On a crystal clear summer day in Nakusp

News Headlines 2011

Plane crash, rezoning issues and smart meter controversy in 2011

  • Dec. 28, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Fatal float plane crash off the shore from Nakusp

August 24, 2011

A longtime scorekeeper with the Nelson Leafs has been identified as the victim of last week’s float plane crash at Nakusp.

Jim Kienholz, 64, was a passenger in a plane piloted by a 79-year-old Nelson man, who suffered only minor injuries.

The two friends left Nelson Wednesday on a fishing trip to Fortress Lake on the BC-Alberta border and decided to stop in Nakusp to pick up a fishing license when the crash occurred.

RCMP divers recovered his body from the plane later that day. The aircraft was secured to a tugboat by a cable to prevent it from sinking, and later towed to shore.

The Transportation and Safety Board, BC Coroner’s Service and RCMP are continuing their investigation, but the pilot, who has 40 years flying experience, told the Arrow Lakes News he misjudged the glassy lake as he tried to land.

Kienholz kept score at Leafs hockey games for more than 20 years, said Mari Plamondon, the team’s past president. He was a permanent fixture in the scorekeeper’s booth.



Zone of contention

October 19, 2011

Leaving the zoning meeting at the Emergency Services building, I felt like I had found myself parked in a spot that was too small.

No matter how I looked at it, there were obstacles on all sides.

But it all depends on how you look at it.

All of these obstacles also point to opportunities, but it depends on an overall vision for the Nakusp waterfront, which is why village council held an information-seeking meeting.

In order to get a feeling of what people wanted to see happen on the waterfront, and therefore if zoning should be changed, residents were encouraged to come and give their input, tell their stories and ask questions.

The ironic thing was, this zoning issue isn’t a new one.

In fact, the situation had been in existence since before 1993, but until recently, no one had realized there was a potential conflict.

What had changed was that one of the insurers had realized there was a snag and had sent out letters to property owners letting them know there was a hitch.

Here’s what the hitch is:

In the LD-1 zone which is the block along the waterfront, single family dwellings (SFD) are currently not one of the allowable uses of the property in this zone.

The local government act, the act that regulates zoning and land use issues, specifies that if a building is more than 75 per cent damaged, like in a fire, it must be rebuilt in accordance with the allowable usage for that zone.

This means no SFD could be rebuilt along the waterfront, and also that insurers wouldn’t pay for replacement costs of the SFD house.

Because, how could they pay for something that can’t legally be built?

What homeowners currently would receive would be a portion of the value of the building rather than its replacement cost.

But this doesn’t change the fact that these so-called “legally non-conforming buildings,” people’s houses, do in fact exist.



Meters are not-so-smart to some

September 7, 2011

Chronic fatigue is a complex syndrome with consistent symptoms which rob individuals of their vitality every day. The syndrome is now being seen as an immune deficiency disorder, which means sufferers contend not only with a lack of energy, they are also constantly fighting off illness.

“It is something that I deal with all the time,” Art Joyce told me, “With the immune deficiency, I’m far more prone to colds and allergies.”

Not only that, Joyce believes he is sensitive to electromagnetic energy.

Which is why he finds BC Hydro’s apparent inflexibility with regards to their wireless smart meter plan alarming.

“In my view they’re making a trade off of cost for health,” Joyce stated, noting that a BC Hydro spokesperson did mention that fibre optic cable, a secure and reliable method of transmission, was expensive.

“It’s a very dubious area legally they’ve stepped into,” Joyce remarked, “Does Hydro have the right to enter your property without your consent to take something and replace it with something else you don’t want?”

When I asked Joyce what he is going to do if the smart meters are implemented, the options he feels he is facing are to completely insulate the meter to block signals, or to sell the property and go off-grid completely.


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