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Leeza Zurwick at her new brewery in Castlegar. Photo: Submitted
Leeza Zurwick at her new brewery in Castlegar. Photo: Submitted
Environment minister George Heyman (third from right) is seen here with Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and city councillors and staff outside the Civic Centre on Thursday. The building will receive an expansive energy retrofit beginning in 2023. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson Civic Centre to receive $5 million in energy upgrades, renovations

The 86-year-old building currently accounts for 30% of GHG emissions from all municipal facilities

Environment minister George Heyman (third from right) is seen here with Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and city councillors and staff outside the Civic Centre on Thursday. The building will receive an expansive energy retrofit beginning in 2023. Photo: Tyler Harper
Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied

B.C. mom uses ribbons to honour late son, shed light on mental illness

Judi Hills says we need to do more to end the stigma associated with mental illness

Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied
The Friendship Gate, an example of public space in Nelson, was created five years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of Nelson’s sister city relationship with Izu-shi, Japan. It is located in Cottonwood Falls Park. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Friendship Gate, an example of public space in Nelson, was created five years ago to mark the 30th anniversary of Nelson’s sister city relationship with Izu-shi, Japan. It is located in Cottonwood Falls Park. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATE: Area restrictions announced for wildfire near Kaslo

The Briggs Creek fire is approximately 11.5 kilometres west of Kaslo

Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Kaslo council on July 12 discussed water mains, the racquet club and accessible patios. File photo
Kaslo council on July 12 discussed water mains, the racquet club and accessible patios. File photo
Salmo RCMP is searching for Harsha Paladugu, who was last seen on his way to Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted

UPDATE: Search suspended for missing man who attended Shambhala Music Festival

Harsha Paladugu had left Vancouver on July 21, and was reportedly seen in Salmo six days later

Salmo RCMP is searching for Harsha Paladugu, who was last seen on his way to Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted
Fire destroyed a Robson home Aug. 1. Photo: Bailey Matteucci

Fire destroys Robson home

35 firefighters responded to the B.C. Day fire

Fire destroyed a Robson home Aug. 1. Photo: Bailey Matteucci
The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson police seize $32K in street drugs during impaired driving stop

Over 92 grams of fentanyl was allegedly found in the car

The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A new report says cannabis isn’t treated like other crops. File photo

Kootenay cannabis industry growth stymied by unfair regulations, report says

How cannabis is classified and zoned is not consistent with other agriculture

A new report says cannabis isn’t treated like other crops. File photo
The Southeast Fire Centre has announced a campfire ban effective Aug. 4.

Campfire ban announced in the Kootenays as fire dangers reach ‘extreme’

Ban will go into effect Thursday, Aug. 4, as fire danger rating is high to extreme in the region

The Southeast Fire Centre has announced a campfire ban effective Aug. 4.
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
There is a long wait for the Kootenay Lake ferry on B.C. Day. File photo

Long delays for B.C. Day travellers at West Kootenay ferries

Congestion is heavy at the Kootenay Lake and Shelter Bay ferries

There is a long wait for the Kootenay Lake ferry on B.C. Day. File photo
Ecologist Greg Utzig in an area of old growth cedar-hemlock forest near Nelson that is not in an Old Growth Management Area and which therefore could be logged any time. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay forest management ignores old growth protection, two experts say

Some younger forest is protected as old growth, while much actual old growth is not protected

Ecologist Greg Utzig in an area of old growth cedar-hemlock forest near Nelson that is not in an Old Growth Management Area and which therefore could be logged any time. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Talel McBriar and her band performed at Red Light Ramen as part of ArtWalk. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

PHOTOS: Locals and tourists pack downtown for MarketFest and ArtWalk

Hundreds of people braved the heat with vendors, bands, and acrobats

Talel McBriar and her band performed at Red Light Ramen as part of ArtWalk. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Christina Benty led a candidate workshop in Castlegar in 2018, prior to the last municipal election. Photo: John Boivin

Castlegar to host West Kootenay candidate readiness workshop

Workshop is for anyone in the West Kootenay thinking about running in the October municipal election

Christina Benty led a candidate workshop in Castlegar in 2018, prior to the last municipal election. Photo: John Boivin
The RDCK is pursuing an initiative to have Area E residents contribute to the funding of the Nelson Public Library, and has a similar process in place with regard to Area G and the Salmo Public Library. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

RDCK seeks approval from Area E and G electors to fund Nelson and Salmo libraries

Ten per cent of electors must vote “no” by Sept. 5 for the initiative to fail

The RDCK is pursuing an initiative to have Area E residents contribute to the funding of the Nelson Public Library, and has a similar process in place with regard to Area G and the Salmo Public Library. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Slocan Community Health Centre emergency room facing temporary service reduction. File photo

Staffing issues to blame for reduction in hours at New Denver emergency room

Slocan Community Health Centre emergency room facing temporary service reduction

Slocan Community Health Centre emergency room facing temporary service reduction. File photo
Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Permanent repairs coming for Othello stretch of Coquihalla Highway

Work is expected to begin in early August and be completed sometime in the fall

Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)