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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jan 04 2022

The City of Nelson could be threatening a service review of the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service if its questions and demands over the cost apportionment of regional transit are not met.

In a letter sent to the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors on Nov. 10 for its Dec. 9 meeting, Nelson Mayor John Dooley asked the board to reverse the revisions proposed for Bylaw 2707.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jan 03 2022

Interior Health said Monday the Kootenay Lake Hospital welcomed its first baby of the New Year at 5:39 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

The baby boy was born to Sarah and Brad Wick of Riondel.

The Wick baby was 9 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.

Att Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, the first baby came as twins to Jenneka Plug and Matthew Chessor of Rossland. Twin baby boys Dawson and Harvey Plug were born January 5, at 4:01 a.m. and 4:46 a.m.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jan 03 2022

Search and Rescue teams from Nelson and Castlegar were kept busy over the New Year’s holiday, responding to a pair of calls for service near Evening Ridge near Whitewater Ski Resort and Kootenay Pass a Facebook post by Nelson SAR said.

Nelson SAR said both calls occurred on New Year’s Eve — an avalanche on the ‘Whales Back’ of Evening Ridge near Whitewater Ski Resort and an SOS call from Kootenay Pass.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Dec 31 2021

The remains of old growth forests in the region are protected, for now.

With the province announcing its intention recently to work in partnership with First Nations to defer harvest of ancient, rare and priority large stands of old growth — within 2.6 million hectares of B.C.’s most at-risk old-growth forests — the central Kootenay desire to save its old-growth forests could be realized.

In August the Regional District of Central Kootenay passed a resolution requesting the remaining old-growth forests and significant old trees in the central Kootenay region be preserved.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Dec 31 2021

 

Environment Canada upgraded its Weather Alert to a Snowfall Warning Sunday for the West Kootenay region, including Kootenay Lake.

A Weather Alert remains for Boundary region, including Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — that could see upwards of 60 cm hit the pavement.

“A weather system will bring an extended period of heavy snow the (West Kootenay) region starting this afternoon and continuing until Monday night,” Environment Canada said on its website.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Dec 31 2021

The cost of curbside waste recovery in the city is likely to be going up in the new year.

In its budget discussions Dec. 17 it was revealed that city council will likely be bumping the cost for curbside waste recovery in 2022 by $25 to fund the organics diversion program.

That means the estimated cost per household for curbside service (including organics) in 2022 will be $105 (not including the capital costs).

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Dec 30 2021

Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ALERT for the Nelson area after a sample believed to be cocaine tested positive for fentanyl. 

Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday, the overdose risk is very high when stimulant samples are contaminated with fentanyl.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Dec 30 2021

More power generation must be made in-house in Nelson and to develop more hydro-electric possibilities around city sooner, rather than later, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said — during a city council budget meeting Dec. 17 — that, after spending a few years studying the potential for more hydro-electric power generation on its water sources, the time has come for the city to move those ideas to the front burner.

By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 29 2021

It was a record-setting year for lottery players in British Columbia, with more than $891 million in total prizes paid out, including $23 million to players who purchased winning tickets in the Kootenay region.

BCLC sold more than 102 million winning tickets to players at retail locations and online in 2021, which was also a record-breaking total amount.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Dec 29 2021

The city has grasped the gravity of the overdose crisis.

City council has approved a simple resolution that supports the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force (NFTF) and the regional community action teams in finding ways to “reduce the risk of harm to our vulnerable populations due to the overdose crisis.”

The city’s written support will help leverage funding for the task force and to help advance efforts at regional collaboration with neighboring areas.

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