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Nelson Police Department officers are being investigated for allegedly sharing racist comments in a chat group, according to the Office of Police Complaint Commissioner. The Office of Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC), which is the provincial oversight body for complaints against B.C.’s 11 municipal forces, told the Nelson Star on July 7 that eight present and former members of the department are being investigated for sharing “inappropriate content and messages including alleged racist comments” in a WhatsApp chat group. The commissioner’s office said the investigation was ordered Feb. 3 by Nelson Police Department Chief Donovan Fisher, who also confirmed the probe was underway. “Although there may be matters that need to be addressed based on the outcome of a full investigation, I continue to have confidence in the officers of this department and their ability to serve the community,” said Fisher in a statement. Mayor John Dooley, who is chair of the Nelson Police Board, declined to comment while the investigation is underway. Vancouver Police Department officers are investigating the allegations on behalf of the OPCC, which is a civilian-run organization. The 125-year-old Nelson Police Department (NPD) typically has 20 full-time members. The investigation follows a 2021

The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe report by the B.C. Office of the that timespan. Dr. Shelina Musaji of the West Human Rights Commissioner, which included arrest data from Kootenay People For Racial NPD that suggested Black and In- Justice, which has advocated for digenous people were more likely changes to how Black, Indigenous to be arrested than white people. and people of colour are policed in Between 2019 and 2020, Nelson, said the allegations would self-identifying Indigenous people be disappointing if proven true. “You hate to have this proof to were involved in 10.3 per cent of arrests despite only representing force change, but perhaps evidence 5.4 per cent of Nelson’s popula- like this will make our leaders see tion. Black residents, meanwhile, the truth of what’s actually hapaccount for just 0.7 per cent of the pening so that changes might be city’s population but were involved forced upon systems and organiin 1.5 per cent of all arrests during zations.”

In 2019 the OPCC found two Nelson police officers guilty of misconduct, including one who was reprimanded for using a derogatory term referring to a female officer as well as multiple incidents of sexual harassment of male coworkers. The latest investigation comes after an all-party committee of MLAs released 11 recommended changes in April to the provincial Police Act, which was prompted by calls to address systemic racism in B.C. law enforcement.


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Sinixt woman occupies Vallican heritage site after province revokes her caretaker role

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An Indigenous woman in the Slocan Valley is taking on the province and the U.S.-based Sinixt leadership over the authority to look after a local historical site. Two years ago, the B.C. government signed a memorandum of understanding with Marilyn James, authorizing her to be the caretaker of a significant archeological location known as the Vallican site. The Sinixt people at the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State disputed this agreement, stating that only they, not James, have the authority to contract with the province about the site. Now the B.C. government has rescinded its agreement with James. In an email to the Nelson Star, a spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport said on May 18 the Heritage Branch provided James with notice that the memorandum of understanding would be terminated in 30 days. “Indigenous engagement on finding a replacement caretaker for the site will be pursued, to address concerns that a broad discussion on candidates had not occurred,” the email said. “Heritage Branch will continue to work to ensure the site is protected and doesn’t fall into disrepair.” In 1987 the Ministry of Highways began construction of a new road at Vallican in the Slocan Valley. Construction was halted when many Sinixt artifacts, skeletal remains and pit-house depressions were uncovered. Since then the Sinixt, including James, have repatriated and reburied 64 ancestral remains at

GIVING IS EASY with The pithouse at the Vallican heritage site. Photo: Louis Bockner the site. James has given tours for school groups No one at the Colville Confederated Tribes and the public, and overseen other cultural was willing to be interviewed for this story, activities there including the construction of but in a July 6 news release, they supported a traditional pit house. the province’s revocation of the contract with James declined to be interviewed for this James and stated that James does not represent story, but the Autonomous Sinixt, a West Koo- the Sinixt. “At no time have the Sn̓ ʕaýckstx appointed tenay organization centred around James, in a news release dated June 30, said that James her as a ‘matriarch’ or any other kind of rephas now occupied the site in response to the resentative for our people, nor have we given her responsibility to care for our ancestors at province’s cancellation of the agreement. “As of June 8, 2022, James has moved onto Vallican,” wrote Andy Joseph Jr., chairman of the Vallican site in a (re)-continued occupa- the Sinixt Confederacy and the Confederated tion,” the news release states, adding that Tribes of the Colville Reservation. “Ms. James “James says she has no plans to leave the Val- represents herself, and an unidentified group of lican Camp and will continue to uphold her non-Indigenous people, not the Sn̓ ʕaýckstx.” cultural responsibilities by maintaining her Joseph referred to James’ occupation of the occupation and caretaking role of the ancestors Vallican site as “a form of cultural appropriation.” at the Vallican Heritage site.”

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FortisBC fined $11,000 for unsafe practices on Kootenay River by Staff Writer

FortisBC has been fined over $11,000 by WorkSafeBC for practices that endangered workers’ safety at Bonnington Falls on the Kootenay River west of Nelson. Workers from a subcontracted firm were conducting concrete repair work on a hydroelectric generating plant from a suspended scaffold over the tailrace, or the water channel below the dam. A generating unit was not shut down and locked out, and was maintained in an

operational-ready state while repairs were underway. On multiple occasions the generating unit was started up, creating water surges that flooded and damaged the scaffold. In a statement issued Friday, WorkSafe announced it had fined FortisBC $11,647.19 on June 17 for the infractions. “The employer failed to ensure energy sources were isolated and controlled if an unexpected startup could cause injury to workers,” the news release states. “In addition, as prime con-



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Treated unfairly by provincial government? B.C. Ombudsperson visiting West Kootenay by Bill Metcalfe

If you feel you’ve been treated unfairly by the provincial or local government, the BC Ombudsperson’s office is there to help. You can talk to them in person when they visit the West Kootenay next week. Appointments may be booked by calling 1-800-567-3247 for meetings in Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Creston, Salmo and Kaslo from July 18 to 22. “We’re here to help people ensure the right to fair treatment is protected,” B.C.’s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke told the Nelson Star in an interview. “If they believe that they have not been treated fairly, they have a right to make a complaint to my office.” Chalke, who oversees 70 staff at the Ombudsperson’s office in Victoria, gave the example of a woman in Penticton who had trouble paying her property taxes and felt that she had been treated unfairly because of her disability. Her home was assessed at $420,000 but the City of Penticton sold it in a tax sale auction for $150,000. After investigating the matter, the Ombudsman’s office agreed that she had been treated unfairly and made a recommendation to the province for legislative change, which the government is now working on. The City of Penticton has also agreed to compensate her for the value of lost equity in her home. “It’s government’s responsibility to figure out a way to serve all of us,” Chalke said. “Not everybody can be served in a cookie-cutter kind of way. Some people need a little bit of extra help.” Chalke said although the $10-million program is funded by government, it is independent. “We’re independent, impartial, neutral. Investigators are like a baseball umpire. Our job is to call balls and strikes. So we’re not on one side of the other. We’re not advocates for complainants, and we’re not apologists for government.” The Ombudsperson’s office has the authority to handle com-

