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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Mar 13 2023

Nelson had one of the lowest percentage rises in property assessments in 2022 in the Kootenay Columbia region, but still retained its medal standing as one of the most expensive places to buy a home in the area.

The city’s single family home typical assessed value from B.C. Assessment was revealed as $675,000 (as of July 1, 2022), a five per cent rise from the previous year of $644,000, marking it as the third highest assessed value in the Kootenay Columbia region.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Mar 13 2023

If you were looking for a job last month chances are it wasn’t in the Kootenay region.

Despite numerous “for hire” window advertisements in downtown Nelson, the ability to put people to work in the city and the surrounding region led the province in February with a 2.9 per cent unemployment rate.

With the lowest rate in the province — 83,300 people were working and 2,400 looking for work out of a population of 141,300 — it matched the rate of unemployment in December, 2022, but was down from the 5.4 per cent rate from one year ago.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Mar 10 2023

An avalanche of information and details is set to come on the Civic Centre Revitalization Project as the project leaders have taken the reins.

Colliers Project Leaders delivered the first public look at the beginning of the much-anticipated project to update, renovate and renew the 89-year-old building.

After landing the prime consultant recently — Cover Architecture — Colliers will be kicking off the design process this month, said Kim Turner, project lead, when she spoke to city council on Feb. 28.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Mar 09 2023

A Drag Story Time scheduled for Saturday at the Nelson Public Library has been canceled after staff and storytellers received threats and online intimidation Nelson Pride said in a media release Thursday.

Nelson Pride (formally known as Kootenay Pride) said it stands with Nelson Public Library and understands the library was put in an impossible situation after receiving threats of violence against staff along Drag storytellers for an upcoming Drag Story Time.

“We recognize the rights of individuals to protest,” Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien said in a media release.

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 09 2023

Living Lakes Canada is celebrating the BC Government’s decision to invest a historic $100 million into safeguarding the province’s watersheds.

This unprecedented investment, announced as part of Budget 2023, will go towards the establishment of a long-term Watershed Security Fund that will be co-managed by B.C. First Nations and support communities to increase their adaptation options in anticipation of continuing climate change impacts.

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.