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Castlegar from the air. (Photo: Betsy Kline)

Kayaker rescues man in medical distress from Columbia River

The incident happened near Castlegar

A row of solar panels help to produce renewable energy at Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston. (Submitted West Kootenay EcoSociety)

Creston commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

‘Creston is setting the path forward for other rural communities like theirs to live healthier, safer, and cleaner lives.’

L-R, the Kootenay-Columbia federal election candidates: Sarah Bennett (People’s Party of Canada), Rob Morrison (Conservative), Wayne Stetski (New Democratic Party), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), and Rana Nelson (Green Party). File photos

Kootenay-Columbia candidates discuss economic and social issues in online forum

The Nelson-based event was attended by about 60 people

A.M. Ford has donated $19,300 to the KBRH Health Foundation’s Ambulatory Care Campaign. The donation will be used for an examination and consultation room in the ambulatory care general clinic. A.M. Ford Dealer Principal Dan Ashman presents this donation to Lisa Pasin, executive director for the KBRH Health Foundation. Photo: Dan Caverly

Hospital campaign starts with a challenge to Kootenay Boundary businesses

Two-year $750,000 Ambulatory Care Campaign now underway by KBRH Health Foundation

A.M. Ford has donated $19,300 to the KBRH Health Foundation’s Ambulatory Care Campaign. The donation will be used for an examination and consultation room in the ambulatory care general clinic. A.M. Ford Dealer Principal Dan Ashman presents this donation to Lisa Pasin, executive director for the KBRH Health Foundation. Photo: Dan Caverly
The BC Centre for Disease’s Control’s latest COVID-19 map shows new cases reported in each local health area between Sept. 5-11.

COVID-19 cases plummet across West Boundary, Kootenays

The latest numbers from the BC CDC offer hope that the 4th wave may be cresting in both regions

The BC Centre for Disease’s Control’s latest COVID-19 map shows new cases reported in each local health area between Sept. 5-11.
RCMP say they found no evidence of gunfire after it was reported early Tuesday near Slocan. File photo

No evidence of gunfire in Slocan area despite complaint: RCMP

Officers spent Tuesday investigating the area after an early morning complaint

RCMP say they found no evidence of gunfire after it was reported early Tuesday near Slocan. File photo
Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks with Scott Jeffery of Nelson’s fire department in a forest in West Arm Provincial Park near Nelson that was cleared of dry wildfire fuel last year to create a shaded fuel break. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

BC Parks creates shaded fuel breaks in forests next to Nelson

The work is part of extensive wildfire fuel mitigation underway

Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks with Scott Jeffery of Nelson’s fire department in a forest in West Arm Provincial Park near Nelson that was cleared of dry wildfire fuel last year to create a shaded fuel break. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Bill Metcalfe and Tyler Harper, back from the runway at the Met Gala, are here with all the news you didn’t know you needed but you really do, we think.

VIDEO: Wednesday Roundup

Bill Metcalfe and Tyler Harper talk about the news so you don’t have to

Bill Metcalfe and Tyler Harper, back from the runway at the Met Gala, are here with all the news you didn’t know you needed but you really do, we think.
Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
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Ban on open burning lifted in parts of Southeast Fire Centre

The ban will remain in place for the Boundary region

Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
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Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Photo: Sheri Regnier

UPDATE: Interior Health confirms Trail hospital COVID outbreak is in psychiatric unit

This is the first time the hospital in Trail has been included on Interior Health’s outbreak list

Photo: Sheri Regnier
A new mural can be seen on Columbia Avenue in Castlegar near the Kootenay Market. Photo: Submitted

New Castlegar mural first in Canada to feature air-purifying paint

Kootenay artist Matty Kakes has created another local mural

A new mural can be seen on Columbia Avenue in Castlegar near the Kootenay Market. Photo: Submitted
Some activities at Nelson and District Community Complex require a vaccination card, while others do not. 
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Some activities at Nelson and District Community Complex require a vaccination card, while others do not. 
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Clarence Wilkie won $150,000 with a scratch and win ticket. Photo: BCLC

Castlegar man wins $150,000 with scratch and win ticket

Clarence Wilkie purchased the ticket in Castlegar

Clarence Wilkie won $150,000 with a scratch and win ticket. Photo: BCLC
It has been seven years since the death of Peter de Groot. File photo
It has been seven years since the death of Peter de Groot. File photo
Chief Donovan Fisher says the Nelson Police Department will support Nelson businesses in enforcing the vaccine card requirements. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson police will help businesses enforce vaccine card requirement

Chief Donovan Fisher says violators of the health order will be arrested

Chief Donovan Fisher says the Nelson Police Department will support Nelson businesses in enforcing the vaccine card requirements. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Kootenay-Columbia candidates are now live in Black Press’ candidate forum. (Contributed)
The Kootenay-Columbia candidates are now live in Black Press’ candidate forum. (Contributed)
Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.

Kootenay-Columbia candidates debate issues during virtual forum

Topics included COVID-19 spending, federal debt, climate change, diversity and Indigenous issues

Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.
Nelson council has agreed to spend some time and money to explore, but not necessarily take on, a new idea that could add density and affordability to residential areas. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council to explore new housing density proposal

‘Permanently affordable housing’ is a program of Small Housing BC

Nelson council has agreed to spend some time and money to explore, but not necessarily take on, a new idea that could add density and affordability to residential areas. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
(Right) Junior Firefighter Jessica Mickelson, a Creston local, was awarded with a full scholarship for Fire Academy with Training Division. She will have the choice to attend in Surrey or Texas. (Photo by Dave Harcus of Maple Ridge Fire)

Vancouver-based camp ignites career passions in young women

Creston Fire Rescue would like to bring Camp Ignite to the Kootenays

  • Sep 10, 2021
(Right) Junior Firefighter Jessica Mickelson, a Creston local, was awarded with a full scholarship for Fire Academy with Training Division. She will have the choice to attend in Surrey or Texas. (Photo by Dave Harcus of Maple Ridge Fire)