Op-Ed: Disappointed, betrayed, but also hopeful

Montana Burgess . . . Executive Director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

It’s been a rollercoaster month.

I’ve felt disappointed and betrayed, but also hopeful. Last week, I watched the Liberal Government stand with BC’s premier and approve a massive LNG pipeline and terminal project that would move natural gas across pristine northern wilderness and First Nations land to Lelu Island, near Prince Rupert, for export to Asia.

City looks to nip marijuana operations in the bud

Council passed the first two readings of amendments to a bylaw that would effectively prohibit any marijuana operation in all land use zones throughout the city.

Despite the marijuana-loving reputation of the citizens of Nelson, the City of Nelson itself is taking a stance against the proliferation of illegal marijuana operations.

City council passed the first two readings of amendments to a bylaw Monday night at its regular meeting which, once adopted, would effectively prohibit any marijuana operation in all land use zones throughout the city.

Council Notes — Museum nabs cash for new storage facility

City council recommended staff provide a report on the one-time grant of $25,000 to Touchstones Nelson for the purpose of re-locating the archives.

The city’s museum society will have to wait to find out if it has secured the $25,000 it asked the city for in order to develop a new storage site in the basement of a nearby building.

Ken Watson, president of the board, and Linda Sawchyn, interim executive director at Touchstones Nelson, asked city council last month to fund the move of the museum’s collection stored at Anderson Street to the Gray Building — located next door to the museum.

Dispensary Opening in Rossland

Dispensary Opening in Rossland

On Wednesday, October 5, a new store opens its doors in the Mountain Kingdom.  The Rossland Dispensary will be the newest addition to Rossland's business community.

What IS a marijuana dispensary?

Boil Water Notice lifted for Woodbury Water Users

Boil Water Notice lifted for Woodbury Water Users

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release Tuesday that users on the Woodbury Water System are no longer subject to a Boil Water Notice, instead dropping to a Water Quality Advisory.

“Repeated test results over the past few weeks have indicated that the water quality has improved and is free of any presence of Coliform Bacteria,” said the RDCK media release.

A Plentiful Harvest

Conversations about food often include favorite meals and restaurants.  But in the Columbia Basin-Boundary food conversations are increasing and evolving, including discussions on local agriculture, food security, and related policies and plans. Food is a hot topic these days, and these conversations include a diversity of people, from farmers to community groups, local governments, and economic development agencies.

Traffic Fatality Near Rock Creek

Traffic Fatality Near Rock Creek

West Kootenay Traffic Services reported Tuesday that a crash on Highway 3 east of Rock Creek at about 3:45 pm (the date was not specified, but the report was received early on October 4) took the life of the driver of one vehicle and resulted in serious injuries to the other driver, who was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital. 

The crash happened near Meyers Road, east of Rock Creek.

Road conditions can change quickly, so be prepared to adjust driving

Time to slow down and adjust driving behaviour to match road conditions. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Road and weather conditions change quickly during winter. Drivers should be prepared to adjust their driving behaviour to match the conditions and address potential hazards.

On average, each year in British Columbia, the number of casualty crashes due to driving too fast for conditions doubles in December compared to October – approximately 236 crashes in December compared to approximately 117 in October (ICBC Annual Average Casualty Crashes due to Driving too Fast for Conditions 2011-2015 police reported data).

Nelson Co-operatives collaborate to show co-operative advantages

Kootenay premiere of a new documentary film, A New Economy screens on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Front Room at 901 Front Street as part of Co-op Week.

An energized group of Nelson co-operatives is preparing to host the Kootenay premiere of a new documentary film.

A New Economy highlights the demand for changing traditional economic practices for the good of both humanity and the environment.

The film screens on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Front Room at 901 Front Street as part of Co-op Week.

The 82 minute movie begins at 7 p.m. and space is limited to 80 seats.

September weather, as normal as it comes

The view high atop Pulpit Rock was a picture perfect fall day. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Finally, a normal month on the calendar.

Ron Lakeman at the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services said September was a "near normal" month. 

"The mean monthly temperature was within 0.1 of a degree of normal (while) the monthly rainfall was 89% of normal," Lakeman said.

Lakeman said a broad upper trough of low pressure allowed for unsettled conditions with scattered light showers during the initial eight days of the month. 

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