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Steelworker Adam Connell tour raises awareness for public inquiry into sawmill explosions

Adam Connell holds up the Steelworkers petition while Ray Keen signs during a recent swing through Nelson. — Submitted photo

The United Steelworkers recently launched a petition demanding Premier Christy Clark call a public inquiry into the explosions of the Babine and Lakeland sawmills.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers, touring the region, was in Nelson this week to raise awareness and give locals a chance to sign the petition.

“I believe this is very important to every B.C. resident regardless of if you work in a saw mill or not (to sign the petition),” Connell told The Nelson Daily.

“(I believe) the big issue with this is Work Safe BC,” Connell added.

Nelson woman launches fundraising campaign to awaken the electorate

Laura Sacks (left) and Barbara Bergen hold a copy of Tom Rand's book. — Michael Jessen photo

Following a hectic 27-year career in the world of TV commercial production, Barbara Bergen chose the relative calm of designing and manufacturing cremation urns.

She left behind 14-hour days and a constantly ringing cell phone in the big city of Calgary for the small city seclusion of Nelson.

But her placid life was shattered one night in April after listening to a talk by climate change expert Tom Rand.

Bear sightings force partial closure of Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail

Part of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail — from south of Cottonwood Lake parking area to Hall Siding — has been closed due to bear sightings near Cottonwood Lake. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Bear are wreaking havoc on the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Days after reducing hours at the Kokanee Park Marina recycling bins, 15 kilometers from Nelson on the North Shore, the RDCK is forced to close a portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail because of bear sightings near Cottonwood Lake.

The closure will be in effect from May 1 to June 5.

West Kootenay Camera Club's 25th Anniversary show set for June

This photograph — autumn colors of Waldie Island — is one of the many entries in past West Kootenay Camera Club shows. — Photo by Marie Croteau

Now we wait.

The deadline has passed for the West Kootenay Camera Club's 25th Anniversary of its annual Photo Show.

The Photo Show will take place from June 5-13 at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, coinciding with the Castlegar SunFest.  

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Club will host a Youth competition.

The Annual Photo Show is a juried event with qualified judges from varied backgrounds in both photography and the world of art.  This year’s judges are from Spokane, WA and Kelowna, BC. 

Man who climbs tree to escape Nelson Police in court Monday to face long list of charges

Nelson Police said a 26-year-old man who tried his best to get away from officers is being held in custody to appear in court in Nelson Monday to answer to charges of breaching release conditions, assault, resisting arrest and escaping lawful custody following an incident Friday (May 2) in Rosemont.

Nelson Police were originally called at 2:20 a.m. to deal with an unwanted person at a Rosemont home.

A male had returned after being told to leave, kicking in the door the second time to gain access.

Bears foraging for food force RDCK to reduce hours at Kokanee Park Marina recycling bins

The recycling depot at Kokanee Park Marina has been attracting bears of late. — Photo courtesy Jeannine Delaney

Some inquisitive bears foraging for food around the recycling bins in the parking lot of the Kokanee Park Marina has prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay to reduce hours of the facility.

The RDCK said the bears have been spotted around the recycling bin several times.

One bear was recently trapped and relocated.

“I’ve seen bears stand up with their paws on the bin and reach in for items at this sit,” said RDCK Conservation Officer Nathan Smienk.

April 'drier' than normal says Southeast Fire Centre

The warmer weather in April allowed this paddler a nice, relaxing day on the Kootenay River. — Submitted photo

The age-old adage of “April Showers, Brings May Flowers” was not the norm in April according to Ron Lakeman of the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.

Lakeman said in his monthly weather bulletin “dominant high pressure” made for a drier month of April.

“Not typical of April was the more dominant area of high pressure which resulted in a greater number of days of dry and fairly sunny conditions,” Lakeman explained.

“The mean monthly temperature was very near average while the total amount of precipitation during the month was only 50 percent of normal.”

Nepal Earthquake hits close to home for former Nelson couple

Shaun Monty of Chilliwack was in the Nepalese City of Pokhara when a 7.6 earthquake struck the region Saturday. — Facebook photo

The earthquake in Nepal hit a little too close to home for a former Nelson couple now living in Chilliwack.

The son of Dean and Val Monty, Shaun, was visiting the Nepalese City of Pokhara when a 7.6 earthquake struck the region Saturday.

Thankfully, Shaun and two friends, Robertson Mackenzie and Ashleigh Brooks managed to get through the massive quake unscathed.

Accused bank robber Andrew Stevenson pleads guilty in Nelson Court

Andrew Stevenson pleaded guilty in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday.

Andrew Zacharias Stevenson, who robbed several West Kootenay businesses, pleaded guilty in Nelson Provincial Court Tuesday to a laundry list of charges.

The charges include robbery using a restricted prohibited firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, using an imitation firearm and breaking and entering.

Stevenson, appearing via video link, confirmed his plea on eight counts as read out by his lawyer Ken Wyllie.

West Kootenay EcoSociety sees EAO decision as step to Jumbo Valley staying wild forever

West Kootenay EcoSociety Executive Director David Reid (right), seen standing with lawyer Judah Harrison outside the Nelson Courthouse after filing legal court challenge in February 2013, said the Province needs to hold Jumbo project to a higher standard. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Supporters to "Keep Jumbo Wild" are lining up to applaud the recent BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) decision that said the builder of the ski hill in the heart of the Jumbo Glacier was not compliant with the condition of its certificate.

"We're happy to see another nail go into the coffin of this dangerous and unwanted project,” David Reid of the West Kootenay EcoSociety said in a prepared statement.