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Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

To The Editor:

The Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Education
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Minister Fassbender:

As the Board of Education for School District #8 (Kootenay Lake), we are deeply concerned about the ramifications of Bill 11 on the future of public education in the Province of British Columbia and call upon the provincial government for its immediate withdrawal.

RDCK says ammonia leak at NDCC Arena injures one worker

The NDCC was closed for several hours Tuesday following an ammonia leak in the arena refrigeration. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said one worker was injured and the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) was closed for several hours following an ammonia leak in the arena refrigeration Tuesday.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our staff and of the public,” said Stuart Horn, Chief Administrative Officer for the RDCK.

“Arena staff are working closely with the BC Safety Authority and WorkSafe BC to determine all the facts in the incident.”

NPD warn public of CRA scam making rounds

The Nelson Police Department and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) want to warn the public of telephone calls or emails making the rounds that claim to be from the CRA.

Both organizations warn the public that this scam could result in identity and financial theft.

“The email notifies the receiver that they are entitled to an additional tax refund and to click on the link provided to initiate the process,” said NPD Sergeant Corey Hoy in a media statement.

“Receivers are prompted to enter their personal information which may be used maliciously. “

New Compassion Club gets the Heave Ho — Again

Quunabu Healing Society members Kelby Eichenauer and Kyle Lindroos (right) hold up their eviction notice from 640 Baker Street. — Suxy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily photo

For the second time since it arrived in Nelson last fall, the Qunnabu Healing Society’s (QHS) Medical Marijuana Compassion Club has been evicted from its storefront.

“We’re trying to bring alternatives to people so they have a choice, like if you walk into any other store,” said society director Kyle Lindroos.


Immediately prior to expiration of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s environmental approval, two small cement slabs were poured in an attempt to demonstrate that work on the proposed development was substantially started.

These slabs apparently represent the day lodge and an additional service building.

Currently, BC Environment Minister, Mary Polak, is making a decision as to whether the construction of the proposed $600 million dollar venture can be considered “substantially started.”

Any development must meet conditions set out by the Environmental Assessment Certificate. 

New outdoor sculptural art has public dancing in the streets

The “76 Trombones” by Douglas Walker of Black Creek, B.C art outside in the 500 Block of Baker Street it a show stopper. — The Nelson Daily photo

The next round of outdoor sculptural art was unveiled this week on Baker Street as Public Works crews got rid of the old for the new.

One piece of art located outside the front door of Mallard’s Source for sports in the 500 Block of Baker Street is gathering plenty of attention from the public.

The musical horn display has many shoppers and businesses owners alike stopping to take a second look.

Student Scientists show their stuff at Regional Science Fair

Dylan Peil, Nicholas Paun and Ivie Lock-Luttmer are off to Fredricton, NB to represent the region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair May 14-16. — Photos courtesy Erin Handy, KAST Executive Director

Nicholas Paun, Dylan Peil and Ivie Lock‐Luttmer proved that science can be fun after the trio rocked the KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) fair Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium in Nelson.

The trio are now off to Fredricton, NB, for the Canadian Science Fair May 14-16.

Paun and Peil have racked up numerous awards for their innovations in science and have twice qualified to represent the West Kootenay & Boundary at the Canada‐wide science Fair.

'Ride The Bus Free' on Earth Day April 22, 2015

City of Nelson Garage and Transit Supervisor Jody Koehle (left) and Nelson Transit Driver Jeff Adams begin promoting West Kootenay Transit Free Ride Day on April 22 as part of Earth Day Celebrations. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson

West Kootenay Transit is doing its best to support Earth Day 2015 by offering a Free Transit for all passengers on Wednesday, April 22.

“We are hoping people will take this opportunity to give the bus a try,” said City of Nelson Garage and Transit Supervisor Jody Koehle.

“(We want the public to) see how quickly they can get to work, school or shopping, without having to worry about driving or finding a parking spot.”

Routine traffic stop by NPD results in arrest of man for outstanding BC warrants

The Monday morning blues proved to be all too true for a driver heading through Nelson.

While cruising through the Heritage City the man, along with his female passenger, was stopped by Nelson Police in the 400 Block of Vernon Street at 3:45 a.m after officers noticed the driver may be impaired.

During the identification process, NPD officers determined the both male and female had outstanding unendorsed BC warrants for several criminal charges in Vernon.

Salmo RCMP looking for owner of double hull pontoon fishing boat

A double hull pontoon fishing boat, looking similar to the photo, was found on Highway 3 near Salmo.

Salmo RCMP is looking for the owner of a double hull pontoon fishing boat which was found on Highway 3 near the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 3B.

The boat appears to have fallen off the roof of a travelling vehicle.

If anyone has information on the owner, they are asked to please contact the Salmo RCMP with full description and hull number to claim.

Salmo RCMP phone number 250-357-2212.