September 2016

Letter: Where did the elk go?

Letter: Where did the elk go?

To The Editor:

Larry Hall, president of the East Kootenay Hunters Association, states that the East Kootenay now has 7,500-8,000 elk, down from 30,000.  MLA Bill Bennett agrees with Hall and then adds the diversion of wolves and bears as well as urban voters who don’t hunt.

Historically, at least half of the Rocky Mountain elk in BC have resided in the Kootenays, which would put the province’s total number of elk currently between 15,000 to 16,000 animals. 

Premier's statement on Terry Fox Day

Premier Christy Clark joined many other supporters at the Terry Fox Run Sunday.

Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on Terry Fox Day:

“Today, people around the world remember Terry Fox. They honour him for his courage, vision and legacy. But here in British Columbia, we also remember Terry Fox the man. In B.C., we have the unique honour of calling him one of our own.

NDP leader John Horgan — Government that puts people first

Leader of the NDP, John Horgan was in Nelson Friday at the invitation of Nelson/Creston MLA Michelle Mungall. — Brendan Quinn photo

There's going to be a provincial election next year in BC.

So is shouldn't surprise anyone to see the leaders of the provincial parties starting to rustle the bushes looking for votes.

First out of the starting gate in Nelson/Creston was John Horgan, leader of the provincial NDP who was at the Hume Hotel Friday night to meet Nelsonites and discuss his plans for the future.

Let’s talk Elephant Feet - crosswalk bicycle rules clarified

Elephant feet are painted white squares, placed outside the painted white lines that mark the crosswalks, and are supposed to indicate places where cyclists would not be required to dismount.

The RCMP is clearing up a recent release regarding bicycle safety in cross walks.

"Firstly, thank you to all those who contacted us about our September 9 #FineFriday post," the RCMP media release said.

"We apologise for any problems or confusion the post may have caused. We realise in some cases, our photo may not have properly represented exemptions to the Motor Vehicle of BC."

Kudos to Castlegar cops during crisis

Kudos to Castlegar cops during crisis

An immediate response by the Castlegar RCMP may have contributed to a man surviving a dire medical situation this past Saturday in Castlegar.

Selkirk College Celebrates 50th Birthday

One of the highlights of the Selkirk College Homecoming Weekend on the Castlegar Campus was the re-enactment of The Great Trek which first took place in January, 1967 when students moved from the temporary bunkhouse campus on the Celgar millsite to the brand new Castlegar Campus. For this past weekend’s trek, current students joined with members of that first class to carry in the flagpole and plant it in front of the campus. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College marked 50 years of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary region at its Homecoming Weekend in Castlegar.

Events throughout this past weekend included a Board of Governors & President’s Reception on Friday night, a Community Pancake Breakfast and re-enactment of The Great Trek on Saturday morning, and the Through the Decades Gala on Saturday night.

Largest housing investment ever in province’s history

The Clark government is committing $500 million to ensure more British Columbian families have access to affordable rental housing.

The Government of B.C. is committing $500 million to ensure more British Columbian families have access to affordable rental housing, the largest housing investment in a single year by any province in Canada.

A total of 2,900 rental units will be created, in partnership with non-profit societies, local governments, government agencies, community organizations and the private sector.

First Annual Doxie Fun Fest raises money for SPCA

Doxie Fun Fest was celebrated by some of the cutest and funniest hounds around. — Submitted photos

The 1st Annual Doxie Fun Fest was a rainy one, but that didn’t stop the hounds from gathering and having fun Saturday, Sept 17 at Gyro Park in Trail.

There was a total of 25 Doxie’s with their proud owners join together for Wiener racing and contests.  This event was a great success in raising donations for the SPCA.

Doxie Fun Fest was celebrated by some of the cutest and funniest hounds around. 

Congrats to the following Doxie contest winners. 

Costs to live in Nelson far exceed means of an average family of four: report

Living in the City of Nelson, with the low-income line set at $32,500, someone working full time at minimum wage — $10.45 per hour — would be $13,481 short of the line. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The city has become too expensive for a low-income family of four to live in, according to a new study conducted by the Nelson at its Best steering committee.

In drafting the city’s first poverty reduction strategy, the committee found it cost an average family of four a total of over $5,400 per month to live in the city — around $65,000 per year — costs far exceeding the amount two full-time minimum wage jobs would pay.

Open fires to be permitted in parts of southeast B.C.

Open fires to be permitted in parts of southeast B.C.

Effective at 12 p.m. on Sept. 20, Category 2 open fires will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, due to a decreased risk of wildfire in the region.

At the same time, Category 3 open fires will once again be permitted in the Columbia Fire Zone. However, Category 3 open fires will remain prohibited in the Arrow Fire Zone, Boundary Fire Zone, Cranbrook Fire Zone, Invermere Fire Zone and Kootenay Lake Fire Zone.

A map of the affected areas is available online.

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