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Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Kimberley’s Diamond in the Rough

Mining and the sun link the three cities with the same name — Kimberley — in British Columbia, Australia, and South Africa.

After 92 years of active mining, producing more than $20 billion worth of lead, zinc, and silver, Kimberley, B.C.’s Sullivan Mine closed in 2001.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia accounts for all of the area’s diamond production and produces 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamonds.

Coroners Service identifies man killed near Kootenay Pass summit

Coroners Service identifies man killed near Kootenay Pass summit

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died after a motor vehicle incident near Kootenay Pass summit east of Salmo (Friday) August 29 as William Richard Wells, aged 57, of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Wells was the operator of a westbound motorcycle which went out of control and entered a ditch on Highway 3 about four kilometres west of the top of the Salmo-Creston Pass during the afternoon.

Councillor opposes arbitrary process in policing equipment

Councillor opposes arbitrary process in policing equipment

A city councillor is speaking out against a process that sees the city making massive expenditures without having any say in the decision-making behind those expenditures.

Councillor Kevin Chernoff said he has no problem with getting closed circuit TV surveillance for the local RCMP detachment – but he’s not okay with the city having to foot the bill without any say or input.

City and CUPE 2262 reach accord, but no contract yet

City and CUPE 2262 reach accord, but no contract yet

The City of Castlegar and its union workers from CUPE Local 2262 have not yet hammered out a contract, but have arrived at a mutual accord in terms of proceeding.

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff says the two parties have agreed on a publication ban, meaning neither side will speak to the press until a settlement has been arranged.

He said the union brought the idea forward and the city readily accepted the notion.

This, after several exchanges between the two sides played out in local media, arguably making successful negotiations more difficult.

Suspicious fire causes roughly $10,000 damage

Suspicious fire causes roughly $10,000 damage

Police are investigating a suspicious fire found in the Toyota parking lot Friday evening.

Deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio, who was first on scene, said the call came in at about 10:12 p.m., advising authorities there was what appeared to be a brush or dumpster fire.

"There was a brush fire in the northwest corner of the lot, near a truck, a plough and a canopy," he said, adding crews extinguished the fire in a matter of minutes.

The fire did, though, cause about $10,000 damage, and Lattanzio said it's being treated as suspicious.

Man arrested in Surrey after 9-year-old sexually assaulted

Man arrested in Surrey after 9-year-old sexually assaulted

Surrey RCMP has arrested a 23-year-old Surrey man following the sexual assault of a nine year old girl on Aug. 27 (see original release).

OP/ED: Fassbender issues statment re: ongoing teacher strike

OP/ED: Fassbender issues statment re: ongoing teacher strike

This week should be the first week of school. For students and their teachers, it's supposed to be a time of excitement and anticipation. But instead, it's a time of frustration and uncertainty.

I am not happy about where things currently stand. Throughout this dispute, everything we've tried to do is to have schools open on time and reach a settlement. But the BCTF leadership has refused every path to a fair deal. They won't even let teachers vote on suspending pickets while an agreement is mediated.

Castlegar Selkirk grad wins $5,000 scholarship

Castlegar Selkirk grad wins $5,000 scholarship

Making the leap from the comfort of hometown Castlegar and the familiar classrooms of Selkirk College to complete a degree 450 kilometres away can be daunting for any undergraduate student, but $5,000 in financial assistance can go a long way to easing the transition.

Local cultural venues offer education alternatives in light of strike

Local cultural venues offer education alternatives in light of strike

An African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Let us come together and educate them too.

As BC teachers and the Provincial Government work towards settling their labour dispute, the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society is offering free admission at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre (across from the Castlegar airport) to students during the time that they are out of classes. Students are welcome to come out and learn about local Doukhobor history.

City pauses tree pruning because of public complaints

This photo, and those in the gallery below, were taken by The Nelson Daily on September 1 on Hoover and Ward Streets. The purpose of the pruning is to extend the distance between vegetation and power lines, according to Nelson Hydro.

City Council has asked Nelson Hydro to pause its pruning or “vegetation management” activities on city streets following some complaints from the public.

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