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Random Act of Co-operation starts Friday at Nelson Food Cupboard Garden Project

Representatives from Nelson co-operatives (Upper Columbia Co-operative Council, Kootenay Co-op Radio, Kootenay Insurance Services, Kootenay Country Store Co-operative, Nelson & District Credit Union) and Nelson Food Cupboard gather at the Food Cupboard's garden at Hoover and Ward Street in anticipation of a Random Act of Co-operation planned for Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016.  — Submitted photo

Spring is in the air and Nelson co-ops are inviting their staff, volunteers and directors to participate in a "Random Act of Co-operation."

Under the direction of a few co-op leaders in the community, the group is planning to harness the collective power of co-operation to assist the Nelson Food Cupboard in preparing their garden in Uphill for the summer growing season.

Collectively, co-ops make a significant contribution to Nelson's community and economy, with 240 individuals employed by local co-ops and 27,601 member-owners.

Big Bike to bring literally life-saving fun to Trail

Big Bike to bring literally life-saving fun to Trail

Seven teams consisting of more than 120 riders will take a seat to save a life this April in Trail. The Heart and Stroke Big Bike is making its way across the country, rolling into Trail on April 29.

Curlers looks for Council support to make building a 'year-round' multi-use community facility

Gordon Weiss speaks to city council about the Nelson Curling Club’s request to replace the Curling Centre’s sand floor with a concrete one. — Timothy Schafer photo, The Nelson Daily

The city’s curling club is looking for permission to put in a concrete floor at the 40-year-old city owned building in order to raise the bar on making the Curling Centre a year-round multi-use community facility.

The presence of a sand floor beneath the ice surface prohibits full utilization of the facility, said Nelson Curling Club president Gordon Weiss told city council Monday night. The sand floor with cooling pipes is not suitable for any other use except curling, he added.

What a Shock! More Electric Rays in BC Waters

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By David Suzuki

Gary Krause was mystified by an unusual fish he caught in his trawl net off B.C.’s Pacific north coast in October. It was a Pacific electric ray, named for a pair of organs behind its head that can knock a human adult down with a powerful shock.

Trawl fishery records show 88 of these rays in B.C. waters since 1996. Although an electric ray was first recorded off Vancouver Island’s west coast in 1928, nearly a quarter of the more recent sightings came from 2015 alone.

BC Hydro says Keenleyside to stay closed to motorists

BC Hydro says Keenleyside to stay closed to motorists

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by BC Hydro:

Over the past several months, we’ve met with local residents, elected officials and key stakeholders to discuss the safety concerns related to providing access across the Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam. An open house and discussion was held at the Castlegar & District Community Complex on February 11, 2016 that also generated a number of issues and options for our consideration.

Nine fires already in the region this season; most were human caused

Smoke from fires on the Paulson Pass was easily visible from Highway three last August. — Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

Anyone noticing smoke in the valley needn't be overly concerned, despite a recent record-breaking heat wave and an increase in local fires over this time last year, according to the Southeast Fire Centre today.

That's not to say, though, that caution isn't warranted, says fire information officer Karlie Shaugnessy.

“We've had nine fires which have burned 54 hectares in the Southeast Fire Centre region so far this season – the five year average is five fires burning 13.5 hectares, so it is up a little,” Shaugnessy said, adding all but one are thought to be human caused.

Lots to do to Celebrate Earth Day

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Rosslanders can celebrate Earth Day all week by participating in fun, family oriented activities organized by local community groups and co-ordinated by the Sustainability Commission.   This year,  celebrations include the annual Rossland Real Foods Chicken and Compost Crawl,  a special Shop Local, Eat Local  themed Rossland Mountain Market,  a Pitch In community litter clean-up,  free kids activities at the Museum and Library, the return of the Centennial Trail Doggie Doo Waa and the launch of a

Two occupants lucky not to suffer severe injuries after truck collides with car near Taghum Bridge

A silver truck sits on its roof following a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near the Taghum Bridge. — Submitted photo

A driver and passenger of a silver truck are lucky not to have been severely injured after clipping a car approximately 10 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A near the Taghum Bridge Monday afternoon.

The accident happened at approximately 5:15 p.m. Monday when an eastbound truck tried to avoid the car near Marsden Road.

RCMP said the car had wandered across a double solid line and  into the lane of the truck.

The truck rolled, ending up on its roof following the collision with extensive damage. The car had damage to the front end.

A Walk in the Forest Serious Work for Selkirk College Forestry Students

 Instructors in the Selkirk College Forest Technology Program say it’s important that students from the BC Interior see other kinds of forest ecosystems as they learn about management practices. The students gather for a group shot at Port Renfrew during their recent field trip to the West Coast.

A Walk in the Forest Serious Work for Selkirk College Forestry Students

CASTLEGAR – You’ve got to get an education to have a career in forestry management these days. But it’s still important to see how things work in the “real world”—especially if it’s a different world from the one you’ve been learning about in the classroom for the last two years.

LETTER: Glowing commendation for Safeway managers

LETTER: Glowing commendation for Safeway managers

I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Erica (Gregory), the pharmacy manager and Brian (Bogle), the store manager, of our local Safeway in Castlegar for going above and beyond expectations.

Due to human error, a component of my medication, which is vital to my well being and life, was not delivered to the store. Upon hearing of this, Erica began calling the local pharmacies and hospitals to inquire if the drug was in stock, to no avail.

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