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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Jun 19 2022

Although the first phase of the regional district organic waste diversion strategy has launched it will be later this year before a limited version settles in to serve the Heritage city.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will open its first composting facility this week, completing the construction of a new facility in the Creston landfill to handle the collection of curbside organics in the town of Creston.

The RDCK is still developing a similar program for Nelson to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jun 18 2022

The region’s snowpack has climbed to 215 per cent of normal as the spring melt continues to build.

Since May 15 the region’s average snowpack has risen from 128 per cent of normal to 215 per cent, well above normal snow basin indices.

“It is important to note the total snow depth is not increasing,” noted the B.C. River Forecast Centre in its Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin.

“Instead, this high anomaly happens in June during years of delayed snowmelt when current snow levels are compared to normal values that are small due to advanced snow melt.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jun 16 2022

Peter and Paul will both be paid in the city’s new policy on how to publish required notices to the public.

City council voted in favour of advertising the city’s notices once in the newspaper and also to be posted on a public notice landing page on the city’s website. The move differs from previous practice of solely advertising the notices solely in the newspaper (print) for two consecutive weeks.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 15 2022

The free Compassion in Action Community Conference is coming up soon in Grand Forks on Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th , from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

This free community event will include continental breakfast and a Doukhobor lunch each day.

All attendees must preregister for the event at the Compassion in Action link. Some spots remain open.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jun 14 2022

It could be four years before public transit ridership in the region returns to pre-COVID ridership levels, according to a regional district report.

Public transit ridership is still in recovery mode, noted Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) research analyst Tom Dool in his annual operating agreement report to the board of directors.

“Depending on the route and time of day current ridership levels fluctuate between 60 per cent to 80 per cent of pre-COVID levels,” he said. “Current forecasts do not expect a return to pre-COVID ridership levels until 2025.”

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jun 13 2022

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services had an early start to Monday, responding to an early morning structure fire in the 200 block of Morgan Street.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said it was a maximum response as crews worked diligently to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent homes.

“Both on-duty members responded immediately with 16 additional members responding from home,” the Nelson Fire and Rescue Services media release said.

By Sarah Lord on Monday Jun 13 2022

Like many, the pandemic affected Jeremy Grant’s career, and he spent much time at home with his three kids.

"I did a year, almost two of stay-at-home dad, homeschooling," says Grant. "The pandemic was so particularly slow that filmmaking in general, especially adventure travel filmmaking, was the furthest thing from an essential service. The whole industry slowed down, and nothing happened."

With the Covid slowdown, his filmmaking focus shifted, and he started doing scripted work and shot short narrative pieces locally.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Jun 13 2022

With the release of a new report the city has become one of the leading municipalities in the nation when it comes to addressing embodied carbon in the building of residential homes.

People are tuning into the research and the new reports — the Material Carbon Emissions Guide and the Benchmarking Report — outside of the communities of Nelson and Castlegar to see what ground breaking ideas the city has come up with on reducing embodied carbon, said Natalie Douglas, the city’s climate resilience planner.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jun 11 2022

The city could be on the hook for $4.6 million if it lands a bigger federal fish.

A grant application to CleanBC — to add a battery energy storage system (BESS) to the Nelson Hydro Grid — requires the city to fund its share of the project if the grant application is successful.

The city’s share of the project would be $4.6 million and would be drawn from the Nelson Hydro capital reserve — reallocating forecasted costs from projects that will be deferred or displaced by the BESS project.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jun 08 2022

Kaslo RCMP said in a media release Wednesday that two more individuals have been arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction granted to Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd.

RCMP said Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd (CCC) was granted a court-ordered injunction on August 27, 2019, to conduct logging operations in an area known as Salisbury Creek near Argenta, located approximately 41 kilometers north of Kaslo.

An earlier RCMP media release said: