The era of the spirit

The era of the spirit

The Scriptures of the Christian Church tell us that the birth of the baby in the manger at Bethlehem came at the end of one era, and the beginning of another. In Luke's Gospel, the Angel Gabriel visits first not Mary, nor Joseph, but one Zechariah, a priest of the temple of Yahweh, and his wife, Elizabeth, a descendant of Aaron. Aaron the brother of Moses and the first of the Priests of the people who fled slavery in Egypt.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Santa Claus said time is running out on Christmas shopping as the big day approaches. — Bruce Fuhr photos

There's plenty of decorated houses in Nelson, but a stretch of lights that tops most areas in the Heritage City is located on Crease Street in Rosemont.

The area dubbed "Candy Cane Lane" by some watchers goes over and above the normal few lights on the house.

There's everything from decorations to Santa in the front yard.

The Nelson Daily was there to snap a few pictures of some of the displays in a gallery photo shoot.

Report critiques Canada's organic certification system

Report critiques Canada's organic certification system

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy recently released a policy study examining the system for testing organic products – or the lack thereof – in Canada.

Authors Mischa Popoff and Patrick Moore drop the bomb on organic certification in Canada by revealing that organic crops are not systematically tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which makes organic certification close to meaningless. The paper is titled Canada’s Organic Nightmare.

Nelson's Geoff Kinrade plays for Team Canada

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade (19), seen here in action for SC Bern, will play for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup.

Geoff Kinrade grew up spending time during the Christmas holidays watching Canadian hockey teams in action on television at major tournaments in Europe.

Now Kinrade will be front and center on one of those teams as the Nelsonite suits up as a member of Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, December 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland.

“No time,” Kinrade told The Nelson Daily Friday when asked about holiday plans, “I’m playing for Team Canada in the Spengler Cup during the holidays.”

Advertising Feature — Just in time for the holidays,

Kim Bitner of helps Valerie Rossi during a recent event.

You know a style has hit the mainstream hard when it’s played out to the max and sold at big box stores for dirt cheap, and the quality matches the price tag.

I’m talking paper-thin leggings as pants made overseas by underpaid workers.

Unfortunately corporate monsters are a-plenty these days; however, the most ethical and original styles can still often be found at tiny boutiques across Canada--the ones only the locals know exist.

Power of the Internet: hackers target Westboro Baptist Church website, Twitter

Police outside the school shortly after arriving on scene of the shooting December 14. Image: Voice of America.

Hackers claiming to be associated with the internet activist group Anonymous have attacked the website belonging to the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and hacked into the Twitter account belonging to Shirley Phelps-Roper, the Church's spokeswoman. The attacks are part of an operation dubbed '#OpWestBor' on Twitter and is in response to the Church's decision to picket funerals of victims of the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Wolverine on Links' Line confirmed, shattering legend of the lynx

A wolverine (centre) leaves its den (right) in the wee hours of Dec. 16 on Granite Mountain

This photo by Jonathan Provencal on Dec. 16 confirms that the animal whose den is under the Motherlode ski lift on Granite Mountain's Links' Line is, in fact, a female wolverine.

Nelson Police Department and RCMP weigh in on organized crime and marijuana in our region

Indoor grow-ops are more popular than outdoor operations.

Last week Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced that under the new guidelines, patients will no longer apply to Health Canada for medical marijuana, and home production will be phased out.

Prior to the news The Nelson Daily reporter Erin Perkins talked with RCMP Kootenay Boundary regional detachment staff sergeant Dan Seibel and Nelson Police Department police chief Wayne Holland about the marijuana issue in the region.

This is the second of two installments on the state of  marijuana in the West Kootenay.

UPDATED: Nelson/Rossland tops Powder Mag's 'Ski Town Throw Down' contest

Snow and dedicated skiers and boarders put Nelson/Rossland in the contest finale. — photo courtesy Red Mountain

And the winner is . . . Nelson/Rossland in the Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown contest.

The West Kootenay rep went from underdog to champion in the Powder Magazine sponsored contest to find the best ski town in North America.

Nelson/Rossland (Whitewater/Red Mountain) defeated Bozeman, Montana 11426 to 10572 in voting that ended Sunday.

The contest opened October 29.

Powder Magazine seeded ski towns across North America just like the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament.

Local woman sparks international movement with thousands of followers ... using Facebook

Local woman sparks international movement with thousands of followers ... using Facebook

Castlegar's own Holly Smee is stunned and delighted to have garnered the support of more than 10,000 people just days after launching a Facebook campaign in response to recent tragedy.

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