November 2015

OP/ED: Protect water sources from free ranging cattle

OP/ED: Protect water sources from free ranging cattle


I am sharing a few pictures that represent a typical water/grassland scene on the Gipin Grasslands.

The pictures showcase the largest tributary to Morrissey Creek before the creek drops into a canyon and an adjacent meadow that was the site of a recent forest thinning burn. Morrissey Creek watershed is one of five watersheds within the Proposed Gilpin Grasslands Wildlife Management Area designation.

Halloween fireworks display

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Watch the video to see Les Johnson's recording of the Halloween fireworks

Nelson Police report 'quiet' Halloween 2015

Nelson Police report 'quiet' Halloween 2015

Nelson Police Sergeant Dino Falcone said Halloween 2015 was "quiet" for the most part despite the fact the night of trick-or-treating fell on the time change weekend.

"We had quite a few calls (2014) compared with this year,"  Falcone told The Nelson Daily Monday.

"This year we had about 27 calls which four were noise complaints reported overnight, three reports of theft from and mischief to motor vehicles as well as a report of four slashed tires."

Writers Take Note -- Essay Contest: $10,000 Prize

Writers Take Note -- Essay Contest:  $10,000 Prize

Friends of  Canadian Broadcasting announcement: 

The Dalton Camp Award will go to the winner or winners of an essay competition on the link between democracy and the media in Canada.

For thirteen years now, FRIENDS has sponsored the Dalton Camp Award, an essay competition honouring the memory of a great Canadian journalist and political actor who, among his many achievements, was one of FRIENDS' founders in 1985.

Selkirk College Presents Canadian Jazz Innovator Elizabeth Shepherd

Four-time Juno Award nominee and acclaimed jazz musician Elizabeth Shepherd will be at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on November 16 at 7:30 p.m. where she will kick off her B.C. tour. — Submitted photo

Montreal-based jazz musician Elizabeth Shepherd will be kicking off her latest tour at Nelson’s Shambhala Music & Performance Hall where she will be joined on stage by Selkirk College students.

The velvety-voiced pianist arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide.

Hot panhandling bylaw topic fizzles out on council's griddle; decision delayed until spring, 2016

Nelson City Council has decided to put a hold on any revisions to the panhandling bylaw until next year. — The Nelson Daily photo

The burning issue and ethics of whether or not to institute a panhandling bylaw for Nelson's downtown will now have to smoulder for another six months.

City council balked at the decision to advance to third reading on draft legislation for a panhandling bylaw Monday night during the regular council meeting, choosing instead to turn again to the community for answers.

From the RCMP strange-but-true files: bizarre incident with local driver

From the RCMP strange-but-true files: bizarre incident with local driver

The Castlegar Health Centre apparently saw a patient without patience, according to Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson.

“We got a call just before 10 a.m. yesterday (Monday) that a driver on Hwy 22 en route to Trail was driving at a high rate of speed and was unable to maintain their lane,” Johnson said. “Also, the back door of the vehicle was open.”

Blackjack Seeks Coaches for Tiny Skiers

Photo by  Iain Reid

Kids aged 4 and over can learn cross-country skiing or improve their cross-country skills  at BlackJack, in categories starting with "Bunnies" and moving up through "Jackrabbits" and "Track Attack" to the Junior and Senior racing levels.  All those kids need coaches, and BlackJack wants more volunteer coaches  to help ensure that  no  eager young skiers will be turned away.

Kootenay Boundary faces shortage of psychiatrists

Kootenay Boundary faces shortage of psychiatrists

The region’s medical shortages continue, despite Castlegar finally having a full contingent of general physicians – the issue now being a shortage of psychiatrists.

Cheryl Whittleton, Heath Service Administrator for the Kootenay Boundary, said three local psychiatrists have resigned in the past six months, leaving the region with six practicing psychiatrists, two thirds the norm, and none of whom are in Castlegar.

World-class wetland centre coming to Creston Valley

This is a picture of the old interpretative center located within the wildlife sanctuary.

Plans are moving ahead to build a new wetland interpretive Center in the Creston Valley.  

The mission of the center is to promote knowledge and foster appreciation of Columbia Basin history, Ktunaxa cultural teachings, and wetland ecology.