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Pictured is the Bill Nye Mountain Fire during the 2021 wildfire season. The area surrounding the fire is now closed to motor vehicle access until further notice. Many backroads in the Thompson Okanagan region are also closed to motor vehicle access. (Corey Bullock file)

New backcountry road closures in Okanagan, Kootenays aim to aid wildlife recovery

15 new motor-vehicle closures have been put in place by the province of B.C.

Pictured is the Bill Nye Mountain Fire during the 2021 wildfire season. The area surrounding the fire is now closed to motor vehicle access until further notice. Many backroads in the Thompson Okanagan region are also closed to motor vehicle access. (Corey Bullock file)
Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)

Chilliwack MLA Kelli Paddon reads powerful words from bullied 11-year-old in BC Legislature

“They said because I am black, I should go kill myself,” Eevah Macdonald wrote

Left to right, Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon, Eevah Macdonald, and Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mable Elmore inside the Legislature in Victoria on Oct. 21, 2021. (Submitted)
Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

West Kootenay municipalities mull mandatory employee vaccinations

Nelson, Trail, Rossland, and RDCK still deciding whether to follow lead of Creston, Vancouver

Creston Town Hall is seen in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)

Greater Victoria MLA Adam Olsen reveals past drug use in an attempt to end stigma

MLA for Saanich North and the Islands talks about cocaine, other substance use in his 20s

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)
A picture of Kaden Madge, 17, who was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 19. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Missing teen thought to be in Castlegar found safe and sound

Kaden Madge, 17, was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 19

A picture of Kaden Madge, 17, who was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 19. (Contributed)
From left to right: Officials Cathy Finley (Fields Forward Director), Danny Turner (Fields Forward Board Chair), Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, and Elizabeth Quinn (Fields Forward Executive Director) cut the ribbon to the Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub and Innovation Centre on Oct. 15. (Submitted)

Regional food hub officially opens in Creston

Farmers and producers across the Columbia Basin will start using the facility this week

From left to right: Officials Cathy Finley (Fields Forward Director), Danny Turner (Fields Forward Board Chair), Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham, and Elizabeth Quinn (Fields Forward Executive Director) cut the ribbon to the Kootenay Farms Regional Food Hub and Innovation Centre on Oct. 15. (Submitted)
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press
Early days at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Submitted photo

Doukhobor Discovery Centre celebrates 50 years

Flashback to opening day at the DDC in Castlegar

Early days at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Submitted photo
Timothy Durkin is pictured in a photograph filed in Federal Court. The B.C. Securities Commission claims the Sooke man defrauded an investor out of $1 million. (Federal Court)

B.C. man accused of selling fake ownership in world-renowned Sooke Harbour House

Timothy Durkin faces B.C. Securities Commission in November

Timothy Durkin is pictured in a photograph filed in Federal Court. The B.C. Securities Commission claims the Sooke man defrauded an investor out of $1 million. (Federal Court)
Greg Nesteroff, a beautiful man, joins Tyler for this week’s roundup.

VIDEO: Wednesday Roundup

Tyler Harper and Greg Nesteroff chat about Nelson’s newsiest news

Greg Nesteroff, a beautiful man, joins Tyler for this week’s roundup.
Kootenay Lake Hospital staff stand with some of the thank you cards they received on Thanksgiving. The cards have provided a boost in morale at the Nelson hospital. Photo: Tyler Harper
Kootenay Lake Hospital staff stand with some of the thank you cards they received on Thanksgiving. The cards have provided a boost in morale at the Nelson hospital. Photo: Tyler Harper
School districts across the province are adding electric buses to their fleets, including SD8. Photo: B.C. Government

Electric buses added to SD8 transportation fleet

Vehicles for Nelson, Creston will be purchased through the Go Electric school bus program

School districts across the province are adding electric buses to their fleets, including SD8. Photo: B.C. Government
The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo

Former Pacific Insight building listed for sale

The 67,000-square foot facility has been mostly vacant for more than two years.

The former home of Pacific Insight, west of Nelson, has been listed for sale for $5.5 million. File photo
A Beasley Fire Department firefighter puts out a structure blaze in Bonnington in July 2020. Photo: Submitted
A Beasley Fire Department firefighter puts out a structure blaze in Bonnington in July 2020. Photo: Submitted
The Kootenay Lake West Transit Service will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years. Photo: Mike Chouinard

Growth comes at a cost as RDCK approves transit rate hike

It will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years

The Kootenay Lake West Transit Service will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years. Photo: Mike Chouinard
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
To celebrate finishing his first round of chemotherapy, Addison Johnston (left) and his younger brother Ryland were taken to a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver by parents Kristin and Shane Johnston. But lots of treatment remains for the teenager, and his family has learned some hard lessons about the healthcare system. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack parents discover gaps in health care as teenage son battles leukemia

Though he’s 17-years-old, Addison Johnston couldn’t access treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital

To celebrate finishing his first round of chemotherapy, Addison Johnston (left) and his younger brother Ryland were taken to a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver by parents Kristin and Shane Johnston. But lots of treatment remains for the teenager, and his family has learned some hard lessons about the healthcare system. (submitted photo)
The two white pines with flagging hold three blue heron nests almost 50 metres above the ground in the forest near Granite Pointe golf course. The logging in the background on golf course land extends to the base of the trees. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson golf club logs in protected heron nesting site

Buffer at Granite Pointe Golf Club should have been left around two nest trees, says biologist

The two white pines with flagging hold three blue heron nests almost 50 metres above the ground in the forest near Granite Pointe golf course. The logging in the background on golf course land extends to the base of the trees. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Selkirk College will begin construction next year on two new student housing buildings in Castlegar and Nelson. L-R: Selkirk College vice president of operations Kerry Clarke, Selkirk president Angus Graeme, Columbia Basin Trust president Johnny Strilaeff, Selkirk student Jace Lamoureax, Kootenay-West MLA Katrine Conroy and Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson. Photo: Submitted

UPDATED: New Selkirk College student housing to be built in Castlegar, Nelson

112-bed building to be added in Castlegar, 36 beds in Nelson

Selkirk College will begin construction next year on two new student housing buildings in Castlegar and Nelson. L-R: Selkirk College vice president of operations Kerry Clarke, Selkirk president Angus Graeme, Columbia Basin Trust president Johnny Strilaeff, Selkirk student Jace Lamoureax, Kootenay-West MLA Katrine Conroy and Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson. Photo: Submitted
The jury in the inquest into the death of Peter de Groot delivered its verdict at the Nelson courthouse on Oct. 13. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The jury in the inquest into the death of Peter de Groot delivered its verdict at the Nelson courthouse on Oct. 13. Photo: Bill Metcalfe