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Weekend blitz targets impaired drivers in Nelson area

Officers from Nelson Police Department, Nelson RCMP and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit work together to check up to 300 vehicles during the weekend.

A weekend blitz by local police resulted in seven drivers being removed from the road due to alcohol impairment said RCMP in a media release Monday.

The blitz involved officers from Nelson Police Department, Nelson RCMP and the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit work together targeting impaired drivers in the Nelson area. Officers checked between 200 to 300 drivers.

‘Those drivers lost their drivers licences ranging from 3 to 90 days and their vehicles impounded ranging from 3 to 30 days for varying degrees of impairment,” the media release said.

Kootenay initiative to create jobs, support cannabis businesses

From right, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Paul Kelly, Cannabis Transition Initiative Program Manager, (center back row), Andrea Wilkey, executive director, Community Futures Central Kootenay, front far left) and staff, announced Thursday the new Cannabis Business Transition Initiative in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson and NDP colleague and Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall made a stop at Community Futures in Nelson Thursday to announce new initiative to support cannabis businesses in the Kootenays.

Head-on collision near Beasley sends four to hospital

Police said alcohol is considered a factor in the two-vehicle accident that closed the highway and force traffic to detour on Beasley Road. — Submitted photo

RCMP said a 33-year-old male is in critical condition following a two-vehicle accident that closed Highway 3A/6 west of Nelson for a considerable amount of time Wednesday evening.

RCMP Nelson Detachment and West Kootenay Traffic Services said Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., officers responded to a head-on collision a kilometer west of the Beasley Fire Hall — eight kilometers east of the South Slocan Junction — that resulted in a lengthy highway closure.

Inquest scheduled into death of Peter de Groot

The inquest begins on May, 19, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossland Courthouse.

The BC Coroners Service announced Wednesday dates in the public inquest into the death of Peter John de Groot.

The inquest begins on May, 19, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossland Courthouse located at 2288 Columbia Ave.

The death of de Groot, 45, was reported to the BC Coroners Service on Oct. 13, 2014, following a police-involved incident at a cabin near Slocan.

Under Section 18(2) of the Coroners Act, inquests are mandatory for any deaths that occur while a person was detained by or in the custody of a peace officer.

UPDATED: NPD reports missing man located

Police said in a media release Wednesday night the man had been located.

Nelson Police Department would like to inform the public the missing man that was reported missing Wednesday, has been located.

Police gave few details regarding the man's disappearance, but would like to thank the public for their assistance.

Nelson Police looking for missing man

Nelson Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing male by the name of Joshua Street.

Highway 3A/6 open to traffic

First responders, including RCMP, Beasley Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance, attended the accident scene. — Submitted photo

DriveBC website now shows Highway 3A/6 near the Beasley Fire Hall, closed Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning due to a two-vehicle accident, is now open.

Traffic through most of the night was forced to detour using Beasley Road while a police reconstruction assessement team viewed the accident scene.

Major accident closes Highway 3A/6 west of Nelson

Highway 3A/6 near the Beasley Fire Hall has been closed due to a vehicle accident Wednesday evening DriveBC said on its website.

Villa Motel fire 'does not appear to be suspicious in nature'

Firefighters spent most of the day hitting the fire with water. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

Nelson Fire Rescue said the cause of the fire Wednesday in the pool area at the Villa Motel, meters north of the Big Orange Bridge, does not appear to be suspicious but remains under investigation.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson Fire Rescue said it was all hands of deck with assistance require from neighbouring Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Departments, to extinguish the blaze that sent smoke Wednesday morning that could be seen from Nelson.

Nelson welcomed to join conversation on accessibility, inclusion

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will be in Nelson to host an in-person session on Thursday, November 14th at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive.

People in Nelson will have the opportunity to participate in a consultation meeting to discuss the development of accessibility legislation for British Columbia the province said in a media release.

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, will host an in-person session on Thursday, November 14th at the Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Drive.

Application for cannabis cultivation in city limits moves ahead to public hearing

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective has applied for an indoor cannabis operation use at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city. — Photo: City of Nelson report

What has long been the calling card of the region’s underground economy is now looking for above-board validation in the budding of a new industry for Nelson.

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective has applied for an indoor cannabis operation use at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city.

Selkirk College Fosters Creative Writing with Student Symposium

Creative Writing students from Selkirk College recently had the opportunity to learn from Eastern Washington University’s Master of Fine Arts students at A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium held at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus.

Love of literature united writers from both sides of the border as Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) graduate students recently returned to Selkirk College for the third annual A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium.

Held at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus on Saturday, October 26, Creative Writing students from Selkirk College spent the afternoon putting pen to paper in workshops with graduate students in EWU’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.

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