January 2015

Environment Canada says freezing rain could be on its way to West Kootenay

A school bus needed help from a sand truck after getting stuck Monday morning near Voykin Subdivision in South Slocan. — Submitted photo

A storm that dumped 30 plus centimeters on the West Kootenay Sunday and into Monday is not quite ready to leave, just yet.

Environment Canada in an alert “snow will continue tonight and tomorrow with a further 5 to 15 centimetres tonight and another 5 to 10 centimetres on Tuesday.”

However, the fluffy white stuff may soon turn to concrete if milder air flows into the region Tuesday.

New report asks Nelson council to tackle food security

Only 5% of the food consumed in the West Kootenay is grown locally, according to a report that urges city council to get active in food security issues.

A local food security group is recommending that the city form a municipal food council, consisting of a councillor and other people involved in food production and distribution.

But Mayor Deb Kozak is not prepared to just say yes.

“We will be discussing how we as a municipality will become involved in these issues," she said when the recommendation was presented to the December 22 council meeting, which was a Committee of the Whole meeting at which council hears presentations but does not make decisions.

More seats in 2014 mean more trades careers in 2015

More seats in 2014 mean more trades careers in 2015

In 2014, as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the Province invested $6.8 million to fund an additional 1,424 critical trades seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.

In 2015, these new critical trades seats will be coming online, making it even easier for individuals to get the training for in-demand jobs.

“A number of important changes were introduced last year to the post-secondary education system as part of B.C.’s Blueprint," said Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson.

Trying to escape custody nets alleged NDCU robber five months in jail

A judge sentenced the alleged NDCU robber to five months for escaping lawful custody Tuesday.

The alleged robber who evaded police for weeks was sentenced to five months in jail Tuesday in Nelson Provincial Court after a botched escape attempt from a deputy sheriff in September.

Andrew Stevenson, 34, was handed a five month sentenced by Judge Don Sperry.

The sentence was one month longer than crown and defence agreed to for escaping lawful custody.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Calgary resident, Brandon Esposito was beaming after catching a beautiful Rainbow Trout before releasing it back into the lake. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is back to ring in 2015 with the monthly fishing report.

Everything fishermen wanted to know about fishing in the region is right here.

Residents dig out from first major winter storm of 2015

The recent winter storm had highway and city crews on high alert removing snow as caught by local photographer Madeleine Guenette recently during a stroll at Lakeside Park. — Madeleine Guenette photo

The worst appears to be over as Mother Nature pounded the West Kootenay and Province of BC with the first major winter storm of 2015.

While the region was spared the freezing rain that raise havoc on the Lower Mainland, some parts of the Nelson saw more than 36 centimeters (14 plus inches) fall Monday morning. Tack on a few more centimeters later in the day and into Tuesday, and residents are still digging from the onslaught.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH plays Shambhala Hall in February

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH plays Shambhala Hall in February

Black Productions and Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology program are proud to present HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Winner of the 2014 Best Musical Revival Tony Award).

The play is starring Bessie Wapp and Sydney Black and Directed by Pat Henman.

Heartbreaking and wickedly funny, this incredibly entertaining show has captured the hearts of theatre-goers the world over.

Leafs Robson Cramer commits to SFU Clan of BCIHL for next season

Leafs leading scorer Robson Cramer excited to attend one of Canada's top universities. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team landed a big catch when Nelson's leading scorer Robson Cramer committed to the Burnaby Mountain squad for the 2015-16 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

“Robson is a player who has been on our radar for a couple of years now and we know he is very dedicated to both hockey and academics,” said SFU Men’s Hockey Head Coach Mark Coletta.

Cramer, 20, is in this third season with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Leafs.

RCMP issue warning after drug overdoses in Vernon

RCMP issue warning after drug overdoses in Vernon

Vernon RCMP have issued a warning to street users there may be a bad batch of drugs circulating in the North Okanagan City.

This warning comes after a number of drug overdoses over the past week.

According to spokesman, Gord Molendyk, two people have died and four others have been admitted to hospital since December 30 — a 49-year-old man, who was known to use drugs, reportedly died of asphyxiation and a 29-year-old man found deceased in bed with drug paraphernalia next to him.

The  BC Coroners office is investigating both deaths.

Lion Book Comics makes Salvation Army donation

Tenzin Mint (left) and Noah Quinn and recently made a stop at the Nelson Salvation Army. — Submitted photo

The two entrepreneurs — Tenzin Mint and Noah Quinn, who created Lion Boy Comics, donated some of the proceeds from sales to the local food bank.

The two friends who attend Trafalgar Middle School brainstormed ideas before putting together a five-chapter comic book.

Realizing it’s a good idea for local business to give back to the community at a young age, Lion Book Comics will donate 10 percent of daily sales to the Food Bank.