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ICBC to offer new windshield repair program

The average cost of a windshield replacement in 2016 was approximately $820; whereas typically a windshield chip repair costs under $70. — Submitted photo

In response to customer feedback, ICBC will soon offer windshield repair coverage to improve the value and services for customers across the province and, at the same time, help reduce the costs which are putting pressure on insurance rates by approximately $8 million per year.

Starting this spring, customers who purchase ICBC's optional comprehensive coverage will be able to have a chip in their windshield repaired for free, as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Bats flying in the winter? Or, find a dead bat? Please report. Here's why.

Bat with White Nose Syndrome.  Photo by Marvin Moriarty.

Bats are an essential part of the global ecosystem. They save agriculture a great deal of money by eating vast numbers of crop-destroying insects such as Colorado Potato Beetles, and they save humans a lot of itching by eating vast numbers of flying, biting insects such as mosquitoes. For years, bats had an undeserved bad reputation, but gradually we are learning to understand their huge value.

UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning ends

Now comes the hard part . . . digging out after Snowmageddon 2017. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada has ended its Winter Storm Warning for the West Kootenay/Boundary region as the Pacific frontal system has left the area.

However, the weather is not going to get better anytime soon as there is a call for a risk of freezing rain Thursday evening with a snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm.

Snow mixed with rain is forecast for Friday.

CBT announces new Heritage Program

Trust has supported restoration and preservation work on many heritage buildings in the Basin, such as Kaslo City Hall. — Submitted photo

The Columbia Basin Trust is making history as it establishes a new program, a new partnership and new funding to support the Basin’s heritage values.
 
The Trust has allocated $6.15 million for a three year large capital grants program for built heritage and $600,000 for a Heritage Support Program that will see a professional heritage position established in the Basin to support a broad range of heritage organizations.
 

Column: Understanding Climate Change Means Reading Beyond the Headlines

moose with winter ticks

Seeing terms like “post-truth” and “alternative facts” gain traction in the news convinces me that politicians, media workers and readers could benefit from a refresher course in how science helps us understand the world. Reporting on science is difficult at the best of times. Trying to communicate complex ideas and distil entire studies into eye-catching headlines and brief stories can open the door to misinformation and limited understanding.

Province pleads not guilty in Lemon Creek fuel spill case

Lawyers for all the involved parties gathered by conference call before a judge in a Nelson courtroom Tuesday morning.

A lawyer for the BC government says provincial officials are pleading not guilty to charges they are responsible for a jet fuel spill in a Slocan Valley creek in 2013.

Lawyers for all the involved parties gathered by conference call before a judge in a Nelson courtroom Tuesday morning.

The provincial government, fuel company Executive Flight Centre and one of its employees are all co-defendants in the case.

The company and driver did not enter pleas.

Trail cop runs into freezing river to save local woman after car crash

Trail cop runs into freezing river to save local woman after car crash

The fire department's river rescue boat was deployed and a police officer got to swim in the river this afternoon after an accident at around 2:45 p.m.

Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke said it all stemmed from a two-vehicle MVI between Birchbank and Genelle.

“There was a small van heading northbound and a larger van heading south,” Oelke explained. “The northbound vehicle crossed over (the centre line), essentially sideswiping the other vehicle, and sending both vans off the road.”

Representative for Children and Youth: Alex's Story Prompts Acting Rep to Recommend Key Changes

Bernard Richard, BC's Acting Representative for Children and Youth

Lacking any permanent connection to his family and culture and without the mental health supports that might have made a difference, an 18-year-old Métis youth in care took his own life in an act of desperation, says an investigative report issued today by British Columbia’s Acting Representative for Children and Youth.

UPDATED: Snowfall Warning leaves Kootenay/Boundary region with major cleanup

The pickup truck shows the depth of the avalanche deposit on Kootenay Pass Monday. — Photo courtesy West Kootenay District Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure

While the snowfall warning has been rescinded, Environment Canada is continuing an snow alert for Highway 3 from the Paulson Pass through to the Elk Valley, which includes the Kootenay Pass from Salmo to Creston.

"The low pressure system that brought heavy snow to the Kootenays will move east of the area today. Snow will continue to ease through the day with additional amounts of 5 to 10 cm expected."

The alert said snow will continue today and tonight over the Elk Valley and Kootenay Pass with additional amounts of 15 to 25 cm.

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