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By Contributor on Monday Nov 21 2022

From the Coast Mountains to the Kootenays, British Columbians across the Southern Interior are coming together to build their businesses and create vibrant communities. PacifiCan is here to help.

PacifiCan is the new federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbians.

PacifiCan works with partners across B.C. who are building innovative businesses, creating quality jobs, and supporting inclusive growth in communities across our province.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Nov 21 2022

Wildfire may never be viewed as a friend of those communities buried in forest, but it is a natural and accepted part of the ecosystem, according to several wildfire experts.

Speaking in a video recently released on the Selous Creek wildfire risk reduction project — just southwest of Nelson — former Nelson Fire Rescue chief and director of the Emergency Operations Centre, Len McCharles said the 80 hectare (ha.) area in question was an example of how far the knowledge of wildfire activity has come.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Nov 18 2022

The fifth time is the charm for the chair of the regional district’s board of directors.

Aimee Watson — the director of Area D — has been elected as chair of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors for the fifth time, after directors voted on Thursday morning in the first meeting of the new board at the Nelson board room on Lakeside Drive.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Nov 17 2022

The wage people need to live in Nelson has gone up and remains one of the highest in the West Kootenay-Boundary region, according to a report released by Living Wage Update Thursday morning.

The living wage in Nelson is now $20.83 — a rise of six per cent in the last year — and represents a calculation on the hourly wage that two parents working full-time need to earn to support a family of four.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Nov 17 2022

With a pocketful of grant money and no official launch date, the city is pulling the lid off of its small-scale pre-treatment organics pilot project and going large scale.

Over the next few months a vague launch of the home composting program — via the product called the FoodCycler — will begin with the first shipment of 1,600 home composting units before the end of the year.

A $700,000 “grant” will be used to fund the program that takes home waste organic matter and turns it into material ready for composting.

By Boundary Sentinel on Wednesday Nov 16 2022

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is sounding alarm bells about a possible closure of the emergency room at Boundary Regional Hospital in Grand Forks.

In a media release regarding the possible closure Wednesday, RDKB officials are officials calling for urgent action from the Provincial government to stop this decision from happening.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Nov 15 2022

The regional district is proposing the installation of a 30-metre wide development permit area on the shores of Kootenay Lake and it caused some concern with those already living along the lake.

Regional District of Central Kootenay staff are responding to the need to mitigate negative impacts to the riparian areas — wetlands adjacent to rivers, streams or lakes — surrounding Kootenay Lake with a Kootenay Lake Development Permit Area Review Project.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Nov 15 2022

The city didn’t get what it wanted out of a recreation service review, but it got what it needed, according to the chair of the recreation commission.

Keith Page said an independent review on the recreation service the city shares with its regional district partners was the appropriate vehicle to drive more participation from the greater portion of Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) residents.

By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Nov 15 2022

RCMP said that three individuals are facing charges following a a search of a rural property in Greenwood Monday.

RCMP said that Monday, November 14th 2022, South East District Emergency Response Team and other RCMP assisted Midway RCMP with a search warrant execution on a rural property on Lind Creek Road in Greenwood.

Police said the search warrant was executed in order to seize multiple firearms on the property.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Nov 14 2022

Grand Forks RCMP released a weekly synopsis of files from the past week:

My vehicle is stolen, oh wait, never mind, husband just took it

On November 11, 2022 at 10:41 a.m., a Grand Forks woman reported that her vehicle was stolen from her residence.

However, within minutes, she called back stating that her husband had ended up taking the vehicle and left his cell phone behind, so she could not confirm it was him.