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By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Feb 18 2011

There will be $17 million in new funding in the 2011/12 fiscal year to support social, economic and environmental initiatives throughout the Columbia Basin, the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) announced this week.

This is the largest allocation in CBT’s history and a 13 per cent increase over last year’s funding.

Budget allocations include:

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Feb 17 2011

Legislation to prohibit mining and energy development in the Flathead River Valley is only the first of three steps the BC government must take to protect the Flathead permanently, say conservation groups.


“While (recent) legislation is an important step, it does not equate to long-term conservation for the Flathead River Valley,” said Sierra Club BC spokesperson...

By Andrew Zwicker on Wednesday Feb 16 2011

Several decades after Nancy Greene’s father kicked off the initial effort to achieve protection for the Rossland Range, the most recent effort has been completed by the Friends Of the Rossland Range Society and now sits with government officials for review.

Starting just over a year ago, the Friends set out on a mission to protect the area, this time taking the tack of applying for a...
By Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Feb 15 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Avalanche danger at and above the tree line in the West Kootenay backcountry remains considerable heading into Friday, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

High winds and new snow over the next three days will set up touchy ...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Feb 15 2011

A size 3.5 Yoho National Park avalanche Saturday nearly claimed the lives of two Calgary backcountry skiers, Revelstoke RCMP report.

While hiking up to ski near the Emerald Lake slide path in the park Saturday, the two men crossed over the slide path to continue up the trail. That’s when the slide released and buried the two men, both in their 20’s.

By George Penfold on Sunday Feb 13 2011

Over the last couple of weeks I have heard several comments about a “mini boom” that will result from development projects such as the Waneta Dam, the expansion at Firebird Technologies in Trail, the new casino in Castlegar and some recovery in the forestry sector. Based on B.C. Stats data, we may have a long way to go before we get to a “boom.”

In December 2010, the Kootenay...

By Michael Scott on Saturday Feb 12 2011

On February 11th, the community of Nelson held a rally to support the Egyptian people in their struggle for democracy and freedom from tyranny.  The protestors were determined to make their voices loud enough so that Canadian leaders would hear and pressure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down as President.

Before the news of Mubarak “stepping down”, the protest was already of...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Feb 08 2011

A new partnership between Teck Metals Ltd. Trail Operations and Selkirk College called “TeckServ” has created an annual fund to provide support for Selkirk College students to undertake local community-based research projects. 

The funding is intended to support students to work on research projects that are part of community and economic development...

By Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 08 2011

Over the past few months I have talked to people who have experienced difficulties at the US border.  Often this involves having to leave one's vehicle and being subjected to intense interrogation.  What has, in the past, been a routine “friendly” crossing has turned into a “negative” interrogation by abusive American border guards.

There appear to be more barriers to Canadians who...

By Nelson Daily Editor on Monday Feb 07 2011

Doug Chadwick followed the gnarly wolverine for five years — in two weeks you can learn what he learned.

“Wolverines eat everybody,” said Chadwick, whose book The Wolverine Way is published by Patagonia. “Alive, dead or long dead, moose, mouse, fox and frog; still warm or long-frozen.”

Wildsight is bringing Chadwick to the...