May 2015

Quick thinking by a Clark Freightways driver spares ducks

A Clark Freightways driver helped save a young duck family Saturday afternoon near Taghum. — The Nelson Daily photo

Man killed by black bear near Mackenzie identified

Man killed by black bear near Mackenzie identified

A man believed to be killed by a black bear in the Mackenize area of the province has been identified.

BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who died following an attack by a bear Sunday (May 10) as Daniel Ward Folland O'Connor, aged 27, of Mackenzie.

O'Connor and his fiancée were camping in a small campground near the
Parsnip River off the West Forest Service Road about 10 kilometres from

Ministry of Forests places Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence under notice for pending cancellation

Ministry of Forests places Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence under notice for pending cancellation

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced Monday that, effectively immediately, the Meadow Creek Cedar Forest Licence has been placed under notice for pending cancellation.

The pending cancellation, the second in just over a year, is scheduled to take place on Aug. 7, 2015.

The Forest Licence at Meadow Creek was placed under the same cancellation notice in January 2014.

The Forest Act requires a 90-day notification period and opportunity for the licence holder to request a review or appeal of the notice.

Human-caused fires are still a concern in East Kootenay

The Little Bobtail Lake fire southwest of Prince George continues to grow. — Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Management Branch

This past weekend, the Wildfire Management Branch’s Southeast Fire Centre responded to four new wildfires in the East Kootenay.

All four of these fires were human-caused and therefore preventable:

RCMP called after Ridgewood Road resident deals with bear inside home

A resident of Ridgewood Road north of Nelson had to stare down a black bear inside the home late Tuesday night. — Stock photos

Nelson RCMP said a Ridgewood Road homeowner experienced a rude awakening Tuesday night after a black bear entered the residence located five kilometers north of the Heritage City on the North Shore.

Cpl. Michael Stefani of the Nelson RCMP said police dispatch received a call from the resident at 11 p.m. Tuesday of rustling inside the home.

"Upon getting up and looking out his bedroom door a black bear was seen looking at him from around a corner in the kitchen area down the hall," Cpl. Stefani explained in the media release.

Nelson RCMP ask for public assistance in find missing man near Beasley

John Nichols, 21, has been reported missing in the Beasley area west of Nelson. — photo courtesy RCMP

Nelson RCMP is asking of public assistance to find man last seen in the Beasley area, 15 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A

Monday, at 9 p.m., Nelson RCMP received a report of a missing person, John Nichols, age 21.

Nichols arrived at a residence on Awesome View Rd in Beasley on Tuesday (May 5) to drop a friend off and decided to stay for a few days himself. 

Swiftwater Rescue team called in to search for man missing from Beasley

Swiftwater teams training for searches like the one in Beasley today.

Swiftwater Search and Rescue team has now been called out to help find a man missing from the Beasley area since Friday (for original story, click here).

South Columbia SAR president Mike Hudson (and search manager for this incident) said five SAR teams and one Swiftwater team are looking for 21-year-old John Nichols, of Australia.

Our Future: History as Usual?

Our Future:  History as Usual?

What is usual, and what is natural

In my most-recent two columns, I see that I leaned heavily on the phrase of John N. Gray when he describes our likely future: “history as usual.” I want to expand on this. I am going to attempt an outline of the widest-possible generalizations about human beings as a species, in our history, prehistory, biology, and consciousness.

Lions Show Appreciation for Students' Help

Don Vinish presents cheque

Don Vinish of the Rossland Golden City Lions presents a cheque to the grade 7 and 8 students of Rossland Summit School (RSS) in appreciation for their participation in the spring cleanup at the Lions Campground.

Fifty RSS students in total joined in the effort to spruce up our community campground and prepare it for the 2015 camping and RV season.

Our Electoral System is Crazy

Our Electoral System is Crazy

For an armchair political philosopher,  the first week of May 2015, with two melodramatic elections, one in Alberta and one in Great Britain, was an intoxicating week. These two elections provided a succinct demonstration of the ill-advised use of the first past the post (FPTP) electoral system. Originating in Britain as the Single Member Plurality (SMP) electoral system, it was first used in Nova Scotia in 1758. That was before the American and French revolutions, a time when the idea of women voting, much less heading a government, was unthinkable.