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Cyclist-activated warning sign to increase safety on B.O.B. says MOTI

The new cyclist-activated warning sign was installed March 4 on Nelson Big Orange Bridge that will warn motorists of cyclists who are crossing this bridge and increase safety.

Cyclists travelling across the B.O.B (Big Orange Bridge) for a ride on the North Shore should breathe a sigh of relief after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently installed a cyclist-activated warning sign to increase safety.

The project is part of the BC Government’s StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan that provided $16.7 million towards more than 45 projects that focus on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights of way.  

Community rallies to support West Kootenay family

Donations continue to be received through a GoFundMe campaign to support the family of Joe Leblanc.

Donations for a GoFundMe page continue to pour in for a West Kootenay man killed in a snowmobile accident last week near Kaslo.

Kaslo RCMP said that local Search and Rescue were called to an avalanche accident on the afternoon of Thursday, March 4 in the Antoine Basin area.

MP Cannings: Important to thank people to help those with addictions

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings said there is a misinformed and very unfortunate view among many in our communities that these people chose that path and don’t deserve our concern.

Last year, Gord Portman saved two people in a house fire in Penticton. 

When he saw his picture in the local newspaper, he said to himself ‘Oh boy I need help.” Gord was addicted to drugs. So he turned to Discovery House, a local organization that helps men battle their addictions, and he now thanks Discovery House for saving his life.

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

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) has welcomed Our Living Languages, a travelling exhibit developed by the Royal British Columbia Museum into its galleries this season. — Submitted

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.