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Fuel mitigation gets underway near Mount Saint Francis

Spring cleaning has begun on the fringes of Nelson as the fire department continues to conduct their wildfire fuel mitigation program.

Using the talents of Debri Resources Ltd. — on property bordering the city near Svoboda Road, Mary Hall and Mountain Lakes Seniors’ facility — workers will be making the perimeter area of the city largely free and clear of woodland material that would be the most combustible in the advent of a forest fire infringing on the city’s borders.

Castlegar car bomb raises explosive issues

A car bomb that exploded in Ootischenia this morning has brought up a number of issues, not the least of which (of course) is “whodunit”.
 
Police say they don’t yet have any suspects in the bombing, which occurred in the 1300 block of Columbia Road at about 1 a.m.
 
“Castlegar RCMP officers responded, and located a 1992 car that was parked on the property,” said Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

The Royal throws wrench into council on outdoor cafés

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The possibility of permanent, year-round outdoor cafés in Nelson will be investigated as The Royal has pushed the City to come to some sort of consensus and develop policy — even though two such cafés already exist.

The night club on Baker Street has asked to operate a sidewalk café on the city’s main street, in exchange for scaling back the design of its seasonal patio and removing the boardwalk.

Canada needs an oil change

By Michael Jessen

It is made from the million year old remains of plants and animals and is a crucial resource to modern civilization.

It is used in products such as adhesives, cosmetics, detergents, fertilizers, medicines, paints, plastics, rubber, and synthetic fibres.

It is oil and goes by the euphemism of black gold, not just because it is indispensable to the current world economy but also for its ability to generate profits.

VIDEO: Atamanenko addresses public forum on CETA

On February 11, the Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians held a public forum on CETA, the latest trade agreement that the Canadian Government is negotiating with the European Union at Nelson United Church. Guest speakers were Peter Julian, the NDP International Trade Critic along with Alex Atamanenko, our local MP. A three part video of the event is now available, with part one posted to this story.

SD8 grapples with under-funding expected in coming budget

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Prepare for some belt tightening in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 for next year.

The superintendent of schools, Jeff Jones, said the current provincial grant the school district is looking at — on a preliminary basis — isn’t as “hopeful” for next year as it could be.

He pointed to an increase in student enrollment — the second straight for SD8 — as not being reflected in the $50-million budget the school district currently deals with.

Historic hotel destroyed by fire

Fire took the one of the oldest hotels in the Boundary region last night in Beaverdell. Witnesses say that the fire was noticed at about 2 a.m. and the intense heat took the building quickly.

Although there is speculation flying around the small community, the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Local residents in the north end of town experienced a loss of power during the blaze.

Sinixt file appeal on BC Supreme Court ruling

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

An appeal has been filed by the Sinixt Nation’s lawyer over the Feb. 25 BC Supreme Court ruling in Vancouver that dismissed their judicial review application.

David Aaron confirmed the Sinixt petitioners filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the British Columbia Court of Appeal, regarding application made by way of petition against the Province’s issuance of a timber sale licence on Perry Ridge.

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