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Selkirk College Nelson welcomes new campus-based child care centre

Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, hold the sign during the team photo following the announcement of the new child care centre that will provide 24 much-needed spaces for children at Selkirk College in Nelson.

Students, parents, children, instructors, politicians, staff and the public joined together Wednesday afternoon to welcome a new campus-based child care centre at Selkirk College in Nelson.

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development made the announcement of the new child care centre that will provide 24 much-needed spaces for children, allowing parents attending the college to focus on their school work.

Career pick-up player Paul Major ready to take the ice at Montreal Canadiens Alumni Make A Change Canada Charity Game

A career pick-up hockey player, Paul Major will lace up the skates with legends of the game from the Montreal Canadiens and the local Kootenay Patricks in the Make A Change Canada charity hockey game that takes place at the Nelson & District Community Complex on January 23, 2020. — Submitted photo

When the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team visits Nelson in late-January to take on the Kootenay Patricks for the Make A Change Canada charity game, a career pick-up hockey player will have the best seat in the house.

On January 23, Paul Major will celebrate his 70th birthday in memorable fashion when he pulls on the fabled Canadiens jersey and joins the alumni squad on defence. Signed up as one of the game’s “thrill of a lifetime” participants, Major will take a regular shift with former stars of the NHL.

Nelson to lose only Ophthalmologist in 2020

The IH said it is exploring the possibility of an outreach service in Nelson when the Ophthalmologist, who works in the annex building adjacent Kootenay Lake Hospital, retires in February 2020.

By Jesse Cole, Nelson Daily Reporter

Those requiring eye surgery or eyecare treatment in Nelson will have to travel a little further in the New Year, as Nelson’s only Ophthalmologist plans to retire.

Dr Neville Maytom, who has spent the past 30 years practicing in the Kootenays, will be retiring from the Kootenay Lake Hospital (KLH) in February of 2020. Maytom will not be replaced but rather Ophthalmological services will be entirely based out of Trail, B.C.

Kootenay Lake Ferry communities 'relieved' for labour peace

From left, Gauri Taylor-Topp of Yasodhara Ashram & Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce, Janet Wallace of Barefoot Handweaving/Artisans of Crawford Bay & Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce and Megan Rokeby-Thomas of Ladybug Coffee were all smiles at the Kootenay Bay Ferry landing now that there is labour peace with the Kootenay Lake Ferry System. — Submitted photo

Communities on both sides of Kootenay Lake are once again rolling out the "Welcome Mat" after Western Pacific Marine and BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) recently inked a tentative agreement to end the long running labour dispute that crippled the Kootenay Lake Ferry.

Our Ferry Matters, a local grassroots group advocating for safe, reliable and sustainable ferry service on Kootenay Lake during the three-month labour disruption, are excited an official agreement was reached that ended the labour dispute.

Selkirk Paving Ltd receives Award of Excellence

Selkirk Paving Ltd. was recently saluted by the BC Government at the BC Highways Awards ceremony for its positive contributions to the communities the company serves. — Screenshot photo

Selkirk Paving Ltd. is proving it’s more than just a paving company.

The Crescent Valley based company recent received the Community Service Award of Excellence 2019 by the BC Government at the BC Highways Awards ceremony for its positive contributions to the communities the company serves.

“Congratulations to Selkirk Paving on the outstanding community service they have provided to their community,”  a BC Government spokesperson said.

RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigating sudden death

Nakusp RCMP said a yellow 2004 Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck was recovered December 8 from the Arrow Lake with a deceased single male in his late 60s.

In a media release Tuesday, the Nakusp RCMP and the BC Coroners Service said an investigation has been started after the body of a deceased individual was pulled from a motor vehicle found submerged in Arrow Lakes.

RCMP said on December 7, 2019 at approximately 12:43 a.m., operators aboard the Needles Ferry observed a submerged vehicle off the Needles Ferry Dock on Arrow Lakes, in Needles BC.

National Campaign Nets Impaired Drivers

Police netted 19 drivers for Immediate Roadside Prohibitions ranging from three days to 90 days along with vehicle impounds ranging from three to 30 days.

 

West Kootenay Traffic, West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit and detachment members from Castlegar, Trail, and Nelson put a target on impaired drivers during Saturday's National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

The impaired driver blitz netted 19 drivers receiving Immediate Roadside Prohibitions ranging from three days to 90 days along with vehicle impounds ranging from three to 30 days;  two 24 hour prohibitions in relation to drug impairment as well as another 30 violation tickets and 12 Notice and Orders were issued by Traffic Services. 

CP Holiday Train returns to Nelson, Castlegar

The CP Holiday Train, approximately 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs, will be back in the West Kootenay Tuesday. — Submitted photo

Every year, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Trains travels through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for local food banks.

This year the CP Holiday Train is back in the West Kootenay after a two-year hiatus, returning to Nelson and Castlegar Thursday, December 12.

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss — Grab your Teacups

O Christmas Tea promises to bring their unique brand of hilarity to Nelson this holiday season Friday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. — Submitted photo

Buckle your theatre seats and grab your teacups, British comedians James and Jamesy are bringing their unique brand of hilarity to Nelson this holiday season.Reminiscent of classic British pantos, O Christmas Tea is rich with wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements, yet it is the duo’s chemistry and charisma that provide the real magic of this play.

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