BC Firefighter Games in Pass Creek this month to be public for first time

BC Firefighter Games in Pass Creek this month to be public for first time

This summer will end in a blaze of glory and fire - and we don't mean forest fires.

Pass Creek Park will host the first annual firefighter games on August 30 and 31. Eighteen firefighter teams from all over B.C. will compete in nine events which focus on teamwork, strength, endurance and skill.

“[Firefighter games] is not really a new concept but it’s a refreshed one.... we've added a new twist to it, making it not just for firefighters and their families but for the general public,” said Dustin LePage, event co-ordinator and Robson firefighter.

Selkirk College and Metis Nation British Columbia Strengthen Bond

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme (left) and President of the Metis Nation British Bruce Dumont (right) signed a new protocol at the Gathering Place on the Castlegar Campus. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The signing of a new protocol with Metis Nation British Columbia will enable Selkirk College to build on its dedication to better supporting Aboriginal learners and respecting their cultures.

In late-June, Selkirk College administration, Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) officials and local Metis leaders met at the Gathering Place on the Castlegar Campus to officially endorse the Metis Learners Protocol which defines a pathway to strengthen the partnership. 

Environment Ministry test say tailings pond did not exceed guidelines

Premier Christy Clark — "... just been a terrible, terrible heartache".

Gabriele Matscha, impact assessment​ head for the B.C. Environment Ministry said in an explanatory note the first water quality test results since the breach of the Mount Polley Mine's tailings pond did not exceed BC or Health Canada Drinking Water Guidelines.

"Samples collected near the town site of Likely and on the north shore of Quesnel Lake indicate that none of the analyzed chemical and physical contaminant concentrations exceeded B.C. or Health Canada drinking water guidelines," Matscha​ writes.

Slocan Park wildfire evacuation alert remains in place

The Slocan Park wildfire continues to burn with zero containment. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

The Slocan Park wildfire in the Slocan Valley continues to be one of the higher priority fires in the province Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula told The Nelson Daily Thursday.

“We're not out of the woods yet on this fire so the evacuation alert remains in affect,” Kekula said.

“You can see the fire from the (Slocan Park) community and who knows, it could choose to run down the valley because the forest is so dry out there and the high temperature and low RH (relative humidity),” Kekula added.

Shambhala contributes more than just fun from its annual Music Festival

All these people having fun outside Salmo at Shambhala pump a lot of tourism dollars into the Heritage City — like Christmas in the summer as one business owner exclaimed. — Jeff Cruz photo courtesy Shambhala Music Festival

There’s a love fest going on and it’s not just happening at the Bundschuh farm outside Salmo where the 17th annual Shambhala Music Festival takes place this weekend.

Nelson merchants and community organizations are singing a different tune from the early days when the electronic music festival that now draws 10,000 was in its infancy.

Are you a racist? A simple test you can do at home. Part 1/2

Are you a racist? A simple test you can do at home. Part 1/2

I’ve been following the ongoing occupation of Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver with some interest. For those who don’t know, indigenous activists have taken over part of that park and evicted Canadian authorities, arguing that, as per the recent Supreme Court decision, that land is unceded and needed to house the homeless, who suffer under the economic system of ‘Canada’ and the legacy of invasion and colonization.

City and union no closer to contract today

City and union no closer to contract today

Despite both parties’ expressed desire to reach an agreement and contract, CUPE Local 2622 and the City of Castlegar’s dueling press releases yesterday seem to indicate an ongoing lack of consensus.

(To read the City’s press release, click here, and to read the union’s, scroll to the bottom of this page).

KAAP speaks out, reminds residents that abandoning kittens to die is against the law

One of the kittens left by its owners to die of exposure

Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP) president Laurel Mathew is speaking out against the appalling treatment of animals exhibited by some local pet owners recently.

In the space of a week, she said, there were three separate incidences of tiny kittens being abandoned (several confined in cardboard boxes) during some of the hottest weather Kootenay summers have to offer.

In loving memory of Paul Edwin Wolfe, July 6, 1916 - July 28, 2014

In loving memory of Paul Edwin Wolfe, July 6, 1916 - July 28, 2014

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Paul “Pop” Wolfe in Arrow Lakes Hospital, at the age of 98 years.

         Pop will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; his extended family at Halcyon House; his nieces, nephews, extended family, and his many friends both human and animal. 

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