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by Brendan Quinn on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 4:24pm

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (GVYO) is making a BC Interior stop by Nelson on Friday to play with some local musicians from L.V. Rogers and Trafalgar secondary schools.

The event is...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 3:40pm

by Timothy Schafer on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 7:38pm

Strong evidence from police and city staff convinced the majority of council to move ahead with third reading of a proposed Panhandling Bylaw for Nelson.

With a city staff report already in...

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 4:11pm

Following an extensive search process, the Board of Directors of Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Murray as the new CEO, effective May 1, 2016.

Tom Murray’s appointment comes as Doug Stoddart departs after 24 years of dedicated service to the Credit Union.

“I am very excited for this opportunity, and I look...

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:31pm

High School graduation is always a concerning time for parents of grads.

With the graduation and prom party season in full swing, ICBC's road safety speakers are touring B.C. high schools — including L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson on Thursday, May 5 — to share their personal, heart-wrenching stories with students and remind them of the tragic and life-changing...

Sports Headlines

by Nelson Daily Sports on Wednesday May 04 2016

The 2016 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships were held recenlty at the Glacier Gym Club.

And the local club did not disappoint as the Glacier athletes reached new levels against teams from Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations by naming this group of Glacier...

by Contributor on Wednesday May 04 2016

What are you doing on Saturday, May 14? No plans yet? Well, have the Dam City Rollers got a killer evening planned, and they want you to enjoy it with them. The ladies in purple are hosting a three-team tournament at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle is at 6:30pm. Coming in to play are the fellow purple-clad team from down south, the Lilac City...

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Convergence Writers' weekend to receive visit from Bikes Not Pipes Tour

Convergence Writers' weekend to receive visit from Bikes Not Pipes Tour

Some West Kootenay environmentalists have found a unique way of joining the audience converging on Silverton, B.C. to attend the Convergence Writers’ Weekend May 13 to 14.

Members and supporters of Kootenays for a Pipeline-Free B.C. will leave Nelson, B.C. May 12 to cycle through the Slocan Valley in time to arrive in Silverton for the evening opening event of the writers’ weekend.  The weekend features two well-known environmental authors participating in talks, workshops and panel discussions on the theme of “The Spirit in the Landscape.”

Planting Time is Here!

Planting Time is Here!

The 15th Annual Nelson Garden Festival is set to run on Saturday (May 7th) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Baker St. and the 500 block of Kootenay St.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety will be managing the 2016 Nelson Garden Festival again this year, and Markets Director Jesse R. Woodward is excited to take on the challenge for the third year in a row.

“Last year’s Gardenfest was such a wonderful and super popular event with amazing weather and huge crowds,” Woodward said.

Regional News

Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program Gets Bursary Boost in Kaslo

Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program students who received the Community Foundation of North Kootenay Lake bursaries gathered with foundation members and college staff at the Kaslo Learning Centre to acknowledge the generous donation.

The Community Foundation of North Kootenay Lake (CFNKLS) has provided a generous donation to provide bursaries for students who were enrolled the Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program.

A special cohort of the 26-week Health Care Assistant Program started in January at the college’s Kaslo Learning Centre. The offering was made possible through a partnership with the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo to share their resources and help provide the education needed in this critical area of the health care sector.

Police issue release regarding morning fire and robbery attempt

The aftermath of an attempted robbery at Chevron. Photo by Stacey MacKinnon.

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson:

At approximately 5 a.m. May 4, Castlegar RCMP responded to two simultaneous incidents in the Castlegar city area. The first call was a report building fire on 2nd Street near 11th Avenue. A passing motorist noticed flames from inside business and contacted emergency services. The building had housed a previous business but had not been open for business for some time. No injuries were reported to either the public or emergency services workers. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

Provincial & National

BC Liquor Stores accepting donations for Fort McMurray

BC Liquor Stores accepting donations for Fort McMurray

As wildfires rage in Fort McMurray, Alta., forcing the emergency evacuation of 80,000 residents, BC Liquor Stores customers can support Red Cross relief efforts there by donating at stores throughout the province.

Starting today, BC Liquor Stores customers can donate $2, $5 or more to help the Red Cross in Alberta reunite family members, provide evacuees with shelter, food and water, and later, assist with longer-term needs as the community rebuilds.

State of emergency declared as Fort McMurray continues to burn

Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment are working hard to contain wildfires at Fort McMurray, AB. — Photo courtesy Alberta Wildfire Info.

The Alberta Government has declared a state of emergency Wednesday as the wildfire in Fort McMurray continues to burn.

The wildfire, which experts believe may have been human caused due to its proximity to the city of Fort McMurray, has caused the mandatory evacuation order remains of approximately 80,000 people.

More than 250 firefighters as well as helicopters and air tankers are currently fighting this wildfire.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have both declared a State of Local Emergency.

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