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By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 12 2019

Well, the warm weather is upon us, and the water temperatures have warmed up and the fish have become aggressive!  Here’s the latest reports:

Kootenay Lake:

The Lake has been super productive for the last month.  Water temp has finally jumped above 50 degrees, and the fish are feeding.  We saw a pretty good flying ant hatch earlier in the month, and that got everything started.  The fish are now all looking up. Surface fishing seems to be the best technique now.

By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Jun 12 2019

An industry that has been the backbone of the region’s economy for years but has been forced to operate in the shadows now has some municipal acknowledgement.

The Nelson Cannabis Collective had requested Monday night at City Hall during the regular meeting of council that the city provide a letter of support with regard to local cannabis cultivation.

The letter was intended as an acknowledgement by the city — in a non-binding fashion — of the cannabis industry as an emerging market, as well as a commitment by municipal government to work with the industry.

By Trail Champion on Monday Jun 10 2019

A Trail man is facing charges in connection with damage to, and theft from, local parking metres, according to RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

“On June 5, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a report from the city bylaw officer of an unknown person stealing change from parking metres in downtown Trail. The parking metres were damaged in the process of the theft. 

By Contributor on Monday Jun 10 2019

The West Kootenay Timberwolves hosted the higher-tiered Axemen and Stingers teams in Castlegar this weekend at the Complex.  The Timberwolves were impacted by a short bench on Saturday and fell to the Axemen 11-6. The home team rebounded with a solid 12-5 win against the Stingers on Sunday, in a game that saw the Timberwolves offence score 7 goals in the third period.

By Bob Hall on Monday Jun 10 2019

 A commitment to empowering confident and imaginative learners through quality post-secondary in the West Kootenay and Boundary region is cemented in a new document released by Selkirk College.

By Contributor on Monday Jun 10 2019

The BC SPCA is requesting the public’s help to find the owner of an abandoned mother dog and her puppies. A Good Samaritan found the mother dog, who SPCA staff named Casey, inside a sealed box with her nine puppies at the Puntzi Lake Landfill.

“There is no excuse for simply walking away from a pet and leaving them to die,” says Lorie Chortyk, the SPCA’s general manager of communications. “Abandoning animals is against the law and individuals can be prosecuted for their crime.”

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jun 10 2019

The bodies of two boaters who were missing following a boat collision on Saturday evening, have been recovered by police, according to RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda.

"On June 9, shortly after 7 p.m., the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team located and recovered the bodies of a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man of Maple Ridge BC, from Osoyoos Lake," said Bayda in a press release Monday. "The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake.

By Contributor on Sunday Jun 09 2019

For the second year in a row, Nelson, B.C.’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is running a contest for West Kootenay book clubs. And for the first time, a separate contest is aimed at West Kootenay writers’ groups.

By Bob Hall on Sunday Jun 09 2019

The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has hired a new head coach with deep prairie roots and a foundational understanding of what it takes to be a student-athlete.

Dave Hnatiuk will guide the Saints into the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season after a three-year stint as assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars. With a diverse resume as a player, Hnatiuk has transitioned to the coaching side of the game with a zeal for helping athletes succeed both on and off the ice.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Jun 07 2019

The weather in May was a warm and very dry month said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.

In the monthly weather media release from the Southeast Fire Centre, Lakeman said the mean monthly temperature was 1.7 degrees warmer than normal. 

“The total amount of rain was only 23.7 millimetres or 34% of the normal May rainfall,” he said. “It was the third driest May on record.  Only May of 1970 and 1995 were drier with 17.0 mm and 21.2 mm of rain respectively.”