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It starts today: distracted drivers targeted by RCMP

Traffic services units throughout the West Kootenay will join other traffic units across the province as they focus on distracted drivers throughout the month of February. 

Despite the new legislation banning the use of cell phones and other handheld electronic devices while driving, police have noticed more drivers taking chances, talking and texting while driving.

Jumbo decision still tied up in consultation with First Nations

Photo courtesy Jumbo Glacier Resort.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The Ktunaxa question is still tying up the proposal approval process for Jumbo Glacier Resort as the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations “is currently concluding consultation” with the First Nation, says an NRO public affairs officer.

Sinixt answer could come forth in February

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The ultimate question of whether the Sinixt Nation exists or not will be one of the main side issues answered in BC Supreme Court when their court case to prevent logging on Perry Ridge resumes in Vancouver next month.

Arguments are still in process but have been adjourned this week until Feb. 3 as the Sinixt contend the Crown failed to do its duty to consult them in the course of issuing Timber Sale Licence A80073 to Sunshine Logging, said their lawyer, David Aaron.

ATAMANENKO: A year in review, part two

This past year, my staff and I had the privilege of assisting constituents faced with federal bureaucratic problems – unfair treatment, misinterpretations or just plain despair at not seeing any hope in their particular plight. 

For the most part, I find the federal public service is exceptionally professional, knowledgeable and helpful, and should not be held responsible for the federal government cutbacks that have stretched their resources, time and services. 

NDCU throws in support for a disc golf course

The Nelson Disc Golf Society (NDGS) received some major financial support from the Nelson District Credit Union to install a proposed disc golf course (also known as Frisbee golf) in uphill Nelson.

NDGS, a group of over 40 disc golf enthusiasts/volunteers, is currently waiting for feedback regarding a November presentation they made to Nelson City Council, where they proposed to fund, install, and maintain a disc golf course in zoned parkland between the Salmo-Troup Rail Trail and the Nelson Municipal Cemetery.

Author and naturalist Jack Nisbet explores West Kootenay

The Douglas fir is one of the most recognizable and common trees in the Pacific Northwest, but do you know who it’s named after? Spokane-based naturalist and author, Jack Nisbet, does!

Selkirk College Library, the Schools of University Arts and Sciences and Renewable Resources and Touchstones Nelson - Museum of Art and History are proud to present writer, historian, teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet. Nisbet will be visiting the area to talk about his newest book, The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest.

Jumbo Wild rally planned

Photo courtesy the West Kootenay EcoSociety

The West Kootenay EcoSociety will be hosting a Jumbo Wild rally Feb. 5 at Central School as they send a message to the Provincial government that West Kootenay residents want grizzlies, not gondolas in the Purcell Mountains.

A decision is expected from the Provincial Government in early spring, so now is a critical time to make your voice heard, says the Society.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact West Kootenay EcoSociety

Crown reverses “banishment” sentence on Nelson man

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Eighteen hours before a Nelson man was to leave the city for 18 months on a court-imposed banishment order his sentence was overturned by the same court.

Mikael Arrak, 26, was convicted of criminal harassment and ordered by a judge in Nelson Monday to leave the city, his mother Annely Arrak told The Nelson Daily.

But two days after delivering the sentence Judge Ronald Fabbro dissolved the order after hearing from Arrak's family and support workers in court late Wednesday.

Crown to reassess “banishment” sentence on Nelson man

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

A Nelson man who was banished from the city for 18 months after he was convicted of harassment was back in court today.

Michael Arrak, 26, was convicted of criminal harassment and ordered by a judge in Nelson Monday to leave the city, his mother told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.

However, Annely said the Crown had called her one day before Michael was required to leave the city and scheduled a “reassessment” of the situation.

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