July 2014

Season winding down in Nelson Mixed Slopitch League

Keep your eye on the ball. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson Mixed Slopitch League season is winding down with the final week of the season being played out at the Lakeside Diamonds.

Heading into the final weekend, the Unknowns and Louie's — League champs in 2011 and 2012, respectively, hold down top spot in the league with a single point separating the two clubs.

Defending champion, Competition, is currently sit in 11th spot in league standings with a 4-7 record.

Following the two front runners are Uptown, Molson Finley's, Cardinals, MainJet and Tin Tippers.

Coroners Service identifies man killed in car accident near Crescent Valley

Coroners Service identifies man killed in car accident near Crescent Valley

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Crescent Valley on Monday (July 7) as Jesse Edward Van Skiver Bachner, aged 28, of Crescent Valley.  

Bachner was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck which was involved in an single-vehicle incident on Highway 6 about five kilometres north of Crescent Valley about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Bachner was deceased at the scene of the incident.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

Jumbo Glacier Resort gets green light from Environmental Assessment Office

The Jumbo Glacier Resort has cleared another hurdle without jumping claims Wildsight.

Wildsight, an organization based in the East Kootenay that vows to protect forests, mountains, waterways and wildlife, said the Environmental Assessment Office has given approval to Jumbo Glacier Resort to proceed with development high in the Purcell Mountains.

Wildsight said the okay was given in a submission of a self-report, jumping over the hurdle of 195 legally-binding conditions of their contentious Environmental Certificate without so much as a site visit.

RDCK CAO Carruthers resigns to take post in Cowichan Valley

The RDCK has started looking for a new CAO after Brian Carruthers resigned.

Chief Administrative Officer Brian Carruthers has resigned from his position with the Regional District of Central Kootenay less than two years after accepting the post.

Carruthers is leaving the RDCK to assume the position of CAO for the Cowichan Valley Regional District in Duncan in early September.

“I am pleased with the work that has been accomplished to date and am confident that there will be a seamless continuation of leadership with Mr. Carruthers’ departure,” says Chair John Kettle.

Surprisingly no one hurt as horse trailer flips near Playmor Junction

Emergency crews responded to a horse-trailer accident Friday near the Playmor Junction of Highway 6/3A Friday. — Photo courtesy Beasley Fire Rescue

A bizarre accident involving a horse-trailer west of Playmor Junction at Highway 3A/6 Friday afternoon resulted in no injuries said Nelson RCMP Cpl. Michael Stefani.

The accident happened at approximately 4:08 p.m. Friday a truck towing a horse trailer saw the trailer dislodge from the vehicle, break away from its safety chains and ending up flipping over blocking the highway.

"One of the two horses in the trailer did manage to escape relatively unharmed (but) the second horse was trapped on its side, pinned by twisted metal,” Cpl. Stefani explained in a media release.

TRAX swimmers make waves in Victoria

TRAX swimmers make waves in Victoria

Coach Bill Park was pleased with the performances as swimmers from the Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX) competed in the Swim BC AA Long Course Provincial Championship Swim Meet held last month in Victoria.

Park was impressed with all swimmers at the championships, including Kayla Fraserswam who achieved personal best times in all races.

The weekend performance was highlighted by the 200 meter Individual Medley event where she broke the three minute mark, swimming a 2:59.76.

Seeking Contentment with Energy

Seeking Contentment with Energy

Energy is experiencing a makeunder.

Abundant and affordable energy has been lauded as the backbone of economic prosperity and quality of life since the advent of society’s use of coal, oil, natural gas and electricity.

But energy use has become unattractive and is searching for a more natural look. Efficient usage of energy is now a “game changer” and renewable energies like solar, wind, and geothermal are the new darlings of community-sourced power.

Heatwave continues through the week

Some people could not help but ignore the RDCK swim advisory notice as temperatures reached the mid-30s Sunday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Silver Star tops BCAA 'Worst Roads' survey; West Kootenay roadways shut out

Topping the list is the Silver Star Road. — photo courtesy Google Street View

After hitting a record number of votes this year, the British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) fourth annual “Worst Roads” survey names the province’s Top 10 ‘worst’ roads.

Three Okanagan roads top the list; with roads in Richmond, Surrey, Maple Ridge and Vancouver Island also taking spots in the Top 10.

Late game heroics power Germany to 2014 World Cup title

Fans flocked to the Main Street Diner patio to watch the 2014 World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. — Submitted photo