February 2015

Highlights from the month of February for the Arrow Lakes News Year in Review

Seven-year-old Connor Siebold with one of his hens. He is very proud of his chickens and his little egg business.

Nakusp’s littlest farmer

Seven year old Connor Siebold of Fauquier has had a love of animals since he could toddle. For two years, he has asked for laying hens for his birthday but his mother Tammy Merry was sure he would get bored of them. She was concerned that they would become her job instead, one she wasn’t keen to take on in addition to her other responsibilities.

“I was against it but he’s done a great job. I thought he would get bored after a day or so,” the mother of four said. Merry says Connor loves earning money. “He will sit at the end of the driveway in the baking sun and sell worms and lemonade in the summer. He made $16.00 one day even though nobody really lives around here.”

They got in ten laying hens from a neighbour and Connor takes care of them every day after school. Connor wants to grow his flock to 30 birds and is hoping to hatch some eggs this spring.

“At first he didn’t want to sell any of the eggs,” his mom chuckles. Now he has a few regular customers and has just enough supply to meet the demand. “I like the money, and I like the chickens,” Connor answers when asked why he wanted to start his own egg business.

RCMP find body near Slocan

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a female who was found deceased near Slocan City on Feb. 15, 2015. She was Victoria Aguilar, aged 63, of Slocan. Aguilar had been reported missing by family members on Jan. 7, 2015, when they had been unable to make contact with her for several days. A search at the time yielded no results. On Feb. 15, a passerby walking near the Slocan River spotted Aguilar in an open area about three kilometres south of Slocan City. She was deceased at the scene. It is noted that Aguilar liked to go for long walks in the area.

Nakusp’s Special Olympics alpine skier wins silver and two bronze

Three new medals have been added to local Alpine skier Jo Blackman’s trophy wall. The Special Olympics athlete has just returned home from the provincial competition at Sun Peaks outside of Kamloops, with a silver and two bronze medallions. His weekend away with coach Eric Waterfield was both eventful and fruitful. Being the only local athlete, Blackman joined nine others from the Kootenays (Region 1) including representatives from Cranbrook, Trail and Invermere. Together the group brought home 27 medals combined. Blackman won silver for Alpine Intermediate Super Giant Slalom, and bronze in Intermediate Giant Slalom and Slalom.