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Cultivating community: three-day co-op management course in Nelson

image from BC Cooperative Association

Co-ops can form a more sustainable alternative to “business as usual.” They’re democratic and egalitarian.  They don’t depend on the mythical, and massively disproven, idea of “trickle-down economics.” They make positive contributions to their communities and operate on a set of co-operative principles.

RDKB offers insight into homelessness and addiction with screening of US AND THEM at the Royal Theatre

Filmmaker Krista Laughton (right) was deeply changed by the relationships she developed during the filming of US AND THEM.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary East End Services Committee is sponsoring a screening of the documentary US AND THEM to bring attention to the issues of homelessness and addiction. The screening is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Royal Theatre in Trail.

BREAKING: Castlegar cop to face manslaughter charges in connection to shooting

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced today that a charge of manslaughter using a firearm has been approved against a member of the West Kootenay Traffic Unit of the RCMP in relation to a shooting which occurred during an attempted traffic stop near Castlegar on January 29, 2015.

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Wireless emergency alerts to go live in B.C.

Starting Friday (April 6, 2018), emergency alerts in British Columbia issued through the national Alert Ready program will also be sent to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones. — The Nelson Daily photo

The public is advised that starting Friday (April 6, 2018), emergency alerts in British Columbia issued through the national Alert Ready program will also be sent to compatible wireless devices, such as smartphones, to ensure more people have the information they need to act quickly in an emergency.

"Accurate and timely information in an emergency situation can save lives and livelihoods, and we need to deploy every tool available to alert people of potential public safety threats," said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General in a media release Tuesday.

Robson fire fighters fill the boot with $7,400 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada

On March 24, Robson Fire Fighters held out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The bar was set high from last year at $7,309 and the community of Robson and area stepped up at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road and raised $7,400!

To show their support for people with neuromuscular disorders, Robson Fire Fighters organized the community boot drive to raise awareness and funds to help “make muscles move”. A boot drive is a fundraising event where local Fire Fighters go out into the community and collect donations from the public in their boots.  

Uphill hit with offensive graffiti, Break and Enter at FortisBC

NPD is actively investigating to find the graffiti culprit and is asking anyone with any information to contact Constable Therrien at Nelson Police.

Residents in lower Uphill woke up Saturday morning to see graffiti spray-painted on numerous vehicles, homes as well as a church and school said Nelson Police in a media release Sunday.

Police said the unknown suspect(s) struck in the early morning of Saturday March 31st.

"The graffiti was seen from Carbonate Street, through Mill Street and Ward Street in the Lower Uphill area of Nelson," Nelson Police Department media release said.

UPDATED: Snowfall expected to taper off later Monday

Snowfall in the amounts of 5 to 10 cms in forecast for Boundary, Kootenays. Below, skiers and boarders flocked to Whitewater Ski Hill for some late season powder. — Travis Hauck photo, Facebook

A Snowfall Warning remains for Boundary, West Kootenay as a low-pressure system moves across the Kootenays this morning with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm expected.

“Bands of heavy snow rotating around the low will continue to impact sections of the eastern Kootenays with additional localized snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm likely before snow tapers off later this morning,” said Environment Canada.

Drivers should be prepared to adjust driving with changing road conditions.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Proud of my paramedics, ashamed of my community's treatment of them

Even I got snowed into thinking, at first, that the announcement of four new full-time paramedic positions in Castlegar is good news. Now, I’m torn between feeling heartsick, outraged, and not a little ashamed.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll start with the positive aspects of this announcement.

The return of Saturn and Mars

The month of March is the second month with two full Moons in 2018.

Local Astronomer Wayne Holmes has had an interest in astronomy since receiving his first telescope and began reading about objects in the sky at a young age. As the coordinator of the Starry Nights program at Taghum Hall as well as multi session astronomy classes as part of the Learning in Retirement program and astronomy programs for schools, Holmes has always had a desire to sky gaze. Thankfully, Holmes has agreed to share his knowledge with a column, Solar System and Beyond that will appear occasionally in The Nelson Daily.

Drivers urged to be alert this Easter long weekend

On average, 62 people are injured in 310 crashes every year in the Southern Interior of the province over the Easter long weekend.

Even though winter, in some parts of the province, is now over, road conditions can still be challenging at this time of the year with unpredictable weather and increased traffic on our roads over the long weekend.

On average, 62 people are injured in 310 crashes every year in the Southern Interior of the province over the Easter long weekend. During the same time throughout BC, on average of four people are killed and 650 injured in 2,300 crashes.