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The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Vehicles abandoned in Hwy 7 mudslides available for pickup in Agassiz: MOTI

Pickup is available between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., call in advance

The CRCC parking lot is nearly full in Agassiz as abandoned vehicles stand ready to be picked up following the Highway 7 mudslides. (Adam Louis/Observer)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved a staff vaccination policy, which it describes as an enhanced safety protocol that is not punitive. File photo

RDCK announces staff vaccination policy

Employees will not lose their jobs if they are not vaccinated

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved a staff vaccination policy, which it describes as an enhanced safety protocol that is not punitive. File photo
The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)

Crews clear vehicles stranded on Hwy 7 early Friday morning

Dozens of vehicles towed from landslide zone remain parked in Agassiz

The Trout Creek Bridge near Sasquatch Provincial Park has been destroyed by floods along Rockwell Drive this past week. Residents along the District of Kent road have been evacuated as recovery begins there and along Highway 7 outside of Agassiz. (Photo/John Coles)
Nelson grocery stores including Kootenay Co-op say they are mostly unaffected by supply chain issues following flooding that has cut off the Lower Mainland from the Interior. File photo

No need to hoard: Nelson grocery stores say they will stay stocked despite floods

The majority of food is coming from Alberta and the Creston Valley

Nelson grocery stores including Kootenay Co-op say they are mostly unaffected by supply chain issues following flooding that has cut off the Lower Mainland from the Interior. File photo
The West Kootenay continues to have low weekly numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

21 new COVID-19 cases in West Kootenay

Grand Forks led the region during the week of Nov. 7 to 13

The West Kootenay continues to have low weekly numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
Youth Climate Corps worker Poppy Herbison studies a solar pathfinder, an instrument used to determine the percentage of solar radiation blocked by permanent local features in the landscape like trees, hills, and buildings. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay project blends agriculture and forestry

Bannock in Bloom planned for forest south of Silverton

Youth Climate Corps worker Poppy Herbison studies a solar pathfinder, an instrument used to determine the percentage of solar radiation blocked by permanent local features in the landscape like trees, hills, and buildings. Photo: Submitted
The RDCK is considering incorporating amendments to its land use bylaws. File photo

Changes to temporary use permits considered in RDCK areas

It could allow construction on an accessory building before a primary residence

The RDCK is considering incorporating amendments to its land use bylaws. File photo
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
Dave Craik and Lisa Craik with the kind man who opened his home to them for shelter in Hope. (Special to The News)
(Photo/RCAF)

Armed Forces confirms more than 300 rescued from Agassiz area landslides, floods

Rescue workers are also searching debris along Lougheed Highway

(Photo/RCAF)
Patios on Baker Street that were allowed to be set up during the pandemic could return next year. Photo: City of Nelson

Nelson council considers allowing sidewalk patios in 2022

Temporary sidewalk café structures and expansion were a pandemic-relief measure

Patios on Baker Street that were allowed to be set up during the pandemic could return next year. Photo: City of Nelson
School District 8 says enrolment has mostly been unaffected by the pandemic. Photo: Bruce Fuhr

Only small enrolment drop across School District 8

The pandemic has not caused students to be pulled from schools

School District 8 says enrolment has mostly been unaffected by the pandemic. Photo: Bruce Fuhr
Raj Saini is the new deputy chief of the Nelson Police Department. Photo: Submitted
Raj Saini is the new deputy chief of the Nelson Police Department. Photo: Submitted
Nelson Hydro is considering moving its rural customers over to FortisBC. File photo

Nelson Hydro to hold virtual open house Nov. 25

Meeting will explain proposed 2.5% rate increase for 2022

Nelson Hydro is considering moving its rural customers over to FortisBC. File photo
The lower slopes of the Taite Creek watershed following the Octopus Creek fire. Photo: Submitted

Lower Arrow Lake wildfires caused future water quality and flooding hazards: report

Forests ministry releases assessment of Michaud and Octopus Creek fires

The lower slopes of the Taite Creek watershed following the Octopus Creek fire. Photo: Submitted
Kimberley Alpine Resort’s Snow School Director and Business Development Manager Rob Duncan has achieved CSIA Level 4 Ski Instructor certification, a lifelong goal for him. Jenny Rae Bateman photo.

Kootenay ski instructor achieves CSIA Level 4 certification

Level 4 akin to a PhD in other professions, representing decades of dedication

Kimberley Alpine Resort’s Snow School Director and Business Development Manager Rob Duncan has achieved CSIA Level 4 Ski Instructor certification, a lifelong goal for him. Jenny Rae Bateman photo.
The Michaud Creek wildfire as it reaches the boundary of the Kutasewich property. Submitted photo

‘I had to do it’: A Castlegar couple’s fight to save their property from wildfires

The Michaud Creek fire devastated the area surrounding the Kutasewich family’s Arrow Lakes property

The Michaud Creek wildfire as it reaches the boundary of the Kutasewich property. Submitted photo
Black Press file photo

West Kootenay rainfall well above average in October

There were 17 days of measurable precipitation in October

Black Press file photo
Raab Smith at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Nelson in 2021. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Gulf War in 1990-91. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson Remembrance Day crowd larger than expected

About 200 people attended at the cenotaph

Raab Smith at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Nelson in 2021. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Gulf War in 1990-91. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson city council has renewed discussion over how to restore Cottonwood Creek. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson city council has renewed discussion over how to restore Cottonwood Creek. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
This map from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6.
This map from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows new COVID-19 cases for the week of Oct. 31 to Nov. 6.