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By Province of British Columbia on Monday Dec 20 2021

In a media release Monday, the Ministry of Health said as of Dec. 20, 2021, 87.3% (4,352,063) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (4,118,432) have received their second dose.

In addition, 91.7% (4,250,903) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 88.8% (4,118,375) have received their second dose and 16% (727,761) have received a third dose.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Dec 20 2021

A small piece of the regional district could see a new connection.

Two new cellular service towers are being proposed to be built near the southern end of the Slocan Valley, covering the un-serviced areas of Pass Creek and Crescent Valley.

The $2-million project by Rogers Communications is expected to expand cellular service and coverage, and enhance safety for residents and add in potential for economic development in the Pass Creek Valley area, noted RDCK Area I director Andy Davidoff in a press release.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Dec 17 2021

A request to get remuneration increases for the regional district directors in line with neighbouring boards was ignored during the last board of directors meeting.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors did not comment or discuss action in its regular meeting on Dec. 9 concerning a letter sent by Nelson Mayor John Dooley on Nov. 22 — on behalf of city council — noting that the Sept. 23 increase to the director stipend followed a “long, historic pattern” of increases to director stipends.

By Trail Arts Council on Thursday Dec 16 2021

Dear Patrons,

I am writing to notify you of a breach on our Charles Bailey Theatre Facebook Page last week.

Someone created a fake Facebook profile using our logo and our name (with a hyphen in it) and replying to comments on our page. They were also sending our Facebook followers private messages notifying them that they won a prize with a link to click for further details. They were then asking for credit card information.

By Contributor on Wednesday Dec 15 2021

The B.C. Invasive Mussel Defence Program was in full swing in 2021.

The goal of the program is to prevent the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels (ZQM) into B.C.

The program began in 2015 and consists of watercraft inspection stations, an outreach program, and lake monitoring. In 2021, the Central Kootenay Invasive

Species Society (CKISS) collected 267 samples from nine waterbodies in the Central Kootenay region as part of the provinces’ mussel lake monitoring program. The

samples were then sent to a provincial lab for analysis.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Dec 15 2021

Approximately 70 people gathered in front of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson’s constituency office Monday evening for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives due to Climate-related disasters this year in British Columbia.

Citizens in the province recently suffered through historic flooding during the fall and saw summer wildfires wipe out some communities as the world’s climate changes.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Dec 14 2021

The illicit drug toxicity death rate in Nelson has risen over the last three years, mirroring a record rise in deaths across the province, according to the BC Coroners Service.

Data rates per 100,000 person-years has risen from 7.3 in 2019 to 27.2 so far in 2021 in Nelson, with five recorded deaths this year in the city alone.

In B.C. at least 201 people died in October — and 1,782 people in the first 10 months of 2021 — due to an “increasingly toxic and volatile illicit drug supply,” noted Lisa Lapointe, B.C.’s chief coroner.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Dec 13 2021

People have until the end of the week to offer feedback on two ‘high-level conceptual options’ for a regional district recreational facility at the Playmor Junction.

The deadline for feedback is Friday, Dec. 17 for the “reimagination” of Campbell Field, with the two options based on the results of a public engagement process in the fall of 2020.

Panels highlighting the differences and features of the two options were created and — along with background information and “inspirational” photos — are being presented online and in select locations (see “to view” below).

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Dec 13 2021

A woman has died after being struck by a car Friday afternoon on Highway 3A at Tarrys Road east of Castlegar RCMP said in a media release Monday.

RCMP said front-line officers, as well as BC Highway Patrol and Emergency Services, responded to a fatal pedestrian collision on Highway 3A at Tarrys Road at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021.

“Upon arrival it was determined that a woman in her forties (40s) was crossing Highway 3A after disembarking from a transit bus at a designated stop when she was struck by a Honda Accord traveling south,” the RCMP media release said.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Dec 13 2021

Changing financial times and a drop in the price of cannabis have caused a major Nelson development to change course.

A few months into construction the four-storey building at 45 Government Road is moving from its original intended use as a processing facility for cannabis to a commercial, light industrial for-lease property, according to a press release from the Nelson Cannabis Collective (NCC).