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Selkirk College Student Joins Silver King Campus Refresh Crew

A graduate of Mount Sentinel Secondary, Jennifer Perepelkin is a Selkirk College Metal Fabricator Foundation Program and is moonlighting on the Yellowridge Construction crew that is working on the Silver King Campus refresh project currently taking place in Nelson. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

With construction on the $18.9 million Selkirk College Silver King Campus refresh project starting to move into full swing, Metal Fabricator Foundation Program student Jennifer Perepelkin has walked into an opportunity to be part of the exciting transformation.

Perepelkin is one of two Selkirk College trades students hired by general contractor Yellowridge Construction to work part-time on the project that is modernizing the aging shops and adding a new student commons building at the campus located in Nelson’s Rosemont neighbourhood. 

Monday, Cat 2 open fires prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

It didn't take long for the Southeast Fire Centre to issue its first ban of the summer season.

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 3, 2017, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety the BC Wildfire Service said Friday in a media release.

"This Category 2 prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 15, 2017," the media release said.

Selkirk College Valedictorian Awarded Funds for Grad School

Tanya Tran graduated from the Integrated Environmental Planning program at Selkirk College in 2016. This September, she begins grad school at the University of Victoria with more than $30,000 in fellowships and awards. She is thankful to Selkirk College for helping her pursue her dream. — Selkirk College photo

Selkirk College alumna Tanya Tran begins grad school at the University of Victoria (UVic) in September with more than $30,000 in fellowships and awards to help pursue her educational dream.

Originally from Ottawa, Tran received an undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal where she achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a focus on Fresh Water & Marine Sciences. She also participated in the field study component that took her to Panama for four months of experience with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

UPDATED: RCMP arrest suspect who sparked manhunt in Beaverdell area

The suspect was located by police along highway 33, between Westbridge and Rock Creek Wednesday morning.

Kelowna RCMP said the suspect who sparked a multi detachment man hunt Tuesday afternoon, and prompted a warning to the public to avoid picking up hitch hikers is now in police custody and faces potential charges.

Lightning sparks numerous wildfires in southeast British Columbia

From April 1 to June 27, 2017, the Southeast Fire Centre has responded to 26 wildfires that have burned 39 hectares.

It seemed like only yesterday residents of the BC Southern Interior were on flood watch.

However, following the first major lightning storm of 2017 Summer, BC Wildfire Service crews were back on the job after there were numerous lightning-caused fires throughout the Arrow Fire Zone and the Kootenay Lake Fire Zone.

Fortunately, none of these fires is currently threatening any structures or communities the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Tuesday.

The Southeast Fire Centre said the fires include:

Police asking for public assistance in locating missing Nelson man

Darwen Greyeyes, 55 has been missing since early June. — Photo courtesy NPD

Nelson Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating a Nelson man missing since early June.

Darwen Greyeyes, 55, was last seen at 9:30 p.m. on (Sunday) June 4, 2017.

"He was last seen in the 200 block of Anderson Street in Nelson," said Nelson Police Sergeant Dino Falcone in a media release Sunday. "Mr. Greyeyes is a 55-year-old First Nations male (who is) 5-foot 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds."

Search for missing Alvin Dunic turns up no new clues

Anyone who has seen Alvin Dunic is asked to call local RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

RCMP Senior Media Relations Officer Annie Linteau says the search for missing Crawford Bay teacher Alvin Dunic remains a mystery.

Linteau said members from Nelson Search and Rescue as well as Swift Water Teams from Kimberley, Oliver/Osoyoos and Penticton searched Crawford Creek this week again with no success.

“Swimmers in the water targeted areas using underwater cameras, sight tubes and probes,” Linteau said after improved clarity and lower water levels allowed searchers to return to the scene Monday where Dunic was last seen.

Grand Forks reaches agreement with CUPE workers

CUPE Local 4728 President Sukie Lawrence and Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad shake hands on a new four-plus year agreement. — Photo courtesy City of Grand Forks

The City of Grand Forks announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with its union workers following two days of bargaining.

Mayor Frank Konrad said the agreement with CUPE Local 4728 is for four plus years.

“I’m pleased that everything worked out so well, and I’m very happy with the results for the corporation and CUPE members," Konrad said in a media release.

Konrad said management and the Union worked together to find new terms that saw a unanimous ratification by the Union and by Council.

This is a great chance to see Kootenay Studio Arts students in action

Selkirk College Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) student Kaeli Benoit (top photo) stands by the gas-fired kiln which she used in the process of preparing her final pieces while (bottom photo) Wade Moravec shows one of his dinosaur-inspired jewelry pieces. Both will be on display at the annual Year End Show & Sale which takes place on June 23 and 24 in downtown Nelson. — Photos courtesy Selkirk College

The educational pathway for students at Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) is an individual journey that results in a creative collection of final projects. On June 23 and 24, students from five studios will showcase their concepts, designs and skill-sets at the annual KSA Year End Show & Sale.

“There are not very many craft schools around anymore that teach these kinds of techniques to students,” says Jewelry Studio student Samonte Cruz. “It’s very unique to have Kootenay Studio Arts in a small community like Nelson.”

Grand Forks toddler continues to recover from eating raw dough

Brian Hermsen is still recovering after eating raw cookie dough made from Robin Hood flour. — Photo courtesy Kyla Hermsen

The past few months have been very trying for a Grand Forks family.

Kyla Hermsen’s two-year-old son Brian spent four weeks in hospital after becoming ill from eating raw cookie dough made from the same Robin Hood flour that was part of a national recall.

“Nothing has changed . . . my son is still recovering,” Hermsen told the Boundary Sentinel recently.

The Robin Hood flour recall has led to 30 reported illnesses in Canada said the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the product infected with a strain of E. coli.