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By Timothy Schafer on Sunday Oct 22 2017

The regional district and its members are calling for a watershed management task force to make sure the communities’ rights to clean water are protected from forestry and development interests throughout the West Kootenay.

While some forest companies are sympathetic and act on a community’s concerns about where the logging takes place there is nothing that legally compels them to honour a community’s wishes, which prompted the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors to take action in the case of the Ymir watershed.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Oct 22 2017

The City of Fernie said in a media release residents evacuated earlier this week were allowed to settle into their homes this afternoon as the focus at Fernie Memorial Arena now turns to the clean-up process and ongoing investigation.

“The ammonia specialists from Teck’s Trail Operations and Agrium in Calgary have returned home as there is no longer an ammonia hazard at the arena,” explains Fire Chief Ted Ruiter.   

By Bob Hall on Friday Oct 20 2017

The West Kootenay may be half a world away from Cambodia, but for Selkirk College Instructor Sarah Youngblutt the troubled Asian nation never escapes her thoughts.

For most of the year, Youngblutt can be found at Selkirk College’s Trail Campus helping inspire learners seeking a second chance through the Academic Upgrading Program. Outside the Selkirk College classrooms, the trained anthropologist is focused on working towards her PhD in Southeast Asian Studies.

By Timothy Schafer on Thursday Oct 19 2017

The 2017 fire season is officially the worst fire season on record in the Southeast region, having surpassed the most hectares burned in one year just last week.

According to Southeast Fire Centre data, the total hectares burned this year bumped up to 88,911 heading into October, just over the previous worst year in history for the region in 2003 when 88,697 ha. were burned.

However, the Southeast season saw fewer fires (368) this year — 279 were lightning-caused and the rest were caused by people (89) — compared to 635 fires of 2003.

By Kirsten Hildebrand on Thursday Oct 19 2017

Selkirk College and Spokane’s Eastern Washington University (EWU) are uniting writers of the regions in an upcoming symposium taking place in Nelson.

A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium invites local writers to sign up for workshops lead by EWU Creative Writing Masters of Fine Arts students taking place on November 4. The afternoon of creative exploration will be followed by an evening social and reading by EWU’s faculty and graduate students.

By Trail Champion sports on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The Trail Smoke Eaters have added 19-year-old defenceman Trevor Zins to their roster.

Zins comes to the Trail Smoke Eaters after playing the past two seasons with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders. The 6’0” defenceman is a commit of Umass-Lowell and will help to solidify the backend for the Smoke Eaters, who sit in second place overall in the BCHL. It is expected that Zins will see his first action during this weekend’s home games.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

Wednesday evening in a media release the City of Fernie said the Emergency Response team has continued to work with hazmat and air monitoring experts RAM Environmental out of Kelowna and GHD from Calgary, Worksafe BC and Interior Health and have developed a strategy to gain safe entry to the building.

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

The public will soon get a say in how they feel about a medical marihuana production facility on the surplus airport lands, after council voted unanimously to move forward with the public hearing process.

By Michael Jessen on Tuesday Oct 17 2017
If you love a person who smokes do everything you can to help them quit – now!

Letting them continue to smoke will both shorten their life and put a costly burden on both our economy and our health care system.

You’ll likely spend 13 less years with that person you love.

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says approximately 45,500 deaths were attributable to smoking in Canada in 2012, including nearly 1,000 deaths from exposure to second-hand smoke. This figure is up from the more than 37,000 deaths attributable to smoking a decade ago.

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

Castlegar CIBC employees are receiving kudos from the Fire Chief after their management of the aftermath of a single-vehicle crash.

According to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio, the call came in at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“A customer of CIBC inadvertently hit his gas pedal, accelerating instead of braking,” Lattanzio said. “He hit the metal parking poles beside the branch hard enough to deploy his airbags and badly damage his car.”
The posts were also damaged and bent.