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Cancer takes Jack Layton at the age of 61

Jack Layton . . . passes Monday morning

Opposition leader Jack Layton died Monday morning at his home.

The Layton family announced the sudden passing in a statement.

Layton had been battling cancer and recently stepped down as federal NDP leader. He, however, had hoped this would be a short time away from politics, optimistic to return when Parliament resumed next month.

"We deeply regret to inform you that the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today," the statement said.

Three days to celebrate 40 years: the Vallican Whole party

The Vallican Whole Community Centre, originally the epicentre of the counterculture movement in this part of the West Kootenays, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a three-day party Aug. 26-28.

Who can believe it's 40 years since this wild and crazy bunch of dreamers built the most beautiful hall in the Kootenays?

Several of the 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.

First new Southeast copper mine since 1998 opens near Princeton

Mining is returning to the Princeton region as the Copper Mountain Mine celebrated its grand opening Friday. The mine brings jobs to the area and benefits the entire province.

Having started production in June 2011, Copper Mountain is the third-largest copper mine in Canada and the first major-metals mine to open in British Columbia since 1998.

The 7,285-hectare (18,000-acre) site is located 20 km south of the town of Princeton and is expected to produce approximately 2.27 billion kilograms (five billion pounds) of copper over its life.

Check out two area gallery/museums free, through your library

The more we get together the happier we’ll be, goes the song—and the Nelson Public Library agrees.

The Library has partnered with Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History in Nelson, and Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar to give Library members a taste of these great places—and all it takes is a Library card.

Nelson families to benefit from portion of $10M in emergency care plan

Even as Nelson becomes less medically “isolated,” a new provincial program could potentially see additional physicians hired for the city.

The $10-million province-wide program is aimed at benefiting rural communities and supporting physicians by improving patient access to rural emergency services.

Funding of up to $200,000 per year will be provided to groups of rural, fee-for-service physicians who commit to work as a team to ensure reliable public access to emergency services at their rural community hospital.

Boundary woodlot licensee wins award

Public domain woodlot image.

Woodlot licensee George Delisle has received the Minister’s Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management, Boundary-Similkameen MLA John Slater announced today at a presentation on behalf of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson.

Delisle has managed a woodlot near Rock Creek since 1984, and is well known for educating local residents about the benefits woodlots bring to the local economy.

New Kootenay, Columbia and Boundary webcams help you “know before you go”

The Kootenay Pass webcam will be joined by another at Coffee Creek on the DriveBC website.

Coffee Creek, the Eholt Summit east of Greenwood and 50-Mile north of Revelstoke are three Columbia-Kootenay-Boundary places to have received webcams on DriveBC’s website.

Highways in the Columbia, Kootenay and Boundary areas include high mountain passes where weather can change quickly. The new webcams provide travel and weather conditions with the click of a button, an essential tool to employ before hitting the road.

The cameras provide real-time coverage of highway conditions in the areas and help people plan a safe journey.

Allegedly 'under the influence of a drug,' man assaults police officer, reserve constable

An agitated man allegedly “under the influence of a drug” assaulted a Nelson Police Department officer and a reserve constable Saturday morning after they were called to remove him from a local hostel.

The officer attempted to arrest the accused, Riley Devin McNally, 24, for assault by trespass, but the partially clothed male allegedly resisted and assaulted the officer.

Around 8:26 a.m. Saturday morning staff from a local hostel called police to report a male was refusing to leave their building.

St. Saviour's: on par with cathedrals in Vancouver and Victoria

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church

One of Nelson’s heritage jewels is on display at this year’s Columbia Basin Cultural Tour.

A Cathedral Whispers is a presentation on the magnificent memorial stained glass windows at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church.

The church, located at the corner of Silica and Ward Streets, will be open Saturday, Aug. 13 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday Aug. 14 from 1-5 pm as part of the tour.