330 Toastmasters: Improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. 2nd and 4th Thursday (each month) Hablas Espanol? Group meeting 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Grounded Cafe. 5pm. Todos Bieviendo Nelson Knitting Co-op: A new knitting group. Everyone welcome. $2. Meet at Anglican Church 12 - 3pm.

Wilderness Survival, Herbalism and Stone Age Skills classes! Ongoing program. Children, teen, adult classes. 357-2822 Alcoholics Anonymous. Noon meeting at The Cellar. 717A Vernon St. The Nelson Scrabble Club meets at 1p.m. For further information, please call 250-352-6936 Nelson Chess Club every Saturday morning, all welcome. Seniors’ Hall, 777 Vernon St. Walk in Peace at Lakeside Park (at the gate), 1st Saturday monthly. 10:30am. Be The Change Narcotics Anonymous Step meeting, 10a.m., The Cellar, 717A Vernon St. 1-800-342-7439

Ascention Lutheran Church Service 10:15a.m. 1805 Silverking Rd. All are welcome. 352-2515 Christian Science Service 9a.m. at St. Michael and All Angels. Balfour. St. John’s Lutheran Church. Everyone welcome to 4p.m. worship. 21 Silica St. 354-3308 Sahaj Marg Group meditation: please phone Eleanor 352-3366 or Sarah 354-9496 Indoor Ultimate Frisbee Co-ed 4:30p.m. at the Soccer Centre Info: Quaker Meetings at 723 Ward St. Upstairs. 10a.m. 250-354-3859.



Community Drum Circle at The Yoga School House, every 2nd Monday, 6:30p.m. Everyone welcome!


Meditation with Mooji Satsungs at 6 mile, DVDs from Tiruvannamalai. Phone Rubiyah for details 250-825-4545

Beginner Tai Chi (Yang 24 Form) with Master Pauline Bao. 7 - 8p.m. 250-5058057

Social Dancing at the Royal. Free! Mostly swing, smooth Latin. 6 - 8p.m. 250-352-2900

Relationship, Not Religion. The Bridge worships at 10:30a.m. at the New Grand Hotel banquet room

Children’s Sword Kung Fu (Beginner) with Master Pauline Bao. 4 - 5pm. 250-505-8057

Unity Centre of the Kootenays. Broader Horizons, back door, 905 Gordon Rd. 11a.m.

Drumming from the Heart drumcircle. 1st/3rd Monday ever y month. Northshore Hall. 7p.m. $7. 250-505-2684

Overeaters Anonymous 5:15 - 6p.m. Community First Health Co-op, 518 Lake St. Education room. 250-3527717, 250-359-4561

Cribbage at the Legion beverage room, 12:30p.m. Info: 352-7727

Nelson Bellydance Classes. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:45pm. or 8p.m. 533 Moving Centre, Baker St. 250-5090633

Gender Outlaws, a support and social group for trans and gender variants. 354-5362 Nelson AA-F-Troop meeting at the Cellar, 717A Vernon St. 8p.m. Does Someone’s Drinking Trouble You? Al-Anon meeting 8pm. at 601 Front St. A Course in Miracles support/study group meeting at Manistone Wellness Centre, 507 Baker St., #209, 9:30a.m. - Noon. All welcome. 250-352-1746 Narcotics Anonymous discussion meeting, Noon at The Cellar, 717A Vernon St., 1-800-342-7439

Saturdays Community Art Studio. Drop-in 1 - 4p.m. Families welcome! Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, 601 Front St. 352-2264

Wilderness Survival, Herbalism and Stone Age Skills classes! Ongoing program. Children, teen, adult classes. 357-2822 Public Meditation. Mid-morning refreshments; come and go as you wish. Shambhala Meditation Centre 444 Baker St. www.nelsonbuddha. com 9a.m. - 12p.m. Worship Services Joy at the Baptist Church. 10a.m., 11a.m., 6:30p.m., 560 Baker St., Suite #3, 825-4095 Sunday Morning Worship, Community Church, Passmore Hall, 11a.m. Sunday Worship, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Slocan, 2p.m. St. Savior’s Anglican Church of Canada. Family worship and eucharist 10:30a.m. Nelson Alcoholics Anonymous 10a. m. The Cellar. 717A Vernon St.

La Leche League (breastfeeding information and support). 3rd Monday of each month, 10 - 11:30a.m. 312 Silica St. 250-352-3583 Bellyfit Holistic Fitness for Women. 9 - 10am. at the Moving Centre, 533 Baker St. 250-354-0492 Kootenay Gospel Choir Auditions 6:30p.m. at the Seniors’ Center withPauline Lamb. Contact: Contact Improvisation Dance Jam 7:30 - 9pm. $5 drop-in, all levels welcome. The Moving Centre, 533A Baker St. Contact Judy 250-352-3319 Kootenay Shambhala Meditation Centre. Open House. Meditation instruction and practice, 7p.m; talk and discussion, 8p.m; tea, 9p.m. 444 Baker St. Baha’i Community of Nelson. Please join us for prayers and an introduction to the Baha’i faith. 7p.m. 354-0944 Diaper Free Baby Elimination Communication Support Circle, 4th Monday 10-12a.m. at The Family Place. 312 Silica St.

