August 2016

Vandals damage radio equipment near Creston; threaten safety of BC Wildfire Service crews

This photo from the Southeast Fire Centre shows damage to radio communications equipment on Thompson Mountain southeast of Creston. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

BC Wildfire Service reports vandals seriously damaged radio communications equipment on Thompson Mountain in the Southeast Fire Centre sometime between (Friday) July 29 and (Tuesday) August 2.

The BC Wildfire Service said equipment damage put the safety of firefighting personnel at risk.
"The equipment was damaged beyond repair and it will cost between $80,000 and $100,000 to replace the radio gear and install it in a more secure area," the media release from the Southeast Fire Information Office said.

Food production to get a boost from regional district with Food Policy Council

The project aims to devise a local model of a food policy council that will join the agricultural industry with local government.

In order to support the growth of food production in the West Kootenay a new council has been created by the regional district.

A joint project to create a regional Food Policy Council for Central Kootenay is being undertaken by the regional district with the goal of enhancing the abundance of food production and agricultural activities in the West Kootenay.

The project aims to devise a local model of a food policy council that will join the agricultural industry with local government.

Health care costs typical Canadian family more than $11,000 per year

Health care in Canada isn’t free.

An average Canadian family of four (two parents with two children) will pay $11,494 for public health-care insurance in 2016, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Chart named winner of 2016 June Lythgoe Scholarship

AFI Board Member and local composer (far left) Doug Jamieson and AFI President Dianna Ducs presents Emma Chart with the 2016 June Lythgoe Scholarship. — Submitted photo

Emma Chart of Nelson has been chosen the winner of the 2016 June Lythgoe Scholarship.

Chart, who recently completed in the summer youth theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was chosen after the adjudication of a strong list of candidates.

"Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and to have such an award available to cultivate young people’s musical aspirations is absolutely wonderful,” Chart said.

One man injured in Paulson Summit MVA

One man injured in Paulson Summit MVA

A passing motorist ended an ugly ordeal for a fellow traveller early this morning, by driving into cell range and calling 9-1-1 to report a vehicle in the ditch at the Paulson Summit this morning, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Greg Ferraby.

He said the call came in at about 7:50 Saturday morning.

Roadside enforcement near Castlegar reveals 'alarming' trend

Roadside enforcement near Castlegar reveals 'alarming' trend

A four-day enforcement effort about eight kilometres out of Castlegar on Highway 3B (the route to Grand Forks) has left police deeply concerned about dangerous driving along that stretch of highway, according to RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. Phil Mager.

Mager said that, in just four days, police impounded more than 80 cars and issued more than 150 violation tickets over and above the impounds.

Wildfire in Sunningdale Saturday

Wildfire in Sunningdale Saturday

Twelve firefighters rapidly extinguished a wildfire in Sunningdale this afternoon, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Greg Ferraby.

He said the call came it at 12:32 p.m.

Textiles Studio at Selkirk College Offers Inspiration and Career Opportunity

Dani Ortman creates handwoven scarves on her loom in her studio on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. The fibre artist has established a full-time career for herself after attending Kootenay Studio Arts. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

With the Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition just wrapped up, Selkirk College alumna Dani Ortman is busy in the studio preparing for the next showing of her handwoven scarves.

It was more than seven years ago that Ortman went to a show in Toronto as part of a Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) field trip. She was studying textiles with hopes of pursuing a career in fashion design and this hands-on experience was most beneficial in finding her path.

Gimme a Break! More Classic Car Collector vehicles now eligible

The threshold for eligibility will be expanded from 1958 to 1974 to allow eligible modified vehicles within the “muscle car” era into the program. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The British Columbia government is committed to making changes to the modified collector vehicle program to allow specialty cars and trucks, up to and including 1974, into the program.

ICBC currently has a modified collector vehicle program that allows individuals with vehicles registered as a 1958 model year or older to apply for modified collector vehicle status. 

Site C construction reaches one-year milestone

Site C will help meet future electricity needs by providing 1,100 megawatts of dependable capacity, and producing about 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year — enough to power the equivalent of 450,000 homes per year.

Construction of the Site C project in northeast British Columbia reached its one-year anniversary last week. Significant construction progress has been made over the past year and the project is on track for schedule, scope and budget.

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