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Slocan Park, trails near Nakusp to receive CBT Infrastructure Grants

The Slocan Park Community Hall Society will upgrade its playground thanks to support from a Columbia Basin Trust Recreation Infrastructure Grant. — Submitted

In 2016, Columbia Basin Trust set out to help Columbia Basin residents lead a more active and healthy lifestyle by increasing access to high quality recreation places and spaces. In this last intake of its three-year Recreation Infrastructure Grants program, 53 new projects were approved for over $3 million.

Public urged to report bats to monitor spread of deadly White-Nose Syndrome disease

This little brown bat has visible symptoms of fungal growth typical of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Below, Hibernating bats remain free from WNS. — photo credit C.Lausen, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada/ BatCaver Program

The BC Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of BC, is asking the public to report any dead bats in an effort to determine the distribution of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) a BCCBP release said.

The BCCBP said WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in North America. WNS was first detected in Washington State in March 2016.

Selkirk College Welcomes Students Through Entrance Scholarships

Selkirk College first-year student Paula Reitan graduated from Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary in 2017 and was one of the recipients of an Entrance Scholarship that is handed out to high school students throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary region. The Rural Pre-Medicine Program student encourages other young scholars to apply for the $1,500 award that provides a perfect start to post-secondary. — Submitted photo

High school students from around the West Kootenay and Boundary region with sights on starting their post-secondary journey at Selkirk College have the opportunity to benefit financially with an Entrance Scholarship.

Each year, 40 Board of Governors awards are presented to high school students and anybody who is attending post-secondary for the first time. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 and is available to those who have graduated with a minimum overall grade of 75 per cent who plan to study at college full-time.

Selkirk College Saints Book Spot in BCIHL Championship Series

Selkirk College Saints forward Tyler Hartman gets a shot on Vancouver Island University Mariners goalie Brett Clark in the second period of Saturday night’s British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League semi-final at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre. Though Hartman was denied on this opportunity, he scored the overtime winner that has propelled the Saints to the league championship series. — Selkirk Saints photo

Selkirk College Saints first-year forward Tyler Hartman scored 13 minutes into overtime on Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex to spark the hosts to a 4-3 victory and eliminate the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners from the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs.

The Saints wno advance to the BCIHL championship final series.

No one hurt after semi leaves highway near Yahk

The semi trailer and tractor rested in the Moyie River near Yahk following an accident Thursday (March 8). — Submitted photos

Speed is believed to be the cause of a semi-trailer and tractor ending up in the Moyie River on Highway 3 at Yahk Thursday (March 8) said Creston RCMP.

RCMP responded to the call of the accident at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

When officers arrived they found a semi-trailer and tractor sitting in the Moyie River.

Police believe the driver, who was able to escape from the tractor cab, was traveling too fast for road conditions.

The contents of the trailer were removed before a wrecker could pull the trailer and cab from the river.

No injuries were reported.

Golden Search & Rescue responds to pair of avalanche incidents

The map shows where the information of a spot beacon activation in the area of Silent Pass. — Submitted

Golden & District Search & Rescue (GADSAR) responded to a pair of avalanche incidents during the weekend RCMP said in a media release.

Sunday (March 11) just before 1 p.m., the Golden-Field RCMP were notified that an avalanche had been triggered on Repeater Ridge, out of bounds from the ski resort, near Golden.

Police immediately activated Golden & District Search & Rescue (GADSAR), who flew in to the area by helicopter.

Nelson an unsafe place to live? City ranks in top third of most dangerous places in the nation to live

Increased staffing levels this past year helped NPD officers get more impaired drivers off the road. — The Nelson Daily photo

Lock your doors and bar your windows. 

If the findings of a recent survey by MacLeans magazine in Canada's Most Dangerous Places 2018 is to be believed, Nelson isn't as safe of a place to live as it seems.

The Heritage city was ranked 66th most dangerous on the list of 229 communities over 10,000 people surveyed in Canada, ranking ahead of major Canadian centres like Toronto, Richmond, Kelowna, Montreal, Hamilton and North Vancouver.

Nelsonites rally against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

People against the proposed Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion marched on Baker Street Saturday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photos

Saturday afternoon a crowd of approximately 80 people staged a rally on Baker Street against the proposed Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The protest, held at the same time of a rally in Burnaby, was in support First Nations Coast Protectors' call for the conservation of the pristine lands along the pipeline route and the West Coast.

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which runs between Edmonton and Burnaby, received federal approval for an expansion in November 2016.

City enters into review over way finding signage along Highway 3

The city will be entering into a review with the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure over signage along Highway 3 within municipal boundaries.

It’s a sign of the times in Grand Forks.

The city will be entering into a review with the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure over signage along Highway 3 within municipal boundaries.

The agreement will not cost the city anything, said city deputy manager of operations and sustainability, Cavan Gates, as the province will be picking up the cost.

In its initial stage the city had two designs from the province to choose from.

Rebels win big to extend Murdoch Final, Game five Monday at NDCC Arena

The Rebels, unable to solve Leaf goalie Josh Williams during Game one, jumped all over the Murdoch Division's top netminder to force Game five Monday in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The two front-runners in the Kootenay Conference will need at least five games to advance to the next round after both Nelson and Kimberley each dropped Game four of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoffs Saturday.

Castlegar Rebels rang up five on the visiting Leafs to rout the Green and White 6-2 in Murdoch Division Final in the Sunflower City.

The Rebels chased Murdoch Division’s top netminder Josh Williams just eight minutes into the game.