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Cranbrook joins BC Hockey League as 18th franchise

The Cranbrook Bucks will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.

The BC Hockey League announced today that the city of Cranbrook has been awarded an expansion franchise.

The Cranbrook Bucks will become the league’s 18th team and will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.

“We are pleased to add Cranbrook as the 18th member of the BC Hockey League,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “The city already has a rich hockey history and we are excited to see them add to that legacy and bring BCHL hockey to another great community in our province.”

Selkirk College Saints Prepared for Weekend Home Opener

The 2019-2020 Selkirk College Saints leadership group features (L-R) Parker Wakaruk, Nolan Percival, Tristen Cross and Edward Lindsey. The Saints open the home schedule of their BCIHL season this weekend at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre where they will take on the University of Victoria Vikes on Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. — Selkirk College photo

Winning a championship happens on the ice, but it’s off the ice where the culture to get a team to the title is built.

As the Selkirk College Saints prepare for their home opener of the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season this weekend, the foundation has been successfully laid for the 25 players who hope to end the campaign by hoisting the championship trophy. 

Column: Choose your government: Canadians and a perilous future

The moment, the prospects, the significance

This is my second and final column on the federal election at hand.

I write this feeling very uncertain about what Canadians want from politics. I have just recently told a friend in a conversation about the election – one of many –  that I think conservatism in Canada is weak. But I wonder...

Nelson Hydro alerts customers about phone scam

Scammers are contacting customers by phone and telling clients they owe money and will be disconnected unless immediate payment is made via pre-paid credit cards or bitcoin.

Nelson Hydro is alerting customers of a scam circulating in and around the power network the City of Nelson utility said in a recent media release.

Nelson Hydro said scammers are contacting customers by phone and telling the client they owe money and will be disconnected unless immediate payment is made via pre-paid credit cards or bitcoin.

Nelson Hydro said Nelson Police is currently investigating the scam and advise anyone in contact with scammers to contact the department at 250-354-3919, ext 3.

Current business practices by Nelson Hydro:

Western Pacific Marine Ltd. issues media release regarding Kootenay Lake Ferry Labour dispute

East Shore residents affected by the recent Kootenay Lake Ferry Labour dispute held a Unity Rally Friday, starting at the Kootenay Bay Terminal. — Submitted photo

Western Pacific Marine Ltd, operators of the Kootenay Lake Ferry system, issued a media release Saturday explaining their side of the ongoing dispute that has caused service interruptions and that has seen regular sailings reduced to a few essential sailings per day during the past few weeks.

UPDATED: RCMP locate person involved in suspicious interaction near Nakusp school

A woman, believed to be in her late 50's or early 60's, grabbed one of the students by the arm which prompted the student to kick the woman in order to get away.

RCMP said they have identified the person involved after four students from Nakusp Secondary School were approached by a suspicious woman in a mini-van Wednesday.

“This situation is still under investigation, however, the evidence gathered does not suggest that this incident was an attempted abduction or involved any other criminal activity,” RCMP said in a media release Friday.

RCMP said officers continue to work with the woman, school officials, students and their parents towards a resolution of this matter.

Peaceful protest planned for Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals

Organizers "Our Ferry Matters" have planned a peaceful gathering to draw attention to the importance of the ferry to the Kootenay region.

There is a peaceful protest planned for Friday at the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals to raise awareness of the struggles by frequent users of the operation that binds the communities on the West and East shores of Kootenay Lake.

The group called Our Ferry Matters has planned a “peaceful gathering to draw attention to the importance of the ferry to the Kootenay region.”

“We believe the ferry is an integral link that bounds the people and businesses of our communities together,” said a post on the Our Ferry Matters Facebook page.

Plastics free month takes shape for October in Nelson

In that regard several actions have already been undertaken in the pursuit of the eradication of plastics in Nelson, including an open letter to area businesses.

Plastics could be on the endangered species list for October in Nelson.

The city is considering legislation to declare October as a plastics free month, following up on a July city council resolution declaring October to be “Plastics Free Month” and directing city staff to take action to advance and promote the campaign with the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

At the request of city council, city staff has met with the chamber of commerce staff late last month to plan to implement the plastics free month and to discuss how to proceed, and a plan is developing.

Grand Forks RCMP officer could face attempted murder charge

The IIO released a media statement Wednesday regarding the May 10, 2018, incident in Grand Forks.

The RCMP officer involved in a shooting that critically injured a man last year in Grand Forks could face a charge of attempted murder following a report by the Independent Investigation Office of B.C. to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

The IIO released a media statement Wednesday regarding the May 10, 2018, incident in Grand Forks.

The IIO release said initial information provided by the RCMP suggests that just before 3:30 p.m. on May 10, 2018, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop after responding to reports of an erratic driver.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt starts season in NHL

Nelson Minor Hockey product Dryden Hunt will open the season on the roster of the Florida Panthers. — Photo courtesy NHL

When the Florida Panthers take to the ice to open the National Hockey League season Thursday in Tampa Bay against the Lightning, former Nelson Minor Hockey product Dryden Hunt will be in the lineup.

Hunt, who signed as a free agent for the Panthers in 2016, skated on the fourth line for the Panthers Monday with Noel Acciari and Colton Sceviour as Florida prepares to open the season on the road against Tampa Bay.

The 6-foot, 201-pound Hunt signed a one-year, two-way contract in July with the Panthers.

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