Noctilucent Clouds: The Mystery Revealed

Noctilucent Clouds:  The Mystery Revealed

By Kate Lemke

What are noctilucent clouds? While the name does sound rather apocalyptic, these cloud formations are actually a globally treasured phenomenon. Here is why.

Nelson CARES Society spearheads Wheelchair Accessible Van survey

Randi Jensen (left) and AFC Initiative Coordinator Corrine Younie discuss the new Wheelchair Accessible Van survey Tuesday on Kootenay Co-op Radio. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Carshare Cooperative and the Nelson & District Seniors Coordinating Society have banded together to explore the option of adding a wheelchair accessible van to the Kootenay Carshare fleet.

The project, initiated by the Nelson CARES Society, is part of the Age Friendly Community Initiative (AFC).

The AFC has determined that there is no public access to a wheelchair accessible vehicle in the West Kootenays and is working with the community to address this gap in transportation services for seniors and other persons with mobility challenges.  

The Values of Hope and Happiness

Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Reading the news, it’s hard not to feel a growing sense of unease. The threat of terrorism, growing instability and conflict overseas, a shooting on Parliament Hill last October and uncertainty about the economy diminish our collective feelings of safety and security. To this we add the looming environmental threats of climate change, pollution, declining ocean health, oil spills and extreme weather.

City of Nelson Summer Students spruce up City

Summer students Heidi Betts and Ameeta Bhabra (right) dealt with the rain last week to beautify the gardens on 900 Vernon Street. — Photo courtesy Naomi Lewis

The City of Nelson traditionally hires university students for work in its summer students program.

The successful candidates must be enrolled in accredited post-secondary programs.

The City hired students for public works as well as an engineering technician.

Successful candidates work in the program until September.


Province calls public meeting on Kootenay Lake fishery Monday in Balfour

The province is hosting a special public meeting Monday at the Balfour Community Hall to discuss what officials are doing to help the industry.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has called a special meeting Monday (June 15) to explain to the public about plans for the recovery of the Kootenay Lake fishery.

The meeting, set from 7-9 p.m. at the Balfour Community Hall in Balfour, is co-hosted by the Province and the Balfour and District Business & Historic Association.

Nelson Fire crews keep truck fire from spreading to forests on Bealby Road

Nelson Fire Department members work to contain a truck fire Monday evening on Bealby Road. — Submitted photo

Rapid response by the Nelson Fire Department prevented a truck fire from spreading near a home on Bealby Road Monday evening.

NFD dispatch received a call at 6:29 p.m. Monday of a vehicle fire at 2080 Bealby Road.

The owner of a 2010 Dodge Ram truck was backing an attached travel trailer up the steep driveway when the fire started in the engine.

Both on-duty members along with additional firefighters responded to find the pickup engulfed in flames.

UPDATED: Two missing 11-year-olds found

Daniella Murphy, 11, is missing, along with her friend, Emily Whitewood.
Richmond RCMP are thanking the public after the safe return of two 11-year-olf girls missing from Richmond.
"The two missing 11-year-old girls, Emily Whitewood and Daniella Murphy have been located," said RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang. "Richmond RCMP would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.
"The response via social media, specifically Twitter, was tremendous."

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Castlegar man facing charges after robbery on Sunday

Castlegar man facing charges after robbery on Sunday
A-29 year-old Castlegar man is facing charges after the Castlegar RCMP received a report from a local business that they had been the victim of a robbery in the early morning hours of June 7, according to Castlegar RCMP Laurel Mathew.
"The male entered the Columbia Avenue store and browsed inside for several minutes before threatening to produce a weapon and demanding money," she said.

MP: Social Programs: The Eroding foundations of Canadian Freedom

MP: Social Programs: The Eroding foundations of Canadian Freedom

In Canada we have been conditioned to believe that hard work will get us anywhere.  The belief that we could all be rich someday keeps us going through the hard times, keeps us pounding the pavement looking for work, and makes those long shifts at gas stations and fast food restaurants all over the country go by a little quicker. It is the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.

Southeast Fire Centre fire ban partially rescinded

Southeast Fire Centre fire ban partially rescinded

Effective at noon on Thursday (June 4) Category 2 open fires will once again be permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre due to a decreased risk of wildfires.

The public is now permitted to burn waste, slash or other materials in a pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width. The rescinding of this prohibition does not include Category 3 fires. A map of the Category 3 prohibition area is available online at:

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