Darrel Davis shows off one of the pieces of gold found at one of his claims in Trout Lake. Davis' claim shows gold in amounts of 6.2 ounces per ton. Normally, gold in that area is found in traces of half an ounce to an ounce per ton.

Darrel Davis shows off one of the pieces of gold found at one of his claims in Trout Lake. Davis' claim shows gold in amounts of 6.2 ounces per ton. Normally, gold in that area is found in traces of half an ounce to an ounce per ton.

October

Events in and around Nakusp during the month of October 2016

Miner strikes it big at Trout Lake

Darrell Davis made the find of a lifetime when gold was discovered in one of his claims.

Davis found gold in amounts around 6.2 ounces, or 200 grams, per ton.

“When I hit it, I was just super happy,” Davis said. “At first I had to look a few times, to make sure I knew what I was seeing. We knew right away. We didn’t know how rich it was, but we knew right away.”

While there are several big mining companies in the area, Davis is one of the few prospectors still funding his own work.

Davis has been approached by three companies so far in regard to his find, two local, and one in Vancouver. Now that the seam is larger than originally thought, the level of interest is bound to go up, though Davis is unsure of whether or not he’s going to go with what the companies have offered, or even fund the digging himself.

 

Fun times with fungi

Nakusp put the fun back in fungi on Oct. 15 as residents took to the street in front of the Old Fire Hall for the first annual Mushroom Festival.

Several varieties of mushrooms grow in the area, and every year mushroom pickers from all over come to Nakusp to see what they can find. This time of year, chanterelles, pine, and lobster mushrooms are in season.

Selkirk College got involved with mushroom afficianados Tyson Ehlers and Doug McBride offering a course on wild mushroom picking.

“Every year there is more and more interest, and we’re doing our part to educate the public about which mushrooms are good to eat, and encourage people to go out there and find them, and be respectful of the environment that they find them in,” said Ehlers.

 

Coming out for the harvest

Residents of the community and surrounding area gathered at Lucerne Elementary Secondary School for the annual harvest festival.

“After the establishment of the school garden, we decided we needed something to bring everyone together to celebrate the bounty of the garden, said Julia Greenlaw, the festival’s organizer.

The highlight of the festival took place early in the afternoon: getting a chance to eat soup that was prepared using many of the vegetables from the school garden.

“It’s nice for the kids to have a chance to kind of connect with the food aspect of this community, which is a big thing,” said Chillia Zoll, one of the many parents in attendance. “It’s just a great event for the kids to kind of be together in this setting.”

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