July 2014

Nelson Fire Department responds to early morning call

Nelson Fire Department responds to early morning call

Nelson Fire crews got an early morning call Wednesday of a report a house was on fire.

The call came in at 1:58 a.m. from a Nelson homeowner.

When the on-duty crew arrived with one engine, they found electrical service line to the house had burned off with fire damage to surrounding foliage and charring to the fascia and soffits.

Fortunately there was no extension to the interior of the house.

Nelson Hydro crews were called to the scene and disconnected the power to the home.

City and arts groups planning new annual cultural festival for Nelson

A detail of the Gyro Park railing by Patrick McIvor. New initiatives to move Nelson forward as a cultural hub are being sponsored by city hall.

Nelson will have a new annual cultural festival starting in 2015, according to a plan worked out by a cultural working group over the past couple of months.

The plan, attached in its entirety below, would see the group developing a clear cultural identity for Nelson for marketing purposes and also creating a “downtown hub for culture with a physical presence and easy access to a cultural development officer, an events calendar, ticketing for a range of events and information on the culture scene in Nelson.”

Premier Clark issues statement regarding wildfire situation in West Kelowna

Premier Christy Clark . . . My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement regarding the wildfire evacuation order issued in West Kelowna:

"My thoughts and prayers are with people in the Smith Creek area who are impacted by today's evacuation order.

"I know that first responders are working hard to first protect people's safety as well as their property.

"Our community is strong and will come together to ensure our friends and neighbours have the support they need in this difficult time.

If evacuation is necessary, the BC Government wants the public to Be Prepared

Wildfires are burning up the province, so the public is advised to be prepared for the worst possible scenario. — Submitted photo

BC is experiencing a heatwave like none other.

Wildfires are burning throughout the province.

In case a wildfire happens in your community, or If people reside in an area that is experiencing wildfires with a potential for evacuation alerts or orders, there are some things you can do to prepare that will make this stressful time a little easier to manage.

RDCK announces Stuart Horn as new Chief Administrative Officer

Stuart Horn (inset) is preparing to take over as the Chief Administrative Officer from Brian Carruthers.

It didn't take long for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to find a person to take control of the ship's helm.

The RDCK board appointed Stuart Horn as its new Chief Administrative Officer, effective August 31.

“The decision was unanimous,” said John Kettle, Board Chair said in a prepared statement. “We had a succession plan in place and we’re confident in the plan and in our staff.”

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kootenay BC Games Team

The Kootenay squad includes, back row from left, Hanna Schulze, coach Clemente Miranda-Trevino (front of Miranda-Trevino) Abby Jackson, Farrah Marzicola, Alyssa Berkhiem and Dawson Downie. Middle, Kiara Ker, Lennox Lockhurst, Mackenzie Fulton and coach Kerry Dyck. Front (all sitting) Ruby Linnen, Ella Peloso (keeper), Alexis Dyck, Lucy Lalach (keeper) and Kaliana Forte. — Submitted photo

Kootenay athletes, including a host from the Nelson area, are flocking to Nanaimo for the 2014 BC Summer Games.

During the next four days, more than 2500 athletes between the ages of 11 and 18 years will compete in 19 different sports at venues throughout Nanaimo. 

Competitions for athletes with a disability are also included with events scheduled in athletics, para-equestrian and swimming. 

Nelson Mixed Slopitch concludes season with playoff tournament

There promises to be plenty of hits happening this weekend at the Lakeside Diamonds. — The Nelson Daily photo

Let the playoffs begin.

The Nelson Mixed Slopitch League holds its year-end playoff weekend beginning Thursday at the Lakeside Diamonds.

Louies and Unknowns enter the weekend at the early favourite after finishing deadlocked for top spot following the regular season.

The two teams completed the season with identical 11-3-1 records.

Louies finished the season on a six-game win streak while the Unknowns played to an 8-8 tie against the Fighting Ardvarks on the final weekend of action.

The finals in the A, B and C Divisions go Sunday at Lakeside.

Salmo RCMP on the hunt for vandals

RCMP seized a half carton of eggs believed to be used by vandals in Salmo. — Photo courtesy RCMP

RCMP said the egg and graffiti bandit raised havoc in Salmo sometime between Thursday and Friday (July17-18).

RCMP Cpl Riordan Bellman said in a media release that the graffiti bandit "sprayed painted on the back of the Royal Canadian Legion on fourth street in Salmo building that faces the park."

"Vulgar language was sprayed in gold paint," Cpl Riordan Bellman said.

RCMP said In a similar incident and most likely at the same time, some eggs were thrown at another building in Salmo.

Patrols were made but no suspects were located.

Two people lucky to survive after being involved in collisions with cars

A two-vehicle accident tied up traffic near the entrance to Lakeside Park Thursday afternoon. — Submitted photo

Two people are lucky to be alive after being struck by vehicles during the past few days on streets and highways in and around Nelson said a Nelson Police Department media release.

The latest incident involved a cyclists being struck by a car near the Villa Motel in the 600 block of Highway 3A Thursday (July 17) evening.

Nelson Police generated the file at 6:45 p.m. when calls began coming into dispatch that a cyclist collided with a car.