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Selkirk College students launch campaign to mobilize youth vote

The main entrance at Selkirk College in Castlegar was a beehive of activity as students signed up in the Students Are Voting provincial campaign. —Submitted photo

The pending provincial election in BC has college students taking a firm interest in who will form the next government.

Selkirk College students are part of the movement, joining the Students Are Voting provincial campaign.

This initiative, being implemented on campuses, including Selkirk College, across the province, aims to educate and empower youth to get to the polls May 9.

Alcohol proves to be common factor in NPD calls

There were a few windows smashed in the downtown core this past week in Nelson. — Submitted photo

A spike in impaired drivers has Nelson Police reminding the public of the dangers of drinking and driving.

This comes after the department noticed an increase in impaired driving by both alcohol and drug in recent days causing some individuals to have their vehicles seized and driver’s licenses suspended. 

“The Nelson Police Department would like to remind those individuals partaking in activities involving alcohol to ensure they have a safe method of transportation home,” said NPD Sergeant Cory Hoy in media release Saturday.

RDCK Boards adopts 2017—2021 Financial Plan

 Total taxation for the District is approximately $25.7 million.

Regional District of Central Kootenay Board adopted its 2017—2021 Financial Plan Friday with the total taxation for the district checking in at approximately $25.7 million

In a media release the RDCK said taxation in the General Administration service will not change from 2016.

However, the release said Rural Administration service would increase by 28%, which translates into an extra $9 on a $300,000 home.

The increase is due to the hirig of a part-time bylaw officer and the expansion of the RDCK FireSmart program.

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

Be aware:  if anyone phones you and asks for funds for a Search and Rescue group, it's a scam.  " We cannot state clearly enough, not one of the 80 recognized SAR groups in British Columbia, ask for donations by phone.  And neither do any of the recognized air or marine search and rescue groups in BC.  Simply put, if you receive a phone call asking you to donate to search and rescue, it is not us," says a news release from the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), an umbrella group representing the volunteer ground search and rescue groups in BC recognized by Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

Red and Black Jack excelled at Slopes For Hope fundraising

Photo by Lawrence Wright

The Rossland version of the Mount Everest challenge, hosted at Red Mountain Ski Resort and Black Jack Ski Club Feb. 19, exceeded its $25,000 goal with a whopping $36,500 contributed to the total -- over $100,000 -- raised for the Canadian Cancer Society by the six participating locations across the province.

Nelson Hydro power outage Monday for parts of Carbonate, Stanley, Mill and Silca Streets

The latest power outage by Nelson Hydro is Monday in the lower Uphill area. — Nelson Hydro Graphic

Nelson Hydro is advising customers in the in lower Uphill of a planned power outage for Monday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The outage is for system maintenance.

The streets affected include 300 Block of Carbonate Street, the west side of the 700-800 Block of Stanley Street and parts of 300 Blocks of Mill and Silca Streets in Nelson.

Nelson Hydro regrets any inconvenience this outage may cause to customers.

For more information customers can contact 1-877-324-9376.

City will look to increase property taxes on top of BC Assessment increased assessment

Review and analysis of the 2017 completed assessment roll indicates that the assessed value of residential properties in Grand Forks has increased an average of 4.08 per cent due to market changes.

Grand Forks taxpayers are getting hit with a double whammy this year.

City council is considering a 3.5 per cent increase for property taxes — to be voted on in earnest March 27 — in addition to a 4.8 per cent increase in property values from B.C. Assessment.

Council voted on an increase of 3.5 per cent — $125,062 — on top of the previously proposed $3,573,211, for total property tax revenues of $3,698,273. But it did not come without much debate, and the motion was not unanimous.

Cash crunch created by city’s new cannabis regulations puts second dispensary in jeopardy

Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club’s (NCCC) manager Phillip McMillan said these bylaws restrict so much of what we can do in this city. — Creative Commons photo

A second medical cannabis dispensary is reeling from the city’s recent decision to set the business licence fees and regulations high in order to recover its costs.

The Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club’s (NCCC) manager Phillip McMillan has taken to Facebook to alert people to the fact the long-serving business needs to raise $5,750 by the end of the month in order to stay open.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

Snowfall Alert for Highway 3 Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada is calling for between 10-15 cms for Kootenay Pass Saturday. — DriveBC photo

Anyone planning to travel highway passes in the Kootenay/Boundary region has better be prepared for winter driving.

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Alert for Highway 3 from Christina Lake to Creston, including the Paulson and Kootenay Pass highways.

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