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By Contributor on Wednesday Jan 30 2019

The Kootenay Music Awards return in 2019 for an annual celebration of: diversity, creativity, and community musicians. The Kootenay Co-op Radio is proud to be presenting the awards for the third consecutive year.

Expect live performances coming in from across the Koots, an exciting awards ceremony, and some truly fantastic prizes for our winners. This year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, at the Spirit Bar in Nelson and is sure to provide a marvelous evening for music lovers and industry alike.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jan 30 2019

Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness, met with local officials from Grand Forks and the surrounding region last week as recovery work continues following the devastating flooding that hit the region in May 2018.

In October, Premier John Horgan designated Rice to work with Grand Forks and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary in carrying out recovery efforts.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jan 29 2019

Cranbrook, B.C. The Western Hockey League announced today in  media release that the WHL Board of Governors have approved the relocation of the Kootenay ICE franchise to Winnipeg, effective for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.

“The WHL appreciates the support we have received from the City of Cranbrook, the corporate community, and, in particular, hockey fans in the East Kootenay region,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in the media release issued Tuesday.

By Trail Champion on Monday Jan 28 2019

Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corporation announced today they have entered into an agreement with Fortis Inc. to purchase its 51-per-cent interest in the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric generating facility located near Trail, for $991 million.

By Trevor Miller on Monday Jan 28 2019

The Trail Smoke Eaters used three power play and a four-point performance from Trevor Zins to propel them to a 5-4 victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday night at the Shaw Centre. 

The Smoke Eaters opened the scoring at the 6:01 mark in the 1st period and was a special one for affiliate player Paul Leroux as he tipped in his first career BC Hockey League goal. Luke Gallagher let a shot go from the right point that Leroux deflected in the slot and past the blocker side of Matthew Armitage to give Trail a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. 

By Interior Health Authority on Saturday Jan 26 2019

After 30 years of decline, smoking rates in Canada have risen. Could this disconcerting statistic be linked to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes, otherwise known as vaping products, are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid cartridge containing chemicals such as nicotine. The heated liquid becomes an aerosol that a person inhales.

By Bob Hall on Saturday Jan 26 2019

For his first off-ice hockey job, Selkirk College alumnus Arie Postmus could not have landed a better boss to show him the ropes.

This past summer, the former Selkirk College Saints defenceman secured a position with the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels as the team’s Hockey Operations Administrator that includes a focus on player education and wellness. His boss is Brent Sutter, one of the most decorated men in professional and junior hockey, and member of the legendary family of hockey brothers who grew up on a farm in Viking, Alberta.

By Contributor on Saturday Jan 26 2019

Even during this milder winter, electricity use is up among FortisBC customers. Last week, electricity use increased by more than 26 per cent compared to the start of winter in November, and it’s been up 20 per cent or more since the start of December.

By Trevor Miller on Saturday Jan 26 2019

The Trail Smoke Eaters surrendered a late 3rd period lead and fell in overtime to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks by a 3-2 score on Friday night at the Shaw Centre. 

It was a bit of a feeling out process in the opening period of play as the two teams collected seven shots each with none finding the back of the net. Trail had the 1st period’s only power play that offered some strong pressure but nothing past Silverbacks netminder Ethan Langenegger, who made 7 saves as did Smoke Eaters Adam Marcoux, who stopped all 7 shots thrown his way. 

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jan 25 2019

In a media release this week, the provincial government said biologists successfully moved three caribou from the South Selkirk and South Purcells herds to Revelstoke last week.

The two endangered caribou herds had dwindled to six animals. The animals — the single remaining South Selkirk cow and one cow and one bull from the South Purcells herd were moved to a holding facility near Revelstoke to protect them from predators.

However, not everyone is supporting the government’s handling of this sensitive situation.