Council says no to regulating marijuana

Councillor Neil Krog (R) talks against the Stop the Violence campaign while Councillor Bob Kendel

Grand Forks city council voted a resounding “no” to the idea of supporting the regulation and taxation of marijuana last night.

As a follow up to previous conversations at the council table about the Stop the Violence BC campaign, started by a group of B.C. mayors and law enforcement authorities to pressure provincial and federal governments to decriminalize, regulate and tax the widely used drug, Mayor Brian Taylor put the topic forward once again for a decision.

Nelson police forced to put down problem bear Tuesday night in Fairview

Nelson police forced to put down problem bear Tuesday night in Fairview

Nelson Police was forced to put down a bear believed to be a threat Heritage City residents Tuesday night in Fairview.

Constable Brian Weber said in a written press release that polce were concerned for the safety of the public walking, jogging or playing in the area.

 “The bear was seen eating human garbage, was no longer wary of humans and would not depart the heavily populated neighbourhood,” Weber explained.

The problem black bear was first seen cruising around Fairview Tuesday afternoon.

Smoke in the air coming from south of the border

The Brewer Creek fire near Invermere was discovered Monday. — photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

There's smoke in the air.

So it must be fire season in the Southeast Fire region.

However, the smoke is not from fires within the region said Southeast Fire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy Monday.

“The general hazing of smoke is blowing in from wildfires in the United States,” Shaughnessy explained.

“Right now there’s a lot of major fires in Washington State, Idaho and California burning that smoke is blowing up from.”

RCMP release stats following 2012 Shambhala Music Festival

RCMP were out in full force during the 2012 Shambhala Music Festival.

As in past years, police were out in full force during the 2012 Shambhala Music Festival hosted annually on a 200-plus acre private property site just off of Highway 3, south of Salmo.

And anytime there’s a strong police presence at an event attracting more than 10,000 people there’s bound to be a few driving infractions.

“It was pretty much as we expected,” RCMP Staff Sergeant Dan Seibel told The Nelson Daily Monday.

UPDATED: Heritage Credit Union and HG Insurance granted Last Offer Vote, strike averted for now

The Slocan Park Credit Union could be behind picket lines as early as Tuesday. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Employers at Heritage Credit Union and HG Insurance in Castlegar and Slocan Park have been granted a Last Offer Vote under the BC Labour Code according to a United Steelworkers Local 1-405 release Monday.

"Employer’s have the ability to apply for such a vote only once during any set of negotiations," said Jeff Bromley, Financial Secretary of USW Local 1-405 which bargains for the 35 members at Heritage Credit Union and HG Insurance in Castlegar and Slocan Park.

Bromley said the membership turned down the employer’s final offer July 18.

Airport celebrates transportation

Grand Forks airport - location for upcoming appreciation day activities; Photo, Grand Forks Air

The Grand Forks airport is rated as one of the best in the Southern Interior of B.C. so volunteers are inviting the community to celebrate with them at the airport appreciation day next Saturday.

The Grand Forks Flying Association is hosting this celebration of transportation. The day’s events including: fly-in, car and bike show, pancake breakfast, flying demonstrations and a skydiving company will be attending.

GFI adds major league umpires to list of firsts for 2012 tourney

Umpire Kelly Hunter in action; Photo, submitted

In most sports a good official is considered one who is not noticed by the spectators; who remains in the shadow of the players. The umpiring crew at the 2012 event in Grand Forks, put together by Crew Chief Steve Boutang, calls for recognition.

Interior B.C. businesses seeing increase in counterfeit money

Interior B.C. businesses seeing increase in counterfeit money

The RCMP would like to advise the business communities throughout the Interior of the Province that several areas have recently experienced a spike in counterfeit money passing.

Since 2012-07-26, RCMP have received twenty three (23) complaints where counterfeit currency was either passed or attempted to be passed in the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

Out-of-province fire crews arriving to provide assistance in B.C.

Out-of-province fire crews arriving to provide assistance in B.C.

British Columbia is welcoming 79 firefighting personnel from the Yukon, Saskatchewan and Ontario to assist B.C. crews with an anticipated increase in fire activity, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister announced today.

Twenty-one firefighters and one agency representative from the Yukon will arrive in Williams Lake on Saturday. An additional 20 firefighters and one agency representative from Saskatchewan will arrive in Abbotsford on Sunday. Also, 35 fire personnel and one agency representative from Ontario will arrive in Kamloops.

Nelson Forestry offices in mix as BCGEU stages one-day strike

Forestry workers were out with pickets in hand  on Highway 3A Monday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The regional Ministry of Forests offices north of Nelson will be behind picket lines Monday as 50 B.C. Government workers join fellow members in job action.

"BCGEU members are striking for a fair and reasonable collective agreement," said the union website.

"This is the third BCGEU job action this summer in support of the union’s proposals to achieve a new collective agreement with the B.C. Government."

Other job action is being staged in Prince George, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek and Burns Lake.

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