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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Dec 08 2022

West Kooteany/Boundary residents should brace for another Snowfall Warning for the region.

Environment Canada issued the alert Thursday morning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Snowfall amounts are expected between 10 to 25 cm beginning Thursday and into overnight.

“A cold front tracking across the interior will give snow beginning (Thursday) morning,” the Environment Canada statement said.

“Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 25 cm can be expected before the snow eases overnight.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Dec 05 2022

There will be a rock under the Christmas tree for Nelson Hydro rural customers in the New Year as the city-owned utility has provincial approval to move forward with an almost 10 per cent rate increase Jan. 1.

On Nov. 22 approval (third reading only) was given by city council to implement a 9.87 per cent rate increase for all rural ratepayers with Nelson Hydro, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Nelson Hydro had outlined in its 2023 budget the need for the general rate increase for the rural service area, and city council gave its approval earlier this year to pursue it.

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Dec 05 2022

Normally, at this time of the year RCMP in Grand Forks are dealing with impaired drivers or accidents on slippery highways and streets.

However, during the afternoon of Thursday, December 1, 2022, a person came by the RCMP Detachment in Grand Forks to turn in some firearms and ammunition that they did not want — a realistic looking grenade. 

"This grenade was immediately seized and safely secured and stored," Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler said in a RCMP media release.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Dec 04 2022

You will likely have to hustle out of work a little early to catch the start of city council meetings after the elected officials voted to begin moving to an earlier start time.

City council passed third reading on Nov. 22 on a proposed amendment to the Council Procedure Bylaw that will change the monthly regular and committee-of-the-whole (COW) meeting time from 7 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Council’s previous practice has been to include a special meeting with an in-camera session before every regular and committee-of-the-whole meeting.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Dec 04 2022

Gravity could be forgiven as water and sewer rates could continue to climb uphill after a city report on the proposed utility budget has recommended another annual increase to the services.

A report from the city’s Finance department is suggesting a two per cent increase to the water rates charged city residents — along with a similar two per cent rise in sewer fees — to help pay for the costs related to several major projects on the horizon in 2023.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Dec 04 2022

The bear season in Nelson was ‘unprecedented,’ according to preliminary findings by the WildsafeBC Nelson community coordinator.

Lisa Thomson delivered the first glimpse of her annual report on human-wildlife conflict to city council Nov. 22 and — although the official report isn’t due out until later this year — the news wasn’t great.

She related that there were over 400 “sightings,” with at least seven bears having been destroyed as a result — a number higher than in recent years.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Dec 03 2022

Tuesday, December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The Nelson Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) Committee invites the public to join for a virtual candlelight vigil to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 6th, marks the anniversary of Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique massacre when 14 women were murdered, because they were women.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Nov 29 2022

And the Snowfall Warnings just keeping coming.

Residents in the Southern Interior are advised to brace for another Snowfall Warning after Environment Canada issued the alert for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Tuesday afternoon.

Environment Canada said snowfall amounts of 25 cm is expected beginning Tuesday and into Wednesday with heavy snow leading to poor travel conditions.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Nov 28 2022

This fall has been one of the worst human and bear conflict seasons on record, according to a Nelson non-profit group dedicated to reducing the encounters.

The Ursa Project (Society) members felt the fate of the 2022 fall season was fitted with two facts that underlined why it was deemed such a bad year for battles with bruins in Nelson.

“With climate change impacting bear’s natural food sources, bears have no choice but to seek out alternate food sources in human populated territories,” the society noted in a “group” interview on the matter. 

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Nov 25 2022

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) is seeking public assistance in locating Michael Mawley, who is a person of interest in a suspicious death investigation.

RCMP said that human remains were located after a suspicious fire on Saturday November 19, 2022, in the community of Kingsgate, BC at Mawley’s family residence.

Police said residents are asked to report any suspicious activity in that area to police immediately. and are requesting any dash cam or video footage from that area on November 19, 2022 between 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m MST.

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