Kettle River Q&A - How are the fish doing in our rivers?

Brad Siemens (Grand Forks Wildlife Association) poses with a rainbow trout he is about to release.

These are special rivers. Providing some of the best river fishing opportunities in the region, the Kettle, West Kettle and Granby support several important fish stocks, including seven species at risk and native rainbow trout stock that grow larger than 50 cm.

However, the quality of the Kettle for fishing has deteriorated over the last two decades, as shown by the low abundance and small size of rainbow trout and regular fish kills of trout and whitefish during droughts.

Selkirk College Instructors Delve Deeper into First Nations History

Virgil Seymour (right) and the Miss Arrow Lakes representatives at the elders luncheon in Inchelium that was attended by Selkirk

In an effort to weave together a history severed by an international border, a pair of Selkirk College instructors headed south this past summer to explore Lakes People history first hand.

Radiation, food for all, Nelson’s identity, Hall Street vision, e-books, greenhouse gases, and a communication complaint: Nelson City Council November 18, 2013

Council ratified the latest version of the Hall Street plan in a November 18 meeting packed with news and initiatives from many parts of the community

Every second meeting of council is a Committee of the Whole, at which local groups, individuals, and city departments are given time to present to council. The following is a summary of presentations to the Committee of the Whole on November 18, 2013

Electromagnetic radiation 

FortisBC manager severely injured as lockout of IBEW members nears six months

The FortisBC lockout continues, closing in on month number six of the labour dispute.

FortisBC has confirmed a manager was injured conducting electrical work in Kelowna earlier this month.

Joyce Wagenaar, Director of Communications at FortisBC said told The Nelson Daily the electrical employee was injured (Friday) November 1 performing operational work in the Central Okanagan City.

“All managers performing operational duties are well trained and experienced and operate in accordance with safety regulations and security standards in B.C. and Canada,” Wagenaar said.

UPDATE: Snow storm slows traffic on Kootenay Pass

Snow warning has passed leaving a bunch of the white stuff atop the Kootenay Pass.

The storm came and went and left behind a lot of snow at the higher elevations for skiers.

A snow advisory did not disappointed as a centemeters of snow fell at the higher elevations, including the Kootenay Pass Tuesday.

Avalanche control near the summit slowed traffic Tuesday morning.

The storm passed leaving cooler northern air flowing over the region.

Tempertures are expected to dip to minus-3 C for a few days before warming to zero later in the week.

YRB issues snow advisory for Kootenay Pass, 20-30 centimeters expected

Alive and well Customer Appreciations Days promote local business

Check out Customer Appreciations Days in Nelson November 29-30.

Contrary to some rumours flowing through the business district of Nelson, the upcoming Customer Appreciation Days is alive and well.

And the seventh annual Customer Appreciation Days  — starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29 and continuing through Saturday — is not changing dates as proposed by one media source.

The event was tossed into frenzy last week when rumours began circulating the event was going to be cancelled.

Nelson joins rest of Canada at 'Defend Our Climate' rallies

Singer/songrwriter Brian Rosen gets the rally started with a few songs. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Speakers, singer-songwriters, and even Bob from Kaslo, trekked to the microphone to voice displeasure with corporate Canada during the “Defend Our Climate” protest Saturday afternoon at the Nelson City Hall Courtyard.

“Put your finger in the pipes,” organizer Keith Wiley told the crowd of 200 plus concerned citizens.

Nelson was one of 130 protests stages across Canada to Saturday as thousands of Canadians from all three coastlines joined forces to voice their opposition to reckless tar sands expansion, pipelines and runaway climate change.

Red Mountain Scoops 2 World Snow Awards

Red Mountain Scoops 2 World Snow Awards

RED Mountain Resort has scooped Most Improved North American Resort and Best Upcoming Resort in the World Snow Awards held in London (November 1 2013). RED is the only Canadian resort to feature in the awards, and the only resort to win multiple awards.

The resort's season opens December 14th 2013 when it will showcase the huge expansion project on Grey Mountain, meaning that, in addition to the ski area's Red and Granite peaks, skiers can now access one more stellar peak, Grey Mountain by chair lift -- with 360-degree skiing off the top!

LETTER: Mule deer populations struggle outside of GF

LETTER: Mule deer populations struggle outside of GF

A recent poll in the city of Invermere overwhelmingly supported a deer cull but as expected the much larger question was ignored -- the future of the mule deer.

Nelson will impose fines for allowing spread of invasive plants

Invasive plants are a serious threat to global biodiversity. Knotweed, pictured here, can grow through concrete to several meters in height, and shade out everything around it. (Photo courtesy of the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee)

If you own property in Nelson, a city bylaw says you must “prevent the infestation of such property by noxious weeds” and “cut and/or remove noxious weeds from such property to prevent blowing and spread thereof…”

At a recent meeting, Nelson City Council instituted a fine of $250 for non-compliance.

What is a noxious weed?

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