Stetski Brings All Levels of Government Together to Support Small Business

Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, is seen at the Invermere Small Business Forum with Mayor Gerry Taft in March. — Submitted photo

Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, is hosting a Small Business Forum in Nelson at the United Church Hall Wednesday (May 24th). 

“Small businesses are the drivers of our local economies.  They provide jobs which support our families and keep rural communities vibrant,” Stetski said. 

Nelson could see flooding if Kootenay Lake reaches 1754 feet

In 2012, the rise in Kootenay Lake near Nelson flooded the sports fields near the Streetcar Barn. — The Nelson Daily file photo

FortisBC is advising City of Nelson residents that Kootenay Lake levels are expected to reach 1752 feet by the end of May and that depending on weather conditions, levels could reach a height of 1754 feet.

The information, coming after BC Hydro officials said last week they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff, released by Nelson Fire Rescue Monday.

“The City wants to advise residents that if lake levels were to rise to 1754 feet Nelson would experience flooding that would meet or exceed that of 2012,” Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

Thousands flock to Kaslo May Days Celebrations

The heavyweights with the high-powered chainsaws captured center stage Sunday at the Kaslo Logger Sports Show during Kaslo May Days. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

For the first time in years sunshine dominated the Kaslo May Days Celebrations.

The change in the weather pattern saw the annual celebration draw record crowds during the weekend, with Sunday, thousands of people driving to the North Kootenay Village to see the Show 'n' Shine, Chainsaw carver Ryan Cook, Antique Steam Engine display, Logger Sports show, Slopitch Tournament, live music and many artisan craft and food tents.

Monday, the Kaslo May Day Parade was the feature attraction along with Maypole Dance.


Man remains in custody after smashing windows in downtown Nelson

A few windows were damaged in the downtown core after a man went on a rampage early Sunday morning. — Submitted photo

Nelson Police said a man in his mid-20's remains in custody following a window smashing spree through downtown Nelson early Sunday (May 21) morning.

NPD Sergeant Dino Falcone said police attended an alarm in downtown Nelson at approximately 5 a.m. after it was reported a window had been smashed.

Falcone said while officers were waiting for the property owner to arrive at the business, they witnessed a 25-year-old man pick up a sandwich board and throw it into another business window.

"Nelson Police quickly apprehended the male and arrested him for two counts of mischief under $5000," Falcone said.

Kratom Products Recalled: Serious Health Risks

The plant, Mitragyna Speciosa.  Photo by Uomo Vitruviano

Health Canada has announced that a company, Garnoff Botanicals, is voluntarily recalling unauthorized kratom products as they may pose serious health risks.

Haven't heard of kratom?  Don't feel bad -- you're not alone.  Kratom is the plant pictured above, or products derived from it.  What health risks does it pose?  Health Canada did  not specify the risks of the particular products being recalled in its announcement, but a Google search uncovers several known risks of kratom:

Bat encounters can put you at risk for rabies — Interior Health

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

Interior Health is advising the public of the importance of avoiding physical contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C.
IH said rabies is a very serious disease that affects the nervous system and is almost always fatal if not treated in time.

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

Legal ramifications shroud special report on medical cannabis

Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad told council it must ultimately abide by federal law in every decision, even though neighbouring communities pass medical cannabis legislation. — Screen Shot photo

In the wake of a special report on the local government role in the regulation of marijuana, the city's mayor was adamant Grand Forks will not be sanctioning what is still an illegal substance.

Mayor Frank Konrad told council during its committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday the city would not be enacting legislation for a substance that is still considered illegal, and put the corporation of the City of Grand Forks at risk for legal challenges in court.

Nelson Boxing Club hosts another Fight Card Saturday at Rod & Gun Club

There promises again to be plenty of action Saturday at the Rod & Gun Club. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Nelson Boxing Club is hosting another Fight Night Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.

Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club said there are 10 bouts on the card, with fighters coming from Cranbrook, Calgary, Revelstoke, Kelowna, Victoria and host Nelson.

Nelson fighters include Riel Martinez, Samson Berkeley, Elias Martinez, Brayden Hellekson, Kenny Stanton, Max Berkeley and Jesse Lyons.

Main event is Aram Matisyan of Calgary facing Clive Fagan of Kelowna's Thistletown Boxing Club.

Look to Kelowna for panhandling example, Nelson Chamber says

Kelowna’s bylaw to clean up the downtown has worked reasonably well, says that city’s communications manager.

Nelson’s Downtown Chamber of Commerce has asked City Council to take steps to address problems caused by street people in the city, saying they are hurting business and the city’s reputation.

In a letter to Council submitted during the May 12 at the Committee of the Whole meeting, Director Cal Renwick called on the city’s government to tackle the problems that are taking away from Nelson’s “clean, welcoming, interesting and unique downtown core”.

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