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Man dies after skiing accident in backcountry near Whitewater Resort

Whitewater staff report the unresponsive man was found in a tree well outside the ski area boundary Friday afternoon.

Whitewater Ski Resort is reporting a snowboarder died following an accident outside the ski area boundary Friday.

The RCMP and BC Coroners Service have taken over the investigation.

In a media release Monday, Whitewater Ski Resort said dispatch received a report from the public at 12:11 p.m. Friday, January 17, that that there was an unresponsive adult male in a tree well outside the ski area boundary.

A passerby, who made the discovery, immediately started CPR and called for support from ski patrol and emergency first responders.

Agreement turns Jumbo Valley into Indigenous protected area — forever

Saturday in Cranbrook an announcement by the Ktunaxa Nation Council will protect the Farnham Glacier in the Jumbo Valley from development forever.

The Jumbo Glacier area nestled in the Purcell Mountains, which has been a source of civil unrest, protests, blockades and court battles that reached the Supreme Court  of Canada during the past three decades, will now be protected, forever.

A media release said thanks to a collaboration between Ktunaxa Nation Council, the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, development rights in the Jumbo Valley located 55 kilometers west of Invermere, have been fully and permanently extinguished.

CBT funds trishaw project, regional age-friendly co-ordinator – and many more projects.

Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), things are looking up for people of all ages in our region.  Close to home, a CBT grant will help the Lower Columbia chapter of “Cycling Without Age” move closer to their goal of having electric-assist trishaws available in both Trail and Rossland.  The group will receive $17,000 to help facilitate active involvement in their communities for seniors and others with mobility issues, to reduce social isolation.  Another grant to the City of Rossland will provide $49,000 toward hiring a regional Age-Friendly Co-ordinator, to work

Winter Storm Warning for Boundary/West Kootenay

A Pacific storm is forecast to bring heavy snow Kootenay Pass beginning Wednesday evening.

Enviromment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Boundary/West Kootenay.

Environment Canada said a Pacific storm is forecast to bring heavy snow to this part of the Southern Interior beginning Wednesday evening with snow continuing through Thursday before tapering off Thursday evening.

"Rapid accumulating snow could make travel difficult in some locations," Environment Canada said. "Visiblity may be suddenly reduced at times due to heavy snow."

Environment Canada said total snowfall accumulations of 30 to 40 cm are expected with this event.

Sevigny, Acton, Brisebois, Shutt just some of the Montreal Canadiens coming to Nelson

The roster for the Montreal Canadiens Make A Change Canada Charity Hockey Game, Thursday, January 23rd, has been set.

Count’em up — Richard Sevigny, Keith Acton, Patrice Brisebois and coach Steve Shutt are just a few of the former Montreal Canadiens ready to take to the ice at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena to play the Kootenay Patricks as part of the Make A Change Canada Charity Hockey Game Thursday, January 23rd.

The players are part of the Canadiens lineup announced for the Charity Game.

Backcountry skiers, commercial driver forced to overnight at Kootenay Pass Summit

YRB contractors were busy this past week clearing snow from Highway 3 on Kootenay Pass. — Facebook photo

A family backcountry skiing near the Kootenay Pass Summit Tuesday was forced to spend the night on top of the Kootenay Pass Summit after a natural avalanche closed Highway 3 in both directions.

The part of the highway between Salmo and Creston had been closed for hours due to the recent winter storm that dropped huge amounts of snow on highways in the southern part of the province.

RHC Insurance acquired by Hub International

Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC — we are confident our excellent service and local relationships will continue.

RHC, a leading independent insurance brokerage in the Kootenay region, will join Hub International Insurance Brokers.

Headquartered in Nelson, BC, RHC, has nine additional offices throughout the Kootenays.

Tammy Darough, CEO and CFO of RHC, will join Hub International Insurance Brokers, in an advisory role to ensure a seamless transition. 

“Hub has a stellar reputation in the industry, and I know our clients will benefit from Hub’s extensive platform which includes additional home and business insurance providers to fully service our client needs,” Darough explains.

Nelson’s SMRT1 Technologies brings vending machines into the future

This consumer checks out the new SMRT1 vending machine located near the Scotia Bank ATM at the corner of Ward and Baker Street in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Jesse Cole, The Nelson Daily

They’re in our recreation centres, our high schools and our workplaces. Vending machines have become a staple of western culture, but imagine is they could do something more than just provide a can of Coke or a bag of Chips.

That’s exactly the idea that Brad Pommen, the founder of SMRT1 Technologies, had when he created the SMRT1 vending machine. Equipped with a four-foot digital touchscreen, the vending machine acts as a bridge between traditional consumer needs and the wider Smart Cities movement.

Selkirk College Saints Look to Reverse Trend at Home

Selkirk College Saints forward Devin Nemes battles on the faceoff against Spencer Gerth of the Trinity Western Spartans in Friday night’s 6-2 decision at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre that went in favour of the visitors. The Saints are back in action at home this coming weekend (January 10/11) against the Vancouver Island University Mariners. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

 It’s been a difficult stretch for the Selkirk College Saints, but as the Winter Semester gets rolling the team is focused on flipping their fortunes during the drive to the post-season.

The Saints opened 2020 with a weekend home series against the undefeated Trinity Western University Spartans where the powerhouse Langley-based team topped the Selkirk College squad 6-3 on Saturday night and 6-4 on Sunday afternoon to keep their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) record unblemished at 11-0.