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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.

By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday May 03 2022

Grand Forks RCMP said an arrest has been made in connection with robbery last month of the CIBC in the Boundary City.

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release Monday that 35-year-old Briaden Rosch of Creston was taken into custody without incident Saturday in the East Kootenay City by local officers.
RCMP said Rosch remains in custody, awaiting a court appearance later this date.

“It is a great relief to have this person in custody and off the streets,” says Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 

By Contributor on Tuesday May 03 2022

After a four-week long shutdown to repair and restore mill equipment, Vaagen Fibre Canada’s Midway Mill is back in operation.

The shutdown started April 4, and was a way to conduct a thorough check-up on the health of all the machinery and ensure a smooth-running operation for the remainder of the year, said Plant Manager Darryl Reekie.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday May 02 2022

The outdoor elements have won in the poll to see what people prefer for the re-imagination of Campbell Field in the regional district at South Slocan.

Over half of the people (57 per cent) who responded to an online poll indicated that a multi-activity development that makes use of outdoor amenities — with some respite from the weather — was a better fit for the community than one with an indoor focus.

By Bob Hall on Sunday May 01 2022

Only a few years since he walked the hallways of the Castlegar Campus and still on an educational journey towards his ultimate goal, Selkirk College alumnus Darren Paterson is giving back to the community that holds a special place in his heart.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Apr 28 2022

The city won’t be jumping on board the banning of single-use plastics train any time soon, despite communities across the province already banning them ahead of provincial and federal government legislation.

A city official confirmed that Nelson is waiting for the federal government to pass Canada-wide legislation that would ban single-use plastic later this year.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 26 2022

People are already standing together to stop a plan to log a section of old growth forest near Argenta.

Last weekend an environmental protest camp was set up near Argenta, with support from local environmentalists and at the invitation of the Autonomous Sinixt, Last Stand West Kootenay (LSWK) — a grassroots collective, non-profit group — intends “to help protect part one of the most significant wilderness areas in southeastern B.C.,” noted a LSWK press release on Monday.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Apr 26 2022

Three times is the charm for city council when it comes to presentations.

Or, at least it could be capped at three, according to a discussion over Council Procedure Bylaw at the April 19 committee-of-the-whole (COW) meeting.

The number of presentations at the monthly COW meeting — from city staff and from the public — that city council could feasibly hear and discuss was discussed, with the result to be entrenched in legislation in the policy.