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March one of wettest months on record

It took Mother Nature until the final day of March to allow residents to experience some enjoyable spring weather. — The Nelson Daily

If anyone thought March was a little wetter than normal, they were right.

March 2017 checked in as one of the wettest months on record said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly weather synopsis.

“The total amount of precipitation was 125.4 millimetres and very close to twice the amount during an average March,” said Lakeman, adding a near endless stream of Pacific disturbances was the blame for a wet and slightly cooler than normal March.

MyHealthPortal coming to Kootenay communities

Adam Smith and Drew Dawson, Clinical Informatics Analysts, have been enrolling patients at hospitals throughout Interior Health. — Submitted photo

Everyone with a smart phone will now be able to access to their health information thanks to the MyHealthPortal said Interior Health in a media release.
 
The new tool allows patients throughout the Kootenays to access their personal health information online.
 
"MyHealthPortal provides patients 24-hour access to their health information via their smart phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website," the IH media release said.

Smile! Cameras coming to Nelson Transit Fleet

Some of the Nova busses in Nelson Transit Fleet already have cameras installed ready for operation in April. — The Nelson Daily photo

Smile! You’re now on BC Transit Camera.

BC Transit recently announced starting in April, six bus in the Nelson Transit fleet will phase in the installation of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras.

BC Transit Communications Manager Jonathon Dyck said all medium- and heavy-duty buses acquired after 2005 will have the cameras installed, and new buses, 27 feet and longer, will be delivered with the cameras already factory-installed. 

RCMP arrest four suspects after Grand Forks schools vandalized

RCMP report John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary and Grand Forks Secondary were vandalized Monday.

Grand Forks RCMP made an arrest after three schools in the city were vandalized Monday.

The arrest came after officers responded to complaints at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary schools and Grand Forks Secondary.

The first complaint came in Monday (March 27) as RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary Schools in the Boundary City.

Nitehawks rally past Heat to take commanding lead in KIJHL Final

The Hawks, seen here during the series against Nelson, once again worked their playoff magic to pull off a Game two victory over the Heat. — The Nelson Daily file photo

If the Chase Heat need a shoulder to cry on following Game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship Series, the squad can put in a call to the Nelson Leafs.

Because the Nelson Leafs are probably the only team that can relate to the heartbreaking experienced by the Heat after Beaver Valley rallied from a 4-1 deficit to edge Chase 5-4 Tuesday night at the Fruitvale Arena to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five final.

Game three is Thursday in Chase.

CBT accepting built Heritage grant applications

The Kaslo City Hall is just one of the examples of built Heritage assets in the Basin. — Photo courtesy Zoe Ferguson

The first intake of the three-year, $6-million Columbia Basin Trust’s new Built Heritage Grants is now open.
 
“We know that there are projects that organizations will want to get started on this year, so we’ve timed our first grant intake to help them take advantage of this year’s building season,” said Wayne Lundeberg, the Trust’s Director, Delivery of Benefits.

Swanson captains Hawks to 6-3 victory over Heat in KIJHL Championship opener

Tallon Kramer and the Nitehawks grabbed a one game lead in the KIJHL Final after doubling the Chase Heat 6-3 Monday at the Fruitvale Arena. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Captain Sam Swanson scored twice to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a convincing 6-3 victory over the Chase Heat in the opening game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship Monday night in Fruitvale.

Game two of the best-of-five League Final is set for Tuesday in Beaver Valley.

Tyler Hartman, adding two assists to finish the game with three points, Bradley Ross, Mitch Foyle and Jake Yuris also scored for the regular season champions.

Swanson also had three points in the game.

UPDATED: RDCK removes evacuation alert for Johnsons Landing

In 2012, a major mudslide devastated the community of Johnsons Landing. — File photo

Residents in Johnsons Landing can breathe a little easier after the Regional District of Central Kootenay removed the evacuation alert Tuesday afternoon.

In a medla release Tuesday, the RDCK said it was determined that the small slide and debris flood were minor in nature.

"The RDCK is asking the public to remain vigilant and to stay aware of the condition of Gar Creek. Spring melt and coming rain could bring further debris down the creek channel," the media release said.

Sewage truck removed from property of Slocan Valley resident

A call for a septic tank cleaning job has led to a civil fight between the company and Slocan Valley senior. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Daily is reporting on Sunday afternoon, March 26, the septic truck was removed from Ms. Ryder's property.

Sinking sewage truck gives Slocan Valley senior major headache

A Slocan Park senior says she doesn’t know where to turn after getting into a bizarre argument with a septic tank cleaning company that won’t remove a stuck sewage truck from her yard.

Time to Become Concerned about TB

Michael Jessen is the Nelson and area volunteer director for the BC Lung Association.

When Stephen Lewis speaks about tuberculosis, he doesn’t restrain his words.

The world is showing “far too much strangled deference when it comes to fighting TB,” Lewis told a standing room crowd in a passionate speech at a recent Vancouver conference.

“It’s time to take TB as a cause celebre,” he added, urging TB activists to go to the “metaphorical barricades” to build political will and action.

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