by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 4:11pm

City beautification and marketing efforts appear to be bearing fruit, as per business license and building permit reports submitted to city council, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff.

Chernoff said a substantial increase over last year’s numbers in both licenses and permits indicates the city is successfully attracting new businesses while, at the same time, encouraging residents to further invest in their properties and community.

Recent News

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: A new election paradigm for those who commit crimes

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: A new election paradigm for those who commit crimes

I don’t think having a criminal record should discourage anyone from running for public office. What?!?! you say?

Yes, I just said that. If you smoked pot when you were 18, got busted, and now are in your 40s or 50s and being productive and helpful, I’m more likely to vote for you – making bad decisions is an excellent way to learn to make good decisions, and I think the electorate at large is smart enough to make that discernment. Rob Ford notwithstanding.

Hugh Keenleyside — more than just a storage dam

There are benefits to having the Hugh Keenleyside Dam.
Since 2005, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has researched and explored the natural and human history of the rivers of the upper Columbia River Basin. 

She speaks frequently at conferences and symposia throughout the Basin on the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its effects on Basin residents.  She has recently completed a manuscript titled A River Captured – history and hydro-electricity in the upper Columb

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Zellstoff Celgar is responding to a misconception that it was at the pulp mill’s request that CP Rail has started running nighttime trains through Castlegar.

Celgar spokesperson Sandy Hinter told The Source that, in fact, the opposite is true.

“CP Rail recently implemented changes to its service policy and schedule on the Kootenay Valley Railway (KVR) short-line,” she said.  “Celgar currently relies on the KVR to supply process chemicals to the mill and ship finished pulp product to market. 

Regional News

September slightly warmer than normal says Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service

In spite of a brief taste of cold, this wasp enjoyed a warmer than normal month of September weather. — The Nelson Daily photo

The public got an early taste of winter during September according to monthly weather details from the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service.

The winter bite came during the middle of the month when the thermometer dipped below freezing.

“New record daily minimum temperatures of -1.1 and -0.7 degrees  (Celsius) were recorded during the early morning hours the 11th and 12th respectively,” Ron Lakeman, weather forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre said in his monthly media release.

Trail cyclist sent to Kelowna hospital

Trail cyclist sent to Kelowna hospital

A 57-year-old Trail resident is in hospital in Kelowna after being hit by a car (driven by another Trail resident) while on his bicycle, according to RCMP Cpl. Devon Reid.

"At approximately 8:23 p.m. on Sept. 30 ... there was an accident at the intersection of Glover Road and Highway 3B in downtown Trail where a cyclist was struck by a vehicle," he said. "The cyclist was flown to Kelowna Hospital for treatment and is currently in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Slocan Valley resident lays private charges over jet fuel spill

The sign at Shoreacres beach during the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in July of 2013 says it all as beaches up and down the Slocan River sat vacant during the cleanup. — The Nelson Daily file photo

A Slocan Valley woman has laid private information against Executive Flight Centre and the provincial government over the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek in July of 2013.

Longtime environmental activist Marilyn Burgoon says if the provincial government won’t prosecute the Alberta transportation company for dumping 33,000 gallons of jet fuel into Lemon Creek, she will.

Employing a little used legal avenue, Burgoon filed a three count  private information at the Nelson provincial court registry.

Provincial & National

A driving reminder that winter tire rules kick in October 1

Winter driving has officially started.

Today is the first day of winter driving.

Which is why the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding motorists that beginning (Wednesday) Oct. 1, 2014, winter tires are required on many highways throughout the province.

Signs are posted on each of the designated highways to advise motorists where winter tires are required.

Removing barriers helps build inclusive communities

Don McRae . . . people living with disabilities take note

By Don McRae
Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation

The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.