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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 20 2022

More than $600,000 in provincial grants has been given to West Kootenay communities to support wildfire-risk-reduction initiatives, including nearly $150,000 to Nelson.

Out of a total of $609,000, the City of Nelson secured $147,667 to assist in education, planning, emergency planning, cross-training, interagency co-operation, FireSmart activities in residential areas and fuel management.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 20 2022

The medium is the message but city council is now tasked with nailing down which medium that will be.

The provincial Community Charter was recently amended to provide flexibility to municipal governments to consider how to publish required notices to the public, rather than using the previous default method of advertising twice in a local newspaper.

The amended Section 94 of the Charter allows municipal governments to adopt a bylaw providing for “alternative means of publication,” meaning it could choose not to utilize print publication.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Apr 18 2022

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — due to a late snowfall.

Environment Canada said Monday that total accumulations are expected between 15 to 20 cm beginning this afternoon until Tuesday.

“A frontal system moving across British Columbia will give late season snow to Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass,” Environment Canada said.

“Light snow will begin midday (Monday) and intensify tonight.

By Boundary Sentinel on Sunday Apr 17 2022

Quick action by a Grand Forks man most likely saved family dog from severe injury following a cougar attack in the Boundary region earlier this month.

Reports from mainstream media said Ian Orser, a plumber from Grand Forks, was working at a residence near Christina Lake when he and his daughter heard a commotion.

Megan ran down the driveway of the residence to see a cougar dragging the family dog, Red, a nine-year-old Shepard cross by the head across the road.

Orser quickly rushed the defended Red, kicking the cougar in the head several times before cat let go.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 15 2022

Six areas in the regional district are underserved by high speed internet, according to a provincial report, but there may be more.

There has been recognized a service gap between urban and rural areas for high speed internet, according to the provincial report, Analysis of 106 Communities Regarding 50/10 Availability and Comparison to ISED Reported Data.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 15 2022

The effects of the Cultus Creek fire could threaten a section of the CP Rail line southeast of the city, says a post wildfire natural hazards risk analysis report commissioned by province.

Last summer the Cultus Creek fire burned approximately 7,589 hectares about 35 kilometres southeast of Nelson, on the west side of Kootenay Lake.

Although there was sparse human settlement affected by the fire — it burned along the east-facing slopes above Kootenay Lake in the Next, Cultus and Midge Creek watersheds — areas between three watersheds were also burned.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Apr 13 2022

To assist with documenting and helping better understand the risks of Lyme disease in the province, the BC Centre of Disease Control has started a new program to help the identification of ticks.

In a media release on its website the BCCDC said it has joined forces with eTick, a free and easy tick photo identification service.

The BCCDC said identifying ticks accurately can help researchers, healthcare providers and the public better understand the risks of contracting Lyme disease in the province. 

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Apr 13 2022

On Wednesday, April 6, at 2:51 p.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a complaint that a 36-year-old Nelson man who was dressed in camouflage had attempted to enter the fenced compound at the 44th Field Engineering Squadron Armoury, in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"The man had told someone at the armoury that he was attempting to get to the Ukraine, as it is believed that he wanted to join the Ukraine war effort," Wicentowich said. "Officers located the man and apprehended him without incident under the Mental Health Act.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 13 2022

The location for the Wednesday city farmers’ market has been set, moving to the 600 block of Baker Street and the Hall Street Plaza.

City council gave third reading to the bylaw that permanently positioned the market, that has bounced around for years along Baker Street and even to Cottonwood Park, in the plaza — an area specifically designed to host such events.

There was some discussion about having the market rotate around the various blocks of Baker Street, to share the good and the bad aspects of the market with the downtown businesses.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Apr 12 2022

The future of the old-growth forest of Enterprise Creek is still uncertain.

Although no official deferral has been announced for the area, Interfor Corporation has agreed to bring a team — which includes Last Stand West Kootenay, the Autonomous Sinixt and the Valhalla Wilderness Society — on a walk through the area before commencing logging, noted a press release from the ad hoc negotiating team.