August 2014

NPD seeks public assistance in fraudulent Shambhala ticket investigation

Tickets for this year's Shambhala Music Festival have been changed from the ones purchased in 2013.

Nelson Police are seeking public assistance regarding an investigation into the selling of fraudulent Shambhala Music Festival Tickets.
Nelson Police Department received information Thursday morning (August 7) that fraudulent festival tickets were being sold for $300.

Slocan Park wildfire evacuation alert remains in place

The Slocan Park wildfire continues to burn with zero containment. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

The Slocan Park wildfire in the Slocan Valley continues to be one of the higher priority fires in the province Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula told The Nelson Daily Thursday.

“We're not out of the woods yet on this fire so the evacuation alert remains in affect,” Kekula said.

“You can see the fire from the (Slocan Park) community and who knows, it could choose to run down the valley because the forest is so dry out there and the high temperature and low RH (relative humidity),” Kekula added.

Environment Ministry test say tailings pond did not exceed guidelines

Premier Christy Clark — "... just been a terrible, terrible heartache".

Gabriele Matscha, impact assessment​ head for the B.C. Environment Ministry said in an explanatory note the first water quality test results since the breach of the Mount Polley Mine's tailings pond did not exceed BC or Health Canada Drinking Water Guidelines.

"Samples collected near the town site of Likely and on the north shore of Quesnel Lake indicate that none of the analyzed chemical and physical contaminant concentrations exceeded B.C. or Health Canada drinking water guidelines," Matscha​ writes.

Selkirk College and Metis Nation British Columbia Strengthen Bond

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (left) and President of the Metis Nation British Bruce Dumont (right) signed a new protocol at the Gathering Place on the Castlegar Campus. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The signing of a new protocol with Metis Nation British Columbia will enable Selkirk College to build on its dedication to better supporting Aboriginal learners and respecting their cultures.

In late-June, Selkirk College administration, Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) officials and local Metis leaders met at the Gathering Place on the Castlegar Campus to officially endorse the Metis Learners Protocol which defines a pathway to strengthen the partnership. 

Help is just a phone call away with new Surveillance Nurses

Tina Pole is one of Interior Health’s new Surveillance Nurses.

Six months into the new Surveillance Nurse program within Interior Health, remote telephone checks are having a positive influence and helping independent seniors stay at home longer.
“This program is a great example of a simple idea that has a big impact,” said Sharon Whitby, Home Health Practice Lead for Interior Health.

In and Out: The politics of water storage on the Canadian Columbia River system

In and Out: The politics of water storage on the Canadian Columbia River system

Since 2005, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has researched and explored the natural and human history of the rivers of the upper Columbia River Basin. 

She speaks frequently at conferences and symposia throughout the Basin on the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its effects on Basin residents.  She has recently completed a manuscript titled A River Captured – history and hydro-electricity in the upper Columbia Basin

Mount Polley mine disaster update

The damage to Vancouver-based Imperial Metals, Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam is massive. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to test the local drinking water to determine if it is safe for locals to drink or bathe in, and to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents.

This factsheet will be updated daily with the latest information available.

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UPDATED: Crews continue to battle Slocan Park wildfire; evacuation alert remains

Helicopters continue to drop water on the Slocan Park wildfire. — Photo courtesy Jenn Bayes

Unit crews and air support continue to battle the Slocan Park wildfire located approximately two kilometers north of Highway 6 Southeast Fire Officials said Monday.

"Unit crews establish hose-lay on 3/4 of the west flank," the Southeast Fire Officials said.

"They are continuing to work on the east and south flanks of the fire. Eight helipads have been established and a ninth is being constructed to provide better access to the fire."

Sixty firefighters and eight helicopters continue to battle the estimated 120-hectare interface wildfire.

NDCC Arena hosts both Major Midget tryout camps

NDCC Arena hosts both Major Midget tryout camps

The Nelson and District Community Complex was a beehive of activity this past weekend as midget-aged hockey players attended camps for the Female AAA Kootenay Wildcats and the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League.

Both camps, attracting players from throughout the Kootenay region, opened Friday before concluding Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

Head coach Rob Wright is returning for his second season with the Kootenay Ice.

RDCK closes Great Northern Trail south of Ymir for remediation work

The Nelson/Salmo Great Northern Trail near Ymir is being closed to public traffic beginning Tuesday. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Remediation work has forced the Regional District of Central Kootenay to close the Nelson/Salmo Great Northern Trail south of Ymir.

The closure, from Tuesday (August 12) to (Wednesday) August 20, is from Porcupine Road to Wesco Road and allows the BC Crown Contaminated Sites Program (CCSP), within the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, to initiate remediation work at the historic Howard Mine Mill and Tailings Site.