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ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

Covering elections can be a challenge, especially with a full slate of candidates. Reporters ask questions, but also have to choose which answers to publish. Even the most objective reporter won’t always fairly represent the candidates that way. The Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum is great way to start getting to know your candidates (this election’s forum will be on Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sandman), but even that has limitations, with just two hours to address the platforms of fully 15 candidates.

New cab company promises service to Castlegar/Trail after both cities lose service providers

Castlegar's new taxi. PLEASE NOTE, the number on the side is NOT correct - the number will be 250-687-0133, and should be operational within roughly a week. Trail's number will be 250-921-6921, and should be operational within roughly two weeks.

The ink is barely dry on a deal that will bring taxi service once more to Castlegar and Trail, after both cities’ taxi services were shut down as of Oct. 11.

Ken Parker, a dental rep out of Surrey, and his partner first entered the taxi business when they purchased the license to open Creston Cab Company in July of this year. When he heard, only recently, that both Castlegar and Trail were to be left without any cab service at all, it was a mad scramble to get the licensing and logistics in place to ensure a minimal gap in coverage for local residents.

Council candidate Brian Shields wants to tackle taxation, sustainability, affordable housing, and climate change

Brian Shields is one of twelve candidates running for city council in Nelson in the November 15 election.

This Q&A session with council candidate Brian Shields is the sixth in a series with candidates for Nelson City Council in the November 15 municipal election. Previous articles have featured council candidates Anna Purcell, 

Man pepper-sprayed during home invasion near Winlaw

Man pepper-sprayed during home invasion near Winlaw

The victim of a home invasion near Winlaw Friday morning is lucky he wasn’t hurt, according to RCMP Const. Jason Zilkie.

“At approximately 5:20 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 10, three unknown suspects broke into a residence situated in the 4500 block on Highway 6 near Winlaw,” Zilkie said. “A male who was sleeping in the residence was peppered sprayed by one of the suspects, but he did not require medical attention.”

This 'wonderful facility for our needs' says Kaslo Fire Chief

Dignitaries joined the community at the grand opening of the new emergency services building Saturday in Kaslo. — Photo courtesy Greg Nesteroff, RDCK

Residents in and around Kaslo can sleep a little easier following the grand opening Saturday of the new emergency services building.

The facility, located next to the arena on the south side of the village, is home to the fire department, search and rescue and emergency social services.

 “This is a great day. I’ve been waiting for this for 10 years,” Area D Director Andy Shadrack told the large crowd of firefighters, dignitaries, and citizens.

“It’s a wonderful facility for our needs,” said Kaslo fire chief Douglas Yee.

Safe drinking water highlighted at Nelson workshop

Executive Director of the Small Water Users Association Denny Ross-Smith from Harrop/Procter: "BC is an embarrassment". — Suzy Hamilton photo

As many as 1,800 homes and businesses in the region draw their water from small independent systems. And at any one time, about one in six of them are drinking unsafe water on boil water advisories.

That was the bad news delivered at a Small Water Users workshop held in Nelson on October 9.

The good news is that Interior Health is about to adopt a new approach to help people make their drinking water safe according to Canadian Drinking Water guidelines.

Totem Pole raised at Fish Lake to celebrate BC’s newest Tribal Park

Chief Cecil holds the Eagle Mask during the ceremony. — Photo courtesy Wayne McCrory, Valhalla Wilderness Society

The singing of songs in the ancient tongue along with the thumping of native drums echoed across the sparkling waters of Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in the BC Chilcotin (Tsilhqot’in) recently as some 250 people braved the bumpy mountain road to celebrate the commemoration ceremony of the new Dasiqox (Taseko) Tribal Park of some 800,000 acres.

The Tsilhqot’in name is Nexwagwez?an meaning there for us.

Combined with the five adjacent large provincial parks the Tribal Park is intended to link at a broader landscape level.

Hunter rushed to hospital following grizzly bear attack near Fernie

A grizzly bear attack a man Sunday near Fernie.

Ministry of Environment media spokeperson David Karn said a male hunter was transported to Calgary hospital by STARS helicopter after being attacked by a grizzly bear Sunday morning.

Karn said the attack happened at approximately 9 a.m. near Fernie.

“One male victim was injured in the attack by a boar grizzly bear,” Karn explained in an emailed statement.

“During the attack, the victim's hunting partner shot at the bear killing the bear.”

Karn said Conservation Officers responded immediately along with other first responders.

Police make appeal to DeGroot in Slocan, 'Come in, let's talk'

Police make appeal to DeGroot in Slocan, 'Come in, let's talk'

RCMP continue their search efforts but are issuing an appeal directly to Peter DeGroot: come in and let's talk.

Police have searched a number of areas, including some that have been identified through tips received from the public, however Peter DeGroot T has not been located. Officers have encountered rugged terrain around the somewhat remote, rural town, along with other challenges in this dynamic and evolving event. The land and air search efforts continue with the intent to locate Peter and to peacefully resolve the situation.

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

Dear Editor,

It turns out that the man being hunted in Slocan is a person whom I know. He is actually a very good friend of (my partner’s). I have heard some ludicrous statements regarding this "psychopath" and the events over the past twenty-four hours, in fact I was one of the people spreading the rumours. I may not have made a huge deal out of it like I have read in some places, but I still posted that people should be aware that there had been "a shooting" based off of something I read in a thread that was local to the scene. Then today I heard that this "mentally unstable person was former special ops"... this coming from a neighbour of his. This is how things go bad REALLY quickly.

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