May 2015

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

Nakusp welcomes first road bike weekend

The Kootenay Sufferfest organized and hosted a three-stage bike race during the May long weekend. Over 20 riders from a variety of different backgrounds and skill levels registered for the event. The three-stage competition started with a hill climb up all gruelling 12 kilometres of pavement along the Nakusp Hot Springs road. The second days’ ride traveled along the scenic highway from Summit Lake to New Denver. On the third day of racing, residents of Nakusp were treated to a unique spectacle when a group start and pace bike led the racing pack down Broadway Street. The cyclist turned up Government Rd. and heading north along the highway towards the Revelstoke ferry. “This was a great event to get our feet wet,” organizer Janis Neufeld commented, “based on the success of this event, we might host a sanctioned race and hopefully get even more cyclists next year!”

Nakusp citizen of the year

honoured

On Saturday evening, the Legion hall was buzzing with excitement as the banquet to honour some exemplary citizens got underway. Present were many past Citizens of the Year, Legion members, Rotary members and supporters of the honourees. Chris Faint, who nominated Kathy Smith, presented the Rotary Citizen of the Year 2014 plaque to Kathy and her husband Len, citing a long list of contributions that they have made to the community including the rec commission, the rod and gun club, NACFOR, Music in the Park, PALS, the cross country ski club, and the bird count.

Grade 12 student Taylor Aeichele, received the Youth Award-the first since 2008. “I’ve spent a lot of my time giving back, and it’s a really nice feeling to be appreciated by the community.”

Summit Lake ski hill gets

new groomer

Summit Lake ski hill has a brand new grooming machine thanks to the efforts of one of the board members, March Aeichele. He is one of the volunteers who keeps the hill running and spend a lot of time in winter grooming the snow. Up until this year, the hill had a 1993 groomer which had come to the end of its useful life. “The Summit Lake ski hill signed a fantastic agreement with Lake Louise Ski Resort, he explained, “Along with the deal that came with the groomer we now have a big sign in the parking lot, if you haven’t noticed.”

They intend to pay for the new machine via grants and general revenue. The sign promotes Lake Louise ski resort and the two hills have arranged for locals to receive a weekend deal when purchasing lift tickets. Lake Louise has offered a three-year contract with no interest to pay off the new groomer, fondly named Jennifer.