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Reel Adventures Fishing Report

Catching her first fish — exciting, emotional, and rewarding. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Well, the warm weather is upon us, and the water temperatures have warmed up and the fish have become aggressive!  Here’s the latest reports:

Kootenay Lake:

The Lake has been super productive for the last month.  Water temp has finally jumped above 50 degrees, and the fish are feeding.  We saw a pretty good flying ant hatch earlier in the month, and that got everything started.  The fish are now all looking up. Surface fishing seems to be the best technique now.

Cannabis Collective asks council for support of cultivation industry within city limits

City Council passed a motion to provide a letter of support to the Nelson Cannabis Collective — indicating that it supports the cultivation of cannabis within city limits. — Screenshot photo

An industry that has been the backbone of the region’s economy for years but has been forced to operate in the shadows now has some municipal acknowledgement.

The Nelson Cannabis Collective had requested Monday night at City Hall during the regular meeting of council that the city provide a letter of support with regard to local cannabis cultivation.

The letter was intended as an acknowledgement by the city — in a non-binding fashion — of the cannabis industry as an emerging market, as well as a commitment by municipal government to work with the industry.

Totem Talks: Free Wildlife Information Sessions in Nelson

Photo by Daniil Kuzelev via Unsplash

Do you love (or fear) bears and want to know more about them? Did you know we share this area with wolves and cougars? And what do you know about the elusive Mountain Caribou?

Join Touchstones Museum Indigenous Educator and Wildlife Technician Toni Appleby as she shares stories from years studying, tracking, and reporting on regional wildlife and the knowledge she gained. This series is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife we share this area with from someone who has spent much of her life learning their secrets.

Kootenay-based Eagle Graphite tasked to help expand clean vehicle sector

Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West (third from right), Regional District of Central Kootenay Director Walter Popoff (second from right) and Jamie Deith, president and CEO of Eagle Graphite (fourth from right) join workers for a team photo following Monday's announcement. — Photo courtesy BC Government

The BC Government is looking to Kootenay-based technology to expand its clean vehicle sector, create good jobs and support low-carbon innovation.

Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West announced Monday from the Slocan Valley that Eagle Graphite will receive $290,000 to produce silicon/graphite battery anodes using its Koch Creek quarry near Passmore.

Eagle Graphite is one of five British Columbian companies receiving a total of $1,190,856 aimed at developing advanced technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and other hydrogen fuelling equipment.

Timberwolves rebound from loss to Calgary Axemen in win over Olds Stingers

The West Kootenay Timberwolves hosted the higher-tiered Axemen and Stingers teams in Castlegar this weekend at the Complex.  The Timberwolves were impacted by a short bench on Saturday and fell to the Axemen 11-6. The home team rebounded with a solid 12-5 win against the Stingers on Sunday, in a game that saw the Timberwolves offence score 7 goals in the third period.

SPCA searching for person who left mother dog and puppies at garbage dump

The BC SPCA is requesting the public’s help to find the owner of an abandoned mother dog and her puppies. A Good Samaritan found the mother dog, who SPCA staff named Casey, inside a sealed box with her nine puppies at the Puntzi Lake Landfill.

“There is no excuse for simply walking away from a pet and leaving them to die,” says Lorie Chortyk, the SPCA’s general manager of communications. “Abandoning animals is against the law and individuals can be prosecuted for their crime.”

Saints select University of Regina assistant as next head coach

New Selkirk skipper Dave Hnatiuk has a full-hearted passion for the game that has been with him since he was a kid. — Submitted photo

The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has hired a new head coach with deep prairie roots and a foundational understanding of what it takes to be a student-athlete.

Dave Hnatiuk will guide the Saints into the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season after a three-year stint as assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars. With a diverse resume as a player, Hnatiuk has transitioned to the coaching side of the game with a zeal for helping athletes succeed both on and off the ice.

Two West Kootenay dog training companies receive BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation

Love 2 Play and Proud of My Dog are the two newest additions to the BC SPCA’s list of AnimalKind accredited dog trainers, the first accredited companies serving the Kootenay region. Love 2 Play offers classes in the Slocan Valley, Nelson and surrounding areas; while Proud of My Dog serves the North Slocan Valley, Nakusp, Kaslo and the Village of Slocan, in addition to online training classes.

BC Wildfire reports fire near Balfour

BC Wildfire and members of the Balfour/Harrop were called to a wildfire in the mountainside above Balfour Monday. — Photos courtesy Balfour/Harrop Facebook

The BC  Wildfire Service is reporting on its website a fire near Balfour.

The BC Wildfire Service said the fire, which was reported Monday afternoon at a logging operation on the mountainside above Balfour known as Balfour Face, is .30 hectare in size and is believed to be human-caused.