Harry Ellens

February 2016

Events in and around Nakusp from the month of February 2016.

More than just

a flash in the pan

Students in the outdoor education program at Nakusp Secondary School (NSS) got a chance to show off their entrepreneurial skills at the Vancouver International Boat Show.

They were there selling flashers, a piece of equipment used mainly for ocean fishing. Each one costs $45, and looks like a windmill going through the water, and is used to attract fish like salmon or halibut.

“The students, when they’re standing in that booth, have to be able to explain the flashers, and sell them,” said Dorian Boswell, the outdoor education instructor at NSS. “They have to explain the program that they’re in, and they have to explain tourism and what’s available in Nakusp and the valley of Arrow Lakes.”

This is the fourth year students have been participating in the event, and the third year they’ve been at the boat show.

“We could not do this without the community support we get. From the grants that we get from the different organizations in the community, to the businesses in this community, it’s amazing,” he said.

 

Rotary honours

Citizen of the Year

The votes are in and the Rotary Club of Nakusp has found its Citizen of the Year.

This year’s winner is Sheila Anderson of Anderson’s Automotive. She was nominated for her outstanding contribution to the community.

“I was really just shocked,” she said. “Embarrassed isn’t the word that I want to use, but it was like that.”

Anderson said she’s proud to live in Nakusp, and is happy to accept the award.

“Nakusp is and always has been home, total home, and you have to try to support your town in any way that you possibly can, and love it for what it is,” she said. “Everyone cares about everybody here, and everyone helps out when there’s a need for it. How can you not love it?”

 

Renovation to Arrow

Lakes Hospital emergency room on the horizon

The emergency room at the Arrow Lakes Hospital might be getting some work done in the next few years. The hospital was built in 1975, and the emergency room hasn’t been upgraded since that time.

“The West Kootenay Boundary Hospital Board (WKBHB) did a tour of all the facilities,” said Karen Hamling, mayor of Nakusp. “In 2014, we discussed the need for the emergency room upgrades at the Arrow Lakes Hospital.”

Because of a lack of electrical outlets, electrical cords have had to be strung across the department.

The scope and cost of improvements in Nakusp mean Ministry of Health approval is required for the planning process and then the construction.

Improvements to the emergency department will focus on creating a better space for patients and staff, improving the flow through the department, and improving privacy. I interior Health Authority (IHA) will also be looking at creating better space for physicians and visiting specialists to Nakusp.

In addition, IHA is redesigning the old nursery area to make a better space for patients who come to the emergency department and need to stay there overnight for observation.