April 2015

No injuries reported in basement fire at Victoria Street residence

No injuries reported in basement fire at Victoria Street residence

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Mike Daloise said there were no injuries reported following a house fire in the 800 block of Victoria Street Tuesday morning.

NPD dispatch received a call at 11:33 a.m. Tuesday of a basement fire in the Victoria Street residence.

"Upon arrival of the first crew smoke was observed coming from the basement as well as electrical lines on the ground in the yard," Daloise said in a media release.

Council Notes: Poetry Month, KLH Laundry Jobs, Nelson Commons Variances and Nelson Landing Phase II

Council Notes: Poetry Month, KLH Laundry Jobs, Nelson Commons Variances and Nelson Landing Phase II

Nelson City Council’s April 7 meeting started out with a packed house with about 40 people in the public gallery to attend the meeting that saw a number of high-profile topics on the docket for discussion.

But the evening began with a poetic performance from local scribes, Geordi Campos and Damian John as Mayor Deb Kozak accepted the Poetry Challenge from Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi and designated April 2015 as National Poetry Month in the Queen City.

City asks province to keep KLH laundry workers

RDCK puts the brakes on Aquatic Centre renovations

Renovations to the NDCC Aquatic Centre have been put on hold for now. — The Nelson Daily photo

The good news is the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre will not close as of May 1 of this year.

The bad news is the tendering process did not produce a winner according to the Regional District of Central Kootenay after the two qualifying companies came in approximately $1.2 Million over the projected $4.92 Million project budget.

Changing Everything - From Within

Oak Bay/Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver is coming to Nelson Friday to speak at the United Church.

Acclaimed climate scientist Andrew Weaver is becoming a force in BC legislature, doing pretty well what we might expect of a scientist  turned politician: espousing evidence-based policy making over policy-based evidence making.

He is also continually ringing alarm bells over the hyper-partisan culture within our legislature, which is the glaring, ridiculously dysfunctional attribute that anyone but a seasoned politician would be quick to point out.

Statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Measles

Additional cases of measles in the Vancouver region has prompted a statement from Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement following the confirmation of measles in the Vancouver area:

Prescribed burn project scheduled near Kaslo

Prescribed burn project scheduled near Kaslo

Wildfire Management Branch and BC Timber Sales personnel are planning to conduct a prescribed burn at 12 Mile Creek, about 17 kilometres northwest of Kaslo next to Highway 31A.

The burn project will take place between Thursday (April 9) and April 30, weather conditions permitting.

This controlled burn will cover about 5.5 hectares and smoke will be visible from Kaslo, Highway 31A and surrounding areas. Smoke may be present for several days, as fires within the burn control lines are extinguished.

Kaslo Sourdough Bakery needs help after nomination in NEXTY competition

Heidi Lettrari and father Silvio of Kaslo Sourdough Bakery need the help of the public in the NEXTY competition. — Submitted photo

Kaslo Sourdough Bakery is getting known for its wonderful products outside the Kootenay region.

The business was recently nominated for a NEXTY Award following its participation at the Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California in March.

"My dad, Silvio and I exhibited our sourdough pastas in the world’s largest natural food show – “Natural Products Expo West’ in Anaheim, California earlier in March," said Heidi Lettrari, General Manager of Kaslo Sourdough Bakery.

Waneta Expansion Project in pictures

The crane lowers the stator in place in Unit 1 of the Waneta Expansion Power Project. — Photos courtesy Columbia Power, Larry Doell

The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP), a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, recently announced that the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail is now online and generating power.

With the help of photographer Larry Doell and Columbia Power Corportation, here a photo gallery view of some of the highlights of the five-year project.

Maglio Installations awarded Stores to Shores project bid

Construction on the eight-month overhaul is expected to begin later this month. — The Nelson Daily photo

Maglio Installations of Nelson has won the contract for the Stores to Shores Downtown Revitalization project.

The hotly-talked-about project that has been a focal point of Nelson City Council for the past year and was approved in February, will begin construction on the eight-month overhaul later this month.

UPDATE: Hunt scores, but Tigers drop opener to Hitmen

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt begins play in the second round of the WHL playoffs against Calgary Friday. — Photo courtesy Medicine Hat Tigers

Nelson's Dryden Hunt scored once but the Hitmen replied with three of their own as Calgary posted a 3-1 victory over Medicine Hat Tigers Friday in the opener of the Eastern Conference Semi-Final at The Arena in Medicine Hat.

Calgary takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with Games two and three set for Sunday and Monday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Game four is back in Medicine Hat Friday.