Committee pushes for rapid establishment of more protected areas

Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski, at the podium, was part of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development that presented its report Friday. —Submitted photo

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Friday presented a unanimous report calling on the federal government to lead an effort to rapidly establish more terrestrial and marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity and Canada’s natural heritage.

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks will meet the Chase Heat to determine the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion after the Hawks and Heat outlasted Kimberley and Osoyoos in deciding Conference Final games Friday.

Beaver Valley scored four times in the opening frame to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in the Kootenay Conference fifth game.

Tyler Ghirardosi got the party started for the home fans with two goals seven minutes into the first period.

Devon Langelaar stopped the bleeding with a goal two minutes later.

Mallards Team of the Week — L.V. Rogers Bombers Basketball Team

The team, coached by longtime Senior Bombers skipper Dean Studer, includes, back row, L-R, Dylan Dixon, Jairo Mangapot, Keegan Jade, Ben Hradil-Kasseckert, Jona Caney, Alan Jin and coach Studer. Front Leo Weiss, Joshua Jolicoeur, Brock Dixon, Eamon Studer and Thomas Baxter. — Photo courtesy L.V. Rogers

With the success south of the border by the Spokane-based Gonzaga Bulldogs, it was seem appropriate that Mallard's Source for sports honour a local basketball squad for its own amazing season on the hardwood.

The L.V. Rogers Bombers, finishing with a 10-6 record, won the West Kootenay AAA High School Boy's Basketball Championship.

For that the squad earns Mallard's Team of the Week honours.

Nelson-Creston Greens excited to have Andrew Weaver visit riding

BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is coming to the Nelson-Creston riding Tuesday and Wednesday.

Green Party supporters have another chance to meet leader Andrew Weaver when the Victoria-based MLA pays a visit to the Nelson-Creston riding this week.

The B.C. Green Party will tour Nelson-Creston riding with candidate, Kim Charlesworth, on Tuesday (March 28) and Wednesday (March 29).

“Andrew will be here to listen and learn about Nelson-Creston," Charlesworth said. “We are excited to share with him the unique qualities of our riding and explore where we feel advocacy in the legislature can benefit our often ignored communities.”

Work crews continue cleanup of mudslide west of Creston

Crews are working long hours to remove debris from the recent slide on the Kootenay Pass. — Photo courtesy WKootenay District MOTI Twitter

Highway work crews continue to clean up a mudslide 10 kilometres west of Creston said DriveBC website Sunday.

“Rock is getting smaller,” said the West Kootenay District for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Twitter feed.

Highway 3 slide continues to have the road reduced to single alternating traffic through Sunday.

Other traffic news includes Highway 3A single alternating traffic at the Beasley Bluffs for brushing through to Tuesday.

Sinking sewage truck gives Slocan Valley senior major headache

A call for a septic tank cleaning job has led to a civil fight between the company and Slocan Valley senior. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

A Slocan Park senior says she doesn’t know where to turn after getting into a bizarre argument with a septic tank cleaning company that won’t remove a stuck sewage truck from her yard.

Deb Ryder says the driver of the sewage truck- which is stuck up to its axles in mud in her back yard- is refusing to move the vehicle until she agrees to cover the cost.

“He started saying to me, ‘well, you’ve got to pay for it, you have to phone this person, you have to get me out of here’,” she says.

Time to Become Concerned about TB

Michael Jessen is the Nelson and area volunteer director for the BC Lung Association.

When Stephen Lewis speaks about tuberculosis, he doesn’t restrain his words.

The world is showing “far too much strangled deference when it comes to fighting TB,” Lewis told a standing room crowd in a passionate speech at a recent Vancouver conference.

“It’s time to take TB as a cause celebre,” he added, urging TB activists to go to the “metaphorical barricades” to build political will and action.

Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning for Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

The Paulson Summit is already been hit with more snow on the highway. — Photo courtesy DriveBC

West Kootenay/Boundary residents are going to have to wait a few more days for spring driving conditions to finally arrive in the region after Environment Canada issued a Snow Warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Friday.

Environment Canada it's possible for snowfall amounts in the 15 cm range for Friday combined with an additional 5 to 10 cm on the Paulson and Kootenay Pass passes of Highway 3.

"Snow is expected to develop early this morning and continue through the day," Environment Canada said.

Independent candidate seeks economic, ecological ‘sanity’

Tom Prior of Nelson has tossed his hat into the Nelson-Creston ring for the upcoming BC Election. — Submitted photo

A man running as an independent candidate in the Nelson-Creston riding says he wants government to do more to help the Kootenays benefit from its resource riches — in an ecologically-sensitive way.

Tom Prior, a businessman and ecological activist, says he decided to throw his hat in the ring after seeing thousands of raw logs hauled out of local valleys last summer, but not producing good paying local jobs.

“This was haunting, and the continued loud silence from local politicians was in the end too much,” he says of his decision to run.

Time to get rid of embarrassing 'wild west' corruption

Time to get rid of embarrassing 'wild west' corruption

With a final five weeks back in Victoria before this Spring election, there is a lot to talk about.
The last month has been dominated by the big money influence over this BC Liberal government. My New Democrat colleagues and I have repeatedly asked questions about a variety of government decisions that correspond to big donors' influx of cash to the BC Liberal Party as well as the new RCMP investigation looking into it.

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