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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Apr 11 2022

The city needs to step up and not wave in its commitment to the arts and culture sector in the Heritage city, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said it was the municipal government’s responsibility to aid and abet all parts of the arts and culture sector as the community recovers from the latest wave of the pandemic and restrictions are being lifted.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Sunday Apr 10 2022

In a media release, the Grand Forks RCMP said officers responded to more than 190 calls during the month of March.

Detachment Commander, Sgt. Darryl Peppler said some of the calls for service included multiple and varying traffic complaints; frauds and other scam related complaints; landlord/tenant disputes; mental health related calls; counterfeit currency; false 911 and alarm calls; harassment and threats; missing persons; and break and enter.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Apr 10 2022

The province’s forests and the forestry industry have a role to play in climate change, says one of the region’s industry professionals.

Stuart Card, chief forester with Castlegar’s Interfor, said climate change is front and centre in today’s society but a sustainable forest management practice could lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and contribute to the climate adaptation as well.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 06 2022

Agroforestry could be the next belt that city council buckles up, after one councillor advanced the idea to the next strategic planning session.

Keith Page petitioned council to consider discussing establishing a “greenbelt” encircling the city which would protect Nelson from the effects of wildfire and also add another facet to the city’s economy.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 06 2022

The far-reaching effects of climate change on Nelson Hydro operations will be governed by a newly-minted asset management plan, says the city owned utility’s general manager.

Scott Spencer replied to Coun. Rik Logtenberg’s question about how Nelson Hydro’s new Hydroelectric Asset Management Policy would help in gaining forecast on climate impacts — such as high intensity rain events, mudslides, wind storms — to avoid the forces of nature from wiping out sections of the city’s grid.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 05 2022

An accessibility project for Cottonwood Lake is being given a boost in order to move it ahead to completion.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors authorized entering into a partnership agreement with the Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association (KASA) for the completion of the Cottonwood Lake accessibility project.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Apr 04 2022

The Castlegar RCMP are investigating a recent rash of catalytic converters stolen from three separate vehicles between March 29 and April 1, according too RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor.

'''Two vehicles, one parked on March 29 and the other parked April 1, both had their catalytic converter cut and stolen during the day while parked at the Brilliant Park and Ride in Ooteschenia.  The third vehicle was parked at a business in the 1000 block of Columbia Avenue and had two catalytic converters removed between March 30 and March 31." .

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Sunday Apr 03 2022

Environment Canada is advising the public of the potential for significant snowfall on Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — and is issuing a Winter Storm Watch.

Environment Canada said Sunday that there is the potential of snowfall accumulation of up to 25 cm through Monday afternoon.

“An approaching Pacific system will bring heavy snow to higher elevation passes beginning (Sunday),” the Environment Canada website said.

“Snowfall amounts near 25 cm are expected before the heavy snow eases late Monday afternoon.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 01 2022

One month after two local regional districts were denied the creation of cellular service along a stretch of Highway 3 in the Kootenay-Boundary, the province expanded service on the same highway but from Hope to Keremeos.

In early February theB.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General denied a combined Central Kootenay and Kootenay-Boundary regional district ask for an increase in cellular infrastructure — towers and, thus, service — along the full length of the Highway 3 corridor.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 31 2022

In a media release Thursday, the Province, through BC Housing, said the North Shore Inn in Nelson has been purchased to provide 30 homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The North Shore Inn is located a few hundred meters across the Big Orange Bridge north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

“We know that helping vulnerable people stay connected to supportive housing is essential,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston in the media release.