For those looking for a little relief from the regional district over inflation and rising costs, think again, the municipal body is proposing up to a 12 per cent increase in taxes for this year.
In a special meeting of the board of directors at the Regional District of Central Kootenay boardroom on Friday, Feb. 17, the newest version of the financial plan was brought to light.
The city is going into extra ends to ensure two grant applications land on the button and both the municipality and the curling centre are in the house when the federal funds are handed out.
With demand for transit service in the region beginning to rise in the post-pandemic period, five critical fixes are being proposed by BC Transit for the West Kootenay service.
In a report to the West Kootenay Transit committee on Jan. 31, BC Transit government relations manager Daynika White highlighted service priorities for the region, critical fixes with five proposed service change options.
The Kootenay Connector (99 future route) could receive two new round trips, with the 33 Selkirk College potentially seeing the introduction of two new weekday trips.
Nearly $500,000 will be landing in the lap of regional district fire services as the province looks to bolster firefighting response in the West Kootenay.
The province’s Emergency Management and Climate Readiness ministry will be handing the Regional District of Central Kootenay $480,000 “to bolster firefighting response to make people and communities safer.”
The impetus of the grant cycle was to support communities with fire services delivered by volunteer or part-volunteer fire departments — a mix of paid staff and unpaid volunteers.
B.C.’s bats, including the well-known Little Brown Bat, are threatened by a fungal disease headed towards the province from Alberta and Washington State.
The Kootenay Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of BC, are asking the public for help in the effort to detect and prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Residents are urged to report any bat activity observed in winter and any sick or dead bats found before May 31st.
BC Highway Patrol said in a media release that a routine patrol stop near Trail saw the seizure of weapons and drugs from an uninsured vehicle.
BC Highway Patrol said on the evening of Thursday, February 9, 2023, an officer from BC Highway Patrol Nelson Police Dog Services was on routine patrol on Highway 3B in Trail.
Checks on a vehicle by the officer revealed that it was uninsured, at which point it was stopped for investigation with the assistance of Trail RCMP.
John Boivin is the Local Journalism Reporter for the Valley Voice
Interior Health and BC’s ambulance service say they are reviewing an incident where a Nakusp man died late last month on the doorstep of Arrow Lakes Hospital.
“Whenever an event like this occurs, the staff and administration will review to learn if there was anything that we could do to improve, and that is occurring in this situation,” says Lannon De Best, executive director of clinical operations for the Kootenay-Boundary district of Interior Health.
Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm warning Monday for the West Kootenay/Boundary region.
Environment Canada said that hazardous winter conditions can be expected on Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass beginning Monday night and into Tuesday.
Snowfall accumulations between 20 to 30 cm is expected.
“An approaching Pacific frontal system will give snow to the BC Interior,” Environment Canada said.
“Light snow will begin this morning then intensify tonight.”
Avalanche Canada reported that two people were killed in the Purcell Mountains near Golden Thursday.
The group of six — five snowboarders and a skier — were in an area known as Terminator 2.5, southwest of Kicking Horse Ski Hill when the avalanche was triggered.
“We are deeply saddened to learn that two people were killed in an avalanche accident in the Purcells (Thursday),” Avalanche Canada said on Twitter.
Safety, sightlines and a separate bike path could be up for an upgrade as the city continues the process of re-designing the link between Rosemont and Uphill.
Called the Rosemont Transportation Improvements project, the City of Nelson is proposing to improve the transportation system between Uphill and Rosemont along Observatory Street, Vancouver Street and Silver King Road.
In all, the proposed changes could include redesigning five intersections to increase safety and sightlines, said city planner Matt Kuziak in a press release on the city’s website.