December 2014

Extensive book collection donated to Jumbo Wild

Since 1990, Kim was very active on the West Kootenay side in working to preserve the Jumbo Creek  valley from a massive mega ski resort. — Submitted photo

The late Kim Kratky was passionate about many things.

Besides being an ardent West Kootenay mountaineer, he was a committed advocate for keeping the Jumbo valley wild. And he loved books.

Kratky’s career as an English instructor dated back to 1969 and his varied and extensive book collection reveals his love of English and Spanish literature, classics, Australia, Canadiana, history, music and much more.

Nurse attacked at Kamloops hospital

Nurse attacked at Kamloops hospital

A second health professional in a few days was assault by a patient said the BC Nurses’ Union in a statement.

Sunday (December 7) an experienced nurse was brutally assaulted while working at the Hillside Centre at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

The assault happened within days of vicious attack on doctor at the hospital in Penticton.

Student Union chair 'applauds' decision by Selkirk to continue offering tuition-free adult basic education

Selkirk College Students’ Union Executive chair, Matthew Jameson, holds up a greeting card that students hope to flood the provincial government with this holiday season. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Executive chair of the Selkirk College Students’ Union Local 4 Matthew Jameson is pleased with the recent decision by the college not to follow through with the recent provincial government decision to charge tuition fees for all adult upgrading courses, including ESL (English as a Secondary Language).

Jameson “applauds” the decision by Selkirk College President Angus Graeme.

“I do applaud it,” the 25-year-old Jameson said when told of the college decision.

Bombers tip off high school hoop season with a victory over Rockers

Coach Jeremy Phelan goes over a few plays during a time out during Tuesday's West Kootenay Boy's Basketball game at the Hangar.

The L.V. Rogers Bombers started off the 2014-15 B.C. High School Boy's Basketball season with a home court win Tuesday afternoon at the Hangar.

The Bombers dumped Stanley Humphries Rockers 57-27 in a West Kootenay Boy's exhibition contest.

The game was the first of the season for both teams.

The contest allowed the Bombers to get a taste of action on the eve of the first tournament of the season, beginning Friday at the Hangar and gymnasium at Mount Sentinel.

LVR is part of the 12-team boy's tournament hosted by Mount Sentinel Wildcats.

Saints prove they can compete against the best during Alberta trip

The Selkirk College Saints concluded their final games of 2014 with an exhibition series against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns where they came away with a 4-3 win and 5-1 loss in the southern Alberta city. The Saints will now take the next few weeks off to focus on exams and the Christmas break. They are back in action on January 9 and 10 at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Saints Learn Plenty on Trip to Lethbridge

The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team took their game to the next level on a roadtrip east this past weekend and discovered they can hold their own against Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) competition.

UPDATED: Missing skier found

Edward Perello, 47, of Ymir, had been missing since departing into the backcountry near the Whitewater Ski Hill at approximately 8 a.m. Monday. — Photo courtesy Facebook

There's a happy ending in the searcg for missing backcountry skier Edward Perello.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Leanne Tuchscherer has confirmed that, as of 11:15 a.m. Search and Rescue have located the 47-yer-old Ymir resident. 

"Perello is being extracted from his location and willl be taken to a waiting ambulance," Sgt. Tuchscherer in a media release.

"His medical condition is unknown at this time, however, the search team has indicated that he appears to be doing well.

Maglio Installations makes generous donation to Nelson Food Cupboard

Denise Maglio (second from right) presents a cheque for $10,000 to Nelson Food Board members Marya Skrypiczajko and Tim Powell (far right) and Brooks Russell of the Nelson Food Cupboard. — Submitted photo

Instead of hosting a traditional Christmas party this holiday season, Maglio Installations’ owners and staff have opted to donate $10,000 to the Nelson Food Cupboard.

“We are grateful for our good fortune, especially at this time of year when we know so many people struggle just to provide a Christmas meal," said said Denise Maglio of Maglio Installations.

"Forgoing our Christmas party is our small way of giving back to our community and makes us feel that we can all make a difference,”

BAIT Sleds continue to be effective deterrent and enforcement tool

Just like a BAIT car, a BAIT sled carries the same fine — steal one and go to jail. — Photo courtesy RCMP

The Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) and the BC RCMP are warning potential snowmobile thieves that BAIT SLEDs ARE EVERYWHERE and, just like with a Bait Car: steal one and go to jail.

Throughout the peak winter season especially; police detachments from across British Columbia will be deploying Bait Sleds to help combat thefts that can significantly impact the rightful owner of the vehicle.

RDCK warns public to use caution around rivers, creeks and streams

Residents should be aware when around rivers, creeks and streams during this blast of wet weather.

While the West Kootenay has been spared much of the recent onslaught of wet weather experienced on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, the Regional District of Central Kootenay is not taking any chances by sending out a warning to residents.

“(Residents should) use caution while spending time in a confined creek channel or gully that is prone to debris flows and exercise caution around all fast moving water,” said the RDCK press release.