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by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:31pm

Nelson firefighters were kept busy Tuesday afternoon responding to a pair of calls — one dealing with an elevator rescue and the other a small fire at the Streetcar Barn next to Lakeside...

by Bill Metcalfe on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:07am

The following is a summary of the proceedings of Nelson City Council meeting on October 20.

Nelson police ask for more staff 

The Nelson City Police (NCP...

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 9:16pm

Interior Health is reporting that there's an outbreak of whooping cough in Nelson, with approximately 40 people diagnosed in the past four months.

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a bacterial lung infection that poses a serious risk to babies. 

Adults can show much milder symptoms, which can help the spread.

IH medical health...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:56pm

The sister of the man shot by police (Monday) October 13 near Slocan told a news conference Monday in Vancouver that her brother was "executed".

Danna de Groot read the emotional statement detailing her many efforts to convince police to allow her to help locate brother Peter de Groot.

Peter de Groot, 45, was shot by...

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by Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Oct 21 2014

The Kootenay Wildcats are having a tough time getting into the win column in BC Hockey Female Midget AAA League action this past weekend in Nelson.

West Coast Avalanche won all three games in the Heritage City by a whopping 17-1 margin.

West Coast opened the series Friday by stopping the Cats 8-1.

Eleza Pakozdy and Megan Lia each scored twice for the Avs while Stephanie...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Monday Oct 20 2014

It was a Murphy’s Law weekend for the Kootenay Ice.

That’s right, everything that could go wrong — including the refs not showing up for Saturday’s game — did to wrong.

The Valley West Hawks put some serious hurt on the Ice, dumping Kootenay by scores of 7-0 Saturday and 11-7 Sunday in BC Hockey Major Midget League action in Nelson.

“It...

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Credit Union generosity prevails on International Credit Union Day & World Food Day

Credit Union generosity prevails on International Credit Union Day & World Food Day

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, credit unions from a round the world celebrated International Credit Union Day.

“Local Service. Global Good” was the theme for this year’s celebration and was a perfect complement for the staff and members of Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) who also spent the day recognizing World Food Day.

This shared date allowed NDCU and its members to show how “Local Service” is truly the credit union difference.

Kootenay Corporate Community gets kids outside

Kootenay Corporate Community gets kids outside

This summer the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network launched a Kootenay-wide Corporate Challenge with the goal of attracting 10 Kootenay-based businesses to sponsor the Wild Voices for Kids Program.

This program started over a decade ago and now offers 125 different curriculum-linked environmental education field trips and presentations led by 75 local experts across the Kootenays.

Since 2009, CBEEN has offered these programs to 50,000 students in all of the region’s 6 school districts. However, demand for these programs continues to grow.

Regional News

Dick Cannings becomes SO-WK riding candidate for the NDP

Dick Cannings becomes SO-WK riding candidate for the NDP

Yesterday, members of the federal NDP Riding Association for South Okanagan – West Kootenay (SO-WK) came together and, along with hundreds of others who voted by mail-in or online balloting, chose Richard (Dick) Cannings as their candidate in the 2015 election. 

Born and raised in Penticton, Cannings’ books and radio appearances have made his name a familiar one throughout British Columbia.

Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program Get Introduction to Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Director of Operations David MacGillivary poses with the Selkirk College hospitality program students that came out to a special presentation at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson last week. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As students in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management (RHOT), Hospitality and Professional Cooking programs dove into their second month of studies, a visit by the head of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise helped provide additional incentive to make good use of their time learning about the industry.

Nestled in one of the most iconic locations in Canada, the Chateau Lake Louise has left visitors in awe of the soaring mountain peaks that surround the resort, majestic Victoria Glacier and the breathtaking emerald lake for more than a century.

Provincial & National

Whitebark pine experiment takes aim at blister rust

Nearly 1,000 Whitebark pine seedlings were hand-planted near the Idaho Peak lookout this summer. — Submitted photo

A unique tree-planting experiment by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations started late this summer at Idaho Peak in the Kokanee Range of the Selkirk Mountains near New Denver.

Nearly 1,000 Whitebark pine seedlings were hand-planted by a six-person crew in the subalpine near the old wildfire lookout, high above Slocan Lake at an elevation of almost 2,300 metres.

Province announces new distracted driving penalties in effect Monday

Texting, or any device that distracts drivers is the second leading contributing factor of vehicle fatalities in B.C.

Put the phone down or any hand-held electronic devices.

And if the fact that distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor of vehicle fatalities in B.C. doesn't concern drivers, maybe an increase in penalties for using hand-held electronic devices while driving will.

The province announced Monday that anyone caught talking on a hand-held electronic device while driving is subject to three penalty points in addition to a $167 fine.

This is the same penalty that was already in place for drivers caught texting or emailing.