RDCK recognizes long term service of volunteer Firefighters that save lives

Passmore Fire Department Deputy Chief CPassmore Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Sapriken, (pictured inset with one of his sons), said volunteering as a firefighter is more than a three-hour-a-week commitment. — Submitted photo

By Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

We’d have no emergency protection without them.

They are the volunteer firefighters at the 17 rural fire departments in the Regional District of Central Kootenay, and three of them are being recognized this month for their years of service.

For Craig Sapriken, 37, volunteering at the Passmore Fire Department is far more than a commitment of three hours a week with the neighbours.

Perfect weekend for a staycation at Kaslo or New Denver May Day Celebrations

The annual Logger Sports Show is always a crowd favourite during Kaslo May Day Celebrations. — Photo courtesy Kaslo May Days Committee

It must be the Victoria Day long weekend.

Why else would the weather change?

Despite the threat of inclement weather for the unofficial first long weekend of summer, there are still a few hotspots for a West Kootenay Staycation at the May Day celebrations in Kaslo or New Denver.

Both celebrations have been around for more than 100 years — Kaslo 120 and New Denver 106 years young.

New Denver kicked off the celebrations Thursday with the Queen's Pageant.

Drivers urged to slow down this Victoria Day Holiday Weekend

Speed is believed to be a factor in this accident last weekend on the Hope/Princeton Highway. — The Nelson Daily photo

Motorists thinking police are going to be idle on the unofficial start of summer — Victoria Day Holiday Weekend — had better think again.

Cpl. John Ferguson, of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said officers will be out in full force to guarantee everyone has a safe holiday weekend.

"The May long weekend is upon us and the RCMP wish it to be a safe one for all," Cpl. Ferguson said.

Be there when the Civic Theatre old projector goes into mothballs

The Cadillac in My American Cousin is ready for the big screen at the final showing of a 35mm film. — Photo submitted

Bring your Brylcreem! Pompadours and duck tails are welcome at the final film to be shown on the Nelson Civic Theatre’s old 35mm projector. On Saturday, May 25th at 7:30pm, the Civic offers a special showing of My American Cousin, a Canadian film set in the1950s. With the producer and director in attendance and some fun with 50s icons, it’s a great way to wrap up an era.

What's Happening at LVR — by Connor Banks

Connor Banks and few friends cheer on mates during the Indoor Track Meet. — Submitted photo

L.V. Rogers Grade 12 student Connor Banks has entered the final phase of his high school career at L.V. Rogers.

With graduate firmly on the minds of all seniors at the Fairview-based school, Banks has found some time to  draft up a few words about the local high school as guest columnist for The Nelson Daily.

From arts, to sports to news about the upcoming anything and everything at LVR Banks will have it covered for The Nelson Daily readers.


Out of Left Field: Election results a mixed bag

MLA Katrine Conroy with her campaign team

Well, that was just about the most bizarre election ever.

Not on the local front – that came out exactly as expected, with incumbent NDP MLA Katrine Conroy taking a landslide victory with 10,606 votes (or 62.99 per cent of the popular vote), Liberal candidate Jim Postnikoff getting 3,592 votes (21.33 per cent), independent Joseph Hughes walking away with 2,239 votes (13.3 per cent), and independent Glen Byle taking 400 votes (2.38 per cent).

73-year-old Castlegar woman faces two years in jail

73-year-old Castlegar woman faces two years in jail
On May 15, 73-year-old Joyce Ramsden was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and sentenced to two years in jail.
Forty-four-year-old Rodney Gritchen was found guilty of Possession of cocaine and handed a $400 fine.
The matter regarding the third male, 49-year-old Peter Nevakshonoff, is still before the courts and he is scheduled to appear in September.

Grand Forks could be getting a Canada Post outlet

Canada Post retail outlet -- photo by Canada Post

Canada Post is looking to open a franchise outlet in Grand Forks. The franchise will be based out of an established business, but it hasn’t been determined which business will host the new outlet.

“We have a retail group that talks to businesses,” said Canada Post spokesperson John Caines on the process of finding the right business. He added that often business will approach them because an outlet will bring more traffic into their stores.

YRB calls for potential snow warning for Kootenay Pass

A little white stuff hit the ground this morning at the Kootenay Pass summit. — Photo courtesy Drive BC

Snow in May?

If you think it's a typo, then ask Marc Dale, Operations Manager / SE Kootenay District Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd.

"Yes the calendar is correct it is May 13th  . . . yet there is a cold winter front flowing across the Interior overnight tonight which will create snow accumulations as low as 1300 meters," Dale said in an emailed release.

"The temperature now on the summit is three degrees and the temperature will fall below freezing on Kootenay Pass overnight with snow accumulations," he added.

Whistler RCMP investigating death of 10-year-old camper and her father

Whistler RCMP investigating death of 10-year-old camper and her father

Whistler RCMP are investigating the death of two North Vancouver residents who were camping on Blackcomb Mountain this weekend. A 10-year-old female and her 49-year-old father were reported missing on May 12 as overdue. Whistler RCMP received the report around 6 p.m. on May 12, after the skiers missed their scheduled check-in several hours earlier.

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