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Word on the (Nelson) street has Canucks going all the, er, can't say it, don't even want to go there

Boston fan David Vova (left) and Scott Swetlikoe go a little one on one before the start of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports

It’s the talk of the gas stations.

It’s the talk of the coffee shops and beer and wine stores.

The Vancouver Canucks are on the verge of, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there.

But some people are more optimistic than others.

Raid the North Extreme to air on Global Television and PBS

The region’s premiere expedition adventure race is going national as Global Television and PBS have committed to broadcasting an hour-long, high-definition documentary across Canada and the USA after the July race.

The Raid the North Extreme (RTNX) — a six-day, non-stop expedition race in the West Kootenay, July 23-31 — broadcast is the first airing of a five-year agreement with New Edge Entertainment of Vancouver.

A poll-by-poll look at the election in the BC South Interior

It was an election by the numbers as incumbent MP Alex Atamanenko retained his seat in the B.C. Southern Interior riding which includes Nelson and Castlegar.

Atamanenko beat out Rossland Conservative candidate Stephen Hill in the 2011 Federal election May 2, his third win as the NDP candidate in the BC South Interior riding — garnering 52 per cent of the vote over Stephen Hill who got 37.5 per cent.

Green Party candidate Brian Hunt was third at 6.4 per cent and Liberal Shan Lavell was fourth at 3.8 per cent.

Red Sands Beach creation part of downtown, waterfront master plan: consultants

Creation and retention of Red Sands Beach and its natural charm will be one of the main points stressed by a consulting group preparing to deliver the final presentation on the ambitious vision for Nelson’s downtown and waterfront Wednesday afternoon.

Stuart Jones of Vancouver’s IBI Group will use a video conference Wednesday, 1 p.m. in City council chambers to deliver what could be the long-awaited final word on creation of a master plan for the city’s waterfront and the downtown areas.

Flood warning issued for the Kettle and Granby rivers

The BC River Forecast Centre upgraded their high level advisory to a flood watch for the Kettle and Granby rivers , and are maintaining the flood warning for the West Kettle River.

River levels have risen through Sunday with warmer weather and snow melt through the basins.

The West Kettle River at Westbridge reached a peak of 128 cubic metres per second (m3/s) on Sunday afternoon. Levels have receded slightly, and current water levels are at 2.15 metres. Current flow is 120 m3/s, which is just over a one in two year flow.

OP/ED: Lethal interjection

Some days I wonder if our country should adopt a harsher attitude towards punishing certain criminals. To read the front of the Province recently and see triple child killer Allan Schoenborn faced with being granted days of freedom really made me want to see some Texan laws imported and applied liberally. He has since withdrawn his request but it’s not his angle that concerns me, it’s our country’s tepid legal system.
The level of sympathy from the review board for this maniac is unacceptable.

Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby packs in the crowds

Rossland Gnarlies Angels blockers keep the Killjoys off balance during Friday's West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby at the Castlegar Community Complex. — Bruce Fuhr photos

By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports

The Castlegar Community Complex was rocking Friday night.

But it wasn’t the Rebels on a run to the KIJHL title playing Canada's game that people were flocking to see.

No, the attraction sparking the attention of spectators from Nelson to Nakusp was the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.

“No, I’m not overwhelmed,” Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels coach Kevin said when asked about the recent success of the league.

Environment Canada predicts warm, dry summer for Kootenay region

A heat treat is in store for those who have suffered through one of the toughest winters — and a grim spring — in West Kootenay history.

Environment Canada is predicting that this summer will be very warm and very dry, much more than normal.

In its preliminary summer forecast, the national weather service said temperatures will be above normal, but can't say yet by how much. However, there is no certainty this summer will blaze past last year’s — the third warmest on record in BC and the West Kootenay.