18 firefighters attend chimney fire in Rossland

Eighteen firefighters attended a residential blaze in Rossland Sunday, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Cpt. Jason Milne. Crews from Rossland, Warfield and Trail were called out to Mann Road in Rossland at 4:04 p.m. and arrived on scene at 4:15 p.m. to douse a chimney fire. The incident was under control by 4:53  […]

Interior Health CEO mourns loss of Board Chair Dr. Doug Cochrane

In a statement Tuesday, president and CEO Susan Brown said Interior Health is mourning the loss of Interior Health Board Chair Dr. Doug Cochrane. Brown said as Chair of Interior Health Board of Directors, Dr. Cochrane demonstrated a deep commitment to continuous improvement of patient care, quality and safety knowing it would lead to improved […]

Solutions for Village of Silverton challenges making progress: Mayor

Progress is being made on a series of challenges that plague one of the smallest municipalities in Canada. The Village of Silverton, the second smallest municipality in Canada, had employed the services of a provincial government municipal advisor — for 12 weeks — in order to address several issues during a “difficult time” it had […]

Low snowpack expected to further impact water sources as drought conditions continue

The West Kootenay’s snowpack is falling below record-low levels as the warm, dry winter weather continues, prompting a call for a watershed management system. According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre’s snow survey (Feb. 1), the West Kootenay snowpack remains very low — averaging 33 per cent below normal throughout the region — but the […]

Nelson Pride announces date, upcoming events

Save the date. Nelson Pride will take place Sunday, August 25 to Monday, Sept. 2, 2024, in line with our 1996 Kootenay Pride roots.  There will be more details announced as the the event nears the August date. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce two new monthly events for our LGBTQIA+ community and […]

Non-profit organizations get climate-smart

Twenty-nine non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin are undertaking projects to reduce their energy use, create fewer greenhouse gases and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The projects are being realized with support from Columbia Basin Trust. “Non-profit organizations hold important roles when it comes to well-being in the region, from serving vulnerable people […]

Kootenay cadets compete in marksmanship competition

The cadet marksmanship competition was held last weekend for the Sea, Army and Air cadets in the Kootenays. A total of 41 cadets competed. On Saturday, cadets from Nelson, Trail and Castlegar were at the Trail Armory. On Sunday, cadets from Golden, Invermere, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and the Elk Valley were in Cranbrook Armory. The […]

Kootenay Boundary plagued by low childhood immunization rates: Interior Health

Low childhood immunization rates continue to plague the Kootenay Boundary despite outbreaks in the region and major outbreaks in some parts of the world. Current immunization rates for Kootenay Boundary seven-year-old children sit at 54.8 per cent — Interior Health (IH) target is 70 per cent — while for two-year-old children it is 66.6 per […]

Columbia Valley school teacher charged with sexual exploitation, luring a child

A Columbia Valley teacher has been arrested following alleged dealings with a student at a high school in Invermere. RCMP said in January of 2024, Columbia Valley RCMP initiated an investigation involving allegations that a teacher at Invermere’s David Thompson Secondary School located had engaged in inappropriate communication with a student. Police said that based […]

Taking it to the street: new integrated crisis response model employed in Nelson

The city’s street police presence will employ a new integrated crisis response model to help improve responses to mental health calls. The new initiative — between  Interior Health (IH), rural Nelson RCMP and the Nelson Police Department (NPD) — has only been established for a few weeks, but it is expected to deliver a “high-level […]
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