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By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Dec 04 2010

Homeowners will be paying about $7 extra a month for their electricity as BC Hydro forecasts a 10 per cent rate increase per year over the next three years.

The increase, which would take effect in April 2011, may be reviewed further and must still be approved by the BC Utilities Commission, BC Hydro said in a news release.

An increase of 7....

By Nelson Daily Editor on Thursday Dec 02 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The loss of the RCMP boat on Kootenay Lake in Kaslo could open the door to a community effort to replace it, says the village’s mayor.

Greg Lay said the notion of the community fundraising and purchasing a boat for Kaslo Search and Rescue to replace the RCMP boat that has resided in the...

By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 01 2010

The massive Biotech lobby has spent nine months and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting against New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko’s seed bill.  

“The amount of muscle flexing by big biotech against my simple bill has just been over the top,” said Atamanenko. “I am amazed that over 40 industry lobbyists – hired by multiple biotech organizations and...

By Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Nov 30 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

With the bylaw to add Nelson Search and Rescue to the regional district array of financial services now complete, the future of the North Shore Hall is also up for discussion Tuesday.

The question of whether to allow NSAR to use the hall as its base of operation could be answered tonight...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Nov 28 2010

It’s a time-honoured tradition with a twist.

Along with the usual fund-raising activities at Beaks, there is a new way to raise money that benefits the environment as well.

Beaks is tackling the growing problem of electronic waste and literally turning trash into cash.

Beaks is joining Think Recycle, a program which gathers used print cartridges, cell phones and...

By Nelson Daily Editor on Sunday Nov 28 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

A call for another referendum on the vote for library service in Area F was dismissed Thursday by regional district Area F’s current director.

Ron Mickel said despite a “stack” of six letters and printed emails from former regional district director Al Dawson, in opposition of the area’s...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Nov 26 2010

The West Kootenay 4-H Community Club will get things kicked off for the 2011 year, starting in January, for youth of ages nine to19 years old who are interested in food and agriculture.

Sonja Seher will be hosting an information session on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus for anyone interested in getting involved, either as a...

By Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Nov 23 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

A wave of raves in the Kaslo area and Taghum Beach in the last year has prompted complaints and now the drafting of a regional district bylaw to regulate mass gatherings.

Electronic music parties (raves) are creating a stir in some rural areas of the Regional District of Central Kootenay,...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Nov 23 2010

By Greg Alexis, BC Hydro

With sustained cold temperatures province-wide, there is currently a very high demand for electricity.

On Monday night, the hourly peak demand – 9,877 megawatts – for BC Hydro was recorded between 5 and 6 p.m., representing an increase of more than 1,900 megawatts over the peak a week earlier.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Nov 22 2010

Saturday, Nov 27, 9 a.m. at Michael Smith's farm (directions below)

By Chris Morasky, Pathways School

Our ancestors made many tools from bones, and more projectile points were probably made from bone than stone.

Bone is a beautiful material to work with and lends itself well to functional and...