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UPDATE: Ad hoc 'Keep Jumbo Wild' group scores victory

Jumbo protestors were out in front of Nelson City Hall Friday prior to Monday's court challenge. — The Nelson Daily photo

Score one for the underdog.

Opponents of the 5000 bed ski resort in Jumbo Valley in the East Kootenays said Jumbo Glacier Resort backed off its BC Supreme Court application to prevent residents from blocking a road into the Farnham Glacier 55 km west of Invermere.

The resort was granted a general adjournment in a Vancouver BC Supreme courtroom Monday. 

“We challenged them publicly to show what authority they have to cat-ski and alter the Farnham Glacier,” Johnsons Landing resident Rob Meaney, the Defendant in the resort’s application, said in a press release.

CUPE issues ultimatum to province should planned talks in Vancouver go south

CUPE Local 748 staged an information picket line in June but a real line could be on the horizon should talks not go well next week in Vancouver. —The Nelson Daily photo

Parents of school-aged kids can relax somewhat knowing the first day of school Tuesday will come and go like many in the past.

The optimism comes after Canadian Union of Public Employees and provincial government plan to resume talks on a new deal in Vancouver, beginning next week.

Three days of bargaining has been scheduled between the CUPE Provincial committee and Peter Cameron, the lead negotiator for the province.

Another tourist, another bite attack, another person in jail

It appears biting bouncers is making its rounds with tourists in Nelson of late.

For the second consecutive week, Nelson Police Department lodged a person in cells for biting staff members at a local drinking establishment.

Early Sunday morning (August 25), at Finley's Pub on Vernon Street, officers received a call after a 27-year-old intoxicated female attacked the bouncer by biting and scratching him.

The incident was called in at 1:45 a.m. an alert staff member at Finley’s noticed a very intoxicated female attempting to enter the premises.

NPD officers safely remove Big Orange Bridge walker

Nelson Police and Fire Departments were kept busy early Tuesday morning, safely talking down an emotionally distraught woman from on top of the Big Orange Bridge structure.

The call, coming in at 1:25 a.m., was one of 75 NPD officers dealt with during the past week.

Police received the call when a passing motorist reported being made suspicious by a woman’s sandal falling from atop the Nelson Orange Bridge.

When police arrived on scene, officers found the emotionally distraught female perched and walking along the top of the bridge structure. 

Leaking dynamite stops traffic on Riverside Drive

Police have barricaded off Riverside Drive around the 75 to 77th Street crossroads after they discovered someone was moving dynamite through the area.

According to Cpl. Kevin Christensen, the individual transporting the dynamite had "good intentions" and wanted to dispose of it with the help of the local fire department or RCMP

RCMP received a report that the dynamite was being transported and told the individual to park his vehicle. When the vehicle was inspected, they found over 30 sticks of dynamite, which was old and sweating. This meant it was volatile and unstable.

FortisBC, IBEW begin mediated talks in Vancouver — which is good news for Slocan Valley Co-op

Chris Sapriken at Slocan Valley Co-op is keeping his fingers crossed that mediated talks between FortisBC and its IBEW Local 213 employees happening in Vancouver take a positive path.

As the lockout of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213 by FortisBC drags into its eighth week, Slocan Valley Co-op General Manager Chris Sapriken will be happy to hear that rumours of the two sides using mediation to settle this agreement are true.

FortisBC negotiators and members of the IBEW Local 213 team began two days of talks Wednesday with the assistance of third party private mediator Vince Ready.

Coroner identifies person killed in motorcycle accident near Gyro Park

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died last week following a motorcycle accident near Gyro Park as Nelsonite Justin James Klassen.

Klassen, 24, was riding his motorcycle westbound on Douglas Road in Nelson in the early hours of (Tuesday) August 13 when he lost control while making a turn onto Morgan Street.

NPD officers responded to the 2 a.m. call and immediately located the rider at the accident scene.

Bite lands 23-year-old tourist in NPD cells until sober

A staff member at the Hume Hotel Spirit bar was bit by a customer.

A woman bit off more than she could chew, landing in police cells after a spirited encounter with officers and staff Thursday (August 15) morning at the Hume Hotel Spirit Bar in Nelson.

The call was one of 96 Nelson Police dispatchers received during the past week as the warm weather continues to bring out more than just tourists to the Heritage City.

Thursday’s encounter started at 1:49 a.m. when Spirit Bar staff Spirit Bar called NPD to request assistance with an unruly customer trying to get back into their establishment.

Keep Jumbo Wild protesters continue to keep machinery out of glacier resort

Protesters continue to fight to keep ski lifts and development off the glaciers around Jumbo.

The temperature plummets to near zero on the thermometer when the sun sets and 22 Celsius in the middle of the day.

However, a little cold weather isn’t about to stop a group of protesters set against any development at the Jumbo Glacier Resort in southeastern B.C from keeping machinery off the mountain.

“We’re here until the snow flies, which should be somewhere around mid-September,” K.Linda Kivi, a spokesperson for the Citizens for Jumbo, said via satellite phone a few steps from Commander Glacier.

RDCK rescinds the Stage Two Conservation Measures for Balfour

Balfour residents dodged a water bullet after the Regional District of Central Kootenay rescinded the Stage Two Conservation Measures Tuesday.

RDCK staff said an analysis of Balfour system during the past week has shown water consumption decreased.

Jason McDiarmid, RDCK Manager of Utility Services said normal Stage One measures remain in place until September 30.

Those conservation measures include no sprinkling between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.