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OP/ED: IntegrityBC's all-candidates challenge to party leaders

OP/ED: IntegrityBC's all-candidates challenge to party leaders

IntegrityBC is issuing a challenge to every party leader in B.C.: attend at least one all-candidates' meeting in your constituency in advance of the May 14th general election.

Help hoppers have a safe passage

Sammy, the pet salamander. Tiger salamanders are some of the local amphibians that have to cross Highway 3 to give birth each spring; Photo, Erin Perkins

With the recent warm weather and the coming spring rains, the second annual Gilpin Boothman’s Oxbow Amphibian Crossing Project is poised to take off.

On Wednesday, April 3 more than 40 people gathered in the basement of the Boundary Museum to see a presentation by biologist and project coordinator Jenny Coleshill.

Coleshill, along with the Boundary Habitat Stewards, the Granby Wilderness Society and the Christina Lake Stewardship Society, undertook this project for the first time last year.

Smoke alarm saves Gordon Road homeowner from potential loss

Smoke alarm saves Gordon Road homeowner from potential loss

Nelson Fire Department was quick to respond to a report of smoke alarms sounding at the 800 block of Gordon Road Tuesday evening.

The call came in at  approximately 6 p.m. from neighbours reporting a house full of smoke with no one home.

Two on-duty firefighters and one engine responded.

Two additional members attended the fire from home.

Upon arrival of the first crew smoke was observed throughout the house.

A pot with food had been left on the stove unattended which had been removed and placed outside by neighbors.

Tasers are back, with a new policy, at Nelson City Police

Tasers are back, with a new policy, at Nelson City Police

The Nelson Police Board has decided that Nelson police officers can start using tasers again.

The weapons were discontinued in 2007 after the high-profile death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver Airport. The incident led to a judicial inquiry into taser use in B.C.

Most of the recommendations made by Justice Thomas Braidwood, who led the inquiry, were incorporated into a provincial government policy in early 2012 that applies to all police departments in the province.

COMMENT: Five oil spills in one week: 'accidents' or business as usual?

COMMENT: Five oil spills in one week: 'accidents' or business as usual?

UPDATE: Since publication of this story this morning, yet another oil spill has come across the wire - a CP Rail spill from a derailment in northern Ontario - raising the total of spills this past week to SIX.

Culprits return more items from Johnsons Landing thefts

Culprits return more items from Johnsons Landing thefts

Kaslo RCMP Cpl. Shaun Begg says yet more of the property stolen during Break and Enters involving 4 unoccupied buildings in the Johnson's Landing slide area has shown up, this time on the front steps of a local church. Other property, believed to have been stolen from residences in an area still deemed to be unstable from an earlier fatal mudslide some eight months ago, turned up about three weeks ago, piled neatly at the side of an area road.

Small mudslide fills roadside ditch near Taghum

YRB officials were on the scene of a mudslide in Taghum Tuesday evening. — The Nelson Daily photo

The first mudslide of spring occurred west of Nelson in Taghum below Sproule Creek access road.

However, this slide had nothing to do with torrential downpour or a quick spring runoff.

An official at Yellowhead Road & Bridge (YRB) on the scene believed the slide was caused by a broken waterline possibly coming from homes in the lower Sproule Creek area.

Sand filled the north ditch adjacent to Highway 3A Tuesday evening, approximately 10 kilometers west of Nelson.

Castlegar seed exchange - growing kiwi in the Koots?

Foodtree pupils learn how to tap trees and make syrup from indigenous trees

Foodtree Permaculture Education and the Castlegar Public Library are teaming up to help you get the garden of your dreams this season with Castlegar Seed Swap this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Find new plant varieties you can grow for the first time! Maybe you’ve been seeking perfect plants to fill those empty spots in your rich garden canvas?,” said a press release issued for the event. “Come swap seeds and shop with some of our region’s most passionate gardeners! Enjoy trading your abundance of seed packets and home grown seeds. Trade and buy seeds with local gardeners or even seek a little garden advice and companionship!”

Foodtree collaborator Kate Wedemire, in an interview Wednesday, said Foodtree exists to help people learn about their own food sovereignty, and they even boast a four-acre demonstration farm in Crescent Valley (one could hear roosters crowing in the background during the telephone interview) where they focus on food Kootenay residents can grow in their own backyards .

Radon gas danger to residents may cause platform problems for provincial candidates

Radon gas danger to residents may cause platform problems for provincial candidates

An issue that came before council last night could prove contentious enough to end up a platform issue in the upcoming provincial election, according to councillor Deb McIntosh.

This after a presentation, at council's regular meeting, by Dana Schmidt, of the Donna Schmidt Memorial Lung Cancer Prevention Society.

Missing Trail teen found

Missing Trail teen found

A search for a young Trail woman with Down's Syndrome ended well yesterday when she was found safe and sound near Fruitvale.

RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton said police received a call in the mid-afternoon yesterday, saying 17-year-old Alyssa Berdusco had not shown up for school that morning.

"needless to say, it caused a lot of worry for her parents ... but it ended well," he said, explaining police, family members and the trasnit authority were looking for her. "We didn't have any reason to believe she had come to harm.

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