May 2015

Nelson's Merissa Dawson selected to BC Hockey Top-40 Camp

Merissa Dawson (4) of Nelson, seen here playing at the BC Hockey U18 Girls Cup, has advanced to the provincial Top 40 camp. — Submitted photo

Merissa Dawson of Nelson has been selected to the final stage — Top-40 Camp — following a strong showing at the BC Hockey U18 Girls Cup held recently in Richmond.

The tournament is part of the BC Hockey Female High Performance Program.

Dawson, who played last season for the Kootenay Wildcats of the BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League, will attend the camp May 13-17 in Salmon Arm.

"Being selected to the next round has been a goal for me,” Dawson told The Nelson Daily.

Quick thinking by a Clark Freightways driver spares ducks

A Clark Freightways driver helped save a young duck family Saturday afternoon near Taghum. — The Nelson Daily photo

Kootenay athletes compete at Zone Gymnastics Championships

The competition was intense at the  Kootenay Zone Gymnastic Championships held this weekend at the Glacier Gymnastic facility in the Civic Centre. — The Nelson Daily

Ready, set . . . go.

The Glacier Gymnastics Club hosted athletes from throughout the Kootenays this weekend for the Kootenay Zone Championships at the Civic Centre-based facility.

More than 200 athletes from from Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden t Glacier club in competition on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercises.

Competition was held Saturday and Sunday.

Look for full results later this week in The Nelson Daily sports section.

Honourable Lieutenant Governor of BC, Judith Guichon tours West Kootenay

Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia begins a tour through the West Kootenay Monday.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, begins a six-day trip through the West Kootenays Monday.

The tour includes stops in Grand Forks, Christina Lake, Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Castlegar, New Denver, Kaslo, Nelson, Salmo, Fruitvale, Montrose and Creston.

The tour begins Monday in Grand Forks before proceeding Tuesday to Rossland and Trail and Castlegar Wednesday.

The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor General acting by and with the advice of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

Man killed by black bear near Mackenzie identified

Man killed by black bear near Mackenzie identified

A man believed to be killed by a black bear in the Mackenize area of the province has been identified.

BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who died following an attack by a bear Sunday (May 10) as Daniel Ward Folland O'Connor, aged 27, of Mackenzie.

O'Connor and his fiancée were camping in a small campground near the
Parsnip River off the West Forest Service Road about 10 kilometres from

Ministry of Forests places Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence under notice for pending cancellation

Ministry of Forests places Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence under notice for pending cancellation

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced Monday that, effectively immediately, the Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence has been placed under notice for pending cancellation.

The pending cancellation, the second in just over a year, is scheduled to take place on Aug. 7, 2015.

The Forest Licence at Meadow Creek was placed under the same cancellation notice in January 2014.

The Forest Act requires a 90-day notification period and opportunity for the licence holder to request a review or appeal of the notice.

Man assaulted at Cottonwood Falls Park while attempting to break up dogfight

Cottonwood Falls Park, known for its impressive waterfall, was the scene of two reported incidents attended by NPD officers.

Cottonwood Falls Park proved to be a regular stop for Nelson Police as officers were called to the local park for two separate incidents.

Saturday (May 9) afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Nelson Police Department received a call from a man complaining he was assaulted while trying to break up a dogfight at Cottonwood Falls Park.

Attending officers discovered that an aggressive dog started a fight with the dog of the man assaulted.

When the man attempted to separate the two dogs, the 42-year-old owner of the aggressive dog punched the victim in the face.

Human-caused fires are still a concern in East Kootenay

The Little Bobtail Lake fire southwest of Prince George continues to grow. — Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Management Branch

This past weekend, the Wildfire Management Branch’s Southeast Fire Centre responded to four new wildfires in the East Kootenay.

All four of these fires were human-caused and therefore preventable:

Local Business Owner's Opinions Divided Over Stores to Shores Project

City staff has erected signs near the Store to Shores project telling shoppers that it's business as usual for Hall Street merchants. — The Nelson Daily photo

Store to Shores is a project everyone knew was coming.

But for local businesses located in the 400 and 500 Blocks of Hall Street, change is not always easy to stomach.

"It's a face lift for a town that needs an enema," said Andrés Van Stolk, manager of Boom Town Sports, which is located in the 500 Block near the IODE Park.

"We used to be so community oriented, and now we're catering to tourists," Van Stolk added of the new plaza being constructed below IODE Park.

Nelson U18 Selects grab bronze at Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament

Nelson U18 Selects grab bronze at Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament

Nelson Select came within whisker of playing for the championship of the Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament Sunday in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.

The  U18 Select finished third due to head-to-head action tiebreaker despite posting a 2-1 record.

"I was absolutely delighted with the effort,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.
“A few mistakes cost us, but I liked how we picked ourselves up after.”