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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Aug 18 2022

A portion of Vernon Street that was originally slated for a right-hand turning lane will be closed and sold by the city back to the business on that street.

The triangular-shaped piece of property that was once a part of 705 Vernon St. will be sold to the owner — Finley’s Bar and Grill — after the road allowance was permanently closed by city council (Aug. 9).                     

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Aug 17 2022

The illicit drug toxicity death rate in Nelson has dropped by over 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, according to preliminary data released by the B.C. Coroners Service.

Nelson recorded a 10.8 per cent death rate — per 100,000 person-years — from January to April this year, with one death being recorded due to toxic drug supply.

That figure was down significantly from 2021’s 25.4 per cent, and 29.3 per cent in 2020.

By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Aug 16 2022

A quick response by police to a report of a robbery resulted in an arrest said Grand Forks RCMP in a media release Tuesday.

Just after 8:30 PM on Monday evening, August 15th, Grand Forks RCMP are dispatched to a report of a robbery that just happened at a gas station on the 2700 block of Central Avenue.

RCMP said the caller reported that the suspect demanded money and when refused, left the scene.

RCMP said the suspect was then seen heading toward the Extra Foods store located across the street.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Aug 16 2022

Elected officials in Nelson will see a bump in wages in the next incarnation of city council.

A city staff report revealed an underpaid group of city councillors and mayor compared to similar sized cities in B.C., and recommended an increase to the remuneration for council of 5.14 per cent, moving salaries from $26,212 to $27,560 for city council.

The mayor’s salary was bumped by 12.69 per cent, from $62,263 to $70,170, also as recommended by the report.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Aug 15 2022

Everyone is on-board for the new transit exchange for the city’s downtown after the BC Transit business case for the project was approved by the city.

BC Transit had its grant application — under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) — approved last May for the business case, working with the city to develop a design for the Nelson Downtown Exchange project on the 300 block of Victoria Street.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Aug 12 2022

The Kootenay Community Bat Project is suggesting people may be noticing more bats around their house or property as mid-summer is a time typically for more activity.

The KCBP said in a media release that landowners typically may notice more bat activity, have bats flying into their house and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Aug 12 2022

Following Thursday’s light show that saw lighting light up the sky throughout the region, Environment Canada is again issuing a Thunderstorm Watch for most of the southern interior of BC, including Boundary, Kootenay Lake, West Kootenay, East Kootenay and Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lakes areas.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Aug 12 2022

There is reason for optimism in regards to fire season as it relates to the West Kootenay region this August, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

With previous years’ summer slam events in August hitting the canvas with a one-two combination of drought and heat, resulting in a knockout punch of prolific wildfires and smoke, this year an air of uncertainty — with a cooler, wetter spring delaying the fire season — has settled in on the West Kootenay wildfire season landscape.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Aug 11 2022

 

In a quest for more housing and more housing choices a few bylaw and traffic feathers have to be ruffled as the building lots become increasingly difficult to accommodate projects.

When considering variances for a vacant parcel of land located in the Gyro neighbourhood at 41 Douglas Road — designated multi-unit in the Official Community Plan — city council was divided on what could and should be allowed to happen in the name of development.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Aug 10 2022

There is no free lunch … unless you happen to be a non-profit organization in Nelson.

For the Kootenay Climbing Association (KCA), the city will be handing them a parcel of land at the Tenth Street campus for free for the next 10 years while the club builds a new facility and continues to grow its membership.

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