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Selkirk College Saints Look to Reverse Trend at Home

Selkirk College Saints forward Devin Nemes battles on the faceoff against Spencer Gerth of the Trinity Western Spartans in Friday night’s 6-2 decision at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre that went in favour of the visitors. The Saints are back in action at home this coming weekend (January 10/11) against the Vancouver Island University Mariners. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

 It’s been a difficult stretch for the Selkirk College Saints, but as the Winter Semester gets rolling the team is focused on flipping their fortunes during the drive to the post-season.

The Saints opened 2020 with a weekend home series against the undefeated Trinity Western University Spartans where the powerhouse Langley-based team topped the Selkirk College squad 6-3 on Saturday night and 6-4 on Sunday afternoon to keep their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) record unblemished at 11-0.

Rossland Teen is handpicked for Junior team by Core Kites Canada

Tayne Steven trying out his new board. Submitted photo.

16 year old Tayne Steven is a super motivated grade 11 student at Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland BC, the site of the world’s first Kitefoiling academy.  After celebrating his first podium finish at Kiteclash competition in Squamish last year, his raw talent, huge likeability factor and genuine enthusiasm for the emerging Olympic sport has earned him a neat sponsorship deal with CORE Kites Canada.

Selkirk Student Union seeking food bank donations

Organizers are working hard to stock food banks to assist fellow students in need. — Submitted photo

It’s a grind for post-secondary students just to find ends meet with the high cost of school and housing.

Now more and more post-secondary students in the West Kootenay are having to join fellow undergrads at university or college in B.C., forced to use food banks to stay nourished.

Which is why the Selkirk College Student Union have decided to operate small food banks for students in both Nelson and Castlegar.

UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Drivers are advised there could be road closures for avalanche on Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada has ended its Snowfall Warning, but drivers can still expect hazardous winter conditions on Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

On its website, Environment Canada said a Pacific frontal system will track across southern B.C. today bringing heavy snow Tuesday and tonight giving 30 to 50 cm.

“Total accumulations near 70 cm is likely by Wednesday morning” Environment Canada said. “Snow will ease Wednesday morning as the system exits the province.”

UPDATED: Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement

The Kootenay Pass is expecting to again see more snow with the arrival of another winter storm.

Environment Canada said another strong winter storm will impact the BC interior with snow beginning this Thursday evening.

“The approaching storm will give widespread snow into the interior this evening,” the Environment Canada said.

Maintaining Nelson’s ophthalmology services 'top priority' says Mayor

Nelson Mayor John Dooley says Nelson health services will be well maintained with eye expert’s pending retirement early in New Year.

Following a story in The Nelson Daily regarding changes to eye surgery or eyecare treatment once the local Nelson-based ophthalmologist retires, the City of Nelson issued a press release explaining how the municipality and Interior Health is working to ensure the city’s ophthalmology services are maintained.

Nelson’s only Ophthalmologist Dr. Neville Maytom plans to retire in February 2020.

Dr. Phillip Malpass recognized at BC Cancer Summit Awards

Dr. Phillip Malpass of Nelson, second from left, receives the Patient Care Champion Award as nominated by patients during the BC Cancer Summit Awards Dinner held last month at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Also pictured, from left, Heather Findlay, Chief Operating Officer BC Cancer; Debra Walker, Patient Partner, BC Cancer and Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi, Chief Medical Officer, BC Cancer. — Submitted photo

Dr. Phillip Malpass of Nelson was recognized at the BC Cancer Summit Awards Dinner held last month at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Malpass, an internist / geriatrician and part of the Community Oncology Network at Kootenay Lake Hospital, received the Patient Care Champion Award as nominated by patients.

The BC Cancer Excellence Awards give us an opportunity to shine a light on some of the inspiring people and teams at BC Cancer.

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Mountains Across Southern BC, Alberta

Avalanche Canada said at issue is a persistent weak layer within the snowpack of these highlighted regions. — Submitted

Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country, is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational users of backcountry and front-country avalanche terrain, in effect immediately.

The warning is widespread and applies to the following forecast regions: