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Over 7000 kids already skiing and riding for free this winter--why not have yours join them?

The Canadian Ski Council has already processed over 7,000 applications for its Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program. These lucky children from across Canada have the opportunity to ski or ride for free up to three times at each participating ski area in their region this winter.

Update: Snowfall warning continues as winter bellies up to the bar for seconds

Winter has officially hit in Nelson, again.

Another dump of snow — up to 15 centimetres — is expected overnight in Nelson and across the West Kootenay region Thursday night and into Friday morning as winter begins its assault on the climes of the Kootenays.

On Wednesday night snowfall accumulation of around 15 centimetres descended on the region through to Thursday morning for the West Kootenay region, including Nelson.

Red Mountain land owners feel cheated by new zoning bylaw as council passes it through third reading

CAO Victor Kumar and Mayor Greg Granstrom

Council was crammed wall-to-wall for the public hearing before third reading of the new zoning bylaw on Monday night. Two distinct groups brought their concerns, but council passed the bylaw anyway, 5-2, with Coun. Laurie Charlton and Coun. Andy Stradling opposed.

Beauty of Nelson area to be showcased on outdoor television show, Dimestore Fishermen

Reel Adventures Kerry Reed nets this fish from the line of Cal Jarvis as Jim Hoey watches. — photo courtey Reel Adventures

The 1987 motion picture Roxanne put Nelson on the map as a big-screen story — based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac — showcasing Heritage City scenery to moviegoers across North America.

In the coming months, the uniquely Canadian outdoor television show, Dimestore Fishermen, promises to do the same.

“(Jim Hoey and) the crew were very impressed with what they saw and they were definitely treated to an amazing experience,” said Kerry Reed, owner/operator of Reel Adventures Fishing Charter in Nelson, who began courting Hoey in March.

Castlegar man facing charges after break-and-enter

A 19-year-old Castlegar man is in custody after he was caught allegedly trying to break in  to the Kinnaird Community church on 26th street on the evening of Nov. 13.

Someone inside the church heard strange noises and called police.  Upon arrival, the male was located by police and arrested for attempting to break into the church.   Additional charges are:  possessing an instrument suitable for the purpose of breaking in to a place,  possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose ( bear spray), and possession of a Controlled substance.

Advanced polls draw record numbers for civic election

One hundred and ninety people cast their ballot early on Nov. 8 or 9, as compared to only 151 early voters during the last municipal election in 2008.

According to Chief Election Officer Carolyn Rempel, Castlegar has 5,929 registered voters, as well as 13 non-resident, property-owner voters.

She said that in the 2008 election, only 1,616 residents made it to the polls - just 27.6 per cent - but there's a greater buzz for this political race, if advanced polling numbers are any indication.

Christina Lake heads to the polls over cemetery referendum

Although the job of area director for Christina Lake, B.C. was filled by acclamation, the area still needs to cast their votes for school trustee and a referendum question – does the area need a cemetery service?
Grace McGregor enters her third term as regional director with the support of her community, but faces a tough vote nonetheless.
“It is my honor to have the confidence of the Christina Lake electorate as their acclaimed area director,” McGregor commented.
“Our primary concern for the coming year is milfoil.

A bear for all seasons: The RCAC makes plans for a public sculpture that won't disappear and hibernate on you

Bear cub hanging out to dry in lower Rossland.

As local bears hunker down for their long winter naps, the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) plans to immortalize the iconic beasts with a downtown bear sculpture that will represent "the integration of nature and community."