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UPDATED: KIJHL suspends 2019/20 playoffs indefinitely

The announcement to suspend the playoffs at the Divisional Final stage was made Thursday on the KIJHL website.

Hours after the National Hockey League announced it has put a pause on the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League followed with news the Junior B League has indefinitely suspended the 2019/20 playoffs due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19.

News of the decision was announced on the KIJHL website Thursday afternoon.

“The KIJHL continues to communicate with B.C. Hockey, who is taking direction from health authorities,” the announcement on the KIJHL website said.

Leafs shock Nitehawks again, up 2-0 in Murdoch Final

Leafs goalie Anderson Violette has been outstanding against Beaver Valley, stopping all 61 shots sparking Nelson to a 2-0 lead in the Murdoch Division Final. — The Nelson Daily photo

Who’d of thunk two games into the Murdoch Division Final, on home ice, no less, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks would have not scored a single goal.

The Nelson Leafs did the unthinkable entering the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final, holding the offensive-minded Hawks scoreless in a 5-0 playoff victory Tuesday night at the Fruitvale Arena.

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigate fatal mobile home blaze in Nakusp

RCMP in Nakusp responded to a report of a fully engulfed mobile home structure fire Saturday evening.

RCMP said in a media release Tuesday, Police and BC Coroners Service are investigating the circumstances surrounding a mobile home fire after the body of a deceased individual was located inside.

Police said on Saturday, March 7, 2020 shortly after 9:30 p.m., the Nakusp RCMP responded to a report of a fully engulfed mobile home structure fire in the 5300-block of Highway 6 in Burton BC. The Burton Fire Brigade also responded to the scene of the fire.

Leafs rock Nitehawks in Murdoch Final opener

David Sanchez, seen here in regular season action against Beaver Valley, got the better of their Murdoch rival Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the Division Final. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson Leafs made a strong statement during Game one of the Murdoch Division Finals.

The Green and White blasted the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 6-0 to take a one game lead in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff Series Monday night at the Fruitvale Arena.

Shawn Campbell and Reid Wilson each scored twice and Leaf goalie Anderson Violette stopped all 29 shots to give Nelson a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Division Final.

National Historic Site designation for Rossland Miners Union Hall

Mayor Kathy Moore and Dwight Bourdin of Parks Canada unveil the plaque

On March 6, 2020, the Lily  May Room at the Rossland Miners Union Hall held a festive gathering of Rossland notables, Parks Canada personnel, our local Member of Parliament and a representative of our local MLA; all were celebrating the designation of Rossland’s Miners Union Hall as a Federal Historic Site.

Regional district proposed to nearly double transit tax requisition to maintain ‘sustainability’

Partners behind the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service have applied to the province to increase the maximum annual requisition amount. — The Nelson Daily photo

If the maximum annual tax requisition amount for the region’s transit service is not increased the service will not be sustainable beyond the current year, according to an RDCK staff report.

As a result, the partners who operate the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service have applied to the province to increase the maximum annual requisition amount.

Trust helps build Business skills for Basin Students

Wildflower School in Nelson – Students from Wildflower School had the opportunity to take part in More than Money. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Lake School District

Students in the Columbia Basin can learn about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through JA British Columbia (JABC). Columbia Basin Trust is providing JABC with $460,500 over three years to provide support to students throughout the region.

Driver lucky to be okay after logging truck overturns

On March 2, at roughly 11:13 a.m., Slocan Lake RCMP along with New Denver Fire Department responded to a single motor vehicle accident involving a loaded logging truck.  The tractor and trailer was travelling south on Hwy 6 near Jacobs Road in New Denver. The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle lost control when failing to negotiate a curve in the road which caused the tractor and trailer to end up on its side and the load of logs to come off the trailer. The logs rolled down the embankment causing damage to a BC Hydro power pole.

Nelson's Ian Walgren wins four medals at Special Olympics Canada

Ian Walgren of Nelson stands on top of the podium after receiving his gold medal from winning the Men’s 333-meter race. — Submitted photo

Ian Walgren did not let the bright lights of the National Special Olympics bother the Nelson speedskater.

Walgren captured not one, but, four medals in speedskating at Special Olympics Canada last week in Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Team BC skater captured gold in the Men’s 333-meter race, achieving a personal best of 28.47 seconds.