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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.

Free Filmmaking Workshops Offered at Nelson Civic Theatre

Workshop facilitator, Nisha Platzer is running a workshop on Scriptwriting. — Submitted photo

Ever wondered how films could really affect change?

Had an idea for a blockbuster?

Wanted to get into the directors seat?

From 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. on Thursday (April 16) at the Nelson Civic Theatre you could have your chance.

As part of the upcoming Youth Film Festival (Wednesday — April 15 and Thursday April 16) that the Nelson Civic Theatre, filmmakers are offering their expertise for free.

Kaslo Sourdough Bakery needs help after nomination in NEXTY competition

Heidi Lettrari and father Silvio of Kaslo Sourdough Bakery need the help of the public in the NEXTY competition. — Submitted photo

Kaslo Sourdough Bakery is getting known for its wonderful products outside the Kootenay region.

The business was recently nominated for a NEXTY Award following its participation at the Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California in March.

"My dad, Silvio and I exhibited our sourdough pastas in the world’s largest natural food show – “Natural Products Expo West’ in Anaheim, California earlier in March," said Heidi Lettrari, General Manager of Kaslo Sourdough Bakery.

Prescribed burn project scheduled near Kaslo

Wildfire Management Branch and BC Timber Sales personnel are planning to conduct a prescribed burn at 12 Mile Creek, about 17 kilometres northwest of Kaslo next to Highway 31A.

The burn project will take place between Thursday (April 9) and April 30, weather conditions permitting.

This controlled burn will cover about 5.5 hectares and smoke will be visible from Kaslo, Highway 31A and surrounding areas. Smoke may be present for several days, as fires within the burn control lines are extinguished.

No injuries reported in basement fire at Victoria Street residence

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Mike Daloise said there were no injuries reported following a house fire in the 800 block of Victoria Street Tuesday morning.

NPD dispatch received a call at 11:33 a.m. Tuesday of a basement fire in the Victoria Street residence.

"Upon arrival of the first crew smoke was observed coming from the basement as well as electrical lines on the ground in the yard," Daloise said in a media release.

Nelsonites gather to discuss potential for community solar garden

Image via chandramarsono, Flickr Creative Commons

Nelson is widely known as one the most progressive places in all of Canada, and now area residents could have the chance to add to that reputation by helping to build a community solar garden in the Queen City.

Nelson Hydro and the West Kootenay Eco Society are hosting a Conversation Café at Oso Negro Wednesday (April 8 at 7 p.m.) to provide information and gauge the levels of local interest in potentially building a community solar garden that would provide clean power to area residents and also help support the solar power movement across the country.

Semi-vs-pick-up-truck collision sees fortunate ending

A semi trailer ended up in the ditch during an early morning accident on Highway 3A/6 west of Nelson. — Submitted photo

The good news outweighs the bad in regard to a semi-versus-pick-up-truck collision Tuesday morning on Highway 3A, according to Nelson RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson.

He said the call came in at 7:02 a.m., and they responded to an MVA at Blewett Road and Highway 3A — between Bonnington and Playmor Junction.

“The semi driver was inattentive and crossed the centre line, striking the other vehicle,” he said, adding the pick-up was totalled and there is extensive damage to the semi.