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Special avalanche warning UPDATED to include West Kootenay

The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for a widespread area of the province’s backcountry.

The warning includes the mountainous areas of the West Kootenay, the Cariboos, the North and South Columbias, the North and South Rockies, the Lizard Range, the Purcells, the South Coast Inland and Northwest Inland.

The warning is in effect from Friday February 24 through to Monday February 27.

UPDATE: RCMP release name of skier killed in avalanche on Meadow Mountain near Kaslo

RCMP has released the name of the skier killed during an avalanche on Meadow Mountain the morning of Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.

The deceased's name is Ilkka Saarinen.

The 50-year-old native of Janakkala, Finland, was skiing down a run when an avalanche buried him.

Guides quickly dug Saarinen out from under the avalanche, but despite quickly performing CPR could not revive the skier.

The fatality is the first for Selkirk Wilderness Skiing in more than three decades of operation.

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Nelson Arts Funding Made Simple

The deadline is March 5 for the CBTs two annual grant programs for artists (Photo: joel_laygan, Creative Commons, Flickr)

The two separate streams of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) funding for the arts are not immediately easy to understand. 

It can be hard to distinguish between them because they have the same application deadline of March 5 and because an artist or arts group could easily be eligible to apply for some aspects of both. (It’s not duplication but it could look that way at first glance.) Also, between them, just for Nelson, five organizations and local governments administer them. 

It's Official: Kootenay Co-op enters into contract to purchase Extra Foods building on Vernon Street

Customers enter the Extra Foods store on Vernon Street Monday that will soon be the home of the Kootenay Co-op.

by Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The worst kept secret in Nelson has finally been let out of the bag.

The Kootenay Co-op is moving into the building currently housing the Extra Foods grocery store at corner of Vernon and Baker Street.

The local cooperative has entered into a contract to purchase the building at 708 Vernon Street from the Howes Family Business.

Lights, camera action . . . movie Christmas Miracle starts filming in and around locations in Heritage City

Film crews began shooting the Canadian made Christmas Miracle movie Sunday. — Bruce Fuhr photos

by Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Heritage City is getting another taste of the motion picture industry as NGN productions began filming its latest project, Christmas Miracle, Sunday in and around the region.

“This is a Christmas movie about bunch of people who get stranded in a blizzard on Christmas Eve in a desolate part of the country a few miles outside of a small town,” Line and Executive Producer Tara Cowell-Plain told The Nelson Daily Sunday from the crew location in the parking lot of the Wholesale Club on the Nelson waterfront.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Rossland Courthouse

The Rossland Courthouse was evacuated Thursday afternoon after someone phoned in a bomb threat to the Crown Counsel Office in Nelson.

At approximately 2 p.m. an unknown male caller phoned the Crown Counsel Office and said there was a bomb at the courthouse. 

Court was in session in Rossland and it was quickly determined that the threat was directed at the Rossland Provincial Courthouse. 

The Trail RCMP Detachment was quickly notified and members immediately responded. 

First responders learn about Castlegar emergency ward closure on Facebook

Photo by Mike O'Connor

Tonight’s city council meeting will almost certainly see disgruntled residents and representatives, after Castlegar’s emergency ward was closed without notice Saturday.

People - even first responders - seeking medical care were met, at the hospital doors, with a sign that read, “Emerg dept closed for today (Sat Feb 4) Please head to Trail or Nelson Emerg Dept” (sic).

Castlegar fire chief Gerry Rempel, whose firefighters serve also as medical first responders in the community, said he was not notified of the closure.

"I found out about it on Facebook," he said.

Arts, culture and heritage grant writing workshops applications now being accepted

To assist those interested in applying for Arts, Culture and Heritage Program grants from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), Krista Patterson and Natasha Smith of the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) will present workshops on how to apply and what to expect from the application process.

CBT’s Arts, Culture and Heritage grants are managed and administered by CKCA.

Individuals of all artistic disciplines as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations residing in the Columbia Basin are invited to attend the workshops.

Nelson Novelist Cyndi Sand-Eveland Launches The Tinfoil Sky (Video)

"At the heart The Tinfoil Sky is 12-year-old Mel, for whom home is a constantly shifting concept as she and her mother cope with past and present demons. When custody is awarded to Mel’s bitter, angry grandmother, Mel hopes for sanctuary, but instead is left to find it herself. A growing friendship with a boy she meets in the library, and stories shared by a kindly shopkeeper offer Mel a glimmer of hope as she tries to understand her past and create the possibility of a future."-- Anne Degrace

Police investigation reveals male suffered an overdose of ecstasy outside Nelson club

The deadly drug ecstasy (MDMA) has been blamed to have caused the overdose of a 21-year-old male at midnight Friday outside the Hume Hotel’s Spirit Bar in Nelson.

Nelson Police received a call regarding a medical issue at midnight on January 27th at the Spirit Bar.

When police arrived the male was found unconscious directly outside the bar being tended to by friends.

B.C Ambulance was called and the male was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital.