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(Not) holding the line: council deliberates on tax increase for 2016

Is a decrease in services on the way for Nelson taxpayers in 2016 or an increase in taxes?

A tax rise of over six per cent could hit Nelson taxpayers when the 2016 bill comes due, as city council grapples with the initial numbers in its deliberations on the next budget.

Although the budget process will not be complete until late winter, city council is currently embroiled in dismantling all aspects of the budget, examining the costs involved, and putting it back together for a February delivery to Nelsonites.

Field shaping up for 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Curling Championships in Nelson

Tom Buchy of Kimberley is heading back to the BC Men's Curling Championships for the 11th time. — Bruce Fuhr file photo, The Nelson Daily

Tom Buchy of Kimberley and Creston’s Chris Ducharme are the two latest qualifiers for the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Men’s Curling Championships set for February 10-14 at the Nelson Curling Club.

The two skips earned spots in the 16-team field after the Men’s Kootenay Playdown Sunday in Fernie.

Nelson's Amit Bhabra qualifies for Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships

Amit Bhabra of Nelson raises the bar during competition in the 62 kg category this past weekend at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver. — Photo submitted

Amit Bhabra is used to being in the middle of body checks and bluelines as the Nelson Minor Hockey product holds down a roster spot on the Castlegar/Nelson Midget Rep squad.

However, this past weekend in Vancouver, Bhabra flipped the switch from hockey to weightlifting to earn a spot at the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in January in in Regina.

The accomplishment came at the BC Junior Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver.

“Amit has been training for a little over four years,” said coach Cody Abbey of Maverick Fitness in Nelson.

Some members of community opposed to Pend d’ Oreille Valley decision

Certain roads in the Pend d’Oreille Valley region are slated for closure by the government.

There promises to be plenty of fireworks tonight in Trail during a meeting regarding a proposal to restrict access to certain roads in the Pend d’Oreille Valley region.

The open forum for the public, which has some members of the community up in arms about the potentially negative impacts on local industry and education, will give citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns and learn more about the proposal.

The meeting will take place at Charles Bailey Theatre, 1501 Cedar Ave. in Trail, from 7-9 p.m.

How will Federal cannabis legalization shake out — police, local marijuana dispensaries wait to find out

Nelson Police will continue to take enforcement action if they find businesses working outside guidelines set out by the courts.

Several cannabis dispensaries in Nanaimo were recently raided by RCMP, causing residents of Nelson — widely referred to as Canada’s “pot capital" — to wonder if similar action may be taken here on the road to legalization.

With new dispensaries popping up all the time, and a promise of cannabis legalization from Justin Trudeau, there is a lot of confusion surrounding legally accessible cannabis.

What these new laws will entail, how they will be enforced and to what level is currently unknown.

NPD officer escapes injury when driver speeds away during early morning stop

No one was injured after police stopped to question two drivers early Friday morning.

A Nelson Police officer escaped serious injury when a woman in a stolen truck decided to speed away from the parking lot behind the 7-Eleven Convenience Store on Front Street during a police check early Friday morning.

Nelson Police Sergeant Paul Bayes said in a media release that fortunately no one was hurt or any property damaged.

"While trying to take a female into custody she started her truck and drove off, nearly dragging one member with her," Bayes said.

Hawks hand Nelson Leafs six straight loss, 4-2 Friday in Fruitvale

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks added to what has been a dreadful season for the Nelson Leafs after scoring a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Friday night in Fruitvale.

A powerplay goal by Braden Fuller with six minutes remaining in the game combined with an empty net marker — shorthanded, no less — by Sam Swanson sealed the victory for the Hawks.

Ryan Terpsma and former Leaf Nolan Percival also scored for Beaver Valley, which led 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.

It was Percival's second goal since being traded to Beaver Valley last month.

Nelson SAR locate two snowboarders after being lost in Humming Bird Pass near Whitewater

It's only December and the Nelson Search and Rescue team has already been pressed into service during the winter.

Two snowboarders and their dog were found in the early hours of Friday morning by Nelson SAR in the Five-Mile drainage after becoming lost Thursday after boarding in the Humming Bird Pass area of Whitewater Road.

The call came in late Thursday (Dec. 10) afternoon to Nelson RCMP that two snowboarders were lost in the Humming Bird Pass area of Whitewater Road.

Nelson SAR was immediately tasked with the mission to locate the boarders.

Avalanche Canada issues Special Public Warning

Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry users of the dangers this weekend.
Avalanche Canada is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, that includes the Kootenay-Boundary region, from Friday (December 11) to the end of the day Monday (December 14).

Avalanche Canada said the warning applies to the central Columbia Mountains and encompasses portions of the following forecast regions—the Kootenay-Boundary, South Columbia, North Columbia and Cariboos.

Great opening to 40th year for Whitewater Ski Hill

Whitewater GM Kirk Jensen took advantage of the sneak-a-peek weekend with a few turns in the powder. Lots more where that came from. — Lisa Voigt photo

Whitewater officially launched the 2015/16 winter season Friday with daily operations.

Skiers received an early taste of the new year last weekend when the hill opened for two days on one of the deepest snowpacks in North America.

The celebration truly began when the resort announced it was joining the Powder Alliance, which offers Whitewater passholders up to 39 free lift tickets at 13 other resorts throughout Western North America.