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By John Boivin Local Journalism Initiative on Thursday Oct 07 2021

Scientists studying glaciers in the West Kootenay say local ice fields lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer, reinforcing fears about their long-term survival.

“It’s scary, but it’s not unexpected,” said Dr. Brian Menounos, an internationally renowned glaciologist at the University of Northern BC. “Climate scientists have been talking about this for several decades.”

“It’s not a good-news story for the glaciers.”

Climate scientists say the relationship is clear: the end result of adding more thermal energy to the atmosphere is melting snow and ice. 

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Oct 07 2021

The month of September in 2021 saw no temperature records broken and precipitation close to normal said the monthly weather synopsis from the Southeast Fire Centre.

The media release said alternating ridges and troughs embedded in a prevailing westerly flow prevented any one single synoptic, or large-scale, feature from stalling over the area for more than a few days at a time. 

“This pattern had a moderating effect on temperatures, and, as a result no temperature records were broken,” the Southeast Fire Centre said.

By Bob Hall on Friday Oct 01 2021

A foundational piece of the college’s program mix since the doors first opened to regional post-secondary in 1966, School of Business alumni have provided decades of entrepreneurial spirit and sector expertise that has helped bolster the economy in local communities and beyond. As cohorts in the Business Administration Diploma Program, Post-Graduate Accounting Diploma Program and Post-Graduate Business Management Diploma Program embark on a new academic year, energy amongst students and faculty is bursting.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Sep 30 2021

The tire kicking has begun as the city’s utility prepares for the possibility of walking away from its rural customer base and handing it over to a private utility company.

Nelson Hydro’s general manager Scott Spencer confirmed Monday night in an online general rate application presentation that it is considering the idea of delivering its rural service over to FortisBC, part of the largest privately-owned utility company in Canada.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Sep 29 2021

The most recent COVID-19 numbers by local health area control in the Kootenay region released Wednesday by the BC Centre of Disease shows Trail with the most cases during the week of September 19-25, 2021.

The Silver City area reported 79 new COVID-19 cases during the seven-day period. Trail reported only 17 cases during September 12-18, 2021.

Trail’s numbers were slightly more than Cranbrook, the other hotspot in the Kootenay Region, which checked in with 65 new COVID-19 cases.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Sep 28 2021

If you were thinking Kootenay Lake right now looked lower than it has ever been, your analysis would be correct.

The lake level is sitting nearly three feet below its normal height, said Merrell-Ann Phare, Canadian commissioner with the International Kootenay Lake board of control.

“Kootenay Lake remains below its historical minimum values, and the B.C. drought notifications are still classifying it as very dry in the East Kootenay and extremely dry in the West Kootenay,” she said during the latest board public meeting on Sept. 22.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Sep 28 2021

A new team has been created to tackle climate change in Nelson.

The city has promoted Carmen Procter — from the EcoSave Program — to a new role as climate and energy manager, and brought in Cecilia Jaques as the new climate and energy advisor.

Together, they will begin implementation of the plan to reverse climate change — entitled Nelson Next — by achieving some of the “highest emission reduction targets in the world,” according to a city news release.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Sep 27 2021

The Global Day of Action didn’t attract the crowds of past years, but that didn’t stop a small group of activists from delivering a message outside City Hall in Nelson that the world is gripped in a crisis during climate strike over the weekend in Nelson.

Organized by Fridays for Future, a global youth movement for climate and environment, and the local chapter of Extinction Rebellion, the climate strike was part of world-wide strike demanding urgent action to tackle the ecological crisis.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Sep 26 2021

The ravages of 2014 are still affecting current populations of Kootenay Lake salmon and are keeping their numbers low, but the land-locked fish’s future is looking much different.

Eight years ago the kokanee salmon population in the lake collapsed, from an average of about a million to “unprecedented low numbers,” averaging between a record low of 12,000 in 2017 to about 90,000 in 2020.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Sep 23 2021

The Kootenay region went from one of the hardest hit areas for unemployment one year ago to dropping to nearly one third of that rate, according to recent labour force statistics.

Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey for August 2021 revealed that the Kootenay region — including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and the Slocan Valley — improved its unemployment rate from a high of 15.8 per cent in June, 2020 at the height of the pandemic to a recent figure of 6.7 per cent.