Jay Chalke is B.C.’s Ombudsperson. His office invites West Kootenay people who believe they have been treated unfairly by a provincial or local government to make an appointment during the week of July 18-22. Photo: Amy Romer plaints about some agencies but not order governments to change anything. It can only make recnot others. It will take complaints about ommendations. When deciding whether to inCrown corporations, hospitals and health authorities, region- vestigate a complaint, the office al and municipal governments, asks some basic questions such provincial government ministries as: Was there undue delay? Was and programs, professional or- there an unfair procedure? Was ganizations, schools and univer- there a mistake of fact or a mistake of law made when considsities. But it does not deal with banks, ering somebody’s case? Chalke said his office recently credit unions, doctors, health professionals, disputes between carried out an investigation for individuals, disputes with em- an income assistance recipient ployers, the federal government, who thought the earnings exinsurance (except ICBC), law- emption had been incorrectly yers, police, Indigenous gov- calculated by the Ministry of ernments, court decisions, or Social Development. The Ombudsman investigator decided conduct of judges. In 2021, the Ombudsperson’s the complaint was valid. “We pursued it with the minoffice received 7,714 complaints about government decisions or istry and determined that the procedures. The office ultimately same mistake had happened to decided to investigate 1,181 of some 3,000 other people over five years,” Chalke said. “And so one those. The office has the power to complaint with respect to $500 compel disclosure of records turned into nearly a million doland to compel people to speak lars actually of unpaid support to them under oath. But it can systems over five years.”

As a result of the Ombudsperson’s decision, the ministry paid those 3,000 people the money it owed them. Sometimes Chalke’s office will decide not to investigate a case if the complainant has not first exhausted all their options with the agency involved. For example, many government services such as WorkSafeBC and income assistance have internal appeal processes. People should use those first, and use the Ombudsperson as a last resort, Chalke said. Two years ago the Ombudsperson looked into whether people’s basic rights were being protected when they were involuntarily committed to a hospital under the Mental Health Act. “There’s about a half a dozen things that are supposed to occur,” Chalke said, “and so we looked at that, we took a month, and looked at every psychiatric institution in the province and looked at every admission, and tried to figure out whether those half dozen things occurred. And we came to the conclusion that they only occurred about a quarter of the time.” So the Ombudsperson recommended a rights advisory service – an advocate for people being committed under the Act. Chalke says a bill has been introduced in the legislature to provide this service. The Ombudsperson’s office does not just investigate governments, it also helps them by providing a consulting service that advises them on how to make their services fairer. The office also works with whistleblowers. If government employees want to disclose unfairness in their own agencies, the Ombudsperson can assist them while ensuring there is no retaliation from the employer. For West Kootenay appointments, the BC Ombudsperson’s office is not publicizing the location of the appointments or which day in which town, “to protect the privacy of our complainants.” People will be given this information when they phone for their appointment.

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Nelson intersection the most dangerous in West Kootenay by Tyler Harper

An intersection on the edge of Nelson’s city limits is the most dangerous in the West Kootenay. Annual motor vehicle incident data provided by ICBC shows 14 crashes at the intersection of Highway 3A, Government Road and Granite Road on Nelson’s southwest side in 2021. Of those, six caused either injury or a fatality. The intersection has also been the most likely location for crashes in the region for over five years. Between 2017 to 2021 there were 62 crashs at the intersection, where Highway 3A bisects Government Road and Granite Road. Thirty-six of those incidents only caused property damage, but 26 ended with injury or fatality. Nelson Mayor John Dooley says the city has previously broached the need for change at the intersection with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, but nothing came of it. “It’s potentially at a point now with the traffic volumes that it probably could use a light at that intersection,” said Dooley. “It’s not a true T. The two side roads coming into the main highway are coming at two different angles, so it is a tough intersection to navigate. If you want to cross the highway, it’s not easy.” The transportation ministry said in a statement it does not consider the intersection to be among the southern Interior’s top collision-prone locations. “The intersection has had upgrades in the past – left-turn bays, right-turn raised channelized islands, and a flashing

A union vote — nearing 70 per cent in favour of a new collective agreement — has skirted a strike at the Trail smelter. The bargaining committee representing United Steelworkers Local 480 and Local 480 Office and Technical (formerly Local 9705) announced Friday night that 732 “yes” votes and 316 “no’s” means 69.8 per cent of the membership is in favour of ratification. “We would like to thank the membership for their continued support through this process,” the committee stated. “And we appreciated your patience as we fought hard to get this contract.” The five-year settlement

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This intersection on Highway 3A at the entrance to Nelson west of the city had 14 crashes in 2021. Photo: Bill Metcalfe beacon to alert motorists of this Baker Street and Highway 3A choosing to walk or cycle. It has significant intersection. At this with seven (ICBC refers to the limited provisions for either cytime, based on traffic engineer- intersection as Baker, Vernon clists or pedestrians at that ining studies, a traffic signal is not Street and Ymir Road), Baker tersection.” warranted at this location.” and Stanley Streets (six) and The transportation ministry Nelson had 162 crashes in five at both Baker and Koote- appears to agree. A spokesperson 2021, followed by 98 in Trail, nay Street and Baker and Ward said changes to the intersection will be announced “in the near 91 in Castlegar, 46 in Creston Street. and 39 in Grand Forks. Dooley said the city’s first future.” The region’s second-most dan- choice for an intersection in need Outside of Nelson, the most gerous intersection is in Castle- of change is at Baker and High- crashes by West Kootenay comgar at Columbia Avenue and way 3A, a four-way stop with munity in 2021 include: CasHighway 3, where there were 46 no light that acts as the border tlegar’s Columbia Avenue and crashes between 2017 and 2021. between downtown Nelson and Highway 3 (13), Trail’s Bailey That’s followed by 42 crashes in the Railtown neighbourhood. Street and Second Avenue (11), Trail at Bailey Street, Bay Ave- There have been 31 crashs at the Creston’s Canyon Street, 16th nue and Victoria Street. intersection since 2017. Ave. North and 16th Ave. South In Nelson, other intersections “It’s really not very friendly (seven), and Grand Forks’ Cenof note last year included Front for pedestrians. We’re getting tral Avenue, 11th Street and Fire and Hall Streets (nine crashes), more and more people who are Lane (four).

