July 2016

Nelsonites help Canada celebrate 149th birthday in grand style

Everyone was getting into the Canada Day spirit Friday at Lakeside Rotary Park thanks to the Chamber of Commerce. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

What a difference a year makes.

Last year Nelsonites were busy cleaning up from the storm of the century.

In 2016, the weather was great as Nelsonites flocked to Lakeside Rotary Park for Canada Day celebrations.

Before the cake was ready to serving, Nelsonites started Canada Day off right with short stacks of pancakes and maple syrup on Baker Street, courtesy of the nice folks at the Lions Club.

BC Wildfire Service crews respond to a fire near Nakusp

BC Wildfire Service personnel are currently assisting the local Nakusp fire department with an estimated 1.5-hectare fire burning southeast of Nakusp at Box Lake Lumber.

Two initial attack crews, one helicopter and air tankers are working to contain the fire. No residential homes are currently threatened at this time.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

NPD responds to approximately 30 calls on Canada Day

Fireworks in Nelson put a cap on a very successful 2016 Canada Day celebrations in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Police responded to approximately 30 calls for service as people flocked to the Heritage City to celebrated Canada's 149th birthday.

NPD Sergeant Nate Holt said in a media release crowds were slightly larger than in past years as the Canada Day Holiday fell on Friday, making the event a long weekend for most people.

Holt said of the 30 calls, 10 were for separate liquor infractions, including one arrest for public intoxication while another person was apprehended under the Mental Health Act.

Potential postal strike/lockout delayed with new offer

Potential postal strike/lockout delayed with new offer

Strike action from Canada Post workers has been delayed, at least until July 6, after the Canadian Union of Poster Workers presented the corporation with a new proposed deal on July 1.

A detailed description of the off is available on the union's website at http://www.cupw.ca/en/cupw-presents-global-offer

Union officials indicated over 90 per cent of their roughly 50,000-person membership has voted to, “support the union’s demands for equality, improvements and no concessions”.

Canada-U.S. softwood lumber negotiations

Canada-U.S. softwood lumber negotiations

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson released the following statement today on the status of negotiations between Canada and the United States on softwood lumber:

Letter: Failing grade for SNC-Lavelin study

Letter: Failing grade for SNC-Lavelin study

To the Editor:

A superficial perusal of SNC Lavelin’s Balfour Ferry study would indicate that shortening the time to cross Kootenay Lake from 50 to 30 minutes and increasing the capacity of the MV Osprey by 36% in summer and 60% for the rest of the year is good value for taxpayers’ money.

It's National Fishing Week so make sure to wear a lifejacket

Lifejackets should be just as important as a perfect hook when out fishing. — Submitted photo

It's National Fishing Week in Canada — July 2-10 and The Canadian
Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the B.C. Wildlife Federation want to remind anglers that wearing your lifejacket is even more important than wearing your ‘lucky fishing hat’.

But they do share one trait. They both have to be worn to be effective.
 
According to the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Lifesaving Society, 80 percent of recreational boaters who drown each and every year in Canada were not wearing a lifejacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD).

Kootenay Lake School Board receives some good news on eve of Tuesday’s Special Open Board Meeting

The meeting at Winlaw Elementary saw the Board take the most heat as the community bands together to try to save its school. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake School District received some favourable news from the Ministry of Education Friday that may assists in the decision-making process when the Board hosts the first of two special meetings of the School Closure Bylaw Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium.

The Ministry pre-approved 2017-18 funding for the Jewett Elementary in Meadow Creek and one of the two schools in the Slocan Valley W.E. Graham in Slocan or Winlaw Elementary.

Jewett's pre-approved funding was $46,947 while W.E. Graham or Winlaw Elementary was $295,532 or $347,142.

Nelson Police report a cougar sighting in Fairview Sunday

There was a  a cougar sighting in the 300 block of Sixth Street at approximately 11:40 a.m. Sunday.

Nelson Police is advising the public of a cougar sighting in the 300 block of Sixth Street at approximately 11:40 a.m. Sunday.

Acting Sergeant Matt Caldwell said at the time of the sighting the cougar was not reportedly acting aggressive. 

"The cougar was last seen walking towards the wooded area behind the 200 block of View Street," Caldwell said.

Nelson Neptunes take to the road to win home meet

Two Neptune swimmers cut through the waters of the Salmo Pool at the first meet of the KSSA season. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Neptunes took advantage of some new surroundings to capture the opening meet of the Kootenay Summer Swim Association recently at the Salmo Pool.

The Neptunes, still waiting for renovations to be completed at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, swam away to win the meet by almost 300 points over second-place Grand Forks.

Not even the slightly longer than 25 meter pool or the unpredictability of the weather could slow down the Neptunes

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