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CBT helps create more and better childcare spaces in the Basin

The Salmo Children’s Centre will enhance the quality of its 48 spaces with support from a Child Care Capital Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.

Many families in the Columbia Basin rely upon child care. To help meet this need for quality spaces, 67 child care providers in 24 communities will be creating up to 198 new spaces and improving 1,256 spaces. These projects are being undertaken with nearly $1.4 million from Columbia Basin Trust’s Child Care Capital Grants.

Suspect in Argenta police shooting makes second court appearance

The 28-year-old suspect in the shooting of a RCMP officer was back in court Thursday in Castlegar.

The judge hearing the case of a man charged in the shooting of an RCMP officer last week near Argenta has decided not to place a publication ban on information surrounding the case.

Publication bans prohibit the publication or disclosure of certain information in otherwise open court proceedings.

Fight Night VII Saturday at Rod & Gun Club

Elias Martinez receives tips from coach Jesse Pineiro and Peter Bockner during Fight Night VI. — Photo courtesy Tom Weager Photography

Nelson Boxing Club is once again hosting a Boxing Card Saturday (October 19th) at the Rod and Gun Club.

Fight Night VII is a night of Olympic-style boxing featuring national-level athletes from Calgary, Spokane, Kelowna, Victoria, Cranbrook, Nanaimo and Nelson’s own Boxing Club.

Highlighting the 12-bout card is a fight between Nelson’s 2019 National Silver Medalist Leah Eberle and Calgary’s Ella Meredith, and BC Champion Ryan Lewis with Victoria’s Donny Cornelius.

Tickets are $20 in advance at the Nelson Boxing Club on Baker Street of $25 at the door.

Column: We owe Greta and the world's youth more than a Nobel Prize

photo by James Lee via Unsplash
Many people, including me, expected Greta Thunberg to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali was deservedly awarded for ending more than 20 years of conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

Greta and the young people worldwide urging adults to care about their future don’t need a Nobel. They need grownups to take them seriously and heed the scientific evidence about global warming.

Coroner’s inquest scheduled in death of Slocan Valley man

Five years after the fatal shooting of Peter de Groot, a coroner’s inquest scheduled for next spring in Nelson. — Facebook photo

The family of Peter de Groot, a man fatally shot by RCMP at a remote cabin near Slocan in October 2014, is hoping to find answers at a coroner’s inquest scheduled for the spring in Nelson.

DeGroot, 45, was shot by police during an exchange of gunfire following a four-day manhunt in the Slocan Valley.

Op/Ed: BCGEU ferry workers want back to the bargaining table for a sustainable service

With 100 years of experience fighting for our members’ rights in all types of workplaces, the BCGEU knows that the best way to achieve fair and sustainable collective agreements is at the bargaining table.

The latest statement from Western Pacific Marine (WPM) is a perfect example of something the BCGEU does not do — bargaining through the media.

UPDATED: Police incident in Argenta resolved, one officer injured

The RCMP officer suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries after being shot during the incident. — Screenshot photo

RCMP have made an arrest following a standoff Friday in Argenta, approximately 40 kilometers north of Kaslo that saw one of their officers shot during the incident.

In media release Friday, RCMP said the end to the standoff, which began at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday when Kaslo RCMP officers attended to a rural property in the Argenta area to execute arrest warrants on an individual known to police, came following a lengthy and exhaustive negotiation between RCMP Crisis Negotiators and a barricaded 28-year-old man.

RCMP investigating suspicious death near Vallican

The Southeast District RCMP Major Crime Unit and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment are now investigating the sudden death of the 47-year-old man.

The Southeast District RCMP Major Crime Unit and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment are now investigating the sudden death of the 47-year-old man RCMP said in a media release Thursday.

RCMP said Tuesday (October 8) at approximately 10 a.m., Nelson RCMP received a call of a deceased person in the Vallican area, 50 kilometers northwest of Nelson.

RCMP officers responded to the call and found a deceased male on private property.

Ferry disruptions continue for Kootenay Lake boats; union resumes Francois, Arrow, Adams Lake bargaining

More than 100 people came out in support of seeing an end to ferry disruptions during the ommunity-led Unity Sailing rally. — Submitted photo

On Tuesday, in a media release, the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) announced it is resuming bargaining with WaterBridge Ferries and Waterbridge Equipment, operators of Francois Lake, Arrow Lake and Adams Lake ferries.

The news is not as good for ferry workers on Kootenay Lake.

The union said the BCGEU has not received an invitation to resume bargaining from Western Pacific Marine (WPM), which operates the ferries on Kootenay Lake.

Cranbrook joins BC Hockey League as 18th franchise

The Cranbrook Bucks will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.

The BC Hockey League announced today that the city of Cranbrook has been awarded an expansion franchise.

The Cranbrook Bucks will become the league’s 18th team and will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.

“We are pleased to add Cranbrook as the 18th member of the BC Hockey League,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “The city already has a rich hockey history and we are excited to see them add to that legacy and bring BCHL hockey to another great community in our province.”

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