Swim or Gym Makes a Big Splash for Transit Users

 Tory Zaytsoff presents a January BC Transit pass to Deb Anderson, Customer Service Rep at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre and receives a wrist band to access the gym facility as part of the 'Swim or Gym’ program. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Transit users do not, I repeat, do not toss out the January pass before reading this story.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Regional District of Central Kootenay, the City of Nelson and BC Transit are teaming up to help encourage active and healthy transportation and lifestyle choices with the ‘Swim or Gym’ program.
The ‘Swim or Gym’ program lets you use your expired monthly BC Transit pass, from any of the participating regions, as your one-time ticket to access free services at any number of fitness centres.

Nelson police chief Wayne Holland retires from NPD

Former Nelson Police Chief Wayne Holland, far left, is presented with a gift by the Nelson Police Board members during Saturday's retirement dinner. From left beside Holland, Roger Higgins, Barb Henry, Robert Goertz and Bill Reid. Missing, board chair Deb Kozak and Hilda Taylor. — Photo courtesy Jaimie Killen

New Youth Network to increase support to young people in the Basin

Adults and youth participating in the Community Directed Youth Funds program attended a conference-style event where they were inspired and educated to take action in their communities. The Trust’s support of youth will increase through the Basin Youth Network. —Photo courtesy CBT

Columbia Basin Trust is pleased to announce the formation of a Basin Youth Network.

Concerns raised over potential logging in Glacier Creek watershed

Contentious Jumbo Pass is back in the news again, this time due to proposed logging in the Glacier Creek region. — Photo courtesy Bruce Kirkby

Concerns have been raised regarding the environmental impact of a proposed logging venture in the Glacier Creek watershed.

Gabriela Grabowsky, a landowner in the Glacier Creek region, alerted objectors to the new logging blocks in an effort to raise awareness about the situation.

The proposed development area in Glacier Creek is located west of the Macbeth trailhead area and is nowhere near the icefields in the contentious Jumbo Valley, an area that has seen much controversy and protest over the last two decades.

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of avalanche victims near McBride

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of avalanche victims near McBride

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of five men who died in an avalanche near McBride on Friday (January 29) as all being from Alberta and ranged in age from 41 to 55 years.

They are:

Demolition complete, crews now focus on concrete work as renovations continue to NDCC Aquatic Centre

Crews continue to work on renovations to the NDCC Aquatic Centre. — Photo courtesy RDCK

No official date yet for re-opening of the NDCC Aquatic Centre, but the Regional District of Central Kootenay said the majority of demolition work is done on the $4.5 Million renovation to the 40-plus year old facility.

In a media release Friday, Nelson and District Community Complex Recreation Manager Marty Benson said the first truckload of concrete was poured this week while the new change room lockers have arrived and tile design and colours have been selected.

Council clips: Crime reduction takes centre stage

Council clips: Crime reduction takes centre stage

Trail residents can sleep easier knowing that at the end of 2015, Trail was the second-safest city in the region, having experienced significant crime reduction rates. Last year, the city saw a 17-per-cent reduction in overall criminal code offenses, along with an eight-per-cent reduction in property crimes during the same time frame. Trail was only one of seven communities in the region that saw an overall reduction in crime, which Councillor Kevin Jolly said he attributed to a shift in the approach to crime in the Greater Trail Area.

I believe these reductions can be attributed to proactive policing measures,” said Jolly.

Charge in Lemon Creek fuel spill stayed as federal lawyers, fisheries take up investigation of case

Federal ministries will continue the investigation into a 2013 tanker truck accident that saw 33,000 litres of jet fuel spilled into the Lemon Creek.

A further investigation into the Lemon Creek fuel spill will be undertaken by federal ministries as the Fisheries Act charge brought forward by a Slocan Valley resident has been stayed.

Federal lawyers from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said Monday outside of BC Supreme Court in Nelson that Marilyn Burgoon’s charge against the Province of B.C. and Executive Flight Fuel Services Ltd. for their alleged roles in the 2013 jet fuel spill into the waters of Lemon Creek and the Slocan Valley has been discontinued.

Big smiles from West Kootenay Community TEETH after winning $50,000 from Pacific Blue Cross

Some of the board members tasked with spending the $50,000 grand prize, from left, Mara Sand, Debby Zeeben, Eric Ramsden and Pegasis McGauley. Missing, Barry Nelson and Christine Chore. — Submitted photo

If anyone sees the people associated with the West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic today, don’t be alarmed if they’re grinning from ear to ear.

The West Kootenay Community Teeth Clinic in Nelson made it to the top of the podium, winning the grand prize of $50,000 in a province-wide Pacific Blue Cross contest for local charities.

Pacific Blue Cross made the announcement Thursday morning in its Share The Care project, part of the not-for-profit health insurer's plan to celebrate its 75th anniversary by giving away $75,000.

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