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The Castlegar and District Community Services Society is operating a shelter and other services from the former Flamingo Hotel. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar council allows homeless shelter permit to move forward, but with conditions

Shelter must improve communications and address issues brought forward by area businesses

The Castlegar and District Community Services Society is operating a shelter and other services from the former Flamingo Hotel. Photo: Betsy Kline
It is taking longer than expected for community recreation facilities in the RDCK to return to normal after the pandemic. File photo.

Reduced hours due to staff shortages continue at RDCK rec facilities

Attendance and revenue at recreation facilities across the RDCK are under-performing

  • Jul 28, 2022
It is taking longer than expected for community recreation facilities in the RDCK to return to normal after the pandemic. File photo.
Proposed townhouses at the Shorelines development. There would also be garden homes and condos. Illustration: Culos Group/ City of Nelson

Shorelines developer provides drawings, answers Nelson council’s questions

The housing project would be located on the former Kutenai Landing site beside the Chahko Mika Mall

Proposed townhouses at the Shorelines development. There would also be garden homes and condos. Illustration: Culos Group/ City of Nelson
Temperatures in Nelson are expected to reach 37 degrees over the weekend. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Cooling centres open in Nelson

Facilities are geared toward people with no air conditioning

Temperatures in Nelson are expected to reach 37 degrees over the weekend. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
ArtWalk artist Branda Avis live-painting at the Nelson Innovation Centre during the first of this year’s two openings. Photo: Alex Balcer

Second Nelson ArtWalk opening July 29

There are 27 venues and over 60 artists to explore

  • Jul 27, 2022
ArtWalk artist Branda Avis live-painting at the Nelson Innovation Centre during the first of this year’s two openings. Photo: Alex Balcer
Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)

Chilliwack teacher suspended after ‘crossing personal boundaries‘ with students

Sheldon Lyle Nickel admitted to inappropriate conduct, including sending personal text messages

Classroom chairs. (Photo: Pixabay)
Six Mile beach on Kootenay Lake, looking west toward Nelson. Ninety-one per cent of Kootenay Lake shoreline loss happens on residential property, an RDCK report says. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

New plan will prevent loss of Kootenay Lake shoreline

About 4.5 kilometres of natural shoreline has been lost around Kootenay Lake in the last nine years

  • Jul 27, 2022
Six Mile beach on Kootenay Lake, looking west toward Nelson. Ninety-one per cent of Kootenay Lake shoreline loss happens on residential property, an RDCK report says. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services
Watering of gardens, trees and shrubs by watering can or hand-held hose is still permitted any time. File photo
Watering of gardens, trees and shrubs by watering can or hand-held hose is still permitted any time. File photo
RCMP Lights - File Photo
RCMP Lights - File Photo
The RCMP had a significant presence when logging protesters were arrested May 17. Photo: Breanne Hope

Logging company applies to have protesters charged with criminal contempt of court

The company that is logging a forest near Argenta will attempt to…

The RCMP had a significant presence when logging protesters were arrested May 17. Photo: Breanne Hope
Screenshot: BC Wildfire Service July 23

Crews making progress on West Kootenay wildfires, but new fire starts

At least 23 fires have started in recent days in the Southeast Fire Centre

Screenshot: BC Wildfire Service July 23
A vehicle incident is affecting traffic on Highway 3 west of Castlegar. Map: DriveBC
A vehicle incident is affecting traffic on Highway 3 west of Castlegar. Map: DriveBC
An investigation into alleged misconduct by Nelson police officers could play out in a number of different ways. File photo

Nelson police are under investigation for alleged racism. Here’s what could happen next

The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner has several different options

An investigation into alleged misconduct by Nelson police officers could play out in a number of different ways. File photo
Kootenay Lake’s shore spawning kokanee restoration and research project is in Year 3, with funding from the FWCP Columbia Region. Photo: File

Kokanee restoration, bull trout monitoring underway in Kootenay-Columbia

FWCP supports Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society & Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society

Kootenay Lake’s shore spawning kokanee restoration and research project is in Year 3, with funding from the FWCP Columbia Region. Photo: File
(Black Press file photo)

MONDAY UPDATE: 12 wildfires burning in West Kootenay

At least 23 fires have started in recent days in the Southeast Fire Centre

(Black Press file photo)
Nelson’s Auraya Marshall, who lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, spends most of her days bedridden, unable to move for fear of suffering multiple dislocations. Photo: Tyler Harper

Imprisoned by pain: Nelson woman isolated by rare genetic disorder

The rare disease has left 23-year-old Auraya Marshall confined to her bed

Nelson’s Auraya Marshall, who lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, spends most of her days bedridden, unable to move for fear of suffering multiple dislocations. Photo: Tyler Harper
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
Skills Cente staff Alison Girard, Jay Shete, and Alia Locken display some of the work the Skills Centre has accomplished in the last year. Photo: Submitted

After 25 years of West Kootenay success, future shines bright for Skills Centre

“Several of our programs ran at full capacity, and the rest were almost full,” says Morag Carter.

Skills Cente staff Alison Girard, Jay Shete, and Alia Locken display some of the work the Skills Centre has accomplished in the last year. Photo: Submitted
Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted

Former Trail family gifts beloved wetland to nature conservancy

“It would be hard to overstate the value of this land from a conservation perspective.”

Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted
The Nelson Health Campus will be owned by Columbia Basin Trust and Golden Life Management, but leased and operated by Interior Health. Illustration courtesy of Interior Health

Nelson Health Campus construction to cost over $40 million

The facility is being paid for by Columbia Basin Trust and Golden Life Management

The Nelson Health Campus will be owned by Columbia Basin Trust and Golden Life Management, but leased and operated by Interior Health. Illustration courtesy of Interior Health