Greenwood gold tasted at the Prime Minister's home

Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Harper shares some Greenwood water with Senator Nancy Greene Raine; Photo, Submitted.

The Honourable Nancy Greene Raine, delivered three cases of bottled water from Greenwood, B.C., the Senator’s home province, to the Prime Minister’s residence, which was received by Mrs. Harper.

The Senator is impressed with the quality of the water. “The City of Greenwood produces great quality drinking water from wells tapping into a pristine aquifer 35 meters under the city,” said Senator Raine.

Dozens dead in Connecticut school shooting

Obama cries in his comments on the Connecticut School Shooting. (Image: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Before turning the gun on himself, a 20-year-old male opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut killing 28 people, 20 of them children ranging from five to ten years old. Approximately 600 students were inside the school.

COMMENT: Tight lips tank trust

COMMENT: Tight lips tank trust

Following the city’s overzealous and incorrect use of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FIPPA) to withhold letters that are clearly in the public’s interest and do not “unfairly” harm anyone’s reputation, I am left wondering what, exactly, remains in the five redacted lines in Coun. Kathy Moore’s letter that is so damaging as to warrant continued censorship?

Time to celebrate as NCARES reaches first milestone at Ward Street Place

Ward Street Place is getting a facelift. — The Nelson Daily

It’s one major job so it should surprise no one that NCARES (Nelson Cares) is celebrating its first milestone after securing funding to complete major fire safety improvements to Ward Street Place.

The funds will allow NCARES to install a new fire sprinkler system and alarm system; upgrade electrical in suites and replace of re refurbish Interior door treatment to improve fire safety.

“We have wanted to complete this work for 10 years  — our team has worked hard to make this happen,” Jenny Robinson Executive Director NCARES.

RDCK, City of Nelson suggested to partnership in Climate Change resiliency plan

Summer of disasters in region prompt movers and shakers to rethink climate change policy.

by Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

Staff at the Regional District of Central Kootenay  are concerned about the region’s response to climate change.

Severe weather in the last few years and extreme rainfall in 2012 that led to dramatically increased freshet, a sinkhole  at the HB mine site in Salmo and the fatal landslide at Johnson’s landing were sited as benchmarks of climate change by both the emergency coordinator for Areas E, F and Kaslo D and the emergency services coordinator.

Police seek public assistance in finding stolen sculpture

Police seek public assistance in finding stolen sculpture
The Castlegar RCMP are seeking the assistance of the public in locating a unique custom piece of art (see attached photo) that was stolen from the yard of a Castlegar residence sometime between Nov. 24 and 26.

In 2010, a local artist, Robert Hubert carved four mushrooms of various sizes out of a single tree trunk. Hubert performed the carving to pay honor to his best friend Gino Sammartino, who passed away in 2006. The carving has special meaning to the widowed spouse of Sammartino.

UPDATED: Whitewater/Red Mountain off to Final Four

UPDATED: Whitewater/Red Mountain off to Final Four

Whitewater/Red Mountain is off to the Final Four of the Powder Magazine in 'Ski Town Throw Down' contest.

Whitewater/Red Mountain dispatched Colorado's Crested Butte 3576-3263 in two days of voting that ended Thursday night.

The West Kootenay duo, winners of the Backscratcher title, now advances to meet Sandpoint beginning Monday and running until Tuesday.

During the ride Whitewater/Red Mountain dispatched Sugerloaf from the East Coast and Whitefish, Montana.

Increase in 2012 building permits a good sign in RDCK

There were more building permits issued in 2012 than in 2011. — The Nelson Daily photo

by Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

It’s not exactly a boom, but it’s better than last year. As of November, building permits in the Regional District of Central Kootenay have exceeded 2011 totals by nearly nine per cent.

Last year, 772 building permits were issued and as of November 30, 835 building permits have been issued throughout the regional district this year.

OP/ED: Public consultation on the Department Of Peace bill

OP/ED: Public consultation on the Department Of Peace bill

As part of its annual general meeting, the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative held the last of its public consultations on the creation of a Department of Peace.

The meeting which took place at St. Paul University in Ottawa featured a panel of five commissioners and interventions from the public.  (It was especially interesting for me to attend since the discussions centered around my Private Members Bill C-373, An Act to Establish a Department of Peace.

Healthy Tips for the Holidays--courtesy of IHA

Healthy Tips for the Holidays--courtesy of IHA

In anticipation of heavy volumes at area Emergency Departments over the holiday season, Interior Health is reminding the public to take a few simple steps to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital.

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