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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Sep 02 2021

A few late summer rainfall events have not masked the drought-level conditions persisting in the West Kootenay region, according to the latest data from the province.

Water sources overall across the region are still designated Level 4 — a severe drought designation — from the BC River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) as hot and dry weather has continued to impact the West Kootenay.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Sep 02 2021

A seat on the bus in Nelson could become an endangered species as a new program providing free transit to those under 12 kicks in this week.

The provincial program to offer free transit in Nelson and across the province went into effect Sept. 1 but — the loss of revenue to the city aside — there is a deeper concern over possible increased pressure on transit in peak times and people not being able to get on the bus, says the city’s chief financial officer.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Sep 01 2021

Hundreds of people against what some believe are heavy-handed steps taken by BC government to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic took to the streets of Nelson as part of a provincial-wide rally.

The “We Must Stand Together” rally in Nelson was organized by local healthcare workers to protest against mandatory vaccinations for some staff in BC, as well as the recent announcement of a Healthcare Pass by the provincial government to require proof of vaccination to access some non-essential services and activities.

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Aug 31 2021
As of Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, 84.3% (3,908,860) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 76.5% (3,547,751) received their second dose.

In addition, 85.0% (3,676,744) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 77.6% (3,355,134) received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 655 new cases of COVID-19, including 15 epi-linked cases, for a total of 166,068 cases in the province.

By Katrine Conroy on Tuesday Aug 31 2021

Dear Friends, Neighbours and Community Members,
British Columbia has one of the highest rates of vaccination in Canada. Over 83% of people age 12 and older in B.C. have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 75% have received two doses. This is encouraging progress. Each person who gets vaccinated makes themselves and their friends, family, and co-workers safer, and brings us all closer to putting the pandemic behind us. 

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Aug 31 2021

On Aug. 16, at 11:01 a.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report about a 25-year-old Trail man who attempted to steal approximately $1000 worth of items from a local store located in the 1600 block of Marcolin Drive in Trail.

The man allegedly used a shovel to smash the glass door to a display case in the electronics department before grabbing a number of high priced items from inside the case.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Aug 30 2021

It’s time to meet your candidates for the next federal election Sept. 20.

Well, at least meet them in a virtual sense. Social distancing has infiltrated the latest version of a Canadian federal election and there have yet to be any in-person forums or gatherings during this fourth wave campaign.

But there are a few online offerings in which people in the Kootenay-Columbia riding — which includes Nelson, Creston, Salmo, Kaslo and most of the RDCK — can get a sense of what mettle the candidates are made of.


The candidates currently include a roster of five:

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Aug 30 2021

Climate change has thrown the city a curve ball again with several major weather incidents causing a crowding at the plate on the second quarter bottom line.

Storm activity this year caused the city-owned Nelson Hydro budget to rise slightly ahead of where it should be at this time of the year, noted city deputy financial officer Chris Jury, but it was also aided and abetted by an increase in the storm repair budget.

By City of Trail on Friday Aug 27 2021

The City of Trail and Teck are pleased to announce the transfer of a Teck-owned property in Tadanac to the City of Trail to support the construction of the recently announced extended hour Unicorn Childcare Centre. The lot is immediately adjacent to the City’s properties at the north end of Kootenay Avenue. The consolidation of the lots will offer an enhanced operational layout for the Centre.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Aug 27 2021

Although a BC Utilities Commission review approved an increase to Nelson Hydro rural customer rates it noted the city-owned utility’s index of service reliability had deteriorated in recent years, and its current level of service reliability to its rural customers was not adequate.