August 2014

New Fire Rating Sign still doesn't do its job says letter writer

New Fire Rating Sign still doesn't do its job says letter writer

Editor, The Nelson Daily

On July 31, The Nelson Daily published a letter from Maurice A. Rhodes who raised concerns about a new fire rating sign at the Kootenay Lake Zone office north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Slocan Park Wildfire now 80 percent contained

Helicopters continue to dump water on the Slocan Park Wildfire. — Photo courtesy Jenn Bayes

Adam Wheeldon excited to check out scenery in Alberta North after being dealt to Camrose by Smokies

Adam Wheeldon (11), seen here again Langley Rivermen, seldom took a shift off when he played for the Trail Smokies. — Photo courtesy Langley Advance

Haircut? Check.

Toothbrush? Check.

Winter jacket? Don’t have one, but where I’m going I had better get one soon.

The Trail Smoke Eaters granted captain Adam Wheeldon his wish by trading the Nelson native to the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League this week for future considerations.

The trade came as part of wholesale changes recently announced by coach Nick Deschenes, who gutted last year’s roster by also releasing Dylan Bowen, Nathan Browne, Taylor Armbruster and Greyson Reitmeier.

Mt. Polley tailings pond update

The provincial government continues to monitor water near the Mt Polley tailings pond disaster.

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address and investigate the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to continue testing local water samples, to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents, and to assist with recovery efforts in the region.

Please note, this will be the last regular factsheet update. Investigations and regular water sampling and testing will continue, and any new and important information will still be communicated to the public as needed via news releases or other methods. 

RDCK works to make HB Mine’s tailings pond safe

RDCK issued a state of emergency for the area surrounding the HB Mine Dam site near Salmo in in July or 2012 after in response to land instability and saturation of the dam retaining walls. — Photo courtesy TMTV NEWS

It is hoped that constant monitoring of the tailings pond at the HB mine site near Salmo, along with a lawsuit designed to bring Teck Mining to the table, will prevent a disaster on the Salmo River similar to the Mount Polley tailings pond collapse earlier this month in the BC Interior.

Mount Polley Mine’s earth dam collapsed on August 4 after a 300 meter section of the dam gave way, spewing millions of cubic meters of water and possibly toxic slurry into sensitive creeks and lakes some 50 kilometers northeast of Williams Lake.

Mother Nature cools off Southeast Fire Centre; crews work to mop up Slocan Park wildfire

Fire crews caught a break with the recent rainy weather pattern that has covered the Southeast Fire Centre for the past few days. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

What a difference a week makes.

Last week at this time some residents in the Slocan Valley were on evacuation alert praying the Slocan Park wildfire would continue to burn in the opposite direction — away from their homes.

Sunday, Information Officer Jordan Turner said the Southeast Fire Centre has received a “substantial amount of rain” that has shifted the focus of crews from “high alert” to “mop up.”

Area restrictions removed from East Kootenay

Canal Flats is now open for backcountry business.

An Area Restriction Order for areas near a group of fires east of Canal Flats has been rescinded effective immediately.

The following forest service roads are now open:

  • The main Whiteswan Forest Service Road from Highway 93/95 junction to the 32-km marker.
  • The entire Kootenay Forest Service Road.
  • The entire White-Rock Forest Service Road.

Access roads leading to Whiteswan Provincial Park and Lussier Hot Springs are now open, and the park will open effective immediately.

Despite the late start, coach McLellan eager to begin as skipper of the Good Ship Nelson Leafs

Dave McLellan has a lot of work to do to get the Nelson Leafs ready for the 2014-15 KIJHL season.

Dave McLellan knows a thing of two about coaching, having skippered teams at both BC Junior A and Junior B levels as well as overseas.

However, the 48-year-old coach from Surrey had better reach long and hard into his coaching bag of tricks as the latest candidate to lead the Nelson Leafs hockey club is getting a late, and we mean late, start on the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

Beautiful beasts!

Taghum bridge Osprey Family. — Photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette

After the long, sometimes exhausting story of the Nelson Hydro Osprey family that was live and in person up to the second on the Columbia Wireless webcam minutes west of the Heritage City, it's nice to see another family living life large.

The Osprey nest, located next on the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge, 10 kilometers west of Nelson next to the Taghum Highway Bridge, have been the subject of many photos by tourists and camera buffs passing by the next.

Trail's Ximena Abresch claims women's Canadian Cheese Rolling title

Twenty-year-old Ximena Abresch of Trail won the women's crown.

Don’t look now but there’s another champion for the Home of Champions — and the newest recipient doesn’t play hockey.

Twenty-year-old Ximena Abresch of Trail was crowned the Women’s Champion at the Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival Saturday in Whistler.

Abresch, a student at University of BC, took home an 11-pound wheel of cheese along with two ski passes to Whister/Blackcomb.