Gimme a Break! More Classic Car Collector vehicles now eligible

The threshold for eligibility will be expanded from 1958 to 1974 to allow eligible modified vehicles within the “muscle car” era into the program. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The British Columbia government is committed to making changes to the modified collector vehicle program to allow specialty cars and trucks, up to and including 1974, into the program.

ICBC currently has a modified collector vehicle program that allows individuals with vehicles registered as a 1958 model year or older to apply for modified collector vehicle status. 

Textiles Studio at Selkirk College Offers Inspiration and Career Opportunity

Dani Ortman creates handwoven scarves on her loom in her studio on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. The fibre artist has established a full-time career for herself after attending Kootenay Studio Arts. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

With the Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition just wrapped up, Selkirk College alumna Dani Ortman is busy in the studio preparing for the next showing of her handwoven scarves.

It was more than seven years ago that Ortman went to a show in Toronto as part of a Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) field trip. She was studying textiles with hopes of pursuing a career in fashion design and this hands-on experience was most beneficial in finding her path.

Wildfire in Sunningdale Saturday

Wildfire in Sunningdale Saturday

Twelve firefighters rapidly extinguished a wildfire in Sunningdale this afternoon, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Greg Ferraby.

He said the call came it at 12:32 p.m.

Roadside enforcement near Castlegar reveals 'alarming' trend

Roadside enforcement near Castlegar reveals 'alarming' trend

A four-day enforcement effort about eight kilometres out of Castlegar on Highway 3B (the route to Grand Forks) has left police deeply concerned about dangerous driving along that stretch of highway, according to RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. Phil Mager.

Mager said that, in just four days, police impounded more than 80 cars and issued more than 150 violation tickets over and above the impounds.

One man injured in Paulson Summit MVA

One man injured in Paulson Summit MVA

A passing motorist ended an ugly ordeal for a fellow traveller early this morning, by driving into cell range and calling 9-1-1 to report a vehicle in the ditch at the Paulson Summit this morning, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Greg Ferraby.

He said the call came in at about 7:50 Saturday morning.

Food production to get a boost from regional district with Food Policy Council

The project aims to devise a local model of a food policy council that will join the agricultural industry with local government.

In order to support the growth of food production in the West Kootenay a new council has been created by the regional district.

A joint project to create a regional Food Policy Council for Central Kootenay is being undertaken by the regional district with the goal of enhancing the abundance of food production and agricultural activities in the West Kootenay.

The project aims to devise a local model of a food policy council that will join the agricultural industry with local government.

Shambhala organizers hoping to educate patrons on dangers of fentanyl as Music Festival opens

This team of volunteers at the Harm Reduction Services Tent is prepared for the onslaught of drug testing as the Shambhala Music Festival kicks off. — Submitted photo

As the Shambhala Music Festival kicks off its 18th event this week, organizations like the Aids Network Outreach & Support Society (ANKORS) are doing their best to educate attendees about the dangers of drugs like fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is often falsely sold under brand name narcotics labels like OxyContin.

Stetski seeking input on how to make every vote count

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski . . .  this is not a fair system

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is coming to a coffee shop near you.

The NDP member of parliament is hitting the coffee shops in the ridings to get an idea of how to improve Canada's electoral system and ensure that every vote counts equally.

"In the last two federal elections, parties that only received 39% of the vote formed a majority government with 100% of the power - this is not a fair system," said Stetski in a media release.

Basin communities get huge boost for arts, culture and heritage projects

Pamela Nagley Stevenson's recent exhibit at the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar.

Over 160 arts, culture and heritage projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $706,000 in funding support for the 2016–2017 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

Still time to enter BC SPCA Wildlife in Focus photo contest

Hello, by Paul Cowhig, is currently the most-voted-for entry.

Hit us with your best shot! The BC SPCA’s eighth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest, featuring a new platform and a brand-new look, is open for entries. Each year, participating photographers go wild to capture the best of British Columbia’s wildlife through the lens, but you don’t have to be a photographer to support them – with the introduction of a new People’s Choice Award, you can cast your ballot by donating to vote.

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