December 2014

Rockstar Raffle Returns For a Record Breaking Year

Want to be a Rockstar? Purchase a ticket to the Whitewater Ski Team Raffle. — Submitted

If you're a frequent skier or boarder to Whitewater Ski Resort, then getting to the hill late can be a bit of a grind.

That's because being late generally means a long walk to the lodge and chair.

The Whitewater Ski Team has a solution for skiers and boarders missing the alarm-clock-wake-up-call.

The ski team is back hosting the Rockstar Raffle, which not only gives the winner a a front-row parking spot reserved until 12:30 p.m. every single day, but also a free season pass to Whitewater.

West Kootenay region got an early taste of winter thanks to Arctic outbreaks

Cooler temperatures in November was thanks to two Arctic outbreaks. — The Nelson Daily photo

The month of November saw winter arrive in the form of precipitation and cold temperatures said Jesse Ellis, Fire Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre.

“The first snowfall of the season occurred the night of the (November) 10th as the first of two Arctic outbreaks pushed into the area,” Ellis explained in the monthly media release.

Christmas Trees, get your Rotary Christmas Trees

Kris and Ean have a tree for you at the Nelson Rotary Christmas Tree Sale.

Want a Christmas Tree?

Then the Nelson Rotary club has the tree for you.

Located in the WalMart Garden Centre, members of the Nelson Rotary Club are hosting the annual Christmas Trees Sale.

The money from the sale of trees goes toward Rotary programs in the Greater Nelson Area.

There are more than 400 trees up for grabs. But according to Rotary members, the trees go fast, so don't delay.

Pacific Jamboree on horizon for First Nelson Pack

First Nelson Scout and Venturer Pack was packing groceries Saturday at Save-on Foods in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Members of the First Nelson Scout and Venturer Pack were at Save-On Foods in the Chahko Mika Mall Saturday packing groceries to raise money to attend the 2015 Pacific Jamboree in Sooke BC.

The Pacific Jamboree is being held July 11-18, 2015.

The Pacific Jamboree is held every four years and is open to Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts.

For information on how to donate, contact Jim Garth at 250-505-7424.



Kimberley's Tom Buchy knocks off Trail's Ferguson rink to claim Men’s Kootenay Playdowns

Tom Buchy skipped his rink back to the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship after winning the Men’s Kootenay Playdowns Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Tom Buchy of Kimberley is heading back to the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship after sweeping through the Men’s Kootenay Playdowns this past weekend at the Nelson Curling Club.

Buchy, third Dave Stephenson, second Dave Toffolo and lead Darren Will doubled up Trail’s Rob Ferguson 6-3 in the B Final Sunday morning.

Buchy is the lone Kootenay rink to qualify for the BC Men’s Curling Championship.

Cabinet appoints three to Forest Practices Board, including Nelson's Marlene Machmer

Nelson's Marlene Machmer appointed to Forest Practices Board.

Nelson's Marlene Machmer, R.P.Bio, is one of three members appointed to the Forest Practices Board by the BC Cabinet.

Angeline Nyce, RPF, and current board member Bill Dumont, RPF, reappointed to a two-year term, joins Machmer on the board.

Nyce and Machmer are appointed to two-year terms.

"I am very pleased to see Bill Dumont reappointed, and I welcome Marlene Machmer and Angeline Nyce to the board," said board chair, Tim Ryan.

Nelson RCMP warn public of 'nephew in trouble' phone scam

Nelson RCMP warn public of 'nephew in trouble' phone scam

Nelson RCMP are urging the public to be aware of phone scam circulating through the area after receiving calls from the public regarding money sent to a person claiming to be a nephew in trouble. 

RCMP Cst. Bill Long said in a media release the police received two separate reports of this scam.

Cst. Long said the story had the nephew to be either been involved in a crash with an out of province rental vehicle and in need of cash to pay for the damages through the same out-of-province lawyer or was in the hospital needing cash for medical expenses.

Thief steals close to $400,000 in helicopter parts from West Kelowna business

RCMP released pictures of some of the parts (pictured, a Dual Torque Gauge) stolen during recent theft from Alpine Helicopters in West Kelwona. — Photo courtesy RCMP

RCMP in West Kelowna are searching for the suspect involved in the theft of several helicopter parts stolen from a vehicle overnight on Friday (December 5).
RCMP Cst Kris Clark said policein West Kelowna received a report Saturday (December 6) at  8:10 am, a report of a theft from a vehicle on the 2100 block of Peters Road.

Clark said a total of 31 helicopter parts in various boxes were taken from an Alpine Helicopters company van at an estimated replacement value of $397,000.

Ice finally get to taste home cooking after horrendous start to BCMMHL season

Ice netminder Jason Mailhiot will be back in the nets when Kootenay hosts Vancouver Northeast Chiefs for a weekend set in Nelson and Trail. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Kootenay Ice are going to get a fantastic Christmas present in the form of an abundance of home games after spending most of the current BC Major Midget Hockey League season on the road.

Kootenay plays 14 of its next 18 games in West Kootenay arenas after completing a horrendous part of the schedule on the road this BCMMHL season.

“We’ve been on the road for most of the first half . . . and when we’ve played in Nanaimo and Victoria we’re getting home at one in the morning, which is a little tough,” said Ice coach Rob Wright.

New Nelson mayor and council sworn in

Judge Richard Hewson administered the oath of office in a swearing-in ceremony on Monday night for newly elected Mayor Deb Kozak and council

About two hundred people attended the inaugural meeting of Nelson’s new city council last night at the Prestige Inn.

Mayor Deb Kozak and returning councillors Bob Adams and Robin Cherbo, along with newly elected councillors Valerie Warmington, Michael Dailly, and Anna Purcell, took the oath of office. Councillor-elect Janice Morrison was not present.