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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Oct 15 2021

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning Friday for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said snowfall total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.

“A Pacific frontal system is giving snow heavy at times to Kootenay Pass this morning,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow is expected to continue through today with total accumulations up to 15 cm near the pass before the snow changes to rain this evening.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 14 2021


The city will be turning a sow’s ear of permissive tax exemptions into a silk purse of affordable housing as it charts a course on a new financial policy.

City staff will be digging deep during the 2022 budget planning process to find some funding alternatives to allow permissive tax exemptions (PTE) to operate as a tool to support the supply of affordable housing in Nelson, noted city chief financial officer Colin McClure in his report to council at the last regular council business meeting.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 13 2021

An analysis has been launched into the merit of adding a chunk of private land into the regional parks system.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay staff have taken up the mantle of exploration into the potential acquisition of 134 acres of land in Krestova — located in electoral Area H — to be used as regional parkland for outdoor recreation.

Area H director Walter Popoff said the land has already been used by people in the region to recreate.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 13 2021

The real challenge in culturing a climate of low carbon homes in Nelson won’t lie with recruiting the city’s builders but ultimately in bringing the community onboard, says the city’s mayor.

John Dooley said the findings of the first phase of the Low Carbon Home pilot need to focus on who is paying the bills for the new construction in the region, not the builders who putting the homes together.

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Oct 12 2021

As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, 88.8% (4,117,400) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (3,830,063) received their second dose.

In addition, 89.3% (3,862,332) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 83.3% (3,604,199) received their second dose.

Over a four-day period, B.C. is reporting 2,090 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 194,581 cases in the province:

By Sarah Lord on Tuesday Oct 12 2021

You've likely heard about the backlog across the country in diagnostic testing — like mammograms — due to COVID-19.

But you might not have heard about Cheryl Trevison, a Nelson retiree who learned she had breast cancer during COVID-19 and is now fighting it as you read.

Trevison, who has live in the Heritage City area for most of her life, almost didn't get a recent mammogram due to being worried about going to the hospital and risking COVID-19 exposure.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Oct 12 2021

The $4-billion current of the Hollywood North economy could be rippling into the Kootenay region at a steady stream very soon.

And the conduit for that flow is the newly appointed Kootenay Regional Film Commissioner, John Wittmayer.

A veteran of the film industry in Vancouver — but born and raised in the Slocan Valley — Wittmayer has the contacts, the background and experience in one of the largest industries the province has to offer.

By Contributor on Monday Oct 11 2021

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning the public about ongoing email, web, text messages and telephone scams in which people posing as officials from the CBSA are asking for payment or personal information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN).

The methods and messages used by the scammers are varied and ever-changing, but always designed to demand money and lure the public into providing personal information.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 07 2021

In order to support growth of the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service it will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years, after the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved an amendment to transit delivery Sept. 23.

An increase in ridership and the demand for more services precipitated the increase, the board learned during the (Zoom) meeting through a report from RDCK staff.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 07 2021

Just where the municipal money is in relation to the mouth on climate change action will be known once the next round of Nelson city budget discussions begin later this year.

Several councillors recently called for immediate financial support of Nest Lab — the city’s social innovation lab for climate solutions — at the conclusion of a presentation by Natalie Douglas, the climate change planning assistant for Nelson.