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by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Jan 26 2022

Student absences have nearly doubled in the school district since Christmas, mirroring absenteeism throughout workplaces across the West Kootenay.

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) monitors attendance for its schools and the absences at this point have ranged between 24 to 30 per cent since the beginning of January, said SD8 superintendent of schools Trish Smillie, compared to this...

by Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Jan 25 2022

Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has released the following statement in response to Williams Lake First Nation's preliminary findings at the former St. Joseph's Mission Residential School:

"I raise my hands to Williams Lake First Nation and the courage and leadership they have shown in sharing their preliminary findings, further...

by City of Castlegar on Tuesday Jan 25 2022

The City of Castlegar purchased two properties in support of recommendations outlined in the recently adopted Housing Strategy.

This includes the purchase of:

  • 2405 Columbia Avenue. A corner lot bordering underutilized, City-owned park space and Civic Works storage facility at the former Brandson Pool location. This property is in a Specific Growth Area in the City of...
by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jan 25 2022

A four-year action strategy to reduce poverty in Nelson and the surrounding area will be supported by the city — to a degree.

Acting on a staff recommendation and citing growing demands on staff time, city council gave its stamp to Together Nelson — as presented by Nelson at its Best —  to participate as a member of the Community Action Network subject to the availability of staff...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jan 25 2022

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning the public about ongoing email, web, text messages and telephone scams in which people posing as officials from the CBSA are asking for payment or personal information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN). 

The methods and messages used by the scammers are varied and ever-changing, but always designed to demand money and lure the...

by Lone Sheep Publishing on Tuesday Jan 25 2022

The Conservation Director at Wildsight in the East Kootenay is concerned a lack of action by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is to blame for at least four dead bighorn sheep during the past week alone

John Bergenske at Wildsight said in an emailed statement that this is the latest in a spate of deaths decimating the Radium bighorn sheep herd that saw an additional 13...

by Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Jan 25 2022

How the city handled ‘snowmaggedon’ left some questions in the community, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said the city has had record heat, near record cold followed by record snow in one day, but how it handled the almost 80 centimetres that fell just after New Year’s Day has been criticized by Nelsonites.

During the Jan. 11 city council regular meeting he noted that “one...

by Province of British Columbia on Monday Jan 24 2022

As of Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, 89.6% (4,465,993) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.6% (4,166,318) have received their second dose.

In addition, 92.6% (4,290,753) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89.9% (4,165,636) received their second dose and 40.4% (1,874,956) have...

by The Nelson Daily Staff on Sunday Jan 23 2022

Quick action to activate an SOS device by an injured skier in the backcountry near Whitewater Ski Resort is being praised by Nelson Search and Rescue.

Nelson SAR said on social media members rescued an injured skier in the backcountry near Emma Peak, a short distance from the popular ski resort, after being advised of the incident.

“Some key points to note on this rescue...

by BC Hydro on Friday Jan 21 2022

BC Hydro data shows several electricity demand records were broken in 2021 after extreme weather hit B.C. at different times of the year.  

The new report titled, “2021: A record-breaking year for electricity demand and extreme weather,” shows BC Hydro had record peak loads in 2021 due to extreme temperatures in both summer and winter that lasted for extended periods of time.

“We...

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