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Nelson Forestry offices in mix as BCGEU stages one-day strike

Forestry workers were out with pickets in hand on Highway 3A Monday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The regional Ministry of Forests offices north of Nelson will be behind picket lines Monday as 50 B.C. Government workers join fellow members in job action.

"BCGEU members are striking for a fair and reasonable collective agreement," said the union website.

"This is the third BCGEU job action this summer in support of the union’s proposals to achieve a new collective agreement with the B.C. Government."

Other job action is being staged in Prince George, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek and Burns Lake.

Osprey Ferry crews put to test after woman jumps overboard

Passengers on the Osprey watched as crews rescued a woman who had jumped overboard.

The woman that jumped off the Osprey Ferry into Kootenay Lake last week is resting comfortably in Calgary the husband told The Nelson Daily Thursday from the Alberta City.

The incident happened Wednesday (August 8) during the 6:10 p.m. run from Balfour to the Kootenay Bay terminal.

The woman was traveling with her daughter and boyfriend on the ferry.

The trio had just left another member of the family in Nelson, the woman's son, and was heading to Calgary via Highway 3A and the Kootenay Lake Ferry.

Crews close to full containment of two local wildfires

The BC Forest Service sign on Highway 3A near South Slocan advises the public of the open fire ban in the region. — The Nelson Daily photo

Fire crews are getting the upper hand on two remote fires in the Nelson and Castlegar area.

The Five Mile Creek fire, located in the City of Nelson watershed, is now 75 percent contained according to a report on the Southeast Fire Centre website Tuesday.

“The fire is not threatening any communities or structures but is generating smoke and fire suppression activity that is visible to local communities,” the website said.

 “Fire is burning in a watershed and fire officials are taking precautions to keep the area protected.”

Fire guts converted school bus south of Nelson

Nelson firefighters spray foam on a Bluebird bus after fire gutted the late 70s model Sunday afternoon. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A local man is thanking his lucky stars a close acquaintance wasn't sleeping inside a converted school bus when fire broke out Sunday afternoon at 3406 Highway 6 south of Nelson.

The fire started at approximately 2 p.m.

The man thought the acquaintance was sleeping inside the converted Bluebird school bus when fire started.

"I thought (name withheld) was sleeping inside so when the fire happened I went over to bang on the doors trying to wake her up," the man told The Nelson Daily.

Two new blazes, one in Five Mile Creek area, spark up as fire season kicks into high gear

The Skimmer Horn Mountain near Creston is located in a remote part of the mountains. — photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

The recent string of hot weather, couple by lightning in the area, has fire crews at the Southeast Fire Centre on red alert.

As of Sunday three fires are currently burning in the Kootenays, including two new blazed reported Sunday.

The new fires are in Five Mile Creek northeast of Nelson and above Syringa Creek outside Castlegar.

Lighting is ruled the cause of fires of both new fires.

NPD applauds calmness of couple in B&E case

City Police are applauding the quick actions of a local family in helping with the arrest of a 46-year-old male Friday evening.

“The Nelson Police would like to commend the family for remaining calm and patient during a stressful incident,” acting Sergeant Dino Falcone said in an emailed press release early Saturday morning.

Falcone's comments came after a suspect was arrested Friday evening when the family called 911 to report a man in the couple’s house while they were at home.

OP/ED: Remembering the health care outrage . . . smoldering still, after a decade.

Glyn Humphries . . .Health care too serious to leave to bureaucrats, administrators or politicians.

By Glyn Humphries

July 2002: I became one of the outraged. Outraged, not just about cuts to health care, but also about Canada’s bedrock of democracy: accountability and democratic process. It was a dark era for democracy.

In one fell swoop, bureaucrats damaged Nelson’s hospital- like officials removing children from a family, without warning or consultation.

One year after being elected, BC Liberals made audacious and sweeping reforms to healthcare, devastating morale and teamwork at Kootenay Lake Hospital (KLH), established since 1893.

Missing man recovered from Kettle River

Rescue teams recovering a drowning victim from Cascade Falls last week, the last missing person from the party was located and recovered on Monday; Photo, Mona Mattei

Grand Forks Search and Rescue and Christina Lake Fire Department successfully recovered a body from the Cascade Cove area of the Kettle River, near Grand Forks.

The body, found Monday, Aug. 6, has been positively identified as the missing 50-year-old male visitor, Andrew Barrie. He is the last of the three people to be recovered following the July 28 rafting incident.

Barrie of Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland was vacationing with his wife, Carol and his 16-year-old son Andrew when the accident happened.

Castlegar man escapes serious injury after experiencing ride of a lifetime

A Castlegar man escaped serious injury after falling asleep at the wheel and crashing down an estimated 120-foot embankment outside of Nelson Sunday afternoon.

""The driver is very fortunate to be alive," RCMP staff Sergeant Dan Seibel  said in an emailed press release.

"This is an excellent example that seat belts save lives. If the driver had not been wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, as it traveled down the cliff, he would likely have not survived this terrible incident."

The accident occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m.