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UPDATE: Hopley appears in court to stand on charges

It was the first day in court Wednesday for Randall Hopley, the man accused of abducting three-year-old Kienan Hebert from his home in Sparwood, the Vancouver Province reports.


Hopley, 46, was ordered in Cranbrook Court to undergo a medical assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial, as he faces charges of abduction of a child, break and enter and breach of probation.

Hopley’s lawyer asked for a psychiatric assessment on him. Hopley will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Nov. 9.

Picture-perfect day draws sellout crowd to 2011 West Kootenay Toy Run

Santa made his way to lead the rest of the pack at the 2011 West Kootenay Toy Run. — Bruce Fuhr photos

It was a motor-powered weekend as, following a successful Road Kings’ Queen City Cruise in Nelson, motorcycle riders came out of the woodwork on a picture-perfect day to raise funds at the 24th annual West Kootenay Toy Run.

The annual ride for kids raises $25,000 annually to buy toys for children at Christmas time as around riders rode around the West Kootenay Sunday.

As well, the money is used to support local food banks, women’s shelters and other social services.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities tour Brilliant Dam expansion

Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) welcomed members of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) today at the Brilliant Dam and Expansion.

The representatives traveled from Nelson to view the many hydro facility developments along the Kootenay River and learn what’s ‘brilliant’ about Columbia Power’s facilities. 

This week, over 100 municipal leaders met at the Columbia Power sponsored FCM meeting in Nelson.

Social well being supported in the Columbia Basin to a tune of $3 million

Communities throughout the Columbia Basin will benefit from a new granting program from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

Called the Social Grants Program, the three-year pilot program will have a budget of $1 million per year for projects that address social needs in the Basin.

"Supporting social well-being has always been an important part of our mandate at CBT," said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO.

Magical mounds of metal melt mechanical maniacs on main

Thousands of people, hundreds of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles and nostalgia so thick you had to brush it away from your face like a cloud of flies.

Such was the scene set Saturday afternoon on Baker Street and its abiding roadways for the annual Queen City Cruise, the smorgasbord of vehicular delight the Nelson Road Kings stage every year in the Queen City.

This year's offering of rolling stock did not disappoint, If you weren't there, enjoy the pictures in our image gallery.

Kootenay Lake Agricultural Fall Fair turns 100

The Kootenay Lake Agricultural Fall Fair’s 100th birthday is being celebrated with a Century Farm Award.

Crawford Bay’s first agricultural fair was held Sept. 26, 1911 and was a great success.

On Saturday the annual event entertains families and visitors and connects them to Kootenay area farmers with agricultural exhibitions including fruit and vegetables, baking, wine making, preserves, and floral arrangements.

15-unit Creek Street development set for public hearing

A development that has been on the City books since 2007 will finally see the light of day in a public hearing.

City council approved first and second reading on a development for 2102 Creek St., with 15 multi-residential units proposed in a phased strata plan.

However, Coun. Kim Charlesworth wanted to delay the approval until there was some extra consideration given to the City, since there would be no sidewalks constructed in the area.

Rotary funds new sign for Grand Forks

Gord Nichols presenting the Rotary club's ideas to council; Photo, Mona Mattei
Grand Forks will be sporting a new welcome sign soon as the city agreed to move forward with the Grand Forks Rotary club volunteers to get the project done.
Gord Nichols, a long-time Rotarian presented their vision for a sign on the west entrance to town to council on Monday night. The suggested new sign design would be a wooden structure with its base in rock or brick masonry welcoming people into town on one side and wishing them happy journeys on the other.

Capitol Theatre launches new season series

Capitol Theatre 2011/2012 Season Series

Season opener: Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.

The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue keeps audiences coming back for more.

More laughs, more tease and more body confidence. The Cheesecakes are multiple award winners who have shimmied across stages in Las Vegas, Vancouver, Berlin, Seattle and Victoria to name a few.

Municipal leaders from across Canada gathered in Nelson today

Nelson Mayor John Dooley

Over 100 delegates from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities were in Nelson today for one of their regular board meetings, with preparations for parliament on the menu.

The FCM represents the interests of its 2,000 member municipalities on policy issues that are handled at the federal level.

During the scheduled meetings, board members will discuss municipal priorities including the development of a federal long-term infrastructure plan and the upcoming federal budget.