May 2016

Police issue release regarding morning fire and robbery attempt

The aftermath of an attempted robbery at Chevron. Photo by Stacey MacKinnon.

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson:

At approximately 5 a.m. May 4, Castlegar RCMP responded to two simultaneous incidents in the Castlegar city area. The first call was a report building fire on 2nd Street near 11th Avenue. A passing motorist noticed flames from inside business and contacted emergency services. The building had housed a previous business but had not been open for business for some time. No injuries were reported to either the public or emergency services workers. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

State of emergency declared as Fort McMurray continues to burn

Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment are working hard to contain wildfires at Fort McMurray, AB. — Photo courtesy Alberta Wildfire Info.

The Alberta Government has declared a state of emergency Wednesday as the wildfire in Fort McMurray continues to burn.

The wildfire, which experts believe may have been human caused due to its proximity to the city of Fort McMurray, has caused the mandatory evacuation order remains of approximately 80,000 people.

More than 250 firefighters as well as helicopters and air tankers are currently fighting this wildfire.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have both declared a State of Local Emergency.

Massive Roller Derby Event slated for May 14

Massive Roller Derby Event slated for May 14

What are you doing on Saturday, May 14? No plans yet? Well, have the Dam City Rollers got a killer evening planned, and they want you to enjoy it with them. The ladies in purple are hosting a three-team tournament at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle is at 6:30pm. Coming in to play are the fellow purple-clad team from down south, the Lilac City Rollergirls from Spokane, WA and the ladies in red, Avalanche City Rollergirls from Fernie. Both teams are looking for rematches with the Dams. Lilac City first played the Dams in May 2015, where the Dams showed them some derby love Canada style, however it wasn’t enough to take the win. In a rematch at Spokarnage in August 2015, the Dams showed their true colours and won. Lilac City will be the first to face the Dams in an attempt to dominate. Who will be the victor?

BC Liquor Stores accepting donations for Fort McMurray

BC Liquor Stores accepting donations for Fort McMurray

As wildfires rage in Fort McMurray, Alta., forcing the emergency evacuation of 80,000 residents, BC Liquor Stores customers can support Red Cross relief efforts there by donating at stores throughout the province.

Starting today, BC Liquor Stores customers can donate $2, $5 or more to help the Red Cross in Alberta reunite family members, provide evacuees with shelter, food and water, and later, assist with longer-term needs as the community rebuilds.

Trail to unveil Riverfront Centre design at Silver City Days

Trail to unveil Riverfront Centre design at Silver City Days

The Riverfront Centre Building Committee is pleased to reveal the drawings for the proposed new integrated Library and Museum during the Trail Silver City Days festival. The drawings, which highlight the exterior and interior architectural design of the facility, will be displayed on easels inside the main entrance of the Trail Memorial Centre (TMC), starting Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8.

Board turns to Tom Murray to lead Nelson & District Credit Union as CEO

Tom Murray . . . new CEO of the Nelson and District Credit Union.

Following an extensive search process, the Board of Directors of Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Murray as the new CEO, effective May 1, 2016.

Tom Murray’s appointment comes as Doug Stoddart departs after 24 years of dedicated service to the Credit Union.

“I am very excited for this opportunity, and I look forward to stewarding our Credit Union's continued success," Murray said in a media release after being name to the new CEO position.

Dream opportunity for local musicians as Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra makes Nelson stop

The L.V. Rogers Band is gearing up for an exciting date with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra Friday at the LVR Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn photo

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (GVYO) is making a BC Interior stop by Nelson on Friday to play with some local musicians from L.V. Rogers and Trafalgar secondary schools.

The event is a big chance for local, up-and-coming young musicians to expand their skills and musical talents by playing with the highly acclaimed youth group.

Students like Kelly Vrugteveen, in Grade 12 at L.V. Rogers and first chair trumpet, are particularly thrilled to play new music with new people.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Glacier Gymnastics Club Team

These Glacier athletes include, back row, L-R, Atlyn Proctor, Neeva Marechal and Macy Weston. Middle, Tabia Hartikainen, Molly Anderson, Kallie Badry and Chloe Proctor. Front, Fernanda Hartikainen, Tia Berens, Gabby Patterson, Tiia Brackett and Georgia Shuel-Plouffe. — Submitted photo

The 2016 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships were held recenlty at the Glacier Gym Club.

And the local club did not disappoint as the Glacier athletes reached new levels against teams from Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations by naming this group of Glacier athletes, Team of the Week.

Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program Gets Bursary Boost in Kaslo

Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program students who received the Community Foundation of North Kootenay Lake bursaries gathered with foundation members and college staff at the Kaslo Learning Centre to acknowledge the generous donation.

The Community Foundation of North Kootenay Lake (CFNKLS) has provided a generous donation to provide bursaries for students who were enrolled the Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program.

A special cohort of the 26-week Health Care Assistant Program started in January at the college’s Kaslo Learning Centre. The offering was made possible through a partnership with the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo to share their resources and help provide the education needed in this critical area of the health care sector.

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