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Nelson firefighters perform rope rescue near Mountain Lake Seniors Home

Nelson Fire Rescue firefighters carry the injured woman to safety following a fall down a steep bank Thursday afternoon near Mountain Lakes. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

Nelson Fire Rescue was called to perform a rope rescue near Mountain Lake Seniors Home on 11th Street in Fairview after an elderly woman fell down a steep bank Thursday afternoon.

Assistant Chief Michael Daloise said in a media release dispatch was contacted shortly after 2 p.m. that a woman had fallen approximately 40 feet down a bank.

Street Outreach pilot program reaches out to council in first report

One Nelson City councilor had hoped for Outreach pilot project would have dealt more of the problems happening in the downtown core.

Although the initial work of the Downtown Nelson Street Outreach pilot project has been deemed an unqualified success, the aim of the project from a council perspective has not hit the mark yet, says one city councilor.

Michael Dailly told the project’s manager, Lynda Dechief, that the point of the Street Outreach project was to deal with aggressive panhandling, yet there are still problems such as some people affecting and impeding downtown businesses and people smoking in no smoking areas, to name a few, he said.

'I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year' budget

Liberal Finance Minister Michael de Jong was throwing a bit of money at anything political Tuesday in his recent budget.

If last year's provincial budget could be described as petty, after Finance minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities, only to claw must of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program, this year's budget could best be described as petulant.

This is de Jong's “I don't want to, but I will because it's an election year” budget.

Boater wants more than study on Taghum-Blewett boat launch

 The Fisherman Pit boat launch was the last spot the public could access Kootenay River near Taghum-Blewett. But that was three summers ago when Teck closed the area and still no boat launch. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Local boaters are wondering if doubling the amount of money to study a new location for a boat launch on the Kootenay River is actually going to result in anything getting done.

The Regional District of the Central Kootenay’s board voted last week to spend $20,000 for a study into the feasibility and location of a new boat launch on the river near Taghum.

 “For safety and to help preserve a way a life, the area needs one,” says Ramona Faust, the director for Area E. “This is a necessary thing.”

Nursing students' Rice and Bean Dinner Friday to showcase Guatemalan efforts

Back row:  Left to right – Katy Camilleri, Shannon McRory, Paige Cook, Maia Kilby, Dustin Portz                Front row:  Left to right – Mary Ann Morris (Instructor), Chandrima Lavoie, Ali Munro, Hannah Bilodeau.

Friday night will give residents an opportunity to eat a fabulous meal, help in an excellent cause, and enjoy fascinating stories of our own young people working in a vastly different culture – in short, it's once again time for the Selkirk nursing students' Rice and Beans Dinner.

Local Police Promote Bully Free Environment

Members of Nelson Police Department and RCMP are all in on Pink Shirt Day. From left, RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor, NPD Cst. Brian Weber, NPD Cst. Lisa Schmidtke and NPD Chief Constable Paul Burkart. — Submitted photo

Pink Shirt Day, organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, began in 2007 when the pair bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after boy in Grade 9, Jadrien Cota was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school.

MLA Mungall disappointed by Christy Clark’s 'Forget Everything' budget

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said Chrisy Clark made life worse for families.

It's 10 weeks until the next BC Election in May, and the NDP believe they've been handed a gift to use against the Liberals after Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled a balanced budget Tuesday in the BC legislature.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said the opposition party has dubbed Tuesday's financial plan as Christy Clark’s “Forget Everything” budget.

“These are shaky election promises not economic policies,” said Mungall in a media release Wednesday.

CBT puts new economic development plan into action

(From left) Local entrepreneur Brian Fry discusses his plan for an innovation centre with Columbia Basin Trust’s Tim O’Doherty, Senior Manager, Investments, and Jon Exley, Manager, Assessment and Development.

Columbia Basin Trust has a vision for economic growth and is putting a new plan into action. The Trust is purchasing a commercial building in the Waneta Industrial Park near Trail and working with a local tech industry entrepreneur to fill the facility with new jobs and new opportunities in what it sees as a model for future projects.

Column: The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Column:  The Mind-Blowing Monarch and Minister McKenna

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had her mind blown recently. Remarkably, it had nothing to do with the political gong show south of the border. McKenna was visiting the hilltop monarch butterfly reserves in rural Mexico. There she saw millions of monarchs clinging to oyamel fir trees in mind-bogglingly dense clusters, surprisingly well-camouflaged for such colourful critters. She then wrote a heartfelt article calling on people in Canada to act before monarchs go the way of passenger pigeons and buffalo.

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

COLUMN: Canadians at odds with our government on Israel?

As the future of Israeli Jews and Palestinians spirals down into an inevitable and inexorable apartheid struggle, Canadians are being denied their fundamental right in a democracy. That is the right to an honest and frank debate about one of the most important issues faced by the international community -- the ongoing illegal occupation of Palestinian land and the brutal suppression of Palestinian human rights.

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