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Kootenay Co-op gives WKRD short-term opportunity

WKRD wants to turn the new location of the Kootenay Co-op into a roller derby mecca until the local grocery store is ready to renovate the former Extra Foods building.

The new location of the Kootenay Co-op is going to the ladies until further notice.

West Kootenay Roller Derby is taking over the site until the Kootenay Co-op Renovation Committee is ready to proceed with the new store.

"Kootenay Co-op: Natural Organic Foods & Products has generously lent WKRD the use of their building (the old Extra Foods building on Vernon Street)," said Teressa Hodsall of the WKRD.

Kaslo Mayor Greg Lay hopes the Bridges II program creates more local jobs

The Bridges II project should keep cash flowing on the street of Kaslo.

The North Kootenay region is getting a major kick economically after the provincial government recently announced the area is receiving assistance under the Bridges II Program.

The Bridges II Program is a two-year initiative to promote collaboration between small-tenure holders and the value-added sector.

"We look forward to working on the Bridges II project," said Kaslo Mayor Greg Lay, RPF.

Australian boarder killed at Whistler Mountain

Australian boarder killed at Whistler Mountain

A 24-year-old snowboarder visiting from Australia has been killed while boarding at Whistler Mountain Thursday.

The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. when Whistler Ski Patrol contacted Whistler RCMP to advise of a serious injury.

The snowboarder fell in a steep treed area and suffered head trauma.

Ski Patrol attended to the scene and located the injured male. It appears that he and a woman found themselves in steeper terrain than they were able to handle and removed their snowboards in an attempt to walk down the steep slope.

OP/ED: MLA Conroy speaks to area education issue

OP/ED: MLA Conroy speaks to area education issue

I have read, watched and listened with interest the continuing discussions about education in this area. I have seen passionate and articulate citizens working together to find solutions and generating new ideas to support education in their communities.

CPR station reconstruction uses ancient and modern technology for energy efficiency

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A local contractor is bringing an innovative edge to the revitalization of the CPR station at the foot of Baker Street by using local, recycled materials and a simple, age-old technology to increase energy efficiency.

Joern Wingender has just manufactured 8500 bricks made of wood waste and clay.  The wood shavings, chips, and sawdust are from the mill at Harrop-Procter Forest Products, and the clay comes from the Castlegar area. The three-minute video above shows the process.

Year end results: It’s a buyers market in the Nelson region as housing prices remain stable

Realtors expect 2013 to be good for buyers and banks. — The Nelson Daily photo

By Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

It was a  buyers market in 2012 in Nelson real estate, as the number of listings continued to outstrip sales, according to recently released statistics by the Kootenay Real Estate Board (KREB).

And  a Nelson realtor sees more of the same.

“The crystal ball for 2013 is it’s going to be really good for buyers and sales as banks look for places to put their money and interest rates do not rise,” said David Gentles.

Knife fight outside 7-11 sees two people arrested

Knife fight outside 7-11 sees two people arrested

According to RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton, a fist fight escalated to weapon threats outside 7-11 Monday afternoon, leading to the arrest of two area men.

"On Jan. 14 at approximately 4 p.m., police were called to a fight outside of the 7-11 Store in Trail," he said. "Two males, one in his late teens and the other in his late 20’s, got into a scuffle and then the first one allegedly pulled a knife. The other male then went to his vehicle to get a “bigger” knife."

COMMENT: Picking our pockets

COMMENT: Picking our pockets
The B.C. government likes to boast that the province's personal income tax rates are among the lowest in the land, if not the lowest. Expect to hear it repeated a lot in TV ads over the coming weeks, when the legislature reconvenes in February and when the 2013 provincial budget is tabled.
 
On one level they're right. On another it's a bit of a pig in a poke, because income taxes are just one part of any government's revenue mix.

City, skateboard committee unveil long-awaited outdoor skate park design

Conceptual drawing of the new combined skatepark in Rosemont. — Courtesy City of Nelson

After more than a decade of diligence on behalf of volunteers, the public and the City of Nelson, Mayor John Dooley and Council have chosen a preferred site for the City’s long-awaited outdoor skate park.

And now, residents are being asked to come and learn more about the innovative new recreational amenity and visitor destination, which will be located at Art Gibbon Memorial Park, in Rosemont.

West Van, Pentictonite joins Nelson Police Department

Present for the swearing in ceremony of new officer Lisa Schmidtke is, from left, Inspector Paul Burkart, Chief Constable Wayne Holland, Nelson Police Association President Cst. Nathaniel Holt, Cst. Schmidtke, Gerald Schmidtke, Nelson Police Board Director Barb Henry, Nelson Police Board Director Bill Reid and Acting Mayor Bob Adams. — submitted photo

The Nelson Police Department is getting an new officer as Lisa Schmidtke joined the force following a swearing in ceremony Thursday at the Nelson Courthouse.

Schmidtke come to the Heritage City force after serving with distinction for 11 years with the West Vancouver Police Department. 

Schmidtke's previous service was comprised of assignments within the Community Services Unit, the Forensic Identification Unit and general duty patrol work. 

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