April 2017

RDCK plans more runs, one zone for bus fares

Route 10, North Shore, is getting another run during morning peak hours every weekday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Transit users in the West Kootenay will soon be able to travel from one end of the region to the other for the price of a single bus ticket.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved changes to simply the transit system’s structure, bringing in a single-zone system. While the price of a single ticket is going up slightly, it makes figuring the cost of getting from one point to another a lot simpler.

Man faces charges after breaching curfew

Man faces charges after breaching curfew

A 27-year-old man faces charges of breach of Recognizance and possession of a Controlled Substance after being spotted by police Thursday (April 13) evening.

Sergeant Dino Falcone said in a Nelson Police Department media release the man was observed in the downtown core by officers on a routine control that was outside his residence past his 9 p.m. curfew.

"Upon his arrest, the 27 year-old male was found in possession of what police believe is methamphetamine," Falcone explained.

Nitehawks suffer heartbreaking OT loss to Wainwright Bisons in Keystone Cup Final

The Nitehawks, hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup, completed the season with an impressive 59-9-2-0-3 record.

Beaver Valley’s run at the Western Canada Junior B Hockey Chamiponship came to a heartbreaking end Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba.

Bryce Woodward scored at 3:05 of overtime to lift the Wainwright Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Nitehawks in the final of the Keystone Cup.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Hawks tied the game with two goals in a span of 29 seconds by Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler.

Missed opportunities in the health firings

Five of nine key players named in Chalke's report were in government in 2001, three more by 2005 and one by 2007.

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 healthy ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government.

Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's report – Misfire: the 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations – pointed to a pattern of falsehood piled upon falsehood.

The term used in text messages to describe the government's approach throughout the debacle would be CYA.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Amigos Las Vegas Champs

 The Nelson Amigos squad includes, back row, L-R, Larry Bomak, Pete Taillon, Doug Harrison, Dean Centrone, Ron Van Zanden, Simon Wheeldon,Len Maida and Jody Burk. Front, Shawn Swail, Darrell MacKay, Ricky Lane, Ian Perrault and Ron Ewanyshen. Missing from photo Brent Mowery. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Amigos want to tell everyone what happened during their trip to Las Vegas after the local squad captured the 45-plus Division at the recent Men's Hockey tournament in the desert.

The Amigos took home the top prize in the Lefty Wilson Division 45-plus Tournament earlier this month with a 7-2 victory over Moberly Lakers.

Moberly is a combined squad of players from Northern Alberta and Northern B.C..

Nelson opened the tournament with a narrow 9-8 victory over the same Lakers squad. The Amigos rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Moberly.

Nelson's Rowan Megale powerlifts to gold medal at BLM Barbell Showdown

Nelson’s Rowan Megale powerlifted his way to the gold medal at the BLM Barbell Showdown held recently in Abbotsford. — Submitted photo

Nelson’s Rowan Megale proved he can compete with the best in BC after capturing a gold medal at the BLM Barbell Showdown held recently in Abbotsford.

Megale, 17, set a new provincial record in the squat discipline while capturing the top prize in the 93-kg weight category.

Powerlifting is a weight lifting discipline that involves three types of heavy lifts: squats, bench and deadlift. 

To win the gold medal, Megale lifted 192.5 kg in squats, 117.5 kg bench press and 217.5 in the deadlift. 

Updated: Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

The CFIA has added more brands of Robin Hood flour to the recall list following a food safety investigation.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety branch is updating its food recall warning issued on April 12 to include more brands flour and flour products following fears of  E. coli O121 contamination.

On the CFIA website, additional product information was identified during a food safety investigation.

The hunt is on for 2017 in the West Kootenay-Boundary

Hunters must carry photo ID and their species licence at all times while hunting.

Kootenay-Boundary hunters now have the ability to buy their hunting licences online.

Licences will still be available at Service BC locations, and participating sporting goods stores, but hunters can purchase their licences at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting

As of May 15 hunting licences will also be available at FrontCounter BC locations. Paper versions of resident hunting licences and other non-species licences (youth, initiation and special area licences) will be eliminated.

UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

City needs partnerships in effort to reduce wildfire risk: consultant

The aftermath of a fire, Bruce Blackwell of B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. said the wildfire risk to Nelson is significant.

Although the Nelson municipal government is doing a great job to mitigate wildfire risk in the city, more needs to be done around it to safeguard it from the threat of forest fires, says a wildfire protection plan consultant.

Bruce Blackwell of B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. said the wildfire risk to Nelson is significant — the city holding the distinction of being in the top 10 of the most fire-prone communities in B.C. and Alberta, according to his estimation.

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