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RDCK fire chiefs looking for standardized appointments

Fire Chiefs have an important job when a fire breaks out like the one at Taghum in April. The RDCK wants to make sure the right person is leading the crew. — Bruce Fuhr file photo

Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) fire chiefs are reevaluating the practice of lifetime and elected fire chief postings.

About six months ago the Central Kootenay Fire Chiefs Association (CKFCA), which includes the 18 volunteer fire chiefs from this district who oversee 330 volunteer firefighters and 18 firehalls, asked the RDCK to develop a new policy concerning how a fire chief gets the job.

In most fire departments across the province, the election of a fire chief has long been eradicated.

OP/ED: Groom-ing your honey for a summertime surprise

'Tis the season for weddings, and I have two friends getting ready to walk down the aisle this summer. It is so much fun….the preparing, the planning, and the decorating. But it is also so much work.

The decision-making; the color-scheming; the guest list ...

On top of all that, you need to make all of these decisions with another person - that's a whole lot of compromising. Of course, my two friends are terribly excited, but they are also stressed out of their trees.

Chambers of commerce/businesses throw support behind Castlegar's WestJet bid

Four area chambers of commerce have offered regional airport representatives their endorsement in a bid to encourage WestJet to come to the Kootenays – meanwhile the Castlegar chamber is being flooded with letters of support from local businesses.

Just last week, WestJet invited members of the West Kootenay Regional Airport Advisory Committee (including Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and Nelson Mayor John Dooley) to WestJet’s Calgary campus at the end of this month to offer a presentation detailing the merits of WestJet service in the region.

Nelson Council Debates Legalization of Pot

Mayor John Dooley made an impassioned and sometimes inflammatory refusal to support the legalization of marijuana at Monday’s council meeting, in a wide-ranging debate that touched on law, morality, science, and politics. This article contains a full transcript of the discussion.

Nelson City Council, normally quite an amiable group, descended into a tense stalemate Monday during a long discussion about the legalization and regulation of marijuana. The discussion included some acrimonious exchanges between Mayor John Dooley and Councillor Donna Macdonald.  

Council was debating a motion that, if passed, would have had the mayor sign a letter in support of legalization. Mayor Dooley said he would refuse to sign such a letter even if a majority of council were to vote for it. 

Broadband: creating opportunity in our local rural lifestyle communities

There is a discussion brewing in many of our communities right now about the opportunity to access broadband. If your community is in the Columbia Basin catchment area like my home town of Rossland the conversation is likely taking place for you as well.

The Columbia Basin Trusts subsidiary Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation is offering an amazing opportunity to our communities by supporting the introduction of broadband infrastructure. Technicalities aside (and to be addressed in future articles) the potential for this level of service can put our communities on the map.

Mount Sentinel grad Shawn Hook (Hlookoff) does his best to help rescue gutted music program at alma mater

Shawn Hook poses for photos with a few fans following a jam session Friday at Mount Sentinel High School gymnasium. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Shawn Hlookoff, AKA, Shawn Hook, has come a long way since his trombone days in Rick Lingard’s band class at Mount Sentinel or his time on the volleyball or basketball courts inside the school gymnasium playing for one of the Wildcats varsity teams.

Oh, and did we mention that Shawn Hook, let’s go with the stage name, owns a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for balancing on a ball — Hook managed to stand on a exercise ball for 3 hours, 16 minutes for those people needing to pursue a goal in life.

Man suffers bear attack while lounging in hot tub

A Coquitlam man was taken to hospital after being attacked by a bear yesterday, according to police S/Sgt. Steve LeClair.
 
"On June 3 at 2:56 pm, Whistler RCMP were notified of a bear attack that occurred in the 4800 block of Casabella Crescent in Whistler," said LeClair. "A 55-year-old Coquitlam male was relaxing in a backyard hot tub with his back to the forest.
 
"He felt a heavy blow to the back of his head which propelled him forward in the hot tub. He turned around and found himself face-to-face with a black bear.

Large crowd of supporters force Forest Minister to make alternate plans Saturday in Kaslo

Edith Mauer, 98, was honoured for her long involvement in the Jumbo Wild! Campaign Saturday in Kaslo. — Photo courtesy Doug Pyper Photographics

The threat of more than 300 supporters of Jumbo Wild! was too much for Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thompson and his Deputy Minister to handle according to West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild organizers.

The two government officials were scheduled to be in the North Kootenay City for the BC Community Forest Association’s annual general meeting Saturday, May 26, in Kaslo.

However, large crowd of Jumbo Wild! supporters may have forced alternate plans after the pair were invited to speak on Saturday evening.

Community Group Puts Finishing Touches on Movie Theatre Proposal

May 31 is the deadline for proposals to Nelson City Council for the use of the Civic Theatre

 

As the May 31 deadline approaches for the submission of proposals for the use of the Civic Theatre, one group has made no secret of its plans. It’s been putting out surveys, holding public meetings, and talking to the media.

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