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HST information campaign reaches out to voters

Let the hype begin. The provincial government is spending $5 million to convince people the HST is a good thing. The information campaign announced by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon Thursday says it will correct misunderstandings about the HST, in the lead-up to the referendum this summer. Using print, TV and online ads, the...

Backyard burning period begins as permits available for purchase

It’s game on for those who wish to burn backyard waste this month. With the blessing of the Nelson Fire and Rescue, City council has opened up the sale of permits for the backyard burn period through to May 31. Those wishing to burn must have a valid permit and follow the Corporation of the City of Nelson Bylaw #3077,...

Spring high water information as the melt water levels continue to rise

With spring melt waters rising the danger of flooding is increasing in some areas of the West Kootenay.With an above average to high snow pack this year in the region, there is an increasing possibility of spring flooding. The Regional District of Central Kootenay is urging people to take time now to become better informed ...

Cottonwood Market opens this weekend after two week delay

Local songstress Miss Quincy and Rob Funk will be the musical treats to launch the 2011 version of the Saturday market in Cottonwood Falls Park in Nelson this weekend.Despite the cold, wet spring, the market manager expects a good showing at the opening day. “We decided to delay the opening for a couple of weeks, and I think...

Salmoans take initiative and create their own community fund

By Helen LutzAs in most small communities, there is a strong network of volunteers and lots of community spirit in Salmo. While recognizing that a community foundation would be a tremendous asset to Salmo, there just wasn’t the capacity to move forward with the administrative and legal steps required. Recognizing this gap, ...

Public asked to help track rare owl by listening for bird's call

Breeding season for the western screech-owl has begun, and with it comes a bird call that the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is asking the public to listen for. Listed as an endangered species both federally and provincially, the FWCP is looking to track these owls to better understand their distribution, range...

B.C. introduces amendments to PCA Act

The Province introduced legislation today to give British Columbia the toughest animal cruelty laws in Canada with higher penalties and greater accountability, following the slaughter of as many as 100 sled dogs last year. The amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act increase fines for animal cruelty convictions...

Landmark NDN building sold to local group of developers

For decades the Nelson Daily News building on Baker Street was the physical landmark for the second oldest daily newspaper in the province.It was a source of pride for many Nelsonites as they reveled in having the smallest centre in Canada with a published daily newspaper. When that 109-year-old tradition ended in June of...

$12 million in funding to explore B.C.’s potential

With a $12-million investment from the Province, Geoscience BC can continue to provide new data to help companies and prospectors explore the potential to find mineral and oil and gas resources, leading to jobs and economic diversification.One new major metal mine in B.C. could create a $20-million to $50-million payroll and...

More hoops presented for Savoy Hotel project proposal

Although the rezoning application for the Savoy Hotel property on Baker Street was approved by City council Monday night, there are several checks and balances needed before the project sees the light of a public meeting.First and second reading on the Land Use Regulation Bylaw passed on the Kootenay Christian Fellowship...

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