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Don’t move a mussel

Invasive zebra mussels clogging pipe — C. Czarnecki photo, Michigan Sea Grant,

Imagine your boat so covered in mussels that you must scrape it off every time you want to use it.

Imagine native species like trout disappearing from your favourite lake.

Imagine intake pipes so clogged that water no longer flows to your house.

These issues are real in many parts of North America already. The culprit? Invasive mussels.

Hundreds of SARS family members flock to Nelson to honour Sheliah Sweatman

A picture of Sheliah Sweatman, along with amazing artwork painted by the Ymir resident, graced the stage during Saturday's memorial service at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Rescue members from Golden to Grand Forks and Smithers to Seattle, Wash., flocked to Nelson Saturday to pay tribute during a memorial service for Ymir resident Sheliah Sweatman.

Sweatman, a member with the Nelson Search and Rescue, died in late June after being swept down the Goat River near Creston while members of a swift water rescue team attended the scene of a submerged vehicle.

Council announces rest of transit cuts as it looks to streamline service

A total of five cuts will be made to transit service in Nelson, with the first coming into effect Aug. 1 with the elimination of Sunday service.

Council voted in late June in favour of slicing and dicing the Sunday offering in order to save $31,000 out of the City’s annual budget for transit.

The City will also cut service to Perrier Road, Crease and Richards streets, no “overload’ runs to the Waldorf School and will reduce its summer service.

Trafalgar places second in BC's Year of Science celebration

Science has become part of the culture of Trafalgar Middle School.

The school placed second in the province with 34.25 per cent student participation in the regional science fair, behind only Fort St. John’s Duncan Cran Elementary (60 per cent).

Each school will win their choice of a fully loaded laptop computer or an audio sound system with iPod docking station.

43 grads receive $2,000 CBT awards for exemplary community service

Volunteer service won out over academic standing as the Columbia Basin Trust handed out scholarships to 43 high school graduates from the region, including three students from Nelson.

The graduates were recently presented with $2,000 scholarships at the 2011 Youth Community Service Awards toward their first year of post-secondary education or training.

School's out: KAST science project winners

From video game design and digital music, to bio-engineering, business and dentistry; Kootenay and Boundary communities can expect some amazing future achievements from the 2011 grads.

The Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) recognized the region’s talented tech and science students.

Five students from School District No. 8 were recent recipients of scholarships from Kootenay Association for Science and Technology.

Marking a black day in Nelson newspaper history

One year ago today the voice of 109 years of history in Nelson was silenced.

Bought by its competitor Black Press — which owns the Nelson Star — a few weeks earlier, the Nelson Daily News had a colourful and tumultuous path to its too-soon demise.

Although its financial history eventually became its undoing, a river of type about its people contained in 109 years of daily print were the real story.

New chair selected for Rural Development Institute as Penfold retires

Terri MacDonald (PhD) has been selected as the new B.C. Regional Innovation chair in rural economic development - Carrie Voysey photo.

As information and applied research continue to play an increasingly important role in West Kootenay society, it was imperative that Selkirk College replace George Penfold when he retired as  Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development.

Terri MacDonald (PhD) has been selected as the new B.C. Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development (RIC) and the Lead Researcher of the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI).

An idiosyncratic, multi-lingual journey through 300 years of vocal music and a homecoming of sorts

One of Nelson's own is coming back, at least for one night.

Kevin Armstrong will make his much-anticipated return to Nelson at Bogustown
Town Pub on Friday, July 22. 

Armstrong is on tour across Canada to prepare his show Opera for
for its premiere at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. A versatile and unorthodox performer, Armstrong has forged a career both in Canada and Europe, performing everything from traditional opera and musical theatre, to one-man-shows where he pairs his four-octave vocal range with his skills as a guitarist.