May 2015

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Exciting time of the year

Smiles all around when you land a fish of choice on Kootenay Lake. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures

April is in the books, but Kerry Reed from Reel Adventures has all the tips and news for May in the Kootenay Lake Fishing Report.

Nelson Police arrest man for attempted robbery of 7-Eleven store

The 7-Eleven on convenience store at 123 Anderson Street in Nelson was the scene of an attempted robbery early Wednesday morning. — The Nelson Daily file photo

There was another attempted armed robbery in Nelson.

However, this time the masked man did not get away.

Nelson Police arrested and charged a man with Attempted Robbery following an incident early Wednesday morning at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 123 Anderson Street next to the Safeway grocery store.

Nelson dispatch took the call at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday (May 6) that a male had entered the store with his face covered demanding cash from the register.

Staff said the man had something concealed under his jacket.

Water levels close to normal in West Kootenay, as parts of Washington face drought

The water in the Kootenay River near Taghum has been low more than a month as Fortis & BC Hydro wait for the spring runoff. — The Nelson Daily photo

Drought has been declared in many parts of Washington State, and April’s weather report shows the West Kootenay had a significantly drier start to spring than normal.

But things are still looking fairly normal in terms of water supply for the region, according to officials.

Almost 12,000 British Columbians sign petition against privatization of hospital laundry services

HEU workers staged a rally Wednesday against the closure of laundry facilities at the corner of Pandosy Street and Royal Avenue in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy HEU

The Hospital Employees Union (HEU) continue to hold Interior Health's feet to the fire in an effort to save job cuts to the laundry services in area hospitals, including Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson.

HEU communications officer Brenda Whitehall said nearly 12,000 British Columbians have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to cancel plans by the Interior Health Authority to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities throughout the region.

Camping season unofficially arrives May longweekend

Ready, set . . . let's go camping.

Thousands of people are expected to head to BC Parks throughout the province to take in the great outdoors this May long weekend, in what is expected to be another record year for visitor numbers.

Each campground offers its own unique experience, whether visitors want to enjoy a campfire or waterfront picnic, hike some trails, take a swim or simply curl up under a shady tree with a good book.

Nelson Garden Festival a hit once again with gardeners

The crowds were rather large all day at the 14th Annual Nelson Garden Festival. — Photos courtesy Deb Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The 14th Annual Nelson Garden Festival was a hit Saturday on Baker and Kootenay Streets.

The event, sponsored by the West Kootenay EcoSociety, saw a sellout crowd of people arrive looking for items for the garden from the 50 vendors and community groups.

Even Mother Nature attended, bringing spectacular spring-like weather.

Some of the items up for sale  included perennials, annuals, vegetable starts, trees, furniture, flowers and chicken manure.

Nelson Commons commitment to hiring local includes women

Nelson's Selina Drake has had no problem fitting in with the men at the Nelson Commons site. — Photo courtesy Eva Brownstein, The Nelson Daily

Men may still hold the lion’s share of industrial jobs, but women are slowly, but surely, making a dent in those numbers.

At the Nelson Commons job site, Selina Drake of Nelson is one of those trendsetters from the female side of the playing field.

"I'm a rare breed," said Drake, who operates a dump truck for McNally Excavating.

Knowledge Network hosts Free Public Screening of Dreamers and Dissidents at the Civic Theatre

Rose Rohn poses for a quick photo in front of her family home in Renata moments after her son Bruce had lit a match and threw it into his childhood bedroom. — Submitted photoe had lit a match and threw it into his childhood bedroom.

British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is hosting the premiere of local filmmaker Amy Bohigian’s documentary ‘Dreamers and Dissidents’ on (Thursday) May 28th.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. free public screening, with the filmmaker, broadcaster and participants in attendance.

Directed and produced by Amy Bohigian, the film’s crew was comprised entirely of local talent who utilized photographs pulled from family albums and local archives to tell the history of Nelson and the Kootenays.

Bill 11 attacks BC Education

Bill 11 attacks BC Education

We all know how important education is to any person’s success in life. It’s equally imperative to the wellbeing of our communities and entire society.

In Canada, we are fortunate to have developed a robust public education system available to every child and rooted in democratic governance.

No winner in Lotto Max $50 Million draw

No winner in Lotto Max $50 Million draw

A person who bought a ticket in BC was one of the winners in Friday's Lotto Max draw.

However, that person did not claim the $50-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw.

The BC ticket was one of four of the 15 MaxMillions prizes of $1-million each were claimed.

Two winning tickets were purchased on the prairies, one in British Columbia, and the fourth MaxMillions prize will be shared by two ticketholders -- one in Quebec and the other on the prairies.