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HEU laundry workers deliver petition to the legislature, urging government to save jobs

Carts are loaded but HEU members continue to fight to keep laundry with members.

The voices of 12,423 British Columbians were heard at the provincial legislature this morning with the tabling of a petition calling on government to halt the Interior Health Authority's plan to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.
A delegation of Hospital Employees' Union laundry workers presented their petition to NDP MLAs Michelle Mungall, Jennifer Rice and opposition health critic Judy Darcy on the steps of the legislature, prior to being tabled during Question Period.

Gerrard Trout respond to diminishing food supply

Gill and Gift owner Randy Zelonka holds what fish caught in Kootenay Lake were like in 2011. — Submitted photo

Gerrard Rainbow Trout spawning numbers are low this year, and that could be a good thing says a fisheries biologist.

“There is room here for both concern and optimism. Short term the numbers mean a period of time where trophy rainbow trout fishing will be poor,” said Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) senior provincial fisheries biologist Jeff Burrows.

“However, the numbers also mean that Kokanee predators are rapidly readjusting to feeding conditions, which will improve survival of Kokanee.”

Kaslo, New Denver prepare to host May Days Celebrations

The Kaslo May Day parade is set for Monday at high noon. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Victoria Day long weekend comes a little earlier this year.

But that will not stop organizers in Kaslo and New Denver from rolling out the red carpet on May Days Celebrations 2015.

And if Mother Nature cooperates by giving some great weather, New Denver and Kalso will give locals the best reason for a Staycation with the traditional May Day celebrations on the he unofficial first long weekend of summer.

Both celebrations have been around for more than 100 years — Kaslo 121 and New Denver 107 years young.

RCMP called after Ridgewood Road resident deals with bear inside home

A resident of Ridgewood Road north of Nelson had to stare down a black bear inside the home late Tuesday night. — Stock photos

Nelson RCMP said a Ridgewood Road homeowner experienced a rude awakening Tuesday night after a black bear entered the residence located five kilometers north of the Heritage City on the North Shore.

Cpl. Michael Stefani of the Nelson RCMP said police dispatch received a call from the resident at 11 p.m. Tuesday of rustling inside the home.

"Upon getting up and looking out his bedroom door a black bear was seen looking at him from around a corner in the kitchen area down the hall," Cpl. Stefani explained in the media release.

Nelson RCMP ask for public assistance in find missing man near Beasley

John Nichols, 21, has been reported missing in the Beasley area west of Nelson. — photo courtesy RCMP

Nelson RCMP is asking of public assistance to find man last seen in the Beasley area, 15 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A

Monday, at 9 p.m., Nelson RCMP received a report of a missing person, John Nichols, age 21.

Nichols arrived at a residence on Awesome View Rd in Beasley on Tuesday (May 5) to drop a friend off and decided to stay for a few days himself. 

Quick thinking by a Clark Freightways driver spares ducks

A Clark Freightways driver helped save a young duck family Saturday afternoon near Taghum. — The Nelson Daily photo

Everyone says a "friend in need, is a friend indeed."

This Mother Duck, unknowingly, was never so happy as to have this cautious, and courteous, Clark Freightways driver watching the road Saturday afternoon near Taghum.

The driver saw Mother Duck trying to cross Highway 3A with her young flock in search of Kootenay River waters.

The Clark Freightways driver, seeing this could be curtains for the ducks, slowly stopped his truck in the middle of the highway.

Nelson Commons commitment to hiring local includes women

Nelson's Selina Drake has had no problem fitting in with the men at the Nelson Commons site. — Photo courtesy Eva Brownstein, The Nelson Daily

Men may still hold the lion’s share of industrial jobs, but women are slowly, but surely, making a dent in those numbers.

At the Nelson Commons job site, Selina Drake of Nelson is one of those trendsetters from the female side of the playing field.

"I'm a rare breed," said Drake, who operates a dump truck for McNally Excavating.

McNally Excavating is one of the many local contractors benefiting from the $26 Million mega-project, that when completed, will have a 54 unit retail/residential complex along with the new location for the Kootenay Co-op Food Store.

Almost 12,000 British Columbians sign petition against privatization of hospital laundry services

HEU workers staged a rally Wednesday against the closure of laundry facilities at the corner of Pandosy Street and Royal Avenue in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy HEU

The Hospital Employees Union (HEU) continue to hold Interior Health's feet to the fire in an effort to save job cuts to the laundry services in area hospitals, including Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson.

HEU communications officer Brenda Whitehall said nearly 12,000 British Columbians have signed a petition calling on the provincial government to cancel plans by the Interior Health Authority to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities throughout the region.

Water levels close to normal in West Kootenay, as parts of Washington face drought

The water in the Kootenay River near Taghum has been low more than a month as Fortis & BC Hydro wait for the spring runoff. — The Nelson Daily photo

Drought has been declared in many parts of Washington State, and April’s weather report shows the West Kootenay had a significantly drier start to spring than normal.

But things are still looking fairly normal in terms of water supply for the region, according to officials.

Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

“(I believe) the big issue with this is Work Safe BC,” Connell added.