by Timothy Schafer on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 8:25am

During Monday's Nelson City Council meeting, it was discussed that the city will be helping to propel a feasibility report on the region’s main airport with a financial contribution for its analysis.

Council agreed to contribute $10,000 from the airport reserve fund to the City of Castlegar towards Jeppesen Aviation’s Registered Navigation Procedure Analysis for the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

Recent News

Take a Hike program hosts 'Moonlight Snowshoe' fundraising event

Take a Hike program hosts 'Moonlight Snowshoe' fundraising event

What better way to enjoy our beautiful Kootenay winter than an evening of guided snowshoeing under the moonlight with friends and family? The West Kootenay Take a Hike Program invites your participation in our first annual moonlight snowshoe event featuring excellent food, live music, a silent auction and prizes - all in support of a great cause!

Saints remain in BCIHL hunt after weekend split with SFU Clan

Selkirk College Saints forward Jonas Horvath and Simon Fraser University’s Adam Callegari tangle during a faceoff at Friday night’s BCIHL game at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. The Saints return to action this Saturday night (January 21) when they take on the University of Victoria in Castlegar. The home game will be their last until February 24, so now is your chance to check out some great hockey action. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) standings may not have changed much after a weekend series between the Selkirk College Saints and Simon Fraser University Clan, but more seeds were planted for what is shaping up to be a great second half of the season.

 The first-place Clan escaped a feisty Friday night contest with a 5-3 win, but the Saints responded Saturday night with a 4-2 victory as the two clubs opened the 2017 half of the season with a two-game series before a pair of supportive crowds at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.

Study at Selkirk College While Hitting the Slopes in World-renown West Kootenay

Bryanne Mcelroy is studying Business Administration at Selkirk College. The Alberta native chose to move to the West Kootenay to pursue her education because of the great recreation opportunities, including snowboarding, offered in the region. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Strive for success at Selkirk College while enjoying unforgettable college life.

That’s the goal of 21-year-old Calgary native Bryanne Mcelroy. She packed up her snowboard and moved to the West Kootenay, a new Selkirk College student wanting a strong education to support her goal of starting her own business while enjoying epic powder days in her off time.

“I always wanted to move to a mountain town and when I visited here, I realized this was it,” says Mcelroy. “The snow was so good, unreal, I loved it.”

Regional News

Expected winter storm prompts YRB to issue driving warning

All is calm, but Tuesday the next wave of winter is expected to arrive in the region. — The Nelson Daily photo

Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. has issued a warning to drivers of a pending storm that will bring wet snow and rain to the region over the next 48 hours.

Marc Dale, Operations Manager/SE Kootenay for Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. said in a media release, currently all main highways are bare and dry, but that will change when motorists get behind the wheel Tuesday morning.

Stetski selected to represent Canada on Diplomatic Mission to Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski begins a 12-day diplomatic mission to four countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. — Submitted photo

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski will be joining the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as it begins a 12-day diplomatic mission to four countries – Ukraine, Latvia and Poland in Eastern Europe, and Kazakhstan in Central Asia, today.

The purpose of the Committee’s travel is to learn about key political, security and other issues in these countries through meetings with a variety of stakeholders.

OPINION: You May be Holding Your Future in Your Hands

Louise Mott the BC Lung Association's Quit Now Health Promoter and Michael Jessen have a message for anyone thinking about or currently smoking. — Submitted photo

The lighter’s flame touches the end of your cigarette; you take a deep drag and the warm smoke enters your lungs.

If it’s your first cigarette, you might instantly find it harder to breathe. The smoke tastes heavy and robust, not entirely unpleasant and reminiscent of drinking coffee for the first time.

Then comes the nicotine hit and you feel suddenly energized, slightly light-headed, and almost dizzy.

You have an urge to cough, but you’re also enticed by something you’ve seen friends, relatives, and movie stars do.

Provincial & National

Money makes the world go around

It appears for politicians, time is money.

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is embarking on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau – and other federal cabinet ministers – have a fondness for political fundraising events held behind closed doors, far away from prying eyes.

In political slang better known as cash-for-access, not to be confused with its kissing cousin pay-to-play.

Government workers in B.C. paid 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable private-sector workers

The study finds that government employees in B.C.—including federal, provincial and municipal workers—received 7.4 per cent higher wages, on average.

Government workers in B.C. receive 7.4 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector, and enjoy much more generous non-wage benefits, too, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.