21 flu-related deaths at IH care facilities, outbreaks in Trail and Castlegar

21 flu-related deaths at IH care facilities, outbreaks in Trail and Castlegar

Influenza outbreaks are plaguing longterm care facilities in the Interior Health region, including ones in Castlegar and Trail, according to Pamela De Bruin, IH manager for Communicable Diseases and Immunization Programs.

Editorial: Ignorance as a Survival Tactic


There, a nice picture of a cat. Now for some of the stuff we'd rather ignore, even if that's not a very smart move.

Fatal accident takes life of local man in Robson

Fatal accident takes life of local man in Robson

A local man has died after an accident early this morning, according to police.

“At 1 a.m., a 28-year-old male pedestrian walking on the road was fatally struck by a vehicle on Robson Access Road,” said West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. Chad Badry. “The highway was closed for several hours and traffic was detoured until the scene investigation was completed. The driver of the vehicle was not physically injured.

COLUMN: What Scientists Said 25 Years Ago

One tiny sample of trash pollution: just one symptom.

The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them. Although we’ve known about climate change and its potential impacts for a long time, and we’re seeing those impacts worsen daily, our political representatives are still approving and promoting fossil fuel infrastructure as if we had all the time in the world to slow global warming.

Strategy putting B.C. foods on the global menu

The guide represents B.C.’s diverse agri-food and seafood sector, and includes profiles of about 100 B.C. producers.

A new international market development strategy is the latest item on the menu offering B.C.’s agrifood and seafood products to the world. The strategy aims to build on the record $3.5 billion worth of B.C. products exported in 2015.

The strategy focuses on providing programs and services that support three key areas: market knowledge, generating investment, and building networks, that collectively support success for B.C. companies in the marketplace.

'Expect an increase' — Kootenay Columbia Property Assessment Notices in the mail

In 2016, there was an increase. And there's another increase coming for 2017.

It’s that time of year when taxpayers get a handle on part of the cost-of-living equation in the New Year.

One of those expenses is reflected in theassessed value of their properties for 2017, which according to Ramaish Shah, Deputy Assessor for the Kootenay Columbia region, is increasing.

"The majority of residential home owners within the region can expect an increase, compared to last year's assessment," Shah, in a media release Tuesday.

"There are some markets that have moved more than others,” Shah adds.

December 2016 was colder, drier than the average final month of year

It's going to be a clear and cold start to 2017, similar to what December was like for the West Kootenay region. — The Nelson Daily photo

It’s sure beginning to look a lot like winters of old as a cold Arctic air mass blanketed the region during parts of December said Ron Lakeman Weather Forecaster
 Southeast Fire Centre in the monthly synopsis.

Lakeman said December 2016 was colder and drier than an average final month on the calendar.

“The mean monthly temperature was 1.8 degrees colder than normal,” he said in the release.

New Year, same great time at the 2017 Nelson Polar Bear Swim

I survived the Kootenay Co-op Radio 2017 Polar Bear Swim, Sunday at Lakeside Park Beach in Nelson. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

The man at the microphone said it all prior to the start of the Kootenay Co-op Radio 2017 Polar Bear Swim — “it’s 32 C in Honolulu, Hawaii."

However, that didn’t seem to bother the 60-70 brave souls from jumping into Kootenay Lake to kick off 2017 in style at the annual Polar Bear Swim Sunday at Lakeside Park Beach in Nelson.

“This is such a great community event,” said Stephanie Myers of Kootenay Co-op Radio.

People's Choice: 2016 Year in Review not a happy stroll down Memory Lane

Editor's choice for favourite photo of 2016: Santa and the Missus steal a kiss under the mistletoe at City Square during this year's Winterfest celebrations. Photo by Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Determining which were the most important stories of 2016 is a very subjective task – I, for example,  would have placed the tragic, untimely death of business owner and statesman Kevin Chernoff – and the subsequent city council by-election - at the very top of the list. Others, however, might have named the new bike paths, or the controversy at Blueberry Community School, or the very contentious parcel tax introduced by city council this year.

Pre-Christmas crash prompts police to caution against using cruise control on winter roads

CFD first responders used the Jaws of Life to rescue a trapped motorist.

A single vehicle accident Dec. 23 has police reminding motorists not to use cruise control in current weather conditions.

Deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio said the call came in at 11:22 a.m. to attend a single-vehicle roll over on Hwy 3A near the airport.

“The ambulance was already on scene – the vehicle had rolled down the bank off the southbound lane, and the occupant was trapped inside,” Lattanzio said. “We determined the level of urgency – the patient appeared to be stable and conscious, with no real life-threatening issues.”

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