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Nelson's Lynda Cavanaugh named Interim BCLC President & CEO

A graduate of L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Lynda Cavanaugh served as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministries of Attorney General and Public Safety and Solicitor General between 2011 and 2020.

Effective January 22, 2021, Nelson native Lynda Cavanaugh will assume the role of BCLC’s Interim President & CEO while Jim Lightbody continues his medical leave to undergo cancer treatment and recovery a BC Lottery Corporation media release said Wednesday. 

In November 2020, Greg Moore, serving Interim President and CEO, provided notice of resignation to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.

Kid sport advocate stages one-person protest outside Civic Centre Arena

Bill McDonnell staged his one-person protest outside the Civic Centre Arena entrance on Vernon Street Tuesday, protesting closure later this month of the ice facilities. — Submitted photo

A former senior hockey player and long-time advocate for kid sports began conducting his own one-person protest outside the Civic Centre Arena after the Regional District of Central Kootenay announced it was closing the ice facility at the end of January.

Selkirk College Nursing Students Focus on Seniors’ Health Issues Amid Pandemic

Selkirk College Nursing Program students Christina Champlin (left) and Anjela Szabo (right) with some of the Increasing Recreation Involving Seniors’ walking group participants that include (middle L-R) Wade Woodman, Anne Ryback and Kate Varabioff. Prior to the current COVID-19 provincial restrictions, the two students started a walking group in Castlegar in the autumn that encouraged physical activity.

Helping reduce the crushing mental and physical toll the COVID-19 pandemic is having on seniors in the Castlegar area, a pair of Selkirk College Nursing Program students are shining a light on what is required moving forward for older adults in British Columbia.

River Talk — Movement grows to build weir/dam across Koocanusa Reservoir

It was thought to be a good idea at the time, but the Libby dam was, indeed, a giveaway of local control.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, was released in 2016. Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Pearkes has agreed to help readers understand the importance of the Columbia River Treaty to the region with another edition of River Talk.

Hard work pays dividends with new ladder truck for Big White Fire Department

Big White firefighters follow a century-long tradition of using human power to push their new apparatus into its fire station bay. The one-of-a-kind Ladder 311 is ready for deployment to fight structural fires at Big White. — Photo courtesy of Andrew Jay

Christmas may be over, but the Big White Fire Department is still celebrating.

The January arrival of their one-of-a-kind, 78-foot long Rosenbauer Viper Aerial ladder truck marks the end of a five-year project that started in April 2016.

Crews have now ceremonially pushed Ladder 311 into its own bay in the Big White Fire Station, marking a tradition among firefighters that pays homage to the horsedrawn steam engines that were hand maneuvered into their stations a century ago.

Interior Health declares outbreak at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre

 Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, a long-term care home.

Four residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone in close contact with these individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

Gemstone is privately operated by Trellis Seniors Services Ltc. It has 125 publicly funded and five private long-term care beds. Interior Health will continue to monitor the situation, while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures.

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Cariboo Memorial Hospital

Interior Health (IH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.
There is no evidence of patient exposure related to this outbreak, however, four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Interior Health would like to assure the community that it is safe to come to the hospital for medical care when it is needed.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Dean Fancy holds a giant Bull Trout caught in Kootenay Lake during the Christmas holiday season. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Happy New Year Everyone.

And welcome to a better year to come.

In looking at back at 2020, we can reflect and focus on the positive.  While we didn’t have much work during the first half of the year, we made up for it in the second half.  We’d like to thank our locals for supporting our company and helping to keep us in business.

Impaired driving stop in downtown Castlegar nets mess of meth

A man now faces a number of potential impaired driving and drug related charges after police stopped a vehicle being driven in a dangerous manner Tuesday afternoon, according to Castlegar top cop RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor.

"On Jan. 5, 2021 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a front line Castlegar RCMP officer conducted a traffic stop with a pickup truck that had been observed being operated erratically in the downtown area of Castlegar," Taylor said. "The driver, and lone occupant of the motor vehicle, displayed signs and symptoms of being impaired by a drug while behind the wheel.

Update: Death of woman on New Year’s Day now considered a hit-and-run homicide

Sicamous RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a woman early on New Year’s Day.

The victim, who was previously reported to be 65 years of age, has been positively identified as a 64-year-old woman. She was found at approximately 2:30 a.m., suffering from significant injuries, on a private roadway within the Cedars RV and Resort on Luoma Road in Sicamous, BC.