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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.

For the love of water at the eighth annual Winlaw Water Festival

Winlaw WaterHeart watercolour by Peter Vogelaar.

By Phil Larstone

Water, water everywhere and plenty of drops to drink.

It’s a mantra well known in the West Kootenays, but it isn’t one that is shared throughout the rest of the world.

But if you enjoy the pure, refreshing water that happily flows from mountain to ocean, throughout our lives and into our very cells, there may be a festival waiting for you.

Hill explains "disrespectful" comments; no-show in Grand Forks all-candidates forum

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The political future of BC Southern Interior Conservative candidate Stephen Hill is uncertain after he was a no show in an all-candidates forum in Grand Forks Monday night, one day after apologizing for "disrespectful" comments he made in a public forum in Nelson earlier this year.

New arrangement to benefit writing, publishing students at Selkirk College

A memorandum of understanding has been reached between Okanagan College, College of the Rockies, and Selkirk College that allows students to transfer directly into second year of the Writing and Publishing diploma program at Okanagan College.

The initiative is part of the Southern Interior Writers’ Project — a joint undertaking which creates new and improved services for learners through the smooth transferability of writing courses between post-secondary institutions.