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Leafs outlast Rebels 7-4 to sweep through exhibition season

Nelson forward Alex Wilkinson fights for the puck during the second period of Wednesday's KIJHL preseason tilt at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Darnel St. Pierre scored two third period goals to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 7-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition victory over the Castlegar Rebels Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.

The win allowed Nelson to finish the preseason undefeated in five games and completed a sweep of the Rebels in the home-and-home series.

During the exhibition season Nelson outscored the opposition 31-10.

Blair Andrews also scored twice for Nelson with singles coming from Jamie Vlanich, Brandon Sookro and Carsen Willans.

UPDATE: Sad ending to local grizzly release


Many local hearts were touched by the story of two grizzly cubs whose mom and sibling were shot and killed in the area, and were thus taken to a wildlife shelter for rehabilitation, then released near Castlegar with radio collars (see below).

The story of Blair and Terry (named after the Conservation Officer, or C.O., who helped save them and a shelter donour) does not, however, boast a happy ending, as the two were destroyed on Sept. 9 after continued conflict with human residents.

Nelson hammers Castlegar 8-0 in KIJHL exhibition action

The Nelson Leafs continued to shine in the exhibition season by adding another victory Tuesday night in Castlegar.

The Leafs pounded the hometown Rebels 8-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex.

The game was the first of a home-and-home series.

The win runs Nelson's preseason record to an impressive 4-0 with the final exhibition contest coming Wednesday at the NDCC Arena against the same Rebels. Game time is 7 p.m.

In four games during the exhibition campaign, Nelson has outscored its opponents 24-6.

Police warn public of pyramid scheme making rounds in Nelson

Nelson police are sounding the alarm bells on a pyramid scheme making its rounds in the Heritage City under the disguise of a “women’s circle”.

The scheme, or “circle” as NPD Sgt. Paul Bayes describes, requires women to provide a $5,000 gift to another woman in the circle. 

Bayes said eventually the first woman will move to a different level in the Circle and where she is promised a gift herself. 

“This gift is anticipated to be much larger than the gift originally given,” Bayes explains.

Counterfeit U.S. bills turning up in Nelson

Nelson Police is warning businesses of counterfeit U.S bills turning up in Heritage City.

Nelson Police is sending out an urgent message for local merchants to be vigilant when accepting American currency after several reports of counterfeit bills turning up in the Heritage City.

Acting Sergeant David Laing of the Nelson Police said in a statement the department has received numerous reports of counterfeit U.S bills in the past few days.

“Merchants are reminded to be diligent with all currency and make staff aware of all the security features present in both U.S and Canadian currency,” Laing explained.

Raise the Woof event comes to Castlegar!

Whether you're looking to support a good cause, or just for a fun evening out filled with belly laughs and camaraderie, the Raise the Woof comedy tour is just what you need!

Coming to Castlegar to help support our own Kootenay Animal Assistance Program (KAAP), Raise the Woof is actually a comedy tour whose entire purpose is to raise money and awareness for animal rescues across Canada and the U.S.

Nelson police determine man in hospital there due to self-inflicted chest wounds

Nelson police confirm a man is recovering in Kelowna Hospital from self-inflicted chest wounds.

The incident happened Friday (August 30) when local emergency officials responded to a call of a man suffering from puncture wounds to the chest area of the body.

When NPD staff arrived, two other emergency agencies were already attending to the man.

The Nelson police officers began investigating as the male was removed to Nelson hospital before being transported via air ambulance to Kelowna.

Former LVR Bomber star inks deal in Romania

Sean Denison, dunking the ball during a shoot around at the LVR Hangar, is back on the court in Romania. — The Nelson Daily photo

At least L.V. Rogers Bomber grad Sean Denison is getting to travel and see the world.

The former Bomber basketball star recently signed on to play in the Romania League (Liga Nationala) with CSM Oradea after a stint last season in Russia.

“I am really looking forward to this season . . . it looks like it could be good for me and fun to play,” the 6’11”, 245-pound power forward said before hopping a plane for Europe.