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Panhandling bylaw avoids adoption as status quo in city’s downtown set to continue

A concern about the intent of the proposed bylaw — and a call for more time to measure the effectiveness of a potential street outreach worker — was enough to have the passing of a proposed panhandling bylaw thwarted Monday night. — The Nelson Daily

A rare 11th hour decision by city council has derailed the controversial proposed panhandling bylaw from becoming legislation.

A concern about the intent of the proposed bylaw — and a call for more time to measure the effectiveness of a potential street outreach worker — was enough to have the passing of a proposed panhandling bylaw thwarted Monday night.

Selkirk College Welcomes Hospitality Industry Powerhouse to Faculty

Selkirk College will welcome David MacGillivray to the School of Hospitality & Tourism in the Fall Semester. The industry veteran will arrive to Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus after spending 35 years at some of Canada’s most well-known luxury hotels. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

After more than 35 years on the floor of one of the world’s most recognized hotel chains, David MacGillivray is bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Selkirk College.

This autumn, Selkirk College welcomes MacGillivray to its faculty as a new full-time instructor for the Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT) and Post Graduate Hospitality Management programs.

“The timing was right for me to make the next step in my career. It seemed right on so many levels,” says MacGillivray.

Beasley Rescue Society cuts ribbon on new home for lifesaving equipment

Beasley Fire Chief Al Craft, standing beside Wayne Lundberg of the Columbia Basin Trust and RDCK Area F Director Tom Newell, cuts the ribbon on the four-bay facility Tuesday in the Fire Hall. — RDCK photo

Thanks to funding from the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Columbia Basin Trust, the Beasley Rescue Society has a new home for its lifesaving equipment.

At an event commemorating the completion of the building Tuesday, Beasley Fire Chief Al Craft said the project “is a strong symbol of the power of partnership.”

The four-bay facility houses a variety of vehicles and equipment, including a structural protection unit — a trailer carrying sprinkler equipment which can be deployed throughout the regional district to protect homes in case of wildfire.

MOTI listens to Queens Bay Residents, extends consultation period

To allow more time to submit comments, the ministry is extending the public consultation period to October 6th, 2016.

Queens Bay Residents have been given a bit of wiggle room in their quest to halt the moving of the Balfour Ferry Terminal to the Queens Bay North location.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure sent out a media release saying  the "ministry is extending the public consultation period to October 6th, 2016."

"Needless to say this is good news and a huge relief for Kootenay Lake, in particular Balfour and Queens Bay residents and businesses," said John Betts of the Queens Bay Residents Association.

Sweet Music — Winlaw, Jewett Elementary schools saved from closure

The crowd listened carefully during the Kootenay Lake School District Special Open Meeting to discuss the School Closure Bylaw Tuesday at the L.V. Rogers High School Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn, The Nelson Daily

It’s official: Winlaw and Jewett Elementary schools will continue to operate despite initial predictions of potential closure.

Thanks in part to a funding grant from the province, Winlaw Elementary, located in the Slocan Valley, will remain open for business; sweet music to the ears of concerned parents, students and teachers from the area.

Bombers host Youth Basketball Camp at LVR Hangar

Basketball has been big in the news with NBA free agent moves along with Canadian Men's National squad trying to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

In Nelson, at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium, young basketball enthusiasts can learn a thing or two about the game at the 2016 Bomber Basketball Camp.

The summer camp goes from July 18-21 at the LVR Hangar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

The camp is open to girls and boys from Grades 4 to 9.

RCMP stop 11 impaired drivers during Canada Day weekend

Anyone seeing an impaired driver is asked to pull over before contacting 9-1-1 with details. — The Nelson Daily

Cpl. Chad Badry of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the West Kootenay Traffic Services was kept busy this Canada Day weekend patrolling the highways in the Kootenay/Boundary region.

Badry said officers cited the motorists for numerous infractions, including 53 speeding tickets, five seatbelt and two cell phone violations as well as 11 drivers were removed from the road for driving while impaired by drug or alcohol.

"Thankfully there were no fatalities in our area," Badry added.

Kootenay Lake School Board receives some good news on eve of Tuesday’s Special Open Board Meeting

The meeting at Winlaw Elementary saw the Board take the most heat as the community bands together to try to save its school. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake School District received some favourable news from the Ministry of Education Friday that may assists in the decision-making process when the Board hosts the first of two special meetings of the School Closure Bylaw Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium.

The Ministry pre-approved 2017-18 funding for the Jewett Elementary in Meadow Creek and one of the two schools in the Slocan Valley W.E. Graham in Slocan or Winlaw Elementary.

Jewett's pre-approved funding was $46,947 while W.E. Graham or Winlaw Elementary was $295,532 or $347,142.

Teen in Mount Sentinel evacuation charged with two counts of uttering threats

Denver Skey appeared in BC Provincial Court in Nelson Wednesday.

The teenager accused of making threats last Friday at Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan made an appearance Wednesday in BC Provincial Court in Nelson.

Denver Skey, 18, was in court to hear charges of two counts of uttering threats.

The threats resulted in administration locking down the high school as well as sending students home from the Brent Kennedy Elementary School.

The incident also forced cancellation of Grad Ceremonies at Mount Sentinel Friday, which is located 20 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Pair charged by Nelson Police following firearm complaint in Heritage City

Weapons complaints kept NPD officers busy Sunday afternoon.

Nelson Police officers were kept busy Sunday afternoon with two potentially dangerous calls dealing with firearms complaints in the city.

Nelson Police Sergeant Paul Bayes said the two incidents occurred in Rosemont and Jam Factory Lane near Vernon Street, with the latter resulting in charges to two males.

“Both males were charged with: unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized; careless use of a firearm; possession of weapon dangerous to public and unauthorized transport in motor vehicle.