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A helping hand for hoppers

Pacific Chorus Frog found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park. Photo Erin Perkins.

The modern dating scene might be a perilous one but the modern breeding scene for local frogs, salamanders and toads is just plain deadly.

The Pacific Chorus Frog, the Tiger Salamander, the Long-toed Salamander and the Spadefoot Toad spend their winters among the rocks and trees found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park.

Author Grant Lawrence reads to appreciative audience in Grand Forks

Author Grant Lawrence signed copies of his book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, at the Grand Forks and District Public Library on Tuesday, April 24. Photo Erin Perkins.

Grant Lawrence, author of the award-winning book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, read to an engaged audience of more than 50 CBC fans, avid readers and coastal travellers during his appearance at the Grand Forks and District Public Library, Tuesday, April 24.

Trio of Trafalgar students shine at West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair, off to Nationals in May

Science Fair organizer Ann McDonnell (second from right) presents the winners with their hardward, from left, Micah May, Emma Borhi, and Miranda Sherell. — Submitted photo

Three Trafalgar Middle School students earn all-expense paid trip Charlottetown, P.E.I. next month after walking away with the top prizes at the recent West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair in Castlegar.

Miranda Sherell, Emma Borhi and Micah May will be on a plane in May for the Maritimes after edging out 79 other competitors at the regional competition.

“To date we have only sent two students from our region to the national science fair because of funding limitations and the quality of science,” explained organizer and Trafalgar teacher Ann McDonnell.

GFI: Grand Forks to be taken by the Storm

New York Storm; Photo, submitted

To slightly paraphrase the lyrics of that popular song from the late 1970s, New York, New York, “Start spreading the news, they are leaving soon, I want to be part of it, New York, New York.”

The New York Storm will be making their first appearance at the Grand Forks International (GFI) since 2005. This organization was founded in 1987 by Mike Leiderman, and he continues to be the owner and manager of one of the most successful semi-professional baseball programs in the United States.

Quick thinking RCMP officer saves lives of two Cranbrook residents after fire guts downtown core

A view of the destruction from down the street in Cranbrook. — The Nelson Daily photos

A routine patrol of the downtown core of Cranbrook by an alert local RCMP officer may have saved the lives of two downtown residents. 

In the early hours of Tuesday, a member of the Cranbrook RCMP was downtown and noted smoke in the downtown core.

The officer located the source and saw smoke coming out of the rear of 806 Baker St and upon closer inspection saw flame through a rear window.

Other police officers responded and the Cranbrook Fire Department was called.

Student reports are back, but extracurricular activities are on hold in latest round of teachers job action

NDTA president Tom Newell predicts teachers will support the recent BCTF vote. — The Nelson Daily photo

Parents of students in School District No. 8 can expect to see report cards heading home soon but may not see the same teachers volunteering for events from soccer to band to helping at the 2012 grad ceremonies.

That’s the message from Nelson and District Teachers Association Tom Newell after teachers voted 73 per cent in favour to withdraw volunteer work during a B.C. Teacher’s Federation vote last week.

RCMP recommend charges after Taghum man sees house destroyed in Saturday morning fire

A security guard was posted to keep anyone away from the remains of the Taghum house fire Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A Taghum man is facing charges after police found the remains of a marihuana grow operation in the basement of his burned out home Saturday.

As a result of the investigation RCMP will recommend charges of Production of a Controlled Substance against the 64-year-old male homeowner.

“The house was severely damaged by the fire which was does not appear suspicious,” said RCMP Sergeant Darryl Little.

“The fire investigators and insurance company will be examining the scene in greater depth to determine if faulty wiring may have been the cause of the fire,” Little added.

Nelson Gets National Recognition for Emissions Reduction Plan

The City of Nelson's planning for greenhouse gas emissions control has been noticed by Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Photo: Courtney Nash, Creative Commons, Flickr)


A national organization has recognized the City of Nelson for its work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its municipal operations. Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities reports that Nelson is one of 23 municipalities in Canada to have reached Milestone 4 in its climate change program.

The PCP’s five milestones are:

1. Create a GHG emissions inventory and forecast.

2. Set an emissions reductions target.

3. Develop a local action plan.

4. Implement the local action plan or a set of activities.

LETTER: Not everyone thrilled about Rick Hansen's visit

Dear Rick Hansen:

I hope that during your next 25 years of raising money for spinal cord research (SCR) we will see the end of inhumane, scientifically fallacious spinal cord experiments on animals. It was 25 years ago when Lifeforce, a Vancouver based ecology and animal rights organization, gave you extensive data about the failure of “animal models” but you went on to fund animal experiments. Your Boards have had many vivisectors directing your funding priorities. You raised $20 million for SCR as the “Man in Motion”. Your “dream” for a cure is a nightmare for animals.