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Funeral for Nelson Police officer announced

Const. Wade Tittemore (left) and Const. Mathieu Nolet were swept away by an avalanche while backcountry skiing in the mountains northwest of Kaslo. — Submitted photo

In a media release Monday, the City of Nelson announced that a private funeral service is planned for Nelson Police Constable Wade Tittemore on Wednesday, January 18th at the Capitol Theatre at Noon PST.

The media release said that the service is for invited guests only and not open to the general public.

Const. Tittemore was killed in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in the mountains northwest of Kaslo on Monday, January 9.

Columbia Basin Trust supports trail improvements and trail-crew jobs throughout the region

The Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society is improving the trail system on Mount Buchanan and hiring trail crew workers with support from Columbia Basin Trust. — Submitted photo

Some trails will be longer, get upgraded surfaces, or have new bridges or benches.

In 17 communities, 26 projects are improving trails, supported by Columbia Basin Trust. In addition,16 organizations are receiving Trust funds to offer 38 trail-crew jobs. 

“Together, these projects will give Columbia Basin residents and visitors access to even better and well-maintained trail systems as they experience the region’s incredible surroundings, while at the same time providing jobs,” said Justine Cohen, Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust.

Cold December temperatures now a distant memory

The cold temperatures from December have shifted to a balmy start to January, which has created numerous puddles for ducks in the area.

December’s cold weather seems like a distant memory as temperature have warmed considerably for January the latest weather synopsis from the Southeast Fire Centre revealed.

While current temperature hovers above zero, reaching a high of plus 5C Sunday, in December most days experienced snow and below-average temperatures starting on the first of the month and ending December 25 due to a prevailing cool northwesterly flow aloft. 

Small craft producers to benefit from cannabis processing facility

Antidote General Manager Ian Carpendale, Chief Operating Officer Stacy Johnston and CEO Shannon Ross pose at the open house for Antidote Processing in December 2022. — Photo courtesy John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Growers, processors and cannabis marketers all say a new business in the south Slocan Valley will be a ‘game changer’ for the cannabis industry in the West Kootenay.

About 50 people showed up for an open house a week before Christmas at Antidote Processing Inc., a new facility at the junction of Highways 6 and 3A in the South Slocan Valley.

First responders salute procession for NPD officer killed in avalanche

First responders, including Nelson Police Department colleagues, lined the Highway 3A/6 entrance to the Heritage City Thursday afternoon as the body of Const. Wade Tittemore was transferred back to Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photos

The first-responder community continues to band together to support their each other as they grieve the loss of Const. Wade Tittemore, killed in an avalanche earlier this week.

First responders from Nelson Police, Nelson Fire and Rescue Services, BC Ambulance, RCMP, BC Sheriffs, Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Departments as well as members of the public lined the entrance to Nelson on Highway 3A/6 on a rainy Thursday afternoon as the body of Const. Wade Tittemore was transferred back to Nelson.

Blizzard Music Festival Returns to Rossland

Olaus Ice Palace, photo courtesy Ryan Flett

A sound storm is on the horizon this month in Rossland, where Blizzard Music Festival is once again bringing top talent to the alpine city.

The eclectic Canadian music festival is back by popular demand for its 12th year, spanning four days – Jan. 25 to 28, 2023 – and coinciding with Rossland Winter Carnival. The small yet mighty event is packed with an exciting variety of artists and tickets are going fast.

'True gentleman' — Community grieves following death Nelson Police officer

Flags in Nelson were lowered to half-mast following the tragic news that City Police Constable Wade Tittemore was killed in an avalanche near Kaslo Monday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photo

The community of Nelson is still reeling from the tragic news that a constable with the local city police force was killed in an avalanche near Kaslo Monday afternoon.

RCMP said officers were called at approximately 12:23 p.m. to a report of an avalanche near Goat Range Provincial Park, located north of Kaslo.

Two off-duty Nelson City Police officers were skiing in the area when the avalanche occurred.

The deceased officer has been identified as four-year Nelson Police member Wade Tittemore.

Tittemore, 43, is survived by a wife and two young boys.

ATV stop leads Grand Forks RCMP to drug investigation

RCMP said that search of the male found him in possession of a large amount of various drugs and drug paraphernalia suspected to be fentanyl and methamphetamine. — Submitted photo

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release that a random driver of an ATV on public roads led officers to find a large amount of various drugs and drug paraphernalia suspected to be fentanyl and methamphetamine.

"It is always great to get a decent seizure of drugs off the road and have someone that we plan on forwarding charges on," said Grand Forks Detachment Commander, Sergeant Darryl Peppler.

The arrest began to unfold on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 8:30 p.m.

Leafs head coach suspended for remainder of season by KIJHL

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois said the investigation by the league found that Leafs head coach Adam DiBella was to blame for the line at the start of the second period in the New Year’s Eve game between Nelson and Beaver Valley.

The fallout continues following a New Year’s Eve clash between the Nelson Leafs and Beaver Valley Nitehawks that saw a line brawl take over the game at the start of the second period.

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois said in a media release Friday that Leafs head coach Adam DiBella has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season as well as the 2023 league playoffs.

“Our investigation determined that the incident in Saturday’s game was instigated by the Leafs at Mr. DiBella’s direction,” said Dubois in the statement.

Local architect showcases decades of work with Shifting Design exhibit

Known for designing structures throughout the region, David Dobie stands in front of some of the exhibit now on display at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Architect designer David Dobie has spent the past 40-plus years drafting, drawings and designing buildings, retreat centres, restaurants . . . well, pretty much everything during his four-decade career.

This week at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson, Dobie showcases his years of work with his Shifting Design exhibit before hosting a Gala Evening Saturday, January 7th.

The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre with the Gala set for 7 p.m.