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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Aug 30 2022

The effect of climate change on high level lakes in the West Kootenay is theme of a new pilot study launched by Living Lakes Canada.

Called the High Elevation Monitoring Program, the goal of the study is to begin formulating and collecting baseline data in order to understand how the chemical and biological components of the lakes are functioning.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Aug 30 2022

Property taxes in Area E could go up by an average of $35 if an alternative approval process vote this fall is successful.

The approval of the electors is sought in Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Area E for the library financial service bylaw, for the purpose of funding the Nelson Public Library.

Although a positive vote would increase taxes, it is far less than Area E residents now pay to use the library service and hold a card — a subscription fee of $90 per family or $45 per individual for a library membership.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Aug 29 2022

Highway 1 to remain closed overnight due to a fatal motor vehicle incident involving two semi trucks.

On August 28, 2022 at 6:50 a.m. MST, the Golden-Field RCMP, BC Highway Patrol and Emergency Services responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 1 at the Yoho National Park west gate, approximately 35km east of Golden BC.

Upon arrival, it was determined that the occupants of both semi trucks involved were deceased.

Although the investigation is still ongoing, it appears as though one of the trucks drove into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Aug 27 2022

A city staff error on a building permit has turned into a notice on title two years later for a North Shore family.

The property at 745 Highway 3A has been served with a notice on title — for not having residential sprinklers or a six-metre wide roadway access for fire trucks — despite the city issuing an occupancy permit for the new residential build two years ago.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Aug 26 2022

The Southeast Fire Centre said Saturday that the Elephant Mountain fire near Nelson is now under control.

"We responded last evening with crews and helicopter support," said the Southeast Fire Centre in a emailed statement.

"This morning, crews are back working on the fire, and are being supported by two helicopters."

The Southeast Fire Centre said fire, caused by lightning during Friday evening's thunderstorm, is currently 0.04 hectares in size, is not expected to grow in the forecasted conditions.

By Wildsight on Friday Aug 26 2022

Ten young women returning from a science-wilderness expedition will share what they've learned at a public event Thursday, September 1st.

The group began in Kokanee Creek Park August 22.

After some time spent team-building and preparing, they donned heavy packs and sturdy hiking boots to head into the alpine for a week of exploring glaciers, conducting research and learning from experts in the field. 

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Aug 26 2022

The will of the people will be sought in several ways this fall as the regional district attempts to solidify consent and assent of its voters on certain issues.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved assent voting — which means referendum — in conjunction with the local government election in October to determine whether Electoral Area H will join the RDCK’s Local Conservation Fund Service.

Through a partnership with Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), local conservation fund services have been set up in electoral areas A, D and E.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Aug 24 2022

BC Wildfire Service continued its aerial assault Wednesday on the Rover Creek (formerly known as 49 Creek) fire, adding more planes to the fight said Southeast Fire Centre Information office.

Five 802-F Fire Bosses water skimmers were joined by Air Tankers from Kamloops to assist the two CL-215T air tankers on loan from Alberta to battle the now 30-hectare blaze.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Aug 23 2022

BC Wildfire Service used an aerial assault to tackle a lightning-caused fire that started Tuesday afternoon in the mountains west of Nelson.

The 49 Creek wildfire, located approximately 11 kilometres southwest of Nelson and nine kilometres east of Playmor Junction at the intersection of Highway 3A/6, started at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Smoke could be seen from the Taghum area and west along Highway 3A.

BC Wildfire Service sent a helicopter with a bucket to first attack the fire, estimated Tuesday evening at 3.60-4 hectares.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Aug 23 2022

A re-writing of a provincial act has forced the city to seek permitting of its own.

The City of Nelson is moving ahead with the drafting of a new policy to govern its own engineers and geoscientists — that require a permit to practice — as an organization engaged in engineering and geoscience.

Along with the permit the city needs a professional practice management plan, in addition to the policy, said Nelson Hydro general manager Scott Spencer in his presentation to city council on the matter.