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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Nov 24 2022

Nelson RCMP is currently searching for four suspects who fired a rifle at a person Wednesday night near Rover Creek Service Road in Blewett.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson RCMP said officers are trying to identify the four suspects who were seen leaving the crime scene in a white coloured pick-up truck with a plow attached.

RCMP said officers received a complaint at approximately 7:13 p.m. Wednesday that four unknown male suspects were seen near a white camper trailer on Rover Creek Road armed with a rifle.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Nov 24 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to a one-time cost-of-living rebate through Nelson Hydro.

The city-owned utility is extending the credit on electricity bills as part of a Province of B.C. initiative to address the impacts of global inflation on families and small businesses in B.C. 

What it means is that people who are customers of the local utility will receive a $100 credit on their first electricity bill in the new year. However, only one credit is available per residential customer, regardless of the number of accounts each customer holds.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Nov 23 2022

A Meadow Creek man is facing numerous charges following a police chase Monday in the North Kootenay Lake community Kaslo RCMP said in a media release Wednesday.

The incident started in the early hours of Friday, November 18th when RCMP received a call of a person pouring a substance from a jerry can into vehicles parked in their driveway.

The local couple observed the person on their surveillance camera, who appeared to be wearing a respirator and HAZMAT suit.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Nov 22 2022

Environment Canada has issued at Snowfall Warning Tuesday for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said heavy snow is forecast for Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass as well as Coquihalla Summit, Rogers Pass, North and West Columbia including Blue River and Revelstoke especially to the west of Revelstoke.

Environment Canada said snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm with low visibility in heavy snow is expected from now through early Wednesday.

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

A new 45-kilometre active transportation route between Nelson and Castlegar will be investigated at the regional district level.

The latest model of the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved a feasibility study at its Nov 17 meeting for the route — through five electoral areas — that connects two of the West Kootenay’s biggest communities, as well as “parks, college campuses, schools, places of employment, goods and services and various neighbourhoods.”

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Nov 21 2022

The Grand Forks RCMP dealt with many calls for services during the past week.

Here are a few of the highlight calls from RCMP Detachment Commander, Sgt. Darryl Peppler.

Deer shot with arrow in residential area

On November 16, 2022, Grand Forks RCMP along with the BC Conservation Services began investigating an early morning incident in the 7600 block of 17th St in Grand Forks where a deer was shot with an arrow. An arrow was recovered from scene and officers from both agencies continue to investigate this disturbing incident.

By Contributor on Monday Nov 21 2022

From the Coast Mountains to the Kootenays, British Columbians across the Southern Interior are coming together to build their businesses and create vibrant communities. PacifiCan is here to help.

PacifiCan is the new federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbians.

PacifiCan works with partners across B.C. who are building innovative businesses, creating quality jobs, and supporting inclusive growth in communities across our province.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Nov 21 2022

Wildfire may never be viewed as a friend of those communities buried in forest, but it is a natural and accepted part of the ecosystem, according to several wildfire experts.

Speaking in a video recently released on the Selous Creek wildfire risk reduction project — just southwest of Nelson — former Nelson Fire Rescue chief and director of the Emergency Operations Centre, Len McCharles said the 80 hectare (ha.) area in question was an example of how far the knowledge of wildfire activity has come.

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

The fifth time is the charm for the chair of the regional district’s board of directors.

Aimee Watson — the director of Area D — has been elected as chair of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors for the fifth time, after directors voted on Thursday morning in the first meeting of the new board at the Nelson board room on Lakeside Drive.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Nov 17 2022

The wage people need to live in Nelson has gone up and remains one of the highest in the West Kootenay-Boundary region, according to a report released by Living Wage Update Thursday morning.

The living wage in Nelson is now $20.83 — a rise of six per cent in the last year — and represents a calculation on the hourly wage that two parents working full-time need to earn to support a family of four.