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Canada's municipal leaders meet in Nelson to discuss federal municipal priorities ahead of parliament's return

Some of the nation's top municipal leaders will descend on Nelson next week as the Heritage city plays host to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) national board of directors meeting.

With parliament set to return, the 75-member board  — which includes Nelson Mayor John Dooley — will discuss municipal priorities from Sept. 7-10, including the development of a federal long-term infrastructure plan and the upcoming federal budget.

FCM's board of directors comprises elected municipal officials and affiliate members

Grand Forks plays ball!

The Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament was kicked off with style on Wednesday night.

Committee members paraded to the pitchers mound following the Grand Forks Pipes and Drums band with an honour guard of Grand Forks Firefighters and the RCMP. After three national anthems were sung by Amanda Thate, Australia, United States and Canada, Mayor Brian Taylor threw the first pitch.

The 200th anniversary of European entry into West Kootenay is upon us — where does the time go?

David Thompson and his crew reached the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers where they had an historic meeting with the First Nations 200 years ago on Sept. 5., 1811.

On Sept. 5, 1811, David Thompson and his crew reached the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers where they had an historic meeting with the First Nations — the first known direct European-First Nations contact in our region.

Kienholz named as deceased in Nakusp plane crash

RCMP file photo. Not the Nakusp plane crash.

Nelson's James Forrest Kienholz has been identified as the man killed in the small float plane crash near Nakusp last Wednesday.

Kienholz, 64, was longtime Leafs scorekeeper and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and snowshoeing in the winter.

From the 1970s to 1990s Kienholz played goal and defence in the Western International and Kootenay Soccer Leagues for the Nelson Savoy and Royals teams.

Nelson's 'maverick' launches two new books at the Nelson Library

Canadian novelist and playwright Bill Gaston has dubbed  Nelson’s Ernest Hekkanen — author of no less than 43 books of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and literary criticism — Canadian literature's "most resolute maverick." 

On Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 pm the Nelson Public Library offers a chance experience our own literary maverick as he launches numbers 42 and 43 of his considerable oeuvre.

Letter: In praise of Nelson as host for Senior Games

To the Editor:

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Seniors Games for the first time. 

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed it and how fantastic the townspeople and the volunteers were. 

From losing keys (and finding them) and eating fabulous meals at Nelson`s restaurants to riding on the Electric Tram I had a wonderful time.

Everyone was warm, friendly and helpful from the Security folk watching the Dragon boats to the courtesy car drivers to the Tram engineer and conductor noone could have been more helpful. 

Mystery smoke at library, police station and fire in Gyro Park keep firefighters hopping

Two nearly simultaneous fires diverted firefighter resources Thursday morning, with one leaving police and firefighters with a smoking mystery.

Around 1 a.m. a fire at Nelson’s Gyro Park was reported, with fireworks believed to allegedly be the root cause of the blaze in the wooded areas.

The two-member duty shift responded immediately to the location while Fire Chief Simon Grypma and all off-duty career members were called in. The Nelson Police Department also responded immediately to the scene.

Celebrating 40 years of the counter culture movement in the West Kootenay

The Vallican Whole Community Centre.

The epicentre of the counterculture movement in the West Kootenays is celebrating its 40th birthday with a three-day party this weekend.

Several of the Slocan Valley's most outstanding artists — including Pamela Nagley Stevenson, Ann Swanson Gross, and Kuris Raits — are offering up some of their finest works in a 50/50 auction Saturday evening as the Vallican Whole Community Centre celebrates its 40th birthday.