September 2014

UPDATED: Escape attempt at Nelson courthouse leads to another charge for accused armed robber

Nelson Courthouse was the scene of another bizzare incident Monday morning.

In a bizarre twist to an already strange story, the man charged with a string of armed robberies in the region tried, this morning, to escape custody and flee before his scheduled court appearance.

Nelson Police Department Deputy Chief Paul Burkhart said Andrew (Zacharias) Stevenson, who was slated to appear in court to face 21 charges in connection with the robberies, attempted to escape on crutches and was found almost immediately.

Kootenay Pride 2014 — Everybody loves a parade

Sunday's parade was enjoyed by a host of spectators as people lined up early to grab a place on Baker Street. — Madeleine Guenette photos

There was much to do this Kootenay Pride weekend as followers of the event flocked to the Heritage City for the many events planned for the Labour Day weekend.

Of course, for most spectators Sunday's parade through the downtown core of Nelson was the highlight of the weekend as many parade goers dressed up in lively costumes.

No start to school term as teachers continue to strike

Parents will once again be showing their displeasure with the two sides during a walk down Baker Street Tuesday beginning at noon from the former Exra Foods Parking lot on Baker Street.

The nightmare that started in the spring continues for students, parents and teachers as the opening of the 2014-15 public school term has been pushed back after negotiations between the B.C. Teachers’ Association and the bargaining agent for the provincial government, B.C. Public School Employers' Association, ended abruptly Saturday in Richmond.

BC Coroners Service releases identity of woman killed in Crawford Bay plane crash

BC Coroners Service releases identity of woman killed in Crawford Bay plane crash

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman who died following an airplane crash near Crawford Bay on Saturday (August 30) as Jane Yvonne Lavallee, aged 48, of Edmonton, Alberta.

Wildfire smoke will be visible in East Kootenays

Wildfire smoke will be visible in East Kootenays

Residents of the communities of Canal Flats and Elkford may notice heavy smoke from wildfires burning near Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park.

All of the fires being suppressed by Wildfire Management Branch personnel are now contained, while other fires in the area are being monitored but not actively suppressed. No communities or structures are threatened by any of these fires.

Partnership fuels expansion of University of Northern B.C.'s bioenergy system

UNBC's award-winning bioenergy heating system is expanding.

Students, communities and the environment will benefit from the expansion of the University of Northern British Columbia’s award-winning bioenergy heating system, thanks to a $1.1-million contribution from the Government of B.C.

The funding partnership was announced by Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk at UNBC’s 25th-anniversary kickoff celebration held today in Prince George.

Tuesday was anything like a normal first day of school as more than 500 rally in support of public education

A concerned crowd took to the streets Tuesday to protest stalemate in the ongoing teachers' labour dispute with the provincial government. — Photo courtesy Herb Couch, Facebook

Tuesday was supposed to be the first day of public school for students in BC.

Instead, students traded books for protest signs, joining more than 500 angry parents, CUPE workers and teachers at a march through the downtown core of Nelson to protest the labour dispute that has crippled the public school system in the province.

No start to school term as teachers continue to strike

Why the Queen City Cruise keeps them coming back year after year

The truck "Scarlett", which is a 1948 Chevrolet COE (Cab over Engine) scheduled to be at the Nelson's Road Kings Car Show this weekend. — Photo by Action Photo's by Moe

Every year the Queen City Cruise (QCC) attracts more and more car enthusiasts to Nelson, and keeps car owners coming back year after year.

What makes it so successful?

According to QCC regular, Patsy Kachnoski, it's a combination of the friendly locals and everything their town has to offer.

Kachnoski travels to the QCC each year from her home in Fairmont Hotsprings along with her husband Ivan.

Together they bring all manner of cool cars and trucks to the show – and they never have a hard time finding new folks to bring along too.

UPDATED: Matt Brind' Amour scores twice to lead Leafs to 4-4 draw against Hawks

UPDATED: Matt Brind' Amour scores twice to lead Leafs to 4-4 draw against Hawks

Matt Brind' Amour scored twice to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 4-4 tie against Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition action in Fruitvale.

Robson Cramer and Sam Weber added singles while Liam Hall has two assists for the Leafs.

Nelson led 3-2 after one period before the Hawks scored twice in the second to grab a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.

Both teams played a roster filled with younger players as the respective coaching staffs looked over their teams.

Nelson Search and Rescue hosts inter-regional competition this weekend at Kokanee Park

Search and Rescue teams from throughout the region will be at Kokanee Park this weekend. — photo courtesy Nelson SAR

If anyone plans on getting hurt this weekend, Kokanee Park 15 kilometers east of Nelson on the North Shore would be a prime place to receive instant rescue assistance.

That is where Nelson Search and Rescue is hosting a a large inter-regional SAR exercise, beginning Friday and ending Sunday (September 5-7).

More than 100 SAR members from throughout the region will take part in take part in workshops and training.