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Guilty plea for manslaughter in Baker Street death

Miles Halverson pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday in BC Supreme Court.

In a surprise move Wednesday in BC Supreme Court, Miles Halverson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the June 2018 death of Matt Reeder.

Reeder, 45, was assaulted by Halverson on June 5, while sitting on the sidewalk outside Pharmasave in the 600 block of Baker Street in downtown Nelson.

Reeder was taken by ambulance to hospital but later died of injuries.

Halverson left the scene of the assault was but was later arrested by Nelson Police officers.

Halverson will be back in court on October 15th for sentencing.

Nelson Community invited to joinYouth Climate Strike Friday

Powered by Greta Thunberg of Sweden, students from Nelson continue to push for climate change through peaceful protest again Friday beginning in front of Nelson City Hall. — The Nelson Daily photo

Students, children, parents and everyone from the public is invited to the Climate Strike set to begin in front of City Hall in Nelson Friday, September 20 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The event is part of a massive coordinated strike from school to protest government and business inaction on climate change.

The Climate Strike, led by student climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, is likely to be one of the largest environmental protests in history more than 150 countries expected to participate.

Nelson Fire Rescue responds to kitchen fire at local residence

Damage to the house, estimated to be approximately $10,000, was confined to the kitchen with some smoke damage to rest of house. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

No one was severely injured following a kitchen fire at a Nelson residence Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release Wednesday.

Two on- duty members responded immediately to the call at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and were met by the occupant of the home who advised the stove top was on fire and it was spreading to the kitchen cabinets. Four additional members responded to the station from home.

“The initial crew set up for an offensive fire attack and made entry and extinguished the fire once additional members were on scene,” Nelson Fire Rescue said.

Climate Change Info Centralized Online

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There’s a new online source for people seeking easy-to-understand information on climate change specific to communities throughout the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions. The Columbia Basin Climate Source website—basinclimatesource.ca— was initiated by Columbia Basin Trust and developed by Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre.

Southeast Fire Centre Open Burning Prohibitions Amended

Effective Tuesday, Sept. 10 open burning prohibitions within the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction will be amended.

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions within the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction will be amended, due to a decreased wildfire risk.

A map of the affected areas is available online.

Category 2 open burning:

Column: Our biodiversity crisis -- connecting the dots

Photo by Karolis Puidokas, via Unsplash

The polar bear has become the poster child for climate change impacts in the Arctic. Sea ice, which the bears depend on for hunting, is melting at an ever-expanding rate.

For other species, climate impacts are not as direct. The 2019 State of Canada’s Birds report found aerial insectivores like swifts, swallows and nightjars have declined by 59 per cent since 1970. The report cites climate change as one of several threats, as severe weather limits insect availability.

Mounties Ride for Kids stops in Nelson

The ride was a little wet for the more than 30 cyclists heading into Nelson Monday in this years Cops for Kids Ride. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Even a little rain . . . okay, a lot, couldn’t dampen the spirits of those on bikes during the annual Cops for Kids Ride presented by the Kelowna Foundation for Hope and Social Innovation.

More than 30 cyclists and support staff overcame severe rain during the ride from Castlegar to Nelson Monday, just one of the stages of the Cops for Kids ride that began Friday in Kelowna.

“Part of the ride is getting the opportunity to actually meet with the families that we’ve helped with funding ,” said BC Deputy Sheriff Mike Kosof of Nelson.

Artists - enter by the end of September!

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The Rossland Council for Arts & Culture (RCAC) will be presenting a juried visual art exhibition entitled Life in the Kootenays, and the deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019.

Submissions to Life in the Kootenays  exhibition should be an artist’s representation of living and working in the Kootenays. The juried exhibition will be taking place at the Miners’ Hall October 25th to 27th, 2019.

It is open to visual artists of all ages currently residing in the West Kootenay region.

Greening Up — Following David Suzuki

We must start paying attention to the flashing warning signs in the Arctic, Greenland, Antarctica, and the Amazon.

“The future doesn't exist. The only thing that exists is now and our memory of what happened in the past. But because we invented the idea of a future, we're the only animal that realized we can affect the future by what we do today.”  – David Suzuki

While attending high school in the early 1960s, I lived in Kitsilano – the now upmarket Vancouver neighbourhood named after Squamish Chief August Jack Khatsahlano.

Mark your calendars for Pass Creek Fall Fair on Sept. 21 and 22

Get read for the 26 Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair  - Sept. 21 and 22, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds - Relkoff Road, Robson, B.C.

The objective of the B.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions is to educate the public about the importance of agriculture, where their food comes from and the value agriculture adds to the economy of British Columbia.

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