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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.

Going green with one of the giants of the West Kootenay forest

Mercer Celgar based near Castlegar is looking to becoming more than just another pulp mill. — Screenshot photo

The story of Mercer Celgar is a growing concern — in a good way.

One of the region’s largest employers is looking to spread its story about the work it is accomplishing in its West Kootenay-based operation — located at the bottom of the Arrow Lakes water system — in order to grow its green energy ideas.

Kootenay players showcase talents at Star Fire tournament

Two teams from the Kootenay Academy program participated in the Star Fire Showcase tournament held recently in Seattle, WA.

The Whitecaps University Prep Academy program sent two teams to participate in the Star Fire Showcase tournament held recently in Seattle, WA.

Despite finishing the tournament with losing record, the players gained valuable experience, plus were able to showcase their talents in front of college and university scouts from both Canada and USA.

“The players performed fantastically well (during the) weekend,” said Brett Adams, head coach of the of the Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Centre.

Drug Alert for Grand Forks

IH said this alert is localized only to the community of Grand Forks.

In a media release Friday afternoon, Interior Health said it has been notified of recent DAS Health Canada lab findings that have cause for concern in the City of Grand Forks.

The IH release said:

Thoughtexchange surges ahead

Photo courtesy of Thoughtexchange

Rossland-based crowdsourcing intelligence platform, Thoughtexchange, announced on December 5, 2019, that it has secured a $20M Series B financing in an oversubscribed round led by Information Venture Partners (Toronto) with participation from existing investor Yaletown Partners (Vancouver) and new investor Voyager Capital (Seattle). 

New GPS technology helps minimize interactions between caribou, snowmobilers

The new approach is a result of a stewardship management agreement between the B.C. government and Trout Lake Recreational Club and the Arrow Lakes Ridge Riders.

A new way of using GPS tracking data will help minimize interactions between a herd of caribou and snowmobilers in the British Columbia Interior.

By tracking the herd's location using data transmitted by GPS collars worn by some of the caribou in the Central Selkirk herd, provincial biologists can now keep some parts of the Central Selkirk Snowmobile Management Area closed to snowmobiling, while keeping other parts that contain no caribou open.

November half degree warmer than average

The high winds experienced in the latter part of November left this sailboat on the rocks near the Prestige Inn. — The Nelson Daily photo

November lacked its usual share of precipitation due to a ridge of high pressure early in the month and a drier upper flow later in the month said Jesse Ellis, Fire Weather Forecaster in the monthly weather synopsis.

“No temperature or precipitation records were broken this month,” Ellis said. “The mean monthly temperature was a half degree warmer than average.”

Ellis said a ridge of high pressure stalled near the BC coast to help keep a dry northwesterly flow in place over the region for the first third of November.

Logging truck accident slows traffic on Kootenay Pass

The empty logging truck was pulled up the steep bank by a wrecker following the accident Wednesday on Highway 3 east Salmo. — Submitted photo

The driver of a logging truck was taken to hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle accident on the Kootenay Pass Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened on Highway 3, a few kilometers west of the Kootenay Pass Summit, when the empty logging truck lost control on slushy roads after passing a YRB (Yellowhead Road & Bridge) plow truck.

The truck hit rocks before the trailer flew off the unit and ended up down the steep bank.

Police asking for public assistance in locating missing Nelson woman

Heather Gunderson has not been heard from since the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Nelson Police is asking the public for assistance in finding a 35-year-old Nelson woman.

Police said Heather Gunderson has not been heard from since the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019. 

Gunderson, known to occasionally wear glasses, is 5’3” and weighs approximately 110 pounds with dark hair and blue eyes. 

She was last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket and dark pants.

Nelson Police and friends are concerned for the well-being of Gunderson and wish to locate her as quickly as possible.

Snowfall warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Heavy snow continues today with further 10 to 15 cm of snow falling before ending this evening on the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass. — DriveBC photo

Well, Old Man Winter finally arrived.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall Wednesday for some parts of the Boundary and most of the West Kootenay region, including Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — with total accumulation of about 20 cm.

“Heavy snow continues today,” the Environment Canada website said. “A further 10 to 15 cm of snow will fall before ending this evening.

Environment Canada said the public should be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.