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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Sep 15 2021

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Thursday, September 16, 2021, the Southeast Fire Centre said all open burning will be permitted in the Cranbrook, Invermere, Columbia, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones.

However, open burning will remain prohibited in the Boundary fire zone.

In the Boundary Zone the following equipment and activities remain prohibited:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Sep 14 2021

Game on.

The city has approved a proposal by the Nelson Hoops Association to construct a regulation-sized basketball court at Lakeside Park, over 10 years after a similar proposal by two enterprising young men was denied by the council of the day.

As well, the city approved an in-kind contribution of up to $7,500 to cover city staff time and material for the work associated with the project.

The time and money contribution are well spent, said Coun. Rik Logtenberg.

“It’s a small amount compared to the great asset we are bringing to the community,” he said.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Sep 14 2021

Monday afternoon in Nelson, the grassroots group Last Stand West Kootenays kept up its fight against the logging of old-growth forests in the province with a non-violent protest outside the office of MLA for Nelson-Creston, Brittny Anderson.

The protest was one of several organized across the province, including in Nanaimo and Vancouver, in solidarity with the nearly one thousand people arrested in Fairy Creek blockades on Vancouver Island.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Sep 14 2021

A public inquest into the death of a man shot by police near Slocan in 2014 is set to begin in Nelson later this month.

The details surrounding the death of Peter John de Groot will be the subject of the BC Coroners Service public inquest scheduled to begin Sept. 27 at the Nelson Courthouse (9:30 a.m.).

De Groot was living in a cabin outside of Slocan at the time of his death in October, 2014, when he was involved in a confrontation with RCMP.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Sep 13 2021

Arrests will be made if people insist on ‘flaunting the current health directions’ regarding COVID-19 restrictions, the city’s chief constable has declared.

Donovan Fisher said Monday that, although they respect everyone’s right to choose, people who ignore the requirements for businesses to check for vaccinations will be arrested.

By Michael Jessen on Monday Sep 13 2021

“We can envisage a world that is different but in order to bring it into being, we must take action.” – Alastair McIntosh

Activism comes in all sizes, shapes, and at all ages.

Greta Thunberg was only eight when she first learned about the climate crisis.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Sep 13 2021

An ongoing wildfire risk reduction project on 70 hectares of forest just outside of the city is reducing the threat of fire inside the city, according to a regional district official.

Joel Hamilton said the Selous Creek Wildfire Risk Reduction project — for a price tag of $580,340 — was to offer planning and treatment of the forest immediately adjacent Nelson city limits, the city’s Selous Creek water intake and infrastructure including historic trestles on the Burlington Northern Rail Trail.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Sep 10 2021

This is the fourth of five profiles of candidates for the Kootenay-Columbia riding.


A familiar face is looking to turn back time on Sept. 20.

Former Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is looking to repeat his 2015 win when he took the riding on the NDP ticket, adding his name to the 2021 list of candidates.

Although he lost in the last federal election in 2019 to now incumbent Rob Morrison, Stetski looks to challenge him for the seat based on a platform that puts employment first.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Sep 08 2021

On Sept. 3, at 8:15 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a five-year-old Trail boy and a eight-year-old Trail girl had wandered away from their residences in the 1900 block of Seventh Avenue in Trail. RCMP officers conducted patrols and located the two children unharmed in 1500 block of Bay Avenue in downtown Trail. The children were apparently trying to get to Castlegar to visit one of their friends. An RCMP officer spoke to the children about the dangers of leaving their homes without an adult. The boy and girl returned safely home to their relieved parents.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Sep 08 2021

This is the second of five profiles of candidates for the Kootenay-Columbia riding.

There are a few musts that make democracy work.

Democracy must be participatory and it must encourage rigorous dialogue, said Sarah Bennett, People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate for Kootenay-Columbia.

But politics also must be motivated by solid, transparent values, which is why she so strongly supports the PPC and its precepts.