January 2017

Nelson Figure Skating Club hosts Invitational

The weekend meet will showcase skaters from throughout the West Kootenay. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The region’s best young figure skaters will take to the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena for the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Compeition.

Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event showcases skaters from across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd-pleasing Interpretive programs.

The weekend begins Friday from 3-9 p.m. with Interpretive and Free Skate Events.

Saturday, competition runs all day with the finale of Dance Solo Events set for Sunday from 8-11:35 a.m.

Accident closes Highway 6 north of Crescent Valley

The logging truck involved in the accident near Slocan Park ended up down the bank. — Facebook photo

Highway 6 near Slocan Park was closed Thursday afternoon following a two vehicle accident.

Reports say the accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. when a northbound pickup truck lost control and went into the lane of the oncoming logging truck, sending the logging truck down an embankment approximately 10 kilometers north of the Highway 3A/6 Junction.

The pickup truck was severely damaged in the accident.

One man was taken to hospital with injuries.

Team Ursel begins defence of BC Senior Men's Curling crown

From left, clockwise, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, third Dave Stephenson, skip Bob Ursel, both of Kelowna, and second Don Freschi of Trail, won the Vernon Bonspiel last weekend. — Submitted photo

The defending BC Senior Men's Curling Champions begin defence of their 2016 crown this weekend in Kelowna as regional curling playdowns commence throughout the province.

Kelowna's Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson kick off the Okanagan Senior Men's Playdowns Saturday morning against Wayne Saboe of Kamloops in the four team event.

Mark Longworth of Vernon faces Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm in the other contest in the double knockout event.

BCNU President says Thursday’s shooting at Boundary District Hospital could have been much worse

A man walked who walked into Boundary District Hospital Thursday and shot himself is now being treated for his injuries and is in stable condition.
Nurses and front-line staff who work at Boundary District Hospital in Grand Forks are traumatized after a man walked into the emergency room on Thursday evening, pulled out a gun and shot himself.

The victim was airlifted to a Vancouver-area hospital and his condition is unknown.

Defending BC Senior Champs advance after capturing Okanagan Regional Playdown

Bob Ursel, third Dave Stephenson (both of Kelowna) Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson, defeated Mark Longworth of Vernon 4-1 Sunday in the B Final to clinch the Okanagan berth.

The Bob Ursel rink of Kelowna, with half the rink from the West Kootenay, began defence of its 2016 BC Senior Men's Curling title by sweeping past the competition during regional playdowns Sunday in Kelowna.

Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, Trail second Don Freschi and Nelson lead Fred Thomson, defeated Mark Longworth of Vernon 4-1 Sunday in the B Final to clinch the Okanagan berth.

Ursel dumped Longworth 7-4 Saturday in the A Final after opening the four-team playdown with an 11-4 win over Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm.

Leafs too much for Braves, outlast visitors 6-2 Sunday

Leafs forward Jack Karran was one of four players with two points to lead Nelson past Spokane Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

When a team outshoots the opposition by almost a 3-1 margin, eventually cracks will begin to show in the castle wall.

Nelson scored three unanswered goals in the third period to dump the Spokane Braves 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

The win enables Nelson to retain its second-place spot in the Murdoch standings, three points ahead of Grand Forks and fourth-place Castlegar Rebels.

Money makes the world go around

It appears for politicians, time is money.

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau – and other federal cabinet ministers – have a fondness for political fundraising events held behind closed doors, far away from prying eyes.

In political slang better known as cash-for-access, not to be confused with its kissing cousin pay-to-play.

Saints remain in BCIHL hunt after weekend split with SFU Clan

Selkirk College Saints forward Jonas Horvath and Simon Fraser University’s Adam Callegari tangle during a faceoff at Friday night’s BCIHL game at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. The Saints return to action this Saturday night (January 21) when they take on the University of Victoria in Castlegar. The home game will be their last until February 24, so now is your chance to check out some great hockey action. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) standings may not have changed much after a weekend series between the Selkirk College Saints and Simon Fraser University Clan, but more seeds were planted for what is shaping up to be a great second half of the season.

 The first-place Clan escaped a feisty Friday night contest with a 5-3 win, but the Saints responded Saturday night with a 4-2 victory as the two clubs opened the 2017 half of the season with a two-game series before a pair of supportive crowds at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.

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