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Rossland recognized as small business-friendly community

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Rossland was one of six B.C. communities recently recognized as a local government that goes out of their way to champion the growth of small business.

“B.C.’s Most Small Business Friendly Community” award was handed out last week to Rossland — and Surrey, Kamloops, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert and Quesnel — by Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger at a ceremony during the Union of British Columbia Municipalities week-long convention.

Rossland and other communities were selected based on demonstration of the following criteria:

Recycling changes to begin as industry assumes 'end-of-life' management

For a society drowning under a deluge of packaging and printed material, help is on the way.

With the province announcing this year it will require industry and manufacturing to become responsible by 2014 for the materials they produce in packaging their goods, the first step in that journey begins Oct. 14 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) in Nelson.

Canada and the art of war

Selkirk College’s Mir Lecture Series and Columbia Basin Trust present John Siebert of Project Ploughshares, Wednesday Oct. 12 at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. 

Founded in 1976, Project Ploughshares is the ecumenical peace centre of the Canadian Council of Churches and is committed to “breaking the cycle of war.”

Siebert shares this belief and speaks about Canada’s military role in our world today, and his vision for Canada in acting as a leader in breaking the cycle of war.

DeGrace launches fourth novel

Anne DeGrace — Tam Forde photo.

Encompassing more than a century and covering the country from sea to sea, Nelson author Anne DeGrace’s new novel was an ambitious project.

DeGrace launches Flying with Amelia (McArthur & Co) at the Nelson Public Library on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm.

Volunteers welcome to help pick food for the food bank

In an effort to lessen the delicious options for food-seeking bears, volunteers are getting ready for the first annual food drive at Christina Lake. On Saturday, Oct. 1 volunteers will get together to pick fruit and vegetables at homes whose owners may not be able to harvest everything they have. The harvest will be distributed to the home owners, the food bank, and volunteers.
“We’re hoping to turn this into an annual event,” said Doreen McCrindle, volunteer organizer. “There really are no losers in this case.

Police applaud life-saving river rescue by Robson residents

Police are saying the ”heroic” efforts of local Good Samaritans are the reason a 62-year-old Castlegar woman is alive today, after a dramatic car crash and river rescue in Robson last Sunday.

“On Sept. 25, at (about) 10:30 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a single vehicle roll-over on Broadwater Road at Horcoff Road in Robson,” said Cpl. Dan Pollock. 

Noise bylaw update could target 'performance' mufflers with fine

When you are talking noise in Nelson, you had better be careful.

The City has updated a 28-year-old Noise Control Bylaw (No. 2026), laying out new provisions for what is considered too much noise, and where.

Although Nelson had already had a bylaw dealing with noise, said Coun. Deb Kozak, it had to be updated to integrate it into the new adjudication system that will come into effect within the next few months.

The itsy bitsy spider goes up the Motherlode Chair: Arachnology reaches the peak of Granite

Dr. Robb Bennett checks out an eight-legged friend at the edge of the microwave cliffs.

 Three dusty, sun-beaten spider scientists turned up on my doorstep on a hot September morning eager to explore a new frontier in entomology: they were headed to the top of Granite Mountain to seek high altitude tarantulas, trapdoor spiders, and endemic rarities — albeit the size of lentils — like "Microhexura" and "Cybaeus," and I was invited along.

Lifestyle lures legion of people to Nelson in last year: New Resident Survey

Della Schafer photo.

A lifestyle change was the biggest factor in the arrival of 559 new people to Nelson last year, according to the New Resident Survey released by Community Futures of Central Kootenay.

Of the 238 responses to the annual Nelson Welcome Wagon survey — which concluded its data collection May 31 — 140 people cited a “lifestyle change” as the reason for the move to Nelson.

Cranbrook to cull urban deer

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Cranbrook will be the first city in B.C. to be allowed to cull its urban deer, the CBC’s Bob Keating reports.

The province will allow the City to deal with its problem deer as they have been attacking pets and even people.

Cranbrook will model its deer cull after what city officials did in Helena, Mont.