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POLICE BEAT: Calgary man facing charges; boat stolen


A 27-year-old Calgary man is facing  charges stemming from an incident which occurred in Robson on Aug. 18, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

"Castlegar RCMP received a call of a suspicious vehicle parked in the Lion's Head Pub parking lot," she said. "The vehicle had been parked there over night and was covered in tarps."

Mathew said it appeared the man had been sleeping in his car, and the tarps were apparently for shade.

RDCK votes to allow temporary rezoning for Highway 6 resurfacing

Selkirk Paving of Crescent Valley will soon have its crusher operational near Ymir after getting RDCK approval. — Submitted photo

Despite some opposition, the road resurfacing project and the temporary re-zoning application to remove gravel from a site in the Village of Ymir was approved unanimously by the directors of the Central Kootenay Regional District (RDCK) last week.

"The project is moving forward and we're clearing the grounds now and I expect a crusher in place shortly," said Peter Muirhead, a consultant for Selkirk Paving.

"It has to go quickly because the job is all weather related."

BCGEU stages one-day strike in support of fair and acceptable agreement

BCGEU members staged a one-day strike outside the Forestry office at Ridgewood Road on the North Shore. — Bruce Fuhr photo

More than 50 B.C. Government Employee Union members walked off the job Monday at the Nelson Ministry of Forests regional office on the North Shore to protest the lack of movement on current talks with the B.C. Government.

“We’re off today trying to achieve a fair and acceptable agreement,” said Doug Kinna of the BCGEU provincial executive from the picket lines on Ridgewood Road.

“The wage offers hasn’t gotten close enough.”

Fellow workers in Prince George, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek and Burns Lake joined the Nelson BCGEU members during the one-day job action.

RCMP release stats following 2012 Shambhala Music Festival

RCMP were out in full force during the 2012 Shambhala Music Festival.

As in past years, police were out in full force during the 2012 Shambhala Music Festival hosted annually on a 200-plus acre private property site just off of Highway 3, south of Salmo.

And anytime there’s a strong police presence at an event attracting more than 10,000 people there’s bound to be a few driving infractions.

“It was pretty much as we expected,” RCMP Staff Sergeant Dan Seibel told The Nelson Daily Monday.

Nelson Forestry offices in mix as BCGEU stages one-day strike

Forestry workers were out with pickets in hand on Highway 3A Monday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The regional Ministry of Forests offices north of Nelson will be behind picket lines Monday as 50 B.C. Government workers join fellow members in job action.

"BCGEU members are striking for a fair and reasonable collective agreement," said the union website.

"This is the third BCGEU job action this summer in support of the union’s proposals to achieve a new collective agreement with the B.C. Government."

Other job action is being staged in Prince George, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek and Burns Lake.

Osprey Ferry crews put to test after woman jumps overboard

Passengers on the Osprey watched as crews rescued a woman who had jumped overboard.

The woman that jumped off the Osprey Ferry into Kootenay Lake last week is resting comfortably in Calgary the husband told The Nelson Daily Thursday from the Alberta City.

The incident happened Wednesday (August 8) during the 6:10 p.m. run from Balfour to the Kootenay Bay terminal.

The woman was traveling with her daughter and boyfriend on the ferry.

The trio had just left another member of the family in Nelson, the woman's son, and was heading to Calgary via Highway 3A and the Kootenay Lake Ferry.

Crews close to full containment of two local wildfires

The BC Forest Service sign on Highway 3A near South Slocan advises the public of the open fire ban in the region. — The Nelson Daily photo

Fire crews are getting the upper hand on two remote fires in the Nelson and Castlegar area.

The Five Mile Creek fire, located in the City of Nelson watershed, is now 75 percent contained according to a report on the Southeast Fire Centre website Tuesday.

“The fire is not threatening any communities or structures but is generating smoke and fire suppression activity that is visible to local communities,” the website said.

 “Fire is burning in a watershed and fire officials are taking precautions to keep the area protected.”

Fire guts converted school bus south of Nelson

Nelson firefighters spray foam on a Bluebird bus after fire gutted the late 70s model Sunday afternoon. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A local man is thanking his lucky stars a close acquaintance wasn't sleeping inside a converted school bus when fire broke out Sunday afternoon at 3406 Highway 6 south of Nelson.

The fire started at approximately 2 p.m.

The man thought the acquaintance was sleeping inside the converted Bluebird school bus when fire started.

"I thought (name withheld) was sleeping inside so when the fire happened I went over to bang on the doors trying to wake her up," the man told The Nelson Daily.

Two new blazes, one in Five Mile Creek area, spark up as fire season kicks into high gear

The Skimmer Horn Mountain near Creston is located in a remote part of the mountains. — photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

The recent string of hot weather, couple by lightning in the area, has fire crews at the Southeast Fire Centre on red alert.

As of Sunday three fires are currently burning in the Kootenays, including two new blazed reported Sunday.

The new fires are in Five Mile Creek northeast of Nelson and above Syringa Creek outside Castlegar.

Lighting is ruled the cause of fires of both new fires.

NPD applauds calmness of couple in B&E case

City Police are applauding the quick actions of a local family in helping with the arrest of a 46-year-old male Friday evening.

“The Nelson Police would like to commend the family for remaining calm and patient during a stressful incident,” acting Sergeant Dino Falcone said in an emailed press release early Saturday morning.

Falcone's comments came after a suspect was arrested Friday evening when the family called 911 to report a man in the couple’s house while they were at home.