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RCMP on lookout for Cranbrook home invasion suspect

RCMP in Cranbrook now have reason to believe Salvador-Bejarano is now in the Calgary area.

The Cranbrook RCMP are asking the public’s assistance in locating Michael Andres Salvador-Bejarano who currently has a warrant outstanding for his arrest in connection with the February 4th 2016, home invasion incident in Cranbrook.

A warrant for arrest has been issued for Michael Andres Salvador-Bejarano, born May 23, 1991.

Salvador is believed to be in the Calgary area.

Salvador-Bejarano is described as:

KAST, NTC host Robo Games at Tenth Street Campus

Noah Rawick sets up a Robot battle during a recent Robo Games competition. —Submitted photo

In 2010, KAST and the Nelson Tech Club joined forces with 6 Kootenay Boundary middle schools in holding the first Annual Robogames.

Twenty-four students, aged 12 to 17 created the robotic entries which battled for robotic supremacy. In 2016, we're hosting nearly 40 teams and over 80 participants in our largest, most ambitious event to date. 

Lead by NTC President, Brad Pommen, the Nelson, BC Hackerspace shouldered the mentoring and guidance, along with assistance from many of the society's Directors.

Canadian Literary Icon Lawrence Hill Returns to Region for Workshop and Lectures

Canadian author Lawrence Hill visited Nelson in November, 2014 for a Mir Centre for Peace Lecture at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus. Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring for a pair of lectures and a special workshop for writers. — Submitted photo

Canadian literary icon Lawrence Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring to speak on his latest timely and acclaimed novel The Illegal, a fictional narrative inspired by the plight of real refugees.

In recent conversation with the CBC, Hill — known best for his epic novel The Book of Negroes — said he wanted to write about the struggles of displaced people long before the recent headlines.

While visiting his sister in West Berlin in the 1980s, he became interested in the Sudanese expats and refugees that she was spending time with.

KIJHL gets it right after Leafs appeal suspensions

Leafs netminder Patrick Ostermann watch the rebound closely during Friday's 5-3 KIJHL win over Castlegar at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.

However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.

Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.

BlackJack's Julien Locke Wins Sprint at the NORAM

Julien Locke of Rossland's BlackJack Ski Club won his second sprint race in a row. — Photo courtesy Patrick Haag

Snow conditions left a lot to be desired in the Outaouais region, but the skiers dealt with it.  Before the races, there had been rain and warm temperatures; on race day, the weather was fine -- sunny, and a bit below freezing.

Julien Locke of Rossland's BlackJack Ski Club won the sprint in the previous Buff race, and also in the US Nationals in January.

This time, Locke earned a narrow win over Knute Johnsgaard in the first semi-final.  In the final, Locke revved up on the last hill and gained a lead that he held past the finish line for another win.  

Council turns green as it considers business bylaw changes to deal with medical marijuana dispensaries

The Kootenay Compassion Collective on Front Street is one of a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries now open in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

The growing proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Nelson not only prompted city council to roll up a change to its business licence bylaw, but it piped up two resolutions directed at upper levels of government to help deal with it.

Over the past year, several storefronts — at least five — selling medical marijuana have opened in Nelson, a city staff report to city council on Monday night read.

Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert series presents The Clinton Swanson Quartet

The Clinton Swanson Quartet includes, from left, Don Clark – Trumpet, Doug Stephenson – Guitar, Rob Fahie – Bass and Clinton Swanson – Saxophone. — Submitted photo

For its third concert of the season, the Selkirk Pro-Musica Concert Series is proud to present the Clinton Swanson Quartet. 

“Nelson’s hardest working musician” teams up with some of the region’s finest to present an evening of intricately arranged chamber jazz. 

Inspired by ensembles like the Modern Jazz Quartet, the group will present original music and arrangements of pieces by jazz legends such as John Coltrane, John Lewis and Charlie Parker.

Queen's Bay earns National FireSmart recognition

FireSmart Canada reps will present the award to the community on (Wednesday) February 10 at noon at St.Francis in the Woods, 9230 Lauder Road, Queens Bay. — Submitted photo

Representatives from FireSmart Canada will be in Queen's Bay next week to present the community with national recognition for its 2015 efforts to be FireSmart the Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release Wednesday.

“This honour speaks to the incredible commitment and hard work of Queen’s Bay residents to keep their community safe,” said Nora Hannon, Local FireSmart Representative and Balfour Deputy Fire Chief in the release.

“I would like to see all residents throughout the region apply FireSmart principles to their homes.”

Nelson's Dryden Hunt earns WHL Player-of-the-month honours

Dryden Hunt, who was interviewed on Sportsnet earlier this month following a WHL telecast, has been on fire of late with 24 points in the month of January.

During the summer, Nelson's Dryden Hunt wasn't really sure where he'd be playing hockey this season.

In September, the Moose Jaw Warriors decided to take a chance on the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.

The deal, Hunt to Moose Jaw in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2018 back to Medicine Hat Tigers, has paid off in spades for the Warriors.