January 2015

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake reported near Tofino

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake reported near Tofino

The US Geological Survey is reporting earthquake with a magnitude 4.8 occurred18 kilometers east of Tofino on Vancouver Island.

Courtney, Campbell River and Qualicum Beach residents are reported beds shaking and dishes rattling in their cupboards.

The USGS is saying residents should expect aftershocks.

"These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake," the USGS said on its website.

Slocan Lake RCMP asks for public assistance in finding missing woman

Victoria Aguilar, 63, has been missing since Wednesday. — Submitted photo

The Slocan Lake RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating a woman reported missing on Wednesday (January 7).

Victoria Aguilar, 63, was last seen walking on Harold Street in the Village of Slocan a short distance from her home.   

Mallard's Team of the Week — Grads 2004-2005 Team

Grad 2004-2005 Team consists of, back row, L-R, Jake Phelan, Addison Rickaby and Bryan Gaschnitz. Front, Ryan Golik, Braden Klein, David Joseph and underclassmen Avery Kushner. Missing, Galen Taylor and Jesse McLaughlin. — Submitted photo

Bomber grads return every year to enjoy the Christmas festivities with family and play in the Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.

More than 45 players flocked to their old basketball court to slip on the runners and compete against Bomber stars of yesteryear.

Grad 2004-2005 Team claimed the crown by rolling to a 5-0 record in the five team tournament.

Nelson plays host to Novice Hockey tournament

The novice players are back in Nelson at the annual Minor Hockey tournament. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Some of the best hockey fans will see this season is slated for the weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas — and the game doesn’t involve the Nelson Leafs.

Nelson Minor Hockey drops the puck this weekend on the annual Novice tournament, beginning Friday and running through Sunday.

The tourney is attracting four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Cranbrook, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads.

No movement on the trade front for Leafs as roster deadline nears

Leafs netminder Joey Karrer is ready for duty for a weekend series against Spokane. —The Nelson Daily file photo

No news is definitely not good news when you're a team looking to improve its roster on the eve of the BC Hockey roster deadline.

Leaf coach Dave McLellan said “it’s pretty slow our there.”

“I’ve basically been in contact with every team in the league, but it seems everyone is holding their cards pretty close to their chest,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily prior to practice Thursday.

BC hockey dad handed conditional discharge for threatening player

BC hockey dad handed conditional discharge for threatening player

A BC hockey dad has been sentenced to a conditional discharge with 12 months probation for threatening a nine-year-old player on his son's hockey team.

The incident allegedly happened in the dressing room at the Karen Magnussen Arena after the boys' Atom 3 team lost a playoff game in February, according to the RCMP.

Terry Litt, 57, pleaded guilty to uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm to his son Jordan's teammate Rocky Bhala and was sentenced Thursday.

Why providing affordable housing in Nelson is easier said than done

The good intentions and creativity of local governments and non-profits across the province are tested by the realities of the real estate market and funding cutbacks by senior levels of government. How will the new Nelson council approach this?

Most people in Nelson believe we need more housing for people who can’t afford market prices. Almost every candidate in the recent municipal election stated it as a priority, although they had few concrete suggestions.

Solutions to affordable housing can come from at least three directions:  changes to the city’s zoning and regulation of existing residential housing, special deals the city makes with developers, or from the construction of entire buildings of affordable housing units.

Zoning

Leafs restore power to power play to dump Spokane 5-1

Leaf forward Nolan Percival battles for the puck during third period action of Saturday's 5-1 KIJHL win over Spokane at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A bit of tweaking to the power play proved to be the difference as Nelson struck for three extra-strength goals en route to a 5-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win was the first in a home-and-home series between the two Murdoch Division clubs.

The rematch is Sunday in the Lilac City.

Trailing 1-0 after one period, Nelson went to work in the second frame, scoring two special-teams goals to take over the game.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt doing his best to forget about former WHL team Regina Pats

Dryden Hunt was traded last week from Regina to Medicine Hat Tigers in a blockbuster WHL deal. — Photo courtesy Regina Pats Hockey Club

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt is doing a good job forgetting about his old team, the Regina Pats.

The speedy forward, who was part of a blockbuster Western Hockey League trade last week to Medicine Hat, had four points in three games to help the Tigers register a 2-1 record during a weekend road swing through BC.

Hunt had an assist to help Medicine Hat knock off Kelowna Rockets 5-3 Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.

No Lotto Max Winners, $50 Million up for grabs Friday

No Lotto Max Winners, $50 Million up for grabs Friday

Don't worry about checking those Lotto Max tickets as there was no winning tickets sold in in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw with a $50-million jackpot.

However, of the two MaxMillions prizes of $1-million each up for grabs, and a winning ticket for one of those prizes was sold somewhere in British Columbia.

The jackpot for next Friday’s Lotto Max will stay at $50-million, but there will be 11 MaxMillions prizes available.

The unofficial winning numbers for Friday's draw were 3, 7, 12, 18, 31, 33 and 35 with the bonus 26.