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New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

The Lower Columbia Region is thriving! The most recent economic statistic in a series of published metrics highlighting our thriving economy is the number of non Canadian visitors entering the Lower Columbia region via our local, Paterson and Waneta, borders. From January through May 2014, a whopping 11,800 non Canadian visitors passed through the borders into the Lower Columbia region.

Queen City Cruise 2014 Bigger and Better than Ever

The 2013 Queen City Cruise attracted 350 cars and 10,000 people to Nelson’s downtown streets. — Photo courtesy Nelson Road Kings

The Queen City Cruise had humble beginnings just over a decade in the minds of a few car buffs who wanted to revive the spirit of the muscle car era in the Nelson Area.

They took action and started the Nelson Road Kings car club, launched the first Queen City Cruise and the rest, as they say, is history.

The club now has over 100 members and its annual gala event is expected to attract about 350 cars and 10,000 people to Nelson’s downtown streets this year.

OOPS! You spelled that wrong. So what?

OOPS! You spelled that wrong. So what?

Spell lots of words wrong! Use apostrophes when you have no earthly reason to do so! Confuse ‘C’, ‘see’, and ‘sea’!

NDTA protests Kootenay Lake School Board 'celebration' meeting

One of the rally signs mocks the Kootenay School Board "celebration" meeting Wednesday at the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort. — The Nelson Daily photo

The two sides in the BC Teachers’ dispute have been sitting under a Maxwell-Smart-like "Cone of Silence" for the past two weeks hoping a lack of public rhetoric or media mudslinging would put an end to the strike/lockout that has shut down public schools in the province since June.

No movement in impasse between city and union workers

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.

The impasse between the City of Castlegar and its union workers seems as relentless as ever today, after the second day of labour action.

While not fully on strike per se, CUPE 2262 has issued a ban on overtime work as a first step after issuing 72-hour strike action notice on Friday, Aug. 15.

Chris Barlow, city director of Transportation and Public Works, said the ball is in the union’s court.

Hundreds of soldiers muster in region for exciting exercises

Hundreds of soldiers muster in region for exciting exercises

No, be not afraid, the Kootenays haven’t gone to war.

If you’re noticing an influx of military vehicles and personnel, it’s because roughly 450 reserve soldiers and 80 military vehicles from across the province are now in the area to begin a fascinating training exercise called Exercise Kootenay Cougar 2014.

According to Major Dan Thomas, Senior Reserve Public Affairs Officer, Third Canadian Division, boots are on the ground today.

The trouble with truffles - Castlegar style

The trouble with truffles - Castlegar style

The environment ministry is turning eyes toward Castlegar – not because of any sort of spill or calamity, but rather because of a truffle.

Yes, that’s right, a truffle.

It all started when life-long area resident Vera Chernoff was digging around in her flower bed and found what she thought was a rotten potato – which would be odd, given this garden bed was for flowers, not produce. She took it into her house and showed it to her husband, Nick, who cut it open and came to the conclusion that it was actually a truffle.

Nelson Youth Soccer acquires indoor facility thanks to $350,000 loan from City

Many of the players may remain the same, but the operators of the Cedar Street Indoor facility is changing with Nelson Youth Soccer joining forces with the City of Nelson to purchase the business from Soccer Quest. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Nelson Youth Soccer is going from a six-month program to a year-round operation after getting a loan from the City of Nelson to purchase the Cedar Street indoor soccer facility from the Soccer Quest organization.

The deal was completed thanks to a $350,000 loan agreement between the City of Nelson and NYSA.

“This opportunity will create new revenue streams for the City and for Nelson Youth Soccer,” says Mayor John Dooley in a City of Nelson press release.

Visits to Violin Lake are actually trespassing

Visits to Violin Lake are actually trespassing

The City of Trail would like to remind the community that the Violin Lake area is private property and is closed to the public for any use at all times. Scheduled logging activity, with the use of heavy machinery, is currently underway in this area. Therefore the city would like to emphasize the importance for all people to remain out of this restricted region. 

BC Government announces Independent inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach

Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett (center) announces the independent engineering investigation and inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach Monday. — Photo courtesy BC Government

The Government of British Columbia, with the support of the Soda Creek Indian Band (Xats’ull First Nation) and Williams Lake Indian Band, has ordered an independent engineering investigation and inquiry into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach, and independent third-party reviews of all 2014 Dam Safety Inspections for every tailings pond at a permitted mine in the province.  

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