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Osprey webcam drama — Life goes on

In happier times, the male and female Osprey high atop the Nelson Hydro pole west of Nelson.

Little Nel – gender yet undetermined — is doing well in Delta after a free ride on an airplane.

Nel is the Osprey chick, who became famous on the internet as the only surviving chick of three in a nest high above the Kootenay River in Grohman Narrows.

The webcast was made possible by the joint efforts of Nelson Hydro and Columbia Wireless.

Grand Forks man dies after jumping off Nursery Bridge

Grand Forks man dies after jumping off Nursery Bridge

Grand Forks' Joe (Morey Joseph) Lafreniere (53) was killed at the old Nursery rail bridge along the Kettle River, July 8th. 

According to the BC Coroner's Service, Lafreniere was jumping into the river with a group of friends. After he jumped, it was obvious he was in trouble but his friends could not get him to shore. He was swept downstream by the current. 

Grand Forks Search and Rescue were called and found him after about a 20 minute search. He was taken to the Grand Forks Hospital but could not be revived. 

Make a SPLASH at Millennium Ponds grand opening!

Make a SPLASH at Millennium Ponds grand opening!

Woo hoo! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – the Millennium Park Natural Swimming Ponds grand opening celebration is slated for Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a massive SPLASH party to which everyone is invited.

The $1.6-million project has been a couple of years in the making (sped somewhat by $400,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development), but councilor and chair of council’s Public Works committee Dan Rye said it will be well worth the wait.

Impaired driver slams into Trail home

Impaired driver slams into Trail home

The residents of a home on Riverside Avenue got a nasty jolt Saturday night when an impaired driver drove into their house/carport, according to RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.

"On July 5 at approximately 11:15 p.m., a Trail and Greater District RCMP officer was parked in the downtown Trail area when he observed a pick up truck travelling at a high rate of speed," she said. "The RCMP officer activated his emergency lights to attempt to close the distance with the suspect vehicle to effect a vehicle stop."

Osprey chick gets foster mom; rescue operation gets spotlight

Photo of Lil Nel courtesy Crazy Buzzard Falconry.

The story continues about a baby osprey chick who garnered national attention after a live webcast allowed people to watch, in real time, the saga of his family unfold. The Nelson Hydro webcam showed the Osprey family first lose two chicks, then the father, when he was electrocuted by a power line.

Distressed viewers then saw the remaining mother and chick founder, as the mother refused to leave the nest to feed – which is where Tammy Swan, with Crazy Buzzard Falconry, comes into the picture.

UPDATED: Missing Harrop teen, Johnathan Hartman, found

Missing teen, Johnathan Hartman. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Nelson RCMP report a happy ending in the case of the missing Harrop teen.

RCMP issued the release seeking the public's assistance in locating 14-year-old Johnathan Hartman, who left his residence in Harrop on Sunday morning after an argument.

RCMP reported that Hartman was located at approximately 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and safely returned to his home and family.

In the wake of Supreme decision on Aboriginal Title, BC land is better off in the hands of its First Nations

In the wake of Supreme decision on Aboriginal Title, BC land is better off in the hands of its First Nations

Matter is Spirit moving slow enough to be known with the five physical senses. White man builds huge fire, stands way back. Indian man builds small fire, stands close. When the White Men came, we welcomed them as guests. We treat guests with generous hospitality, knowing they are not here to stay. We are still waiting for them to go home.---anonymous Native comment.

The Supreme Court of Canada “makes History”

B.C.'s plan for protecting vulnerable species

B.C.'s plan for protecting vulnerable species

British Columbia’s five-year plan for protecting species at risk was released today by Environment Minister Mary Polak and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

“Our new plan provides a clear and certain path forward for B.C. to show leadership in conservation of species at risk,” said Polak. “The plan considers recommendations from the Species at Risk Task Force, government’s new conservation initiatives, and social and economic factors related to resource development.”

Breaking ground for the new correctional facility in Oliver

Breaking ground for the new correctional facility in Oliver

With the help of an excavator, representatives from the Province, Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), local community and construction partners donned hard hats and officially broke ground today to celebrate the construction of the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC).

Name of Winlaw man released by BC Coroners Service

Name of Winlaw man released by BC Coroners Service

BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Winlaw on (Monday) June 23 as Donald James Clark, aged 62, of Winlaw.  

Clark was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck which was heading southbound on Slocan River Road about 3:30 p.m. on June 23 when it left the road, rolled and ended up in the Slocan River.

Clark was deceased at the scene of the incident.

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