August 2015

Future's So Bright — NYS's Matteo Faraguna earns BCSPL spot with Thompson Okanagan Intakes

Matteo Faraguna (white jersey) took a major step in his roundball career after being selected to the BCSPC Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes. — Photo courtesy  Ernie Sollid

It was obvious that Matteo Faraguna has the skills to succeed in many sports.

An accomplished track and field star with the Kootenay Chaos as well as a pretty good minor hockey player and skier, the 12-year-old prodigy, however, decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Al and grandfather Guido to pursue a career in the roundball sport.

Faraguna took a major step in that direction after being selected to the Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes BC Soccer Premier League squad following tryouts earlier this year in Kelowna.

CUPW Save Canada Post Caravan rides into Nelson Monday

Save Door to Door signs are everywhere in Nelson as the movement grows to stop Canada Post cutbacks. — The Nelson Daily photo

Postal workers from across the country refuse to take recent cutback decisions by Canada Post sitting down.

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) National President, Mike Palecek and the Save Canada Post Caravan is expected to roll into Nelson Monday for a rally outside City Hall.

“We want people to know something can be done to stop the governments’ cuts to Canada’s public postal service,” said Nelson president Brenda Muscoby-Yanke.

River Talk — Water still has enormous value

River Talk — Water still has enormous value

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Possible Staphylococcus bacteria forces Safeway to recall chicken wings

Possible Staphylococcus bacteria forces Safeway to recall chicken wings

Safeway is recalling various store-packaged, cooked Chicken Wings from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria said a release on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Passionate crowd gathers for Nelson stop on CUPW Canada Post Caravan Tour

Burnaby/New Westminster MP for the NDP Peter Julian, with local CUPW President Brenda Muscoby-Yanke,  speaks to the crowd at the Canada Post Caravan rally Monday at the City Hall Courtyard in Nelson. — Photo by Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

By Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

A large and passionate crowd gathered in front of city hall on Monday to protest the Harper government’s plan to implement community mailboxes and eliminate door-to-door delivery by postal workers.

The rally was hosted by the President of CUPW Local 790, Brenda Muscoby-Yanke, and featured speakers that included Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian of the NDP and National President of the CUPW, Mike Palecek.

Motorists urged to 'not stop and pull over' on Highway 3 near Paulson Pass wildfire

Tanya Ewasiuk Goertzen posted a photo on Facebook of the family trailer burned to the ground during the West of Rock Creek fire. — Photo Tanya Ewasiuk Goertzen FACEBOOK

The BC Wildfire Service is advising motorists travelling the Blueberry Paulson on Highway 3 of an active fire 15 kilometers northeast of Christina Lake.

The lightning caused Paulson Pass fire, discovered Thursday (August 13) is now estimated at 260 hectares.

"Currently Highway 3 remains open, however (people) driving through the area, please do not stop and pull over," said a Southeast Fire Centre website.

"There are hazards present in an area of active wildfire."

UPDATED: Midway RCMP locate Matthew Straume

Matthew Straume had been missing since Thursday (August 13). — Photo courtesy RCMP

Midway RCMP has just confirmed that Matthew Straume, who was reported missing, has made contact with a family member and is safe.

Straume was last seen around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday August 13 near Greenwood.

The Midway RCMP would like to thank the media and general public for their assistance in trying to locate Matthew.

Midway RCMP asking public lookout for missing Matthew Straume

Midway RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating Matthew Straume, who was last seen around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday August 13 near Greenwood.

A Fresh Look at Peacekeeping Starts in the West Kootenay

Selkirk College Peace Studies Instructor Randy Janzen will be the primary instructor in the new Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program that aims to bring about positive change around the world. — Photo by Bob Hall, Selkirk College

Selkirk College is helping broaden the scope of peacekeeping by offering a unique program to equip individuals with the proper background to make positive changes in conflicted regions around the world.

Starting in January, Selkirk College will offer the one-semester Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program. The first of its kind in Canada, the program has been developed in partnership with Nonviolent Peaceforce with a goal of strengthening the effort to deploy professionally prepared unarmed civilians to areas of violent conflict.

Auditor general for local government, designed to fail or left to implode?

Auditor general for local government, designed to fail or left to implode?

Last week the Union of B.C. Municipalities released its report on the operations of B.C.'s Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG).

It paints a less than flattering picture of the office. No big surprise given that the UBCM was hardly a fan of the auditor general concept in the first place.

The report's findings are based on a survey of 17 communities that had audit contact with the AGLG.

Green Candidate, Bill Green, Honored for Fisheries Work

Bill accepted the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award on behalf of First Nation tribes. — Submitted photo

Kootenay-Columbia Green Party candidate Bill Green was in Portland, Oregon, Monday receiving a prestigious conservation award from the American Fisheries Society.

Green accepted the William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award on behalf of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nations, joint recipients with the Okanagan Nation Alliance and 15 American Tribes.

The Ricker award recognizes singular accomplishments or long-term contributions that advance aquatic resource conservation at a national or international level.