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by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday, July 27, 2015 - 7:17pm

Mother Nature is making life a lot easier for BC Wildfire firefighters battling the Sitkum Creek Interface Wildfire north of Nelson.

Thanks to recent rains and...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Monday, July 27, 2015 - 6:44pm

The end is near for the 400 and 500 blocks of Hall Street as the City of Nelson’s Stores To Shores Downtown Revitalization project concludes stage one.

In a City of Nelson media...

by Timothy Schafer on Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 2:54pm

The big blow that sliced through the city June 29 caused the city’s electrical to shell out some big dough in its wake.

The city’s electrical utility coffers will be...

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by Letters to the ... on Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 7:13pm

To The Editor:

This week Premier Clark blamed climate change for wildfire increase in BC. 

She wants to impose “stiffer penalties” for those who cause them.

Will this apply to her government, whose support of LNG projects will lead to increased fossil fuel extraction?

The scientific journal Nature said that fossil fuel...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 9:22am

They've got the beat, they've got the beat . . ..

Keep the Beat is back again for its nine season Saturday, August 8 at the Lakeside Rotary Park.

This student organized music/arts fundraiser for War Child Canada, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., boasts a wide selection of musical entertainment and dancing, this community event is sure to get your feet tapping and your fingers...

Sports Headlines

by Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Jul 24 2015

Every player on the Vancouver Whitecaps had to get their start somewhere.

And during a camp or two those rising stars probably experienced the opportunity into interact with a current roster player.

During this week’s Whitecaps FC Kootenay Soccer Camp, Tim Parker, a 6'2" up-and-coming defender with the parent club treated campers with visit Thursday at the Lakeside...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jul 23 2015

The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons were back on the water recently, blazing a trail during a meet held recently in Lethbridge.

The Alberta meet is one of many the Dragons will attend this season — others are in Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton. 

The paddling season stretches from April to September, with three teams.  There are two competitive teams which practice at 5:...

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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.

Regional News

Vehicle torched on Woodland Drive; fire ban still in effect

Vehicle torched on Woodland Drive; fire ban still in effect

Fire crews were called out at roughly 5:50 a.m. on Monday to deal with reports of black smoke emanating from the gravel pit on Woodland Drive, according to fire chief Gerry Rempel.

“We arrived to find a vehicle on fire,” he said, adding it was fully engulfed in flames. “We put it out in short order, but the vehicle was destroyed.”

He said the vehicle is a Jeep product – similar to a Jeep Liberty – and the fire in it seems to have been intentionally set.

UPDATED: Happy ending to scary missing person story

UPDATED: Happy ending to scary missing person story

The region gets to experience what RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr calls a “rare happy ending,” in a local missing persons case that went on for more than a week.

“It is with great pleasure the Trail & Greater District RCMP announce that the exhaustive investigation and search for missing person Gavin Ballard, aged 23 years, has ended on a positive note,” said Orr in a press release Sunday afternoon.

Provincial & National

Canadian Safe Boating Council urges boaters to boat safely this summer

Be smart on the Kootenay waterways this summer. You never know who could be watching.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is launching year three of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water” in an effort to curb drinking and boating on Canadian waterways — a practice that is being blamed for  approximately 40 percent of boating-related fatalities.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August BC Day holiday weekend on the horizon, CSBC wants to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating. 

International visitor numbers show positive growth

BC is attracting more international visitors. — Photo courtesy Destination British Columbia

British Columbia is showing strong growth in international overnight visitors with overall numbers up by an additional 34,785 visitors or 8.3% over May 2014, and year-to-date up by 103,993 visitors or 7.8% over the same period last year.

Statistics Canada figures show an increase in international overnight visitors across many important markets, an important indicator of tourism industry growth.