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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jan 15 2022

A concern over individual community’s contribution to a regional homelessness problem was not enough to derail support for a Selkirk College-led project designed for the streets.

Called Bridging Rural Homelessness and Well-Being Project, it builds off of the social innovation project, Rural Homelessness and COVID-19, where street outreach services, provided by Selkirk nursing students, were delivered in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar.

By Contributor on Friday Jan 14 2022

2022 brings the launch of Not Extinct - A Sinixt Virtual Exhibit, an interactive website based on the book, Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way by Marilyn James and Taress Alexis that features traditional and contemporary Sinixt stories. Each story illuminates the Sinixt relationship with the upper Columbia River watershed and the Sinixt quest to reclaim their rights and responsibilities in their x̌aʔx̌aʔ təmxʷúlaʔxʷ, their sacred homeland.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Jan 14 2022

There has been an increase in the number of violent incidents and harassment toward regional district staff over the last 20 months, says the RDCK’s human resources advisor.

Lindsay Gaschnitz said preparation of a new respectful behaviour bylaw — at the direction of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors — has begun for all RDCK places of work, covering regional district staff on private property and at public meetings.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jan 13 2022

The raw wound of unequal distribution of COVID-19 federal/provincial re-start money could not be soothed for some at the regional district level.

When the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors had to allocate the remaining re-start funds before the end of 2021 one director spoke up for the money to be used for shortfalls in rural services.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jan 12 2022

The Creston scholastic region is looking to employ social distancing with the rest of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

The investigation of the creation of a new school district for the Creston region — now part of SD8 — has been proposed by a current SD8 trustee and the superintendent of schools, Trish Smillie, is now investigating the possibility.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Jan 10 2022

The ever-increasing threat of school closures in the midst of the fifth wave of COVID-19 has many parents casting about for answers as to how they might school their children.

With the re-start of the school year after Christmas break delayed one week — and a new slate of restrictions, including the expectation of school closures — there is now a real concern amongst parents of school-aged children on how their educational needs will be met.

By CBT on Monday Jan 10 2022

While out enjoying the Slocan Valley Rail Trail in summer 2021, the public might have seen an unusual piece of equipment: a tractor-like vehicle mounted with a huge spool of cable. Its job: to dig a trench at the edge of the trail and place the cable in it, laying the necessary groundwork to help improve internet access for many businesses and residents in the Slocan Valley.

One of the Columbia Basin Trust’s priorities is to improve access to reliable, affordable, high-speed connectivity in the region, especially in underserved rural areas.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jan 10 2022

On Jan. 8, at approximately 6 p.m., Sicamous RCMP responded to a collision involving several commercial tractor-trailer units, a cube van, and motor vehicles on the Trans-Canada Hiwy 1 between Sicamous and Salmon Arm.

Early investigation determined that a chain reaction collision started when an eastbound flat deck tractor-trailer unit jack-knifed and completely blocked all three lanes of the highway - one eastbound and two westbound.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jan 09 2022

Baseball Canada said a long-time member of the Canadian women’s baseball program has died following a ski accident at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson.

Baseball Canada said Amanda Asay succumbed to injuries following a skiing accident on Friday, January 7th.

Asay, a native of Prince George, was 33 years old.

Whitewater Ski Resort confirmed that an accident occurred Friday, January 7 on the Summit lift side of the hill.

By The Nelson Daily Sports on Saturday Jan 08 2022

It appears the Omicron variant has hit teams in the league with COVID-19 cases forcing the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League to postpone several weekend games in the division.

The KIJHL has postponed no less than seven weekend games, including Saturday’s 7 p.m. tilt at the NDCC Arena between the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels.

The contest has been postponed due to a “number of positive COVID-19 cases” involving the Castlegar Rebels.