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Help for the computer-baffled through CAP at the Nelson Public Library

Help for the computer-baffled through CAP at the Nelson Public Library

For those baffled by computers and technology, there’s help: The Nelson Public Library is now offering assistance thanks to funding from the Community Access Program (CAP).

The program offers one-on-one help with computer programs and technology.
 
CAP intern Winter Calcagno comes to Nelson from Concordia University, and programs in cultural studies and electro-acoustics that involved highly specialized computer-based audio-engineering.

Come Check Out Your Future at Selkirk College

Come Check Out Your Future at Selkirk College

Selkirk College is inviting prospective students to come take a peek at what their future could hold.

The annual Open House in the main building of the Castlegar Campus goes Tuesday (November 4)  between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Secondary students from across the West Kootenay and Boundary are invited to come to the campus to explore the more than 60 programs offered. Parents, high school teachers, career counsellors and all members of the public are also encouraged to check out what Selkirk has available.

RDCK asks for public input into park management planning

RDCK asks for public input into park management planning

The public is invited to participate in park management planning underway for Balfour Beach, Crescent Valley Beach, Waterloo Eddy and Pass Creek, the Regional District of Central Kootenay said today.

“We need to get public input to develop detailed plans for each of the four parks because each has unique design or land use considerations that we want to review with residents before we move ahead,” said Sangita Sudan, development services manager for the RDCK.

APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

APPLY NOW FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP), a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, is accepting applications for the 2015 Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP).

This program provides a total of $50,000 annually to projects in the Waneta area that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works, and other on-the-ground or applied projects.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.

NuCerity Distributors help collect 5,000 pounds during first annual Community Food Drive

NuCerity Distributors help collect 5,000 pounds during first annual Community Food Drive

Nelson's Independent Distributors for NuCerity went over and above the call of duty during the first annual Community Food Drive this past week in the Heritage City.

Along with help of volunteers, including the 2015 Grad Class and students of L.V. Rogers, the NuCerity distributors collected more than 5,000 pounds of non perishable food donations for The Salvation Army Food Bank.

NuCerity distributors would also like to thank the many local businesses for their gracious support during the food campaign.

Kootenay Literary Competition: Velocity

Kootenay Literary Competition: Velocity

The annual Kootenay Literary Competition (KLC) has been launched and is now open for adult entrants.

Nelson Grans to Grans host African Dinner

Nelson Grans to Grans host African Dinner

The popular ninth annual African Dinner is being held on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Come dine and enjoy a wonderful, authentic African dinner, prepared by the Nelson Grans, with entertainment and a silent auction.

The Nelson Grans along with a number of generous Nelson businesses, donate all the food for the preparation of the dinner. Much of the produce is grown in the grans gardens during the summer months and used at this annual supper.

Credit Union generosity prevails on International Credit Union Day & World Food Day

Credit Union generosity prevails on International Credit Union Day & World Food Day

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, credit unions from a round the world celebrated International Credit Union Day.

“Local Service. Global Good” was the theme for this year’s celebration and was a perfect complement for the staff and members of Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) who also spent the day recognizing World Food Day.

This shared date allowed NDCU and its members to show how “Local Service” is truly the credit union difference.

Kootenay Corporate Community gets kids outside

Kootenay Corporate Community gets kids outside

This summer the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network launched a Kootenay-wide Corporate Challenge with the goal of attracting 10 Kootenay-based businesses to sponsor the Wild Voices for Kids Program.

This program started over a decade ago and now offers 125 different curriculum-linked environmental education field trips and presentations led by 75 local experts across the Kootenays.

Since 2009, CBEEN has offered these programs to 50,000 students in all of the region’s 6 school districts. However, demand for these programs continues to grow.