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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jun 14 2022

It could be four years before public transit ridership in the region returns to pre-COVID ridership levels, according to a regional district report.

Public transit ridership is still in recovery mode, noted Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) research analyst Tom Dool in his annual operating agreement report to the board of directors.

“Depending on the route and time of day current ridership levels fluctuate between 60 per cent to 80 per cent of pre-COVID levels,” he said. “Current forecasts do not expect a return to pre-COVID ridership levels until 2025.”

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jun 13 2022

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services had an early start to Monday, responding to an early morning structure fire in the 200 block of Morgan Street.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said it was a maximum response as crews worked diligently to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent homes.

“Both on-duty members responded immediately with 16 additional members responding from home,” the Nelson Fire and Rescue Services media release said.

By Sarah Lord on Monday Jun 13 2022

Like many, the pandemic affected Jeremy Grant’s career, and he spent much time at home with his three kids.

"I did a year, almost two of stay-at-home dad, homeschooling," says Grant. "The pandemic was so particularly slow that filmmaking in general, especially adventure travel filmmaking, was the furthest thing from an essential service. The whole industry slowed down, and nothing happened."

With the Covid slowdown, his filmmaking focus shifted, and he started doing scripted work and shot short narrative pieces locally.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Jun 13 2022

With the release of a new report the city has become one of the leading municipalities in the nation when it comes to addressing embodied carbon in the building of residential homes.

People are tuning into the research and the new reports — the Material Carbon Emissions Guide and the Benchmarking Report — outside of the communities of Nelson and Castlegar to see what ground breaking ideas the city has come up with on reducing embodied carbon, said Natalie Douglas, the city’s climate resilience planner.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jun 11 2022

The city could be on the hook for $4.6 million if it lands a bigger federal fish.

A grant application to CleanBC — to add a battery energy storage system (BESS) to the Nelson Hydro Grid — requires the city to fund its share of the project if the grant application is successful.

The city’s share of the project would be $4.6 million and would be drawn from the Nelson Hydro capital reserve — reallocating forecasted costs from projects that will be deferred or displaced by the BESS project.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jun 09 2022

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue crews undertook a challenging rope rescue in Montrose Wednesday afternoon, according to KBRFR Cpt. Grant Tyson.

Tyson said the call came in at 3:12 p.m., and crews arrived within nine minutes (eight firefighters from Trail and three from Montrose) at the 900 Block of 9 Avenue.

“A local home owner was (felling) trees near his property, 260 feet down an embankment,” Tyson said, adding the man was struck by a tree. “Station 374 Technical Rope Team had the patient up the bank in 84 minutes.

By City of Trail on Thursday Jun 09 2022

Celebrate Canada Day on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Gyro Park in Trail for a BBQ, Rotary kettle corn, fun activities, games for kids, and live music from 10 am to 3 pm and celebratory fireworks at dusk. The day marks Canada’s 155th birthday and Trail’s 122nd celebration anniversary. The family-friendly festivities are hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Trail and Trail Parks and Recreation with funding by the Government of Canada and community sponsors including the City of Trail, Teck, FortisBC, Kootenay Savings, Ferraro Foods, Columbia Power and the Trail Firefighters.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jun 08 2022

Kaslo RCMP said in a media release Wednesday that two more individuals have been arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction granted to Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd.

RCMP said Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd (CCC) was granted a court-ordered injunction on August 27, 2019, to conduct logging operations in an area known as Salisbury Creek near Argenta, located approximately 41 kilometers north of Kaslo.

An earlier RCMP media release said:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jun 08 2022

First Nations artists will dominate the 2022 version of the Nelson International Mural Festival, with Sinixt/Arrow Lakes band and the Tl'azt'en being represented.

Emma Noyes of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville and local resident Damian John of the Tl'azt'en — a First Nation located in the Stuart Lake area north of Fort St. James — will be this year’s lineup for the festival, which gained approval from council on Tuesday night.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Jun 07 2022

The Southeast Fire Centre monthly weather synopsis said that a “broad trough”dominated the upper flow pattern for most of May causing temperatures to remain unseasonably cool for most days. 

The monthly weather synopsis said mean monthly temperature was more than two degrees below normal and was the coolest mean monthly temperature since 1996. 

“Not since 1977 did temperatures fail to reach 25 degrees at some point during the month of May,” the monthly weather synopsis said.