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Land purchase helps create unbroken wildlife corridor

A previously privately owned 137.5-hectare portion of the Columbia Basin will now become a conservation property thanks in part to $335,000 in support from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). CBT, along with other funding partners and the generosity of the previous landowners, the Logan family, has helped The Nature Trust of BC (TNT) purchase the Silver Tip Ranch, near the East Kootenay community of Bull River, for conservation purposes.

RDCK to create a new park: Crescent Valley Beach

A 6.4-acre chunk of very popular, but once private, Slocan Valley land was donated to the people of the Regional District of Central Kootenay at the Oct. 20 regular board meeting.

Crescent Valley Beach is a popular summertime recreation area used extensively by residents and tourists for swimming, rafting and kayaking.

Area H Director Walter Popoff said he was pleased with the Board’s decision to accept the lands and reiterated the value of the property to Slocan Valley residents.

Occupy Nelson holds public meeting to thank community and plot the future

Many of the protest signs have been taken down outside the Nelson Courthouse by the Occupy Nelson protesters. The group has scheduled a meeting for Thursday at the Scout Hall to map out future strategy.

Occupy Nelson is going to occupy the Scout Hall on Cedar Street for a community meeting Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

“This meeting is a chance for the community to come back together and start discussing how we want to move forward,” said Kendra Cooper from Occupy Nelson in an emailed press release to The Nelson Daily.

“The fact that the camp is still here is a great victory, but we also need to start thinking about where we want this movement to go in the long term.”

Occupy Nelson camp began following a day of protest Saturday, October 15.

Shambhala hits another home run: unprecedented number of ticket sales

Tickets for the 15th annual Shambhala Music Festival, Aug. 8-13 2012, went on sale on Friday, Oct. 21 with an unprecedented number of ticket sales.

The 7 pm release was delayed by half an hour when the site crashed due to the high volume of people visiting the site.

The Shambhala tech team replaced the website with a simple ticket ordering webpage which allowed customers to place orders by 7:30 pm.

NDP leadership hopeful Brian Topp stops in Nelson to drum up support for March convention

NDP leadership hopeful Brian Topp answers questions from local media during a stop Sunday in Nelson. — Bruce Fuhr photo

There’s not much Brian Topp can’t handle — not even emergency dental surgery at 3 a.m.

Which is why the president of the New Democrat Party of Canada wants to switch chairs around the party table to become the new leader.

Topp, a few days after successful stint in the dental chair, stopped in Nelson Sunday as part of a cross country tour to drum up support for his NDP leadership bid.

Identity of plane crash victim confirmed

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the person who died as the result of a plane crash in Richmond on Oct. 27.

The deceased is Luc Fortin, aged 44, of North Vancouver. He is believed to have been the pilot of the Northern Thunderbird Air aircraft that crashed while attempting to return to Vancouver International Airport after leaving for a flight to Kelowna.

Massive illegal dumping site in Ymir visible from space; now removed

Compliance and Enforcement staff removed almost 240 tons(529,000 lbs.) of illegally-dumped garbage from Crown land near Oscar Creek earlier this month with help from local volunteers and businesses.

Clean-up involved using a special, long-reach backhoe that could reach 19 metres (65 feet) downhill to remove the waste - everything from old cars, appliances, furniture, yard waste, household garbage to animal carcasses.

Illegal dumping has occurred at this site for over 30 years and was so extreme, it could be seen on a Google Earth map.

Plane crashes into truck near BCIT

At approx 4:15 p.m. Richmond RCMP received a report of a plane crash near BCIT. 

A small passenger plane crashed on the northbound lanes of Russ Baker & struck a car containing two people. 

The plane burst into flames upon impact however Richmond Fire Rescue & YVR’s Emergency Response was on scene within moments to extinguish the flames.  Seven passengers were on board as well as two crew members. 

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