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by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Feb 21 2023

With demand for transit service in the region beginning to rise in the post-pandemic period, five critical fixes are being proposed by BC Transit for the West Kootenay service.

In a report to the West Kootenay Transit committee on Jan. 31, BC Transit government relations manager Daynika White highlighted service priorities for the region, critical fixes with five proposed service change...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Feb 21 2023

Nearly $500,000 will be landing in the lap of regional district fire services as the province looks to bolster firefighting response in the West Kootenay.

The province’s Emergency Management and Climate Readiness ministry will be handing the Regional District of Central Kootenay $480,000 “to bolster firefighting response to make people and communities safer.”

The impetus of the...

by Contributor on Tuesday Feb 21 2023

B.C.’s bats, including the well-known Little Brown Bat, are threatened by a fungal disease headed towards the province from Alberta and Washington State.

The Kootenay Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of BC, are asking the public for help in the effort to detect and prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Residents are urged to report any bat...

by Trail Champion on Tuesday Feb 21 2023

On Feb. 17, at 15:18 p.m., Frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP and Integrated Road Safety Unit officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle roll over near the intersection of Murphy Creek Forest Service Road and Hwy 3B in Rossland.

Police say a 62-year-old West Kelowna woman was driving a 2021 Ford Ranger with one passenger when she lost control of the truck around a...

by Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Feb 20 2023

John Boivin is the Local Journalism Reporter for the Valley Voice

Interior Health and BC’s ambulance service say they are reviewing an incident where a Nakusp man died late last month on the doorstep of Arrow Lakes Hospital.

“Whenever an event like this occurs, the staff and administration will review to learn if there was anything that we could do to...

by Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Feb 20 2023

Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm warning Monday for the West Kootenay/Boundary region.

Environment Canada said that hazardous winter conditions can be expected on Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass beginning Monday night and into Tuesday.

Snowfall accumulations between 20 to 30 cm is expected.

“An approaching Pacific frontal system will give snow to...

by Province of British Columbia on Wednesday Feb 15 2023

The B.C. government is launching new measures to protect more old growth by fast-tracking innovation and co-developing new local plans with First Nations to better care for B.C.’s forests.

“Our forests are foundational to B.C. In collaboration with First Nations and industry, we are accelerating our actions to protect our oldest and rarest forests,” said Premier David...

by Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Feb 14 2023

The Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services said in the monthly synopsis that total monthly precipitation for January 2023 was 14% below average. 

The decrease in precipitation, and warmer temperatures, may have been due to persistent influx of maritime air over the area.

“Temperatures remained unusually mild during the majority of this period because a persistent influx of...

by Contributor on Tuesday Feb 14 2023

Submitted by Kootenay Conservation Program

Across the province, Local Conservation Funds are an approach that a growing number of communities and local governments are taking.

Local Conservation Funds provide much-needed financial support for important local projects that contribute to the health of wildlife, habitat and water.

The Columbia Valley...

by Contributor on Tuesday Feb 14 2023

February is the month for love, and what better expression of love than the unconditional devotion and affection of a four-legged friend?

The BC SPCA is offering 50 per cent off all adoption fees from Feb.10 through 26 at its locations throughout the province. The adoption promotion is presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

“We have so many amazing animals in our care who are just...


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