Shotokan Karate 5 - 7p.m. St. Joseph’s School gym, 523 Mill St. 250-229-4420 Scottish Country Dancing 7 - 9p.m. Central School Gym, 811 Stanley St. A Course in Miracles study group. Manistone Wellness Centre, 507 Baker St., Suite 209, 6:30 - 9p.m. All welcome. 250-352-1746 Nelson Badminton Club meets at Mary Hall Gymnasium, 7-9pm. Anne 250-352-7536, Guy 250-352-6330 Drop-In Grief Support Group. 7 - 9p.m. at Broader Horizons. 905 Gordon Rd. Adult Badminton at Redfish School, 6:30 - 9:30p.m. $20. Bring racquet and indoor footwear. For info call 2294346, 229-4343, 229-4485 Narcotics Anonymous discussion meeting. Noon. The Cellar, 717A Vernon St., 1-800-342-7439

Tuesdays Tai Chi For Health - New classes at 9:30a.m. and Wednesdays at 12p.m. Call Sandra at 250-551-0866 Community Drum Circle, Bigby Place, 509 Front St. 7-9pm. $5 drop-in. 250352-5616 Breast Cancer Support Group. Community First Health Co-op, 518 Lake St. Noon on every 4th Tuesday. Alice 250-352-6223 West Kootenay EcoSociety volunteer night 6p.m. - 8p.m. #206 - 507 Baker St. Call 354-1909 Sing For My Child 8:30 - 9:40 Tuesday mornings. Lullabies, children’s songs. Nelson Waldorf School, 354-1492 Suffer from an Eating Disorder? Need Support? 352-9598 after 6p.m. or Acupuncture for Addictions. Free dropin clinic, 1:30p.m. Located at 333 Victoria St., 2nd Floor. 505-7248 Nelson Women’s Centre drop-in Noon - 4p.m. Free clothing and food. 420 Mill St. 250-352-9916 Nelson Community Band Rehearsals, 7:30 - 9p.m., First Baptist Church, 611 - 5th St., New members welcome. 352-6119

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Announcements FEBRUARY IS ECZEMA AWARENESS MONTH. For more information about eczema and ways to manage your skin, visit the EASE program at AUDITIONS FOR ÌKHAOSÎ, THE OPERA: The Amy Ferguson Institute invites experienced musicians interested in singing a role in the June 2011 initial “workshopping” of Don Macdonald and Nicola Harwood’s new opera, KHAOS, to audition for solo roles on Sunday, February 13th. For more information and to schedule an audition call Marty Horswill at 250352-2595 or e-mail mar-lena@shaw. ca. Performers will be modestly remunerated for their participation in this 3day workshop. Singers experienced in vocal styles other than opera are also encouraged to audition. Visit to learn more about this exciting new opera that will premiere in Nelson in 2012




1979 FORD ECONLINE, Chateau. 1990 BMW 325I. needs timing chain Extended back heater, CD player, repair. 6 cyl. auto. sunroof, Sony Cd runs good, some rust. $1000 OBO. player, PW/PD $500. 250-354-8299 250-354-7707 2007 YARIS, 80,000KM, 20,000 on 1990 VW WESTY Camper Standard, warranty, 4drhatch, silver, power��� ���������������������������������������������� 4 speed, lots of extras. $5500. 250mir/win/ac/ab/abs, much more, great 226-7668 ride. $11,500. 250-225-3488 � ������������������ 1990 NISSAN PATHFINDER 4x4. 1992 SUBARU LEGACY, 347,000km, Reliable, good tires, great for Whitewater. very reliable, needs minor work. Dénali Océanne Castonguay ��� ��������������������� $1000 OBO. 250-505-4198 Winters/Summers on rims. $1000 Davis. Born on December OBO. 250-352-5496 7, 2010, at 5:12 p.m. at 2008 SUBARU FORRESTER, 2.5 Kootenay Lake Hospital ��� ������������������ X, automatic, Blue, 9000 km., new 2005 SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5xt in Nelson, 7 lbs 9 ozs. My winter tires plus 4 summers, $20,000. AWD turbo manual 90K. $16K US. mommies, Julie Castonguay 250-825-4798 Registered/no duty on import. 250and Selena Davis, love me 352-0631 1996 TOYOTA 4RUNNER $6500, tons. Our family is so thankful ������ condition. 4X4 Automatic. Excellent 1998 SUBARU IMPREZA 5 door, for everyone’s support. See Toyo Open Country 265/70R16’s like 5 speed, AWD, excellent condition, you around town! new. 250-352-9234 winter tires. Asking $3150 OBO. 250354-8512 1994 FORD F-350, Diesel7.3L, 1992 SUBARU LEGACYGood Condition, well maintained, 254,000kms, new clutch, timing belt, 280,000km, mostly highway miles. CVjoints, with roofrack, runs well. Sylvia 354-8185 2003 SX 2.0 dodge 139km great $2,500 OBO. 250-551-1370 2008 F-350, 115,000KM, 6.4L Diesel, condition new winters and summers. 2003 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA Wagon excellent condition, lots of warranty $4600 or trade. 250-352-6931 GLS 178,000km, power windows/ left, $25,000. Derrick 352-9491 1985 BUICK SKYLARK, 6 cylinder, locks, heated leather seats, winter/ 1968 GMC PICKUP, good condition, rebuilt carb, motor, new heater core, summer tires. $6900. 250-505-2578 reasonable offers considered. 250muffler, snow/all season tires, 352-0975 399-4818 1990 HONDA CIVIC White. Runs 1997 4X4 JEEP Grand Cherokee. Great, a bit of rust, first $500 takes it. Gold. Great winter vehicle! Well Call 505-9686 $0 DOWN & we make your 1st paymaintained. New winters. $4200. ment at auto credit fast. Need a 250-352-6629 vehicle? Good or Bad credit call Stephanie 1-877-792-0599. www. ����������� DLN 30309. ������������������ �������������������������� WANT A VEHICLE BUT STRESSED ABOUT��������������� YOUR CREDIT? Last week ��������� 12 out of 15 applications approved! J E W E L L E RY SALES ������������� We fund your future not your past. OPPORTUNITY! NEW to Canada, ������������������������������ Any Credit. $500 christmas cash trendy, affordable! Work from home, extended. www.coastlineautocredit. ����������������������������������� GREAT money & vacations. ��������������������Earn com or 1-888-252-8235. Contact Curt for catalogue and busi���������������������������������� ����������������������������� ness information. ckjewellery@shaw. ca, 403.909.4302 ������������������������������������������������������� SEEKING WORKING PARTNER ������������������������������������������������ for Southern Pit Style BBQ Catering SLED FOR SALE $2000. 250-352-5692 ������������������������������������������������������� Business. High volume operation for ���������������������������������������������������� festivals, ball tournaments, farmers markets, catering, street take-out ������������������������������������������������������� and heat and eat. Express inter������������������������������������������������������ COOPER WINTER TIRES - 95% est to ����������������������������������������������� tread, barely used, 195/60/R15. No Reasonable small business capi���������������������������������������������������� rims. From KIA Spectra. $350. 250tal required for equitable share. All 352-0960 responses answered immediately. ����������������������������������������������������� 8 LUG CHROME Rims and BFG ������������������������������������������������� KM2 Tires 285/70/17, Bolt Pattern �������������������������������������������������� 8x165, 70%-75% tread, $1200. 250�������������������������������������������������� BECOME AN EVENT PLANNER 359-6970 ������������������������������ with the IEWP™ online course. 1980 VOLVO WAGON: w/engine to Start your own successful business. be installed. Nice body, standard. ����������������������������������������������� You’ll receive full-colour texts, DVDs, $300 OBO. Mechanical repairs avail�������������������� assignments, and personal tutoring. �������������������������������������������������� able. 250-226-7548 FREE BROCHURE. 1-800-267-1829. ���������� ���������������������������������� FOUR 215-65R-16 SNOW tires on Dodge Caravan alloy wheels. Less ����������������������������������������������� MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION IS ������� than 500km use. $700 OBO. 250rated #2 for at-home jobs. Train from ��������������������������������������������������� 229-4452 home with the only industry approved ��������������������������������������������� FOR SALE: HOOD for 73-79 Ford school in Canada. Contact CanScribe pick-up and bigger, straight and solid, ��������������������������������������������������� ���� today! 1-800-466-1535. www.canu-haul, $25 OBO, 352-6841 ��������������������������������������������������� FOR SALE: PAIR of P-195-70-14 A PA R T M E N T / C O N D O M I N I U M �������������������������������������������������� Blizzak snow tires, good tread, awesome MANAGERS (CRM) home study ���������������������������������� Please proof for accuracy then phone, fax or email with any changes or an approval. tires, $60 OBO for both, 352-6841 course. Many jobs registered with us across Canada! Thousands of 1994 DODGE 1 TON Dually Cummins ����������������������������������������������������� Phone: 250.354.3910 • Fax: 250.352.5075 • Email: grads working! Government certified. diesel, 5 speed, body rough, $3,200; ��������������������������������������������������� 30 years of success! or 2-15” the snow client tires for truck, $80. 250- off. 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Health & Fitness

