January 2017

Fentanyl a growing problem with more overdose deaths in Kootenay-Boundary in 2016

IH said fentanyl problem is growing more common in the Kootenay-Boundary region, and it increased in 2016. — Photo courtesy Creative Commons

The deadly problem with fentanyl overdoses grew in 2016 in the Kootenay-Boundary, but it is still lower than the regional and provincial rate, says an Interior Health official.

Gillian Frosst, epidemiologist with Interior Health, said the fentanyl problem is growing more common in the Kootenay-Boundary region, and it increased in 2016.

First step after BCTF's landmark court win sees Province provides $50 million to hire teachers

Hopefully the winner in Thursday's announcement will be the students in the classroom. — Photo courtesy BC Government website

Surprisingly, two sides that have battled tooth and nail for more than a decade have reached an agreement to inject some life, and much needed funding, into the public school system.

The BC Teachers Federation has reached agreement with the BC Public School Employers' Association and government on an interim measure to immediately create more than 1,000 new teaching positions — 1,100 according to the Liberal government — while discussions continue on full restoration of teachers' unconstitutionally stripped collective agreement language. 

Now or never for the Nelson Leafs

Mason Mullaney and the Leafs are optimistic the squad can turn the season around as the team continues a long homestand beginning Friday against Golden Rockets. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson Leafs kick off 2017 of their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with plenty question marks hovering over the Buds.

The Heritage City franchise, expecting to make a return to the upper echelon of the Junior B Hockey League after a disastrous past season, have struggled for find the right chemistry and currently sit fourth in the Murdoch Division, a mile behind front-running and current KIJHL leading, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

However, Nelson only trails second place Grand Forks Border Bruins by four points in the standings.

Leafs taking slow road up Murdoch standings ladder, split weekend home series

Ex-Leaf netminder Patrick Ostermann managed to get the upper hand on his former mates as Creston won 4-3 in OT.

The Leafs march back to the upper echelon in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is taking longer than expected after Nelson suffered its second loss during a 10-game home stand thought to be the team’s chance to make a run up the standings as the season winds down.

Thomas Cankovic scored with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to give the visiting Creston Valley Thunder Cats a 4-3 KIJHL victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

Restrictions and Delays at Northport Bridge

The bridge at Northport

The 1500-foot-long bridge at Northport  on State Route 25, five miles south of the US-Canada border,  is open to single-lane, alternating  traffic only,  with no over-legal-weight or wide-load vehicles permitted; restrictions are in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are expected to remain in place for up to six months.

City asked to consider municipal composting program

Earth Matters coordinator Bruce Edson has asked the city to consider implementing a new staff position to contend with picking up household food waste and composting it, instead of having the material end up rotting in the regional district landfill. — Photo City of Nelson

Proponents of composting in Nelson have asked the city to create a new position to deal with the growing amount of food waste entering into the municipal waste system.

Bruce Edson has asked the city to consider implementing a new staff position to contend with picking up household food waste and composting it, instead of having the material end up rotting in the regional district landfill.

B.C. extends free HPV coverage to boys

The program is being expanded to Grade 6 Boys to improve protection against a range of HPV-caused cancers that affect both females and males.

Beginning this September, British Columbia will become the latest province to provide the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to boys, as part of B.C.’s publicly funded immunization program, Health Minister Terry Lake announced Friday.

“We need to do everything we can to help girls and boys grow up to be healthy adults,” said Lake.

Rattlers rock Bombers to capture LVR Sr. Boys Tourney Title

Leo Weiss goes to the hoop for two of his 23 points during Friday's come-from-behind win over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley during the weekend L.V. Rogers Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Friday at the Hangar. — Sarah Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

The Osoyoos Rattlers busted out to a 25-13 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 76-57 victory over the home town Bombers in the final of the L.V. Rogers Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon at the Hangar.

Shooting guard Arshdeep Gill scored 20 points and Gurlal Dhaliwal added 25 to power Rattlers to the title.

Osoyoos, ranked seventh overall in the BC Boy’s Single-A Division, dominated the Bombers with a three-quarter, then, half court press. The pressure turned turnovers into baskets for the South Okanagan squad.

City looks to delve into budget process and invites public into the fray

Over the next five months financial deliberations by Grand Forks city council will trim the financial fat and herald new spending streams, culminating in the adoption of bylaws for a new financial plan and a tax rate for mid May. — Photo: City of Grand Forks

The process has begun to crunch the numbers on the city’s next budget and financial direction, and the public is invited to toss their two cents into the endeavour.

Over the next five months financial deliberations by Grand Forks city council will trim the financial fat and herald new spending streams, culminating in the adoption of bylaws for a new financial plan and a tax rate for mid May.

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