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Fuel mitigation project above Nelson seeks to right the balance: report

Fuel modification continues in the Selous Creek area through the Selous Creek Wildfire Fuel Mitigation project, building an eyebrow of protection for Nelson through a three-metre wide no-tree zone — Creative Commons photo.

Some of the most necessary but least interesting work is moving ahead this summer as fuel modification resumes above the city in the forest surrounding Nelson.

Fuel modification continues in the Selous Creek area through the Selous Creek Wildfire Fuel Mitigation project, building an eyebrow of protection for Nelson through a three-metre wide no-tree zone.

Sports-themed mural for Civic Centre still on hold: NDAC executive director

City council approved the use of the north-facing wall of the City Parkade for the mural proposed and designed by artist Sneha Shrestha — city council agenda photo.

A sports-themed mural for the side of the Civic Centre isn’t an easy project to pull together, despite a long-standing desire in the community to realize it, says the Nelson and District Arts Council’s executive director.

Sydney Black said a sports-themed mural on the end of the Civic Centre — the section of wall facing Hall Street — has been put forth again by Bill McDonnell, and his wife Anne, an idea that has been put forward for the last few years.

Nelson's Matti Erickson wins three gold medals at Canadian Track and Field Championships

Matti Erickson of Nelson leans across the finish line during the 800-meter final to defeat the second place runner from Ontario and third place from Quebec at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Langley. — Submitted photo

Matti Erickson of Nelson shocked the field as the former L.V. Rogers athlete won three medals at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Langley.

Erickson, who completed his freshman cross country season at the University of Oregon, won both the 800 meter and 1500-meter races in the U20 category.

Erickson’s performances warranted him being selected to the National team that will be travelling to Cali, Colombia at the end of July to compete for Canada at the World Championships.

Nelson-based dock for Grohman residents a necessity, but too costly: report

The gap between what the owners of 57 parcels of land in the Grohman Creek neighbourhood can afford to pay annually compared to what the $1.73-million project could cost per year is wide — Creative Commons photo.

Capital cost considerations could outstrip the reach of a project to construct a docking facility for a North Shore, largely boat access community, a regional district feasibility study revealed.

The gap between what the owners of 57 parcels of land in the Grohman Creek neighbourhood — located on the north side of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in Electoral Area F — can afford to pay annually compared to what the $1.73-million project could cost per year is wide.

Unsettled weather forecast could bring heavy rain to heavy snowpack

The snow survey and water supply bulletin has assessed the progression of spring snowmelt as delayed in the region — Creative Commons.

The upcoming weather forecast is predicting continued unsettled conditions throughout the province while a significant risk builds over the short-term for a potential heavy rain to fall on a melting snow pack.

According to the latest B.C. River Forecast Centre Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin, an unsettled weather forecast and more rain could combine with the region’s snowpack — 215 per cent of normal — to create flooding conditions as the spring melt continues to build.

Nelson Ed-tech start-up brings place-based online education to schools

Students engage with Live It Earth STEM Challenge, counting and measuring tree rings on a cross-section — Melissa Welsh photo.

A recent online educational start-up from Nelson has brought their content into the free realm.

Thanks to an agreement between the Government of Canada and the Ministry of Education, all students in Focused ED in B.C. public schools will be able to access Live It Earth’s bilingual — place-based online education programming.

Navigational performance solution has Castlegar airport poised for air travel return

The region’s main airport has found a partial solution to erasing the moniker that has dogged the airport for years: Cancel-gar — TND file photo.

Call it Cancel-gar no more.

The region’s main airport has found a partial solution to erasing the moniker that has dogged the airport for years — and cancelled countless flights — since it was established.

In a bid the City of Castlegar-owned facility is applying to the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) Strategic Priorities Fund, hoping to implement a navigational performance solution expected to reduce the number of cancellations — due to river and valley fog — and expand the terminal for the arrival of larger aircraft.

Business owner impatient on why ICI recycling material still going into landfill

The owner and operator of Ace Building Supplies in Kaslo wrote a letter to the RDCK board of directors to express concern over the lack of recycling options for remote businesses — TND file photo.

The province’s adoption of stricter recycling guidelines for businesses has negatively impacted the rural B.C. areas and one business is finally speaking out.

The owner and operator of Ace Building Supplies in Kaslo — Jeff Davie — wrote a letter to the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors to express concern over the lack of recycling options for remote businesses.

For some time, Davie and other businesses have been taking their mixed fibre and plastics to the transfer station in Kaslo. But that changed recently.

Nature Conservancy of Canada looks to restore whitebark pine

The project is to restore whitebark pine in the Darkwoods Conservation Area, a 63,000-hectare protected space between Nelson and Creston that the organization owns and manages. – Submitted photo

Imagine that chocolate was an essential food.

Now imagine that chocolate was getting scarce.

That’s what it’s like for grizzly bears when it comes to the seeds of whitebark pine trees.

“The seeds are quite large and nutritious and they’ve got more energy than chocolate, apparently,” says Adrian Leslie, West Kootenay Project Manager of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Unfortunately, in the Columbia Basin and many other North American areas, a fungus is decimating these trees.

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