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BCHL receives approval to play shortened season beginning in April

The league will operate in a “pod” model where three to four teams will play each other in five different locations across the province.

The BC Hockey League has been granted permission by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to play a shortened 2020-21 season beginning the first week of April.

The PHO said it has approved the BCHL’s proposal for a safe return to play under its COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The league will operate in a “pod” model where three to four teams will play each other in five different locations across the province.

The five cities where games will be played include Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Penticton, Port Alberni and Vernon.

Gatherings up to 10 people in same group now allowed in BC

The BCCDC Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence image shows Trail and Nelson each reporting one COVID-19 case during the period between February 28 and March 6. Creston had three cases while Cranbrook reported seven new COVID-19 cases. Grand Forks, Castlegar, Arrow and Kootenay Lake had zero reports. — BCCDC image

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer is easing Public Health Order in regards to gatherings, amending the order to allow for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people in the same group.

During Thursday media release, Dr. Henry said now that the days are getting warmer, and longer, it’s time to ease restrictions a little.

"Where we can do things more safely is outside,” Dr. Henry said.

Cyclist-activated warning sign to increase safety on B.O.B. says MOTI

The new cyclist-activated warning sign was installed March 4 on Nelson Big Orange Bridge that will warn motorists of cyclists who are crossing this bridge and increase safety.

Cyclists travelling across the B.O.B (Big Orange Bridge) for a ride on the North Shore should breathe a sigh of relief after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently installed a cyclist-activated warning sign to increase safety.

The project is part of the BC Government’s StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan that provided $16.7 million towards more than 45 projects that focus on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights of way.  

Community rallies to support West Kootenay family

Donations continue to be received through a GoFundMe campaign to support the family of Joe Leblanc.

Donations for a GoFundMe page continue to pour in for a West Kootenay man killed in a snowmobile accident last week near Kaslo.

Kaslo RCMP said that local Search and Rescue were called to an avalanche accident on the afternoon of Thursday, March 4 in the Antoine Basin area.

MP Cannings: Important to thank people to help those with addictions

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings said there is a misinformed and very unfortunate view among many in our communities that these people chose that path and don’t deserve our concern.

Last year, Gord Portman saved two people in a house fire in Penticton. 

When he saw his picture in the local newspaper, he said to himself ‘Oh boy I need help.” Gord was addicted to drugs. So he turned to Discovery House, a local organization that helps men battle their addictions, and he now thanks Discovery House for saving his life.

Cricket anyone?

Nelson native Landon Veregin, after spending 15 years overseas, is eager to start up the Nelson Cricket Club in the Heritage City. — Submitted photos

Cricket anyone?

Seems like an unrealistic request, but if Landon Veregin gets his way the game of cricket may join the likes of soccer, tennis and slopitch as summer activities enjoyed in Nelson.

“Nelson is an active city . . .. The people here love the outdoors and finding unique ways to enjoy our amazing nature,” said Veregin, who is spearheading the drive to include the sport in the makeup of summer activities played in Nelson.

Manslaughter charges approved in death of Abbotsford Police Officer

Castlegar resident Alex Willness, 26, has been arrested by police and remains in custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Nelson Police said in a media release Sunday that the man involved in a street incident that cost the life of an Abbotsford Police Officer in July 2020 in the Nelson downtown has now been charged with Manslaughter.

Nelson Police said Sunday that 26-year-old Castlegar resident Alex Willness has been arrested by police and remains in custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Cold in the Koots fundraiser nets more than $10,000 for BC Special Olympics

Three Chiefs, from left, Nelson Police Department Paul Burkart, Nelson Fire Rescue Len MacCharles and Deb Morris of BC Ambulance Services, quickly race for the towels after a cool plunge into Kootenay Lake Saturday morning to raise money for BC Special Olympics.

Local Chiefs from the various first responder units in Nelson went over and above the call of duty Saturday morning at Lakeside Park to raise more than $10,000 for BC Special Olympics as part of the BC FreezinforaReason Campaign.

Led by retiring Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart, the cast, including Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles, Chief Deb Morris of BC Ambulance Services and Regional District of Central Kootenay Regional Fire Chief Nora Hannon, raised $10,300 during the Cold in the Koots fundraiser.

Greening Up: Are Fossil Fuels Doomed?

The evidence is mounting in the courtroom of public judgment; a verdict could be delivered soon.

“Just, (screw) the whole fossil fuel industry. They need to be nationalized as we transition completely from fossil fuels to preserve what is left of a livable planet.” Peter Kalmus

The evidence is mounting in the courtroom of public judgment; a verdict could be delivered soon.

Fossil fuels stand accused of death, destruction, deception, denial, and dishonesty.

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