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Twas Three Nights Before Christmas

Cranbrook RCMP find their family in need.

Twas three nights before Christmas when outside the city, people were stuck, so the police took pity.

Cranbrook RCMP received a 9-1-1 call from a family travelling from Calgary to San Francisco.

The family had taken a GPS shortcut that took them on a route, that might be used by a hobo.

This wonderful technology took the family of four
On an adventure where their SUV became stuck and over was the tour

A father of four set out on his mighty trek
To call for assistance, instead of receiving heck.

Cranbrook property protected as part of $1-million conservation commitment

The Nature Conservancy of Canada was instrumental in helping province acquire 0.6 hectares at Elizabeth Lake Conservation area near Cranbrook.

A Cranbrook area property home to a wide variety of wildlife has been acquired by the Province, thanks to a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

The property consists of:

  • 0.6 hectares at Elizabeth Lake Conservation area near Cranbrook, which includes a bird sanctuary, hiking trails and wetland and shoreline habitat.

It is among four ecologically-sensitive properties the Province recently assumed ownership of through the partnership with the NCC. These properties all contain diverse habitats.

LVR students lobby MPs on importance of dealing with Climate Change

L.V. Rogers Grade 12 students, Alyssa Taburiaux and Linn Murray, were in Ottawa to pitch MPs from all parties on the need to tackle the most urgent issue — Climate Change. — Submitted photo

Two Grade 12 students from L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson were hoping to make a change as part of Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s National Conference last month in Ottawa.

Alyssa Taburiaux and Linn Murray, both 17, recently returned from Ottawa where they lobbied politicians for effective climate policy.

The LVR students were part of a West Kootenay delegation that also included Laura Sacks, head of the Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).

Christmas comes early for Cranbrook man after $4.9 million Lotto 6/49 win

Cranbrook's Douglas Lowes could not stop smiling after receiving his cheque for winning the Lotto 6/49 draw. — Photo courtesy BC Lottery Corp.

Douglas Lowes was ‘playing it forward’ and spreading holiday cheer when he decided to buy a Lotto 6/49 winning ticket.

“I was feeling good when I bought the ticket because I had just finished doing some volunteer work and I was dressed up with a Christmas tie and everything,” recalled Lowes.

Lowes won $4.9 million on the December 17, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw, and says he’s looking forward to some leisurely pursuits and to the extra opportunities to give back to his favourite local charities.

West Kootenay Traffic Services urge drivers to slow down

As seen in this accident last year near Bonnington, police are asking drivers to slow down as Mother Nature dumps the white stuff on the region. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Kootenay Boundary Region, West Kootenay Traffic Services are urging motorists to slow down and use caution.

In a media release Monday, Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said police have been very busy lately dealing with a number of serious crashes and with the today's snowfall, police are even more concerned.

"Posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions," Badry said.

UPDATED: Kootenay Pass open to traffic

The intersection of Highway 6 and Whitewater Ski Resort road was busy Monday with many people taking a snow day after the overnight snow dump.

Avalanche control near summit of Kootenay Pass has been completed the DriveBC website said.

Kootenay Pass closed for avalanche control

DriveBC has issued a road warning for Highway 3 in near the summit of the Kootenay Pass.

Snow accumulation during Monday's snowfall warning has forced closure of the Kootenay Pass near the summit in both directions for avalanche control from Noon until 2 p.m.

Traffic is being diverted via Highway 3A on the Kootenay Lake Ferry. Next update is slated for 2 p.m.

GoFundMe campaign created to assist family of Bonnington accident

The Outer Clove Restaurant on 500 Stanley Street in Nelson is accepting monetary donations as well as offering lunchtime special with proceeds going to the Darshan Nickolchuk gofundme campaign. — The Nelson Daily

Monday morning the entire West Kootenay community was shocked to hear the news that a young Nelson girl had died in a two-car accident near Bonnington.

Now the community, after coming to grips with this horrific news, is rallying around the family as more than $16,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe campaign.

“. . . December 12th the world lost one of the most precious little girls you'd have ever met,” the story on the GoFundMe campaign website said.

Drawn & Dangerous: Offering at Selkirk College Delves into Graphic Fiction

Renée Jackson-Harper will teach English 111: Drawn & Dangerous: Graphic Imaginations, in Nelson this winter. The course offered at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus will take students deep into graphic fiction and examine what the genre says about popular culture. — Submitted photo

Delve into the world of graphic fiction as Selkirk College turns the spotlight on the genre in a course being offered this winter.

Once condemned as a dangerous force of moral degradation, comics and graphic novels have come to be recognized as important cultural texts.

The bond between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music

Gilles Parenteau and Jacques Murigande alias Mighty Popo, director of the Nyundo school, share a photo together. — Submitted photo

A visit to Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music by a group of Selkirk College students has caught the eye of a Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.