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Fight the bite! Take precautions to avoid West Nile virus

Fight the bite! Take precautions to avoid West Nile virus

Interior Health is reminding residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites this summer.  West Nile virus, a disease that is spread from infected birds to humans through mosquito bites, has been present in B.C. since 2009.

Labour board rules teachers can withdraw from extracurricular activities, but must attend meetings

Labour board rules teachers can withdraw from extracurricular activities, but must attend meetings

The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled Friday that public teachers in the province do not need to participate in extracurricular activities as part of labour dispute with the government.

However, the B.C. Teachers Federation must instruct its members to participate in parent-teacher meetings and other school meetings.

In a release on the Labour Relations website the board said:

US: Grieving father struggles to pay dead son’s student loans

Francisco Reynoso, with his wife Silvia and daughter Evelyn in the background, co-signed for his son's student loans. When his s

By Marian Wang in ProPublica.

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling.

"They would say, 'We don't care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,'" recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif.

Clean, Drain, Dry will help prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the Kootenays

Clean, Drain, Dry will help prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the Kootenays

Clean. Drain. Dry. These simple steps will prevent zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species from spreading into the waterways of the Kootenays.

Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil and New Zealand mudsnails have devastating impacts where they are introduced. They can ruin fishing and recreational opportunities, alter aquatic habitat for plants and animals, and block water intake structures for hydro power.

LVR Valedictorian Mikaiya Austin — Opportunities for success in this room are endless

Mikaiya Austin . . . must decide which road is the best to take

The Class of 2012 at L.V. Rogers culminated their high school career this past weekend with graduation ceremonies.

During the Cap and Gown Friday at the NDCC Arena, LVR Valedictorian Mikaiya Austin spoke on behalf of the grads.

Here is a copy of her address to the sellout crowd.

 

To begin my speech this evening, I would like to quote the greatest philosopher of all time…. Dr. Seuss.

A little rain never bothers a graduating class at L.V. Rogers

Mykayla Commandeur was well prepared for any type of weather during Saturday's LVR cavalcade through the streets of Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

It must have been grad weekend at L.V. Rogers High School.

Why do you ask?

It rained.

Almost true to form, every year the graduating class at LVR fights the weather conditions to celebrate their completion of school.

The 2012 class was no exception.

Although this class was well prepared with umbrellas of all sizes as the grad cruised through the streets of Nelson in the annual cavalcade Saturday afternoon.

Education Briefs: Kootenay Lake School District developing ways to save teaching resources

Education Briefs: Kootenay Lake School District developing ways to save teaching resources

After receiving numerous letters and comments of concern over the closure of the two District Resource Centers in Creston and Nelson, the Kootenay Lake School District Board of Education will be trying to keep those resources available to teachers.

"We are in the middle of developing processes to keep the resources for teachers available to them after the District Resource Centers are closed," said SD8 Board of Education chair, Melanie Joy, in an email interview with The Nelson Daily.

Selkirk College successfully opens the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Castlegar

Selkirk College successfully opens the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Castlegar

In June of 2010 Selkirk College marked the beginning of construction on their Castlegar campus Aboriginal Gathering Place with a ceremonial blessing and ground breaking. On May 24, 2012 they celebrated the official opening of the facility with over 100 invited guests in attendance.

NDTA outraged over recent School Board layoffs, which could affect as many as 60 teachers

  NDTA president Tom Newell, speaking at a March rally outside City Hall, said recent layoffs are dramatically worse and there are not any fewer students. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The layoffs of 19 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in the Kootenay Lake School District and the closures of the two District Resource Centres has local teachers feeling angry and upset, said Nelson District Teachers' Association union representative Tom Newell.

"Teachers are angry, upset and scared that programs are being dismantled," said Newell.

Although the number of layoffs is officially 19, this reduction could affect as many as 50 or 60 teachers he said.

Mistakes of the past finally corrected says Nelson/Creston MLA

Nelson/Creston MLA, Michelle Mungall congratulates Fred Sasakiand his classmates.

Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall is pleased to see the B.C. government finally awarding degrees to 75 Japanese-Canadian UBC students denied degrees because they were interned during the Second World War.

One of the recipients is 93-year-old Fred Sasaki of Kaslo

“Separated from his family, Fred was forced out of UBC. The racism was dehumanizing and cruel,” said Mungall in a written press release.

“I want to congratulate Fred and his classmates. You have overcome injustice, contributed to your communities and made Canada a better place.”

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