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By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 22 2018

The Southeast Fire Centre issued a press release Saturday regarding the current state of wildfires in the district.

Media at Southeast Fire Centre said the BC Wildfire Service is responding to two fires of note in the Southeast Fire Centre.

By Eileen Delehanty Pearkes on Sunday Jul 22 2018

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jul 20 2018

The first major wildfire concerns in BC are happening now in the Central Okanagan after a recent lightning storm started some major fires around Peachland, Summerland and Kelowna.

The more than 1,000 hectare Mount Eneas wildfire, located four kilometers south of Peachland, sparked the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre to issue evacuation alerts for 596 properties south of Princeton Avenue east to Highway 97. 

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 19 2018

Peter Vogelaar of Winlaw recently captured the top prize at the Parksville International sand sculpture contest on Vancouver Island.

The Kootenay School of Arts grad created a sand sculpture of former rocker Jimi Hendrix. The theme of the competition was “Wild Things, from here to the Galapagos.”

“I decided to depict Jimi Hendrix of “Wild Thing!” Fame . . . and used the animals to crest his hair,” Vogelaar said, adding the sculpture took approximately 30 hours to complete.

By Bob Hall on Thursday Jul 19 2018

In establishing the gold standard in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) over the last few years, the success of Selkirk College Saints program can be attributed to a work ethic that mirrors the region the team calls home.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 18 2018

In a media release Wednesday, the provincial government announced as part of the Kootenay Lake Action Plan to recover kokanee stocks, some bull trout will be removed from the Duncan River, below the Duncan Dam, this summer.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said actions to recover kokanee stocks in Kootenay Lake include continued stocking of kokanee eggs, increasing angling opportunities for bull trout, and removing bull trout from the Kaslo/Keen and Hamill creeks in early fall.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jul 17 2018

Now celebrating its tenth year, the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus Photography Contest is officially open for entries. Whether the subjects are in your own backyard, foraging for food in rivers, or exploring B.C.’s beautiful forests, amateur photographers at least 14 years of age are invited to send in their work. The contest runs until Sept. 15.

By Michael Jessen on Sunday Jul 15 2018

“The whale represents all living creatures. They’re so precious, they’re so wonderful, just like this universe is, like this planet is, and like you are. We have to never forget that. You’re part of it. We’re here for a reason and that’s to make sure this universe stays beautiful and wonderful and brilliant. And it’s so important to remember how precious life is.” – Charlie Haden

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jul 15 2018

Not only has the recently completed South Slocan Overhead highway construction project removed many dangers away from driving Highway 3A/6 for daily commuters near Slocan Village Road, but the new pedestrian/cycling tunnel is now more eye-catching than ever thanks to a mural project coordinated by local artist Peter Vogelaar.

The aging structure, built in the early 1960s west of Nelson, was replaced with road fill for improved safety, efficiency and better trail access for users of the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail, which runs under the road.

By Contributor on Sunday Jul 15 2018

With people increasingly glued to phones and computers, a walk in the park might be exactly what the doctor ordered. But on July 21st they’ll be doing more than just ordering it: they are going out there and leading it. “We want to send a clear message about how important it is to get outside, and the best way to do that is to actually go out and share the experience,” says Dr.

Melissa Lem, one of the 100 doctors and health care providers who will be leading walks in 100 parks across the province.