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Turn out the lights, let darkness reign (for one hour)

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyMillions of people from more than 92 countries around the world — including thousands of people from the West Kootenay — will turn out their lights today for Earth Hour.  The City of Nelson and Nelson Hydro will arrange to shut off almost all lighting at City-owned facilities and buildings,...

B.C. government to hold earlier HST vote under Referendum Act

British Columbians will have an earlier vote on the HST than previously scheduled and it will be conducted under the authority of the Referendum Act. The Referendum Act ensures a simple majority vote will determine the outcome of the referendum. Further details on the referendum will be finalized by an order-in-council, but...

Avalanche conditions moderate to low but with an edge this weekend

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyNo more gloom and doom, let ‘er rip in the backcountry this weekend. The Canadian Avalanche Centre is reporting moderately dangerous avalanche conditions Friday and Saturday, with the chance dipping to low on Sunday. It is one of the first weekends in several months where the backcountry ...

Cell phone tower slated for southern Slocan Valley

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyThere is a plan in the works to place a Telus cell phone tower in the southern part of the Slocan Valley, the communications giant confirmed this week. Shawn Hall of Telus Communications Ltd. in Vancouver said the West Kootenay is on the “radar screen” and they are working to acquire several...

Gaming grant money to be returned to community groups: Clark

More than 2,000 non-profit community groups across BC will see part of $15 million in new grant funding restored to them, the province’s premier announced Thursday. Christy Clark said the restoration of funding will bring over 500 organizations back up to historical funding levels, including youth arts and culture groups;...

West Kootenay families gear up to celebrate 2011 as The Year of Science

In celebration of 2011's official designation as the Year of Science in BC, the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) is partnering with Science World and Selkirk College to present the Community Science Celebration.  This year the celebration is moving to Selkirk College in Nelson on April 2 (beginning at ...

Police boat still in the works for Nelson Police Department

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyNelson will likely have a new police boat in its fleet of vehicles, but the police board chair said it would take some time before its purchase is finalized. City council approved the allotment of $17,000 in its budget for a police boat for the Nelson Police Department in its recently adopted...

Hunting for the elusive locally-raised cut of meat

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyThe search for locally raised meat is over. Fattoria Local Foods in Castlegar has begun offering door-to-door delivery of Creston raised, grass fed, local beef, in an affordable and convenient size, ready for the freezer or the barbeque. Started by Nelsonite Jennifer Barclay in July of 2010,...

1,664 tonnes of scrap metal removed yearly from regional district

Over 1,483 tonnes of scrap metal were removed form the regional district last year, keeping it out of the landfill and turning it into useful products.Last week the care and feeding of scrap metal recovery in the regional district went up for grabs as the RDCK opened the tender for the service.The Regional District of Central...

Seasonal load restrictions in effect for Southern B.C.

Drivers of commercial vehicles are advised that load restrictions are now in place on various provincial routes in Southern British Columbia. Highways are particularly vulnerable to damage when they begin to thaw, and load restrictions are put in place to reduce that damage. With load restrictions in place, drivers of long-haul...

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