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TOBI CLOTHES STEAMER (new); Twist Abdoer exerciser (new); each $50. Chris 250-354-4240

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HOMEWORKERS GET PAID DAILY! NOW ACCEPTING: Simple part time and full time Online Computer Work is OPENINGS NOW AVAILABLE for available. No fees or charges to particichild care in my home. Stay-at-home pate. Start Today, mom of 1 1/2 year old and also LOOKING FOR WORK? Check ‘registered license-not require child out our website or call care provider’. Subsidy rates are (250)352-6200 for free information available. Flexible hours and days. and assistance! Reasonable rates. Healthy lunch and snacks provided. Please call 250DRIVERS/OWNER OPERATORS 825-9697 WANTED - Truck Contractors need drivers with log haul experience & BABYGIRL CLOTHES NB-18MTHS, clean driver’s abstract. Owner operababy gate, leap frog table, baby bjorn tors needed with 6, 7, 8 axle log and more. 250-352-5955 trailers. Visit or call BABY CHANGE TABLE in excellent 1-800-661-5210 (ext. 8173). condition $45 OBO. 352-5606 FLAT ROOFERS WANTED FISHER PRICE BABY bouncer seat Experienced roofers. PVC, EPDM, with removable hanging toys, excelT&G & other flat roof products. lent condition. $20. 352-5606 Valid driver’s licence. Skill based pay. INDOOR FUN: LITTLE Tikes 8x8 Year round full-time. Phone 403-261foot bouncing room. Includes inflating 6822. Fax 403-261-6826. fan. Excellent condition. $100. 250ENSIGN ENERGY SERVICE INC. 352-6399 is looking for experienced Drilling WHITE BUNNY COSTUME for boy Rig, & Coring personnel for all posior girl. Size 4-5. Excellent condition, tion levels. Drillers, Coring Drillers warm and fuzzy, perfect for Easter $35. - $40.20.; Derrickhands $34., or Halloweeen or just dressing up! Motorhands $28.50; Floorhands, 250-352-0960 Core Hands, Helpers $24. - $26.40. BABY ERGO AND Baby Trecker carPlus incentives for winter coring! riers $40 each, both were $70. Tub Telephone 1-888-ENSIGN-0 (1-888and gate $10 each. 250-825-0188 367-4460). Fax 780-955-6160. Email: BRAND NEW BATMAN Muscle Chest Costume for 1-2 year old, $45. 770 ALBERTA HAULING need Class Never worn, still in package. 2501 drivers to haul logs in northern 352-0960 Alberta. Experience needed. Call 780-554-8511 for more information. RUSKIN CONSTRUCTION LTD. Pile driving and bridge construction; www. currently WINE TASTING SOCIAL at The looking for: Professional Engineers; Royal, February 2nd. Enjoy 6 BC Engineers in Training; Project wines paired with fabulous food and Managers; Site Superintendents; great company! 6 - 8p.m. $35 per Site Administrators; Journeymen/ person. Reservations required. Call Apprentice Welders; Crane & Valencia at 250-352-0960 Equipment Operators; Bridgemen; Pile Drivers; Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics. Permanent and seasonal work. Competitive/Union wages. Fax ������������������������������ resume 250-563-6788. Email: bridge IF������������������������ YOU OWN a home or real estate, EXPERIENCED HAIRSTYLIST ALPINE CREDITS will lend you WANTED: Apply with resume to 601 money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit ��������������������� Lake Street / Age / Income is NOT an issue. GET THAT PERFECT part-time job 1.800.587.2161. ���������������� working for an oil firm as a local $500$ LOAN SERVICE, by phone, agent and earn more. Job requireno credit refused, quick and easy, ments: Good communication skills in payable over 6 or 12 installments. English, Internet access. Any previToll Free: 1-877-776-1660 www.monous working experience could be an advantage. Applicants should send their resume to James Mallett at for more information LARGE TABLE, SIX chairs, and china unit in light oak for $350. 250355-0037 DOUBLE SIZED MATTRESS and SLOCAN VALLEY BLACK Angus boxspring, good condition, $75 OBO. Beef now does fresh sausage! All 250-352-5355 $100 freezer packs have bonus COMPUTER DESK, IKEA. Wood of your choice: hot Italian, mild and brushed steel. 6ft high, 4ft wide, Italian, sundried tomato, garlic and 3ft deep. Valued $289, selling $79.99. Doukahbour style. 250-226-7276 250-352-5520 ���������������������������� Wayne Savinkoff HUTCH/BUFFET. BOTTOM IS 50Wx26Hx17deep, top is 50Wx45Hx12deep, three glass doors, medium-dark colour $125 OBO. 352-2238 �����������������������������������������������������

