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Classic Car Club of America tour wows local car buffs

The parking lot at the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort was filled with vehicles participating in the CCCA Pacific Northwest Carvan. — The Nelson Daily photos

Car buffs were taken back to the 1930's and 40's Thursday at the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort as the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) made a pitstop in the Heritage City.

Some 60 drivers were participating in the CCCA Pacific Northwest Carvan and Nelson was the second stop on the tour that began Wednesday in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.

"Some of us know others from other tours but a lot of us just join the tour to meet other owners," an owner told The Nelson Daily Thursday.

And you don't mind putting miles on your cars?

Health Authority laundry costs skyrocket in Lower Mainland says HEU

HEU said laundry cost could balloon if the IHA decides to continue with its privatization idea.

The Hospital Employees’ Union issued a press release Thursday saying current laundry costs in the Lower Mainland should be raising red flags to the Interior Health Authority in its bid to privatization services at interior hospitals.

Financial statements obtained by the HEU show payments for private laundry contracts made by Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services authorities, as well as Providence Health Care (PHC), grew by $23 million, or 170 per cent, since 2007.

Trail AA Orioles AA American Legion squad hosts tourney at Butler Park

The baseball season is heating up as the Trail AA Orioles AA American Legion squad hosts a tournament this weekend in Trail.

The Trail AA Orioles AA kicks off the season this weekend by hosting the Trail Invitational Baseball Tournament at Butler Park.

The Orioles play in a new division of the American Legion Baseball League against teams from Colville, Asotin, Mt. Spokane, Lewis and Clarke, Gonzaga Prep, Mead, Rogers and West Valley

“Last year we played to an 8-8 record in league play just out of the playoffs,” said manager Ron Mace.

Mace said the Trail AA Orioles play in the XBL men's league in Trail to prepare for the season.

Nelson CARES Society spearheads Wheelchair Accessible Van survey

Randi Jensen (left) and AFC Initiative Coordinator Corrine Younie discuss the new Wheelchair Accessible Van survey Tuesday on Kootenay Co-op Radio. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Carshare Cooperative and the Nelson & District Seniors Coordinating Society have banded together to explore the option of adding a wheelchair accessible van to the Kootenay Carshare fleet.

The project, initiated by the Nelson CARES Society, is part of the Age Friendly Community Initiative (AFC).

The AFC has determined that there is no public access to a wheelchair accessible vehicle in the West Kootenays and is working with the community to address this gap in transportation services for seniors and other persons with mobility challenges.  

Province calls public meeting on Kootenay Lake fishery Monday in Balfour

The province is hosting a special public meeting Monday at the Balfour Community Hall to discuss what officials are doing to help the industry.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has called a special meeting Monday (June 15) to explain to the public about plans for the recovery of the Kootenay Lake fishery.

The meeting, set from 7-9 p.m. at the Balfour Community Hall in Balfour, is co-hosted by the Province and the Balfour and District Business & Historic Association.

Nelson Fire crews keep truck fire from spreading to forests on Bealby Road

Nelson Fire Department members work to contain a truck fire Monday evening on Bealby Road. — Submitted photo

Rapid response by the Nelson Fire Department prevented a truck fire from spreading near a home on Bealby Road Monday evening.

NFD dispatch received a call at 6:29 p.m. Monday of a vehicle fire at 2080 Bealby Road.

The owner of a 2010 Dodge Ram truck was backing an attached travel trailer up the steep driveway when the fire started in the engine.

Both on-duty members along with additional firefighters responded to find the pickup engulfed in flames.

NPD says skateboarder knocked unconcious after fall while riding on city streets

Nelson Police would like to remind riders that skateboarding within the city limits is prohibitied with the exception of the Rosemont skate park. — The Nelson Daily file photo

A skateboarder is lucky not to have sustained serious injury after falling off the board near Park and Vernon Streets Saturday (June 5) night.

Police received a call at approximately 10:30 p.m. that a male was found unconscious at the top of Vernon Street, around the 900 Block.

It was determined the male, not wearing a helmet, fell off his skateboard while travelling down Park Street at a high rate of speed.

The male regained consciousness before being transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital for treatment.

Selkirk College Board of Governors Green Lights Balanced Budget

Selkirk College graduated more than 750 students in a variety of different diploma and certificate programs this past April. With a balanced budget heading into the coming fiscal year, the educational opportunities and mission of lifelong learning will continue to flourish in our region. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College will move into the next fiscal year with a balanced budget after receiving approval from its Board of Governors earlier this month.

After months of hard work by administration and staff, the 2015-2016 Selkirk College budget was passed at the June 2 board meeting.

The college can now proceed with its $43.1 million budget that represents expenditures in the West Kootenay-Boundary region that have an overall direct and indirect economic impact of $200 million.

Southeast Fire Centre fire ban partially rescinded

Effective at noon on Thursday (June 4) Category 2 open fires will once again be permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre due to a decreased risk of wildfires.

The public is now permitted to burn waste, slash or other materials in a pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width. The rescinding of this prohibition does not include Category 3 fires. A map of the Category 3 prohibition area is available online at:

West Kootenay EcoSociety asks province to reject proposed heli-ski tenure near Kokanee Glacier Park

A screen shot shows what a heli-ski is proposing for Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety (WKES) is calling to the provincial government to deny an application for a heli-ski tenure on the border of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – stating that the proposed operation would have adverse impacts on the park’s ecosystem and non-mechanized users.

Submitted by Wendell Maki of Kootenay Heli-Ski Inc. (KHS), the tenure application requests an operating area of 144.66 square kilometres for guided helicopter skiing in the winter only.