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Co-op membership overwhelmingly approves purchase of Extra Foods building

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to purchase the Extra Foods building at 708 Vernon Street. — Submitted photo

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to move to the other end of Baker Street in Nelson after a special resolution to purchase the Extra Foods building was overwhelmingly approved.

During a special general meeting Monday at the Best Western Baker Street Inn, that attracted more than 100 members, the resolution — that the Cooperative invest over 75% of its financial reserves for the sole purpose of acquiring and developing the property described as 708 Vernon Street, Nelson, British Columbia — was approved by 119 for to six against.

St. Paddy's weekend relatively light for NPD, someone shows disgust for PM

Despite St. Patrick Day falling on Saturday and Nelson’s downtown core being extremely busy, Nelson Police Department had a relatively light weekend responding to 51 calls between Friday and Monday.

Some incidents reported include NPD responding to a domestic dispute in progress in the 400 block of Baker Street Friday.

When police arrived they found an intoxicated male. He was arrested and faces several charges relating to a previous assault and his breaching of several court imposed conditions.

Selkirk College staff work hard to balance budget

No new provincial dollars has Selkirk College staff scrambling to find an expected million-dollar shortfall in the budget for the next academic year.

The recent provincial budget confirmed that the funding levels for college operations throughout B.C. for the coming year would remain unchanged.

However, those funds will then be reduced over the successive two years.

$2K community service awards available to grads from CBT

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is accepting applications for two of its community service award programs. Valued at $2,000 and based on volunteer service rather than academic standing, there are up to 66 awards to be given out.

College Community Service Awards (CCSA) are intended to benefit Basin college students who plan to further their education. Youth Community Service Awards (YCSA) are given to graduating high school students. Deadlines are March 15 and April 13. And more details can be found online at

PERFORMANCE: Justin Hines Back at the Forks

Justin Hines performing in Grand Forks Friday, March 9. Photo courtesy of Justin Hines.

Not only is Justin Hines a world-class Canadian singer and song writer, he has a unique connection to Grand Forks -- his wife Savanna is from here.

This special connection is giving our small town a very unusual opportunity to see such a famous and inspiring performer up close and personal.

Fans of folk-pop, inspirational and uplifting style music won't want to miss Justin Hines Back at the Forks! on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Forks Secondary School Auditorium.

Copper thieves knock out Fortis BC communications Monday, RCMP now involved in investigation

The signs at the Fortis BC substation warn the dangers inside the facility.

RCMP in Castlegar is conducting a full investigation into a damaged Fortis BC fiber optics cable on right-a-way near a substation next to the Tarry’s Fire Hall across from Kalesnikoff Lumber at 2103 Highway 3A.

Sometime in the past few days a coiled fiber optics cable attached to the side off of a power pole had come loose probably during a recent windstorm.

Early Monday morning a person, possibly looking for copper, cut the hanging cable knocking out the communications at the Fortis BC System Control Centre.

Greenwood water wins best in world at competition

Greenwood City Council made a toast , with water, celebrating their world-class water win at the regular council meeting on Monday, Feb. 27. Photo courtesy of Nipper Kettle.

The City of Greenwood is tops in the world for their tap water.

Greenwood won the presitigious Best in the World title for municipal water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, held this year from Thursday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 26.

"We're pretty stoked,"said Greenwood mayor, Nipper Kettle, of the win.

"It's fantastic news," agrees Gerry Henke, city administrator. "It shows what a good job our crew is doing."

Join the fight against bullying . . . wear pink on 'Pink Shirt Day'

Some students at LVR decided to get a head start on Pink Shirt Day by posing for a photo at the Fairview-based school. — photo courtesy LVR

Students and staff at L.V Rogers High School plan to join tens of thousands across Canada as part of "Pink Shirt Day" Wednesday.

Pink Shirt Day is a nationwide movement that originated at Central Kings Rural High School in Cambridge, Nova Scotia more than a decade ago.

There, two students witnessed a bully harassing and threatening a Grade 9 student wearing a pink shirt to school.

The two students, who witnessed the event, took action, went out and bought 50 pink shirts, encouraging others to wear them or their own pink clothes to school the next day.

Register now for Columbia River Treaty Young Leaders Conference

Young leaders from around the Basin are invited to participate in an important conversation at the Columbia River Treaty Young Leaders Conference. Hosted by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the conference takes place March 16 to 17 in Rossland. The event is FREE to attend.

The goal of the conference is to help young people better understand what the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) is, how it works and what considerations exist for the future.

Special avalanche warning UPDATED to include West Kootenay

The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for a widespread area of the province’s backcountry.

The warning includes the mountainous areas of the West Kootenay, the Cariboos, the North and South Columbias, the North and South Rockies, the Lizard Range, the Purcells, the South Coast Inland and Northwest Inland.

The warning is in effect from Friday February 24 through to Monday February 27.