May 2016

Two more overdose deaths in BC

Two more overdose deaths in BC

Kamloops RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the overdose of two city residents Friday in Spoolmak Country.

RCMP officers were called to assist BC Ambulance to a reported overdose in Rayleigh at approximately 9:30 p.m.  Two residents, a 44-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, were found dead from apparent drug use.

RCMP said in a media release these latest overdose deaths are a reminder of the risks associated with illicit drug use.

Council to hear plan to mitigate problems with proposed parcel tax

Council to hear plan to mitigate problems with proposed parcel tax

City council will be hearing about a Lot Line Consolidation Plan to address issues some residents are having with a controversial new 10-year parcel tax proposed in the city's 2016 budget.

The concern stems from an area in the city in which parcels were designated according to subdivision plan 650, which was completed in 1897. As a result of small parcels in that area, it was, according to a city report, 'common practice' for residents to purchase two adjacent parcels and build a home straddling both, so as to have adequate space for a home.

Council to contemplate ban on smoking in city parks

Council to contemplate ban on smoking in city parks

A Castlegar city councillor is contending that changing social mores and attitudes around smoking are helping to pave the way for a potential new bylaw banning smoking in all city parks.

Councillor Florio Vassilakakis said he thinks there is an appetite for this kind of bylaw.

“If you had asked me 20 or 25 years ago, I would have said people have no appetite for this,” Vassilakakis said. “It's become the norm now. Eighty-five per cent of British Columbians don't smoke – and when you look at it, many smokers support this kind of healthy communities initiative.”

Cottonwood cashes out in city’s Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiative Program

An empty lot is all that remains for the Cottonwood Market. However, in partnership with the West Kootenay EcoSociety, the Cottonwood Market was awarded $40,000 to help build new structures. — The Nelson Daily photo

The city’s own Cottonwood Market rebuild project was the biggest winner in the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiative Program (CIP) “lottery” and garnered almost one third of the money allotted overall for the city.

The Cottonwood Market project — in partnership with the West Kootenay EcoSociety — was awarded $40,000, a sum voted on by council itself, as it prepares to receive the final designs for the new structures.

Robson Fire Department is on fire - in the good way

Robson Fire Department is on fire - in the good way

The Robson Volunteer Fire Department has received a National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day award for its efforts to make its community safer from wildfire. The fire department will host a community clean-up day on May 7 to mitigate the risks of wildfire.

“We hope to have a great turn out and hope to build more momentum in the coming years,” says Jeff Grant, Robson’s Fire Chief.

Kootenay Columbia's MP challenges Liberals to protect local dairy farmers

The Creston Valley has been known for years as a dairy producer.

Last week in the House of Commons, New Democrats tabled a motion calling on the Liberal government to keep its election promises and commitments made at the beginning of its mandate and require all Canadian producers to respect cheese composition standards immediately.  

"The situation is urgent and producers are tired of waiting. The solution is simple and comes down to the government standing up for Canada's dairy industry by enforcing cheese composition standards,” said Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski.

British Columbia proclaims May as Invasive Species Action Month

As part of Invasive Species Action Month, the government is encouraging British Columbians to learn more about non-native invasive plants

The B.C. government has proclaimed May 2016 as “Invasive Species Action Month” to help raise awareness of the environmental and economic damage that invasive plants and animals can cause if they become established in the province.

As part of Invasive Species Action Month, the government is encouraging British Columbians to learn more about non-native invasive plants and animals that can displace other species and have a negative impact on the ecosystems throughout the province.

Another dryer and very much warmer April

 April weather was so good in the West Kootenay region that helicopter pilots were landing on the island on Kootenay River west of Nelson to enjoy some sun. — The Nelson Daily photo

Critter Day: Get to know some of them a bit better.

One little-known "critter" -- the Western Skink.  Photo by Jakob Dulisse.

By Angus Glass

Ever wanted to know more about who we share our landscape with—especially some of the smaller creatures that don’t get a lot of air time? Critter Day will fill that need and connect you with nature! The event takes place at Beaver Creek Provincial Park, south of Trail, on Saturday, May 7, between 1 and 5 p.m.

This fun, free, family event is jointly hosted by the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program and the Kootenay Conservation Program, with funding from FortisBC and Teck. 

Bear activity forces RDCK to close part of Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail

Bear activity on Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail has forced the RDCK Parks Operations Department to close a portion of the trail, from trail south of Cottonwood Lake parking area to Hall Street Siding. — The Nelson Daily photo

The early spring has seen bear activity on Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail, forcing the Regional District of Central Kootenay to close the trail effective Sunday (May 1) to June 15.

The RDCK, in consultation with BC Conservation Officer Service, regional bear biologists and the Ministry of Forest Land and Natural Resource Operations, is closing the trail south of Cottonwood Lake parking area to Hall Street Siding.

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