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Letter: In praise of Nelson as host for Senior Games

To the Editor:

This year I had the pleasure of attending the Seniors Games for the first time. 

I wanted to say how much I enjoyed it and how fantastic the townspeople and the volunteers were. 

From losing keys (and finding them) and eating fabulous meals at Nelson`s restaurants to riding on the Electric Tram I had a wonderful time.

Everyone was warm, friendly and helpful from the Security folk watching the Dragon boats to the courtesy car drivers to the Tram engineer and conductor noone could have been more helpful. 

Mystery smoke at library, police station and fire in Gyro Park keep firefighters hopping

Two nearly simultaneous fires diverted firefighter resources Thursday morning, with one leaving police and firefighters with a smoking mystery.

Around 1 a.m. a fire at Nelson’s Gyro Park was reported, with fireworks believed to allegedly be the root cause of the blaze in the wooded areas.

The two-member duty shift responded immediately to the location while Fire Chief Simon Grypma and all off-duty career members were called in. The Nelson Police Department also responded immediately to the scene.

Celebrating 40 years of the counter culture movement in the West Kootenay

The Vallican Whole Community Centre.

The epicentre of the counterculture movement in the West Kootenays is celebrating its 40th birthday with a three-day party this weekend.

Several of the Slocan Valley's most outstanding artists — including Pamela Nagley Stevenson, Ann Swanson Gross, and Kuris Raits — are offering up some of their finest works in a 50/50 auction Saturday evening as the Vallican Whole Community Centre celebrates its 40th birthday.

Cyclists, hikers get path up Golden Hill

Golden Hill - Province of BC photo.

Outdoor recreation in the Golden area is getting a boost with the construction of a new trail up Golden Hill.

Families will soon be able to cycle and walk along a new paved two-metre-wide pathway on the hill that will run parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway for just over one kilometre.

The path will connect to Station Avenue at the Highway 95 intersection at the west end, and with the Visitor Information Centre on Golden Donald Upper Road at the east end.

Parade an annual feature of the Grand Forks fall fair

A float in the 1997 Grand Forks Fall Fair; Photo, Grand Forks Fall Fair

Believe it or not, the Grand Forks' Fall Fair is fast approaching. Amidst the planning for exhibits, mini-chuckwagon races and vendors, Chris-Anne Gilmore, owner of Your Dollar Store With More and head of the Parade Committee, is busy helping to organize the 2011 Fall Fair Parade.

Pushing the limits of the Official Community Plan

An addition to the Youth Centre (inset) could augment Cicada Place.

A two-floor addition to the Nelson and District Youth Centre has been approved in principle as City council tentatively looks to endorse more affordable youth housing in the city.

At the committee of the whole meeting July 25 council received a presentation from the Nelson Community Services Centre (NCSC) regarding the proposed development of the second floor of the Youth Centre (608 Lakes St.) for youth housing.

45 Basin environmental projects receive funding

The Kokanee Salmon School Program is one of the 45 projects receiving funding support in 2011/12 from Columbia Basin Trust's Environmental Initiatives Program.

Forty-five environmental projects throughout the Columbia Basin will be receiving a total of $580,000 in support in 2011/12 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) through its Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP).

"It is a priority for CBT to encourage long-term stewardship of Basin resources and help build the capacity of residents to take action in meeting environmental challenges," said Kindy Gosal, director, Water and Environment.

Human-caused Perry Creek fire 100 per cent guarded

Wildfire on Wassaw Island, NWR. Credit: Ginger Corbin, public domain.

Twenty firefighters and two dozers are continuing to make good progress the fire burning in the Perry Creek area.


With forecasted wind gusts expected this week, the Southeast Fire Centre is expecting smoke to increase on the four-hectare Perry Creek fire.

Discovered Monday afternoon, this person-caused fire is now 100 per cent guarded. Today crews will continue to remove danger trees in the area and mop-up hot spots closest to the fire perimeter. This fire is not threatening any communities or structures.

Man spends night in wild following ATV accident

A dramatic accident/rescue took place in Pass Creek over the weekend, after an ATV and its driver went over a steep embankment.

The driver, a 42-year-old Alberta man, spent an entire night with various broken bones before managing to contact help. The accident took place on Norns Road, approximately 10 kilometers from Castlegar.

“It looks like there was a group of people quadding, and they were racing along, one in front of the other,” said Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff.

Squatters blamed for fire west of Nelson

Squatters are believed to be the blame of a small fire that occurred in the early afternoon of Friday, August 19 west of Nelson near the CPR tracks.

The fire was caused as a result of an abandoned campfire near a squatter’s camp.

Members of the Beasley Fire Department, at the time assisting the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games Dragon Boat Races at near Lakeside Park in their rescue boat, ferried forestry firefighters who quickly extinguished the small blaze up river from the Nelson sewage treatment plant.