July 2015

B.C. GETS BOOST IN FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS

Photo includes, Jennifer Vogel, Cent. Kootenay Invasive Species Society; Khaylish Fraser, Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society; Robyn Hooper, Manager, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society; Allana Oestreich and Randy Harris,  Board members, East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council; Sheila Street, Environment Program Lead, FortisBC; Ember Heidt, CO Compliance and Enforcement Officer; Bill Bennett, MLA Kootenay East; Krista Watts, Environmental Manager, CPC; Tim Hicks, CBT and Greg Deck CBT.

Columbia Basin Trust is helping the province to double the number of mobile decontamination units aimed at stopping invasive mussels from entering British Columbia waterways, thanks to $360,000 in new funding.
 

New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

Local resident, Saxon Bowick, builds a bat-house for his property. — Photo courtesy of Erica Konrad

Summer is the season when property owners notice bats in their buildings. They may find guano on the deck, hear bats in the walls, or smell a build-up of guano.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project, funded by the Columbia Basin Trust, has received numerous calls with these issues. In many cases, landowners are happy to leave bats where they are.

However, for landowners who would like to have bats move out of their buildings, a new resource guide is available.

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Angling has been suspended in streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan.

Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 3 drought rating for the South Thompson, Nicola, Similkameen, Okanagan-Kettle and Skagit regions, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.

Effective July 15 through Sept. 15, 2015, all streams and rivers in the Similkameen drainage as well as the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers, and all tributary streams in these areas will be closed to angling.

Selects U15 & U13 finish sixth, seventh, respectively

Nelson Selects Emily Taylor shields the defender during action against the WCAGFC Storm (Maple Ridge) in Consolation round action Sunday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch. — Photo courtesy Bob Hall

The Nelson Selects ran out of gas on the final day of the BC Soccer U15 Girl’s Provincial B Cup, dropping a 2-0 decision to WCAGFC Storm of Maple Ridge in Consolation round action Sunday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.

The loss was the third consecutive defeat for a U15 squad that opened the tournament on a roll.

The Selects looked to be poised to take a run at the medal round after opening the tournament Thursday with a 1-0 win over North Shore Vipers.

Mattea Lorenzo scored the only goal of the game to power the Selects to the win.

Nelson Selects all smiles after bringing home the bronze medal at BC Soccer U14 Girl’s Provincial B Cup

Nelson Selects, accepting from left, Amanda Creak, Michaela Anderson, Elisabeth Huiberts, not only won the Bronze Medal but also the Fair Play Award Sunday at the BC Soccer U14 Girl’s Provincial B Cup. — The Nelson Daily photo

Sometimes winning bronze is just as good, if not better, than capturing gold.

The Nelson Selects scored in the final minute of the game to edge Powell River Predators 1-0 in the Bronze Medal Match of the BC Soccer U14 Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.

“This is really exciting especially score the winning goal in the last seconds of the game,” said Nelson coach Rob Borhi.

Nelson U18 Selects settle for Silver at Provincial B Girls Cup

Nelson Coach Brett Adams goes over a little strategy during Sunday's Gold Medal Match in Penticton. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Selects ran out of offence, dropping at 2-0 decision to Chilliwack Attack in the Gold Medal Match of the BC Soccer U18 Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday in Penticton.

The loss gave Nelson the Silver Medal.

In 2014, the same group of players won the Bronze Medal as Nelson defeated the same Chilliwack Attack 6-1.

Nelson, which advanced to the final on a goal average after finishing in a tie with Williams Lake in division standings, saw the offence dry up in the Gold Medal Match.

Low flying Loonie makes shopping at home at lot more attractive

The Canadian loonie sits at 0.79 versus the US Dollar.

A low flying loonie of late has feathered the local economy as those who once flocked over the border to shop in the U.S. are choosing to nest at home.

Currently the loonie sits at 0.79 versus the US Dollar.

Since 2013 the Canadian dollar has been dropping from a near-parity perch to trading at about 79 cents U.S.

UPDATED: Southeast Fire Centre says Sitkum Creek wildfire 30 percent contained; Mount Aylwin 10 percent

Air tankers hammered the Mount Aylwin wildfire with retardant Saturday. — Photo courtesy Isaac, ICandyFilms
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Southeast Fire Centre are beginning to get a handle on the two major wildfies in the region.

Southeast Fire Centre said Sitkum Creek and Mount Aylwin interface wildfires are 30 percent and 10 percent contained, respectively, as of Monday morning.

"The primary objective of BC Wildfire Service Crews is to limit the fire spread down slope towards the identified values," said the Southeast Fire Centre website regarding the estimated 450 hectare Sitkum Creek Wildfire.

Nelson gets its 15 minutes of rain

Noon time shoppers ducked for cover during the brief rainstorm. — The Nelson Daily photos

Nelson received 100 percent of forecasted rain from a thunderstorm Monday afternoon.

Afternoon shoppers witnessed the downpour that was once again too much to handle for catchbasins at the corner of Ward and Baker Streets.

City crews needed to be called to unclog the drains so the puddles that formed from the rain could flow into the storm drains.

Forecast for today is the chance of a thunderstorm with a 60 percent chance of rain into the night.