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Health & Fitness DR. MICHAEL SMITH (TCM) is now accepting new patients. Offering services in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Nutritional and Functional Medicine. 15 years experience. Call 250-352-0459

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Lost & Found LOST: BLACK LG cellphone in a red case. Reward. 250-352-0313 FOUND: RED AND black INQphone by Safeway. Email elizabeth-ann@live. ca, Call 902-802-2019 to claim

Misc. for Sale I HAVE A Nintendo DS I’m selling for $85, comes with 3 games. Interested? E-mail me at 4 KODAK CAMERAS, 1912 to 1965; minolta 1987; vivitar 1990. All for $25 OBO. 250-399-4736 10X22 CABIN. $1800. 250-355-2966 1 SHAW DIGITAL high def pvr (Motorola) cablebox 2 months old, $225; 1 Shaw digital cablebox, $50. Phone 250-825-9424 NEW BAR FRIDGE, $80 OBO; Women’s size 7 Raichle hiking boots, $35; Yakima roofracks, $60. 250352-7035 CHAMPION JUICER $240; 3 CD Changer Magnavox MAS85 Mini HiFi Stereo System $60. 250-399-0093 WASHER AND DRYER 1990’s $100 OBO. 352-7402 evenings STUFF FOR SALE, including computers, for my list. Jordan 250-608-3548 ELECTRIC SNOW BLOWER $65; stereo receiver $45; large technics speakers $55; antique chest of drawers $115. 250-359-7756 WHITE GE CONV. stove with hood $150; Maytag dishWasher $125; Amana fridge $100 OBO. 551-3833


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OIL FILLED HEATER $30; upright vacuum $25; turntable $40; stereo amplifier $55; Technics-speakers $55. 250-359-7756 4 ANTIQUE CROCK pots; 19” LG computer monitor; Toshiba DVD/ Remote player $25/each, excellent condition. Phone 354-0323 2 SHIMPO ELECTRIC pottery wheels; electric kiln; aluminum ducting; chariot cougar stroller w/bike attachment. 354-1648 BRAUN FOODPROCESSOR AND Braun Juicer, excellent condition, $65 each or $120 for both, 250-226-7880 CD KARAOKE MACHINE, digital, 7” monitor, brand new, still in the box, $100. 250-226-7789 SKIS FOR SALE 170cm Volkl Kiku; freeride bindings, like new, $900 OBO; Black Diamond crossbows, 163cm, diamir lite touring bindings, $300. 250-319-3648 MASON AND RISCH PIANO with upholstered bench, $750; old mirror with wood frame, 32x36, $20 OBO. 250-352-2307 MOBILE HOME PORTABLE Satellite Dish with Stand $85; Wine Corker $30; AC/DC 225 Amp Stick Welder $350; 16’ Pike Pole $40; Swift Microscope “High Quality” $75. Phone 250-352-6221 SKATES, 11; X-C skis; Salomon boots, pedestal sink, Moen faucet, truck repair manual, 70’s. 250-357-2289 A FREE TELEPHONE SERVICE Get Your First Month Free. Bad Credit, Don’t Sweat It. No Deposits. No Credit Checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines Today 1-866-884-7464. STEEL BUILDINGS PRICED TO CLEAR - Holding 2010 steel prices on many models/sizes. Ask about FREE DELIVERY! CALL FOR QUICK SALE QUOTE and FREE BROCHURE - 1800-668-5111 ext. 170. BUILDING SALE... “FINAL WEEK!” 25x30 $6200. 30x40 $9850. 32x60 $15,600. 32x80 $19,600. 35x60 $17,500. 40x70 $18,890. 40x100 $26,800. 46x140 $46,800. OTHERS. Doors optional. Pioneer MANUFACTURERS DIRECT 1-800668-5422.

