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Canada Day 150 carries special meaning for pair of Nelsonites

David Lundie, 21, saved a close friend from drowning on Canada Day on Kootenay Lake near Troupe Junction.

Canada Day 2017 going to carry more of a special meaning to a pair of Nelson friends than it just being Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

That was a day when quick thinking by a friend turned what could have been a catastrophe into a blessing on Kootenay Lake.

“We want people to be careful and make sure if you are swimming to have other people close by or wear a lifejacket,” said former Nelsonite David Lundie after he was involved in a near-death experience near Troupe Junction Saturday.

Police seek public assistance in Boundary Creek Provincial Park assault

A 69-year-old woman sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident Tuesday at Boundary Creek Provincial Park, located four kilometres west of Greenwood.

S/Sgt. Annie Linteau, E Division Senior Media Relations Officer with the RCMP said in a media release Thursday, police are continuing their investigation of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Tuesday (July 4, 2017) between 9:30-9:50 a.m. at the Boundary Creek Provincial Park, located four kilometres west of Greenwood.
Linteau said a woman reported that she was travelling alone in her vehicle on Highway 3, just west of Grand Forks, when she observed a man in a newer silver Toyota SUV pull up beside her and look at her before pulling in behind her. 

Summer fun comes with caution

Always be prepared when enjoying the great outdoors, like the beach at Silverton. — The Nelson Daily photo

Combine beautiful weather, vacation time and our great outdoors and you’ve got the ingredients for a lot of people having fun on and around the water.  Add this year’s fast-flowing, high water levels, poor judgement, lack of preparation and alcohol and you’ve got the recipe for a tragedy. 

June weather starts cool, but finishes hot, hot, hot

The hot, dry weather during the latter part of June is expected to continue into July. — The Nelson Daily photo

June was a tale of two weather months said Ron LakemanWeather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre.

Lakeman said June opened with unsettled conditions coupled with variable temperatures before closing with the final two weeks of warm, hot and dry weather.

“Showers or thundershowers occurred on nine of the initial 16 days as a series of Pacific disturbances pushed across southern BC,” Lakeman explained.

“(Then) temperatures were warmer and no measurable rain fell during the final two weeks of the month as high pressure was more influential.”

Selkirk College Student Joins Silver King Campus Refresh Crew

A graduate of Mount Sentinel Secondary, Jennifer Perepelkin is a Selkirk College Metal Fabricator Foundation Program and is moonlighting on the Yellowridge Construction crew that is working on the Silver King Campus refresh project currently taking place in Nelson. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

With construction on the $18.9 million Selkirk College Silver King Campus refresh project starting to move into full swing, Metal Fabricator Foundation Program student Jennifer Perepelkin has walked into an opportunity to be part of the exciting transformation.

Perepelkin is one of two Selkirk College trades students hired by general contractor Yellowridge Construction to work part-time on the project that is modernizing the aging shops and adding a new student commons building at the campus located in Nelson’s Rosemont neighbourhood. 

Monday, Cat 2 open fires prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

It didn't take long for the Southeast Fire Centre to issue its first ban of the summer season.

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 3, 2017, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety the BC Wildfire Service said Friday in a media release.

"This Category 2 prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 15, 2017," the media release said.

Selkirk College Valedictorian Awarded Funds for Grad School

Tanya Tran graduated from the Integrated Environmental Planning program at Selkirk College in 2016. This September, she begins grad school at the University of Victoria with more than $30,000 in fellowships and awards. She is thankful to Selkirk College for helping her pursue her dream. — Selkirk College photo

Selkirk College alumna Tanya Tran begins grad school at the University of Victoria (UVic) in September with more than $30,000 in fellowships and awards to help pursue her educational dream.

Originally from Ottawa, Tran received an undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal where she achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a focus on Fresh Water & Marine Sciences. She also participated in the field study component that took her to Panama for four months of experience with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

UPDATED: RCMP arrest suspect who sparked manhunt in Beaverdell area

The suspect was located by police along highway 33, between Westbridge and Rock Creek Wednesday morning.

Kelowna RCMP said the suspect who sparked a multi detachment man hunt Tuesday afternoon, and prompted a warning to the public to avoid picking up hitch hikers is now in police custody and faces potential charges.

Lightning sparks numerous wildfires in southeast British Columbia

From April 1 to June 27, 2017, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 26 wildfires that have burned 39 hectares.

It seemed like only yesterday residents of the BC Southern Interior were on flood watch.

However, following the first major lightning storm of 2017 Summer, BC Wildfire Service crews were back on the job after there were numerous lightning-caused fires throughout the Arrow Fire Zone and the Kootenay Lake Fire Zone.

Fortunately, none of these fires is currently threatening any structures or communities the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Tuesday.

The Southeast Fire Centre said the fires include:

Police asking for public assistance in locating missing Nelson man

Darwen Greyeyes, 55 has been missing since early June. — Photo courtesy NPD

Nelson Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating a Nelson man missing since early June.

Darwen Greyeyes, 55, was last seen at 9:30 p.m. on (Sunday) June 4, 2017.

"He was last seen in the 200 block of Anderson Street in Nelson," said Nelson Police Sergeant Dino Falcone in a media release Sunday. "Mr. Greyeyes is a 55-year-old First Nations male (who is) 5-foot 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds."