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Leafs' Joe Davidson taking next step with BCHL Centennials

Leaf forward Joe Davidson, in action against Spokane Braves, finished in the top-25 of KIJHL goal scoring with 22 goals in 44 games. He finished with 38 points in his rookie season. — The Nelson Daily photo

By Emanuel Sequeira, KIJHL Communications

Joe Davidson made the most of his opportunities with the Nelson Leafs last season.

Earning the trust of head coach Mario DiBella and his staff, Davidson played in different situations and produced. He finished in the top-25 of KIJHL goal scoring with 22 goals in 44 games. He finished with 38 points in his rookie season. That was good for fourth on the Leafs as a 16-year-old.

Now the 17-year-old Nelson product is taking the next step with the B.C. Hockey League’s Merritt Centennials.

UPDATED: Small distribution lines throughout the region still have significant damage — FortisBC

Monday's windstorm made quick work of trees in the Six Mile area on the North Shore north of Nelson. — Facebook photo

FortisBC crews have been working around the clock since Monday morning to remove trees on lines, repair damage and restore customers following the Monday, September 7, windstorm that approximately 6,000 customers in the Kootenays lost power due to trees damaging four transmission lines and many smaller lines that provide service to the area.

As of Wednesday afternoon, FortisBC said more than 5,000 customers have been restored.

Special air quality statement for West Kootenay, Arrow, Slocan Lakes

Smoke from the Talbott Creek Wildfire is expected to filter into the valleys over the news few days forcing the issuing of a Special air quality statement for parts of the southern interior of BC, including East and West Kootenay and Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lakes. — BC Wildfire photo

Environment Canada issued a Special air quality statement for parts of the southern interior of BC, including East and West Kootenay and Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lakes due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-72 hours.

“Hot and dry conditions will continue in south eastern British Columbia until Monday,” the Environment Canada website said.

FortisBC warns of recreating dangers near dams ahead of Labour Day weekend

FortisBC would like to warn the public of the dangers of swimming near the Lower Bonnington Dam known to many locals as ‘Paradise’. — Submitted photo

With summer winding down, and the weatherman cooperating with some hot temperatures, FortisBC is asking British Columbians, specifically residents in the Kootenay region to be extremely cautious when in and around its hydroelectric dams.

KIJHL season set for delayed start, three teams, including Beaver Valley, opting out

COVID-19 has turned the sports world upside down, including the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, seen here in action against Nelson Leafs, deciding, along with 100 Mile House and Spokane, not to play in the upcoming KIJHL 2020-21 campaign. — The Nelson Daily photo

The always-entertaining, hard-fought Murdoch Division rivalry between Leafs and Nitehawks is being put on hold for at least one season after the Beaver Valley franchise joined teams from Spokane and 100 Mile House opting out of the 2020-21 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois made the announcement Thursday in an emailed media release.

Vancouver company awarded contract to build new Kootenay Lake ferry

Work on replacing the MV Balfour is scheduled to begin later this year. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Government announced Thursday that Western Pacific Marine Ltd. of Vancouver has been awarded the contract to build the new new electric-ready ferry for Kootenay Lake.

In a media release, the BC Government said work will begin later this year on a new electric-ready ferry, providing passengers with a larger, cleaner and more accessible vessel.

The contract is worth $62.9-million.


Spokane Chiefs name Nelson native Adam Maglio as head coach of WHL franchise

Nelson native Adam Maglio is the new skipper of the WHL Spokane Chiefs hockey club. — Photo courtesy Larry Brunt, Spokane Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Nelson native Adam Maglio will become the organization’s 14th full-time head coach.

Maglio, who grew up in the Heritage City playing minor hockey and with Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, served last season as Associate Coach under Manny Viveiros.

The former Spokane skipper accepted the same position with the AHL’s Henderson Golden Knights.

Interior Health declares Kelowna cluster over; new cases spike to 294 from weekend provincially

Since Friday, Interior Health said there were a total of seven new COVID-19 cases reported in the Interior Health region bringing the total number of cases in IH since the start of the pandemic to 440 while BC’s numbers were 294 new cases for a total of 5,790.

As the COVID-19 numbers in BC continue to rise, Interior Health has seen only marginal increases and recently declared the Kelowna cluster over after cases per week remained low for four weeks.

In an emailed statement, Medical Health Officer Dr. Sivina Mema said IH would like to thank local elected officials, businesses, residents and visitors to the Central Okanagan City for their efforts to bring the number of new cases associated with this cluster down during the past month, or so.

Not once, but twice — Creston School Trustee censured, again

The Board of School District No. 8, Kootenay Lake made the decision to censure Trustee Allan Gribbin of Creston during a closed meeting on Tuesday, August 25th.

For the second time in just over a year Trustee Allan Gribbin is facing “censure” by the Kootenay Lake School Board.

The Board of School District No. 8, Kootenay Lake, announced the decision to censure Trustee Gribbin Monday in a media release following a closed meeting Tuesday, August 25th.

Gribbin is a retired school-teacher elected to the Kootenay Lake School Board in the fall of 2018 to serve the Creston area.