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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 23 2022

As the city’s climbing club looks to solve its popularity problems with a larger, world-class facility it first has to get a handle on the first tenet of successful business: location.

And it was with location in mind that several members of the Kootenay Climbing Association (KCA) appeared before city council during its committee-of-the-whole meeting Tuesday night in council chambers.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Mar 22 2022

Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that the past year has seen a jump in newborn babies in the region.

Interior Health said in 2021, there were 6,136 newborns in our hospitals, an increase of 489 births or a nine per cent increase over 2020.

“Interior Health is happily welcoming our tiniest patients to the world as communities grow throughout the region,” said Interior Health president and CEO, Susan Brown.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 22 2022

The survival solution to the lagging kokanee species in Kootenay Lake won’t be simply solved by increasing the re-stock number of eggs, says a provincial aquatic specialist.

Will Warnock with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources (FLNR) said re-stocking of a collapsed fish species like the kokanee is very necessary in keeping them strong, but it always depends on how many “spawners” there are in the spawning channels.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Mar 18 2022

The main Kootenay Lake kokanee population is ‘collapsed’ but it is in no danger of disappearing, according to the province’s latest update on the state of the lake’s keystone species.

Speaking after a Kootenay Lake public meeting (online) on March 14, a spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) said the main lake kokanee are collapsed — which originally happened from 2012-2015 — and “spawner” abundance since 2015 is about three per cent of the long-term historic average.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Mar 18 2022

Nelson is in the early stages of another robust year for construction, according to early statistics from the city’s Development Services department.

Building permit statistics for the city for the first two months of the year show an increase over 2021, also considered a very active construction year in the city.

Digging into the numbers there have been 21 building permit applications submitted to the city’s Development Services to date (end of February), just behind the 29 issued in the same time frame in 2021.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Mar 18 2022

A new fuel management project for wildfire mitigation starting west of the city should put a little more certainty and ease into an uncertain time for Nelsonites.

A collaboration between the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd., the Selous Creek fuel management project begins this month and is designed to reduce the risk of wildfire adjacent to Nelson and the threat to its secondary source of water, the Selous Creek water intake.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Mar 16 2022

Castlegar RCMP are investigating an attempted robbery at the Castlegar Bottle Depot, according to Sgt. Monty Taylor.

On Tuesday, March 15, at approximately 10 a.m., a suspect entered the Bottle Depot located in the 1500 block of Columbia Avenue demanding money and brandishing an edged weapon.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Mar 15 2022

On March 13, at 8:35 p.m., a Trail and Greater District RCMP officer was conducting a patrol when he spotted a blue 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck allegedly make an illegal left hand turn onto Hwy 3B from Old Waneta Road in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"The officer detained the truck roadside and began an investigation," Wicentowich said.

"The 41-year-old Greenwood man could not produce a valid BC Driver’s License to the investigating officer. A second RCMP officer attended and observed a small vial containing a suspected illicit drug inside the vehicle.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Mar 15 2022

Despite a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions across the province late last week the deadline for school district staff to submit proof of vaccination remains in place.

On Thursday, March 10 a spokesperson for School District No. 8 confirmed that the April 11 deadline for disclosure — directed by the Interior Health medical health officer, Karin Goodison — would stand.

By Castlegar Source on Friday Mar 11 2022

The Castlegar RCMP are investigating a robbery at the Castlegar CIBC located in the 1800 block of Columbia Avenue in Castlegar, according to RCMP Sgt Monty Taylor . 

RCMP said on March 11, at approximately 3 p.m., a male entered the bank threatening he had a gun and demanding money. 

RCMP said no weapon was displayed and the male fled on foot after obtaining a quantity of money.