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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Feb 20 2023

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.

By Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Feb 20 2023

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.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Feb 20 2023

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.”

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Feb 18 2023

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.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Feb 16 2023

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.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Feb 15 2023

On February 12,, at approximately 3 a.m., frontline officers with the Castlegar RCMP were conducting patrols at the summit of Bombi Pass, on Hwy 3, where they located a grey Volkswagen with two male occupants. Officers confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Trail on November 26th, 2022. Both men were subsequently arrested for possessing stolen property. A search of the vehicle resulted in officers seizing a cordless cutting tool, a catalytic converter, and a large quantity of suspected illegal drugs.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Feb 10 2023

An environmental group in the East Kootenay, Wildsight, strongly supports a recent fine of Teck Coal Limited for failure to construct a water treatment facility by the required permit data, along with fines for exceedances in selenium and nitrate.

Teck Coal Limited was fined $16.5 million by the BC Government.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Friday Feb 10 2023

The love for the city’s waterfront Hall Street Pier project is expected to be shown in a regular council meeting on Valentine’s Day.

City council is expected to hear back from city staff during the meeting on how it can afford continuing with the project and the $860,000 needed to finish it as planned with a canopy.

There had been some debate on how to finish the project — that began last year — during a Feb. 3 special council meeting on the budget. The costly canopy has not been approved for the coming budget that council was still deliberating on.

By Rossland Telegraph on Wednesday Feb 08 2023

Interior Health has issued the following statement in response to the verdict regarding Interior Health’s former chief medical health officer:

"Interior Health is now aware of the guilty verdict issued (Feb. 7) regarding Dr. Albert de Villiers.  

"Given the leadership and public-facing role of the chief medical health officer, and the critical importance for the incumbent to comply with all respects of professional standards, it is Interior Health’s position that a person convicted of criminal charges of this nature is unable to fulfill the duties of the position.

By Contributor on Tuesday Feb 07 2023

Foggy conditions are making driving even more hazardous in the Boundary, West Kootenays and Kootenay Lakes region this morning.

Visibility can decline in seconds – Highway 3 is already at near zero -- increasing the risk of crashing.

“Even creeping along at 10 to 15 km/h can be dangerous,” says Trace Acres, spokesperson for the annual Shift into Winter campaign.

“Whether we drive for work or for pleasure, we all need to adjust our driving in the fog.”