Human-caused fires a concern for Southeast Fire Centre

The Southeast Fire Centre is asking the public to be vigilant when burning or the small fire could quickly turn into a (see photo) wildfire.

The fire season didn't take long to start for the Southeast Fire Centre as crews were called to respond to new wildfires — all of which were human-caused and therefore preventable.

Two of the fires were the result of poorly planned open burning:

Electrical upgrades to KLH on the way with two new emergency backup generators

KLH is set to get some electrical upgrades during the next few years.

Kootenay Lake Hospital is set to get some upgrades to its electrical system over the next year or so, as Interior Health has plans to install two new backup power generators and build a new electrical building at the local hospital.

The new generators will provide emergency power to the hospital during power outages and will replace the previous single generator previously installed in 2000.

Win, win as all of angling licence revenue goes to anglers

Don Peterson, president, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, address the media at Monday's press conference. — Submitted photo

In an agreement announced Monday between the Province and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, 100 percent of revenue generated from fishing licences will directly benefit anglers effective April 1, 2015.

Under the agreement the total amount to be transferred to the society for 2015-16 will be approximately $10 million, an increase of about $3 million annually over what the society currently receives.

City's seeks input on proposed 2 percent tax increase in 2015 budget

City council holds costs on critical services like sewer, water and electrical rates.

Late last week the City of Nelson unveiled its proposed $40 million 2015 budget that would include a 2 percent tax increase, with the hope that Nelson residents will provide input before the budget is finalized.

According to a press release issued by the City, the 2 percent increase accounts for only the cost of inflation and when combined with in-house cost savings by staff, will allow the city to continue providing the wide range of services is currently does.

Don't count out the Greens in new Kootenay-Columbia riding

Candidate Bill Green says the Green Party should not be taken lightly in the upcoming Federal Election. — Submitted photo

The NDP held its nomination meeting Sunday in Cranbrook to name Wayne Stetski as its candidate in the upcoming Federal Election.

And now Kootenay-Columbia Green Party candidate Bill Green, nominated last year, is taking to the election trail with a prediction that the Green Party shouldn’t be underestimated in the upcoming federal election widely expected to take place in October.

BC Fed issues statement on International Women’s Day

BC Fed issues statement on International Women’s Day

The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour.
Sunday (March 8)  is International Women’s Day.

Lack of snowpack causes Southeast Fire Centre to caution public with outdoor burns

Firefighting aircraft picks up water during the fighting of the Slocan Park Wildfire in August 2014. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The month on the calendar may say March but that hasn’t stopped the Southeast Fire Centre from issuing a public warning to exercise caution with any outdoor burning activities, due to the warmer and dryer winter.

“The worry right now is “person caused” fires due to grass burning or the of burning piles,” Jordan Turner, Fire Information Officer for the Southeast Fire Centre, told The Nelson Daily Sunday.


Crystal Klym

Crystal Klym is the new Program Manager for the Columbia region’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP), replacing Trevor Oussoren who is now managing the FWCP across the province.

The FWCP is a partnership of BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders to compensate for the impacts to fish and wildlife resources caused by BC Hydro dams in the Columbia, Coastal and Peace regions.

Southeast Fire Centre urges caution with outdoor burns

Southeast Fire Centre urges caution with outdoor burns

The dry winter has the Southeast Fire Centre asking the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning activities.

The favour is due to an increased wildfire risk in the region.

"The Southeast Fire Centre is experiencing unseasonably mild temperatures, spring-like conditions and low relative humidity," Jordan Turner,
Fire Information Officer Wildfire Management Branch, said in a government press release.

"These conditions increase the wildfire risk in snow-free areas."

South Slocan's Dean Siminoff uses Martial Arts to help free modern day slaves

Dean Siminoff started MAJ’s Breaking Boards Breaking Chains in 2013.

A program founded by a South Slocan man — Martial Arts For Justice — had a story written about him in a Colorado-based news website.

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