May 2015

Could water storage become the Ace in B.C.’s negotiating game?

Could water storage become the Ace in B.C.’s negotiating game?

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

April 'drier' than normal says Southeast Fire Centre

The warmer weather in April allowed this paddler a nice, relaxing day on the Kootenay River. — Submitted photo

The age-old adage of “April Showers, Brings May Flowers” was not the norm in April according to Ron Lakeman of the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.

Lakeman said in his monthly weather bulletin “dominant high pressure” made for a drier month of April.

“Not typical of April was the more dominant area of high pressure which resulted in a greater number of days of dry and fairly sunny conditions,” Lakeman explained.

Bears foraging for food force RDCK to reduce hours at Kokanee Park Marina recycling bins

The recycling depot at Kokanee Park Marina has been attracting bears of late. — Photo courtesy Jeannine Delaney

Some inquisitive bears foraging for food around the recycling bins in the parking lot of the Kokanee Park Marina has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay to reduce hours of the facility.

The RDCK said the bears have been spotted around the recycling bin several times.

One bear was recently trapped and relocated.

“I’ve seen bears stand up with their paws on the bin and reach in for items at this sit,” said RDCK Conservation Officer Nathan Smienk.

Minister Fassbender's statement on B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

Minister Fassbender's statement on B.C. Court of Appeal ruling

Education Minister Peter Fassbender made the following statement on the B.C. Court of Appeal ruling:

“On preliminary review, we are very pleased with the Court of Appeal’s decision.

“Along with last year’s historic six-year agreement, today’s decision gives us a unique opportunity to work with teachers to improve outcomes for students.

“Since 2002, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in student outcomes, particularly for students with special needs - and teachers should be very proud of this.

BCTF President Jim Iker responds to BC Court of Appeal decision

BCTF president Jim Iker disappoined with BC Court of Appeal decision.

Jim Iker Response to BC Court of Appeal decision April 30, 2015

Good morning:

I’ll start right off by saying this is not the decision teachers – and workers across the country were hoping for today.

It is a disappointing ruling.

But, I will also say we fundamentally disagree with the decision which focuses on pre-legislative consultation by government. However there is a strong dissenting opinion from Justice Donald.

Man who climbs tree to escape Nelson Police in court Monday to face long list of charges

Man who climbs tree to escape Nelson Police in court Monday to face long list of charges

Nelson Police said a 26-year-old man who tried his best to get away from officers is being held in custody to appear in court in Nelson Monday to answer to charges of breaching release conditions, assault, resisting arrest and escaping lawful custody following an incident Friday (May 2) in Rosemont.

Nelson Police were originally called at 2:20 a.m. to deal with an unwanted person at a Rosemont home.

West Kootenay Camera Club's 25th Anniversary show set for June

This photograph — autumn colors of Waldie Island — is one of the many entries in past West Kootenay Camera Club shows. — Photo by Marie Croteau

Now we wait.

The deadline has passed for the West Kootenay Camera Club's 25th Anniversary of its annual Photo Show.

The Photo Show will take place from June 5-13 at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, coinciding with the Castlegar SunFest.  

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Club will host a Youth competition.

The Annual Photo Show is a juried event with qualified judges from varied backgrounds in both photography and the world of art.  This year’s judges are from Spokane, WA and Kelowna, BC. 

Dance Umbrella's 18th Annual Showcase opens at the Capitol on Thursday

Dancers from the Dance Umbrella work through a final training session in preparation for the 18th annual Showcase. — Eva Brownstein photos

It's that time of the year again - the Dance Umbrella's much awaited annual Spring Showcase.

The showcase opens on Thursday 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, and runs through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday for families.

More than 160 dancers at the Dance Umbrella have been hard at work mastering their choreography, which includes modern, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and Bollywood dance styles.

Bear sightings force partial closure of Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail

Part of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail — from south of Cottonwood Lake parking area to Hall Siding — has been closed due to bear sightings near Cottonwood Lake. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Bear are wreaking havoc on the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Days after reducing hours at the Kokanee Park Marina recycling bins, 15 kilometers from Nelson on the North Shore, the RDCK is forced to close a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail because of bear sightings near Cottonwood Lake.

The closure will be in effect from May 1 to June 5.

Canada Safety Council urges drivers to driver like a Road Hero

Canada Safety Council urges drivers to driver like a Road Hero

Hey you . . .  you ordinary motorist.

You there, ferrying your kids to soccer, you over there, trying to get to work on time, and you too, just out running errands.