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By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jan 21 2023

Nelson Police is dealing with another loss to the department after it was announced Saturday that a second officer involved in a backcountry skiing accident has died.

Nelson Police Chief Donovan Fisher said this morning via video release that Const. Mathieu Nolet had succumbed to his injuries and died Saturday morning at Kelowna Regional Hospital.

Chief Fisher said that Nolet’s fiancée, sister and parents were at his side.

“It is hard to fully express the sadness we are feeling here,” said Chief Fisher.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jan 21 2023

The plight and height of the Kootenay River will be the current of conversation when the Columbia River Treaty talks go virtual early next month.

A virtual information session is slated for Feb. 2 — with another on Jan. 30 on the Columbia River — to provide details and answer questions about the process, with the focus on Kootenay River “interests.”

Those interests — as well as information on the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee’s initiative — will be revealed in the two webinars, along with the performance measures that have been identified to date.

By Contributor on Friday Jan 20 2023

The next time Carl Johnson’s grandchildren come to town, there will be plenty of new gear to take fishing after the Argenta retiree reeled in $1,000 in prizes from the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program. 

With a little help from his grandchildren, Carl has caught “50 or 60 trout” this season. 

“Whenever they come up from Vancouver, they always say let’s go fishing and it’s still a thrill for them to come home and eat what they caught,” said Johnson, a former government employee. “It gives us some entertainment away from the computer, too.” 

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Jan 20 2023

Although avalanche conditions remain considerable in the West Kootenay backcountry there are reports that show a ‘slowing of avalanche activity,’ according to an Avalanche Canada forecaster.

Colin Garritty, lead field tech and forecaster with Avalanche Canada (AC), said, despite the slowing of activity, there were several significant avalanche incidents within the latest gathering of field information.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jan 19 2023

Despite a steady deluge of precipitation, the West Kootenay currently sits at only 93 per cent of its average annual snowpack and is down 32 per cent from last year, according to a provincial report.

In the Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin, issued in early January by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, it was reported that the region is lagging behind its historical pace at accumulating snow in the alpine areas — the reservoir for fresh water in the warmer months.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jan 18 2023

Family, friends and colleagues of Nelson Police Department Const. Wade Tittemore gathered Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson to celebrate the life of the police officer.

Const. Tittemore was killed in an avalanche Monday, January 9, located in the mountains near Goat Range Provincial Park, northwest of Kaslo.

Const. Tittemore, 43, was backcountry skiing with fellow Const. Mathieu Nolet at the time of the avalanche.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jan 18 2023

Call it the COVID-19 re-recovery grant program.

The second phase of the COVID-19 recovery grant program will officially be launched beginning in late January and into February with application intake, followed by Nelson city council review one month later, Nelson city council decided Tuesday night during its first regular meeting of 2023.

For the 2023 version of the grant program a remaining budget of $200,000 will be allocated to the second round of funding, this time with a maximum amount per applicant of $25,000.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jan 17 2023

Two of the city’s largest helping programs are currently ‘exceeding administrative capacity’ and are looking to City Hall for help of their own.

Nelson Fire and Rescue (NFR) and Emergency Management (EM) have approached the City of Nelson in unison — at a Jan. 13 special meeting on the city’s budget — and are asking city council for a new position to be created to help both organizations move ahead.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jan 16 2023

Police are investigating after a collision claimed the lives of three individuals near Castlegar.

Just before 4 pm on Jan 16, Castlegar RCMP were called to a report of a collision involving a passenger car and a pickup truck that occurred on Highway 3a in Thrums, BC.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Jan 16 2023

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release Monday that officers have charged Raven Chan, a 24-year-old woman from Grand Forks with one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Assault with a Weapon.

On January 14, 2023 at just after noon, officers attended to a complaint of a stabbing at Gyro Park, located in the downtown core of Grand Forks.