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By Contributor on Thursday Oct 27 2022

Jude Moore did his part for the Kootenay Lake kokanee salmon this summer, hauling dozens of predatory trout out of the lake and winning a new kayak for his effort. 

“My family caught around 60 trout at Davis Creek this year,” said the 11-year-old kids’ derby winner from Nelson.

“I think I entered 30 fish in the draw this summer.” 

Kids under 15 years of age can enter the heads of rainbow and bull trout caught in the lake to win spectacular prizes from the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program.  

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 27 2022

Rising costs and material delays are combining to push the city’s Hall Street Pier project to potentially five per cent over budget when it is completed next year, says the city’s director of Engineering, Capital Works and Special Projects.

Colin Innes told city council earlier this week, during its regular meeting at City Hall, that the $4.2-million project — which includes all scope elements, including the completion of the canopy — will likely come in $185,000 over budget.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Oct 26 2022

On Oct. 21, at 6:26 a.m., frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a motor vehicle incident involving two vehicles at the intersection of Stoney Creek Road and Hwy 22, in Trail.

A 39-year-old Burnaby man driving a white 2019 Ford F350 truck allegedly turned southbound onto Hwy 22 from Stoney Creek Road in front of a northbound 23-year-old Trail man and his 2021 Ram cargo van resulting in a collision.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 26 2022

The results were in. Again.

The official results of the 2022 Nelson Municipal Election were released to the outgoing city council — the new council and mayor are not sworn in yet — on Tuesday afternoon during the regular business meeting of council, and there weren’t many changes.

Current and outgoing Mayor John Dooley still came in second to current councillor Janice Morrison — at a count of 915 to 1,562 — with the same number of votes as tabulated on election night Oct. 15.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Oct 22 2022

Environment Canada has updated a previous Special Weather Statement for the Boundary/West Kootenay region.

Environment Canada said Tuesday that a low pressure centre will give snow, at times heavy, to Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass beginning this evening before ending Wednesday morning.

"Snow will begin this evening, becoming heaviest at midnight, then ease Wednesday morning as the low exits the province," the Environment Canada statement said.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Oct 22 2022

From bust to boom, the region’s school enrolment has done a role reversal.

In April School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) was facing a funding shortfall, a direct result of a drop in projected enrolment, which meant fewer teachers would be employed.

There was a projected decline of 43.125 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students for the current school year, a figure which was predominantly made up of regular Kindergarten to Grade 12 school enrolment.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Oct 18 2022

There is nothing for rent in Nelson. Period.

With a vacancy rate of zero per cent, if something does come on the market it will come at significant cost, the Nelson Committee on Homelessness found in its 14th annual Report Card on Homelessness for Nelson.

Since 1990, B.C. rental costs have increased two-and-a-half times, but the shelter allowance from Income Assistance is still $375 — the same amount it has been since 2007.

People disadvantaged through homelessness and poverty cannot compete, the report noted.

By Letters to the editor on Monday Oct 17 2022

To The Editor:

I'd like to respond to a letter printed on Page 8 of the recent issue of the Nelson Star entitled “Please stop Killing Bears” written by Noreen Clayton.

I have been an organic farmer for over 35 years in the Slocan Valley. Now that I live in Nelson, I continue to grow much of my own vegetables.

I agree that killing so many bears this year has been tragic. We humans have indeed attracted bears to our town because when bears don't have food up high in the mountains, they still need to find it somewhere.

By Bob Hall on Monday Oct 17 2022

A new biomass boiler on Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus is diverting wood waste with a significant bonus to the bottom line.

A load of wood chips from Salmo’s Porcupine Wood Products was delivered in mid-October, ushering in a new sustainable heat source era for the Nelson-based campus that was first opened in 1961.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Oct 16 2022

Despite six of the 11 electoral areas having been decided by acclamation, there were significant races in the regional district Saturday night.

The unofficial results were handed in Saturday night and there were some surprising results, including the change in Area C (Duck Lake, Lakeview, West Creston and South Reclamation) with incumbent Area C director Adam Casemore (63 votes) falling behind Kelly Vandenberghe (214 votes) for the directorship.

Voter turnout was pegged at 23.9 per cent, out of 1,160 voters on the list.

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