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Cyclists, hikers get path up Golden Hill

Golden Hill - Province of BC photo.

Outdoor recreation in the Golden area is getting a boost with the construction of a new trail up Golden Hill.

Families will soon be able to cycle and walk along a new paved two-metre-wide pathway on the hill that will run parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway for just over one kilometre.

The path will connect to Station Avenue at the Highway 95 intersection at the west end, and with the Visitor Information Centre on Golden Donald Upper Road at the east end.

Parade an annual feature of the Grand Forks fall fair

A float in the 1997 Grand Forks Fall Fair; Photo, Grand Forks Fall Fair

Believe it or not, the Grand Forks' Fall Fair is fast approaching. Amidst the planning for exhibits, mini-chuckwagon races and vendors, Chris-Anne Gilmore, owner of Your Dollar Store With More and head of the Parade Committee, is busy helping to organize the 2011 Fall Fair Parade.

Pushing the limits of the Official Community Plan

An addition to the Youth Centre (inset) could augment Cicada Place.

A two-floor addition to the Nelson and District Youth Centre has been approved in principle as City council tentatively looks to endorse more affordable youth housing in the city.

At the committee of the whole meeting July 25 council received a presentation from the Nelson Community Services Centre (NCSC) regarding the proposed development of the second floor of the Youth Centre (608 Lakes St.) for youth housing.

45 Basin environmental projects receive funding

The Kokanee Salmon School Program is one of the 45 projects receiving funding support in 2011/12 from Columbia Basin Trust's Environmental Initiatives Program.

Forty-five environmental projects throughout the Columbia Basin will be receiving a total of $580,000 in support in 2011/12 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) through its Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP).

"It is a priority for CBT to encourage long-term stewardship of Basin resources and help build the capacity of residents to take action in meeting environmental challenges," said Kindy Gosal, director, Water and Environment.

Human-caused Perry Creek fire 100 per cent guarded

Wildfire on Wassaw Island, NWR. Credit: Ginger Corbin, public domain.

Twenty firefighters and two dozers are continuing to make good progress the fire burning in the Perry Creek area.


With forecasted wind gusts expected this week, the Southeast Fire Centre is expecting smoke to increase on the four-hectare Perry Creek fire.

Discovered Monday afternoon, this person-caused fire is now 100 per cent guarded. Today crews will continue to remove danger trees in the area and mop-up hot spots closest to the fire perimeter. This fire is not threatening any communities or structures.

Man spends night in wild following ATV accident

A dramatic accident/rescue took place in Pass Creek over the weekend, after an ATV and its driver went over a steep embankment.

The driver, a 42-year-old Alberta man, spent an entire night with various broken bones before managing to contact help. The accident took place on Norns Road, approximately 10 kilometers from Castlegar.

“It looks like there was a group of people quadding, and they were racing along, one in front of the other,” said Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff.

Squatters blamed for fire west of Nelson

Squatters are believed to be the blame of a small fire that occurred in the early afternoon of Friday, August 19 west of Nelson near the CPR tracks.

The fire was caused as a result of an abandoned campfire near a squatter’s camp.

Members of the Beasley Fire Department, at the time assisting the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games Dragon Boat Races at near Lakeside Park in their rescue boat, ferried forestry firefighters who quickly extinguished the small blaze up river from the Nelson sewage treatment plant.

Cancer takes Jack Layton at the age of 61

Jack Layton . . . passes Monday morning

Opposition leader Jack Layton died Monday morning at his home.

The Layton family announced the sudden passing in a statement.

Layton had been battling cancer and recently stepped down as federal NDP leader. He, however, had hoped this would be a short time away from politics, optimistic to return when Parliament resumed next month.

"We deeply regret to inform you that the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today," the statement said.

Three days to celebrate 40 years: the Vallican Whole party

The Vallican Whole Community Centre, originally the epicentre of the counterculture movement in this part of the West Kootenays, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a three-day party Aug. 26-28.

Who can believe it's 40 years since this wild and crazy bunch of dreamers built the most beautiful hall in the Kootenays?

Several of the 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.

First new Southeast copper mine since 1998 opens near Princeton

Mining is returning to the Princeton region as the Copper Mountain Mine celebrated its grand opening Friday. The mine brings jobs to the area and benefits the entire province.

Having started production in June 2011, Copper Mountain is the third-largest copper mine in Canada and the first major-metals mine to open in British Columbia since 1998.

The 7,285-hectare (18,000-acre) site is located 20 km south of the town of Princeton and is expected to produce approximately 2.27 billion kilograms (five billion pounds) of copper over its life.