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Woman stages one-person protest in support of wolves

An anonymous woman staged a one-person protest Tuesday outside Nelson. — Photo by Naomi Lewis

A concerned woman staged a one-person protest against the BC Government's wolf kill Monday afternoon at the Park and Ride outside Nelson.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, held up signs to passing motorists saying, "Stop the War on Wolves" and "Wolves are Tortured to Death".

Sitkum Creek Wildfire 90 percent contained, Area Restriction Order rescinded

The Sitkum Creek Wildfire, seen here on July 5, is now estimated at 770 hectares. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

Mother Nature is making life a lot easier for BC Wildfire firefighters battling the Sitkum Creek Interface Wildfire north of Nelson.

Thanks to recent rains and an effective burnoff — July 18 — the wildfire is now 90 percent contained, allowing the Southeast Fire Centre to relax an area restriction order.

Vandals damage grave markers at Nelson Memorial Cemetery

Some of the grave markers damaged during overnight vandalism at the Nelson Memorial Cemetery. — Submitted photo

City of Nelson Memorial Cemetery staff arrived to work Friday morning to find that vandals pushed over a handful of grave markers during the night.

Nelson Police were called to the Uphill-based cemetery to investigate the vandalism.

Police found that vandals had pushed over the grave markers in the Anglican section of the Nelson Cemetery.

Public Works staff spent part of the morning restoring the markers.

One grave marker had to be clamped together after suffering damage during the vandals overnight spree.

Local CO Jason Hawkes saves family in distress on Kootenay Lake

Local Conservation Officer Jason Hawkes was in the right place in the right time for a vacationing family in distress on Kootenay Lake.

By Zaynab Mohommad, The Nelson Daily

A friend in need is surely a friend in deed.

A vacationing family is thankful for the quick actions of local Conservation Officer Jason Hawkes after their boat took on water across from the Kaslo Municipal Campground on the afternoon of (Tuesday) June 30th.

"You have to be very careful on this lake,” Hawkes told The Nelson Daily when asked about that eventful day.

'Burn off operation' responsible for huge column of smoke coming from Sitkum Creek Wildfire; Martin Mars helps fight Akokli Creek fire on East Shore of Kootenay Lake

The huge column of smoke coming from the Sitkum Creek Wildfire was due to "burn off operation" by BC Wildfire Service crews. — The Nelson Daily photo

Residents concerned about the huge column of smoke coming from the Sitkum Creek wildfire north of Nelson Saturday afternoon can be rest assured BC Wildfire Service crews have everything under control.

Fire Information Officer for the Southeast Fire Centre, Karlie Shaughnessy, told The Nelson Daily the smoke is due to “burn off operations.”

“That column of smoke is a result of successful burn off operations today,” Shaughnessy said Saturday afternoon.

“Nothing has changed with the fire as everything is gone as planned today.”

Judge reserves decision in assault trial of Nelson Police officer

The three-day trial of a Nelson Police officer concluded Friday.

BC Provincial Court Judge Richard Hewson reserved decision Friday in the assault trial of Nelson Police Department officer Const. Drew Turner.

Const. Turner is charge with assault following an incident on May 1, 2014, while off duty, allegedly punched Tawny Campbell in the face while the woman was handcuffed in a police vehicle.

Const. Turner came to the aid of a fellow officer who arrested Campbell for being intoxicated in a public place and breach of a previously court-ordered condition that she refrain from drinking alcohol.

Sitkum Creek wildfire keeps on growing

The Sitkum Creek wildfire is now estimated at 530 hectares. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Southeast Fire Centre is now reporting the Sitkum Creek Wildfire is estimated at 530 hectares.

The active, interface wildfire, which started July 4, is listed at 50 percent contained. It's located four kilometers north of Kootenay Lake, between Sitkum and Duhamel Creeks on the North Shore.

The BC Wildfire Service has recently reduced the number of on the ground firefighting force from more than 120 to 82 members.

Gas leak on Vernon Street forces evacuation of several Nelson businesses

Fortis BC crews spent most of Thursday afternoon fixing a gas line leak on Vernon Street.

Emergency personal were kept busy Thursday morning in Nelson when a gas line ruptured forcing evacuation of several business surrounding the intersection of Hall and Vernon Streets.

The call came into Nelson Fire Department shortly after 10 a.m. that crews working on the Stores to Shores project ruptured a connection on a Fortis Gas line outside Finlay’s Bar and Grill.

Nelson Fire Department personal were immediately dispatched.

Beasley Fire Department praised for quick response to early morning car fire

A Beasley man woke to a car on fire at the foot of the road on Highway 3A/6 Wednesday morning. — Photo courtesy Jamie Gavin

A Beasley man is crediting the quick response of the local volunteer fire department for preventing what could have been a catastrophic incident early Wednesday morning.

Jamie Gavin, of Beasley, woke to the sound of his dog barking at the back door of his house in the 4600 block of Beasley Road 1:40 a.m. Wednesday.

The family dog Boomer, was alarmed by a car fire at the foot of Beasley Road and Highway 3A/6, approximately 15 kilometers west of Nelson.

"Boomer woke us up about 1:40 last night barking at the back door to get in," Gavin explained.

British Columbia Float Plane Association hosts AGM in Nelson this weekend

The skies of Nelson will be filled with float planes participating in the British Columbia Float Plane Association (BCFA) fly-in and annual general meeting. — Photo courtesy Douglas Noblet

The skies over Nelson will be filled this weekend with planes participating in the annual British Columbia Float Plane Association (BCFA) fly-in and annual general meeting.

Plane will be begin to arrive Friday for the three-day event.

Approximately 30 float planes with their pilots and passengers are expected to attend.

"They have chosen Nelson for its convenient airport, water landing and mooring, and of course because of all the things that Nelson has to offer visitors," said Bob Schmitz of the Nelson Pilots Association.