SMALL WOODSTOVE HEATER and/or hot water tank (don’t need elements‚, 30 US gal. 226-7311 WANTED: FREE UNWANTED furniture. Couch, dining room table, coffee tables. Will pick up. Thank you! 250352-3797 LOOKING FOR FREE table in decent shape, willing to pick up. Please call 505-9513. Thanks! NIKON LEICA ALPA and other film cameras wanted for my collection. 250355-2407 LOOKING FOR TIPI POLES peeled, 24” long (fit for a 18” tipi). 250-505-6160 WANTED: USED PROPANE range in excellent condition, reasonably priced. 226-7333 WANTED: NEWER QUEEN size mattress and boxspring in good condition. Please Call Lisa at 357-2276 LOOKING FOR THE pattern used to make the folded Christmas trees seen at Castlegar quilt show. 825-2217 BEAN BAG CHAIR wanted to buy in good condition. 250-352-1167. WANTED: 23 FOOT or longer travel trailer, older model, cheap, for cash. Call anytime 250-357-9905 PENCILS (REGULAR LEAD or color/new or used) for families in Cuba. Need before February 10. 250352-9788 LOOKING FOR DRY firewood pickup or delivery. 354 1455

ANTIQUE PIANO MUST sell asap: To view, go to $600 OBO. 604255-5148 DENON AV SURROUND RECEIVER AVR-988, paid over $1300, never used, no reasonable offer refused, with remote/manual. 250-551-2423 MANDOLIN FOR SALE, made by Dobro, with wood body and metal resonator. $1100. 229-4439

ORCA TRUCK FOR HIRE. Will do dump runs, moving, etc. Patrick 505-0612 24/7 SNOWPLOW AND SANDING, Nelson area. 505-3623 PEDERSEN PAINTING: 15 yrs. experience, residential and commercial. 250-354-3059 FIREFLY CLEANING: HOME, Yardwork, Clutter-Busting. From tidying to total overhauls. Fast, Friendly, Reliable. Eco-options. 250-505-6160 ADRIEN BURTON PAINTING Experienced, Free estimates. Also available for sub-contracting. 250229-2108 CAN’T GET UP YOUR Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift. 1-866-981-6591.

GIRLS HEAD SWEET thang skiis 107cm with tyrolla bindings, used only 10 times, $110. 250-226-7169 VOLKL GOTAMA SKIS. 190cm. Excellent resort/backcountry ski. Brand new. Never drilled. $500. 250365-2600 SNOWBOARD $100; X-COUNTRY skis $40; Downhill skiboots sz.9 $20; x-country skiboots sz.9 $40; men’s skates 250-505-5858

Personals DATING SERVICE. LONG-TERM/ SHORT-TERM Relationships, FREE CALLS. 1-877-297-9883. Exchange voice messages, voice mailboxes. 1-888-534-6984. Live adult casual conversations-1on1, 1-866-311-9640, Meet on chat-lines. Local Single Ladies.1-877-804-5381. (18+). DENIED CANADA PENSION PLAN DISABILITY BENEFITS? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877793-3222.

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Notices THE NELSON-CRESTON GREENS thank Nelson Becker and the Express for 23 great years of local community building. You will be missed! nelson.

Other I.H. MODEL 434 2WD 1966 w/bucket. Runs well. $1250 OBO. 250-354-3059

Pets & Livestock PROFESSIONAL DOG GROOMING with TLC. Pinky’s Pet Parlour, 536 Ward St., Nelson. Monthly Specials! 250-551-5501 YORKIE/CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES. HAPPY, healthy socialized. 5-10lbs. Ready to go now. 352-9694 FREE TO GOOD HOME, two black and white cats, ages 4 and 8, elderly female owner unable to care for them. Telephone 250-352-2950


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Sports Equip. WOMEN’S BURTON SUPREME heat 8.5 boots with thermic heaters [bought last year]. $130. 250-359-6606 BEAUTIFUL POLARIS 340 touring snowmobile, like new, $2200. A real deal: sled $269. 353-7343, 354-9117 BURTON SNOWBOARD, 157, brand new binding $150. 250-551-7356 SILVRETTA PURE FREERIDE AT bindings. Never mounted. Men’s size 11 or larger. $150. 250-551-5683 ARCTERYX BRAND BACKPACK, Bora 70 ladies medium, red, gently Sudoku used. New $300, asking $150.Classic 250226-7399 ���������� GYM TOTAL body UNIVERSAL workout, 200lbs, heavy duty steel, Australian, all attachments, $150 OBO. WOMEN SNOWBOARD: OPTION Bella 153. Perfect condition. Ridden only a handful of times. $200. Tel.250359-7772 153 K2 MYSTERY luv skis with marker binding, used one season, some scuffs. $150. 250-359-6606

Travel TRANSPORT NEEDED FOR bicycle to Vancouver before or/on Feb. 12 (final destination Cuba). 250-3529788 early am, late evening BAYSHORE TRAVEL ÖWWW. BAYSHORE-TRAVEL.COMÖ Full service travel agencyÖ Call Dean 250-229-2277 Difficulty Level - Easy

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LARGE 1 BEDROOM upper duplex heritage apartment. Near downtown Nelson. Non-smoking. W?D, hardwood floors, clawfoot tub, covered deck, full sunlight. $900/ month+utilities. Available now. References required 250-354-1988 2 BEDRM DUPLEX near Blewett School. N/S, N/P, St/Fr, $750 plus utilities. References.250-352-5217 until 8pm. BACHELOR SUITE IN Rosemont, available Feb 1. N/S, N/P, single occupant only. $650 inclusive. 5051178

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UPSCALE FULLYFURNISHED 2 bedroom waterfront cottage in Nelson www.seevirtual360. com/11825 No smoking/Pets. Utilities included $1200/mo. 250-825-3454 SLOCAN VALLEY LARGE 4-bedroom house on acreage, wood stove, large kitchen, quiet and private. $990/ month. 250-355-0035


