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Villa Motel fire 'does not appear to be suspicious in nature'

Firefighters spent most of the day hitting the fire with water. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

Nelson Fire Rescue said the cause of the fire Wednesday in the pool area at the Villa Motel, meters north of the Big Orange Bridge, does not appear to be suspicious but remains under investigation.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson Fire Rescue said it was all hands of deck with assistance require from neighbouring Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Departments, to extinguish the blaze that sent smoke Wednesday morning that could be seen from Nelson.

Nelson welcomed to join conversation on accessibility, inclusion

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will be in Nelson to host an in-person session on Thursday, November 14th at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive.

People in Nelson will have the opportunity to participate in a consultation meeting to discuss the development of accessibility legislation for British Columbia the province said in a media release.

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will host an in-person session on Thursday, November 14th at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive.

Application for cannabis cultivation in city limits moves ahead to public hearing

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective has applied for an indoor cannabis operation use at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city. — Photo: City of Nelson report

What has long been the calling card of the region’s underground economy is now looking for above-board validation in the budding of a new industry for Nelson.

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective has applied for an indoor cannabis operation use at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city.

Selkirk College Fosters Creative Writing with Student Symposium

Creative Writing students from Selkirk College recently had the opportunity to learn from Eastern Washington University’s Master of Fine Arts students at A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium held at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus.

Love of literature united writers from both sides of the border as Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) graduate students recently returned to Selkirk College for the third annual A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium.

Held at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus on Saturday, October 26, Creative Writing students from Selkirk College spent the afternoon putting pen to paper in workshops with graduate students in EWU’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.

Winlaw's Rabi'a wins second Sculpturewalk People's Choice Award with 'Housing Crisis'

Photo by Kathryn Gardner

Housing Crisis, by Winlaw artist Rabi’a, has won the coveted 2019 People’s Choice Award, presented at the Castlegar Sculpturewalk Awards Gala at the Lionshead Smoke & Brew Pub on Nov. 2.

This piece will now stay in Castlegar, joining the City’s growing permanent public art collection. Rabi’a, in partnership with Carl Schlichting, had previously captured the People's Choice award in 2016 for Imagine the Stories.

MLA welcomes funding for low-to-no cost mental health/addictions supports

The Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) will be receiving one of 29 grants.

New Democrat MLA Katrine Conroy is welcoming funding to provide greater access to low and no-cost mental health and substance use supports in the Kootenays.

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society based in Castlegar is receiving a grant to add additional hours of direct services, including individual and group counselling, and support for Elders. Grants are being awarded to 29 community organizations across B.C. through the Community Counselling grants program administered by Community Action Initiative.

Villa Motel fire moves to mop-up stage

Firefighters worked through most of Wednesday to extinguish the blaze at Villa Motel. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

The fire at the Villa Motel has moved to the mop-up stage said Nelson Fire Rescue after confirming the blaze was extinguished as of 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Nelson Fire Rescue Chief Len MacCharles said fire suppression tactics continued throughout the day after initial reports came in early Wednesday morning.

The main fire was located in the pool building adjacent to the main building.

Community Futures hosts Operational Compliance 101 for Cannabis Producers

There were more than 2,000 indoor/outdoor cannabis farms operating in 2018 in the Central Kootenay region, but fewer than 50 made the transition to the new recreational license model.

 

Calling all Pot Growers.

Kootenay cannabis producers have been invited to attend a free workshop on operational compliance, offered by Community Futures Central Kootenay (CFCK) and the Vancouver-based developers of the CertiCraft software system for craft growers.

The session is set for Friday, November 15th from 4-7 p.m. at the Prestige Hotel in Nelson and will offer a deep dive into cannabis crop volume tracking and reporting.

KI investigates report of racial taunting during Leafs-Storm game in Nelson

Martel said the league investigates about one to two of these incidents a season.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Commissioner Larry Martel said the league has started an investigation following a report of racial taunting by a player during Saturday’s game in Nelson between the Leafs and the Kamloops Storm.

Martel said the incident happened during the game when a Leafs player came to his coach and told him about comments made toward him, and the coach then informed the officials.

“None of the on-ice officials had heard anything but all crews are aware that this type of incidents can and has happened,” Martel told The Nelson Daily.

Saskatchewan man faces long list of charges following assault in Rosemont

Nelson Police arrested the man without incident at Our Daily Bread.

A Saskatchewan man was taken into custody following a report of an assault in the Rosemont area last month Nelson Police said in a media release Monday.

Nelson Police said Eldon Lemaigre was arrested without incident inside Our Daily Bread on 500 Falls Street and now faces various charges in relation to the Rosemont assault.

Lemaigre, 40, is charged with Assault with a weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Breach of his release conditions.

Police said the arrest was made after a man was assaulted in Rosemont a few days before.

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