March 2015

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

Crystal and Janet Spicer were honoured with Watershed Hero Awards by the Sierra Club and Centre for Environmental Protection in Spokane

Two local sisters honoured for contribution to environment

At an event held in Spokane, WA on Friday February 27, Virgil Seymour of the Sinixt Nation presented Crystal Spicer and Janet Spicer with the Sierra Club’s Watershed Hero Award in recognition of their work to restore the upper Columbia River and its associated ecosystem.

The recognition is a result of their efforts to rally politicians and experts about the cause and the dedication to oversee the formation of the Columbia Basin Revitalization Coalition. This is an organization whose website states that its mandate is a “Call for an improved dam management plan that will allow restoration and revitalization within the Columbia River Basin.”

Cidery coming to Burton

Construction is underway at a former residence on Highway 6 and Lakeview Park Road in Burton. The building is being converted into a Cidery a brewery to produce apple cider.

Owners Barbara and Alan Ross are prepping the location for Burton’s latest entrepreneurial endeavour. Barbara Ross explained that she thinks Burton is a good location with highway frontage around the corner from a campground with a small local market for the cider.

Their goal is for Barbara to work part time but also to hire people, creating a few jobs in Burton. Currently they have two people clearing land for the new orchard.

Interfor jobs move to Castlegar

Over the next few months, five of the eight salaried Interfor employees in Nakusp are being relocated to Castlegar. Larry Price, General Manager of Woodlands, spoke to the affected Nakusp employees in early March.

The decision was made to blend Woodlands employees in Grand Forks, Castlegar, and Nakusp by centralizing them into a single Kootenay division. Three positions are staying in Nakusp. Horahan made sure to point out that Interfor will always have a presence in Nakusp and that harvesting in Woodlands is being centralized.

It’s not surprising that there are mixed emotions about the loss of five good jobs to this community. Horahan has committed to meet with mayor and council at their convenience to discuss the impact on the Village. Mayor Karen Hamling said, “We really hope that speaking with Interfor will allow us to salvage a couple of those jobs. We will be speaking with Interfor and expressing to them just how important these people are to our economy and our community.”