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Ainsworth fire service to be established in wake of two major fires

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily When the Silver Ledge Hotel in Ainsworth caught fire last May, the president of the Ainsworth Fire Prevention Society was overwhelmed when he showed up at the scene and the 114-year-old, three-storey building was consumed by flames. Four months later, Niko Bekker was overwhelmed again,...

Looking for the bear necessities

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily The popular hiking and biking trail above Nelson is now closed as grizzly bears are still lurking in the area. The Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail, formerly the Burlington Northern Santa Fe right of way, is closed from the entrance from Cedar Street in Nelson to Cottonwood Lake until...

Library renos highlight birthday bash

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily The excitement is beginning to build as the Nelson Municipal Library prepares to enter a new chapter in its venerable history. On Friday, Oct. 1, the Library will turn 90 years old and will show the results of its new facelift at an open house at 6:30 p.m. The progress to-date on the Library...

Bhutan at the UN: happiness should be a millennium development goal

By Sonam Ongmo in Global VoicesStarting Monday, world leaders descended on New York to attend the annual General Assembly.But shy of 5 years from the deadline of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals it was sad to see countries still mired in differences and using the platform to make jabs at each other...

KIJHL suspends Leaf skipper for three games

By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsTalk about running into a string of bad luck.Not only does Chris Shaw need to deal with the trials and tribulations of skippering a 2-5-hockey team, but current coach and GM of the Nelson Leafs also needs to perform those duties at arm’s length after being hit with a three-game suspension.Kootenay...

Slocan mayor denies grow op connection allegations

By Timothy Schafer, The Daily NewsThe mayor of Slocan City is denying knowledge of a marijuana grow operation  her husband and two sons are allegedly facing charges of running. Mayor Madeleine Perriere denied at a recent village council meeting that she knew about the operation prior to the alleged arrest of her husband and...

Nelson Search and Rescue could become regional service

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily The people will now decide if they want Nelson Search and Rescue service established as a regular part of the services they now receive from the regional district. An alternative approval process will take place Nov. 12 with Nelson, Salmo and Regional District of Central Kootenay areas E,...

RDCK wades into water world

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily After years of moratorium on acquiring regional water systems, the regional district will be entering the water service game in six new areas. The results of the alternative approval process Sept. 11 passed in favour of establishing water service in Balfour, Burton, Edgewood, Ridgewood, ...

Attitudes soften towards cultural tourism

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily Severe cuts to the arts sector in Nelson and area and an influx of 'new blood' have overridden West Kootenay resident’s desire to be kept a ‘secret,’ says the cultural development officer for the City. Joy Barrett said the demographic moving into Nelson in the last few years — younger...

ICBC cuts optional rates

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyLess frequent crashes have contributed to around $80 million being given back to residents in BC after the province's auto insurance company elected to cut its rates in response.ICBC announced it will take an average of three per cent off of its optional auto insurance premiums, in addition...

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