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Province begins dropping onus for wildland fire risk management in regional district's lap

One quarter of $5 million is a lot of money.

It’s more than the regional district has lying around, but it is a number that the Province of B.C. is now expecting the Regional District of Central Kootenay to cough up for wildland interface fuel treatment.

Leading water expert Robert Sandford to speak in Nelson

Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom, Calgary Herald

Leading water expert and author Robert Sandford, co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative for the UN Water for Life Decade, will stop in Nelson this Friday as part of a cross-Canada tour to raise awareness about water security issues.

“Governments need a Canada-wide strategy that effectively addresses current and emerging threats to freshwater security,” says Sandford. 

Multi-material BC meeting in Nelson gains more insight into delivery of new recycling program

The onus for waste is shifting and West Kootenay folk have a say in how that happens.

In one year the producers of packaging and printed paper in B.C. have to create a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of their end-of-use products.

On Oct. 14 the not-for-profit agency, Multi-Material BC, was in Nelson to begin gathering input on how to deliver recycling programs in communities across B.C. by 2012 — a plan that needs to be implemented by May 2014. 

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.