March 2017

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

COLUMN: Faulty logic fuels fossil fools

Emissions chart for US and China, 1990 to 2014

Apparently, fossil fuel companies protect watersheds and rivers by removing oil. That’s according to comments on the David Suzuki Foundation Facebook page and elsewhere, including this: “The amount of contamination occuring [sic] from extraction is far less than if we just left the oil there to continue polluting the waterways.”

Be well rested for Daylight Savings Time

Be aware of how your body adapts to the time change.

ICBC is calling on drivers to get some extra rest this weekend to prepare for the shift to Daylight Saving Time, which kicks in Sunday (March 12) at 2 a.m.

Losing an hour of sleep may have an impact on your alertness and reaction time when driving. That's why ICBC is reminding drivers to be make an extra effort to adapt to the spring time change.

Future looks bright as Junior curlers take over Nelson club

There were 11 teams competing at the weekend Junior Curling Bonspiel in Nelson. — Submitted photo

 The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.

Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.

The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.

Man of a million laughs Ron James comes to the Kootenays

Gut-bustingly, knee slappingly funny, funniest man in Canada Ron James performs in Nelson and Trail in June. — Submitted photo

The show doesn't happen until June, but fans of Ron James will no doubt want to line up for tickets for the award-winning comedian.

The show is Nelson is scheduled for June 15 at the Capitol Theatre and in Trail June 16 at the Charles Bailey Theatre.

Marshaling a comedian’s eye for satire and a writer’s ear for language, James takes his audience on a breath-taking, non-stop roller coaster ride, cutting a wide swath through contemporary culture with his razor-sharp ribald wit, uncompromising standards and unique, poetically honed delivery.

Federal RCMP shut down sophisticated drug lab

Police said the sophisticated lab near Rock Creek had the potential to produce significant amount of methamphetamine.

A suspected methamphetamine lab operating near Rock Creek (34 kilometres east of Osoyoos) has been shut down and dismantled following a RCMP investigation.

On (Wednesday) March 1, members of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) with the support of other RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime teams and regional detachments executed a search warrant on the rural property, seizing a significant quantity of illicit drugs, numerous weapons and arresting two men.  

City looks to abolish daylight savings time and unregulated micro transmitters

The changing to Pacific Daylight Savings Time each spring has a negative impact on people’s health and cognitive awareness. — Screen shot photo

Daylight Savings Time and micro cell phone towers drew the attention and ire of city council as it considered resolutions to bring to the provincial table for approval.

Each year the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) allows its member municipalities the opportunity to put forward resolutions that address issues of a broader spectrum for the Kootenay-Boundary region for the membership’s consideration.

It pays to be a government employee in Alberta

 The study finds that government employees in Alberta — including federal, provincial and municipal workers — received 7.9 per cent higher wages. — Fraser Institute graphic

With the Alberta government set to unveil another large budget deficit next week, a new study by the Fraser Institute finds that all public-sector workers in the province — including federal, provincial and municipal employees — receive higher pay, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector and enjoy more generous non-wage benefits, too.

Snowmaggedon baby recovering in hospital

Baby Elizabeth is pictured doing just fine with mom Ashley, dad  Matt, brother Finn, and sister Emma. — Submitted photo

A Nelson family is praising the staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital and Interior Health for saving the life of their premature baby, who had to be medevaced to Kelowna in the middle of February’s biggest snowstorm.

Officials with Interior Health say it was one of the most complicated medical transfers they’ve ever had to do- one that involved doctors and nurses from Nelson, Trail, Grand Forks and Kelowna, the provincial ambulance service, and even snowplough operators along Highway 3.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Back to the Water

Nothing like the smile on a young fisherman after catching a big one. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures

Well the weather wasn’t very cooperative this past month and just when people thought spring was on the horizon, Mother Nature rudely surprised everyone.