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Practical Financial Solutions — Your Mortgage or Your Life

Practical Financial Solutions — Your Mortgage or Your Life

Your family loves your home – it is the centre of your life together, after all – but that mortgage!

You can handle it. You did your due diligence and you know it’s affordable and that, some day, it will be paid off … unless: What would happen if you die? Will your family be able to pay off that monster debt?

Of course, you want your family to be able to stay in their home no matter what happens to you.

RDCK awards upgrade contracts for Balfour and Kaslo waste transfer stations

RDCK awards upgrade contracts for Balfour and Kaslo waste transfer stations

Upgrades to the RDCK’s Balfour and Kaslo waste transfer stations will soon commence as the RDCK awarded the contract to McNally Excavating of Nelson at the monthly Board meeting Thursday.

Construction was scheduled to begin in May but the RDCK rejected all of the original tenders for being over the approved project budget.

The RDCK worked with the engineering team to revise the project scope, reduce costs and retender the project, which has been planned since 2010.  The total contract value for the tendered works is $963, 832. 

Spring into ​Spring with a community celebration benefitting West Kootenay EcoSociety

Spring into ​Spring with a community celebration benefitting West Kootenay EcoSociety

West Kootenay EcoSociety invites the region to Spring into Spring with a unique fundraising dinner on (Saturday) May 30th.

The banquet hall at the Hume hotel will take on a garden theme, with plants and many other items available for silent auction.

Rob Funk, recently returned from Japan, will provide live music.

The dinner will raise funds for West Kootenay EcoSociety's programs, including the popular Kootenay Rideshare, Campaign for Jumbo Wild and Kokanee Creek nature programs. 

Story of famous Yukon silver heist comes to the Nelson Public Library

Story of famous Yukon silver heist comes to the Nelson Public Library

A two million dollar silver heist might sound like the stuff of fiction, but in Alicia Priest’s memoir A Rock Fell on the Moon: Dad and the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist, the events of that time couldn’t be closer to home for the author.

Priest, who recently passed away, was a respected journalist whose in-depth investigation lead to this book, released by Harbour Publishing last fall and nominated for a BC Book Prize. 

UBC to offer first university writing course in Nelson since 1984

UBC to offer first university writing course in Nelson since 1984

Starting this September, the University of B.C. will offer in Nelson a creative writing course focused on community that will help students develop their skills in writing non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama. 

The credit course will be open both to anyone who qualifies for UBC entrance, and to unclassified students: members of the public who will receive university credit for the course but aren’t entering into a degree program at UBC.

Acclaimed poet Colin Browne launches new collection in Nelson

Acclaimed poet Colin Browne launches new collection in Nelson

Author and filmmaker Colin Browne has earned critical acclaim on both artistic fronts, with nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and the ReLit Award for his poetry as well as a Genie nomination for documentary film.

Browne launches his newest book of poetry, The Hatch, on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson.

Kalein Hospice Centre and Nelson & District Hospice Society Celebrate Mothers Day with Sculture donation of 'Mother & Child'

Kalein Hospice Centre and Nelson & District Hospice Society Celebrate Mothers Day with Sculture donation of 'Mother & Child'

Kalein Hospice Centre and the Nelson and District Hospice Society co-hosted a special ceremony in honoring mothers, both as individuals and for the unique energy and significance of motherhood in all cultures Saturday (May 9).

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a beautiful soapstone sculpture, 'Mother and Child' donated to Kalein Hospice Centre by local sculptor, Denis Kleine. 

Apple’s Former Top Sales Person to Help Kootenay Businesses Sell More

Apple’s Former Top Sales Person to Help Kootenay Businesses Sell More

For most of us, selling is a time-intensive, slightly scary undertaking. But it’s at the critical core of any successful business.

KAST (Kootenay Association of Science & Technology) is working to help West Kootenay business owners, managers and entrepreneurs get better and more confident at selling, and ultimately acquire more customers.

Winning photographs grace Nelson Library walls

Winning photographs grace Nelson Library walls

The West Kootenay Camera Club has clicked with our region’s camera enthusiasts for 25 years, sharing tips and expertise, enthusiasm and support, and a love for the art of photography.

In celebration, the club is showing work throughout the Kootenays — including a special show at the Nelson Public Library in May and June.

Each year the Club holds a photography show and competition—this year this year, at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar June 5-12 — showcasing the work of talented local photographers vying for prizes.

Oxygen Art Centre hosts 'Community Conversation'

Oxygen Art Centre hosts 'Community Conversation'

Oxygen Art Centre and the "Nelson at its Best" initiative are calling on artists and the arts community to join in a "Community Conversation" about reducing poverty in Nelson. 

The talk is scheduled for Wednesday (May 13) at 7 p.m. at Oxygen Art Centre - 320 Vernon St (back alley entrance), and be part of the solution to this pervasive, complex social issue.