RDCK puts the brakes on Aquatic Centre renovations

Renovations to the NDCC Aquatic Centre have been put on hold for now. — The Nelson Daily photo

The good news is the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre will not close as of May 1 of this year.

The bad news is the tendering process did not produce a winner according to the Regional District of Central Kootenay after the two qualifying companies came in approximately $1.2 Million over the projected $4.92 Million project budget.

Catch the Spirit: GFI prepares for another exciting year

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Catch the Spirit, the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament (GFI) is back for another year, starting June 30th and ending July 5th 2015.

I have been involved in different capacities with this tournament since 2008 and am very excited to be in this position, working with such enthusiastic and dedicated, board of directors, volunteer team leaders and volunteers for this 34th tournament.

Kinnaird Elementary wins $25,000 in national contest

 School principal Wayne Naka (left) and Staples representative, Igor Gallymov, make a surprise announcement to students at Kinnaird Elementary School that their school was a winner of $25,000 in the Staples Recycle for Education contest.

Staples Canada yesterday awarded Castlegar’s own Kinnaird Elementary School $25,000 worth of new technology in a surprise school assembly yesterday morning. Kinnaird Elementary was selected for their outstanding sustainability efforts and environmental initiatives. In collaboration with Earth Day Canada, the nationwide contest was held between Jan. 5 and Jan. 31, and nearly 600 schools across the country entered by submitting what initiatives they are undertaking to save the planet.

Proposed budget includes residential/commercial increases, public meeting scheduled

Proposed budget includes residential/commercial increases, public meeting scheduled

Residents got their first glimpse of Castlegar’s 2015 budget in a finance department report presented at city council’s regular meeting last night. The budget includes a tax increase of roughly $56 per year (roughly $4.67 a month) for the average household and a two-per-cent hike for commercial taxes.

The total roughly-$32-and-a-half-million budget includes almost $8 million collected for other levels of government (such as the school board, an operating budget of just over $14 million and a capital projects budget of just over $10.5 million.

No injuries reported in basement fire at Victoria Street residence

No injuries reported in basement fire at Victoria Street residence

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Mike Daloise said there were no injuries reported following a house fire in the 800 block of Victoria Street Tuesday morning.

NPD dispatch received a call at 11:33 a.m. Tuesday of a basement fire in the Victoria Street residence.

"Upon arrival of the first crew smoke was observed coming from the basement as well as electrical lines on the ground in the yard," Daloise said in a media release.

Nelsonites gather to discuss potential for community solar garden

Image via chandramarsono, Flickr Creative Commons

Nelson is widely known as one the most progressive places in all of Canada, and now area residents could have the chance to add to that reputation by helping to build a community solar garden in the Queen City.

Nelson Hydro and the West Kootenay Eco Society are hosting a Conversation Café at Oso Negro Wednesday (April 8 at 7 p.m.) to provide information and gauge the levels of local interest in potentially building a community solar garden that would provide clean power to area residents and also help support the solar power movement across the country.

ICBC speakers tour across B.C. to help keep youth safe

Heather Charlton is one of ICBC speakers who will be sharing heartbreaking stories with high school students in Nelson at L.V. Rogers High School. — Submitted photo

On average, six youth are killed and 1,660 injured in crashes during graduation season from April to June in B.C. every year.

In the Southern Interior, the number rounds out to two youth killed and 250 injured in crashes.

Police continue to investigate lucky Trail MVA

Police continue to investigate lucky Trail MVA

Police continue to investigate an unusual motor vehicle accident that occurred in Trail yesterday, according to RCMP Cpl. Mike Wilson.

He said the call came in at roughly 3 p.m. on April 6.

“A vehicle was going down the hill toward town on Highway 3B past the dump,” Wilson said. “The driver lost control, crossed into the oncoming lane and drove off road to the left and into a residential area.”

He said the vehicle was found resting on its side at the end of the street, not having struck any people, houses or other vehicles.

Premier Clark pledges $7.2 million for Okanagan recreational trail

Premier Clark pledges $7.2 million for Okanagan recreational trail

The Okanagan’s trail network will expand with a new recreational corridor between Kelowna and Coldstream, after the Government of B.C. pledged $7.2 million toward the acquisition of a discontinued CN rail line, Premier Christy Clark announced today.

“There are few places in the world that have more to offer outdoor enthusiasts than the Okanagan,” said Premier Clark.

“By putting an unused rail line to better use, connecting communities as a cycling and walking trail, there will be even more reasons to get outside.”

Semi-vs-pick-up-truck collision sees fortunate ending

A semi trailer ended up in the ditch during an early morning accident on Highway 3A/6 west of Nelson. — Submitted photo

The good news outweighs the bad in regard to a semi-versus-pick-up-truck collision Tuesday morning on Highway 3A, according to Nelson RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson.

He said the call came in at 7:02 a.m., and they responded to an MVA at Blewett Road and Highway 3A — between Bonnington and Playmor Junction.

“The semi driver was inattentive and crossed the centre line, striking the other vehicle,” he said, adding the pick-up was totalled and there is extensive damage to the semi.

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