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Momentum Builds for Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Celebration

Members of the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Committee stand in front of the Castlegar Campus with a new logo that recognizes five decades of post-secondary in the West Kootenay-Boundary. The logo and tagline “Journeys Taken, Futures Waiting” will be used to promote the various events and projects that will be taking place in the region over the next 16 months. — Submitted photo

With the arrival of 2016, Selkirk College is preparing for a year-long golden anniversary celebration that will dive into the past, embrace the present and look towards the future.

Fifty years ago, a new chapter in learning began for the West Kootenay-Boundary. With enthusiastic support from residents across the region who desired access to post-secondary education close to home, Selkirk College opened its doors in September, 1966.

Women Grow Kootenay chapter opens doors in Nelson

From left to right, Women Grow speakers Jim Leslie, Jennifer Peel, Darrin Fiddler and Brynn Jones.— Brendan Quinn photo, The Nelson Daily

The Hume room of the Hume Hotel in Nelson was packed with cannabis activists Thursday as Women Grow officially kicked off their Kootenay chapter.

The event was hosted by Kaleigh Herald and Tanya Shelestynski of the Kootenays Medicine Tree, and featured talks by industry leaders Jim Leslie, Brynn Jones, Darrin Fiddler and Jennifer Peel.

Selkirk College Human Services Students Set for Food Drive at Saints Hockey Game

Students in Selkirk College’s School of Health & Human Services will be holding a food drive at the Saints game on January 8 at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Hockey fans are asked to bring at least one item to donate to the service that helps ensure all students have the energy to pursue their studies. Involved in food drive are Robin Legere (Selkirk College Students’ Union representative), Courtney Rogers (CCSW student) and Jane Green (instructor in the CCSW Program). — Submitted photo

Students in Selkirk College’s School of Health & Human Services are starting the new year by giving back to peers who struggle to make ends meet while gaining an education.

Partnering with the student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints, the second annual food drive will take place on Friday (January 8) during an exhibition game against Williston State at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

Nelson SAR assists in rescue of backcountry skier from Five-Mile Basin

NSAR accessed the area by helicopter to retrieve the subject. — Submitted photo

Nelson Search and Rescue was called out Saturday (January 2) to assist in the evacuation of injured backcountry skier.

Chris Armstrong of Nelson SAR said in a media release the call came in during the early afternoon for a medical evacuation from Five-Mile basin located behind Whitewater Ski Resort.

“A well-equipped ski group was enjoying the area and the good conditions when a member of the group suffered a fall resulting in a knee injury,” Armstrong said.

Nelson Fire Rescue responds to gas leak on Perrier Road — elderly occupant removed from residence

Nelson Fire Rescue rang in the New Year by responding to an accident New Year's Day on Perrier Road. —Nelson Fire Rescue photo

No one was hurt as Nelson Fire Rescue responded to what could have been a very serious incident New Year's Day on Perrier Road in the southern region of the Heritage City.

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise said in a media release the Nelson Fire Rescue Services received a call at 8:41 p.m. of a report that vehicle struck a house on Perrier Road. 

Daloise said both on duty members responded immediately with four additional off-duty members from called out from home. 

No major injuries following two vehicle accident Wednesday in Uphill

(In back) the white SUV is being towed away while the brown Toyota Corolla awaits removal from the sidewalk following an accident in Uphill Wednesday. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Two drivers walked away from a two-vehicle fender bender shortly before lunch Wednesday in the Uphill district of Nelson.

Nelson Police and Nelson Fire Rescue responded to the two-vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the corner of Carbonate and Josephine Streets.

It appears a west bound white SUV entered the intersection, striking a brown Toyota Corolla in the driver’s side door heading south on Josephine Street.

Nelson SAR responds to pair of holiday calls for assistance in the backcountry

Nelson Search and Rescue members were busy responding to a pair of calls during the Christmas holiday break.

The first call came Saturday (December 26) that two overdue skiers in the humming Bird Pass area again.

"Subjects were reported overdue after he failed to a meet partner for dinner. Upon some investigating the subject was last seen at the Humming Bird Pass area with a known companion," said Chris Armstrong, Public Information Officer for Nelson SAR.

Driver escapes injury after vehicle skids off highway near Grohman Narrows Park

A car rests precariously on the bank above the pond at Grohman Narrows Sunday night. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

A driver is lucky to escape serious injury after a vehicle left the highway before coming to rest above Grohman Narrows pond west of Nelson late Sunday night.

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise said Nelson Fire Rescue along with RCMP responded to the call at 10:40 p.m. Sunday night of a vehicle over the bank on Highway 3A west of Nelson near Grohman Narrows Park.

“When the first crew arrived the lone occupant was still in the vehicle and the vehicle was sitting precariously in the loose rocks above the pond,”  Daloise said in a media release.

Registration Now Open for Selkirk College’s Winter 2016 Creative Writing Course

Creative Writing class member Alejandra Guevara, an exchange student from Mexico, captivated her audience at Selkirk College's Open Mic event that was geared towards creative arts students. This popular event takes place at Cafe Momento in Nelson’s downtown on the first Thursday of every month during the school term. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Building off spirited momentum in the last couple months, Selkirk College will be offering another Creative Writing course at the Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) Campus in Nelson starting in January.

Taught by Leesa Dean—author of Waiting for the Cyclone (Brindle and Glass, 2016)—the course begins on (Wednesday) January 6 and will run Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m.

"I'm happy to say the Fall Semester’s Creative Writing course at KSA was a great success,” said Dean, who began teaching at Selkirk College in September.