July 2014

Saints look to within organization to land new skipper to replace Jeff Dubois

Alex Evin . . . assistant moves into head coaching post

The Selkirk Saints men’s hockey team didn’t need to look far to find the man they feel can lead the squad to a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title.

The Saints have announced this week that Castlegar-raised Alex Evin is stepping from assistant coach to head coach for the upcoming 2014-15 BCIHL season. He will replace Jeff Dubois, who moved to the Creston Valley Thunder of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) earlier this summer.

Government announces Selkirk faculty ratification of new agreement

New agreements for faculty unions runs until March 31, 2019.

More than 500 BCGEU faculty members at Okanagan and Selkirk Colleges have ratified new agreements under the B.C. government’s 2014 Economic Stability Mandate.

Following local ratification by union members and college boards, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association board provided the final ratification for the settlements between Okanagan College and the BCGEU Local 707, as well as between Selkirk College and the BCGEU Local 709.

The terms of the new agreements for the faculty unions are from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2019.

Taghum Beach bacteria come from a variety of sources, says RDCK

Taghum Beach is not getting used very much thanks to a swim advisory. — The Nelson Daily photo

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Swimmers were advised last week not to swim at Taghum Beach until further notice because of high fecal coliform bacteria (E. coli) levels.

The reason this seems to happen every summer, according to Nicole Ward of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), is a combination of large numbers of waterfowl especially geese, warm shallow water, increased human use, and dogs.

Trail Allstars fall to 1-2 after Day three BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships

Noah Quinn checks his swing in preparation for the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail. — Submitted photo

The Trail Allstars are 1-2 after Day three of the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships.

The Trail Allstars lost 11-1 to White Rock in five innings Monday at Andy Bilesky Park in the Silver City.

Nelson's Noah Quinn drove home the only run for Trail with an RBI in the fourth inning.

White Rock scoreed two in the first inning before blowing the game open with three runs in the third and four in the fourth.

Brayden DeWitt took the loss for Trail.

Kai Cuminskey was the winning pitcher for White Rock.

Interior Health CEO, Dr. Halpenny, makes house call to Kootenay Lake Hospital

IH CEO, Dr. Robert Halpenny — “We have to look to the future. Technology is going to change the way we do medicine in the future.” — Suzy Hamilton photo, The Nelson Daily

Dr. Robert Halpenny, CEO of Interior Health, made a house call Tuesday for a routine check-up at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson.

“It’s really important that we understand community issues, “ said Halpenny, president and CEO of IH in Kelowna since 2010 .

He was on an annual tour of Interior Health facilities in the region.

In Nelson, he planned to meet with everyone from health board members and staff, to hospital foundation members and others, tour the hospital and get an actual perspective of the distances involved in rural health care.

Quick response rescues four from Beaver floatplane crash

The wreckage of the Beaver floatplane that crashed near Bella Bella sits on the shoreline. — photo courtesy RCMP

Four people were rescued thanks to quick response from the RCMP vessell Lindsay after a Beaver floatplane crashed near Bella Bella Friday afternoon.

The RCMP received the Mayday relay on VHF radio at 3:50 p.m. with West Coast Marine Service members in the community of Shearwater near Bella Bella.

The information was that a float plane had crashed and was on fire just north of St. John Harbour, near the south entrance of the Seaforth Channel which is a very isolated area.

This location was just over 1 hour from the current location for the Patrol Vessel Lindsay.

Starbelly Jam celebrates 15th birthday this weekend

During the first Starbelly, the Wild Turkeys livened up the stage. — Photo courtesy Starbelly Jam

The Jam, that's the Starbelly Jam to the locals, is getting bigger and better every year.

Friday kicks off the 15th annual outdoor music festival held in Crawford Bay, which runs through the weekend before concluding Sunday.

The celebration includes entertainment is soulfully eclectic, and this year will include funk,  world music, rock, hip-hop, reggae, blues, bluegrass, folk, jam bands and other acts that are a little harder to define.

Highlands explodes past Trail Allstars at Little League Championships

Noah Quinn works from the mound for Trail against Beacon Hill.— Submitted photo

Trail Allstars watched Highlands score 10 runs in the final two innings to dump the host squad 12-5 at the BC Little League 9-10 Baseball Championships Tuesday at Andy Bilesky Park.

The loss dropped the Trail Allstars record to 1-3.

Hastings Allstars lead the standings with a 4-0 record after pounding Beacon Hill of Victoria 20-2.

White Rock and Highlands are tied for second at 3-1 with Trail in fourth with Beacon Hill.

Nelson's Bryce Sookro singled in Noah Quinn for the first run for Trail.

Neptunes surprise coaching staff with third-place finish in Castlegar

Neptunes surprise coaching staff with third-place finish in Castlegar

The Nelson Neptunes shot of the team standing ladder to finish third at the Castlegar Aquanauts swim meet Sunday in the Sunflower City.

Host Castlegar used home pool advantage to edge second place Grand Forks and the Neptunes for the overall title.

"We are happy with our overall placing and hope to maintain it for Regionals which will be coming up in just a few weeks," said head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.

"Considering the training that the swimmers endured this week, these results were not expected at all," Pfeiffer added.