by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:16pm

Big news! You may know her as Christina Amelio, vocal coach at SuperCat Studios here in town, but soon you’ll know her like the rest of the country, as singing sensation Nina Amelio.

Amelio, 25, has now made it past the first round in CBC’s Searchlight competition, billed as a venue to find Canada’s next greatest musical artist – and now voting has resumed for the semi-finalists (the top 20 in the region). Voting closes April 20, so there’s not much time to show your support for Castlegar talent.

Recent News

Two files: Trail cops win, but need assistance

Two files: Trail cops win, but need assistance

Trail police are both celebrating a win and asking for help after two unrelated cases they investigated this week, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“On April 16, the Trail and Greater District RCMP executed a search warrant issued under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a rural Fruitvale residence,” Orr said. “One male was arrested relating to this investigation and charges of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking and Production of Marihuana will be recommended by police.”

Orr said it was a significant grow-op.

West Kootenay Trade Show a sell-out

West Kootenay Trade Show a sell-out

The forecast for this weekend in Castlegar holds not just sunny skies and balmy weather, but also fun and excitement with this year’s newly-expanded West Kootenay Trade Show at the Complex.

Chamber of Commerce executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk says every single one of the more-than 130 vendor booths is sold out, with an outrageous range of goods and services to check out, as well as an outdoor food court, entertainment, draws, prizes, and more.

Selkirk College Saints Continue Rebuild of Defence Core

Richard Gratz spent last season in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playing for the OCN Blizzard. He will be an important part of the Selkirk College Saints rebuild of their championship defensive unit when the team resumes play in September.

The Selkirk College Men’s hockey program is pleased to announce the playing commitment of Richard Gratz to attend and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2015-2016 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

Regional News

New outdoor sculptural art has public dancing in the streets

The “76 Trombones” by Douglas Walker of Black Creek, B.C art outside in the 500 Block of Baker Street it a show stopper. — The Nelson Daily photo

RDCK rejects bids for Balfour/Kaslo Transfer Station Upgrades

RDCK rejects bids for Balfour/Kaslo Transfer Station Upgrades

It's getting to sound like a broken record as for the second time in as many weeks the Regional District of Central Kootenay board has rejected bids for a project.

Last week the tendering process did not produce a winner according to the RDCK staff for renovations to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre after the two qualifying companies came in approximately $1.2 Million over the projected $4.92 Million project budget.

Student Scientists show their stuff at Regional Science Fair

Dylan Peil, Nicholas Paun and Ivie Lock-Luttmer are off to Fredricton, NB to represent the region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair May 14-16. — Photos courtesy KAST/GLOWS (Growing, Learning Opportunities With Science)

Nicholas Paun, Dylan Peil and Ivie Lock‐Luttmer proved that science can be fun after the trio rocked the KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) fair Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium in Nelson.

The trio are now off to Fredricton, NB, for the Canadian Science Fair May 14-16.

Paun and Peil have racked up numerous awards for their innovations in science and have twice qualified to represent the West Kootenay & Boundary at the Canada‐wide science Fair.

Provincial & National

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of victims of B.C. plane crash

BC Coroners Service confirms identity of victims of B.C. plane crash

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of two persons who died following an air crash on Monday (April 13) as Robert Brandt, aged 34, and Kevin Wang, aged 32, both residents of the Vancouver area.

B.C. government appoints two new Provincial Court judges

B.C. government appoints two new Provincial Court judges

The B.C. government is appointing two new Provincial Court judges, to ensure the court is able to continue to address caseload pressures and improve access to justice, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced today.

In addressing recent retirements and vacancies, the appointments of Judge Patrick Doherty and Judge Dwight Stewart are effective April 23, 2015, and April 18, 2015, respectively.

Judge Doherty attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 1987.