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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Sep 27 2021

With winter just around the corner and the B.C. law requiring winter tires on designated routes coming into effect on October 1, the provincial initiative — Shift Into Winter Campaign— led by the Winter Driving Safety Alliance and managed by Road Safety at Work, is preparing drivers for what’s ahead in the coming months.

Today's feature focuses on Winter Tires.

Winter tires: a smart safety investment – and they’re the law

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Sep 27 2021

The Global Day of Action didn’t attract the crowds of past years, but that didn’t stop a small group of activists from delivering a message outside City Hall in Nelson that the world is gripped in a crisis during climate strike over the weekend in Nelson.

Organized by Fridays for Future, a global youth movement for climate and environment, and the local chapter of Extinction Rebellion, the climate strike was part of world-wide strike demanding urgent action to tackle the ecological crisis.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Sep 26 2021

The ravages of 2014 are still affecting current populations of Kootenay Lake salmon and are keeping their numbers low, but the land-locked fish’s future is looking much different.

Eight years ago the kokanee salmon population in the lake collapsed, from an average of about a million to “unprecedented low numbers,” averaging between a record low of 12,000 in 2017 to about 90,000 in 2020.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Sep 23 2021

The Kootenay region went from one of the hardest hit areas for unemployment one year ago to dropping to nearly one third of that rate, according to recent labour force statistics.

Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey for August 2021 revealed that the Kootenay region — including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and the Slocan Valley — improved its unemployment rate from a high of 15.8 per cent in June, 2020 at the height of the pandemic to a recent figure of 6.7 per cent.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Sep 22 2021

The weekly Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map recently Wednesday shows most the West Kootenay on a decline.

The weekly report released by the BC Centre of Disease Control, between September 12-18, 2021, has Trail at 17 as the area with the highest case count in the West Kootenay.

Nelson is next with 11 new COVID-19 cases while Castlegar has six.

The previous week — September 5-11, 2021 — had Nelson and Trail both with 41 cases.

Arrow Lakes had four new COVID-19 cases while there was zero in the Kootenay Lake area.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Sep 21 2021

A nearly zero per cent rental availability rate in Nelson had troubled Jim Reimer for years.

The pastor of Kootenay Christian Fellowship (KCF) watched the door slowly shut on available rental accommodations and affordability in Nelson for working class people as the housing market transitioned traditional rental units to short-term offerings over the last 10 years.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Sep 21 2021

Two years later the song remains the same.

In the 2019 federal election the Liberals won a minority government — being declared before polls closed in B.C. — and Conservative candidate Rob Morrison edged NDP candidate Wayne Stetski for the Kootenay-Columbia seat.

Fast forward two years and one pandemic later and the same results transpired in the 2021 federal election Monday night, with a Liberal win and Morrison heading back to Ottawa.

By Bob Hall on Monday Sep 20 2021

A fresh space on Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus welcomes students from diverse cultural backgrounds to join together in dialogue, knowledge and understanding.

During the first full week of classes at the regional post-secondary, students, faculty and staff joined together with Elders to officially open the college’s first Indigenous classroom. Beginning with a smudging ceremony outside, students taking the Indigenous Studies 287 course entered a beautiful room configured and adorned in a manner that inspires interconnected learning.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Sep 19 2021

People can light them if they got them as the burning ban has been lifted in most of the rural West Kootenay region.

As of late last week open burning is permitted in several fire zones, including Kootenay Lake — which contains Nelson and the Slocan Valley — Arrow, Columbia, Invermere and Cranbrook.

The lifting of the ban — which had been in place for nearly three months — unofficially signals the end of the wildfire season in the region.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Sep 15 2021

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Thursday, September 16, 2021, the Southeast Fire Centre said all open burning will be permitted in the Cranbrook, Invermere, Columbia, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones.

However, open burning will remain prohibited in the Boundary fire zone.

In the Boundary Zone the following equipment and activities remain prohibited:

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