Camping season unofficially arrives May longweekend

Ready, set . . . let's go camping.

Thousands of people are expected to head to BC Parks throughout the province to take in the great outdoors this May long weekend, in what is expected to be another record year for visitor numbers.

Each campground offers its own unique experience, whether visitors want to enjoy a campfire or waterfront picnic, hike some trails, take a swim or simply curl up under a shady tree with a good book.

Water levels close to normal in West Kootenay, as parts of Washington face drought

The water in the Kootenay River near Taghum has been low more than a month as Fortis & BC Hydro wait for the spring runoff. — The Nelson Daily photo

Drought has been declared in many parts of Washington State, and April’s weather report shows the West Kootenay had a significantly drier start to spring than normal.

But things are still looking fairly normal in terms of water supply for the region, according to officials.

Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

Heritage City plays host to District 5080 Rotarian Conference

District Governor Norm McCarvell of Nelson welcomes Rotarians to the 2015 Conference beginning Friday in Nelson. — Submitted photo

The Heritage City will be filled with Rotarians from District 5080 at the District Conference this weekend in Mary Hall of the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.

District Governor Norm McCarvell of Nelson hosts the event, billed as a “weekend of inspiration and fellowship”.

District 5080 extends from Orofino, Idaho, to Richland, WA in the United States and Grand Forks north to Nakusp and Golden north of the 49th parallel.

Stores to Shores Revitalization Project Update

Pipe from the old water main near IODE Park was removed by Maglio Installation crews last week. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson, Darren Davidson

Work on the Stores to Shores Revitalization Project in downtown Nelson.

City of Nelson media consultant Darren Davidson said a guard fence has been erected around the 300, 400 and 500 blocks — but the sidewalks remains open to pedestrians.

Davidson said there’ll be terrific new directional signage promoting businesses in the construction zone going up in the next few days.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trudeau throws election; NDP wins even in loss

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trudeau throws election; NDP wins even in loss

In my opinion, every NDP MP should be sending Justin Trudeau a Christmas card this year.

Not because they like or agree with him, but because I think he just unwittingly threw an election and drastically limited left wing vote-splitting, giving the Federal NDPs their first fighting chance at really taking the House of Commons.

Made For Trades Presents Pathways for High School Students

Grade 11 Lucerne Secondary School student Logan Mengler was one of 200 high school students who took part in the Selkirk College Made For Trades day that took place on the Silver King Campus in Nelson on Friday. The event allowed students to get an up close look at trades pathways and opportunities. —Photo courtesy Selkirk College, Bob Hall

More than 200 junior high and high school students descended on the Selkirk College Silver King Campus in Nelson on Friday to get a closer look at gateways into trades training.

The annual Made For Trades event brought students from around the West Kootenay-Boundary region to the campus to introduce the youth to the advantages of post-secondary as a springboard into trades careers. Students from Grade 8 to Grade 12 had an opportunity to tour the Silver King Campus, ask questions of the instructors, interact with current students and take part in hands-on workshops.

RDCK takes new approach to completing NDCC Aquatic Centre reno project

RDCK takes new approach to completing NDCC Aquatic Centre reno project

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is going into the contracting business.

Well, sort of.

After failing for land a single tender for the proposed $4.92 million Nelson and District Aquatic Centre pool renovations, Joe Chirico said the Nelson and District Recreation Commission plan on proposing to the RDCK board the hiring of a construction manager to oversee multiple contracts to complete renovation.

Nelson woman launches fundraising campaign to awaken the electorate

Laura Sacks (left) and Barbara Bergen hold a copy of Tom Rand's book. — Michael Jessen photo

Following a hectic 27-year career in the world of TV commercial production, Barbara Bergen chose the relative calm of designing and manufacturing cremation urns.

She left behind 14-hour days and a constantly ringing cell phone in the big city of Calgary for the small city seclusion of Nelson.

But her placid life was shattered one night in April after listening to a talk by climate change expert Tom Rand.

$10,000 reward offered to catch/convict Surrey prison escapee

$10,000 reward offered to catch/convict Surrey prison escapee

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in providing information regarding a male subject wanted on several warrants.

Shawn Merrick, 43 years old from Surrey, is currently wanted on a Canada wide warrant for Escape from Lawful Custody.  He escaped from a minimum security institution on March 31, 2015. He was serving a sentence for Second Degree Murder and Robbery offences.

Merrick is also wanted for two counts of Robbery allegedly stemming from two incidents that occurred on April 17, 2015 in Surrey.

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