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Vandals damage grave markers at Nelson Memorial Cemetery

Some of the grave markers damaged during overnight vandalism at the Nelson Memorial Cemetery. — Submitted photo

City of Nelson Memorial Cemetery staff arrived to work Friday morning to find that vandals pushed over a handful of grave markers during the night.

Nelson Police were called to the Uphill-based cemetery to investigate the vandalism.

Police found that vandals had pushed over the grave markers in the Anglican section of the Nelson Cemetery.

Public Works staff spent part of the morning restoring the markers.

One grave marker had to be clamped together after suffering damage during the vandals overnight spree.

Teck vows to create boat launch site on Kootenay River

Not everyone is happy with the decision made by the region’s largest employer. But Teck is ready to make it all right, soon. — The Nelson Daily photo

A boat launch will be on its way for the rural area of Kootenay River west of Nelson, however, it will be at least one year away before it will realize its maiden voyage, according the region’s largest employer.

Teck Trail Operations has confirmed it is working with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) on creating a boat launch on the section of the river 12 kilometres west of Nelson, a move that will effectively end the conflict with local residents over usage of the current unauthorized launch.

NPD, Physician concerned with string of recent drug overdoses

Kootenay Lake Hospital has seen its share of drug overdoes patients recently. — The Nelson Daily

Interior Health and Nelson Police are warning the public in the wake of at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.

The warning comes as the summer festival season heats up — Starbelly Jam, Shambhala and Unity Music Festival — in the Nelson area.

“This is my third year in Nelson, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Nic Sparrow, emergency department physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital in a media release.

Recent Nelson overdoses a concern for Physician and Police

Recent Nelson overdoses a concern for Physician and Police

Interior Health and Nelson Police Department are urging residents using or thinking about using drugs to think twice in the wake of at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.

“This is my third year in Nelson, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Dr. Nic Sparrow, emergency department physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital. “I’ve seen six overdose cases since the end of April, four of them very critical, and that’s just me. That doesn’t include cases that other doctors may have seen.”

UPDATED: Happy ending to scary missing person story

UPDATED: Happy ending to scary missing person story

The region gets to experience what RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr calls a “rare happy ending,” in a local missing persons case that went on for more than a week.

“It is with great pleasure the Trail & Greater District RCMP announce that the exhaustive investigation and search for missing person Gavin Ballard, aged 23 years, has ended on a positive note,” said Orr in a press release Sunday afternoon.

SE Fire Centre urges caution as crews battle blazes near Christina Lake and Upper Arrow Lake

Fire chief/airport manager Gerry Rempel offers thanks to departing fire fighters, being picked up by the first 737 to land in Castlegar in decades. Photo by Kevin Chernoff.

Since Monday, July 20, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 81 new wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre. All but five of those fires were lightning-caused.

Ground crews are being supported by helicopters and airtankers as they work to contain and extinguish the fires, with 39 of them already out or contained. None of the new fires is currently a threat to any structures or communities. However, smoke from some of them may be highly visible in nearby populated areas.

Police boat makes first summer patrol of Arrow Lake Saturday

Police boat makes first summer patrol of Arrow Lake Saturday

Did you know that it’s a Criminal Code violation to pull a waterskier without a spotter in the boat? Or that driving a boat drunk will get you the same penalties as driving your car drunk?

The Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP detachment is out on our waterways this summer – many boaters saw the police in their rigid-hull inflatable Kodiak on Arrow Lake last Saturday, July 18, in the first of what will be many sporadic patrols throughout the summer season.

Singing cowboy crosses country in horse-drawn chuckwagon - with stops in Trail and Castlegar

Singing cowboy crosses country in horse-drawn chuckwagon - with stops in Trail and Castlegar

Motorists in Trail must’ve been doubting their own eyes this morning, as many watched a man head through town driving an authentic chuckwagon (wooden wheels, on-board kitchen and all) pulled by four horses and towing a covered wagon behind with feed, cruising along the highway.

Pierre Cloutier, 41, left his small town of St. Barnabe Sud, Quebec, on Nov. 6 and has since driven his wagons roughly 3,000 kilometres, clear across Canada, over the course of eight-and-a-half months.

Province Provides Selkirk College Funding for New Trades Training Equipment

Selkirk College Millwright/Machinist Program student Josh Carr works on the new industry-standard drill press that was purchased with the last round of funding from the provincial government. Future students at Nelson’s Silver King Campus will further benefit from $87,000 in new equipment that has been made possible by the provincial government under its B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint initiative.

Selkirk College is receiving $87,000 from the provincial government to purchase new industry-standard technology for its trades programs.

As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions so students planning to enter in-demand occupations learn their trade using the best quality technology.

Culture Tour coming to Christina Lake

Gallery 2 - Richard Reid – Three & Little Burro Western Art Gallery

Taking place August 8 & 9, from 10 am - 5 pm, the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

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