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JUMBO RESORT 'FOUNDATIONS' IN AVALANCHE PATH, SAYS REPORT

Immediately prior to expiration of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s environmental approval, two small cement slabs were poured in an attempt to demonstrate that work on the proposed development was substantially started.

These slabs apparently represent the day lodge and an additional service building.

Currently, BC Environment Minister, Mary Polak, is making a decision as to whether the construction of the proposed $600 million dollar venture can be considered “substantially started.”

Any development must meet conditions set out by the Environmental Assessment Certificate. 

New outdoor sculptural art has public dancing in the streets

The “76 Trombones” by Douglas Walker of Black Creek, B.C art outside in the 500 Block of Baker Street it a show stopper. — The Nelson Daily photo

The next round of outdoor sculptural art was unveiled this week on Baker Street as Public Works crews got rid of the old for the new.

One piece of art located outside the front door of Mallard’s Source for sports in the 500 Block of Baker Street is gathering plenty of attention from the public.

The musical horn display has many shoppers and businesses owners alike stopping to take a second look.

Student Scientists show their stuff at Regional Science Fair

Dylan Peil, Nicholas Paun and Ivie Lock-Luttmer are off to Fredricton, NB to represent the region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair May 14-16. — Photos courtesy Erin Handy, KAST Executive Director

Nicholas Paun, Dylan Peil and Ivie Lock‐Luttmer proved that science can be fun after the trio rocked the KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) fair Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium in Nelson.

The trio are now off to Fredricton, NB, for the Canadian Science Fair May 14-16.

Paun and Peil have racked up numerous awards for their innovations in science and have twice qualified to represent the West Kootenay & Boundary at the Canada‐wide science Fair.

'Ride The Bus Free' on Earth Day April 22, 2015

City of Nelson Garage and Transit Supervisor Jody Koehle (left) and Nelson Transit Driver Jeff Adams begin promoting West Kootenay Transit Free Ride Day on April 22 as part of Earth Day Celebrations. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson

West Kootenay Transit is doing its best to support Earth Day 2015 by offering a Free Transit for all passengers on Wednesday, April 22.

“We are hoping people will take this opportunity to give the bus a try,” said City of Nelson Garage and Transit Supervisor Jody Koehle.

“(We want the public to) see how quickly they can get to work, school or shopping, without having to worry about driving or finding a parking spot.”

Routine traffic stop by NPD results in arrest of man for outstanding BC warrants

The Monday morning blues proved to be all too true for a driver heading through Nelson.

While cruising through the Heritage City the man, along with his female passenger, was stopped by Nelson Police in the 400 Block of Vernon Street at 3:45 a.m after officers noticed the driver may be impaired.

During the identification process, NPD officers determined the both male and female had outstanding unendorsed BC warrants for several criminal charges in Vernon.

Salmo RCMP looking for owner of double hull pontoon fishing boat

A double hull pontoon fishing boat, looking similar to the photo, was found on Highway 3 near Salmo.

Salmo RCMP is looking for the owner of a double hull pontoon fishing boat which was found on Highway 3 near the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 3B.

The boat appears to have fallen off the roof of a travelling vehicle.

If anyone has information on the owner, they are asked to please contact the Salmo RCMP with full description and hull number to claim.

Salmo RCMP phone number 250-357-2212.

LVR teacher Angie McTague receives prestigious McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award

LVR Science and Physics teacher, Angie McTague — pictured with pictured with Dr. James McEwen (BASc ’71, PhD ‘75), P.Eng — addresses the crowd after receiving UBC Engineering's McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award during a recent ceremony. — Submitted photo

Angie McTague of L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson was one of two teachers honoured with the prestigious UBC Engineering's McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award.

Gordon Trousdell of West Vancouver Secondary School was honoured with the award posthumously.

South Okanagan's Robin Edgar-Haworth on a cross-Canada odyssey to 'Right the Wrong'

Robin Edgar-Haworth and his Aussie Shepherd Koda, stopped briefly in Nelson Monday as part of his 5,000 kilometer "Right the Wrong" walk to Ottawa. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Commuters heading into Nelson Monday morning for work from South Slocan or leaving the Heritage City for the afternoon drive home on the North Shore may have seen a man pushing a cart on the highway with his trusty dog by his side.

This person was not homeless, nor was he looking for recycled cans along the road.

The man is Robin Edgar-Haworth.

And he’s walking from Penticton to Ottawa to raise awareness and encourage dialogue about problems facing Canada and the planet Earth.

Letter: Recent expansion to West Arm Park will not significantly benefit caribou herd

Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

To the Editor:

The Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) played a leading role in the establishment of Valhalla and Goat Range Provincial Parks, and it goes without saying that VWS welcomes the recent expansion to West Arm Park.

Contrary to government claims, however, the addition will not significantly benefit the endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd.
 
Years of scientific studies have proven that mountain caribou require large areas of intact wilderness habitat, which must include old growth forest at least 140 years old.

Fortis to say 'Good-bye' to Meter Readers

FortisBC crews have installed 50,000 of 130,000 smart meters in the Kelowna and the southern Okanagan, Trail, Castlegar and Grand Forks areas. — Photo courtesy FortisBC

If you’re under 10 years old, you may never remember what a meter reader looked like. Like the milkman and the postal carrier, meter readers will be a thing of the past.

In August, Fortis BC will eliminate 10 meter readers as the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system begins sending your electrical usage daily via a wireless meter attached to your house.

The remaining eight positions will be phased out throughout the service area — Region Five — which include Kelowna and the southern Okanagan, Trail, Castlegar and Grand Forks after installation is complete.

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