It was an election by the numbers as incumbent MP Alex Atamanenko retained his seat in the B.C. Southern Interior riding which includes Nelson and Castlegar.
Atamanenko beat out Rossland Conservative candidate Stephen Hill in the 2011 Federal election May 2, his third win as the NDP candidate in the BC South Interior riding — garnering 52 per cent of the vote over Stephen Hill who got 37.5 per cent.
Green Party candidate Brian Hunt was third at 6.4 per cent and Liberal Shan Lavell was fourth at 3.8 per cent.
The BC River Forecast Centre upgraded their high level advisory to a flood watch for the Kettle and Granby rivers , and are maintaining the flood warning for the West Kettle River.
River levels have risen through Sunday with warmer weather and snow melt through the basins.
The West Kettle River at Westbridge reached a peak of 128 cubic metres per second (m3/s) on Sunday afternoon. Levels have receded slightly, and current water levels are at 2.15 metres. Current flow is 120 m3/s, which is just over a one in two year flow.
Gasoline prices in parts of the West Kootenay continued their upward march Wednesday, rising 2.5 cents per litre, similar to what was happening across the province and the country.
The increase followed a 6.5-cents-per-litre jump the day before in some areas.
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Rossland/Trail’s Brenan Moroney destroyed the field en route to winning the Granite Pointe stop on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf tournament Sunday in Nelson.
Moroney shot an amazing 6-under-par 66 to claim the tourney by 10 shots over Kevin Bennett of Redstone in Rossland and Champion Lakes golfer Alex Rugg.
“It started when (Brenan) holed a 4 iron from about 215 yards out on the second hole,” said Zone One coordinator Rob McKay.
By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports
The Castlegar Community Complex was rocking Friday night.
But it wasn’t the Rebels on a run to the KIJHL title playing Canada's game that people were flocking to see.
No, the attraction sparking the attention of spectators from Nelson to Nakusp was the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby.
“No, I’m not overwhelmed,” Rossland’s Gnarlies Angels coach Kevin said when asked about the recent success of the league.
A heat treat is in store for those who have suffered through one of the toughest winters — and a grim spring — in West Kootenay history.
Environment Canada is predicting that this summer will be very warm and very dry, much more than normal.
In its preliminary summer forecast, the national weather service said temperatures will be above normal, but can't say yet by how much. However, there is no certainty this summer will blaze past last year’s — the third warmest on record in BC and the West Kootenay.
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The independent coffee universe in Canada is about to be showcased to the world as the first episodes of Common Grounds TV are set to air in the coming weeks. CGTV is the culmination of an investigative yet humorous look at the otherwise serious coffee industry in Canada.
Last September, Producers Edan Marshall and Nik Green took to the road as part of a 25,000 kilometre trek undertaken to find the best and brightest baristas, roasters and cafes in the country.