August 2014

Barrett & Hicks star in A Beautiful View at TNT Playhouse

Elizabeth Barrett and Sarah Jane Hicks . . . Nelson Youth theatre grads

Daniel McIvor’s Governor General Award winning play A Beautiful View is subversive in its apparent simplicity, with its light comic tone: two women arrive on a stage, and tell the story of their relationship. It's funny and quirky and wonderfully entertaining. Gradually, we realize that stories of camping and bands are not entirely what the evening is about...

UPDATED: Slocan Park Wildfire slightly smaller than originally thought — 20 percent contained

The Southeast Fire Centre released a photo from a flight over the fire Tuesday. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

Fire crews completed the second half of a controlled burn on the Slocan Park Wildfire Wednesday said Southeast Fire Centre officials.

The second part of this controlled burn focued on the south flank.

Fire officials said the wildfire is 20 percent contained.

Officials at the Southeast Fire Centre said new data reveals the wildfire measuring 90 hectares instead of the 120 hectares originally estimated.

There are currently 91 firefighters working on the blaze, along with 17 support staff and nine helicopters.

China and B.C. sign wood-frame MOU

Memorandum of Understanding is designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China.

Efforts to expand export markets for B.C. lumber took a major step forward Tuesday night with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding designed to increase the use of wood-frame construction in China.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Tan Yueming, Minister of Housing and Urban Rural Development in China's Zhejiang province, took part in the official signing ceremony via videoconference.

Thieves walk off with part of Nelson's Sports History from museum in Civic Centre

Two 1950’s baseball jerseys were some of the items the have gone missing from the Nelson Sports Council Museum. — Submitted photo

Nelson's Sports Museum, located on the concourse of the Civic Arena, suffered a huge loss during the August long weekend when a few baseball jerseys and bomber jacked was stolen by thieves.

"The items, two 1950’s baseball jerseys and a 1960’s Notre Dame bomber jacket were noticed missing on August 5," said Nelson Sports Council executive director, Kim Palfenier in a written release.

"They were last seen in place Saturday August 2," Palfenier added.

Putting the Carbon Tax to Better Use

Putting the Carbon Tax to Better Use

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

A vast majority of you love the carbon tax; your federal and provincial governments don’t.  And ideas abound about its use and abuse.

Great ready for the new and improved Queen Elizabeth Park

Crews have already commenced renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview. — The Nelson Daily photo

There's something happening at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview — and it's not a player belting out a grand slam home run.

But it's close.

The Nelson and District Baseball Association home park is getting a facelift.

NDBA president Larry Martel said the diamond is getting renovated, much like the project that was completed last year at Lion's Park in Uphill.

The diamond will be redone along with a fence erected in right field — the new Blue Monster.

Crown prosecutors file polygamy charges against Bountiful Four

Winston Blackmore . . . faces charges of polygamy.

Crown prosecutors have filed polygamy charges against four people connected to the community of Bountiful near Creston in the BC Southern Interior.

Special prosecutor Peter Wilson Q.C. approved criminal charges against Winston Blackmore, James Oler (known as the Bishops of Bountiful) and two others alleging polygamy and unlawful removal of children from Canada with the intention of committing sexual crimes.

Blackmore faces charges of polygamy.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kootenay Rhythm Dragons – Sisters In Sync

The team includes, back row, Carla Klein, Janet Stephenson, Jocelyn Davies, Frances Long, Deb Rhyder, Lena Guignion and Maggie Mulvihill. Middle, Brooke Campbell, Louise Andrew, Melissa Michaud, Amy Grumme, Mary Walters, Pat Gibson, Cath Little and coach Puleng Pratt. Front, Marlene Pozin, Deb Smith, Tammy Nygaard, Peggy Scott, Dawn Jacobsen, Diane Tulloch(Steersperson), Verna Poohachoff and Jill Jacobsen. — Submitted photo

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons – Sisters In Sync aligned a First Place finish in the Women’s Championship “B” Division at the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival held recently in the Central Okanagan City.

The Sisters, with six new paddlers and contributions from a few other teams, captured the the B Championship Division and a fourth place overall.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to recognize the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons — Sisters In Sync with Team of the Week honours.

Veteran mediator Vince Ready agrees to help solve the teacher's dispute

Will it be picket signs or books when September arrives on the calendar? — Photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette

Mediator Vince Ready is having a change of heart in the teachers dispute with the government.

After declining to get involved earlier, the veteran mediator has decided to make himself available in an attempt to end the labour dispute between B.C. Teachers' Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association, the bargaining agent for the government.

Adams and Cherbo balk at proposed cuts to council expense accounts

Adams and Cherbo balk at proposed cuts to council expense accounts

Two Nelson city councillors don’t like a cutback in their expense accounts that has been suggested by an independent research committee. The ad hoc Council Indemnity Committee’s job was to check whether council’s pay and benefits are in line with other employees and with councillors in other similarly sized cities.

The committee was formed in May, and its recommendations came to the August 11 council meeting.