March 2015

Nelson Police warn public of hydro scam making rounds in Heritage City

Hydro scam comes to Nelson.

A hydro scam making its rounds through the province has finally found its way into Nelson.

Nelson Police Department said Tuesday (March 3) a local business received a telephone call from a person claiming to be employed by a local hydro company.

The person told the business’ electricity was going to be disconnected immediately unless the business owner purchased “smart pay” cards/vouchers and followed the instructions provided.

GV Giants end season for Kootenay Ice with pair of shutout wins

The Kootenay Ice concluded the BC Major Midget season with a 5-29-6 record. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Greater Vancouver Giants tuned up for the BC Hockey Major Midget League playoffs by posting a couple of lopsided wins over the Kootenay Ice this past weekend at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.

The Giants, second in league standings with a 26-10-4 record, bounced the Ice 6-0 Saturday and 2-0 Sunday to conclude the regular season for both clubs.

The Giants now meet the South Island Royals in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday in Burnaby.

Saturday, Greater Van scored four times in the second period to break open a close game.

Mallards Team of the Week — Nelson Peewee House Leafs

The West Kootenay Peewee House champs from Nelson includes, back row, L-R, coaches Dean Centrone, Pat Thast, Martin Grill and Mark Arrowsmith. Middle, Nick Haydu, Dylan Ewen, Jackson Cousins, Callum Cutler, Ben Thast, Rhett Hamilton, Gordon Hollett, Ethan grill, Seamus Boyd, Nikko Lazier, Bruce Sookro and Ethan Bennett. Front, Jack Centrone and Josh Marsden. Missing, manager Laura Marsden, Devan Hawkes and Andy Loutit. — Submitted photo

For the second time in as many weeks Nelson Minor Hockey celebrates a West Kootenay Champion.

The Nelson Peewee Leafs shocked everyone by rising from a sixth-place showing during the regular season to capture the regional championship — both playoff victories coming in a shootout.

The Nelson Leafs won the West Kootenay Bantam House Championship last month in Nelson.

Avalanche Canada Receives $325,000 from CBT

Two-year support to go toward increasing public avalanche safety.

Good news for backcountry snowsport enthusiasts: Avalanche Canada is receiving $325,000 over two years from Columbia Basin Trust to help it continue its work of increasing public safety for winter backcountry users.

Saints add firepower to future with commitment by Dallas Calvin

Former Nitehawk star Dallas Calvin (22) is off to Selkirk to play for the Saints next season. — The Nelson Daily file photo

On the eve of the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program announced great news as former KIJHL and BCHL star Dallas Calvin has inked a playing commitment of to attend the Castlegar-based school in and compete 2015-2016.

The six-foot-4, 220-pound Calvin recently completed his final junior hockey season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Government introduces legislation to enhance regulations for e-cigarettes

Governments look to control latest crave of some people, e-cigarettes.

British Columbia has introduced amendments to the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes, legislation that will help stop the growing use of e-cigarettes by young people in B.C.

“More and more young people are using e-cigarettes,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

“This legislation will limit the exposure to children of the possible dangers of e-cigarette vapour and the potential that e-cigarettes have to normalize smoking behaviour."

Top Better Business Bureau scams for 2015

Top Better Business Bureau scams for 2015

The recent scam affecting the West Kootenay brought to the public's attention by Nelson Police Department comes at number six on the top-ten Better Business Bureau scams for 2015.

Every year for the last 22 years BBB B.C. has put together a list of the top scams affecting British Columbians.

The BBB work alongside our community partners to develop a list identifying which scams are actively phishing for your identity and money.

West Arm Provinical Park to grow by 1,219 hectares — Caribou population benefits

West Arm Provincial Park is one of six BC parks to be expanded under Bill 8.

Environment Minister Mary Polak has announced that the West Arm Provincial Park is one of six BC parks to be expanded under Bill 8 which was introduced on March 2.

The park will gain 1,219 hectares on the south eastern edge directly behind Ymir peak.

The land is owned by the Crown, which  acquired two parcels of land totaling 1,219 hectares on March 31, 2005 from Pluto Darkwoods Corporation according to the Minister.

Nelson police welcome newest member to department, Constable Chris Duncan

Provincial Court Judge Donald L. Sperry shakes hands with Nelson's newest member of the police department, Const. Christopher Duncan. — Photo courtesy Jaimie Killen

The newest member of the Nelson Police Department, Christopher Mark Duncan, was sworn in Thursday at the Nelson Courthouse.

Provincial Court Judge Donald L. Sperry performed the duties before members of the Nelson Police Department and Duncan's family.

Duncan, Constable #83, is the latest member of the police to join the department. Constable Matthew Caldwell was sworn in November 2014.

South Slocan's Dean Siminoff uses Martial Arts to help free modern day slaves

Dean Siminoff started MAJ’s Breaking Boards Breaking Chains in 2013.

A program founded by a South Slocan man — Martial Arts For Justice — had a story written about him in a Coloradob-based news website.