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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 He has since withdrawn his request but it’s not his angle that concerns me, it’s our country’s tepid legal system.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.

Arsonist strikes in downtown Grand Forks

Two meter high flames leaped above the rim of a steel bin before firefighters arrived on the scene to douse a dumpster fire Tuesday night in the alleyway behind Pharmasave in Grand Forks.
“Something just didn’t smell right,” was the initial impression of Jay Alblas, night manager at Panago Pizza. At approximately 8:18 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 he went behind the store for a breath of fresh air, only to find it foul.

Nakusp prepares to play host to Targa Canada West rally May 14

Philanthropic adventurer and rally driver Mark Jennings-Bates will be competing in the one-day Targa Tabula Rasa event in Nakusp on Saturday, May 14.

With the one-day Targa Tabula Rasa rally race less than two weeks away in the Kootenay region, a driver of some note has already been announced for the inaugural event.

Philanthropic adventurer and rally driver Mark Jennings-Bates will be competing in the one-day Targa Tabula Rasa event in Nakusp on Saturday, May 14.

Two local companies, the Three Lions Pub in Nakusp and the Nelson Brewing Company in Nelson have sponsored Jennings-Bates and his team for the weekend.

Coffee TV - humourous look at a serious industry

Edan Marshall (L) and Nik Green traversed Canada in search of the coffee gods; Photo, Nik Green

The independent coffee universe in Canada is about to be showcased to the world as the first episodes of Common Grounds TV are set to air in the coming weeks. CGTV is the culmination of an investigative yet humorous look at the otherwise serious coffee industry in Canada.

Last September, Producers Edan Marshall and Nik Green took to the road as part of a 25,000 kilometre trek undertaken to find the best and brightest baristas, roasters and cafes in the country.