March 2017

Stetski hosts telephone town hall on marijuana legalization

MP Wayne Stetski said the legalization of marijuana is a significant issue for Kootenay-Columbia.

The legalization of marijuana issue has been a hot topic across Canada.

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is hosting a telephone town hall Tuesday (March 14) for residents to let him know their views this most contentious issue.
“The legalization of marijuana will have impacts on health, the economy, law enforcement and for municipalities.” Stetski said in a media release Monday.

RCMP report driver killed in single-vehicle accident near Balfour

RCMP report driver killed in single-vehicle accident near Balfour

Members of RCMP West Kootenay Traffic and Nelson Detachment are working in conjunction to determine the cause of an accident that killed a man Sunday (March 5) near Balfour Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Units said in a media release Monday.

RCMP officer injured after driver flees scene during distracted driver sting

The RCMP police officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was later treated at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

RCMP said a 34-year-old man would appear in Nelson Provincial Court in relation to several criminal charges stemming from an incident on March 4, 2017 in Nelson.

RCMP Sergeant Chad Badry said the incident unfolded as members of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit were conducting a project targeting drivers using their cell phones.

“A police officer directed the driver of the vehicle to stop and upon asking him for his driver's license the male fled in his vehicle,” Badry explained in a media release Monday.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

The Wildcats include, from left, coach Tekki Brown-Hryniw, Leanne Kabatoff, Taylen Hryniw, Eeana Cotton, Rosie Velisek, Hannah Dube, Caitlin Johnson, Els Hryniw, Victoria Peebles, Simone Chernoff and coach Kris Hryniw. — Submitted photo

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished the Kootenay High School A Girl's Basketball season in fourth spot after a narrow 62-60 loss to Fernie Falcons at the recent Zone Championships in Nakusp.

Rosie Velisek played her best game of the year to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points including two three-pointers along with several offensive and defensive rebounds.

The Fernie loss came after the top-ranked Wildcats lost 62-39 to Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.

Senior Hannah Dube the top scorer for Mount Sentinel with nine points.

Next up, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks

The Nelson Leafs could help but smile after knocking off the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division Semi Final Friday at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

While the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have cruised along this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season over nice smooth newly laid pavement, the Nelson Leafs have hit almost every pothole along the way to a third-place finish in the Murdoch Division.

However, despite the Hawks finishing with 17 more wins and 33 points better in the Murdoch standing than the Leafs, both teams enter Tuesday opening game of the best-of-seven series on even terms.

Trafalgar Thunder rock Stanley Humphries to capture WK Grade 8 Basketball Title

The Trafalgar Thunder include, back row, L-R, Callum McClure, Josh Creak, Isaac Vissers, Boris Oudemans, Nathaniel Pan, Matthew Erickson, Van Kozak, Caleb Peil and Michael Rhodes-Bliss. Front, Lukas Faehndrich, Evan Lammle, Mika Whitefield, Jaheem Berry, Quinn Kilpatrick, Kelton Forte and coach Jeremy Phelan. On floor, Matteo Kataoka. Missing from photo, Trafalgar Teacher Sponsors/Coaches Mike Vissers and Carla DeBiasio. — Submitted photo

Van Kozak, Nathaniel Pan and Matt Erickson combined for 38 points to power the Trafalgar Thunder to a convincing 56-18 decision over Stanley Humphries Rockers in the final of the West Kootenay Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.

The Thunder jumped to a 15-2 first quarter lead, 29-8 at recess, and never looked back.

Kozak led the Thunder with 14 points while Erickson and Pan each added 12.

Matteo Kataoka chipped in five points while Grade 7 Kelton Forte added eight.

Obituary: 'Go like Merv!'

Merv Fry

After 77 years of "Going Full Out" Merv Fry, on February 27, 2017, took his last earth-bound ski run. On this beautiful sunny day, he paused at the top of his favourite run called Exhibition, mentioned something to his Old B's Powder Team (OBPT) ski buddies about it being "glorious" and then blasted down making the famous "whoop, whoop" sound the whole way.  At the bottom of the run with adrenaline still running through his veins, his body suddenly decided it was done.

Public meeting sentiment fails to derail council on cannabis-related business bylaw

Philip MacMillan, manager of the Nelson Compassion Club, which has been in operation since 2000, told council the Medical Cannabis and Business Licence Bylaw restricts so much of what people can do in the city. McMillan spoke first on Monday night at a public meeting in council chambers. Photo by Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

When the smoke cleared at the public meeting on a cannabis-related business zoning amendment Monday night the only people who remained unmoved by the concerns of the 25 people who showed up was city council.

Selkirk College Saints Set for League Semi-Final Series

Austin Wells and the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team split a weekend series with the Eastern Washington University Eagles as they closed out the BCIHL regular season. The defending champions will head to Langley this weekend to take on the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league semi-final starting Friday. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

The Selkirk College Saints start defence of their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship title on Thursday in Langley against the Trinity Western University Spartans in a best-of-three semi-final series.

The Saints have won four straight BCIHL championships and will be looking to make more history in the next couple weeks with a fifth title. If they are to be successful, the third-place Saints will need to conquer teams that finished higher in the regular season standings.

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

It's income tax time. And the Canda Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to ensure that everyone knows that tax evasion schemes are illegal -- and can result in jail time. 

One such scheme, called "Paradigm," has resulted in convictions and sentences for 32 people so far -- self-styled "educators" who promoted a fraudulent tax-evasion scheme.  Paradigm sold products (books, DVDs, and CDs), organized and taught fee-based seminars which “educated” people on how to structure their affairs in an attempt to illegally avoid taxes.

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