September 2014

Heroic act by Nelson's 'Woody' Wudkevich recognized by Chinese Community Association of Ottawa

Nelson's Robert “Woody” Wudkevich holds up the very special piece of recognition presented on hehalf of the Chinese Community Association of Ottawa. — The Nelson Daily photo

Robert “Woody” Wudkevich doesn’t consider himself a hero.

But on a winter vacation earlier this year at a resort in Varadero, Cuba, Wudkevich went over and above the call of duty, saving a young boy from drowning during family holiday.

UPDATED: Coroner releases name of man whose body was recovered from Kootenay Lake

Nelson Search and Rescue and the RCMP transported the body from boat to shore at the Lakeside Park dock Thursday morning. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who was discovered deceased in Kootenay Lake near Nelson on Sept. 11.

The man was Paul Tayes, aged 56, from Surrey.

Tayes had checked into the Kokanee Creek campground on Sept. 2, for one night and was reported missing by park staff on Sept. 4, after he failed to return to his truck and equipment.

Search and Rescue workers initiated an extensive search of the area on the same day but were unable to locate him.

John Paolozzi, city council election candidate, shares his views on local issues

John Paolozzi is the third non-incumbent candidate to declare an intention to run for Nelson city council in the November election.

John Paolozzi moved to Nelson with his wife and two sons two years ago from Vancouver where he lived for 15 years as a producer at CBC Radio. Paolozzi says he and his wife researched small towns and decided Nelson was the best in the country.

Since moving here, he has served on the city’s Advisory Planning Committee and Cultural Development Committees, volunteered as a marketer for the Civic Theatre and at Kootenay Co-op Radio, and started two Facebook Pages: Keep Nelson Weird and Nelson BC.

Nelson sends trio of grads to 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament

Nelson hockey products (top left) Isaac MacLeod, Dryden Hunt and Jim Hiller (bottom left) are penciled in to this weekend’s Prospects Tournament in Michigan. — Dryden Hunt photo by Gregg Forwerck/Carolina Hurricanes

The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.

The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.

The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.

Crossing borders and boundaries on the wings of a story... Kootenay Storytelling Festival

Pauline Lamb, Magpie Ulysses and James Lamb — The Friday Night Show. —  Photo by Avia Moore

Don't miss the 2014 Kootenay Storytelling Festival, a long-weekend of performances for every age in Nelson from September 18-21.

Due to popular response, the 2014 Kootenay Storytelling Festival is now a day longer, with over 50 events across four days.


Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson U12 Selects

The squad includes, back row, L-R, coach Lisa Ranta, Adam Strautman, Kyle Kabatoff, Moss Caney, Jacob Robinson, Dante Cimolai and coach Greg Haydu. Middle, Lachlin Klammer, Noah McBriar, Ryan Pearce, Solance Patenaude, Xavier Moore and Quinn Tondu-Mcdonald. Front, Matteo Faraguna, Tanner Ranta, Nicholas Haydu, Rohan Moola and Nate Hernandez. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Selects U12 Boys Soccer squad made it a weekend to remember, travelling recently to attend the West Coast Cup tournament in Langley.

The Selects finished with a 0-2-2 record, playing four very close ball games against opposition from Langlely, North Delta and Maple Ridge in the U13 Silver Division.

The tournament was the first taste of provincial competition for the team and, playing on the Lower Mainland, the Selects got the opportunity to attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game.

UPDATED: Bargaining happening in BC Teachers' Labour Dispute

Students marched through Nelson streets in support of public education Friday. — The Nelson Daily photos

It has been said: No News is Good News.

If this is the case then nothing coming out of the labour dispute negotiations between the BC Teachers' Federation and the B.C. Public Employers' Association is, in fact, good news.

Media reports said the two sides in the dispute bargained all day Saturday until just past midnight Sunday. 

Veteran mediator Vince Ready told reporters bargaining is happening.

Leafs open KIJHL season Friday against defending champs from Beaver Valley

The Leafs hope to start the celebrations early as the Heritage City club kicks off the KIJHL season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Beaver Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The colder weather can only mean one thing — hockey is back.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks of on five fronts as 19 teams look to dethrone defending champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks from the top of the podium.

The Hawks made the 2014 campaign a season for the history books as the Fruitvale-based squad swept all three Junior B titles— KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup.

Leafs, Hawks battle to 3-3 OT tie on opening night of KIJHL

Adam Maida faced 30 shots as Nelson opened the KIJHL season with a 3-3 overtime tie against Beaver Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Rookie forward Sam Webber scored a power play goal in the third period to lift the Nelson Leafs to a a 3-3 tie against the defending Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Champs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.

This was the third consecutive time this season the teams have played to a draw — Nelson and Beaver Valley twice tied during the preseason.

Robson Cramer and Rayce Miller also scored for the Leafs who were out shot 30-29 by the Hawks.

Work-in-progress Leafs rally past Murdoch rival Castlegar 5-3

Nelson exploded for three third-period goals to rally past Castlegar 5-3 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

For a team that just over a month ago didn’t have a coach, Leaf fans must feel pretty good after week one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

Nelson exploded for three goals in a span of 134 seconds to rally past the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win, coupled with 3-3 tie Friday against Beaver Valley, lifts Nelson into sole possession of first place in Murdoch Division standings.