September 2014

Road Kings Queen City Cruise sets record for vehicles

The Road Kings Queen City Cruise set a record for cars in 2014. — The Nelson Daily photos

More than 360 cars, along with Mother Natues providing a stunning September Saturday, from the southern BC Interior, Washington, Idaho, southern Alberta made the 2014 Road Kings Queen City Cruise the best ever event.

Vehicles owners began decending on the Heritage City Friday afternoon for registration and the parade starting from Nelson Avenue and onto downtown Nelson.

Early Saturday morning, vehicles began arriving on the 400 and 500 Blocks of Baker Street.

Rossland planner helps transition City of Nelson after Engineering GM leaves for Okanagan

Michael Maturo . . . leaves Golden City for Heritage City

Michael Maturo has agreed to help the City of Nelson with its transition period after eight-year management team member Allen Fillion accepted a position with the District of West Kelowna, as General Manager of Engineering and Public Works.

Maturo will take over as the Director of Development Services and Engineering, the position Fillion is leaving.

Most recently, Maturo has been working as a consultant in and around the Rossland area. Prior to that, he worked as the Manager of Planning and Development Services for six years with the City of Rossland.

Nelson Commons go-ahead this fall is 95% certain, says developer

Since an initial flurry of publicity at Nelson Commons more than a year ago, many in Nelson have been wondering when work will start at the retail-residential project being developed by the Kootenay Co-op.

Nelson Commons has sold 29 of the total of 54 units in its proposed downtown retail-residential development, and expects to demolish the old Extra Foods building this fall after it has closed another four sales that are in process.

The number of pre-sales that are needed to break ground has gone down to 33 from last fall’s 46, which was the requirement of the main lender, Citizens Bank (the commercial arm of VanCity). Citizens Bank had agreed to provide $16-million in financing.

Strike putting financial strain on local teachers; Food Share program organized to help

Shannon Lanaway (left) and Cheryl Grant sit outside the NDTA office on Vernon Street accepting food donations for striking teachers. — The Nelson Daily photo

While B.C. Education minister Peter Fassbender came out Monday telling reporters in Victoria he's living in the time-loop comedy Groundhog Day, members on the picket line in Nelson are dealing with the reality of not getting a pay cheque as the teachers' strike enters its second week of the new school year without classes.

To help those struggling with finances, some teachers have set up a Garden Bounty and Food Share program.

BC Finance Minister says province on a balanced-budget course

Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance, explains the year-end surplus is expected to be up $82 million.

Despite challenges to the fiscal plan from wildfires and flood-related costs, B.C. is currently on target to balance the 2014-15 budget, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Tuesday.

The year-end surplus for 2014-15 is now projected to be $266 million, up by $82 million from Budget 2014.

Revenues have improved by $515 million, partly offset by higher expenses of $433 million primarily for statutory spending on fighting fires and flood-related emergency programs. Firefighting costs alone are expected to reach $350 million this year.

Nelson, Grand Forks among list of Small Business Awards

Nelson, along with Grand Forks, are prime examples of communities that thrive on small business.

Nelson and Grand Forks have both been recognized as part of a 13-finalist group for the 2014 Open for Business Awards the province announced Monday.

The Open for Business Awards recognize communities that support small business through local-government measures aligned with the BC Small Business Accord.

“Small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities," said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business.

Nelson triathlete Denise Uhrynuk makes a strong showing at World Triathlon Championships

Nelson's Denise Uhrynuk competed for Canada at the recent World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton. — Submitted photo

Denise Uhrynuk of Nelson braved chilly temperatures to finish 14th in her age group for Team Canada at the recent World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton.

"It was my second time competing at the Worlds," said Uhrynuk, who competed at the Auckland event in 2012.

"It is a week long event with parade, banquets, multiple events for age groups ages 16 to 80-plus and the grand finale for the elite athletes."

Nelson’s Terry Fox Makes a Difference For People With Cancer

The Kootenay Dragon Boat team will once again be front and center at the Nelson Terry Fox Run Sunday starting from Rotary Lakeside Park. — The Nelson Daily file photo

It’s one of country’s the longest-running, most dedicated cancer fundraising events, and on Sunday, September 14 people across the country including here in Nelson will take part in the annual Terry Fox Run.

Conceived in 1981, shortly after Terry Fox was taken by cancer, the Terry Fox Run has happened annually as a fundraiser for cancer research – raising $600 million along the way.

Look what's happening in Southern Alberta

A Calgary student from the Kootenays woke up Wednesday to another surprise outside. — The Nelson Daily photo

If anyone living in the Kootenays thinks the day is going bad, check out what's happening in Cowtown.

Wednesday morning, Calgarians opened the blinds to see close to 10 centimetres of snow fall overnight, which just happened to knock out the power so no coffee.

It's the second storm this week.

An upper disturbance developed over southern Alberta dropping 10 to 15 centimetres of snow and 20 centimetres over higher terrain.

UPDATED: Teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration

UPDATED: Teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration

Teachers from across the province voted overwhelmingly to accept binding arbitration B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker said Wednesday night during a livestream news conference.

More than 30,000 teachers of the 41,000 cast ballots Wednesday in voting with 30,490 of the 30,669 voted "yes" to accept binding arbitration with the government — 99.4 percent in favour.