September 2015

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

Sufferfest 2015 had a great turnout

Meth bust and stolen bow

Nakusp RCMP arrested two men for methamphetamine possession on Thursday, Sept. 3. Both men are residents of Nakusp.

Each are facing one count of possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

RCMP also recovered some property they believe was stolen.

Alan Orr and Matthew Bergaman are each facing one count of possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

Sufferfest 2015

Sufferfest enjoyed another successful year with enthusiastic athletes participating from Revelstoke, Calgary, Canmore, Rossland, New Denver, Burton, and Nakusp.

There were several challenges as part of the festival, including the Junior Decathelon, the Corporate Challenge, the Furry Forty, and the ‘Tour de Nakusp’.

Taite Hoyem, from Calgary, was the hero of the day. The 15-year-old was born legally blind, and came in first in his age category for the Junior Decathalon.

Organizers agreed Nakusp was a scenic and hospitable site for the event, and were overwhelmed by the participation and community support, and are looking forward to an even bigger turnout next year.

Rosemarie Johnson Remembered

Rosemarie Johnson, Nakusp’s first female mayor, and longest serving one to date, has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Revelstoke, Johnson moved to Nakusp at the age of ten, with her father and stepmother. After going away to Victoria for university, she came back and married a local man, Fred Johnson.

She served as a teacher in the education system for 28 years.

In 1987, while still a teacher, she ran for, and won, the position of mayor. Not everyone was happy she had the position.

She was criticized for just making everything look pretty, and, on several occasions, had garbage and debris thrown at her house.

Her biggest achievement during her time as mayor would probably be the improvements made to the waterfront and park, which included the waterfront walk, Japanese gardens, a gazebo, as well as a grassed are around the gazebo and concessions.

In 2003, she moved to Kelowna in order to be closer to family, but Nakusp was never really off her mind.

“Nakusp is always in my heart,” she once said. “And it will always be home.”

Multi-use trail is a no-go

After meeting with a committee trying to get the rail trail off highway 23 turned into a multi-use trail, council has decided to keep the site as a walking trail.

The biggest issue in the council’s decision was safety.

“We’ve had a lot of people coming in since this has become public, and letting us know that they’ve almost been hit by a bike or a quad.” said Karen Hamling, mayor of Nakusp.

Another issue which has come up is the trail isn’t wide enough to have both pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic on it at the same time.

Noise is another factor. Several houses are only about five to ten feet away from the trail, and homeowners have complained to councillors about noise on the trail.

Still, people want to see the trail made multi-use.

“Just because the council has voted against, doesn’t mean it’s a done deal,” said Susan Smith, a member of the multi-use trail committee. “People of the village have elected this council, and they’re representing them, and the council has to understand what the people want.”


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