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The end is near as South Slocan Overhead project goes to tender

Construction at the South Slocan Bridge near the Dam Inn is anticipated to start this spring. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The long awaited upgrade to replacing the bridge on Highway 3A near South Slocan appears to be in its final stage as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure announced the project will go to tender construction anticipated to start this spring.

On a media release Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said the province has listened to the public regarding the significance of this this project.

Nelson's Coldest Night of the Year Walk fundraiser tops $47,000

More than 350 walkers braved very cool temperatures to participate in the 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

Hundreds of Nelsonites joined Canadians in more than 100 communities across the country to raise money for the hungry, homeless and hurting citizens during 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

The super-fun, family-friendly event is held across Canada on the last Saturday of February, this year February 25.

Outside the former Central School in Nelson, opening ceremony speakers Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski and Jenny Robinson of Nelson Cares saluted the more than 350 walkers who braved sub-zero temperatures to raise money for affordable housing in Nelson.

Selkirk College Connects Employers to Students Eager to Achieve Through Work

Co-op Education & Employment Services Assistant Olga Sherstobitoff and Manager Brenda Smith (front l-r) met with (back l-r) Selkirk College alumnus and wildlife biologist Aaron Reid and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations employers Rob Martin from in 100 Mile House and Steve Jablanczy from Cranbrook.

Partnering with Co-op Education & Employment Services to hire a co-op student from Selkirk College brings countless paybacks to employers throughout the province.

Employers benefit from a connection to highly motivated and capable students in a variety of disciplines that are flexible and productive workers. Students can economically fill short-term staffing needs to cover for vacation or special projects while being tested out for hire as a future employee bringing recruitment and training costs down.

Call for Entry: Artists/Heritage Venues for Columbia Basin Culture Tour – Aug. 12-13

Call for Entry: Artists/Heritage Venues for Columbia Basin Culture Tour – Aug. 12-13

Call for entry: registrations are being accepted for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Ninth Annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture taking place Aug. 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trail swim team makes TRAX at province-level meets

Sharman Thomas BC - AA Provincial Swim Meet Chilliwack (1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals)

TRAX Swim Club swimmers recently competed in the following Swim BC-sanctioned Swim Meets:

Snowfest Swim Meet in Kelowna and Swim BC AA Provincial Swim Meet in Chilliwack.

Captain Hunt sinks Rebels in extra time to power Leafs to Game one victory

Game one of the KIJHL Murdoch Division Semi Final was a battle with Nelson coming out the winner in four-overtime periods Thursday night in the Sunflower City. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Leafs continued a late-season surge, getting an overtime marker on the power play in the fourth extra period from team captain Sawyer Hunt to edge the Castlegar Rebels 3-2 in Game one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Thursday in the Sunflower City.

Kootenay rinks remain in hunt at 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships

Kootenay rinks remain in hunt at 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships

Two teams with Kootenay connections remain in the hunt for the playoff round at the 2017 BC Senior Curling Championships in Salmon Arm.

Defending champion Bob Ursel of Kelowna, with Rob Koffski at the helm, and Gerry Kent of Cranbrook are currently in third and fifth, respectively, in tournament standings following Draw 8.

Koffski, with third Dave Stephenson of Kelowna, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, suffered their first loss Thursday, losing 8-5 to Wes Craig of Victoria to fall to 4-1.

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

To The Editor:

The issue of problems with the quality of care in senior facilities has been widely reported in the last year which has been confirmed by the Senior Advocates Reports.

As a result of these reports, the citizens of BC have been expecting some news of improvements concerning staffing levels, enforcement procedures and enhanced training.

Boater wants more than study on Taghum-Blewett boat launch

 The Fisherman Pit boat launch was the last spot the public could access Kootenay River near Taghum-Blewett. But that was three summers ago when Teck closed the area and still no boat launch. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Local boaters are wondering if doubling the amount of money to study a new location for a boat launch on the Kootenay River is actually going to result in anything getting done.

The Regional District of the Central Kootenay’s board voted last week to spend $20,000 for a study into the feasibility and location of a new boat launch on the river near Taghum.

 “For safety and to help preserve a way a life, the area needs one,” says Ramona Faust, the director for Area E. “This is a necessary thing.”

Nursing students' Rice and Bean Dinner Friday to showcase Guatemalan efforts

Back row:  Left to right – Katy Camilleri, Shannon McRory, Paige Cook, Maia Kilby, Dustin Portz                Front row:  Left to right – Mary Ann Morris (Instructor), Chandrima Lavoie, Ali Munro, Hannah Bilodeau.

Friday night will give residents an opportunity to eat a fabulous meal, help in an excellent cause, and enjoy fascinating stories of our own young people working in a vastly different culture – in short, it's once again time for the Selkirk nursing students' Rice and Beans Dinner.

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