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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.

SD20 responds to 'LG' issue with letter to parents

The following is a letter, by school district superintendent Jean Borsa, which was sent home with Castlegar students last week:
Dear Parents/Guardians:                                                                      
Recently, there was a posting on Facebook by two young men in the Castlegar area related to a phenomenon now known as LG, or ‘little girl’. Disturbing and shocking, this particular post noted, with detailed procedures, how young men/older male teenagers could prey on young teenage girls (or ‘specimens’

Keeping families in need connected — Farms to Families

Families in need will still have a connection to fresh produce at West Kootenay EcoSociety farmers’ markets.

Kootenay Kids and West Kootenay EcoSociety have announced the Farms to Families program would resume for 2011.

Through the program, Kootenay Kids provides vouchers to families in need to allow them to purchase fresh produce at the Cottonwood and Downtown markets operated by EcoSociety.

Glacier Resorts Limited tries to ‘develop’ Jumbo Glacier area through a ‘backdoor’: Wildsight

Photo courtesy the West Kootenay EcoSociety

Proponents are billing it as a service for tourists, but a watchdog group sees it as another attempt to develop the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort area through ‘the backdoor,’ and without due process. 

“It” is a proposal to open commercial skiing operations at the former Camp Green site, on Farnham Glacier, just over the height-of-land from the Jumbo Valley.

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.