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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.

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.