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health calendar drop-in classes Wednesdays SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA 10-11:30 Rebalancing Yoga, Joy 12-1:30 Anusara Yoga, Elissa 5:30-7 Restorative Yoga, Donna 7:30-9 Invigorating Yoga, Paige KUTENAIS FINEST PERSONAL TRAINING 8 a.m. Core Fusion with Ali Popoff 182 Baker St. 250-352-9196 THE YOGA LOFT 625 FRONT ST. 5:30-7:30pm Mysore w/ Katie Sawyer 551.4522 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FITNESS GROUP 6-7 Lakeside 825.0030 RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Beginner 3-4 pm, 4-5:30 pm Intermediate, S.Nelson School 505-1812 TAO YOGA 8:30 - 10am, gentle yet energizing! Marisa 352.0886 www.thewellnessqi. com LATIN MERENGUE CLASSES sexy dance based on hip movements. 509-0633 BLOOM PRENATAL YOGA 5:30- 7pm. All Levels @ Kutenai’s Finest, 182 Baker St. 505.6789 SWORD TAI CHI (YANG 32 FORM) 4-5:30 p.m. with Master Pauline Bao 250-505-8057 SHOTOKAN KARATE 5 - 7p.m. St. Joseph’s School gym 523 Mill Street. 250-229-4420 WALKING CLUB NELSON 9:30 am under Orgnge Bridge E mail YOGA THERAPY WITH ANIE BOUDREAU 10:30am Morning Yoga 1:00pm Hatha Yoga #9-205 Victoria Street, 505-9807 BEGINNER TAI CHI 7-8:00pm. with Master Pauline Bao. 505-8057

Thursdays SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA 10:00-11:30 a.m Gentle Yoga, Joy 12-1:00 Lunch hour Yoga, Linsey 5:30-7 p.m. Skiers & Boarders! Elissa 7:30-9 p.m. Yoga Basics, Joy, 8 classes/ $80 (pre-register)






THEYOGALOFT.ORG 625 FRONT ST. 5:30-7 all levels ashtanga yoga - Jenna

CORE YOGA WITH DON 9:30-11am core yoga all levels 6-7:30pm all levels 209-507 Baker, upstairs ManiStone Centre, 352-0794

FELDENKRAIS CLASSES 11:30-12:30 Gentle & powerful. Learn to move with ease. 206 Victoria 352-3449 First class free.

KYOKUSHIN KARATE 2:30 - 3:45 Kids; 6 - 7 p.m. Adults Blewette Elementary School, Keith Clughart, 551-3345.

KUNDALINI YOGA WITH CATHERINE LEIGHLAND 11:30-1 Shambhala Meditation Centre, 444 Baker. upstairs 352-6132.

VINI YOGA CLASSES WITH LAURIE MADISON 10:30-12 at The Studio 182 Baker St. 354-0269


APPLIED COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS 6:30 - 8 pm. Adult class 525 Josephine Street, call 352-0459 OM YOGA STUDIO 9:30 - 11 a.m. Quantum Yoga, Alison 6 Mile, 3067 Heddle Rd, 250-8250011 KYOKUSHIN KARATE 2:30 - 3:45 Kids, 6 - 7 p.m. Adults Blewette Elementary School, Keith Clughart, 551-3345 MIXED CONTACT MARTIAL ARTS 6-7:30 p.m Aries Resort, 825.0030, FELDENKRAIS CLASSES 1 - 2 p.m. Improve comfort, relieve stress & pain @ OM Studio, 6 Mile, 3067 Heddle Rd Judy Katz 352-3319, FELDENKRAIS CLASSES 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Improve comfort, relieve stress & pain @ Kutenais Finest, 182 Baker Judy Katz 352-3319, QI-GONG & CHEN TAI CHI 7 - 8 p.m. Central School Gym. Info 250-505-4562 Chris Gibson FOLK FUSION SKIRT DANCE 3 - 4 p.m. Ages 7-11 All Levels. 6-7 p.m. Adult, Studio Alive, 352-0047 BELLYDANCE CLASSES 6:45 or 8 pm at the Moving Centre, 533 Baker St. 509-0633 HEART YOGA WITH KARUNA 5:30-7pm all levels at The Studio, 182 Baker Karuna Erickson 229-4793 RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Beg (5-7 yr)3-4:00, Performance Group 4-5:30 @ S.Nelson School 505-1812 FELDENKRAIS CLASSES WORK! 2:30-3:30 Relieve back and joint pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, injuries, etc. 206 Victoria 352-3449 First class free. KUNDALINI YOGA WITH CATHRINE LEIGHLAND 5-6:30 at Selkirk Rosemont Campus, rm. 16 KOOTENAY AIKIDO 5:30-6:45 p.m. Intro Aikido 213C Baker St 250-226-6711

YOGA THERAPY WITH ANIE BOUDREAU 8:30am Morning Yoga #9-205 Victoria Street, 505-9807 BEING BODYSMART IN MOTION 9:30-11am Core Yoga 4-5:30pm Core Conditioning 6-7:30pm Yoga Man 209 - 507 Baker, upstairs Don 352-0794

Fridays SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA 12-1:30 Hatha Flow 5:30-7 Anusara Yoga, Elissa 7:30-9 Mellow Flow, Linsey THE YOGA LOFT 625 FRONT ST. 4:30-6:30pm Mysore w/ Katie Sawyer 551.4522 POWER VINYASA YOGA 9-10:30am With Katya Hayes @ The Studio 182 Baker St. Call 229-4979 NELSON BREAST FEEDING CLINIC 9:30 - 11:30 a.. Free drop-in Nelson Health Unit, 2nd floor Kutenai Building, 333 Victoria Street, 250-505-7200. KOOTENAY AIKIDO 4 - 5 p.m. Akido Fun, ages 4-6 5 -6 p.m. Kids Class, ages 7-12 6:30 - 8 p.m. Adult Class 213C Baker St 250-226-6711 KUTENAIS FINEST PERSONAL TRAINING 8 a.m. Boot Camp with Ali Popoff 182 Baker St 250-352-9196 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FITNESS GROUP 6-7 Lakeside 825.0030 CHILDREN’S SWORD KUNG FU (BEGINNER) with Master Pauline Bao 4-5 p.m. 250-505-8057 TAO YOGA 8:30 - 10, gentle yet energizing! Marisa 352.0886 THEYOGALOFT.ORG 625 FRONT ST. 4:30-6 mysore

SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA 10-11:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga, Shayla 12-1:30 p.m. Invigorating Yoga! Paige 2:00-3:30 Rebalancing Yoga, Joy THE YOGA LOFT 625 FRONT ST. 9-10:45am Mysore w/ Katie Sawyer 551.4522

Sundays SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA 10-11:30 a.m. Mellow Flow, Linsey 12-1:30 p.m. Anusara Yoga, Elissa 4:30-6:00 p.m. Apres ski yoga THE YOGA LOFT 625 FRONT ST. 9:00-10:45 a.m Mysore w/ Katie Sawyer 551.4522 YOGA WITH DREA 10 a.m. Join Drea for Vinyasa flow Yoga 182 Baker St (Kootenai Finest) Cost: $10 Pass/$12 drop in. All Welcome!

Mondays SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA121:30 Hatha Flow, Trisha 5:30-7 Anusara Yoga, Elissa 7:30-9 Yin Yoga, Linsey THE YOGA LOFT 625 FRONT ST. 6-7:30pm Guided Ashtanga (all levels) w/Katie Sawyer HATHA YOGA - IYENGAR STYLE 5:30pm-7pm, The Moving Centre, 533 Baker St. Ellissa, 352-9279

KUTENAIS FINEST PERSONAL TRAINING 8 a.m. Core Fusion with Ali Popoff 182 Baker St. 250-352-9196 FELDENKRAIS CLASSES 1 - 2 p.m. Improve comfort, relieve stress & pain @ Kutenais Finest, 182 Baker St. Judy Katz 352-3319, MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FITNESS GROUP 6-7 p.m. Lakeside Park 825.0030 VINI YOGA CLASSES WITH LAURIE MADISON 10:30-12 at The Studio 182 Baker St. 354-0269 BELLYFIT HOLISTIC FITNESS 9-10 a.m. at the Moving Centre. Call Heather, 354-0492

QI-GONG & CHEN TAI CHI 7 - 8 p.m. at the Central School Gym. Info 505-4562 Chris Gibson. SARVA SHAKTI SADHANA CIRCLE 7-8 p.m. ancient siddhar yoga practice #209-ManiStone Centre, 505-7832 KUTENAIS FINEST PERSONAL TRAINING 8 a.m. Boot Camp with Ali Popoff 182 Baker St 250-352-9196 KOOTENAY AKIDO 6 - 7:30 p.m. Intro Akido 213C Baker St 250-352-3935. HEART YOGA WITH KARUNA 5:30-7pm all levels The Studio, 182 Baker St. Karuna Erickson 250-229-4793

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Beg (5-7 yrs) 2:15-3:15 pm, Beg (8+) 3:15-4:15 @ Red Fish School 505-1812

THEYOGALOFT.ORG 625 FRONT ST. 11am-12:30 mellow flow- jenna 5:30-7 all levels ashtanga yoga - jenna

YOGA THERAPY WITH ANIE BOUDREAU 10:30am Morning Yoga 1:00pm Hatha Yoga #9-205 Victoria Street, 505-9807

MIXED CONTACT MARTIAL ARTS 6-7:30 p.m Aries Resort, 825.0030,

SWORD TAI CHI (YANG 32 FORM) 4-5:30 p.m. with Master Pauline Bao 250-505-8057 SHOTOKAN KARATE 5 - 7p.m. St. Joseph’s School gym 523 Mill Street. 250-229-4420 BEGINNER TAI CHI 7-8:00pm. with Master Pauline Bao.


POWER VINYASA YOGA 6:30-8 pm With Katya Hayes @ The Studio 182 Baker. 229-4979

SHANTI YOGA STUDIO SHANTIYOGA.CA 10-11:30 Gentle Yoga, Joy 12-1:00 Lunch hour Yoga, Linsey 5:30-7 p.m. Skiers & Boarders! Elissa 7:30-9 p.m. Yoga Basics, Joy 8 classes/$80 (pre-register)

KOOTENAY AIKIDO 5:30-6:45 p.m. Intro Akido 213C Baker St 250-226-6711

APPLIED COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS 6:30 - 8 p.m. Adult Class, 525 Josephine St. Info call 352-0459.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION DANCE JAM 7:30 - 9 p.m. all levels and live musicians welcome. The Moving Centre, 533A Baker St. Info 352-3319 Judy.

OM YOGA STUDIO 9:30- 11 a.m. Quantum Yoga, Alison 6 Mile, 3067 Heddle Rd, 250-8250011

BELLYDANCE CLASSES 6:45 or 8 pm at the Moving Centre, 533 Baker St. 509-0633 RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Beginner (8 & up) 3-4:00, Performance Group 4-5:30 @ S. Nelson School 505-1812 YOGA THERAPY WITH ANIE BOUDREAU 8:30am Morning Yoga #9-205 Victoria Street, 505-9807 CORE YOGA WITH DON 9:30-11am core yoga all levels 4-5:30pm integral finess all levels 209-507 Baker, upstairs ManiStone Centre, 352-0794 BELLYFIT HOLISTIC FITNESS 7:15-8:15 p.m. at Kutenai’s Finest, 182 Baker St.. Call Heather, 354-0492 BEING BODYSMART IN MOTION 9:30-11am Core Yoga 4-5:30pm Core Conditioning 209 - 507 Baker, upstairs Don 352-0794 YOGA THERAPY WITH ANIE BOUDREAU 8:30am Morning Yoga #9-205 Victoria Street, 505-9807

We do our best to maintain accurate listings, however, we cannot guarantee that times have not been changed or events have not been cancelled. We recommend verifying with the event host or venue before attending.




