November 2014

RCMP warn of cougar attack on Granger Road on Nelson's North Shore area

RCMP warn of cougar attack on Granger Road on Nelson's North Shore area

Nelson RCMP aree advising residents in the Granger Road area on the North Shore (approximately 10 kilometers north of Nelson) to be on the lookout for a cougar.

Cpl. Michael Stefani said in a media release a cougar attacked and carried off an owner's 10-week-old Rottweiler puppy.

"The attack happened just 10 feet from the residence and the cougar did not appear to be afraid of the owner yelling at it," Stefani said.

Old Man Winter set to arrive in West Kootenay

Environment Canada said Old Man Winter, seen already arriving at the Paulson Summit, is his way to the West Kootenays.

Everyone knew winter was coming, just when.

It's time to put away the shorts and sunscreen and pull out the gloves, toques, scarves as Old Man Winter is heading to BC Monday.

Environment Canada sent out a special weather statement Sunday which covers most of B.C., warning "Cold Arctic air spreading over the interior."

"A strong northerly flow of colder Arctic air will spread across all regions over the next couple of days as a ridge builds over the interior," the Environment Canada weather warning said.

Louis Bockner documents inaugural fight of Nelson Boxing Club's Jacob Rudkoski

Front left, Nelson Boxing Club coach Jess Pineiro, fighter Jacob Rudkoski and assistant coach Peter Bockner pose after Rudkoski's first round TKO victory at the Cranbrook Boxing Club's second annual Charity Challenge. — Louis Bockner photo

By Louis Bockner

More than 200 people recently flocked to the Eagles Hall in Cranbrook to take in the second annual Eagles Boxing Club's Charity Challenge.

Nelson boxer Jacob Rudkoski was one of the fighters on the card, jumping into the ring for the first time.

Louis Bockner was one of the 200 fight fans watching with anticipation as Rudkoski realizes his dream to box in a sanctioned event and writes this account of the Nelson Boxing Club inaugural taste of the sport.

New wood stove exchange program benefits communities

The province is hopeful up to 630 stoves can be exchanged  this coming year. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Province is providing $190,000 to communities throughout British Columbia to encourage residents to replace their old wood stoves with cleaner burning models.

Together thirteen communities/regional districts are receiving funding from the Ministry of Environment through the Wood Stove Exchange Program.

The goal is to have close to 630 stoves exchanged across the province this coming year.

"Many families throughout B.C. heat their homes with a wood stove or fireplace," said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment.

Remembrance Day 2014: What are we remembering?

Crowds of people continue to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of Nelson City Hall. — The Nelson Daily photo

Canada is at war in Iraq. Two Canadian soldiers have been murdered in as many weeks on Canadian soil.

The question is how will this affect the Remembrance Day service this year at the Nelson cenotaph on Tuesday, November 11.

“We will carry on as normal,” said the Nelson branch of the Canadian Legion’s vice president Bill Andreaschuk.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: A new (for me) and very personal take on Remembrance

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: A new (for me) and very personal take on Remembrance

It’s Remembrance Day.

For me, that’s always been a sad, solemn day.

But this year, everything has changed, for me, as I have this year lost people who completely deserve wreaths at the Cenotaph in their honour. Before this year, I remembered ideas, not real people.

This year, I’m remembering people I knew and loved.

Op/Ed: Tim Horton’s question percolates through Nelson council candidates

Is Nelson ready for a multinational fast casual restaurant Tim Horton's?

“We don’t have a Timmy’s in Nelson” I told the guy pouring my double-single behind the counter, “and my friend here had me up at the crack of dawn to get down here.”

“Well there’s one coming ‘atcha soon” he replied.

A few minutes later the same gentleman came over to our table to elaborate.

“I’m the owner of this place” he said, and told us how the company hoped to be on its way to opening a Tim Horton’s in Nelson within a year, and some of the sites they were considering.

The Mask Messenger bound for the Capitol Theatre

The Mask Messenger coming to Nelson as part of the Capitol Theatre Kid Series.

The Capitol Theatre Kid Series continues with The Mask Messenger, performed by Toronto's Faustwork Mask Theatre, on Sunday, November 16.

This widely toured show has been enjoyed by audiences of all ages, across North America and around the world — and now it's Nelson's chance to join in on the fun.

"Although it's part of our Kids Series, The Mask Messenger is a smart and engaging show that parents will enjoy just as much as their little ones," said Capitol Theatre Executive Director Stephanie Fischer.

Fatal car crash in Rossland

Fatal car crash in Rossland

Police are saying alcohol and seat belts may be factors in a fata crash in Rossland yesterday, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

"On Nov. 11,  at (6:53 p.m.), police were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle accident in Rossland," he said. "When emergency services and police arrived, they found pickup truck had rolled down a steep embankment by Hwy 3B and theCentennial Trail.

Frog wins People's Choice at Sculpturewalk Gala

Frog wins People's Choice at Sculpturewalk Gala

“Northern Leopard Frog” by local Krestova artists Kevin Kratz and James Karthein, won big at the 2014 Castlegar Sculpturewalk Awards, taking home both the coveted People’s Choice Award and the Artistic Merit Award. This is the first time ever that a sculpture has won in both categories, and the second time that Kratz & Karthein have won the People’s Choice Award (“Patient Hunter”, their steel heron, took home the prize in 2012).  

The full Awards List is as follows:

People’s Choice Awards: