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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Apr 08 2023

Environment Canada updated its Special Weather Statement to a Rainfall Warning for much of the West Kootenay/Boundary and Elk Valley regions of the province.

Environment Canada said rainfall amounts of 50 mm are expected through Monday and into Tuesday.

Environment Canada said that rising freezing levels and melting snow may increase river flows and give rise to localized flooding.

"A frontal system is approaching the southern interior and it will stall over the Kootenay region today, bringing heaving rain," Environment Canada said.

By Bob Hall on Thursday Apr 06 2023

Fulfilling and rewarding careers that await those with a desire to support others is the focus of an upcoming information session hosted by Selkirk College and School District 20.

Providing specialized support for students with identified disabilities, education assistants are vital contributors to classroom success across the region’s schools. With increased opportunities due to a shortage of qualified individuals, those interested in learning more about career-ready education that leads to vocation as an education assistant are invited to explore more on April 19.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Apr 04 2023

Players from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar Grand Forks and Rock Creek joined together to capture the BC Hockey U18A Female Hockey Championship held recently in Williams Lake.

The West Kootenay U18 Wildcats defeated Victoria Reign 5-2 to claim the overall title.

The Wildcats went 2-1-1 during the round robin before edging Vancouver IHA 3-2 in overtime to advance to the final.

The team is coached by Jim Maniago, Paul Matteucci, Chelsea McLean and Katie Borsato. Mike Conci is the team manager.

By Province of British Columbia on Monday Apr 03 2023

The fungus that causes white nose syndrome in bats has been detected in bat guano in the Grand Forks area.

Since the arrival of the fungus on the west coast of the United States in 2016, the Province has been monitoring for its arrival in B.C.

The Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship is working with multiple partners to implement enhanced surveillance for the disease, as well as reduce threats to bat habitat.

Since bats eat a wide variety of insects and pests, they are essential for keeping B.C.'s ecosystems in balance.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 29 2023

A Nelson activist group is calling for a province-wide travel coach system in order to dovetail into the Province’s Clean Transportation Action Plan.

The Nelson and Area Action Group for Better Public Transportation claims a public inter-city bus system is one of the more important aspects in lowering emissions in the province.

“A B.C.-wide travel coach system would reduce emissions and provide new freedom to so many people in the province who don’t drive a private vehicle, or simply can’t afford to travel now, ” said action group member Saria Andrew in a press release.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 28 2023

Builders in the regional district are taking one more step along the road to energy efficiency.

New buildings are going to be 20 per cent more efficient — than an equivalent building constructed prior to the 2018 Building Code — starting May 1 as the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) moves toward implementation of Step Code 3.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 21 2023

Nelson Police said Tuesday that the department is stepping up investigations following the recent postponement of the “Drag Storytime Children’s Program” at the Nelson Library on Saturday March 11th, 2023.

The program was cancelled by organizers before the event was schedule to happen after staff and storytellers received threats and online intimidation.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 21 2023

The Province of B.C. is ‘logging for extinction’ despite its claims to be reducing logging in old growth forests, claims a long-time Nelson activist.

Tom Prior said the provincial government recent contention that logging of old growth has declined by 42 per cent in B.C. — from an estimated 65,500 hectares in 2015 to 38,300 hectares in 2021 — is not quite as it seems.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 21 2023

A growing shortage of lifeguards in the region has resulted in the reduction of operating hours at the three indoor swimming pools the RDCK operates.

What those reduced hours will be is expected to be shared daily on each facility’s recorded phone greeting, on facility signs, social media and on the regional district’s website. People are advised to double-check the schedule since information may change quickly.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 20 2023

On March 15, 2023, Grand Forks RCMP were made aware of a theft from a motor vehicle that occurred on March 4, 2023 at the Paulson Cross Country ski area off Highway 3.

Police said that while the driver secured their vehicle, someone came by, broke into the vehicle and stole a purse including credit cards.

After contacting the bank, RCMP said the person discovered that the cards had been used at various locations in Christina Lake and Grand Forks.

Officers are investigating the matter in hopes of identifying a suspect or suspects.