Civic briefs you won’t want to miss!

The Bygone Era Entertainment Society is showing the vintage Revelstoke Tournament of Champions 1960 film for Homecoming. The screening is to be held this Saturday, August 16, at 7:30 pm at the Nickelodeon Museum at 111 First Street West.

“As a warm-up, we also have a 1950s’ short film called Ski Maniacs, set in the USA… showing all sorts of ski antics ranging from beginners to the ultimate professionals,” BEES said in a statement.

“The Revelstoke film was shot on Mount Revelstoke in the days when it was an international ski slope. It shows people arriving by train and cars for the event, lots of fine coloured scenery and of course the event itself. It also features the Revelstoke princesses, one or two of whom… are still alive and well and living in Revelstoke. We also see the McInnes brothers in fine form. Though the film is silent, it was professionally shot in full colour.”

Tickets are $5 and can be reserved by calling the museum at 250-837-5250.


Revelstoke Theatre Company is presenting a director’s workshop on Saturday, Sunday September 6 and 7.

A statement from the acting troupe said the two-day workshop would provide a step-by-step break down of the director’s role, including strategies for realizing a successful piece of theatre.

In tandem, it will include an actors’ path that breaks down their journey from audition to performance. Amy Baskin, an accomplished actor, director, drama educator and facilitator, will instruct the workshop.

Please click here to view an outline of the workshop.

The workshop is open to anyone.

Click here for more information and to register.


Some interesting suggestions from resident Kelly Conn on how the City could address perennial traffic problems at the intersection of Victoria Road with the Trans-Canada Highway and at the junction of Fourth Street with Victoria and Townley are being referred to municipal staff for comment.

Kelly’s observations about the difficult motorists and pedestrians face at both locations are not news to anyone who has lived in and driven in Revelstoke for any length of time.

Please click here to read his comments.


City Council has approved a Snowmobile Club request for $100,000 in funding from the provincial Resort Municipality Initiative that will allow it to purchase a new groomer.

That will amount to one-third of the total cost of the machine. The $200,000 remainder will be financed through a lease-to-own agreement with the vendor.

“The Club has an excellent track record of completing RMI projects both on time and within budget,” Community Economic Development Director Alan Mason told Council in a report on Tuesday, August 12.

“The (Tourism Infrastructure Advisory) Committee believes this project will have a positive impact on the development of facilities that will help to increase tourism in Revelstoke.”

Please click here to read Alan Mason’s report.


Council is asking the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board to approve $15,000 funding from the Economic Opportunity Fund to hire a consultant to help evaluate proposals related to the development of a bio-energy facility in Revelstoke.

In a report to Council, Community Economic Development Director Alan Mason said the development of a bio-energy facility that made better use of wood residue in the community could potentially be economically beneficial for Revelstoke, the RCFC and the RCEC.

A bio-energy project steering committee was established consisting of Mayor David Raven, Dr. Geoff Battersby, Chair of RCEC, Mike Copperthwaite, Manager of RCFC, Ken Norrie, Penny Page-Brittin and Alan Mason. Representatives from Downie Timber also have attended some of the committee meetings.

The committee has received more than 50 Expressions of Interest and has since asked for firm proposals.

Please click here to read Alan Mason’s report.


Council has asked City Staff to proceed with the new Sign Bylaw, which is supposed to add clarity and consistency to the old bylaw.

It also updates regulations related to awnings and canopies, freestanding and window signs to reflect existing signage in the community while continuing to “include the control limit objectives of the existing bylaw.”

Please click here to read the proposed new bylaw.


Mayor David Raven has written a letter to the Columbia Basin Trust’s board of directors and its chairman, Greg Deck, regarding the City’s concerns about employment opportunities for Revelstoke residents.

This is an issue that has arrives time and again over the past decade as Revelstoke encourages the CBT to use technology to allow local residents to work for the agency from their homes here, instead of having to move to centres that have CBT offices such as Nakusp, Golden and Castlegar. Alternatively, it would like the CBT to open an office in Revelstoke.

CBT CEO Neil Muth was not encouraging. He recently told The Current that changes to the CBT’s hiring policy were unlikely. As to opening an office in Revelstoke, that is up to the board of directors, he said.

Please click here to read Mayor Raven’s letter.