November 2014

Dooley, Kozak and Severyn tackle the issues at a uniquely styled mayoral candidate forum

Moderator Glenn Hicks (left) grilled Nelson's mayoral candidates mercilessly but humourously at a 2-hour forum that kept the audience informed and entertained. (See more images below.)

It wasn’t set up like an all-candidates forum. There was no opportunity for the audience of about 200 to ask questions. The candidates and moderator Glenn Hicks were seated in comfortable armchairs on a slightly raised stage that was softly lit like a theatre performance. The lights in the audience were dimmed.

BC Coroner identifies hunter killed near Nakusp

BC Coroner identifies hunter killed near Nakusp

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in a hunting accident near Nakusp on Wednesday (November 12) as Juergen Thomas Burkhardt, aged 52, of North Vancouver.

Burkhardt was hunting on Wednesday afternoon with a companion on a steep section of mountain about 30 kilometers from Nakusp when he fell a distance of more than 100 meters.

He was deceased at the scene.

Recovery was made successfully by Search and Rescue personnel the next day.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

Saturday is voting day in 2014 Municipal Elections

Voters will be at the polls Saturday to elect new municipal governments for the next four years. — The Nelson Daily photo

Ready, set . . . vote.

The 2014 Municipal Elections are happening Saturday (November 15) to elect regional district boards, school trustees and city councils for the next four years.

And after a few weeks of campaigning, media questions and forums, all of the candidates are ready to see who will form the next governments cities, regional districts and school boards across the province of BC.

City of Nelson polling station is at the former Central School gymnasium on Stanley Street.

Nelson gets a new mayor as Deb Kozak unseats John Dooley

Deb Kozak is the new mayor in Nelson, edging out incumbent John Dooley and Pat Severyn.

Nelson has a new mayor to lead the Heritage City for the next four years.

Current councilor Deb Kozak shocked the pollsters by defeating incumbent Mayor John Dooley and challenger Pat Severyn to capture the top post at 310 Lake Street in the 2014 Nelson Municipal Election.

Unofficial results had Kozak, the first female mayor of Nelson, topping the polls, winning the mayor's post with 1756 votes, roughly 300 more than the incumbent Dooley.

Dooley finished with 1475 votes while Severyn was well back at 780.

Medeiros scores hat-trick to power Rebels past Leafs 6-4

Medeiros scores hat-trick to power Rebels past Leafs 6-4

Darren Medeiros scored three times to lead the Castlegar Rebels to a 6-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night in the Sunflower City.

The win hoisted the Rebels into first place in the Murdoch Division.

Kamloops defeated Beaver Valley 4-3 in Fruitvale to keep Nelson and the Hawks tied for second in the division, one point behind Castlegar.

Castlegar has played two more games than the Leafs.

Tom Newell narrowly defeats Kevin LePape in RDCK Area F election; Ramona Faust back in Area E

Tom Newell edged out Kevin LePape in Area F.

Retired teacher Tom Newell is stepping into politics as the new Area F director in the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Newell, who replaces retired Area F director Ron Mickel, defeated Kevin LePape in Area F election Saturday.

Newell, who was president of the Nelson and District Teacher's Association before retiring from teaching, edged LePape 475-387.

Ramona Faust fought off a tough challenge from Rick Marken to maintain a seat at the RDCK Board table, edging out the challenger 692-440 in Area E (Blewett, Balfour, Harrrop).

Deb Kozak is the new mayor of Nelson

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Midway through her victory celebration at the Legion last night, newly elected mayor Deb Kozak took the mic and invited everyone in the room who had ever been on Nelson City Council to come up and stand with her. There were incumbent councillors Donna Macdonald, Paula Kiss, and Candace Batycki; former councillors Margaret Stacy and Michelle Mungall; former mayor Dave Elliott; and re-elected councillor Bob Adams. (“I don't know why you're hiding back there sweetie,” she said to Adams. “Come on up. Welcome to woman power.

Robertson given a third mandate to lead Vancouver

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is back for a third term.

Students pretty close to getting it right in Student Vote campaign

 Students at L.V. Rogers High School were not eligible to vote in the municipal election so they took to the booth in the Student Vote campaign. — Photo courtesy Jeff Yasinchuk, LVR High School

Incumbent Mayor John Dooley may not have won Saturday at the polls, but he does have the support of the younger crowd after the topping the Student Vote results Friday.

Nelson students joined more than 29,000 fellow classmates across the province are taking part in the Student Vote local government elections.

Students took time to vote for the official candidates running in their municipality or regional district.