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First peak at the backcountry's snow

The Nelson Daily staffConfidence is poor in the backcountry, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre’s first forecast of the year.However, with few people venturing out the conditions in the backcountry right now remain a bit of a mystery, the CAC reported. There generally is a lack of snow in the region except for higher...

Logging stopped as Sinixt win injunction in court

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyA hotspot of environmental and political activity on Perry Ridge will now be cooled until the new year. The Sinixt Nation protest camp and blockade on Perry Ridge Forest Service Road will be dismantled after the aboriginal group was successful Monday afternoon in obtaining an injunction...

Whitewater takes new direction with Nelsonite Malysh in ski school director's chair

The Nelson Daily staffSki School goes new school at Whitewater Ski Resort this year with a revamp of the program and several new faces in the mix.Nelson born Brent Malysh has been named Whitewater’s new Snow School director, along with veteran local snowboarders Peter Velisek and Dano Slater — Big Mountain competitors, judges...

What to do about the museum's mine tour? The reccomendations are in

At Monday night’s city council meeting, Museum Select Committee Chair Bill Profili, presented the committee’s final report stemming from the October 2009 incident at the mine (referred to in the report as an adit) involving three exchange students attending Rossland Secondary School. The report recommends that the City of...

Remembrance Day: Our naval namesakes

This Remembrance Day, it's interesting to reflect that, once upon a time, the Mountain Kingdom had a navel vessel named after it: the HMCS Rossland. She was a Llewellyn-class minesweeper commissioned in 1944 and had a crew of 23, including three officers. Her pennant number was J-538 and she was pretty small, measuring 36.3m...

Fire season in region comes in at less than half of average

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyThe number of fires that burned in the West Kootenay region this year was less than half of the 10-year average, with even fewer hectares than anywhere else in the province succumbing to forest fire blazes, according to the Southeast Fire Centre.There were only 227 fires that were reported...

Waiting for Oz: RLOP Warms up with original dinner theatre show

  At the height of ski season, after an influx of skiers from far away swells the population of Rossland, February 2011 will see an influx of another kind: the short, high-pitched voice kind, the witchy kind, and the kind missing key major organs most of us could not survive without. I am not talking about anything Halloween-related...

Sinixt claim BC Timber Sales did not consult in issuing timber sale licence and stage protest

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily The one question BC Timber Sales forgot in their due diligence to allow logging on Perry Ridge was to ask the Sinixt Nation what they thought of issuing a timber sale licence for the parcel of land. As of Tuesday, the Sinixt have sent a message to BC Timber Sales, notifying the Crown...

Twenty-one people charged with various drug trafficking offences in the West Kootenay/Boundary

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyA “resource-intensive” investigation by the RCMP in the West Kootenay/Boundary region in the last four months has resulted in 21 people being charged with 43 drug trafficking offences. Members of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment plain clothes General Investigation Section embarked...

Snowy predictions and other fun for $2.99 a minute

Once upon a time our ancestors split one another open with roughly shaped stone hatchets in the interests of divining insights into future events.    Given our closer ties and more intimate connections to our physical environment back in the olden days, I’m of the mind that a fair bit of the sought after information revealed...

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