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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.

Make A Change Canada hosts Montreal Canadiens Alumni charity hockey game

Make A Change Canada is hosting the charity hockey game on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

West Kootenay hockey fans will get a chance to capture some of the magic that comes along with Canada’s most storied hockey franchises when the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team touches down in Nelson this winter.

Make A Change Canada is hosting the charity hockey game on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Nelson and District Community Complex where some of the legends of the Montreal Canadiens’ past will take the ice against a team that features local hockey heroes and supporters.

Everyone loves Kootenay Pride Parade

Dancers filled the flatbed trailer during the annual Kootenay Pride Parade Sunday afternoon on Baker Street. — The Nelson Daily photos

The Nelson downtown was buzzing with excitement Sunday afternoon as spectators lined Baker Street to witness in person the annual Kootenay Pride Parade.

The parade was part of a week of celebrations by the local LGBTQ community.

Baker Street was lined with people waving rainbow flags as the parade snaked through the downtown core, starting at the former Central School parking lot before proceeding down Stanley Street, onto Victoria Street and then to 300 Baker Street.

BCGEU picket line at Balfour Terminal shuts down Kootenay Lake Ferry

Kootenay Lake Ferry workers stand in solidarity on the picket line Sunday at the Balfour Terminal.— The Nelson Daily photo

Members of the BC Government & Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) were on the picket lines Sunday in Balfour as part of a weekend strike that shutdown the Kootenay Lake ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay.

Ferry workers walked the picket line in front of the entrance ramp, shutting down the MV Osprey and MV Balfour to routine travel during the Labour Day long weekend.

DriveBC listed on its website the ferry will be out of service through Monday, September 2, with the alternate route now listed as Highway 3 Kootenay Pass.

Missing Rossland hiker found deceased on Gimli Mountain

Kaslo Search and Rescue Team who worked throughout the evening with several personnel and search dogs in an attempt to locate the missing man.

A Rossland man was reported overdue when he failed to return on Monday, August 26, from a solo hike on Gimli Mountain.  He was located deceased the following day.

The 28-year-old Rossland man who is described as an experienced hiker, departed alone for a hike at Gimli Mountain west of Slocan Lake on the morning of August 26th.  He was supposed to return by 7 p.m. but never contacted his friends, who subsequently filed a missing person report to South Slocan RCMP.