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Strike officially over - council unanimously ratifies new deal

Strike officially over - council unanimously ratifies new deal

The city worker strike is now officially over, with council voting unanimously to ratify the new collective agreement this morning. This agreement was presented to CUPE Local 2262 on Dec. 22 and the union said its membership “overwhelmingly” voted in favour of it on Dec. 23.

The union announced the results of the vote on Dec. 24, but city council was unable to ratify, as four of its members were out of town and only one councillor is allowed, legally, to vote via telephone or digitally, leaving them without a quorum.

E-Comm releases list of worst 9-1-1 calls of 2014

E-Comm releases list of worst 9-1-1 calls of 2014

Wi-Fi at a local coffee shop isn’t working?

That may be a problem, but please do not make a 9-1-1 call in an effort to report the malfunction.

In an effort to draw attention to the impact on emergency services, E-Comm — British Columbia’s largest 9-1-1 public-safety answer point — has released a list of its top ten reasons to not call the emergency line.

2015 Polar Bear Dip set for High Noon New Year's Day at Lakeside Park

Back by popular demand, the 2015 Polar Bear Dip goes New Year's Day at Lakeside Park beach. — The Nelson Daily file photo

At High Noon, on New Year's Day, many brave souls will jump into Kootenay Lake to participate in the 2015 Nelson Rhythm Ropers Polar Bear Dip.

Sponsored by the Nelson Rhythm Ropers, the horn sounds at High Noon (12:00) for those hardy souls eager to ring in the New Year with a swim in Kootenay Lake.

Registration is set to begin at 11 a.m.

Rhythm Ropers Skippers will provide chilli and hot chocolate to all participants and spectators.

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Emcon (our regional road maintenance contractor) is once again under fire after only the second significant snowfall of the season (see last year’s story by clicking here http://castlegarsource.com/news/emcon-answers-uproar-after-record-snowfalls-22622#.VKGxwdWk0 )

Rocky Mountain House man charged with second degree murder after Fruitvale man succumbs to injuries

Rocky Mountain House man charged with second degree murder after Fruitvale man succumbs to injuries

A 24-year-old man from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, is facing Second Degree Murder charges after a 52-year-old man succumbed to life-threatening injuries Sunday night in Fruitvale said RCMP Const. Kris Clark.

Clark said Jordan Brian Shimell remains in police custody and is scheduled to appear in Rossland Provincial Court on January 5, 2015, to face second degree murder charge.

Coastal-like snowfall causes vehicles to play bumper cars on Cedar Street in Nelson

The 300 Block of Cedar Street was closed Saturday afternoon as slick streets caused a major accident.

The first major snowfall in weeks caught some drivers in the City of Nelson off guard as several accidents were reported.

One major bottleneck proved to be the 300 Block of Cedar Street when snow combined with a warming temperature turned the street into a sheet of ice causing vehicles to bounce off of each other around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Nelson Police was called to the scene to find several cars involved in the accident.

NPD closed off the street to traffic with barricades while tow trucks pulled cars away from each other to open up the street.

No injuries were reported.

Environment Canada issues weather alert for West Kootenay/Boundary

Motorists driving the Kootenay Pass Saturday can expect to see snowfall accumulation of 15-25 centimeters. — Photo courtesy Drive BC

Environment Canada issued a special weather warning Saturday for most of the province, including the West Kootenay/Boundary regions.

The statement said residents should expect cold Arctic air spreading across the interior Sunday.

"A strong ridge of high pressure from Yukon will advance towards the British Columbia Interior on Sunday morning," the statement said.

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be vigiliant when using the backcountry.

BC Coroners Service identifies motor vehicle incident victim

BC Coroners Service identifies motor vehicle incident victim

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Salmo on (Friday) December 19 as Rudolf Seeser, aged 82, of Salmo.  

Seeser was the driver and sole occupant of an eastbound van which was in collision with a westbound SUV on Highway 3 about three kilometres west of Salmo at about 8 a.m. on December 19.

Road conditions were noted to be extremely poor at the time.

Seeser was deceased at the scene.   

No one injured in Warfield house fire

No one injured in Warfield house fire

A Warfield family is dealing with between $5,000 - $10,000 damage to their house after a fire this morning, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue deputy chief Dan Derby.

Derby said the call came in at roughly 11:30 a.m.

“Crews from Warfield and Trail responded,” he said, explaining a dishwasher had caught fire while the residents were out.

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