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West Kootenay EcoSociety asks province to reject proposed heli-ski tenure near Kokanee Glacier Park

A screen shot shows what a heli-ski is proposing for Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.

The West Kootenay EcoSociety (WKES) is calling to the provincial government to deny an application for a heli-ski tenure on the border of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – stating that the proposed operation would have adverse impacts on the park’s ecosystem and non-mechanized users.

Submitted by Wendell Maki of Kootenay Heli-Ski Inc. (KHS), the tenure application requests an operating area of 144.66 square kilometres for guided helicopter skiing in the winter only.

River Talks — Some call them Salmon, I call them Persistence

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, is forthcoming in 2016.  Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Paige Purcell knows already at a young age the importance of giving

Paige Purcell (standing, second from right) sits with a group of friends while Global TV News Hour Final Anchor Anne Drewa addresses the audience during the 28th annual Miracle Weekend Telethon in Vancouver. — Submitted photo

Despite her age, Paige Purcell continues to be one of Nelson’s largest fundraisers for the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

The five-year-old Nelsonite was diagnosed with a brain tumour a few years ago.

It was at BC Children’s Hospital that Purcell had the life-saving operation.

And since Purcell experienced the life-changing moment, she wanted to give back to the BCCH.

This past weekend Purcell had the opportunity to do just that during the 28th annual Miracle Weekend in Vancouver.

Distraught man arrested after long standoff in downtown Nelson

Two Nelson police officers carefully track the movements of the suspect from the bucket of the Nelson Fire Department's ladder truck. — Submitted photo

Nelson police, supported by officers from local RCMP officers and with assistance from the Nelson Fire Department, arrested a suicidal 31-year-old man who had been barricaded inside an apartment in the Medical Arts Building on Ward Street late Tuesday evening following a six-hours-long standoff.

Police closed the 400 block of Ward Street outside the Hume Hotel shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call that suicidal male who had barricaded himself in his estranged girlfriend’s downtown residence.

HIV Then and Now – We’ve come a long way

Interior Health has launched a new campaign to show how advances in HIV treatment and care have improved the lives of those living with the disease.

The campaign aims to break down stereotypes that prevent people from being tested and accessing life-saving treatment.
The “HIV Then & Now” campaign builds on the momentum of Interior Health’s innovative “My Health is Sexy” campaign which was launched in December 2014.

UPDATED: Weather Alert ends for West Kootenay region

Environment Canada ended its Weather Alert for the West Kootenay region.

However, the region is still expected to receive 5 to 10 mm of rain through Wednesday. Thursday, the region can expect to see a 60 percent chance of rain.

Slow moving low pressure extend Weather Alert

Environment Canada continued its weather alert for the West Kootenay region into Wednesday witih further rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 mm are expected through the morning as an upper low pressure system moves slowly through the region.

Woman locked in bathroom of local business facing Mischief charges

A 39-year-old woman is facing charges of Mischief under $5000 after Nelson Police responded to a call of a person locked inside a bathroom of a local business.

The call came in Friday (May 29) at 7 p.m. from a local business. Staff said a female entered the bathroom and was refusing to leave after almost an hour.

Nelson Police arrived to find female inside the bathroom refusing to open the door.

Police, using a spare key, opened the door to find the woman ingesting and injecting drugs inside the bathroom.

Police concerned with increase of poor driving habits on West Kootenay highways

Police will be out in full force looking for impaired drivers this weekend said RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Police are concerned with the increase in speed and alcohol-related incidents on the highways in the region said Sgt. John Ferguson, NCO of the West Kootenay Traffic Services in a prepared statement Friday.

"The West Kootenay Traffic Services and Nelson Integrated Road Safety Unit are starting to see a very scary trend in our motoring public," Ferguson said.

"Excessive speed which at times has been mixed with alcohol."

Nelson loses out to Chilliwack at 'Best of the Best' Tap Water Taste Test Challenge

The City of Chilliwack came away with the top prize at the 2015 “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test Challenge.

Nelson qualified for the finals, but ended up losing out to Chillwack in “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test Challenge at the B.C.Water and Waste Association conference Thursday at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

The competition format was based on a taste test held annually at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition (AWWA ACE), and is similar in many ways to a wine tasting.