March 2015

A Fishy Columbia River Treaty Situation

A Fishy Columbia River Treaty Situation
Since 2005, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has researched and explored the natural and human history of the rivers of the upper Columbia River Basin. 

She speaks frequently at conferences and symposia throughout the Basin on the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its effects on Basin residents.  She has recently completed a manuscript titled A River Captured – history and hydro-electricity in the upper Columb

Tom Rand – a Man on a Mission

Tom Rand . . . clean energy technology, not traditional energy

“Building a low carbon economy creates the biggest market in human history, involving trillions of dollars. The question facing Canada is how do we ensure we're a seller not a buyer, into that market.”– Tom Rand

Trying to bail the Titanic out with a teaspoon.

That’s how Tom Rand portrays Canadian and global efforts to alleviate the threat of climate disruption.

Kootenay guys capture bronze on Canada Winter Games cross country ski trails

From left, David Palmer of Revelstoke, Nelson’s Julien Locke, Geoffrey Richards of Rossland and Colin Ferrie of Kimberley pose for photo with BC Flag after capturing the bronze medal in the men’s team race Saturday at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George. — photo courtesy Lia Threlfall of TeamBC

Julien Locke of Nelson combined forces with three other Black Jack Ski Team members to capture the bronze medal in the men's cross country team race Saturday on the final day of action at the 2015 BC Winter Games in Prince  George.

Locke, 21, combined with Rosslander Geoffrey Richards 22, David Palmer, 21 of Revelstoke along with Kimberley's Colin Ferrie 21, to finish behind champion Team Ontario.

Team Quebec won the silver medal.

TRAX swimmer Ian Markus gets top level coaching at Prospects Training Camp

Ian Markus stand for a photo with former Canadian Olympian Brent Hayden. — Submitted photo

TRAX Swim Club swimmer Ian Markus was chosen and attended the Regional (Okanagan/Kootenay) Prospects Training Camp in Kamloops.
The Monday after the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Regional Age Group camp in Kamloops, Swim BC ran its first ever Prospects Regional Camp in the Interior with swimmers identified from the autumn Provincial Prospects selection from the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions invited to attend.

Gas prices expected to take sharp jump say industry watchers

Remember when there was snow and $.99 gas? Well the snow is mostly gone and so will the cheaper gas. — The Nelson Daily file photo

We all realize now it was too good to remain for any length of time.

Gas prices across B.C are expected — in some places of the problem the increases have already started — to rise for some time according to industry watchers.

Patrick DeHaan said on the online forecaster website that consumers can “expect prices to rise sharply across the country here in the next week.”

2015 season opens March 15 by making reservation at Discover Camping

Get ready for the camping season by make that all-important reservation beginning March 15. — Submitted photo

It's camping season . . . well, almost.

And for campers wanting that prime spot in BC provincial parks, be advised the reservation desk opens for business at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015.

There are two ways to make those reservations to frontcountry campsite in many provincial parks, up to three months in advance — on the Discover Camping website ( or calling 1-800-689-9025.

Cramer grabs most of hardware at Nelson Leafs awards ceremony

 Leafs award winners, from left, include, Rayce Miller, captain Aaron Dunlap, Brenden Chow, Darnel St. Pierre, Timothy Nichols, Dylan Williamson and Robson Cramer. Missing Sam Webber. — Submitted photo

Robson Cramer, as he has done all season, was the big winner during Sunday’s Nelson Leafs Award’s Banquet at the Hume Hotel.

The skillful defenceman won a handful of awards at the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise concluded the 2014-15 campaign with the annual award ceremony.

Nelson was eliminated from the playoffs by defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehhawks Thursday.

The Hawks won the best-of-seven Murdoch Semi Final series 4-1.

Mount Sentinel edges Wolves to capture WK Junior Boy's Basketball crown

The West Kootenay Champion Wildcats include, back row, L-R, assistant coach Dale Soukeroff, Logan Miller, Dylan Bowolin, Aaron Abrosimoff, Brandon Soukeroff and coach Devon Kabatoff. Front, Benn Leidoff, Daniel Stewart, Sammy Sopow, Kie Miller and Matthew Falle.  Missing, Rory Smith and Erin Cork. — Submitted photo

Brandon Sookeroff scored 14 points to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championship with a 36-33 win over host Grand Forks Wolves Saturday in the Boundary City.

The Wildcats, the top ranked team going into the seven-team tournament, needed a late rally to secure the win as Mount Sentinel trailed the Wolves for most of the contest.

Aaron Abrosimoff added nine points and Kie Miller had eight.

Mount Sentinel advanced to the final with a thrilling 31-29 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers.

Selkirk College Career Fair Provides an Edge for Students

Current Selkirk College students and prospective students can get a leg-up at the annual Career & Education Fair which takes place on the Castlegar Campus on Thursday (March 5) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. — Submitted photo

Proper planning is vital to success in a new career and Selkirk College is providing the opportunity to explore options this Thursday at the Castlegar Campus.

The annual Selkirk College Career & Education Fair brings together more than 50 exhibitors with community members, students, prospective students and parents for a day of building connections and providing insight into the available avenues for in-demand jobs.

Healthy eating at work – just make it, take it!

Whipping up a healthy smoothie is a great way to start the day.

Rushed mornings, no time for a lunch break, food-filled meetings, shift work and limited time to prepare meals ― there’s no doubt that workday challenges can make it difficult to eat well.