June 2016

Selects go down to defeat against Kootenay South in U15 Gir's Soccer Playdowns

Nelson Selects Riley Zondervan (white) battles for the ball during Tuesday's game against Kootenay South at Haley Park in Warfield. — Sarah Fuhr photo

Kootenay South outscored Nelson Selects 5-2 to capture the two-game West Kootenay U15 Girl's Soccer series Wednesday at the Lakeside Pitch.

The contest was the second in as many days for the two West Kootenay rivals.

Kootenay South opened the two-game set Tuesday at Haley Park in Warfield with a 4-1 decision over Nelson.

The teams played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday in Nelson with Riley Zondervan scoring the lone goal for Nelson.

Kootenay South now advanced to the zone final against the East Kootenay winner Friday.

SHARE affordable housing developers stalled in search for support from the city

Kootenay Christian Fellowship’s Share Housing Initiative appeared again before city council Tuesday night asking for almost $700,000 in incentives from the city for its proposed 42-unit affordable housing development on Falls Street. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson

A steep in-kind price tag and a last minute design change for an affordable housing development has stalled a decision at the council level until more information and hard numbers can be gathered.

With around $700,000 in financial and non-financial support requested from the city by the developers of the $6.3-million, 42-unit SHARE Housing Initiative on Falls Street, city council had a chance to look a little deeper into the proposed affordable housing development, and what was asked of the city.

Province invests in East Kootenay search and rescue societies

Cranbrook Search and Rescue received more than $27,000.

Eight search and rescue organizations in the East Kootenay region have received a combined total of more than $517,000 from the B.C. government’s $10 million in one-time funding commitments to the B.C. Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA).

The funding helps bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals for these critical public-safety lifeline volunteers.

The recipients:

Telling it like it is

To get control of the legislature finding donors is a must.

Former chief of staff to then-Premier Gordon Campbell, Martyn Brown made some refreshingly candid comments about B.C.'s political financing culture on Shaw TV's Voice of B.C. the other day.

“No corporation, no industry, no union gives the level of money that they give to politicians without expecting special consideration in return, and they do get it,” Brown said.

Province hosts public meeting to present Kokanee recovery plan

Government biologists will be back again at Balfour Community Hall June 16, hosting a meeting to discuss the recovery of Kootenay Lake’s Kokanee stocks. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Government biologists will present a comprehensive plan to guide the recovery of Kootenay Lake’s Kokanee stocks at a public meeting Thursday, June 16 at the Balfour Community Hall in Balfour the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said in a media release.

B.C. Mine Rescue Teams Battle for Top Spot in Kimberley

More than 60 teams were in Kimberley to compete in the Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition.

Mine rescue teams from across British Columbia gathered last weekend to compete in the 61st annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition, becoming part of the rich history of B.C. mine rescue competitions that date back to 1915.

More than 100 years after the first mine rescue competition took place in B.C., mine safety has not only flourished, it has become an art form—one that is perfected and assessed each year at the Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition.

BC Coroners Service updates illicit drug overdose numbers

From January through May 2016, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia.

The BC Coroners Service has released updated statistics regarding the number of illicit drug-related deaths in 2016.

From January through May 2016, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. This is a 75% increase over the number of deaths occurring during the same period in 2015 (176).

Preliminary data suggests that the proportion of illicit drug overdose deaths in which fentanyl was detected (alone or in combination with other drugs) increased to approximately 56% in the first four months of 2016.

Local overdoses more common than fatality statistics might imply, say police

Health Canada has changed laws to make Naloxone available without prescription in an attempt to decrease overdose deaths.

In response to a report issued by the BC Coroner Service this morning regarding fentanyl overdose deaths in Trail, Castlegar and Nelson, Trail top cop RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke pointed out that, from a policing/public health perspective, those statistics are just the tip of a growing iceberg.

“We get lots of close calls, where the paramedics arrive in time to administer a shot of Narcan and bring them back,” Oelke said.

Leafs complete blockbuster deal with Ridge Meadows of PJHL

Leafs Austin Lindsay has been dealt to Ridge Meadows in a three-player deal Thursday. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Nelson Leafs completed a blockbuster trade by Junior B standards Thursday shipping center Austin Lindsay and cash to Ridge Meadows Flames of the Pacific Junior Hockey League for two players — forward Dale Howell and netminder Jason Sandhu.

Leafs Sean Dooley said the coaching staff is confident the two 20-year-olds will be key building blocks Nelson needs to begin building a winner in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Graduation 2016 — 'Being part of the school in general has just been awesome'

The Grads of 2016 will join classes of years past for the annual parade down Baker Street Saturday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily file photo

To some school seems like an eternity.

To others, especially during Grad Year, those 12 years go by so quick.

This weekend in Nelson and Salmo, students will receive their diplomas before heading out into the real world as L.V. Rogers and Salmo Secondary host ceremonies to salute the Grad Class of 2016.

As the young high school graduates prepare to enter the next phase of their lives The Nelson Daily caught up with a few of Valedictorians to see what they have planned for the future.

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