by Timothy Schafer on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:28pm

A further investigation into the Lemon Creek fuel spill will be undertaken by federal ministries as the Fisheries Act charge brought forward by a Slocan Valley resident has been stayed.

Federal lawyers from the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said Monday outside of BC Supreme Court in Nelson that Marilyn Burgoon’s charge against the Province of B.C. and Executive Flight Fuel Services Ltd. for their alleged roles in the 2013 jet fuel spill into the waters of Lemon Creek and the Slocan Valley has been discontinued.

Recent News

Johnson, Craig book tickets into A semi final at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Championships

Kelowna's Jeff Richard pulled off a magical finish to edge Mark Longworth of Vernon 11-10 in B event play Wednesday evening at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Michael Johnson and Wes Craig booked tickets into the A semi final after posting wins during the evening draw at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championships Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club.

Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Dilello and lead Mitch Young, was able to double Royal City Curling Club teammate Dean Joanisse 6-3 while Craig, edged Sean Geall 7-6.

Defending champ Jim Cotter rolls into A semi final at Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Lead Darren Will (right) and second Dave Toffolo try desperately to sweep a stone from skip Tom Buchy into the rings during Draw 2 action Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

It took defending BC Champion Jim Cotter a few ends to become familiar with the surroundings of the Nelson Curling Club.

However, after a couple of ends it was full steam ahead for the Vernon foursome during Day One of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships.

Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky ran the table to advance into the A semi final Thursday.

The Vernon rink doubled Will House of Richmond 6-3 in Draw 1 before dominating Chase Martyn of New Westminster 9-2 in the afternoon.

Canadian Literary Icon Lawrence Hill Returns to Region for Workshop and Lectures

Canadian author Lawrence Hill visited Nelson in November, 2014 for a Mir Centre for Peace Lecture at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus. Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring for a pair of lectures and a special workshop for writers. — Submitted photo

Canadian literary icon Lawrence Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring to speak on his latest timely and acclaimed novel The Illegal, a fictional narrative inspired by the plight of real refugees.

In recent conversation with the CBC, Hill — known best for his epic novel The Book of Negroes — said he wanted to write about the struggles of displaced people long before the recent headlines.

Regional News

KIJHL gets it right after Leafs appeal suspensions

Leafs netminder Patrick Ostermann watch the rebound closely during Friday's 5-3 KIJHL win over Castlegar at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.

However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.

Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.

UPDATED: Missing man found, safe and sound

UPDATED: Missing man found, safe and sound

BC RCMP are reporting that a missing Trail man has been found, safe and sound.

"Thank you to the media and the public for their assistance," said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

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The Trail RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating missing person Michael George Neville, 33, according to Trail top cop Darren Oelke.

Council turns green as it considers business bylaw changes to deal with medical marijuana dispensaries

The Kootenay Compassion Collective on Front Street is one of a handful of medical marijuana dispensaries now open in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

The growing proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Nelson not only prompted city council to roll up a change to its business licence bylaw, but it piped up two resolutions directed at upper levels of government to help deal with it.

Over the past year, several storefronts — at least five — selling medical marijuana have opened in Nelson, a city staff report to city council on Monday night read.

Provincial & National

RCMP warn of Valentine's Day frauds

RCMP warn of Valentine's Day frauds

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Surrey RCMP is reminding residents to be wary of those taking advantage of our basic need for human companionship.

In 2015, Surrey RCMP saw a 36% increase in frauds largely due to the Canada Revenue Agency and Immigration Canada scams (see previous release). The Surrey RCMP also receives several common fraud complaints that are associated to the time of year and demographics.

Woman survives avalanche near Pemberton

Woman survives avalanche near Pemberton

A woman is lucky to be alive after surviving an avalanche in the back country north of Pemberton off Duffly Lake Highway Saturday afternoon said RCMP in a media release.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said the call came in at approximately 3:40 p.m. to Pemberton RCMP of a large avalanche that occurred near the Wendy Thompson Hut in the back country north of Pemberton.