Local author wins award at Kootenay Literary Competition

Local author wins award at Kootenay Literary Competition

The Kootenay Literacy Competition (KLC) awards were handed on March 14 in Nelson. Of the award winners was a local resident.

Leslie Davidson from Grand Forks won in the Adult Creative Non-Fiction category, along with Graham Kenyon of Rossland. Davidson won for her short story “Hold On.”

The tsunami that struck northeastern Japan is now three years past, but it hasn’t stopped making waves

This small vessel was found on Long Beach, WA in April 2013. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Debris travelling all the way from Japan has brought with it a number of Japanese marine species to the west coast, some of which have the potential to become invasive and devastate the coastal ecosystem.

Scientists were shocked to find that 165 different species had travelled from Japanese waters to the coast of North America on dislodged debris. Three of these species are known invasive threats and can devastate the coastal ecosystem if they get the chance to repopulate.

Q & A — The Grand Forks Water Meter Plan

Water meter -- a Wiki Commons image

Water meters have been the center of debate in Grand Forks in recent months, raising many questions from residents—during council meetings, public events and coffee shop discussions— about the City’s pending plan. Here is a look at some of the key questions and answers, as provided by Chief Administrative Officer Doug Allin and municipal documents.

Who will be doing the installations?

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

LETTER: An open letter to Mayor Taylor

This open letter to Mayor Brian Taylor was submitted by Grand Forks resident Julia Butler. 

Dear Mayor Taylor

At the council meeting on March 10, I presented council with a letter from Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development stating, “I assure you that the Province of British Columbia does not require local governments to build new assets before applying for funding. You commented on the installation of water meters,...”  

Court injunction gives hope to those who need medicinal weed

The medical grower, who spoke to The Nelson Daily, has his final crop of marijuana hanging to dry in his house.

While new regulations around medical marijuana production came into effect on April 1, a court injunction (recently appealed by the federal government) has granted growers with licenses under the own system to keep producing their own medicine until a legal challenge against the federal government’s new law is heard

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Dig Garden your one stop shop for AZOMITE® Trace Minerals

Mark Loran recently announced that at Dig Garden Centre is the Canadian Distributor for AZOMITE® Trace Minerals.

Dig Garden, located at the Highway 3A/6 junction in South Slocan, is pleased to announce it's the Canadian distributor for AZOMITE® Trace Minerals.

And now that the word is out, the product is flying off the shelf.

“We brought in 27 tons and that sold out in the first week,” said Mark Loran, owner/operator of Dig Garden with his wife Lori.

“Then we brought in another 27 tons . . . and that already half sold.”

Trust environmental focus renewed

Trust environmental focus renewed

Columbia Basin Trust’s new Environment Strategic Plan is now completed and will guide the Trust’s water and environment initiatives from 2014 to 2019. It sets goals in five areas: water, ecosystems, climate change, environmental education, and helping to strengthen organizations that focus on the environment.

The plan is now available online at

A $243,000 bill courtesy of Canada’s governments

A $243,000 bill courtesy of Canada’s governments

By Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre, and Milagros Palacios

The Fraser Institute

Grohman Narrows Dredging — still too early to tell

The jury is still out on whether to begin dredging Grohman Narrows. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Preliminary findings of a study to determine the feasibility of dredging Grohman Narrows were presented by BC Hydro to elected officials and the public on March 26 in Nelson.

“Does it make sense to proceed? It’s still to be determined,” said Sabrina Locicero,  BC Hydro’s stakeholder engagement advisor.

Locicero was one of five presenters who shared the latest Grohman Narrows dredging study with the public.

“We are in the identification stage, presenting studies to date and sharing discussions.” 

Nelson Police Department rolls out innovative Restorative Justice Program

Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Gerry Sobie (left) and NPD Sergeant Dino Falcone are spearheading the new Restorative Justice program for Nelson. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Police Department is advocating for the introduction of a Restorative Justice program as an option to laying criminal charges when a crime has been committed. 

The program, spearheaded by NPD Sergeant Dino Falcone and coordinated by Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Gerry Sobie, is looking for volunteers.

Sobie helped establish and run the Cranbrook RCMP Restorative Justice Program, from 2005 to 2009.

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