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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Oct 15 2022

The winds of change have blown at City Hall.

Former councillor Janice Morrison has swept into the mayor’s seat in Nelson after the results of the Municipal Election 2022 have been tabulated on Saturday night, ending incumbent mayor John Dooley’s chance to repeat and add a fifth term to his record of four.

Morrison found favour with 1,562 voters as her platform and previous work at the municipal and regional district level resonated with Nelsonites.

“I am truly excited, I am overwhelmed and I am humbled,” Morrison told The Nelson Daily after the win.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Oct 15 2022

Time and money were not a problem as the Area H community managed to raise $475,000 in six weeks in order to purchase 134 acres in Krestova for a regional park.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) had entered into an agreement to purchase two parcels of land — as regional parkland for use by regional residents and visitors — for a price of $870,000.

A compressed time frame and a large sum to raise were daunting obstacles, but not insurmountable, said Walter Popoff, RDCK electoral Area H director.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Oct 14 2022

Nelson RCMP said in a media release Friday that police are requesting the public assistance of a man wanted for assault.

Nelson RCMP said that police are looking for 41-year-old Michael Struthers, of Nelson, who is wanted for Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Description of Michael Struthers:

  • 188 cm (6’2)
  • 75 kg (165 lbs)
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes

Police said that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Struthers is urged to contact their local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

 

By Boundary Sentinel on Friday Oct 14 2022

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said in a media release that the Emergency Operations Centre remains activated at Level 1 to monitor the Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park Wildfire (N62637) and the Arlington Lake Wildfire (K52708)

BC Wildfire Crews are responding to a new wildfire which began last night (Thursday, 13 October) at Arlington Lake (K52708).

The Arlington Lake fire, located approximately 12 kilometers southwest of Big White Ski Hill and 33 km southeast of Kelowna, is highly visible from Highway 33.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Oct 13 2022

On Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2:52 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District officer responded to a report of a 28-year-old Richmond woman refusing to leave a business in the 1300 block of Bay Avenue, in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

The RCMP officer located and attempted to communicate with the woman. The woman responded by making dolphin-like sounds at the officer. The officer apprehended her under the BC Mental Health Act and transported to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital for a medical assessment.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Oct 13 2022

On Oct. 12, at 7:04 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a report of a suspicious sudden death of a 39-year-old Trail man in the 1500 block of Bay Avenue, in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"Trail RCMP officers, with assistance from the RCMP Forensic Identification Section, conducted a thorough investigation into the man’s death. Officers learnt that just before 6 a.m., the man had climbed onto the roof of a building before he attempted to climb down a power pole to return back to the ground," Wicentowich said.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 12 2022

A soccer dome proposed for Nelson will have a broad effect on the breadth of the soccer community, says the city’s mayor, and its support should be reflected in the tax base it could draw from.

John Dooley said the Nelson Soccer Association (NSA) proposal for a new indoor soccer dome facility — which came to the council table last week during the committee-of-the-whole meeting — can be realized, but it should go to a referendum and draw upon a greater taxation region for support for the $3.4-million price tag.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Oct 11 2022

In a media release on the Hockey Canada website,  the Board of Directors has announced important changes to Hockey Canada’s leadership team.

Effective immediately, Hockey Canada announced the departure of chief executive officer Scott Smith along with the entire Board has also agreed to step down to make room for a new slate of directors.

Hockey Canada said an interim management committee will be put in place, which will guide the organization until no later than a newly constituted Board appoints a new CEO to lead the organization.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Oct 08 2022

Non-medical cannabis sales from stores located on their cultivation sites are now on the table.

The province introduced a new cannabis retail licence to allow eligible federally licensed cannabis producers to sell non-medical cannabis products from “farm-to-gate.”

The move was welcomed cautiously by some in the local cannabis cultivation industry, with the hope the licence will allow Kootenay cannabis to flourish once again.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 06 2022

The fight to stop logging from occurring in another old-growth stand of forest in the region has begun, with a local group calling for a moratorium on logging in that region.

On Sept. 29 Slocan Valley residents gathered on Russel Creek Road to protest the planned logging by Interfor and R and A logging in the Russel Creek watershed, which contains trees as old as 1,000 years old.

At the time, the residents asked the logging company employees to  “come back once they have consulted with local environmental organizations and informed consent by the Autonomous Sinixt.”

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