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Nelson loses out to Chilliwack at 'Best of the Best' Tap Water Taste Test Challenge

The City of Chilliwack came away with the top prize at the 2015 “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test Challenge.

Nelson qualified for the finals, but ended up losing out to Chillwack in “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test Challenge at the B.C.Water and Waste Association conference Thursday at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

The competition format was based on a taste test held annually at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (AWWA ACE), and is similar in many ways to a wine tasting.

Air Canada shoots down Kootenay MP's idea to improve reliability at West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar

Passengers still must check the weather report before heading off to the West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar.

High expectations quickly turned to harsh reality for BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko and Kootenay/Columbia rep David Wilks following a meeting Wednesday with Air Canada officials.

The two Kootenay MPs met with Air Canada VP Government Affairs, Industry and Corporate Strategy Derek Vanstone to discuss the future of the West Kootenay Airport in Castlegar.

The meeting was to lobby the national carrier to make a few changes to improve the reliability of the airport in Castlegar during winter month when less-than-favourable weather cancels flights more often than not.

High School students receive taste of college life during annual Experience Selkirk Day

Students from Boundary Central Secondary School and Grand Forks Secondary School combined to capture the coveted Twin Rivers Cup at the annual Experience Selkirk Day on the Castlegar Campus. Students took part in a number of fun games where they compiled points for their teams in order to determine the winner. — Selkirk College photo

High school students from across the West Kootenay-Boundary received a taste for post-secondary life last week at the annual Experience Selkirk Day.

More than 400 students descended on Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus, Tenth Street Campus and Kootenay Studio Arts Campus to take in morning workshops and afternoon games. It was an opportunity for those considering a post-secondary pathway at Selkirk College to get a closer look.

“We spend time visiting high schools and talking with students throughout the year,” says Selkirk College Recruitment Specialist Aimie Chernoff.

Outbreak of Salmonella infections related to contact with live baby poultry

Interior Health is advising the public about the potential outbreak of salmonellosis.

Interior Health is advising the public of an outbreak of salmonellosis related to contact with live baby poultry originating from a hatchery in Alberta.

The investigation, involving IH, the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC health authorities, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial partners, has the potentially to spread to into Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

NPD officers deploy Conducted Energy Weapon to disarm knife-wielding suspect

Nelson Police were forced to use a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) to disarm a distraught woman with a knife Sunday at an apartment building in the Heritage City.

Nelson Police Department Acting Sergeant Brian Weber said in a prepared statement said the woman became enraged, and started toward the officers with a knife in hand.

" A Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) was rapidly deployed by one of the officers," Weber explained.

Citizen’s prosecution proceeds in Lemon Creek Spill

Slocan Valley resident Marilyn Burgoon said she is prepared to prosecute the case herself after court on Monday. — Photo by Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

There is another delay in a Slocan valley woman’s prosecution of the province of BC and the Executive Flight Centre over the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek nearly two years ago.

Provincial Court Judge Richard Hewson set June 16 for the parties to fix a date for a trial in April 2016, in Nelson provincial court Monday.

“Well, it gives me more time for fund raising,” said Marilyn Burgoon who was awarded the right to prosecute both parties under the Federal Fisheries Act in provincial court last December.

Work continues on Kokanee Mountain Zipline project

One of the decks can be seen cut out of the mountain near Kokanee Park. — Submitted photo

You could hear the excitement in Todd Manton’s voice.

However, before Manton and brother Jay see the first client glide gracefully glide down the Kokanee Mountain Zipline, there’s just a little more work that has to be completed.

Okay, a little more than just a little. But in a few months zipline enthusiasts from the area will be flying down the six-zipline course.

UPDATED: Weather alert for Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake discontinued by Environment Canada

As of Sunday evening, Environment Canada as removed the weather alert for the Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake region of the West Kootenay, including the Boundary region.

The alert has been reduced to a risk of thundershowers for the region.

Environment Canada continues weather alert for Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake region

Environment Canada continued its weather alert for the Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake region of the West Kootenay, including the Boundary region.

Report: Baby boomers face transportation challenges

Transit recommendations include adopting the Handy Dart system to help transport seniors. — Photo courtesy BC Transit

They grew up feeling secure.

They benefited from easier access to education.

They came of age during a time of some of the biggest social change in North America.

And now the baby boomers, all of whom will turn 65 between 2011 and 2031, are facing a huge challenge in the West Kootenay.

How will they get around when they can no longer get around---especially to take care of their health care needs many kilometers from home?

Nelson Police urge motorcyclists to be careful when travelling highways

Motorcyles are 15 times more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a crash.

Nelson Police is advising drivers to watch out for motorcycles on the road now that summer-like weather has now began to dominate the West Kootenays.

"The minimalism of riding a motorcycle can be a fun, efficient method of transportation, but also makes riders more vulnerable to hazards compared to traveling by car," said Nelson Police Sergeant Paul Bayes.