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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Aug 27 2021

Picture day may be the only time children see each other’s faces in school as masks will be mandatory for young people from Grade 4 and up for the coming school year in School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

The district was given its marching orders earlier this week regarding how the management of the pandemic’s fourth wave will be handled once school resumes Tuesday, Sept. 7 and there are some changes, including masking up.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Aug 25 2021

The current nature of development in Nelson is not serving the needs of some of the people of the city, one city councillor claimed during a recent elected official’s meeting.

Keith Page asked city council and city staff to make a commitment during an Aug. 17 regular council business meeting in council chambers to stage a workshop to deal with the disparity between the type of housing development in the city versus the actual needs of Nelsonites.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 24 2021

More than 100 people set up shop outside the Nelson RCMP detachment Monday to protest police attacks on old growth forest defenders at Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island.

The protest, dubbed the “Last Stand West Kootenays” was staged to express concerns over the recent escalating level of violence against Fairy Creek protesters by members of the RCMP.

The protest was one of 17 staged across the province Monday, including New Denver, Nanaimo, Vernon as well as in Calgary and Toronto.

By Province of British Columbia on Monday Aug 23 2021

Starting Sept. 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. for people attending certain social and recreational settings and events.

This important step will continue to increase the vaccination rate across the province and provide confidence to fully vaccinated people that those around them are also fully vaccinated.

"Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us," said Premier John Horgan.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Aug 23 2021

The recent surge in new COVID-19 cases in the BC Interior, including the Nelson area, has forced the Nelson Road Kings to cancel its 2021 Queen City Cruise.

Nelson Road Kings president Marcello Piro told The Nelson Daily the upward trend of new COVID-19 cases was a warning sign that organizers just could not push aside.

“With COVID numbers trending upwards in our area at an alarming rate, it was felt by our directors that the safety or our community comes first,” Piro explained.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Aug 22 2021

Nobody rides for free.

That is, unless you are 12 and under on BC Transit or TransLink service buses.

For the pre-teen segment of society Sept. 1 will herald the beginning of free bus service, part of the Get on Board program funded by the provincial government.

Anyone who typically buys fares or monthly bus passes for children 12 and under will no longer need to do so, saving up to $420 a year.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Aug 18 2021

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the Nelson area continues to surge according to the latest figures posted on the BC Centre of Disease Control website.

Wednesday, the BCCDC released its weekly Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, shows Nelson as the hotspot for the Kootenay-Columbia region of the province.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Aug 18 2021

It’s on the frontlines and ready for battle.

Vulnerable people in Nelson and area can now access the Co-ordinated Access Hub — located at 521 Vernon St., in the old Nelson CARES building — a service that draws together the full spectrum of social services in the city.

The one-stop shop provides many of the supports and services for people who may be at risk or experiencing homelessness, including employment services, housing, harm reduction and health services.

By Southeast Fire Centre on Sunday Aug 15 2021

Three wildfires burning south of the United States border may be visible from communities in the Southeast Fire Centre including Grand Forks, Midway, Rock Creek and surrounding areas.

Winds in northeast Washington state where these fires are burning are pushing the fires south, away from the border. There is no threat to Canadian communities or values from these fires at present.

Heavy smoke in the Southeast Fire Centre continues to flow in from the B.C. Interior.

As of Friday, August 13, 2021, the status of these Washington wildfires is as follows:

By Contributor on Thursday Aug 12 2021

The City of Trail, in conjunction with Leaders International Executive Search, has officially started the recruitment process for the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).