March 2017

Balfour drinking water system project gets green light under CWWF

Balfour water system part of $373.2 million allotted for 144 new projects.

The community of Balfour, located 40 kilometers north of Nelson, is one of 144 new projects in British Columbia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Recently, Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects.

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding — more than $186.6 million — and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million.

Nitros even Kootenay Conference series with 3-2 win over Nitehawks

Beaver Valley lost its first game of the playoffs Saturday, and now face a must-win situation on the road beginning Tuesday against Kimberley. — The Nelson Daily photo

After coasting through the Murdoch Division, winning eight straight, and the first game of the Kootenay Conference series, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks now face some adversity against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The Nitros scored a much-needed road victory, edging the Hawks 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference Playoff action Saturday in Fruitvale.

The win evens the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final at 1-1 with Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Bavarian City.

KIJHL mourns loss of former star Brendan Burge

“We as an organization are so deeply affected by the passing of this young man and would like to pass on our condolences to his family, his beautiful daughter Bodene and his hockey family that spans far and wide,” the Rockies Facebook Post said.

The entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is morning the loss of a former player following a freak accident Friday in Kelowna.

Former Columbia Valley Rockies forward Brendan Burge has been identified on social media as the man who died tragically after falling from the fifth-floor balcony of a downtown Kelowna condo. 

“A very sad day for the KIJHL,” said a post Sunday on the Columbia Valley Rockies Facebook Page.

Council makes amendments to Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw

City has heard concerns from residents and will allow containers to be used to store garbage before pickup.

It was announced by the City of Nelson in a media release Monday that council met to review amendments to the Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw that were first introduced on December 19, 2016.

RCMP target drivers in Distracted Driving, Occupant Restraint Campaign

Current stats for 2017 show a whopping 98 cell phone tickets have been handed out by police. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Almost 100 drivers in the West Kootenay still are not getting the message that cellphone distraction has a similar effect on driving as alcohol.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release Monday that during March West Kootenay Traffic and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit have been working with Traffic Services across the province to conduct a month long campaign combating distracted driving and ensuring occupant restraint compliance.

RDCK activates Emergency Operations Centre — Deer Park Road Closed

Problems are starting to occur on area roads as snowmelt begins to overwhelm stream channels. — Photo courtesy BC Transportation

Heavy water flow forced the closure of the Deer Park Forestry Service Road northwest of Castlegar said the Regional District of Central Kootenay in a media release Tuesday.

The heavy water flow caused part of the road to slide into the lake at kilometre 7.2. The road has been deemed unsafe for travel by a geotechnical expert.  

 “We expect the road to be closed for at least the next couple of days,” said Andrew Bellerby, EOC Director and General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services.

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final.

Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.

The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.

The Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

Village of Salmo receives $1.85 million for core infrastructure upgrades and improvements

The grant of $1,736,775 is for a total renewal of the 45-year old wastewater system with an additional grant of $104,580 for a comprehensive asset inventory. — Submitted photo

The Village of Salmo is one of several communities in the region benefiting from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Salmo joins Balfour, Nakusp, Castlegar, Rossland, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Kaslo, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Trail and Ymir a communities receiving part of the $373.2 million for 144 new projects in British Columbia.

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding — more than $186.6 million — and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million.

City looks to reclaim ownership of centennial building on Anderson Street

Touchstones is looking to move some of their collection to the Gray building located next door to the current (in photo) museum. — Screen Shot photo

The city will be aiding and abetting Touchstones Nelson’s history collection relocation in return for sole ownership of the former museum building on Anderson Street.

On Monday city council approved a one-time grant of $25,000 to Touchstones Nelson for the purpose of relocating the history collection from 402 Anderson Street to 415 Vernon St. (the Gray Building) to be funded through the proceeds of the prepaid lease for the basement of 310 Ward St.

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