August 2014

Kootenay Lake Zone office responds to letter writer regarding new fire rating sign

The new fire rating sign at the Kootenay Lake office was built at little cost to taxpayers. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Lake Zone office

Editor, The Nelson Daily

We're writing to set the record straight in response to concerns raised by Maurice A. Rhodes in his July 31st letter published in The Nelson Daily about the new sign at our Kootenay Lake Zone office.

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

Talks in BC teachers' strike resume with less than a month before new term begins

The on-again, off-again negotiations in the teacher's strike are, on-again, for now.

The provincial government said the resumption of bargaining Friday will resume with the B.C. Teachers' Federation this week.

Both sides in the dispute say not much progress is being made.

The slow progress has forced the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils has called an emergency meeting for this Saturday.

The BCCPAC said if the strike does not end before August 25, school would not start on time.

Canada Border Services Agency seize firearms at crossings in Okanagan and Kootenay Districts

The Canada Border Services Agency released a photo of the handguns seized at the Cascade Port of Entry on July 21. — Photo courtesy Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have been busy of late, seizing firearms during vehicle searches at Osoyoos, Cascade (near Christina Lake) and Kingsgate (between Cranbrook and Creston) crossings the agency announced Monday in a press release.

The seizures happened at ports of entry (POE) on (Monday) July 21.

“These interceptions and the consequences imposed emphasize the severity of this matter," Anita Andersson, Director, Okanagan and Kootenay District, Canada Border Services Agency said.

Neptunes finish KSSA season with a Big Splash

The Neptunes Regional team includes, back row, L-R, Asst. Coach, Rebecca Afford, Matthew Holtizki, Ohia Wintraub, Sage Cowan, Olivia Cowan, Hannah Malenfant and head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer. Middle, Elissa Centrone, Jaylen Rushton, Madeline Holitzki, Locke Finley, Koa Wintraub and Hunter Hedges. Front, Imogen Cowan, Amelia Finley, Enna Cowan, Kallie Badry, Morgan Robterson-Weir, Lachlan Bibby-Fox and Cameron Bibby-Fox. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Neptunes began the 2014 Kootenay Summer Swim Association season like a fish out of water.

However, when the final horn sounded two months later, the Neptunes were a vastly different team, finishing second to powerhouse Castlegar Aquanauts at the Kootenay Regional Championships held recently in the Trail and ready to continue on a roll at this weeks Provincials in Kamloops.

"We could not have asked for a better result and look forward to seeing the provincial qualifiers performing even faster in Kamloops," said Neptune head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of person found by tourist near Nelson

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of person found by tourist near Nelson

In July a tourist from Europe found human remains, now confirmed to be those of Mitchell, on th

Actor/comedian Robin Willams dead at 63

Robin Willams . . . great loss

The Huffington Post

Legendary American actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at 63.

Williams was found unconscious and not breathing inside his Tiburon, Calif. home on Monday, according to a Marin County Sheriff’s Office press release. The coroner’s office suspects the cause of death to be “suicide due to asphyxia.”

The death was also confirmed by William’s wife, Susan Schneider, in a statement:

Canada wide arrest warrant for Aaron James David Douglas

Aaron James David Douglas . . . maybe armed and dangerous

IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) has issued a Canada wide arrest warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Aaron James David Douglas in in connection to the double homicide of two men and attempted murder of a female inside a Chilliwack residence on (Thursday) August 7.

Douglas has a Criminal Record dating back to 1996 and he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

“IHIT is asking the public to be vigilant and call 911 if you know the whereabouts of Aaron Douglas," said Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound.

Choquette variance, tourism tax, councillors' pay: Nelson City Council, August 11, 2014

Choquette variance, tourism tax, councillors' pay: Nelson City Council, August 11, 2014

The following is a summary of the regular meeting of Nelson City Council held on August 11, 2014.

Choquette Avenue

Average Canadian family spends more on taxes than necessities of life

Taxes put the average Canadian family behind the eight ball says the Fraser Institute study.

The Fraser Institute

Nelson shows off power at Sprints Regatta

Pat Desjardins, a native of Nelson who now lives in Victoria, won three gold medals at Saturday's Nelson Sprints Regatta. — Bruce Fuhr photo