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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday May 15 2023

Hume Elementary School will be taking it to the outside to deliver its academic messages.

The elementary school received the City stamp of approval on the idea for a pavilion (outdoor classroom) close in the back of school (south side) adjacent to Third Street as a sloped roof alongside the existing south gymnasium wall.

By Local Journalism Initiative on Saturday May 13 2023

Public backlash from concerned citizens in Nelson has put the brakes on a supervised inhalation site slated for the Friendship Outreach Clubhouse.

Located on the 800 block of Vernon Street in Nelson, people living in the area have voiced their opinion against the operation of the Interior Health Authority site — with the site opening delayed from last weekend to a timeline of “a few weeks.”

Citing no consultation with those living in the neighbourhood, several people had pressed the IHA over the decision to open the supervised inhalation site.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday May 13 2023

The unemployment rate for the Kootenay region is beginning to climb but is still below the provincial and national rates, according to recent figures released by Statistics Canada.

The percentage for known unemployed people in the Kootenay region — which includes West and East Kootenay, as well as Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks — was 4.3 per cent in April, according to Statistics Canada latest figures, up from 3.2 per cent in March.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday May 12 2023

Call it the drive for five.

City council has made up for keeping taxes low or at the rate of inflation — as provided by Statistics Canada — for the last five years with a 5.8 per cent increase in municipal property taxes for 2023.

On Tuesday night during a regular city council meeting in council chambers the elected officials passed fourth reading and adoption on the Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw that carries several increases.

By Contributor on Friday May 12 2023

 Kat Hartwig of Brisco is the recipient of two BC Achievement awards, which were presented to her during a formal ceremony held at Government House in Victoria on Wednesday, May 10.

As the founder and executive director of the Nelson-based water stewardship organization Living Lakes Canada, Hartwig is one of 20 individuals across the province to be recognized with a 2023 Community Award, and is the sole recipient of the distinguished Mitchell Award.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday May 11 2023

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the BC Interior, with the region expected to experience unseasonably hot temperatures beginning Friday.

Environment Canada said from Friday through to Tuesday, daytime highs may rise to the mid-30’s C over the central and southern interior while northern regions will see temperatures reaching the mid 20’s C.

Environment Canada said the overnight lows are expected to be in the low to mid-teens.

“The BC Interior will experience unseasonably hot weather beginning Friday,” Environment Canada said.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday May 10 2023

Creston RCMP are happy to report that Chad Meszarosi is now in police custody following a response to a call from the public in the Trail area.

"We would like to thank the public and the Trail RCMP for their assistance and excellent response in locating Meszarosi," said Creston RCMP Detachment Commander S/Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk.

"Our communities can now rest a little easier knowing that this dangerous offender is in custody."

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday May 10 2023

Eight years ago Amanda Beavers dove into the world of aquatics looking for possibility and opportunity.

Eight years later she is one of the aquatic and community leaders, and the regional programmer for all aquatic facilities in the regional district, school outreach and leadership development, having trained more people as lifesaving instructors and lifeguards than anyone else in the Kootenay region — enough to recognize her for a regional award.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday May 09 2023

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure released an update regarding the construction of the new Kootenay Lake Ferry.

In a media release, the MOTI said the ferry construction at the temporary shipyard on the north side of Nelson is ongoing.

However, the MOTI said the delivery of the new vessel to the Ministry is delayed due to various challenges arising from the pandemic, global supply chain issues and the impacts of geopolitical events.

By RDKB on Tuesday May 09 2023

Receding waters have led the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary regional emergency operations centre to downgrade some of its evacuation orders in the Boundary.

The current status of Evacuation Orders and Alerts is: