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By Castlegar Source on Thursday Oct 21 2021

In the evening hours of Oct. 19, 100 Mile RCMP received a 911 call reporting what sounded like gunshots in the industrial area of the community.

Police responded and located a person who had succumbed to their injuries. Police are investigating how the person died and the circumstances leading up the incident.

Evidence at the scene supports that the victim died as a result of homicide and the North District Major Crime Unit was called and has conduct of the investigation, said Cpl Madonna Saunderson BC RCMP Communications.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 21 2021

A Nelson woman is proving that you can fight city hall.

Taryn Joy Marchi sued the City of Nelson for negligence following an injury in 2015 and could have the eyes of the nation on her when her case returns to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The higher court judges ruled Thursday that the city owed Marchi a “duty of care” with its snow removal practices at the time, and that a new trial is now required to assess if the city had “breached that duty of care and, as a result, whether it should pay damages to Ms. Marchi.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 21 2021

The region’s potential new backcountry skiing destination will reveal all in a virtual open house Thursday night.

Zincton will host the open house (register online at with formal proposal presentations from the province and Team Zincton starting at 5 p.m.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Oct 20 2021

Cases are declining in the West Kootenay/Boundary according to the weekly BC Centre of Disease control Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by local health area of case residence graphic.

Between October 10-16, 2021, the high for the West Kootenay/Boundary region was Trail with 16 new COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this month, the Silver City area reported 74 COVID-19 cases.

Both Grand Forks and Nelson areas reported 10 cases while Castlegar had seven and Kootenay Lake four.

Kettle Valley reported one case while Arrow Lakes had zero cases.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 20 2021

A decision to log trees near part of the popular Apex Loop cross country skiing trail has the region’s Nordic ski club searching for answers for the coming season.

When the trees siding a one-kilometre section of the Loop were logged by the landowner, the Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) approached the owner with questions of access and safety. The exposed hillside now creates an avalanche zone for the trail below, the NNSC feared, but they did not receive an answer.

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Oct 19 2021

As of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, 89.2% (4,136,000) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.5% (3,870,709) have received their second dose.

In addition, 89.7% (3,879,091) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.2% (3,640,757) have received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 560 new cases of COVID-19, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 198,838 cases in the province.

By Contributor on Monday Oct 18 2021

Several local youngersters won great prizes in the fall kids’ derby draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP). 

The youngsters submitted Rainbow or Bull trout heads that they caught on the main body of Kootenay Lake and were eligible to win Pelican Magna kayaks, Kokanee Mountain Zipline Tour packages, or fishing equipment. 

Ty Walker of Fruitvale, who fishes with his grandfather, won a kid-sized kayak.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Oct 18 2021

In its most recent update, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said construction at both the Balfour and Kootenay Bay Terminals this summer has progressed significantly is on track to be completed by the end of 2021.

This works comes following a summer of challenging summer of wildfires, extreme heat, and the ongoing pandemic for the Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Oct 18 2021

More that 50 people tied up traffic in downtown Nelson Saturday afternoon as part of the LastStand West-Kootenay rally and march.

The group, who said they were marching on unceded Sinixt territory, came together Saturday in solidarity with Fairy Creek Old Growth Forest land defenders.

“These types of high productive old growth forests make up less than 1% of the forests in BC and contain the highest biodiversity and house numerous endangered species,” said Jasmine Wiley Lu of Extinction Rebellion West Kootenay in an emailed statement.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Oct 15 2021

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning Friday for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said snowfall total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.

“A Pacific frontal system is giving snow heavy at times to Kootenay Pass this morning,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow is expected to continue through today with total accumulations up to 15 cm near the pass before the snow changes to rain this evening.”