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By Contributor on Sunday Oct 01 2017

To celebrate National Seniors Day, transit users 65 years of age or over will be able to ride the bus for free in the West Kootenay Transit System on Monday, October 2.

While National Seniors Day (October 1) falls on a Sunday this year, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, the Regional District of Central Kootenay, the City of Nelson and BC Transit still want to mark the occasion by offering free fare for seniors on all routes the following day. 

By Contributor on Friday Sep 29 2017

Interior Health (IH) said in a media release Friday the Authoity has enlisted the support of external security and privacy experts as it investigates information breaches involving the personal information of about 500 current and former employees.

IH said the information was found in the possession of two separate individuals arrested by Lower Mainland RCMP on two separate occasions in the last three months. 

“The protection of our employees’ personal information is extremely important to us,” says Mal Griffin, Vice-President for Human Resources in the media release.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Sep 28 2017

Nelson Police said the driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Thursday (September 28) morning at the intersection of Highway 3A/6 and Government Road.

Nelson Police received the call at 1:10 a.m. of a report of an accident just east of Nelson on the edge of the city boundary.

Police said a black SUV was travelling eastbound into Nelson when it crossed the westbound lane before colliding with the rock embankment.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Sep 27 2017

There was an impressive water rescue of an 18-year-old Castlegar woman from the Columbia River last night, according to RCMP Acting Sgt. Darryl Orr.

Orr had nothing but praise for KBRFR (Trail Company) for helping a woman with potential mental health issues who waded into the water near the Trail boat dock and was swept away by the current.

“I don’t care what kind of boat you are in, with that current, the cold and the dark, you are in danger. That is an incredibly treacherous river,” he said. “They did amazing work.”

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Sep 27 2017

A 60-year-old Trail woman is facing a handful of charges after police executed a warrant at her Columbia Heights home, according to RCMP Acting Sgt. Darryl Orr.

“On Sept. 22 (Friday), the Trail and Greater District Crime Reduction Unit and the Kootenay Boundary Regional General Investigation Section executed a search warrant … and seized what are believed to be cocaine and fentanyl,” Orr said.

By Contributor on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Sep 26 2017

FortisBC announced Monday at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver that W.E. Graham Community Services in Slocan has been awarded funds as part of the 2017 Community Giving Program.

Slocan's W.E. Graham Community Services was one of the organizations to receive the $15,000 in funding to help advance the positive work they are doing in their communities, thanks to a unique funding program by FortisBC.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Sep 23 2017

RCMP are advising the public the suspect involved in the fatal collision that claimed the life of a 35-year-old mother of four on Highway 3 near the Hope Slide has been arrested.

The suspect is allegedly involved as well in the early-morning jewelry store robbery in Nelson, is now in police custody.

“The suspect is now in police custody on an unrelated matter,” the RCMP media release said.

“No further assistance from public is requested.”

“The investigation into this incident is ongoing,” the release added.

By John Boivin on Thursday Sep 21 2017

Credit union customers in the south-east interior might soon have access to more services and more convenient banking if a proposed merger goes ahead.

Seven local credit unions in the Columbia Valley, Boundary and Kootenays are in talks to merge into one large regional banking institution.

The credit unions announced on Thursday they’ve been in talks since last fall.

By Michael Jessen on Thursday Sep 21 2017

British Columbians are facing a crucial test in the coming weeks – reaching an opinion on the planned Site C dam.

Currently estimated to cost $8.8 billion, the hydroelectric dam on the Peace River is the single most expensive public infrastructure project ever proposed in B.C. history.

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