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By Contributor on Tuesday Dec 13 2022

Planning to drive over the busy holiday season?

Whether it’s to see family and friends or for work, West Kootenay/Boundary drivers will be at risk.

ICBC reports an average of more than 1,900 crashes every year in B.C. over the holidays. Claims for injuries incurred during work-related driving increase every December, according to WorkSafeBC statistics.

The best gift drivers can give themselves is to prepare and plan ahead to ensure they — and their passengers — get home safe, says Shift into Winter, an annual campaign supported by the Winter Driving Safety Alliance

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Dec 12 2022

For those that regularly traverse the city sidewalks on a daily winter sojourn the trip might be a little more precarious this snowy season.

The city has established a new Snow and Ice Control Policy but has the priority of sidewalk and stairway clearing behind the completion of the city’s streets.

The idea of leaving all of the city’s sidewalks off the priority list — schedule A — did not sit well with Coun. Keith Page.

By Castlegar Source on Friday Dec 09 2022

Earlier this week, the City of Castlegar’s Facebook page was removed without any notice or indication of why.

The City uses its Facebook page to share community information with residents and the page is a critically important communication tool during emergencies, like the Merry Creek Wildfire.

This City has ruled out security concerns and has reported the issue to Facebook but has not received any acknowledgment or response.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Dec 08 2022

A Nelson businessman is getting noticed on the social media video platform, TikTok during a visit to Europe to meet his daughter.

Jeff Shecter, who owns and operates Zap Welding and Glotech Sign Manufacturing in Nelson, is getting noticed thanks to a funny video post about a Canadian Dad in Europe post by daughter Hannah Teslin.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Dec 08 2022

West Kooteany/Boundary residents should brace for another Snowfall Warning for the region.

Environment Canada issued the alert Thursday morning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Snowfall amounts are expected between 10 to 25 cm beginning Thursday and into overnight.

“A cold front tracking across the interior will give snow beginning (Thursday) morning,” the Environment Canada statement said.

“Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 25 cm can be expected before the snow eases overnight.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Dec 05 2022

There will be a rock under the Christmas tree for Nelson Hydro rural customers in the New Year as the city-owned utility has provincial approval to move forward with an almost 10 per cent rate increase Jan. 1.

On Nov. 22 approval (third reading only) was given by city council to implement a 9.87 per cent rate increase for all rural ratepayers with Nelson Hydro, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Nelson Hydro had outlined in its 2023 budget the need for the general rate increase for the rural service area, and city council gave its approval earlier this year to pursue it.

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Dec 05 2022

Normally, at this time of the year RCMP in Grand Forks are dealing with impaired drivers or accidents on slippery highways and streets.

However, during the afternoon of Thursday, December 1, 2022, a person came by the RCMP Detachment in Grand Forks to turn in some firearms and ammunition that they did not want — a realistic looking grenade. 

"This grenade was immediately seized and safely secured and stored," Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler said in a RCMP media release.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Dec 04 2022

You will likely have to hustle out of work a little early to catch the start of city council meetings after the elected officials voted to begin moving to an earlier start time.

City council passed third reading on Nov. 22 on a proposed amendment to the Council Procedure Bylaw that will change the monthly regular and committee-of-the-whole (COW) meeting time from 7 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Council’s previous practice has been to include a special meeting with an in-camera session before every regular and committee-of-the-whole meeting.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Dec 04 2022

Gravity could be forgiven as water and sewer rates could continue to climb uphill after a city report on the proposed utility budget has recommended another annual increase to the services.

A report from the city’s Finance department is suggesting a two per cent increase to the water rates charged city residents — along with a similar two per cent rise in sewer fees — to help pay for the costs related to several major projects on the horizon in 2023.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Dec 04 2022

The bear season in Nelson was ‘unprecedented,’ according to preliminary findings by the WildsafeBC Nelson community coordinator.

Lisa Thomson delivered the first glimpse of her annual report on human-wildlife conflict to city council Nov. 22 and — although the official report isn’t due out until later this year — the news wasn’t great.

She related that there were over 400 “sightings,” with at least seven bears having been destroyed as a result — a number higher than in recent years.