August 2014

Some Valley residents placed on 'evacuation alert' due to Slocan Park fire

The Slocan Park fire increased to 100 hectares during the night. — Submitted photo

Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Jordan Turner said an “evacuation alert” given to residents in the Slocan Valley late Sunday night will remain in place despite the Slocan Park fire appearing to be moving in the opposite direction Monday.

The alert was deemed necessary by the emergency operations centre at the Regional District of Central Kootenay after the Slocan Park fire grew to 100 hectares late Sunday night.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett statement on Mt. Polley Mine accident

The tailing pond at Mt. Polley Mine.

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett made the following statement today in response to the mine tailing pond incident at Mt. Polley Mine:

“In the early morning of August 4, 2014, the tailings pond dam at the Mt. Polley Mine site breached and released an estimated 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine sand into Polley Lake. Hazeltine Creek flows out of Polley Lake, and the flow may have continued into Quesnel Lake.

Pat Price — BC Hockey Hall of Fame 2014 inductee

Pat Price (bottom right) was joined by Vancouver Canuck goalie Kirk McLean, Bill Ennos of the BCAHA and Kelowna Rockets. — Photo courtesy BCHHOF

Nelson native Pat Price was recently inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Penticton.

Price, who toiled in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Vancouver Blazers and the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, was welcomed to the Hall along with Vancouver Canuck goalie Kirk McLean, Bill Ennos as a builder with the BC Amateur Hockey Association and the Kelowna Rockets in the team category.

UPDATED: 'Evacuation alert' remains for residents in Slocan Park area

Beach goers received a first hand look at  four Air Tractor AT802 Amphib tankers from Conair loading water in Kootenay River Tuesday afternoon. — Bruce Fuhr photo
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Residents in the Slocan Valley need to be on alert for at least until Thursday as crews continue to battle the 120-hectare Slocan Park wildfire.

“The fire is moving away from the community and fire guards have been constructed to protect homes and infrastructure,” said Terry Swan, the RDCK’s regional fire chief.

The Southeast Fire Centre continues to have the Slocan Park wildfire on high priority with a very large attack crew on the ground and helicopters and tankers in the air.

Penticton RCMP swamped with inclusion of Boonstock Music Festival to South Okanagan long weekend

Penticton RCMP swamped with inclusion of Boonstock Music Festival to South Okanagan long weekend

On the eve of the 17th Shambhala Music Festival beginning Thursday  at a ranch outside Salmo, the Penticton RCMP issued a press release regarding the recent Boonstock Music Festival where one person died and 80 were transported to hospital.

"The Penticton RCMP were extremely busy over the past few days considering the BC Day long weekend is historically the busiest of the year, even without a major music festival in town," Cst. Kris Clark Acting District Advisory NCO for the Southeast District said in a media release.

Chapin claims Ted Allen Jewellers Trophy

 Denny McArthur presents the winning Ted Allen Jewellers Trophy to Jackie Chapin. — Photo courtesy Granite Pointe Ladies Club

Jackie Chapin came away as the big winner at the annual Ted Allen's Ladies Golf Tournament held recently at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course.

Chapin was crowned champ through retrogression, edging out Veronica Jones both with net 66 scores.

Other scores included Corinne Scheldrup with a net 67, Susan Rowe with a net 68, Michelle Palm with a net 69 and Bev Stevens with a net 70.

Mallard's Team of the Week —Kootenay Boys BC Games Team

The team includes, back row, L-R, Moss Caney, captain Fynn Keywood, keeper Carson Pottle, Nick Jenner, Heiko Ihns, Matthew Erikson, Thano Reimer and Hardy Hutt. Front, Oliver Arcuri, Carter Anderson, Callum Cutler, Andreas Rentke-Watkins, Linden Jones, Nick Haydu and Keiran Dehnel. Missing coach Jamie Spendlove. — Submitted photo

Shambhala contributes more than just fun from its annual Music Festival

All these people having fun outside Salmo at Shambhala pump a lot of tourism dollars into the Heritage City — like Christmas in the summer as one business owner exclaimed. — Jeff Cruz photo courtesy Shambhala Music Festival

There’s a love fest going on and it’s not just happening at the Bundschuh farm outside Salmo where the 17th annual Shambhala Music Festival takes place this weekend.

Nelson merchants and community organizations are singing a different tune from the early days when the electronic music festival that now draws 10,000 was in its infancy.

TNT Playhouse hosts The Beautiful View

Elizabeth Barrett and Sarah Jane Hicks headline at The Beautiful View later this month at the TNT Playhouse.

Elizabeth Barrett and Sarah Jane Hicks will be front and center when the pair star in A Beautiful View August 15-17 and August 21-23 at the TNT Playhouse at Ward and Carbonate Streets in Nelson.

Directed by Jane Sinclair, the two up-and-coming actors will perform in the play directed by Daniel McIvor.

Tickets are available at Eddy's Music on Baker Street.

Show time is 7:30 p.m.