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Backcountry skiers, commercial driver forced to overnight at Kootenay Pass Summit

YRB contractors were busy this past week clearing snow from Highway 3 on Kootenay Pass. — Facebook photo

A family backcountry skiing near the Kootenay Pass Summit Tuesday was forced to spend the night on top of the Kootenay Pass Summit after a natural avalanche closed Highway 3 in both directions.

The part of the highway between Salmo and Creston had been closed for hours due to the recent winter storm that dropped huge amounts of snow on highways in the southern part of the province.

RHC Insurance acquired by Hub International

Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC — we are confident our excellent service and local relationships will continue.

RHC, a leading independent insurance brokerage in the Kootenay region, will join Hub International Insurance Brokers.

Headquartered in Nelson, BC, RHC, has nine additional offices throughout the Kootenays.

Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC, will join Hub International Insurance Brokers, in an advisory role to ensure a seamless transition. 

“Hub has a stellar reputation in the industry, and I know our clients will benefit from Hub’s extensive platform which includes additional home and business insurance providers to fully service our client needs,” Darough explains.

Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies brings vending machines into the future

This consumer checks out the new SMRT1 vending machine located near the Scotia Bank ATM at the corner of Ward and Baker Street in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Jesse Cole, The Nelson Daily

They’re in our recreation centres, our high schools and our workplaces. Vending machines have become a staple of western culture, but imagine is they could do something more than just provide a can of Coke or a bag of Chips.

That’s exactly the idea that Brad Pommen, the founder of SMRT1 Technologies, had when he created the SMRT1 vending machine. Equipped with a four-foot digital touchscreen, the vending machine acts as a bridge between traditional consumer needs and the wider Smart Cities movement.

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.