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Nelson Fire Department partners with Western Auto to provide member training

Nelson Fire Department partners with Western Auto to provide member training

Nelson Fire Rescue, with the help of Western Auto Wreckers, recently held auto extrication training at the Selkirk College facility in Rosemont.

Assistant Chieft and Training Officer for Nelson Fire Rescue, Mike Daloise, said the assistance from Western Auto donate and delivery of four vehicles was important to the continuing of this type of training for firefighters.

Practical Financial Solutions: The first wages of summer

Practical Financial Solutions: The first wages of summer

Your child’s first summer job means new money in amounts they have never seen before. That can be exciting – maybe too exciting, if your child can’t control their spend mode. So here are a few money management tips to help them make the most of their summer job wages.

Good habits start now:  Money handling habits learned while growing up will determine how he or she will handle money as an adult. Start motivating regular saving and investment habits now by setting a great example.

Whitewater joins Powder Alliance Pass Program

Whitewater joins Powder Alliance Pass Program

Whitewater Ski Resort is excited to announce it will be joining the Powder Alliance pass program for the 2015-2016 winter season.

Recently awarded “2014’s Best Season Pass Program” by Ski Area Management magazine, the Powder Alliance provides unrestricted passholders three free days at each of the member resorts located all throughout western North America.

In addition, there are various special offers on lodging, rentals, buddy tickets and more. 

14th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw, BC

14th Annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw, BC

The Kootenay Permaculture Institute in partnership with Selkirk College is offering the 14th annual Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw, August 16-29, 2015.

Permaculture is a holistic approach to land-use planning.

The permaculture concept originated in Australia in the late 70s and now many people, organizations and companies around the world are using permaculture design principles to plan and create more ecological and resilient projects.

MarketFest back is on Baker Street Friday

MarketFest back is on Baker Street Friday

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is once again bringing the legendary MarketFest back to Baker Street on Friday, July 24 from 6 -10:30 p.m.

This is a rain or shine event but hopefully the weather will be kind, the sun will shine, and the music will soar on 200 and 300 blocks of Baker Street.

Breath of Spring Campaign Reaches Target

Breath of Spring Campaign Reaches Target

Last Spring, Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation focused their fundraising efforts on a vital piece of equipment for the Operating Room (OR) – a new surgical table.

CIBC had already made a generous donation to the campaign when they learned that the Foundation was just shy $2,040 of their $40,000 goal. 

To help complete the campaign, CIBC generously contributed the additional funds to assist with purchasing the vital piece of equipment.

Feds investment pays dividends to Kootenay Region Mining and Metals Industry

Feds investment pays dividends to Kootenay Region Mining and Metals Industry

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Tuesday announced a $748,601 investment to the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) to establish a metallurgical industry development accelerator in the West Kootenay.
 
Funding, provided through the Western Diversification Program, will allow KAST to establish and operate a centre for Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies (MIDAS).

Stunning images by Douglas Noblet at the Nelson Library

Stunning images by Douglas Noblet at the Nelson Library

Photographer Douglas Noblet spotted the elk last summer in Jasper Park. He was lying down, massive head arced gracefully, antlers illuminated in early morning sun.

A few days later, in the nearby Tonquin Valley, he caught the setting sun on Thunderbolt Peak. These are two of the stunning images by Noblet that are on display at the Nelson Public Library until the end of August.
 
Noblet was born in France and moved to Canada as a child, eventually settling in Nelson.

New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

Summer is the season when property owners notice bats in their buildings. They may find guano on the deck, hear bats in the walls, or smell a build-up of guano. The Kootenay Community Bat Project, funded by the Columbia Basin Trust, has received numerous calls with these issues. In many cases, landowners are happy to leave bats where they are. However, for landowners who would like to have bats move out of their buildings, a new resource guide is available.

B.C. GETS BOOST IN FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS

B.C. GETS BOOST IN FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS

Columbia Basin Trust is helping the province to double the number of mobile decontamination units aimed at stopping invasive mussels from entering British Columbia waterways, thanks to $360,000 in new funding.