Bill 11 attacks BC Education

Bill 11 attacks BC Education

We all know how important education is to any person’s success in life. It’s equally imperative to the wellbeing of our communities and entire society.

In Canada, we are fortunate to have developed a robust public education system available to every child and rooted in democratic governance.

Nelson Commons commitment to hiring local includes women

Nelson's Selina Drake has had no problem fitting in with the men at the Nelson Commons site. — Photo courtesy Eva Brownstein, The Nelson Daily

Men may still hold the lion’s share of industrial jobs, but women are slowly, but surely, making a dent in those numbers.

At the Nelson Commons job site, Selina Drake of Nelson is one of those trendsetters from the female side of the playing field.

"I'm a rare breed," said Drake, who operates a dump truck for McNally Excavating.

Nelson Garden Festival a hit once again with gardeners

The crowds were rather large all day at the 14th Annual Nelson Garden Festival. — Photos courtesy Deb Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The 14th Annual Nelson Garden Festival was a hit Saturday on Baker and Kootenay Streets.

The event, sponsored by the West Kootenay EcoSociety, saw a sellout crowd of people arrive looking for items for the garden from the 50 vendors and community groups.

Even Mother Nature attended, bringing spectacular spring-like weather.

Some of the items up for sale  included perennials, annuals, vegetable starts, trees, furniture, flowers and chicken manure.

Police step up patrols for Silver City Days but praise event

Police step up patrols for Silver City Days but praise event

Police have increased patrols and presence in Trail for this weekend’s Silver City Days, but RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr says that’s no negative reflection on the annual fair.

“We do get increased call volume, but I think that has more to do with an increase in population than it does with the event itself,” he said, adding most of the calls are what you’d expect to see with an influx of revellers, such as drug- and alcohol-related calls, noise complaints, etc.

Police lock down Trail high school Friday afternoon

Police lock down Trail high school Friday afternoon

Minor mischief led to some high drama near the Trail high school this afternoon, after police got a call reporting what may have been fireworks going off at 12:53 p.m.

“The caller reported a loud, ‘bang, bang’ – which may have been fireworks, but could have been gunfire, so we had to proceed as if it might be (the latter),” said RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr. “It’s in the vicinity of the school, so we have to take precautions.”

Hudson Hope car stolen with child still belted inside

Hudson Hope car stolen with child still belted inside

On May 7, at 12:48 p.m. the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report that a vehicle had just been stolen with a three-year-old child still inside.

Officers immediately attended the scene and obtained details as quick as possible in order to activate an Amber Alert.

Surrounding RCMP detachments in every direction possible were notified of what had occurred and immediately set up a perimeter to cover all possible routes out of Hudson’s Hope while other supporting units headed to the town itself.

Camping season unofficially arrives May longweekend

Ready, set . . . let's go camping.

Thousands of people are expected to head to BC Parks throughout the province to take in the great outdoors this May long weekend, in what is expected to be another record year for visitor numbers.

Each campground offers its own unique experience, whether visitors want to enjoy a campfire or waterfront picnic, hike some trails, take a swim or simply curl up under a shady tree with a good book.

Water levels close to normal in West Kootenay, as parts of Washington face drought

The water in the Kootenay River near Taghum has been low more than a month as Fortis & BC Hydro wait for the spring runoff. — The Nelson Daily photo

Drought has been declared in many parts of Washington State, and April’s weather report shows the West Kootenay had a significantly drier start to spring than normal.

But things are still looking fairly normal in terms of water supply for the region, according to officials.

Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

Heritage City plays host to District 5080 Rotarian Conference

District Governor Norm McCarvell of Nelson welcomes Rotarians to the 2015 Conference beginning Friday in Nelson. — Submitted photo

The Heritage City will be filled with Rotarians from District 5080 at the District Conference this weekend in Mary Hall of the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.

District Governor Norm McCarvell of Nelson hosts the event, billed as a “weekend of inspiration and fellowship”.

District 5080 extends from Orofino, Idaho, to Richland, WA in the United States and Grand Forks north to Nakusp and Golden north of the 49th parallel.

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