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Robin Mercy plans to plant new mushrooms in fallen trees in the Kaslo Community Forest. Photo: Submitted

Kaslo mushroom farmer given green light for unique project

Robin Mercy will plant mushrooms in the Kaslo Community Forest

Robin Mercy plans to plant new mushrooms in fallen trees in the Kaslo Community Forest. Photo: Submitted
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
The Regional District of Central Kootenay is waiting to see if a federal grant might fund Telus to expand service. Photo: Connor Trembley

RDCK board holds off on Slocan Valley cell service study

The feasibility study on expanding service in the Pass Creek and Slocan Valley areas was delayed

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is waiting to see if a federal grant might fund Telus to expand service. Photo: Connor Trembley
Lucy Phua was an academic advisor at Thompson Rivers University. She died after being hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street at University Drive on Nov. 15, 2019. (Facebook)

B.C. man behind wheel in fatal collision gets $2,000 fine, driving restrictions

David Tucker, 43, is to pay a $2,000 fine and go 18 months without driving – except for work and certain errands

Lucy Phua was an academic advisor at Thompson Rivers University. She died after being hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street at University Drive on Nov. 15, 2019. (Facebook)
Anne-Marie Prudhomme and her daughter. Photo: Submitted

Parents seek answers for francophone students in Nelson

A plan to ditch bilingual high school programs has families confused

Anne-Marie Prudhomme and her daughter. Photo: Submitted
RDCK Area D Director Aimee Watson asked the district to see if its noise control bylaw might be applied to a gravel pit operation south of Kaslo. File photo

Noise bylaw not a quick fix to Area D issue: RDCK report

Residents living near a gravel pit operation south of Kaslo want action

RDCK Area D Director Aimee Watson asked the district to see if its noise control bylaw might be applied to a gravel pit operation south of Kaslo. File photo
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo

Kaslo council roundup: Unapproved trail art prompts warning

All the news from the March 9 meeting

Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He served in the NDP cabinet in several ministries. File photo

RDCK forwards ex-MLA’s housing request to Agricultural Land Commission

Corky Evans wants to build a second residence on his farm

Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He served in the NDP cabinet in several ministries. File photo
UBC professor Sheryl Lightfoot is also the Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics. (UBC)

Indigenous UBC professor appointed to prestigious United Nations position

Sheryl Lightfoot named North American member of UN’s Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UBC professor Sheryl Lightfoot is also the Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics. (UBC)
FILE – An entomologist displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Researchers are looking for unique ways to collect data as COVID-19 puts a dampener on the field research season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson

Meet the B.C. man seeking to destroy those giant hornets

Paul Van Westendorp and his team will be searching in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island for nests

FILE – An entomologist displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Researchers are looking for unique ways to collect data as COVID-19 puts a dampener on the field research season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson
While indicators of mental health slightly fluctuate with economic relief programs, severity of lockdowns and other factors, what remains clear is the pandemic’s undeniable, prolonged effect on our well-being — an effect that will likely linger long after mass vaccination efforts wrap up. (Pixabay.com)

How a year of COVID-19 has impacted our mental health

Lockdown measures quickly came into effect as coronavirus cases ramped up across Canada

While indicators of mental health slightly fluctuate with economic relief programs, severity of lockdowns and other factors, what remains clear is the pandemic’s undeniable, prolonged effect on our well-being — an effect that will likely linger long after mass vaccination efforts wrap up. (Pixabay.com)
Nakusp’s Ken and Deb Booth narrowly survived a flash flood in February. Photo: Submitted

Nakusp woman recalls harrowing escape from flash flood

Deb Booth was with her husband when they were both nearly swept away

Nakusp’s Ken and Deb Booth narrowly survived a flash flood in February. Photo: Submitted
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo

Councillors give thumbs up to Kaslo budget plans

Village staff are proposing a 4% increase in taxation

Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)

B.C. reports new high of 144 variant cases of COVID-19 over weekend

87 of the variant-linked infections are currently active – a large increase from 12 reported Friday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
One form of contaminated sites are orphan oil and gas wells, which are no longer in use and need to be cleaned up. (File photo)

B.C. recorded $505-million liability for cleanup of contaminated sites

Contaminated sites include anything from abandoned industrial sites to pulp mills or maintenance yards

One form of contaminated sites are orphan oil and gas wells, which are no longer in use and need to be cleaned up. (File photo)
As the 2021 Canadian federal budget is drafted, the Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) has submitted a proposal to have money set aside for Black-led charities.

Ottawa urged to commit $200 million to Black-led charities in upcoming federal budget

Foundation for Black Communities has submitted a proposal to have money set aside for Black-led charities

As the 2021 Canadian federal budget is drafted, the Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) has submitted a proposal to have money set aside for Black-led charities.
Richard Gray, the social services manager for the FNQLHSSC, says their ability to share information, to give strategies and to advise and counsel First Nations communities that are interested in following this road will be “severely hampered” through the signing of confidentiality agreements. (FNQLHSSC photo)

Confidentiality agreements a ‘red flag’ in exercising Bill C-92, says Indigenous leader

If nations sign a confidentiality agreement they cannot speak with each other on working with their communities

Richard Gray, the social services manager for the FNQLHSSC, says their ability to share information, to give strategies and to advise and counsel First Nations communities that are interested in following this road will be “severely hampered” through the signing of confidentiality agreements. (FNQLHSSC photo)
The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)

Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Ashley Sanipass, a mom from Indian Island First Nation, said her son’s school took action after he was bullied over his long hair, which has cultural significance for the Mi’kmaq.family. Sanipass is seen her with her son Clover and daughter Bee. (Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

‘He liked his hair again’: Pink Shirt Day turns spotlight on school bullying

School aids Indigenous mom after son bullied for long hair

Ashley Sanipass, a mom from Indian Island First Nation, said her son’s school took action after he was bullied over his long hair, which has cultural significance for the Mi’kmaq.family. Sanipass is seen her with her son Clover and daughter Bee. (Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
. (Photo courtesy of Shane Chartrand)

Grants aim to replenish threatened Indigenous food systems in B.C.

The grants range from $100 to $10,000 and cover activities such as creating food or medicine gardens,

. (Photo courtesy of Shane Chartrand)