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By RDKB on Thursday May 12 2022

A new hiking challenge launched in the Boundary is motivating residents, as well as visitors to the area, to get outside, explore local trails, have fun and win some prizes along the way.

To celebrate this year’s 125th anniversary of Grand Forks, the ‘Hike our Story’ Challenge is a collaboration between outdoor enthusiasts from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Recreation Commission and The Grand Forks Community Trails Society. 

Their collective aim is to empower people through connectivity to nature and build an appreciation of Indigenous heritage. 

By RDKB on Thursday May 12 2022

Residents living in the Beaver Valley, Rivervale and Christina Lake will be able to significantly reduce their water consumption and conserve H20 more effectively this summer with help from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary latest seasonal recruit, Abbe Teasdale. 

The RDKB made the announcement in a recent media release.

Teasdale, who has just finished the second year of her Civil Engineering degree at the University of Calgary, is the latest post-secondary student to join the burgeoning talented crew at the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary.

By Interior Health Authority on Wednesday May 11 2022

As more people head outdoors across Interior Health, it is likely they may encounter bats. Bats can carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. This PSA provides tips on how to avoid bat exposures and when to seek health advice.

Bats and rabies

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday May 09 2022

The city’s downtown market will have a new look this year.

For the first time the brick-and-mortar businesses surrounding the Wednesday Market will be allowed to participate in the event, without any cost.

The downtown core businesses can set up small displays — tables, booths or racks — outside of their businesses during the Wednesday Market at no cost in order to capitalize on the increased traffic on market days by showcasing their wares. The displays would be limited in size to the linear frontage of the business.

By Wildsight on Sunday May 08 2022

This summer brings back an engaging educational experience for teens that’s been sidelined since COVID-19 hit.

Go Wild! is a six-day Kootenay-based adventure and outdoor leadership program for youth. With loaded backpacks and two experienced, certified wilderness guides, 14 teens will have the opportunity this July to experience the great outdoors as they may never have before.

Go Wild! isn’t just a backpacking trip: it’s an education in backcountry camping and hiking that will open the door to a lifetime of adventure.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday May 08 2022

Groundwork is still needed for the Nelson Regional Sports Council before it can gain a seat and a say on the Nelson and District Recreation Commission No. 5, says the commission’s chair.

Keith Page said Thursday in a letter to the council that someone from the NRSC must attend a few public commission meetings before a seat is considered — but an NRSC representative has yet to attend a commission meeting over the last few years, nor provide public comment on the business before the commission.

By Bob Hall on Friday May 06 2022

Each student’s experience of post-secondary is unique, but there is one vital tool that everyone needs to navigate the education system and truly thrive: support.

For Selkirk College Nursing Program student Melissa Markin, one of this year’s recipients of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Bird Construction/Paul and Gerri Charrette Bursary, that pivotal helping hand was extended when she met Leah Lychowyd, Selkirk College’s counsellor for Indigenous students.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday May 06 2022

The community and council need to see all sides of the debate when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictive measures, says one city councillor, and to not do so would be at our own ‘peril.’

Rik Logtenberg spoke at the end of the April 19 council meeting about his time attending a few meetings with people from anti-vaccine mandate community in Nelson.

He wanted to get an updated read on how that community was doing, and also to get a better sense of what they wanted from their council.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Thursday May 05 2022

The Southeast Fire Centre said in its monthly weather synopsis that a cool northwesterly flow that is typical of a La Nina pattern helped sets new record for the coolest mean monthly temperature in April.

(The Southeast Fire Centre said mean monthly temperature is the average of all the daily maximum and minimum values.)

“Two daily low temperature records were also set (April 13th and 14th), but the record monthly minimum temperature of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius from 1979 still stands,” the Southeast Fire Centre said in the monthly weather synopsis.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday May 04 2022

The planning cup runneth over when it comes to climate change action in the regional district, at least according to some of its directors.

Over half (11) of the 20-person board of directors for the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) felt enough planning had been done on climate change action and that the development of another — the 2023-26 Climate Action Plan — was too much.