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By Interior Health Authority on Monday Nov 09 2020

Interior Health is expanding booking options for lab patients throughout the region.

Effective Nov. 9, lab appointments can be booked online or by phone in Castlegar, Trail, Williams Lake, Cranbrook and Merritt.

The online booking tool can be found at

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Nov 09 2020

The Village of Salmo said on its website Monday that there are nine (9) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the village.

The announcement comes a few days after Salmo Community Services said (see story below) that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Village staff have tested negative for COVID-19,” the Village of Salmo, with a population of 1,141, release said.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Nov 09 2020

The month of October surprised everyone with the first snowfall of the season said the Weather Services department at the Southeast Fire Centre.

The snowfall was just one of the weather events that saw a rollercoaster rise and fall of temperatures on the thermometer throughout the month.

“The most notable event of the month was the early shot of accumulating snow on October 23rd,” the Southeast Fire Centre media release said.

By Castlegar Source on Saturday Nov 07 2020

Castlegar RCMP Const. Jason Tait has been acquitted of manslaughter and dangerous driving in Nelson court, nearly six years after the shooting death of Waylon Edey ( for previous coverage, see ), and after only a very brief jury deliberation.

The National Police Federation issued the following statement this morning:

By Contributor on Thursday Nov 05 2020

Faces & Places: Doris Hausleitner

Story by Nicole Trigg, Kootenay Conservation Program

Wildlife biologist and Selkirk College ecology instructor Doris Hausleitner has always had a penchant for species that are considered something of an underdog, those without champions to promote their cause. It’s no wonder then, that the elusive wolverine captured her imagination years ago when she was approached by friend and colleague Andrea Kortello to start the South Columbia Mountains Wolverine Project.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Nov 04 2020

After reporting 15 additional COVID-19 cases in the region for a total since the start of the pandemic to 803, in a prepared statement Wednesday, Interior Health (IH) declared an outbreak at the Village at Mill Creek long-term care home following a thorough public health investigation.

“Two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” the IH statement said.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Nov 03 2020

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has provided an update regarding the positive COVID-19 test result by a member of the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday, October 30th.

The Interior Health Authority has completed the process of contact tracing following identification of the positive test case and recommended that nine additional members of the Dynamiters organization self-isolate for 14 days.

The Dynamiters have followed this guidance, and the quarantine period for those individuals will end on Wednesday, November 11th.

By Bob Hall on Monday Nov 02 2020

Future capital planning at Selkirk College is focused on offering a range of amenities, services and experiences that contribute to a vibrant post-secondary learning environment.

Presented at the Selkirk College Board of Governor’s October meeting, the Campus Master Plan 2020-2035 is a detailed document that sets out a roadmap for the institution’s short and long-term outcomes. The 75-page plan is a framework for creating a lively community and preparing for future growth at all locations throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Oct 31 2020

Unfortunately, it’s something that even COVID-19 can’t stop it from happening — the Daylight Saving Time switch.

Sunday, at 2 a.m., British Columbians will fall back one hour, ending Daylight Saving Time.

The move back to Standard Time comes while the BC Government remains committed to implementing year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Last year, the province ‚ after 93 per cent in a survey approved of ending seasonal time change — passed legislation guiding the move to “Pacific Standard Time” in line with western United States — Washington State, Oregon and California.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Oct 30 2020

As people celebrate Halloween, Interior Health is urging the public to be cautious as BC moves through the second wave of COVID-19.

Interior Health said the rise in cases is reflected across B.C. and it is important everyone does their part to reduce the risk of further exposures in our communities.

“I join with Dr. Bonnie Henry in encouraging those of you who wish to celebrate Halloween to do so outdoors, in small groups and safely,” said Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer for Interior Health in a statement.