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Accommodation tax to fund tourism promotion in Boundary Country

The tax will fund local tourism marketing, programs and projects within Boundary Country. — Submitted photo

In a media release, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) said it has received Ministry of Finance approval to collect a two percent Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT) within electoral areas C/Christina Lake, D/Rural Grand Forks and E/West Boundary, as well as in Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway.

The tax will fund local tourism marketing, programs and projects within Boundary Country.

City takes recreational cannabis questions to the street in public survey

The city will be undertaking a public campaign to prepare legislation on manufacturing, sales and consumption of cannabis in Grand Forks, with the final draft expected by mid summer. — Creative Commons photo

With federal legislation on regulating recreational cannabis forthcoming later this year the City of Grand Forks is looking to public opinion to help craft its own legal rules in order to tend to matters on the home front.

The city will be undertaking a public campaign to prepare legislation on manufacturing, sales and consumption of cannabis in Grand Forks, with the final draft expected by mid summer.

A total of seven bylaws will be amended in order to reflect what Grand Fork residents feel and believe in the municipal realm of recreational cannabis.

Page powers Dynamiters past Leafs in OT, Kimberley advances into KIJHL Final

Nelson and Kimberley played a very tight Kootenay Conference Final before the Dynamiters won in six games Friday at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily

Cooper Page scored eight minutes into the second overtime period to give the Kimberley Dynamiters a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win gives Kimberley a 4-2 decision in the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final.

The Dynamiters now await the winner of the Okanagan Shuswap Conference series between Osoyoos and Revelstoke.

The Coyotes now lead the series 3-2 after defeating the Grizzlies 2-0 Friday in Revelstoke.

A New Life for Environmental Education Programs at Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Environmental education and awareness programs at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area are going to continue under new management. Since 1974, these programs were provided by the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority, but this ended with the permanent closure of the interpretive centre in October 2017. Now the programs will continue thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Authority and the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS), with funding from Columbia Basin Trust.  

Grand Forks RCMP investigate string of vehicle thefts

The local detachment has received 21 complaints of theft from vehicles since January 1, 2018.

The Grand Forks RCMP has issued a warning to citizens of Grand Forks the local detachment has received 21 complaints of theft from vehicles since January 1, 2018.

Police said unfortunately most of these thefts have been from unlocked vehicles and some of the stolen property has been unsecured items in the boxes of trucks.

Police execute search warrant at marijuana dispensary on Vernon Street

NPD Chief Paul Burkart said five employees into custody from that location without incident.

Charges against the employees are pending after Nelson Police executed a search warrant at the MMJ marijuana dispensary located in the 700 Block of Vernon Street Tuesday morning.

Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart said in a media release officers took five employees into custody from that location without incident.

"The Nelson Police Department and the City of Nelson have attempted to deal fairly, professionally and progressively with the medical marijuana businesses that sell product to legitimate customers who require prescribed medical marijuana," Burkart said.

Dynamiters even Kootenay Conference Final with Nelson Leafs

Leafs Nicholas Wihak battles in the faceoff circle with Cam Russell of Kimberley during Tuesday's KIJHL playoff game at the NDCC Arena. Bottom, Kimberley goalie Cody Campbell freezes the puck with Mitch Lavioe (10) waiting for a rebound. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

The Kootenay Conference Final is now a best-of-three affair.

Kimberley Dynamiters scored three power play goals en route to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday before a pack house at the NDCC Arena.

The best-of-seven Conference Final, tied at 2-2, now shifts to the Bavarian City Thursday for Game five.

Game six is back in Nelson Friday at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game seven is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Kimberley with a 4 p.m. puck drop.

2018 Sport Chek National Tech Championships

Former local skier Kerrin Lee-Gartner will be here and emceeing the Alpine Canada Gala on Saturday night.
Canada's best alpine racers and ski cross athletes start racing tomorrow at Red Mountain Resort, and Rossland is ready to celebrate current and past champions!
 
There are more than 300 athletes in Rossland participating in the Alpine and Ski Cross events from over 12 different countries. There will also be a large number of alumni joining us from all over the globe! Our own Olympic gold medalist, Kerrin Lee-Gartner will be here and emceeing the Alpine Canada Gala on Saturday night.

Kootenay Music Awards spotlight local talent

Dawson Rutledge of Cranbrook captured the Artist of the Year award at the 2018 Kootenay Music Awards Friday at the Bloom Nightclub in Nelson. Other award winners, see below, Nelson’s own Dekker for Best Electronic Song, Best Music Video, Sexton Blake from Rossland and Lifetime Achievement – The Pride: Mike (Hoola ) Paine & Sara Spicer Paine. — Photos courtesy KMA

Dawson Rutledge of Cranbrook came away with the prestigious Artist of the Year award at the 2018 Kootenay Music Awards Friday at the Bloom Nightclub in Nelson.

Rutledge, who combines soft rock, pop, jazz and folk elements into a unique laid-back sound, was one of many artists honoured during the annual Award ceremony.

"The Kootenay Music Awards and Kootenay Co-op Radio want to congratulate and thank all of our nominees and winners for their involvement in this year's event," a KMA spokesperson said.

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