2013 Year in Review – February

A recap of some of the memorable moments of the past year in the West Boundary.

Snowmobile Drags sponsored by the Kettle Valley Racing Association have become an annual event.

The 4th annual Kettle Valley Racing Association snowmobile race at Midway airport was the biggest and best yet. There were 40 rider ID bibs given out, but with some of those riders competing in more than one class, there were a total of 61 sleds going down the track in 2013.

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Members of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Electoral Area E Advisory Planning Commission (APC) were appointed last Thursday by the board of directors. Named to sit for the next year are Diane Scott, Art Harfman, John Condon, George Dagg, Vic Lockhart and Michael Fenwick- Wilson.

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The first ever B.C. Family Day was acknowledged in Greenwood with a day of snow sculpture building in Lion’s Park. The Greenwood Recreation Commission sponsored the event; they partnered with local professional carver Jim Harris, who was available to give tips on sculpting with snow.

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The 4th annual Midway Men’s and Women’s Hockey Tournament was a big success as 10 teams came to the West Boundary. The event was sponsored by the Midway Old-Timers men’s and the Midway Ice Maidens women’s teams.

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RDKB Environmental Services Director Alan Stanley faced an angry crowd in Bridesville Hall as he presented the reasons why the RDKB board has voted to close waste transfer stations. There are nine unattended transfer stations in the Boundary. Five are slated for closure on May 1: two at Christina Lake and one each at Westbridge, Bridesville and Jewel Lake.

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The Greenwood Improvement Society has been looking at developing senior’s residential facilities in other communities and came before council to ask if they would support the idea of a facility in the city and if council would be open to providing land to the project. Council voted to draft a letter stating the municipality will provide land for a senior’s facility in the City of Greenwood.

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The city has been told that grant applications for funding of projects at the sewer lift station and wastewater treatment plant were both unsuccessful.

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According to the 2011 census, the population in Area E has dropped almost 12 per cent from the 2006 count. Residents were cautioned to expect less grant-in-aid money this year as the assessed value of property has fallen, primarily at Big White.

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There will be no middle school in Grand Forks, at least not in the near future. That was the near unanimous decision by SD51 after a lengthy discussion.

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The BCSS Junior Girls basketball team used speed, determination and teamwork to win all four of their games en route to capturing the Stanley Humphries Secondary School Jr. Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament.

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Greenwood’s municipal water has once again made the grade at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival as Canada’s Smallest City took bronze last weekend in the Best Tasting Municipal Water category. After winning Gold in 2012, the city bottled some of the water and labeled it as Greenwood Gold. This year their water also won a silver medal in the purified category.

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A year of animosity and infighting at the Rock Creek Fair Association has meant a rocky transition from the past to the current board but business is proceeding in both meetings of the directors and the membership. Top of mind for many in attendance at the February general meeting was the reinstatement of expelled members and the possible loss of the rodeo. The board has reinstated the memberships of Pierre Sinclaire, Bill Bosovich and Art Harfman.

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Buckin’ Hens Entertainment stating they are considering other options to promoting the rodeo in Rock Creek this year after negotiations for a new contract fell through.

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The Boundary Predators Atoms claimed silver in their playoffs. The Atom Preds had finished the regular season with an impressive 13 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie.

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Rock Creek resident Bill Harpur and Midway mayor Randy Kappes were presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of the service given to their communities and neighbours.