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By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Mar 31 2021

Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Christine Perkins said Wednesday masks are now “required” to be worn for all students Grades 4-12 attending school.

In an email statement to Kootenay Lake District Parents Advisory, Perkins also said the wearing of masks is “highly recommended” for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.

By Interior Health Authority on Tuesday Mar 30 2021

Interior Health has amalgamated pre-existing mental health, substance use, and primary care services under one roof.

Over the past year, Interior Health has been working with stakeholders, clients and neighbours, to co-ordinate merging the Outreach Urban Health primary care clinic with the pre-existing mental health and substance use services in Kelowna.

“Bringing mental health and substance use supports under one roof is more important than ever before,” says Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 29 2021

In a media statement Monday, organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said the 2021 event has been postponed until 2022.

The decision comes more than a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order. 

“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time,” said Shambhala Music Festival Founder, Jimmy Bundschuh in a prepared statement. 

By Interior Health Authority on Monday Mar 29 2021

Interior Health administered its first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, 2020, and in three months 101,156 doses have been delivered throughout the Interior.

“I am so proud of our teams who have simultaneously kept their focus on contact tracing and supporting people in self-isolation to slow the spread of COVID-19 while rolling out this COVID-19 immunization campaign,” said Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown.

By Kyra Hoggan on Saturday Mar 27 2021

Police are reporting a white truck in the area attempting to pull people over, as it has red-and-blue flashing lights in its grill (Click here for previous coverage).

But what do you do if said vehicle tries to pull YOU over?

We posed the question to Trail RCMP Acting NCOIC Cpl. Devon Reid, and he said it can be confusing, as motorists are required to pull over for police.

By Trail Champion on Saturday Mar 27 2021

A second incident of police impersonation in the region has prompted RCMP to warn residents to keep an eye out for the suspect vehicle, according to Trail RCMP commanding officer Sgt. Mike Wicentowich

In the early morning hours of March 26, Trail RCMP received a report from a motorist who saw a white pick up truck traveling west on Highway 3B activate red and blue lights in the front grill of the truck. The motorist was travelling east towards Trail, BC and was passed by the truck going the opposite direction and noted it did not look like a typical police vehicle. 

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Mar 25 2021

For second time in as many years, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to cancel the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.

Tournament organizers said recent decisions by the Province and Health Authorities have indicated that it will not be possible to hold large gatherings and events throughout summer 2021 in BC.

Like most events held throughout the province, the pandemic cancelled the GFI tournament in 2020.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 24 2021

In 2020, Crisis Line Responders across the Interior Region provided close to 450,000 minutes of empowering support, skilled assessment and crisis de-escalation. A record since the service began in 2012.

By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Mar 23 2021

RCMP said in a media release that motorists in the Boundary region are urged to be vigilant, after Midway RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence that took place Sunday evening on a back country provincial highway.

RCMP said on Sunday, March 21, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Midway RCMP received a third party report after a suspicious occurrence in which a yet to be identified suspect allegedly conducted a traffic stop with a motorist travelling between Rock Creek and Kelowna along Highway 33.

By CBT on Sunday Mar 21 2021

Epic — that’s the word the Nelson Brewing Company uses to describe its organic beers, and it could be used to describe its accomplishments, too.

For 29 years, the brewery has been operating out of an 1897 building in Nelson that once housed the city’s original brewery. It introduced craft beer to the Kootenays.

People can now enjoy products like Harvest Moon Kolsch Hemp Ale and Bent Pole Northwest IPA in restaurants and bars throughout the Kootenays, or buy them in liquor stores in BC and Alberta.