Coroners Service confirms identity of man killed in snowmobile accident near Sparwood

Coroners Service confirms identity of man killed in snowmobile accident near Sparwood

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in a snowmobiling accident near Sparwood on April 21, 2016.

He was Mark Wayne Paniec, aged 54, of Sparwood.

Mr. Paniec was one of a party of seven who had travelled to the Barnes Lake area to go snowmobiling. At about 3 p.m. on April 21, Mr. Paniec's snowmobile, headed down a slope, was in collision with another one of the snowmobiles that had been traversing across the slope. Mr. Paniec was deceased at the scene.

Mike Ranta — living his dream one paddle at a time

Mike Ranta (inset), who is paddling his canoe across Canada, make a brief stop Tuesday in Nelson. — Deb Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

The person pulling a canoe through Nelson Tuesday with this trusty dog, bear fighter, navigator and best friend, Spitzii breaking trail is Mike Ranta.

Ranta, from Atikokan,Ont., which just happens to be the Canoe Capital of Canada, is no stranger to solo expeditions having already crossed North America continent solo, over one summer.

However, once is not enough for this 44-year-old former oil rig worker.

Salmo to Host Regional BC Youth Parliament in June

Almost 100 British Columbia youth Parliament members post for a photo at the legislative buildings in Victoria. — Submitted photo

The Village of Salmo is rolling out the red carpet the ninth Southern Interior Youth Parliament (SIYP) at the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre from June 3-5.

The British Columbia Youth Parliament is a Youth Service non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic political engagement and fulfilling its motto of "Youth Serving Youth", said Salmo Secondary School Student Victoria Sukra.

Another blow to Kootenay Lake Fishing as Province calls for early closure due to low kokanee numbers

There are not many kokanee in Kootenay Lake, prompting a closure by the Province. — Submitted photo

As if businesses that rely on Kootenay Lake fishing needed any more bad news.

The Province said in a media release effective May 1, 2016, the kokanee sport fishery on the upper west arm of Kootenay Lake will be catch and release only for the remainder of the fishing season.

"Sport fishing will remain open, but anglers will have to release any kokanee they catch," the media release said.

It's Graduation Day at Selkirk College

More than 320 grads who attended the ceremony on Friday posed for the team photo on the lawn of the Castlegar Campus. — Bob Hall photos, Selkirk College

Selkirk College culminated the post-secondary school year with its annual Grad Ceremonies Friday at the Campus in Castlegar.

Selkirk College had almost 1,000 people eligible to grad this year in certificate, diploma and degree programs.

More than 320 grads attended the ceremony on Friday afternoon at the Castlegar Campus to cross the stage.

Bob Hall at Selkirk College was there to snap a few photos of the celebrations.

Government takes next step in commitment to protect cats and dogs

B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has the toughest provincial penalties in Canada.

The B.C. government has followed through on its commitment to enhance the protection of cats and dogs in British Columbia by passing an Order-in-Council (OIC), Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick announced Sunday at the BC SPCA Victoria Community Animal Centre.

The regulation announced today is the latest action in government’s commitment to improve the quality of care, management and the humane treatment of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments.

Whooping Cough Still a Threat: IHA says 'Don't Wait -- Vaccinate'

Whooping Cough Still a Threat:  IHA says 'Don't Wait -- Vaccinate'

Interior Health is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure their children’s immunizations are up to date. This timely reminder comes as pertussis cases continue to occur in several Interior Health communities.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a serious infection of the lungs and throat. Pertussis can affect individuals of any age; however, its effects are most severe among infants who are too young to be fully immunized.

Wildfire season is here: Be ready says BC Premier

Premier Christy Clark met with fire crews as 34 wildfires that blazed up in a single day in the northeast last week. — Photo courtesy BC Government

Sadly, and very early in the year, Premier Christy Clark took time to remind  all British Columbians of the importance of wildfire prevention in the wake of the 34 wildfires that blazed up in a single day in the northeast earlier this week.

The flare-up of fires was driven by high temperatures and wind, serving as a reminder that wildfire seasons can be unpredictable and start early. The BC Wildfire Service is fully prepared for the 2016 fire season and its crews have been tackling this week’s fires head-on, supported by heavy equipment and aircraft.



The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) and Rossland Youth Action (YAN) will be presenting the U19 Film Showcase on Thursday, May 5. We are calling for film submissions from youth!

Don't miss Camas Discovery Day this Sunday!

Don't miss Camas Discovery Day this Sunday!

Camas season has come once again to the West Kootenay!

On Sunday, April 24, bring the family and join the Kootenay Native Plant Society (KNPS) to discover why camas is so special and share in its natural beauty alongside local artists creatively capturing these lovely lilies, plein air, in the park.

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