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Medical dispensaries eager to be part of conversation regarding Canada's marijuana legislation says local owner

Jim Leslie of Kootenays Medicine Tree in Nelson said the recent announcement by the Health Minister is "groundbreaking". — Submitted photo

Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott recently took to the United Nations General Assembly special session on global drug policy to announce Justin Trudeau's plan to keep his campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana — legislation that is especially pertinent to those living in the Nelson area.

Mike Ranta — living his dream one paddle at a time

Mike Ranta (inset), who is paddling his canoe across Canada, make a brief stop Tuesday in Nelson. — Deb Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

The person pulling a canoe through Nelson Tuesday with this trusty dog, bear fighter, navigator and best friend, Spitzii breaking trail is Mike Ranta.

Ranta, from Atikokan,Ont., which just happens to be the Canoe Capital of Canada, is no stranger to solo expeditions having already crossed North America continent solo, over one summer.

However, once is not enough for this 44-year-old former oil rig worker.

Salmo to Host Regional BC Youth Parliament in June

Almost 100 British Columbia youth Parliament members post for a photo at the legislative buildings in Victoria. — Submitted photo

The Village of Salmo is rolling out the red carpet the ninth Southern Interior Youth Parliament (SIYP) at the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre from June 3-5.

The British Columbia Youth Parliament is a Youth Service non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic political engagement and fulfilling its motto of "Youth Serving Youth", said Salmo Secondary School Student Victoria Sukra.

The SIYP was originally named “the Older Boys Parliament”, later becoming the British Columbia Youth Parliament (BCYP) to include both young women and men.

Another blow to Kootenay Lake Fishing as Province calls for early closure due to low kokanee numbers

There are not many kokanee in Kootenay Lake, prompting a closure by the Province. — Submitted photo

As if businesses that rely on Kootenay Lake fishing needed any more bad news.

The Province said in a media release effective May 1, 2016, the kokanee sport fishery on the upper west arm of Kootenay Lake will be catch and release only for the remainder of the fishing season.

"Sport fishing will remain open, but anglers will have to release any kokanee they catch," the media release said.

Water Quality Advisory, effective immediately, for City of Nelson

Interior Health recommends that children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection, drink boiled water, or a safe alternative.

Water users in the City of Nelson are now under Water Quality Advisory, effective immediately, said the Public Works Department in a media release Friday (April 22).

The Water Quality Advisory was arrived following consultation with the Interior Health Authority.

"Recent testing shows that current water qualities in the Nelson water supply are "fair" due to recent spring run-off events, which have resulted in increased turbidity or cloudiness," the media release said.

IIO BC called in to investigate double fatal police shooting

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) has been notified to deal with a double fatal police shooting Thursday in the Village of Granisle, which is located north of Topley on the shores of Babine Lake.

RCMP received a call at approximately 12:33 p.m. Thursday (April 21) to a neighbour dispute involving a handgun in the Village of Granisle.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Rob Vermeulen said police arrived at about 1:22 pm and established a perimeter around the subject residence.

Fishing on Kootenay Lake — 'business is not good'

There are not many people taking pictures of Kokanee because the size is smaller than in past years. — Submitted photo

Despite efforts from the The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), the situation regarding low numbers of Kokanee Salmon in Kootenay Lake has some local business owners worried for the future.

Kerry Reed operates Reel Adventures Fishing Tours, and you can hear the dismay in his voice when he discusses the situation in Kootenay Lake.

“The damage is done, the word is out; so business is not good,” Reed said in an interview with The Nelson Daily.

'Want adequate funding' parents tell Education Minister Mike Bernier during tour of Kootenay Lake School District

It wasn't all fun and games for Minister of Education Mike Bernier during his tour Tuesday of Trafalgar Middle School as parents and students voice their concerns over public school funding by the province. — Brendan Quinn photos

The Minister of Education Mike Bernier continued his tour of BC schools on Tuesday, making a stop in the Kootenay Lake District, specifically a tour of the aging Trafalgar Middle School — a school that appears to be on the chopping block as the board wrestles with its final draft plan surrounding the re-configuring use of facilitiesin District 8.

Kootenay Lake Hospital chimes celebrate new life

The new Birth Chimes at Kootenay Lake Hospital rang twice April 14 for the Plautz Family as big sister Lumay Plautz holds her new twin brothers, Cyrus and Zack. — Submitted photo

The next time you hear gentle wind chimes ringing through the halls of Kootenay Lake Hospital, it means a new life has entered the community.

Electronic Birth Chimes have been installed in labour and delivery at KLH.

This allows parents of newborns to announce their new arrival over the hospital paging system. The purpose of the chime is to celebrate the common experience of birth throughout the hospital and will be a contrast to the other messaging heard every day over our intercom, such as urgent or emergency calls.

Two occupants lucky not to suffer severe injuries after truck collides with car near Taghum Bridge

A silver truck sits on its roof following a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near the Taghum Bridge. — Submitted photo

A driver and passenger of a silver truck are lucky not to have been severely injured after clipping a car approximately 10 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A near the Taghum Bridge Monday afternoon.

The accident happened at approximately 5:15 p.m. Monday when an eastbound truck tried to avoid the car near Marsden Road.

RCMP said the car had wandered across a double solid line and  into the lane of the truck.

The truck rolled, ending up on its roof following the collision with extensive damage. The car had damage to the front end.