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TeckServ Student Internship Supports Rural Community Development

Funding is available to help organizations work with post-secondary students to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its sixth year, provides support for a Selkirk College student to engage in local community service through an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.

Heppler, Kramer spark Hawks past Nitros 2-1 to stay alive in Kootenay Conference Playoff

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks live to play again.

Dylan Heppler had two points and Tallon Kramer stopped 26 shots to spark the Murdoch Division Champs to a 2-1 victory over the Kimberley Dynamiters in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference playoff action Saturday night in Fruitvale.

Kimberley leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with Game five set for Monday in the Bavarian City.

The Hawks scored all the goals they would need on the power play in the second period to post their first win of the series.

Nelson's Sawyer Hunt sparks Kimberley past Beaver Valley in Kootenay Conference Finals

Beaver Valley coach Terry Jones will need to work some magic to rally the Hawks when Kootenay Conference Final Series resumes Saturday in Fruitvale. — The Nelson Daily

Sawyer Hunt's goal with 32 seconds left in the game sparked the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-3 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference Playoff action Friday in Fruitvale.

The goal gives the defending KIJHL Champs a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Conference Final Series.

Game four is Saturday at the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale.

Beaver Valley, leading for most of the game, squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2.

People around the globe are encouraged to flick the switch for Earth Hour

Get ready to turn out the lights . . . turn out the lights.

Earth Hour is upon us — Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

People throughout the world, including Canadians, British Columbians and West Kootenay/Boundary folk are encouraged to join in the powering down Saturday, March 19 during Earth Hour 2016.

“An hour without electricity reminds us of our growing dependence on technology and the importance of being mindful of our impact on the planet. We can all make the choices necessary to use less,” said Mary Polak, Environment Minister.

Report by Director of Police Services finally released; one additional officer and admin position for NPD

The review of staffing by Clayton Pecknold at Nelson Police has been released. —The Nelson Daily

One additional officer should be hired for Nelson Police Department said  Director of Police Services, Clayton Pecknold in his report to City Council and Nelson Police Board.

The report, which includes Pecknold recommending the addition of an administrative position, was announced in a media release by the City of Nelson Thursday morning.

“Mr. Clayton Pecknold, the Director of Police Services, has released his decision regarding the Nelson Police Board's 2015 budget request for an additional two officers and one administrative position,” the release said.

West Kootenay Community TEETH Society needs help spending $50,000 prize

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall (far left) joins West Kootenay Community TEETH Society board members, from left to right, Mara Sand, Pegasis McGauley, Christine Chore, Eric Ramsden and Barry Nelson to help celebrate the receipt of the $50,000 from Pacific Blue Cross. — Submitted photo

West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic Society is looking for a few friends to help spend $50,000.

Well, actually, West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic Society board is seeking partnerships from the region with the purpose of increasing access to low-cost quality dental care.

“We are seeking your ideas of how you can partner with TEETH in your community,” said Eric Ramsden Co-Chair of West Kootenay Community TEETH Clinic Society in a media release.

An Opportunity to Shape Our Community

Students in Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program did field reconnaissance in Rossland last spring.

Rossland residents are invited to examine draft versions of Rossland’s Life and Environment Action plans and to provide valuable input.

Second-year Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program students prepared the plans.  People can see them at an open house on Monday, March 14 at the Old Fire Hall (2115 Queen Street) in Rossland between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to familiarize themselves with the draft plans and to give their reactions.   There will be a formal presentation and group question-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m. 

BC Lung Association steps up to offer short-term radon testing

Scott McDonald, CEO of the BC Lung Association (left) and Alan Whitehead, CEO of Vancouver-based company Radon Environmental Management Corp have combined to speed up radon testing. — Submitted

The BC Lung Association has partnered with Radon Environmental Management Corp to provide a faster way to find out if your home, school or workplace has potentially unhealthy indoor radon levels, the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.   

“Waiting for months to find out if your home, school or workplace’s indoor radon levels are a lung cancer risk is not easy,” said Scott McDonald, CEO of the BC Lung Association. 

“No one should have to suffer from preventable radon-caused lung cancer.”

Ministry aware of the Western Toad’s precarious situation; ensures responsible logging practices near Summit Lake

Concerned citizens of the Western Toad look at where a feller buncher started building road into one of the cutblocks near Summit Lake. — Photo courtesy Craig Pettitt

Logging operations near Summit Lake have many Nakusp residents and biologists concerned about the impact on the Western Toad.

The toads are listed as a species of concern on the provincial Yellow list, meaning that while not endangered, populations are in decline in certain areas.

“Western Toads are relatively common in most of B.C., although population declines are suspected in the southwestern part of the province.