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Cricket anyone?

Nelson native Landon Veregin, after spending 15 years overseas, is eager to start up the Nelson Cricket Club in the Heritage City. — Submitted photos

Cricket anyone?

Seems like an unrealistic request, but if Landon Veregin gets his way the game of cricket may join the likes of soccer, tennis and slopitch as summer activities enjoyed in Nelson.

“Nelson is an active city . . .. The people here love the outdoors and finding unique ways to enjoy our amazing nature,” said Veregin, who is spearheading the drive to include the sport in the makeup of summer activities played in Nelson.

Manslaughter charges approved in death of Abbotsford Police Officer

Castlegar resident Alex Willness, 26, has been arrested by police and remains in custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Nelson Police said in a media release Sunday that the man involved in a street incident that cost the life of an Abbotsford Police Officer in July 2020 in the Nelson downtown has now been charged with Manslaughter.

Nelson Police said Sunday that 26-year-old Castlegar resident Alex Willness has been arrested by police and remains in custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Cold in the Koots fundraiser nets more than $10,000 for BC Special Olympics

Three Chiefs, from left, Nelson Police Department Paul Burkart, Nelson Fire Rescue Len MacCharles and Deb Morris of BC Ambulance Services, quickly race for the towels after a cool plunge into Kootenay Lake Saturday morning to raise money for BC Special Olympics.

Local Chiefs from the various first responder units in Nelson went over and above the call of duty Saturday morning at Lakeside Park to raise more than $10,000 for BC Special Olympics as part of the BC FreezinforaReason Campaign.

Led by retiring Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart, the cast, including Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles, Chief Deb Morris of BC Ambulance Services and Regional District of Central Kootenay Regional Fire Chief Nora Hannon, raised $10,300 during the Cold in the Koots fundraiser.

Greening Up: Are Fossil Fuels Doomed?

The evidence is mounting in the courtroom of public judgment; a verdict could be delivered soon.

“Just, (screw) the whole fossil fuel industry. They need to be nationalized as we transition completely from fossil fuels to preserve what is left of a livable planet.” Peter Kalmus

The evidence is mounting in the courtroom of public judgment; a verdict could be delivered soon.

Fossil fuels stand accused of death, destruction, deception, denial, and dishonesty.

Rossland Museum hosts Our Living Languages Travelling Exhibition

How many of us in BC can say “hello” in the language of the people on whose traditional territory we live, work, and play? You might find yourself expanding your vocabulary—and appreciation for the over 30 Indigenous languages spoken in BC—after visiting the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre to view Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC.

Suzuki's daughter to take over as foundation executive director

Last fall, the David Suzuki Foundation announced that I would be joining the team full-time this September as executive director.

I write you today with a deep sense of excitement, responsibility and alignment for taking up this work.

I've grown up with the Foundation. More than 30 years ago, my parents Tara Cullis and David Suzuki pulled together a crew of friends and colleagues and began to build the Foundation, which we are all part of today.

ERT deployed to deal with distraught woman in Kaslo

Police said ERT deployed tactics caused the woman to safely exit the home before being apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital for treatment.

RCMP said Emergency Response Team (ERT) was deployed in Kaslo Monday to deal with a distraught woman.

RCMP said the incident began Sunday, February 28, 2021 when officers were informed of using written communication alluding to potential future harm to individuals, such as lethal action and the taking of hostages.

Police said the author of the communication is known to have medical issues that are of concern for their wellbeing.

Police attended the residence, however, were unable to locate the individual.

Interior Health adds youth substance use treatment beds in Kelowna

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna has been awarded a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth. — Submitted

In a media release Wednesday, Interior Health announced the awarding of a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth to The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna.

“So that young people and their families get the mental health and substance use care they need, our government is bringing new youth addictions beds to the Okanagan, the first of many we’re establishing across the province this year,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2021 puts out call for applicants

Ryan Bavin of Bavin Studios at work. — Submitted

Columbia Basin – Call for entry: registration is now open for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture taking place August 7 & 8, 2021, from 10 am to 5 pm. Help us make the 13th anniversary tour the best yet!