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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Oct 22 2021

Everyone participating in the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games next February will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 said a Friday a news release from the BC Games .

The BC Games Society Board of Directors has announced the proof of vaccination requirement to help maximize the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and spectators.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 21 2021

A Nelson woman is proving that you can fight city hall.

Taryn Joy Marchi sued the City of Nelson for negligence following an injury in 2015 and could have the eyes of the nation on her when her case returns to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The higher court judges ruled Thursday that the city owed Marchi a “duty of care” with its snow removal practices at the time, and that a new trial is now required to assess if the city had “breached that duty of care and, as a result, whether it should pay damages to Ms. Marchi.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 21 2021

The region’s potential new backcountry skiing destination will reveal all in a virtual open house Thursday night.

Zincton will host the open house (register online at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o8qxMOrcQTa8QRpc2umQDw) with formal proposal presentations from the province and Team Zincton starting at 5 p.m.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Oct 20 2021

Cases are declining in the West Kootenay/Boundary according to the weekly BC Centre of Disease control Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by local health area of case residence graphic.

Between October 10-16, 2021, the high for the West Kootenay/Boundary region was Trail with 16 new COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this month, the Silver City area reported 74 COVID-19 cases.

Both Grand Forks and Nelson areas reported 10 cases while Castlegar had seven and Kootenay Lake four.

Kettle Valley reported one case while Arrow Lakes had zero cases.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 20 2021

A decision to log trees near part of the popular Apex Loop cross country skiing trail has the region’s Nordic ski club searching for answers for the coming season.

When the trees siding a one-kilometre section of the Loop were logged by the landowner, the Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) approached the owner with questions of access and safety. The exposed hillside now creates an avalanche zone for the trail below, the NNSC feared, but they did not receive an answer.

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Oct 19 2021

As of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, 89.2% (4,136,000) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.5% (3,870,709) have received their second dose.

In addition, 89.7% (3,879,091) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.2% (3,640,757) have received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 560 new cases of COVID-19, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 198,838 cases in the province.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Oct 15 2021

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning Friday for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said snowfall total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.

“A Pacific frontal system is giving snow heavy at times to Kootenay Pass this morning,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow is expected to continue through today with total accumulations up to 15 cm near the pass before the snow changes to rain this evening.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Oct 14 2021

 

The city will be turning a sow’s ear of permissive tax exemptions into a silk purse of affordable housing as it charts a course on a new financial policy.

City staff will be digging deep during the 2022 budget planning process to find some funding alternatives to allow permissive tax exemptions (PTE) to operate as a tool to support the supply of affordable housing in Nelson, noted city chief financial officer Colin McClure in his report to council at the last regular council business meeting.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 13 2021

An analysis has been launched into the merit of adding a chunk of private land into the regional parks system.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay staff have taken up the mantle of exploration into the potential acquisition of 134 acres of land in Krestova — located in electoral Area H — to be used as regional parkland for outdoor recreation.

Area H director Walter Popoff said the land has already been used by people in the region to recreate.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Oct 13 2021

The real challenge in culturing a climate of low carbon homes in Nelson won’t lie with recruiting the city’s builders but ultimately in bringing the community onboard, says the city’s mayor.

John Dooley said the findings of the first phase of the Low Carbon Home pilot need to focus on who is paying the bills for the new construction in the region, not the builders who putting the homes together.

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