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A Fresh Look at Peacekeeping Starts in the West Kootenay

Selkirk College Peace Studies Instructor Randy Janzen will be the primary instructor in the new Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program that aims to bring about positive change around the world. — Photo by Bob Hall, Selkirk College

Selkirk College is helping broaden the scope of peacekeeping by offering a unique program to equip individuals with the proper background to make positive changes in conflicted regions around the world.

Starting in January, Selkirk College will offer the one-semester Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program. The first of its kind in Canada, the program has been developed in partnership with Nonviolent Peaceforce with a goal of strengthening the effort to deploy professionally prepared unarmed civilians to areas of violent conflict.

Passionate crowd gathers for Nelson stop on CUPW Canada Post Caravan Tour

Burnaby/New Westminster MP for the NDP Peter Julian, with local CUPW President Brenda Muscoby-Yanke, speaks to the crowd at the Canada Post Caravan rally Monday at the City Hall Courtyard in Nelson. — Photo by Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

By Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

A large and passionate crowd gathered in front of city hall on Monday to protest the Harper government’s plan to implement community mailboxes and eliminate door-to-door delivery by postal workers.

The rally was hosted by the President of CUPW Local 790, Brenda Muscoby-Yanke, and featured speakers that included Wayne Stetski and Peter Julian of the NDP and National President of the CUPW, Mike Palecek.

River Talk — Water still has enormous value

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

CUPW Save Canada Post Caravan rides into Nelson Monday

Save Door to Door signs are everywhere in Nelson as the movement grows to stop Canada Post cutbacks. — The Nelson Daily photo

Postal workers from across the country refuse to take recent cutback decisions by Canada Post sitting down.

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) National President, Mike Palecek and the Save Canada Post Caravan is expected to roll into Nelson Monday for a rally outside City Hall.

“We want people to know something can be done to stop the governments’ cuts to Canada’s public postal service,” said Nelson president Brenda Muscoby-Yanke.

Highway 3 near Rock Creek re-opened to traffic; West Rock Creek fire now estimated at 3,750 hectares

Traffic was backed up for miles at the Needles Ferry north of Nakusp as people attempted to get to the Okanagan from the West Kootenay during the weekend. — Photo courtesy Deb Pasacreta

Traffic is once again flowing on the southern highway route through BC after officials re-opened Highway 3 between Midway and Osoyoos late Saturday.

The road had been closed to traffic due to the West of Rock Creek Wildfire.

Drive BC now reports the road is re-opened from 14 kilometers east of Osoyoos to Midway.

However, there remains a 50-kilometer speed limit. Motorists are urged to watch out for debris on the road.

Ex-Saints star Cody Fidgett lands pro deal with Quad City of ECHL

Ex-Saints sniper Cody Fidgett begins professional career after signing deal with Mallards. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

Former Selkirk Saints sniper Cody Fidgett inked a deal Thursday with the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL.

Fidgett, 24, played two seasons in Castlegar with the Saints, leading the Sunflower City squad to the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship in 2013 and 2014.

In 43 games with Selkirk, Fidgett scored 32 goals while adding 28 assists for 60 points.

He was instrumental in Saints winning back-to-back BCIHL titles, scoring four goals while adding eight assists in six playoff games.

RCMP report no major accidents but numerous drug seizures involving Shambhala Music Festival patrons

Shambhala Music Festival was once again a hit as approximately 15,000 people attended event near Salmo. But RCMP was out in full force patrolling the highways, and in the process, charged more than 20 people with drug possession. — The Nelson Daily photo

Sergeant John Ferguson of the West Kootenay Traffic Services said police are happy to report that there were no major accidents involving patrons attending last week’s Shambhala Music Festival near Salmo.

Ferguson said the WKTS and Integrated Road Safety Unit worked long hours to ensure the motoring public arrived to their destinations safely.

“Our focus this year was on the aggressive driving and getting people to drive responsibly,” Ferguson said in a media release Thursday.

Pot left on stove blamed for smoke filling downtown Nelson apartment

Firefighters found the smoke-filled room with a pot of food on the stove with the burner on maximum heat. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Department

A pot left on a stove-top element was blamed for smoke filling an apartment on Ward Street Wednesday morning in Nelson.

Nelson Fire Department dispatched the day crew to a call at 10:49 a.m. Wednesday of the smell of smoke in a commercial business.

When the on-duty members arrived with an engine, it was determined that the odor of smoke was not coming from the commercial property. 

The crew’s next objective was to find the source of the smoke.

Nelson's Don Kurylko dream sailboat begins maiden voyage

Don Kurylko — no he didn't smash this vintage bottle of champagne — poses by his sailboat prior to its voyage to the Pacific Ocean Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Don Kurylko’s sailboat, that took years to build inside a shed on his property, no longer rests at 1300 block of Stanley Street in Nelson.

The 34-foot hand-built sailboat is on its way to the Pacific Ocean, near Richmond.

A truck came to pick up the sailboat following a brief, but special, ceremony Saturday in Nelson near Gore and Stanley Streets.

Kurylko, along with a few friends drank champagne to celebrate the maiden voyage of his prize sailboat that took decades to build.

Trio of MVAs keep Nelson Fire Department busy

Nelson Fire crews responded to an accident at Pango Pizza restaurant. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Department

Emergency crews were busy Monday evening with no less than three motor vehicle accidents throughout the city said Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Mike Daloise.

The first incident was called in at 9:02 p.m. in the 500 block of Baker Street.

Daloise said dispatch received a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle accident.

"The on duty officer responded in a fire engine to assess," Daloise explained.

"Upon arrival it was quickly determined that the incident was relatively minor and did not require additional resources."