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High school feature film turns art into reality

L.V. Rogers High School students (from lefy) Matt Howroyd, Alecia Maleschko, Olivia Bogaard and Susannah Rebar spoke to City council about the feature film production, Project Turquoise Snowflake, and its scope Monday night — Timothy Schafer photo.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Art will emulate reality as the students of LV Rogers secondary school are moving into the filming stage of their environmental-themed feature film.

Four budding filmmakers began their public career in film as they pitched the idea for their first feature film, Project Turquoise Snowflake, on the public stage of City council Monday night in the committee of the whole meeting.

2011 B.C. Senior Games open West Kootenay office

Executive Vice President Keith Smyth (far left) of Trail cuts the ribbon, with a little help from his friends, Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs, Nelson Mayor John Dooley and Executive Vice President Bill Reid Tuesday at the Castlegar Airport. The ribbon cutting officially opens the new Seniors Games offices on the second floor of the airport. — Bruce Fuhr photos

By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Society president June Parsons was overwhelmed with the local support.

All three mayors, Castlegar’s Lawrence Chernoff, John Dooley of the Heritage City and Home of Champions skipper Dieter Bogs, boasted how the strong partnership between the Tri Cities guarantees a success.

And Friends of the Games director Darlene Kalawsky showed just how far organizers are along in the goal to make this the best games ever by parading the long list of sponsors in front of the partisan crowd.

Mayor gets municipal participation in IPPs on table for UBCM

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Independent power projects could be on the purview of municipal government if a resolution proposed by Nelson’s mayor passes at the provincial level.

Mayor John Dooley urged the regional district board of directors Thursday to support a resolution to request the Province include local governments as an “equity partner” in clean, renewable energy projects in the future.

Selkirk initiates composting program

First-year Integrated Environmental Technology student and Compost Attendant, Sonja Seher, is currently being trained on the use of the Earth Tub at Selkirk College — Carrie Voysey photo.

Selkirk College has started a composting program at its Castlegar campus with the installation of a new Earth Tub.

According to the 2009 State of the Environment Report, produced by School of Renewable Resources chair Derek Marcoux, up to 2.9 tonnes of waste (generated yearly) at the college is compost which could potentially be diverted from landfills.

Basin residents encouraged to continue 'shaping our future together'

In order to continue the momentum fostered by participants at the 2010 Columbia Basin Symposium, Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is inviting Basin residents — those who attended the event and those who didn't  — to review the summary reports and videos of the Symposium sessions, now available at

Two Nelson men arrested under Mental Health Act

Kootenay Lake Hospital

Two 30-year-old men were arrested under the Mental Health Act by Nelson Police Department officers in separate incidents in the city over the weekend.

One man was arrested in his home without incident on Feb. 25 and the other was arrested on Feb. 27 in the downtown core, said NPD Sgt. Dino Falcone.

"They were both transported to the Kootenay Lake Hospital where a physician admitted them to a psychiatric facility," he said.

In all, the Nelson Police Department handled nearly 50 calls for service since Friday, Feb. 25.

Saints finish season in thrilling fashion, earning three of four points from TWU

Riding a season high two game win streak, the Saints had no reason to hold back as they welcomed Trinity Western University (TWU) Spartans to Nelson for their final two games of the season.

Knowing that at least one win would give the Selkirk men’s hockey team the highest point total in their BCIHL history, it was a matter of buckling down and conquering a team who had just recently beat Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Okanagan College, two of the top teams in the league.