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Selkirk College Forest Technology Student Explores the Edge

Kelsi Littler graduated with the Selkirk College Class of 2020 with a diploma Forest Technology. Now operating a small silviculture company, she is also self-publishing an outdoor-inspired book of words and art titled The Edge Effect. — Submitted photo

It started with an instructor’s challenge to look at climate change on a personal level and ended with a creative outburst by students that breaks down walls to better understanding the future of the forest industry.

In November, Forest Technology Program instructor Jesper Nielsen spurred his second-year students with a contest focused on thinking about their future in the industry. “It Starts With Me” set very few parameters on the final product other than wanting learners to think about the marketplace differently than how it is generally perceived.

Castlegar man arrested after seizure of suspected fentanyl and cocaine

On May 22, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 600-block of 11th Avenue of Castlegar B.C. The search warrant was authorized as part of an active police investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.

Two men were taken into police custody during the execution of the warrant.

BC Parks campsites closed to non-residents this summer

BC Parks said in a statement that the health and safety of our BC Parks staff, park operators and visitors continue to be a priority.

BC Parks should be a lot easier to book this summer for locals after the BC government announced the closing of campsites to out of province residents.

The decision by BC Parks was made as public health officials adjust rules to deal with ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-residents of BC, who have made reservations, must call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.

Reservations made by non-residents after Monday, May 25, will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.

All-season ski, boarding and bike resort proposed for near New Denver

The proposed location for Zincton, a ghost town, is within the Goat Range of British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountain Range, approximately 10 mins east of New Denver along Highway 31A, in the Regional District of the Central Kootenay.

The Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Recourses Operations and Rural Development, represented by Mountain Resorts Branch (MRB), said an 

  • New measures allow BC Transit to align with BC's Restart Plan

    Starting June 1, 2020, Nelson Transit busses will resume front door loading and fare collection. — The Nelson Daily photo

    BC Transit, which includes locally operated Nelson Transit, Trail Transit and Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Service, is gearing up to respond to COVID-19 by implementing additional practices and procedures to align with BC’s Restart Plan. 

    In a media release Thursday, BC Transit said the company would restart under the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC as well as drawing on the best practices of the transit industry worldwide.

    Special Weather Statement for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

    Environment Canada said a weather system over southern BC will see snow levels lowering to 1300 to 1500 metres Thursday night before rising to 1700 to 1900 metres Friday afternoon.


    Environment Canada said a weather system over southern BC will bring showers to the region Friday with snow levels lowered to 1200 to 1400 metres during the morning. Those snow levels are forecasted to rise to near 1700 metres Friday afternoon.

    "Snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm are expected this morning over highway 3 - Paulson summit to Kootenay Pass and over the Okanagan Connector. Lesser amounts of 2 to 4 cm are possible over Allison Pass and Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt," Environment Canada said.

    Saints coaching staff continues to load up on top Jr. A recruits

    With 122 games of BCHL experience with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, forward Jackson Doucet has joined the 2020 Selkirk College Saints recruiting class. - Darren Chaisson photo

    Even in these highly unusual times, Selkirk College Saints head coach Dave Hnatiuk has managed to bolster the program’s roster with talented recruits who are eager to start their post-secondary journey.

    The former assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars, Hnatiuk took the reins of the Selkirk College program last June. Though not optimum timing to sculpt a roster through proper recruiting, the rookie head coach iced a team for the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season that held its own.

    Riondel residents take protest of new Cell Tower location to the streets

    This person at last Friday's TELUS Cell Tower protest in Riondel pleads with the telecommunications company to reconsider the location of the proposed tower. — Submitted photo

    Following social distancing practices and allowing a crowd size of no more than 50 people as ordered by provincial public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Riondel citizens flocked to downtown core last Friday to protest the site of a proposed cell tower by TELUS.

    “When you have a town of 250 people that can get 50 people out to a protest, there certainly is a problem with the process,” said Ben Johnson of the Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group.

    Op/Ed: Our species to save

    Canada has about 800 species, sub-species and varieties of wildlife that have been officially assessed as at risk, but this probably represents less than a quarter of all plants and animals that are imperilled in our country.

    Endangered species day (May 15, 2020) was established 15 years ago. 

    It is a day for us to learn about the wildlife, plants, animals and insects that are at risk of disappearing and perhaps most importantly, what we can do about it.

    Every nation has a unique role in saving our planet’s endangered species. As Canadians it’s important that we know about the plight and prospects of wildlife from around the world. 

    Special Weather Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow/Slocan Lakes

    Environment Canada said total rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 mm is possible by Monday morning.


    Environment Canadasaid the potential for heavy rainfall continues through Monday morning.

    As of Sunday morning, 5 to 15 mm of rainfall has fallen across the southern interior.
    “A moist and unstable atmosphere over the southern BC interior tonight will continue to provide favourable conditions for showers and thunderstorms,” Environment Canadasaid.