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SD8 looking at ‘de-amalgamation’ to make break with Creston-area schools

The investigation of the creation of a new school district for the Creston region — now part of SD8 — has been proposed by a current SD8 trustee and the superintendent of schools, Trish Smillie, is now investigating the possibility.

The Creston scholastic region is looking to employ social distancing with the rest of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

The investigation of the creation of a new school district for the Creston region — now part of SD8 — has been proposed by a current SD8 trustee and the superintendent of schools, Trish Smillie, is now investigating the possibility.

Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning

Environment Canada said a weather pattern over the southeast part of the province brings snow to higher elevations, including Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada issued a Snowfall Warning Tuesday for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — as a weather pattern over the southeast part of the province brings snow to higher elevations.

“A series of systems from the Pacific will begin to bring snow over Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass (Tuesday),” the statement on the Environment Canada website said.

“The snow is expected to intensify this evening and heavy snow will continue until Wednesday afternoon.”

Nelson company offers online answers in face of potential school closure questions

With the re-start of the school year after Christmas break delayed one week — and a new slate of restrictions, including the expectation of school closures — there is now a real concern amongst parents of school-aged children on how their educational needs will be met — Colin Payne photo

The ever-increasing threat of school closures in the midst of the fifth wave of COVID-19 has many parents casting about for answers as to how they might school their children.

With the re-start of the school year after Christmas break delayed one week — and a new slate of restrictions, including the expectation of school closures — there is now a real concern amongst parents of school-aged children on how their educational needs will be met.

Two new projects support reliable, affordable, high-speed connectivity in the Basin

Crews drill near Winlaw to lay the necessary groundwork to help improve internet access for many businesses and residents in the Slocan Valley. — CBT photos

While out enjoying the Slocan Valley Rail Trail in summer 2021, the public might have seen an unusual piece of equipment: a tractor-like vehicle mounted with a huge spool of cable. Its job: to dig a trench at the edge of the trail and place the cable in it, laying the necessary groundwork to help improve internet access for many businesses and residents in the Slocan Valley.

One of the Columbia Basin Trust’s priorities is to improve access to reliable, affordable, high-speed connectivity in the region, especially in underserved rural areas.

Leafs vs Rebels Saturday night game postponed — KIJHL

Saturday's Nelson Leafs vs Castlegar Rebels game at the NDCC Arena is one of several postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases this weekend.

It appears the Omicron variant has hit teams in the league with COVID-19 cases forcing the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League to postpone several weekend games in the division.

The KIJHL has postponed no less than seven weekend games, including Saturday’s 7 p.m. tilt at the NDCC Arena between the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels.

The contest has been postponed due to a “number of positive COVID-19 cases” involving the Castlegar Rebels.

RCMP sends out reminder to public during winter driving season

One concern is drivers parking vehicles in brake check pullouts along Provincial Highways for an extended period of time. — Photo courtesy DriveSmart BC

As snow piles up due to the recent winter snowstorms, local RCMP would like to send out a few reminders to drivers in the West Kootenay/Boundary region.

One concern is drivers parking vehicles in brake check pullouts along Provincial Highways.

“Recently the RCMP has received several complaints that vehicles are parking in brake check pullouts, preventing vehicles over 5500kg GVW from being able to stop and check their brakes, which is a safety concern,” RCMP said in an emailed statement.

FireSmart funding sets up for 2022 fire season in regional district

With the 2021 wildfire season in the West Kootenay section of the Southeast Fire Centre going down as one of the most active on record, an advance move had to be made to ensure people and property are protected in 2022 — file photo.

The preparation for the coming fire season has already begun.

With the 2021 wildfire season in the West Kootenay section of the Southeast Fire Centre going down as one of the most active on record, an advance move had to be made to ensure people and property are protected in 2022.

That move comes in the form of a successful grant request from Regional District of Central Kootenay to the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Program for a total of $603,225, plus a $20,000 contribution from the RDCK.

Completion rates for SD8 Grade 12 students still below provincial average: report

At the last board of trustees meeting in mid-December School District No. 8 (SD8) superintendent of schools Trish Smillie delivered a report on completion rates in the district, compared to provincial rates, for the categories of six-year completion rates, indigenous students and students with diverse needs.

Grade 12 completion rates for School District No. 8 remain below the provincial average, according to statistics released by the district.

At the last board of trustees meeting in mid-December School District No. 8 (SD8)  superintendent of schools Trish Smillie delivered a report on completion rates in the district, compared to provincial rates, for the categories of six-year completion rates, indigenous students and students with diverse needs.

Homeowners see noticeable increases in 2022 assessments

Kootenay Columbia Deputy Assessor Sharlynn Hill said the demand for properties has been very high this past year, and that is reflected in the prices being paid for all property types.

Homeowners are going to get a shock in the next few days after receiving their 2022 assessments.

In a media release Tuesday, BC Assessment said owners of about 150,000 properties throughout the Kootenay Columbia region will receive their 2022 assessment notices that reflect market value as of July 1, 2021.

"Homeowners in the Kootenay Columbia region can expect noticeable increases in their 2022 assessments compared to last year,” said Kootenay Columbia Deputy Assessor Sharlynn Hill.

UPDATED: One person injured in Front Street house fire

Nelson first responders were quick on scene to assist in the extinguishing of a house fire near the intersection of Front Street and Poplar Streets. — The Nelson Daily photos

One person was injured following a house fire in the 1200 block of Front Street Wednesday morning Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said in a media release on the City of Nelson Facebook page.

The fire was reported at 8 a.m., with Nelson Fire and Rescue Services responding with 18 firefighters as crews worked to keep the blaze from spreading to neighbouring houses.

“Crews arrived quickly and made a rapid initial attack,” the Facebook post said.

"One person was rescued from the home and sent to the hospital with undetermined injuries.”

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