April 2015

Whitecaps High Potential Player Showcase Week a 'huge success' for Kootenay players

The U15 Girls squad gets put through training during the HPP Showcase training week in Vancouver. — Photo courtesy Vancouver Whitecaps

More than 20 players from Nelson Youth Soccer received a chance to experience high-level soccer first hand during the Whitecaps High Potential Player (HPP) Showcase training sessions held last week in Vancouver.

“The weekend was a huge success,” said Brett Adams, Whitecaps Kootenay Regional Head Coach.

“The teams played amazing to say that they had been there for four days. We are really happy with the development with the academy centers. . ..They are getting better and better.”

Letter: Please don’t get grossed out

Letter: Please don’t get grossed out

The Editor:

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used a long time as a measure of economic growth and assumed to describe the overall economic health of a nation. 

The calculation of GDP, however, does not factor in the real costs of doing business.  Issues such as social and environmental impacts are not considered. 

Resource depletion and pollution remediation are not factored in.
When these other factors are considered, we have something called the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). 

Village of Salmo announces Diane Kalen-Sukra as new CAO

New Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Salmo, Diane Kalen-Sukra. — Submitted photo

There's a new Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Salmo.

Mayor Stephen White recently announced that Diane Kalen-Sukra has taken over the position for the Village of Salmo.

“We are pleased to have recruited such a qualified and committed individual for this vital Village position,” said Mayor Stephen White in media release.

“Council is committed to building public trust through transparency, accountability and proper processes, and our new CAO is up for the challenge.

Big John Bates comes to the Royal

Vancouver-based Big John Bates is ready to rock the Royal Inn. — Submitted photo

Vancouver-based Big John Bates, is coming to the Royal Inn April 16 for an evening of Southern Gothic Death Cult music.

Big John Bates is a band with an orchestral edge of "heavy-hearted cello weeping upright and come-hither guitars."

Big John Bates is out spreading the word of their new full length album release, “From the Bestiary to the Leathering Room”.

"Bestiary" album features eight epic BJB songs and two covers (Black Soul Choir and the Passenger) in 34 intense minutes.

Nitros fall short at Cyclone Taylor Cup, drop 6-5 decision to Storm in Final

Nitros fall short at Cyclone Taylor Cup, drop 6-5 decision to Storm in Final

The Kimberley Dynamiters came within one game, within one goal of capturing a BC Junior B Hockey Championship.

Gage Colpron had three assists to spark the Campbell River Storm to a 6-5 victory over Kimberley in the Junior B Hockey Final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Monday in Mission City.

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Champs, which defeated Kimberley for the second time in the tournament, now represent BC at the Keystone Cup April 16-19 at Cold Lake, Alta.

Nelsonites gather to discuss potential for community solar garden

Image via chandramarsono, Flickr Creative Commons

Nelson is widely known as one the most progressive places in all of Canada, and now area residents could have the chance to add to that reputation by helping to build a community solar garden in the Queen City.

Nelson Hydro and the West Kootenay Eco Society are hosting a Conversation Café at Oso Negro Wednesday (April 8 at 7 p.m.) to provide information and gauge the levels of local interest in potentially building a community solar garden that would provide clean power to area residents and also help support the solar power movement across the country.

Semi-vs-pick-up-truck collision sees fortunate ending

A semi trailer ended up in the ditch during an early morning accident on Highway 3A/6 west of Nelson. — Submitted photo

The good news outweighs the bad in regard to a semi-versus-pick-up-truck collision Tuesday morning on Highway 3A, according to Nelson RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson.

He said the call came in at 7:02 a.m., and they responded to an MVA at Blewett Road and Highway 3A — between Bonnington and Playmor Junction.

“The semi driver was inattentive and crossed the centre line, striking the other vehicle,” he said, adding the pick-up was totalled and there is extensive damage to the semi.

ICBC's Nelson claims operations moving to Service BC

ICBC joined staff at Service BC at 310 Ward Street Tuesday. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson ICBC Claims Centre is on the move again.

After moving from the Nelson waterfront to the foot of Baker Street a few years ago, staff is once again changing location to he Nelson Service BC Centre located at 310 Ward Street beginning Tuesday (April 7).

“Combining ICBC and Service BC services creates a single destination for access to government services that lets us provide effective customer service while also saving money," said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk.

ICBC speakers tour across B.C. to help keep youth safe

Heather Charlton is one of ICBC speakers who will be sharing heartbreaking stories with high school students in Nelson at L.V. Rogers High School. — Submitted photo

On average, six youth are killed and 1,660 injured in crashes during graduation season from April to June in B.C. every year.

In the Southern Interior, the number rounds out to two youth killed and 250 injured in crashes.

Premier Clark pledges $7.2 million for Okanagan recreational trail

Premier Clark pledges $7.2 million for Okanagan recreational trail

The Okanagan’s trail network will expand with a new recreational corridor between Kelowna and Coldstream, after the Government of B.C. pledged $7.2 million toward the acquisition of a discontinued CN rail line, Premier Christy Clark announced today.

“There are few places in the world that have more to offer outdoor enthusiasts than the Okanagan,” said Premier Clark.

“By putting an unused rail line to better use, connecting communities as a cycling and walking trail, there will be even more reasons to get outside.”