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by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 5:04pm

The Southeast Fire Centre in a late Sunday news release said the Sitkum Creek blaze has increased in size to a now estimated 300 hectares.

The larger estimated size of this fire is due to...

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 9:44pm

The Regional District of Central Kootenay in a media release said residents of the Duhamel and Sitkum Creek area are still on evacuation alert as a wildfire continues to burn.

"Weather conditions are forecast to be better tonight as crews continue to attack the (now 300) hectare blaze on both the ground and from the air," the release said.

"Crews will be onsite...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 7:28pm

The Nelson and District Arts Council kicked off Artwalk 2015 Friday in Nelson with its grand opening.

The 400 Block of Baker Street was blocked off as the NDAC began two months of showcasing some of the best artists in the Heritage City.

Art from 25 artists was on display at 17 venues in the Nelson, including John Ward Coffee shop, Torchlight Brewing and Finley's Bar and...

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by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jul 02 2015

Nelson Youth Soccer is playing host to the BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup July 9-12 at the Lakeside Soccer Pitches.

The Heritage City association is hosting three divisions — U13, U14 & U15 — in the four-day tournament.

Mallard’s Source for sports is spotlighting the Nelson teams with Team of the Week honours.

This week Mallard’s...

by Bruce Fuhr on Thursday Jul 02 2015

It’s a proven fact to always have a backup plan just in case that original idea goes south.

Dryden Hunt knows all too well things do not always go as planned as the Nelson Minor Hockey product prepares to enter the world of professional hockey.

After not hearing his name called out for the second consecutive year last week at the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft...

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Registration opens as instructor for UBC Creative Writing Course named

Registration opens as instructor for UBC Creative Writing Course named

An award-winning author, editor and teacher with a national profile, Sonnet L’Abbe, will be the instructor this fall as the University of B.C. offers a credit creative writing course in Nelson.

L’Abbe won the national Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers in 2000, and has two collections of poems with Toronto’s McClelland and Stewart publishers to her credit.  She edited the annual anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2014, and has taught for the University of Toronto, and UBC’s Kelowna campus. 

Physical Literacy in the Columbia Basin

Physical Literacy in the Columbia Basin

More than 400 professionals from across the world and from a range of sectors including health, education, leisure, play and sport gathered with the common goal of developing a global community committed to the development of physical literacy. 

The International Physical Literacy Conference 2015 was held in Vancouver from June 13th -16th

Regional News

Fire crews attacking blaze only 1 kilometre from Castlegar

Fire crews attacking blaze only 1 kilometre from Castlegar

Initial attack crews from the Southeast Fire Centre are fighting a wildfire near Blueberry Creek, about one kilometer west of Castlegar, according to Fire Information Officer Jordan Turner, who adds the fire is roughly half a hectare in size.

“No structures are immediately threatened … but we’re hitting it hard and fast because of its proximity to Castlegar,” he said, adding they've received many phones calls from the public reporting it. "This fire is highly visible from the city of Castlegar and Highway 3."

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trail and Castlegar's good Karma?

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trail and Castlegar's good Karma?

Has anyone else noticed how very different the current news cycle is, compared to what we've become accustomed to?

We had a couple of stretches where it seemed like we were dealing with one horrific, traumatizing, heartbreaking story after another - I spent many nights on the phone or Facebook chat with readers trying to sort out how to process such awful information about death and tragedy and loss. (I'm not going make everyone relive it by listing anything, but I think a lot of people will know exactly what I am talking about).

Provincial & National

Spokane deals with threatening wildfires

Washington State is also dealing with uncontained wildfires this summer.

Spokane is the latest city in the Pacific Northwest to experience concern over uncontrolled wildfires.

Parts of the Washington State City has been threatened due to a growing trend of wildfires that have burned through brush, forest and grassland amid 37 C plus (100 F-degree) heat.

Saturday, northwest of Spokane just off on Highway 395 to Chewelah, a 325 hectare blaze remains uncontained. Fifty homes have been evacuated, and a Red Cross shelter has been established at a high school in Springdale to help residents.

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.

At Level 4, conditions are extremely dry. Further declines in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, industry such as agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks.