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Selkirk College International Alumnus Returns for Visit After Three Decades

Selkirk International alumnus Charles Mak (middle) returned to the Castlegar Campus in mid-June where he reconnected with some of his former teachers and advisors. Included in the group was: (L-R) Philomena Archambault (retired Selkirk International Homestay & Student Coordinator), Rhys Andrews (current Vice-President Academic), John Armstrong (retired Instructor and former Head of Selkirk College International), Shana Rablah (current Chair of Selkirk International), Lola Sherstobitoff (retired Selkirk International Administrative Assistant) and Angus Graeme (current Selkirk College President).

When Charles Mak first arrived to Selkirk College from Hong Kong in late-1986, international education was a virtually unknown post-secondary entity in the West Kootenay. Much has changed over the last 33 years.

Now working for a successful Shanghai-based office furniture company, Mak spends half his year traveling to all parts of the world where his time spent getting an English language education in British Columbia comes in handy. On his way to Chicago from Vancouver in early-June, Mak touched down in Castlegar for the first time since he left in 1989.

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire Centre

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety. — BC Wildfire Facebook photo

The BC Wildfire Service is advising the public that effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety.

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.