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By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 09 2023

A Drag Story Time scheduled for Saturday at the Nelson Public Library has been canceled after staff and storytellers received threats and online intimidation Nelson Pride said in a media release Thursday.

Nelson Pride (formally known as Kootenay Pride) said it stands with Nelson Public Library and understands the library was put in an impossible situation after receiving threats of violence against staff along Drag storytellers for an upcoming Drag Story Time.

“We recognize the rights of individuals to protest,” Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien said in a media release.

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 09 2023

Living Lakes Canada is celebrating the BC Government’s decision to invest a historic $100 million into safeguarding the province’s watersheds.

This unprecedented investment, announced as part of Budget 2023, will go towards the establishment of a long-term Watershed Security Fund that will be co-managed by B.C. First Nations and support communities to increase their adaptation options in anticipation of continuing climate change impacts.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 09 2023

A building boom in the rural areas of the regional district is driving up taxes, with a spill-over effect into Nelson, the city’s regional district board representative says.

Keith Page said the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s (RDCK) budget process is underway and it is already predicting a possible 4.83 per cent rise in the tax requisition from Nelsonites.

For an average single family dwelling ($641,000), a five per cent rise in taxes would equate to approximately $92 extra per year ($1,922).

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 08 2023

The city will be moving ahead with spending over $860,000 to finish its pier project despite cash crunch concerns expressed by some councillors.

City council passed third reading March 3 on a motion to direct city staff to include in the Capital budget $861,244 in 2023 for the canopy portion of the City Pier Project.

By Castlegar Source on Tuesday Mar 07 2023

Thirty-eight-year-old Chad Meszarosi is wanted for 32 different charges. Meszarosi is facing charges of breach of release order, aggravated assault, assault, firearms offences, uttering threats, driving while prohibited, escape from lawful custody, possessing weapons for dangerous purpose, mischief, forcible confinement, break and enter and theft.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Mar 07 2023

On Sunday, March 5, at 12:10 a.m., frontline Trail RCMP officers observed a 54-year-old Fruitvale man leave a licensed establishment with a beer in hand and attempt to drive off in his vehicle from the parking lot in the 1800 block of Hwy 3B in Fruitvale, according to Trail NCO/ic Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"The officers detained the man and his vehicle before he could drive away," Wicentowich said. "The officers noticed that the man had upward of 100 empty beer cans in his vehicle as well as a full case of beer on the back seat.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Mar 07 2023

On Saturday, March 4, at 1:06 p.m., Trail RCMP, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, and EHS first responders attended the scene of a grievously injured 44-year-old Castlegar woman lying on the banks of the Columbia River near the Victoria Street Bridge in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

He said officers spoke to a witness who had allegedly seen the woman fall from the bridge railing to the ground below.

"KBRFR extracted the woman from the challenging location using their high rope rescue equipment and training," Wicentowich said.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 06 2023

Grand Forks RCMP said the first of three impaired drivers taken off the road by local police happened on Wednesday evening, March 1, 2023 just after 7 p.m.

Mounties were called to a report of an accident on the 11500 block of Highway 3 where they found a 48-year-old man from Chilliwack behind the wheel of his vehicle off the highway, down a small hill and resting in a snow drift.

The driver was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and brought back to the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment where samples of breath was taken.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 06 2023

Vernon SAR report that a snowmobiler was found after being missing for more than eight hours.

Vernon SAR, along with Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, were called out Friday at 6 p.m. after the snowmobiler was separated from his party and had become lost and then got stuck.

At this time he activated his iPhone SOS and his SPOT device.

Vernon SAR said due to the current winter conditions, delayed responding and spent considerable time pre-planning — utilizing an avalanche safety officer to review the terrain and the risk of avalanche that was considerable.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 01 2023

Six Nelson Police officers will have the opportunity to prepare a defence after being found to have committed discreditable conduct following an investigation by Vancouver Police Department  into messages sent in a WhatsApp chat group.

The VPD, on behalf of the Office of the Public Complaints Commissioner (OPCC), released findings of its investigation on February 9 into the 'WhatsApp' chat group matter relating to the alleged posting of inappropriate messages and memes by some members of the NPD between 2018 - 2020.