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St. Saviour's: on par with cathedrals in Vancouver and Victoria

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church

One of Nelson’s heritage jewels is on display at this year’s Columbia Basin Cultural Tour.

A Cathedral Whispers is a presentation on the magnificent memorial stained glass windows at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church.

The church, located at the corner of Silica and Ward Streets, will be open Saturday, Aug. 13 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday Aug. 14 from 1-5 pm as part of the tour.

Habitat for Humanity breaks Castlegar ground

Habitat for Humanity broke ground for the first time ever in Castlegar last Saturday, and the build continues a steady pace toward fruition.

In a ceremony held at 2 p.m., Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Coun. Gord Turner, and other dignitaries got to try their hand with a shovel in honour of the project.

West Kootenay Habitat chair Chuck Henderson said the site is now cleared and prepared, and excavation could begin as soon as this month.

Explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites this weekend

Shannon Merritt – Artist in Studio Portrait

The Heritage city’s arts scene comes alive this weekend with the Columbia Basin Culture Tour.

Explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event (August 13-14 from 10 am - 5 pm).

Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory, and go.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes

Nelson cookbook shortlisted for national award

Jocelyn Carver and Anne DeGrace, editors; Heather Goldsworthy, photographer; Stephen Cretney, designer, holding Elliot, foodlover — Photo by Timothy Schafer.

Seasonings: A Year of Local Flavour in Words and Recipes (published by the Kootenay Country Store Cooperative and the Nelson Library last fall), is short-listed in the English-language Culinary Culture Category of the 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards, sponsored by Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph.

BC Liquor Store in West Kootenay to collect donations for Horn of Africa relief

Beginning today, people can help support Red Cross drought relief efforts in the Horn of Africa (which includes Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda) by making donations at the BC Liquor store in the West Kootenay, or any of the 197 BC Liquor Stores located in communities across BC.

These donations will provide men, women and children with necessary emergency relief, medical treatment and assistance to recover their livelihoods.

Taking wing this Saturday with Nelson Flighfest

Two military aircraft will highlight one of the largest single-day events in the West Kootenay as Nelson Flighfest gets off of the ground this Saturday.

The Nelson Pilots Association will be hosting the annual event, as well as the Airport Appreciation Day in an aviation event that attracts both locals and folks flying in from across BC, Alberta the US — last year’s furthest participants flew in all the way from Ontario — to Nelson’s Municipal Airport (CZNL).

Bear death tally rises at Christina Lake

Police found domesticated bears at a raid on a grow op last year; Photo, submitted
Four bears euthanized so far this year at Christina Lake can’t be identified as being part of the group of “drug” bears found last year at a local grow op, according to ministry staff.
Kootenay region Inspector Aaron Canuel of the Ministry of Environment says the bear situation at the Lake is fairly normal for the year, but they did recently humanely destroy two more bears adding to the toll from earlier in the year.
“We’ve recently had to destroy a couple of severely habituated bears that were basically a threat to public safety.