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Nelson Fire Department responds to human-caused fire near Waldorf School

The worst nightmare for citizens of Nelson came to a sudden halt when Nelson Fire Department crews kept a wildfire from spreading Friday afternoon near the Waldorf School south of Nelson.

Assistant Fire Chief Mike Daloise said Nelson Fire Department was called at 3:44 p.m. Friday to a fire above the Waldorf School, located south of Nelson off Highway 6.

The brush fire, believed to have originated as a result of an unattended campfire, was too large to be contained the people who discovered the blaze.

Church and Court Condemn CO2

A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25 percent within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world.

The Nelson Daily Green Up Columnist Michael Jessen has his take on the ruling by three judges that said the Dutch government plans to cut emissions by just 14-17% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change.

What a bad week for greenhouse gas emissions.

UPDATED: Finally good news in search for missing hikers near Keremeos

SARS teams from the Keremeos are searching for two missing hikers, Lynne Carmody (left) and Rick Moynan. — Photos courtesy RCMP

There was a glimmer of hope in the search for two missing hikers who disappeared in the backcountry near Keremeo.

News sources are reporting a set of tracks was found Friday near a trail the couple is believed to have used.

The find was the first lead since Rick Moynan and Lynne Carmody were reported missing after failing to return to Cathedral Lakes Lodge on Monday following a day hike in the provincial park there.

Awards keep coming in for Kaslo Sourdough business

Photo taken at the BC Food Processor Gala, the Kaslo Sourdough Team (L-R): Heike Lettrari (sales rep), Silvio Lettrari (owner, inventor), Heidi Lettrari (general manager), Laura Ellis (sales rep). Missing are Stefan Lettrari (production manager), and Gabi Lettrari (owner, operator). — Submitted photo

The awards just keep coming in for a small business in Kaslo.

Thanks to the many fans of the product who voted online, Kaslo Sourdough Pasta ‘Pasta Fementata’ won the Public Voting for the Nexty Award. (Final results are now listed on their website:

The Kaslo Sourdough prodcut finished with the most overall votes.

The owners are excited to attend the awards ceremony held at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore in September to receive the honour.

RDCK petitions for public meeting after KHS proposes operation adjacent Kokanee Provincial Park

A proposed heli-ski operation bordering Kokanee Provincial Park has the regional district board of directors petitioning the province for a public meeting. Public domain photo:

A proposed heli-ski operation bordering Kokanee Provincial Park has the regional district board of directors petitioning the province for a public meeting.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board recently voted in support of asking Front Counter BC for a public meeting regarding the application by Nelson-based Kootenay Heli Ski Inc. (KHS) for a heli ski operation adjacent to Kokanee Provincial Park.

Nelson Killjoys host Dam City Rollers in Mountain Mayhem Championship Saturday at NDCC Arena

Nelson Killjoys take a break during training at the NDCC Arena as the team prepares to host the Mountain Mayhem Championship. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Killjoys have some unfinished business ahead Saturday against the Castlegar Dam City Rollers at the Mountain Mayhem Championship in the NDCC Arena.

The game is the finale for the West Kootenay Roller Derby League as the two teams battle it out for the Golden Boot Trophy.

“The Killjoys are expecting a challenging and exciting game in the finals against Dam City,” said team spokesperson Meg Ablast, a skater on the Nelson KillJoys women's roller derby team.


Did you know that invasive species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity?  

Luckily in 2005 a non-profit group called CKISS (formally CKIPC); Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society was formed to raise awareness and to discourage further introduction and spread of invasive species within the Central Kootenays.

On Saturday June 27th CKISS is hosting a party for kids (and parents) to celebrate 10 years of contributing to the protection of the beautiful landscapes, ecosystems and lakes in Nelson and surrounding area.

Greening Up: The Future Starts Today

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”Pope John Paul II

“You may delay, but time will not.”Benjamin Franklin

“How did it get so late so soon?”Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Right target, wrong timeline.

The decision by the leaders of the G7 to emphasize “a decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century” sounds an awful lot like business as usual.

RCMP take man into custody Sunday following long standoff near Kimberley

A distraught man who kept police kept police on guard for more than 11 hours surrendered without incident three kilometres north of Kimberley Sunday.

Kimberley RCMP received a call at 3:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of a distraught man in the 8700 block of Highway 95A.

Police quickly learned the man may have had access to firearms.

Additional officers were called in, including a negotiator to assist in setting up a safety perimeter, which included the closure of highway 95A for several hours.

At 2:50 p.m. Sunday, the man surrendered to police without incident.

Taking it to the streets: HEU stages rally against privatization of hospital laundry services

HEU laundry workers from Kootenay Lake Hospital paraded through the streets of Nelson during a rally against

By Zaynab Mohammed, The Nelson Daily

A crowd of more than 50 people marched down Baker Street in support Hospital Employee Union laundry workers at Kootenay Lake Hospital Saturday morning in Nelson.

The march, which paraded through the Nelson downtown core, concluded at City Hall Courtyard where friends and family joined the rally in the fight against the Interior Health Authority's plans to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.