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El Niño year leads to faster than usual snowpack melt

The warmer weather is great, but it's reducing the snowpack faster than normal. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Warmer than average temperatures across the province are causing the snowpack to melt faster than usual, even in areas like the West Kootenays that received large amounts of snow during the winter.

The extremely warm weather in April has led to an accelerated melt for the snowpack in the region, and combined with below normal levels of precipitation in Southern BC for this time of year has some worried about potential fires upcoming in the summer.

String of break ins plaguing Uphill concerns Nelson Police

A string of thefts in the Uphill district of Nelson is raising alarm bells at the Nelson Police Department.

Sergeant Nate Holt said in a media release Saturday, the string of break ins began in late April.

"Since April 23, 2016 the Nelson Police Department has been monitoring a series of residential Break and Enters to homes in the Uphill area of Nelson," Hold explained.

"Nelson Police Department is not able to confirm that these crimes are linked at this time but there has been a pattern noted by investigators.

Savoy Hotel project nears completion as new facets prepare to come online

The outside still needs a little work, but the inside of the Savoy Hotel is looking like a Million Dollars plus. — The Nelson Daily photos

The past is melding with the present in the Savoy Hotel to offer the downtown of Nelson a new, multi-faceted, high-technology jewel that is now close to completion.

The Shambhala Music Festival-owned Savoy Hotel has been progressing well into its second year, with a nightclub and restaurant already open, and a micro-brewery, café and outdoor patio to follow suit shortly this spring.

It’s a metamorphosis for the venerable building that previously housed several businesses including a restaurant, nightclub, pub and hostel before it burned over eight years ago.

Fire Rescue Services respond to smoke coming from Nelson Apartments

Nelson Fire Rescue Services responded to a call of smoke on the third floor of the Nelson Apartments Thursday afternoon. — Submitted photo

Some poor cooking skills in the kitchen resulted in a full-scale fire drill for residents of the Nelson Apartments at 302 Vernon Street Thursday afternoon.

"The fire appears to have originated as a result of burnt food that was discovered, and affected all three floors with the odour," Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise said in a media release after emergency services responded to a report of smoke on the third floor of the Nelson Apartments.

Daloise said the 9-1-1 call came in at 3:55 p.m. Thursday of the report of smoke in the apartments.

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Nelson downtown

Paramedics assist a person hit in the crosswalk Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Ward and Baker Streets in Nelson. — Submitted photo

The center of downtown Nelson was blocked off to traffic for almost an hour after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk Wednesday in the 400 Block of Baker Street.

The pedestrian was hit by a gray van while walking across in the lane shortly before noon.

Nelson Police, Nelson Fire Department and BC Ambulance responded to the accident scene that totally blocked off the intersection at Ward and Baker Streets.

The person was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Highway 3 reduced to single alternating traffic pattern

Lumber from a tractor-trailer lays on the Paulson Bridge deck following an accident Tuesday afternoon. — Photo courtesy Kevin McGillivray

Highway 3 was reduced to single-lane, alternating traffic pattern for most of Wednesday as crews cleaned up a tractor-trailer accident Tuesday afternoon.

Crews were cleaning up lumber debris and fixing the bridge deck after lumber on the trailer shifted.

Tractor-trailer accident on Paulson Bridge shuts down Highway 3A

Drive BC is reporting Highway 3 between Christina Lake and Castlegar was closed for most of Tuesday evening due to an accident on the Paulson Bridge.

Selkirk College’s Professional Cook Program a Recipe for Employment

Students in the Selkirk College Professional Cook Program build a multitude of skills at Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus kitchen facility that make them job-ready and a hot commodity in today’s hospitality industry. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Not many schools can promise a student will have a job at the end of their studies. This year, Selkirk College’s cooking program is offering its grads their choice of them.

“Right now we have 16 students and more than 40 jobs to fill,” says Simon Parr, Instructional Assistant for Professional Cook (Level One) at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson.

Parr says students in the recently finished term are being courted with “three or four” job offers each, with many employers recruiting on site during the school year.

Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 moves slowly with facilities draft plan

Trafalgar Middle School is currently on the chopping blocks, but nothing is etched in stone.

Slowly, but surely, Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 is moving along with its facilities draft plan.

The first major decision coming for the upcoming school term appears to have Yahk Elementary School will be closing for 2016-2017.

However, the school will not close permanently, but with an expected enrolment of zero students it comes as no surprise that the school will likely not be operating in the future.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt caps amazing Junior career with WHL Player of the Year award

Dyden Hunt, with father Jeff and mother Carla, pose for a photo after the Nelson Minor Hockey grad won the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league's player of the year. — Photo courtesy Facebook

 

And the awards just keep on coming for Nelson Minor Hockey grad and Moose Jaw Warriors sniper Dryden Hunt.

Hunt, who beat out Western Conference and Victoria Royals defenceman Joe Hicketts, was crowned with the WHL’s highest honour Wednesday in Calgary when he was handed the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league's player of the year.

Hunt was the Eastern Conference Four Broncos Memorial Trophy winner.

2016 census forms now in the mail to Canadians

Under Section 31 of the Statistics Act, the consequence for failing to provide information to a mandatory census or falsely answering is liable to a summary conviction carrying a fine of up to $500, imprisonment of up to three months, or both.

Starting Monday, Statistics Canada began sending out census letters and packages to all Canadian households.

Residents in cities like Nelson will receive a letter with a secure 16-digit access code to complete their form online or they can request a paper form. 

May 10 is Census Day, however, the government is urging Canadians to complete the form upon receipt.

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