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Special Public Avalanche Warning for much of BC’s Mountainous Regions

Weekend backcountry warriors take note.

Avalanche Canada is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users from Friday January 22 to Monday January 25.

The warning, including the Kootenay-Boundary, applies to the NW Coast and South Coast Inland, as well as the following central interior mountain regions — Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells and the Lizard/Flathead region.

Glacier National Park is also issuing a public warning today.

Court date set as federal lawyers step into Lemon Creek legal case

The Lemon Creek fuel spill will be back in the news next week as federal lawyers take up the case in Nelson Courthouse beginning Monday morning. — Photo courtesy Lucas Jmieff

The first court date has been set in the Lemon Creek fuel spill legal case as federal lawyers have officially taken up the mantle of a private citizen’s charge against the province and the flight fuel company involved in the spill.

Marilyn Burgoon’s charge under the Fisheries Act arising out of the 2013 Lemon Creek fuel spill will be heard for the first time Monday, Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Nelson Courthouse when federal lawyers step in to bring some resolution to the pending legal case.

Meadow Creek wetland project now largest on private land in Canada

A wetlands restoration project started by Terry and Michele Halleran in Meadow Creek recently completed Year Two. — Photos courtesy Michele Halleran

A wetlands restoration project started by Terry and Michele Halleran in the North Kootenays is expanding in 2016.

Excavations for Year Two of the Meadow Creek based project near the north end of Kootenay Lake finished on Wednesday afternoon, increasing the size of the area to 20 acres; a considerable upgrade from four acres in 2015.

Letter: Lot of work ahead for Canadians

To The Editor:

Canada drew upon its compassion during the Paris Climate Summit.  Knowing that if our carbon emissions continue unchanged, some of the earliest and most tangible consequences are to island nations in the southern hemisphere.

They will be overwhelmed by the rising sea level, lives and livelihoods lost, and so we made a commitment: A pledge that we would not allow rising global temperatures to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.

It’s a remarkable promise, since October 2016 saw a 1 degree global rise in temperature. 

Nelson SAR pull another backcountry party from Five-Mile drainage

From the helicopter, Nelson SAR locate skiers lost in the Five-Mile drainage during the weekend. — Chandrima Lavoie photo

Five-mile drainage, southeast of Nelson, is proving to be a great location for backcountry skiing.

However, Nelson Search and Rescue want to advise skiers to be careful when heading out in the back country after the local society were called to Five-Mile for the third time this season to rescue lost skiers.

Convicted accomplice in Nelson Armed Robberies remains in custody after bail hearing adjourned

BC Sheriffs lead Krista Kalmikoff from the Nelson Courthouse Thursday following a bail hearing. — The Nelson Daily

The convicted accomplice involved in a string of robberies that terrorized financial institutions throughout the West Kootenay in spring of 2014 remains in custody after a bail hearing was adjourned Thursday afternoon at Provincial Court in Nelson.

Krista Kalmikoff, 28, has been sent to a women’s holding facility until February 2, when she will appear via video conferencing to answer to breaching bail conditions.

Changes at Victorian Community Health Centre a step in right direction

Interior Health decision certainly a step in the right direction for Kasloites.

It's been a long time coming, but changes are in store for the Victorian Community Health Centre (VCHC) in Kaslo, with plans to increase primary care services to seven days a week.

Beginning in April, the changes will give residents the option to see a physician on Saturday and Sunday, statutory holidays however will remain unavailable.

Aside from those looking to schedule appointments, blocks will be left open for people who have non-urgent, but unforeseen medical needs on those days as well.

Whitewater's Community Day a huge success — 40th anniversary party, Winter Carnival on tap this weekend

Present during Friday’s Community Day were, from left, Lisa McGeady, Room to Live Campaign Coordinator; Kirk Jensen Whitewater Ski Resort's General Manager; Ron Little, Nelson CARES Society Board Chair; Colby Lehman and Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries (AABBS) Board Representative. — Photo courtesy Whitewater Ski Resort

More snow than . . . any hill in the province?


And Whitewater Ski Hill is taking advantage of the amazing season by giving back by hosting first ever Community Day last Friday.

Skiers from all over the region enjoyed the great snow conditions for only $10 and each of those dollars resulted in a $5540 donation for both the Nelson Cares Society and Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries (A.A.B.B.S.), not to mention the abundance of food donated to the Nelson Food Cupboard.  

Highways maintenance contractor issues winter driving warning

Nasty weather could turn highways into skating rinks.

Depending on who you talk to, fluctuation in the temperature, combined with precipitation, could turn highways in the West Kootenay into skating rinks said Marc Dale of Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd.

Dale sent out a media release advising the public the next few days could be a nightmare on local highways.

"We have a short term forecast of temperatures between 0 and plus 3 with precipitation that will be either wet slushy snow,  rain, or freezing rain," Dale explained.

Field is set for 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Jim Cotter of Vernon will be back to defend his BC Championship when the Canadian Direct Insurance Men's Curling event comes to Nelson February 10-14. —Photo courtesy Curl BC

The field for the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Nelson is now set.

Three teams have earned the final berths in the 16-team BC Championship field, a tournament that includes Tom Buchy of Kimberley and Creston’s Chris Ducharme, during qualifying this past weekend in Salmon Arm.