Cyclone Taylor field is set — Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

Cyclone Taylor field is set — Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

The field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.

The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.

Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

March one of wettest months on record

It took Mother Nature until the final day of March to allow residents to experience some enjoyable spring weather. — The Nelson Daily

If anyone thought March was a little wetter than normal, they were right.

March 2017 checked in as one of the wettest months on record said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly weather synopsis.

“The total amount of precipitation was 125.4 millimetres and very close to twice the amount during an average March,” said Lakeman, adding a near endless stream of Pacific disturbances was the blame for a wet and slightly cooler than normal March.

MyHealthPortal coming to Kootenay communities

Adam Smith and Drew Dawson, Clinical Informatics Analysts, have been enrolling patients at hospitals throughout Interior Health. — Submitted photo

Everyone with a smart phone will now be able to access to their health information thanks to the MyHealthPortal said Interior Health in a media release.
The new tool allows patients throughout the Kootenays to access their personal health information online.
"MyHealthPortal provides patients 24-hour access to their health information via their smart phone, tablet or computer through a secure portal from the Interior Health website," the IH media release said.

UPDATE: Missing Castlegar boy found, safe and sound

UPDATE: Missing Castlegar boy found, safe and sound

In a press release sent out after 11 p.m. Saturday night, RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner announced that a missing 12-year-old Castlegar boy is back home.

The Follies need a bit of help -- two host families, please.

Got a spare bedroom?

Every summer, the Gold Fever Follies enliven Rossland with fun and frolic, entertaining locals and visitors.

The Follies are busy preparing for the coming season.  There are still  two out-of-town female cast members who each need a bedroom to call their home for the summer. (If you would prefer a male, we can do some shuffling to accommodate you. No surgery required. )

Cast members are all post-secondary students — most finishing their second or third year of studies.

Hawks sweep past Heat to capture KIJHL Championship

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks were all smiles during the team championship photo after completing the sweep Thursday in Chase. — Photo BVNiteHawks Twitter

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks brought out the brooms to capture another Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title after the Kootenay Conference squad defeated the Chase Heat 5-2 Thursday night at the Art Holding Memorial Arena.

Beaver Valley wins the best-of-five KIJHL Final 3-0 and now represents the league in Creston at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 6-9.

"An exceptional effort by an exceptional group of young men. . .. I couldn't be prouder," said Hawks head coach Terry Jones on his Twitter feed following the game.

Smile! Cameras coming to Nelson Transit Fleet

Some of the Nova busses in Nelson Transit Fleet already have cameras installed ready for operation in April. — The Nelson Daily photo

Smile! You’re now on BC Transit Camera.

BC Transit recently announced starting in April, six bus in the Nelson Transit fleet will phase in the installation of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras.

BC Transit Communications Manager Jonathon Dyck said all medium- and heavy-duty buses acquired after 2005 will have the cameras installed, and new buses, 27 feet and longer, will be delivered with the cameras already factory-installed. 

No one injured in MVA on Columbia Avenue Thursday morning

No one injured in MVA on Columbia Avenue Thursday morning
A group of nursing students are credited with helping the victim of an early-morning car accident Thursday, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.
"On March 30 ... at approximately 8 a.m, Castlegar RCMP along with Castlegar Fire Department and EMS attended a single-vehicle roll-over accident on Columbia Avenue just north of Minto Road in Castlegar," she said.
"It appears that the 27-year-old female driver fell asleep and went off road (to the) right, rolling the car into the ditch.

RCMP arrest four suspects after Grand Forks schools vandalized

RCMP report John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary and Grand Forks Secondary were vandalized Monday.

Grand Forks RCMP made an arrest after three schools in the city were vandalized Monday.

The arrest came after officers responded to complaints at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary schools and Grand Forks Secondary.

The first complaint came in Monday (March 27) as RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary Schools in the Boundary City.

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