January 2015

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

Members of Team Black (donning red jerseys for the final) celebrate their long road to victory during the 2014 Falcon cup tournament.

Falcons cup celebrates local minor hockey

The barn was full. The boys were back in town. The Falcon Cup was all filled up for the champs to win the drink. Oh, the good ‘ol hockey game. The Nakusp arena hosted the 3rd annual Falcons Cup on December 20-21. Organized by local champion Mark Macaulay along with an army of volunteers, the hockey tournament played host to an exclusive mix of Nakusp Minor Hockey alumni and local players who maintain an address in the greater Nakusp area. The event also acts as a fund raising vehicle with the goal of supporting the continued success of minor hockey in Nakusp. At registration deadline, 80 hockey players were signed up and five teams were created. Team Black was declared the champions, as they won over Team White with a final score of 2-1.

Annual Blue Knuckle Fishing Derby honours former tackle shop owner

Launching a boat to spend a day or two fishing might not be everyone’s cup of tea for the middle of January but it’s the ideal time of year to catch a fish. Winter fishing has long been a well-kept secret of those in the know, for size and number of fish but also because there are no summer tourists to compete with.

For four years, organizer Tracy Roberts has been holding the Gord Roberts Memorial Blue Knuckle Fishing Derby on the Arrow Lakes in honour of her husband who lost his life after a short illness in 2011. Gord was an avid fisherman-they used to run the tackle shop together. The busy summer tourist season left precious little time to get out on the lake and then they discovered that wintertime was the best fishing on the Arrow Lakes. Roberts started the Blue Knuckle Derby with the slogan, “Think you’re tough enough?”

124 people from as far away as Alberta flood Nakusp for the weekend, boats in tow for fun and camaraderie plus a chance at the prizes for the three biggest fish.

“Whether you knew Gord or you didn’t, it’s a great weekend,” Roberts said, “If you catch a fish, that’s a bonus. As long as I hear that people had fun, that’s the best part.”

Kinsmen Building remains among Village assets

Instead of purchasing the Kinsmen Building next to the post office on Broadway, the organizations planning to collaborate on its occupancy having approached the Village with an application to lease it. This makes more sense for them for now with the long term goal to possibly purchase it eventually. The organizations involved have shifted somewhat; Sufferfest won’t be part of the project but the Nakusp Youth Centre, Options for Sexual Health (Opt), and the Arrow Lakes Arts Council are still in.

Funding to refurbish the interior and pay ongoing operation expenses will come from grant money accessible by each of the different organizations. The interior on the main floor is getting a little bit of a facelift with some cabinetry removal and paint, as well as a few minor things to satisfy building codes. Downstairs is a different story. The youth centre will be occupying that space and the entire space is set for renovation. There will be two washrooms, a large open area, and office and storage.

The groups have come together to maximize their budgets and pool resources, calling the building the Kinship Connection Centre.