No strike at Teck Trail after union votes 70% in favour of ratification by Sheri Regnier


includes a $12,000 signing bonus retroactive to June 1, as well as a $2,000 bonus annually from 2023 to 2026. Also retroactive to June 1 is a two per cent wage increase, and moving forward a two per cent wage increase annually until June 1, 2026. Increases will also be coming to basic pension amounts, to the Wellness Account, dental plan, and more. “With the cost of living being so high, and some other issues on site, some of the members aren’t happy and didn’t want this contract,” Chris Walker, president of the locals, told the Trail Times. “732 versus 316 in favour is still a decent number. Though, again, the major sticking point is definitely the cost of living right

Union members at Teck Trail voted 70 per cent in favour of a new labour agreement. File photo now.” ment that is fair to employees The agreement covers ap- and supports the long-term proximately 1,250 unionized sustainability of Trail operaemployees at Trail operations. tions,” said Thompson Hick“We are pleased to have ey, general manager, Trail reached a collective agree- operations.

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How to restore the Kootenay Lake fishery Bill Macpherson West Arm Outdoors Club


okanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) are a member of the salmonidae family. They are the non-anadromous form of the sockeye salmon, meaning they do not migrate from the ocean to rivers. Instead they live out their entire lives in freshwater lakes like Kootenay Lake. A healthy abundance of kokanee has always been a critical component to making Kootenay Lake the fishing destination it has been — they provided food for the prized Gerrard rainbow trout. Gerrards are the largest rainbow trout in the world, named after the ghost town situated on the south end of Trout Lake where they spawn in a short 300-metre section of the Lardeau River. They are unique, a sub-species found nowhere else in the world. With plenty of kokanee to eat, they grew to trophy sizes. Catches of 20-plus pound Gerrard rainbows were commonplace only three decades ago. Because of these special circumstances, Kootenay Lake has been long renowned for the quality of its fishery, with a well documented history of fisheries use. Angler hours have previously been recorded at more than 200,000 in some years, making it an economically important recreational fishery. From 1960 through to the end of the last century, anglers from all over the world came to fish for the “Giants of Gerrard.” The specific population of Kootenay Lake is nearly impossible to replicate by stocking in other lakes unless kokanee are present. Kokanee abundance has always been a key factor. There are distinct differences between kokanee depending on what part of the lake anglers are on. West Arm kokanee are genetically distinct from main lake kokanee. They spawn at three years while main lake kokanee spawn at four

Two kokanee salmon in freshwater. Photo courtesy King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks years. There are also some distinct this was reduced to five post-col- is called a “predator pit.” Simply morphological features between lapse and today no harvest is al- put, the predators keep the prey in the populations. very low numbers. lowed. Historically the balance between Though major compensation In Kootenay Lake, the growth, surpredators and prey — rainbow and works have been undertaken to vival and abundance of trophy-sized bull trout/kokanee — has fluctu- restore or enhance optimal con- Gerrard rainbow trout and bull trout ated year-to-year but the ratio re- ditions for kokanee it remains an is undeniably linked to kokanee promained relatively constant. Early uphill struggle. A highly success- ductivity. The effects of an over-abunin the 2010s however, that balance ful kokanee spawning channel at dance of predators has caused a colwas upset. It is a situation that re- Meadow Creek and annual nutrient lapse of prey, resulting in cascading mains to this day. additions to the lake beginning in ramifications negatively impacting the Human activities have caused the early 1990s were two of the entire ecosystem. As predation levels long-term changes to the Koote- most important initiatives. They remain high, the low kokanee numbers nay Lake fishery over time. These have certainly helped. prevent breakout recovery. include the introduction of mysis Even so, while it is normal for The effect will be prolonged and shrimp, fragmentation from dams fisheries of large-bodied piscivores severe given that the predators are and habitat impacts to spawning (rainbow and bull trout) and their usually much longer lived than tributaries. prey (kokanee) to fluctuate — as their prey. The catch limits regarding the populations decline or recover in From the mid-1990s to the end of key prey species, kokanee, have not abundance following variable natu- the decade there was an unprecebeen an issue when kokanee were ral conditions for growth and sur- dented abundance of kokanee (over abundant. As recently as 25 years vival — the collapse of the kokanee one million) spawners annually. ago, 15 kokanee were permitted numbers in Kootenay Lake in the Predator numbers increased in the daily on the main lake. Belatedly, early 2000s has resulted in what early 2000s and suppressed the ko-

kanee population to historic lows of less than 50,000 spawners annually from 2015-2021. The end result of this cataclysmic shift is a prolonged collapsed prey population. The collapse has been profound, severely impacting angler hours and eliminating, with rare exceptions, Gerrards of any significant size. Today, Gerrard trout seldom exceed five pounds. This has hurt businesses dependent on the historical renown of the Kootenay Lake fishery. Can the kokanee recover to the numbers they have historically been? With the expenditure of dedicated resources and, most important of all, proper management, the answer is yes: they probably can. What is required is a commitment and willingness to reduce predator spawners over the next few years. This key action will work in concert with incentives for anglers — a program now in its third year offering monthly and annual draw prizes administered by the West Arm Outdoors Club, with funding from the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and other partners — continued nutrient additions, relaxed angler quotas on predators and increased kokanee egg stocking. Over time, if these and other proactive measures are continued, the survival rate of juvenile kokanee will ensure a gradual increase in the population as predator numbers are kept in a reduced, though still healthy, state. The end result will be an eventual restoration of the proper predator/prey balance. This will take time. It will be years before the current imbalance is resolved. Eventually, a proper balance will bring about increased predator size. The uniqueness of the Kootenay Lake fishery — its trophy-sized Gerrard rainbow trout — will be restored to the glory of previous decades if an ongoing commitment to proper, necessary management actions is made.

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Editorial The Nelson Star welcomes letters to the editor intended for publication but reserves the right to edit for brevity, clarity, legality, accuracy and topicality. Letters should be a maximum of 300 words in length. Anonymous letters will not be published. To assist in verification, name, address and daytime telephone must be supplied, but will not be published. Email letters to:

Letters to the Editor Against Zincton resort development Will you support our great southern British Columbian wilderness and help give a voice to the wilderness and the wildlife that inhabits it? Multiple opposition groups including Y2Y, Valhalla Wilderness Society, Wildsight

and Hunters for BC have taken a stand to protect a critical B.C. wilderness corridor and all of its wildlife inhabitants in an area known as Zincton, located roughly mid-way between Kaslo and New Denver, within the Goat Range of the great Southern Selkirk Mountains.

The proposed tenure being opposed is known as the Zincton Resort project. Within this area, one man has proposed to develop 11,000 acres of prime wilderness habitat into a four-season resort including a gondola. The gondola is planned to run from the proposed

resort site situated on 70 acres of privately owned land, onto Crown land, and continuing up to the high alpine on London Ridge amidst the most prominent peaks in the area, Mt. Brennan and Mt. Whitewater. This wilderness area and its wildlife have seen intense de-

velopment in recent years from both the Retallack and Stellar adventure tourism businesses. Both operate similar mountain adventure businesses to the proposed Zincton resort. If Zincton is approved, the delicate balance of biodiversity and wilderness in

For The Record by Bill Metcalfe

The article entitled “Petition asks for protection of ancient cedars at Duncan Lake” in the July 7 print edition included a map with an error in the caption. It stated that the area addressed by the old growth petition was outlined in yellow. In fact, the red line indicates the old growth area, and the yellow line indicates aquatic habitat within it. In the same story we mistakenly wrote that the provincial government said they had no plans to create any more provincial parks. In fact the government told us it has no plans to create more provincial parks in the Duncan Lake area. In the photo of the old growth cedars, the The proposed cedar grove protected area is outlined in red. The yellow caption mistakenly credited Craig Pettitt for the line indicates the aquatic habitat within it. The grove is located at the photo. It was actually taken by Joe Karthein. north end of the Duncan Lake reservoir. Map: Valhalla Wilderness Society

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this area and across southern B.C. will tip toward a human-first model of wilderness use. This is the main objective that we are making our stand against, where the volume of undisturbed wilderness is outweighed by the volume

of land under human use and development. The irony of these types of backcountry tenures, that put profits over wilderness, is that they are based on selling the experience of tranquility in the wild and all of the magic that surrounds

it. A true wilderness experience? On behalf of all of the inhabitants that presently call the Zincton area home, thank you for standing with us. Iain Exner Nelson


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High Kootenay gas prices mainly due to competition: analyst by Corey Bullock

Many drivers across the Kootenays might be wondering why gas is more expensive here than in the Lower Mainland. It’s mostly because of competition, says senior petroleum analyst Patrick De Haan with GasBuddy. “The de-facto trend is stations are trying to lower prices as slowly as possible right now,” said De Haan. “It’s the first time they’ve made a healthy margin on gasoline, so they’re clinging to that profit.” He says in more competitive markets, like Vancouver for example, where gas is hovering around $1.96 per litre, operators are able to lower their prices to be more competitive. “In an area like the Kootenays you may have fewer owners operating stations — there’s a wide latitude to lower prices,” De Haan said. According to the GasBuddy website, most gas stations in Cranbrook, Fernie and Kimberley are listed around $2.13 per litre as of Tuesday, July 12. In Creston, they range from $2.11 per litre to $2.14 per litre. In Nelson, prices are similar to Cranbrook at $2.13 per litre and in Castlegar they range from $2.12 per litre to $2.13 per litre. In Grand Forks the average price is $2.12 per litre. In Vancouver, prices range from $1.95 per litre to $1.99 per litre. Gas in Cranbrook is currently listed at $2.13 per litre at most stations. Photo: Corey Bullock De Haan likened it to a marathon. “Everyone is going to cross the finish line, but some cities will cross sooner, some will see those prices drop faster,” De Haan said. Over the Canada Day weekend, many stations in B.C. began to lower their prices. De Haan told Black Press at the time that the price drops are part of a global trend as wholesale gas prices decline. Oil is now down about $40 a barrel from its peak in early March. When asked if the provincial government’s low carbon fuel standard, and having to transport fuel throughout the Kootenays, is a factor in the pricing, De Haan said it’s more about competition. He says that the low carbon fuel standard has “always been a factor,” and questioned why that would be making such a difference now. “That isn’t new, it has always been the case — competition is a huge factor,” De Haan said. B.C.’s low carbon fuel standard was established in 2008 and implemented in 2013. It’s intended to set carbon intensity targets that decline each year. Fuel suppliers generate credits for supplying fuels with a CI below targets and receive debits for supplying fuels with a CI above the targets. De Haan estimates that the Kootenays should see some relief at the pumps soon, but cautioned drivers to shop competitively as well. “If people are still buying gasoline at that price, why lower it?” he said. De Haan recommends finding gas stations with lower prices and supporting them in order to drive down competitive pricing. “Consumers should shop around and try to patronize places with lower prices,” said DeHaan. “Delay purchasing if you can, the prices Pictured is the Safeway gas bar in Cranbrook, where gas is $2.13 per litre. Most stations in the region are hovering around this price as of will come down.” Tuesday, July 12. Photo: Corey Bullock With files from Jane Skrypnek.

New tech to ease lineups at Grohman Narrows Transfer Station by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Nelson Daily

The long vehicle lineups at the Grohman Narrows Transfer Station could be a thing of the past. A new project will see the resource recovery facility on Insight Drive — five kilometres west of the city — employ new technology to track and process vehicles faster than previously. The wait time to deposit waste at the facility has grown over the last few years — after re-locating several years ago from the city’s waterfront — with the changes to recycling, COVID-19 and the rising cost of waste disposal. Utilizing new software, including licence plate scanners for each scaled facility and a dedicated cloud server, the resource recovery facility will be able to move people at a quicker pace through the growing lineups at the facility. The automated licence plate readers (ALPRs) capture computer-readable images of license plates. These high-tech devices are

used primarily by law enforcement agencies to compare plate numbers against those of stolen cars. The Regional District of Central Kootenay will enter into a licensing agreement with Strong Data Automation — for a three-year term with two possible one-year extensions, at a cost of $57,550 for 2022 and an ongoing cost of $44,700 — to provide new software for resource recovery facilities. “With more accurate and complete tracking capabilities, the new software will help staff make better, informed decisions, but most importantly improve the overall user Grohman Narrows Transfer Station. Photo: Submitted experience with faster, more efficient processing,” noted a release from the regional district on the matter. Regional district staff will begin investigating additional options of purchasing Strong Data Automation’s customer online portal, unattended transaction kiosks and/or cashless prepaid cards for future consideration. The regional district will also include in the West Sub Region budget for a scale software replacement project, a waste composition Your Precious Metals Dealer in the Kootenays study, a systems efficiency review and a cost recovery model. 715 Vernon St, Nelson | 250- 354-1441 | Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

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Administrative error results in misidentification of remains at Castlegar cemetery


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The City of Castlegar says an administrative error is to blame for four sets of cremains at the Kinnaird Park Memorial Cemetery ending up in the wrong locations. The city was first alerted to a potential problem by a concerned family member. According to Castlegar CAO Chris Barlow, as soon as the city was alerted to a potential problem, they contacted Consumer Protection BC, the organization that administers the city’s license to operate a cemetery. The city was directed to verify if an error had actually occurred and given steps to follow to rectify the situation. The five most recent additions to the cemetery’s cremains ground plots were flagged as potential errors. “When we gave a location of a spot against our mapping, they were off by one spot,” explained

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Rain Shields of Nelson still missing: police by Staff Writer

Nelson resident Rain Shields, also known as Bella Black, who was last seen on Oct. 31, 2021, is still missing, according to the Nelson Police Department. “A considerable effort was made last fall using search and rescue and a helicopter,” said Sgt. Dan Markevich in a July 12 email to the Nelson Star. “Just a few weeks ago another search was done using a human remains dog but was unsuccessful.” In November, the

police department received several tips from the public indicating that Shields was last seen in the area of Marsden Road and the Grohman Forest Service Road. Shields, 56 years old at the time of her disappearance, is described by the police as approximately five-foot-seven with a medium build. Anyone who knows anything about her whereabouts is asked to contact Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919 or the local RCMP detachment at 250-352-2156. Rain Shields of Nelson has not been seen since Oct. 31. Photo courtesy Nelson Police Department

Krestova man arrested after lengthy standoff with police by Staff Writer

A Krestova man was taken into custody after a lengthy standoff with Nelson RCMP. According to police, on July 6 at 7:44 p.m., they received a report of an intoxicated man displaying signs of potential self-harm. The man had allegedly discharged a firearm

while outside of his Krestova residence. The 28-year-old man attempted to flee the scene in a vehicle, but crashed and then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area, taking the firearm with him. Police set up a containment area and were able to take the man into custody without incident after

a lengthy stand off. “When firearms are involved, the element of danger is elevated. We are thankful that no one was injured,” said Cpl. Derek Pitt, detachment commander of Nelson RCMP, in a statement. The man was taken to hospital for medical assessment. He is scheduled to appear in File photo court in October.

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Peter Vogelaar (left) has over 30 years experience in snow and sand sculpting. He acts as a mentor and partner to Alex Avelino (in foreground) and Peter Vogelaar were invited to film season two of the CBC show Race Against The Alex Avelino, who has begun winning competitions. Photo courtesey Alex Avelino Tide in August 2021. The season premiers July 10. Photo courtesy Alex Avelino

West Kootenay artists compete in CBC sand sculpting show day at the beach for Nelson sand sculptor Alex Avelino. A trip to New Brunswick last year was no In August 2021, Avelino and his sculpting partner, Peter Vogelaar of Winlaw, were invited to compete on the CBC show Race Against The Tide. Each episode, 10 teams of renowned sculptors have six hours to create art from sand before the Bay of Fundy’s famously high tide sweeps it all away. If judges like a sculpture, the team continues on with a chance to win $10,000. If the sculpture is no good, the team is — figuratively speaking — washed out to sea. “There’s a lot of stress on you to get this done so you can survive to the next episode, and even if you do survive you have to do it all over again the next day,” said Avelino ahead of the season two premier on Sunday, July 10. “It’s day after day after day. Those who reach the end I have so much respect for because it is gruelling.” It may be difficult work, but it’s also AveliHit refresh on your print materials. no’s passion. From concept to final product Avelino moved to the outskirts of Nelson in we can help bring your printed 2011 and took an interest in the work of his products into 2021. neighbour John McKinnon, a well-regarded sculptor who that year earned a Guinness World Record for the longest sandcastle with a 27.5-kilometre structure on an island in the Baltic Sea. McKinnon suggested Avelino meet Vo-

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gelaar, whose work with ice has earned him commissions at multiple Winter Games. Avelino has since taken part in and won at snow sculpting competitions, and credits his artistic growth to Vogelaar’s mentorship. “He sees that in me, that it’s not just a hobby for me. I really do want to pursue this as a career.” Vogelaar has over three decades experience in snow and sand sculpting, but Avelino is relatively new to using sand as a medium and had never previously competed in a sand competition before CBC called. Sculptors, he’s learned, have to be picky with the sand they use. If there’s not enough clay in the mix, or the sand doesn’t hold water very well, a towering castle can quickly become rubble. That fragility forces artists to improvise when errors are made. “Unlike snow, you really can’t just cut a piece of sand block and then put it back where the piece fell,” said Avelino. “Sand is like, if it’s gone, it’s gone. Then you just have to either think smaller, or come up with a new idea right there on the spot. So it’s definitely trains you to think on your feet.” Although the experience shooting Race Against The Tide was exhausting for Avelino, he also found it inspiring to meet people who have made sand sculpting their careers.

Husband-wife duo Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering of The Netherlands have been professional sculptors for over 25 years. American JT Estrela was a math teacher before becoming a full-time sculptor, while his partner Amanda Gafford is also a full-time registered nurse. As a relative rookie among professionals, Avelino said he felt welcomed and encouraged. “This is one of the reasons why I feel like this is where I belong. They’re world travellers and they are very open, social beings. That’s how I see myself.” Avelino was careful not to spoil the show, but there will be surprises waiting for him when he watches the final product. Because he left each day before the tide came in, he never saw what the water did to the art he and Vogelaar had just spent hours creating. That his art is here and gone at the whims of the Earth doesn’t bother Avelino — he thinks that’s what makes it unique. “The goal really isn’t to keep something alive forever. It’s just to be able to produce something awe-inspiring for an audience and to finish it. And that’s it. Once it’s done, that’s the experience.” Season two of Race Against The Tide airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on CBC with episodes also available on CBC Gem.

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‘Tell them something unique in a unique way’: The Headwaters podcast tells surprising Kootenay stories by Bill Metcalfe

Fourteen-year-old singer and guitarist Nell Smith of Fernie, after a chance meeting with the lead singer of the legendary rock band The Flaming Lips, recorded an album with the band last year. “Nell’s already been interviewed on Stephen Colbert,” says The Headwaters podcast reporter Jayme Moye, “and she’s setting up a tour with The Lips, and living a life she and her family could not have imagined just a year ago. She’s kind of becoming a rock star.” This is the kind of story The Headwaters specializes in: Kootenay people doing extraordinary or startling things. The podcast is produced by Kootenay Mountain Culture magazine and funded by the Columbia Basin Trust. Since the first of eight episodes landed in late May, The Headwaters has had 4,000 downloads on all platforms. Moye starts Nell’s story in the teenager’s bedroom full of guitars, with Nell playing a few bars and talking, and a close-up recording of Nell’s cat purring. We hear Nell’s father telling parts of the story, the narrative switching backand-forth between Moye and

podcast host Mitchell Scott, and occasional music clips, all put put together with a relaxed but precise momentum that gives us Nell’s whole story in 12 minutes. Scott is the publisher and editor-in-chief at Kootenay Mountain Culture. His genial performance as podcast host sounds like he’s done this before. “Mitch was a natural as soon as he got in front of the mic,” says The Headwaters’ writer, producer, and editor Bob Keating, the recently retired Kootenay reporter for CBC Radio. Keating and Scott say the success of the podcast series boils down to sound, pacing, and unexpected stories. “It’s like what we do in our magazine,” says Scott. “We take an idea, a theme for an issue, and then we surprise you with how we’re approaching it. You get an idea of what the episode is about, but then you’re like, holy cow, I had no idea they’re going to take me down those roads.” Scott says Nell’s story is one of three segments in Episode 8, entitled Young Dreamers, about young Kootenay people who force you to ask, “You’re doing what? And you’re how old?”

Bob Keating (left) writes and edits The Headwaters podcast, and Mitchell Scott is its producer and host. Photo: Bill Metcalfe The Saving Species episode Other episodes are Fixing are Sydney Black, Lindsay includes a visit to a taxidermist Food, High Tech Sales, Cut- Clague, Graham Tracy, Paand to people who are paid to ting Carbon, and The Inno- tricia Smuga, and Greg Nesteroff. kill invasive frogs. vators. In Doukhobor Lore, we Scott says listeners are inIn the podcast they all sound learn about Canada’s first act terested in local stories and like professional reporters, and of terrorism: the bombing of a will choose them over “stories some of them are, but podcast train near Castlegar that killed about money and personal reporting is a little different, Doukhobor leader Peter Veri- growth and famous people,” Keating says, and he coachgin in 1924, a crime that is still but only if the story-telling es them through the stories unsolved. quality and production val- to achieve just the right pace and style. In The Adventurers we hear ues are high. “When we pick a story,” he In addition to Moye, the refrom Mia Noblet of Nelson, world champion slackliner. porters in the eight episodes says, “We don’t just have a re-

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porter go out and do the story. We try to get them to live a bit of the story.” In a segment about the Cronometer, a Revelstoke-based nutrition tracker, reporter Black tracks her own nutrition and exercise. In the segment about slacklining, Moye steps up onto a rope and tries it. Scott says the CBT, as the funder of the podcast, has allowed great flexibility in what stories they tell and how they tell them. Delphi Hoodikoff of the CBT told the Nelson Star there will be two more episodes added to the series this summer. Then, because the CBT set up The Headwaters as a pilot project, the results and costs will be formally evaluated and a decision made about whether to continue. Meanwhile, in the two episodes still to come, Keating and Scott continue their strategy of drawing in the listener by surprising them. “Tell them something unique in a unique way,” Keating says. “That’s what we’re trying to do here.” The Headwaters can be found on Apple Podcasts and most other prominent podcast platforms.


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mis en place un système de collecte dans l’ecole et ont visité chaque classe pour expliquer le problème de la contamination. Ils ont également organisé le transport du papier au village communautaire. Le projet continuera l’année prochaine. BRAVO! Un Un village communautaire près de l’ecole s’est grand merci à Magalie Fournier, professeure de dit fort intéressé par cette matière mais sans science et tout son aide dans ce projet. contamination dans la collecte du papier. Les jeunes ont pris cette consigne très au sérieux. Ils ont Lyne Chartier, éducatrice Au-delà du recyclage Programme Beyond Recycling / Wildsight

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Kootenay Farm and Food Directory Sapphire Guthrie named June Central moves to add marginalized peoples Lythgoe Scholarship recipient by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Nelson Daily

Submitted by Amy Ferguson Institute

The Amy Ferguson Institute is pleased to announce Sapphire Guthrie has been chosen to receive the 2022 June Lythgoe Music Scholarship. Sapphire will be entering her third year of study at Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music Program, and the scholarship will be used to offset her tuition for the upcoming year. Sapphire has extensive musical experience as both a solo singer, songwriter, and as a valued member of the youth and young adult Nelson choirs, Solstice, Corazón, and Lalin. This summer Sapphire has taken on the position of assistant musical director for the Capitol Theatre’s Summer Music Theatre program. Once she completes her studies at Selkirk College, Sapphire plans to record several albums while building her career as an emerging artist, ultimately continuing to record and tour with Nelson as her home-base. Along with others from the

Sapphire Guthrie (left) and Laura Landsberg, interim president of the Amy Ferguson Institute. Photo: Submitted local community, the Lythgoe Music Scholarship Fund, please family founded the Amy Fer- visit You guson Institute in 2000. June will receive an official receipt Lythgoe passed away in 2006, for your contribution within and subsequently the June Ly- minutes. thgoe Music Scholarship was The Amy Ferguson Instiestablished, in collaboration tute — soon to be known as with the Osprey Foundation, Echo Vocal Arts Alliance —is to provide a $1,000 scholarship a non-profit organization in to one recipient residing in the Nelson that exists to promote West Kootenay region to fur- and support vocal arts across ther their musical studies at a the West Kootenay region. To post-secondary institution, mas- find out more about scholarterclass or a course of study at ships and awards, please visit a summer music school. To donate to the June Lythgoe awards

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As temperatures heat up and conditions dry out, the Southeast Fire Centre has announced a Category 2 fire ban on open burning effective Friday, July 15. A Category 2 fire is classified as one to two concurrently burning piles no larger that two metres high by three metres wide or burning stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares. Other prohibitions under the ban include fireworks, sky lanterns, exploding binary targets, air curtain burners and burn barrels. The ban will remain in place until Oct. 15, or until otherwise notified by authorities. Category 3 open burning was also previously banned

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at the end of June. Campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller remain permitted. Penalties can be harsh for those who contravene those bans, as fines can include a ticket for $1,150 or administrative penalties of $10,000 and court convictions can include further consequences. If the contravention causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay for all firefighting costs. There have been 18 wildfires reported to date this season in the Southeast Fire Centre that have burned 60 hectares, according to statistics data on the BC Wildfire Service website. To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.




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Sticking the landing (in heels and a dress) by Staff Writer

Think walking on a balance beam is difficult? Try doing it in a grad dress. A pair of long-time Glacier Gymnastics athletes had a little fun saying goodbye to high school and the gym they grew up in last month. Brianne Stefani and Dafni van Hellemond each graduated from L.V. Rogers this year. The pair celebrated with a photo shoot at Glacier Gymnastics, where they were dominate athletes for several years and won multiple gold medals at provincial competitions.

Wearing a grad dress on the uneven bars? Not a problem for Nelson’s Brianne L-R: Glacier Gymnastics head coach Sandra Long, and athletes Dafni van Hellemond and Brianne Stefani. Photo: Stefani. Photo: Submitted Submitted

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In loving memory of Walter Michael (Wally) Khadikin Wally was born on September 18th, 1945 in Nelson, B.C. and passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2022 at his residence in Coldstream, B.C. with his family by his side, at the age of 76 years. Wally will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon, whom he was in love with for 40 years; two sons, Matthew (Bailey) and David; two grandsons, Atticus and Liam; two brothers, Nick (Ruth) and Mike (Marta); numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Florence and one brother, Bill. Wally grew up in the Nelson area and 35 years ago moved to Vernon. He was a man who loved his family deeply and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible. He lived for his music and was a professional singer/ guitarist for many years who always enjoyed performing on stage, when and wherever he could. His all time favourite music was Country. Wally loved travelling and enjoyed exploring all of Canada as well as many other exciting destinations. His heart was in the great outdoors where he loved fishing and relaxing by an evening campfire. He was involved in various occupations during his life time; those being as a commercial fisherman, the RCMP/ City of Vernon for 17 years, and most recently with Raven Traders in downtown Vernon.


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January 5, 1943 - June 24, 2022 The family of Anne Yaseniuk sadly announces her passing on June 24, 2022 at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson at the age of 79 after struggling with health issues during the last several years. Anne is survived by her husband, Ernie, of 51 years; her daughter, Becky Kelly; son-in-law, Paul; grandchildren Avery & Tyler; sisters Sharon Berikoff, Gail Hildebrandt & Lou Scharien; two nieces and four nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Bob, and her parents, Gertrude & Fred Konkin. Anne was born and raised in Slocan Park where she resided most of her life. At the time of her passing, she was residing in South Slocan. Anne’s family was her top priority and she went to great lengths to meet their needs. Her nieces and nephews and numerous friends were also very important to her. She was a dedicated homemaker and excelled at cooking, gardening, preserving and always maintained an attractive and comfortable home. Anne & Ernie and their family often enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and mushroom picking. Anne will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched and will stay in our hearts forever. May her soul be surrounded by God’s eternal love and peace and may she be reunited with her loved ones. Sincere thanks to the 3rd Floor Staff at Kootenay Lake Hospital for their amazing and compassionate care provided to Anne during the past two months.

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Welcome Baby Girl Neil and Sarah Stevens’ long awaited baby girl True Liefie Cielo Stevens was born on the 4th of July in Nelson. Her chosen middle names honour dads South African heritage, moms French and Italian roots and beloved family members. True is expected to be the last baby in her large blended family and her parents and closest siblings are delighted at her arrival.

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Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday to Friday 12 noon Sacred Heart, Kaslo Sunday 3:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation www.CatholiCCathedralnelson.Ca Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pastoral Staff Most. Rev. Bishop Gregory Bittman Very Rev. Neil Lustado, Rector Resident Priest: Fr. Marian Korzeniowski Parish Office Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 813 Cathedralnelson@gmail.Com Ward St., Nelson BC V1L1T4 Jean M. Mangapot, Administrative Assistant Phone: 250-352-7131 Fax: 250-352-7180 Email:

My high school pal – now an architect, a high finance big wig, super mom, and undercover author - came to visit the Koots from Sin City North last week. Among the arrivals, I saw her long hair cut short n’ sassy, a winter’s pale complexion, looser fitting jeans, and a messenger ‘s backpack named Fred. But Fred seemed overfull. So, along with food, friends, springs, ceremony, we traded hugs and braided stories. She had been overworked, stressed, grieving a thirty-year relationship; and freckled redheads had porcelain complexions anyway. Still, that wasn’t the whole design brief. She was formalizing a clear “No” to ANGLICAN CHURCH St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral 701 Ward St., Nelson 1st



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School District 8 has made three new principal appointments at Creston’s Wildflower School, Blewett Elementary and Mount Sentinel Secondary. Laury Carriere has been named principal of Wildflower School in Creston, while also continuing on as principal for Canyon Lister Elementary. “This change will provide an onsite principal in Creston for both schools and

families,” said the district in a statement. Jordon Konken meanwhile has been appointed principal of Blewett Elementary after having previously served as vice-principal at Mount Sentinel, Trafalgar Middle School and L.V. Rogers. At Mount Sentinel, Jennifer Adams will take on the vice-principal role. Adams previously worked as a VP at Homelinks and Mormon Hills School in Creston.


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Good things growing in partnership between women’s centre, food centre garden Submitted by Nelson Community Food Centre

Staff at the Nelson Community Food Centre (NCFC) are happy to be collaborating with the Nelson and District Women’s Centre on their garden again this year. In spring and summer of 2021, volunteers and Emil Fischer, NCFC garden co-ordinator, collaborated with the women’s centre staff in an effort to bring back their bountiful garden, which had been dormant for a couple years. The first season saw a modest harvest for use in the centre’s food-based programs, like meals for program participants. “We’re excited to continue supporting the women’s centre

and food access for those facing adversity in our community. Growing and sharing food is a great way to build relationships between participants and our two organizations, and is one of the main goals of our new strategic plan,” said NCFC executive director Jess Chant. Beginning in spring of this year, Fischer has been working with Michelle Oakley, the women’s centre’s environmental program co-ordinator, on mapping out a garden plan and preparing beds for the growing season. NCFC has also provided starters, and will help with the end of season harvest and prepare the garden for overwintering. Though the season is still early, the women’s centre

garden is already off to a great start with harvests predicted to be twice as big as last year. Program participants will soon be enjoying things like cauliflower, tomatoes, beans, leafy greens and more. “We’re extremely thankful for the collaborative partnership we have established with the NCFC,” said women’s centre executive director Terri-Lynn Wilkenson. “Working in a gar-

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den and eating healthy vegetables contributes to the mental and physical health of program participants and everyone involved. This understanding and appreciation is shared by both of our organizations.” NCFC is planning on sharing starters for the 2023 season as well. There’s plenty of opportunity for this collaboration to grow and flourish over the coming seasons.

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Adjacent to Grandview Heights, just on the southside of the subdivision. The lot is currently treed to the front, which offers great privacy. However, the trees could also be cleared strategically to provide great lake and mountain views. Minutes to Balfour Golf Course, this expansive lot already has a cleared building site and is fully serviced with community water, private sewer, gas and power to the lot line. This lot is priced to sell!

