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Kokanee Creek Provincial Park benefits three times over from provincial payout

The West Kootenay EcoSociety wasn’t the only community group in the West Kootenay to benefit from a recent payout from the Community Legacy Fund.

Last week the city’s premiere environmental group was awarded $19,000 for upgrades and informational displays in the Kokanee Creek Provincial Park visitor centre.

Dam City rolls past Lumber Jackies in West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League action in Nelson

It was another night of blocks and hits as the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League made its final stop of the season Friday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League made its final stop Friday in the Heritage City and for dramatics, the final game of the regular season did not disappoint.

The Dam City Rollers of Castlegar staged a late-game rally to edge Nelson’s Lumber Jackies 139-137 in game two of the doubleheader before a boisterous crowd of supporters at the NDCC Arena.

The win pulls Dam City into sole possession of third spot in West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League standings and a date in the semi final against Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.

'Rock snot' confirmed in Kootenay Lake watershed

The scientific name is Didymosphenia geminata.

But its more commonly used, and perhaps fitting, term is simply “rock snot.”

Its presence has been confirmed in the Kootenay Lake watershed, and its unwelcome arrival has the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation (FWCP) asking anglers and other water users to take extra care in cleaning gear in an effort to slow its spread.

New funding for Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Visitor’s Centre

Nelson City Councillor Kim Charlesworth explores the Kokanee Visitors Centre at Kokanee Creek Park — photo submitted.

A burst of new funding will help the Kokanee Creek Visitor’s Centre expand its programs and improve its displays, the West Kootenay EcoSociety announced Monday.

EcoSociety won a $19,000 grant from the British Columbia Conservation Foundation's Legacy Program for new and improved displays and learning tools, while Regional Directors Ramona Faust and Don Mickel will provide funding for programs that reach community members in the region.

Creating a safer community with Safe Haven

Anyone feeling threatened or unsafe in Nelson won’t have to look far for a safe place to go.

Businesses all around Nelson are making the area a safer place with the Safe Haven program.

Participating businesses, or Safe Havens, are marked by a yellow Safe Haven sticker in their front windows, which means anyone who feels at risk can go inside to use the phone and wait for help to arrive.

Cpl. Voisine dies in tragic diving accident

Cpl. Paul Voisine died in a recreational scuba diving accident last week. Voisine,along with five other divers was at the artificial reef near Snake Island off Vancouver Island and was off-duty at the time.

During the dive Cpl. Voisine was located unconscious on the deck of the sunken vessel, HMCS Saskatchewan. Immediate efforts were undertaken to assist him with his breathing and once on the surface first aid was administered. Cpl. Voisine never regained consciousness despite numerous attempts by emergency personnel to revive him. An autopsy has been scheduled.

SD20 responds to 'LG' issue with letter to parents

The following is a letter, by school district superintendent Jean Borsa, which was sent home with Castlegar students last week:
Dear Parents/Guardians:                                                                      
Recently, there was a posting on Facebook by two young men in the Castlegar area related to a phenomenon now known as LG, or ‘little girl’. Disturbing and shocking, this particular post noted, with detailed procedures, how young men/older male teenagers could prey on young teenage girls (or ‘specimens’

Keeping families in need connected — Farms to Families

Families in need will still have a connection to fresh produce at West Kootenay EcoSociety farmers’ markets.

Kootenay Kids and West Kootenay EcoSociety have announced the Farms to Families program would resume for 2011.

Through the program, Kootenay Kids provides vouchers to families in need to allow them to purchase fresh produce at the Cottonwood and Downtown markets operated by EcoSociety.

Glacier Resorts Limited tries to ‘develop’ Jumbo Glacier area through a ‘backdoor’: Wildsight

Photo courtesy the West Kootenay EcoSociety

Proponents are billing it as a service for tourists, but a watchdog group sees it as another attempt to develop the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort area through ‘the backdoor,’ and without due process. 

“It” is a proposal to open commercial skiing operations at the former Camp Green site, on Farnham Glacier, just over the height-of-land from the Jumbo Valley.