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Noxious weeds and scavenging at the dump

For those about to pull (noxious weeds), the regional district salutes you; noxious weeds will now be accepted free of charge at all regional district dumps.Listed under controlled waste, many of the weeds that are listed as “noxious” are pulled and brought in to waste transfer stations by volunteers in an effort to reduce ...

April showers bring May flooding as conditions could worsen

Brace yourself, the danger of flooding is expected to worsen as the month of May wears on, according to snow pack reports and the weather predicted in the next few weeks for the West Kootenay.With a snow pack in the Kootenay River region sitting at 142 per cent of normal, and the Lower Columbia at 111 per cent, there is plenty...

Tenure grant launches new Nelson-based mountain biking tour company

Tenure has been granted by the Province for a new Nelson mountain biking tour business in the West Kootenay, but with some conditions after a New Denver-based environmental group opposed its presence on some trails.Nelsonite Riley McIntosh’s application for Crown land tenure for a mountain biking tour business, Rilor Wilderness,...

Safety a concern on Highway 23 North from Revelstoke to Mica Dam

An expected increase in traffic and collisions along Highway 23 North to the Mica Dam expansion have prompted a call for an increased police presence on that stretch of road. As recommended by the community-based Mica Units 5 and 6 Core Committee, BC Hydro is providing funding to the RCMP to conduct additional patrols along...

Award winning film screening in the Slocan Valley

The Garden at the end of the World @ Threads Guild Building, Appledale, Tuesday, May 17, 7 p.m. The Garden at the end of the World “is a film that is both a documentary and a travelogue of a journey through a ruined land. It is stark in its contrasts of the impacts of war with the everyday lives of people trying to create new...

Grizzly bear activity forces additional trail closures

The Bruins aren’t only active in the Stanley Cup playoffs, they are regular residents of the outskirts of Nelson these days.In response, the regional district has closed the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern trail from Cottonwood Lake on Highway 6 to the Apex/Busk area and on to Hall Siding until further notice. “The closure is...

First Targa Canada West (test) rally touches down in West Kootenay region

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.Billed as a novel, fun test of concept tarmac, Targa Canada West will be holding their inaugural event, Targa Tabula Rasa (TTR), in Nakusp this Saturday on the scenic roads of the Arrow Lakes region. However, the performance part of the road race was cancelled because the organizers ...

Avalanche danger ramps up in the West Kootenay region as spring settles in

The house is a rockin’ in the West Kootenay backcountry as numerous size three avalanches up to 300 metres wide were observed in the last few days, the Canadian Avalanche Centre says.Triggered naturally by the sun, warm temperatures and cornice fall, the CAC’s Karl Klassen said. Avalanche activity has been mostly on sunny, ...

The forests come to Trafalgar School

Apparently when local governments, businesses and community organizations work together with schools, then good ideas grow into positive realities for kids. In the case of Trafalgar Middle School, an idea for improving the outdoor environment for the now younger student population has resulted in more than 80 large native...

L.V. Rogers student brazes toward national recognition

By Carrie Voysey L.V.Rogers student Logan Shubin is brazing a trail toward national recognition for his welding talent. Shubin won first place at the Skills Canada Kootenay regional secondary school welding competition in Cranbrook, a gold medal in the Skills Canada B.C. competition in Abbotsford and now qualifies to advance...

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