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OP/ED: Guns can kill us, but losing our national identity is a choice. No gun can do that.

OP/ED: Guns can kill us, but losing our national identity is a choice. No gun can do that.

A guy with a gun.

That seems to be how it always starts.

World War 1, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Lennon. Just a guy with a gun.

MacCharles selected to succeed 36 year veteran Simon Grypma as new City Fire Chief

Len MacCharles . . . impressed with the professionalism of the fire department. — Submitted photo

The City of Nelson has found the man to fill some very big boots at Nelson's famously historic Fire Hall.

Calgarian Len MacCharles, who has worked in the Calgary Fire Department since 1981, will be at the helm of Nelson Fire and Rescue, as of November 17.

"We were very impressed with the knowledge and the initiative that Len has shown throughout his career," says Nelson City Manager Kevin Cormack in a written statement.

Local MP locked down but unharmed after Parliament Hill shooting

Local MP locked down but unharmed after Parliament Hill shooting

In a disturbing interview from Parliament Hill today, local MP Alex Atamanenko confirmed he is, indeed, in the East Block of Parliament Hill today, but is unharmed and safe.

“We’re in the building with armed police protection, so I don’t think that’s a concern,” he said. This, after a gunman shot and killed a soldier guarding the National War Memorial and (the gunman) was subsequently shot and killed by police.

“We’ve been locked down ever since the shooting this morning at about 9:55 a.m. Ottawa time,” Atamanenko said.

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

New website helps navigate the child and youth mental health care landscape in Kootenay-Boundary

The new KB Searchlight website  for the Kootenay Boundary (KB) region is the first local web resource to link all child and youth mental health care services in one place. Opening with a welcoming illustrated map of the region, site visitors can click to find the most appropriate local services,
resources and apps for a range of problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harming, substance use and more.

Car crashes cause commuter chaos

Car crashes cause commuter chaos

Two vehicular accidents occurred during the afternoon rush hour yesterday, but passersby may be relieved to learn there were no life-threatening injuries in either case.

The first incident occurred at roughly 4 p.m., according to RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff.

“The driver of a vehicle was turning left off the Robson Access Road onto Broadwater, and failed to see a motorcycle travelling southbound,” she said. “The motorcycle operator, a 44-year-old Castlegar man, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Trail hospital.”

NFD crews respond to fire at Nelson Tramway Car Barn

NFD crews respond to fire at Nelson Tramway Car Barn

Nelson firefighters were kept busy Tuesday afternoon responding to a pair of calls — one dealing with an elevator rescue and the other a small fire at the Streetcar Barn next to Lakeside Park.

The report of a fire alarm at the Nelson Tramway Car Barn came in at 3:14 p.m.

The on-duty crew was enroute to an elevator rescue at the time of the Streetcar call forcing dispatch to divide resources to allow a response to both locations.

Council candidate John Phillips, in his own words

Council candidate John Phillips, in his own words

My name is John Phillips and I am running for the position of Councillor for the City of Castlegar in the Nov. 15 civic election.

Police ask for more staff, biomass energy for Nelson moves forward, greenhouse gas reduction project enters second phase, sustainability awards jury named-- Nelson City Council October 20, 2014

Teacher Jeff Yasinchuk and Nelson's Chief Librarian June Stockdale handed out books to all council members, press, and spectators at this week's council meeting and assigned four minutes of silent reading as part of the Teacher-Librarian's Association's "Drop Everything and Read" campaign.

The following is a summary of the proceedings of Nelson City Council meeting on October 20.

Nelson police ask for more staff 

The Nelson City Police (NCP) is requesting an additional $311,00 for 2015, an increase of 10.2% over the previous year's budget of  $3,060,229. The increase would cover the cost of two additional police officers and an adminstrative staff person.

Whitebark pine experiment takes aim at blister rust

Nearly 1,000 Whitebark pine seedlings were hand-planted near the Idaho Peak lookout this summer. — Submitted photo

A unique tree-planting experiment by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations started late this summer at Idaho Peak in the Kokanee Range of the Selkirk Mountains near New Denver.

Nearly 1,000 Whitebark pine seedlings were hand-planted by a six-person crew in the subalpine near the old wildfire lookout, high above Slocan Lake at an elevation of almost 2,300 metres.

RDCK chair says talk of nuclear waste coming to Salmo 'completely nuts'

Welcome to the "Home of the Stone Murals" and not the "Home of Nuclear Waste Dump".

The sign welcoming visitors to Salmo reads, “Welcome to Salmo, Home of the Stone Murals.”

Regional District of Central Kootenay director Hans Cunningham certainly doesn’t want to see the sign changed to read, “Salmo, Home of Nuclear Waste Dump” anytime soon.

The RDCK Area D director was responding to a question during a recent meeting asking about a recommendation by an Ontario engineer to store the province’s nuclear waste near Salmo.

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