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The Nelson Police Department’s stats for 2021 show a significant drop in crime. File photo

UPDATE: Crime in Nelson drops to lowest rate in over 20 years

Statistics Canada shows the number of incidents and overall crime rating are at record lows

The Nelson Police Department’s stats for 2021 show a significant drop in crime. File photo
Aaron Banfield poses in front of the non-denominational stained glass window in the soon-to-be “sacred space.” The space will support connectedness and mindfulness among patients at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Photo: Submitted

Cancer patient plans sacred space in Kootenay hospital

The space will allow patients to focus on emotional wellness and find support from their peers.

Aaron Banfield poses in front of the non-denominational stained glass window in the soon-to-be “sacred space.” The space will support connectedness and mindfulness among patients at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Photo: Submitted
Safety by Mo Hamilton. Photo by Mo Hamilton

Two new exhibitions at the Kootenay Gallery celebrate the everyday

Exhibit features works by Janet Kabatoff and Mo Hamilton

Safety by Mo Hamilton. Photo by Mo Hamilton
There are 15 fires burning in the Castlegar and Nelson area. Map: BC Wildfire Service

Nearly 40 wildfires burning in West Kootenay

15 fires burning in Castlegar and Nelson area

There are 15 fires burning in the Castlegar and Nelson area. Map: BC Wildfire Service
View from the reconnaissance flight. BC Wildfire Service

Mt. Evans fire near Kimberley being monitored by helicopters and air tankers

Terrain is not safe for ground crews says BC Wildfire Service

View from the reconnaissance flight. BC Wildfire Service
The Nelson to Playmor Junction section of the Castlegar–Nelson Active Transportation Network Vision. The vision document also includes maps of four other segments between Nelson and Castlegar. Map: West Kootenay Cycling Coalition

Cycling group gets $50,000 to study Nelson-Castlegar route

Plan envisions separated bike lane, walking paths, and electric rail travel

The Nelson to Playmor Junction section of the Castlegar–Nelson Active Transportation Network Vision. The vision document also includes maps of four other segments between Nelson and Castlegar. Map: West Kootenay Cycling Coalition
RCMP investigating a suspicious death in Castlegar that occurred on Aug. 11. Photo: Submitted

UPDATE: Police identify Castlegar homicide victim

Police confirmed that they are officially conducting a homicide investigation

RCMP investigating a suspicious death in Castlegar that occurred on Aug. 11. Photo: Submitted
Bats roosting in exposed locations, such as this bat on a screen door, can be left alone and will usually move on at dusk or after a few days. Photo: Kootenay Bat Project
Bats roosting in exposed locations, such as this bat on a screen door, can be left alone and will usually move on at dusk or after a few days. Photo: Kootenay Bat Project
BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)

Keremeos Creek wildfire evacuation orders rescinded for Olalla

Village of Apex and portion of Green Mountain Road remain on evacuation

BC Wildfire Service crews mopping up as a result of the Keremeos Creek wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service- Facebook)
The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)

Rosswood fire has moved away from structures

Skimmer aircraft used today to establish perimeter

The wildfire south of Rosswood as it looked from the air earlier. Skimmer aircraft were deployed today. (BC Wildfire Service photo)
Interior Health posted a Drug Alert for Greater Trail

Interior Health issues drug alert for Greater Trail

Samples of Fentanyl and benzodiazepine are 3 to 4 times stronger than average

Interior Health posted a Drug Alert for Greater Trail
Nelson City Council has approved a pay increase for councillors and the mayor that will take effect after the October municipal elections. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson council gives next council a pay raise

Salary figures are based on those in eight similar B.C. municipalities

Nelson City Council has approved a pay increase for councillors and the mayor that will take effect after the October municipal elections. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)

Some Keremeos Creek fire evacuation orders and alerts rescinded

Evacuations lifted for over 40 properties along Hwy 3A corridor

This burned tree along Highway 3A is a hazard and could come down onto the road. It’s an example of the dangers of opening the highway too soon, said BC Wildfire. (BC Wildfire)
A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Talarico Place on Aug. 1. File photo

27 cases at Talarico Place COVID-19 outbreak in Castlegar

There have been 27 resident cases at the long-term care home

A COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Talarico Place on Aug. 1. File photo
The Sergyeyev family poses in Istanbul, Turkey (Emre Senay’s hometown) in happier times during a visit in September 2021. Photo: Submitted

Ukrainian family reunites in the Kootenays

Kalesnikoff Lumber provides job for Ukrainian refugee

The Sergyeyev family poses in Istanbul, Turkey (Emre Senay’s hometown) in happier times during a visit in September 2021. Photo: Submitted
Nanaimo RCMP say a firearm allegedly used in a shooting Monday, Aug. 2, has been found and a suspect charged with attempted murder remains in custody. 
(News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo RCMP say a firearm allegedly used in a shooting Monday, Aug. 2, has been found and a suspect charged with attempted murder remains in custody. 
(News Bulletin file photo)
James Caughhill and his dog Muck are seen here at the Nelson Campground. They are walking across Canada to raise funds for pet-friendly shelters. Photo: Tyler Harper

Man and his dog walking across Canada for pet-friendly homeless shelters

James Caughhill and his dog Muck made a stop in Nelson

James Caughhill and his dog Muck are seen here at the Nelson Campground. They are walking across Canada to raise funds for pet-friendly shelters. Photo: Tyler Harper
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
BC Coroners Service and Williams Lake RCMP are investigating a fatal ATV crash near Williams Lake Aug. 7, 2022. (RCMP logo)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)
General admission fees at the Nelson and District Community Complex will slightly rise in September. File photo

Admission to Nelson and District Community Complex set to increase for fall

Adult admission is going up by 26 cents, while youth will have admission raised 13 cents

General admission fees at the Nelson and District Community Complex will slightly rise in September. File photo