January 2015

River Talks — The Big Thirst

River Talks — The Big Thirst
Since 2005, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has researched and explored the natural and human history of the rivers of the upper Columbia River Basin. 

She speaks frequently at conferences and symposia throughout the Basin on the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its effects on Basin residents.  She has recently completed a manuscript titled A River Captured – history and hydro-electricity in the upper Columb

Bennett drops a bomb on controversial hunting regs

Guide-outfitters and resident hunters are in a fight over limited permits to hunt wildlife.

Comments from the Minister of Energy and Mines have fueled the already burning controversy over new hunting regulations brought in by the government on December 10.

East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett recently told the Province newspaper that the province “didn’t get it quite right”, saying they will go back to the drawing board later.

LVR grad Corby Martin hoping to 'Crash' Super Bowl party

LVR Grad Corby Martin is in the running in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl Contest”. — Submitted photo

In less than three weeks millions of fans, football or not, will be parked in front of the television set to watch the Super Bowl.

National Football League fans will be cheering for their favourite teams while others will be glued to the television to see what Anheuser–Busch, Apple, Go-Daddy and Doritos have dreamed up during the ever-comical commercial breaks.

If the voters have their way, fans could be watching the creation by a Nelsonite during the Doritos commercial.

Sport in BC receives boost from government

Total funding of $52,695 to 32 programs will buy equipment, as well as train leaders, officials or coaches, and teach participants sport skills.

A new round of grants under the BC Sport Participation Program will provide thousands of British Columbians with new opportunities to participate in and enjoy the benefits of sport through the Local Sport Development, Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies 55+ programs, announced Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Nelson Police arrest man for uttering threats at local bar staff

Nelson Police arrest man for uttering threats at local bar staff

An intoxicated man spent the night in police cells after threatening staff at a local drinking establishment late Saturday (January 10) evening.

Nelson Police were called to a bar at the 400 Block of Vernon Street to a report of a patron threatening staff.

The 36-year-old man was asked by staff to leave the business.

However, the man responded uttering threats to "kill" them said NPD in a media release.

Bogart sparks Braves to 5-2 win in back half of home-and-home weekend series

Any extracurricular activities Sunday started when tempers began to boil between Spokane and Nelson Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Spokane Braves got some payback in the back half of a home-and-home weekend series against the Nelson Leafs.

Dillon Bogart scored twice as Spokane stuffed the Leafs 5-2 in penalty-filled Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.

The win made up for a 5-1 loss Saturday night in Nelson.

Both goals by Bogart came on the power play.

Danton Oliver, Jonny Marzec and Paxton Malone also scored for Spokane, which held period leads of 2-1 and 4-1.

Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen shares in World Junior experience

Stefan (left) and Jake (right) Virtanen are both pursuing different hockey pathways. This past summer, the brothers had an opportunity to be together at their Lower Mainland home during the off-season. — Submitted photo

It’s a game that will take prominence in Canadian hockey lore and for Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen, last week’s Canada-Russia World Junior Championship game had extra special significance.

Stefan’s brother Jake Virtanen was a key component of the world champion juniors that triumphed over the Russians 5-4 before a packed house at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last Monday night. The power forward delivered a couple of big hits and provided grit that helped propel the Canadian squad to the top of the world.

Whistler RCMP locate bodies of missing ice climbers

Whistler RCMP locate bodies of missing ice climbers

Whistler RCMP in coordination with Pemberton Search and Rescue have located the bodies of three ice climbers who were reported missing earlier Monday. 

A search was started at first light for the ice climbers who had been reported during the night.  

“Shortly after the search started three bodies were located approximately 300 meters below the main colour at Joffre peak," RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton said in a media release.

Kootenay Lake School bus catches fire; cause unknown

Three buses, including the one that caught fire under the tarp, sit in compound next to Brent Kennedy Elementary School waiting for vehicle inspectors to arrive to determine the cause of Friday’s fire. — The Nelson Daily photo

Transportation staff at Kootenay Lake School scrambled to get students to school in the Slocan Valley after a bus caught fire at its Brent Kennedy compound early Friday (January 9) morning.

A passing motorist noticed burning bus and quickly called 9-1-1 to alert emergency crews.

“I got the call at 6 a.m. that someone driving by noticed that a bus was on fire,” Larry Brown, Director of Operations for Kootenay Lake School District Maintenance and Transportation told The Nelson Daily Monday.

Another year, another crop of players at the NMHA Novice Tournament

Celebrations all around at the 2015 Nelson Minor Hockey Novice Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.

A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.

The tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.

The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action.