Almost four million international visitors to B.C. in 2016

Many international tourists are finding out about the beauty of BC. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The August international visitor numbers are in and they are proof that this past summer has been an exceptional time of growth for tourism in British Columbia.

Year-to-date figures show an 11.5% increase in international visitors over the same time period last year (January to August). That represents close to four million total overnight international visitors (3,990,574) that came to B.C. during the first eight months of this year.

A dip in construction figures for 2016 belie a strong building year: development services manager

Permitting in 2015 was mostly due to Nelson and District Community Complex renovation ($4.5 million) and Nelson Commons ($13.2 million).

The prolific building pace of 2015 has slowed in 2016 as major projects in the city are stalled or are nearing completion.

The building numbers in 2016 have not matched what took place in 2015, but city manager of development services Pam Mierau said the inflated numbers of 2015 — with the Nelson Commons and Nelson and District Community Complex renovation projects — have overshadowed what has been another strong year of development for Nelson in 2016.

Kootenay/Columbia MP successfully lobbies for protection of Columbia River wetlands

Kootenay/Columbia MP Wayne Stetski . . . regulations will help to mitigate degradation of the river’s habitat.

NDP MP Wayne Stetski for Kootenay/Columbia has successfully lobbied the federal government to introduce regulations to keep high-powered motorized boats off the main channel of the Columbia River.
“The need for this kind of protection has been discussed in the Columbia Valley for more than a decade, and I promised voters to get results from the federal government,” Stetski said.

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Cyclocross Race at Red, October 30

Some new excitement is scheduled at Red -- the region's first cyclocross race ever!  Hope for good weather on October 30, for the sake of cyclocross racers doing the  "Hallocross" event.  This is a fun race; for those rare individuals who don't already know all about it, here's a definition cribbed from Wikipedia:

RCMP warn about more phone scams

RCMP warn about more phone scams

Don't be fooled.  Don't give out any information on the phone to anyone who calls up and claims to represent your credit card company.  Anyone from your credit card compoany does  NOT need you to give them any information about you or your card; they would already have what they need on file.  Anyone who calls up and demands (or requests) personal information about you or your credit card is a scammer.  Just hang up.

Castlegar CiB plants hope for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Castlegar CiB plants hope for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Many hands will make light work this weekend when locals gather in Castlegar to plant 5,000 daffodil bulbs to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

The public is invited to bring a shovel and get their hands dirty for a good cause both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the newly expanded Garden of Hope will take shape. Donations will be accepted on site for the Canadian Cancer Society to be designated to breast cancer research.

Dramatic advanced polling numbers in Castlegar by-election

Dramatic advanced polling numbers in Castlegar by-election

Early response to Castlegar's by-election has been outstanding, with fully 674 people taking advantage of the advanced polling on Oct. 18 and 19, as well as 48 new registrations (Castlegar currently has 5,812 registered voters), according to Chief Electoral Officer Tracey Butler.

“That's very high, for Castlegar,” Butler said.

‘Wishes for Annabelle’ raises funds for Nelson family

Its likely brave and beautiful Annabelle will be in Vancouver for the next five months receiving treatment. — Photo Facebook

Through online auctions and a crowdfunding campaign  friends and family are pulling out all the stops to help a little Nelson girl facing a life-threatening illness.

In August eight-year-old Annabelle Edl started feeling fatigued, pale and feverish. In September, she was diagnosed with Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She’s been undergoing treatment at the Vancouver Children’s Hospital since.

NDCC Aquatic Centre Back In Business

RDCK staff joined local politicians to press the "Kaboom" plunger to officially open the pool Thursday at the Nelson District Community Complex. — Brendan Quinn photos

First it was the ceiling tiles that fell into the pool in January 2013.

Then major renovations were required closing the pool, again, in May of 2015.

Thursday, all that blood, sweat, tears and waiting by pool patrons concluded as the 46-year-old Nelson and District Aquatic Centre was officially re-opened for business during a gala ceremony outside the main entrance.

Police dealing with multiple clown sightings

Police dealing with multiple clown sightings

The "creepy clown craze" is continuing to create concerns for cops, according to Trail top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke.

In a press release today, Oelke said Trail RCMP continue to receive reports of clown sightings in Trail and Fruitvale.

"Since last Friday there have been seven reports made to the police," he said. "Some of the reports have been proven to be false. No individuals dressed as clowns have been located or identified by the police.

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