August 2015

Kootenay Lake School District forced to finding savings thanks to $29 Million cut to education

More government cuts leads to sharpening of pencils at Kootenay Lake School District.

The school term is less than almost a month away and the Kootenay Lake School District administration is already working on their math skills.

Interior Health warns whooping cough cases on the increase

IH says the majority of cases currently in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health is adivsing the public that pertussis cases, also known as whooping cough, is on the rise.

The increase in pertussis cases has IH sending out a reminder parents about the importance of making sure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

NPD Chief Wayne Holland announces retirement

Nelson Police Chief Wayne Holland has announced his retirement from the local police force. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Police Department Chief Wayne Holland has announced his retirement.

Holland made the announcement in a City of Nelson media release.

"Being the top cop in Nelson for the last five years has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in his 34 years as a Police Officer," Holland said in the release.

“We have excellent sworn, civilian and volunteer personnel in the Nelson Police Department who have been a pleasure to work with,” he added.

Kootenay Columbia residents urged to conserve water

The Kootenay River near Taghum appears to have lots of water. However, it's the lack of water in the smaller rivers and streams that has prompted the Government of BC to move the South East Interior into Level 3 rating for the area. — The Nelson Daily photo

The situation doesn't appears as bad as some parts of the province, but that hasn't stopped Government of BC to move the South East Interior into Level 3 rating for the area.

This includes the Lower Columbia, West Kootenay and East Kootenay region.

The reason is due to the expected warm and dry for the region.

However, the South East Interior is not as dry as the Okanagan, South Coast or Vancouver Island — all dealing with Level 4 drought conditions.

Love triangle; runaway SUV keeps just two of many calls during busy week for NPD

The concrete wall in the police department parking lot was damaged by an unattended SUV this past week.

The influx of tourists and patrons attending the popular electronic music festival, Shambhala near Salmo, made for a higher call rate than normal for Nelson Police Department.

Two calls in particular happened last week on Baker Street and outside the Nelson Police Department office on Stanley Street.

The Baker Street call happened Tuesday (August 4) when dispatch received numerous calls of a fight at the corner of Baker and Stanley Streets outside Otter’s Book Store.

Wood Lake fire near Harrison Lake grows to estimate 1325 hectares

The Wood Lake fire near Harrison Lake is now estimated at 1325 hectares. — Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

The Wood Lake wildfire 20 kilometres north of the community of Harrison Hot Springs and near Harrison Lake is now estimated at 1325 hectares.

The larger estimated size of this fire is due to increased visibility today which permitted more accurate mapping.

RCMP asking public to be on the lookout for two stolen Dagger kayaks

The two Dagger kayaks, seen here in the picture, were stolen outside the entrance to the Shambhala Music Festival. — Photo courtesy RCMP

A couple of music lovers attending the 2015 Shambhala Music Festival reported their kayaks had been stolen in the early hours of Sunday morning RCMP said.

RCMP Sergeant Mike Wicentowich told The Nelson Daily Sunday the couple had attended the music festival Saturday, and when they returned to their vehicle, the two kayaks were missing.

No one appears to be severely hurt in two-vehicle accident Sunday at Playmor Junction

BC Ambulance was on scene of an accident at the Playmor Junction Sunday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photo

It appears no one was severely injured in a two-vehicle accident that sent one person to hospital Sunday afternoon at Playmor Junction on Highway 3A.

Tarry’s Fire Department was called to the scene of the accident involving a Toyota SUV and a Toyota Tacoma pickup at the junction of Highway 3A and 6.

“When we arrived, I thought it was going to be a more worse than it was,” said Tarry’s Fire Chief Greg Patterson.

“All the occupants were out of the vehicles.”

Trail Orioles conclude amazing season with State Tournament showing

The Trail Orioles include, back row, L-R, Brendan Makay, Austin Tambellini, Tyler Atkinson, Austin Cox, Bradly Ross and Reese Tambellini. Front, Nathan Soukeroff, Ross St. Jean, Casey Harrison, Joel Aubert, Daniel Gagnier and Colton Miracle. Missing, coaching staff of Kyle Mace, Kyle Paulson and Ron Mace. — Submitted photo

The future is so bright the coaches of the Trail Orioles American Legion Baseball team had better find a pair of shades.

The Silver City-based squad, with players from throughout the region, combined a solid season with an amazing performance at the District Tournament to qualify for State Finals.

“Every player on the team made a significant contribution to our success,” said Orioles manager, Ron Mace.

Former CEO back at helm of TELUS after current President steps down

Darren Entwistle is back as President and CEO of TELUS. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

The President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS doesn't like living in Western Canada.

So Joe Natale is stepping down.

"Natale recently indicated that a move to Western Canada would not work for him and his family for several years and the Board determined that the Company would be best served by having its chief executive officer reside in the West," said the TELUS media release.

So the major telecommunications company has gone back to former CEO, Darren Entwistle, to take of the leadership.