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Local company raises $2,000 for Search and Rescue

Kristy Verigin, a photo contest winner, is showcasing how Kokanee Mountain Zipline keeps you safe while flying through the forest

Endless Adventures Fundraising campaign for the West Kootenay Search and Rescue Training weekend was a huge success. Endless Adventure  raised $2,000  to help support and alleviate the pressure on volunteers who occasionally need to use their own funds for training and equipment.

Selkirk College Inks President Angus Graeme for Five More Years

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme has been given the confidence from the Board of Governors to continue leading post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary region over the next five years.

After a successful five years at the helm of Selkirk College, President Angus Graeme has been given a vote of confidence by the Board of Governors to continue his leadership of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary.

The Board announced that Graeme has signed another five year contract to continue in his role until 2021.

City’s street culture team project set to launch

The team of eight will be scheduled to work in pairs (one pair out at any given time) and will cover the week from Monday to Friday — roughly 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — each day.

With its financial goal nearly in hand the city’s Street Culture Collaborative is officially nearing the launch of its social goal of creating a support network for the folks living on the city’s streets.

The Street Culture Collaborative (SCC) has secured $82,780 of its required $100,000 to begin its project, which includes two paid street outreach workers.

The team is expected to start soon after the Labour Day weekend, said Rona Park, one of the SCC board members and executive director of Nelson Community Service Centre.

Columbia Basin Trust grants $250k for Slocan Valley Rail Trail project

The funding allows expansion of recreational opportunities between South Slocan and Crescent Valley as well as making it more accessible to a wider level of fitness levels.

People who like to recreate in the Slocan Valley are the bigger winners after the Columbia Basin Trust awarded a $250,000 Recreation Infrastructure Grant to the Slocan Community Recreational Greenway Project.

The funding comes through a unique partnership comprised of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Rec Sites and Trails BC, and the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society (SVHTS).

Rash of B&Es spurs police to request public assistance

Rash of B&Es spurs police to request public assistance

Police are requesting public assistance after six break-and-enters Friday night, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“Castlegar RCMP are investigating a rash of commercial break and enter crimes that occurred overnight on Aug. 19. The break-ins were discovered early the next morning. Two of the break-ins were on 6th Ave., two in Blueberry, one on Columbia Road and one on Minto Road.

“Suspect(s) had gained entry into all businesses.”

Smoke from U.S. wildfires visible in southeast B.C.

The Deep Lake wildfire can be seen south of Trail. — Twitter

Most of the smoke that’s been visible in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre is coming from several wildfires in Washington State, particularly one near Deep Lake in Stevens County.

The Deep Lake wildfire, south of Trail, is 15 kilometres south of the Canada-U.S. border and covers about 300 hectares. Although this fire is not currently spreading north, the BC Wildfire Service is providing airtankers to help suppress this fire.

Kelowna welcomes Duke and Duchess of Cambridge September 27

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will see the beauty Kelowna has to offer during their tour in September.

The unique beauty of Canada’s West Coast and the rugged wildness of the North will be front and centre during The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second official Royal Tour to Canada.

Their Royal Highnesses will visit five communities in British Columbia — Victoria, Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, Bella Bella, and Kelowna — and two communities in Yukon — Whitehorse and Carcross.

UPDATED: Laird Creek wildfire near Balfour now 100 percent contained

Crews work to put out any hotspots following a wildfire on near Balfour Monday morning. — Photo courtesy RDCK

The one-hectare, Laird Creek wildfire at the end of Rogers Road on the North Shore is proving to be more of a concern than first thought after the blazed flared up Tuesday.

The fire is located approximately 40 kilometers north of Nelson.

‘Swim In’ gathers support for protecting Queen’s Bay from ferry terminal plan

More than 200 people flocked to Queens Bay to participate in Sunday's 'Swim In'. — John Boivin photo, The Nelson Daily

More than 300 people gathered for a ‘Swim In’ on Kootenay Lake on Sunday to protest against plans to build a new ferry terminal near Balfour.

The protesters drove, walked, boated, and swam to the event, held on Queen’s Bay, just outside Balfour, 40 kilometres north of Nelson.

They’re upset the government is talking about moving the location of the terminal for the Kootenay Lake ferry from its current location in Balfour to the bay, located about five kilometers on Highway 3A.

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