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More Nelson transit changes on the way as regional amalgamation now on table

A few days after several Nelsonites protested at City Hall over transit cuts, BC Transit has made it known there could be further changes to the local schedules as they undertake a region-wide review of the service.

At last week’s Regional District of Central Kootenay meeting of the board of directors, it was revealed there was a plan in place for the five transit services in the regional district — including Nelson — to be rolled into one.

FCM role of city's mayor helps brings Canada to Nelson

The luck of the Irish had nothing to do with this.

During the June annual meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities held in Halifax, Nelson Mayor John Dooley was re-elected to his fourth term on the organization’s board of directors.

The FCM represents the interests of its 2,000 member municipalities — including Canada’s major cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Saskatoon — on policy issues that are handled at the federal level.

Not a lot of hot air: Flightfest wings into Nelson this weekend

Photo courtesy Nelson Flightfest

The hot winds of summer are blowing the annual Flightfest into Nelson this weekend.

The Nelson Pilots Association will be hosting the annual event, as well as the Airport Appreciation Day on Saturday.

This aviation event 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).

Phone and computer scam has NPD issuing warning to Nelsonites

Another phone scam is ringing in the ears of Nelsonites — this one with cyber twist.

A computer and telephone fraud scam is currently plaguing the Nelson area, with fraudsters posing as company representatives cold calling people to tell them that — for example — their computer is running slow or has viruses.

$100,000 up for grabs in new Community Directed Youth Funds program: CBT

Columbia Basin Trust has a new program to support youth in Basin communities. Community Directed Youth Funds (CDYF) will be piloted in six communities, including Nelson, and their surrounding areas this fall. 

CDYF targets youth ages 12-19 and will provide each area with $100,000 over four years to increase activities, opportunities and services for youth. The program will be available to the remainder of the Basin over the next two years.

Advocacy Centre extends its reach with new venture

The helping hand of the Advocacy Centre is now available online.

The Advocacy Centre has always offered many handouts and guidebooks for anyone able to stop by the office in downtown Nelson.

Now, many of those resources are available online at the Centre’s newly designed website, making the Advocacy Centre’s services more accessible to anyone outside of Nelson seeking guidance.

The updated website contains a “links and resources” page where visitors can view handouts like the Advocacy Centre’s Guide to Trouble-Free Renting, or Nelson on a Shoestring.

Update: Atmosphere puts Raid the North challengers to the test

SLOCAN VALLEY — A portion of the tagline for Atmosphere Raid the North Extreme (RTNX) reads "Real Wilderness."

After more than three days of racing the RTNX unmarked course in BC's West Kootenay, participating teams have no doubt that they are being tested in some of the most 'real wilderness' imaginable. And they have to be prepared for it physically and mentally. 

Challenging weather earlier in the week took its toll on some racers, leaving teams to deal with ill and injured teammates.