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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jun 08 2022

First Nations artists will dominate the 2022 version of the Nelson International Mural Festival, with Sinixt/Arrow Lakes band and the Tl'azt'en being represented.

Emma Noyes of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville and local resident Damian John of the Tl'azt'en — a First Nation located in the Stuart Lake area north of Fort St. James — will be this year’s lineup for the festival, which gained approval from council on Tuesday night.

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Jun 07 2022

The Province is launching the BC Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS) to help ensure people, First Nations communities and local governments have the tools they need to stay safe during heat events. Under BC HARS, the Province is prepared to issue a Broadcast Intrusive alert for extreme heat emergencies.

The Province is also bringing in additional measures to bolster B.C.’s ambulance system to better respond to a significant increase in 911 calls during a heat emergency.

By Contributor on Monday Jun 06 2022

A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in B.C. through laboratory testing at the BC Centre for Disease Control and awaiting confirmation at the National Microbiology Laboratory. The individual resides in Vancouver. Vancouver Coastal Health is conducting public health follow-up.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday Jun 02 2022

As the climate crisis intensifies, climate anxiety is becoming more common —  especially for youth — a research project by a local third-year Rural Pre-Medicine found.

The study discovered the high level of youth climate anxiety in our local area has not been known until recently.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jun 02 2022

Call it the calm before the storm.

A cool and wet spring resulting in an above-average snowpack perched in the alpine has the lowlands primed and poised for flooding when the heat hits.

It has been 10 years since the province and the West Kootenay has witnessed snowpack levels at the current size — 128 per cent of normal — increasing the risk of flooding across the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jun 01 2022

The city’s new Heritage Master Plan may be ideal on paper, but it comes at considerable cost to implement, says one city councillor.

Cal Renwick said he liked that the document Our Culture and City: City of Nelson Heritage Master Plan contained much of the ideal vision that has attracted people to the city since it first underwent a revitalization in the 1980s.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday May 31 2022

The regional district board is looking to level the playing field when it comes to homeowner insurance.

A resolution has been passed by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors to urge the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) to petition the province to introduce and adopt legislation “to provide insurance to all homeowners with provisions that are consistent, fair and equitable to all homeowners in the province.”

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday May 30 2022

A 54-year-old man from Crescent Valley is facing multiple charges following a driving incident between Nelson and Castlegar earlier this month RCMP said in a media release Monday.

Police said the charges stem from a high speed altercation on Thursday, May 19, 2022, after the driver was clocked by an officer with the BC Highway Patrol Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU)a driving  almost 40 kph over the posted limit on Highway 3A.

By Contributor on Monday May 30 2022

Canada's stand-out amongst ‘stand-ups', award-winning comedian Ron James is making two stops in the West Kootenay as part of a tour of BC in June.

James, who has been selling out theatres for over 20 years with his marathon, side-splitting performances, will perform in Trail on June 11 at the Charles Bailey Theatre and in Nelson on June 12 at the Capitol Theatre.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday May 30 2022

How the public portion of city council meetings is handled has been set.

City council approved a policy that will cap the number of presentations — through the committee-of-the-whole meetings — that will be allowed in future city council meetings.

In passing the Council Procedure Bylaw, the city has limited the amount of presentations but also provided clear and transparent guidelines with regard to how presentations will pass through city administration.

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