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Composting Gets a Foothold in City Buildings

Librarian Anne DeGrace uses the new compost at the Nelson Library.

The City of Nelson is playing a leading role in community composting by walking the walk at a number of city buildings.

Launched in mid-March, The City Workplace Composting Program allows staff to compost organic material from their lunches.

Fiona Galbraith, Corporate Energy Coordinator for the City of Nelson, is coordinating the program.

“It is a project of the Eco-Action team, a group of motivated staff members that have implemented these programs in the workplace,” Galbraith explains.

Why City Council is worried about Nelson Hydro’s summer tree-pruning plans

Nelson's celebrated "doughnut tree" on Cedar Street-- one solution to the problem of hydro lines vs. trees. Nelson Hydro admits that its pruning and trimming plans for this summer will not be popular with some homeowners

Nelson Hydro will be doing some drastic trimming and pruning of trees throughout the city this year. This could include pruning the branches of privately owned trees.

Hydro is of course not allowed to cut down homeowners’ trees, but it can trim them without notice to the homeowner if the tree or other vegetation is too close to power lines.

Big ALR changes proposed for the Kootenays

Are changes to ALR regulations in the Kootenays discriminatory? — Photo courtesy Tricycle Farms Website

Proposed changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve that would affect ALR regulations in the Kootenays are being met with mixed reaction.

On Thursday the provincial government introduced changes that would divide BC’s agricultural farmland into two zones.

“I feel like I just got thrown out of BC,” said former NDP Agriculture Minister Corky Evans. “And now we’re in goddam Alberta.

COMMENT: Do our political values match our personal ones?

COMMENT: Do our political values match our personal ones?

I was talking with a student at the college earlier this week. She’s writing a paper about the turmoil in School District 20 that led to the loss of K-12 in Rossland last year (it’s history already!). Ironically, it was recently revealed that this ‘hard-headed’, ‘fiscally prudent’ ‘cost saving’ measure has ended up costing the district money (in the form of a projected $729 000 deficit for the upcoming year) thanks largely to the loss of students to the Seven Summits Centre and, presumably, homeschooling.

Nelson Hydro encourages residents to participate in Earth Hour 2014

Nelson Hydro encourages residents to participate in Earth Hour 2014

Nelson Hydro is joining the rest of the world in encouraging the public to participate in Earth Hour 2014.

From 8:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday (March 29) families and businesses across the region are urged to join millions of people around the world to switch off, unplug and shutdown non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

Nelson Hydro is offering residents the opportunity to "be a local champion" by pledging participation in Earth Hour. The pledge could earn a local charity $1000 from Nelson Hydro.

Nelson's Woody Wudkevich saves boy in Cuba

Robert "Woody" Wudkevich saves young boy while on Cuban vacation. — Photo courtesy CBC News

The owner of Kootenay Glass and Mirror was in the right place at the right time to save a young boy during a recent Cuban vacation.

Unfortunately, he could not save the boy's father, who drowned as a result of being swept out by a riptide.

The accident happened last week (March 19) at a resort Varadero, Cuba.

Robert "Woody" Wudkevich was vacationing at the resort and sleeping on the beach when a stranger woke him after noticing a family in trouble.

Pass Creek hosts First Annual Small Farm Animal and Poultry Sale and Swap

Pass Creek hosts First Annual Small Farm Animal and Poultry Sale and Swap
We are inviting all small farmers and businesses in the East and West Kootenays to attend Pass Creek Exhibition grounds for our First Annual Small Farm Animal and Poultry Sale and Swap. The venue will offer small farmers the opportunity to meet other farmers, exchange information, sell and trade. We are inviting businesses that sell merchandise used by farmers to attend as well. We are charging $5 per farmer or business.

Only minor injuries in 14-vehicle pile-up on TransCanada near Golden

Only minor injuries in 14-vehicle pile-up on TransCanada near Golden

Fully 14 vehicles were involved in a crash on the TransCanada Highway yesterday, accordng to RCMP Sgt. Mike Pears.

"RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle collision on the Trans Canada Highway at the top of Heather Hill, approximately 50 kilometers west of Golden. While en route, reports were received of additional vehicles being involved in the collision," he said.

Selkirk Homestays: Enjoy a world of opportunity from the comfort of your living room

Val Trombley (middle) with her two current homestay students Jasmine Chen (left) and Narusa Hasegawa (right). Chen is from Taiwan and enrolled in the Resort & Hotel Management Program. Hasegawa is from Japan and enrolled in the English Language Program.

Val Trombley has travelled the world from the cozy confines of her three-bedroom home in Castlegar. Over the last 17 years, her journey is rich with culture and the people she’s met along the way.

Selkirk College is currently accepting applications for area residents interested in taking international students for homestays. The program offers lasting rewards for both the student and the families who offer to immerse these visiting young people into Canadian culture.

COMMENT: Fight for our country but fall through our cracks

COMMENT: Fight for our country but fall through our cracks

Last January, my party introduced an Opposition Day Motion urging the Conservatives to take immediate steps to increase investment in mental health services for Canadian Forces members.  The three-part motion called on the federal government to: address the mental health crisis for Canadian soldiers and veterans by hiring appropriate mental health professionals; reserve its decision to close veterans’ office, and; to prioritize and conclude the more-than 50 outstanding boards of inquiry on military suicides so that grieving families may have answers and closure.

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