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Tears of joy dominate the Nelson stop of the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay

Honourary medal bearer Ed Natyshak leads the crowd to the podium in front of the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Smiles and hugs dominated the Nelson stop on the 25th Anniversary Rick Hansen Relay.

That’s before the tears of joy running down the faces of runners and spectators took over Thursday afternoon on the course that took participants from the north side of the Nelson Bridge to the NDCC parking lot.

“This is one man’s imagination and this is one man’s energy that’s gotten 25 years of awesome vibes and its continuing today, right here and right now,” Nelson's honourable medal bearer Ed Natyshak told the boisterous crowd.

Preserving Our Green Canopy: A New Plan for Managing Nelson's Trees

Preserving Our Green Canopy: A New Plan for Managing Nelson's Trees

There are about 30,000 trees in parks and on public property in Nelson—that amounts to three for every resident of the city. On April 16, the city’s Public Works Supervisor Karen Macdonald brought a draft Tree Management Plan to council. They reacted appreciatively, saying that such a plan has been needed for years.

Tree issues in Nelson include aging trees, removal, pruning, planting, conservation, safety, selection of species, interface with new construction and with public utilities, and public involvement. 

LETTER: Not everyone thrilled about Rick Hansen's visit

LETTER: Not everyone thrilled about Rick Hansen's visit

Dear Rick Hansen:

I hope that during your next 25 years of raising money for spinal cord research (SCR) we will see the end of inhumane, scientifically fallacious spinal cord experiments on animals. It was 25 years ago when Lifeforce, a Vancouver based ecology and animal rights organization, gave you extensive data about the failure of “animal models” but you went on to fund animal experiments. Your Boards have had many vivisectors directing your funding priorities. You raised $20 million for SCR as the “Man in Motion”. Your “dream” for a cure is a nightmare for animals.

Tainted cocaine being sold in area

Tainted cocaine being sold in area

Trail RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton is warning area drug users to be hyper-vigilant about their drug supply, after two area people suffered heart attacks.

"On April 18, Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report of two people, both under 30 years of age, admitted to hospital recently with heart attacks linked to the ingestion of cocaine," he said. "Further investigation revealed that, in the case of one of the individuals, the cause was likely due to prolonged use of cocaine, where heart attack is a possible side effect.
 
"In the other case, however, it is believed that the substance purported to be cocaine was not, in fact, cocaine but something else similar in form. There is no indication at this time what this substance might be. There have been no other cases reported to date."

Nelson's 'Volunteer Ten' accept kudos during Teck Community Sport Hero Awards

Nelson's Teck Community Sport Heroes include, back row, L-R, Bill McDonnell, Mary Walters, Sofeya Devji,Bill Harbord and Dean Siminoff. Front, Liz Saunders, Mari Plamondon and Laura Torrans. Missing, Jane MacLeod and Pat Wray. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Speeches?

A few words . . . from anybody?

It didn’t take long for Sport BC master of ceremonies Carey Summerfelt to realize volunteers in Nelson would rather do their talking behind the scenes as Sport BC handed out the Teck Community Sport Hero Awards Wednesday at the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort.

Summerfelt was joined by Nelson Mayor John Dooley to recognize 10 Heritage City volunteers who have made long-standing contributions to their respective sports.

LVR grads, Segstro, Walker and Renwick, shine bright at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion Design and Technology Show

Three Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion Design and Technology from LVR in Nelson, Rheanne Segstro and Emma Walker (center second row in middle) and Jenna Renwick (back row center) were part of the year-end fashion show at the River Rock Casino. — photos courtesy Chris Pike

A trio of high school graduates from L.V. Rogers did the local school proud as Emma Walker, Rheanne Segstro and Jenna Renwick had their own designs front and center at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion Design and Technology Show earlier this month at the River Rock Casino.

Walker's new new menswear collection named Epicure.

Walker developed the collection in response to market research indicating a need for rustic yet refined ‘green’ apparel for men, with high standards of quality and ethics.

CBT Funding to Community Groups 2012: The Results for Nelson

CBT Funding to Community Groups 2012: The Results for Nelson

Nelson City Council spent three arduous hours Monday night dividing dollars among community organizations that had applied for this year’s Community Initiatives Funding. Fifty-two organizations applied, and 27 were successful although many of those did not get the amount they requested.

SWEDEN: Controversy over 'racist cake' art piece...created by black artist

SWEDEN: Controversy over 'racist cake' art piece...created by black artist

News website grioo.com reports that on April 15, 2012, Swedish Culture Minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, attended a exhibition preview at Museum of Modern Art of Stockholm to celebrate ‘World Art Day'.

VIDEO: William Housty addresses NEB on Heiltsuk culture, threat of oil spill

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30 year-old William Housty's powerhouse presentation to the National Energy Board's Enbridge hearings in his community of Bella Bella. William describes the history, language and culture of his people in fascinating detail - and how the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tar Sands supertankers transiting the waters of his people's territory would destroy their traditional way of life. A must-watch!

Rick Hansen to attend juvenile sturgeon release

Rick Hansen to attend juvenile sturgeon release

This year’s annual juvenile white sturgeon release, hosted by the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI), promises to be extra-special. The free public event will be opened by long-time sturgeon advocate, celebrated athlete, and Canada’s “Man in Motion,” Rick Hansen. The event, at Hugh Keenleyside Dam (south-west side) near Castlegar on Monday April 23rd, starts at noon and runs through until 3.00 p.m. Rick is scheduled to be on site until 1.00 p.m.

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