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Province mourns loss of search and rescue member Sweatman: Premier

Premier Christy Clark

Premier Christy Clark and Solicitor General Shirley Bond offered condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ymir resident Sheilah Sweatman, the BC Volunteer Search and Rescue technician who lost her life in the course of her duties on Wednesday.

“I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of this brave woman who lost her life during this Search and Rescue call-out," said Premier Clark.

Babes of Brutality, Carnival of Carnage...Habitat for Humanity?

The West Kootenay Women's Roller Derby League is taking it to the track in the final bout of the regular season: the Carnival of Carnage.

Half of the profits from this double-header are being donated to West Kootenay Habitat for Humanity.

Castlegar's Dam City Rollers take on Nelson's Lumber Jackies, then Nelson's Killjoys take it to the track again Salmo's Babes of Brutality. Come watch some intense 8-wheeled action and feel good about giving back to your community.

Sunday not sacred as council sacrifices sabbath transit service

The only Sunday service transit system in the Kootenays is now cut.

City council voted Monday night in favour of slicing and dicing the Sunday offering in order to save $31,000 out of the City’s annual budget for transit.

The move couldn’t be carried out fast enough for some, including Mayor John Dooley, who has been outspoken in the past, raising the alarm about the rising costs of delivering public transit.

Brawl over beer turns bloody as knife cuts one man twice

Never mess with a man’s beer.

After one man stole a full can of beer from another Monday night, a fight broke out in the lane behind the Hume Hotel.

The man who stole the beer pulled out a folding knife and slashed the other man twice, once on the right hand and then on the left forearm.

The fight involved several men, said Nelson Police Department Sgt. Steve Bank, with one of the men brandishing a knife.

Author Nykanen releases two books this spring

Nelson novelist Mark Nykanen has two new books coming out under two different names with two different publishers – all within a three-week period this spring.

The first is Burn Down the Sky, a post-apocalyptic thriller published by HarperCollins. Using his pen name, James Jaros, Nykanen tells a tale set in North America in the latter part of this century.

City all A-Twitter over social media

The City of Castlegar has hit the ground running as it embraces social media – tweeting and posting like mad as the first Kootenay community to utilize Facebook and Twitter as a vehicle for public dialogue.

City council green-lighted the new communications approach at its regular meeting Monday night – and within hours, the City was a Facebook force with a torrent of Tweets.

Replacement ferry for Upper Arrow Lake in the works

After 43 years in service, the DEV Galena (year-round) and MV Shelter Bay (summer only) on the Upper Arrow Lake route are reaching the end of their service life.

The Province will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to start the process to replace the aging ferries that have plied Upper Arrow Lake in the north Slocan Valley for more than 40 years.

Inland ferry services are an integral part of the transportation network, moving residents, visitors and goods within British Columbia.

Ferry service will not be interrupted at any time during the ferry replacement process, which will take approximately three years, including crew training.

Jazz-ing up summer with a contest like no other

A chance to be live at one of the best outdoor music festivals on the continent is up for grabs as the calendar heads into the Canada Day weekend.

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival — now in its 20th year (July 29-31) — has ignited the delight of a worldwide audience, with USA Today calling it one of the “Top 10 places to get in tune, be outdoors.”

'Geo-cached' treasure awaits adventurers in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park

Kokanee Glacier photo by CutOffTies, Creative Commons, Wikipedia.

There may not be gold in them thar hills, but there is a geo-cached load of treasure hidden within the reaches of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.

BC Parks and the Geocaching Association of B.C. have placed a geo cache in Kokanee, along with 99 other parks around the province, with prizes for those who find them first.

A geocache is a hidden container found with the help of Global Positioning System technology. Each cache contains a stash of stickers, pins and other collectables, along with three specially-designed BC Parks 100 coins.