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UPDATED: Leaking piece of machinery blamed for oil spill near Balfour Ferry Terminal

Two barrels or just over 416 litres of emulsified oil and water solution were recovered from the leaking piece of machinery on the Balfour Ferry.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said clean-up is almost complete after a gear oil spill at the Balfour Ferry Terminal Saturday (April 15th).

The RDCK said in media release Wednesday that the piece of machinery that caused the oil spill into the west arm of Kootenay Lake has been removed from the Kootenay Lake Balfour Ferry operated by Western Pacific Marine.

The Balfour Ferry was reported to be leaking gear oil on Saturday, April 15 while stationed near the Balfour Ferry Terminal, located approximately 33 kilometers north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Daffodil Dash, April 30 in Trail, raises funds and awareness for cancer support services, research

Pow Cancer Team at the 2016 event.

Ian McAlpine should make a T-shirt that reads Keep Strong and Carry On.

That’s been the Montrose man’s slogan since he was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2013. Thanks to a clinical trial for a drug called Tagrisso, his health has stabilized, and he’s getting back to having an active lifestyle.

Tips for Earth Day April 22

 Insulating, especially in basement crawlspaces, remains one of the best ways to reduce heat loss.

Climate action can start at home

Earth Day is on April 22 and for savvy do-it-yourselfers, it’s a good reminder to plan, hammer and drill away at some energy savings to lessen the impact your home has on the environment. You may also save some money along the way.

Nelson Fire Rescue responds to boat leaking fuel into Kootenay Lake

Two firefighters responded to the incident with one fire engine and one utility vehicle.

Two members of Nelson Fire Rescue were called to assist Ministry of Environment Emergency Response and the Canadian Coast Guard Tuesday to a boat leaking fuel into Kootenay Lake.

Captain Jeff Hebert said in a media release Nelson Fire Rescue were called at 9:47 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a vessel leaking product into the Lower West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

“Both on duty members responded immediately to the 1000 block of Lakeside Drive,” Hebert said.

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

COLUMN: Fair Shares -- the moral way to distribute social wealth: PART II

This continues a discussion begun in Part I, last week.

Bad Capitalism: exploitation

If there is one single thing that separates me from most Lennonesque liberals and progressives who want One World, it is not my affection for defined and qualified Canadian nationalism. It is that I am anti-capitalist, whereas the majority of global neo-liberal progressives feel that capitalism is operating just fine. They say that because, in their social class, capitalism has enriched them and provided them with privileged, entitled lives that money can buy.

COLUMN: Standing up for science in government decision-making

COLUMN: Standing up for science in government decision-making

Science isn’t everything. But it is crucial to governing, decision-making, protecting human health and the environment and resolving questions and challenges around our existence.

Those determined to advance industrial interests over all else often attack science. We’ve seen it in Canada, with a decade of cuts to research funding and scientific programs, muzzling of government scientists and rejection of evidence regarding issues such as climate change.

Selkirk College Saints Keeping It in the Family

Brandon Sookro grew up playing minor hockey in Nelson and after two seasons playing Junior A in Saskatchewan, will return to the West Kootenay for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season with the Selkirk College Saints.  — Photo courtesy Notre Dame Hounds)

The Selkirk College Saints have started the post-graduation rebuilding project and hockey fans will be familiar with the names on the back of the jerseys of two of the newest recruits.

Following in the strides of their older brothers, Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner will pull on a Saints jersey for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

The hunt is on for 2017 in the West Kootenay-Boundary

Hunters must carry photo ID and their species licence at all times while hunting.

Kootenay-Boundary hunters now have the ability to buy their hunting licences online.

Licences will still be available at Service BC locations, and participating sporting goods stores, but hunters can purchase their licences at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting

As of May 15 hunting licences will also be available at FrontCounter BC locations. Paper versions of resident hunting licences and other non-species licences (youth, initiation and special area licences) will be eliminated.

Nitehawks suffer heartbreaking OT loss to Wainwright Bisons in Keystone Cup Final

The Nitehawks, hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup, completed the season with an impressive 59-9-2-0-3 record.

Beaver Valley’s run at the Western Canada Junior B Hockey Chamiponship came to a heartbreaking end Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba.

Bryce Woodward scored at 3:05 of overtime to lift the Wainwright Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Nitehawks in the final of the Keystone Cup.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Hawks tied the game with two goals in a span of 29 seconds by Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler.

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