COLUMN: Dateline; January, 1968

Touchstones Nelson

January 6, 1968

L.V. Rogers Senior Secondary School will soon join two other Canadian high schools in being the only ones with their own ski hill and lift on the grounds.

The school has purchased a portable lift which will go into operation next week. Work on the hill started about five years ago with clearing brush.

Last year a bulldozer “groomed” the slope and it was used by students the first time.

The hill has a 425-foot run with a slope of approximately 20 degrees. This is ideal for beginners. The new lift is completely portable and can handle 100 skiers per hour.

Plans are at present to have skiing three days a week after school for a minimum charge. Use of the facilities will be restricted to L.V.R. students for the present.

January 16, 1968

Plans for the construction of a 35-unit, $4 million industrial park development on the CPR flats here were confirmed by Marathon Realty. Marathon, the real estate arm of the CPR, plans for the development of the industrial subdivision on CPR-owned land adjacent to the railroad works on the Nelson waterfront with the initial development of eight industrial sites on the sawdust flats below Vernon Street and east of the CPR diesel shops.

These will consist of plants averaging 10,000 square feet in size located on sites ranging from one to three acres and costing about $80,000.

Ultimately, 35 sites will be developed covering a total of about 40 acres and set up in such a way that an industry may lease land and build its own plant or, both the land and the plant can be provided by Marathon.

This was greeted with hearty approval by the Chamber of Commerce which described the development as just the type that is needed here and that it should prove a real boon to the industrial potential of Nelson.

January 26,1968

A 321 acre boundary extension program for the Rosemont area is being recommended to Nelson City Council by the city’s Advisory Planning Commission. The area proposed for incorporation into the city includes 12.5 acres at the B.C. Vocational School grounds, 58.7 acres of Nelson Golf and Country Club lands, 134 acres of other suitable building lands and 116.3 acres of mountain slopes.

The area proposed would provide the city with an estimated 624 new building lots averaging 60 by 120 feet in size. It was also noted that if urban development was allowed to continue outside of city control, “it will be expensive to incorporate these areas at a later date and alter the development to meet the standards required by the city.”

January 27, 1968

The towering sign of the Nelson Daily News, which brought world-wide publicity to this city, for the story of the airplane crash landing in 1935, and flashed over Nelson’s skyline for 33 years is gone! In its early days on the Nelson scene the huge sign with its silhouetted letters flashed its message for all to see. Later the flasher unit was removed and the red beacon against the Nelson skyline showed without break during the nighttime hours. But as it does with all and sundry, old age finally caught up with the Daily News sign.

On Thursday it began falling before the onslaught of a wrecking crew. On Friday the job was complete.

Where once the three faces of the famous landmark jutted skyward, now only the azure blue of the Kootenay sky remains.

No longer will the intricate design of the neon tubes provide their friendly welcome to the weary traveler. No longer will they provide a welcome home to returning Nelsonites. Yes…’s gone, but the message of welcome and cheer conveyed by its lights will long be remembered as the beacon to a safe haven of friendliness and warm welcome.

January 29, 1968

City police seized eleven ounces of marijuana and arrested five teenaged youths after they raided a room in a Nelson hotel Saturday morning. The mid morning swoop on the bedroom in the Queen’s Hotel followed a tip-off from Vancouver and on searching the room, police allege, 11 ounces of narcotic were found in a drawer.

It had been cut up into 11 packages. A total of 12 ounces of the drug had been bought in Vancouver for about $100, said police, and then brought back to Nelson.

Sunday night, police said they had recovered the twelfth ounce of marijuana which had been flushed down a toilet by the suspect who had it in his possession. Marijuana, a non-addictable narcotic is smoked in cigarette form.

“It has been smoked by a number of kids in Nelson,” said the police spokesman. “There are a few around who have used it.”


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