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Inaugural Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count comes to Nelson

Tuesday in Nelson, the voluntary survey, Point-In-Time (PiT) Count, begins to gather information about the extent and nature of homelessness in Nelson during a 24-hour period. — The Nelson Daily

Beginning Tuesday, the Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH), along with volunteers and partners, will conduct Nelson’s first ever Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count.

A Point-In-Time (PiT) Count is a voluntary survey conducted over a 24-hour period to gather information about the extent and nature of homelessness in Nelson.

Government provides Compass Cards to BC Bus Pass holders

Nelson Transit rider Sylvia Irving shows the new Compass Card she received in the mail this week. — The Nelson Daily photo

There's a new pass for BC Bus Pass riders in the West Kootenay after the BC Government announced pass holders will be able to use public transit systems across the province now that TransLink is closing its fare gates.

There are about 100,000 people who have a subsidized BC Bus Pass and almost 80% of them live within the TransLink service area and are using the Compass card.

First detection of deadly bat disease on West Coast concerns BC

The Kootenay Community Bat Project wants people to report of dead bats, bats flying during the day and information on bat roost sites. — Photo courtesy of little brown bat by Marvin Moriarty, US Fish & Wildlife Service

A report confirmed last month by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that White-Nose Syndrome had been detected on a dead bat near Seattle is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia said Juliet Craig, Coordinator of the Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) and BC Community Bat Program.

“We knew this deadly fungus that kills bats was moving westward across North America but we thought we had many years to prepare," Craig said.

Register Now for 'Hot & Bothered in the Kootenays'

Photographer Madeleine Guenette snapped this picture of an air tanker attack on the Sitkum Creek Wildfire during the record-breaking summer of 2015. — Photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette

The West Kootenay region experienced record-breaking high temperatures in spring and summer 2015.

By early July, wild fires burned at Nelson’s doorstep, and the city was on Stage 4 water restrictions for two months.

Outside Nelson, rural residents, dependent on surface water, continued to see lower water levels in the streams they rely on for drinking water. Some residents were completely without water at times during the summer.  

Selkirk College School of University Arts & Sciences Honours Top Students

Students in the Selkirk College School of University Arts & Sciences were honoured for the achievements and accomplishments at the Castlegar Campus last week. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As Selkirk College students prepare for the final push to the end of the Winter Semester, students and instructors in the School of University Arts & Sciences (UAS) gathered on the Castlegar Campus last week to recognize outstanding achievements and accomplishments.

The annual UAS Excellence Awards Ceremony was held in The Pit and provided a nice wrap on months of learning for those who have worked hard to accomplish their educational goals.

Deadline approaches for entry into West Kootenay Camera Club Photo contest

Photo Caption: A classic photo that went viral is the picture taken by Jim Lawrence of a bear looking into the camera.

Camera buffs have a few weeks to collect those award winning photos for entry into the West Kootenay Camera Club Photo contest.

Deadline for entries is (Saturday) April 23 at 4 p.m. Entries can be submitted to:  Kel Print in Castlegar, Doell Photography in Trail, or Vogue Photography in Nelson. 

Photographer Jim Lawrence of Lardeau, a 12-year-member of the club, anticipates a great contest this year.

Student Scientists Win Big at the Regional Science Fair

Dylan Peil, of LVR, and Marisa Price and Johanna Brochhagen, both from Trafalgar Middle School, pose after receiving the Canada-wide Science Fair Grand Award enabling them to attend the Canada-wide Science Fair in Montreal, Quebec. — Submitted photo

A trio of regional science enthusiasts are ready to travel to Quebec to represent the region following a successful showing at the West Kootenay Boundary Science Fair Saturday at L.V. Rogers high school in Nelson.

Joining Dylan Peil of LVR, who now has qualified three times to attend the Canada-wide Science Fair, are the Marisa Price and Johanna Brochhagen, both from Trafalgar Middle School.

The trio represent the West Kootenay Boundary Region at the Canada-wide Science Fair from May 18-20 in Montreal, Quebec.

March monthly temperature 1.5 degrees milder than normal

The weather is great now, as seen from Gyro Park lookout in Nelson, but March saw late winter-spring El Nino bring lots of precipitation to the region. — The Nelson Daily

There was plenty of precipitation, but not much accumulation of snow at the higher elevations said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in his monthly weather release.

"As is typical of a late winter-spring El Nino, March of 2016 was mild and very wet,'' Lakeman said.

"The mean monthly temperature was 1.5 degrees milder than normal.  The total amount of precipitation was 119.6 millimetres or 190% of the normal amount during March."

UPDATED: Heartbreak for Team BC at 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships

Team BC third Dave Stephenson (center) with lead Fred Thomson of Nelson on the left and Trail's Don Freschi on the right is listed as questionable for Saturday semi final game against Team Ontario. — Submitted photo

Team BC's run at the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships in Digby, Nova Scotia ended Saturday morning with a 6-5 loss to Bryan Cochrane of Team Ontario during semi final action.

Team BC lost a chance to finish in the medals after dropping a 7-5 decision to Alan O'Leary of Team Nova Scotia in the Bronze Medal match.

Meanwhile, Cochrane doubled Randy Neufeld of Team Manitoba 6-3 to capture the 2016 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in the Gold medal game.

Wranglers knock off defending champion Dynamiters to clinch 2016 KIJHL Title

Wrangler players celebrated the first KIJHL franchise in team history in front of the home fans Thursday night in 100 Mile House. — Photo courtesy Twitter

In 2015, Kimberley netminder Tyson Brouwer was "All World" in backstopping the Nitros to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship.

This year is was Zane Steeves turn to lead his 100 Mile House Wranglers to the top of the KIJHL.

Steeves turned aside 40 of 41 shots to lead the Wranglers to a 2-1 victory over the Dynamiters in Game five of the KIJHL best-of-seven series Thursday night in 100 Mile House.

The win gives 100 Mile House a 4-1 decision in the League Championship Series and the first KIJHL title in team history.