by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 7:27pm

They say to have compassion for someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Castlegar will go you one better. They’ll walk five kilometres in your boots, in 30+degree heat, and suffer right along beside you … and, I hope, still understand that their journey is shorter than yours, and the emotional/mental burden you’re offering to carry is too great to measure in pounds.

I have many times thought I couldn’t be prouder of our people – but this one just takes all the cakes, and eats them, too.

Recent News

Back-to-back storms wreak havoc; vex officials

Back-to-back storms wreak havoc; vex officials

While many are hailing (forgive the pun) Monday evening’s storm as the ‘storm of the century’, it actually wasn’t, according to Southeast Fire Centre’s weather expert Ron Lakeman. In fact, it wasn’t even ‘a’ storm at all … it was a bunch of them.

“It was a north/south line of storms moving east,” he said. “How that would appear (to someone on the ground) would depend on the maturity of the particular thunder cell.”

Windspeeds recorded near the Nelson airport peaked at roughly 105 km/hour (the maximum recorded in Castlegar has been roughly 115), but Lakeman says this kind of storm is a fairly common occurrence, happening every year or two in the region … just not usually in such densely-populated areas.

The dense population certainly increased the storm’s impact – the Castlegar Fire Department usually averages roughly 50 calls amonth, but fielded 42 calls in just two hours Monday (between 7 and 9 p.m.).

Violating fire ban could even lead to jail time

Violating fire ban could even lead to jail time

BC Wildfire Service firefighting personnel and structural  protection crews have been busy dismantling illegal burn piles put in place in anticipation of Canada Day celebrations, and the RCMP have been  consulted. These incidents divert critical resources from responding to wildfires and other emergencies.  The Southeast Fire Centre is reminding people that the current Category two and three open burning prohibitions in place specifically prohibit fires other than campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation. 

Southeast Fire Centre issues campfire ban beginning Friday at noon

Southeast Fire Centre issues campfire ban beginning Friday at noon

Southeast Fire Centre is advising that effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday, July 3, 2015, campfires will be prohibited throughout the region to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The campfire prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

The campfire ban is in addition to Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions that are already in effect.

Regional News

Local freelance workers come together in search for shared co-working space

Could Railtown be the next Silicon Valley, north?

A movement is afoot in Nelson to find a shared workspace to connect the Queen City’s growing ranks of freelance workers and entrepreneurs, most of whom work from home in the areas of technology, design and other creative arts.

A Facebook group called Nelson Tech and Knowledge Workers sprung up on the web in May and invited local independent workers to attend a meeting aimed at creating connections and discussing opportunities for creating growth in this burgeoning new sector of the local economy.

Nelson man believes 'Lady Luck' on his side after tree crushes trailer during Monday's thunderstorm

Rich Nelson escaped serious injury when a tree crashed through the family trailer during Monday's thunderstorm. — Submitted photo

A Nelson man believes “Lady Luck” was on his side during Monday’s thunderstorm that rocked the Heritage City.

Richard Nelson, at home alone at the time of thunderstorm Monday evening, was inside the family dwelling at the Rosemont Trailer Park when a huge tree crashed through the roof as a result of the Gale Force winds the storm packed.

“I was watching the storm from the living room window when I saw two trees (next to the trailer) bend at a 45 degree angle,” Nelson told The Nelson Daily.

Nelsonites clean up after massive thunderstorm rocks Heritage City

Tennis anyone? Not today after trees knocked down the west wall of the courts. - Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

Residents woke up to downed trees, branches and debris filling the streets following a severe thunderstorm that ripped through the West Kootenay/Boundary/Arrow and Slocan Lakes region Monday evening.

"Mother Nature did a little pruning," said one early morning walker on the waterfront pathway Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada called for the thunderstorm alert saying the storm could produce strong winds, dime-sized hail or heavy rains.

Two out of three ain't bad.

Provincial & National

British Columbians support tougher distracted driving penalties

An overwhelming number participants in the survey are in favour of tougher penalties.

The numbers are in — and it's only at the halfway point.

BC residents are concerned about this dangerous behaviour of distracted driving and would support tougher penalties to curb it.

Since June 16, 2015, the website has been visited over 11,800 times.

Nearly 90% of those leaving feedback say they’re “very concerned” about distracted driving, and 96% support escalating sanctions for repeat offenders.

Delta Police release video of motorcyle rider exceeding 200 km/hr

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Delta Police released footage Tuesday of a motorcyclist exceeding 200 kilometer per hour on a ride on the Pacific Highway.

The GoPro video shot on the ride shows the 27-year-old Lower Mainland man shows the rider dangerously weaving through traffic and between rows of cars on a ride in April on Highway 17.

He was clocked by police travelling 213 km/hr in an 80 km/hr zone.

“This motorcyclist was pulled over after registering 213 km/hr on a laser in an 80 km/hr zone,” the Delta Police media release said.