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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.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday May 27 2022

RCMP continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death Thursday afternoon of a Boswell man on Kootenay Lake a media release said.

RCMP said on May 26th, 2022, at 2:28 p.m. the Creston RCMP received a report of a boat collision that occurred on the Southwest shore of Kootenay Lake.

“Through investigation it was determined that the boat had (run) aground on Kootenay Lake at Rhinoceros point,” RCMP said.

“At the time of the collision the boat had two occupants, and one received serious injuries from the collision.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday May 27 2022

For those considering an E-Bike, there is an opportunity to get a deeper view on the future of transportation.

The City of Nelson will be hosting an E-Bike Expo on Friday, June 24 aimed at increasing active transportation through the use of the bicycle.

The event will be an opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with residents who own and operate an E-Bike, said Cecilia Jaques, City of Nelson climate and energy advisor.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday May 27 2022

Nelson’s low second dose vaccination rate may be tied to the overall cases of COVID-19 infection, according to the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control data.

As of May 23, 75 per cent of people living in the Nelson local health area (LHA) have the second dose, the fifth lowest rate out of 31 LHAs in the Interior Health Authority — across the province, out of 85 LHAs the Nelson LHA ranked 72nd for the second dose.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday May 26 2022

First Nations are asking for the return of the salmon to the entire Columbia River system as part of the Columbia River Treaty negotiations, including the upper portion of the Arrow Lakes, in order to reclaim their culture.

In a Zoom meeting on May 16 for the latest installment of the Columbia River Treaty negotiations, Chief Keith Crow of the Smelqmix, Lower Similkameen Indian Band, called for greater consideration of salmon in the river system.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday May 25 2022

Interior Health has issued a DRUG ALERT for the Nelson area after a drug poisoning event occurred at ANKORS OPS a media release said Wednesday.

The media release said the sample was tested by the ANKORS drug checking technician and the same was sent for further testing at UVIC’s Substance drug checking site.

The release added the UVIC checking site includes paper spray mass spectrometry (PS-MS).

“The sample contained just under 5% fentanyl, 0.6% carfentanil, 2% flualprazolam, caffeine, and erythritol,” the media release said.

By Interior Health Authority on Wednesday May 25 2022

Interior Health (IH) is upgrading heart monitors across the region, improving patient access to important diagnostic testing, and enhancing timely access for physicians and nurse practitioners to these reports.

A heart (or Holter) monitor is a diagnostic test that monitors cardiac rhythms via continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) tracing over 24 hours or more. This service is offered at 31 sites across IH.

By Contributor on Wednesday May 25 2022

The Compassion in Action Community Conference is coming up on Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th in Grand Forks.

This two-day educational conference event will be an opportunity to learn from experts about the provincial overdose crisis and the healthcare response.

The conference will provide education about substance use treatment, mental health care, public healthcare, and local supports for families. The conference will focus on how to keep families safer and reduce harms due to substance use.