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Tom Renney to retire from Hockey Canada

CEO Tom Renney, who got his start in coaching the during the mid-1980s in the KIJHL with Trail Smoke Eaters and Columbia Valley Rockies, has announced his retirement from Hockey Canada effective July 1, 2022. — Hockey Canada photo

Hockey Canada and its board of directors announced Wednesday the retirement of chief executive officer Tom Renney of Cranbrook, effective July 1, 2022.

Renney, who got his start in coaching in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with Trail and Columbia Valley, said this is a decision he's been preparing for over the past year and knows the time is right and is grateful for the past eight years.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity that was afforded to me by past board chair, Jim Hornell, to lead this organization as its president and CEO," Renney said.

Youth Engage in Climate Events

Basin youth learn how to channel their passion into action. — Submitted photo

Life in the Basin is ingrained with nature, whether this involves camping, kayaking or simply waking to the sounds of birdsong. It’s no wonder that Basin youth are inspired to protect their local landscapes by getting involved with climate action.

Driven by the desire to preserve their healthy surroundings, a group of 10 volunteer high school students from across the Basin planned events to rally youth for climate action awareness: the Climate Action Forum and its follow-up, the Food and Climate Action Workshop. 

FireSmart gets jump start with disbursement of funds for wildfire-risk-reduction

Nelson will receive nearly $150,000 to assist in education, planning, emergency planning, cross-training, interagency co-operation, FireSmart activities in residential areas and fuel management.

More than $600,000 in provincial grants has been given to West Kootenay communities to support wildfire-risk-reduction initiatives, including nearly $150,000 to Nelson.

Out of a total of $609,000, the City of Nelson secured $147,667 to assist in education, planning, emergency planning, cross-training, interagency co-operation, FireSmart activities in residential areas and fuel management.

Amendment to 'Community Charter' opens doors to municipality for public notice publishing

The provincial 'Community Charter' was recently amended to provide flexibility to municipal governments to consider how to publish required notices to the public, rather than using the previous default method of advertising twice in a local newspaper — Creative Commons photo.

The medium is the message but city council is now tasked with nailing down which medium that will be.

The provincial Community Charter was recently amended to provide flexibility to municipal governments to consider how to publish required notices to the public, rather than using the previous default method of advertising twice in a local newspaper.

The amended Section 94 of the Charter allows municipal governments to adopt a bylaw providing for “alternative means of publication,” meaning it could choose not to utilize print publication.

Fire guts home in Rosemont Mobile Park

When the first on-duty firefighters arrived they observed a single trailer with flames coming from the windows and a large plume of dark smoke. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire & Rescue Services

A home in the Rosemont Mobile Park was gutted following a fire Monday afternoon said Nelson Fire & Rescue Services in a media release.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said both on duty members responded to the call at 7:03 p.m. Monday of a structure fire in the Rosemont Mobile Park, located in the 900 block of West Gore Street.

The two members were quickly assisted by 15 additional members who responded from home.

Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said snow will begin to accumulate on Paulson Summit Monday afternoon. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — due to a late snowfall.

Environment Canada said Monday that total accumulations are expected between 15 to 20 cm beginning this afternoon until Tuesday.

“A frontal system moving across British Columbia will give late season snow to Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass,” Environment Canada said.

“Light snow will begin midday (Monday) and intensify tonight.

Retired nurse spearheads drive to re-locate Ukrainian families to Heritage City

A friendly dinner has turned into a full scale fundraiser for Tina Coletti, seen here sewing items to raise awareness and support for Ukraine in Nelson. — Submitted photos

With the latest push by the Russians in eastern Ukraine, now, more than ever, is a time for people to come together to support the people of the ravaged European country.

In Nelson, what began as friends having dinner with people of Ukrainian heritage has blossomed into a drive to re-locate families to the Heritage City from the war-torn country.

“I received a call from my nephew who is a minister of the Highlands Baptist Church in Edmonton,” Tina Coletti, who started the effort by sewing items to raise awareness and support for Ukraine within Nelson.

Grand Forks man saves family dog from cougar attack

Red, the family dog, received approximately 20 stitches to address puncture wounds to the back, neck, chest, and legs. — Facebook photo

Quick action by a Grand Forks man most likely saved family dog from severe injury following a cougar attack in the Boundary region earlier this month.

Reports from mainstream media said Ian Orser, a plumber from Grand Forks, was working at a residence near Christina Lake when he and his daughter heard a commotion.

Megan ran down the driveway of the residence to see a cougar dragging the family dog, Red, a nine-year-old Shepard cross by the head across the road.

Orser quickly rushed the defended Red, kicking the cougar in the head several times before cat let go.

Connectivity report finds six areas in regional district with service gap for high speed internet

There has been recognized a service gap between urban and rural areas for high speed internet, according to the provincial report, Analysis of 106 Communities Regarding 50/10 Availability and Comparison to ISED Reported Data — Canadian Internet Registry Authority photo

Six areas in the regional district are underserved by high speed internet, according to a provincial report, but there may be more.

There has been recognized a service gap between urban and rural areas for high speed internet, according to the provincial report, Analysis of 106 Communities Regarding 50/10 Availability and Comparison to ISED Reported Data.

Cultus Creek Wildfire post wildfire risk analysis report shows potential for damage to CP Rail line

The CP Rail bridge across Cultus Creek — Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations photo.

The effects of the Cultus Creek fire could threaten a section of the CP Rail line southeast of the city, says a post wildfire natural hazards risk analysis report commissioned by province.

Last summer the Cultus Creek fire burned approximately 7,589 hectares about 35 kilometres southeast of Nelson, on the west side of Kootenay Lake.

Although there was sparse human settlement affected by the fire — it burned along the east-facing slopes above Kootenay Lake in the Next, Cultus and Midge Creek watersheds — areas between three watersheds were also burned.

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