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Last week to enter BCSPCA Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest

Just one of the many entries into the BC SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest. — Photo courtesy Annessa Terry, BCSPCA

Foxes, eagles and bears – oh my! These are just some of the stunning animals spotted in the BC SPCA’s eighth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest, which is only open for entries until Friday (September 30).

Fernie Search and Rescue assist in rescue of injured biker

Fernie SAR members wheel the 46-year-old biker out of the bush Saturday. — Photo courtesy Fernie SAR Facebook Page

Fernie Search and Rescue successfully removed an injured woman from the trail called Eric's Trip Saturday, September 24.

Search and Rescue officials were called to assist the injured mountain biker from the trail located adjacent to the Mt. Fernie Provincial Park Saturday afternoon.

Mt. Fernie Provincial Park is located a short distance west of Fernie.

The post on the Fernie Search and Rescue Facebook Page said the biker, a 46-year-old woman, sustained hip fractures when she landed awkwardly after riding over a man made structure (jump).

City seeks to recoup legal fees from Officer convicted of assault

Constable Drew Turner resigned his position as a police officer with NPD earlier this year.

The City of Nelson has decided to try to recoup legal fees from former Constable Drew Turner.

"At the September 20th board meeting, the Nelson Police Board reached a decision to recover legal fees from former Officer Drew Turner for defense of assault charges laid against Mr. Turner in 2014," said the City of Nelson media release Friday.

"Mr. Turner has been notified of the Board’s decision."

Director pushes for Salmo-Creston cell service

RDCK Area C director Larry Binks in on a mission to get cell phone service for the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Salmo and Creston — if it’s the last thing he does. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

The director for Area C of the Regional District of Central Kootenay says he’s going to get cell phone service for the Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston pass if it’s the last thing he does.

And Larry Binks told the RDCK board last week he’s going to the top to get it done.

“It’s been a burning issue for me for a number of years,” he told the RDCK board.

“I served up here and when I retired I moved up here, and when I got elected it became a real issue, because I kept getting complaints from everybody.”

BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Files for Judicial Review of Site C Dam Fisheries Permit

Environmental assessments of Site C predict the project will cause the extinction of local populations of Arctic Grayling, a 90 per cent reduction in the population of Mountain Whitefish, and substantial reductions in populations of already threatened Bull Trout.

The BC Hydro Ratepayers Association has filed for a Judicial Review of a fisheries permit related to the controversial Site C dam, arguing that the impact of the megaproject on the environment and on First Nations rights was not adequately justified before the permit was granted.

The permit or “Authorization”, issued in late August by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, “authorizes BC Hydro to conduct specified works and activities likely to result in serious harm to fish.”

Food Council aims to improve Kootenay systems from farmer’s field to table

The Central Kootenay Food Policy Council is looking to make the system work better.

People involved in the food industry in the central Kootenays will soon be sitting down at the same table with an aim to improve all aspects of the business in the region.

The Central Kootenay Food Policy Council will bring together farmers, food distributors, restaurant owners, politicians, bureaucrats and consumers this fall to examine how we grow and use food locally, with an eye to making systems work better.

First Annual Doxie Fun Fest raises money for SPCA

Doxie Fun Fest was celebrated by some of the cutest and funniest hounds around. — Submitted photos

The 1st Annual Doxie Fun Fest was a rainy one, but that didn’t stop the hounds from gathering and having fun Saturday, Sept 17 at Gyro Park in Trail.

There was a total of 25 Doxie’s with their proud owners join together for Wiener racing and contests.  This event was a great success in raising donations for the SPCA.

Doxie Fun Fest was celebrated by some of the cutest and funniest hounds around. 

Congrats to the following Doxie contest winners. 

NDP leader John Horgan — Government that puts people first

Leader of the NDP, John Horgan was in Nelson Friday at the invitation of Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall. — Brendan Quinn photo

There's going to be a provincial election next year in BC.

So is shouldn't surprise anyone to see the leaders of the provincial parties starting to rustle the bushes looking for votes.

First out of the starting gate in Nelson/Creston was John Horgan, leader of the provincial NDP who was at the Hume Hotel Friday night to meet Nelsonites and discuss his plans for the future.

Letter: Where did the elk go?

To The Editor:

Larry Hall, president of the East Kootenay Hunters Association, states that the East Kootenay now has 7,500-8,000 elk, down from 30,000.  MLA Bill Bennett agrees with Hall and then adds the diversion of wolves and bears as well as urban voters who don’t hunt.

Historically, at least half of the Rocky Mountain elk in BC have resided in the Kootenays, which would put the province’s total number of elk currently between 15,000 to 16,000 animals. 

How does that compare with other jurisdictions in North America? 

KIJHL suspends Rebel skipper for tampering

The Castlegar franchise will be without head coach Bill Rotheisier until late October.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League president Bill Ohlhausen confirmed that Castlegar Rebels head coach Bill Rotheisier has been suspended for 45 days for tampering.

Ohlhausen said Rotheisier, who began serving the suspension September 6, is to have no contact with the team one hour before and after any game during the suspension.