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By Bob Hall on Sunday May 01 2022

Only a few years since he walked the hallways of the Castlegar Campus and still on an educational journey towards his ultimate goal, Selkirk College alumnus Darren Paterson is giving back to the community that holds a special place in his heart.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Apr 28 2022

The city won’t be jumping on board the banning of single-use plastics train any time soon, despite communities across the province already banning them ahead of provincial and federal government legislation.

A city official confirmed that Nelson is waiting for the federal government to pass Canada-wide legislation that would ban single-use plastic later this year.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 26 2022

People are already standing together to stop a plan to log a section of old growth forest near Argenta.

Last weekend an environmental protest camp was set up near Argenta, with support from local environmentalists and at the invitation of the Autonomous Sinixt, Last Stand West Kootenay (LSWK) — a grassroots collective, non-profit group — intends “to help protect part one of the most significant wilderness areas in southeastern B.C.,” noted a LSWK press release on Monday.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 26 2022

Three times is the charm for city council when it comes to presentations.

Or, at least it could be capped at three, according to a discussion over Council Procedure Bylaw at the April 19 committee-of-the-whole (COW) meeting.

The number of presentations at the monthly COW meeting — from city staff and from the public — that city council could feasibly hear and discuss was discussed, with the result to be entrenched in legislation in the policy.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Apr 23 2022

The school district is facing a funding shortfall next school year, a direct result of a drop in projected enrolment, which could mean fewer teachers employed.

There is a projected decline of 43.125 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students for the next school year in School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake), a figure which is predominantly made up of regular Kindergarten to Grade 12 school enrolment.

According to a projected enrolment report from district staff to the SD8 board of trustees, the enrolment drop would represent a significant decline in funding.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Apr 23 2022

Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ALERT for the Nelson area after a sample believed to be methamphetamine tested positive for down (caffeine, mannitol, fentanyl, benzodiazepine). 

Interior Health said in a media release Friday, the overdose risk is very high when stimulants are contaminated/mixed with down.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 22 2022

Inflation has permeated every aspect of the economy and city property taxes are no exception.

The City of Nelson is proposing a four per cent hike to property taxes for the year, meaning — combined with water, sewer and resource recovery taxes — the overall municipal tax bill for the average homeowner in Nelson will rise by $110.

Chief financial officer for the city, Colin McClure, announced city council’s intention to levy a tax rate beyond the rate of inflation (3.4 per cent) during the budget open house on April 14.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 22 2022

The debate has come full circle on the vaccination requirement for employment at the regional district.

On Thursday the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors voted in favour — without discussion of the motion or opposition — of rescinding its proof of vaccination policy.

The move comes on the heels of a province-wide abatement April 8 on the restrictions in place since March 2020, requiring face masks to be worn in public places indoors, as well as the vaccination passport to a requirement for employment and access to some businesses.

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Apr 21 2022

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release that a lone male suspect robbed the local CIBC in the Boundary City Thursday afternoon, making off with a large sum of cash.

RCMP said the man entered the CIBC located on the 7300 block of 2nd St. in Grand Forks, on April 21, 2022 at 4:07 p.m. wearing a hoodie and had his face covered.

Police said the suspect approached a teller and made a threat that he had a gun and demanded the money.

The suspect was handed some cash and then fled from the scene, heading south on 2nd Street.

By Sarah Lord on Thursday Apr 21 2022

April is Autism month, and local mother of a child with Autism, Kiomi Tucker, hopes to spread awareness and understanding about Autism.

She is excited that the series of workshops happening in Nelson with the goal to disseminate information and understanding about Autism.

“I wanted to bring Canuck’s Autism Network (CAN) in to educate people in the community who often come across Autistic individuals in hopes that these individuals’ needs can be better met and destigmatize Autism,” says Tucker.