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Larson, Conroy, Mungall re-elected as MLAs

BC Liberal Linda Larson is heading back to Victoria to represent Boundary-Similkameen.

On a night when Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were able to hold on to power, albeit, a minority government, not much changed in the BC Interior as most of the incumbents won return trips to represent their respective ridings in the BC Legislature.

Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy of the BC NDP Party easily won their ridings in Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, respectively, while Linda Larson of the BC Liberal Party is back to represent Boundary-Similkameen.

Mungall retains seat in Nelson-Creston but provincial picture still muddled

Incumbent MLA Michelle Mungall, talking with supporters at the Hume Hotel as the results played out Tuesday night, is back for a third term to represent constituents in Nelson-Creston. — Tim Schafer photo, The Nelson Daily

Although the Green Party may have lost the local Nelson-Creston riding, it has managed to win on the provincial stage.

On Tuesday night Andrew Weaver's Green Party took three seats — triple its largest representation ever — and with it the balance of power, as the province faces its first minority government in 65 years.

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were able to hold on to power, albeit, a minority government after escaping the night with 43 of B.C.’s 87 ridings, compared to 41 for the NDP.

COLUMN: Work less, live better, do better

A worker who could benefit from working fewer hours

In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week.

UPDATED: Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement for Boundary

The Kettle River has busted its banks in Grand Forks. — Photo courtesy RDKB

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is urging residents of the Boundary region to expect rivers to rise beginning Thursday.

This comes as Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for the Boundary region for Thursday.

Environment Canada is forecasting rain and possible thunderstorms beginning late Thursday over the Southern Interior.

"A developing cold front will stall over the Southern BC Interior late Thursday and begin to transition out of the area on Friday," the statement on the Environment Canada read.

Arrests leads to drug seizures; Mountain bikes recovered

Grand Forks RCMP is looking for the owners of two recovered mountain bikes.

An arrest on an outstanding warrant led police to seize a quantity of drugs said Sgt. Jim Fenske Detachment Commander in a media release Monday.

Fenske the drugs were recovered Saturday (May 6th) when officers arrested a man on an outstanding warrant.

"A search of the male resulted in the seizure of four (4) grams of methamphetamine, five (5) grams of marihuana and over $4000 in cash," Fenske said.

The man was released and will appear at future court date.

On the same day, a routine traffic stop netted Midway RCMP drugs and cash.

Selkirk College Saints Keep Focus on Work Ethic

Grant Iles played for the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL last season and arrives to the Selkirk College Saints with a reputation for hard work and a team-first attitude. — Submitted photo

A culture of hard work is what has contributed to the massive success for the Selkirk College Saints over the last few seasons and the team has added a pair of recruits that will help continue the trend.

Grant Iles and Connor Harding have committed to play for the Saints in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, both arriving with a proven record of tenacity and grit during their junior hockey careers.

A Charter challenge on electoral reform coming up?

Election materials

Before the last federal election, Liberal party leader (now Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau repeatedly promised voters that Canada would not have another election under the "first-past-the-post" electoral system.

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting
To The Editor:
 
A strategy to end strategic voting:
 
The political landscape in British Columbia has been plagued by polarized politics for as long as anyone can remember.
 
Many voters find themselves voting to block something they despise and/or wasting their vote all together. The way out of this mess is to reform our voting system so that our votes are accurately represented (proportional representation).
 

Kootenay Chill Basketball squad finds success in South Okanagan

Kootenay Chill won three of four games at a recent Lake City Spring Tip-off Basketball Tournament in Penticton. — Submitted photo

Kootenay Chill won three of four game during a recent Lake City Spring Tip-off Basketball Tournament in Penticton.

The Chill, a collection of players from the Nelson area, defeated teams from Kelowna, host Penticton and Kamloops during the spring basketball event.

In the opener, Kelton Forte paced the attack to lead Kootenay past U13 Junior Heat 41-33.

The Chill started slow, trailing 14-8 before outscoring the Junior Heat squad 18-6 to take a 26-20 lead at halftime.

Kootenay continued its strong play in the second half to grab the eight point victory.

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

Dear Editor:

As we head to the polls on May 9, a question we should be considering is what type of world we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.

Are we are doomed to go over the climate cliff – facing a world with ever increasing extreme weather, mudslides, catastrophic wildfires, and sea level rise? Or should we just not think about it because it is too overwhelming?

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