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Saskatchewan couple in plane crash near Nakusp identified

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of two persons who died after an air crash near Nakusp on Monday (April 11) afternoon as Lynndon Wayne Delisle, aged 58, and his wife Heather Lynn Delisle, aged 54, both of Wynyard, Saskatchewan.  

Delisle was the pilot of, and his wife the passenger in, a Rockwell 112 airplane.

The pair were flying from Kelowna east to Saskatchewan when the aircraft crashed near the west end of Trout Lake about 25 kilometres east of Galena Bay on the afternoon of April 11, 2016.

Don't get scammed again — CRA issues warning

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is advising the public that during tax time scammers are on the prowl looking to steal your hard-earned money.

The CRA said in a media release there is a scam making its round that asks taxpayers to share personal information over the phone.

The CRA says this is a scam.

"If you get a call or email that sounds like a scam, it probably is," the media release said.

"When the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) contacts you, (the agency) makes sure your personal information is protected," the release added.

The CRA will never:

Saskatchewan pair killed in plane crash north of Nakusp

Two people from Saskatchewan have been killed after a plane crashed in the mountains north of Nakusp.

Nakusp RCMP received a report at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Monday, of a downed airplane in the Trout Lake area near the Galena Lodge after the automatic beacon on the plane notified provincial authorities of an incident..

By the evening, police had confirmed that a Rockwell 112B single engine, low-wing four-seater aircraft with two people on board had crashed in a mountainous area.

At This Late Hour

(Author’s note: This column is an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark and has been sent to them by snail mail.)

 “A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species to which he belongs.”                                                                                                                             – Carl Jung

Inaugural Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count comes to Nelson

Tuesday in Nelson, the voluntary survey, Point-In-Time (PiT) Count, begins to gather information about the extent and nature of homelessness in Nelson during a 24-hour period. — The Nelson Daily

Beginning Tuesday, the Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH), along with volunteers and partners, will conduct Nelson’s first ever Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count.

A Point-In-Time (PiT) Count is a voluntary survey conducted over a 24-hour period to gather information about the extent and nature of homelessness in Nelson.

Government provides Compass Cards to BC Bus Pass holders

Nelson Transit rider Sylvia Irving shows the new Compass Card she received in the mail this week. — The Nelson Daily photo

There's a new pass for BC Bus Pass riders in the West Kootenay after the BC Government announced pass holders will be able to use public transit systems across the province now that TransLink is closing its fare gates.

There are about 100,000 people who have a subsidized BC Bus Pass and almost 80% of them live within the TransLink service area and are using the Compass card.

First detection of deadly bat disease on West Coast concerns BC

The Kootenay Community Bat Project wants people to report of dead bats, bats flying during the day and information on bat roost sites. — Photo courtesy of little brown bat by Marvin Moriarty, US Fish & Wildlife Service

A report confirmed last month by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife that White-Nose Syndrome had been detected on a dead bat near Seattle is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia said Juliet Craig, Coordinator of the Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) and BC Community Bat Program.

“We knew this deadly fungus that kills bats was moving westward across North America but we thought we had many years to prepare," Craig said.

Register Now for 'Hot & Bothered in the Kootenays'

Photographer Madeleine Guenette snapped this picture of an air tanker attack on the Sitkum Creek Wildfire during the record-breaking summer of 2015. — Photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette

The West Kootenay region experienced record-breaking high temperatures in spring and summer 2015.

By early July, wild fires burned at Nelson’s doorstep, and the city was on Stage 4 water restrictions for two months.

Outside Nelson, rural residents, dependent on surface water, continued to see lower water levels in the streams they rely on for drinking water. Some residents were completely without water at times during the summer.  

Selkirk College School of University Arts & Sciences Honours Top Students

Students in the Selkirk College School of University Arts & Sciences were honoured for the achievements and accomplishments at the Castlegar Campus last week. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As Selkirk College students prepare for the final push to the end of the Winter Semester, students and instructors in the School of University Arts & Sciences (UAS) gathered on the Castlegar Campus last week to recognize outstanding achievements and accomplishments.

The annual UAS Excellence Awards Ceremony was held in The Pit and provided a nice wrap on months of learning for those who have worked hard to accomplish their educational goals.

Deadline approaches for entry into West Kootenay Camera Club Photo contest

Photo Caption: A classic photo that went viral is the picture taken by Jim Lawrence of a bear looking into the camera.

Camera buffs have a few weeks to collect those award winning photos for entry into the West Kootenay Camera Club Photo contest.

Deadline for entries is (Saturday) April 23 at 4 p.m. Entries can be submitted to:  Kel Print in Castlegar, Doell Photography in Trail, or Vogue Photography in Nelson. 

Photographer Jim Lawrence of Lardeau, a 12-year-member of the club, anticipates a great contest this year.