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Balfour teen found, safe and sound, after a week missing

Balfour teen found, safe and sound, after a week missing

Police have found another missing teen, safe and sound, according to Nelson RCMP Cpl. Michael Stefani.

“On Feb. 20, Nelson RCMP reported a missing youth, 14-year-old Sheldon Hicks from the Nelson area,” Stefani said in a press release this morning. “On Feb. 27, just after 6 p.m., Nelson RCMP received a call from Sheldon's mother that Sheldon had been located.

Another happy ending for area SAR teams as Nelson couple found safe and sound

Another happy ending for area SAR teams as Nelson couple found safe and sound

Police are reporting yet another happy ending in a Search and Rescue situation this week, according to Nelson Cpl. Machael Stefani.

"On Feb. 26 at 10:48 a.m., Nelson RCMP received a call of two overdue snowboarders from Whitewater ski hill," he said. "The pair were a 30-year-old male and 40-year-old male, both from Nelson."

Stefani said the men were described as good snowboarders, but not frequent 'out-of-bounders'. Neither person was carrying survival gear, shovels, or beacons all of which are necessary gear for skiing the back country.

Drilling begins for new natural swimming ponds at Millennium

Drilling begins for new natural swimming ponds at Millennium

Ground has finally been broken for the $1.2-million natural swimming pond feature at Millennium Park. Yesterday saw crews undertaking the first step in construction – digging the well which will feed the ponds with fresh water, a task that should be completed this afternoon (Thursday).

“We've blocked off the playground area for safety,” said civic works director Chris Barlow, “But the walkway itself is open.”

Free legal advice for local businesses

Free legal advice for local businesses

The Kootenay-Boundary region is a hotbed of entrepreneurial spirit, talent and creativity that continues to hatch innovative small businesses. While great ideas and enterprise are here in abundance, the legal steps required to translate ideas into a fully operational and functional businesses can be a major hurdle. In September 2012 , the “Ask An Expert” program kicked off, focussing initially on assisting Kootenay-Boundary entrepreneurs and start-ups with free legal advice sessions.  The first two sessions held  in Nelson and Trail  were a great success.

Clean out your closets: Soles4Souls begins March 19

Soles4Souls organizer Jackie Nedelec hopes to top the 5000 pair mark during the spring drive. — photo by Suzy Hamilton

By Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

Funny how a parking ticket can lead to something good.

North Shore resident Jackie Nedelec was paying a parking ticket at Kelowna city hall two years  ago when she spotted a big box of used, clean shoes destined for earthquake ravaged Haiti.

“This was beyond a good idea,” she recalled. “This was brilliant. People in these situations need a drink of water, something to eat and something on their feet to protect them from disease.”

Civic Theatre gala: sold out crowds, James Bond look-alikes, martinis, and a $60,000 gift

Civic Theatre gala: sold out crowds, James Bond look-alikes, martinis, and a $60,000  gift

The winner of the Bond Girl costume contest was a tie between actor Micheal Graham as an aging female spy and a young woman wearing scuba gear. They were chosen by audience applause from about a dozen contestants onstage at the Nelson Civic Theatre Society’s opening gala fundraiser Friday night.

The costume competitions for James Bond himself and for James Bond Villain were chosen the same way by an exuberant sold-out crowd. The evening culminated in a showing of Skyfall, the new Bond movie.

COMMENT: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?

COMMENT: An Ambassador of Freedom FROM religion?

Canada now has an Ambassador of Religious Freedom. By definition the basis of religion is in the realm of metaphysics, but metaphysics surely cannot be the focus for our newest Ambassador. How does our federal government define religion?

RCMP confirm two skiers okay after overnight stay in backcountry

Two skiers spent the night in the backcountry after near Ymir peak.

Two skiers who spent Sunday night in the backcountry near Ymir Peak have been found RCMP Sargent Darryl Little of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment said in a press release Monday.

"This morning, February 25, as the search was underway the two skiers managed to ski out safely," Little said in a release.

"The two people were not equipped to spend the night nor did they have proper avalanche equipment."

RCMP received the call at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday the two skiers had not returned home from a day skiing in the backcountry.

West Kootenay Climate Change Study: Local Scientists Say Time for Action is Now

Nelson forest ecologist Greg Utzig says it's possible there will be no forests in West Kootenay by 2080. — Suzy Hamilton photo

by Suzy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily

What we don’t do today will have a significant impact on tomorrow.

That’s the message of a three-year climate change study conducted by West Kootenay scientists.

“We weren’t sure what to expect when we started, and the results were even shocking to us,” said Nelson forest ecologist Greg Utzig, one of the study’s authors.

Avalanche risks are high after new snowfall

Avalanche risks are high after new snowfall

Warnings for caution in the Kootenay Boundary back country for snow enthusiasts are high this weekend.

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