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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jan 19 2023

Despite a steady deluge of precipitation, the West Kootenay currently sits at only 93 per cent of its average annual snowpack and is down 32 per cent from last year, according to a provincial report.

In the Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin, issued in early January by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, it was reported that the region is lagging behind its historical pace at accumulating snow in the alpine areas — the reservoir for fresh water in the warmer months.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jan 18 2023

Family, friends and colleagues of Nelson Police Department Const. Wade Tittemore gathered Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson to celebrate the life of the police officer.

Const. Tittemore was killed in an avalanche Monday, January 9, located in the mountains near Goat Range Provincial Park, northwest of Kaslo.

Const. Tittemore, 43, was backcountry skiing with fellow Const. Mathieu Nolet at the time of the avalanche.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jan 18 2023

Call it the COVID-19 re-recovery grant program.

The second phase of the COVID-19 recovery grant program will officially be launched beginning in late January and into February with application intake, followed by Nelson city council review one month later, Nelson city council decided Tuesday night during its first regular meeting of 2023.

For the 2023 version of the grant program a remaining budget of $200,000 will be allocated to the second round of funding, this time with a maximum amount per applicant of $25,000.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jan 17 2023

Two of the city’s largest helping programs are currently ‘exceeding administrative capacity’ and are looking to City Hall for help of their own.

Nelson Fire and Rescue (NFR) and Emergency Management (EM) have approached the City of Nelson in unison — at a Jan. 13 special meeting on the city’s budget — and are asking city council for a new position to be created to help both organizations move ahead.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jan 16 2023

Police are investigating after a collision claimed the lives of three individuals near Castlegar.

Just before 4 pm on Jan 16, Castlegar RCMP were called to a report of a collision involving a passenger car and a pickup truck that occurred on Highway 3a in Thrums, BC.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Jan 16 2023

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release Monday that officers have charged Raven Chan, a 24-year-old woman from Grand Forks with one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Assault with a Weapon.

On January 14, 2023 at just after noon, officers attended to a complaint of a stabbing at Gyro Park, located in the downtown core of Grand Forks.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Jan 16 2023

In a media release Monday, the City of Nelson announced that a private funeral service is planned for Nelson Police Constable Wade Tittemore on Wednesday, January 18th at the Capitol Theatre at Noon PST.

The media release said that the service is for invited guests only and not open to the general public.

Const. Tittemore was killed in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in the mountains northwest of Kaslo on Monday, January 9.

By CBT on Monday Jan 16 2023

Some trails will be longer, get upgraded surfaces, or have new bridges or benches.

In 17 communities, 26 projects are improving trails, supported by Columbia Basin Trust. In addition,16 organizations are receiving Trust funds to offer 38 trail-crew jobs. 

“Together, these projects will give Columbia Basin residents and visitors access to even better and well-maintained trail systems as they experience the region’s incredible surroundings, while at the same time providing jobs,” said Justine Cohen, Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Jan 16 2023

Growers, processors and cannabis marketers all say a new business in the south Slocan Valley will be a ‘game changer’ for the cannabis industry in the West Kootenay.

About 50 people showed up for an open house a week before Christmas at Antidote Processing Inc., a new facility at the junction of Highways 6 and 3A in the South Slocan Valley.

By Local Journalism Initiative on Thursday Jan 12 2023

The first-responder community continues to band together to support their each other as they grieve the loss of Const. Wade Tittemore, killed in an avalanche earlier this week.

First responders from Nelson Police, Nelson Fire and Rescue Services, BC Ambulance, RCMP, BC Sheriffs, Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Departments as well as members of the public lined the entrance to Nelson on Highway 3A/6 on a rainy Thursday afternoon as the body of Const. Wade Tittemore was transferred back to Nelson.