August 2015

18 vehicles impounded over four days due to extreme, reckless speeding

18 vehicles impounded over four days due to extreme, reckless speeding

Extreme speed is becoming an increasingly prevalent - and dangerous - issue on Kootenay highways, according to RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson.

“On the August long weekend, the WKTS/ Nelson Integrated Road Safety Unit impounded seven vehicles for travelling in excess of 40 km/hr an hour over the posted speed limit,” Feguson said.” These vehicles are impounded for seven days at the owners’ expense and the driver receives a minimum fine of $368.00 and demerit points.”

He said the highest speed they clocked was a motorcycle, at night, doing 185 km/hr.

Selkirk College Puts Out Call for Homestays

Selkirk College international students provide an opportunity explore and share cultures. With an increase in enrolment in the English Language Program for the Fall Semester, the college is putting out a call for more homestay participants to help enhance the cultural experience for both sides.

A surge in international students coming to the West Kootenay to study English at Selkirk College has opened up further opportunities for local families to experience a cultural exchange close to home.

Starting in late-August, the Selkirk College English Language Program will immerse more than 100 international students in a new language and introduce them to Canadian culture. With the number of students nearly doubling from last year, the first semester cohort has increased the demand for homestay families.

Robusters shift to different winning approach

Robusters shift to different winning approach

This season, the Kootenay Robusters decided to try a different strategy for their paddling season - one that should be especially helpful to new recruits, and enjoyable for experienced team members as well.

Two early season festivals were planned, the first in Lethbridge at the end of June and the second at the end of July in Harrison Hot Springs. Because there were so many new paddlers, it was decided to focus on the fun aspect of festival participation, since there wasn’t time to get everyone trained well enough to be truly competitive. This goal was well accomplished in Harrison as the team took over several units in a nearby condo and planned social activities that emphasized team-building and setting good paddling goals for the future. 

Fines for burning spike; new fine for off-leash dogs in city parks

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff holds up the news signs to be installed in Millennium Park.

The city is cracking down on illegal burning and off-leash dogs, with significant spikes in fines for the former and a brand-new fine created for the latter.

Councillor Kevin Chernoff said the burning fines are an attempt to get people’s attention, as per Fire Chief Gerry Rempel’s suggestion, so they’ll stop creating situations with the potential to be dangerous for the whole city.

Officer injured/thief arrested after police chase sparked by savvy Rosslanders

Officer injured/thief arrested after police chase sparked by savvy Rosslanders

Thanks to a pair of observant Rossland residents, a prolific thief is spending the next 15 months in jail, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Daren Oelke.

“Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, two Rossland residents came across a male driving what they believed to be a stolen vehicle out of Christina Lake,” Oelke said.“They recognized the stolen red Suzuki Sidekick from a Facebook post they had seen earlier.

“When police attempted to close in on the car thief in the Centennial Trail parking lot, the driver took off on foot. One officer was injured chasing the male over a steep embankment and the male escaped into the City of Rossland.”

UPDATED: Social Media helps RCMP identify mystery cyclist found unconscious

RCMP in the Columbia Valley are trying to indentify a man suffering serious injury in a bike accident.

The man who was severely injuried in a bike accident Saturday (August 1) in Invermere has been indentified said Columbia Valley RCMP.

Jacob Daniel McNeil of the Invermere area who found found unconscious in a ditch by two people passing by Saturday evening, was identified by friends when the story of the mystery man surfaced on social media.

McNeil, 25, is currently in Foothills Hospital in Calgary. where he has been put in an induced coma.

Kootenay Swim Club pair shine at Canada’s Age Group Championships

Kelsey Andrusak and Samuel Matthew competed against the top swimmers in Canada at the Age Group Championships in Quebec City. —Submitted photo

Two Nelson swimmers registered some impressive results at the Swim Canada’s Age Group Championships this past weekend at Laval University in Quebec City.

Kelsey Andrusak and Samuel Matthew, both swimming with the Kootenay Swim Club, were especially pleased with the results competing at this level of competition for the first time their careers.

This meet is designed to give swimmers ages 12 through 18 years of age the opportunity to race against the best athletes in their age group in Canada.

Billions and Billions: The Economic Costs of Invasive Species

Japanese Knotweed by the Rossland Works Yard

Rossland:  an Invasive Weed Demonstration Site

As I walk up the lower portion of Centre Star Gulch Trail (or nearly any trail around Rossland), Hoary Alyssum and Common Tansy and Spotted Knapweed and Giant Burdock are busy crowding out the native plants beside the trail.  If you have a furry pet, you may have noticed that the burdock burrs are now out and hitching rides by embedding themselves in any available fur -- or maybe your socks.  

Interior Health warns whooping cough cases on the increase

IH says the majority of cases currently in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health is adivsing the public that pertussis cases, also known as whooping cough, is on the rise.

The increase in pertussis cases has IH sending out a reminder parents about the importance of making sure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

A Question for Federal Candidates

A Question for Federal Candidates

Dear Editor,

As a resident of the new South Okanagan West Kootenay federal riding, a question that I have for our candidates relates to climate-action. My family and I are very interested in knowing of any specific, “new and improved” plans on Canadian climate action that the various parties are putting forward.