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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 09 2023

A building boom in the rural areas of the regional district is driving up taxes, with a spill-over effect into Nelson, the city’s regional district board representative says.

Keith Page said the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s (RDCK) budget process is underway and it is already predicting a possible 4.83 per cent rise in the tax requisition from Nelsonites.

For an average single family dwelling ($641,000), a five per cent rise in taxes would equate to approximately $92 extra per year ($1,922).

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 08 2023

The city will be moving ahead with spending over $860,000 to finish its pier project despite cash crunch concerns expressed by some councillors.

City council passed third reading March 3 on a motion to direct city staff to include in the Capital budget $861,244 in 2023 for the canopy portion of the City Pier Project.

By Castlegar Source on Tuesday Mar 07 2023

Thirty-eight-year-old Chad Meszarosi is wanted for 32 different charges. Meszarosi is facing charges of breach of release order, aggravated assault, assault, firearms offences, uttering threats, driving while prohibited, escape from lawful custody, possessing weapons for dangerous purpose, mischief, forcible confinement, break and enter and theft.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 06 2023

Grand Forks RCMP said the first of three impaired drivers taken off the road by local police happened on Wednesday evening, March 1, 2023 just after 7 p.m.

Mounties were called to a report of an accident on the 11500 block of Highway 3 where they found a 48-year-old man from Chilliwack behind the wheel of his vehicle off the highway, down a small hill and resting in a snow drift.

The driver was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and brought back to the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment where samples of breath was taken.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Mar 06 2023

Vernon SAR report that a snowmobiler was found after being missing for more than eight hours.

Vernon SAR, along with Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, were called out Friday at 6 p.m. after the snowmobiler was separated from his party and had become lost and then got stuck.

At this time he activated his iPhone SOS and his SPOT device.

Vernon SAR said due to the current winter conditions, delayed responding and spent considerable time pre-planning — utilizing an avalanche safety officer to review the terrain and the risk of avalanche that was considerable.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 01 2023

Six Nelson Police officers will have the opportunity to prepare a defence after being found to have committed discreditable conduct following an investigation by Vancouver Police Department  into messages sent in a WhatsApp chat group.

The VPD, on behalf of the Office of the Public Complaints Commissioner (OPCC), released findings of its investigation on February 9 into the 'WhatsApp' chat group matter relating to the alleged posting of inappropriate messages and memes by some members of the NPD between 2018 - 2020. 

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Mar 01 2023

The city needs to step up and advocate for better transit not only in Nelson but for the creation of a province-wide electric transit network, says the representative of a newly-formed transit coalition.

Keith Wiley of the Nelson and Area Action Group for Better Public Transportation admitted transit service delivery — both locally and throughout the province — was a very “rough” job, but it was an essential one worth fighting to improve.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Feb 28 2023

BC Highway Patrol Cranbrook is looking for Dash Cam video following a collision near Moyie that left one passenger deceased at the accident scene.

RCMP said that on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at 4:45 PM, officers received a report of a collision between two vehicles on Highway 3 south of Moyie, which is located approximately 31 kilometers from Cranbrook.

RCMP said BC Highway Patrol, along with Cranbrook RCMP, responded to the collision between a Subaru and a commercial Tractor Trailer.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Feb 28 2023

Basketball Officials in the West Kootenay are once again joining with their provincial colleagues to raise money and awareness in the 14th Call a Foul on Cancer — Pink Whistle Legacy Fund — which strives to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society — B.C. and Yukon Division.

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

A small amount of residential properties distributed around Kootenay Lake are expected to suffer the highest proportion of economic losses if the lake were to flood, a study commissioned by the regional district found.

According to the BGC Engineering study — Kootenay Lake Flood Impact Analysis — a disproportionate amount of the losses due to flooding would be concentrated in a small number of properties distributed around the lake.