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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. 

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Apr 13 2022

On Wednesday, April 6, at 2:51 p.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a complaint that a 36-year-old Nelson man who was dressed in camouflage had attempted to enter the fenced compound at the 44th Field Engineering Squadron Armoury, in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"The man had told someone at the armoury that he was attempting to get to the Ukraine, as it is believed that he wanted to join the Ukraine war effort," Wicentowich said. "Officers located the man and apprehended him without incident under the Mental Health Act.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 13 2022

The location for the Wednesday city farmers’ market has been set, moving to the 600 block of Baker Street and the Hall Street Plaza.

City council gave third reading to the bylaw that permanently positioned the market, that has bounced around for years along Baker Street and even to Cottonwood Park, in the plaza — an area specifically designed to host such events.

There was some discussion about having the market rotate around the various blocks of Baker Street, to share the good and the bad aspects of the market with the downtown businesses.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Apr 12 2022

The future of the old-growth forest of Enterprise Creek is still uncertain.

Although no official deferral has been announced for the area, Interfor Corporation has agreed to bring a team — which includes Last Stand West Kootenay, the Autonomous Sinixt and the Valhalla Wilderness Society — on a walk through the area before commencing logging, noted a press release from the ad hoc negotiating team.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Apr 11 2022

The city needs to step up and not wave in its commitment to the arts and culture sector in the Heritage city, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said it was the municipal government’s responsibility to aid and abet all parts of the arts and culture sector as the community recovers from the latest wave of the pandemic and restrictions are being lifted.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Sunday Apr 10 2022

In a media release, the Grand Forks RCMP said officers responded to more than 190 calls during the month of March.

Detachment Commander, Sgt. Darryl Peppler said some of the calls for service included multiple and varying traffic complaints; frauds and other scam related complaints; landlord/tenant disputes; mental health related calls; counterfeit currency; false 911 and alarm calls; harassment and threats; missing persons; and break and enter.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Sunday Apr 10 2022

The province’s forests and the forestry industry have a role to play in climate change, says one of the region’s industry professionals.

Stuart Card, chief forester with Castlegar’s Interfor, said climate change is front and centre in today’s society but a sustainable forest management practice could lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and contribute to the climate adaptation as well.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Apr 06 2022

Agroforestry could be the next belt that city council buckles up, after one councillor advanced the idea to the next strategic planning session.

Keith Page petitioned council to consider discussing establishing a “greenbelt” encircling the city which would protect Nelson from the effects of wildfire and also add another facet to the city’s economy.