March 2015

UPDATED: Bombers get rocked by top seed Sir Charles Tupper

Before LVR headed off to the Fraser Valley, Tom Atkins of the Nelson and District Credit Union attended practice to present the team with a fundraising donation. Pictured for the presentation, back row, L-R, Lorne Wuori, Head Coach Jeremy Phelan, Assistant Coach Jack Sturrup, Darian Johnson, Josh Matosevic, Vinnie Watson, Kai Shave, Stryder Scott, Assistant Coach Dean Studer and NDCU Tom Atkins. Front, Dyllen Dixon, Eamon Studer, Jake Anderson, Robby Dixon and Brock Dixon. — Submitted photo

In the end, the top ranked team in the tournament was too much for the 16th squad.

Sir Charles Tupper Tigers made quick work of the Kootenay reps from Nelson, overpowering the L.V. Rogers Bombers 68-36 in opening round action at the BC High School AAA Boy's Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Events Centre in Langley.

The Tigers opened up a 26-7 first quarter lead and never looked back.

C. Schneller put up 25 points on LVR to lead Sir Charles Tupper.

Josh Matosevic scored 14 points and Vinnie Watson had 10 to lead the Bombers.

BC Transit expands service in West Kootenay

West Kootenay Transit is now offering bus service from Nelson to Castlegar and Trail on Saturday, beginning March 16. — The Nelson Daily photo

West Kootenay Transit, serving riders from Kaslo to Trail and Nelson, Slocan and Castlegar, is getting a mini-makeover.

BC Coroners Service identifies victim in Sunday's Blewett trailer fire

BC Coroners Service identifies victim in Sunday's Blewett trailer fire

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who was found deceased following a trailer-home fire in Sunday (March 8) in Blewett as Nelson as Ryan Randell Tapp of Nelson.

About 4 a.m. Sunday morning, neighbours noticed a fire in a mobile home on Fofonow Road in Blewett and summoned emergency services.

Nelson Fire Department, with help from Beasley and Blewett crews,  extinguished the fire.

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of skier killed in avalanche near Golden

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of skier killed in avalanche near Golden

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche near Golden on Tuesday (March 10) as Robson Eras Gmoser, aged 45, from Hervie Heights, Alberta, a small community just outside Canmore.

Gmoser was a professional ski guide who was leading a trip based at Sorcerer Lodge, about 75 km northwest of Golden.

Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday the group had returned to the lodge but Gmoser and an apprentice guide left the lodge again to check and prepare the area where they were planning to take the group the next day.

Letter: Seniors rights being neglected by care facilities

Letter: Seniors rights being neglected by care facilities

To the Editor:

The purpose of this letter is to empower seniors and their families with knowledge that is crucial to have when standing up for their right to be protected from abuse or neglect in a senior care facility.

It will enable them to demand a better quality of care afforded them by Bill 17, the "Residents Bill of Rights".

Residential Care Facilities are governed under two different Licensing Acts. The "Hospital Act" and the "Community Care and Assisted Living Act" (CCALA).

$15,000 Farming Scholarships Available

$15,000 Farming Scholarships Available

 The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2016 program.  Applications are due by April 30, 2015 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at

Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2016.

Minimum wage earners in BC get a slight bump up with government announcement

Minister Shirley Bond announces increase to minimum wage and liquor server.

The B.C. government increased the minimum wage to $10.45 per hour effect September 15 of this year said Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond Thursday.

At the same time, Bond said the wage for liquor server will get bumped up from $9.00 to $9.20 per hour.

“Raising the minimum wage allows B.C. to keep pace with minimum wages in the rest of Canada while maintaining our competitiveness,” Bond said.

Zipline enthusiasts get ready for the next attraction coming to the North Shore

Partner Jay Manton goes over plans for the new North Shore Zip Line. — Suzy Hamilton photo

If you like hurtling through the air at 100 mph down a mountain valley attached to cable, this is for you.

A proposal to build a recreational zipline adjacent to Kokanee Creek Park has received a licence of occupation to build a zipline park on 44 hectares of land above Kokanee Creek.

Nelson and District Credit Union making a difference

Nelson & District Credit Union experienced a positive year heading into the April 28 AGM.

The Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) has great news on the eve of the 64th Annual General Meeting with positive financial results from 2014 leading the credit union into 2015 said CEO Doug Stoddart.

Stoddart said the past year’s high points include positive growth in assets, members’ loans and members’ equity, while also surpassing the $3 million mark in community giving.

Mallards Team of the Week — LVR Jr. Bombers Basketball Team

The team includes, back row, L-R, Teo Cho and Quin Hall. Middle, Kegan Jade, Jack Roberts, Ben Hradil-Kasseckert, Curtis Young, Jairo Mangapot, Jacob Erickson and coach Grayson Arabia, Dyllan Dixon. Front, Brock Dixon, Dylan Luscombe and Josh Jolicoeur. Missing from photo, Thomas Baxter and coach Bruce Fuhr. — Submitted photo

The L.V. Rogers came within a whisker of making it all the way on the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball circuit.

The Bombers, starting the season off slow, rallied in the late stages and pushed eventual champion Mount Sentinel Wildcats right to the end before losing by a couple of points in semi final action.

Mallard’s Source for sports would like to congratulate the Junior Bombers on a great season with Team of the Week honours.