March 2015

Don't count out the Greens in new Kootenay-Columbia riding

Candidate Bill Green says the Green Party should not be taken lightly in the upcoming Federal Election. — Submitted photo

The NDP held its nomination meeting Sunday in Cranbrook to name Wayne Stetski as its candidate in the upcoming Federal Election.

And now Kootenay-Columbia Green Party candidate Bill Green, nominated last year, is taking to the election trail with a prediction that the Green Party shouldn’t be underestimated in the upcoming federal election widely expected to take place in October.

Nelson Youth Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web at Capitol Theatre

Luther Perry as Wilbur the pig, Sylvia Hardy as Fern the farm-girl and Eirin Murray as her brother, Avery are ready to take to the stage Friday when Nelson Youth Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web at the Capitol Theatre. — Submitted photo

Friday (March 13) at the Capitol Theatre, Nelson Youth Theatre takes to the stage to present Charlotte’s Web.

The play is adapted from E.B. White’s book by Joseph Robinette and produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock Illinois.

In this stage version of the story that inspired the recent big-studio movie, Luther Perry plays Wilbur the pig, Sylvia Hardy is his friend Fern the farm-girl and Jordyn Crawford portrays Charlotte the spider who weaves ‘magic’ with her web to save his life.

UPDATED: RCMP, Coroners Service, Fire Departments continue to investigate cause of Blewett fire

The trailer on in Blewett on Fofonow Road is completely destroyed from an early morning fire Sunday. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Nelson RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service the Blewett, Beasley and Nelson Fire Departments continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that claimed a life early Sunday morning said Sgt. Darryl Little media spokeperson for the Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP.

Little said that at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday, a fire was reported in the 3000 block of Fofonow Road in Blewett, approximately 10 kilometers west of Nelson.

"The three fire departments attended to discover the house fully engulfed," Little explained in the media release.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — More Rainbows than Bull Trout

Smiling? You bet I'm smiling says Wyatt Scott from Calgary as holds up his biggest Rainbow ever. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is back and ready to give fishermen the edge on where to catch the big one.

'Stoned not drunk' driver earns 90-day driving prohibition

'Stoned not drunk' driver earns 90-day driving prohibition

Nelson Police experienced a busy weekend, serving a pair of 90-day driving prohibitions as well as arresting a man, with more than 35 criminal convictions from across Canada and wanted in two provinces. 

'Stoned not drunk' excuse lands driver 90-day driving prohibition

During routine rounds, a Nelson police officer noticed a woman failing to stop her vehicle at a marked stop sign.

The officer activated the emergency lights on the police truck, signalling the driver to stop. 

City's seeks input on proposed 2 percent tax increase in 2015 budget

City council holds costs on critical services like sewer, water and electrical rates.

Late last week the City of Nelson unveiled its proposed $40 million 2015 budget that would include a 2 percent tax increase, with the hope that Nelson residents will provide input before the budget is finalized.

According to a press release issued by the City, the 2 percent increase accounts for only the cost of inflation and when combined with in-house cost savings by staff, will allow the city to continue providing the wide range of services is currently does.

Win, win as all of angling licence revenue goes to anglers

Don Peterson, president, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, address the media at Monday's press conference. — Submitted photo

In an agreement announced Monday between the Province and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, 100 percent of revenue generated from fishing licences will directly benefit anglers effective April 1, 2015.

Under the agreement the total amount to be transferred to the society for 2015-16 will be approximately $10 million, an increase of about $3 million annually over what the society currently receives.

Electrical upgrades to KLH on the way with two new emergency backup generators

KLH is set to get some electrical upgrades during the next few years.

Kootenay Lake Hospital is set to get some upgrades to its electrical system over the next year or so, as Interior Health has plans to install two new backup power generators and build a new electrical building at the local hospital.

The new generators will provide emergency power to the hospital during power outages and will replace the previous single generator previously installed in 2000.

Human-caused fires a concern for Southeast Fire Centre

The Southeast Fire Centre is asking the public to be vigilant when burning or the small fire could quickly turn into a (see photo) wildfire.

The fire season didn't take long to start for the Southeast Fire Centre as crews were called to respond to new wildfires — all of which were human-caused and therefore preventable.

Two of the fires were the result of poorly planned open burning:

New finance ministry fact sheet omits a bit

New finance ministry fact sheet omits a bit

When something changes from one week to the next for no apparent reason, it sparks some curiosity, as is the case with the B.C. finance ministry's “Keeping taxes low for B.C. families” fact sheet posted to its website only a week after the provincial budget.

It favours spin right from the top. The first two lines, classic.

“B.C. families generally have one of the lowest overall tax burdens in Canada including income taxes, consumption taxes, property taxes, health care premiums and payroll taxes.”