July 2015

Former Kootenay Ice, Castlegar Rebels star back in Sunflower City after inking deal with Saints

Derek Georgopoulos is returning to the West Kootenay this fall to play for the Selkirk College Saints where he will be part of a team that will be striving for its fourth straight BCIHL championship. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

Veteran Kootenay Junior International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) forward Derek Georgopoulos will suit up for the Selkirk College Saints starting this September.

The defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Saints announced this week that the Cranbrook resident will join the team for the 2015-2016 season.

UPDATED: BC Wildlife Services increases manpower on Sitkum Creek fire; meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at at ecole des Sentiers-alpins French language school

Air tankers were out in full force during the weekend to contain the Sitkum Creek wildfire. - photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette

BC Wildlife Service has increased on-the-ground manpower for the Sitkum Creek wildfire in the mountains north of the City of Nelson.

The firefighting crews has been stepped up from 49 to 82-man ground crew.

The firefighters are supported by three helicopters and nine pieces of heavy machinery.

Unsung heroes in Sitkum Creek Wildfire — Nelson Search and Rescue Team

After getting the word of an evacuation alert, Ryan  Flett watched the fire burn from 7-Mile beach. — Ryan Flett photo

It’s never good receiving a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

But many residents in the Sitkum Creek/Willow Point/Six Mile Lakes Road area are grateful for work of RCMP officers and Nelson's Search and Rescue members Saturday night.

"Everyone was fired up, pardon the pun," said Nelson's Search and Rescue (SAR) Manager Sean Slimmon.

Slimmon received the call to issue an evacuation alert to residents between the Sitkum Creek/Six Mile area at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night (July 4).

Nelson plays host to BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup

Smoke filled the valley as Nelson Youth Soccer Teams trained Tuesday on the Lakeside Pitch in preparation for provincial action. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Organizers will be monitoring the heat, and smoke, from the local Sitkum Creek Wildfire when the BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup comes to Nelson beginning Thursday at the Lakeside Fields.

Tournament Coordinator Kim Palfenier said officials are hopeful the city has seen the worst of the fire that began Saturday.

“The air quality was our main concern because of the fire but the air quality alert is worse in Vancouver than it is here so we’re looking pretty good,” Palfenier said on the eve of the tournament.

Nelson City Council — Seeds germinate on solar community garden project

Could a solar community garden be coming to Nelson sooner than later?

Nelson could be growing a solar community garden soon after city council decided the first-of-its-kind project in Canada had some merit.

On Monday night during their regular meeting council elected to have staff proceed with finalizing the details of the Solar Community Garden Project.

Those details will include nailing down a location and the costs involved, preparing the necessary bylaw amendments and developing the purchasing contracts for customers.

Five Major Questions For The Province

Five Major Questions For The Province

To The Editor:

June 18 was a momentous date for the people of the Kootenay and British Columbia – cancellation of the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) for Jumbo Glacier Resort must now mark the end of a decades-long struggle for the protection of one of this region’s most beloved wild places, the Jumbo Valley.

River Talks — The Non-Treaty Storage Agreement

River Talks — The Non-Treaty Storage Agreement

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Mallard's Team of the Week — NYS U14 Selects

The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Rob Borhi, Amanda Creak, Amreesa Bhabra, Elisabeth Huiberts, Sierra Jones, Alex Pompu, Mimi Lockhurst, Shayla Elias, Bryce Winters and coach Beth Corven. Front, Maia Robertson-Weir, Maia Thibault, Sophie Borhi, Camryn Parnell, Rylee Zondervan, Michaela Anderson, Ashley Caponero and Sophie Edney. Missing from photos, Reece Hunt. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Selects U14 Girls squad is one of three teams from the host association playing in the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup at the Lakeside Fields.

The Select enter the eight-team provincial tournament on a positive note after recently capturing the Invermere Clash of the Titans Championship.

Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to wish the squad nothing but success with Team of the Week honours as the Selects meet Kelowna, Surrey United and Kootenay South during the round robin draw.

Residents told Sitkum Creek wildfire 20 percent contained

Incident Commander Glen Burgess fields questions from the crowd during a public meeting held at école de Sentiers-alpins Wednesday evening concerning the Sitkum Creek-Duhamel Wildfire. — Eva Brownstein photo, The Nelson Daily

More than 200 people gathered Wednesday evening at école de Sentiers-alpins (formerly A. I. Collinson School) to attend a public address on the
Duhamel-Sitkum Creek wildfire burning on Nelson's North Shore.

Incident Commander Glen Burgess, whose team arrived on the scene Tuesday morning once the fire had outgrown the capacity of local crews to address, told the crowd that the 380-hectare wildfire is currently 20 percent contained.

Alberta woman attacked by unknown male assailant in Rosemont

Alberta woman attacked by unknown male assailant in Rosemont