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FrontCounter BC now in Revelstoke

Columbia residents will now find it even easier to access government services with the official opening of a brand-new FrontCounter BC office in Revelstoke.
FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of the natural resource sector. FrontCounter BC was created in 2005 with eight locations, a dedicated call centre and online applications.

What a load of garbage

Public domain image.

Staff from Compliance and Enforcement and the Wildfire Management Branch put on their gloves and removed approximately 1,432 kilograms (3,157 lbs) of garbage and 454 kg (1,000 lbs) of metal that had been illegally-dumped onto the forest floor, thereby restoring it to its natural and pristine condition.
Irresponsible people had been illegally dumping garbage in the forest along Airport Way, about 15 km south of Revelstoke, over the past several decades.

Parking rage over bylaw lands man in jail: graffiti-ist loses his muse

A dressing down of a City bylaw officer landed a man in jail Thursday afternoon.

The 31-year-old Nelson man took umbrage around 4 p.m. with a bylaw officer who had approached him about a parking infraction.

The male began to verbally abuse the female officer using offensive, degrading and profane language.  He then threatened violence and death to the officer and towards the officer's family, prompting the officer to call Nelson police in.

Canada's municipal leaders meet in Nelson to discuss federal municipal priorities ahead of parliament's return

Some of the nation's top municipal leaders will descend on Nelson next week as the Heritage city plays host to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) national board of directors meeting.

With parliament set to return, the 75-member board  — which includes Nelson Mayor John Dooley — will discuss municipal priorities from Sept. 7-10, including the development of a federal long-term infrastructure plan and the upcoming federal budget.

FCM's board of directors comprises elected municipal officials and affiliate members

Grand Forks plays ball!

The Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament was kicked off with style on Wednesday night.

Committee members paraded to the pitchers mound following the Grand Forks Pipes and Drums band with an honour guard of Grand Forks Firefighters and the RCMP. After three national anthems were sung by Amanda Thate, Australia, United States and Canada, Mayor Brian Taylor threw the first pitch.

The 200th anniversary of European entry into West Kootenay is upon us — where does the time go?

David Thompson and his crew reached the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers where they had an historic meeting with the First Nations 200 years ago on Sept. 5., 1811.

On Sept. 5, 1811, David Thompson and his crew reached the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers where they had an historic meeting with the First Nations — the first known direct European-First Nations contact in our region.

Kienholz named as deceased in Nakusp plane crash

RCMP file photo. Not the Nakusp plane crash.

Nelson's James Forrest Kienholz has been identified as the man killed in the small float plane crash near Nakusp last Wednesday.

Kienholz, 64, was longtime Leafs scorekeeper and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and snowshoeing in the winter.

From the 1970s to 1990s Kienholz played goal and defence in the Western International and Kootenay Soccer Leagues for the Nelson Savoy and Royals teams.

Nelson's 'maverick' launches two new books at the Nelson Library

Canadian novelist and playwright Bill Gaston has dubbed  Nelson’s Ernest Hekkanen — author of no less than 43 books of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and literary criticism — Canadian literature's "most resolute maverick." 

On Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 pm the Nelson Public Library offers a chance experience our own literary maverick as he launches numbers 42 and 43 of his considerable oeuvre.