This Week in History: September 19

This Week in History features a selection of stories from the Arrow Lakes News archives.

Sept. 22, 1932

News of district

Fauquier fruit farmers received a disappointment last week, when a carload of apples which they had prepared for shipment, was cancelled.


Miss Ella Halbauer of Needles, received a disappointment last week, when she arrived at Natal to take over a position of school teacher, and found that some mistake had been made and the position already filled.


Claude Rollins, popular Needles ferryman says that the ferry is a popular place for pedlars. They wait till they get half way across the lake and then try to sell him something. He says they know they can’t very escape them. Fair time proved a busy time for Claude. Three hours sleep was all he had that night.


Relief work has certainly worked wonders on the roads if the district. More seems to have been done on considerably less money than other times although some workmen certainly don’t give an honest day’s work.




Sept. 18, 1952

Deer season opened Sept. 15

Hunters from the entire district can shoulder their rifles and make for deer haunts now. The season opened on Monday, Sept. 15th. Bag limit is one buck but later an open season may be declared on doe in the East Kootenay. Game Branch men Sunday urged hunters to comply with regulations and not to shoot unless they are absolutely certain of their target. “Don’t enter a car or boat with loaded firearms; any rifle containing live ammunition in the magazine or breach is considered loaded,” they warned. Hunters must not fire a rifle from an auto or across travelled road or highway. Season closes November 30th.




Sept. 20, 1972

First planes land at village airport

On Thursday, September 17th at 6:30pm, the first airplane touched down at the new Nakusp Municipal Airport. Alf Roberts, local flying enthusiast, and one of the hardworking men who helped construct the airport, carrying Ted Lloyd, Woods Manager of Canadian Cellulose Ltd., touched down to mark the historic occasion. Mr. Lloyd was chosen to be the first plane because of the tremendous help he and his company had been in getting the airport constructed. Following closely behind was Sid Hopp in his plane carrying Mayor E.A. Harding, who spearheaded the construction of the airport. A large crowd was on hand for the occasion, mostly Kinsmen and their wives, flying enthusiasts, village work crews, and interested spectators. Mayor Harding reported that the airport still needs a little work to fill in dips and holes to bring the entire runway up to a perfect grade. This will be done as soon as equipment can get at it.




Sept. 22, 1982

Someone to take the blame

In about a month, we will be asking good men and women to come forward and accept positions of authority on village councils and school boards. It is ironic that we should be promoting the very best people in the community to accept these onorous positions when the positions themselves are being eroded daily by big governments. Take for example the school board. They work hard to try to bring new programs, fair salaries, improved facilities and expert advice into a rather skeletal district. Over the course of several years they have been attempting to improve the lot of the entire district. What happens? You guessed it, the government in Victoria laid down an ultimatum to cut the budget not once, but twice with the threat of more. All the good work of the elected trustees has gone with one slice of the Vander Zalm knife. The same holds true for the hospital and college boards, the village councils and the regional district board. As government controls more and more of the budgets of these elected bodies, they are in a position to turn the screws tighter and tighter. So why do they have the charade of elected positions on these local councils? Simply to take the heat off of Victoria. The general populace can blame the local elected representative instead of blaming Victoria. Simple as that.




Sept. 19, 2002

Theatre back in business


The Arrow Lakes Theatre opened last month after a fire in January forced the theatre to shut down for eight months while it was repaired. The video-rental portion of the theatre remained open during the refurbishment despite having incurred significant smoke damage. Bill White, who runs the theatre with his wife Shelley, estimated the extent of the damage to be about $110,000. The fire started in the furnace room under the stage caused by a broken propane gas line, and the fire quickly engulfed the theatre. Their insurance did little to cover the costs, White said. He restored the theatre himself, working 14 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for the past six months. White says he’s owned the theatre for 14 years, and noted the importance of the theatre for the community, especially kids and teens. “I like having it for the kids,” he said. “They’re the most dependable.” Although the new theatre has 75 less seats than the old theatre, there is now more room between seats and the new seats have cup holders. The theatre also has a new screen, a new sound system and a new paint job. White says he plans to continue renovating, by extending the front counter so that more food products can be sold at the concession.



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