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Great opening to 40th year for Whitewater Ski Hill

Whitewater GM Kirk Jensen took advantage of the sneak-a-peek weekend with a few turns in the powder. Lots more where that came from. — Lisa Voigt photo

Whitewater officially launched the 2015/16 winter season Friday with daily operations.

Skiers received an early taste of the new year last weekend when the hill opened for two days on one of the deepest snowpacks in North America.

The celebration truly began when the resort announced it was joining the Powder Alliance, which offers Whitewater passholders up to 39 free lift tickets at 13 other resorts throughout Western North America.

Montana Burgess — Faith in the Paris climate summit

Montana Burgess stands at the entrance of the conference center in Paris front of the Canadian pillar, among the UN state pillar flags.

The world is watching to see what comes out of the Paris climate summit.

Montana Burgess is the West Kootenay EcoSociety's Community Organizer.

She's attending the Paris UN climate summit with the Climate Action Network delegation and is reporting back to the West Kootenays on developments at the negotiations and what they could mean for Canada and our region.


Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feeding on milkweed – Photo byValerie Huff.

The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP), a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, is accepting applications for the 2016 Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP). This program provides a total of up to $50,000 annually to projects in the Waneta area that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works, and other on-the-ground or applied projects.  

Decision delayed on police budget request

Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak, who has been busy attending several functions during the holiday season like Saturday’s Nelson Business Association Santa on Baker Street event, said there are many interested parties monitoring the outcome of the Provincial Police Review. — The Nelson Daily photo

Although a decision on the Nelson Police Department board budget request had been scheduled for the end of the month, the deadline has passed and no word has come from the province.

And there is no hint of when that decision will come, before the end of the year or early in the new year, said Mayor Deb Kozak, also the chair of the Nelson Police Department board.

“I think there is a lot to consider (in this decision),” she said.

“This decision, whichever way it goes, isn’t just about Nelson, it is about policing across the province.”

Take a walk back with BC Road Trip Time Machine — Highway 3A Nelson to Balfour, 1966

Wonder what it was like driving Highway 3A from Nelson to Balfour?

Well, the Ministry of Transportation found some old footage of provincial highways in a vault somewhere of highway travels during the 60's.

The Ministry of Transportation said these nostalgic videos (or photologs) from 16mm film footage taken in 1966.

"The original photologs were collected by rigging a camera onto the dash of a car that took still images every 80 feet or so and then running them all together as a single film."

Monsoon-like weather may force overnight closure of Kootenay Pass

The Kootenay Pass summit was a bit of a slushy mess Tuesday afternoon. — Photo courtesy DriveBC

Unseasonably high temperatures and heavy precipitation coupled with recent increased snowpack, and forecasted 40mm of rain, will cause an increase in avalanche hazard over Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 starting tonight said Katie Ward, Operations Manager-Central Kootenay MOTI West Kootenay District.

"It is very likely the conditions will force the closure of Kootenay Pass for the duration of the night," Ward said in a media release.

"It is highly likely that we will be seeing avalanches occurring that will affect the highway at Kootenay Pass."

Financial plan amendments cost city nearly $1.5 million

City council passed a Five Year Financial Plan amendment Monday night that covers almost $1.5 million worth of unforseen costs the city incurred this year. — Timothy Schafer photo, The Nelson Daily

Several “unforseen costs" have forced the city to crack open its existing financial plan and incorporate amendments to account for the cash.

Topping the list of four items that have to be added into the budget are the clean-up costs of the June 29 storm that pelted the city, racking up over $850,000 in damages to Nelson Hydro alone.

Factoring in the cost of the damage to the city, the bill nudges over $1 million in total costs to the City of Nelson.

UPDATED: Special Weather Statement cancelled

The calm before the storm at the Kootenay Pass summit. — Photo courtesy Drive BC

Thanks to the system moving through south of the 49th parallel, the Special Weather Statement for the West Kootenay has been cancelled by Environment Canada.

There will still be periods of rain, with snow level at 1000 metres.

Tuesday, increasing temperature has snow level rising from 1000 to 2000 metres near noon with the amount of precipitation between 15 to 25 mm.

Special Weather Statement issued by Environment Canada

Immaculata repeats as High School A Girl's Volleyball Champs — Wildcats finish seventh

Coach Joe Moreira (left) watched his Cats finish seventh overall at the BC High School A Girl's Volleyball Championships Saturday in Castlegar. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats concluded the BC High School A Girl's Volleyball Championships at Selkirk College in Castlegar on a winning note to finish seventh overall in the 16-team field.

The Wildcats outlasted Duncan Christian 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 11-15) in the best-of-three match to capture the match Saturday afternoon in Castlegar.

Earlier in the day, Mount Sentinel lost 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 15-9) to Kelowna Christian, a team the Cats defeated during the round robin draw.

Second person involved in a string of Nelson robberies found guilty

Krista Kalmikoff was found guilty by a jury during the weekend at the courthouse in Nelson.

The second person involved in a string of robberies that terrorized financial institutions and the public throughout the West Kootenay in spring of 2014 was found guilty of five counts by a jury during the weekend at Provincial Court in Nelson.

Krista Kalmikoff found guilty of the charges that included fleeing from police after the NDCU robbery, possession of the stolen cash and possession of stolen pharmaceuticals taken in the break and enters at two Castlegar pharmacies in March 2014.