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Letter on Federal Budget

In his media release on the recent federal budget, the Conservative candidate seems proud of his party’s “balanced” budget.  This budget was only balanced by raiding the EI fund (which belongs to the workers who paid dues into it) for $1.8 billion, taking $2 billion out of the $3-billion contingency fund (good fiscal managers should know that contingency funds are for year-end spending in extraordinary circumstances, not for spending at the start of the year for political reasons), and selling our GM shares at below-market prices. 

Kootenay Conservation Projects receive Million Dollar boost

Ministry of Environment staff member Mike Gall looks out on some of the restoration work completed at Premier Lake Park as part of the East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program. HCTF has provided financial support for this program since 2002. — Submitted photo

At the BC Wildlife Federation Convention held this weekend in Fernie, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) announced it will provide over a million dollars to Kootenay fish & wildlife projects.
The East Kootenay Grassland Ecosystem Restoration program was awarded the largest single grant in the region, receiving $189,000 to improve wildlife habitat through prescribed burns.

In total, 16 Kootenay conservation projects were approved for funding, including:

West Arm Outdoors Club, Nelson Hydro join forces to erect a fishing platform on West Arm of Kootenay Lake

A coordinated effort by West Arm Outdoors Club (WAOC) and Nelson Hydro means a fishing platform allowing angles to fish the West Arm of Kootenay Lake near Proctor is one step closer. — Photo submitted

What could have been a problematic issue in Procter was resolved through cooperation between the West Arm Outdoors Club (WAOC) and Nelson Hydro said WAOC President Gord Grunerud in a media release.

Grunerud said the wildlife organization has been working on building a fishing platform just east of downtown Procter — across from the Balfour ferry terminal — for more than five years.

Pilings have been driven and walkways are expected to be installed in the coming months.

NPD arrest man pointing replica firearm in downtown Saturday

A call to Nelson Police diffused what could have been a dangerous situation after a man was said to be pointing a replica firearm in the 400 Block of Ward Street Saturday afternoon.

The report came into NPD dispatch at approximately 4 p.m. (April 25) that a man was pointing a firearm in the downtown business district.

The caller didn’t believe the gun to be real, instead thought it was an “airsoft” — a gun that fire spherical projectiles of many different materials, including plastic, aluminum, and biodegradable material.

Jumbo Glacier Resort project put on hold after being found in non-compliance with permit condition​

The brakes have been put on GRL's bid to develop a ski hill on the Jumbo Glacier.

Call it a major victory for opponents to a ski resort in the Jumbo Glacier area or just another bump in what has been a long road for the Glacier Resorts Ltd.

Glacier Resorts Ltd has been told by the The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) to halt construction on two buildings until new safety conditions can be met in the event of an avalanche.

Foggy Goggle Boys Making Good!

Foggy Goggle Boys -- at the Cookie Jar

The Foggy Goggle Boys made it to the Regional Finals in the annual CBC "Searchlight" competition. Over 3300 bands were originally entered in the competition, and only 225 made the regional finals.   On April 28, the National Finalists were announced.   23 musical entries made that cut, but they did not include our guys.

The Foggy Goggle Boys now consist of Brian Taylor, Jonathan Provencal,  Dale Green, Gord LePage, and Ian Johnson -- for more details, such as which one is assigned the nickname "Eye Candy,"  go to

Letter: SD 8 Chair deeply concerned about future of public education

To The Editor:

The Honourable Peter Fassbender
Minister of Education
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC
V8W 9E2

Dear Minister Fassbender:

As the Board of Education for School District #8 (Kootenay Lake), we are deeply concerned about the ramifications of Bill 11 on the future of public education in the Province of British Columbia and call upon the provincial government for its immediate withdrawal.

RDCK says ammonia leak at NDCC Arena injures one worker

The NDCC was closed for several hours Tuesday following an ammonia leak in the arena refrigeration. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said one worker was injured and the Nelson and District Community Complex (NDCC) was closed for several hours following an ammonia leak in the arena refrigeration Tuesday.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our staff and of the public,” said Stuart Horn, Chief Administrative Officer for the RDCK.

“Arena staff are working closely with the BC Safety Authority and WorkSafe BC to determine all the facts in the incident.”

NPD warn public of CRA scam making rounds

The Nelson Police Department and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) want to warn the public of telephone calls or emails making the rounds that claim to be from the CRA.

Both organizations warn the public that this scam could result in identity and financial theft.

“The email notifies the receiver that they are entitled to an additional tax refund and to click on the link provided to initiate the process,” said NPD Sergeant Corey Hoy in a media statement.

“Receivers are prompted to enter their personal information which may be used maliciously. “

New Compassion Club gets the Heave Ho — Again

Quunabu Healing Society members Kelby Eichenauer and Kyle Lindroos (right) hold up their eviction notice from 640 Baker Street. — Suxy Hamilton, The Nelson Daily photo

For the second time since it arrived in Nelson last fall, the Qunnabu Healing Society’s (QHS) Medical Marijuana Compassion Club has been evicted from its storefront.

“We’re trying to bring alternatives to people so they have a choice, like if you walk into any other store,” said society director Kyle Lindroos.