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By Bob Hall on Monday Aug 22 2022

The quiet of summer will soon be broken at Selkirk College with the arrival of students for the fall semester, bringing a new air of post-secondary excitement to campuses and learning centres across the region.

President Maggie Matear has been at the helm of the college since late-May. Settling in and getting familiar with her new role over the past three months, Matear is looking forward to welcoming students and staff back to a learning environment filled with promise.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Aug 22 2022

Recreational vehicles will have a tough time parking close to downtown Nelson after city council passed amendments to its Downtown Parking Strategy recently.

Council passed amendments to the Off-Street parking and Landscape Bylaw, as well as the Traffic Bylaw, to “increase the economic viability and livability of Nelson’s downtown.”

The amendments involved doubling the amount of bicycle parking, reducing the cash-in-lieu fee for developers and creating small-car only parking spots.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Aug 22 2022

The intent to sell a popular piece of private land to the regional district comes at a steep price and in a compressed time frame.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and the community are tasked with having to raise $475,000 in six weeks in order to purchase the 134 acres in Krestova (Electoral Area H).

It was recently announced that the RDCK had entered into an agreement to purchase the two parcels of land — as regional parkland for use by regional residents and visitors — for a price of $870,000.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Aug 20 2022

A Nelson resident joined forces with other drivers outside Kelowna Friday to help extinguish a fire from spreading to a nearby home.

Josh Georgetti of Nelson was driving back on Highway 33 approximately 14 kilometres outside the Central Okanagan City when he noticed fires on both sides of the road west of the Joe Rich Fire Hall.

Georgetti said it was like someone tossed out a cigarette butt.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Aug 18 2022

A portion of Vernon Street that was originally slated for a right-hand turning lane will be closed and sold by the city back to the business on that street.

The triangular-shaped piece of property that was once a part of 705 Vernon St. will be sold to the owner — Finley’s Bar and Grill — after the road allowance was permanently closed by city council (Aug. 9).                     

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Aug 17 2022

The illicit drug toxicity death rate in Nelson has dropped by over 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, according to preliminary data released by the B.C. Coroners Service.

Nelson recorded a 10.8 per cent death rate — per 100,000 person-years — from January to April this year, with one death being recorded due to toxic drug supply.

That figure was down significantly from 2021’s 25.4 per cent, and 29.3 per cent in 2020.

By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Aug 16 2022

A quick response by police to a report of a robbery resulted in an arrest said Grand Forks RCMP in a media release Tuesday.

Just after 8:30 PM on Monday evening, August 15th, Grand Forks RCMP are dispatched to a report of a robbery that just happened at a gas station on the 2700 block of Central Avenue.

RCMP said the caller reported that the suspect demanded money and when refused, left the scene.

RCMP said the suspect was then seen heading toward the Extra Foods store located across the street.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Aug 16 2022

Elected officials in Nelson will see a bump in wages in the next incarnation of city council.

A city staff report revealed an underpaid group of city councillors and mayor compared to similar sized cities in B.C., and recommended an increase to the remuneration for council of 5.14 per cent, moving salaries from $26,212 to $27,560 for city council.

The mayor’s salary was bumped by 12.69 per cent, from $62,263 to $70,170, also as recommended by the report.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Aug 15 2022

Everyone is on-board for the new transit exchange for the city’s downtown after the BC Transit business case for the project was approved by the city.

BC Transit had its grant application — under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) — approved last May for the business case, working with the city to develop a design for the Nelson Downtown Exchange project on the 300 block of Victoria Street.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Aug 12 2022

The Kootenay Community Bat Project is suggesting people may be noticing more bats around their house or property as mid-summer is a time typically for more activity.

The KCBP said in a media release that landowners typically may notice more bat activity, have bats flying into their house and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.

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