Shambhala Music Festival: Before and After

Shambhala Music Festival is definitely a good time to be had by all, but organizers have security systems in place for a festival that draws some 10,000 electronic music lovers. — Photo courtesy Shambhala Music Festival

As excitement and numbers build for the 17th Shambhala Music Festival August 8-11 at a ranch outside Salmo, concerns over the security and safety of festivalgoers heighten in light of the recent death at the Pemberton Music Festival.

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, but the tragedy underscores the risks of bringing huge numbers of people together, who are partying for days with little sleep and often using drugs and alcohol.

Hold your breath - Kootenay Festival is just two days away!

Last year's young artistry - photo courtesy Colin Payne.

The count down is ON – the Kootenay Festival is just two days away!

What began as just a nifty committee idea has become a firmly-established Kootenay tradition, according to volunteer Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff.

“People know about us now, and we have groups and vendors approaching us to participate,” she said, adding roughly 2,500 people attended last year, and they expect significantly more this weekend.

Last night's $75,000 BC649 winning ticket purchased in Castlegar

Last night's $75,000 BC649 winning ticket purchased in Castlegar

Someone either in Castlegar or having visited here is about to find out they're $75,000 richer after last night's BC649 draw, according to BC Lotteries Corporation communications officer Aly Couch.

"They have not yet come forward to claim it yet, but we can certainly let you know when they do," she said.

She said they can't say where the ticket was purchased, as that's part of teh confirmation process in insuring the have the correct ticket holder.

The winner got five out of the six numbers plus the bonus.

Human remains found near Nelson

Human remains found near Nelson

Police believe they know the identity of human remains found near Nelson, but won't be releasing any names until positive ID is confirmed and next of kin is notified, according to RCMP Const. Colleen Lowing.

"On July 23, Nelson RCMP were advised of some human remains in the forested area between Bealby Point Road and the Rails to Trails near Red Sands Beach on the edge of Nelson," Lowing said.

City of Nelson’s Stores to Shores program takes next summer step

Meters on some of the blocks of the Victoria and Vernon Streets were increased to four-hour limits to help the public shop, dine and wander through the downtown and waterfront more leisurely.

Shoppers will be happy to know the City of Nelson has installed longer parking zones to provide visitors option of parking their vehicle for an extended period of time as part of Nelson City Council’s on-going efforts to implement the key public recommendations from the Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan (SWDMP).

MarketFest July set to take over Baker Street Friday

Dancing is just one of the many things MarketFest goers enjoy. — Photo courtesy West Kootenay EcoSociety

Eager to purchase fresh produce, trinkets or just have some fun on a Friday night?

Then head down to the west end of Baker Street Friday for July MarketFest.

The gala event is back again on the 200 and 300 Blocks of Baker Street Friay (July 25) from 6-10:30 p.m.

This is a rain or shine event (but it appears Mother Nature is turning the skies back to sushine) will have music and fun filling the streets.

This MarketFest musical line-up is power packed with luminaries such as Adham Shaikh, Cam Penner, Ms. Erica Dee, Rhoneil and more.

It's official - Selkirk Aviation program lost to Castlegar

It's official - Selkirk Aviation program lost to Castlegar

After spending several months attempting to find a fiscally sustainable way to deliver the Professional Aviation Program into the future, Selkirk College has made the difficult decision to cancel the program.

Suspended earlier this year due to low enrolment and financial pressures, college administration recommended to the Selkirk College Board of Governors that cancelling the program was the best option. At a meeting on Tuesday night, the board voted to accept the administration’s recommendation.

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

LETTER: MP Albas responds to critical letter and comments

(Ed. Note: This is in response to an earlier letter you can read by clicking here).

Dear Editor,

It is with much regret I feel compelled to respond to the letter from potential Liberal Party of Canada candidate Connie Denesiuk to your publication. Why reluctantly? From my experience citizens are tired of public office holders and those aspiring to be public office holders engaging in negative personal attacks and public spats. Such actions are indicative of old school partisan politics of the worst kind and it saddens me to respond to them.

Why respond at all? Unfortunately many of the claims stated by Connie Denesiuk are false and patently untrue and as such, are deserving of response.

Police redefine dog days of summer by asking for public help

Police redefine dog days of summer by asking for public help

It's an odd dillema. Police want very badly to get your calls, if an animal is in distress.

They care, and they want to help where they can.

But there is a common sense denominator that doesn't seem to apply.

If the air conditioning is on, the dog is more comfortable than you, as you stand outside looking at him. Not all dogs in cars are struggling.

This is a time where common sense is the end game.

LETTER: Reader learns of tragic loss on Facebook

LETTER: Reader learns of tragic loss on Facebook


Don't eat yellow snow, don't text and drive, and use your head before you post on Facebook.

Picture this; it’s a breezy summer morning, the sun is out, the birds are chirping and you're sitting at the table enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. 

You still have 10 minutes before having to leave for work and decide to take a quick scroll through Facebook. The page loads and the first status catches your eye; a friend is asking if anyone has heard about the "incident" that happened in town.

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