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Logging proposal gets frosty response in Ymir

Ymir residents are alarmed at a BC Timber Sales plan to allow logging in their community watershed.

Residents of Ymir say they’re alarmed by plans of BC Timber Sales to allow logging in their community watershed.

They’re concerned that their tiny community water system could be damaged by forestry operations in the area.

“It’s our only source of drinking, consumable and firefighting water,” says Jay Leus, a resident of Ymir who opposes the idea of logging the area. “It could very well put us into a water crisis, as our community watershed is incredibly small.”

Village of Salmo Adopts 2017 Budget and Tax Bylaw

Residents of Salmo will see a two percent increase in property taxes.

Salmo Mayor Stephen White and council passed the tax and budget bylaw for the Village during Tuesday's regular meeting that has taxpayers see a two percent increase in taxes for the upcoming year.

The 2017 budget and property tax bylaw came following months of public meetings in the Village of Salmo.

“We are very pleased to have kept taxes low, while budgeting for significant infrastructure and community upgrades,” Mayor White said Thursday in a media release.

UPDATED: Environment Canada ends Severe Thunderstorm Watch

People are asked to keep away from creek and river banks as the expected increase in precipitation should see a rise in flows. The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada ended its Severe Thunderstorm Watch as of Thursday afternoon for most of the Southern Interior.

However, regions can still expect the risk of thunderstorms and snow at higher elevations as an unsettled weather pattern continues to grip the region.

As for people travelling highways in the province, spring weather can make conditions in B.C. unpredictable, particularly through high mountain passes.

The public should be prepared and be aware that winter tires and chains may still be needed.

Letter: Let's put an end to strategic voting

To The Editor:

A strategy to end strategic voting:

The political landscape in British Columbia has been plagued by polarized politics for as long as anyone can remember. Many voters find themselves voting to block something they despise and/or wasting their vote all together. The way out of this mess is to reform our voting system so that our votes are accurately represented (proportional representation).

Judge approves Lemon Creek class-action suit

In July 2013 thousands of people in the Slocan Valley were forced from their homes for several days after a tanker truck fell into Lemon Creek, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the stream.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has given the go-ahead for a class-action lawsuit for residents of the Slocan Valley affected by the 2013 fuel spill in Lemon Creek.

Justice David Masuhara ruled last week the proposed civil action had met the proper requirements of a class action and had sound enough arguments to go to trial.

In July 2013 thousands of people in the Slocan Valley were forced from their homes for several days, and warned not to use the water for weeks, after a tanker truck fell into Lemon Creek, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the stream.

Book launch at Touchstones — Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

Selkirk College is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing a commemorative coffee table book.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions. It is a beautiful volume and is a welcome addition to every bookshelf!

May is Invasive Species Action Month. Nip them in the bud!

Burdock -- just one of the many invasive species in our area

Anyone hiking or biking on trails in our region may have noticed that many of those trails are being hemmed in by certain plants: burdock with its nasty burrs later in the year, spotted knapweed, common tansy, hoary alyssum, policeman's helmet (AKA Himalayan balsam) -- even, in some places, Japanese knotweed -- and other invasive species.  Yes, all those (and many more) are invasives, and they spread especially fast along the trails because we all unwittingly spread their seeds on our clothing, our bikes and our dogs' fur.

Abbotsford man clocked exceeding 200 km on highway near Castlegar

Warmer weather has seen an increase of speeding drivers on local highways.

The weather has only turned warmer during the past few days but already RCMP have found drivers cranking up the speed on local highways said Sergeant Chad Badry West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit in a media release Tuesday.

Badry said with the warmer weather out, police are seeing the speeds increasing, leading to an Abbotsford man having his vehicle impounded for seven days for exceeding the 200-km mark.

Selkirk College Releases 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Years is now available for purchase.The commemorative coffee table book's co-authors Takaia Larsen (left) and Bob Hall (right) opened the first boxes hot off the press last week at the Castlegar Campus loading dock.

Five decades in the making, a beautiful coffee table book on the history of inspiring post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary has been released to help mark Selkirk College’s 50th Anniversary.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Yearsstarts at the beginning and chronicles the rich history of post-secondary through words, photographs and brilliant design.

Seasonal residences burglarized between New Denver and Kaslo

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Slocan Lake RCMP at (250) 358-2222 or the Kaslo RCMP at (250) 353-2225.

RCMP in Slocan Lake and Kaslo are asking for public assistance after reports that seasonal residences were broken into during the winter.

Const. Herder of the Slocan Lake RCMP said in a media release that thieves stole multiple items from residences located in remote areas between the Villages of New Denver and Kaslo.

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