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By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jan 07 2018

A skier from France sustained life-threatening injuries after being engulfed in an avalanche near Whitewater Ski Resort Thursday Whitewater staff said in a media release.

The release said the avalanche occurred in surrounding backcountry area known as Evening Ridge, located near of the resort.

“On January 4, 2018 at 12:41 p.m. a member of the public informed Whitewater Ski Resort’s Snow Safety staff of a possible avalanche incident in the surrounding backcountry area known as Evening Ridge,” the release said.

By Eileen Delehanty Pearkes on Thursday Jan 04 2018

Recently, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sewell affirmed a spring 2017 lower court decision that a Sinixt man living in Washington State has an aboriginal right to hunt in British Columbia. According to the original finding, Richard Desautel possesses this right by virtue of his unbroken ancestral connection to the mountains, rivers and lakes of this region. 

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jan 04 2018

The owners of Castlegar’s Speedy Glass are holding a fun family event this Saturday to give back to the community as well as to fundraise for a local, volunteer-driven tourism destination.

Speedy Glass co-owner Stephanie Syme said their Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day at the Salmo Ski Hill gives back to the community in two ways: first, skiers are only asked to pay $5 for a ticket, and second, all money raised will be donated to the Salmo Ski Hill.

The event will go from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

By Bob Hall on Thursday Jan 04 2018

Reminiscing and reflecting on 50 inspiring years of post-secondary education at Selkirk College has resulted in a gift for future generations of learners.

Selkirk College officially wrapped up its golden anniversary celebrations in November at Gala 2017 where the 50th Anniversary Legacy Award reached the target of creating a $50,000 endowment for future scholarships and bursaries. Selkirk College first opened its doors to learners in the 1966-1967 academic year when post-secondary arrived to Castlegar.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jan 02 2018

The silly season is over and so is the month of December at the Southeast Fire Centre.

Weather Forecaster Ron Lakeman said in the monthly synopsis that temperature in December was “0.5 of a degree cooler than normal” and amount of precipitation — mainly snow — “was 78% of normal.”

“A Pacific system pushed across southern BC for periods of rain and wet snow during the initial two days of the month,” Lakeman explained.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Dec 29 2017

RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services said a Slocan Valley man died Thursday following a head-on collision on Highway 3 north of Hosmer, BC.

Hosmer is 13 kilometers northeast of Fernie.

RCMP Cpl. Ryan C. Bacica said the accident occurred at approximately 7:52 a.m. when a Subaru Impreza travelling eastbound on Highway 3 crossed the centre line and collided head on with a west bound Dodge Grand Caravan.

"The driver of the Grand Caravan suffered a broken leg, and was transported to Fernie Hospital for treatment," Bacica said in a media release.

By Castlegar Source on Friday Dec 29 2017

The search for a 10-year-old boy who was believed to have gone into the water with a vehicle near Halcyon Hot Springs on Dec. 27, has been concluded, according to RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor.

“On Thursday morning, Dec. 28, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team arrived to assist Search and Rescue teams in locating the vehicle and the missing 10-year-old,” Taylor said in a press release. “Just after the underwater search commenced, the vehicle with the body of the 10-year-old boy was recovered.

By Contributor on Friday Dec 29 2017

The Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Thursday welcomed the British Columbia Supreme Court decision dismissing an appeal of the historic Desautel hunting rights case. 

“The Colville Tribes is very pleased with this outcome, which affirms the position we have always held: that the Sinixt people in Canada are not “extinct” on either side of the border, and have the right to hunt in their historic territories,” Marchand said.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Dec 29 2017

A man was taken to hospital following a single vehicle accident Friday morning on Highway 6 south of the Heritage City Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

Nelson Fire Rescue received the report at 6:59 a.m. Friday that a vehicle rolled over into Cottonwood Creek on Highway 6 near Perrier Road.  Both on-duty members responded immediately followed by two additional members responding to the station from home.

By Wayne Holmes on Wednesday Dec 27 2017

Local Astronomer Wayne Holmes has had an interest in astronomy since receiving his first telescope and began reading about the objects in the sky at a young age. As the coordinator of the Starry Nights program at Taghum Hall as well as multi session astronomy classes as part of the Learning in Retirement program and astronomy programs for schools, Holmes has always had a desire to sky gaze. Thankfully, Holmes has agreed to share his knowledge with a column, Solar System and Beyond, that will appear occasionally in The Nelson Daily.

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