February 2015




Why is the NDCC Aquatic Centre closing in spring 2015?

The RDCK needs to complete critical upgrades the pool area or “natatorium.” This work will extend the life of aquatic centre by about 40 years.

When will the facility close and reopen?

UPDATED: Missing Kimberley man found

Ernest Davis of Kimberley, BC.

The High River RCMP would like to thank the Public for their assistance on this matter.

As a result from a tip, called in by an area rancher, the Crowsnest Pass Search and Rescue sent out snowmobiles and located Mr Davis. 

His vehicle had left the road on Highway 40 or what is also known as the Forestry Trunk Road, north of Blairmore, Alta.

At this time Davis is being transported to the hospital for an examination.   

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Kootenay students get in-demand skills with new trades training equipment

College of the Rockies hosted a visit from Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson who met with students, faculty and staff. — Submitted photo

The College of the Rockies and Selkirk College will receive $640,702 to buy new trades training equipment that supports students entering in-demand occupations that are critical to the economy.

The College of the Rockies will receive $325,274. Examples of trades training equipment include air dryer and heat exchangers for industrial mechanic and millwright students, a wheel aligner for heavy mechanical trades and an oxyfuel cutter for welding students.

Bombers get swept during Panthers' hoop tourney

Bombers get swept during Panthers' hoop tourney

Lack of execution turned into three losses as the L.V. Rogers Bombers went zero for three at the Panthers High School Boy's Basketball Tournament Saturday in Vernon.

LVR lost to host, and tenth-ranked AAA Vernon, 64-48 before dropping a pair of games Saturday to Summerland Rockets and 66-65 to Okanagan Mission of Kelowna.

"We dropped the match with an embarrassing loss in my opinion based on lack of effort and mental toughness," said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan following the Summerland loss.

LVR opened against the top-ranked Panthers.

Interior Health proceeds with next stage of privatizing laundry services

Loaded carts of laundry may be gone to a private company soon now that Interior Health has decided to proceed with the next phase of finding external providers for laundry services. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

The writing appears to be on the wall for 17 full-time equivalent employees at Kootenay Lake Hospital laundry services as Interior Health enters the next stage of a process that will determine the future of its laundry services.

IH has started the process to seek Request for Solutions (RFS) from pre-qualified service providers identified through the recent Request for Qualifications process.

Canfor cuts shift at Canal Flats Mill; 81 employees hurt by decision

Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) is scaling back operations at its Canal Flats Mill by dropping a shift. — Photo courtesy e-know.ca

Canfor announced to their Canal Flats employees (Thursday) February 5 that the mill would be going from two shifts to one affecting 81 employees due to lack of economically available fiber effective May 4, 2015.

“This is devastating news for our members, their families, Canal Flats, surrounding communities and the Local Union” said Doug Singer, President of United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in Cranbrook.

Bombers rolling along on High School Girl's Basketball circuit

Naomi Perkins takes the ball to the hoop during earlier action for LVR against Pen Hi Lakers. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The L.V. Rogers Bombers have been rolling along, thank you very much, on the Kootenay High School Senior Girl's Basketball scene.

The Bombers won a pair of tournaments in the East Kootenay, capturing bragging rights in Kimberley at the Selkirk Storm event and Creston, at Prince Charles.

According to head coach Chris Dergousoff, "closest game was 15-point victory . . . many were much more."

The Bombers travel to Castlegar Friday to compete in the Rockers Invitational.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Whitewater Nancy Greene Team

The Whitewater Nancy Greene squad stopped to take a team photo during a recent race at Whitewater Ski Resort. — Submitted photo

Whitewater Ski Team’s record athlete enrollment for 2015 seems to be paying dividends as the group continues to shine on the Rio Tinto Alcan Nancy Greene race series.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Nancy Greene is not about winning; it’s about learning, and having fun said Whitewater Ski Team president Tracy Punchard.

Coaches are attempting to teach these kids not only the necessary skills they’ll need to be competitive, but to love the sport first and foremost.

Resident Hunters Not Happy about Revision to Hunting Allocations

Non residents share in limited entry animals is a concern says local rod & gun club director.

After weeks of protest, petitioning and lobbying  by BC’s resident hunting community, Minister Steve Thomson announced Friday that he was revising the limited entry hunting allocations (LEH) for the province.

But local Nelson Rod and Gun director Wally Kampen said the changes were minimal.

“It’s a very small step in the right direction,” said Kampen.

More than a woman, more than a man, is Nelson ready for Hedwig?

Bessie Wapp Plays Hedwig, the Gender Diverse Diva” . — Eva Brownstein photo

by Eva Brownstein, The Nelson Daily

Who is Hedwig?

Is he a "mere slip of a girly boy" smuggled out of East Berlin after a botched sex-change operation? Or is she an "internationally ignored song stylist", Bessie Wapp's rock goddess alter ego?

Hedwig is a gender diverse diva, defying easy categorization.