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Stop Making It Worse

We must cease making large, long-term capital investments in new fossil fuel infrastructure that “locks in” dangerous emission levels for many decades.

                                                                                     – The Keystone Principle

What we do matters.

That belief motivates each of us every morning when we get up and face a new day, whether we’re a truck driver or a member of the B.C. legislative assembly.

Columbia Power brings home Safety Gold

Jim Burpee, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association (far left) and Employment Minister, the Honourable Jason Kenney (far right) flank Columbia Power representatives, President and CEO Frank Wszelaki (centre left) and Health and Safety Manager, Andre Noel (centre right) at the 2014 CEA Occupational Health and Safety Awards Ceremony in Ottawa. — Submitted photo

Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) was honoured to bring home two Gold level Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) safety awards from a ceremony held earlier this month in Ottawa.

Columbia Power received the CEA President’s Award of Excellence for Employee Safety and the Vice President’s Award for Safety Excellence in the Generation category, both at the Gold level.

The Employee Safety Award recognizes Columbia Power for its top ranking in both All Injury/Illness Frequency and Lost•Time Severity rates company•wide for over four consecutive years.

Students pretty close to getting it right in Student Vote campaign

Students at L.V. Rogers High School were not eligible to vote in the municipal election so they took to the booth in the Student Vote campaign. — Photo courtesy Jeff Yasinchuk, LVR High School

Incumbent Mayor John Dooley may not have won Saturday at the polls, but he does have the support of the younger crowd after the topping the Student Vote results Friday.

Nelson students joined more than 29,000 fellow classmates across the province are taking part in the Student Vote local government elections.

Students took time to vote for the official candidates running in their municipality or regional district.

Cooper Creek rocked by early morning fire at Meadow Creek Cedar mill

Smoke could still be seen billowing from Meadow Creek Cedar mill Thursday afternoon. — Photo courtesy TMTV News

The small community of Meadow Creek was rocked early Thursday morning by explosions from a fire at the local sawmill at Cooper Creek.

Dena Beardon, whose husband George worked at the Meadow Creek Cedar mill for more than 30 years before retiring, witnessed flames more than 200 feet in the air and heard explosions coming from fuel storage tanks.

NDCU's Community Investment Program Surpasses $3 Million in Giving on World Kindness Day

Many are familiar with the saying “the credit union difference”. It will be the acts of our 60 employees that will make that difference, since today is the day that Nelson & District Credit Union will break through the $3 million mark in community giving from its 15 year old Community Investment Program.

Interior Health considers contracting out dirty laundry; 16 FTE's could be lost at KLH

IH has contacted Hospital Employees' Union regarding the future of laundry services, including Kootenay Lake Hospital site. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

Interior Health announced Wednesday a decision to explore options in regards to the future services in the 11 laundry sites — including Kootenay Lake Hospital — due to higher costs and aging infrastructure.

No decisions have been made at this time, but IH said they have started the process that included informing Hospital Employees' Union regarding the future of laundry services.

“We have started the 90-day period with the union,” said Lori Holloway, Regional Director and Facilities Manager.

Remembrance Day 2014: What are we remembering?

Crowds of people continue to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of Nelson City Hall. — The Nelson Daily photo

Canada is at war in Iraq. Two Canadian soldiers have been murdered in as many weeks on Canadian soil.

The question is how will this affect the Remembrance Day service this year at the Nelson cenotaph on Tuesday, November 11.

“We will carry on as normal,” said the Nelson branch of the Canadian Legion’s vice president Bill Andreaschuk.

Old Man Winter set to arrive in West Kootenay

Environment Canada said Old Man Winter, seen already arriving at the Paulson Summit, is his way to the West Kootenays.

Everyone knew winter was coming, just when.

It's time to put away the shorts and sunscreen and pull out the gloves, toques, scarves as Old Man Winter is heading to BC Monday.

Environment Canada sent out a special weather statement Sunday which covers most of B.C., warning "Cold Arctic air spreading over the interior."

"A strong northerly flow of colder Arctic air will spread across all regions over the next couple of days as a ridge builds over the interior," the Environment Canada weather warning said.

RCMP warn of cougar attack on Granger Road on Nelson's North Shore area

Nelson RCMP aree advising residents in the Granger Road area on the North Shore (approximately 10 kilometers north of Nelson) to be on the lookout for a cougar.

Cpl. Michael Stefani said in a media release a cougar attacked and carried off an owner's 10-week-old Rottweiler puppy.

"The attack happened just 10 feet from the residence and the cougar did not appear to be afraid of the owner yelling at it," Stefani said.

Stefani said Cst. Schellenberg from Nelson RCMP attended the area and conducted a search however the cougar was not located.    

Jumbo Glacier opponents say day lodge built in avalanche zone

The battle over Jumbo Glacier continues.

The ruling Liberals took it on the chin in the BC Legislature Tuesday after a heliski operating company said a poured concrete foundation for a day lodge of the Jumbo Glacier Resorts project is in an avalanche zone.

"Pouring the foundation for their day lodge in the path of class 4 avalanches isn't the only violation of Jumbo's certificate," said Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall.