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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 06 2022

The fight to stop logging from occurring in another old-growth stand of forest in the region has begun, with a local group calling for a moratorium on logging in that region.

On Sept. 29 Slocan Valley residents gathered on Russel Creek Road to protest the planned logging by Interfor and R and A logging in the Russel Creek watershed, which contains trees as old as 1,000 years old.

At the time, the residents asked the logging company employees to  “come back once they have consulted with local environmental organizations and informed consent by the Autonomous Sinixt.”

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Oct 05 2022

RCMP is asking for public assistance in locating a missing person last seen leaving a meditation retreat near Merritt.

Merritt RCMP said that on Saturday, October 1, 2022, police received a missing person report after Jacqueline McDermott was reported missing by family as she has not been seen, or heard from since Thursday, September 29, 2022.

The RCMP media release said that police have learned that on September 30, 2022, McDermott had planned to attend a yoga retreat near Merritt but left after a short time.

By Southeast Fire Centre on Tuesday Oct 04 2022

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

Due to decreased wildfire risk, the following activities will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre:

By City of Trail on Tuesday Oct 04 2022

The Trail Historical Society is pleased to announce a new temporary display Threads of Our Past is now open in the Columbia Gallery in the Trail Riverfront Centre.

“This exhibit showcases one of the largest items in the Trail Historical Society’s collection, a handmade loom from 1936,” said Elinor Morrissey, Trail Museum & Archives Interim Manager. “It also showcases local seamstress Giorgina Binotto and her contributions to the community of Trail through her sewing.  Come in and learn about how fabric and clothing were made in the past.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Oct 03 2022

City Hall is on a mission to go paperless.

The electronic records management project approved by city council in January of 2022 is officially underway — launching June 13 — with a pilot program earmarked for Development Services’ historical records and property files.

Newly minted records management coordinator, Lisa Matchett, and the director of Corporate Services, Sarah Winton, began the process of converting hard copy (paper) information to digital by shipping off boxes of property files to a company called Micro Com — a Lower Mainland-based firm.

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Oct 03 2022

Even though summer-like weather continues into the fall, Grand Forks police note there has been a decline in calls for service.

Generally, the summer months keep police officers busy with a noted increase in calls for service and tends to tail off come September.

That is once again the case this year for the Grand Forks RCMP.

“In the summer months, we typically see a lot of ‘reactive’ policing attending from call to call which keeps us very busy,” says Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 30 2022

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.

A collaboration between the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd., the Selous Creek fuel management project begins again this month and is designed to reduce the risk of wildfire adjacent to Nelson and the threat to its secondary source of water, the Selous Creek water intake.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 30 2022

B.C.’s temperate inland rainforest is living up to its billing.

The West Kootenay watershed is intact and at a very low drought level despite drought and water scarcity across the majority of the province.

Drought and water scarcity continues to affect the west coast, south coast and northeastern areas of B.C. that have experienced little to no rainfall over the past five weeks with continued dry weather in the forecast.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 30 2022

The slate of all-candidate forums and campaign opportunities in the 2022 Nelson municipal election is rounding out with the chamber of commerce now weighing in.

Long-time political pundits Bob Hall (chamber director) and Darren Davidson (business recovery advisor and communications consultant) will step to the mic and moderate the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce’s all-candidate forum at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (7-9 p.m.).

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Sep 29 2022

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) turned orange this week, not just because fall has arrived, but because students and staff marked the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led movement to honour residential school Survivors and their families and communities across Canada on September 30.