July 2014

Grand Forks man killed in motorcycle accident

Grand Forks man killed in motorcycle accident

The RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating the death of a Grand Forks man on a logging road south of Revelstoke.

Mark Douglas Dickson, 33, died at the scene of the accident when his motorbike hit a pickup truck travelling north on Crawford Forestry Service Road Friday (July 4).

Crawford Forestry Service Road is located about 40 kilometres south of Revelstoke.

Dickson was riding with a friend when accident happened and died at the scene.

His family has been notified of his death.

Social media, public art, seniors parking, fire prevention, sustainability awards, and more: Nelson City Council July 7, 2014

Social media, public art, seniors parking, fire prevention, sustainability awards, and more: Nelson City Council July 7, 2014

Here's a summary of the proceedings of the Nelson City Council meeting held on July 7, 2014.

Seniors parking fees increased

Council decided to increase the cost of a seniors parking pass from $20 to $30 per year, the first increase in ten years. The pass does not apply on Baker St.

Public art donations

NDTA president says government 'not bargaining in good faith' as BC Teacher's strike heads into summer

NDTA president Paul Boscariol says there are no plans to picket schools during the summer, but that could change at a moment's notice. — The Nelson Daily photo

In the movie Network, Howard Beale (actor Peter Finch) delivered the “We’re Mad as Hell” speech from the Union Broadcasting System Building protesting poor ratings on the news show.

Now picture more than 40,000 teachers doing the same “We’re Mad as Hell” speech protesting the poor treatment by the Liberal government in their efforts to bargain a new collective agreement.

Nelson Rep Teams bring home lone medal at BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournaments

Nelson's Reece Hunt (blue) battles for possession during action against Powell River Saturday at the BC Soccer Girl's Provincial Cup in Chilliwack. — Photo courtesy Bob Hall

Nelson Youth Soccer teams returned with one medal as the U17 Selects took bronze at the BC Soccer Girls Provincial B Cup and Les Sinnott Memorial Boy's Tournament this past weekend in Chilliwack and Richmond, respectively.

The 17 Selects dumped Chilliwack Attack 6-1 to claim the bronze medal.

Other results had the Nelson U13 Girls scoring a 3-0 shutout of RGSA Riot to capture fifth spot in the eight-team field. The Select finished pool play with a 1-2 record after a win over Bulkley Valley Rapids (3-1) and losses to North Shore (4-0) and Powell River (2-0).

Mallard's Team of the Week — NYS U17 Selects

The Bronze medal winners include, back row. L-R, co-coach Mike Gerun, Hanna Enns, Hailey Gerun, Abbie Willans, Naomi Perkins, Kyra Burkhart, Mya Provençal, Shannon Oostysen,Camille Gebhart, Emma Gregorich Paige Le Franc, Maddie Sternloff, Aroha Taiatini-Senrchal and co-coach Justin Willans. Front, Jena Wheeldon, Alex Dehnel, Bronwyn Sutherland,  Merissa Dawson and Allie Zondervan. — Submitted photo

In the end, there was no doubt who the bronze medal winner would be in the U17 Girls Division at the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup in Chilliwack.

The Nelson Youth Soccer Selects rode the hat-trick performance of Naomi Perkins, along with solid play from the entire squad, to a 6-1 thumping of the Chilliwack Attack to capture the Bronze Medal at the provincial tournament.

Staff at Mallard's Source for sports would like to honour the Selects with Team of the Week accolades.

Osprey webcam drama — Life goes on

In happier times, the male and female Osprey high atop the Nelson Hydro pole west of Nelson.

Little Nel – gender yet undetermined — is doing well in Delta after a free ride on an airplane.

Nel is the Osprey chick, who became famous on the internet as the only surviving chick of three in a nest high above the Kootenay River in Grohman Narrows.

The webcast was made possible by the joint efforts of Nelson Hydro and Columbia Wireless.

Ktunaxa Nation trains youth for jobs in forest industry

A handful of young workers received forestry training as part of a 12-day program sponsored by the Ktunaxa Nation Council. — Submitted photo

Chicago tribute band set to make splash at Kaslo Jazz Festival

Chicago tribute band set to make splash at Kaslo Jazz Festival

With their inaugural concert being The Kaslo Jazz Festival, the public is about to hear a band that is poised to make a big splash.

 25 or 6 to 4  is a new band comprised of the West and East Kootenay’s finest musicians– 12 in all– coming together to pay tribute to one of rock’s most successful bands: Chicago!

Nelson Six attend Albert Head Cadet Summer Training Centre

The Nelson Air Cadets include, back row, L-R, Jasper Taylor and Keagan Jade. Front, Sebastian Klammer, Benjamin Hradil-Hasseckert, Skylar Drake-Shulman, and Mya Swan. — Photo by Sam Collins, camp photographer

A handful of Nelson Air Cadets have left the friendly confines of home to attend Albert Head Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC) in Metchosin, a rural community outside Victoria.

The cadets are part of 3000, between the ages of 12-16, attending respective summer camps. This mobilization is almost triple the initial B.C. mobilization for the First World War.
The Nelson air cadets – mostly 12 and 13 years-old – boarded their bus at 2:40 a.m., picking up other cadets in communities on the way to Cranbrook Airport.

Government creates program to help low-income energy customers

Premier Christy Clark and the BC Government announced a plan to expand energy-efficiency programs to help low-income customers reduce electricity and gas bills.

Premier Christy Clark has announced that government, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, is expanding energy-efficiency programs to help customers, particularly those on low-incomes, reduce their electricity and gas bills.

Updates to existing low-income programs will nearly double the number of eligible customers and make it easier to apply, and a new program will provide homeowners with up to $6,000 in rebates for energy-efficiency upgrades.