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Missing Surrey teen found murdered, police seek witnesses

Missing Surrey teen found murdered, police seek witnesses

A missing Surrey teen has been discovered murdered, and police are seeking witnesses, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

Annual Mir Centre for Peace Series Takes On Important Issues

:Tibetan Buddhist scholar and artist Lama Losang Samten was the first visitor to the region that was part of the Mir Peace Cafés series. He spent a week in the Nelson area earlier this month and took part in a peace café at the United Church in Nelson where he spoke about his time working as an advisor on the Martin Scorsese movie Kundun.

Bringing important peace and social justice issues to the forefront in the region, the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace has embarked on a new season of lectures and peace cafés.

Since 2007, the Mir Lecture Series and Mir Peace Cafés have brought a diverse selection of local and international speakers to the West Kootenay-Boundary. Over the next few months that tradition will continue with seven events to mark in your calendar.

Cops find grow op on Crown land

Cops find grow op on Crown land

An illegal marijuana grow has been found and dismantled by police, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

Orr said that on Sept.17, police followed up on a tip and discovered 77 marijuana plants with a street value of roughly $10,000, in a remote location about a kilometre off the Rialto Forest Service Road (which is about 10km northwest of Castlegar).

"The plants were being watered by an automatic watering system which consisted of hosing which was run to the site from a nearby creek," he said. "A timer was being utilized to cycle the water as needed."

Nelson's Wayne Naka excited to take on challenge of 55-plus BC Games

Wayne Naka (far right), posing for a photo with volunteers from the Senior Games in Langley, is eager to get started as the new president of the 55-plus BC Games. — Submitted photo

Coaching in the Western Hockey League, Wayne Naka truly experienced the meaning of pressure.

Those skills were definitely an asset after the Nelson native left the rigors of Tier I hockey for a principal position in the Kootenay-Columbia School District 20.

However, the 59-year-old instructor will need to bottle up every bit of experience gained through his many years of coaching and teaching now that he’s been elected president of the BC Seniors Games Society.

Minister Bill Bennet comments on Columbia River Treaty 50th anniversary

Duncan Dam was one of three dams built as part of the Columbia River Treaty, which was ratified in 1964. — Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson

Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett issued the following statement today to mark the 50th anniversary of the Columbia River Treaty:

“On September 16, 1964, B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and United States President Lyndon B. Johnson met at the International Peace Arch Boundary at Blaine Washington and Surrey, B.C. and ratified the Columbia River Treaty.

“Today the Treaty is known throughout the world as one of the most successful models of trans-boundary water management.

City council takes Nelson Hydro to task about tree pruning and comes up with a new plan

Because of public dissatisfaction with Nelson Hydro’s tree pruning this year, some trees may be cut down because they are incompatible with power lines and replaced with shorter trees

Nelson City Council decided at a special regular meeting yesterday that it needs to find a different approach to the pruning of the city’s trees that grow under and around power lines. This came as a result of public complaints about tree pruning done this summer by a contractor working for Nelson Hydro.

For the remainder of this year’s pruning, the contractors will be informing households ahead of time about their plans—something they were supposed to be doing all along.

Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival Returns September 20th

Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival Returns September 20th

The Kootenay Rock Climbing Festival is pleased to announce that Australian mountaineering and climbing legend John Fantini will be guest speaking at the event. Fantini, who now resides in Penticton, BC, has innumerable first alpine and rock climbing ascents to his credit around the world and, at 71 years old, is still going strong, putting up hard new sport routes in Skaha Provincial Park.

GF man dies in crash near Kelowna

GF man dies in crash near Kelowna

A Grand Forks man, Jeffrey James McNeil (46), has been identified as the victim of a motorcycle accident near Kelowna, (Friday) September 12. 

McNeil, was riding southbound on Highway 33 near Kelowna when he lost control of his motorcycle. 

According to the BC Coroner's Service, emergency personnel responded and he was taken to Kelowna General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Local cop gets warm welcome home after Cops for Kids ride

Local cop gets warm welcome home after Cops for Kids ride

He spent all summer training and fundraising, and then another 11 days on the road cycling for local children.  Castlegar RCMP Const. Rob Gardner returned Sunday from their 10 day, 1,000-km cycling journey across South Eastern B.C.

Open fires remain banned within Southeast Fire Centre

To prevent human-caused wildfires, the open fire ban continues.

Southeast Fire Centre sent out a media release Monday saying the ban on open fires is continuing to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The Southeast Fire Centre said the prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

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