May 2017

The Show Must Go On — Dance Umbrella celebrates 20th year of Spring Showcase

The 20th Dance Umbrella Spring Showcase promises to be just as good as the past 19 years as Reece Boulanger and Sonje Boyd perform in one of the many routines at Capitol Theatre in Nelson. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

A lot has changed in 20 years.

High speed internet has taken over from dial-up, everyone has a smart phone and the weather, well, let’s just stop right there.

While a lot has changed, a lot has remained the same for Dance Umbrella over the past 20 years.

The local dance institution, with an annual registration hovering around the 150 participant mark, has continued to boast the same family-orientated atmosphere while at the same time grooming the kids in the art of modern, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and Bollywood styles.

Book launch at Touchstones — Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

Selkirk College is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing a commemorative coffee table book.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions. It is a beautiful volume and is a welcome addition to every bookshelf!

Local Police Attend Alexa's Team Ceremony

Four-year-old Alexa Middelaer was killed by an impaired driver while she was feeding a horse in Delta in 2008.

Eight local police officers attended a ceremony Wednesday in Kelowna in recognition of making Alexa's Team for 2016.

Alexa's Team was created by the Middelaer family in memory of their four-year-old daughter, Alexa, who was killed by an impaired driver while she was feeding a horse in Delta in 2008.

The team was formed to help bring awareness to the seriousness of impaired driving and recognize police officers that work hard to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads.

UPDATED: Environment Canada ends Severe Thunderstorm Watch

People are asked to keep away from creek and river banks as the expected increase in precipitation should see a rise in flows. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada ended its Severe Thunderstorm Watch as of Thursday afternoon for most of the Southern Interior.

However, regions can still expect the risk of thunderstorms and snow at higher elevations as an unsettled weather pattern continues to grip the region.

As for people travelling highways in the province, spring weather can make conditions in B.C. unpredictable, particularly through high mountain passes.

The public should be prepared and be aware that winter tires and chains may still be needed.

Kootenay Chill on fire at Pro-Hops Spring Basketball Tournament

Kootenay Chill (white) steamrolled to a 3-0 record at the Pro-Hops Spring Basketball Tournament in Kamloops. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team continues its impressive run on the hardwood after finishing 3-0 at the Pro-Hops Spring Tournament this past weekend in Kamloops.

The Chill, consisting of players from the Trafalgar Thunder High School program, posted wins against opposition from host Kamloops, Gibsons from the Sunshine Coast and Kelowna.

Club basketball is played outside the high school season, allowing players and coaches to gain more experience in preparation for the next season beginning in the fall.

RCMP need help locating dog following single-vehicle accident near Revelstoke

Deirdre is medium sized mastiff with uncropped ears black,  white chest and toe tip markings wearing a red collar.

RCMP is asking travelers and area users to be on the lookout for Deirdre, a seven-month-old black Mastiff dog lost following a single vehicle roll over collision on Wednesday, near Revelstoke.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a media release the dog was a passenger in a vehicle involved in the accident.

The accident happened at approximately 1:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Revelstoke Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Health Services, South East District Traffic Services and Revelstoke RCMP responded to the crash, 5 km east of Revelstoke, BC near the Trans-Canada Highway.

Village of Salmo Adopts 2017 Budget and Tax Bylaw

Residents of Salmo will see a two percent increase in property taxes.

Salmo Mayor Stephen White and council passed the tax and budget bylaw for the Village during Tuesday's regular meeting that has taxpayers see a two percent increase in taxes for the upcoming year.

The 2017 budget and property tax bylaw came following months of public meetings in the Village of Salmo.

“We are very pleased to have kept taxes low, while budgeting for significant infrastructure and community upgrades,” Mayor White said Thursday in a media release.

Avoid driving in flooded areas and respect the power of water, ICBC advises

Be prepared and plan out an alternative route in case the road you want to use is closed.

With the threat of more flooding in parts of B.C. this week, ICBC is urging drivers to be cautious in and around flooded areas.

ICBC recommends finding a safe location on high ground for the temporary storage of vehicles and seasonal vehicles such as motor homes, trailers or snowmobiles located in low-lying areas that may be subject to flooding.

Customers must ensure that vehicles are properly licensed and insured before they're operated on any road or highway. Customers can purchase temporary operation permits from any Autoplan broker.

City puts stamp on budget in special meeting

For the average residential home in Nelson ($353,886), the municipal property taxes for 2017 are estimated to be $1,607. — The Nelson Daily photo

The bite isn't as big as the bark when it comes to overall taxation in the city as what sounded initially like a large tax rate increase for Nelsonites this year is, in actuality, barely a nudge over the cost of inflation.

For the average residential home in Nelson ($353,886), the municipal property taxes for 2017 are estimated to be $1,607. 

RDKB urges public to be aware when dealing with flood water

The image shows the power of flood water.

The Boundary region is not out of the woods yet in regards to flooding in the region.

Which is why the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is urging citizens to be aware when dealing with flood water.

The RDCK on its Twitter account is advising the public not to ever try to walk or drive through flood water.

"Six inches can carrry or knock over an adult and 12 inches of fast moving water can carry away a small car."

The RDKB is urging public to respect the power of flood water and use extreme caution.

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