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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 22 2022

The debate has come full circle on the vaccination requirement for employment at the regional district.

On Thursday the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors voted in favour — without discussion of the motion or opposition — of rescinding its proof of vaccination policy.

The move comes on the heels of a province-wide abatement April 8 on the restrictions in place since March 2020, requiring face masks to be worn in public places indoors, as well as the vaccination passport to a requirement for employment and access to some businesses.

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Apr 21 2022

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release that a lone male suspect robbed the local CIBC in the Boundary City Thursday afternoon, making off with a large sum of cash.

RCMP said the man entered the CIBC located on the 7300 block of 2nd St. in Grand Forks, on April 21, 2022 at 4:07 p.m. wearing a hoodie and had his face covered.

Police said the suspect approached a teller and made a threat that he had a gun and demanded the money.

The suspect was handed some cash and then fled from the scene, heading south on 2nd Street.

By Sarah Lord on Thursday Apr 21 2022

April is Autism month, and local mother of a child with Autism, Kiomi Tucker, hopes to spread awareness and understanding about Autism.

She is excited that the series of workshops happening in Nelson with the goal to disseminate information and understanding about Autism.

“I wanted to bring Canuck’s Autism Network (CAN) in to educate people in the community who often come across Autistic individuals in hopes that these individuals’ needs can be better met and destigmatize Autism,” says Tucker.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 20 2022

More than $600,000 in provincial grants has been given to West Kootenay communities to support wildfire-risk-reduction initiatives, including nearly $150,000 to Nelson.

Out of a total of $609,000, the City of Nelson secured $147,667 to assist in education, planning, emergency planning, cross-training, interagency co-operation, FireSmart activities in residential areas and fuel management.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 20 2022

The medium is the message but city council is now tasked with nailing down which medium that will be.

The provincial Community Charter was recently amended to provide flexibility to municipal governments to consider how to publish required notices to the public, rather than using the previous default method of advertising twice in a local newspaper.

The amended Section 94 of the Charter allows municipal governments to adopt a bylaw providing for “alternative means of publication,” meaning it could choose not to utilize print publication.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Apr 18 2022

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — due to a late snowfall.

Environment Canada said Monday that total accumulations are expected between 15 to 20 cm beginning this afternoon until Tuesday.

“A frontal system moving across British Columbia will give late season snow to Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass,” Environment Canada said.

“Light snow will begin midday (Monday) and intensify tonight.

By Boundary Sentinel on Sunday Apr 17 2022

Quick action by a Grand Forks man most likely saved family dog from severe injury following a cougar attack in the Boundary region earlier this month.

Reports from mainstream media said Ian Orser, a plumber from Grand Forks, was working at a residence near Christina Lake when he and his daughter heard a commotion.

Megan ran down the driveway of the residence to see a cougar dragging the family dog, Red, a nine-year-old Shepard cross by the head across the road.

Orser quickly rushed the defended Red, kicking the cougar in the head several times before cat let go.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 15 2022

Six areas in the regional district are underserved by high speed internet, according to a provincial report, but there may be more.

There has been recognized a service gap between urban and rural areas for high speed internet, according to the provincial report, Analysis of 106 Communities Regarding 50/10 Availability and Comparison to ISED Reported Data.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Apr 15 2022

The effects of the Cultus Creek fire could threaten a section of the CP Rail line southeast of the city, says a post wildfire natural hazards risk analysis report commissioned by province.

Last summer the Cultus Creek fire burned approximately 7,589 hectares about 35 kilometres southeast of Nelson, on the west side of Kootenay Lake.

Although there was sparse human settlement affected by the fire — it burned along the east-facing slopes above Kootenay Lake in the Next, Cultus and Midge Creek watersheds — areas between three watersheds were also burned.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Apr 13 2022

To assist with documenting and helping better understand the risks of Lyme disease in the province, the BC Centre of Disease Control has started a new program to help the identification of ticks.

In a media release on its website the BCCDC said it has joined forces with eTick, a free and easy tick photo identification service.

The BCCDC said identifying ticks accurately can help researchers, healthcare providers and the public better understand the risks of contracting Lyme disease in the province.