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Canadian skier Julien Locke cruises to Korean National’s Sprint title

Julien Locke of Nelson dominated the field to win the Korean National’s Sprint Thursday at the Alpensia Resort.

Julien Locke of Nelson it sitting in a pretty nice position on the eve of his first World Cup Cross Country race set for Feb 3-5 in PyeongChang, Korea.

The BlackJack/Nelson Nordic Club racer won the Korean National’s Sprint at the Alpensia Resort.

Locke won the 1.8 kilometer sprint race Tuesday (January 24) in a time of 3:41.56. The time was more than 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Eun-ho Kim of Korea.

Thursday, Locke won a 10-km sprint race in a time of 29.11.7.

New provincial regulations surrounding alcohol come into effect

All types of businesses — like barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries — are now eligible to apply for a liquor licence, after the provincial Liquor Policy Review acted upon some of its 73 recommendations to update liquor laws. — Photo, Creative Commons

Alcohol could become a more pervasive and accessible aspect of Kootenay-Boundary life after the province implemented province-wide updates to the Liquor Control and Licencing Act Monday.

All types of businesses — like barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries — are now eligible to apply for a liquor licence, after the Liquor Policy Review acted upon some of its 73 recommendations to update liquor laws, giving businesses “opportunities to generate new revenue” in the process.

City begins gathering final details on medical cannabis regulations in preparation for public meeting

Under the draft medical cannabis business licence bylaw the city will permit the use of cannabis dispensaries in specified downtown zones (red and orange), with “additional requirements limiting proximity to certain facilities and each other.” — Photo courtesy City of Nelson

A new pot of regulations are brewing over medical cannabis in Nelson as the city prepares to hash out its legal language to regulate the industry prior to the passing of federal law.

The introduction of what might comprise medical cannabis business licence regulations in Nelson were on the table for perusal Monday in city council’s committee-of-the-whole meeting.

RDCK director says board members deserve higher pay

Area B Director Tanya Wall worked out the average pay to $9/hour, based on the hours she puts into the job. —John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

Being on the board of the Regional District of the Central Kootenays is just about a full-time job and should be paid accordingly, an area director said Thursday.

Area B Director Tanya Wall moved that staff look into the financial implications of increasing director’s salaries by 20 per cent.

“We are working hard, and it is a time commitment, and it’s worth being paid for,” Wall told her fellow board members at the January monthly meeting.  

KI holds special meeting to discuss league expansion Sunday in Castlegar

Reps from Quesnel and Williams Lake met with the KI brass earlier this month to express interest in joining the 20-team league.

If you build it, they will come.

It appears the movie Field of Dreams, substituting Kootenay International Junior Hockey League President Bill Ohlhausen for actor Kevin Costner, will make a special showing during a meeting of the Board of Governors Sunday in Castlegar.

The KIJHL has been building since the league started in 1966. And now the Junior B league is considering more expansion after interest was expressed by a group of hockey people in both Quesnel and Williams Lake to join.

UPDATED: Slow moving traffic through West Kootenay/Boundary region

Winter is back as the West Kootenay/Boundary got hit with an ambundance of the white stuff Wednesday night. — The Nelson Daily photo

Now that Environment Canada has lifted a Snowfall Warning that hovered over the West Kootenay/Boundary region for most of Wednesday, residents can now concentrate on digging out of the 20-plus centimeter dump that hit the area.

And what also comes with that digging out is the massive road interruptions throughout the region, starting at the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Grand Forks and Creston.

Boundary MLA leads provincial study of rural education; open house planned

This review will explore rural school funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province.

The future of rural education is being investigated online with the Boundary’s MLA at the helm as the province tries to develop a new education strategy for areas outside its major urban areas.

Led by Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson — Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education — an online discussion about the meaning and the future of rural education is now winding down, but an open house will be staged in Trail on Feb. 24 (6-8 p.m., site yet to be determined) to gather more feedback.

Stetski selected to represent Canada on Diplomatic Mission to Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski begins a 12-day diplomatic mission to four countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. — Submitted photo

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski will be joining the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as it begins a 12-day diplomatic mission to four countries – Ukraine, Latvia and Poland in Eastern Europe, and Kazakhstan in Central Asia, today.

The purpose of the Committee’s travel is to learn about key political, security and other issues in these countries through meetings with a variety of stakeholders.