May 2016

Groundbreaking ceremony for Millennium Park Phase 2

Groundbreaking ceremony for Millennium Park Phase 2

Yesterday the City of Castlegar along with representatives from RDCK Areas I & J, TRUE Engineering and Sorenson Excavating celebrated the ground breaking on the Millennium Park Phase II project.

The successful first phase of Millennium Park included the construction of the award winning Millennium Ponds, Rotary Green Gym, Zellstoff Celgar Pavilion and the bike skills park.

LETTER: Former councillor pans parcel tax

LETTER: Former councillor pans parcel tax

As most of us know the City budget is very complex and takes considerable time to put together. Weighing out what to fund and what not to fund or somewhere in between can be very stressful for those directly involved.

B.C. update on continued support for displaced Albertans

The wildfire that ripped through Fort McMurray destroyed homes and left parts of the city looking more like a war zone. — Submitted photo

British Columbia continues to marshal emergency management resources and support to assist neighbouring Albertans who have fled the devastating wildfires.

Friday, Premier Christy Clark announced a $300,000 donation from the Government of British Columbia to the Canadian Red Cross to support relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alberta, adding to donations by British Columbians including at BC Liquor Stores.

More tnhan $73,000 has already been raised to date from donations at BC Liquor Stores.

A day in BC Legislature life, Part one

A day in BC Legislature life, Part one

Frequently, Kootenay residents ask what my days in BC's Legislature look like. A lot goes on in a Legislature day, so I’ll take the next two monthly columns to answer that question.
The daily transcript, Hansard, records everything I say and my votes. It also offers an audio and video record for you to see in real time or whenever you like. I post nearly every video transcript of me speaking as your representative to my facebook page and YouTube channel.

Local and Natural — Remedy’s Pharmacy on Baker Street

Elena Perepelkin, Trevor Sawchuck and Karen Wilkinson — the Remedy’s Pharmacy on Baker Street Team. — Brendan Quinn photo

These two terms are incredibly important for any business looking to succeed in Nelson.

There’s a real community spirit in this town, and it’s no surprise to learn that the ideology of keeping things local and supporting home-grown businesses is a large focus for operations looking to prosper in Nelson.

That second term, natural, is another key phrase here—especially when it comes to medication.

Minor Baseball Season in full swing

Nelson Jays were up against Castlegar in action at Queen Elizabeth Park in Nelson. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The minor baseball season is in full swing throughout the West Kootenay, and in the Heritage City, the Nelson Jays are out to defend West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball Championship won in 2015.

The Jays met Castlegar this past week at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Both teams battle the opposition, and the weather, during this mid-week contest with the host team coming out on top.

The NDBA has fields teams in six divisions — Tee-Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth.

The teams play at Queen Elizabeth Lions Park.

Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 moves slowly with facilities draft plan

Trafalgar Middle School is currently on the chopping blocks, but nothing is etched in stone.

Slowly, but surely, Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 is moving along with its facilities draft plan.

The first major decision coming for the upcoming school term appears to have Yahk Elementary School will be closing for 2016-2017.

However, the school will not close permanently, but with an expected enrolment of zero students it comes as no surprise that the school will likely not be operating in the future.

Penticton RCMP ask for assistance in locating missing person Kees Van Egmond

Kees Van Egmon . . . reported missing by family May 6

The Penticton RCMP is requesting the public's assistance in locating a missing Penticton resident, Kees Van Egmon, who was last heard from on (Wednesday) May 4th.

The 76-year-old man was reported missing late Friday evening on May 6 by family. 

Police and family are very concerned for Kees Van Egmond's health and well-being and friends and family report that it is out of character for him to be out of contact for this long.

BC Government steps up penalties for safer roads, uping ante on distracted driving

New base fine of $368 for motorists changed with distracted driving.

Significantly higher fines, more penalty points, and earlier interventions for repeat offenders – including driving prohibitions – will reinvigorate the Province’s push to eliminate distracted driving, a leading factor in deaths on B.C. roads.

The new financial penalties for distracted driving will be calculated using the base fine of $368 combined with escalating Insurance Company of British Columbia (ICBC) driver penalty point premiums, which start at $175 for the first offence and climb for any additional offence within a 12-month period.

Garden Festival a hit on Baker Street

For the 15th time, the Nelson Garden Festival was a hit for local gardners. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The The 15th Annual Nelson Garden Festival took to the streets of Nelson Saturday with plenty of vendors and buyers.

This market was started by a three avid local gardeners way back in 2002 with just a few table set out on Hall Street.

The Nelson Garden Festival has now grown into one the yearly market highlights in Nelson with over 50 vendors and community groups on hand with perennials, annuals, vegetable starts, trees and flowers - just about everything a gardener needs to get started or add to an already great gardening endeavor.

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