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New chair selected for Rural Development Institute as Penfold retires

Terri MacDonald (PhD) has been selected as the new B.C. Regional Innovation chair in rural economic development - Carrie Voysey photo.

As information and applied research continue to play an increasingly important role in West Kootenay society, it was imperative that Selkirk College replace George Penfold when he retired as  Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development.

Terri MacDonald (PhD) has been selected as the new B.C. Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development (RIC) and the Lead Researcher of the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI).

An idiosyncratic, multi-lingual journey through 300 years of vocal music and a homecoming of sorts

One of Nelson's own is coming back, at least for one night.

Kevin Armstrong will make his much-anticipated return to Nelson at Bogustown
Town Pub on Friday, July 22. 

Armstrong is on tour across Canada to prepare his show Opera for
for its premiere at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. A versatile and unorthodox performer, Armstrong has forged a career both in Canada and Europe, performing everything from traditional opera and musical theatre, to one-man-shows where he pairs his four-octave vocal range with his skills as a guitarist. 

Improved access to eye treatment coming to Nelson

People will no longer have to travel to Cranbrook or Kelowna for eye care.

A new eye clinic has been set up at Kootenay Lake Hospital for people who have the wet form of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

The services will be provided by visiting retinal specialists through the Provincial AMD Treatment Program. Wet AMD is a chronic disease of the retina of the eye, and affects the central vision of the sufferer.

NPD officer assaulted, man charged

While dealing with a small group of males drinking in public on Saturday night, a Nelson Police Department officer was assaulted by one of the males. 

The male, identified as a 31-year-old from Chilliwack, was subsequently taken into custody and appeared in court on July 12 in Nelson Provincial Court facing charges of assaulting a police officer, causing bodily harm, and two counts of resisting arrest. 

The assault was unprovoked and the injured officer suffered a broken nose and a concussion. 

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park benefits three times over from provincial payout

The West Kootenay EcoSociety wasn’t the only community group in the West Kootenay to benefit from a recent payout from the Community Legacy Fund.

Last week the city’s premiere environmental group was awarded $19,000 for upgrades and informational displays in the Kokanee Creek Provincial Park visitor centre.

Dam City rolls past Lumber Jackies in West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League action in Nelson

It was another night of blocks and hits as the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League made its final stop of the season Friday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League made its final stop Friday in the Heritage City and for dramatics, the final game of the regular season did not disappoint.

The Dam City Rollers of Castlegar staged a late-game rally to edge Nelson’s Lumber Jackies 139-137 in game two of the doubleheader before a boisterous crowd of supporters at the NDCC Arena.

The win pulls Dam City into sole possession of third spot in West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League standings and a date in the semi final against Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.

'Rock snot' confirmed in Kootenay Lake watershed

The scientific name is Didymosphenia geminata.

But its more commonly used, and perhaps fitting, term is simply “rock snot.”

Its presence has been confirmed in the Kootenay Lake watershed, and its unwelcome arrival has the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation (FWCP) asking anglers and other water users to take extra care in cleaning gear in an effort to slow its spread.

New funding for Kokanee Creek Provincial Park Visitor’s Centre

Nelson City Councillor Kim Charlesworth explores the Kokanee Visitors Centre at Kokanee Creek Park — photo submitted.

A burst of new funding will help the Kokanee Creek Visitor’s Centre expand its programs and improve its displays, the West Kootenay EcoSociety announced Monday.

EcoSociety won a $19,000 grant from the British Columbia Conservation Foundation's Legacy Program for new and improved displays and learning tools, while Regional Directors Ramona Faust and Don Mickel will provide funding for programs that reach community members in the region.

Creating a safer community with Safe Haven

Anyone feeling threatened or unsafe in Nelson won’t have to look far for a safe place to go.

Businesses all around Nelson are making the area a safer place with the Safe Haven program.

Participating businesses, or Safe Havens, are marked by a yellow Safe Haven sticker in their front windows, which means anyone who feels at risk can go inside to use the phone and wait for help to arrive.

Cpl. Voisine dies in tragic diving accident

Cpl. Paul Voisine died in a recreational scuba diving accident last week. Voisine,along with five other divers was at the artificial reef near Snake Island off Vancouver Island and was off-duty at the time.

During the dive Cpl. Voisine was located unconscious on the deck of the sunken vessel, HMCS Saskatchewan. Immediate efforts were undertaken to assist him with his breathing and once on the surface first aid was administered. Cpl. Voisine never regained consciousness despite numerous attempts by emergency personnel to revive him. An autopsy has been scheduled.