February 2016

Morning Mountain to be made into one of regional district’s newest parks

The recreational area of Morning Mountain four kilometres west of the city near Blewett will be made into a regional park by the Regional District of Central Kootenay board.  — Photo courtesy RDCK

The sun is set to rise on Morning Mountain as one of the region’s favourite recreation destinations will become one of the regional district’s newest parks.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors supported a move at its January meeting to include Morning Mountain as a regional park.

The park will formally be established by becoming part of the RDCK Park Regulation and will become a recreation area inside the Nelson, Salmo, Electoral Areas E, F and G Park Service, said Area E director Ramona Faust.

KIJHL gets it right after Leafs appeal suspensions

Leafs netminder Patrick Ostermann watch the rebound closely during Friday's 5-3 KIJHL win over Castlegar at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.

However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.

Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.

Crunch time as rinks arrive for 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Fred Thomson shows the ring everyone is playing for at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships. —The Nelson Daily photo

It’s getting close to crunch time for teams at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships.

Tuesday, all 16 teams will be on the ice practicing in preparation for the triple-knockout event to crown BC representative at the 2016 Tim Horton’s Brier, March 5-13 in Ottawa.

Woman survives avalanche near Pemberton

Woman survives avalanche near Pemberton

A woman is lucky to be alive after surviving an avalanche in the back country north of Pemberton off Duffly Lake Highway Saturday afternoon said RCMP in a media release.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said the call came in at approximately 3:40 p.m. to Pemberton RCMP of a large avalanche that occurred near the Wendy Thompson Hut in the back country north of Pemberton.

RCMP warn of Valentine's Day frauds

RCMP warn of Valentine's Day frauds

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Surrey RCMP is reminding residents to be wary of those taking advantage of our basic need for human companionship.

In 2015, Surrey RCMP saw a 36% increase in frauds largely due to the Canada Revenue Agency and Immigration Canada scams (see previous release). The Surrey RCMP also receives several common fraud complaints that are associated to the time of year and demographics.

Rinks eager to begin play at Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

All eyes at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships are on defending champion Jim Cotter, who took to the ice Tuesday for a practice session at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The team that will represent British Columbia at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier has started their journey – but first they will have to knock out the competition at the provincial championship.

Sixteen teams are looking to lock up the B.C. title at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, which gets underway Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Nelson Curling Club.

Canadian Literary Icon Lawrence Hill Returns to Region for Workshop and Lectures

Canadian author Lawrence Hill visited Nelson in November, 2014 for a Mir Centre for Peace Lecture at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus. Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring for a pair of lectures and a special workshop for writers. — Submitted photo

Canadian literary icon Lawrence Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring to speak on his latest timely and acclaimed novel The Illegal, a fictional narrative inspired by the plight of real refugees.

In recent conversation with the CBC, Hill — known best for his epic novel The Book of Negroes — said he wanted to write about the struggles of displaced people long before the recent headlines.

Mallard's Team of the Week — The 2016 BC Men's Curl Committee

The committee includes, clockwise from top left, Icemaker Al May, committee chair person Brent Pihowich, Barry Marsh, Garry Meadows, Ron Garner, Nando Salviulo, Cathy McLeod, Brenda Bax, Vivian Benedetti, Marlo Tedesco and Karen McGinnis. — Submitted photo

Look no further than a dozen committee members and an army of volunteers for a successful 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships at the Nelson Curling Club.

The championships are in full swing, giving locals the perfect opportunity to see World Class Curling at the Nelson Curling Club.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to salute the 2016 BC Men's Curl Committee with Team of the Week honours.

Making life more affordable message from by-elections

Making life more affordable message from by-elections

Prior to Tuesday's Throne Speech in the BC Legislature by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, Nelson/Creston MLA delivered her monthly column to The Nelson Daily.

Last week, two new women were elected to the BC Legislature in Victoria. Jodie Wickens won the by-election in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Melanie Mark won in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, making her the first First Nations woman elected as a BC MLA.

Prince Charles cruises past Crowe en route to Bomber Tournament Title

Bomber forward Jairo Mangapot goes to the basket during action against Mount Sentinel Wildcats Friday at the LVR Junior Boy's Basketball Tournament at the Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

A well-oiled Prince Charles Comets teams waltzed into the Hangar during the weekend and left with the L.V. Rogers Bombers Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Title Saturday in Nelson.

The Comets opened up a 20-3 first quarter lead en route to a 44-28 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the championship of the six-team tournament.

Matty Hills let the high-powered PCSS attack with 17 points while Mark Armstrong added 10 points.

Karssey Leung had 10 points for the Hawks, which advanced to the final on a tie-breaker.