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BC Transit expands service between Nelson and Castlegar

After all of the cuts to bus service in Nelson, finally a bit of good news.

A new bus service will be provided to Blewett starting Monday, Nov. 14. The new route — 24 Nelson-Blewett — will make three return trips a day and will be monitored for customer use for a period of six months.

The first morning trip leaving Nelson for Blewett and the final afternoon trip leaving Blewett for Nelson will route via Highway 6 to better serve workers at Pacific Insight.

'The Debaters' deliberate at Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s Teaching and Learning Institute proudly presents its version of the popular hit comedy CBC Radio show The Debaters on Nov.15 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Pit at the Castlegar campus.

Members of the public are invited to join and participate as two anonymous Selkirk College instructors impersonate authors Nicholas Carr (Internet doubter) and Clay Shirky (Internet hopeful) as they passionately debate the topic “Is the Internet Making Us Smarter?” 

Province begins dropping onus for wildland fire risk management in regional district's lap

One quarter of $5 million is a lot of money.

It’s more than the regional district has lying around, but it is a number that the Province of B.C. is now expecting the Regional District of Central Kootenay to cough up for wildland interface fuel treatment.

Leading water expert Robert Sandford to speak in Nelson

Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom, Calgary Herald

Leading water expert and author Robert Sandford, co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative for the UN Water for Life Decade, will stop in Nelson this Friday as part of a cross-Canada tour to raise awareness about water security issues.

“Governments need a Canada-wide strategy that effectively addresses current and emerging threats to freshwater security,” says Sandford. 

Multi-material BC meeting in Nelson gains more insight into delivery of new recycling program

The onus for waste is shifting and West Kootenay folk have a say in how that happens.

In one year the producers of packaging and printed paper in B.C. have to create a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of their end-of-use products.

On Oct. 14 the not-for-profit agency, Multi-Material BC, was in Nelson to begin gathering input on how to deliver recycling programs in communities across B.C. by 2012 — a plan that needs to be implemented by May 2014. 

Land purchase helps create unbroken wildlife corridor

A previously privately owned 137.5-hectare portion of the Columbia Basin will now become a conservation property thanks in part to $335,000 in support from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). CBT, along with other funding partners and the generosity of the previous landowners, the Logan family, has helped The Nature Trust of BC (TNT) purchase the Silver Tip Ranch, near the East Kootenay community of Bull River, for conservation purposes.

RDCK to create a new park: Crescent Valley Beach

A 6.4-acre chunk of very popular, but once private, Slocan Valley land was donated to the people of the Regional District of Central Kootenay at the Oct. 20 regular board meeting.

Crescent Valley Beach is a popular summertime recreation area used extensively by residents and tourists for swimming, rafting and kayaking.

Area H Director Walter Popoff said he was pleased with the Board’s decision to accept the lands and reiterated the value of the property to Slocan Valley residents.

Occupy Nelson holds public meeting to thank community and plot the future

Many of the protest signs have been taken down outside the Nelson Courthouse by the Occupy Nelson protesters. The group has scheduled a meeting for Thursday at the Scout Hall to map out future strategy.

Occupy Nelson is going to occupy the Scout Hall on Cedar Street for a community meeting Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

“This meeting is a chance for the community to come back together and start discussing how we want to move forward,” said Kendra Cooper from Occupy Nelson in an emailed press release to The Nelson Daily.

“The fact that the camp is still here is a great victory, but we also need to start thinking about where we want this movement to go in the long term.”

Occupy Nelson camp began following a day of protest Saturday, October 15.

Shambhala hits another home run: unprecedented number of ticket sales

Tickets for the 15th annual Shambhala Music Festival, Aug. 8-13 2012, went on sale on Friday, Oct. 21 with an unprecedented number of ticket sales.

The 7 pm release was delayed by half an hour when the site crashed due to the high volume of people visiting the site.

The Shambhala tech team replaced the website with a simple ticket ordering webpage which allowed customers to place orders by 7:30 pm.