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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.

Letter: Kootenay Lake District parents concerned about ramifications of Bill 11

To the Editor:

Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education
PO Box 9045, Stn Prov Govt  
Victoria, BC, V8W 9E2
Dear Minister Fassbender:
Re: Bill 11, The Education Statutes Amendment Act

We write to you as representatives of the parents of almost 5,000 students in the Kootenay Lake School District who are gravely concerned about the ramifications of Bill 11 on the future of our children’s education.

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