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Quick thinking RCMP officer saves lives of two Cranbrook residents after fire guts downtown core

A view of the destruction from down the street in Cranbrook. — The Nelson Daily photos

A routine patrol of the downtown core of Cranbrook by an alert local RCMP officer may have saved the lives of two downtown residents. 

In the early hours of Tuesday, a member of the Cranbrook RCMP was downtown and noted smoke in the downtown core.

The officer located the source and saw smoke coming out of the rear of 806 Baker St and upon closer inspection saw flame through a rear window.

Other police officers responded and the Cranbrook Fire Department was called.

Student reports are back, but extracurricular activities are on hold in latest round of teachers job action

NDTA president Tom Newell predicts teachers will support the recent BCTF vote. — The Nelson Daily photo

Parents of students in School District No. 8 can expect to see report cards heading home soon but may not see the same teachers volunteering for events from soccer to band to helping at the 2012 grad ceremonies.

That’s the message from Nelson and District Teachers Association Tom Newell after teachers voted 73 per cent in favour to withdraw volunteer work during a B.C. Teacher’s Federation vote last week.

RCMP recommend charges after Taghum man sees house destroyed in Saturday morning fire

A security guard was posted to keep anyone away from the remains of the Taghum house fire Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A Taghum man is facing charges after police found the remains of a marihuana grow operation in the basement of his burned out home Saturday.

As a result of the investigation RCMP will recommend charges of Production of a Controlled Substance against the 64-year-old male homeowner.

“The house was severely damaged by the fire which was does not appear suspicious,” said RCMP Sergeant Darryl Little.

“The fire investigators and insurance company will be examining the scene in greater depth to determine if faulty wiring may have been the cause of the fire,” Little added.

Nelson Gets National Recognition for Emissions Reduction Plan

The City of Nelson's planning for greenhouse gas emissions control has been noticed by Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Photo: Courtney Nash, Creative Commons, Flickr)

 

A national organization has recognized the City of Nelson for its work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its municipal operations. Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities reports that Nelson is one of 23 municipalities in Canada to have reached Milestone 4 in its climate change program.

The PCP’s five milestones are:

1. Create a GHG emissions inventory and forecast.

2. Set an emissions reductions target.

3. Develop a local action plan.

4. Implement the local action plan or a set of activities.

LETTER: Not everyone thrilled about Rick Hansen's visit

Dear Rick Hansen:

I hope that during your next 25 years of raising money for spinal cord research (SCR) we will see the end of inhumane, scientifically fallacious spinal cord experiments on animals. It was 25 years ago when Lifeforce, a Vancouver based ecology and animal rights organization, gave you extensive data about the failure of “animal models” but you went on to fund animal experiments. Your Boards have had many vivisectors directing your funding priorities. You raised $20 million for SCR as the “Man in Motion”. Your “dream” for a cure is a nightmare for animals.

Fire guts truck and powerboat at residence near Thrums

Volunteer firefighters from Tarrys Fire Department attempt to extinguish a fire in a truck and powerboat Saturday afternoon. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Volunteer fire crews from Tarrys and Ootischenia departments responded to a fire near Lookout Road in Thrums Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. neighbours ran to 1407 Lookout Road approximately 10 kilometers east of Castlegar to inform the resident there was a fire in the back yard.

The resident had been working in his shop at the time and was unaware some of his vehicles were ablaze.

Fire crews were called however when trucks arrived an older Dodge truck and powerboat could not be saved.

Castlegar RCMP was also dispatched.

UPDATE: RCMP report no other persons caught in avalanche at Panorama Ski Resort

RCMP said Monday that no other persons have been reported missing or overdue after a group skiers were involved in an avalanche in area known as Jessie’s Monstor near Taynton Bowl, just outside of the controlled ski area boundary Sunday at the Panorama Ski Resort near Invermere.

“The search did not uncover any debris indicating any other persons were involved,” said Staff Sargent Marko Shehovac of the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment.

Proposed Nelson Budget Includes Tax Increase, No Increases to Programs or Services

At an open house on April 4, citizens can scrutinize the city's budget plan for the upcoming year (Photo: Andrew Currie, Flickr, Creative Commons)

There will be a 3% tax increase to homeowners in the coming year, if City Council passes its own budget proposal later this month. For a $330,000 home (the average assessed value in Nelson), that would amount to about $39 per year. It will bring in about $195,000 for the city.

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