January 2015

Reimer questions Nelson City Police response to homeless outdoor space

Pastor Jim Reimer takes issue with overall direction in report.

While Pastor Jim Reimer sees some positives in a police report released mid-December for the Nelson Housing Committee, he takes issue with the overall direction in the report.

In October, Reimer, who runs Our Daily Bread community kitchen and the SHARE used store, asked Nelson City council for a $5,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study on a campground for homeless individuals.

The city deferred,  referring the request to the Nelson Housing Committee who asked the Nelson City Police for their input.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Blair D'Andrea Alumni Tourney

More than 40 former LVR Bomber basketball players were back to have a few laughs and raise money for the Blair D'Andrea Memorial during the holiday break at the Hangar. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Grads from the 2004-05 may have won the tourney, but the big winners during the 2nd Annual Blair D'Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day was the memorial fund as the event raised more than $1,000.

The second annual event, attracting 45 players, raised more than $1,400 for the Blair D'Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. 

Leafs land recruits to gear up for the KIJHL stretch run

Leaf coach Dave McLellan said the Leafs are still being held together with binder twine, but better days are ahead.

Dave McLellan has been around the junior-hockey-coaching block more than once.

However, during his tenure behind the bench he’s never been part of a team that has been snake bitten as much as the Green and White.

For the umpteenth weekend this season the Nelson Leafs enter Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play with the coaching staff not knowing how many or which players will be taking to the ice.

MP Announces Approaching Deadline for 2015 Canada Summer Jobs Applications

MP Announces Approaching Deadline for 2015 Canada Summer Jobs Applications

Alex Atamanenko, MP for BC Southern Interior is reminding eligible local employers and organizations that the deadline for submitting applications to Canada Summer Jobs 2015 (CSJ) is January 30, 2015.
“The deadline is approaching”, said Atamanenko.  “I encourage eligible employers to consider applying for CJS funding and hire a student for next summer.”
The CSJ initiative helps to create job opportunities for students aged 15 to 30 years in their communities. 

NPD officers arrest female shop lifters following afternoon spree

NPD officers arrest female shop lifters following afternoon spree

Nelson Police said two women are facing theft following a shopping spree in a couple of local store Thursday (January 15) afternoon.

Sgt Dino Falcone said in a media release police were called at 3:45 p.m. that two females entered a retail store and left without paying for some valuable items.

“After the duo left the store, they allegedly drove to a local grocery store and walked out without paying for a substantial amount of groceries and housewares,” Sgt Falcone explained.

Weather alert ends for West Kootenay

Environment Canada said Kootenay Pass could expect to see 20 to 30 cm of snow fall into Sunday. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Special weather warning continue for Columbia and Howe Sound regions of the province, but the West Kootenay alert has ended.

The weather has changed to a few flurries or rain showers for Sunday, dropping to 30 percent for Monday along with fog.

Highs for Monday is for plus 3.

Unsettled weather is set to remain for the rest of the week.

Environment Canada issues weather alert for West Kootenay

Get ready for another snow alert for the West Kootenay region and highways.

Leafs drop two straight during Eddie Mountain road trip

Leafs drop two straight during Eddie Mountain road trip

The Nelson Leafs weekend excursion into the Eddie Mountain Division proved to rank right up there with a National Lampoon Vegas vacation.

The injury-riddled Leafs lost two straight — 5-1 Saturday to Fernie and 3-0 Friday to Columbia Valley — Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games to fall into third spot in the Murdoch Division — five points behind Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The two losses ran Nelson winless streak to three games.

Five different players scored for the Ghostriders in the romp over the Leafs.

Ticket in Alberta wins $50-million Lotto Max jackpot

Ticket in Alberta wins $50-million Lotto Max jackpot

For anyone traveling through Alberta recently and bought a Lotto Max ticket, check it quick.

Because there is one winning ticket for the $50-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw, and it was purchased somewhere in Alberta.

There was also two of the 13 MaxMillions prizes of $1-million won from tickets sold in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the other $1-million prize will be shared by one ticketholder in Ontario and another in British Columbia.

The jackpot for next Friday's Lotto Max draw will be approximately $21-million.

Body cameras for NPD? Good idea, but they come with a cost

 Police chiefs and the police associations are in favour of personal body cameras (similar to the one pictured) because they cut down on complaints. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Nelson Police Department are considering the use of personal body cameras.

But they come with a cost, says NPD  chief Wayne Holland.

“Is there a need for them in Nelson? Not necessarily,” he said. “Nelson (police) has the lowest per capita complaints in the province.”

But the chiefs and the police association are in favour of them because they cut down on complaints, and thus court time, and wearing the device lessens the chance that officers are assaulted, he said.

LVR Jr. Bombers grounded in Castlegar

LVR Jr. Bombers grounded in Castlegar

Once powerful basketball Bomber basketball program at L.V. Rogers looked to be grounded after the Junior Boy’s lost three straight at the Stanley Humphries Rockers Tournament during the weekend in Castlegar.

The Junior Bombers, missing several key players, lost to Prince Charles of Creston, Mount Sentinel Wildcats and Salmo Falcons at the six-team tournament.

On the bright side, the Bombers, putting a young, inexperienced squad on the court, cut the margin in every loss significantly, losing by 24-21 to the Falcons.