September 2014

Saints and Smokies to square off this weekend

The Selkirk College Saints are coming off back-to-back BCIHL titles and have a solid crop of returning players and talented newcomers in the line-up for the upcoming season. Forward Mason Spear (above) is one of the players who is back and ready to defend the title. The Saints start the exhibition season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Selkirk College Men's Hockey program will play their first exhibition games of the 2014-15 season this weekend in a home-and-home series against the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Selkirk Saints will host the Smokies on Friday night at the Castlegar and District Community Complex at 7:00 p.m. and the Smokies will welcome the Saints on Saturday night at the Cominco Arena starting at 7: p.m.

Sleeping rough ... for the Getting to Home Program

Program participants and administrators and fundraising participants

On September 12, a group of forty people from Greater Trail, including Rossland’s Andrea Winckers, Mike Kent, Aaron Cosbey and Gareth Cryer will be sleeping under Trail's Victoria Street Bridge to raise money and bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in the Greater Trail Area. Funds raised will go to support the Getting to Home: Addressing Homelessness in Greater Trail Program.

UPDATED: Teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration

UPDATED: Teachers vote overwhelming for binding arbitration

Teachers from across the province voted overwhelmingly to accept binding arbitration B.C. Teachers' Federation president Jim Iker said Wednesday night during a livestream news conference.

More than 30,000 teachers of the 41,000 cast ballots Wednesday in voting with 30,490 of the 30,669 voted "yes" to accept binding arbitration with the government — 99.4 percent in favour.

Car accident at airport junction injures two

Car accident at airport junction injures two

Two people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries this morning after a three-vehicle wreck at the airport junction, according to Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson.

“Car One was stopped for a flagger because of the construction there. Car Two was slowing, preparing to stop. Car Three hit Car Two, which then hit Car One,” he said, adding it was actually two cars and an SUV. Each vehicle had only the driver, no passengers.

Selkirk instructors honoured

Selkirk College Instructor Carol Andrews is highly respected by both students and peers. She will join fellow Selkirk instructors Taya Whitehead, Janet Mayr and Tracy Harvey in receiving one of this year’s SCOPE Awards that will be presented on September 25 at the Castlegar Campus.

Four Selkirk College instructors have been recognized for their professional excellence in the classroom and the college community.

Each year, Selkirk’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) honours staff members who stand out. Nominated by students and peers, the SCOPE Awards are handed out for exceptional performance.

RANT: On mental health, YOLO, rainbows and elections

RANT: On mental health, YOLO, rainbows and elections

Okay, time to stick my head in the lion’s mouth again.

I posted a photo back on Aug. 26 about the city’s new banners reading , “YOLO” and “XOXO” (neither one of which is as bad – or as funny – as the ones with goofy cartoon faces that read, “A Great Place to Grow”, here in marijuana central. Those still make me giggle every time I see them). After reading the 161 comments (along with many others on friends’ Facebook pages), I began to feel like my recent column discussing my own mental illness was pointless – apparently, EVERYONE’S crazy.

OP/ED: A first and last comment on 9-11.

OP/ED: A first and last comment on 9-11.

It’s now been 13 years since 9-11, and I’ve never once written a single word about it. I’ve been asked many times, why not? I always said it was because I only cover local news – which was sort of true – but what a cop out.

The real reason I never wrote about it was because I felt guilty. Like most people I know, I remember sitting in front of the TV, watching the second plane hit and people jumping out of windows, and the horror of it all … but I felt, at the time, almost nothing.

UPDATED: Coroner releases name of man whose body was recovered from Kootenay Lake

Nelson Search and Rescue and the RCMP transported the body from boat to shore at the Lakeside Park dock Thursday morning. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who was discovered deceased in Kootenay Lake near Nelson on Sept. 11.

The man was Paul Tayes, aged 56, from Surrey.

Tayes had checked into the Kokanee Creek campground on Sept. 2, for one night and was reported missing by park staff on Sept. 4, after he failed to return to his truck and equipment.

Search and Rescue workers initiated an extensive search of the area on the same day but were unable to locate him.

Nelson sends trio of grads to 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament

Nelson hockey products (top left) Isaac MacLeod, Dryden Hunt and Jim Hiller (bottom left) are penciled in to this weekend’s Prospects Tournament in Michigan. — Dryden Hunt photo by Gregg Forwerck/Carolina Hurricanes

The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.

The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.

The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.

UPDATED: Bargaining happening in BC Teachers' Labour Dispute

Students marched through Nelson streets in support of public education Friday. — The Nelson Daily photos

It has been said: No News is Good News.

If this is the case then nothing coming out of the labour dispute negotiations between the BC Teachers' Federation and the B.C. Public Employers' Association is, in fact, good news.

Media reports said the two sides in the dispute bargained all day Saturday until just past midnight Sunday. 

Veteran mediator Vince Ready told reporters bargaining is happening.