October 2014

This 'wonderful facility for our needs' says Kaslo Fire Chief

Dignitaries joined the community at the grand opening of the new emergency services building Saturday in Kaslo. — Photo courtesy Greg Nesteroff, RDCK

Residents in and around Kaslo can sleep a little easier following the grand opening Saturday of the new emergency services building.

The facility, located next to the arena on the south side of the village, is home to the fire department, search and rescue and emergency social services.

 “This is a great day. I’ve been waiting for this for 10 years,” Area D Director Andy Shadrack told the large crowd of firefighters, dignitaries, and citizens.

“It’s a wonderful facility for our needs,” said Kaslo fire chief Douglas Yee.

RCMP ask assistance in locating suspects responsible for pepper spraying Winlaw man

RCMP ask assistance in locating suspects responsible for pepper spraying Winlaw man

Police are asking for public assistance after a many was pepper sprayed in his residence by three unknown suspects in the early hours of (Friday) October 10.

RCMP report that at approximately 5:20 a.m. on the morning of October 10, three unknown suspects broke into a residence situated in the 4500 block on Highway 6 near Winlaw.

The male who was sleeping in the residence was peppered sprayed by one of the suspects but he did not require medical attention.

BC Coroners Service investigates Slocan shooting

BC Coroners Service investigates Slocan shooting

In media release, the BC Coroners Service confirmed it's running a parallel investigating into the death of Slocan resident Peter DeGroot, 45, following a police shooting in the Slocan area on Monday (October 13).

“DeGroot was shot following an encounter with two RCMP Emergency Response Team members which occurred about 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 13, at a remote cabin in the Slocan area,” said Barb McLintock, Coroner, Strategic Programs.

Government grants environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy project

Not everyone is in favour of the Site C Dam.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said Tuesday the government has issued an environmental assessment certificate to BC Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.

The ministers decided that Site C is in the public interest and that the benefits provided by the project outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage effects.    

Lack of scoring proves costly for Kootenay against Northeast Chiefs

Ice assistant coach hopes Kootenay breaks out of a scoring slump this weekend during its home-opening games.

Following three straight weekends on the road, the Kootenay Ice is coming home to play a game.

The Ice meet Valley West Hawks in a two-game BC Hockey Major Midget League tilt beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.

“We’re so excited to play at home finally,” said Ice assistant coach Brian Jones.

“We’re feeling nicely but have struggling to find some offence so that’s currently what were trying to address.”

Independent Investigations Office confirms Slocan man shot by police

Independent Investigations Office confirms Slocan man shot by police

The Independent Investigations Office confirmed in a news release Tuesday that 45-year-old Peter DeGroot died from a gunshot injury sustained during an interaction with two members of the Emergency Response Team near a cabin west of Slocan.

An IIO team arrived in the area Monday evening and is currently on the scene.

“In addition, a firearm was found at the scene,” the release went on to say.

Council candidate Brian Shields wants to tackle taxation, sustainability, affordable housing, and climate change

Brian Shields is one of twelve candidates running for city council in Nelson in the November 15 election.

This Q&A session with council candidate Brian Shields is the sixth in a series with candidates for Nelson City Council in the November 15 municipal election. Previous articles have featured council candidates Anna Purcell, 

Bombers capture West Kootenay Fieldhockey title with 1-0 win over SHSS

The jubilant Bombers include, back row, L-R, Sydney Ednie, Kyra Burkart, Naomi Perkins, Noelle Wang, Emma Gregorich, Lauren Walgren, Jena Wheeldon, Heather Potkins, Katrina Merckle, Tara Yowek (goalie) and coach Bruce Walgren. Front, Hanna Quinn, Abbie Bourchier-Willans, Allie Zondervan, Noa Butterfield (the birthday girl). Missing, coach Val Gibson. — Submitted photo

The L.V. Rogers Bombers have claimed the West Kootenay Girl's Fieldhockey regular season title by edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 1-0 Wednesday at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.

The win lifted LVR past J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail and into top spot in regular season standings.

Grade 10 midfielder Noa Butterfield scored an unassisted goal for the only marker of the game.

One if by land, three if by sea? Police nab trio of alleged would-be boat thieves during water-borne getaway

One if by land, three if by sea? Police nab trio of alleged would-be boat thieves during water-borne getaway

Whether criminals attempt to escape by land or by sea, it would appear the local long arm of the law will reach them.

Saturday morning saw Nelson RCMP, Kaslo RCMP and the Conservation Office join forces to nab a trio of would-be boat thieves who tried to escape over water with their ill-gotten gains, according to Nelson RCMP Cpl. Michael Stephani.