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School District 8 says a COVID-19 exposure has occurred at Nelson’s Rosemont Elementary. Photo: School District 8

Class at Nelson’s Rosemont Elementary in isolation after COVID-19 exposure

It’s not clear if any students or teachers were infected

The toxic drug supply crisis was announced on April 14, 2016. File photo

Nelson demonstration to mark five years of toxic drug supply crisis

An information booth will also be available at ANKORS

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.

MP Morrison hopes for economic recovery plan in upcoming federal budget

Kootenay-Columbia Conservative looking for post-pandemic recovery plan in next week’s Liberal budget

BC Assessment stats show the majority of Baker Street properties are likely to be locally owned. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Data shows Nelson locals own majority of Baker Street properties

BC Assessment provided mailing address stats for the city’s main street

BC Assessment stats show the majority of Baker Street properties are likely to be locally owned. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Giant prize-winning pumpkins and squash are standard fare at the Pass Creek Fall Fair. Photo: Betsy Kline

Pass Creek Fall Fair cancelled for 2021

Event cancelled for second time

Giant prize-winning pumpkins and squash are standard fare at the Pass Creek Fall Fair. Photo: Betsy Kline
Police are advising of a scam actively happening in the Kootenay Boundary, one that involves a person trying to sell the victim gold for cash. Problem is, the gold is fake. Photo: Matt Flores on Unsplash

Fake gold scam re-surfaces in the Kootenay Boundary

Victims are approached in high-traffic areas by someone claiming to need emergency cash

Police are advising of a scam actively happening in the Kootenay Boundary, one that involves a person trying to sell the victim gold for cash. Problem is, the gold is fake. Photo: Matt Flores on Unsplash
Colin McClure, Nelson’s chief financial officer, presented the city’s 2021 budget to the public on April 7. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson budget 2021: taxes up by 1.75%

City says the increase is largely due to inflation

Colin McClure, Nelson’s chief financial officer, presented the city’s 2021 budget to the public on April 7. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kalesnikoff Lumber will be providing materials for a 21-storey apartment building in Vancouver. Rendering: Henriquez Partners Architects

Kalesnikoff supplying mass timber for several major projects

The West Kootenay lumber company will be making the products at South Slocan facility

Kalesnikoff Lumber will be providing materials for a 21-storey apartment building in Vancouver. Rendering: Henriquez Partners Architects
School District 8 superintendent Christine Perkins will leave for Vernon’s school district at the end of the academic year. Photo: Submitted

School District 8 superintendent Christine Perkins resigns

Perkins is leaving to take over another district

School District 8 superintendent Christine Perkins will leave for Vernon’s school district at the end of the academic year. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College has received provincial funding to assist students. File photo

Selkirk College receives funding to assist students

Provincial funding is available to West Kootenay students

Selkirk College has received provincial funding to assist students. File photo
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
B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)

Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
Lorri McCready, owner of Thor’s Pizza, is one of several business owners near the corner of Victoria and Kootenay Streets who are alarmed at the prospect of a transit hub outside their doors. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

City, businesses meet about contested transit hub plans for downtown Nelson

Several businesses at the Kootenay-Victoria intersection say they were ‘blindsided’

Lorri McCready, owner of Thor’s Pizza, is one of several business owners near the corner of Victoria and Kootenay Streets who are alarmed at the prospect of a transit hub outside their doors. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The West Kootenay snowpack is at 100 per cent of normal, while the East Kootenay is the lowest in the province at 93 per cent. Bulletin file.

Kootenay snowpacks lower after dry March

Most of the year’s snowpack has accumulated by mid-April

The West Kootenay snowpack is at 100 per cent of normal, while the East Kootenay is the lowest in the province at 93 per cent. Bulletin file.
Sinixt dancer Dan Nanamkim performs with an appearance from one of his two malamutes during the Indigenous Culture Celebration in 2020 at the Capitol Theatre. Photo: Tyler Harper

Provincial funding for Nelson festivals, culture programs

The Nelson and District Arts Council and Capitol Theatre are among the recipients

Sinixt dancer Dan Nanamkim performs with an appearance from one of his two malamutes during the Indigenous Culture Celebration in 2020 at the Capitol Theatre. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Kootenay Lake ferry terminals will receive a number of upgrades this year. File photo

Kootenay Lake ferry terminals to receive upgrades

The transportation ministry announced the $5.5-million project Thursday

The Kootenay Lake ferry terminals will receive a number of upgrades this year. File photo
Red dresses hang in the trees outside Nelson City Hall to remind us about missing and murdered Indigenous women. The REDress Project, created by the Winnipeg Métis artist Jaime Black, also exists as an exhibit in the Touchstones gallery, running until May 29. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Vogue highlights red dress installation in Nelson

The project by artist Jamie Black was featured in the fashion magazine

Red dresses hang in the trees outside Nelson City Hall to remind us about missing and murdered Indigenous women. The REDress Project, created by the Winnipeg Métis artist Jaime Black, also exists as an exhibit in the Touchstones gallery, running until May 29. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Interior Health doesn’t echo B.C.’s daily COVID record

80 new cases reported Thursday, April 8, compared to 91 the day prior

The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
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