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Leafs head coach suspended for remainder of season by KIJHL

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois said the investigation by the league found that Leafs head coach Adam DiBella was to blame for the line at the start of the second period in the New Year’s Eve game between Nelson and Beaver Valley.

The fallout continues following a New Year’s Eve clash between the Nelson Leafs and Beaver Valley Nitehawks that saw a line brawl take over the game at the start of the second period.

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois said in a media release Friday that Leafs head coach Adam DiBella has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season as well as the 2023 league playoffs.

“Our investigation determined that the incident in Saturday’s game was instigated by the Leafs at Mr. DiBella’s direction,” said Dubois in the statement.

Local architect showcases decades of work with Shifting Design exhibit

Known for designing structures throughout the region, David Dobie stands in front of some of the exhibit now on display at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Architect designer David Dobie has spent the past 40-plus years drafting, drawings and designing buildings, retreat centres, restaurants . . . well, pretty much everything during his four-decade career.

This week at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, Dobie showcases his years of work with his Shifting Design exhibit before hosting a Gala Evening Saturday, January 7th.

The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre with the Gala set for 7 p.m.

West Kootenay/Boundary Zone 6 executive in desperate need of volunteers

If there is no executive in place following the February AGM, the zone will fold and no local athletes will be able to attend the upcoming games in Abbotsford. — File photo

The West Kootenay/Boundary Zone 6 BC Senior Games executive is in desperate need of volunteers to step up to guarantee the participation of zone athletes during future games.

The current West Kootenay/Boundary Zone 6 executive said if a functioning executive is not in place following the upcoming annual general meeting in February, the zone would collapse, meaning no local athletes would be allowed to compete in the upcoming 2023 BC Senior Games later this year.

Nelsonites kick off 2023 with Polar Bear Swim in Kootenay Lake

The event was the first time in a few years Nelsonites have joined together for the Polar Bear Swim. — The Nelson Daily photos

After a few years of celebrating the New Years alone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of swimmers and spectators flocked to Rotary Lakeside Park Sunday at High Noon to take part in the Polar Bear Swim 2023.

The swim was the first time in a few years since Nelsonites have been able to congregate at Rotary Lakeside Park to ring out old year in favour of the new 2023 year.

Winter market touted in vision for the new year for youth centre

The prospect of having a market throughout the winter was dangled by the Nelson and District Youth Centre’s new manager of youth and community programs, Terri Wilkinson (centre), when she spoke to council Dec. 9 — screenshot.

A possible year-round farmers market is on the menu for the city’s Youth Centre as it laid out its plans for the new year recently.

The prospect of having a market throughout the winter was dangled by the Nelson and District Youth Centre’s (NDYC) new manager of youth and community programs, Terri Wilkinson, when she spoke to council Dec. 9.

Code of Conduct for regional district directors could come under review

The newest model of the RDCK board of directors moved earlier this month to direct its staff to begin a review of the Director’s Code of Conduct.

The code of conduct to which all regional district directors adhere could come under some scrutiny in the new year.

The newest model of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors moved earlier this month to direct its staff to begin a review of the Director’s Code of Conduct in accordance with the Community Charter requirements — to be brought back to the board in April.

Avalanche Canada issues Special Public Avalanche Warning for BC Interior backcountry

The SPAW region includes most of BC's Columbia Mountains, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks, as well as the Northern Rockies. — Map courtesy Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada, is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning (SPAW) for recreational backcountry users in the BC Interior.

This special warning is in effect immediately and will apply through the end of Monday, January 2.

The SPAW region includes most of BC's Columbia Mountains, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks, as well as the Northern Rockies.

The SPAW extends from the southern boundaries of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy and Kokanee and Valhalla Provincial Parks to Williston Lake north of Pine Pass and Mackenzie.

Root cause: new strategy developed for control of invasive weeds in regional district

The regional district has devised, deliberated and now delivered a new Regional Invasive Species Strategy to deal with invasive plants — Creative Commons.

It may not be War of the Worlds, but the response to the invasion has been delivered.

The regional district has devised, deliberated and now delivered a new Regional Invasive Species Strategy to deal with invasive plants on Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK)-owned or leased properties.

Earlier this month the RDCK board of directors directed staff to enter into a sole-source agreement with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) for invasive plant management, up to a maximum cost of $48,230.

Talking transit: new report details root cause of service interruptions that plagued transit delivery

A report on the ongoing cancellations of trips in the West Kootenay Transit System was delivered Dec. 8 to the regional district board meeting.

Labour shortages have plagued West Kootenay Transit’s ability to deliver completely on all of its route commitments in the last two years, according to an RDCK staff report on the matter.

A report on the ongoing cancellations of trips in the West Kootenay Transit System — and the summary of efforts by BC Transit, NextGen and the RDCK to reduce the impact of those missed trips — was delivered Dec. 8 to the regional district board meeting.

Funding sought for next phase of major Whitewater Ski Resort developments

Aerial view of Hummingbird Lodge and Campground — photo courtesy Whitewater Ski Resort.

Nearly $2 million in provincial grant funding could be coming to the slopes of Whitewater Ski Resort for the completion of two major projects.

The resort — located 10 kilometres south of Nelson — partnered with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) to apply to the B.C. Destination Development Fund, a program aimed at fostering resort destinations and building year-round visitor economies.

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