ZSA ZSA Meet Zsa Zsa, a beautiful 4 year old torbie Quebecoise cat who came to us after her owner passed away. At first she kept to herself up high, but now she is a social butterfly with a charming purrsonality. Come into the room, and she’s body rubbing you and face bumping you. When not eng d he lik lou he the l oung nging h at t ne w sno ng i the s nlight

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HAZELWOOD NELSON LIVING AT ITS BEST Meet Hazelwood! This sweet neutered bunny is just a year old and looking for his fur-ever home. He loves to eat and is quite clean and litter trained. He was found as a stray, so we do not know much about him. A bit shy, he is warming up to us and certainly will to you, too! With some love and attention this bunny could be your bunny best friend!

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Building food resilience one family at a time: Farms to Friends reinvests $150,000 in the local economy

ACREAGE WITH HOME AND GUEST CABIN The food security program run by local organization Neighbours United, formerly the West Kootenay EcoSociety, has reached an incredible milestone thanks to the many contributions and efforts of community members, volunteers and staff. The goal with this program is to support local farmers and families to build food security in the Kootenays. It currently serves over 30 singleparent and a total of 87 households in the community with increasing demand from more families to join. On average it costs $55 to supply a family in need with one bag of produce per week. Farms to Friends needs your support. The Neighbours United team is looking for funding to expand their program to meet its increasing demand. This is a great opportunity to start because they are also running their membership drive this month! You can help by making a monthly gift to this program. Every little bit counts!

Quick possession available! 4 bed 2 bath on a huge lot close to Lions park. This home has been tastefully renovated and beautifully landscaped. The main floor offers hardwood floors and open kitchen living room plan and a 2-sided fireplace. Downstairs offers a large family room with a gas fire place, spacious bedroom, laundry, and tons of storage. This home has two separate 100 amp services and would make converting the basement into a suite that much easier. The large lot has ample garden spaces and privacy and is fully fenced. This is Nelson living at its best.

ISABELLA Is i ab tiful t ie f le w th a g ntle f ie y pu who i a a ti at a eng ng companion. This “young” favorite ways tto ni “ ng” senior’s ni f show love are with huge head butts, long leg rubs, and conversation. Isabella displays a preference for high places yet an eagerness to be with you wherever you go. She also likes predictable routine and is successfully losing weight with a special diet and exercise.

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$650,000 • 250.352.7178 520 C Falls Street Nelson (Above SHARE Nelson) Open Tues - Sat.: 12:00 - 5:00pm


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Own 21.56 acres of usable land with a solid 3 bedroom one bathroom home plus a bonus guest cabin! Lots of places to park with a carport and a detached double garage/shop. The home is open with lots of natural light and a cozy wood burning stove. The basement has potential for a suite and outside access is already in place. Majority of the land is treed and gently sloped. The area around the home is relatively flat and open useable land.

SLOCAN VALLEY BLISS This property in total is 13.1 acres with most of it being covered by a healthy Kootenay mix of trees. The kitchen and living areas are wide open with a ton of windows that help bring the outdoors in. 360 degrees of covered and open deck allows for many ways to relax during the day. No zoning. Call today.

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Bella Cat and Michael Calladine playing Poppa Tops and Premier Hoodwink at Donuts of Mass Destruction. Photo: Elizabeth Cunningham

Donuts of Mass Destruction worth a bite For contest rules and more information on the program, please visit: Program Sponsors:

by Avi Phillips

While an outdoor venue was developed in response to COVID-19 protocols, Donuts of Mass Destruction’s dinosaur theme and multimedia family friendly presentation worked brilliantly in the natural and landscaped environment of Nelson’s Cottonwood Falls Park on June 17 to 19. With an entertaining mix of live actors with

THANK The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone involved in making Canada Day 2022 a true community and regional celebration. It has been a tough 2 and half years for the community and there was clearly a demand to get outside and enjoy a family fun day.

masks, hand puppetry, shadow puppetry, and video, anchored by Doug Jamieson’s catchy and melodic compositions, the Kootenay Musical Theatre Society deftly told a big story across unique scenes strategically set throughout the park. It was the perfect Father’s Day event for a family who loves live theatre and outdoor activities.

YOU Special thanks to The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce. Hairy Productions, The City of Nelson, The Nelson Professional Fire Fighters Association, Heritage Canada, Celebrate Canada, RDCK Areas E, F, City of Nelson Public Works

The Chamber of Commerce staff and board of directors organize this free day in Lakeside Park Thanks to the thousands of folks who showed up making for a great atmosphere in one of the best venues in Canada. The day wouldn’t be possible with the support of our sponsors. We were able to pull off a successful event thanks to the contributions by the following community minded business, which we encourage you to support and thank.

Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Nelson Creston MLA Brittny Anderson, Shelly Boyd, Arrow Lakes/Sinixt Facilitator for the Sinixt Confederacy/Colville Confederated Tribes, RCMP, Nelson Police Department. And these awesome performers, musicians, and community groups for their part in making this one of the best Canada Day celebrations Community Drum Circle lead by Cree Metis elder Donna Wright all are welcome to participate Lalin Vocal Ensemble directed by Allison Girvan will close this experience with a song thematically tied to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

City of Nelson Celebrate Canada Regional District of Central Kootenay: Ramona Faust, Area E; Tom Newell Area F Adventure Hotel Best Western Baker Street Inn, Grant Thornton LLP, IG Wealth Management, Hip person’s Hardware, Hume Hotel and Spa, Nelson Dairy Queen, Nelson and District Credit Union Nelson Home Building Centre Nelson Ready Mix Nelson Toyota, Bennett Family Real Estate Hub International Insurance Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism Selkirk Paving LTD Kalesnikoff Lumber

Entertainment Dallas Wolbaum and Harv, Nelson Community Band, Kootenay Kilties, Brenda McJones Dancers Playmor Junction, Jon Burden and the Bleedin Hearts, Brian Kalbfleish Trio w/Don Macdonald and Rob Fahie, Revolution (Beatles Cover), Soundserious, White Lightning Blues Band, Baker Street Blues, Moving Mosaic Samba Band

Community Groups CJLY Kootenay Co-Op Radio Sandcastle Contest, Save On Foods Bouncy Castle and giveaways, Shannon Silvermoon Face painting for kids, West Kootenay Climate Hub, BC Centre for Disease Control, Make a Change Canada, Joshua’s Giant Bubbles, Visions Alive Puppets Puppet shows, and puppet play area,. Nelson and Area Friends of the Family, Safeway-Sobey’s West, Nelson Izushi Friendship Society Cycling Without Age; Nelson and Area Metis Association Cultural display, Tipi, Selkirk College Nelson Electric Tramway Society, The Capitol Theatre And anyone else we may have missed