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By Contributor on Monday Apr 01 2019

The oldest pipe band in the Kootenays is celebrating 100 years of entertaining the community with a traditional Scottish Highland music concert held on (Saturday) April 13.

The band has led the Remembrance Day parade and honoured veterans on November 11 as long as there has been recognition in Nelson. They’ve hosted Robbie Burns Suppers in Nelson since before they were formed showcasing their culture to the community.

By DriveSmartBC on Sunday Mar 31 2019

ICBC premiums are rising! The corporation is losing billions, we have to get costs under control! Let's put out the ICBC dumpster fire by reducing what we pay out in claims, but assure crash victims that they will be properly taken care of.

That's about all you can get into a 30 second sound bite but if there are a few more available, add the fact that the court actions and legal fees are compounding the problem.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Mar 30 2019

In a media release Friday, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said effective Monday, April 1, 2019, the kokanee angling season on the upper west arm of Kootenay Lake will be reduced to four days in 2019.

The Ministry, adding the 2018 season was 28 days, said this measure is an effort to support long-term kokanee conservation.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Mar 29 2019

Interior Health (IH) and the BC Coroners Service said in a media release Friday, the two organizations are urging anyone using or considering using drugs to take steps to prevent overdose in the wake of an increase in cartfentanil detections in the IH region in March 2019.

IH and BC Coroners Service said it is unclear which substances carfentanil has been detected in.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Mar 28 2019

Castlegar police re-enacted their own version of Animal Farm this morning, as livestock concerns took the limelight in calls for response.

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 28 2019

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is looking for people with experience in conserving and enhancing local fish and wildlife to join it’s 10-member Columbia Region Board, for a three-year term.

Board members review and approve funding for all FWCP fish and wildlife projects in the region, and support planning and project delivery. This year, the Board has approved $5.75 million for fish and wildlife projects.

By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Thursday Mar 28 2019

Update from Interior Health:

This incident resulted in fuel contamination in the South Salmo River. Interior Health has identified no registered drinking water users downstream of the spill site and there is a low risk to public health. Residents who may draw their water from the river between the crash site and the Salmo River at the United States border, are advised to be alert and check their water for any signs of diesel fuel including sheen or fuel odour.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Mar 28 2019

Highway 3 14 kilometers east of Salmo opened during Thursday evening and into Friday morning to single, alternating traffic following a tractor trailer crash that killed the Alberta man.

However, the road will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. for vehicle recovery. DriveBC said the estimated re-opening of the highway will be 2 p.m.

Detour is Highway 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry. Currently there is a possible two-sailing waits due to the running of the smaller MV Balfour Ferry. Weight restrictions apply due to low water with no dangerous cargo being transported.

By Castlegar Source on Tuesday Mar 26 2019

Syringa Provincial Park may be getting 35 new hectares added, according to an announcement by the Province of B.C. yesterday.

“Proposed amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act will expand B.C.’s parks and protected areas system, adding approximately 107 hectares of new land to six existing Class A parks,” said the press release

The proposed additions are the result of private land acquisitions and include:

By Trevor Miller on Tuesday Mar 26 2019

The Trail Smoke Eaters dropped Game #7 of their best-of-seven Interior Division Semi Final against the Vernon Vipers by a 5-2 score on Monday night at Kal Tire Place and saw their 2018/19 season come to a close. 

The Vipers started the game as good as any team could in a Game #7 as they applied lots of pressure early on and got a 1-0 lead at the 7:36 mark of the opening period. Josh Latta collected a puck in the neutral zone and raced in on the right-wing side as he put a shot though the blocker side of Smoke Eaters netminder Adam Marcoux for one-goal lead.