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body & soul health directory ACUPUNCTURE Kate Butt, Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine ................................551-5283 Shauna Robertson Acupuncture & Herbs ..................................352-2167 ART/PLAY THERAPY Carmen Carter, M.Ed., R.C.C., P.T.I. Children/Youth & Families .........................................................354-4485 AYURVEDIC MEDICINE

PILATES Kootenai Pilates 540 Baker St....................................................352-1600


RELEXOLOGY Rhythmic Reflexology ...................825-3460

COLONICS Hydrotherpy, Detoxification, Nutrition. U. Devine ..............................352-6419

REGISTERED MASSAGE D Voykin RMT, 30 Yrs. Hannah Somatics for frozen shoulder .....................................................................505-5549 Valerie Nunes RMT @ Acupuncture Natural Health Clinic, new clients welcome ..................................................................505-3946 Caroline Vrba RMT Shalimar ......................................................354-4408 mobile ........................................................................................509-3400

Anna Colin, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner ................................352-1853 Aga Dezwart, Rolf Practitioner ......................352-6611

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COUNSELLING & COACHING Dienna Raye, MA, counsellor & life coach...................................352-1220 Sally Shamai, MEd, RCC, individuals & couples............... 1-877-688-5565 Shayla Wright certified life coach/mentor ...................................352-7908 HAIR CARE Vadim Kristopher Hair Salon 560 Herridge Ln..................................... 352-6700 Renaissance Hair Co. Find us on facebook..................................250-352-1955 HOMEOPATHY

Margo MacLaren DHom ......................................................354-7072 HYPNOTHERAPY Irene Mock, Reg. ....................352-7035



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MASSAGE SERVICES A Touch of Aloha, lomi, cranio, structural, sports .......................229-4424 Colleen O’Sullivan, Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, Deep T. 210-601 Front St. .........................................................352-7710

MASSAGE SERVICES RUB IT IN Mobile & Studio, Deep T., Neuro, Sports ...................352-6804

SPAS Found, Nelson’s Aveda Concept Spa & Salon ...........................352-7775 YOGA OM Yoga, 3067 Heddle Rd. 6-Mile, ............825-0011 Yoga Therapy, specializing in chronic pain. Heritage Health Centre 823 Baker St. Eliza Gooderham ................................................354-3885 Katie Sawyer Ashtanga Vinyasa The Yoga Loft .......................... 551.4522

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Holistic nutrition

There is something so nice about having a weekly paper in the community. One that Jenn Keirstead everybody could afford - because it was Happy “paper” trails free! That was such a beautiful part about The day I found out that the Express was it; everyone could have access to it. stopping its weekly paper was a sad day I realize we are entering into a paperindeed. less, computer-dominated society. In some natural nutrition I have been so genuinely happy about Jenn Keirstead cases, laptops have already taken the place having my holistic nutrition column printed of newspapers; they have even replaced in this paper. This was an outlet for me, and books. Then, of course, quickly typed ewriting and reaching out to the Nelson community was mails have not so recently replaced the written, paper something I took great pride in. letter. I loved the readers’ feedback and will be sad to see that I would like to thank Nelson Becker and the hard-workgo. I took it all in as such a great opportunity to learn. ing staff at the Express for this experience! I would like to I do hope this isn’t the end of all printed newspapers. thank Tara Stark, Registered Dietician, who contributed


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to this paper for a long time before me; she inspired me to have a voice. Lastly, I would like to thank the town of Nelson. It is full of such creative, knowledgable, talented people, many of whom I would not have been connected to if it weren’t for this paper. I will continue to share my thoughts on Facebook. I blog openly and honestly about my natural (and sometimes unconventional) approach to healing the body through preventative, whole food nutrition. Look for my Facebook page under Jennifer Keirstead: Holistic Nutrition Counseling.

NELSON COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE Open House & Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 5th 10-6pm

Nelson and District Women’s Centre: a mainstay in our community

At the Yoga Loft - 3rd floor - 625 Front St. In the corner brick building across from Sears.

Tamara Abramson, Outreach and Fund Development Coordinator, WKWA The West Kootenay Women’s Association (WKWA) operates the Nelson and District Women’s Centre. Starting with $7,600 in federal funds from the Secretary of State in 1974, the Women’s Centre is the longest running rural women’s centre in all of Canada. This is a monumental achievement and one of which residents of the West Kootenay are proud. The Centre has provided help to thousands of women and their families over the past 38 years by offering a welcoming place to receive support, valuable resources, skills training, referrals, free food and clothing. Hundreds of volunteers have been involved in the Women’s Centre’s journey over the years by offering their time and a huge variety of skills to keep the Centre alive and relevant to the community. Buying the Centre’s home at 420 Mill Street was a brilliant and practical move by a group of dedicated women in 1994. After six months of renovations, many hours of volunteer labour, and a Canada Employment Insurance Commissionfunded building/training project managed by local carpenter Sally Mackenzie, the Mill Street house opened its doors in January, 1995. The house represents all the women who have worked so tirelessly to provide and sustain a permanent home for West Kootenay women. While funding was slightly more forthcoming in earlier years, in 2004 the provincial government cut their funding all women’s centres in the province. The Nelson Women’s Centre has not received core funding since that time. The Women’s Centre needs approximately $100,000 ����������������������������� annually to operate with our three parttime staff, our house, and all other costs related to the running of the Centre. Fortunately, we have been receiving annual gaming funds that cover approximately one-quarter of our costs. The rest of our operating costs must be fundraised, and donations from the community therefore play a huge role in keeping the Women’s

We are offering $5 treatments for New Patients, Qi Gong demonstrations, refreshments and door prizes. Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with a healthy beginning.


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