February 2017

Mallard's Team of the Week — Trafalgar Grade 8 Boy's Basketball

Trafalgar basketball teams include, (not in any specific order) Team White — Matthew Erickson, Joe Davidson, Kelton Forte, Evan Lammle, Mika Whitefield, Kaleb Percival, Boris Oudemans, Isaac Vissers, Dylan Mowery and Caleb Peil; Team Green — Van Kozak, Nathanial Pan, Quinn Kilpatrick, Mateo Kataoka, Jaheem Berry, Ben Thast, Callum McClure, Michael Rhodes-Bliss, Lukas Faehndrich and Josh Creak. Coach Jeremy Phelan and school sponsor Carla DeBiasio. — Submitted photo

Trafalgar Thunder dominated the J. Lloyd Crowe Grade 8 Basketball Tournament Saturday in Trail, sending two teams to the final to determine the overall champ.

In the end it was Team Green outscoring school rival Team White 29-17 en route to a 47-35 victory in the final of the six-team tournament.

However, both teams are deserving of Mallard's Team of the Week accolades after a solid showing in Trail.

Nathanial Pan scored 21 points and Van Kozak added 16 to lead the Green squad to the title.

Snow Day Nelson — Whitewater Ski Resort handles crowds

The lineup for the Summit Chair was a little bit long thanks to skiers taking advantage of a snow day Monday. — Submitted photo

The lineup for the Summit Chair was a little bit long thanks to skiers taking advantage of a snow day Monday.

Monday was the first Snow Day in Nelson for years.

Selkirk College, Kootenay Lake School District 8, some Nelson Transit runs as well as numerous businesses in the Heritage City all took the day off due to the massive amount of snow that was dumped on the West Kootenay/Boundary region over the weekend.

Province pleads not guilty in Lemon Creek fuel spill case

Lawyers for all the involved parties gathered by conference call before a judge in a Nelson courtroom Tuesday morning.

A lawyer for the BC government says provincial officials are pleading not guilty to charges they are responsible for a jet fuel spill in a Slocan Valley creek in 2013.

Lawyers for all the involved parties gathered by conference call before a judge in a Nelson courtroom Tuesday morning.

The provincial government, fuel company Executive Flight Centre and one of its employees are all co-defendants in the case.

The company and driver did not enter pleas.

Column: Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond the Headlines

moose with winter ticks

Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

Silver the medal of choice for Nelson Atom Leafs

The silver medal winning Atom Leafs include, L-R, Coaches Leif Luttmer, Brian Jones and Kevin Dewar holding Sebastian Conne-Correnti. Players back row,  Levi Konken, Dane Jones, Miles Cousins, Jaden Hlookoff, Gunner Evenson, Nathan Jackman, Cash Nay, Cohen Wolbaum and Cash Linnen. Front: Larson Proctor, Mitchell Erickson, Dax Dewar and goalie Shea Andersen. — Submitted photo

If the planet ever runs low on its supply of silver, world leaders can always contact the Nelson Atom Leafs to see if they can spare a few their precious medals.

The Leafs won its third silver medal of the season Sunday in Beaver Valley at the Greater Trail Atom Minor Hockey Tournament.

Nelson, finishing second in Kimberley and Castlegar, lost 5-1 to the Trail Toads as the Silver City netminder stole the show.

CBT announces new Heritage Program

Trust has supported restoration and preservation work on many heritage buildings in the Basin, such as Kaslo City Hall. — Submitted photo

The Columbia Basin Trust is making history as it establishes a new program, a new partnership and new funding to support the Basin’s heritage values.
 
The Trust has allocated $6.15 million for a three year large capital grants program for built heritage and $600,000 for a Heritage Support Program that will see a professional heritage position established in the Basin to support a broad range of heritage organizations.
 

City prepares stage for public meeting on medical marijuana legislation

The City will host a public meeting regarding the draft bylaw.

Although business licence fees proposed for a medical cannabis operation in the city are still considered to be “too high” according to public feedback, the city is sticking to its financial guns as it prepares for an early March public meeting showdown on the draft bylaw.

City council agreed to keep the cost of a medical cannabis business licence at $5,000, a sum which 16 of the 38 respondents to a city public feedback opportunity said was too high — the most frequently expressed comment.

UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning ends

Now comes the hard part . . . digging out after Snowmageddon 2017. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada has ended its Winter Storm Warning for the West Kootenay/Boundary region as the Pacific frontal system has left the area.

However, the weather is not going to get better anytime soon as there is a call for a risk of freezing rain Thursday evening with a snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm.

Snow mixed with rain is forecast for Friday.

Bats flying in the winter? Or, find a dead bat? Please report. Here's why.

Bat with White Nose Syndrome.  Photo by Marvin Moriarty.

Bats are an essential part of the global ecosystem. They save agriculture a great deal of money by eating vast numbers of crop-destroying insects such as Colorado Potato Beetles, and they save humans a lot of itching by eating vast numbers of flying, biting insects such as mosquitoes. For years, bats had an undeserved bad reputation, but gradually we are learning to understand their huge value.

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