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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 16 2022

A good foundation for the city’s international mural festival has been secured for the next five years.

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) requested and received a guarantee of $25,000 in funding from the City of Nelson to continue the International Mural Festival in 2023, as well as ongoing funding of the same annual amount until 2027.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Sep 15 2022

The city’s most famous brand of beer is looking to up its game on its home turf.

The Nelson Brewing Company (NBC) is amending its current liquor license to a lounge license which would essentially allow them to sell more than beer samplers from its 514 Latimer Street location.

City council approved the company’s temporary use permit to allow NBC to operate a neighbourhood pub — under the city’s Zoning Bylaw — in the existing 30-person tasting room space, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Sep 14 2022

Over half of the electoral area directors in the Regional District of Central Kootenay will be placed on the board without an election.

Six of the 11 electoral areas in the RDCK will not have a vote on Oct. 15 when B.C. municipalities, regional districts and school districts hold their collective elections, the 2022 chief election officer Tom Dool noted in an email Tuesday morning.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Sep 13 2022

Southeast Fire Centre said Monday that crews continue to several fires in the area this week.

In a media release, the Southeast Fire Centre said that Saturday morning, a blanket of thick smoke settled over most of the fire centre.

"While local fires are contributing, the majority of the smoke is coming from large fires that are burning in western Washington, Oregon, and the south coast of British Columbia," the Southeast Fire Centre said.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Sep 12 2022

The next round of COVID-19 immunization clinics begin this week in Nelson and across the Kootenay-Boundary Health Region.

People will be able to get better protection against COVID-19 at the Chahko Mika Mall beginning Sept. 19 — as the province rolls out the bivalent vaccine through its fall booster program — with a clinic for children aged four months to 11 years old beginning Sept. 14 at the Nelson health Centre.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Sep 12 2022

The field has been set for the Oct. 15 Nelson municipal election and it will be a five-way race for the mayor’s seat, including the incumbent and a long-time councillor.

Current mayor John Dooley and councillor Janice Morrison will be vying for the city’s top elected position next month, after the final filing of candidacy ended on Friday at City Hall.

There are three others in the mix for mayor, with Tom Prior, Mike Zeabin and John Buffery also on the ballot.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Sep 12 2022

The downtown core of Nelson was filled with thousands of spectators Saturday as the Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise was welcomed back following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entrants began arriving Friday for registration and the parade through the downtown core of the city.

Saturday was the big day as Queen City Cruise entrants filled parking spots on Baker Street to display their respective projects to the public.

Ray Campbell of Vernon won the Nelson Road Kings/Nelson Ford Best of the Show trophy.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Sep 12 2022

Voters in Nelson had better take a pen and pencil to the voting booth as the list of candidates for upcoming municipal election ballooned following Friday's nomination deadline.

Sarah Winton, Chief Election Officer for the City of Nelson, released the list showing no less than five candidates for the mayor's seat and 11 for the six council chairs.

Challenging incumbent John Dooley is longtime councillor Janice Morrison and Tom Prior, Mike Zeabin and John Buffery. All of the mayor candidates are from Nelson.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 09 2022

High-speed internet that is reliable is no longer a luxury in any part of the world.

In most cases it is considered fundamental necessity in order to obtain services and knowledge in order to participate in society.

So when the backbone of the broadband network in the Slocan Valley was broadened, the strength of the entire internet network was significantly increased.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 09 2022

The city’s population has risen to over 11,000 people for the first time in its history.

Recent data from the 2020 Statistics Canada Census has Nelson at 11,106 people, up from 10,572 from the 2016 census, an increase of 5.1 per cent. Within that total, women outnumber the men, 5,760 to 5,345.

The average age of the population of Nelson was 43, while the average Nelson woman was aged 44.3, the Nelson male average age was 41.6.

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