2013 Year in Review – November

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

Vivien Browne on cello and Peri Best on guitar entertaining their friends and neighbors at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kettle Valley.

Mt. Baldy ski hill is facing uncertainty about the coming season. Season passes are not yet for sale.

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The Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities is launching a new Vital Signs project in the next few months.

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Margaret Maximenko of Christina Lake has announced that she will be seeking the NDP nomination in the newly named riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay.

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The Kettle Valley Adventurer Club was officially organized at its first meeting on Oct. 8.

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The Midway Trails Society has signed a 10-year Recreation Sites and Trails Agreement with the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the management of the hiking and biking trails south of the river.

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The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary took first place and won a $10,000 ElectroRecycle Civic Award in recognition of their achievements in recycling. More correctly, as RDKB General Manager of Environmental Services Alan Stanley put it, “The residents of the regional district themselves have won the award.” “The regional district received the award but really it was the ElectroRecycle folks who put the program together and the residents themselves who responded to it,” clarified S t a n l e y in a telephone interview with the Times on Tuesday afternoon. “About all that we did was try not to take the stuff at our landfills.”

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Midway trails got some work done recently that saw a new trail link put in and upgrading and maintenance done on several other areas. The project lasted from Oct. 18 to Nov.12. The crew put in a new trail—known as the View Link—connecting the Village View (flag) trail to the Red Trail closer to the top of the mountain. This avoids having to backtrack from the flagpole in order to go to the top.

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The Kettle River Arts Club holds potluck lunches every month, but the one held last week was special because longtime president Nancy Yamamura was retiring from the executive. The day was complete with cake and, of course, handmade cards. Along with a gift, many hugs, expressions of gratitude for her service and good wishes for her future were given to Yamamura.

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An open season on whitetail does has local hunters concerned about the resource. The Kettle Wildlife Association sponsored a meeting at their wildlife hall in Rock Creek last Friday night that brought out nearly 50 to hear retired Grand Forks guide/outfitter Barry Brandow speak out against the hunt.

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Eight students led the rest of the BCSS student body in the fight against cancer on Nov. 21 when the BCSS Spirit Club sponsored a head shave to support two charities. The hair donated by three young women was bundled and will be sent to Locks of Love, a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

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The Rock Creek and Boundary Fair Association meeting heard complaints from nearby property owners about the volume and early morning hours of music during the Ponderosa Music Festival on the September long weekend. Linda and Stan Jones, who live at the bottom of Nicholson Creek Road, brought their concerns to the Nov. 20 meeting.

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Midway resident John Hibberson came before village council at their Nov. 18 regular meeting seeking their blessing for his proposal to use the community hall as a home for the Midway Little Theatre.

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Council has accepted a bid of $18,036.52 from Omega Communication Ltd. for a new repeater system that would put the West Boundary Highway Rescue on their own radio channel.