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Nelson/Creston Green Party granted intervener status into FortisBC application process

FortisBC has started the process to replace 115,000 read meters with advanced meters in the West Kootenay and the Okanagan.

FortisBC applied to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) in July 2012 to replace approximately 115,000 manually read meters with advanced meters in the West Kootenay and the Okanagan and incorporate supporting hardware and software.

The BCUC process begins in Trail Tuesday (November 6) and, front and center at the meeting will be the Nelson/Creston arm of the B.C. Green Party.

The local association was granted intervener status into the FortisBC application process.

Regional businesses shine at 2012 KAST Sprit of Innovation Awards

Regional businesses shine at 2012 KAST Sprit of Innovation Awards

The West Kootenay-Boundary’s leading innovative businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations were celebrated on stage in Nelson, and across the province this past week as the winners of the 2012 Spirit of Innovation Awards were announced. Long known for its geographical beauty, often overlooked is the region’s vast and diverse entrepreneurial talent pool.

Seven-year-old Chilliwack boy saves Grandpa with 9-1-1 call (complete with audio)

Seven-year-old Chilliwack boy saves Grandpa with 9-1-1 call (complete with audio)

A seven-year-old boy is being hailed a a hero after helping save his grandfather's life Saturday in Chilliwack.

At around 9:30 a.m. Saturday (October 27), a 9-1-1 operator received a call from the boy during a drive on a road.

The boy told the 9-1-1 operator his Grandpa suddenly pulled over, started to shake violently and sweat.

He said that his Grandpa, George Epp, is just laying in the drivers seat and he couldn't wake him up.

The little boy knew something wasn't right, found his Grandpa's cell phone and called 9-1-1.

Skiers south of the border now offered shuttle service to local ski hills

Skiers young and old will benefit from the new West Kootenay to Spokane shuttle service. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, Whitewater Ski Resort and Tourism Rossland have combined forces to offer tourists and locals another way to travel between Spokane International Airport, Rossland, Castlegar and Nelson this winter.

From December 8 to April 1 Queen City Shuttle will be operating the additional route, with some subsidized help from the three partners.

This partnership was formed to encourage American skiers to try Canadian powder.

Sharlene Johnston identified as woman who died in Beaverdell accident

Sharlene Johnston identified as woman who died in Beaverdell accident

Sharlene Gayle Johnston, 46, of Grand Forks has been identified by BC Coroners Service as the victim of a motor vehicle accident that happened three kilometers south of Beaverdell on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Midway RCMP and Midway Fire Rescue responded to the call at 7:30 p.m. that night after the 1991 Olds Cutlass Johnston was driving rolled over an embankment on Highway 33.

She had been driving northbound on Highway 33 when her vehicle left the roadway on the right shoulder and went over the embankment.

MP pans pre-Christmas cuts to rural postal service

MP pans pre-Christmas cuts to rural postal service

Ed Note: The following is a letter hand-delivered to Hon. Denis Lebel, P.C. MP today by BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko:

Dear Minister Lebel,

I am writing to express my deep concern about upcoming reductions in service to rural postal outlets in western Canada that will soon be rolling out across my riding of BC Southern Interior.

IntegrityBC launches “Take back BC” campaign

IntegrityBC today launched “Take back BC,” a campaign focused on ensuring that the 2013 provincial election is the last election in B.C. bought and paid for by special interest money.

Happy Halloween from The Nelson Daily

Have a Happy Halloween!!!

It's time for the tricksters to come out on Halloween.

But where did Halloween originate.

Halloween began 2,000 years ago when the Celts, had a festival commemorating the end of the year. Their New Year was November 1.

Halloween is considered by most in the North America as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics.

No need to worry about winter now that Peewee Reps have sandbags for sale

Wow, that's a lot of sandbags. Members of the Peewee Rep team sit on a mountain of sandbags filled at the City works yard on the Nelson waterfront Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Leafs Peewee Reps are ready to keep Nelsonites moving this winter.

The Reps have filled 2500 sandbags for sale to Nelson motorists this winter season.

The sandbag sale is the largest fundraiser of the season for the Nelson Minor Hockey Association team and are available for purchase at 7/11 in Nelson, Taghum Shell, Husky in Nelson, Wholesale Club Gas Bar, Maple Leaf store in Crescent Valley and the local Forestry office.

These local business have purchased the bags which are then re-sold to the public.

The Boundary Sentinel takes home 2012 Community Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Boundary Sentinel's own Mona Mattei won Community Futures Boundary's 2012 Community Entrepreneur of the Year award during a special celebration in Grand Forks last week. Photo Erin Perkins.

Editor and owner of The Boundary Sentinel, Mona Mattei, was one of eight local businesses and organizations recognized at the annual Community Futures Boundary 2012 Community Awards at a special evening celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 23 held at the Grand Forks Curling Rink.

About 100 people attended the event, which recognized both outstanding business and non-profit achievements over the past year.

“Small businesses are the key to our economy and they drive our economy,” said Boundary-Simikalmeen MLA John Slater during the awards ceremony.

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